Edmund Simmons "Dick" Mellard (1911 - 1979)



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Jedburg, Dorchester County, South Carolina United States


Charleston County, South Carolina United States
Cause of death: heart attack

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heart attack

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at Live Oak Cemetery,
Charleston, South Carolina United States


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Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina

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Wife: Bessie Henrietta Mellard
Children with Bessie: William Herman Mellard, Carolyn Jean Mellard, and Deloris Faye Mellard


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mail carrier contractor


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Southern Methodist



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1911 - In the year that Edmund Simmons "Dick" Mellard was born, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

1955 - He was 44 years old when on September 10th the TV show "Gunsmoke" debuted on CBS. It went on to be television's longest-running western. Matt Dillon, Chester, Doc Adams, and Miss Kitty became household names.

1961 - When he was 50 years old, on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

1962 - When he was 51 years old, on February 20th, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. The Friendship 7 flew three times around the earth in 4 hours and 55 minutes. At age 77, Glenn returned to space - the oldest person to fly in space.

1979 - In the year of Edmund Simmons "Dick" Mellard's passing, on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

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MELLARD - Entered into eternal rest on December 15, 1979, Edmund Simmons Mellard. Residence 43 Lolandra Ave., Charleston, S.C. Funeral notice later. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc.

Edmund Simmons Mellard of 43 Lolandra Ave., a mail carrier contractor, died Saturday at a local hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Stuhr's.

Mr. Mellard was born Nov. 20, 1911, at Jedburg, a son of the late Walker Henry Mellard and Mrs. Margaret Sanders Mellard. He was a member of the West Ashley Southern Methodist Church and was a Mason.

Surviving are: his widow, Mrs. Bessie Walters Mellard of Charleston; three brothers, W.S. Mellard of Charleston, R.L. Mellard of Moncks Corner and J.C. Mellard of North Charleston; a son, the Rev. Wiliam H. Mellard of Wausaw, Wis.; two daughters, Mrs. Carolyn Marino of Atlanta and Mrs. Faye M. Glover of Charleston.


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