Brown’s Ferry Water Company to hold ribbon cutting for new building
By Shanna Scott
For The Times
In the early 1970s, Pauline D. Hemingway Lawrence, then principal of Brown’s Ferry Elementary School, sent for community organizer Jerome Nicolas Holmes.
She noticed that the children’s teeth were decaying and expressed to Holmes that the water quality needed to be improved.
Holmes, concerned about the health of his community, began his crusade to improve the quality of water for families, thus leading to the genesis of the Brown’s Ferry Water Company, Inc.
Jerome Nicolas Holmes was a respected and hard working individual. Jerome opened his first business at the age of 13 with the assistance of his mother.
Over the years his shoe shine and candy store business grew to become one of the Dunbar communitie’s leading retail outlets, which many families depended on for heating fuel, poultry feed, family grocery, children school items, motor oil, household goods, milk, can goods, and many other necessary living requirements needs.
As a visionary and community organizer “Nick” always made sure that others had even it meant that he had to go without.
He invested his money from his own businesses, and received loans of several thousands of dollars to start the Browns Ferry Water Company.
He traveled several times to Columbia to meet with Senator Strom Thurmond to begin the plans to bring fresh water to his community.
This Saturday, Sept. 28, Brown’s Ferry Water Company is celebrating its ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. at 754 Dunbar Road in Georgetown.
The facility acquired a new building and will commemorate the acquisition and story of how the small water company was founded.
Everyone is invited to join the celebration by attending this historical event.
A reception will follow immediately after the ribbon cutting at Brown’s Ferry Elementary School.
Brown’s Ferry Water Company was founded by Holmes and provides service to over 1,000 families in the Browns Ferry community.
It serves rural areas in Georgetown such as Brown’s Ferry, Lanes Creek, Oatland, Choppee and Dunbar.
Newly appointed director Keith Moore states “I am sincerely excited about this opportunity to serve as the director of Brown’s Ferry Water Company Inc. I consider this to be an honor and a privilege of a lifetime. Not only do I work for a company that is rich with the history of faith and sacrifice but I get to contribute to that legacy within my own community. Things are going really well with the water company, we have support from several entities and we are working to enhance programs and services here.”
Board president Florene Linnen feels that the successful operation of the water company can be described as victorious.
“Nothing is more exciting than celebrating a victory in the Brown’s Ferry Community. This is not the victory of one person, but it is our victory with the help of a lot of great people doing their jobs well. We have made progress in the community and the water company belongs to the communities. Times were tough and the odds seemed to be against us. But together, we have turned it around and made it good for the communities. “
Brown’s Ferry Water Company is a nonprofit corporation that provides clean water to Lanes Creek, Dunbar, Choppee, Oatland and Northwest sections of Georgetown. Senator Yancey McGill will deliver a brief congratulatory address.
Others that have reserved to be in attendance are Representative Carl Anderson, Brian Tucker, Georgetown County Chamber president, a representative from Congressman Jim Clyburn’s office and past board members and their families.
Contact Keith Moore, Manager of Brown’s Ferry Water Company at (843)546-9191 for additional information about the company.
The event logistics are being managed by Your Day Your Way, LLC owner Shanna M. Scott. Please call 843-455-0604 to RSVP.
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