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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Marvin L. Vassey
Retired meat cutter from Community Cash
SPARTANBURG – Marvin L. Vassey, 70, of 780 Highway 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late William Earl and Gladys McDaniel Vassey and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a meat cutter for over 40 years, having worked with Community Cash prior to his retirement, and had also run a produce market on Highway 56.
Mr. Vassey was a member of Cedar Spring Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and member of the Barraca Sunday School class. He was also a former member of the Croft Ruritan Club.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Marcheta Smith Vassey of the home; three children, Marlene Vassey Shimpock of Morganton, N.C., John E. Vassey and wife, Janet West Vassey of Spartanburg and Debbie Vassey Greene of Walnut Grove; six grandchildren, Chris Greene, Jennifer Greene, Julia Vassey Crisp, Brad Vassey, Danny Vassey and Kyle Shimpock; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Crisp; two brothers, Winfred L. Vassey of Cross Hill and Larry D. Vassey of Union; three sisters, Mrs. Harold (Earlene) Spencer of Cowpens, Mrs. W.C. (Katherine) Richards of Gaffney and Mrs. Thomas (Mary Willie) Starnes of Rock Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Cedar Spring Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. James L. Jackson. Burial will be in Heritage Memorial Gardens.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as active pallbearers and members of the Baracca Sunday School class will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Spring Baptist Church, 140 Cedar Spring Rd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-2:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Arrangements by Lanford-Pollard Funeral Home.

Frances M. Patrick
Retired postal employee
Frances M. Patrick, 91, of 202 Sunset Dr., died today, Oct. 30, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional medical Center.
Born in Lizella, Ga., she was the widow of Claude B. Patrick. She was a retired postal employee and a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney. She was a charter member of the Gaffney Business and Professional Women’s Club. A B&PW scholarship was named in her honor. She served on the Gaffney Housing Authority for many years and was a member of the Cherokee County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Regional Council on Aging of the Appalachian Regional Council of Governments.
Surviving are two sons, John M. Patrick of San Diego, Calif., and Cliff Patrick of Spartanburg; two daughters, Bryan Patrick Parker of Gaffney and Ginny Patrick Mabry of Mauldin; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Roy E. Black
Retired from Spartanburg Steel
BLACKSBURG – Roy Eugene Black, 73, of 120 Brindle St., died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at his residence.
Son of the late John Fletcher and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hardin Black, he was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Spartanburg Steel. He was a member of Cherokee Falls Baptist Church.
Surviving are a nephew, Lawrence C. Black II; two nieces, Lisa Black Chapman and Pamela Black Hanvey; three great-nieces, Danielle Hanvey, Mekhail Hanvey and Brooke Black; two great-nephews, Kenny Shepherd and Kyle Shepherd; a brother, Lawrence C. Black; and a sister-in-law, Dolores Lee Black.
Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, conducted by the Rev. Tim Knotts. The family will receive friends and relatives following the service.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the building fund of Cherokee Falls Baptist Church, 109 School St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Rozell Gallman
Cherokee County native
COWPENS – Rozell Gallman, 70, of 991 Double Branch Rd., died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Ruben Gallman and daughter of the late Sam and Rosa Robbins Griffin. She was a homemaker and member of Orchard Street Baptist Church where she was a member of the Heaven Bound Sunday School Class.
Surviving are three daughters, Rachel Scruggs of Mayo, Mildred Wilson of Virginia and Mary Miller of Cowpens; a son, James Gallman of Cowpens; five sisters, Frances Green of Oregon, Corrine Wilson of Cowpens, Marrie Parker of Gaffney, Paulette Mintz of Cliffside, N.C., and Margie Scruggs of Mayo; two brothers, Samuel and Marshall Griffin, both of Gaffney; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Orchard Street Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Allen Dean Blanton. Burial will be in New Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home today.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Orchard Street Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 219, Mayo, S.C. 29368.
The family will be at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Virgie P. Spencer
Homemaker
Virgie Parker Spencer, 105, of 808 9th St., died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Roland Columbus Spencer and daughter of the late John Parker and the late Ackie Spencer Parker. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Otis and Betty S. Spencer and Freddie and Carolyn G. Spencer, all of Gaffney; a daughter, Bertha Duckett of Gaffney; two sisters, Ira Pace of Pacolet and Lizzie White of Lake Norman, N.C.; 18 grandchildren 30 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Bruce Kanpie and James Price. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Buford Phillips, Mike Spencer, Joe Dean Spencer, Dean McKinney, Josh Spencer and Jackie Spencer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Belton Phillips and Perry Spencer.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at their respective homes.

Mary B. Pittman
Nashville, Tenn., native
Mary Lois Beck Pittman, 67, of 177 Goucher School Rd., died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., she was the wife of Ernest E. Pittman Jr. and a retired nurse’s aide.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Michael James Beck and Ronald Leroy Beck, both of Orville, Ohio, and two grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Eva J. Buff
Retired textile employee
Eva Johnson Buff, 82, of 605 Willow St., died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Cowpens, she was the widow of C.B. Buff and daughter of the late Oscar Johnson and the late Ovella Greene Johnson. She was a retired textile employee and of the Presbyterian faith.
Surviving are two sisters, Louise Johnson of Gaffney and Ruth Wyatt of Cowpens.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Lloyd Johnson and James Johnson.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Evangelist Florence Ayers and the Rev. James Garner.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Linda M. Jones
Former employee of Cherokee Finishing
Linda Elene McDaniel Jones, 59, of 1402 E. Frederick St., died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of William Shell Jones and daughter of the late Henry Walker McDaniel and the late Ruby Benton McDaniel. She was formerly employed by Cherokee Finishing Company and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Angie Lora Calvert of Gaffney; a son, Hunter Jones of Gaffney; two brothers, Jerry Lee McDaniel and James McDaniel, both of Gaffney; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, conducted by Father Ray Carlo.
Pallbearers will be Darryl Ehlich, T. Van Addis, Maxie Lytle Jr., Neil Peterson, Todd Sellars and Greg McDaniel.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, 403 Vernon St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

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