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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, February 28, 2003

Elvert E. Pritchard
Retired from Duke Power
MAYO – Elvert E. Pritchard, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at his residence following a period of declining health.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Mildred Hardin Pritchard and son of the late Dever and Pauline McCraw Pritchard. He was an employee of Duke Power Company, retiring with 41 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Mayo.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, Mr. Pritchard is survived by a son, Michael E. Pritchard; three sisters, Dorothy Scruggs of Mayo, Margaret Williams of Chesnee and Birdie Mae Gardner; two brothers, Bill Pritchard of Gaffney and Lyvone Pritchard of Chesnee; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Mayo, conducted by the Revs. Larry Flemming and Ray Caldwell and Pastor Paul Sheets. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

“Tank” Jefferies
Cherokee County native
INMAN – Oscar “Tank” Jefferies, 78, of 24 Bo Bo, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at 9:15 p.m. at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Ellen Tate Fuller of Gaffney and the late Virgil Jefferies.
Surviving are his wife, Lillian Tate Jefferies of Gastonia; two daughters, Mary J. Byers of Inman and Annie Marie Sarratt of Spartanburg; three sons, Virgil Jefferies of Bennettsville, Willie Ray Jefferies and Joe Dean Jefferies of the home; a sister, Virginia Woods of Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, Randolph Savage of Shelby and Ralph Savage of Gaffney; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of his brother, Ralph Savage, 1223 N. Logan St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Margaret Commander
Services for Margaret S. Worthy Commander, 89, of Pinedale Residential Center, 483 Lockhart Lane, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Arthur J. Smith. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times they will be at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mary C. Worthy, Apt. 34, Beltline Courts.
Mrs. Commander died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at Peachtree Centre. She is survived by a sister, Rosa Pendergrass of Cobble Hill Nursing Home, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a step-sister, Dolly C. Gregory of Chester.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Donna M. Moore
Cherokee County native
CHESNEE – Donna Marie Moore, 40, of 207 Ohio St., died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of Tessie Lipscomb Surratt of Chesnee and the late R.K. Surratt. She was a member of Buck Shoals Baptist Church and a graduate of Chesnee High School.
Also surviving are her husband, Readus Moore of Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter, Monique Sarratt of the home; a son, Stevas Moore of Chesnee; two brothers, Kenneth Sarratt and Larry Lipscomb, both of Chesnee; three sisters, Phyllis Hemphill, Tracy Surratt and Louise Valentine, all of Chesnee; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buck Shoals Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. T.E. McDowell. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Grace T. Cooley
Retired from Brendles
CHESNEE – Grace Thompson Cooley, 87, of 4332 Peachtree Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at Autumn Care Nursing Facility in Forest City, N.C.
A native of Spartanburg County, Mrs. Cooley was the widow of Hudson V. Cooley and daughter of the late Buford and Carrie Hines Thompson. She was a homemaker and retired from Brendles Department Store where she worked in the jewelry department for 13 years.
Mrs. Cooley was a member of Arrowwood Baptist Church and was pianist at Sandy Springs Baptist Church for many years before becoming a member of Arrowwood. She was also a retired piano teacher.
Surviving are a son, Marshall F. Cooley of Boiling Springs; two daughters, Diane Stacey of Chesnee and Geraldine Hawkins of Lake Bowen; a sister, Rachel T. Henderson of Chesnee; three brothers, James Thompson, Claude B. Thompson, both of Chesnee, and Alton Thompson of Inman; several grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Arrowwood Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Cooper. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arrowwood Baptist Church, 1410 Highway 11, Chesnee, S.C. 29323.
The family is at the home of Diane Stacey, 4305 Peachtree Rd., Chesnee.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

John L. Painter
Retired mechanic from Pan Am
John Lemuel Painter, 83, of 1515 Old Georgia Hwy., died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, Mr. Painter was the widower of Bernice Gibson Painter and son of the late Steady Christopher Painter Sr. and the late Edna Darvey Greene Painter. He was a retired mechanic from Pan Am Airways in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and was also retired from the textile industry. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son, Rodger Painter of Gaffney; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Painter was preceded in death by a brother, Manuel Lee Painter, and a grandson, Kelly Painter.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Brian Harris. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Painter, Tracy Painter, Gerald Cooksey, Paul Harris, Joe Byars and Donald Davis.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service and at other times they will be at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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