Robert Barnwell Cuthbert
1934 - 2021
Parks Funeral Home
130 W. 1st North St.
Summerville, SC
Robert Barnwell Cuthbert, 87, former employee of the U.S. Vegetable

Lab for more than forty years and a historian of Lowcountry South Carolina, passed away on

December 17, 2021.

Robert was the son of Edmund Rhett Cuthbert and Amelia Laug Cuthbert. He was

preceded in death by his brother Edmund Rhett Cuthbert. He leaves behind a number of

cousins, most particularly his namesake, Robert Barnwell Cuthbert (Sara), as well as devoted

friends Susan and Stephen Hoffius, David York, and the family of Renee M. and Stuart White, all

of whom he dearly loved.

Robert was an exceedingly generous man, one of great curiosity about the arts, history,

and intellectualism. He was fascinated by the writers and editors of "The New Yorker," and

routinely followed in their footsteps along the streets of New York City where he often stayed

at the Algonquin Hotel. He was enraptured by the mountains of North Carolina, where he drank

in the art of Black Mountain College and researched all the Lowcountry families who summered

at Flat Rock.

He was a scholar of the Charleston Renaissance, having processed the papers of Alice

Ravenel Huger Smith for the South Carolina Historical Society. From his early years Robert

dabbled in watercolors and pencil drawings. He was a close friend of artist William Halsey and

late in life he prepared collages in the manner of Halsey and Merton Simpson.

He was the coeditor of "Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation

Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin" and the author of "Flat Rock of the Old Time: Letters from the

Mountains to the Lowcountry, 1837-1939."

As Langdon Cheves III said of a resident of Flat Rock, "We will not see another to compare with him." The same can be said of Robert. He was genteel and overwhelmingly

kind-a true gentleman. With his passing goes both a relic of the past and an inspiration for the


His family and friends are especially grateful to the caregivers whose loving attention

allowed him to remain at home for as long as he could: Regina Goodwin, Winnifred Graham,

Betty Moultrie, Mike Moultrie, and Juliette and Henry Spells.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the South Carolina

Historical Society, 100 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135

Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 11 o'clock at St. Paul's Anglican Churchyard.

Arrangements by PARKS FUNERAL HOME, 130 W. 1st North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.

Published by Summerville Journal-Scene on Dec. 21, 2021.
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Graveside service
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I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Cuthbert when he visited McIntosh's Book Shoppe in Beaufort, SC. I was proud to call him a friend. Mr. Cuthbert was indeed a gentleman of the finest degree. I was saddened to learn of his passing.
Doreen J Plyler
January 12, 2022
So sorry for the passing of a great mind and a wonderful person. Robert Cuthbert was a conscientious researcher and writer about his beloved Charleston and Lowcountry. Would that he had stayed with us longer to make more of his excellent contributions to Charleston and Lowcountry historiography.
Robert P. Stockton
December 22, 2021
God has a special one in heaven ! The special memories we have of Robert are many ! He was our daughter Lori,s godfather! He made our transition to Charleston so much easier when we came in 1960 ! Many memories of our time at USDA !! The love he had for our families will always be cherished! Rest In Peace , my friend !
Tom and Martha McFadden
December 22, 2021
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