Joseph Lester Wolfe III ’64

Joseph Lester Wolfe III passed away peacefully at home in Murrells Inlet on February 3, 2020, after a long illness.

He was born in Charlotte on November 13, 1942, the son of Joseph Lester Wolfe, Jr. and Caroline DaVega Wolfe. The family moved to Florence when Joe was five years old. He graduated from McCleneghan High School class of 1960 where he excelled at golf and tennis. He attended Davidson College where he was a member of the tennis team.

After college, he remained an active athlete throughout his life. He was President of City Ice and Fuel Company, a business begun by his grandfather in the 1940s. He later had a lengthy career in the insurance business, serving the needs of the Florence community and beyond. He was known in the business world for his attention to detail, honesty and integrity.

In 1965 he married Carolyn Moss, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. They became the parents of their son Les, who he adored and was so proud of. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Florence with their families.

While they enjoyed traveling, they moved to Murrells Inlet in 2011 and became Members of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church where they made many new friends. In his leisure time, he had a passion for cycling and excelled at marksmanship.

Joe is survived by his wife Carolyn Moss Wolfe, his son Joseph Lester Wolfe, IV and his wife Anne Pinckney Wolfe; his brother Henry DaVega Wolfe and wife Debbie; his grandchildren Chappel Pinckney Wolfe and William Rutledge Wolfe, and many extended family.

One of Joe’s greatest joys in his life was becoming a grandfather to Chappel and Rutledge and spending time with them.

A graveside service is planned at a later date at Old Orchard Cemetery in Petersburg, TN.

Memorials can be made to Pawley’s Island Presbyterian Church, Florence Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice.

An online guestbook is available at

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is handling arrangements.

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Frederick Schoen ’64

Frederick W. Schoen passed away on June 12, 2019, in Naples, Florida. Fred was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1942.

He is survived by his spouse, Virginia, his son, Andrew C., and his daughter, Mary S. Wenzel (Martin). He was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah S. Echevarria. He is also survived by his sister, Mary S. Back (David). He leaves behind his grandchildren, Patrick, Abby and Anna.

Fred was a graduate of Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and The Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). After graduate school, he served as an officer in The United States Army from 1966 through 1968.

He then joined Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and moved to Akron, Ohio. From Akron, the family moved to South Africa. This was the first of many adventures with Firestone, followed by New Zealand and Venezuela.

Once back in the US, Fred joined the Brenlin Group managing several of their businesses, and Fred and Ginger purchased their first home in Marco Island.

He loved Marco Island, boating, fishing and his friends. In his final years, he really enjoyed volunteering as a boat captain for The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, as well as his membership in the local Kiwanis club.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Thomas Loflin III ’64

Thomas F. Loflin III, a Durham attorney, died Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2019, of natural causes. He was 76. He was born in Hendersonville, N.C. His parents were Thomas F. Loflin Jr., and Mary Anne (Turner) Loflin, both deceased.

He was a graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina Law School. He was a Vietnam War veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ann (Frye) Loflin, his only daughter, Jocelyn, his maternal aunt, Frances Satterfield of Waynesville, N.C., and many cousins.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 10th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. A brief time of sharing will be held during the visitation starting at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.

William L. “Smoke” DeVaughan ’64

Lt. Col. William L. “Smoke” DeVaughan, U.S. Army (Ret.) of Statesville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at the age of 75 after a long illness.

He is survived by his sons, Alan (Lynne) DeVaughan and Colin DeVaughan of St. Louis, Mo.; and grandchildren, Mark DeVaughan and Amy DeVaughan. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sherrow DeVaughan of Alexandria, Va.; and half sister, Ida Jo Rimes of Wilsonville, Ala.

Bill earned degrees from both Davidson College (B.S., Chemistry) and Vanderbilt University (M.A., Sociology), and then traveled the globe in his capacity as a Chemical Officer in the U.S. Army. He earned many decorations, including a Bronze Star during his tour in Vietnam in the early 1970s.

After retiring from military service in the late 1980s, he returned to North Carolina and was active with multiple veterans groups, including his local VFW chapter and Rolling Thunder. He made multiple trips to visit his fallen brothers and sisters at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., and wrote extensively on issues affecting veterans.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home in Statesville. Lt. Col. DeVaughan will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Welcome Home Veterans in Mooresville.

Bill Cantey, Jr. ’64

William Childs Cantey Jr.'64William (“Bill”) Childs Cantey, Jr. died at home Friday, September 7, 2018, following an extended illness with Parkinson’s Disease. Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Campbell Cantey.

He was born in Columbia on January 16, 1943, son of William Childs Cantey, M.D., and Blanche Dennis Cantey. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Dennis Cantey Foster.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Shives Funeral Home, 7600 Trenholm Road Extension. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 14, at 3:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, followed by a visitation in Satterlee Hall.

Bill was educated in Columbia City schools, graduating Dreher High School, class of ’60; followed by Davidson College, class of ’64. He received his MBA in finance from Harvard University in 1966. Bill served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea. He returned to Columbia in 1968 and began his career in commercial real estate. He founded and was President of Cantey & Company, Inc., a real estate consulting and property management firm.

Bill was also a Senior Instructor on the national faculty of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM), of which he was designated the national “Faculty Instructor of the Year” in 2004. Another great interest of Bill’s was the S.C. State Fair, which had also been an interest of his father and grandfather. Bill served as President from 2005-2018.

Bill also served as President of the Executive’s Association of Greater Columbia (EAGC), The Greater Columbia and S.C. Realtor’s Association, and the Columbia Kiwanis Club. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a member of the Columbia Cotillion Club, the Pine Tree Hunt Club, the Centurion Society and Forest Lake Club.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by a son, William Childs Cantey, III and his wife Nicole Paul Cantey of Columbia; a daughter, Elizabeth Cantey Keating and her husband Stephen Michael Keating of Boise, ID; and a son, Hugh Campbell Cantey and his wife Kat Mooney Cantey of Columbia.

He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, William Childs Cantey, IV, John Graham Campbell Cantey; Welles Elizabeth Keating, Anna Campbell Keating, Charlotte Helen Keating; Avery Appalachian Mooney Cantey, and Isaiah Campbell Cantey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the following “in memory of William C. Cantey, Jr.”: The S.C. State Fair Scholarship Fund with checks made payable to “SC State Fair” PO Box 393, Columbia, SC 29202. Or, the William C. Cantey, Jr. CCIM Memorial Fund, “CCIM Foundation” PO Box 6456, Columbia, SC 29260. Or, to the Parkinson’s class, Delay the Disease, “YMCA Healthy Living Center,” 419 North 11th Street, Boise, ID 83702.