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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Thomas J. Harmon Jr.
Cherokee County Veterans Affairs Officer
Thomas J. “Jeff” Harmon Jr., 58, of 538 Cooper St. Ext., died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Rita Clary Harmon and son of the late Thomas J. “T.J.” Harmon Sr. and the late Mary Evelyn Gardner Harmon. Mr. Harmon was the Veterans Affairs Office for Cherokee County and was a member of Buford Street United Methodist Church, the VFW, American Legion and DAV. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Also surviving are a son, Thomas J. “Jeffery” Harmon III of the home; a daughter, Mary Virginia “Ginger” Harmon of Boiling Springs, S.C.; and a brother, Freddie Harmon of Gaffney.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Buford Street United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. Scott Wachter and Dan Youngblood. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:30-3 p.m. at the church prior to the services.
Pallbearers will be James Smith, Frank Sossamon, Tommy Lambright, Rocky Byars, Harold Wood and Larry Sossamon.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the American Legion, Gaffney and Blacksburg VFWs, and the DAV.
Memorials may be made to Buford Street United Methodist Church, 120 E. Buford St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jack McCraw
Retired from Pet Dairy
SPARTANBURG – Marvin “Jack” Hayward McCraw, 62, of Valley Falls Terrance died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002.
A native of Cherokee County, Mr. McCraw was the husband of Barbara Ann Foster McCraw and son of the late Ede and Junnie Blanton McCraw. He was a resident of Spartanburg for 27 years and was retired from Pet Dairy with 24 years of service. He was a member of Fairview Free Will Baptist Church where he was chairman of the ushers, chairman of the advisory committee, and a trustee.
Also surviving are a daughter, Patty Millen of Gaffney; three step-daughters, Sherry Brown of Elberton, Ga., Rebecca Nash of Spartanburg and Rhonda Roper of Inman; a sister, Frances Brown of Blacksburg; two brothers, Manuel McCraw and Winford McCraw, both of Gaffney; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel in Boiling Springs, conducted by the Revs. Tim Hackett, Kenneth Cash and Everett Foster. Burial will be in Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends today from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times they will be at the home of a sister-in-law, Jean Wyatt, 401 Holden Rd., Inman.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Free Will Baptist Church, c/o P.O. Box 2058, Drayton, S.C. 29333.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home of Boiling Springs.

Ralph T. Sparks
Retired from Rico Atlantic Tool Co.; former employee of Southern Loom & Reed
Ralph Thomas Sparks, 77, of 1106 Spring St., died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Martha Scruggs Sparks and son of the late H.J. Sparks and the late Carrie Kirby Sparks. He was retired from Rico Atlantic Tool Company and also worked for 31 years at Southern Loom & Reed. Mr. Sparks was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church and was well-known for his dedication to his family and his work.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Mary Sparks Palmer of Columbia and Patricia Sparks Adamo of Lincolnton, N.C.; three sons, R. Steven Sparks, Robert A. Sparks, both of Gaffney, and Barry T. Sparks of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Sparks and Joe Sparks, both of Gaffney; and three sisters, Nadine McKown, Lorene Weeks and Betty Estes, all of Gaffney.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Robert S. Sparks, Jackson Sparks, Billy Sparks, Joe Mac Sparks Jr., David Brumfield, Adam Brumfield, Mark Pierce and Travis Adamo.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church Lottie Moon Offering, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to the charity of one’s choice.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Shirley P. Glenn
Spartanburg native
ENOREE – Shirley Peeler Glenn, 55, of 248 Red Barn Rd., wife of Dennis T. Glenn, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at 7:22 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Spartanburg, she was the daughter of the late James E. Peeler and the late Geneva Stewart Peeler. She was a nurse until declining health. She later worked as an interior decorator and dress designer. She was an active member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Spartanburg where she served as director of Christian Education, president of the Locke Ensemble, Sunday School teacher, president of the Women’s Missionary Union and a trustee.
Also surviving are a son, Herman Peeler of Spartanburg; two daughters, Renee Peeler Jackson of Charlotte and Demetroce Morton of Wellford; three brothers, Marvin Peeler of Greenville, James Peeler and Linzy Peeler of Spartanburg; a sister, Laura Woodson of Spartanburg; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Spartanburg, conducted by the Rev. Charles Loche Sr. Burial will be in Heritage Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Mitchell D. Lydia
Former employee of Progressive Screen
Mitchell Dale Lydia, 47, of 163 Marvin Rd., died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Oakmont Nursing Home in Union.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Lisa Jean Mullinax Lydia and son of the late Eli Lydia and the late Ailene Patterson Lydia. He formerly worked at Progressive Screen and was a member of United Pentecostal Church in Union.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Joshua Dale and Julia Burgess Lydia of Union; a daughter, Monica Faye Lydia of the home; two sisters, Elsie Lydia Peeler of Gaffney and Dianne Lydia Ramsey of North Carolina; four brothers, Claude Lydia, Charles (Gus) Lydia, Howard Dean Lydia and Butch Lydia, all of Gaffney.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Lydia was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Faye McCullough.
Services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Timothy Bowers, Ernest Rogers, Alan Peeler and Richard Sellars. Burial will be in McKowns Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Roy Mullinax Jr., Michael Mullinax, Tim Gault, Edward Patterson Jr., Marty Patterson, Jimmy Dean Lydia, Marvin Mullinax Jr. and Scotty Bumgardner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Bolin, Jamie Parker, James Parker Sr., Walter Patterson, Jerry Burgess, Jeff Mullinax, Steven Mullinax, Roy C. Mullinax Sr. and members of the DMW Volunteer Fire Department.
The body is at the residence, 163 Marvin Rd., where the family will receive friends at any time.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Earl J. Leach
Gaffney native
OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Earl J. Leach, 71, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, after a brief illness.
Husband of Hatsuko Leach, he was a native of Gaffney and son of the late Robert Leach and the late Queenie Leach. He was a 1949 graduate of Granard High School and retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service. He later retired as administrator of Palomor College in California after 20 years of service. In high school, he played the trombone in the Harry C. Gardin Marching Band.
The funeral will be at Second Baptist Church, 4836 Claire Dr., Oceanside.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

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