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Accountant , publisher , visual artist , writer

Merlene Hutto Byars, American accountant, artist, writer, historian. Recipient numerous awards for quilting South Carolina State Fair, since 1976, Certified for rose research test panel Jackson and Perkins, 1982, Foremost Women in Communications award, 1969-1970, Cayce Ambassador award, City of Cayce, 1994.


Byars, Merlene Hutto was born on November 8, 1931 in West Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Daughter of Gideon Thomas and Nettie (Fail) Hutto.


Student, Palmer College. Student, Midlands Technology. Student, University South Carolina, since 1988.

Diploma in Journalism, International Corresponding School, 1995. Diploma in Journalism, Longridge Writers Group, 1995. Master of Science in Public Health, University South Carolina, 1996.

Degree in Accounting, Wingate University, Charlotte, North Carolina.


Accountant, State of South Carolina., 1964-1993; retired, 1993; president, Merlene Hutto Byars Enterprises, Cayce, since 1993. Designer Collegiate Licensing Company, United States Trademark, since 1989. Member Thinktank for Retired Employees, University of Southern California Education Foundation, 1998-2003.



Life member Women's Missionary Society, United Lutheran Church, since 1954. Member education foundation University South Carolina, 1969-1993. Treasurer Airport High School Booster Club, 1969-1976.

Secretary Saxe Gotha History Society, Lexington County, 1994-1996. Member University of Southern California Education Foundation, Think-Tank for 2001 fundraising campaign/retired faculty and staff, 1998-2001. Representative Cayce History Committee at American Biographical Institute/International Biographical Center Congress, New Orleans, 1998.

Fellow International Biographical Association (Cambridge, England) (deputy director general since 1999), United States.C. Caroliniana Society, University South Carolina Thomas Cooper Library. Society; member Cayce Museum History (contributor books, award for contribution 1987), South Carolina State Museum, Town and Country Association, Kiwanis International Foundation (distinguished international secretary 2004-2005, distinguished Kiwinian 2005-2007), University South Carolina Alumni Association (life), Women's Missionary Society (life), General International Center Americas (deputy director), Kiwanis Club Cayce-West Columbia, Heritage Foundation, Williamsburg Foundation, Caroliniana Library., South Carolina Library., University South Carolina Alumni Foundation, Heritage Foundation (Washington), Williamsburg Foundation (Virginia).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: history, reading, sewing, traveling, art.


Married Alvin Willard Byars, June 10, 1950 (deceased). Children: Alvin Gregg, Robin Mark, Jay C., Blaine Derrick. Married Fred W. Klutzow, December 10, 1999.

Gideon Thomas Hutto

Nettie (Fail) Hutto

Alvin Willard Byars

Fred W. Klutzow

Alvin Gregg Byars

Jay C. Byars

Robin Mark Byars

Blaine Derrick Byars