William Bowyer obituary, newspaper unknown, probably Marlboro County, South
Carolina, probably 1 November 1931, Obituary for William Bowyer. The
obituary had been taped into the Bible that had originally belonged to Mamie
Bowyer Kanipe. The front piece of the Bible is covered up with a picture so
it is impossible to get information about the Bible. There is no
information about the obituary, no paper is identified and no date for the
paper/obituary is found. Mary Stephens Scrudder took a photograph of the
obituary July 2005.
William Bowyer dies after long illness
Highly respected citizen passes at local hospital at 75 years
William Bowyer on of the county's most substantial citizens dies in the
Marlboro County General hospital yesterday morning at 4:55. He had been in
failing health for about ten months and had been in the hospital for the
past four weeks. Brights disease with complications is said to have been
the cause of death.
The deceased was said to have been in his seventy-sixth's year, having been
born in Mississippi January 28th 1856. His family moved to Marlboro County
when he was a mere child and practically all of his long life was spent in
and around Bennettsville.
Mr. Bowyer was married to Miss Mary Cope of this county in 1878 and fourteen
children were born to this union, ten of whom are still living. The mother,
having died September 4, 1925. The surviving children, six sons and four
daughters are: B. B. Bowyer, North Carolina; C.S. Bowyer-Osteen, NC; Edgar
Bowyer, Atlanta, Ga; M.T. Bowyer, Miami, Fla; S.J. Bowyer, Bennettsville;
William C. Bowyer, U.S.N. [United States Navy]; Miss Willie Bowyer,
Wilmington, N.C.; Mrs. A. B. Kanipe, Atlanta, Ga; Mrs. Fred E. Greene,
Greensboro, N.C.; Mrs. W.J. Inglis, Greenwood; he also leaves one brother
L.M. Bowyer, Pensacola, Fla.
The deceased was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and lived true to
the teachings of his church. He was a conscientious Christian, exemplifying
in his daily life the teachings of the master. He was highly esteemed and
loved by all who knew him.
Mr. Bowyer had the misfortune of loosing both of his arms which were blown
off below the elbow by the confederate cannons on the courthouse square in a
Hampton celebration in 1880. However he faced life courageously and learned
to do for hisself as well as most men with both arms.
Funeral services will be held in the Whitner Funeral parlors this morning at
11:00 conducted by the Revs. W. Roy Phillips and J.S. Garner, pastors of the
Methodist and Presbyterian Churches respectively. Interment will follow at
Beauty Spot Cemetery, near his home, three miles east of Bennettsville.
The following will act as pallbearers: active- H.H. Crossland; Henry
Rogers; F.H. Rogers; J.A. Weatherly; E.A. Hammer; A.L. Breedon;
Honorary- W.Turlington; T.I. Rogers; B.D. Moore; C.T. Easterling; Jack R.
Easterling; F.N. Hinton; W.A. McDaniel; J.P. McCampbell; W. F. Rogers; W.F.
Breeden; W.P. Breeden Sr.; T. McL. Breeden."
Submitted by Mary Scrudder, Apr 2006.