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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Dr. Cooper A. Smith
Veteran educator, author
Dr. Cooper A. Smith, 68, of 1911 W. Buford St., husband of Doris Davis Smith, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at 5:30 a.m. at his residence.
Born in the Kings Creek community of Blacksburg, he was the son of the late Amzi Smith and the late Gertrude Corry Howell Smith. He attended Hopewell Presbyterian Church in his youth and was a charter member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, Clerk of Session, Sunday School teacher and superintendent. He was a 1951 graduate of Blacksburg Centralized High School and received a B.A. degree in English from A&T University, Greensboro, N.C. He received post graduate degrees from Howard University, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Atlanta University, receiving his Ed.D. in 1975.
Dr. Smith taught English at Spartanburg Senior High School and was principal at Mary H. Wright Elementary School from 1975-1984. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a medic in Korea in 1952-1954.
He was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship for Doctoral Studies in 1973; the Ford Foundation Leadership Development Program Fellowship in 1969; the District Star Teachers of the Year in 1969; and the Service to Mankind Award in 1999 by the NAACP. He had served on the Spartanburg County Arts Council board of directors, president and program chairman of the Spartanburg Sertoma Club and editorial board of S.C. Principals magazine.
Dr. Smith wrote and published short stories, magazine articles and essays. He occasionally served as a columnist for The Gaffney Ledger and as a freelance columnist for The Charlotte Observer.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Kim Cooper Smith of the home; a daughter, Chineta Goodjoin of Spartanburg; two brothers, Gilbert Howell and Fleetwood Howell of Greensboro; seven sisters, Malinda Whiteside of Blacksburg, Chineta Gamble of Columbia, Md., Doris Holt of Salisbury, N.C., Evangeline Goodwin of Westbury, N.Y., Getna Ashe of Baltimore, Md., Valentine Allen of Scotch Plains, N.Y., and Ruby Hargrove of Freeport, N.Y.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tommy Suber, Rev. Danny Mitchell, Rev. Dan Youngblood, Rev. Dr. David L. Wallace and Rev. Dr. Bill Lancaster officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Blacksburg.
The family will receive friends Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. He will lie instate at 12:45 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be Scott Spencer, Terrace Carpenter, Paul Fowler, Eric Tyus and Tramell Goodjoin.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, executive board of Cherokee County Branch of the NAACP, Gaffney Mayor and City Council officials, Inspirational Players of Spartanburg, Foothills Presbytery representatives and co-workers of Spartanburg schools.
Flower bearers will be Latanya Carpenter, Rosa Webber, Daisy Dover, Asha Earl, Laverne Jefferies, Gayle Watkins, Lisa Johnson and Fannie Bonner.
In lieu of flowers, make a contribution to the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in the name of The Cooper A. Smith Scholarship Fund. Checks may be sent to Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta, Ga. 30314; or to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2203, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Aaron R. Simmons
Son of Gaffney resident
Aaron Richard (Banker) Simmons, 28, of 1427 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, N.C., died Monday, April 2, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he was the son of Don Simmons of Des Moines and son and stepson of Rita Winger Banker and Lanny Banker of Gaffney. He was self-employed in a cleaning service and was of the Lutheran faith.
Surviving in addition to his parents and stepfather are two sisters, Dawn Morris of Charlotte and Robin Campbell of Des Moines.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Glenn Englehardt.
The family is at 110 Salem Rd., Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aaron Simmons Memorial Fund, c/o Rita Banker, 110 Salem Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Gary Reynolds
Retired corrections officer
Gary Eugene Reynolds, 59, of 614 Corinth Rd., died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Pineville, Ky., he was the husband of Roxanne Schaal Reynolds and son of the late Louis Reynolds and Garnett Browning Reynolds. He was retired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections where he worked as a corrections officer.
Mr. Reynolds was a member of the National Rifle Association and Cherokee County Amateur Radio Club and was of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are a daughter, Gena Henderson of Gaffney and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Corinth Volunteer Fire Department, 484 Corinth Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; and the Cherokee Crisis Helpline, 302 S. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
The family is at 336 Minkum Rd., Gaffney.
White Columns-Gaffney is in charge of arrangements.

Inez W. McAbee
Mother of Gaffney resident
YORK – Inez White McAbee, 94, of 446 Blessed Hope Rd., died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at White Oak Manor Nursing Home, York.
Born in York, she was the widow of James Franklin McAbee and daughter of the late David Allen White and the late Margaret McAbee White. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Union Baptist Church in York.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, James Allen McAbee; her granddaughter, Marsha George Privette; and her great-grandson, Lee Taylor George.
Surviving are five daughters, Thelma McAbee Hartsoe, Evelyn McAbee George, Jean Barley, all of York, Reola McAbee Rowlan of Cramerton, N.C., and Grace McAbee Eskew of Gaffney; a sister, Grace White Blackwelder of Fort Mill; 15 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Union Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Alan Price and Shannon Duncan. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Bratton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the activity department at White Oak Manor Nursing Home, 111 S. Congress St., York, S.C. 29745; or to the York Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 644, York, S.C. 29745.

Eula Karian
Retired from Bulova Watch Co.
Eula Black Karian, 94, formerly of 521 W. Montgomery St., No. 14 Westwind Apts., died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Magnolia of Spartanburg where she lived.
A native of Cherokee Falls, she was the widow of Simon H. Karian and daughter of the late Gerald Eldrige Black and the late Martha Jane McDaniel Black. She was retired from Bulova Watch Co. and was a member of West End Baptist Church where she was an active volunteer.
Surviving are a brother, Marvin Black, of Nevada and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Kevin Childs.
The family is at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, 400 Overbrook Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lula Mae Sims
Cherokee County native
Lula Mae Sims, 69, of 1468 5th Ave., New York City, N.Y., widow of Abraham Sims, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, in North Hospital, New York City.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Ed Byers and the late Alma Holiway Byers. She was a member of Mt. Oliver Baptist Church in New York City and the Order of Eastern Stars.
Surviving are two daughters, Loretta M. Byers of Gaffney and Brenda Andrew of Queens, N.Y.; three sisters, Evelyn White of Capitol Heights, Md., Beatrice Ali and Ruby Wallace of Charlotte; a brother, James E. Byers of Cowpens; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Hattie Mae Smith
Retired from Sunny Slope Farms
Hattie Mae Davis Smith, 79, of 407 S. Logan St., widow of Deacon Harry Smith, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at 4 a.m. at her residence.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Davis Sr. and the late Elnora Davis Armstrong. She was the stepdaughter of the late Davis Armstrong. She was a member of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Cowpens and served on the Usher Board and Missionary. She was a retired employee of Sunny Slope Farms Packing Shed.
Surviving are four sons, Bobby Dean Smith, Grant Anthony Smith and Robert Lee Smith of the home and Harry Lee Smith of Gaffney; two sisters, Alice Thompson of Greer and Lillie Ophelia Littlejohn of Cowpens; three brothers, Davis Armstrong Jr. of Chesnee, Scott Armstrong Sr. and Henry Armstrong of Cowpens; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church conducted by Dr. James W. Sanders Jr. and the Revs. C. Dennis Rector, Dorothy Davis, Annette Gardner, Clara Shell. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Armstrong, Melvin Armstrong, Randy Armstrong, Rickey Armstrong, Wesley Armstrong, Watson Armstrong, Bobby Davis, Shawn V. Littlejohn and Vincente T. Littlejohn.
Flower bearers will be Nora Armstrong, Peggy Armstrong, Shemika Armstrong, Therash Ann Armstrong, Brenda Davis, Betty Davis, Patricia Harris, Sarah Lou Jackson, Joyce Gibbs, Frances Moore, Evelyn McAbee, Danita Littlejohn, Ann Littlejohn, Michelle Littlejohn and Sandra Thompson.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nellie Jolley
Yancy County, N.C., native
Nellie Adkins Jolley, 93, of Mooresboro, N.C., died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at White Oak Manor, Shelby.
A native of Yancy County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Perry and Hattie Miller Adkins and was a homemaker and member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buren Jolley, and a daughter, Blanche Jolley.
Surviving are a son, Danny Jolley of Cliffside; two daughters, Ruth Allred of Caroleen and Jennie Hudgins of Boiling Springs, N.C.; a sister, Alo Phillips of Burnsville; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Greg Qualls. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of Jennie Hudgins, 220 Toney St., Boiling Springs.
McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside, is in charge of arrangements.

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