James Wallace Barnhill Sr.

James Wallace Barnhill Sr.

There are 3 comments on the The State - South Carolina story from Jul 10, 2008, titled James Wallace Barnhill Sr.. In it, The State - South Carolina reports that:

James Wallace Barnhill, Sr., of Greenville and Brevard, died in Brevard July 7, 2008.

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Martin McKenzie

Columbia, SC

#1 Jul 10, 2008
Iím sorry for this news. I always enjoyed Col. Barnhill, especially his grousing over the price of good Scotch (if it came from his liquor cabinet when we all lived on Riggs Drive.) As I recall, he never bought any good Scotch however, only "cheap stuff" Any good Scotch at the Barnhillís home was likely a gift from someone else Ė I base this on their own comments and my observations and strong suspicion (;-)).
Along with my own father,(also Col. Cyril Shuler) Col. Barnhill was one of my most respected early mentors. Col. and Sis Barnhill were also very very important to my son when we all lived as neighbors on Riggs Drive and he greatly preferred them to his maternal grandparents (me too (;-))
Itís ironic (to me anyway) that Col. Barnhill passed on July 7, 2008 which is the 31st anniversary of a memorable party we threw across the street from the Barnhillís at 105 Riggs Drive, for one of Bette Shulerís visits to our hometown (that time I do recall it was most definitely ALL MY GOOD SCOTCH (;-)). The memorial service for Col. Barnhill on July 13, 2008 is also the anniversary of my own fathers passing. So, like 7/7/77 July 13th. is another special day in my life and memories.
Jim Barnhill Sr. was a fine Charleston gentleman all his life, at least the part of it which was my grate pleasure to share with him and his family. Iíll miss him...
Warmly,
Martin McKenzie
unkamartin at gmail.com
B T Boatwright

Detroit, MI

#2 Oct 18, 2008
On behalf of James Jr., Sarah and Sis I thank you for those words Mr. McKenzie. Uncle Jim was certainly a fine and interesting man, a gentleman indeed.
Martin McKenzie

Columbia, SC

#3 Jan 7, 2009
B T Boatwright wrote:
On behalf of James Jr., Sarah and Sis I thank you for those words Mr. McKenzie. Uncle Jim was certainly a fine and interesting man, a gentleman indeed.
Dear Sir or Madam,

Many thanks for having the civility, as well as taking a moment, to respond to my thoughts on the passing of someone who was once a fine friend and good neighbor. My family went back with his at least 80 years before I knew him.

As it turned out, my grandmother taught his aunt piano here in Columbia, sometime perhaps between 1914 and 1925 ish. Both women remembered each other, his aunt being the one who made the connection upon my introduction to her. My grandmother, who was well past 90, remembered her student fondly as well as even some of the selections they enjoyed playing together.

Iíve tried to carry on the same family tradition of remembering others. Again thanks for doing the same on behalf of those in your family who are not able to write.

Kind regards,

Martin McKenzie
Columbia, SC
January 7, 2009

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