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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Ralph M. Caldwell
Retired from MetLife; decorated veteran of World War II
Ralph M. Caldwell, 87, of 110 S. Johnson St., died Monday, June 10, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Fredda Hough Caldwell and son of the late Thomas Marion Caldwell and the late Minnis Miller Caldwell.
Mr. Caldwell graduated from Gaffney High School, attended Limestone College and graduated from Presbyterian College. A member of Limestone Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder and treasurer, he was retired from MetLife Insurance. He held numerous offices during his 50-year membership in the Gaffney Lions Club, including president, director and treasurer.
A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Caldwell was recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He landed at Utah Beach on D-Day and was wounded in Belgium on Sept. 7, 1944. He served with the 20th Field Artillery Battalion, Battery C, 4th Infantry Division, receiving a Good Conduct Medal and American Service Medal.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a sister, Helen C. Hatcher, of Gaffney and nephews, Billy Hatcher Jr., Tom Hatcher, both of Gaffney, William M. Caldwell Jr. of Toledo, Wash., and Grey Caldwell of California.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Caldwell was preceded in death by a brother, William M. Caldwell.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. in Limestone Presbyterian Church Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dan Youngblood and Dr. Robert S. Hough. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Louis Sossamon, Dr. David Thompson, Billy Hatcher Jr., Tom Hatcher, David Johnson and Dr. Preston Edwards.
Honorary pallbearers will be elders of Limestone Presbyterian Church and members of the Gaffney Lions Club.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Limestone Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Jefferies St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Louise P. Beaver
Services for Louise Potter Beaver, 79, of 201 Buck Shoals Rd., were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. John Goforth and Mike Frazier. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were James Bridges, Albert Littlejohn, Bob Pettit, J.W. Sentell, Chris Blanton and Charles McCraw.
The family is at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, 502 Buck Shoals Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

James T. Gathings
Retired from Jordan Graphics
James Thomas Gathings, 70, of 335 Burnt Gin Rd., died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at his home.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., he was the husband of Lula Medley Gathings of the home and son of the late John Thomas Gathings and the late Ella Ritch Gathings. He was retired from Jordan Graphics of Charlotte and was a member of Revival Tabernacle in Stanley, N.C.
Also surviving are two sons, James Ray Gathings of Butner, N.C., and Richard Forrester of Gaffney; a sister, Geneva Henderson of Cornelius, N.C.; a grandson and a granddaughter.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Cecil O. Love
Services for Cecil Orbin Love, 57, of 445 E. Buford St., will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by Dr. Wofford Caughman and the Rev. Harry Crosby. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

M.B. Davis
COWPENS – Services for M.B. Davis, 52, of 251 Parris Rd., will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. C. Dennis Rector, Roger Mason, James Armstrong, Jessie Irby and Pittman Harris. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Willie James Smith, George Oliver, Furman Smith, Jermaine Littlejohn, Dewayne Armstrong, Westley Armstrong, Larry Gatewood and Watson Armstrong.
Flower bearers will be Anita Littlejohn, Virginia Logan, Lorene Littlejohn, Teresa Armstrong, Catherine Hughes, Michelle Harris, Ruth Dawkins and Peggy Armstrong.
Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews and honorary flower bearers will be his nieces.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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