Nolan Nickerson recently became the 200th Eagle Scout of Troop 477 – the scouting ministry of First Presbyterian Church. For his Eagle Scout service project, Nolan used his artistic talents to design and paint four murals at the Barnes Street recreation center. Local artist Bob Garey provided guidance and Teresa Simons from the Florence Parks and Recreation helped coordinate the project with the Barnes Street director Darlene Buchanon. Home Depot provided the materials. Nolan is the 16 year-old son of Dale and Shelley Nickerson. Lanneau D. Lide III was the first scout in the troop to earn his Eagle in 1962. Dr. Lide now lives in Columbia. Troop 477 has several father and son Eagle scouts: Dr. Duncan Tyson – Troop 477 Eagle Scout 1963 and his son Duncan in 2000; Dr. Webb Jones – Troop 477 Eagle Scout 1964 and his son Barry in 1994; former state house representative and attorney Malloy McEachin – Troop 477 Eagle Scout in 1965 and his three sons: Fitzlee in 1998, Peter in 2001 and Daniel in 2004.
There are currently four scouts in the troop close to earning Eagle awards whose fathers are Troop 477 Eagle Scouts from the 1980s. First Presbyterian Church has sponsored scouting for 85 years. Troop 8, later renumbered 78 and 478 as the Pee Dee Area Boy Scout Council grew, was the church’s only scout troop until the 1960s when DuPont brought many new families to Florence. Troop 477 started as a second troop at the church in 1961 and the first five scoutmasters were DuPont employees. A young DuPont engineer named John Wheeler was the first scoutmaster and was followed by DuPonters: John Banks, Bill Sprague, Tommy Owen, and Gerry Rosenlund. The current scoutmaster, Tim Fisher, is also a DuPont retiree. Other scoutmasters that contributed to the troop’s 200 Eagle scouts were Ferrell Prosser, Ward Richardson, David Chapman, Charles Galloway and Jan Bays.