James T. Gathings
Charlotte, N.C., native
James Thomas Gathings, 70, of 335 Burnt Gin Rd., died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at his home.
Born in Charlotte, N.C., he was the husband of Lula Medley Gathings and son of the late John Thomas Gathings and the late Ella Ritch Gathings. He was retired from Jordan Graphics in Charlotte and was a member of Revival Tabernacle in Stanley, N.C. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, James Ray Gathings of Butner, N.C., and Richard Forrester of Gaffney; a daughter, Teresa Barnett of Charlotte; a sister, Geneva Henderson of Cornelius, N.C.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church, conducted by Mr. Ashby Blakely. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mike Henderson, Scott Henderson, Greg Hylton, Tim Medley, Junior Murray and Kenneth Porter.
Memorials may be made to SRMC Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Virgil R. Bostic
Retired from Yellow Cab
Virgil Romeo Bostic, 88, of 762 Brickhouse Rd., died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at his home.
A native of Mooresboro, N.C. he was the widower of Mary Alice Lovelace Bostic and son of the late Maurice and Rea Harris Bostic. He was retired from Yellow Cab Company and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son, Eddie Bostic of Gaffney; two daughters, Velvely Ann Painter and Elizabeth Pettit, both of Gaffney; a brother, Lewis Bostic of Gaffney; a sister, Clothal Dillingham of Rutherfordton, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Bostic was precede in death by a son, William Forest Bostic.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery, Mooresboro, N.C., conducted by the Rev. Scott Coggins.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at White Columns-Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home of his son, 141 Forest Hills Dr.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Spartanburg, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.
Roy Lee Parris
Retired textile employee
BLACKSBURG Roy Lee Parris, 81, of Woodruff Manor Nursing Home, Woodruff, formerly of 872 Ninety Nine Island Rd., Blacksburg, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in B.J. Workman Hospital, Woodruff.
Born in Blacksburg, he was the widower of Avanell Jordan Parris and son of the late Ed Parris and the late Lizzie Peterson Parris. He was a retired textile employee and of the Church of God faith.
Surviving are a sister, Myrtle P. Blackwell of Rock Hill; a brother, Odell Lee Parris of Pacolet; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Lucky Earls and Willie Lanier.
Pallbearers will be David Blackwell, Bennie Blackwell, Jeremy Blackwell, Shane Blackwell, Jonathan Parris, Roger Pennington and Brian Sanders.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times will be at 888 Ninety Nine Island Rd., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Woodruff Manor Nursing Home, Woodruff, S.C. 29388.
James E. Ray
Former employee of Phoenix Finishing
James Edward (J.R.) Ray, 39, of 120 Meadow Lane, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at his home.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Donna Bright Ray and son of Jim and Shelva Smith Ray. He was a former cloth inspector at Phoenix Finishing Co. and was a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are two sons, Joshua Ray and Matthew Ray, both of Gaffney; a stepdaughter, Ashley Eagle of Gaffney; a stepson, Chad Eagle of Gaffney; three brothers, Dennis Ray, Jimmy Dean Ray and Wayne Ray, all of Gaffney; and two sisters, Melissa Myuss of Greenville and Delores Ray of Swannanoa, N.C.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by Dr. Ed McAbee and Mr. Joe Humphries. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Chris Ray, Jeff Hunter, Steve Thomas, Jack Rhinehart, Lee Blackwell, Brian Blanton, Kenny Parker an Ronnie Owens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times will be at 202 Fourth St. and 205 Austin Dr.
Retired from Eaton Corp.
BLACKSBURG Eugene Mullinax, 67, of 1453 Blacksburg Hwy., died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Carolyn Goodson Mullinax of the home and son of the late Monroe and Mary Moore Mullinax. He was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church and was retired from Eaton Transmission and the U.S. Army. He served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. Among the numerous awards his received are two bronze service medals and a silver service medal.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David Mullinax of Erlangen, Germany, and Billy Mullinax of Blacksburg; two daughters, Carmen Sigwanz of Erlangen, Germany, and Karen Evans of Blacksburg; three brothers, Joe Dean Mullinax, Johnny Lee Mullinax and J.R. Mullinax, all of Blacksburg; five sisters, Carolyn M. Caps of Charlotte, Sheila Beverly, Judy Ross and Goldie Wray, all of Blacksburg, and Robin Farr of Jonesville; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Buffalo Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Marshall Foster. Burial will be in the church cemetery with full military honors.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. at the White Columns Funeral Home, Blacksburg, and at other times will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Buffalo Baptist Church, 618 Old Buffalo Church Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Shirley A. Jones
Former Cherokee County teacher
RIDGEVILLE Shirley A. Jones, 61, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at 12:30 p.m. at her home.
A native of Ridgeville in Dorchester County, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Jones and the late Georgianna Williams Jones. She was educated in Dorchester County public schools and graduated from Claflin University with a B.S. degree and from Winthrop University with a master of education. She was an elementary, homebound and adult education teacher in the Cherokee County school system for 29 years. She was a member of Cherokee County Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Theta Beta Gamma Sorority.
Ms. Jones was a member of Albert Chapel United Methodist Church in Blacksburg, where she taught Sunday School and served as president of the United Methodist Women, Usher Board and Thursday Night Bible Study. She was also church secretary and a member of the administrative board. After returning home to Ridgeville, she joined Oak Grove United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three sisters, Agnes Pearson, Alberta Vereen, both of Ridgeville, and Alice Spann of Miami, Fla.; and a brother, Luther Williams of Miami, Fla.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with the Revs. James C. Lane and Mark D. Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery, Ridgeville.
Flowers may be sent to Albert A. Glover Funeral Home, 113 Bryson St., Summerville, S.C. 29484.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)
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 t 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Foster Funeral Home.
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