Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – A huge crowd gathered on Sunday evening to induct four Chapin area legends into the Town of Chapin’s Hall of Fame. The attendees were literally a who’s who of that area, many of whom had made tremendous contributions both in their personal and professional lives over decades themselves.
Three of the inductees were in attendance, and one who had passed away several years ago was inducted posthumously. Additionally, many who had been inducted in the past were also there to honor the newest members of the prestigious class. This year’s inductees were Jack Edgerton (posthumously), Heyward Shealy, Dick Weldon, and “Hub” Lindler.
Hub Lindler was born in Chapin and was the youngest of nine children. He attended Chapin schools, played on the first football team at Chapin High and graduated in 1947. He worked at the Chapin Esso station and was drafted into the US Army in 1951. He served in Korea and was wounded and was honorably discharged. Hub received the Purple Heart and various other awards for his injuries during combat.
Lindler has been married to Cathryn for 66 years and they have two daughters and three grandsons. For many years he owned Lindler’s Radio and TV Repair Service. He also was a substitute clerk and letter carrier for the Chapin Post Office before becoming a full-time carrier. He has long been active in Chapin as a baseball coach, volunteer firefighter, lifetime member of the DAV, charter member of American Legion Post 193 and longtime member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church.
Heyward Shealy was born and raised in Little Mountain, but his profession brought him to Chapin. He worked at Thomas & Howard Wholesale Grocery while attending Newberry College. In 1960, he opened Chapin’s first modern grocery store, the Chapin Red & White on Clark Street. Eight years later he moved the store to Village Square, where the Publix is now located. He was well known for his friendly, trusting nature. He routinely carried groceries to people’s cars and sometimes even to their homes or businesses. Known as the Happy Grocer, he was named Grocer of the Year in 1976.
Shealy was involved in numerous civic organizations and supported the local schools. He was an early member of the Chapin Volunteer Fire Department. He also served on the advisory board for Southern Bank & Trust and helped form the Midlands National Bank in Chapin.
Coach Dick Weldon was born in Latta, SC. He graduated from high school in Bennettsville, and attended Clemson in 1946. He also served in the US Marine Corp for several years,! attending and playing baseball for Presbyterian College.
Weldon began his coaching career at Bamberg High School, then spent 10 years at the University of South Carolina where he served as assistant football coach, head recruiter, and head baseball coach.. Later, he would serve as head football coach at Sumter and then Lexington High Schools. He led teams to state championships in football, boys’ basketball, and baseball at Bamberg.
He has been married to Mary Deane “Deanie” for 66 years, they had three sons - Dicky (deceased), Steve and John who all attended Chapin High School. The Weldons moved to Chapin in 1971, and Dick was owner of Eagles Corner. He was also a partner in Lake Murray Properties and active in many civic organizations, and the Chapin United Methodist Church.
Jack Edgerton was born in Columbia, grew up in Forest Acres,and graduated from AC Flora in 1966. He went on to attend and graduate Wofford College and served in the Army National Guard. His lifetime career was with Adluh Flour, an absolute icon in The Vista area of Columbia, where he retired as President in 2011. Jack was active in the SC Food Industry (past president), Columbia Vista Guild (past president), and the Lexington Development Board.
Jack and his wife Betsy moved to Chapin in 1974 with their two daughters, Beth and Kay. They were longtime members of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church where he served in many leadership roles. He was a member of the Chapin Ruritan and Sertoma Clubs and the Little Mountain Masonic Lodge. Jack served on Chapin Town Council from 1978-2001, served as Mayor pro tem, and oversaw the establishment of zoning, planning and utilities operations for the town. He died in 2015, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. His wife Betsy accepted the award on his behalf Sunday.
Billy Griffin was the chairman of this year’s Hall of Fame committee. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2010. On Sunday evening, Griffin said that he was glad that the town, its staff, and Mayor Skip Wilson had decided to revive the Hall of Fame. “This honors people who have served this community a lifetime both in their personal and professional lives. These are people who gave all they had and more to make Chapin what a great place it is today. It is only fitting that they be publicly recognized for their hard work and sacrifice to the people of this area.”
Each inductee was presented with a plaque. They also were all awarded resolutions from the SC House and Senate by Representative Chip Huggins and Senator Ronnie Cromer.