common / 11-26-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Margaret H. Philbeck
Gaffney native
Margaret Marie Huskey Philbeck, 88, formerly of Fort Mill, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, in Peachtree Centre.
Born Nov. 3, 1913, in Gaffney, she was the widow of Teddy Roosevelt Philbeck and daughter of the late Charlie Huskey and Polly Mae Daniels. She was a homemaker and member of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons, Thomas R. Philbeck of Fort Mill, the Rev. Norman Philbeck of Blacksburg and Barry Philbeck of Rock Hill; a daughter, Janice P. Young of Melrose, Fla.; a brother, Daniel C. Huskey of Gaffney; a sister, Montez Huskey of Gaffney; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Philbeck was preceded in death by a son, Roger Philbeck.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Sisk Memorial Baptist Church with the Revs. Roland Dry and Norman Philbeck officiating.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Philbeck, 2620 Holbrook Rd., Fort Mill, S.c. 29715.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Wolfe Funeral Home.

Clara H. Massebeau
Retired textile employee
Clara Helen Massebeau, 92, of Peachtree Centre, formerly of 321 Vernon St., died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of Ernest Herbert Massebeau and the late Eva Murph Massebeau. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Limestone Street United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a sister, Mattie Massebeau of Gaffney; a niece, Vicki Roark of Gaffney; and several other nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Limestone Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joyce Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Jay George, David George, Russ Roark, Bruce Spurlin, Tommy Carr, Jimmy Phillips, Richard Baines, John O’Donald and Johnny Martin.
The family is at the home of her niece, Vicki Roark, 325 Vernon St.
Memorials may be made to Limestone Street United Methodist Church, 910 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Frank E. Loftis
Retired industrial engineer
Frank “Ed” Edward Loftis, 66, of 105 Trenton Rd., died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Anderson County, he was the husband of Ann Ellison Loftis and son of the late Benjamin Franklin Loftis and the late Gertrude Brown Loftis. He was a retired industrial engineer for Milliken and worked for Robert Curry Consulting Firm. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving addition to his wife are a daughter, Debra Loftis, of Charlotte and two step-sisters, Edith Hill and Billie Bryant, both of Belton.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Revs. Joel Sellers and James Holder.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Davis and Leon Pack along with members of the Discipleship Class and Anthony Harper Sunday School Classes.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Katharine W. Irvin
West Point alumni
Katharine Weber Irvin, 70, of 122 Sunset Dr., died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born at West Point Military Academy, she was the widow of Robert Earl Irvin and daughter of the late Col. Frederick R. Weber and the late Katharine Kingman Weber. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a census taker for the Census Bureau and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was involved in Little Theatre and was a West Point alumni.
Surviving are two sons, Rob Irvin and Mike Irvin, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Kathy Kendrick of Washington, D.C, and Robin Garner of Gaffney; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Roger Lindler.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Stella A. Randall
Retired school teacher
BLACKSBURG – Stella Alice Randall, 86, formerly of 1025 W. Pine St., died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, in Peachtree Centre.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John Alexander Randall Sr. and the late Delia Gertrude Webber Randall. She was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Shelby and a retired school teacher. She taught for 39 years at Blacksburg High School, Gaffney High School and Charlotte High School and ended her teaching career at Shelby High School. She was a member of the National Teachers Association and Phi Beta Kappa at USC and UNC.
Surviving is a brother, John A. Randall Jr. of Blacksburg.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. in Mountainview Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Chris Barrett.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Gladys S. Blackwell
Homemaker
BLACKSBURG – Gladys Irene Sprouse Blackwell, 78, of 109 Brull St., died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of William Anson Blackwell and daughter of the late James Daniel Sprouse and the late Pansy Mae Ellis Sprouse. She was a member of Blacksburg Church of God and a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons, James Edward Blackwell of the home and Thomas LeRoy Blackwell of Blacksburg; two daughters, Mildred Peggy Robinson of Gaffney and Carolyn Mae Blackwell Butler of Crouse, N.C.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Martin of Kings Mountain, N.C.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Blacksburg Church of God conducted by the Revs. James Clark and Calvin Hall. Burial will be in Mountainview Cemetery. Body in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Trevis Robinson, Bryan Blackwell, David Peterson, Rusty Holland, Billy Butler and J.D. Butler.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to Blacksburg Church of God, 607 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.

Arthur R. Weaver
Textile employee
Arthur Ray Weaver, 28, of 504 Holly St., died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Sarah Ann Jones Weaver and son of Arthur Junior Weaver and Bernice Wyatt Estes, both of Gaffney. He was a textile employee.
Surviving addition to his wife and parents are a brother, Brad Weaver of Gaffney; two sisters, Crystal Weaver of Tennessee and Terry McGlocklin of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Revs. Larry Brayon and Ralph Lail.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Ross, Willie Wilson, Matt Gaskin, Tommy McGlocklin, Marvin Beaver, Karl Pentz and Brad Weaver.
The family is at the home of his sister, Terry McGlocklin, 113 Easy St., Gaffney, and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Milburn L. Horn
Retired from Norfolk-Southern Railway
Milburn L. “Red” Horn, 81, of 607 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., he was the husband of Bertie Marie Grant Horn and son of the late Garley Ming Horn and the late Ella Jane Carter Horn. He was a member of West End Baptist Church and retired from Norfolk-Southern Railway. He was a Mason and member of Lafayette Lodge No. 330.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Buford Horn of Pickens, Bobby Horn of Cowpens and Earl Horn of Gaffney; three daughters, Patricia Horn Horton of Waterloo, Becky Horn Hill of Gaffney and Alicia Horn Horne of Gaffney; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. Ray Caldwell and R. Dewitt Clyde. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Greg Byars, John Horn, Keith Horn, Jerry Horton, Kenny Horton, Terry Horton and Kevin Hill.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

James M. Ruppe
Retired from Gaffney Electric, self-employed service technician
James Melvin “Bud” Ruppe, 85, of 2920 Cherokee Ave., died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Faye Norman Ruppe and son of the late Vester Andrew Ruppe and the late Florence Price Ruppe.
Mr. Ruppe was retired from Gaffney Electric Company and was a self-employed service technician. He was a charter member and former treasurer for 28 years at Calvary Baptist Church where he was also a lifetime deacon.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne H. and Carol Fowler Ruppe of Gaffney; a grandson, David Wayne Ruppe; a granddaughter, Kimberly Ruppe Keller; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Ruppe Lovelace of Gaffney.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ruppe was preceded in death by two brothers, Melrose Ruppe and Rush Ruppe
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Ralph Lail, John Goforth and Joe Paul Turner. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Scott Self, Junior Harrill, John Collins, Horace Phillips, Billy Allen, Jimmy Cook and Cecil Caines.
Members of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 2929 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C., 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lois B. Jolly
Retired from Minette Mills
Lois Burgess Mabry Jolly, 86, of 210 Brown St., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Jeff Mabry and widow of Edwin Jolly. She was the daughter of the late William Claude Burgess and the late Lula Pettitt Burgess. She was a member of West End Baptist Church and retired from Minette Mills.
Surviving are a daughter, Claudette M. Moss of Gaffney; four sisters, Ruth McCraw, Daisy Stroupe, both of Gaffney, Annie Carter of Pacolet and Blanche Hartsell of Laurens; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Stuart Kersey.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Pennington, Ronnie McCraw, Lynch Yelton, Roy Bradley, Alfred McGaha and Kevin McGaha.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Victory Campaign, 1508 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Harry J. Dobek Jr.
Retired from military service
LEXINGTON – Harry John Dobek Jr., 54, of 220 Jakes Landing Rd., died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, in Lexington Memorial Hospital.
A native of Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Harry John Dobek Sr. and the late Mary Jean Workman Dobek. He was retired from military service and was of the Catholic faith.
Surviving are a son, Harry John Dobek III of Lexington; a daughter, Jennifer Jean Dobek Wood of Michigan; and a sister, Mary Ann Dobek Manning of Gaffney.
A memorial service was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home conducted by Mr. Joe Humphries.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Betty L. McCullough
Gaffney native
SPARTANBURG – Betty Lou Pruitt McCullough, 67, of 103 Verna Court, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Matthew Luke Pruitt and Ethel Chitwood Coyle and widow of Billy Alton McCullough. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two sons, Roger Dale McCullough of Ware Shoals and Billy Alton McCullough Jr. of Gaffney; two daughters, Reita Faye Pace and Vickie Cheryl Ivey, both of Spartanburg; a sister, Christine Smith Phillips of Gaffney; two half-brothers, Harold Dean Coyle and Allen Coyle, both of Gaffney; a half-sister, Jinny Holloway of Ohio; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friend tonight from 7-9 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel conducted by the Rev. Roger McCullough, the Rev. Dr. Curtis Daniel and the Rev. Eddie Burris. Burial will be in Little Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery, Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gibbs Cancer Center Foundation, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, 101 E. Wood St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Vickie Ivey, 2889 New Cut Rd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.

Clarissa Camp
Hickory, N.C., native
BLACKSBURG – Clarissa “Aunt Tinnie” Camp, 69, of 339 S. Wilbur St., died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Hickory, N.C., she was the widow of Roland Camp Sr. and daughter of the late Charlie Connor and the late Noajenia Abernathy Connor. She was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Hickory and attended Galilee Baptist Church in Blacksburg.
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Hull and Brenda Brown, both of Blacksburg; two sons, John Lee Camp and Roland Camp Jr., both of Blacksburg; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church with the Revs. Les Howard, Willie Wood, Larry Davis and Larry J. Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Foster Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Eugene White, Cornelius White, Dennis Corry, Nesbitt Black and Eugene Wilson.
Flower bearers will be Rose Deal, Sally Burris, Beatrice Mickles, Ruth Phillips, Mickey Corry and Gladys Mayberry.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Covington, Curtis Crawford and John Mickles.
Honorary flower bearers will be Beverly Logan and Modestine Goode.
The family is at the home of her son, Roland Camp Jr., 210 W. Carolina St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Ruby C. Keller
Retired textile employee
Ruby Childers Keller, 80, formerly of 2757 Union Hwy., died today, Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, in Brookview Healthcare Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Wade J. Childers and the late Katie Martin Childers. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Draytonville Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Carole Bradley of Shallotte, N.C., and Shirley Alexander of Gaffney; a son, Jackie L. Keller of North Dartmouth, Mass.; two brothers, Amos Childers of Gaffney and Roy Childers of Forest City, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Shirley Alexander, 155 Garvin Lake Rd.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Allene G. Jefferies
Retired from A.P. McCauley
Allene Garner Jefferies, 90, of 1103 S. Petty St., died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at her home.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of J. Eb Jefferies and daughter of the late Smith Garner and the late Carrie Vaughn Garner. She was retired from A.P. McCauley and was a member of West End Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda McCraw of Gaffney and Dot Hutto of Spartanburg; a sister, Ruth Jefferies of Gaffney; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence, 1103 S. Petty St.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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