The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, August 11, 2008
By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Staff Writer
South Carolina Judge Harold A. Cuff, a Franklin County native, will serve as grand marshal of the ninth annual Warren Street Festival, set for Aug. 15-16 in Rocky Mount.
In making the announcement, event organizer Darlene Swain said that Larry LeGrande of Roanoke, a former star in the major Negro Leagues and member of the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame, will speak at the Aug. 16 Saturday morning breakfast.
Cuff will preside over activities held throughout the day on Saturday at the farmers market on Franklin Street.
The festival opens at 10 a.m. Friday with a health fair and continues until 3 p.m. A business review will be staged from 3-7 p.m. followed by a Gospel Expo from 7-9 p.m.
Swain said a Night Owl Rock and Roll show will feature music from 9-11 p.m.
Saturday's events at the farmers market get under way after the breakfast. The annual antique car show begins in the morning with the parade leaving the market area at 1 p.m.
A full slate of music is scheduled Saturday afternoon and night. Swain said the list of performing groups, including two from New Orleans, will be announced next week.
Cuff has served as judge of summary court in Richland County, S.C., since March 1997.
He served as a Richland County deputy sheriff for five years prior to becoming a judge. At the same time, he was employed as a security officer with Benedict College.
Cuff served six years in the U.S. military and was discharged as a staff sergeant. He then went to work for the Richland County Department of Corrections, where he was employed from 1981 until 1992.
He is a Sunday school teacher, an ordained deacon, licensed clergy associate professor and is a bishop's adjutant.
He also served as vice president of the youth department at the South Carolina state convention.
He and his wife, Sallie Loyd-Cuff, have been married for 26 years and the couple has a daughter, Charlye.
LeGrande was inducted in the the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
He was first noticed by the Negro Leagues while playing semi-pro ball as a catcher when he was only 14.
His Negro League debut came with the Memphis Red Sox in 1957 and he moved to the Detroit Stars a year later. The next season he played with the Kansas City Monarchs and led the league outfielders in assists for three consecutive seasons.
LeGrande batted over 300 all three seasons and was known for his speed and power.
The New York Yankees signed LeGrande in 1959. The following year, LeGrande led the Class A Florida State League with a .304 batting average with the St. Petersburg Saints.
He was tied for the FSL lead in triples and was third in the league in RBIs .
He finished his playing career in 1963 with the barnstorming Satchel Paige All-Stars.
Swain said the breakfast will be held starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post Six building on Tanyard Road in Rocky Mount.