Light on a Hill: How North Greenville Radically Transformed the Notorious ‘Dark Corner’

You’ve heard that a single candle — held up in the darkest of nights — can actually be seen from dozens of miles away. Well, it was certainly true with North Greenville, today one of the most notable Christian universities in the Southern U.S. but originally only a little high school. Its founders could have never guessed how far its light would shine.

A High School? A High School!

It was like any other Wednesday night meeting at a Baptist church in the mountains of South Carolina, with a small, dedicated crowd gathered to talk about all the usual subjects: missions and budgets and prayer requests. That is, until John Ballenger raised his hand.1

“A high school,” he suggested.

Ballenger pleaded with the other members of the North Greenville Baptist Association (NGBA) to consider building a high school from the ground up, which could service families in northern Greenville County towns, like Travelers Rest and Marietta.2

A high school? It was quite the novel idea in 1891, at a time when there were only a handful of high schools in the entire county, perhaps no more than three.3

The room, no doubt, quieted in thought. Then one by one, or maybe all at once, the others piped in with their agreement.

“I think we should do it, too.”

“Sure. Why not?”

“This might work.”

A high school. Yes, they needed one. And like that, the wheels began to turn.

The Dark Corner Then

At this point in history, the northern Greenville area was in the heyday of the lifestyle that earned it the notorious nickname the “Dark Corner,” suitable not only for the perceived backwardness of its residents, but also for their law-breaking tendencies.

In fact, the primarily Scottish and Irish immigrants who populated Glassy Mountain and the surrounding towns were mostly uneducated and poor. Children learned to keep the farm like Daddy did. What little money they had came from selling crops. But you could sell corn whiskey for more money than corn by the bushel!4

The residents’ motives for moonshine went beyond rebellion for its own sake; they constructed stills and made liquor at night for the money, and anyone who threatened that source of steady income became an enemy.

“Essentially, the failure of the United States to acknowledge the cultural and economic factors behind home distillation was the root cause of the most violent resistance. After outlawing the practice, the federal government failed to present the whiskey-producing population with a viable economic alternative,” wrote history professor Joshua Beau Blackwell.5

So it was that the Dark Corner came to earn quite a reputation for the “illegal whiskey-making, mountain feuds, a few killings, and lawless acts”6 that were all too common here.

The area saw little prospect of change.

An Act of Faith

But less than a month after Ballenger’s initial idea, the NGBA — then comprised of around 30 area churches7  — met for its larger annual meeting. Naturally, the topic of a high school came up once again.

As they began to give further consideration and add up the cost, they realized it would be an expensive decision, that’s for sure. They would need to purchase land, construct a school house, hire employees . . .

The building contract alone would cost $1,280.8 By comparison, this sizable sum amounted to more than the annual salary of every pastor in the association put together!7 Somehow, they would have to increase giving from their mostly lower-class congregations by 55 percent to raise the funds.7

It probably seemed impossible on paper.

But at least one of them — Dr. M.L. West, a doctor and minister who lived in Travelers Rest — really believed they could do it:

“Oh, brethren, then let us, as we value the happiness of our dear children for life and for eternity, let us rise in our might . . . and let us establish and maintain a high school within our borders that will be a blessing to our children and a monument of glory to the North Greenville Association. . . . We can do this,” West urged with passion at that meeting on Oct. 14, 1891. “Have we the moral courage to go forward?”9

If they didn’t before, they certainly did after this moving speech; in fact, historians tend to credit West that the association took action so quickly.

At that same meeting, the association not only approved the proposal but also took the first few steps in developing the new institution. Benjamin Perry Robertson had, in fact, already created a draft of rules to govern the school. After he read those proposed rules, the association went ahead and appointed a committee of nine that would determine the location for the new school.10

Notably, Benjamin Franklin Neves donated the land for the original site, set on 10 acres in Tigerville, SC, and located about halfway between Glassy Mountain to the north and Paris Mountain to the south.11

By some miracle, everyday members of the association’s churches, as well as the surrounding community, stepped in to provide the needed funds and resources for the project to take shape.

“The Grandest Place I’d Ever Seen”

Within a year from that summer night when Ballenger first spoke up at the NGBA, the association had already erected a school building. All the pieces were coming together.

“The original building of three rooms stood on the knoll of the hill on the new campus, and the faculty consisted of Professor Hugh L. Brock (principal), Cancie Hill, and Pearl Power,” wrote historian Archie Vernon Huff, Jr.12

And on Jan. 16, 1893, North Greenville High School (NGHS) commenced its very first session. Ranging from kindergartners up through teenagers, the student body boasted a total 80 students.13 No doubt for most, that first day of school at NGHS was also their first time in a real classroom.

“The school had three rooms, two porches, a piano, and a bell,” remembered Dr. Jesse Bailey, honor graduate at the end of NGHS’ first year of classes. “I thought it was the grandest place I had ever seen, and it was.”14

Even then, the school’s patrons, its students, and the nearby community felt generally pleased with the new school in Tigerville. The “Greenville Daily News” deemed the high school “the finest institution of learning in the county outside the city of Greenville.”12, 15

Learning, Growth, and Service

From the start, NGHS emphasized academic learning, of course, but also personal growth.

Early classes at the high school included arithmetic, English, geography, Latin, music, and Bible.16 Students also had the opportunity to join the debate club. Later, the first organizations on campus consisted of mandatory literary societies that gave students practice in debate, speech, and essay writing.17

In addition to most classes, Principal Brock also led a weekly prayer meeting with the young boys of the school; many of them went on to profess faith in Christ as a result.13 Students at North Greenville also met together for Sunday school.18

One of the earliest organizations at North Greenville — and certainly the longest running — was the Baptist Young People’s Union, which focused on influencing NGHS students to become “morally and spiritually better.”19 Later, it became known as Baptist Student Union (BSU) and then, starting in 2017, Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM).

Some North Greenville students even worked at the 90-acre farm on campus in exchange for their schooling, providing food for the students, faculty, and staff of the school.20, 21 Others worked at the Neves or Wood Store to help pay for their school expenses.22

And for fun, everyone enjoyed the occasional corn shucking, play, or baseball game.23, 22

These is Changing Times

Not only did NGHS provide students with a solid education, but it also prepared them for respectable careers (or the education they would need for them) and propelled them toward a life of Christian service.

What both local and national governments had failed to offer in the way of profitable alternatives to distilling, NGHS compensated for, at least for future generations of the communities in northern Greenville once known for bootlegging. The school offered the opportunity for their children to rise above their situation as “hewers of wood and drawers of water”9 through education, as West had hoped.

Most NGHS students did, in fact, finish high school and then go on to attend college. And many became teachers themselves in Greenville County. By the time North Greenville began raising funds for its first dormitory in 1902, in fact, around 22 percent of the whole student population helped teach in the summer schools.24 Remember: these were students who just years before had little to no formal education!

“We largely supply the public schools of our half of the county with teachers; having had twenty-five in our school this year,” noted an early catalog, adding: “In college or in business, our students succeed.”24

The student body had grown to 200 by 1903, and so the school soon set out to add a new two-story main building.25 The last class to meet in the original schoolhouse earned the nickname “The Class of Distinction” because all five of the graduates in this class went on to graduate from college, too.

All five of them also spent several years in the field of teaching after their time at North Greenville.26

Giving Back

NGHS graduates became teachers, pastors, and other respected professions, living their lives out in service to the community, the state, and beyond. Some of the high school’s earliest students even returned to North Greenville later in life, of course finding it much different than when they’d left.

One example is Dr. E. Buford Crain, a 1908 graduate of the high school.26 After Buford’s subsequent graduation from Furman University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, respectively, he became a pastor in Greenville, SC, and served for more than 12 years on the NGHS Board of Trustees. Eventually, he even returned to Tigerville proper, where he pastored the school’s neighboring Tigerville Baptist Church — founded by NGHS family27  — until his retirement.

Of the change he’d witnessed in the nearby community since his youth — when neighbors had stills and pistols as surely as they had eggs and potatoes — Buford said, “In overcoming the power of darkness, North Greenville has done more good than all the revenue officers and sheriffs combined for a hundred years.”14

And his brother, Dr. J. Dean Crain — a graduate who served as principal from 1910 to 1912, just before NGHS changed to an academy — predicted, “I can but feel that the school is just entering upon its career of usefulness, and that ere long what is known far and wide as the Dark Corner of South Carolina shall become famous for the light shed by the lives of its people.”28

Dean went on to become an evangelist, educator, and pastor.29

Who could have imagined that, over the next century or so, North Greenville would grow by leaps and bounds, impact thousands of students, and then send them out to shine the light of Christ — in Greenville, South Carolina, and every corner of the world?

Bibliography

 

  1. Flynn, Jean Martin. “A History of North Greenville Junior College 1892-1967.” Page 6.
  2. “Fourth Annual Session.” Page 5.
  3. Flynn, Jean Martin. “A History of North Greenville Junior College 1892-1967.” Page 8.
  4. Lockhart, Matthew A. “Dark Corner.” South Carolina Encyclopedia. May 17, 2016. Accessed October 5, 2017. http://www.scencyclopedia.org/sce/entries/dark-corner/.
  5. Blackwell, Joshua Beau. “Used to Be a Rough Place in Them Hills: Moonshine, the Dark Corner, and the New South.” Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2009. Page 96.
  6. Morris, William C. “NGC: Lighthouse of ‘the Dark Corner’.” Greenville Piedmont, February 28, 1983.
  7. “Minutes of the North Greenville Baptist Association.” 1891. Page 19.
  8. “Minutes of the North Greenville Baptist Association.” 1892. Page 15.
  9. “Minutes of the North Greenville Baptist Association.” 1891. Page 7.
  10. “Minutes of the North Greenville Baptist Association.” 1891. Page 9.
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  12. Huff, Archie Vernon. “Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont.” Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995. Page 220.
  13. “Minutes of the North Greenville Baptist Association.” 1893. Page 13.
  14. Huff, Archie Vernon. “Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont.” Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995. Page 221.
  15. Flynn, Jean Martin. “A History of North Greenville Junior College 1892-1967.” Page 9.
  16. “Catalog of NGHS.” 1901. Page number not provided.
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  18. “Announcement: North Greenville High School.” Session of 1907-08. Tigerville. Page number not provided.
  19. “Announcement: North Greenville High School.” Session of 1907-08. Tigerville. Page 7.
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  21. Howard, Henry Jacob. “From These Roots: The Story of North Greenville Junior College, 1892-1967.” Page 38.
  22. Crain, J. Dean. “A Mountain Boy’s Life Story.” Greenville, SC: The Baptist Courier. 1914. Page 35.
  23. Flynn, Jean Martin. “A History of North Greenville Junior College 1892-1967.” Page 65.
  24. NGHS Catalog 1901-02. Page 3.
  25. “Minutes of the North Greenville Baptist Association.” 1903. Page 11.
  26. Howard, Henry Jacob. “From These Roots: The Story of North Greenville Junior College, 1892-1967.” Page 30.
  27. Lockhart, Matthew A. “Dark Corner.” South Carolina Encyclopedia. May 17, 2016. Accessed October 5, 2017. http://www.scencyclopedia.org/sce/entries/dark-corner/.
  28. Crain, J. Dean. “A Mountain Boy’s Life Story.” Greenville, SC: The Baptist Courier. 1914. Page 65.
  29. Howard, Henry Jacob. “From These Roots: The Story of North Greenville Junior College, 1892-1967.” Page 39.

 

His Grandfather and Son Attended Same School — Without Knowing It

“Unknown at the time, my son chose the same school that my grandfather chose so many years ago — under such different circumstances.

See, my grandfather James Hamilton Carr (’24) graduated from North Greenville as a WWI veteran and Purple Heart recipient in 1924. He had joined the army underage and with no high school education.

My great-grandparents gladly signed off on his enlistment — I’ll just say because he wasn’t a follower of Christ at the time!

After being gassed in the trenches of a battlefield and nearly dying in a French hospital, [my grandfather] gave his life to Christ and committed to becoming a medical missionary. His brother — my great uncle Irving Pomeroy Carr, who was an Army officer — found him after many months of searching for him in hospitals throughout Europe.

Uncle Irving later settled in Florence, SC, practicing dentistry. He helped my grandfather enroll at North Greenville to receive a high school education.

As of about four years ago, the Registrar’s Office still had my grandfather’s transcripts, and on them, “Irving Pomeroy Carr” was listed as the contact when I obtained a copy for my father. The final entry states that Mr. Carr picked up a copy of his transcripts and would be attending Furman in the fall. He ended up attending and graduating from Mercer, instead.

I don’t know the story as to how or why my grandfather chose North Greenville, but my son James Hackler Carr (’17) chose it for a Christ-centered education. He graduated with a degree in business administration on May 5, 2017.

It always brings tears to my eyes thinking about my grandfather walking those same hills almost 100 years before his great-grandson, whom he never knew. And I am sure that he would be proud!”

Editorial Note:

After receiving this submission from James Edward Carr, we decided to learn more about his great-grandfather’s time at North Greenville.

During his senior year at North Greenville Baptist Academy, James “Jimmie” Hamilton Carr was active on campus as a leader in various student organizations. He served as vice president of the ACH Literary Society; vice president of the Dean Crain Ministerial Band; and treasurer and then, subsequently, quiz leader of the Grandpa Taylor Baptist Young People’s Union (BYPU).

The following quote ran alongside his senior profile in the 1924 issue of “The Moonshiner” annual: “A mind to conceive, a heart to resolve, and a hand to execute.”

Photo: James Edward Carr

Story By James Edward Carr

 

NGC Women’s Auxiliary Board Established

Thirty-three founding members of the North Greenville College Women’s Auxiliary Board held an inaugural meeting on Monday, August 26, 2002, on the North Greenville College campus. The women were invited to campus to attend chapel service and a luncheon meeting. Guest speaker for chapel and lunch was North Greenville alum, Kelly McCorkle, Miss South Carolina 2002.

During this meeting the purpose of the organization was set forth: to acquaint members and guests with North Greenville College, its faculty and students, and to promote the interests of the College. The organization will serve in a supportive capacity in promoting the programs of North Greenville College, in creating and developing awareness and goodwill in the general public, and in channeling the goodwill into active support of the College. The organization shall be dedicated to aiding and supporting the College in its quest to afford to every student a quality education in a biblically sound, Christ-centered environment. The organization will strive without compromise to increase friends, funds and enrollment for the College.

Officers were elected as follows: Barbara McCormick, President; Ruth McWhite, President-Elect; Gretchen Epting, V.P. Membership; Deborah Tingle, V.P. Special Events; Dianne Stewart, V.P. Publicity; Missy Edwards, Corresponding Secretary & Secretary; Elise Styles, Assistant Secretary; Doris Todd, Treasurer; Virginia Russell, Parliamentarian; Cathy Sepko, Historian; Betty Jo Craft, Chaplin; Daphne Moore, Telephone.

Founding members of the North Greenville College Women’s Auxiliary Board Elise Styles, Elaine King, Daphne Moore, Martha Fowler, Ruth McWhite, Christine Brashier, Mary Mitchell, Polly Davis, Betty Brown, Julie Styles, Betty Jo Craft, Virginia Russell, Gretchen Epting, Doris Todd, Kathy Runion, Barbara McCormick, Susan Howell, Lucile Sullivan, Missy Edwards, Yvonne Durham, Patt Fero, Cathy Sepko, Dianne Stewart, and Deborah Tingle.

North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2003

A Dream Come True

Being Miss South Carolina has always been a dream of Kelly McCorkle, and now it is a dream come true. On July 13, 2002, this Greenville native’s life was changed forever.

McCorkle, 23, is a member of Taylors First Baptist Church. Being a Christian and a Southern Baptist “has been a foundation for all the decisions in my life. Growing up at Taylors First Baptist has influenced my life greatly,” said McCorkle.

“I have been able to speak in churches, schools, civic organizations, even to alternative settings like homes for troubled boys and share my faith and belief in Jesus Christ,” McCorkle explained. “I have been able to use Psalms 1 as a passage to show how staying out of trouble and in the Will of God will take you far in life.”

Learning disabilities form McCorkle’s platform. She hopes that her struggle and triumph over her learning disability will send the message to children with learning disabilities that they too can make it far in life and become successful. McCorkle’s ultimate goal for this year is to work with the government of South Carolina to get an Alternative Diploma Bill passed. This will allow students with learning disabilities the chance to earn a high school diploma and even continue to college.

Her favorite part of wearing the crown is getting to meet people of all different backgrounds. “I love to go around the state and speak to people. I love to meet them even more, to talk to them and get to know them, from babies to senior citizens,” stated McCorkle.

A December 2001 graduate of North Greenville College, McCorkle says that the time she spent at North Greenville College prepared her for the year of wearing the crown and being the hostess for South Carolina. “I love and appreciate NGC; you don’t realize how much it does for your heart and soul. I’ll never forget what North Greenville College has done for me,” she said. Having graduated from NGC with a B.A. in Mass Communication, Kelly said that she feels more comfortable with the media because she knows how it works.

McCorkle just recently returned from the Miss America pageant where she was a top 15 finalist. “There was a flood of emotion when they announced my name, then I started thinking that I was first and that I would have to get ready. My mind was focused on what I had to do,” stated McCorkle. She also said that she felt disappointed when she did not make the next cut; however, she knew “God is bigger than the Miss America pageant. He could have worked it out for me to win. I know God has a reason for me being Miss South Carolina this year. I am just a willing servant of His.”

McCorkle is currently traveling around the state speaking to different groups and organizations. Her goal is to have a speaking engagement every day. She stressed, “I really hope that I hear from churches, civic organizations, schools, and a lot of other people asking me to come to speak. I love to share my testimony, and I want to let everyone know how God can do anything, like He did in my life, as someone with a learning disability.”

McCorkle’s plan after this year is to go into public relations. “I am not sure where God wants me right now; hopefully during this year a door will be open. I would love to work for a non-profit organization, the military, or a big corporation,” she stated. McCorkle continues, “My life goal is to try to serve God in whatever capacity he has for me. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, ‘For I know the plans that I have for you said the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Article published in the Spring 2003 issue of the North Greenville College Magazine.

A Legacy of Love – Rose Neves Clayton

Rose N. Clayton, North Greenville College nurse for 20 years died on September 25, 2002 at the age of 99.

Rose was the daughter of the late Albert and Edna Whildon Neves and a native of Greenville County. She attended North Greenville Academy in 1917-1918 and after finishing at North Greenville went on to Brevard College and from there to Nashville where she started her nursing training at Vanderbilt Medical University Hospital. She was called home from Vanderbilt because of her father’s illness and finished her nursing degree at the Baptist Hospital in Columbia. After receiving her degree, she worked in Columbia in community nursing.

She was assigned through the International Mission Board to San Jose, Costa Rica where she helped build a mission hospital. She remained there for five years when she became ill and had to come home. She intended to go back but never did.

Once she was home she worked for Greenstreet Baptist Church as a nurse as well as community mission work in the Spartanburg area. She met her husband, Eber Clayton in Spartanburg. They had one son, Neves Clayton.

Eber passed away when Neves was young, so Rose had to fall back on her nursing to support her son and her. She was working as the nurse for summer camps at North Greenville College when she met Dr. M.C. Donnan. He saw her here working over the summer and said to her, “Ms. Rose, you need to come to North Greenville to work.” So she did. Neves was nine when his mother moved them to campus. They lived in a small apartment below the nurse’s office. Neves remembers students spending the night in the infirmary, and his mother staying up all night taking care of them.

The infirmary was located in the old student center which was located where the Donnan Administration building and Neves Dining Hall are currently located. It wasn’t until later that the Tuttle Clinic was built; however, Ms. Rose was the first to live in it.

According to Neves Clayton, his mom was known for her sore throat remedy, which the students hated. She would get a long cotton swab and put medicine on it and swab the back of their throat with it.

Rose saw her Christian calling to be in medicine. Even while at North Greenville, she would go out into the community and provide her services for free. She tried to take care of folks in the community. “North Greenville was a challenge and home for my mom,” stated Neves.

Ms. Rose Neves Clayton was survived by her son, Neves Clayton, three grandchildren, Angela McLeese and Mark and Jonathan Clayton; and a great-grand-child, Justin McLeese.

Article published in the Spring 2003 issue of the North Greenville College Magazine.

BSU Ministry Celebrates a Quarter Century of Singing

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Joyful Sound has grown in number and influence since the group started in the 70’s. Above is the 1979-80 group.

Joyful Sound, the Baptist Student Union ensemble, turned 25 years old this past spring. A homecoming concert was held March 28, 2003, at Turner Chapel featuring music and members from the present as well as years past.

Joyful Sound was founded in 1978 by Mike Baker and Mayson Easterling as an outreach ministry of the college. Baker, who left and entered into full-time evangelism in 1981, served as Music Director with Easterling handling management duties. “The first Joyful Sound groups had no van, trailer, sound system, equipment, outfits or scholarships,” said Baker. “they just wanted to minister and today’s members should thank them for the foundation they laid.”

Other Music Directors have included Dale and Gina Sellers, Eddie Anders and NGC Campus Minister, Dr. Steve Crouse, who recently agreed to resume serving after Rick Kirby’s death last summer. Easterling, NGC’s Executive Director for Denominational Relations, continues to manage the group and also is celebrating 25 years on the college staff.

Easterling estimates that the group “has visited more South Carolina Baptist churches than any other ministry team over the past 25 years. They have shared in over 1,300 SCBC churches since 1977,” he said.

Approximately 200 students have served in the ensemble, many of whom are serving in local churches in full-time ministry or as active lay persons. A second team was added in 1995 with the support of the late Ira Craft and the Cecil B. Day Foundation. “We added a second team because churches were having to schedule us two or more years in advance,” said Easterling. Since that time, the combined teams have averaged 160 concerts per academic year.

In addition to church concerts, the group shares in schools, nursing homes, conferences, and prisons. They have also served in mission projects to the Dakotas, West Virginia, New England, Hawaii, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. This past spring break, one team made a mission trip to Ecuador, while the other toured Virginia, including a chapel program at the International Mission Board in Richmond.

Asked about the impact of Joyful Sound on the college and South Carolina Baptist, Dr. Jimmy Epting, NGC President, commented, “There is no question that Joyful Sound has made a tremendous difference for Jesus Christ both on and off campus. Their music has been excellent, but more importantly, their Christian commitment has been contagious and refreshing.”

Photo: Twenty-five years of Joyful Sound members fill the stage as they sing in front of a packed crowd at Turner Chapel on March 28, 2003.

Article printed in the Fall 2003 issue of the North Greenville College Magazine.

New Residence Hall Named in Honor of Dr. and Mrs. Roberson

Why hold on to something when it can mean more to someone now? That is the philosophy of Georgia Roberson and the late Marshall Roberson. That belief was realized as the Marshall H. & Georgia T. Roberson Residence Hall was dedicated on March 19, 2003, on the campus of North Greenville College.

Despite the damp weather, Mrs. Roberson of Anderson, SC, and many of her family and close friends visited North Greenville to take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony, a chapel service, and a luncheon that offered NGC students an opportunity to express thanks to Mrs. Roberson and other college supporters.

Dr. Roberson, who passed away on May 17, 2002, was a lifelong advocate of higher education. He received his undergraduate degree from McMasters University in Hamilton, Ontario; Masters of Theology from Immanuel Bible College in 1969; his Doctor of Theology from the University of Marietta in Marietta, GA in 1971. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Immanuel Bible College in 1968. His first pastorate was at Hill Park Baptist Church in Atlanta. He then served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Anderson from 1955 until 1969 at which time he resigned from the ministry to go into business. He founded American Sentry Burglar & Fire Alarm Company in Anderson and in 1971 bought Anderson Answering Service. He was Founder, President and Owner until 1997 when he sold the business which is now known as Blue Ridge Security. He also owned the Carolina Institute of Aeronautics, where he was a flight instructor. This is where he and Georgia met. They were married on March 29, 1964.

Mrs. Roberson worked for Clemson University with the Cooperative Extension Service. She was also Vice-President, Secretary, Co-Founder, and partner in business with Dr. Roberson at American Sentry while working at Clemson. She retired from Clemson after 34 years of service. She is a 1945 graduate of Winthrop University and received her Masters in 1958 from the University of Maryland. The Robersons have been faithful members and financial supporters of First Baptist Church, Anderson.

At the ribbon cutting, Dr. Steve Crouse, Campus Minister, expressed, “Inside this residence hall right now, there are young ladies who will become missionaries and take the gospel to countries we may have never heard of; there are young ladies who will be teachers and shape the next generation of leaders and there are young ladies who will go out into the business world and impact the culture in that way. All of this is possible because of people like Mrs. Roberson who give sacrificially so that students can come to this campus.”

President, Dr. James Epting, also thanked all those in attendance and expressed gratitude to Mrs. Roberson for helping make the residence hall a reality. “We are so grateful for what Mrs. Roberson has done,” said Epting. “This college would not be where it is at today, without people like the Robersons.” Two portraits of Dr. and Mrs. Roberson were unveiled and hang in the lobby of the residence hall bearing their name.

“Why hold on to something when it can mean more to someone now?” That has never been truer than it is in the life of the Robersons.

Article printed in the Fall 2003 issue of the North Greenville College Magazine.

Record Graduating Class Hears $1 Million Announcement

Dr. T. Walter Brashier, Sr., investor and evangelist from Greenville, delivered his commencement address before family and friends of 186 North Greenville college graduates in Turner Chapel on Thursday, May 5th. This marks the largest single graduating class in the school’s 113-year history.

Brashier encouraged the graduates to never lose sight of their purpose for being born; to serve God. He stressed the importance for them to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. “You’ve taken your final exam at North Greenville. But you still have one more final exam and God calls it ‘The Judgement.’

At the conclusion of his address, Brashier was awarded an honorary Doctor of Christian Leadership degree and was hooded by NGC President, Dr. Jimmy Epting. Dr. Anita K. Bowles, Executive Director for Academics and Rev. Bennie Durham, NGC Board Chairman.

In addition to being a memorable day for the graduates, the college was surprised with the announcement of a $1 million gift made by Dr. Brashier to name the college’s graduate school. The North Greenville College T. Walter Brashier Graduate School will offer graduate programs in Business and Christian Studies. Enrollment has already begun with 100 students expected.

“I was glad to do this for the school. I am sold on North Greenville College and its Christian leadership,” stated Brashier.

Brashier’s gift is not his first to North Greenville College. His support spans over a period of four decades.

In the early 70’s, Brashier built a twelve unit apartment type residence hall on the campus which currently houses female resident students and is named Brashier Hall. In the late 70’s he deeded a ten story building which housed the college’s downtown extension program. He has also supported many students with scholarship assistance.

“Walt has been a friend of North Greenville College for a long time and the college is excited about having his name on this graduate school. It will make a tremendous difference for many years to come,” said NGC President, Dr. Jimmy Epting.

He and Christine are members of Berea First Baptist Church in Greenville. They have four children: Ted, Tim, Tommy, Kathy and eleven grandchildren. One of their grandchildren, Christy Brashier, was a member of NGC’s 2005 graduating class.

Article published in the Fall 2005 North Greenville College Magazine.

Historic Building Remains Part of Tigerville

Despite wet conditions earlier in the week, North Greenville College was successful in keeping the old Tigerville Elementary School building a part of the rural community landscape. The college moved the seventy year old building a few yards down N. Tigerville Road to a prepared location facing the main college campus.

North Greenville College’s rapid growth from 329 students to 1,800 over the past decade has caused the school to need additional facilities for its academic programs.

Permission was granted last fall by the Greenville County School Board for the old structure to be given to the college and is ideal for one of the college’s needs.

“The building will be converted into a 100-seat theatre and classrooms for our theatre department,” stated NGC President Dr. Jimmy Epting. “We hope to have the building operational by next spring or fall 2006,” Epting added.

The college is thrilled with the addition of this historic structure to their campus. “The building is historic to this area and we are honored to make it a part of our campus and keep it in the community,” Epting said.

Article published in the Fall 2005 issue of the North Greenville College Magazine.

An Underdog That Has Gone The Distance And Will Win The Day

Cinderella ManCliff Hollingsworth (’72), a Barnwell, SC native, anxiously awaits the release of his original screenplay, The Cinderella Man, in March 2005.

Currently filming in Toronto, Ontario, it promises to be an Oscar favorite for 2005. After all, Universal/Miramax has chosen the same Oscar winning team from A Beautiful Mind: actor Russell Crowe, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer. If that’s not enough, Oscar winning actress, Renee Zellweger will headline as Crowe’s wife, Mae.

The premise is the story of boxer Jim Braddock, who in 1935, in one of boxing’s greatest upsets, defeated Max Baer in 15 rounds to become heavyweight boxing champion. Braddock was called Cinderella Man because he showed the world, coming out of the Great Depression, that an underdog could go the distance and win the day.

This is the story of Jim Braddock and ironically the story of Cliff Hollingsworth. Both overcame overwhelming odds to rise through the ranks and eventually defeat obstacles that were in the way of success. Certainly with a star-studded cast and crew as this, Hollingsworth has won the first round in a produced screen writing career.

Universal has delayed the picture’s release until March 2005, claiming it needs more time to mount a marketing campaign for the Oscars. Originally set for a Dec. 17 release, the film had been considered a potential Oscar contender in the 2004 race, but now it will have to take aim at 2005 instead.

Cinderella Man was originally scheduled to start filming in Toronto on January 1, but star, Russell Crowe, didn’t want to be on set when his wife, Danielle Spencer, gave birth to their first child.

Crowe is still undergoing intense physiotherapy following his “arthroscopic debridement and repair surgery” for a dislocated shoulder, suffered during boxing training in Australia. In 2000 he injured the same shoulder training for Flora Plum, weeks away from its production start. With sets already built and film crew hired, that project was eventually shelved.

Crowe is not alone when it comes to shoulder pains and arm discomfort. From his boxing days as a young teen, Hollingsworth now suffers from tendinitis in his shoulder and wears a gel patch over his forearm. “It is from hitting a punching bag all those years and it has caught up with me later in life,” stated Hollingsworth.

After Hollingsworth’s graduation from NGC in 1972 he finished his bachelors degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and also his masters in education. It was in his final year of graduate school, in 1978, that he knew he wanted to give screen writing a try.

“My first elbow surgery was in 1978. I was told that it would take about six months to heal, but it took a year and a half,” he said. “I couldn’t type, but I managed to write some scripts while my elbow was healing.” He went to Los Angeles in early 1982 to give “Hollywood” a shot.

His arduous climb to become a successful screenwriter became evident as soon as he arrived in California. “The scripts that I first had were in the wrong format. So I took some classes at Sherwood Oaks Film College to learn to write in the correct format,” said Hollingworth. “I would write a lot out there and come back to visit my mother in Barnwell and have an intense typing period where I would type for several hours a day and then go back to LA to try again.”

Having his scripts in the accepted format was his first hurdle, but finding an agent was his biggest hurdle. “No one will accept anything that is not from an agent signatory with The Writers Guild. You can have another Gone With The Wind, but it won’t get read unless it comes from an agent. It’s like climbing Mt. Everest.”

Writer’s Guild published a list of talent agents that included 54 who would accept unsolicited material from anonymous writers. He wrote a letter and included four completed scripts with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to all 54 agents, informing them that he was looking for representation.

“Only four of them bothered to respond with a scribble that they were too swamped to consider new material,” Hollingsworth said. He couldn’t get an agent to read anything. This went on for about eight years.

He took a writing class from an elderly woman, Veda Thomas, that was “a bottom run agent” and not well connected in the industry. However, she was an agent and she submitted some scripts for him. None were sold, but he was encouraged by the positive responses.

In the early 90’s there was a glimmer of hope form a new motion picture company called Pacific Arts Group that wanted to produce one of his scripts, but because of the bad economy, funding fell through.

Hollingsworth’s agent, Veda Thomas, retired and he was left again without an agent, putting him back to square one.

A friend, Ed McCormick of Blackville, SC, looked into starting an agency for Cliff and getting signatory with The Writer’s Guild, which is the good housekeeping seal of approval, said Hollingsworth. This came into fruition and the McCormick, Bagwell & Associates Agency opened.

However, the problem with this was that it was viewed as a total fly away agency on the East coast. People on the West coast will hardly ever accept anything from an agency on the East coast. “So I was up against it again,” said Hollingsworth.

Occasionally, McCormick was able to get a script through and eventually was called in for a studio meeting. But these meetings never brought him a sale. This same scenario continued for four years.

In 1996, about the time Hollingsworth felt like throwing in the towel to pursue another line of work, they got the Cinderella Man script to Penny Marshall’s production company. Marshall loved it and took it to Universal Studios, which optioned to purchase the screenplay.

Six months later, in February 1997, negotiations were finalized. Irby Walker, a Conway attorney, alongside McCormick, handled the negotiations. “I owe a great deal of gratitude to those two individuals,” said Hollingsworth.

Delays in film production are typical, especially when a studio views a picture as a potential award winner. Orchestrating the cream of the crop in the film industry has caused numerous production delays. It seems however, that sometime in 2005 Cinderella Man will be released.

“I’ve done a lot of research through the years and written a lot of screenplays, I am anxious to send these off,” states Hollingsworth.

The Hollingsworth story is no less inspirational than the story of Jim Braddock. Cliff’s struggles to overcome overwhelming odds to become a produced screenwriter has spread over a span of twenty-six years. Cinderella Man is proving to be the breakthrough project Hollingsworth has been waiting for.

Two thumbs up for Hollingsworth. It seems an underdog, like Hollingsworth, has gone the distance and will win the day, just as Braddock did in his heavyweight fight in 1935.

Article printed in the Spring 2004 North Greenville College Magazine.

Gethsemane Unveiled

While most of the nation was still buzzing over Mel Gibson’s The Passion, North Greenville College unveiled part of their passion by dedicating a new addition to campus on Maundy Thursday, April 8, 2004.

A bronze sculpture of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane in the final hours of his earthly life was unveiled to the campus community in the William M. and Willice P. Anthony Prayer Garden.

This sculpture, created by local sculptor Douglas R. Young, is the third life-size bronze sculpture to be added to the campus.

“This sculpture completes the focus of North Greenville College and gives a greater understanding of the college’s vision,” stated Jacks Tingle, Executive Director for Development. “The sculpture can not change minds or hearts, but it can tell a story of what North Greenville College is.”

The third bronze portrayal of Jesus finalizes the three focuses of North Greenville College: Evangelism, Servanthood, and Prayer. “Through this sculpture, Doug did a splendid job of capturing Jesus praying in Gethsemane. It completes our prayer garden and enhances our passion of sharing Him with others,” stated Dr. Jimmy Epting, NGC president. “After all, we want our students to graduate, but more importantly, we want them to have Jesus in their hearts.”

The Upstate of South Carolina may be familiar with Doug Young for his sculpture of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson located in Greenville’s Historic West End.

“It is one thing to do a portrait sculpture of someone like ‘Shoeless Joe,’ it is something else to convey an emotion in a sculpture of a subject with which you have a personal relationship,” stated Young. “I hope this sculpture has a long reaching impact, not just in years, but that people will reflect on that moment of sacrifice; not focus on the work or on the artist, but the subject.”

A Closer Look: The Three NGC Sculptures

Divine Servant_blogstory.jpgTitle: Divine Servant
Installed: 1996
Location: Joe F. and Eleanor Hayes Ministry Center
Sculpture: Max Greiner, Jr.
Focus Represented: Servanthood
The Divine Servant was the first of the three sculpture to be installed and is the first on visitors see when they arrive on campus.

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Title: Fishers of Men
Installed: 2000
Location: Averyt-Wood Learning Center
Sculptor: Max Greiner, Jr.
Focus Represented: Evangelism

 

 

 

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Title: Gethsemane
Installed: 2004
Location: William M. and Willice P. Anthony Prayer Garden
Sculptor: Douglas R. Young
Focus Represented: Prayer
 

 

Article printed in the Spring 2004 issue of the North Greenville College Magazine.

One Story….Among Thousands

I will never be able to forget my freshman year at college, even if I try. I was the first person to come to North Greenville from my hometown, since the ‘60s. I was a tall, skinny kid with a bad haircut, who knew absolutely no one and had no idea what he wanted to do with his life.

I was actually succeeding in not having anyone notice me, that is until I stepped into British Literature I with Dr. Dee Bielecki. She wouldn’t let me or anyone else blend in and not be noticed. She noticed and cared about you.

My goal for the class was to sit in the back, not talk to anybody, and make good grades. She helped with the good grades, but she also helped me not to be a wallflower.

On two separate occasions, she focused the entire attention of the class on me. Once we were studying a poem that mentioned, “raven hair,” and she told everyone to turn around and look at my hair.

The other time she was telling us to get with other classmates and form study groups. She then told the class that if they were really smart they would want me in their study group because I had the highest grade in the class. Her saying that made me think, “You know what , maybe I can do this college thing.”

After that class my freshman year, I never had the opportunity to have Dr. Bielecki for another class, but I learned a lot in that one class. She helped me develop a love for English and a love for writing, which helped to deepen our friendship. I took my passion for writing to The Skyliner.

I started stepping into the light a little on my own, by writing an opinion column for the paper. I could always count on her honest opinion about my work. After one column, she flatly told me that my ideas in it “were stupid.”

Regardless whether she agreed with my opinions or not, she always encouraged me to keep writing. Our opinions often were opposite of each other, but I have never had so much respect for someone that I disagree with so much. I know her heart. Her selfless, Christ-like love was a tremendous example to me and to countless others who sat under her as students and walked beside her as a friend. North Greenville will lose a tremendous person this spring when Dr. Bielecki retires after 15 years of teaching at NGC.

I am not the same boy that came to NGC. I’m still tall, but I think I have taken care of the other two for good or bad. The other things that have changed are a direct result of Dr. Bielecki’s impact on my life. She wouldn’t let me get by without knowing anyone. If I didn’t know anyone else, I knew her. I left her class, confident enough to no longer avoid the spotlight. I made friends, met my wife, and now speak at churches near my home. She forced me to be seen, forced me to make myself heard. She also helped me discover my love for writing and expressing my opinion. Still today, she encourages me to work on a book I am writing. That is just who she is, a constant encourager. She cares intimately about each student and wants to see them succeed. This is just my story, one of the thousands of stories, of how Dr. Bielecki changed a life.

Article written by Aaron Earls (’01), North Greenville College Magazine managing editor, for the Spring 2004 issue.

 

A Friend of President Jimmy Carter Cecil McCall (’58) Saw History Happen

From being the first generation in his family to attend college, to being friends with the President of the United States, Cecil Emmit McCall (’58) has experienced history first hand.

He attended North Greenville in 1958. His friend Don Rogers, who would later become a contributing writer to the Foxfire Series, referred him to NGC where McCall became a day student and commuted from his hometown of Pickens, SC. He is the youngest son of the late L.D. and Minnie McCall of Pickens, South Carolina.

While at NGC, two professors from the English department made a significant impact on his life: Dr. Flynn and Dean Howard. He remembers Dr. Flynn requiring long hours of research in the library, and that Dean Howard had a quick wit. Cecil aspired to become a writer and set out to accomplish his goals.

His career has taken all over the country as a speaker, fundraiser, writer, and consultant. While attending USC, he became a page for the South Carolina State Senate, where his love of politics blossomed. Upon graduation, the National Foundation of Infantile Mortalities, currently known as the March of Dimes foundations hired him as a speaker and fundraiser. He was quickly promoted within the organization and was initially transferred to Lexington, Kentucky, where his territory would become the 65 counties in and around the Lexington area. Within two weeks of moving to Kentucky, his secretary introduced him to Jean Patterson. At the time, Miss Patterson was the BSU director for Berea College. Jean would later become Mrs. Cecil McCall.

His career path continued with the March of Dimes in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was promoted to be the regional director. He had the opportunity to meet Jimmy Carter and they became good friends. Mr. McCall would often visit the Carter family in Plains, Georgia, and would later recruit Jimmy Carter to be the Chairman of the Georgia Chapter for The March of Dimes.

When Jimmy Carter ran for governor of the state of Georgia, he recruited Cecil McCall to write the fundraising manual for the campaign and later was asked to join the Carter administration. When Governor Carter decided to run for President of the United States, McCall was often asked to share his expertise. McCall would become good friends with Jody Powell, who would later become President Carter’s Press Secretary, and Hamilton Jordan, who would later become President Carter’s Chief of Staff.

Once elected, President Carter brought McCall to Washington and appointed him to serve on the U.S. Parole Commission for a six-year term. There he would handle such case as Watergate figures John Mitchell, John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman. While on the commission, he also handled the case of publishing heiress Patty Hearst.

While living in Washington, McCall was often invited to watch movies at the White House with the President and his family. One evening while watching a movie, President Carter received a phone call stating that the Panama Canal treaty had just been signed. McCall was able to witness the unfolding of many historical events in the course of our country.

Upon completing his six-year term, with the last two under the Reagan administration, he returned to Atlanta with wife and two children, Jada and Jason. There he began a consulting business that has taken him all over the country consulting business that has taken him all over the country consulting on federal cases. Mr. McCall is now semi-retired and has moved away from the hustle of Atlanta to Dayton, Tennessee, where he resides with his wife, Jean.

Photo: Cecil McCall, shown above (right) with his wife, their two children and President Jimmy Carter, had a distinguished public service career, including serving under Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Article printed in the Spring 2004 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

A New Day For The Crusaders

A day that had been long awaited finally arrived at North Greenville College to the tears of some and the shouts of all. Shovels were placed in the ground and soil was moved to signify the beginning of construction on the college’s $10 million athletic complex. The first phase, which includes a football stadium and a soccer stadium, will be completed in time for the 2004 football and soccer season.

Hundreds of student-athletes lined a walkway and greeted guests, whild the school’s marching band and other students marched across Highway 414 from the main campus to the site of the complex.

The Crusader Marching Band began the ceremony by introducing the new Crusader fight song. After the welcoming remarks, by NGC president Dr. James B. Epting, the school’s maintenance department provided music.

Chairman of the North Greenville College Board of Trustees Dr. Arnold Emery introduced Dr. B. Carlisle Driggers, Executive Director-Treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. In his introduction, Emery told of a time in 1992 when the school was near closing and many in the SCBC were discussing the possibility of shutting down the college. “Dr. Driggers encouraged the Executive Committee (of the SCBC) to wait and pray, believing that God would bless the college,” said Emery. “Ultimately, that is what happened.” This brought tears to many in attendance, especially those who remembered the bleak times at NGC and who have dreamed of and heard about a future athletic complex. For them the future is now and they cried tears of rejoicing.

Driggers and others spoke on the theme of the event; “Rise Up and Build” – Nehemiah 2:18. “The Jewish people had a vision during that day to see the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt,” said Driggers. “Today, Dr. Epting and those at this college have a vision to see this athletic complex become a reality.”

Many mentioned the need for instilling morals and godly character in students, as Dr. David Smith, pastor of Enoree Baptist Church, said, “Among the students here will be doctors, lawyers, educators, entrepreneurs, pastors, and missionaries, all who will go out as crusaders for the cause of Christ.”

A season of prayer took place in which faculty, staff, students, and area pastors prayed for the athletic complex and the impact it will have on the college, the students, and the community. Representatives from the Development and Athletic Department shared comments. Many of the people who are part of making the athletic complex possible were recognized including Dr. Melvin and Dollie Younts, the namesake of the stadium, Tony and Margaret Fogle, the namesake of the field and Dr. Hewlett and Lucile Sullivan, namesake of the president’s box. The Younts, Fogles, Sullivans, and other officials then picked up a shovel and a hard hat and officially began a new era in Crusader Athletics.

The Executive Director for the Athletic Foundation Dr. William Mitchell expressed his excitement over the event and the future of athletics at North Greenville. “It is great to see positive results from all of the hard work and preparation that went into this day,” he said. “We look to see the hard work and preparation continue to pay off for the future.”

Dr. Epting summed up the event this way; “It is a thrill to experience God working in a marvelous way. We are an educational institution, working with the mind, but we also deal with the heart. Now looking at these new athletic facilities makes it evident that we are also dealing with the physical. When you put the mind, heart, physical together and integrate it with Jesus Christ, as the spiritual element, then and only then, can a person be totally developed. That is why it is a thrill to see these new facilities which enhance the total growth of individuals at NGC.”

Photo: From left: Dr. Bill Mitchell, Jacks Tingle, Bill Lindsey, Dr. Carlise Driggers, Lucile Sullivan, Dr. Hewlett Sullivan, Dr. Melvin Younts, Dollie Youngs, Tony Fogle, Margaret Fogle, Dr. Arnold Emery, and Dr. James B. Epting.

Article published in the Spring 2004 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter

Professor Leaves a Legacy of Love

It any one word describes Dr. Dee Bielecki, it’s love. It’s what she called people. She would tell her students: “Love, let’s pray about this” or “Love, you can do better.” It’s how she lived. She was always there to love everyone, no matter what.

Dr. Dee Bielecki, 73, impacted thousands of people with her love for them, and her Lord. Saturday, July 8, she passed away leaving behind a legacy that will carry on long after her.

Bielecki retired in 2004 after 15 years of teaching at North Greenville and was presented with an honorary doctorate of letters and was the commencement speaker.

She was a constant encourager to everyone who entered her classroom or her office.

For a decade and a half at NGU she taught in the Humanities Division. Bielecki helped to start the interdisciplinary studies degree program and served as an advisor to the Black Student Fellowship/Brothers and Sisters Fellowship.

A native of Piedmont, SC, Bielecki graduated from Furman University with a B.A., University of Puerto Rico with a M.A., University of Hartford with a M.Ed., and Fordham University with a Ph.D. She taught children of military and government officials in Puerto Rico for 32 years. She was involved in numerous civic organizations. At the time of her death, Bielecki was the Commissioner of the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service. She was a member of the Oconee County School District board of trustees and a deacon at Seneca Presbyterian Church. “Dee was a champion for teaching and learning,” said Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Oconee County Superintendent.

Nine weeks ago she had an accidental fall and had a subsequent concussion that caused bleeding and seizures. She was sent directly to the hospital where she stabilized from the injury, but still had trouble walking and remembering.

In the rehab unit, she unfortunately got a staph infection that put her in ICU the first time. She managed to recover from that and went back to rehab. Then two weeks later, she got pneumonia which put her back in ICU for another week. She was then moved to the pulmonary treatment floor of Greenville Memorial.

She seemed to be doing better, even laughing and talking with Dr. Cathy Sepko, Humanities Division Chair, and Shur Gopal, Mass Communication Professor, on a July 4 visit. However, she had a turn for the worse Friday, July 7. She began having breathing and heart problems and was taken back to ICU. Her kidneys failed and she was put on dialysis. She continued to decline and was placed on life support on Saturday. She died at 5 p.m.

She is survived by her husband Andy, four sons, three daughter-in-laws, nine grandchildren, and two sisters.

A memorial service was held the following Wednesday, July 12 with many from NGU participating. Rev. Ben Smoak (’01) spoke at the service. Tim Hendrix (’05) played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. He also played the mandolin and joined Allison Staley (’05) and Amanda Staley (’05) on violins for “I’ll Fly Away.”

Her colleague and close friend, Dr. Sepko aptly wrote of Bielecki, “I am reminded of a quote that seems fitting of the way she lived her life: ‘Live your life so that when you are born you cry, but others rejoice at your coming, and when you die, you rejoice as you are going while those left behind weep.’ I am weeping because I have lost one of the best friends that I ever had. I am sure, however, that she is rejoicing.”

Article published in the Fall 2006 issue of the North Greenville University Magazine.

Memories of Dr. Bielecki

“Every time our class would meet she would ask for prayer requests, shape her hand like a cup and place the request in her hand. She was using her hands to symbolize that she was taking those requests to Christ.” – Erin Wall (’00)

“I took Dr. Bielecki for a number of classes during my time at North Greenville. Why…because she cared for me as not only a student, but a person. Sometimes when I lacked discipline she was always there to give an encouraging word.” – Cayman Lucy (’04)

“Dr. Dee Bielecki was such an inspiration to me while I was in college. There were times when it got tough and I wanted to quit, but she was always there to lift me up with encouraging words.” – Jason Ross (’98)

“Dr. Bielecki was a great mentor of mine at NGU. She inspired me in so many ways it is hard to describe. She never compromised any of her beliefs and always encouraged others to do the same. I believe every student who talked with her was touched by her ministry at NGU.” – Melissa Barnette (’02)

“Dr. Bielecki was such a good mom to me as I was three hours away from the real thing. She taught me so many things. When I found out about my brain tumor, she told me that the Lord was doing this for a reason and the only way I would get through it would be totally depending on Him and as always, she was right.” – Barbie Craven (’04)

“She always had a sweet spirit and I always loved going to her class and running into her on campus. She was a blessing to have in my life and she will be greatly missed. I look forward to seeing her again.” – Mary Lane (’01)

“Dee was one of the best teachers I ever had, and made history live for me. I wanted to emulate her, and was so excited when she let me teach one of her classes when I was an older student. She coached me as I prepared the material, supported and encouraged me, and gave me helpful feedback.” – Anne Egan (Puerto Rico student)

“She infused me with an appreciation and love of history (and its relevance to current affairs) that I carry with me today – and over 20 years of U.S. diplomatic service – as I have during my undergraduate and graduate years in the study of foreign affairs and international relations.” – Juan Cruz (Puerto Rico student)

“Dee’s compassion grew from her faith. In my last visit with her, I asked if there was anything I could do before I left. She quickly responded that I could pray for her. I did. Our prayer together is my last and best memory.” – Lisa Van Riper (NGU professor)

“The last time I saw Dr. Bielecki, as usual, she didn’t want to talk about herself, but wanted to know how my daughter, Joy, was doing. She even called Joy on her cell phone from the hospital a few days before her death.” – Mayson Easterling (VP for Denominational Relations)

“The very first time I met Dee, we were at an English department meeting at one of the faculty members’ homes. She was late and she rushed up to me and gave me this big hug and said, “Love, you’re the one we’ve been praying would come. I’ve lit a candle for you!” – Dr. Becky Thompson (NGU professor)

“I still find myself wanting to pick up my cell phone to call her as she had made me promise to keep her up-to-date on the NGU happenings. Even after she retired two years ago, she kept close contact with her North Greenville family as she called us, showing up at ballgames, Sigma Tau Delta teas, and the Women’s Auxiliary Board meetings. She was a tireless educator, an advocate for students, and a dear colleague and friend, one who is missed almost daily by those who knew and loved her.” – Dr. Cathy Sepko (NGU professor).

Honoring her legacy

A fund has been set up to honor Dr. Dee Bielecki at NGU. First, the money will be used to repair and replenish the rocking chairs on the porch of White Hall. She placed the chairs there and spent many hours talking and encouraging in them. Funds will also be used to add books to the English collection in the library. To contribute contact the development office at (864) 977-7182.

A Tribute to Dr. Robert D. Barnes (’62)

The news in March 1999 newsletter of Dr. Robert Barnes’ (’62) death caused me to pause and remember one of my favorite professors of the many I had in junior college, senior college, and graduate school.

Dr. Robert D. Barnes, a gentle quiet intellectual . . . .

Registering as a beginning freshman at NGJC in September 1960 proved an intimidating experience for an 18 year old from a tiny (10 seniors) rural Kershaw County high school. Following registration, nearly all freshman excitedly asked each other, “Who’d you get for . . . ?” and “What time is your class?” and inquired of sophomores, “How hard is (s)he?” and “What’s (s)he like?” The replies led to extremes from euphoria to depression!

This writer found himself in an Old Testament History class under a Dr. Barnes. No one seemed to know about him except that he taught Greek to pre-ministerial students – Greek, the course so difficult that small groups spent hours trying to translate a brief paragraph! Armed with this bit of knowledge, an already terrified freshman (who had been placed in Jean martin Flynn’s freshman English class, affectionately called “Flynnglish”) wondered what lay in store!

On the first day of class, a fragile man slowly and with difficulty walked to the teacher’s desk. We later found our Dr. Barnes suffered from Muscular Dystrophy. He demonstrated an inordinate amount of courage, struggling up the hill to classes each day. One felt sympathy for the man who very deliberately and with great effort climbed the stairs to the second floor of the Donnan Building, carefully taking each step, occasionally resting after three or four steps and always resting for several minutes at each landing. Yet in spite of the obstacles, he cheerfully appeared for each class. One had to admire his courage and inner strength.

Once classes began, Dr. Barnes’ intellect became apparent. He had earned associate and bachelor degrees from Mars Hill (Junior) College and Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology with an emphasis on Geek New Testament from prestigious Edinburgh University in Scotland. We never learned how North Greenville hired an instructor with such credentials (freshman were too timid to ask “nosy” questions!)

Soon, however, we realized this man knew how to teach and inspire. He provided new and exciting ideas and knowledge for this writer while challenging him with probing, intellectual questions, expanding and re-forming a mind. This freshman, with the rural background from a tiny Baptist church served by under-educated preachers, found himself awed by the knowledge Dr. Barnes possessed and imparted.

For example, early in the semester, Dr. Barnes mentioned the apparently conflicting Creation accounts in Genesis. Instead of shattering one’s brittle (hard surface, yet thin and weak) faith, Dr. Barnes quietly explained that early Church leaders used multiple sources when compiling Genesis, and although there were occasional differences in the narratives, the true meaning of the account remained unchanged. He demonstrated that apparent contradictions in our Bible often proved less “troublesome” once one achieved knowledge of the background. Learning to place ideas in a broader context helped this writer later in graduate school.

Robert Barnes inspired and challenged his students. He taught them to think independently. He demonstrated the fundamental importance of combining knowledge and faith. After all, Robert Barnes was both an intellectual and a theologian who revealed to his students how to strengthen their faith through knowledge. He performed his teaching tasks well, in his gentle, quiet style.

Article written by Douglas T. Young (’62) and published in the September 1999 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Alumnus Steps Into Pulpit of Dallas First Baptist Church

Dr. Mac Brunson (’78) has been called as pastor at one of the largest Baptist churches in the southern Baptist Convention.

The head of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is leaving that post to become to become pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, a move approved by members of the church on May 9, 1999.

Asked whether they supported Brunson’s selection as pastor, those attending an evening service rose to their feet and cheered for two minutes before their new pastor reappeared. There was no formal vote on the hiring.

After the vote, Brunson quoted from Isaiah 66:2, showing how God looks favorably upon a man of humility.

“I’ll come to you and I’ll come to you humble,” Brunson said, “And I’ll come to you contrite in spirit and I come trembling at the word of God.”

The Dallas church was founded 1890 and claimed a membership of 9,705 as of last fall, including the Rev. Billy Graham.

Brunson, senior pastor of Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina, will be the first president of the Baptist State Convention in North Carolina to leave the post while in office. His term expires in November, but he will assume his duties at the First Baptist Church of Dallas around the first of July.

After two morning sermons on May 9th, Brunson read to the evening gathering from the book of Nehemiah and encouraged congregants to build the church into “the great evangelical flagship that He has called it out to be.”

“I want to tell you something,” he told the congregation. “If you vote to call me as your pastor tonight and you don’t come and join me in the work, I’m going to be the loneliest man in the state of Texas.”

Once in Dallas, Brunson will preside over a tradition-laden, 130-year-old ministry that include 9,705 members, 25 missions teams, a 400-bed night shelter, 300-plus ordained deacons, two day schools, and a college campus.

A graduate of North Greenville College, Furman University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Brunson.

His first pastorate was First Damascus Baptist Church in Greenwood. The church was cited for a gain in Sunday School enrollment of 55 percent in one year and competed education and fellowship facilities while he was pastor.

As pastor of the 3,400 member Green Street Baptist Church in High Point for seven years, attendance more than doubled and the congregation completed a $10 million expansion.

Of his appointment to Dallas First Baptist, Dr. Brunson stated, “I never anticipated a move such as this, never dreamed of being pastor of a large church.” He further added, “Some 15 months ago the interim pastor there, Dr. Ken Hemphill, called and told me he was going to put my name on the list as a candidate and I told him no.” Brunson said, “In October he called back and told me some others had placed my name on the list and he was going to put it there himself.” Hemphill encouraged him to let the Lord lead him.

Brunson met with the Dallas people twice before he and his wife, the former Debbie Devore of Greenwood, South Carolina, discussed the situation.

He commented, “We admitted this was what we believe the Lord was leading us to do. I wouldn’t make a final decision until after the vote.” The vote came Sunday night and it was unanimous to call him.

The church membership is between 11,000 and 12,000 with some 2,500 attending the night of the vote. Between 4,000 and 5,000 attended the Sunday morning services.

It was not an easy decision because, Brunson said, “the people at Green Street Baptist Church have been good to us. The North Carolina Baptists have been good to us. It has been a great ministry here.”

He stated, “my 12-year-old son probably put it best when he said, ‘half my heart hurts, half my heart is excited’ about the move to Texas. We’re excited about the potential there.”

Article reprinted with permission from The Index- Journal in the September 1999 issue North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Loyal Alumnus Leaves NGC Gift of $130,000 in Estate

Rev. Charlie F. Candler (’38), a retired South Carolina Baptist pastor, was a faithful supporter of his alma mater. He died on November 20, 1998, at the age of 92.

The college was the recipient of a check in the amount of $130,000, which was presented to college president, Dr. Jimmy Epting by Martha Candler Boling (’57), Candler’s daughter. This presentation was made during the annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon.

Candler came to the campus of North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1933. He was called to the ministry at the age of 33 and left a secure job and uprooted his wife, Lorene, and children to pursue a college education. He had received little formal education and decided that North Greenville Baptist Academy would meet his needs. It was with the help of Miss Harlee Cooper, his English teacher, he was able to catch up with other students in his reading and writing. Miss Cooper and several other teachers spent countless hours tutoring and encouraging him in his studies. He persevered and after completing his studies at North Greenville Baptist Academy and North Greenville Junior College, he continued his education at Furman University.

He spent his life seeking to share God’s love in any way he could. He served as pastor at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Greer, Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ware Shoals, Park Street Baptist Church in Easley, Siloam Baptist Church in Rock Hill, and Hopewell Baptist Church in Seneca. After retiring, he served twenty-three Baptist churches as interim pastor. He continued serving as an interim pastor until failing eyesight made reading and traveling difficult for him.

Candler was grateful for the start he received at North Greenville Baptist Academy and North Greenville College. He would often share that if not for the generosity and support of his family and friends, his education would not have been possible. He was also quick to point out that if not for the guiding hands of North Greenville Baptist Academy President, Dr. M. C. Donnan and the faithful faculty and staff, he would have never persevered the many hardships he faced.

The gift was placed in the Rev. Charlie and Lorene O. Candler Endowment Fund. It will yield scholarship dollars forever as the principal is invested and the interest income is used each year to provide scholarship dollars to worthy and needy students. The scholarship is designated for students seeking a degree in the Christian Studies area.

Article published in the September 1999 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Memory of NGC Student Kept Alive Through Scholarship

Sandra Cheryl Blackmon, an 18 year old freshman at North Greenville College, was excited to have three days off from school for fall break in 1985. She had planned to have her wisdom teeth removed while she was home in Florence, South Carolina. Her mother and stepfather, Thad and Johnnie White, own White’s Auto Truck Plaza on Interstate 20 in Florence.

One night her mom covered third shift so she could be available to take Sandy to the dentist the next day. Thad, Sandra’s stepfather, left her in the bed asleep to relieve Johnnie at work. Before Johnnie left the business, she called home. “No one answered. I felt a little anxious to get home to see about Sandra.” When she drove up in the yard, Sandra’s car was parked, “I still didn’t think anything, I felt like she could have possibly gone to the neighbor’s house for breakfast.” When Johnnie walked into the house, she noticed the television was gone. She walked into her daughter’s bedroom and found her, brutally murdered. The intruder knew that no one would be home during the shift change at their business, or so he thought. He waited until Thad left the house before he made his attempt to rob them. Not knowing Sandy was in the house, she startled him and he panicked.

The intruder was careful not to leave fingerprints at the scene; however, he made on critical error. In trying to escape the scene in Sandra’s car, he checked the ignition for the keys, as he knew the Whites sometimes left keys in their truck at the truck stop in case someone needed to use it. He found that the keys were not in the car and came back inside to look fro them in Sandra’s pocketbook. When he did, he left his palm print on her pocketbook. With the print, he was identified, and two weeks later he was captured.

The next week, the news about Sandra was conveyed to the North Greenville campus. Students, faculty, and staff were shocked and astounded with the news and the brutality of this murder. Bill Reese (’87), president of the 1985-86 freshman class, knew Sandra and decided to use his office as president to spearhead a fundraising campaign to raise money in her memory. “I went around campus talking to students, faculty, and staff,” states Mr. Reese. “As an expression of love, classmates erected a plaque in the student center in her memory.” Bill recollects, “The week before Sandy was killed, we had Christian Emphasis Week on our campus. The little green Gideon Bibles were given to everyone. Sandy’s mother later found her green Bible in her things, and in it Sandy had indicated that she had accepted Christ as her Savior during that week. It made me feel real good to know that.”

A scholarship fund, The Sandra Cheryl Blackmon Scholarship Fund, was then initiated by her mother and stepfather and other family and friends. “Bill Reese was the reason this scholarship fund was started. He was really the one to get the ball rolling,” exclaims Johnnie. “I never send flowers when there is a death. I send the money that I would spend on flowers to the scholarship fund at North Greenville. I encourage my family to do the same.” The fund is restricted for scholarships to Christian vocation students.

Today, this tragedy is still very fresh and painful for the family to talk about. It is comforting to them to know, however, that many students who attend North Greenville College will benefit from the love this family has for Sandra. Each student given this scholarship money receives a biographical sketch of this incident, explaining how the money that they are receiving developed. Sandra lives on, not only in the hearts of her family and friends, but also to the thousands of others who have been and will be educated at North Greenville College.

Article printed in the September 1999 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Renovations Enhance Campus

The renovation of Turner Auditorium is well on the way to being completed.

This major renovation which includes adding 400 more seats (to a 1,600 seating capacity) is scheduled for completion near the end of the fall semester.

The auditorium will be renamed Turner Chapel.

A steeple and clock tower have been added as well as stained glass windows.

Another highlight of the chapel is the Reuter Pipe Organ, scheduled for installation during the Christmas holiday.

The bi-weekly chapel services will continue in Hayes Gymnasium until the completion of this renovation project.

Article published in the September 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter

‘Fisher of Men’ Sculpture Placed on Campus

Fishers of Men_blogstory.jpgA bronze statue in the likeness of Jesus Christ arrived on campus in June from Wyoming. The 900-pound work of art was sculptured by Max Greiner, Jr., of Kerrville, Texas, and was cast into bronze by Eagle Bronze Company of Lander, Wyo.

The statue, given by Ronald (’67) and Laura Wood Messer (’67), Landrum, S.C., is in memory of Messer’s parents, T. Pralo and Helen R. Wood.

The seven-foot statue called Fishers of Men portrays Jesus Christ with outstretched hands holding a fishing net.

Each time I look at this magnificent work of art, I am reminded of the scripture found in Matthew 4:18-20, “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith uto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”

This statue, located in front of the Averyt/Wood Learning Center, will be a constant reminder to students, faculty, and staff to heed the call to follow Him.

Faithful supporters of the college through the years, Mr. and Mrs. Messer also gave the carillon in Hayes Ministry Center in memory of her mother, Helen R. Wood. Several times each day, this carillon plays beautiful sacred music which “floats across the campus” with reminders of God’s love for each of us.

Article published in the September 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Pipe Organ Dedicated

A dedication service was held on April 30, 2001, for the state-of-the-art Reuter Pipe Organ. This three-manual, 52-rank organ was made possible by a gift from Drs. Nesbitt and Martha M. Cline of Greenville, South Carolina.

Dr. Donald Hustad presented the dedicatory recital. A recording artist-pianist, organist arranger, and conductor, he currently serves as Senior Professor of Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Jackie Griffin, chair of the Fine Arts Division at NGC commented, “The college has been blessed with this wonderful instrument which will open many new avenues for teaching and performance for our students. We are very grateful to the Clines for their generosity.”

Article published in the September 2001 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Student Known As Great Encourager On Campus

To say that Steven Furtick is “on fire” for the Lord is an understatement. A sophomore mass communication major, Steven spends all of his free time at North Greenville College serving God both on and off the campus. It has been said by students, “Is this guy for real? Is he really this sincere?” He is often seen entering class, shaking hands with everyone he meets. His exuberance and love for his fellow man and for God are felt by everyone with whom he comes in contact.

A native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, he is a graduate of Berkeley High School. It was at the age of 16 that he was led to the Lord by another NGC student, Jody Jennings. Jody was traveling with Life Action Ministries, and one of Steven’s friends literally drug him to the church for this youth rally. An orange-haired member of a rock band, Steven had aspirations of becoming a rock star and moving to California to pursue his dream. He admits he was moved by the message at the rally that night, but was resistant, not wanting to give up his lifestyle and attitude. He relates that God had other plans as he turned his life over to him and rejoices in the peace, happiness, and fulfillment he has found in Jesus.

A Christian for three years, Steven states he is overwhelmed and humbled with his ability to share God’s message with anyone, even those with whom he has nothing in common. He has the ability to lead music, even though he cannot read music, to preach God’s word with no formal training. He said, “God has opened doors for me, and I realize I have so much yet to learn about life and God’s plan for my life, but I am committed to a life of service to Him.”

During high school he was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes as President and watched his group grow in number and commitment. He shares that the Berkeley High School FCA group is still active today under the leadership of a dynamic Christian leader. It was the experience that propelled Steven into a strong ministry with athletes in partnership with Campus Ministry and Athletic Ministries at NGC.

As a campus ministry intern, he is working with 21 athletes who have received Jesus since the beginning of the fall semester in a discipleship program to help establish them in their faith and to encourage them in their faith and to encourage growth in their new found faith.

During the summer of 1999, he traveled with a summer impact team as the team leader. This group, sponosred by NGC’s Baptist Student Union, included four other students. They traveled to Vermont, West Virginia, and all over South Carolina, leading Bible studies, church wide crusaders, youth rallies, visiting nursing homes, and doing door-to-door witnessing. Other team members include: Holly Boitnott, Joni Johnson, Seth Dean, and Grace Boyd. Although the team was formed for summer service, they continue to get requests to return to some of their summer destinations.

When asked about some of his experiences that have influenced him, he shares, “During my travels with the team with summer, we returned to my home church in Moncks Corner, SC. I, along with several friends, had been praying God would speak to my father. After my message, I was overwhelmed with His power when I saw my father coming down the aisle to recommit his life to Christ.” He added, “It’s been one and one-half months and my father continues to grow in his faith. My only regret is that I am away from home and not able to share this time with him.”

Steven plans to continue his education in seminary upon graduation from North Greenville College. Until that time, he remains committed to spreading the Good News of Christ with anyone who will listen.

Article printed in the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Florida Music Evangelist Following in Dad’s Footsteps

Most young men at the age of 15 are thinking about girls, cars, and having fun. Not many are serving as an interim minister of music as Larry McFadden (’66) was at that age.

“My dad was at the First Baptist Church of Lyman, then he went into evangelism work,” recalls McFadden, who is now 53. “The church asked me to be the interim and lead the music while they got somebody. I ended up doing that for a year. I look back on it and wonder how they entrusted me, a 15 year old, to do that. We had a 50 voice choir that was excellent.”

McFadden was also following in his father’s footsteps, the Rev. J. N. McFadden, who has been a music minister for more than 50 years. The younger McFadden was in Greer recently visiting his father and mother, Rev. J.N. and Evelyn McFadden. He also made stops at a prison, at North Greenville College, and did a concert at Victor Baptist Church.

Based in Orlando, Florida, McFadden credits his father with helping him choose his career path. “He’s been the biggest influence on me,” he admits.

In addition to his vocational evangelism that has taken him across the United States and into several other countries, McFadden has authored four booklets designed to help people deal with their problems and answer their questions by turning to scriptures.

After he left Lyman, McFadden went to North Greenville College. “When I was at school there, I was also leading the music at Morgan Memorial Church in Greenville. I did that the entire time I was at North Greenville. I look back at it now and it’s kind of a miraculous journey. Obviously, the Lord knew a whole lot more about the situation than I did.”

“After that, I made a big leap from North Greenville to East Texas Baptist College. It was wonderful. That’s in Marshall, Texas and that’s where I met my wife. We still have a lot of close friends there. It was a fantastic experience.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the school. “I was a voice major and did the recitals and all that. My wife was a music major, too. She was a keyboard person and a year behind me in school. I was full-time at a church in Marshall while she finished her last year of school.”

Then it was on to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where the couple experienced “culture shock.” Both of us had grown up in small towns. We only lasted in New Orleans a year. We went back to East Texas to a town called Nacogdoches. I was in a good position in a church there. I was also going to school and did work on my degree. I went to class at night. I also did a college ministry. My wife finished her Masters in organ. She was going full time during the day.”

Unfortunately, the hectic schedule became too much for McFadden. “We were there for three years and going to school got to be too much. I had to quit working on my degree. I had a huge college ministry there; we had a 300 voice college choir. We sang in a lot of places over the state of Texas. The last year we were there we charted an American Airlines jet and did a mission trip to Los Angeles.”

After Texas, it was on to Gainesville, Florida for the McFaddens. “I served the church for three years from 1973-76.”

It is during that time that McFadden met someone who would be instrumental in his life. “That’s when I met Evangelist Jim Wilson, and that was a big turning point in my life. T.W. Wilson, Jim’s dad, has worked with The Billy Graham Crusade all these years. Jim and I just hit it off. It was 1976 when I started working with him and traveling full time doing evangelistic work.”

He continues, “We did church revivals, are wide revivals, prison ministry and I was introduced to overseas evangelism. That opened up a whole other world for me. I worked with Jim full time for seven years. It opened up a whole new area of ministry for me, and it influenced my work today. I do a lot of prison ministry. I was recently at the Orange County prison in Florida and the Detention Center in Greenville County. I visit as many prisons as I can.”

“That seven year period was really a phenomenal time as far as shaping my ministry. Being around the Billy Graham people was a huge deal, a big influence on my life. They do everything with so much integrity.”

After those seven years, Wilson decided he wanted to become a pastor. “I had to figure out what I was going to do. I went on staff at the First Baptist Church in Orlando where my wife and I were members and was there from 1983 to 1987. It was a big transition. When I was in evangelism with Jim, I ran the prison ministry and I scheduled all the performers. To go from that to an associate position was an incredibly tough transition. But, it was such a great church and I loved my church. Jim Henry is the pastor of the church, and the people were wonderful. That’s what made it work.”

After four years there, McFadden entered one of the most difficult periods of his life. As he explains, “I really started struggling with God’s will for my life. For the first time, I had troubled discerning His will. I made the decision to go to a church in North Carolina. When I went to North Carolina was when the bottom fell out for me. I wrote a booklet entitled, “What to Do When the Bottom Falls Out.” I went through a clinical depression and almost lost my ministry there. It was a sequence of events that came together at once. Little did I know that God was doing something in my life that would play a big part in my ministry.

“After two years in North Carolina, God put us back in evangelistic work but I went back into it on my own. I formed Larry McFadden Ministries. Inc, a non-profit corporation, in August of 1988.”

During the past twelve years, he has been making a great deal of appearances where he both sings and preaches. “An interesting thing that has happened since I formed Larry McFadden Ministries, is that I’ve been asked more and more to come and do singing as well as bring the message. Through all of that, the Lord led me to work on these printed materials.”

In his second booklet, “Was Jesus God?” McFadden says, “I basically tried to prove that Jesus was who He said He was. It’s translated into Portuguese now it’s being translated into Spanish.”

His third pamphlet was called “Your Marriage: Marvelous or Messy?” In it, he discusses how marriages go from being marvelous to messy and how people can help avoid that by studying the Bible and its verses about marriage.

The fourth book is a teen devotional, “Kick Start,” with a forward by Pat Williams, of the Orlando Magic. “Last year, the Lord really laid something on my heart about teenagers. I was burdened about teens. I’ve read statistics that say 88% of today’s teens never see the inside of anybody’s church. I felt the Lord leading me to write a teenage devotional book so I began working on ‘Kick Start’. I’m getting a great response to it and I try to get adults to buy it for their kids.”

He continues, “Honestly, most churches I’m in, when we have a youth night, I look into the faces of youths who do not have a clue about Christianity. This continues to be a big burden on my heart.”

These days, McFadden and his wife are based in Orlando, Florida. “I went back there after we left North Carolina and I began the Larry McFadden Ministries. Orlando has always felt like home for us. My wife (Teresa) has played the piano at Orlando Baptist Church.

His vocational evangelism work takes him to foreign countries several times a year. In March he is going to the Dominican Republic, in June to Cuba, and in November to Haiti (for the third time).

He has also traveled to India, Tanzania, Africa, The Ukraine and Brazil. “These are poor nations where it’s a challenge to survive. But, if I didn’t feel like I was making a difference, I wouldn’t go back.” On our last trip to Haiti in March 1999, we were in Port au Pay and Port au Prince and had a crusade on the harbor. We had 1,000 people come nightly to that crusade and you’d see 650 people pray to receive Christ. We came back to Port au Prince and carried school materials. We decided we wanted to help a Christian school there. There were 400 children in grades one through six and they met in two small buildings. We had Christian services there for them. They’re begging us to come again.”

Says McFadden, “I realize I’m one person and I can’t do everything, but I can do something. It’s kind of like the story of the guy walking down the beach and he picks up a starfish and throws it out in the water and another guy asks, “Why bother? There are so many it can’t make a difference.’ The guy says, ‘It makes a lot of difference to that one.’ I generally see a lot of public acceptance to our evangelistic message, but if I went and only saw one acceptance, it would be worth it for that one.”

He says that his corporation’s board of directors raises money annually to fund the overseas trips. He adds that he sees the greatest results from going into prisons and overseas.

McFadden noted, “The thing I see about going into jails and prisons is that a good number of the people I encounter are willing to listen to the message for the first time in their lives. At the prison in Orlando, 30 males asked to receive Christ. One guy said, “This is the best thing that happened to me, coming to jail, because I’ve found the Lord.’ That’s what’s great to me-somebody willing to listen.”

He adds, “Overseas, some have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel and given an opportunity to respond.”

For now, he is enjoying his busy schedule and plans to keep up the hard work. “As long as I can keep doing it, I will. I wonder how long I can keep up the scheduling I have now. But retirement, I’m not thinking of it at all. When you have a burden for people, you can’t turn that off and say, ‘Well, I quit.’ I certainly wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t feel it was exactly what God called me to do.”

Article published with permission of the Greer Citizen for the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Hayes Christian Fine Arts Center

A ground breaking ceremony was held on September 30, 1999, for a new 18,000 sq.ft. facility for the fine arts area. At an estimated cost of $2 million, for the Joe F. and Eleanor Hayes Christian Fine Arts Center, which is scheduled for completion by January 2001, will expand and update the current facilities primarily located in the rear of Turner Auditorium. With the recent increases in enrollment, the existing facility can no longer accommodate the many needs associated with classroom, practice, and performing areas.

A gift from Joe Frank and Eleanor Hayes of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, enabled the college to move forward on this project. Their generosity to the college is evident with the Joe Frank and Eleanor Hayes Ministry Center and also the Hayes Gymnasium already on the NGC campus. They have a longstanding history of support to the college, as well as to many other worthy and needy causes.

Because of a gift from Dan (’57) and Martha Boling (’57) of Taylors, South Carolina, the recital hall in the fine arts center was to be given the name of their choice. They chose to honor Carolyn Gillespie Hamlin (’57) by naming the recital hall in this new facility, The Hamlin Recital Hall. Mrs. Hamlin of Easley, South Carolina, and many of her friends and family members were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. An accomplished organist, (serving over 40 years at Easley First Baptist Church as organist) and world renowned composer and lyricist, she is well known and respected by the church music community and beyond.

Header photo: From left: Martha Boling (’57), Dan Boling (’57), Carolyn Hamlin (’57), Eleanor Hayes, and Joe Frank Hayes.

Article published in the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Groundbreaking for the Arnold E. & Pauline H. Emery Residence Hall

Because of a gift from long time benefactors, Dr. Arnold and Pauline Emery of Landrum, South Carolina, North Greenville College is planning a new 68-bed Residence Hall. This residence hall, to be built at the main entrance of the campus, will have a total square footage of 12,032. During the Fall 1999 semester, the college utilized every available bed in the residence halls and also converted college owned houses into temporary residence hall space to accommodate more than 740 students who live on campus.

Through this gift in excess of $500,000, construction is underway on this Residence Hall to ensure completion by early August 2000 when the students will return for the Fall 2000 semester.

Arnold is a 1958 graduate of North Greenville Junior College where he received the associate degree. Upon his graduation, he began working and building his company, Arnold Emery Lumber Company, into the successful business it is today. He comments that this wife Pauline, working side-by-side with him, has been an integral part of the company’s success.

When North Greenville added Business Administration to its four-year degree programs, Arnold enrolled and is a 1996 graduate of North Greenville College. He confessed that studying was difficult with the demands of his business and his family life, but he is happy with his sense of accomplishment in earning his degree.

The college honored Arnold in 1996 with an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his devotion and commitment to his alma mater.

He is serving in his second five-year term as a member of the North Greenville College Board of Trustees. His first term was 1983 to 1987, during which time he served as chairman.

Arnold is actively involved in various civic and community organizations other than NGC. He is a member of the Board of Governors as well as Chairman of Shriner’s Hospital and Vice-Chairman of the Glassy Mountain Fire Commission. He and his wife are members of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where they are both actively involved. He serves as a chairman of the deacons and is affectionately known to all the children as “the Candyman,” because he always has a treat for every child he meets.

Arnold and Pauline Emery have aided numerous worthy projects with their generosity. North Greenville College is one of many. Much of their success in business can be attributed to the kind and generous nature they display with every person they meet.

It has been said that life’s satisfying experiences rush to the person who gives before there are any guarantees of return. It is with this unselfish attitude that Dr. and Mrs. Emery live their lives each day.

Dr. Emery commented, “Pauline and I are thankful for the blessings the Lord has given us, and we feel privileged to share with others. We are especially happy to support North Greenville College and share in their commitment of providing a quality education in a Christian environment.”

Article published in the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Clines Provide Gift for Pipe Organ

North Greenville College is the recipient of at $543,750 gift from Nesbitt and Martha Martin Cline of Greenville, South Carolina. This gift was given for the purchase and installation of a pipe organ in Turner Auditorium to be used by the Fine Arts Division, the twice weekly chapel services, and other special events on campus.

Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas, has been contracted to build the organ. Set for completion and installation in the fall of 2000, the organ will be a major enhancement to the NGC music program. Fine Arts Chair Dr. Jackie Griffin commented, “We are currently transporting our organ students to a church in Greenville for lessons and practice on a pipe organ. I am thrilled beyond words at the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Cline. We will be able to attract more students to the study of the organ with a pipe organ on campus.”

Mike Carlton, NGC Executive Director for Development states, “Mr. and Mrs. Cline came forward in 1995 with a sizeable donation to construct a 24-bed residence hall on our campus. The announcement of this gift in 1995 spurred a wave of support allowing the college to continue the growth necessary to meet the needs associated with the college’s substantial increases in enrollment.” Carlton added, “This most recent gift is an extraordinary gesture and is a major boost for our Fine Arts area.”

Martha Cline, a former music teacher, served as pianist for her church, Earle Street Baptist, for many years. She continues to be involved in the church’s music ministry, playing the piano for different organizations. At the presentation of this gift she remarked, “It is my desire that this organ be used to train organists for our churches. There is such a shortage of trained church organists and it is our hope and desire that we may in some small way help fill this void.”

Neb Cline, owner of The Cline Company for over 50 years shared, “We have been blessed beyond words, and feel fortunate to be able to contribute to Christian higher education in this way.”

Article published in the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter

Andersen Foundation Grants $200,000 to NGC

The Andersen Foundation granted $200,000 to North Greenville College in December 2001 to be used for the construction of the new dining hall, bringing the cumulative total of gifts from the foundation to $500,000.

“Andersen’s long-term investment in North Greenville is significant to the college’s accomplishments,” said President Epting. “Andersen has touched the lives of innumerable students over a period of four years. They have supported our scholarship and building programs. Andersen has played a key role in the growth of this institution,” Epting adds.

The Foundation is affiliated with Andersen Corporation, of Bayport, Minnesota, makers of Andersen Windows. The Foundation awards grants to private institutions that do not accept government funds, with the exception of student aid designated by name.

Article printed in the Fall 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Ministry of Brothers Extends Beyond 100 Years

Rev. James W. Crocker, Sr. (’43) [left] plans ahead and pays a lot of attention to detail, while Rev. Bobby G. Crocker (’57) [right] is better at thinking on his feet. The brothers share the characteristic of caring deeply about others.

Combined, they have served more than 100 years as Baptist ministers. Bobby, 70, serves as interim pastor at Ottaray Church, Union, James, 78, has served as interim at 12 churches since he retired 16 years ago.

Both men grew up attending Mon-Aetna Church, Union, where they both were baptized.

James said he hadn’t thought about becoming a minister. But the summer after he finished Union High School in 1941, James went to Royal Ambassadors camp, where he met M. C. Donnan, the president of North Greenville College. There, James surrendered to the ministry, and Donnan offered him a work scholarship to the college.

On Easter Sunday 1942, James preached his first sermon at Tabernacle Church, Union. His future wife, Vera Morris, was in the congregation, though they hadn’t started dating yet.

James was licensed to preach by Tabernacle Church, Union, in 1942. He and Vera married in 1943, and he was ordained at Mon-Aetna Church in 1945.

He is a graduate of North Greenville, Furman University, and Southeastern Seminary. When James graduated from the seminary in 1948, he returned to South Carolina for his first full-time pastorate at Union Church, Filbert.

He served as pastor of Pacolet Mills Church, and the last 30 years of his career were at First Church, Boiling Springs and Fairview Church, Greer. Fairview named him pastor emeritus.

James retired when he was 62, and he and his wife moved back to Boiling Springs. They have one son, James W. Jr., and three grandchildren.

He has been a trustee at both North Greenville and Anderson colleges and currently serves as trustee for South Carolina Baptist Ministries for the Aging.

Other honors include vice president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and president of the former General Board for two years.

Bobby said that as a youth, becoming a pastor was the “farthest thing” from his mind. He played fullback for the Union High School football team and had dreams of playing professionally. A heart murmur cut short his career, and he dropped out of high school and went to work as a cloth doffer at Monarch Mill.

Bobby and the former Mary Voiselle were married in 1949, James conducted his ceremony.

As Bobby worked in the mill, he knew in his heart that God was dealing with him. One day, he climbed the fence at the mill to go hear James, who was preaching a revival at Fairview Church.

“I slipped out to go hear him,” Bobby said, “I had a clean white shirt to put on, but I still had on my blue jeans and I sat in the back of the church.”

The sermon was on “Being a Fool for Christ.” Before James was finished, Bobby was convinced the Lord wanted him to enter the ministry.

Bobby and his wife sold their furniture and moved to North Greenville. First, Bobby had to finish high school. He went to a junior academy that North Greenville offered. He was the valedictorian of his class.

He graduated from North Greenville College, Furman University, and Erskine Seminary. He was ordained in 1959 at Mon-Aetna, and James preached at the ordination service.

His first full-time pastorate was at Poplar Springs Church, Switzer. He also has served at Draytonville Church, Gaffney, and Mt. Lebanon in Greer before returning home to Westside Church, Union, where he retired in the 1980s.

At Mt. Lebanon, where Bobby served for 10 years, he was pastor to country music star Aaron Tippin. He baptized “Tip,” as he refers to Tippin. Bobby said over the years that he often preached, “What you do today, you will live with tonight.” Tippin had a hit song, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” which used that line.

Bobby still communicates with Tippin, kidding Tippin that he’s looking for royalties from that song.

“He tells me to keep watching my mailbox,” Bobby said.

Bobby’s wife died in 1993. He has one daughter, Jan Stiles of Greenville, and two granddaughters.

James said he and Bobby share a lot of similarities as preachers. “Both of us have a deep caring for people, we both understand the needs of people and read people well,” he said.

Article reprinted with permission of the Union Daily Times in the March 2002 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter. 

 

Board Room renamed to Mary W. and John A. Ellison Board Room

The John A. Ellison Board Room was recently renamed to the Mary W. and John A. Ellison Board Room. A dedication luncheon was held on August 13, 2001, with the Ellison family members.

Mr. Ellison was the chairman of the North Greenville College Board of Trustees at the time of his death on April 27, 1974. He was an executive with the Greenville area Belk-Simpson stores. He was an outstanding Christian businessman and civic leader. After his death, the college named the board room in his memory and his wife, Mary, established the John A. Ellison Scholarship Fund which provides financial help to worthy students.

Mrs. Ellison died March 4, 2001, at the age of 86. She was a homemaker and was survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Judi and Jim Rushton, Peggy and Ed Good, and Jane and Todd Milford; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. After her death, the college added Mrs. Ellison’s name to the board room title. Their portraits hang in the board room of the Donnan Administration Building.

Article printed in the March 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

‘Left Behind’ Author, Alumnus of NGC

Did you know? Tim LaHaye (’48), the best-selling author of the Left Behind series, spent his sophomore year of college at North Greenville. Beverly LaHaye (’48), his wife also attended here as a freshman.

LaHaye and his wife, after completing a year at NGC, transferred back to Bob Jones University to finish their studies. LaHaye has gone on to become one of the Christian communities most well known authors of fictional and non-fictional books dealing with the end-of-times and the Rapture.

Although, LaHaye does not write the stories, he is the creator and brains behind the apocalyptic series. He had the original idea to write a series of novels dealing with the apocalypse; however, he did not have the art of writing fictional novels. LaHaye looked for a partner and after his agent set him up with Jerry B. Jenkins, the novel set off on a collision course with success.

Jenkins punched out the story and the fictional characters while LaHaye read through to insure biblical accuracy. Together they created novels that when released, reached the top of the New York Times Best Seller List automatically.

LaHaye recently visited the Upstate to celebrate the Left Behind series 50 millionth sale. Tyndale House Publishers decided to hold the celebration at a Christian Supply, Inc. in Spartanburg.

LaHaye is originally from Michigan. He came to South Carolina in 1946 to attend Bob Jones University. While in the Upstate, he was pastor of Oolenoy Baptist Church in Pumpkintown. LaHaye graduated from Bob Jones in 1950.

Article published in the March 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

North Greenville College Dedicates Facilities

North Greenville College held a dedication service on Monday, November 5, 2001, for the Joe Frank and Eleanor Hayes Christian Fine Arts Center on the North Greenville College campus. The afternoon concert, performed in the Carolyn Gillespie Hamlin Recital Hall, was composed of North Greenville College performing ensembles and student and faculty soloists. The Hamlin Recital Hall is a 260-seat recital hall within the 17,000 square foot fine arts facility.

The Center was made possible by the financial support of Dr. and Mrs. Joe F. Hayes, Sr. of Travelers Rest and the recital hall by Mr. and Mrs. Dan R. Boling of Taylors in honor of Carolyn Gillespie Hamlin (’57) of Easley.

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Arnold E. and Pauline H. Emery Residence Hall

Other facilities dedicated on this day included: The Arnold E. and Pauline H. Emery Residence Hall, a 64-bed women’s residence hall made possible by Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Emery of Landrum; The William M. and Willice P. Anthony Prayer Garden, provided by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Anthony also of Landrum, in honor of William M. and

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William M. and Willice P. Anthony Prayer Garden

Willice P. Anthony of Pickens; and the newly renovated Turner Chapel.

Many other friends whose financial support made these facilities possible were on hand for this afternoon gala. A reception followed in the Dr. Hewlett and Lucile Sullivan Gallery.

“The college has been blessed with these wonderful facilities which will open many new avenues for our students,” commented NGC President Dr. Jimmy Epting.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of those who made these facilities possible.”

Article printed in the March 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

9-11-01 Makes Large Impact on North Greenville’s Campus

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Realizing the impact – politically, economically, militarily, and spiritually – that these attacks would have on our nation in the time to follow, the school immediately scheduled several prayer vigils in Hamlin Recital Hall in the new Fine Arts Center. These times of prayer allowed students and faculty to unite together and spend time praying for God to bless victims, rescue workers, and President Bush. Photo by Jason Garrick.

The United States of America experienced one of the greatest tragedies in its national history on September 11, 2001. Four American planes were hijacked, destroying the twin towers of the World Trade Center, severely damaging the Pentagon, and killing over 5,000 individuals.

While spurning affects across the nation and the world, Tigerville, SC, has felt no less of an impact from these events than any other city in the nation.

On the Tuesday of the terrorist attacks, students eagerly huddled around televisions in the administration and science buildings to carefully watch as new information was reported by CNN, NBC, and other broadcast stations.

“I could not believe what I was watching was real,” said Sara Friarson, sophomore, who saw the second plane fly into the South Tower live on television.

Shock and disbelief continued to transcend throughout the faculty and student body as news about the historic tragedy spread around campus.

Lindsey Dangerfield, sophomore stated, “I was surprised that someone could actually do this without anyone knowing about it beforehand.”

Though all students were in some way affected by the event, some student on campus found the situation a little closer to home.

According to international student Charlee Buitrago, a sophomore, his uncle was in one of the World Trade Center buildings early that morning. Buitrago’s uncle was scheduled to have a business meeting at 8 a.m.; however, upon arrival at the building, he was told his meeting was canceled due to lack of space.

Charlee’s uncle then went to get some breakfast. Moments later, he witnessed the planes crash into the trade center.

The campus also experienced effects of the tragedy through a speaker change for chapel service the Monday following the tragedy.

The original speaker was to fly in from California; however due to flight difficulties, Steve Crouse, campus minister, spoke at the following chapel.

“God uses these circumstances to make us realize how much we need him,” Crouse said in his message.

As the facts have settled into the minds, a number of student have turned to God for comfort. “At first it stunned me; I didn’t believe it at first,” said sophomore Emily Levassuer, “Later I realized how much more we need to be in prayer than we are.”

While conversations still center around September 11th and the events since, the faculty and students of North Greenville still look to the focus of the school, the cause of Christ, as a comfort in this seemingly perilous storm.

Header Photo: From left; alumna Jodi P. Tanksley (’99) says good-bye to her husband, Robert Matthew. Robert was leaving on the USS Roosevelt bound for the Mediterranean from Norfolk Naval Base following 9-11. Photo printed with permission from the Virginia Pilot.

Article, written by Skyliner news editor James Cogdill, was printed in the March 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

One-Of-A-Kind Doctor Now Patient

May 7, 2002, Dr. Jack Patrick (’51) gingerly climbed a 6-foot stepladder and took down his office sign that has hung at 43 N. Congress St. since July 1960.

Although he wore his familiar white lab coat, some might not have recognized him, his weight down to a little more than 100 pounds.

It’s unlikely anyone realized the significance of removing the old, weather shingle.

There was no hand-clapping or recognition from passers-by – just his youngest son, Stephen, helping with the ladder and his wife, Mildred (’51) watching with folded hands from the office window.

Patrick was not only closing his own 41-year practice, but for the first time since 1860, there is no longer a doctor’s office on what was once York County’s busiest street. He was the last doctor in downtown York.

As a young doctor fresh from the Medical University of South Carolina and a stint in Europe with the Army, Patrick had no intention of staying here for more than several years.

But the narrow office, like the town, grew on him like kudzu on a junkyard fence.

His patients – some of whom have never seen another doctor – will tell you that he performed miracles in this 22-foot-wide building.

Patrick was a dinosaur in modern medicine, a solo family practitioner who made house calls until the week he closed his office last January. He’s taken country hams and sausage in lieu of payment. He’s never been sued for malpractice or refused to care for a patient who didn’t pay a bill – and there’s a suitcase full of unpaid balances.

He was chief of staff at Divine Saviour Hospital for several years and later medical director at White Oak Manor nursing home.

He’s stitched up slit throats after a honky-tonk fracas and delivered a baby in a parking lot. He routinely performed myringotomies (a delicate incision of the eardrum when there’s a fluid buildup due to an infection) while holding the child in his lap and then charging the regular $3 for an office visit. The same procedure today often costs more than $1,000 and is performed by a surgeon.

He once delivered four babies in a single day, to say nothing about the hundreds of broken bones he set, and the thousands of feverish brows of ailing children he soothe with his slender, steady hands.

But there is a hush on North Congress Street these days, the healer is gravely ill.

The Day after Christmas

After six month of persistent heartburn, loss of appetite and many tests, Patrick got the news on his biopsy Dec. 26 in the office of a Charlotte physician.

“He didn’t have to say anything, I knew. I’m a doctor,” he said, looking over at his wife in the waiting room of his closed office, “I’ve delivered the same message myself, dozens of times. You can’t mask that kind of news.”

Afterward, he and his wife stopped by one of their favorite places – The Peach Stand ice-cream parlor in Fort Mill, SC. They got scoops of their favorite, lemon ice cream.

“And we went out to our car and cried,” he said. “Then we prayed, talked, and finally we ate our lemon ice cream and laughed.”

On the way back to York, they agreed to aggressively fight the cancer, but they were going to attempt to go on with their lives as much as possible, interacting with their four grown children and seven grandchildren.

For a man used to being in control for most of his adult life, it was hard for Patrick to take orders from another doctor.

“I was certainly concerned for myself, but at the same time, I really felt an obligation to talk with all of my patients and help them find another doctor,” he said. “But my doctors were adamant. I had to close my practice and immediately begin treatment…..I’m trying to be a good patient and do what they tell me, but it’s hard.”

Patients like 72-year-old Carrie Tate, who had been in Patrick’s care for 41 years, were lost.

“How do you think I felt? I started crying. They ain’t never gonna be no more doctors like Dr. Patrick,” said Tate, with a matter-of-fact finality. “He didn’t care whether you was black or white, rich or poor. He respected you and really listened to what you were telling him. Where you gonna find a doctor like that today? I’m telling you , there ain’t any because I done looked. He took care of my mama until she died at age 97. I’m so worried about Dr. Patrick and his sweet family. Lord, what we ever gonna do without him?”

In 1960, Patrick had one of the first fully integrated doctors’ waiting rooms in York County.

“When I arrived, I told my nurses we didn’t’ treat black patients or white patients, we treated sick patients. I said they were all sitting together in one room, or they weren’t seeing me.”

Closing the office

Patrick spent several weeks last winter in a Charlotte hospital. Meanwhile, his nurses and family went about the business of shutting down the office and getting the medical records to patients such as Myrtis Neely.

“I knew from the first time I met him, Dr. Patrick was a person you could trust, with your life if need be,” said Neely, 83, who along with her late pharmacist husband, Arthur, helped recruit Patrick to York.

Lifelong friends, Patrick sometimes would fish with Neely.

“He was always teasing me about something, and we were down below Lowrys in a farm pond in a boat,” she said with a laugh, “I was catching fish right and left. And Dr. Patrick was smoking a cigar and not having much luck.

…He put on a treble hook, and I’ll be darned if he didn’t catch two bass at one time. And I’ve never seen anybody do that before in my life. He’s that kind of man; he has the touch.”

Neely says she prays that Patrick recovers from gastric cancer.

The cancer started in his stomach, metastasized and is now in his colon. He’s had radiation and chemotherapy this week.

“I don’t ask for a prognosis. I know there’s no cure,” he said, his hands folding and refolding the tabular neck of a stethoscope. “I’m not giving up, but on the other hand, I’m not frightened either. I don’t worry about dying and don’t dwell on it. I’ve had a good life, and I’m alive now. Anything from here out is in God’s hands, and I can live with that.”

Right now, he’s feeling better – he’s put on a little weight to about 110 pounds (his normal is 130), and his hemoglobin count is up. He felt good enough three weeks ago to partake in one of the passions of this Lowcountry boyhood, hunting.

“It’s hard to explain to a non-hunter, but one of the most relaxing things I’ve ever done is hunt. The feeling you have when you’re out there in the woods. I started giving away some of my best turkey callers. And believe me, I’ve god some good ones.”

A Chester County friend, Wallace Wilkes, arranged to have a blind set up in the woods on his farm so Patrick could take another shot at hunting.

“They made a lot of fuss about it, but I figured I’d be OK. The one thing I didn’t know was whether I’d be strong enough to withstand the recoil of a 12-gauge shotgun,” he said.

“I waited about two hours until I saw a hen go past, and I knew she’d be followed by a big tom (male). Then two more hens came by.”

Patrick carefully raised his pride and joy; and Italian Franchi shotgun he bought in Germany while in the Army.

The turkey is in the freezer, and he has plans to host a hunter’s feast when his appetite returns.

“You just don’t know what that day meant to me. The day I realized I might never go into the woods to hunt was a low point for me,” he said. “I’ve been through a lot here in the past year. I’ve got my family; I’m finding doctors for my patients, …It’s good to know I can still pull the trigger.”

Article reprinted with permission from the Charlotte Observer in the Fall 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

 

Hendricks Establish Scholarship Fund for Hillcrest High Students

The Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation recently established a Hendricks-Hillcrest Scholarship Fund for Hillcrest High School seniors planning to attend North Greenville College. This scholarship is awarded to senior(s) who perform well academically, are good citizens and role models, and offer potential for success at North Greenville College.

Angela Michele Gossett and Brooke Lauren Graham of Simpsonville, S.C., have each received the Hendricks-Hillcrest Scholarship at North Greenville College. As 1997 graduates of Hillcrest High School, they will enter North Greenville College this fall.

Angela is the daughter of Daniel and Beverly Gossett, and is a member of Standing Springs Baptist Church. Brooke is the daughter of Henry and Diane Graham and also is a member of Standing Springs Baptist Church. Both are very active in high school and church activities.

Article printed in the September 1997 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Special Education Student, Joel Dill, on Staff at NGC

In a small classroom at Greer High School, pioneering work is being done in the field of special education, as eight students work on building futures that otherwise might seem less certain.

It is a classroom where mentally challenged students are allowed to learn the social and survival skills many take for granted. There are no algebra or grammar lessons. Instead, a day’s studies might include a trip to the bank, a lesson in ironing clothes, a day on the job, a fast-food breakfast with friends or a casual game of cards. They’re the simple tasks and activities that fill our days, but for this group, they are the building blocks of confidence, independence, friendship, and hope.

“It’s about getting students out in the community and on their way to living independently,” said John Mauldin, who has structured the Transition Program with assistant Marie Studley.

Recently Mauldin traveled to Orlando, Florida to accept the Marc Gold award for Greer’s “exemplary transition program for students with disabilities,” presented by the Council for Exceptional Children. Greer High was nominated for the honor by Clemson student teacher, Michael-Ann Kelly. In her letter to the nomination committee, she wrote, “Although Mr. John Mauldin was not specifically trained in transition; his program was designed because he saw a need. He responded to his students’ abilities and desires. He sees their potential to contribute to society in the work force and through interpersonal relationships.”

One of the students who has gone through Mr. Mauldin’s Special Education Transition Program at Greer High School is Joel Dill. He is the son of Joe Dill and the late Gail Dill of the Blue Ridge area in northern Greenville County.

Joel has worked part-time at the college since last fall in a wide range of worksites, including grounds, post office, gymnasium, and Student Services.

He is currently concentrating in the area of Student Services housekeeping assisting with the many and varied duties facing the housekeeping staff with the increased enrollment at the college.

Billy Watson, director of Residential Living for Men, commented, “Joel has been like a breath of fresh air for the Student Services area. He is quick to make friends and the students know and love him. In the Student Services office, he knows each employee’s role and makes sure that we all get the job done.”

Joel is active in his church, Blue Ridge Baptist Church. He sings in the church choir, plays the drums and tambourine, is an ordained deacon, and participates on the Impact Prayer Team.

While at the Washington Center (the secondary school for the mentally challenged students), he was featured for eight years on the national CNN News for his accomplishments over his handicaps.

While not working at North Greenville, Joe spends spare time enjoying gospel music on his stereo. According to his dad, he takes every opportunity to make a new friend. Mr. Dill commented, “Joel never meets a stranger. He loves the Lord and is eager to witness to any person he meets.”

Article reprinted with permission from The Greer Citizen in the September 1996 issue of North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Wards Recognized for Gift to College

Don and Mary June Ward of Irmo, S.C., were recognized during a spring chapel service at North Greenville College for their generous support to the institution. The couple recently established the Donald E. Ward Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust at the college.

Ward is a member of the Board of Trustees, Council of Advisors, and is a 1958 graduate of North Greenville College. He has strong family ties to the college as his sister-in-law, daughter, son, and daughter-in-law also graduated from NGC.

Dr. Jimmy Epting, President, in his presentation to Don and Mary commented, “I would like to take this opportunity to recognize these good friends of the college today. They acknowledged the needs of many students who attend North Greenville College by establishing the Donald E. Ward Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust at NGC. Many of us have good intentions to do things for others but Don and Mary put their plan into action. The interest income from their endowment will provide scholarships to deserving students each year for many years to come.”

Ward in his comments stated, “I owe a great debt of gratitude to North Greenville College, one that I will never be able to fully repay. The college gave me a strong foundation and this prepared me for the many challenges of the business world and everyday life.”

Article printed in the September 1997 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Alumnus Makes Second Major Gift to College

Paul Wood of Tigerville, South Carolina, recently gave North Greenville College $200,000 designated for the upgrade and renovation of the Averyt Learning Center. This gift was given in memory of his late wife, Mildred, who died in 1997. Mrs. Wood taught school at Tigerville Elementary, Highland Elementary, and Callahan Elementary in upper Greenville County. She retired from teaching in 1974 after more than 35 years in the classroom.

Wood commented, “Mildred had a great desire for all of her pupils to reach their full potential. It is my hope and that of my family that this gift will offer improved facilities and state of the art equipment in the library at NGC, thereby enabling North Greenville College students to reach their full potential.”

Wood was born and reared in the Tigerville, South Carolina, community. He attended North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1928 and graduated in 1932 and continued his studies at Mars Hill College, graduating in 1934.

Mike Carlton, Executive Director for Development, commented, “How refreshing the generosity of Paul and Mildred Wood has been for me. Their earlier gift of $50,000 for the much needed addition to Neves Cafeteria enabled us to meet the needs associated with our growing student body. Mr. Wood’s gift of $200,000 has enabled us to proceed quickly on the addition of needed classroom space as well as the upgrade and renovation of the existing facilities in the Averyt Learning Center.”

With a student body of over 1000 students, continued expansion of the facilities has been necessary to meet the needs associated with a growing curriculum and student population. Construction is also underway to expand the auditorium seating and provide more housing for married students. A proposed $4 million Fine Arts Center is in the fundraising stages with over $2.4 million raised toward the goal.

President Epting added, “I greatly admire and appreciate Paul Wood and his family for their continued support and interest in the growth and progress at North Greenville College. This gift helped us to reach our goal for this project and allowed the work on the library to begin with a Fall 1998 completion date. His kindness and unselfish attitude in giving to North Greenville College will help his alma mater to continue to train students in the way that God would have them to go.”

Article published in the September 1998 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

College Dedicates Elevator in Donnan

A dedication service for the Donnan Administration Building Elevator was held on November 6, 1998. A cast bronze plaque is being designed for permanent display at the lower entrance to the elevator. Dr. Jimmy Epting stated in his dedication comments, “We are proud that our students realized the need for this elevator and through the Resident Assistant Association and Student Alumni Council, these students raised in excess of $15,000 with different fund raising projects. This $15,000 along with the budgeted dollars for this project helped to accelerate the completion process.”

Also recognized for their support of this project were Thomas C. “Nap” Vandiver of Carolina First Bank and Buddy Waters of Cunningham Waters Construction.

An announcement was made at this dedication that The Resident Assistant Association and the Student Alumni Council have adopted as their next fundraiser, a Student Wellness Center. This facility will provide treadmills, stair steppers, exercise bicycles and other up-to-date equipment for student use. A location for this facility has not been named, but fund raising efforts will begin soon to provide the necessary funds to purchase the equipment needed.

Article printed in the March 1999 issue of North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Nellie Bolt Leaves Estate to North Greenville College

William K. Brumbach, Jr., Senior Vice-President and Trust Officer of First Citizens Bank has announced that Nellie Bolt of Ware Shoals, South Carolina, designated her estate in excess of $500,000 to Anderson College and North Greenville College, her alma maters. Miss Bolt died on August 25, 1997.

Grateful for the educational foundation she received at North Greenville Baptist Academy and Anderson College, Miss Bolt supported both institutions financially for many years before her death. A retired school teacher, she excelled with high academic standards during her education and expected the same of the many students she taught through the years.

A 1920 graduate of North Greenville Baptist Academy, Miss Bolt is remembered as a dedicated student and friend to all who knew her. Attending a one room school house near her home, a neighbor encouraged Miss Bolt’s parents to let her attend North Greenville Baptist Academy because there was no high school in the area.

A public school teacher for 48 years, her first teaching job was in a country school close to her home. In this teaching position, she taught all grades and boarded with a family close to the school. Her father would often take her to the school on Monday mornings by horse and buggy after a weekend at home with the family.

Later while teaching at Kinards, where she first taught English, having had no training to teach English, she studied hard to be a good teacher. She remarked often to family members that she was a self-taught English teacher.

Being the youngest of seven children in a “close knit” family, a sister who lived in Easley told her about a vacancy in the English department at Easley High School. She took the position there and began her happiest and most rewarding teaching experience in her 48 year teaching career. She took great delight in coaching the debating teams and directing the school plays.

She next taught at Greer High School during the war years. During this time, she did graduate work at Furman and Duke Universities. Having brothers and sisters in Greenville, she accepted a teaching position at Parker High School. It was during her time in Greenville that she learned to drive and bought a home.

Fondly remembering many of her students and eager for them all to continue their education, she helped several to obtain their college education.

Bolt was hopeful that she could continue her teaching career for 50 years but ended it at 48 years because she was needed back at the family home in Ware Shoals, South Carolina, to take care of a brother.

A family member says that she was happy in her retirement years, reading good books and always “being ready to go.” She traveled to Europe on several occasions.

She was interested in world events and watched the Today Show each morning to be certain she was “up-to-date” on what was going on in the world. She was a prolific letter writer, writing to such as James Herriot, Terron Sams, Bill Keane (The Family Circus) and her favorite, James Kilpatrick. She received very kind letters of response from each one of these.

Bolt faithfully served her church, Mount Gallagher Baptist Church in Ware Shoals, until her death. She taught the Ladies Sunday School class and suffered her first stroke while teaching this class. Her first stroke left her unable to speak. But it was her second stroke and broken hip that confined her to bed. She remained in her home until six weeks before her death.

Being very conscientious about saving her money, she made the commitment to the Teachers Retirement Insurance during the depression years when it was first offered. It was a struggle for Miss Bolt to designate part of her paycheck for retirement during those lean years. However, she made the commitment and continued with it until her retirement. This money helped to provide for her care later in life as well as build her estate to over $500,000 which she so graciously shared with Anderson and North Greenville Colleges.

Mike Carlton, Executive Director for Development at North Greenville College, stated, “Miss Bolt’s generosity to both of her alma maters is overwhelming. We are so grateful for her commitment to Christian higher education and have designated her gift for the proposed fine arts center that is desperately needed on our campus.” He further added, “We are certain that Miss Bolt would be pleased to know that her gift will help to provide a facility designed to offer an improved learning environment for our students.”

Article printed in the March 1999 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Brashiers Establish Scholarship Fund

Dr. & Mrs. T. Walter Brashier of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, have established the Dr. T. Walter Brashier and Family Endowed Scholarship Fund with a $100,000 gift. The scholarship will be awarded to student(s) pursuing a church related vocation. Brashier, a philanthropist who has offered his support to many worthy and needy causes, has been quite successful in numerous real estate projects.

This is not the first time that Brashier has offered his support to North Greenville College. An apartment complex that he built in the 70’s (which bears his name) is home to many of the college’s married students.

Brashier and his wife, Christine, are members of Berea First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Article published in the March 1999 edition of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Reflections of North Greenville Baptist Academy

In October, 1996, while visiting family and friends in the Carolinas, I made a brief visit to North Greenville College. Joy and thanksgiving overwhelmed me as I viewed the beautiful array of buildings presently on the campus. This reflected to me how God has blessed and continues to bless this institution. I could not help but recall my high school years at North Greenville Baptist Academy and the impact this made on my life.

What led me to go to North Greenville? Certainly circumstances were a big factor, but I believe it was God’s plan for me. My father died when I was only five years old. Shortly after this my mother and I went from North Carolina to live with her sister and husband in Greenville. Later we all moved to Lyman when I was nine years old. As I finished grammar school, my mother faced a real problem because there was no high school in Lyman. She was working long hours each day. At her pastor’s suggestion, she pursued the possibility of my going to North Greenville Baptist Academy.

In the fall of 1928, at age thirteen, I entered North Greenville. The school was just twenty miles from Lyman, but it seemed like another world to me. Yes, I was homesick at first, but soon made the adjustment and felt at home. Mrs. Hill, the dean of women, assigned me to room with her daughter, Matrel. We were the youngest students in the dormitory. Matrel and I were roommates our four years at North Greenville and then two years in Anderson Junior College. Our friendship continued through many years until the Lord took her home.

As I reflect on my high school years at North Greenville, many things stand out in my mind. In a special way I give thanks and pay tribute to Dr. Donnan, the president of the school, and to my teachers, Miss Harlee Cooper, Mr. Dewy Mitchell, Mr. Fess Blackwell, Dr. and Mrs. Sam Lawton, Miss Amanda Poole, Miss Hazel Duncan, and Mother Wingo. I have vivid memories of each and the subjects they taught. They each influenced my life.

At North Greenville, I learned the value of work. One summer I stayed at the school to study piano, work in the kitchen, and clean the dormitories. During these depression years, the students did most of the work. I learned much from Miss Essie Taylor, our dietician. She taught us many thing such as how to clean and cut up a chicken; make pieces and cook other dishes. I remember we had grits twice a day and I still like them.

As students, we were privileged on occasions, to have pastors and denominational leaders speak in our chapel services. I especially remember the visit of Dr. Lee Scarborough, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. At this time, I felt God leading me into some phase of missionary service. After graduation from Furman University, I went to Southwestern Seminary, and worked in Dr. Scarborough’s office.

An extra for the students in the Academy was the privilege of being a member of the Literary Society. This offered learning experiences, practices, in debating, and public speaking along with times of fun and fellowship.

Discipline was strict at the Academy. Dating was permitted, but under close supervision. The school was small enough to know everyone by name, and we had opportunities to study, work, and play together. I have happy memories of my school mates and value the friendships formed during those years. Distance has made it impossible for me to attend the alumni reunions. Regrettable many of those of my times are no long alive. I do appreciate all the news I receive from the Academy Club and NGC.

My years at North Greenville Baptist Academy really formed a solid basis of my college and seminary education. It also contributed to some forty years on the mission field which began with the Chinese church in El Paso, TX. Serving as a missionary with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention presented opportunities to teach in the Mexican Baptist Seminary and serve at the Baptist Spanish Publishing House in El Paso, TX, writing materials for all of the Spanish speaking world. Dr. Tom Hill, Roberta Ryan, and I, all graduates of North Greenville, served together for a while at the Publishing House.

Words are inadequate to express my appreciation for the opportunities I have had partially as a result of attending the North Greenville Baptist Academy (College). May the Lord continue to bless this Christian endeavor.

Photo: Viola Campbell (’32) with her friend from El Paso during her 1996 visit to campus.

Story written by Viola D. Campbell (’32) and printed in the April 1997 issue of the NGC Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

Beverly Parker-Smith (’80) Follows God’s Direction for Her Life

Beverly Parker-Smith (’80) will be best remembered by her NGC classmates as the young lady who carried around Grover (Sesame Street character) during her time here. With a special gift and talent to make a puppet or stuffed animal come alive, she was often called upon to visit North Greenville College.

She relates that she fought desperately the call of God to go into full time evangelism. After graduation from Carson-Newman College, she traveled with a team of college students appointed by the evangelism Office of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. They traveled from church to church leading in revivals and worship services. Dr. Bill Mackey of the Evangelism Office saw the potential in Beverly and encouraged her to go into full-time evangelism work.

After graduation from Carson-Newman and her summer evangelism work, she took a job at North Greenville College as an Admissions Counselor. She said that while she enjoyed her work at the college, she was certain that God had other plans for her life. She felt God’s call but tried to ignore it until a friend at the college said to her, “If I were to quit my job, buy a van and sound equipment and be your manager, would you consent to go into full-time evangelism?” She responded, “Of course.” The friend countered, “If you will consent to do this with my help, why are your resisting God when he is offering you the same provision.”

Beverly relates that it was that night during soul searching prayer time that she was convicted to surrender to God’s call. She shared how she prayed for the knowledge and ability to use ventriloquism as part of her ministry. She awoke the next morning with the wisdom and knowledge that she could learn to be a ventriloquist.

After practicing in front of a mirror with a hand puppet that morning, she realized that she had the ability. She shares that she immediately called Bill Mackey at the South Carolina Baptist Convention office to tell him of her commitment, and he provided her with the first booking at a Greenville area revival he was leading. With no assurance of a steady income, she developed a strong faith in God’s ability to provide.

Now fourteen and a half years later, she is much in awe of the direction that her ministry has taken. She relates that 1997 was a very active year for her ministry with bookings in places like Des Moines, IA, for a Preschool Concert, Chicago, IL, for a children’s revival, and Nashville, TN, for the National Children’s Pastors Conference. She is so grateful for her husband, Tim, and the loving support of his parents who help to care for her seven-year-old son, Hunter, during her rigorous travel schedule.

Beverly and Tim met when she was doing a concert at Tim’s church. It was not until they traveled with a group on a mission trip to Venezuela that they fell in love and were later married.

She reminisces about her arrival on the NGC campus and how many at the college were instrumental in providing her with the necessary tools to undertake this ministry. She fondly remembers the uplifting relationship with Dr. Jimmy Epting, then vice president of student services.

She states, “Dr. Epting gave me a vital tool, self-esteem, and a strong belief in myself. When I came to North Greenville I did not possess either of these traits. I have a deep respect for Dr. Jimmy Epting and his ability to make every student feel that they are special.”

She also added that Veda Sprouse and her “thought for the day” was inspiring and had such a positive effect on her experience at NGC.

Of Edith Sayer, former NGC librarian, she commented, “Miss Sayer was librarian when my parents, Rev. Milton and Lena Hill Parker were students here. She was very special to me when I was a student, and has remained a dear friend and followed my ministry with a keen interest.”

She related that her drama instructor, Ben Robinson, believed in her ability and did not give up on her despite the fact that her first semester of work was not at an acceptable level. He was very stern and expected the best of every student. She stated, “I am thankful for his influence and guidance because without it I would surely have failed.”

Beverly developed an interest at four years old for working with puppets. She states that this interest at an early age was God’s way of intricately weaving a beautiful web to pull her life together and lead her into an area of service to Him. In a fit of anger her sister once threw Beverly’s prize possession, her teddy bear across the room and he hit the wall. She recalls how her sister refused to apologize to the bear for hurting him. You see, to Beverly, all of her animals were real as they came to life with the use of her masterful imagination. She relates how she and her sister recently reminisced about this experience as they watched Beverly’s son playing with the same teddy bear.

She resisted the path of children’s ministry thinking that ministering to adults should be the focus of her ministry. She now sees that because of difficult experiences that she had growing up of not always fitting in, she is better equipped to minister to the needs of children, and praises God for the opportunity to present His word to children.

Beverly Parker-Smith is a great ambassador for NGC and Jesus Christ. She has seized the talents that God gave her and through her uncomplicated message reached many children with her exciting and entertaining technique of relating God’s word.

Published in the April 1998 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Dedication of Horton and Tingle Residence Halls Held During Founder’s Day Celebration

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The Horton Family at the dedication ceremony held at Founder’s Day on September 17, 1997.

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.

$500,000 Gift Received From Dan and Martha Boling

Dan and Martha Boling of Taylors, South Carolina, have given $500,000 to the $5 million capital campaign at North Greenville College. This $5 million campaign began in the fall of 1997 to raise money to build a $4million Fine Arts Building and a $1 million renovation and addition to the Averyt Learning Center and Hester Memorial Library.

The Bolings are members of Taylors First Baptist as well as many other worthy causes and both agree that their lives are deeply rooted in the church. They stated they are grateful for the faithful support of pastor, Dr. Ernest Carswell and Taylors First Baptist to the Cooperative Program through the South Carolina Baptist Convention. They realize the importance of the Cooperative Program to the South Carolina Baptist institutions and agencies. They commented, “We see the work our church does on the community level, serving the needs of our members and many others. We fully support the work of the church and see North Greenville College as an institution training and molding our church leaders of the future to serve people throughout the world.”

Dan and Martha relate that NGC has a great deal of family heritage for them. Not only did they meet at the college, but Martha’s family came to the campus in 1993, when her Dad, Charlie Candler, brought his family to the campus because he had been called into the ministry. He enrolled at North Greenville College and struggled to make ends meet financially while attending classes. Martha relates that she was born on the NGC campus in a house shared with four other families, all of whom were NGC ministerial students. She added, “North Greenville College gave my dad an opportunity to complete his education. He went on to serve in the ministry for 50 years. I am confident that without the dedicated faculty and staff at NGC who guided and supported him as well as the many miracles of provision for our family, he would not have been able to succeed in the classroom and complete his studies at North Greenville College.” In addition to Dan, Martha and Martha’s dad attending NGC, Martha’s mother, Lorene, an aunt Pearl, a brother, Jack, and several nephews also attended. Both Dan and Martha agree they are motivated to give to North Greenville because they know how much financial assistance meant to Rev. Candler when he was a student at NGC.

Dan and Martha are quick to give the Lord the credit for the many blessings in their life. They state that they believe that it is the duty of a good steward to carefully consider where their gifts are given. Upon seeing the growth at NGC of recent years and evaluating the needs, they felt this gift would perpetuate far beyond their lives and help to meet the needs of students for many years to come. Martha added, “We have seen tremendous growth in the area of Fine Arts and want NGC students to have every opportunity for success. We believe this ‘state of the art’ facility will offer just that.”

Dan commented, “We have been really blessed and are constantly amazed by the continued blessings of God in all facets of our lives. Today, as in the 50’s when I attended NGC, the dedicated leadership, faculty, and staff continue the mission it was established for, to provide quality education in a Christian environment. We believe that North Greenville College is worthy of our gifts and time.”

Dan is the former owner of Daley Corporation of Greenville, SC. He is currently serving his second five-year term as a member of the North Greenville College Board of Trustees, as well as acting as chairman of this group. Martha is a retired third grade school teacher and is a past president of the NGC Alumni Association.

Article published in the April 1998 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter

$5 Million Capital Campaign Announced with $100,000 Gift from Campaign Chairs

Dallah and Ann Forrest of Greenville, South Carolina, have given North Greenville College $100,000 designated for the proposed Fine Arts Center tentatively scheduled to break ground this year.

The $5 million capital campaign was established to upgrade and expand the Fine Arts area of the college. The fine arts department has grown tremendously over the last seven years due to increased enrollment in this area. Plans are for the new Fine Arts Center to be built adjacent to and adjoining Turner Auditorium. This facility will offer much needed classroom, practice and performing areas for students, as well as office space for fine arts professors.

Also included in this capital campaign is an upgrade and addition to the Averyt Learning Center/Hester Memorial Library. Hester Memorial Library requires upgrading as well as automation to facilitate and expedite student requests. Additional classroom space in this facility is also scheduled as part of this project.

Dallah and Ann Forrest recognize the need for improvement in the fine arts where Dallah is a professor of music theory. They are motivated to support this project, because they realize that in training students in a Christ-centered environment, this instruction will enhance the cause of Christ through the arts.

For instance, they explain that through this music training, ministers of music will go into the churches and, in turn, send students to North Greenville College to receive the same Christ-centered education they received.

Their support of North Greenville College is long-standing. They have provided student support through an endowment fund and recalled the time over 20 years ago, when they donated a grand piano to the College for the fine arts area. More recently they donated funds to establish a computer lab in the music area.

Dr. Jackie Griffin, chair of the fine arts division, commented, “The computer lab has enhanced the music department tremendously. This allows students and faculty alike to compose music and it has also benefited our professors in the teaching process. We are so appreciative of the continued support of Dallah and Ann Forest.”

Mike Carlton, executive director for development, states, “Dallah and Ann Forrest are to be commended for their dedicated support and volunteer spirit to North Greenville College. Without their help as chairpersons of the campaign, we would not have been able to progress as rapidly on this project.”

Dallah and Ann stated that when offered the opportunity to chair this steering committee, they enthusiastically accepted. They are aware of the needs in the existing physical facility and see their involvement as a means of outreach to students. They believe the enhancement of this facility will provide a better quality education for NGC students.

As campaign chairs of the steering committee, they oversee a committee of twelve people who are responsible for the overall Fine Arts project, beginning with the architectural drawings to the completed project.

Dallah and Ann are members of Berea First Baptist Church where they teach Sunday school and he is vice-chairman of the deacons. As loyal supporters of the arts in Greenville, Dallah is currently a member of the Greenville Chorale where he will serve as President of the Board in July. He attended North Greenville College and Furman University where he received a degree in music theory. He is an aspiring composer and singer in his spare time away from Summersett Golf Club where he is owner and developer. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Article published in the April 1998 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Touched by the Master’s Hand

Nothing is quite as dear to anyone as his own life. To save someone’s life touching experience not only to that person, but to all who learn about it. So goes the story of W. Lloyd Hellams (’41).

Hellams is the pastor of Southside Baptist Church, Columbia, South Carolina. An unassuming man, his conversation tells you immediately that he loves people. His Christianity is a reality.

People in turn love him, as is evidenced by his second call to Southside. “The most touching thing that has ever happened to me,” he says, “was being called back to Southside Baptist Church as pastor eight months after I had left it.”

It must have been a touch of the Master’s hand because his second call was a spontaneous, unanimous one. Thus, he has ministered at Southside now for more than 28 years.

Every pastor, however, at some time in his ministry has those things which he would rather forget – funny or otherwise. Such is the case with Hellams. It seems he had prepared a Sunday morning sermon around the Lord’s Supper. However, the person in charge of preparing the bread and wine had forgotten to have it ready. So the congregation sang the chosen hymns, Hellams read his Scripture and talked about the meaning of the supper . . . but served no wine or bread!

“Every now and then someone remembers that service and reminds me of that ‘I wish I could forget feature,’” Hellams relates.

Remembering back to his years at North Greenville as a student, Hellams relates the most memorable experiences he had. One memory was of “Fess” Blackwell and his energetic classroom antics; another was of the heating plant burning. The loss was great and the tight economy put an extra burden on the school budget.

Hellams went on to Furman University and then to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his years in Kentucky as pastor and student, he would participate in the most touching experience of someone else’s life. While at Brownsville. Kentucky, in a student church, he would be given the opportunity to save a person’s life.

An elderly church member became very ill and was thought to have a virus or pneumonia. Because of limited facilities in Brownsville, she was transported to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Anemic and depleted of blood, her condition became very critical.

Hellams learned of her need for blood and went to the hospital to donate his. Expecting to have it taken into a container, he was shocked when the doctor took him and the patient to the operating room, connected the transfusion lines to a pump and began to pump his blood directly into the patient. There was not time for a normal transfer . . . The elderly lady lived and the doctor credited Hellam’s direct transfusion . . . a touch indeed of the Master’s hand.

Hellam’s commitment to serve God through service to people evident. He is a member of: Pacific Masonic Lodge; the Advisory Board of Baptist College, Charleston; Columbia Metro’s Ministerial Association; Advisory Board for Community Care Program for the city of Columbia; Mutual Fellowship Committee, Columbia Metro Association; Clergy Executive Staff Committee, Richland Memorial Hospital.

Now in his second term as a trustee of North Greenville College, Hellams sees the need for a closer tie of alumni to the college. “We all get mail from senior colleges or graduate schools and we would like to assist all three,” he related. “At the same time the first school we attended made a lasting impression on us. If it had not been for North Greenville, I probably would never have made it to Furman and Southern Seminary,” he concluded.

Author of a devotional book, Quiet Talks, Hellams shares a touch of the Master’s hand with all who read it. And, as he ministers from day to day, the Master’s touch broadens.

Article printed in the April 1979 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

Boyce G. Tollison (’61): Medical Minister

. . . Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption . . . With purity and with holiness will I pass my life and practice my art. – from the Hippocratic Oath

Boyce Tollison (’61) never doubted his calling to be a physician; however, there was a time when he did not know where he should serve.

From the time he was 12 years old, he always knew he would be a doctor. “I was always fascinated by everything going on around me when I went to the doctor,” he recalls.

Tollison was born in Liberty, South Carolina, where he spent his early childhood. When he was seven his family moved to North Greenville and lived in a log cabin on the lower side of the campus. He entered the second grade a Tigerville Elementary School. (He would later move to Easley and finish school at Wren High.)

Even during those early years as a child in the log cabin that you “could see out of through the top and bottom,” Tollison was well known around the campus for all the bantam chickens he had running all over the hillside. “Grandmother gave me two hens and a rooster and that was all it took,” he chuckled. “When we left, there were more than 50 of those bantams, and we had been eating fried chicken all along!”

When Tollison returned to North Greenville as a student, he became known as the “office boy.” He put up mail, ran errands to Greenville for Dean Howard and was a general jack-of-all-trades. But probably the most important thing that happened to him while he was at North Greenville was that he met his wife, Judy.

He graduated from Furman University and began medical school at the South Carolina Medical University at Charleston. After graduating from medical school and completing an internship at Greenville General Hospital, Tollison served two years active duty with the United States Navy at the Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland.

In July 1970 he and his family returned to Easley, where he had decided to establish a practice. Now a well-established and respected physician, Tollison is one of a few people who enjoys working at their hobby – dealing with and serving people.

A special kind of man, Tollison is an active participant in the activities of his community and church as well. He received the “Service to Mankind” award in 1976, given by the Easley Jaycees to an outstanding community leader, and has been involved in the activities of the Lion’s Club since 1970. Now serving his second term as a deacon of the First Baptist Church, Easley, he is chairman of the board and the Baptist Men’s director.

Also serving a second five-year term on the Board of Trustees of North Greenville College, Tollison is the secretary of the executive committee. He is chairman of the Obstetrics Committee of the Easley Baptist Hospital, member of the Maternal Health Committee of South Carolina, and a regional reviewer of prospective students for the South Carolina Medical University at Charleston. He is also a Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Practice.

Because of his numerous accomplishments and his service to mankind as demonstrated by his influence among his fellowmen, the Alumni Association of the college named Tollison the “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” during Alumni Day activities at the college April 21.

Tollison has always seen his calling as one of helping his fellowman because of his sincere love of dealing with people. “Judy and I once felt we should be foreign missionaries, but as time went by, we felt led to be of service in our own area,” he responded.

A physician who has left worship services many times to assist patients and returned prior to the benediction, Tollison is indeed called to minister through medicine. Probably the most rewarding part of being a physician is delivering a baby. “I can never forget the first baby I delivered,” he said. “I was suddenly aware of the miracle I held before me. On the other hand, the most difficult task I face as a physician is that of watching someone die, knowing there is nothing else that can be done for them.”

A truly humble man, Boyce G. Tollison has touched the lives of many people who may never know another minister.

Article published in the July 1979 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

More Than A Coach . . .

They called him Coach!

A tall, robust, and stately man, he walked across the football practice field and stood silently watching his team work out. There was a big game coming up and he wanted everything to be just right for that game.

As he stood there, his mind wandered back 12 years to the time when Helen, his wife, had stood somewhere nearby watching a similar practice session of the Purple Panthers. He wondered what she’d think of him now, what she’d do, how she would feel. But then, . . . . he knew the answer to those questions. She loved every student she ever taught at Chapman High School and would have done anything possible to help any one of those students “make it.” Now it was up to him, for Helen had died seven years ago.

Back on the practice field he waited for the team to take a break and he called them all together and began to give them the instruction that would help them “make it.” He had their attention, as if it were prior to a big game and each word spelled success or failure.

It wasn’t unusual to see Coach sitting in a restaurant talking with one of the guys one-on-one. Matter of fact, that was where he really got to know what made them tick. Many close friendships had been developed over a Coke and hamburger, and many sorrows and hardships had been shared.

Three years had passed since the first day he walked on to the field for the first game of the Purple Panthers – three years of learning, growing, and becoming part of the group. Time would tell whether or not he would make it through a fourth.

Someone else might come along who could do the job better. He never wanted to stand in the way of an opportunity for someone else. For you see, Coach is not the head football coach of Chapman High School Purple Panthers, of Inman, S.C. – he is their chaplain.

Rev. James R. Bruce has served as “coach” chaplain of the Panthers for three years at the request of head football coach Ronnie Wilson and his staff. During that time, Bruce says he has come to be accepted as “one of the group instead of the pastor they see on Sunday morning.”

He has traveled with the team and met with them prior to each home game.

“We have a devotional thought of three to five minutes in the locker room before we go out for the game, during which we build on positive idea,” Bruce related.

When asked if having a chaplain on the team had improved the record of the team Bruce responded, “There is no real way to judge that, but the quality of players and their increased number has been a noticeable change.”

Bruce says that some of these young men have become Christians from having had a Christian atmosphere in which to prepare for the game. He has also been able to minister to families through the contacts made with the players on the field.

Pastor of the First Baptist Church for the past 23 years, Bruce believes in associating with young people and being available when they need someone to talk to or a shoulder on which to cry.

“I never played football,” he commented. “This is probably the closest to it I’ll ever come.”

Born in the Holly Springs community north of Inman, S.C., Bruce has devoted his life to sharing the Gospel. He has served churches in Comanche, Oklahoma, Greenville, Ware Shoals, and Inman, South Carolina. He has served both at the associational and state level of Baptist work in various capacities. He has been on the General Board of the State Baptist Convention, vice-president of the Pastor’s Conference, first vice-president of the Convention, president of the Convention and a trustee at Anderson College, Furman University, and Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. He has also served on the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and has been a trustee at Golden Gate Theological Seminary.

Presently, serving on the Board of Trustees of North Greenville College, Bruce is the chairman of the public relations committee.

Coach . . . yes, but more so a servant of God dedicated to serving people and sharing God’s love.

Published in the January 1979 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

B. B. Jernigan (’22): Steward of Many Talents

“And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability . . . (Matthew 25:15)

Broadie B. Jernigan (’22) understood the full meaning of the Scripture and set out in in life to fulfill it! He knew that God so loved the world that He have His only Son, so that whoever believed on Him would have eternal life. But he also knew that God needed a lot of help getting that done – so many people and so few workers!

Jernigan spent his life seeking to share God’s love in any way he could or knew how. Let’s see how he got there.

The beginning for B. B. Jernigan was January 19, 1989, in a tenant farmhouse in Darlington County. Eight years later, he began school. Twenty-two months afterward his father his father took him out of school. He did so because he was afraid that the smallpox vaccination, which was being given to everyone, might have bad effects on his children. (He had lost a leg because of a sore, which came up on his leg and would not heal, and he didn’t want the same thing to happen to his children.)

More than 10 years later, Jernigan decided to come to North Greenville High School because he’d been told that he could work his way through. He sent a telegram to the college” “Expect Monday P.M. – Make Room.” He was 21 years old when he began the eighth grade. His first courses were Latin and spelling!

He laughingly remembers the time when he told Harvey Gibson (then a student, now an English instructor) to eat green persimmons and the times when he and Harvey rode the bulls up to the barn to keep from walking.

Jernigan left North Greenville and went to Mars Hill College and from there he came to Furman. While at Furman, he began to put actions with his preparation. He established a Sunday School and then a church – Park Place Baptist Church, Greenville – in 1925. One year later, he married Zoe Pangle.

In 1928 he moved to Aiken County, where he would pastor two churches – Bethcar and New Holland – for the next nine years while he taught in Wagener public schools five of those years. From there he went to the First Baptist Church, Loris, where he was in 1941 when he decided to join the Sunday School Department. From that time until March 1, 1966, he spent his time and energy organizing, strengthening, and undergirding the Sunday School programs in Baptist churches all across South Carolina.

One could stop here and say that B. B. Jernigan had used his talents wisely for the Lord, but to do so would be to miss the “real” story of the life of B. B. Jernigan.

Shortly after moving to Columbia, Jernigan brought a 14-acre tract of land five miles out on South Beltline Boulevard. He, his wife, and the three daughters built a three-room, temporary house (which they fondly called “the shack”) to live in while they built the family home. They built it almost completely by themselves over a period of six years, Columbia has since grown well beyond the Jernigan home place, which is considered a showplace to area and state people who know B. B.

One would truly have to talk to B. B. Jernigan and see his home firsthand to understand this many-talented man. The grounds – rock walls of rocks from all across the country and the gardens of flowers and trees that came from the mountains to the coast – demonstrate Jernigan’s love for God’s creation. Azaleas, camellias, and boxwoods grace the landscape in every direction. Jernigan likes to raise boxwoods as a hobby, so one can understand why hundreds of them in all shapes and sizes lace the garden.

Jernigan says, “I saw Jesus in the garden, and I asked Him to let me live until I could reach the house.” Two years back he had been working in the garden and had suddenly collapsed. Feeling near death, Jernigan had been able (after his request) to make it into the house, which was about 150 yards away, uphill. He woke up in the Baptist Hospital in Columbia and discovered that he had lost 17 pints of blood from a bleeding ulcer. There’s still something sacred about the spot in the garden!

Jernigan chuckles as he tells on about his cars – he’s only owned six in his life, has paid less than $4,700 for all of them and still has four of them. He says the 1963 Chrysler he is driving now will be his last car. He has logged mileage such as 400,000 miles on an old Ford and 219,000 on the “gray goose,” a 1953 Plymouth he used for many years traveling for the Sunday School Department.

His first wife, Zoe, died a few years back. Fond memories of her are still evident. He chuckles as he tells of how he proposed to his second wife, Pauline. They had been somewhere to ear, he recalls, when he asked her how she would like to be Mrs. Jernigan. “We haven’t known each other long enough,” was her reply. “If 25 years isn’t long enough to know someone, I don’t know what is,” he exclaimed. (They had worked in the Sunday School Department together – he for 25 years, she for 40).

Jernigan is indeed a man of God who proves the Scriptures. Always quick to have something funny to say, he has a zest for life at 79 that seems to be increasing daily. After 12 years of retirement, he is still supplying in churches and has served as interim pastor for 11 churches across the state.

The warm smile, the dry wit, and the open heart of love for his fellow man are trademarks for B. B. Jernigan exudes. North Greenville honored him as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1969 and it based much of its decision on these very traits. Jernigan retired or not, refuses to stop promoting Sunday School work and sharing the Good News.

“For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance . . .” (Matthew 25:29a).

Article published in the October 1978 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter

Memories: From Milking to Ministry

KM_C308-20180221101935Thomas C. Sherwood (’45) was born July 25, 1922, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where his parents were Baptist missionaries. He joined the staff at Southern in 1953 and his tenure is among the longest of any faculty or staff member. In the following article Sherwood shares his memories about the college and the influences it had on his life.

… If you had been at North Greenville in 1942, one of the things you would remember would be the smallness of the classes and of the school compared to its present size. I think we had only five, maybe six classrooms. I remember the clean mountain air, the spiritual life, the work, and the educational environment. We (about 120) were like one big and basically happy family. We were so far away from the city that we had to be very much self-sufficient.

I’ve heard that my arrival in 1942 at North Greenville along with my brother, William, created a few questions in the minds of some of the students. What would two boys from Brazil look like (dark?) and would they be able to speak English? We were raised in Brazil, South America, where our parents were Southern Baptist missionaries.

Some way or other we had heard about North Greenville along with Mars Hill and Buie’s Creek. North Greenville had the academy at that time, I chose North Greenville. Why? I’m not sure, but I believe it was mostly because it would provide for me an opportunity to work and pay my expenses. Having milked cows at home and knowing that North Greenville had a dairy, I figured there was at least one job, I could do. Some work was required of all students back in those days.

When my brother and I arrived on campus one of the first things we had to do was determine what courses we should take. I had no previous formal high school record. Most of my studies in Brazil, were via correspondence, home study, Calver School, and private tutors in various subjects. After a conference with the dean and/or the registrar I was told that if I’d take certain subjects, including 10th and 11th grade English and American History, and do well in them I could expect to get my high school diploma at the end of the school year. I graduated from the academy the next spring. There were five of us in that class. In the fall of 1943, I started my freshman year of college at North Greenville and two years later graduated with the A.A. degree. There were 36 in my graduating class.

I believe in the providence of God that it was possible for me to attend North Greenville. World War II, going on at the same time, interrupted the college education plans of many people. When I had landed in Miami, Fla., I was given one week to register for the draft. Before that fall semester was over I had been called up, examined and, because of a small limp, turned down with a 4F classification. This did not upset me greatly for it provided me the opportunity to continue my education. I had earlier received a similar classification from the Brazilian army, even though I was told to volunteer.

When I got to North Greenville, I indicated my desire to work and pay my own expenses as much as possible. I think before the week was out I was in the fields helping to bale hay. I was give the “glorious” task of wiring the bales. What a job! I’d stick the wires in one dies of the baler, run around to the other side and tie them. This was not too bad since I had worked on fences before at home, but not with others pitching hay above me! I still remember the straw and dirt going down my back. We all got dirty, especially me. The others had given me the dirtiest job, but so what. I soon graduated from the hayfield and baling the hay to feeding it to the cows.

In those days we had a registered Guernsey dairy herd. We milked the cows by hand and we could actually do the job, when rushing, averaging about five minutes per cow, once we had everything ready to start milking. One of the problems was getting up at about 5:00 every morning so that we could get through, eat breakfast, get cleaned up, and still get to an 8:00 class. There were times I had to go to class in my barn overalls or else be late to class. I had to study hard, sometimes late at night. The other dairy workers and I sometimes had trouble staying awake in class. I remember a classmate, Heyward Comer, asking Dr. Gillespie in Greek class why he didn’t make me stay awake, to which good Dr. Gillespie answered that he didn’t care if I slept, as along as I’d answer his questions when asked.

I remember “Fess” Blackwell in math class and his left-handed pitching of a piece of chalk out the window or into the back of the room. He was a good teacher in physics as well as in math.

Miss Harlee Cooper was another good teacher. I remember grading papers for one of her history classes and I’ll never forget the time I had to record an “F” for one of the student. Who? I’ll not tell!

Miss Elsie Tuttle was my teacher in social studies. Miss Marion Burts was our librarian. I remember that my English teacher one year was younger than several of us in the class. Mrs. Glennie Cook Dill was in charge of the kitchen and Mrs. Maude White was the Dean of Women. There was Mr. Harold Dill and Mr. Leland Rogers. None of us will ever forget “Mother” Wingo. She was always trying to do something for all of us. She let us know that she cared about us. But, the two person with whom I was probably the most closely associated were Mr. Grady Culbreth and the president, Dr. M. C. Donnan.

Church was in the school auditorium in those days. Part of the time I was an usher. I remember being disillusioned by some of the ministerial students since I expected them to be more exemplary in their speech and behavior. I think I had not accept their humanity.

I enjoyed working at North Greenville and was able to pay for most of my expenses. Besides working in the dairy, I fired the school heating plant part of one winter season – part of the time with wood due to the coal shortage. We had built a new heating plant and begun the Neves Dining Hall. The walls around the heating plant were 18 inches thick, I think. We had to build the forms, put in the steel, mix the concrete with a hoe and shovel, and use wheelbarrows for hauling and pouring it into the forms.

I didn’t know how to drive a car when I went to North Greenville even though I was already 20 years old. I learned to drive at North Greenville. One day I was getting ready to mix some feed for the cows and needed some corn or cotton seed meal loaded on an old truck to move to the barn. No one else being around to drive the truck, I took the opportunity and did it myself. I backed it successfully about 100 yards or more as needed. That was my first driving job of many later ones.

During the summer we had excess milk which we sold to Ponder’s Ice Cream plant in Greer. I made that trip many times driving an old station wagon. On those trips we also go supplies for the school – mostly from Turner’s wholesale grocery. Of course during the war everything was rationed, but the college could get some things occasionally. Sometimes we got limited supply of chewing gum or Hershey’s chocolate bars, and were they delicious! One summer I made the trip back from Greer with 500 pounds of sugar for canning purposes. I have always wondered what would have happened if some bootlegger up around Hogback Mountain had known about it!

I think it was Bill Hawkins who had the reputation of looking for and reporting moonshine stills and receiving a reward (fact or fiction I don’t know) for such. I had never seen a still, so one afternoon I went with him up toward Hogback Mountain. We saw several stills, two or three of them in operational condition and Bill said of one that it looked like it was ready for making a run that night. One time Bill and tall Marion Rector went up to look for stills and when spotted by one of the owners, had to flee. Though Bill was short compared to Marion, he outran Marion by a good distance, so the word went.

I remember Roy Finley and his flowers. I had many friends among the married students as well as the single students. I was in the home of the Roy Finleys, the Dovey Satterfields, the John Tollisons, the Guy Stoners, and the Glenn Kellys. Some other friends were Lloyd and Ray Batson, Harold Moore, Harold Collings, Bruce, Henry and Clarnece Barton, Melvin Faile, Albert Johnson, and too many others to be named now. There were girls also that bring back memories of North Greenville days. There was fellowship at the Gillespie home.

Some of those with whom I worked in the dairy were Heyward Comer, Cecil Satterfield, Jesse Allen Smith, Mann Batson, James Brown, Ellis Julian, William Touchberry, Noel Sharp, Calvin Staggs, William (Pete) Page and others whose names. I do not now recall. It wasn’t all work and no play or mischief. Sometimes we’d horse around and sometimes we’d squirt milk on one another almost the length of the barn. We were good shots! In the wintertime when we kept the cows inside the barn the odor was something! There was plenty of dormitory room for the men in those days, so we kept our barn clothes in one of the faraway rooms. I remember having to go to the pasture looking for a newborn calf, putting it over my shoulders, jumping a creek, and walking up hill to the bard with the calf.

One summer Sunday, I caught a ridge to Greenville for an evening church service. After church I started hitchhiking back to North Greenville. I intended to flag down the bus that would go within four miles of the school. Someone gave me a ridge for about four miles, letting me out about one half mile short of Travelers Rest. Very soon it started to rain and I got soaking wet. I walked all the way back to North Greenville and got there in time to milk the cows! The work was good for me, and I did my job responsibly though probably grudgingly at times. I’ll never forget Dr. Donnan’s comment in the barn one afternoon. He took a personal interest in all of us. He stated, “You may think that working with these cows is of no value in preparing you for being ministers later on, but you’ll find it’s going to take as much patience working with people as it does working with these cows.”

A number of times my P.E. credit was earned by going to the barn and taking care of a cow or calf. Because of the barn work and P.E. Class I had to take three showers daily and sometimes the water surely was cold.

I think some of the benefits I have from North Greenville are greater patience, not being afraid of my kind of work, and self-confidence in my ability to do things for myself. I learned to study hard. I learned something about solitude, since I once stayed there over the Christmas holidays so the others could go to their homes for Christmas day. I believe I got more out of my education since I was older than many of the students and had not the prior privilege of a formal classroom education. It was good have teachers who cared about us and inspired us to study.

One night when I came in I noticed something under the covers of my bed. I gingerly pulled back the covers and behold, a snake! I didn’t know it was a king snake until later. I didn’t want to mess up my bed by killing it in the bed. I knew if someone had put it in the bed I could take it out. I grabbed it right behind the head, took it out, and chopped off its head. I don’t know or don’t remember who did it.

In that first year at North Greenville, I gained over 20 pounds and reach my highest – 146 pounds. The weather and food must have been good for me, because I enjoyed good health.

After graduating from North Greenville, I though seriously about going to Carson-Newman College, but I finally made the decision to go to Furman instead. While at Furman University I returned to North Greenville for visits and made it my home during the summers. Dr. M. C. Donnan and Grady Culbreth helped provide work for me and I think understood me. I worked in the dairy, on the farm, construction work on a science building, and some carpentry work with Jones Construction Company, converting old army barracks into apartments.

I graduated from Furman in May 1947. In September 1947, I left North Greenville and rode by bus to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At the seminary I was given a work grant job. I graduated with the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees in 1950 and 1952.

In 1955, Johnnie Marie Morgan, a young lady I had met at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, and I were married. She is from Lancaster, Kentucky, and a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. We have two children, Joel, our oldest, is a sophomore at the University of Louisville, but is presently more interested in cars than college, and Melissa who is in the 10th grade, talks of wanting to be a veterinarian.

I’m still at the seminary. Since 1953 I’ve been assistant registrar and then registrar. This has been my ministry – to facilitate and assist others preparing for Christian service here and overseas.

I believe God called me into His service. Years ago I expected this to be overseas. Things have not always been easy, but I believe in the leadership of the Holy Spirit and above all that God would have us minister in His name without looking for fame or fortune. The experiences at North Greenville will always be a part of my life and I believe contributed to my continuing preparation for and in ministry.

One of these days I hope to be able to stop by North Greenville again and see it, though I know it is not the same. Dr. Donnan said one day they had to give up the dairy, one reason being the lack of persons to work it. Dairy or no dairy, I think the combination of work and education and a spirit of God’s leadership is essential in the formation of person for ministry. North Greenville had this and helped me and many others. 

Article published in the July 1978 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

Tigerville To Establish Fire District

The Tigerville community and the college in a joint effort have begun procedures to establish a voluntary fire district.

For many years the college has provided fire protection for the community with the 1945 Segraves pictured. Recently the college was able to acquire a new fire engine with funds received through the Milliken Challenge. Even with the new truck, both the college and the town realize that there still exists a need for an organized effort to provide fire protection and fire safety.

Article published in the July 1978 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Honor Student, Honored Teacher

Veda Nell Bagwell Sprouse and North Greenville College, for more than a quarter-century, have been linked together in a bond of learning. The relationship began in 1943 when she arrived on campus to begin her college career.

A high point in her years of teaching English and literature took place on Honors and Awards Day, May 2, 1979, when President George Silver presented her with the first Faculty Achievement Award for outstanding educational achievement and the years of exceptional service at North Greenville.

Veda, as he is called by her friends, made her debut into life in southern Greenville County and completed her high school years in Laurens County in the Harmony community near Fountain Inn.

It may be gratifying to some of the students who have sat in her classes to know she was a typical country girl getting into some of the “fads” of her day. “Choppin’ cotton?” Maybe! Not if she could get her two older brothers to do it. Smoking “rabbit tobacco?” She remembers her first try at the “weed!”

When she was about four, her brother took her to a “spot” out of sight of the house. He sat on a rock; so did she. Taking out his homemade corncob pipe, he stuffed it and lit up. He took a few draws and passed it along to Veda. Perched on her rock, she puffed away. Her world began to spin. Was she a sick little girl! That ended her smoking days. Can you imagine that!

From Fountain Inn High School, she came to North Greenville College in 1943. Her parents, John Edward and Dora Thompson Bagwell, and her brothers, Duard and Waymon, 15 and 13 years her senior, provide the support she needed. “I had three fathers,” she said (referring to her father and brothers), “to look after me, protect me, and encourage me in the role I had chosen for my life.”

At North Greenville she entered the English class of Miss Harlee Cooper, who became a cherished friend and ideal. “Miss Cooper made an indelible impression on my life,” she said. Many who have known them both agree and submit that as long as Veda Sprouse is alive, Miss Cooper continues to live. Like Miss Cooper, Veda is soft spoken and dainty. She is precise but not prissy, quiet ut not bashful, intelligent but never a know-it-all.

An NGC honor graduate in 1945 with the associate degree, she received the Bachelor of Arts at Black Mountain College and the Master of Arts at Duke University. She has done further graduate work at Winthrop.

Veda began her teaching career in the Georgetown County schools in 1948. Returning to the foothills she taught English in Travelers Rest High School for four years. After a year in the Lexington County Schools, she returned to the North Greenville campus in 1955 after an absence of ten years.

A young man in a Clemson military uniform caught her eye and captured her heart. Veda and Eugene B. Sprouse were married on June 20, 1952.

She has continued her role of teaching English, British, and American literature at NGC with the exception of two years at Greenville Technical College. She served as advisor of the Aurora and the E.Q.V. Literacy Society for several years. She has been chairperson of the Humanities Division for the past three years and presently is chairperson of the Special Academic Programs.

A country girl, Veda learned her subject well and teaches it effectively. Her commitment to Christ and her church is deep and genuine. She has put her faith into practice both in and out of the classroom. She requires much of herself. Many of her former students have returned to express their gratitude for her firmness in classwork and her Christian witness in the classroom, the “thought for the day” and prayer time. Both have had tremendous effects on the life and work of many. She give God the glory.

Eugene and Veda have lived in Greenville for the past 24 years. They are loyal member of Sans Souci Baptist Church where she teaches the Joy Sunday School Class.

We of the alumni family say “Congratulations!” and wish for Veda many more years of committed and effective teaching.

Article published in the October 1979 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Church Music – A Life Commitment

Philip M. Young (’56) “was determined to become a church musician before the first grade.” A teenage organist in the Pendleton Street Baptist Church provided the spark and the singing of his father, William “Bill” Young, the “constant and decisive” influence.

Philip grew up in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church and when he entered North Greenville in 1954, he was no stranger to Taylor Hall, where he had spent several weeks in associational summer camps.

Through a tenor in the church choir at 14, Phil was passed over for a place in the high school chorus. On arrival at NGC, he found his niche in the college choir and as a baritone in the male quartet.

For two years, Phil traveled with the two groups. On one occasion the four men headed for “M” night in Oconee County. Sopping off at Clemson House to dine, they depleted their combined wealth to 60 cents. After the service, they found two flat tires on their car. Back in the church they told the associational officers they must either have the flats fixed or adopt them. They immediately called a filling station.

At Furman, Mary Lou Strawhorn, a music major, was the student pianist for Phil’s voice lesson. Three years later, she became his wife and music collaborator. On completing his B.S. degree at Furman, he spent a year in graduate study at Florida State University.

Phil and Mary Lou were married – 1959 – and almost immediately he joined the staff at First Baptist Church in Henderson, N.C., as minister of music, and Mary Lou as organist. She is now the associate minister of music and organist.

Now for more than two decades, Henderson has been their home and First Baptist Church their base for a fruitful ministry in music. In addition to 187 persons enrolled in four graded choirs, he has developed a handbell program second to none that includes the Beginning Bell Ringer, the Bell Ringers, from the youth division and the Adult Bell Ringers – a total of 59 ringers and 95 bells. The handbell choirs are in demand to play for church and civic programs.

Phil first tried his hand at composing while at Furman. Since these academic efforts, when three of his choral works were published, he has composed anthems, cantatas, hymns, and a vast wealth of handbell music. In 1966, he was commissioned to compose an anthem for Choir and Cross ensemble for the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference in Miami, Fla. “Fanfare With Alleluias” was introduced and has been the most successful of his anthems to date.

His handbell works have been commissioned for various festivals sponsored by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, the North and South Carolina Baptist Conventions. Choral works have been commissioned by the Furman Concert Choir, the Centurymen, N.C. Singing Churchmen, and Churches groups. The hymn tune “Acclamation” is included in the 1975 edition of the Baptist Hymnal.

In celebration of North Carolina Baptists’ sesquicentennial year, Phil was asked to provide the text and tune of the hymn to commemorate the event. “God is Our Hope, Our Joy” is an interpretation of those qualities and beliefs that unify Baptists.

Philip Young has taken a leading role in the advancement of the quality of church music in the past two decades and has added tremendously to fill the void in the literature for handbell ringers.

Phil’s parents are active musicians. His father “Bill” since retirement has built more than 400 dulcimers and along with his wife, Milo, performs for various groups.

Philip and Mary Lou have one son, Jim, who plans to enter college this fall to pursue the study of the oboe. Three generations in the field of music and a growing list of music, contributions to the praise and glory of God is an achievement of which North Greenville College takes pride.

Article published in the April 1980 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

About the NGC Crest

Prior to 1951 North Greenville’s official seal consisted of the name of the school in circular form with the year of the organization, 1892, in the center.

In 1951 Hugo A. Duarte, then a student and member of the Aurora (yearbook) staff in consultation with Mrs. T. T. Dill, staff advisor, designed a rough sketch of the seal which is basic to the present one. This sketch, redrawn by an artist at Keys Printing Company and approved by Dr. M. C. Donnan, president of North Greenville, first appeared in the Aurora of 1951. The inscription at that time was North Greenville Baptist Academy and Junior College. After the Academy was discontinued at the end of the 1957 session, the seal was revised to read North Greenville Junior College. In 1973, it was again revised to reflect the change to North Greenville College. The basic design remained the same.

The seal is designed to represent the purpose for which the school was established. The Bible signifies the Word of God as the foundation of Christian faith and learning. The torch represents progress and enlightenment through education. The olive wreath stands for honor and excellence. The torch and the date, 1892, superimposed on the open Bible and the olive wreath thus speaks of Christian Education of academic excellence.

Article published in the April 1980 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

Profile of W. H. Hammett (’25)

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W. H. Hammett had an avid interest in old cars

Farmer, retired chemist, antique car enthusiast, active Christian . . . are just a few good descriptive words for Harold Hammett. Known as “Hambone” by his classmates, Hammett graduated from the Academy at the ripe old age of 15 in 1925. He chuckles as he remembers that his father “had to pay $25.00 a month to keep me in school.” In addition to no smoking, no chewing, and no profanity, Hammett recalls another restriction, “Students were only allowed to receive so many letters each month, and they were only allowed to correspond with those persons approved by their parents – the mail was censored accordingly.”

 

Hammett continued his education at Furman where he graduated cum laude in 1929 with a major in chemistry. That same year, experiencing firsthand the effects of the Great Depression and the stock market collapse, his first job paid 50 cents a day. “A pair of shoes was $1.00 and $2.00 bought all the groceries you could carry.”

Hammett devoted his active work years to local industry and farming. Since retiring from Texize in 1973, he has devoted all his time to cattle farming and antique car collecting. Referring to his avid interest in old cars, he says that “it is a sad, incurable disease, like golf and fishing.” His favorite is a 1916 T-Model Ford which he found in Wisconsin.

Hammett’ son-in-law and NGC’s Director of Admissions, Mayson Easterling, describes him as “an ideal alumnus.” “He stands by North Greenville consistently, contributing something every year.” A good example of his continuing support are the bushels upon bushels of apples he provides each year to be given away at the NGC exhibit during the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

Appreciative of his education, Hammett remarks, “In the old days, North Greenville provided me an opportunity for an education that I might not otherwise have received. We should all do our part to help North Greenville provide the same opportunities for the students of today.”

Article printed in the October 1980 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

The Church at Tigerville

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Francis and Doris Alewine

A vital part of the history of North Greenville is the Tigerville Baptist Church.

 

The organization of the church took place in 1918, but its origin goes back to January, 1893 with a weekly prayer meeting at the North Greenville High School, Sunday School, Training Union, a young women’s circle and a Royal Ambassador Band was added. Services were held in the school auditorium.

During these years, the church had the responsibility of ministering to students as well as to the faculty and community. Quality academic and religious training was provided by the North Greenville Academy and fostered by the church.

Plans for the first building were approved in 1946. The site for the building was donated by the late Mrs. Pearl Holcombe, class of 1897. Additional property was purchased from the B. F. Neves estate. This building was first used for services in the spring of 1948. On December 26, 1960, the building and all the furnishings were destroyed by fire.

Again, the church used college buildings for worship and Bible teaching while the present building was under construction. First services in the building were held February 24, 1963.

In 1960, the trustees of North Greenville voted for college funds to be used, if necessary, to supplement the pastor’s salary. A further expression of interest by the Trustees in the church program was in providing that “as much as $25,000 of the remaining debt of the present church would be assumed by the college and paid on a monthly basis.”

The link between the college and the Tigerville Church is bound together not only in history, but in a genuine concern and commitment to provide the best academic and religious training for the college community and a desire to provide a place of worship for the college family and the community.

The present pastor of the church is the Reverend Major Francis T. Alewine – class of 1948. A native of Taylors, and son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Alewine, he retired from the Air Force as a Chaplain in 1979. He is a graduate of Furman and Southwestern Seminary.

Rev. Alewine is married to the former Doris Blackburn – class of 1951, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. W. C. Blackburn. The Alewines have three children: Ruth (Mrs. Bobby) Page, at Southwestern; Alan, an engineer for Daniel International; and Mary (Mrs. Rick) Posey, in the Evangelism Department of the General Baptist Convention of Texas.

Article printed in the October 1980 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Self Foundation Grant To Be Used For New On-Campus Housing

North Greenville College has received a grant of $100,000 from the Self Foundation. The funds will be used for the cost of construction of the first unit of a new residential facility for housing male students.

Plans call for eight residence halls at a cost of approximately $100,000 each. They are designed for great flexibility in year-round use and economy for regular students and short-term conferences held on campus. (More than 2,000 persons used our facilities this past summer, and this project could increase that number coming from churches and other groups.) Each building will have two floors with six double rooms opening into a common lounge on each floor. The arrangement and size of each hall promotes student responsibility in community living and gives the college maximum efficiency in operation.

The new facility will replace Lawton Hall, built in 1960, which has provided years of good use in student housing and is no longer economically repairable. The deterioration of age and the demand for energy efficiency have led to the recommendation of the residential-type construction to provide for 192 men.

The Self Foundation, established in 1942 by the late James C. Self, a Greenwood textile executive, is dedicated primarily to the support of health care, education and cultural programs, and activities for youth and the elderly. Grants are limited almost exclusively to South Carolina.

Dr. George Silver, upon receiving notification of the grant from the Self Foundation, expressed on behalf of the college, “our most genuine gratitude for this support and for the confidence which it represents. We are now in a position to move ahead to make concrete plans to build the new residence facility for our campus.”

The South Carolina Baptist Convention, in its annual session in November, approved the college’s request to borrow up to one million dollars for dormitory construction. This moves the project a step closer to reality.

Article published in the January 1980 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

Sheriff Brown Acknowledges the Influences of Religion and NGC on His Job

How does his Christian faith and church involvement affect the giant-sized job of Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown?

The question is quickly reversed: How does it not affect it? Brown is quick to acknowledge the influence of religion as he works to assure high moral standards for Greenville County. Brown also credits North Greenville for its positive influence during his early college days.

“I am committed to a totally open administration. When I took office on January 4, [1977], I opened the door to my office and it hasn’t been closed since,” Brown said. “The county’s taxpayers are entitled to know what’s going on and I intend to carry out my campaign promise of listening to the people.”

A student at North Greenville from 1955-57, Sheriff Brown now administers a $2.2 million annual budget and oversees a staff of about 220, including about 90 uniformed patrolmen who cover the 789-square-mile county. “We drive three million miles a year and wear out a car about every three months,” Brown explained.

The new sheriff, 40, says his election last year was no shock. “I expected to win. I promised no magic, but just asked for an opportunity to prove myself,” he said, “and the citizens of this county have not been quick to criticize, but rather have given me time to show them the effects of the total reorganization of the Sheriff’s Department which I advocated.” Brown says that the reorganization will assure more accountability, better supervision, and maximum benefit from every tax dollar.

Recently a man came to the sheriff’s office and informed the receptionist that he did not have an appointment, but that he would like to see the sheriff. She showed him to Sheriff Brown’s office. The sheriff greeted him and the man responded, “You claim to have an open administration. I just wanted to see if I could get to you. Good day.” The man turned and left, obviously satisfied.

Brown says that while it is placed upon him every day, he refuses to bow to political pressure. “My dad taught me that if you’re right and you know it, you have nothing to worry about.”

Brown emphasizes his philosophy that it must be “us and we, not I, if we are to get the job done.”

The new law enforcement chief believes that the citizens must become involved in correcting situations that exist in the criminal justice system.

“We have been enforcing the laws of the people and consequently we have neither massage parlors, escort services, nor adult bookstores in Greenville County. This is largely to the credit of our solicitor, who cares what happens in our county,” Brown said.

Among the “firsts” which were a part of the reorganization was the establishing of a chaplains program in the department. “It’s one of the best things I’ve done,” Brown declared. The chaplain counsels with officers and their families, calls on them in times of special need, such as death or illness, and conducts devotionals at the platoon meetings.

While noting the many problems with which he and his department must contend, Brown is especially concerned about the fact that there now are more teenage alcoholics in Greenville County than ever before in history.

A native Greenvillian, Brown has for several years been engaged in various facets of law enforcement. He is married to the former Faye Brashier, also of Greenville. They have two daughters, Alison and Libby. Brown’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Brown, are retired and live in Greenville.

The sheriff is quick to praise North Greenville as “a tremendous school with a sound, basic two-year program that makes the last two years a lot easier.”

Brown is an active member of Berea First Baptist Church, where he sings in the choir. “The Lord never said that we had to carry a tune. He just told us to make a joyful noise, and I make the biggest noise of anybody,” Brown said.

Article published in the Fall 1977 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

North Greenville: Our College And Our Home

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Conya Blackwell

“North Greenville is more to us than just a school; it’s our home,” stated Mrs. Conya (Johnson) Blackwell, wife of Fess Blackwell, retired math teacher at the college. “I came to North Greenville in 1938, met Fess, and thought that was a good reason to stay.”

 

Fess loved people! One of his favorite pastimes was to sit at T.P. Wood’s store and “shoot the bull” with the folks from the community. He watched North Greenville grow and change. When he started teaching at NGC, there were only four buildings on campus.

North Greenville College gave Fess Blackwell a place from which to minister. The lives of many people were touched by him during the 38 years of his loyal service to the school. It wasn’t unusual for him to teach a student and later teach the children of that student. Three of the former students he taught were: the Honorable Albert Watson, Dr. Loyd Batson (president of the SC Baptist Convention), and Dr. Robert G. Mann.

One doesn’t talk with Conya Blackwell long before another great figure in the life of the college is mentioned – the late Dr. M. C. Donnan. Dr. Donnan made it possible for Conya to come to North Greenville. She had no family, so the college became her home. After Conya and Fess were married, Dr. Donnan became a close friend of the family, just as he was with many others in the community.

Why did Fess and Conya make North Greenville College their home? . . . Because they saw the potential the college had to minister to students, but even more so because they liked the people. They reared their four children, Jim, Jud, Robert, and Letitia, at NGC. The Blackwells attended Tigerville Baptist Church, where Fess was a Sunday School teacher and church treasurer for about 20 years. He was also a deacon for about 14 or 15 years.

While Fess was healthy and active he was known as a very dependable, efficient, faithful, and cooperative individual. He retired in 1968 after 38 years of teaching, building, directing athletics and caring for students. His retirement was not by choice, but because his health would no longer permit him to work.

Fess has now been disabled for 11 years. The last four of these years, he has been confirmed to Roger Huntington Nursing Center, in Greer, SC. Conya or one of the children visits him each day to feed and care for him.

Robert Judson “Fess” Blackwell doesn’t talk much now; he just listens, but his example says a lot to students and faculty alike. Fess never says a lot to students and faculty alike. Fess never saw his work as just a job; he saw it as a challenge and an opportunity to serve people.

“North Greenville has been our college and our home,” related Conya, “because it has provided us with an opportunity to serve others.”

Article printed in the Fall 1977 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

North Greenville College Extension Center Relocated

The North Greenville College Extension Center, presently located at the Wade Hampton Mall, will move to a new location – downtown on Main Street in the Insurance Building – effective August 25, 1977.

The well-known 11-story landmark across from the Poinsett Hotel is directly above the newly constructed Multimedia Building, City Hall, and Fire Department. Located in a growing section of the downtown area which is easily accessible from major traffic veins, the Extension will occupy the ground level of the structure.

By moving to the new location of the Insurance Building the administration hopes to improve the learning atmosphere and increase interest in the programs of the Extension Center.

The college will be leasing space in the building for an undisclosed period from Rev. Walter Brashier, a long-time support of the college.

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Dean Brissie

S.C. Brissie, present Dean of Instruction, will become dean of the new Extension Center.

 

Brissie has been Dean of Instruction for several years and has endeared himself to students and faculty alike.

Using his 30-plus years of education/administration experience, Brissie hopes to be able to give added “umph” to the existing program.

Mr. David Johnson will continue to assist in the direction of the Extension Center under Dean Brissie’s guidance and supervision.

Article posted in July 1977 issue of North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Dr. Murphree C. Donnan, President Emeritus, Dies

Dr. Murphree C. Donnan, 84, President Emeritus of North Greenville College, died after a long illness Sunday, August 1, 1976, at the Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital. He was president of the college for 33 years.

Dr. Donnan became president of North Greenville in 1928 when the school was an academy supported by local churches, the North Greenville Baptist Association, and the Home Mission Board. He led the school in its transition to junior college status and enrollment growth to almost 400 students. During his administration North Greenville acquired most of its landholdings and erected several of its permanent buildings. It gained full accreditation as a junior college. It also was accepted for support by the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

Dr. Donnan retired as president in August 1962, but remained for two additional years as director of development. Since that time he had lived on his cattle farm near Greer. He was president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 1960. Dr. Donnan was a veteran of World War 1 and was a member of the Greer Kiwanis Club. He was a member and former deacon of Tigerville Baptist Church.

A native of Spartanburg County, he graduated with a B.A. from Furman University and a master’s degree in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He was also awarded the D.D. degree from Furman University.

Survivors include Mrs. Donnan, a daughter, and two sons. In lieu of flowers, memorials were made to North Greenville College.

Article published in the October 1976 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

NGC Enrollment 1975-76

Enrollment at NGC for the fall semester numbered 638 including 129 on the downtown campus at Wade Hampton Mall and 34 special students. Of the regular students, there are 394 men and 204 women.

Resident students number 350 on the main campus with 119 commuting. There are 315 freshman and 154 sophomores.

Two hundred and eight are undecided as to their life’s vocation. Thirty-five are ministerial students, making a total of 101 in church-related vocations. Of the 598 student on the two campuses, 427 are Baptist.

South Carolina students on both campuses number 571 from 39 counties. Twenty-three are from eight states and four from foreign countries. Black students number 41 at Tigerville and eight at Wade Hampton Mall.

Article published in the Winter 1975 issue of North Greenville College Alumni News.

 

Warmth Comes To North Greenville

Two new boilers and larger fuel storage facilities have been installed at North Greenville in an effort to improve the safety and efficiency of the heating system.

For years the old system had been inefficient and in constant need of extensive repair in order to provide adequate heat. The new system will operate at a much higher efficiency level and will allow for future-expansion without the need of further experience to modify it.

The 30,000 gallon fuel storage tank will bring the total storage capacity for fuel to 42,500 gallons which is a little less than half the amount of fuel used per year. It is hoped that this new system will cut the total cost of heating the physical plant by 25%.

The college has paid special attention to meeting all of the requirements (installation and insurance) for safe operation of the system. This will help reduce insurance rates and add to the over-all safety of operation.

The total cost for this improvement will be approximately $150,000 when completed. With the cost of operation rising daily, this was not a welcome expense,

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Before. . . And we wondered why there was no heat in White Hall

but it left the school no choice but to make these changes in order to provide adequate heat and maximum safety for all.

 

Printed in the July 1976 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Gym Expansion

Trustees of North Greenville College approved a contract for approximately $350,000 for the expansion and renovation of the gymnasium. The Board’s action was announced by Dr. George Silver, president of the college.

Clark Construction Company of Greenville submitted the successful bid and works has begun in November on the outside. Insider work that will involve the basketball court will be delayed to permit use of the court through this season’s home games.

Seating capacity will be tripled to provide space for 1500-plus spectators. The front five rows on either side of the court will have movable bleachers to allow for two cross courts for intramural games.

Other improvements include a new entrance lobby with ticket offices and a concession area. Present office space and locker room will be renovated and expanded to include additional space. Visitor’s lounges will be provided for the first time. An entrance court is to be constructed at the southeast corner about the lobby.

The expansion and renovation, on the priority list of needs for several years, it expected to provide for the needs of the developing athletic and physical education programs at North Greenville for the next decade.

Article printed in the Winter 1975 issue of North Greenville College Alumni News.

NGC Opens New Branch At Greer

North Greenville College begins classes in Greer, January 5, 1976, when it will open the new extension center in the educational building of the First Baptist Church. Announcement of the trustee action to open the Greer branch was made by NGC President Dr. George Silver.

The decision to establish the new facility in Greer, to be known as North Greenville College at Greer, is to extend the ministry of North Greenville to the Greer area and surrounding communities. The move will provide their education in a Christian framework.

Possible courses will include some ten credit and ten non-credit courses according to Ms. Frances Rowles, Director of NGC at Greenville, who is also in charge of the Greer Division.

The three-day college will provide evening classes Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday each week. Students, adults, and veterans may begin or continue their college studies or take non-credit course they may desire or find helpful. Courses are offered for three hours each evening, including a 15-minute break, permitting the student to attend one night each week per class, saving both time and driving.

Credit courses will be provided for first and second year students. Anticipated courses include Bible, English, business law, business math, government, journalism, psychology, sociology, and speech. Courses for non-credit may include conversational French, English for foreigners, health, homiletics, income tax preparation, preparatory math, consumer problems, management, and folk guitar.

Instructors for the classes meet all accreditation standards. Several from the main campus at Tigerville will be available for the evening classes.

Article printed in the Winter 1975 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni News.

Averyt Learning Center Dedicated

Dedication of the new Edwin F. Averyt Learning Center was the highlight of Founders’ Day observances at North Greenville College on January 16, 1975.

Main speaker for the program was Dr. A. Harold Cole, General Secretary-Treasurer, South Carolina Baptist Convention of Columbia. Speaking on “The Place and Work of the Christian College,” Dr. Cole pointed out that “we in America are the inheritors of two great traditions: the churches and the schools, faith, and learning.”

“We pursue education that leads to faith, vision, understanding, and dedication as well as technical and vocational skills.”

“Our involvement in the field of higher education is to give moral and spiritual direction and purpose to the great power created by education itself.”

The new center, completed last fall, houses a 38,000 volume library, with a potential capacity for 70,000 volumes. The main floor includes study carrels, a listening area and language lab, faculty seminar room, art gallery, historical conference room, and exterior balconies for reading or just looking at the mountains.

Library stacks are located on the second floor, along with card catalog files, reference desk, workroom, microfilm room, and lounge. The lower half-story with a service entrance includes an audiovisual office, art studio, darkroom, and multiuse auditorium for film viewing, rehearsals, and recitals.

The new Averyt Center is named in honor of Edwin Franklin Averyt of Columbia. Averyt founded Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company of Columbia in 1937 and served as president and chairman of the Board of Directors form its inception until his retirement in 1970. He continues to serve on the company’s executive and investment committees and as a member of the Board of Trustees.

At North Greenville, Averyt serves as honorary co-chairman of the North Greenville Board of Advisors, which serves as advisors to the college’s “Decade for New Dimensions” capital funds campaign. He is a member of Shandon Baptist Church of Columbia, a life member of the Finance Committee, and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The 25-member Board of Trustees joined the college in the observance of Founders’ Day and met during the afternoon for their semi-annual session.

Article printed in the Summer 1975 issue of North Greenville College Alumni News

 

North Greenville Welcomes Fourth College President

North Greenville College welcomes the newly-elected president, Dr. George Silver, of Easton, Maryland, to the campus on August 1 when he arrives to assume his official duties. He was elected by the Board of Trustees Saturday, May 24, 1975, to become the fourth president of the institution since the two-year college program was inaugurated 40 years ago.

The president-elect was presented to the North Greenville Board of Trustees at the special called meeting by Dr. Boyce Tollison, Easley physician and chairman of the five-member committee to recommend a president. Other members of the committee were James Black, Easley; Dr. Basil Manly IV, Greenville; Joe L. Eudy, Swansea; and the Reverend Robert E. Cuttino, Lancaster.

Dr. Silver has been president of Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland, since its beginning nine years ago. He recruited the faculty and staff in the development of this comprehensive two-year college sponsored by four counties on the state’s eastern shore.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Silver is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University. He earned the Master of Education degree from Rutgers University, and the Doctor of Education degree from Temple University.

The 48-year-old educator has taught on the junior and senior level. He was Administrative Assistant to Directors of Logistics and Finance and Assistant Director of Finance for the Department of Defense of the State of New Jersey for seven and one-half years. He served for four years as business manager of Jersey City State College and in the same position at Meredith College, a Baptist school for women, in Raleigh, NC, for two years prior to his work at Chesapeake College. He is presently an officer in the Army Reserve.

Dr. Silver is well known in Maryland as an active Baptist layman. He is president of the State Convention’s Executive Board and a member of the Board of Trustees of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

During his visit to the North Greenville campus, Dr. Silver said, “I am delighted for the opportunity of serving the people of South Carolina through a Christian institution of higher learning, and look forward to the opportunity and challenge.”

Dr. Silver is marked to the former Jane Harman, also a native of New Jersey. She has a B.S. degree in secondary education from Trenton State College and a Masters degree in counseling from Towson State College, and has done further study at the Universities of North Carolina and Maryland.

A former teacher in the public schools of New Jersey and Maryland, she has served as counselor and coordinator of Alumni Affairs at Chesapeake College since 1968. An active Christian, she is a Sunday School teacher and W.M.U. leader. Her hobbies include reading and needlework.

The Silvers have two children. George Reeve, 23, is a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College and now a first-year veterinary student at Tuskegee Institute. He is married to the former Elizabeth Ann Franklin, a registered nurse. Melissa, 19, will begin her sophomore year at Furman University this fall.

Article printed in the Summer 1975 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni News.

NGC at Greenville

The opening of the first term of North Greenville College at Greenville has been “successful beyond expectations,” according to Harry L. Thomas, director of the new program. “Now we’re busy planning for an even greater second semester,” Thomas added.

After expecting about 50 students, at the most, for the first term, “about an even 100 registered,” Thomas said, “and will be taking courses toward a two-year program, as is offered on the main campus of NGC at Tigerville.”

“The students can take anything here on the Greenville campus that they can on the main campus,” Thomas said, “with the exception of laboratory science courses and music courses.”

About 20 courses are offered now in two divisions-morning and night-which has tended to draw some students who could not carry on their regular schedules and go to school during the day.

“We are delighted at the way things have developed,” said Thomas, who speculates that the college will soon outgrow its present building at the Wade Hampton Mall, even though concrete plans for the program were not begun until six months ago.

“Pre-enrollment prospects for next semester are rosy,” Thomas added, “There is every indication that we should enroll as many for the spring term as we did in the fall.”

Article was published in the Fall 1973 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni News.

A New Era Begins

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From left, bottom row: Dr. Lindsey; grandson Harold E. III; Mrs. Lindsey; Jane, a senior at Georgia Technical Institute; Top row: Ed, a graduate student at University of Virginia, and his wife, Janice; Laura, 14, at home; Ann, Gene’s wife; and Gene, a fourth year medical student at Harvard.

The dawning of July 1, 1970 ushered in a new era for North Greenville Junior College. The transition from the old administration to the new was made quietly and without fanfare.

 

The coming of Dr. Harold E. Lindsey, third president of the college, brings fresh, dynamic leadership to the campus. The dramatic unfolding of events the first two weeks reveals the implementation of his “Dream for North Greenville.”

The excitement and enthusiasm of the new era is evident on the campus among administration, faculty, and students alike and reaches out into the community, the state, and beyond.

Dr. Lindsey, in relating his dream, said, “I want everybody to know something about the venerable, wonderful story of North Greenville. I want people to know us as we really are . . . and to know what we can become.”

In relating the purpose of the college to a group of trustees, staff, faculty, student, denominational, and community representatives gathered on the campus. Lindsey said, “We are not a church, we are not a Bible institute. Our purpose is to help develop intellectually and spiritually in a Christian framework.

Planning with the Trustees

President Lindsey and the trustees disclosed long range plans that will double the college’s assets by 1975.

The board of trustees in their semi-annual meeting, the first under the new president, approved the recommendation of the landscape consultants for the landscaping of the entire campus. The work is to begin on the first phase of the project as soon as money is available – perhaps this fall.

This is the first step in the $2,500,000 development program. Included in the long range development program is the construction of a new library, fine arts building, and additions to the student center and dormitories.

Yes, a new ear has begun! Fulfulling the purpose of the college cannot be accomplished alone. “But we can,” says Dr. Lindsey, with friends, churches, and a place in the hearts of the people can be the best Christian junior college in the United States.”

Article printed in the Summer 1970 issue of the North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

 

North Greenville College

The South Carolina Baptist Convention at Myrtle Beach in November, 1972, made the name change to North Greenville College official. Final action will be taken by the South Carolina legislature to amend the charter to drop “junior” from the name and give the new title legal status.

Action was initiated more than a year ago by the trustees and the request was made to the state convention in November 1971. Since the request required a change in the constitution of the convention, such approval could not be given until “the amendment will have been presented to the convention at the previous annual meeting before action is taken on it.”

This will be at least the fifth time the charter has been amended to reflect a change in the name of the 81 year old institution. Other attempts have been made to change the name but were either denied or withdrawn.

Taking its name in 1892 from its founder, the North Greenville Baptist Association, the institution was known simply as the North Greenville High School. In the changes that have followed, the school has never forgotten the rock from which it was hewn and has worn with pride the title North Greenville in her name. Once again, all the trimmings are dropped and she flies with simplicity and dignity the banner North Greenville College.

This article was printed in the Winter 1973 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni News.

Campus Improvement Continues

Construction on the new Library-Learning Resources Center is moving forward with the foundation and walls for the lower level in place.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the center were held in Turner Auditorium on Wednesday, May 3, 1972, at 10:00 a.m., because of the weather conditions, Dr. Harold Cole, alumnus and General Secretary-Treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention led the six representatives of the college in manning the golden shovels in the huge sandbox.

The contract was signed on Friday, June 23, 1972, for $678,855 with Sherman Construction Company of Greenville to build the new library. This marked another major milestone in the history of North Greenville. The contract was presented by Stanley B. Duffies, vice president of Piedmont Engineers, Architects and Planners of Greenville, and R. Carroll Poole represented Sherman.

North Greenville President, Harold E. Lindsey said “the signing culminates 22 months work. I feel that it was an arrow pointing to the direction we wanted to go,” he said. “It will be a library that will insure growth and quality for a long time.”

The total projected cost of the Learning Center is $859,000 including movable equipment. Construction began on July 10 and the new facility is scheduled to open by the fall of 1973. This will mark the first time in the 80-year history of the school that the library will be housed in its own building.

Two faculty houses have been constructed on the campus and five parking areas paved during the summer as landscaping projects continue to improve the appearance and usefulness of the campus.

Printed in the Fall 1972 Issue of the North Greenville College Alumni News.

Why Baptists Are In Higher Education

It is not generally known that foreign missions is the cause for Baptists being in higher education. Years ago, several missionaries who had recently become Baptists found themselves in a foreign country without support. It was decided that one would return to this country and seek support. Luther Rice was chosen as the man and he came back to America to go up and down the Atlantic seaboard, challenging the various Baptist churches to support Adoniram Judson and others in Burma. The weight of his message was, “Organizing yourself into association and start colleges to train missionaries.” Much of his preaching was done in South Carolina, and so it is not surprising that the oldest Baptist college in the South is Furman University, and that the oldest association in the South is the Charleston Association.

To be sure, other Baptist colleges in the South were started at different times and with different motives, but always there is a similarity. North Greenville was started by a group of men in the North Greenville Association. Perhaps the best known quotation in connection with the founding of North Greenville is that made by Dr. M. L. West on October 14, 1891, at the meeting of the North Greenville Association in Marietta. In thinking of the need for a school, Dr. West said, “We can have a school of high grade equal to any in the country.” The next year North Greenville opened its doors to its first class.

But there are sincere people among us who will admit that all of this may be true, and that there was a time when we needed Baptist colleges, but who wonder if these colleges have not outlived their usefulness.  It is not unusual to hear some influential Baptist say that all of our education can now be done in the state schools. Those who work close to Christian schools know that never in the history of our country were they more needed than now. In fact, the very struggle for their survival is proof that they are needed more than ever. If their existence was easy, there would perhaps be less need for them.

What can a Christian college give that cannot be given at a state school? Is not education itself all that we are after? And is there such a thing as education in a secular atmosphere and education in a Christian atmosphere? This is the earnest question in the minds of many Baptists today. To be sure, there is an enormous difference. Every professor teaches in two ways: directly and indirectly. He teaches his subject matter directly, but indirectly he teaches what he is! When a large group of Christian teachers are gathered in one place, and the entire atmosphere in one place, and the entire atmosphere of this place is Christ-honoring, then the indirect teaching is much more effective. This does not mean that he has to preach instead of teaching his subject. It means that he teaches his subject in an atmosphere that is more conducive to learning. Baptists are in higher education because someone needs to send Christians out into society to be a leavening influence, and no institution can bring young people to a Christian maturity quite like a Christian college.

Article written by Dr. T. L. Neely for the Spring 1968 issue of the North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

 

Why I Teach at North Greenville…….

Wade H. Hale

KM_C308-20180125120757In the summer of 1951, two pastors from the Piedmont Baptist Association and I came to North Greenville Junior College to arrange for a Summer Camp for Junior and Intermediate Training Union members from our churches. From the time I first arrive on campus, I felt that I would like to have a part in the future development of Junior College which I had known of since 1936, but had only visited twice before. This was not a spur of the moment impression, for I had felt this concern and interest since my college days, but had never made an effort to make contact with one of our colleges.

There are several reasons why I teach at North Greenville. First, I feel that the Junior College has a unique role in our educational program The college is small and allows individual interest and counsel for any student who will avail himself of these helps. Then there is the challenge of the small part that each instructor can have in the lives of the many hundreds of students who have passed through our school. The Junior College does not sacrifice academic standards but challenges the student to do his best work.

The denominational Junior College still has the plus of a Christian environment for this academic attainment that needs never have apology for is existence nor be diminished for other attainments. I am happy to be a part of type of institution.

 

Robert T. Roper, Jr.

KM_C308-20180125120846In retrospect of my years at NGJC since 1960, I find pleasant memories. The associations which I have had with students, teachers, and administrators have been both enjoyable and challenging. The administration has remained helpful, cooperative, and supportive.

NGJC! Potential! Purpose! These concepts are linked together in my thinking.

My confidence in the potential which this school has in our striving world increases daily. The students gain my confidence in their potential which will, with God’s directive, bring them to fuller lives of service in many field of endeavor. NGJC has great potential in education, in Kingdom service, and in the lives of its students.

NGJC to me is also purpose. Here, many students have found purpose for their lives. NGJC has been a place of fulfillment of purpose for my life. From seminary books to math books at NGJC is a part of the continued unfolding of God’s purpose for me.

 

Veda B. Sprouse

KM_C308-20180125120920The American author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Give what you have. To someone it may be better than you dare to think.” Because North Greenville Junior College is the place of service to which the Heavenly Father led me. I have endeavored for thirteen years to share my live with my students. However, I am the beneficiary because I have come to realize that pioneering is not a thing of the past, it was not for North Greenville only in 1892, with her founding. There is always pioneering to be done – adventures of the human mind. Indeed it is a thrill to see young people develop wider and deeper appreciations, to delight in the adventures of intellectual curiosity, to become generous in their responses to humanity, and to permit their lives to be molded by the Master Teacher.

Article written for the Summer 1968 issue of the North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

It is Still North Greenville – By Whatever Name

Last summer [1967] the trustees proposed to change the name of the school to Greenville Baptist College. The action, however, was withdrawn later. Any further consideration by the trustees will probably bring no immediate action, at least, until some future time. In the meantime, further thought by alumni and friends on this and other questions pertaining to the well-being of the college may be enhanced by reflecting upon the past.

Let us first consider some of the modifications made to the name of North Greenville during the past seventy-five years. In 1892 when the school was first established, the name suggested by Rev. Benjamin P. Robertson and adopted by the North Greenville Baptist Association was North Greenville High School. Since the school was to be under the control of and supported by the Association, the choice of this particular name seems to have been appropriate. The purpose of the school, as stated in the Articles by which it was to be governed, was “to prepare students to enter college and to teach them the Bible.” It is interesting to note, however, that children of all ages were accepted and that instruction was offered on three levels, primary, intermediate, and academic – the latter referring especially to the high school division. From 1898 to 1905 North Greenville also served as the free public school for the local community, but according to a citizen who was a student at the time, “some patrons objected to this absorption of the free public school so the arrangement was soon terminated.”

The first alteration to the original name of the school was made in 1915, although the conditions prompting the change had developed several years earlier. On September 15, 1915, a new charter was applied for and North Greenville Baptist Academy was designated as the official name of the school.

Since 1905, the school had been supported jointly by the Association and the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. This additional financial support first became a reality when the trustees and the Association voted in 1905 to accept the offer of the Home Mission Board to add North Greenville to its system of mountain high schools. D. R. Evans, secretary of the board of trustees made this statement concerning the benefits of this action: “This does not change our relation to the school, but simply adds the fostering care and supervision of the Home Mission Board to our efforts to build and conduct a first-class high school.” At least half of the forty schools fostered by the Board were designated academies. Academy was a word used by John Milton, a noted seventeenth century writer of England, to designate an ideal educational institution. In England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the name was given to secondary schools organized to provide general education for Puritan children and training of young men for the Puritan ministry.

The second modification in the name of the school was made in 1935 when the trustees voted to add college work to the curriculum. During that summer, after the decision had been reached to continue with the second year of college work, the Association voted to authorize the trustees to change the name to North Greenville Baptist Academy and Junior College. Regular high school work on a four-year plan was continued until 1940 when it seemed wise to phase out the first two years of this work. This was done, and from 1942-1957 the academy division offered only the last two years of high school work. In anticipation of the final elimination of all such work the trustees voted in 1951 to change the name to North Greenville Junior College. This was made the official name in the spring of 1951 when the General Assembly of South Carolina passed a resolution to that effect.

It is noted that North Greenville remained as an important part of the name, in spite of the fact that in 1949 the control and support of the school passed from the North Greenville Association to the South Carolina Baptist Convention. This tendency to hold on to that part of the original name may be construed as a tribute to the devotion and fidelity of the Association that founded and nurtured the school through the first sixty years of its existence. Some are of the opinion that this name should be retained permanently.

However, it requires little research to discover instances of colleges whose names have been changed completely. Sometimes this new name has been chosen to honor a particularly generous donor or benefactor; at other times the change has been prompted by an enlargement and expansion of the offerings of the institution.

In conclusion, a brief statement will be made concerning the word “junior” as applied to a two-year college. Most of the two-year denominational colleges in South Carolina and North Carolina do not use the word “junior” in their titles. However, a glance at the Junior College Directory of the country shows that approximately half of the two-year colleges throughout the nation do carry the word “junior” in their titles.

As a matter of information and interest I requested Mr. Howard to prepare this article. It may be noted that he did not include two other proposals of a change in the name of the school. According to information given me, Dr. Sam Lawton several years ago proposed that the school be called Aurora College. More recently Donnan College was discussed as a possible change, but this proposal was later withdrawn. It should be noted that North Greenville has served the community and South Carolina Baptists well by either name it has ever been known – The Editor.

 Article written by Dr. Henry J. Howard for the Winter 1968 issue of the North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

Construction Begins on New Dormitory

Ground breaking ceremonies marked the beginning of construction of the new $304,000 men’s dormitory at North Greenville Junior College Wednesday morning, September 17, 1969.

Leland Browder, Dean of Men, led the prayer of dedication, making special mention of the scriptural reminder, “Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.” (Psalm 127:1)

Taking part in the ground breaking were Robert H. Green, chairman of the trustees, Dewey Calvert, dean of student affairs, Regina Chilton, president of the student body, Rev. Marion Moorhead, missionary and North Greenville alumnus, and Stan Craig, president of the student house council.

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Trustees: (l to r) Mrs. A. C. Brock; H. K. Sullivan, Jr., Re. J. W. Crocker, H. P. Griffin, R. H. Green, J. F. Hayes, and Dr. Neely.

McCrory-Sumwalt Construction Company of Columbia was awarded the contract and has begun work on the project which is to be completed by the end of May, 1970. The ground breaking ceremonies marked the culmination of more than five years of planning and work.

Elaborating on steps leading to the actual signing of the contract, Dr. Neely said, “We have been working more than two years with Channing P. Hayes, field representative for College Developers Associates (CDA) – a company primarily interested in helping colleges find a way to have the necessary dormitory facilities. It has been through the company that blueprints for the 23,134 square foot dormitory have been worked out as well as arrangement made to secure a builder. However, contrary to their usual procedure, CDA has allowed us to make our own arrangements for financing through a local bank and savings and loan association.”

Designed to house 108 men in 54 rooms on three levels, the new hall will be situated on the western portion of the campus between the present men’s dormitory and the gymnasium.

The non-combustible, brick-veneer building will be constructed with cement block – bar-joists – and will have cement floors covered in vinyl asbestos tile. It will electronically heated and air-conditioned with separate controls for each suite.

Floor-plan of the motel-type building with enclosed stairwells provides for units of two suites – composed of two rooms and adjoining bath – opening onto the outside walkway via a hallway designed to eliminate a maximum of noise.

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Miss Regina Chilton, president of the student body as she participates in ground breaking ceremonies.

Located on the second floor of the new building will be a spacious student lounge and an apartment for the dean of men which will include a living room, kitchenette, two bedrooms and an office. Plans also include a small room for vending machines.

When the new building becomes available, tentative plans call for the continued use of the old dormitory which will be renovated, one wing at the time, possible sealing off one entire wing to be converted into apartments for married students. The use of the Neves Building and White Hall for temporary men’s living quarters will be discontinued.

Dr. Neely observed, “It has been the feeling of the NGJC trustees and administration for some time that private colleges are moving in the direction of becoming primarily boarding situations. In the light of this apparent trend, the new dormitory for men is a big step forward for North Greenville.”

Article published in the Fall 1969 North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine

President’s Home Built

KM_C308-20180109134402On September 8, 1967, the Neely’s moved into the new home for North Greenville’s president.

During the summer of 1966, the executive committees of the North Greenville and Greer Baptist Associations met jointly several times to discuss the possibilities of a special 75th Anniversary gift to North Greenville Junior College. This gift was to be one that would enable the Associations to establish a permanent visible memorial at the college commemorating the important relationship which has existed between the Associations and the school since 1892. Out of these meetings came the recommendation – which both Associations subsequently adopted – that they undertake to raise $25,000 toward the erection of a president’s home.

The trustees agreed to accept the offer of the two Associations and to go ahead with the construction of the house. Since they were faced with the necessity of building another faculty house in 1967 they felt that this would be an opportunity to construct a president’s home and at the same time release the house needed for faculty use.

So, the house was built – one to which every North Greenville alumnus can point with pride. Because of the generosity of friends, the use of lumber grown on the school farm, and some school labor, the house is worth far more than its actual cost.

Of modern-colonial architectural style, the nine-room house has 3,540 square feet of space on the main floor and uses electric heat and air-conditioning.

The Thomas L. Neely family came to North Greenville in 1958 when he became Administrative Assistant to the President and was chosen as the college’s second president upon retirement of Dr. M. C. Donnan in 1962.

Dr. Neely, a native of Spartanburg, was a member of the college’s first graduating class in 1936. He graduated from Wofford and Southwestern Seminary and did graduate study in Central University of Venezuela, while serving as a missionary to South America.

He was married in 1941 to the former Carolyn Switzer of Roebuck, a graduate of Lander College. They have three children.

Harry, 23, is also a graduate of North Greenville. In his freshman year he was injured in a serious accident and twenty-three operations later, he received his B.A. degree from Wofford. Married to the former Patsy Baughman, they live in Spartanburg.

Carole, 16, is a junior at Blue Ridge High where she plays clarinet in the Senior Band.

Tim, 13, is an eighth grader at Blue Ridge High. An ardent football fan, he plays the drum in the Intermediate Band.

Written by Mrs. Alice Tribble for the Fall 1967 North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

Photo: From left: (bottom row) Mrs. Neely, Tim, Dr. Neely; (top row) Patsy, Harry, and Carole.

The Hester Years

Often we are asked the question, “What will the next building be at North Greenville?” Already architects are at work on preliminary plans for a new building to house the Hester Memorial Library. This is a building that is desperately needed, and must come in the near future if we are to retain accreditation. It seems fitting at this time that we take a backward look at the nine years that Mr. H. C. Hester served as principal of North Greenville Academy. It is in his honor that the trustees named the library many years ago.

Mr. Hester and his young wife studied at Southern Seminary at Louisville in preparation to answer God’s call as foreign missionaries. Their graduation from Louisville came at a time when the Foreign Mission Board was in financial straits, with a heavy debt, and it was not a heavy debt, and it was not possible for them to receive appointment for them to receive appointment. As a consequence he took two pastorates in the Edisto Association, Bethcar, and Rocky Springs churches.

After serving these churches for 13 months, Mr. Hester was extended the invitation to become principal of North Greenville Academy, of which his wife was an alumna. In 1919, he took his position, and served for the next nine years.

These were critical years for the young institution, following World War I, when financing an academy was virtually impossible. Many of the students that came to North Greenville had little or no money, and Baptist organizations were slow help. Recently we asked Mrs. Hester, “What was one of the most critical times that you remember?” She recalled her husband coming in one day from a meeting in Columbia with some of the state leaders. She stated that although her husband never showed emotion to any degree, on this occasion he wept bitterly. She learned from him that he had been told by the Executive Secretary that North Greenville would receive no more aid from the State Convention. His answer to this group of men was, “I accept the challenge. The school will stay open without your help.”

Soon after this Mr. Hester took nearby pastorates, and for over four years did not receive any pay whatsoever from the school. Not only that, he used much of the money that he earned in these pastorates to pay teachers’ salaries.

During these years after the war, when the country was moving toward a financial crisis, many academies were being sold. Some suggested that the same thing ought to be done with North Greenville. However, Mr. Hester determined that it would not end its life in this way. As a result, he resorted to some things which may have been misunderstood. At one time three members of this own family were teaching. This was not done in an effort to favor his own kin people, but rather because although they were fully equipped for the jobs they held, they saw his vision and would work for less money than they could receive at other institutions.

The largest undertaking under Mr. Hester’s administration was the building of a men’s dormitory. For that day and time, but as a consequence Taylor Hall was erected, and was an adequate men’s dormitory until recent years. These were done mainly by the students themselves and his own labors. One of these was a log cabin and two were frame buildings. The frame buildings still stand on campus land, and were remodeled in recent years and are still in use by married students.

From many alumni we have learned that the school enjoyed a deep religious life under this man’s leadership. This in itself speaks of his consecration to God and of his desire for such fires to burn in the hearts of those students that passed through these halls. He began a Saturday night preaching service, using the ministerial students as preachers. He was so insistent on the importance of this, although he had never heard of a school doing such a thing, that all of the faculty families felt it their obligation never to miss. He felt so strongly that the ministerial students needed such practice that when a boy refused to take his turn, his tuition reduction as a ministerial student was withdrawn. Out of this came a growing feeling that a church was needed nearby or on the campus. Up to this time the students attended Tyger Church, which was a mile away, and many had to walk both ways. A church was organized in the chapel of the school, and the Rev. C. E. Puett was called the first pastor. This church was constituted under the name “North Greenville Baptist Church,” however, the name in later years was changed to Tigerville Baptist Church. Across many years students attended this church in the chapel at the college. At a later time a site was purchased adjacent to the campus and a separate building was constructed.

Recently, in talking with Mr. J. T. Wood, he recalled the time when his father, Mr. John Wood, served the school as treasurer, and the many hours he gave to this work. He remembered studying Latin under Mr. Hester’s brother, B. B. Hester, whom the students called “B2.”  Mr. Wood, who is a teacher himself, stated that the Hesters were the best teachers he ever knew. He said, “Mr. H. C. Hester was a great man.”

Perhaps the final thing that caused Mr. Hester to resign and return to the pastorate was the death of Mr. John T. Wood. During Mr. Hester’s entire administration Mr. Wood had served as treasurer for the school, and Mr. Hester always knew that he could count on him to help him through any financial crisis. Upon the death of this dedication man, Mr. Hester, according to his wife’s own statement, felt that he had lost his “right hand.” He resigned in 1928 and accepted the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Wagener, South Carolina. This position he held for 18 years, until he was offered a job with the Sunday School Board in Columbia. One year later he died of a fatal heart attack.

Mr. and Mrs. Hester are examples of the dedicated Christian leadership that North Greenville has enjoyed across the years. It is people such as these who have kept this institution one that grows in its influence upon the lives of people and in its usefulness in the Kingdom of God.

Written by Dr. T. L. Neely for the Summer 1967 North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

Photo: H. C. Hester

A Backward Glance . . . The First Day

Mrs. J.C. Roe and Mr. Spurgeon Stroud entered North Greenville as students on the day school opened, January 16, 1892. Recent Interviews with them brings into the present some of the excitement they felt on that first day.

Mr. Stroud lives less than a mile from the North Greenville campus. Seventy-five years has not dimmed his impressions of the first day at North Greenville, nor of many events that took place during the nine years he was here. He was a member of the first graduating class from the academy in 1902.

 

 Dr. Neely: Can you tell us something about the first day?

Mr. Stroud: Yes, I remember walking to school. I lived about one mile from the school. That first day, Miss Cancie Hill came up from Greenville on an express wagon. I remember that she was slightly crippled, having had polio, and that she stumbled a little when alighting from the wagon. She wasn’t hurt, but this made an impress on me as a boy.

 

Dr. Neely: What was your impress of the building?

Mr. Stroud: Well, I was already familiar with the building, because I watched it being built. My father’s first cousin, Mr. Gibson, was the overseer. I went to watch the construction almost every day.

 

Dr. Neely: How did it compare with other schools at that time?

Mr. Stroud: Compared to other schools, it was a fine building. The school I had been attending was a one-room building with slab seats. At North Greenville we had three rooms – the music room, one room for boys and one for girls. You might say we were segregated. There was a porch which ran along two sides of the building; the girls’ room opened onto one side and the boys’ room the other. Boys and girls were not allowed to speak to each other. In the classroom, instead of slab seats we had desks. We also had chalkboards and a globe (the first I had ever seen).

 

Dr. Neely: What grade were you in?

Mr. Stroud: We didn’t have grades then. We studied by subjects.

 

Dr. Neely: Were there any boarding students?

Mr. Stroud: Many boarded in homes nearby, but the school didn’t have boarding facilities at first. Those who lived near enough walked to school, and many others rode horses. I remember two girls who rode ponies, and their fathers built them stalls on school property to keep their ponies in.

 

Dr. Neely: What do you remember about your graduation?

Mr. Stroud: What I remember best is the fiery little speaker. He was Mr. Wingo from Campobello. He was small in stature, but I was impressed by his message.

 

Dr. Neely: Where was graduation held?

Mr. Stroud: It was held in the school building. The walls between the rooms were constructed in such a manner that they could be taken down and a platform made of them. This made a nice auditorium for parents and other visitors.

 

Dr. Neely: What kind of diploma did you receive?

Mr. Stroud: A State High School Diploma.

 

Dr. Neely: Did you keep in touch with your classmates after graduation?

Mr. Stroud: Yes, most of the graduates began teaching school. I started teaching in grammar school.

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Mrs. Roe is the former Miss Nora Neves, and now lives at Travelers Rest. Her father is considered one of the founders of the school, and gave liberally to get it started. She attended several years, and then transferred to Greenville Women’s College (Furman University). Diplomas were not issued during the early years.

 

Dr. Neely: What do you remember about the first day of school?

Mrs. Roe: Oh, I was very excited. We were all very excited. Some of the children were very shy, but I was not as shy as some. The teachers were coming in from Atlanta. Miss Cancie Hill taught that first year. I remember that she always wore a hat. I never saw her without a hat, from that first day until the last time I saw her. I had most of my studies under Mr. Brock. He was a very dignified, very quiet man. Mrs. Brock helped some. She was a tall, slender woman. The music teacher was Miss Pearl Powers from Commerce, Georgia.

 

Dr. Neely: Had you seen the building before starting school?

Mrs. Roe: Oh, yes. My father, T.P. Neves, and Uncle Ben Neves had a store where Wood’s store is now. I was up there every day. Papa gave $500 toward the building and Uncle Ben gave the land. They knew they had to educate their children, and they figured this was cheaper than sending them away to school. Money was hard to get in those days.

 

Dr. Neely: What did you do after you left North Greenville?

Mrs. Roe: I went to Greenville Women’s College and then got married. I majored in piano and voice, and I taught music at North Greenville one year. Once when the music teacher quite suddenly just before commencement, I came in and finished the commencement music. The students worked hard, and we had good music that year. North Greenville always had good commencements.

Published in the Spring 1967 North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

Photo: Mr. Spurgeon Stroud

Their Deeds Live On

The development of North Greenville Junior College during its first seventy-five years of history has been dependent upon the decisions and actions of courageous and devoted men and women. They accepted without reservation a charge that was given them. Their charge was to establish and perpetuate a school of high quality which, in later years, was to be committed, entrusted, and delivered to succeeding generations for their custody and care. Among this host of devoted men and women are to be found trustees, administrators, and faculty members, as well as alumni, students, and interested friends whose only connection with the school was a genuine concern for its growth and well-being.

When Professor Peterson, the third principal of the school, saw that he needed to advertise his school in order to gain patronage from the state at large, he set out on a trip through the lower section of South Carolina. Traveling by horse and buggy he visited a church each Saturday and Sunday to meet those who were interested in attending school and to present the claims of his institution. Considering the slow and tiresome mode of travel he was forced to use, one must admire the determination of this devoted man who spent his vacation laying foundation for a greater success for the next year.

Another example of devotion to the school is that of Benjamin F. Neves, a friend and trustee during the administration of Professor Peterson. As related by Miss Jean Flynn in A History of North Greenville Junior College, because of an increase in enrollment, additional “boarding space became necessary. The Neve lived in a nine-room house on the highway. On down the road Neves owned a smaller five-room house. When the need for boarding space was told Neves, something happened. The Neves family – six in all – moved into the small house, while Professor Peterson and twenty of the dormitory students moved into the larger house.”

For our third example, we cite an incident that happened in the year 1924. During this year, there was a great deal of discussion concerning the wisdom of keeping the academies open. Dr. E. B. Crain, a trustee of North Greenville at that time, made the report on Education before the Thirty-seventh Annual Session of the North Greenville Association. Among other things he said: “Some are saying that our denominational academies ought to be and will be abandoned. I think those that advocate these things are making a mistake. This day may come. I hope it won’t, but if it does, it will be a sad day and a dark page in the history of the Baptist denomination.”

Soon after this, the Home Mission Board withdrew its support from the academies, so that it became necessary for Spartan Academy and Six Mile Academy to close. Long Creek Academy was taken over as a private school. Among the academies in South Carolina only North Greenville remained open because Dr. Crain and other urged the association to ask Dr. Charles A Jones, Secretary-treasurer of the General Board of South Carolina Baptists to return to the school twenty per cent of all funds sent him from the association for the Unified Budget. The amount requested was increased to twenty-five percent in 1927, and to fifty percent in 1928. With this financial support North Greenville was able to remain open. Without it the school would have closed.

In 1930, when the question of adding junior college work as under consideration, the trustees of North Greenville asked the Baptist State Convention to make a survey to determine the timeliness of such action. The study was made by a committee and the conclusion made by them is state in part below:

“We believe that the required number of students for a junior college could be had within two or three years, and that such an institution would accomplish much good in that section. However, it will take at least $275,000 to put this school in shape to become a standard junior college-$25,000 for debts, $50,000 for building and $200,00 0 for endowment. After weighing the above facts we are of the opinion that North Greenville Academy should NOT become a junior college.”

In spite of this adverse opinion, on August 4, 1934, the trustees voted unanimously to set up one year of college work. Later they voted to add the second year. By their courageous action North Greenville became a junior college.

Not only are courageous administrators and trustees needed to insure the success of an institution. Devoted instructors and ambitious students are also essential. North Greenville has been blessed with these also. I shall mention only two examples, one of a teacher and one of a student.

Miss Harlee Cooper joined the faculty in 1922 and served continuously until 1963 with the exception of two years, 1929-1931, when she was on leave of absence for further study. Some of the years of difficulty and uncertainty were during the years of Miss Cooper’s tenure. Funds were inadequate for payment of salaries and trustees made the decision that salaries be placed at $50 per month with board, salaries to be paid if and when the money comes in. In addition to her regular teaching load, Miss Cooper sponsored the E.Q.V., a literary society for the young ladies. She organized the Baptist Student Union and directed its activities for several years. She was also faculty sponsor of the Student Volunteer Band for many years. In May, 1963, Miss Cooper retired after thirty-eight years of “labor of love” for North Greenville.

For an example of a student whose life and work was noteworthy, we have chosen a graduate of the class of 1966, Miss Sheila Rice Hilley. Sheila lost the sought of both eyes at the age of six when she was struck by a car. The years 1952-62 were spent in the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. She completed the last two years of her high school work at Belton High School and was graduated in 1962. Thereupon, she entered the North Greenville as a freshman in the fall of 1964. In May, 1966 Sheila was graduated from North Greenville with high rank. In recognition of her courage and perseverance in the face of handicaps, the Executive Committee of the college chose her as the first winner of the Rodgers Award provided by Dr. C. Leland Rodgers, a former member of the faculty, in honor of this father, Alton Eugene Rodgers. “The Award is given to any student who excels in some finer quality of life, such as perseverance, heroism, or other unusual accomplishment.”

Written by H. J. Howard, Dean Emeritus, for the Winter 1967 North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine.

It Did Not Just Happen

North Greenville Junior College came into being through careful planning, long hours or arduous work, and prevailing prayer.

In the Fall of 1933, while America was still in a deep depression, Mr. M. C. Donnan, Principal of North Greenville Baptist Academy, offered room and board for me, my wife, and our two small children, Mary Elizabeth and Frank. This was to be in exchange for my making a survey to help determine the advisability of starting a junior college at North Greenville. There was, at that time, much skepticism as to the possibility of such an educational venture.

During the school year 1933-1934, Mrs. Lawton and I made a thorough study of all the Junior colleges in both North and South Carolina and in Georgia. We drove to the campuses of most of these colleges and conferred at length with the presidents and the deans who in every case were most helpful and encouraging.

Upon the completion of the survey, I presented to the Principal and the Trustees a fifty-page type-written report and met with them to answer questions and make definite recommendations based on the facts contained in the report.

I am convinced that it is a matter of great importance that this significant meeting was held in the room of the Boys’ Dormitory known as the Prayer Room. Rev. Buford Crain, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, presided. After the meeting was opened with prayer, I was asked to present my report. Many items in the report were very encouraging and added confidence to their hope. The one point which seemed to be most astounding to the trustees was the fact that North Greenville Academy already had a better trained faculty than several of the Junior colleges studied. All along throughout the struggling days of the institution, the very dedication of the faculty as missionaries, gladly working on meager salaries, made it difficult for many to recognize their true scholastic statue.

After a period of discussion, the trustees decided to take steps toward beginning a junior college. They raised Mr. Donnan’s title to that of “President” and stated that his “duties would be to have general oversight of the academy and junior college, to manage the financial affairs of the school, and to direct the school farm.”

The trustees then selected me as Dean of Instruction. They told me that my immediate responsibility was “to direct the scholastic growth of the institution from an academy to that of a recognized junior college.” Within three weeks, the academy department was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Secondary Schools, the highest scholastic recognition for a high school in the South.

In setting up a college curriculum, it seemed that the task was two-fold; we must have not only a worthy college offering, but also one that would incorporate Bible and Religious Education which would be commensurate with the purpose upon which the school was established. My second emphasis was in helping select faculty members, each of whom should hold at least a master’s degree, be a dedicated Christian, evince a missionary spirit of willingness to sacrifice.

With these two goals accomplished to a marked degree, we then set about to secure recognition of the junior college by the South Carolina State Department of Education and by any and all of the four year colleges, as individual students made their own choices known.

Great care was exerted to permit a student to make his own choice of his life’s work and of the institution where he would go for further training.

In those early days of stress and strain, one of the most encouraging joys that came to Mrs. Lawton and me was the happy experience of personally securing eleven of the twenty-two charter members of the first College Class of North Greenville.

Mrs. Lawton devised, developed, and kept a Permanent Record System for North Greenville Junior College during the five formative years of the college.

In the summer of 1934, we secured Miss Azie Lee Wofford, Southern Baptist Foreign Missionary on furlough, who was a Peabody College graduate in Library Science, to come for a few weeks to make shelf lists so the few books on hand could be easily accessible and thus form a basis for the beginning of a college library. Thereafter, M.A. graduates in Library Science were employed to promote the rapid growth of the library.

As Dean of Instruction, my responsibility included two other challenging problems. In my studies at Peabody College for Teachers and in my Survey of the Junior Colleges of Georgia and the Carolinas, I had found that the accepted practice was for a college to operate successfully for at least three years before it was recognized by other colleges and by the State Department of Education. This attitude of discredit toward the worth and work of our college and the hesitancy toward admitting its achievements until some time had passed, both seemed to be unnecessary. We were not asking for favors of anyone, but we were definitely holding out for recognition of reality.

When the time cams, President Carlisle Campbell of Coker College was the first to give a written statement that his college would admit North Greenville graduates to the third year college class without further explanation or any other stigma on credit earned at North Greenville and that the progress of such students would depend upon the work they did at Coker.

When Tom Neely, a member of the first North Greenville “College Class” expressed his desire to attend Wofford College, we took him to talk with the dean and registrar at Wofford, whereupon he was admitted without any question of work done at North Greenville.

At first Furman was hesitant, saying that our students could be admitted only upon submitting to and passing Furman’s examinations on the same subjects on which credit had been earned already at North Greenville. This I said I could not go along with because it reflected on our faculty. Then we were told by Furman that our teachers could just send the examination papers and let Furman teachers of that subject grade them. This I said was more unacceptable than the first suggestion, because, as I pointed out, some Furman first and second year classes were being taught by Furman seniors who had not finished college, while every first and second year college class (our entire junior college0 was being taught by qualified teachers holding master’s degrees.

Furman then decided that they, along with other colleges, would admit North Greenville graduates into the third year college class without question. Rapidly, many colleges gave their recognition and sought our graduates.

To get the South Carolina State Department of Education to recognize North Greenville as a college, seemed insurmountable. That trip to Columbia, also, was no made without careful planning and a great deal of earnest prayer. So much was involved in getting a favorable answer from Superintendent J. H. Hope. When Mrs. Lawton and I entered his office at the hour he had set, we went straight to the matter of recognition of North Greenville. He was pleased to hear about the new college and said that he felt certain that within two or three years, we could expect to be receiving recognition from the State Department of Education.

I said, “Here is our situation. We have a fine group of courageous students, young men and young women, who have been working to help start a good junior college. Now, to tell them that they will not be able to graduate from a college that is recognized, but that other students a few years later would have that privilege without being the pioneers that they are, seems a tragedy. I would like to be able to say that every student who graduates from North Greenville has finished a school that is fully recognized.” “But,” he said, “That would be unusual to recognize a school before its first graduating class. What proportion of your faculty hold the master’s degree?” “One hundred percent,” I said. “That is certainly unusual.” Then I said, “That matches my unusual request.”

KM_C308-20180104165037Superintendent Hope stood to his feet and said, “I am going to grant your unusual request and see to it that your first class finishes a recognized junior college. I will get my secretary to take down this letter and you can take it back with you.”

Before we left the office, Superintendent Hope had written and signed the recognition. Further, upon our invitation, he agreed to be the Commencement speaker for the first graduation class of North Greenville Junior College.

Written by Sam M. Lawton, Ph.D., Teacher, College of General Studies at the University of South Carolina, for the Winter 1967 North Greenville Alumni Magazine.

 

 

The Outlook of 1928

For thirty-five years, North Greenville Academy has served a great and noble purpose, but what of the future?

The Mountain View High School, along with a system of state high schools, had been established; thus the consensus of opinion of many people was that the academies were no longer needed.

The four Baptist academies, which were supported by the Baptist State Convention of South Carolina, were already closed or in the process of being closed. The North Greenville Academy, being jointly controlled and supported by the North Greenville Baptist Association and the Home Mission Board of Atlanta, Georgia, was in an independent position. However, a check of $500 from the Home Mission Board for the session 1928-29 was the last aid received from that source. One year later, the Southern Baptist Convention voted to discontinue the entire system of mountain mission schools; thus the support of the academy was left to the North Greenville Association. At that time, the academy indebtedness was approximately $16,000, for which the trustees had personally signed notes. To support the trustees, the North Greenville Association had voted to have a percentage of its gifts to the Cooperative Program sent back to the academy from Baptist headquarters in Columbia. Fifty percent of the fund was to be applied on interest and notes, and the remainder was to be used for operation. This amounted to a little better than $2,000 per year.

The trustees, in their effort to insure the future of the academy, employed a man who had been successful in raising funds for other Baptist institutions to put on a campaign to raise $150,000. This would pay off the academy debt, and also repair and build new buildings, with the view of enlarging the academy to a junior college. He made a good start by getting about $40,000 pledged within a short length of time, but made the mistake of putting the emphasis on getting pledges rather than cash. As a result of what is known as the depression, the banks closed and those who had pledged had no money with which to pay; therefore the trustees recommended to the North Greenville Association that those who had pledged be relieved of their obligations to pay. Although the men collected hardly enough cash to pay his campaign expenses, and some might consider the effort a failure, he did give the academy lots of good publicity at a time when it was most needed.

In the spring of 1928, as we were finishing our work at the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and praying that the Lord would open a field of service, a telegram came from the trustees asking that I accept the place as principal of the academy. I had not solicited the place; in fact, I had not given a thought to any type of school work. At the age of twenty-three I entered the eighth grade at Spartan Academy, and was very grateful for having had the privilege of attending a Baptist academy. Without making a study of facts as to the future of North Greenville, I accepted the place believing and trusting that the Lord was leading.

We arrived in South Carolina in time for me to attend the graduating exercises at North Greenville. So well as I recall, about thirty graduated. This was the last large graduation class of the academy. The eighth, ninth, and tenth grades were all small. The outlook for new students for the fall session was poor. I reported to Dr. E. B. Crain, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, that everywhere I went the people were inquiring if the academy would open in the fall. He replied, “Brother Donnan, don’t let that bother you. The school has been dying ever since I knew it.” At this point, I think we were at the beginning of the end of the academy as such. However, the school served a worthy and worthwhile program so long as high school course were offered, even along with the junior college, until Southern Associational standards required that the high school courses be left off. At this time there were three buildings: namely the main building, boys’ dormitory, and girls’ dormitory, all of which were greatly in need of repairs and painting. The dormitories were provided with low pressure cast iron boilers to furnish hot water and steam for heating except when out of water or coal, or both. As it was in the beginning, the classrooms were heated by wood burning stoves.

Under the administration of Mr. H. C. Hester a light and water system had been installed, consisting of a twenty-five horsepower gas engine to operate a generator which charged a system of batteries for lights and an air compressor for air to operate the Harris fresh water pumps. A pump was put in Mr. B. F. Neves’ well with pipes connected to a cistern on the campus which supplied water for cooking and drinking purposes. A pump was installed in the branch back of the school which provided water for general purposes. However, the batteries had depreciated to the extent that lights were on only while the engine, which gave lots of trouble, was running. The pipe lines to the branch froze in the winter. The capacity of Mr. Neves’ well was not sufficient and the Harris pumps were often in need of repair.

The roads to Greer and Travelers Rest were unpaved, and a party telephone was out of service most of the time.

Without Mr. W. D. Mitchell, teacher of Science and dean of boys, I would have been almost helpless until I had time to get acquainted with the entire system. Also, as has been true through the history of the institution, we were blessed with a good faculty. All teachers were efficient, cooperative, loyal, sacrificial, and true to what is known as the North Greenville spirit. After having worked with this group for a school year, also having received much free advice from Mother Essie Taylor which was appreciated, I felt better prepared for the next session.

In the summer of 1929, the road from Tigerville to Greer was treated with tar and gravel. An effort was made to get Duke Power to extend a power line to Tigerville, but the project was not completed until the summer of 1930; thus we saw the dawn of the a new day.

KM_C308-20180104164937Photo: John Ballenger, diligent promoter of high school for the north Greenville area, was born on November 25, 1832 in Spartanburg County. He died December 7, 1902 at his home, Tigerville, SC, about two miles from the school site.

          This picture was made in September 1901 by Mr. C. W. Drace of Greer, at Mr. Ballenger’s home now owned by the Merrill family.

          (Mr. Ballenger had lost the sight of one eye about two years before his death which probably explains why the eyes are closed in the picture)

 

Story written by Dr. M. C. Donnan, President Emeritus, for the Winter 1967 North Greenville Alumni Magazine.

North Greenville’s Diamond Jubilee

KM_C308-20180104164844This year we celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of North Greenville. Surely we want to make this a special year in our lives as well as in the history of the school. Never again will we have such a year in the lifetime of many of us.

As can be seen by this issue, the four alumni magazines of the year will be centered around this Diamond Jubilee celebration. There will be many interesting and inspiring articles about people we have known and loved as part of North Greenville. There will be pictures and other items which you will want to keep. We suggest that you save each copy of your magazine this year.

On January 16 (the exact date of the founding of the school) Founders’ Day was observed, with Dr. Baker James Cauthen, Executive Secretary of the Baptist Foreighn Mission Board, speaking. This was followed by a dedication of a new clinic, named in honor of Miss Elsie Tuttle, retired teacher.

Many other events will be observed during the year. Each alumnus is urged to participate in as many of these as possible. Let me call your attention to some of the more outstanding ones.

On Saturday, April 22, 1967, we will have our Annual Alumni Meeting at the college. This will be a dinner meeting, and we hope will be the best attended in the history of the school. Last year’s was the largest meeting of this kind ever held, and this year should be even larger. We are hoping on that day to bring to light for the first time a new history of the college, written by Dean H. J. Howard.

On June 4, 1967, a concert of sacred music will be given by Mr. Frank Boggs of Atlanta, Georgia. This will be a delightful event, and it is expected that we will have the auditorium filled to hear this well-known singer.

On October 24, 1967, a historical pageant of the foundation of the school will be presented before an official meeting of the North Greenville and Greer Associations. These associations comprise the churches that founded the college seventy-five years ago. This will be one of the highlights of the year’s celebration. The public will be invited.

We are delighted that the North Greenville and Greer Associations, of their own accord, have decided to make an anniversary present to the school in the form of money for a new president’s home. We are hoping that this can be begun soon, and be finished by early fall.

Article written by Dr. T.L. Neely, NGJC President, published in the Winter 1967 North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine

An Avenue of Opportunity… Opening Doors

KM_C308-20180104123111On August 28, 1966, the president of North Greenville stepped up to a door, inserted the key in the lock, and opened it. It was a small act, performed unselfconsciously, and without ceremony. The opening of that door, however, marked an important moment in the lives of many people. It also marked an important moment in the life of this institution.

Dr. Neely was opening the door of the North Greenville Evening Division in Greer for the first time to the public. The door of the building on 111 South Main Street in Greer is a symbol of an avenue of opportunity for three score people in the Greer area. We want to tell you what the opening door means to some of them.

Let us call him John. He thinks he is rather old to be starting to school, but to anyone else he would be a young man. His three children would think he is old, as all daddy’s are old to preschoolers. His wife is young and endowed with quiet ambitions for her husband, as all young wives are. A pastor in the Greer area a few years ago found this youthful family, and led them to a commitment to Christ of such depth that they are very sensitive to the leadership of God in their lives. John feels called to preach. And, like all called men, he knows it is a call to prepare for an effective ministry. More than one young man, working full time, with a wife working also, and sons and daughters has faced this call to the ministry. And for each of them it has brought with it the awareness of the magnitude of the step of faith involved in the husband and father going back to the school for seven or more long and costly years. John is not sure at this point that God is really calling him to make such an enormous step. But he wants to do it, if God is calling him.

The door to the College’s evening division in Greer means that here is a point where he can make a beginning in the direction in which he feels led at the present. John is enrolled in a course in Bible survey. Under the leadership who has answered God’s call John will develop spiritual resources and insights which will make the coming years plain to him. He is supplementing his church experience of worship, study, and service with an exploration in depth of God’s dealings with man. Under these circumstances we feel confident that he will be in the best possible place to confirm his feelings about his future usefulness to the kingdom.

The door opened to another person whom we will call Joyce. This student started to North Greenville several years ago. She has not graduated yet because in her last semester marriage beckoned to her and she answered, and she answered with the intention of completing her education. Coming to the Tigerville campus just isn’t possible for her now that she is working to help her husband through college. But through the evening classes she can take those few courses she needs to graduate. This would never have been possible for her in the foreseeable future if the door had not been opened just a few blocks from her home.

There are many people waiting for a door of opportunity to be opened to them and to the other members of their race who are trying hard to lift themselves to the position of exercising the responsibilities which go with the rights of all citizens. When the door in Greer was opened, two such students came in to enroll. Any progress that is made in race relations, any advancement in cooperation within the framework of just laws uniformly applied and uniformly obeyed will be made as people of good will, in the name of Christ, move forward through higher education.

Through those same doors have come other; a homemaker who wants to be better prepared to do substitute teaching in the public schools; a young man who wants to prepare for a position of top leadership in business; a layman who wants to study religious education and be a more effective member and leader in his church; a salesman who will someday have a business of his own, and a responsible place in the community because he is an educated man. These were joined by a teacher who knows that after several years she herself needs to learn that her pupils may drink from a fresh stream of scholarship; a young secretary who feels that additional training on her part will mean that the businessman she serves will be able to expand and improve his services as he has better-qualified personnel in his employ.

Yes, we have an attractive facility, and we will have good instructors. But the story of the evening division is not in these things. The real story is in the lives of these people whom the college is serving in a way it could never have served if it limited itself to the Tigerville campus. And they are a part of the North Greenville story now because someone opened a door.

Article written by Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, dean of instruction, for the Fall 1966 North Greenville Alumni Magazine

New Medical Clinic Named For Miss Tuttle

KM_C308-20180104123029North Greenville distinguishes one of its teachers, Miss Elsie Tuttle, by naming the new medical clinic in her honor. It is fitting recognition of her remarkable qualities of devotion, intellect, and strength.

Born in Illinois, Miss Tuttle received her Bachelor of Education degree from Illinois State Normal University and the Master of Arts degree from George Peabody College for Teachers, where she was a recipient of a Peabody Scholarship. She has done further study at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the University of Louisiana, and the George Peabody College for Teachers.

She has given long and distinguished service in numerous areas of teaching. Before coming to North Greenville, she taught in grammar schools of Illinois, Iowa, and Louisiana; she was instructor of geography at the State Teachers’ University, Memphis, Tennessee; also, she was a supervisor and critic teacher at East Texas State Techers’ College, Commerce, Texas. She taught geography, geology, and social science at North Greenville until her retirement in 1965, completing twenty-seven years of devotion inspired by her belief that the test of education is its use in meeting responsibilities in a complex society.

Her sense of duty has carried her into a life of great service. She is a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, national geographical honor society; Pi Gamma Mu, national honorary social science fraternity; the American Association of University Professors; the National Council for Geographic Education; the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers; and the South Carolina Academy of Science.

Among many honors Miss Tuttle is named in Leaders in American Science, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in American Education. Upon retirement she was awarded the Certificate of General Excellence in Teaching.

In the more than forty-six years of classroom experience, Miss Tuttle has exemplified John Ruskin’s philosophy that “education is a painful, continual, and difficult work to be done by kindness, by watching, by warning, by precept, and by praise, but above all – by example.

Article written by Mrs. Veda Sprouse, English instructor, in the Fall 1966 North Greenville Alumni Magazine.

 

Mrs. Dill Retires: 29 Years of Service

Mrs. Dill Retires: 29 Years of Service

“Mama” Dill, the home economics, art, and health teacher of North Greenville Junior College, is retiring this year after 29 years of service.

When North Greenville was still a high school, Mrs. Glennie Cook Dill came as a teacher of home economics and dietician.

Her nickname is “Mama” Dill, because she has been a mother and fostered many people in her Christian service.

Upon her coming to North Greenville, she lived in White Hall for 16 years. Later, in 1954, she and her husband built a home on the Dill Homestead Place on which they own around 100 acres of land.

Mrs. Dill is a very active person in various organizations, clubs, and functions. She projected the first May Day held at North Greenville and worked with it each year. For 18 years Mrs. Dill has been the faculty advisor for the AURORA which received a first class rating on last year’s issue and has received honorary ratings every year.

She is a member of the National Home Economics Association, and officer of the State Home Economics Association, and a member of the University of College Professors. Next year she will be president of the Mountain-side Garden Club. She is also a member of the Eastern Star.

Her hobbies are many. She enjoys arts and crafts at Camp Marietta. Taking young people to Ridgecrest brings much joy to her. Mrs. Dill also enjoys gardening, swimming, and entertaining. She raises dogs, preferably collies, and Black Angus cows.

Many of Mrs. Dill’s activities are in the church which she considers most important. A great deal of her works had been associational. When he first came to North Greenville, Mrs. Dill worked with the intermediates, and since then she has worked with the adults. She established the first Vacation Bible School and was superintendent at the Tigerville Baptist. She has been the president of the W.M.U. several times. She has also worked in the North Greenville Association and was president for five years.

Nine classmates of Mrs. Dill’s graduating class are on the foreign mission field. She had wanted to go, but felt that she should stay and help send others. Mrs. Dill feels that she has helped more in this manner.

One of her greatest joys is watching young people grow. She likes to think that she has lent a helping hand to each person.

It is with mixed emotions that Mrs. Dill retires. She feels that she can do more at home now and do some of the things that she hasn’t had time to do before. She has one son and three grandchildren. Mr. Dill is a civil engineer.

Published in the Summer, 1966 issue of the North Greenville Alumni Newsletter

 

Founders Day 1966 and Dedication

Founders Day 1966 and Dedication

Mrs. A. J. Foster was honored January 5, 1966 at dedication ceremonies for the Foster Student Center and services commemorating the 74th anniversary of the college.

For many years, Mrs. Foster has been a friend and benefactor of North Greenville. Since 1951, she has given a total of $85,000 to the college. Her generosity has also been directed to other Baptist institutions in giving support totaling almost $500,000.

Rev. Harry Granger, pastor of Crescent Hill Baptist of Columbia, presented an outline of Mrs. Foster’s life. A resident of Columbia, she has been an example of Christian living and giving. He stated, “There is no way to evaluate what Mrs. Foster has done. South Carolina Baptists will always be indebted to her.”

Rev. S. George Lovvell, pastor of the Conway First Baptist and chairman of the executive committee of the General Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, was the principal speaker at the ceremonies on the 74th anniversary of the school. Rev. Lovvell is Mrs. Foster’s nephew.

In reviewing the history of North Greenville, Rev. Lovvell stated, “We are living in an entirely new world – a world that has been made over and continues it rapid change at an accelerated pace.” He stated, “In this dark corner of Greenville County the people could hide in their valleys and behind their mountains, and develop a culture all their own.” But this is no longer true.

He emphasized, “Standing in the midst of a rapidly changing world, energized, miniaturized, secularized, we ask in complete candor, what in the world can we do? To being with, we must up-date our academic program. Christian education in the world today demands the very best spiritual, intellectual, and financial resources that we have at our disposal.

To try to conduct an institution of this type with the same curriculum, the same methodology, the same approach, as that which prevailed a generation or so ago would mark this school as being hopelessly behind the time.

It becomes imperative that we step up our academic training at least to equal the present-day needs, and, by the way of anticipation, we would add to those needs the training which we believe will be necessary during the next ten or fifteen years.”

Rev. Lovvell raised the question as to the purpose of our Christian education program. “In my humble judgement a Christian institution should be designed to give distinctive training that will produce aggressive, capable, Christian leaders in all fields of human endeavor,” he stated.

He continued, “To be sure, our purpose is to train preachers with unquestioned denominational loyalty and genuine ability to become pastors of our churches, but along with this there are strong lawyers, doctors, teachers, business, and professional men who need desperately to be trained so as to retain the highest in American idealism and Christian spirit. Evangelism is hopeless without education.”

In closing, Rev. Lovvell stated, “What South Carolina Baptists really believe about Christian education can be readily known from what they are actually doing about it. We are now at the crossroads, the testing time. We shall soon see what South Carolina Baptists believe. ‘Faith without works is dead.’”

Dr. M. C. Donnan, President Emeritus, closed the service with prayer.

Published in the Winter, 1966 issue of the North Greenville Alumni Newsletter

 

Student Center: Center of Activities

For the first time, North Greenville has a central place for student activities. The new student center offers facilities for recreation, conferences, study, and eating. It is felt that the center will help unify the entire school program and give an overall view of the school’s purpose.

The first contact students have with North Greenville is through the Admissions Office. The extended contact with the student is the Alumni Office. These two offices are now located in this building.

More than ever before the day students will feel a part of the school. All facilities are available for them with lockers provided and eventually post office space will be available.

Rules and regulations for the operation of the student center are set by a Policy Committee and subject to the approval of Dr. Neely.

The committee is composed of Mr. Dewey Calvart, dean of admissions; Mr. C.V. Bruce, business manager; Mr. James Morgan, faculty representative; Miss Nancy Derminer, faculty representative; Miss Juanita Copeland, alumni secretary; Stan Gainey, student body president; Dwight Loftis, day student representative; Stan Freeman, boy boarding student representative; and Sherry Byrd, girl boarding student representative.

Events of interest will be planned not only for the students, but for the faculty and community as well – art exhibits, receptions, club meetings, discussions, etc. Visitors such has high school and church groups will be invited to the center.

Published in the Fall, 1965 issue of the North Greenville Alumni Newsletter

Dean Howard Retires

Dean Henry J. Howard, esteemed dean of instruction and professor of English literature at North Greenville for the past 16 years, will lay aside his administrative duties at the end of the first summer session, July 7, in semi-retirement, restricting his working hours to teaching a limited number of classes in literature.

Since coming to North Greenville in the fall of 1949 Dean Howard has made a valuable contribution to the rapid growth of the college, seeing both the student body and the faculty more than double in number during that time, and playing a major role in the college’s becoming accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Never too busy or too tired to discuss any problem a student might have, the countless hours he has spent in patient and wise counseling have yielded rich dividends in the lives of those students who came to him for help.

Appreciation for the warmth and concern Dean Howard has exhibited through the years in his everyday transactions with students was recently emphasized when an alumnus said, “He accepted us for what we were. When others grew tired and weary because we seemed so hopeless, he always made room for our feelings and for our youthful inexperience.”

The 1960 AURORA was dedicated to him with this tribute:

“Since its beginning, North Greenville Junior College has been privileged to have great men and women to serve as administrative officials and as faculty members.

“For many years one particular person has served in the capacity of both and administrator and a faculty member. He has influenced the lives of students on this campus mentally, socially, and spiritually.

“He has caused student to marvel at his many talents and his many abilities. His life has served as a challenge to people with whom he has been associated. In deep gratitude and appreciation for all that he has done for our school, we dedicate the 1960 AURORA to Mr. Henry J. Howard.”

North Greenville Junior College administration, faculty, alumni, and student body once again salute Mr. Howard with pride and affection, wishing him a good retirement of health, happiness, and continuing service.

Printed in the Summer, 1965 issue of the North Greenville Alumni Magazine

 

Professor Tuttle Retires

“Our most gracious heavenly Father, we thank Thee for Thy many blessings …..Amen”

Thus has Miss Elsie Tuttle begun each of her classes for the past twenty-seven years, for she feels she of all people has much for which to be thankful.

Born the eldest in family of twelve children, she realized early in life that if she were to receive an education it would be largely through her own efforts.

Miss Tuttle did many things to get her education. After graduating from high school, she taught in grammar school for several years and began taking correspondence courses. She attended a summer term at Northwestern University and later attended Illinois State Normal University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. While there she was granted an honorary scholarship to Peabody College for Teachers.  She has also studied in Louisiana State University and University of Chicago. She received her master’s degree in geography at George Peabody College, with a minor in economics.

Through postgraduate study Miss Tuttle has besides her majors in geography, education, and economics, majors in social science, general science, and history.

With this wealth of training Miss Tuttle, small of stature but towering in her spirit of dedication and unbending principle, has given herself without reservation to the training of young minds and building of Christian character for forty-six years, twenty-seven of them at North Greenville.

Before coming to North Greenville, Miss Tuttle had taught in colleges and university in Illinois, Iowa, Texas, and Louisiana.

She enjoys traveling by plane, has visited many sections of the United States, spent six weeks in Europe, and toured Mexico and Hawaii. As a result of her interest in world travel she has organized the World Wide Interest Club on the North Greenville campus.

She is a member of the Gamma Theta Upsilon, national honorary geography fraternity, and Pi Gamma Mu, honorary national social science society. For the past several years she has been selected a leader in American science in Who’s Who Among American Leaders in Science, an illustrated biographical directory of eminent leaders in research, industrial, governmental, and educational scientific fields in the United States and Canada. She received the award of “Fellow” by the National Council for Geographic Education and was nominated for listing in the 1965-66 Who’s Who in American Education.

Upon her retirement at the end of the 1965 summer session, Miss Tuttle will continue living in her apartment on the campus and hopes to catch up on some of the reading she has not had time for in the past.

A good friend, a dedicated teacher, and an exemplary Christian, Miss Tuttle enters this new phase of her life with the deep gratitude, respect, and best wishes of all who know her.

Published in the Summer, 1965 issue of North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine

‘Mother’ White Retires After 16 Years

Mrs. L. B. (Mother) White retired as dean of women at North Greenville June 1 after sixteen years of continuous service to the college.

She had previously been connected with the school when she was music and voice instructor from 1916 to 1919 while her husband was a member of the faculty.

A native of Clyde County, N.C., Mrs. White was named house mother for girls in 1941, holding that position until her retirement.

Known affectionately as “Mother” White, she has truly been a mother to scores of co-eds on the North Greenville campus throughout her years of service. She not only has “adopted” daughters in South Carolina, but in many other states.

A permanent memorial of Mrs. White has been placed in White Hall, girl’s dormitory. The memorial, a portrait of “Mother” White, which was purchased by the students, was presented to the college at the alumni banquet May 24, 1957. Student spokesman Shelby Jean Brown made the presentation.

“Mother” White is making her home with her daughter, Miss Edna White in Greer.

Photo: From left: “Mother” White and Miss Brown. 

Published in the September, 1957, North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

Dedicate Donnan Administration Building

North Greenville dedicated its new $245,000 Donnan Administration Buidling and Hester Library Jan. 11, 1957, and the Board of Trustees announced that plans have been completed for the construction of a $200,000 auditorium-music building, which will be the second major project in the current ten-year improvement program.

The dedication ceremonies were held during the 65th anniversary of the school and on the birthday of Dr. Donnan.

Delivering the dedicatory address was Dr. Dotson M. Nelson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Greenville, who discussed six “pluses” of Christian education.

Dr. Nelson declared that Christian education teaches truth plus virtue. “The Christian college must always keep its doors open to truth. God is truth, and any truth is and must be in and of God,” he added.

A second “plus,” the speaker averred is work plus faith. “There is no excuse for a college existing for lazy students, or professors either for that matter,” he continued.

“An individual who considers his junior college work as a two-year ‘loaf’ made out of dad’s ‘dough’ is not a fit product for the college to operate with; there is no substitute for work,” he stated.

Knowledge plus wisdom was the third division of Dr. Nelson’s address. “No education would be worth anything without the knowledge and the wisdom to use it,” he maintained.

Dr. Nelson listed as number four, reputation plus character. He defined reputation as “what people say about you,” and character as “what you are.”

Books plus “the Book” was the fifth point he discussed. “Christian education gets its very beginning from the Bible,” he explained, “and must be carried on in the light of the principles taught in the revealed Word of God.”

Dr. Nelson concluded his remarks with the thought that an educational institution is composed of buildings of brick plus the building of men.

“We have come together this afternoon to dedicate a beautiful building. It is not an end of itself. It is dedicated along with those who teach here to the building oif men, which is the product of Christian education.

Through the years, North Greenville has captured a place in the hearts of those who have known it. The future beckons brightly.

Others on the program were Ansel M. Alewine, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Dr. S. H Jones, editor of the Baptist Courier; the Rev. B. B. Jernigan of Columbia, a member of the Sunday School Board; Dr. Charles F. Sims, secretary-treasurer of the General Board of the S.C. Baptist Convention; and Raymond L. Pinson, pastor of El Bethel Church at Greer, who is president of the North Greenville Alumni Association.

At a meeting of the trustees prior to the dedication, Mr. Alewine was re-elected chairman, Fred Crow of Greer was elected secretary, and the Rev. James Storm of Summerville was elected assistant secretary.

Photo: From left: Dr. Donnan, Dr. Nelson, Mr. Alewine, and Rev. Pinson.

Printed in the February, 1957, North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

 

Basketball Team In National Tourney

By defeating Chowan College, champions of the Eastern Carolina Conference in a “two best out of three” series, North Greenville Junior College basketball team won the honor of representing this section in the National Junior College Basketball Tournament which was held in Hutchinson, Kansas, March 19-24, 1956. Below is a copy of a letter which Dr. Donnan received from Mr. Don Crawford, president of Don Crawford Realtors, Inc., host to our team during the tournament.

“Dear Dr. Donnan: I had the pleasure of serving as host to your team during the 1956 National Junior College Basketball Tournament. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your school, your players, and your coach for a job well done. As you are, no doubt, aware they were playing against the nation’s best Junior College basketball teams, and their 8th place standing is indeed a credit.

“In spite of the fact that they were considered the smallest team in the tournament, as far as average height is concerned, their aggressive, hustling type of basketball captured the favor of the Hutchinson fans. I think it would also be a great omission on my part if I failed to commend your players and coach for their excellent sportsmanship and conduct on and off the basketball floor. The student body, the citizens if Tigerville and Greenville can well be proud of Coach Dick Campbell and his twelve students accompanying him.

“It is the sincere hope of the Hutchinson fans that you will be able to send a representative to our tournament again in the near future. Don Crawford.”

Published in the April, 1956 North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

Library Services to be Enlarged

Pictured above is one corner of the new library located on the north wing of the new Administration building. The seating capacity of the room is 100, and the book storage capacity is 15,000 volumes.

The entire library consists of the large reading room, a work room with sink and cabinets, offices for the librarian, and a conference room.

Miss Edith Sayer, librarian, is in charge of the library and is assisted by several students. Among them are Clysta Hill, Betty Jean Gillespie, June Griffen, Ann Thompson, Morgan Worthy, Shelby Jean Brown, Leon Burton, Marilyn Lane, Rodney Southerlin, and Betty Juan Woodham. The library is open from 8:00 in the morning until 10:00 in the evening except for the supper hour.

With the enlarged space provided by the construction of the new building, a definite program of enlarging the services of the library has been launched. The reference collections are more up-to-date than the others because an extra allotment has been spent for reference books during the past three or four years. The immediate objective is to build up the general collection during this year in the fields of study in which we are deficient. $1,200 has been appropriated for the purchase of such books this year.

One popular place in the new library is the magazine corner. Here our students have access to 65 current magazines and eight newspapers. According to the librarian, the most popular magazines in the lot are “Colliers,” “Saturday Evening Post,” “American,” and “Look.”

Among the newspapers the “Greenville News” and the “Spartanburg Herald” are in greater demand. An index of the degree to which the library has been used is shown in the circulation figures for that period. In 1952-53, the total circulation was 10,301; in 1953-54, 9,289; in 1954-55, the circulation was 14,492.

Published in the December, 1955 North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

Marked Progress Made on New Building

Marked progress has been made during the past two months on the construction of the new administration building. All of the steel framework is in place, and the brick work has been started. Within the next two or three weeks, the asphalt roof and the concrete floors will be poured. In the light of these accomplishments, J. P. Moore superintendent in charge of the building, said recently that “the building should be completed by March, [1955].”

Upon completion of the building will serve a three-fold need of the college; (1) It will provide a modern and attractive library designed to accommodate a student body of five hundred; (2) It will furnish commodious and well-arranged business and administrative offices; and (3) it will contain a sufficient number of classrooms to relieve the present crowded condition caused by increase in enrollment.

The greater part of the funds used in the erection of this building was made possible through the capital needs program of South Carolina Baptists. With these funds and contributions from interested alumni and friends, President Donnan and the Board of Trustees hope to be in position to have the building paid for when it is completed.

Printed in the November, 1954 North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

New Administration Building is Authorized

At its spring meeting, the board of trustees authorized the architect, Harold W. Woodward, to complete plans for the new administration building with the probability of letting the contract and actually beginning construction work in June. This new building will provide for the library and administrative offices on the first floor and six class rooms on the second floor. The financing of this building will be provided as follows: Cash available at present – $85,000.00; anticipated capital needs contributions for 1954 – $40,000.00. Since the completed project will cost approximately $165,000.00, there will be a remaining balance of $40,000.00 which alumni, corporations, and other friends of the college are being asked to supply. If this is done, the building can be completed without incurring any indebtedness.

The new structure will be located on the site of the old main building. To those familiar with North Greenville campus, this old building represents a famous landmark. It was first erected in 1905 with three rooms on the first floor and three rooms on the second floor. In 1911, four additional rooms were added and the walls of the first story brick veneered and the upper floor shingled. The second story was brick veneered in 1932 when the auditorium was added.

Present plans call for the continued use of the old auditorium, although it is scarcely adequate to accommodate the expected increase in the size of the student body. Final provisions for auditorium facilities will be made when the proposed new auditorium and music building is constructed.

Construction work will probably require the summer and fall semester of the next session. When it is completed, North Greenville will have a thoroughly modern structure with an adequate library and conveniently arranged administrative offices, along with a sufficient number of well-equipped class rooms to meet present needs.

Printed in the February, 1954, North Greenville Junior College Alumni News.

 

Baptist Leaders Attend Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for Administration Building_blogstoryA number of representatives of the Baptist Denomination participated in the ground-breaking exercises [for the new administration building] held at North Greenville on June 30 [1954].

Dr. Charles F. Sims, General Secretary of the General Board of South Carolina, spoke on the purpose of the denominational college in our educational program.

Rev. Ed Rouse of Laurens, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, spoke briefly on behalf of the trustees.

Dr. J. Dan Williams of Greenville represented the alumni.

Because of his close association with North Greenville, Reverend J. Roy Robinson of Greer was asked to represent pastors of Greenville County. Reverend Robinson spoke in praiseworthy terms of the work of North Greenville in the past and its contribution to the denominational life of our state.

Dr. W. C. Lamm represented the faculty and expressed their gratitude at this opportune moment and pledged their support to the entire program.

Gary E. Smith of Warrenville, President of the Student Body for 1954-55, spoke briefly on behalf of the student body.

The program was brought to a conclusion with an address by Dr. S. H. Jones, Editor of the Baptist Courier, on the role of the junior college in our educational program. Dr. Jones paid a high tribute to the junior colleges and their contribution to our Baptist program. He enumerated several distinct benefits which the junior college has brought to our people.

The gathering was dismissed with prayer by Rev. O. K. Webb, Greenville county missionary.

Photo: From left: Dr. Charles F. Sims, Dr. M. C. Donnan, and Rev. Ed Rouse.

Printed in the August, 1954, issue of the North Greenville Junior College Alumni News.

 

 

Miss Essie Taylor Recalls N.G. Experiences

Feeding the students has always been a big job at North Greenville. It was Miss Essie Taylor’s job from 1918 to 1935. At that time the dining hall and kitchen were in the basement of the old part of the girls’ home.

Facilities were primitive. There was an old range fired by wood. A pipe from the well on front campus brought water to a barrel that stood by the kitchen door. In the dining hall were rough tables seating twelve students.

“We didn’t have much equipment,” said Miss Essie, “but we did have good food, what there was of it. Food was pretty scarce. One year money was so scarce Mr. Simpson had me to take the syrup pitchers off the tables at the dinner hour. Some of the boys left, for they weren’t getting enough to eat.”

Miss Essie knew how to do much with little. She had no milk and butter except what she purchased occasionally from neighbors. She had her own chickens. She had a garden and strawberry patch in front of the girls’ dormitory. The year she left North Greenville, she put up thirty gallons of strawberry preserves.

“I used to buy apples by the truck load from people in the Fruitland Community. We had apple sauce, baked apples, and apple pies, and I used the peelings to make jelly and vinegar,” she recalled.

In addition to her duties as dietitian, Miss Essie was interested in the church work. In 1918, she served as first president of the newly organized W.M.U. of the North Greenville Baptist Academy.

The daughter of Rev. Harvey A. Taylor and Ann Hudson Taylor, Miss Essie lives in the Locust Hill Community, Taylors, South Carolina.

Here she is active in the church work and in community affairs.

For about ten years Miss Essie was dietitian at the Locust Hill Grammar School. Interviewed by a Greenville News reporter in 1951, Miss Essie said, “I like to cook and help people and I like to help young people best of all. There is no better way than being sure they get good food.”

This was certainly Miss Essie’s philosophy while she was at North Greenville.

Printed in the November, 1953, North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

Mrs. I. W. Wingo Recalls N. G. Experiences

What do you remember best about Mrs. I. W. Wingo? A biscuit with butter and brown sugar on it? Her playing the organ at Tyger Church? Her serving as matron of the boys’ home? What you remember, of course, will depend upon the years that you were at North Greenville.

Mrs. Wingo remembers a great deal about her years on the campus. Her first period of service ran from 1912 to 1918. Last week in the Six Mile Baptist Hospital at Six Mille, South Carolina, Mrs. Wingo recalled the most exciting happening of those years, the first in 1916.

“We were having the annual E.Q.V. and A.C.H. banquet when the fire broke out. Someone shouted, ‘Save Mrs. Wingo’s piano.’”

Her piano was saved, but everything else was lost. Sunday morning, Mrs. Wingo went to church wearing a boy’s gray felt hat from which she had cut the brim. Mrs. Wingo remembers the boys kidding her about the hat. They said, “She wears Rexford’s hat, but he doesn’t mind that.”

In addition to the fire, Mrs. Wingo remembers her work as dietitian. Her hardest work was trying to feed the students on nothing. Meat, milk, pickles, preserves, and cake were rarely seen on the table. Once in desperation she appealed to Dr. A. E. Brown, Superintendent of the Mountain Mission Schools of the Southern Baptist Convention, for money. Mrs. Wingo said, “Dr. Brown gave me $5.00 and told me to buy some food.” She must have had at least on hundred people to feed.

Mrs. Wingo was away from the school, 1918-1919, studying the dining rooms of other schools. Returning in 1919, she served one year as lady principal. She again left North Greenville, returning in 1929. This last period of service lasted until 1948. During those years, she taught music and served as house mother in Taylor Hall. She was superintendent of the Junior Department of the North Greenville Baptist Church, and during that time only one child left the department not a member of the church.

Mrs. Wingo is affectionately known as “Mother Wingo” by a host of students. This affection is a double affair, for last week Mrs. Wingo said, “I loved the boys and girls – and my work.”

Printed in the November, 1953 North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

Miss Flynn Writes History of College

About May 1, a history of North Greenville Junior College, written by Miss Jean Flynn, instructor of English, will be released by Hiott Press. In addition to carrying on her regular classroom duties and assisting with regular extracurricular activities. Miss Flynn has spent innumerable hours traveling, interviewing former students, and writing this much needed history of the college.

The writing of this history is the culmination of a project begun in the spring of 1950 when Dr. M.C. Donnan asked Miss Flynn to arrange a program on the growth and development of North Greenville which would be suitable for presentation in the churches of the North Greenville Association. This program, a pageant dealing with the founding and progress of the college, was given on numerous occasions during the fall of 1950. As a result of this project, Miss Flynn decided to write a history of North Greenville.

It is fitting that the history should appear in 1953 for this date marks the sixtieth year of the school’s existence and lacks only one year making a quarter of a century of service by Dr. Donnan as president. The history will be of interest to all South Carolinians who appreciate the struggles and achievements of the institution and will be of particular interest to alumni who have profited by their association with North Greenville.

A description of the natural beauty of the location of the college, the interesting events during the intervening years, the achievements of faculty and students, and above all struggles of North Greenville to remain open – all these are recorded in the history. Dr. R.N. Daniel of Furman University read the manuscript and wrote, “It was a real pleasure to read your history, but first rate human interest material. I predict for it a most favorable reception.”

Published in the April, 1953 issue of North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

Ministerial Band Renders Service

Since its founding as an academy and the addition of junior college work, North Greenville has proved to be a lighthouse of educational and spiritual opportunity for hundreds of young men and young women of limited means.

The influence of North Greenville upon the spiritual life of our State is attested to by the fact that the Annual Report of the Baptist Denomination in South Carolina for 1950 listed among the ordained ministers pastoring churches in the State more than 125 pastors who had obtained their initial training at North Greenville. This figure does not include those ministers who are not pastoring churches nor those who are serving churches outside of South Carolina.

Besides those who have trained for the ministry after leaving North Greenville, there are scattered throughout our State hundreds of laymen and lay-women who are serving in their respective communities as leaders in social, business, and spiritual affairs.

The Dean Crain Ministerial Band is pictured, which includes about half the ministerial students attending North Greenville at present. Because some are day students and live at a distance from the campus, they are not active members of the Band.

A number of these ministerial students are now pastoring churches in the upper part of South Carolina.

Front row: (left to right) – B. Brissy, D. Jones, R. Ayers, F. Hellams, C. Bates, B.T. Tucker, J. D. Rush, F. Williams, R. Aho, J. Stansell.  

Second row – M. Durham, H. Chalk, F. Brazzle, J. Holliday, Dr. Crain, Dr. Lamm, D. Paris, C. Lucado, K. Hughey, R. Hodges, C. Griffin. 

Back row – F. L. Johnson, R. L. Manning, J. G. Johnson, J. Cave, P. Belcher, J. Holley, R. Short, B. Nelson, W. Brown, P. Scoggins, H. Fortson. (Eighteen members of the Band were absent when the picture was taken.)

Published in the March, 1952 issue of the North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

 

North Greenville Junior College Observes May Day

The campus of North Greenville Junior College was the scene of a very beautiful and colorful affair on Saturday afternoon, May 5, 1951, when the annual May Day exercises were presented by approximately 75 persons. The program consisted of a dramatized presentation of “The Wonderful Tune” by Henry Beston.

The traditional May Court scene was used with Miss Helen Leopard of Six Mile as Queen of May, and Miss Helen Still of Barnwell as maid of honor. Attendants to the queen were Miss Betty Rose Davidson, of Macon, Ga.; Miss Betty Jean Enloe of Winnsboro; Miss Julia Parker of Naval Base; Miss Miriam Rudd of Ridgeville; Miss Mary Kate Hines of Wellford; Miss Betty Queen of Greenville; Miss Wilma McCombs of Greer; Miss Mildred Leopard of Six Mile; Miss Mary Frances Pearson of Greenville; and Miss Elaine Foster of Slater; Margaret Ann Litchfield was the flower girl and Joe Bruce the crown bearer.

Published in the May, 1951 edition of North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

North Greenville Lake

This is the first photograph of the North Greenville lake. The lake was constructed in the early spring 1951 and was made possible through a donation by Dr. George R. Wilkinson of Greenville. It is located about one mile north of the campus and covers approximately three acres.

Soon after its completion, it was stocked with fish from a nearby hatchery. After a little more work on the area adjoining the lake, this should be one of the beauty spots of North Greenville campus. Students and visitors on the campus have already found it be a delightful place for swimming, boating, and picnicking. Young people in attendance at the North Greenville Baptist Assembly during the last two weeks in July found this a delightful place.

Published in the August 1951 edition of the North Greenville Junior College Alumni News

North Greenville College Dedicates Ashmore Baseball Field

North Greenville College dedicated its newly named Ashmore Baseball Field on Wednesday, February 19, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. The dedicatory ceremony took place just prior to the 2 p.m. baseball game between the North Greenville Mounties and the Mars Hill Lions. The Ashmore Field is to honor Richard A. Ashmore and Russell C. Ashmore, Jr, but was named in loving memory of their parents, Russell C., Sr. and Nelle B. Ashmore. The Ashmore family has owned and operated Ashmore Asphalt Co. in Greer, SC for many years.

In 1979, Russell, Sr. was responsible for the initial work on the NGC baseball field.

Russell Ashmore, Jr. responded, “My mother attended North Greenville Baptist Academy and my father was a member of the NGC Council of Advisors. My family has always had a deep regard and love for the college and all that it stands for. I am grateful for the progress of the college in recent years and call it nothing short of a miracle. I appreciate all the folks who are part of NGC and am confident that each his committed to NGC and the Lord.”

Richard Ashmore commented, “I would like to recognize our sons and families who are taking over the reins of the company. They are working hard to turn a profit so that we can continue to support worthy causes such as North Greenville College.”

A luncheon was given for the Ashmore families and invited guests in the Paul E. Moore Hall of the Hayes Ministry Center on the NGC campus.

Printed in the April 1997 issue of the NGC Alumni Newsletter.

George Tate (’80, B.A. ’96): Tribute to Sam Brissie

George Tate Aurora Photo 1980_blogfrontIn the early 1970s, I found myself struggling to make ends meet for my wife and new baby girl. Little did I know that God had great plans for my life and that one individual was waiting for the opportunity to set these plans in motion.

I was a high school graduate, but education was never really important to me. Because I was a Vietnam War veteran, benefits were available to me if I was enrolled in school. Since we needed money, I enrolled in Tri-County Technical College. While at Trinity County, God called me to the gospel ministry. It was not God’s will for me to leave school and pursue the normal course of training for ministers. I received an Associate’s Degree in Business. This degree enabled me to move from a production job to sales at the company for which I worked. This gave me more time to seek proper training for the ministry. At about the same time, North Greenville College opened an extension in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

The idea of a college education was only a dream for me, but I made a visit to the downtown extension for information anyway. On that visit, I met S.C. Brissie for the first time. From that day on, I would call him Dean Brissie, as all who know him do.

Dean Brissie sized me up that day, in more ways that I knew. He began to talk to me in a way I had never been talked to before. He told me that God called me and with that call came a responsibility to prepare myself as God provided the opportunity. He explained to me the importance of education and how God could use it to enable me to have a more effective ministry. For the next two year, Dean Brissie encouraged me, bragged on me, lifted my spirit, boosted my self-esteem, and gave me hope.

While I was at North Greenville, he was my speech teacher. He knew my strengths and weaknesses and would go out of his way to help me. I was exposed to a good education at North Greenville College, but the greatest benefit during this time was learning so much about myself. Dean Brissie was always on the sidelines to cheer me on. We talked often in person and on the phone. It was not unusual for Dean Brissie to call me up just to chat. During these conversations he would encourage me and give me wonderful advice.

Being such a wise man, Dean Brissie knew that a pastor’s wife was an important part of the preacher’s ministry. He wanted to meet my wife. The next thing I knew, he had my wife, Wanda, enrolled in his speech class. This helped Wanda tremendously and changed her perspective on many things.

One day, I was sitting in Dean Brissie’s office talking with him about classes when he asked me what size coat I wore. I told him what size I thought I wore and he asked me to try on his coat. It was a perfect fit. He told me how good it looked on me and how important it was to dress properly for the ministry. Then he asked me if I would be offended if he gave me a few of his hand-me-downs that he had worn a time or two. Of course, I told him anything would be appreciated by this struggling young father who worked full-time and went to school as well.

After class one evening, I met Dean Brissie at his car. There in the trunk was a complete wardrobe. I had never seen so many beautiful shirts, matching ties, a nice suite, several sport coats, pants, belts, a coat, socks and anything else you could imagine, and most of the items were practically new. I did not know what to say. Dean Brissie took pride in showing me how these clothes could best help my ministry.

For the next 17 years of my ministry, Dean Brissie would call me at least once a year. He would inquire about my latest ministry endeavors. Always during the conversation he would offer more clothes and would always say, “If you are not offended,” Because of Dean Brissie’s generosity, I have dressed for Sunday as well as any pastor anywhere and better than many. It is not uncommon for people to comment on my tie or how nice my coat looks.

I graduated from North Greenville College with a two-year degree in 1980. Three months after graduation, God called me to be the pastor of a new mission started by the Piedmont Baptist Association. Dean Brissie called me at this time, once again, to encourage me, and told me that as my ministry grew, I would need to grow as well. Then he asked if I had thought about furthering my education. Well, as always, he had a plan in mind. The next thing I knew, I was enrolled at Furman University. Since Dean Brissie was a Furman graduate, he was very pleased. As a bi-vocational pastor, father of two, with a full-time job, and a student at Furman, I had my hands full. Dean Brissie was there with calls and letters of encouragement and as always providing me with hand-me-downs.

The mission I pastored constituted into full autonomous church in 1985. Dean Brissie was at the constitution service. Of all the Associational and State representatives recognized that day, I was more proud to have him in attendance than anyone else. I knew he cared about me, my family, and my ministry.

After several years of struggling with six hours a semester as a sociology major at Furman, I became discouraged and very tired. I had to take a break from school for a while. Dean Brissie never stopped encouraging me. The calls and the land-me-downs still kept coming.

As my ministry and church grew, I was able to once again think about returning to school. It was not too long after this that North Greenville began a four-year program with a religion major. I had no problem convincing Dean Brissie that this was what I needed. It took me four year at six hours a semester, but I graduated in May of 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in religion.

Not long after my graduation, I got a call from Dean Brissie. Once again he offered his encouragement and hand-me-downs, if I would not be offended. I sat in Dean Brissie’s home not too long after that and discussed the long journey I had just traveled. I knew education was on his mind, but I was physically and mentally exhausted. When I told him I was going to take a break, he once again showed his great wisdom and insight and agreed that a break was a good idea. He has always been able to discern a person spiritual and mental condition.

I have not spoken to Dean Brissie in almost a year. When I do talk to him again, I will tell him I am praying about the possibility of doing some graduate work at one of our seminary extensions. I would not be surprised to hear him suggest the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary extension at North Greenville College.

I do not have the words to describe the impact that S.C. Brissie has made on my life, family, and ministry. I just know that God has used this gifted and caring man to move my life in a positive direction. I also know that my life is not the only one God has touched through this wonderful person.

Written by Rev. George Tate (’80, B.A. ’96) for the September 1997 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memories: Jeff D. Bramlett, Jr. (’56)

Jeff Bramlett JrWe have always been a North Greenville College family. My wife Ollie, and our two sons, Kelly and Dale, attended as part-time students, while Debra, our daughter and I graduated in 1972 and 1956. So, our bond has grown over the past years with North Greenville College. I have also served on the Alumni Board as well as on several fundraising projects.

I had the opportunity to work with this fine institution as principal of the nearby Blue Ridge High School. Together we were able to offer college credit to Honor Students in their senior year if they attended NGC after graduation. What a service this proved to be to the community and students.

NGC gave our family the foundation, both spiritually and educationally to achieve several goals in our lives. Ollie has a B.S.N. degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, Kelly a degree in Social Studies and Economics from USC-Upstate, and Dale a Communications degree from Winthrop University, while I received a B.A. and M.A. degree from Furman University and ED.S. degree from Clemson University. I am now retired from the Greenville County School District as a former coach, teacher, and administrator. God has really blessed our family.

Tragedy struck our family on August 14, 1994. Our beautiful daughter took her own life and a great part of ours with her. She left her husband, Fred, of 21 years, and three children, Matthew 19, Adam 16, and Leanna 10. We are a family trying to adjust after such a tragedy. We have so many questions with no real answers. But our faith in God has enabled us to struggle through this ordeal.

This past year I had the opportunity to help coach the football team at North Greenville as a volunteer coach. As I walked the campus I remembered taking our daughter to her dormitory with all those shoes and clothes. What great memories this school has provided our family.

In memory of our precious daughter, we have established the “Debra Marie Bramlett Jones Scholarship.” Through this scholarship our daughter will live forever in the life of NGC as well as in our hearts.

I would like to encourage you to consider remembering friends and loved ones by establishing a scholarship in their name at NGC. This scholarship money is distributed to needy students. Consider for a moment that your generosity might be the only chance some young person will have to make a college education a reality.

Written by Jeff D. Bramlett, Jr. (’56) and printed in the April 1996 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

North Greenville College’s Mascot Changes

KM_C308-20171116123401After two years of planning, researching, and critical analysis, the North Greenville Board of Trustees approved the proposal to change NGC’s mascot from the Mounties to the Crusaders.

Beginning August 2001, North Greenville will leave the Mounties behind and charge into the future with the Crusader as its mascot.

“We wanted the mascot to better represent the college’s goals and purpose, something that would identify the college better,” said President Jimmy Epting, who spoke on behalf of all the involved committees in this change.

From our study of history, we know the Crusaders always had a purpose, a cause of some kind.

The administration of the college formed a mascot committee after an article in the college newspaper, the Skyliner, voiced the students’ opinion that the mascot, Mounties, presented a bad image and they wanted a mascot change.

The suggestions of the students and Mascot Committee were considered and after many hours, days, and years of careful consideration, the committee submitted the Crusader sketch to the Executive Council for their review. The Executive Board made some changes and sent it back to the Mascot Committee.

The Mascot Committee approved the changes, and it was then sent back to the Executive Council, who then submitted it to the Administrative Council. After the approval of these three college committees, the recommendation was sent to the Executive Board of the Board of Trustees. They approved the Crusader mascot and sent it to the Board of Trustees at the January 2001 meeting for final approval.

The college’s administration developed a plan to be certain this issue received careful consideration before changing the mascot. The committees and councils were made up of faculty, staff, students, administration, the Board of Trustees, and alumni. They knew there would be some opposition to the new mascot, but knew that the change was for the best, said Epting.

“We certainly understand and appreciate the traditional way of doing things. Changes is hard to accept. However, NGC has changed a lot throughout the years. We need this change so we can better fulfill our missions, “Where Christ Makes the Difference,” said Epting.

North Greenville’s mascot has changed throughout its history. First known as the Black Widows, then later became the Moonshiners. Like the Mounties, each mascot has changed as the school changed. This change precedes the upcoming transition to NCAA from NAIA. The school looks forward to entering the NCAA division with a new look and a new mascot.

North Greenville hopes the Crusader will help bring about progression and growth for the college’s athletic program.

Printed in the March 2001 issue of NGC Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

Paul and Mildred Wood Provide $50,000 Gift For Renovation of Neves Dining Hall

KM_C308-20171115165042North Greenville College Executive Director of Development Mike Carlton stated, “We are excited to report that Paul and Mildred Wood of Tigerville, SC, have made a contribution of $50,000 to be used in the upgrading and renovation of Neves Dining Hall.”

Paul Wood was born and reared in Tigerville. He attended North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1928 and graduated in 1932.

He commented, “In those days there were few high schools across the country. Mountain View High School was the closest and it would have been a pretty long walk. My mother enrolled me at North Greenville Baptist Academy. She paid my tuition with milk, butter, and eggs,” As he explained, North Greenville did not have the dairy farm until later years and needed supplies to provide food for the students on campus. He fondly remembers Miss Essie Taylor as the chief cook and dietician.

Upon graduation from the Academy, he enrolled at Mars Hill College. At Mars Hill, he worked as a janitor in addition to his studies. He graduate in 1934 and relates that upon his graduation from high school and college, his mother had no money available for a class ring. He recalls that this was true for most people in his class as the ring cost $10. A class ring was an extravagance not even considered.

After leaving Mars Hill, he came home to Tigerville and went to work at Piedmont Print Works for $10 per week. He recalls that putting in 52 hours per week was difficult because of his farming responsibilities at home. At two to three years, his pay was raised to almost $13 per week and his hours were reduced somewhat.

A few years later, Pralo Wood decided to get out of the store business and Paul decided to take over Wood’s Store, which he ran for 20 years.

Farming has always been his passion. He tried his hand at raising cotton many years ago, but found that it was a great deal of work for a small profit. He raised cattle and stated that he always has two or three jobs going at once.

Mildred Meares of Nichols, SC, was in college at Mars Hill with Pralo (Paul’s brother) and his wife, Helen. They asked Mildred to apply for a teaching position at Tigerville upon graduation and teach at Tigerville Elementary. She received a job at the school, moved to Tigerville, met Paul Wood, and they were married in 1939.

Mrs. Wood taught at Tigerville Elementary, Highland Elementary, and Callahan Elementary. She retired from teaching in 1974 after over 35 years in the classroom.

Because of some health problems, Mrs. Wood has had difficulty for some years moving around. Mr. Wood reports that for the past 15 years, he and Mrs. Wood have eaten every day in the North Greenville College Dining Hall, provided it was open.  Recently, Mrs. Wood has been confined to the home and unable to join him, so Mr. Wood can been seen each day entering the dining hall with his picnic basket. He gets the food and returns home so that he and Mrs. Wood can share their meal together.

Mr. and Mrs. Wood have one son, John, of Greenville. They are members of Tigerville Baptist Church.

Printed in the September 1996 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

Dr. William McCuen Joins NGC

KM_C308-20171115124305Dr. William McCuen has joined North Greenville College as College and Community Physician. He will serve as the college physician to oversee student health needs as well as offer his services to the community residents seeking medical care.

In addition to overseeing student medical needs, Dr. McCuen will develop a student health program which will offer clinics on wellness. These clinics will address abstinence from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products, staying fit, and other issues relating to wellness.

Dr. McCuen has practiced Internal Medicine in the Greenville area since 1955. He and his wife, Anne King McCuen, reside in Greenville. They are parents of seven children.

He attended Furman University where he obtained his B.S. degree in 1949. He taught Biology at NGC from 1948 to 1950. He then continued his studies at Bowman Gray Medical School and graduated in 1954 as a Doctor of Internal Medicine. His internship was at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Beside practicing Internal Medicine in the Greenville area, he had a short stint (from  1963-65) with the Central Intelligence Agency in Scientific Intelligence, Life Sciences Division.

When asked what motivated him to consider a practice in the Tigerville community, Dr. McCuen responded, “We have a second home about three miles from the campus and many of the community people have been private patients of mine through the years. I have a great fondness for NGC and felt this would be a good opportunity to make a difference for the college and community.”

Dr. McCuen will be in his office on the NGU campus in Tuttle Clinic each morning, Monday through Friday.

Printed in the April 1996 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

Riley (’48) Has Been Using Tools of His Trade for 50 Years

KM_C308-20171115124205Dutch Riley’s (’48) day of rest is Monday. But by Tuesday he’s working again with his tools – a Bible, commentary, and other reference works. He’s a Sunday School teacher at Temple Baptist Church in Columbia, SC.

Riley, now 71, has just begun his 50th year of teaching in Sunday School. Isn’t he tired? “No, I enjoy it,” he said. “I learn more than the students. And as long as the Lord give me the strength, I’ll keep on doing it.”

His home church was Ridgeville, about 30 miles from Charleston. His mother, Alma, taught Sunday School and was the church librarian. His father, Henry, was Sunday School superintendent for 26 straight years and taught until he died.

Riley, a Christian since he was 12, rededicated his life to Christ in 1945 and his discharge from the Army. In 1946 he enrolled at North Greenville College. “This was the beginning of my Sunday School teaching,” he said. “I was asked to teach a class of college freshman at North Greenville [now Tyger] Baptist Church.”

He also graduated from the University of South Carolina and began a government career in public health. But he continued to teach. He has taught at his home church in Ridgeville, at Park Street and Beulah in Columbia, and at Temple for the past 31 years. He also taught at First Baptist, Beaufort, and at an interdenominational church in Puerto Rico.

Riley starts preparing his lessons early in the week to help him apply them to daily living. “I want to get the class involved in what’s happening,” he said. His introductions are brief. “They give me about 12 minutes to get them cranked up,” he said.

The veteran teacher uses music to enliven his lessons. Often he plays one of this 18 harmonicas as a lead-in to the lesson.

Does he know B.I. Epting, another harmonica player of some reputation? “He and I were in school together at North Greenville,” Riley said. “In fact, he and I played a harmonica duet once at Temple.”

Written by Don Kirkland, editor of the Baptist Courier, and reprinted with permission from the Baptist Courier in the April 1996 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

NGC Alumnus Plays in the Pros

KM_C308-20171115124222As the starting tight end for the Minnesota Vikings, Andrew Jordan (’92), is probably seen on national television by more people than any other NGC alumni. Andrew proved to be a solid, reliable tight end during the 1995 campaign, grabbing 27 passes and two touchdowns. When he was not running pass patterns, his steady blocking performance helped produce gaping holes in opponents’ defenses. His size and speed kept opposing linebackers at bay throughout the entire course of the game.

And if anyone represents the North Greenville virtues, it’s Andrew. He’s a good man for the school to claim.

Both during season and off, he visits elementary schools and he talks to students about the things that are important. What’s important? Home life (Andrew credits a lot of his success to his father), education, disciplined work habits, and a positive lifestyle. While Andrew studied in Tigerville, he kept an above average GPA and was so quiet that people are surprised that he was ever here. Except for the football field, of course! His other activities included intramural basketball and softball and working on The Skyliner, the school newspaper.

When he talks to the students, he has adopted one elementary school as his own, although he visits others, he concentrates on these issue: drugs and alcohol, academic improvement, non-violence, positive attitude, and responsibility.

And he urges his young listeners to make the right choices in all of these.

Advice Andrew would give to present North Greenville students: “There is a reason why you are here. Make the best of it. Keep up the faith. Times get hard still for me, but that’s life. It isn’t always going to be easy. Just think about how good it is going to feel when you endure to the end result. Trust me. I know.”

This present-day Viking, who will always be a Mountie also, keeps up with his old friends, Sherri Beale and Vinson Fraley, also NGC graduates. (Andrew also played two years as a Western Carolina Catamount.)

He states that the most fun thing about being in the pros is the game itself. He enjoys the people that he meets and the places he goes. Hardest thing about the pros is making the mental adjustment from college to pro football.

What’s the best memory of the Mounties and the school? Graduation…..looking back and saying thank to the special staff members and teacher.

That’s Andrew.

Written by Dr. Dee Bielecki, professor of English at NGC, for the April 1996 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

NGC Announces Half Million Gift From Hayes Family

KM_C308-20171115124047Joe and Eleanor Hayes of Travelers Rest, SC, have made a gift of $520,500 to North Greenville College. This will be applied to the building costs of the Ministry/Welcome Center. This building will be named the Joe Frank and Eleanor Hayes Ministry/Welcome Center.

Currently under construction, this building will house the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Denominational Relations/Baptist Student Union.

Executive Director of Development Mike Carlton stated, “Mr. and Mrs. Hayes have come forward with numerous gifts in the past and have always been very supportive of the college. A gift of this magnitude will help us move forward in accommodating the recent dramatic increase in enrollment. We are grateful for the Christian commitment of this couple and the faith they have placed in the future of NGC.”

Mr. and Mrs. Hayes have been friends and supporters of the college for many years. Joe serves as a member of the NGC Board of Trustees, and pleased with their show of support. The consistent support of Mr. and Mrs. Hayes and others like them ensures North Greenville’s mission of providing quality education in a biblically sound, Christ-centered environment. We are hopeful that this gift will motivate others to come forward at a time when we need to meet the challenges of growth at NGC.

Hayes is president and chairman of the board for Hayes Food Products, Inc., Greenville, SC. They are members of Locust Hill Baptist in Travelers Rest. They Hayes are parents of five children: Mrs. Nancy Roddey, Rev. Joe Hayes Jr., Thomas Hayes, and Rev. David Hayes.

Printed in the April 1996 issue of the North Greenville University Alumni Newsletter.

Cliffs at Glassy Makes Gift of Land Valued at $542,500 to NGC

KM_C308-20171114152847Sam Cox (’70), Frank Bridwell (’66), and Jim Anthony have made a “dream come true” atop Glassy Mountain.

Jim explains that he initially bought 190 acres on the mountain with the help of another man. As they got into the deal, his partner decided he wanted out. Jim then turned to his brother-in-law, Sam Cox, and a friend, Frank Bridwell. At this time, they teamed up to begin the development of Glassy Mountain. They all explained that they had no idea that this project would meet all their expectations and then some. They have watched a cluttered mountain turn into a beautiful golf course community which has recently been named the fourth most beautiful golf course in the country by Golf Digest. They have also had feature articles in the Links Magazine and Golf Magazine touting The Cliffs as a premier golf course.

When they began this venture, they had no aspirations of building a golf course or making this a golf course community. When asked how the golf course came about, Jim responded, “We had someone to approach us wanting to build a golf course on the mountain. This person said if we could come up with 175 acres of land he would build the golf course.” Jim further explained that the clearing of the land for the golf course began in the winter of 1990 and the course construction began in the spring of 1991. He added, “We now see that the golf course is the enterprise of this project.” They have also added a poll and tennis court complex, and the club house is under construction to be completed by the spring of 1996.

After the initial acquisition of the 190 acres of land, Frank Bridwell explains, “the real work began. We give the credit to Jim Anthony for his tenacity and perseverance in approaching land owners and working out the sale of property. Many of these land owners’ families had been on this mountain for generations, and this was no easy task.”

Jim was quick to rebut this praise saying, “we would not be here had we not created good will in all our transactions. There is no way to put a price on good will. When you make a friend in your business dealings, this friend can sometimes help you to get to the next level.”

Frank also explained that in the initial stages of the project they held a land auction in May 1990. At the time, the project was about one-third of the way up the mountain and the group needed financing from this land sale to continue the work for projects such as roads and utilities. He added that this proved to be a success and allowed the work to continue.

When asked to what they attributed the success of this project, Frank was quick to add, “As I look back on the events throughout this development, I am convinced that the providential hand of God was involved. The Lord has truly performed a miracle here.” Jim added, “Based on the resources that we had available I am truly amazed that we have experienced so many successes in this development project. Our perseverance and hard work have really paid off.”

The questions of their philosophy on the conservation of the environment on the mountain was raised. Jim Anthony responded, “Our goal in developing the mountain has been to conserve the environment. The mountain is a beautiful piece of land. We have made every effort to work with Mother Nature, rather than bulldozing. We have utilized the natural beauty and rock formation and have set aside the environmentally sensitive areas.”

Jim commented that he feels much of their success has been in their teamwork without problems. He stated that sometimes when the going gets tough, tempers flare and problems arise. In surveying their situation, he added, “I appreciate the patience of Frank and Sam and the support they have given me thus far in this project. Throughout the project we have never had a problem.” Frank added that he feels that it took the expertise of each of the three men to reach the early goals which they established.

When asked about the progress of the real estate project, Jim Anthony added, “we have sold 600 lots and have 300 more to sell. We anticipate that in one to two years we will sell every lot on the mountain.

Financial success has not propelled any of these men to a level of forgetting those in need. They have been very generous to NGC and recently made a substantial gift valued at $542,500. This gift is 71.41 acres of land, lying in Hurricane Township of Pickens County, SC, adjoining Lake Hartwell.

Plans for this land on Lake Hartwell are currently undecided. Several ideas have been discussed, including a place of recreation and retreat for NGC faculty and staff. Also mentioned was a camping area for student camp-outs.

This group of men also donated a lot on Glassy Mountain that is “up for sale.” The proceeds will go to the Residence Hall Building Project so that the college does not incur any debt in the construction of the two residence halls.

Their generosity does not stop there. The NGC Mountain Club has a fundraising golf tournament each year, and they allow the tournament to be played on the Cliffs Golf and Country Club. They also allow the NGC Golf Team to practice on the course. Sam Cox has a nursey and has donated well over 100 trees to beautify the campus at NGC. They sent a crane over to clean out the college lagoon and this saved the college thousands of dollars.

Sam Cox attended NGC and met his wife, Jane Anthony, while a student. He received his B.A. degree from Western Carolina University. After receiving a master’s degree he taught school for four years and worked as an assistant principal for two year. Operating convenience stores on the side, he decided to go into this work full-time and today has three convenience stores and a nursery business. He commented that if not for NGC, he would never have completed his college work. Sam told of his mother’s encouragement, “My mother told me to attend NGC for just one semester and if I didn’t like it I could drop out. I liked the small setting and the friends I made there and am grateful for the background I received.”

Frank Bridwell attended NGC for three semester and transferred to Clemson University. He majored in Dairy Science and went to work for Sealtest Foods in Quality Control just out of college. He continued with this job except for a short stint in the service until they company wanted to transfer him to New Orleans, LA. It was then that he and his wife decided that Greenville was to be home. He went to work for the federal government where he stayed for 13 years in the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. In the spring of 1985 he went into the real estate business. Frank adds that even thought his home was only 12 miles away he is glad he lived on campus. He stated that he treasures the time he spend here, the friends he made, and the way these experiences influenced his life. He especially remembers fondly the time he spent in the home of Professor and Mrs. Fess Blackwell and his special friendship with their son, Robert Blackwell.

Both of these men realized at the time of our meeting that they shared the common bond of NGC’s making a real difference in their receiving their college education. They shared similar stories about their parents’ pushing them to give North Greenville a try, and it was through the care and concern of faculty and friends that they decided to continue and received their college degrees.

Although Jim Anthony did not attend NGC, his interest in the future of the college is genuine.

As we were concluding the interview and thanking these three men again for their generosity, Jim Anthony commented, “Success is giving back part of what you make. We must take the opportunity the Lord gives us and we must share to be happy.” With this type of philosophy, it is easy to see why God has blessed them with success.

Photo: From left, Sam Cox (’70), Frank Bridwell (’66), Dr. Epting, and Jim Anthony.

Written by Beverly Carlton (’70) and printed in the September 1995 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

Beverly LaHaye (’48) Founder and President of Concerned Women for America

KM_C308-20171114111757Beverly LaHaye (’48) is a nationally recognized advocate, author, and spokesperson on women’s issues and rights that affect traditional Judeo-Christian values of individuals and of the family.

She is the founder and president of Concerned Women for America (CWA). She founded the organization in 1979 in San Diego, CA. In a speech at Taylors First Baptist Church recently. Mrs. LaHaye shared how this organization was begun. “My husband and I were at church in San Diego. The Lord began to deal with me about Christian women in America. I began to think of ways to make a difference and consulted women in my church. I was surprised at how few knew what NOW and ERA were all about. I was so concerned about the decay of American society. After meeting with several women in my church, we decided to organize a country-wide meeting of women and have a speaker to address women’s issues. We consulted the local civic auditorium and were told that they did not rent to private groups. It was at that time that I decided to name the group Concerned Women for America. Upon presenting this name to the civic center, we were able to rent the space and had a successful meeting with over 1,200 women in attendance. The ideas was born to help concerned women and homes to wake up to what is going on in American and the destruction of family values.” CWA now has chapters in all 50 states and its national headquarters has been located in Washington, DC since 1985.

The purpose of CWA is to preserve, protect, and promote traditional and Judeo-Christian values through education, legislative programs, community involvement, and related activities which represent the concerns of men and women who believe in these values.

Mrs. LaHaye served as a pastor’s wife for 33 years with her husband, Dr. Tim LaHaye (‘48). She served as the College Registrar for Christian Heritage College for five years and was a founding member of the board for the Institute for Creation Research under Dr. Henry Morris.

For 17 years, Mrs. LaHaye was a co-speaker with her husband for Family Life Seminars. She and her husband conducted over 350 seminars together, sharing with thousands of couples the Biblical principles for marriage harmony. From 1977 to 1978, they traveled to 46 countries to minister their family living principles to one-sixth of the English-speaking missionaries in the world.

Mrs. LaHaye has written several books, some of which include the best seller, The Spirit-Controlled Woman, How to Develop Your Child’s Temperament, A Woman By God’s Design, and Prayer: God’s Comfort for Today’s Families. Her recent book, The Desires of a Woman’s Heart published by Tyndale House Publishers, was release in July of 1993. She has also co-authored several books with her husband, Spirit Controlled Family, Living Against the Tide, The Act of Marriage which sold over 2.4 million copies, and their latest, A National Without a Conscience.

As President of CWA, Mrs LaHaye has appeared on numerous television talk shows and on Good Morning America, CBS News This Morning, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, and CNN’s Crier & Co., in addition to the NBC, ABC, and CBS evening news broadcasts. She testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of Justice Scalia’s, Judge Bork’s, and Justice Thomas’ nominations to the Supreme Court.

In 1992, Liberty University awarded Mrs. LaHaye an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities for her lifetime achievements in protecting the rights of the family. In 1991, she received the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Religious Freedom Award.” Mrs. LaHaye currently serves on the Board of Liberty University.

Mrs. LaHaye hosts her own live, nationally syndicated, daily radio talk program, Beverly LaHaye Live and a growing weekly broadcast call This Week with Beverly LaHaye which reaches thousands of Americans from the nation’s capital with the latest updates on issues affecting the family. Mrs. LaHaye was honored with the National Religious Broadcaster’ 1993 “Talk Show of the Year” award for Beverly LaHaye Live.

She fondly remembers her roots in the Greenville, SC, area when she and her husband were students at North Greenville College and just getting started in their ministry. She shared how she and her husband were in the same biology class at NGC and she made an “A” in the class and Tim teased her about being the teacher’s pet because he was not lucky enough to get an “A.”

After Tim graduated from North Greenville Junior College, they enrolled at Bob Jones University. She relates how their first child was born in Greenville and Tim’s first pastorate was at Oolenoy Baptist Church in Pumpkintown of the Pickens, SC, area. Mrs. LaHaye is quick to add that they had a wonderful beginning in the Greenville area.

They moved to Minneapolis, MN, when Tim was called to a church in that area. They had a big adjustment with the long winters and extreme cold and snowy weather. While living in Minneapolis, two sons were born.

Later Tim was called to San Diego to serve an area church. They stayed in San Diego for 28 years and had a daughter born during this time. It was during this time in San Diego that Beverly founded CWA.

In an interview with Mrs. LaHaye, I asked, “You are a well-known author, can you tell me how you got in the writing field?” Mrs. LaHaye responded, “I began by assisting my husband with the research for his books. After several years of doing this, the publisher approached me about writing a book of my own. The publisher said, you have something to say, you’ve been assisting your husband in seminars and writing. I was reluctant at first but when he asked, how many student do you counsel each year and I responded. He said, ‘Well, if you write this book, you will be counseling one on one with over 100,000 women.’ It was then that I agreed. My first book was Spirit Controlled Woman which I wrote in 1973. I am currently working to revise this book.”

I asked her, “Of the books you have written, which is your favorite and why?” She responded, “My first book, Spirit Controlled Woman, is the book I am most fond of. The reason it is my favorite is because I gave so much of myself in writing this book. The first book was the hardest. I love to write books to help women and possibly turn their lives around.”

When asked what she sees as the primary struggles of families today, she stated, “Young people are struggling because so many want to have one foot in the secular world and one foot in the church because they feel that in order to be ‘cool’ they must be secularized. It is very difficult to make a choice because of the influence of school, entertainment, and the media.”

I inquired about how churches can be more effective in ministering to families and she commented, “Churches can be more sensitive to the struggles of the family and homes and the need for Dad to take the spiritual leadership. I am so encouraged with the renewal of so many homes with Dad as the spiritual head of the home. If the church can keep the fire going in the hearts of the fathers, then the home is going to be different.”

When asked how institutions such as North Greenville can better prepare young people for the responsibility of marriage and family Mrs. LaHaye added, “I speak at a Liberty College chapel program each year and the students often ask that I speak on what type of partner they should look for in marriage. Even in a Christian school, you have to very selective. Kids come from varied backgrounds, different training at home, and have different goals in life. Schools, colleges, and universities must train students to focus on obeying the commandments of the Bible, and they must be taught that commitment in a relationship is for a lifetime. With this type of training, we will see a decline in the divorce rate.”

Mrs. LaHaye estimates that she has 55-60 speaking engagements per year, in addition to her daily radio show which reaches 750,000 people weekly. She also publishes the Family Voice Magazine monthly and in writing her books she feels she is able to minister to many women.

I commented on Mrs. LaHaye’s many accomplishments in life, appearing on national television talk shows, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and especially watching CWA grow in its importance to American women. I asked, “What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment?” Mrs. LaHayes responded, “When all is said and done, I think the greatest thing the Lord will rate me on is what kind of wife, mother, and grandmother I have been.

Photo: From left, Ruth Greenwood Hamilton (’63), Beverly Ratcliffe LaHaye (’48), and Beverly Carlton (’70).

Story written by Beverly Carlton (’70) and printed in the April 1995 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

NGC Receives $550,000 Gift from Neb and Martha Cline

KM_C308-20171114152847A $550,000 gift, the largest cash gift in the history of the college, was received from Nesbitt and Martha Martin Cline of Greenville, SC. The Cline’s generous donation is being used toward construction costs for two residence halls which will accommodate twenty-four students each. One of the two-story residence halls will be named in honor of Neb and Martha Cline.

Mr. Cline was born in Charlotte, NC. After a flu epidemic in the winter of 1918-19 claimed the lives of his parents, he moved to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Later, his career took him to Alabama, California, Georgia, North Carolina, and New Jersey, working for Goodyear, Standard Oil, and Sears Roebuck. He started his own company, The Cline Company, 47 years ago. Today, his two sons and four grandsons work for The Cline Company, which caters to the textile and marine industry with drive shafts, brakes, clutches, etc.

Martha Cline, who married Neb in 1941, is a Limestone College alumna and former music teacher. She served as pianist for their church, Earle Street Baptist for many years. She continues to be involved in the music ministry at the church by playing the piano for different organizations of the church.

Neb Cline commented at the ground-breaking, “We pray that these dormitories will be a blessing for years to come. We have been blessed beyond words, and we weanted to share it with you.”

Martha Cline added, “North Greenville’s focus on Christ making the difference is the highest standard of excellence you could have. Lives will continue to be changed here.”

Executive Director of Development Mike Carlton stated, “I was so overwhelmed with the generosity of this wonderful Christian couple. The uniqueness of this gift is the genuine love, care, and concern in which it was given.”

Printed in the September 1995 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Turner Auditorium Renovation Underway

KM_C308-20171114152926Since the early 1960’s, Turner Auditorium has been a vital part of the North Greenville College campus. Its walls have been home to the Fine Arts Department as well as serving as the largest assembly area on campus for our students’ bi-weekly chapel services.

During the past decade, the once stylish beauty of this building has begun to fade.

Years of neglect battered the physical features that once made Turner Auditorium an attractive building. The need for restroom facilities and renovations to the building prompted the Alumni Association to undertake contributions, money was set aside by the college and other individuals donations. The work has now begun on Turner Auditorium and is expected to be completed soon.

The exterior of the building’s front will feature white columns which will give the building a totally different appearance. The lobby area will be greatly improved, and, with these renovations, this building will once again project an image that we can all be proud of.

Thanks to each of our alumni who make a contribution to this renovation project. A special thanks to Marion Moorhead, Academy Club President, for his letter writing campaign to other members of the Academy Club. Their contributions really made a difference. It is so gratifying to have alumni willing to “make the extra effort” needed to insure a successful fundraising campaign.

Printed in the September 1995 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

NGC Football Standout Playing With the Dallas Cowboys

KM_C308-20171114111823Clayton Holmes (’89), a cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, is happy to have recovered from his 1993 preseason injury. He missed the entire 1993 season due to an injury to his right knee in the preseason game against the Raiders. Before his injury, Holmes had seven tackles, one quarterback pressure and three pass defenses. He also returned six kickoff for 135 yards and one punt for seven yards.

Holmes played in 15 games as a rookie and made his mark on special teams. He tied for second with 15 tackles on the coverage units and added six more in the postseason. Holmes, the Cowboys’ leading kickoff returner in the preseason (22.5 yard average), returned his first NFL kickoff 24 yards at Denver. He had a career long 28-yearded against Chicago and played some on the special pass situation defense at Detroit and with the nickel defense in the fourth quarter against the Giants. In Super Bowl XXVII, Holmes recorded three tackles on Buffalo’s last possession of the game and a fumble recovery at the Bills’ 44-yard line when Leon Lett forced wide receiver Steve Tasker to fumble.

Drafted in the third round (58th overall), Holmes went to Dallas as a two-time NAIA All-American selected from Carson-Newman, but his other two collegiate seasons were spent as a junior college quarterback at North Greenville College. After joining the Cowboys, Holmes displayed his speed by running a 4.23, 40-yard dash in Dallas’ post draft mini-camp, the fastest 40 among both the Cowboys’ rookies and veterans.

A healthy Clayton Holmes took every advantage in contributing to the two-year Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys in the 1994-95 football season.

His drive and determination during his rehabilitation in the 1993 season allowed him to be a force to be reckoned with in the 1994-95 campaign. The North Greenville All-American was 18th on the team in tackles playing back-up roles at left and right corner for the Cowboys. His eight solo tackles, four assists, and two passes defended led all reserve defensive backs in statistics. In hopes for a third-straight Super Bowl ring, Clayton led the defensive corners with two solo tackles and a fumble recovery in the 1994-95 playoffs. Holmes’ efforts in the playoffs on special teams rose dramatically from his season statistics of four solo tackles and six assists. He led the Cowboys with three solo tackles and six assists. He led the Cowboys with three solo tackles to spear head the charge and end up with an impressive record for his efforts in the 1994-95 season.

COLLEGE: As the South Atlantic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, Holmes finished second in the NAIA and tied the Carson-Newman single-season record with eight interceptions. His 199 yards interception returns gave him 462 return yards for his career, establishing a school record.

HIGH SCHOOL: Holmes earned all-conference honors as a defensive back at Wilson High School in Florence, SC, and set the South Carolina state record in the long jump.

Printed in the April 1995 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

NGC Professor Receives ‘Golden Apple Award’ From Local TV Station

KM_C308-20171114111853Veda Sprouse (’45) is the epitome of the old-fashioned English teacher. With her North Greenville College students, she holds out for excellence which she perceives as the only acceptable standard. Students write and re-write her papers.

As one said last year, “I re-wrote that thing six times and only got a C-.” But he was proud of that essay and of the C-, only because it came from Mrs. Sprouse.

The top senior honor student at NGC graduated this May with a four-year history of all A’s and one B. He explained it thus: “I had Mrs. Sprouse.”

When Alumnus Rear Admiral Mike McConnell, who became a national figure as commander of the Navy briefing announcements during the Persian Gulf crisis, spoke at North Greenville’s graduation, he traced his career in Vietnam and in South American and Middle Eastern danger spots. Then, he paused and said, “However, I was well prepared. None of these were as hard as passing Mrs. Sprouse’s freshman English class.”

I haven’t been at the college very long, but whenever I meet any North Greenville graduates, they ask me about Mrs. Sprouse. And then they tell me their own story of survival. It’s like a red badge of courage.

Mrs. Sprouse is the one tough teacher whom we used to dread in school and then were so glad that we had. We realized immediately following the course that she was the best. However, Mr. Sprouse’s students seem to have a certain espirit decorps, almost elitism, even as they go through her course. They do love her, and I think it’s because she personally likes them also and cares about their progress, and is willing to work as hard herself as she asks them to work.

She is friendly, sweet, warm, caring, and personally involved with the students. It’s just that there’s another side to both the angelic face and soft, soft voice. Mrs. Sprouse is a tiger when turned loose around a set of English papers.

  1. She demands that papers be written and re-written.
  2. She has 10 major errors for which she looks, and when once occurs, the paper is unsatisfactory. Period.
  3. She marks the papers in red ink. Some English authorities frown on using red ink now saying that a marked-up paper discourages students. Not Mrs. Sprouse. If papers are wrong, she wants them to bleed.
  4. She has mandatory conferences in her office to go over papers, one-on-one with students.
  5. Her class is as still as a cathedral. Students are right on task, following instructions and following every word. Any they are interested. Their college lives depend on it.

It’s generally accepted that writing abilities, and certainly score results, are dropping in American schools. That would not be so if there were more teachers such as this great lady around. She’s truly a golden apple.

This is a nomination submitted by Dr. Dee Bielecki, fellow professor at NGC, for the WYFF-TV4’s Golden Apple Award.

Campus Roads Named For Past NGC Leaders

KM_C308-20171114111711Two roads associated with North Greenville College have been officially named in honor of two highly influential former NGC leaders.

Special recognition ceremonies were held in chapel Monday, February 13, 1995, in memory of the two men, Dr. M.C. Donnan and Rev. R.A. McKinney.

The main road that runs through the campus between the administration building and the library is now named Donnan Boulevard, after Dr. M.C. Donnan, principal of North Greenville Academy and president of North Greenville Junior College from 1928 to 1963.

A portion of Highway 414, between the campus of North Greenville and Highway 25, is now named R.A. McKinney Boulevard after Rev. R.A. McKinney. Rev. McKinney is the former Director of Alumni Affairs and Assistant to the President of North Greenville.

Tribute was paid to the memory of Dr. Donnan in the chapel service by fromer NGC professor, Dr. Wade Hale. Hale praised Donnan’s servant spirit. “I never knew a more humble man,” Hale said. “He loved and served the Lord with all of his heart.”

During Donnan’s 35 years of leadership, which spanned the Great Depression and World War II, the school operated a farm and dairy on the campus in order to provide food and milk for students and staff. Donnan event swept floors and did everything possible to keep the struggling school alive.

After the war, when the economy improved, Donnan helped North Greenville Academy develop into North Greenville Junior College. During his tenure, 21 new buildings were constructed on campus, including the present Donnan Administration Building, Turner Auditorium, Hayes Gymnasium, Simpson and Bruce Residence Halls, Foster Student Center, and Tuttle Clinic.

Mrs. Lois Hinds, a daughter of the late Dr. Donnan, was presented a special memorial plaque during the service.

Mrs. Ruby McKinney, wife of the late Rev. McKinney, also received a memorial plaque in honor of her late husband.KM_C308-20171114111711

Tribute was paid to McKinney’s memory by Joe Dill, a member of the Greenville County School Board.

“Preacher McKinney was in touch with God,” Dill said. “He spent his life helping people, including young people. He was a great encourager for this school.”

State Senator Vern Smith steered the political and legal work through the state highway department to get the two roads named for the former NGC leaders.

Smith declared Monday, “There’s something good happening at North Greenville College. It does my heart good to see this auditorium full. It shows me that God is blessing here.”

The Senator continued, “When I see young people like y’all, I feel great confidence for the future. You will be the leaders of the future – the mothers, the fathers, the preachers, the educators, and even the state senators. I challenge you to serve and honor God,” smith concluded.

The special chapel service was led by Frank Spearman who serves as chairman of the voluntary North Greenville College Community Relations Committee and who spearheaded the highway-naming project. Several members of the committee were present for the occasion.

Top Photo: From left, Joe Dill, Lois Donnan Hinds, Joe Hinds, and Verne Smith

Bottom Photo: From left, Tom McKinney, Gloria M. Hawkins, Mrs. R.A. McKinney, and Betty M. Blanton

Printed in the April 1995 edition of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

NGC Accredited as a Four-Year Institution

KM_C308-20171017171229North Greenville College has received accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees. Notice of the accreditation action came after a lengthy review process by SACS. Prior to this accreditation, North Greenville was in the candidate status to award these degrees.

In addition to the bachelor’s degree in Religion and Church Music, North Greenville College will begin offering new majors in Business Administration and in Mass Communications in the Fall of 1994. In the Spring of 1995, programs in Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Music Education will be offered.

Dr. Sam Isgett, Dean of the College stated, “we are excited that we received a positive response from SACS and believe that the college will continue to grow and prosper following its current path and direction.”

North Greenville‘s enrollment had dropped to a drastically low figure of 329 in the Spring of 1991 and at that time faced severe financial difficulties. The Fall 1993 increase in enrollment of 25.6% helped to stabilize the institution as it continues the long road to economic recovery.

Photo: The 19 members of the Class of 1994 and first four-year graduating class receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Religion at commencement on May 7, 1994 were: Karen Irene Askew, James Harold Billings, Michael Leon Blackwood, Ted Allen Conwell, Jacob E. Darnell, Mark Anthony Duncan, Charles Stephen Edwards, Kerry Warren Edwards, Bronwyn Ashley Gray, Delana Jean Hardwick, Kenneth George Kirkley, David Lynn Kite, William Keith Mincey, Joseph Kendall Moore, James Edward Reppart, William Edward Swink, Mark David Tannery, Gregory Wade Tucker, and Reba Southerlin Wells.

Printed in the September 1994 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter

 

Thelma Nicoll Cox (’27): For the Cox Family, North Greenville is a Family Tradition

KM_C308-20171017163025When several members of the same family pursue their education at North Greenville, that’s news. When it becomes a family tradition, that’s great news.

Thelma Nicoll Cox attend North Greenville Baptist Academy and graduated in 1927. She grew up at the intersection of Highway 414 and Campbell Mill Road. She remembers very well how she and her brothers and sisters would rise around day-break each morning to begin preparing for their horse and buggy journey to North Greenville. Each day, upon their arrival, they would tie their horse and buggy to a hitching post where it would remain until their dismissal from classes and lunch. She had two sisters and one brother who attended the Academy with her.

Mrs. Cox recalls several teachers with fondness: Vassar Graham who was her math teach; Harlee Cooper who was her history teacher; and H. D. Bruce who taught Latin. She also spoke of H.C. Hester, who was the Headmaster during this time.

During her last year at the Academy, Mrs. Cox lived on campus. Being the youngest child, all of her brothers and her sister who attended, had graduated. She worked in the dining hall washing dishes to supplement her tuition costs, and recalls the kindness of Essie Taylor, who was in charge of the dining hall. During the time that she and her brothers and sister attended, her family provided produce to help pay for their tuition. She reminisced about Sunday night dating time and holding church in chapel.

The following was written of Thelma Nicoll in the 1927 yearbook from North Greenville Baptist Academy.

“If you make this life worthwhile, wear rainbow colors and a cheerful smile.”

Thelma is one of the charter members of our class and when her name is spoken, the following saying is immediately brought to our minds. “You can do it if anyone else can, go ahead.” She carries her enthusiasm into everything that she does and has never failed to respond to duty’s call. Her sincerity and loyalty as a friend, her ready smile, and sympathy for all, and her high regard for principle and honor have won the love and respect of all who know her.

Benjamin Perry Robertson, an uncle of Mrs. Cox’s is listed in an article from Town and Country Review – London 1935 as a leader in the founding of North Greenville Baptist Academy. He also led in the founding of Limestone College in Gaffney, SC, Columbia College in Lake City, Fla., and also in the founding of one seminary, Baptist Bible Institute, New Orleans, LA.

Upon her graduation, Thelma married J.C. Cox and had six children: J. C. Jr., Clavin, Callie, Leila, John, and Landrum. She and her husband raised their family just off of Highway 11 in a beautiful home built in the late 1800s.

Mrs. Cox’s son, Calvin, attended North Greenville, and graduated in 1958. His wife, Martha Crenshaw Cox, attended North Greenville and graduated in 1957. They make their home in Travelers Rest. Calvin is the president of Poinsett Plumbing Supply, Inc. He also has taken an interest in horticulture and has a nursery business.

Her daughter, Leila M. Cox, attended North Greenville and graduated in 1956. Until recently, Leila was secretary to the President of the Foreign Mission Board. She is now working for Smyth & Helwys Publishing Company in Macon, GA.

Mrs. Cox’s granddaughter, Regina Anderson Ray, attended North Greenville. Regina and her husband, David Andrew Ray, are alumni of the Class of 1984. They live on the campus of NGC. Andy is an admissions counselor for the college. They are the proud parents of a one-year old daughter, Elizabeth.

I am sure that Mrs. Cox would agree with me in saying, “Elizabeth, it[s up to you to keep the tradition alive.”

Article published in the April 1994 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

What NGC Means To Me: J. Yates Frady (’35)

KM_C308-20171002173021I am deeply grateful for all that North Greenville College has meant to me, and I only wish that every young person in the world could experience the impact of that spiritual influence on their lives.

I attended the school many years ago when Dr. Donnan was president. The atmosphere of the campus was so sound and inspiring, that the direction of my life was securely set, and from many sources. I am convinced that this same spiritual atmosphere still exists.

I have often said that if I inherit a million dollars, the major part would go to endow North Greenville College. I cannot think of a better investment for the building of young lives for the cause of the Kingdom than this school, an institution that has meant so much in helping establish me in the faith.

Printed in the April 1993 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter

North Greenville Awards First Four-Year Degree

KM_C308-20171114100029William Michael Runion of Greer, SC, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion at the May 8, 1993 commencement of North Greenville College. He is the first student to complete NGC’s new four-year major in church-related vocations.

Runion served as pastor of Milford Baptist Church in Greer until his graduation and is entering Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

He and his wife, Gail, are the parents of three children. He is a 1977 graduate of Greer High School and is the son of Mrs. Barbara Runion and the late Giles Runion of Greer, SC.

Printed in the September 1993 edition of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

Profile: Carolyn Hamlin (’57)

KM_C308-20171114100007Carolyn Hamlin (’57) grew up in Liberty, South Carolina, and came from a family with eight brothers and sisters. Her parents, Furman and Mary Gillespie, provided a loving and caring home for this large family. She says that she had memories of North Greenville College even as a young girl as her two older sisters were students at NGC. She stated that she never had thoughts of going to any other school because her sisters and other family members always talked about North Greenville, and she felt that was the place she should be.

Carolyn is an accomplished composer, lyricist, and organist having been at Easley First Baptist Church for 35 years as organist. She began playing when she was four years old and by the time she was nine was playing in church. At 15 years of age, she became the full-time organist for a church having had no formal training.

Because most of her musical abilities were being able to play by ear, not by reading music, she had great difficulties in working with piano teachers. Because she was very gifted and able to play anything that she heard and was unable to read and comprehend music in the conventional way, her piano teachers grew frustrated with her. This led to a great deal of frustration for Carolyn, also. During her last two years of high school, she took piano lessons from Mr. Bill Piper who understood her situation and, for the first time in Carolyn’s life, she had someone to explain to her the keyboard, scales, and timing. She said that she was so hurt to think of all that she had missed by not learning this sooner. By the time she entered college, she had received approximately 18 month of training and, while she was a very accomplished musician, did not have the keyboard background to enter the advanced piano instruction classes that she needed to be a piano major. Mr. Charles Gatwood, professor of music at North Greenville, encouraged her to major in voice. She did so and received her Associate of Arts from North Greenville College in voice. She was recognized as the Most Outstanding Music Major while at NGC.

Carolyn speaks so fondly of Mr. Gatwood and the fact that he taught her so much about the spiritual aspects of music. She says that he showed that formal training was wonderful, but without a goal, focus, or direction, training is only an end to itself.  She found that at that time in her life she was not technically astute, but learned from Mr. Gatwood that she could excel with a spiritual focus to her music. She related how meaningful the choir tours were with Mr. Gatwood. She said that when the students returned, everyone was so filled with the Holy Spirit they would have spiritual renewals on the campus.

Wade Hale’s Bible Class made a real impression on Carolyn as she recalls that she felt as though she was living the Old Testament. She also spoke of Mother White as having an austere demeanor, but, underneath her regimented façade, was a caring and loving person. She stated that Mother White was an anchor through a trail in her college life. She recalls Mrs. Sayer, the librarian, as having a great deal of patience with her in teaching her to effectively use the library and Nancy Derminer who taught French in such a special way because of her travels to France.

Carolyn recalls that she was always into mischief at NGC and on one occasion Mother White told her, “Gillespie, I hear that you were in instigator in the big noise making last night. You had two of the quietest sisters who were the epitome of lady hood that that attended North Greenville. What happened to you?”

After leaving North Greenville she still had the burning desire to take college classes related to a music major. She would not give up on the keyboard and enrolled at Furman University where she was allowed to take the piano lessons that she had been denied at NGC. She realized that she had so many elementary things to be learned through piano lessons. She later enrolled at Bob Jones University and had three years of organ instruction.

She explains that the many hardships in learning to properly read music, have made her appreciate her talent so much more than many would.

She is a busy lady traveling all over the state for Case Music as a staff organist and sales manager for the organ division. Carolyn is married to Talmadge Hamlin (’53). They have three daughters, Terry who is the choral director at J.L. Mann High School, Tracy who is a speech pathologist at Greenville Hospital System and Tammy who is the principal at Forest Acres Elementary School in Pickens County. She and Talmadge are the proud grandparents of one granddaughter.

Carolyn recently addressed an elite group of music students at Converse College on how to succeed in music, without numerous formal degrees. She said that she believes in continuing ones education. The proof is in the fact that her three daughters have send degrees from six different universities. Carolyn said that she and her husband always encouraged their girls to reach their maximum potential. She said there was a time in her life when the lack of the college degrees really bothered her. She now believes that it was part of the Lord’s plan for her as it forced her to work so much harder and excel in what she loves best.

Carolyn travels all over the country giving organ concerts, playing in weddings, civic gatherings, and churches. She said that she feels that many organists feel that playing the organ is just a job, but to her it is a life’s commitment. She relates that she feels that being the organist at Easley First Baptist is a ministry, and she plays the organ with her soul in an effort to reach some person in need. She shared an instance in her church in which a lady was having a really hard time giving her sister up to the Lord for the mission field. Carolyn says that for some reason she felt the need to play “His Eye is on the Sparrow” for the offertory on that particular Sunday morning. The lady later share with Carolyn that the Lord spoke to her through this song saying that if he could take care of a sparrow, he could surely take care of her sister. She says that when people share things like this with her it makes all the preparation and hard work so worthwhile.

She experienced personal tragedy in her life last year by losing her mother and other family illnesses. She decided that it was time to let those people still living who had meant much in her life know how special they were to her. She began to write letters and in the past year has written 100 letters to these special people in her life.

In addition to being an accomplished organist, she composes much of the music she uses in church.  She is in the process of starting her own publishing company called Carol Song Music. Her first book will be an organ collection. She has a computer lab set up in her home and enjoys spending spare time composing music. She was most honored when Mr. Gatwood (her professor from NGC) asked her to compose and anthem for his group called the Singing Churchmen of North Carolina. She was very excited to hear this anthem performed by the group on several occasions during their tour.

Carolyn recently was able to study composition under Alice Parker at Princeton University. Ms. Parker was her idol for many year, having written for Robert Shaw for over 18 years. She was delighted to receive an “A” on the course and two hours toward a master’s degree though she has not yet attained her four-year degree.

Carolyn cites her husband, Talmadge, and her daughters as her biggest cheerleaders. She realizes that they have made sacrifices because of her travel and extensive involvement in music, but she strives to make the time they have together, quality time.

She has served as and Alumni Council Officer at North Greenville and she and her husband have been supportive to the college through the years.

North Greenville College is proud to claim Carolyn as one of our own. She sings the praises of North Greenville everywhere she goes. We believe that it is only fitting to recognize her devotion to her music, her family, and the unselfish way in which she serves the Lord.

Article written by Beverly Carlton and published in the September 1993 issue of North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

 

 

 

Rev. Charlie F. Candler (‘38): Servant of the Lord

KM_C308-20171114094236One would have to spend only a few minutes with Rev. Charlie Candler (‘38) to feel his love of the Lord and of mankind, and his complete faith and trust in the Lord’s ability to supply our needs.

I was blessed a few weeks ago to visit with Rev. Candler in order to compile a story about his years spent as a minister. I came away felling honored to be a part of the staff at North Greenville College because of the commitment this institution has made to Christian education and seeing firsthand what it has meant to the ministry of Rev. Charlie Candler.

Charlie Chandler felt the call of the Lord in 1933, at the age of 33. He left a secure job, uprooted his family, wife Lorene, and three children and moved from Lockhart to Tigerville, SC to enroll at North Greenville Baptist Academy (NGBA). He had little formal education and he felt the Academy would meet his needs.

Rev. Candler recalls that many people told him he was a foolish man to leave his job and financial security with no means of support for his family during the Great Depression.

He recounts the story of his arrival at Tigerville. Feeling led by the Lord to get closer to the campus, he gave up the house he had rented next to Tyger Baptist Church. Having no automobile, it would mean that he would have to walk several miles to and from classes each day. After giving up his house, he prayed that the Lord would provide suitable housing for his family. The next morning, with his furniture already on the way, an apartment across the street from the college was made available to him by Mr. Bud Wood and offered “rent free” while he attended classes at NGBA. Having very little money, he and his family were delighted to find a generous pantry pounding on the truck that came from Lockhart with his furniture, provided by friends and family from their hometown. This was the beginning of the many blessings the Lord made available to him as he struggled to support his family and continue his education.

He was called to his first church while at NGBA – Pleasant View Baptist Church. He said that he accepted this pastorate realizing that he would have a 15 mile walk, but being led by the Lord he felt that this was what he should do. He recalls how another prayer was answered as on the Friday prior to the Sunday he was to being preaching at Pleasant View, he received a check from a generous benefactor (known to him as Mother James, a member of Taylors First Baptist) to buy an automobile. With the much needed transportation, he accepted the call to pastor Mount Olive Baptist in Ware Shoals and did alternate services for these two churches.

Part of the time that he attended NGBA, he and his family lived in the “Preachers Hotel.” This was a large house in the Tigerville area for ministerial students who were married with families. They shared this home with three other couples. He remembers how they shared the hard times and cooked together, cared for each other’s children and as he tells it, “With faith, the Lord always met our needs.”

Rev. Candler talks of working along beside Dr. Donnan in helping to process corn that had been grown on the grounds of NGBA. He expected to be paid ten cents per hour, but at the end of the semester when he received payment, he was paid twenty cents per hour because Dr. Donnan said he had worked so hard. He spoke of how much this money helped him in supporting his family and showing him that the Lord would provide if he would place his faith in Him. He states that Dr. Donnan was a quiet man who had a positive influence on his life.

Rev. Candler speaks of the many teachers at North Greenville who made a difference in his life. Miss Harlee Cooper, his English teacher, who spent countless hours in helping him to catch up with the other students with his reading and writing. Ms. Myrtle Littlejohn, his history teacher, as a difficult taskmaster, who insisted that each student give their all, and Fess Blackwell, his math teacher, who was always so supportive. Dr. J.E. Barton, his biology teacher, who when teaching biology kept the Bible nearby as he would refer to the Bible in class when he felt the textbook was contradicting the word of God.

Rev. Candler was again blessed with the generosity of Mother James as he enrolled in classes at Furman University. She called him to her home and as they sat on her porch, she recalled how she had prayed the day before about him and the Lord had made it clear that she should provide his tuition so that he could continue his education. As it turned out, he and his wife had been praying at the same time that the Lord would provide a way for him to continue his education and be better prepared to serve.

Rev. Candler has spent his life seeking to share God’s love in any way he could or knew how. He served as pastor at Park Street Baptist in Easley for four years, five years at Siloam Baptist in the Easley area, fourteen years at White Street Baptist in Rock Hill, eight years at Hopewell Baptist in Seneca and after retiring has served 23 Baptist churches as interim pastor. Failing eyesight prevents him from reading and continuing his preaching.

His wife, Lorene, died in 1985. He has four children: Jack Candler of Piedmont, Ruth Wilson of Piedmont, Paul Candler of Easley, and Martha Boling of Taylors. Rev. Candler has been a resident of Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center in Laurens for four years and continues to live by these word of the Lord:

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are hones, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

As our visit concluded and I prepared to leave, Rev. Candler continued to ask me about the anticipated enrollment for the fall and the ministerial students at North Greenville. I relayed to him that we have quite a few ministerial students who are struggling to manage attending classes, studying, working, ministering to their congregations and finding time for their families. As I spoke these words, I thought, some things never change. It is through these same struggles the students today establish the foundation to become a good “servant of the Lord.”

Story by Beverly Carlton and published in the September 1992 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.