Guy Wilburn Jeter ’70

Guy Wilburn Jeter, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., passed on January 19, 2021, after a 19-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Guy, the son of the late John McDow Jeter and Eunice Wilburn Jeter, was born in Union, SC on March 18, 1948. He graduated from Union High School and then received his BA in English from Davidson College.

Guy is survived by his wife and soul mate of 50 years, Deborah Williams Jeter of Mount Pleasant, and children who deeply loved him, Cecelia Jeter McPhail and her husband, Fred, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Guy Wilburn Jeter, Jr. of Okinawa, Japan.

In addition, Guy leaves two granddaughters who adored their Papa, Grace and Miriam McPhail; his brother, John McDow Jeter, Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Richmond, Virginia; and his sister, Susan Palmer Jeter, and her husband, Alan Adler, of Topanga, California. Guy was beloved as a brother by his in-laws and as Uncle Guy to his nieces and nephews.

Guy was a teacher of English and Geometry and mentor to many students at May River Academy in Bluffton and Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant.

For 8 years he shared his love of learning as he inspired students to be their best selves. Building on a family tradition in retail, Guy started The Registry Gift Shop in Mount Pleasant.

Then, following a life-long passion for building, Guy developed a respected construction business noted for thoughtful attention to clients’ needs.

Although raised in the Upcountry, Guy put down Lowcountry roots and enjoyed sharing time on the water with those he loved. Whether fishing, sailing in Charleston Harbor, creek cruising, or diving in the Caribbean, Guy embraced every opportunity to share his love of the sea.

Guy was an inspired entertainer, the consummate host, and a generous man who loved to laugh. An evening at “Club Jeter” guaranteed a delicious meal, robust conversation, and Guy’s impeccable devotion to his guests. His joy of entertaining was fueled by Guy’s endless thoughtfulness and deep love for family and friends.

Funeral services will be private due to COVID-19. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Roper Hospice Cottages for their care and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to JDRF-Piedmont Triad or Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas.

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