FLORENCE, S.C. – The School Foundation honored Waymon Mumford, a 1967 Wilson High School graduate, as the 2018 Distinguished Graduate during the foundation's 2018 gala Tuesday.
“It is beyond my imagination,” Mumford said. “I love people. You can see that, and they showed me tonight they love me. I will continue to give it my best.”
During the gala, Mumford received a Wilson High School letterman jacket as a part of his award.
The School Foundation themed the gala “A Servant’s Heart” in honor of Mumford’s lifelong service to the Florence community, according to the foundation's executive director, Debbie Hyler.
Hyler said Mumford was selected because of his selfless service to the community.
“He’s been a servant of the Florence community for his entire adult life,” Hyler said. “I think he has been a wonderful choice this year.”
During the gala, Florence County Administrator Rusty Smith introduced Mumford. Smith said Mumford truly epitomizes the words of the book of Luke that discuss being a servant.
“He is truly one among us who serves,” Smith said. “His sincere servant’s heart is a true testament to his meaningful ministry and his wonderful service to others.”
Students from the South Florence High School Drama Club presented a skit, highlighting Mumford’s service as a law enforcement officer, minister and Florence community member. The skit listed some of the awards Mumford has won during his time as an officer and as a county councilman.
The students also described Mumford at the end of the skit, calling him humble and kind. They said he “works to better the community” and “truly has a servant’s heart.”
“Those students were accurate,” Mumford said. “I am just a servant of the most high God. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with folk all over this United States. I’ve been blessed beyond measure.”
Throughout his life, Mumford has served in many capacities. He spent more than 40 years serving in law enforcement. Mumford has served on the County Council, on the South Carolina Association of Counties Board and the National Association of Counties.
Mumford has also been a pastor for the past 21 years.
Over the years, Mumford has received multiple awards, such as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 1971 and the Police Chief Special Service Award by the City of Florence in 1976.
Mumford said people continuously ask him if he’s doing enough and his answer is always no.
“I am just a servant, and I plan to leave here as just a servant,” Mumford said. “I don’t get hung up on titles.”