A pioneer educator in Horry County, Lettie Harrelson Gore, born June 4, 1878, got her teacher training where she could, in Conway and at Winthrop especially. She attended art school in Chattanooga, where she lived with an uncle. Gifted in art, she painted in oil, did sculpture and painted on china.
She grew up in the Fifteen Mile Bay section of Horry County near the Little Pee Dee River. Before her marriage she was director of instruction for the county, visiting schools and the students in their homes, travelling by horse and buggy. She worked closely with Miss Essie Derham of Green Sea, also a leader in the county schools, and Miss Wil Lou Gray who founded the South Carolina Opportunity Schools in Columbia.
After her marriage to Joseph Gardner Gore, Sr., in 1912, she moved to the Simpson Creek area. Her students recall her early work with them there. She taught them in the Simpson Creek ungraded school, including Latin and algebra. Also in those early days she held adult night classes for illiterates to learn to read and write.
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