HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES - Induscted into the Saluda School District Hall of Fame Fri., Sept. 26, during halftime of the Saluda-Midland Valley game were, L to R, Melvin Daniel; Bonnie Sawyer, accepting for her late husband, Dr. Robert Sawyer; Lena Wyatt, accepting for her late father, Richard Brooks; and Roger Hazel. (Standard-Sentinel photo)
 

 

 
LEGENDARY FAN  - Wes Gentry, center, was selected the  University of South Carolina’s Legendary Fan for the East Carolina game. He was presented a plaque by Gamecock Club director Patrick McFarland, left, and a blazer by Brent Skinner of B.P. Skinner Clothiers. (Spurs & Feathers photo by Allen Sharpe)
 
Gamecocks a family tradition for Legendary Fan
 
NOTE: The following story appeared in the Sept 17 edition of Spurs & Feathers and is reprinted with permission.
by Mike Kucharski
  Wes Gentry III grew up a sports fan - particularly a Gamecock fan - and said supporting the Gamecocks is “a family tradition for us and we’re all Gamecock fans here.”
  Gentry said that supporting South Carolina has been important to he and his family his whole life, saying “between my dad and I we’ve probably got 85 years of commitment to the Gamecock Club. He’s got about 45 and I’m around 40.”
  After graduating from South Carolina in 1971, Gentry said he immediately started supporting the University through the Gamecock Club. He graduated with a degree in physical education and considered coaching before coming back to his family business - Gentry’s Poultry Co. in Saluda, S.C.
  Gentry noted the big changes that he has seen throughout the athletics department in his time following the Gamecocks.
  “I think that all the programs have improved at South Carolina. The facilities that they’ve got now are incredible and that’s pretty constant across every sport. With what they’ve done across athletics and with Gamecock Park is really interesting to see the changes they’ve done,” Gentry remarked.
  Some of his best memories align with some of the great highlights in the history of South Carolina athletics.
  “I’ve gotten to see some great highlights like when they won the ACC basketball championship. Kevin Joyce made that tip for the basket to win and it was the only time Carolina ever won that ACC championship,” Gentry recalled. “I remember us playing Michigan in football when we beat them out there in 1980. I got to see George Rogers run a touchdown back in the Rose Bowl that year which was pretty neat too.”
  Gentry said he has enjoyed watching attendance and support for the Gamecocks grow over the years, particularly recently under the guidance of athletics director Ray Tanner, saying “he also knows what it takes to win a National Championship and he can help lead the department to those levels.”
  “I can remember back when we’d get five or six wins and think we had a good year,” Gentry said. “We would celebrate just making it to a bowl game. I’ve been here through the tough times and the good times, so that’s why I understand that it just takes a while and a lot of support.
  “Supporting South Carolina has always been important to me and my family. I always have supported the Gamecocks and I’m sure I always will,” Gentry concluded.
 

 
Historical Society Open House
At Flat Grove (Bonham House)

 
  The Saluda County Historical Society invites everyone to an open house at Flat Grove, the Bonham House, on Sunday, October 12, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. 
  Much restoration has been done at the house with period furnishings in place in several rooms.  T
  his is also the Society’s  annual “Taste-It” when participants bring samples of foods they have prepared or purchased in celebration of Saluda’s harvest time. 
  All are welcome to come and enjoy the many “tastes” of fall and to see all the work that has been done on James Butler Bonham’s historic birthplace.