Judith Clarkson Salter, 72, former editor of The Hartwell Sun, died peacefully on June 10, 2019, at Hospice of the Upstate, Anderson, South Carolina.
Her loving husband, Richard Salter, survives her, as well as daughters Tracy Bass and Kimberly Ball, and step-son, James (Janis) Salter; brother Steven (Charlotte) Clarkson, sister-in-law Debbie Salter; grandchildren Emily Ball, Sarah Ball, John Ball III, and Joseph Ball, Finn Salter, Jane Salter, and Sam Salter, nephews Michael Clarkson and Matt (Abbey) Clarkson. Her mother and father, FlorReine and O.B. Clarkson, and brothers, David and Grady, precede her in death.
Judy, as family and friends knew her, began her career in journalism in Alabama during the early 1970s, working on the Women's Pages at the Alexander City Outlook. Over the following years, she would become a reporter for the Alexander City Outlook, editor at the Dadeville Record, and advance to reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser-Journal. Following, she was a Public Information Officer for the State of Alabama at both the state Consumer Protection Agency and the Department of Tourism and Travel. In 1987, she and her family moved to St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, where once again, she returned to her first love of journalism as an editor at the St. Croix Avis.
Although Judy accumulated many distinctions over her career, she was proud being the first female graduate of Jefferson State in Alabama, and to have earned her Bachelor degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham. As a student, she served as Editor of the UAB student newspaper and began mentoring young reporters. After graduation, she moved to Madison, Georgia as editor of the Madisonian, before accepting the position as editor at The Hartwell Sun.
While editor of The Hartwell Sun, the paper won several awards from the Georgia Press Association including 2004 recognition for general excellence, first place 2005 Better Newspaper contest for Photo Essay, and 2007 first place Editorial Writing, H. H. Dean trophy for The Hartwell Sun.
Her greatest joy after retirement came from her grandchildren, especially in attending milestone events. From band concerts to awards ceremonies, graduations to Christmas morning, "Baba" made a point to support her family, and she and "Pop" known to Hartwell for doing so.
Judy loved Hartwell, and enjoyed being an active member of several organizations, including the Madora Garden Club, Kiwanis Club, and singing in the choir at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Hart County, payable to Hart Partners, Inc. The Imagination Library is a book-gifting program for children under the age of five, to foster a love of reading in preschoolers, and that every child has books, regardless of the family's income.