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Funeral Service Held For Beacon "Caller" J.C. Stroble

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Friends and family gathered Sunday afternoon to remember J.C. Stroble, who became an icon in the Upstate as "the voice" of The Beacon Drive-In. Friends and family gathered Sunday afternoon to remember J.C. Stroble, who became an icon in the Upstate as "the voice" of The Beacon Drive-In.
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Funeral service held for J.C. Stroble - September 1, 2013

Friends and family gathered Sunday afternoon to remember J.C. Stroble, who became an icon in the Upstate as "the voice" of The Beacon Drive-In.

Stroble passed away on August 26 at the age of 71, but his family said J.C. wouldn't have wanted anyone to be sad.

The service centered on celebration and making everyone feel welcome.

"He always treated everyone the same when you went in he would speak," said Carl Fowler, a classmate of Stroble's, "and he would acknowledge everyone."

Others who knew Stroble only from The Beacon Drive-In also attended the service. " I just wanted to come and show my respect to the family and to him and just to be with other people that loved him like I did," said Gail Moss.

Stroble's family says they will continue to be very involved in his foundation. It was started by his daughter to help those who suffer from glaucoma, as J.C. did.


Stroble Funeral Service Set For Sunday - August 31, 2013

"The Beacon" will be closed on Sunday, September 1st in observance of the funeral of J.C. Stroble.  "The Beacon" says they will reopen for normal business on Monday.

The funeral service is set for 2 pm Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church on 700 South Converse Street in Spartanburg.

Funeral Procession Route For J.C. Stroble - August 30, 2013

The funeral for JC Stroble will be Sunday, September 1st at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 700 S. Converse St. in Spartanburg.


The funeral procession route for Sunday is as follows:

  • Cornerstone Baptist Church, 700 S Converse St., Spartanburg, SC 29306
  • Head southwest on Collins Ave.
  • Continue onto Bomar Ave.
  • Continue onto Crescent Ave.
  • Beacon Drive-In
  • Turn right onto John B White Sr Blvd (Drive pass the Beacon Drive-In)
  • JC Stroble Blvd.
  • Turn right onto S 206/JC Stroble Blvd.
  • Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
  • Continue on JC Stroble Blvd. to W. Henry St.
  • Continue to follow W Henry St. to E. Henry St. 
  • Turn left onto S Pine St.
  • Turn right onto E. Main St.
  • Continue to follow E Main St
  • Turn right onto S 538/Fernwood Glendale Rd   
  • Turn left into Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307

Visitation Set For Today For J.C. Stroble - August 30, 2013

A public viewing and visitation is set for today for longtime and legendary Beacon "caller" J.C. Stroble. The public viewing takes place from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church. The Stroble family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. tonight at the church.

Funeral Plans Released For J.C. Stroble - August 27, 2013

Funeral plans for longtime Beacon "Caller" J.C. Stroble have been released.

A public viewing for Stroble will take place Friday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Spartanburg from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Stroble's family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. at the church on Friday evening.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Bishop Charles J.J. Jackson III presiding.  

Beacon "Caller" J.C. Stroble Dies - August 26, 2013

Caller J.C. Stroble started working behind the counter at The Beacon when he was just 14-years-old. His signature sound stayed for more than 50 years.

A booming voice that sent customers right on down the line for decades is now silent.

Stroble passed away Monday night at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

Using his famous flamboyant style, every customer got the same greeting, including the President of the United States.

Over the years, Stroble developed glaucoma and became legally blind, but he still never forgot a voice.

"Even after he lost his vision almost completely over the years, you can still come in and say, ‘JC, do you remember me,' and he would," says owner Sam Maw.

Those who worked beside him say they remember his wisdom and his fatherly advice on hard work and spending money the right way. They also tell us his hardworking spirit was unmatched, using his Beacon paycheck to put children through college, and staying on the job despite back surgery in 2012.

To those simply wanting to fill up, Stroble was the bright spot of the Beacon experience.

The city supported Stroble by naming a street in his honor. During Stroble's final days, hundreds continued to show that same love and support.

Beacon owners say business will continue as usual, but that booming voice can never be replaced.

Stroble's family released a statement regarding his passing Monday night:

"It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Spartanburg's famed Beacon Barker, John C. "JC" Stroble. While JC was well-known and will be remembered from coast to coast for his signature catchphrase "Call It!," he will forever be remembered by us as a devoted husband, loving father, supportive grandfather and a gentleman to all.

He was welcomed into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father and his Savior earlier this evening, August 26, 2013 at 5:48 p.m. at Spartanburg Regional. We are comforted in knowing that he was experiencing no pain and was resting comfortably at the time of his passing.

The family is in the midst of making arrangements with J.W. Woodward Funeral Home of Spartanburg, for the formal celebration of his life, and will share those plans publicly as they become available, to include ways that JC would like his memory to be honored.

Again, we are most appreciative of the outpouring of support, kindness and prayers."

7 On Your Side's Amy Wood is gathering reaction from people on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to see the remarks on Stroble's passing.

Beacon's Stroble Remains In Serious Condition - August 25, 2013

Spartanburg Regional Hospital says the voice of "The Beacon" restaurant in Spartanburg, J.C. Stroble remains in serious condition following a fall on August 11th.

Beacon's Stroble Downgraded To Serious Condition - August 23, 2013

Spartanburg icon JC Stroble, the famed caller at the Beacon restaurant, has been downgraded to serious condition following a fall earlier this month.

Spartanburg Regional Hospital officials announced the change shortly before noon Friday.

Stroble was hospitalized after he was found unresponsive at his home on August 11.  He suffered a severe brain injury, according to family members.

Beacon's Stroble Upgraded To Fair Condition After Fall - August 22, 2013

Popular Beacon restaurant caller JC Stroble's health is improving, according to hospital officials.

Eric Lawson with Spartanburg Regional says Stroble's condition has been upgraded to fair.

Stroble was hospitalized after being found unresponsive last weekend following an accidental fall.  He suffered a severe brain injury.

Stroble's Family Makes Tough Decision, Removes Artificial Support - August 19, 2013

The family of a Spartanburg icon has released more information about his hospitalization.

On Monday, JC Stroble's family announced they made a difficult decision to remove the Beacon restaurant caller from artificial support systems over the weekend.

"Sunday morning, the family made an incredibly difficult decision to follow his written desires to trust God for his well being, and remove artificial support systems," a website for Stroble stated.

Stroble was listed in serious condition as of late Monday night, according to a spokesman for Spartanburg Regional Hospital. His family said he is resting comfortably.

Stroble was found unresponsive last weekend after an accidental fall. He suffered a severe brain injury, and remains unresponsive.

Beacon Caller Resting Comfortably; Family Overwhelmed By Support - August 16, 2013

The family of Spartanburg icon JC Stroble, the long-time Beacon Restaurant caller, says he is resting comfortably after being hospitalized over the weekend.

In a news release, family members state Stroble remains in stable condition.

They also thank the public for its overwhelming support.

"The family of JC Stroble would like to thank those who have expressed such concern and love for their father and famed Beacon barker," the release states.  

Stroble was found unresponsive at his home on Sunday.  He was placed in ICU at the time.  More information can be found by clicking here.

The family also asks that the public respects their privacy and refrains from calls and visitation.  For those wishing to express their well wishes, the Beacon has sponsored a P.O. Box.  If you are interested in sending your support you can sent it to:

Beacon Drive In

P.O. Box 3274

Spartanburg, SC 29304

Spartanburg Icon Hospitalized - August 15, 2013

A Spartanburg icon has been hospitalized.

JC Stroble, the long-time voice and face of the Beacon Drive-In, was placed in the ICU at Spartanburg Regional after his family says he was found unresponsive Sunday morning.

The hospital now reports he is in stable condition.

The Stroble family is asking for the public's prayers as JC's health is monitored.

JC started working behind the counter at the Beacon when he was 14-years-old.

So it came as a surprise to customers when JC wasn't there.

"It is just fun to watch the way he talks," said Beacon regular Bill Edwards.

"He gets it right though, nothing is ever wrong with JC," adds Samantha Brewton.

"I think he represents a big part of the Beacon to a lot of people," said customer Frank Clark.

JC's boss Kenny Church says the 71-year-old is a strong man with a lot of perseverance.






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