posted on August 14, 2014 15:31
The late James S. "Jimmy" McLeod, Sr. was remembered Friday morning, as a highway was named in his memory.
A ceremony was held on the steps of Shiloh Baptist Church in Bennettsville, officially naming the Cheraw Highway from West Main Street to the Chesterfield County line as the "James S. 'Jimmy' McLeod, Sr. Memorial Highway".
McLeod was a business leader in Marlboro County. He managed his family business, Morris Funeral Home, from 1964 until 1972, then continued as the owner until his death in 2011.
He was also involved in the community in a civic role, serving two terms on the Bennettsville City Council and on the Marlboro County Board of Social Services.
McLeod was appointed as a member of the state railways commission and was a longtime member of the Carolina Bank Board of Trustees.
Friday's ceremony was opened with prayer by Dr. Coley Mearite, the pastor of Shiloh Church.
Representative Elizabeth Munnerlyn presented the resolution naming the highway in memory of McLeod. Representative Munnerlyn was the sponsor of S.C. House Resolution H.5291, which proposed the naming of the highway.
Representative Mia McLeod, the daughter of Jimmy McLeod, spoke, giving the purpose of the event, including highlights of her father's contributions to Marlboro County and Bennettsville.
Former South Carolina governor and long-time family friend David M. Beasley shared personal insights about Jimmy McLeod and his impact on this city, county and state.
Shiloh Deacons Fred Thomas and Eugene Gregg, and Representative-elect Pat Henegan also made remarks praising McLeod's legacy.
The McLeod family thanked everyone in the community for their love, prayers and support, as well as those who helped make the resolution and ceremony possible. They also recognized the staff at Morris Funeral Home, which will celebrate 100 years of service to the community this year.
After Mearite closed the ceremony with prayer, the participants crossed the street directly across from Shiloh Church to unveil the first of the signs. This sign is at the location of the original Morris Funeral Home building.