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Former Travelers Rest mayor, noted historian dies at 91

Former Travelers Rest Mayor Mann Batson, pictured here at a 2014 Travelers Rest Historical Society Spirit of 45 event, served in the in the United States Army during World War II having fought with the 99th division in the Battle of the Bulge. Former Travelers Rest Mayor Mann Batson, pictured here at a 2014 Travelers Rest Historical Society Spirit of 45 event, served in the in the United States Army during World War II having fought with the 99th division in the Battle of the Bulge.

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — Former Travelers Rest mayor and noted historian Mann Batson passed away on Friday at the age of 91.

Batson served as mayor in Travelers Rest from 1997 to 2001, was a past magistrate for Batesville Township, and was a two-term Greenville County council member.

Among other things, he was influential in saving Poinsett Bridge after it fell into private hands.

The author of five books on the history of northern Greeville County and a two-term member of the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission, Batson also served as a teacher, principal and superintendent for two school districts.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 250 Commonwealth Dr., Suite 105, Greenville, SC 29615.

Read his full obituary here.