Funeral services for Ike McLeese, former chief executive of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, will be held at noon Friday at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton St.
Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at Dunbar Funeral Home’s Devine Street chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PETS Inc., P.O. Box 6394, West Columbia, SC 29171.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.
McLeese, 69, died Tuesday after undergoing heart surgery Oct. 10. He suffered a heart attack Sept. 5.
McLeese, an Anderson native, took the helm of the troubled chamber in 1994 and turned it into the premier business advocacy group in the Midlands.
As a civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, McLeese also is credited with building Columbia’s reputation as one of the most military-friendly cities in the country. He also is credited with helping secure the gains made by Fort Jackson and other area military bases in the 2005 round of base relocations and closing.
McLeese is survived by his wife, Sue; four daughters, the Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski of Charlotte, Kelly Curran Johnson of Atlanta, Dr. Susan Curran Satterfield of Greenville, and Heather Anne Curran of Denver.; one son, Dr. William Daniel Curran of Greenville; six grandchildren; and beloved dogs, Zona and Max