Marianne Gregg retired last week after 30 years with Florence County Clerk of Court’s office. As chief deputy clerk, she supervised the county’s civil court division which includes the Court of Common Pleas. Her duties included working in the courtroom, managing the jury trial docket, sending out rosters, drawing juries and swearing in witnesses. Generally there are 10 terms of court in a six-month period. Marianne also filled in for the Clerk of Court in her absence. In addition, she appointed mediators for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This program, started in the 1990s, requires mediation for all cases before going to court, she explained.
Marianne says computers have provided many positive changes for her job duties in the past 30 years. The biggest change occurred in 2009 when the office changed to the Case Management System. Now everything is generated by the computer, she said. Marianne said she will miss her courtroom relationships most. “I enjoyed working in the court room with the different judges and attorneys. I had a great relationship with all the judges in Florence County,” she said. Marianne says she will also miss her deputy clerk, Melissa McCutcheon, who has been her right hand for 25 years. “She is not only a co-worker, but a friend.” Attorney Haigh Porter said Marianne will be missed by the staff, lawyers and the public. ”She is a cheerful, cooperative and delightful person,” he added.
For a still young woman, Marianne says her retirement means more time for gardening, and more time to spend at her family’s beach house in Cherry Grove. “I love gardening. I have a greenhouse and I grow my vegetables from seed,” she commented. “Now I’ll have more time to tend to my garden.” There also will be more time to spend with her husband and grandchildren. She is married to former Florence County Sheriff Jimmy Gregg, also retired. She has two stepsons and four grandchildren, ages 15 to 3. The Greggs have enjoyed sharing their home with Red Wolves baseball players for the past four years, Marianne said. “I call them my summer sons,” she quipped.
In addition to hosting the players during the baseball season and attending their ball games to cheer them on, she and Jimmy have taught them how to fish. “They come here thinking they know how to fish, but they don’t,” she teased. The players they’ve hosted have come from all over the U.S., including Texas, New York, N.C. and Georgia. They had four players this past season and many more since starting as hosts. Marianne keeps in touch with all of them through texts and emails. “We really enjoy doing this,” she said. A retirement party was held for Marianne on Aug. 12 at St. John’s church.