common / 11-02-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Ezell F. Parker
Homemaker
Ezell Fowler Parker, 84, of 924 White Plains Rd., died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Ben H. Parker and daughter of the late Marion Fowler and the late Parlee Lee Fowler. She was a homemaker and member of White Plains Baptist Church.
Surviving are four sons, Randy E. Parker of the home, Benny D. Parker, H. Gerald Parker and Edward E. Parker, all of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Sally E. Tesnear
Former textile employee
SPARTANBURG – Sally Elizabeth “Libby” Hawkins Tesnear, 46, of 323 Wimberly Dr., died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of Joe Neal Hawkins of Gaffney and Lois Mode Hawkins of Cliffside, N.C. She was a former textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her parents are two sons, Leslie Keith Ridings and Wesley Gene Ridings, both of Mayo; three sisters, Robin Hawkins Moore of Cliffside, Nancy Juanita Currie of Spartanburg and Lorri Jean Carroll of Mill Springs, N.C.; and a brother, Jackie Neil Hawkins of Gaffney.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gilbert Scott Hawkins.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Larry Fleming. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be James Duffie, Tommy Stott, Billy J. Kearse, Mickey Cortes, Brian Macopson and Curtis Duffie.
The family is at the home of her sister, Nancy Juanita Currie, 5006 Pine Gap Rd., Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Belma C. Parris
Retired from Musgrove Mill
Belma Coyle Parris, 75, of 108 Moss St., died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Graham Parris and daughter of the late John Coyle and the late Eva Blanton Coyle. She was a retired smash hand from Musgrove Mill.
Surviving are a son, James Parris of Gaffney; three daughters, Kathy Payne, Brenda Hughey, both of Gaffney, and Louise Mitchell of Hickory Grove; a brother, Clarence Coyle of Gaffney; three sisters, Wilma Pruett, Grace George and Alberta Fowler, all of Gaffney; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.
Arthur D. Hampton
Retired from Southern RR
BLACKSBURG – Arthur D. Hampton, 94, of 104 S. Chester St., died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Grace Reid Hampton of the home and son of the late Edward and Minnie Hardin Hampton. He was an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church as long as his health permitted.
Mr. Hampton was a member of the Masonic Buffalo Lodge 202 for 66 years and was retired from Southern Railroad after 36 years as a lieutenant of special service in Asheville.
Mr. Hampton was well-known for his unusual ability to tell railroad adventures and for the compilation of scrapbooks containing his research on the Southern Railroad and the history of both Blacksburg and Cherokee County.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Hampton is survived by his sisters-in-law, Margaret Reid of Asheville and Ann B. Hampton of Columbia; nephews, Bill and Joe Reid of Asheville; great-nephews and a cousin, Virginia Cobb Wilson, of Greenville.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hampton was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Eugene Hampton.
Services will beheld today at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Blacksburg conducted by the Rev. Ken Reid. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Deacons of First Baptist Church and Harry Martin will serve as active pallbearers. Members of Masonic Buffalo Lodge 202 will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or Music Fund, 121 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.
The family is at the residence.

Alphaeus L. Harris
Blacksburg native
Alphaeus Leon Harris, 58, of Miami, Fla., died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, in South Miami Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Lucille P. Harris of Blacksburg and the late Leonard B. Harris. He was a former systems analyst for Eastern Airlines in Miami and First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles.
Mr. Harris earned his MBA from Florida International University and more recently received a JD degree from the University of Miami. He was a member of the American and Florida Bar Associations.
Also surviving are two sisters, Phyllis H. Sutton of Rock Hill and Myra H. Goforth of Lincolnton, N.C.; a brother, J. Wendell Harris of Lakeland, Fla.; and a number of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Garden Temple Assembly of God in Blacksburg. Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 364 S. Pine St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family is at the home of his mother at 1352 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Louise P. Moore
Cherokee County native
KINGS MOUNTAIN – Louise Peterson Moore, 64, of 200 Fairdale St., died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of Bobby Gene Moore and daughter of the late Willie Peterson and the late Nuna Bolin Peterson. She was a homemaker and member of Mountain View Freewill Baptist Church.
Also surviving are four daughters, Brenda Gladden, Tammy Thomas, Shannon Rudnick, all of Kings Mountain, and Barbara Pennington of Kings Creek; a son, Bobby Eugene Dover of Kings Mountain; a brother, John Lewis Peterson of Kings Creek; four sisters, Thelma Nichols, Shirley Rudsill of Gastonia, Nellie Wylie of Grover and Hazel Hollins of Kings Creek; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kings Creek Church of God conducted by the Revs. Larry Collins and Robert Nichols. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Timmy Gladden, Shane Jackson, Wayne Gates, Harvey Peterson, Danny Peterson and Anthony Mote.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

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