Greville Brent Lee Haslam, 91 years old, passed away at his home November 2, 2020.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 7, 1929, he was the first son of Greville Alexander George Haslam and Dorothy Blackburne Lee Haslam. He attended the Episcopal Academy where his father was Headmaster for nearly 40 years. He attended Cornell College (University) and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art where he met his wife of 70 years, Elizabeth Lee Ashe Haslam. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Silversmithing at Indiana University. As a designer for Oneida, Ltd. he created the Paul Revere flatware pattern, one of their most popular styles. He moved to the Tryon, NC area in 1961 to establish Hooper Valley Farm in partnership with his relatives in the Sewell family of Gillette Woods. The Haslams raised Arabian horses, producing one national champion and several regional champions. Lee was an avid fancier of fish and foul, collecting and propagating tropical and freshwater fish, as well as exotic chickens, pheasants, peacocks, ducks and swans. He furthered his interest in Silversmithing by teaching jewelry making at Converse College and the Tryon Fine Arts Center. He appeared in several Tryon Little Theater productions including The Madwoman of Chaillot, the first play staged at TFAC upon its opening in 1969. He was an award winning tennis player in the Tryon area. On retiring from raising and showing Arabian horses he moved to Florida to pursue his botanical interests and became a Master Gardener specializing in azalea, rhododendron and orchids. He developed a variety of Camellia. Returning to the Hooper Valley Farm neighborhood in 2006 he continued participating in the Master Gardener program and was a regular for many years at the tailgate markets in Columbus and Landrum. He is survived by his wife Lee Ashe Haslam, a daughter Beth Klontza, a son Jeff (Kim), one brother Alexander, two grandsons, George Klontzas (Eleni) and Alec Klontzas, and one great granddaughter Mary Klontza.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, and the Foothills Association of Master Gardeners.
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