CAYCE — Former Brookland-Cayce High School football coach Abby Bray died after a short battle with cancer.
Bray, also a member of West Columbia City Council, passed away about 9 p.m. Thursday, city clerk Mardi Valentino said. Bray was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about three weeks ago, she said.
“He was a charming man, very outgoing,” said Valentino, who has been with the city 15 years. “I’ve worked with a lot of different council members, but from the very beginning, he wanted to learn as much as he could so he could be as effective as possible. We are going to miss him greatly.”
Visitation for Bray will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at Brookland-Cayce High School, 1300 State St. in Cayce. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Highway in Cayce.
Bray was elected to West Columbia City Council in 2011. A 1975 Brookland-Cayce alumnus, Bray worked as a teacher at BC for two decades. He became football coach and athletics director in 2008 before leaving the post in 2011.
The (Columbia) State
• Westminster Catawba Christian Academy golfer Sam Greene finished fourth at the NCISAA 2A state golf tournament this week, earning All-State honors in the process. Greene shot a first-round 74 at Talamore Golf Resort in Southern Pines, N.C., and followed with a 73 to finish tied for fourth, six strokes off the lead.
William Noblett shot a two-day total of 155, Mary Catherine 167, Kyle Nyman 169, Seth Roddey 170 and Sim Greene 177. Westminster Catawba placed fifth overall as team, 26 strokes behind state champion Westchester Country Day.
• South Pointe finished 13th out of 16 at Monday and Tuesday’s Class AAAA boys’ golf state championship at Furman University. South Aiken overcame Boiling Springs’ nine-stroke lead after the first round to claim a three-stroke victory for the state title; Easley finished third. Ashley Ridge’s Zak Butt claimed first place individually, carding a two-day total of 214.
South Pointe’s state contingent consisted of Briar Herd, Cody Taylor, Chris Taylor, Bryan Edwards and Wyatt Reid, and was led by coach Jon Stevenson.