common / 09-10-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Bill Leigh
John William "Bill" Leigh, 65, of Shelby, died Thursday, Sept. 6 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.
A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late John Hudson and Jettie Marie Greene Leigh. He was a member of Lily Baptist Church, a lifetime member of the Unit 18, DAV, a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War and he retired from CA Short.
Surviving are his wife, Sara Nance Leigh of Shelby; four daughters, Charlotte Moore of Polkville, N.C., Jackie Harrison of Greenville, Tex., Michelle Smith of Grover, N.C., and Tammy Sarratt; a sister, Jessie Pearl Poole of Laurens and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with the Revs. John Michael Bridges and Matthew Sarratt officiating.
Burial will follow at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va., 23058-5216.

Lota Payne
WARE SHOALS - Lota Griffith Payne, 94, of 913 Old Shoals Junction Road, widow of Fred N. Payne died Saturday at Magnolia Place in Greenville. She was born in Garfield, Ga., a daughter of the late George W. and Kate Boatwright Griffith. She was retired nurse, Self Memorial Hospital, member of Ware Shoals First Baptist Church and Eastern Star Boyd Bobo Chapter.
Surviving are two sons, G. Fred Payne of Simpsonville, William Payne of Charlotte; two brothers, Virgil Griffith of Saluda, James Griffith of Charlotte; two sisters, Vivian Webb of Saluda, Kate Mullinax of Ware Shoals, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Ware Shoals First Baptist Church with the Rev. Leon Jones officiating. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Payne Scholarship Fund of Greenville Tech Foundation, P.O. Box 5616, Greenville, S.C. 29606.
Visitation will be held Monday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Ware Shoals First Baptist Church.

Margaret Humphries
Funeral services for Margaret Phillips Humphries, 90, of 1513 Boiling Springs Highway were held Saturday at Grassy Pond Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
A Gaffney native, Mrs. Humphries was the widow of the late Winford Humphries and the daughter of the late Josephus Phillips and Jennie Blanton Phillips.
She was retired from Oxford Industries and a member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons Max Gene Humphries and Dwayne Humphries, both of Gaffney; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Warren Bonner, Lamont Hamrick, Benny Phillips, Pat Phillips, Mitchel Humphries and Eckles Phillips.
Memorials may be made to the Grassy Pond Baptist Church Building Fund at 254 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Frances Seals
Frances Virginia Jones Seals, 66, of 153 Coyl Hill, died Friday, Sept. 7 at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A Gaffney native, she was the wife of Garland Seals and the daughter of the late Forest and Mildred Coyle Seals.
She was retired from textiles and a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son Mike Seals of Gaffney; three daughters, Ann Painter and Cindy Batchler of the home and Penny Sellars of Gaffney; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Childers.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Delos Blanton. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Ray Payne, Scott Dover, Billy Dover, Rudy Sellars, Roger Echols, Tim Seals, Josh Echols and Ken Starnes.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Childers, Rocky Childers and Reggie Childers.
The family is at the residence.

Pearl Snipes
Pearl Turner Snipes, 87, formerly of Clyde, N.C., died Saturday, Sept. 8 at Brookview Healthcare Center.
A Cherokee County native, she was the widow of John Snipes and the daughter of the late James Robert Blanton and Ellen Humphries Blanton.
She was the retired training manager of Cato's Women's Apparel and a member of Shelton Laurel Mission in Clyde, N.C.
Surviving are a daughter, Raymoth Phillips of Gaffney, four grandchildren, Benae Pennington and Carol Gallman of Gaffney, Angie Hill of Greenville and Doug Abernathy of Charleston; two step-grandchildren, Randall Phillips of Gaffney and Alison Phillips of Cowpens; five great-grandchildren and one step-greatgrandchild. Also, two sisters, Marian Veclavek of Greenville, Fla. and Eunice Perry of Albuquerque, N.M. and a brother, Jack Blanton of Aztec, N.M. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Abernathy.
Visitation will be held Monday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Shuford Hatcher Chapel. Burial will follow at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Todd Gallman, Tripp Hill, Shane Pennington, Josh Gallman, Robert Prevatte, Louie Blanton, Doug Abernathy and Wayne Sellars.
The family is at the residence of Raymoth Phillips at 103 Ridgeway Road in Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

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