Probate Lawyer in Glendale, SC

About The CDH Law Firm Difference

As seasoned probate lawyers in South Carolina, we understand that Estate Administration often involves sensitive family dynamics as much as it does the legal minutia involved in probate law. After all, a person's estate not only affects their generation but the generations that follow.

But when your loved one passes, their assets must be managed and distributed correctly. When mismanaged, disputes often arise between parties like the Beneficiaries, Trustees, Heirs, or Executors of a Will. Even when everything is managed the right way, arguments and misunderstandings can still occur, and even evolve into bitter legal battles necessitating probate litigation.

It stands to reason, then, that you should hire a probate lawyer in Glendale, SC to help. But the truth is, many attorneys don't have vast experience with probate and trust work. If they do, they aren't usually seasoned trial attorneys. That's what separates probate attorneys at CHSA Law, LLC from others - we have the ability to help plan your Estate and litigate estate disputes if they arise.

We are keenly familiar with local probate judges, courtroom staff members, and the related procedures involved with South Carolina probate law. Our intimate knowledge and experience help us successfully navigate the probate process to complete our client's cases quickly and efficiently.

But that's just one aspect that sets CDH apart from other firms. Understanding the importance of personalized attention, we also make an intentional decision to limit our law firm's overall caseload. This allows us to better focus on individual clients, many of whom remain with us for generations. We do not pass off cases to paralegals or junior associates but rather prioritize the attorney-client relationship. We value compassion and integrity, and our practice reflects those values.

Moreover, trust is one of the most important aspects of the attorney-client relationship. We work to create an open, friendly environment in which you can feel comfortable. After years of experience, we boast the skill and experience necessary to earn that trust - and that's a priceless commodity when it comes to probate cases in South Carolina.

Understanding The Probate Process in South Carolina

When a loved one passes away, it's natural to go through a time of emotional adjustment. However, it's crucial for the family of the loved one to face the financial realities of their estate. That reality includes the probate process, which involves distributing assets and settling the estate. A probate attorney in Glendale, SC is often recommended to assist during this time. This process isn't just recommended - it's often a legal responsibility in South Carolina.

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Steps to the Probate Process in South Carolina

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Delivery of Will Upon Death: During probate, the first step involves having a will delivered to an Estate Administrator or to the probate court. The deadline to accomplish this task is 30 days.

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A Personal Representative is Assigned: This individual is often named in a Will and should be appointed officially by the court.

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A Notice is Sent to Intestate Heirs: If these heirs feel that they should inherit, they have a right to challenge this step.

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The Estate is Inventoried and Appraised: This process must occur within 90 days of opening an estate. In some estates with valuables like jewelry, art, and property, professional appraisers may be needed.

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Settling Accounts: During this step, the estate must pay any applicable taxes, ongoing expenses, or outstanding debts. Should the estate not have enough money to pay these debts, creditors must be paid according to South Carolina code.

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Distributions: If there is money in the estate after debts are paid, those funds are given to heirs of the estate, according to the Will or the State.

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Discharge: As soon as any claims are paid, the personal representative of the estate will file documents to close the estate. To make this official, the court will issue a Certificate of Discharge.

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Avoiding Probate in South Carolina

Though most estates in South Carolina must go through probate, it is possible to avoid. This happens when a decedent's assets are placed in a Living Trust prior to their death. In this scenario, beneficiaries must be designated in order to inherit the estate. Suppose there are funds that have been promised to beneficiaries via life insurance policies or bank accounts with "payable upon death" designations. In that case, those funds do not have to go through probate.

Assets subject to probate in South Carolina include:

  • Interest in an LLC, Partnership, or Corporation
  • Real Estate Held as a Tenant in Common
  • Property Held in Only the Deceased's Name
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Assets that are not subject to probate in South Carolina include:

  • Assets Placed in a Trust
  • Assets Which Are Already Tied to a Beneficiary
  • Pension Plan Assets
  • Insurance Policies with Beneficiaries
  • Beneficiaries of Retirement Funds
  • Real Estate or Property with Right of Survivorship
  • Real Estate or Property with Joint Tenancy
  • Accounts That Are Transferable or Payable Upon Death
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Avoiding Probate: Yes or No?

Though it's not always possible, some families go out of their way to avoid the probate process in South Carolina. Doing so can help save money in the long run and also expedite the distribution of funds to heirs. By avoiding probate, you're also keeping personal matters private.

Because every person has different estate and probate complexities, it's hard to say whether avoiding probate is good or bad. Whether or not you should avoid probate depends on your unique situation. As a general rule, it's always best to consult with a probate lawyer in Glendale, SC, for honest feedback and probate assistance.

Typically, having a Living Trust or a Will in place will make transferring assets easier. A little prep ahead of time will make a world of difference when your loved one passes away. After all, nobody is ever prepared for a relative or family friend's death, but a compassionate, trustworthy probate attorney can make the process easier.

FAQsSouth Carolina Probate FAQs

For many families, "Probate" is a dirty term that involves heartbreak and headaches. And while the probate process in South Carolina can be complex and stressful, having answers to some of the most common probate questions can help put your mind at ease.

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My family member recently passed away, and we're considering their estate. How long will the probate process take?

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The time it takes an estate to go through probate in South Carolina varies depending on a number of questions, including:

  • Does the deceased have a valid will?
  • Is the Estate complex or large?
  • Is the Will contested?
  • Have any lawsuits been filed?
  • Is the personal representative of the estate efficient?

When conditions are good, a small or simple estate usually takes about a year to close. More complicated estates may take longer.


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My loved one mentioned opening a Trust to protect my assets. What is a Trust, and what Trusts should I consider?

A.

As is the case with most probate decisions, opening a Trust should be based on your unique situation and guidance from your probate attorney in Glendale, SC. With that said, a Trust is meant to hold property for your loved one's benefit. When a Trust is created, assets are transferred into the said Trust and managed accordingly. Though there is a common misconception that Trusts are reserved for the wealthy, just about any family can benefit from opening a Trust.

The most common types of Trusts used in probate include:

  • Living Trust: These trusts are opened and controlled by you while you're still living. When you pass away, the assets in the trust are distributed to the beneficiaries you choose. Typically, these trusts do not go through the probate process.
  • Testamentary Trust: These trusts are usually established after you pass away and are included in your will. These trusts must go through the probate process in South Carolina, though they allow for the distribution of property within a certain time frame.
  • Special Needs Trust: This type of trust gives financial support to your loved one if they are disabled.

When conditions are good, a small or simple estate usually takes about a year to close. More complicated estates may take longer.


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What happens when somebody dies without a will in South Carolina?

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When a person passes away without a Will in South Carolina, the state decides who gets their decedent's assets. This is also called passing intestate. When this happens, usually only spouses, blood relatives, or registered domestic partners can inherit property according to intestate succession laws.

Relatives who receive the probate property of the deceased are usually chosen in the following order:

  • Living Spouse
  • Children or Grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Brothers or Sisters
  • Grandparents
  • Uncles and Aunts
  • Extended Family

If you're in need of a veteran probate lawyer in South Carolina, look no further than CDH Law Firm. With years of experience in Estate Administration and probate cases, our team is ready to serve you with excellence and protect your interests. Have additional questions? We're here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about Estate Administration in South Carolina.

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A Caring, Confident Approach to Probate in South Carolina

Planning your estate is the first step to take if you want to protect your family, your assets, your well-being, and the fruits of your hard work.

At CHSA Law, LLC, our team of experienced probate lawyers in Glendale, SC, can help you navigate the entire Estate Administration process. Through creative legal strategies and a clear understanding of your goals and desires, we work together to make your asset and estate visions a reality. It's never too early to get your estate in order. In fact, estate planning is important for everyone, whether you're single or married, young or old, with or without children. If you're ready to protect your assets and be prepared for probate, contact CHSA Law, LLC, today.

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Sports on deck: A rundown of high school football along with TV, radio broadcasts, this weekend

LOCAL EVENTS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL No. 4 Athens (10-2) at No. 2 Shelbyville (11-1), 1 p.m.No. 1 Rochester (12-0) at No. 2 Murphysboro (11-1), 3 p.m.FRIDAY'S TV HIGHLIGHTS 10:30 a.m. — ESPNU, Charleston Classic: TBD, Consolation Semifinal, Charleston, S.C.11 a.m. — ESPN2, Myrtle Beach Invitational: TBD, Semifinal, Conway, S.C.1 p.m. — ESPN2, Charleston Classic: TBD, Semifinal, Charleston, S.C.1:30 — ESPNU, Myrtle Beach Invitational: TBD, Consolation Semifinal...

LOCAL EVENTS

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

No. 4 Athens (10-2) at No. 2 Shelbyville (11-1), 1 p.m.

No. 1 Rochester (12-0) at No. 2 Murphysboro (11-1), 3 p.m.

FRIDAY'S TV HIGHLIGHTS

10:30 a.m. — ESPNU, Charleston Classic: TBD, Consolation Semifinal, Charleston, S.C.

11 a.m. — ESPN2, Myrtle Beach Invitational: TBD, Semifinal, Conway, S.C.

1 p.m. — ESPN2, Charleston Classic: TBD, Semifinal, Charleston, S.C.

1:30 — ESPNU, Myrtle Beach Invitational: TBD, Consolation Semifinal, Conway, S.C.

2:30 — CBS Sports Network, Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship: Georgia vs. Miami, Semifinal, Nassau, Bahamas

3:30 — ESPN2, Charleston Classic: TBD, Semifinal, Charleston, S.C.

3:30 — ESPNU, Legends Classic: TBD, Third-Place Game, Brooklyn, N.Y.

5 — CBS Sports Network, Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship: Kansas St. vs. Providence, Semifinal, Nassau, Bahamas

5:30 — FOX Sports 1, Butler at Michigan St.

6 — ESPN2, Legends Classic: TBD, Championship, Brooklyn, N.Y.

6 — ESPNU, Charleston Classic: TBD, Consolation Semifinal, Charleston, S.C.

6 — PEACOCK, Morehead St. at Penn St.

7:30 — FOX Sports 1, Maryland at Villanova

8 — CBS Sports Network, Arizona Tip-Off: Grand Canyon vs. San Francisco, Cactus Division, Semifinal, Glendale, Ariz.

8 — ESPNU, Myrtle Beach Invitational: TBD, Semifinal, Conway, S.C.

10:30 — CBS Sports Network, Arizona Tip-Off: DePaul vs. South Carolina, Cactus Division, Semifinal, Glendale, Ariz.

11 — ESPN2, Continental Tire Main Event: Washington vs. Xavier, Semifinal, Las Vegas

8 p.m. — ESPN2, South Florida at UTSA

9:30 — FOX Sports 1, Colorado at Washington St.

11 a.m. — GOLF Channel, PGA Tour: The RSM Classic, Second Round, Sea Island Seaside Course, St. Simons Island, Ga.

2 p.m. — GOLF Channel, LPGA Tour: The CME Group Tour Championship, Second Round, Tiburon Golf Club, Gold Course, Naples, Fla.

6:40 p.m. — ESPN, Sacramento at San Antonio (In-Season Tournament Group Game)

9:05 — ESPN, Phoenix at Utah (In-Season Tournament Group Game)

1 p.m. — NHL Network, Global Series: Toronto vs. Detroit, Stockholm

7 — NHL Network, Buffalo at Winnipeg

7:30 a.m. — TENNIS Channel, ATP Finals Singles Round Robin

11:30 a.m. — TENNIS, ATP Finals Doubles Round Robin

2 p.m. — TENNIS, ATP Finals Singles Round Robin

5 a.m. (Saturday) — TENNIS, ATP Finals Doubles Semifinal

FRIDAY'S RADIO LISTINGS

6 p.m. — WFMB (92.3 FM/1450 AM), WKXQ (92.5 FM), WMKR-2 (104.1 FM), WAOX (105.3 FM), College basketball: Valparaiso at Illinois

6:45 — WVIL (101.3 FM), NBA: Orlando at Chicago

SATURDAY’S RADIO LISTINGS

11 a.m. — WTIM (870 AM/96.1 FM/107.5 FM/107.9 FM)/WMKR (94.3 FM), College football: Eastern Illinois at Robert Morris

1 p.m. — WSVZ (98.3 FM), High school football: Class 2A playoffs: Athens at Shelbyville

1:30 — WCVS (96.7 FM), WAOX (105.3 FM), WKXQ (92.5 FM), WMKR-2 (104.1 FM), College football: Illinois at Iowa

1:40 — WEAI (107.1 FM), High school football: Class 1A playoffs: Greenfield at Camp Point Central

2:30 p.m. — WFMB (92.3 FM/1450 AM), High school football: Class 4A playoffs, Rochester at Murphysboro

6:45 — WVIL (101.3 FM), NBA: Miami at Chicago

Late Surge Against South Carolina Not Enough

GLENDALE, ARIZ. – Despite holding South Carolina without a field goal for the final three minutes, a late surge by the DePaul men's basketball wasn't enough to defeat South Carolina, Friday evening. The Gamecocks came away with a 73-68 opening round of the Arizona Tipoff.Chico Carter Jr. had a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting. It marked Carter Jr.'s 10th career game with 20 or mor...

GLENDALE, ARIZ. – Despite holding South Carolina without a field goal for the final three minutes, a late surge by the DePaul men's basketball wasn't enough to defeat South Carolina, Friday evening. The Gamecocks came away with a 73-68 opening round of the Arizona Tipoff.

Chico Carter Jr. had a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting. It marked Carter Jr.'s 10th career game with 20 or more points and his first of the season. Da'Sean Nelson, Caleb Murphy and K.T. Raimey followed in the scoring column, all with eight points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

South Carolina took a nine-point lead into halftime, but DePaul opened the second period strong, cutting into the Gamecocks lead. A layup by Da'Sean Nelson made it a 41-34 game, before South Carolina eventually extended their lead by as much as 14.

With 10 minutes left to play, DePaul used five points from Raimey for a 8-1 run, cutting South Carolina's lead to seven, 61-54. The Blue Demons were able to take advantage of back-to-back empty possessions from the Gamecocks, pulling within six, 63-57.

With two minutes left to play, Jeremiah Oden drove to the rim for a layup to keep the game within reach. DePaul came even closer to completing the comeback following a missed South Carolina free throw and a make from Carter Jr.. With South Carolina up 70-66, the Gamecocks knocked down a pair of free throws to halt DePaul's run and secure the victory.

OF NOTE

UP NEXT

The Blue Demons continue action at the Arizona Tipoff, Sunday, Nov 19. DePaul will face off against San Francisco in the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. CT. Action will be on CBS Sports Network and DePaulBlueDemons.com.

FOLLOW THE BLUE DEMONS

For all the latest information on DePaul Men's Basketball, please visit DePaulBlueDemons.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow the Blue Demons on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

2023-24 TICKET INFORMATION

Secure your seat for BIG EAST basketball in Chicago! New 2023-24 season tickets can be purchased online at DePaulBlueDemons.com/Tickets or by calling the DePaul Ticket Office at 773-325-7526. Men's basketball season ticket packages start at only $195. Season ticket holder benefits include savings off the single game ticket rate, access to postseason tickets, preferred parking rate, discounts on DePaul apparel and more. Upgrade your experience with premium seating offerings and enjoy access to food and beverages in the Blue Demon Club Lounge.

Season ticket renewals for the 2023-24 season have concluded. Current ticket holders yet to renew can call the ticket office to secure new seats for the upcoming season.

The DePaul Ticket Office is also now accepting $50 deposits for Group Outings or Luxury Suite Rentals. Fans can visit DePaulBlueDemons.com/Tickets for more information.

Textile Mills in South Carolina: Upstate Historical Mills That You Can Visit

Looking for a unique history lesson at textile mills in South Carolina? The Upstate of South Carolina has a rich history of textile production. Many cities and towns were heavily influenced by the presence of textile mills and the eventual closure of those mills. When the mills were at their prime, Mill Villages boasted homes, schools, baseball teams, and even vacation destinations. You can see evidence of this mill history and mill village life all around the Upstate if you know where to look.Many previous textile mills in South Caro...

Looking for a unique history lesson at textile mills in South Carolina? The Upstate of South Carolina has a rich history of textile production. Many cities and towns were heavily influenced by the presence of textile mills and the eventual closure of those mills. When the mills were at their prime, Mill Villages boasted homes, schools, baseball teams, and even vacation destinations. You can see evidence of this mill history and mill village life all around the Upstate if you know where to look.

Many previous textile mills in South Carolina are now home to parks where you can explore their history, as well as enjoy some time outdoors. Load up the kids and check out these historic textile mill sites for today’s history lesson and get some sun while you’re at it! It’s so much more fun than learning history in a textbook, right?

Here’s a map of where they are located:

Please respect all current park ordinances when you’re exploring!

Textile Mills in South Carolina: Greenville Area

The foundations of the Pelham Mill sit at what is now Pelham Mill Park. The Pelham Mill changed ownership and name several times, but it began in 1820 as the first textile mill in Greenville and closed in 1935. Fire destroyed the empty mill in 1943.

At the site, you’ll see the bases of two smokestacks, as well as the brick pilings that supported the shafts turning the turbines. You’ll also see the stone dam across the Enoree River. You can view these historical elements by following the paved path to the overlook.

2790 East Phillips Road, Greer

The Taylors Mill is interesting because it dyed fabric and printed patterns onto fabric made at other local textile mills. Construction started on the mill in 1922 and was completed in 1924. Many of the Mill Village houses are still standing in the area around the mill. Taylors Mill closed in 1965. The building was mostly empty for 50 years, but with revitalization efforts is now home to art studios, restaurants, and other local businesses.

You can grab a cup of coffee at Junto Coffee and enjoy the outdoor space beside the mill. You can view trains chugging by the old mill from this spot, as well.

250 Mill Street, Taylors

Construction on the Monaghan Mill began in 1900, and while the plant would change ownership many times, it remained operating until 2001. In its prime, the mill supported a mill village, schools, a baseball team, and even vacation spots in North Carolina for mill workers. You can read more about the extensive history of the Monaghan Mill at the Greenville Textile Heritage Society’s website.

The Monaghan Mill today has been converted into an apartment complex. However, across the street from the Monaghan Mill is the Textile Heritage Park. It features 13 different alcoves with signs sharing historical information about 12 of the area’s textile mills.

Smythe Street, Greenville

Looking for information about Greenville’s Textile Mills? The Greenville Textile Heritage Society‘s website is a wealth of information about the history of mills in the area and life in mill villages.

The downtown Greer area is loaded with evidence of the textile mill era in the upstate. Greer Station began as just a small railroad stop along the Atlanta Charlotte Air Line Railroad in 1873. It consisted of wood-frame buildings and a public square. But in the early 20th century a textile boom occurred. New mills opened, older mills expanded, upgraded, or reopened, and new rail lines came to Greer Station. This brought prosperity and new textile-related business to Greer. As new businesses opened, the wood frame buildings were replaced by brick commercial buildings many of which are still standing in Greer, today. If you’re interested you can use these photos at the South Carolina Department of Archived and History to help you find the historic buildings along Trade Street and throughout Greer Station.

This short Greer Textile Mill documentary from the Greer Heritage Museum has some fun older photos of the mills when they were in operation, along with a bit of information about each mill and what life was like during the time.

Textile Mills in South Carolina: Spartanburg Area

The old Apalache Mill operated from 1837 to 2007. It was one of the first textile mills in the upstate area. The modern mill on site was built in 1888. This mill site is the only mill still standing from the original upstate textile mills. It’s an example of a late 19th-century water-powered mill. The dam beside the mill, which still stands, powered not only the Apalache Mill but also provided the power for the Victor Mill in Downtown Greer.

There is a very small wayside park at the Apalache Mill. The little park is really just a place to pull your vehicle off the road with covered picnic tables, but from there you can view the dam and the mill building, which was recently converted into upscale apartments.

Millhouses from the village still stand in the area around the mill.

Want to know more about Apalache Mill?

2200 Racing Road, Greer

The Glendale Mill started producing cotton in 1835. It went through many expansions and ownership changes, finally closing its doors in 1961. The mill building burned down in 2004. There is an extensive history of the mill with some fabulous photos on Glendale, SC’s Mill Story site.

Today you can view the historic area where Glendale Mill stood and remnants of the old mill building and foundations at Glendale Shoals Preserve. The scenic 13-acre preserve is home to a variety of animals and features the waterfall over the mill’s dam.

Note: We recommend parking by the bridge and not at the pull-off at the bottom of the falls. The trails below the falls currently have a lot of broken glass and debris. The mill ruin area was much cleaner.

Emma Cudd Road, Spartanburg

Upstate Paranormal team investigates old house near Glendale Mill

At one time, it was a grand house.Even in its neglected and dilapidated state, there is still some regality to the home Dr. James Bivings built in the 1830s. It sits on a hill that once overlooked Glendale Mill.Fire claimed most of the mill four years ago, but the columned house still stands as a landmark in the once-bustling mill village.The mill was eventually sold by Bivings in bankruptcy proceedings. Dexter Edgar Converse, founder of Converse College, became manager of the mill and moved into the house...

At one time, it was a grand house.

Even in its neglected and dilapidated state, there is still some regality to the home Dr. James Bivings built in the 1830s. It sits on a hill that once overlooked Glendale Mill.

Fire claimed most of the mill four years ago, but the columned house still stands as a landmark in the once-bustling mill village.

The mill was eventually sold by Bivings in bankruptcy proceedings. Dexter Edgar Converse, founder of Converse College, became manager of the mill and moved into the house in 1855. Superintendents of the Glendale Mill would follow.

The house hasn't been inhabited for many years. Or has it?

Do apparitions, including soldiers, wander its large rooms and grounds? Team members of Upstate Paranormal Investigations recently spent a night there gathering audio, video and other data to determine whether paranormal activity is indeed taking place.

Some think the house was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. The basement supposedly served as a morgue.

"From local people that we've talked to, they say that Confederate soldiers have been seen," said Annette Sepulveda, founder of UPI.

Some people have told UPI team members they've seen Confederate soldiers around the basement. Some claim to have seen a woman on the porch, Sepulveda said.

During UPI's recent investigation, Sepulveda carefully steps through weeds and over wires running across the overgrown lawn from the house to a pitched tent. The tent is where the team has set up equipment powered by car batteries.

The house has no electricity, and it's very dark this overcast night. The amber glow from a streetlight illuminates the house and chain link fence surrounding the property.

It's about 9:30 p.m. and the neighborhood is quiet, but the crickets are loud. The air is thick with their chirping, as well as the humidity.

Beams from flashlights cut into the dark and guide investigators into the house.

Light from Sepulveda's flashlight bounces across floors and walls. Some places show water damage and graffiti.

"It's a crying shame, what's been done to it," Sepulveda says. "It's absolutely gorgeous, even though it's neglected."

She reflects on the house's former significance for Glendale residents. Think of the planning that must have gone on there for the whole community, she says.

"If you believe, like a lot of people, believe that life doesn't end, that the human body is full of energy and energy cannot be destroyed, it only changes to something different, then when a person dies their energy could be absorbed into these walls, you know — the energy of everyday life being absorbed into the walls and becoming a part of the building," she says.

"A lot of people believe that. Do I know scientifically? Can I prove that that's true? That's what we're trying to do."

UPI, which formed in February, has 10 active members and a technical adviser.

A few team members are from North Carolina; one is from Greenville. The rest are from Spartanburg.

All of them have regular jobs. They do paranormal investigation in their spare time.

Amber Patton, a team leader from Spartanburg, said members are serious about investigating the paranormal and include believers and skeptics.

"I think we're greatly misunderstood," she said.

She said a lot of people think of them as "ghost busters."

Patton said the group's goal is helping people. She said paranormal activity is terrifying to some, and that the group might serve to help ease their minds.

UPI has investigated four cases. Two more are pending.

Sepulveda says they never ask clients for a fee. "To us, it's an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to investigate the paranormal," she says.

Team members use their own equipment. On their most recent investigation of the Bivings house, they set up equipment, including a motion sensor and cameras, all over the house. A couple of team members watch the video live out in a tent.

They also have audio equipment to record "electronic voice phenomena."

But the most important investigative tool, Sepulveda says, is intuition. "It will tell you when something's there. It will tell you when to get out. It will tell you when it's safe."

Before an EVP session in the basement, team members gather in a circle, join hands and pray for protection.

After the prayer, Rick Huffman and Sepulveda head back into the house and descend the stairs to the basement.

Huffman, co-founder of the group and a lead investigator, sits down on one side of the basement, and Sepulveda sits on the other side. They're settling in, preparing for the EVP session.

"All right guys, we are going silent for EVP sessions," Huffman radios to team members upstairs.

They switch off their flashlights, and the basement goes black.

"Is there anyone in this basement who would like to communicate with us?" Sepulveda asks. "We're not here to harm you. We're only curious."

"Are you a Confederate soldier?"

Huffman introduces himself and the team and explains what they're doing.

More questions follow.

The session lasts about 13 minutes.

Huffman thanks anyone who might be present for any attempts they might have made to contact the team.

Sepulveda says paranormal investigating is actually very boring. "It's a lot of long hours sitting and waiting," she says.

She says their ultimate goal is to help people determine whether they're experiencing paranormal activity.

They first search for natural explanations of suspected paranormal activity.

"I'm a very analytical person," Huffman says. "I will drive it into the ground if I have to, you know. I'm like a bulldog. They have to keep me on a leash sometimes because I want to find out the truth."

It will take hours to review the data the team members have collected, including audio.

Sepulveda says she hears something while playing back the EVP session from the basement. When she asked, "Are you a Confederate soldier?" she heard a whispered "yes."

Thursday, they were still reviewing what they gathered. Sepulveda said more than half the group will scrutinize the recording to decide whether it's legitimate, man-made or mechanical. If they can't agree, they will "throw it out."

B.G. Stephens, the self-described "unofficial mayor" of Glendale, grew up there. He said a strong rumor is that the basement might have been a Confederate morgue, but no one has substantiated that. He points out that there wasn't much Civil War combat here.

"Glendale mill workers and owners contributed to the Southern cause in the Civil War with the assignment of one-third of the plant's production to Confederate use," Michael Leonard wrote in "Our Heritage: A Community History of Spartanburg County, S.C."

Brad Steinecke, collections and research manager for the Spartanburg County Historical Association, said it's "perfectly conceivable" that the house could have been used as a hospital. Nothing in the historical records supports that, however.

Steinecke said the Glendale Mill produced wooden shoe soles during the war.

Maybe, if the crickets quiet down long enough, you can hear them echoing in the hallways or shuffling across the basement's dirt floor.

Glendale United Methodist Church to celebrate its history at final service

Sunday another chapter will close in a story that began in 1816 in Spartanburg County when the first textile mill was established.Glendale United Methodist Church will hold its final service Sunday, closing the door on 155 years of doing the Lord's work.A celebration of that history will begin at 11 a.m."We want this to be a celebration of the history of the church," the pastor, the Rev. Larry Hyder, said. "We're all saddened by the closing of the church, but we're proud of the history and t...

Sunday another chapter will close in a story that began in 1816 in Spartanburg County when the first textile mill was established.

Glendale United Methodist Church will hold its final service Sunday, closing the door on 155 years of doing the Lord's work.

A celebration of that history will begin at 11 a.m.

"We want this to be a celebration of the history of the church," the pastor, the Rev. Larry Hyder, said. "We're all saddened by the closing of the church, but we're proud of the history and that's what we want to focus on."

The remaining handful of members of the Glendale church will be transferred to Ben Avon United Methodist Church, where Hyder also serves as pastor.

"We hope a lot of former members and people who have been touched by the church will come to the celebration," Hyder said.

Glendale United Methodist Church, like Saxon United Methodist Church that closed a couple of years ago, started out as a mill village church built with money from the textile plant owner.

Villages didn't immediately spring up around the mills that began to dot the map from New Prospect to Enoree. The plants drew their work force from nearby farms. But as soon as it became apparent that textiles were going to be an important contributor to the economy, the mills began building houses for their employees.

The mill bosses encouraged the workers to be devout in worship. So many of the plant owners began building churches and, in some cases, paying the salaries of ministers. They built company stores, recreation centers, schools, whatever the workers needed. Some historians say the mill owners didn't want the workers to leave for fear they'd see a better life outside the village and quit textiles to work elsewhere. The churches, usually Methodist and Baptist, were second only to the mill in importance to the village.

In 1850, Bivingsville Cotton Manufacturing gave money to build a "combination community building" in Bivingsville (now Glendale). Methodist and Baptist congregations worshiped in the building for two years, until the mill gave an "unknown sum" to build a separate Methodist church, according to the history of Glendale Methodist Church.

The history notes that a balcony was included "for the slaves to worship in." That building was used until 1907 when the present church was completed at a cost of $4,000. This was a time of growth for the church, with the congregation almost doubling in size.

In 1911, the Rev. Dr. David English Camak founded Textile Industrial Institute, the precursor to Spartanburg Methodist College, while he was pastor of Glendale and Duncan Memorial Methodist churches.

The 1950s saw many renovations to the church and 1974 brought a new heating and air conditioning system.

Glendale Mills was closed in 1961 and families began to move away from the area. Membership in the church dropped in the 1970s for the first time since 1910, according to the church history.

Some growth in the '90s

In the 1980s, the report said, "Membership continues to drop as more and more move away."

Membership "dips severely," the history said, in 1993 and an attempt to start a teen club to draw young people into the church lasted only six months. But membership held steady and began to increase in 1995 for the first time in 20 years.

Acolytes began in the church in 1999, the same year the Boy Scouts began with Phil Bryant as scoutmaster and Cub Scouts began with Robert White as cub master. There were 18 Boy Scouts and 14 Cub Scouts.

Scout William Bryant put benches and an angel in the cemetery adjacent to the church as a beautification project for his Eagle Scout award.

The church, scouts and community volunteers built a playground in 2000 behind the church for the use of children in the area.

Unfortunately, membership in the church began to slip again after the congregation celebrated the 150th anniversary and the S.C. Annual United Methodist Conference voted earlier this month to close the church.

Spartanburg District Superintendent the Rev. Dennis R. Lee, the district's board of church location and building, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor and the superintendents of the 11 other districts in the state discussed the closing in the months before the annual meeting and agreed to the closing. The Spartanburg District includes 79 churches in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties.

The ownership of the church and its property will revert to the South Carolina United Methodist Conference and it will most likely be sold.

Debra G. Lester can be reached at 562-7264 or debra.lester@shj.com.

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