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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, December 16, 2002

Sarah Calloway
Cherokee County native
Sarah Willis Smith Calloway, 90, of 521 Camrose Cir., Concord, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. in her home.
Born in Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Smith and Emily Turner Smith, and the widow of Wilson E. Hall Sr. and H.W. “Pete” Calloway Jr.
A homemaker, she enjoyed horseback riding, needlework and belonging to a book club in her earlier years. She was a longtime member of the Garden Club of N.C. and the Nosegay Garden Club of Concord. She especially loved the time she was able to spend at the family cottage at Blowing Rock, N.C. She was devoted to her family, her friends and her church. She was a member of First Assembly Worship Center.
She is survived by a daughter, Sarah Margaret Templeton-Mix of McClean, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Caroline Spencer Hall of Columbus, Va.; six grandchildren, Michael Calloway Templeton of Washington, D.C.; Kathleen Walsh Templeton of Denver, Colo.; Wilson E. Hall III of Lafayette, La.; Carolina “Jenny” Harris Petty of El Campo, Texas; Susan Spencer Hall of Atlanta; and Charles Walter Hall of Oviedo, Fla; five great-grandchildren; and several special nieces in the N.C., S.C. and Va. areas.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Wilson E. Hall Jr.; a granddaughter, Mollie McCarthy Templeton; two sisters; and three brothers.
Services will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel in Cord, with the Rev. Tom Whidden officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Cabarrus County, P.O. Box 1235 Concord, N.C. 28026-1235; or to First Assembly Worship Center, 150 Warren C. Coleman Blvd; Concord, N.C. 28027.
The family is at the residence.
Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Daisy Stroup
Retired textile worker
Daisy Burgess Stroup, 90, of 110 Edgewood Dr. in Gaffney, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 at the Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.
Born in Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late William Claude Burgess and Alma Lula Pettit Burgess. She was the widow of John Fred Stroup.
She was a retired textile employee and a member of the Senior Center of Gaffney, where she served on the board for several years. She was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Doris P. Bright of Gaffney; three sisters, Annie Carter of Pacolet, Ruth McCraw of Gaffney and Blanche Hartsell of Walterloo; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, with the Rev. Stuart Kersey and Dr. Clyde Thomas officiating. Burial followed in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Brian Beattie, B.J. Smith, Joshua Smith, Keith Pennington, Kip Sarratt, Lowry Love, Roy Bradley and Jerry Allen.
Memorials may be made to: Senior Centers of Cherokee Co., 499 W. Rutledge Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence of a granddaughter, Sally and Lee Smith, 382 Twin Bridge Road, Gaffney.

Onada Upchurch
Member of Baptist faith
Onada Turner Upchurch, 89, of 228 Monroe St., died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 at her home.
Born in Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late Albert Turner and Lula Allison Turner. She was the widow of Albert Sidney Upchurch.
She was a homemaker and a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
She is survived by a brother, James Upchurch; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Frederick Memorial Gardens, with the Revs. Furman Turner and Rich Lancaster officiating.
Pallbearers were Donnie Mace, Pinto Scates, Joe Scates, Sidney Weaver, Gene Scates, Wayne Worster and Clyde Scates Jr.
The family is at the residence.

Ellen Smith
Member of Baptist faith
Ellen Louise Martin Smith, 85, of 1385 Cobbs Creek Dr. in Forest, Va., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Alfred David Martin and Bessie Leone Durham Martin. She was the widow of Harry V. Smith.
She was a homemaker, a former member of Cherokee Ave. Baptist Church and had a deep love for children. She took great pleasure in caring for and instructing children regardless of race. She was honored and adored by her grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Judy Bishop of Spartanburg; four sons, Clyde Smith of the home, Harry Smith Jr. of Pasadena, Calif., and Tommy Smith and Dan Smith of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Claude Martin of Pensacola, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim Martin and Archie Martin.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, with burial following in Oakland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Co. Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1896, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
The family members are at their respective homes.

Odell Parris
Retired mill worker
Odell Lee Parris, 90, of Charles Brady Center in Pacolet, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center.
Born in Blacksburg, she was the son of the late Ed Parris and Elizabeth Peterson Parris. He was the widower of Jeanette Black Parris.
He worked at Cherokee Mill until he retired in 1974. He was a member of Cherokee Falls Baptist Church. Odell loved to tell tall tales, especially scary ones. He entertained all the children in the neighborhood, as well as friends and family, all the time.
He is survived by a son, Roger D. Parris of Gaffney; a daughter, Barbara P. Davidson of Gaffney; three sisters, Myrtle Blackwell of Gastonia, and Lue Gibbs and Bertha Blackwood of Spartanburg; four grandchildren, Roger Wayne Parris and Brian Davison of Gaffney, Amanda Parris Thomas of Spruce Pine, N.C., and Ronnie Dean Parris of Ala.; three great-grandboys; and two great-grandgirls.
In addition to his husband and parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Ronnie Parris and Connie Parris; a sister, Eva Parris; and three brothers, Charlie Parris, Clinton Parris and Roy Parris.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family is at the home of Barbara Davidson, 482 E. Jr. High Road.

Rufus Kite
Retired textile worker
Rufus Vestus Kite Jr., 80, of 208 7th St. in Gaffney, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late Rufus Vestus Kite Sr. and Marie Hughes Kite McSwain. He was the husband of Virginia Mayfield Kite, his wife of 62 years. He was a member of Limestone United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Mike Kite of Gaffney; a daughter, Ann Kite Vassey of Union; two sisters, Frances Daniel of Cowpens, and Betty Hyatt of Gaffney; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbur Kite.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Limestone Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Joyce Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Kim Brannon, Ronnie Hyatt, Kevin Kite, Danny Mayfield, Don Mayfield and Dwayne Humphries. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Alan Masters Sunday School Class.
The family is at the residence of a son, Mike Kite, 153 Douglas Heights Dr., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Limestone Street United Methodist Church, 910 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
He was a retired textile employee, a Mason and a member of the Civitan Club.

Cornelius Batchelor
Cherokee Falls native
Cornelius A. “Tincey” Batchelor, 70, of 604 E. O’Neal St. in Gaffney, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C.
Born in Cherokee Falls, S.C., he was the son of the late William H. Batchelor and Alice Bell Batchelor. He was the widower of Barbara Fowler Batchelor.
He was a retired insurance salesman and a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church. He was a Shriner, a Korean War Veteran and a U.S. Army member of the 4F Club. He is in the Fast Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.
He is survived by a son, Mike Mabry of Gaffney; a sister, Estella Batchelor Pennington of Blacksburg; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, with the Rev. Rich Lancaster and Mr. Ashby Blakely officiating.
Pallbearers will be Olin Phillips, Barry Hamrick, David Phillips, Henry Jolly, Boyd McClean, Hoke Parris, Shannon Phillips and Kevin Phillips.
The family is at the residence.

Jeff Harmon Jr.
Vets Affairs Officer
Thomas J. “Jeff” Harmon Jr., 58, of 538 Cooper St. Ext. in Gaffney, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at his home.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late Thomas J. “T.J.” Harmon Sr. and Mary Evelyn Gardner Harmon. He was the husband of Rita Clary Harmon of the home.
He was the Veterans Affairs Officer for Cherokee Co. and a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a member of Buford St. United Methodist Church, and a member of the VFW, American Legion and DAV.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas J. “Jeffery” Harmon III of the home; a daughter, Mary Virginia “Ginger” Harmon of Boiling Springs; and a brother, Freddie Harmon of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.
The family is at the residence.

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