Family of John Henry Thompson
John Henry Thompson, the son
of John Calvin and Lou McCombs Thompson,
was a native of Spartanburg
County. He was first a member of the Bethesda Baptist church where he
served as a Deacon for 26 years before moving his membership to the
Glendale Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon and a Sunday
School Teacher. He was a member of the Senior Men’s Bible Class at the
time of his death.
(McCombs was a cousin of this writer)
John married Mary Groce
Thompson, the daughter of J. C. and Catherine Groce. They were the
parents of three children, J. Calvin, Lillie Belle and Lola Thompson.
John, as he was known, was a farmer and they had first lived on their
farm just off the Lewis Chapel road which joined Glendale Mill’s
woodlands on the Lawson Fork River before moving into the home their
son had bought at the corner of Lewis Chapel and Glendale/Clifton
Mary Groce Thompson died at
home on December 1, 1950 at the age of 70 following a brief illness.
She had lived in the Glendale community some 50 years and was a member
of the Glendale Baptist Church. Her obituary in the Spartanburg Herald
& Journal listed survivors as; her husband, John H. Thompson; son,
J. Calvin Thompson; daughters, Mrs. L. E. (Lillie Belle) Collins and
Mrs. John G. (Lola) Pettit, all of Spartanburg; one sister, Miss
Lillian Groce of the home; two brothers, D. S. Groce of Cabool, Mo. and
Virgil W. Groce of Yakima, Wash.; four grandchildren, Jack and Sara
Pettit, Jean Thompson and Elaine Collins. Funeral services were held at
the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following in the Greenlawn
John Henry Thompson died at
his old home place after a brief illness on Tuesday, March 12, 1965 at
the age of 85. His obituary published in the Spartanburg Herald &
Journal, listed his survivors as; son, John Calvin Thompson of
Spartanburg: daughters, Mrs. Lola T. Pettit of Converse, S.C. and Mrs.
Lillie T. Collins of Spartanburg; four grandchildren and eight great
grandchildren. Services were held at the Glendale Baptist Church with
interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Lillie Groce, the sister of
Mary Groce Thompson, had for many years made her home with John, Mary,
Calvin and Lillie Belle. She died September 19, 1956 at the age of 80.
She was survived by one brother, Virgil W. Groce of Yakima,
John Calvin Thompson married
Myrtle Lee Johnson, a native of Hancock County, Tenn., the daughter of
John and Eliza Neely Johnson who had moved to Clifton, S.C. “Calvin” as
he was known had a new house built just a short distance above the
family home where they made their home. He also had 3 or 4 rental
houses built on the farm. Both were members of the Glendale Baptist
Church and became the parents of one daughter, Jean who married Robert
C. Fitchett from Horry County, S.C. and they were the parents of three
children, Robert Jr., James and Denise Fitchett. They too, were members
of the Glendale Baptist Church.
John Calvin Thompson died
Wednesday, April 15, 1970, at his home on the Glendale/Clifton Road,
following a brief illness. He was 67 years of age and had retired from
the Maxwell Bros. Furniture Company after 35 years as a salesman. He
was a former member of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and the
Glendale Ruritan Club. His survivors were listed as; his wife, Mrs.
Myrtle Thompson; his daughter, Mrs. Jean Fitchett; his two sisters,
Mrs. Lillie T. Collins, Mrs. Lola T. Pettit and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in the Glendale Baptist Church with
interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Myrtle Thompson died Friday,
November 29, 1996 at her home on Washington Road at the age of 86. She
was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class and the W. M. U. in the
Glendale Baptist Church where she had also served as a teacher and
leader in the Sunday School and Church Training and was a member of the
Church Choir. Her obituary listed survivors as; daughter, Mrs. Jean
Thompson Fitchett and husband Robert C.; two sisters, Bertha Seals
Wilson of Clifton and Kitty Hatchette Sanders of Spartanburg; three
grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held
at the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following in the
Greenlawn Memorial Gardens alongside of her late husband.
Lillie Belle Thompson married
Landrum E. Collins, the son of Ophus Henry and Mary Elizabeth Johnson
Collins of Moore, S.C. and they were the parents of one daughter,
Elaine. Elaine married Robert Gilmore of Spartanburg and they were the
parents of one son. Todd. They were all members of the Glendale Baptist
Church. Lillie Belle and “L. E.” as he was known, had built them a home
just below the family home, on the Glendale/Clifton road where they
were living at the time of Lillie Belle’s death.
Lillie Belle retired from the
Pierce Motor Company of Spartanburg after 31 years as secretary and
bookkeeper. She taught the Fidelis Sunday School class at her Church
for a number of years. Lillie Belle T. Collins died on Friday, April
12, 1991 in the Mary Black Hospital. She was survived by: husband, L.
E. Collins; her daughter Elaine Gilmore and her husband, Y.R. Gilmore
Jr. and one grandchild, Todd Gilmore. Graveside services were held in
the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with interment following.
L. E. had worked at Pierce
Motor Co. and Harris Motor company before operating his own business
under the name of “Collins Motor Co.“ in Spartanburg. He was a veteran
of WW2. L. E. Collins died Thursday, March 14, 2002 at his home at the
age of 91. He was remarried to Willie Welchel Collins and was survived
by; his wife; his daughter, Elaine Gilmore and her husband, Y. R.
Gilmore Jr.; his grandson, Todd Gilmore and wife, Tina; three stepsons
and six step-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Greenlawn
Memorial Gardens with interment following
Lola Thompson married John G.
Pettit Sr., a native of Spartanburg County, the son of John J. and
Alice Purgason Pettit. They lived for some time on a farm in the
Thompson Chapel area of Spartanburg County before moving into their
home on Main Street in Cowpens, S.C. They were members of the First
Baptist Church in Cowpens. They were the parents of one son, John
(Jack) Pettit, Jr. and one daughter, Sara Pettit.
Lola worked at the Glendale
Post office as a clerk for a short while before being appointed Acting
Postmaster on August 8, 1945. John G. worked as bookkeeper in the D. E.
Converse Mill Stores for many years before joining Dan River from which
he retired. He was a former farmer, school teacher, veteran of WW2,
member of the WOW, member of the American Legion and a Mason.
John G. Pettit died Friday,
December 24, 1982. Survivors were listed as; his wife, his son, John G.
Pettit Jr. of Cowpens and his daughter, Sara Pettit McDonald of Myrtle
Beach, S.C. Six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Services were
held in the First Baptist Church, Cowpens, with interment following in
the Morgan Memorial Gardens.
Lola T. Pettit died at the
age of 83, February 1. 1991. Funeral services were held in the First
Baptist Church, Cowpens, with interment following in the Morgan
Memorial Gardens alongside of her husband. Survivors were; son, John G.
Pettit Jr. and daughter, Sara Pettit McDonald; six grandchildren and
two great grandchildren.
This writer was honored to
have part in the funeral services of John Henry, J. Calvin and Myrtle
Thompson, Lillie Belle and L. E. Collins.
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