Spartanburg County Obituaries 

Most of these records were transcribed from newspapers and posted to the Spartanburg County Mailing List over a period of several years by Nancie O'Sullivan and Lisa Burns. With their gracious permission I am posting these for everyone to share. Note: Please also see Spartanburg County Death Certificates on this site. The  Spartanburg Library has an index of obituaries and death certificates online with information for ordering copies.  National Obituary Search is also very useful for help in finding obituaries. Ordering information for birth, marriage and death certificates is online at South Carolina Vital Records.  If you have records you would like to share please contact me.

James F. Sanders
Contributed by Nancie O’Sullivan
Woodruff – James F. Sanders, 63, husband of Mrs. Cora Gillespie Sanders, of 305 Stone Ave., died 12:15 a.m. Sunday in Woodruff Hospital.
Native of Unin County; son of the late Murph and Abby Richards Sanders; member of Northside Baptist Church; retired employee Abney Mills; member of Bethel Masonic Lodge No. 112 at Woodruff.
Also surviving: son, Julius J. Sanders of Woodruff; daughter, Mrs. Henry Pollard of Woodruff; sisters, Mrs. Clarice Arthur of Union and Mrs. Etta Fuller of Clinton; halfsisters, Mrs. Gertrude Croff of Bath, S.C. and Mrs. Bobbie Randolph of Clearwater S.C.; halfbrothers, Marvin of North Augusta and Charles Rhodes of Clearwater; stepsister, Mrs. Nellie Collins of Clearwater; stepbrothers, Bluffie, James and Rufus Rhodes of Clearwater; four grandchildren.
Services 2 Tuesday at Northside Baptist Church by the Revs. Glenn Mostellar and Joe Crook; burial in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home; to receive friends 7-9 tonight at Lanford-Boyter Funeral Home.

Laurensville Herald
Nov. 22, 1920
Gaffney, Nov. 22 - I.P. SARRATT and REVIS DAWSON killed each other at SARRATT'S home, just over the county line of Cherokee county, yesterday afternoon at 6 o'clock. DAWSON was SARRATT'S grandson and was about 25 years of age. Sarratt was 67.
Going to the Sarratt's house, Dawson, it is said, sat down and talked quietly with the old man, showing a copy of the divorce which he had recently obtained from his wife in N.C. Dawson suggested that they walk out to the hog pen. According to the statement of MRS. SARRATT, who said that her husband reached to the mantel and took down his revolver, which was in a scabbard and that Dawson saw him do this, then MRS. SARRATT continued , she heard her husband say , " If you do I will-" and then the shooting commenced.
Dawson emptied his pistol and Sarratt shot twice. Only one ball took effect in Sarratt, he being shot through the right breast. Both men died immediately after being shot, neither of them speaking. Dawson's father lives within a few miles of Gaffney.

Carolina Spartan
Dec. 10, 1890

REV. DRURY D. SCRUGGS, died last Sunday at the residence of his son-in-law JOHN CAMP near Island Ford. For many years he preached in this county.
After the war he went to Tennessee and settled near Chattanooga. He was about 83 years old. The same day MR. ROBERT SCRUGGS, living at the Cowpens battle field, a brother of the preacher, there being only six hours between their deaths. The latter was about 91 years old. He was an upright, good man, respected by his neighbors for his kind heart and his correct conduct.

Richard "Dick" Scruggs
Rutherford Sun,Oct. 6, 1910.
Gaffney, Sept. 30 - Another old Confederate soldier crossed over, RICHARD SCRUGGS, or UNCLE DICK, as he was familiarly known, was stricken with paralysis on Friday night and died on Monday at 2 o'clock. He leaves 3 sons, one daughter, 4 brothers and several sisters to mourn his departure, his wife having died several years ago. He was born March 8, 1828, being at his death 82 years , 6 months and 18 days old. His birth place was on the southeast corner of the old Cowpens Battlefield. He died on the northwest corner of same battlefield. He served 3 years in the Confederate war in Halcomb's Legion. He was a son of ROBERT SCRUGGS and a nephew of REV. DRURY SCRUGGS. The funeral service was conducted by REV. R.J. TATE and his remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at New Pleasant church on Tuesday. The pall bearers were : JAMES JOLLY, ROBERT LAWSON, MR. COOK, THOMAS JOLLY, R.P. SCRUGGS, WILLIAM LAWSON - all old Confederate soldiers. A large crowd attended the funeral , showin!
g the high respect in which he was held.
Spartanburg Herald
Nov. 1, 1950
W. LEO SEAY, 50, Brook St., Beaumont, died Tuesday morning at General Hospital.
MR. SEAY was born Oct. 5, 1900 at Boiling Springs. He was a son of MRS. DOVIE and the late H.M. SEAY. He was a section man in the spinning room at Beaumont mills.
Surviving are his wife, MRS. RUTH THOMAS SEAY; 4 daughters, MISS BETTY SEAY , Sptbg., MRS. V.L. SHANK, Los Angeles, Calif., MRS. PAUL BRANNON, St. Louis, Mo., and MRS. J.F. KEANE of Chicago, Ill; 4 sons, LARRY, Sptbg., ALBERT, US. Navy, Pfc. JOSEPH E. SEAY, U.S. Army, and Pfc. PAUL SEAY with the army at Fort Campbell, Ky.; his mother, MRS. H.M. SEAY, Sptbg. rt.5, and 2 sisters, MRS. MARIE EISON , Sptbg. and MRS. JOHN H. FOWLER; one brother, GETTIS of Charleston and 5 grandchildren.
Floyd Mortuary will announce the arrangements, they are incomplete.
Laurensville Herald
November 22, 1907
After a prolonged illness MRS. J. KENNY SHELL passed away Wednesday morning. She was 2? years of age.
She was the daughter of P.E. MOORE, deceased and MRS. LENA E. MOORE, who has made her home with her since her marriage to MR. SHELL, six years ago.
She is survived by her husband, brother E.H. MOORE of Lanford Station and MRS. DUGAR MARTIN of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Spartanburg Journal
Monday, July 17, 1922

While attending the funeral of her sister yesterday afternoon, MISS JULIA SHERBERT, aged 81 years dropped dead. The funeral of MISS ELIZABETH SHERBERT, who died at her home near Anderson's Mill Saturday morning was to be held yesterday at Hebron church and MISS JULIA SHERBERT, who was in the car with her brother, J.E. SHERBERT and another lady, going to the funeral, dropped dead between the Walnut Grove and Hebron church.
As the funeral party was passing Walnut Grove enroute to Hebron MISS SHERBERT looked out of the car and said it had been a long time since she had been to Walnut Grove but she recognized the place. Shortly afterwords she placed her head on the should of the lady sitting next to her, who thought she was resting. She was shocked upon reaching the church to find that MISS SHERBERT was dead .
The body of MISS SHERBERT was taken to the home of N.E. THOMAS in the Walnut Grove section where it was prepared for burial. This afternoon at 1 o'clock she was buried at Hebron beside the grave of her sister. Rev. MR. OWEN performing the ceremony.
Spartanburg Journal
April 17, 1915
MRS. MARTHA SHERBERT, of near the Spartanburg junction, died this morning at her home after a long illness. She was 65 years of age. The funeral services will be held from Liberty church tomorrow and the interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Spartanburg Herald, Page 2A
DATE: Saturday, March 19, 1977
Minnie Wheeley Shropshire, 77, of 89 Oak Street, Arkwright, died at 5:15 a.m. Friday in General Hospital after a brief illness.
Native of Hillsboro, N.C.; daughter of the late Ephrim and Minnie Wheeley; retired employee of Arkwright Mills; married first to the late Joseph Blalock, second to the late Coye Cole, and last to the late Ocie Shropshire; attended Arkwright Baptist Church.
Surviving: daughters, Mrs. Gladys Hartsell of Durham, Mrs. Collene Satterfield of Spartanburg; sons, James Garfield Cole of Spartanburg, George T. Blalock, Jr. of Texas, William O. Cole of Greenville; two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers: Frank, Johnny and Frankie Cole, James G. Cole, Jr., Nick Case and Ricky Satterfield.
Services 3 Sunday at Floyd's North Church Street Chapel; burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Jack Davis
Family to receive friends 7 - 9 tonight at the mortuary.
Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Spartanburg Herald, Page 2
DATE: Saturday, October 16, 1954
Williams Silas Shropshire, 59, of 12 Smythe Street in Saxon died at his home early this morning after a brief illness.
Mr. Shropshire was a native of Tennessee and had been employed at Saxon for more than 35 years.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Jane Ballew Shropshire; three sons, Frank and Bobby of Spartanburg and Pvt. Dan Shropshire of Korea; two daughters, Mrs. Frances Hannawalt of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Billie Jean Solesbee of Spartanburg; three brothers, O.C. of Tennessee, Lawrence of Glendale, and John of Chesnee; three sisters, Mrs. Billie Bragg and Mrs. Grace Silvers of Spartanburg and Mrs. Lucy Howard of Campobello; nine grandchildren and several half brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the J.F. Floyd Mortuary. The Rev. W.B. Touchberry will officiate and burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The body is at the mortuary.

 SOURCE: Spartanburg Herald, Page 2
DATE: Monday, October 18, 1954
Funeral services for William Silas Shropshire, 59, who died at this home at Saxon Saturday morning, will be held today at 2 p.m. at J.F. Floyd Mortuary.
The Rev. W.B. Touchberry officiated, and burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were James Bagwell, Leonard Bryant, Ray Chapman, Horace and Lionel Beheler, and James Brantley.

Spartanburg Journal
April 8, 1918
The body of Corporal JOHN L. SIMMONS who was accidentally killed by the explosion of a bomb in the Hawaiian Islands early in February, was brought here for interment last week.
Laurensville Herald
Sept. 9, 1927
MRS. MOLLIE SPOON SIMS , wife of MR. A. WRIGHT SIMS, died at the family home in the Bethlehem section Thursday of last week at the age of 75 years. Although she had been in ill health for 2 years she had shown no signs of critical illness and her sudden death was a shock to her friends and loved ones.
Funeral services, conducted by her pastor, REV. G.H. PEARCE, assisted by REV. MR. SEYMOUR of Columbia, were held Saturday and burial was made in the family grave yard nearby.
The deceased had been a consistent member of Bethlehem Methodist Church for a long while and she was regarded by all who knew her as a good woman. She was the only child of the late MR. and MRS. JOHN SPOON.
Besides her husband she is survived by the following sons and daughters: H.C. and W.B. SIMS and MRS. FLEM SMITH, of that section; MRS. E.E. SMITH and J.LEE SIMS of Columbia; JOE W. SIMS of Greenwood and ALGIE W. SIMS of Baltimore.
Laurensville Herald
December 16, 1898
COL. ROBERT M. SIMS, a gallant Confederate , died at his home in Columbia on the 9th inst. He was a hero in war and in peace a trusted, honored officer in the service of his state.
Generously contributed by Pat Gilbert

The Carolina Spartan 29 Sep 1886 Pg 3 Col 1
"Abner Earle SMITH died in his home at Cowpens Tuesday, the 14th  in his 80th year. He was born in this county, was the youngest son of Rev. Charles SMITH and has lived all his life here. His wife who was a LINDER survives him. His death was quiet calm and ..? peace. "
Journal and Carolina Spartan
Pelzer, Jan. 17, 1930- MRS. ANGELINE SMITH, 92, died at the home of her daughter, MISS JENNIE SMITH, King Street, Piedmont, yesterday.
MRS. SMITH was a native of Sptbg., lived in Westminister for many years but for the past 21 years had made her home at Piedmont. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Surviving are 3 daughters, MISS JENNIE SMITH, MRS. MAGGIE STRANGE, both of Piedmont and MRS. S.D. KING, Westminster and 2 sons, J.W.H. GILBERT, Greenville and J.F. GILBERT of Toccoa, Ga.
Funeral services were held this afternoon from the First Baptist Church of Piedmont. Interment will be in Rose Hill cemetery.
Generously contributed by Pat Gilbert

The Carolina Spartan 4 Feb 1891 Pg 3 Col 1
" Mrs. Charity SMITH died at the residence of her daughter at Cowpens last Friday. She was a LINDER and born near Linder's Ford in this County. She was about 79 years old."
Spartanburg Express
Oct. 15, 1857

It is our painful duty to record this week, the death of COL. ISAAC SMITH, a prominent and useful citizen of our district. He died at his residence 5 miles below our town, on Wednesday, the 7th inst. His health had been very infirm for more than a year past, and his death although much lamented, was not unexpected to his family and friends. He was a man of liberal views, a graduate and firm friend of Our State College.
Since writing the above, we have been kindly furnished by a friend, with a more just tribute to his memory, which our readers will find in another column.
COL. ISAAC SMITH departed this life on Thursday the 8th, inst., at his residence, 5 miles south of Spartanburg Court House of Dropsy, in the 73d year of his age.
For more than a year, COL. SMITH had been laboring, under the disease , but for the greater portion of this period he continued to go about his farm and preserve an active superintendence over all his business. And even after the disease bad fully mastered his body- in his last moments- his mental faculties were unimpaired.
Throughout an active life, extending over nearly fourscore years, embracing excited periods in which he bore a prominent part, COL. SMITH illustrated in his daily conduct, the highest virtues of a South Carolina gentleman. At the usual age he was entered at the S.C. College where he graduated in 1808, in the class with GOV. MILLER, CALHOUN, HARPER and JUDGE EVANS and others. Upon graduating he entered upon the profession of law, which he pursued for a number of years, till his marriage, when he retired from the bar, for the purpose of devoting himself exclusively to agricultural pursuits. He was not permitted, however to continue in this retirement. His vigorous intellect and sterling patriotism pointed him out to his fellow citizens as one whose services were needed in their behalf, in the halls of Legislation. For several years he was one of the most faithful Representatives of Spartanburg District in the lower House...
As a father, he was affectionate and gentle, as a neighbor, obliging and hospitable, as a citizen, he loved his State, no man was ever more upright or just.
Patriotism was his, by inheritance, he being the son of a brave and distinguished officer of the Revolutionary War, who, after closing an active military career, reaped additional laurels in the capacity of a Judge of the County Courts. To many of those now in our midst, COL. SMITH, owing to his life of retirement of late years is personally unknown.
Lydia Elizabeth Smith
Spartanburg Herald
Contributed by Nancie O’Sullivan

Jonesville, May 5. – Lydia Elizabeth Smith, the 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Smith, died at their home near Jonesville after an illness of five days.
She is survived by her parents and the following brothers and sisters: Oliver, William and Fred Smith, all of Gaffney; six sisters, Mrs. Janie Tinsley, of Wellford; Carrie, Annie, Lou, Rebecca and Fay Smith, all of Gaffney, and Mrs. Genelle Odom, of Jackson Mill.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock at the Sharon Methodist church near Greer, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Burke assisted by the Rev. Mr. Shell. Interment will be made in the Sharon Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be as follows: P.V. Inman, Chambers Morris, Preston Morris and Russell Mott.


Spartanburg Journal
Sept. 4, 1902
MAUD , the young child of MR. and MRS. REUBEN SMITH, died at their home on Farley street yesterday and was buried this afternoon in Magnolia Cemetery.
Laurensville Herald
Jan.11, 1901
MR. ROBERT SMITH, a highly respected citizen and worthy Confederate soldier, died at the residence of his sister, MRS. EUGENIA LEAMAN, of Cross Hill, on the 4th inst. He was buried at Liberty Spring Church.


Spartanburg Herald Journal April 19, 1948

Blacksburg - JACOB PETTY SNEAD, 62, died unexpectedly at his home, Sunday morning.

   He had lived in the same community for 30 years and was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church.

   Surviving are : his wife, MRS. LULU BYERS SNEAD;  5 daughters, MRS. THEA ASHE , York,  MRS. MARVIN BARRETT, Grover, N.C. , MISSES LOUISE,  SARAH,  and SUDIE BELL SNEAD, of Blacksburg;  5 sons, JOHN B. and HURBERT B. , Blacksburg,  RICHARD, and RUFUS, Cherokee Falls, and WILLIAM SNEAD of York.

   Funeral services will be held at Hopewell Baptist church Monday with the REVS. J.J. HICKS, and LEONARD BELCHER officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Carolina Spartan
July 3, 1935.- Funeral services for JAMES ROBERT SNODDY, 80, one of the organizers of the Spartanburg Co. Fair Assoc., its president for ten years, and prominent in civic and agricultural affairs, will be conducted from the late residence, interment at Nazareth Presbyterian church cemetery.
He died at a local hospital after a brief illness. MR. SNODDY was born and had lived his entire life in Spartanburg County. He was the s/o the late COLONEL and MRS. S.M. SNODDY of near Wellford. MR. SNODDY represented a family that had been in positions of leadership in the county since the early period before the Revolutionary War. The progenitor of the family, JOHN SNODDY, a native of Scotland, came to S.C. in 1773 and settled near the present location of Fairmont.
MR. SNODDY was born on the family's plantation, 3 miles northeast of Wellford, Oct. 29, 1854. In Dec., 1875, MR. SNODDY married MISS MARY RICHARDSON, also of Spartanburg county and to that union was born 2 children who survive, SAM M. SNODDY and HARRY SNODDY. Mrs. SNODDY died on Aug. 10, 1900.
His second marriage was to MISS ELIZABETH ROGERS, of this county, in June, 1903. To that union was born one son, JAMES R. SNODDY, Jr. who survive. He was a brother of the late MRS. H.R. BLACK and MRS. N.J. COAN, Spartanburg
MR. SNODDY belonged to only one fraternal order, the Loyal Order of

Laurensville Herald
March 4, 1898
MRS. M.A. SNOWDEN died at her residence in Charleston on the 23rd ult., in the 79th year of age. Of all the loyal and devoted Daughters of the South and of South Carolina, during the ever memorable struggle for Southern independence and self- government, none were more loyal and self-sacrificing than was MRS. SNOWDEN. Indeed, her last services were given to the Charleston Confederate Home, which she organized several years ago and at the head of which she has since been continuously. MRS. SNOWDEN leaves 2 children- MR. YATES SNOWDEN , of the editorial staff of the News and Courier and his sister, MISS SNOWDEN, who has been associated with her mother in the management of the Confederate Home.
Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 16
DATE: Tuesday, September 4, 1962
   CAMPOBELLO  -  Mrs. Viola Hinson Southers died at her home at 6 p.m. Monday in Campobello after several months of declining health.
   She was employed by Aug. W. Smith Company in Spartanburg. She was a member of Campobello Baptist Church.
   She was the widow of Mack W. Southers.
   Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jack Barnett of Rt. 2, Spartanburg; a son, Glenn Southers of Campobello; two sisters, Mrs. Ada Brown and Mrs. Addie Williams, both of Rt. 2, Greer; seven brothers, Boyce, Junior, Perry, Dewey and Echols Hinson, all of Rt. 2, Greer, Furman Hinson of Rt. 2, Landrum, and Smiley Hinson of San Francisco, Calif.
   Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Campobello Baptist Church by Rev. Robert G. Fisher and Rev. Ray Batson. Burial will be in Campobello Cemetery.
   Petty Funeral Home is in charge.
Laurensville Herald
March 10, 1899
On Thursday , Jan. 19, 1899, the Angel of Death entered the home of MR. and MRS. L. SPOON and laid its hand upon their eldest son, GUSSIE. He was just entering manhood, but fell upon the threshold. Life seemed to hold for him great things but he has passed on to greater. He was noted for his peaceful disposition and kind heartedness and was loved by all both young and old. It was a great trial for his mother and father. May the Lord who gave , and who hath taken away, help them to say " Blessed be the name of the Lord".
Spartanburg Herald, May 22, 1938 edition.
Union, May 21 - The funeral service for ROBERT NEWTON SPROUSE, 82, who died Friday night after an illness of 5 years, will be conducted at the New Hope church, with the REV. GEORGE H. HODGES of the Grace Methodist church and the REV. MR. POLK officiating.
MR. SPROUSE was a native of Union county, coming to Pinckneyville township, where he was born and reared. He was the son of MR. and MRS.LEMUEL SPROUSE.
As a young man he was a farmer. Then he went into the merchantile business as a clerk for JOHN D. SMITH in Union. He later went in business with JIM HAWKINS, WILL and FRED McCLURE. This establishment was known as the 'Union Merchantile Co.'
Later he became city health officer, later he became night watchman for Southern Cotton Oil Co. and his last job was watchman for Liberty Fabric Silk Mill.
For 63 years he had been a member of New Hope M.E. Church South. He was one of Unions oldest residents.
Oct. 1, 1876, he married MISS LAURA LOUIZER BELUE of Union, who survives him with the following children:
ROBERT M. and WALTER L. SPROUSE, Union, GILBERT T., Lenoir, N.C., JAMES M. , Anderson, BENNIE B., Columbia, MRS. ALBERT H. GOSSETT of Jonesville, MRS. R. FRANCIS BARR, Sumter; 29 grandchildren and 27 gt.
Spartanburg Herald
Campobello, Aug. 29, 1942- The funeral of W. HENRY STAGGS, 79 who died at his home will be conducted at Motlow's Creek Baptist Church.
MR. STAGGS is survived by his wife, MRS. SALLIE WEAVER STAGGS; 6 sons, JOHNNY, BOYD, BROOKS, HERMAN, and BROADUS STAGGS of Greenville. and BRUCE STAGGS of Spartanburg; one sister, MRS. J.H. ATKINS of Campobello; 10 grandchildren.
Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 6
DATE: Saturday, January 14, 1950
   SPARTANBURG, Jan. 13  -  (AP)  -  Ralph Blain Staton, 23, of Saluda, N.C., employee of a local electrical contracting concern, was electrocuted yesterday afternoon when he came in contact with a live wire.
   The accident occurred at the entrance to the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind at Cedar Spring where a crew was working on a power line.
   Staton came in contact with a line on the ground. Robert B. Warren of Spartanburg, who was holding the line, was knocked loose by the charge that killed Staton.
   Surviving are his parents, Earley and Mattie Pace Staton and his wife, Mrs. Amy Pace Staton; daughter, Miss Kay Staton, all of Saluda, Route 1; five brothers, Hoyt of Greenville, Tenn., Roy of Winston-Salem, N.C., Troy, Ray and Foy Staton, all of Route 1, Saluda; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Heatherly of Saluda, Mrs. Eunis Parker and Mrs. Eulala Hayes of Tryon, N.C.
   Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Page Baptist Church with the Rev. George Flynn officiating. Burial will be in the Church cemetery.
   Pallbearers will be Glenn, Avery, Kenneth and McCree Pace, Walter Heatherly, Jesse Morgan.
   The body is at the home of his parents.
Contributed by John Steadings

Benjamin Wilson Steading, 72, died at his home at Route 7 Thursday morning at 6:30 following an illness of one week.
 Mr. Steading was a retired farmer.
 Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ala McAbee Steading of Route 7; 4 sons, James L. Benjamin R., William R. and Horace F. Steading, all of Route 7; 3 daughters, Miss Lottie Lee Steading, Mrs. Howard Cheatwood and Mrs. D. S. Mason, all of Route 7, and 5 grandchildren.
 Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Hayne Baptist Church, conducted by the Reverand Glenn Felmet and the Reverand H. C. Martin.  Interment will be in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.
 Active pallbearers will be : Jim Jennings, R. R. Jones, Robert Dismuke, W. C. Loflin, W. C. Cassady and Raymond Lancaster.
 Members of the Men's Bible Class of Hayne Baptist Church are asked to form the honorary escort.
 The J. F. Floyd Mortuary is in charge of arrangements

Contributed by John Steadings

Mrs. Elmer Josephine McAbee Steadings, 79, died at her home, 30 Varner Street, early Tuesday, after a brief illness. 
Mrs. Steadings was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, the widow of John L. Steadings. 
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Louise James, Mrs. Martha Cox, Mrs. Minnie Bell Fortenberry, Mrs. Clara Reynolds and Mrs. Elmer Richards, all of Spartanburg; two sons, Ed and Broadus M. Steadings of Spartanburg; 34 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church by the Reverand J. T. Lake, Leon Chandler and C. V. Landreth and Kenneth Ridings.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. 
The body is at the home and will remain until the service. 
Pallbearers are: Clifton Richards, Bernard Fortenberry, Tommy, Edward, John and Norman Dean Steadings. 
J. F. Floyd Mortuary is in charge.

Mrs. Josephine McAbee Steadings, 79, died at her home, 30 Varner Street, early Tuesday after a brief illness.
Mrs. Steadings was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, the widow of John L. Steadings.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Louise James, Mrs Martha Cox, Mrs. Minnie Belle Fortenberry, Mrs. Clara Reynolds and Ms. Elma Richards, all of Spartanburg; two sons, Ed and Broadus M. Steadings, Spartanburg; 34 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

J. F. Floyd Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by John Steadings

Mrs. Emma Steadings, age 78 years passed away at her home near Arkwright Saturday morning at 2 o'clock following a brief illness.  The funeral services will be held at Bethlehem church this morning at 11 o'clock.
The deceased was a well known citizen of her community and besides a large family connection, she leaves many friends who regret her death.  She was regarded as a woman of great influence and her death is a lose to her community.

Contributed by John Steadings

John L. Steadings, prominent farmer of the Walnut Grove community, died at his home early last night after an illness of one week.
He is survived by his wife, five daughters, Mrs. Louise James and Mrs. Martha Jane Cox, both of Spartanburg and Misses Minnie Bell, Elma and Clar Mae Steadings, all of Walnut Grove; four sons, Edgar of Maryland; and George, Grady and Broadus Steadings, all of Walnut Grove; a brother, B. W. Steadings of Hayne; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the J. F. Floyd Mortuary.

Funeral services for John L. Steadings, who died Sunday night at his home at Walnut Grove, will be conducted at the Bethlehem Baptist Church at 2:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon by the Reverand H. K. Ezell and the Reverand Mister Pettit.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, five daughters, Mrs. Louise James and Mrs. Martha Jane Cox, both of Spartanburg and Misses Minnie Bell, Elma and Clara Mae Steadings, all of Walnut Grove; four sons, Edgar of Maryland and George, Grady, and Broadus Steadings, all of Walnut Grove; a brother, B. W. Steadings of Hayne and eight grandchildren

Contributed by Cathy Griffith

SOURCE: Spartanburg Herald, Page 20
DATE: Friday, March 12, 1965
   LANDRUM  -  Services for Mrs. Mae Gosnell Steadman, 65, of Route 1, widow of Joe B. Steadman Sr., 4 today Landrum First Baptist Church, the Revs. C.W. Farrar, C.B. Rhinehart. Burial Landrum Cemetery.
   Mrs. Steadman died 6 a.m. Thursday at Spartanburg General Hospital after brief illness; member First Baptist Church; daughter of Mrs. Daisy Vehorn Gosnell, Campobello and the late George Gosnell.
   Pallbearers: Wayne, Fred, Bobby Gosnell, Russell Pittman, Raymond McCrain, Willie B. Johnson.
   Also surviving: daughter, Mrs. Alice McEntire, Route 1; sons, J.B. Jr. of Spartanburg, Earl of Landrum; sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Sitar, Detroit, Mrs. Tee Pitman, Hilderbrand, N.C., Mrs. Nettie Johnson, Saluda, N.C.; brothers, Horace, Campobello, John of Boiling Springs, George of Hickory, seven grandchildren.
   Body at home of Mrs. McEntire; in Church 3 p.m. today.
Petty Funeral Home.
Friday, Nov. 11, 1955
Spartanburg Journal
Lyman- A.T. STEWART, 80 of Lyman rt.1, died this morning in a Columbia Hospital following 3 years of declining health.
MR. STEWART was born in Oconee County and resided at Cornelia, Ga., before moving to Lyman 30 years ago. He worked in Pacific Mills until he retired 15 years ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church.
MR. STEWART was married twice. His first wife was the former CARRIE CHITWOOD, who died 55 years ago. From this marriage one daughter, MRS. GEORGE SIMMONS of Toccoa, Ga. and one son, JOHN STEWART of Jefferson, Ga. survive.
His second marriage was to the former FLORENCE CLARK, who survives with two daughters, MRS. JOE MISURACA of Spartanburg and ADDIE STEWART of Lyman and one son, PLUMER STEWART, Lyman rt.1, also surviving are 3 sisters, MRS. LOGAN MAXWELL of Baldwin, Ga., MRS. TIM WESTMORELAND of Toccoa and MRS. WILL WILBANKS of Cornelia; 7 grandchildren and 6 gt. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Woods Mortuary in Greer.
Spartanburg Journal
January 8, 1948
Funeral services for JOHN CHARLES STONE, 65, farmer of Moore, who died at General hospital, will be held Friday at Cedar Shoals Baptist church near Woodruff, conducted by the REV. C.B. PRINCE. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The body is at the home of a daughter, MRS. GENTRY, Beaumont Mills.
He was born in Woodruff and had lived most of his life in Spartanburg County.
Surviving are his wife, MRS. ELEANOR CHAPMAN STONE; 10 sons, THOMAS LEE, HOMER TRAVIS, PERRY, ROBERT, VANDY, all of Whitmire, CHARLEY STONE of Greenville, HENRY, LESTER, THEODORE and WILLIAM STONE, Moore; 3 daughters, MRS. ALLOWEE LOWE, Inman, MRS. GENEVA GENTRY, Beaumont , MRS. VIRGINIA SPLAWN of Valley Falls; 31 grandchilden and one gt.
Floyd mortuary is in charge.
Journal and Carolina Spartan
May 31, 1921
MRS. MARY STONE, aged 68, died at her home on Arch st., yesterday afternoon. The funeral will be held this afternoon in Graham church, conducted by the REV. MR. NUNNALLY. Deceased is survived by two daughters, MRS. L.P. WILSON of Spartanburg and MRS. MAMIE JOHNSON of Hendersonville and four sons, GEORGE STONE of Greensboro, N.C., CLEVELAND STONE of Pacolet, W.B. STONE and EDWARD STONE of Spartanburg.
Journal and Carolina Spartan
Monday, May 9, 1921
R.L. STONE, a farmer of Spartanburg, died yesterday in Greenville where he had been living for a number of years. The interment will take place here tomorrow.
The Greenville News of today had the following of his death:
" After a brief illness, R.L. STONE, age 43, for a long time bookkeeper for the old Baptist Courier company, died at 7 o'clock yesterday at a local hospital.
He was born in Spartanburg County. He leaves 3 children, his mother, two brothers, H.L. STONE of Spray, N.C. and J.E. STONE of Toledo, Ohio. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery. He was a loyal member of the East Park Baptist church and a Woodmen of the World.
Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Spartanburg Herald, Page 10B
DATE: Monday, June 12, 1972
   INMAN  -  Otis C. Strickland, 79, husband of the late Mrs. Mary Gosnell Strickland of Route 1, died 1:30 p.m. Sunday in General Hospital after a brief illness.
   Native of Spartanburg County; son of the late Sanford and Mrs. Nancy Tate Strickland; member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church; a retired textile employee and farmer.
   Surviving: daughters, Mrs. Unice Kinsley and Mrs. Aileen Greer of Inman Route 1, Mrs. Ruby Horton of Cherokee Springs, Mrs. R.V. Sanford of Chesnee and Mrs. Ethel Lou Gosnell of Valley Falls; sons, Crayton Strickland of Spartanburg, Durant Strickland of Valley Falls and Perry Strickland of Inman Route 1; sisters, Mrs. Hattie Edmonds and Mrs. Bessie Stepp of Spartanburg, Mrs. Mabel Brock of Valley Falls, Mrs. Iberia Gilbert of Melvin Hill, N.C. and Mrs. Edith Giles of Campobello Route 1; 19 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren.
   Services 4 Tuesday at Sandy Springs Baptist Church by the Revs. B.M. Strickland and Clarence Hall; burial in Church cemetery.
   Family is at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Horton of Cherokee Springs; to receive friends 7 - 9 tonight at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Chesnee.
   Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
   Body in Church at 3 Tuesday.
Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 29
DATE: Thursday, May 1, 1958
   GREER  -  Mrs. Annie Mae Suddeth, 51, widow of Mooney Suddeth, of Rt. 2, Greer, died at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at a Spartanburg hospital after an illness of five months.
   Mrs. Suddeth was a daughter of the late John and Carrie Burnett Howell. She was a lifelong resident of the Zoar community and a member of the Zoar Methodist Church.
   Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Morris McElrath of Rt. 1, Greer; one son, Marion V. Cox of Greenville; three brothers, Leo Howell of Greer, Archie Howell Sr. and Burnett Howell, both of Rt. 2, Greer; one sister, Mrs. Eva McClain of Bennettsville; and five grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 4 p.m. at Zoar Methodist Church by the Rev. B.H. Tucker and the Rev. Grady Forrester and the Rev. G.H. Pearce. Burial will be in the Church cemetery.
   These nephews will be pallbearers; C.D. Suddeth Jr., Vincent Suddeth, Carl Howell, C.L. Howell Jr., Archie Howell Jr. and Jimmy Suddeth.
   Honorary escort will be members of the Adult Sunday School Class and the Women's Society of the Christain Service.
   The body is at the Wood Mortuary and will be taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. McElrath, at 4 p.m. Thursday. It will be placed in the Church at 3 p.m. Friday.

Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 9
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 1968
   SPARTANBURG  -  Columbus S. (Bozo) Suddeth, 67, of 372 Oliver St., died in a local hospital at 8:15 Sunday after a brief illness.
   He was a native of Greenville, son of Mrs. Hattie Ann Campbell Suddeth and the late Perry C. Suddeth. He was a member of Arch Street Baptist Church, Montgomery Lodge 362, and was a Mason. He was a retired employee of Spartan Mills.
   Surviving also are his wife Mrs. Minnie Lee Suddeth; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Nagel of San Bernardino, Calif; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Cothenia Collins of Shelby, N.C.; a sister, Mrs. Ella Nichols of Greer; a brother, John H. Suddeth of Lyman; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Arch Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Rupert Guest and the Rev. A.W. Bigle. Burial will be in Cleveland Memorial Park in Shelby.
   Pallbearers will be nephews.
   The body is at J.F. Floyd Mortuary and will be placed in the Church at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 5
DATE: Saturday, April 17, 1971
LYMAN  -  Ferris Suddeth, 74, of Rt. 1, Lyman, died Friday. 
A native of Spartanburg County, son of the late John B. and Elizabeth Morrow Suddeth, he lived most of his life in Holly Springs community and was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. 
Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Georgia Able Suddeth. 
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Church cemetery. 
The family requests that flowers be omitted. 
The body is at Wood Mortuary, Greer, and will be placed in the home at 4 p.m. Saturday and in the Church at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Contributed by Cathy Griffith
SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 4E
DATE: Sunday, July 17, 1977


INMAN - Larry Wilson Suddeth, 36, of Rt. 6, died Friday. 

Born in Spartanburg County, son of Woodrow W. and Virl Johnson Suddeth of Inman, he was a peach grower and a member of Holston Creek Baptist Church. 

Surviving also are daughters, Tammy, Mandy and Kelly Suddeth of Inman; sisters, Jean Drennan, Willie Bishop and Nancy McAbee of Inman, Sue Wolfe of Toccoa, Ga.; stepgrandmother, Sunie Suddeth of Inman. 

Services will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Holston Creek Baptist Church, with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. 

The body will be placed in the Church 2 p.m. Sunday. 

The family is at the home of the parents on Rt. 6. - Seawright Funeral Home.

Laurensville Herald
December 16, 1898
After an illness of 3 weeks, MR. ARTHUR P. SULLIVAN died at his residence in this city, at 4 o'clock Sunday morning last, in the 35th year of his age. He leaves a widow, [ who was MISS CORNELIA HERNDON, of Greenville[ , and 4 little daughters. He also leaves 3 sisters - MRS. JOHN N. GREER, MRS. HUGH E. GRAY, MISS MARY SULLIVAN; and 5 brothers- JARED D., JOHN H., CHARLES P., HEWLETT, ADDISON SULLIVAN and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his death. The deceased was a son of the late Hon. CHARLES P. and MRS. ZALINE SULLIVAN, and was a young man of intelligence, cordial and tender in manner. Gentle and affable to all, he drew around him many admiring friends.
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