Miscellaneous Obituaries


b. ca 1834 South Carolina
d. May 5, 1904 Wilkesburg, Chester Co., S.C.
Copied from original clipping
Newspaper unknown
Issue of May 10, 1904
Death at Wilksburg
Mrs. Harriet E. Byars, widow of the late T.T. Byars, died last Thursday, 5th instant at the age of 71 years. She had been an invalid, and almost helpless for 15 years. At the funeral appropriate remarks were made by Maj. J.W. Wilks; burial in the graveyard at Brushy Fork Church of which Mrs. Byars had long been a worthy member.

b. Mar. 16, 1836 South Carolina
d. Dec. 21, 1900 Wilkesburg, Chester Co., S.C.
The Chester Reporter
Chester, South Carolina
Issue of Thurs., Jan. 10, 1901
p.2 col.C
Mr. T.T. Byars, of Wilkesburg, died at his home there on 21st of December, in 66th year of his age. He filled acceptable the offices of Trial Justice and postmaster for several years. He was a member in good standing of Brushy Fork Baptist church, where his remains were interred on 22nd December.

b. Apr. 30, 1840 Anderson Dist., SC
d. Feb. 28, 1914 Columbia, Richland Co., SC
The Anderson Daily Mail
Anderson, Anderson Co., SC
Issue of Sat., Feb. 28, 1914
A Gallant Veteran Answers Last Roll Call
Was at Veterans Home in Columbia
Funeral Services at Roberts Presbyterian Church Tomorrow
Mr. Crawford Barber Gilmer, formerly of the Roberts Church section of the county, died at 6 o'clock Saturday morning in the Confederate Veterans home in Columbia. The body will be brought to Anderson this afternoon, and will be taken to his old home. The funeral will be held in the Roberts Presbyterian church at 12 o'clock Sunday morning. Interment will be made in the church cemetery.
The first news of Mr. Gilmer's illness came to Anderson yesterday when his son, Mr. Wayman C. Gilmer, received a telegram stating that his father was critically ill and that the end was not far off. Mr. Gilmer hurried to Columbia last night, and was with his father when he died this morning.
Mr. Gilmer served throughout the war between the states, belonging to Co. G., 6th regiment of cavalry, Col. Aiken, commanding. He was in many battles, principally the engagement in Grant's campaign in the Wilderness and also around Richmond. He was a soldier who never shirked his duty, who was always ready and willing to do the commands, and won the name of being a fearless, good soldier. He never received a wound during the four years of service.
Mr. Gilmer was born April 30, 1844, and was therefore in his 70th year. He was married to a Miss Barrett, who died about 14 years ago. He is survived by four sons and two daughters, as follows: Mr. J.C. Gilmer, superintendent of streets of this city, Mr. W.C. Gilmer, who lives north of this city, Mr. W.H. Gilmer, a farmer in the Roberts church section, Mr. Jack Gilmer of Hartsville, Mrs. L.O. Williford of Lavonia, Georgia, and Mrs. Rubie Fisher of Elberton, Georgia.

b. Jan. 10, 1799 Newberry District, SC
d. Mar. 1, 1879 Anderson Co., SC
Anderson Intelligencer
Anderson, Anderson Co., SC
Issue of Thurs., Mar. 6, 1879
We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Gilmer, which occurred at the residence of her son, J.J. Gilmer, Esq. of Rock Mills Township on last Saturday, 1st Inst. in the 80th year of her age. She was distinguished throughout her long life for her eminent Christian character. Her remains were interred in the Roberts Church cemetery on the day following her death.

b. Mar. 22, 1794 Ninety-Six Dist., Abbeville Co., SC
d. Mar. 4, 1869 Anderson Co., SC
The Anderson Intelligencer
Anderson, Anderson Co., SC
Issue of Thurs., Apr. 8, 1869
Obituary: Died, at his residence on March 4, 1869, Maj. James Gilmer. He and his wife had just returned from an evening visit to see an afflicted friend and complained of a sick brash (?) and passed away to the spirit land with but little pain, in half an hour. His parents were from the Emerald Isle, settled in Abbeville District, but removed at an early day to Pendleton and settled near Roberts Church. His father was one of the Elders of this church at its organization, or shortly thereafter. He himself was born in Abbeville District, March 22, 1794. Was elected to the Legislature of this State in 1840. Not ambitious for popularity, he never offered his services again to the State. United with Roberts Church, Sept. 22, 1850; was ordained an Elder Oct. 1, 1854; appointed Clerk of Session Jan. 20, 1855; resigned the office Aug. 2, 1859. He was distinguished for truthfulness, moral honesty, great accuracy and punctuality in the discharge of his duties as a magistrate, surveyor and all other public duties. As a Christian, uniform in his deportment - possessed the confidence of the church, of the session and of the community at large. The death of such a man is a loss to the family, the church and the country.

b. Aug. 23, 1827 Anderson Co., SC
d. July 31, 1905 Toccoa, Stephens Co., GA
Keowee Courier
Walhalla, Oconee Co., SC
Issue of Aug. 2, 1905
News From Westminster
Capt. R.A. Gilmer died Monday night, July 31st, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Birdie Walker, at the advanced age of 78 years. He was a native of Anderson county, but had resided at Madison, in Oconee, for the past fifty years. He leaves a wife and three children. His eldest son, Lee Gilmer, is a popular conductor on the Southern Railway, and another son, Swift Gilmer, is a postal clerk between Atlanta and Greensboro. His only daughter is Mrs. Birdie Walker of Toccoa, at whose home he died. Capt. Gilmer was twice married. His first wife was Miss Swift, of Anderson county and his second wife Miss Sallie McFall, formerly of Walhalla, who is left to mourn his death, and to whom, with other bereaved relatives, is extended the sympathy of many friends. The interment will take place at Hopewell at 11 o'clock today.

Keowee Courier
Walhalla, Oconee Co., SC
Issue of Aug. 9, 1905
News From Westminster
In the death of Capt. R.A. Gilmer Oconee loses a good citizen. His home on Chauga Creek was always open to welcome his friends and acquaintances. He was a Confederate veteran, having served through the Civil War.
Capt. Gilmer's first wife was a Georgian, and never resided in Anderson County as we first understood and stated last week. The Swift homestead is a short distance from Jenkin's Ferry.

b. Apr. 7, 1839 Virginia
d. Apr. 22, 1890 Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA
The Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
Issue of Wednesday, April 23, 1890
page 6 col.2
Mr. Ozburn's Death
Yesterday morning, Mr. James H. Ozburn died, after lingering for two days from the effects of a stroke of paralysis, at his home, No. 61 Plum street. Sunday he was walking on Marietta street with his children, when he was stricken down and had to be carried home.
Mr. Ozburn was fifty-one years of age, was at one time in the employ of the federal government, and afterwards engaged in merchandising in Henry county.
He was related to Captain J.G. Russell, of the Kimball house, and Sergeant B. F. Curtright of the police department. He leaves a wife and three children. He was a man greatly respected by all who knew him, and the family have the sympathies of many friends in their great bereavement.

b. ca 1843
d. Oct. 12, 1881 Wano, Henry Co., GA
Henry County Weekly
Hampton, GA
Issue of Fri., Oct. 21, 1881
p.3 col.B (6th segment down from top of page)
Home Affairs
We regret exceedingly to learn of the death of Mrs. J.H. Osborn of Wano which occurred on Wed. night of last week after a long and painful illness. She was a most estimable lady whose many lovable qualities endeared her to everybody with whom she came in contact and her sad death is the cause of general regret. Her funeral took place the next afternoon at Sardis.

b. June 15, 1828 South Carolina
d. Jan. 27, 1901 Westminster, Oconee Co., S.C.
Keowee Courier
Walhalla, South Carolina
Issue of Wed., Jan. 30, 1901
p.2 col.C
Mrs. Ruben Reid, mother of Mrs. Simpson, died at her home January 27, 1901. Mrs. Reid came to our town soon after it was incorporated, and has lived a very quiet and retired life. Her body was laid to rest in the cemetery of the old Westminster Baptist Church on Monday at 11:00 A.M. Her two sons, Mr. John Reid and Mr. Robert Reid, were here. One is from Georgia, the other from Mississippi.

b. July 15, 1862 Newberry or Greenville Co., SC
d. Dec. 7, 1923 Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL.
Name of Newspaper Unknown
Westminster, SC
Issue of the week of Dec. 10, 1923
(copied from the original clipping)

On last Friday morning at three o'clock Mr. John T. Reid died at Birmingham, Ala., after a short illness of paralysis.
Mr. Reid was 61 years old. He had been twice married, both of his wives having preceded him to the grave. He was son of the late Reuben and Elizabeth Reid, who moved here from Greenville county in the early seventies. He had been making his home in Alabama the greater part of the time during the past thirty years. He was a railroad contractor and bridge builder, going to Alabama to engage in that line of work with Mr. Seiles N. Hughs in the nineties. Mrs. Lillian Miller, niece of Mr. Reid, was with him in his last illness and accompanied the remains here on train No. 30 Friday night. The body was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Hayes, where brief funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at 11 o'clock by Dr. Ira E.D. Andrews. The interment was made in the cemetery of the First Baptist church by the side of the grave of his little daughter, who died several years ago. Mr. John M. McCoy, of the Sheldon Furniture company, was in charge of the burial.
Mr. Reid was the last member of their family to pass away. His nearest relatives are his two nephews and his four nieces, Dr. F.T. and Mr. G.O. Simpson; Mrs. Lillian Miller, Mrs. R.B. Honea, Mrs. S.J. Hayes and Miss Ada Simpson, of this place.
The deceased was a good and true man, for many years a member of the Baptist church of Anniston, Ala., and there are many of his former acquaintances here who sorrow at his passing and sympathize with the bereaved.

b. Mar. 21, 1856 Anderson Co., S.C.
d. Aug. 3, 1900 Westminster, Oconee Co., S.C.
Keowee Courier
Walhalla, South Carolina
Issue of Wed., Aug. 8, 1900
p.3 col.C
News In And Around Westminster
Mr. H.M. Simpson Killed by Lightning
Westminster, August 8. -- The Baptist parsonage in Westminster was struck by lightning during an electric storm last Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock and Mr. H.M. Simpson was instantly killed by the stroke. Three other gentlemen - Messrs. J.M. Hull, Wm. Bibb and M.A. Terrell - were shocked. Messrs. Terrell and Bibb soon got all right, but Mr. Hull did not recover from his shock until the next day. As there was a series of meetings being held in the Baptist church, the pastor, Rev. N.G. Christopher, had invited his five Deacons, Messrs. O.E.O. Mitchell, J.M. Hull, Wm. Bibb, H.M. Simpson, M.A. Terrell and some lady friends to take dinner with him on the day mentioned. On leaving the dining room the five deacons walked into the front piazza and when the bolt struck the house Messrs. Simpson and Hull were standing up near a post and the other gentlemen were sitting in chairs. Mr. Mitchell was not hurt in the least. The house is only slightly damaged. Mr. Henry Marshall Simpson was one of the best-liked men in our community and his untimely death causes wide-spread sorrow. He was a man of noble character. He was born in Anderson county 44 years ago and came to this county when a boy. On December 25, 1881, he was married to Miss Ida Reid, daughter of Mrs. E.E. Reid, of Westminster. When a young man he united with the Old Westminster Church and about 13 years ago he was ordained a deacon there. He has been a member of the Board of Deacons of the New Westminster Baptist Church 9 years. He was a devoted officer and will be sadly missed in his church. Mr. Simpson was an industrious, hard-working farmer, and resided some three or four miles from town on the Fair Play road. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning by Rev. N.G. Christopher, assisted by Rev. D.W. Hiott, of Seneca, a former pastor of the church. Many sympathizing friends were present. At the conclusion of the funeral the remains were carried to the Old Westminster cemetery and interred. To the bereaved widow and six fatherless children are extended the sympathies of a large circle of friends.

b. Sept. , 1889
d. Sept. 8, 1944 Oconee Co., S.C.
Keowee Courier
Walhalla, South Carolina
Issue of Thurs., Sept. 14, 1944
p.6 col.B
Funeral Rites Held For T.W. Simpson
Thomas Walter Simpson died at his home at Westminster Friday following a stroke of paralysis.
Funeral services were held from the Westminster Baptist church Sunday afternoon at four o'clock conducted by the Rev. Jack Stansel, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Land.
Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ellie Simpson, one daughter, Mrs. Marie Chitwood, of Greenville; four sons, Pfc. James B. Simpson, stationed somewhere overseas; Pfc. Hubert L. Simpson, of India; Adger and Barnell Simpson, of Seneca. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Lovie Williamson, who is the last living member of the family.
Pallbearers were nephews, Ernest Mason, Simp Richardson, Ike Richardson, Wedell Richardson, Merritt Richardson, Floyd Richardson.

Ida Mae Hughes GREEN
Mrs. Ida H. GREEN, 101, of Morrilton, widow of S.V. GREEN died Sunday, Oct. 31(1993).
She was born March 9, 1892 in Newton County to J. M. HUGHES and Ida C. Beck HUGHES, the second of seven children. She was a member of the Downtown Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, James O. GREEN of Houston, Texas and Archie S. GREEN of Morrilton; two daughters, Oryl COTNEY of Morrilton and Rowena MOBLEY of Little Rock; 13 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 36 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Downtown Church of Christ by Mr. Wendyl Heffington. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Alfred GREEN, Terry GREEN, James K. GREEN, James S. GREEN, Billy Joe GREEN and Jack C. GREEN.
Memorials may be made to the Downtown Church of Christ Building Fund.

Jack GREEN, Sr.
Jack C. GREEN, Sr., 51, of El Monte, Calif., formerly of Morrilton and an employee of Muscatel Industries, died Wednesday (February 22, 1978).
Mr. Green was a member of the Church of Christ and was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jerry Howard GREEN; a son, Jack GREEN, Jr. of El Monte; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. V. GREEN of Morrilton; two brothers, Archie GREEN of Morrilton and Otha GREEN of Houston, Tex., and two sisters, Mrs. Fred COTNEY of El Monte and Mrs. Skinner MOBLEY of Little Rock.
Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Church of Christ. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home.
Decatur, IL paper 10/01/1929

Fred E. Hamilton of 1204 East Hickory street and until a few months ago engaged in the grocery business in Vandalia, died at 8:45 o'clock Monday night at St. Mary's hospital. He would have been forty-three years old next week. His death followed an operation for a ruptured appendix.
Mr. Hamilton was born in Fayette county Oct. 10, 1886, and most of his life was spent in that neighborhood. He was engaged in the grocery business in Vandalia for a number of years and was well known there. He came to Decatur five months ago from Vandalia. He was a member of the Presbyterian church in Loogootee. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows lodge and the Modern Woodman camp. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hamilton of Vandalia, and the following children: Mrs. H.A. Smith, Darrelle, Rochelle, Charles, Myron, Richard, Fred, Jr., and Francis Hamilton, all of Vandalia. He also leaves the following sisters and brothers: Emma E. Hamilton of 2069 Wood street, Corda E. Schwarm
and Carrie E. Bledsoe, both of Johnson City; Della E. Ladd of Ketesport, Pa.; Ray E. Hamilton of St. Louis, Mrs. Zola E Lewis of East St. Louis and Clyde E. Hamilton of Alma. The body was taken to Dawson & Wikoff funeral directors, and prepared for burial.

Osceola MAHON Hamilton
Mrs. Fred E. (Osceola Mahon) Hamilton, 89, died noon in Fayette County Nursing Home, Vandalia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church, Vandalia. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia.
Burial will be in Old Loogootee Cemetery.
Mrs. Hamilton was born in Fayette County, daughter of Henry and Elvira Mahon. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Vandalia, and American Legion Auxiliary, Vandalia. She married Fred E. Hamilton in 1907. He died in 1929.
Surviving are sons, Myron of Panama City, Fla.; Richard, Fred, and Charles, all of Vandalia; daughters, Mrs. Harry (Helen) Smith and Rochelle, both of Vandalia; Mrs. Stanley (Frances) Wolff of Centralia; 19 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren. Three children and six brothers preceeded her in death.
Decatur Herald and Review, 03/17/1977

Darrell M. Hamilton, 62, of Vandalia died at 4:40 p.m. Friday, Oct.19, in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Berry and Hohlt Funeral Home, Vandalia, the Rev. Dr. Archie Brown officiating. Burial was in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia.
Mr. Hamilton was born in Loogootee April 1, 1911, a son of Fred and Osceola (Mahon) Hamilton. He and Verna Crotser were married August 17, 1932, at Salem. He was a member of the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Surviving are his wife; daughters, Mrs. Donna Smith of Vandalia, Mrs. Charlotte Cosselman of Mound, Minn., Mrs. Marilyn Patterson of Mt. Vernon; sons, Robert of Vandalia, Gene of Minooka, Jack of Mt. Vernon; mother of Vandalia; sisters, Rochelle Hamilton, Mrs. Helen Smith, both of Vandalia, Mrs. Frances Wolff of Centralia; brothers, Myron of Panama City, Fla., Charles, Richard, Fred, all of Vandalia; seven grandchildren.
Vandalia Leader-Union paper, Oct. 1973

Thomas C. Harding
("Morning Call Newspaper", Allentown, Northampton County, PA, 28 April 1947)
Thomas C. Harding, 72, of 16 N. Schanck Ave., Pen Argyl, died Sunday morning in the Easton Hospital , where he was admitted Saturday morning.
He was a resident of Pen Argyl all his life and was employed in the slate industry. He was a member of Zion Methodist Church, and of the Odd Fellows and Foresters lodges, all of Pen Argyl.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Fehr Harding; a son, Clarence F. Harding, Northampton; and two grandchildren, and by the following brothers and sister: Walter and Simon Harding, Pen Argyl and Mrs. Mose Amy, Ridley Park, Philadelphia.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Swoyer funeral home, Robinson and Jackson Aves., Pen Argyl, with Rev. Charles E. Wonderly, pastor of Zion Methodist Church, Pen Argyl, officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Pen Argyl. Calling hours from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Clarence F. Harding
("Morning Call Newspaper", Allentown, Northampton County, PA, 20 February 1980.)
Clarence F. Harding, 83, of 204 Schanck Ave., Pen Argyl, former Pen Argyl borough council secretary, died Tuesday in his home. He was the husband of Ethel (Warrick) Jackson Harding.
Before retiring in 1962, he was a station agent for the Delaware & Lackawanna Railroad for 25 years.
Born in Pen Argyl, he was the son of Thomas C. and Clara (Fehr) Harding.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Pen Argyl.
He served in the Army during World War I.
Surviving with his widow are a son George, a Slatington funeral director, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Nicholas Guerro Funeral Home, 126 Pennsylvania Ave., Pen Argyl. Calling hours will be after 7 p.m.

Mrs. Anna Harding
(Unknown Newspaper, Northampton County, PA, 10 February 1943.)
Mrs. Anna Harding, widow of Thomas James Harding, died at her home, 210 N. Schanck Ave., Pen Argyl. She was aged 79 years and was born at Cornwall, England, a daughter of Reuben and Jane (nee Branch) Harding.
She was a resident of Pen Argyl for 73 years, and was a member of the Methodist church and a charter member of the W.S.C.S. of that church.
Surviving are the following sons and daughters, Stanley and Warren Harding of Pen Argyl; and Mrs. Elvin Klinger, and Mrs. Thomas Finkbeiner, of Pen Argyl. Seven grandchildren and 1 great grandchild also survive, as do the following brothers and sisters, Reuben Harding, Thomas Harding, Walter Harding, and Simeon Harding all of Pen Argyl, and Mrs. Moses Amy, of Ridley Park.
Funeral Service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pullis Funeral Home, 126 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pen Argyl, with the Rev. W.C. Smith officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Reuben Harding
(Unknown Newspaper, Northampton County, PA, July 1949.)
Mrs. Minnie Gold Harding, 80, of 101 Westbrook Avenue, Pen Argyl, died yesterday in Westfield, N.J. She was the widow of Reuben Harding.
Mrs. Harding died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shotwell, of 434 Birch Place, Westfield, where she had been living for the last three months.
Born in Ackermanville, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth Young Gold. She had lived in Pen Argyl for 64 years and was a member of Zion Methodist Church and ladies Bible Class, the W.C.T.U. of Pen Argyl, the Pen Argyl Women's Club, and Shutanka Chapter 202, Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Shotwell, are a son, Clark of Pen Argyl; two brothers, Dr. Charles E. Gold, of Bangor, and Floyd C. Gold, of Ackermanville; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Swoyer funeral home, Pen Argyl, with the Rev. C.E. Wonderly, pastor of Zion Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Pen Argyl.

Winifred Mae Harding Shriver
("Morning Call Newspaper", Allentown, Northampton County, PA, 24 February 1968.)
Slatington Mortician's Kin Dies in York County Crash
Special to the Morning Call
Harrisburg - Mrs. Winifred M. Shriver, 45, sister of Slatington Funeral Director Clarence Harding [should be George M. Harding], was killed Friday in a one-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about a mile west of the Harrisburg-West Shore exit in Fairview Township, York County.
A native of Pen Argyl, she was the wife of Army Lt. Col. Roland [Rowland] Shriver at the Army War College at Carlisle.
State police said Mrs. Shriver was tossed from her westbound car after it jumped across a medial strip into the eastbound lane.
Police said the car, operated by Mrs. Shriver, went out of control when she swerved to avoid a tractor-trailer traveling in the same direction.
She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.
Her daughter, Karen, 14, escaped injury.
Besides her brother and husband, Mrs. Shriver is survived by her father, Clarence, of Pen Argyl and a daughter, Christine, and a son, Stephen.

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