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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, February 10, 2003

Phyllis Loftis
Employed by A&P Food Stores for 16 years
Phyllis “Wyolene” Ramsey Loftis, 70, of 397 Old Race Track Rd., died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of J.M. Loftis and daughter of the late Mason Ramsey and the late Mary Painter Ramsey. She was employed by A&P Food Stores for 16 years and was a member of the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, John Loftis of Gaffney; a daughter, Deanna Loftis-Blanton of Gaffney; three brothers, Frank, Hoyle and Don Ramsey, all of Gaffney; a sister, Grace Bradley of Gaffney; and four grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Loftis was preceded in death by two brothers, Mace Ramsey and Jack Ramsey.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Edward Erwin.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Ramsey, Wayne Ramsey, Gary Ramsey Sr., Gary Ramsey Jr., Shawn Loftis, Travis Loftis and John Crocker.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Blue Branch Baptist Church, 1703 Pacolet Hwy., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Margaret Chadwick
Retired school teacher
SALUDA – Margaret Barbara Chadwick, 97, of 305 Church St., died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at National Health Care of Greenville.
Born in Aiken County, she was the daughter of the late Junius W. and Nora Ownby Chadwick. Miss Chadwick received a bachelor’s degree from Coker College in Hartsville and taught school for over 40 years, mostly teaching English Literature at Gaffney High School. She was a member of Saluda Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Mary Louise Cantlou of West Columbia and Doris McKinney of Greenville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Miss Chadwick was preceded in death by a brother, Junius Chadwick, and a sister, Mildred C. Holley.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Ramey Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Norman Rogers. Burial will be in Travis Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Saluda Baptist Church, 112 W. Wheeler Circle, Saluda, S.C. 29138.
Arrangements by Ramey Funeral Home, Saluda.

Gene C. Alexander
Retired from Michelin
MAULDIN – Gene C. Alexander, 68, of 4 Courtfield Place, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville.
A native of York County, he was the son of the late Mack and Jessie Quinn Alexander and was a member of Canaan United Methodist Church in Smyrna. Mr. Alexander served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and retired from the U.S. Navy. He was also retired from Michelin and was a member of his local VFW post.
Surviving are a daughter, Amanda Faye Morgan of Williamston; two brothers, Mack Alexander of Chester and Don Alexander of Blacksburg; two sisters, Peggy Faulkner of Goose Creek and Dot Falls of Blacksburg; two grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Dan Alexander, John Robert Alexander, Betty Mason, Veda Smith and Martha Horne.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Canaan United Methodist Church, Smyrna, conducted by the Rev. Charles Phillips. Burial will be in Smyrna A.R.P. Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of Dot Falls, 866 Kings Creek Dr., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Canaan United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o 866 Kings Creek Dr., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Joseph R. Celaya
California native
COWPENS – Joseph Ralph Celaya, 58, of 132 Orchard St., died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Santa Maria, Calif., he was the husband of Jewel Gossett Celaya and son of the late Ralph and Lucy Padilla Celaya. He was a member of Orchard Street Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Tanya Scruggs of Mayo and Zandra Celaya of Denver, Colo.; three sons, Scott Scruggs of Mayo, Ron Celaya of Denver, Colo., and Joel Celaya of Corpus Christi, Tex.; two sisters, Delfina Celaya of Longmont, Colo., and Ruby Olvera of Longmont, Colo.; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Orchard Street Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Allen Dean Blanton, Billy Kersh and Mike Jolley. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

John V. Blanton
Former construction worker
John Vinson Blanton, 37, of 107 El Paso Dr., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Health Care.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Myra Vassey Blanton and son of Bobby Spencer of Gaffney and the late Ruth Blanton Spencer. He was a former construction worker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife and father are a stepson, Devin Munsey of Gaffney; two stepdaughters, Catrina Hallman and Alyssa Munsey, both of Gaffney; three step-grandchildren; a brother, Dewayne Blanton of Brunswick, N.C.; a sister, Violet Fay Spencer of Gaffney; two nieces and two nephews.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Blanton was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Lee Spencer Jr., and his grandparents, John Vinson and Violet Blackwood Blanton.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Rich Lancaster. The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
The family is at the home of Dean Vassey, 505 College Dr.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Frances F. Pennington
Kings Creek native
Frances Falls Pennington, 78, of 407 White Plains Rd., died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Kings Creek, she was the wife of James Pennington and daughter of the late Thomas Henry Falls and the late Susan Ann Carroll Falls. She was a homemaker and member of White Plains Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Joe Henry Pennington of Gaffney, Michael Frank and Randy Ray Pennington of the home; a daughter, Sandra Kay Pennington of the home; two grandchildren; two brothers, John Falls of Columbia ad George Falls of Kings Creek; five sisters, Ava Ware Hembee, Veda Harrison, Dorothy Martin, all of Greenville, Pansy Julian of Anderson and Ester Holiday of Six Mile.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Pennington was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Benny Davis.
The family is at the residence, 407 White Plains Rd.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

E.W. Crawford Jr.
Cowpens native
E.W. Crawford Jr., 59, of 620 Silica Springs Rd., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Health Care.
A native of Cowpens, he was the husband of Martha Pettit Crawford and son of Betty Harden Crawford of Cowpens and the late E.W. Crawford Sr. He was formerly employed by Chapman Concrete and Ray Walker Trucking Company. He attended Central Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are five sons, Elvis Wayne Crawford, Robert Dempsey Crawford, William Eugene Crawford, E.W. Crawford III and John Calvin Crawford, all of Gaffney; a daughter, Crystal Jewell Crawford of Gaffney; two sisters, Patricia Statin and Jane Mabry, both of Spartanburg; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Terry Wilson, Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be David Wheat, Eric Wheat, Wayne Matthews, Bobby Lynn Hill, Billy (Rowdy) Hill and Todd Holmes.
The family is at 119 South View Dr.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mary S. Davis
Employed by Kimbrell’s Furniture
Mary Bell Smith Davis, 54, of 110 Grubb St., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of John Davis and daughter of the late Lawrence Smith and the late Ether Pennington Martin. She was employed by Kimbrell’s Furniture Company and was a member of Christian Heights Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Patty Davis of the home and Rebecca Wilson of Gaffney; two sons, Charles Davis and Jeff Upchurch, both of Gaffney; three sisters, Carolyn Pennington, Sybil Hughey and Judy Davis, all of Gaffney; a brother, Willard Smith of Alaska; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Dean Painter.
Pallbearers were Gary Martinez, Thad Goode, Bobby Crawford, Douglas Crawford, Alan Love and David Davis.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Albert Green
Retired from Limestone Mills
BLACKSBURG – Albert “Paw” Green, 81, of 203 E. Carolina St., died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
Born in Shelby, N.C., he was the husband of Irene Holt Green of the home and son of the late Malachi and Elma Overcash Green. He was retired from Limestone Mills and served with the U.S. Army in World War II. He attended Gaffney Active Day Center.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Jerry Ray Green of Gibsonville, N.C., Larry Eugene Green of Blacksburg ad Albert Green Jr. of Gaffney; a daughter, Tara Green Coggins of Gaffney; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Green was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Woods and Louvenia Crawley.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Cling-man Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Grady Gregory.
Memorials may be made to Veterans Affairs, 1434 N. Lime-stone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Home.

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