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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, March 28, 2003

Carrie F. Bost
Retired school teacher
CHARLOTTE – Carrie Funderburk Bost, 84, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, after five years of declining health.
Born April 21, 1918, in Rowan County, N.C., the fourth of 11 children of Raymond R. and Daisy Troutman Funderburk, she retired from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System in 1984 and had been an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 43 years. During her life, Mrs. Bost loved to sew and she tailored clothes for many people. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, wonderful grandmother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Bost and her husband, C. Ray Bost, were married on May 9, 1942. Mr. Bost retired from The Charlotte Observer in 1986.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Rachel Pafford of the home; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene Funderburk of Kannapolis, N.C., Bill Funderburk of Surfside Beach, S.C.; two sisters, Sadie Wagoner of Kannapolis and Ruby Fox of Faith, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bost was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Johnna Rebecca Pafford; three brothers, Carl, Colen and Junior Funderburk; and three sisters, Ruth Sifford, Irene Lyerly and Bernice Williams.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. John Johnson. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Carolina Memorial Park in Concord, N.C.
Pallbearers will be Bob Bridges, Earl Turbyfield, Waco Digh, A.Z. High, Henry McCannon and Ralph Mingus. Larry Pace will serve as alternate.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Hospice of Rowan County, 825-A W. Henderson St., Salisbury, N.C. 28144-2725.
Arrangements by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Charlotte Chapel.

Hugh Q. Howington
Decorated WWII veteran
SHELBY – Hugh Q. Howington, 83, of 2352 Rehobeth Church Rd., died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Crawley Memorial Hospital.
Born in Winder, Ga., Mr. Howington was the son of the late Zed Wilson and Jessie Patrick Howington. He was retired from the maintenance department of Dover Mill and was a member of Sandy Plains Baptist Church, where he was always painting or otherwise doing maintenance work. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in the European-Mediterranean Theatre and was recipient of an EAMET Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars and also received two Purple Hearts.
Mr. Howington was much loved and was frequently seen on his tractor.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Mary Grayson Howington; two brothers, Herman Howington and Zed Wilson Howington Jr.; and two sisters, Eriedell H. Worley and Una H. Morgan.
Surviving are two sons, Mike Howington and Mitchell Howington, both of Shelby; a daughter, Vicki Brack of Shelby; seven brothers, Dr. Nolan Howington of Nashville, Tenn., Hal Howington of Blacksburg, Horace Howington of Plymouth, S.C., William Howington and Robert Howington of Boiling Springs, Hoyt Howington of Charlotte and Dwight Howington of Stone Mountain, Ga.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Revs. David Webb and Jack Buchanan. Burial was in Sandy Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of Jack and Vicki Brack, 2348 Rehobeth Church Rd., Shelby.
Memorials may be made to Sandy Plains Baptist Church Building Fund, 2112 New House Rd., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, Shelby. (Courtesy of Gordon Mortuary.)

Rev. Early H. Wood
Former pastor of Concord Baptist Church
The Rev. Early H. Wood of Shelby died Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Widower of Carrie Davis Wood, he was born in Rutherford County, N.C., a son of the late Early and Ida Wood. Rev. Wood was a former pastor of Moore's Grove Baptist Church, Golden Ridge Baptist Church and Mountain View Baptist Church in Shelby; Landrum Springs Baptist Church in Landrum; Union Grove Baptist Church and Wheat's Creek Baptist Church in Polk County, N.C.; St. Peter Baptist Church in Grover, N.C.; and Concord Baptist Church in Gaffney.
Rev. Wood was a member of New Zion Baptist Church in Spindale, N.C.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Phillips of Gaffney; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Donald Brown. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Ms. Thomas Bryant Phillips, 827 Concord Rd., and will receive friends today from 6-7 p.m. at The Gilmore Mortuary.

Leonia L. Graham
Spartanburg County native
PACOLET – Leonia Littlejohn Graham, 94, of 108 Graham Dr., died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, after a brief illness.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Horace Graham and daughter of the late Henrietta Dawkins Littlejohn and Henry Littlejohn. Mrs. Graham was a member of New Salem Zion Baptist Church of Pacolet, where she was Mother of the Church, a member of the Missionary Society and a former Sunday School teacher.
Surviving are a daughter, Nannie Mae Shands of Pacolet; a step-daughter, Eloise Whitworth of High Point, N.C.; two sons, Ernest Graham and John W. Graham, both of Pacolet; 15 grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Shads, 143 Ingles Dr., Pacolet.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Salem Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Marquis Townes. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The J.W. Woodward Funeral Home.

Sam E. Ragland Jr.
Flight attendant for USAirways
Sam Edward Ragland Jr., 44, of 104 Camelot Dr., died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at his home.
Born in Birmingham, Ala., he was the son of the late Sam Edward Ragland Sr. and the late Annette Jones Ragland. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed traveling and working with computers. Fluent in Spanish, he studied other languages and was a flight attendant for USAirways. He was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving are two aunts, Dorothy Tucker of Woodruff and Rena Butler of Birmingham, Ala.; an uncle, Earl Jones of California; a special friend, Charles N. Robinson IV of the home; and a number of cousins.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Thurman “Pete” Smith
BLACKSBURG – Thurman D. “Pete” Smith, 76, of 502 Holly Ridge Rd., the Mt. Paran community, died early today, March 28, 2003, at the home of his daughter.
Mr. Smith was the widower of Doris Jean Moss Smith.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge.

Mildred J. Brown
Cherokee County native
Mildred J. Brown, 67, of 2253 3rd Ave., Apt. 2102, New York City, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at North General Hospital, New York City.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Brown and the late Lillie Mae Brown. She was a member of Greater Refuge Temple in New York City.
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Brown of New York City; three sons, Terry Brown, Calvin Brown and Alphonso Brown, all of New York City; four sisters, Freda Brown, Minnie Brown, Lucille Brown and Betty Brown, all of Gaffney; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Heyward Boyd Sr. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be her nephews and nieces.
The family is at the home of Fredia Brown, 406 Hetty Hill St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Wylie Roddey
Active in Rock Hill District 3 athletics
ROCK HILL – Wylie Roddey of 861 Mallory Dr., died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.
Mr. Roddey was the son of the late Eliza Russell Willis Roddey and the late John T. Roddey Sr. He was born on March 2, 1917.
Mr. Roddey, president of Roddey Estates Inc., was a real estate developer and salesman and fuel and motor oil distributor and salesman. He was the widower of Jean Phillips Roddey.
Mr. Roddey was a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church and had been attending Lutheran Church of the Redeemer with his daughter’s family in Charleston.
One of Rock Hill’s most civic and athletic-minded citizens, he was a veteran of World War II and past president of the Rock Hill Lion’s Club, the Rock Hill Traveler’s Protective Association, the York County Gamecock Club and the Bearcats Booster Club. He was named Optimist of the Year in the late 1950s.
Mr. Roddey was active with the local YMCA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Rock Hill School District 3 athletics. He started a tennis program at Rock Hill High School in 1959 on a volunteer basis. The Bearcats named him their “Number 1 Fan” in 1996. He coached local youths in tennis, baseball and basketball for over 50 years.
Mr. Roddey and his brother, John T., were active in bringing professional baseball to their city in the 1950’s with the Chiefs and in the 1960’s with the Spinners and Rock Hill Cardinals.
Surviving are his daughter, Elizabeth Roddey Nicholas of Charleston; a sister, Mary Willis Roddey Post of Annapolis, Md.; a granddaughter, Kristen Nicole Nicholas of Michigan State Law School; and his son-in-law, Keith Lewis Nichols of Charleston.
Mr. Roddey was the brother of the late Marshall Lyle Roddey and the late John T. Roddey Jr.
Graveside services will be Saturday at 11 .m. at Laurelwood Cemetery in Rock Hill, followed by a memorial service at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m.
The family has established the Roddey Scholarship Fund for Rock Hill School District 3 in honor of both Mr. and Mrs. Roddey’s service to the youths of this area and to assist a young person in a college career. This fund has been maturing since the death of Mrs. Roddey in 2000, and will be awarded beginning June 2003, to a student graduating from Northwestern, where Mrs. Roddey was a teacher an chairman of the history department, or Northwestern, where Mr. Roddey was a long-time Bearcat supporter.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roddey Scholarship Fund for Rock Hill School District 3, Bank of America, P.O. Box 358, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29464. Memorials may be made to Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730; or Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 714 Riverdale Dr., Charleston, S.C. 29407.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 tonight at Cauthen Funeral Home.

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