William Howard Cairnes, 98 years old, of Beaufort, SC passed away on December 22, 2020. He was born on October 4, 1922 to Alvin Lafayette Cairnes and Emma Sitton Cairnes in Henderson County, NC. He is proceeded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mattie Faye Cairnes. He has a sister Clara Radcliff who resides in Asheville, NC. His other siblings, Ike Cairnes, Ruby Cairnes, Hazzie Bishop, Owen Alvin Cairnes have all proceeded him in death.\nHe is survived by his sons, Dwight Wade Cairnes of Seabrook, SC and Kenneth Wayne Cairnes (Carol) of Beaufort, SC and 2 grandchildren, Christina Marie Reardon (Brian) and Kenneth Wayne Cairnes Jr. (Tina) and 7 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.\nHe worked as a meat cutter at the Colonial Stores for many years and was a retired civil service worker. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Beaufort and taught a Sunday School class.\nThe family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:30pm at Anderson Funeral Home. A graveside funeral services will\nfollow on Wednesday at 2:00pm in The Baptist Church of Beaufort Churchyard.