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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, January 14, 2002

Violet P. Allman
Retired from Limestone Summit Plant
Violet Mae Patterson Pritchard Allman, 74, of 407 Brook Dr., died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Claude “Boss” Patterson and the late Margaret Bright Patterson. She was retired from Limestone Summit Plant and was of the Presbyterian faith.
Surviving are two sons, Lawrence Pritchard and Oscar Pritchard, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Virginia Campbell and Judith Hill, both of Gaffney; a brother, L.D. Patterson of Gaffney; two sisters, Essie Haynes and Ruth Dover, both of Gaffney; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Allman was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Thomas.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Revs. Paul Tessnear and Willie Lanier.
The family is at the home of Ruth Dover, 104 Madison Ave.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Archie R. Fowler
Construction worker
Archie Raymond Fowler, 37, of Apt. 7-B, Berkley Apartments, 201 Chandler Dr., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the son of Raymond Fowler and Marie Childers Arnold. He was a construction worker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Marie Childers Arnold of Gaffney; stepfather, Paul Arnold of Gaffney; father, Raymond Fowler of Gaffney; stepmother, Kitty Fowler of Gaffney; a daughter, Heather Fowler of Gaffney; two sons, Archie Raymond (A.J.) Fowler Jr. and Rodney Blake Fowler, both of Shelby; two sisters, Sherry Moss of Spartanburg and Penny Watkins of Gaffney; four step-brothers, Joseph Tabors, Brian Tabors, David Fowler, all of Gaffney, and Rex Weathers of Spartanburg.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by Dr. Edward McAbee. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Link Moss, Rodney Henderson, Rex Weathers, John Sizemore, Eddie Childers and Ryan Moss.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and is at the home of Marie and Paul Arnold, Westwind I, Apt. 22, 521 W. Montgomery St., and at the home of Raymond Fowler, 328 Sycamore St.

Virginia D. Bennett
Retired owner/operator of Bennett’s Groceries
Virginia Davis Bennett, 78, of 3381 Old Georgia Hwy., died Friday, Jan. 11, 2001, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Laurens, she was the wife of Talmadge Bennett and daughter of the late Samuel Davis and the late Florence Raphone Davis. She was retired owner and operator of Bennett’s Groceries and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Also surviving are four sisters, Lula Culberson of Laurens, Nell Boltin and Polly Outz, both of Augusta, Ga., and Helen Holmes of Cayce.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Davis and William Davis, and two sisters, Fanny Morgan and Maggie Messer.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Beaverdam Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Bobby Cable. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Charles Hardin, Edward Bennett, Myron Garratt, Brandon Bright, Joey Bright and Jerry Humphries.
Honorary pallbearers were Dave Cody, Dean Willard and Joe Hammett.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lettie H. Rappe
Worked with Cone Mills for 30 years
CHARLOTTE – Lettie Heaton Rappe, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, in Carolinas Medical Center-University.
Mrs. Rappe was born on Oct. 25, 1917, in Gaffney, one of seven children to the late Joseph Andrew Garner and Nellie Jane Ball Garner. The family moved to Charlotte during World War II and Mrs. Rappe worked with Cone Mills Inc. in Pineville for more than 30 years as a trainer. She was a member of Derita Baptist Church.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the McEwen Charlotte Chapel with burial in Sharon Memorial Park.
Mrs. Rappe is survived by her husband of 11 years, Harold Rappe; two stepchildren, Bobby J. Rappe and Donalene Burris, all of Charlotte; two grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; a sister, Annie Bell Fowler of Gaffney; two brothers, Ernest Garner of Gaffney and Henry Garner of Gastonia;
Mrs. Rappe was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara “Bobbie” Heaton Bumgardner in 1977; her first husband, Arthur Heaton in 1984; brothers, Jimmy and Joe Garner; and sisters, Hattie Lee Lester and Eva Garner.
Arrangements by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Charlotte Chapel, 727 E. Morehead St.

Lily S. Melton
Retired textile employee and school crossing guard
Lily Corinne Sprouse Melton, 86, formerly of 808 Beech St., died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, in N.H.C. Healthcare, Greer.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Donald N. Melton and daughter of the late Calvin Sprouse and the late Anna Wyatt Sprouse. She was a retired textile employee and school crossing guard and a member of Beech Street Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a son, Steve Melton of Gaffney; a daughter, Gwen Hughey, and son-in-law, Ron Hughey, of Taylors; a brother, Fred Sprouse of Gaffney; and three grandchildren, Traci Hughey of Bristol, R.I., Kelley H. Self of Simpsonville and Todd Melton of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Melton was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Melton.
Services were held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Martin H. Martin. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
The family is at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee County Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1896, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Barbara A. Stratton
Native of Charleston, W.Va.
Barbara Atkinson Stratton, 65, formerly of Gaffney, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, in White Oak Manor, Spartanburg.
Born in Charleston, W.Va., she was the widow of Robert Eugene Stratton Sr. and daughter of the late Boyd Atkinson and the late Hazel Smith Atkinson. She was a homemaker and member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Surviving are two sons, Rand Stratton and Bob Stratton, both of Gaffney, and two sisters, Janet Hendershot and Erma Williams, both of Canton, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church conducted by the Rev. Roger Lindler.
The family is at the home of Rand Stratton, 1012 S. Limestone St.
Memorials may be made to Dialysis Clinic Inc., Patient Fund, 405 Tiffany Park, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lewis M. Tate
Employed by Atlas Cold Storage
Lewis Michael Tate, 42, of 756 Northgate Rd., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, on arrival at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Husband of Tundra Ratchford Tate of the home, he was born in Gaffney, a son of Julite Littlejohn Tate of Blacksburg, and the late Alfred Fleetwood Tate Sr. He was a 1979 graduate of Gaffney High School, a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church, and an employee of Atlas Cold Storage Co.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Chantel Morris of Gaffney; a step-daughter, Raven Dawkins of Gaffney; a step-son, Joseph Leach of the home; four sisters, Mary Littlejohn, Shirley Ann Wray, Margaret Douglas, and Annie Guyton, all of Gaffney; four brothers, Alfred Tate Jr., James Tate, Samuel Tate and Bobby Louis Tate, all of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. The Gilmore Mortuary is in charge.

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