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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, March 3, 2003

Brenda W. Burnett
Administrative assistant with CitiFinancial
BOILING SPRINGS – Brenda W. Burnett, 40, of 122 Homestead Dr., died Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Polk County, N.C., she was the daughter of Marvin A. and Gail B. Walker of Chesnee and was an administrative assistant with CitiFinancial for 20 years.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Erin Elizabeth Burnett of Boiling Springs; a brother, Jeff Walker of Boiling Springs; and nephew, Nathan Walker.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Dr. Herbert Garrett and the Rev. Ken Owens. Burial was in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
Employees of CitiFinancial served as honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Safe Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, 158 W. Main St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306; or to Henry’s Heroes, Juvenile Diabetes.
The family is at the home of her parents, 351 Smith-Wall Rd., Chesnee.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Oscar Jefferies
Formerly employed by Daniel Construction
INMAN – Oscar “Tank” Jefferies, 78, of 24 Bobo St., 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. He was formerly employed by Daniel Construction Company and Vocational Rehabilitation.
Surviving are his wife, Lillian Tate Jefferies of Gastonia; two daughters, Annie Marie Sarratt of Spartanburg and Mary J. Byers of Inman; 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; 25 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Lawrence Davidson, Richard Copeland and Dewey Whittenburg. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be James Byers, Tremell Byers, Barry Savage, Charles Savage, Dennis Smith and Dexter Sarratt.
Flower bearers will be Sharon Boyd, Tammy Davidson, Trena Mitchel, Lula Phillips, Brenda Knuckles, Tina L. Sarratt and Sarita Sarratt.
The family is at the home of his brother, Ralph Savage, 1223 N. Logan St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Corrie F. Gaston
Retired from U.S. Government
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Corrie Bell Fowler Gaston, 71, of 1026 Wah-ler Place, S.E., widow of Walter P. Gaston, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, in Washington Hospital Center.
Daughter of the late Ben Fowler and the late Maggie Williams Fowler, she was a native of Gaffney and retired from the U.S. Government. She was a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Washington.
Surviving are two daughters, Lind O. Gaston of Temple Hill, Md., and Teresa G. James of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Thomas Brion Gaston of Washington, D.C., Terry V. Gaston of District Height, Md., and Arthur B. Gaston of Forestville, Md.; and a sister, Necy F. Roberts of Charlotte.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Washington with burial at Harmony Cemetery, Washington.
Arrangements by Alexander S. Pope Funeral Home, 2617 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Robert Littlejohn
Cherokee County native
Robert Littlejohn, 89, of 119 Price St., Holmes, Pa., died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at Prostect Park Nursing Home, Prostect Park, Pa.
Husband of Florence Littlejohn, he was the son of the late Arthur Littlejohn and the late Elizabeth Davis Littlejohn. He was a native of Cherokee County and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Land Peir Company.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a sister, Rev. Hazel Petty of Gaffney; and a nephew, George Davis of Philadelphia, Pa., who was like a brother.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Claude J. Edney Funeral Home, 634 Sharon Ave., Sharon Hill, Pa. 19079.
His wife may be contacted at 610-534-0353.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Brandon T. Ruppe
10th grade student at Gaffney High School
Brandon Thomas Ruppe, 16, of 905 Florence St., died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the son of Lyman Dale Ruppe and Pamela Maynor Ruppe. He was a 10th grade student at Gaffney High School in the Gifted and Talented Program. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Grace Maynor of the home.
Brandon was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Maynor, and paternal grandparents, Walmer and Elvada Ruppe.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Wofford Caughman and Alan Peeler. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Glenn Ruppe, Alan Ruppe, Ricky Ruppe, Alex Ruppe, Jason Ruppe, Rick Wilkins, Mike Mullinax, Butch Mathis and Adam Ruppe.
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 Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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 son, Manuel Lee Painter, and a grandson, Kelly Painter.
Services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Brian Harris. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were 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.

Marjorie H. Turner
Former school teacher
Marjorie Hammett Turner, 77, of 1912 Chesnee Hwy., died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Edwin Webb Turner and daughter of the late Charles R. Hammett and the late Faye Wilson Hammett. She was a homemaker, former school teacher and graduate of Limestone College. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, David Charles Turner and Joseph Russell Turner, both of Gaffney; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Lyman R. Hammett of Wake Forest, N.C.; and a sister, Miriam Fletcher of Goldsboro, N.C.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Mike Frazier and Tim Osment.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Joseph Turner, 1237 Champion Ferry Rd.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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