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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Thelma F. Smith
Active in Salvation Army for over 50 years
BLACKSBURG – Thelma Frady Smith, 87, of 421 N. Rutherford St., died Monday, July 1, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Woodruff, she was the widow of Marian Smith and daughter of the late George Washington Smith and the late Pearl Lane Frady. She was employed by the Salvation Army Thrift Store and was a member of the Salvation Army Church. She was active in the Salvation Army for over 50 years and was a former textile employee and caregiver.
Surviving are a son, Maxie Kenneth Nix Sr. of Blacksburg; a daughter, Nellie Hensly Matson of Blacksburg; and a sister, Mrs. H.C. Harrill of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Nix Walkins.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dean Painter and Howard McSwain. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Tim Phillips, Brandon Phillips, Jason Blackwell, Bruce Starnes, Anthony Harrill, Ronnie Harrill and Scott Blackwell.
The family is at the home of Nellie Matson, 417 N. Rutherford St., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 601 Colonial Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Elbert C. Poole
Retired from Timken
SPARTANBURG – Elbert Coleman Poole, 79, of 776 Patterson Rd., died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the husband of Virginia Annis Childress Poole and a son of the late Marion and Minnie Pearl Fisher Poole. He was retired from Timken Bearing after 15 years of service and was a member of Thompson Chapel Baptist Church.
Mr. Poole was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and received the American Theatre Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and the World War II Victory Medal.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Faye Threadgill of Spartanburg; a brother, Herman Poole of Spartanburg; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at noon at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Clint Phillips and Charles Hall. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel and at other times they will be at the home.

Jack S. Epley
Retired from United Cities Gas Company
Jack Sewell Epley, 75, of 129 Cooper St., died Monday, July 1, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Marion, N.C., he was the husband of Elaine Faircloth Epley of the home and son of the late John Lee Epley and the late Rena Hemphill Epley. He was retired from United Cities Gas Company and was a member of Beech Street Presbyterian Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sisters, Katherin E. Price of Duncan and Lois E. Christopher Lucas of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Tim Miessler and James Moore.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Blackwell, Larry Blackwell, Todd Blackwell, Larry Gene Blackwell, Gerald Price and Richard Christopher.
Memorials may be made to Beech Street Presbyterian Church, 1403 Beech St., Gaffney, S.C., 29340, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Howard D. Spencer Sr.
Retired, U.S. Army
BLACKSBURG – Howard Dean Spencer Sr., 73, of 227 Leagan Dr., died Monday, July 1, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the widower of Peggy Peterson Spencer and son of the late Elie B. Spencer and the late Anna Spencer. He was retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service and was a member of the VFW and Draytonville Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Elie B. Spencer of Blacksburg and Howard Dean Spencer Jr. of Swansea; two step-sons, Claude Bagwell of Columbia and Yancey Cash of Cowpens; two step-daughters, Helen Bagwell of Gaston and Angie Cash of Cowpens; two sisters, Beulah Blanton and Clara Hoots, both of Gaffney; three grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Terrell Dillingham and Robert Ivey.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.

Thomas W. Norris
Cherokee County native
Thomas Wayne Norris, 72, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, in Cincinnati after a brief illness.
Son of Olivia Harrison Norris Baker of Cincinnati and the late John Paul Norris Sr., he was a native of Cherokee County and grew up in Cincinnati. He was a graduate of Princeton High School in Hamilton County, Ohio, and served for two years in the United States Army.
Surviving in addition to his mother are five sisters, Willie N. Wells, Annie N. Steward, Virginia N. Reese, all of the Washington, D.C., area, Tecora N. Watts of Blacksburg and Doris N. Harris of Gaffney; two brothers, John P. Norris Jr. of Gaffney and James R. Norris of Cincinnati.
Services will be held Friday at noon at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 1169 Simmons Ave., Lincoln Heights, Ohio. Burial will be in Veteran’s Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.
The family will receive friends Friday at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. At other times they will be at the home of his mother in Cincinnati.
Thompson, Hall and Jordan Funeral Home, 400 N. Wayne Ave., Lockland, Ohio, 45215, is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Harold O. Pettit
Gaffney native
ANDERSON – Harold Odom Pettit, 87, of 122 Brittania Circle, Cobblestone East, died Monday, July 1, 2002, at the Hospice House.
Born in Gaffney, he was a graduate of Gaffney High School and was a retired regional manager with Suburban Propane Gas Company in the N.C./S.C. region. He was very active in the Rotary Club of Bennettsville with 34 years service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and of the Tom Allen Bible Class.
Surviving are his wife, Miriam Keys Napier Pettit of the home; two daughters: Joanna “Joey” P. Turner of Columbia and Sally Kay P. Ingram of Charlotte; a stepson, John L. Napier of Washington, D.C. and Pawleys Island; four sisters, Louise Jones, Margaret Sparks, Helen Poole and Millicent Garvin, all of Gaffney; a brother, Raymond Pettit of Spartanburg; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was twice married, first to the late Kathryn Lowe Pettit, and was the son of the late William Henry and Margaret Welchel Pettit. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Pettit and Jeff Pettit.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, conducted by Dr. James R. Thomason and Dr. Booker Bagby. Committal services will be at 4 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
The body is at the Northeast Chapel, 3205 N. Highway 81, where the family will receive friends today from 12:30-1 p.m. The family is at the residence.
Flowers are omitted. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, S.C. 29621.

Parilee T. Painter
Native of Newport, Tenn.
Parilee Turner Painter, 85, of Boiling Springs Assisted Living, formerly of 107 Pleasant Meadows Dr., died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Newport, Tenn., she was the widow of Thomas Ben Painter Sr. and daughter of the late William Massy Turner and the late Laura Smith Turner. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church where she was a member of the Amazing Grace Singers.
Surviving are a son, Thomas B. Painter Jr., and daughter-in-law, Sybil Painter, of Boiling Springs; a sister, Mamie McCraw of Gaffney; two brothers, Horace Turner and Worley Turner, both of Gaffney; a granddaughter, Lisa Wade Brannon of Boiling Springs; a grandson, T/Sgt. James Michael Painter of Summerville; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete.

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