common / 04-23-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

John J. Vinesett
Retired from Duracell, USA
LANCASTER – John J. Vinesett, 73, of 609 N. Catawba St., died Friday, April 20, 2001, in Springs Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Vinesett was born on Dec. 24, 1927, in Gaffney, the son of the late Orrin Vinesett and Dolly Mae Mace Vinesett. He was retired from Duracell, USA, and served in the United States Army during World War II. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are five sons, Tommy Mace of St. John, Kan., Daryl Mace, Wayne Vinesett, Harold Vinesett and Steve Vinesett, all of Gaffney; two daughters, Susan Childers of Gaffney and Teresa George of Westminster; a brother, Otis Vinesett of Gaffney; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Mr. Vinesett was preceded in death by a daughter, Belinda Vinesett.
Services will be held at 11 a.m today at Hartley Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Mike Hammond. Burial will be in Lancaster Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Hartley Funeral Home, 1800 Charlotte Hwy., Lancaster, is in charge of arrangements.

Herman A. Huffstetler
World War II veteran
Herman Andrew Huffstetler, 88, of 703 Providence Rd., died Sunday, April 22, 2001, in Yorktown, Va.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late J.A. Huffstetler and the late Mamie Moore Huffstetler. He was a retired textile employee and member of Providence Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are two daughters, JoAnn Wakelyn and Joyce Childers, both of Yorktown, Va.; a son, Dempsey Huffstetler of Newport News, Va.; two brothers, Johnny Huffstetler and Clarence “Tiger” Huffstetler, both of Gaffney; four sisters, Sarah Clary, Lucille Mosley, Juanita Pettit, all of Gaffney, and Patsy Richardson of Simpsonville; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Huffstetler was preceded in death by a son, Earl Dean Huffstetler.
The family is at the home of Johnny Huffstetler, 510 S. Limestone St.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the World War II Memorial Fund, Courthouse Plaza II, Suite 501, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Adjuel Childers
Retired manager of Farmers Cooperative Exchange
Adjuel Childers, 81, of 525 Peeler Creek Rd., died Sunday, April 22, 2001, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Gaffney, he was the widower of Mary Osment Childers and son of the late Wardell Childers and the late Keulah Parris Childers. He was a retired manager of the Farmers Cooperative Exchange and a member of Draytonville Baptist Church. He was a veteran.
Surviving are two daughters, Ann Mathis and Brenda Parker, both of Gaffney; two foster daughters, Caroline Stanley of Gaffney and Darlene Lee of Utah; three sisters, Mary Coyle of Gaffney, Gladys Bratton of York and Lydia Lee of Mississippi; two brothers, Wendell Childers and Onnie Childers, both of Gaffney; six grandchildren; two foster grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence of Brenda Parker, 502 Peeler Creek Rd.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Fred Thompson Sr.
U.S. Army, Air Force veteran
Frederick (Fred) Monroe Thompson Sr., 73, of 444 Boiling Springs Hwy., died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Rosa Wilson Thompson and widower of Audrey Bullman Thompson. He was the son of the late Olin V. Thompson and the late Evelyn Wren Thompson.
Mr. Thompson was a retired painter and member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Dianne Reeves of Daytona Beach, Fla., Tanya Cooper and Towanna (LaLa) Wilson, both of Gaffney; two sons, Frederick Thompson Jr. of Gaffney and Michael Thompson of Six Mile; two sisters, Margaret Smith of Gaffney and Carolyn Moss of Blacksburg; a brother, Olin Thompson of Columbia; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Frank Northcutt. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Tony Thompson, Kirk Thompson, Robbie Moss, Jim Davis, Troy Cooper and James Wilson.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SRMC Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 360, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.

Nellie Mae Mathis
Retired LPN
Nellie Mae Parker Mathis, 76, of 714 Shady Grove Rd., died Friday, April 20, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Earl Mathis and daughter of the late Edgar Horace Parker and the late Lula Mae Ferguson Parker. She was a retired LPN, a homemaker and member of Trinity Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Leonard (Butch) Mathis of Gaffney; four daughters, Linda Sentell of Gaffney, Teresa Brown of Anderson, Becky Goode of Hickory, N.C., and Sandy Lynch of Melbourne, Fla.; a brother, Bill Parker of Cherokee Falls; three sisters, Judy Martin of Clifton, Joan Simmons of Gaffney and Barbara Puszert of Buffalo, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Alester McKinney. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Ruppe, C.B. Reynolds, Brian Herrin, Richard Beaty, Dennis Martin and Floyd Queen Jr.
The family is at the home of Linda Sentell, 708 Shady Grove Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Methodist Church, 115 Filter Plant Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John W. Eckley Jr.
Retired textile product manager
John William Eckley Jr., 51, of 134 Lois Lane, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Greenville, he was the husband of Ilene Gantt Eckley and son of John William (Bill) Eckley Sr. of Gaffney and the late Francesca Kosakowski Eckley. He was a retired textile product manager and a member of Church of the Covenant.
Also surviving are four sons, Wes Eckley and Chris Eckley, both of the home, Philip Gary of Wilkesboro, N.C., and William Gary of Spartanburg; two grandchildren; and a brother, Ross Eckley of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Roy Dobyns. The family will receive friends at the residence following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to River Hills Baptist Church, 5762 Reidville Rd., Moore, S.C.; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8031, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Inez R. Byars
Cherokee County native
Inez Rawlison Byars, 80, of Apt. F-71, Limestone Courts, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of William Byars and daughter of the late Walter Rawlison Sr. and the late Dora Armstrong Rawlison. She was a member of Gowdesyville Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sisters, Addie Baker of Arlington, Va., Dora Littlejohn and Virginia Dover of Gaffney; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

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