Thursday, June 19, 2014
Groundskeeping and gardening volunteer for Hobcaw Barony
Native of Prospect
Resident of Myrtle Beach for 11 years
Formerly worked with Frontier Airlines, Pace Airlines and U.S. Airways
Retired as maintenance supervisor
How did you end up on the Grand Strand?
Hooters had bought Pace and wanted to operate an airline out of Myrtle Beach
I worked for Hooters (Pace Airlines) for two years.
Then, US Air offered me a traveling rep job and I went back to work with US Air.
That's how I wound up coming to Myrtle Beach.
I loved it, so I just stayed.
What do you do as a volunteer for Hobcaw Barony?
I mostly do gardening and groundskeeping with Pat Mishoe, the staff person in charge of the grounds and plants.
I do a lot of raking, keeping grass mowed, and keeping the Discovery Center and Hobcaw House looking good.
I also help out at the front desk sometimes.
What do you like about helping at Hobcaw?
It gives you a lot of self satisfaction, thinking you are giving something back to society.
I've been blessed my entire life and I love the outdoors.
It just made sense to do something on a volunteer basis that promoted the outdoors. Hobcaw Barony is a nature preserve/educational facility, so I feel good to be part of that.
It is good to see what South Carolina looked like hundreds of years ago.
It's just about the same as it's always been. It's just wonderful.
What do people not know about Hobcaw?
People are always amazed about the beauty of the property.
I don't know if a lot of people know about that.
Everyone who takes the tours, I hear them say, “Wow, I never knew this was here!”
People are discovering us and our tours are pretty much full.
We have two tours a day with 14 people each.
I'd like to have more people enjoy and see what is here,
I spread the word as much as I can.
What are your favorite parts of the property?
I have a really great love for the salt marsh. Anytime I get to see areas of salt marsh it just fills my heart.
Hobcaw House is also breathtaking.
The first time I saw it I was quite taken away.
I drove up to it for a volunteer meeting and didn't know what to expect.
It is an absolutely beautiful brick home.
When you consider the time in which it was built, it is a phenomenal structure.
The house looks out over the Waccamaw River and it has fantastic views of Georgetown. There is also a huge expanse of green grass all around.
Can you tell me about your family?
My wife, Barbara, works as a media coordinator for Horry County School District in Conway.
I have a daughter, Brenda, who is a flight attendant with United Airlines in San Diego, CA; and a son, Brian, who is a UPS delivery driver in North Glenn, CO.
I have a step-daughter, Melody who lives in Camp Lejeune, NC.
I have one grandson in North Glenn, Brandon, who is also a UPS delivery driver; and three grandchildren in Camp LeJeune, Sofia, who is 9, Stella, who is 7, and William, who is 4.