Lemuel Winesett 3rd.

Born 19-Feb-1913 in the Glades area of Galax, VA
Died 25-Oct-1997 in Florence, SC
Social Security: 242-32-1060 (North Carolina)
Son of Eli Winesett and Della May Steele

Married 1-Apr-1934 to Evelyn Withheld
Born 1915? and Died 24-May-2004
Daughter of William Garrett Withheld and Blanche Withheld

Lem was 5 years old when his father sold all his land and equipment and moved to Hermiston, Oregon. Lem also vaguely remembers living in Almagorda, New Mexico, although not too sure of the timeframe. He remembers riding back to Virginia on the Union Pacific passenger train. His father bought 550 hives of bees and the family then moved to Whiteville, North Carolina, and several years later to Plymouth on the Ronoke River.

Lem graduated from Chadborn high school although he really lived in Whiteville and entered Wake Forest college in 1931. That year that the family in Whiteville lost everything to a fire. Lem washed dishes for about 90 students three times a day at the old Wake Forest Hotel for his board of $12 a month and performed janitoral work and collected laundry for his room rent of $4 a month.

Lem's second year of college was at Guilford where he stayed with his great uncle, Enoch Stamey, a medical doctor. Lem was notified of his appointment to the US Naval Academy in 1934 but had already made plans to marry which he did.

Lem ran a gas station for a while and then went to work for his in-laws on the Columbus County News. Lem was elected mayor of Chadbourn, serving three terms. He was one of the youngest if not the youngest mayors in North Carolina. When his in-laws sold their newpaper, Lem resigned and bought the McDowell News in Marion, SC. At one time Lem owned five small weekly newspapgers. He loved to fish and play golf. He bought lots at Hilton Head, SC, and built a house there but always kept a home in Marion, SC, where he had owned and published "The Star" for 30 years (1944-1974). He received many civic awards for his public service including the National Junior Chamber of Commerce Award for Public Service.

Evelyn kept a gracious and friendly home. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Marion Garden Club and the S.C. Jazz Society. Her health was never good after Lem's death. She is interred in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Lem and Evelyn's children are:
1. Lemuel Winesett, Jr., known to all as "Garrett" ,
2. John Dean,
3. Kay and
4. Mildred "Mitzi" .
Garrett was in the printing business, Dean is a architect at Hilton Head, Kay is an artist, and Mitzi is a graduate of Columbia College and a member of the staff at the University of Scouth Carolina in Columbia, SC.

Any information about the memebers of this family would be appreciated.


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