The Social Lines

By Iris Creswell DeMates

“It’s Saturday night, my birthday, and I just want to stay comfortable,” emphatically remarked Edgar Cody (Ted) Moore of 1039 Wando St., as his wife Laura tried to coax him at least to put on some shoes and something other than his bathrobe.

Ted, who is the director of public relations at the S. C. Trade Schools, finally succumbed and changed to the oldest shirt he owned and a pair of faded Bermuda shorts, but no shoes.

Later when the doorbell rang, he ran to get them but it was too late. His surprise company had barged in and were singing “Happy Birthday” to him.

“Ken didn’t say a word for about 30 minutes,” Laura laughed, “he just sat there, barefooted, and started. This was the first birthday party he has had in years and he reminded me of a little boy. When he finally said something he came out with “They’re all my friends out there’; and still just looked astonished.

“I don’t know if it was the party that had him in such a state of shock or the fact that I could keep a secret,” Laura remarked, “because I’ve never been able to keep a secret from him in my life.” She said it was a little struggle to keep mum and also to keep their two children, Suzanne, 4 and Mimi, 3, from finding out because “they just can’t wait to tell secrets,” she laughed.

One thing that helped was the guests brought the refreshments so Ted’s frequent trips to the refrigerator didn’t reveal that party foods. Among those laden with “goodies” and gifts were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Benton, Mr. and Mrs. H. Parker Evatt, Mr. and Mrs. J. Sumter Moore Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John C. Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Baxter and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. (Eddie) Harris.

Really Big Hail

“Those were the largest pieces of hail I’ve ever seen in all my life, remarked Alexander (Mei) Fewell after Sunday’s storm. That’s taking in quite a few years, because Mr. Fewell recently celebrated his 85th birthday.

His daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Whetstone (Leon and Virginia) of 552 Woodland Hills, with whom he lives, gave a buffett-dinner party on his special day.

There were 47 friends and relatives from over the state who came to have dinner with this delightful old gentleman, and each brought a covered dish of food with them.

There were fried chicken, baked chicken, ham, roast beef, assorted salads and casseroles, a variety of vegetables, dozens of cakes, pies and mixed cookies. With people sitting everywhere eating, laughing and talking, it sort of reminded Mr. Fewell of the “old-timey dinners on the ground” which he used to attend in the country.

“They thought that party was going to be a surprise to me, but I knew that they were up to,” Mr. Fewell grinned, “they’ve been doing this every year for six or seven years now.”

Out of the many presents he received, the first one he mentioned when asked what he had gotten, was a can of his favorite pipe tobacco. “I like my pipe,” he remarked, “and I’ve been smoking the same brand of tobacco for over 65 years – I still think it’s the best!”

Seventeen years ago in 1950, Mr. Fewell retired from Duke Power Co., after working a total of 45 years, 35 of which were consecutive, at the power plant in Great Falls.

One who enjoys working with his hands, he is still quite active in his workshop, building tables, book cases, shelves, etc. But during the good weather he likes to work outdoors in his large vegetable garden.

A Little Corn And Onions

“What have I planted now? Oh, a little corn, onions, radishes, lettuce and cabbage but it’ll soon be time to plant lots of other things,” he said with a sparkle in his eye that made you know he was eager to start digging.

He’s also a good one in the kitchen. “I can’t cook fancy foods but I can get by on these everyday foods,” he laughed. While Virginia and Leon are away during the day teaching at the Blaney Schools, Mr. Fewell prepares his own lunch and at night he helps Virginia with dinner.

Every Sunday morning will find Mr. Fewell in the Men’s Bible Class at the Main Street Methodist Church and also staying afterward for the church services.

His ministers and their wives, the Rev. and Mrs. James Barrington and the Rev. and Mrs. P. Gene Curry, were among the large group who helped Mr. Fewell enjoy and celebrate his birthday dinner. (Mr. Fewell hasn’t missed a day at church since they moved to Columbia from Sumter last June.)

He was born in Rock Hill and his late wife was the former Miss Azalee Lumpkin from Great Falls. They enjoyed more than 40 years of happy married life. Virginia is their only child and she and Leon have three children – 14-year-old twins, Anne and Dianne, and 13-year-old Frances. (Mr. Fewell teases the girls and tells them that they all came on the same day – they are sisters and were adopted together when they were toddlers by the Whetstones.)

Me And My Presents

“. . . and be with me and my friends and be with me and my presents,” ended the bedtime prayers of little Ken Barrow Saturday night after an exciting afternoon of celebrating his fourth birthday with a cowboy and Indian party.

A teepee, totem pole, campfire, Indians and cowboys topped his birthday cake, giving it a western look.

Ken’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Eugene Barrow (Gene and Dale), had made all the children Indian headbands and from all the uproar heard as the children “played,” one expected to find a scalping taking place at 3107 Chinaberry Drive.

But it was a quiet group who later settled down to large dishes of ice cream with cake and punch and who eagerly inspected the party favors of candy, balloons, and cowboy and Indian figures.

Among the little Indians invited were Julia McNeill, Frank Watson, Mark Watson, Dee Dee Humphries, David Jones, Tim Tyler, Bill Love, Carol Thomas, Yvonne DeMates, Michele Michael, Johnny McNeill, Sam Herin and Jim Davis.

March 15, 1967  Columbia Record (published as THE COLUMBIA RECORD)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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