Limestone College Pays Tribute to Frances Peebles Byars
On July 9, Limestone College honored Frances Peebles Byars, community leader, advocate and volunteer, for her tireless dedication to the College as well as the City of Easley, South Carolina.

Limestone College alumnus, Frances Peebles Byars '40, pictured with her immediate family members during a formal luncheon at Limestone College.

"Mrs. Byars is a wonderful model for our students who seek similar improvements wherever they live," said K. C. Barnhill, Director of Alumni and Parent Programs at Limestone College. "She is a wonderful example of how our alumni help to develop the next generation of innovative thinkers who will shape our communities."

Byars has enjoyed a long history with Limestone College. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and Commerce in 1940. She served as a member of Student Government, President of the Sophomore class, President of the YWA, received Senior Superlative, was chosen for Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Later she established the Frances Peebles Byars Endowment Fund at Limestone.

Frances Peebles was employed by Liberty Life Insurance Company in Greenville, South Carolina from 1940-1942. In September 1942, she married R. Carl Byars of Easley.

Mrs. Byars has spent her life volunteering in the community, including serving as a volunteer for the Pickens County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, the Pickens County YMCA Board, and Chairman of the Pickens County Youth Campaign for the YMCA. She served diligently on the Palmetto Health Baptist Easley Foundation Board, where she was instrumental in establishing the original hospital.

In 1999, Frances Byars was named the YMCA "Volunteer of the Year," and in 2001, Carl and Frances Byars received a special award from the Easley Chamber of Commerce recognizing them as "Outstanding Business Leaders of the Year." In 2008, Frances received the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state's highest honor for community service, and was presented with a key to the City of Easley by Mayor Larry Bagwell, who referred to it as the "Saint Frances of Easley" award.

Over 35 friend and family members gathered for the celebration in the Formal Parlors of the Curtis Administration Building. After a catered lunch, a message and presentation was provided by Dr. Walt Griffin, President of Limestone College, and closing remarks were provided by Mayor Larry Bagwell.