Cleo McKee Driggers Family

Descendants of Cleo Patri McKee

Generation No. 1

        1.  Cleo Patri3 McKee  (Andrew Logan (Mims)2, Unknown1 Mims) was born July 03, 1889 in Laurens County, South Carolina, and died January 12, 1920 in Laurens County, South Carolina.  She married Ernest Palmer Driggers, Sr. Bet. 1904 – 1905, son of Samuel Driggers and Lillie Thompson.  He was born September 30, 1887 in Florence County, South Carolina, and died December 04, 1947 in Greenville County, South Carolina.

Laurensville Herald                                             Friday January 23, 1920

Wife of Rev. E. P. Driggers of Newberry Buried at Watts Mills Wednesday

Quite a cloud of sadness has again come over our town and community on last Tuesday morning, January 13th, when news was received that Mrs. E. P. Driggers, wife of Rev. E. P. Driggers, had very suddenly passed away at her home in Newberry.  Her death was a shock to each and all, though it was not altogether unexpected as she had been in declining health for quite a while.  The funeral services was held Wednesday, following, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Mr. Ferkran of Newberry, after which her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at this place.

Mrs. Driggers was aged 30 years.  She was before her marriage Miss Cleo McKee.  She had been a member of the Baptist Church for a number of years.  She leaves a husband and two daughters, Misses Pauline and Mildred Driggers.  Se also leaves a mother, four brothers, and five sisters as follows: Mrs. Mary J. McKee, of this place; T. E. McKee of Greenville, J. D., J. A., and Bennie McKee all of Greenwood; Mrs. N. H. Hill and Mrs. R. L. Patton of Gray Court; Mrs. G. H. Stewart, Mrs. S. W. Wilson, and Miss Andrella McKee all of Watts Mills.  Besides her relatives she leaves a large circle of friends who extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved husband and children and to the entire family, in their bereavement.

According to the 1910 census, Cleo had 4 children but only 2 were living in 1910

Greenville News

Mrs. Cleo Driggers, wife of Rev. E. P. Driggers, of Newberry died at her home there January 13.  She was born near Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Laurens County, July 11, 1889.  A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McKee.  In addition to her husband and two daughters, Pauline and Mildred, she leaves a mother, five sisters and four brothers.  The sisters are Mrs. N. H. Hill and Mrs. R. L. Patton of Gray Court; Mrs. G. H. Stewart, Mrs. S. W. Wilson, and Miss Andrella McKee all of Watts Mills.  The brothers are T. E. McKee of Greenville, J. D., J. A., and Bennie McKee all of Greenwood.

The State Newspaper

Newberry, Jan 15—–Mrs. Driggers, wife of the Rev. E. P. Driggers of the Mollohon mill village, died at her home Tuesday morning some time between 2 and 7 o’clock.  She had not been well during the night, but at 2 o’clock she was resting; when someone went to her room at 7 o’clock she was dead.  The body was buried today in the cemetery of Watts Mill, Laurens.  She is survived by her husband and two little girls and by her mother, four brothers and five sisters.  Mrs. Driggers before her marriage was Miss McKee of Laurens.

Notes for Ernest Palmer Driggers, Sr.:

REV. ERNEST P. DRIGGERS-GREENVILLE NEWS

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR REV. ERNEST P. DRIGGERS, PASTOR OF EAST PARK BAPTIST CHURCH, WILL BE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 3:30 O’CLOCK AT EAST PARK BAPTIST CHURCH.  DR. FRANK C. PITTMAN, REV. C. V. MARTIN OF ANDERSON AND REV. B. M. WYNN WILL OFFICIATE. INTERMENT WILL BE IN WOODLAWN MEMORIAL PARK.

PALLBEARERS AND THE HONORARY ESCORT WILL MEET AT THE CHURCH AT 3:30 O’CLOCK.

PALLBEARERS WILL BE PAUL WOOD, E. E. OWENS. G. A. MANN. GRADY ARMSTRONG, J. C. MANGUM, WILLIAM KNIGHT, C. V. STEADMAN, WALTER RAIMEY AND B. L. WILSON.

THE ESCORT OF HONOR WILL BE DEACONS OF EAST PART CHURCH AND THE PASTORS OF THE GREENVILLE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.

EAST PARK CHURCH’S FIDELIS CLASS, OF WHICH MR. DRIGGERS WAS TEACHER, WILL SERVE AS FLOWER BEARERS.

MR. DRIGGERS DIED AT HIS HOME, 10 EBAUGH AVENUE; THURSDAY MORNING AT 7:15 O’CLOCK.  HE HAD BEEN IN DECLINING HEALTH FOR SEVERAL YEARS, HIS CONDITION BECOMING SERIOUS EIGHT WEEKS AGO.

HE WAS A NATIVE OF FLORENCE COUNTY AND A SON OF THE LATE SAMUEL AND LIILE THOMPSON DRIGGERS.

DURING THE PAST 38 YEATS HE HAD SERVED CHURCHES IN GREENWOOD, SALUDA, AND ANDERSON COUNTIES AND HAD SERVED THE EAST PARK BAPTIST CHURCH FOR 14 YEARS AND SIX MONTHS.

THE BODY OF REV. DRIGGERS WILL BE CARRIED TO THE HOME AT 10 O’CLOCK THIS MORNING AND WILL REMAIN THERE UNTIL NOON SUNDAY, AT WHICH TIME IT WILL BE PLACED IN THE EAST PARK BAPTIST CHURCH TO LIE IN WAIT UNTIL THE HOUR OF THE SERVICES. R. D. JONES AND SONS, MORTICIANS.

Callie Self Memorial Baptist Church

Chapter 3  p. 9-12

After Rev. Ross resigned in 1919, our Church called as its third Pastor the Rev. Ernest P. Driggers.  The Church Membership at that time was 67. According to a letter from Mrs. Driggers, [this would be his 2nd wife, Mary, that wrote the letter] dated March 18, 1976, the Jordan Street-South Greenwood pastorate was his first.  He was ordained February 3, 1918.

On October 8, 1920, the Moderator of Abbeville Association welcomed Rev. Driggers to membership in the Association.  The Church membership was still shown as 67.  Other Church Officers that year were: J. A. Simpson, Clerk, and J. D. McKee, Treasurer [brother-in-law to Ernest Driggers].

In 1921 our officers were: Rev. Driggers, Pastor; M. H. Seigler, Clerk, and J. D. McKee, Treasurer.  The Associational Meeting was held on September 15th and 16th at Walnut Grove Baptist Church.

In 1922, the Association met at Calhoun Falls Baptist Church.  The meeting was opened on Thursday afternoon with prayer led by Rev. Driggers.  Later in the program, Rev. Driggers called attention to the Institute for Preachers held in Greenville, SC each summer and urged a full attendance for 1923.  Rev. Driggers resigned the Jordan Street-South Greenwood work in 1922 to accept a call to Duke Street Church in Ninety Six.  While there he also pastured Siloam and Mt. Herman.  Mt. Herman later became inactive.  After three years in Ninety Six he accepted a call to Gunter Memorial Baptist Church in Anderson, SC where he remained for 7 ½ years.  While serving Gunter Memoiral, he also pastured three part time country church in the area.  They were Mt. Bethel, Little River, and Mt. Tabor;  all full time Churches today.  In 1933 Rev. Driggers resigned the work in Anderson to accept a call to East Park Baptist Church in Greenville, SC where he remained for 14 ½ years until his illness and death in 1947.  He was born in the lower part of the state on September 30, 1887.  He was employed in railroad work prior to entering the ministry.

He was twice married; first to Cleo McKee of Newberry; SC, a sister of our Mr. J. Douglas McKee.  They had two daughters, now deceased.  After the death of his first wife, Rev. Driggers was married to Mary E. Darby of Greenwood.  They had a son, E. P. Driggers, Jr.

Children of Cleo McKee and Ernest Driggers are:

+      2                 i.    Eula Pauline4 Driggers, born November 09, 1905; died July 07, 1956 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.

+      3                ii.    Mildred Driggers, born May 20, 1908 in Newberry County, South Carolina; died June 22, 1959 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.

 

 Generation No. 2

        2.  Eula Pauline4 Driggers (Cleo Patri3 McKee, Andrew Logan (Mims)2, Unknown1 Mims) was born November 09, 1905, and died July 07, 1956 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.  She married Joe Butler Howard 1920.  He was born July 22, 1900, and died December 23, 1958 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.

Mrs. J.B. Howard, Sr

Bath, SC, July 7—Mrs. Joe B. Howard, Sr died today in an Augusta infirmary after an extended illness.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 5pm from the Piney Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Henry Oellerich officiating, assisted by the Rev. A.F. Carter.  Interment will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Howard was the former Miss Pauline Driggers, daughter of the late Rev. Mr and Mrs. E.P. Driggers of Greenville, SC. She had lived in Bath for the past 30 years and was a member of Pney Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Joe B. Howard Sr of Bath; two daughters, Mrs. Ernestine Lohrman of Lafette, Ind; and Mrs. Cleo Holsenbake of Augusta; two sons, Joe B. Howard, Jr and Norman G. Howard, both of Augusta; a brother, Ernest Driggers of Greenville, SC; a sister, Mrs. Mildred Corley of Augusta; her step-mother, Mrs. Mary Driggers of Greenville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be O.L. Thompson, Jessie Walker, Theodore Ivy, John Wombles, W.B. Thompson, and John Wesley Mitchem.

The body will be at the funeral home until 3:30pm and then lie in state at the church until hour of the service.

Notes for Joe Butler Howard:

Saturday, January 1, 1972

Joe B. Howard Jr., of 2104 A. St. died Friday.  Funeral services will be at 3pm today at Posey’s Funeral Home in North Augusta with the Rev. Ralph E. Wade officiating.  Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Howard was a native of Ninety-Six, SC and lived several years in the Augusta area. He was a Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a son, Andrew Howard, Augusta; three daughters, Mrs. Bobby Joe Jennings, Mrs. Charlotte Muns, and Mrs. Patricia Parnell, Augusta; two sisters, Mrs. Ernestine Lohrman, Hephzibah, Ga and Mrs. Cleo Holsenbake, Augusta.

Pallbearers will be Harry Watkins, Capt. Joe Smith, Jack Douglas, W. Lesis Youngblood, Landrum Wlds, Sr. and Clyde Morris.

Friends may call at the residence of Mrs. Cleo Holsenbake, 2172 Greene St. or the funeral  home.

3.  Mildred4 Driggers (Cleo Patri3 McKee, Andrew Logan (Mims)2, Unknown1 Mims) was born May 20, 1908 in Newberry County, South Carolina, and died June 22, 1959 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.  She married (1) unknown Corley.    She married (2) George Dewey Beard.  He was born May 17, 1899 in Jellico Creek, Whitley, Kentucky, and died October 27, 1979 in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio.

Notes for Mildred Driggers:

Mrs. Mildred Corley                            Augusta Chronicle

Mrs. Mildred Corley, 51, died Monday night at a local infirmary following a brief illness.

Mrs. Corley was a former resident of 1762 Fenwick Street.  She was born in Newberry, SC and had been a resident of Augusta 30 years.  She was a member of the Crawford Avenue Church of God.

Mrs. Corley is survived by one son, George Dewey Beard of Augusta; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Emma Benson of Laurens, SC; and Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth Mixon of Augusta; stepmother, Mrs. Mary Driggers of Greenville, SC; one brother, Ernest Palmer Driggers of Greenville, SC; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Elliott Sons.

Mrs. Mildred Corley                            Augusta Chronicle

Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Driggers Corley, who died Monday in a local infirmary following an extended illness, will be held at 3 pm today at the Crawford Avenue Church of God.  The Rev. W. M. Horton will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Paul Stover.  Interment will be in West View Cemetery.

Mrs. Corley lived at 1762 Fenwick Street, and had been a resident of Augusta for 30 years.  She was born in Newberry, SC.

Mrs. Corley is survived by one son, two daughters, one brother, her step-mother, and five grandchildren.

Remains will be at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth Mixon of 3226 Holt Road.  The body will be at the church from 1 pm today until the hour of the funeral.

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