common / 10-18-2002

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, October 18, 2002

Christine Wilson
Cincinnati, Ohio, native
Christine Wilson, 40, of 946 9th St., died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the wife of Michael Alan Collins of the home and daughter of Paul and Glenda Applegate Wilson of Huntington Beach, Calif. She was a homemaker.
Also surviving are a daughter, Edy Lee Collins of the home; a brother, Paul Wilson of Garden Grove, Calif.; and a great-aunt, Juanita R. Murphy of Cincinnati.
Services and burial will be at a later date in Cincinnati.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Dennis L. Blanton
Union Butterfield employee
Dennis Lee Blanton, 41, of 354 Darby Rd., died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Frederick and Alma Davis Blanton of Gaffney and was employed by Union Butterfield.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Danny lee Blanton of Gaffney; two daughters, Crissy Burns and Amy Blanton, both of Blacksburg; and one grandchild.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. William Blanton. The family will receive friends from 2:30-3 p.m. at the cemetery.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Billy J. Sprouse
Textile employee
BLACKSBURG – Billy Joe Sprouse, 62, of 106 N. Calles St., died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at his residence.
A native of Cherokee Falls, he was the husband of Norma Jean Pennington Sprouse and son of the late Arthur Sprouse and the late Ruth Lucille Byars Sprouse. He was a textile employee and of the Church of God faith.
Also surviving are a son, Billy Lee Sprouse of Blacksburg; three grandchildren; and three sisters, Norma Childers of Gaffney, Sybil Martin of Blacksburg and Cherry Walker of Shelby.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Sprouse was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Turner and Thelma (Happy) Taylor, and a brother, Kenneth Sprouse.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Church of God of Prophecy in Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Greg Martin, Florence Ayers and Jim McClure. Burial will be in Mountainview Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Haskell Pennington, Ricky Pennington, David Childers, Johnny Martin, Kenneth Martin, Tony Martin, Gaylan Pennington and Johnny Pennington.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Thomas B. Clarkson III
Cherokee County native
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Thomas Bowen Clarkson III, 53, of 1801 Hunters Forest Dr., died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Belva Inman Clarkson and the late Thomas Bowen Clarkson Jr. He attended Limestone College and was a building contractor. He was married to Nancy Freuchtel Clarkson of Winston-Salem. When living in Gaffney, he was a member of First Baptist Church and a Realtor, and served a term as President of the Cherokee County Realtors Association.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Paula Clarkson Twigg of Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Nancy Clarkson Fowler of Gaffney and Carol Clarkson Fritz of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; two brothers, William Gordon (Billy) Clarkson of Gaffney and Richard Crosby Clarkson of Eugene, Ore.; three nephews and one step-niece.
A private memorial service is being held, with interment in Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends today from 3-5 p.m. at the home of his mother at 353 College Dr., Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association of South Carolina, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, S.C. 29201.

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