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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, March 29, 2002

Dallas Cline
Decorated World War II veteran
Dallas Cline, of 1207 Clary St., died Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Husband of Bettina Marable Cline of the home, he was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Oct. 20, 1920, the son of the late Pleas David and Carrie M. Cline.
Dallas was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters; a son, Michael David Cline; and a daughter, Melissa Marable Cline.
He was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a degree in business administration. He also worked on his master’s degree in business at Furman University. He retired in 1986 from the South Carolina Employment Security Commission.
Dallas was a long-time member of Limestone Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, elder and church treasurer. He was also active in community affairs, serving as a member of Piedmont Community Action from 1976-1979, some of those years as board chairperson.
Dallas was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army Air Corps from January 1942 to 1945. He served in both the North African and European theaters of the war, primarily in Italy and Southern France. He served with the 3rd Reconnaissance Group and received a Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal.
Dallas is also survived by his two daughters, Teresa Cline Blankenship of Greenville and Nina Leigh Cline of Gaffney; a son-in-law, Chuck Blankenship of Greenville; grandchildren, Karen Horton, David Horton, Josh Horton, Emily Blankenship and Elizabeth Blankenship; and a great-grandson, Christopher Horton.
Visitation will be at the home and at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home from 7-9 tonight.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Limestone Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Dan Youngblood. Interment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be John Gray, Joe Bonner, Dr. John Hubbard, Dean Wyatt, Don Ross and Dr. James M. Carroll.
Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Preston Edwards.
Memorials may be made to Limestone Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Jefferies St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

John H. Leazer
Retired from Cherokee Finishing Company
John H. Leazer, 80, of 104 Duffers Dr., died Thursday, March 28, 2002, in Peachtree Centre.
Mr. Leazer was the husband of Martha Turner Leazer and son of the late John H. Leazer Sr. and the late Gettie Hendricks Leazer. He was retired from Cherokee Finishing and was a member of First Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Marcia Ellis of Gaffney; a son, John A. Leazer of Gaffney; two sisters, Bontee Leazer and Sara Leazer, both of Gaffney; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Joel Sellers and Scott Hammett.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Ellis, Stephen Ellis, Kevin Ellis, Michael Leazer, Scott Hammett and Chris Hammett.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Marion B. Hodge
Formerly employed by McDonald’s
Marion Belle Hodge, 51, of 203 S. Limestone St., died Thursday, March 28, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of J. Donald and Mary McPherson Hodge of Gaffney. She was a former employee of McDonald’s in Gaffney and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Susan Harrill of Gaffney; two brothers, Jimmy Hodge and Eddie Hodge, both of Gaffney; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is at the home of a niece, Mary Sue Poole, 505 E. Robinson St.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Nancy L. Maynor
Retired art teacher
Nancy K. Lamb Maynor, 57, of 325 E. Montgomery St., died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of Amy Lucille Atkins Lamb Maynor of the home and the late Wallace Christopher Lamb. She was a retired art teacher for Spartanburg School District Seven and attended the University of Georgia and Erskine. She graduated from Limestone College and was a member of the Cherokee County Historical Society and First Baptist Church of Gaffney.
Surviving in addition to her mother are a brother, Charles R. Maynor Jr., of Gaffney and two nieces.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

William H. Bell
Blacksburg native
SOUR LAKE, Tex. – William Hall Bell, 70, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at his residence.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont, Tex. Memorial service will be at later date in Blacksburg.
A native of Blacksburg, Mr. Bell had lived in Sour Lake since 1990. He was a retired United States Marine Corp master sergeant who served his country during the Korean conflict and Vietnam.
He is survived by his son, William Joseph “Butch” Bell of Brattleboro, Vt.; two brothers, David Bell of Sour Lake and Dale Bell of Lynchburg, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Elizabeth P. Parker
Services for Elizabeth Pennington Parker, 94, of Peachtree Centre, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Dean Painter and Jack Bratton. Burial will be in Sardis United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Mullinax, Alan Parker, Adam Mullinax, Matthew Mullinax and Gene Wease.
The family is at the home of Irene Weaver, 122 Kings Rd., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Maggie J. Strickland
Registered nurse
Maggie Jolly Strickland, 86, of Gaffney, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Strickland was the widow of Clyde William (Red) Strickland and daughter of the late E. Wright Jolly and the late Della Sarratt Jolly. She was a registered nurse and a member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Martha S. Ezell of Hampton, Maine, and one grandchild.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Roger Aycock. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be made to Grassy Pond Baptist Church, 254 Grassy Pond Baptist Church, 254 Grassy Pond Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lawrence W. Ham
Charter member of CKC Fire Department
BLACKSBURG – Lawrence William Ham, 73, of 809 Old Chester Rd., died Thursday, March 28, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Doris Davis Ham and son of the late Forest and Sally Bolin Ham.
Mr. Ham served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and a supervisor with Wendell Fabrics. He was a charter member of CKC Volunteer Fire Department, serving as fire chief for over 21 years. He was a Shriner and was a member of Blacksburg Buffalo Lodge 202.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Carla Boheler Ham Sr. of Blacksburg; a brother, Boyd Ham of Blacksburg; a sister, Betty Sue Blackmon of Shelby; and grandsons, Danny Ham Jr. and Derek Ham, both of Blacksburg.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Charlie Barnard. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church following the services and at other times they will be at the home.
Pallbearers will be W.C. Davis, Edward David, Thomas Davis, Jamie Ham, Jack Davis and Roger Wright.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of CKC Volunteer Fire Department, Ed Moss’ Sunday School Class,s and Cherokee County Fire Chief’s Association.
Memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund, 511 Old Chester Rd., Blacksburg, 29702; or CKC Volunteer Fire Department, c/o 1102 Old Chester Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Ralph Jennings Sr.
BLACKSBURG – Ralph Jennings Sr., 74, of 215 N. Academy St., died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at his home.
A native of McCormick, he was the husband of Rosella Bolin Jennings and son of the late Babe Jennings and the late Mary Goodman Jennings. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and a former deacon. He was a retired employee of The Timken Company and was a security guard for Cherokee County School District. He was a member of Blacksburg Election Board and the V.F.W. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Also surviving are three sons, Ralph Jennings Jr. of the home, Sgt. Major John David Jennings of Columbia and Thomas William Jennings of Blacksburg; two brothers, Harold Jennings and James Jennings of Baltimore, Md.; three sisters, Josie Brown of Spartanburg, Minnie Wideman and Fannie Wilson of Gastonia; 17 grandchildren, six of them, Sonya Smith, Kim Jennings, Daniel Jennings, Shonda Foster, Thomasena Jefferies, Kathy Twitty and Ralph Jennings III, were reared in the home as his children; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Van C. Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 12:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends Saturday at 1 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be William Moore, Reginald Williams, Doug Bolin, Thomas Simmons, Isaac Blakeney, Eric Foster and Robert Bolin.
Flower bearers will be Genevia Williams, Nannie Williams, Latrice Moore, Raquel Tennal, Ophelia Praziler, Polly Weathers and Karon Foster.
Honorary flower bearers will be Shirley Montgomery and Lucille Wood.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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