common / 06-22-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Avis L. McGaha
Rutherfordton, N.C., native
Avis Lynch McGaha, 92, of 1005 Briarwood Lane, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at her home.
Born in Rutherfordton, N.C., she was the widow of Burton Luther McGaha and daughter of the late Marcus Lynch and the late Ella Jackson Lynch. She was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Coleen M. Oliver, Shirley M. Pool, both of Gaffney, and Modeen M. Patterson of Greenville; a son, Jimmy McGaha of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. McGaha was preceded in death by a daughter, Burnice Whisnant.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas and the Revs. Stuart Kersey and Frank Northcutt. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Ed Oliver, Mike Henderson, Terry Whisnant, Nathan McGaha, Barry Morgan, Andy Oliver, Jacob Morgan, Ben Oliver, Grayson Oliver and Zack Whisnant.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.

Sharon M. DeStaffino
Wife of former Gaffneyite
PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Sharon Marie Phelan DeStaffino, 56, of 5771 Dogwood Rd., died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at her home after a nine-year battle with cancer.
Mrs. DeStaffino was the wife of Don DeStaffino, a former resident of Gaffney. She was born in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone, to the now late Eldon Leon Phelan and the late Mary Alice Doud Phelan.
A memorial service will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Cardwell/Maloney Funeral Home, 3571 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, Fla. Relatives will receive friends at the funeral home between 3 and 4 p.m.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Lewis, Michael and Patrick; two grandchildren, Sarah and Emily; two brothers, Charles of Pensacola, Fla., and James of Port Orange; and a sister, Lisa.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice.

Maurice M. Bridges
Associated with Bridges Lumber in Blacksburg
BLACKSBURG – Maurice Mason Bridges, 90, of 104 Colonial Heights Dr., died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Norene M. Bridges and son of the late George W. and Frances Bettis Bridges. He was a member of Blacksburg First Baptist Church and was associated with G.W. Bridges Lumber Yard from 1954-1972.
Mr. Bridges served during World War II with the Merchant Marines. He was a Mason and member of Buffalo Lodge 202. A Shriner and member of the Hejaz Temple, he was a member of the Eastern Star-Ruth Chapter 12. He was a past Explorer Scout leader.
Surviving are his children – Beverly B. Camp of Blacksburg, Mason B. Collins of North Myrtle Beach and David J. Bridges of Columbia; three sisters, Grace B. Collins of Lake City, Ruth B. Mann of Springfield, Ill., and Ruby B. Turney of Altometa, Fla.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Bridges was preceded in death by a brother, Edmund H. Bridges, and a sister, Beth B. Byers.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Blacksburg First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Reid officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Gaffney, with Masonic rites.
Pallbearers will be David Hogue, Wayne Cobb, Sonny Sealy, Phil Wilkerson, Hubert Gault and Frank Thayer.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at White Columns-Blacksburg and other times will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee County Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1896, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to First Baptist Building Fund, 121 W. Cherokee Ave., Blacksburg, S.C. 28702.

Vada C. Sellars
Homemaker
COWPENS –Vada Cash Sellars, 90, of 1900 Battleground Rd., died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Paul Sellars and daughter of the late John Cash and the late Alice Garrett Cash. He was a homemaker and member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Surviving are a granddaughter, Teri B. Lee of Cowpens; a grandson, Mike Belue of Gaffney; seven great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Sellars Belue, and a son, Jack Sellars.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Ray Caldwell and Dr. Robert Kirby. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at the home.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church Building Fund, 250 Mt. Olive Rd., Cowpens, S.C. 29330.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ida V. Grant
Services for Ida Vera Grant, 66, of 2350 Valentine Ave., Bronx, N.Y., will be held at noon Saturday in the Gilmore Mortuary Chapel, Greer.
Local survivors are Johnny and Emma Wood Grant.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Linda Cannon, 105 Ackley Rd., Greenville.
The Gilmore Mortuary.

Freddie Lee Carter
Cherokee County native
Freddie Lee Gibson Carter, 64, of 126 Roy’s Farm Rd., died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, in Rutherford County (N.C.) Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Jimmie Lee Carter and daughter of the late Fred Gibson and the late Mildred McDaniel Gibson Robertson. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Bobby Bolin of Ellenboro, N.C., and Ricky Bolin of Gaffney; a daughter, Teresa Haney of Gaffney; a sister, Doris Gordon of Gaffney; a brother, Keith Robertson of Gaffney; step-father, H.B. Robertson of Gaffney; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by a son, Steve Carter.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Will Vergara.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the home.

Patricia Propst
Services for Patricia Elaine Propst, 29, of 132 Kings Rd., will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Indian Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Mary D. Jefferies, Lawrence Davidson, Michael A. Bridges, Anthony Watson and Dewey Whittenburg officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be her cousins and friends.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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