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Celebration of life held for Camden philanthropist, Margaret Hebard Lloyd

Posted: April 18, 2014 2:31 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

More than 100 local fiends joined the family of Margaret H. ("Peggy") Lloyd to celebrate her life at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County earlier this month.

Peggy Lloyd, the widow of Richard W. Lloyd, passed away in January in New York at age 97. A long-time supporter of Kershaw County, Lloyd claimed Camden as her home. She and her husband, with three young children, arrived in 1952 and later added a fourth child. They decided to make Camden their home. They then split their time between Camden, New York and Cotuit, Mass. for the rest of their lives.

All four of their children, Margaret (Miggie) Keuler, Sue Scannell, Richard W. (Dickon) Lloyd, Jr. and O.H. Perry Lloyd were in attendance for the celebration with all nine of their grandchildren and 10 of the great-grandchildren, including Camden Bakker, who was named for this city that her great-grandparents called home.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd were well known for their philanthropic and preservation efforts here in Camden and elsewhere. Recognizing the historic value of the Price House on South Broad Street, they purchased it and gave it to the City of Camden along with the funds to restore it as a meeting place for African-American youth before society was integrated. Peggy Lloyd continued to support the Price House Commission all her life.

Hope Cooper, former Executive Director of Historic Camden, said, "There would not be a Revolutionary War Park today in Camden if Peggy and Dick Lloyd had not recognized the importance of this property and purchased it. They instigated the founding of the Camden District Heritage Foundation to establish the park. It stands today as a monument to their foresight."

The Lloyds were also responsible for the preservation of Lloyd Woods, the beautiful tract of land over which the Camden Hunt members ride. These riders and their families are a vital part of our horse industry. A number of equine enthusiasts expressed their thanks for this privilege.

Buddy Clark, an early volunteer for the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County, pointed out it was "very appropriate to be having the celebration at the Douglas-Reed House since Margaret and her husband were driving forces for its founding". Continuing, he said, "Four different arts groups were encouraging Dick and Margaret to give the house and property to them. Being unable to choose the best recipient, they suggested they all join together and pool their efforts."

That suggestion led to the Camden Community Theatre, Camden Art Association, Camden Music Association and a fourth group stressing arts and crafts joining together to form the FACof Kershaw County in 1973.

They continued to support the new organization and in 1995, when the Daniels Education Building was dedicated, Margaret and family members were present to see the Margaret Hebard Lloyd Dance Studio opened.

The latest Kershaw County philanthropic effort by Margaret brought Clemson University and the county together when she donated more than 870 acres along the Wateree River to Clemson as an environmental education center. Austin Jenkins, a local naturalist and former Natural Resources Manager at the site remembers Margaret well. He said, "Margaret was a woman with a profound passion for the connections between humanity and nature. She saw these as both the same, united by the fabric of forest she loved so dearly. The land she left will help us to see this important reality just as she did, and to live more fully aware of all that we actually are."

Mac Horton of Clemson University renewed Clemson’s pledge to maintain the property as Peggy desired.

Guests at the celebration expressed sorrow for Peggy’s passing but all agreed that future generations of Kershaw County would be able to recall her by observing the legacy she and her husband left.

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