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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Shedrick Byers
Retired from Monsanto
Shedrick Byers, 58, of A-3 Fairfield Apartments, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at 11:30 p.m. at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Moses Byers and the late Orlene Thompson Byers. He was a member of Youngs Grove Baptist Church where he sang with the Mixed Choir and the Vocal Choir and was a former Sunday School superintendent. He was a 1965 graduate of Granard High School and was retired from Monsanto Manufacturing Co.
Surviving are a son, Shedrick Lupree Byers of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Telekie Whitaker of Columbia and Natasha Harrison of Newport News, Va.; a brother, John A. Byers of Heath Springs; five sisters, Sallie Houey of Gaffney, Beatrice Mickles of Blacksburg, Meredith McEachern of Fayetteville, N.C., Molene Smith and the Rev. Ruby Miller of Shelby; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Larry J. Brooks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be his nephews and friends. Flower bearers will be his niece and friends.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Annie J. Richards
Cherokee County native
Annie Johnson Richards, 91, formerly of 420 Hardin Dr., Gaffney, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in Greenville.
Born in Cherokee County, she was the widow of Alfred Lynn Richards and daughter of the late Canzy Johnson and Mamie Lovelace Johnson. She was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nell and Ray Smith of Greenville; grandchildren, Lisa S. Henderson and Scott B. Smith of Greenville, Sandra R. Mullinax of Gaffney, Renee R. Brown of Lake Greenwood and Rita R. Cook of Cowpens; great-grandchildren, Hayden Henderson, Logan Henderson and Ashlee Smith of Greenville, Brandon DeStaffno of Lake Greenwood, Leah Richards and Tyler Mullinax of Gaffney; a sister, Ruth Powell of Gaffney; a cousin raised in the home, Allen Lovelace of Greenville; and sisters-in-law, Louise Johnson Crumpton of Greenville and Elsie Johnson of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Richards was preceded in death by a son, Harold Thomas Richards; a sister, Willie Blanton; and brothers, Robert and Richard Johnson.
\Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Frank Northcutt. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends today from 3-4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Christina Haught-Waters
COWPENS – Christina Danielle “Christy” Haught-Waters, 15 months, of 196 Wallace Rd., died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of Jeff Waters and Charity Haught-Waters of the home. She was a member of Central Baptist Church of Cowpens.
In addition to her mother and father, survivors include two sisters, Becca Haught-Waters and Taylor-Peace Waters; and one brother, Alex Haught-Waters, all of the home; maternal grandparents, Dean and Deborah Yeargin of the home; paternal grandparents, Connie and Lynn Edwards of Inman; maternal great-grandmother, Betty Chesney of Sullivan, Ohio; an uncle, Blandon Yeargin of Cowpens; an aunt, Michelle English of Greenville; an aunt and uncle, Naomi and Tim Cash of Converse; and cousins, Bryan, Brittney and Chelsea Cash, all of Converse.
Services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Floyd’s Boiling Springs Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Terry Wilson. Burial was in Good Shepard Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “In loving memory of Christian Danielle Haught-Waters,” c/o Arthur State Bank, 756 E. Main St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29307.
The family is at the home.

Harold R. Ferguson
Retired from Timken
Harold R. Ferguson, 73, of 132 Crestview Dr., died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the husband of Margaret Johnson Ferguson of the home and son of the late Stephen and Ola Edna Johnston Ferguson. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and retired from Timken after 41 years of service. He was a member of Limestone United Methodist Church and the Sertoma Club, and was chapter chairman of the Red Cross for Cherokee County. He was a 32 degree Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Appalachian Health Council and an avid woodworker.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Tom Ferguson of Gaffney; two daughters, Nancy F. Faust of Greer and Susan Ferguson Rollins of Spartanburg; a brother, Vernon Ferguson of Columbus, Ohio; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Limestone United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at White Columns-Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Gerald E. McCraw
Employed by Limestone Mills
Gerald Edwin McCraw, 59, of 100 Fairfield Dr., Apt. 1-A, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Son of the late J.M. and Leona Blackwell, he was the husband of Sybil Weaver McCraw of the home and was employed by Limestone Mills. He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Blacksburg.
Also surviving are four daughters, Sylvia Garcia of Greenville, Tammy Annette Solis, Terri Lynn Batchler, both of Gaffney, and Lisa Michelle Solis of Blacksburg; two brothers, Steve McCraw of Shelby and Philip McCraw of Gaffney; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McCraw was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Martin.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church, Blacksburg, conducted by the Rev. Grady Gregory. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 5-6 p.m. at White Columns-Blacksburg and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church Building Fund, 241 Oak Grove Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Pallbearers will be Steve Martin, Jeremy Martin, Michael Martin, Willie Paul Hamrick, Miguel Hernandez and Lee Edward McDaniel.
Honorary pallbearer will be Gene Neal.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service, Blacksburg.

Donna H. Milner
Horse trainer, trick rider
Donna Jewel Hansen Milner, 75, of 616 Wofford Rd., died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Alexandra, Minn., she was the daughter of the late John O. Hansen and the late Cora French Hansen. She was a former employee of Red Lobster in Sioux Falls, S.D., and was a self-employed horse trainer and trick rider. She was a member of Sioux Falls Saddle Club and was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving are three daughters, Rita Dunkleburger Millen of Gaffney, Cathy Milner Mallery of Baltic, s.D., and Sandra Milner Feuling of Hudson, Wisc.; a son, Ricky Dwayne Milner of Brandon, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Milner was formerly married to Marion Clair Dunkelburger of Tea, S.D., and Richard (Butch) Milner of Cavalier, N.D.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Hoyt O. Hawkins
Retired textile employee
Hoyt Oren Hawkins, 72, of 127 Anthony St., died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cliffside, N.C., he was the widower of Maggie Mintz Hawkins and son of the late Clingman Hawkins and the late Lily Brides Hawkins. He was a retired textile employee and a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Barbara Hawkins of Gaffney; a granddaughter, Teddi Lee of Gaffney; and a great-grandson, Adam (A.J.) Lee.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Wofford Caughman and John Goforth. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Joe White, Ware Butler, Charles McCraw, Harold Seagal, Hal Mintz and Jeff Williams.
Gantt Mintz will serve as honorary pallbearer.
The family will receive friends any time at the home of his son at 2418 Union Hwy., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 204 W. O’Neal St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Betty P. Tessneer
Rutherford County native
SHELBY – Betty Irene Piercy Tessneer, 72, of 1176 Wyke Rd., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., she was a a housewife and member of Shelby First Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are three daughters, Carol Campbell, Linda Whitaker and Judy Gorman, all of Shelby; three sons, Michael Tessneer, Steve Tessneer, both of Shelby, and Gary Tessneer of Grover; 10 grandchildren, including Mark and Michelle Hamrick of Gaffney and Rich and Donna Batchler of Blacksburg; 16 great-grandchildren, including Matthew, Mason and Jason Hamrick, Melissa Potter and Jason Hamrick, all of Gaffney, and Chelesa Richardson, Christopher Batchler and Kayla Burton of Blacksburg; a sister, Lorene Davis of Shelby.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shelby First Church of the Nazarene, conducted by the Rev. Ron Seigman. Burial will be in Race Path Baptist Church, Ellenboro, N.C. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements by Cleveland Funeral Services.

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