Gene Berry Remembered

Gene Berry, Jr. admiring his favorite plants, bromeliads.

Those honoring Gene Berry as the Peggy Adams Conservation Award winner (left to right): Mike Shirey, David Sawyer, Bert McCarty, Dalton Shealy, Wallace Wood, Ronnie Cumbee, and David Craps.

Gene Berry Remembered by the USLT

 Gene Berry, Jr., beloved teacher, conservationist, and devoted friend, was recently honored posthumously by the Upper Savannah Land Trust as the 2021 Peggy Adams Conservation Award winner.
  The mission of the Upper Savannah Land Trust is to encourage and support conservation of natural and scenic lands, farms, forests, waterways, and open spaces in an eight-county area in the upstate of South Carolina. The ceremony was held in Greenwood and the presentation made by Wallace Wood, past Executive Director of USLT.
  In his presentation, Wood made the remarks, “Gene was a true conservationist. By putting his land and property in a USLT conservation easement, he ensured this beautiful setting will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
  Dalton Shealy of Batesburg accepted the award on Berry’s behalf. The plaque inscribed, Carl Eugene “Gene” Berry, Jr. 1941-2020: In Appreciation for His Outstanding Stewardship and Generosity in Protecting and Sharing the Conservation Values of the Padgett Pond Conservation Easement 567 Acres Saluda County, SC.
  In addition to Shealy, others representing the local community at the event were David Sawyer, Ronnie Cumbee, David Craps, Mike Shirey, and Bert McCarty. Gene will always be remembered for his generosity, intelligence, friendship, and loyalty.

STATE CHAMPS ON PARADE - Saluda High’s 2A State Champion girls basketball team was saluted Sun. afternoon Mar. 21  by their fans as they marched from to Courthouse to the football stadium. (Standard-Sentinel photo)