South Carolina General Assembly
112th Session, 1997-1998

Bill 5137

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                    5137
Type of Legislation:            Concurrent Resolution CR
Introducing Body:               House
Introduced Date:                19980512
Primary Sponsor:                Kennedy
All Sponsors:                   Harvin, Kennedy, Young, Woodrum,
                                G. Brown, Neal, Allison, Altman,
                                Askins, Bailey, Barfield, Barrett,
                                Battle, Bauer, Baxley, Beck, Boan,
                                Bowers, Breeland,  H. Brown, J. Brown,
                                T. Brown, Byrd, Campsen, Canty,
                                Carnell, Cato, Cave, Chellis, Clyburn,
                                Cobb-Hunter, Cooper, Cotty, Cromer,
                                Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney,
                                Easterday, Edge, Emory, Felder,
                                Fleming, Gamble, Gourdine, Govan,
                                Hamilton, Harrell, A. Harris, Harrison,
                                Haskins, Hawkins, J. Hines, M. Hines,
                                Hinson, Howard, Inabinett, Jennings,
                                Jordan, Keegan, Kelley, Kinon, Kirsh,
                                Klauber, Knotts, Koon, Lanford, Law,
                                Leach, Lee, Limehouse, Littlejohn,
                                Lloyd, Loftis, Mack, Maddox, Martin,
                                Mason, McAbee, McCraw, McGee, McKay,
                                McLeod, McMahand, McMaster, Meacham,
                                Miller, Moody-Lawrence, Mullen,
                                Neilson, Phillips, Pinckney, Quinn,
                                Rhoad, Rice, Riser, Robinson, Rodgers,
                                Sandifer, Scott, Seithel, Sharpe,
                                Sheheen, Simrill, D. Smith, F. Smith,
                                J. Smith, R. Smith, Spearman, Stille,
                                Stoddard, Stuart, Townsend, Tripp,
                                Trotter, Vaughn, Walker, Webb, Whatley,
                                Whipper, Wilder, Wilkes, Wilkins,
                                Witherspoon, and Young-Brickell 
Drafted Document Number:        egm\18738djc.98
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   19980513
Subject:                        Benjamin Franklin Canty, Jr.;


Body    Date      Action Description                       Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  _______________________________________  _______ ____________

House   19980513  Received from Senate
Senate  19980513  Introduced, adopted, returned
                  with concurrence
House   19980512  Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate

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Whereas, Benjamin Franklin Canty, Jr., Doc" to his many friends and family, was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1916, in Sanford, Florida, the son of the late Benjamin F. Canty, Sr., and Susie St. Clair Canty; and

Whereas, Mr. Canty completed his high school education at Crooms Academy in Sanford, Florida, and entered Florida A&M College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1939. After his years of service in the United States Army during World War II, further study was completed by earning a degree in pharmacy from Howard University in 1950; and

Whereas, Mr. Canty and the late Evelyn Davis Canty were united in marriage in 1942, and were the loving parents of three children. Upon obtaining his degree in pharmacy, Mr. Canty moved his family to Sumter, South Carolina, where he owned and operated Canty's Drugstore. In 1955, he moved back to Washington, D.C. and continued his career owning and operating Canty's Drugstores until 1962. Until his retirement in 1982, he worked as a pharmacist for the District of Columbia's Department of Health and Human Services; and

Whereas, Mr. Canty found time to maintain a close, active fellowship in the Sanford, Florida, and Washington D.C. communities as well as in Sumter. He was both organizer and member in many service oriented organizations and activities, including but not limited to: the Intercessory Prayer Group, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Florida A&M University Alumni Association, the National Pharmaceutical Association, the Florida Club, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. His commitment to his fellow man and his service to several communities were cited through numerous awards, honors and citations, such as renaming the Potomac District AMEC Sunday School Orchestra in his honor, and establishment of the Benjamin F. Canty, Jr, Scholarship Fund by the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Florida A&M University Alumni Association; and

Whereas, with all of his many activities, none over-shadowed Mr. Canty's music ministry that touched the lives of so many people. While at Florida A&M, he was the lead tenor of the Orange Blossom Quartet which represented the college around the country and the state of Florida at the New York World's Fair in 1939. He taught instrumental music to many young people and organized several youth orchestras; and

Whereas, Mr. Canty loved "The Lord" and was devoted to Campbell A.M.E. Church, and shared his devotion, passion, and dedication to music in the Men's Chorus, the Senior Choir, the Band (now called the Benjamin F. Canty, Jr. Ensemble), and the former Celestial Choir. His detailed research and documentation on church instrumental music served as the impetus for music ministry and programs in several churches in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as in South Carolina, that gave a special deeper meaning to the spiritual life of many young people, and countless others, as they became active in their worship. Mr. Canty was truly a crusader for instrumental music in churches everywhere he went, and he will always be fondly remembered sitting on the front row at Campbell A.M.E. Church, and at other churches, "playing his horn", serving his Lord, and touching the lives of countless people; and

Whereas, Mr. Canty is survived by three devoted children, Benjamin III, Edna C. Jenkins, and Courtney; two brothers, Leroy Bowman and Ralph W. Canty of Sumter, seven grandchildren, La Ronda, Benita, Ronald, Jr., Bashemai, Benjamin IV, Charisma and Joy; one son-in-law, Ronald Jenkins, Sr., one daughter-in-law, Robin Canty; loving nephews, nieces, and a host of relatives and friends. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, hereby express their profound sorrow upon the death of Benjamin Franklin Canty, Jr., of Sumter and extend their deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Canty's family.