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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Chance C. Melton Jr.
World War II veteran; active in veterans’ affairs
Chance C. Melton Jr., 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mr. Melton, a resident of Magnolia’s of Gaffney, was the widower of Virginia Stowe Melton and son of the late Chance C. Melton Sr. and Freddie Williams Melton. A World War II Navy veteran, he was past commander of American Legion Post 109 and was a former Post Commander of the Year for District 8, South Carolina American Legion.
Mr. Melton was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was co-founder of the Cherokee County Hall of Bravery; co-founder of the Cherokee County Veterans Museum; co-founder of the Cherokee County Veterans Council; and a former First Sergeant in the South Carolina State Guard. He received numerous awards and citations from local, state and federal governments for community service.
Mr. Melton was a member of the Alan Masters Sunday School class at Limestone Street United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his daughter-in-law, Barbara Melton; a granddaughter, Melanie Melton; a grandson, Chip Melton, his wife, Shannon, and great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Ann Melton, all of Augusta, Ga.; and a sister, Elizabeth Littlejohn of Gaffney.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Melton was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Melton.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy.
Pallbearers will be members of the American Legion, D.A.V., V.F.W. and the Alan Masters Sunday School class.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Limestone Street United Methodist Church, 910 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service.

James M. Cook
Truck driver
James Michael Cook, 52, of 193 Evergreen Rd., died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the husband of Patricia Riddle Cook and son of Helen Jolly Cook of Cowpens and the late James Fate Cook. He was a truck driver and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a son, Brian Cook of Clifton; two brothers, William Boyd (Billy) Cook of Gaffney and Paul Edward Cook of Cowpens; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Benny Davis and Fred Quidley. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 12:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Lingerfelt, Jason Litzau, Terry Elder, Mike Powell, L.B. Brown and Paul Poteat.
The family is at the home of Helen Cook, 257 Crenshaw Rd., Cowpens.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lona M. Fowler
Homemaker
Lona Moss Fowler, 86, of 125 Beltline Rd., Apt. 35, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of Talmadge Ed Fowler of the home and daughter of the late William Moss and the late Betty Fan Moss. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Phyllis Duvall of Gaffney; a grandson and his wife, Kenneth and Deborah Duvall of Gaffney; a great-granddaughter, Suzanne Duvall; a brother, Joe Moss of Whitmire; and two sisters, Coleen Byrum of New Ellenton and Ella Sanders of Blacksburg.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Mullinax.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Zara L. Crocker
Retired educator
PACOLET – Zara L. Crocker, 81, of 7810 S. Pine St., died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at her home after an extended illness.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Sidney Earl and Minnie Blanton Loftis and widow of James William Crocker. She was a retired educator, having taught for 35 years, with the last 20 years being in Spartanburg County District 6.
Mrs. Crocker was a valedictorian graduate of Pacolet High School and a graduate of Limestone College. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and a member of Pacolet First Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and active in women’s mission groups.
Survivors include a son, J. Dennis Crocker of McConnells; two daughters, Charlotte Crocker Going of Pacolet and Ann Crocker Gossett of Richmond Hill, Ga.; two sisters, Estelle Guest of White Plains and Zelma Petit of Greenville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1-1:45 p.m. Thursday at Pacolet First Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church, conducted by the Revs. Clarence Crocker and Joel Gardner. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Pacolet Chapel.

Rosa J. Coleman
Cherokee County native
Rosa Juanita Coleman, 64, of 506 E. Jefferies St., wife of Frank Coleman, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at 7:34 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Daughter of the late Silas Rodgers and the late Louise Mitchem Rodgers, she was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Altheria Rodgers of Gaffney; three sons, Ricky Rodgers, James Coleman and Richard Coleman, all of Gaffney; a stepson, Frankie Posey of Gaffney; three sisters, Sandra Williams of Gaffney, Thelma Smith of Bronx, N.Y., and Mae Francis Harley of Charlotte; a brother, Blakely Rodgers of Gaffney; a niece, Kenyetta Rodgers of the home who was reared as a daughter; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mount Tabor Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Darrell W. Smith. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Edd Phillips Sr.
Services for Edd Phillips Sr., 81, of Magnolia Manor, Spartanburg, husband of Etta Mae Phillips, will be held today at 3 p.m. at Suck Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Tony Macomson, Omigene Proctor, Jestine Lincoln, Horace Jefferies and Dr. L.W. Jackson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers and flowers bearers will be his grandsons and granddaughters.
The family is at the home of Gloria D. Tate, 214 Jolly Dr.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Malaki Motes
COWPENS – Malaki Evan Motes, infant son of Joshua Evan and Nicole Huckabee Motes, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Judy Huckabee of Spartanburg; maternal great-grandmothers, Frances Cudd and Frances Thomas, both of Spartanburg; paternal grandmother, Jacqui Pariseau of Columbia; and maternal great-grandparents, Alfred C. and Thelma Stone Tucker of Cowpens.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Boiling Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. William Waters.
The family is at the home, 281 River Rd.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

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