John Holden Hunter Family
The John H. Hunter family was
a very well known and prominent family of the Glendale community. Born
in Madison County, N. C., on February 14. 1870, John was the son of Mr.
Thomas and Myra Louisa Hunter. Coming to the Glendale area around 1908,
he was employed in the carpenter shop by Glendale Mills where he worked
for some 30 years, becoming carpenter shop foreman before his
retirement due to declining health in 1940.
Mr. Hunter was married three
times, becoming the father of 14 children. His first marriage was to
Miss Sue Emma Edwards, a native of Madison County, N. C. They were the
parents of six children; Lockie, Ellis, Roy, Custer and Hobart Hunter
along with one unnamed infant that died at birth.
Mrs. Sue Emma Hunter died in
1901 following childbirth and was buried with her child in a cemetery
in Madison County, N. C. She was survived by her husband and five
Following the death of his
wife, John, with his surviving children moved to Glendale and began to
work in the carpenter shop of Glendale Mills. He later married Miss
Carrie R. Reaves of Glendale. She was born in May of 1877 and died in
February of 1913 during childbirth. The child did not survive and was
buried with its mother in the Reaves square in the Glendale Community
Cemetery. She was survived by her husband and five
Mr. Hunter’s third
marriage was to Miss Stella Bradley. A native of Rutherford County,
N.C., she was born January 27, 1893 and was the daughter of General
Witt and Mamie E. Sanders Bradley. They became the parents of seven
children. Four daughters; Louise, Myrtle, Christine and Anne Hunter.
Three sons; John B., William L. and George H. Hunter. At the time of
Mr. Hunter’s death, they were living on the outskirts of the village on
an acreage of land on which Mr. Hunter had built a nice two story home.
Their daughter Christine and her husband, Dewey Nichols, moved into the
house following the death of her parents.
Mr. Hunter and his family
were wonderful Christian people, members of the Glendale Baptist
Church. Mr. Hunter was a deacon for some 20 years and Sunday School
teacher for a number of years. Others of the family were S.S. teachers,
B.Y.P.U. leaders, choir members or active in other areas of the Church
work. He was also a member of the Glendale Masonic Lodge. Living just a
hop and a skip from our home, the Hunters were wonderful neighbors of
this writers family.
The obituary for John Holden
Hunter published in the Spartanburg Journal on Tuesday April 20, 1943
stated that he had died at his home on Monday morning April 19, 1943.
His funeral services were held in the Glendale Baptist Church where he
had been an active member for many years with interment following in
the upper Glendale Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Stella
Bradley Hunter. Five daughters; Lockie, Louise, Myrtle, Christine and
Anne. Five sons; Ellis, Roy, John, William, and George. Two brothers;
Jessie Paul and James “Jim” Willie Hunter of Marshall, N.C.; Four
grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The obituary for Mrs. Stella
Bradley Hunter published in the Spartanburg Journal on Wednesday April
29, 1964, stated that she had died at her home on Tuesday night April
28 after a brief illness. Funeral services were held at the Glendale
Baptist Church where she had been an active member for many years.
Interment followed in the Hunter Square in the Glendale Cemetery. She
was survived by her four daughters; Mrs. D. C. (Louise) Ussery of
Alexander, Va., Mrs. David (Myrtle) Larson of Philomath, Ore., Mrs.
Dewey (Christine) Nichols of Spartanburg and Miss Martha Ann Hunter of
Glendale. Her three sons; John B. and William L. Hunter, both of
Spartanburg and George H. Hunter of Aiken, S.C.; Two stepsons; Ellis
and Roy Hunter of Glendale. She was also survived by two sisters; Mrs.
Edith Cohn of Atlanta and Mrs. Mary Parker of Spartanburg. Two
brothers; Sam and Dewitt Bradley of Spartanburg, S.C. She had 13
and one great grandchild.
Ellis Hunter married Onita
Steadman of Inman, S.C. They had no children. Ellis died January 13,
1988 and was buried in the Hunter Square in the Glendale Community
Custer Hunter, a veteran of
WW1, was wounded in France. He had returned home when he was killed in
an automobile wreck on August 1, 1920. He was a Mason and was never
married. Custer was buried in the Hunter Square in the Glendale
Hobart Hunter was a veteran
of WW1 and was never married. Hobart died on December 23, 1934 and was
buried in the Hunter Square in the Glendale Community Cemetery..
Roy Hunter was a veteran of
WW2 and was never married. Roy died October 18, 1977 and was buried in
the Hunter Square in the Glendale Community Cemetery.
Lockie Hunter married Elbert
L. Moore of Glendale S.C. They had six children. Lockie died June
29,1959 and was buried in the Moore Square in the Glendale Community
Louise Hunter married Donald
Clyde Ussery of Rockingham, N. C. They had no children. Louise died
December 29, 2008 and was buried in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in
Spartanburg, S. C.
Myrtle Hunter married Rev.
David Larson of Silver Springs, Md. They had two children. Myrtle died
December 4, 1999 and was buried in Philomath, Ore.
Anne Hunter died August 29,
2010 and was buried in the Hunter Square in the Glendale Community
Cemetery. (Editor's Note: We have recently been informed that Anne had
a daughter, Cynthia Lynn Hunter.)
William L. Hunter was a
Mason/Shriner, a Marine veteran of WW2 and a Air Force veteran of the
Korean war. He married Sue McIntyre of Arcadia, S. C. They had no
children. William died September 9, 1972 and was buried in the Masonic
section of Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg.
John B. Hunter was a
Mason/Shriner, a navy veteran of WW2. He married Helen Petty Chadwick
of Spartanburg S.C. They had two children. John and his wife are
members of the Ben Avon Methodist Church and live on South Church
Street, Spartanburg, S. C.
Christine Hunter married
Dewey Nichols of Glendale, S.C. They had three children. Christine is a
member of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg and continues to live
in the family home on Pecan Drive following the death of her husband on
June 21, 2010.
George H. Hunter, a veteran
of the Korean war, married Nellene Sams of Glendale and they had two
children. George and his wife live in their lovely home on Pecan Drive,
Spartanburg, S.C. They are members of the Crocker Memorial Pentecostal
Church in Glendale where George teaches the adult Men and Women’s
Sunday School Class, George is also serving as a Truck Driver’s Chaplin
and meets with the drivers at the truck stop in Duncan S. C. every
Wednesday. He also serves in a prison ministry when needed.
The John H. Hunter family and
the Albert E. Crocker family, (this writer’s father) were good friends
and neighbors for as long as I can remember. My brothers and I attended
the Glendale and Spartanburg High schools together with most of the
Hunter children. We romped the woods and played together with the
Hunter boys all the days of our boyhood. The Hunters were the type
people all would delight to have as neighbors.
My deep appreciation to Mr.
George Hunter for helping me get this story together and supplying the
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