Pat Littlejohn has been appointed to the foundation’s seven-member governing board. Littlejohn’s appointment was announced by Chairman Emeritus William J. Whitener who said the board felt it should have a member from Jonesville. He said Littlejohn’s record of service to his community and the county made him an ideal choice.
“The full board made a determination that we needed to have someone from the Jonesville area,” Whitener said. “They appointed me and Ray Robbins as a nominating committee to seek a member who would be representative of the Jonesville community. We found that over the years Pat has been active in all aspects of life as an educator and hard-working citizen of Union County.”
Littlejohn said he was approached by Whitener and Robbins a couple of weeks ago about serving on the board. He said after talking with them and thinking it over, he decided to join.
“I think it is a very worthwhile endeavor and I think it will be a good thing to do,” he said. “I think that they pretty much want the whole county represented. I think that would be good that someone from our area is on the board.”
Littlejohn is a 1968 graduate of Jonesville High School who attended USC-Union for two years and holds a bachelor of science degree in history from the University of South Carolina. A teacher with the Union County School District for 31 years, Littlejohn also served as head football coach and athletic director at Jonesville High School. It was during his tenure as coach that the school’s football team won the 1990 state championship. In 2007, Littlejohn was inducted into the Union County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Though retired, Little-john recently returned to teaching part-time as the GED instructor at the Dollar General Distribution Center in Jonesville. He also serves as a member of the Union County Election Commission and helps his father, James L. Littlejohn, operate Littlejohn Farms.
The Union Community Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the development of a community tradition of philanthropy. The foundation works to generate funds that can be used to support local organizations engaged in community improvement efforts and providing assistance to the people of Union County.
Whitener said that through a combination of donations and investments the foundation has accumulated approximately $1.5 million.