Friday, December 13, 2013

Burning Down Jeremy Mayfield's Former Home

Jeremy Mayfield
Jeremy Mayfield's former home is was getting burned down this weekend and the story fascinated us. Apparently they've cancelled it for now because it is supposed to rain tomorrow (Saturday).

We were also interested in this story because Jeremy used to drive in NASCAR for Timmonsville's very own Cale Yarborough in 1995 and 1996.

It is reported that Mayfield tried to renovate the home which was originally built in the 1990's and at one time valued at $1.8 million, but after he was banned from racing and arrested for possession of meth and stolen property, work on the home came to an abrupt halt.

Mayfield bought the home and surrounding property for $3.8 million in 2006. The property also includes two other livable homes. No one has actually ever lived in the unfinished home which is to be burned.

The new owners no longer want the home that is now worth just over $300,000 dollars. Burning it will take it off the tax books while providing training for firefighters in the county.

Read more about the controlled burn that the fire department in Catawba County, NC was going to have on Saturday at the following link: WSOC TV Article or watch their news report below:

After looking at a bunch of articles on Jeremy Mayfield and all his troubles, we wanted to figure out exactly where the house is located. We found it. Click the image below to see. Then take a look at the embedded Google map below that.
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It is currently owned by DELLINGER FARMS LLC according to

The music video below featured Jeremy Mayfield. The song is called Drowning (Face Down) by the band Saving Abel. It was uploaded on May 1, 2009. It's kind of fitting based on all of his troubles over the past few years.

The video below was uploaded on November 3, 2009 and it was concerning the Real Estate & Personal Property Auction of Jeremy & Shana Mayfield and Mayfield Motorsports that was held on November 20, 2009. (Click the previous link to see more pictures of the house back in 2009.)

Jeremy always seemed like a nice guy. He was a pretty good race car driver. He had potential. What happened to him could happen to any of us I suppose.

I'm not sure how much of the accusations about him are true. The recent pictures of him do not look like he is a meth addict/user. Who knows? How about the stolen stuff you say? I don't know about that either. I would hope all of it is untrue.

It does look pretty bad for him. This is America though, where we are innocent until proven guilty. We also know that sin will always carry you farther than you ever want to go. Hopefully he can get his life straightened out.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Florence County Council Meeting 12-12-2013

After clicking play there will be about 10 seconds of a black screen before the video intro starts. Meeting starts at 1:11 mark. Use control at bottom of video and drag to desired time.

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Remembering Rounder Saverance

    Rounder Saverance 1946-2013
    Rounder Saverance (1946-2013)

    Our Community is saddened that on Monday December 9, 2013, Rounder Saverance passed from this world into eternity.

    Rounder Saverance was the second born son of  Warren G. "Rounder" Saverance (1914 - 1993) and Rebecca Moore Saverance (1919 - 1999). Rounder's Mother "Miss Becky" was a native of Timmonsville, but she raised her family in the Saverance family home on Lynches River Road, just outside Lamar, SC. Along with his siblings, Beverly, Jean, Don, and Rebecca, Rounder attended public school in Lamar, SC.

    As an adult Rounder made his home in Timmonsville, SC. He graduated from the S.C. Bankers School, N.C. Bankers School and Bankers School of the South at Louisiana State University. Saverance was past president of the S.C. Banks Association's Pee Dee Chapter,  Timmonsville Chamber of Commerce, Timmonsville Jaycees, and the Pee Dee Mental Health Chapter. Saverance also served on the Francis Marion University Foundation Board.

    2012-2013  FMU Foundation Board of Directors

    Mr. Frank J. "Buddy" Brand, II- Chairman
    Mr. E.L. "Toy" Nettles- Vice-Chairman
    Ms. Jane Huggins- Secretary/ Treasurer

    Mr. Mark S. Avent, Sr.
    Mr. Frank H. Avent
    Mr. Robert Berger
    Mr. Allie E. Brooks, Jr.
    Mr. Mark Buyck, Jr.                                            
    Mr. Frank Elmore
    Mr. Alan L. Gibbons
    Mr. F. "Schipp" Johnston
    Ms. Christie Lucas
    Mr. Rounder Saverance
    Mr. James T. Schofield
    Mr. Paul Seward
    Mr. Samuel F. Sparrow
    Mr. Byron C. Yahnis

    Rounder spent over 35 years as Vice-president for Pee Dee State Bank in Timmonsville before it was sold in 1998. He was well known and loved by the people of Timmonsville. Many folks found Rounder a true friend in their time of need.  He was instrumental in the opening of The Citizens Bank location in Timmonsville where he served as the executive officer until his recent retirement.

    As co-owner of Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, Rounder used his learned people skills to help the good folks of Timmonsville.  He always had a kind word and sweet smile.  He really was a man with many interests as he was a farmer and a former race car driver. When he was not taking care of banking or funeral home business, he indulged in his passion for racing and love of Corvettes and classic cars. Rounder owned a shiny red 1982 Chevrolet Corvette that he purchased new over 30 years ago, along with many more classic cars he collected. He had his own personal showroom for classic cars, motorcycle and speed boats.

    His racing career included 20 years of NASCAR experience, racing in the Busch Grand National, Daytona Dash and Speedway Sports Divisions. He raced all NASCAR Super Speedways and short tracks, but he gave up racing cars in 1990 and began buying classic cars, mostly Corvettes. As his collection grew, he built a garage equipped with kitchen, shower and bath. It became a place where friends who shared his interest in classic cars could gather and work on them. Many good times had been enjoyed there. Just last year Rounder hosted a greet and meet chicken bog for our very own local congressional candidate Jay Jordan.

    Rounder found a new challenge – racing on water. In 2001, he bought three powerboats, formed a team and joined a different racing circuit. He is pictured below with the green, number 12, Miss Becky, (named after his late mother).  Rounder really loved this sport, and he was most proud of winning the race at Bucksport, S.C.

    Click this link for a feature story about Rounder and his cars by the Florence News Journal.

    The WBTW News Staff wrote this very nice article about Rounder.
    "Pee Dee businessman Rounder Saverance dies"
    Surviving Rounder are, a brother, Don Saverance and his wife Donna of Lamar; three sisters, Beverly Saverance, of Lamar, Jean Singh, of Spartanburg, Rebecca "Bookie" D'Alessandro and her husband Carmine of Lexington; a niece Shay Singh; a nephew Mike Leviner; a great-niece Rebecca Leviner and his faithful canine companion "Buddy".

    A visitation with the family will be held Wednesday December 11, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 West Palmetto Street in Florence and at other times at the home of Don and Donna Saverance.

    The funeral service will be at 2 pm Thursday December 12, 2013 in the chapel at the funeral home.

    Memorials may be made to Fair Hope Church, C/O Connie Weatherly, 213 S. Cartersville Hwy, Timmonsville, SC 29161 or Timmonsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 9, Timmonsville, SC 29161.

    Fair Hope Cemetery
    Darlington County
    South Carolina, USA

    Rounder' s  Mother Obituary
    Rebecca Moore "Miss Becky" Saverance
    Birth: Sep. 29, 1919
    Florence County
    South Carolina, USA
    Death: Nov. 25, 1999


    Lamar - Rebecca Moore "Miss Becky" Saverance, died November 25, 1999, after an illness. She was born in Timmonsville, a daughter of the late Nebraska Edward and Rebecca Palmer Moore.

    A graduate of Timmonsville High School, she attended Georgetown Visitation in Washington, D.C. She completed her education at Lander College graduating with the class of 1941.

    "Miss Becky" was a life long member of Fair Hope Church, as well as a member of various social clubs. She was the widow of the late Warren G. "Rounder" Saverance.

    Surviving:  two sons, Rounder Saverance, Timmonsville, and Don Saverance, Surfside Beach. Three daughters, Beverly Saverance, Lamar, Jean Signh, Spartanburg, Rebecca (Carmine) D'Alessandro, Lexington. One grandson, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. A special friend, Charlie Calhoun, Clio.

    The family will receive friends at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St., Florence, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. today.

    Funeral services will be held at 3:00p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 1999, at Fair Hope Church, Lamar. Interment will be in Fair Hope Cemetery.

    Memorials may be made to the Thornwell Home & School for Children, PO Box 60, Clinton, SC 29325-0060.

    (Spartanburg Herald-Journal - Saturday, November 27, 1999)

    ------------------------------------ obituary for Rounder Saverance