Cold Start to 2018

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CATS ON ICE - Georgia Sample was amused last week when she looked out her window and saw her cats on the frozen ice of her swimming pool. Many animals had never seen ice on water like what was prevalent last week. Ducks and geese were seen gliding across the ice when they tried to land on the water. Farmers had to break the ice on ponds so livestock could drink water. Local plumbers also stayed busy, repairing burst pipes.

We Said ‘Good-bye’

  Donald O. “Donnie” Shealy, 81, passed away Thursday, January 5. Mr. Shealy was the retired owner of Shealy’s Body Shop.
  Floree Hallman Buffington Buckner, 69, passed away Thursday, January 12. She was a retired lieutenant with the SC Department of Corrections at McCormick Correctional Institute.
  Stanley Espy Dorn, 83, passed away Thursday, January 12. He was a retired Resident Maintenance Engineer with the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
  John D. Abney, 92, passed away Friday, January 13. He was a decorated WWII veteran.
  Mrs. Jean Crouch, 87, passed away Sunday, January 22. She was a Saluda business leader and former owner of the Flower and Gift Shop.
  Charles Eston Huff, former school administrator in Saluda School District One, died January 22.
  Lou Frances Berry Cromer died Thursday, February 16. She was the former owner of Midway Video in Saluda.
  Jennifer Charlene Fisher Wertz, 45, passed away Friday, February 17. She was an office manager for Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority.
  Pauline Miller Lester, 88, died Monday, February 20. She was a former secretary bookkeeper for P&O Oil Company and Farm Bureau.
  Elnora Patricia Daniel Adams, 64, passed away Sunday, March 5. She was a secretary at Piedmont Tech and Riverside Middle School for many years.
  Donald L. “Donnie” Kitchen, 70, passed away Sunday, March 26. He retired from the S.C. Highway Patrol after 25 years of service, with many years spent in Saluda County.
  June Shaw Mack  died at her home on March 28. She was a long-time secretary at Saluda Shirt Plant.
  Marion Lafayette Crouch, 90, passed away Sunday, April 9.  He was the husband of the late Jean Edwards Crouch and was retired owner of The Flower and Gift Shop.
  Sandra Kaye Beam Fulmer, passed away Thursday, April 20. Her career as a dental assistant spanned almost 30 years working for Dr. Wyman L. Shealy, DMD.
  James Suddath “Jim” Corley, Jr., 79, died Tuesday, May 9. He was a retired supervisor with Monsanto, and son of the late Saluda mayor James Corley.
  Elizabeth “Betty” Cromley Davis, 82, passed away Thursday, June 15. She was a former as activities director  at Saluda Nursing Center.
  LeeAnn Sample Reigart, 60, passed away Friday, June 16. Her nursing career spanned over 30 years, including service as a psychiatric and home health nurse. She served her country as an active and reserve duty nurse enlisted in the US Air Force. Most recently, she worked with the Nephrology Clinic at MUSC.
  Shirley Derrick Gibson, 73, passed away Sunday, June 18. She retired from the DOT after 30 years of service.
  Michael Edward Rowlette, 61, passed away Sunday, June 25. He was a retired paramedic having served 35 years with the State of South Carolina.
  Ted Perry Caldwell, 79, of Saluda,  passed away at Lexington Medical Center on Thursday, June 22. Retired from  Carolina Eastman, he was the husband of Saluda County Historical Society leader Gloria Caldwell.
  Robert Frederick "Fred" Strange, Sr., 82, passed away Saturday, June 24. He was retired from the Department of Health and Environmental Control and retired from the SC National Guard.
  Donald Ernest Hancock, 64, passed away Wednesday, August 2. A retired Marine Colonel, he was chairman of Saluda County Council.
  Robert Edward Metts, Sr., 82,  passed away Thursday, August 17. He retired from Milliken and Company and was owner and operator of Metts Heating and Air Conditioning for many years.
  Melvin Wilmot Cameron, 91, of Saluda passed away  September 3. He was the retired owner of Cameron TV on Main Street in Saluda.
  Frances Edwards Pou, 90, passed away August 29. She was former teacher and missionary.
  Shelba Wadetta Oswald McGee, 79, passed away Fridsay, September 8. She was  the former owner of McGee’s Convenience Store and McGee’s ABC Store.
  Bobbie Merchant Crouch, 81, passed away Thursday, September 14. She was a retired registered nurse with Saluda Nursing Center.
  Mrs. Judith Wright Smith,  66, passed away Friday, October 20. She was  well known as owner of Wright Christmas Tree farm with her husband Stuart. 
  Pat Doyal, 81,  died November 5. After serving his country, he obtained a degree in civil engineering. This allowed him to spend a majority of his life, traveling the world and perfecting his craft in the fields of commercial and industrial construction.
  Rev. James Allen “Jim” Grigsby passed away Sunday November 5.He was a retired United Methodist minister.
  Corburn Rodney Minick, 92, passed away Sunday, November 12. He was the retired owner of  Minick's Texaco.
  Michael "Mike" Anthony Prochaska, 51, passed away Thursday, November 30. He  was the former Headmaster, Athletic Director, Head Football and Baseball Coach at the Wyman King Academy.
  Philip Eric Atkinson, Jr., died Dec. 27.  A retired engineer, he moved to Saluda in 1998. He founded and remained active until his death in Enabling Technologies Associates (Enabletech).
  Jesse Thomas “Tommy” Willis, III, passed away Thursday, December 28. Retired from BiLo, he was the Saluda County Historical Society’s Theater chairman.