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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, March 17, 2003

Velma Ramsey
Rutherford County native
CHEROKEE FALLS – Minnie “Velma” Shelton Ramsey, 78, of 200 Doolittle St., died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at her home.
Born in Rutherford County, N.C., she was the widow of Livingston Lee Ramsey and daughter of the late Henry Brown and Ada Putnam Shelton. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Lancaster.
Surviving are five sons, Brown Clyde Shelton of Kings Mountain, Livingston Lee Ramsey Jr., Gil Eugene Ramsey, Keith Thomas Ramsey and Larry Scott Ramsey, all of the Cherokee Falls community; two daughters, Martha R. Hall of Gaffney and Penny Lynne Ramsey of the Cherokee Falls community; five brothers, Bob Shelton, Jack Shelton, George Shelton and Johnny Shelton, all of Gaffney, and Billy Shelton of Goose Creek; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Shelton, and three sisters, Maphra Weaver, Betty Byrd and Margie Lucas.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Falls Missionary Fellowship Church, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier, Jim Clark and Gregg Martin. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Martin, Dennis Martin, Ernie Livingston, Dave Hall, Phillip Ellis, Kenny Shelton, Kenneth McCraw, Franklin Byrd, Joe Byrd and George Byrd.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Falls Community Outreach Project, c/o 1406 Cherokee Falls Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

M.C. Whelchel
Cherokee County native
M.C. Whelchel, 85, of 223 Morgan Dr., died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Janett Quinn Whelchel of the home and son of the late Ed Lee and Mary Self Whelchel. He attended Midway Baptist Church.
Also surviving are two daughters, Millicent W. Quinn of Spartanburg and Linda Ann W. Marchbanks of Greer; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Whelchel was preceded in death by a son, Charles Lee Whelchel; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by Chaplain Skip Snyder and Rev. Danny Emory. Burial will be in Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Paul Patterson, Edward Patterson, Darryl Quinn, Brad Killian, Jeff Duffie and Steve Cain.
Memorials may be made to Regional Home Care, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Mac McDowell
Retired from Department of State, Washington, D.C.
SMYRNA – Grover Ralph “Mac” McDowell, 67, of 202 Ore Bank Rd., died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Bartlett, Mo., he was the widower of Joan Badeau McDowell and son of the late Nelson Francis McDowell and the late Becie Almeta Snelson McDowell. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from the Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Surviving are a daughter, Trudy Parker of Gaffney; a grandson, Brandon Parker of Gaffney; and a sister, Loretta Woods of Winon, Mo.
Cryptside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, conducted by the Rev. Norman Philbeck.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Trudy Parker, 138 Twin Acres Rd., Gaffney, where they will receive friends at any time.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 2711 Middleburg Dr., Suite 105, Columbia, S.C. 29204.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Ruby A. Thornton
Ruby Ailene “Tody” Thornton, 71, died Monday, March, 17, 2003.
She passed away at Peachtree Christian Hospice, Duluth, Georgia. She was formerly from Gaffney, South Carolina, but lived in Suwanee, Georgia, for the last eight years. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dennis H. Thornton, daughter, Doris I. Thornton, son and daughter-in-law Tripp and Ruthie Thornton and grandchildren, Elizabeth and Parks Thornton. Sisters-in-law Elaine Ransdell of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina and Madeline Badovinac of Waldorf, Maryland. Aunt Mrs. Dever Davis of Gaffney, South Carolina. Her nieces are Sandra Brannon and Lynn Ganz and her sister-in-law Betty Evans, all of Gaffney, South Carolina. There is also several cousins and dear friends from Gaffney and Georgia.
Mrs. Thornton was preceded in death by her brother Martin “Buddy” Evans; her parents Arthur and Irene Evans, all of Gaffney, South Carolina. Mrs. Thornton was a dedicated Christian Lady who lead many to know HIM by her faith and strength in the LORD! Mrs. Thornton was a church organist at her church, FourSquare Gospel in Gaffney. For many years a youth drama director and also the speaker for the Broad River Baptist Association. She also taught the youth for many years at the First Baptist Church of Gaffney. She was an incredible Interior Designer and floral arranger. She could not only read music, but also play by ear, which is truly a gift from God. She was a devoted daughter to her parents. Incredible wife, mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren.
She cherished the time she spent in her garden and playing the organ at home and in the church.
She will be greatly missed.
Rejoice – she is with our Lord-Jesus Christ!
Matthew 14:25-32
If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat – Ailene “Tody” Thornton spent her life telling others about the Lord. She was never afraid to get out of the boat and tell others about the love of our Father. Her faith was strong and her love for the Lord was incredible! She is with HIM now! Praise GOD.
Services will be at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel. Funeral will be Thursday, March 20th, 2003, at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Pastor Larry Irvin Sr. Receiving friends and family Wednesday, March 19th, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Danny Perry, Clary McGee, Don McGee, Sam Cobb, Rayford Barnhill and Ken Guthrie.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Karen Lee Allison
Jesus reached down for Karen Lee Allison, 42, of 104 Westfield St., and took her to Heaven on Sunday, March 16, 2003.
Karen died at the home of her mother and stepfather, Jean Lindsey Spearman-Price and J. Vincent Price, 109 Forest Hills Dr. She was also the daughter and stepdaughter of R.J. and Wilma Fox Allison of Gaffney.
Karen was born in Spartanburg and worked at the Cherokee County Disabilities and Special Needs Workshop. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Danny Jay and Teresa Allison of Gaffney; a sister, Debi Allison Powell of Boiling Springs, S.C.; a niece, Lindsey Allison Powell of Boiling Springs, S.C.; a nephew, Joseph Seth “Chip” Powell of Boiling Springs, S.C.; a special friend, Charles Davenport of Gaffney; and residential house mates, Charity Miller and Crystal McAbee of Gaffney.
Karen was preceded in death by a devoted stepfather, Ralph D. “Frosty” Spearman.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, conducted by Pastor Roger Lindler and Father Gordon Hamilton. An eulogy was given by Michael Melton.
The family is at the home of her mother, Jean Spearman-Price, 109 Forest Hills Dr.
Memorials may be made to Habilitation Services, 959 E. O’Neal St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Herbert A. Messer Sr.
Retired machinist
Herbert Avery Messer Sr., 86, of Brookview HealthCare Center, formerly of Limestone Courts, died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Kingsport, Tenn., he was the husband of Emma Melton Messer and son of the late Issac Avery Messer and the late Mattie Mae Parton Messer. He was a retired machinist and of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are a son, Herbert Avery Messer Jr. of Wayne, Mich.; a daughter, Carolyn Wessinger of Blacksburg; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Rev. Alfred G. Fisher
Retired Baptist minister; U.S. Navy veteran
COWPENS – Rev. Alfred Grayson Fisher, 81, 325 Bud Arthur Bridge Road, went home to be with the Lord on March 15, 2003.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Katherine Blanton Fisher; three daughters, Linda Cook of Gaffney and Brenda Dowis and Kathy Quinn of Cowpens; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of Jasper and Naomi Thomas Fisher. He was the last living member of his family. There were two brothers and four sisters that predeceased him.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cowpens and a Navy Veteran. A retired Baptist minister, he was the former pastor of Fairview Baptist Church at Kinards, SC, and New Hope Baptist Church, Sloan’s Grove Road, Spartanburg, SC.
The family received friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2003, at the home of Brenda Dowis, 106 Palmetto Street, Cowpens.
Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2003, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Fae Walker, the Rev. Robert Kirby, and the Rev. Frank Bryant.
Please visit and participate in the American Memorial at www.floydmortuary.com.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.

Elizabeth S. King
Homemaker
Elizabeth Smith King, 83, of Peachtree Centre, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. King was the widow of Charles F. King and daughter of the late Worth Albert Smith and the late Dollie Lingerfelt Smith. She was a homemaker and member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Victoria Taylor of Spartanburg; four sisters, Ruth Wright, Faye Council, Viola Pearson, all of Gaffney, and Eula Parris of Portsmouth, Va.; two brothers, Bobby Smith of Chattanooga, Tenn., and W.A. Smith Jr. of Lincolnton, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Michael Miller. The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Janie L. Jefferies
Services for Janie Rossie Littlejohn Jefferies, 92, of 100 Fairfield Dr., Apt. 10-B, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., Dr. A.L. Brackett, Dr. James W. Sanders Jr., Dr. Eula Miller and the Rev. Darrell Smith. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be her great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Conell Dawkins, 112 Lincoln Dr.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Katharine A. Wilcox
Retired registered nurse
Katharine A. Wilcox, 71, of 102 Desert Primrose Place, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the wife of Richard T. Wilcox and daughter of the late David Allen and the late Katharine Pitt Allen. She was a retired registered nurse and worked for 42 years in nursing. She received her BSN degree from the University of Cincinnati and was a former officer and member of the American Association of University Women.
Mrs. Wilcox was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and taught for the Cherokee County Literacy Association. She was a choir member and played handbells and recorder for Limestone Presbyterian Church. She was president of Kay-Dee Inc., operators of Safari Campground.
Surviving in addition to her husband are five daughters, Barbara Wilcox Ryan, Katharine Spencer, both of Gaffney, Beverly Wilcox of Knoxville, Tenn., Peggy Wilcox and Betsy Wilcox, both of Spartanburg; five grandchildren; and a brother, David Allen of Sunnyvale, Calif.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615; the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 10794, Greenville, S.C. 29603; the American Heart Association, 310-B Bennett Center Dr., Greer, S.C. 29650; Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244; or the Cherokee County Literacy Association, P.O. Box 216, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Louise H. Hambright
Retired textile employee
BLACKSBURG – Louise Hardin Hambright, 87, of 1817 W. Cherokee St., died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Caroleen, N.C., she was the widow of Woodrow Wilson Hambright and daughter of the late Carse S. Hardin and the late Edna Francis Wall Hardin. She was a member of Christian Fellowship Church and a retired textile employee.
Surviving are a son, Joe Dean Hambright of Blacksburg; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Hambright was preceded in death by sons, Jimmy Doyle Hambright and Bobby Ray Hambright.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, conducted by the Revs. Harold Dean Painter, Gregg Martin and Willie Lanier. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Hambright, Timmy Hambright, Ricky Ray Hambright and Dennis Hardin.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the residence.

Wallace R. Riggins
Retired from Milliken Inc.
Wallace Roy Riggins of 909 College Dr., Gaffney, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Anderson Area Medical Center.
Born in Greenville, S.C., he was the husband of Barbara Letlow Riggins of the home and son of the late Roy Haskell and Ruth Page Riggins.
Mr. Riggins was a retired electrical engineer for Milliken, Inc., a graduate of Clemson University, member of First Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Corps.
Also surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley Roy and Robin Lee Riggins and David Phillips and Hope Homesley Riggins of Charlotte, N.C., and Stephen Wallace Riggins of Gaffney; sisters, Mildred Landreth and Hazel Vickery of Greenville, S.C.; four grandsons, Robert Christopher Riggins, Ryan Christopher Riggins, Tyler Lee Riggins and Cameron Stuart Riggins of Charlotte, N.C.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Riggins was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Curtis Riggins.
Graveside services will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Joel Sellers and Rev. Roy Arnold.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Anthony Hopper Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be today from 4-7 p.m. at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, S.C., 29648-9989.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lee Richards Jr.
Self-employed painter
BLACKSBURG – Lee Richards Jr., 58, of 138 Nicky Lane, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Hilda Jordan and son of the late Lee Richards Sr. and the late Christine Richards Ledford. He was a self-employed painter and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Donna Richards Estes of Shelby; two brothers, J.G. Richards of Kings Mountain, N.C., and Jesse Richards of Gaffney; a sister, Shirley Earls of Blacksburg; two stepsons, Jamie Jordan and Scott Jordan, both of Gaffney; a stepdaughter, Susan Thompson of Gaffney; and two step-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

John V. MacDowell Sr.
Stephenson Ford co-owner; Stephenson Mobile Homes founder
John Vinson MacDowell Sr., 80, of 500 Vernon St., died today, March 19, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mr. MacDowell was the son of the late John William and Rainsford DuBose MacDowell. He was a retired senior vice-president with TranSouth, formerly Stephenson Finance. He was co-owner of Stephenson Ford and founder of Stephenson Mobile Homes. He served as a pilot instructor during World War II and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Rivers MacDowell, and two sons, Thomas Barrington MacDowell and John Vinson MacDowell of Florence; two sisters, Babs Dedmon of Nashville, Tenn., and Margaret McElveen of Hendersonville, N.C.; a brother, Marion MacDowell of Conover, N.C.; four grandchildren, Meredith and Maegan MacDowell, Jake MacDowell of Mt. Pleasant and Avery MacDowell Kauffman of Columbia.
A son, Richard Baird MacDowell, predeceased him.
Memorials may be made to the Charles Lea Center/Zion Hill House, 195 Burdette St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29307 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jerome A. Lipscomb III
Baby Jerome A. Lipscomb III of 409 E. Junior High Rd., died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Surviving are his parents, Shemeka Ellis and Jerome Lipscomb Jr. of Gaffney; a sister, Jeriah Ellis of the home; a brother, Jermarian Lipscomb of Gaffney; grandparents, Debra Studyvance, Donnie Studyvance, Ronnie Jefferies, Cassie Lipscomb of Gaffney and Jerome Lipscomb Sr. of Salem, N.J.; great-grandparents, Rosa Ellis, Nathaniel Ellis Sr. and Juanita Bonner of Gaffney, John Bonner of New York City, Richard Lipscomb Sr. of Salem, N.J., Rochell Jefferies of Gaffney and Sue Fowler of New York City.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Dr. A.L. Brackett.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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