common / 04-02-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Clarence Hampton
Retired Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church pastor
The Rev. Clarence Earl Hampton, 94, of 205 Pleasant Meadows Dr., died Friday, March 30, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Magdalene Johnson Hampton and son of the late Earley Hampton and the late Ola Horne Hampton. He was a retired minister and member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church and the American Association of Retired Persons. He was a graduate of Gardner-Webb College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Also surviving are a brother, Roy Hampton of Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister, Maude Smith of Gastonia, N.C.
In addition to his parents, Rev. Hampton was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Lee Hampton and Charlie Hampton.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church conducted by Dr. M.P. Hampton, Dr. Clyde Thomas and the Revs. Frank Northcutt and Stuart Kersey. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Bill Blanton Sr., Jack Allison, Phil Ellis, Billy Moss, Jim Lavender, Bill Blanton Jr., Billy Hardin and Dan Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be ministers of the area and his nephews along with Bill Gibbons, Ray Mabry, A.Z. McDaniel, Nelson Broome, Earl Mathis, George Price, Sam Taylor and Jack Millwood.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, S.C. 29648; or Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

David M. Rumfelt
Fluor Daniel electrical foreman
David Marion Rumfelt, 57, of 521 Chatham Ave., died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at his home.
A native of York County, he was the husband of Ethel Gordon Rumfelt and son of the late Rembert Marion Rumfelt and the late Marcell Partlow Rumfelt. He was an electrical foreman for Fluor Daniel Construction Company and was a member of the Elks Lodge and VFW. He was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, David Marion Rumfelt II of Blacksburg; a daughter, Cynthia Diane Rumfelt of Gaffney; a brother, William Rumfelt of Blacksburg; a sister, Ann Potter of Spartanburg; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Elm Street Church of God conducted by the Rev. Gary Bell. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Brown, Doug Brown, Wayne Brown, Ken Branch, Joe Rodgers and Mike Ballenger.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Robert L. Hamrick
Retired auto dealer
SHELBY– Robert Lee Hamrick, 65, of 2612 W. Dixon Blvd., died Friday, March 30, 2001, at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Graham Washburn Hamrick Sr. and the late Rosie Lee Thomas Hamrick. He was a retired automobile dealer.
In addition his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Graham Hamrick Jr.; a step-grandson, David Dain; a daughter, Martha Hamrick; and a son, Harold Dean Hamrick.
Surviving are three sons, Ricky Hamrick, Buren Hamrick, both of Shelby, and Robert Hamrick of Marion, N.C.; stepchildren, Ricky and Keith Messick of Shelby; seven sisters, Faye H. Mullinax of Gaffney, Louise H. Wray of Earl, N.C., Bessie H. Goins of Cherryville, N.C., Margaret H. Martin, Ellen H. Quinn, both of Rock Hill, Hildred H. Elliott of Polkville, N.C., and Mildred H. Williams of Charlotte; a brother, Arthur Hamrick of Polkville; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel conducted by Dr. Paul Sorrells. Burial was in Faith Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Beaver Dam Baptist Church, 123 Beaver Dam Church Rd., Shelby, N.C. 28152.
The family is at the home of Bessie Goins, 109 Pine Ave., Cherryville, N.C.

Curtis L. Starnes Sr.
Retired from Purina
Curtis Lee Starnes Sr., 91, of 810 Railroad Ave., died Sunday, April 1, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Union County, N.C., he was the husband of Mary Pittman Starnes and son of the late Brice Starnes and the late Ollie Robertson. He was a retired employee of Purina and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Chesterfield County.
Also surviving are two sons, Curtis Starnes Jr. of Gaffney and Franklin Starnes of Mt. Crughan, S.C.; a sister, Annie Bell Williams of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Ron Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Starnes, Bo Starnes, Phillip Deaton, Darrell Starnes, Earnest Starnes and Jimmy Starnes. Jimmy Pirkey will serve as honorary pallbearer.
The family is at the residence where they will receive friends anytime today.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Flora E. White
BLACKSBURG – Services for Flora Ellis White, 81, of 504 W. Cherokee St., were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Broad River Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Norman Philbeck. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Don White, Frank Owens, Bill Marrow, Jeff Hardin, Calvin White and Keith Porter.
Memorials may be made to Broad River Baptist Church BTF Fund, 419 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
White Columns-Blacksburg was in charge.

Thomas R. Swain
New York City native
Thomas Robert Swain, 59, of Apt. 93, Connecticut Village, died last week at his residence.
A native of New York City, he was the son of the late Thomas R. Swain Sr. and the late Ethel Wilson Swain. He was an Army veteran and a retired real estate office manager at Crestview Villa.
Surviving are three sisters, Thomasina Carter, Fredericka Blakley and Linda Ann Swain of the Bronx, N.Y.; and a brother, Louis Jordan of New York City.
Memorial services will be held in the Bronx, N.Y. Burial will be in Franklin Memorial Cemetery, New Brunswick, N.J.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James W. Tate
Services for James Wardell “Rusty” Tate, 61, of 100 52nd St., Cleveland, Ohio, husband of Naomi B. Tate, will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Mount Tabor Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrell W. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mount Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be his nephews and nieces, respectively.
The family is at the home of Victor Tate, 2403 Beech St., Gaffney.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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