Here's a look at some of the people we lost in 2012

dlauderdale@islandpacket.comDecember 29, 2012 

Those who died in 2012 who left a mark on the community include:

  • Annalou Thomas, 92, of Hilton Head Island, died Nov. 12. She was founder of Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, first director of the Voluntary Action Center, past president of the Hilton Head Hospital Auxiliary, recipient of the 1987 Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award, a Paul Harris Fellow and volunteer with many other charities after moving to the island in 1976.
  • Jim Carlen, 79, formerly of Hilton Head, died July 27. The former University of South Carolina football coach served nearly two decades on the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority board and helped start the Hilton Head Christian Academy football program. He was one of the nation's leading blood donors, averaging five units a year for 37 years.
  • Don Blair, 89, of Bluffton, died Sept. 30. An architect who helped design developments for the Sea Pines Co. beginning in 1973, Blair later influenced the growth and development of Bluffton. He was appointed to the town's Planning Commission in 1999 and helped craft annexation and development agreements, as well as the town's development codes.
  • Arnie Burdick, 92, of Hilton Head, died June 5. He was tournament information director for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing for 27 years. A media award for its coverage was named for him. He was an avid gardener and headed the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and Museum Foundation board for 12 years.
  • Kiftie Stephens, 97, of Hilton Head, died June 20. She was instrumental in establishing the Hilton Head Hospital Auxiliary, serving as president and volunteering thousands of hours at the hospital.
  • Lynn Jarrell Johnson, 64, of Hilton Head, died Oct. 18. She was an attorney active in many charities, chairing the Evening of the Arts for two years. She was responsible for chartering a support group for Alzheimer's caregivers, serving as the founding director of what has become Memory Matters.
  • David Jennings "D.J." Lucas Jr., 78, of Beaufort, died June 26. A retired Marine Corps major, he served the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office for 18 years, including four as sheriff.
  • Barbara "Yostie" Ashley, 78, of Hilton Head, died Dec. 20. Through her work as a storytelling puppeteer, artist-in-residence throughout the Southeast, entertainer at Coligny Plaza, leader of family workshops, president of the S.C. Storytelling Network, storytelling ambassador to Russia and China, Piccolo Spoleto Children's Festival performer, and teacher of teachers following 21 years in the classroom, "Yostie" and her "little friends" (hundreds of puppets of all kinds) touched countless lives with enthusiasm, energy and creativity.
  • Arthur Orage, 88, of Hilton Head, died Jan. 24. He was one of the last islanders to sew cast nets by hand, a skill rooted in Africa that he learned from his father on Hilton Head and used throughout his life as a fisherman.
  • Porter Thompson, 72, of Hilton Head, died Sept. 24. His trade was marketing and his volunteer work and contributions to theater, cinema and hospice are legion. But he was best known for making the community laugh for four decades, highlighted by his stint with the Phart-O-Phonics "classical gas wind ensemble." He wrote several books and edited Islander magazine.
  • Louis Howell "Red" LaMotte III, 90, of Hilton Head, died June 12. The retired Air Force colonel and IBM executive was a charter member of the Hilton Head Yacht Club and S.C. Yacht Club who partnered in small businesses here, including Tatler Gallery. As brother of Dr. Peter LaMotte and son of Lois and Louis H. LaMotte Jr., he was in the family that founded Hilton Head Hospital in 1975.
  • Bonnie Miller Smith, 84, formerly of Hilton Head, died July 4. She served on the Beaufort County Board of Education, was an early supporter of Leadership Hilton Head and active in recruiting candidates for public office.
  • Dr. Jack Brennan, 86, of Hilton Head, died June 2. He served as chief of surgery during 15 years as a surgeon at Hilton Head Hospital.
  • Donna Tuggle, 82, of Bluffton, died July 16. For many years, she was the face of cable television on Hilton Head as general manager of Adelphia Cable Vision.
  • Rock Purdy, 67, of Ridgeland, died July 26. He was a longtime Hilton Head businessman, best known for Rock's Party Store, which operated near Sea Pines Circle for two decades. It included an open air vegetable stand and barbecue made on the premises by Elgie Stover.
  • Matthew Mason, 43, of Maryland, died June 6. He was a Down syndrome child of Hilton Head Islanders Dick and Mary Mason who endeared himself to PGA Tour players and fans as "Ambassador of the 14th Hole" at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, where he helped his father as a volunteer. Mary Mason wrote a book about their life with Matthew called "Ambassador of the 14th Hole."
  • Earl Rogers, 88, of Sun City Hilton Head, died June 26. He was a quick-witted storyteller who loved the outdoors and gardening, all attributes that might shield from the public his haunting memories of concentration camps at the end of World War II. He made 26 parachute jumps, survived the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge, where he spent 21 days behind enemy lines, living on snow. He was decorated with multiple Purple Hearts, and the Bronze and Silver stars. He was chosen to serve in Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's honor guard.
  • Nancy Caldwell Wittke, 93, of Hilton Head, died Jan. 29. She moved to the island in 1975, and as a board member of the Hilton Head Art League introduced two annual fundraisers, "The Art & Flower Show" and "The Fabulous Fakes." She escorted groups on art-oriented trips throughout the U.S, Mexico and Europe. She was famous for creativity with her whimsical paintings and extravagant costumes, most of which she made herself without the aid of a pattern.
  • Thomas E. "Tom" Cooper, 59, of Hilton Head, died June 8. After moving to the island in 2001, he formed CB Holdings Ltd., which included local retail stores Cinnamon Bear Country Store, Knickers, Beach's of Hilton Head, Hatley and Harbour Town Crafts.
  • Donald Knoll, 88, of Bluffton, died June 7. He was instrumental in starting the croquet clubs at Port Royal Plantation and Sun City Hilton Head.
  • William H. "Bill" Baldwin Jr., 93, of Hilton Head, died Jan. 15. As president of the Heritage Farms Association in Sea Pines he was instrumental in developing its "Fresh Vegetables for Deep Well" program, which has donated tons of fresh vegetables to the needy. After 27 years, he ended his gardening career at age 90.
  • Margaret Heyward, 90, of Bluffton, died Feb. 24. For a quarter century, she owned and operated a beauty salon in a converted back porch of what is now the Heyward House Historic Center. For about 10 years, she was the only hair dresser working in the Hilton Head-Bluffton area. She was active at the Church of the Cross for more than 50 years and a longtime volunteer at the Calhoun Station thrift store.
  • Wayne Whiteman, 82, of Hilton Head, died July 26. He was an early leader in vacation rental management on Hilton Head, joining Sea Pines Co. in 1973 and later working with Sand Dollar Management in Palmetto Dunes.
  • Rhonda L. Seckinger, 62, of Seabrook, died Jan. 9. A retired over-the-road trucker, she founded and was head coach of the Island All Stars Special Needs Cheerleading Squad on Hilton Head.
  • Elizabeth "Liz" McLean, 94, of Hilton Head, died Jan. 16. Her love for gardening during her 33 years on Hilton Head was best illustrated by an 18-foot-tall lemon tree she grew from a seed.
  • Rozetta Mariotte, 89, of Hilton Head, died July 8. After her husband, Richard, who for years chronicled the island's music scene, died of Alzheimer's, she crusaded against the disease, creating a foundation and organizing two major fundraisers.
  • Bobbie Kelsey-Smith, 88, of Hilton Head, died Aug. 12. She served two years as chairman of women volunteers at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
  • Dick Rochow, 91, formerly of Hilton Head, died Oct. 13. In 1981, he and his wife, Barbara, opened Forsythe Jewelers on the island.
  • Dick McTeer, 86, of Bluffton, died Sept. 13. He was a civic and business leader in Hardeeville for 35 years. A great storyteller with a passion for local history, he served on the nursing home ministry at First Baptist Church of Bluffton for 17 years.
  • Elias Horry Pinckney Sr., 77, of Ridgeland, died Oct. 16. As president of Pinckney Brothers Inc., he worked as a custom home builder for 45 years on Hilton Head and Spring islands.
  • Alford Pope, 108, of Hilton Head, died Feb. 14. At the time of his death, he was the oldest alumnus of Harvard University.
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