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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Lisa C. Parker
R.N.
Lisa Clement Parker, 38, of 102 Victoria Lane in Gaffney, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at 721 Corinth Road in Gaffney.
Born in Lawton, Okla., she was the daughter of Clarence Edward Clement Jr. and Tera Johnson Barnwell.
A graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, she was a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers, Clarence "Eddie" Edward Clement III of Paonia, Colo., Scott Clement of Raleigh, N.C., and Mark Clement of Dorchester, S.C.; and a sister, Kim Poole of Gaffney.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, with Father Gordon Hamilton and the Rev. Neil Mathias.
The family is at 721 Corinth Road in Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Medical Missions, First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St., Columbia, S.C. 29201.

Charlie Rhinehart
WWII Veteran
Charlie Rhinehart, 82, of 314 Gidney St., husband of Martha Sue Myers Rhinehart of the home and widower of Mildred Jolly Rhinehart, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at his home.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late James Albert and the late Amy Phillips.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the S.C. National Guard. He served in WWII.
Mr. Rhinehart had retired from Limestone Mill in Gaffney as a slasher operator and was a member of Charity Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, trustee and member of the adult choir.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Edwin C. Rhinehart of Gaffney, Clifford C. Tesner, Mark Tesner and Gene Goins of Shelby, N.C., and Dean Goins of Kings Mtn., N.C.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert Rhinehart.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Charity Baptist Church in Lawndale, with the Revs. Stanley Roark and Charles Cook officiating. The body will lie instate 30 minutes prior to services.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Army.
Memorials may be made to: Charity Baptist Church, 113 Lawndale, N.C. 28090.
The family is at the home of Mark and Donna Tesner, 2010 Pineview Dr., Shelby, N.C.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the family.

Otha S. Owensby
Cherokee County native
Otha S. Owensby, 62, of 520 Blue Bird Lane in Blacksburg, husband of Evelyn Thompson Owensby, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at Autumn Care of Saluda, N.C.
Born in Cherokee Co., he was the son of the late Joseph D. and Ollie Parker Owensby.
He was retired from Cherokee Finishing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Otha S. Owensby Jr. of Blacksburg and Norman F. Owensby of Gaffney; three sisters, Susan Whelchel and Peggy Deaton of Jonesville, and Frankie Jackson of Gaffney; two brothers, Bob Owensby of Gaffney, and Leroy Owensby of Pacolet; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchilden.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Owensby was preceded in death by four brothers, Fate Owensby, Jim Owensby, Joe Owensby and Tom Owensby.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Rehobeth Baptist Church Cemetery in Gaffney, with the Rev. Jerry Ford officiating.
Memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 555 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306.

Flora E. Harrill
Woodruff native
Flora Elizabeth Harrill, 84, of 210 Burgess Road in Gaffney, widow of Henry Clay "Slim" Harill Jr., died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney.
Born in Woodruff, she was the daughter of the late George and Pearl Lane Frady.
A homemaker, she was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Ron and Johnny Harril of Gaffney; a daughter, Patricia Sparks of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Wally Clay Harrill.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at White Columns-Gaffney. At other times, they will be at 148 River Tree Road in Gaffney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Northside Baptist Church, with Dr. Ed McAbee officiating. Burial will follow at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers are: Arthur Frady, George Conner, Jack Conner, Brian Harrill, Mark Harrill and Darren Schaefer.
Memorials may be made to: Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Samuel A. Collins Sr.
Brick mason
Samuel Andrew Collins Sr., 44, of 1470 York Road in Blacksburg, husband of Teresa Melton Collins, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney.
Born in Kings Mtn., N.C., he was the son of Helen Patterson Collins of Grover, N.C., and the late Solomon Collins.
He was a brick mason by trade.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Samuel Andrew Collins Jr. of Kings Mtn., two stepsons, Arnold Eugene Dingmon of Kings Mtn. and Christopher Ledbetter of Blacksburg; two daughters, Maria Danielle Collins of Blacksburg and Samantha Hoyle of Welcome, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Tracie Michelle Allison of Gaffney; two sisters, Betty Elaine Ramey of Kings Mtn. and Evelyn Kay McSwain of Blacksburg; and six grandchildren.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Jeanette Collins.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at White Columns-Blacksburg and at other times will be at the McSwain home, 210 Mountain View Dr., Apt. 184, Blacksburg.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Oak View Baptist Church Cemetery in Kings Mtn., with the Rev. Doug Allen officiating.

Alisa M. Sims
GHS graduate
Alisa Moree Sims, 20, of Chestnut Apartments, Apt. 8-A in Blacksburg, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 1:55 p.m. on Winslow Avenue in Gaffney.
She was the daughter of Clara Carson of Spartanburg and Rory Sims Sr.
She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a graduate of Gaffney High School, class of 2000. She served as a basterball player for two years, a cheerleader for two years, and was elected as GHS Homecoming Queen in 1999.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Daveyon Williams of the home; her stepfather, Perry Carson of Spartanburg; a sister, Lashonda Conley of Gaffney; two brothers, Scott Conley and Rory Sims Jr. of Gaffney; grandparents, J.V. Conley, Moree Conley and Jo Ann Sims of Gaffney.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church, with Drs. J.W. Sanders Sr., S.M. Johnson and Jerry Manning officiating; along with the Revs. Stanley Watson and Warren Manning.
The body will lie instate one hour prior to services.
Flower bearers will be: Misses Cassie Jefferies, Ariel Petty, Tiffany Hollis, Jessia Harris, Casey Wood, Nicki Green, NIne Burroughs, Angela Hogue and Ethel Pearson.
Pall bearers will be: Robert Dewberry, Brad Studyvance, Joey Thompson, Chris Edrington, Charlie Warner and David Martinez.
The family is at the home of her grandparents, Deacon and Mrs. J.V. Conely, 622 Boiling Springs Hwy., Gaffney.

Nannie V.B.G. Dickson
Retired textile worker
Nannie Victoria Bledsoe Gregg Dickson, 93, of Cowpens, widow of James H. Gregg and Benjamin Clifton Dickson, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at White Oak Manor in Spartanburg.
Born in Big Stone Gap, Va., she was the daughter of the late Burdine D. Bledsoe and the late Ida Stuart Bledsoe.
She was a retired textile worker and attended the Church of God church in Cowpens.
She is survived by six stepdaughters, Belvia Allen of Chesnee, Virl Davis, Cornelia Young and Beulah Moore of Clinton, Corinne Cash of Gaffney, and Aileen Gossett of Spartanburg; a stepson, Gearald Dickson of St. Petersburg, Fla; several nieces and nephews; and numerous stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren, and stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Chapel, with Mr. Ashby Blakely officiating.
Burial will follow in Daniel Morgan Memorial Gardens in Cowpens.
The family is at 314 S. Georgia Ave., Chesnee.

Zula P. Thornton
Retired from CCSD
Zula Pruitt Thornton, 94, of 500 Oak St. in Gaffney, widow of Joseph James "Blackie" Thornton, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003 in her home.
Born in Henrietta, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Peter Amarene Pruitt and the late Anna Brown Pruitt.
She was retired from the Cherokee Co. School District and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Joe Thornton and Mike Thornton of Gaffney; two daughters, Susan McGowans of Gaffney and Sandra Quinn of the home; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Thelma Thoms of Cowpens.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at11 a.m. Thursday in Frederick Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Rich Lancaster officiating.
Pallbearers will be: Chris Thornton, Kevin Thronton, Matthew Thornton, Steve McGowans, David McGowans and Phil.
Memorials may be made to: Kirby Memorial Baptist Church, 512 Chandler Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence.

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