Hoyt Partee (1929 - 2012)

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Hoyt Finley "Pete" Partee


Hoyt Finley "Pete" Partee, 83, of Greenville, husband of Elizabeth "Sibet" Sanders Partee, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Born in Westminster on April 19, 1929, he was the son of the late Hoyt Wilmer and Genevieve McDonald Finley Partee.

Mr. Partee moved to Greenville in 1932 and was a 1946 graduate of Greenville High School. He attended the University of South Carolina and received his LLB Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law on January 28, 1952. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar on December 13, 1951. He served in the US Army, where he was commissioned as the First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps on April 15, 1952 and remained on active duty until October 31, 1954. His service included twenty-one months in Korea and Japan and he served as Defender and Prosecutor in general court-martial.

He began private practice of the law in 1955. He served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Greenville from 1958 until 1962. He primarily prosecuted jury trials in Recorder's Court and as Assistant Circuit Solicitor in Greenville County from 1962 until 1969.

Mr. Partee was appointed Greenville County's first Public Defender in August 1969 on a part-time basis while continuing the private practice of law. In November of 1976, the position was made full-time and the private practice was discontinued. He retired from the Public Defender's Office on March 31, 1992.

Mr. Partee married Sibet Sanders of St. Helena Island, SC on December 19, 1959. He was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church and former vestryman. He was active in Faith Alive, a lay renewal ministry.

He was a member of the South Carolina Bar, Greenville County Bar Association, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, and Greenville Rotary Club. He served on Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council and Blue Ribbon Task Force to study the indigent defense system. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of South Carolina Public Defenders Association.

In addition to his loving wife of 53 years, he is survived by children, Laura Partee Branton and husband, Mike, Edward Sanders Partee and wife, Lorraine, and Peter McDonald Partee and wife, Jennifer; ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Margaret Branton, Sibet, Iso, and Grey Partee, and Aden, Casey, Finley, and Gibson Partee; and two sisters, Jimmye Ruth Partee Thompson and Sarepta Partee Wilson.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Partee Turner.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal with the family receiving friends after the service.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Heartland Hospice and At Home Care of the Carolinas for the care and love they gave Pete.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal, 10 North Street, Greenville, SC 29601, Caine Halter Y.M.C.A, 721 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or Falls Park Endowment Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Greenville, 630 East Washington Street, Suite A, Greenville, SC 29601.

The family will be at the residence.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.


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Thomas McAfee Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel
639 North Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 232-6733
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Published in The Greenville News on Nov. 16, 2012
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