Legacy of Former Knight Commander Frampton Continues
by Drew Collins (Zeta Omega–Coastal Carolina ’17)
On a May Sunday in the midst of a heatwave in South Carolina I attended the funeral of one of the patients of the hospice that I serve as Chaplain in a Summerville church. I had been told that my participation might be needed so I was prepared to do so to the extent required and upon my arrival the Rev’d Achim Daffin, Chaplain of the Presbyterian Village in Summerville, asked me if I knew where the Prayer of St. Francis could be easily accessed as the family wanted that included in the service. Providently, my Kindle, onto which I had downloaded the Kappa Alpha Devotional Guide which includes that prayer, was in my car so I retrieved it and read that prayer during the service.
In his remarks, the Rev’d Mr. Daffin alluded to a conversation that Dr. Frampton’s mother had had with him in which she expressed the wish that Presbyterians and others could have somewhere to live out their senior years. Dr. Frampton was inspired by that and was instrumental in the founding of the Presbyterian Home of Summerville, South Carolina, now known as the Presbyterian Village. After the service I told him that it was interesting that he had brought that up because “Dr. Frampton” – the Rev’d Dr. William McLoud Frampton (Beta Gamma–Charleston 1929) was the 24th Knight Commander of the Kappa Alpha Order and it was out of the Order’s Devotional Guide that I had read that prayer. Achim, a longtime friend, had known Knight Commander Frampton but had been unaware of his prominence in the Order.
From the founding of the home in Summerville in 1956, the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina have grown to include six campuses in Summerville, Clinton, Easley, Florence, Lexington, and West Columbia. Thousands of residents have received a spectrum of services ranging from independent living to skilled nursing in a Christian environment. Knight Commander Frampton served for many years as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and guided their growth through their early years.
Knight Commander Frampton is remembered within Kappa Alpha Order for his service as the Commander of the Smith and Graves Provinces, as Knight Commander, and as our first National Chaplain. He was active in interfraternal cooperation and leadership in the North-American Interfraternity Conference. He died in 2003 but his influence continues beyond the bounds of the Order and NAIC through the lives touched by a devoted son honoring his mother’s suggestion.