3/05/1883 – Piedmont, SC
8/26/1946 – Greenville, SC
William Choice Cleveland Sr.
W.C. Cleveland Services To Be Today At 5:15
Funeral services for William Choice Cleveland, leading Greenville businessman who died yesterday morning, will be held this afternoon at 5:15 o’clock at the Mackey mortuary, with Rev. J.O. Smith officiating. Interment will be in Springwood cemetery.
Mr. Cleveland died following an attack suffered at his mountain home last Tuesday. He had been in failing health six months.
On Water Commission
He was an outstanding contributor to the development of Greenville’s water supply and served 29 years as a member of the Greenville City Water commission. At the time of his death he was the only original commission member still on the board.
The Greenville city water works office will close at 1 o’clock today out of respect to Mr. Cleveland. Superintendent John Hawkins said. Mayor C. Fred. McCullough and said other city offices would close at the same time in respect for Mr. Cleveland.
The following will serve as pallbearers and will meet at the mortuary at 5 o’clock: Marion Young, WH Arnold, David G Traxler, Sam R. Zimmerman Jr., William Lowndes Jr., Thomas Miller, Alfred T Smith, and James Gilfillin.
The escort of honor will be composed of the following, who will meet at the mortuary at 5 o’clock: TC Gower, Dr. RE Houston, Fred W Symmes, JE Sirrine, Dr. JW Murray, Dr. Jack D Parker, Dr. Hugh Smith, Dr. J Warren White, John M Holmes, Dr. Keitt Smith, Dr. CH Fair, Dr. TB Reeves, Dr. Frank Daniels, Dr. HC Turner, Sm Beattie, WH Beattie, WR Cely, CF Haynesworth, George Roberson, VM Manning, Alester G Furman Jr, AG Furman, Henry Winn, Wt Potter, Robert Chapman, FL Shackleford, FR Nixon, RE Henry, WB Perrin, Joe Cunningham, George Wrigley, Louis Houston, FF Beattie, BE Geer, Marion Brawley, Claude Smith, Judge HH Watkins, Dan Wallace, George Harrison, PA Bonham, CC Pearce, John L Hawkins, Earle Moffet, George Norwood, WE Phelps, John Newman, Allen Johnston, Ellis Johnston, Ellison McKissick, HC Smith, WG Perry Jr, WJ Moore, WW Carter, C Fred McCullough, Roger Huntington, Wp Conyers, Bunyon Anders, Zenas Grier, JF Mathews, NP Park, EA Gilfillin, OP Earle, Frank Cothran, John Norwood, AA Person, RW Arrington, JW Arrington, NB Arrington, Dr. Theodore Stone, Sydney Bruce, HC Beattie, Nelson Poe, IL Donkle, MC Westervelt, John H Williams, Arthur Cottingham, Henry Carrier, Stewart Rabb, AC Hammett, WA Seybt, BB Gossett, HH Hagerman, HT Mills, JR Lindsay, WA Floyd, PC Fant, JA Harmon, Theodore Snider, SJ McKinney, WD Aiken, EE Wells, RE Cates, Gregg Galbraith, Guy B Foster, T Charles Gower, John I Smith, WS Bradley, and JT Solomons Jr.
Mr. Cleveland was born near Piedmont on March 5, 1883, and was a son of the late Jeremiah and Florence (McKenzie) Cleveland.
He attended Greenville county schools, Cohesburg Preparatory school and Wofford college, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team and a member of the Chi Psi fraternity.
Most of Mr. Cleveland’s adult years he spent in Greenville.
Mr. Cleveland was one of the organizers of the Fourth National Bank, which was merged in 1919 with the First National bank of this city, and he served the organization as president from 1910 until the time of the merger, when he became vice-president and a director of the First National bank.
Mr. Cleveland had served as president of the Greenville Iron works, which later became the Greenville Steel Foundry company, and at the time of his death was a member of the board of director, a position which he had held since the organization of the latter company in 1924.
Until several years ago Mr. Cleveland owned and operated the Brevard Cotton mills at Brevard, NC. He was chairman of the board and a director of the Southern Weaving corporation of this city and vice-president of the Piedmont Manufacturing company at Piedmont. In 1919 he served as president of the local Chamber of Commerce, and was a former member of the Greenville Rotary club. Mr. Cleveland was a member of the Poinsett club and was a past president of the Poinsett Club Cotillion.
Was Active Shriner
He helped with the organization of Hejaz Temple of the Shrine, of which he was treasurer since its organization. He held the distinction of having served simultaneously as potentate and treasurer of the temple at one time. Mr. Cleveland was a member of the board of governors of the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Greenville.
In addition to his wife, the former Miss Alice Burnett, of Spartanburg, Mr. Cleveland is survived by one son, WC Cleveland, Jr., of Greenville; three daughters, Mrs. E George McCoin, Miss Alice Cleveland and Mrs. W. Richard Dobbins, all of Greenville: three brothers, Barnett, Jerry, and Ben Cleveland, all of Piedmont, and one sister, Mrs. Frederika Orr of California.
Three grandchildren also survive.
Pending the hour of the service the body is at home.