Summerton, SC …. On April 2, 2021, Col. Robert Theodore Hussey (Ted), age 76, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at his lake house (Croakers Marsh). A place of tranquility and memories.
Ted had a distinguished Army career of 29 years doing what he loved, serving his country. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and later attended Florida Institute of Technology where he earned a Master’s in Science. His awards are Legion of Merit 2, Meritorious Service Medal 6; National Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; 4Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Army Service Overseas X4; Expert Field Medical Badge; Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
His last two assignments were Brigade Commander 6th MEDSOM Korea and Chief of Staff William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas. His Army career was second only to love of family. He motivated his wife, Nora, when she decided to join him as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps. Ted developed a training program for Expert Field Medical Badge while stationed at West Point and was responsible for the enlisted and officers successfully earning this most coveted badge, second in the Army only to the Expert Infantry Badge.
Ted was an avid sportsman and loved sharing adventures with family and friends. He loved exploring other cultures and countries. After retirement from the Army, Ted taught high school ROTC and then, for over ten years, served the military again at the United States army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases working with vaccine research. He established the program to train all branches of the military in Bio/Chemical protection in both peace and wartime scearios.
He had a passion for the Parker Miracle House Foundation and helped raise money to fund it. The Parker Miracle House, near the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC, houses both cancer patients and families who must travel from out of town to MUSC.
He was known for his love of physical fitness and was busy motivating people throughout his life. Before becoming ill, he trained people from his community to participate in marathons as well as the Historical 26mile Bataan Death March held in New Mexico every year, which honor the men and women who endured during WWII. His legacy is his beautiful children and grandchildren who are grieving their loss. Ted’s influence to be all you can be, rang true throughout his life.
He leaves his wife, Nora Dougan Hussey; son, Robert T. Hussey II and his wife Alicia I. Hussey of St. Petersburg, Florida; his son, Christopher P. Hussey and his wife Dr. Sandra Hussey of Lancaster, SC; two grandsons, Robert T. Hussey III and Cameron Matthew Hussey; brothers, George Allen Hussey Jr. and his wife Barbara of Anderson, SC and Jerry Hussey and his wife Karen of Nashville, TN; sisters, Elizabeth Schwach and her husband Ernie of Summerton, SC, Mary Alice Evans of Sumter, SC, Patricia Luckey of Sumter, SC, Corinne Mullis of Sumter, SC and Shirley Lyles and her husband Billy of Sumter, SC.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George Allen Hussey and Elizabeth Pat Hussey and a sister, Ruby Hussey Nesbitt.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, it was Ted’s wishes that contributions be made to the Parker Miracle House Foundation, 1270 Board Walk, Sumter, SC 29150.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.