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 Benjamine Butler “Benny” Browder

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Benjamine Butler “Benny” Browder

  • Birth 18 Apr 1895 Greeleyville, Williamsburg County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 3 Jan 1948 Greeleyville, Williamsburg County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Greeleyville, Williamsburg County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 40598687

Greeleyville, January 3, 1948-Bennie Butler Browder, of near Greelyeville, age 52, was burned to death on Friday night or early Saturday morning when his home caught on fire and was destroyed.
Funeral Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Free Will Baptist Church near Greeleyville at three o'clock, with the Reverend J. G. Newton, Pastor of the Greelyville Baptist Church, conducting the services. Interment by the side of his mother, Josephine Mitchum Browder.
Surviving are two brothers, James "Jim" W. Browder of McBeth, SC and Caswell Browder of Charleston, one uncle, W. Daniel Browder of Greeleyville; eight nephews and three nieces.
Mr. Browder was the son of the late Mr. Morgan Butler Browder and Mrs. Josephine Mitchum Browder of Greeleyville. He was born on April 18, 1895 near Greeleyville.
Dewey Goins of near Greeleyville found Browders' home burned to the ground, a very small dwelling where Browder lived alone, and discovered the burned body of Browder early Saturday morning. Browder had eaten supper with Goins Friday night. Browder lived on the land in the Goins community owned by Mrs. Vermelle Pack of near Greeleyville.
Someone had given Browder some hay for his ox, and it was stored in the small dwelling where Browder slept. It is supposed that a spark had poped out from the fire place and caught the hay sometime during the night. Browder's body was found where was supposed to have tried to make an escape from the smoke and flames, which he was not successful. The burned dogs body was under the bed where he slept each night and a gun was across the foot of the bed. Browder was burned beyond recognition.
Coroner Tom Kellahan of Williamsburg County was called to the scene Saturday morning and the decision was made that he came to his death by burning some time Saturday morning or Friday night.
His home was four miles from Greeleyville, and every resident of the town was well aquainted with Bennie Butler Browder. He was never married.
THE COUNTY RECORD, Kingstree, SC, Thursday, January 8, 1948 edition.


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  • Created by: Mary Leonard McSwain
  • Added: 12 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40598687
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamine Butler “Benny” Browder (18 Apr 1895–3 Jan 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40598687, citing Greeleyville Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Greeleyville, Williamsburg County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Mary Leonard McSwain (contributor 47082839) .