Elias Earle Child - Obituary - First National Bank of Greenwood - Cashier

EE Child

05/24/1880 – Pickens, SC
06/22/1974 – Aiken, SC

Elias Earle Child

Elias E. Child, 94, Dies in Aiken
AIKEN – Elias Earle Child. 94. Retired financial executive and church leader died Saturday in an Aiken infirmary. 
Born in Pickens.  He was a son of the late Rev. Rufus Alexander Child. D.D., and Essie Cleveland Holcombe Child.  Mr. Child received a high school education and began his business career as bookkeeper and clerk in Greenwood in 1898.  He was clerk of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Greenwood from 1900 to 1903; cashier of First National Bank of Greenwood from 1903 to 1906; and later president of the Bank of Whitmire.
Mr. Child was also a textile executive in the Glenn-Lowry Manufacturing Co. of Whitmire.  He was an assistant treasurer of the firm in 1906-1907 and president and treasurer from 1918 to 1923.
He was later with Dickson and Child investment and financing firm of Atlanta and treasurer of Piedmont Coastal Express Corp.  He also served as trustee of the Textile Industrial Institute of Spartanburg.
In 1955 he moved to Aiken where he was co-organizer of Aiken First Federal and Savings Loan Association.  Mr. Child succeeded Sen. Strom Thurmond as president of the Association and was promoted to the chairman of the board in 1964.  Upon retirement in 1969 he was named director emeritus.
Mr. Child served on the Committees of the South Carolina Methodist Conference and was a delegate to the Uniting Conference of the Methodist Church in Kansas City in 1940.
He was a member of St. John’s Methodist Church.  He served the church as chairman of the building committee for the educational unit in 1955 and for the sanctuary and other facilities in 1963.
Mr. Child was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.  In 1965 he was made honorary member of the Aiken Rotary Club.
Since 1955 he had been a board member of the Aiken Salvation Army Corps.
Surviving are two sons.  William Klugh Child of Landrum and Earle Holcombe Child of Myrtle Beach; a sister, Mrs. W.E. Sawyer of Weaverville, N.C.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. today in St. John’s Methodist Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg at 5:30 p.m.
George Funeral Home is in charge.