common / 07-05-2002

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, July 5, 2002

Lily C. Turner
Loyal supporter of Limestone College
Lily Mae Clarke Turner, formerly of Gaffney, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, in Charlotte.
Mrs. Turner was the widow of Thomas P. Turner Sr. She was born on April 4, 1906, in Spartanburg, and was the daughter of Harry Powell and Margaret Thompson Clarke. She moved to Gaffney at an early age and attended the Gaffney schools. She also studied at Cecil Business College in Spartanburg.
Mrs. Turner was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney for more than 85 years and taught there for more than 65 years in the preschool Sunday School where she served as director for many years. She also was a member of the Carrie Lake mission group at First Baptist. After moving to Charlotte in 1999, she attended Park Road Baptist Church.
During her many years at her College Drive home in Gaffney, Mrs. Turner was a next-door neighbor, friend and loyal supporter of Limestone College. She was recognized numerous times or her fundraising efforts on behalf of Limestone, and in 1979 the college named her an honorary alumna. With an endowment contributed by family members and friends, Limestone in 2001 established the Lily Mae Clarke Turner Scholarship in Christian Education.
Along with her many friends in Gaffney she is survived by her son, Thomas P. Turner Jr., and wife, Lola Love Turner; granddaughter, Sheryl; grandson, Bryan; great-grandchildren, Thomas, Patrick, Caroline and Taylor; sisters, Francis Martin of Sumter, Virginia Byrd and Vivian High of Darlington, Margaret Litchenstein and husband, M.S. Litchenstein, of Corpus Christ, Tex.; 15 nieces and nephews and 41 great nieces and nephews.
Other family members are Jean Robbs Barnhill, Herbert W. Robbs, Marjorie Robbs Steadman, Lorena Robbs Cothran of Gaffney and Katie Robbs Miller of Orlando, Fla.
Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Gaffney at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Following the service the family will receive friends in the church Living Center.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Turner requested that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Sunday School or the Lily Mae Clarke Turner Scholarship Fund at Limestone College.

Rev. Herschel A. Hill
Retired pastor; original member of Smith Quartet
COWPENS – The Rev. Herschel Alonzo Hill, 78, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, returning from his third mission trip to Romania, at the Oakwood Hospital, Annapolis Center, Wayne, MI.
A native of High Shoals, N.C., he was the son of the late Julius and Pearl Fleenor Hill and widower of Mary Huskey Hill. He was retired pastor of Gospel Baptist Church of Cowpens and an associate minister and member of Cornerstone Church of Inman.
Rev. Hill held monthly church programs at Summit Hills Retirement Center, White Oak Estates, Mountainview Nursing Home, Peachtree Centre in Gaffney and other assisted living homes. He was a supply pastor in numerous churches in South Carolina. He was a former employee of Alexander Music House, a piano and guitar teacher and was founder of the Spartanburg Guitar School.
He was an original member of the Smith Quartet and played guitar and sang tenor in the gospel quartet, “The Singing Hills.” A member of the Breakfast Buddies at Hardees in Cowpens, Rev. Hill was a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are two daughters, Carole Hill Johnson of Spartanburg and Deborah Hill Snapp of Cowpens; six grandchildren, including Rodney A. Snapp who was reared in the home; a sister, Katherine Hill Robinette of Pacolet; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Rev. Hill was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Hill Martin.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Robert Mace, the Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely and Ms. Libby Wooten. Committal services will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, conducted by the Rev. Fae Walker.
Visitation will be from 7-9 tonight at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cornerstone Church Building Fund, 1150 Campton Rd., Inman, S.C. 29349; or to Morningside Baptist Church Adult Mission Fund, 897 S. Pine St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Carole Johnson, 236 Lake Forest Dr., Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.

Frances H. Ratchford
Gaffney native
CLINTON, Md. – Frances Hicklin Ratchford, 87, of 3908 Bishop Mill Place, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002, in Southern Maryland Hospital.
Widow of Jack Ratchford, she was born in Gaffney, a daughter of the late Jesse and Cora Young Hicklin. She was a member of Suck Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are three brothers, Samuel Hicklin and James Hicklin, both of Norfolk, Va., and the Rev. Thomas Hicklin of Wilmington, Del.; six sisters, Daisy Gray, Annie Martin, both of Spartanburg, Flossie Littlejohn of the home, Dessie Baker, Ella Mae Holmes and Virginia Linder, all of Norfolk.
Arrangements are incomplete. The Gilmore Mortuary.

Ruth C. Westbrooks
Ruth Carroll Camp Westbrooks, 61, of 126 Westbrook Dr., died Thursday, July 4, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Rutherfordton, N.C., she was the widow of Bobby Gene Westbrooks and daughter of Louvera Ruth Robinson Camp of Mooresboro, N.C., and the late Claude Julian Camp. She was a LPN at Upstate Carolina Medical Center and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Billy Westbrooks of Gaffney; two brothers, Boyce Camp of Cowpens and Bobby Camp of Mooresboro; three sisters, Lois Parker of Gaffney, Jean Fisher of Forest City and Betty Mosley of Chesnee.
In addition to her husband and father, Mrs. Westbrooks was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Camp and Howard Camp.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Joe Paul Turner. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Tim Westbrooks, Todd Richards, Johnny Henson, Michael Reynolds, David Ruppe and Greg Gibson.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.

Horace L. Lattimore
Retired from Hoechst Celanese
BLACKSBURG – Horace Lee Lattimore, 73, of 983 Batchelor Dr., died Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Irene Pruitt Lattimore and son of the late Carl and Lela Tessner Lattimore. He was a charter member of New Song Community church and a member of the Gideons Association. He was also very active with the Cherokee Falls Community Project and a charter member of the CKC Volunteer Fire Department. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and was retired from Hoechst Celanese.
Surviving are a niece, Teresa Hughey of Gaffney and nephews, Carl Lattimore of Pennsylvania and Larry and Darrell Lattimore, both of Oklahoma.
Graveside services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Jim Clark.
Pallbearers were members of the CKC Volunteer Fire Department.
The family is at the home of Teresa Hughey, 157 Lois Dr., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29304.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

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