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Emerson Brackett Read, Sr.

Emerson Brackett Read, Sr.
  • August 9, 1925 - November 23, 2016
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
  • Piedmont Hospice
    501-A Deanna Lane
    Wando, SC 29492

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“I am sorry for the loss to your family. May your family be surrounded by the love of the lord. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Riddell Perry - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I am very sorry for your loss Marie. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: David Hartzler - Columbia, SC

“Emerson was a great leader across South Carolina in many ways. His leadership of the efforts for reduction of our home taxes and elimination of the...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Walt Dahlgren - Greenville, SC

“Very sorry for the loss to the entire community of this great real estate adviser. Prayers of comfort for the family and many friends. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Roy DeHaven - Charleston, SC

“My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Michele Hay - Charleston, SC

“Emerson was a pillar in the real estate community. Both my father and I looked up to him as a mentor and guide. He will be missed. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Brent Case - N. Charleston, SC

“To the Read family, We are sorry to hear of your loss.You are all in our thoughts and prayers.God bless. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Jimmy Hayes - Ravenel, SC

“Love and Peace be to the Read family during their loss. My prayers are to the family, May God bless and keep you.Blessings, Sharon Hiott ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Sharon Hiott - North Charleston, SC

“Eleanor & family,We are saddened at the death of Mr. Read. Cherish the memories. Prayers for you today & in the days to come. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Gary & Cindi Long - Pendleton, SC

“My sympathy goes out to the family of Mr. Read Sr. Remembering and cherishing the happy times might be painful at first; however, those memories...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Reverac - GA

“So many happy memories from King St. I especially recall hearing daddy and Uncle Emerson laughing down in the workshop telling stories. He was a...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Elizabeth F. Gay - Charleston, SC


Emerson Brackett Read, Sr., Realtor Emeritus, Commercial Property Specialist and Real Estate Developer, died November 23, 2016. His Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in St. Michael's Church, 71 Broad Street, at 2:00 p.m. Interment, Saint James Churchyard. The family will receive friends Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, 232 Calhoun Street.

The son of Thomas Carpenter Read and Helen Elizabeth Emerson, he was born August 9th, 1925. After graduating from the High School of Charleston, he served in World War II as a B17 pilot. After the war, he graduated from The Citadel in 1950, with a degree in Civil Engineering. While a student at The Citadel, Mr. Read founded Read & Read Realtors in 1947. Often referred to as the "Dean of Charleston Real Estate," Mr. Read was the first in South Carolina to earn the coveted, CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Designation from The National Association of Realtors. He served as President of the Charleston Board of Realtors and served on many Realtor committees. During his career, he authored articles for the Real Estate Section of the News and Courier and other publications. He was Founder and Chairman of No Home Tax Coalition. Their efforts resulted in obtaining millions in annual tax relief for all primary homeowners in South Carolina. He received the Humanitati award from La Société Française, and the Three Sisters award from the Committee to Save the City for his leadership in property tax relief and public service.

He was a member of The Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, The Society of Mayflower Descendants, The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of South Carolina, The Sons of the American Revolution, the Military Order of Stars and Bars, the Baronial Order of Magna Carta Barons, and the Order of the Three Crusades. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the State of South Carolina's highest civilian honor, by Governor Mark Sanford. At the time of his death, he was the second longest tenured member of the Carolina Yacht Club.

He was a childhood member of St. Michaels Church, serving as head acolyte and later member of the Vestry. He was a Rotarian and double receiver of the Paul Harris Award.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Kerrison Watson Read; children: Anne Read Brandt and husband, Julian V. Brandt III, of Charleston, Elizabeth Read Sunde M.D., of Holland, Michigan, Susan Lee Read of Charleston, and Emerson B. Read, Jr. and wife, Tanya Read, of Charleston; and step children: James Watson Doggette of Charleston, Lisa Doggette Brabham of Columbia, Eleanor Doggette Washburn of Charleston, and James Carlisle Doggette III of Charleston; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Piedmont Hospice, 501-A Deanna Lane, Wando, SC 29492 or MUSC Foundation for Children's Hospital, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425.
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