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  • Credit union announces the passing of Cecil C. Edwards, Founding Member.


    It is with sadness we announce the passing of Cecil C. Edwards, founding member of Greenville Federal Credit Union.

    In November of 1968, after months of meetings and planning, Mr. Edwards, along with eight other employees of the Greenville County School District executed a formal agreement to create Greenville Educators Federal Credit Union.  This application for a credit union charter was approved on November 22, 1968 by the Director of the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions and the credit union was officially born.  

    In the years following, Mr. Edwards dedicated himself to the success of the credit union and served as the Chairman of the Board for 16 years.  After retiring from the Board, he remained a proud and active member, visiting the branches often and attending the Annual Meeting each year.  In 2018 he participated in the credit union’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  Hear him speak about the founding of the credit union here. External Video


    Greenville Federal Credit Union owes Mr. Edwards a debt of gratitude for his vision and commitment to building a financial institution whose purpose was to serve the needs of all within the Greenville community, not just a privileged few. 

     “Cecil Edwards’s devotion to the credit union and its mission was extraordinary and we will honor his legacy by continuing to serve our members and the Greenville community with the same dedication and enthusiasm.” said Paul Hughes, President and CEO of Greenville Federal Credit Union.  “He will always be remembered as an important figure in our history.”   

    We extend our sincere condolences to his wife of 74 years, Eloise, and his entire family.

    posted by Catherine James, SVP Marketing and Brand Strategy 2020-11-19
  • Credit union announces Noel Jones as the November "Community Hero."

    Greenville Federal Credit Union and The Greenville News announced Noel Jones as the November, 2020 "Community Hero" honoree. Jones is recognized for organizing an annual toy drive which Greenville County Sheriff's deputies then distribute out to struggling families in the community.  Last Christmas her efforts resulted in hundreds of toys being delivered to more than 60 needy children.


    The Greenville News Announcement Article:
    Community Hero helps patrol toy drive for underprivileged in Greenville (external link) 

    The credit union is pleased to recognize Noel Jones for her significant efforts to bring joy and gifts to needy children across Greenville during the holiday season with the help of the Greenville County Sheriff's deputies. Jones will be recognized at the next public in-person Greenville County Council meeting where the credit union will present her with a certificate and gift of appreciation.  

    Do you know an unsung hero?

    Each month nominations will be collected for candidates that work in health care, public safety, education, the military, nonprofit agencies and the business world, the religious sector, entertainment or athletics. They can be a student or a young child or a retiree, etc. The selected "Hero" will be profiled in the Greenville News and recognized at a County Council meeting. If you know of someone that should be recognized feel free to nominate them by sending an email to In your nomination, please explain why the person you are recommending is a community hero. Include what category they should be recognized for, and your contact information.   

    posted by Catherine James, SVP Marketing and Brand Strategy 2020-11-13
  • Greenville Federal Credit Union to host community food drive on “Thankful Thursday” November 12.


    Greenville, SC - Greenville Federal Credit Union will host a community food drive on Thursday, November 12.  All items collected on “Thankful Thursday” will be donated to the local branch of Harvest Hope, South Carolina’s largest food bank providing over 50,000 meals a week to neighbors in need across the state. 

    The public is invited to drive by and drop off non-perishable food and pantry items at any of the credit union’s four branch locations.  Donors will not need to leave their cars as volunteers will be stationed outside to receive donated items.  All appropriate social distancing measures will be followed to protect both visitors and volunteers.

    Local food banks are feeling the strain to keep their shelves stocked as many families are still struggling economically through the pandemic.  The credit union decided the best way to help replenish these much-needed resources was to rally its employees, members and community for a food drive.  “As we head into the season marked by food and celebration, we want to show our gratitude by sharing what we have with the most vulnerable in our community,” said Paul Hughes, President of Greenville Federal Credit Union. “This food drive is a simple way we can make a big impact for those in need.  Dropping off a couple of extra cans from your pantry or your next grocery run can mean a meal for a hungry family.”

    Currently, the most needed items are:

    • Canned Meats
    • Canned Soup
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Cereal
    • Diapers
    • Dry Beans
    • Dry Pasta
    • Mac & Cheese
    • Paper Goods
    • Peanut Butter
    • Plastic Bags
    • Rice


    “Our community has shown its generosity time and again and we know this will be another great example of people helping people,” continued Hughes.

    Donations will be collected on November 12, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the following credit union locations:

    3375 Pelham Rd., Greenville, SC 29615

    1501 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29609

    107 W. Church St., Greer, SC 29650

    142 Tanner Rd., Greenville, SC 29607

    About Greenville Federal Credit Union 

    Greenville Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial alternative to traditional banking with five branch locations in Greenville, Greer, and Mauldin serving more than 32,000 members.  The more than $300 million credit union was founded by nine teachers from the School District of Greenville County as an educator’s credit union in 1968.  In 2001, the credit union approved a conversion to a community-based charter to serve anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Greenville County.  The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the federal government, insures all accounts up to $250,000. 

    posted by Catherine James, SVP Marketing and Brand Strategy 2020-11-02

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