Spartanburg, SC - A WWII Veteran and Greer native turns 100 today. Milton Maness was born and raised in Greer, had 5 children with his wife Jo' Ellen Reed and became the voice of the Spartanburg High Vikings for 46 years.
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Milton B. Maness
Born in Greer, SC, on August 23, 1918, Milt attended school in Greer before going to Wofford College from 1938 to 1942. He met and courted Jo’ Ellen Reed of Columbia, who graduated from Limestone College. They were married on June 6, 1943.
Milt was a member of Wofford’s R.O.T.C. program. Upon graduation, Milt entered the U.S. Army and, after three months, transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps (that’s before there even was a U.S. Air Force). He was stationed in Guam, where he served admirably, flying 13 missions as captain of a B-29 bomber, the “King Bee,” between 1944 and 1945. He received The Distinguished Flying Cross.
Upon his completion of active duty, he and Jo’ made their home in Spartanburg, SC. Milt and Jo’ were happily married 57 years and reared five children before her passing in 2000. Their children blessed them with 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild, with two more on the way.
Milt worked for a time with Crutchfield’s Sporting Goods on Pine St., before opening Maness Sporting Goods on Union St. He later worked with Technicraft Audio Visuals in Columbia, SC. He went on to become a co-owner of Spartan Alarm.
Many Spartanburg residents may recognize Milt as “The Voice of the Vikings,” who occupied the press box and called all the Spartanburg High Viking home games over the P.A. for 46 years. He resigned in 2008, at the age of 89, having announced for over half his lifetime!
He still resides in Spartanburg in the same home he and Jo’ built in 1946.
Milt has been a devoted member of First Baptist Church Spartanburg since making his home here in 1946.