common / 02-05-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Rev. Ernest R. Whelchel
Served as Baptist minister for 41 years
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rev. Ernest R. Whelchel, 76, formerly of Gaffney, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in Fort Sanders Regional Hospital.
Rev. Whelchel was a member of First Baptist Church of Farragut and served as a Baptist minister for 41 years.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Catherine Ware Whelchel; a daughter, Terry Whelchel, and an “adopted daughter,” Nancy James, all of Knoxville; sisters, Margaret Turner of Gaffney, Catherine White of Spartanburg, Dalmer Gordon of Blacksburg, Wilma Earl of Gaffney and Ruby Tucker of York.
Graveside services were held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Maurice Branch. Full military honors were performed by the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard.
Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1705 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916.
Rose Mortuary, Mann Heritage Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Juanita A. Holmes
Retired textile employee
Juanita Allison Holmes, 83, of 106 Ellis Ferry Ave., Apt. 215, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Susie Holmes and daughter of the late James (Jim) Allison and the late Ola Jones Allison. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Jack Holmes, of Gaffney; a sister, Audrey Harrison of Gaffney; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family is at 105 Redbud Lane.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Ted H. Mullinax
Cabinet maker at McKown Cabinets
Ted Hope Mullinax, 45, of 136 Darwin Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Carol Ann Manning Mullinax and son of Bonnie Ola Mullinax Mullinax of Gaffney and the late Edward Hope Mullinax. He was a cabinet maker at McKown Cabinet Builders and was a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Cynthia Ann Mullinax Sutherland, of Gaffney, and two brothers, Archel Mullinax and Charlie Mullinax, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Tommy Wright, William Blanton and Mickey Mullinax. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Jay Blanton, Tim Blanton, Billy Pennington, Gary Mullinax, Junior Mullinax and Billy White.
The family is at 136 Darwin Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Beatrice Davis
Cherokee County native
Beatrice Dawkins Davis, 89, of 6418 E. North St., Detroit, Mich., died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at her residence.
Daughter of the late William Dawkins and the late Ever Dawkins, she was a native of Cherokee County.
Surviving are two daughters and a son, Dorothy Epps, Iola Williams and Eddie Dawkins, all of Detroit.
Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church in Detroit.
Compton Funeral Home, Detroit, is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Genola Tate
U.S. Army veteran
Genola Tate of 1011 Otis Place, N.W., Washington, D.C., died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, in Howard University Hospital, Washington.
Born in Gaffney, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Alice Goudelock Tate. She was a graduate of Granard High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington.
Surviving are a son, Keith Tate of the home; a sister, Louise Jordan of Washington; and two brothers, Sammy Tate and Robert Tate, both of Washington.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Asbury United Methodist Church, Washington. Burial with military rites will be in Harmony Memorial Gardens.
Marshall Funeral Home, Washington, is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of The Gilmore Mortuary.)

Sarah Jones
BLACKSBURG – Services for Sarah Richardson Jones of 213 Wilbur St., will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Van Williams. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. at the church.
The Gilmore Mortuary.

Edward Holmes
Father of Gaffney residents
Edward Holmes, 78, of 1518 N. Caroline St., Baltimore, Md., died Jan. 31, 2001, at 6:20 p.m. at his residence.
Surviving are his wife, Rachel Holmes of the home; five daughters, Rachel Williams, Kathy Holmes, Lisa Holmes, all of Baltimore, and Arilla Holmes and Mary Thomas of Gaffney; six sons, Wayne Williams, Preston Williams and Douglas Holmes, all of Baltimore, Eddie L. Holmes and Olee Holmes of Gaffney and James Edward Manning of North Carolina.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Rising Sun Baptist Church in Baltimore with the Rev. James Bull officiating. Burial will be in Garrison Park Cemetery in Baltimore.
Jeff Miller Mortuary, 1639 Broadway, Baltimore, Md., 21213, is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. until the hour of service.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

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