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Fife Street Shoe Shop owner of three decades dies at 92

Quentin Arthur, who owned the Fife Street Shoe Shop in downtown Charleston for more than three decades, died Wednesday following a short illness. He was 92 years old.

Arthur died surrounded by his family at his Charleston home, according to his obituary in Thursday's Charleston Daily Mail.

Arthur's son Andy had been running the Brawley Walkway shoe store for the last eight years. The shop was still open for business Thursday.

Quentin Arthur had owned the Fife Street Shoe Shop since 1975. At 92, he was still three years younger than the store he managed for three decades.

The Chevalier family opened the shop in 1918. They sold it to Waldo Older in 1922.

Arthur's older brother Clarence worked for Older in the 1920s and 1930s, and he would help deliver shoes for his brother during his teenage years.

Clarence bought the store from Older in 1937 and kept it until he retired in 1974, when he sold it to Quentin and his other brother, Ned. Quentin Arthur eventually bought out Ned's stake of the business in 1986.

Quentin retired in 2005, turning over management of the store to his son Andy.

Though retired, Andy Arthur said his father still remained involved in the business.

"He kept the books up until April," he said.

According to his obituary, Quentin Arthur was born January 27, 1921, in Charleston. He was a graduate of Elkview High School, a World War II veteran, a member of the Charleston Lions Club and former Charleston city councilman.

 Hafer Funeral Home in Elkview is handling arrangements for the family.

Arthur's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hafer Funeral Home in Elkview, with burial following at the Arthur Family Cemetery in Charleston. Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences and memories can be sent to the family online using Hafer Funeral Home's website,

Contact writer Jared Hunt at or 304-348-4836.


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