A professional golfer and two former teachers will be inducted into the Conway High School Hall of Fame at the CHS Educational Foundation's annual awards banquet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sidewheeler in Conway. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Conway High School or from foundation board members.
The recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award is Kristy McPherson. Jewell Carmichael will receive an Outstanding Educator Award, and an Outstanding Educator Award will be presented posthumously to the family of Jackie Lee, who died last November.
McPherson, an accomplished professional golfer, is the daughter of David and Janice McPherson. At 11, she was diagnosed with Still's Disease, a form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Told by doctors that she could no longer take part in team sports that required excessive activity, she gave up softball and basketball, which she loved, and turned to golf.
At Conway High she lettered in golf four years, earned all-region honors, was the team's most valuable player her senior year, and played with the teams that won the South Carolina High School Championships in 1997 and 1998. At the University of South Carolina, she was SEC champion in 2001 and 2002 and the first team All-American in 2001 and 2002. In 2010, she was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame. She presently plays professionally on the LPGA tour.
Lee, also a CHS graduate, taught mathematics there for 31 years. A devoted member of North Conway Baptist Church, she was involved in numerous activities there, especially with youth and children's ministries.
A daughter of Velma Ree Doyle of Conway and the late Charlie Doyle, she was married to Timothy Lee. She was a loving mother to their children, Timmy Lee and April Singleton, and a loving grandmother to Gracie and Trey Lee, and Luke and Mark Randall Singleton.
She graduated from Baptist College of Charleston, earned a master's degree from USC and later received National Board Certification. In 1998, she was Conway High and Horry County's Teacher of the Year.
Carmichael was Conway High School's girls' basketball coach and a faculty member from 1951 to 1964. She later taught in Florence, went to the South Carolina Department of Education in 1965 as assistant supervisor and later became consultant for Distributive Education until 1983.
She had a master's of science degree in marketing and distributive education and was one of two initial inductees in the DE Hall of Fame. She served on the Advisory Board of South Carolina State Employees Association, served as Secretary on Winthrop Alumni Board for two years, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in Physical Education at Winthrop in 2002. She has served as regent of DAR and governor of the S.C. District of Pilot International.
Foundation board members are Aaron Butler, Boyd Gainey, Pam Hughes, Debbie Johnson, Charles Jordan, David Jordan, Davis Inabnet, Porter Kennington, Ann Long, Berns Massey, Marshall Sasser, Brandon Sessions and Mary Ann Stalvey.
Sponsors of the event are Peoples Underwriters, Inc., Palmetto Chevrolet and Hyman Vineyards.