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Charlotte woman dies after falling off dock in Litchfield

Kathryn "Kaki" Ballou Clement (Source: The Charlotte Observer) Kathryn "Kaki" Ballou Clement (Source: The Charlotte Observer)

LITCHFIELD, SC (WMBF) – A Charlotte woman died Sunday as a result of a drowning accident that took place off Norris Drive in south Litchfield.

Chief Doug Eggiman, of Midway Fire Rescue, says 56-year-old Kathryn "Kaki" Ballou Clement fell and drowned when she was trying to get onto the dock from a kayak in the creek area.

Emergency crews responded to the call around 3:19 p.m.; she was rushed to Waccamaw Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 4:15 p.m., according to the Georgetown County Coroner’s Office.

Mrs. Clement is survived by her two sons, William and Walker, and Michael, to whom she was married to for 28 years, according to the obituary in The Charlotte Observer. She was born in January of 1959 to the Honorable Ernest Wade Ballou and Ruth Sachers Ballou of Roanoke, Virginia.

“Kaki was an accomplished and vibrant woman,” the obituary states.

She majored in French at and graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was the Chair of the University Union and a member and officer of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Following graduation, she sold resins from tank cars for Dow Chemical in Atlanta.

In 1982, she met her husband on a blind date and moved to Charlotte after they were married. Her husband’s career with North Carolina National Bank, today’s Bank of America, took them to Ft. Lauderdale, Sarasota/Bradenton, Tampa, Richmond and eventually back to Charlotte. Mrs. Clement played a key role in helping to build the company into what it is today.

The obituary illustrates she was always happiest when her sons were with her and they were the two most important people in her life.

She led the PTA at Sharon Elementary, was a member of the I.C.E. Club as she battled with rheumatoid arthritis, was active in her church and in the Guardian Ad Litem program; she also volunteered part-time with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Providence Division.

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