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Henry Middleton Cheves

December 18, 1944 — February 10, 2024

Edisto Island

Henry Middleton Cheves

Henry Middleton Cheves passed away February 10 peacefully at home on Edisto Island. He was the son of the late Henry Charles Cheves III and Chilton Cheves Johnson. Born December 18, 1944, Henry went to The Gaud School and Episcopal High School, graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he helped start the sailing team, and got a Master's in Business from The Citadel. Following in the steps of his father and grandfather, Henry then went on to serve in the United States Navy, retiring as a Commander. 

After years with Charleston Constructors, a family-owned company, and owning a local yacht sales company, Henry forged a new path, going to seminary school at The University of the South at Sewanee and becoming an Episcopal Priest - all after meeting his wife, Susan, at a church retreat. 

Henry grew up surrounded by the beauty of Charleston, which was later reflected in his watercolor paintings that grace many walls, not only locally, but throughout the world. He painted scenes near and dear to him - the water, marsh, shrimp boats, pelicans, cranes and egrets, stormy skies and sunsets, and his beloved rescue cats, Precious and Cutie. In the last few years, he gave away his paintings, asking people to donate to Hallie Hill local animal sanctuary.  

He was our wonderful, loving dad, uncle, Ole Man,  husband, brother, neighbor, and friend. Henry is survived by his wife of 40 years Susan Bussey Cheves, children, Hank Cheves and his wife Sandra, Christy Penders, Millicent Taylor and her husband Lee, Jason Clemons and his wife Melissa, and his grandchildren, Middleton, Charles and Langdon Cheves, Emmy and Jack Penders, Hudson and Jackson Clemons, Kennedy and Ella Grace Jordan, Jordan and Owen Taylor, brother, Philip H. Cheves, and sister, Chilton Pope.

A private family celebration of his life will be held. The funeral will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, Henry would be moved deeply if donations could be made to Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary at 5604 New Road, Hollywood, SC 29449. 

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