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Reflections: Happy Birthday to Preacher Couch

Written by Karen Brewer, Publisher

Happy Birthday on March 20, 2020 to Rev. H.C. Couch, known around Pickens County as Preacher Couch. 

Here is a photograph I took last year, in March of 2019, of Preacher Couch with his daughter Christie, who invited me to his big birthday celebration. (At the conclusion of this column are more photographs from Preacher Couch's 2019 birthday celebration.)

Due to concerns throughout our country about the Coronavirus, there is no big birthday party this year, but I wanted to send wishes for a Happy Birthday to Preacher Couch and best wishes always to him and all of his family.

Preacher Couch was my late maternal grandparents' Pastor beginning in 2002 until his retirement to care for his sweet wife, Shelba, as she battled cancer. A dear friend, Shelba passed to heaven in 2015.

Here is a photograph I took of Preacher Couch and Shelba with my grandmother at my grandmother's big birthday celebration in their church's fellowship building on June 16, 2012 (the day before her birthday), the year before my grandmother passed.

Below are photographs I took following their church's Pastor appreciation dinner in their church's fellowship building on March 18, 2012. One is of Preacher Couch and Shelba, and the other is of them with their family members who were present for the occasion. 

Below is a photograph I took of Preacher Couch with Dr. Jack Hester on July 13, 2014.

I took the photograph below the same evening, July 13, 2014, of Preacher Couch and his wife, Shelba, and Jack Hester and his wife, Shirley, at City View First Baptist Church in Greenville. Jack Hester preached in the service that evening, and Shelba played the piano. It was the first time in 16 months that Shelba, battling cancer, had played the piano publicly. She passed away nine months later, on April 10, 2015. Jack Hester passed away suddenly on February 14, 2016.

Below is a slideshow of more photographs I took at Preacher Couch's March 2019 birthday celebration.

About a decade ago, I was asked to write an article to accompany a nomination from HMR Advantage Health Systems for that year's Upstate Caregivers Award. Their nominee for the category of Senior Service Volunteer of the Year Award was Rev. H.C. Couch. 

Preacher Couch won that award, which was presented to him at the awards ceremony two months later.

Here is a link to the article that I wrote