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Melton "Milton" Peter Demetre

Melton "Milton" Peter Demetre
  • November 27, 1937 - October 24, 2018
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to
  • Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity
    30 Race Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“Peter, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this difficult time in life. May God be with all of you. Phyllis & George ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: George A Leventis SR Mt Pleasant

“Virginia, Peter, John-We were heartbroken to hear of Milton's passing. We cherished our visits when we came to Charleston and Milton always thanked...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Joel Doobrow - Weston, FL

“I am so sorry to hear about your passing Milt. It was my pleasure to have worked with you at the shipyard for so many years. You will be missed by...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Edward Fedol - Summerville, SC

“My brother Tolly Taylor went to Porter with Milton and Jimmy and we were all friends. Always thought highly of the family. So sorry for your loss....Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Anna Taylor Blythe - Adams Run, SC

“Would like to say to Mary Lee, you have my condolences in the passing of your brother. I will remember you in my prayers. I know what loss feels like...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Ruth Carter Swilley - FL - Friend

“Sad to hear of Milton P. Demetre's passing.Please accept our condolences and sympathy to his family. Mr. Demetre was a true gentleman and a business...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: George J. Wilds - Charleston, SC

“Mary Lee, I was so sorry to read your brothers obituary and see his name in The Post and Courier this morning. I remember when you took me over to...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Catherine Hutto - Charleston, SC

“Milton was a Charleston treasure. Proud to have known him and shaken his hand. Many great conversations and an inspiration to me. He is and forever...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Matthew Webb - Charleston, SC

“Dear Virginia, Peter, John, Meredith, Andrew, Thomas, and Emalyn,Richard, Brian had I delighted in having pre-Christmas drinksWith Melton and...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Glassma - Charleston, SC


Melton "Milton" Peter Demetre, 80, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Virginia G. Demetre entered into eternal rest Wednesday, October 24, 2018. His Funeral Service will be held Monday, October 29, 2018 in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race Street at 11:00 a.m. Interment, Live Oak Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Milton was born November 27, 1937 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late Peter Demetre and the late Ora Lee Melton Demetre. He was a graduate of Porter Military Academy and later graduated from The Citadel, Class of 1960, with an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering. He then served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force for 3 years as the Base Engineer Commander at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Sault St Marie, MI. Upon returning to Charleston, Milton began his career as a Nuclear Engineer at the Charleston Naval Base. At the same time, he began developing a beautiful stretch of land on the Charleston Harbor in James Island. He worked tirelessly and for countless hours filling and creating that land by himself, and in 1990, donated the land to the City of Charleston as James Island's only municipal Charleston park. For his generous donation and hard work, the park was officially dedicated as the Melton Peter Demetre Park in 1997, and has been called by the Mayor "the crown jewel of the Charleston Parks system."

In the 1960s, Milton founded American Metals Company, which was a pioneer company in precious metals refining and became an industry leader. He then fulfilled a life long dream of owning a business and several buildings on King Street in Charleston and opened MP Demetre Jewelers. Through his hard work and dedication, MP Demetre Jewelers became and remains a nationally recognized, luxury jeweler, whose success was an integral part of the revitalization of King Street. He continued to work 6 days a week at the jewelry store until his passing.

Milton also had a lifelong passion for historical renovation and preservation, and he had a true talent and eye for creating architectural beauty. Some of his projects in historical downtown Charleston have been featured in national magazines and on television. Milton has been lauded and credited by many of Charleston's current business leaders as a mentor and inspiration for what hard work and determination can achieve. He leaves a true legacy as a Charleston business leader, historical preservationist, and philanthropist.

Milton's favorite pastime was spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren, whom he adored.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia G. Demetre; son Peter M. Demetre (Meredith); grandchildren Andrew, Thomas and Emalyn ; son John G. Demetre; brother James P. Demetre; sister Mary Lee Lavelle (John); sister-in-law Mary Larry; brother-in-law John Gatgounis (Lythea); and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother-in-law William Larry; sister-in-law Toula Demetre.

Memorials may be made to Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race Street, Charleston, SC 29403.