Clemson great played key role in early years of Bell Shoals Baptist

 
Frank Irvin Gillespie's last year playing football at Clemson was 1949—20 years before Dabo Swinney, coach of the university's national championship football team, was born. However, Coach Swinney called Gillespie's son Frank the day after his dad died to offer his condolences—a call evidencing that Frank Irvin Gillespie's influence at Clemson is legendary and still being felt nearly 70 years after his last football game. Gillespie, 94, died on March 8. He was a war hero, a champion in collegiate athletics, ...