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Eugene "Gene" Hay Walpole, Jr.

Eugene "Gene" Hay Walpole, Jr.
  • September 6, 1927 - October 11, 2017
  • Johns Island, South Carolina
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  • Charleston Christian School
    2234 Plainview Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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“Sending condolences and prayers to the family ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Karen, Paul and George Grimball - SC

“Our thoughts and prayers reach out to Walpole family during its time of mourning. With heartfelt sympathy, Beverly, Joe and Lawson ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Beverly Stoney Johnson

“So sorry to learn of this loss. One of my favorite people has left us. He raised a family and helped form a church. He was a fine example of what a...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Roy DeHaven - Charleston, SC

“Stel, Bud, Connie, Hank, John, Lucia and Mary - I was saddened to get the news from Teddy that Gene had passed away. I was so very fond of both Gene...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Ashley King - Jacksonville, FL

“Sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Nick and Marie Thompson ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“He was a fine man and supportive father in law. He always had great faith in the Lord. I'm grateful for the grandfather he was to my children, Bill...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Will Haynie - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My condolences to Estelle and family. Gene was a fine man. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Bill Schupp - Isle of Palms, SC

“To the Walpole family, We are very sorry to hear of Mr. Genes' passing.We sincerely hope that your memories comfort you through these difficult...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Jimmy and Patty Hayes - Ravenel, SC

“Anne and I send our deepest condolences to all the Walpole family.Anne and Bill ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: William Haynie - Sumter, SC

“The Greatest Man I ever Knew, My Uncle .Gene. Very Much admired and loved by me. Rest well dear one - rest well ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Skipper Bentz - Wadmalaw Island, SC

“MaryEllen and I were saddened to see that Gene has passed away. We remember him and Estelle for their consistent Christian witness, Christian love,...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Herb Uthlaut - Charleston, SC


Eugene "Gene" Hay Walpole, Jr., 90, retired owner of Sunnyside Farms and husband of the late Estelle Hanckel Walpole, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside service on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the family cemetery located at 2541 Sunnyside Farm Road, Johns Island, S.C. The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Mr. Walpole was born September 6, 1927 in Charleston of the late Eugene Hay Walpole and Cornelia Porcher Walpole. He was a graduate of Porter Military Academy and attended The Citadel. Gene was a Navy veteran of World War II having served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hancock in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict and served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Murray.Gene also served on the organizing board of directors and helped in the construction of Sea Island Academy, now Charleston Collegiate. He was a member of the Huguenot Society and life member of the Citadel Alumni Association. He was a former chairman of the Johns Island Planning Committee. He received several Soil Conservation awards for his farm practices. He was a strong supporter of Charleston Christian School and a charter member and elder emeritus of Church Creek Presbyterian Church P.C.A.

Gene was an avid boater who loved his farm, but was most of all devoted to his wife, his four children, his eight grandchildren, and his six great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Estelle and survived by daughters Estelle Rhett Walpole Lee (Burke) and Cornelia Porcher Walpole, and sons Eugene Hay Walpole, III (Anne) and Francis Hanckel Walpole (Patsy). He is survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Katie Lee Huss (Galen), Samuel Burke Lee, Eugene Hay Walpole, IV (Kristen), Katherine Walpole Morbitzer (David), William Ransom Haynie, Laura Porcher Haynie, Francis Hanckel Walpole, Jr. (Charlotte), James Legare Walpole, Mary Katherine Huss, Nathaniel Huss, Rhett Huss, Legare Walpole, Grady Morbitzer, and Caleb Morbitzer. He is also survived by one brother, John Walpole of Wadmalaw Island, SC; two sisters, Lucia Welch of Savannah, GA., and mary Alston of Travelers Rest, SC. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Philip Walpole, and Edward Walpole; and sister, June Dickerson.

A special thank you to Shelia Porter, Elouise White, and John Stover for the many years of care and support for both Gene and Estelle.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Charleston Christian School, 2234 Plainview Road, Charleston SC 29414.