Story furnished by Clarence
According to news articles
published in the Carolina Spartan,
Monday evening October 1, and the Spartanburg
Herald, Tuesday morning October 2, 1917. Mr. William Leander
Hames, born June 15, 1866, died early Sunday morning September 30,
1917. He had just finished praying at a sunrise prayer service in the
Glendale Methodist Church where he
was a member when he was stricken by
a heart attack and dropped into his seat. He died almost instantly.
Coroner Turner was notified but held no inquest, ruling the death due
to natural causes.
His father having died when
William was a young boy, his mother Mary J. Hames married Benjamin
Holmes. The 1880 census listed; William L. Hames, 14 years of age, his
sister Fannie Hames, 12 years of age, his brother Henry E., 10 years of
age and his brother John L., 8 years of age. All were living in
Glendale with their step father and mother.
Will (as he was known and
called) married a local lady, Miss Sallie Gilmer, born October 30,
1868, the daughter of Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Nancy Gilmer and they became
the parents of five daughters.
U. S. Census for 1900
U. S. Census for 1910 listed:
Willie Hames born June
1866---- Section Man
43------ Boss Weaver
Sallie, wife, born October
Myrtle, daughter, born
Winnie, daughter,born January
Fannie, daughter, born
Mabel, daughter, born
Will had served as Weave Room
Section Man and Overseer for more than seventeen years. It was reported
that he was one of the best known residents of the village and was
popular throughout the area. He was considered a real gentleman and
greatly respected. The article stated that he was survived by his wife
and several children. Unfortunately, I could not find a record of his
The obituary of Mrs. Sallie
Gilmer Hames, published in the Sunday morning Spartanburg Herald and Journal May
13, 1928, stated that she had died at her home in Glendale at 2;15
Saturday morning May 12, at the age of 60. Funeral services were held
Sunday May 13 in the Glendale Methodist
Church where she had been a
member for many years. The Rev. C. W. Allen and Rev. J. W. Shell
officiated with interment following in the cemetery
located at the side
of the Church. Pallbearers were; A. A. Brown, W. F. Rogers, W. L.
Gregory, R. H. Rhinehart, A. W. Gault, Lindsey Swofford, R. F. Bagwell
and S. J. DuPre.
Survivors were; four
daughters, Mrs. H. B. (Winnie) White, Mrs. J. L.(Mabel) Murph, Mrs. W.
C. (Sara) Thomas of Glendale and Mrs. V. P.(Fannie) Foster of
Whitestone, S. C.; four sisters, Mrs. Ella (Gilmer)Bagwell, Ashville,
N. C., Mrs. Z. W.(Mary Gilmer) Vandiver, Mrs. Z. V. (Laura Gilmer)
Ammons, Mrs. W. L.(Emma Gilmer) Gregory of Glendale; one brother, F. H.
Gilmer of Glendale. She was also survived by a number of grandchildren.
Miss Winnie Hames married H.
B. (Bernard) White who came to work in Glendale in 1902 and served as
Section man and weave room Overseer for a number of years. He was
promoted to Mill Superintendent in 1942. (See
Miss Mable Hames married J.
L. Murph, a Spartanburg County Policeman. (See
Copies of Obituaries
and newspaper articles, courtesy of Spartanburg County Public Library.
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