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Jan. 12

Shelden J. Keenan

Spent career in paper industry

Shelden John Keenan of the River Club, who retired from a career in the paper industry, died Jan. 5. He was 84.

He was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Mildred Shelden and Walter John Keenan. He spent 40 years in Rochester, completing 17 years of Catholic education, including one year in St. Andrews Seminary. He went on to graduate from Niagara University, where he majored in history. In 1955, as an Army ROTC second lieutenant, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and then Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Mr. Keenan had a long sales career in the corrugated container industry with the St. Joe Paper Co. and retired as sales manager with MacMillan Bloedel.

Following retirement, he relocated to Pawleys Island in 1993 and continued to enjoy his beloved game of golf. He began playing when he was 12 years old working as a caddy and locker room attendant at the Country Club of Rochester. He was a member of the Litchfield Country Club and fondly participated in the Cops & Robbers league.

In addition to his recreational activities, Mr. Keenan was a devout Catholic and contributing member of the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. He served as an usher and lector, and was an active member in the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight.

He spent many years in multiple leadership positions with the Pawleys Island Lions Club and supported many charitable organizations including hospice and Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Rankin Keenan; three children, Christopher Patrick, Shaun Michael and Maura Keenan Boselowitz; one step-daughter, Wendy Draffin Caldwell and her family; six grandchildren, Connor, Daniel, Antonio, Colleen, Mary and Liam Shelden; one brother, J. Patrick Keenan; two nieces, Patricia and Maureen; and one nephew, Brian. His former spouse, Nancy Louise Keenan, died before him, and he is also survived by her children, Ron, Richard and Larry Held and their families.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at noon at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church with a repast following in the Parish Hall.

Memorials may be made to Knights of Columbus Council 11028, Precious Blood of Christ Church, 1633 Waverly Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Rebecca Pate-King

Retired bank vice president

Rebecca Pate-King of Pawleys Island, a retired banker, died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 66. She was born June 24, 1950 in Pensacola, N.C., the daughter of Iris Pate-Young and the late Clarence E. Pate.

She retired as a vice president of Carolina First Bank, now TD Bank. She was a long-time board member of Waccamaw Centers for Mental Health and St. Christopher’s Children. She was a member of the Pawleys Island Rotary Club. She loved her First Baptist Church family in Georgetown and was a member of the Samaritan Sunday School Class.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Charles King; three step-children, Gloria Zander and her husband John, Brenda K. Pope and her husband Jerry and Reggie King and his wife Sandy; her sister, Joan Pate-Foy and her husband Wes; eight step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; five nephews; one niece; and a special aunt, Mary Anne Miller.

She was grateful for her many friends through her journey who brought joy and encouragement, and her family said she had special thanks for her friend Maureen Ganzala.

In addition to her father, two brothers, Gary Pate and Michael Pate; grandparents, Hobert and Mae McPeters and Sherdian and Anne Pate, died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at noon at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m.

A graveside service will be held at Eddie McMahan Cemetery in Pensacola at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or to the Eddie McMahan Cemetery Fund, 85 Miller Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


Jan. 5

Richard Iovene

Retired from AT&T

Richard Iovene of Hagley Estates died Dec. 24 at his home. He was 77.

He was born in New Haven, Conn., the son of John and Irma Iovene. He worked for AT&T for 30 years.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Kathy Iovene; daughter, Christine Goulette (Fred) of Coventry, R.I.; father-in-law, Harold Hoerich of Hendersonville, NC; and sister-in-law, Rose Swoboda of Atlanta.

Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Tidelands Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St, Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Amelia A. McFaddin

Retired teacher was active in community service

Amelia Arthur McFaddin, 99, a retired teacher who was active in community services, died Dec. 21 in Charleston. She was 99.

She was was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Richland County, the daughter of William Weston Arthur and Anne Peyre Moore Arthur.

She graduated in 1940 from the University of South Carolina where she was a cheerleader and member of the May Court.

She was married to the late James Hugh McFaddin and lived in Manning and Pawleys Island.

Mrs. McFaddin was a retired school teacher and had a lifelong interest in, and commitment to, service and community organizations on both local and statewide levels.

She was an active parishioner in her church throughout her life, whether in Stateburg, Manning, Summerton or Pawleys Island. At her death, she was a member of Grace Church Cathedral. Her love for gardening and beautification led her to be a charter member of the Azalea Garden Club in Manning and the Lowcountry Herb Society at Pawleys Island, as well as a docent at Brookgreen Gardens and member of Pawleys Island Beautification Committee.

Her sense of civic responsibility and concern for children and families led to her service as a board member of York Place Episcopal Home for Children, Clarendon County Library and Lowcountry Girl Scouts, volunteer at Smith Medical Clinic, member of Georgetown County Election Commission and poll watcher, and charter member of the Pee Dee Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in South Carolina. One of her greatest honors was her service as grand marshal of the Pawleys Island Fourth of July Parade.

She is survived by three daughters: Anne M. Sauls (Morgan) of Manning, Jane A. McFaddin (Charles Bryan Jr.) of Charleston and Margaret S. McFaddin of Columbia; son, James Hugh McFaddin Jr. (Jill) of Manning; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Another daughter, Amelia McFaddin Barringer, died before her.

A memorial Eucharist will be held Saturday in Grace Church Cathedral at 2 p.m. Committal will be at Church of the Holy Cross churchyard in Stateburg on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Kanuga Conferences, Hendersonville, N.C.; Smith Medical Clinic Inc., 116 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, P.O. Box 20485, Charleston, SC 29413.

Memorial messages may be sent atjhenrystuhr.com.

Joyce Pasculli

Enjoyed time on the water

Augusta “Joyce” Pasculli of the Tradition Club died Dec. 23 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 85.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of Augustus and Lucille Harris. Mrs. Pasculli enjoyed vacationing – especially cruises – boating, fishing and crossword puzzles. She was a member of All Saints Church.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Louis Pasculli; nephew Jeffrey Wallace and his wife Mema of St. Albans, N.Y.; grandson Robert Ganzaroli and his wife Gwen of Gaffney; and great-grandchildren Julian and Jessica Ganzaroli.

Funeral services were Friday at All Saints Church.

Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, 9801-I Southern Pines Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; the National Breast Cancer Research Center, 18 N. Law St. Aberdeen, MD 21001; or All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

George L. Vickery

TV work led to career in real estate

George Lowry Vickery of DeBordieu, whose early success in television led to a career in real estate, died Dec. 26. He was 85.

He was an active golfer, fisherman and writer. His blogs, relating to his experiences in early television and whatever else popped into his head, were read by almost 300 recipients. His novel, “Beyond September,” was an Amazon best-seller on its debut in 2008.

He was born in Atlanta and carried off to Miami in 1934 at the age of 3. His writing skills emerged early with essay contest winnings from both American Legion and Dade County while still in junior high school. He became editor-in-chief of the Miami Jackson Globe and was an A student. Even so, he found time for the teams of football, track and golf. Upon graduation, he was singularly chosen for the Jackson Hall of Fame.

Attending the University of Miami on a full academic/activities scholarship, he majored in journalism and was a member of the Class of 1953. Along the way he was chosen for multiple awards, including the Ibis Outstanding Senior. He was editor-in-chief of the Miami Hurricane newspaper, co-editor of the Ibis yearbook, and humor columnist for UM’s Tempo magazine. He was tapped into Iron Arrow, at that time the highest honor achieved by men at UM, and was elected Son of Chief.

Mr. Vickery was drafted into the Army and served two years in the psychological warfare division, handling the duties of chief writer for both the U.S. and Europe. He wrote a play about PsyWar that was staged before GIs in six European countries.

Immediately upon his return to civilian life in 1955, he was offered the job of public service and publicity director at Miami’s WTVJ, the CBS affiliate and the first TV station in the South. He also was director of publicity, merchandising and sales promotion during this stint. He wrote a play, “The Day There Was No News,” which was aired on both radio and television.

After heading up promotion at WJBF-TV under the legendary J.B. Fuqua, Mr. Vickery was called back to become promotion manager at WTVJ.

For six years he entertained many of the CBS Television stars, including Jackie Gleason, which would start a lengthy relationship. The CBS Star Junket was traditionally held in alternate years in Miami Beach. The CBS network introduced its new programs and stars-to-be to a national press and supported them with the biggest names in television. Mr. Vickery served as local liaison with the network.

In 1968, he left the TV world and opened George Vickery Advertising and Public Relations. After a couple of years, J.B. Fuqua found him again and brought him to Atlanta to head up marketing at Fuqua Industries, which had become one of the nation’s leading conglomerates.

After a few years traveling the country helping Fuqua’s 18 companies, Mr. Fuqua sent him to become vice president of sales and marketing for Inverrary, a thousand-acre development in Fort Lauderdale. This is where he renewed his relationship with Gleason, a resident and the public “face” of Inverrary.

Mr. Vickery helped start the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic, which still exists today as the PGA’ s Honda Classic. After Inverrary sold out, he joined Arvida Corp. in Boca Raton as vice president of marketing and sales, overseeing the giant Boca West development as well as the iconic Boca Raton Hotel and Club.

From there he joined Great American Management and Investment in Atlanta as VP of Marketing. GAMI was a REIT struggling with a portfolio of half a billion dollars worth of foreclosed real estate. Mr. Vickery was successful in developing, marketing and liquidating 40 condominium developments and numerous hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and large land parcels.

With this knowledge, he left and started Equity Realty, headquartered in Atlanta, with financial backing from Sam Zell, billionaire investor in Chicago. The goal was to convert apartments to condominiums. ERI sold out 12 projects in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Pete, Hartford and Chicago, a total of 4,500 units in four years.

It was time for early retirement at the age of 52, but 1983 was seeing a real estate recession, so he became a consultant, aiding distressed projects in Vero Beach, Gulfport and Palm Beach for the next two years. Then he retired for good and bought a home in Key Largo.

Not inclined to be idle, Mr. Vickery became a Coast Guard licensed fishing captain, a real estate broker, freelance writer and half owner of a weekly newspaper.

In 1987, his world turned around when he met Kitty Inabinet. They married the next year and he moved to South Carolina to help her with subsidiary companies after she sold Defender Industries, a company she and her late husband, B.C. Inabinet, had started 30 years earlier.

George and Kitty moved to DeBordieu in 1988. In 1994-95, he served on the board of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. In DeBordieu he was on the boards of both the club and the community association. He chaired the dredging of the DeBordieu canal and established a community dock, picnic grounds and crabbing areas.

Normally a golfer shooting in the high 90s, George tried for many years to shoot his age. He over-succeeded at the age of 83, shooting a 78.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Ruffner and Linda Beach; five grandchildren, Jonathan Ruffner, Danielle Vickery, Chrissy Chapman, Nic Beach; four great-grandchildren mothered by Johanna Nettles (Brian), Chris Magyari, Tyler Coleman, Coralyn Nettles and Rhett Nettles; three step-children, Dixie I. Hicks, Ben C. Inabinet and Kathy I. Laney and their children; Andi Hicks, Benji Inabinet, Kathryn Inabinet, Alex Inabinet, Austin Chrisley, Graham Chrisley and Ashlyn Laney.

Memorial services were Dec. 29 at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29442.


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