Lee County Obituaries

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Mr. A. W. Parrott
Bishopville, Sept 27 - Late last Saturday afternoon Mr. A. W. Parrott, aged abut 69 years, died at the home of Mrs. Mary E. Parrot, after suffering fro a few days only with some brain trouble.  Mr. Parrrott was up and going until last Monday and apparently was not much sick until Friday when he became unconscious.  The funeral services were held at the residence and the body taken to Darlington, his old home, for burial yesterday morning. ( The State - September 28, 1909)

Eugene Carnes
Bishopville, Oct 23 - Little Eugene, the 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Carnes, died this morning, after an illness of a few days of malarial fever.  The little one's condition was not considered serious until Wednesday, when complications set in.
The funeral services were held Friday morning by Rev. H. R. Murchison, and the burial was in the grave-yard of the Presbyterian church. (The State November 19, 1920)

Mr. D. H. Hutto of the Lees section died very suddenly at his home this week. Mr. Hutto was apparently in good health the day before his death, having been in Bamberg attending to some business. He was a very large and successful planter. [State – 21 Dec. 1907 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

DIED, on the 2d of June, 1862 , at Lynchburg , S. C., Mr. J. Hudson White, in the 68th year of his age. He rests in peace. [Charleston Mercury – Saturday, 7 June 1862 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Bishopville, July 2. – Mrs. Edwin D. Reames died at her home here late yesterday afternoon after a long period of suffering. Mrs. Reames has been in declining health for several months, and while her loved ones had no hope of her recovery, yet when the end came death was none the less sad. Mrs. Reames was an active member of the Methodist church, having united with the church in early years.  She leaves a husband and three children as well as a host of other relatives.  Funeral services were held from the family residence this afternoon, and the body interred in Bethlehem cemetery. [State – 3 July 1911 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Bishopville, March 16. – Capt. J. W. Stuckey, one of our oldest citizens, died yesterday evening in the 86th year of his age. Captain Stuckey has been a man of considerable prominence and influence, but for several years he has been in feeble health and confined to his home. He was one of the old landmarks who are fast passing away, and was identified with the early history of Bishopville. Before the war he was for many years the tax collector of what was then known as Sumter district, and was one of its most popular officials. His funeral will be conducted at the Methodist church tomorrow at 10 a .m. , and he will be buried with Masonic honors. [State – 18 Mar. 1896; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Bishopville, April 9. – Mrs. William Brearley died at her home, near Bishopville, on April 1. The funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. C. Hammond, and loving hands laid her body to rest in Mount Zion cemetery. [State – 10 Apr. 1912 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Bishopville, July 21. – Mr. A. H. Lovelace, a friend of partner of E. C. Pound, deceased, an account of whose death appeared in The State today, arrived in town last night and now has charge of the body of Mr. E. C. Pound. Mr. Lovelace stated to this reporter today that Mr. Pound was from Atlanta , Ga. , and that he had a mother, brother and sister who reside at that place. Mr. Lovelace received a telegram today from P. P. Pound, Atlanta , inquiring of him the time and cause of the death of E. C. Pound. At this time nothing definite has been decided as to what disposition will be made of the body. [State – 22 July 1906 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Thomas Gordon McLeod
Death Comes Shortly After Noon Sunday at Home in Capital City
Was 64 Years of Age
Funeral Services Will Be Held Tomorrow; Burial Set for Bishopville
Columbia, Dec. 11 (AP) – Former Gov. Thomas Gordon McLeod died here today from complications which followed an attack of influenza. He was 64 years old. Death came at 12:40 p.m. at his home on Wheat Street where he had been ill several weeks. His condition had been critical for some time and for the past few days little hope had been held for his recovery. A native of Lynchburg, SC where he was born Dec. 17, 1868, Gov. McLeod became interested in public service in his early manhood and for many years was active in the affairs of this state. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Washington Street Methodist Church here. Interment will follow at Bishopville where he lived and practiced law prior to his election as governor.
Gov. McLeod served two terms as governor. He was first elevated to this office in 1922 and in 1924 was reelected for his second two-year term. He was lieutenant governor from 1907 to 1911. Before election to this office, he served in both houses of the General Assembly. He was an orator of outstanding ability. Upon retirement from the governor’s office in 1927, he entered business, holding responsible positions with insurance firms. He made his home in Columbia during his later years. Before election to the governorship, he practiced law in Bishopville for a number of years. While governor, he was active in behalf of educational development, highway improvement and equalization of taxes. The 6-0-1 act to give state aid to schools and the “pay-as-you-go” highway act, the latter launching the state on a modern road building program, were passed during his administrations.
As governor, he recommended the commodity taxes, including levies on tobacco, soft drinks, cosmetics and similar articles. In stating his tax policy, he said “We must not take a backward step and fair and just distribution of the tax burden means the maintenance of efficiency.” Of Scotch descent, Mr. McLeod was born at Lynchburg, then in Sumter County, Dec. 17. 1868. His father, William James McLeod, was a merchant and farmer and served as captain in the Civil War. His mother died when he was 10 years old. Before marriage, she was Amanda Rogers, daughter of William Rogers, who came to the Carolinas from Connecticut in 1835. Mr. McLeod spent his early years about his father’s farm and country store. Later in life, he said “My early experience in my fathers country store brought me in contact with all classes of people; and the knowledge of human nature and the friendly meeting with people of all kinds and classes appears to have been to me the most useful part of my life training and the foundation certainly of whatever success I have attained in public life.
Mr. McLeod was graduated from Wofford College in 1892 and studied law at the University of Virginia. He taught school for two years and was admitted to the [unreadable]. He returned to his old home and took charge of the family’s business affairs. In 1903, he began the practice of law at Bishopville. He had represented Sumter County in the House of Representatives and in 1902 was elected the first senator from the new county of Lee. His election as lieutenant governor followed in 1906. An orator of recognized talents, Mr. McLeod was in wide demand as a speaker. During the World War period, he spoke in behalf of the liberty loans, Red Cross and other patriotic activities. During and after his period of public life he was frequently called to address important gatherings. He had extensive farming interests and was identified with the banking and telephone business in Bishopville. He maintained his attachment for farming throughout life. During one of the first modern movements to reduce cotton acreage, he was a member of a state central committee for this purpose. In 1902, he married Miss Elizabeth Alford, of Marion County. Four children were born to them: Alford McD, Thomas G., Lucy Wood and Yancy Alford. Alford McD died a few years ago. Mr. McLeod was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and took a leading part in its activities.
(Spartanburg Herald Journal, December 12, 1932, Pages 1 and 2; transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Clifford Skinner
Charleston News and Courier, Oct. 30, 1918
Florence News
Killed in Action
Bishopville Boy Makes Supreme Sacrifice in France
Bishopville, Oct. 29 - Mr. H. M. Skinner, Bishopville, Routhe 5 has received a telegram from the War Department at Washington, stating that his son, Sergt. Clifford Skinner, of Company L. 118th Infantry, A.E.F., ahd been killed in action.  Sergt. Skinner was twenty-three years old. He volunteered in June, 1916, and joined the Hartsville Company and went with that company to Mexico during the trouble on the border. After he came home he was again called into service in April, 1817 and has been with the Hartsville Company L since that time, having gone with that company to France several months ago. The last letter that Mr. Skinner received from his son was dated Sept. 13, 1918, and it stated that he was well and enjoying the best of health.

R. E. Carnes
Bishopville, Sept. 23 - R. E. Carnes, one of the oldest settlers of the town, died last night at the residence of his dau., Mrs. R. W. McLendon, after an illness of two months. After being taken sick he went to a sanitarium in Richmond for treatment which failed to benefit him so he returned home and since his return has been gradually growing weaker until death came. He was a life long member of the Presbyterian church and one of the oldest members of that church here. He leaves one brother and several sisters, three sons and three daughters. The funeral was held in the Methodist church, after which the body was placed to rest into he Presbyterian cemetery, the service taking place this afternoon at 4 o'clock. . [The State, Oct. 10, 1909]

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