The Van Wyck News

Volume 6 Number 18
A Voice for Freedom      28 August 2014
Lucy Moore Crenshaw
     Mrs. Lucy Moore Crenshaw, age 100, passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Transitions Life Care in Raleigh, NC. Lucy resided in the Van Wyck community, Lancaster, SC. Lucy was born on September 8, 1913, in Union County, NC to the late Mattie Laney Moore and William Jackson Moore. She was the youngest of six children and was preceded in death by her brothers Claude, Carl, and Grant Moore and her sisters, Gertrude Moore and Edna Antenucci.
     Lucy live in Weddington, NC, all of her youth, attending Wesley Chapel High School graduating as salutatorian of her class. She attended East Carolina Teachers College majoring in primary education and attended teacher recertification summer schools at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
     In 1937 she married John Niven Crenshaw and moved to Lancaster County, SC. They were married for 65 years and had one child, Margaret. John Niven preceded his beloved wife in February 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret, and her husband Dr. John Riddle of Raleigh, NC; one grandchild, Erika Rosenthal and husband Richard of Raleigh, NC, and one great-grandchild, Heather Mangrum, also of Raleigh.
     Lucy served as a primary school teacher for more than twenty years. In 1937 she began teaching first grade at Fairview School in Union County, NC, a new school between Monroe and Concord. Even though she enjoyed her job, she resigned at the end of the year because of the long drive from Van Wyck. In 1943, she taught at Osceola, a one room school with grades one through six. With the help of some of the mothers a hot lunch was served using a big iron stove that heated the building. When Osceola was consolidated with Belair School, Lucy taught first or second grade there until Belair was consolidated with Indian Land, where she spent most of her teaching years with second graders. She also taught at Weddington Elementary school. She loved each and every one of her students and took great pleasure in seeing them succeed. In her senior years, nothing pleased her more than to have her former students come to visit.
     She loved to travel covering much of Europe with her daughter and sister, Gertrude. The highlight of her travels was a trip to Hawaii with Gertrude until the tour bus in which they were traveling plunged down a mountain side. Lucy miraculously escaped with just bruises and broken glasses.
     Active in both her church and Methodist women, Lucy possessed a strong faith, which guided her throughout her life. Many thanks go to the members of Osceola church, who made Lucy’s last years more comfortable knowing she was not forgotten.
     The family wishes to thank Marie Matundo for her loving care of “Miss Lucy” for more than a year and also recognize the outstanding care and compassion the family received from Transitions Life Care in Raleigh.
     The Celebration of Life Funeral Service for Lucy will be 11:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Osceola United Methodist Church by Rev. Harry Gindhart, Jr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
     The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 in the church social hall. The family request that in lieu of flowers, friends are asked to kindly consider memorial donations to Osceola United Methodist Church, c/o Lynn Griffin, 380 Charles Pettus Road, Lancaster, SC 29720
Nezzie Nisbet
     Mrs. Nezzie Woody Ashley Nisbet passed away on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at her home. She was born December 17, 1914, the daughter of the late Nathaniel Byrk Woody and Maude Randolph Woody. She was married to Raymond Ferris Ashley. She came to Charlotte in 1942. During her time in Charlotte, she was active in the First Methodist Church. After the passing of her husband, she would later move to Van Wyck, SC and married the late John E. Nisbet, Jr. She was a founding member of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, a church she loved dearly, and was on the Board of Trustees. She served as president of the Women’s Group and worked for many years in the youth groups. She was also kitchen hostess for several years, enjoyed singing in the choir, and providing floral arrangements from her garden for the church sanctuary. Mrs. Nisbet was active in the Lancaster County Farm Bureau Auxiliary and Red Rose Book Club, and held positions with both state and government during her life.
     Nezzie was a wonderful mother, a cherished grandmother and great grandmother. She loved preparing meals for her family and friends both at home and in church, baking cakes that delighted everyone, especially her granddaughters. She is survived by her son Richard A. Ashley and his wife, Jane Bryant Ashley, her granddaughters Mary Bryant Ashley and Erin Ashley Chapman, her daughter Joanne Thomas and her children, Jeffrey Christopher Coppala, Eric Coppala, and Susan Coppala along with fourteen great grandchildren, including Sarah Lauren Jackson, her beloved caretaker.
     Her husbands Raymond F. Ashley and John E. Nisbet, Jr preceded her in death and she was the last remaining of her ten siblings.
     The Family visitation will be 10:00 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Van Wyck, SC followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:00am. Internment will be private.
     Memorials may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Van Wyck, SC or Hospice Community Care of Rock Hill, SC.                         

Privacy Policy

     Obviously anticipating a new application by Thompson Family Services, owner of the Treetops property, right after the first of the year, County Council chose to allow the Matamy Homes pending Treetops ordinance to expire at the end of the year rather than voting it down. Had the ordinance been voted down no new rezoning of the site could be considered for at least 12 months; allowing the old ordinance to die permits  a new ordinance to be considered at the first Council meeting in January. The new applicant is believed to be a builder of age restricted communities that will not face the issue that the school children will have to go to Lancaster to school.     

Betty Broome
High Tea at VWPC
     A new Van Wyck tradition was born on Sunday 24 August at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church as High Tea was served to residents and friends of the community with every chair in the Fellowship Hall filled. A silent auction was held in conjunction with High Tea for baskets of goodies prepared by church members. All proceeds went toward paying off the mortgage on the McSpadden Fellowship Hall.     

CDC Meeting
     The Community Development Club will meet on Tuesday, 2 September 2014 with CrimeWatch at 7:00 PM and the CDC meeting at 7:30 PM in the Community Building. Emphasis at this meeting will be final arrangements for the Celebrate Van Wyck Fall Festival on 6 September.
Celebrate Van Wyck
Fall Festival
and Car Show
 6 September 2014

J.R. Wilt, Editor