Harry Joe King
Harry Joe King, 86, of Bluffton, SC died at home on Sunday, December 23, 2018. He was born, the son of Rama Hughes King and Ida Belle Cole King of Lancaster, SC, both deceased. He graduated from Central elementary school in Lancaster, and the Georgia Military Academy in College Park, GA in 1949. He attended Wake Forest College before joining the U.S. Navy in 1951 after the Korean War began. Upon being honorably discharged he joined the active Marine Corps reserve and was honorably discharged in 1957.
King returned to the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in 1958. He later received postgraduate certificates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, College of Charleston, and Charleston Southern University during his working career.
King was Executive Vice President of the Northwestern Bank, Director and Vice President of merges and acquisitions at the Bank of North Carolina and Executive Vice President of the Coconut Grove Bank in Miami, FL. He opened and organized the Sunshine State Bank in Miami, and Biscayne Bank in downtown Miami. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of both of these two de novo banks. During his banking career, King was responsible for the opening and merging of 94 banks in the Southeast.
When his widowed mother was hospitalized, he and his wife returned to Charleston, SC, where he, as Chairman and President, incorporated Home Health Services Inc., the first private home health agency in South Carolina. He later organized and chartered the states Association of home health agencies, of which he served as President for the first three years.
King and his wife purchased the former Albemarle School in Charleston, and as Chairman and President, converted it into Healthcare Park West which included adult assisted-living facilities and respite care. When this health care conglomerate
g was sold, he became the President of Healthcare Consultants Inc., until he retired.
King was appointed to the Western North Carolina Regional Planning Commission by the Governor, served as Chairman of the Board of the Granite Workers Association, President of the Towers of Key Biscayne Homeowners Association, President of the Key Biscayne Blvd. Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Beaufort YMCA, Chairman of the Board of the Bluffton Family YMCA. He was voted outstanding Kiwanian of the year, and he also was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
King was also a charter member, all along with his wife of the University of South Carolina, Horseshoe Society (Rutledge), the University of South Carolina’s Legacy Society, and served on the Executive Committee of the University Of South Carolina College Of Nursing.
King is survived by his wife, Judith Anne Wilson King, two sisters, Bette Catherine Waters of Greenville, and Peggy Ann Graham of Spartanburg and 30 plus nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by two sisters, Virginia Belle Funderburk and Patricia Jean King and two brothers, Robert Hughes King and William Thad King.
The family will be receiving friends from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Navy.
Marilee R. Ondrus, 93
Marilee Rumpf Ondrus died peacefully at her home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on December 13, 2018, with her daughter, Marina Ondrus Richey by her side. She was 93 years old.
She was born on January 6, 1925, in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Smith College where she majored in music. After graduating from Smith in 1946, she moved to Princeton, NJ to work for the “College Entrance Examination Board.”
Three years later, she moved to Boston, MA. where she worked for Loomis Sayles as an executive secretary. It was at this time that Marilee discovered the love of traveling and exploring new cultures. Bermuda and Italy were her favorites.
Seeking adventure, Marilee joined the US State Department in hopes of being posted overseas. In 1956, she met and married her husband of 58 years, Milan F. Ondrus. Together with their daughter, Marina, they spent
g yp the next 30 years from 1961 - 1991 living in Kronburg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. Marilee was active in the Women’s clubs of Frankfurt and Brussels. She loved traveling all over Europe and especially skiing and hiking in the Swiss Alps of Klosters.
Marilee and Milan settled in Hilton Head in 1988. They both enjoyed golf and were devoted members of St. Luke’s Church. Marilee is predeceased by her husband, Milan F. Ondrus. She is survived by her daughter, Marina Ondrus Richey and her husband Keith Richey, two grandchildren, Alexander and Veronica Ondrus Richey, nephew, Douglas Kneale, niece, Kathy Mongeau, and sister-in-law, Valeria Cepkova of Bratislava, Slovakia.
A memorial service will be held Monday, January 14, at 3pm at St. Luke’s Church in Hilton Head Island, SC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Luke’s Church, 50 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. Arrangements by The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com
Wayne R. Warren
Wayne R. Warren, 67, passed away on January 1, 2019 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, wonderful son and brother and a caring father to his two cocker spaniels. He was born on September 14, 1951 in Indianapolis, IN to Vernon and Helen Warren. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father.
He is survived by his wife Becky of 45 years, his mother Helen Warren and sister Sharon Smith of Plainfield, IN, his brother Vernon Warren of Herndon, KY and his two Cocker Spaniels Holly and Nicholas.
He graduated from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, IN in 1969. He was a member of the Honor Society. He graduated from Ball State University in 1974 with a degree in Landscape Architecture.
He was employed by the State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources, from 1974 until 2001 when he retired and moved to Bluffton, SC.
There will be a private memorial service followed by a Celebration of his Life at a later date. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Contributions may be made in his name to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741 or at bestfriends.org.