Charles Thomas Claxton
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Church of the Holy Cross
    2520 Middle St
    Sullivan's Island,, SC 29482
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Friends of Trinity
    PO Box 476
    Abbeville, SC 29620

Share This Obituary
Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Charles by adding your memories and photos.


Send Flowers
 Local Florists

Memories & Candles

“Charlie was our wonderful neighbor and friend. He and Mrs. Martha were such kind, hospitable, and generous people. Charlie would mow our pasture in...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Steve and Annmarie Hope - SC

“Sending prayers of comfort during this difficult time from our family to yours! ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Scott Sides - Cumming, GA

“Likewise, my first job out of college in `75. He was a great man to work with. Enjoyed our time at the Health Dept. Always a man of good humor. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Ted Ford

“Charlie gave me my 1st job out of college in 1974. I worked for him for 6 years. He was a great mentor and friend. I loved his story telling! He made...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Jami Martin - Work

Charles Thomas Claxton, 87, of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, widower of Martha Ann Neel Claxton, entered into eternal rest Thursday, February 10, 2022. His memorial service will be held Sunday, February 27, 2022 in the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan's Island at 2:00 PM. Reception to follow in the Church Great Hall. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Charles was born June 29, 1934, in Augusta, Georgia, son of the late William Anderson Boxx and Virginia Sumerau Boxx Claxton and stepson of Troy Lee Claxton. He grew up mainly in Augusta, GA, but lived in six different states before entering the United States Navy. He married Martha Ann Neel on August 4, 1956, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta, GA. During their 64 years of marriage, they raised two cherished sons.

He graduated from the University of Georgia and East Tennessee University. Charles had a memorable career as an environmentalist with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control for twenty-five years and retired as the Trident District Director of Environmental Health. During his career, Charles was awarded SC Environmental Health's highest honor with the Corley Award. He was elected Sanitarian of the year twice, served as president of the SC Environmental Health Association and he also won the Poovey Award. He was an avid outdoorsman, a trophy winning golfer and a spinner of humorous stories, spreading laughter amid everyone he met.

Charles is survived by his sons, Charles Thomas Claxton, Jr. (Kathy) and Samuel Malcolm Claxton (Amy) and grandchildren: Stormie Nicole, Charles Thomas III (Sarah), Zebulin Andrew, Kristina Adele Lowe (John) and Samuel Malcolm. Great grandchild: J. W. Lowe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lee Claxton.

Charles was a member of the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan's Island, SC and had a deep, abiding faith, such that he had no fear of death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle St., Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 and to the Friends of Trinity, PO Box 476, Abbeville, SC 29620.