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 of 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 as 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 photos.)
(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. Eptingís
secretary at the Pacolet Area Superintendentís 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 worked at the University of S.C. as a
secretary in the extension department until Gerald graduated
from USC. I took off 16 years from the outside working
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 College
now Charleston Southern University. From there, I
moved to Dorchester 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 my secretarial work as a past time. My career
has been having a part in raising these four wonderful
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),
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.