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Marion P. Carnell – 1928 – 2012

Marion P. Carnell died on November 22, 2012. I wrote this about him two years ago. His funeral is Monday, November 26 at 2p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ware Shoals, SC. I am thankful for Marion Carnell. Over the years Marion and I have develop.ed a wonderful rewarding friendship. Marion is a prince among men. During his fifty years in the South Carolina House of Representatives he helped so many people, especially those with mental and physical disabilities. He has been an outstanding leader in those programs and has received recognition from dozens of groups. He fostered the cause of higher education and the entire state benefited. I was happy to be on hand when the Marion P. Carnell Learning Center at Lander University was dedicated in his honor. Wherever I go people ask me about my brother. I have long since stopped correcting them and just accepting the compliment. Jack Bass, the author/reporter now in residence at the College of Charleston, told me once. “Marion is someone you can depend on. If he tells you, he will do something you can count on his word.” He did tremendous work with the South Carolina Highway Commission. Thanks to him, I got to tour the Arthur Ravenel Bridge before it opened. Marion and Sarah make a great couple. Today on this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my brother/cousin Marion Carnell.

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Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Phillip Bryant

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts The Rev. Phil Bryant brings to my life. I first met Phil years ago through Tita and Charlie Heins. They thought that he hung the moon and I felt the same way about them. Phil is the senior pastor of the French Protestant Huguenot Church in Charleston. He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University when it was still the Baptist College. He is a native of Lyman, South Carolina and is an ordained Baptist minister. He gives much of the credit for his success to the encouragement he received from the late Dr. John A. Hamrick. Phil is a member of the Hamrick Lectureship Committee and one of the Lunch Bunch that meets on Mondays. He knows practically everyone and is a fantastic story teller. He has a creative mind that absorbs the meaning of every encounter. He is a genius at putting the right people together. He and Margaret were married several years after the death of his first wife from cancer. Before accepting his current position, he was a member of the staff at CSU. Phil is an ardent reader and a fantastic conversationalist. He is a great encourager. Phil Bryant brings so many gifts to my life and on this Thankful Thursday I want him to know how grateful I am.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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