Clarke to receive state’s top honor

PICKENS — Mable Owens Clarke — the sixth-generation steward and matriarch of the historic Soapstone Baptist Church in northern Pickens County — will receive the state’s highest civilian honor next week.

Clarke, who has played an integral role in preserving the history of the church, including raising funds with a monthly fish fry for many years, will be honored for her leadership and service to her church and community with the Order of the Palmetto during an event Nov. 17 at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University. Secretary Richard Riley, Ambassador David Wilkins and Rep. Chandra Dillar will pay special tribute to Clarke at the ceremony. Attendees will also

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