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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, March 4, 2002

James Y. Blanton
James Y. Blanton, 62, of 1757 Chesness Highway, husband of Elizabeth Parker Blanton, died Sunday, March 3, 2002.
He was the son of the late Garnell Blanton and Ruby Whelchel Blanton.
A member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, he was employed by KOSA.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Blanton is survived by a daughter, Vickie Price, of Gaffney; a son, Ricky Blanton of Gaffney; two grandchildren; a brother, Willie Blanton of Gaffney; and three sisters, Ophelia Hammett, Elaine Blanton and Mildred Mahaffey, all of Gaffney.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in Charge.

Ruby B. V. Childers
Ruby Best Vassey Childers, 89, of 1012 Cherokee Ave. in Gaffney, wife of the late Ed Vassey and the late Fred Childers, died Sunday, March 3, 2002 at Peachtree Centre in Gaffney
The daughter of the late Josepth Best and the late Nettie Adams Best, Mrs. Childers was a native of Buncombe Co., N.C.
She was a former sales representative for Stanley Home Products and a member of Elm Street Church of God.
Mrs. Vassey is survived by three sisters, Helen Jones of Gaffney, Ethel Turner of Spartanburg, and Beulah Harris of Gaffney; a brother, Frank Best of Gaffney; a daughter, Linda Parker of Texas; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel in Gaffney.
Funeral Services will be held at the same place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 with Rev. James L. Garner officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetary, Gaffney.
Pallbearers will be Joe Bradley, Ken Vassey, Dean Vassey, Glenn White, Sr., Floyd White, Sr. and Marvin Ramsey.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to: Elm Street Church of God, 200 Elm St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Kizzie E. Dunn
Kizzie Evette Dunn, 24, of Norfolk, Virginia, died Wednesday morning in Norfolk.
Born in Spartanburg, she was a daughter of Johnnie Dunn of Gaffney and L. Junior Dawkins of Gaffney.
She attended Gaffney High School and was a member of Galilee Baptist Church, Blacksburg.
Also surviving are: 2 sisters, Teresa Dunn of Norfolk, VA, and Chastity Dunn of of
Gaffney; maternal grandfather, John Kilgore of Lowell, N.C.
The family is at the home of her mother, Johnnie Dunn, 209 Wilkinsville Hwy.
Arrangements are incomplete. The Gilmore Mortuary is in charge.

Larry S. Gentry
Larry S. Gentry, 40, of 106 Random Drive, Mooresboro, N.C., husband of Yvonne Walton Gentry, died Saturday evening on March 2 in Mooresboro, N.C.
A native of Cleveland Co., Mr. Gentry was the son of George W. Gentry and Mrs. Jeanette Thompson Gentry of Mooresboro.
Mr. Gentry was a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church and was employed by Opnes Mills in Cliffside, N.C.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Gentry is survived by five sons, Chaz C. Rice and Jonathon M. Walton of the home, Curist O. Rice, Chadwick W. Gentry and Larry O. Gentry of Mooresboro, N.C; two brothers, Ernie D. Gentry of Shelby, N.C. and Craig Gentry of Winston-Salem, N.C.; four sisters, Geneva Gentry of Grover, N.C., Georgina G. Hopper of Shelby, N.C., Lula G. Patterson of Earl, N.C. and Regina G. Smith of Forest City, N.C.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Maple Springs Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. Robert L. Dover officiationg.
Interment will follow in Maple Springs Baptist Church Cemetary.
Body will be placed in Maple Springs Baptist Church on Wednesday at noon.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Maple Springs Baptist Church.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Lola Osment Pettit
Lola Osment Pettit, 88, of Charlotte, husband of Fred Pettit, died Sunday, March 3 at Presbyterian Wesley Care Center.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Gayle Phillips of Lincolnton, N.C.; a sister, Mae Osment of Gaffney; and a brother, Newton Osment of Chester.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the Wilson Chapel of Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, 5301 Albemarle Road.
A committal service will follow at 2 p.m. in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney, S.C.

Louis Pustay
Louis Pustay, 79, of 146 Addis Trail in Cowpens,the husband of the late Virginia Fay Grist Pustay, died in his home on Sunday, March 3.
A Putnam, Michigan Native, Mr. Pustay was the son of the late Steve Pustay and the late Rose Szemredy Pustay.
Mr. Pustay was a retired construction worker and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Duncan, S.C.
He is survived by four daughters, Carol Haack of Tampa, Fla, Gloria Bedell of Cowpens, Donna Cleveland of Brooksville, Fla. and Rachel Partridge of Cowpens; a sister, Ethel Kovach of Gaffney; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher is in charge.

Wade Waldrup
First Sgt. Wade W. Waldrup, U.S. Army, of Augusta, Ga., and husband of Elizabeth Sparks Waldrup, entered into rest Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Wade T. Waldrup of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Ruby Warren of Gaffney, S.C.; and a granddaugher, Meghan Waldrup of Memphis, Tenn.
Mr. Waldrup was born in Spartanburg, S.C. and a member of the Baptist faith. He was a retired first sgt. with the U.S. Army. Wile serving with the 31st Infantry Regiment in the Phillipine Islands, he was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese in April 1942. As a prisoner of war, he was held on Bataan at Bilibid Prison and was on the port area detail (Phillipine Camp 11) in Manila, P.I.; and worked in the lead mine at Kamioka, Japan. After being released from prisoner of war status on Sept. 6, 1945, he became active in the former prisoner of war programs in Ga., serving as Department of Ga. Commander, AXPOW Chapter Commander, Greater Augusta Chapter, AXPOW, and served in other positions in the organization on both the state and local levels. Mr. Waldrup was a life member of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, life member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, life member of the 31st Infantry Regimental Association, life member of Department of Ga. AXPOW and the Greater Augusta Chapter, AXPOW.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 4, 2002 at 3 p.m. under the direction of the Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, 211 E. Frederick St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340. Internment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
The family will receive friends at the Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

William Wilburn
Wlliam C. “Bill” Wilburn, 94, of 223 Kings Creek Drive in the Kings Creek Community of Blacksburg, died at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.
White Columns -- Blacksburg is in charge.

Mary Mussman
Mary Huskey Mussman, 77, of 416 Shalimar Dive died Saturday, March 2 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was widow of August Fred Mussman and the daughter of the late Bryan and Helen Austell Mussman.
She was a retired office manager of York Technical College and a member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Kathy Mussman of Georgetown, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Susan Mussman of Spartanburg; son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Bonnie Mussman of Greer; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Bobby Windham of Greeneville, Tenn.; two brothers, Bill and Tom Huskey of Greenville; three sisters, June Lanier, Laura Hicks of Gaffney and Katherine Grayson of Shelby, N.C.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Roger Aycock.
The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Terry Mussman, Paul Mussman, Steve Mussman, Brian Windham, Greg Windham, Chuck Hicks, Bruce Lanier, Daryl Huskey, Eric Grayson and John Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Mary LeMaster Sunday School Class.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Grassy Pond Baptist Church, 254 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Ben Bolin
SMYRNA - William Benjamin “Ben” Bolin, 82, of 858 Martin Goldmine Road died Saturday, March 2 at Piedmont HealthCare.
A native of York County, he was the husband of Fathie Martin Bolin and the son of the late William “Will” James Bolin and the late Carrie Elizabeth Brandon Bolin.
He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church and a World War II veteran as a member of the 3rd Army Division.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Bennie Childers of Smyrna; a brother, Ralph David Bolin of Temple Terrace, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruth Sanders of Sharon and Shirley Jacobs of Catawba and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Monday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary in Blacksburg.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. conducted by the Revs. Bennie Davis, Joe Mullis and Ralph Lail. The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dean Martin, Johnny Walker, Bill Dover, John Parker, Roger Martin, Travis Hull, Lewis Jenkins and Ashley Jenkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Smyrna Baptist Church, Kenneth Hull, John Glenn Martin, Michael Martin, Teddy Doster and Kenny Hull, Jr.
The family is a the residence of 858 Martin Goldmine Road in Smyra, N.C.

Frank Osment
Frank Kendrick Osment, 69, of 1233 Burnt Gin Road, died Saturday, March 2 at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the widow of Ruby Suttles Osment and the son of the late Oscar James Osment and Janie Millwood Osment.
He was a retired quarry equipment operator and a member of Blue Branch Baptist Church.
Surviving include a son, Randall Osment of Gaffney and a daughter, Tonya Kierstead of Gaffney; three grandchildren, Alicia Osment, Kyle Osment and Courtney Scruggs and a brother, Albert Osment of Gaffney.
Visitation will be held Monday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Shuford Hatcher Funeral Home and services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Blue Branch Baptist Church conducted by Mickey Mullinax, James Osment and Randall Osment.
Burial will follow at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Ervin Millwood, Robert Osment, Tom Long, Mike Patton, Butch Nance and Ralph Perry.
The family is at the residence of Tonya Kierstead at 122 Burnt Gin Road.

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