Billy Coleman Dies

HALF STAFF - For the second time in six weeks, the flags above the State House flew at half staff for a Saulda County citizen. The first time honored Rudolph Mitchell, and Fri., Mar. 8, they flew in memory of Billy Coleman. (Photo courtesty of Ashley Berry, Chief of Budget and Revenue, S. C. State Park Service)

Saluda County Legend
Billy Coleman Dies At 103

  Legendary Saluda attorney Billy Cohen Coleman, 103, died  Monday, March 4, 2019, at the Carroll Campbell Place in Lexington, South Carolina.
  Coleman, who practiced law until he was 92, was a D-Day survivor in World War II, and was known throughout the county and state for his great story telling.
  In 1993, a portrait of him was unveiled at the Saluda County Courthouse, where it hangs in the courtroom.
  Coleman was born on January 3, 1916, to the late Ben Tillman Coleman and Annie Etheredge Coleman.   ”Mr. Billy,” as many affectionately called him, was a lifelong resident of Saluda County, where he was born and raised, served as a lawyer for seventy years, andraised four daughters with Lula, his wife of 63 years. 
  Coleman graduated from Saluda High School and worked his way through college and law school at the University of South Carolina, starting his law practice in Saluda at the age of 22.He was elected to the South Carolina Senate at the age of 25, but he resigned to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II where he was in charge of twenty-seven landing boats during several invasions, including D-Day at Normandy.
  After the war, Coleman returned to Saluda where he continued his law practice and endeared himself to the community through his extensive pro bono work.
  He served the Saluda community in a variety of roles, including Saluda County attorney (1950-85), bookkeeper for the Saluda County Stockyard auctions (1945-1984); and Saluda County Veterans Affairs officer (1946-1980). He was also a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church (past trustee and steward), Saluda Lion’s Club (past president), American Legion Post 65 (past commander), the Gamecock Club, and the Hearts Club (founding member), which had a standing Tuesday night heartsgame for more than sixty years.

SHS FFA members with Sen. Shane Massey

SHS FFA members with Rep. Cal Forrest

SHS FFA Members Attend
Legislators Appreciation Day

  Seven Saluda High School agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia on February 20th.
  The students spent the day visiting with State Senator Shane Massey and House of Representatives member Cal Forrest.  They thanked them for their support of Agricultural Education and learned about current issues that the State Assembly is discussing.
  The group was part of over 1,000 other FFA members and advisors from throughout the state.
  The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Washington’s Birthday.