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Former Clover Mayor LeRoy Pendleton was honored with the Mack McCarter Award last week for serving the Clover community above and beyond the call of duty.
Pendleton — who served four two-year terms as mayor and also played leadership roles in a variety of other community groups — was presented with the award at a meeting of the Clover Town Council.
The award is sponsored annually by local engineering firm Joel Wood and Associates in honor of Eddie “Mack” McCarter, a former Clover public works director and volunteer fire chief for about 30 years. McCarter died about eight years ago.
The award is given for exemplary service to the community, concern for public welfare, commitment to excellence and dedication to the community. Previous recipients include former state Rep. Herb Kirsh.
Pendleton, a Clover native and retired attorney, began practicing law in Clover in 1954. His firm, Pendleton and Pendleton on Kings Mountain Street, now includes his son, George Franklin II.
After serving as mayor, Pendleton organized and became the first president of the Clover Optimist Club. He was involved in many local charity drives, such as Easter Seals.
He also served as president of the York County Council of the Boy Scouts of America for two years, nearly seven years with the Youth Leadership Training board and two years as president of the Palmetto Council.
“I enjoyed it more than anything else,” Pendleton said earlier this year about his involvement in the Boy Scouts. “I have great respect for Scout leaders...It’s a great way to do something for others.”
Pendleton and his wife of 60 years, Sara, are the parents of four children and nine grandchildren.
Nominations for the Mack McCarter award are accepted from the community. The recipient is chosen by a local committee that includes Wood and representatives from the McCarter family, the Clover Town Council and fire department.