Four new members were inducted into the Conway High School Hall of Fame before a packed house at the CHS Educational Foundation’s annual banquet Tuesday night in the Sidewheeler Restaurant.
The inductees were Ann Long and Sylvia Reddick, Outstanding Educator Awards; and Cater Floyd and Jennings Duncan, Outstanding Alumnus Awards.
Presenter Martha Hunn said Cater Floyd was a name that buzzed around town when she was growing up and one that continues to reverberate in the community today.
“I think he sponsored every single thing anyone asked him to,” Hunn said. “That’s just how he was.”
In accepting the award, Floyd’s widow Jeannie said Isabelle Bamberg was one of Cater’s favorite teachers and credited her for his civic mindedness.
“She taught us to be the best citizens we could be and serve our community and I think that’s where he got his inspiration,” Mrs. Floyd said.
Floyd graduated from CHS in 1942 and the University of South Carolina School of Business in 1947. He became owner of Palmetto Chevrolet in 1974 and worked there for 53 years until his death in July of 2000.
According to Hunn, Floyd was a member of the board of trustees and a big supporter of the University of South Carolina.
“Cater Floyd had a great love for the USC Gamecocks,” she said. “He attended all of their home games and a lot of the away games. Cater also supported Coastal Carolina. In 1997, he became an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University.”
Floyd was a lifetime member of the Conway Junior Chamber of Commerce and was a former president of the Conway Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the 1984 Man of The Year award.
Floyd received the LaVerne H. Creel Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He also served as the Conway chairman for the United Way campaign. He was a member of the American Legion and received its Man of the Year award in 1985.
Floyd also served on many boards.
In recognizing Duncan, Buddy Sasser said the 1974 CHS graduate is much more than a boss to the employees at Conway National Bank where he serves as president.
“He’s a leader and a friend,” Sasser said. “Conway National Bank employees respect him and he makes them feel like family.”
In accepting the award, Duncan thanked his parents, Willis and Harriett Duncan, whom he said were his first teachers, as well as the teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and administrators who played a key role in his upbringing.
“The praise I’m getting deserves to be spread around to the myriad of people who invested their time in me,” he said. “I accept it on behalf of those who enabled me to receive it.”
Duncan was also complimentary of his wife and children, as well as Cater and Jeannie Floyd, who were his parents’ friends. He said the Floyds were true representatives of the “greatest generation,” and have passed the torch to the next generation.
Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree in financial management cum laude from Clemson University in 1977. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1979.
Sasser joked that Duncan was one of the few people in the room who could wear a Garnet and Black t-shirt for USC as well as an Orange one for Clemson.
Duncan’s work experience includes 35 years of banking as he moved from credit analyst to president of Conway National Bank.
Duncan has also served on several boards, and has been named a S.C. Bankers Association’s Young Banker of the Year and a Conway Rotary Club’s Small Businessman of the Year.
Reddick was honored posthumously for her work with students with profound disabilities.
Nephew Sanford Graves said Reddick loved learning and never stopped improving herself. He said she lived a rich life accented by a deep love for her family.
“She was a powerful influence in the way things go around here,” he said.
Graves said Reddick was not only a teacher, but also a strong advocate for her students and their families.
Mary Grey Reddick Moses said her mother’s legacy lives on.
“I’m honored the jewels my mother left behind are being mined by my family and Conway, which she loved so much,” Moses said.
Educated at Columbia College and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Reddick went on to receive her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Reddick, too, served on many boards. She was a former Conway Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, Conway Business and Professional Woman of the Year, and a recipient of the Theatre of The Republic’s Standing Ovation Award as well as the Ernest E. Richardson Award from the Horry County Historical Society.
During his introduction of Long, which was written by Mary Ann Stalvey, Stan Cross said she was the epitome of a true educator with deep roots in Conway and Conway High School. Cross said Long is like his big sister.
“I’m the most humble recipient of this award ever,” Long said. “I went in on Sylvia’s coattails. God has given me everything anyone could ever want…As a teacher I hope I continue to be a teacher in some way.”
Long said one of the most rewarding things about teaching was seeing the light come on when students grasped what she was trying to teach them.
Long began her teaching career at Horry Georgetown Technical College in 1970 as an English instructor. She taught English at Conway High School from 1984-87, organized the school’s first SADD chapter and also initiated participation in the Reader’s Digest Scholarship Program that resulted in students winning more than $4,000 in scholarships.
From 1990-2002, Long taught English at the Aynor Conway Career Center where she organized a service club sponsored by the S.C. Downtown Devel opment Association that allowed students to not only learn about Conway, but also required them to meet standards in writing, researching, interacting with town leaders, helping downtown appearance and more.
An active member at Trinity United Methodist Church and in her community, Long has served on the Horry County Historical Society and the Superinte ndent’s Advisory Committee.