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Editorial: Jack Brantley

Posted: June 2, 2015 4:36 p.m.
Updated: June 3, 2015 1:00 a.m.

A certain party took place this past weekend -- one notable Facebook personality called it “the event of the century” -- on Monument Square at Aberdeen.

It was a birthday party, No. 80, for the man we can easily call Camden’s ambassador, Jack Brantley. No one is more deserving of a good soiree -- after all, he’s been hosting them for years. For nearly 35 years, for example, he has worked with the Miss America Pageant, with various Miss Americas and pageant judges gracing the grounds.

In addition to his 80th birthday, this year marks the 40th anniversary of his purchase of Aberdeen in 1975. It was originally known as The Mathis House, having been built in 1810 by Samuel Mathis, the first white man born in Kershaw County. Ten years after his purchase, Brantley founded Aberdeen Catery and renamed the home.

Since then, he has hosted weddings, corporate dinners, luncheons and the like. Brantley has also opened the home for charitable events such as the Easter Family Tour for Mental Health America of Kershaw County. He’s also worked for many years with the Boy Scouts of America.

For these and many more contributions, Brantley has, in recent years, received the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Community Service Award, Citizen of the Year Award from the Boy Scouts of Kershaw County, inducted into the Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame, and was named an Ambassador for Economic Development by the S.C. Department of Commerce in 2014.

In addition, Jack Brantley is one of the nicest men you’re ever likely to meet. This, perhaps above all else, has made him Camden’s ambassador to the rest of the nation. So, happy birthday, Jack! May your infectious smile continue to light up our lives for many more birthdays to come.


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