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Alexander Matthias Hopkins Kuffel-Barbanel

Alexander Matthias Hopkins Kuffel-Barbanel
  • April 16, 2001 - April 4, 2019
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
  • Charleston Area Justice Ministry
    PO Box 71416
    North Charleston, SC 29415

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“Wish ya well ”
1 of 49 | Posted by: Ann Grace - Charleston, SC

“This is Tricia. My heart hurts for you and the family. I'm so sorry my car is broken down and I can't get to visit with you. We had memories in NIa...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Patricia Womac - James Island, SC

“I love you so incredibly much, Crash. I always will. ”
3 of 49 | Posted by: Frankie

“What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul.Thank you for sharing your son with all of us and this world. His life made an impact and a difference...Read More »
4 of 49 | Posted by: Leah, Jamie, Molly and Madison McConnell - SC

“To Alex: I remember when I met you I thought finally someone Adam can have an eye level conversation with. That was my own attempt at being clever,...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: Liv Provosty - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Anne,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds as if Logan was truly a gifted, smart and wonderful young man. Prayers be with all your family....Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“I am very sorry for your loss. Please allow the fondest memories shared with your loved one to be a soothing blanket over your heart. May God words...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Amy and Ann,Our deepest sorrow and sympathy goes out to you and all our extended families on the loss of Alex. We know that he was taken...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Norma and Sandy Goldberg - SC

“Love you always, Alex. Forever grateful for the time that we spent together, friend. Praying for you and your family. ”
9 of 49 | Posted by: Chisolm Jackson - Charleston, SC

“I am thinking about you I love you and wish you well. ”
10 of 49 | Posted by: Emma Brown - Johns Island, SC

“I was very saddened by this news. Alex was a pretty amazing kid; kindhearted, funny, comfortable in his own skin, and I will always remember him that...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Kelly Hedlund - Charleston, SC

“Such a loss, Anne. Blessings on you and your family. Our prayers go out to you in this sad time to hold you in the wings of angels for comfort. ”
12 of 49 | Posted by: Ellen Greene

“I did not know Alex except through his grandmother Anne who has been my fried since 1953 but I do know how much his grandmother loved him, I cannot...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Jan Thurmond - Bogart, GA

“I am so very sorry. You have my deepest and sincerest sympathies as you go through this difficult time. May you find comfort in God's love. ”
14 of 49 | Posted by: Donnia Richardson - Charleston, SC

“Wade, Millie, and I are so very sorry for your incredible loss. May your find comfort in the sweet memories of your talented, gifted son. ”
15 of 49 | Posted by: Wade and Sharon Knowles - SC

“Our hearts ache for you over this tremendous loss. we are so sorry. ”
16 of 49 | Posted by: The Baker-Cramers - Charleston, SC

“Ann, I cannot begin to express to you the heartfelt love I have for you and your family.You are in my prayers.My love is with you and your loved ones...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: Jan Thurmond - Bogart, GA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
18 of 49 | Posted by: Pamela Temples - Charleston, SC

“There are no words at a time like this. My heart breaks for you, but know Alexander will not be forgotten. ”
19 of 49 | Posted by: Elizabeth Flowers - Charleston, SC

“My heart aches for you and your family. Alex is very gifted and beautiful. Amy you and Michael are such amazing parents, I know how grateful you...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Annie Purvis - James Island, SC

“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. ”
21 of 49 | Posted by: Gerry and Sharin Farr - Biddeford, ME

“Our deepest sympathy to your family. So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers. ”
22 of 49 | Posted by: Jennifer Sheffield - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
23 of 49 | Posted by: Ciara Greco - North Charleston, SC

“I have loved you Alex/Sasha since you were an adorable 5 year old, accompanying your beautiful mama to Nia classes. I gave you Brownie the first,...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Christina Stewart - Charleston, SC

“Im so sorry for your loss.... My prayers go out to you and your family. My daughter Jordyne Rowlin and Alex attended Buist Academy and JI Charter H....Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: Ericka Gray - Charleston, SC

“Dear Alex, thank you for being my friend. You were most caring person anyone could meet. You taught me how to be myself, and you were always there...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Garrett Haldrup - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. I was Alex's SAIL teacher at Buist Academy. He was very intelligent and excelled in many areas. His enthusiasm for...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Cynthia Smith - Mount Pleasant, SC

“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
28 of 49 | Posted by: Frank & Karen Calvert - FL

“So sorry you snd your family are in my prayers. ”
29 of 49 | Posted by: JoAnn Secero - St marys, GA

“I remember Alex in Cub Scouts, so excited about each new adventure. So many memories of the boys all getting together at someone's house or playing...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Mark Johnson - James Island, SC

“Alex was great reliable guy and such fun to have around. We grew close in the half year we knew each other, he's sorely missed. ”
31 of 49 | Posted by: Malachi Lanham - Charleston, SC

“Dear sweet Amy, I'm so sorry for your terrible loss. Alexander was truly a beautiful soul, and your love for one another was so easy to see, and so...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Laura Sage - Asheville, NC

“My heart is broken...Alexander was a bright thoughtful, talented, and wonderful! My 4th grade class at Buist will always be dear to me......Read More »
33 of 49 | Posted by: Maggie Gatch - Summerville, SC

“My sweet nephew, I dont think I will ever get over the loss of the beautiful, kind, creative spirit that was you. I remember holding you in my arms...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Amy Belle Isle - Lexington, SC

“My heart goes out so for the family of Alexander. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. ”
35 of 49 | Posted by: Steve Burris - Fernandina Beach, FL

“Dear Amy and Michael,Our hearts are breaking for your sadness. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Love,Cava & Billy Compton ”
36 of 49 | Posted by: Cava Compton - Johns Island, SC

“Alex, you were my friend for so many years. It's really difficult to think that you're gone but I know that the memory of you will be with me forever...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Nick Velasquez - Charleston, SC

“Dear Amy and Michael, As a fellow SOA parent, I am so, so sad for your loss. Sending you love. ”
38 of 49 | Posted by: Sarah Imam - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are for the Kuffel and Kuffel-Barbanel families. Praying for your strength. The Singletary Family (Larry, Gale, Larry,Jr, &...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: Gale Singletary - SC - Classmate

“Dear Amy and Michael,My heart aches with this news. Such a bright light in your son.I remember his homecoming as a newborn, welcoming him home to...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: Lisa Kozlowski - Naples, FL

“I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts. Alex will certainly be missed. Alisha Martini ”
41 of 49 | Posted by: Alisha Martini - Charleston, SC

“Wonderful tributes to a kind soul and always a pleasure to be around. He will always have a place in my heart. ”
42 of 49 | Posted by: Neil Haldrup

“So sorry for the loss of a beautiful spirit. Our community is with his parents and all his loved ones. I will remember his warm smiles and love of...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Hazel Ketchum - Charleston, SC

“We are so sorry for your loss. Alex was a great friend to my son, Garrett Haldrup. He was a loving and kind person, he will be missed greatly. Kim...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: Kim Stone - Charleston, SC

“Alex was a friend of my son. He was very polite, funny, intelligent and just a pleasure to be around. That's a testament to his loving family. We are...Read More »
45 of 49 | Posted by: Lori Simpson - James Island

“Dear Amy and Michael,I am David McSweeney's sister. We have met in Mount Pleasant a few times over the years. I have one memory in particular that...Read More »
46 of 49 | Posted by: Kinnet Ehring - West Barnstable, MA

“Alex: you and I are cousins. We may have seen one another, maybe, five times or less - during your lifetime. Your Grandmother, Lynda, is my first...Read More »
47 of 49 | Posted by: Teresa Shirley - Bowersville, GA

“Michael and Amy, I know you both to be dedicated, loving parents. Alex was a brilliant child. I will always remember that complicated art project you...Read More »
48 of 49 | Posted by: Candace Martin - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Amy, youare in our thoughts and prayers.Please know that we are thinking of you and your family at this time. The Velasquez Family ”
49 of 49 | Posted by: Gretchen Velasquez - Johns Island, SC

Alexander Matthias Hopkins Kuffel-Barbanel, 17, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Thursday, April 4, 2019, twelve days before his eighteenth birthday. His funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun Street at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Stuhr's Downtown Chapel. A reception will follow the service at the Circular Congregational Hall, 150 Meeting Street, in the Upper Lance Hall.

Alex was born April 16, 2001 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, son of Amy Laura Barbanel and Michael Patrick Hopkins Kuffel.

He is survived by his mother, Amy Laura Barbanel of Charleston; father, Michael Patrick Hopkins Kuffel of Charleston; maternal grandmother, Anne Matthias Barbanel of Amelia Island, FL; paternal grandmother, Lynda Kuffel Day of Lexington, SC; aunt, Amy Belle Isle (John) of Lexington, SC; three cousins: Shepard Bell Isle, the Logan Alexander Gordon and Hailey Sage Gordon; special family friend, Delma Gordon; beloved great aunts and uncles and their families; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by two grandfathers: Sidney M. Barbanel and Richard M. Kuffel; and his aunt, Bonnie Barbanel Gordon.

Alex had studied at Buist Academy, James Island Charter High School, and Charleston County School of the Arts, where he was enrolled in the creative writing program. He had been accepted into the Capstone Program at the University of South Carolina, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Emerson College, and Lewis and Clark College where he planned to study journalism. He was an active member of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry.

Alex had a gift for words and had decided to hone this talent into a career as a writer. He was a natural athlete who played youth soccer for many years. A born adventurer, he enjoyed traveling, camping, climbing, and exploring. In addition to a boundless curiosity, Alex will be remembered for his preternatural intelligence and wisdom, a cut-glass sense of humor, and a profound sense of empathy. There are undoubtably many volumes of his work, yet unwritten, that the world will never read.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Charleston Area Justice Ministry, PO Box 71416, North Charleston, SC 29415.