common / 04-14-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, April 14, 2003

Margaret S. Crawford
Retired from Gaffney Mfg.
Margaret Spencer Crawford, 81, formerly of Lake Lure, N.C., died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at B.J. Workman Memorial Hospital in Woodruff.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Clyde W. Crawford and daughter of the late Robert L. Spencer and the late Sephronia Huskey Spencer. She retired from Gaffney Manufacturing after 33 years of service and graduated from Isothermal College in Spindale, N.C., at the age of 65, receiving her high school diploma.
Mrs. Crawford was a member of Bills Creek Baptist Church in Lake Lure, N.C., and a former member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church in Gaffney.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth E. Crawford of Gaffney and Donnie W. Crawford of Lake Lure, N.C.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Greg McVey.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to the Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 502 Buck Shoals Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
The family is at the home of Kenneth Crawford, 1024 Buck Shoals Rd., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mary Lou Wilkins
New Jersey native
BLACKSBURG – Mary Lou Colby Wilkins, 76, of 409 S. Shelby St., died Friday, April 11, 2003, at home.
A native of New Jersey, she was the widow of T.D. Wilkins Jr. and daughter of the late Paul N. and Jesse Vanhorne Colby Sr. She was first married to the late Roger Sharrett Jr. and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Roger Sharrett III of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Anne Lea of Corpus Christi, Texas; five step-daughters, Beth Shropshire and Susan Wallace, both of Rock Hill, Sissy Brock of Gaffney, Judy Rose of Denver, N.C., and Mary Hardin of York; a stepson, Talmadge Wilkins of Union; a brother, Paul N. Colby Jr. of Bodega Bay, Calif.; two grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Christopher Barrett. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Charlotte, N.C.
Memorials may be made to the A.L.S. Association, the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter, 1425-113 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27610; or to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 105 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Geraldine J. Smith
Employed by Robert Allen Amtex
Geraldine J. Smith, 52, of 507 S. Oliver St., died Friday, April 11, 2003, in the emergency room at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Jenkins and the late Anna Brown Jenkins. She was employed by Robert Allen Amtex in Gaffney and was a member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, where she served as church secretary and deaconess and was a member of the Usher Board and choir.
Surviving are two sons, Russell Smith Sr. and John Marion Smith Jr. of Gaffney; a daughter, Sharon M. Smith of Spartanburg; a stepson, Shelton Knuckles of Spartanburg; two stepdaughters, Marionetta Smith of Rock Hill and Johnetta Knuckles of Douglas, Ga.; two brothers, Sammy Lee Jenkins and John R. Jenkins of Gaffney; a sister, Anna Marie Harris of Gaffney; 10 grandchildren, one of whom, Jamerous Smith, of the home she reared as a son.
Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, conducted by the Rev. Heyward Boyd Sr. and others. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church Friday at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of Russell Smith Sr., 111 Carter Heights Dr., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Laura M. Sarratt
Worked at Wal-Mart for 20 years
Laura Minerva Sarratt, 90, of 653 Ellis Ferry Rd., died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Noble Lucius Sarratt and the late Willie Missouri Jolley Sarratt. She was an employee of Wal-Mart for 20 years, working the last few years as a greeter. She was a member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church.
Surviving are a sister, Maggie R. Sarratt, of the home and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Miss Sarratt was preceded in death by three sisters, Ethel S. Blanton, Jewel S. Sarratt and Minnie Ozelia Sarratt, and two brothers, Hillary Eugene Sarratt and Quenton Sarratt.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Annie H. Elmore
Retired textile employee
Annie Mae Harris Elmore, 95, formerly of 1002 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg, died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
Born in the Cherokee Falls community of Blacksburg, she was the widow of Wade Henry Elmore and daughter of the late W.W. Harris and the late Josie Blanton Harris. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Cherokee Falls baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Dean Broome of Blacksburg; a brother, Horace R. Harris of Gastonia; three grandchildren and spouses, Marilyn and Don Knight, Jeffrey and Angela Broome and Edwin and Leslie Broome; six great-grandchildren, Justin Broome, Molly Knight, Jesse Broome, Jamie Broome, Jared Broome and Susan Stacy.
Cryptside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m.at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Tim Knotts.
Pallbearers will be Jeffery Broome, Edwin Broome, Justin Broome, Jesse Broome, Jared Broome and Donald Knight.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Betty and Dean Broome, 1014 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Falls Baptist Church, 109 School St., Cherokee Falls, S.C. 29701.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Thelma Harris
Homemaker
COWPENS – Thelma Irene Harris, 86, of 289 Corn Mill Rd., died Friday, April 11, 2003.
A native of Spartanburg county, she was the widow of Rush Harris and daughter of the late Henry Cash. She was a homemaker and attended Graham Chapel Wesleyan Church.
Surviving are three sons, Ronnie Lowe of Boiling Springs, Donnie Lowe and Tommy Lowe, both of Cowpens; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Springhill Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Les McKinney.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Orchard Street Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 219, Mayo, S.C. 29368.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home.

Robert F. Gause
Decorated WWII veteran
CHESNEE – Robert Funstan Gause, 82, of 175 Stone Ridge Dr., died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Dorchester, he was the husband of Rachel Burnett Gause and son of the late Jess Gause and Modelle Gause Clark. He was a veteran of the U.S. navy, having served as a Sea Bee in World War II. Recipient of a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he served in seven major engagements in the Pacific.
Mr. Gause was a retired chief electrical officer with Southern Railroad with 48 years of service and was a Shriner and member of the Jamil Temple in Columbia. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Terry Gause Walter of Annandale, Va.; a sister, Sadelle Gause Parker of Marion, N.C.; two brothers, Homer E. Gause of Spartanburg and Marvin H. Gause of Sarasota, Fla.; and one granddaughter.
Mr. Gause was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbur M. “Bill” Harris.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Mike Hensley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Farris Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

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