common / 08-19-2002

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, August 19, 2002

John McLean III
Cumberland County native
John W. McLean, 82, of 1722 Anthony Drive in Gastonia, husband of Ida Currie McLean, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002 at his residence. A native of Cumberland Co., he was the son of the late John and Ada Matthews McLean and brother to the late Robert, Ben, Hervie and Heck McLean and Lois M. Barber.
He was the retired owner and operator of McLean’s Textile Parts and Machinery of Gastonia and active member of Temple Baptist Church. He was a charter member of the Loyal Huskies Booster Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John W. McLean Jr. of Columbia and David McLean of Gastonia; three daughters, Kathy Kelly of Gaffney, Connie Kale of Gastonia, and Paula “Polly” Dominy of Owensboro, Ky; two brothers, Troy McLean of Fayetteville, N.C. and Jimmy McLean of San Dimas, Calif; three sisters, Thelma M. Adcox of Fayetteville, N.C., Merle M. McDermitt of Fayettville, N.C., and Judele M. Wilson of Bonita Springs, Fla; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be conducted by the Rev. James Lowery at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Temple Baptist Church, Gastonia.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Temple Baptist Men’s Bible Sunday school Class.
Burial will follow in Westview Gardens Cemetery, Bessemer City, N.C.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Building Fund, 701 Littlejohn St., Gastonia, N.C. 28052; or Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C. 28054.

Thomas Runyans
Retired from Westvaco Corp.
Thomas Douglas Runyans, 62, of 3234 Marshall Wolf Road in Shelby, N.C., husband of Pat Bright Runyans, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2002 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.
He was retired from Westvaco Corp.
He was a member of the Baptist Faith.
In addition to his spouse, he is survived by two sons, Tony Runyans of Kings Mtn., N.C. and David Burton of Shelby; six daughters, Jane Bingham of Gastonia, N.C., Joann Green of Kings Mtn.; Susie Hawkins of Grover, N.C., Tonya Curay of Gastonia, N.C., Glenda Bowen of Kings Mtn., and Tammy Burton of Bessemer City, N.C; a brother, Clarence Willie Bunyans of Kings Mtn.; a sister, Minnie Elizabeth Kaps of Clover; 23 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funerals services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Gordon Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Heyward officiating.
Pallbearers will be Josh Sullens, Josh Burton, Max Justice, Chris Curry, Terry Keeter, Clarence Runyans, Jason Bailes and Ian Goforth.
Memorials may be made to Thomas Runyans Burial Fund, c/o Pat Right Bunyans, P.O. Box 884, Bessemer City, N.C. 28016.
The family is at 3234 Marshall Wolf Road in Shelby.

Donnie Dawkins
Gaffney native
Donnie Winfred Dawkins, 54, of 109 Apple St., died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Alline Tate Dawkins and the late Winfred Thomas Dawkins.
He was a 1965 graduate of Granard High School and attended Rutledge College. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.
He is survived by a daughter, Donnitra Dawkins of Gaffney; a mother, Alline Dawkins of Gaffney; two brothers, Thomas E. Dawkins and Jackie Dawkins, both of Gaffney; and three sisters, Shirley Smith, Brenda Hawk and Toledo Dawkins; all of Gaffney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Philadelphia Baptist church with the Rev. Danny L. Burnside and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church 1 hour prior to services.
The family is at the home of the mother, 414 Park St.
The Gilmore Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Decimae Summitt
Gaffney native
Decimae allison Summitt, 86, of 916 Northside Drive in Gaffney, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.
He was a retired textile employee.
Survivors include a daughter, Nina Nadine Scruggs Gutierrez of Rock Hill.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Flora Gibson
Cherokee County native
Flora Coyle Gibson of 100 Fairfield Drive, Apt. 1B in Gaffney, widow of Coby Gibson, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney.
Born in Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late Waver Coyle and the late Blanche Tate Coyle.
She was a retired textile employee and a member of Limestone St. United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Norma Gibson and Barbara Bloomer, both of Gaffney; a sister, O.E. Fletcher of Columbia; three grandsons; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the family’s respective homes.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery.
The family is at the residence.

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