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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, November 8, 2002

Doris O. Earls
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Doris Owens Earls, 72, of 528 Old Factory Rd., died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late William “Bill” and Lularhea Ramsey Owens and was the widow of Boyd Hampton Earls. She was a member of Christian Fellowship Church.
Surviving are two sons, the Rev. Lucky B. Earls of Cherokee Falls community of Blacksburg and William “Bush Tail” Earls of Blacksburg; a daughter, Nena E. Bullocks of Blacksburg; two brothers, Joe Owens and Buddy Wayne Owens, both of Blacksburg; a sister, Judy O. Wray of Blacksburg; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Bobby Owens, Harry Owens and Doug Owens; two sisters, Sybil Goodson and Libby Childers; and a son, Conrad Earls.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier and Gregg Martin. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 at White Columns-Blacksburg and at other times they will be at the home of Mrs. Bullocks, 134 Austell Lane, Blacksburg.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

James F. Leach
Retired from Brown’s Packing
James F. Leach, 65, of 605 Davis St., died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at 5:05 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Lloyd Leach and the late Mary Hardy Leach. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church where he sang in the All Male Chorus. He was a retired employee of Brown’s Packing Company and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are two sons, Timouthy Brown and James Anthony Leach, both of Gaffney; three daughters, Debra L. Little, Rev. Adriene L. Jamison and Kimberly L. Crosby of Gaffney; two brothers, Bobby Littlejohn of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Donnie Smith of Spartanburg; four sisters, Henery Mae Oglesby of Winston-Salem, Mamie Smith of Charlotte, Daisy Smith and Mary Ann Lipscomb, both of Gaffney; 12 grandchildren, two of them, Julia L. McGill of Gaffney and Pvt. James Quinton Leach of Fort Raleigh, Kan., he reared in the home as his children; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Michael A. Bridges and Vance Sarratt, Dr. U.D. Vernon and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of Mary Ann Lipscomb, 616 Littlejohn St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Eula S. Duncan
Retired textile employee
Eula Sentell Duncan, 81, of 408 Colonial Ave., died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of the Rev. William W. Duncan and daughter of the late John Sentell and the late Bertha Phillips Sentell. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Bobby Gene Duncan and Eddie Joe Duncan, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Louise Sentell Duncan and Lula Mae Moss, both of Gaffney; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Gay Duncan; and four brothers, John Pittman Sentell, James Sentell, Marshal Sentell and Damon Sentell.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Rich Lancaster. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Howard Moss, Junior Moss, Charles Moss, Barry Duncan, John Duncan and Brent Wolff.
Memorials may be made to Kirby Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Chandler Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence.

Edd Phillips Sr.
Cherokee County native
SPARTANBURG – Edd Phillips Sr., 81, of 375 Serpentine Dr., died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at 10:24 a.m. in Magnolia Manor, Spartanburg.
Husband of Ella Mae Watkins Phillips of Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a native of Cherokee County and son of the late Tom Phillips and the late Bessie Mae Mickles Phillips. He was a member of Buck Creek Baptist Church and a retired employee of Jamison Construction Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are six sons, M.J. Phillips, Richard Phillips, Rufus Phillips, all of Gaffney, Edd Phillips Jr., Oscar Phillips and George Phillips, all of Pittsburgh; eight daughters, Bertha Ratchford, Gloria Dean Tate, both of Gaffney, Doris Lucille Bristle of Henrietta, N.C., Flora Mae Wilson, Rosa Lee Phillips, Landa Phillips, Edith Conley and Diane Phillips, all of Pittsburgh; three brothers, Jeff Watkins of Washington, D.C., Calvin Watkins of Gaffney and Joe Phillips of Columbia; seven sisters, Mary Ross, Kinnie mae Humphries, both of Washington, D.C., Catherine Rodgers, Geraldine Sarratt, both of Gaffney, Lois Floyd of Gastonia, N.C., Grace Martin of Boiling Springs, N.C., and Betty Jean Watkins of Stanford, Conn.; 96 grandchildren; 113 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Gloria D. Tate, 214 Jolly Dr., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

John C. Smith
Cherryville, N.C., native
BLACKSBURG - John Carl Smith, 65, of 272 Ninety Nine Island Rd., died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at his residence.
A native of Cherryville, N.C., he was the son of Geneva Watkins Wilson of Buford, Ga., and the late Butler Blaine Smith. He was a textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, John Carl Smith Crowder of Gaffney; and two brothers, Charles King and Leroy King, both of Buford, Ga.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Norman Philbeck. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
The family is at their respective homes.
Donations may be made to Greater Spartanburg Ministries, 680 Asheville Hwy., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.

Buford L. Henson
Retired from Reeves Brothers
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Buford L. Henson, 91, of 219 Matheny Rd., died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, in Rutherford Hospital.
He was the husband of Ruby Hames Henson of the home and son of the late Tommy and Ola McSwain Henson. He was a member of Hicks Grove Baptist Church and the Men’s Adult Sunday School Class. He was retired from Reeves Brothers Textile Inc.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Barbara H. Gardner, Betty H. Waters, both of Mooresboro, and Vickie H. McKinney of Forest City; five sons, Bobby Joe Henson, Gene Henson, Clyde Henson, all of Mooresboro, Dewitt Henson and Rondle Henson, both of Forest City; a sister, Leo Waters of Rutherfordton; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hicks Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Raymond Byrd and Bryan Cooper. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

John R. Goins
Burke County, N.C., native
SHELBY – John Ray Goins, 66, of 867 E. Zion Church Rd., Apt. 26, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Burke County, N.C., he was the husband of Joyce Williams Goins of the home and son of the late Samuel Goins Sr. and the late Dora Watts Goins. He was first married to Tillie Stamey Goins. He attended Lawndale United Methodist Church and worked in the mobile home manufacturing industry and in a body shop repair service.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, John Goins Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., and Scottie Goins of Conway, Ark.; two stepsons, Rick Pearson of Carrolton, Ga., and Richard Pearson of Hickory; two daughters, Cherie Eidson of Hickory and Shanta Goins of Quitman, Ark.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Debra and Lee Smith of Gaffney; two brothers, Tom Goins of Maiden and Robert “Bob” Goins of Lawndale; three sisters, Betty G. Wellmon of Lawndale, Margie G. Reynolds of Connelly Springs and Nancy G. Henshaw of Manassas, Va.; and four stepchildren by a previous marriage, Randy Stamey, Robbie Stamey, Sandra Davis and Vickie Martin; eight grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife and parents, Mr. Goins was preceded in death by four brothers, Floyd Goins, James Goins, Frank Goins and Sam Goins Jr.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawndale United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. David Reep. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.
Memorials may be made to Lawndale United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 548, Lawndale, N.C. 28090.

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