James D Sexauer MD
June 16, 1935 – July 24, 2020
Dr. James Donald Sexauer, 85, formerly of Wadmalaw Island, widower of Sandra Hartsfield Sexauer, entered into eternal rest Friday, July 24th, at Roper Hospice Cottage in Mount Pleasant.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday, August 8th from 2:00-4:00 PM at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home, 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston (843-797-2222).
Dr. Jim, as he was so often referred to in his later years, was born to Fred Sexauer and Lorna Gunther Sexauer on June 16, 1935 in Detroit, MI. Growing up in Detroit as well as Warren, OH, Jim contracted polio at age nine, a disease for which he was treated by many institutions of medicine, including the famed Sister Kenny Institute. While the effects of the disease followed him the rest of his life, they did not stop him. Jim went on to attend Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, obtaining his medical degree and specializing in the field of psychiatry. His early career took him to Eugene, OR, Oklahoma City, OK, and Tacoma, WA. He moved to Charleston in 1967 to become the Chief of Psychiatry at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, which was a position he held for many years. He was also a Professor Emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was active as an interviewer and educator of medical students. After retiring, he continued to serve his community as a physician in the Charleston Community Mental Health Center for a number of years.
Dr. Jim loved life. Once he arrived in Charleston, he developed a fondness of boating and water activities that led him to purchase property on the water and to own numerous boats over the years. He loved trying new restaurants, new gadgetry, and music, especially when performed by his daughters. He loved to laugh, and he delighted in making others laugh along with him. He also had a special fondness for animals of all kinds, but especially for his dogs over the years.
Surviving Dr. Jim are his three daughters: Kathy Weatherford (Lester) of Goose Creek, SC; Linda Brinson (Norman) of Rock Hill, SC; and Dr. Amy Sexauer of Brookline, MA. He had five grandchildren: Jessica Shaeffer (Ben) of Clover, SC; Heather Bruce (Ryan) of North Charleston, SC; Matthew Brinson (Jeani) of Chester, SC; William Brinson (Sarah) of Lillington, NC; and Patrick Brinson of Rock Hill, SC. He also had six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Lorna Lou McRoberts of Pittsburgh, PA, and one brother, Charles Sexauer (Elly) of Trenton, MI. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his wife of 32 years, Sandy, and a half-brother, Freddy Sexauer.
The family would like to express thanks to all family and friends who have been a part of Jim’s life. We would also like to give a special thanks to his personal care-giver, Diane Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Pet Helpers (pethelpers.org) or Pet Partners (petpartners.org).
Fond Memories and expressions of sympathy may be viewed or shared at www.carolina memorial.com
Visitation at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
James D Sexauer MD
August 1, 2020
Condolences to my cousins Kathy ,Linda ,and Amy on your Dad's passing. He was quite a man !I always enjoyed his company. God's richest blessings to you and your families.
Love ,Cousin Wade (Fritz) and Sue McRoberts
Kathleen Fletcher Appleby
July 29, 2020
I worked with Dr. Sexauer at the VA hospital back in the 60's and 70's. He was a lovely man with a great sense of humour and was always accessible to staff. RIP
July 27, 2020
When I was faculty at MUSC he had heard of me from Dr. Layton McCurdy, and he phoned to see if he could serve my students. What a long time pleasure that turned out to be! He was always highly motivated and enjoyable whether on the hospital floor or on the deck of his boat. It developed into a nearly 50-year relationship. He was always most proud of the women in his immediate family, Sandy, Kathy, Linda, and Amy. He was also very proud of their accomplishments.
July 25, 2020
I will always remember Uncle Jim for his laughter. I know moving around with his walking sticks was difficult but he didn’t complain. Any time we were together as a family here or there, he loved to have a good time. He also loved to eat at these gatherings. His eyes would light up with a twinkle when he talked about his girls. He was proud of you all. He also loved his dogs, each one at a time who were close companions for him. Additionally, he cared about the extended family. I am not sure he knew what to do with the Hartsfield girls, wife and sisters-in-law, when they were together. They could talk and talk into the wee hours. He just shook his head like the other brothers- in- law and let them visit. I, personally, was grateful for the help he gave by setting up a job interview after college for me back in the dark ages. I especially am grateful that he arranged testing and care for my sweet husband for severe allergies when we were at our wits end. Health, distance, age, busy lives, and most recently Covid, have made it difficult to see him in recent years, but the memories we have are sweet. We will miss you Jim.