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Florence County
South Carolina

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Florence County

Index to Locations

  • Effingham Elim Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Florence Florence National Cemetery
  • Florence Mt. Hope Cemetery
  • Johnsonville Old Johnsonville Cemetery
  • Timmonsville Byrd Cemetery


    Elim Baptist Church Cemetery
    Effingham, Florence County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      John Morgan Timmons (1800-1869) — of Timmonsville, Darlington District (now Florence County), S.C. Born in Darlington District (now Darlington County), S.C., December 14, 1800. Delegate to South Carolina secession convention from Darlington, 1860-62. Died in Timmonsville, Darlington County (now Florence County), S.C., October 30, 1869 (age 68 years, 320 days). Interment at Elim Baptist Church Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Florence National Cemetery
    Florence, Florence County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      William Frederick Ives (1897-1972) — also known as William F. Ives — of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Fla.; Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla.; St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Fla. Born in North Tonawanda, Niagara County, N.Y., February 17, 1897. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; export manager for a cement manufacturer; Honorary Consul for Venezuela in Tampa, Fla., 1932-37; Honorary Consul for Guatemala in Tampa, Fla., 1935; Honorary Consul for Haiti in Palm Beach & West Palm Beach, Fla., 1944. Died August 14, 1972 (age 75 years, 179 days). Interment at Florence National Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Mt. Hope Cemetery
    Florence, Florence County, South Carolina
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Allard Henry Gasque (1873-1938) — also known as Allard H. Gasque — of Florence, Florence County, S.C. Born in Marion County (part now in Florence County), S.C., March 8, 1873. Democrat. School teacher and principal; superintendent of schools; member of South Carolina Democratic State Executive Committee, 1912-20; chair of Florence County Democratic Party, 1919-23; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1923-38; died in office 1938. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Junior Order; Knights of Pythias; Elks; Odd Fellows. Died June 17, 1938 (age 65 years, 101 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Wesley Gasque and Martha Washington (Kirton) Gasque; married, March 5, 1908, to Elizabeth Mills Hawley (1886-1989).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Lanneau McMillan (1898-1979) — also known as John L. McMillan — of Florence, Florence County, S.C. Born near Mullins, Marion County, S.C., April 12, 1898. Democrat. U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1939-73. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Forty and Eight; American Legion. Died in Florence, Florence County, S.C., September 3, 1979 (age 81 years, 144 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Malcolm Leonard McMillan and Mary Alice (Keith) McMillan; married, October 31, 1936, to Margaret Alexander English (1910-1997).
      Epitaph: "No one has been more worthy of real honor than one who serves and loves his fellow man."
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Willard Ragsdale (1872-1919) — also known as J. Willard Ragsdale — of Florence, Florence County, S.C. Born in Timmonsville, Florence County, S.C., December 14, 1872. Democrat. Lawyer; banker; member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1899-1900; member of South Carolina state senate, 1902-04; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1913-19; died in office 1919. Methodist. Died in Washington, D.C., July 23, 1919 (age 46 years, 221 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Littleton Russell Ragsdale and Ellen Adelaide (Byrd) Ragsdale; married, November 15, 1900, to Marie Louise Joynes.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Melvin Horace Purvis, Jr. (1903-1960) — also known as Melvin H. Purvis; "Little Mel" — of Florence, Florence County, S.C. Born in Timmonsville, Florence County, S.C., October 24, 1903. Democrat. Lawyer; FBI agent; involved in the capture or killing of outlaws in the 1930s, including John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd; delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1940. Member, Kappa Alpha Order. Died, from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, in Florence, Florence County, S.C., February 29, 1960 (age 56 years, 128 days). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Melvin Horace Purvis (1869-1938) and Janie Elizabeth (Mims) Purvis (1874-1927); married to Marie Rosanne Willcox (1908-1977); father of Melvin Horace Purvis III (1939-1986).
      See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Elizabeth Hawley Gasque (1886-1989) — also known as Bessie Gasque; Elizabeth Mills Hawley; Bessie M. Hawley; Mrs. A. J. Van Exem — of South Carolina. Born in Richland County, S.C., February 26, 1886. Democrat. U.S. Representative from South Carolina 6th District, 1937-39. Female. Died in 1989 (age about 103 years). Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married, March 5, 1908, to Allard Henry Gasque (1873-1938).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Old Johnsonville Cemetery
    Johnsonville, Florence County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Emerson Lancoe Ard (1895-1952) — also known as Emerson L. Ard — of Hemingway, Williamsburg County, S.C. Born in Hemingway, Williamsburg County, S.C., December 24, 1895. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; bank director; mayor of Hemingway, S.C., 1926; member of South Carolina state senate from Williamsburg County, 1927-34. Methodist. Died June 15, 1952 (age 56 years, 174 days). Interment at Old Johnsonville Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lewington L. Ard (1870-1927) and Addie (Maye) Ard (1875-1918); married, June 22, 1921, to Louise Fore (1899-1938).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Byrd Cemetery
    Timmonsville, Florence County, South Carolina
    Politicians buried here:
      Charles Aurelius Smith (1861-1916) — of South Carolina. Born in Hertford County, N.C., January 21, 1861. Democrat. Member of South Carolina state house of representatives, 1910; Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 1911-15; Governor of South Carolina, 1915. Baptist. Died in Baltimore, Md., April 1, 1916 (age 55 years, 71 days). Interment at Byrd Cemetery.
      Relatives: Married to Fannie L. Byrd.


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