common / 09-28-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Ricky J. Fowler
Textile employee
Ricky James Fowler, 48, of 419 Edgewater Dr., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001, at his home.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., he was born on April 28, 1953, and was the son of the late James Alford Fowler and the late Nancy Joyce Metcalf Fowler. He was employed in textiles as a weaver and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Nancy Fowler of Tulsa, Okla., and Mary Catherine Fowler of Gaffney; three brothers, Doug Fowler of Gaffney, Jerry Fowler of San Antonio, Tex., and Marvin Fowler of Rutherfordton; and grandmother, Mary Sue Metcalf of Spindale, N.C.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Crowe’s Mortuary and Chapel in Rutherfordton conducted by the Revs. Ron Boone, Bob Bagwell and John Petty. Burial will be in Spindale City Cemetery.

Wilma F. Earls
Retired textile employee
Wilma Frances Whelchel Earls, 100, formerly of 402 E. Montgomery St., died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, in Brookview Healthcare Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Seymore Bolin Earls and daughter of the late Ebbin Bunion Whelchel and the late Nannie Spencer Whelchel. She was a retired textile employee and the oldest member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Earl Wells of Columbia and Nick Wells of Gaffney; a daughter, Dawn Wells Bridges of Gaffney; six great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Delma Gordon of Blacksburg, Ruby Tucker of Rock Hill, Margaret Turner of Gaffney and Catherine White of Spartanburg; and a special friend, Charles Loftis.
Mrs. Earls was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Wells.
Graveside services will be held today at 2:30 Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Richard Duncan. The family will receive friends at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home from 1-2 p.m. prior to the services.
Pallbearers will be Buck Dover, David Vassy, Charlie Lee, Kenneth Branch, Wesley Townsend, Louie Mizell, Henry Jolly, Gary Kabakoff, Roger Jones and Lee Ramsey.
The family is at the home of Dawn and Eddy Bridges, 410 E. Montgomery St.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 531, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Homer L. Robertson
Gaffey native
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Homer Lee Robertson, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001, in Scottsdale.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Rose Kasprazak Robertson and son of the late James Franklin Robertson and the late Lois Robertson. He graduated from Gaffney High School in 1941 and served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II. He was retired from the Phoenix Area School District.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Linda Davis of Scottsdale; two sons, John Robertson of San Diego and Frank Robertson of Denver; two sisters, Frances R. Childers and Evelyn R. Clary, both of Gaffney; a brother, Dean Robertson of Spartanburg; and one grandson.
Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Robertson.
The funeral will be at Messinger Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Raymond L. Johnson
Security guard at Oxford
Raymond Lloyd Johnson, 77, of 116 Martin Lane, Apt. 405, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Sarah Catherine Driskill Johnson and son of the late Felix Johnson and the late Ida Caldwell Johnson. He was a security guard for Oxford Industries and was of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Hilda Jordan of Blacksburg, Jean Parker an Sandra Bolin, both of Gaffney; a son, Bryan Johnson of Jonesboro, Ark.; two sisters, Lizzie Mae Fowls and Rosa Lee Price, both of Gaffney; one grandchild; seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by a son, Olin Johnson; brothers, Junior Johnson, Mitch Johnson, Marvin Johnson and R.C. Johnson; and sisters, Margie Driskill, Lorene Allison and Florence Carroll.
Graveside services will beheld Saturday at 2 p.m. at Frederick memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Delos Blanton.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 6-7 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Meal son Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 566, 301 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Cynthia Thomas
Former H&R Block employee
Cynthia Elaine Thomas, 35, of 112 Martin Lane, Apt. 805, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, at 12:20 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of Corine Thomas Davis and Thomas Columbus Davis. She was a member of Green Bethel Baptist Church and served as a member of the adult choir. She was a 1984 graduate of Gaffney High School and 1989 graduate of Vorhees College. She was last employed by H&R Block Tax Services.
Surviving are in addition to her parents are a son, Quinton M. Thomas of the home; two brothers, Cletis Thomas of Spartanburg and Thomas Davis Jr. of Gaffney; five sisters, Collean Bobo and Tammy Reddish of Spartanburg, Latayna Wright of Charleston, Georgia Ann Smith and Nancy Loveday; and godfather, Deacon William Thomas of Gaffney.
Services will beheld Saturday at 3 p.m. at Green Bethel Baptist Church with the Revs. Mills McHam, Kervin Wray officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of her parents at 1051 Burnt Gin Rd.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Ola D. Robbins
York native
Ola Dowdle Robbins, 87, of 1206 Kenly St., Salisbury, N.C., widow of Samuel Robbins, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at her residence after a period of declining health.
Daughter of the late Samuel and Eula Goode Dowdle, she was a native of York and was a member of Thomas Street Church of Christ. Her stepdaughter, Fannie Mae Littlejohn of Gaffney, preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Max Robbins of Salisbury and Johnny Robbins of Fayetteville, N.C.; four daughters, Helen R. Davis of Salisbury, Victoria Robbins, Woodleaf Robbins and Dorothy Robbins of the home; a brother, Hoover Dowdle of Charlotte; a sister, Zettie McClain of Grover; 21 grandchildren, eight of them, Terry Littlejohn, Brenda Marlowe, Leasy Littlejohn, Guynita Littlejohn, Carlton Littlejohn, Benny Little Jr., Rev. Celina Lindsey and Jo Ann Ellis, were all of Gaffney; 33 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Thomas Street Church of Christ, Salisbury, with the Revs. William Lattem and Rollin Graham officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Salisbury.
Arrangements by Noble & Kelsey Funeral Home. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Dorothy B. Betseill
Dance instructor
GREENVILLE – Dorothy B. Betsill, widow of Walter R. Betsill, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at home.
Born in Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late William Perry Burnett and Arabelle Clippard Burnett.
She attended Limestone College and was a member of Boiling Springs First Baptist Church.
She and her husband were members of Shamrock and Quadrille Dance Clubs in Spartanburg and taught ballroom dancing for many years.
Surviving are one daughter, Betty Ezell Sheftall of Greenville; three grandchildren, Dr. Stanley W. Sheftall Jr. of Hartwell, Ga., James B. Ezell of Atlanta and Pam Sheftall Matthews of Greenville; and three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation and graveside service will beheld Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorials Gardens in Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C., or to the New York City Relief Fund.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.

Allen R. Gardner
Vietnam veteran
INMAN – Allen Richard Gardner, 57, of 125 Lockman St., died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born Feb. 13, 1944 in Lancaster, he was the husband of Patricia Bennett Gardner and son of the late Carmon Roberts Gardner and the late William Kirby Gardner. He was a retired constructor worker, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Westside Baptist Church in Lancaster.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a four daughters, Sylvia Garcia of Greenville, Tammy Solis of Gaffney, Terri Batchler and Lisa Solis, both of Blacksburg; a step-daughter, Angela Mathis of Spartanburg; a step-son, John Gilbert of Charlotte; three brothers, Charles Gardner of Kathleen, Ga., Paul Gardner of Waterford, N.Y., J.C. (Huey) Gardner of Camden; two sisters, Shelby Outen and Ann Lowery, both of Lancaster; eight grandchildren and five step grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cowpens Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Grady Gregory. Prior to the services, the family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stribling Funeral Home in Duncan.6
The family is at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Stribling Funeral Home. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

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