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Beacon's J.C. Stroble passes away

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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)
A banner hangs inside The Beacon for people to sign. (Aug. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina) A banner hangs inside The Beacon for people to sign. (Aug. 27, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

J.C. Stroble passed away on Monday night, according to his family.

John C. "J.C." Stroble, 71, was known for calling orders at the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg. He was recently hospitalized following a fall.

His family released a statement on Monday saying:

"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."

Stroble got a job at the Beacon 56 years ago. He's known as the "call-it" man who takes customer orders and yells instructions to the cooks.

The restaurant has lowered all of their flags to half-staff in memory of Stroble and has a banner hanging inside for people to sign to send condolences to his family.

"We know that J.C.'s not suffering now. He's in a better place, so I think everyone's going to have a good outlook for the future," said Sam Maw, co-owner of the Beacon Drive-In.

Maw said the restaurant will close the day of Stroble's funeral. Arrangements have not yet been announced.

A section of Henry Street, at the John B. White Sr. Boulevard intersection, was officially named for the legendary employee of the restaurant in 2011.

The J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation is named for Stroble who was diagnosed with glaucoma more than 30 years ago.

Please note, it appears that the foundation website has been hacked. Spartanburg Public Safety suggests people stay away from sites that appear to be compromised. FOX Carolina is working to get more information about this.

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