Paul Robert Hadley III

  • Born: April 10, 1948
  • Died: January 25, 2020
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul Robert Hadley III, 71, of James Island, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer. His memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, at 12:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in Molly Wier Hall. Interment will be private. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Paul was born April 10, 1948 in Ithaca, NY, to the late Paul Robert Hadley, Jr. and Alice Eleanor Churchill Hadley. He grew up in Berea, KY, his mother's hometown, where he gained a lifelong appreciation of handicrafts from his grandparents who owned and operated Churchill Weavers.

Paul proudly served in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1974, where he received electronics training and was posted to Charleston where he has lived since. He received a BA in English from College of Charleston and worked in a variety of jobs including computer sales, computer consulting, aquaculture and 17 years with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, where he met his wife Nancy Hawk. They were married in 1980 and have resided in the home he built on James Island for 39 years.

Paul enjoyed working with his hands whether using wood, leather, copper or a combination. He had a talent for and love of electronics. He enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels and was a founder of James Island Outreach after Hurricane Hugo. Paul was a member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, where he was a Deacon and especially enjoyed the fellowship of the Men's Breakfast.

In addition to his loving wife Nancy, Paul is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Graff Goetzinger (Luke) of Louisville, KY, and her three sons John Henry, Robert and Patrick Graff; an adopted granddaughter Sarah Rose Amos; a step son, Jamie McGlothlin of Hurst, TX, and his two sons Jefferson and Zachary McGlothlin; three sisters, Anne Noss (Charles), Pat Vermeersch (Mike) and Kim Irving (Pat); many in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of Paul's favorite missions: James Island Outreach, 1872 C Camp Road, Charleston, SC 29412; Water Mission, 1150 Kinzer St Bldg 1605, North Charleston, SC 29405; Habitat for Humanity, 731 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403 or First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Paul was one of the sharpest people I ever met and worked with while at the 'clam farm' and Marine Resources, with a wit second to none. He could conceive, design and build just about anything he set his mind to, and could make what had already been built work better. What I learned about him in reading his obituary, however, is what I wish I had learned about and from him while still with us in this life. He was a man of faith who put it and his talents into action, to produce practical results for those less fortunate than us. Glad to have known you at all, Paul -- but I confess I wish I'd known you better. Nancy, my deepest sympathy to you and all your loved ones.

Posted by Ray Haggerty - Aiken, SC   January 28, 2020

I felt so connected to Paul because of his history with Churchill Weavers and Berea College. Our daughter, Alice Driver, went to Berea and when living in KY we learned so much about the history there including the looms. Paul recalled crawling under the looms as a child. It was a pleasure to sit on the porch of their house and share the weaving history we had in common, as I am a weaver who loves to learn about history connected to my craft. I am sad he is gone, i know he was a wonderful partner to Nancy and enriched her life. My thoughts are with her and those who knew and loved Paul.

Posted by Louise Halsey - Ozark, AR - Family Friend   January 28, 2020

Several years ago while a member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, I took over the coordination of our Habitat from Humanity build team from Paul, who had done the coordination for many years. Although I had the "coordinator" role, Paul continued to show up every week for the homes we built and pretty much knew as much about building the homes as did the skilled Habitat foremen who guided all of us unskilled workers. He'd guide us through building questions and didn't laugh when we'd use 100 nails where 30 would be needed. He was a joy to be around, an inspirational presence, and will be greatly missed.

Posted by JIm Custer - Mount Pleasant, SC   January 28, 2020

Paul was a part of our family and will always remain so. No one could surpass Paul's telling of stories, usually self-deprecating. He would leave tears of laughter and joy. Now those tears fall for other reasons, some of them blatantly selfish. He's somewhere else, possibly sharing some more stories with other loved ones who left us far too soon. I envy them.

Posted by Jackie Stringer - Town of James Island, SC - Friend   January 28, 2020

No words appropriate how my grandmother, Nancy, must feel after losing a lifelong companion and best friend. I am sad and heartsick over this loss. My grandfather was a fine man and a good person. You all have my deepest sympathy. I hope that your strong and abiding faith will see you through this sad time.

Posted by Sarah Graff-Amos - New Albany, IN - Grandchild   January 28, 2020

So sorry to see him pass.

Posted by Anna Hohnadel - Atlantic, VA   January 28, 2020

So sorry to hear of your passing and thankful you have found peace. You made a difference in many lives and in this world. You have been very important to many people that have been important to me. Thank you for keeping great company and sharing. Soar high and rejoice.

Posted by Kathy Swanson - Johns Island, SC   January 27, 2020

Paul was a wonderful person and will be missed! I remember eating lunch with him at the College of Charleston, sitting outside in the sun, and talking about everything. He often had funny insights and I always enjoyed those lunches.

Posted by Gretchen Stringer-Robinson - Wadmalaw Island, SC - Friend   January 27, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Paul's death. My condolences to Nancy and his family.

Posted by Elizabeth Wenner - Wadmalaw Island, SC - Friend   January 27, 2020

Rest in Peace, Uncle Paul. Thank you for being a loving and loveable part of my childhood. *hug*

Posted by Sandra Stringer - James Island, SC   January 27, 2020