common / 04-11-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Joe D. Cothran
Retired form Eastern Airlines
Joe D. Cothran, 74, of 361 College Dr., died Monday, April 9, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Lorena Robbs Cothran and son of the late Thomas Cothran and the late Evie Gowan Cothran. He was retired form Eastern Airlines and was a former director of Eastern Airlines Federal Credit Union. He graduated from University of South Carolina and was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney. He was a veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Jack T. Cothran of Gainesville, Ga., and James M. Cothran of Cary, N.C.; a daughter, Nancy J. Cothran of Asheville, N.C.; a sister, Florence Davis of Taylorsville, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
Services will beheld Thursday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher chapel conducted by Dr. Joel Sellers. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Shawn Cothran, Jimmy Cothran, Charlie Barnhill, Howard Barnhill, Tommy Lambright and Gavan Leatham.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is inc charge of arrangements.

John Melton
Advertising executive
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Entered into rest, April 5, 2001, at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. John Melton, 60, of 434 Sheffield Circle, Augusta.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Platt’s Crawford Avenue Chapel with the Rev. Allan McDonald officiating. Private burial was held Tuesday, April 10, 2001, in Westover Memorial Park, Augusta.
A native of Gaffney, S.C., he had resided in Augusta since 1964. He was owner and president of John Melton Graphic Services, Inc. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and held a master’s degree in graphic design and advertising. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the U.G.A. percussion drill team. He was an Eagle Scout.
Active in civic affairs, be was a Presidential appointee to the Import/Export Council, served on the Georgia State Consumer Affairs Board and was a governor’s appointee for the State of Georgia Bicentennial Commission.
Locally, he was a former board member of the Chamber of Commerce, Greater Augusta Advertising Club, the Downtown Kiwanis Club and Associates of the U.S. Army. He was also originator and designer of the 1970 “I Love Augusta” campaign and the “Neat Pete” Keep Augusta Clean campaign. Among his many advertising awards was “Best of Show” from the annual Gracee Advertising Awards.
Mr. Melton was also responsible for the construction of and was first general manager of Cablevision of Augusta. Politically, he handled over 100 campaigns, statewide and locally. He created the Augusta-Richmond County logo and prepared many of the city’s tabloids.
Mr. Melton was a member of St. Mary of the Hill Catholic Church, the Augusta Country Club and the Downtown Club.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Reynolds Melton; one son and daughter-in-law, Chip and Shannon Eubanks Melton; one daughter, Melanie Melton, all of Augusta; his father, Chance Melton of Gaffney; and one aunt, Elizabeth Littlejohn of Gaffney.
Serving as pallbearers were O. Torbitt Ivey, Jr., William B. Kuhlke, Larry E. Sconyers, Joseph J. Tankersley, Pierce Blanchard, Richard E. Watson.
If so desired, memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, East Central Georgia Division, 407 Wheeler Executive Center, Augusta, Ga. 30909.
Platt’s Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Ave., Augusta, was in charge of arrangements.

Lewis A. Reece
Retired from FAA
WESTLAND, MI. – Lewis A. Reece, 65, of 37542 Barkridge Circle, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, in Westland.
Mr. Reece, born April 25, 1935, was previously from Summerville, S.C., and was raised in Gaffney. He enjoyed golf and bowling, and enjoyed fixing up older homes, both as part-time business and as a handyman helper for friends. He retired in 1990 from the Federal Aviation Administration as a sector chief, and worked part-time for Raytheon Corp. as an instrument landing systems engineer. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1961. He was also a former member of the local Kiwanis Club.
Surviving are his mother, Flora Reece of Gaffney; a son, Michael Reece of Livonia, MI; a daughter, Teresa Barkley of Macomb Township, MI; two sisters, Joyce Wilkinson of Pensacola, Fla., and Jackie Reece of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Vermeulen Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Leonard Partensky. Burial will be in Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia.
Memorials may be made to St. Vincent-Sarah Fisher Home, 27400 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.

Daisy L. Dawkins
Retired from Modern Laundry
Daisy Littlejohn Dawkins, 82, of 418 W. Carlisle St., widow of David Daw-kins Sr., died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daug-hter of the late Sam Littlejohn and the late Mammie Brown Littlejohn. She was a retired employee of Modern Laundry and was of the Holiness faith.
Surviving are four sons, the Rev. Monroe Dawkins, the Rev. Virgil Dawkins and Clyde Dawkins, all of Gaffney, and Bobby Lee Littlejohn of Orange, N.J.; three daughters, Dorothy Cumberlander, Tina D. Harris and Deborah Harris, all of Gaffney; two sisters, Willie Mae Fleming of Spartanburg and Sarah Jefferies of Gaffney; 22 grandchildren, two of them, Timothy Dawkins and Kelsey Harris, she reared in the home as her children; 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements will be announced by Foster Funeral Home.

Mae J. Murph
Active member of DAR, UDC
COWPENS – Mae Jennings Murph, 79, of 991 Humphries Rd., died Monday, April 9, 2001, at her home.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Mansel A. and Sunie O’Shields Jennings. She attended Winthrop Women’s College and was retired from Delagrave of Spartanburg. She was a member of Whitestone United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the Daniel Morgan Chapter of the NSDAR and the Moses Wood Chapter of the UDC.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Fredrick Murph of the home; a daughter, Eugenie (Jeannie) Fortin of Chesnee; a son, Michael (Mike) Murph of Cowpens; three granddaughters; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m Thursday at Lebanon Cemetery in Whitestone conducted by Guynell Murph Jones. The family will receive friends following the service at Whitestone United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Tamassee DAR School, P.O. Box 8, Tamassee, S.C. 29686; or Lebanon Cemetery Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 664, Whitestone, S.C. 29386.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ida Mae L. McLeod
Retired from Prima Knit
COWPENS – Ida Mae Littlejohn McLeod, 62, of 145 Washington Rd., died Monday, April 9, 2001, at 6:30 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Littlejohn and the late Nancy Wilkins Littlejohn. She was a member of White Plains Baptist Church where was treasurer of the Missionary Society, an usher, a member of the Pastor’s Aid Club and the Gospel Choir, and worked with the Sun Beam, Junior and Senior choirs. She was a retired employee of Prima Knit textile plant and was a graduate of Demark Technical College.
Surviving are a daughter, Colette M. Mitchell of the home; a son, Carl D. McLeod of Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters, Edna L. Durrah and Nancy D. Dawkins of Cowpens; a brother, Robert L. Littlejohn of Bridgeport, Conn.; and eight grandchildren, one of them, Asha V. Lee, she reared in the home as a daughter.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church with the Rev. James Patton Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney, is in charge of arrangements.
Verdell D. Phillips
Services for Verdell Dawkins Phillips, 55, of 805 Anthony St., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Dr. A.L. Brackett, Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and the Revs. James W. Richards and Tony Macomson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Catherine Whelchel
Tennessee resident
WEST KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Catherine Whelchel, 76, of West Knoxville, died Sunday, April 8, 2001.
Mrs. Whelchel was a member of First Baptist Church of Farragut. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Ernest R. Whelchel.
Surviving are a daughter, Terry Whelchel; an adopted daughter, Nancy James; an adopted son, Ron James; an adopted grandson, Tucker James, all of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will meet at Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery today at noon for a graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1705 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, Tenn. 37916.
Rose Mortuary, Mann Heritage Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

David D. Sprouse
Gaffney native
David DeWayne Sprouse, 17, of 116 Summer Dr., died Monday, April 9, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Ricky Sprouse of the home and Kathy Baldwin Tabor of Gaffney. He was a self-employed small engine repairman and was also a drywall worker. He was of the Church of God faith.
Surviving in addition to his parents are stepmother, Kathy Sprouse of the home; stepfather, Brian Tabor of Gaffney; a brother, Michael Sprouse of the home; two sisters, Tina Hall and Leann Tabor of Gaffney; stepbrother, Rocky Hadden Jr. of the home; stepsister, Kathy Leann Hadden of the home; paternal grandparents, Carolyn and Jesse Hopper of Gaffney; maternal grandmother, Jean Ivey of Gaffney; maternal grandfather, Wilson Messer of Georgia; paternal great-grandmother, Nettie Wyatt of Gaffney; step-paternal great-grandfather, Jake Huffstetler of Gaffney; and maternal great-grandmother, Effie Mae Painter of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. Nasser Alawi and Ron Jackson and Mr. Joe Mac Skinner. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at the funeral home and other times will be at the home of Jesse Hopper, 108 Crestmont Dr.

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