common / 01-26-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Hal Bland
Aeroglide Corp. pioneer
Hal E. Bland, 74, of Raleigh, N.C., died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at his home.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at St. Johns Baptist Church, 1615 Oberlin Rd., with Dr. Richard Wynne officiating.
Hal worked for Aeroglide Corporation for 38 years and was one of their pioneers. He assisted in the joint patent process of treating hulled oil seeds, working in conjunction with Continental Grain and McDonald Douglas. Hal was also involved in the evolution and development of charcoal and briqueting, grain driers, conveyer driers, roasters, and spoon coals.
He graduated with honors from Clemson University on Jan. 28, 1951, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering. Hal also served his country proudly in the United States Army.
He was a member of Toastmasters and past president of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Hal is listed in Who’s Who in College and Universities, Director of Wood Charcoal Briqueting Institute and he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and IPTAY since 1958.
Surviving are; daughters, JoBeth Corsi and husband Edward, Kim Hinchey and husband Pat, and Heidi Bland; their brothers, Chris Kelly and Sean Kelly; sister Lois Mae Holland and sister-in-law Frances Millwood; grandchildren Chad and Ashley Corsi and Halie and Sean Hinchey. Hal is also survived by a special friend, Gerri Holden.
Friends may visit with the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at North Raleigh Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Rd.
Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, S.C., 29648.
Arrangements by North Raleigh Funeral Home (919) 870-5123.

Lillie R. Talley
Talented singer and cook
Lillie Rochelle Talley, 91, of White Oak Manor, Tryon, N.C., died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Luke Hospital, Tryon.
A native of Union County, she was the widow of Lawless Talley and daughter of the late President Rochelle and the late Eliza Ray Rochelle. After graduating from high school in Union, she moved to Tryon. She was a faithful member of Garrison Chapel Baptist Church.
Mrs. Talley made a life of singing and cooking. She began singing at the age of four and would sing folk, classics, spirituals and semi-blues. She was the first black to have a radio program in Spartanburg. She retired from the Dudley Smith Farms after 17 years; the Four Columns Farm after 27 years; and after operating a catering business in Tryon.
Surviving are a son, John A. Wilkins of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte; and a host of cousins, three of whom she considered as sisters, Catherine T. Duncan of Spartanburg, Mildred T. Foster of Gaffney and Odessie Robinson of Orange, N.J.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Garrison Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. James Curtis Hunter officiating. Burial will be in the Good Shepherd Cemetery at Tryon. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ross B. Orchoff
Radio personality Bob Morgan
SPARTANBURG – Ross B. Orchoff, 58, of 408 Abner Rd., died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Providence, R.I., he was the son of the late Jacob H. and Brina Fain Orchoff. He was locally known as “Bob Morgan,” radio and television personality for over 35 years with WORD AM, WBT, WSPA and WSSL. He as a member of Toast Masters International and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Dobbins Orchoff; a daughter, Dana Rosalind Orchoff of Greenville; and a sister, Judith I.O. Burke of Branford, CT.
Memorials services were held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel conducted by the Revs. Mitch Kyllonen and Willie S. Teague.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.

Betty L. McKnight
Services for Betty L. Watkins McKnight, 62, of 401 E. 25th St., Baltimore, Md., will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church with Dr. U.D. Vernon officiating. Burial will be in Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Hoey, Jake Jefferies, Joe Dean Knuckles, Homer McGill and John White.
Flower bearers will be Virginia Good, Elnora Littlejohn, Gongetter L. Norris, Jessie M. Manning, Catherine Savage, Ferline Smith and Nellie Young.
The family is at the Watkins home at 2314 W. Buford St., Gaffney.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Shetley
BLACKSBURG – Graveside services for Shirley Medley Shetley, 66, of 173 Bear Creek Rd., will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney conducted by the Rev. Barry Philbeck.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
The family is at the residence.

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