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home : opinions : letters August 28, 2014

2/4/2014 1:04:00 PM
Thanks from a proud Hall of Fame inductee

Recently, I along with seven outstanding young people, were honored on a very special night at the Florence Civic Center. The ceremony centered around athletics, and the significant contributions that people have made not only to our community, but to other cities and towns as well. Hopefully, I can come up with the right words to do two things. First, I would like to thank the Hall of Fame board for bestowing such an honor on me, and I apologize for not thanking them properly that night. Secondly, I deeply apologize to a large number of special friends and family who were there to support me on a special night. Several years ago, I was honored to be asked to be a part of the first Hall of Fame board. We worked diligently for 20 months before inducing the first class in 2006.

In the early days, we never thought we could grow into what this has become for Florence. Having had a small part in the beginning, it was a double honor to be inducted in the 2014 class. Secondly, I would like to thank my family and friends. Over 50 of them not only came from the Florence area, but some as far away as Orangeburg, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem. I hesitate to name names, for fear of leaving some out, but I must mention my wife, who has been a vital part of many of my accomplishments for 58 years. She joined me in many things, but early in our life together, when I was involved in things that took me out of town, she was taking care of our two daughters and things at home.

I should have thanked her for her patience and perseverance. Through all these years, my daughters developed a lifelong love for athletics and it is a vital part of their lives and the lives of their families. One of the baseball accomplishments I was very proud of in high school was playing 21 games my senior year and making only one error. I wish I could say that about the banquet. I committed two errors. As I mentioned my attempted acceptance speech, I am approaching the big eight-0. I hope going temporarily “brain dead” at times can be accepted. Once again, thank you all from a very proud 2014 Hall of Fame inductee from the old school.

Jerry L. Lee, Evergreen




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