Claude H. Lockman, Glendale's Boss Weaver

(Contributed by Clarence Crocker.)

According to his obituary in the Spartanburg Herald, Claude Herman Lockman, a retired textile worker and a Glendale native, died in the Spartanburg General Hospital Tuesday afternoon February 13, 1968 following a brief illness. He was 88 years old. The 1880 Federal (Glendale) census listed him as the 1 year old son of Mercerson C. 26 and Louisa Lockman 22. He had one sister named Mary, 5 years of age and one brother, John 3. His parents are buried in the Glendale Community Cemetery.

The 1920 Glendale census listed Claude as head of household, 40 years of age, boss weaver in the cotton mill and was married to Bessie Lockman, age 37. The census listed one daughter, Alva, 11; three sons, Carl H. 7, Joseph F. 4years & 7 months, Charlie R. 2 years & 1 month old: A sister, Louisa Griffin 25, was living in the home.

Records show that Claude Lockman was one of the boss weavers in the D.E. Converse Co. mills in Glendale in 1920. Leaving Glendale, he became the Superintendent of the Martel Mills in Caroleen, N. C., later moving to Cowpens, S. C. where he became Superintendent of Linda Mills.

He was the widower of Mrs. Martha Spence Lockman. Survivors were; daughter, Mrs. Alva Wilson of Myrtle Beach, S. C. and four sons, Carl of LaGrange, Ga., Joseph of Washington, D. C. , Charles of Kansas City, Mo. and Fred of Tindale, Ga. 

Graveside services were held in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens of Spartanburg, S.C. with Rev. David DuBose officiating. Claude was of the Methodist faith.

Copy of obituary courtesy of Spartanburg County Library. 
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