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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, March 14, 2003

Rayford Perdue
Plant manager
Rayford Perdue, 84, of 301 S. Shelby St. in Blacksburg, widower of Helen McCarty Perdue, died Friday, March 14, 2003 at Valley Falls Terrace in Spartanburg.
A native of Kite, Ga., he was the son of the late Sim Watson Perdue and the late Dora Sammons Perdue.
He was a plant manager of Cherokee Falls Mill.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for a number of years, was a former deacon, a Sunday School Superintendent, a very dedicated church member and a teacher.
He is survived by a daughter, Sandy Hambright of the home; a sister, Hazel Miller of Leesville, S.C.; and two grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Perdue; and a sister, Christine Corley.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ken Reid officiating.
Interment followed in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Wayne Cobb, Ted Bechtler, David Hogue, Frank Thayer and Richard Hope.
Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

George Anderson
President of Schiele Museum
George Woodruff Anderson, 79, of 1106 Robinwood Road in Gastonia, N.C., widower of Hilda Page Anderson, died Friday, March 14, 2003 at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
A native of Gaston Co., he was the son of the late William Deal Anderson and Vallie Woodruff Anderson.
He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, a graduate of Clemson University, past president and member of the Gastonia Rotary Club, board member and past president of the Schiele Museum of Natural History, and served as Scoutmaster of Troop 2 of the Boy Scouts of America in Gastonia.
He also served as the president of the Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America, was a member of the Gaston Literacy Council, and was a past president of the Gaston Country Club. He was retired from the Gastonia Mill Supply Co., where he was the president and treasurer.
He is survived by two sons, George Woodruff Anderson Jr. and John Marshal Anderson of Gastonia; a daughter, Laura Louisa Anderson Childers of Gaffney; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Dr. Frank W. King officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Mark’s Columbarium.
Memorials may be made to: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, N.C. 28052; Gaston Literacy Council, 116 S. Marietta St., Gastonia, N.C. 28052; or Piedmont Boy Scouts of America, 1222 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, N.C. 28054.

Reda Walker
Homemaker
Reda Joan Westbrook Walker, 71, of 1103 S. Limestone St., widow of Charles Rains Walker, died Friday, March 14, 2003 at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Polk Co., N.C., she was the daughter of Averee Davis Westbrook of Green Creek and the late Charles E. Westbrook.
She was a homemaker.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Beverly Walker Durham of Kernersville, N.C.; a son, Charles “Chuck” Walker of Blacksburg; a brother, Wayne D. Westbrook of Green Creek; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Green River Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Alan Morrow and Pastor Gary Curtis.
Memorials may be made to: Green River Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, 2880 Ken Miller Road, Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139.
The family is at the home of her mother, 5592 Poors Ford Road, Rutherfordton, N.C.
In addition to her father, she was predeceased in death by a brother, Lyle E. Westbrook.

Jesse Lawter
Owned plumbing company
Jesse Jordon Lawter, 79, of 155 Blalock Cove, husband of Kate Walker Lawter, died Friday, March 14, 2003 at his home.
A native of Chesnee, he was the son of the late William J. and Mamie Gore Lawter.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in WWII.
He was a former Mason and a Shriner, and was a former member of VFW Post 9539.
He owned and operated Lawter Plumbing for more than 17 years until his retirement.
He was a member of Buck Creek Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Barbara West of Spartanburg; a son, David “Buddy” Lawter of Chesnee; a sister, Mazie Greene of Cowpens; two brothers, Hollis and Dean Lawter of Chesnee; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Buck Creek Baptist Church, with the Revs. Odell Mosley, Joe Walker and Melvin Hudson officiating.
Interment followed in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to: Cancer Center of the Carolinas, 11 Doctors Park, Ste. 200, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307.
The family is at the home.

Elizabeth Price
Elizabeth Hiers Price, 87, of Hopkins, widow of Aubrey W. Price, died Saturday, March 15, 2003.
Born in Hopkins, she was the daughter of the late Haskell Jefferson Hiers Sr. and Elizabeth Chappell Smith Hiers.
She attended Winthrop College and graduated from the Orangeburg Regional Hospital Nursing Program. Her entire career (1943-75) as an R.N. was at the Dorchester County Hospital in Summerville, where she lived in the hospital. In 1975, she moved to Columbia to live with her sister.
She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the American Red Cross, and the American Nurses Association.
She is survived by a brother, Haskell Jefferson Hiers Jr. of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Chappell Hiers Jr. of Gaffney; and a sister, Louise Miley Hiers of Columbia.
Graveside services will be held at noon on Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Congaree-Hopkins, with the Revs. Hop Weston and Charles Davis officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Memorials may be made to: St. John’s Episcopal, Congaree, 115 Elm Savannah Road, Hopkins, S.C. 29061. The family wishes to thank Palmetto Health Hospice for their care and support.

Patricia Nix
Hampton, Va. native
Patricia Lynn Nix, 48, of 322 Ivey Road in Chesnee, wife of James Nix, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003.
A native of Hampton, Va., she was the daughter of Elma Johnston Harrell of Va. and the late Clarence Allen.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by two daughters, Helena Curtis of Chesnee and Michelle Nix of Florence, Ala.; four sisters, Linda E. Smith, Frances D. Sulzberger, Helen E. Coe, Anita A. Antinori of Hampton; two brothers, Clarence T. Allen Jr. and Thomas L. Allen of Hampton, Va.; and four grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Arrowwood Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Cooper.
Memorials may be made to: Pat Nix Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 190, Chesnee, S.C. 29323.
The family is at the home.

Minnie Ramsey
Minnie "Velma" Shelton Ramsey, 78, of 200 Doolittle St. in Cherokee Falls Community of Blacksburg, widow of Livingston Lee Ramsey, died Sunday, March 16, 2003 at home.
She was the daughter of the late Henry Brown and Ada Putnam Shelton.
She is survived by sons, Brown Clude Shelton of Kings Mtn., N.C., Livingston Lee Ramsey Jr., Gill Eugene Ramsey, Keith Thomas Ramsey and Larry Scott Ramsey of Blacksburg; daughters, Martha R. Hall of Gaffney and Penny Lynne Ramsey of Blacksburg; brothers, Bob Shelton, Jack Shelton, George Shelton and Johnny Shelton of Gaffney, Billy Shelton of Goose Creek; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete.
White Columns-Blacksburg is serving the family.

Grover McDowell
Grover Ralph "Mac" McDowell, 67, of 202 Ore Bank Road in Smyrna, widow of Joan Badeau McDowell, died Monday, March 17, 2003 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney.
He was born in Missouri.
He was an Air Force Veteran and was retired from the State Dept. in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by a daughter, Trudy Parker of Gaffney; and a grandson.
Visitation is anytime at the residence.
Cryptside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of Trudy Park, 138 Twin Acres Road in Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Karen Allison
Member of Lutheran faith
Karen Lee Allison, 42, of 104 Westfield St. in Gaffney, died Sunday, March 16, 2003 at her mother's residence, 109 Forest Hills Drive in Gaffney.
Born in Spartanburg, she was the daughter of R.J. Allison and Jean Lindsey Spearman-Price, both of Gaffney
She worked at the Cherokee Co. Disabilities and Special Needs Workshop and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a stepmother, Wilma Fox Allison of Gaffney; a stepfather, J. Vincent Price of Gaffney; a brother, Danny Jay Allison of Gaffney; a sister, Debi Allison Powell of Boiling Springs; a niece and nephew; a special friend, Charles Davenport of Gaffney; and residential housemates Charity Miller and Crystal McAbee of Gaffney.
She was preceded in death by a stepfather, Ralph D. "Frosty" Spearman.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with Pastor Roger Lindler, Father Gordon Hamilton and Mr. Michael Melton officiating.
Visitation will be held after the service in the social hall of the church.
The family is at the home of her mother, Jean Spearman-Price, 109 Forest Hills Dr., Gaffney, S.C.
Memorials may be made to: Habilitation Services, 959 E. O'Neal St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Janie Jefferies
Janie Rossie Littlejohn Jefferies, 92, of 100 Fairfield Drive, Apt. 10-B, widow of Robert "R.B." Littlejohn, died Friday, March 14 at 10:23 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney.
A native of Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late John Littlejohn and the late Delila Littlejohn-Price.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Bapitst Church asnd served as a member of the Mixed Choir. She was a retired employee of Superior Laundry.
She is survived by five daughers, Aurellia Smith, Lucille Dawkins and Brenda Harris of Gaffney, Berthinia Thompson of Baltimore, Md. and Alonia Resse of Charlotte; a son, Adolphus Jefferies of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a caretaker, Leloa Gregory of the home; 33 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church, with Drs. J.W. Sanders Sr. and A.L. Brackett officiating.
Interment will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be her grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Conell Dawkins, 112 Lincoln Drive.

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