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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, January 31, 2003

Tollie L. Mahaffey
Retired from Reeves Bros.
CHESNEE – Tollie Levon Mahaffey, 87, of 1131 Mahaffey Cooley Rd., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the widower of Bernice Roach Mahaffey and a son of the late Christopher and Edith Cole Mahaffey. He was retired from Reeves Brothers Manufacturing after 35 years of service and was a farmer.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Mahaffey was preceded in death by a grandson, Jerry Smalley.
Surviving are a daughter, Janet M. Smalley of Chesnee; a son, Bruce Mahaffey of Chesnee; two sisters, Gertrude Alexander and Eula McKinney, both of Chesnee; two brothers, Ed Mahaffey of Green Creek, N.C., and J.C. Mahaffey of Portland, Tenn.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sandy Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Phil Bailey and grandson, Jeremy Mahaffey. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sandy Spring Baptist Church Building Fund.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

William E. Hall
Retired from textiles
William E. Hall, 74, of 730 Pacolet Hwy., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at 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. Mr. Hall was retired from textiles and was a member of Spirit and Truth Fellowship Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, the Rev. 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, Willard Hall of Dorchester; 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Calvin Hall and Robert Grice. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joel Hall, Daniel Wicks, William Hall, Wade Harvey, Chris Reynolds and Alan Reynolds.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Spirit and Truth Fellowship Church, 291 Ford Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Bobby D. Painter
Retired from Liberty Life Insurance Co.
Bobby Dean Painter, 66, of 1246 State Line Rd., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Katie Smiley Painter and a son of the late Drayton A. Painter Sr. and Nellie Gilfillian Painter. He was an employee of Liberty Life Insurance Company, retiring with 37 years of service. He was a music director at various churches in North Carolina and South Carolina for 41 years and was a member of State Line Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer.
Also surviving are three daughters, Sheila P. Revels of Chesnee, Angela P. Constant and Mary P. Anadell, both of Gaffney; a son, Brian Painter of Gaffney; six grandchildren; and a brother, Drayton A. Painter Jr. of Gaffney.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at State Line Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Darrell Revels, Charlie Blackwell and Larry Fleming. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to State Line Baptist Church, Building Fund Debt Retirement, 1328 State Line Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Jennifer L. Owensby
Daughter-in-law of Mooresboro residents
Jennifer Lou Owensby, 41, of Lenoir City, Tenn., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003.
Mrs. Owensby was the wife of Randy Owensby and daughter of Dr. Hollis and Mary Beth Duncan of Tennessee. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Concord, Tenn.
Also surviving are a son, James Michael Owensby; two daughters, Hannah Lee Owensby and Haley Morgan Owensby; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and John Willingham of Louisville, Tenn., and Rebecca and Mark Shanks of Lenoir City; a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Ritta Duncan of Lenoir City; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rob and Brenda Owensby of Knoxville, Tenn.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Molly and Larry Greene of Mooresboro, N.C.; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Johnny and Linda Owensby of Columbia, Ohio, and Jessica Owensby of Knoxville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Concord Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Steve Peek and Jody M. McKewen Jr.
Family and friends will meet today and leave Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel at 1:30 p.m. and proceed to Edgewood Cemetery in Knoxville for a 2 p.m. interment service.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Presley, Greg Tipton, Steve McPherson, Scott Drabek, Anthony Womack and Cameron Coliver.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.

Bessie P. Harmon
Retired textile employee
PACOLET – Bessie Padgett Harmon, 86, formerly of Asbury Road, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Pacolet, she was a daughter of the late Edward Padgett and the late Flora Baldwin Padgett. She was a retired textile employee and of the Methodist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Bennie Owens of Gaffney; two sisters, Mary R. Thomas of Gaffney and Flora McCarley of Pacolet; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harmon was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Owens.
Graveside services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Goucher Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Steve Allison.
Pallbearers will be Danny Owens, Terry Hale, Christopher Owens, Steven Elliott, Cecil Hale and Eddie Baker.
The family will receive friends today from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at their respective homes.

Bessie J. Price
Retired registered nurse
Bessie J. Price, 76, of 1001 S. Petty St., died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Polk County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Zeb M. Price and the late Sarah Ruff Price. She was a retired registered nurse and member of Limestone Street Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Josephine (Jo) Blackwood of Gaffney and Lillie Phillips of Lake Lure, N.C.; and her beloved pet, “Nikki.”
In addition to her parents, Miss Price was preceded in death by a brother, Zeb Price Jr., and two sisters, Ollie McClure and Mary Ruff.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be her nephews – James Barber, David Ruff, Jimmy Ruff, Vernon Ruff, Abraham Ruff, J.D. Ruff and Hal Newton.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times they will be at 1001 S. Petty St.
Memorials may be made to Limestone Street United Methodist Church, 910 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Billy B. White
U.S. Air Force veteran
Billy Burton White, 76, of Brookview HealthCare, formerly of 533 Edgewater Dr., died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
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 and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Surviving are sisters, Betty W. and husband Wayne H. Long of Gaffney, Mary W. McNeil of Tequesta, Fla., and Peggy W. and husband James A. Bellamy of Myrtle Beach; brothers, Thomas D. and wife Janet White of Mooresville, N.C., and Michael L. and wife Kathy White of Statesville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John H. White Jr.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jerry Ford and Dr. Wayne Brown. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hugh Long, Richard Long, Jonathan White, Andrew White, Steven Long and Bobby Miller.
The family will receive friends today from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times they will be at the home of Wayne and Betty Long, 533 Edgewater Dr.
Memorials may be made to Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund, 190 Corinth Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Helen P. Poole
Retired textile employee
Helen Pettit Poole, 85, formerly of 124 Pleasant Meadows Dr., died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
Born in Gaffney, Mrs. Poole was the widow of R. Benjamin Poole and daughter of the late William Henry Pettit and the late Maggie Whelchel Pettit. She was a retired textile employee and member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Surviving are three daughters, Rachel Hawkins, Margaret Bishop and Bennie Foy, all of Gaffney; a son, Rick Poole of Greenville; a brother, Raymond Pettit of Spartanburg; three sisters, Louise Jones, Margaret Sparks and Millicent Garvin, all of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Poole was preceded in death by three brothers, James Pettit, Harold Pettit and Jeff Pettit.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. Entombment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Tim Bostic, Ray Pettit, Jeff Pettit, Mike Garvin, Wayne Garvin, Harry Poole, Bill Poole, Charles Williams and Justin Poole.
Honorary pallbearers will be Peachtree Centre employees.
The family will receive friends Friday from 2-3 p.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church and at other times will be at the home of Rachel Hawkins, 506 S. Petty St.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

George Erwin
Gaffney native
George Erwin, 74, of Englewood, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at Englewood Community Hospital.
Born on Aug. 1, 1928, in Gaffney to George and Artey (Onsby) Erwin, he had been a resident of Englewood since 1989, coming from Westmont, Ill.
Mr. Erwin was a member of Local Union No. 288 in Westmont for 22 years in the construction trade and retired in 1988. He was a World War II Army Air Corp veteran, a member of the Mobile Gardens Association and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1998.
Survivors include his two daughters, Brenda K. Gluschenko and Dianna E. Onley, both of Englewood; a sister, Virginia Boles of Fountain, S.C.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Englewood Community Funeral Home.

Elsie Meeks
Services for Elsie Meeks, 83, of 219 Brugg St., Blacksburg, widow of John Meeks, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church with the Rev. Les Howard officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Flower bearers and pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

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