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BOLCHOZ, Charles Charles Budds Bolchoz, husband of Peggy Lightsey Bolchoz and son of Ruford J. and Margaret Budds Bolchoz, died in a massive explosion in the T2 Laboratories at which he worked in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, December 19, 2007. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick Church in Jacksonville on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 3:00 o'clock. Charles' remains will be brought to Charleston where the Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, December 28, at 10:00 o'clock at Christ Our King Catholic Church. The Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. There will not be a Wake Service or Visitation scheduled. Charles was born in Charleston on June 13, 1959. He graduated from Bishop England High School as third honor graduate in 1977 and from Clemson University in 1981 where he was editor of 'The Tiger', the Clemson school paper. He earned his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at Clemson in 1984. He was a career Chemical Engineer and had been published. He worked for Westvaco in Charleston and Millennium Specialty Chemicals in Jacksonville, FL prior to his employment at T2 Labs. His death in the 'hellish inferno', as described in 'The Florida Times-Union', is extremely painful for those who loved him. Mr. Bolchoz, in addition to his wife and parents, is survived by two brothers, COL (Ret.) J. Manning Bolchoz and his wife Maureen of Tampa, Florida and Dr. R. Joseph Bolchoz Jr. and his wife Patty of Mount Pleasant, two sisters Karen Bolchoz Ferguson and her husband, Lonnie, and Judith Bolchoz Callan and her husband Les. He leaves six nephews, Manning, Ryan, Patrick, Trey, Lonnie, and Ian and two nieces, Beth and Lauren. He also leaves a stepson Shawn Lightsey and one grandchild, Kiara Flentroy. The family requests no flowers but memorials may be sent to The Bishop England High School Endowment Fund 363 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, South Carolina 29492. THE JAMES A. MCALISTER FUNERAL HOME, (843) 766-1365, in a very caring way, is guiding the family through this tragedy. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.
Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Dec. 23, 2007.
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March 7, 2008
uncle chalres,
i love you and miss you so much!!!
lauren.
Lauren-Marie Ferguson
January 22, 2008
I do not know you but wanted you to know that our city grieves with you. Your family will be in the thoughts & prayers of this community! I know I am so sorry for your loss! May God be with you at this time!

Carol
Carol
January 22, 2008
My prayers are with you. I knew Scott and taught the Gallagher children. I also went to Bishop England High School with Charles. My family still lives in Charleston and is active at BEHS as well as the Catholic community. We are all praying for you. May God bless you.
Kathy Machowski Rawlins
Kathy Rawlins
January 9, 2008
Dear Maureen and Manning,

I was saddened to hear of the news of your dear brother, Charles, and want to offer you my most sincere condolences.
My thoughts and sympathy are with you at this sad time.

Sincerely,
Yolie Yaeger
Yolie Yaeger
January 9, 2008
Judy,
I was shocked to learn about your brother's death. Lewis and I wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God's blessings be with everyone in your family and that His strength sustains you through this difficult time.
Alice Seabrook
Alice Seabrook
January 6, 2008
Manning,
 
I was devastated by this news about Charles. He was one of my very favorite ever Clemson students and a super editor of The Tiger. I have kept up with Charles through the years but met his wife only recently at the 100th anniversary of the student paper.

What can I do in his honor and memory? Such a great guy. He will certainly be missed by many.
 
Joy
Joy Smith
January 6, 2008
I am sorry for your loss Mr. Bolchoz. Me and my family's prayers are with you and yours. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Thank you,
Chris Chafin
Chris Chafin
January 6, 2008
Manning,

I just learned the horrible news about your brother. I cannot put into words how sorry I am for your loss, especially since he died so suddenly and so tragically. Please take the time you need to be with family in the days ahead. And please know that I will keep you, your brother and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this time as well. Take care.

Regards, Mike
Mike Tyrrell
January 6, 2008
Dear Manning:

I’m so sorry to hear such tragic news yesterday. Please know that we all feel part of the grief you and your family must be feeling right now.

CEO, iGov
Patrick Neven
January 6, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of hardship.

V/R,
Tim Driskell
Production Tech – Team TACLAN
Tim Driskell
January 6, 2008
Manning,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. If there is anything my family or I can do to help you or you family please do not hesitate to ask (I only live about 10 min from your house). You and your family will be in our prayers.

God Speed,

Tom Dennis and Family
Tom Dennis
January 6, 2008
Manning (normally sir, but not this time),

I am truly sorry for your loss and I think I know how difficult this is for you as I have lost family members also - but not my brother. We have also lost many members of our "extended AF family" over the years and these are tough to bear as well - but different!

You were missed at the TACLAN team gathering and I know many folks were cognizant of your absence - we wish you well.

My thoughts and prayers, and those of my family, are with you and yours in this hour of need.

It seems it was quick and sudden for your brother and I thank God that he doesn't have to suffer any more. May he rest in Peace.

God bless you and his remaining family and give them strength to carry on.

Value what is real and close to the heart as nothing else matters!

Jeff
Jeff Showen
January 6, 2008
Manning,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I've been out of the net for awhile and just checked my email. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Mike
Mike and Becky Neilson
January 6, 2008
Manning -- thank you for your e-mail. I am one of those Tiger staffers who served under Charles' editorship. I don't know if you know, but at The Tiger's centennial celebration in March, a fund was established in Dr. Henry's name that supports The Tiger. It is now a truly independent newspaper -- I'm sure you know that while Charles was editor, there were several clashes with the university's administration over content, and a few years ago The Tiger staff voted to forego university funding, and now supports itself. I was wondering if it would be OK if I made a donation to the Dr. Louis Henry fund in Charles' memory. I don't mind giving to Bishop England, but I would really like to give to the organization that brought us together. I am so sorry for your and your family's loss, and want to let you know I am thinking about you all.

Betsy DuBard
Betsy DuBard
January 6, 2008
Manning and Maureeen,

You and your family are in our prayers. We LOVE you guys and are thinking of you.

Ed and June
Ed and June Rutkowski
January 6, 2008
Hi Manning....

let me start by expressing my sincerest and deepest condolences. i have to admit, i'm still numb to the news, and i can't even begin to imagine how you and your family are enduring.

i met Charles in 1980 when i joined the Tiger as a freshman. Charles had such a great sense of humor that i can still remember how he playfully taughted me in a way that only Charles could. quickly, i appreciated Charles's conversations, and his thoughts, in a way only a naive freshman could.

I saw Charles pretty much thoughout my four years at Clemson, and although i would hear about his exploits, i never saw him again until this past summer at our reunion. it was a great pleasure for me (and the rest of the Tiger staff) to get back in touch after 20+ years; moreover, it was wonderful to realize the bonds that kept us together all those years ago were just as strong the summer of 2007.

living in Colorado, i will not make it to services, but i wanted to let you know your brother and your family have been deeply in my thoughts this past week, and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers for the immediate future.

thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me.

michael

michael puldy
Michael Puldy
January 6, 2008
Manning,

It’s me Lulu….

I am so sorry to hear about your brother. It is a sadness and loneliness of just being I wish you did not have to know. My prayers and thoughts and heart are with you Mannning.
Elizabeth (Lulu) Colbert-Busch
January 6, 2008
I was shocked and saddened to receive your e-mail about Charles. I am thankful, though, that you notified us Tiger folks about the accident, however. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mark Sublette
Staff writer, Assistant News Editor, 1974-1979
Mark Sublette
January 6, 2008
Manning,

I want to convey my simpathy to you and your family on the loss of your brother Charles. I can only imagine the impact of losing a family member so young in life. My memory of a younger Charles growing up in Cooper Estates is cloudy, but I have a co-worker and friend who was in Judy & Les' wedding and he has told me what a very nice person he is. I will not be able to attend the service but my prayers will be with your family.

Perry
Perry Garvin
January 6, 2008
Dear Manning,
 
I worked with Charles on The Tiger at Clemson and also graduated with him in 1981.  I was also trying to remember if I knew Charles from Govenrnor's School in Charleston. 

While at Clemson,  I also remember staying one night at your parent's house and going to mass with him.
 
It is a shock to hear about the death of a friend tragically in an accident.  I remember hearing about the explosion on NPR while I was driving home from work, but would never had thought that I would know someone who died in the accident.  My prayers will go out to you and your family during this holiday season.  Today, I will reflect on my fond memories of Charles and the great times that we had together at Clemson.  I had not seen Charles since Clemson and could not make The Tiger reunion in Clemson.  I have lived in Denver since 1991 and try on return on Darlington as often as possible to see my mother who is now in assisted living.
 
Thank you for seeking out Charles' old friends by email and letting us know about his death.
 
David Ingram
David Ingram
January 6, 2008
Dear Manning,

I'm Holly Hamor Behre, a 1982 graduate of Clemson who worked with Charles at the Tiger for two years. I am so sorry for your loss, and thank you for your email. My prayers are with you and your family.

As you may know, Charles was very devoted to our college journalism adviser, Dr. Louis Henry, and many of our old Tiger staff were collaborating on a project to send a Christmas card around the country by mail, collecting signatures from each of us, to send to Dr. Henry in time for Christmas.

I now live in Charleston, and Charles contacted me over Thanksgiving weekend to say he was in town and would like to sign the card. He was so concerned about getting the card to Dr. Henry on time that he actually ended up taking it from me, and making two more stops on his way south on I-95 to get two more Tiger alumni to sign it, before sending it on its way.

That was the kind of person I always remember Charles as being: generous and kind, and quick to jump in and make things happen. He was a fine editor at the Tiger, and had a lot to do with my decision to go into journalism after graduation. I'm so glad I got to introduce my husband Robert and our children to him while he was here last month.

Again, thank you for taking the time during this difficult period to make sure Charles' Tiger friends were informed. Christmas blessings to you and all the Bolchoz family.

Holly
Holly Behre
January 6, 2008
Dear Manning,

I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family, especially your parents. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

You were correct in that the Tiger staff had gathered for an informal reunion at Clemson back in June. This resulted from the more formal 100th Tiger anniversary that was held in March. Charles and Peggy attended both of these.
I was at the June reunion and was delighted to see him and meet Peggy. He proudly showed us pictures of his darling granddaughter. My overall impression was that Charles was happy and doing well.

Charles was very instrumental in our Tiger reunion group's latest project - a Christmas card signed by each of us to Dr. Henry, the Tiger faculty advisor when we were at Clemson. The card was created by one of our friends in Atlanta, and was mailed to each of us to sign and mail to the next person on the list. Before Thanksgiving, we were getting concerned that the card would not make it in time for Christmas, so Charles took the card from Charleston, drove it down to get two more signatures from friends in Bluffton and Savannah, then mailed it to me in northern Virginia. This card was mailed early last week from the last friend in Washington state.

Charles was a wonderful person. All of us former Tiger staffers are going to miss him greatly.

Thank you for sending us this e-mail. I think most of us learned of his death by Friday via e-mails or phone calls.
May God comfort you and your family during this time.

With fondest memories of Charles,

Priscilla Bunton Bumbaca
Priscilla Bunton Bumbaca
January 6, 2008
Our Good Friends Manning & Maureen,

We feel extremely distressed since we heard of your brother’s fatal accident. This must be an enormous shock for you and it would be a great help to know that friends are thinking of you.

We are praying for you and your brother and wish the oncoming Christmas and New Year be prosperous and healthy for you and your family.

You are always in our hearts.


George – Anna Roungas
George and Anna Roungas
January 6, 2008
Hi Manning,

My family has had you and your family in our thought during this time. I wish there was something more we could say or do.

Take care,
Kim and Jim
Jim and Kim Schmitt
January 6, 2008
Manning,

Our prayers are with you and youur family. God bless you.

Ken and Jennie and our family
Ken and Jennie Dowd
January 6, 2008
Dear Manning,

Steve and I are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We will see you soon. We are wishing you and your family strength during this time.

Love,

Jackie
Steve and Jackie Whelan
January 6, 2008
Manning,

I'm so sorry about your brother; what a horrible tragedy. Kathi and I wish and pray for comfort for you and family during this difficult time. I'm really sorry you have to go through this. Please let us know if we can do anything to help.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob
Bob and Kathi Thornton
January 6, 2008
Manning & Maureen,

We never met your brother, but of course were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please know we are praying for you and your family.

Mark & Linda
Mark and Linda Davies
January 6, 2008
I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. I know it will be hard for you, especially at this time of year. Again, sorry for your loss. Keith & Nancy
Keith and Nancy Tietmeyer
January 6, 2008
Maureen and Manning,

Kathy forwarded me the email of the terrible news about Charles' death. I just wanted to say that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.


When things like these accidents happen all we can do is hold on to our faith and try to accept that it is part of God's plan. Not easy, but only faith will get us through.

My heart goes out to all of you.

Enjoy the holidays!

Tricia McLaughlin
Tricia McLaughlin
January 6, 2008
Maureen and Manning,

I am so sorry to hear about Charles, what a difficult message to send. Your family is in my thoughts.

Irene McLaughlin
Chris and Irene McLaughlin
January 6, 2008
Maureen,

Laura and I are very suprised and saddened by your loss. If there is anyway for us to assist, please let us know. You and your family are in our thoughts.

Mike
Mike and Laura Pack
January 6, 2008
Manning:


What terrible news. We are so sorry for your loss. You, your brother and family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Yours, Rick & Linda Marcinowski
Rick and Linda Marcinowski
January 6, 2008
We are shocked! I can't believe this is real. Let us know what (if anything) we can do.

Doug & Robin
Doug and Robin Vaughan
January 6, 2008
Manning & Maureen,

I'm very sorry and saddened to hear this news of your brother. It is a tragedy to lose those we love so dearly. JoAnn and I will pray for you and your family for the strength and comfort to put him to rest with God. We all have so much to be thankful for and sometimes take for granted how important it is to appreciate our time here with our family and friends.

We know the pain you feel and will pray for you and Charles' family.

Sincerely,

Mike & JoAnn Whelan
Mike and JoAnn Whelan
January 6, 2008
Oh my God, Manning!

May God wrap His arms around you and your family as you deal with this horrible tragedy. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Vickie
Vickie Albers
January 6, 2008
Manning,

Our prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Warmest regards,
Jay and Bonita
Jay and Bonita Aronowitz
January 6, 2008
Manning,

I'm so sorry to hear that. I pray that your family can handle the pain, I will pray for them all.
Linda
Linda Davies
January 6, 2008
The Bolchoz Family,

Caroline and I send our heartfelt sympathy to you and all your family in Florida and in South Carolina. We saw the tragic incident on the news and never realized that we were connected to the folks that suffered. Thanks for including us in your time of sorrow and mourning. If you need anything from us let us know.

Respectfully,

Curt and Caroline
Curt and Caroline Cheeseman
January 6, 2008
Manning, you and your family are in our prayers - shout if there's anything we can do to help. Mark
Mark O'Neill
January 6, 2008
Manning,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your brother. My son is a Navy pilot in Jacksonville (Mayport) and so if there is any way that I or he can be of assistance to you please let me know.

Mike Everitt
Mike Everitt
January 6, 2008
Dear Manning,

Our prayers are with you, Maureen and your family during this very, very sad time.

With love,

Mary, Mike and Family
Mike and Mary Regner
January 6, 2008
Manning,

This is such a tragic event. I know this will be a very difficult period for you and your family, and you have my deepest condolences.

Ralph
Ralph Semmel
January 6, 2008
Manning,

I am sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If there is anything you need or that we can do please let us know.

Warmest Sincere Regards,

Jeff and April
Jeff and April Heiser
January 2, 2008
Manning:
We are so sorry for the loss of your brother in such a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Debbie, Mike, Bret, Jeff, Ed and the rest of iPower.
Debbie Hunt
December 29, 2007
Joey,
I am so sorry to hear of your brother's death. My prayers are with your entire family.Please know that time does ease the pain, but the hurt will sometimes seem insurmountable.
With Regards and Prayers,
Holli Hughes
Holli Hughes
December 28, 2007
Manning and Famiy,

I am sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Phil
Phil Thompson
December 27, 2007
Dear Margaret and Ruford,
My heart goes out to you and your family at this most painful and difficult time. Your love gave him life and sustained him through the years. May your love for him now rest in the arms of God.
David Bossman
December 27, 2007
Dear Judy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to call.

Elaine
Elaine G. Misskelley
December 27, 2007
Peggy;

Know you are in our thoughts and prayers and many God give you His peace. Chuck and Deborah Glover
Chuck Glover
December 27, 2007
Karen,
I'm was so sorry to hear about Charles. I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Leanne (Albers) Tyson
December 27, 2007
Ruford, Margaret, Joseph and Patty

We are very sorry about your loss and wish we were not out of town. Plese be assured that our prayers are with you even though we cannot participate with the Choir at the service on Friday.
Eileen and John Strauch
December 27, 2007
Aunt Margaret, Uncle Ruford & Family

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my prayers.
Christy Gilmour
December 27, 2007
Ruford and Margaret, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Yours in sympathy Azalia Condon
Azalia Condon
December 27, 2007
Manning,

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Strength in Christ our savior. God Bless
Dave Rue
December 27, 2007
To: Bolchoz Family

Your family are certainly in our prayers. God Bless you all.
Bill & Lisa Adkins
December 27, 2007
Manning:
We are so sorry for the tragic loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mike & Virginia Kalinowski
Virgnina Kalinowski
December 27, 2007
May God be with you and your family during the lost of your brother.
Lea Jackson
December 27, 2007
Karen,
I'm so sorry to hear about the accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
God Bless.
Kathy Kuhn (McLoughlin)
December 26, 2007
Manning, I am truly sorry for your loss, may the fond memories of your brother help to comfort you and your family during this tragic time. My prayers are with you.
Jane De La Rosa
December 26, 2007
Manning:

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your brother. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. God’s grace and mercy is efficient and it will prevail over this most difficult time.

Our deepest sympathy,
Faye and Herman Roberts
December 26, 2007
Dear Joey,Manning,Mr.Bolchoz and family,My family and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you.We lost my brother Timothy who was in Charles' BE class.We will all be reunited some day.May GOD bless you all with HIS comfort.
Mark Evans
December 26, 2007
Manning
I can not image how difficult this tragedy is for you and your entire family; our thought, prayers and sympathies are with you
Allan Bellacicco
December 26, 2007
Peggy/

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Kyle Smith
kyle smith
December 24, 2007
Manning,
This is such terrible news. I saw the report on the news last night and thought of the families affected never having any idea this has touched you. All my thoughts are with you.

Liz
Liz Davis
December 24, 2007
Manning, Our sincere condolences to you and your family. I know this is a shock and very sudden. We want you to know that you and your brother's family are in our prayers. Judy and Tom Watts
Tom and Judy Watts
December 24, 2007
Dear Manning, We are so sorry to hear about your brother. We just want you to know that you and your family will be in our prayers and thoughts. If there is anything we can do to help ease your pain, please let us know.
Ron and Carole
Ron and Carole Heiser
December 24, 2007
Manning,

I can't tell you how sorry I am to receive this news, especially right before the holiday season. My condolences to your family and especially his family.

George
George and Julie Adamakos
December 24, 2007
Dear Manning and Maureen,

We are so sorry for your loss, our hearts and prayers are with you. If you should need anything at all, please don't hesistate to call.

Much Love,
Andrea, Robi and boys
Robi and Andrea Tempfer
December 24, 2007
Oh Manning, We are so so very sorry!!!!!You are all in our prayers and please..If there is anything at all we can do..anything...Tina and Alan
Alan and Tina Dodson
December 24, 2007
Manning, Maureen and family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I will be praying for you and your family.

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

Love,
Carolyn
Carolyn Lopez
December 24, 2007
Manning; We are so very sorry to hear this news. Know that you and the family are in out thoughts and prayers as you deal with the tragedy. God bless you. Bonnie and Joe Kinzer.
Joe and Bonnie Kinzer
December 24, 2007
Manning:

We are grieved at your loss. We'll keep your family in our prayers.

God bless you and your family.

Johnny
John and Suzanne Walker
December 24, 2007
Manning
I'm sorry to hear about your brother. What a tragedy!
We'll keep you all in our prayers
God Bless
Cyndi and Tim
Tim and Cyndi Hope
December 24, 2007
Manning,
What a tragic accident. Our heartfelt condolences. Please know that you and your brother's family are in our prayers.
Ron and Marcia Bouchard
Ron and Marcia Bouchard
December 24, 2007
Manning,

I'm so sorry about your brother; what a horrible tragedy. Kathi and I wish and pray for comfort for you and family during this difficult time. I'm really sorry you have to go through this. Please let us know if we can do anything to help.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Bob
Bob and Kathi Thornton
December 24, 2007
Dear Ruford & Margaret,Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.Love, William & Katherine Manning
william manning
December 24, 2007
Dear Joe and Margaretm
There are not adequate words to fully express our feeling of grief over your great loss.
Valerie and Jerry Braddock
December 24, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Bob & JoAnn Mitchell
December 24, 2007
Dear Bolchoz Family,
We are so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of Charles. All of you are in our prayers at this most difficult time. May the many family and friends you have collected throughout your lives embrace you to ease this burden.
Bobby and Pam Gay
December 23, 2007
To The Bolchoz Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Michael & Terri (Albers) Rowland
December 23, 2007
Margaret: My thoughts and prayers go to you and your husband at this time. What a terrible tragedy. May the Christ Child bring you special blessings at this season and help you to accept your loss.
Rose Mary (Powers) Wereb
Rose Wereb
December 23, 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Bolchoz,
I am so sorry to hear about Charles. My prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your family during this most difficult time.

Jan Tompkins
Christ our King Senior Ministry
Sweetgrass Village Nursing Home
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Jan Tompkins
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