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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Dr. Marneese P. Hampton
Pastor of Eastside Baptist Church for 47 years
BLACKSBURG – Dr. Marneese Pershing Hampton, 83, of 201 N. Cherokee Ford Road Extension, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Born in Cherokee Falls, he was the widower of Maybelle Martin Hampton and son of the late John Hampton and the late Lula Moss Hampton.
Dr. Hampton served as pastor of Eastside Baptist Church for 47 years. He worked at Burlington Industries from 1934 until 1956. He attended Blacksburg High School and Dan Greer Bible Institute and was a self-taught musician, playing the piano, guitar and mandolin.
Dr. Hampton was ordained into the ministry by Cherokee Falls Baptist Church on Nov. 28, 1954. He received an honorary doctorate from Covenant International Evangelistic Association and received a Proclamation and Key to the City from the Town of Blacksburg. He received a Proclamation from Cherokee County Council on Nov. 1, 2001, for his dedicated service as pastor of Eastside Baptist Church and for Cherokee County.
Surviving are a son, Virgil Hampton of Blacksburg; two daughters, Phyllis N. Rape of Shelby and Sheila H. Smoke of Gaffney; a brother, Paul Hampton of Blacksburg; a sister, Betty H. Champion of Blacksburg; six grandchildren, Tim Rape of Blacksburg, Lisa R. Bloom of Blacksburg, Susanne R. Duncan of Gaffney, Elizabeth S. Connelly of Gaffney, Gladden Smoke III of Gaffney and Alex Hampton of Blacksburg; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Dr. Hampton was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Kenneth Ridings, Dr. Ed McAbee, the Rev. James Talbert, the Rev. Ansel Center, the Rev. Horace Scruggs, the Rev. Bobby Earls and the Rev. Jamie Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Tim Rape, Andre’ Bloom, Gladden Smoke III, Bobby Collins, Donnie Hampton and David Hampton.
Area ministers will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be tonight from 5-9 at Eastside Baptist Church.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church Handell Fund, P.O. Box 436, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Ethel Painter
Ethel Mae Pearson Painter, 81, formerly of 517 Stephenson St., died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Peachtree Centre.
Born in Spartanburg, she was the widow of Roy Paul Painter and daughter of the late Leard Hayes Pearson and the late Addie Lee Pearson. She was a homemaker and member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Richard Larry Painter and Terrell Lee Painter, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Patricia Gayle White and Paula Bishop of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three brothers, Walter Pearson of Sanford, Fla., Jack Pearson of Charleston, Harold Pearson of Plant City, Fla.; three sisters, Georgia Maynor of West Palm Beach, Fla., Gladys DiMartino of Neveda, Mo., and Vivian Padgett of Clinton.
The family is at the home of Paula Bishop, 517 Stephenson St.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Dale Blanton
Self-employed with Blanton Logging
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Dale Robert Henderson Blanton, 60, of Sawmill Road, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was the widower of Leta Littman Blanton and son of the late B.H. and Margaret Greene Blanton. He was self-employed with Blanton Logging and Sawmill Company.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Blanton was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe Bud and Crawford Long.
Surviving are two sons, Jeffrey Todd Blanton of Leon, Iowa, and David Blanton of Boiling Springs; a daughter, Sandra B. Drake of Mooresboro; seven grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Cleveland Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Keith Dixon.
Memorials may be made to Abuse Prevention Council, P.O. Box 2589, Shelby, N.C. 28151.
Arrangements by Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, Shelby.

Harold D. Oakes
Services for Harold Dean Oakes, 60, of 275 Great Meadows Dr., will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel with burial in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Ken Strong, Wayne Parson, James Lester, Wayne Ruppe and James Wood.
The family is at the home of Michelle Smith, 283 Great Meadows Dr.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Edith S. Anthony
Retired from Minette Mills
Edith Self Anthony, 86, of 123 15th St., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Stan Hope Anthony and daughter of the late Ozzie and Gertrude Jolly Self. She was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church and retired from Minette Mills.
Surviving are a son, Stan Wayne Anthony of Gaffney; two daughters, Betty Petrea and Annie Mae Baker, both of Gaffney; a sister, Merle Oakes of Gaffney; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Ron Jackson and Harry Crosby officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Annie Armstrong Fund, East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

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