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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Obituary~Dr. Alva Brock

Capture-Alva Brock headlines
Charlotte, Oct.  28.-- Alva Brock, formerly a druggist of Columbia and a brother of Mrs. W. W. Coker1 of that city, died in a local hospital here early this morning after a short illness,  and funeral services will be conducted at the late residence here tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Burial will be in a local cemetery.
Mr. Brock, born in Cheraw April 24, 1889 was educated at the University of South Carolina and the Medical College of the state of South Carolina. He was engaged in the drug business in Columbia for several years before coming here to reside six years ago he leaves his wife, formally Miss Nancy Hutchison of Ninety-Six, S.C., and four children.2

After Dr. Alva passed away, Nancy and the children moved from Charlotte, NC to the Sanford area of Florida. They can be found there in the US Population Census for 1940.3

1940 Censu, Florida, Sanford, Brock, Nancy

Nancy H. BROCK, Female, age 44, born in SC
Mary N. BROCK, Daughter, age 17, born in SC
Alva H. BROCK, Son, age 13, born in SC
Peter H. BROCK, Son, age 13, born in SC
Betty Jo BROCK, Daughter, age 11, born in SC
Bessie C. HUTCHINSON, Mother, age 75, born in SC

Dr. Alva Brock is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Alva Brock is my 2nd cousin twice removed.  

[1] Mrs. W. W. Coker is his sister Maude Isabel Brock.
[2] Alva Brock obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 29 October 1935, page 2.
[3] 1940 U. S. Census, Seminole County, Florida, population schedule, Sanford, Seminole, Florida, enumeration district (ED) 59-6, Page: 5A/131(stamped); Line 25, Household #418/99, Household of Nancy H. BROCK; digital images, ( : viewed 26 May 2013); citing NARA publication Roll: T627_617.


  1. Charlie, would you say Dr Alva Brock came from an upper class family? I am wondering because he had the education and finances to attend college when many people at that time did not.

  2. Colleen,
    Yes. His Father Peter Haley Brock was a very prosperous Merchant in the town of Cheraw. Unfortunately, his wife Mary Ellen Lyles died unexpectedly in June 1902 and I find no record that the youngest daughter was able to attend College. She was born in March 1893.Peter died in Apr 1919.