John Fletcher Shirley, M. D. During an active professional career at Honea Path covering more than thirty-five years Doctor Shirley has also supplied enterprise, enthusiasm and capital to some of the city’s leading- business institutions. He possesses the public spirit for which this family is notable, and probably no other family group has done more for the upbuilding and progress of Honea Path than the Shirleys.
Doctor Shirley was born at Honea Path August 16, 1861, and is a son of John Jasper and Frances
(Mattison) Shirley. The Shirley family was founded in South Carolina from Virginia by John and Elizabeth (Fields) Shirley, early settlers in Abbeville County. Their son Obadiah Shirley was born irt Abbeville County, and married Jane Armstrong. He settled on a farm near Honea Path and reared five sons and three daughters. Four .of these sons, including the father of Doctor Shirley, were soldiers in the Confederate army. Doctor Shirley is a brother of the late R. M. Shirley, the prominent banker of Honea Path. In connection with a brief sketch of his career on other pages will be found some record of John Jasper Shirley, who was one of the founders and the upbuilders of the Town of Honea Path.
Doctor Shirley received a high school training in his native town and in 1883 graduated in medicine from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He at once returned home and took up the practice which has continued with unvarying success and faithfulness to the highest ethics of his profession. He did post-graduate work in the New York Post-Graduate Medical School in 1890. He is a member of the County and State Medical societies, is a democrat in politics, though without official record, and is a Master Mason and Knight of Pythias and a deacon in the Baptist Church.
Few of the larger business enterprises of Honea Path have not received some active support from Doctor Shirley. He is interested in both banks and the Chiquola Cotton Mill. He is vice president of the Cotton Mill Organization. He also owns a large amount of good farm land, and has found both profit and recreation in superintending his country place. His home at Honea Path is one of the handsomest in Anderson County.
In 1890 Doctor Shirley married Miss Emma Clinkscales, daughter of Flertwood Clinkscales, an old and prominent resident of Anderson County. Doctor and Mrs. Shirley have three children: Harold Clinkscales Shirley; Vera, a graduate of Converse College and wife of Frank Thompson, of Dillon, South Carolina; and Lydia, a student in Converse College.
Harold Clinkscales Shirley was graduated from The Citadel at Charleston with the Bachelor of Science degree in 1913, took the Master of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 1914, and in 1918 was graduated in medicine from Johns Hopkins University. He also spent a year as intern in the hospital at Baltimore, and is now establishing a practice and reputation at Macon, Georgia.[source: “History of South Carolina” – By Yates Snowden, Harry Gardner Cutler;
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