Sweatmans capture Yard of Month honor

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The December Yard of the Month by the Belle Isle Garden Club is the home of Ron, Robin, and young Ron Sweatman across from the Treasure Barn in Cross. Congratulations to the Sweatmans!

Their historic home and yard are so lovely, and they take loving care of it. This month the upstairs and downstairs front porches are seasonally decorated for the holidays with a Christmas tree and other signs of this season. If you have not driven by at night, it’s time to take a ride.

Construction of this home began by the Bradwell family in 1890 and continued until around 1910 according to Robin and Mrs. Lina Bradwell West, who now resides at the Presbyterian Home in Summerville near her sister Maude. Robin and Ron continued the renovations begun by Ron’s grandmother Nell and grandfather Ben Bradwell.

Belle Isle Garden Club presents this award monthly to homes around Eadytown, Pineville and Cross where their club members reside.

Christmas Gathering

The full membership of the Moncks Corner chapter of W.I.R.E. met at the Berkeley Electric Cooperative on Dec. 5. The beautifully decorated meeting room was entirely full to overflowing with the full membership and guests.

A member sang several lovely Christmas songs before Naomi Gadsden and Rita Worthy welcomed everyone, and the opening prayer was given.

Entertainment was provided by the Bonner Elementary Choir. After the blessing of the meal everyone enjoyed a delightful lunch.

After lunch the CEO of Berkeley Co-op Mr. Cartwright gave a short, informative video presentation about electric cooperatives with an emphasis on Berkeley Electric Cooperative over the past year.

Before closing remarks by Naomi Gadsden and Rita Worthy, prizes of the lovely table Poinsettia decorations were presented to Lucille Nesbitt, Bobbie Nesboll, Lillie Gourdine, Elizabeth Jones, Lutha Johnson, Mable Dingle, Shelia Murdock and Isbelle Lewis. Two door prizes were given to Caressa Taylor and Isbelle Lewis, whose names were drawn from those registered for the holiday meeting.

Drop in

The Rev. Michael Wood and his wife Susan entertained members of Friendship United Methodist Church after the worship hour on Dec. 15 with a drop in. Everyone enjoyed the delightful refreshments while visiting with the Woods and others including the parents of Michael who have recently relocated from Virginia to the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

December graduation at Western Carolina

Stacey Nicole Coker, daughter of Polly and Ben Coker of Moncks Corner, received a Master of Arts in Teaching majoring in Comprehensive Eduation with an emphasis in Music on Dec. 14 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

Stacey has recently completed student teaching requirements at Asheville High School in Asheville, NC.

Ben and Polly Coker of Moncks Corner, Stacey’s parents, attended the graduation as well as Lt. Col.Mack Coker and his wife Carmen of Virginia, Stacey’s brother and his wife , and Ellison and Celeste C. Singletary of Cross.

Farewell to ‘Sarge’

Many in and around Cross remember Sarge with love. Larry Ochiltree, better known as Sarge, had returned to North Augusta, where Pat lived and played for her church, when he was no longer able to live alone. Jeff and Carol called to tell us the news of his death on Dec. 7.

Our sympathy goes to the family and especially his wife Pat who became well known at Friendship when she played the piano for worship.

Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warriors in memory of Larry “Sarge” Ochiltree.


Paul Busbin and his wife Bea were long time residents of Cross. Paul recently died after much care given by his daughter Marsha and her husband Jimmy. Paul retired from the Charleston Naval Shipyard after many years of service.


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