Laurens County Obituaries

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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)

William Cunninghan
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)

Sarah D. Carroll

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 clipping)

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 clipping)

Death of 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)

Colonel John Cunningham of Laurens County

Laurens, 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.

Col. 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 South.

In 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 15, 1893)

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)

Ernest D. Chaney
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)

Sybil Crosby
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).

Mary Braswell Canfield
Clinton, Feb. 15 – Mrs. Mary Canfield, 29, wife of H. G. Canfield, died today at a Greenwood hospital after a two-week illness. Mrs. Canfield, a native of Georgia, resided in South Carolina most of her life. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist church in Clinton. Besides her husband, Mrs. Canfield is survived by one daughter, Nellie Canfield; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Braswell; three brothers, W. E., J. E., and C. L. Braswell; and five 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 funeral will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist church here, with the Rev. Ralph D. Hughes, the Rev. C. R. Anderson and the Rev. R. H. Gause officiating. Burial will be in the Rosemont cemetery here. Active pallbearers will be L. S. Harmon, Fate Arnold, Ralph Stewart, Robert Hughes, L. A. Hall, Arthur Howard. The body is at the home of Mrs. Canfield’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Braswell, 37 Bailey street, Clinton, the Gray Funeral home of Clinton is in charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, February 16, 1940, Page 7, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

J. Casper Chandler
Cross Hill, Feb. 27 – J. Casper Chandler, 80, native of Laurens county, died here today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. B. Mills. Mr. Chandler had been in declining health several years. He was the son of the late James W. and Mrs. Emma T. Chandler of Laurens county and was a member of the Liberty Springs Presbyterian church. Besides the daughter at whose home he died, Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife, Mrs. Agnes Austin Chandler of Cross Hill; five sons, J. AuJ.stin Chandler, Sr., and H. Grady Chandler of Clinton, W. 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. The 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 Rev. F. T. McGill, the Rev. J. H. Byrd and the Rev. Mr. Keller officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body is at the home of Mrs. Mills. The Gray funeral home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. (Herald Journal, February 28, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Allie Pruitt Clinkscales

Clinton, Jan. 22 – Last rites for Mrs. Allie Pruitt Clinkscales, 72, who died Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carlton F. Winn, will be conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Winn residence. Burial will be in the Lowndesville Presbyterian church cemetery in Abbeville county at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Besides the daughter at whose home she died, Mrs. Clinkscales, who was the widow of Charles M. Clinkscales of Lowndesville, is survived by a sister, Mrs. E. W. Rush of McIntosh, Fla., and a brother, James L. Pruitt of Due West. (Herald Journal, January 23, 1940, Page 3, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Carrie Hughes Cooper
Clinton, Feb. 23 – Mrs. Carrie Cooper, 67, died today at the home of her son, Hicks Cooper, on Sloan street in Clinton. Mrs. Cooper, who was a native of South Carolina, had been ill a year. She was the daughter of the late Rufus and Mary Hughes. Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Calvary Baptist church. Besides the son at whose home she died, Mrs. Cooper is survived by two other sons, Claude Cooper of Clinton and Belton Cooper of Goldville. Last rites will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist church in Clinton, with the Rev. Ralph D. Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Baptist church cemetery. (Herald Journal, February 24, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

John Rhett Copeland
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 illness of several months. He was a life-long resident of Laurens county. Mr. Copeland was the son of the late George Pringle and Mrs. Frances Young Copeland, widely known Laurens county family. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Hunter Copeland of Clinton; one son, Guy H. Copeland of Abbeville; two daughters, Mrs. James E. Frazier, Jr., of Blairs and Mrs. M. E. Bethea of Winston-Salem, NC; two brothers, M. L. Copeland of Laurens and Guy L. Copeland of Clinton; one sister, Mrs. Richard Copeland of Clinton; eight grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Clinton First Presbyterian church, of which he was a member. Dr. D. J. Woods will officiate at the funeral, with burial in the Clinton Presbyterian church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Thomas Heath Copeland, Charles Copeland, 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, Dr. J. Lee Young, T. D. Copeland, A. J. Milling, Dr. John H. Young, W. A. Shands, W. D. Copeland, Mayor P. S. Bailey, J. Hamp Stone, George A. Copeland, George H. Ellis, J. F. Jacobs, P. B. Bailey, John H. Davis, Jr., W. Watts Davis, George W. Bailey, Harrison Copeland, A. O’Daniels, D. E. Tribble, W. Edgar Owens, W. J. Bailey and Carlton Winn. The Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements (Herald Journal, January 10, 1941, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Adams Quincy Cothran
Goldville, March 1 – Adams Quincy Cothran, 74, who spent most of his life in Laurens county, died today at his home in Laurens after an illness of two weeks. He was a native of Abbeville county and was a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Cothran was married twice, his first wife having been the former Miss Melvina Dorr, who died in 1909. From this marriage, two sons and two daughters survive as follows: Mrs. C. P. Wofford of Goldville, Mrs. E. J. Munday of Newberry, J. H. Cothran of Clinton and W. C. Cothran of Goldville. Mr. Cothran’s second wife, the former Miss Ella Smith, survives along with one son, Albert Cothran, of Laurens. The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 3 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 will be 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, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Clyde C. Culbertson

Laurens, Feb. 25 – Clyde C. Culbertson, 55, died today at 8 a.m. at the hospital here. Mr. Culbertson is survived by his wife; one son, Charles Culbertson of Laurens; two brothers, T. C. Culbertson of Laurens and R. C. Culbertson of Newberry; one sister, Mrs. George Willard of Laurens and six grandchildren. Mr. Culbertson was a member of the Second Baptist church of Laurens. Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Lucas avenue Baptist church by the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Smith, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Bobo and the Rev. Mr. Hedgepath. Active pallbearers will be nephews as follows: Edwin Willard, Rossie Willard, Carl Culbertson, Waiters 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, Gary Fowler, Frank Timmerman, John Holcombe, Henry Monroe, D. F. Cauble, Victor Rutledge, Miller Brown and Tom Henderson. Flower girls will be the following: Lucille Medlock, Sara Medlock, Kate Anderson, Kathleen Culbertson, Alice Culbertson, Edna Baker, Harlo Garrett and Clara White. (Herald Journal, February 26, 1940, 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]

Minnie Lee Campbell
Laurens, May 23 – Mrs. Minnie Lee Campbell, 58, a native of Spartanburg, died here today. Survivors include one son and two daughters. The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Lucas Avenue Baptist church, with the Rev. L. M. Smith officiating. (Herald Journal, May 24, 1940, Page 9)

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 following a lingering illness. A native of Georgia, Mrs. Cash had lived in this state a number of years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Cleveland and Miss Helen Cash, and four sons, Raymond, J. D., J. C. and Nesbitt Cash. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o’clock Monday afternoon from the Clinton Mills Pentecostal Holiness church, conducted by the Rev. R. H. Gause and the Rev. R. D. Hughes. Interment will follow in the Calvary cemetery. (Herald Journal, May 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. Mrs. Cash died Sunday night in Laurens at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Gilbert, Mrs. Cash had been an invalid two years. She was the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Mrs. Elizabeth Pullen of Wilkes county, Ga. Mrs. Cash had resided in Laurens seven year. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Gilbert of Laurens and Mrs. Jette Finley of Charleston. (Herald Journal, April 3, 1940, Page 2)

Belton Franklin Cathcart
Laurens, May 24 – The funeral of Belton Franklin Cathcart, 12, who died at the hospital here today, after a two-day illness, will be conducted Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Lucas Avenue Baptist church. The youth, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. John Cathcart of North Harper street, Laurens, was a member of the sixth grade at the Ford high school. Besides his parents, the youth is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Roy Dillard of Whitmire and 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. Smith and the Rev. V. A. Dean will officiate at the funeral. Pallbearers will be Columbus McCauley, Jack Taylor, Albert Smith, Fowler Brownlee, James Brownlee and Marion Kirby, Jr. Girls in the sixth grade of Ford high school will be flowerbearers. Boys in the class will comprise the honorary escort. The body is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Craig of 8 Simmons street, Watts Mills. (Herald Journal, May 25, 1940, Page 3)

Edgar H. Crews
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 Edgefield Methodist church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Crews was foreman of the composing room of The Advertiser, weekly newspaper at Edgefield. He was a son of the late Thomas B. and Mrs. Eugenia Hance Crews of Laurens. Mr. Crews is 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 Bolt of Columbia. (Herald Journal, April 21, 1940, Page 2)

Samuel James Craig
Laurens, Sept. 13 – Samuel James Craig, 71, died at his home in the Ora section of Laurens county tonight at 9 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Craig was a son of the late S. J. Craig and Jane McCarly Craig. He was born and reared in Laurens county. Surviving are two sisters, Miss Elizabeth Craig and Miss Isabelle Craig, both of the Ora community. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the late residence. Interment will be at the Old Field Cemetery. Further arrangements will be announced later. (Herald Journal, September 14, 1940, Page 2 and September 15, 1940, Page 3)

Joyce Creswell Campbell
Joyce 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)

Nellie Clarke Cogdill
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. She was a member of the Baptist church here. Surviving are her husband, J. D. Cogdill; three sons, Larry, Stephenson and Earnest; a daughter, Florence Lenora; a sister, Mrs. Liddie Smith; and two brothers, Sam and James Clarke. Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon from the Cedar Shoales Baptist church near Enoree and will be conducted by the Rev. R. D. Hughes. The funeral party will leave the Cogdill residence at Clinton at 2:30 o’clock. (Herald Journal, December 7, 1940, Page 2)

J. M. Crow
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 due to natural causes. It was pronounced by a local physician. The body was taken to Newnan for funeral rites. As an employee of the R. D. Cole Construction company of Newnan, Mr. Crow had been engaged here as a foreman of a crew of workmen in erecting a 100,000 gallon elevated water tank at Watts Mills. (Herald Journal, October 4, 1940, Page 14)

James Monroe Clardy
Laurens, March 2 – James Monroe Clardy, well-known hotel clerk at Laurens, died this afternoon of a heart attack at a local hospital following a brief period of illness. For many years he has been connected with hotels here, in Columbia, Union and Newberry as cashier and clerk. The son of the late James A. Clardy, former Laurens postmaster and Mrs. Ophelia Henderson Clardy, he was a mason and a member of the Baptist church. He attended Furman university and the College of Charleston. Surviving are two brothers, B. L. Clardy, and W. E. Clardy of Laurens; two sisters, Mrs. Frank H. Cothran of Charlotte, N. C. and Miss Pearl Clardy of Columbia. He was never married. Funeral services will be held at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon from the Kennedy mortuary with the Rev. J. H. Kyzer, the Rev. A. C. Holler, the Rev. John J. Hayes and the Rev. E. H. Williams officiating. Interment will be in the Laurens cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 3, 1941, Page 2)

Jake A. Cummings
Laurens, March 18 – Jake A. Cummings, 66, of Watts Mills, died today at a Morganton, N. C., hospital. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Josie 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 held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Lucas Avenue Baptist church. The Rev. L. M. Smith will officiate and burial will be in City View Cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 19, 1941, Page 5)

Robert Archer Cooper
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 was 79. Once a power in South Carolina politics, Cooper turned to service with the federal government after two terms as governor and remained in Washington and Puerto Rico until his retirement as a federal judge in 1948. He then came here to live. Funeral services will be conducted here Sunday. A native of Laurens County, the former governor was a son of the late Henry A. and Elizabeth Jones Cooper. After attending Laurens County schools, he was admitted to the bar after studying in a private law firm. His political career started when he was named magistrate at Laurens in 1898. Two years later he was elected to the house and served two terms. He then served 12 years as circuit solicitor. Elected governor in 1916, he served two terms. In 1922, he took his first federal post, serving on the Federal Farm Loan Board. But he resigned after five years and practiced law in Washington. He next saw service with the staff of the Democratic National Committee. After the Democrats took control of the national government in 1933 President Roosevelt named the former governor a federal judge in Puerto Rico, a post he held from 1934 to 1948. While a judge in 1939, Cooper sentenced eight men to federal prison for conspiring to overthrow the US government on the island. Later he narrowly escaped death when he was fired on in an assassination attempt. Active in Masonic circles, he was state grand master from 1915 until 1917 and a past potentiate of Moar Shrine Temple in Charleston. He was a Baptist. He was married twice. His first wife was the late Mrs. Mamie Machen Cooper of Princeton. One daughter, Mrs. James H. Dissman of New York, survives from this union. Also surviving are his second wife, the former Miss Dorcas Calmes of Laurens, and a son, Robert A. Cooper Jr. of New Orleans, and a brother, Wister Cooper of Ware Shoals.
(Spartanburg Herald Journal, August 8, 1953, Page 8)

 ROBERT 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 retired federal judge of Puerto Rico, who died Friday morning will be conducted here tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Leon M. Latimer and Dr. John McSween will be in charge of the services. Committal services will be held at Laurens Cemetery at 5 p.m. Six nephews will be pallbearers. More than 90 prominent South Carolinians have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. Judge Cooper’s public career spanned nearly 50 years. A Laurens county native, he was first a magistrate, then member of the legislature, circuit solicitor, governor in 1919-1920, member of the US Farm loan board, general counsel for the Commodity Credit Corporation, staff worker with the national Democratic committee and federal judge. He retired as judge in 1947, and had lived here with Mrs. Cooper, the former Dorcas Calmes of Laurens, since then.
(Spartanburg Herald Journal, August 9, 1953, Page 2)

R. W. Chaney
Clinton, April 13 – R. W. Chaney, 79, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. F. Sumerel, on North Broad Street here early today after an extended illness. He is survived by two sons, W. B. Chaney, Atlanta, and L. J. Chaney of Sedalia; and one daughter, Mrs. Sumerel. Funeral services will be conducted at Padgetts Creek Baptist Church in Union County at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon by the Rev. J. R. Moore and the Rev. W. N. Long. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will remain at Mrs. Samuel’s home until 2:15 o’clock Monday afternoon. (Herald Journal, April 14, 1941, Page 6)

George W. Cook
Laurens, June 30 – George W. Cook, 59, well-known Laurens county resident, died today at his home near the city. He was the son of the late John Cook and Mattie David Cook and had been a resident of this county for over 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bessie Taylor Cook; and three daughters, Mrs. John Harris, Miss Loree Cook and Miss Velma Cook, all of 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 be in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, July 1, 1941, Page 3)

Ella Boyd Crawford
Clinton, Sept. 10 – Mrs. Ella Boyd Crawford, 79, wife of the late Rhett Crawford, died early today at her home in the Hopewell section, near Clinton, after several years of declining health. Mrs. Crawford was the daughter of the late Ed Boyd and Mrs. Martha Bolt Boyd. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. T. B. Wilkes of Goldville at the Hopewell Cemetery at 5 p.m. today. Active pallbearers were L. J. Brock, J. D. Boyd, B. H. Boyd, Marion Boyd, Downs Monroe and J. Roy Crawford. (Herald Journal, September 11, 1941, Page 8)

J. Bascom Cheek

Laurens, Dec. 16 – J. Bascom Cheek, 44, native of Princeton, World War veteran and retired store salesman, died suddenly today at his home near Greenville. He was stricken while walking to a car ready to drive to the funeral at Princeton of his stepmother, Mrs. Maggie Cheek, wife of Milford L. Cheek. News of his passing was received at the church as services were being concluded. His mother was the late Mrs. Bettie Mahon Cheek, first wife of his father. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Sara Jewell; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Cheek Mason of Rochelle Park, NJ; and two half-brothers, Lafayette and Willis Cheek of Princeton. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Mackey Mortuary in Greenville and interment will be made in the Bethunel Church Cemetery. (Herald Journal, December 17, 1941, Page 5)

L. Broadus Clardy

Laurens, Oct. 21 – Committal rites were held this afternoon in Laurens cemetery for L. Broadus Clardy, 25, Greenville business 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 sisters, one brother and his maternal grandfather, F. W. Carlisle. (Herald Journal, 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 are three sons, Larry, Steve and Ernest Cogdill, a daughter, Miss Florence Cogdill; a brother, Steve Cogdill of Cross Anchor; a sister, Mrs. Cora Church of Greenville; four half-sisters, Mrs. Fanny Nelson, Mrs. Mary Yarborough and Mrs. Annie Sherbert all of Enoree and Mrs. Hulda Padgett of Mississippi; and three half-brothers, Blakely and Fred Cogdill of Laurens and Oscar Cogdill of Spartanburg. Funeral services will be held at the Cedar Shoals church near Enoree Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with the Rev. R. D. Hughes officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, November 30, 1941, Page 12)

Lucy 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. Mrs. Colvard was the wife of W. F. Colvard of Clinton. Besides her husband and the daughter at whose home she died, Mrs. Colvard is survived by four other daughters, Mrs. Pearl Atkins of Georgia, Mrs. Lucille Alexander, Mrs. Bertha Holbert and Mrs. Clyde Laney of Clinton; her mother, Mrs. Filley Maynard of Athens, GA; two brothers, Monroe and Robert Maynard of Athens, GA; three sisters, Mrs. Lola Hill of Athens, GA, Mrs. Emma Little of Winder, GA and Mrs. Mattie Edwards of Georgia. Mrs. Colvard, who was a native of Georgia, had resided in South Carolina 18 years. She was a member of the Lydia Mills Baptist Church, where the funeral will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Algie Lawson, the Rev. R. D. Hughes and the Rev. R. H. Gause will officiate at the last rites, with burial in the Lydia Baptist Church cemetery. The Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. (Herald Journal, December 13, 1941, Page 3)

David W. Copeland
Clinton, Dec. 21 – David W. Copeland, 63, well-known citizen of Clinton, died at an early hour Sunday morning after two years of declining health. He was a native of Laurens County where he spent his entire life. He was the son of the late John H. and Martha Finney Copeland, both members of prominent families of Laurens county. He was a member of the Broad Street Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Belle Bramlett Copeland; one son, Capt. John Wallace Copeland of Turner field, Albany, GA; one daughter, Miss Elizabeth Copeland, a teacher in the Academy street school of 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 in Rosemont Cemetery. The Rev. J. H. Kohler will be in charge. The following have been asked to serve as pallbearers: Joe Leak, W. E. Neighbors, P. B. Adair, C. H. McCrary, Walter Davis and J. Hamp Stone. (Herald Journal, December 22, 1941, Page 3)

Rosa Moore Copeland
Clinton, Nov. 27 – Mrs. Rosa Moore Copeland, wife of the late H. Arthur Copeland and former principal of the Providence school, died suddenly tonight. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Francis Wallace of Columbia and Mrs. Harry Nettles of Clinton with whom she made her home; one son, Lieut. H. A. Copeland of Camp Bowie, Brownwood, TX, and a brother, Charles 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 Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Clinton First Presbyterian church cemetery. Mrs. Copeland, who was the widow of H. Arthur Copeland, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. T. F. Wallace of Columbia and Mrs. Henry Nettles of Clinton; one son, Lieut. H. Arthur Copeland of Camp Bowie, Brownwood, TX; and one brother, Charles Moore of Bay St. Louis, MS. The Rev. J. R. Roberts and Dr. Dudley Jones will officiate at the final rites. Mrs. Copeland had been principal of the Providence school many years. (Herald Journal, November 29, 1941, Page 10)

Mrs. 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 Laurens, died today at her home at Lucien, MS. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon. (Herald Journal, October 4, 1941, Page 3)

Mattie O. Clark
Laurens, Jan. 25 – Mrs. Mattie O. Clark, 75, well known resident of the Tylersville section, died today at her farm home eight miles east of Laurens. She had been in ill health about two years. She was a native of this county, and had been a member of Sandy Springs Methodist Church for many years. She was the widow of J. Mason Clark, and survivors include sons, Steven O. Clark, at home, and Miles C. Clark, R. F. D. Carrier at Waterloo; two 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 Cross Anchor; nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral rites will be held Monday at 11 o’clock at Langston Baptist Church, with her pastor, The Rev. C. O. Bell of Laurens, and the Rev. G. H. Hughes of Waterloo officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, January 26, 1942, Page 5)

W. 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, Durham, NC, after a 10-day-illness, will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Gray 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. J. S. Edwards and Dr. A. B. Langston will officiate at the final rites. (Herald 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 Copeland and Mrs. Nancy Johnson Copeland. He had engaged in farming most of his life and was a native of Clinton. He was a member of the board of deacons of the Clinton First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lou Jones Copeland; 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. D. Copeland; and a sister, Mrs. E. W. Ferguson of Clinton; and a half-brother, Joe H. Phinney of Columbia. The funeral will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. at the residence on East Carolina Avenue in Clinton, with the Rev. J. K. Roberts, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here, officiating. Burial will be in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery. (Herald Journal, January 9, 1942, Page 8)

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 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Leeann Campbell and a sister, Brenda Madden.
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.

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