common / 03-16-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Albert Gibson
Retired from Cherokee County Sheriff’s Dept.
Albert W. Gibson, 78, of 223 Carolyn Dr., died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Ruth Benton Oakes Gibson and son of the late Joe Gibson and the late Effie James Gibson. He was retired from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and Oxford Industries and was also a retired insurance agent. He was a member of the Cherokee County Fraternal Order of Police, the Civilian Conservation Corps and Southside Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy Gibson Nodine of Gaffney; a son, Wayne Gibson of Pickens; two step-daughters, Sandra Brasington of Lithonia, Ga., and Cindy Matthews of Gaffney; a step-son, Roger Oakes of the home; two grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Revs. Charlie Wilborn, Alan Peeler and Harry Crosby and Dr. Ray Addison.
Pallbearers will be Gerry Addison, David “Butch” Gibson, Dr. John Ray Addison, Larry Mull, Tim Gibson and Bill Blanton.
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family is at the residence.
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 to the Cherokee County Fraternal Order of Police, Birnie Street, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Marie D. Goforth
Retired seamstress
PACOLET – Marie Dillard Goforth, 80, formerly of 180 Hart St., Pacolet, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at White Oak Manor, Spartanburg.
Born in Mineral Bluff, Ga., she was the widow of Walter Harold Goforth and daughter of the late James W. Dillard and the late Mollie Burgess Dillard. She was a former seamstress for Belk and Ivey’s department stores and was a member of First Baptist Church of Pacolet.
Surviving are two sisters, Beulah D. Carpenter and Jean D. Huggin, both of Charlotte, N.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Goucher Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Dr. James M. Brown.
The family is at their respective homes and will receive friends following the service.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Donald Jackson
Retired textile employee
Donald Jackson, 63, of 258 Old Bridge Rd., died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Edith Ramsey Jackson of Gaffney and the late L.D. Jackson. He was a retired textile employee and a member of Faith Baptist Church.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Donnie Jackson of Shelby and Tim Jackson of Gaffney; a daughter, Frances “Susie” Upchurch of Gaffney; three sisters, Betty Reynolds, Wanda Pittman and Carolyn Jackson, all of Gaffney; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-7:30 at White Columns-Gaffney and other times will be at the home of his mother at 258 Old Bridge Rd.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Delos Blanton. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Ellis, Danny Helms, Gary Pennington, Tom Pennington, Grady Upchurch and Larry Pennington.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Upchurch, Wayne Pittman, T.J. Jackson, Michael Jones and Randy Jackson.

Billy E. Phillips
Gaffney native
Billy Eugene Phillips, 71, of 615 W. Smith St., died Thursday, March 15, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Peggy Hulsey Phillips and son of the late Felix Clarence Phillips and the late Vergie Spencer Phillips. He was retired from the S.C. Highway Department and was a retired security guard from Hamrick's Inc. He was a veteran and member of Buffalo Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Shera Donna Phillips of the home; a brother, J.H. Phillips of Gaffney; a grandson, Brian Keith Phillips; and two great-grandsons, Trevor Phillips and Trent Phillips.
Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Dean Phillips.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. Parker A. Hulsey and Randy Phillips. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Hulsey, Bob Hulsey, Johnny Hulsey, Furman Hulsey, Steve Hulsey and Jason Brown.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence, 615 W. Smith St.

Vera Mae Jones
Spartanburg County native
PAULINE – Vera Mae Shipman Jones, 75, of 520 Groce Rd., died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A lifelong resident of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Horace Glover and Pearl Vinson Shipman. She was retired from Nancy’s Fashions and Service America and was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church and the Ladies Bible Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Euitt S. Jones Sr., on Dec. 16, 1997.
Surviving are three daughters, Dorothy “Dot” Lee and Aileen Turner, both of Spartanburg, and Cathy Byars of Gaffney; a son, Euitt S. Jones Jr. of Spartanburg; a sister, Carolyn S. Watts of Roebuck; a brother, Horace Shipman of Inman; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Shipman, and a sister, Nell S. Bailey.
Services will be held today at noon at Philadelphia Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Roland L. Dry and the Rev. Larry Fleming. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee, 425 Gibson Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, c/o Minnie Pearl Research Network, 250 25th Ave., Suite 412, Nashville, TN 37203.
Lanford-Pollard Funeral Home is in charge.

Keith Kirby Sr.
Gaffney native
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. – Claude Keith Kirby Sr., 79, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001.
Mr. Kirby was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Gaffney. He was the husband of Louise Collins Kirby and son of Albert B. and Effie (Bird) Kirby. He earned a degree in ceramic engineering from N.C. State in Raleigh and moved in 1986 to Fayetteville where he was a member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Keith Kirby Jr. of Woodstock, Ga., and Glenn A. Kirby of Dallas, Ga.; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at C.J. Mowell & Son Chapel conducted by the Rev. Glenn Stringham. Burial will be today at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fayetteville First Baptist Church Building Fund, 205 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, Ga. 30214.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Fayetteville, is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Charles D. Cooper Sr.
Retired from Timken
Charles Dewitt Cooper Sr., 70, of 253 Chestnut Ridge Rd., died Thursday, March 15, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Edna Wilkie Cooper and son of John Verdie Cooper of Gaffney and the late Violet Millwood Cooper. He was retired from Timken Inc. and was a member of Abingdon Creek Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a son, Chuck Cooper of Gaffney; a daughter, Ann Phillips of Gaffney; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Jay Cooper and Donnie Cooper, both of Gaffney; and a sister, Grace Reynolds Perkett of Gaffney.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Ray Cooper.
Services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. Bill Lutz and Joel Gardner. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Kent Morris, Danny Reynolds, Lee Rey-nolds, Dean Painter, Kenneth McDaniel, Ray Cooper, Steve Wilkie and Mitchell Calvert.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the home of Ann Phillips, 195 Tansi Trail.

Hazel P. Alexander
Cherokee County native
PAULINE – Hazel Annette Parker Alexander, 63, of 1120 Mount Lebanon Rd., died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of James Crawford Parker of the Goucher community and the late Juanita Hunter Parker and step-daughter of Jessie Mae Parker. She was a member of West Springs Baptist Church and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9539 for 25 years. She was formerly employed by Drayton Mill.
Also surviving are her husband, Homer B. Alexander; two daughters, Karen Janette Lindsay of Spartanburg and Juanita Marie Keller of Inman; a step-daughter, Sandy Beheler of Pauline; a step-son, James Clement Alexander of Pauline; a sister, Polly Ruth Teaster of Pacolet; a brother, Dennis Parker of Goucher community; three grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at West Springs Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Henry Johnson and Fred Quidley. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel is in charge.

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