Nora DeVere

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Nora Coleman deVere

Ridgeland, SC - Nora Coleman deVere, 62, of Ridgeland, SC, died October 8, at her home on Boyd Creek in rural Ridgeland, SC, surrounded by family and friends. She fought the good fight against breast cancer. Visit

She was born September 21, 1951 in Red Springs, NC. She was the daughter of S. Hampton Coleman of Summerfield, FL and the late Anne Odom Coleman.

Nora first moved to Hilton Head Island in 1970. She became a permanent resident in 1980. She married islander and writer Paul deVere on October 10, 1984.

Nora spent her early and teenage years in the Asheville, NC area where she became an accomplished equestrian, specializing in eventing (dressage, cross-country and show jumping). On Hilton Head Island she had a successful career in the hospitality industry in sales management, property management, and food and beverage. Later she followed her passion for flower gardening as an award-winning designer. For three years (2000-2003) she created gardens with students on the Hilton Head Middle School campus. Nora loved the beach, reading, golf, puzzles, internet games, and her dogs Tybee and Bob. She was also the model for the character "my bride" in her husband Paul deVere's syndicated humor column, "Me and My Pro," and his book, I Golf, Therefore I Am.

She spent the last 16 years of her life as a home health aide, including 10 years at The Seabrook of Hilton Head Island, before taking what she hoped would be a simple hiatus.

She is survived by her husband, Paul deVere of Ridgeland, SC, daughters Sarah deVere of Hilton Head Island and Rebecca Autrey of Swannanoa, NC; sons Aaron deVere of Winter Park, FL and Dustin Aiken of Charlotte, NC; father S. Hampton Coleman, sisters Diane (Gene) Rutledge of Arden, NC, Jaine (Bobby) Burleson of Gastonia, NC, Kathryn (Perry) Gravely of Pickens, SC. Nora was known to her two grandchildren, Emerson and Wyatt Autrey of Swannanoa, NC, as "No-Nock."

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of the Low Country (, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, SC 29910 or The Cassie Rutledge Memorial Fund (, 44 Hickory Hills Drive, Arden, NC 28704.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the deVere residence in Ridgeland at a later date.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Island Funeral Home & Crematory
4 Cardinal Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 681-4400
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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 9, 2013
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