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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, February 24, 2003

Joe Dean Childers
Carpenter
Joe Dean Childers, 53, of 225 Ruth Dr., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Susan Horne Childers. He was the son and stepson of Onnie and Sue Childers and Vivian and Lenoah Mullinax, all of Gaffney. He was a carpenter and member of Fairview Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are a son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Leslie Childers of Gaffney; a daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Mike Fowlkes of Gaffney; a sister, Sybil Hill of Gaffney; two step-sisters, Kay Carter of Gaffney and Connie Baker of Colorado; a step-brother, Benny Millwood of Colorado; and four grandchildren, Nicholas Mabry, Landon Childers, Jacob Fowlkes and Adam Fowlkes.
Mr. Childers was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Wilson.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at East Gaffney Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ron Jackson and Jimmy Coyle. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Vinesett, Jeff Vinesett, Chad Vinesett, Donnie Spencer, Chip George and Tracy Moore.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 10794, Greenville, S.C. 29603.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lorene C. Jones
Registered cosmetologist
CHESNEE – Lorene C. Jones, 64, of 112 Warrior Lane, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Bogart, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Leeman and Annie Sue Coleman and wife of Clifford L. Jones Sr. She graduated from National High School in Los Angeles, Calif., and from Montgomery Beauty Academy in Montgomery, Ala. A registered cosmetologist and manger of Delite Beauty Supply of Spartanburg, she was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband of 36 years are a son, James Coleman of Jackson, Ga.; two stepsons, Richard Jones of Chesnee and Clifford L. Jones Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two brothers, Carlton Coleman and Curtis Coleman of Jackson, Ga.; and two sisters, Lois Christy of Flovilla, Ga., and Lonnie Moss of Winder, Ga.
Services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Gary Adkins and Bill Lark. Burial was in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Aline P. O’Bryant
Employed by Spartanburg County Treasurer’s Office
CHESNEE – Aline Petrie O’Bryant of 1262 McSwain Rd., died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the wife of Jack Ralph O’Bryant and daughter of the late Russell E. Petrie and Maggie Grant Petrie. She was employed by the Spartanburg County Treasurer’s Office and was a member of Cherokee Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Jeffery Jack O’Bryant of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Mae Petrie Tennyson of Drayton; and a brother, Raymond C. Petrie of Whitestone.
Services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Eggers Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Larry Fleming. Burial was in Cherokee Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Joel O’Bryant Scholarship Fund, c/o 1262 McSwain Rd., Chesnee, S.C. 29323.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Buck White
BLACKSBURG – Services for Boyce (Buck) White, 76, of 1060 S. Charleston St., were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Cherokee Falls Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Tim Knotts and Al McKinney. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Justin White, Randy White, Leroy White, Howard Martin, Lynndale Daw and Dean Broome.
The family is at the home of his son at 505 Rock Springs Rd., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Falls Baptist Church Building Fund, 109 School St., Cherokee Falls, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Walter Dean McCraw
Retired from U.S. Postal Service
Walter Dean McCraw, 67, of 275 Lockhart Lane, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Health Care.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Kay McCormick McCraw and son of the late Forrest B. McCraw and the late Jeannette Lester McCraw. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of First Baptist Church, Elks Lodge 1305 and VFW Post 3447. He was a veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Beth McCraw of Concord, N.C.; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Patti H. McCraw of Gaffney; a sister, Mary Duncan of Gaffney; two brothers, Wayne McCraw of Gaffney and Jerry M. McCraw of Savannah, Ga.; and three grandchildren, Andrew McCraw, Morgan McCraw and Anna McCraw.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Joel Sellers and Ronnie Cox.
Pallbearers will be Charles H. McCraw, Van Avery Moore, O.B. Smiley, Charles Lester, James Lester, Woodrow Lester, Dever Jolly Jr. and Mark Duncan.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, Youth Ministry Fund, c/o Ed Elliott, 822 Providence Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

John R. Hancock
Retired from Hamrick Mills
John Roland Hancock, 88, of 903 Florence St., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Pearl Dickson Hancock to whom he had been married for 62 years. He was a son of the late O.D. Hancock and the late Dollie Wells Hancock and was a retired bookkeeper for Hamrick Mills’ cloth room.
Mr. Hancock was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher, retired music director and a deacon emeritus.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Jerry Hancock of Gaffney; a daughter, Brenda Hancock Cooper of Blacksburg; five grandchildren, Jimmy Cooper, Kelly C. Land, Greg Hancock, Wanda Hancock and Todd Hancock.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hancock was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas De Costa Hancock.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Park Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. James Holder and Michael Aycock. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Cooper, Greg Hancock, Todd Hancock, Jeff Land, Paul Dobbins Jr. and the Rev. Thomas Gossett.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the John Hancock Sunday School Class and present and former deacons of Park Hill Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Park Hill Baptist Church, 1100 Leadmine Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Dialysis Clinic Inc., 405 Tiffany Park, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Chris Myers
Worked at SLED and S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Donald Christian “Chris” Myers, son of Solicitor Donnie and Vance Myers, died suddenly on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2003.
Services were held Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Lexington County Courthouse, followed by private services at Bush River Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Butch Powell and Lexanne Kimball Graves conducted the services. Music was provided by Robin Vaughn Parler and vocalist, Constance Flemming.
Pallbearers were Lt. Gov. André Bauer, Richard Briebart, Dr. Donen Davis, Marshall Fuller, Sen. Jake Knotts, Virgil Linder, Don Norris and Ed Pitts.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Rotary Club of Lexington and solicitors of South Carolina, all friends of Chris.
Chris was born in Columbia and graduated from Lexington High School in 1992 and the University of South Carolina in 1996. He was a member of the Gamecock Club and an avid Gamecock fan. He worked at SLED and the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. He was inducted into the International Who’s Who of Professional Administrators and was presented the key of the City of Lexington in 1996. He was president of the Providence Church Republican Precinct.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Padgett of Gaffney; an aunt, Kathy Owens of Spartanburg; an uncle, Leon C. Myers of Columbia; and three great-aunts, Betty Jean Cribb of West Columbia, Carolyn Anderson of Chapin and Kathleen Hampton of Orlando, Fla.

Martin B. Cash
World War II veteran
Martin Bernard Cash, 92, of 903 Cherokee National Hwy., died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cowpens, he was the husband of Elsie Adair Cash of the home and son of the late William N. and Mollie Smith Cash. He was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church and American Legion Post 109. He was a Mason and served during World War II in the United States Army.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, William B. Cash of Gaffney; three daughters, Judy C. Bagwell, Sandra C. Rhinehart and Marie C. Linder, all of Gaffney; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, brothers and sisters, he was preceded in death by a grandchild, John Arthur Linder.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. John Goforth and Mike Frazier.
Pallbearers will be Ken Fowler, Bedford Fitzgerald, Marty Rhinehart, Jason Cash, Jeff Vassey, Ronnie Keller, Gene Jackson and Harrill Wallace.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at White Columns-Gaffney and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 520 Buck Shoals Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or to Cherokee County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Margaret S. Commander
Chester County native
Margaret S. Commander, 89, of 483 Lockhart Lane, widow of Clifton Fernanders, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at 9 a.m. at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Chester County, she was the daughter of the late Service Sanders and the late Mattie Sanders.
She was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church in High Point, N.C., and received a secretarial degree from Guilford Industrial Education Center.
Surviving are three stepsons, David Pittman of New Castle, Pa., Clifton Fernanders Jr. and Billy Fernanders of High Point; and a sister, Charlotte Gregory of Chester.
The family is at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mary C. Worthy, Apt. 34, Beltline Apartments.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jerry A. Freeman
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Services for Jerry Allen Freeman, 49, of 119 Mirtis Lane, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Friends in Christ United Methodist Church, 603 Fairfield St., Chesnee, conducted by the Revs. Elbert S. Tillerson Sr., Leroy Staley and Linda Harden. Burial will be in Gaffney Chapel Church Cemetery in Chesnee. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be his nephews and friends and flower bearers will be his nieces and friends.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

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