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Obituary of
Martha "Patsy" Bethea Sherwood

The Dillon Herald, Dillon South Carolina
April 15, 1901, Vol. 14, No. 11

Death of Mrs. Sherwood

Mrs. Patsy Sherwood, one of the best-known of the older residents of the Little Rock section, died suddenly at her home Monday morning. Mrs. Sherwood was 87 years old, but despite her advanced age she had enjoyed comparatively good health up to the hour of her death. She arose at her usual hour Monday and was looking after her domestic affairs when she was seized with an attack of nausea. Her grandson Mr. W. H. Davis, went for assistance and when he returned to the house Mrs. Sherwood was lying upon the bed apparently asleep, but it was soon discovered that the summons had already come and the spirit of this good woman had gone back to the One who gave it. Heart trouble was the immediate case of her death.

Mrs. Sherwood was a woman of remarkably strong characteristics and although she had long since passed the age when one feels an interest in the ordinary things of live she still maintained that sprit of cheerfulness which had made her life so full of usefulness and such a pleasure to those who surrounded her. She will be missed not only in her family circle but by the entire countryside who enjoyed the privilege of her friendship and acquaintance.

Of her immediate family Mrs. Sherwood is survived by an only son, Mr. T. C. Sherwood, a prominent farmer of Little Rock, her husband having preceded he to the grave many years age. Tuesday afternoon she was laid at rest in the family plot at Sweat Swamp. Her death removed probably the oldest landmark of the Little Rock community.

Submitted by Helen Moody, 8 May 2002.

From William S. Tate:
I note that the issue cited is April 14, 1901.... I believe that it should be 1909 (Her death was April 12, 1909 according to family records). Also...I would like to note that she was Martha "Patsy" Bethea, daughter of William Bethea and Sarah Hairgrove (Hargrove). She was predeceased by husband Richard Sherwood. They had several other children, not just T.C. (my great-grandfather) as the obituary says. James, William Andrew, and John all predeceased Patsy, as did daughter Sarah (mother of the Davis grandson of the obituary). Still alive was Henry Postell Sherwood who lived in Mullins and was married to Lou Scarborough.


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