My name is Mary Lee McKinney
Teaster. I was born on May 16, 1937 to William A. (Bill) and
Hilda Olive McKinney in Spartanburg, SC. East Cleveland Street,
where I was born, and
the houses that my grandparents and my family lived in are now a part
the Wofford College campus. The houses have been torn down and there is
not even a plaque saying I was born there. I am now mostly known
Mary Teaster. Growing up, I hated being called a double name and the
southern variations on that name (like Merlee). So, as soon as I left
the confines of Glendale and Pacolet, I became just Mary Teaster. I am
married to Gerald Teaster from Pacolet, SC.
(Click on this link to
see biography of William Andrew McKinney and Hilda Olive McKinney with
(Click on this link to read more
about my McKinney family and Glendale.)
I am a retired school secretary. Three months after high school
graduation, I became Mr. V. M. Epting’s secretary at the Pacolet Area
Superintendent’s office. School work got into my blood, partly, because
Mr. Epting was
such a great boss and instructor. All my working years have been
in an education setting. After I left the Pacolet School, I
at the University of S.C. as a secretary in the extension department
Gerald graduated from USC. I took off 16 years from the outside
world to raise four children while traveling through Georgia, Tennessee
and Charleston, SC to finally settling in Summerville, SC. I went
back to work in Summerville in a private school called Pinewood School.
When it closed, I moved to the history department of the then Baptist
now Charleston Southern University. From there, I moved to
District Two public schools until I retired in 1998.
I have four children, five grandchildren, and nine great
grandchildren, all of which I am very proud. My children
are: Claudia T.
Cordray, Teacher Trainer and Teacher; Raymond Teaster, Chemical
Engineer, Co-owner of Brillig Systems; James Teaster, Architect, in
Ashville, NC; Laura T. Vaughan, Middle School Teacher. I consider
work as a past time. My career has been having a part in raising
four wonderful people.
Gerald and I got interested in genealogy many years ago. We have
a web site with the information we have gathered on Teasters and
McKinneys thus far. It is addictive and you meet cousins from all over
the country. I, also, have a lot of information on the Corns,
Coats (Coats), and Hammetts.
For more information on my McKinney ancestors go to:(http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~teaster/).
This web site has been started as a public
service to share the story of Glendale. The web master and person
to contact about putting information on the web site is Mary McKinney
Teaster. Contact her at:
and by telephone at (843) 873-8117.