common / 12-19-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Frank Oglesby
U.S. Army veteran
Frank Homer Oglesby, 68, of 812 Fairview Ave., died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Mamie Montgomery Oglesby of the home and son of the late T.B. Oglesby Sr. and the late Pauline Elizabeth Jefferies Oglesby. He graduated in 1955 from Granard High School and was a member of Island Creek Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He attended Limestone Missionary and Philadelphia Baptist churches.
Mr. Oglesby was a retired warehouse supervisor at Cherokee Finishing Company and for the last five years had been a cashier at Auto Brite Services Center. He was a member of Mt. View Masonic Lodge No. 117.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Bennett R. Smith, Kenneth W. Oglesby, the Rev. Roderick T. Oglesby and Bernay Halsey, all of Gaffney; a daughter, Gwendolette Halsey Dawkins of Gaffney; two brothers, Bobby L. Oglesby of Gaffney and Dennis Oglesby of St. Matthew; three sisters, Bernice O. Brown of Detroit, Mich., Pernice O. Smith and Sarah Ann Redish, both of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Arthur J. Smith, Roderick T. Oglesby, James Patton, Danny L. Burnside, Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and Dr. A.L. Brackett officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church Saturday at 1 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 1:30-2 p.m.
Honorary flowerbearers will be members of the Class of 1955. Active flower bearers will be his nieces.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Mountain View Masonic Lodge No. 301. Active pallbearers will be his nephews.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Russell J. Wilkins
Retired from Broad River Electric Cooperative
Russell Jodean Wilkins, 73, of 320 Hetty Hill St., died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Peggy Morris Wilkins and son of the late Johnny Russell Wilkins and the late Hattie Jefferies Wilkins.
Mr. Wilkins was retired from Broad River Electric Cooperative and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He was a member of Skull Shoals Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Joanne Whelchel of Gaffney; a son, Russell Wilkins of Gaffney; four grandchild en; one great-grandchild; a brother, Robert wilkins of Gaffney; and a sister, Betty Keller of Gaffney.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Bud L. Smith
Cowpens native
DALLAS, TX – Bud L. Smith, 68, born November 4, 1933, in Cowpens to Roosevelt Smith and Elizabeth Powell Smith. He graduated from The Citadel in 1957 and served in the U.S. Army. He was a manufacturer representative at the Dallas Apparel Mart for the past 30 years. He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sue, of Dallas; mother, Elizabeth Scruggs of Gaffney; children, Allyson Shoemaker, Dane Smith, Michael Eby; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, S.C 29409 or the charity of choice.
Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home.

Annie K. McCarty
Retired from Burlington Ind.
BLACKSBURG – Annie Kirkland McCarty, 96, of 301 S. Shelby St., died Dec. 17, 2001, at Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.
A native of Batesburg, she was the widow of Lafayette McCarty and daughter of the late Benjamin and Gelina Hall Kirkland. She was retired from Burlington Industries and was a member of First Baptist Church of Blacksburg.
Surviving are a sister, Louise Smith of Batesburg; a granddaughter, Sandra P. Hambright of Blacksburg; son-in-law, Rayford Perdue of Blacksburg; daughter-in-law, Elvira J. McCarty of Great Falls, Mont.; two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. McCarty was preceded in death by her daughter, Helen Perdue; son, Claude J. McCarty; brothers, Perry, Lewis and Harvey Kirkland; and sisters, Lucille Cochcroft and Estelle Boland.
The family will receive friends today from 2-3 p.m. at White Columns. Services will follow at 3 p.m. at White Columns with the Rev. Ken Reid officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 121 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Charles E. Dawkins
Services for Charles Edward “Big Top” Dawkins, 62, of 937 E. O’Neil St., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., the Revs. Roger Mason, L.C. Roberts and Lawrence Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park. Body in the church today at 2 p.m.
Mr. Dawkins died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center. In addition to his two sons, three step-sons, eight daughters, two step-daughters, a brother, 29 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, he is survived by two sisters, Colene D. Logan and Helen Littlejohn.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Lula Mae Upchurch
Gaffney native
Lula Mae Mosley Upchurch, 72, of 835 McKown’s Mountain Rd., died Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of J.D. Upchurch and daughter of the late Dolly Mosley Hamrick. She was a housewife and member of McKown’s Mountain Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Virginia Ann Stroupe of Gaffney; four sons, Terry Wayne Upchurch, James Lynn Upchurch, Randall Dean Upchurch and David Alan Upchurch, all of Gaffney; a granddaughter who was raised in the home, Denise Jones; two sisters, Betty McAbee and Josie Painter, both of Gaffney; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and a sister in Christ, Elsie Mullinax of Gaffney.
Mrs. Upchurch was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Royster, and a granddaughter, Wendy Lynn Upchurch.
Services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at McKown’s Mountain Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Harold Dean Painter and Harold Dean Patton. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Bob Mosley, Dennis McAbee, Scott McAbee, John Hester, Eddie Hester and Tim Hester. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Painter, Roger McAbee, Sam Thompson and Marshall Jackson.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

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