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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Frank Osment
Frank Kendrick Osment, 69, of 1233 Burnt Gin Rd., 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 Osment.
He was a retired quarry equipment operator and a member of Blue Branch Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Randall Osment of Gaffney; a daughter, Tonya Kierstead of Gaffney; a brother, Albert Osment of Gaffney; and three grandchildren, Alicia Osment, Hyle Osment and Courtney Scruggs.
Visitation was held Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and services were held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Blue Branch Baptist Church, conducted by Mickey Mullinax, James Osment and Randall Osment. Burial followed at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were 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.

Aaron Garner Parris
Aaron Garner Paris, infant son of Robert "Rusty" Donald Parris and Alice Garner Parris of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Feb. 27 in a Mt. Pleasant hospital.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Graham Parris of Mt. Pleasant; grandparents, John Boyd Garner and Doris Garner of Isle of Palms, and Joe and Sara Parris of Gaffney.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UMSC, Children's Hospitals, Charleston, S.C. 29425; or American SIDS Institute, 2480 Windy Hill Road, Suite 380, Marietta, Ga. 30067.

Ted A. Pruitt
Theodore A. Pruitt, 55, of 913 Hickory Hollow Road in Inman, former husband of Linda Perry Pruitt, died Sunday, March 3, 2002.
A native of Hendersonville, N.C., he was the son of the late John C. and Girteal McCarson Pruitt.
He was a member of the Baptist faith and the owner of Discount Auto Supply in Gaffney.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kelly Pruitt of Inman, Donna Horne of Chesnee, and Jessica Pruitt of Campobello; six brothers, James Clifford Pruitt of Hendersonville, Frank Pruitt and Michael Pruitt of Inman, John Pruitt of Rutherfordton, David Pruitt of Spartanburg, and Michael Henderson of Anderson; two sisters, Barbara King of Wheaton, Ill., and Margaret Wyatt of Aiken; and four grandchildren.
The family received friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Petty Funeral Home in Landrum. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at Petty Funeral Chapel in Landrum, with Rev. Jimmy Ramsey officiating and burial following in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Cecil West, Matt West, Billy Pruitt, Jason Pruitt, Eric Burnette and Ben Russell.
The family is at the home of Michael E. Pruitt, 443 Gramling Mills Rd., Inman.

Robert G. Christopher
Robert G. Christopher, 79, of 18 Little Street in Lyman, husband of Gladys Mae Christopher of the home, died on Sunday, March 3, 2002 at St. Lukes Hospital in Tryon, N.C.
A Shelby, N.C. native, he was the son of the late Ruth Wells Christopher and the late John Dean Christopher.
A retired textile worker, he was employed by Spring Industries over 30 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Lyman.
Mr. Christopher was a veteran of World War II, in which he served in the Marine Corps.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Dean Christopher of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Public visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Stribling Funeral Home in Duncan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at First Baptist Church of Lyman, with Revs. James W. Thompson and Jerry Ruppe officiating. Interment will follow at Wood Memorial Park in Duncan.
The family is at the home of 18 Little St., Lyman.

James Y. Blanton
James "Buddy" Y. Blanton, 62, of 1757 Chesnee Hwy., Gaffney, husband of Elizabeth Parker Blanton of the home, died on Sunday, March 3, 2002 at his residence.
A Gaffney native, he was the son of the late Garnell Blanton and the late Ruby Whelchel Blanton.
Mr. Blanton was employed by KOSA and was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Vickie Price of Gaffney; a son, Ricky Blanton of Gaffney; a brother, Willie Blanton of Gaffney; three sisters, Ophelia Hammett, Elaine Blanton and Mildren Mahaffey, all of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Frazier and Jimmy Westmoreland officiating. Body will lie instate 30 minutes before. Interment will follow at Frederick Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Michael Mathis, Dean Hammett, Nesbitt Parker, Glenn Mahaffey, Michael Dover and Bobby Blanton.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to: Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Ste. 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.

Louis Pustay
Louis Pustay, 79, of 146 Addis Trail in Cowpens, husband of the late Virginia Fay Grist Pustay, died Sunday, March 3, 2002 at his residence.
A Putnam, Michigan native, he was the son of the late Steve Pustay and the late Rose Szemredy Pustay.
A retired construction worker, he was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Duncan.
Visitation was held from 7- 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the residence.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of cut flowers, live potted plants may be send that can be planted in his honor.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

William C. Wilburn, Jr.
William C. "Bill" Wilburn, Jr., 94, of 223 Kings Creek Dr., Kings Creek Community in Blacksburg, died saturday, March 2, 2002 at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late William C. and Violet Orr Wilburn, Sr.
He was the owner of Wilburn and Co. and was a surveyor. He was a graduate of Clemson University. He was an active member of the Blacksburg Senior Center. He was a member of Enon Baptist Church, Smyrna.
He is survived by nieces: Carol W. Chaffin, Snellville, Ga.; Faye W. Davis, Marietta, Ga.; and Sandra W. Kelly, Greenville, S.C.; and a nephew, David Wilburn, Kings Creek Community, Blacksburg.
The family received friends Monday, March 4, from 7-8 p.m. at White Columns, Blacksburg and after the service on Tuesday. A celebration of life service was held Tuesday, March 5, 2002, 2 p.m., graveside, at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Hoyt Abrams officiating.
Pallbearers serving were: James Inabinet, Felix Thomas, Bruce Whisnant, Grady Wilson, John Walker, Carol Robinson and Robert Love.
Memorials may be made to: Blacksburg Senior Center, 109 Brugg St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702; or the Enon Baptist Church, 150 Enon Church Rd., Smyrna, S.C. 29743.
White Columns, Blacksburg is serving the family.

Thelma Beam Goforth
Thelma Beam Goforth, 82, of 742 Antioch Rd. in Blacksburg, widow of Lt. Col. George M. Goforth, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at White Oak Manor, Kings Mtn., N.C.
A native of Lincoln Co., N.C., she was the daughter of the late Doris and Ocie Bess Beam.
She was married to her husband for 52 years. They toured the European Theater of World War II on several occasions.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Maria Goforth; and six brothers.
Mrs. Goforth was a graduate of Northbrook High School and Appalachian State Teacher's College. She taught school for 30 years and was a member of the NCEA, SCEA, and Delta Kappa Gamma, a teaching sorority.
She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and held many offices throughout her life. She was a former member of the Home Demonstration Club and the Grange.
She is survived by two sons, George E. Goforth and his wife Jackie of Easley, and John R. Goforth and his wife Paula of Kings Mtn., N.C.; two daughters, Ann G. Rosi of Chicago, Ill. and Jean G. Peach of Gastonia, N.C.; a sister, Esther Shuford of Lincolnton, N.C.; and seven grandchildren, Gabrielle Rosi of San Francisco, Calif., Domino Rosi of Chicago, Ill., Marty Goforth of Chapel Hill, N.C., Brad Goforth of Kings Mtn., N.C., Katherine Peach of Boone, N.C., James Peach of Gastonia, N.C., and Sally Peach of Gastonia, N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church in Blacksburg on Thursday, March 7, 2002 with Revs. Chris Barrett and Julian Lazar officiating. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mtn., N.C.
Pallbearers were Domino Rosi, Marty Goforth, Brad Goforth, James Peach, Richard Goforth, John Goforth, Paul Goforth, Donald Beam, Nelson Beam and James Sweezy.
Harris Funeral Home, Inc., Kings Mtn., N.C. is in charge.
Interment will follow at Beulah Methodist Church Cemetery at Kings Mtn., N.C.
Memorials may be made to: St. John's United Methodist Church, 105 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.

James Henry Gibson
James Henry Gibson, 81, of 3205 Corinth Rd. in Gaffney, husband of Vera Moore Gibson of the home, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A Gaffney native, he was the son of the late James Gibson and the late Bertha Owensby Gibson.
He was a retired textile worker and a member of El Bethel Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Rebecca Bratton and Charlene Duncan of Gaffney, and Faye Greene of Ellenboro, N.C.; a son, Larry Gibson of Gaffney; a brother, Charlie Gibson of Gaffney; a sister, Louia Medley of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Tuesday, March 5 from 7-9 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at El Bethel Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Perry, Jr. and John Goforth officiating. Interment will follow at the El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice Care of S.C., 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Earl William Rogers, Jr.
Earl William Rogers, Jr., 55, of 201 Lakeshore Dr. in Gaffney, husband of Ruth Charbonneau Rogers of Gaffney, died Monday, March 4, 2002 at his residence.
A native of Fall River, Mass, he was the son of the late Earl W. Rogers, Sr. and the late Thelma Catherine DeMoranville Rogers.
He was a qualified mental retardation specialist at the Charles Lea Center and a graduate of the University of Mass. He was a graduate of Apponequet High School in Freetown, Mass, where he lived most of his life; a member of the Freetown Republican Committee; and a lifelong member of the Freetown Historical Commission. He was a resident of Gaffney for the past six years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Catherine Rogers of Assonet, Mass.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held form 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
The family is at the residence.

Gertrude Emory Henson
Gertrude Emory Henson, 80, of 786 Garvin Lake Rd. in Gaffney, wife of the late Austin Henson, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at her residence.
A native of Asheville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Emory and Charlotte Ballard Tracey of Gaffney.
She was a member of the Baptist faith and a homemaker.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by three daughters, Shirley Fuller and Charlotte Wood of Gaffney, and Peggy Watson of Asheville, N.C.; a stepson, Don Henson, Sr. of Cowpens; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
In addition to her father and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Horace and Fred Emory.
The family is at 786 Garvin Lake Road in Gaffney.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney is in charge.

Larry S. Gentry
Larry S. Gentry, 40, of 106 Random Drive in Mooresboro, N.C., died on Saturday evening, March 2 in Mooresboro, N.C.
The son of George W. Gentry and Jenaette Thompson Gentry of Mooresboro, N.C., he was a native of Cleveland Co., N.C. He was a member of Maple Springs Baptist Church and was employed by Cones Mills in Cliffside, N.C.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Walton Gentry of Mooresboro, N.C.; five sons, Chaz C. Rice and Jonathon M. Walton of the home, Curis O. Rice, Chadwick W. Gentry and Larry O. Gentry of Mooresboro, N.C; one stepdaughter, Sierra Walton 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. Lulla G. Patterson of Earl, N.C. and Regina G. Smith of Forest City, N.c.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at Maple Springs Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. Robert L. Dover and Revs. Charles Webber, Linda Hardin, Robert Whitlock and Michael Gullate officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Springs Baptist Cemetery. He will be placed in Maple Springs Baptist Church on Wednesday at noon to lie instate. The family will receive friends at 2:30 p.m. at the church.
Flower bearers will be: Calundra Gentry, Wyshena Gentry, Kelia Howell, Pamela Nance, Cameo Patterson and Shacara Wray. Pallbearers will be: James Glover, Alfonso Hickman, Adrian Rice, Randy Hickman, Charles Little and Xavier Johnson.
Foster Funeral Home in Gaffney is in charge.

King David Dawkins, Sr.
Deacon King David Kawkins, Sr., 84, of 141 Iris Ln. in Gaffney, widow of Tollie Thomas Dawkins, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at his residence.
The son of the late James "Jim" Dawkins and the late Lizzie Glenn Dawkins, he was a native of Cherokee Co. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church of Cowpens and served as a deacon, former chairman, former trustee, church treasurer, and on the graveyard committee. He was a retired employee of Draper Corp. in Spartanburg.
He is survived by five sons, John Blake Dawkins, King David Dawkins, Jr., Bobby G. Dawkins and Terry Wayne Dawkins of Gaffney, and Sammy Lee Dawkins of the home; one daughter, Annie Ruth Dawkins of Spartanburg; one sister, Victoria Dawkins Hughes of the home; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney is in charge of the arrangements.

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