Excerpt from The Farmer and the Dolphin – Page 46: “A Real Horry County Farm Boy”

Published September 6, 2018

As the courtroom cleared, C.P. Mincey’s friends from Nichols called out friendly greetings. He was surprised and happy, he said, that so many had come. The testimony by Samuels and the seriousness of prosecuting attorney Loren Remsberg’s manner had been sobering for him, he added. Most of his adult life had been spent dispensing pleasant humor from behind a barber’s chair. As time went on he came to enjoy passing out country wisdom acquired from experiences gained in the seat of a John Deere tractor or pulling a load of hogs to market in his Ford pickup truck.

“They’re really trying to hang me,” Mincey thought to himself for the third or fourth time. It was an extremely uncomfortable realization for a man who for nearly eight decades had carried on a relatively uncomplicated life focused on making himself and his family comfortable and prosperous and on being a good citizen.

The first years in those eight decades had been quite hard. He was the oldest of four children born to Horry farmer C.P. Mincey in the Pleasant View section of the county near the North Carolina line.