Funeral services for fallen firefighter to be held at 1,000-seat venue

A memorial processional, leading the body of fallen Lexington County Fire Service firefighter Paul Quattlebaum Jr. back to his hometown, pulls up in front of Barr-Price Funeral Home. (Staff photos by Tony Baughman)


With a huge outpouring of support expected from around the community and from public safety personnel across South Carolina, funeral services for fallen firefighter Paul E. Quattlebaum Jr. will be held Tuesday afternoon at the 1,000-seat Batesburg-Leesville High School auditorium.

Lexington County police, fire and other personnel stand vigil outside of Barr-Price Funeral Home in Batesburg-Leesville awaiting the arrival of the body of fallen firefighter Paul E. Quattlebaum Jr.

Mr. Quattlebaum, a 1990 graduate of the high school, was killed in the line of duty late Friday afternoon when he was hit by a passing tractor-trailer on the 5200 block of Fairview Road. A member of the Lexington County Fire Service assigned to Samaria Station No. 27, he was responding to a motor-vehicle accident when he was fatally struck. The accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Mr. Quattlebaum was 46 years old. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. at the high school’s fine arts center, located at 600 Summerland Ave. in Batesburg-Leesville, with the Rev. Bruce Sayre, pastor at Leesville United Methodist Church, officiating.

Mr. Quattlebaum’s family will receive friends Monday from 5-8 p.m. at Barr-Price Funeral Home, 256 Main Street in Batesburg-Leesville.

Paul E. Quattlebaum Jr.

On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Quattlebaum’s body was returned to his hometown from the hospital in Lexington with an emotional tribute from his fellow emergency personnel. An ambulance carrying his remains was escorted from the hospital by local law enforcement, Lexington County Fire Service engines and other emergency service vehicles. All along U.S. Highway 1 into Batesburg-Leesville, other emergency vehicles and personnel stood vigil as the procession passed.

The procession eased to a stop in front of Barr-Price Funeral Home and about 50 emergency personnel, including Lexington County Fire Service Chief Mark Davis, accompanied Mr. Quattlebaum’s family into the funeral home, where the fall firefighter’s body was carried in for final arrangements. Other well-wishers gathered silently outside on Main Street.

For more information on Mr. Quattlebaum’s funeral services, visit the funeral site here.

Story by Tony Baughman / Posted October 6, 2019