The dedication of the newly constructed Horton and Tingle Residence Halls was held on September 17, 1997, in conjunction with the annual Founder’s Day celebration.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the entrance to Horton Hall and Tingle Hall. During his remarks for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dr. Jimmy Epting stated, “This morning I feel great joy and appreciation to these families that made the Horton and Tingle Residence Halls a reality.” He further commented that the college chose the 64-bed design to the 24-bed design of the four residence halls recently constructed. He added that this building design was used as a cost savings measure.
Dr. Epting remarked, “The love and devotion the late Greg Horton had for North Greenville College and his concern for the financial well-being of the college, prompted him and his wife Bobbie to make the Horton Residence Hall a reality. The support of the Horton family along with that of the Tingle family and other faithful donors has allowed the college to complete this $1,244,000 construction project with no debt.”
Greg Horton’s father, the late G. W. (Wis) Horton of Pageland, SC, was a Trustee for the college. Dr. Epting said, “Wis Horton was steadfast in his support of the college. He was very concerned about giving students every opportunity available.”
In his comments during the ribbon cutting of Tingle Hall, Dr. Epting stated, “The late Rev. Neal M. Tingle gave his life to North Greenville College having worked at the college for many years.” He stated that Rev. Tingle organized and ran the first physical plant at NGC and served as Director of Maintenance for 13 years. He and his wife, the former Doris J. Tingle, raised their family on the campus. Doris Tingle Moore served the college for 30 years as a professor of biology encouraging students and making a difference in their lives.
In her address during the Founders Day chapel service, Bobbie Horton encouraged students with the following statements, “Make serving God your occupation. You will be happiest when you are doing something to serve the Lord.” She further added, “I am thankful for the many miracles of recent years at North Greenville College. Greg liked to give fatherly advice to President, Dr. Jimmy Epting and worked hard across the state in support of North Greenville College.” She closed with a statement of personal comfort of recent months. “To God be the glory, great things he hath done.”
Also speaking was Chris Horton, son of the late Greg Horton and a North Greenville College Trustee. He outlined how as a Trustee of the college in 1991, he remembers kneeling in prayer with Dr. Epting and the other trustees to seek the Lord’s guidance for the college. He spoke of the college motto, North Greenville College – Where Christ Makes the Difference. He asked students, “What can you do to make a difference for Jesus Christ?” Christ encouraged students to take the strength that only He can give and to use it to make a difference for Jesus Christ.
He stated that he was proud of the legacy that his father and grandfather had left at North Greenville College through the Horton Endowment and the Horton Residence Hall.
Jacks Tingle spoke on behalf of the Tingle family and his comments referred to the words of a song “Lead Me Lord.” He related that the words of this song are the heart, soul, and attitude of a founder. This song was sung in the chapel service at his request as a tribute to the founders of North Greenville College and in tribute to his mother and father who so faithfully served NGC. He praised his parents for having the attitude and spirit to go where the Lord led them, to North Greenville College.
In closing he stated, “I believe that the founders of North Greenville College laid a strong foundation and established an uncompromising heritage of faith.” He further added, “I am thankful that my family name has been associated with North Greenville College for 40 years and am happy to have had a part I the heritage of faith.”
During a luncheon to honor the Horton and Tingle families, portraits were unveiled of family members which hang in the Horton and Tingle Residence Halls.
Article published in the April 1998 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.