M.E. “Chris” Christopherson, 96, a long-time resident of Easley, died peacefully on September 21, 2022.
Born in Canton, South Dakota, to the late Annie Swanson Christopherson and Ole Christopherson, and was predeceased by his two brothers. Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree at South Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree at Kansas State University. Chris was a US Navy veteran.
Chris was married to his loving wife, Marian Schaeffer Christopherson, for 61 years. Surviving are his three daughters; Pam Brady (Edward), of Glen Rock, New Jersey; Paige Anderson (David), of Huger, South Carolina; and Janet Christopherson (Howard) of Easley, South Carolina. He was blessed with six grand-children: Sean Brady (Kristin), Quinn Brady (Paul), Kristen Brady (Kumar), Naziier Brady, Katie DuPre (Michael), and Braden Hodges (Ariana), along with five great-grandchildren.
Chris was first elected to the Easley City Council and then elected and sworn in as Mayor of the City of Easley serving 2 terms. Chris was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon and Elder.
Chris was involved with many organizations: The American Legion, Masons, Rotary Club, Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, Appalachian Council of Governments, South Carolina Association of Regional Councils where he served as President, and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2004. He was very active with the Municipal Association of SC as well as serving as President of the Pickens County Municipal Association.
During his lifetime he was a teacher, business owner, athletic coach, and acted and directed in theatrical productions. But his greatest joy came from being the guy in the big red suit for over 64 years. He has played Santa for thousands and sat on top of the fire truck for the Easley Christmas parade for years. Chris always said that the most important thing in life was “Faith, Family and Friends.”
Memorial Service will be at 3:00 PM, Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Easley Presbyterian Church. The family will host a reception in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA, 2216-7023
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