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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, September 30, 2002

Mitt Whelchel
Retired insurance agent
Harry Mitt Whelchel, 72, of 170 Ross Hill Rd., died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the widower of Sara Jean Bratton Whelchel and son of the late Harry Lance Whelchel and the late Strocy Coyle Whelchel. He was a retired insurance agent and a member of Midway Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War.
Surviving are two sons, Jimmy Lance Whelchel and Thomas Mitt Whelchel, both of Gaffney; two daughters and sons-in law, Mitzi W. and Barry Ellis and Tammy W. and Wayne Fowler, all of Gaffney; a sister, Polly W. Bell of Gaffney; and five grandchildren, Big Bud and Dana, Sug, Little Man, Squeeze and Hoss.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Whelchel was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Frank Whelchel, and a sister, Sara W. Porter.
Services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by Drs. Danny Emory and Bobby Morrow. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Don Tate, Tommy Stepp, Lamar Smiley, Harry Lee Smiley, Arthur Randolph, Dennis Smiley, Ben Elliott and Wayne Porter.
Honorary pallbearers will be all current and former deacons and members of the Brotherhood at Midway Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the Midway Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 153 Midway Rd., Gaffney, S.c. 29340; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Devontae R. Bowman
Devontae Roshawn Bowman, infant son of Desmond Bowman and Tonia Rice, of Limestone Courts, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Also surviving are a brother, Desmond Bowman, and sister, Jasmin Bowman, of the home; maternal grandparents, Robert and Kathy Crosby Rice of Gaffney; paternal grandparents, Janice Bowman of Phenix City, Ala., and Robert Bowman of Phoenix, Ariz.; great-grandparents, J.C. Crosby of Gaffney and Ernestine Rice of Shelby.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Gaffney Memorial Park.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Julia L. Bagwell
Rowan County, N.C., native
Julia Lyerly Bagwell, 72, of 715 Tenth St., died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
Julia was born on April 30, 1930, in Rowan County, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Adam M. Lyerly and Ila Safrit Lyerly.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald W. Bagwell of Kings Mountain and Timothy M. Bagwell of Gaffney; a brother, Ralph J. Lyerly of Louisiana; a sister, Mrs. Arnold (Ann) Peeler of Crescent, N.C.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Winfred L. Bagwell.
Private graveside services were held at Lyerly Memorial United Church of Christ in Crescent, N.C., on Sunday, Sept. 29.
Memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church, where she was a member, or to Temple Baptist Church Victory Campaign.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

JoAnn B. McDowell
U.S. Army WAC veteran
SMYRNA – JoAnn Deanne Badeau McDowell, 61, of 202 Ore Bark Rd., died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Wayland, N.Y., she was the wife of Grover Ralph McDowell of the home and daughter of the late Emroe Badeau and the late Helen Hedwig Grotwicz Badeau. She was a U.S. Army WAC veteran, receiving the Medal of Commendation, and is listed on the Washington Women Service Memorial in Washington, D.C. She was of the Catholic faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter and son-in-law, Trudy and Mark Parker of Gaffney; a grandson, Brandon Parker; two brothers, Walter Badeau of Elmira, N.Y., and Allen Badeau of Savona, N.y.; and Elton and Johnny Badeau , both of New York; four sisters, Gloria Craig of Seattle, Wash., Mary Ann Copp of Graham, Wash., Linda Falls of Blacksburg and Debbie Jackson of Lamar, S.C.
In addition to her parents, she was precede din death by brothers, Emroe and David Badeau and lifelong friend, Doug Wyatt.
Cryptside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg.
the family is at the residence where they will receive friends any time.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rock Hill, S.C.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Alice D. Stuard
Homemaker
Alice Driskill Stuard, 82, of Brookview HealthCare Center, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at Brookview.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Steedly Stuard and daughter of the late Roland Henry Driskill and the late Minnie Bailey Driskill. She was a homemaker and attended Draytonville Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons, R.H. Driskill, Jack Driskill and Ben Stuard, all of Gaffney; a stepson, Jerry Stuard of Chapin; a stepdaughter, Gayle Stuard of Columbia; a daughter, Anita S. Summitt of Lancaster; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Leigh of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Lynn Ford.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Driskill, Jeff Driskill, Mark Vanderburg, Leon Owens, Bobby Owens and Terry Parris.
The family is at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Brookview HealthCare Center, 510 Thompson St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

George L. Little
Employed by Progressive Screens
George Lee (Levi) Little, 52, of 218 Chestnut Ridge Rd., died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of George Howard Little and Dellia Nix Little. He was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church and worked at Progressive Screens. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam.
Also surviving are a son, David Little of the home; two daughters, Renee Little of the home and Kelly Little of Gaffney; and one grandson.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Richard Duncan and Greg Little.
Pallbearers were Daniel Reynolds, Lee Reynolds, Alan White, Bobby Little, David Sossamon, Dean Howlett, Donald Spencer and Shane Pennington.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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