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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Virginia W. McLeod
Former employee of Arvida
Virginia W. McLeod, 81, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., died peacefully at her home on July 19, 2002.
She was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Laurens, S.C., and moved to Jacksonville Beach in 1957 from Gaffney, S.C. Virginia retired in 1990 as the options coordinator for Arvida.
Family members include her husband, James R. McLeod; son, John (Gay) Gertz Sr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Polly Sarratt of Gaffney, S.C.; grandchildren, John Gertz Jr., Michele Gould, Meredith Markle, Michael Gertz and John-Philip Gertz; and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Gertz.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Quinn-Shalz Chapel. Interment and graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
Services are under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz, a family funeral home and cremation centre, 3rd St. at Ponte Vedra Blvd., 904-249-1100,

Donald Graham
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Donald Lee Graham, 47, of 202 Calles St., died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Jo Ann Bell Jacobs of Blacksburg 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; maternal grandmother, Anna Mullinax Bell of Blacksburg; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7-9 tonight at Gordon Mortuary.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Jamie Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim Wilson, Dustin Wright, Scott Byars, Frankie Martin, Billy Joe Cobb and Larry Allen.
The family is at the home of his mother, Jo Ann Jacobs at 103 Short St., Blacksburg.

Leroy H. Blake Sr.
Retired truck driver
BLACKSBURG – Leroy H. Blake Sr., 69, of 525 Huffman Rd., died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at White Oak Manor, Shelby.
A native of Hyde County, N.C., he was a son of the late Thomas David Blake and Myrtle Marie Gibbs Blake. He was a retired truck driver and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Huffman Blake of Blacksburg; two sons, Leroy H. Blake Jr. of Kings Mountain and Gary Blake of Blacksburg; a daughter, Gail Blake Shytle of Grover; a brother, Ben Blake of Palmetto, Ga.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Allen Davis. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.

Beatrice H. Bailey
Licensed evangelist
Evangelist Beatrice “Miss Bea” Hardin Bailey, 79, of 410 Barclay Ave., died Monday, July 22, 2002, at her home.
A native of Rutherford County, she was the widow of Gainwell Moore Bailey Jr. and daughter of the late Carse Stacy Hardin and the late Edna Wall Hardin. She was a retired textile employee and attended New Covenant Church. She was a licensed minister through Christian Fellowship Church, having served both as minister and evangelist for 50 years. She took great joy in serving her fellowman, thereby serving God.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Linda B. and Larry E. Byars, with whom she made her home; and a sister, Louise Hambright, of Blacksburg.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her only grandchild, Larry E. “Bo” Byars Jr.; two brothers, Harold Dean and Bud Hardin; and a sister, Evelyn Wright.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier and Ken Covington. Burial will be in Christian Fellowship Church Cemetery in Cherokee Falls.
Pallbearers will be Lucky Earls, Joe Dean Hambright, Ron Pennington, Dennis Hardin and Buddy Ligon.
Honorary pallbearers will be ministers and friends with whom she has served
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301-9957.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Velvely B. Painter
Former textile employee
Velvely Ann Bostic Painter, 59, of 237 Eastbrook Rd., died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at her home.
A native of Mooresboro, N.C., she was the wife of Larry Painter Sr. and daughter of the late Virgil Romeo Bostic and the late Mary Alice Lovelace Bostic. She was a former textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Richard Larry Painter Jr. of Gaffney; two daughters, Sheila Coggins and Kristy Lawson, both of Gaffney; five grandchildren; a brother, Eddie Bostic of Gaffney; and a sister, Elizabeth Pettit of Gaffney.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Painter was preceded in death by a brother, Forrest Bostic.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Lewis Batchelor.
Pallbearers will be Ben Hannon, Joe Hannon, Dave Bishop, Eddie Bostic Jr., David Rich and Donnie Pettit.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Open Door Baptist Church (building or van fund), 229 Edgewater Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Mattie Allen
Union County native
PACOLET – Mattie Allen, 90, of 131 McHam Rd., widow of Deacon Saul Allen, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at 1 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Union County, she was the daughter of the late Stark and Victoria Glenn Whitemire Hill. She was a member and deaconess of Green Bethel Baptist Church and was a housewife.
Surviving are a brother, Clinton Gregory of Union and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family is at the home of Rev. Mills McHam.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Green Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mills McHam officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Addie J. Bishop
Addie Jeanette Bishop, of 306 W. Ninth St., died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Bishop was the widow of Joe Bishop.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns-Gaffney is in charge.

Carolyn T. Austin
Gaffney native
Carolyn Tettie Austin, 52, of 107 Lincoln St., wife of Edgar Columbus Austin Jr., died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at 10:12 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of Estelle Johnson Dawkins and the late Townsend Dawkins Sr. She was a member of Indian Hill Baptist Church and a house mother.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Rebecca Austin and Carolyn Ann Mack of the home; four sons, Ricky Austin of Spartanburg, Michael Austin, Larry Austin, Eddie Austin of the home; two sisters, Annie Austin and Betty J. Santiago of Gaffney; four brothers, Orlean Dawkins of West Germany, Luther Dawkins, Townsend Dawkins Jr. and Eddie Dawkins of Gaffney; 38 grandchildren, four of them, Romona Davidson, Della Dawkins, Charles Santiago and Michael Davison of the home were reared as her children.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Grace C. George
Retired from Hoechst Celanese
Grace Coyle George, 81, of 158 Morgan Circle, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of J.S. George and daughter of the late John Belma “Bud” Coyle and the late Eva Blanton Coyle. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and retired from the lab at Hoechst Celanese.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, douglas E. George Sr. of Gaffney; a daughter, Joyce Keller of Gaffney; a brother, Howard “Wormy” Coyle of Gaffney; a sister, Alberta Fowler of Gaffney; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Bobby E. Walton
Bobby Eugene Walton, 50, of 445 Grant Grove Church Rd., Mooreboro, N.c., died Sunday, July 21, 2002.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was the son of the late Jams Walton and the late Bernice Hamrick Walton. He was a 1950 graduate of Crest High School and was self-employed owner and operator of Walton Automobile Clean-up Services.
Surviving are a son, Ricky Wilkins of Henrietta, N.C.; five daughters, Charlotte Sarratt, Dr. Shermaine Sarratt of Henrietta, Tiffany Wilkins of Greensboro, N.C., Regina Walton and Rasheen Walton of Shelby; a sister, Bernice W. Sutton of Shelby; eight brothers, J.B. Walton of Mooresboro, Emmitt Walton of Stanford, N.C., Luther Walton of Charlotte, James r. Hamrick of Decatur, Ga., Steve Walton, Charles Walton, James Walton Jr. and Nelson Walton of Shelby; and 10 grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Youngs Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Mooresboro, conducted by the Rev. Davius R. Miller. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of his aunt, Martha Walton, 125 Shady Lane, Mooresboro.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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