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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, July 26, 2002

Thomas C. Owens Sr.
Duke Power retiree
SPARTANBURG – Thomas C. Owens Sr., 83, of 303 Palamino St., died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, in Peachtree Centre, Gaffney.
A native of Oconee County, he was the son of the late Lawrence Jessie and Dora Frances Bearden Owens and widower of Edna Lucille Robertson Owens. He was retired from Duke Power, was a member of Drayton Baptist Church and Mills Village Masonic Lodge No. 360 (formerly Drayton Masonic Lodge No. 360), and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Hernandez of Palm Bay, Fla., Darleen Timmerman of Myrtle Beach and Sandra Owens of Gaffney; two sons, T.C. Owens Jr. of Drayton and Bruce Owens of Inman; two stepsons, Rusty and Tommy Hughey, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Virginia Dean of Spartanburg and Dot Buchanan of Rutherfordton, N.C.; a brother, DeWitt Owens of Spartanburg; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7-9 tonight with Masonic Rites at 7:30 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Randall Blackman. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of a son, T.C. Owens Jr., 35/48 Ansel St., Drayton.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.

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.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Scott Keller, Jason Keller, Doug George Jr., David George, Gary Frazier and John Wade Weatherford.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Macedonia Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Betty F. Young
Retired from U.S. Government
LEXINGTON – Betty Francis Young, 76, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Heartland Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Lexington.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of Annie Turner Francis of Blacksburg and the late J. Meek Francis. She was retired from the U.S. Government.
Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, John Patrick Hogan of Naples, Fla., and Richard Young of Columbia; a daughter, Patricia H. Brazzell of West Columbia; three brothers, John Quinn Francis of Atlanta, Ga., Phillip “Tip” Francis of Shelby and Steve Francis of Liberty; and four grandchildren.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert M. Francis.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, Blacksburg, with the Rev. David Rowe officiating. The family will receive friends following the service and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to A.R. Presbyterian Church, 108 S. Chester St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

David E. Goode
GHS graduate
David Edward Goode, 22, of 1615 Cherokee Ave., died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Shelby Jean Hayes Horvath of the home and the late George Goode. He attended Temple Baptist Church and was a graduate of Gaffney High School.
Surviving in addition to his mother are maternal grandmother, Mary Kennedy of Gaffney; five brothers, Michael Cudd, Matthew Goode, both of Pacolet, George Goode Jr., Bobby Goode, both of the home, and John Cudd of Gaffney; two sisters, Melissa Goode and Tammy Parker, both of Gaffney; and paternal grandmother, Mary Goode of Liberty.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Johnny Bridges and Wayne Arrowood. Burial will be in Goucher Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Knighton, Jerry Martin, Chris Martin, Jim Wilson, Broadus Thompson and Chad Fowler.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to David Goode Burial Fund, c/o Jean Horvath, 1615 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Niesha L. Fort
Native of Hays, Kansas
SALISBURY, N.C. – Niesha Lynn Fort, 61, of 134 Polo Dr., died Thursday morning, July 11, 2002, in Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
Born Sept. 18, 1940, in Hays, Kansas, she was the daughter of Madelina Barton Frymire of Austin, Texas, and the late Woodrow F. Frymire. She was a graduate of Oklahoma City University and was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Salisbury Literacy Council.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Samuel L. Fort; a daughter, Ari Fort of Salisbury; and a sister, Sharon McMillian of Austin, Texas.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, conducted by the Rev. Stephen Morris. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Mrs. Fort was buried in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, Fort Bliss, Texas, on Monday, July 15.
Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation, North Carolina Triangle Chapter, P.O. Box 268, Morrisville, N.C. 27560.
Arrangements by Summersett Funeral Home, Salisbury.

Addie J. Bishop
Retired from Hoechst Celanese
Addie Jeanette Bishop, 77, of 306 W. Ninth St., died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Chester County, she was the widow of Joe Bishop and daughter of the late Tom and Bessie McGarity Varnadore. She was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church, held various offices in the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the VFW and was retired from Hoechst Celanese.
Surviving are a son, Marvin Lee Bishop Sr. of Gaffney; three daughters, Carol B. Moss of Gaffney, Rosemary B. Adair of Garden City and Judy B. Worthy of Pacolet Mills; two sisters, Mary Black of Rock Hill and Sadie Hinson of Chapin; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bishop was preceded in death by three brothers, Buddy Varnadore, Charlie Varnadore and James Varnadore, and a sister, Clara Belle Blackmon.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Joseph W. Adair and Vernon Mullinax. Burial will be in Mt. Para Baptist Church Cemetery, Blacksburg. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends after the services at the cemetery and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Pallbearers will be Lt. Col. Tony Moss, Todd Moss, Merv Bishop, Brent Bishop, Nick Bishop, Rev. Joseph W. Adair and Scott Austin.
Memorials may be mad to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Bobby E. Walton
Services for Bobby Eugene Walton, 50, of 445 Grant Grove Church Rd., Mooresboro, will be held today at 4 p.m. at Youngs Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Mooresboro, conducted by the Revs. Davius R. Miller, Stellie Jackson and Dr. Troy McDowell Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Javan Smith, Scott Sypho, Thomas Byers, Renaldo Camp, Kevin Wilson, Carl Pratt and John McCluney.
Flower bearers will be Ethel Norris, Bonnie Logan, Sarah Martin, Tanaka Walton, Debbie Mitchell, Kathy Upton and Meliance Quarrels.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.
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Boyce L. Kelly Jr.
Retired from W.H. Kirkland Construction
Boyce Lee Kelly Jr., 58, of 761 Jerusalem Rd., Pacolet, husband of Ella Mae Littlejohn Kelly, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at 8 a.m. at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Lillie Goudelock Kelly of Gaffney and the late Boyce Lee Kelly Sr. He was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church and a 1965 graduate of Granard High School. He was retired from W.H. Kirkland Construction Co. and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving a Purple Heart.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two daughters, Donna Lee Means and Joyce Stevens of Pacolet; a brother, James H. Kelly of Gaffney; two sisters, Hettie M. Gregory and Ruby Kelly of Gaffney; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be Monday at 3 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roger Mason T.J. Jackson, Luther Means, Sherman Davis and Dr. Bobby Houze. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Mattie Allen
Services for Mattie Allen, 90, of 121 McHam Rd., Pacolet, widow of Saul Allen, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Green Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Mills McHam, James Patton Jr., Clyde Esion, Jackie Dover and Bobby Dogan. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church Saturday at 1 p.m. and the family will friends there from 1:30 until the hour of services.
Pallbearers will be David Ray Thomas, Eddie Logan, Francis Logan, Bobby Dawkins, Alonzo Farr and Thomas D. Davis Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Thomas and J.T. Allen.
Flower bearers will be Dorothy Littlejohn, Hazel Allen, Annie Mae Thomas, Lelia Thomas, Regina Hamrick and Corrine Davis.
Mrs. Allen was a native of Union County and daughter of the late Stark and Victoria Glenn Whitemire Hill. She is survived by a brother, Clinton Gregory of Union; a stepdaughter, Debra Kay Montgomery of Gaffney; and a nephew she reared in her home as a son, Bobby Smith of Danville, Va. She considered the Rev. Mills McHam and Ruby Mae McHam as her son and daughter.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

LaQuata Houey
LaQuata Martika Houey, 12, of Hampton, Va., died Tuesday in Virginia.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of Aretha Baker Frierson and Charles Frierson of the home.
Surviving in addition to her parents are two sisters, Na-Tasha Houey and Andrell Frierson, also of the home; maternal grandparents, Earnestine and Ernest Baker of Gaffney; paternal grandparents, Sandra and Enrique Williams of Hampton, Va. and a maternal grandmother, Ruth Littlejohn, also of Gaffney; paternal great-grandparents, Elder R.L. Brewton and Elder Dorothy Brewton of Gaffney.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 pm. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church with the Rev. R.D. Vernon officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Baker at 128 Camillia Circle in Gaffney.
Arrangements by Gilmore Mortuary.

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