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Burton Robertson Schools
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  • Bethel United Methodist Church Endowment Fund
    57 Pitt Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“Dear Marion, I just heard about Mr. Schools, he was such a nice man and you both were so kind during the time of my mothers passing. As they say he...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: michael paquette - pensacola, FL

“Denny and I send our most sincere condolences on your loss. Burt was a gentle man, and left a storehouse of lovely memories. He has earned his wings. ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Rosalea Donahue - Isle of Palms, SC

“I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Schools. Back in roughly '02/'03, he was my professor at The Citadel. His course stands out as...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: J. Scott Porter - Charleston, SC

“My wife Susan and I are so saddened by Burt's death. He and Marion were friends, and we had dinner several times. Furthermore, Burt was not only a...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Earl Walker Walker - SC

“My sincere condolences to Marian, David, Scott, and Stephen and all their families in the loss of Burt. I have known and respected Burt and Marian...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Sue Chanson - Charleston, SC

“I met Mr. Schools when I reported to Piggly Wiggly on my first day of work in May of 1986. I had been hired to take a position as a layout artist...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Michael Kennedy - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Dear Scott and family,Let God surround you with strength and love. The hardship of your loss will be easier with the good memories.You are in my...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Annie Misic - Charleston, SC

“Marion and Family,Shirley and I are sad to hear of Burt's passing. We have fond memories of attending the Young Adult Sunday School Class at Bethel...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Jim & Shirley Folk - SC

“Burt was one of the finest men I have ever known. He's the last great memory of my time at P.W. It was an honour to work for him. RIP Boss..Chico ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Cecil Caprioli - SC - friend

“To Marion and the entire Schools family -Marty and I are so sad to hear of Burt's passing. He was a kind, warm-hearted, generous and fun gentleman....Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Stuart and Marty Malina - PA

“Scott and family, I was so very saddened to hear of the loss of your Dad. He was a pillar in the community. This is a loss for Charleston as well. ...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Heinsohn - Brunswick, MD

“I was sorry sorry to learn of Mr. School's passing. He was a good man. I have many fond memories of playing at the Schools household! I have...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Sherrie (Harley) Gore - SC


13 of 24 | Posted by: Beverly poe - Simpsonville, SC

“I have known the man well.. Practically my whole life.. His son Stephen and my brother are best friends, so I was always the younger tag along.....Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“He was such a good man. My thoughts and prayers for you all. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Amy Davis - Charleston, SC

“My name is William (Bill) R. Richardson, I wish to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family. It was my privilege to have worked at "The Pig",...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: William Richardson - Louisville, KY

“We were so sadden to hear of Burt's passing. So sorry for your loss. Please know we will be praying for you,Marion and your family. We love you...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Robert and Susie Newton - FL

“To the Schools Family:My sincere thoughts and prayers to the family of Burt. My friend, and especially my mentor during the many years with Piggly...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Hugh McColl - Lexington, SC

“One of the finest guys I ever knew. First met Mr.Burt when I was a teenager. It seemed all through the 40 or so years I knew him he was always...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Jimmy Brown - hanahan, SC

“Thank you for sharing him with the entire lowcountry. He made a difference to so many people - directly and through organizations. You are all in...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC

“Tony and I were saddened to learn of Burt's passing. Our hope is that with time the pain will ease, and all your sweet memories will be some comfort. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Tony and Debbie Diz - Summerville, SC

“It was so sad to see today of the passing of my Great friend and former Employer. Burt and I grew up together I was 22 and he was 24 I remember when...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Henry Brown - Hanahan, SC

“I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Schools. My daddy Bubba Belding always talked about him. I remember going to the warehouse and seeing him. My...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Sherry Belding Maull

“Marian and Family:No words can express my sorrow for you and your family during this time. I am so deeply sorry for your loss of Burt. We will always...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Kathryn Cox - Charleston, SC


Burton Robertson Schools, husband for 62 years of Marion Newton Schools, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Born in Portsmouth, VA, to the late Lila and Raymond Schools, Burt graduated high school in Portsmouth and at the age of 17 and went on to enroll in William & Mary College. After graduating from William & Mary in 1954, he matriculated at Emory University's school of business and achieved his advanced degree in only one year as part of Emory's first MBA class.

After graduation from Emory, he joined the United States Navy and, while serving in the Navy, met and married Marion in 1957. Upon his honorable discharge from the USN, he joined the management training program at Rich's Department Store in Atlanta, GA.

In 1958, he moved with Marion, then pregnant with their first child, back to her hometown of Charleston, where he joined what would become Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. in its accounting department. At Piggly Wiggly he held and was promoted from various management positions until he retired in 1999, as Piggly Wiggly's Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer, President of Greenbax Enterprises (Piggly Wiggly's sister company), and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

At Piggly Wiggly, Burt was the epitome of a servant-leader and personally mentored dozens of Piggly Wiggly's managers and future leaders. His management style consisted of an unwavering integrity coupled with a desire to help people achieve even more than they thought possible. One of the many leaders he mentored was quoted as saying, "Mr. Schools would call you into his office to talk to you about something you messed up. He would come from around the desk, sit beside you, and when you left his office you were thanking him for setting you straight!" Burt truly loved "The Pig" and, even more so, loved the thousands of people there with whom he worked over his 40 years at the company. And the people there loved him back, appreciating his sense of humor, his warmth and his sincerely caring attitude. His passion for the people at The Pig never waivered, and he thought fondly of them until his last breath.

During his time of leadership at the company, Burt enjoyed a passion for helping his community. He volunteered to assist many non-profits and served on numerous committees and boards. Among those Boards, at one time or another, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Porter Gaud School, and the Community Foundation. A long-time member of Bethel United Methodist Church, he was committed to helping his church financially, and he served many years as its Treasurer.

After his retirement, for several years Burt was a volunteer Adjunct Professor of Business at The Citadel. He so enjoyed his interaction with the Cadets, mostly seniors, who took his course of problem solving. Burt would bring in community business leaders with whom he had developed relationships over the years to make presentations to his class of real business problems they had encountered. The Cadets would then work on solutions to those problems and the leaders would return to share their actual solutions with the Cadets, who would then compare their ideas to what actually happened. One of the highlights of those classes for Burt was the end-of-semester dinner at which he would treat the entire class to an evening at McCrady's Restaurant. Burt took great joy in seeing these young people go on to become successes in many fields. Many of them stayed in touch with him over the years.

In a self-deprecating way, Burt referred to himself as "Big Ike" (IKE - I Know Everything) when he would feel that he was acting in a know-it-all way, and eventually, he would become known, in a respectful way, by that moniker by his closest colleagues, friends, and family. His grandchildren shortened that simply to "Big". So, to their grandchildren and much of their world, Marion and he became "Lady and Big".

Lady and Big's marriage was a true partnership, with both contributing to the well-being of each other and their family. They enjoyed going to the symphony, cooking, dining out, bridge with friends, travel, and, especially, time with family.

Burt loved his family and would do anything for them. He raised his three sons by giving them a lot of heartfelt guidance at the same time he gave them space to make their own mistakes and have their own successes. He was always there to help them and give them whatever support they needed. And, Big was never so happy as when he was with any or all of his five grandchildren.

Burt was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Raymond, Jr. In addition to his wife, Burton Schools is survived by his three sons David (Nella), Scott (Cindi Hubbard), and Stephen (Christy) Schools; and his five grandchildren Susannah, Nella Gray, and Benjamin Schools; and Caroline and Sam Schools. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including his special niece Cindy Powell and his grand-niece Kelly Murphy, both of Texas.

Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: The Bethel United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 57 Pitt St., Charleston, SC 20401; or The MUSC Children's Hospital Fund, 59 Bee Street MSC 201, Charleston, SC 29425.