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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, March 18, 2002

Dennis L. Childers Sr.
Retired from Hamrick Mills
Dennis Lee Childers Sr., 50, of 401 E. O’Neal St., died Saturday, March 16, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Neida Benton Childers and son of the late William Dennis Childers and the late Betty Dean Allison Childers. He was retired from Hamrick Mills.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Dennis Childers and John Childers, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Sylvia Batchelor of Blacksburg and Medean Kaye of Palatka, Fla.; a brother, David Childers of Kings Mountain; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by Dr. Ray St. John. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family is at 147 Petty Dr., Gaffney, and will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Gordon Mortuary.

Jim Millard
Bail bondsman
James Frank “Jim” Millard, 57, of 4902 Stratford Lane, Denver, N.C., died Saturday, March 16, 2002, in Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, N.C.
A native of Gaffney, was the son of the late James Frank Millard and the late Elnita Byars Millard. He was a bail bondsman and a member of the North Carolina Bail Bondsman Association.
Surviving are two sons, James Christopher Millard of Belmont, N.C., and Barry Lynn Millard of Denver, N.C.; a sister, Barbara Elaine Millard Moore of Gaffney; five grandchildren; a niece, Stephanie Dee Burns of Gaffney; and a great-niece, Brittney Burns of Gaffney.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Norman Philbeck. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Scott Parris, Jerry Holland, Rick Black, Robert Bradley, Josh Rhodes and Dusty Rhodes.
The family is at the home of Barbara More, 100 Lakeshore, Dr., Gaffney, and will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ruby M. McAbee
Retired from Oxford
Ruby Mullinax McAbee, 71, of 209 Rolling Mill Rd., died Sunday, March 17, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of Boyce McAbee of the home and daughter of the late Arthur and Versie Mullinax. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, was retired from Oxford Mills and was a homemaker.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-laws, Boyce E. and Dale McAbee of Gaffney and Dickie and Libby McAbee of Lexington; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Charles Wayne Lanier of Gaffney; three brothers, Marshall Mullinax, LeRoy Mullinax and Kenneth Wayne Mullinax, all of Gaffney; a sister, Kathleen Parker of Gaffney; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. McAbee was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Gene Mullinax.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Dean Painter and Tommy Wright.
Active pallbearers will be Dennis McAbee, Bruce Lanier, Greg McAbee, Foy Lee Ramsey, Alfred Ramsey and John Hummel.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brian McAbee and Steven Wayne Lanier.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Bobby D. Byars
Services for Bobby Dean Byars, 63, of 405 Hardin Dr., were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Alester McKinney. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Robert Earls Jr., Ronald Harrill, Kevin Branch, Mickey Bright, Wayne Gordon and Toby Sharpe.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ruth B. Wright
Cherokee County native
HICKORY GROVE – Ruth Bell Wright, 73, of 1826 Legion Rd., died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Magnolia Manor, Inman.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of John Wright Jr. and daughter of the late Robert L. and Addie Martin Bell. She was a member of Hickory Grove Church of God and was retired from Hickory Grove Sportswear.
Surviving are four sisters, Peggy Carr of Hickory Grove, Louise Cummins of Sparta, Tenn., Hazel Walker of York and Margaret Pursley of Hickory Grove; three brothers, Carl Bell, Lester Bell and Dean Bell, all of Blacksburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Hickory Grove Church of God, conducted by the Rev. Roger Nix. Burial will be in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of her sister, 5126 Hickory Grove Rd., Hickory Grove.
Pallbearers will be her nephews – Randy Bell, Tim Bell, Anthony Carr, Kent Gilfillian, Kelly Pursley, Kelly Pursley, Robert Bell and Jason Alexander.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, N.C. 28722.
Arrangements by White Columns- Blacksburg.

Marion B. Turner
Longtime resident of Macedonia Community
Marion Byars Turner, 93, formerly of 149 Old Post Rd., died Saturday, March 16, 2002, in Brookview Healthcare Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Albert Turner and daughter of the late Ed Byars and the late Lummie Burgess Byars. She was a homemaker and longtime resident of the Macedonia Community. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 70 years and sang in the church choir for over 60 years.
Surviving are a daughter, Juanita Hough of Gaffney; a son, Edward Turner of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Parris of Rockingham, N.C.; and two brothers, Henry Edward Byars and Claude Byars, both of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by a sister, Lottie Blanton, and two brothers, Bill Byars and J.A. Byars.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall and the Rev. Randy McCraw. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Richard Turner, Tony Bracken, Keith Byars, James Blackwell, Fuller McLane and Butch Parris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Samuel Powell, Gene Clary, Warren Fowler, Furman Petty, Grady Phillips, Talmadge Byars, Clifford Byars, Dennis Pettit and Hughey Parker.
The family is at the home of Juanita Hough, 149 Old Post Rd., and also at the home of Edward Turner, 317 Sycamore St.
Memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 4006 E. North St., Suite A, Greenville, S.C. 29615; Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Macedonia Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Joe J. Henderson
Drywall finisher
Joe Jan Henderson, 33, of 727 Wilcox Ave., No. 7, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Rock Hill, he was the husband of Lisa Spencer Henderson and son of Buford Henderson and Mary Jones Henderson. He was a drywall finisher and a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Cortney Pinkard and Starla Henderson, both of Gaffney; a son, Jordan Henderson of Blacksburg; a stepson, Shawn Christopher Green of Gaffney; three sisters, Angela Bailey, Tina Henderson and Stacy Henderson, all of Gaffney; and a brother, George Henderson of Forest City, N.C.
The family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Howard Owens
Disabled truck driver
Charles Howard Owens, 63, of 908 Filter Plant Rd., died Friday, March 15, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Betty Carolyn Harrison Owens and son of the late Lawson Elgie Owens and the late Molly Driskell Owens Walker. He was the stepson of Andrew Walker of Gaffney, a disabled truck driver and a member of Freedom Fellowship Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and stepfather are a daughter, Teresa Annette Ivey of Gaffney; two sons, Charles Lawson Owens and James Andrew Owens, both of Gaffney; two brothers, Elsie Leon Owens and Bobby Gene Owens, both of Gaffney; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Jimmy Westmoreland and Terrell Dillingham. Burial will be in Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearerrs will be Mike Harrison, Danny Harrison, Keith Harrison, Billy Hill, Jimmy Lanier, Dean Phillips, Burman Parker and John Boyd Sr.
The family is at 1000 Filter Plant Rd.
Memorials may be made to the Charles Owens Burial Fund, c/o Betty Owens, 908 Filter Plant Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

William F. Cash
Retired from Duke Power
William F. Cash, 77, of 158 Brittany Rd., died Sunday, March 17, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Jo Verl Burgess Cash and son of the late Charles B. Cash and the late Dorothy Emily Martin Cash. He was a retired engineer for Duke Power Co., an Air Force veteran and a member of West End Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Nancy Brown of Boiling Springs; two sons, Don Cash of Pauline and Chuck Cash of Gaffney; and five grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Cheryl Ann Phillips
Flight attendant for USAirways
BLACKSBURG – Cheryl Ann Sealy Phillips, 43, of 1714 W. Cherokee St., died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at her residence.
Born in Fort Riley, Kan., she was the wife of Kim F. Phillips and daughter of Phil Wilkerson and Doris Peak Wilkerson of Blacksburg. She was a member of Blacksburg First Baptist Church and was a flight attendant for U.S. Airways. She graduated in 1977 from Blacksburg High School and graduated in 1981 from Clemson University where she was a member of the Clemson University Band.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are two daughters, Logan Phillips and Callie Phillips, both of the home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Sonny and Shirley Sealy of Blacksburg and Bob and Angie Wilkerson of Gaffney;
Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred N. Peek who lived in Blacksburg, Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Wilkerson who lived in Hickory Grove and Mr. and Mrs. Marion N. Sealy Sr. who lived in Rock Hill.
Services will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Blacksburg First Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ken Reid and Chris Barrett. The family will receive friends in the church Family Life Center after the service.
Memorials may be made to the Cherokee County Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1896, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Lutheran Hospice, P.O. Box 1353, Greer, S.C. 29652.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

James “Bass” C. Phillips
Employed by Brown’s Packing
james “Bass” C. Phillips, 55, of 205 W. Fairview Ave., died Friday, March 15, 2002, at 1:07 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Son of the late Ezra Phillips and the late Eloise Byers Bailey Phillips, he was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. He was a 1965 graduate of Granard High School and was a butcher at Brown’s Packing Co.
Surviving are three sons, Frankie Posey, Chris Adams, both of Gaffney, and Carl Bailey of Severn, Md.; six daughters, Londria Jolly, Charlene Craig, Tela Sims, Marie Evans, Helen Bailey and Elizabeth Gaffney of Gaffney; three step-daughters, Margaret Petty, Lora Posey and Stacy Adams of Gaffney; 23 grandchildren; three of them, thomas Petty, T.J. Horton and Timenisha Horton were raised in the home as his children; a brother, William Phillips of Gaffney; and two sisters, Barbara Corry and Loraine Robinson of Shelby.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church with Dr. U.D. Vernon and the Rev. Tony Macomson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Narvan Haney, Edward Tate, Bernard Dawkins, Reggie Tate, Donnie Jefferies, Corry McCluney, Drace Jordan, Jams Davis, Franklin McCluney and Ervin Ratchford.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Brown Packing Co.
Flower bearers will be Geraldine Jeter, Karen Galmon, Lorraine Lindsay, Quensena Robinson, Edith McCluney, Tia Wood, Lequita Evans, Maralyn Hoey, Oletha Linder, Juanita Wood and Shawmeca Littlejohn.
The family is at the home of Joanne Adams, Apt. J-43, Granard Courts.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Freddie E. Tate
Custodian at GHS
Freddie Eugene Tate, 40, of 103 Oakland Ave., died Saturday, Mach 16, 2002, at 4:02 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Son of Annie Bell Tate Hopper of the home and the late George Savage, he was a native of Cherokee County and was of the Baptist faith. He worked as a custodian at Gaffney High School.
Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Mary Ann Brown Tate of Spartanburg; four brothers, Calvin Bernard Tate of the home, George Savage, Jams Savage and Kenneth Savage, all of Gaffney; two sisters, peggy Delores Tate and Gloria Savage Littlejohn of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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