James N. Creswell
James N. Creswell, age 87, of 208 Lakewood
Dr., died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at his home. He was born
in Abbeville and was a son of the late James Thomas and Blanche Owens
Creswell. Mr. Creswell was retired from Clinton Mills and a
member of Campbell Lodge #44 AFM.
Surviving are one daughter and her husband, Joyce
Creswell and William E. Campbell of Clinton; three grandchildren, Susan
H. Smith, Randall J. Heaton, and Cynthia H. Humphries; eight
great-grandchildren; special stepgrandson, Estess Campbell; three
stepgrandchildren, Barbara Campbell, Jane Meadors and Deborah McGill;
and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, April 17,
2008, at 2 p.m. in Rosemont Cemetery with Masonic Rites. The family
will be at the home and will receive friends immediately following the
service. Condolences may be sent to the family at
www.grayfuneralhome.com Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is
serving the family. (Published in The Greenville News:
04-16-2008...contributed by Andrew Staton)
February 26th, in Dallas County, Alabama, Mr. William Cunninghan, in
the 38th year of his age. He was a native of Laurens District. (The
Charleston Mercury March 15, 1859)
Gray Court - Sarah Douglas Carroll, 81, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001,
at National Health Care of Clinton. Born in Laurens County, she was a
daughter of the late William and Mary Jane Creamer Douglas. Survivors:
a daughter, Ciell Chaney Heynen of Clinton; sisters, Juanita Cooley of
Gray Court, and Lenora Gowan of Spartanburg; grandchildren, Glen
Chaney, Roxanne Bruner and Kelly Chaney; and three great-grandchildren.
Cryptside service: 4 p.m. today at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Laurens. Omit
flowers. Memorials: Broad Street United Methodist Church, handbell
Fund, P.O. box 204, Clinton, SC 29325 (unknown/undated newspaper
Willie Mae Ferguson Copeland
Clinton - Willie Mae Ferguson Copeland,
age 91, 1123 Renno Road and widow of James McElroy Copeland Sr., died
Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Laurens County Hospital. She was born
in Atlanta, Ga., and daughter of the late Richard Browning Ferguson and
Fannie Cromer Ferguson Woods. Mrs. Copeland was a homemaker and a
member of the Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church where she played the
organ for over 60 years. She was also a former employee of Whitten
Center. She is survived by two sons, James M. "Buddy" Copeland Jr. of
Clinton and John Richard Copeland of Union; three daughters, Mae
Copeland Alexander of Mountville, Sara Frances Colpeland Longshore of
Newberry and Lena Bell Copeland Cox of Summerville; 22 grandchildren,
33 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jean C. Ferguson of Columbia and
two nieces. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard B. Ferguson and a
daughter, Joyce Ferguson Copeland. Graveside services will be conducted
today, March 18, at 3 p.m. in the Rosemont Cemetery. The family will
received friends today from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials
may be made to the Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church, c/o Lance Taylor,
109 E. Centennial Street, Clinton, SC 29325 (unknown/undated newspaper
Capt. Robt. Cunningham – The death of Capt.
Robert Cunningham of Rosemont, Laurens District, So., Ca., is certified
to us by a Laurens friend. He was the father of Col. John Cunningham of
the Charleston News, and of Miss Pamela Cunningham, the Southeran
Matron, through whose instrumentality of Mount Vernon estate has been
secured as a monument to the memory of Washington. ( The Carolina
Spartan July 14, 1859)
John Cunningham of Laurens County
S.C. March 11 – Col. John Cunningham died at Rosemont, on the Saluda,
last night at 11 o'clock, in his seventy-fifth year. He was the son of
Capt. Robert Cunningham, a prominent officer of the war of 1812 and a
distinguished citizen of this State. His mother was Miss Louisa Bird, a
Virginia lady. Miss Pamela Cunningham, the famous “Southern Matron”,
author of the movement to purchase Mount Vernon, was his sister. He was
a first cousin of William Yancy, the great Southern orator.
Cunningham was born in Laurens and educated at Athens, Ga. He married
Miss Florid Noble, daughter of Governor Noble, of Abbeville, where he
spent his early years. He afterwards removed to Charleston and became
prominent in State politics, and spent the greater part of his life in
that city practicing law. He was a man of distinguished ability and
strong character. As a member of the legislature from Charleston in
ante-bellum days, he took a leading part in the financial question of
the day. If he had devoted his great ability to the law with the same
assiduity he did to politics, he would have had no superior in the
early life he was involved in several affairs of honor and was on the
field at least twice as principal. He leaves a large family of sons and
daughters among the latter Miss Floride Cunningham, one of the Worlds
Fair Lady commissioners from this State. (The Carolina Spartan March
Pauline Matthews Creswell
Pauline Matthews Creswell, 82, of 208 Lakewood Drive, died Monday, May
21, 2001, at National Health Care of Clinton.
Born in Lydia Mill, she was a daughter
of the late Abram and Rebecca Matthews. Retired: Whitten Center.
Member: First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Survivors: Husband, James N. Creswell;
a daughter, Joyce C. Campbell and husband William E. Campbell, of
Clinton; a sister, Carrie Jacks, of Joanna; three grandchildren; four
stepgrandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. today at
Rosemont Cemetery. — Gray Funeral Home of Clinton. (Published in The Greenville News:
05-23-2001...contributed by Andrew Staton)
CLINTON, Sept. 16. - Ernest D. Chaney, 56,
died at his home at Cross Anchor today after an illness of several
months. He was a native of Laurens County and had spent his entire life
in this section. He is survived by his wife and the following
children: Frank Pressley, P. D. and Marvin Chaney, Mrs. Frazier
Lominack; Mrs. W. E. McLendon, Mrs. S. P. Beenran, and Misses Myrl and
Virginia Chaney; three brothers, W. M., H. M. and Joe L. Chaney, and
one sister, Mrs. T. W. Wesson.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Gray Funeral
Home. (Greenville News, September 16,
1937......contributed by Andrew Staton)
BEAUFORT – Sybil Crosby, 52, of 1615
Riverside Drive, died July 28, 1995 at Beaufort Memorial
Hospital. She was a 1961 graduate of
Clinton High School and a 1965 graduate of Winthrop College. She served
libraries in Clinton, Newberry, St. Stephen and Roanoke Texas. She was
active in the Episcopal Church in Newberry, Denton, and Keller,
Texas. Surviving is her husband, Patrick
David Crosby of the home. Memorial services will be
held at a later date – Copeland Funeral Home, Beaufort. (Greenville News, Jul. 31,
1995......contributed by Andrew Staton)
Mrs. Tallulah Cheek
Laurens, Mar. 18 - Mrs. Tallulah
Culbertson Cheek, 95, one of this section's oldest residents, died in
the Laurens County Hospital at 7:30 Sunday night following several
years of declining health. Mrs. Cheek, who made her home on
Rt. 1, Waterloo, is survived by three sons, E. W. Cheek, of Rt. 1,
Waterloo, G. C. Cheek of Ware Shoals and M. R. Cheek of Athens, Ga.;
one daughter, Mrs. Annie Bobo of Starr; 11 grandchildren and 30
great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the
Union Baptist Church Tuesday at an hour to be announced. The
Rev. Homer Hampton will conduct the rites, and burial will follow in
the church cemetery. Grandsons will serve as
pallbearers. The body is at the home of her son, E. W. Cheek,
with Kennedy Mortuary in charge (transcribed by D. Whitesell from
materials provided by Derrell Teat, unknown news source).
Clinton, Feb. 15 – Mrs. Mary Canfield, 29, wife of H. G.
Canfield, died today at a Greenwood hospital after a two-week illness.
Canfield, a native of Georgia, resided in South Carolina most of her
was a member of the Calvary Baptist church in Clinton. Besides her
Mrs. Canfield is survived by one daughter, Nellie Canfield; parents,
Mrs. J. E. Braswell; three brothers, W. E., J. E., and C. L. Braswell;
sisters, Mrs. Gladys Boyd, Mrs. Annie Belle Huey and Miss Lillian,
Joyce and Evelyn
Braswell; and maternal grandmother, Mrs. R. B. Cox, all of Clinton. The
will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist church
with the Rev. Ralph D. Hughes, the Rev. C. R. Anderson and the Rev. R.
officiating. Burial will be in the Rosemont cemetery here. Active
will be L. S. Harmon, Fate Arnold, Ralph Stewart, Robert Hughes, L. A.
Arthur Howard. The body is at the home of Mrs. Canfield’s parents, Mr.
Braswell, 37 Bailey street, Clinton, the Gray Funeral home of Clinton
charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, February 16, 1940, Page 7,
by Andrew Staton)
Allie Pruitt Clinkscales
Cross Hill, Feb. 27 – J. Casper Chandler, 80, native of
Laurens county, died here today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. B.
Mr. Chandler had been in declining health several years. He was the son
late James W. and Mrs. Emma T. Chandler of Laurens county and was a
the Liberty Springs Presbyterian church. Besides the daughter at whose
died, Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife, Mrs. Agnes Austin Chandler
Hill; five sons, J. AuJ.stin Chandler, Sr., and H. Grady Chandler of
R. and R. R. Chandler of Laurens and Z. P. Chandler of Cross Hill; four
brothers, T. J. Chandler of Clinton, J. L. Chandler of Laurens and O.
H. and W.
E. Chandler of Tocoa, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. H. A. Coleman of Clinton.
funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m., at the Liberty Springs
Presbyterian church, with the pastor, the Rev. J. E. Ratchford, and the
T. McGill, the Rev. J. H. Byrd and the Rev. Mr. Keller officiating.
be in the church cemetery. The body is at the home of Mrs. Mills. The
funeral home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. (Herald
February 28, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)
Clinton, Jan. 22 – Last
rites for Mrs. Allie Pruitt
Clinkscales, 72, who died Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter,
Carlton F. Winn, will be conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Winn
Burial will be in the Lowndesville Presbyterian church cemetery in
county at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Besides the daughter at whose home she
Clinkscales, who was the widow of Charles M. Clinkscales of
survived by a sister, Mrs. E. W. Rush of McIntosh, Fla., and a brother,
L. Pruitt of Due West. (Herald Journal, January 23, 1940, Page 3,
by Andrew Staton)
Clinton, Feb. 23 – Mrs. Carrie Cooper, 67, died today at
the home of her son, Hicks Cooper, on Sloan street in Clinton. Mrs.
was a native of South Carolina, had been ill a year. She was the
the late Rufus and Mary Hughes. Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Calvary
church. Besides the son at whose home she died, Mrs. Cooper is survived
other sons, Claude Cooper of Clinton and Belton Cooper of Goldville.
will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist church in
with the Rev. Ralph D. Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the
Baptist church cemetery. (Herald Journal, February 24, 1940, Page 2,
transcribed by Andrew Staton)
Clinton, Jan. 9 – John Rhett Copeland, 79, retired farmer
of Clinton, died at his home on Calvert avenue at 1 p.m. today after an
of several months. He was a life-long resident of Laurens county. Mr.
was the son of the late George Pringle and Mrs. Frances Young Copeland,
known Laurens county family. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary
Copeland of Clinton; one son, Guy H. Copeland of Abbeville; two
James E. Frazier, Jr., of Blairs and Mrs. M. E. Bethea of
two brothers, M. L. Copeland of Laurens and Guy L. Copeland of Clinton;
sister, Mrs. Richard Copeland of Clinton; eight grandchildren and a
nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Clinton First Presbyterian church, of which he was a member. Dr. D. J.
will officiate at the funeral, with burial in the Clinton Presbyterian
cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Thomas Heath Copeland, Charles
Henry Hunter, John T. Young, John H. Hunter, Frank Young, J. J.
Carswell and C.
C. Ferguson. Members of the honorary escort will be: Dr. S. C. Hayes,
Lee Young, T. D. Copeland, A. J. Milling, Dr. John H. Young, W. A.
D. Copeland, Mayor P. S. Bailey, J. Hamp Stone, George A. Copeland,
Ellis, J. F. Jacobs, P. B. Bailey, John H. Davis, Jr., W. Watts Davis,
W. Bailey, Harrison Copeland, A. O’Daniels, D. E. Tribble, W. Edgar
J. Bailey and Carlton Winn. The Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in
the arrangements (Herald Journal, January 10, 1941, Page 2, transcribed
Clyde C. Culbertson
Goldville, March 1 – Adams Quincy Cothran, 74, who spent
most of his life in Laurens county, died today at his home in Laurens
illness of two weeks. He was a native of Abbeville county and was a
the Baptist church. Mr. Cothran was married twice, his first wife
the former Miss Melvina Dorr, who died in 1909. From this marriage, two
and two daughters survive as follows: Mrs. C. P. Wofford of Goldville,
J. Munday of Newberry, J. H. Cothran of Clinton and W. C. Cothran of
Mr. Cothran’s second wife, the former Miss Ella Smith, survives along
son, Albert Cothran, of Laurens. The funeral will be conducted Saturday
p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wofford, at 330 Magnolia street,
Goldville. The Rev. T. B. Wilkes will officiate at the funeral. Burial
in the Lydia Mills cemetery at Clinton. The Gray Funeral home of
Clinton is in
charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, March 2, 1940, Page 2,
Laurens, Feb. 25 – Clyde C.
Culbertson, 55, died today at
8 a.m. at the hospital here. Mr. Culbertson is survived by his wife;
Charles Culbertson of Laurens; two brothers, T. C. Culbertson of
Laurens and R.
C. Culbertson of Newberry; one sister, Mrs. George Willard of Laurens
grandchildren. Mr. Culbertson was a member of the Second Baptist church
Laurens. Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 4
the Lucas avenue Baptist church by the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Smith,
the Rev. Mr. Bobo and the Rev. Mr. Hedgepath. Active pallbearers will
nephews as follows: Edwin Willard, Rossie Willard, Carl Culbertson,
Anderson, Carl Medlock and Herman Medlock. Honorary pallbearers will
be: Dr. C.
P. Vincent, G. N. Franks, John A. Franks, L. A. Murray, N. L. Motes,
Fowler, Frank Timmerman, John Holcombe, Henry Monroe, D. F. Cauble,
Miller Brown and Tom Henderson. Flower girls will be the following:
Medlock, Sara Medlock, Kate Anderson, Kathleen Culbertson, Alice
Edna Baker, Harlo Garrett and Clara White. (Herald Journal, February
Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)
Mrs. Laura Dial Christopher
Laurens, Feb. 24 - Mrs. Laura Dial Christopher, wife of Dr. A. J.
Christopher of Laurens, died at the family residence on west Main
street shortly after 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon after an illness of
several months duration. She was a daughter of the late Col. Albert
Dial, one of the most prominent citizens of Laurens county. About 25
years ago she was married to Dr. Christopher, a well known physician of
Spartanburg and Laurens counties. Mrs. Christopher was a most estimable
woman and was very active in church and kindred work. As a member of
the Baptist church and the different auxiliary societies, she will be
greatly missed, as well as a neighbor, friend and companion. Of her
immediate family she is survived by her husband and little niece, Laura
Emily Dial, whom she reared from infancy. She is also survived by two
sisters, Mrs. R. L. Gray of Gray Court and Mrs. John D. W. Watts of
Trinity Ridge, this county; three brothers, N. B. Dial and Dr. W. H.
Dial of Laurens and Conway Dial of Cross Hill. The funeral and burial
exercises were held in the city this afternoon at 5 o'clock, the
services being conducted by the Rev. M. L. Lawson of the First Baptist
Church. [The State, Feb. 25, 1916, contributed by Dena Whitesell]
Laurens, May 23 – Mrs. Minnie Lee Campbell, 58, a native
of Spartanburg, died here today. Survivors include one son and two
The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Lucas Avenue
church, with the Rev. L. M. Smith officiating. (Herald Journal, May 24,
Janie B. Cash
Clinton, May 12 – Mrs. Janie B. Cash, 58, wife of the
late J. D. Cash, died at the State Park sanitarium near Columbia
lingering illness. A native of Georgia, Mrs. Cash had lived in this
number of years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Cleveland
Helen Cash, and four sons, Raymond, J. D., J. C. and Nesbitt Cash.
services will be held at 3:30 o’clock Monday afternoon from the Clinton
Pentecostal Holiness church, conducted by the Rev. R. H. Gause and the
D. Hughes. Interment will follow in the Calvary cemetery. (Herald
13, 1940, Page 6)
Julia Thomas Cash
Julia Thomas Cash, 79, widow of George Cash, were
conducted today at the Pope’s Chapel Methodist church at Broad, Ga.
died Sunday night in Laurens at the home of her son-in-law and
and Mrs. H. L. Gilbert, Mrs. Cash had been an invalid two years. She
daughter of the late Thomas W. and Mrs. Elizabeth Pullen of Wilkes
Mrs. Cash had resided in Laurens seven year. Survivors include two
Mrs. Gilbert of Laurens and Mrs. Jette Finley of Charleston. (Herald
April 3, 1940, Page 2)
Laurens, May 24 – The funeral of Belton Franklin
Cathcart, 12, who died at the hospital here today, after a two-day
will be conducted Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Lucas Avenue Baptist
youth, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. John Cathcart of North Harper
Laurens, was a member of the sixth grade at the Ford high school.
parents, the youth is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Roy Dillard of
Miss Frances Cathcart of Watts Mills; maternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. H. F.
Craig of Watts Mills; and several aunts and uncles. The Rev. L. M.
the Rev. V. A. Dean will officiate at the funeral. Pallbearers will be
McCauley, Jack Taylor, Albert Smith, Fowler Brownlee, James Brownlee
Kirby, Jr. Girls in the sixth grade of Ford high school will be
Boys in the class will comprise the honorary escort. The body is at the
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Craig of 8 Simmons street, Watts Mills. (Herald
25, 1940, Page 3)
Laurens, April 20 – Final rites for Edgar H. Crews, 73, a
native of Laurens who died yesterday at Edgefield, will be conducted
today at 2
p.m. at the Edgefield, will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at the
church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Crews was foreman of
composing room of The Advertiser, weekly newspaper at Edgefield. He was
of the late Thomas B. and Mrs. Eugenia Hance Crews of Laurens. Mr.
survived by his wife, the former Miss Anna Partledge of Edgefield; two
brothers, W. T. and James T. Crews of Laurens; one sister, Mrs. John
Columbia. (Herald Journal, April 21, 1940, Page 2)
Laurens, Sept. 13 – Samuel James Craig, 71, died at his
home in the Ora section of Laurens county tonight at 9 o’clock, after
illness of several weeks. Mr. Craig was a son of the late S. J. Craig
McCarly Craig. He was born and reared in Laurens county. Surviving are
sisters, Miss Elizabeth Craig and Miss Isabelle Craig, both of the Ora
community. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock
late residence. Interment will be at the Old Field Cemetery. Further
arrangements will be announced later. (Herald Journal, September 14,
2 and September 15, 1940, Page 3)
Creswell Campbell, age 73, of 208 Lakewood Drive died Wednesday, March
7, 2012 at the St. Francis Hospital in Greenville. She was born in
Clinton and was the daughter of the late James N. and Pauline Mathews
Creswell. Mrs. Campbell was retired from the Torrington Bearings Co.
and was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She is
survived by her husband, William E. Campbell of the home; a son,
Randall Jerry Heaton of Clinton; two daughters, Susan (Bobby) Heaton
Smith of Clinton, Cynthia (Bobby) Heaton Humphries of Elberton, GA;
three step-daughters, Deborah (Rick) Campbell McGill of Ashland, KY,
Jane Campbell Meadors of Clinton and Barbara Jean Campbell of
Jacksonville, FL; a step-son, Rossie Estess Campbell of Clinton; 15
grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be
conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the Rosemont Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to the First Pentecostal Holiness
Church, 403 Academy St., Clinton, SC 29325. The family will receive
friends immediately after the service.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.grayfuneralhome.com (Gray
Funeral Home Website, March 8, 2012, submitted by her cousin (and
county host) Andrew Staton)
Clinton, Dec. 6 – Mrs. Nellie Cogdill, 39, died today at
her home on Jackson street after an illness of six weeks. A native of
Tennessee, Mrs. Cogdill has been a resident of Clinton for eight years.
a member of the Baptist church here. Surviving are her husband, J. D.
three sons, Larry, Stephenson and Earnest; a daughter, Florence Lenora;
sister, Mrs. Liddie Smith; and two brothers, Sam and James Clarke.
services will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon from the Cedar
Baptist church near Enoree and will be conducted by the Rev. R. D.
funeral party will leave the Cogdill residence at Clinton at 2:30
(Herald Journal, December 7, 1940, Page 2)
Laurens, Oct. 3. – J. M. Crow of Newnan, Ga., was found
dead in bed at his lodging quarters here at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Death was
natural causes. It was pronounced by a local physician. The body was
Newnan for funeral rites. As an employee of the R. D. Cole Construction
of Newnan, Mr. Crow had been engaged here as a foreman of a crew of
erecting a 100,000 gallon elevated water tank at Watts Mills. (Herald
October 4, 1940, Page 14)
Laurens, March 2 – James Monroe Clardy, well-known hotel
clerk at Laurens, died this afternoon of a heart attack at a local
following a brief period of illness. For many years he has been
hotels here, in Columbia, Union and Newberry as cashier and clerk. The
the late James A. Clardy, former Laurens postmaster and Mrs. Ophelia
Clardy, he was a mason and a member of the Baptist church. He attended
university and the College of Charleston. Surviving are two brothers,
Clardy, and W. E. Clardy of Laurens; two sisters, Mrs. Frank H. Cothran
N. C. and Miss Pearl Clardy of Columbia. He was never married. Funeral
will be held at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon from the Kennedy mortuary
Rev. J. H. Kyzer, the Rev. A. C. Holler, the Rev. John J. Hayes and the
H. Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Laurens cemetery.
Journal, March 3, 1941, Page 2)
Laurens, March 18 – Jake A. Cummings, 66, of Watts Mills,
died today at a Morganton, N. C., hospital. Surviving are his wife,
Gowan Cummings; three sons, Robert Cummings, Furman Cummings and Harry
Cummings; four daughters, Mrs. Vern Roberts, Mrs. Elda Teague, Mrs. Joe
Cogdill, and Mrs. Lillie Aughtry; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Wills; and two
brothers, James Cummings and Alex Cummings. Funeral services will be
Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Lucas Avenue Baptist church. The
M. Smith will officiate and burial will be in City View Cemetery.
Journal, March 19, 1941, Page 5)
COOPER, FORMER GOVERNOR OF SC, DIES
Greenville, SC, Aug. 7, (AP) – Robert Archer Cooper,
World War I governor of South Carolina, died today after an illness. He
Once a power in South Carolina politics, Cooper turned to service with
federal government after two terms as governor and remained in
Puerto Rico until his retirement as a federal judge in 1948. He then
to live. Funeral services will be conducted here Sunday. A native of
County, the former governor was a son of the late Henry A. and
Cooper. After attending Laurens County schools, he was admitted to the
after studying in a private law firm. His political career started when
named magistrate at Laurens in 1898. Two years later he was elected to
house and served two terms. He then served 12 years as circuit
Elected governor in 1916, he served two terms. In 1922, he took his
federal post, serving on the Federal Farm Loan Board. But he resigned
five years and practiced law in Washington. He next saw service with
of the Democratic National Committee. After the Democrats took control
national government in 1933 President Roosevelt named the former
federal judge in Puerto Rico, a post he held from 1934 to 1948. While a
in 1939, Cooper sentenced eight men to federal prison for conspiring to
overthrow the US government on the island. Later he narrowly escaped
he was fired on in an assassination attempt. Active in Masonic circles,
state grand master from 1915 until 1917 and a past potentiate of Moar
Temple in Charleston. He was a Baptist. He was married twice. His first
was the late Mrs. Mamie Machen Cooper of Princeton. One daughter, Mrs.
Dissman of New York, survives from this union. Also surviving are his
wife, the former Miss Dorcas Calmes of Laurens, and a son, Robert A.
of New Orleans, and a brother, Wister Cooper of Ware Shoals.
(Spartanburg Herald Journal, August 8, 1953, Page 8)
COOPER FUNERAL SET AT GREENVILLE
Greenville, SC, Aug. 8 (AP) – Funeral services for Robert
Archer Cooper, 79-year-old former governor of South Carolina and
federal judge of Puerto Rico, who died Friday morning will be conducted
tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Leon M. Latimer and Dr. John McSween will be
charge of the services. Committal services will be held at Laurens
5 p.m. Six nephews will be pallbearers. More than 90 prominent South
Carolinians have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. Judge
public career spanned nearly 50 years. A Laurens county native, he was
magistrate, then member of the legislature, circuit solicitor, governor
1919-1920, member of the US Farm loan board, general counsel for the
Credit Corporation, staff worker with the national Democratic committee
federal judge. He retired as judge in 1947, and had lived here with
Cooper, the former Dorcas Calmes of Laurens, since then.
(Spartanburg Herald Journal, August 9, 1953, Page 2)
Clinton, April 13 – R. W. Chaney, 79, died at the home of
his daughter, Mrs. R. F. Sumerel, on North Broad Street here early
an extended illness. He is survived by two sons, W. B. Chaney, Atlanta,
J. Chaney of Sedalia; and one daughter, Mrs. Sumerel. Funeral services
conducted at Padgetts Creek Baptist Church in Union County at 3 o’clock
afternoon by the Rev. J. R. Moore and the Rev. W. N. Long. Burial will
the church cemetery. The body will remain at Mrs. Samuel’s home until
Monday afternoon. (Herald Journal, April 14, 1941, Page 6)
Laurens, June 30 – George W. Cook, 59, well-known Laurens
county resident, died today at his home near the city. He was the son
late John Cook and Mattie David Cook and had been a resident of this
over 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bessie Taylor Cook; and
daughters, Mrs. John Harris, Miss Loree Cook and Miss Velma Cook, all
Laurens. Funeral services will be held at 4:30 o’clock Tuesday
afternoon at the
Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Silas Meeks, the Rev. C. H.
Sutherland, and the Rev. C. O. Bell will officiate, and interment will
the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, July 1, 1941, Page 3)
J. Bascom Cheek
Clinton, Sept. 10 – Mrs. Ella Boyd Crawford, 79, wife of
the late Rhett Crawford, died early today at her home in the Hopewell
near Clinton, after several years of declining health. Mrs. Crawford
daughter of the late Ed Boyd and Mrs. Martha Bolt Boyd. Surviving are a
of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. T.
of Goldville at the Hopewell Cemetery at 5 p.m. today. Active
L. J. Brock, J. D. Boyd, B. H. Boyd, Marion Boyd, Downs Monroe and J.
Crawford. (Herald Journal, September 11, 1941, Page 8)
Laurens, Dec. 16 – J. Bascom
Cheek, 44, native of
Princeton, World War veteran and retired store salesman, died suddenly
his home near Greenville. He was stricken while walking to a car ready
to the funeral at Princeton of his stepmother, Mrs. Maggie Cheek, wife
Milford L. Cheek. News of his passing was received at the church as
were being concluded. His mother was the late Mrs. Bettie Mahon Cheek,
wife of his father. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Sara
sister, Mrs. Sarah Cheek Mason of Rochelle Park, NJ; and two
Lafayette and Willis Cheek of Princeton. Funeral services will be held
o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Mackey Mortuary in Greenville and
will be made in the Bethunel Church Cemetery. (Herald Journal, December
1941, Page 5)
L. Broadus Clardy
Laurens, Oct. 21 – Committal
rites were held this
afternoon in Laurens cemetery for L. Broadus Clardy, 25, Greenville
man, who died Sunday night. A native of Laurens, he was a son of the
late L. B.
Clardy of Laurens and Greenville. Survivors include his mother, three
one brother and his maternal grandfather, F. W. Carlisle. (Herald
October 22, 1941, Page 5)
J. Dewey Cogdill
Clinton, Nov. 29 – J. Dewey Cogdill, 43, a native of
Spartanburg county and resident of Clinton for the past nine years,
died at the
Laurens County Hospital today after three weeks of illness. Surviving
sons, Larry, Steve and Ernest Cogdill, a daughter, Miss Florence
brother, Steve Cogdill of Cross Anchor; a sister, Mrs. Cora Church of
Greenville; four half-sisters, Mrs. Fanny Nelson, Mrs. Mary Yarborough
Annie Sherbert all of Enoree and Mrs. Hulda Padgett of Mississippi; and
half-brothers, Blakely and Fred Cogdill of Laurens and Oscar Cogdill of
Spartanburg. Funeral services will be held at the Cedar Shoals church
Enoree Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with the Rev. R. D. Hughes
Interment will be in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, November 30,
Ann Maynard Colvard
Clinton, Dec. 12 – Mrs. Lucy Ann Colvard, 68, died today
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Holbert of near Clinton.
was the wife of W. F. Colvard of Clinton. Besides her husband and the
at whose home she died, Mrs. Colvard is survived by four other
Pearl Atkins of Georgia, Mrs. Lucille Alexander, Mrs. Bertha Holbert
Clyde Laney of Clinton; her mother, Mrs. Filley Maynard of Athens, GA;
brothers, Monroe and Robert Maynard of Athens, GA; three sisters, Mrs.
Hill of Athens, GA, Mrs. Emma Little of Winder, GA and Mrs. Mattie
Georgia. Mrs. Colvard, who was a native of Georgia, had resided in
Carolina 18 years. She was a member of the Lydia Mills Baptist Church,
the funeral will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Algie Lawson,
Rev. R. D. Hughes and the Rev. R. H. Gause will officiate at the last
with burial in the Lydia Baptist Church cemetery. The Gray Funeral Home
Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. (Herald Journal, December 13,
Clinton, Dec. 21 – David W. Copeland, 63, well-known
citizen of Clinton, died at an early hour Sunday morning after two
declining health. He was a native of Laurens County where he spent his
life. He was the son of the late John H. and Martha Finney Copeland,
members of prominent families of Laurens county. He was a member of the
Street Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle
Copeland; one son, Capt. John Wallace Copeland of Turner field, Albany,
daughter, Miss Elizabeth Copeland, a teacher in the Academy street
Clinton; also by one sister, Mrs. J. B. Hollingsworth of Union, and one
brother, George Watts Copeland of Clinton. Funeral services will be
held at the
home on Holland street at 11 o’clock Monday morning. Interment will be
Rosemont Cemetery. The Rev. J. H. Kohler will be in charge. The
been asked to serve as pallbearers: Joe Leak, W. E. Neighbors, P. B.
H. McCrary, Walter Davis and J. Hamp Stone. (Herald Journal, December
Clinton, Nov. 27 – Mrs. Rosa Moore Copeland, wife of the
late H. Arthur Copeland and former principal of the Providence school,
suddenly tonight. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Francis
Columbia and Mrs. Harry Nettles of Clinton with whom she made her home;
son, Lieut. H. A. Copeland of Camp Bowie, Brownwood, TX, and a brother,
Moore, of Bay St. Louis, MS. (Herald Journal, November 28, 1941)
Clinton, Nov. 28 – The funeral of Mrs. Rosa Copeland,
Providence school principal, who died last night, will be conducted
10:30 a.m. at the Clinton First Presbyterian church cemetery. Mrs.
who was the widow of H. Arthur Copeland, is survived by two daughters,
F. Wallace of Columbia and Mrs. Henry Nettles of Clinton; one son,
Arthur Copeland of Camp Bowie, Brownwood, TX; and one brother, Charles
Bay St. Louis, MS. The Rev. J. R. Roberts and Dr. Dudley Jones will
at the final rites. Mrs. Copeland had been principal of the Providence
years. (Herald Journal, November 29, 1941, Page 10)
W. B. Covington
Laurens, Oct. 3 – Mrs. W. B. Covington, mother of Mrs. J.
H. Kyzar, whose husband is pastor of the First Baptist Church of
today at her home at Lucien, MS. Funeral services will be held Saturday
afternoon. (Herald Journal, October 4, 1941, Page 3)
Laurens, Jan. 25 – Mrs. Mattie O. Clark, 75, well known
resident of the Tylersville section, died today at her farm home eight
east of Laurens. She had been in ill health about two years. She was a
of this county, and had been a member of Sandy Springs Methodist Church
many years. She was the widow of J. Mason Clark, and survivors include
Steven O. Clark, at home, and Miles C. Clark, R. F. D. Carrier at
daughters, Mrs. J. L. Coper of Ora and Mrs. J. A. Smoak of Cameron; her
step-mother, Mrs. Lillie Johnson and half-brother; Wales Johnson, of
Anchor; nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral rites
held Monday at 11 o’clock at Langston Baptist Church, with her pastor,
C. O. Bell of Laurens, and the Rev. G. H. Hughes of Waterloo
Burial will be in the family plot in the church cemetery. (Herald
January 26, 1942, Page 5)
Y. Cooley, Jr.
Laurens, Jan. 14 – The funeral of W. Y. Cooley Jr., 23,
Ellen Woodside High School Principal, who died at the Duke hospital,
NC, after a 10-day-illness, will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the
Court Methodist Church. The young school principal was the son of the
Rev. W. Y
Cooley and Mrs. Cooley of Gray Court. The Rev. R. F. Morris, the Rev.
Edwards and Dr. A. B. Langston will officiate at the final rites.
Journal, January 15, 1942, Page 5)
George A. Copeland
Clinton, Jan. 8 – George A. Copeland, 70, Clinton
business man who suffered a broken hip in a fall last Thursday, died
today in a
hospital here. Mr. Copeland had been in the hospital since he was
injured as a
result of the fall. Mr. Copeland was a son of the late George Duckett
and Mrs. Nancy Johnson Copeland. He had engaged in farming most of his
was a native of Clinton. He was a member of the board of deacons of the
First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lou Jones
and four daughters, Mrs. J. F. Jacobs, Mrs. Horace D. Payne, Mrs. J. J.
Cornwell and Mrs. William Brooks Owens, all of Clinton; one brother, T.
Copeland; and a sister, Mrs. E. W. Ferguson of Clinton; and a
H. Phinney of Columbia. The funeral will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m.
residence on East Carolina Avenue in Clinton, with the Rev. J. K.
pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here, officiating. Burial will
the Presbyterian Church Cemetery. (Herald Journal, January 9, 1942,
William E. "Bill" Campbell
William E. “Bill”
Campbell, age 71, of 201 S. Holland Street, and widower of Joyce
Creswell Campbell, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Laurens
County Hospice House.
He was born in Clinton and was a son of the late Rossie Estess and
Daisy Lee Bigham Campbell.
Mr. Campbell was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
He is survived by his son Rossie Estess (Cheri) Campbell of Clinton,
SC; his daughters, Deborah (Rick) Campbell McGilton of Ashland, KY,
Jane Campbell (Mitch) Meadors of Clinton, SC; and Barbara Jean
(Jonathan) Campbell of Jacksonville, FL; his brother, Furman (Pat)
Campbell of Laurens; his sisters, Ann Campbell and Elaine (Calvin)
Samples both of Clinton; his brother-in-law, Charles Madden of Taylors;
and a special caregiver, Keisha Burton; eight grandchildren and three
He was predeceased by a daughter, Leeann Campbell and a sister, Brenda
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, February 26th at 2 p.m. at
Rosemont Cemetery by Rev. Kenneth Hamilton and Rev. Mark Entrekin.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at
the funeral home.
The family will be at the home of his son, at 201 S. Holland Street,
Clinton, SC 29325.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 110 Dillon
Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307.