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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, January 6, 2003

Kay T. Kirby
Former textile employee
Kay Tyler Kirby, 52, of 404 Barclay Ave., died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of James Barnes of the home and daughter of the late Buford Tyler and the late Inez Cooper Tyler. She was a former textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Debbie Renee Painter of Gaffney; a granddaughter, Heather Renee Painter of Gaffney; three sisters, Myra Driscoll, Brenda Jolley, both of Gaffney, and Tammy Shealy of Anderson; and four brothers, Dennis Tyler, Joe Lee Tyler, Steve Wayne Tyler and Terry Tyler, all of Gaffney.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Randy Phillips.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

William A. Turner
Retired from U.S. Army
CHESNEE – William A. Turner, 79, formerly of Chesnee, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Mary Patterson Turner and son of the late Stanford and Beulah Easler Turner. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service and served in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion in Chesnee and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are five daughters, Brenda Andes of Chesnee, Mabel Stacey of Forest City, N.C., Karen Rowe of Chesnee, Peggy Black of Mayo, Martha Turner of Chesnee; three sons, Bill Turner of Charleston, Kevin Turner of Rutherfordton, N.C., and Eddie Turner of the home; two sisters, Lillian Easler of Cherokee Springs and Edna Lawson of Chesnee; a brother, George Turner of Rutherfordton; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Peggy Black, 375 Ben Bonner Rd., Mayo.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Russell W. Harmon
World War II veteran
CHESNEE – Russell William Harmon, 83, formerly of 105 Georgia Ave., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Magnolia Place Nursing Home.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., he was the widower of Elizabeth Brock Harmon and son of the late G. Thomas and Nannie Mason Harmon. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II as a medic. He was a member of Chesnee Masonic Lodge 294 and was owner and operator of the former Harmon & Evans Men’s Store in Chesnee for 25 years. He was a member of Chesnee First Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Harmon was preceded in death by a son, Russell W. Harmon Jr., and several brothers and sisters.
Surviving are a daughter, Pamela Tanner of Chesnee; one granddaughter; two sisters, Lois Beason and Era Cobb, both of Cliffside, N.C.; and two brothers, Alfred Harmon of Forest City, N.C., and Mason Scruggs of Gaffney.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Tommy Bailey and Gary Grogan. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be held at 5:30 p.m., just prior to the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Magnolia Place Activities Fund, 8020 White Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
The family is at the home of his daughter at 604 Montgomery Dr., Chesnee.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Jerry T. Rippy
Shelby, N.C., native
Jerry Trent Rippy, 48, of Gaffney, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Shelby, N.C., he was the son of Jerry Dean Rippy of Shelby and Betty Caroline Ellis of Gaffney. He was of the Baptist faith.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Nasser Alawi.
The family is at Town and Country Apartments, Apt. 106, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lucille B. Gray
Retired from Bell Laundry
Lucille Black Gray, 93, formerly of Spartanburg, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Magnolia Manor, Inman.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of John Gray and daughter of the late Jim Black and the late Mary Littlejohn Black. She was a member of Monks Grove Baptist Church where she was a member of the Senior Missionary Society. She was retired from Bell Laundry and was a member of the Sigsbee Community Sympathy Club.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Monks Grove Baptist Church, conducted by Pastor Donald R. Durham. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the home of a niece, Elizabeth Byrd, 5007 Taylors-Piedmont Rd., Spartanburg.
Arrangements by the Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home, 8791 Warren H. Abernathy Hwy., Spartanburg.

Ina S. Bryant
Retired from Maryland Glass
Ina Spencer Bryant, 100, of White Oak Manor, Rock Hill, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center.
Born in Spartanburg, Mrs. Bryant was the daughter of the late Christopher Columbus Spencer. She was retired from Maryland Glass Company.
Surviving are a son, A.L. Bryant of Woolwine, Va.; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Ashby Blakely. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ethel E. Earl
Native of Holland, Texas
LAURENS – Ethel Betty Elizabeth Earl, 79, of Summerfield Apartments, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, in Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Holland, Texas, she was the widow of Walter Eugene Earl Sr. and daughter of the late Houston Franklin Monk and the late Ethel Mae Simington Monk. She was a retired textile employee and attended New Prospect Baptist Church in Laurens.
Surviving are a daughter, Frances Merrell of Greer; a son, William Marvin Earl Jr. of Tempe, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, James Pinson, Pamela P. Riopel, Wade Pinson, Tracy Earl, Crystal Earl, Joseph Earl, Kelly Earl, Ashley Burns and Tutie Romines; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Earl was preceded in death by a son, Walter Eugene Earl Jr.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel with burial in Grover (N.C.) City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the services.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to the Grover Lions Club Cemetery Fund, 207 Mulberry Rd., Grover, N.C. 28073.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Beatrice Blitchington
Retired from Milliken Co.
UNION – Beatrice Viola Henderson Blitchington, 67, of 209 Hicks St., widow of Edward Blitchington, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Wallace Thomson Hospital after a brief illness.
Mrs. Blitchington was born on Feb. 23, 1936, in Union, a daughter of the late Jack and Carrie Lunette Whitehead Henderson. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and the Senior Adult Sunday School Class. She was retired from Milliken Company, Monarch Plant.
Mrs. Blitchington was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving are four daughters, Doshia Diane Dupree of Spartanburg, Carrie Elaine Jones of Union, Martha Leverne Grant of Blacksburg and Patricia Lynn Blitchington of the home; a son, Charles Allen Blitchington of the home; and five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Blitchington was preceded in death by a son, Clarence Edward Blitchington; a daughter, Margie Bernice Brooks; and a sister, Mary Joyner.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Fairview Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Warren Jones and John J. Cody Jr. Burial will be in Rosemond Cemetery.
The body will be taken to the home today where the family will receive friends. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church, 1338 Santuc-Carlisle Hwy., Union, S.C. 29379; or to the Greater Union Church, P.O. Box 709, Union, S.C. 29379.
Arrangements by The S.R. Holcomb Funeral Home.

Kenneth O. Allen
Ninth grade student at Blacksburg High School
BLACKSBURG – Kenneth O’Brian Allen, 16, known to many as “Man,” of 131 Bolin Rd., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at 9:48 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of Shelia Allen of the home and Ivan Bailey of Pacolet. He was a ninth grade student at Blacksburg High School and attended Knuckles Chapel Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Martika Garrison and Darneisha Garrison of the home; a brother, Darris Garrison of the home; grandmothers, Mary Williams of Gaffney and Paulett Bailey of Pacolet; grandfathers, Ladon Ashe of Spartanburg and Jerry Bailey of Pacolet; and great-grandmother, Ola Sue Ashe of Gaffney.
The family will be at 503 Oakland Ave., Gaffney
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

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