Ernest Ray Ouzts


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Ushering, Class of 2019

Raised in Greenwood, SC., parents Clinton Ray and Nell Foster Ouzts. One sister Mrs. Charles (Grace Lynn) Curry – member of Mitchell Road. Graduate of Greenwood High, Co-Captain of H.S. football team – voted “friendliest student,” President of Senior Class. Graduate of Wofford College. Selected to Blue Key Leadership fraternity. President of SAE, selected in Who’s Who in American Colleges. Married to Lynne Rushton of Memphis, TN a graduate of Lander College. Parents of Lisa, Tina, Virginia Nell and Ernest Ray, Jr., and twelve grandchildren! Moved to Clinton, SC in 1963 as Agent with State Farm, taught Sunday School at Broad Street Methodist and sang in Choir. In 1967 we moved to Greenville, agent for American Mutual Commercial Insurance. After meeting Mr. Hamrick of Hamrick Mills he moved me to open my own business. In 1970 I opened a bookkeeping and tax service. Sold business on May 1, 1999 and retired. We joined Northside Methodist in 1967 and I taught Sunday School from 1968 to 2012. Elected Lay Leadership and Finance Board. In 2012 Lynne and I left the Methodist Church but where to go? Dot Dillard, at the beauty parlor, told Lynne how wonderful Second Pres. Is. We visited the next Sunday and Second Pres. Is even better than Dot had said. Being members of Second Presbyterian is an honor and joy and I want to serve my Lord in any way I can at Second Pres.

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