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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Helen L. Scruggs
Cherokee County native
GASTONIA – Helen Lanier Scruggs, 71, of 600 Ole Lamp Lane, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of L.D. Scruggs and daughter of the late Rev. Frank and Ethel Ruth Parks Lanier. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and was retired from Ivey’s/Dillard Department Store.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Scruggs was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret L. Wells, and a brother, Buford Lanier.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis Dean and Teresa Scruggs of Monticello, Ga., and David Lee and Christy Scruggs of Kings Mountain; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila S. and Randy Pritchett of Gastonia and Lori Delmar and Peter Dittmer of San Francisco, Calif.; two brothers, Bobby D. Lanier and H.A. Lanier, both of Gaffney; a sister, Betty Jean L. McDaniel of Blacksburg; a special friend and companion for 18 years, Lamar Elrod; and five grandchildren, Travis Pritchett, Coty Scruggs, Leah Scruggs, Philip Harbin and Melissa Parker.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, conducted by the Revs. David Turner, Dickie Spargo and Dale Lawing. Burial will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain.
Visitation will be tonight from 7-9 at Harris Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at the home of her daughter, Sheila Pritchett, 1285 Dochester Rd., Gastonia.
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 539 N. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, N.C.; 28054; Macedonia Baptist Church, 1101 S. Battleground Ave., Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086; or Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C. 28-054.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, 108 S. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain.

John T. Smith
Kings Creek native
BLACKSBURG – John Thomas Smith, 64, of 1929 W. Cherokee St., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at his home.
A native of Kings Creek community of Blacksburg, he was the husband of Louise Bishop Smith and son of the late Walter and Macie Ramsey Smith. He was a member of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Shelby.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Dwayne T. Smith and Brian M. Smith, both of Blacksburg; two daughters, Laura “Libby” Hawkins and Angie S. McDonald, both of Blacksburg; a brother, Wes Smith of Smyrna; five sisters, Margie Smarr, Doris Comer, both of Hickory Grove, Mary Ellen Rollins of Gaffney, Inez S. Adair of Rock Hill and Francis S. Moore of Kings Creek community; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Moore. Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. in Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. at White Columns-Blacksburg and from 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday evening at Christ the King Episcopal Church. At other times the family will be at the residence.
The Rector Council of Christ the King Episcopal Church will serve as pallbearers.

William E. Hall
Retired from textiles
William E. Hall, 74, of 730 Pacolet Hwy., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Penny Scruggs Hall and son of the late Hobert Hall and the late Ollie Garland Hall. He was retired from textiles and was a member of Spirit and Truth Fellowship Church.
Also surviving are four sons, Calvin Hall, Roger Hall, David Hall, all of Gaffney, and Jerry Hall of Ridgeland; three daughters, Patricia Reynolds, Peggy Wicks and Debbie Roller, all of Gaffney; a brother, Williard Hall of Dorchester; 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Elsie W. Meeks
Active member of Galilee Baptist Church
BLACKSBURG – Elsie White Meeks, 83, of 219 Brugg St., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, in Mercy Hospital, Charlotte
Widow of John Meeks, she was born in Cherokee County, a daughter of the late Frank and Faitha Hardin White. She was a member of Galilee Baptist Church, where she served as Mother of the Church, usher, Sunday School teacher and missionary.
Surviving are a son, John R. Meeks of Charlotte; a brother, John Franklin White of Gaffney; three sisters, Sarah Porter of Gaffney, Mary Walls of Fayetteville, N.C., and Ruby Parker of Gastonia; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. The Gilmore Mortuary is in charge.

Minnie M. Service
Cleveland County native
Minnie I. Moss Service, 95, formerly of 520 E. Buford St., died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., she was the widow of Sam Service and daughter of the late Sigmon Moss and the late Nannie Batchelor Moss. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Oscar Fuller Sunday School Class.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

B.B. Ashley Sr.
Owner of Ashley Oil Co.
GREENVILLE – Bernum Benjamin Ashley Sr., 92, of 925 Cleveland St., died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Greenville Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Born in the White Plains community of Anderson County, he was a son of the late Samuel Joshua and Linnie Eleanor Ashley. Mr. Ashley was owner of Ashley Oil Company and was a member of First Baptist Church of Greenville, where he was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class and a senior deacon. He was also a member of the Exchange Club.
Mr. Ashley was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Anna Bagwell Ashley; six brothers and a sister.
Surviving are his three sons and daughters-in-law, B.B. “Bernum” and Jean Ashley Jr. of Inman, Monroe M. and Robert Ashley of Brevard and Louis and B.J. Ashley of Greenville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dot and Rev. C.R. Smith of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Miriam and Earl Lark of Anderson; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greenville, conducted by Drs. Baxter Wynn and Jeff Rogers. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:0-2 p.m. in the church narthex.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Faith Fund, 847 Cleveland St., Greenville, S.C. 29601.
Arrangements by The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive.

Billy B. White
U.S. Air Force veteran
Billy Burton White, 76, formerly of 533 Edgewater Dr., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare.
Born in Gastonia, N.C., he was the son of the late John H. White Sr. and the late Ann Barnes White. He was a retired maintenance worker at the old Cherokee County Hospital, a member of Corinth Baptist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Surviving are three sisters Betty W. and husband, Wayne H., of Gaffney, Mary W. McNeil of Tequesta, Fla., and Peggy W. Bellamy and husband, James A., of Myrtle Beach; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas D. and Janet White of Mooresville, N.C., and Michael L. and Kathy White of Statesville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. White was preceded in death by a brother, John H. White Jr.
The family is at the home of Wayne and Betty Long, 533 Edgewater Dr.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

J.D. (Frisky) Davis
Retired from Duke Power
J.D. (Frisky) Davis, 62, of 928 Hetty Hill St., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby, N.C.
Widower of Olivia Whittenburg Davis, he was born in Cherokee County, a son of the late Wallace and Corrie Threatt Davis. He was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and a retired employee of Duke Power Company.
Surviving are three sons, Tony Whittenburg of Gaffney, Tyrone Davis of Spartanburg and Jerry Davis of Atlanta, Ga.; four brothers, Otis Davis of Jonesville, Louis C. Davis of Spartanburg, Frank Davis of Greenville and Robert Davis of Gaffney; six sisters, Pernice Conway of Maryland, Inez Kershaw of Trenton, N.J., Inet Wilson, Bertha Phillips, Flossie Wilkins and Essie Hopper, all of Gaffney; and 12 grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. U.D. Vernon. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

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