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John D. Kennedy Chapter of UDC unveils grave marker

Posted: December 10, 2014 2:13 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2014 2:08 p.m.

Gayle Breon and Susan Baskin conducting ceremony. Photos courtesy of Ann M. Martin.

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On Oct. 25, members of the John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Joseph Kershaw Confederate Veterans, as well as other friends and family members of UDC member Mary Elizabeth Pitts Hough, gathered at the Jeter Family Cemetery in Carlisle for the unveiling of her Daughter of the Confederacy grave marker. Hough was made an honorary member because of her service as histographer for more than 30 years.  

John D. Kennedy Chapter President Susan Baskins and Chaplain Gayle Breon conducted the ceremony. Others who spoke during the ceremony were Mary Dee Knowlton, historian; Dr. Ben Brannon-Blair; and Hough’s son, Albert Hough. 

Hough was born Sept. 19, 1919 ,and died Mar. 16, 2011. She became a member of the UDC in 1952 on the record of her confederate ancestor Wesley Smith Pitts and served as historian of the chapter for 30 years. According to Chairman Ann M. Martin, Hough presented enthusiastic programs and wrote several articles for the UDC magazine and other publications. 

In addition to writing, Hough researched cemeteries for the “Kershaw County Survey.” She researched the 200-plus Confederate veterans in Quaker Cemetery and had Confederate battle flags placed on their graves each Memorial Day. She also made it her concern to preserve monuments. According to UDC members, she was instrumental in getting the lions heads placed on the Richard Kirkland Monument. 

Hough loved history and education and taught reading and history in the public school system for eight years. Helping students with dyslexia was a strong desire for Hough, and she helped start the Columbia Reading Foundation, which serves to help dyslexic students.  She was also a charter member of the Kershaw County Historical Society for 30 years.

The service ended with the placing of a rose on Hough’s grave by her granddaughter, Rebecca Hough. Her daughter-in-law was presented with a UDC Certificate of membership for the John D. Kennedy Chapter.


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