Commission to honor Rippy


Part of USC Union Founders’ Day, 50th anniversary

Photo by Rhonda Gregory, Timeless Treasures Barbara Rippy will be honored by the Union/Laurens Commission on Higher Education for her support of USC Union and various other community organizations. The ceremony honoring Rippy will be part of USC Union’s 20th annual Founders’ Day and 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 9.


UNION — A local benefactor will be honored by the Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education for her generous support of USC Union and involvement in the greater Union County community.

In a statement released this past week, the commission announced that “the University of South Carolina Union will hold their 20th annual Founders’ Day and 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.” The announcement states that the commission “will honor Mrs. Barbara Rippy at the celebration in USC Union’s Main Building Auditorium at 401 East Main Street. A reception will follow in the Main Building Lobby. Following the presentations, their portraits will be unveiled on stage and they will be displayed in the Main Building’s Community Room at USC Union.

The announcement states that the commission “has selected Mrs. Rippy for her generosity and love of Union. Mrs. Rippy has generously donated $25,000 for the USC Union Student Center (and) $25,000 for the USC Union Bookstore. She has also pledged $100,000 for the Student Center Courtyard in order to have the naming opportunity for her late husband, Bobby Rippy. She is the recipient of ‘Caring for the Carolinas’ award given by WSPA Channel 7 that is presented each month to volunteers who make a difference in the community.”

In announcing its intention to honor Rippy, the commission offered the following biography.

Barbara Harter met her future husband Bobby Rippy when they both worked at a movie theatre in Inman, SC. She was a cashier and he was the manager. They started dating and soon fell in love. They married on June 12, 1955. They worked at a movie theatre for four years in Tabor City, North Carolina. Mr. Rippy decided to go the Pharmacy school at MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina. After his graduation, the Rippys moved to Cowpens where they lived for 6 years until the summer of 1969 when they purchased Smith’s Drug Store on Main Street, Union. They became active supporters of Union through the years by sponsoring Dixie Youth baseball teams for children and contributing to civic and church organizations. The Rippys owned and operated the drug store for 34 years before retiring. Mrs. Rippy lost her husband in 2012.

Even though Mrs. Rippy is retired, she still puts in around 25 hours or more per a week serving the community. She belongs to the Union County Lions Club, Union County Civitan Club, Union County Arts Council, and Union County Relay for Life organization. Mrs. Rippy is also a lifetime member of the Union County Historical Society. She is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she participates in the Young at Heart group and the church’s Relay for Life team.

Mrs. Rippy was thrilled to be able to contribute to the new USC Union bookstore and student center when they moved to Main Street, as she feels that it gave a great new storefront on Main Street with lots of room. She said the former student lounge “felt like a dungeon” and the old bookstore was “no bigger than a (postage) stamp.” Mrs. Rippy’s generosity will also help build a courtyard outside the student center where students will have a nice area outside named in memory of her husband Bobby.

Mrs. Rippy loves gospel and country music. She collects drumsticks and guitar picks from the shows she has been to see. She is a personal friend of country star Ronnie McDowell. She adored Elvis, saw 4 of his live concerts, and is still a fan. Her favorite Elvis song is his rendition of “How Great Thou Art” for which he won his only Grammy, and her favorite movie is “Jailhouse Rock.”

Barbara Rippy has adopted Union County and USC Union as her very own. She is an outstanding ambassador for both and is an example for all of us to follow.

This story was submitted by the Public Relations Department of the Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education.

Photo by Rhonda Gregory, Timeless Treasures Barbara Rippy will be honored by the Union/Laurens Commission on Higher Education for her support of USC Union and various other community organizations. The ceremony honoring Rippy will be part of USC Union’s 20th annual Founders’ Day and 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 9.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Barbara-Rippy.jpgPhoto by Rhonda Gregory, Timeless Treasures Barbara Rippy will be honored by the Union/Laurens Commission on Higher Education for her support of USC Union and various other community organizations. The ceremony honoring Rippy will be part of USC Union’s 20th annual Founders’ Day and 50th anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 9.
Part of USC Union Founders’ Day, 50th anniversary

This story was submitted by the Public Relations Department of the Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education.

This story was submitted by the Public Relations Department of the Union/Laurens Commission for Higher Education.

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