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Earl "Baron" Fain IV
  • Memorials may be made to Mitchell Park RSW Athletic Program, in downtown Charleston. All proceeds will sponsor a Mitchell Park child athlete to attend an NFL game in December.
  • Mitchell Park RSW Athletic Program
    110 Fishburne St
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“God bless you, Courtenay and Tradd! Baron and I met many years ago in Charleston, and only later discovered that this excellent man was in fact a...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Marc Wheat - Arlington, VA

“I am devastated. I grieve for Baron, and Courtenay, and Tradd, and I grieve for all of us. Baron was so important to all of us in so many ways. He...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest condolences! Baron worked closely with my family in the Rosette business for many years. We will miss him. With profound sympathy,Susan...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Schierenbeck - Penllyn, PA

“Ann and I send our deepest condolence and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Baron Fain. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by those whose...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Edward Parent - Charleston, SC

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Baron was a true gentleman and good friend to many.We will be praying for Courtney and Tradd.Becky and Ed ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Becky and Ed Riggs - SC - Friend

“What a wonderful man Baron Fain was! Good natured and always willing to help. The type of proud American we see too few of these days. Baron was so...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Jeff Epperson - McLean, VA

“The Officers and Brethren of Fraternity Lodge No. 54, Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia, send heartfelt condolences and deepest...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Walter Hoenes - Washington, DC

“Dear Courtenay,Hank and i are so sorry about this sudden change in your world and are keeping you and Tradd in our prayers. We cannot believe it's...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Glo Avent - Charleston, SC

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Honor Guard Tie “I would like to express my sincerest condolences to Baron's family. I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but I have corresponded with...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Houstoun Waring - Dallas, TX

“What a great guy; what great memories I have of him. How he will be missed. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Dick Wilson - Jackson, MS

“Dear Court,I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. His unexpected early passing has left a huge hole in your heart Although I never got to met...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Kristine Castro Twomey - CA

“Courtenay: so sorry to hear, with prayers for you and Tradd. Linda Dennis & Dennis Wilkinson ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“What a beautiful tribute to Baron. He was so accomplished and Tradd will always be proud of his father. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Elizabeth Cutler - McLean, VA

“Dear Courtney- Gantt and I are so sorry. We loved Baron so much. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Danielle and Gantt ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Dearest Courtney,I am so so sorry for your loss. When I read your email I cried and cried. All I know is to pray for you and Tradd. May the Lord...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Cheryl Gonzales - JACKSONVILLE, FL

“Hugs to you, dear Courtenay. Praying for the Lord's comfort and peace to be upon you and Tradd. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Tracy Graudin - Charleston, SC

“Baron helped me when The Military Order of the Stars and Bars needed neck ware for the Order. Always the gentleman. Such a loss. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Baron was a great friend at Deerfield Academy, and we decided to live next door on the same floor our last two years there (we were next door by...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: David Sweet - Lake Forest, IL


Funeral service for Earl "Baron" Fain IV will be held Tuesday, August 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip's Church. His family will receive visitors on Monday, August 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stuhr's Downtown Chapel at 232 Calhoun St.

Born November 1, 1962 to Kelly Erwin Fain and Earl Fain III, Baron was raised in Dallas, Texas, along with his younger sister Virginia Elizabeth Fain. Baron spent summer and Christmas vacations at his family's Bluff Plantation in Yemassee, South Carolina, where he fell in love with the Lowcountry. He attended Deerfield Academy. While at the University of the South he joined the Kappa Alpha Order graduating with a bachelor's degree in British History. He worked on Capitol Hill for several years before pursuing a graduate degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. In 1992 he moved to Charleston to join the Ben Silver Corporation as the director of institutional sales. His 27-year career allowed him to meld his passion of history, the study of flags, and heraldry with the traditions of numerous clubs, institutions, and organizations.

He was a devoted member of St. Philip's Church, and a regular attendee of the Wednesday morning 1928 Prayer Book Morning Prayer services in the St. Philip's Chapel, the Men's Ministry Luncheon and belonged to many Anglican groups. Baron was also a member, leader, and founder of many fraternal, social, and patriotic societies, a few of which include the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, The Charleston Club, Fort Sumter Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the St. David's Society.

He served honorably for many years in the signal corps of the South Carolina State Guard and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He was also a founder of the Charleston Mercury newspaper.

He met and married Courtenay Haden McCormick in 2006. Their son Taliaferro Rice Fain "Tradd" was born in 2010. Baron was dedicated to history and tradition, but he will most be remembered for his strong faith, his love for his family, and his devoted friendship and genuine interest in others. He was a leader, a mentor, and a servant.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make out checks to Mitchell Park RSW Athletic Program. Please mail contributions to 110 Fishburne St., Charleston, S.C., 29403. All proceeds go to benefit or sponsor a child who plays sports for Mitchell RSW Athletic Program for an opportunity to be able to see a National Football League game in December during which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Indiana Colts.