James Travis Medlock - Obituary - National Loan & Exchange Bank of Greenwood - President

JT Medlock

8/18/1856 – Laurens, SC
3/08/1920 – Greenwood, SC

James Travis Medlock

Special to The State
Greenwood, March 9 – The funeral of James T. Medlock was held from the Main Street Methodist church here yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock.  The exercises were conducted by the Rev B.R. Turnipseed and Dr. John O Willson, president of Lander college.
Mr. Medlock died at his home on the edge of town Monday morning about 6 o’clock.  He had been in failing health for some time and had been in Baltimore hospital for treatment until about ten days before his death.
Mr. Medlock had been identified with the banking interests of the town since 1890 when he began with the Bank of Greenwood as bookkeeper.  He was later elected cashier and some years later with the late Simmons and with C.P. Simmons, now of Greenville he organized the Loan and Exchange bank.  Thirteen years ago from the day of his death this bank, the Loan and Exchange bank, was consolidated with the First National bank making the National Loan and Exchange bank.
Mr. Medlock was a citizen of the highest type, universally liked and respected.  He was a prominent official of Main Street Methodist church, being a member of the board of stewards, chairman of its financial committee and its district steward.
He was in his 64 year having been born August 18, 1856.  On December 22, 1897 he was happily married to Miss Kate Bullock of this county, who with the following children survive him; Miss Lucille, teaching at Pelzer; Robert Medlock of Wofford college; Miss Bertha, teaching at Kinards, and Joseph, Melvin, and Mary.  The following brothers and sisters survive: Misses Kate, Sadie, and Julia Medlock, of Ware Shoals; Mrs. Tom Downey of Laurens; Mrs. Monroe Pickens of Greenville; Mrs. G.B. Taylor, Mrs. J.H. Ballentine, Mrs. W.H. Ballentine and Mrs. Sallie Moore of Ware Shoals; Messrs, J.A. and J.B. Medlock of Greenville and W.H. Medlock of Ware Shoals.

It can perhaps be truthfully said of Mr. James T. Medlock who passed away this morning that he had not an enemy in the world.  A man of character and convictions, and courage to stand for the right, he lived his life and went the even tenor of his way so calmly and so regardful of the rights of others that no ill feeling was ever aroused.  Everyone who knew him liked him and trusted him.
His passing is a very distinct loss to his community.  He was a citizen who loved his town and county and gave freely of his time in its service.  For many years he had served on its board of school trustees and had been the secretary of the board, always discharging punctually and completely the duties of that position without compensation other than the satisfaction of knowing that he had done his work well.  He was a loyal and devoted officer of his church.  Main Street Methodist church owes much to him for his service and it was ever a joy to him to be active in its service.  From the beginning of his career here until the end he was identified with the banking interests of the town.  He was a capable officer and one who inspired trust and confidence.
Mr. Medlock was of a retiring nature, nothing self-assertive or obtrusive about him – one had to know him well to know all his excellencies.  To those who enjoyed his confidence he revealed a sweet and most lovable spirit and a heart of pure gold.
The community sorrows with his bereaved family.  He has left them the noblest of all legacies, that of a good name among his fellows.