Remembering South Carolina State Senator John Drummond (1919 – 2016)

Media Release:? With his death yesterday at age 96, we reflect on the remarkable life of former South Carolina Senator John Drummond. Senator Drummond lived a life of exemplary service to our state and to our nation.

A native of Ninety Six, John Drummond was born in 1919 to a family of mill workers, like so many other South Carolina families of that era. Called to serve our country in World War II, he served as a pilot and paratrooper, acquiring the nickname “Ace” due to his flying prowess. His plane, “Raid Hot Mama,” was shot down over France, and he spent 10 months in a prisoner of war camp. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, nine Air Medals, three Battle Stars, a Presidential Citation, and two Purple Hearts for his valor. The Greatest Generation was great because of Americans like John Drummond.

After the war, his ingenuity transferred from the battlefield to the homefront in Greenwood, where he embarked upon entrepreneurial ventures in fields as varied as the doughnut business and the oil business.

While John Drummond had more than earned a peaceful life out of the public eye, he remained called to public service, winning election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1964 and to the South Carolina Senate two years later, where he would represent the Greenwood area continuously until 2008. Widely respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, he served in numerous leadership positions, including president pro tempore, majority leader, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and chairman of the State Reorganization Committee. In 2000, he played a key role in brokering the compromise to lower the Confederate battle flag from the State House dome, the vital first step toward removing it from the State House grounds completely.

We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Drummond family and their friends during this time of mourning. We thank them for Senator Drummond’s long life making our state, our country, and the world a better place. As we remember him, we strive to cultivate his selfless servant leadership within ourselves. We need more like him.

Services will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Ninety Six with the Rev. Chuck Sprouse and the Rev. Calvin Holland officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice House, HospiceCare of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646; Elmwood Cemetery Association, PO Box 15, Ninety Six, SC 29666 or to the John & Holly Drummond Scholarship, c/o Lander University, 320 Stanley Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.

Remembrance of John Drummond – South Carolina Democratic Party

College of Charleston and Charleston Community Loses a Friend in the Passing of Norman J. Arnold

Message from Director of Yaschik / Arnold Jewish Studies Program

August 16, 2016
Dear friend,
It is with a heavy heart that I report to you that Norman J. Arnold passed away early this morning. ?Norman was an anchor of the Jewish Studies Program, and the Program bears his name in virtue of his long-standing and generous support. He was a life-member of the Program’s Advisory Board, and together with Gerry Sue Arnold was its second chair. He received an honorary Doctorate from the College of Charleston in 2012.
Norman was also a dear and reliable friend. It is very sad to see those who created the Jewish Studies Program at the College and who were its most effective and ardent advocates pass from the scene. I will miss him.
A memorial service for Norman will take place ?at Beth Shalom in Columbia at 10am on Wednesday, August 17th. Burial will be at the Emanu-El Cemetery on Sycamore Street in West Ashley
at 2:30pm? The family will receive comforters in Arnold Hall at the College of Charleston, 96 Wentworth Street, ?immediately after the burial, at about 4pm.? There will be a mincha service at 5pm in Arnold Hall.
May Gerry Sue and his family receive comfort among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.? His memory is already a blessing.
Martin Perlmutter
Director, Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424
phone: 843.953.7625
fax: 843.953.7624

Normal and Gerry Sue Arnold Bio