Thomas McKinley Maxwell COLUMBIA Thomas McKinley Maxwell, 70, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Tom was born on July 2, 1946, in Madison, Wisconsin. His family moved to South Carolina where he attended A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, followed by the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of South Carolina. An avid golfer, Tom played competitive golf in high school and college and was on the varsity golf team at the U.S. Naval Academy. While the majority of his career was spent in the structural steel industry, he became deeply interested in rocks, gemstones and gemstone faceting later in life. His hobby became his passion and eventually he became an instructor of faceting at the William Holland School of Lapidary in Young Harris Georgia. He was also the President of the United States Faceters Guild as well as the owner of Carolina Custom Gems in partnership with Beckham's Barn Rock and Gem Shop in Irmo, S.C. He enjoyed vacationing on Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, S.C., and doting on his pets. He is survived by his beloved companion of 16 years, Joan Enlow Beckham; his sister, Melissa Schiavone (Andrew); his former spouse, Lilla Plowden Maxwell; his children, Ellen DeFusco (Bruce), Edward Maxwell, and Laura Hilsen (Scott); his nephew, Drew Schiavone; his niece, Chandler Schiavone; and his grandchildren, Brooke DeFusco, Brittany Hughes, Sean Maxwell, Maxwell Hilsen, Josh Hilsen, and Tommy Hilsen. He was predeceased by his parents, Cmdr. W. Robert Maxwell and Marjorie Saulpaw Maxwell; and his son, William Robert Maxwell II. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Dunbar Funeral Home, 3926 Devine Street. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at St. Martin's-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Avenue. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Thomas McKinley Maxwell be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006, or by calling (800) 99-CANCER or donating online at www.cancerresearch.org . Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com .
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