MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. John William Fooshe Sr., former mayor of McCormick, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta, as a result of a fall at his home. He was 81.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at McCormick United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Don Clendaniel officiating.
Mr. Fooshe, a native of McCormick, served on the Commission of Public Works for 26 years and was mayor for 10 years. He was a member of the McCormick Lions Club; Thomas J. Lyon Jr. Post 19; American Legion; and McCormick United Methodist Church, where he was a lay reader and treasurer and chairman of the Administrative Council.
He was raised a Master Mason on Oct. 13, 1947, in Mine Lodge 117 and served as its Worshipful Master in 1952. He was elected to serve a second term during the centennial of the lodge in 1966 and had served as secretary and treasurer. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Aiken and Columbia and Hejaz Shrine Temple AAONMS, Greenville.
As a Mason, Mr. Fooshe served the Grand Lodge as junior deacon, district deputy grand master, grand marshal and was a member of the Masonic Education Committee, where he was the dean of Masonic education for South Carolina. He was the grand representative for the United Grand Lodge of Bahai (Brazil).
Mr. Fooshe received many awards and recognitions, including the Albert Gallatin Mackey Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Kathryn Self Fooshe; two sons, John William Fooshe Jr., Summerville, and David Self Fooshe, Redondo Beach, Calif.; three daughters, Jacqueline Fooshe Court, North Augusta, Rosemary Fooshe Pettus, McCormick, and Kimberly Anne Fooshe Taylor, Rock Hill; a brother, Charles Edward Fooshe, Greenville; a sister, Helen Fooshe Ashborn, McCormick; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Sanders, Jim Self, Jack Self, Blake Storey, Chuck Jewell, Carl Evans and John Wise.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church.
Blyth Funeral Home, Greenwood, is in charge of arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle Dec. 22, 1999