In honor and in gratitude of one of its most beloved graduates, Furman University’s Board of Trustees has proclaimed April 17, 2021, as “Tommy Stevenson Day.”
Stevenson ‘65, the long-time proprietor of Greenville’s famed Country Ham House, recently announced his plan to retire later this spring following 36 years in the restaurant business — a span that has seen him provide Friday evening meals to Furman football teams, as well as numerous other Paladin squads, groups, fans, and, yes, even opponents.
“Whether he was feeding our teams or hosting dignitaries from around the world, Tommy Stevenson is the epitome of the Furman graduate, someone who cares deeply about his community and gives back in every way possible,” said Furman University President Elizabeth Davis. “We are honored to have Tommy as an alumnus and a friend.”
“I am so happy we are able to honor Tommy Stevenson for his incredible service and commitment to Furman University and the entire Greenville community,” said Paladin head football coach Clay Hendrix ‘86, who as a player, assistant coach, and head coach has experienced first-hand Stevenson’s dedication to his alma mater. “He has done so much for so many people. His generosity, friendship and support of Furman Football has been instrumental in our football tradition and in the development of so many great young men. He has earned some much needed rest, and we wish him great health and enjoyment as he begins this new chapter in his life.”
A Winnsboro, S.C., native, Stevenson fell