Mary-Drawdy1Mary Earle Drawdy, wife of the late Vance B. Drawdy, passed away on January 6, 2015, at her residence. She was 91 years old. Born in Greenville on February 18, 1923, she was the daughter of the late John Kern Earle and Louise Farrell Earle. Mary graduated from Greenville High School, class of 1940. She earned her BA degree in French and Mathematics from Furman University, class of 1944.

After college and during World War II, Mary worked for the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. where her job duties included keeping track of the location of the Navy's fleet of destroyers. After the War, Mary returned to Greenville. She taught briefly in the Greenville County public schools, and she worked for several years as a receptionist for physicians Drs. Stanley and Craig.

Mary was an accomplished photographer, artist, and calligrapher. She studied portrait painting under Robert L. Bruns as well as Janet Fleming Smith. She painted the portraits of a number of family members and friends. Mary also was an accomplished flower gardener and received her landscape critic certification. She was a member of numerous clubs in Greenville including the Greenville Garden Club, the Greenville Women's Club, the Republican Women's Club, the Greenville Historical Society, and Friends of Springwood Cemetery.

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“Country” Hawkins, honorableMayor of Little Texas, was identified last week as hailing from Little Chicago. It was an error. He has never been there. He was ridiculed and we were embarrassed. To show our remorse we are providing a free tour of Little Chicago. There are two means of travel: Go to Gowensville and turn right or go to Holly Springs and turn left.

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Greer Residents “Devastated” by Desecration of American Flag on Lighted Pole In Upscale Neighborhood

US-SC-Flag_Page-01On Wednesday, November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, Joe Barnett and his wife awoke to find their American and South Carolina flags cut from their twenty-foot lighted flag pole. They found the flags torn and on the ground. The American flag had been cut from the stars to the end of the third white stripe form the top.

The couple were devastated by what they found in their yard, because someone(s) had not only trespassed their private property, but had desecrated the American flag in this manner.

The incident was reported to the Greer Police Department and an award of $500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the one(s) responsible.

This vicious and premeditated property destruction and flag desecration is especially hurtful for the Barnett family as their son is currently serving his country in harms way.

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GradyMiller-1John Grady Miller, Jr., died Sunday, November 16, 2014 after long illness.

Born in Greenville on August 16, 1934, Grady was the son of the late John Grady Miller, Sr. and Ellie Robinson Miller. He was a long-time resident of Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School in 1952.

A 1956 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, he was a devoted Tiger fan and IPTAY supporter. At Clemson, he earned an ROTC commission and served in the US Army as Second Lieutenant.

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Rumminger_8730Elmer Lee Rumminger, 86, husband of Barbara Boyd Rumminger, died Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014.

Born in Passaic, NJ, son of the late Berthold and Erika Rumminger.

Served in the Army and Army Reserves. Ministered for over 50 years at BJU as professor, publisher, and broadcaster. Member of Hampton Park Baptist Church for 41 years. Co-founder of Christian Viewpoint and active member of SC Republican Party.

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Friday, October 24, more than 200 Trailmen members of Trial Life USA assembled on the grounds of “Camp Aiken,” formerly the “Boys Home of the South” property, for the first-ever South Carolina Upstate area-organized event at “Camp Aiken.” Eight church-sponsored troops participated in the event.

The Trailmen and Leaders camped out in multicolored tents in the camp ground area, Friday and Saturday nights.

Saturday morning, the campers were up before 7 a.m. to eat breakfast, so they could attend the “flag raising ceremony.”

American Legion Post 3 Color Guard performed the “flag raising ceremony” as the Bugler played “Reveille.”

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Oliver Thompson Chapter 1850, UDC, held a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Fairview Presbyterian Church, in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, in honor of the 90th anniversary of the chapter. Before the service, charter members of the Caroline S. Coleman Chapter 537, Children of the Confederacy, placed flags on the graves of 51 Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. Some of the children passed out programs for the service. Carol Leake, Oliver Thompson Chapter President, called the meeting to order and welcomed all those in attendance.

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