common / 11-09-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Euzelia E. Upchurch
Cafe cook and waitress
Euzelia (Nonie) Elizabeth Cartee Upchurch, 58, of 420 Pecan St., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of Marvin (Tot) Upchurch and daughter of the late Walter Cartee and the late Ida Medley Cartee. She was a cafe cook and waitress and a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Tommy Upchurch of the home and Roger and Brenda Upchurch of Gaffney; a daughter and son-in-law, Mark and Pam Elmore of Table Rock; two sisters, Peggy Cartee of Whitten Village and Phyllis Russell of Gaffney; and three grandchildren, Mark Elmore Jr., Roger Upchurch Jr. and Christopher Upchurch.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel with the Revs. Rick Lancaster and Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Eugene Mathis, Ronnie Upchurch, Charles Parris, Billy Beason, Marvin Mullinax Jr. and Walter Patterson.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lorraine H. Dove
Homemaker
FORT MILL – Lorraine Hall Dove, 60, of 1930 Brian Kelly Lane, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in Piedmont Medical Center.
A native of Waynesville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Horace A. Hall and the late Gypsy Ball Hall. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Dove was preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd E. Dove Sr.
Surviving are her husband, Joe Squires; a son, Lloyd E. Dove Jr.; two daughters, Mary Kay Grindstaff of Gaffney and JoAnn Stobaugh of Rock Hill; three brothers, James Ray Hall and Fred Hall, both of Fort Mill, and Buddy Hall of Catawba; six sisters, Lillian Turner of Fort Lawn, Rachel Honeycutt, Faye Ann Hall, Gertie Hall, all of Fort Mill, Gracie Blackmon of Rock Hill and Carolyn Silness of Morganton, N.C; two stepdaughters, Jan Randall of Fort Mill and Kathy Clark of Charlotte; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Greene Funeral Home Downtown Chapel, 355 E. White St., Rock Hill, with burial in Grandview Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends today from 7-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and other times will be at the residence.

Shirley L. Buchsbaum
Gaffney native
Shirley Long Buchsbaum, 72, of 303 Indian Hill St., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Leonard Buchsbaum and daughter of the late Claude Bertram Long and the late Pauline Fowler Long. She was retired from the manufacturing industry and was of the Jewish faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Bruce Lee Buchsbaum of Philadelphia, Pa., and Charles Bertram Buchsbaum of Boyertown, Pa.; three sisters, Virginia Turner of Greenville, Norma Jean White of Blacksburg and Ruth Neal Hairston of Dallas, Tex.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Wayne Turner.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends following the memorial service Saturday.

R.K. Wilson Sr.
Boy Scout leader
SHELBY – Robert Knox “R.K.” Wilson Sr., 86, of 210 Lee St., died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Edward Watkins and Minnie Lewis Wilson. He attended Shelby city schools and was a World War II veteran, U.S. Army Infantry.
Mr. Wilson was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Shelby and a member of the Paul Wilson Sunday School Class. He was a 50-year life member of American Legion Post No. 82 and was charter member of the Shelby Jaycees.
He was especially devoted to the Boy Scouts of America and was proud to be a Boy Scout. A charter member of Troop 104 at Central United Methodist Church, he was a founder of Cub Scout Pack 101 and a scout leader of Troop 101 at First Baptist Church.
Mr. Wilson served on the BSA Battleground District Committee at large and in 1966 he received a special award for 44 years of service working with the Boy Scouts as their director at the Cleveland County Fair. He retired in 1980 as manager after 40 years at Tillman’s Firestone (and Texaco) Inc. He was, for many years, an avid tennis player.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, James, Clyde and Hubert Wilson; and three sisters, Laura Mae Freeman, Jean Stowe and Mary Lewis Laughridge.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mary Thompson Wilson of the home; two sons, Robert Knox Wilson Jr. of Shelby and Kenneth Edward Wilson of Spring Valley, Ill.; a daughter, Kay Wilson Kennedy of Columbia; a sister, Joyce Wilson Graham of High Point, N.C.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Tench officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 5-6:30 at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, c/o Piedmont Council., 1222 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, N.C. 28054; or to First Baptist Church, 120 N. Layfayette St., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, 106 Cherryville Rd., Shelby.

Peggy M. Wilkins
Graveside services for Peggy Morris Wilkins, 67, of 320 Hetty Hill St., will be held today at 1 p.m. at Mesopotamia Church Cemetery with the Revs. Randy Phillips and Stuart Kersey officiating.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Whelchel, Robbie Smith, Jay Daniel, Terry McNeace, Jim Fagan and Tommy Spencer.
Memorials may be made to SRMC Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Roger D. Easler
Gaffney native
CHESNEE – Roger David (Blackpack) Easler, 29, of 688 Kegtown Mill Rd., died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was a son of Roland Easler of Cummings, S.C., and Connie Buff Easler of Gaffney. He was a construction worker and a member of Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Bostic, N.C., and Bassmasters.
Also surviving are his wife, Lana Stacey Easler of Boiling Springs, S.C.; a son, Justin David Easler of Boiling Springs; two brothers, Wallace Easler of Forest City and Hoyt Easler of Mooresboro; and two sisters, Kay Bright and Melissa Stacey, both of Chesnee.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Calvary Independent Baptist Church with the Revs. Neil Murray and Jack Easler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Robert Durrah
U.S. Army veteran
COWPENS – Robert Durrah, 68, of 172 McCluney Dr., widower of Kay Frances Tracy Durrah, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at 4:57 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Son of the late John Henry Durrah and the late Fannie Boston Durrah, he was a native of Spartanburg County. He was a former member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens and was a member of Greater New Faith Baptist Church of Gaffney. A 1956 graduate of B. E. Mayes High School, he was a veteran of the U. S. Army.
Surviving are two sons, Victor Durrah of Spartanburg and Steven Durrah of Cowpens; three daughters, Robin Durrah of the home, Pamela Armstrong of Cowpens and Stephanie Kay Durrah of Spartanburg; 17 grandchildren; five sisters, Louise Robinson of Baltimore, Hazel Dawkins, Ethel McKurdy and Sarah Brockman of Cowpens and Fannie Durrah of Spartanburg.
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with Revs. J. W. Richards, McKinley Miles, Mills McHam, Tony Macomson, Dr. J. W. Sanders Sr., Dr. A.L. Brackett, Rev. Terry McCaskill and Bishop Anthony Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Garden. Body in the church at noon.
Honorary flower bearers will be Doris Anderson, Viola Cothran, Ruby Dawkins, Shirley Dover, Regina Means and Thelma Oglesby. Active flower bearers will be nieces Zena Brockman, Patricia Coleman, Traviar Glenn, Raisa Jones, Patricia Linder, Janet Makupson and Gretta Winningham.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Anderson, Donald Dawkins, Ron Johnson, Gerald Taylor, David Wilkins and Derrick Earle. Active pall bearers will be nephews Jeffery Anderson, Dee Brockman, Mike Brockman, Trey Coleman, Reid Dawkins and Rev. Darnell Durrah.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jessie Browning Jr.
Employed by Brookview
Jessie Browning Jr., 56, of 112 Granite Dr., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center.
Son of Lillie Ruth Jefferies Browning of the home and the late Jessie Browning Sr., he attended Indian Hill Baptist Church and was employed by Brookview Healthcare Center.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, Miles Browning of Boston, Mass.; four brothers, John D. Jefferies of Spartanburg, Fleetwood Jefferies Jr., Matthew Jefferies and Terry Lee Jefferies of Gaffney; two sisters, Treathe J. McDowell of Gaffney and Fannie J. Henderson of Boston; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Mary D. Jefferies officiating. Body in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jeff Blackwell Jr.
Retired textile employee
Jeff Blackwell Jr., 83, formerly of 100 Merrifield Court, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee Falls, he was the widower of Hazel White Blackwell and son of the late Jeff Blackwell Sr. and the late Iretta Earls Blackwell. He was a retired textile employee, a veteran of World War II and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Surviving are two sons, Steve Blackwell and Kenneth Blackwell, both of Blacksburg; three brothers, A.G. Blackwell of Gaffney, Frank Blackwell of Cherokee Falls and Etoise Blackwell of Colorado Springs, Colo; and four grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by Elders Lynn Lawhon and Floyd Martin.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Keith White, Barry Earls, Tommy Sansing and Andy Walker.
The family is at the home of Steve Blackwell, 255 Pleasant Hill Rd., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

William E. Davidson
Cherokee County native
William E. Davidson, 93, of 505-B W. Robinson St., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at 6:40 a.m. at his home.
Son of the late Albert Davidson and the late Mary Jenkins Davidson, he was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Surviving are three grandchildren he reared as his children, Benjamin Davidson, Bobby Davidson and Debra Davidson of Gaffney; two brothers, D.B. Davidson of Gaffney and J.C. Davidson of Columbia; one great-grandson; nieces and nephews reared in the home as his children, Shirley Davidson, Betty Davidson, Shemika Davis, Tyrone Davidson and Stevie Charles Davidson of Gaffney.
Services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Allen Temple C.M.E. Church with the Revs. Clifton E. Harris, Lawrence Davidson and L.C. Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of Debra Davidson, 403 W. Robinson St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Hardenia Manning Roberts
Cherokee County native
Hardenia Manning Roberts, 89, of 106 Ellis Ferry Ave., Apt. 111, widow of Levard Roberts, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at 3:11 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late John “Bob” Manning and the late Lilie Camp Manning. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church and was honored as Mother of Concord Baptist Church. She was a member and vice president of the A.P.&B. Society.
Surviving are three sisters, Essie Mae Manning Bonner of Cleveland, Ohio, Nancy Manning Watkins and Modestine Manning Fowler of Gaffney; three brothers, J.C. Manning of Charlotte, Jack Manning and Lowell Manning of Gaffney.
Services will beheld today at 1 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church with the Revs. Michael A. Bridges, Vance Sarratt and Albert Hillman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body in the church at noon.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be deacons and deaconesses of Concord Baptist Church.
The family is at the home of Lou Ann Fowler, 700 Dogwood Dr.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Dennis Wayne Dawkins
Gaffney native
Dennis Wayne Dawkins, 43, of 125 Hopper Dr., husband of Shirley Wood Dawkins, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at 6:25 a.m. in Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
Son of Monroe Dawkins and Cora Dawkins, he was a native of Gaffney and a member of Jesus is the Answer Ministry.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are three sons, Dennis Jamil Jefferies, Dorian Jaquian Jefferies and Dennis Wayne Dawkins of Gaffney; two daughters, Jasmine Denise Dawkins and Tora Denise Montgomery of Gaffney; three brothers, Larry Dawkins, Steven Ray Dawkins and Brian Sarratt of Gaffney; and one sister, Denise Dawkins of Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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