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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, May 13, 2002

Miriam Peterson
Miriam Edna Thompson Peterson, 71, of 981 McKown's Mountain Road died Thursday at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of the late Jesse Peterson and the daughter of the late Robert and Bertha Ann Mosley Thompson.
She was a housewife and a member of McKown's Mountain Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Thomas Edward Peterson of the home; four daughters, Brenda Crawford, Pat P. Putnam and Susie P. Hughey of Gaffney and Minky P. Powell of Blacksburg; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at McKowns Mountain Baptist Church with the Revs. Roger Ham, Billy Jones and Dean Painter officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Crawford, Brian McCraw, Bill Putnam, Charlie Painter, Todd Moore and Richard Erwin.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to McKown's Mountain Baptist Church, 1280 McKown's Mountain Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Jesse Peterson
Jesse Peterson, 79, of 981 McKown's Mountain Road died Thursday at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of the late Miriam Edna Thompson Peterson and the son of the late Benjamin and Sarah Ann Parker Peterson.
He was a retired assitant machine operator for Cherokee Finishing and a member of McKown's Mountain Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for 23 years.
He was also a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Surviving are a son, Thomas Edward Peterson of the home; four daughters, Brenda Crawford, Pat Putnam and Susie Hughey of Gaffney and Minky Powell of Blacksburg; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at McKown's Mountain Baptist Church with the Revs. Roger Ham, Billy Jones and Dean Painter officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Putnam, Jason Powell, Keith Powell, Foy Ramsey, John Mullinax and James Crowe.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to McKown's Mountain Baptist Church, 1280 McKown's Mountain Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Luke C. Blanton
PACOLET MILLS - Luke Converse Blanton, 76, of 299 Green St., died Saturday, May 11 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of thelate Forest L. and Eva Belle Tindall Blanton and the husband of Eloise Lee Blanton.
He was a security guard with Spartan Security and was retired from the textile industry. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Jamie Blanton and Brian Smith of Pacolet; three daughters, Emma Teague, Lisa Carol Pennington and Bennie Ray Fowler, all of Gaffney; one step-son, Terry Lee Smith of Aiken; two sisters, Clara Wyatt and Eunice Huffstetler, both of Gaffney, 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Monday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Floyd's Pacolet Chapel. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Pacolet Memorial Gardens conducted by Rev. Dennis Tessnier.
The family is at the home.

Michael Phillips
Michael Gerald Phillips, 54, of 107 Beltline Road, died Saturday, May 11 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Gerald Phillips and the late Frances Wall Phillips Handy.
He was a former electrician and a member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Cassie Boggs of Westminister, S.C. and four uncles, Joe Dean Phillips and Benny Phillips both of Gaffney, Pat Phillips of Taylors, S.C. and Lane Phillips of Anderson, S.C.
The family will have visitation anytime at the home of Benny Phillips at 1719 Twin Bridge Road in Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. with Dr. Roger Aycock and Rev. Keith Higginbotham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be the uncles, Joe Dean Phillips, Pat Phillips, Lane Phillips and Benny Phillips.
Memorials may be made to Grassy Pond Baptist Church, 254 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Woodrow Sexton
Woodrow Wilson Sexton, 89, of 208 West Carolina St. in Blacksburg died Saturday, May 11 at the home of his daughter.
Born on Sept. 12, 1912, he was the son of the late Jessie and Alice Brown Sexton and the husband of Willie Dover Sexton.
He was retired from Rock Hill Finishing and Printing Company following 41 years of service. He was also retired from G&W Packing Company of Hickory Grove following 30 years of service.
He was a member of Unity Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, William "Buddy" Sexton of Blacksburg; five daughters, Vergie Waldrop of York, S.C., Alice Melton of Hickory Grove, S.C., Margie Hughey, Nancy Edwards and Lisa Buckner, all of Blacksburg; two sisters, Francis Robbins of York, S.C. and Estelle Bush of Alabama.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Bill Miller officiating. Pallbearers will be James Coker III, James Coker, Jr., Josh Coker, Shane Patterson, Sr., Shane Patterson, Jr. and Brent Buckner.
The family will receive friends Monday from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at White Columns Funeral Home and other times at 805 West Lime St.

Geraldine S. Hayes
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Geraldine Sumner Hayes, 65, of 132 Yarbro Rd., Lot 22, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at her home.
Born in Union, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Brooks and Etta Ward Sumner and was preceded in death by a brother, John S. Sumner, and a sister, Ruby Sumner Huwitt. She was a member of Christian Holiness Mission in Kings Mountain and was retired from Clevemont Industries where she was a shipping clerk.
Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Jonas William Hayes of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn and Melanie Hayes of Kings Mountain and Michael "Puffy" and Lisa Hayes of Gaffney; a daughter, Patsy Hayes Walker, and husband, Jeff, of Kings Mountain; brothers, Jim Sumner of Union, Bill Sumner of Lancaster; sisters, Katie Foster and Shirley Burnett, both of Union; grandchildren, Christy Walker Kinmon, Jefferey Walker, Chad Hayes, Chasity Hayes, Brittany Hayes and Brooke Hayes; and a great-grandchild, Madison Walker Kinmon.
Services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christian Freedom Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Mike Chambers. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Christian Freedom Baptist Church Building Fund, 246 Range Rd., Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086; or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 952 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.

James B. Lancaster
COWPENS – James Brown Lancaster, 85, of 304 Oakdale Dr., died Thursday, May 9, 2002, in Park Ridge Hospital, Fletcher, N.C.
Born in Edneyville, N.C., he was the husband of Nancy Edwards Lancaster of Woodstock Nursing Home, Atlanta, Ga., and son of the late James Monroe Lancaster and the late Sally Mabel Ledbetter Lancaster. He was a retired mechanic from Southeastern Kusan.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, James Lancaster II of Pacolet and Rick Lancaster of Atlanta; two daughters, Gloria Lancaster of Spartanburg and Donna Tripp of Atlanta; two sisters, Dorothy Stefanki of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Virginia Lang of Daytona, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Cryptside services were held Sunday from 3-4 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, conducted by the Rev. Claude White.
Mr. Lancaster's grandchildren served as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Elysha Gray
Elysha Ann Gray of 185 Stonewall Drive in Cowpens died Monday, May 13 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of James Gray and Melissa Diane Lowe Gray.
Surviving in addition to her parents are her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Gunter of Cowpens and William L. Gray of Demotte, Indiana; great-grandparents, Howard Lowe of Cowpens and Mrs. Faye Lowe of Chesnee. Also, her great-grandmothers, Mrs. Larve McCraw of Cowpens and Mrs. Velma Gunter of Woodruff.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Betty Ann Gray.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Betty Smiley
Mrs. Betty Lou Byars Smiley, 67, of 128 Lazywood Drive died Sunday, May 12 at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Claude Byars and the late Clara Hughey Byars and the wife of Wallace L. Smiley.
She a retired foreman for Kohler Company in Spartanburg and a member of Midway Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Kathy Cantrell and Renee Smiley, both of Gaffney; a son, Steve Smiley of Gaffney; two grandsons, Cory Cantrell and Tyler Smiley; an aunt, Mattie Cole of Gaffney and a sister, Maxine Mullins of Gaffney.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

James Byars
James Arnold Byars, 47, of L-15 Granard Courts died Friday, May 10 at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Broadus Byars and the late Carrie Bell Byars and the husband of Christine Huskey Byars.
In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by his son, James Lamar Byars of Gaffney; a daughter, Tanya Byars of Gaffney; six sisters, Aquilla Phillips, Sara Littlejohn, Priscilla Byars, Pauline Wilkie, Brossie Shippy and Georgia Lynn Manning, all of Gaffney; one grandson, Sheltez Byars; an aunt, Lilly Mae Shippy of Pacolet, three uncles, David Byars of Pacolet, Sidney Ray Byars and Tom Byars of Gaffney; five brothers-in-law, Dion Phillips, Roy Wilkie, Sr. and Willie Manning, all of Gaffney, Charles Walker of Marlboro, N.C. and Robert Littlejohn of Spartanburg; his sister-in-law, Patricia Byars of Blacksburg; and a host of nieces and nephews. Four of them, Joe Lewis Byarsy, Jay Ervin Byars, Nina Faye Littlejohn and Terry Byars were reared in the home as brothers and sisters.
He is also survived by a niece and close friend, Mary Phillips.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home with Rev. Dewey Whittenburg officiating.
Flowerbearers will be Margaret Petty, Sara Hopson, Joanne Adam, Theresa Coleman and Hope Camp.
Pallbearers will be J.W. Wilkie, Ollie Thompson, Fred Shippy, Charles Palmer and Corneal Hopson.

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