common / 06-25-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Mildred K. Rippy
Retired textile employee
Mildred Kay Garland Rippy, 66, of 2270 Oakland Rd., Forest City, N.C., died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at Hillcrest Adult Care Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Bobby Joe Hawkins and daughter of the late Millard H. and Nettie Wyatt Garland. She was a retired textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son, Bobby Hawkins of Forest City; a daughter, Vicki Leonard of Woodruff; a brother, Millard Lee Garland of Gaffney; two sisters, Ruth Greene and Judy Dover, both of Gaffney; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Jerry Haynes officiating.
McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside, N.C., was in charge.

Opal P. Sanders
Retired mortgage banker
Opal Palmer Sanders, 74, of Fayetteville, N.C., died Friday, June 22, 2001, in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
A member of Carroll Memorial Baptist Church, she was retired after a 30-year career as a mortgage banker in Fayetteville.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Carroll Memorial Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Art Tatum and Tony Buchanan. Burial will be in Lafayette Memorial Park.
Surviving are two sons, Joel Owensby of Hope Mills, N.C., and Jamie Sanders of Seymour, Tenn.; a daughter, Marsha Hinson of Kings Mountain, N.C.; a brother, John H. Palmer of Bunn Level, N.C.; two sisters, Frances Wagstaff of Charlotte and Beverly Putman of Gaffney; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, Fayetteville, is in charge of arrangements.

Virgie H. Eubanks
Retired textile employee
Virgie Harlow Eubanks, 91, of 120 Filter Plant Rd., died Friday, June 22, 2001, in Peachtree Centre.
A native of Gastonia, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Morgan E. Harlow and the late Mahlia Owensby Harlow. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are a niece, Lorene White, of Gaffney and two nephews, Howard (Gene) Harlow of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jim Harlow of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home prior to the service.
The family is at 93 Cypress Dr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29304.

Vera A. Lovelace
Gaffney native
Vera Austell Lovelace, 84, of 3864 Sweeten Creek Rd., Arden, N.C., died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at The Oaks at Sweeten Creek.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Beryl Franklin Lovelace and daughter of the late William Bunyan and Bertha Petty Austell. She was a graduate of Gaffney High School and a member of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg and the Southern Railway Women’s Club.
Surviving are a daughter, Debbie Duncan of Asheville; a son, Richard Lovelace of Spartanburg; a sister, Mary Willie Childers of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Robert C. Morgan.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic, Memorials and Tributes Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058.
The family is at the home of her son at 2131 Oakhurst Circle, Spartanburg.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Norman E. Patrick
Retired from A.V. Wray’s
SHELBY – Norman E. Patrick, 81, of 1300 Hammock Ave., died Sunday, June 24, 2001, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney on Nov. 10, 1919, he was the husband of Helen Humphries Patrick of the home and son of the late William Issac Patrick and the late Emma Blackwell Patrick. He was retired from A.V. Wray’s where he was merchandise manager of the men’s department. A member of First Baptist Church of Shelby, he was a Mason and former member of the Shelby Lions Club and the American Legion.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Patrick was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Keila Anne Patrick.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Don R. Patrick, of Newton, N.C.; a brother, Dean Patrick of Belmont, N.C.; and one grandchild.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church Cemetery in Gaffney conducted by Dr. Roger Aycock and the Rev. Tony Tench.
The family is at the residence where they will receive friends any time.
Clay-Barnette Funeral Home, 1401 W. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, is in charge of arrangements.

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