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John Peter Trenholm

Longtime Abbeville resident John "Peter" Trenholm, age 79, died Thursday, August 28, 2008 in the home he shared on Millwood Road with his wife of 53 years, Julianne Dye Trenholm. Peter was born March 15, 1929 in Lexington, Massachusetts, the son of the late John Davis and Bertha Moynihan Trenholm.

Peter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale University and had a long career in banking and investments. The past 30 years he operated the firm Peter Trenholm Inc. Investment Counsel. In addition to a monthly economic commentary, "Trends", Peter wrote the columns "Money Matters" and "Steeple Chasing" in The Abbeville Press and Banner. Peter enjoyed his reputation as a dexterous and perspicacious wordsmith.

Peter was very active in Church and civic organizations. Boards served on included: Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts, Abbeville Hospital Foundation Board, and Bank of Abbeville which Peter co-founded. A strong supporter of the arts, Peter served as a financial advisor, stage manager and actor for the Abbeville Opera House. When in good health, one of Peter's favorite activities was delivering Meals On Wheels.

A devout Episcopalian, Peter served a variety of positions at Trinity Episcopal Church and for the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Most recently Peter was Board Chairman of The Bishop Gravatt Center. Of particular pride to Peter was his induction to The Fellowship of St. John.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife, Julie of the home and 3 children: Shaun and wife Cheryl of Lawrence, Kansas and children Michael and Andrew Blackford and Ashley and Whitley Jackson; Dirk of St. Maries, Idaho; and Sheila and husband Tim Schaffer and children Drew and Reid of Norwalk, Ohio; and brother David and wife Virginia of East Granby, Connecticut and niece Emily of Memphis.

Upper South Carolina Bishop Dorsey Henderson, assisted by Reverend Rilla Holmes, will celebrate a Funeral Eucharist for Peter at Trinity Episcopal Church, Abbeville on Tuesday, September 2 at 4pm. The family will have a visitation Monday, September 1 from 4-6pm at Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home in Abbeville. Interment will follow ib Long Cane Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church P O Box 911 Abbeville, SC 29620, The Bishop Gravatt Center 1006 Camp Gravatt Rd Aiken, SC 29805 or Hospice of The Piedmont 408 West Alexander Ave Greenwood, SC 29646.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Monday, September 1, 2008
4:00-6:00 PM


Trinity Episcopal Church
1303 Hoffpauir Ave.
Crowley, LA  70526
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
4:00 PM


Long Cane Cemetery
Due West Hwy
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

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Julie, My deepest sympathies go out to you and your children upon hearing of the passing of your wonderful husband. He was a great friend and mentor to me and although we seemed to lose touch with each other over the past few years, it doesn't mean we didn't think about each other often. Our prayers will be with you and with him as we ask the Lord to comfort you and to let him rest in peace. Love, Rich Rovetto

Richard P. Rovetto Sep 16 2008 12:00 AM

Julie: Please know that you have our prayers and thoughts in this time of your sorrow. Peter and you honored our family by being our friends for which we will always be grateful. We will always remember him as a true gentleman. He was a member of our theatre family and he will be greatly missed. It was a blessing to have known him and to have shared the love of life and theatre that was a part of his world. May God guide you through this difficult time and carry you safely in His hands. Accept our love. Henry, Helen, and Rachel Pettit

Henry, Helen and Rachel Pettit Sep 2 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Mrs. Trenholm & Family, Peter was a friend and wonderful asset to Abbeville. I will be greatly missed. Jim & Miriam White

Jim White Aug 31 2008 12:00 AM

To Julie and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. One thought that always came to my mind each and every time I saw Peter was the manner and way in which he carried himself in appearance and in conversation. Without question, he was always the quintessential gentleman. Peter will be missed dearly, but the memories of him will last a forever. God Bless!

Wally and BJ Hall Aug 29 2008 12:00 AM

Julie, The staff and Board of Directors at Piedmont Agency on Aging send you our sincere condolences. You and Peter have been wonderful friends to this organization for many years - and we are certainly praying for you and your family today. I know that Peter enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels to the home bound seniors in Abbeville. We are certainly humbled to have worked with Peter all these years. You've both made such an impact on this ministry. God bless you in the days ahead. We share your loss and pray that God will watch over you and give you peace in the days and weeks ahead. Sincerely, Kathy Dublin Piedmont Agency on Aging

Kathy Dublin Aug 29 2008 12:00 AM