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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, March 1, 2002

Lloyd A. Durham
Long-timer farmer and lumberman
Lloyd A. Durham, 86, of 536 Littlejohn Rd., husband of Clara Wigfield Durham, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at 7:40 p.m. at his home after an extended illness.
Mr. Durham was born in Dark Corner, S.C., in Greenville County on May 18, 1915, a son of the late Richard C. (Babe) Durham and Lavonia Plumley Durham. He was a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church and a life-long farmer and lumberman.
Mr. Durham was first married to the late Esther Sue McGuinn Durham and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Carol Collins of Boiling Springs, Susan King of Inman and Janice Baynes of Lyman; six sons: Kenneth Durham of Ovid, Mich., Raymond Durham of Satellite Beach, Fla., Wayne Durham and Alvin Durham, both of Pacolet, and Adlai Durham and Orville Durham, both of Gaffney; 14 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Mr. Durham was preceded in death by a son, Winston Durham; two sisters, Mattie Atkins and Ola Campbell; and a brother, Archie Durham.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Rehoboth Baptist, conducted by the Rev. Clay Earle. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The body will be at Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel where the family will receive friends Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and will be placed in church at 2 p.m. Sunday to await the hour of service.
Arrangements by the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

William T. Hill
Graveside services for William Teddy Hill, 80, of 216 Chandler Dr., will be held today at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Michael Miller. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Pallbearers will be Brian Parris, Alan Parris, O.J. Parris, Scott Parris, Scott Fowler and Danny Moore.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

John H. Thomas
Retired barber
WOODRUFF – John H. Thomas, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at Woodruff Manor.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the widower of Edna Thomas Thomas and son of the late Henry Thomas and the late Laura Sellars Thomas. He was a retired barber and member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Cowpens.
Surviving are a niece raised in the home, Norma Dalton of Mayo; five sisters, Myrtle Peahuff, Lillian Thompson, Rebecca Ruppe, all of Spartanburg, Faye Huskey of Greenwood and Vivian Estepp of Cowpens; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Robert Kirby. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
The family is at the home of Norma Dalton, 887 Double Branch Rd., Mayo.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Edith B. Holtzclaw
Retired secretary
Edith B. Holtzclaw, 74, of 221 Maple Dr., died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
She was the widow of Buford Newell Holtzclaw and daughter of the late Samuel Davis Sr. and Ada Harris Blanton. She was a retired secretary for McDowell Agency and was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha H. Patrick of Lake City; two stepdaughters, Carolyn H. Tate and Joyce H. Monday, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Bertha Gault of Sumter, Linnie Pennington of Gaffney; a brother, Samuel David Blanton Jr. of Sumter; two grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-8 tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Joel Sellers and Scott Hammett.
The family is at the home
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Pansy P. McCraw
Retired from Musgrove Mills
Pansy Patrick McCraw, 88, formerly of Elm Street, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, in Greenville Memorial Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Arthur (Foxy) Tillman McCraw and daughter of the late Alphonso Milton Patrick and the late Isadora Stowe Patrick. She was retired from Musgrove Mills and was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Stuart Kersey.
The family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Senior Center of Gaffney, 499 W. Rutledge Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Rev. Raymond L. Pinson
Retired Baptist minister
The Rev. Raymond L. Pinson, 93, of 402 Shalimar Dr., died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at his home.
A native of Asheville, N.C., he was the son of the late Mose and Fannie Spencer Pinson and widower of Florence Hitt Pinson.
He was a retired minister, ordained by First Baptist Church of Marietta in 1940. He served churches in South Carolina and Ohio and served as moderator of North Greenville Baptist Association in South Carolina and the Sciota Baptist Association in Ohio.
Rev. Pinson also served on the General Board of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the Executive Board of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and at North Greenville College as a trustee. He was an interim pastor for several churches after his retirement in 1971 and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Gaffney for 27 years. He was also a Mason in Greer Lodge.
Survivors include a son, Raymond Lewis Pinson Sr. of Gaffney; three grandchildren, Ray L. Pinson Jr., Byron Scott Pinson and Genene P. Clary, all of Gaffney; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-8 tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers and Dr. Bobby Morrow. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Ray Prince, David Vassy, Mike Vassy, Penny Pinson, Jim Ed Looper and Johnny Hitt.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to the Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Maurice Martin, Sr.
Retired from S.C. Highway Department
Maurice Martin Sr., 65, of 424 Sarratt St., widower of Lelia Beel Martin and Betty Gene Burris Martin, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at 3 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of the late Lonnie Tracy and the late Nathaniel Harris Martin. He was a member of Indian Hill Baptist Church and retired from the S.C. Highway Department.
Surviving are a daughter, Kellie Marie Martin of the home; three sons, Steven Garrett Martin of Columbia, Maurice Martin Jr. and Bryon O’Neal Martin of the home; a sister, Shelia Tracy of Cowpens; a brother, Johnny Martin of Spartanburg; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Lester A. Johnson Sr.
Retired school teacher
COWPENS – Lester Andre’ Johnson Sr., 64, of 4605 Old Georgia Hwy., widower of Elna Sue Garrison Johnson, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at 4:10 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Son of the late Fraygious Johnson and the late Garrie Mayes, he was a native of Spartanburg County and a retired school teacher, having taught 25 years at Shelby Middle School. He was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church in Cowpens and served as a lay leader.
Surviving are a son, Lester A. Johnson Jr. of Cowpens; a daughter, Monica Johnson of Mauldin; three brothers, James O. Johnson of Suitland, Md., Roger Johnson and John C. Johnson of Cowpens; three sisters, Mary Landrum of Charleston, Frances Corbett and Barbara McNair of Pleasantville, N.J.; three grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Services will be held Monday at noon at Pleasant View United Methodist Church with he Rev. Albert Branch officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney. Body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

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