The Citadel Class of 1970
From Dunbar Funeral Home, 10 August 2014
Rhett died on August 8, 2014. Born September 18, 1948, in Columbia, S.C., he attended Schneider Elementary, Hand Middle, and Dreher High Schools. He graduated with a degree in business administration from The Citadel in 1970 (F Troop) and earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Rhett also served in the U.S. Army in Germany, returning to Columbia in 1975 to start a real estate career that he loved until his last day. He was Broker in Charge and partner at Wolfe Co., Inc. with his brothers, Jack and Dana, who all followed their father into the residential real estate and property management business.
Rhett was predeceased by his parents, Marie Ulmer Wolfe and Oliver Jordan Wolfe, and his wife of 40 years, Kent Doty Wolfe. He married the second love of his life, Glenda Plyler Wolfe, in 2012. Together, they were the grandparents to six lucky children. They called him Top.
Rhett was known for his kindness, fairness, determined optimism, goofy humor, and hard work on behalf of his family, friends, clients, and the countless people he met through volunteering in the Midlands community and in Haiti. He often ended blessings at meals with "let us be mindful of the needs of others, and help do something about it".
His faith in God was strong in good times and bad and grew even stronger in the last few years, as he suffered the loss of his first wife and experienced the joy of finding his second. His brothers would catch him praying in his office or reading devotionals and saw his compassionate spirit demonstrated in countless ways, from playing Santa Claus for the children at The Nuturing Center every Christmas, to hamming it up with his grandchildren at Halloween, to donating and encouraging others to donate to organizations that made other people's lives better. His family and friends will especially miss his solo performance every December 24th of "Twas the Night Before Christmas". He played every role except the reindeer, as there were always plenty of children to prance around in antlers.
One of Rhett's favorite places in the world was Kanuga in Hendersonville, N.C., where he spent a week every summer and met lifelong friends. He especially loved being there with his and Glenda's grandchildren.
Rhett played tennis at The Citadel and never stopped loving the game. He liked to win and usually did. He enjoyed coaching sports as much as playing and said that if he ever won the lottery, he would pay what it takes to learn how to be the best girls basketball coach he could be. Even after his children aged out of church and school leagues, he went back to teach a new generation how to dribble and shoot and, above all, practice good sportsmanship. He earned many awards and titles in tennis, but his favorite trophy was the one he received as a teenager for Best Sportsmanship.
Rhett was very involved in several professional and civic organizations, serving on the Board of Advisors for the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, The Nuturing Center Board of Directors, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Board of Trustees, Kanuga Episcopal Board of Visitors, Community Advisory Board for Home Works of South Carolina, and the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral as Senior Warden, among many others. Rhett and Glenda became co-chairs last year for the Campaign for Cange, working with the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina to raise funds to support a secondary school and other development projects in Haiti's Central Plateau Region.
Rhett is survived by his wife, Glenda; his four children, Anne Logan Wolfe Postic (Alex), Elizabeth Kent Wolfe, Mary "Molly" Oliver Wolfe, and Barkley Doty Wolfe; and stepchildren, Allison Kaylor Anders (Jason) and Jason Michael Kaylor (fiancee April Williams). He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Betsy Wolfe (Ed Jacobson), Jack Wolfe (Kathy), George Wolfe, Judy Bouknight (John), Susan Wolfe, and Dana Wolfe (Wendi); his brother-in-law, Gordon Doty (Katherine) and sister-in-law, Julie Doty. He will also be missed by his grandsons, Oliver, Xander, and Jack Postic; step-grandchildren, Addie, Thomas, and Henry Anders; and 14 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Campaign for Cange, 1115 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201; Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, SC 29201; or a charity of one's choice
Editors Note- Rhett was a proud member of "F" Troop, a Corporal, 1st Sgt, and 1st Lt. He was on the tennis team 3 years, captain in his senior year as well being awarded a tennis scholarship; Senior Class Treasurer, Round Table, Junior Sword Drill, Brigadier Sports Editor, Sphinx Sports Editor, Orphanage Fund Comm, Beach House Comm, Chapel Usher, Presidential Advisory Comm, Econimic Honor Society, Dean's List- 4 years, Gold Stars- 2 years, Mark Clark Scholarship, AUSA, Block "C" Club, Athletic Advisory Comm, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.