The North Greenville University community gathered on November 30 for its annual donor appreciation dinner and recognized four individuals for their financial generosity this past year.
Dr. Elaine King of Tigerville received the faculty/staff heritage award given to a current or retired member of the university family whose gifts embody the spirit of the institution.
Dr. King served 42 years and retired as Vice President for Business Affairs in July 2008. She attended North Greenville and began work in the business office as a bookkeeper in May 1966. She remained the bookkeeper for seven years before she was promoted to Business Office Manager. She survived the lean years when the school nearly closed its doors and in 1991 was named Executive Director for Business Affairs. She served in this role for seventeen years. Her title was upgraded to Vice President when the school became a university in 2005.
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Greenville, who has made its mark in the Upstate with civic contributions, was the recipient of the foundation/corporation award of the year. Wayne Holcombe, general manager of Greenville’s location for 21 years, accepted the award.
The volume of Pepsi-product sales has doubled in Greenville County in the last 26 years. Aside from the quality of its products, the recipe for the company’s success rests in the good will generated by the generosity the company has shown to community organizations and institutions. To name a few: Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, The Old 96 Girl Scouts, Hands on Greenville, Presbyterian College, Furman University, Bob Jones University, and North Greenville University.
The company also sponsors an annual fall golf tournament that has generated $200,000 for college scholarships to Greenville County students since the tournament was launched 14 years ago. The company has also sponsored the North Greenville University Golf Classic for the past 23 years.
Holcombe is a Greenville native and a graduate of Greenville High School. Wayne and his wife Faye have two children and four grandchildren. He served on the Boards of Crimestoppers and Bon Secours St. Francis Foundation, is a member of the Paladin Club at Furman, and served on the Board of Trustees and is member of the Athletic Hall of Fame at North Greenville University.
The board leadership award was given posthumously to Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Osbon. This annual award is presented to a member of the university’s board of trustees whose support serves as an example to others.
He was a graduate of Wofford College and Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Bob was a Dentist in Taylors for over 40 years. After serving as an Officer in the U.S. Army and before entering Dental School at Medical College of Virginia, he worked as a Chemist for Texize in Greenville, making many lifelong friends and establishing a home in the Upstate.
Dr. Bob was a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, where he served as president of the South Carolina Chapter in 1981. He also served as President of the South Carolina Academy of Dental Practice in 1986. His clinical excellence was known to the thousands of patients he treated over 40 years. He was past president of Greenville County Dental Society, Omirron Kappa Upsilon. The SC Academy of Dentistry and Fellow in the Pierre Fouchard Academy.
In an effort to educate Upstate-area elementary school students on the importance of dental health, Bob spearheaded the creation of the Dental Room at the Roper Mountain Science Center, and was a benefactor of the Science Center for many years.
He served on the North Greenville Board of Trustees from 1977 until the present day. He served as Chairman of the Board in 1981. He and Patti are members of the NGU Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund and the Crusader Club. He, along with his wife Patti, made many gifts for new buildings, academic, and athletic programs, and scholarships for NGU students.
The award was accepted by Bob’s widow, Patti, and daughter Susan Shealey.
Zelda Mae Rosti of Greenville received the stewardship of the year award given to the individual whose generosity of resources exceeds all others during the past year.
Rosti was born second into the Payton family of five children and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. After her father returned from serving in the military, they moved to Fairfax, Virginia. She was an eighth grader at the time.
Rosti graduated from Fairfax High School and worked as an office manager for a dentist for 16 years. While raising her two younger brothers, she attended Northern Virginia Community College for three years, studying Art.
She met and married Earl Rosti, a widower with five children. In one swoop, she became wife and mother. After Earl’s death, six years ago, she moved to Greenville.
After being introduced to NGU, she provided the necessary funds to build the Studio at ‘Ole 414 in memory of her late husband which was the first addition to the Village at Tigerville.
Rosti is currently a member of the NGU Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund and Women’s Auxiliary Board.