Adele Montgomery (’17) and John C. Clement (’09) were united in marriage on December 23, 1923, just 59 years ago.
While both families have several members to attend North Greenville, they did not meet here. Adele finished North Greenville Academy at age 14. After finishing Asheville Teacher’s College, now Warren-Wilson College, she came to the Holly Springs area in 1921 to teach in Friendship School and was introduced to John by the principal, M.M. Rector. She taught there for two years.
“John proposed to me on our second date,” she said, “but I said, ‘no!’” However, a year later she said “yes” and they courted another year before they were married.
John C. has spent his 90 years on the farm growing cotton, corn and later, peaches and beef cattle. He lived in the old home place his father built when he was one year old until almost 59 years ago when he and his bride, Adele, moved into their present and only home nearby.
The Clements have two daughters, Rosemary (Mrs. Morris) Jones (deceased 1973) and Sara (Mrs. Walter A.) Dotherow and three grandchildren. Gregory Jones, Walter Anthony “Tony,” and Melanie Dotherow.
Adele taught school for eight years at Motlow and after Sara was six years old, she taught for 20 years at Holly Springs Motlow School before retiring. She has been a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church since they were married. She taught primaries, junior, and intermediates in Sunday School and helped in Training Union. In 1976 she received a lovely plaque honoring her for 25 years of faithful service as the church clerk.
John C. joined the Holly Springs Church in 1906 at the age of 14. He served the church for seven years as clerk and for a number of years as a deacon.
Adele is the second of five daughters of Charlie Mitchel and Lula Benson Montgomery (1899) of Travelers Rest. Her older sister, Rose, (17) finished North Greenville the same year she did (’17) and later married John’s older brother, Miles. Their two daughters later attended North Greenville. Her mother “went to North Greenville,” she said, “and was teased about Dean Crain. Her grandfather William Wheeler Benson was a trustee of NGBA.
John C., the third son of Thomas Newton and Garrie Miles Clement, came to North Greenville one year in 1909 when Leslie A. Jones was principal. His older brothers Claude and Miles attended earlier; Claude, when it was a military school. There were five brothers and two sisters in the family.
John and Adele Clement continue to maintain a close relationship to North Greenville through their prayers, interest, and support. His brother Melrose recently made North Greenville a substantial benefactor through his will.
Such families as these keep North Greenville strong and committed to preparing young men and women to live as Christians in a secular world.
Published in the December 1982 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter