Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Mayors of Myrtle Beach

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Location: intersection of Farrow Parkway and South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC
County: Horry
Coordinates: N 33° 39.604    W 078° 55.657
  33.66006666    -78.92761666


Mayors of Myrtle Beach

Mayors of Myrtle Beach

1938 – 1939 W. L. Harrelson
1939 – 1941 Ben M. Graham
1941 – 1943 W. L. Harrelson
1943 – 1947 O. C. Callaway
1947 – 1949 H.W. Tallevast
1949 – 1954 J. N. Ramsey
1954 – 1955 Ernest W. Williams
1955 – 1964 W. E. Cameron
1965 – 1973 Mark Garner
1974 – 1978 Robert Hirsch
1978 – 1985 Erick B. Ficken
1986 – 1998 Robert M. Grissom

Myrtle Beach Air Force Base had the fortunate circumstance of being located within a city famed for the allure of its tourist attractions and pristine beach. Even more fortuitous for the Base were the outstanding civilian and military relationships that existed between the Base and the City of Myrtle Beach.

These relationships were epitomized by the close personal and official contacts that developed and grew between the city mayors and base officials. Each of the city mayors and military commanders took pride in these professional relationships and worked diligently to maintain them.

This sign is dedicated to those mayors who served during the time the Base was in existence, the first of whom was Mayor Harrelson, who played a key role in garnering land and federal support for the Army Air Base of World War II, and the last being Mayor Grissom, who oversaw the closure of the Base and the initial efforts at redevelopment.

( adjacent marker )

Mayors of Surfside Beach

1964-1966 Mayor T. J. Harrison
1967-1968 Mayor Evans M. Bunch, Jr.
1969-1972 Mayor William H. Smith
1973 Mayor Ralph C. Freeland
1974-1976 Mayor Robert Cecil Ratcliffe
1977-1986 Mayor H. Blue Huckabee
1986-2000 Mayor Dick M. Johnson

The Mayors of Surfside Beach are honored here. The Town of Surfside Beach hosted many of the military families assigned to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The town was known for its hospitality and strong support of the Air Force Base and its people. This spirit of hospitality and friendliness was reflected in the close civil and military relationships that existed between the base military commanders and the town mayors. The mayors who were in office during the Post-World War II period through closure of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base are listed to left.