FLORENCE — Friends and family of the late W.C. Stanton of Cheraw, a longtime friend of Francis Marion University, gathered at the university recently for the unveiling of a commemorative marker in his honor.
A granite stone was placed in a scenic spot overlooking the pond on the south side of the Lee Nursing Building. During his almost 20-year stint on the FMU Board of Trustees, Stanton helped bring the nursing school and the Lee Building to fruition. The buildings and its grounds were among his favorite spots on campus.
Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter said the university has had no truer friend than Stanton.
“W.C. Stanton was a staunch supporter of this university and the educational programs that it provides to the people of the Pee Dee,” said Carter. “He was also an extraordinary man whose wit, wisdom and compassion will long be remembered. We miss him dearly.”
Stanton, a Cheraw businessman, was the brother of former FMU President Dr. Thomas Stanton, who served the university from 1984-93.
Stanton was recipient of an honorary degree from the university in 2002, and he and his wife Sara also established the W.C. and Sara Stanton Scholarship, an award given annually to a student seeking a degree in nursing who resides in Dillon, Marlboro or Chesterfield counties.
A native of Dillon County, Stanton moved to Cheraw at an early age. He is a U.S. Army veteran. He and his wife, the former Sara Margaret McDougald, have three sons and four grandchildren.
He was the founder of Stanton Quilting Co. and served as the president of that company until his retirement.
Stanton served as chairman of the board of trustees for Chesterfield General Hospital and was also a member of the board of directors of the S.C. Hospital Trustees Association. He also served on the board of the S.C. Movers Conference, an affiliate of the S.C. Trucking Association.