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Dr. Walton Lane Ector
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  • James Island Presbyterian Church
    1632 Fort Johnson Road
    Charleston, SC 29412

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“Dr. Ector was above all a man of faith who was faithful to others. For years, I witnessed his weekly outreach to a friend who had moved to assisted...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Condolences from the Keating familyBelchertown, Massachusetts ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“I just saw that Dr. Ector had passed on to Heaven. I was so fortunate to have worked at Parkwood Pediatrics as a nurse and knowing Drs. Ector,...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Brenda Haile - Johns Island, SC

“I am so sorry to hear of the death of Dr. Ector. His life was long and meaningful to so many people. He was the pediatrician for my two children. ...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Sue Chanson

“What a blessing it is for me and my family to have known Walton Ector. As our family's pediatrician, he was always trustworthy, safe, calm and good....Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Edward Marshall - Lexington, KY

“Dr. Ector was so kind. He was our family's pediatrician and our parents' friend and colleague. I told my college friends that Dr. Ector was like...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Kara Kreutner Montgomery - SC

“Dr Ector, you were loved and appreciated by patient Marcie Hadelden her whole life. The family always talked about how good you were. When you...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Linda for Marcie Wright - MO

“Dr. Ector was the role model I chose in residency to emulate as a general pediatrician today. His knowledge base was broad but his bedside manner...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Bruce Etheridge - Charleston, SC

“Dr. Ector was my Godfather for my baptism at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston way back in 1978. He was also my pediatrician. I distinctly...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Marian Jeffcoat-Farley - GA

“Doctor Ector was my children's pediatrician since their birth. They always loved to see "Doctor Octor" as they called him. He was always kind and...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Barbara Britz - Charleston, SC

“Dear Dr. Ector, I don't remember the first time I met you, but I do remember the last time I saw you. I was in your office seeing you for the last...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Nikki Fewox Knope - Summerville, SC

“Barbara and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. How fortunate to have had such an amazing Father! He will be sorely missed. I am also so sorry...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Jennifer Hebra - Johns Island, SC

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends and...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL THE ECTOR FAMILY AND LOVEDONES. WALT AND ALICE AND I BUILT OUR HOMES NEXT TO EACH OTHER ON LITTLE OAK ISLAND AT THE...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: ANN BAILEY KING - Neighbor

“The door would open and you would hear Dr. Ector coming up and I could see his face through the wrought iron as he turned the stairway to enter my...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Sonya Livingston - Charleston, SC

“I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was wonderful man! ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Jeannine (quinn) Clearman

“I am sorry to hear of Walt's passing. I always looked up to him,. He exemplified for me what a physician should be. I know hw will be sorely...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Robbie Medbery - Acquaintance

“Somehow "an exceptional Life" just doesn't seem good enough .. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Ken & Carlen Abernethy - SC

“Billy and I send our deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Ector. I have lots of warm memories as a teenager visiting the Ector home and send big...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Beth Barnwell - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Barbara and family, I am so sorry to hear this news about your father. He was such a good man, but his legacy lives on through you all. Find peace...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Joanie Clute - Charleston, SC

“Walt was one of my most important mentors as a medical student and a major role model in my eventual career in pediatrics. A prime example of the...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Joseph Moore - Summerville, SC

“So sorry to see such a wonderful man is gone. He was my oldest child's godfather. Simply the best pediatrician I have ever met; also one of the best...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Anna Hohnadel - Byron, GA

“What a lovely man with such a beautiful family that we love. Sorry for his family but joyful for him that he can reunite with his beautiful wife. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Lea and Dick Goodmam - Houston, TX


Walton L. Ector died at Roper Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. His Funeral Service will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018 in the James Island Presbyterian Church, 1632 Fort Johnson Road at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow in James Island Presbyterian Churchyard. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in The Chapel at Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC. ARRANGEMENTS J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Walt was born in Interlachen, Florida on August 1, 1926 to Nellie Alford and Hugh Taylor Ector. He grew up living in many places all over the Southeast, completing high school at Myrtle Beach High School as Valedictorian. He then went to N.C. State as an engineering major in the fall of 1943. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1945 where he spent some time at the end of World War Two in the far east. At the end of the war, Walt went to the College of Charleston for two years. He was awarded the Alumni Medal for the junior with the highest average. After his junior year, he was accepted to the Medical College of South Carolina, where he also completed a residency in Pediatrics. While at the College of Charleston, he met his wife of 65 years, Alice Fischer. They were married on June1st, 1949. He began his pediatric practice in South Windermere on July 1st, 1955. Ten years later, together with Jack Rhodes and William Gamble, he founded Parkwood Pediatric Group. They moved into the current Parkwood office in August of 1955. On July 1st, 1990 he became Associate Professor of Pediatrics at MUSC and after one year, became Program Director. He continued working at MUSC with Pediatric residents until he was 80 years old. Walt held a number of offices over the years and was appointed to five prestigious national committees. He was elected President of the professional Staff of Roper Hospital for one year, served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at St. Francis Xavier Hospital where he served on the board of the hospital. He also served on the Board of the Charleston County Hospital and served on the Board of the Franklin C. Fetter Community Health Center. He was also elected President of the Charleston County Medical Society and served as President of the MUSC Alumni Association. He was President of the St. Andrews Rotary Club. In addition to his career in Pediatrics, Walt's passions were growing camellias and sailing Thistles. He was the co-founder of the Coastal Carolina Aquatic Association (the Tri County area Summer swim league). He was a lifetime Presbyterian, a long time member of the Chancel Choir, the Handbell Choir, and the Orchestra. He played cello in church once a month as well as with the Fifth Sunday group. He was on the mission committee, served Meals on Wheels, volunteered at Florence Crittenton and with The Journey. He was also an active member of the Saturday Men's Bible study and his Sunday School class. At Bishop Gadsden, Walt was editor of the GAB magazine, played water volleyball, attended several exercise classes and many concerts and lectures. He enjoyed his nightly supper group, especially his close friend Sarah Darwin. What meant the most of all to Walt was his family. He never missed a swim meet, piano recital, band concert, or gymnastics meet. He was very involved in their faith development, teaching Sunday School, and sharing his faith journey.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Alice of 65 years, his two brothers, Hugh Taylor Ector and Ralph Alford Ector. He is survived by his son, Walton Lane Ector, Jr. (Diana), of Tampa, FL; three daughters; Jan Pesavento (Charles) of Folly Beach, Alice Anne Sander (Tom) of Park City, Utah and Barbara Manaker (Seth) of James Island; ten grandchildren; Walton Pesavento (Erin), John Pesavento (Alison), Daniel Pesavento, (Meghan), Jordan Lykens (Steven), Briana Fernandez (Brent), Austin Ector, Perrin Schwall (Adam), Carlyn Sander, Elissa Watson (Jake) and Taylor Keathley; great grandchildren, Eli, Rowan Pesavento and Ada Pesavento; many nieces and nephews; all his honorary family members and all the people who call him Daddy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to James Island Presbyterian Music or James Island Presbyterian Missions, 1632 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412 or to Water Missions International, PO Box 71489, North Charleston, SC 29415

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Bishop Gadsden Chapel

One Bishop Gadsden Way Charleston, SC 29412