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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, May 13, 2002

Woodrow Sexton
Retired from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing
BLACKSBURG – Woodrow Wilson Sexton, 89, of 208 W. Carolina St., died Saturday morning, May 11, 2002, at the home of his daughter.
Born on Sept. 12, 1912, he was the son of the late Jessie and Alice Brown Sexton and husband of Willie Dover Sexton.
Mr. Sexton retired from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co. after 41 years of service and also retired from G&W Packing Co. of Hickory Grove after 30 years of service. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a son, William “Buddy” Sexton of Blacksburg; five daughters, Vergie Waldrop of York, Alice Melton of Hickory Grove, Margie Hughey, Nancy Edwards and Lisa Buckner, all of Blacksburg; two sisters, Francis Robbins of York and Estelle Bush of Alabama.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Unity Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Bill Miller officiating.
Pallbearers were James Coker III, James Coker Jr., Josh Coker, Shane Patterson Sr., Shane Patterson Jr. and Brent Buckner.
The family is at 805 W. Lime St.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Col. Edward F. Block Jr.
Served in Europe in World War II
PIPE CREEK, Tex. – Col. Edward F. Block Jr., 81, of 798 Oak Hills Rd., died Monday, May 13, 2002, at his home.
Col. Block served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II with the 7th Photo Reconnaissance Group in England and Germany. One of his brothers, Harlan Block, was one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima.
Surviving are his wife, Augusta Moore Block, formerly of Blacksburg; a brother, Mel Block; a sister, Maurine Block Mitchell; five grandchildren, Claire B. Morales, Edward Block V, Russell Block, Charles Lindsay and Georgia Lucille Lindsay.
(Courtesy of White Columns- Blacksburg.)

Betty B. Smiley
Retired from Kohler Co.
Betty Lou Byars Smiley, 67, of 128 Lazywood Dr., died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at her home.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Wallace L. Smiley and daughter of the late Claude Byars and the late Clara Hughey Byars. She was a retired foreman for Kohler Company in Spartanburg and was 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 Augusta, Ga.; a sister, Maxine Mullins of Gaffney; and two grandsons; .
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Danny Emory and the Rev. James Rice. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Joey Parris, Sammy Parris, Ronny Smiley, Matt Smiley, Curt Moore and Gary Blanton.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

James A. Byars
Services for James Arnold Byars, 47, of L-51 Granard Courts, will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home with the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg officiating. Burial will be in the old Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be J.W. Wilkie, Ollie Thompson, Fred Shippy, Charles Palmer and Corneal Hopson.
Flower bearers will be Margaret Petty, Sara Hopson, Joanne Adam, Theresa Coleman and Hope Camp.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Randy W. Black
Manager of Caldwell Pools
PAWLEY’S ISLAND – Randy Wood Black, 55, of 196 Reef Run Rd., died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Susan Jenkins Black and son of the late Woodrow Black and the late Freda Holt Black. He was manager of Caldwell Pools and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was educated in the Cherokee County schools, attended Clemson University and was of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are a daughter, Dama Lake of Greenwood; a son, Christopher Black of Myrtle Beach; a sister, Vickie Trammell of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a step-daughter, Jennifer Thomas of Belmont, N.C.; a step-son, Jeffrey Lewandowski of Lincolnton, N.C.; and four step-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney, conducted by Dr. Charles Moss.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Black, Dennis Trammell, Jeffrey Lewandowski and Michael Lake.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.
The family is at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Henry W. Ferguson
World War II veteran
BLACKSBURG – Henry William Ferguson, 73, of 132 Bear Den Rd., died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Greenville County, he was the husband of Loucille Pearson Ferguson of the home and was manager of Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppe in Blacksburg for 25 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of Broad River Baptist Church.
Also surviving are three daughters, Kathy F. Ray of Memphis, Tenn., Janet F. Maynor and Wanda F. Townsend, both of Blacksburg; a sister, Helen Moree of Mauldin; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his son, William Earl Ferguson.
Services will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Broad River Baptist Church with the Rev. Norman Philbeck officiating. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at White Columns and at other times they will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Broad River Baptist Church Building Fund, 419 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Odell Mickles Sr.
Retired from Broad River Brick
Deacon Odell Mickles Sr., 78, of 621 Broad St., husband of Annie Lattimore Mickles of the home, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at 8:40 p.m. in Up-state Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was the son of the late Odessa Mickles Rankins and was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, trustee, and member of the All Male Chorus. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a retired employee of Broad River Brick Co.
Also surviving are two daughters, Arnita M. Singleton of Clinton, Md., and Annie Carol Mack of Blacksburg; three sons, James O. Mickles of Shelby, Eddie Dean Mickles of the home and Odell Mickles Jr. of Gaffney; a sister, Shirley Colquitt of Shelby; two brothers, Edward Rankins and Bobby Joe Rankins of Shelby; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mikes Creek Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. S.M. Johnson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2-3 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be the Mikes Creek All Male Choir and flower bearers will be the deaconesses of Mikes Creek Church.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Mikes Creek Church.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Margaret S. Greene
Gaffney native
BEAUFORT – Margaret Lee Scates Greene, 79, of No. 30 Mystic Circle, died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Beaufort.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late J. Raymond Scates and the late Pearlee Pierce Scates. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are three sons, Charles Wayne Greene of Gaffney, William J. Greene and Howard Bruce Greene, both of Beaufort; a sister, Lena Bell Stewart of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Cox and Brother Jason Elder. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Pallbearers will be Bart Lowry, Wayne Elder, Billy Elder, Elbert Stewart, Jerry McCraw and Freddie Spencer.
The family is at 4087 Wilkinsville Hwy., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Willard P. Phillips
Retired millwright
SPARTANBURG – Willard Pinkney Phillips, 76, of 1234 White Plains Rd., died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the widower of Madgie Mullinax Phillips and son of the late Claude Jefferson Phillips and the late Mattie Fowler Phillips. He was a retired millwright and member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are a son, Jerry Wayne Phillips of the home; two daughters, Elizabeth blackwell of Cowpens and Julia Lovelace of Gaffney; a sister, Valerie Jolly of Cowpens; a brother, Wilburn Phillips of Cowpens; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Elysia Ann Gray
COWPENS – Elysia Ann Gray of 185 Stonewall Dr. died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of James and Melissa Diane Lowe Gray of Cowpens.
Also surviving are maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Gunter of Cowpens; paternal grandfather, William L. Gray of Demotte, Ind.; maternal great-grandfather, Howard Lowe of Cowpens; maternal great-grandmother, Faye Lowe of Chesnee; maternal great-grandmother, Larue McCraw of Cowpens; maternal great-grandmother, Velma Gunter of Woodruff.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Betty Ann Gray.
Graveside services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Mike Wood. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Memorials may be made to Westside Baptist Church, Cannons Campground Rd., Cowpens, S.c. 29330.
The family is at 393 River Rd., Cowpens.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher funeral Home.

Clarence Beard Sr.
Gaffney native
Clarence Beard Sr., 79, of 118 Riley St., Buffalo, N.Y., husband of Odessa Little Beard, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at 3 p.m. in Buffalo.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Richard Landrum Beard and the late Millie Ellis Beard. He was a former member of Bethel Baptist Church and attended Granard High School. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a retired employee of American Standard Inc.
Surviving are a son, Clarence Beard Jr. of Grand Island, N.Y.; a daughter, Paulette Beard of Buffalo, N.Y.; a sister, Annie Lois Beard of Gaffney; a brother, Mandret Wilkins of Gaffney; and eight grandchildren.

Odessa L. Beard
Native of Pine Bluff, N.C.
Odessa Little Beard of 118 Riley St., Buffalo, N.Y., widow of Clarence Beard Sr., died Monday, May 13, 2002, at 3 p.m. in Buffalo, N.Y.
Daughter of Cornellius Little, she was a native of Pine Bluff, N.C.
Surviving are a son, Clarence Beard Jr. of Grand Island, N.Y.; a daughter, Paulette Beard of Buffalo, N.C.; mother, Mrs. Cornellius Little of Buffalo, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Double funeral services will be held Saturday at St. John Baptist Church in Buffalo, N.Y.
Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.

Cardelia Mack
Cherokee County native
AIKEN – Cardelia Mack, 86, of 1387 President Dr., died Sunday, May 12, 2002, in Aiken Regional medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Jim Hardin and the late Ora Hardin. She was a member of Youngs Grove Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Clouggeon Crosby of Shelby, Geneva Hardin of Gaffney and Mozel Ford of Blacksburg; a brother, Theodore Hardin of Aiken; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry J. Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Aiken.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Hattie Y. Dukes
Employed by U.S. Postal Service
Hattie Yvonne Dukes, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Friday, May 10, 2002, in Brooklyn.
She was born Nov. 12, 1968, in Gaffney to Mary E. Dukes and Ronnie Wilkins. She lived in Ohio with her aunt, Brenda Phillips, until the age of seven and then lived in New York with her aunt and uncle, Genelle and Joe Houey.
She was a graduate of Springfield Gardens High School and went to Job Corp. She studied journalism as her major. She was a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service at JFK Airport.
Surviving are her mother, Mary E. Dukes of New York; her father, Rev. Ronnie Wilkins of Gaffney; two brothers, Michael Posey of Greer and Ronnie Wilkins Jr. of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at Gilmore Funeral Home, St. Albans, N.Y. Burial will be Monday at Forest Park Cemetery in New Jersey.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.

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