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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mrs. McCoy's 4th Grade Class - Bishopville Grammar School 1952

Rick Bridgeman sent this photo. Do you recognize anyone? I'm listing the ones I think I recognize without the (?) and some with the (?), others whom I did not recognize I didn't list.

Jane Fergurson, Sylvia Skinner, Christine Smith, Frankie Kelley, Mary Ann Baskin, Barrie Cunningham, Billie Raye Dampier, Susan Scurry?, Barbara Reynolds, Jean (?), Alma Joyce Smith, Joyce Walters, Brenda Cumalander, Suzanne McCutchen, Carey Kilgore, Johnny Reames, George O'Kelley, Val Green, Dickie Bridgeman, John Hope Shuford, Jimmy Moore, Billy Clyburn?, Butchie Williams, Mrs. McCoy, Jimmy Dowling
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From the Editor

My goodness, how time flies when you are occupied with something that gives you pleasure! I received a mild shock today when I took a few minutes to look back through the blog and realized that it was July 31, 2006 when I posted the first article.  


The look of the blog has changed along the way as has the method of publishing to subscribers. One of the changes has been the addition of ads in the blog as well as in the e-mails you receive with the idea at the time being that they would generate a little money to help offset the electric bill. That has not happened!


It works this way; Google sells space on various blogs to interested advertisers who count on blog readers seeing their ads. Let us say that Waldo Levindowski, a subscriber to Natives sees an advertisement that interests him. He clicks on it and immediately a digital signal is electronically transferred to an account auditor at Google who then does the necessary calculations before he divides the proceeds of that click amongst the participating partners… a fraction goes here and a fraction goes there. In case you are curious my partner in this is Google my website provider.


It takes hundreds of clicks to generate an appreciable amount of change. We are talking mere pennies here folks. Therefore, if I can get you to become a little more freethinking (I know that is a hard thing for conservatives to do) and use your clicking finger a little more by clicking on those ads whenever you visit my blog I may be able see the light at the end of the tunnel.


Once again; the more you click on the ads the more money is generated. The last I checked there is about $20 in the auditor’s coffers, which is about two years without much clicking going on. Not one red cent of that fund will be released until the amount reaches $100.  We have a long, long, long way to go before the electric company will be satisfied.


Another improvement is in the works… I have never really liked the automatic e-mail system I incorporated a good while back because there is entirely too much other stuff that gets in the way of the e-mail message. Therefore, after much research I have elected to go with Google’s e-mailing system. I think you will find it to be a huge improvement over the previous e-mails you have been receiving. Some of you are already receiving the new e-mails and will not notice a difference but the majority of you will see an appreciative change.


I need your support in assisting me with this transition. The next time you visit Natives simply re-enter your e-mail address into the subscription window. Beginning today the old e-mail system will be removed and along with that action some of you may lose your subscription. I hope that is not the case and I will work with you should that happen. Let let me know. 


I hope you enjoy reading Natives of Lee County South Carolina and that you will continue to subscribe for I certainly enjoy putting it online.


I'm here for you, so drop me an e-mail if you have questions, suggestions or need to simply unload on somebody.  


Friday, March 27, 2009


March 25, 2009 - Lola Kelly McCoy - Bishopville, SC

March 25, 2009 - Alvin David Dubose - Bishopville, SC

March 30, 2009 - Lila Berry Stokes - Bishopville, SC

Zuill Bailey, Sr

Many of you will remember Zuill Bailey, BHS class of 1958 who grew up on Cousar Street in Bishopville and whose local fame was that of being a remarkable table tennis (Ping-Pong) player and promising musical student under the direction of W. W. Tisdale.


This morning I received a phone call from Zuill who happened to be in Bishopville visiting with his mother who will be 97 years young in July. Zuill and his wife Lana will be traveling to Spartanburg to be with their famous son, Zuill Bailey, Jr. who is a widely celebrated cellist and who will be performing with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Symphony, Saturday, Mar 28 7:30pm at Converse College: Twichell Auditorium, Spartanburg, SC. 


Zuill and I did not get to talk at length but our short phone conversation revealed that our old friend still has the same throaty laughter and inquisitive nature as he did when we both haunted the highways and byways of Lee County during our formative years. Zuill and his wife Lana are accomplished musicians in their own right and maybe, just maybe they will grant me the privilege of an interview for the Natives of Lee County South Carolina blog.   


Please visit these sites to learn about Zuill and Lana’s illustrious son, Zuill Bailey, Jr.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

South Carolina is the place to be in April

Upcoming SC Festivals & Events

Editor's note: 

Are you familiar with South Carolina's Information Highway website? No? Well, long story short you need to visit South Carolina Information Highway to learn what  is going on in South Carolina each and every day. While you are in the mood to do some mouse clicking check out the Reunion Link

Featured April Event

The 2009 Indie Grits Film Fest – Nickelodeon Theatre – April 15-19, 2009

Adding Southern flavor to celluloid, The Indie Grits Film Festival
brings together a series of low-budget films from South Carolina,
as well other neighboring Southern states like North Carolina
and Georgia. The festival spans five days and features over 40 films.
The festival director, Andy Smith, aims to give experienced and
new media-makers a place "to come together and share their
interest in independent media production."

More SC April Festivals, Events

Apr 1-4: Egg Scramble Jamboree - Lamar - parade, car show, carnival, entertainment

Apr 1-18: Festival of Houses & Gardens - Historic Charleston Foundation - 8-10 properties per tour

Apr 1 - May 9: Key Ingredients: America By Food - Edisto Island - Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition
Learn more about Key Ingredients in South Carolina

Apr 2: Pee Dee Job Fair - PDF - Florence - South Greer Road National Guard Armory

Apr 2: SC Midlands Master Gardeners Spring Symposium - Columbia - plant sale, garden art, lectures, more

Apr 2-5: Midlands Plant and Flower Festival - Columbia State Farmer's Market

Apr 3: Smoke at the Lodge - Summerville - BBQ competition and dinner, featuring The Embers

Apr 3-4: Kids' Day Columbia - Finlay Park - carnival rides, food, Friday night movie

Apr 3-4: Plantation Tours of Prince George Winyah Parish - Georgetown - 20 historic plantations, sites

Apr 3-5: Aiken Horse Show - benefits Hitchcock Woods, the largest urban forest in America

Apr 3-5: Cheraw Spring Festival - PDF - car show, parade, kids' fair, exhibits, crafts, music, food, tours, more

Apr 3-5: Flowertown Festival - Summerville - 200+ artists/craftsmen, gourmet food, children's jubilee, orchestra

Apr 3-5: SC Alcoholics Anonymous State Convention - Columbia - speakers, workshops, dance, games, more

Apr 3-5: Werewolf's Curse: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow - Charleston - benefits TTC's Clemente Courses

Apr 4: Art's Alive - Florence - festival of performing and visual arts at Francis Marion University

Apr 4: Cooper River Bridge Run - Charleston - world-class 10-K run and walk - kids' run too!

Apr 4: Tartan Fest - Columbia - SC State Museum - Scottish & Highland music, dancing, food, demonstrations

Apr 4-5: Columbia International Festival - State Fairgrounds - food, exhibits, and shopping from 60+ countries

Apr 4-5: Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee - nearly 100 artists plus food, music, Scottish dancing, and more!

Apr 4-5: Palmetto Alpaca Classic Show - Clemson - fleece competition, vendors, banquet dinner, more

Apr 4-5: Revolutionary War Days - Ninety Six National Historic Site - enjoy reenactments of military & camp life

Apr 5: Charleston Lowcountry Cajun Festival - James Island County Park - Creole food and Zydeco music

Apr 10: Fun Day with Space Walk - Summerville - jump castles, clowns, cotton candy, carnival games - free!

Apr 11: Fun Sun Run - Murrells Inlet - Huntington Beach - 5K & 10K run - benefits Global Soccer Ministries

Apr 11: Governor's Frog Jump Festival - Springfield - frog-jumping contest plus parade, egg hunt, music, more

Apr 11-19: Family Circle Cup - Daniel Island - WTA women's tennis tournament

Apr 13: Monday After the Masters - North Myrtle Beach - celebrity Pro-Am charity golf tournament

Apr 13-19: Verizon Heritage - Hilton Head Island - PGA men's golf tournament

Apr 15-19: Indie Grits Film Fest - Columbia - The Nickelodeon presents films from new media makers, pros

Apr 16-18: Doolittle Raiders Reunion - Columbia - honors WWII's Doolittle Raid - autographs, dance, flyover

Apr 16-18: Pickens Azalea Festival - music, food, carriage rides, amusement rides, classic car cruise-in

Apr 16-18: Puddin' Swamp Festival - Turbeville - carnival, music, pet contest, Swamp Stomp Street Dance

Apr 16-19: Charleston Race Week - international sailboat regatta - inshore and offshore races

Apr 16-19: Southern Plant and Flower Festival - Florence - Pee Dee State Farmer’s Market

Apr 16-25: Come-See-Me Festival - Rock Hill - bands, parade, fireworks, BBQ contest

Apr 17: Emerald Evening - Greenville - tickets $75 - fundraiser for Carolina Ballet Theatre - see info on right

Apr 17-18: Iron City Festival - Blacksburg - music, street dance, car show, kid's parade, model train exhibit

Apr 17-18: Stone Soup Festival - Woodruff - storytelling workshops and award-winning storytellers

Apr 17-19: Battle of Charleston - Johns Island - Civil War reenactment and living history demonstrations

Apr 17-19: East Coast Canoe & Kayak Fest - James Island County Park - lectures, on-water classes

Apr 17-19: Olde Towne Artisans' Fair - North Augusta - artisans create traditional crafts at Living History Park

Apr 17-19: World Grits Festival - St. George - parade, carnival, grits grinding, "Rolling in Grits" contest, 5K run

Apr 18: Bark to the Park Walk and Festival - Columbia - benefits Project Pet's homeless animals

Apr 18: Fort Lawn Spring Festival - train rides, model train display, car show, games, storytelling

Apr 18: Historic Elmwood Park Home & Garden Tour - Columbia - tour beautiful and well-preserved homes

Apr 18: Sea and Sand Festival - Folly Beach - music, carnival, art, food, 5K fun run, skate or walk, beach dance

Apr 18: Soft Shell Crab Festival - Port Royal - food, crafts, car show, tunes from The Showmen and Fatback

Apr 18: Tame the Tyger River Race & Festival - Spartanburg - whitewater paddling, demos, film, live music

Apr 18: 3-D Biking - St. Stephen - scenic family bicycle ride along the Rediversion Canal on Lake Moultrie

Apr 18-26: Striped Bass Festival - Manning - fireworks, dances, parade, pageant for "Miss Striped Bass"

Apr 19: East Cooper Coastal Triathlon - Isle of Palms - .6 mile ocean swim, 16 mile bike, 4 mile run

Apr 19: Kiawah Island Earth Day Festivities - beach fun run, trash sculpture contest, Yippie Hippy Olympics

Apr 19: Low Country Grits Festival - Bowens Island in Charleston County - cooking & eating contests, live music

Apr 19-26: Charleston Clean Cities Sweep - community landscaping projects, recycling drives, litter pickups

Apr 20: Survivors of Sexual Assault Charity Golf Tournament - Lexington - Golden Hills Golf & Country Club

Apr 22: Earth Day - South Carolinaians come together to promote a cleaner, safer environment

Apr 22-25: Rholetter's Bluegrass Festival - Long Creek in Oconee County - bluegrass bands and open jams

Apr 23-25: SC BBQ Shag Festival - Hemingway - pig cook-off, fireworks, rides, shaggin' with Swingin' Sows

Apr 23-26: Charleston International Film Festival - over 60 not-yet-released films, shorts, documentaries

Apr 24-25: Anderson Soiree - street festival, music, kids' activities, crafts - features the Budweiser Clydesdales

Apr 24-25: A(ugusta) Baker's Dozen - Columbia - celebration of nationally-renowned authors and storytellers

Apr 24-25: Colleton County Rice Festival - Walterboro - rice parade, pageant, crafts, 5K race, cooking contest

Apr 24-26: Santee Birding and Nature Festival - PDF - Clarendon County - birding, canoe trips, fossil walks

Apr 24-26: SC Toastmasters Spring Conference - Columbia - improve communication at weekend retreat

Apr 25: Angel Walk - Beaufort Waterfront Park - benefits programs that fight child abuse and neglect

Apr 25: Congaree Arts Festival - Columbia - SC State Museum - demonstrations, music, children's activities

Apr 25: Firing on Fort Sumter: "The Opening Ball" - Spartanburg - period Civil War era dinner and public ball

Apr 25: 5K Riverfest Epilepsy Run / Walk - Columbia - food and live music at Riverfront Park

Apr 25: Greater Greenville Master Gardener Plant Sale - shrubs, trees, perennials, houseplants, veggies, herbs

Apr 25: Hilton Head Seafood Fest - gourmet food, live music, "Iron Chef" competition - benefits Cancer Society

Apr 25: MVP PRO Football Camp - techniques, instructions to help high school student athletes - ages 14-18

Apr 25: Sparkleberry Country Fair - Columbia - petting zoo, rides, games, food, entertainment, crafts, tractors

Apr 25: Walk to Defeat ALS - Columbia - Saluda Shoals Park - benefit walk to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease

Apr 25-26: Art Market at Historic Honey Horn - Hilton Head - juried contest - art on display and for sale

Apr 26: Blessing of the Fleet - Mount Pleasant - arts, crafts, live music, shrimp-eating and shagging contests

Apr 27: SPINX Charity Golf Classic - Greenville - amateur tournament to raise $150,000 for childrens' charities

Apr 28: I Believe Golf Marathon - Mt Pleasant - benefits Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center

Apr 28-30: Food for Thought Conference - Greenville - celebrates food, creative thinking, entrepreneurialism

Apr 29 - May 1: SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations Conference - Spartanburg - seminars, networking

Apr 30: "It's in the Bag" Purse Auction - Charleston - fun, fabulous, feminine fundraiser for Center for Women

Apr 30 - May 2: Spring Festival on the Square - Abbeville - rides, car show, music by Swingin' Medallions, more

Apr 30 - May 3: Piedmont Plant and Flower Festival - Greenville State Farmer’s Market 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Where Are They Now?

This former Bishopville High School class of 1958 student grew up in the Cyprus area of Lee County near Grant’s store. 

After high school, he attended Wingate College in Wingate, N.C.; The University of Hawaii in Hawaii and in 1982 graduated from the University of Georgia. He served in the United States Air Force for twenty years retiring in 1980. 

In 2005 he retired from his second career after 23 years as a high school history teacher at Morgan County High School in Madison, Georgia.

In 1963 he married Peggy Anderson whom he met while both were students at Wingate and they have three wonderful daughters, one grand daughter and three grandsons. They reside in Athens, Georgia

His daily life now revolves around volunteer work at Athens Regional Medical Center, helping to feed the homeless, his wife and two Shih Tzu puppies who have managed to spoil him completely. 

His favorite quote is from Pogo the Possum: "We has met de enemy 'n day 's us"

To learn who this classmate is click this Link.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Breaking News

Now you can listen to Grady Brown Sunday Night at the Beach live every Sunday from 5 until 10 pm just by clicking this link.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cecil Garvin


Cecil Garvin, 95, widower of Leona Lavender Garvin, died Saturday, March 21, 2009 at a local nursing facility.

Born in Wagener, he was a son of the late Ottice Garvin and the late Annie Lou Miller Garvin. Mr. Garvin was a member of Bishopville First Baptist Church. He retired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, was a member and Past Post Commander of American Legion Post 29, and a Mason. Mr. Garvin was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one son, Richard Garvin (Linda) of Easley; one daughter, Marilyn Adams (Jerry) of Bishopville; two brothers, Ottice Garvin, Jr. of Wagener, and Frank Abbott Garvin (Eddie Lou) of Hanahan; one sister, Mabel Crawford of Wagener; three grandsons, Rev. Darren Adams (Wava), Brian Adams (Lindsay), and Ricky Garvin; two granddaughters, Lori Howell (Asher), and Jenny Garvin; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, O’Connell Garvin, Earl Garvin, and Quincy Garvin.

A private graveside service will be held in the Wagener City Cemetery with the Rev. Darren Adams officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, 319 Kiwanis Place, Bishopville.

Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Leonard Levenson

Born in Bishopville March 16, 1916, Leonard Levenson , the elder brother of Sam, Ella and Jacob and son of Frank and Nettie Cahn Levenson, will be in Florida with his girlfriend today celebrating his 93rd birthday. 

According to my source, Leonard, who graduated from Bishopville High School (when it was the grammar school) is the oldest/longest living member of the Bishopville Masonic Lodge.

Leonard currently lives outside Atlanta to be near family.  Still goes to the Y once or twice a week.  Has an incredible memory. His sister Ella Schlosburg lives in Camden.

Congradulations Leonard. We hope you enjoy this day.  Happy Birthday.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Love, Support and Prayer

I put out a call for volunteers to help with the upcoming Gathering of the Classes Reunion effort a few weeks back. I received a few offers of help and chief among them was Judy 'Kelley' Leach BHS Class of 1961. Bless her heart Judy and her husband Al are in need of your love, support and prayers right now. 

Read Judy's e-mail dated March 11, 2009:

"Hi there....Didn't want you to think that I had volunteered to help you and then just disappeared!  Allen fell Saturday night and broke his hip.  Actually, is was fractured completely around his hip prosthesis (hip replacement that he's had for 18 years).  You know, he's a bionic man, with bilateral hip replacements and bilateral shoulder replacements!!  Anyway, he's been in Lexington Hospital since then, had hip surgery yesterday and has been in unbelievable pain all the while.  I have to stay with him almost around the clock, so please keep the both of us in your prayers.  He had been hospitalized for the two prior weeks at the VA.  He's really going through a tough time.  Hope all is well with you.  I'm mailing my check tomorrow.  Again, let me know what I can do to help you..........Judy"

In a follow-up e-mail Judy writes:

....."We need all the support and prayers that we can get.  Allen is still at Lexington Memorial Hospital, still in a lot of pain, but the surgery did go well.  They had to replace the cup of his prosthesis and used coil and plates to put the break back together.  They have not been able to get him up yet, but physical therapy is working with him in the bed.  Don't know how long he'll be there, but he will need rehab.  I expect that he will be moved to the VA for therapy and rehab when the time comes, so that he will be close for his 3 day a week dialysis.  I think we're in for a long haul.  I'll be back in touch........Judy"

The phone number for Al's room at Lexington Hospital is:


Judy's Numbers:

803 -796-0126 Home

803-609-1428 Cell

Call them, they would love to hear from you.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Anne Merck McDowell

Bishopville, SC 

Anne Merck McDowell, 77, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. She was born May 5, 1931, in Hartsville, SC, a daughter of the late Harry Wesley Merck and Ruth King Merck. 

Anne was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Elliott, SC. She was an avid gardener and loved tending to her orchids. A graduate of Coker College, she maintained close ties to the Alumni Association and her many college friends. Anne taught at Robert E. Lee Academy in Bishopville, SC, from its opening in 1966 until her retirement in 1996. 

Survivors include Edward Davis (Mickey) McDowell, her husband of 55 years; three daughters, Vicki M. Carter (Brantley) of Timmonsville, Cindy M. Bolt of Greenville, Lisa M. Lanning (Tad) of Rock Hill; one son Davy McDowell (Caroline); and nine grandchildren; Forrest Carter, Casey Carter, Matt (Brittany) Bolt, Kelleigh Bolt, Spencer Lanning, Alison Lanning, Emily McDowell, Catherine McDowell, and Anna McDowell. 

Anne is also survived by two brothers; John Merck (Carolyn) of Alexandria, VA, and Jim Merck (Peggy) of Piedmont, and one sister-in-law, Betty S. Merck of Columbia. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert (Bobby) Merck. 

Visitation will be held Friday evening, March 13, from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home in Bishopville. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 14, at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, 4544 St. Charles Road, Bishopville.

A Memorial service will be held at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Elliott, SC, on Sunday, March 15, at 11:00 am.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, c/o Molly Moore, 60 Bradley Road, Bishopville, SC 29010 or to The Class of 1953 Endowment Scholarship Fund, Coker College, 300 Home Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550.

Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rachael Bowman Bradbury writes:  

When my mother, Ruthie (Ruthie "Stevenson" Bowman BHS Class of 1962), was born and Lee (Lee Stevenson BHS Class of 1963) was a year old, their parents Martin and David Stevenson lived in Sue and Leo DuBose's garage apartment on Harris Street.  Attached is a photo from the DuBose's back yard with Leo, Jr., Burnett (Leo's brother)  and my little uncle Lee Stevenson.


Billy Hopkins

We have received a good report concerning our friend Billy Hopkins. Billy has successfully undergone surgery this morning and his wife Annette, reports through a friend that no cancer was found in his bladder. The surgeons did locate three tumors in the left urethra tube. A biopsy was performed and the tissue was sent to the lab for analysis. Billy and Annette should hear from the pathologists next Wednesday. Billy has been released and they will arrive back home later today. Pray for their continued safe journey.

Monday, March 09, 2009

News From The Lee County Historical Society

Bobbie Adams of the Lee County Historical Society writes: 

The Lee County Historical Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month.  While the James House is undergoing renovation, our meetings take place at the S.C. Cotton Museum.  

The next meeting will be, Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.  

Our speaker is David Reuver of Camden, who is an American Revolutionary War buff.  His topic will be campaigns in South Carolina.  

Mr. Reuver is the editor of the new magazine, American Revolution.  

South Carolina has more than 345 documented Revolutionary War battle sites.  

Hope to see you for this most interesting program.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Recollections by Leo DuBose

Leo writes:

"John, you do a fantastic job with your blog. I do read and enjoy it - I recognize many names, however the names that I don't know will often bring back memories.  Bishopville has changed quite a bit and believe me I could tell quite a few stories.

My dad (Leo, Sr.) got off a Greyhound bus in Bishopville with $5 bucks to his name (back when) and went to work at McLeod's Pharmacy for Dr John Rhame, David Rhame's dad. 

Most of the streets in town were dirt, including Harris St, where I grew up. 

Doctors' offices were in the back of the drugstore and when the docs weren't in, my dad did the doctoring. I can ramble on with a few interesting "Saturday night" stories and get a few laughs. 

I remember some great teachers at Bishopville Grammar School, the morning assemblies with The Lord's Prayer and singing the doxology, marbles and fights on the playground during recess. 

I would walk to school along the Black River ditch in tall wet grass and weeds; stepping over an occasional snake and it's a wonder we survived..... "

 Leo's information is below. Contact him and let him know you read his recollections on Natives of Lee County South Carolina.

J Leo DuBose Jr CLTC, CSA

Certified in Long Term Care

Certified Senior Advisor

(803) 920-1897 Direct

(803) 685-6367 Fax

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Love - Support - Prayer

Everyone knows that with the passage of time coupled with the change in lifestyles not to mention the distance that separates, the ties that once secured friendships are hard to maintain.

Such is the case with my childhood friend and former high school classmate Susan ‘Scurry’ Chappell, whom I had not seen for close to fifty years until the 2008 Gathering of the Classes Reunion in Bishopville.

It was a warm, humid Saturday night in the waning days of July that I did something, which to the best of my memory I had not done before. I asked an old friend to dance with me. Yes we danced… no, we shagged much to my enjoyment.

I recount this memory with you because I have sad news. Susan has recently been diagnosed as having Lou Gehrig's disease. Lou Gehrig’s disease is a disorder that's also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. According to the ALS Association this is a disease that causes damage to nerve cells that control muscle movement. Over time, Lou Gehrig's disease causes these nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to shrink and disappear so that the muscles no longer receive signals to move. As a result, the muscles become smaller and weaker.

Knowing this I pray for my friend. Susan will need the love; the support and the prayers of all her friends in the coming days. 

2010 Gathering of the Classes Reunion Gala News

Click here to be taken to the Gathering of the Classes website. 

Thursday, March 05, 2009

David Monroe Ellen, Jr. 9/20/1919 - 3/3/2009

Bishopville, South Carolina

Graveside services for David Monroe Ellen, Jr. age 89, a World War II Veteran, who died March 3, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland, will be held Sunday at 3:00 pm at the Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 1:30 – 2:30 pm Sunday at the Funeral Home.

David was born in Bishopville, S.C. a son of the late David Monroe Ellen, Sr. & Carrie McGill Ellen.

He graduated from Bishopville High School in 1937, was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Atlanta Law School.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1941 to 1945.

Surviving are his brother, William McGill Ellen, Sister In Law, Margaret C. Ellen, three Step Sons, two nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Aileen Ellen and a brother, John Henry Ellen.

Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 115 West Church St., Bishopville, S.C. 29010.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Billy Hopkins

I received word today that my good friend Billy Hopkins will have to return to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for additional cancer surgery within the next ten days.

It was just back in August of 2008 that Billy was operated on for cancer during which he experienced complications that almost cost him his life. Together with the expert attention of his care givers; the prayers of his many friends united with his trust in the Lord, Billy overcame that crisis.

That was then; this is now… Billy and Annette along with the rest of his family are once again faced with some major decisions as they prepare for the battle that awaits them. Please keep my friend and his family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

March Birthdays

Ann "Bailey" Reames - Mar 1st
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(Editor's Bride)

Bill Hobbs - Mar 1st
E-mail Bill at bhobbs@rock-hill.k12

Louise "Haphesis" McCutchen - Mar 3rd
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Bill Warriner - Mar 9th
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Reidy Muldrow - Mar 10th
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Becky Mcwatty - Mar 11th
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Jennie "Krasnof" Caine - Mar 14th
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Billy McCutchen - Mar 20th
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