The Thomas’ aren’t from Chesterfield County!?!

Started out strong

Florrie Jane Thomas Martin

My maternal grandmother, Florrie Thomas Martin

My maternal grandmother, Florrie Thomas Martin, supplied me with the names of her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. She even knew their birth and death dates. She was a wealth of information.

I knew Florrie was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and that her mother, Maggie Grant Thomas, was from there. Florrie’s Aunt Sally (sister of Florrie’s father) and her family lived there, too.

Jeremiah Daniel and Margaret Ann Grant THOMAS

My great-grandparents, Dan and Maggie Thomas

Naturally, I concluded that Florrie’s father, Dan Thomas, was from there as well. Also, I knew that in their later years, Dan and Maggie lived in Chesterfield County which added to my belief they were all from Chesterfield County.

Put the Thomas family aside for awhile

For many years I concentrated on my own father’s family history since I lived close to where his people were from, so research was easier. This was before computers.

Still, when I did census research at the National Archives for my dad’s family, I pulled the census records for my Thomas people in South Carolina. I wondered why some of them were in Richland County, South Carolina, but put those questions aside as I worked on my dad’s family.

Many years later, I finally began working on my maternal line. My grandmother had passed, and her parents had passed long before I was ever born. But my mother’s first cousin, Agnes, knew a lot about the Thomas family. She had been raised in South Carolina, and she knew my great-grandparents, Dan and Maggie Thomas, and she knew Aunt Sallie and her children, too. My mom’s family had left South Carolina when my mom was about four, so she’d had limited contact with them all.

One mystery solved

One thing puzzled me  – why did Dan and his family leave Chesterfield County for Richland County when Dan was about 45 years old…what was the draw to take them there. I asked Agnes. Her reply… “Well, the Thomas’ were from Richland County. He moved back to be close to his family.”

Siblings Jeremiah Daniel Thomas, Sarah Ann Rebecca Thomas Grant, James Renatus Thomas 12Aug1933 in SC

Siblings Dan Thomas, Sallie Thomas Grant, and Ren Thomas in 1933

“The Thomas’ aren’t from Chesterfield County? But Aunt Sallie [Dan’s sister] lived in Chesterfield County. And if the Thomas’ weren’t from Chesterfield County, why did Sally and Dan go there?”

Turns out that Sallie married a man from Chesterfield County, Henry Grant, and moved there with him. (I have yet to discover how she met Henry to start with.) Henry died unexpectedly, and Dan left Richland County for Chesterfield County to help Sallie take care of her farm and her five young children.

Maggie Grant, Henry’s sister, caught the attention of Dan. They married less than a year later and started a family. Dan continued to farm Sallie’s land, and he was like a father to her children.

After living in Chesterfield County for many years, Dan and his family, including all their children except for their oldest son, moved to Richland County because Dan’s parents were aging and he was needed there.

When Dan and Maggie themselves got older, they moved back to Chesterfield County. One of Sallie’s sons, Jim T. Grant, built a little house for Dan and Maggie on his property. You can read about Jim T. and the house here.

Suddenly so much fell into place, like why I couldn’t find more Thomas’ in Chesterfield County or much of anything on these people except for some census records. The world of the Thomas’ opened up with this new found information. And I’ve been learning about the Thomas’ ever since.

Problem solved by…

I solved this problem by asking questions and taking notes. Whenever I speak to relatives, I have pen and paper nearby. You never know what tidbit will be said that becomes important later.Genealogy Blog Party Badge



Curtis Chavis: gone at 18

Curtis CHAVIS was born 9 October 1925 in Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina. He was one of three children born to Lonnie R. CHAVIS (1902-1964) and Mary E. LOWRIMORE CHAVIS (1904-2001).

Curtis’ great-grandmother, Angeline GRANT JACOBS, was a sibling of my 2nd great-grandfather, D.B. GRANT. This makes Curtis my 3rd cousin, once removed.

I couldn’t find this family in the 1930 census. The 1940 census reports them living in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County, South Carolina. They lived there in 1935, also.Iron works fire

Curtis goes to work

In 1940, Lonnie worked as a laborer for the W.P.A. Mary was a homemaker, and the children attended school. Curtis was in 10th grade. In 1941, the family moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Curtis became a welder at the Charleston Navy Yard.

Vintage Dodge car

A car of that era. Photo by Nagraj Salian. Click on the photo for his page.

Life was probably exciting for Curtis. He was born just a few years after my mom, and I heard many stories about her life during the war. Swing dance and big bands were the rage, and young people were living life as if they had no tomorrow due to the constant worry of the war hanging over their heads.

An accident

It all came to an end for Curtis in October 1943. On Monday, October 25th, shortly before dawn, Curtis and three coworkers from Navy yard were on their way someplace. Considering the time and day, they may have been on their way to work after spending the weekend out of town. Curtis never made it to his destination.

Near Monck’s Corner, South Carolina (about 33 miles north northwest of Charleston), ‘a carnival truck and an automobile collided.’ The driver of the truck and two occupants of the car died at the scene. Curtis and the other car occupant were taken to Berkeley County Hospital.

Curtis died early the next morning, October 26th, from a fractured skill and intracranial hemorrhage. He was just 18 years old. So sad.

I’m not sure where Curtis is buried. His death certificate says Collins Creek Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I didn’t find him listed there. He isn’t listed with his parents and brother at Belin Memorial Cemetery in Murrells Inlet either.

Tom Lee: an accidental death

Thomas Earl LEE, Sr. was the third of nine children born to George Belton LEE (1871-1948) and Alma LYBRAND LEE (1875-1956). Tom, as he was called, was born 14 November 1899 in Lexington County, South Carolina. Lexington County is next to Richland County.

Tom’s grandfather, John Wesley LEE, Sr. (1841-1922), was a half-brother of my great-grandmother, Elizabeth LEE MARTIN (1868-1937). This makes Tom my 2nd cousin, once removed.

Tom’s father, George, was an overseer at a cotton mill in 1900 and a spinning boss in 1910. The family rented a house in Lexington near the cotton mill.barn6

Tom marries the girl next door

In 1918, 19-year old Tom registered for the WW1 draft. Tom was living and working on a farm owned by J. P. Hite. This farm was in Lexington County. Tom was of medium height and build, and he had brown eyes and black hair.

In 1920, Tom was still with the Hite family. The Dooley family appears next on the census after the Hite family. The census also states that Tom could read and write. In 1921, Tom married Ernestine DOOLEY who was 16 years old. Ernestine went by Jimmie.

Tom and Jimmie had four children between 1922 and 1929. In 1930, Tom rented property that appeared between the Hite and Dooley families on the census. I don’t know if he rented land from the Hite family or from his in-laws.

Two more children were born by 1935 bringing the total to six, and in 1935 Tom was farming still according to the 1940 census. But things changed by 1940.Cotton mill photo

Life after farming

In 1940, 42-year old Tom and 36- year old Jimmie were living on College Street in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina. I’d show you the house, but there is parking lot there now.

Both Tom and Jimmie worked at a cotton mill. Tom was a twining operator, and Jimmie was a winding operator. Considering the Depression was still going on, they were probably thrilled to both be working.

Oddly, none of their children were living with them in 1940, even the youngest two. I can’t find the youngest two in the 1940 census at all. But I know all of Tom and Jimmie’s six children lived beyond that time since I found later records for them.shotgun

A terrible accident

In 1945, Tom and Jimmie were still living in Lexington, and Tom as still a textile worker. According to the death certificate and the newspaper article in The State, Tom died at his home on October 12th of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tom was trying to get a shell out of his shotgun, and it went off. The coroner announced no inquest would be made.

Tom was 46 years old when he died. He’s buried at St. David’s Lutheran Cemetery in West Columbia, Lexington County, on 14 Oct 1945.

Sweet Strawberry Memories

I am in a weekly CSA this year. That’s Community Supported Agriculture for those who don’t know. Thursday’s box contained strawberries again, the third week in a row.20160428_155155

Each week I’ve had a lovely walk down memory lane when I open the box and see those cheerful red fruits with their tiny seeds and green leaves.

We didn’t have strawberries to eat regularly when I was growing up, so it was an event when we did.20160430_174120

My mom taught me how to soak them to remove dirt and bugs, and cap them with a small spoon. Then we cut and sugared them. It was magical how sprinkling the  already-juicing-up fruit with sugar and letting it sit produced a syrupy glaze on the berries.Strawberrys so red and delicious

We didn’t make ‘real’ shortcake but used dessert shells instead. After dinner Mom would arrange the dessert shells on small plates, spoon the berries and glaze onto them, and add a spray whipped topping or a whipped topping from the freezer (thawed, of course).20160501_185435

I never got many berries by choice. I don’t really care for strawberries, but I loved dessert shells. (Hey, don’t judge me! LOL)

I can still see the smiling faces of my father, Charlie HEISER, and my grandmother, Florrie THOMAS MARTIN, as they ate the strawberry dessert. They both knew how to savor such seasonal treats.

I still don’t care for strawberries. I prep and freeze them now for smoothies and ice cream for my husband.

But as I rinse and cap and cut, I smile and let my mind drift back to my mom’s kitchen, that magical syrupy glaze, and those smile faces.

What special family memories do you have of strawberries?

Stearn Hyser: veteran firefighter and family man

Harry Stearn HYSER, called Stearn, was born 11 November 1879 in Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland. He was the middle child of five children born to Harry HYSER (1850-1905) and Susan SHRINER HYSER (1857-1932). He is my 2nd cousin, twice removed.

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Harry and Susan left Maryland for Kansas between 1882 and 1889. I wrote about Harry here.

Paint brush and paint can

First a painter

In 1900, Stearn and all of his siblings lived with their parents in Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas, about 35 miles south of Wichita. Stearn’s father was a painter, and so was Stearn, presumably working with his father. Stearn’s father died in 1905. Stearn continued living with his mother at the family home.

Then a fireman

In 1910, 31-year old Stearn still lived with his mom, and he was still a painter. Stearn became a fireman for the city of Wellington in 1912. According to the Wellington Daily News, he was paid $60 per month. Also in 1912 Stearn brought a Boston Bulldog named Powder to the fire department headquarters where she became the mascot.

Boston Bulldog

Not Powder, but probably what Powder looked like

In 1918, he registered for the World War 1 draft. He was of medium weight and height, and he had brown hair and eyes. One thing he didn’t have was the ruddy complexion often noted in Hyser/Heiser men. Also in 1918, Stearn had influenza, probably the Spanish influenza that killed millions of people. He relapsed once and finally recovered.

Stearn and his friend, Frank WILDER, visited Wichita at least once in 1919. That’s probably where Stearn met Dorothy REYNOLDS BAKER, a divorced mother of one.

Stearn becomes a family man

In 1920, Stearn still lived with his mother, but in 1921 he married Dorothy. Dorothy was 29, and Stearn was 42. From that point on, Stearn raised Dorothy’s daughter, Dorothy Mae, as his own.

Vintage fire truck from 1948

1948 fire truck probably like the ones Stearn used when fighting fires.

The family continued living in Wellington, and Stearn continued as a fireman. Eventually he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief. The local paper named him several times for his work as a fireman.

In the 1920’s and 30’s, Stearn and Dorothy and Dorothy Mae lived only a few blocks from Stearn’s mother, Stearn worked as a fireman, Dorothy kept the home, and Dorothy Mae attended school.

In 1937 and 1939, the Kansas state census shows a fourth person living in the home. I conclude that in 1937, the fourth person was Dorothy Mae’s husband, and in 1939 it was Dorothy Mae’s son, JamesLloyd. Her husband was out of the picture by then.

In 1940, 60-year old Stearn, Dorothy, the divorced Dorothy Mae, and her 3-year old son, JamesLloyd; all lived together at 316 W. 9th Street in Wellington. Here is a link to that neighborhood.

The Kansas state census shows that the number of people living in the household fluctuated between two and four over the next few years. At one point JamesLloyd is living with Stearn and Dorothy without his mother.

Dorothy passes away…probably

Dorothy, Stearn’s wife, disappears from the state census and city directories in 1948. I couldn’t find any information about her dying, but that’s probably what happened.  The now widowed 69-year old Stearn continued to live in their 9th Street home. Dorothy Mae married again, moved to 414 South H Street, and had another child.  Here’s a link to that neighborhood.

Around 1950, Stearn moved in with Dorothy Mae and her family. He retired from the fire department in 1952 at 73 years of age. Stearn passed away on 1 July 1955 after ‘an illness of several years’. He is buried at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington along with his parents and two siblings.

Time travel to an ancestor with Dr. Who

This month’s Genealogy Blog Party prompt is about time travel with Dr. Who. Here’s my response:

If The Doctor asked, “So, who do you want to meet?”, it wouldn’t take me long to decide.

Jeremiah Daniel Thomas, called Dan, was my great-grandfather, the father of my beloved grandmother, Florrie Thomas Martin, who lived with my family until she passed when I was 19.

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Dan Thomas probably in his 20’s, circa 1880’s

Dan is the perfect intersection ancestor, the one who would yield the most genealogical information from his generation and the two before him. I would choose to visit Dan in the mid-1910’s before age, and possibly dementia, stole away his memory of his parents and his grandparents.

Would I tell him who I was? Gosh, that’s a hard one. Dr. Who always says NO. It messes up the time continuum or something like that.

To be safe, I would instead tell him that I was recording the history of people in the area and hope he’d be willing to talk. (There actually were a few men in Richland County, South Carolina where Dan lived who were doing that in the 1920’s, so this wouldn’t be a farfetched story.)

So many questions, so many questions.

First, I’d ask factual stuff like How did your sister Sally meet her husband, Henry Grant, and how did Henry die?  I would ask about Dan’s grandparents, Renatus and Mahaly Thomas…what were they like, where are they buried?  Who were Mahaly’s parents and how did Renatus’ father end up in South Carolina?

Tell me about your parents, I’d say. What were they like? How bad was your father’s war injury? Was your mother a good cook?

I’d move on to his other grandparents, John and Mary Davis. Were they from Richland County? If not where did they come from? What did they look like? What were they like?

I’d want to know about Dan’s life, too, like how he felt when he was sent to Chesterfield to help Sallie when Henry died, and how long he courted my great-grandmother. What brought him back to Richland County? And so much more.

I’d want to know his favorite book of the bible and his favorite verses, and I’d ask him to pray with me. I’d ask him to tell me a joke because I’m told that he enjoyed a good laugh…just like his daughter, Florrie.

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The tintype that haunts me.

Finally I have a tintype with his name scratched on the back. That tintype haunts me. Who are these men, when was it taken, where are they, and what are they commemorating? And is that you in front on the left?

I will say, though, that as much as I would love to know about the tintype, I would let that go to get all my other questions answered.

It would be hard to leave him. One question always leads to another. I could stay with him for days and still have questions to ask. The Doctor would have to tell me it was time to go. I don’t think I’d take Dan to the future with me. That would probably mess up the time continuum, too. 😉Genealogy Blog Party

Ada Lambright: she loved her family

Ada V. LAMBRIGHT was born in Maryland in 1891. Her mother was Georgianna M. HEISER (1855-1950); her father was James L. LAMBRIGHT (?-1897). Ada is my first cousin, twice removed.Maryland sign

Ada’s father died when she was about eight. Georgianna remarried soon after James’ death to Harry E. ESTERLY. Harry helped Georgianna raise Ada and at least three of her siblings. They lived in Frederick, Maryland.

Marriage and Pennsylvania

By 1912, Ada was married to Clarence W. CUDDY (1893-1964). They lived in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. I don’t know when she married him for sure or how she met him.Pennsylvania welcome sign

They lived at 1251 Bailey Street in Harrisburg, close to Clarence’s parents. One of his brothers lived on the same block, too. Click here to see their home on Bailey Street. It’s the green one.

Clarence worked at the Morehead Knitting Company, and Ada kept the home. Clarence and Ada were socially active, participating in picnics and more with Clarence’s workmates at Morehead. In 1915 and 1918, Ada gave birth to Geraldine Pearl and June Leona.

Family was important to Ada

Ada was close to her sister. In 1917 Ada’s sister, Pearl and her boyfriend Hayes MEISLING, came to live in Harrisburg for a time. Pearl was waiting on a divorce from her husband, Elmer Hensel. I wrote about Pearl here.


Ada was close to her family and Clarence’s like this family of meerkats

Ada came back to Frederick to visit and when family members passed. In 1946 Pearl came to live with Ada and Clarence after Hayes died because she was bedridden. Pearl passed while living with Ada and Clarence.

Ada was close to Clarence’s family, too. She had what appeared to be a good relationship with her mother-in-law, Sarah. The newspaper account of the Sarah’s death reported that she and Ada were visiting at Ada’s house. Sarah was laughing while telling a funny story about buying some shoes when suddenly she slumped over, dead from a heart attack. That was in 1928. Clarence’s father, Jessie, came to live with them for a while after Sarah passed.

In 1930, Clarence and Ada were doing well. Ada is 39 and Clarence is 37. They owned their home, and they even had a radio. Clarence was a hard worker, but the Depression was too much for him. In 1934, Clarence and Ada lost their home. In the 1936 city directory, Clarence wasn’t working at all.


Life goes on

The economy got rolling again when WW2 started. Clarence found regular work once more, and he and Ava were eventually able to purchase a home on Walnut Street in Harrisburg. Click here to see the neighborhood.

I don’t know much about Clarence and Ada after that. The records are not so easily accessible. I expect they stayed close to their daughters and sons-in-law and grandchildren along with their own siblings and their families.

Ada and Clarence pass away

Clarence passed in 1964. Ada lived for another 15 years, passing in 1979 at 88 years of age. They are buried together at East Harrisburg Cemetery in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Earl Price: Industrious, popular & tragically lost

Earl PRICE, the oldest child of Lawrence S. PRICE (1883-1941) and Georgia TURNER PRICE (1893-1933) was born in May 1909 in Maryland. Lawrence was the brother of my grandmother, Goldie PRICE HEISER. This makes Earl my first cousin once removed.Maryland sign

On the 1910 census, Earl and his parents lived in Barnesville, Montgomery County, Maryland next door to Lawrence’s parents and siblings. Lawrence worked as a laborer at a stone quarry.


In 1915 Earl’s brother, Linwood, was born; in 1917, brother Harvey was born.

In 1920, the family was still in Barnesville but no longer next to Lawrence’s parents. Lawrence’s parents and siblings had moved to Frederick, Maryland sometime in the 1910’s. Lawrence still worked at a stone quarry. Earl attended school, and Georgia took care of the home and the younger boys.

The family breaks up

Early in the 1920’s, Lawrence and Georgia divorced. Georgia remarried and had five more children before her death in 1933. I have suspicions that Lawrence went to prison. I’m still working on that angle.

I don’t know much about Earl’s life in the 1920’s. I do know that in 1929, he and Harvey were living with their grandmother, Ida Turner, near Dickerson Station in Montgomery County. Linwood is nowhere to be found in the 1920 census, but he is found later. Why weren’t any of these boys with one of their parents who were both living? Good question.

Tragedy on a hot July day

Quarry swimming hole

Typical quarry swimming hole

July in that part of Maryland is hot, usually around 90°, and humid. Just miserable. On Saturday, 13 July 1929, Earl and Harvey went swimming at an abandoned quarry pool.

The Frederick Post reported, ‘No one was present except the two boys. According to the younger lad his brother swam across the pool and started back. When about two-thirds of the way back he disappeared beneath the water. His body arose again to the surface and again disappeared.’ The newspaper article continues below:

PRICE Earl article about his drowning cropped for blogpost

Click on the aricle for a larger view

The final paragraph said ‘the lad was well known in the vicinity in which he lived. He was industrious and popular among a wide circle of friends.’

Earl’s funeral took place on Monday afternoon at his grandmother’s home. I was unable to find out where he is buried. How awful this must have been for Harvey and their grandmother.

Rufus Terry: textile worker & restaurant operator

Amuel Rufus TERRY, Sr. was born in South Carolina on 7 Aug 1895, probably in Richland County. His parents were John D. TERRY (1874-1942) and Mariah MARTIN TERRY (1874-1950).

Mariah was a sister of Adolphus Burdine MARTIN, my great-grandfather. This makes Rufus, as he was called, my first cousin twice removed. I previously wrote about Rufus’ bother, Oliver Terry. Click here if you haven’t already read about Oliver.Rural Ohio Farm

Like most of my ancestors of that time, Rufus was born into a farming family. He probably graduated high school since he was attending school at the age of 15 according to the 1910 census.Cotton mill photo

From the farm to textile work

In 1917, Rufus registered for the World War 1 draft. He was single at the time and living on his own in Columbia, South Carolina. He worked for Glencoe Cotton Mills in Columbia. Also, according to his registration Rufus was of medium height and build, and had grey eyes and brown hair. He did serve as an Army private during the war, but I have no other details than that.Welcome to NC sign

In 1921, Rufus married Pearl GILBERT BALLARD TERRY (1892-1973) in Gaston County, North Carolina. Rufus and Pearl had two sons – Graham born in 1922 and Rufus, Jr (called R.J.) born in 1924. I don’t know what brought Rufus to North Carolina, but it was probably work in the textile industry.

The family lived in Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina in 1930 according to the census. Rufus was 34 and Pearl was 38. Rufus and Pearl both worked at a cotton mill. Pearl was a spinner, and Rufus was a comber fixer. They rented a home, and they didn’t have a radio.

At some point between 1930 and the mid 1950’s Rufus and family moved to Mt. Holly, Gaston County, NC. They lived at 604 Rankin Ave at the corner of W. Glendale Ave, Mt Holly, from the mid-1950’s until Rufus passed away. Rufus, Pearl, R.J., and R.J.’s wife all worked in local textile mills.

Click here to see 604 Rankin Ave. I believe it’s the same house that Rufus and Pearl lived in.

Fork and plate

From textile work to restaurant work

In 1957, Rufus retired from textile work at 63 years of age. In 1958, he and R.J. began operating the lunch counter at Perfection Spinning. They ran the counter for at least two years, but probably a bit longer than that.

In May 1975, Rufus had a stroke. After lingering for a month, he passed away on 10 June 1975 at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He was 79 years old. Rufus is buried alongside Pearl in Pineview Cemetery, Mt. Holly, North Carolina.

Walter Martin – a hardworking boy and man

Walter Glenn MARTIN was born 29 Apr 1869 in Richland County, South Carolina, the oldest of six children born to Jesse Allen MARTIN, Sr. (1845-1905) and Ella MILES MARTIN (1838-1930).

Tree cut for gathering sap to make turpentine

a tree cut for gathering sap to make turpentine

Walter’s great-grandfather, Joel E. MARTIN, is my 3rd great-grandfather. This makes Walter my 2nd cousin, twice removed.


Men’s work starts early 

In the 1880 census, Walter is employed as a distiller helper, probably working for his father who was a turpentine distiller in the Center Township of Richland County. Walter was 12 years old. He had received enough schooling to be able to read and write.

In 1890, Walter married Lishie RIMER MARTIN (1871-1961). Over the next 18 years, they would have eight children, 2 girls and 6 boys.Lumber

Lumber work to farming to lumber work again

Walter and family were living in the Upper Township of Richland County in 1900. Walter was 33 years old. He rented a house, and he worked as a sawyer. His father was in the lumber business, too.


not his farm…just A farm

In 1910, Walter was no longer a sawyer but a general farmer in Fairfield County, which is next to Richland County. Walter was farming in 1920, also, but now his address was Blythewood, South Carolina which is in Richland County and less than five miles from the Fairfield County line. (Blythewood is also about 18 miles from Columbia on present-day Interstate 77).

Goose family

Walter and Lishie and their children stuck close together like this family of geese

In 1930, at age 63, Walter was back to lumber work as a laborer at a lumber mill. I guess farming had gotten old. Walter and Lishie and five of their grown children lived in the same house. Three sons were laborers at a lumber mill, too. Another son was a carpenter. His daughter living with him was working at home, helping her mother run the household no doubt. And another son and his family lived next door.

The last year

In 1938, Walter was diagnosed with heart disease. When he died on 28 March 1839, his death was unexpected. Yes his health had been declining but his death wasn’t imminent. He was 72 years old.

According to his obituary, he ‘was one of Blythewood’s most prominent and best known residents.’ He was a member at Sandy Level Baptist Church in Blythewood which is where he is buried.

I didn’t find a lot about Walter, but I would say he and Lishie had a tight knit family considering that all of their children were still living in Blythewood when Walter passed away. I would also say he was a hardworking man all of his life.