City of Sumter honors Hattie Scarborough, Thomas Lowery


Last week, Sumter Mayor David Merchant honored the legacy of two community leaders during the regular Sumter City Council meeting, recognizing the commitment of Hattie S. Scarborough and Thomas "Bubba" J. Lowery to the city and thanking their families. Both served on city council and also gave back to the city in other ways.

According to the city's Facebook page, "Scarborough graduated from Lincoln High School in 1964. Passionate about her education, she pursued her dreams at Benedict College, obtaining a B.S. in Business Education in 1968. Her thirst for knowledge led her to study at esteemed institutions such as the University of South Carolina, University of New York at Albany, Winthrop University, and Central Carolina Technical College. Moved by the voices of her fellow citizens, Ms. Scarborough answered their call to represent Ward 3 at City Hall. In April 1987, she became the first African American woman to serve on the Sumter City Council, a remarkable milestone in local government. Her service continued until November 2010, with her Council colleagues recognizing her leadership and electing her as Mayor Pro Tem from 2008 to 2010.

"Lowery served his community in various capacities, leaving an indelible impact on the lives he touched. His dedication to public safety led him to the Sumter Police Department, where he served from 1968 to 1974. In 1974, he embarked on a new chapter of service with South Carolina Probation and Parole Services, devoting an impressive 29 years. His commitment to upholding justice and supporting those under his care earned him immense respect and gratitude. In November 2002, Mr. Lowery's unwavering dedication led him to serve as a representative for Ward 1 on the Sumter City Council. His devotion to public service was further recognized when he was elected as Mayor Pro Tem in November 2014, a position he held until his passing."