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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Bessie S. Mullinax
Retired textile employee
Bessie Floree Sellars Mullinax, 76, of 322 Sycamore St., died Monday, July 15, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of D.B. Mullinax and daughter of the late Robert Harry Sellars and the late Elizabeth Leeila Linder Sellars. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. She was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the V.F.W.
Surviving are a son, Larry Dean Mullinax of Gaffney; three sisters, Cleo Marie Walker, Norma Fay Sellars and Velma Jean Sellars, all of Gaffney; three brothers, Ray Dean Sellars, Charles Lee Sellars and Henry Earl Sellars, all of Gaffney; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Mullinax was preceded in death by two daughters, Judith Ann Painter and Jane Elizabeth Mullinax Harris; a son, Kenneth Wayne Mullinax; and a brother, Robert Shelton Sellars.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Delos Blanton and Alan Peeler. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family is at the home of her son, Larry Mullinax, 601 Darwin Rd.,
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Louise G. Mullinax
Limestone College graduate
Louise G. Mullinax was born in Fairplay, S.C., on December 27, 1913 to Bernice and Louis Glymph. She graduated from Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. Louise married her beloved husband, James A. (Pete) Mullinax, on December 25, 1940 in Greenville, S.C.
She is survived by her husband, Pete, of Panorama Village, Tex.; daughter, Julee MacDonald and husband, Robert (Bob), of Aurora, Colo.; granddaughter, Kris Burbridge of Aurora, Colo.; brother, Lou Glymph of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and sisters Miriam Lollis of Greenville, S.C., and Rebecca Venters of Hemingway, S.C.
Louise lived in Panorama Village for 31 years and was an avid bridge player. She also enjoyed entertaining and enjoying life’s many pleasures with her Panorama Village friends. She was known, by all that knew her, as a loving, caring and giving person. She will also be remembered as independent and feisty, beyond her size and years. Her passing on July 13, 2002 is a loss to all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service and reception following will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 600 Main Street in Conroe, Tex.
The family would like contributions in Louise’s name, be made to Limestone College, 1115 College Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
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Julian P. Wyatt
Former owner of Wyatt’s Radiator Shop
Julian P. Wyatt, 67, of 123 Henderson St., died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Shirley Whelchel Wyatt and son of the late Grover Wyatt and the late Lucille Blanton Wyatt. He was former owner of Wyatt’s Radiator Shop and was a member of High Point Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Also surviving are a son, Dennis Wyatt of the home; a daughter, Cathy Broome of Gaffney; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Johnny B. Wyatt of Gaffney; and two sisters, Helen Young and Bobbie Henry, both of Gaffney.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, J.D. Wyatt.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at High Point Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Clifford Phillips and Jimmy Powell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be deacons of High Point Baptist Church, Edward Bolton and Ronnie Brown of Gaffney.
The body will be at the church where friends will receive friends tonight from 6-9.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Cathy Broome, 404 Kraft St., Gaffney.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

James L. Randolph
Retired plant manager of KMG Minerals Inc.
James L. Randolph, 69, of 535 Bonner Lake Rd., died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Annie Jolley Randolph and son of the late Henry Cleveland Randolph and the late Lillie Albright Randolph. He was retired plant manger for KMG Minerals Inc. and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a member of Camps Creek Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Suzanne Randolph of Dalton, Ga.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and David Fuller of Gaffney and Kim and Tony McDowell of Spartanburg; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jesse Randolph of Gaffney and H.C. Randolph of Mooresboro, N.C.; and two sisters, Alene Randolph and Jenny Phillips, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Camps Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Steve Durham and Dale Welch. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Roger Mayfield, Floyd Queen, Sammy Ivey, Garrison McCraw, Daniel Edmonson and Rodney Edmonson.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Bible Class at Camps Creek Baptist Church and Keith Hammett, Billy Joe McCraw Avery Moore and Jason Jolly.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at others times will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Camps Creek Baptist Church Youth Fund, 2318 Camps Creek Rd., Mooresboro, N.C.

Wilbert Dukes
Former Timken employee
Wilbert Dukes, 49, of 606 Josephine St., Flint, Mich., died Monday, July 15, 2002, in Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Gerldine Dukes and was reared in Gaffney by the late Odell and Mamie White. He was a 1970 graduate of Gaffney High School and a U.S. Marine veteran. He was a former employee of The Timken Co. of Gaffney.
Surviving in addition to his mother are three sisters, Lois Dukes of Gaffney, Brenda Dukes and Nadine Dukes of Flint, Mich.; five brothers, Edwards Dukes, Bruce Dukes, Rodney Dukes and Gerld Dukes of Flint, Mich., and Robert Dukes of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lawrence Moon Funeral Home, 906 W. Flint Park Blvd., Flint, Mich. 48505.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Helen B. Appolito
Retired retail clerk
SPARTANBURG – Helen Bozeman Appolito, 79, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at B.J. Workman Hospital, Woodruff.
Daughter of the late Pernie Garrett and Richard Bozeman of Cowpens, she was from Santa Barbara, Calif., where she had lived for the past 60 years. She had just recently moved to Skylyn Place. She retired as a retail clerk and was a member of the Emblem Club in Santa Barbara where she had many friends.
Survivors include two sisters, Abbie Lee B. Croxdale and Norma B. Miller, both of Spartanburg; a half-brother, Johnny Lee of Spartanburg; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ollie Bozeman Clovich who lived in Rio Vista, Calif.
Cryptside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Complex, conducted by the Rev. George Vorhease.
The family is at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel.

Dorothy L. Rue
Dorothy Littlejohn Rue, 68, of Los Angeles, Calif., died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Lucius Littlejohn and the late Ella Jones Littlejohn and widow of Nichlos Rue. She was a graduate of Granard High School and a former member of Limestone Baptist Church in Gaffney. In Los Angeles, she was an active member of Victory Baptist Church. She was a retired nurse from California Hospital after 46 years of service.
Surviving are a daughter, Teresa Stone of Los Angeles; three brothers, Dr. Clarence L. Littlejohn of Los Angeles, Dr. Lucious Littlejohn and Rev. Myles Littlejohn of Cleveland, Ohio; six sisters, Jemima Jones of Cleveland, Mattie Wood and Murlean Cottrell of Baltimore, Md., Helen Stringer of Los Angeles, Kansas Ratchford and Elaine Wood Field of Gaffney; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Saturday at Victory Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Harrison Ross Mortuaries, 1839 E. Firestone Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif., 90001, is in charge of arrangements.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Anniel Mickles
Anniel Mickles, 74, of 621 Broad St., widow of Deacon Odell Mickles Sr., died Monday, July 15, 2002, at 2:25 p.m. in Peachtree Centre.
Daughter of the late Dovie Lattimore, she was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, member of the choir, the Missionary Pastor Aid Club, Sunday School teacher and Bible class.
Surviving are two daughters, Arnita M. Singleton of Clinton, Md., and Annie Carol Mack of Blacksburg; three sons, James O. Mickles of Shelby, Eddie Dean Mickles of the home and Odell Mickles Jr. of Gaffney; four sisters, Willie Mae Dowdle, Julia Dowdle, Lois Peels and Tiny T. Smith of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mikes Creek Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Kerwin Wray, Sue Mannings, Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and Pastor Darin G. Freeman. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Mikes Creek Baptist Church and honorary pallbearers will be the church’s trustees.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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