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Anderson County
South Carolina

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Anderson County

Index to Locations

  • Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Sandy Springs Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Private or family graveyards
  • Anderson First Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Anderson First Presbyterian Church Cemetery
  • Anderson Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • Anderson New Silver Brook Cemetery
  • Anderson Silver Brook Cemetery
  • Belton Belton Cemetery
  • Honea Path Barkers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Honea Path Garden of Memories
  • Pendleton St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard
  • Pendleton Simpson Cemetery
  • Piedmont Mountain Springs Baptist Church Cemetery


    Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery
    Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Joshua Whitner Ashley — of South Carolina. Member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1892; member of South Carolina state senate, 1913. Interment at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.


    Sandy Springs Methodist Church Cemetery
    Anderson County, South Carolina
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Richard Lee Copeland (1926-2005) — also known as Richard L. Copeland — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born January 1, 1926. Democrat. Postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1965-86 (acting, 1965-68). Died November 7, 2005 (age 79 years, 310 days). Interment at Sandy Springs Methodist Church Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Private or family graveyard
    Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Baylis Earle (1766-1863) — of South Carolina. Born in North Carolina, October 23, 1766. U.S. Representative from South Carolina 8th District, 1803-05; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Died in Anderson County, S.C., February 3, 1863 (age 96 years, 103 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Nephew of Elias Earle (1762-1823); cousin *** of Samuel Earle.
      Political family: Earle family of South Carolina.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    First Baptist Church Cemetery
    307 South Manning Street
    Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph Pinckney Reed (1814-1880) — of Anderson Court House, Anderson District (now Anderson, Anderson County), S.C. Born July 31, 1814. Delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Anderson, 1860-62. Died September 19, 1880 (age 66 years, 50 days). Interment at First Baptist Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Teresa Caroline Hammond (1819-1887).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    First Presbyterian Church Cemetery
    Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      James Lawrence Orr (1822-1873) — also known as James L. Orr — of Anderson Court House, Anderson District (now Anderson, Anderson County), S.C. Born in Craytonville, Anderson County, S.C., May 12, 1822. Democrat. Member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1844-48; U.S. Representative from South Carolina, 1849-59 (2nd District 1849-53, 5th District 1853-59); Speaker of the U.S. House, 1857-59; delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Anderson, 1860-62; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Delegate from South Carolina to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1862; Senator from South Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65; delegate to South Carolina state constitutional convention, 1865; Governor of South Carolina, 1865-68; district judge in South Carolina, 1868-70; U.S. Minister to Russia, 1872-73, died in office 1873. Died of pneumonia in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 5, 1873 (age 50 years, 358 days). Interment at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Christopher Orr (1794-1864) and Martha (McCann) Orr (1798-1862); brother of Jehu Amaziah Orr (1828-1921); married to Mary Jane Marshall (1826-1898).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Joseph Newton Whitner (1799-1864) — of Anderson Court House, Anderson District (now Anderson, Anderson County), S.C. Born April 11, 1799. Delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Anderson, 1860-62. Died March 31, 1864 (age 64 years, 355 days). Interment at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Elizabeth (Shackelford) Whitner (1768-1837) and Joseph Whitner.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      William F. Barr (1832-1895) — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., 1832. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; merchant; postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1894-95. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., August 27, 1895 (age about 63 years). Interment at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Leroy Barr; married 1869 to Lillie Augusta Hubbard (1846-1890).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Forest Lawn Memorial Park
    Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Wilton Earle Hall (1901-1980) — also known as Wilton E. Hall — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born in Starr, Anderson County, S.C., March 11, 1901. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; established radio station WAIM, 1935; Presidential Elector for South Carolina, 1944, 1956; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1944-45; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1956. Baptist. Member, Navy League; Sigma Delta Chi; Elks; Lions. Died in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., February 25, 1980 (age 78 years, 351 days). Entombed in mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Dean Hall and Sarah (Tucker) Hall; married, February 1, 1925, to Mary Elizabeth Lightsey.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article


    New Silver Brook Cemetery
    Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Founded 1949
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Edwin Clyde McCants (1894-1969) — also known as Edwin C. McCants — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born November 28, 1894. Postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1956-64 (acting, 1956-64). Died July 1, 1969 (age 74 years, 215 days). Interment at New Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Rachel Taft (1897-1989).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Silver Brook Cemetery
    1405 White Street
    Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Lewis Malone Ayer (1821-1895) — of Buford's Bridge, Barnwell District (now Bamberg County), S.C. Born near Barnwell, Barnwell District (now Barnwell County), S.C., November 12, 1821. Member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1848-56; delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Barnwell, 1860-62; Representative from South Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1862-65. Baptist. Died in Anderson County, S.C., March 8, 1895 (age 73 years, 116 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Rufus Woodruff Fant, Jr. (1893-1964) — of Anderson County, S.C. Born in Anderson County, S.C., June 29, 1893. Member of South Carolina state senate from Anderson County, 1923-26. Died in Anderson County, S.C., May 20, 1964 (age 70 years, 326 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Rufus Woodruff Fant (1863-1927) and Pearl Rodgers (Cochran) Fant (1867-1948); married to Lillian Jones (1895-1974); nephew of John Robert Cochran, Jr.; grandson of George W. Fant and Grace G. Cochran; first cousin of John Robert Cochran III (1901-1970).
      Political family: Cochran-Fant family of Anderson, South Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Robert Cochran, Jr. (1875-1927) — also known as John R. Cochran, Jr. — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., October 4, 1875. Republican. Postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1898-1916, 1922-27; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1924. Died in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., December 26, 1927 (age 52 years, 83 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Robert Cochran (1842-1923) and Grace G. Cochran; married to Elizabeth Chisholm; father of John Robert Cochran III (1901-1970); uncle of Rufus Woodruff Fant, Jr..
      Political family: Cochran-Fant family of Anderson, South Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George W. Fant (1829-1903) — of Anderson Court House, Anderson District (now Anderson, Anderson County), S.C. Born in Belton, Anderson County, S.C., January 19, 1829. Democrat. Postmaster at Anderson Court House, S.C., 1856-66; stationery store owner. Died, following a stroke of paralysis, in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., April 8, 1903 (age 74 years, 79 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Fant (1803-1880) and Margaret Fant (1804-1874); married to Mira Williamson (1835-1896); grandfather of Rufus Woodruff Fant, Jr. (1893-1964).
      Political family: Cochran-Fant family of Anderson, South Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Rufus Henry Gaines (1886-1956) — also known as Rufus H. Gaines — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born in Anderson County, S.C., September 10, 1886. Democrat. Postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1943-56. Died in Anderson County, S.C., December 16, 1956 (age 70 years, 97 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Ruth Vaughn (1887-1971).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Milton Pyles Tribble (1840-1909) — also known as Milton P. Tribble — of Belton, Anderson County, S.C.; Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born in Laurens District (now Laurens County), S.C., August 27, 1840. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Anderson County Treasurer, 1880-84; Anderson County Clerk of Courts, 1884-88; postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1895-98. Died in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., January 15, 1909 (age 68 years, 141 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Allen Tribble; married to Mary Anne Elizabeth Young (1850-1941).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Grace G. Cochran (1843-1931) — also known as Grace Greenwood Arnold — of Anderson Court House (now Anderson), Anderson County, S.C. Born in Greenville District (now Greenville County), S.C., March 5, 1843. Republican. Postmaster at Anderson Court House, S.C., 1881-85. Female. Died in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., May 18, 1931 (age 88 years, 74 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Lawson T. Arnold (1800-1891) and Mary Woodruff (Machen) Arnold (1811-1877); married to John Robert Cochran (1842-1923); mother of John Robert Cochran, Jr.; grandmother of Rufus Woodruff Fant, Jr. (1893-1964) and John Robert Cochran III.
      Political family: Cochran-Fant family of Anderson, South Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Thomas Edward Howard (1869-1934) — also known as Thomas E. Howard — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born April 30, 1869. Republican. Postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1928-30. Died August 19, 1934 (age 65 years, 111 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Victoria Heard.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Robert Cochran III (1901-1970) — also known as John R. Cochran III — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born December 20, 1901. Republican. Acting postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1928; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1928. Died in Athens, Clarke County, Ga., September 15, 1970 (age 68 years, 269 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Robert Cochran, Jr. and Elizabeth Anderson (Chisholm) Cochran; grandson of Grace G. Cochran (1843-1931); first cousin of Rufus Woodruff Fant, Jr..
      Political family: Cochran-Fant family of Anderson, South Carolina.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Percy C. Crayton (1894-1988) — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born in Anderson County, S.C., February 14, 1894. Republican. Postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1932-37. Died in Anderson County, S.C., August 5, 1988 (age 94 years, 173 days). Interment at Silver Brook Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Mabel Acker (1898-1973).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Belton Cemetery
    Belton, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
    Asbury C. Latimer Asbury Churchwell Latimer (1851-1908) — also known as Asbury C. Latimer — of Belton, Anderson County, S.C. Born near Lowndesville, Abbeville County, S.C., July 31, 1851. Democrat. Farmer; chair of Anderson County Democratic Party, 1890-93; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1893-1903; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1903-08; died in office 1908. Methodist. Died, from appendicitis and peritonitis, in Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C., February 20, 1908 (age 56 years, 204 days). Interment at Belton Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Clement Theophilus Latimer (1818-1876) and Frances Beulah (Young) Latimer (1821-1875); married, June 26, 1877, to Sara Alice Brown (1857-1939); father of Mamie Latimer (1881-1956; daughter-in-law of Robert Middleton Heard (1836-1910)).
      Political family: Heard family of Elberton, Georgia.
      The Latimer Memorial United Methodist Church, in Belton, South Carolina, is named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Autobiographies and Portraits of the President, Cabinet, etc. (1899)


    Barkers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    Honea Path, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Olin DeWitt Talmadge Johnston (1896-1965) — also known as Olin D. Johnston — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C.; Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, S.C. Born near Honea Path, Anderson County, S.C., November 18, 1896. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1923-24, 1927-30; Governor of South Carolina, 1935-39, 1943-45; member of Democratic National Committee from South Carolina, 1935-40, 1944-48; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948 (member, Credentials Committee), 1952 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization), 1956, 1964; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1945-65; died in office 1965. Baptist. Member, American Legion; Forty and Eight; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Freemasons; Shriners; Optimist Club; Redmen; Woodmen; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Junior Order. Died April 18, 1965 (age 68 years, 151 days). Interment at Barkers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Edward Andrews Johnston and Lelia (Webb) Johnston; married, December 27, 1924, to Gladys E. Atkinson; father of Elizabeth Johnston Patterson (1939-2018).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier


    Garden of Memories
    Honea Path, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Clarence Taylor (1890-1983) — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born in Honea Path, Anderson County, S.C., March 2, 1890. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; farmer; newspaper publisher; livestock auction business; Anderson County Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds, 1921-32; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1933-39; defeated, 1938; member of South Carolina state senate from Anderson County, 1951-54, 1959-62. Died in Anderson, Anderson County, S.C., March 25, 1983 (age 93 years, 23 days). Interment at Garden of Memories.
      Relatives: Son of L. W. Taylor and Rosa Ella (Massey) Taylor; married, December 1, 1920, to Evelene Brown.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard
    Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Founded 1822
    Politicians buried here:
      Francis Burt (1807-1854) — Born in Pendleton, Pendleton District (now Anderson County), S.C., January 13, 1807. Member of South Carolina state legislature, 1832-44; South Carolina state treasurer, 1844; delegate to South Carolina state constitutional convention, 1852; Governor of Nebraska Territory, 1854; died in office 1854. Died in Bellevue, Sarpy County, Neb., October 18, 1854 (age 47 years, 278 days). Interment at St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard.
      Relatives: Son of Francis Burt (1759-1837) and Catherine (Miles) Burt (1774-1855); brother of Armistead Burt (1802-1883); married to George Ann Hall (1807-1870).
      Political family: Calhoun-Pickens family of South Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Burt County, Neb. is named for him.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Barnard Elliott Bee (1787-1853) — also known as Barnard E. Bee — of Texas. Born in Charleston, Charleston District (now Charleston County), S.C., 1787. Served in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence; Texas Republic Secretary of the Treasury, 1836; Texas Republic Secretary of War, 1837-38; Texas Republic Secretary of State, 1838-39; Texas Republic Minister to the United States, 1838-41. Died in 1853 (age about 66 years). Interment at St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Bee; brother-in-law of James Hamilton, Jr.; father of Bernard Elliott Bee (Confederate general; gave Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson his nickname) and Hamilton Prioleau Bee; grandfather of Carlos Bee (1867-1932).
      Political family: Bee family of Charleston, South Carolina.
      Bee County, Tex. is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article
      Thomas Green Clemson (1807-1888) — Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., July 1, 1807. Mining engineer; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Belgium, 1844-51; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Among the founders of the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland. Bequeathed his home and land holdings to the state of South Carolina for the purpose of establishing an agricultural college, which went on to become Clemson University. Died in Pickens County, S.C., April 6, 1888 (age 80 years, 280 days). Interment at St. Paul's Episcopal Churchyard.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Green Clemson and Elizabeth (Baker) Clemson; married, November 13, 1838, to Anna Maria Calhoun (1817-1875; daughter of John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850)).
      Political family: Calhoun-Pickens family of South Carolina (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina, is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary


    Simpson Cemetery
    Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Richard Franklin Simpson (1798-1882) — of Pendleton, Pendleton District (now Anderson County), S.C. Born in Laurensville, Laurens District (now Laurens, Laurens County), S.C., March 25, 1798. Democrat. Lawyer; member of South Carolina state senate, 1835-41; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 2nd District, 1843-49; delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Anderson, 1860-62. Died in Pendleton, Anderson County, S.C., October 29, 1882 (age 84 years, 218 days). Interment at Simpson Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Simpson (1751-1815) and Mary (Wells) Simpson (1754-1810); married to Margaret M. Taliaferro (1808-1896).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Mountain Springs Baptist Church Cemetery
    Piedmont, Anderson County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Elihu Wigington (1875-1946) — also known as John E. Wigington — of Anderson, Anderson County, S.C. Born May 1, 1875. Democrat. Postmaster at Anderson, S.C., 1937-43 (acting, 1937). Died April 22, 1946 (age 70 years, 356 days). Interment at Mountain Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Thomas Wigington (1849-1938) and Cynthia Janie (Cason) Wigington (1856-1946); married to Lula Magness Philpot (1876-1961).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


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