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Kamaras, Joanne - Hilton Head Plantation  
Joanne Kamaras Joanne Kamaras of Hilton Head Plantation died peacefully early Tuesday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. While she leaves behind her brother (Jimmy), her children (George & Tru Dee) and her grandchildren (John, Hunter & Austin), she rejoins her soul mate and husband of 60 years, West Point graduate, Lt. Col. John G. Kamaras  who went to heaven 5 years ago (some say to get things ready for her arrival). Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Joanne was the daughter of Col. Lewis and Gertrude Hunt of Port Royal Plantation. As an army brat, she traveled the world; attending Punahou School in Hawaii before leaving for Stevens College at the ripe age of 16. In addition to a keen intellect, Joanne was also, to quote her yearbook, "quite a looker" as evidenced by her "Miss Seattle" crown.  (She spent her entire life elegantly attired and impeccably coifed, her only lament being that her children did not embrace her conviction of being presentable at all times). Joanne met John in 1950 while serving in the hail and farewell line in Seattle Washington. John had just returned from a one year assignment in Alaska (and jokingly claimed she was the first woman he had met that didn't smell of whale blubber in a year). Joanne was waiting to ship out to Japan to rejoin her parents for the summer break (and did we mention she was engaged to a very nice young man at the time?), but John relentlessly wooed her with french fries and ice cream and she finally conceded to his many proposals and married him 6 weeks later (much to the shock and dismay of her parents). Not to be dissuaded, Joanne proved to be an asset to John's career, and was widely viewed as the "hostess with the mostess" earning her "stripes" by regularly entertaining gatherings of over 100 guests. Nothing pleased her more than to hear the sound of good conversation and gentle laughter. She always said the better the party, the louder and later the guests remained. (Her long suffering children held the staunch belief that the guests would be much happier eating off of paper plates and drinking from Dixie cups rather than china, crystal, and silver which required endless polishing, but Joanne would have none of it). Joanne also adored golf and bridge. She claimed she only took up golf to spend more quality time with John, but John remarked more than once that the last home cooked meal he had was the day before she picked up her first set of clubs. Before John's retirement, she was also known for her lively bi-weekly bridge parties which resulted in the destruction of 3 basketball posts in 2 months. (It was surmised that the guests may have imbibed the sherri a tad too much, causing the inebriated women to miss the turn in the driveway but knocking the basketball pole to the ground with bull's-eye accuracy every time). Daunted with the seemingly endless task and expense of replacing said pole, John took it upon himself to dig a rather large and deep hole which was then ceremoniously filled with a truckload of cement to compliment the new gleaming steel basketball pole and hoop. While the fortune of the basketball pole was no longer in jeopardy, the local auto body shop enjoyed a rather brisk business for the next several years. Once John and Joanne retired to Hilton Head, they joined Bear Creek Golf Club where both could be found enjoying endless rounds of golf and wonderful weekend dinner dances.  As with anything she did, Joanne excelled at the game of golf and eventually shot a hole in one - knowing her determination, John was rather pleased with himself for having the foresight to buy 19th Hole insurance before this occurred. We can only hope that John remembered to purchase this same insurance before she arrived to join him this past Tuesday. Everyone in Hilton Head Plantation will miss the familiar sight of Joanne whipping around in her car, a fully loaded, "whole lotta red" Cadillac that she simply adored (well maybe not quite everyone..."Mrs. Kamaras, you need to slow down when you're going through the gate"). A celebration of Joanne's life was held this past Thursday evening at Bear Creek Golf Club where over 100 of her closest friends gathered to attend one last party arranged by the "hostess with the mostess". She would have thoroughly enjoyed the affair and esprit de corps as evidenced by her final words imprinted on the cocktail napkins - "Wish I could join you". She was an amazing woman full of effortless charm and grace who touched too many lives to count. After a chapel service, Joanne will be interned with John at West Point on June 4th to mark what would have been their 65th wedding anniversary. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Jan. 25 to Feb. 25, 2015
Karis, Peter - Hilton Head Island  
Peter Karis Peter Karis, 72, an expressionist painter, gallery owner, retired advertising executive and restaurateur died at his home on Hilton Head Island on January 31, 2015.  Peter's greatest joy was his wife Maggie and children, Nick, Marina, Matt (Colleen), Kristen Raley (Brian), and Alexis Esakov (Steven) and his grandchildren, Hailey, William, Chloe, Ella and Sophia. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Harry and Irene Karis, Peter is survived by his sister Florence Nestor (Bill) and nephew Ryan. Peter graduated from Kent State University in 1964 with a degree in painting and began a career in advertising establishing Karis Advertising for over 40 years.  Peter served in the National Guard, owned multiple restaurants, loved new challenges and creating new opportunities. He fostered, mentored, inspired, supported and gave much to many guided by ethical values, and a seemingly easy manner.  Always passionate about painting he won numerous awards and was represented in galleries across the United States and in exhibits in Switzerland and Florence, Italy. He painted from his soul, fast and full of emotion, rarely leaving his studio until the painting was complete. Peter and Maggie established Karis Art Gallery which inspired some of his best work.   He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed landscape design and spent hours outside in his gardens.  As a devoted father Peter watched every little league baseball game, soccer match, horse show, music recital, gymnastic and ballet performance his children were ever in. He felt like a blessed and lucky man to be able to watch his children grow and always said they were his greatest achievement and his best work of art. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church with a Greek Orthodox funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Six Oaks Cemetery. The Island Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 3 to Mar. 3, 2015
Kellogg III, Raymond Nelson - Bluffton  
Raymond Nelson Kellogg III, 87, passed away Sunday February 22, at home, surrounded by his children, Raymond N. Kellogg IV, Susan L. O'Keefe, and Pamela C. Jarrell.  He is also survived by six loving granddaughters and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen M. Klein Kellogg, and his second wife, Leah Ramini Kellogg.   Ray was born in the Bronx, NY, and graduated from Stamford High School in Stamford, CT.  He attended Rutgers University and The University of Connecticut.  He was a proud WWII Navy veteran, and served as President of several banks in Connecticut.  He was an avid golfer, animal lover, and a passionate American patriot. A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm at St. Gregory the Great in Bluffton, SC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to: Capital Needs Fund, Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 333 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29909.
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 25 to Mar. 25, 2015
Kiser, Buray Ronald - Charleston  
Buray Ronald KiserRonnie Kiser, 78, of Isle of Palms, SC, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, February 12, 2015. His memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 21st Ave. at Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL. Ronnie was born February 8, 1937, in Rock Hill, SC son of the late Buray Kiser and Willie Virginia Brooks Kiser. Ronnie attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1951, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a 1955 graduate of Rock Hill High School where he was a member of the 1953 Bearcat State Championship and undefeated football team. In 1959, Ronnie graduated from Clemson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on the work as a supervisory engineer in Quality Assurance of the Nuclear Engineering Department of the Charleston Naval Shipyard. He enjoyed his employment there for thirty two years until his retirement. Ronnie was respected and loved by all who were lucky enough to know him. He enjoyed his church, camping and spending time with his adoring family. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Alma Elizabeth Jennings Kiser of Isle of Palms, SC; one son, Buray Ronald Kiser, Jr. and his wife, Sherry, of Clover, SC; one daughter Jean Kiser McCormick and her husband, Harvey, of Beaufort, SC; one brother, Gary B. Kiser and his wife, Jean, of Prescott, AZ; sisters in law, Joanne Miller, Carol Taylor and Mabel Varnadore all of Rock Hill, SC, Marie Davidson and her husband Bobby of Charleston, SC; seven grandchildren: H. Wilson McCormick, IV, J. Cooper McCormick, Edward Ronald McCormick, Buray Tyler Kiser, Katharine G. Kiser, Mary Charlotte Kiser and Kellen Kiser; and a number of special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by sister-in law, Rebecca Bryant. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 21st Ave., Isle of Palms, SC 29451 or Hospice of Charleston a Gentiva Company 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30339 www.gentivahospicefoundation.org in honor of the hospice caregivers: Chris Dean, Robin Hooks-Nowlin, Greg Mason, Barbara Boyd, Rose Snedeker and Colleen Ueeke.
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 13 to Mar. 13, 2015
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