Retired newspaper editor Ripley dies at 92

William Young Warren Ripley, of Charleston, a retired special books editor with The News and Courier and The Evening Post, died Saturday. He was 92.

Born April 13, 1921, in Samarcand, N.C., he was the son of Clements and Katharine Ball Ripley. He grew up in Charleston and attended the Gaud School. He went on to the Taft School in Watertown, Conn., and graduated from Yale University.

A veteran of World War II, he served as a second lieutenant with the Army Field Artillery. He continued his service with the Army Reserve and retired as a major in 1963.

Ripley’s journalism career began with a brief stint as a reporter with The State in Columbia until he joined The Evening Post staff in Charleston in 1947. In his 39-year career with the newspaper, he worked as a reporter, state editor, special sections editor and special books editor. He retired in 1987.

Ripley was a fellow with the Company of Military Historians and authored many historical books about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, including “Artillery and Ammunition of the Civil War” and “Siege Train, the Journal of a Confederate Artilleryman.”

Ripley served as president of The Charleston Library Society from 1975 to 2006. He was also the president of the Charleston Ancient Artillery Society. He was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club, the St. Cecilia Society and St. Michael’s Church.

He is survived by one son, Clements Ripley and one grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Quintilla Shuler Ripley and his son, William Y.W. Ripley, Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Old St. Andrews Parish churchyard at 2604 Ashley River Road. Stuhr’s Downtown Chapel is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Charleston Library Society.

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