Don McElveen
by MR Magazine Staff
Don McElveen
Don McElveen

MR magazine is sadden to learn of the passing of Savannah, Georgia retailer Don McElveen on November 15, at Candler Hospital surrounded by his wife and children. He was 76.

McElveen was born in Savannah, and started his lifelong career in the menswear business in 1960 at John B. Rourke Gentlemen’s Clothiers, and after 55 years retired as co-owner last year. He took absolute pleasure in delighting longtime friends and customers with his impeccable sense of style and legendary service.

He was a member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church where he regularly attended services and was active in the Men’s Fellowship Group. Previously he served as a Deacon for Bull Street Baptist Church. He showed his love of the arts and care for the city through his support and involvement with the Telfair Museum, contribution to the Telfair Art Fair, and by serving on the Savannah Philharmonic Board of Directors. He was a member of the Old Friends Society, Menswear Retailers of Georgia, First City Club, Telfair Museum, Rotary Club of Savannah, and many other organizations.

A quintessential gentleman who traveled the world and never meet a stranger, he made an impact on others through his charisma, his southern genteelness, and quick witted sense of humor. His memory continues to bring joy to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Luck McElveen, of Savannah; daughters Tracy Hinely (Barry) of Savannah, Laura Shepard of Atlanta; his grandchildren Tom Carfrey (Brittany), Sam Carfrey, Zoe Shepard, and Ian Shepard; siblings Andrea Richardson and Jim McElveen, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will honor his life at a memorial service at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 19, at Saint John’s Episcopal Church with a reception immediately following at the Green-Meldrim House.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 1 West Macon Street, Savannah, Georgia, 31401.


  1. So sad to hear that Don has passed away. A real gentleman and good guy. Always a pleasure to work with. He’ll be missed by vendors, his loyal customers, his good family and the fine city of Savannah that he loved so much…

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