common / 09-24-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Lemual B. Simmons
BLACKSBURG – Services for Lemual Beatrice McElwee Simmons, 80, of 213 Seven Springs St., wife of Thomas Simmons, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Van Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m., at which time the family will receive friends until the hour of services.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

James Towery
Retired from J.P. Stevens
BLACKSBURG – James “Jim” Samuel Towery, 83, of 539 Dravo Rd., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Valley Falls Terrace Nursing Home.
Born in Cleveland County, N.C., he was the husband of Sarah Spake Towery to whom he had been married for 41 years. He was the son of the late Lawrence B. Towery and the late Nan Bowman Towery. He was a retired doffer from J.P. Stevens and was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Harold Towery of Lincolnton, Dale Towery and Roger Towery, both of Wisconsin; two stepsons, Michael Spake and Stanley Spake, both of Blacksburg; a daughter, Carolyn Towery of Wisconsin; two step-daughters, Frances Randall of Shelby and Peggy Griffin of Blacksburg; two brothers, Clyde Towery of Mount Holly, N.C., and Sonny Towery of Lawndale, N.C.; two sisters, Pearl Towery Cooper of Lattimore, N.C., and Thelma Towery Johnson of Shelby; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Cleveland Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Billy Boone.
The family is at the residence of Manuel Spake, 516 Dravo Rd., Blacksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, 215 Patton Dr,. Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston, N.C.

Thomas F. Bobbitt
Carpenter
Thomas Fleming, as he was called, was adopted and raised by his uncle, Johnnie Bobbitt, and aunt, Bessie Bobbitt, in Littleton, NC.., after his mother died. He learned, then worked the carpenter trade through the Bobbitt family. He met and married Iola L. Taylor, while remodeling a store in Gaffney.
The family moved to Falls Church, Va. He was one of many carpenters who built the Pentagon and one of the last to leave. He was especially known in Washington, D.C., for his finish work, remodeling many offices along L Street. He retired to Halifax, N.C., then to Lake Monticello to be near his daughter, Sylvia Ardinger, and her family.
He is survived by his wife, Iola L. Bobbitt; a daughter, Sylvia B. Ardinger of Lake Monticello; three sons, Robert F. Bobbitt of Flagstaff, Ariz., Joseph M. Bobbitt of Asheville, N.C., and Kenneth F. Bobbitt of Leesburg; a half-sister, Dawn S. Taylor of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; a half-brother, Grady Shcarin of Roanoke Rapids; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Hill and Wood Chapel conducted by the Rev. June Clifford. Burial will be in Gaffney at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Gardens with graveside services.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 1490 Pantops Mountain Pl., Charlottesville, Va. 22911.
Arrangements by Hill and Wood Funeral Home. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Inez B. Thompson
Charter member of Bethany Baptist Church
Inez Byars Thompson, 92, of 414 E. Knott St., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of William Jackson Thompson and daughter of the late Joe Byars and the late Leila James Byars. She was a homemaker and member of Bethany Baptist Church where she was the oldest charter member.
Surviving are four daughters, Juanita T. Wells of Pacolet, Jo Anne T. Wilson and Rebecca T. Reynolds, both of Gaffney, and Patricia L. Thompson of the home; a half-sister, Era Garner of Gaffney; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a half-sister, Margaret Scruggs; a sister, Vera Byars Petty; and a brother, Frank Byars.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 5 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Revs. Bill Lutz and Donnie Padgett.
Pallbearers were Aaron Snipes, Billy Reynolds, Tim Schultz, Randy Fortune, Keith Johnson, Rick Turner, James Higgins and Danny Higgins.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Brotherhood Fund, 215 Wilkinsville Hwy., Gaffney, S.C. 293490.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Roger D. Ogle
PACOLET – Services for Roger Dale Ogle, 63, of 120 Short Dr., were held Saturday at 4 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Bennie Davis and Fred Quigley and Mr. Joey Ogle. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joey Ogle, James Henry, Dennis Scruggs, Danny Smiley, Bob Smiley and Roger Lail.
The family is at the home of Letha Ogle, 540 Green River Rd., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to White Plains Baptist Church, 206 Soap Stone Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Columbus H. Porter Jr.
Member of S.C. Basketball Officials
Columbus H. (Dick) Porter Jr., 52, of 1003 Burnt Gin Rd., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, in Gaffney.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Frances Allison Stroupe Porter and son of the late Columbus H. Porter Sr. and the late Frances Ledford Porter. He was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church and employed by Piedmont Natural Gas Company. He was a member of the South Carolina Basketball Officials.
Also surviving are a daughter, Crystal Largy of Gaffney; a son, Ronald Porter of Springsale, Ark.; two stepsons, Donnie Adler and Justin Adler, both of Gaffney; two stepdaughters, Ginger Lipscomb and Melody Bradley, both of Gaffney; two brothers, Richard Porter of Blacksburg and William M. Porter of Laurens; two sisters, Yvonne Blanton of Pacolet and Diane Price Hill of Gaffney; and five step-grandchildren.
Mr. Porter was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Price.
Services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Todd Braswell and Robert Ivey. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Steve Sparks, W.B. Cook, Tommy Lipscomb, Jimmy Davidson, Cobb Barnhill and Bobby Ellis.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the S.C. Basketball Officials and employees of Piedmont Natural Gas Co.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Draytonville Baptist Church, 179 Draytonville Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home

Harold O. Jones
Retired textile employee
Services for Harold Oscar Jones, 85, formerly of 402 Beech St., were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kirby Memorial Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Rich Lancaster and John Goforth. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Van Addis, Hunter Jones, Kevin Coyle, Maxie Lytle, Wells Gossett, Wayne Ruppe and Dustin Jones.
The family is at the home of Shirley Addis, 919 8th St.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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