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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, September 9, 2002

Thomas “Tommy” Roark
BLACKSBURG, SC – Thomas “Tommy” Finley Roark, 73, of 402 West Pine Street, died Tuesday, September 10, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Roark was born in Blacksburg, SC, a son of the late Thomas Finley Roark, Sr., and Mary Gordon White Roark. He was a retired Supervisor with PPG Industries in Shelby, NC, a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of The First Baptist Church of Blacksburg.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Pennington Roark of the home; a brother Wayne Roark and wife Vicki of Gaffney, SC; a sister Linda Coleman and husband George of Greenwood, SC;’ a brother-in-law Harold Pennington, Sr. and wife Mildred of Blacksburg, SC; a nephew Russ Roark and wife Dawn of Clemson, SC and their children: Caroline and Hannah; a niece Lynn Spurlin and husband Bruce of Gaffney, SC and their children: Bryce and Kelsey; a niece Christy Caldwell and husband Matt of Laurens, SC; a niece Julie Huckabee and husband Chad of Spartanburg, SC; a nephew Allen Coleman of Charleston, SC; a nephew Harold Pennington, Jr. and wife Laurinda of Blacksburg, SC and their children: Allison and Andrew; a niece Paula Cobb and husband William of Blacksburg, SC and their children: Will and Kaleb.
The Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at White Columns Funeral Home in Blacksburg. The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pennington, Sr., 511 S. Shelby St., Blacksburg, SC.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm Thursday, September 12, 2002 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Ken Reid. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers serving are: Steve Martin, Steve Mullinax, Russ Roark, Phil Wilkerson, Ted Bechtler, Josh Collins, Dennis Clark and Timmy Clark.
Memorials may be made to either First Baptist Church Building Fund, 121 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, SC 29702 or The Educational Foundation of Kings Mountain Schools, 105 E. Ridge St., Kings Mountain, SC 28086.

Cynthia S. Cash
Homemaker
BLACKSBURG – Cynthia Sapoch Cash, 96, of 1087 N. Mountain St., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at White Oak Estates, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of John Calhoun “Jack” Cash and daughter of the late J.M. and Lula Bettis Sapoch. She was a homemaker and member of Mt. Paran Baptist Church where she was a past treasurer. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter.
Surviving are a daughter, Catherine Cash of Blacksburg; grandchildren, Beth Clary and husband, Chip, of Spartanburg, Cassie Biddix and husband, Mike, of Gaffney; and a great-grandchild, Zachary Clary of Spartanburg.
Services were held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Paran Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Chris Ozment. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mason Thompson, Wayne Thomas, Gary Thomas, Ray Kimbrell, Brad Howington and David Gibbons.
Honorary pallbearer was Hal Howington Sr.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Paran Baptist Church, 105 Mt. Paran Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Gene W. Batchelor
Cabinet maker
Gene Wayne Batchelor, 53, of 139-A Marietta St., died at home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the stepson of Ruby H. Batchelor of Blacksburg and son of the late Robert Thomas and Mabel Ellen Giles Batchelor. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blacksburg and was a Vietnam veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy. He was a cabinet maker by trade.
In addition to his stepmother, he is survived by two brothers, Tom Batchelor of Moncks Corner and Howard Batchelor of Londonberry, N. Ireland; and three sisters, Miniver B. Parker of Gaffney, Alice B. Hambright of Charleston and Debbie B. Palmer of Blacksburg.
Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at White Columns Chapel, Blacksburg, with the Rev. Ken Reid officiating.

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