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Family, friends lay Beacon's legendary J.C. Stroble to rest

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A photo of J.C. Stroble is on display in his memory at The Beacon. (Aug. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina) A photo of J.C. Stroble is on display in his memory at The Beacon. (Aug. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate legend was laid to rest on Sunday as family, friends and hundreds from the community said goodbye to Beacon Drive-In order-caller J.C. Stroble.

His family said now he's in a better place.

As his casket was closed and donned with flowers, the community shared memories of the man who lost his sight to glaucoma as an adult.

Stroble's youngest daughter, Nikki Stroble-Lewis, spoke about what it was like to grow up with a father who never got to see her with his eyes.

"He would always remind us that ‘You have my name attached to you - Stroble. Do you know what that means? When you put your name to something, you do it with excellence, and you don't do anything less,'" said Stroble-Lewis.

For J.C., excellence meant 56 years of service to Spartanburg's Beacon Drive-In, rarely taking vacation and getting to know three or four generations of Spartanburg families.

Gail Moss said she knew J.C. since she was a child and ate at the Beacon.

"Boy, he used to intimidate me. When you walk in and he'd come in, 'Call it! Call it,' you better know what you needed when you walked in," said Moss.

Sunday, the restaurant was closed so his many co-workers could mourn.

The Beacon's current co-owner, Kenny Church, compared Stroble to the Beacon's original owner, John White Sr.

"Both of these men had a flair for the spectacular, and they did it in a very special way," White said.

At his graveside service, Stroble's children released doves. In regard to all the calls, letters, Facebook posts and messages sent to the family, Stroble-Lewis expressed gratitude.

"I don't think we ever knew the magnitude of the impact my father was having until now because he was simply Dad," said Stroble-Lewis.

Now his family asks the public they shared him with to help them move forward and carry out his legacy.

In lieu of flowers, the Stroble family said memorials can be made to the Cornerstone Baptist Church Capital Building Campaign, or to the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation.

The Beacon will re-open for service on Labor Day.

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