common / 10-10-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Parks B. Chappell
Former owner of Crescent Motor Lines
SPARTANBURG – Parks Baskin Chappell, 89, of 400 Webber Rd., died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Bishopville, he was the son of the late Dr. Ralph Barron Chappell and Maria Baskin Chappell. He was a graduate of Clemson University and former owner of Crescent Motor Lines. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, a member of the North Spartanburg Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Mr. Chappell was also a member of the Spartanburg Country Club and was a retired U.S. Army major, having served during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Box Chappell of the home; a daughter, Kay Chappell Hall of Gaffney; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and a sister, Jane Chappell Mayes of Mayesville, S.C.
The family will receive friends today from 1-1:45 p.m. at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Robert C. Morgan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Advent Foundation, c/o Episcopal Church of the Advent, 141 Advent St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.

Lucille J. Ellis
Former owner of Ellis’ Bicycle Shop
Lucille Johns Ellis, a former resident of Lakeview Heights, Union, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, at 3:45 a.m. in the Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center in Laurens.
Mrs. Ellis was born in Union, a daughter of the late Julius Walker Johns and Ida Howard Johns. She was the widow of Thomas Audel “Bim” Ellis and a member of the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church. She was former owner and operator of Ellis’ Bicycle Shop in Gaffney and was also retired from Brown’s Furniture Company of Gaffney.
Surviving are a sister, Irene J. Jones, of Johnston and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Benny Green.
The family is at the home of her niece, Rachel R. Lawson, 411 Lakeview Heights, Union.
Memorials may be made to the Mon-Aetna Baptist Church Building Fund, 1431 Lockhart Hwy., Union, S.C. 29379; or to a charity of one’s choice.

James W. Westbrooks
U.S. Navy veteran
James Winfred Westbrooks, 75, of 2064 Bonner Rd., died today, Oct. 10, 2001, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Oveter Kimbrell Westbrooks and son of the late Carlisle Simpson Westbrooks and the late Lelia Bagwell Westbrooks. He was a retired warehouseman for Thomas & Howard and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of New Pleasant Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, James Westbrooks of Cowpens; two daughters, Judy Wallace and Rita Martin, both of Cowpens; three brothers, McCoy Westbrooks of Chesnee, Joe Westbrooks of Gaffney and Jimmy Westbrooks of Roebuck; four sisters, Willene Evans of Cowpens, Millie Richards, Jeanette Sparks and Sue Reynolds, all of Gaffney; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at New Pleasant Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joe Dean Westbrooks, Randy Westbrooks, Todd Richards, Tim Westbrooks, Billy Gene Westbrooks, Michael Reynolds and David Westbrooks.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ruby Holmes
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Brown Holmes age 65, of 203 Michigan Avenue, Gaffney, widow of Frances Holmes, will beheld on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 P.M. at Mikes Creek Baptist Chruch with Dr. S.M. Johnson, Rev. Paul Miller and Rev. Michael Bridges officiating.
Interment will follow in Mikes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
She will lie instate at Mikes Creek Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 P.M.
Flower Bearers will be: Mrs. Katie Hughes, Mrs. Shirley Smith, Mrs. annie Mae Tate, Mrs. Fay Camp, Ms. Dorothy Guyton, Ms. Peggy Littlejohn, Ms. Stacy Covington, Ms. Leona Littlejohn and Ms. Lorraince Richardson. Pall Bearers will be Mikes Creek All Male Chorus.
She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Brenda Smith, Mrs. Ada Ratchford, Mrs. Mae Frances Sarratt, Mrs. Peggy Mayes and Mrs. Marvis Foster; five sons, Otis Camp, Preston Camp, David Holmes, W.C. Manning and Terry Wood; five sisters, Mrs. Freeda Brown of New York City, Mrs. Lucille Goode, Mrs. Minnie Leach, Mrs. Betty Smith of Gaffney and Ms. Mildren Brown of New York, N.Y.; thirty-one grandchildren and fifty-one great grandchildren.
Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney is in charge of arrangements.

Grace Knuckles
Retired restaurant owner
Grace Knuckles, 69, of 266 Goldmine Springs Rd., Apt. J-64, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at 7:45 a.m. at her home.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Knuckles and the late Odessia Smith Knuckles. She was a retired restaurant owner and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Chruch.
Surviving are a son, William Knuckles of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Vanessa Knuckles and Georgette Knuckles of Gaffney; four sisters, Ruth Tate, Barbara Curtis and Zenobia Brown of Gaffney and Ethel Davis of Spartanburg; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Vanessa Knuckles, Apt. K-70, 266 Goldmine Springs Rd., Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Bobby J. Earls
Retired from Cone Mills
Bobby Jackson Earls, 71, of 2544 Harris-Henrietta Rd., Henrietta, N.C., died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, in Rutherford Hospital.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was a son of the late Odell P. and Mary Jane Watts Earls. He was retired from Cone Mills Cliffside Plant.
Surviving are is wife, Daisy Spears Earls of the home; two sons, Ronnie Bridges and Roger Bridges, both of Cliffside; three brothers, Robert Earls, Donies Earls and Tommy Earls, all of Gaffney; five sisters, Nellie Powell, Laura Jane Tessneer, both of Shelby, Mary Lou Ramsey, Elizabeth Spears, both of York, and Adale Shellito of Rock Hill; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Gene Bumgarden and Joey Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 7-9 tonight at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside.

Herbert B. Falls Sr.
BLACKSBURG – Herbert B. Falls Sr., 87, of 252 Caldwell Rd., died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, in Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Blacksburg is in charge.

Phillip N. Jefferson
Services for Phillip N. Jefferson, 61, of 3500 14th St., N.W., Apt. 115, Washington, D.C., will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home with the Revs. James Thompson, Theodore Lockhart, Freddie Smith and Elder Eddie Lockhart officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery, Hickory Grove.
The family will receive friends Friday from 2-3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home and other times will be at the home of his mother, Tryphena S. Jefferson, at Blacksburg Terrace Apartments, 208 Carolina St., Blacksburg.

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