Maynard Smyth - Obituary - First National Bank of Gaffney - Cashier/President

Maynard Smyth

06/11/1877 – Oxford, AL
01/14/1930 – Gaffney, SC

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Maynard Smyth Gunshot Victim
Coroner’s Jury Finds Death Resulted From Accidental Gun Discharge
Hold Funeral Today
Gaffney, Jan, 14. – A verdict that Maynard Smyth, 52, prominent Gaffney banker and business man, whose body was discovered this morning in the garage at the home of his brother W.D. Smyth, with a bullet wound through the heart, came to his death from a gunshot wound accidentally inflicted was rendered at an inquest held here tonight.
Mr. Smyth who was the president of the First National Bank of Gaffney and vice-president of the Gaffney Manufacturing company, was found dead beside his automobile shortly before noon.  A pistol belonging to the bank was found near the body.  His failure to appear at the bank this morning caused a search that resulted in the finding of the body.
Affairs of the bank are in excellent condition, a report submitted by C.W. Hames, cashier, at the annual meeting of stockholder today showed and there was said to be clues that would point to suicide.
Funeral Services will be held here tomorrow morning, after which the body will be taken to Anniston, Ala., Mr. Smyth’s former home, for interment.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mattie E Smyth, and a sister, Mrs. French Bell, both of Anniston, and two brothers, W.D. Smyth of Gaffney and Sid Smyth of Arizona.
Mr. Smyth came to Gaffney 30 years ago from Anniston.  He had been connected with the First National Bank a quarter of a century, having been promoted from cashier to president 10 years ago.  He served a number of years as treasurer of the First Baptist Church and was identified with many of the business developments of the city.