common / 05-02-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Odell Martin
Retired from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing
YORK – Madison Odell Martin, 91, of 931 Turkey Creek Ridge, died Monday, April 30, 2001, in Piedmont Medical Center.
Born Dec. 23, 1909, in Cherokee County, Mr. Martin was a son of the late Ross B. Martin and Susie Alice Moss Martin. He was the widower of Lottie Gunn Martin.
Mr. Martin retired from the rayon department of Rock Hill Printing and Finishing with 31 years of service. He loved Southern gospel music and visiting shut-ins. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas E. “Ed” Martin of Mt. Holly, N.C., and M. Calvin Martin of Sharon; three daughters, Roberta M. Howell of York, Frances M. Porcher of Columbia and Lois Louise M. Mathias of Cayce; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Sharon Baptist Church with Dr. James Mooney and the Rev. James Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 at York Funeral Home, 7 S. Congress St. The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Martin, 3360 Shillinglaw Rd., Sharon.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, P.O. Box 667, Mauldin, S.C. 29762.

W.C. Keller Jr.
Owner of W.C. Keller and Son Construction Co.
William Clarence “W.C.” Keller Jr., 77, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Juliet Lemmons Keller and son of the late William Clarence and Ola Huskey Keller Sr. He was owner of W.C. Keller and Son Construction Company and was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a son, James William Keller of Provo, Utah; a daughter, Judy K. Parris of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, James H. Keller of Gaffney; two sisters, Marbelle K. Phillips of Spartanburg and Eileen K. Edge of Greenville; two granddaughters, four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Keller was preceded in death by a brother, Elbert Keller.
Cryptside services will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Kevin Childs and Ronnie Cox officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery from 4-5 p.m. Thursday and other times they will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church Building Fund, 400 Overbrook Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or to Providence Baptist Church Building Fund, 822 Providence Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
White Columns-Gaffney is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas J. Leake
World War II veteran
LYMAN – Thomas Jefferson Leake, 85, of 1 Groce Rd., died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Clinton, he was the widower of Thelma Scott Leake and a son of the late Thomas J. and Maude Fuller Leake. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lyman and a retired employee of Embree and Read Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Norma and Harold Mullinax of Lyman; a brother-in-law, James M. Conn of Apollo Beach, Fla.; nieces, Leann Mullinax of Greensboro, N.C., Gail Windell of Rock Hill, Cathy Pitts of Vero Beach, Fla., and Vivian Murray of Goffstown, N.H.; and nephews, Scott Mullinax of Greenville and Bobby Conn of Florida.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Blanche G. Burger.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney conducted by the Rev. Jay Thompson.
Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. today at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The Wood Mortuary, Greer, is in charge of arrangements.

Edith L. Butler
Gaffney native
CORONA, N.Y. – Edith Lucille Butler, 56, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Corona.
Born in Gaffney, she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Ella McCollum Butler.
Surviving are a son, Michael Carson, and a daughter, Nicole Carson, both of the home; a brother, Nelson Butler of Gaffney; and two sisters, Ruth Galmon and Helen Camp, both of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. The Gilmore Mortuary.

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