William Joseph Roddey

William Joseph Roddey

Chester County, South Carolina, USA
Death 15 Feb 1945 (aged 83)
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Section 9, lot 6
Memorial ID 51035464 · View Source
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"William Joseph Roddy, banker and manufacturer, was born in Chester county, South Carolina, October 2, 1861. His parents were William L. and Anna Cousart (Baskin) Roddey. His father is a prominent business man and capitalist, a man of clear foresight and excellent judgment. He resides at Rock Hill, and has long been closely identified with its interests and has done much to promote its prosperity. In addition to various minor positions which he has held, he has been president of the following named corporations: The First National bank, the Victoria Cotton mill, and the National Union bank, in all of which his son has also been an officer. The earliest known ancestors of the family in this country were of Scotch-Irish blood. They settled in South Carolina about the time of the Revolutionary war.

When a boy, William J. Roddey enjoyed good health. He took part in various outdoor sports, but was especially fond of reading. His preparatory studies were carried on at Rock Hill. When sufficiently advanced, he entered Erskine college, from which institution he was graduated in 1880, with the degree of A. B. Later he passed two years in post-graduate study at the University of Virginia.

The active work of life was commenced in 1884, when he became a partner with his father in the banking business, under the firm name of W. L. Roddey & Son. Three years later he organized the First National bank of Rock Hill. This succeeded the above-named banking firm. Mr. Roddey was the first cashier, and later became vice-president of the bank. Soon after the First National bank was succeeded by the National Union bank, in 1898, he became president of the latter institution, a position which he still holds. Since 1889 he has been general agent and local manager of the Equitable Life Assurance society. In July, 1904, he became vice-president and active manager of the Victoria Cotton mill, of Rock Hill. He is also a director in various other local enterprises. In 1895 he was made a trustee of Winthrop college, and in 1905 he was elected to a similar position in Davidson college. In May, 1906, he was elected president of the South Carolina Bankers association.

On August 6, 1890, he married Miss Perry D. Roddey. They have six children living in 1907. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias. In politics he has always been a Democrat. His religious affiliation is with the Presbyterian church. In the choice of his life work, Mr. Roddey was free to follow his own inclination. He still retains his early love for books. Outside of reading, and the simple pleasures of the home circle, he finds his principal relaxation in hunting and other field sports. In all of his affairs Mr. Roddey has been characterized by strong common sense and well-balanced business judgment, as well as by a sterling integrity of character and fidelity to principle. As a typical, level-headed business man, of clear mind and energetic disposition, he is fairly representative of the young men who are building up the South upon a basis of greater prosperity than it has yet known.

The address of Mr. Roddey is Rock Hill, South Carolina.

From: "Men of Mark in South Carolina; ideals of American life: a collection of biographies of leading men of the state"

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Joseph Roddey (2 Oct 1861–15 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51035464, citing Laurelwood Cemetery, Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Rick and Kathy Wright (contributor 46803489) .