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Growing up in Pendleton, Sc - Jeanie Sims Hunt

Meet Jeanie Sims Hunt

Photo courtesy of Eugenia Sims Hunt - not to be copied

Photo courtesy of Eugenia Sims Hunt - not to be copied

Memories of Eugenia Sims Hunt - 1950s and 60's

Jeanie Sims was a name that I was familiar with but I really did not get to know Jeanie until recently. She is a couple of years younger than I am but I do remember her during our growing up years.How did we get back in touch? It all began right here with Squidoo. I had a comment from Eugenia Hunt on my Facebook page about my Pendleton Old Photos web page. Jeanie then emailed me from Facebook and explained that she had grown up in Pendleton and was very interested in its history. I soon realized that she was the same Jeanie Sims whose family had purchased our home in 1963. We had fun from that point, remembering the days of our childhoods. Jeanie is a beautiful writer and singer. As we talked, she told me about a book she had written for her children. It contains her memories and her poetry spanning over thirty years of her life. The more we communicated, the more I realized that Pendleton Memories would make a great article. This will be the first in a series. If you are interested in sharing your memories of Pendleton, S.C., please let me know.Thank you, Jeanie! The words in this article are written by Eugenia S Hunt. I just pulled it together. Hope you enjoy! I sure did.

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Pendleton is a small historic town founded in 1790 and nestled in the foothills of upstate South Carolina. It is filled with history and strives to preserve it's past while building for the future. Citizens of Pendleton are known to be most friendly.

  • Town of Pendleton
    This is the link to the Town of Pendleton website
  • Pendleton Historic Foundation
    Mission Statement: The Pendleton Historic Foundation is an IRS 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit educatinal organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of historic properties in Pendleton and the interpretation of the diverse history and cultu
  • Anderson Co School District 4
    There are six schools in our school district: Pendleton Elementary, LaFrance Elementary, Townville Elementary, Mount Lebanon Elementary, Riverside Middle and Pendleton High School.

Early Pendleton Memories of Jeanie Sims Hunt - in Pendleton, South Carolina


Childhood Memories

Life experiences mold each of us on a daily basis as we grow and mature into adulthood. The experiences of my childhood have served to enrich my entire life in a very positive way.Born on Thanksgiving in 1950, I was fortunate to begin my journey in Anderson, South Carolina.

At the age of three, my parents moved to Pendleton, just a short distance down the road geographically, but a small town existing in a world of its own. Here was a place where a child could learn the true meaning of family. This family did not simply reside within the walls of their home, but throughout the bounds of every mile and every individual living within the boundary of this quaint little town.My first memories are of our home where my parents, Ed and Martha Sims, owned and ran their own business, Sims Body Shop. Living with us, my grandmother, Grace Martin Ledbetter, was my caregiver during the day while my parents were away. Early every morning, she would awaken my younger sister, Nancy, and me to dress and have breakfast, which she cooked. There were always eggs and bacon and slices of golden brown toast. At 8:30 a.m. each morning, a black sedan would pull up in front of our house. This was my kindergarten teacher, Louise Aull, who personally transported all of her students to class. The following year, I would attend first grade at a private school run by Sally Hall from her residence, a huge generational home on the hill.

Pendleton First Baptist Church became a second family to me where I learned what it meant to live my life as a Christian, trusting in and placing God first. We all attended Sunday School, Training Union and Beginner Choir regularly. These same children were my classmates throughout my years of education, walking beside me as we received our High School Diplomas years later. Learning to sing, for me, was one of the most wonderful gifts,beginning when an elderly lady from our church, Jenny Skinner, took an interest in me at the age of eight. She would spend many hours during those years playing for me in her living room, encouraging me to use the voice God had given me. As I sang in our church choirs, Melvin Barnette directed us with enthusiasm and ability, molding our voices and our faith. And he did this, not for a salary, but because he loved to use his abilities for the Lord.

Photo: Miss Louise Aull's Kindergarten Class 1954-1955

Back Row: Kathy Gay Barton, Belinda McAllister, Jeanie Sims (age 5), Susan Scott, Paula Allen, ?, ?Second Row: Jack Cantrell, Scooter Broadwell, Dan Hunicutt, ?, ?Front Row: Lamar Allen, Johnny Evans, ?Ok. Who can fill in the blanks? Do you remember who is who in this class? Let me know by leaving it in the comment section of this article or contacting me directly through my profile in the upper right side of this lens. Thank you.

Jeanie at 11 Years Old

Photo: Jeanie Sims at 11 years of age

Photo: Jeanie Sims at 11 years of age

Pendleton Elementary School Remembered

All the little girls in town knew where to buy their Sunday dresses. Roper's Children's Shop had everything needed to outfit a child of any age, complete with adorable Easter dresses, hats, and personal gift wrapping for all baby gifts. I loved to go there.The sisters always took pride in their shop and an interest in every child that walked into the door. I would stand at their counter and watch as they wrapped gifts, curling the ribbon just right. I still love to wrap my gifts in the same way I learned by watching them so many years ago.

During my elementary years, I attended Pendleton Elementary School where Miss Frances O'Dell was the Principal. She ran the school strictly, seeing that we learned appropriate behavior as well as receiving an education. In later years, I realized just how much she loved all of us and how much she influenced my abilities.

At the age of fifteen, I received my first formal job at Welborn's Department Store located on the square. Mr. Welborn taught me the service of others in the business world, how to count change properly, and to sell by suggestion of other needs. He and his wife always showed their pride in me even after I was grown with children of my own.

One of my favorite places on a hot, summer afternoon was at Evan's Drug Store, which also housed a delicious soda fountain. There was always a welcoming smile, giving the feeling that you were a favored guest, not just a customer. I can still see John Evans, Sr. behind the pharmacy counter, later his son and grandson standing in the same place. Mary Lou Evans, Mrs. C.C. Nicely, and Edith Newton stand before my memory's eye along with Martha Sue Dobson. It was a building filled with family and friends.

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In the center of the square under the shade of the trees was a small building that housed our Public Library where Helen George could always be found. She was a cheerful person who loved the children of our town and loved books. There I learned to appreciate her books, time and time again.

As I traveled through my teen years, my Sunday School teacher and Girl's Auxiliary leader, Elsie Harris, became my mentor, companion, and friend. The love and friendship between us lasted until her death in 2008. I will always cherish her memory with all my heart.

Photo: Jeanie Sims at 17 years

Photo: Jeanie Sims at 17 years

Jeanie remembers the Pendleton businesses in the early 60's

By the 60s, though there was only one doctor's office in town, there were two doctors on duty, Dr. Charles Griffin and Dr. James Hellams. You could always find Nurse Jet Campbell available with a wonderful smile coupled with an infectious laugh that always made you feel better even before the doctor entered the room.

Across Queen Street from the Elementary School was the Episcopal Church, standing since the time of the Civil War. As a child, our class would take tours of the old church lead by Louise Hunter. Her mind was filled with information about the church and the grounds. Walking through the cemetery, you would run across gravestones dating back to our own history books with stories of John C. Calhoun and others who contributed to the building of the church in 1822. The history found in this small location was amazing.

Looking down the street of the old square, you would have seen Pendleton Tire Company owned by the Gambrells, the beauty shop run by Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Baker, Peanut Mullikin's Barber Shop, Pendleton Dry Cleaners, Tommy Holbrooks Sho e Repair Shop, Campbell Insurance Agency, Brown's Five and Dime, and Carolina National Bank. There was Hunter's Store where you could always find Punch and Junebug Hunter ready with a helping hand.

On the far side of the square was Jimmy Smith's Esso Station and Miles and Crenshaws Cafe owned by Doc Crenshaw and Jim Miles. And just down the street from the square, in walking distance, you could have seen a wonderful little supermarket once owned by J.C. Giles.When remembering my childhood, so many people attack my vision. It would be impossible to name them all in one short muse, though they all deserve recognition.

" Wherever I ventured, I saw the people watching me with faces filled with love and pride. The entire town was on hand to give me the guidance I needed to stay on the correct path. The entire town, all of those wonderful faces of my memories, I give credit for the adult I have come to be."Eugenia S Hunt