common / 03-09-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Larry (Butch) Ward
Gaffney native
Larry I. (Butch) Ward of Charlotte died Saturday, March 3, 2001. He was 60.
Mr. Ward was born in Gaffney, son of the late Esteleen and Paul D. Ward. He was a resident of Lifespan, Inc., group and one of the original clients in the St. Mark’s program some 26 years ago. He was also a student at Lakeview Center.
Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday March 6, at Forest Lawn West Cemetery conducted by Rev. Gary D. Jones of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Mr. Ward is survived by his sister, Kathy Alexander, and her husband, Jay, of Matthews; a niece, Emily Alexander, of Matthews; and aunts, Dot Seigler and Hazel Huskey, both of Gaffney.
Butch had the great fortune to have been cared for by loving and devoted caregivers, most recently and especially by Eva Verbal and the loving, caring staff of Oak Street Home. It is the desire of the family that memorials be sent in his memory to Lifespan, Inc., 200 Clanton Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28217, and be earmarked for the Oak Street Home.
Lowe Funeral Home of Charlotte was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy L. Lanier
Retired from J.P. Stevens
YORK – Dorothy Elizabeth Ligon Lanier, 80, of 141 Tirzah Rd. Ext., died Monday, March 5, 2001, at Ebenezer Nursing Home.
Born in Blacksburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles Ligon and Lola Gordon Ligon. She was a member of Tirzah Presbyterian Church where she was active in the afternoon circle and the Sunday School Adult Class. She was a retiree of J.P. Stevens Industrial Plant with 30 years of service.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. David (Betty) Carroll and Thelma L. Barnum, both of York; and a brother, Joe Ligon of York.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Tirzah Presbyterian Church conducted by Dr. James McGill and the Rev. Jan Senneker. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Rd., Rock Hill, and other times will be at the home of her daughter, Betty L. Carroll, 141 Tirzah Rd., Ext., York.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tirzah Presbyterian Church, 180 Tirzah Rd., York, S.C. 29745; or Tirzah ARP Church, 6161 Mt. Gallant Rd., York, S.C. 29745.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

John R. Boheler
Owner of Boheler’s Grocery
BLACKSBURG – John Robert Boheler, 75, of 549 Kings Creek Dr., died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Born in York, he was the husband of Doris Westmoreland Boheler and son of the late Herby Boheler and the late Martha Bolin Dover. He was a heavy equipment operator and member of Smyrna Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II and was owner and operator of Boheler’s Grocery Store.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Glenda B. Norman of Clover, Audrey B. Farris of Blacksburg and Angela B. Blanton of Kings Creek; a brother, Bill Dover of Kings Creek; four sisters, Janice White, Sue Walker, Dorothy Wells, all of Kings Creek, and Shirley White of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Smyrna Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Ralph Lail and Joe Mullis. Burial will be in Canaan Methodist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Smyrna Baptist Church, 1613 McGill Hwy., Smyrna, S.C. 29743.

Fred O. Thomas Sr.
Active Mason and Shriner
Fred Olean Thomas Sr., 86, of 2228 S. Peninsula Dr., Daytona Beach, Fla., died Sunday, March, 4 2001, at his home.
Born in Union, he was the husband of F. Polly Thomas and son of the late Clyde P. Thomas and the late Ella Lister Thomas. He was a retired supervisor at Burlington Textile Plant and was a former motel owner.
Mr. Thomas was a member of Central Baptist Church in Daytona. He was a Mason for 65 years and a Shriner for 55 years with the Bahia and Oasis Temples, the White Shrine of Jerusalem and Eastern Star No. 169 of Gastonia, N.C. He received a 60-year Diamond Jubilee Certificate and other awards for his work with the Shriners Hospitals and Burn Centers.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Fred O. Thomas Jr. of Gainesville, Fla.; a daughter, Priscilla P. Grimes of Mt. Holly, N.J.; three grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1-1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family is at the home of Wilma Self, 704 1/2 Thompson St., Gaffney.

Charles S. Scott
U.S. Army, Air Force veteran
Charles Steven Scott, 74, of 103 Hickory St., died Sunday, March 4, 2001, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.
A native of Greenwood, he was the husband of Aubrey Lee Carpenter Scott and son of the late John Henry Scott and the late Kathy Scott. He was a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran of World War II and a retired maintenance employee of Duke Power Company at Cliffside, N.C. He attended Dunton United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Steve Scott of the home, Anthony Scott of Elm Hurst, N.Y., Vincent Scott and Bevin Carpenter, both of Gaffney; five daughters, Donna Scott, Renee Scott, Linda Carpenter, all of Gaffney, Cheryl Camery of Victoria, Va., and Barbara Steward of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four brothers, Benjamin Scott of New York City, Roosevelt Scott of Anderson, Frank Scott of Greenwood and Oscar Lee Scott of Philadelphia, Pa.; three sisters, Winnie Mae Lane of Philadelphia, Pearlie S-+cott and Beatrice Scott, both of Capitol Hill, Md.; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Betty C. Varner
Former KOSA employee
BLACKSBURG – Betty Carroll Varner, 56, of 425 N. Charleston St., died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Brookview Healthcare Center in Gaffney.
A native of York County, she was the daughter of the late John Ham and Ruby M. Carroll. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a former employee of KOSA in Shelby.
Surviving are a daughter, Melissa Huskey of Gaffney; a brother, William Carroll of Blacksburg; a sister, Thelma “Tency” Elliott of Blacksburg; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Dr. Billy Boone officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at White Columns-Blacksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Youth Fund, 511 Cherokee Falls Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge of arrangements.

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