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Delano Roosevelt Spell
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Palmetto Chapter
    810 Dutch Square Blvd.
    Columbia, SC 29210
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • The Renovation Campaign at Bethel United Methodist Church
    57 Pitt Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“Jean, Karen, Julie and family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Pete's death. I am sorry I was out of town and unable to attend the...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Faye Davis - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Jean and family, we are saddened to hear of Pete's passing, and thanking you for preserving the Spell tradition at Two Meeting Street.Doug Timmerman ...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Joseph Timmerman - Edgefield, SC

“I just wanted to extend our sympathy to the Spell family. We are keeping you all in our prayers during this time.Kenneth (Dick) R Davenport ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Kenneth Davenport - Charleston, SC

“We were so sorry to hear about Pete. He was such a pleasure all the years we worked with him. A true gentleman and our prayers are with your family. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Larry Freudeenberg - Charleston, SC

“Jean, Karen, Julie, and your families.I truly am sorry for the passing of Pete. I had not heard a word until I saw the brief obituary in today's...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Ray Kessler - Charleston, SC

“So sorry for the loss of such a great man. We feel truly blessed to have had the pleasure to know Pete. He will be truly missed, but his memories...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: John Johnson - Richmond, VA

“We are saddened beyond words, to lose such a gracious friend. We hold both Pete and Jean very dear. Jean, you have an extraordinary family that is...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Valori & Ernesto Smith - SC

“We are SO saddened to hear about the loss of this gentle giant of a man. He embodied kindness, graciousness, and Christian virtues. Jean, Julie,...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara and Fred Kastner - Cary, NC

“Jean, I have never been honored to meet your best friend and ' love of your life.' I see your love for him when your sharing a story and your...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Mary (floral Dept) Fredella - SC

“Jean, Herb and I send our most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Though we haven't seen you in many years, we have nice memories of...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Bobbie and Herb Rothschild - SC

“Enjoyed visiting with Pete and Jean at the The Citadel dinner honoring our mutual friend, Al Fralinger earlier this year. My memories of Pete and...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: George Boniface - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Julie Jean and Karen and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of your dad (granddad) and husband. I cherish our shared memories of Folly beach...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Dr. Kathy "Tree" Heinsohn - MD

“So many great memories. Cannot physically get there but my prayers go with you and your family ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Bob Waller - cHARLESTON, SC

“Pete was one of the kindest, dearest, and fairest people I've had the pleasure of knowing here on earth. When he saw you, he was always genuinely...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Lynn Bartosh - Charleston, SC

“Buck Morris & Andrea Prettyman are thinking of you. Always enjoyed being with Pete at the Supper Club ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Andrea & Buck Buck Morris & Andrea Prettyman - SC

“Jean and Family,What a blessing for us to have had the pleasure of knowing Pete. And what a joy it was to hear him pray following Sunday School. ...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Ron and Gene Oswalt - Hollywood, SC

“Julie Jean and Karen and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of your dad (granddad) and husband. I cherish our shared memories of Folly beach...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Dr. Kathy "Tree" Heinsohn - MD

“Dearest Jean and Family - My thoughts are with you all. You captured Pete's elegance beautifully in his obituary - he was a true gentleman! ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Kimberly Farfone Borts - SC

“Mr Spell was quite possibly one of our favorite people on a Earth. He and his family show us such kindness and hospitality year after year as we...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Pam and Chris Hughes - Raleigh, NC

“One of the nicest men that I have met in my 37+ years of business. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with Pete over...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Joe Wham - Charleston, SC

“Jean,My heart goes out to you and the family. Pete will be sorely missed.Bert and Helen Pruitt ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: A friend


Spell, Delano R. "Pete" of Charleston, SC, departed to meet his Lord Jesus Christ on the morning of September 21, 2017. He was 84 years old. Pete was the beloved childhood sweetheart of Jean Rouse Spell, his wife of 62 years. He is survived by Jean and their two daughters, Karen Spell Shaw and husband Rob; Julie Spell Roberts and husband Toby; grandsons: Jefferson Shaw, Christopher Shaw, Logan Roberts and Morgan Roberts; and Pete's sister, Francis Spell Griffith and husband Earl.

Pete was born March 4, 1933 in Grover, S.C. to parents Thelma Westbury and David Smith Spell. In 1944, 11 year-old Pete and his family moved to Charleston. He was a 1951 graduate of Charleston High and was an all-conference football player. In 1955 he graduated from The Citadel, where he was a member of A Company and The Summerall Guards, an honor he held very dearly. After graduating, Pete was commissioned into the U.S. Army and was immediately deployed to Korea and later to Japan. Subsequently, he became part of the Southern Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command and was instrumental in creating the Environmental Branch, where he was employee of the year in 1980. After his retirement, Pete and his family purchased Two Meeting Street Inn to continue his family's legacy of gracious hospitality. He was dearly loved by guests and staff.

Pete was a lifelong member of The Citadel's Brigadier Club. He was a former member of Trinity Church for over 50 years, where he was a Chairman of the Board, a member of the Finance Committee and a youth Sunday school teacher. Pete thoroughly enjoyed his 50 year membership in the Arion Society and served as President in 1986. He joined the Country Club of Charleston in 1965 and was a constant presence there for over 52 years. The epitome of a Southern gentleman, he was known for his boundless energy, dapper attire, and willingness to always be a dance partner. He was admired for being a constant example of fairness, honesty, and humbleness. An outward and visible sign of his Christian faith was his steadfast attendance at church and his exceptional graces at every meal. One of his great joys was time spent on the water. He loved being the captain on his houseboat at Capers Inlet, teaching his grandchildren to fish, and relaxing at the end of his dock on the Folly River.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 25 at Bethel United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m., preceded by a viewing from 10:15-10:45 a.m. A visitation and reception will take place immediately after the service in the Bethel Center to celebrate Pete's exceptional life. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Memorials may be made to the Renovation Campaign at Bethel United Methodist Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Pete will be greatly missed by all who knew him.