The donation, part of the estate of Newell Whitener who passed away in March, was presented recently to the university. The endowment will fund a scholarship established by Newell's younger brother and executor of his estate, Col. William J. "Jack" Whitener, a dean emeritus of USC Union.
The Index-Journal newspaper of Greenwood has noted that Newell's "life reflected the qualities that are common to men of high caliber and unblemished character. His devotion to his church, his community, his state and nation was an integral part of everything he did."
A veteran of World War II, Newell was born in Clover and moved to Greenwood during the 1950s. He gained employment with Greenwood Mills-Harris Plant and was later promoted to plant manager, a career which spanned 27 years. Newell was also active in a variety of civic organizations in Greenwood some of which included Boy Scouts of America, the Mental Health Association, the Rehabilitation Workshop Board and the Lions Club.
Newell and his wife, Caroline, were also active members of Main Street United Methodist Church in Greenwood. Caroline, a Georgia native, passed away in October of 2006. Her interests included china painting, gardening, and landscaping.
The Whitener endowment will support the Barrett-Whitener Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in memory of the Whiteners' parents, Elizabeth Jane Barrett Whitener and David Henry Whitener. The scholarship is to be awarded annually, based on merit and/or potential, to an incoming student at USC Union.
Col. Whitener and his wife, Martha Pacolette Sarratt Whitener, are devoted patrons of USC Union.