common / 08-22-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Edward Burgess, longtime Gaffney
city councilman, is dead at age 76

Edward Sloan Burgess, 76, of 1232 N. Limestone St., died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Anderson, he was the husband of Ruth Sanders Burgess and was first married to the late Jean Becknell Burgess. He was the son of the late James Arthur Burgess Sr. and the late Marie Lipsey Burgess.
Mr. Burgess was retired from Hoechst Fibers and was former owner and operator of Burgess Cash and Carry. He was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church and the Andrew Club at the church. He was a Gaffney City Councilman, a Mason, a veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 109.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Kim Burgess of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Gloria Baker of Gaffney; a step-daughter, Laura Lembke of Stanton, Va.; a step-son, Jay Lancaster of Waynesboro, Va.; a brother, James Arthur Burgess of Gaffney; two sisters, Jo Cash of Gaffney and Sarah Proctor of Kernersville, N.C.: three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Mr. Burgess was preceded in death by a brother, Connie Dean Burgess, and sister, Margaret Lipsey Bolin.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Frank Northcutt, Dr. Clyde Thomas and Dr. James M. Brown. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Cash, Don Cash, Jerry Proctor, Roger Proctor, Larry Burgess and Mike Bolin.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Joe Pitts Sunday School Class and the Andrew Club.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, S.C. 29648; or the charity of one’s choice.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Willie J. Harris
Retired farmer
COWPENS – Willie Jessie Harris, 85, of 131 Justin Dr., died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Nola Martin Harris of the home and son of the late Alfred and Ellen Earls Harris. He was a retired farmer and pulpwood cutter and as of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, mary Turner of Gaffney; seven sons, Bobby, T.J., Billy, Alfred and Pete Harris, all of Cowpens, and Rob and Junior Harris, both of Gaffney; three sisters, Nancy Swofford, Sarah Harris and Marie Massey, all of Cowpens; three brothers, Bob, Jim and Roy Harris, all of Cowpens; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Harris was preceded in death by two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Daniel morgan Cemetery, Cowpens, conducted by the Rev. Billy Guy.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Harris, Johnny Turner, T.J. Harris Jr., Billy Harris Jr., Marshall Harris, Edward Harris, James Harris and Steven Pace.
The family is at the home of T.J. Harris, 220 Seminole Trail, Cowpens, and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney.

Cullen Gaffney
Chef at Cracker Barrel
Cullen Gaffney, 47, of 600 N. Limestone St., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of the late James Gaffney Sr. and the late Jessie mae Wood. He was a graduate of Cowpens High School and a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens. He was a short chef cook at Cracker Barrel in Gaffney.
Surviving are a son, Mike West of Spartanburg; three daughters, Regina Gaffney, Katina Gaffney and Teyana Rice of Spartanburg; three brothers, Otis Michael Gaffney of Cowpens, Jimmy Gaffney and Eric Gaffney of Spartanburg; a sister, Carolyn White of Forestville, Md.; and two grandchildren.
The family in Spartanburg is at the home of Earl and Naomi West, 3201 S. Church St. In Gaffney, the family is at the home of Otis Michael Gaffney, 220 Bunche Circle.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sheila C. Price
Niece of Gaffney residents
Sheila Chamberlain Price of Jacksonville, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001.
She was a native of Philadelphia, Pa., she was a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C.
Survivors include her husband, William Price Sr.; a son, William Price Jr.; a daughter, Amber Price; a special son, Jimmy Hackley; her parents, Laurence and Alethea Chamberlain of Philadelphia; sisters, Alethea (Craig) Chisholm, Lisa Chamberlain, Patricia (Irinec) Sibal, Priscilla Chamberlain; brothers, Laurence (Shawnette) Chamberlain, Christopher Chamberlain; grandmother, Geneva Finney. She was the niece of Rufus and Mildred T. Foster of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Dr., conducted by the Rev. James B. Sampson. Burial will be in Arlington Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation.
The family will receive friends this evening from 5-8 and in the church Thursday from 9 a.m. until the hour of service.
Northside Chapel of Marion Graham Mortuaries, 1504 Gandy St., Jacksonville, is in charge of arrangements.

Harvey L. Wilson Jr.
Son of Blacksburg resident
Harvey Lee Wilson Jr., 57, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, in the Brian Care Center of Brevard, N.C.
Mr. Wilson was a native of Richmond, Va., and son of Harvey Wilson Sr. and Maude Allen Sapoch.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a daughter, Cindy Lee Wilson Consiglio of New Haven, Conn., and a half-brother, Wince E. Sapoch of Orlando, Fla.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the home of Maude Sapoch, 928 Old Chesney Rd., Blacksburg.
Moore Funeral Home, Brevard, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.

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