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William Ravenel

January 23, 1959 — March 15, 2024

Summerville

William Ravenel

William Ravenel, beloved son of Louise Rodgers Ravenel Dougherty and Arthur Ravenel, Jr. went to join them in heaven on March 15, 2024, from his home at the Coastal Center in Ladson. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the French Huguenot Church, 136 Church Street at 11:00 am.  Interment, French Huguenot Church. The family will receive friends  at 44 Queen Street, immediately following the service.  Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

William was born January 23, 1959 with Downs Syndrome. He was a loving, playful, joyful gentleman throughout his entire life. He was a leading change maker for the developmentally disabled, inspiring his parents to start pre-schools, camps, and activities of all sorts which had been previously denied them. He even inspired the founding of the Coastal Center and The Protection and Advocacy Agency for people like him . 

He is survived by his siblings, Suzanne C. Ravenel, Arthur Ravenel III (Heidi) Renee Ravenel Brockinton (Harvey), Eva Ravenel and Thomas J. J. Ravenel, his uncles, Edward Ravenel (Patty), James B. Rodgers (Sue), John C. Rodgers (Elizabeth), Sandy Bee (Mary Ann),  aunt; Ann Rodgers, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

William’s family would like to recognize and thank all of his wonderful caregivers at Coastal Center. He loved you all. As William would say, “Hallelujah!!”

Memorials may be made to Disability Rights South Carolina, 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208, Columbia, SC 29204 (disabilityrightssc.org).
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Funeral Service

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Burial

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

The (French) Huguenot Churchyard

141 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401

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