Viola Thompson Griffin, former member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, from which the 1992 the movie A League of Their Own is based on, resides in Belton.
Hugh McColl, former president of the Bank of America and Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund are natives of Bennettsville. Historian Henry Steel Commager had married Bennettsville author Evan Alexa Carroll (Feb 4, 1904-Mar 28 1968). Aziz Ansari, comedian, actor on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and MTV’s Human Giant grew up in Bennettsville, attending Marlboro Academy and the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
This town is known for the alleged sightings of a reptile-like monster in and near a swamp called Scape Ore Swamp. It has supposedly frightened people and damaged some cars. At one point there was a one million dollar reward for anyone who could find and present “Lizard Man.”
Bishopville is where college football legend, and 1945 Heisman Trophy winner, “Mr. Inside” Felix “Doc” Blanchard was born. The Interstate 20 / U.S. Route 15 interchange near Bishopville is named the Felix “Doc” Blanchard Interchange. The sportsman and pilot will also be commemorated with three bronze statues, scheduled to be unveiled near the public library in December 2009. These statues will depict Blanchard in separate phases of his life.
Pearl Fryar – topiary artist
Silas DeMary a player for the Cleveland Gladiators, an Arena Football League team.
The Carolina Cup is an annual event held on either the final Saturday in March or the first Saturday of April. The first race was held March 22, 1930 and has been held every year since, with the exception of 1943 and 1945, during World War II. The races have become a South Carolina tradition, and normally draws a crowd of over 70,000 spectators. The “Cup” has become a premier social sporting event. Springdale Race Course is also home to the Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup held on the third Sunday in November annually.
Among major steeplechase horse races, it is unique in that South Carolina state law prohibits gambling on horse racing.
Kathleen Parker, current resident, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
American actor and Broadway performer Samuel E. Wright
Larry Doby – first African American to play in the American League
Bobby Engram – NFL player
Vonnie Holliday – NFL player
Charles Bennett – NFL player
Richie Williams – CFL player
Bernard Baruch – American financier and American presidential adviser
Sheldon Brown – National Football League corner back
Allison Feaster – Basketball player in the WNBA, French citizen since 2004
Maurice Morris – National Football League running back
While being transported to Richmond, VA for his trial for treason, former Vice-President Aaron Burr passed through Chester. Burr “flung himself from his horse and cried for a rescue, but the officer commanding the escort seized him, threw him back like a child into the saddle, and marched on.” The large stone he stood on has been inscribed and is preserved in the town center, and is known locally as the Aaron Burr Rock.
Chiefs (TV miniseries), based on the novel by Stuart Woods, was filmed in Chester over the course of three months in 1983. It was nominated for three prime-time Emmy awards, and featured a star-studded cast including Charlton Heston, Keith Carradine, Paul Sorvino, Billy Dee Williams and Danny Glover
Three Major League Baseball players were born in Clinton…Chick Galloway (1896), Charlie Wilson (1905), and Johnny Riddle (1905).
Three Major League Baseball players died in Clinton…Chick Galloway (1969), Cal Cooper (1994), and Claude Crocker (2002).
William Gibson, author and credited as the father of the Cyberpunk genre of science fiction, born March 17, 1948.
Kristy McPherson, American golfer on the LPGA Tour.
Sheri Reynolds, author and associate professor of Southern literature at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
Nick Shalosky, First Openly Gay Elected Official in South Carolina
In popular culture
Bruce Springsteen’s “Darlington County” off his album Born in the USA.
David Rogerson Williams (1776–1830), governor and scientific experimenter, was a native of Darlington; he is remembered for introducing the mule to Southern agriculture
James Lide Coker (1837–1918) and David R. Coker (1870–1938), industrialists
Annie Greene Nelson (1902–1993) and Elizabeth Boatwright Coker (1909–1993), novelists
Dorsey Dixon, musician and songwriter
Orlando Hudson, baseball player for the Minnesota Twins
Evander M. Law, Civil War general
Notable figures from Dillon
Ben Bernanke — Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Rufus R. Jones — professional wrestler
LTG Jack C. Stultz — Chief, Army Reserve; Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command
Kevin Steele — defensive coordinator, Clemson University
John Chavis — Defensive Coordinator, LSU
Derrick Hamilton – football player
South of the Border