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Memory Hold The Door, Volume III: 1978–1987

Memory Hold The Door Honorees from 1978 to 1987.

Charles Victor Pyle (1910–1985)

Charles Victor Pyle was born in Greenville on May 24, 1919, the son of Charles Dennis and Gertrude (Bryson) Pyle.

He graduated from Furman University and attended law school there until it closed in 1932. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1933.

He practiced law in Greenville with his uncle, Joseph R. Bryson, until Mr. Bryson’s election to the U.S. Congress in 1938. His son, C. Victor Pyle, Jr., joined him in 1959, forming the firm of Pyle and Pyle. After his son’s election to the judiciary, he practiced alone until his death.

He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was active in Buncombe Street United Methodist Church and served as Exalted Ruler and Trustee of B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 858.

During his public service career, he was Chairman of the Greenville County Democratic Party, from 1946–50 and 1958–60, was Solicitor of the Greenville County Court for 16 years and was President of the Greenville County Bar from 1968–69.

He was married to Eugenia Smith of Charleston. He has a daughter, Haley Pyle Nations, and a son, Judge Charles Victor Pyle, Jr., both of Greenville.