common / 10-01-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Ruth W. Scates
Wal-Mart sales associate
Ruth Waddell Scates, 81, of 163 E. Third St., died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of James (Walt) Walter Scates and daughter of the late J. Columbus Waddell and the late Maggie Davis Waddell. She was a retail sales associate with Wal-Mart.
Surviving are a son, Henry Lee Scates of Gaffney; a daughter, Ann Moore of Spartanburg; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Pearlene Turner of Gaffney,
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Northside Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Edward McAbee and the Rev. Odis Vinesett. Burial will be in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Scates, Nick Scates, Michael Jones, Jeffrey Jones and Bobby Stockwell.
The family is at the residence of Henry Scates, 119 Christopher Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 125 Holland St., Gaffney, S.C. 29304.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Miles Scruggs
Auto mechanic
Miles Scruggs, 84, of 149 Pickle Springs Rd., died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Irene Lamb Scruggs and a son of the late Zee and Carrie Hames Scruggs. He was an auto mechanic and a member of New Pleasant Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Barbara Weeks of Spartanburg and Phyllis Knox of Gaffney; two sons, Jack Scruggs of Gaffney and Wayne Scruggs of Chesnee; a brother, T.J. Scruggs of Clifton; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at New Pleasant Baptist Church with the Revs. George Holland and Joey Turner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Sarah L. Wood
Blacksburg native
Sarah Louise Ramsey Wood, 71, of 2327 Love Springs Rd., died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at her home.
Born in Blacksburg, she was the wife of Robert Clifford Wood and daughter of the late Luther Albert Ramsey and the late Lillie Huffman Ramsey. She was a retired textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Patricia W. Bridges of Gaffney; one grandson; two brothers, Ronald Albert Ramsey of Gaffney and Franklin D. Ramsey of Blacksburg; seven sisters, Hazel R. Crawford of Wellford, Betty R. Vassey of Mayo, Barbara Jean Fowler, Corliss R. Robertson, Loyce R. Sullivan, Brenda R. Elmore, all of Gaffney, and Joyce R. Bright of Myrtle Beach.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by two sisters, Cleo Palmer and Willie Mae Ramsey.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. Mike Frazier and Jay Crawford. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Benny Cantrell, Danny Roberston, Charles Fowler, Pat Sullivan, Jay Crawford and Ken Bright.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Dr. Edward H. Dobson Jr.
Former Gaffney dentist
COLUMBIA – A private family service for Dr. Edward Hope Dobson Jr. of Columbia will be held today, Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at 11 a.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Virginia Barfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Red Cross September 11 Relief Fund, P.O. Box 97089, Washington, D.C. 20090.
Dr. Dobson died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001. Born Oct. 17, 1921, in Gaffney, a son of the late Edward Hope Dobson Sr. and Maude Lavendar Dobson, he graduated from Gaffney High School, Furman University and the School of Dentistry at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He practiced dentistry in Gaffney for 42 years and served as a dentist in the Navy during World War II.
Dr. Dobson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gaffney, twice president of the Piedmont Dental Society, member of the Jaycees and a Rotarian. He was a founder of the Gaffney Country Club and a charter member of Cherokee National Golf Club where he enjoyed playing golf with his friends. He was on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Gaffney.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Burns Dobson of Columbia; daughters, Martha Ferrell and her husband, Jim, of Charlotte and Barbara Collins and her husband, Norman, of Columbia; and grandchildren, Jason Ferrell of Raleigh, N.C., and Kathleen Ferrell of Charlotte, N.C.

Fray H. Hicks
Last member of immediate family
Fray Hammett Hicks, 93, of Peachtree Centre died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of J.Y. Hicks and daughter of the late Pinkney Hammett and the late Mary Etta Ellis Hammett. She was retired from MacShore Classics and was the last member of her immediately family of 11 brothers and sisters. Mrs. Hicks was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Bonnie Williams of Piedmont, Merle Holmes of Conway and Carolyn Leslie of Kannapolis, N.C.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel with burial in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 250 Mount Olive Rd., Cowpens, S.C. 2330.

Edward L. Ross
TNS Mills employee
BLACKSBURG – Edward Leon Ross, 25, of 139 M.C. Rd., died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the son of Mary Evon Thompson Ross of Blacksburg and the late Willie Edward Ross. He was a member of Youngs Grove Baptist Church and a 1996 graduate of Blacksburg High School. He was employed by TNS Mills in Blacksburg.
Also surviving are a son, Darian Ross of Gaffney; a sister, Nickie Ross of Blacksburg; a half-sister, Betty Garrison of Blacksburg; a brother, Calvin Ross of Blacksburg; five half-brothers, Willie Wilson, Gary Ross, Doug Bolin, Robert Bolin and Lee Bolin, all of Blacksburg.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Larry J. Brooks, Michael Hull and Johnny McCluney Jr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Capers, Anthony Garrison, Jason Jones, Stanley Watts, Jason White, Justin White, Daniel Wilson and Charles Reynolds III.
Flower bearers will be Lori Thompson, Amanda Childers, Lorri Mayes, Ashleigh Gregory, Asia Manning, Ashley Manley, Brandy Broom and Tamekia Smith.
The family is at the home of his mother, Mary Evon Ross, 250 Fridy St., Apt. 317, Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Ruby M. Barnhill
Homemaker
Ruby Martin Barnhill, 88, of 107 Lansdale Dr., died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of H.F. Barnhill and daughter of the late Garnet Martin and the late Vinnie Cooper Martin. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church. She was a former Red Cross volunteer and a former Hospital Auxiliary volunteer.
Surviving are a son, John G. Barnhill of Gaffney; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers.
Pallbearers will be Mike Barnhill, Stephen Tyler, William Callison, Frankie Barnhill, Mark Scruggs and Brian Lucas.
The family is at the home of John Barnhill, 103 Garnett Dr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Florence H. Reynolds
Retired restaurateur
Florence “Sis” Louise Harris Reynolds, 84, of 147 Farview Dr., died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Joe E. Reynolds and daughter of the late Ellis Carr Harris and the late Ida White Harris. She was a retired restaurateur and a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Penny Dechant of Gaffney; a brother, C. Woodrow Harris of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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