common / 10-12-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Herbert B. Falls Sr.
Retired from Vulcan Materials
BLACKSBURG – Herbert B. Falls Sr., 87, of 252 Caldwell Rd., died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, in Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill.
A native of York County, he was the husband of Helen White Falls of the home and son of the late Thomas Henry and Susan Carroll Falls. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and usher and was a former trustee. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was retired from Vulcan Materials.
In addition to his wife he is survived by sons, Herbert B. Falls Jr. of Blacksburg, Donald C. Falls, Terry C. Falls, Steven L. Falls and Roy D. Falls of the Kings Creek Community; daughters, Nancy Ann Panceroff of Smyrna and Barbara F. Smith of Kings Creek Community; brothers, John T. Falls of Columbia and George Falls of Blacksburg; sisters, Alavonia F. Hembree of Taylors, Pansy F. Julian of Anderson, Veda F. Garrison of Greenville, Dorothea F. Martin of Greenville, Frances R. Pennington of Gaffney and Esther F. Holliday of Six Mile; 11 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Falls was preceded in death by brothers, Carroll Falls, Albert Falls, Willard Falls and Dwight T. Falls; sisters, Ola F. Pruitt, Minnie Jane Falls, Amy Falls and Kathleen Falls; and a granddaughter, Kimberly S. Falls.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Tommy Hope and Harold Bean. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren – Scott Falls, Michael Falls, Kevin Smith, Chad Falls, Greg Panceroff, Todd Pennington, Tamara Falls, Brian Falls, Kelly Smith Mullinax, Tony Falls, Robbie Falls, Eric Panceroff and Richie Pennington.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, 1560 Piedmont Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

James Crosby
Licensed radio/TV repairman
James Crosby, 86, of 108 Crosby St., died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, in Brevard, N.C.
Widower of Sylvelia Butler Crosby, he was born in Gaffney, a son of the late Billy and Carrie Gordon Crosby. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Crosby was the first Black licensed radio and television repairman in Gaffney.
Surviving are four sons, Willie J. Crosby of Gaffney, Thomas E. Crosby of Temple Hills, Md., Gordon G. Crosby of Wellford, Vincent A. Crosby of Blacksburg; five sisters, Laura M. Crosby of Stamford, Conn., Elaine White, Nancy A. Crosby, Carrie L. Foster and Judy L. Belcher, all of Gaffney; a nephew reared in the home, Steve Crosby of Bricktown, N.J.; two sisters, Stella Fowler of Gaffney and Willie M. White of Rock Hill; 27 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and the Revs. James Sanders Jr., A.J. Smith, Michael Bridges, F.J. Means and Wilbert Jamison. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Howard L. Thompson Sr.
Retired from Monsanto
BLACKSBURG – Howard Lee Thompson Sr., 69, of 328 Little Hope Rd., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at his home.
Born in Blacksburg, he was a son of Nellie Morgan Thompson of Gaffney and the late Junious “June” Thompson. He was a member of Youngs Grove Baptist Church where he was a member of the Trustee Board, Brotherhood and All Male Choir. He was also a member of Blacksburg All Male Chorus and Star Masonic Lodge No. 5 in Grover, N.C.
Mr. Thompson was a retired employee of Monsanto Inc.
Surviving are a son, Howard Lee Thompson Jr. of the home; two daughters, Peggy Watts of Blacksburg and Claudia Wilson of Gaffney; three brothers, Cicero Thompson of Lawton, Okla., Roosevelt Thompson of Columbia and Eugene Thompson Sr. of Gaffney; three sisters, Mae Frances Millard of Baltimore, Md., Mae Eula Norris of Gastonia and the Rev. Nellie Shears of Blacksburg; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Larry Brooks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Marvin F. Richardson
Retired from Hamrick Mills
Marvin F. Richardson, 76, of 314 Overhill Dr., died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Alma Porter Richardson and son of the late Frank Richardson and the late Judy Ruppe Richardson. He was retired from Hamrick Mills and was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church. He was a veteran, a Mason and Shriner.
Also surviving are three daughters, Vickie Farish of Morganton, N.C., Susan Parker and Janet Spencer, both of Gaffney; a son, Wayne Richardson of Gaffney; four sisters, Cornelia Ramsey, Juanita Broome, Brenda Holmes and Lucille Hampton, all of Gaffney; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Richardson was preceded in death by a brother, S.A. Richardson.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home 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 today at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home with the Revs. James Thompson and Freddie Smith and Elders Eddie Lockhart and Theodore Lockhart officiating. Burial will be in the Smith Chapel Cemetery in Hickory Grove. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today at 2 p.m.
Flower bearers will be Eliza P. Black, Jackie E. Ford, Lonnie L. Ford, Wanda H. Ford, Carrie M. Leach and Jestine Smith.
Pallbearers will be James H. Covington, Robert L. Covington Jr., M.J. Ford, S.L. Ford, Timothy Jefferson and Leonard Smith.

Grace Lee Knuckles
Services for Grace Lee Knuckles, 69, of 266 Goldmine Springs Rd., Apt. J-64, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Dr. Eula Miller Jr. and the Revs. Thomas Burson, Freddie Davidson, Dennis Rector and Roger Mason officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Steve Curtis, Carl Dowdle, Clarence Littlejohn, Darryl Tate, Collis Wood and Leon Wood.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Brown, Terry Curtis, Sammy Littlejohn, Walter Littlejohn, Herman Wallace, Thomas Weeks, Mike Wood and Roger Wood.
Flower bearers will be Vickie Jackson, Lela Jefferies, Edna Mae Jefferies, Inez Littlejohn, Jackie Sanders, Thomasina Miller, Gtanar Wallace, Connie Weeks and Tammy Weeks.
The family is at the home of Vanessa Knuckles, 266 Goldmine Springs Rd., Apt. K-70.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

James W. Westbrooks
Services for James Winfred Westbrooks, 75, of 2064 Bonner Rd. will be held today at 2 p.m. at New Pleasant Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Guy Hutchins, James Price and George Holland. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
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.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Congestive Heart Failure Program, 101 E. Wood St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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