Jane C. McKee Chandler

 

Descendants of Jane C. McKee

Generation No. 1

1.  JANE C. MCKEE  was born May 28, 1828 in South Carolina, and died Bet. 1860 – 1880 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.  She married JOHN WILLIAM CHANDLER Abt. 1848.  He was born 1829 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, and died April 1880 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.

 

Notes for JANE C. MCKEE:

The Bible record says JC McKee born May 28, 1828.  Someone said this was Joseph C. McKee and he died in 1856.  I have done a thorough search of 1850 census records and been unable to find anything on a Joseph McKee that could be this man.  This would be another indication of why this person might be a female.  She would have married and started a family of her own by the 1850 census, as s/he is not with William and Nancy.

I don’t know where the Joseph came from or that this person was a male.

 

Linda McKee has done research and has the death certificate for Mary Elizabeth Chandler.  Her parents are listed as William Chandler and Jane McKee.  Family lore says her family was against her daughter, Iva Loubell McKee,  marrying William Harrison McKee  {son of William Logan McKee} her second cousin  because they were cousins.   Jane, the mother of Mary Elizabeth Chandler, would have been born around 1830 and in the right age group to be the JC born in 1828.  It would also make sense of why the family was against them marrying.

 

Since Nancy’s middle name was Jane, it would make sense that they had a daughter named this.

 

Also, It would make sense for William to name  a daughter Jane/Jean as this was the name of his grandmother {Adam’s wife}.  I have that she {Jean/Jane Dixon McKee} died abt 1825 and {William} having a daughter in 1828 that was named Jane would make a lot of sense.  Wm would have known her {his grandmother} and gone to visit her and maybe even helped with the farming or other things she needed.  Esp since his Dad {Michael} had already moved to MO.  On the 1820 census Jane/Jane is listed as Jane McKee and the head of the family.  No males are listed in the household.  Just thinking it would be very logical to name a daughter Jane.

 

Circumstantial Evidence that Jane McKee Chandler, wife of William Chandler is a daughter of William and Nancy Jane Bowie McKee

 

1. Jane is a family name–her mother’s middle name is Jane

 

2. The name Jane also carries through to her great-grandmother {William’s grandmother}–Jane/Jean Dixon McKee

 

3.  In 1850 census she is 22 and in 1860 census she is 28.  This would make her birthdate between 1828-1832.  William and Nancy McKee have a daughter born on May 28, 1828.

 

4.  The initials of daughter born on May 28, 1828 are JC.  Jane is a very likely candidate.

 

5. William is the only McKee in the Abbeville area that could be her father.  None of the others in the area match in any way.

 

6. The death certificates of 3 of her children list her maiden name as McKee–proving this was not a mistake or oversight.

 

7. She named her children Mary Elizabeth {she had a sister with that name}; Nancy {this would have been her mother’s name}; and James T. {not sure about the T. but she had a brother named James}.  All of these names are McKee family names.

 

8.  The William Henry McKee family history claims that he and his wife, Iva Loubel Beasley were second cousins.  This would make perfect sense if Nancy was William’s daughter.

 

9. James Alfred was only 4 years older than JC.  Showing that they probably had a close enough relationship for her to name a brother James {unless it was also a name in her husband, William’s family}

 

10.  William and Jane Chandler continued to live in the Due West area through 1860, which is where William and Nancy McKee lived.  After this we cannot find the Chandler’s on the census leading to speculation that they died between 1860-1880.

 

11.  Just like the other McKee’s, Bowie’s, Chandler’s and Beasley’s they are missing from the 1870 census for Abbeville County, SC.  Proving they probably remained in the area and the census taker overlooked them.

 

12. Jane and William Chandler are living only three houses down from William’s daughter, and most likely her sister, Matilda Bowie and family.   This entire area is full of McKee’s, Bowie’s and Chandler’s which again leads one to believe they are all related.

 

Due to the overwhelming evidence that JC and Jane are the same person I am merging them together unless proven differently. From Linda McKee

 

If Iva Loubell Beasley (1883-1965) and William Harrison McKee (1863-1935) were second cousins (as indicated in the narrative by their daughter, Edna McKee) then it would seem possible that Jane McKee, grandmother of Iva Loubell Beasley and mother of Mary Elizabeth (more commonly known by Elizabeth) Chandler (1849-1927) (see death certificate of Mary Elizabeth Chandler or Mary E. Chandler) was the daughter of William D. McKee (1796-1881) and Nancy McKee (1796-1874), grandparents of William Harrison McKee.  There is a daughter, J. C. (also interpreted as I.C. and Ji C) born on 28 May 1828 listed in the McKee family Bible (whereabouts unknown).  The chronology for J. C. McKee to be Jane McKee makes sense, as she could easily have been the mother of Mary Elizabeth Chandler born in 1849.  They all lived in or around Abbeville, South Carolina.  I cannot substantiate this at this time.

 

More evidence on Jane and her son, James Franklin.  This is a letter that I {Lee Allen-Russ} wrote to Jane McKee on Saturday, March 31,2012

 

I’ve been on a little genealogical journey I wanted to share with you.   A week or two ago I was looking at the children of Jane McKee and John William Chandler.

 

I noticed their son, James Chandler and that rang a bell with me.

 

Andrew Logan McKee married Mary Jane Puckett.  Mary Jane’s sister, Tryphenia, married James Franklin Chandler.

 

I began to wonder could that James Chandler be the same as Jane’s son, James.

 

It would make sense because:

1.  He and Andrew Logan McKee would be first cousins

2.  They were only 4 months apart in age so they were probably close to one another, like brothers

3.  They married sisters   {Tryphenia died and James married 2 more times}

4.  There is a letter Andrew Logan wrote in 1897 talking about the birth of my great-grandmother and that James Chandler married a widow.  Apparently Andrew wrote it to an uncle/aunt on his side of the family.  {probably Matilda and Henry Bowie–who were still alive then}.  But why would they care?  UNLESS….James Chandler was also THEIR NEPHEW

 

The connection with James Franklin Chandler and his children and step-children gets even more involved and interconnected on 3 other family lines of mine, so I was really curious.

 

The evidence seemed to be stacking up that he was indeed Jane and John’s son.  I could not get the death certificate on Ancestry.  For whatever reason, it’s not on there.

 

BUT…I went to the library today to do research.  His obituary did not give his parents names.  I pulled the death certificate for him on the microfilm and sure enough under parents names:

Father: John William Chandler

Mother: Jane McKee

 

BINGO!!!!  PROOF POSITIVE!!!!   We already had about 12 reasons why we believed Jane was William’s daughter, but for me {although I was already sure that was the case} this cinched it.

 

Letter Andrew Logan wrote on June the 9, 1897 to his aunt Matilda Bowie and her husband, Henry

“I suppose you have heard of aunt Junes death we never heard it until she had been dead a week or more”

could this be Jane?  I can’t find her after the 1860 census, but it doesn’t mean this isn’t her.   I can find no other June/Jane in the family this would refer to.

 

No will found in Abbeville County, SC or Laurens County, SC

Children of JANE MCKEE and JOHN CHANDLER are:

2.                i.    MARY ELIZABETH30 CHANDLER, b. December 23, 1849, Due West, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. December 25, 1927, Anderson, South Carolina.

3.               ii.    NANCY CHANDLER, b. January 21, 1853, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. May 11, 1916, Abbeville County, South Carolina.

4.              iii.    JAMES FRANKLIN CHANDLER, b. January 21, 1856, Greenwood County, South Carolina; d. May 06, 1930, Greenwood County, South Carolina.

 

 

Generation No. 2

2.  MARY ELIZABETH30 CHANDLER (JANE C.29 MCKEE, WILLIAM D.28, MICHAEL27, ADAM26, ARCHIBALD25, ARCHIBALD24, THOMAS23, JAMES22, ROBERT21 MCKIE, THOMAS20, ANDREW19, JOHN18 MCGHIE, ALEXANDER17, ALEXANDER16 MACKAY, GILBERT15 MACKIE, MALCOM14 MACKAY, GILBERT13 MKIE, NEILL12, JOHN11, IYE10, MARTIN9 MACKAY, IYE HUGH8 MACETHJ, HUGH7, MALCOLM6 MACETH, HUGH OR ANGUS5, AOIDH4 HETH, MALCOLM3 III, DUNCAN2 I, CRINAN OF1 DUNKELD) was born December 23, 1849 in Due West, Abbeville County, South Carolina, and died December 25, 1927 in Anderson, South Carolina.  She married WILLIAM AUGUSTUS BEASLEY.  He was born February 20, 1849 in Piedmont, South carolina, and died September 28, 1915 in Anderson, South Carolina.

 

Notes for MARY ELIZABETH CHANDLER:

History as written by Edna McKee Kaney c. 1979:

 

William Henry (sic) (should be Harrison) McKee was born October 9, 1863 to Logan McKee and Sara Margaret Thomas McKee.

 

He was the oldest of seven children – three brothers, Newton, Elb, and John. He had three sisters – Lizzie, Bell, and Omer.

 

Will, as he was called, was several months old before his father saw him because of the civil war.

 

Iva Loubell Beasley was born August 25, 1883 to William Augustus Beasley of Piedmont and Elizabeth Chandler Beasley of Due West.  She had four brothers – John, Elvis, and Mack.  She had one sister, Lela.

 

Elizabeth Chandler graduated from Erskine College in Due West and taught school before she and William Augustus Beasley were married.

 

Will and Iva were married in 1904.  It is interesting to note that they were second cousins.  (My note:  This seems to be confirmed by Elizabeth Chandler’s death certificate signed by her son Elvis which lists her parents as William Chandler and Jane McKee.)  Iva’s parents disapproved and they ran away to get married.

 

Will was already established in Pelzer in business where he operated a meat market and a shoe repairing business.

 

After he and Iva married, he purchased five acres of land in Greenville County and built a house for $1,000.00.

 

From this union there were six children:  Ollie Augustus, 1905, Elizabeth (still born), 1906; Viola, 1907; Lois 1909; H. Frank, 1915; and Edna, 1919.

 

Due to a back injury, Will developed arthritis of the spine and was severely crippled but this did not deter his providing for his family until he suffered a heart attack when he was 62.  His health was so bad after the heart attack, he had to retire.

 

Will died July 1935 and is buried in the Pelzer Cemetary.  Iva died in 1966 and is also buried in the family plot in the Pelzer Cemetery.

 

In July 1979, the descendants of William and Iva McKee had their first family reunion at Grace United Methodist Church in Greer, S.C.

 

Called Lucy on 1850 census with her parents

 

Children of MARY CHANDLER and WILLIAM BEASLEY are:

5.                i.    IVA LOUBELL31 BEASLEY, b. August 25, 1883, Abbeville County, South Carolina; d. May 06, 1965, Anderson County, South Carolina.

ii.    JOHN F. BEASLEY, b. 1869.

iii.    JAMES ELVIS BEASLEY, b. 1878.

iv.    OSCAR MACK BEASLEY, b. 1870.

v.    LELA BEASLEY.

vi.    WILLIAM A. BEASLEY, b. 1872.

 

 

3.  NANCY30 CHANDLER (JANE C.29 MCKEE, WILLIAM D.28, MICHAEL27, ADAM26, ARCHIBALD25, ARCHIBALD24, THOMAS23, JAMES22, ROBERT21 MCKIE, THOMAS20, ANDREW19, JOHN18 MCGHIE, ALEXANDER17, ALEXANDER16 MACKAY, GILBERT15 MACKIE, MALCOM14 MACKAY, GILBERT13 MKIE, NEILL12, JOHN11, IYE10, MARTIN9 MACKAY, IYE HUGH8 MACETHJ, HUGH7, MALCOLM6 MACETH, HUGH OR ANGUS5, AOIDH4 HETH, MALCOLM3 III, DUNCAN2 I, CRINAN OF1 DUNKELD) was born January 21, 1853 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, and died May 11, 1916 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.  She married WILLIAM PROVIDENCE NORRELL.  He was born November 1848 in South Carolina, and died July 18, 1921 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.

 

Notes for NANCY CHANDLER:

South Carolina, Death Records, 1821-1955 about Nancy Norrell

Name:    Nancy Norrell

Death Date:  11 May 1916

Age at Death:       63

Born:      1853

Gender:  Female

Color:     White

County of Death:        Abbeville

Certificate Number:    031541

Volume Number: 58

Children of NANCY CHANDLER and WILLIAM NORRELL are:

i.    SAMUEL31 NORRELL, b. 1876.

ii.    LEMUEL PROVIDENCE NORRELL, b. 1883.

iii.    ANNIE J. NORRELL, b. 1886.

iv.    SALLY E. NORRELL, b. 1888.

v.    LIDA M. NORRELL, b. 1890.

vi.    BESSIE L. NORRELL, b. 1892.

vii.    MAGGIE E. NORRELL, b. 1895.

viii.    DOLLIE O. NORRELL, b. 1896.

 

 

4.  JAMES FRANKLIN30 CHANDLER (JANE C.29 MCKEE, WILLIAM D.28, MICHAEL27, ADAM26, ARCHIBALD25, ARCHIBALD24, THOMAS23, JAMES22, ROBERT21 MCKIE, THOMAS20, ANDREW19, JOHN18 MCGHIE, ALEXANDER17, ALEXANDER16 MACKAY, GILBERT15 MACKIE, MALCOM14 MACKAY, GILBERT13 MKIE, NEILL12, JOHN11, IYE10, MARTIN9 MACKAY, IYE HUGH8 MACETHJ, HUGH7, MALCOLM6 MACETH, HUGH OR ANGUS5, AOIDH4 HETH, MALCOLM3 III, DUNCAN2 I, CRINAN OF1 DUNKELD) was born January 21, 1856 in Greenwood County, South Carolina, and died May 06, 1930 in Greenwood County, South Carolina.  He married (1) NANNIE CAMPBELL.  She was born Abt. 1869, and died August 01, 1937 in Greenwood County, South Carolina.  He married (2) TRYPHENIA PUCKETT Bef. 1880.  She was born May 08, 1852 in Laurens County, South Carolina, and died October 30, 1895 in Laurens County, South Carolina.  He married (3) SARAH J. LONG Abt. 1897.  She was born February 01, 1861 in Laurens County, South Carolina, and died April 04, 1909 in Laurens County, South Carolina.

 

Notes for JAMES FRANKLIN CHANDLER:

In a letter Andrew Logan McKee wrote to a cousin, in 1898, he wrote that James Chandler had married a widow with 6 or 8 children.

 

Greenville News  Obituary

Greenwood, May 6—-James F. Chandler, 74, died from a heart attack while at work in the Greenwod Mills today just after he had returned from dinner.  He had been in declining health for a sometime.

Mr. Chandler was a native of Laurens County but had lived here for 36 years.

He is survived by his widow who was Mrs. Nannie Campbell Hembree; two sons, J. B. Chandler, Kirksey and E. B. Chandler, Asheville, NC; one daughter, Mrs. J. O. Still, Greenwood; and the following step-children, Mrs. J. B. Bowie, Mrs. T. E. Corley, Mrs. J. H. Corley, and Mrs. W. K. Waites, Greenwood; and Mrs. H. L. Ouzts, Frankling Springs, Ga.

Funeral services will be conducted at West Side Baptist church tomorrow at 2 o’clock by Rev. W. H. Beirs and interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

 

Notes for NANNIE CAMPBELL:

 

 

Greenville News   Obituary

Greenwood, July 31—–Funeral services for Mrs. Nannie F. Ella Chandler, 68, widow of J. F. Chandler, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. K. Waits, at Goldville Thursday night, were conducted at West Side Baptist Church here Friday afternoon by the Rev. W. H. Beiers and the Rev. C. C. Waughn.  Interment followed in hill Crest Cemetery.

Mrs. Chandler was the daughter of Jessie McDuffie Campbell and Sarah Elizabeth Burdette Campbell.  She is survived by one daughter,; one step-daughter, Mrs. Gynell Still, Greenwood; two step-sons, Emmett Chandler, Asheville; and Broadus Chandler, Kirksey; three sisters, Mrs. W. A. Norris, Newry; Mrs. T. F. Darby, Anderson; and Mrs. Mary Owens, Clinton; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Child of JAMES CHANDLER and TRYPHENIA PUCKETT is:

i.    LULA31 CHANDLER, b. May 1884; d. Bef. 1930; m. UNKNOWN GRIFFIN, Bef. May 12, 1906.

 

Child of JAMES CHANDLER and SARAH LONG is:

ii.    EMMETT DAVID31 CHANDLER, b. October 25, 1902, Laurens County, South Carolina; d. March 11, 1994, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina.

 

 

Generation No. 3

5.  IVA LOUBELL31 BEASLEY (MARY ELIZABETH30 CHANDLER, JANE C.29 MCKEE, WILLIAM D.28, MICHAEL27, ADAM26, ARCHIBALD25, ARCHIBALD24, THOMAS23, JAMES22, ROBERT21 MCKIE, THOMAS20, ANDREW19, JOHN18 MCGHIE, ALEXANDER17, ALEXANDER16 MACKAY, GILBERT15 MACKIE, MALCOM14 MACKAY, GILBERT13 MKIE, NEILL12, JOHN11, IYE10, MARTIN9 MACKAY, IYE HUGH8 MACETHJ, HUGH7, MALCOLM6 MACETH, HUGH OR ANGUS5, AOIDH4 HETH, MALCOLM3 III, DUNCAN2 I, CRINAN OF1 DUNKELD) was born August 25, 1883 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, and died May 06, 1965 in Anderson County, South Carolina.  She married WILLIAM “WILLIE” HENRY MCKEE 1904, son of WILLIAM MCKEE and SARAH THOMAS.  He was born October 09, 1863 in South Carolina, and died July 18, 1935 in Anderson County, South Carolina.

 

Notes for IVA LOUBELL BEASLEY:

Obituary        Mrs. W. H. McKee

Mrs. Iva Beasley McKee, 81, widow of W. H. McKee died at 1:30 am Thursday at the Orangeburg Regional Hospital.  She had been in declining health for several years and seriously ill for one week.

Mrs. McKee was born in Abbeville County a daughter of the late William Augustus and Elizabeth Chandler Beasley.  She had lived in North for the past seven months but formerly lived in Rock Hill and Pelzer.  She was a member of the North Methodist Church.

Survivors include three duaghters, Mrs. D. R. Dickerson of North, Mrs. James Allen of Pelzer and Mrs. Ralph C. Kaney of Rock Hill; a son, H. Frank McKee of Greensboro, NC; a sister, Mrs. Lela Vaughan of Greenville; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday at the North Methodist Church with the Rev. L. D. Bolt and the Rev. Victory R. Hickman officiating.  Burial will be in Pine Lawn Cemetery at Pelzer at 5 pm where graveside services will be held with the Rev. Broadus Ellison and the Rev. W. R. Prater officiating.

Culler Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

From Linda McKee,

Family lore had always been that Iva’s parents didn’t want her to marry William H., because they were cousins (he was also about 20 years her senior).  So it appears that they were cousins!

Iva Beasley was rumored to have been part Cherokee.  One quarter to one half.  Her mother is listed as “white” on the 1900 census, but she may have been Cherokee.  Currently their is no other documentation.  During this era, being part Native American was sometimes kept a family secret.  Certainly Iva and her son Frank had the high cheek bones, dark hair and eyes which may have hinted at Native American ancestry.

 

History as written by Edna McKee Kaney c. 1979:

 

William Henry (sic) (should be Harrison) McKee was born October 9, 1863 to Logan McKee and Sara Margaret Thomas McKee.

 

He was the oldest of seven children – three brothers, Newton, Elb, and John. He had three sisters – Lizzie, Bell, and Omer.

 

Will, as he was called, was several months old before his father saw him because of the civil war.

 

Iva Loubell Beasley was born August 25, 1883 to William Augustus Beasley of Piedmont and Elizabeth Chandler Beasley of Due West.  She had four brothers – John, Elvis, and Mack.  She had one sister, Lela.

 

Elizabeth Chandler graduated from Erskine College in Due West and taught school before she and William Augustus Beasley were married.

 

Will and Iva were married in 1904.  It is interesting to note that they were second cousins.  (My note:  This seems to be confirmed by Elizabeth Chandler’s death certificate signed by her son Elvis which lists her parents as William Chandler and Jane McKee.)  Iva’s parents disapproved and they ran away to get married.

 

Will was already established in Pelzer in business where he operated a meat market and a shoe repairing business.

 

After he and Iva married, he purchased five acres of land in Greenville County and built a house for $1,000.00.

 

From this union there were six children:  Ollie Augustus, 1905, Elizabeth (still born), 1906; Viola, 1907; Lois 1909; H. Frank, 1915; and Edna, 1919.

 

Due to a back injury, Will developed arthritis of the spine and was severely crippled but this did not deter his providing for his family until he suffered a heart attack when he was 62.  His health was so bad after the heart attack, he had to retire.

 

Ollie, the oldest son, married Bessie Leathers in 1924.  They had three children – Revel, Suanne, and Charles.

 

Viola, the oldest daughter married Dennis Roy Dickerson in 1927.  Two children were born to them:  Sarah Margaret and Dennis Roy Jr.

 

Lois, the fourth but third living child married James Allen in 1933.  They had six children, Robert, deceased; Hazel; Richard deceased; Frances; Billy; and Lynn.

 

Frank married Hazel Thompson in 1934; they had three children, Gail, Frank, and Linda.

 

Edna, the youngest child, married Ralph Stuart Kaney in 1942.  They have four daughters, Edna Beth, Belinda Ann, Jan McKee, and Mary Susan.

 

Will died July 1935 and is buried in the Pelzer Cemetary.  Iva died in 1966 and is also buried in the family plot in the Pelzer Cemetery.

 

In July 1979, the descendants of William and Iva McKee had their first family reunion at Grace United Methodist Church in Greer, S.C.

 

 

Notes for WILLIAM “WILLIE” HENRY MCKEE:

From Sherry Falotico

A document entitled “The McKee Family”, compiled Mrs. Jesse L. McKee in 1989 gives the name as William Harrison McKee.

A letter written by his son, Frank McKee, to my brother,Richard D. McKee, states that his father’s name was William Henry McKee.  Will, as he was called, was several months old before his father saw him because of the Civil War.

 

From The McKee Family  by Mrs. Jesse L. McKee

5 or 6 children.  No names given.

 

From Dot Davis

In 1899, after many of his brothers and sisters had married, Will, his brother, Ebb, and their parents moved to Pelzer, South Carolina.  Will opened a shoe shop which he was to operate for the next thrity-five years.

In 1904, Will eloped with his second cousin, Iva Loubell Beasley.  Iva’s parents disapproved the marriage due to their kinship.  Will was 41 years old and Iva was 21.  He purchased five acres of land and built their home for $1,000.  Although he had suffered a back injury and had arthritis of the spine, he provided well for his family of two sons, Ollie and Horce, and three daughters, Viola, Lois and Edna.  He and Iva had one duaghter, Elizabeth, who was stillborn.

He had a heart attack when he was sixty-two and for the next ten years, he was in bad health and had to retire.  He suffered a fatal heart attack on July 18, 1935.  His funeral service was held at the Pelzer First Baptist Church where he was a member.  He was buried in the Pinelawn Cemetery at Pelzer, SC.

 

 

Obituary

William H. McKee, 73 year old shoe shop operator of Pelzer, died suddenly at his home here this morning at 7:30 o’clock from what was described as a heart attack.

He was well known in Pelzer, having operated his shop here 35 years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was also affiliated with the Junior Order.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Iva McKee, of Pelzer; and three daughters and two sons; Mrs. D. B. Dickerson of Walhalla; Mrs. Lottis Allen, Miss Edna McKee, Ottie and Frank McKee of Pelzer.  Two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie South of Carnerville, Ga., and Mrs. Onie Roberts of Pelzer and two brothers, M. H. McKee of Belton and John McKee of Piedmont also survive.

Funeral services will be held from the Frist Baptist church of Pelzer Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.  Dr. David M. Ramsey, Rev. A. M. Doggett, Rev. Mr. Webb and the Rev. Mr. Pressley will conduct the services.  Interment will be in the Pelzer cemetery.

Actice pallbearers will include J. P. Bradley, Jim McKee, Henry McKee, Preston Devall, and Eugene Roberts.

Welborn Mortuary is in charge.

 

 

..Sources include Dorothy Davis very comprehensive “McKee Family History” which includes pictures

and a few document images.

..A letter written by his son, Frank McKee, to my brother, Richard D. McKee, states that his father’s name

was William Henry McKee.Will, as he was called, was several months old before his father saw him

because of the Civil War.

..Initial information about his marriage & children was from WFT#42. .. “The McKee Family”, compiled by

Mrs. Jesse L. McKee in 1989 gives the name as William Harrison McKee.  Dorothy Davis 1994 paper

with the same title adds  more about him (includes photocopy of his picture):

..”William Harrison McKee was born 10/;9/1863, (fifth child but) first son of William Logan and Sarah

Margaret Thomas McKee of Abbeville Co (SC).  His father was serving in the Civil War and did not see

Will until he was several months old.  His older sisters were Nancy Jane, Belle, Emma and Elizabeth..

After the end of the war, his father returned home and moved the family to Franklin Co, GA..

..In 1899, after many of his brothers & sisters had married, Will, his brother Ebb and their parents moved

to Pelzer, SC.  Will opened a shoe shop which he was to operate for the next 35 years.

..In 1904 Will eloped with his second cousin, Iva Loubell Beasley.  Iva’s parents disapproved of the

marriage due to their kinship.  Will was 41 and Iva was 21.  He purchased 5 acres of land and built their

home for $1,000.  Although he had suffered a back injury and had arthritis of the spine, he provided well

for his family of two sons (Ollie & Horace) and three daughters (Viola, Lois & Edna).  He and Iva had

another daughter (Elizabeth) who was stillborn.

..Willie had a heart attack when he was 62 and for the next 10 years he was in bad health.  He had to

retire.  On 7/18/1935 he suffered a fatal heart attack.  His funeral service was held at the Pelzer First

Baptist Church where he was a member.  He was buried in the Pinelawn Cemetery at Pelzer, SC.

 

..Will’s wife (Iva) was a daughter of William Augustus Beasley, a native of Piedmont and Elizabeth

Chandler Beasley, a native of Due West.  She had three brothers (John, Elvis & Mack) and one sister

(Lela).  She died 5/6/1965 at the age of 82 (after nearly 30 years of widowhood) and is buried beside Will.

..Obit:  William H McKee, 72 year old shoe shop operator of Pelzer died suddenly at his home here this

morning at 7:30 o’clock from what was described as a heart attack.

He was well known in Pelzer having operated his shop here 35 years.  He was a member of the First

Baptist church and was also affiliated with the Junior Order.

Surviving are

his widow, Mrs. Iva McKee of Pelzer

and three daughters and two sons

.     Mrs. D.H. Dickerson of Walhalla (this was Viola)              (of North in 1965)

Mrs “Louis” Allen (Lois/ husband was James)                   (of Pelzer in 1965)

Miss “Essie” McKee (Edna was 15  years old)           (Mrs Ralph Kaney ’65)

Ollie &                                                                         (appar. died before 1965)

Frank McKee of Pelzer                                    (H. Frank of Greensboro in ’65)

two sisters

Mrs Lizzie South of Carnesville Ga &

Mrs Onie Roberts of Pelzer

two brothers

M.R. McKee of Balton &

John McKee of Piedmont also survive.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church of Pelzer Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

Dr. David  M Ramsey, Rev A.M. Doggett, Rev Mr Webb and the Rev Mr Pressley wil conduct the service.

Interment will be in the Pelzer Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include J.P. Bradley, John? McKee, Jim

McKee, Henry McKee, Preston Duvall and Eugene Roberts.  Walthers Mortuary is in change.

..extract from Iva’s obit: Mrs Iva Beasley McKee, 81, widow of W.H. McKee died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday at

the Orangeburg Regional Hospital.  She had been in declining health for several years and seriously ill

for one week.. born in Abbeville County a daughter of the late William Augustus and Elizabeth Chandler

Beasley.. lived in North for the past 7 mos but formerly lived in Rock Hill & Pelzer.. member of North

Methodist Church..3 dau/1 son surviving; sister Lela Vaughan of Greenville; 17 grandchildren and 18

great grandchildren.. burial Pine Lawn Cemetery..Culler Funeral Home

 

History as written by Edna McKee Kaney c. 1979:

 

William Henry (sic) (should be Harrison) McKee was born October 9, 1863 to Logan McKee and Sara Margaret Thomas McKee.

 

He was the oldest of seven children – three brothers, Newton, Elb, and John. He had three sisters – Lizzie, Bell, and Omer.

 

Will, as he was called, was several months old before his father saw him because of the civil war.

 

Iva Loubell Beasley was born August 25, 1883 to William Augustus Beasley of Piedmont and Elizabeth Chandler Beasley of Due West.  She had four brothers – John, Elvis, and Mack.  She had one sister, Lela.

 

Elizabeth Chandler graduated from Erskine College in Due West and taught school before she and William Augustus Beasley were married.

 

Will and Iva were married in 1904.  It is interesting to note that they were second cousins.  (My note:  This seems to be confirmed by Elizabeth Chandler’s death certificate signed by her son Elvis which lists her parents as William Chandler and Jane McKee.)  Iva’s parents disapproved and they ran away to get married.

 

Will was already established in Pelzer in business where he operated a meat market and a shoe repairing business.

 

After he and Iva married, he purchased five acres of land in Greenville County and built a house for $1,000.00.

 

From this union there were six children:  Ollie Augustus, 1905, Elizabeth (still born), 1906; Viola, 1907; Lois 1909; H. Frank, 1915; and Edna, 1919.

 

Due to a back injury, Will developed arthritis of the spine and was severely crippled but this did not deter his providing for his family until he suffered a heart attack when he was 62.  His health was so bad after the heart attack, he had to retire.

 

Ollie, the oldest son, married Bessie Leathers in 1924.  They had three children – Revel, Suanne, and Charles.

 

Viola, the oldest daughter married Dennis Roy Dickerson in 1927.  Two children were born to them:  Sarah Margaret and Dennis Roy Jr.

 

Lois, the fourth but third living child married James Allen in 1933.  They had six children, Robert, deceased; Hazel; Richard deceased; Frances; Billy; and Lynn.

 

Frank married Hazel Thompson in 1934; they had three children, Gail, Frank, and Linda.

 

Edna, the youngest child, married Ralph Stuart Kaney in 1942.  They have four daughters, Edna Beth, Belinda Ann, Jan McKee, and Mary Susan.

 

Will died July 1935 and is buried in the Pelzer Cemetary.  Iva died in 1966 and is also buried in the family plot in the Pelzer Cemetery.

 

In July 1979, the descendants of William and Iva McKee had their first family reunion at Grace United Methodist Church in Greer, S.C.

 

 

From Linda McKee

My mother was with my grandfather (William Harrison McKee) when he died.  My mother and father lived with my grandfather & grandmother the first ten years of their marriage.  Iva Beasley was my grandmother.  William Harrison McKee had no other wife that I ever heard of – and surely there would’ve been some mention of her by someone.  I’ll do a little digging – only because William Harrison McKee was considerable older than my grandmother, Iva when they married – but I’m pretty sure he had not been married before.  Iva lived considerably longer than my grandfather.

 

History as written by Edna McKee Kaney c. 1979:

 

William Henry (NOT Harrison) McKee was born October 9, 1863 to Logan McKee and Sara Margaret Thomas McKee.

 

He was the oldest of seven children – three brothers, Newton, Elb, and John. He had three sisters – Lizzie, Bell, and Omer.

 

Will, as he was called, was several months old before his father saw him because of the civil war.

 

Iva Loubell Beasley was born August 25, 1883 to William Augustus Beasley of Piedmont and Elizabeth Chandler Beasley of Due West.  She had four brothers – John, Elvis, and Mack.  She had one sister, Lela.

 

Elizabeth Chandler graduated from Erskine College in Due West and taught school before she and William Augustus Beasley were married.

 

Will and Iva were married in 1904.  It is interesting to note that they were second cousins.  (My note:  This seems to be confirmed by Elizabeth Chandler’s death certificate signed by her son Elvis which lists her parents as William Chandler and Jane McKee.)  Iva’s parents disapproved and they ran away to get married.

 

Will was already established in Pelzer in business where he operated a meat market and a shoe repairing business.

 

After he and Iva married, he purchased five acres of land in Greenville County and built a house for $1,000.00.

 

From this union there were six children:  Ollie Augustus, 1905, Elizabeth (still born), 1906; Viola, 1907; Lois 1909; H. Frank, 1915; and Edna, 1919.

 

Due to a back injury, Will developed arthritis of the spine and was severely crippled but this did not deter his providing for his family until he suffered a heart attack when he was 62.  His health was so bad after the heart attack, he had to retire.

 

Will died July 1935 and is buried in the Pelzer Cemetary.  Iva died in 1966 and is also buried in the family plot in the Pelzer Cemetery.

 

In July 1979, the descendants of William and Iva McKee had their first family reunion at Grace United Methodist Church in Greer, S.C.

 

Named his first daughter for his mother.

 

He enlisted in the Civil War on June 12, 1862 at Columbia. Served in Company F Holcombe Legion. Was captured on April 1, 1865 and sent to City Point, Virginia. Remained there until the end of the war. Took the Oath of Allegiance and was released on June 6, 1865 at Point Lookout, Maryland. After returning home, he decided to movew west to Alabama. Family left South Carolina in early 1870s and traveled to Franklin County, Georgia, where their wagon broke down. So they settled there.

 

He farmed in Crump’s Mill Community. Later the family moved to Carnesville, where he operated a tanning yard on the Carnesville Creek. He was also a licensed Baptist preacher, a school teacher, and a justice of the peace in Franklin County. He and his wife are listed a charter members of the Broad River Baptist Church, constituted in 1872.

 

 

In 1899, William Logan, Sarah Margaret and children Ebb and Will returned to South Carolina. They settled in Pelzer, and he worked in a shoe shop.

 

After Sarah Margaret died in 1901, William Logan remarried soon after to a Mrs. Brewer. He died the following year.

 

Children of IVA BEASLEY and WILLIAM MCKEE are:

i.    OLLIE AUGUSTUS32 MCKEE, b. 1905, Anderson County, South Carolina; d. December 19, 1960, Anderson County, South Carolina; m. BESSIE LEATHERS, 1924; d. Anderson County, South Carolina.

 

Notes for OLLIE AUGUSTUS MCKEE:

Ollie wasn’t mentioned on his mother’s obituary so he must have died before 1965.

 

 

Greenville News            obituary

Williamston—–Ollie Augustus McKee, 55, died at an Anderson hospital at 10:40pm Saturday following two weeks of illness.

He was a native of Anderson County and lived in Pelzer for many years.  He had lived at 115 Tyson St., Williamston for the last 10 years.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 24, Williamston and First Baptist Church.  He was a son of Mrs. Iva Lou Beasley of Beaufort and the late William Henry McKee.

Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Mrs. Bessie Leathers McKee; two sons, William Reveal McKee of US Navy, Charleston and Charles Augustus McKee of Easley; one daughter, Mrs. Guy Jordan Jr of Williamston; three sisters, Mrs. Dennis Dickerson of Rock Hill; Mrs. James Allen of Pelzer and Mrs. Ralph S. Kaney of Beaufort; one brother, H. Frank McKee of Asheville, NC and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

 

Notes for BESSIE LEATHERS:

Greenville News    obituary

Williamson—-Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie McKee, 69, of 115 Tyron St. who died Friday, widow of Ollie McKee, will be Monday at 4pm at Hillcrest Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The body is at Gray Mortuary and will be placed in the church at 3pm Monday.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9pm Sunday at the mortuary.

 

ii.    ELIZABETH MCKEE, b. 1906; d. 1906.

iii.    LULA VIOLA MCKEE, b. 1907; d. August 04, 1992, Lyman, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; m. DENNIS ROY DICKERSON, 1927, South Carolina; b. Abt. 1907, South Carolina; d. June 1973, Greenwood County, South Carolina.

 

Notes for LULA VIOLA MCKEE:

obituary      Greenville News

Lyman——Viola McKee Dickerson, 84, of 117 Northview St. died Aug. 4, 1992 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of Lyman United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John T. {Sarah D.} Hayes of Lyman; a son, Dennis Roy Dickerson Jr of Columbia; a brother, Frank McKee of Asheville, NC; and a sister, Mrs. Ralph S. {Edna} Kaney of Florence.

Services: 3pm Thursday at Lyman United Methodist Church.

Burial: 5pm Thursday in Forest Lawn Memorial Park; Anderson County.

The family will be at the residence.

Memorials may be made to Lyman United Methodist Church Community Street, Lyman SC 29365 or to Greenwood Methodist Home.   The Wood Mortuary.   Greer.

 

Notes for DENNIS ROY DICKERSON:

Greenville News    obituary

Greenwood—-The Rev. Dennis Roy Dickerson, Sr, 66, of the Methodist home, died Friday.

Born in Pelzer, son of the late Benjamin and Leila Wooten Dickerson, he was a retired Methodist Minister.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Viola McKee Dickerson of the Methodist Home, Greenwood; a daughter, Mrs. John T. Hayes of Spartanburg; a son, Rev. Dennis Roy Dickerson, Jr of Greer; a sister, Mrs. Frank Phillips of Ware Shoals; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 4pm at St. James United Methodist Church, Spartanburg, with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Anderson.

The family suggest that memorials be made to The Methodist Home, Greenwood——JF Floyd Mortuary.

 

iv.    MAMIE LOIS MCKEE, b. 1909; d. June 25, 1990, Pelzer, Anderson County, South Carolina; m. JAMES ALLEN, 1933.

 

Notes for MAMIE LOIS MCKEE:

 

Mamie Lois Allen (ne McKee), “was born with six fingers on each hand.  They were tied off with sutures at birth, a part of it bothered her from time to time feeling like hitting your funny bone.  She had talent coming out of her ears, so to speak.  She could sew – just looking at something – she did not have to have a pattern.  She won first prize at the fair with her creations – the same way with arranging flowers.  She was very creative.”

 

The above information was provided by her daughter, Hazel Allen

 

obituary          Greenville News

Pelzer—–Mamie Lois McKee       Allen, 80, formerly of Highway 8, East Pelzer, died June 24, 1990 at Aiken County Nursing Home in Aiken.

She was a homemaker and a member of Eastview Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Larry {Hazel} Sanders of Aiken and Mrs. Rufus {Frances} Moss of Piedmont; two sons, William I. Allen of Williamston and Jerry Lynn Allen of Pelzer; two sisters, Viola Dickerson of Lyman and Edna Kaney of Florence; and a brother, Frank McKee of Asheville.

Services: 11am Wednesday at the Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer, with burial in Pine Lawn Cemetery, Pelzer.

Visitation: 7 to 8:30pm Tuesday at the mortuary.

The family is at the home of Lynn Allen, 140 Stewart Lake  Road, Pelzer.

Memorials may be made to Eastview Bapitst Church Building Fund, 120 Eastview Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

 

v.    HORACE FRANKLIN MCKEE, b. June 28, 1915, Pelzer, Anderson County, South Carolina; d. January 31, 2011, Pasadena, Texas; m. EDITH HAZEL THOMPSON, 1934; b. March 03, 1915, Pelzer, Anderson County, South Carolina; d. February 07, 2004, Althiers, Harvey, Jefferson, Louisiana.

 

Notes for HORACE FRANKLIN MCKEE:

From Linda McKee

 

What I was told:

 

My mother (Hazel) and father (Horace Franklin McKee) lived with my

grandmother, Iva Loubell Beasley McKee and my grandfather, William H.

(I believe now that the H. stands for Henry) in the first years of

their marriage.  My father was slightly younger than my mother, Edith

Hazel Thompson, something of which she didn’t like to be reminded.  He

was 19 and she was 20 when they married – or so their marriage

certificate indicates.  But they always told me they were 18 – and my

father not even that.  It was implied at times that my father may have

“fudged” his date of birth because he wasn’t 18.  It’s a little

confusing because they may have been joking.  My grandfather, William

H. McKee, according to my mother, died while she was sitting with him

on the front porch of their house.  It was sudden.  As I remember her

telling me, he just slumped over in his chair and died.  My mother

remembered it vividly because she was still very young and was very

upset by it.  Frank and Hazel (as they were known) continued to live

with his mother for another 8 years, supporting both his mother and

his younger sister, Edna, until she married.  When my father relocated

to North Carolina for a new job opportunity, Iva lived with Edna, her

husband and family most of the time until she died – though at various

times she stayed with other children.  I know that my father continued

to send money to help support his mother as long as she lived.

 

My father told me on a number of occasions that he tried to enlist in

the Army in World War II but that each time he went down to the

Enlistment Office in Pelzer, he was sent home, told that he had a

mother, sister, wife and child to support.  Apparently he was well

known by the fellows at the enlistment office – they knew his family

situation and refused to allow him to enlist.  It always seemed to

bother him that he had not served during WWII and it wasn’t something

he liked to discuss.

 

My father, H. Frank McKee, remembers his first job to have been

shining shoes at his father’s shop when he was perhaps no more than

seven years old.  He has recounted to me that, as a very young boy, no

more than 9, he plowed fields for neighboring farmers behind a plow

pulled by a mule and that he had also picked cotton to earn money.  He

worked to help support the family because of his father’s ill health.

When Frank was 13 years old, he quit school to work in the nearby

cotton mill, Pelzer Mills, because of his father’s inability to work.

William H. McKee was both severely arthritic as well as diabetic.  My

mother has told me that, at the end, he was bent over so much that his

upper body was almost parallel to the ground.  But by all accounts,

however, he was a very sweet, kind and gentle man.  Iva, on the other

hand, had a fiery temper.

 

The cotton mill, as my father has described it to me, was a very

unpleasant place to work, not as we imagine working in a factory

today.  It was dirty and loud and many of the other workers were a

“rough crowd.”   He began as a “sweeper” at the wage of $6.00 a week.

By 1942, he had worked his way up to a “Weaver” at $33 a week and then

“Loom Fixer” at a wage of $37 a week.

 

The above information comes directly from the original job application

he completed in 1942 for what was then known as American Enka Company,

the American arm of a Dutch textile company which made synthetic yarns

and fibers, first rayon and later nylon.

 

Frank began working for American Enka in 1943, moving his young family

to Enka, North Carolina, outside of Asheville.  At the time, it was a

mill town.

 

Frank was intelligent, industrious and ambitious, and even though he

hadn’t finished high school, he completed the equivalent of what is

now known as a G.E.D. after he married.    He also completed a number

of textile courses at a vocational school.  He began working at

American Enka in their textile laboratories.

 

Early on, Frank was told by superiors that he would never be able to

rise higher in the company than his early position in the lab because

of his lack of a college education.  He proceeded to prove them

wrong.  He moved into sales, where, with his natural intelligence,

good looks and charm, he excelled.  He was an avid reader as well as

articulate and few clients or people with whom he worked realized that

he had not attended college.  His wife, Hazel, valedictorian of her

high school class, was an asset.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s, when a

wife’s role was so important to a “company” man, she was attractive

and always well dressed.   Her secret was that instead of the designer

dresses worn by some of the wives from more affluent families, she

made her own clothes and the clothes of her children.  She had an eye

for decorating, could recover furniture and make drapery and she had a

flair for entertaining.  All of these attributes were pluses for my

father as he was promoted in the company.

 

According to my father he was instrumental in pioneering the use of

nylon in both tires and in fire hose – a huge source of revenue for

the company to this day.

 

By 1955, he was transferred to the U.S. corporate offices of American

Enka in New York City.  As he rose through the ranks in the company,

he continued to be transferred to various offices in different states,

becoming a district sales manager in the Greensboro, N.C. office by

1963.  By the time he retired in 1980, he had been promoted to a

position equivalent to a Vice President – Director of Carpet Yarns –

in the company.  He had assumed the position after a scandal of some

sort (very hush hush) involving the man who had previously held the

position.  He chosen because he had a reputation in the company and

with the customers for his integrity.  I remember very well, as a

teenager, having dinner at a restaurant in New York with my father and

a client.  When my father left the table, his client looked at me and

said, “Your father is the nicest man in business that I know.”

 

Verbal family tradition is that Frank’s mother, Iva Loubell, was half

Cherokee.  Pictures of her as a young woman, as well as pictures of my

father, certainly make this believable.  She didn’t look very much

like either her father, William Augustus Beasley, nor her mother, Mary

Elizabeth Chandler Beasley, in the one picture I have of them.  Is it

possible she was adopted?  Is the story a fabrication?  Or would other

pictures of her parents reveal more of a resemblance?  I was told that

an earlier McKee ancestor had married a Cherokee woman.  If Mary

Elizabeth’s mother, Jane McKee, was Native American I have been able

to find no evidence.  And if she is the J.C. McKee born in 1828 to

William D. McKee and Nancy Bowie, that would seem to refute this

theory.  But if Iva’s family’s objection to her marrying William. H.

McKee was because they were second cousins, it’s at least plausible

that the J.C. McKee (which various census records would seem to

indicate was a female) was Iva’s grandmother, Jane McKee.  There are a

few other local candidates who might be her father but I have been

unable to find further evidence to confirm or refute this hypothesis.

 

Still, the photographs of my father and grandmother are compelling

evidence that there may be Native American blood as I (and other

family members) have been told.  Where it came from is anyone’s

guess.  John William Chandler, Jane’s husband, does not appear to have

Native American features, but then neither does Jane’s daughter, Mary

Elizabeth – though, when I compare Mary Elizabeth to Nancy Bowie in

the only two photos I’ve seen of them, there seems to be a

resemblance.  I have no photo of Jane.

 

Photos of Horace Franklin McKee, 1942, age 27 and a young Iva Loubelle

Beasley McKee (age ?) – Cherokee blood not hard to believe though my

father’s hair was curly like his father’s, not straight,

 

 

 

 

Mary Elizabeth Chandler Beasley (whose mother was Jane McKee) and

Nancy Bowie McKee – some resemblance?  I have no photos of Jane

McKee.  However, a close examination of Mary Elizabeth’s features may

suggest Cherokee blood.  It helps to imagine M.E. and Iva in Native

American dress rather than as assimilated into white culture.

 

 

 

PASADENA, TEXAS – Horace Franklin McKee Sr., a former Director of Sales for AkzoNobel’s division of carpet yarns and fibers, died January 31, 2011, at Faith Memorial Nursing Home in Pasadena, Texas. He was 95. Born in Pelzer, South Carolina, Mr. McKee lived in Asheville, North Carolina for 25 years before moving to New Orleans in 1998. For many years he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, North Carolina. Survivors include a son, Horace F. McKee Jr.; two daughters, Gail McKee Cook and Linda McKee Hooker; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held February 4th at Mothe Memorial Funeral Home in Harvey, Louisiana. He was buried with his wife, Hazel, in West Lawn Memorial Park in Gretna, Louisiana. Memorial gifts may be made in his name to Friends for Life, www.friendsforlife.org.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on February 20, 2011

 

Notes for EDITH HAZEL THOMPSON:

From Linda McKee

A little family story.  My mother became ill and died before she was able to meet my son’s prospective bride.  They were really a lot alike (Mom and Brooke), now that I think about it.  My mother adored all her grandchildren, but Britt was her youngest and still living at home when they came to live with us.  They doted on him.  When Mom died, it just seemed appropriate to give her engagement and wedding bands to Britt (the other grandchildren were long since married) since it was clear that this girl was the ONE.  She left all her jewelry to me, but I had given other pieces of her jewelry to her other grandchildren, so it seemed fair.  I slipped the rings to Britt when we were all out to dinner in 2005 after Katrina, but before we came to South Carolina.  I figured he’d wait until Christmas or Valentine’s Day or something, but true to our family (we are notorious for not being able to keep gifts a secret and giving them ahead of time), the rings were burning a hole in his pocket and I think he made it 3 whole days before he gave her the engagement ring and asked her to marry him.  The ring fit perfectly (pretty unusual), because my mom was tiny and Brooke is petite like Mom (wish I was!).  Even more interesting, when they came to me to tell me the wedding date they’d picked, I said, “You know that’s Mom’s birthday, don’t you?”  They were both stunned.  Britt, being a guy, had no idea when her birthday was.  Neither of them knew they had picked her birthday as their wedding day but they liked the idea a lot.  I think Mom was thoroughly pleased!  Isn’t that a cool story?

 

 

obituary

Edith Hazel Thompson McKee, a homemaker died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Woldenberg Village in Algiers.  She was 88.  Mrs. McKee was born in Pelzer, SC and lived in Asheville, NC for 25 years before moving to Algiers, where she lived for the last five years.  She was a member of Woodland Presbyterian Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, where she was instrumental in establishing a women’s shelter.  She was named an honorary life member of the Presbyterian Women.  Survivors include her husband, H. Frank McKee, Sr; a son, H. Frank McKee, Jr; two daughters, Gail M. Cook and Linda M. Hooker; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11am at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 5824 Berkley Drive, Algiers.  Visitation will begin at 10am.  Burial will be private.  Mothe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

vi.    EDNA MCKEE, b. August 24, 1919, Greenville County, South Carolina; d. March 01, 2001, Florence, South Carolina; m. RALPH SUART KANEY, 1942.

 

Notes for EDNA MCKEE:

Edna McKee          Greenwood Index Journal

Edna McKee, 66, of 2418 South Main St., died Aug. 9, 1994, at her home.

Born in Greenwood, she was a daughter of the late James Douglas and Ruby Elam McKee. She retired from the Greenwood Methodist Home and Greenwood Mills, Mathews Plant and was a helping hand for members of Mathews United Methodist Church where she taught in the children’s Sunday School department.

Surviving are a sister, Emma Allen of Greenwood; and two brothers, Royce McKee of Greenwood and Bruce McKee of Coronaca.

Services will be Thursday at 4 pm at Mathews United Mthodist  Church with the Rev. Lewis R. Sherard and the Rev. John G. Hipp officiating.  Burial will be in Mathews Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Thomas, Hilton L. Dodgen Sr., Bill Hodges, Emory Bailey, Ray Snelling, Clyde Evans, Gary Palmer, and Chip Snelling.

Honorary escorts will be the men of Mathews United Methodist Church.

The body is at the Harley Funeral Home and will be placed in the church Thursday at 3 pm.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at the funeral home.

The family is at the home of a brother, Royce McKee, 531 Wilson St. No 2.

Memorials may be made to Mathews United Methodist Church, PO Box 2066, Greenwood, SC 29646.

vii.    SAM MCKEE.

viii.    OSCAR MCKEE.

 

 

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