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It pains me to search far and wide matching names to records of our members only to find that they have already transcended this world…….What I wouldn't give to sit down and have a conversation about the Order! I introduce to you our brother Jonas Thomas Kennedy…. This fine fellow who your gaze is currently attending to is a member of Unbroken Link Lodge #2181 of #District13 of the #GrandUnitedOrderofOddfellows in #America and #Jurisdiction! Born in #Bennettsville, SC, Kennedy’s parents and his two sisters were all Claflin College graduates. Kennedy entered Claflin in the 1930s, but he transferred to #SouthCarolinaStateCollege where he studied agriculture. After he graduated from college in 1938, Kennedy combined teaching and farming. While serving as a teaching principal in #McBee, South Carolina, he also found the time to raise chickens and turkeys on the side. He later taught agriculture in #Clio and #Spartanburg and worked as a soil conservationist in #Greenville. In 1939, Kennedy began to manage the family farm on which he quickly mastered turkey farming. Recognized internationally as a expert in #turkey production, Kennedy has served as a farming consultant to countries throughout Africa. He has traveled to every continent except Australia to observe farming techniques. In the 1960’s he was the only #SouthCarolina farmer invited by #PresidentLyndonJohnson to attend a national farm policy conference. In 1989, he received the Administrator’s Service Award for Service to the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. His 1,200 acre farm has also produced corn, soybeans, wheat barley and rye. His donations to #Claflin College made possible the construction of the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center. From 1969 to 1983, he was a trustee of the college. In 1975, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree, and he is a member of the college’s Hall of Fame.He has sponsored the education of two African students at Claflin. His commitment to the development of education in Africa has helped #Zimbabwe to establish its “School of Dreams.” he went on to build it's 1st dormitory….⬇️

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