common / 02-12-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Bittie Chitwood
Retired from textiles
Bittie Chitwood, 82, formerly of 324 Gaffney Ferry Rd., died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Baldwin, Ga., she was the daughter of the late J.C. Chitwood and the late Lozzie Chitwood. She was retired from textiles and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Little Memorial Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Roger McCullough. The family will receive friends following the service.
Family members are at their respective homes.
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 were held Monday 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 Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Virginia M. Davis
Retired Cherokee County School District custodian
Virginia Mae Davis, 79, of 208 Michigan Ave., widow of Belton William Davis, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at 3:07 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center in Spartanburg.
Daughter of the late Landrum Wilson and the late Maggie Whisnant Wilson, she was a native of Blacksburg and a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, where she was honored as Mother of the Church and was a member of the kitchen committee, cleaning committee and a former Senior Choir member. Mrs. Davis was a retired custodian in the Cherokee County School District Administrative Office.
Surviving are a daughter, Rubie Davis of Spartanburg; six sons, Billy Wilson, James Wilson, Louis Davis, Frankie Davis and Johnny Davis, all of Gaffney, and Jerome Davis of Charlotte; a sister, Eunice Corry of Gaffney; a brother, Charles Wilson of Gaffney; reared in the home as her children, Teresa Garrett, Esteban Norris, Terrail Ellis of Spartanburg, Elnita Parks, Regina Ellis, Stanyard Ellis Jr. and James Ray Byers of Gaffney; 35 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Revs. Dennis Funderbuck, Vincent Logan, Lrincess Wilson and Warren Manning and Minister Bob Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
Pallbearers will be Richard Coreen, Maurice Ross, Tommy Ross, Wayne Ross, Grant Wilson and Scott Wilson.
Flower bearers will be Kim Reid, Hessie Wilson, Carolyn Jamison, Tarshia Wilson, Ann Ross, Frances Dawkins, Anita Corry, Debra Dawkins, Charlene Ross and Renata Goodwin Byers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Douglas Houey, Thomas Burris, Maurice Parks, Stanly Ellis, Jimmie Surratt and W.T. Ross.
Honorary flower bearers will be Catherine Boyd, Mae Thomas and Thelma Funderbuck.
The family is at the home of her granddaughter, Elnita Parks, 120 Park Place Dr.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Thomas B. Wicks
Blacksburg native
Thomas Boyd “Cookie” Wicks, 57, of Granard Courts, Apt. H. 35, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the son of the late James Grady Wicks and the late Florence Pauline Sullivan Wicks. He formerly worked at Cherokee Acoustics and Bonitz Construction. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Candy Rena Wicks of Gaffney; three sons, Jimmy Dwayne Wicks, Tommy Lee Wicks and Terry Lynn Wicks, all of Gaffney; a sister, Sheila Dianne Detter of Gaffney; two brothers, James Edward Wicks and Virgil Wicks, both of Gaffney; and eight grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wicks was preceded in death by brothers, Donnie “Red” Wicks and Ronnie Wicks.
Services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Tim Bowers and Vernon Moore. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Edward Wicks II, Donnie Lee Wicks, Jimmy Alexander, Travis Tatum, Ricky Sprouse and Ricky Lee Sprouse.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Amber Parker, 105 E. Jefferies St.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to the Dialysis Clinic Inc., 405 Tiffany Park, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Clydia Helms
Mother of Gaffney residents
FORT MILL – Clydia Elizabeth Crowe Helms, 81, of 10638 Barberville Rd., died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
Born Dec. 31, 1921, in Union County, N.C., she was the widow of Warren Helms and daughter of the late Robert Crowe and Mary Crowe. Mrs. Helms cared for children in her home and was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Lee Helms and Donald Helms, both of Rock Hill; three daughters, Carolyn H. Parris, Emily H. Parris, both of Gaffney, and Mary Pettus of Fort Mill; two sisters, Mable Hancock and Margaret Lemmonds of Waxhaw, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Helms was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Wolfe Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Phil Lavender and Tommy Huddleston. Burial will be at Unity Cemetery.
The family is at the home of Richard and Mary Pettus, 10638 Barberville Rd., Fort Mill.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Hwy., Fort Mill, S.C. 29715.
Arrangements by Wolfe Funeral Home, 314 Spratt St., Fort Mill.

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