Shelby lost many prominent contributors in 2012

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Shelby County lost many prominent citizens, ranging from former magistrates and mayors to a beloved coach to a man who helped our crops grow.

By Steve Doyle

On Sunday afternoon at Simpsonville Christian Church, some friends of the late Ernie Threlkeld are getting together to jam during a special musical service.

Threlkeld would smile at that. As a lifelong music teacher, band leader and performer, Threlkeld was the consummate music man in Shelby County.

Threlkeld, 74, who grew up in Simpsonville as the son of a woman who taught hundreds to play the piano, died in 2012, one of a long list of Shelby Countians who passed away this year.

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