DAR honors pair for service to community
Members of the Samuel Bacot Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented two Excellence in Community Service Awards prior to the annual Veteran’s Day service held at the Florence Center.
Receiving the awards were Peggy Crosby Dearing Moore and Ben Zeigler. Presenting the awards were Chapter Regent Ruth Barnett and Historian Zilphy DuRant.
“For 34 years Peggy devoted herself to excellence in teaching for Florence School District One,” said Durant in her remarks on Moore.
During her career, Moore has taught at Royal Elementary and Greenwood Elementary.
“While teaching fifth grade social studies at Royal, she brought into the classroom members of the community to help give the students an opportunity to view historical events from the perspective of people who actually lived through them,” said Durant.
In 1997 Moore was presented the Salute to Education Award by the Greater Florence County Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her excellence as a professional educator. In 1997 she was named Teacher of the Year at Greenwood Elementary.
In retirement, Moore has volunteered her time to many efforts. She has volunteered with the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, the Salvation Army, the Florence Area Humane Society, and at her home church, Central United Methodist.
Moore also played a vital role in raising money for the Gold Stars Family Monument dedicated last year at Florence Veterans Park.
Her first husband was killed in action in 1971 while serving in Vietnam.
A native of Florence, Zeigler practiced law with the firm Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd, PA. During that time he represented counties, cities, school districts, and other state and local agencies.
He has served on the Supreme Court Commission on Lawyer Conduct and the S.C. Eminent Domain Committee.
Zeigler is active in the community, serving as president of the Florence Historical Committee, chairman of the Pee Dee Land Trust, the Francis Marion Trail Committee, and the Wright Foundations for Southern Arts. He has served on boards of the S.C. Tourism Alliance, the Francis Marion University Foundation, Florence County Progress, and Florence County Museum. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for McLeod Health.
Zeigler was the recipient of the 2008 Governor’s Award for Environmental Awareness. In 2007 he received the prestigious Liberty Fellowship.
He and his family are members of St. John’s Anglican Church.