Carolyn Alyce Newkirk

By July 24, 2013 Obituaries

Carolyn Alyce Newkirk, age 70, died July 17, 2013 at the Hospice Center of Charleston.

She is preceded in death by her parents John Russell Newkirk Air Force LT COL retired, Alyce Wheeler Newkirk and brother John Russell Newkirk.

Carolyn is survived by Linda Gwillim her life partner of 22 years and her three children; daughter Lauri Newkirk Paggi, son-in-law William Paggi of Charleston, SC daughter Alycia Newkirk of Beaufort, SC, son Clayton Newkirk, daughter-in-law Susan Newkirk of Huntsville, AL.

She has four grandchildren; Nichole Burt, Dax Burt, Cameron Newkirk and Austin Newkirk and three great grand children; Hannah Meyer, Sailor Fralix and Dax Burt Jr.

Carolyn had a 35 year career as director of sales and marketing in the hotel and resort industry including major resorts in the southeast and as vice-president and account supervisor in advertising for resort and conference centers nationwide.

She was a political activist throughout her life and had strong anti-war beliefs, worked for women’s rights, abortion rights and gay rights.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, was an avid reader, gardener, loved traveling, visiting art museums, watching movies, attending live theater and had a special love for cats. Carolyn deeply loved her family and we returned that love, we will miss her.

Memorial gifts may be made by mail to:

Hospice Center

676 Wando Park Boulevard

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Or online at


  • Allyson Venrick says:

    Linda, I’m beside myself having just read about Carolyn’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and her family. I’m so grateful you had 22 wonderful years together. I always loved her. Her laugh was contagious. I’ll be thinking about you my friend, Ally

  • Renee Hatton says:

    Linda ~ I was so saddened to hear of your loss. Although it has been several years since the days we worked together at Anderson, I can still hear Carolyn’s laugh in the hallway. She had such a great spirit about her and know she will be missed by many!
    My love and prayers to you and the rest of the family, Ren

  • Debbie Fish says:

    Linda – I can’t express how sorry I am to hear of Carolyn’s passing. It’s been a few years now since we were all together but they are fresh in my mind, as though just last year. I can’t believe the years have gone so fast. My love to you and best wishes to her family, Debbie

  • Charlie & Jane Johnson says:

    Linda – We just read about Carolyn’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and her family. Charlie and Jane

    • Linda Gwillim says:

      Thanks for your kind words and contribution to the hospice center of Charleston. I’ve been trying to call, but must have an old number. I stopped by your house last Wednesday, but nobody was home. Hope to see you sometime soon.

  • Chuck and Sally Park says:

    Linda. So sorry to hear of your loss. It has been many years since we have worked together but think of you often. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of the family. Sally

  • Sue Lowcavage says:

    Linda, Ann and I were so sorry to hear of you loss. We hadn’t seen you at very many events, but we always enjoyed your company. I remember the first time meeting you both was at the roller derby and the last time was at the speech with the mayor of Houston downtown. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

  • Tricia Miller says:

    Oh my, Linda. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers.