Edgar Loyns (1893-1965) was born in Manning, South Carolina to German Jewish immigrant, Louis Loyns (1848-1909), and Charleston native Rose Levy (1853-1915). After being raised in Sumter, Loyns worked as a cotton broker and fertilizer salesman in Charleston. This work took him to places across rural South Carolina, including Elloree, where he moved by 1917. In 1923, Loyns married Sophie Annie Mazursky of Barnwell County. Loyns eventually owned more than one hundred acres of farmland around Elloree and several rental houses in Sumter. In the 1930s, he retired from the cotton brokerage business and provided for his family as a farmer. Before his death in 1965, he donated two acres to create a community park in Elloree.