Elmond Earl Crocker
in Work Accident)
Story furnished by Clarence
The following article appeared in the Spartanburg Herald on July 26,
Elmond E. Crocker the
youngest of Earl and Ida Spearman Crocker’s three children, was born
February 29, 1908 and was killed by accident July 25, 1934. He was the
first cousin of this writer.
Natives of the Glendale
community, Elmond’s father and grandfather were born in a mill house on
Broadway Street while his brother Farrell and sister Venice were born
in a mill house on Church street across from the Methodist Church in
the village of Glendale. Elmond was born in the new home his father and
mother had built on a small farm on the Glendale/Clifton road at the
In addition to their work in
Glendale Mills, they did some small scale farming. Elmond’s father died
when Elmond was seven years old. His mother married Lee Ledford, a
textile worker and they continued to live on the farm.
Getting up early to do the
farm work they would have to go to the barn, feed the horse and wait
for him to eat before going to the fields. To avoid that wait Elmond
and his brother Farrell, rigged a device which automatically dropped
feed from the barn loft down to the horse early in the morning so he
would eat and be ready to plow when they went for him.
I was told that Elmond was a
real prankster in his teens and early twenties. He was always pulling
some kind of stunt or show-off act. His first car was a T model Ford
coupe in which he was always “cutting-up”. When the windshield got
broken he replaced it by installing a house window. In late 1930 or
early 31, Elmond bought a new Nash automobile and one of the first
things he did was to set up a race with his cousin, Herman Corn, who
had just purchased a new Buick.
Elmond was a gifted,
versatile mechanic and electrician. After first working in Glendale
mills for a short while, he went with J. Frank Blakely Electrical
Contractors of Spartanburg for a number of years. Leaving Blakely’s, he
went with the Spartanburg city electrical department where he became a
As the above Spartanburg
Herald news states, he was killed instantly when the pole he had
climbed to make repairs broke. After seeing the condition of the pole,
Elmond was advised that it might be best for him to have one of his men
to climb the pole to which he replied, “I don’t ask a man to do a job I
am afraid to do my self,” proceeding to do the repair. When the last
wire was cut, the pole broke, falling to the ground, crushing him
between the pole and the ground.
Elmond had married Faye
Coates some four years before his death. he was the daughter of Marion
and Nettie Lominac Coates of Glendale. At the time of his death they
were living in three rooms on Holy Hill (Chapel Street today) but had
already made the down payment on a house on the Glendale/Clifton road
into which they were planning to move and make their home.
Elmond’s funeral was held in
the Glendale Baptist Church where he had been a member for a number of
years. Interment followed in the Crocker Square in the Glendale
Cemetery along side of his father who had died on April 13, 1915.
Following Elmond’s death,
Faye married Horace W. Wood of Spartanburg. They were the parents of
two sons; Barry and Marion G. Woods. Horace died at the age of 43 in
February of 1962.
Faye had retired as a patient
information operator with Spartanburg Regional Hospital before her
death on August 18, 1992. She was survived by her two sons, two
grandsons and a brother, Jack Coats of Drayton, S.C.
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