George Steele Dewey III

December 26, 2021

CHARLOTTE – George Steele Dewey, III, beloved husband of Molly Browne Dewey, passed away peacefully early in the morning on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Born in Goldsboro, NC on September 6, 1945, he was the son of George Steele Dewey, Jr. and Eugenia Jones Dewey Faison, both of whom predeceased him. Steele graduated from the McCallie School in 1963 and from The Citadel in 1967. He was a member of the wrestling team for four years, culminating in The Citadel winning the Southern Conference wrestling championship in his senior year. Upon graduation, Steele was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and served in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star.

Steele was the founder and Chairman of Aston Properties, a real estate development firm in Charlotte.  His volunteer efforts were focused primarily on the YMCA where he was a past Chairman of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Board Chair of Camp Thunderbird and served as the first Board Chair for Herring Ridge, including Camp Harrison in which he was instrumental in establishing.  He was a recipient of the George Williams Award and the 2007 John R. Mott Award for his service and leadership in the YMCA.

Steele was a faithful Christian, and he and his wife, Molly, were members of Myers Park Presbyterian Church for more than thirty years. A member of a Bible Study group that met weekly for eighteen years, Steele’s faith was enriched by the knowledge gained in his studies and the deep fellowship with those friends.

In all he did, his deep and enduring faith in God was his driving force. He recognized the dignity of every individual no matter his or her life circumstances and greeted everyone he met with a contagious smile. Steele led a life of quiet courage, integrity, respect for others, and abounding capacity to love. Nowhere was this more evident than in his relationships with his children and stepchildren and many grandchildren. He loved spending time with all of them skiing, romping at the beach, dancing, hiking in the mountains, and enjoying family trips. His sense of humor and mischievous, playful side endeared him to all his family and many friends. He loved the outdoors and was happiest when enjoying a rigorous hike, playing golf, boating in the inland waterway or fishing in a picturesque stream.

Surviving him are his loving wife of 33 years, Mary McPherson Browne Dewey; his children: George Steele Dewey, IV and his wife, Meg and their children, Alex and Steele, Edward O’Herron Dewey and his wife, Kristan and their children, Holden, Scarlet and Sam, Margaret Dewey Quarrier and her husband, Alex and their children, Sally, Bays and McKenzie; his step children: Shippen Williams Browne and his wife, Bridget and their children, Ben, Chase and Anna Banks, Kate Browne Beam and her husband, John and their children, Molly, Jack and Lucy, Daniel Clarke Finney Browne and his wife, Melinda and their children, Ashlyn, Luke and Eleanor; his sister, Mollie Dewey Faison; his nephews, Jay Faison and Lane Faison and their families and many other integral family members. Preceding him in death aside from his parents was his stepfather, William King Faison.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, followed by an outdoor reception at the church. Interment will be private. The service will be also livestreamed at https://myersparkpres.org/live/special/ The family requests that all attendees wear masks.

Memorials may be offered in memory of Steele to Duke Cancer Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, 300 W. Morgan Street, Suite 1200, Durham, NC 27701 or Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 or the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Attn: Camper Scholarships, 400 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Banks Bourne

    What an amazing man who loved his family. I recall his leadership in cub scouts way back, overseeing go cart races around the family home and playing football / kick the can in the front yard. I had my first office on my own next to Aston and he would always encourage me to keep going in the early years when we passed in the hallway. The Bourne family really appreciated knowing such a fine man.

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  • Woody Farmer

    Molly and family,
    Steele was a great friend, role model, father and a man who cared deeply for everyone he knew. I was honored to be his attorney and friend. His legacy lives in his family and his commitment to his community.
    I wish I could express my concerns in person, but must isolate from Covid due to my underlying conditions.
    Some day, this will be over and I plan on telling you in person of my love for Steele.
    Woody

  • Jim McNair

    What a wonderful addition to all good
    folks in this world.

  • Greg Prevatte

    To Molly, George and the entire family so very sorry to hear the passing of Steele. May God bless. It was an honor and a privilege to have known Steele through Aston Properties. Not only was he a kind man always with a smile, but a very generous and caring soul. Unbeknownst to Steele and Molly they helped me through a very dark period a few years back and I am not only indebted to their kindness and generosity, but eternally grateful for all their help!
    RIP Mr. Dewey

  • bob percival

    I remember very well when Steele worked for/with my Dad way back in his early real estate days. Steele always had a smile on his face, and welcomed in a young pup like me when I had questions. Warmest thoughts go out to his family and friends.

  • Ed Murphy, '67

    To Molly and the entirety of the "Steele family"... I truly share your sorrow and trust that as you move through the next days and years, you will find solace in the fact that you were truly blessed by being an integral part of this wonderful man's life. I, too, felt truly blessed for the relationship and the warm and endearing friendship that Steele and I developed during our college experience and for the years thereafter. I am further saddened by the fact that we had not seen each other for a few years but our chats and exchanges were always filled with humor and love. I am in London visiting one of my sons with my wife and family, and since I received this news from Jay Keenan and Mike Steele, my family have now been regaled with the many stories of times shared with my good friend. Smiles and laughter prevailed throughout my "Steele tales". I hope that your memories and life lessons learned bring joy to you as you reflect on his legacy. With deep and abiding love, Ed

  • Donald Beers

    He will be missed. Wonderful man and friend.
    Don Beers ‘67

  • "T" Glenn

    Steele was an awesome man, a real larger than life character. He loved his children passionately and it was infectious. I recall his great leadership as pack leader in Cub Scouts, so fun. I also remember him joining in on some backyard football games. He was just present, there, and he always seemed more like giant among me than a father. I would not have been surprised if he had patrolled his neighborhood for everyone else’s safety. George and family, the Glenns are grieving with you. All our prayers. Love “T”, Michelle, Charlie and Tommy

  • Brenda Thornburg

    A dear friend since I was 23 and he was 26! So many good memories. He helped mold my life and for that and his friendship I am eternally grateful. To his family I offer my deepest condolences and to Steele - rest in peace, you will be a huge miss!

  • Syd Gervin

    Steele had an amazing knack for making everyone around him feel like his best friend regardless of how long you knew him. He just made you feel good. What a wonderful person.he was!! May God bless his loving soul.
    Syd and Deborah Gervin

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