Rentz Remembered

Charles Holbrook Rentz
‘Charlie’
10 October 1942 -
26 June 2020

The Saluda Lions Club Honors
the Memory of Charlie Rentz


  Charlie Rentz was a member of the Saluda Lions Club.
  He and his wife Mary Brooks Young Rentz (Brooksie) moved to Saluda in 1998 where he gave generously of his time and talents in support of the Saluda community.
  On 26 June 2020, following a lengthy battle with intracerebreal hemorrhage in Surgical ICU at the Lexington Medical Center, Charlie passed away with Brooksie and his daughter Angela at his side.
  At a recent meeting of the Saluda Lions Club the members shared memories of Charlie.
   Charlie was born on October 10, 1942, in Jasper County, SC. As the son of a career Army officer he lived in various locations. He had five brothers and a sister. As a youngster leadership came early. He became an Eagle Scout and was selected for Boys State. He graduated from Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone where he played four years of varsity football and was team captain. He was Battalion Commander of his Junior Army ROTC unit.
  Charlie attended the Air Force Academy and aspired to become a jet pilot but when he found out he was too tall to fit the cockpit he moved on to complete his education at the University of South Carolina. While at Carolina he married Brooksie Young of Greenwood.  His family grew to two daughters and six grandchildren.
  He had a long career with Texaco where he served in human resources, and later in public and government affairs. He was part of the Texaco team that sponsored Hall of Fame Indy car driver Janet Guthrie in the 1978 Indianapolis 500. While working with Texaco, Charlie also served in many community organizations. He was President of a Symphony & Choral Board of Directors in Texas, President-Elect of Keep Texas Beautiful. He chaired a mental health advisory board and he received a ‘Leadership Award’ as Chairman of an Oil & Gas Association Public Relations Committee”. He retired in 1997 as Manager of Public and Government  Affairs.
  Charlie & Brooksie settled in Lake Murray Estates, near Camp Barstow Boy Scout Camp. He was generous with his time and talents in supporting development and management of local activities. He served on the Saluda County Airport Commission and as Chairman of the Saluda Water and Sewer Authority. Most recently he served on the Elections Commission.
  Charlie was very active in the Saluda Baptist Church as a Deacon, served on the Personnel Committee, taught Sunday school and was Sunday School Director. Charlie was also a member of the Shepherd’s Hand Ministries board making many trips to West Virginia to assist impoverished communities.
  He was a professional hot air balloon pilot participating annually in a number of national events, most notably the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. He flew for fun and commercially. But even in his fun activities his leadership was evident. He served as President of his Ballooning Association.
  Charlie began his service with the Lions in Lockport, Illinois where he was a 100% Secretary, vice president and Board Member. In 1998 he joined the Saluda Lions Club where he served as Vice President and President. He went on to serve as Zone and Region Chairman and ultimately, at the highest office of state leadership, as the 2006-2007 District 32-D Governor. In recent years he and Brooksie were key participants in the Saluda Lions Club effort to provide over 9000 students with sight screening in Saluda and surrounding counties.
  Through his life Charlie gave generously of his time, considerable talents, energy and resources to assist his community, the people in it, and those in need – he left his mark in life through service to others.


Richland Springs Baptist
Recognizes John Faye Berry


  Music is an important part of a worship service and can set the tone of a service making us happy, reflective, repentant, and worshipful. It is rare to find an individual who has committed so much time to Christian service in one capacity.
  John Faye Berry started singing in the choir around the age of 16. He also sang with family; his father, aunt, uncles, and cousins, at special occasions and services. The earliest record of his service as Music Director for Richland Springs Baptist Church is 1968, and he has served in that capacity since then.
  August 30, 2020, the church recognized his service to the music program of Richland Springs Baptist Church. However, as the revival pastor said, “You never retire from Christian service.”.John Faye will continue to be a part of the music program as assistant Music Director and choir member.