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God's Special Choir

This is my desire This is my dream To one day sing in the choir Where the angels cannot sing To join the redeemed my robe of purest white Singing praises unto God with my soul and all my might For me to sing in this choir A price must be paid i must be washed in the blood that my savior gave I love to sing unto the Lord while living on earth below songs that praise my God And of His love and mercy show There are many great singers in the world that i admire But i'll sing like the very best when i sing in that special choir. By FAYE BLOODWORTH SEPT' 22' 2000.

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Bo-Bo The Clown

Bo-Bo was so sad that he thought' No one likes me. I wish that i was out of the Circus. I'am thinking about running away. The other clowns tried to talk to Bo-Bo but he would not listen to any of the clowns. They tried to tell him that running away was not the answer. But Bo-Bo still ran away. Most of the time when we won't listen we get into trouble and this is what happened to B-Bo. No i don't with the law but he got into trouble in other ways. Lets look at some of the ways that Bo-Bo got into trouble. His first trouble starts in a large city. There he is in a city where he doesn't know anyone. This is trouble for Bo-Bo right from the beginning. This also makes Bo- Bo very sad. Bo-Bo sees lots of strange looking people. Bo-Bo thinks boy' I'm in trouble now. I wonder what i can do now. All these strange people scare me. Bo-Bo tries to hide from the people. Maybe i can i can run and get away from these people. But this didn't work. Nothing was working out the way that Bo-Bo thought that it should. What was wrong with these people/ There wasn't anything wrong with them' it was Bo-Bo. Self is our biggest problem. We need to get self out of the way. Don't fell sorry for yourself. Bo-Bo was so tired that he didn't know what to do. Then he saw a bench. Bo-Bo sat down on the bench. He had a tear coming down from his eye. A little boy came and sat down beside him. The little boy saw the tear in Bo-Bo's eye what is your name/ My name is Bo-Bo he answered. The little boy told Bo-Bo his name was BILLY. Billy said to Bo-Bo' why do you have a tear in your eye/ Bo-Bo said because nobody likes me. Billy said well i like you. Billy told Bo-Bo how he loved to go to the circus. Billy said that he loved everything about the circus but loved the clowns most of all. Billy told Bo-Bo about the time that he was in the hospital. How he hsd to have his leg taken off and how sad he felt. Billy felt that no one cared about him. He said that he would cry all the time and that he would not listen not even his mother and daddy. He did say that he never would forget the day that the clowns from the circus came to the hospital and how happy that they made him that day. They made him understand that he really was loved and tthat he needed to stop felling sorry for himself. Bo-Bo looked at Billy with tears in his eyes but not for feeling sorry for himself but these were tears of joy. For the first time in long time Bo-Bo was really happy. Yes a little boy had showed him that he was loved. Bo-Bo told Billy that he had acted so silly. He said i'am going back to the circus where i belong where i know i'am needed. So Bo-Bo headed back to the circus. You talk about being happy. Bo-Bo the clown was very happy as he was going back to the circus. Speacking to everyone that he saw. What a change that has come over Bo-Bo. No longer sad as before but happy. As he goes near the gate to the circus all the circus people see Bo-Bo coming. They all rush to the gate. The circus people started singing come on home Bo-Bo come on home. Bo-Bo was truly back at home where he belonged. The staff at the circus loved Bo-Bo. I hope that you enjoyed reading this short story about Bo-Bo the clown. Written By Charles O'Shields.


WILEY DRAYTON O'SHIELDS MY GREAT GRANDADDY

Wiley Drayton O'Shields was born July 27' 1832 son of Nancy O'Shields which W.G.S. O'Shields his youngest son had put this down in his bible. Which we call the family bible Annie Wilson had this bible of W.G.S. O'Shields in her home after her mother died . Her mother was my aunt and a sister to my daddy and a daughter of W.G.S. O'Shields. Annie Wilson my first cousin has told me that Nancy O'Shields was the mother of Wiley Drayton. She has also said that there was a picture of Nancy O'Shields on tin but said that she does not know where the picture got too. Nancy O'Shields was born August 17' 1804 in Spartanburg S.C. At this time very little has been found on the parents of Wiley Drayton O'Shields. But with research and lots of research i have had a break through about Wiley Drayton O'Shields. Lets take a good look at this as we keep going down history road. Shall we take a look at his married life of Wiley Drayton O'Shields. On August 17' 1851 Wiley Drayton O'Shields married Julia Smith she was born September 14' 1826. This date was taken from the family bible of W.G.S. O'Shields. But on the tombstone it says she was born September 8' 1827. On December 29' 1861' Wiley Drayton O'Shields enlisted in the Confederate Army by Col. P.F.Stevens of the Holcombe Legion at Camp Walsh' as a private. was listed as 31 at the time. On April 5' 1862 he was discharged on a medical discharge. His forwarding address was given as Walnut Grove' S.C. Wiley Drayton O'Shields was a farmer by trade and was a good farmer. Now he and his wife had a good life . Julia Smith was the daughter of Enoch and Abigal Elder Smith. Let me and tell about the place where they lived. Wiley and his wife lived on a 272 acres of farm land which was the same place that he was raised on as a boy. This was the O'Shields Plantation which Wiley Drayton O'Shields bought in 1868 from Ann Smith. Nancy O'Shields his mother did indeed live in his home with him and his wife. But at some point after 1855 Nancy moved out of the house. The reason for moving was that she moved in with her daughter Polly Ann [O'Shields] Epps and B.J. Epps Pollys husband. They lived in Pickens' S.C. and Easley S.C. and T. Rest S.C. Going on down history road about Wiley Drayton O'Shields and his wife. Let me take this time to name the children that were born in this home. On June 12' 1852' the 1st child was born James Monroe O'Shields. On September 7' 1853' the 2nd' child was born' Frank Marion O'Shields. On September 8' 1855' the 3rd child was born' Robert Belton O'Shields. On January 6' 1858' the 4th' child was born Enoch Thomas O'Shields. On January 30' 1859' the 5th' child was born' Giddeon Henry O'Shields. On May 8' 1860 the 6th' child was born' Henry Wetsel O'shields. On April 6' 1863 the 7th' child was born Wiley George Simpson O'Shields he was their last child. Please note this about these children that were born in this family they were all listed in the family bible. Boy this is real history i'am very proud to be just to be a part of the O'Shields family. Wiley Drayton O'Shields died on Octobet 31' 1882 in Spartanburg County' South Carolina. Julia Smith O'Shields died on November 20' 1904. Both are buried in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery in Pauline' Spartanburg County' South Carolina. This is a picture of the tomstone thats in the cemetery.


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Charles and Carolyn O'Shields and Family.

First let me start by saying that i'am Charles O'Shields born in Greenville S.C. Next to the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Denny Leonard O'Shields Sr. I married Carolyn Fay Rice O'Shields Carolyn was the daughter of Robert James and Alice Rice. Carolyn and myself got married August 20 1962 and we have three children that the Lord gave us. We love these children very much their names were Teresa' Eddie' and Vickie. We also have three grandchildren as i write this Brian' Shawn' and Brittany. Brian is the son of Teresa and Shawn and Brittanty are Vickie's children. Teresa was married to Dewayne Jones Vickie married Timmmy Bryant. As i write this Carolyn and myself have been married 49 years. I praise God for my wife and my family.


Mr. and Mrs. Calvin M. Riddle

Calvin M. Riddle was born 1859 in Gray Court Laurens County SC. Mr. Riddle met Carrie Rampley at Friendship Baptist Church in Gray Court. They were married at this church at a young age. Carrie Rampley was born 1864. There was lots of love in their home. Both Mr. and Mrs. Riddle loved the Lord and the Church. They moved to Greenville at one point and they lived on Pendleton Street and members of Pendleton Street Baptist Church. In 1943 Mr. and Mrs. Riddle were married 64 years before he died he died in same year at the age of 84. Mr. Riddle always had a garden every year. He loved tomatos very much. They would bring grandaddy tomatos when he got bad off and he would not eat them but he said they were nasty. Seems that the children all loved him and the children would call grandaddy Santa Claus because of the snow white beared that he had. I shall never forget my grandmother Riddle as was walking down the hall she could see them fight on the T.V. grandmother prayed that this would stop it did the T.V blew out. When grandmother was 90 years of age she said if you boys will get me those apples i will bake a pie we did and she baked the best pie that i have ever eat. When Mrs. Riddle was sitting out on the front porch she was 94. She kelpt looking up at the sky my daddy said Mrs Riddle why you keep looking up. Grandmother said Denny i'am going home he said you will be ok. My daddy did not understand what she was talking about she was talking about her home in Heaven. Grand mother died that same year 1958.


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Elizabeth Heaton

Elizabeth Heaton with what i have to go on about Elizabeth Heaton it is not much. It has been told that she was a full blooded indian. Well she could have been i do not know but i can look at her picture and from looking at the picture i would have to say that she sure did have indian in her. Elizabeth Heaton was born in N.C. in around 1856 she met William Paschal O'Shields and in 1857 they both were in Pickens SC. He was born 1824 and she was born 1825. William Paschal O'Shields was a farmer and a good one he was born in Spartanburg SC. William Paschal O'Shields was the oldest child of Nancy O'Shields she was born 1804.


William Paschal O'Shields My Great Uncle.

William Paschal O'Shields was the oldest child of Nancy O'Shields. William Paschal O'Shields was born July 4 1824. He had three other brothers and a sister which i'am going to name them in order. Samuel Drayton O'Shields born 1825' Wiley Drayton O'Shields born 1832' Mary Ann [Polly] O'Shields born Jan 15 1833' Isaac Scott O'Shields born 1834 or 1835. This is all the children in this family i have put them down to try to help others to understand where i'am comming from. I'am comming back to William Paschal O'Shields but i don't want to go to fast with this. Let me say this that Nancy O'Shields was born August 17' 1804. Now lets go back to William Paschal let me say this about William Paschal O'Shields he was over 6ft.tall black hair and blue eyes as a young man as all his brothers. William Paschal played in the O'Shields string band. The O'Shields string band all started on what was called the O'Shields Plantation. Now this was a large Plantation 272 acres of farmland. This was in Walnut Grove Spartanburg County SC. Lets keep walking down the history road and together we will see and hope that we will know that this is William Paschal O'Shields that lived a double life. Yes he was married to Carolina Hammond it has been told that he was the father of 13 children by Carolina Hammond.There is no proof that has been found that he married Carolina Hammond. Some researchers try to say that he was born in 1805 i will not say that there was not another William Paschal O'Shields but if one was born in 1805 it is not the same one that i'am talking about. For the one that i'am talking about went to North Carolina in around 1856 this is when he met Elizabeth Heaton. The year is 1857 they were in Pickens SC. Elizabeth Heaton is with child Sarah Jane is born' Isaac O'Shields born 1859-1941. Milas O'Shields born 1860-1944' Joseph O'Shields don't have his birtdate. Elizabeth Heaton was born 1825 in NC. It has been said that Elizabeth Heaton was full blooded cherokee indian i don't know but if you take a good look at her picture i would say that she does have indian in her. William Paschal O'Shields was a farmer and a very good one.


My Mother Mrs. Denny Leonard O'Shields Sr.

My mother was one who prayed for everybody everyday. Yes mother always prayed for her family that God would save all her children and her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. My mother prayed that her husband would get saved before it was too late. We are thankful that daddy got saved before that he died. I'am very thankful for the family bible that my mother had and that she studied from and mother loved the word of God. And mother wrote prayers to God in the family bible i may not write this word for word but then i may. This was wrote by mother June 26' 1968 this was wrote early a.m. Here goes Dear God' I want to thank you for thee for the life that thou has give me. And for all the beautiful things that goes with it. Trees' flowers' grass' and everything. And for the birds that fly in the air. Thank you Dear God for the families thou has gave us and for the families we grew up in we thank you.Dear God you have taught me how to live. And you have taught me how to get ready to die. O/ God i'am so full of mistakes.Lord save all my family thank you God. A-MEN. I love you my dear mother. My mother was born Lillie Belle Riddle March 5' 1900-1971 mother was 71 at her death.


Rev. J.A. Cave Pastor Of Mt. Creek Baptist Church Greenville South Carolina.

Rev. J.A. Cave our pastor really he was much more than a pastor to the O'Shields family he was a real friend. Yes you could count on Rev. Cave anytime that you needed him he would be there. It did not matter what time that it was all that you needed to do would be to just give him a call. I'am sure that lot's of times that he was tired but if he was preacher Cave would be right there what a pastor and friend. There are preachers and then there are preachers but a preacher like Rev. Cave are few and hard to find. Rev Cave loved his family and he loved his church family. Did not matter to Rev. Cave if you was poor or rich i really believe that he was true to all his church family. I have to also have to say that he had a wife that loved him very much and his children loved their daddy. Rev. and Mrs. Cave are both buried at the church cemetery Mt. Creek Baptist Church. The O'Shields family miss the Cave family of Rev and Mrs Cave. Hope to see you someday.


Rites Planned For W.G.S. O'Shields' County Auditor For Many Years

Rites planned today for W.G.S. O'Shields' County Auditor for many years. This is the way that this was written in the Spartanburg newapaper' Funeral services for W.G.S. O'Shields' 75' Spartanburg County Auditor for many years ' who died yesterday will be conducted 3;30 O'clock this afternoon at Mt. Calvary Presbyterian Church by Rev. John D. Henderson' R.H. Purnell' the Rev' H.B. Hardy' the Rev' C.B. Prince and the Rev' C.E. Vermillion. Nephews will serve as active pallbeares. A burial will be held in the church cemetery. County officials and empoyees as follows were to serve as honorary escorts; Harold Murph' W.R. Catheart' J.W. Davenport' D.E. Hydrick' E.W. Miller' Walter B' Aiken' Dewey D. Foster' John F. Darden' J. F. Brooks' J.H. Brannon' Stacy W. Burnett' S.S. Pettit' C.J. Harrison' R.H. Ashmore' and Leroy More. Others in Escort Also; J.W. Plyler' John M. Barry' J.L.M. Williams' Samuel R. Watt' J. Allen Lambright' Sam M. Henry' M.P. Hayes' B.B. Brockman' O.J. Brady' F.S. Moore' J.P. Bolton' O.B. Edge' E.J. Thornton' R.W.. Byars' Joe L. Bailey' Clarence N. Hill' John P. Snow' W.M. McKinney' Wikes T. Martin' C.E. Carrutth' B. Max Ross' George E. Goforth' Roy Lister' John Kirby' W.C. Alverson' R.R. Souther' T.T. Cooksey' and George Pruette. Mr. O'Shields died at 4;20 yesterday morning at the home of his daughter Mrs. C.M. Senn. At 164 Branch Street. Death ended a long illness' the last three months of Mr, O'Shields life being spent in bed. A native and life long resident of the county' Mr. O'Shields was county auditor for thirty-two and one half years' and was employed in various capacities by the county for more than forty five years. Before being elected to the office of audior he served as Magistrate Clerk of the Probate Judge's office and as clerk in the treasure's office. He was the son of the late Drayton and Julia Smith O'Shields and was born and reared in the Walnut Grove section. Before entering public office' he was engaged in farming for a number of years. Since being succeeded to the office of auditor four years ago by the present incumbent' Harold Murph' he had made his home with his daughter' Mrs. Senn. Surving are four children Mrs. Senn' Manley W. O'Shields both of the city' Wallace M. O'Shields of Pauline' and D.L. O'Shields of Greenville; twenty-seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren' and a brother; H.W. O'Shields of Pauline. W.G.S. O'Shields was my grandaddy. I put this down as it was in the paper.


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