common / 01-29-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Leroy Young
Leroy Young, 71, of 1285 S. Green River Rd., died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Gail Smith Young and son of the late Willie (Bill) Allen Young and the late Grace Walker Young. He was a retired staff sergeant from the U.S. Air Force and was retired from Chapman Concrete. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are two sons, Steve Young and Mark Young, both of Gaffney; a sister, Guynell Smith of Gaffney; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Paul D. Ward
Recipient of Purple Heart
Paul D. Ward, 81, of Matthews, N.C., died Jan. 26, 2001, at Wesley Care Center.
Born in Union County, he grew up and lived in Gaffney until becoming a resident of Charlotte in 1959. He was retired from East Coast Trailer and was a member of Steele Creek American Legion Post 221.
Paul served in World War II as a combat soldier with the 35th Infantry Division and was recipient of the Purple Heart. He was the widower of Esteleen N. Ward.
Surviving are his daughter, Kathy Alexander and her husband, Jay, of Matthews, N.C.; a son, Larry (Butch) Ward of Charlotte; and a granddaughter, Emily Alexander, of Matthews. Survivors also include sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Seigler and Mrs. Hazel Huskey of Gaffney.
He was a gentle, sweet man who will be greatly missed by his family. He was first and foremost a husband and the best father anyone could be. His pride and joy were his son, daughter, and beautiful granddaughter.
Visitation will take place at Lowe Funeral Home in Matthews today from 7-8:30 p.m. Graveside services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn West Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Gary Jones of St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
The family wishes to give special thanks to the caregivers at Wesley Care Center for their genuine love and tender care of our loved one.
Memorials may be sent to Lifespan, Inc. (formerly St. Mark’s Center), 200 Clanton Rd. Charlotte, N.C. 28217; or to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 3601 Central Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28205.
Lowe Funeral Home of Charlotte is serving the Ward family.

R. Bryant Patterson
Retired from Burlington Ind.
BLACKSBURG – R. Bryant Patterson, 84, of 106 Plonk St., died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Gertrude Wisher Patterson and son of the late Doss A. Patterson and the late Bessie Poole Patterson. He was retired from Burlington Industries, Cherokee Falls Plant, and attended Cherokee Falls Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Pat P. Greene of Gaffney; a son, Gary G. Patterson of Blacksburg; a grandson, Chris Patterson, who was raised in the home; and three additional grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alyne P. Wisher of Blacksburg and Dorothy P. Greene of Lenoir, N.C.
Mr. Patterson was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda P. Fowler; a son, Tony K. Patterson; and three brothers, and two sisters.
The family is at the home of Jimmy Fowler, 982 Batchelor Dr., Blacksburg.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Paul W. Jones
Cherokee County native
Paul William Jones, 88, of 104 Ashmore Dr., died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Margaret Fortenberry Jones and son of the late Vernon and Sallie Lavender Jones. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Ann Harvey, of Boiling Springs and a brother, Hal Jones of Spartanburg; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Debbie Bostic.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Bell officiating.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Interim Health Care, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
White Columns-Gaffney was in charge of arrangements.

Jackie R. Hamrick
Cherokee County native
CONYERS, Ga. – Jackie R. Hamrick, 55, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Margaret H. Hamrick and son of Juanita Hamrick Brown and the late John Cleveland Hamrick. He was employed in telecommunications.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a son, John Hamrick, of Gaffney and a daughter, Jennifer H. Columbus, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and several grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Sidney Norton.
The family is at 203 Richardson St., Gaffney.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles R. Spencer
Doffer at Musgrove
Charles Raymond Spencer, 38, of 1708 W. Buford St., died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, in Gaffney.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Charles Raymond Spencer Sr. and the late Virginia Lucile Standridge Spencer. He was a doffer at Musgrove Mill and a member of West End Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Surviving are three brothers, Bobby Gunnin, Bruce Spencer, both of Gaffney, and Miles Gunnin of Forest City, N.C.; and paternal grandmother, Eva Spencer Mason of Gaffney.
Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie Dean Gunnin and Mike Leroy Gunnin, and a sister, Janice Gunnin Cook.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Kevin Childs. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jack Rhinehart, Shane Dial, Bryan Blanton, Greg Proctor, Butch Walden and Darrele Fowler.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the home of Brenda Erwin, 646 McKown Mountain Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 364 S. Pine St., Suite B-155, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302-2630, or P.O. Box 71, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Paul T. Hill
Vietnam veteran
Paul Terry Hill, 58, of 122 Fernwood Dr., died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Diane Price Hill and son of the late Harry DiTullio and the late Ruth Hill DiTullio. He was retired from the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a former captain with the Greenville County Detention Center and was a member of the Gaffney Elks Lodge, D.A.V., V.F.W. A graduate of Limestone College, he was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a cousin, Jimmy Whiteside, of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Tommy wright.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 122 Fernwood Dr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Viola L. Eagle
Homemaker
Viola Louise Eagle, 59, of 116 South View Dr., died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Florida, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Brey and the late Alice Brey. She was a homemaker and member of Draytonville Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Dawn Phillips of Gaffney; three sons, Roy Eagle of Gaffney, Sam Eagle of Pacolet and Henry Eagle of Pennsylvania; and 11 grandchildren.
Mrs. Eagle was preceded in death by a son, Ernest Eagle Jr., and a grandson, Bryant Eagle.
The family is at the residence, 116 South View Dr.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Harvey F. Rainey Jr.
Owner of Rainey’s Barber
Harvey F. Rainey Jr., 71, of 106 Poplar Spring Dr., died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Chester, he was the husband of Laurichard Smith Rainey and son of the late Harvey F. Rainey Sr. and the late Poly McKeown Rainey. He was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder. He was a graduate of Finley High School in Chester, Denmark Area Trade School and Voorhees College. He was a U.S. Army veteran with 2 1/2 years of service.
Mr. Rainey was a barber and owner of Rainey’s Style and Barber Shop for 47 years. For eight years, he served as a member of the South Carolina Barbers Examiner Board. He also served as a deputy sheriff for Cherokee County.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Ramona Moore Big Eagle of Charlotte; two sons, Harvey F. Rainey III of the home and Samuel McKeown of Hawaii; step-mother, Mignonette B. Rainey of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Rosa Lee Torrey of Fayetteville, N.C.; a half-sister, Inez Wilkerson of Washington, D.C.; a half-brother, Odell Hemphill of Norfolk, Va.; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Evergreen Cemetery, located on Cemetery Street in Chester.
The family will receive friends Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Bethesa Presbyterian Church on Hetty Hill Street in Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Rainey’s name may be made to the Heart Center Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, 101 Wood St., Spartanburg.
King Funeral Home, Chester, is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

G. Henry Barnwell II
Teen Mission Intl. volunteer
ORANGEBURG – Gabriel Henry Barnwell II, 78, of 1705 Skylyn Place, Spartanburg, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Skylyn Place.
Mr. Barnwell was born in Florence, a son of the late Col. Frank H. Barnwell and Jessie Gregg Barnwell. He was a graduate of McClennaghan High School and attended Clemson College prior to serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He graduated from Clemson in 1947 and worked in the family real estate and insurance business in Florence until 1953 when he joined the U.S. Federal Probation Office and moved to Orangeburg.
After his retirement from the Probation Service in 1973, he was a volunteer at Orangeburg Regional Hospital, and later with Teen Mission International in Merritt Island, Fla., for 21 years. He was a past member of the Florence Rotary Club, Orangeburg Kiwanis, Club, Florence County Club, Orangeburg County Club, Litchfield Country Club, Civil Air Patrol, Clemson IPTAY, and the Vestry at the Church of the Redeemer. He was also a licensed lay reader in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. He was the widower of Dorothy Johnson Barnwell.
Survivors include a son, Frank H. Barnwell II of Gaffney; a daughter, Barbara Ann Barnwell Savoie of Lafayette, La.; one granddaughter; three grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer with the Very Rev. Dow Sanderson officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Orangeburg.
Pallbearers were Sidney Eugene Savoie II, Henry B. Allen, Steve Burns, Robert H. Foster, Joseph Markiewicz and Kirk Mixon.
A memorial service will be heldFeb. 3 at 3 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Russell Street, Orangeburg, S.C. 29115; Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 308 College Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or Teen Missions International, 850 E. Hall Rd., Merritt Island, FL 32720.

Myrtle Champion
Retired textile employee
Myrtle Amos McCraw Champion, 84, of 310 Overhill Dr., died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Champion was the widow of Joe Claude (Fat) McCraw and Lloyd H. Champion. She was the daughter of the late Elmer Amos and the late Daisey Mosely Amos and step-daughter of the late Della Shields Amos. A retired textile employee, she was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia McCraw Snelling of the home; foster daughter, Harriett Duckett of Gaffney; two brothers, Thomas Blackwell and A.Z. Blackwell, both of Charlotte; four sisters, Margaret Pace of Spartanburg, Lillian Eplee and Alpha Thrift, both of Mayo, and Blanche Blanton of Charlotte; one grandson and two foster grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge

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