George C. Kinard, Sr.

George Clyde Kinard, Sr. (80), son of the late Faye Shealy and Otis Clyde Kinard, of Prosperity, SC, passed away on November 15 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. A loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, George is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Harriette Hedgepath Kinard; his children, Ginger Kinard Catoe (Marcos); George Clyde Kinard, Jr. (Lisa); Brian Lee Redd (April); and George Michael Kinard (Robin). Also surviving are six grandchildren: George William Kinard (Monica), Rebecca Kinard (Travis), Gunnar Catoe; Ryan Redd, Rachel Redd, Zane Catoe—and two great-grandchildren: Hallie Faye Kinard and George Ira Kinard. Other survivors include two nieces and a nephew, along with numerous cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Kinard Tisdale.


George began his education at Jolly Street School at the age of five and was a member of the last graduating class at Prosperity High School; he entered Clemson University at age sixteen and graduated with a four-year degree in agriculture. He later received his master’s degree in education from Western Carolina University and his education specialist degree from Clemson University. In 1963 he began a thirty-five year career in education. He first taught physical science from 1963-1967 at Newberry High School where he also served as Junior Varsity football and basketball coach. From 1967 to 1969 he taught physical science, economics, and physical education at Mid-Carolina High School where he also coached varsity football, JV football, and JV girls’ basketball. From 1969-1970 school year, he was principal at Newberry Junior High School. From 1970-1973, he was principal at Gallman Elementary School. The years 1973-1995 when he served as principal of Mid-Carolina High School were the most rewarding and enjoyable of his lengthy career.


During this time at Mid-Carolina, he was instrumental in organizing the first principals’ association in Newberry County Schools. He chaired a committee that developed the first data-based district-wide teacher evaluation process and was also actively involved in developing the first principal evaluation process in the Newberry School district. He was recognized by the State Superintendent of Education and the State Board of Education for promoting academic excellence at Mid-Carolina High School. Under leadership of the superintendent and the Board of Trustees, he was appointed chairman of a committee that succeeded in updating and/or replacing the school buildings in Newberry County. When the original Mid-Carolina was renovated under this process, the administrative area was dedicated to him and his picture was hung there in his honor. In addition, he received the Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds. Upon his retirement, he was honored at an event at Mid-Carolina Country Club where he received plaques, citations, and a gift from the community in appreciation for his years served at Mid-Carolina.


His retirement provided him more time with his family, especially through traveling to Tiger football games in Death Valley or championship games in Arizona, Louisiana, and Florida. He also used these retirement years to expand Cedar Lane Farms, his Angus farming operation; to develop his craftsmanship in building furniture, along with antiquing with his wife; and, with his deep love of family, to trace the Kinard family genealogy from Germany to Newberry County.


Visitation will be held at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services will be conducted by the Reverend Jimmy Counts and the Reverend Floyd Sides at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 18, at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church, where George was a lifetime member who held numerous leadership roles. Following the service, burial will be in the church cemetery. Because of Covid, masks are respectfully requested at the visitation, the funeral service, and burial. All those who desire to remain in their cars for the funeral service may tune in to the FM 94.1 radio station.


Memorials are suggested to the Bachman Chapel Cemetery Fund and/or the George C. Kinard Scholarship Fund at Mid-Carolina High School.


The family greatly appreciates the care and support of the doctors, staff, and nurses at Lovelace Family Medicine, the staff and nurses at White Oak Manor, the Newberry County Memorial Hospital nurses and staff on third floor and in the ICU unit, along with Dr. William Cantey and Dr. Jason Pope.


Active pallbearers will be Philip Cook, Steve Kinard, Ronnie Kinard, Jerry Myers, Jeff Mazza, Jim Kinard, Ricky Kinard, Bill Floyd, Lee Foster, B.L. Brown and John Vernon Pugh.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alfreda & Willie Price, Andrea Lewis, Mellie Kinard, Sharon Ganis, Becky Pugh, Dale Brown, Cathy's Breakfast Group and Justin & Jessica Anderson.









24 condolences for “George C. Kinard, Sr. ”

  1. Tuesday, 23 November 2021 15:12


    I just now read George's obituary in The Newberry Observer that I got in today's mail, and I was sorry to read of his passing.

    It is never easy to lose a loved one, and George was loved and respected by many.

    I have many fond memories of him when he was principal at Mid-Carolina High and I was a counselor at Newberry High.  I also enjoyed our conversations at Clemson football games since his seats and mine were near each other in the West End Zone.

    Take care and may God bless and comfort all of you at this difficult time of loss.


    James G. Long


  2. Friday, 19 November 2021 20:04

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. George passing. He was my principal at Newberry many years ago. He also was my daughters principal at Mid Carolina and she graduated in 1995, when it was his last year as principal. Mr. George was tough but fair. I always liked him. You are all in my prayers. 

  3. Thursday, 18 November 2021 20:45

    To the family:

    From:Bertha Graham

    You the family have my deepest sympathy and love.

    I worked for M r. Kinard years ago.

    I remember Ginger & George Jr.

    Anyway to Mrs. Harriet Kinard just think of Mr. Kinard as being asleep and not suffering anymore.


  4. Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:39

    Mrs Harriette,

             I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember him as the greatest principles ever in school. He will be truly missed. No one one will ever touch his guidance. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you

  5. Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:07

    Sorry to hear of Mr. George's passing. Prayers for the family.

  6. Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:58

    Yes, Mr. Kinard was a great educator and principal.  But I am so thankful that I got to know " Mr. George" in the past few years coming by the bank.  Through this time, I feel we, Mrs. Harriette and you, have become friends.  Prayers to Mrs Harriette and the family.  Marcia Miller

  7. Thursday, 18 November 2021 07:40

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Kinard's passing. He was a great man and I enjoyed having him as a principal at MCHS. I also graduated with Brian. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Class of 1992.


    God Bless,

    Frances Ann Foster Slater

  8. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 22:08

    To the Kinard family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. While so many are reminiscing about the days of Mr. Kinard while he was at MCHS, my memories extend past MCHS. My mother Hattie and the Kinards became very close friends after she became the caregiver for Mrs. Kinard's mother. Later she would also help out with Mr. Kinards mother. They would visit us often, and my mother would have me take her to their house to visit with them. It was great visiting with the family on Tuesday afternoon. I know exactly where my mother would be if she was still with us. Find comfort in knowing that God is with each of you. Look to the hills from where your help comes from. Our help comes from the Lord. 

  9. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:48

     To The Kinarnd family I worked at Mid Carolina - I enjoyed Mr. Kinard - I worked at the school for 10 years Rip love you all

  10. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 16:20

    Harriette and Family, Our hearts are broken.  George was a great friend and fellow member of the administrative team with the Newberry County Schools.  We had some very good times together and some tedious times working through experiences for the betterment of the school district.  George believed in doing what was in The best interest of our students and I always admired that.  We always enjoyed meeting up with him and catching up after we both retired.  I always loved our times with you and George in these last years even though he was going through illness.  He tried to be positive and accepting in the experiences he had to endure.  You were a wonderful wife to him always.  You are in our prayers.  Sending lots of love to each of you.  May your wonderful memories and God's love and grace be with you now and in the days to come.  Love to you, Harriett and Johnny Rucker

  11. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 14:06

    George & Family, we are very sorry to hear about the passing of our dad! While it can be hard to find comfort during these times, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Brian, Kelly, Easton & Austin

  12. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 12:41

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at the passing of a remarkable father, husband, and grandfather. We were blessed to have had the pleasure of sitting and talking with him at length at Bill's wedding. In just that short amount of time it was evident that he was truly a remarkable man. We know that a void has formed in your lives, but may the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding descend upon all of you and provide the strength to endure this sad time. John 16:22 - So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.    Jay & Jane Corley

  13. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 11:21

    We are so sorry to hear this. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Russell and Rene Neel and Family

  14. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 11:02

    Ginger and family I am so sorry for your loss.  your dad will always be remembered as a wonderful man.  God Bless

  15. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:42

    The Mid-Carolina High School community has lost an integral part of its history with the passing of Mr. Kinard.  He was principal during my four years at MCHS (1980-1984), leading the school with authority, compassion and a sense of humor.  (For example, when a classmate of mine decided to paint a life-size cow on the back of one of the portable classrooms, rather than instructing him to paint over this work of art, Mr. Kinard "sentenced" him to finishing the job by painting a complete farmyard scene.)  He always tried to meet students "where they were," affording the same respect and support to all.

    My sympathy and prayers go out to Ginger and the rest of the Kinard family.

  16. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 07:46

    I will miss my life long friend and neighbor. Condolences to all the family.


  17. Wednesday, 17 November 2021 07:30

    The thousands of children getting an education under Mr. Kinard's tutelage is his testament.  Those big broad shoulders carried a lot of people to success.  He was firm but fair in his treatment.  This example was indelible on my career.  I appreciate his kindness to my family and me, especially my mother as on of his teachers.  His guidance and his wisdom will be missed and he always stood by me in good or bad times.  I shall always remember his resonating voice over the school PA system and when he passed through the gates of Heaven he said, "Give me your attention, please."  God be with you!  Lee, Carol, Joseph, Ameila

  18. Tuesday, 16 November 2021 20:26

    Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. We pray for the Lord’s comfort to wrap around you as you travel this journey through the Valley of the Shadow. 

  19. Tuesday, 16 November 2021 20:21

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Kinard. He was my principal at Mid-Carolina High School from 1979 to my graduation in 1983. I remember his support and encouragement throughout those years. I have thought of him often in my own career as a teacher and literacy specialist. I am thinking of you all and sending my love and sympathy to you. 

  20. Tuesday, 16 November 2021 18:54
    • Mrs Harriett and family,  I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Kinard passing away. He was a great principle at Mid -Carolina High School and we were so lucky to have him.  I always enjoyed my talks with him. He always had a lot of questions about my family history. Big time Clemson fan and a big time impact he had on so many young peoples lives. He will always be remembered and greatly missed by many. 
  21. Tuesday, 16 November 2021 18:35

    Harriet, Ginger and George:

    Susan, Anna and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of George.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this most difficult time.  Bubba

  22. Tuesday, 16 November 2021 17:15

    We are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was truly a remarkable man and he was not only an educator in the school system, but also an educator that touched many on the outside of the classroom as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of loss.  
    With deepest sympathy, Dave and Debbie Lawson

  23. Tuesday, 16 November 2021 15:48

    Sorry to hear of Mr Kinards passing,,Enjoyed him at M.C.   Great man,,GOD BLESS,,R.I.P.

  24. Tuesday, 16 November 2021 15:21

    Mrs Harriett and family, we are so sorry to hear about your loss!!  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Wendy, David, Abigail and Makenzie Sease and Zander Cotney. 

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