common / 04-30-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Creola B. Cook
North Carolina native
Creola Barney Cook, 88, of 121 Hampshire Dr., died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in White Oak Manor, Spartanburg.
A native of North Carolina, she was the widow of Clarence Henry Cook and daughter of the late Charlie Barney and the late Cora Bell Wagner Barney. She was a homemaker and member of Providence Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Elaine C. Kennedy of Campobello; two granddaughters, Lori P. Gaffney of Gaffney and Angela P. Shaheen of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four grandsons, Joshua Kennedy of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jacob Kennedy, John Kennedy and Joseph Kennedy, all of Campobello; four great-grandchildren, Jason McSwain, Logan-Lydia Gaffney, Lauren Alexandra Shaheen and John Shaheen.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbie Jo Cook Phillips Hammett, and a son, Jack E. Cook.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Blackwood, O.C. Blackwood, Bill Sarratt, Gary Scruggs, David Vassy, Leon Pridmore, Herbert Sarratt and Bill Honeycutt.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Senior Center of Gaffney, 499 W. Rutledge Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Dorothy K. Douglas
Native of Oklahoma City
BLACKSBURG – Dorothy Kizziah Douglas, 69, of 180 Bear Creek Rd., died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at her home.
A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., she was the wife of Russell Douglas and daughter of the late Ike and Thelma Allen Kizziah. She attended Eastside Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are six sons, Larry Stroup, Ricky Stroup and John Douglas, all of Blacksburg, Clarence Douglas of Bonifay, Fla., Donald Douglas of Anniston, Ala., and William Douglas of Seattle, Wash; three daughters, Pamela Wells of Lawton, Okla., Essie Dove of Vista, Calif., and Carol Stacy of Blacksburg; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Douglas was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Stroup.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Lucky Earls officiating.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at White-Columns Funeral Service, Blacksburg, and other times will be at the home.

Cassie “Lizzie” Phillips
Retired from Pacolet Mills
PAULINE – Cassie E. “Lizzie” Willis Phillips, 84, of 317 Mt. Lebanon Rd., formerly of the White Plains community, Gaffney, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, in White Oak Manor, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Lawrence Phillips and daughter of the late Albarry Turner Willis and the late Sallie Lee Willis. She was a member of Thompson Chapel and retired from Pacolet Mills.
Surviving are two brothers, Willie Albarry Willis of Lyman and Jessie Dean Willis of Cowpens.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel with burial in White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of George and Evelyn Reynolds and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Michael R. Whitaker
Retired supervisor from Springs Industries
Michael Robert Whitaker, 63, of 308 Pleasant Meadows Dr., died Friday, April 27, 2001, in Gibbs Cancer Center at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System after an extended illness of lymphoma.
Born in Gaffney, Mr. Whitaker and his wife, Ramona Moss Whitaker, had been married for 38 years. He was the son of the late Esker Lee and Duett Wells Whitaker. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles “Shorty” Whitaker, and a sister, Lucille Whitaker Cash.
Mr. Whitaker was a graduate of Limestone College and a retired supervisor at Springs Industries after 35 years of service. He was a former deacon and lifelong member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church. He was a member of Granard Masonic Lodge and a Hejaz Shriner.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Randall Whitaker of Pacolet; two daughters, Sharon Cooper and Amy Swink, both of Mooresboro, N.C.; a brother, Joe Whitaker of Gaffney; a sister, Mary Phillips of York; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Frank Northcutt, Stuart Kersey and William Burruss and Dr. Clyde Thomas. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be his nephews: Todd Phillips, Jim Phillips, Bruce Cash, Jimmy Cash, Tony Lavender, Eric Lavender, David Lavender, Mike Plemmons, Robert Plemmons, Hugh Moss, Scott Moss, Richard Thomas and the Rev. Roger Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Bill Moss Sunday School Class and Glenn Oliver, Johnny Campbell, Jerry Bridges, James Steele, Ed McDaniel and Kent Abernathy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340-2539; or Hospice at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family is at the residence.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lavada J. Benge
Homemaker
WELLFORD – Lavada G. Kelly Jolly Benge, 85, of 230 Jordan Creek Farm Rd., died Friday, April 27, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Clifton, she was the widow of William S. Benge and daughter of the late John B. Kelly and the late Olean Morrow Kelly. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are a daughter, Antoinette Jolly Cash Porter of Wellford; a sister, Alma Blanton of Greer; two granddaughters, Kay Cash Walton of Chesnee and Nancy Cash Manor of Gaffney; and three great-grandchildren,
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Lewis Carroll Pope Jr.
The family is at the home of Kay Cash Walton, 145 Gray Fox Run, Red Fox Farms, Chesnee.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Linda W. Terry
Rutherford County native
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Linda White Terry, 53, of 122 Terry Dr., died Friday, April 27, 2001, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John Mauney and Mary Frances White. She was a homemaker and member of Gantts Grove Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Charles Terry, of the home; a son, Rodney Terry of Mooresboro; a daughter, Robin Terry of Mooresboro; and a brother, Dean Hames of Mooresboro.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at High Shoal Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by the Rev. David Jones.
McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside, was in charge of arrangements.

John J. Melton
Retired from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing
ROCK HILL – John Junior Melton, 75, of 4323 York Hwy., died Friday, April 27, 2001, at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was the son of the late John R. Melton and the late Eva Green Melton. He was a charter member of Eastview Baptist Church and was retired from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company with 35 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Foster Melton; two sons, Roger Melton and David Melton, both of Rock Hill; three daughters, Terri Ensley of Chester, Betty Russow and Barbara Russow, both of Gravette, Ark.; a brother, T.R. Blanton of Grover, N.C.; three sisters, Dorothy Sarratt of Gaffney, Annie Robinson of Bostic, N.C., and Julie Hammond of Greenville; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence, 4323 York Hwy.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Eastview Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Joe Turner and Bill Shytle with burial in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Community Care, 325 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730.
Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lester H. Ragan Jr.
Heavy equipment operator
BLACKSBURG – Lester H. Ragan Jr., 60, of 394 Dye Rd., died Friday, April 27, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Ragan was the husband of Jacquelynn Jones Ragan of the home and son of Flossie Hamrick Ragan of Blacksburg and the late Lester H. Ragan Sr. He was a member of East Gaffney Church of God in Gaffney and was a heavy equipment operator. He was a native of Boone, N.C.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two sons, Johnny Ragan of New Jersey and Brian Ragan of Blacksburg; four daughters, Debra Carroll of Shelby, Pamela Edwards of Blacksburg, Michelle Ragan and Missy Swindell, both of New Jersey; four brothers, Ray Ragan of Swannanoa, N.C., Harold Ragan of Black Mountain, N.C., Frank Ragan of Easley and Jerry Ragan of Boston, Mass.; two sisters, Gail Haymen of Texas and Sharon Ragan of Georgia; and 12 grandchildren.
Cryptside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Nassar Alawi officiating.
The family is at the residence.
White Columns-Blacksburg was in charge of arrangements.

Finley R. Dover
Electrician
HICKORY GROVE – Finley Randy Dover, 21, of 2785 Howells Ferry Rd., died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill.
Born in Rock Hill, he was the son of Finley Ricky Dover and Kathleen Jeanette Dover. He was an electrician and a member of Hickory Grove Church of God.
Surviving in addition to his parents are paternal grandfather, Finley Dover, of Hickory Grove and paternal grandmother, Marie Melton Dover, of Hickory Grove.
Services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Hickory Grove Church of God conducted by the Revs. Roger B. Nix and Larry Moss. Burial was in Hickory Grove Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Tony Slaughter, Kenny Dover, C.W. Powell, Jimmy Powell, Jimmy Blevins and Jeff Carpenter.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Memorial Gardens Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 65, Hickory Grove, S.C. 29717.
Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Lee W. Pittman
World War II veteran
NEW BERN, N.C. – Lee Wall Pittman, 89, of New Bern died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in Britthaven Nursing Home.
Mr. Pittman was a veteran of World War II and an active member of Neuse River Baptist Church, serving as lay minister.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kay Daniels.
Services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Neuse River Baptist Church with the Revs. David Pierce and Jack Phillips officiating. Burial was in Greenleaf Memorial Park.
Surviving are his wife, Fannie Pittman; a son, Jerry Floyd Pittman of Mobile, Ala.; five daughters, Sandra Lee Bennett of Minnesota, Faye White, Carol Ware, both of Gaffney, Marshal Johnson and Peggy Stouffer, both of New Bern; a brother, Carl Pittman of Greer; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Neuse River Baptist Church, 3702 Old Cherry Point Rd., New Bern, N.C. 28560.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Frances Duncan
Graveside services for Frances (Billie) Bradford Duncan, 82, of Skylyn Place, Spartanburg, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Stuart Kersey.
Mrs. Duncan died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Skylyn Place.
The family is at 115 Greenbriar Dr., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Maggie F. Wood
Clinton native
Maggie Fletcher Wood, 86, of 1359 Wilcox Ave., died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Betty Grigg, 1355 Wilcox Ave.
Born in Clinton, she was the widow of Carroll R. Wood and daughter of the late Jerry W. Fletcher and the late Alma Britt Fletcher Erwin. She was a housewife and member of Temple Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty W. Grigg and Peggy W. Childers of Gaffney; two step-sisters, Virginia Bales of Simpsonville and Ethel Fallaw of Newberry; a step-brother, George Erwin Jr. of Inglewood, Fla.; four grandchildren, Debra C. Phillips, Kim C. Fowler, both of Gaffney, Tammie C. Phillips of Rock Hill and Lisa Grigg of Blacksburg; five great-grandchildren, Leighlan Fowler, Lexi Fowler, Angel Phillips, all of Gaffney, Allison Phillips and Brittany Phillips, both of Rock Hill.
The family is at the home of Betty Grigg, 1355 Wilcox Ave., Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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