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William Ernest McIntosh, Jr.

May 26, 1929 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

William McIntosh, Jr. Obituary

William Ernest McIntosh, Jr., 94, husband of Katherine Brasington McIntosh, of Summerville, passed away on January 23, 2024, in his Summerville home of more than 50 years. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 26 at Summerville Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow. Interment at Old White Meeting House cemetery will be private. Whether you knew him as “Sonny,” “Uncle Sonny,” “Red,” “Bill,” “Doc,” “Papa Doc,” or “Dad,” you remember at least four things about Doc McIntosh – his wit, his intellect, his intrinsic fairness, and his kindness. His passing, though unwanted and long-dreaded by loved ones, has brought an avalanche of memories of laughter, of wisdom, and of compassion to his family (which includes an extended clan of nieces and nephews of which he was the anointed patriarch) and to a legion of friends, former colleagues and students. Doc was born on May 26, 1929, in Lynchburg, South Carolina. He was the youngest child and only son of Dr. William Ernest McIntosh and Franke Lesesne McIntosh. He was raised and attended grade school in Lynchburg, where his father was the village dentist and sometime-mayor, and his mother had taught school. He spent much of his childhood and adolescence in the woods and waters of his beloved Pee Dee. He knew Lynches River and the recently-dammed Santee Cooper lakes like the back of his hand. Cooking up fresh catch into a Pine Bark Stew over an open fire on a riverbank was his idea of luxury living. Following his sister Mary to Newberry College, Doc left home for the first time at 17. He had intended to follow his father’s footsteps into dentistry but found hunting, fishing, and the study of history – especially South Carolina history – much more compelling than organic chemistry. Upon graduation from Newberry, he taught high school history for a year in Lee County before enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving two years in the Counter Intelligence Corps. In 1953, he returned home to teach history, coach basketball, and eventually serve as principal of Lynchburg High School while caring for his widowed and ailing father. All the while, he pursued both his graduate studies at the University of South Carolina and the love of his life Kitty Brasington, a Columbia College student whose family had recently moved to Lamar, South Carolina, where her father was the new superintendent of schools. Doc and Kitty were married in 1958 in Lamar, where they lived until making their final move to Summerville in 1967 to put down new roots and raise their children. Doc McIntosh was a teacher in the truest sense of the word. Although the majority of his four decades in education was spent as an administrator – as a public school principal in Lee and Darlington counties, as Dean of Students at what is now Trident Technical College, and as Headmaster at what is now Pinewood Preparatory School - Doc loved the classroom and loathed bureaucratic red tape. In 1980, he returned to the classroom for the balance of his career – teaching history at Summerville High School and serving as an adjunct professor at College of Charleston and USC-Beaufort. Doc was a raconteur par excellence who could simultaneously be side-splittingly funny and highly-provocative. Perhaps paradoxically, he was a traditionalist with no cotton for injustice. Politically a conservative, he nonetheless found himself on the “wrong” side of public school desegregation in the eyes of the 1960s segregationist school boards who employed him, hastening his move from public school administration to higher education and to a new life in the Lowcountry. Once in Summerville, Doc became an active leader of Summerville Presbyterian Church serving as Elder for more than 20 years and nearly as long as coach and pitcher of the men’s slow-pitch softball team. He also was an active member of the Summerville Lions Club of which he served as president. He was a proud member of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the South Carolina Historical Society, the Pinewood Preparatory School Dinosaur Club, and the Bridge Lake Fishing Club in his adopted Four Holes Swamp. Left to cherish his memories are his bride, his daughter Julia Lesesne McIntosh Stephenson and son-in-law Thomas Michael Stephenson of Mt. Pleasant, his son William Ernest McIntosh, III, Esquire, of Summerville and partner Jillian Weatherford, and his son Lachlan Brasington McIntosh of Charleston, his grandson William T. Stephenson, Esquire, of Mt. Pleasant and fiancée Eleanor Jones, his granddaughters Mary Lesesne McIntosh and Sarah Frances McIntosh of Charleston, his brother-in-law Dalton K. Brasington, Jr., and sister-in-law Judy Starnes Brasington of Charleston, four nieces, three nephews, and dozens of grandnephews, grandnieces, and great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces. He was predeceased by his parents, infant daughter Katherine, sister Elizabeth McIntosh Cope and brother-in-law Johnson Heyward Cope, sister Franke McIntosh All and brother-in-law James Bascom All, and sister Mary McIntosh LaRosa O’Donnell and brothers-in- law Paul LaRosa and John O’Donnell. Arrangements by PARKS FUNERAL HOME. 130 W. 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Summerville Presbyterian Church, 407 S. Laurel St., Summerville, SC 29483, or to Dorchester Paws, 136 4 Paws Ln, Summerville, SC 29483.

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Funeral Service
January 26, 2024

11:30 AM
Summerville Presbyterian Church
407 S. Laurel Street
Summerville, SC 29483

Private Committal


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