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Butler Heritage Foundation to Receive $500,000 from the State | Hartsville Messenger

HARTVILLECS – The Butler Heritage Foundation receives $500,000 from the State of South Carolina from Appropriate Funds.

The announcement was made June 30 at the annual Butler Heritage Week banquet by Senator Gerald Malloy. He and Representative Robert Q. Williams presented the group with a ceremonial check at the banquet held at the Butler Community Gymnasium in Hartsville.

Butler Heritage Week is held in the summer to raise funds for the Foundation and celebrate the legacy and contribution of Butler High School and its graduates to the Hartsville community.

Pastor Chris Frazier, president of the Butler Heritage Foundation, said the announcement came as a complete surprise. He said funding had been mooted in the past, but he had no idea it would happen this year.

He said the board will meet in August and then they will discuss how the money will be used. He said a strategic plan for the Butler complex has been put in place in 2020. They will review the plan and decide what action to take.

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Malloy said he has long known about the Butler Heritage Foundation and what it tries to accomplish not just for Butler High School graduates, but for the entire Hartsville community.

He said there were many distinguished people who came through the doors of Butler High School, people who embody the spirit of Butler.

Malloy said the group has long operated on a shoestring budget without government or community support for much of that time.

“They are well deserving of these funds and more,” he said.

He said he was happy to be able to bring the good news to the community.

Malloy said he once spoke at Butler Heritage Week and decided he wanted to do something to help. He said he thinks these funds from the state of South Carolina will go a long way towards improving the community and perhaps sparking the interest of others to help the Foundation.

Malloy said the real heroes are the class members who made individual contributions that night. He said as soon as the 1939 class of contributions had been announced by private individuals. He said they raised over $50,000.

The Lynwood Lewis Service Award was presented to Dick Puffer, Executive Director of the Byerly Foundation.

Frazier said Puffer has worked closely with the Butler Heritage Foundation and has been instrumental, through the Byerly Foundation, in the improvements to the Butler Complex thus far.

“It’s well deserved,” Frazier said.

“I was honored to receive the Lynwood Lewis Service Award from the Butler Heritage Foundation,” said Puffer. “The Byerly Foundation has worked closely with Butler Heritage since they developed the idea for their Foundation. In those early days, I had the opportunity to work with Lynwood Lewis as he worked tirelessly to build support for the Foundation’s vision. It is amazing for me to have my name on the list of winners of this award because I know well the service that Lynwood Lewis has given in so many ways to bring the Butler Heritage Foundation to life in the Hartsville community. As Executive Director of the Byerly Foundation since 2000, seeing BHF’s dream come true has been and continues to be exciting.

Puffer has served as executive director of the Byerly Foundation since 2000.

“The Foundation has been a key partner in assisting the Butler Heritage Foundation with key grants. And, early in the process, I worked with Lynwood Lewis, who continued to find ways to engage the Butler community in growing support for the Foundation,” Puffer said. “And, in addition to helping the Foundation, The Byerly Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Hartsville which thrived in the Butler Buildings for most of their history.”

Puffer worked at The Messenger in Hartsville and then in corporate communications at Sonoco and at Coker as an instructor in the communications department, before becoming executive director of the Byerly Foundation.

Puffer is married to Sylvia Puffer and they have two children and four grandchildren.

Their daughter, Dr. Eve Puffer, a research and community psychologist at Duke University, married to Dr. Eric Green, also a research and community psychologist at Duke. They both work in global health. Their daughter, Inga Puffer, is married to Michael Shade. They live in Greenville where they are both school teachers.

Barbara Carraway received the Butler Heritage Foundation Hall of Honors Citizenship Award.

A native of Hartsville, Carraway graduated from Hartsville High School’s class of 1972; but she is very active with Butler High School Class of 1972, the class she started high school with. She is a member of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves on several committees.

Carraway is the founder of The Gospel in the Park Series, president-elect of the Darlington County League of Women Voters and vice chair of the Darlington County Democratic Party, member of the South Carolina Democratic Party Black Women’s Caucus, director of the state’s 7th congressional district. of SC Democratic Women, president of People to People in Hartsville, member of the National Council of Negro Women of Darlington County and member of the Hartsville branch of the NAACP and others. On October 3, 2021, the City of Hartville proclaimed October 3 “Barbara Carraway Day” for her dedication, passion and commitment to the community. She previously served on the board of the Butler Heritage Foundation and chaired Butler Heritage Week for five years.

She has four children – Tegge, Duane, Daryl and Chastine – 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She takes care of her 96-year-old mother, Rosa Briggs-Carraway.

The Tiger Awards were presented to Carl M. Days, Ms. Mildred Burno and Johnny Williams. Any Butler graduate is eligible for this award. It is voted on in committee.

Dinner entertainment was presented by members of the Jerusalem Baptist Men’s Choir and Anisha Green.

The Butler Class of 1972 was celebrating its 50th anniversary and received special recognition.

The Butler Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees includes: Frazier, Chair; Shelia Squire, Vice President; Dr. Jennifer Heusel, recording secretary; Doris Addison, corresponding secretary; and Christopher Shirley, Treasurer.

The board of directors includes Jerry Cheatham, Jeanine Heatley, Blondell Lighty, Dr. Gerald Wilson, Lawrence Manning, Jackie Kirven, Kenzie Delaine, Bobby L. Josey and Floyd Taylor.

The mission of the Butler Heritage Foundation is to preserve the heritage of Butler High School by establishing a community and cultural center and by providing and supporting various programs for all.