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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, April 8, 2002

Herbert P. Harris
Residential contractor
Herbert Paul Harris, 89, of 3754 Union Hwy. died Saturday, April 6, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mr. Harris was the widower of Leila H. Harris and son of the late Robert J. and Elizabeth G. Harris. He was a member of Rehobeth Baptist Church and Woodmen of the World. He was a residential contractor.
He is survived by a daughter, Marjorie H. Waters, of Gaffney; two grandchildren, Ginger Darwin of Spartanburg and Stephen Waters of Gaffney; and two great-grandchildren, Jake Darwin of Spartanburg and Summer Waters of Gaffney.
Graveside were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Clay Earle and Joe Kanipe officiating. The family is at 1587 Overbrook Dr.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service-Gaffney.

Pauline G. Porter
Employed by Cherokee School District
BLACKSBURG — Pauline Graham Porter, 81, of 415 W. Lime St. died April 5, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Oconee County, she was the widow of James Eugene Porter and a daughter of the late Jesse Graham and Molly Frady Graham. She attended Blacksburg Church of God and was employed with Cherokee County School District.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Porter was preceded in death by a son, James B. Porter; two brothers, Jesse Graham Jr. and Roy Graham; and two grandchildren.
Survivors include a son, Gilbert Subastus Porter of Fountain Inn; a daughter, Oveda P. Atkinson of Blacksburg; two brothers, Charles R. Graham of Blacksburg and Lawrence R. Graham of Marietta; two sisters, Onie Long of Kings Mountain, N.C., and Bobbie Leagon of Blacksburg; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Broad River Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ronald Smalley and Jim McClure. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris Rains, David Hogue, Tony Hodge, Roger Ayers, Haskell Pennington and Gaylan Pennington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Edward David, Pete Earls, Glenn Childers, Doyle Martin, Jesse McDaniel and Gene Wilson.
Memorials may be made to the Dialysis Clinic Inc., 405 Tiffany Park, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Joseph S. Whelchel
Served for 22 years in U.S. Air Force
Joseph Sims Whelchel, 77, of 1230 Overbrook Dr., Creekside at Wellington Apartments, No. B-107, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Frances McSwain Whelchel and son of the late Joseph Walton Whelchel and the late Carrie Elizabeth Spencer Whelchel. He was a retired S.C. Corrections officer. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after a 22-year career and served in World War II and Korea. He was a Mason, member of Granard Lodge No. 185 and was a certified public accountant. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church.
Also surviving are two sons, Jeffery Sims Whelchel and Frank Marion Whelchel, both of Gaffney; three daughters, Beverly Cittrich of Myrtle Beach, Vicky Arthur and Bridget Sarratt, both of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Irene Patterson, Lenore Blanton, Sarah Horn, all of Gaffney, and Polly Clary of Cowpens.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Danny Emory. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Edward Patterson, Paul Patterson, Horace Whelchel, David Martin, Richard Jones and Homer Byrd.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Jim Swofford Sunday School Class of Midway Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home of Jeff Whelchel, 150 Abernathy Dr.
Memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church, 153 Midway Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or Granard Lodge No. 186, P.O. Box 186, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Horace E. Gowan
Worked with Tidewater Transit
BLACKSBURG – Horace Edward “Eddie” Gowan, 56, of 506 Hillcrest Dr., died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at his home.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Linda Jean Bradburn Gowan and son of the late Thurman and Lottie Lewis Gowan. He was associated with Tidewater Transit.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Charles Gowan of Gaffney; two stepsons, Charles Kyle Bradburn of Greenville and Everette Bradburn Jr. of Clinton; a daughter, Jacqueline Taylor of the home; three brothers, Jon Gowan of Gainesville, Ga., Tommy Gowan of York and Ronald Gowan of Coco Beach Fla.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gowan was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Gowan, and a brother, Walter Gowan.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Billy Sanders.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 at White Columns-Blacksburg and at other times will be at the home.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Patterson, Scott Patterson, Luther Harris, Ken Moore, Michael Moore and Phillip Littlejohn.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Rhonda E. Porter
Cherokee County native; attended Gardner-Webb
BLACKSBURG – Rhonda E. Porter of 420 Colonial Ave., Gaffney, died Friday, April 5, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of Cole Porter Jr. and daughter of Bob J. Earls and the late Ruby M. Earls. She was a member of the Cherokee Falls Baptist Church and was a graduate of Blacksburg High School and attended Gardner-Webb University.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Ruby P. Dover, of Blacksburg and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Porter was predeceased by a daughter, Polly Elizabeth Porter.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Falls Baptist Church with the Revs. Lucky Earls and Tim Knotts officiating. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Brian Tindall, Randy White, Barry Lanier, Phillip Ellis, Butch Self and Danny Peace.
The family is at 832 S. Charleston St., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to the Cherokee Falls Baptist Church Building Fund, 109 School St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Johnnie D. Ross Sr.
Former employee of Joyce Brothers Co.
Johnnie Dean Ross Sr., 55, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at his home following a period of illness.
Mr. Ross was born July 28,1946, in Gaffney to the late Lusk Lockhart and Lounette Ross. He attended public schools in Gaffney and had lived in Winston-Salem, N.C., for over nine years. He was a faithful member of New Light Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the usher board, founder and president of the male choir, and member of the gospel choir. He was employed by Joyce Brothers Co. until his health failed. He was a member of Progressive Lodge No. 310 and Ruth Chapter No. 533.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ross was preceded in death by a sister, Sonata Ross.
Surviving are his wife, Earlene Ross of the home; two daughters, Andrenna Montgomery of Gaffney and Angela (Kirk) Brooks of Philadelphia, Pa.; a son, Johnnie D. Ross Jr. of Gaffney; three adopted children, Tawanda Staten of Winston-Salem, Camilla Galloway and Quentin Galloway of the home; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at New Light Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Sam Hickeron. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2-2:30 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements by Hooper Funeral Home, Winston-Salem.

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