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James Werrell Sr.

ROCK HILL -- Mr. James MacDonald Werrell, 83, died Sunday at Piedmont Medical Center. He had been a resident of Westminster Towers in Rock Hill.

Mr. Werrell was born June 28, 1924, in Denver, Colo., where he grew up. He attended his freshman year at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and was a member of the SAE fraternity there. He left Auburn to enlist in the Army and was selected for the Army Specialized Training Corps, during which time he attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

He fought in World War II in Europe and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for action during the Battle of the Bulge. He also was recommended for the Silver Star.

After the war, he attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1948. He completed a year of graduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin. He then attended the Columbia University School of International Affairs in New York City, where he was president of his class. He graduated with a Master's of International Affairs degree in 1951, after which he worked for the State Department in Bangkok, Thailand.

When he returned to the United States, he worked for Dow Chemical International and Stauffer Chemical Co. In 1968, he changed careers to become a stock broker.

He married Eloise Gresham of Waco, Dec. 20, 1947. They served as fire lookouts for the U.S. Park Service in Grand Lake, Colo., the summer after they were married. They and their three sons lived in Minneola, N.Y.; Atlanta, Ga.; Akron, Ohio; and Glendale, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Werrell moved to Charleston in 1984, where Mr. Werrell joined the firm of E.F. Hutton. He retired in 1989.

He was a lifelong Episcopalian and a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Rock Hill. He was a volunteer probation officer, village clerk in Glendale, a lay reader at Christ Church, Glendale, an avid movie fan and devoted father, husband and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years; three sons and their wives, James Jr. and Gretchen of Rock Hill, William and Judy of Charleston and Timothy and Emily of Durham, N.C.; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Werrell's ashes will be placed in the columbarium at Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, at which time there will be a small family service.

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