Saluda Couple, Grandson
Die In Lexington Accident
A popular Saluda couple and their grandson were killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Lexington County Fri., Nov. 20.
According to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher, Harry Gunnells, 73, his wife Barbara Gunnells, 74, of Saluda and their grandson Stephen Corey Gunnells Jr., 16, of Greenwood, died from injuries they received in the crash.
Sgt. Bob Beres with the S.C. Highway Patrol said a westbound pickup truck crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 378 near Shore Road at about 5:48 p.m. and side-swiped a van before colliding with the Gunnells’ Ford SUV. Their SUV caught on fire. The pickup truck continued and struck a third eastbound vehicle, a GMC SUV.
The pickup truck’s driver, Robert Moore, 62, of Leesville, was airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital where he died, according to the coroner’s office.
The other two drivers involved were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Harry Gunnells was a retired Saluda Postmaster, and Barbara worked for many years at the Saluda Shirt Plant. Both were active members of Red Bank Baptist Church, and Harry was a longtime volunteer at the Saluda County Library.
Cooper was a student at Greenwood High School and where he was a member of the school’s marching band.
Services for Harry and Barbara were held Wed. morning in their hometown of Bamberg. The service for Cooper was held that afternoon in Greenwood.
The accident remains under investigation.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Robert “Bob” Bowles was presented the Saluda County Farm-City Citizen of the Year Award at the annual banquet Thurs., Nov. 19, at Saluda High. Making the presentation was Matt Gentry, right. (Standard-Sentinel photo)
Longtime Saluda Nursing Center Administrator Robert “Bob” Bowles was named the Saluda County Farm-City Citizen of the Year at the annual banquet held Thurs., Nov. 19, at Saluda High School.
Bowles was presented the award by Matt Gentry.
The banquet was well attended, and featured a meal catered by Kernie & Ro.
County Councilwoman Gwen Shealy served as the mistress of ceremonies, and the Rev. James Reed led in the Pledge of Allegiance and delivered the blessing.
Julia Wills explained the decorations created by the Pyracantha Garden Club.
Entertainment was then provided by “The Backwoods Brothers,” comprised of the Rev. Burton Campbell, Justin Corley, Jeff Corley, and the Rev. Dennis Campbell, filling in for Daniel Patterson. They sang a variety of gospel favorites.
Retired Clemson Extension Agent Stephen Odom introduced the featured speaker, Amanda McNulty, host of SCETV’s popular “Making It Grow” program.
Ms. McNulty gave an informative speech on the importance of bees in pollinations and the type of plants the bees need to survive.
She urged all in attendance to plant some old fashioned plants and create habits for bees and songbirds.
Gentry of Gentry Poultry Co. then introduced the Citizen of the Year by reading a biography that can be found in the print edition.
Tigers, Trojans In
Upstate Title Games
Two local teams who met in the opening game of the season will be playing in their respective classification’s Upper State championship games Friday.
Saluda (10-2) will travel to Abbeville (10-2) for a rematch with the Region 2-A foe Panthers in the AA Division 2 game.
Ridge Spring-Monetta (8-4) will travel to Lamar (9-3) in the A Division 2 game.
Both contests begin at 7:30 p.m.
Change If Tigers In Title Game
The date of the Saluda Christmas date will change to Sun., Dec. 6, 3 p.m., if the Saluda Tigers make the State Championship game on Sat., Dec. 5, the scheduled date of the parade.