11 inducted into Blackville Schools Hall of Fame
The scenery at the Barnwell State Park Blatt Building on Saturday, September 30 was that of elegance, beauty and grace.
The room was stunningly decorated in black and white by Mary Minus-Jenkins as more than 200 guests dressed in their sparkly evening gowns and tuxedos to witness history in the making as the first 11 members of the Blackville Public Schools Alumni Association (BPSAA) Hall of Fame were inducted.
“The Hall of Fame was a vision brought forth by Mr. Charles Dowling, an alumnus of the class of 1980. Together with the members, the community, and businesses, this vision became a reality,” said Jerry Jones, president of the BPSAA. Other officers are Vice-President Dr. Shaneen Dials-Corujo, who came up with the idea for a gala; Catherine Mack, Treasurer; and Beverly Williams, Director of Membership.
The 11 individuals inducted were: Mrs. E. Mitchell Lebby, Mr. Eli J. Davis, Ms. Marie Davis, Mrs. Linda White-Foster, Ms. Zepher Fredrick, Mr. Tim Moore, J., Mr. William W. Scott, Mr. James Dowling, Mr. Lenon G. Brooker, Mr. Larry Raysor & Dr. Teresa L. Pope.
Dr. Andy Sandifer, Director of Human Resources at USC-Salkehatchie, presided over the ceremony as the soft sounds of James “Bo” Gardner’s saxophone sashayed throughout the room. The speaker was The Honorable Lonnie E. Hosey, S.C. House of Representative District #91. Other distinguished guests present were Elder Dr. Columbus M. President; The Honorable Vivian Alston, Blackville Mayor Pro-tem; The Honorable Ethel Thomas Faust, Blackville Public School Board Member for District #19; and The Honorable Ann Pernell, Blackville Town Council.
Delicious food was prepared by the Bamberg Job Corps Culinary Arts Department under the supervision of instructor Rosemary Glenn and Career Development Services System Director Teresa Franklin.
MEET THE INDUCTEES
Mr. Lenon Brooker of Hampton was nominated for his contributions as an outstanding Educator and for his contributions to the community. He was the Valedictorian of Macedonia High School in Blackville in 1959.
Mr. Eli Davis of Blackville was nominated posthumously in the area of being an Outstanding Educator and for his contributions to his community. He was active in all phases of community life especially where the school, students, and the education process were involved.
Ms. Marie Davis of Williston was nominated posthumously for being an outstanding educator and exemplary community service person.
Mr. James Dowling of Irmo was nominated because of his outstanding athletic abilities as well as his continual community service and civic involvement in Barnwell County and surrounding areas. He is a 1971 graduate of Blackville High School.
Ms. Zepher Fredrick of Allendale was nominated because of her commitment as an outstanding math educator in the Barnwell County public school system.
Mrs. E. Mitchell Lebby was nominated for her accomplishments as an exemplary administrator during her tenure at the Blackville Public School System as well as her outstanding community involvement and service.
Mr. Elbert Timothy Moore Jr. of Snelling was nominated for his exemplary coaching capabilities and outstanding contributions as an administrator in the public schools of South Carolina.
Dr. Teresa Larke Pope of Aiken was nominated for her exemplary skills as an administrator of Barnwell School District 19 in Blackville. She previously served as the district’s superintendent.
Mr. Larry Raysor was nominated for his outstanding athletic ability during his tenure at Blackville-Hilda High School.
Mr. William Wesley Scott was nominated for his outstanding contributions as an administrator for Blackville Public Schools.
Mrs. Linda White-Foster was nominated for being an exemplary educator at Blackville Public Schools.