Michael Trezevant Finch
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Michael Trezevant Finch
  • October 11, 1941 - May 31, 2017
  • West Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Michael Trezevant Finch, Sr., 75, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the funeral home.



Mr. Finch died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Palmetto Health Baptist, the place of his birth on October 11, 1941, after an extended illness. Mike was a 30 year survivor of Multiple Myeloma, and an 18 month survivor of Myelodysplastic Syndrome, another type of bone marrow cancer.



Mike was born the youngest son of Raymon Ronnie Finch, Sr. and Maxcy Monteith Rouquie Finch of Columbia and Sullivan's Island. Mike grew up on his dad's cattle farm in Dixiana, now underneath the I-26 and I-77 interchange, as well as at the family home on Sullivan's Island. In those settings, he developed his love for the outdoors. Mike later graduated from University High School in the class of 1960, and attended Newberry College.



During his younger years, Mike worked for and was part owner of various family businesses in Columbia including: Richland Oil Company, Computer Records, State Golf, Fleet Services, American Garelli, Architectural Models, Digital Systems, and in the early cellular telephone industry tower site lotteries. Mike moved to the Isle of Palms around 1980, and joined his older brothers, Henry Finch and Raymon Finch, Jr. in further developing and operating the Wild Dunes Resort until they sold out of it in 1984. Mike then turned his attention to recreational land acquisition and management, beginning with his purchase of South Tibwin Plantation in McClellanville from 1985 to 1990, and then on to his beloved Butterfield Plantation in Allendale from 1990 to present. Mike spent many years cultivating and stewarding these wonderful properties, and many friendships evolved from times spent at these exceptional places. Carmen and Mike's children and their spouses and grandchildren will hold dear memories of their times with him at these magical places over the years.



Mike was a founding member of the St. Andrews Sertoma Club 50 years ago, and took interest in "para-law-enforcement" by always driving a Ford Crown Vic, working with the Richland County Coroners office as a Deputy Coroner for 30-plus years, and also became involved through those contacts with the DMORT-WMD/ALL-HAZARDS team nationally. His unit was called upon to assist in casualty recoveries at Ground Zero September 2001, and later at Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Mike and his wife, Carmen, served honorably and for weeks at a time in those two disasters.



Mike has spent the last 27 years owning and operating as only he could Butterfield Plantation in Allendale, SC. He is likely one of the most hands on owners of such a property anywhere in the Southeast, hands down. He truly loved that place, and there was no better steward to be met anywhere. Many, many people and events over the years there with him will always remain in our memories, along with many great and entertaining stories.



Mike is survived by his wife of 19 years, Carmen Rivera Finch, RN; children, Michael “Mike” Trezevant Finch, Jr., MD (Jen) of Columbia, Amy Watkins Finch, RN (Noël) of Minneapolis, MN, and Margaret “Meg” Finch Harrison (James) of Columbia; his former wife and the mother of his children, Margaret W. Finch; grandchildren, Michael “Trey” T. Finch III, Riley G. Finch, Clark W. Finch, Max J. Finch-Raymond, Phebe H. Finch-Raymond, Margaret “Maggie” E. Harrison, and James "Burch" Harrison.



Mike is also survived by a cousin, James Rouquie; sister-in-law, Frances Finch; brother-in-law, Adrian Rivera Jr.; sisters-in-law Hellen R. Anderson, Ketty Rivera, Madeline Garcia, and Janet Rivera (Carmen's sisters); and Mother- in -law Carmen Rivera (Carmen's mom). Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and their children, as well as a host of good friends that have always looked out for him. We are so grateful for those individuals, especially in these last few months and especially those that helped “babysit” Butterfield in his absence. He was predeceased by his parents; father-in-law Adrian Rivera, Sr.; and brothers, Henry Finch Sr and Raymon Finch Jr.



The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at SCOA and Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Dr. Steve Minter, and Dr. Rob Stuart at MUSC. Donations can be made to the Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607; the Lower Savannah River Alliance, www.lowersavannahriveralliance.org; or to a charity of one’s choice.



Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.