In Memory of…

Fletcher Dew Thompson (1921 – 2017)

Spartanburg – Fletcher Dew Thompson of Spartanburg died on December 17, 2017. Born in Spotsylvania County, VA, on August 11, 1921, he was the youngest child of the late Charles H. and Jennie Lee Thompson, and the husband of Ruth DeLoache Thompson, whom he married in 1945.

The couple met as students at the Textile Industrial Institute (TII), now Spartanburg Methodist College, and have maintained a lifelong commitment to the college. Mr. Thompson served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years.

After graduation from TII in 1941, he went to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, D.C., as a fingerprint classifier, while he continued his college studies at George Washington University. In 1944, Mr. Thompson was appointed an FBI Special Agent and assigned to the Washington, D.C. field office. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, then returned to the FBI in 1946 and resumed a career that spanned 33 years. He was assigned to offices in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio (1949-55); Savannah, Georgia (1955-61); Washington, D.C. (1961-69); Mobile, Alabama (1969-70); and Omaha, Nebraska (1971-73), where he was in charge of FBI operations throughout Nebraska and Iowa.

He also conducted inspections of FBI offices across the United States and abroad and served three tours of duty at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. There, in the 1960’s, he supervised kidnapping, bank robbery, and other major criminal investigations. Immediately after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Special Agent Thompson was dispatched to Dallas, Texas, to prepare the first investigative report, which was a precursor to The Warren Commission Report. Mr. Thompson was appointed Assistant Director in 1973, heading the Identification Division – the Bureau’s largest division – and served in that position until he retired in 1975.

Mr. Thompson earned a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and was a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, South Carolina, Virginia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Following his retirement from the FBI, he returned to Spartanburg and began his private practice of law, becoming an early leader in the field of South Carolina adoption law and practice. Later joined by his son James Fletcher Thompson, together they participated in the placement of generations of children with adoptive families. In recent years, Mr. Thompson remained a trusted mentor and distinguished presence in the courtroom – most notably on the joyous occasions of a hearing before the family court when he appeared as counsel for many a family finalizing their adoption of a child.

In 1999, he was named an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in recognition of individual accomplishments that bring distinction to the Academy. In the inaugural year of the award, Mr. Thompson was recognized in Washington, D.C., with the Angel in Adoption award from the U.S. Congressional Coalition on Adoption.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Thompson was a member of the Spartanburg Lions Club (past president and “Lion of the Year”) and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and its Loyalty Sunday School Class.

In addition to his wife Ruth, he is survived by their four children and nine grandchildren: Jennie Lee Thompson and her husband Robert Levy of Washington, DC, and daughter Ariel Levy; Rebecca Lynn Thompson and her husband William H. Brent of Arlington, Va., and children James and Caroline Ruth Brent; Laurie Thompson Williams and her husband Joshua Williams of Knoxville, Tenn., and children Rachel, Jennie, and Noah Williams; and James Fletcher Thompson and his wife Mia Hodge Thompson of Spartanburg, and daughters West, Julia, and Kempson Thompson.

He was predeceased by his sister Bradley and brothers Orville, Claude, and C.H. Thompson, Jr. He is survived by nephews Robert Thompson of Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Wayne and Bradley Thompson of Eugene, OR.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 245 Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306, with Rev. Cameron Treece and Rev. Thurman Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Fletcher Thompson, 450 Webber Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307.

Memorial contributions may be made to Spartanburg Methodist College for the Fletcher D. and Ruth DeLoache Thompson Scholarship Fund, 1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301; Bethel United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, or the Spartanburg Lions Club, PO Box 647, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

Julian H. Morgan Jr. ( 1928-2017)

Julian Hampden Morgan Jr., 89, of Spartanburg, SC, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Pruitt Health, Six Mile, SC. Born November 22, 1928, in Salisbury, NC, he was the son of the late Julian Hampden Morgan and Beulah Cloer Morgan.
A member of Central United Methodist Church for 58 years, Mr. Morgan was a graduate of Spencer (NC) High School, Clem-son University, and University of South Carolina Law School. He was a longtime attorney in Spartanburg beginning his career with Miller and Morgan and later at the Julian H. Morgan Law Office.
Survivors include his children, Deborah Morgan (Duane Dorscheid) of Durham, NC, Julian Hampden “Denny” Morgan III (Monika) of Sterling Heights, MI, John B. “Ben” Morgan of Six Mile, SC and Alexander “Alex” Morgan of Santa Cruz, CA. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Mary Helen Pitman.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, December 8, 2017, at Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel, 235 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Central United Methodist Church, by The Rev. Dr. Tom Norrell. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307.
Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 233 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.

Franklin Milton Mann, Sr. (1935 – 2017)

Franklin Milton Mann, Sr., 82, of Roebuck, SC, died Monday, November 20, 2017, at Spartanburg Medical Center. Born July 8, 1935, in Spartanburg, SC, he was the son of the late E. Frank Mann and Helen Townsend Mann and husband of the late Mary Louise (Lawter) Mann.
A graduate of Spartanburg High School, Wofford College Class of 1958, and the University of South Carolina School of Law Class of 1964, Mr. Mann was an attorney with Perrin, Mann, Patterson, Pressley, LLP. He was a U. S. Army Veteran, a member of Roebuck United Methodist Church, and a longtime member of the Spartanburg Rotary Club.
Survivors include his son, F. Milton Mann, Jr. (Bette) of Campobello, SC; a ‘daughter’, Holly Jo Mann of Spartanburg, SC; grandchildren, Bradley Hoyt Townsend Mann and Rebecca Mary-Frances Mann; and dear friend, Larry P. Morris of Washington Court House, OH.
The family will receive friends 10:00-10:45 AM Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307 with funeral services following at 11:00 AM, conducted by The Rev. Jonesy Brewer. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals Service, PO Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304; or the SC School for the Deaf and Blind, 355 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

David F. Wood (1956 – 2017)

David F. Wood, 61, of Inman, SC, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at his home. Born June 11, 1956, in Spartanburg, SC, he was the son of the late William Fulton Wood and Lois Ellen Petty Wood.
A graduate of Wofford College and Mercer School of Law, Mr. Wood was an attorney and owner of Wood Law Office for 35 years. He was a Mason, a member of the Wofford Terrier Club and the Spartanburg County Bar Association.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Williams Wood; daughters, Ellen Wood of Sacramento, CA and Rachel Tapp (Jason) of Inman, SC; brothers and sister, Dr. Keith Wood (Celia), Chris Wood, and Connie Wood, all of Spartanburg, SC. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Gary Wood.
Visitation will be 1:00-2:30 PM Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM, conducted by the Rev. Brad Atkins. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Humane Society, 150 Dexter Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

James Watts Hudgens  (1940 – 2017)

James Watts Hudgens, 77, passed away at his home on September 22nd, 2017. He had been battling ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, for years. A native of Spartanburg, Jim was born January 20, 1940 to the late TK Hudgens, Jr. and Alice Ruth Johnson. He was a dedicated member of the community, providing service over the years to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg Music Foundation, Mobile Meals and YMCA Spartanburg. He was a member of Morningside Baptist Church. Jim began his career as a trial lawyer as a clerk to Justice C. Bruce Littlejohn, Supreme Court of South Carolina and he spent his professional career with the Ward Law Firm. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Jim attended Darlington School in Rome Georgia, Vanderbilt University and graduated from Wofford College and University of Tennessee Law School. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran (1961-1965), serving as Communications Officer onboard USS Navarro. He was the husband of Patricia Hudgens, father to Sara Katherine Hudgens Jones, James Watts Hudgens, Jr. (Kara), Thomas King Hudgens II (Christy) and Mary Kennedy Hudgens Peteranna (Steven Birch), and grandfather to Charles Watts Peteranna, Thomas King Hudgens III and Woods Carter Hudgens. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Kennedy Hudgens. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 Noon at Morningside Baptist Church, 897 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 PM on Tuesday September, 26 2017. A private burial will be held for the family following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SCALSA, the ALS Association South Carolina Chapter (, 7499 Park Lane Rd, Suite 144, Columbia, SC, 29223 or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be left on line at Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Published in The Greenville News on Sept. 24, 2017

William O. Pressley, Jr. (1952 – 2017)

William was born on March 8, 1952 and passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017. William was a resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina at the time of his passing. He was married to Elizabeth. Visitation will be 1:30-2:45 PM Thursday February 16 2017 in the Parlor of First Presbyterian Church-Spartanburg. A service honoring his memory will follow at 3:00 PM at the church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Tom Evans and the Rev. Joanne Hull. No flowers please in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mobile Meals Service PO Box 461 Spartanburg SC 29304; The Purnell Fund co First Presbyterian Church 393 East Main Street Spartanburg SC 29302; or a charity of oneâs choice.

Milton Alfred Smith, Sr. ( 1943 – 2018)

SPARTANBURG–Milton Alfred Smith, Sr., 93, of Spartanburg, SC, died peacefully on Friday, September 21, 2018. Born May 27, 1925, in Gray Court, SC, he was the youngest of three brothers, a son of the late John Harley and Josie Amanda Kessler Smith.
A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Smith enlisted September 24, 1943 at Camp Croft, SC. He served in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns, the Battle of the Bulge, and in Nuremberg for the trials of 22 German war criminals. He obtained the rank of Colonel and received the American Theater of War Medal, two Bronze Service Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. He also served in the U. S. Army Reserves retiring May 27, 1985.
Milton was a 1949 graduate of Wofford College and 1951 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He founded Johnson & Smith Law firm with Edwin Johnson and served as part-time 7th Circuit Assistant Solicitor. He was appointed Chairman of the SC Department of Corrections by Governor Carroll Campbell and was the honored recipient of South Carolina’s highest civilian service award, The Order of the Palmetto.
An active member of First Baptist Church Spartanburg, he formerly served as Chairman of the Deacons and was co-founder of the Rice Bowl Ministries.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Suzanne “Susie” Earnhardt Smith; sons and their family: Milton “Chip” A. Smith, Jr. (Laura) and their children, Sarah E. Smith, Milton A. Smith, III (Hannah), and Parrish Earnhardt Smith; William Douglas Smith (Alison) and their daughters, Cameron McIver Smith and Anna Douglas Smith; and Stuart Lee Smith (Stephanie) and their sons, Ellis Lee Smith and Matthew Stuart Smith. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Horace C. Smith and F. A. “Smitty” Smith.

Thomas A.M. Boggs ( 1950- 2020)

Spartanburg – Thomas A.M. Boggs died on January 18, 2020. Tam was born on January 19, 1950 to the late Marcus L. and Sarah A. M. Boggs. He was raised in Spartanburg, S.C., and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1968, Wofford College in 1972 and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Janice C. Boggs; his three daughters, Sarah B. Barrett (Daniel), Rebecca B. Thome, and Anne B. Pressman (Scott); grandchildren Thomas Barrett, Jacob Barrett, Micah Barrett, Anna Thome, Ellie Pressman and Myer Pressman; brother L. Kennedy Boggs (Maureen) and sister Alice B. Lentz. He was predeceased by his brother, Marcus L. Boggs, Jr. and brother in law, Thomas N. Lentz.

Hydrick Dean Zimmerman, Jr. (1940 – 2020)

INMAN, SC- Hydrick Dean Zimmerman, Jr., 80, of Inman, South Carolina, passed away, Monday, April 27, 2020. He was the son of the late Hydrick Dean Zimmerman, Sr. and Geraldine Bishop Zimmerman of Inman. Mr. Zimmerman was a real estate attorney and served Spartanburg County for many years. He graduated third in the Chapman Class of 1958, was a Furman Scholar and held a BS from the University of South Carolina. Hydrick and his mother were the first mother and son to receive their MAT from Converse College at the same time. He received his law degree from Mississippi College (cum laude). He also taught math in Spartanburg District 1 before receiving his law degree. Hydrick served honorably in the United States Navy aboard the USS William C. Lawe. After the death of his father, he lived with and cared for his mother for many years until her death. Hydrick loved to study history and languages, especially German. He encouraged and edited the writing of My Life In The Carolina Upcountry by his father and The Early History Of Inman by his aunt. He was an avid Gamecock fan and also loved 50’s rock and roll, and performing karaoke locally. He was an intramural ping pong champion at USC and loved to research genealogy. Hydrick was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church, where he had been a former Sunday school teacher and former member of the Jannings Dill Sunday School class. Hydrick lived a life of honesty and integrity and greatly valued theses virtues in others.
Mr. Zimmerman is survived by his sister, Geraldine (Geri) Zimmerman Warren of Greenville; his brother, Herbert W. Zimmerman and his wife, Margaret Wingo Zimmerman, of Inman; a niece, Leah Z. Rollins (Jason) of Inman; two nephews, John S. Warren, Jr. (Courtney) of Greenville and Herbert (Bert) W. Zimmerman, Jr. (Savannah) of Meggett; six grand-nephews; three grand-nieces of which he was very proud; and also very close to his cousin, Jimmie B. Hord of Shelby, NC.

Clyde K. Laney Jr. ( 1937-2020)

PAULINE, SC- Clyde K. Laney Jr., 82, of Pauline, SC, met Jesus in Heaven on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Born July 30, 1937, in Cheraw, SC, he was the son of the late Clyde K. Laney and Margaret Powell Laney.
He graduated from Cheraw High School in 1956 and attended Lees-McRae College in Boone, NC; Wingate Jr. College in Wingate, NC; and graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC with a BA Degree in Political Science. Clyde went on to attend and graduate with an LLB from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, GA in 1966 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar.
In 1966, Clyde joined the Odom, Nolan & Foster Law Firm in Spartanburg, SC where he practiced for one-and-a-half years before practicing with the law firm of Moore, Swofford, Rollins & Laney for five years. He also formed the Laney, Rollins Law Firm and later, the Laney, Overcash Firm.
From 1971 to 1981, Clyde was Assistant Public Defender for Spartanburg County. In 1981, he was elected Family Court Judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit and remained in that position until retirement in 1995. Clyde continued working for five additional years as an active retired judge in Moncks Corner, primarily, and various other circuits throughout the State until 2000.
Clyde was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Roebuck, SC.
Surviving are his wife, Julia D. Laney, whom he shared 58 years of marriage; two children, Rachel Laney and husband, James Pulley, and Shaw Laney and wife, Brandy; five grandchildren, Laney Alverson, Quintin Alverson, Margaret Gergley, Julia Gergley and Abby Laney; brother, William R. Laney, DMD and wife, Betty of Cheraw, SC; and sister, Patsy L. Rushing of Ocean Isle, NC.