Benjamin Owen Ravenel III

June 29, 1965 — July 30, 2022

Mt. Pleasant

Benjamin Owen Ravenel III

Benjamin Owen Ravenel III, loving husband of Shannon Gladden Ravenel, died July 30, 2022 surrounded by his family. 

Owen was born on June 29, 1965 in Richmond, VA to Dr. B. Owen Ravenel, Jr. and Nancy Hamrick Ravenel. Owen was mostly raised in Charleston. He graduated from Bishop England High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University. Owen established Exteriors by Ravenel in 1997 and ran the landscaping firm until his death. A passionate outdoorsman, he reveled in the sport and camaraderie of hunting with his sons, extended family, and friends. Being outdoors included time spent on nightly golf cart rides or in the boat in the company of his beloved dogs, Sassy and River. A consummate cook and host, gatherings were common at the Ravenel home, as many could find “Big O” on the back porch celebrating holidays with his family or watching his Clemson Tigers with his closest friends in the fall. The two years that Owen spent as a child in Switzerland and Vermont created in him a love of snow skiing and the mountains. 

Owen is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years and his sons Benjamin Owen Ravenel IV (Charlotte) and Daniel Haring Ravenel (Charleston). He is also survived by his mother Nancy Hamrick Ravenel of Mount Pleasant, his stepmother Virginia Condon Ravenel of Charleston, and his siblings Kate Ravenel Reid (Scott) of New York, NY, Mary Ravenel Anderson (Bissell) of Wadmalaw Island, SC, William Christopher Ravenel (Ashley) of Mount Pleasant, SC, and Ernest Condon Ravenel (E.B) of Charleston, SC.  He will be missed by all his Hamrick, Ravenel, Croft, and Gladden nieces and nephews and his countless friends.

Memorial gifts may be directed in lieu of flowers to the MUSC Foundation/Hollings Cancer Center, 18 Bee Street, MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425.

A memorial service celebrating Owen’s life will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM. at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben Street, Mt Pleasant, SC. The family invites friends to join them at the Isle of Palms Exchange Club, 201 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. To reflect Owen’s love of relaxed gatherings, shorts and flip-flops are welcome.

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Past Services

Memorial Service

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

2:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)

Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church

302 Hibben St, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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