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City hosts Crain Woods Pier Dedication Ceremony on August 17

The City of Myrtle Beach hosts the Crain Woods Pier Dedication Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, at Futrell Park, 1100 Mr. Joe White Avenue.  Everyone's invited to attend and celebrate the memory of one of Myrtle Beach's best, Mr. Crain Woods.  The event precedes the Fire Department's 20th Anniversary Event at Fire Station No. 1, located next to Futrell Park.

Woods was born in Due West, South Carolina, in 1932.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Benedict College in Columbia in 1957 and a master’s of education degree from South Carolina State University.  Woods began his career in Clarendon County working as a teacher and coach before being hired in Horry County and becoming a much-loved teacher and administrator.  Upon retirement from the school district, Crain turned to public service.  Woods first served on the Planning Commission, and then as a Myrtle Beach City Council member, winning two Council terms and serving from 1992 to 2000.  Crain also served 13 years on the Convention Center Hotel Board.

For years after his retirement from City Council, Crain continued to serve the public as a member of numerous civic organizations and was well known as a pillar of Mt. Olive AME Church.  Woods was instrumental in the development of what became known as Futrell Park and was one of the city’s earliest stormwater mitigation advocates.  After a life of exemplary public service, this devoted family man passed away in March 2017.

Attendees are encouraged to attend the Myrtle Beach Fire Department’s 20th Anniversary Neighborhood Celebration following the ceremony.  The event takes place next door at Fire Station No. 1, and welcomes local residents and children to an open house until 2:00 p.m.