DARLINGTON – Come to the historic St. John’s Elementary School on Thursday, May 22, for A Night to Remember. This stroll down memory lane will be led by Bill Shepard, a Darlington native whose musings are featured weekly in the (Darlington) News & Press, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $10, and proceeds will benefit the Darlington Kiwanis Club’s community activities, including the Terrific Kids program. Shepard, 92, will tell tales of growing up in Darlington when it was a mill village. Kiwanis member Dr. Cliff Wilson of Aesthetic Dentistry worked to bring Mr. Shepard to speak.
Shepard and his wife Eufaula now reside in Piedmont, though his sister Virginia, “Jenny,” does call Darlington home. “My wish is to fill the audience with the readers that have loved Bill’s stories for so many years, as I have,” Wilson said. Additionally, former teachers of St. John’s will have special seating at the front of the auditorium. Wilson said he hopes that the event will be a reunion of sorts for anyone connected to St. John’s and the city. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends that we have not seen in years,” Wilson said.
“Bill’s stories have a way of letting us remember all our youth, with his tales of growing up here in the city we all love.” Shepard graduated from Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., and Lander University in Greenwood, and did graduate work at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida. The World War II veteran retired from the Hillsborough County school system in Tampa, Fla., after teaching for 30 years. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis member; Aesthetic Dentistry, 103 Planters Dr.; Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association, 410 Pearl St.; and the News & Press, 117 S. Main St.