Doc Blanchard Memorial – Bishopville, South Carolina


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Felix Anthony “Doc” Blanchard, a native of McColl, holds the distinction of being the only South Carolinian ever to win college football’s Heisman Trophy. He also won a medal for his exemplary service during the Vietnam War. The town of Bishopville celebrates Blanchard’s life with the impressive monument shown here.

Doc Blanchard

Maxi Farnsworth of Greenville, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Maxi Farnsworth, author of Indigo Blue, shared the photo above and sends along the following info: “I took this photo of Bishopville’s Doc Blanchard memorial back in January. Blanchard, a native of McColl, grew up in Bishopville. Sculptor Robert Allison masterfully captured Doc’s life in three stages. The three statues represent Blanchard’s boyhood, football career at Army and career as an Air Force pilot.

“Born as Felix Anthony Blanchard, Doc was given the nickname “Little Doc” as he was the son of a doctor. His nickname became “Doc” in junior high. Doc followed his father’s footsteps as a college football star, signing with UNC out of high school. Blanchard transferred to Army in 1944. Doc teamed with Glenn Davis to create one of college football’s finest backfield duos. Blanchard was nicknamed “Mr. Inside” for his bruising runs between the tackles. Doc was a three time All-American at West Point from 1944-46. Blanchard became the first SC native to win the Heisman Trophy when he collected the 1945 trophy. After his career Doc Blanchard became a pilot in the US Air Force, winning a medal for bravery during the Vietnam War. Blanchard passed away on April 19, 2009 at the age of 84. Blanchard remains the only SC native to win the Heisman.”

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Address: 121 West Cedar Lane, Bishopville, SC 29010
Website: http://www.sccotton.org/5301.html

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2 Comments about Doc Blanchard Memorial

Houston Edward Hancock says:
November 26th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Doc Blanchard worked for my dad (Woodrow Hancock) in the early thirties at a small grocery store (Bulineau's, sp?) and at that time (age of 12) weighed in at about 200 lbs. and liked to be payed with chocolate bars. Dad said as a stockboy….he was a very good eater…..leaving the store on his baloon tire bicycle and a bag full of goodies. Houston Hancock for Woodrow Hancock..100 years young.

JimmyNo Gravatar says:
March 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

This is a wonderful story about a too-little known South Carolina fact. Thanks to the Farnsworths for making it informative and enjoyable for us. The photography is excellent!






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