Edwin Christopher (Chris) Hames (Big Ed), 55, of Charleston, SC, husband of Karen Pierce Hames, transitioned into the arms of Jesus on Friday, March 15, 2019. His suffering is over.
“For the word of the Lord holds true. And we can trust everything He does.” Psalm 33: 4-5
Chris met Karen, the love of his life, when they were just teenagers. Chris graduated from Johnson and Wales in 1988, they married in 1990 and started traveling around the southeast: from executive chef positions in Savannah, GA to South Beach Miami, FL and finally Jacksonville, FL.
Chris and Karen loved everything about their time away but Charleston always called them home. In 1997 they made their way back to start a family. Chris worked in numerous restaurants throughout Charleston until needing a break and switching gears—to operating his own home remodeling business for 5 years. Clearly he was a man of many talents!
Chris served his beloved church, Fort Johnson Baptist, for many years: from small group leader to Upward basketball coach to unofficial fundraiser/event Chef and most recently, and importantly, Deacon.
Special skills and awards:
—Taste of James Island’s “People’s Champ”
—Football connoisseur (Go Cocks!)
Chris is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Karen Pierce Hames. He was very proud of his boys, Hunter Pierce Hames, 20 and Hudson Holland Hames, 15, and his special “girlkins”, Dixie and Maggie, all of James Island, SC. Chris is also survived by his father, Gilbert (Gil) Holland Hames, Jr. and his wife, Doris, of Charleston, SC; his brother, Barry Hames (Lydia) of Lexington, SC; Gilbert (Bud) Holland Hames, III (Linda) of James Island, SC; his sister, Anna Hames Skipper (Mike) of James Island, SC; and many lovely nieces and nephews. Chris is also survived by his very dear best friends, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Kim Corbett along with two very special nieces, Kellie Corbett and Kassidie Reynolds (Drew) and one very special nephew, Reid Corbett, and a very dear best friend since kindergarten, Mike Collins, as well as innumerable, loving friends and extended family.
Chris was predeceased by his beautiful mother, Betty Cumby Hames.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day...” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
Friends and family are invited to visit at Fort Johnson Baptist Church located at 1473 Camp Road, Charleston, SC 29412, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. A Celebration of Life will follow immediately.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Winshape Camp, a Christian-based camp for children [https://camps.winshape.org/]
Arrangements entrusted to Palmetto Cremation Society located at 11 Cunnington Ave, Charleston, SC 29405.
Online condolences may be shared and viewed at www.palmettocremationsociety.com.