Evelyn Mayo Snider
Evelyn Mayo Snider was born Aug. 23, 1907, in Conway, the daughter of Charles Hudson Snider and Maude Mayo Snider. A graduate of Burroughs High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in English and history at Coker College, a master's degree in English at UNC Chapel Hill, and later studied with the Carolina Playmakers, a folk drama school at UNC Chapel Hill.
Snider taught at Campbell Junior College (now Campbell University) from 1929 until 1941 when she returned to Conway to teach at Conway High School where she taught world history, American History, English, and the Bible until her retirement in 1972. For more than 25 years, she wrote original Bible plays for students in her Bible classes at Conway High School and presented them throughout Horry County, in Charleston, and in Tabor City, N.C.
A member of the First Baptist Church on Conway, she taught for Sunday school teachers. She also worked with the church's mission organizations. She was a frequent visitor to shut-ins and was a volunteer for the March of Dimes, Leukemia Society and the American Heart Association.
Snider received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the American Legion Horry Post 111 in 1962, the Business and Professional Women's Career Woman of the Year Award in 1965, the Field and Herald Woman of the Year Award in 1974, and Coastal Carolina College's Lifetime Achievement Award in Education in 1990.
Snider had devoted her life to teaching, and she continued to share her experiences, knowledge and kindness with others. In her free time, she enjoyed working in her yard and canoeing.
She died in 2001.
She was named an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University in 1991.