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Hospital: J.C. Stroble's condition changed to 'serious'

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J.C. Stroble at work at The Beacon (File/FOX Carolina) J.C. Stroble at work at The Beacon (File/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

J.C. Stroble's condition was changed to serious on Friday, according to Eric Lawson, a spokesperson for Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

As his family keeps him comfortable in the hospital, J.C. Stroble's other family at The Beacon Drive-In said it's been so different without him this week.

Stroble's family said they took him off life support on Sunday. They said the legendary caller at The Beacon suffered a serious brain injury after a fall last week.

Staff at The Beacon are carrying on his tradition of calling orders. Stroble began working at the Spartanburg restaurant long before many of his co-workers and friends were alive, but they said they all feel close to him.

Co-workers described Stroble as dedicated to the restaurant and his work, even after losing his eyesight from glaucoma years ago.

They said that they love him because he makes work fun, keeping them laughing, and also because he's always there for them when they need anything.

Advice is something they said Stroble is best at giving. Female co-workers laughed when explaining that he always steered them away from "bad guys," and 21-year-old Bryson McHam said advice from the others he works with doesn't compare.

"Do good; stay in school. Work hard. Drive the finest car in life and have a nice wife," is what McHam said Stroble has taught him.

Melody Wolfe said she's learned to, "respect yourself and everyone else around you will respect you as well."

Charles Wiggleton was "calling" the orders at the Beacon Tuesday night. He said while some people may think he's filling in for his long-time friend, that's not true.

"You can't take nobody's place. You don't do the same thing; I don't never copy by no body," said Wiggleton.

The 67-year-old said he worked side-by-side with Stroble for 51 years, and considers him a good friend.

He and his brother, Jerry Wiggleton, may now be seen at the front of the line more often, shouting burger orders to the cooks, but he said he will never replace Stroble.

Many viewers reached out on Facebook, sharing prayers and well wishes for Stroble and his family. FOX Carolina printed them all out, and bound them in a book. Tuesday, the book was given to The Beacon's manager and to Wiggleton, who said they will give the book to Stroble and his family Wednesday morning.

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