CLINTON -- Tirzah native Dr. Joseph M. Gettys
was awarded the Order of the Palmetto on Wednesday by Gov.
...Gettys, 97, attended York High School and was a professor at Presbyterian College and pastor to many churches.His
book "Caregivers Can Survive," chronicled Gettys'
living with his
late wife's Alzheimer's disease.
The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina's highest civilian honor.Gettys'
only surviving sibling of 11 brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Parsons of Rock Hill, attended the ceremony Wednesday in Clinton at the Presbyterian Home where Gettys lives.