common / 10-05-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Lester T. Norman
Lifetime member of American Hunters Association
BLACKSBURG – Lester T. Norman, 67, of 223 Rock House Rd., died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Mary Hawkins Norman and son of the late James Robert and Julia Morris Norman. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Blacksburg and a lifetime member of the North American Hunters Association.
Mr. Norman was retired from Industrial Minerals Inc. of Kings Creek and was a former employee of Fiber Industries in Earl, N.C. He served in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Max Norman.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Carlton Norman, Chris Norman and Jeff Norman, all of Blacksburg; a daughter, Leslie Norman Jones of Summerville; two brothers, Summie Norman of Kings Mountain, N.C., and James E. Norman of Blacksburg; four sisters, Pauline Watterson, Mary Reid Conner, both of Blacksburg, Margaret Smith of Kings Mountain and Ruby Huskey of Henrietta; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Vernon Craig. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 in the sanctuary of Antioch Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Antioch Recreation Community Center, c/o Ralph Dryer, 331 Hambright Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.

Sarah M. Mullinax
Retired from Fruit of the Loom
KINGS MOUNTAIN – Sarah Moore Mullinax, 76, of White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at White Oak Manor.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Cleveland and Kathleen Bailey Moore. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Kings Mountain and was retired from Fruit of the Loom Industries in Kings Mountain.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mullinax was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Rhea, and brother, John Moore.
Surviving are her husband, Raymond Mullinax of Kings Mountain; two sons, Bill Mullinax of Kings Mountain and Wayne Mullinax of Gastonia; two daughters, Carol Brazzell and Sandy Stone, both of Kings Mountain; three brothers, Rick Moore, Robert C. Moore, both of Kings Mountain, and JC Moore of Gaffney; five sisters, Marcia Chastain, Brenda Sellers, Virginia Bumgardner, Doris Wells, all of Kings Mountain, and Sheila Tucker of Blacksburg; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel in Kings Mountain conducted by the Rev. Robbie Moore. Burial will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Harris Funeral Home, 108 S. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Rd., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home.

Muriel A. Rubens
GREENVILLE – Muriel Alice Rubens, 91, of Greenville died Aug. 1, 2001.
She was an accomplished musician, as was her whole family. Her father was selected to lead the band on Titanic’s maiden voyage, but he became ill and had to cancel his trip. She was the last member of her immediate family.
A memorial service will be held Saturday in Gaffney. For information, contact Frank Warren at 864-281-1282.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.

Jerry W. Whisenant
Former employee of Cherokee School District
Jerry Wayne Whisenant, 39, of 555 Robbs School Rd., died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Tammy Coleman Whisenant and son of Jerry Dean and Alice Bolin Whisenant of Gaffney. He was a former employee of the Cherokee County School District and was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Tim Whisenant of the home; a daughter, Morgan Whisenant of the home; a brother, Scott Whisenant of Gaffney; and maternal grandmother, Margaret Bolin of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Mike Frazier and John Goforth. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Danny Ray Sarratt, Jeff Brooks, Kevin Whisenant, Kenneth Whisenant, Bill Price and David Swank.
The family is at the home of Jerry and Alice Whisenant, 1750 Chesnee Hwy., and will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, 502 Buck Shoals Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Benjamin Bridges Jr.
Employed by Cherokee County Public Works Department
Benjamin “Big Ben” Bridges Jr., 53, of 120 Dill St., died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at 4:55 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Son of the late Benjamin B.J. Bridges and the late Lillie Littlejohn Bridges, he was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Indian Hill Baptist Church. He was employed by the Cherokee County Public Works Department in the Sanitation Division.
Surviving are a sister, Lynia Bridges Lowery of Gaffney; a half-sister, Sandra Norris of Gaffney; and two half-brothers, Vick Lattimore and Early Lattimore Jr.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Indian Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Mary D. Jefferies and Michael Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. where the family will receive friends Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be James Gist, Freddie Smith, Kurt Littlejohn, Darnell Adams, Alex Bridges, Larry Jefferies, Clarence Wilkins and Ernest Atkins.
Flower bearers will be Juanita Mayberry, Brandy Earls, Ruby Shook, Tangie Roseboro, Willie Gatewood, Tammy Sims, Denise Savage and Peggy Williams.
The family is at the home of Lynia B. Lowery, 303 W. O’Neal St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Larry E. Borders
Equipment operator with Borders Landscaping
BLACKSBURG – Larry Eugene Borders, 49, of 110 Brown St., died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Jack Borders and Catherine Batchelor Borders of Blacksburg. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and worked with Borders Landscaping as an equipment operator.
Surviving are a son, Ricky Borders of Blacksburg; a daughter, Stacie Borders of Blacksburg; a brother, Michael Borders of Blacksburg; two sisters, Diane Allen and Bobby Ann Falls, both of Blacksburg; paternal grandmother, Dorcus Proctor Borders of Grover, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Billy Boone. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Roger Batchler, Calvin Benton Jr., Elmer Carroll, Todd Pennington, Rodney Upchurch and Albert Peterson.
The family is at the home of Jack and Catherine Borders, 302 Borders St., Blacksburg, and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary.

Mildred H. Hughey
Retired from Hamrick’s Inc.
Mildred Horlacher Hughey, 83, of 412 E. Montgomery St., died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of York County, she was the widow of William Lee Horlacher and daughter of the late William Bernard Wallace and the late Maggie Bolin Wallace. She was a retired seamstress for Hamrick’s Inc. and was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Danny Horlacher of Jonesville; two brothers, Joe Wallace and J.B. Wallace, both of Gaffney; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Eula C. Moss
Active church member
KINGS MOUNTAIN – “Ann” Eula Annette Childers Moss, 68, of 108 Countryside Rd., died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2001, at Courtland Terrace, Gastonia.
Born in Gaffney, she was a daughter of the late Willie Albert and Martha Helen Skinner Childers.
She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where she was a former WMU director, choir director, Sunday School teacher, church clerk, former Training Union director, former Sunday School superintendent and nursery worker. She was retired from the textile industry.
Surviving are her husband, Solan Moss of Kings Mountain; one son, Solan Charles “Charlie” Moss Jr. of Gaffney; daughter, Vickie Ann Moss of Dallas, N.C.; two brothers, James A. “Jim” Childers and William H. “Bill” Childers, both of Kings Mountain; two sisters, Helen C. McAbee and Mary C. Hambright, both of Kings Mountain; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Robert Haynes.
Burial will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Harris Funeral Home and other times will be at the home, 108 Countryside Rd., Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, P.O. Box 915, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086; or Hospice of Gaston, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C. 28054.

Johnnie R. Wright
Services for Johnnie R. Wright, 76, of 501 W. Montgomery St., were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. Kevin Childs and Grady Gregory. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Larry Covington, Scott Bright, Ebbie Childers, Mike McFalls, Pete Wright and Timmy Wright.
The family is at the residence.

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