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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, July 22, 2002

Dr. William E. Wood
ANDERSON – William Earl Wood, M.D., psychiatrist and longtime resident of Anderson, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson.
Dr. Wood was born and raised in Charlottesville, Va., the son of the late Robert S. and Edna Hall Wood. He was a graduate of Lane High School in Charlottesville where he met his late wife, Marie Lucas Robertson. He served in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division during the occupation of Japan, he married, worked in the grocery business with his father, and had four children before returning to the University of Virginia for college and medical school.
Graduating from medical school in 1963, Dr. Wood moved his family to Augusta, Ga., for his four years of internship and residency. Having become a psychiatrist, he moved his family to Milledgeville, Ga., where he worked at the State Hospital. Then in 1969, the family relocated in Anderson, as director of the Tricounty Mental Health Clinic. He later went into private practice before returning to work for the state of South Carolina.
Dr. Wood is survived by four children: Sydney Sivertsen of Alpharetta, Ga., Emilee Hamrick of Gaffney, LTC William E. Wood Jr of Cary N.C., and Thomas E. Wood of Portsmouth, R.I.; and six grandchildren: Elliott and Sarah Hamrick, Elizabeth and Emily Sivertsen and Olivia and Ruth Wood.
Private services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Charlottesville, Va.
Memorials may be made to Faithful to the Vision, First Baptist Church, Gaffney, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Sullivan-King Mortuary, Anderson.

Connie M. Wilde
Connie Mae Rawlings Wilde, 71, of 275 James Road, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in East St. Louis, Ill., she was the daughter of the late George and Beatrice Williams Rawlings. She was a former math teacher at Beloit, Wisc., Junior High School and taught physical education at Beloit College. She was a research assistant for Dr. Joe Utley and the Foothills Cardiac Team and was a member of the American Association of University Women.
Mrs. Wilde received her B.S. and M.A. degrees from Illinois State University and completed studies, receiving an additional degree, from the University of Tampa.
She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Spartanburg.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin F. Wilde of the home; a daughter, Elizabeth Joynt of Rochester Hills, MI., a son, Bruce Wilde of Vestal, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, conducted by the Rev. Meg Barnhouse. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Unitarian Universality Church Building Fund, 251 E. Henry St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family will be at the home.
Arrangements by Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel.

Donald Graham
Donald Lee Graham, 47, of 202 Calles St. in Blacksburg, died Saturday at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Jo Ann Bell Jacobs and the late Jessie Graham.
He was of the Church of God faith and worked at a feed store and did small engine repair.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a daughter, Carmella G. Wright of Gaffney; step-father, George Jacobs of Blacksburg; a grandmother, Anna Mullinax Bell of Blacksburg and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete.
The family is at the home of Jo Ann Jacobs at 103 Short St. in Blacksburg.

Larry McCraw
Larry Buford McCraw, 58, of 124 Ruppe Drive, died Friday at Northeast Medical Center in Concord, N.C.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Linda Ruppe McCraw and the son of Vivian Morrow McCraw and the late Buford Sewell McCraw.
He was a member of New Heights Baptist Church, a diesel mechanic, a mason and a member of the Granard Masonic Lodge 186.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Lisa McCraw Smiley of Gaffney; a brother, Alton McCraw of Gaffney and a grandson, Jordan Robert Portillo of Gaffney.
Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church with the Revs. Sidney Norton and Ken Covington officiating.
Pallbearers will be Glenn Salmon, Butch Whelchel, Kenneth Ellis, O’Neil Skinner, Paul Gibson and Tom Rodgers.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity or organization of one’s choice.

Paul McKown, Jr.
Paul Patrick McKown, Jr., 85, of 382 Rolling Mill Road, died Friday at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A Cherokee County native, he was the husband of Nadine Sparks McKown and the son of the late Paul Patrick McKown and Pearl Sellars McKown.
He was a retired cabinet maker and farmer. He was also a World War II Air Force veteran, a former Civitan member, an honorary and charter member of the Draytonville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Bunny McKown of Boiling Springs, S.C.; grandchildren, Krissy and Michael Meltzer of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Kim and Joe Webb of Ackworth, Ga., Jennifer and Jason Webb of Ackworth, Ga., Seaman First Class Mason E. Scruggs of Groton, Conn. and Hannah Scruggs of Boiling Springs, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Hughes, Taylor McKown, Steven Webb and Joseph Webb, all of Ackworth, Ga.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Mt. Ararat Church. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The Rev. Tommy Wright and Dr. Clyde Thomas will be officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy McKown, Jimmy Campbell, Johnny McKown, Joe Mac Sparks, Jr., Billy Sparks, Archel Mullinax, Joe Dan Estes and Steve Sparks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mariel Mason and deacons of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 412 McKown’s Mountain Road, Gaffney, S.C., 29340.

Ronald Fredell
Ronald Eugene Fredell, 56, of 6689 Union Hwy., died Friday at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherryville, N.C., he was the son of Roy Lee Fredell and the late Mazel Fletcher Fredell Long.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War and a mobile home salesman.
Surviving in addition to his father are a daughter, Carrol Logan of West Virginia; two sisters, Patricia Fredell and Sybil Hester, both of Cherryville, N.C.; two brothers, Terry Fredell of Stephenville, Texas and Darrell Fredell of Cherryville, N.C.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at the Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dewitt Clyde officiating.
The family is at their respective homes.

Nettie Love
Nettie Irene Haydock Parks Love, 80, of 1105 South Limestone St. Ext., died Saturday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cross Anchor, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Herman and Nettie Haydock.
She was first married to the late Joseph Wilson Parks and then to Billy Heard Love, Sr.
She was a homemaker and a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Porter of Gaffney; a brother, Joseph Parks, Jr. of Laurens; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Gilead Baptist Church cemetery in Jonesville, S.C.
The family is at the home of Linda Porter at 307 Forest Lane Drive.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church television ministry, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C., 29340.

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