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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, August 12, 2002

Fred L. Foster Sr.
Public transportation driver
Fred L. Foster Sr., 81, formerly of Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at the home of his daughter in South Carolina.
Born in Lewiston on Nov. 6, 1915, he was the son of Joe Tooker Foster and Sarah E. Witham. He married Virginia Carolina Gilman on Sept. 5, 1937, and they celebrated 60 years together until her death on Aug. 31, 1998.
Mr. Foster was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather who took great pride in his family. He loved family gatherings, camping trips and hunting and fishing with family and friends.
He was employed mainly in public transportation as a taxi and bus driver. He was well known in the Lewiston and Auburn communities for his knowledge of nearly every street and hundreds of specific customer’s addresses. As a young man he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a member of the Lewiston-Auburn and Gaffney Salvation Army Corps for a combined 50 years.
Survivors include six daughters, Rose (Ellen) Lacroix, Cynthia L. Robbins, both of Gaffney, Josephine E. Quimby, Mildred V. Levesque, both of Davenport, Fla., Barbara L. Beaucage of Buckfield and Sally A. Butcher of East Poland, Maine; six sons, Joe A. Foster of East Poland, Lauren M. Foster of East Poland, Fred L. Foster Jr. of Anderson, Matthew L. Foster of Auburn and Preston J. Foster of Long View, Tex.; a brother, Robert L. Foster of Auburn; two sisters, Josephine M. Jordan of Buckfield and Mabel R. Paradis of Florida; 37 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two sons; one daughter; and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at The Salvation Army Corps in Lewiston. Burial was in the Valley Cemetery, Greene.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice Care, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements in Gaffney by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home; arrangements in Maine by Dillingham Funeral Home, Auburn.

William (Eb) Stroup
Retired from Duke Power
SMYRNA – William (Eb) Leverette Stroup, 69, of 1332 Old Chester Rd., died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Blanche Upchurch Stroup of Smyrna and the late Darwin (Doc) Stroup. He was retired from Duke Power Company and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Leroy Stroup of Blacksburg and Elmore Stroup of the home; a sister, Elizabeth Alexander-Stroup; and three nephews.
Services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Grady Gregory and Joseph Clayton. Burial was in Sardis United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Wayne Cobb, Cleve Hambright, Yvan Walker, Hoot Parker, Oliver Martin, Jesse McDaniel, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Martin.
The family is at the residence, 1332 Old Chester Rd., Smyrna.
Memorials may be made to Sardis United Methodist Church Cemetery, c/o Linda Elmore, 941 Pacolet Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Sue M. Ramsey
Co-founder/owner Chesnee Hardware
CHESNEE – Sue M. Ramsey, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at Magnolia Place Nursing Home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Thomas Rush Ramsey Sr. and a daughter of the late J.P. and Julia Riddle Mullinax. She was co-founder and operator of Chesnee Hardware Store and was a life-long member of State Line Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and WMU chairman for many years.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas R. Ramsey Jr. of Chesnee and James Gary Ramsey of Gaffney; a sister, Novella Blanton of Gaffney; a brother, Pete Mullinax of Conroe, Tex.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at noon at State Line Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Bobby Lindsey and Dan Bostic officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery,
The family is at their respective homes.
Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee, was in charge of arrangements.

Kathryn P. Green
From her “court” at Tastee Freeze, “Mama Kat” offered sage advice to students
Kathryn “Kat” Parker Green, 83, formerly of Petty Drive, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, in Brookview Health Care Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Ellie Roland and Lillian Campbell Parker. She was the widow of James “Jay” D. Green.
She was known to many as “Mama Kat,” giving sage advice and sometimes stern lectures to hundreds of Gaffney High and Limestone College students. “Mama Kat” held court in her Tastee Freeze from 1954 to 1968.
Later Kat and her husband, Jay Green, owned and operated Green’s Clothing Centers in Greenville, Spartanburg and Gaffney. Kat was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gaffney and formerly a member of the Lady Lions Club of Surfside Beach.
Mrs. Green was inducted into the Gaffney Jaycees as a lifetime member for all of her work as a fundraiser for the Miss Gaffney Pageant.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Green of Mission Viajo, Calif., and Raymond “Ray” Green of Treasure Island, Fla.; a daughter, Kitty G. Horne of Gaffney; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, E. Raymond Parker, Wilkes “Skinny” Parker and Gene Parker; and three sisters, Fannie Parker Burns, Marie P. Mullinax and Margueritte P. Wetzel.
Services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by Dr. Bobby Morrow and the Rev. Sidney Norton.
Pallbearers were Grady Randolph, Frank Wright, Billy Blanton, Mark Vassy, Joe Bonner and Mike Fowlkes.

Alma W. Randolph
Self-employed
Alma Wyatt Randolph, 87, of 169 Randolph Rd., died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at 141 Warrior Dr., Gaffney.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Frank Randolph and daughter of the late Johnny Wyatt and the late Ola Blackwell Wyatt. She was self-employed and a member of Bethel Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Ellis of Gaffney; two sons, Bobby Randolph and Charles Wayne Randolph, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Ethel Randolph of Chesnee and Carrie Blalock of Gaffney; a brother, Arthur Wyatt of Inman; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bethel Memorial Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Forrest Scoggins, Bruce Randolph and Chaplain Gary Pindroh.
Pallbearers were Bobby Randolph, Jeff Randolph, Bruce Randolph, David Randolph, Brian Randolph and Dennis Ellis.
The family is at the home of Bobby Randolph, 121 Randolph Rd., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Marilyn H. Green
1980 GHS graduate
Marilyn Marie Harris Green, 40, of 1428 Leadmine Rd., died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at 11 p.m. at her home.
Known as “Mekka,” she was a native of Gaffney and daughter of Anna Marie Harris of Gaffney and the late Floyd Harris. She was a member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church and a 1980 graduate of Gaffney High School. She was also a graduate of Piedmont Beauty College and was last employed by Hamrick’s of Gaffney.
Surviving are a daughter, Desirea Littlejohn of Gaffney; a son, Charles N. Green of Spartanburg; two brothers, Freddie Harris and Anthony Steven Harris of Gaffney; and grandfather, Lonnie Harris of Bridgeton, N.J.
Services will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Arthur J. Smith, Van C. Williams, Roderick Oglesby, Hayward Boyd and Michael Bridges. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be members of the Gaffney High School Class of 1980, respectively.
The family is at the home of her mother, Anna Marie Harris, 116 Deal St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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