|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1952|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 24, 2010|
Walker Patterson Inman Jr. — "Skipper" to many locals who knew him — came home to be buried on Saturday.
Born in Florence Sc in 1952, Inman died in a hotel in Colorado on Feb. 24, 2010. He was just two weeks shy of his 58th birthday on March 11.
Heir to much of the Duke fortune, Inman enjoyed his wealth but was always searching for something, Father Ron Farrell said during a Funeral Mass at Greenfield Plantation.
Inman told the Catholic priest he found it in Georgetown.
About 100 people gathered on the front lawn or river side of the Greenfield Plantation home where Inman spent much of his childhood.
During the Funeral Mass, Farrell said that Inman had difficulties in his life, but in the last several years found peace and contentment.
As many people do, "Father Ron" said, Inman came to realize that material things weren't as important as relationships with others.
He first met Inman after Mass one Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Georgetown.
He showed Inman and his wife Daralee around the church.
Inman said he felt like being in Georgetown and at St. Mary's was like "coming home" again.
Even though he had traveled the world, he was ready to live again in South Carolina.
As a child, he attended St. Mary's Catholic School at the corner of Prince and Broad streets. He was just like the other kids at the school — except he was the only one who arrived at school in a chauffeured limousine.
He inherited Greenfield Plantation, just north of Georgetown, from his father Walker P. Inman, who died there in 1955.
He also inherited generous bequests and trusts from his grandfather James B. Duke, grandmother Nanoline Holt Inman Duke and his aunt Doris Duke.
Inman's twin children, Georgia Noel Lahl Inman and Walker Patterson Inman III have trusts in their names that their father estimated would be worth about $500 million apiece when they turn 21. The children are 12 now.
His current wife Daralee Inman remained in Wyoming with the children after a funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in Afton.
Ron Altman, who's been caretaker at Greenfield Plantation for about two years, said Mrs. Inman told him she appreciated all those who came to pay their last respects. She added that she and the children were still dealing with their grief and didn't come to South Carolina for the funeral and burial.
Inman's sister Susan Foxworth and nephews David, Bart and Mat Key, and niece Heather Key Tiller participated in the funeral service.
The children sent letters, which were read at Greenfield by their cousins.
They recounted the fun times with their dad, how he taught them to shoot, spent a lot of time with them, took them places and was a fun dad.
Altman said even though Inman was older than him, he watched over the last couple of years as he grew from being as a child to being a warm, welcoming person who accepts others as they are.
He said Walker and Daralee Inman were as much in love as anyone he's ever seen.
Walker was a great cook, he continued. When he would be working around the plantation house he could smell the aromas from the food. He'd want to get cleaned up before eating, he said, but Walker Inman would tell him to come ahead, sit down and enjoy the meal with us.
After the Mass was over, a hearse from Mayer Funeral Home made the short drive to a little rise near the house.
Pallbearers — nephews and friends — placed the casket on the lowering device.
Father Farrell offered some final prayers and a blessing, and Walker P. Inman Jr. was laid to rest overlooking the Black River at his beloved Greenfield Plantation.
Walker Patterson Inman (1894 - 1954)
Georgia Polin Inman (1920 - 1958)
Greenfield Plantation Gravesite
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Single Gravesite
Created by: Barbara Milligan Rowe El...
Record added: Jun 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71245947
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