WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - A West Ashley neighborhood is mourning a man who helped spread holiday cheer with an annual golf cart parade.
Frank Worsham died suddenly on Friday morning, his friends say. His death came less than a week after he set up a reward for information about the theft of the custom golf cart he used as part of a neighborhood holiday tradition.
"He started as a one-man show, driving his cart around Christmas Eve and tooting his horn and welcoming everyone, and it has gradually grown to where it's a big neighborhood event," says Wayne Murrah, a close friend.
On Sunday, two days after the cart was stolen, Worsham said his cart was custom-made to look like his first car, a 1957 Chevy, and said its true value was more than just its cost.
"It means a lot to me," he said. "A lot of sweat equity went into building that one."
Ten years ago, Worsham and a friend came up with the idea of driving around the Sylvan Shores neighborhood on Christmas Eve, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Over time, as more neighbors joined in, that simple act turned into an annual tradition and a parade of more than 20 golf carts.
"It's just a good time for the neighborhood, and it's a good way to start off Christmas."
Murrah says the neighborhood is devastated by the news of his death.
"This time of year is really very tough because he was such a fixture and such an important part of this season."
He says finding the golf cart now would be extraordinary.
"In a sense, the Grinch has stolen Christmas for a lot of Sylvan Shores' people in a very big way this year, so it can never be made up for but that would be quite spectacular."
Murrah says it is very difficult to imagine going forward with the golf cart parade on Christmas Eve. He says they may just light up the streets this year in honor of Worsham.