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Carol Spurlock Carnell, 1946 to 2018

I hate to post such news, Carol Carnellbut wanted everyone to know that Carol passed away peacefully yesterday. Visitation will be this Friday and service on Saturday. Details are in the obituary. I want to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, help, and friendship through these rough times.

She was a gift to everyone who knew her, and I am thankful for the time we got to spend together.

Without a doubt I will be saying more about Carol in the days, weeks, months and years to come, but at the moment words cannot express my feelings.

You can view Carol’s full obituary here.

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International Woman’s Day

Today is International Woman’s Day. As far as I am concerned every day is Woman’s Day. My mother worked long hard hours in a cotton mill and then came home and took care of her family. She and my dad did everything together. In later years she had her own lawn mower. His was gas operated. Hers was electric. My maternal grandmother worked as dis most of my aunts. My sister has worked outside the home from as soon as she could and for as long as she could. She helped raise three wonderful sons. Mt late wife taught kindergarten, art classes, and painted. Carol, my current wife, taught in South Carolina Schools for twenty-eight years.

My daughter, Suzanne, has worked in the hotel industry since late high school. She got her degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and has never looked back. She raised a terrific son. My granddaughter , Christina, teaches in child care after graduating from the College of Charleston. Her other grandmother also had a distinguished teaching career.

As an administrator I had many wonderful female employees who were paid on the same level as their male counterparts. It has been my great joy to work with many brilliant, talented, dedicated, hardworking women.

In religious circles, there are brilliant examples of women who lead the way: Dr. Molly Marshall, Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, and Dr. Linda Bridges to name only a few. My own congregation could not function without Lori Lethco, Emory Hiott, Beverly Bradley, Pat Ezell, Jane Hamrick, Ann Cheek, Susanne Jeter, Linda Lentz, Brandy Brown, Donna Parrish, Debbie Mack, Sue Murner and a host of others.

I have learned the hard way all of the things that my two wives, daughter and sister have done for me that I took for granted. No matter how hard I work, I can never repay their efforts great and small on my behalf. All I can do now is work for and vote for justice for all women everywhere..

*The picture is of my parents taken by my son, Michael.

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Thankful Thursday – Denise Gwinn

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for my niece, Denise Gwinn – “DeNiece.” Denise was married to my late nephew, Danny. Denise is the wonderful woman that helped him turn his life around. She watched over him during his long illness. Most of all she loved him and is the mother of their son, Wesley.  She is a warm-hearted, no-nonsense, and hard-working  person that can always be counted on. She is a committed Christian. Her pastor and church were fantastic during Danny’s illness and his death. I was amazed by their response. Wesley is fortunate to have a mother who is as committed to him as she is although he can’t get away with much.. His welfare is always uppermost in her mind.  Denise is a fun person to be around. She has a great sense of humor. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the presence of Denise Gwinn in my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to honor someone special 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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Thankful Thursday – Vickie Monroe Guerry

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Vickie Guerry brings to my life. My career as President/CEO of the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center, Inc. was about as fulfilling as a life’s work can be. That fulfillment was in no small measure related to the wonderful staff, board members, volunteers and clients that I had the pleasure of working alongside. My gratitude took a giant leap forward when Vickie Guerry joined our staff. Vickie is an outstanding speech language pathologist, a creative teacher of the hearing impaired, a conscientious administrator and a tireless advocate for handicapped children and adults. Get the picture? In addition to all that, she is an absolute delight to work with. May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and Vickie is a great example of those who serve in the profession. My philosophy was to surround myself with the very best people I could, make the resources they needed available to them to the best of my ability and then to get out of their way. Over the years, we offered the community the very best. The proof lies in how often people tell me how important the center was to their lives or to their children or grandchildren. .A few weeks ago I talked about Stewart Cohen. Think about having those two on a team together. Vickie is also a devoted wife and mother. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gift of Vickie Guerry to my life.

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

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