Year-end obituary review

Some of those who died in 2013 after leaving their mark on the community

info@islandpacket.comDecember 30, 2013 

Those who died in 2013 who left a mark on the community include the names listed here.

  • RALPH BALLANTINE, 93, of Hilton Head Island, died Feb. 17. He was an artist, sculptor and architect whose work as an advertising illustrator included the good hands of Allstate and the Schlitz Malt Liquor bull before he moved his young family to Hilton Head in 1967. He became a quiet, beloved leader in the arts community. He created the bronze bust of Sea Pines founder Charles E. Fraser on his grave at the Liberty Oak, overlooking Harbour Town. Ballantine also designed the nearby CQs restaurant, the Saddlebag Building next door and the Old Fort Pub on Skull Creek.
  • LUKE N. BROWN JR., 94, of Ridgeland, died Dec. 8. He was a trial lawyer who served 21 years as a judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit, the first district judge to be elected from Jasper County. He was active until his death, still serving as a special referee for Jasper County. He was chairman of the Jasper County Elections Commission for 14 years. He was honored for his community service to the town he adopted in 1951 when he was named grand marshal of the 2010 Ridgeland Christmas Parade.
  • CHARLES CAUTHEN, 75, of Hilton Head, died Sept. 1. He was involved in development and real estate sales on Hilton Head beginning in 1974, but had a special passion for Daufuskie Island. He was active at First Presbyterian Church and a popular raconteur.
  • MARTY COLLERAN, 85, of Bluffton, died March 23. He was a construction supervisor for Sea Pines beginning in 1963, and later vice president of community services at Hilton Head Plantation.
  • CARTHA "DEKE" DELOACH, 92, of Hilton Head, died March 13. He was a trusted adviser to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, third in command at the FBI, and a vice president of PepsiCo Inc. before retiring to Hilton Head in the early 1980s. He was instrumental in starting the Self Family Arts Center, now the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, spearheading the Hilton Head Island Cultural Council's fundraising efforts. He remained chairman emeritus of the arts center until his death.
  • JARVIS DEPKIN, 92, formerly of Hilton Head and Bluffton, died Sept. 7. She moved to Hilton Head with her husband and five children in the early 1960s and ran two riding stables and organized an annual horse show in Sea Pines for many years.
  • JODIE DUPUIS, 78, of Bluffton, died Jan. 21. She was the artistic director of the May River Theatre, which she co-founded with her husband, Ed, in 2000. In the mid-1970s, she was the first choreographer at the Hilton Head Playhouse.
  • RAY ELLIS, 92, formerly of Hilton Head, died Oct. 4. He was a nationally recognized artist whose subject matter included many scenes from the Lowcountry and Savannah.
  • BILL FERGUSON, 65, of Hilton Head, died Aug. 23. He represented Ward 1 on Town Council from 1993 to 2012, serving as its only minority member and ending as its longest-serving member.
  • JIM FERGUSON, 58, of Hilton Head, died April 27. He was a real estate agent and golfer. He was a two-time Hilton Head Island Amateur champion and the 2010 Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association Match-Play Champion. He earned a spot in the USGA U.S. Senior Open in 2010.
  • BARBARA B. HODGES, 87, of Hilton Head, died Nov. 9. After raising her family, she earned a degree in landscape architecture. She worked in that field and wrote about gardening on Hilton Head for more than 20 years. She was a founding member of All Saints Episcopal Church and its annual Garden Tour, and designed the church's grounds and columbarium garden.
  • GREG JAMES, 69, of Hilton Head, died Sept. 4. He was the island's 1995 Realtor of the Year, and past president of the VanLandingham Rotary Club. He founded the Wm. F. Hilton Real Estate Co.
  • DAVID JONES, 85, of Hilton Head, died Jan. 9. He was an entrepreneur who was the first African American from Hilton Head elected to the Beaufort County Council, serving 10 years from 1967 to 1977. He once owned three shrimp trawlers and was president of the Hilton Head Fishing Cooperative. In 1970, he became the symbolic center of the successful protest against a proposed BASF chemical plant on the Colleton River in Bluffton, considered a threat to the fishing industry. He was aboard his Capt. Dave shrimp trawler when it completed its widely publicized trip from Hilton Head to Washington, D.C., to hand-deliver more than 40,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Interior opposing the plant for environmental reasons.
  • RALPH H. LYNES SR., 88, of Hilton Head, died Dec. 24. He was an early homebuilder on the island, a founding member of the First Baptist Church, president of the Hilton Head Island Homebuilders Association, Rotarian and Mason. In retirement, he built the building for the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Last year, he built 200 wooden cars to be distributed to needy children.
  • IDA MARTIN, 86, of Bluffton, died June 12. She founded the nonprofit Bluffton Self Help organization out of her garage in 1987 to help working families, the disabled and the elderly in times of need. In 2011, she received the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the nation's highest civilian honors. She is fondly remembered for asking President Barack Obama for a hug at the White House ceremony. In 2012, she was inducted into the town of Bluffton's Wall of Honor as "a selfless contributor to the welfare of Bluffton for nearly 20 years."
  • AILEEN L. MCGINTY, 85, of Hilton Head, died July 6. She came to Hilton Head in 1954 and taught generations of island children, beginning in a one-room schoolhouse at Honey Horn.
  • CHARLES M. MITCHELL, 82, of Sun City Hilton Head, died Dec. 1. He was active on Hilton Head before moving to Sun City, where he was known for his weekly sports television show, "Between the Lines." He was a charter delegate to the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature, an advocate for the elderly for the state legislature. He received a "Special Person" award from the University of South Carolina Beaufort athletic department in 2010.
  • THE REV. MILTON J. NAUSS, 93, formerly of Hilton Head, died Oct. 19. In his retirement, he founded and built Island Lutheran Church on Hilton Head.
  • BENJAMIN M. RACUSIN, 98, of Hilton Head, died Aug. 11. He was elected the Town of Hilton Head Island's first mayor in 1983, following a decade of work toward incorporation and leadership roles in many community organizations. After retiring to the island in 1971, he became a member of 40 different organizations, supporting causes ranging from health and the arts to youth and humanitarian efforts. He headed the Hilton Head Community Association and the Island Emergency Council prior to town government. He played a leadership role when a barge knocked the bridge to the island out of service for six weeks in 1974. He received the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award, and Town Council chambers are named for him.
  • JERRY REEVES III, 82, of Bluffton, died Oct. 20. He was a business and civic leader. He founded the Resort Services Inc. resort laundry. He and partners bought the Bluffton Oyster Co. site, and he facilitated its conversion to a public park. He served on Beaufort County Council and the school board. He was a founding member of the Bluffton Rotary Club and was president of the boards of The Children's Center and the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. He is on the Bluffton Wall of Honor and received the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award from the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce for selfless service to the community.
  • PEG ROBINSON, 69, of Hilton Head, died March 30. Her energetic, can-do spirit set a tone for Hilton Head when she and E.G. Robinson III built the third home in Palmetto Dunes. She helped many charitable and fundraising events for the Gators youth football program, local schools, the Hilton Head Board of Realtors and the Home Builders Association. She was a charter member of the Hilton Head Island Shag Club and helped organize and host the Sun, Sand and Sea beach-music dance during the Heritage to promote youth athletic programs. She was co-owner of Classic Consignments Fine Furniture and Antiques for more than 20 years.
  • NANCY ROE of Bluffton died April 23. She worked for Sea Pines Realty Co. for 30 years and was known as an equestrian and Republican Party leader.
  • TOM SINGER, 67, formerly of Hilton Head, died May 4. He was a Realtor and loan officer who served as board president of the Hilton Head Island Association of Realtors. He was the island's 1987 Realtor of the Year.
  • NANCY STEPHENS, 77, of Hilton Head, died July 23. She was a 30-year island resident whose byline as a freelance writer became familiar to many.
  • JAMES W. STRAYER, 85, of Sun City Hilton Head, died Aug. 11. He was a jazz drummer and artist who lived in the area more than 30 years in retirement. His oil paintings, often including Lowcountry wildlife, were the focus of several Hilton Head Art League exhibitions.
  • SISTER GUADALUPE "LUPE" DOMINGEZ STUMP, 86, of Bluffton, died April 20. She was a lifelong outspoken advocate for social justice who came to Hardeeville in 1997 to serve a booming Hispanic population for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston. She and the late Sister Mary Gallagher, of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, founded the Mercy Ministries of the Lowcountry Thrift Store and food pantry in Hardeeville. She also worked to provide affordable housing in Hardeeville and helped the courts, police and schools as a translator and liaison to the Hispanic community. She was honored as grand marshal of the Hardeeville Christmas Parade in 2012.
  • JOSEPH C. URATO, 100, formerly of Hilton Head, died Jan. 18. He and his wife, Concetta, came to the island in 1974 to "help out for a few weeks" as family members opened the first pizzeria, Urato's Plaza Pizza in Coligny Plaza. He and Connie stayed 35 years, as family members opened other restaurants, including Fratello's.
  • CORINNE VANLANDINGHAM, 103, formerly of Hilton Head, died Sept. 3. She captured the feel of a fast-changing community in a column called "Sand Dollars" that ran in The Island Packet for 20 years, beginning at the paper's inception in 1970.
  • PEGGY WARNKE, 73, of Hilton Head, died Aug. 29. She was the driving force behind the Second Helpings food-distribution charity. While she was executive director, it grew from two trucks to six, and from collecting 500 pounds of food per year to 2.7 million pounds, serving charities in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. She was grand marshal of the 2004 Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • ED WIGGINS JR., 78, of Bluffton, died Aug. 21. He helped establish the "Hilton Head look" as an architect on the island from 1958 to 2011.
  • DENA WILKINS, 62, of Hilton Head Island, died Sept. 26. She influenced the young lives of many successful islanders as owner and operator of Hansel and Gretel Day Care in the early 1980s, and then Ms. Dena's Day Care in her home for many years.
  • ROBERT A. "BOBBY" WOODS SR., 88, of Bluffton, died Jan. 3. He moved his family to Hilton Head in 1956, the year its first bridge opened, and his Robert A. Woods Construction Co. built more than 500 custom homes on the island. He was a charter member of First Baptist Church of Hilton Head and built its first sanctuary in 1962.
  • KATHLEEN O'BRIEN WYNN, 91, of Hilton Head, died Dec. 30, 2012. She was a nurse at Hilton Head Hospital for 17 years in a nursing career that spanned 50 years and included service in the European Theater in World War II. She was a charter member of St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church, serving as a Eucharist minister for more than 20 years.

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