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A trio of outstanding people have left us in recent weeks, but their mark will be on Lancaster County for years to come.
Lib Wilson, Walter Craig Sr. and Jimmy Moreland Sr. died, but their legacy of community involvement will live on.
Any time a Lancaster woman meets with success, she can be grateful that Lib Wilson blazed the way.
She was a trailblazer for not only women in this area, but women in general. She fulfilled roles typically held by men and showed she could handle the challenge. Her gender was not a factor, but she was paving the way for women now and in the future.
She made an impact in business, politics and community affairs with a forward-thinking attitude of seeing Lancaster advance.
“She was just a dedicated person,” said Lindsay Pettus, a local historian. “She wanted the best for the county.”
One of her favorite passions was promoting the Lancaster County Library, a place that benefits people of all ages and walks of life.
“She was very much a go-getter,” said Richard Band, director for the Lancaster County Library. “She’s a prime example that you can accomplish a lot if you put your mind to it.”
A list of Wilson’s awards and achievements would easily fill this column alone, but one that reflected Wilson’s life of service was the Order of Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor, which she received in 2001.
Walter Craig Sr.
The history of Lancaster County had a major advocate in Craig.
He played a major role in starting the Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park and served on the Lancaster County Historical Commission and the regional Olde English District board.
Dedicated people like Craig made sure our beloved Andrew Jackson State Park, a historic treasure in the county, was able to stay open when its role was threatened some years back.
That’s one reason that the Friends of AJ State Park was started and thrives today. Craig took an active role in word and deed.
He promoted Lancaster County and its rich history and would often don the clothes of colonial and Revolutionary times as a re-enactor. If there was a fundraiser, Craig would fry the fish and lobby the politicians.
“He was always seeking the best for the county,” Pettus said. “Lancaster County is fortunate that we all knew him.”
Craig also took a key role in the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse and was instrumental in the return of a Confederate battle flag that once led the Lancaster Invincibles.
“He really wanted people to know about Lancaster County and he wanted to educate people about its history,” said Christina Williams, a historical commission advisory member.
Moreland touched countless lives through his involvement with education and recreation.
He had a passion for teaching, impacting lives as an English and Spanish teacher at Central High School in Pageland and later at Andrew Jackson High School.
He was dedicated to the Boy Scouts and the Kershaw Recreation Department, where he shaped young lives through a host of activities to build character and mold future leaders.
He taught swimming as a Scout leader, instructor and swim coach. There’s no true way to measure how many lives he saved through his valuable instruction at the pool.
When he finished his career as a teacher, he didn’t leave. He just switched gears to serve on the Lancaster County school board.
Moreland was part of the school board when Lancaster County School District began building projects for the future.
“He was a great man,” said former school board chairman Robert Folks. “I’m grateful for the years we had him.”
Lancaster County should be thankful to Wilson, Craig and Moreland for theie lives and their roles of service to our community.