common / 10-04-2002

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, October 4, 2002

Kathleen C. Peeler
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Kathleen Camp Peeler, 91, of 2453 McCraw Rd., died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Clarence Odis Peeler and daughter of the late Raymond Oscar Camp and the late Lillian Delora Arnold Camp. She was a homemaker and member of Lavonia Baptist Church.
Surviving are four sons, Buddy Roger Peeler and his wife Mollie of Mooresboro, Bobby Joel Peeler and his wife Nancy of Gaffney, Don Marshall Peeler and his wife Joann of Ellenboro, and Clarence Edward Peeler and his wife Janice of Mooresboro; three daughters, Vivian Safarah Orr and her husband Walter Herbert of Gaffney, Brenda Joyce McSwain and her husband Leonard of Shelby, and Shelba Jean Lovelace of Mooresboro; a son-in-law, Charles Ivey of Gaffney; 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Peeler was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Antaphy Ivey.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Lavonia Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Buddy Morehead and Jack Pennington. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be Garrison McCray and Greg Cooper.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to Lavonia Baptist Church, 2841 Camps Creek Church Rd., Mooresboro, N.C., 28114; or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 10794, Greenville, S.C. 29603.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Gladys F. Crocker
Retired from Milliken Research Center
UNION – Gladys Farr Crocker, 69, of 122 Farr Lane, widow of Charles Edward Crocker, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at 12:11 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Crocker was born in Union on Oct. 8, 1932, a daughter of the late Calvert and Ruth Goings Farr. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lockhart and the Lockhart Senior Citizens. Mrs. Crocker was a graduate of Kelly Pinckney High School and was retired from Milliken Research Center of Spartanburg.
Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Guy of Herndon, Va.; two sons, Steven Charles Crocker of Gaffney and Perry James Crocker of Union; a sister, Marian Farr Harris of Union; a brother, James C. Farr of Union; and six grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Crocker was preceded in death by a son, Chris Edward Crocker.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lockhart, conducted by the Rev. Ben Hill. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
The body will remain at S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-9.
The family is at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Perry and Kim Crocker, 113 Bentley Town Rd., Union.
Memorials may be made to the Union County Cancer Services, c/o Ola Jean Kelly, 117 Fant Lane, Union, S.C. 29379; or the Lockhart Relay for Life, c/o Lora Fielder, 3870 Jonesville-Lockhart Hwy, Union, S.C. 29379; or First Baptist Church of Lockhart, P.O. Box 190, Lockhart, S.C. 29364.

Mae C. Gibson
Retired from Milliken
PACOLET MILLS – Mae Cook Gibson, 88, formerly of Green Street, Pacolet Mills, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Malcolm and Estelle Huskey Cook. She was retired from the Milliken Plant at Pacolet Mills and was a member of Pacolet Mills Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Johnny Gibson and his wife Debbie of Spartanburg; two granddaughters, Kelly Phipps and her husband Mike of Myrtle Beach and Brooke Fowler and her husband Joe of Greensboro, N.C.; a step-granddaughter, Devin Lavender of Spartanburg; and a great-grandson, Miles Phipps of Myrtle beach.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pacolet Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Norman Band. The family will receive friends after the service at the graveside.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pacolet Mills Baptist Church, Box 660, Pacolet Mills, S.C. 29373.
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Israel A. Huskins
Sawmill lumber cutter
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Israel Ames Huskins, 24, of 2078 Bethlehem Rd., died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, in North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem.
Born in Shelby, he was the son of Jimmy Wray Huskins Jr. and Nona Marie Woodward Huskins of the home. He was a member of Kings Tabernacle, Stanley, N.C., and was a sawmill lumber cutter and carpenter.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a son, Zackery Dylan Hayes of Kings Mountain; a daughter, Isabella Victoria Huskins of Gastonia; two sisters, Marie Huskins and Sara Mae Huskins, both of Kings Mountain; and two brothers, Jimmy Huskins III of Kings Mountain and Josh Huskins of the home.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Gene Ware and Richard Boatwright. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens, Blacksburg.
Pallbearers will be Adam Huskins, Jordan Huskins, David Woodward III, Jason Woodward, Jimmy Huskins Jr., Joshua Huskins, Zackery Hayes-Huskins, Eddie Huskins, Kevin Webb and Terry Callicut.
The family is at the home..
Memorials may be made for Zackery and Isabella Huskins, c/o Nona Marie Huskins, 2078 Bethlehem Rd., Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086.

Grace Hughes
Gaffney native
CHARLESTON – Grace White Hughes, wife of Horatio “Harry” Hughes Jr., entered into eternal rest on the evening of Sept. 16, 2002.
Mrs. Hughes was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Gaffney, the daughter of Floyd H. White and Della Davis White. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was formerly employed as an executive secretary with Westvaco.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of Charleston; three daughters, Pamela H. Ashton and her husband Patrick of Atlanta, Ga., Kathie H. Stuber and her husband Gary of Goose Creek, and Rebecca Grace Hughes of Asheville, N.C.; two grandchildren, C. Lane Stuber and Jason H. Stuber; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of S.C., Research Department, 1941 Savage Rd., Suite 200-A, Charleston, S.C. 29407.
Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel.

Marian B. Vaclavek
Cowpens native
Marian Blanton Vaclavek, 82, of Greenville died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, in Madison.
A native of Cowpens, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ellen Humphries Blanton of Gaffney and widow of William Vaclavek. She had lived in Greenville since 1969 and was a homemaker and member of the Greenville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Gary Cook of Marietta, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, Madison. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville.
Memorials may be made to Hughey Memorial Personal Care Center, 765 N.E. Delphinium Dr., Madison, Fla. 32340; or Big Ben Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center, Tallahassee, Fla. 32308.

Vivian M. McCraw
Longtime hospital volunteer
Vivian Bondale Morrow McCraw, 81, formerly of Pleasant School Road, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Greer, she was the widow of Buford S. McCraw and daughter of the late Holton Morrow. She was retired from Fiber Industries Inc. and was a volunteer at Upstate Carolina Medical Center for 12 years. The hospital’s gift shop was recently named in her honor. She was a member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Alton McCraw of Gaffney; four grandchildren, Alice Wallace of Smyrna, Jennifer Jolly, Chris McCraw and Lisa Portillo, all of Gaffney; three great-grandchildren, Amber Wallace, Jimmy Wallace, both of Smyrna, and Jordan Portillo of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and father, Mrs. McCraw was preceded in death by a son, Larry McCraw.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of her son, Alton McCraw, 694 Pleasant School Rd.
Memorials may be made to Grassy Pond Baptist Church Building Fund, 254 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.

Lela L. Houser
Retired school librarian
Lela Fleming Littlejohn Houser, 84, of 189 Ann Trail Rd., the Battleground community, widow of Hallman Houser, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at her residence.
Daughter of the late Fleming Littlejohn and the late Clara McDowell Littlejohn, she was a native of Cherokee County and member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church where she was a member of the Missionary Society and former member of the Senior Choir.
Mrs. Houser received a B.S. degree from Benedict College and did graduate studies at S.C. State University. She received her library science degree from Winthrop College, and for 20 years she taught school at Fort Mill. She retired as librarian at Limestone Elementary School in Gaffney.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Tonia Moore of Detroit, Mich.
Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, conducted by Drs. U.D. Vernon, J.W. Sanders Sr., the Revs. L.C. Knuckles, T.E. McDowell, David Vernon, Tony Macomson and L.C. Roberts. Burial will be in Suck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be the trustees of Mount Sinai Baptist Church and honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Mount Sinai Baptist Church and retired teachers.
Flower bearers will be the Mt. Sinai Missionary Circles No. 1 and 2 and honorary flower bearers will be the Mount Sinai Senior Choir and retired teachers.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Willie Mae McDaniel
Retired from Nestle
Willie Mae Vinesett McDaniel, 56, of 141 Teal Deive, died Friday, Oct. 4 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of James Durham McDaniel. She was retired from the Nestle Frozen Food Company and a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are sons William Rogers Nicholson and Steve Nicholson of Gaffney; two step-sons; four step-daughters; two grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Vinesett and John Vinesett, both of Blacksburg; sisters, Helen Vinesett of Piedmont, S.C. and Brenda Painter of Gaffney.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete.

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