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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Louisa W. Martin
Director of nursing program at CTC for 30 years
Louisa Wilson Martin, 69, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Martin graduated from Greenwood County School System, Spartanburg General School of Nursing and Limestone College. She worked at Cherokee County Memorial Hospital and served as the director of the nursing program at the Cherokee Technology Center for 30 years.
She was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School, taught the youth for several years and was involved in many church related groups. In addition, she was a member of numerous local, state and national boards and philanthropic groups.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, Jimmy Martin Sr., and her children, Jim and Joanie Martin, Charlie and Judy Robinson and David and Vickie Martin, all of Gaffney; grandchildren, Robert Kerns and Brian Kerns of Sanford, N.C., Brady Martin, John David Harris and Will Martin of Gaffney and Stephanie Harris of Spartanburg; great-grandchildren, Austin Kerns and Jordan Kerns of Sanford; and her brother, A.D. Wilson Sr. of Gaffney
The body was placed in Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church Tuesday to lie in state from 5-6 p.m. A memorial service at 6 p.m. was conducted by the Revs. Stuart Kersey, Clyde Thomas, Mary Jefferies and Jack Phillips. Following the service, the family continued their celebration of her life with a reception in the Family Life Center.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Brian Kerns, Brady Martin, Will Martin and John David Harris; her nephews, Dr. Freddie Wilson, Bennie Wilson Jr. and Fender Brown; and her grandson, SFC Robert Kerns, who is currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Honorary pallbearers were Jack Millwood, Mathis Brown, Johnny Little, Lamar Hammett, James Whitaker, Carl Dickert, Roy Smith and Lynn Whiten.
Mrs. Martin had requested that graduates from her nursing program be given a seat of honor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Louisa W. Martin Nursing Scholarship, P.O. Box 1072, Gaffney, S.C. 29342,
The family may be contacted at her home at 138 Greenbriar Dr.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Buford M. Cash
Retired from Reeves Brothers Manufacturing
CHESNEE – Buford Maynard Cash, 80, of 512 S. Kentucky Ave., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Ruth Jackson Cash and son of the late M.C. and Mary Richards Cash. He attended Chesnee High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Service Squadron, having served in World War II in India. He retired from Reeves Brothers Manufacturing with over 40 years of service.
Mr. Cash was a longtime member of State Line Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday School superintendent for 18 years, Bible School director, Sunday School teacher, choir member, and Brotherhood director for two years.
He is survived by a son, Jerry Daniel Cash Sr. of Mooresboro, N.C.; four sisters, Marie McCraw of Cowpens, Edna Ruth Wagner of Chesnee, Cleo Quinn and Jenez Cash, both of Cowpens; four brothers, Joe Cash of Chesnee, Wayne Cash, Floyd Cash and Walter Cash, all of Cowpens; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at State Line Baptist Church, conducted by Revs. Charlie Blackwell and John Godfrey. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in Mr. Cash’s memory to State Line Baptist Church, Building Fund Debt Retirement, 1328 State Line Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
The family is at the home of his son at 1561 State Line Rd., Mooresboro.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home.

Marshall E. Smith
Services for Marshall Eugene (Monk) Smith, 53, of 107 Gaston Shoals Rd., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Little Memorial Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. James Humphries and Jerry Wayne Patterson and Mr. Robert Smith. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Blackwell, Robert Smith, Jerry Wayne Patterson Jr., David Lee Patterson, Steve Holmes and Chris Milsap.
The family is at the residence.
Donations may be made to Little Memorial Baptist Church, c/o Marshall Smith, 427 Victory Trail Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Blanche U. Stroup
SMYRNA – Blanche Upchurch Stroup, 94, of 1332 Old Chester Rd., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Darvin Noah Stroup and daughter of the late Edward (Ed) R. Upchurch and the late Bell Smith Upchurch. She was a homemaker and member of Nazareth Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Elmore Stroup and Leroy Stroup, both of Blacksburg; a daughter, Elizabeth Alexander of Smyrna; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Nazareth Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Alton Martin, Joseph Clayton and Grady Gregory. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Cleve Hambright, Lee Parker, Yvan Walker, Jesse McDaniel, Wayne Cobb and Cecil Martin.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Al Ben Tate
Worked at Shelby Farmer’s Market
SHELBY – Al Ben Tate, 26, of 1325 Eastview Exit, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Son of the late Robert Lee Hunt and the late Lucinda Tate, he was a native of Cleveland County and was employed as a salesman at Shelby Farmer’s Market. He was a member of Jesus Way Mission in Shelby.
Surviving are six sisters, Joyce Tate of the home, Bonnie Lou Ross of Shelby, Hazel Robertson, Annie Bell Baxter, Edna Hunt and Juanita Hunt of Charlotte; and six brothers, Jimmy Wayne Tate, Marcus Tate, Pink Hunt Jr., all of Shelby, Willie Hunt, Otis Hunt and Edward Hunt, all of Charlotte.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at True Holiness Church, 705 Gardner St., Gaffney, with Elder Theodore Lockhart, Rev. Robert L. Dover and Rev. Lillie Smith officiating. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. and the family will receive friends at that time.
Pallbearers will be Bud Campbell, Leon Tate, Leroy Cancer, Larry Hopper, Michael Tate and Harvey Petty.
Flower bearers will be Shana Rogers, Mary Shell, Tara Gidney, Rekisha Phelps, Barbara Parks and Tameka Petty.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Ronnie D. Collins
LPN at Peachtree Centre
Ronnie D. Collins, 55, of 1108 E. Frederick St., died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Denise White Collins and son of Ruth Gallman Collins and the late Ralph Dean Collins. He was a LPN at Peachtree Centre, former Cherokee County EMS director and a paramedic. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Clay Collins of Blacksburg; two stepsons, Chris Stone of Spartanburg and Tony Stone of Gaffney; a daughter, Kim Threadgill of Cowpens; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Bobby Collins and David Collins, both of Blacksburg.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Manuel I. Horne
Retired from textiles
COWPENS – Manuel Isaac Horne, 70, of 109 McBeth Rd., died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Doris West Horne and son of the late Isaac Roberson Horne and the late Florence Mathis Horne. He was retired from textiles and was a member of First Baptist Church of Cowpens.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Russell Horne and Mark Horne, both of Gaffney; three stepsons, Tony McAbee of Spartanburg, Tracy McAbee of Woodruff and Travis McAbee of Gaffney; a sister, Doris H. Painter of Gaffney; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Ralph Jett. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Russell Horne, Mark Horne, Tony McAbee, Tracy McAbee, Travis McAbee, Carlos Estep, Jeremy Horne and John Harris.
Honorary pallbearers will be James West, Tommy West, Don West, Robbie West, Burley Davis and Terry Hart.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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