Photo: Meynel Clowney (several photographs)

Meynel Clowney as a baby.

Meynel Clowney as a young girl.

Meynel Clowney in 1918.

Meynel Clowney in 1923.

Meynel Clowney.

This is my Grandmother, Meynel Clowney Cato.

My Grandmother was an avid genealogist, and I regret not remembering all the many stories she told me when I was a child. Her love of genealogy sparked my interest in creating these pages.

Meynel Clowney attended Winthrop College, where she was an honor graduate.

She was very active is swimming and hockey which may have helped her survive the 1918 flu. She told me of being placed in ice baths to keep her temperature down, and having hallucinations of praying mantises on the wall when she was sick. So many girls were dying, the staff carried them out the back of the dorms to avoid causing panic.

She had a distinguished career as a teacher in South Carolina and later in Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama.

She was awarded the "Distinguished Service Award" by The South Carolina Council for the Common Good in 1958.

Found among Meynel Clowney's possessions after her death was a small red box containing several dried red rosebuds, a ring box, a match box cover from "The Monson, Saint Augustine Florida", a heart-shaped photograph of her daughter, and the following wedding announcement:


A wedding of wide spread interest throughout the Carolinas was that of Miss Meynel Clowney and William Leon Cato, which took place Saturday morning, October 18, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Clowney.

In the drawing room where the young couple took the marriage vow, a lovely altar was arranged with ferns on white pedestals, above these lighted white tapers shed an enhancing glow, all of which was reflected most beautifully by a large colonial mirror hanging back of the altar.

Promptly at 10 o'clock as Miss Frances Clowney, sister of the bride, sounded the wedding march from the living room, the little flower girls, Emmie Louise and Emma Gene Clowney, dressed in yellow silks and carrying orchid chrysanthemums tied with tulle, led the way to the altar. Following, was dainty little Emmie Sam Hall, niece of the bride, carrying the ring in a large fluffy white chrysanthemum.

Next came the bride who was most becomingly gowned in a chic traveling suit of dark charmeen. With this she wore accessories to match, touched up with canary, and a corsage of deep cream roses. In the hall she was met by the groom who accompanied her to the altar where the Rev. J. G. Huggin, pastor of Methodist church, performed the ceremony.

After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served in the dining room where the table was lovely with pink rosebuds and pink tapers.

Mr. and Mrs. Cato left immediately in a car for Columbia where they left on the noon train for a trip to Florida.

The bride is an honor graduate of Winthrop college, a member of the class of 1920. Since that time she has been a successful teacher in several high schools in the state.

The bridegroom is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cato, of Monetta, S. C., and is a prominent young business man in Aiken county.

The out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cato, and Miss Emily Louise Cato, of Monetta; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Wolling, of McColl; and Miss Rebecca Robinson, of Bookman.

On their return the young couple for the present, will reside with the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Cato,

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