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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, July 8, 2002

Etoice M. Byars
Served on USS Indiana in World War II
Etoice Melvin Byars, 78, of 135 Brittany Rd., died Friday, July 5, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Blacksburg, he was the husband of Virginia Motts Byars and son of the late Peter (Pete) Fowler Byars and the late Jeanette Osteen Brady Byars. He was a retired textile employee and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Battleship Indiana. A former Hejaz Shriner and Mason, he was a member of West End Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Dianne B. Harvey of Gaffney; a son, Rodney Etoice Byars of Gaffney; a sister, Margaret Martin of Gaffney; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Byars was preceded in death by two sisters, Geraldine Byars and Helen McGinnis.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at West End Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Kevin Childs, Alan Peeler and Stuart Kersey. Entombment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Gene Horne, Bill McGinnis, Don Tate, Homer Brown, Roy Smith, Steve Short, Dr. Randall Moss and Roy Bradley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Smith, Alfred Moss and Mike Cobb.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, 400 Overbrook Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or the American Heart Association, 310-B Bennett Center Dr., Greer, S.C. 29650.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Francis E. Whelchel
Former Milliken employee
PACOLET – Francis Eugene (Gene) Whelchel, 53, of Highway 150 died Sunday, July 7, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Nola Mae Whelchel Mathis of Gaffney and the late Francis Leon Hames. He was a former supervisor in the art department at Milliken, a member of Corinth Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Bracket Team of Greer Dragstrip and had been a race car driver since he was 14 years old.
Surviving in addition to his mother are stepfather, Ted Rathbone of Gaffney; a son, Terry Mathis of the home; a sister, Nettie Porter of Gaffney; a brother, Wayne Earl Rathbone of Cherokee Falls; three half-brothers, Frannie Lee Hames, Jarod Hames, Bobby Hames, all of Gaffney; six half-sisters, Christine Chapman, Alice Hames Tyler, Virginia Owens, all of Gaffney, Linda Fleming Hames of Union, Debbie Lamb of Cross Anchor and Kim Buice of Gaffney,
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Hennis Hames and Phillip Rathbone.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Dennis Tessnier.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Nola Mathis, 505 Willow St., Gaffney.

Etoise Rains
Employed by Union Butterfield
BLACKSBURG – Etoise Rains of 153 Rains Rd., died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Blanch Floyd Rains of the home and son of the late George and Daisy P. Rains. He was employed by Union Butterfield and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons, Roger Rains of Shelby, Steve Rains of Blacksburg and Dwight Rains of Taylors; daughters, Sue Wright to Gaffney, Ginger Ayers of Blacksburg, Dolly Davis of Simpsonville, Nancy Upchurch of Blacksburg and Debbie Purser of Newport, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edoffice Rains, and a sister, Elizabeth Hambright.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Christian Fellowship Church Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier and Florence Ayers.
Pallbearers will be William “Bill” Ayers, Rodney Upchurch, Bruce Davis, Ron Purser, Trevor Kale and David Upchurch.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian Fellowship Building Fund, 516 Peeler Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at White Columns Funeral Service-Blacksburg and at other times they will be at 143 Rains Rd., Blacksburg.

Beulah L. Thomas
Cook at Flying “J" Restaurant in Blacksburg
Beulah Mae Lipscomb Thomas, 58, of 304 Browning St., Quail Hollow Community, died Friday, July 5, 2002, at 9:45 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Daughter of the late L.C. Huskey and the late Roberta Wilson Huskey, she was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church. Mae was a cook at the Flying “J” Restaurant in Blacksburg and was the wife of Valentino Thomas.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Herbert Lipscomb Jr. and Woodrow Lipscomb of Gaffney; three daughters, Sarah Lipscomb, Vernia Lipscomb, both of Gaffney, and Loretta Caper of Charlotte; step-son, Robert Thomas of Freeport, Long Island, N.Y.; step-daughter, Sharon Staton of Freeport, Long Island, N.Y.; foster sons, Wallace Guyton and Eugene Guyton of Gaffney; foster daughter, Gloria Nash of Gaffney; a brother, Larry Phillips of Gaffney; five sisters, Barbara Curtis of Chesnee, Ella Bonner, Roberta Leach and Perniece Lattimore of Gaffney, and Joyce Lilly of Cheraw; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Gowdeysville Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. L.T. Tate, Pastor Vernell Wilson and Minister Fred Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jessie O. Martin
Pendleton native
Jessie O. Martin, 68, of 108 Sycamore St., widow of George R. Martin, died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at 11:15 a.m. at her home.
Daughter of the late Luellen E. Williams and the late Marie Young Williams, she was a native of Pendleton and a member of Mount Able Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Littlejohn of the home, Pamela Terry of Anderson and Michele Phillips of Upper Marlboro, Md.; two sons, Russell Martin and Donald Martin of Pendleton; three sisters, Mary Byrd of Pendleton, Cornelia Webb and Doris Walker of Landover, Md.; three brothers, Bravell Williams of District Heights, Md., James Williams and John Williams of Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

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