Mr. Martin Kenneth McGreevy

Published 5:00 pm Monday, April 15, 2019

Martin Kenneth McGreevy, 88, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Amy Whitfield Jones McGreevy, died Friday, April 12, 2019. Born January 17, 1931, in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the son of Major General John M. McGreevy and Elizabeth Coderre McGreevy, he was a graduate of St. Raphael’s Academy and earned a B.A. from Providence College and his M.A. in American History from Boston University. He was mentored in his Civil War studies by Dr. Bell Wiley of Emory University and was a former member of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta. He also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Kenneth began his career in the insurance industry with Liberty Mutual in Atlanta and thenjoined the American Mutual Fire Insurance Company at 100 Broad St. in Charleston in 1963,where he became Senior Vice President. During this time, he earned the CPCU designation and was instrumental in the formation of the South Carolina Wind and Hail Underwriting Association. In 1979, he joined the Prudential Insurance Company of America in New Jersey as a senior executive in their property/casualty and reinsurance business and created the company’s commercial lines subsidiary, from which he retired as Senior Vice President in 1993. He was active as an officer at the regional and national level with the American College of CPCU, before retiring to LaGrange, Georgia.

Throughout his life, Kenneth was an active executive in the nonprofit and community sector, first working with Ted Stern and the Rotary Club of Charleston to help establish its international student exchange program. While with Prudential, he served as Regional President of the American Heart Association and was honored with the AHA Time, Feeling, Focus Award. In retirement, he worked with the LaGrange Downtown Development Authority, was active as a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club of LaGrange, and served as President and Chairman of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, whose revitalization he successfully led. At Callaway Gardens, he served as Chairman of all volunteers and, along with Charles Wadsworth, was instrumental in establishing the Celebrate the Arts Festival at Callaway. He and his wife endowed the M. Kenneth and Amy McGreevy Scholarship at Emory University, as well as playing a key role in the Potts Memorial Scholarship at LaGrange College.

Blessed with a deep Christian faith and led into the Episcopal Church by Canon Sam Cobb, McGreevy was active in the Diocese of South Carolina and served several terms as Senior Warden at Holy Trinity, Charleston, under the Rev. Bill Skilton. He also served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden at St. John’s, Little Silver (New Jersey) and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (LaGrange). Additionally, he was active in leadership and ministry at First United Methodist Church in LaGrange. He was a member of St. Philip’s Church, Charleston.

An avid golfer in his younger days, McGreevy was a former member of the Country Club of Charleston, the Channel Club (Monmouth Beach), the Westbrook Country Club (Ohio), and the Highland Country Club (LaGrange).

Kenneth McGreevy is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Amy Whitfield Jones McGreevy; his son, the Rev. Brian K. McGreevy (Jane) of Charleston; his daughter Marion Elizabeth (Maribeth) McGreevy Minschwaner (Bill) of Duluth, GA; grandchildren William Kenneth (Ken) Minschwaner (Tina), Nathan Joseph Minschwaner, Martin Whitfield Minschwaner, John Whitney (Whit) McGreevy (Mary Pat),  Amy Jones McGreevy Rabb (Michael), Mary Hollis Towles McGreevy, and Anne Lefevre McGreevy; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson Whitney McGreevy and Mary Dargan (Mamie) McGreevy.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 1 Shaftsbury Lane, Charleston, and the funeral service will be Wednesday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St., Charleston, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 2321, LaGrange, GA 30241; the Pearl White Potts Scholarship at LaGrange College; or First United Methodist Church of LaGrange. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel, 232 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401.