Hugh Chapman Minton, Jr.

April 16, 1919 - May 21, 2016
Hugh Chapman  Minton, Jr.

Hugh Chapman Minton, Jr., 97, passed away May 21, 2016 at the Medical Center of Carolina Village. Born April 16, 1919 in McKeesport, PA, he was the son of the late Gen. Hugh Chapman Minton and Helen Tawney Minton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lorraine Stacey Minton, whom he married in 1949 in New Haven, CT. He is survived by his daughter, Helen Minton Knouf of Fletcher; his grandchildren, David Minton Knouf and his partner Sophie, Kathryn Knouf Fisher and her husband Tommy, and Emily Knouf Meredith and her husband Joe. He was the great-grandfather of Benjamin, Claire and Luna. Hugh will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, always appreciative of sincere effort by others. He had extreme respect for good craftsmanship, hard work and creative inspiration. He always appreciated humor and brought many smiles with his witty comments. He loved hiking, playing tennis, square dancing and attended art workshops with his beloved wife, Lorraine. He especially cherished all the good dogs in his life. Hugh received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Carnegie Institute for Technology where he was a member of the undefeated varsity rifle team. He served in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps at Watertown Arsenal, MA during World War II, where he worked on the development of centrifugally cast artillery gun barrels and materials and testing for production of 240 mm artillery shells. At the start of the Korean War Hugh returned to the Arsenal where his work focused on improving design and production of artillery gun barrels and welded artillery carriages. Between the wars, Hugh worked at Winchester Repeating Arms as a research metallurgist for small arms and ammunition components. Hugh worked at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken, SC from 1952-1983. During his career there he developed and supervised welding procedures, corrosion and casting testing and provided quality control for nuclear fuel production and chemical separations. After retiring, Hugh delighted in attending art workshops around the country. His watercolor, charcoal and pastel artwork, as well as his woodcarvings, captured his perception of beauty in the world and the personalities of people around him. Photographs of his woodcarvings have been included in several books on carving by the late E.J. Tangerman. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Carolina Village for the care and friendship they gave Hugh during his residency. Memorials may be made to Independent Living Support at Carolina Village, the John C. Campbell Folk School or Blue Ridge Humane Society c/o TMCFunding.com. Hugh’s remains will be placed in the Covenant Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden with private family services.


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  • May 27, 2016
    Walt and Elizabeth Hawn says:
    We met Hugh through his art--he was sketching on a place mat in the Carolina Village dining room when we were visiting there. When we moved into Carolina Village, he welcomed us warmly and became a good friend. We greatly appreciated his artistic talents, his zest for life, and his gift for friendship. Through him, we met his daughter Helen, like her father an interesting and kind person. We have many happy memories of them both.