common / 05-30-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Gertrude B. McKeon
Decorated WWII flight nurse
Gertrude B. McKeon, 85, of Tampa, Fla., a decorated World War II flight nurse, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 26, 2001, at Manor Care of Carrollwood.
Mrs. McKeon is survived by her husband, Col. Thomas M. McKeon of Tampa; her son, Thomas M. McKeon, and wife, Dr. Martha A. Price, of Tampa; her daughter, Sandra B. LaScola, and husband, Anthony LaScola, of Wilmington, MA; her sister, Helen Benish Ziegler of Richmond, Va.; her grandchildren, Laura Walsh, and husband, Brian Walsh, of Melrose, MA, Michael A. Pastore of Wilmington, MA, and Bri Anne and Price McKeon of Tampa; and her great-grandchildren, Zachery Tyler Strong and Brandon Patrick Walsh, both of Melrose, MA.
Mrs. McKeon was born in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., and was the daughter of the late Andrew and Frances Tassinger Benish. She graduated from Carson High School in 1933 as the valedictorian of her class. She completed her registered nursing training at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C. She also worked for the Veterans Administration.
She entered the U.S. Army at Fort Lee., Va., in the grade of Second Lieutenant in 1942 as a surgical nurse. She graduated from Air Evacuation Flight Training School at Bowman Field, Louisville, Ky., where she received her flight wings. As a First Lieutenant, she served with 810th Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron, IX Troop Cassir Command in the European Theatre of operations. She participated in four major campaigns – Normandy, Northern France, Andennes and Rhineland, evacuating wounded personnel to France, England, and the United States.
Mrs. McKeon received the Air Medal with seven clusters for her exemplary nursing skills and bravery and also received the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle East Campaign Medal, Victory Medal WWII and Army of Occupation Medal. She was a life member of the National Fight Nurse Association and a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. She was also a charter member of both the Women’s Memorial and the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
A funeral mass for the repose of her soul will be celebrated Thursday, May 31, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, Fla., with Father John Blum officiating. The family will receive friends following the Mass at their home, 2416 W. Prospect Rd., Tampa, 33629.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzhiemer’s Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, 9365 U.S. Hwy. 19 North, Pinellas Park, FL, 33782, may be made in her memory.
Blount, Curry & Roel, Tampa, is in charge of arrangements.

Grace L. Littlejohn
Grace Leona Littlejohn, 64, formerly of Gaffney, died Sunday, May 27, 2001, in Southland Healthcare Center, Florence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Paul Littlejohn and the late Beulah Fowler Littlejohn. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are her sister, Juanita Fowler, of Pacolet.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Goucher Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Tim Fowler. The family will receive friends after the service.
The family is at the home of Juanita Fowler, 162 Silver Springs St., Pacolet.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty S. Horne
Retired from Milliken
UNION – Betty Spencer Horne, 61, widow of John Henry Horne, of 519 Lakeview Heights, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at her residence after a brief illness.
Mrs. Horne was born in Union on Aug. 30, 1939, a daughter of the late William Toy Spencer and Mary Bessie Spencer Spencer. She was a member of Fairforest Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, Martha Chapter 79. She was a graduate of Union High School and was retired from Milliken Company.
Surviving are a daughter, Kelly Dawn Horne of the home; a son, John David Horne of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Carl (Frances) Millwood and Mrs. Sam (Louise) Fant, both of Columbia, and Mrs. Gene (Wilma) Adams of Union; a brother, David Spencer of Inman; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fairforest Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Aulbrey Calvert and Joe Stover. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Honorary escort will be Rod Horne, Dennis Crocker, Dean Spencer, Larry Millwood, Barry Millwood, Blaine Moss, Jerry Fant, Lloyd Spencer Jr., Billy Spencer, Robert Spencer, Ricky Spencer, Philip Burnett and Ken Burnett.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 7-9.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice, Suite 300, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Irby C. Windham
Retired from S.C. Electric and Gas Company
SPARTANBURG – Graveside services for Irby Caldwell Windham, 90, formerly of Columbia, were held Sunday at 2 pm. at Elmwood Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Dean S. Clyde.
Mr. Windham died Thursday, May 24, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after a short illness. A native of West Columbia, he was the widower of Dorothy Hill Windham and son of the late Charles Walker and Theodosia Dunlap Windham. He was educated at New Brookland High School and retired from South Carolina Electric and Gas after 40 years of service. He was a member of Park Street Baptist Church for 54 years and was an active member of the Harvester’s Sunday School class. He was a 60-year member of Acacia Masonic Lodge and was a Past Master.
Surviving are his daughter, Diane Coggins, of Gaffney; grandchildren, Georgane Coggins and Ashley C. Taylor; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Park Street Baptist Church, 2204, Park St., Columbia, S.C. 29201; or to Carolina Children’s Home, 3201 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, S.C. 29204.
Dunbar Funeral Home, Gervais Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

William R. Hurt
Retired corporate pilot
William Robert Hurt, 68, of 810 Twin Bridge Rd., died Friday, May 25, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Johnston, S.C., he was the husband of Pat Mosley Hulsey Hurt and son of Evelyn Murrell Hurt of Spartanburg and the late William A. Hurt. He was a retired corporate pilot and a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg. He graduated from The Citadel and was a U.S. Air Force pilot veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two sons, Lt. Col. William R. Hurt Jr. of Bonaire, Ga., and John Michael Hurt of McDonough, Ga.; a daughter, Katherine Sarah Hurt of Columbia; a sister, Nancy H. Burrill of Spartanburg; four step-sons, James Hulsey, Philip Hulsey, both of Gaffney, Jeffrey Hulsey of Seneca and Alan Hulsey of Inman; five grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Roger Aycock and the Rev. Dan Morrison. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were James Hulsey, Jeffrey Hulsey, Philip Hulsey, Alan Hulsey, Charles Parker and Joe Herlong.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Grassy Pond Baptist Church Building Fund, 254 Grassy Pond Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or to SRMC Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ray H. Parris
Retired from Modern Laundry
Ray Harrill Parris, 79, of 150 Garvin Lake Rd., died Monday, May 28, 2001, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Thora White Parris of the home and son of the late Dewey and Myrtle Millwood Parris. He was a retired manager of Modern Laundry and Dry Cleaners and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Also surviving are two sons, Bruce W. Parris of Florence, Ky., and Kevin R. Parris of Columbia; two daughters, Gail E. Wood of Gaffney and Jill Polhemus of Palm Bay, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Eric V. Parris.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home and will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8:30 at White Columns-Gaffney.

Clara Mae Scruggs
Homemaker
Clara Mae Mabry Scruggs, 74, of 1266 Chesnee Hwy., died Monday, May 28, 2001, in Wallace Thomson Hospital, Union.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Harry H. Scruggs and daughter of the late Roland Forrest Mabry and the late Flora Clary Mabry. She was a homemaker and member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She graduated from Gaffney High School and attended Limestone College.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a sister, Mrs. Jerry Estes, of Rock Hill and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Scruggs was preceded in death by her sisters, Viola M. Bonner and Mary Rose Mabry, and brothers, Lewis W. Mabry, Malcolm W. Mabry and Madison Mabry.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Estes, Nelson Alexander, Perrin Powell, Mike Mabry, Bo Mabry, Ed Small and Joe Osborne.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church, 216 Macedonia Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Katherine B. Thornburg
Beautician
Katherine Byars Thornburg, 84, of 139 Northey St., died Monday, May 28, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Thornburg was native of Cherokee County. She was the widow of A.J. Thornburg and daughter of the late Charley Byars and the late Kate Hensley Deaton. A beautician, she was owner of Mother and Daughter Beauty Salon and was a member of Beech Street Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a granddaughter who was raised in her home, Sandra B. Greene of Gaffney; two great-grandsons, Charles Shuford Greene Jr. and Christopher Joel Greene, both of Gaffney; and a sister, Mildred Skinner of Gaffney.
Mrs. Thornburg was preceded in death by a daughter, Joann Thornburg Byers, and a sister, Maxine McClure.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by Bill Gibbons and Ashby Blakely.
The family will receive friends anytime at the home of Sandra Greene, 134 Northey St.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Queen Esther Watkins
Retired from Southeastern Kusan
Queen Esther Camp Watkins, 79, of 520 W. Robinson St., died Monday, May 28, 2001, in Brookview HealthCare Center.
Wife of J.B. Watkins of the home, she was born in Cherokee County and was a daughter of the late John and Lilla Petty Camp. She was a member of Buck Shoals Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, member of the Senior Missionary and former treasurer of the Pastor’s Aide. She was a retired employee of Southeastern Kusan.
Also surviving are two daughters, Alfrieda Bonner and Susie Phillips, both of Gaffney; four granddaughters, including Jervonda Watkins of Gaffney who was reared in her home; a brother, James Camp of Jefferson City, Tenn.; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Buck Shoals Baptist Church with the Revs. T.E. McDowell officiating, assisted by the Revs. Mark Lattimore, Tony Macomson, L.J. Valentine and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Jessie Valentine and the Trustees of Buck Shoals.
Honorary bearers will be the Deaconess Board members of Buck Shoals. Flower bearers will be Julia Lattimore, Inez McCluney, Winnie Kirby, Janet McCluney, Kathy Camp and Mary Ann Jefferies.
The Gilmore Mortuary.

Bessie P. Haile
Services for Bessie Pickett Haile, widow of R.H. Haile who was a funeral director and former national president of the Mortician Association, will be held on Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Camden First United Methodist Church, 704 W. Dekalb St., Camden.
Visitation will be tonight at the church from 6-7:30.
Mrs. Haile was a member of Camden First United Methodist Church and owner and operator of Haile Funeral Home, 1313 Campbell St., Camden.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Haile’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Jean S. Waters
Jean Sims Waters of 2106 W. View Terrace, Silver Springs, Md., died Thursday, May 24, 2001, at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Springs.
A native of Union, she was the daughter of the late Rev. A.A. Sims, a former pastor of Limestone Baptist Church in Gaffney, and the late Ethel Sims. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church of Atonement in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the Women’s Club, sang in the choir and served in other organizations. She was a member and officer of the Bennett College Alumni Club and was a supervisor of one of the social service departments in Washington.
Services will be Friday at the Episcopal Church of Atonement with burial in Maryland.
Surviving are her husband, James Waters of the home; a son, Michael Waters of the home; two sisters, Mary S. Moorer of Spartanburg and Lucia Riggins of Quakertown, Pa.; and one grandson.
McGuire Funeral Home, 1400 Georgia Ave., Washington, D.C., is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

William C. Smith
BLACKSBURG – William Carl Smith, 72, of 509 Indian Springs Rd., died today, May 30, 2001, at his home.
A native of York County, he was the husband of Gladys Campbell Smith and son of the late James Walter Smith and the late Macey Ramsey Smith. He was a retired textile employee and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church where he was a former deacon.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, William L. Smith and David L. Smith of Blacksburg; two daughters, Annette S. Hamilton of Charlotte and Sue S. Gregory of York; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Smith of Blacksburg and Charles Wesley Smith of Smyrna; five sisters, Doris Comer and Margie Smarr, both of Hickory grove, Inez Adair of Rock Hill, Frances Moore of Blacksburg and Mary Ellen Rollins of Gaffney.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter Jones Smith and Glenn Smith.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Gordon Mortuary is in charge.

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