Karl “Mr. King Street” Karesh

Karl “Mr. King Street” Karesh

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 21 May 1997 (aged 85)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 57810874 · View Source
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Karl Karesh, the retired men's clothing store owner who was known as "Mr. King Street," died May 21, 1997 in a local hospital. He was 85.

Rabbi William Rosenthall, rabbi emeritus of K.K. Beth Elohim Temple, described Karesh as an "all-around wonderful citizen of Charleston. "He, how shall I say, clothed half of Charleston." Karesh and Max Krawcheck opened Karl Karesh Men's Apparel on King Street in 1946. The store later moved to 301 King St., where Karesh remained in business until his retirement in 1982. "I've said many times when Karl left King Street, it was one of the guard that you could not replace," said Henry Berlin, owner of Berlin's Clothiers. "He was a gentleman. He was a competitor of mine, but the kind of competitor that you would love to have." His son, Dr. William "Billy" Karesh, recalls working with his father in his store. "I don't think of him related to the business, though most of his life was committed to his work. I think my strongest thoughts about him have to do about his commitment to his community and to his family. It's really what mattered most to him throughout his life." "He was a remarkable man," daughter Barbara Stender said, noting that one of his favorite projects was the Christian-Jewish Council. "He was one of the founders. He always believed that there was a great friendship that could be developed between the Christian and Jewish people of Charleston." Eve Berlinsky, president of Beth Elohim Synagogue, said not only was Karesh a successful merchant but that "he was a caring volunteer. He was just a good citizen and a gentleman. He just cared about people and cared about life and lived it to the fullest."

Karesh was born in Charleston, SC, a son of Jacob L. Karesh and Mamie Ellison Karesh. He grew up on Radcliffe Street, the fifth of seven children. He attended Courtenay and Charleston high schools. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He served as president of the Jewish Community Center, chairman of the Charleston Zionist Chapter, president of B'nai B'rith Lodge, president of the Charleston Jewish Welfare Fund, treasurer of the Christian-Jewish Council of Charleston, treasurer and vice president of Beth Elohim Synagogue, and member of the Hebrew Orphan Society and Hebrew Benevolent Society. He was a member of the state board of the American Heart Association, president of North and South Carolina Retail Clothiers, and a member of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce Following his retirement in 1982, Karesh became involved with a real estate development group, Tremont Associates and worked as an agent with the Hamrick/Carter Inc. Real Estate Agency.

Surviving are his wife, Roslyn Furchgott Karesh; his son, of New York City, NY; two daughters, Barbara K. Stender of Charleston, SC, and Jae K. Casset of San Diego, CA; four step-sons, Dr. John M. Eisenberg of Washington, DC, Richard M. Eisenberg of Buffalo Grove, IL, William C. Eisenberg of Memphis, TN, and Jeff D. Eisenberg of Buffalo, NY; and 13 grandchildren.


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Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend / Too Well Loved to Ever be Forgotten


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  • Created by: Tonya Sapp Hames
  • Added: 28 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 57810874
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Karl “Mr. King Street” Karesh (22 Mar 1912–21 May 1997), Find a Grave Memorial no. 57810874, citing Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tonya Sapp Hames (contributor 46793226) .