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Charles Henry Drayton III

Charles Henry Drayton III
  • September 26, 1918 - December 2, 2019
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Charles Henry Drayton III Preservation Endowment Fund at Drayton Hall
    3380 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414-7105
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Bishop Gadsden Resident Assistance Fund or Employee Appreciation Fund
    One Bishop Gadsden Way
    Charleston, SC 29412

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“To Anne and Chad (and the entire Drayton Family):Truly saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Charlie, as he insisted everybody call him) was in...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Dawn Brogan - Goose Creek, SC

“My deepest sympathy to Charlie's family during your time of bereavement. The family's decision to transfer control of Drayton Hall to the National...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: John M. Rivers, Jr. - CHARLESTON, SC

“Charlie and Sister were such a great pair . He showed his incredible strength in carrying on in such a positive light for a long time . ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Banks Wannamaker - friend

“Uncle Charlie will be missed by all who knew and loved him. I smile as I think of him and his quick wit and humor. The picture captures him...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Guy and Teresa Tarrant - SC


Charles Henry Drayton III departed this life for eternal peace on Monday, December 2, 2019 at age 101.

His memorial service will be held Friday, December 6, 2019 in Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way at 10:30 a.m. with a reception following. Interment will be private. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel.

Charlie was born September 26, 1918 in Charleston, SC, the son of Emily Appleton Beatty and Charles Henry Drayton, Jr. He graduated from Episcopal High School and attended the University of Virginia for one year before transferring to the College of Charleston when his father became ill. It was at the College where he met Mary Gregorie Jervey to whom he was married for 64 years. Charlie was an outstanding athlete and particularly excelled in tennis, winning many local and state tournaments. He served in WWII and the Korean War before retiring from the U.S. Navy as a Commander. Charlie then returned to Charleston where he became a Division Manager of the Prudential Insurance Co. He and Mary enjoyed living at Seabrook Island for 20 years before moving into the expanded Bishop Gadsden community in 1999.

Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Mary; his brother, Frank; and his son-in-law, Garnett Nelson.

He is survived by his three children: Molly Osteen and her husband Monty of Augusta, GA; Anne Nelson of Montpelier, VA; and Chad Drayton and his wife Julia of Charleston, SC; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Charles Henry Drayton III Preservation Endowment Fund at Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414-7105 or Bishop Gadsden Resident Assistance Fund or the Employee Appreciation Fund, One Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412.