William Lowndes Cain Jr. died Friday, September 30, 2022. The funeral service for Mr. Cain was held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 4 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2827 Wheat Street with The Reverend Nicholas M. Beasley officiating. Burial immediately followed at Elmwood Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were William Llewellyn Pope Jr., Joseph High Pope, Thomas Lowndes Pope, Mason Tarpley Pope, Calhoun McMeekin III, and Stanford Taylor Garnett IV. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Julian C. Adams, Benjamin B. Dunlap, David H. Rembert, and Robert H. Kennedy. Visitation was held Monday, October 3, 5–7 p.m., at the family residence. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.
Mr. Cain was born February 18, 1937, in Columbia, S.C., a son of the late William Lowndes Cain Sr. and Anne Lucas Maybank Cain. As a Columbia native and lifelong resident of Wales Garden, Bill attended local schools: A.C. Moore, Hand Middle, and Columbia High School, class of 1955. Bill earned a business degree from the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1959. He ran with his childhood friends, known as the “Hill Boys,” and told many stories over the years about SAE and the Bozarts.
Bill moved to Atlanta where he worked with his uncle in the Crown Candy Company. Adding to the list of lifelong friends, he enjoyed memorable times in the Nine O’Clocks. Bill loved his time working for the Allied Corporation in the agricultural division, befriending and appreciating his farming clients, and always spoke fondly of this time in his life. Every trip to the South Carolina beaches included checking the crops along the way.
Many adventures followed: riding and horse trading with Wiley Jones, winter pack trips to Alberta with Malcolm McKenzie, and San Juan wilderness with Edwin A. Bauer. Travel, to Bill, was an enrichment of life. And he loved life. He saw the world. Bill was an avid photographer and he documented his extensive adventures through the U.S., Europe, Egypt, and Africa through black and white film, which he developed himself.
Bill worked with The Wolfe Company for 45 years as a residential real estate broker. He loved meeting new clients and introducing them to the city he loved, the rich history, the people and its progress. Bill was also an historian. He loved the history of Columbia. He loved the history of the Lowcountry. He loved the history of his family and lineage.
Bill spent half his life on the sidelines of the USC Gamecocks as a photographer. He appreciated the action and excitement and the players. And they loved and respected him.
The second part of Bill’s life, perhaps the greatest, began in 1981 when he married Margaret Pope of Mobile, Alabama. They had two daughters both of whom Bill loved fiercely. He was a proud and devoted father and gave his family the most wonderful life.
He passed on to his children the gift of travel which allowed them to see the world and its vast history which he appreciated so much.
Bill loved his friends and he loved his family. He loved his Lowcountry, the beaches, and the mountains. Bill never met a stranger. He was a gentleman. He was a proud father. He often told his daughters they were the greatest joy of his life. He was a humbled and adored grandfather. Bill Cain, Dad, Unkie, Willie, BooPa: brother, friend, cousin, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, raconteur, photographer, polo player, realtor, salesman, traveler, historian, dancer, story teller, sports fan, lover of life, we are better for having you in our lives and will forever miss and love you.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, William and Anne Maybank Cain, his nephew, Bishop Daly Pope Garnett, and his beloved cousins.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Pope Cain; daughters, Anne Maybank Cain Kellum ( Thomas) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Margaret Taylor Cain Firth (David) of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Margaret Lowndes, Catherine Elizabeth, and Thomas Rees Kellum. He is also survived by his sister, Eleanor Cain Pope ( William Llewellyn) of Columbia; sister-in-law, Leslie Pope Garnett (Taylor) of Aiken; brother-in-law, Banister Pope ( Janice) of Boone, N.C.; as well as nephews, William Llewellyn Pope Jr. of Columbia, Joseph High Pope of Columbia, Thomas Lowndes Pope of Columbia, and Mason Tarpley Pope of Charleston.
The family suggests memorials be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church or Riverbanks Zoo.