common / 04-16-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Howard Bass Sr.
Retired auto mechanic
VALE, N.C. — Howard Lee Bass Sr., 85, of 2684 Cat Square Rd., died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at his residence.
A native of White Plains, Ga., he was the husband of Annie Laura Hoyle Bass and son of the late George Washington Bass and Clemmie Ethel Leonard Bass. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a retired auto mechanic. He was a member of Palm Tree United Methodist Church in Vale.
He was preceded in death by brothers Frank, Nelson and Carrol Bass, and sisters Mary Price and Nell Clark.
Also surviving are two sons, Howard Lee Bass Jr. of Blacksburg and George C. Bass of Hickory, N.C.; a daughter, Sara Costner of Shelby, N.C.; two brothers, Donald Bass of Hickory and Robert Bass of Vale; four sisters, Edith Sisk and Mable Hammonds, both of Hickory, and Frankie Mosteller and Helen Shook, both of Conover; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Palm Tree United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Ed Benfield. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston, N.C.
Memorials may be made to Palm Tree United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 129, Vale, N.C. 28168.

Edisto Horton
Retired textile employee
Edisto McCraw Horton, 86, formerly of the Cherokee Creek community, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, in Brookview Healthcare Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Julius Elyn Horton and daughter of the late James Monroe McCraw and the late Lonie Beason McCraw. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are a brother, James F. McCraw, of Boiling Springs.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Mike Frazier.
Pallbearers will be Henry McCraw, Jason McCraw, Henry McCraw Jr., Jerry McCraw, Loyd Lewis and Randall McCraw.
The family is at the home of Mae McCraw, 609 Ashworth School Road, and will receive friends Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Annie Kessaris
Former Gaffney resident
Annie Meta Sykes Kessaris, 79, of Charlotte, died Saturday, April 14, 2001.
A native of Mt. Holly, N.C, she was the widow of George Kessaris and daughter of Annie Gaffney Sykes and Marshall M. Sykes. She was raised and attended school in Gaffney and attended nursing school in Greenville.
She had been a resident of Charlotte for more than 50 years and was a homemaker and member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are five children, Meta Ross of Raleigh, N.C., Dr. James G. Kessaris of Hendersonville, N.C., Mary Severson of Atlanta, Ga., Beverly Jane Kessaris of the home and Kenneth P. Kessaris of Rock Hill; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at McEwen Funeral Chapel conducted by Pastor Percy Burns. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Charlotte, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204.

Phillip J. Pecora
Graveside services for Phillip James Pecora, 87, of 2441 Union Hwy., will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by Father Ray Carlo.
A native of Independence, La., he was the husband of Emma Pittman Pecora and son of the late Salvadore Pecoraro and Anna Levintino. He was a retired colorist for Cherokee Finishing Company and worked at Limestone College and the Y.M.C.A. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in the China/Burma Theatre and was a charter member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Cheryl Pecora of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Josie Larusso of Independence, La.; a son, Phillip Randall Pecora of St. Francisville, La.; and two grandchildren.
The family will be at the home and will receive friends tonight from 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Rev. Boyce Dickson
Services for the Rev. Boyce Howell Dickson, 78, of 521 W. Montgomery St., will be held today at 11 a.m. Park Hill Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. James Holder. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Dickson, Patrick Dickson, Davis Dickson, Anthony Dickson, Andrew Dickson, Nathan Cantrell and Billy Beattie Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Adult Men Sunday School Class.
A native of Cherokee County, Rev. Dickson was retired after 45 years service at Musgrove Mill. He was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church where he was a deacon emeritus and was a former pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. He was a veteran.
Memorials may be made to Park Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 1100 Leadmine Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Emmie R. Teese
Retired schoolteacher
Emmie Rebekah Robertson Teese, 71, of 124 Robinhood Lane, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at her home.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Robertson and Willie Mae Darby Robertson Taylor. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and was retired from the Cherokee County School System, having taught at Granard Junior High.
Mrs. Teese received a graduate degree from Converse College in Spartanburg and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. She lived in Iran for one year and while living in Austria taught at Camp Run for three years. She was a charter member of the Gaffney Little Theatre, past president of the Episcopal Church Women and did much volunteer work. She lived, she died and she touched a number of lives along the way – loving the world.
Mrs. Teese is survived by a son, Geoffrey Teese of Gaffney; a daughter, Susan Haass of Houston,Tex.; and one grandson, Christopher Teese.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation with the Rev. Gordon Hamilton officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
White Columns-Gaffney is in charge of arrangements.

J.B. Camp
Services for J.B. Camp, 77, of 405 W. Birnie St., will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Mikes Creek Baptist Church with Dr. S.M. Johnson, Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., Dr. Leon C. Rector, Dr. C.V. Owens and the Revs. Tony Macomson, Jerry Manning, Curry Wray and James Armstrong 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.

Tony D. McAbee
Nursing home employee
Tony Dewayne McAbee, 31, formerly of Corinth Road, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, in Milledgeville, Ga.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late Linda McAbee and was employed in nursing home maintenance. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sisters, Elizabeth Foster, Susan McAbee and Kayce McAbee, all of Gaffney, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. McAbee was raised by his grandmother, Sarah McAbee of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Tarrant.
Pallbearers will be Josh McAbee, Brad McAbee, Jimmy McAbee, Bobby McAbee and
John McAbee.
Jim Hicks will serve as honorary pallbearer.
The family will receive friends anytime at the home of Elizabeth Foster, 214 Christopher Rd., Gaffney.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Winfred Sims
Winfred Sims, 70, of Charles Brady Center, Pacolet, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at 2:30 a.m. at the Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Minnie Lee Hemphill Sims. and son of the late Dee Dee Sims and the late Lucy Ann Sims.
Mr. Sims was a disabled veteran of the Korean War and attended Bethel Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Janice Dawkins and Marie Sims of Gaffney and Senise Sims of Oxford Hill, Md.; a son, Willie Sims of Gaffney; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Cal Dawkins, 405 Suez St., Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Billy Moore
Graveside services for Billy Boyce Moore, 79, of 418 N. Green River Rd., were held Saturday, April 14, 2001, at Stateline Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Chris Bryan.
Pallbearers were J.Y. Hamrick, Bobo Scruggs, Dan Bostic, Joey Wiggins, Ben McCormick, Kelly McCormick, Ted Bechtler and Travis Vinsett.
Honorary pallbearers were Wayland Cantrell, Keith Mobley and J.C. Hamrick.
Memorials may be made to Stateline Baptist Church Building Fund, 1328 Stateline Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

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