Will Cole McMasters
Will Cole McMasters
  • January 11, 1918 - March 23, 2017
  • Greenville, South Carolina

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World War II and Korean War veteran and long-time hospital volunteer, Will Cole McMasters passed on at age 99, March 23, 2017, during a brief admission to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he had recently completed over 29 years as a volunteer, logging in 28,820 hours -- more than any other volunteer in the hospital’s history. His strength of character, sense of responsibility and generosity at the hospital had also distinguished his long career at Liberty Life Insurance Company where he retired as a Vice President in 1985. His competence and self-effacement coupled with uncomplaining good humor will be remembered and sorely missed by all whose lives he touched. Born January 11, 1918, in Good Springs, Tennessee, to Miriam Massey and Tildon Hanie McMasters, raised in Louisville, Kentucky, during the depression, Will followed his two older brothers into the War in 1941. As a Captain in the 11th Armored Division, he was deployed to England in October of 1944, shipped out on December 20th to France and moved with his company of engineers across Europe, fighting and building bridges for Patton’s Army. As the war ended, his Division liberated Mauthausen Concentration Camp at Linz, Austria, an event he was never able to recall unemotionally. He was promoted to Major before serving in the Korean War 1950 – 1952. Will is predeceased by his parents, his wife Lucy Bryant McMasters, son Patrick Cole McMasters, his brothers Cecil, Massey, and Tildon McMasters, sisters Mildred Walter and Opal O’Berry, niece Janice Espie, nephews Michael O’Berry and Roy Walter. He is survived by grandchildren Scarlett Griffith and Slade Durham, nieces Joyce Hyslop, Elizabeth O’Berry, Michelle Hertzman, and Meredith Dreher, fourteen great nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends Vicki and Dennis Grice.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on April 24, 2017, at St. James Episcopal Church where the family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:45 in the Parish Life Center. In place of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Auxiliary to Greenville Hospital System, 701 Grove Rd, Greenville, S.C. 29605.