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Pete Cantey passes away

Posted: May 3, 2018 5:07 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2018 1:00 a.m.


Pete Cantey, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 76, will be remembered for a keen intellect, strong professional acumen, robust sense of humor, love of family and deep personal integrity.

“Pete and I were friends since I moved to Camden in 1972,” Glenn Tucker said. “I knew him both personally and professionally, and if I had to pick one word to describe him, it would be integrity. He was as solid as they come, and such a terrific and loyal friend.”

Sammy Small noted that his association with Cantey started in October 1968, when they both worked for what was then First Federal Savings and Loan.

“He was an accountant for the bank back then and we became very close friends,” Small said. “He is one of the most honorable men I’ve ever known.”

Cantey was born Oct. 20, 1941, in Camden, the son of Pierce W. and Emily Shannon Cantey. A graduate of Camden High School and Wofford College class of 1963, he was a partner with the certified public accountant firm Cantey, Tiller, Pierce, and Green; he would work in the firm for 52 years. He was an avid and accomplished golfer, a voracious reader, basketball player for his beloved Grace Church and loved to travel and snow ski with his family in Colorado.

Hank Green, a CPA in the firm and Cantey’s nephew, said his uncle was a man who was insistent on doing things properly, but was a fun-loving and jovial person as well.

“He was very much an icon and mentor,” Green said. “He had very high ethical values  -- he always said you either had ethics or you didn’t and they applied to every part of your life. Being honest in your dealings and always doing the right thing was a big deal to him.”

Cantey loved family and spending time with family and he was always good at handling kids and their occasional transgressions, Green noted. Once, on the way to the beach, Green and his cousins -- all young teenagers, were surreptitiously dipping snuff in the back seat. Unfortunately, between the tobacco juice and the long ride in the un-air-conditioned car, it wasn’t too long before Green became nauseated and they had to pull the car over to the side of the road so he could be sick.

“Uncle Pete asked me if I’d been chewing tobacco, and I told him ‘no, sir’,” Green said. “He knew that was a story.”

What Green didn’t realize was that he had snuff particles stuck all in the braces on his teeth. His uncle knew he was telling a fib, Green said, but must have decided getting sick was enough punishment for one day.

“He never said anything that day, but he would tell that story on me later, many times,” Green said.  

Cantey served, for many years on the board of directors of First Palmetto Bank, and later, for TruVista cable company.

“Pete was someone I had the utmost trust in -- he was exceptionally strong, both mentally and physically. He will be missed by all who knew him and had dealings with him,” Small said.

In addition, he served on the boards of a number of civic organizations, including Kershaw County Hospital, Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County and the Kiwanis Club. Cantey was also devoted to Grace Episcopal Church and served in many capacities there, including as a member of the Vestry for many years, as treasurer for the church and as a Sunday school teacher, as well as being involved with various youth groups.

“Pete served his community in so many different ways, always providing a steady voice of leadership and keen judgment,” Tucker noted. “He was a devoted member of Grace Church, where he also served in a variety of capacities.”

Cantey would also serve on the boards of Springdale Hall Club, and Camden Country Club. He was also a founding member of the Snipe Club.

“He had a long, rich life and Camden is a better place because of him,” Tucker said.


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