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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, March 10, 2003

Sherman E. Martin
Retired security guard
BLACKSBURG – Sherman E. “Goob” Martin, 84, of 210 Mountain View Dr., died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Smyrna, he was the widower of Frances Wright Martin and son of the late Stanford and Minnie Ramsey Martin. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and was a retired security guard. Mr. Martin was an avid coon hunter.
Surviving are two sons, Johnny S. Martin and James W. Martin, both of Blacksburg; a daughter, Joyce Martin Humphries of Blacksburg; three sisters, Ruth M. Childers of Hickory Grove, Thelma M. McDaniel and Jessie M. Bell, both of Blacksburg; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Martin was preceded in death by two brothers, William Luther Martin and Charles Fulton Martin, and two sisters, Nellie Hardin and Edna Mae Hardin.
Graveside services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery in Smyrna, conducted by Dr. Charlie Barnard.
The family is at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Mary K. Laney
Retired steel fabricator
KINGS CREEK – Mary Anita King Laney of 807 Caldwell Rd., died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center.
A native of Kings Mountain, N.C., she was the wife of Richard Laney Jr. and daughter of the late Burlan Denver King and the late Eliza Elizabeth Oaks King. She was a retired steel fabricator and of the Protestant faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Charles Richard Laney of Mountain Home, Ark., and Robert Steven Laney of Clerkson, Mich.; a daughter, Barbara Sue Carpenter of Waco, N.C.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by Chaplain David G. Fambrough. Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, Wendover, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

“Ruthie” Lee
Homemaker; member of Temple Church
Edith Ruth “Ruthie” Campbell Lee, 67, of 107 Thompson St., died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Campbell and the late Edith Broome Campbell. She was a homemaker and member of Temple Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Kandy Hamilton of Rock Hill and Katie Perry of Raleigh, N.C.; two grandchildren, Katie Ruth Hamilton and James Lee Hamilton; two sisters, Katie Spencer and Edna Howard, both of Gaffney; and two brothers, Buddy Campbell of Gaffney and Paul Campbell of North Myrtle Beach.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Johnny Bridges and Ron Jackson. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Dr. James Riley Hill, Mike Howard, Joe Howard, Ronnie Gordon, Butch Campbell, Chip Brannon, Harold Pennington and Dr. French O’Shields.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Bridges, Joseph Howard, David Sparks, David Millwood and Bill Bramlett.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, House of Grace, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Thomas A. Benton Jr.
Services for Thomas Arthur Benton Jr., 48, of 2627 Wilkinsville Hwy., will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Roger Ham. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Tim Benton, Chris Benton, Calvin Flanders, James Riddle, Albert Synder and Dennis Boupman.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Spencer R. Perrin Jr.
Retired from S.C. Highway Department
Spencer Rice Perrin Jr., 86, of 306 Union St., died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the widower of Nell Perrin and son of the late Spencer Rice Perrin Sr. and the late Etta McDow Perrin. He was a retired engineer with the State Highway Department and was a member and former treasurer of Limestone Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Perrin was a Mason, a veteran, a former Boy Scout troop leader and a member of the Gaffney Country Club.
Surviving are a daughter, Dody Perrin of the home; a brother, Frank Perrin of Louisville, Ky.; and a sister, Elizabeth Hester of Charlotte.
A memorial service was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Limestone Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Dan Younglood.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Rena P. Pinkelton
Retired from textiles; member of West End Church
Rena Patterson Pinkelton, 89, formerly of 818 W. Buford St., died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of James L. Pinkelton and daughter of the late Fred B. Patterson and the late Polly Bright Patterson. She was retired from textiles and was a member of West End Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Doris Kramp of Rogers, Ark., Virginia Hawkins and Connie Hill, both of Gaffney; three sons, Fred L. Conley, Michael Pinkelton, both of Gaffney, and Roy Kenneth Conley of Rogers, Ark.; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Turner of Chesnee and Pauline Parker of Gaffney; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Park Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Randy McCraw and James Holder. Burial was private.
Pallbearers were Bobby Hill, Tommy Hill, Randy Hill, Doug Poole, Philip Poole and Austin Seals.
The family is at the home of Connie Hill, 108 Columbus Rd.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brookview Activities Department, 510 Thompson St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Walter Byars
Awarded two Purple Hearts in World War II
ROCK HILL – Walter Byars, 82, of 1745 Mount Gallant Rd., died Saturday, March 8, 2003, in Rock Hill.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the son of the late Charles Byars and the late Lula White Byars. He was a retiree of Hoechst-Celanese Corporation with 34 years of service and was a member of College Park Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was awarded two Purple Hearts.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Blanche T. Byars of the home; a son, Charles Anthony Byars of Rock Hill; a daughter, Frances B. Baker of Four Oaks, N.C.; a brother, Buford Byars of Blacksburg; two sisters, Dot Mullinax and Wilma Kurkendol, both of Blacksburg; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at College Park Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Jerry Broughton. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park on Cherry Road.
Visitation will be tonight from 7-8:30 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2135 Ebenezer Rd.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to College Park Baptist Church, 1209 Eisenhower Rd., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730.

Nancy W. Bloom
Nancy Watts Bloom, recently of St. George Island, Fla., died Sunday, March 9, 2003, in Clinton.
She was the daughter of the late Dale Suits Watts and Garrison Grier Watts who lived in Gaffney and she was preceded in death by her daughter, Joan Richardson Hudson, and her husband, Lester J. Bloom.
surviving are a daughter, Dale Hudson Howard of Clinton; a son, John Grier Hudson III of Richmond, Va.; three granddaughters, Garrison Howard of Greenville and Barrett and Marceia Grier Howard of Clinton; a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Garrison Grier and Linda Boardman Watts of Tryon, N.C.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family will be at 100 Belmont Stakes, Settlers Apartment One, where they will receive friends today from 2-4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Laurens County, P.O. Box 178, Clinton, S.C. 29325.
Arrangements by Gray Funeral Home, Clinton.

Ruby G. Ellis
Homemaker
Ruby Aretta Griggs Ellis, 86, formerly of 1113 Spring St., died Thursday, March 6, 2003.
A native of Kings Mountain, N.C., she was the widow of Ralph Ellis and daughter of the late H.L. (Hub) Griggs and the late Carrie Davis Griggs. She was a homemaker and member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are four sons, James Ellis, Harold (Hossman) Dean Ellis, Robert L. Ellis and Richard D. Ellis, all of Gaffney; two sisters, Faye McGinnis of Kings Mountain and Eloise Huffstetler of Bessemer City, N.C.; four brothers, Sam Griggs of Ranlo, N.C., the Rev. Jerry Griggs of Gastonia, the Rev. Gene Griggs of Shelby and Bud Griggs of Kings Mountain; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Ellis was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Dede Ellis.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Allen Galloway, Jerry Griggs, Gene Griggs and Dr. Wofford Caughman. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Gene Wease, Doug Wease, Ken Monday, Ken Gallman, Brandon Swofford and Bob Stockwell.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at 1113 Spring St.
Memorials may be made to Senior Centers of Cherokee County, 499 W. Rutledge Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Shirley A. Smith
Employed by Robert Allen Group
Shirley A. Smith, 54, of 873 Concord Rd., died Sunday, March 9, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Dean L. Smith of the home and daughter of Alline Tate Dawkins of Gaffney and the late Winfred Thomas Dawkins.
Mrs. Smith was a 1967 graduate of Granard High School and a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Pastor’s Aid, Senior Missionaries and Building Committee.
She was employed by Robert Allen Group as a customer service representative.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a son, Ryan L. Smith of Charlotte; a daughter, Kansas S. Cooley of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Thomas E. Dawkins and Jackie Dawkins, both of Gaffney; and two sisters, Brenda Hawk and Toledo Dawkins of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. The Gilmore Mortuary is in charge.

Annie L. Logan
Cherokee County native
SPARTANBURG – Annie L. Logan, 95, of 106 Lincoln Dr., died Friday, March 7, 2003, at 2:50 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late James Jim Logan and the late Corrie Littlejohn Logan. She was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church where she was the Mother of the Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Amberzine Wood of the home; three sisters, Beadie Mae Wood, Minnie Mae Littlejohn and Willie Dawkins of Gaffney; two brothers, Alford Logan and Francis Logan of Gaffney; nephews she reared as her children, Charles Dawkins, Hoey Logan and Broadus Dawkins of Gaffney; a special niece and a great-niece whom she considered as her children, Celia D. Weeks of Gaffney and Loretta Byars of Charlotte; and three goddaughters.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roger Mason, Mills McHam and Jeffery Dawkins, Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and Dr. Bobby Houser. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mark Dawkins, Bruce Dawkins, Derrick Logan, Todd Logan, E.G. Logan, Eddie Logan, Herbert Little john and the New Mount Zion Deacon Board.
Flower bearers will be Elizabeth Fincher, Sarah Littlejohn, Minnie Mackupson, Straucy Montgomery, Regina Logan, Bennie Phillips, Stacy Watkins, Ernestine Williams and New Mount Zion Senior Missionary.
The family is at the home of Ann Littlejohn, 200 Annette St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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