|Rev. Boyce Hemphill Grier, D.D.|
Boyce Hemphill Grier, the ninth child of Rev. Robert C. and Barbara Grier, was born at Due West, South Carolina on November 8th 1861. He was educated in the Due West Female College until he reached about the age of fifteen, he then entered Erskine, graduating in the class of 1882.
Boyce Grier spent one year after graduation in the University of Virginia, studying especially Latin and Greek, with a view of entering the profession of Teacher. He taught school, however, only one year at Honea Path, South Carolina. He then entered Erskine Theological Seminary, graduating in May 1887. He was licensed by the Second Presbytery at Bethel (Ora), Laurens Co., S. C., April 18, 1886; preached in vacancies in First Presbytery in South and North Carolina during the summer.
In November, 1887, Rev. B. H. Grier was ordained at Due West sine titulo, and by the order of Synod went to Millersburg, Ky.; preached for eighteen months at Hinkston, Olivet and New Hope churches, in the Kentucky Presbytery.
In September 1888, upon the death of Rev. D. B. Pressly, his brother-in-law, he took charge of the church at Mt. Zion, Missouri. He was called to this church and installed pastor October 5th 1889, by Rev. James Boyce. He resigned his charge May 20, 1894, seeking a warmer climate than Missouri.
He was called to Yorkville and Tirzah churches in the First Presbytery, and in August 1894, was installed over these churches.
Receiving a call to Bethel (Ora). Laurens Co., S. C., he accepted and was installed as pastor August, 1901, where he is still laboring, happy in the love of a devoted people.
Rev. Grier has been twice married, first to Miss Julia F. Kennedy, daughter of Prof. John Pressly Kennedy. She was married to her husband only seven months, after their marriage in November 1880, dying from the effects of an operation in June, 1890. His second marriage was with Miss Susie M. Lee, on July 28, 1891, daughter of Prof. Joseph F. Lee of Due West. There are four children of this marriage: Joseph Lee, Mark Brown, Lois Francis and Martha Lee.
In 1905, Rev. Grier married Miss Samuela Boyd "Susie" Ketchin, a daughter of Robert and Priscilla Ketchin of Winnsboro. No known children were born to this union.
Photo & Biographical information from the book:
The Centennial History of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 1803- 1903.
Published by Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1905