common / 07-06-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Kenneth H. Earls
Iron worker
Kenneth Howard Earls, 47, of 902 N. Logan St., died Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at his home.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Luisa Burlon Earls and the late Howard Earls. He was an iron worker and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a brother, Johnny Earls, of Gaffney and a sister, Patricia Duffie of Spartanburg.
Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church conducted by Father Ray Carlo. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Earls Jr., Donald Elder, Jimmy Robinson, Mike Byers, Danny Crowe and Buddy Upchurch.
The family is at the residence.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Grady M. Griffin
Farmer and truck driver
YORK – Grady Miller Griffin, 74, of 462 Ramah Church Rd., died Wednesday, July 4, 2001, in Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill.
A native of York County, he was the son of the late Jackson Grady Griffin and the late Carrie Boheler Griffin. He was a farmer and truck driver and a veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Griffin was the widower of Kathleen Humphries Griffin and was a member of Enon Baptist Church in Smyrna.
Surviving are three sons, Larry Griffin, James Griffin and Bill Griffin, all of York; four daughters, Jolene Griffin of Gaffney, Teresa Griffin of York, Kathy G. Parker and Sandra G. Caton, both of Rock Hill; a sister, Evelyn G. Falls Carter of Rock Hill; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Enon Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Hoyt Abrams and Roger Hamm. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Bratton Funeral Home, York, is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette B. Ramsey
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Jeanette Broom Ramsey, 91, of 112 Martin Ridge Rd., died Wednesday, July 4, 2001, in Peachtree Centre, Gaffney.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Winston “Tib” Ramsey and daughter of the late Roland Thomas and Virgie Northey Broom. She was a member of Christian Fellowship.
Surviving are five sons, Paul Ramsey, Olin Ramsey, Henry Ramsey and Ralph Ramsey, all of Blacksburg, and Marvin Ramsey of West Monroe, La.; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Broom; brothers, Boyd Broom, Rochelle Broom, L.D. Broom and James Broom; and a sister, Hilda “Gallie” White.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at White Columns-Blacksburg and other times will be at the home of Olin Ramsey, 819 Bear Creek Rd., Blacksburg.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church with the Rev. Willie Lanier officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Morris Ramsey, Bruce Ramsey, Robert Eng, Lee White, Reese Ward and Dwayne Ramsey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Fellowship Church, 516 Peeler Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge of arrangements.

Donald E. Lester Sr.
Former owner Don’s Welding
Donald Eugene Lester Sr., 62, of 841 Main St., West Columbia, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, in Lexington Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Edna Lucas Lester of the home and son of the late Luther and Coreen Clary Lester. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gaffney. He was former owner of Don’s Welding in Gaffney and at the time of his death was associated with US1 Metro Flea Market in Lexington.
Surviving are a son, Donald E. Lester Jr. of Gaffney; four daughters, Rebecca Queen, Teresa Blackwell, Joyce White, all of Gaffney, and Deborah Mullinax of Simpsonville; two brothers, Charles Lester of Gaffney and Wayne Lester of Blacksburg; two sisters, Nancy Mesten of Ocean Isle, N.C., and Jane Teague of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m at Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery with Father Raymond Carlo as celebrant.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-7:30 at White Columns-Gaffney and other times will be at 1428 Ford Rd., Gaffney.

Mabel L. Towery
Retired from Oxford
Mabel Louise Perkins Towery, 83, of 109 Walnut St., died Thursday, July 5, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Lowell, N.C., she was the widow of Lloyd Lee Towery and daughter of the late Lemuel Perkins and the late Myrtle Glenn Perkins. She was retired from Carolina Apparel-Oxford and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Eddie Dean Towery of Gaffney; a daughter, Linda Carol Conner of Chesnee; two grandsons, Brian Cooper of Chesnee and Brandon Towery of Gaffney; a granddaughter, Susan Blackwell of Chesnee; three brothers, Edward Perkins of York, Kenneth Perkins of Greensboro, N.C., and Harold Perkins of Clover; and two great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Nellie Towery, 1317 S. Johnson St.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Vera A. Bennett
Florida native
Vera Alice Bennett of 155 Goucher School Rd., died Wednesday, July 4, 2001, at her home.
A native of Florida, she was the widow of Luther Bennett and daughter of the late Clarence Monroe and Theresa McClain Harris.
Surviving are two sons, Jesse Warmack Jr. of California and Thomas Warmack of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Wanda Love of Gaffney; a sister, Frances Boersma of Odessa, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A private funeral service will be held.
White Columns-Gaffney is in charge of arrangements.

Ervin E. Blackwell
S.C. Highway Dept. employee
Ervin Eugene Blackwell, 55, of 402 River Dr., died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at his home.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Janice Rebecca Hutchinson Blackwell and son of the late Henry Leagon and the late Annie Mae Blackwell Benton. He was the stepson of the late Horace Benton.
Mr. Blackwell was employed by the S.C. Highway Department and was a member of Little Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters and sons-in-law, Jessica and James Allen, Vickie and Chad Walker and Crystal and Scottie Scruggs, all of Gaffney; a son, Bobby Blackwell of Gaffney; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two stepsons, Broadus Mason Thompson and Grady Lee Thompson, both of Gaffney; two stepdaughters, Judy Thompson and Ann Thompson, both of Gaffney; and his former wife, Betty Blackwell of Gaffney.
Services were held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cherokee Falls Missionary Fellowship conducted by the Revs. Lucky Earls and C.W. Upton. Burial was in Little Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chad Hamrick, James Allen, Amos Holcomb, Walker Moses, Donnie Mullinax and Dean Hayes.
The family is at the residence.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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