Born in Loris, S.C. in 1933, Treadway began boxing with the YMCA team as a young teen after his family moved to Charlotte. Before he was finished, he compiled a record of 159-49 as an amateur and a professional. Treadway won titles in both Carolinas and took three championships as a member of the 82nd Airborne. He may have fought more bouts than his record indicates as he spent time boxing professionally in Mexico where record keeping is suspect.

Treadway moved to Murrell’s Inlet after hanging up his gloves and opened a successful lawn care business. Before his death on May 24, 2005, he was noted for community service work up and down the Grand Strand. Treadway was also a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. He and his wife Shirley were the parents of five children.

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