Story furnished by Clarence
Traffic Death Of Glendale Resident
A corner’s jury ordered
Charles (?), 25, of Victory Homes, Camp Croft, S. C. held for further
investigation in the Sunday afternoon traffic death of Willie Tunstall,
44, a Glendale textile worker.
Such were the sub-topic headlines of a two page article appearing in
Herald on Monday November 3, 1947, marking the 32nd traffic
fatality of the year in Spartanburg County. (Last name of driver
withheld to avoid embarrassing any living relative).
According to the
article it appears that the accident occurred near Camp Croft on State
Highway 34 (now listed as Union Street) approaching the Spartanburg
city limits. Investigating officers were S.C. Highway Patrolmen Frank
Burris and Joe Price, Sheriff Brockman and county officers R. R.
Souther, Jess Murph and Ray Hayes.
Testifying at the inquest held at the County Courthouse by Coroner A.
M. Cash, Patrolman Burris related how he had found Charles’s (?) car, a
1941 Buick automobile parked at Victory Homes with front damage about
two hours after Mr. Tunstall had been struck and killed. He stated that
“Charles (?) was lying on the bed asleep and had the odor of alcohol
about him when he was arrested.
Mr. Burris also told of his conversation with Charles (?) and how he
had confessed to Sheriff Brockman and himself that he had taken a drink
about 45 minutes before the accident. He said that he and two other men
had together, drank about half a pint. Charles (?) confessed ownership
of the car and admitted that he was driving at the time of the
accident. He confessed that he did not stop because he feared the
officers would smell whiskey . He said, “ I got scared and went all to
The jurors were told that the driver of the car had slowed down and
stopped briefly before driving away. Patrolman Burris testified that
Charles (?) appeared very sensible, normal and very truthful at the
time of his questioning and arrest.
Under $4,000 bond, Charles (?) was represented by Attorney John C.
Williams while Attorney J. Allen Lambright appeared as counsel for Mr.
Tunstall’s family. Circuit Solicitor Sam R. Watt represented the State.
Sheriff Brockman, Records Custodian, Troy Steadman and Detective Jesse
Murph were also in attendance.
Funeral services for Mr. Tunstall were held on Tuesday November 4, 1947
in the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following in the Glendale
Community Cemetery with Rev. Timothy Hottel and Rev. W.R. Carter
His obituary published in the Spartanburg Herald stated that he was
survived by his mother, Mrs. Ona Tunstall Millwood and his step-father,
Charles Millwood of Carline Street, Glendale; two daughters, Mrs. Leona
Donald, Saxon, S.C. and Miss Betty June Tunstall, Glendale; one son,
William Tunstall, Glendale; one brother, Woodrow Tunstall, Glendale;
three step-sisters, Mrs. Irene Moss, Arcadia, Mrs. Guynell Hill, East
Spartanburg and Mrs. Grace Arlington of Glendale; four half brother C.
L. Millwood of Glendale, Ollie Millwood of Gaffney, Paul Millwood
Arcadia and Dave Millwood of Waynesville, N. C; He was also survived by