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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, April 18, 2003

Ryan Hutchings
Died serving his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom
BOILING SPRINGS – Nolen Ryan Hutchings, 20, of 311 Tartan Court, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at 3:11 p.m. at An Nas-iriyah, Iraq, while serving his country.
Born in Hobbs, N.Mex., on Aug. 2, 1982, he was the son of Larry Dean and Carolyn F. Newman Hutchings of Boiling Springs. He was a member of Northbrook Baptist Church in Boiling Springs and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a private in the United Sates Marines. He was a graduate of Boiling Springs High School.
Also surviving are two sisters, Crystal Dawn Vance of Boiling Springs and Tammy Lynn Sharp of Wewoka, Okla.; two brothers, Terry Dean Hutchings of Gainesville, Fla., and Larry Dean Hutchings Jr. of Whitesboro, Texas; and maternal grandparents, William Standhope and Alta Geneva Langford Newman of Hobbs, N.Mex.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of North Spartanburg, conducted by the Rev. Ralph Brown. Burial will be in Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home and will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8:30 at First Baptist Church of North Spartanburg.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Seawright Funeral Home, Inman..

Justice B. Jackson
Justice Blake Jackson, 4, of 313 Green River Rd., died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the son of Mitchel (Mitch) Wayne Jackson and Christina (Crissy) Guy Jackson, both of the home. He was a member of Restoration Church.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Jerred and Isaac Jackson of the home; paternal grandparents, Mitchel and Gloria Jackson of Gaffney; paternal great-grandmother, Jackie Allison of St. Simon Island, Ga.; paternal great-grandparents, James and Marie Parker of Gaffney; maternal grandfather, Kevin Guy of Shelby; maternal grandmother, Cathy Franklin of Gaffney; maternal step-grandfather, Don Franklin of Gaffney; maternal great-grandmother, Ann Guy of Gaffney; and maternal great-grandparents, Floyd and Lillian Gordon of Gaffney.
Justice was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Ted Guy.
Services will be held Saturday at 12 o’clock noon at Macedonia Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Don Horton, Terry Duvall and Tony Cribb. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Bueau, Bo Guy, Michael Wise and Ernie Owens.
The family will receive friends Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. until the hour of service and at other times they will be at the home of Floyd and Lillian Gordon, 324 Macedonia Rd., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Vera Jean Cook
Homemaker
Vera Jean Cook, 64, of 2815 Old Georgia Hwy., died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Cook was the wife of Carlisle Junior Cook of the home and daughter of the late George Albert and Geneva Blackwell Davis. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are two sons, Clarence J. Cook of Jonesville and Bobby Cook of Gaffney; a daughter, Martha Cook of Rocky Mount, N.C.; a brother, George “Buck” Davis of Gaffney; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Edward Cook.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, conducted by the Revs. Jim Miller and Jack Bratton. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Matt Cook, Bruce Cook, Chris Cook, Kenneth Cook, Marty Henderson, David Henderson, Buddy Pettit and Pete Blackwell.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at White Columns-Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, Piedmont Branch, 301 E. Coffee St., Greenville, S.C. 29601.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Doris A. Stroup
Retired vice president at S.C. National Bank
Doris Allen Stroup, 77, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Magnolia’s of Gaffney.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Jack Elliott Stroup and daughter of the late Willis E. Allen and the late Bessie Henderson Allen. She was a retired vice-president at South Carolina National Bank and was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Martha McCraw and her husband, Alton, and Debbie Phillips and her husband, Dennis, all of Gaffney; two sons, Don Stroup and his wife, Judy, of Charlotte and Ron Stroup and his wife, Kim, of Houston, Texas; a sister, Evelyn Osment of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Stroup was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Stroup.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Todd Braswell and Robert A. Ivey. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Don Stroup, Ron Stroup, Chris McCraw, David Stroup, Daniel Phillips, Thomas Stroup and Dennis Phillips.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Debbie and Dennis Phillips, 1220 Pleasant School Rd.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
The family extends sincere appreciation to the devoted caregivers who so competently cared for their mother. Her every need was attended so willingly and so well. These ladies were our angels: Mrs. Louise Bryant, Mrs. Kay Fuller, Aquilla Littlejohn, Mrs. Doris Logan, Chantale Wilson, Shirley White and the management and staff at Magnolia’s of Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mildred G. Jones
Cherokee County native
Mildred Godfrey Jones, 78, of 111 W. Allen St., died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Lawrence N. Jones and daughter of the late William and Bessie Painter Godfrey. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Larry B. Jones and Richard D. Jones, both of Gaffney; a brother, James Alton Godfrey of Cherryville, N.C.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Johnny Bridges.
The family is at the home of her son at 308 Eighth St.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service-Gaffney.

Malvin D. Spencer
Meals on Wheels volunteer
Malvin Juliette Davis Spencer, 85, formerly of 616 W. Smith St., died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of William Prentice Spencer and daughter of the late C. Gaither and Margaret Martin Davis. She was retired from Cherokee County School Food Service at Blacksburg High School and was a member of West End Baptist Church, the T.E.L. Sunday School Class and the West End Jolly Bunch. She was volunteer for Meals on Wheels after her retirement.
Surviving are two daughters, Bettye Gum of Little River and Patricia Holt Jenkins of Irmo; two grandchildren, Julliette Gum of Fayetteville, N.C., and Debra Cummins of Ormond Beach., Fla.; four great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson; a brother and sister-in-law, G. Bert and Nettie Davis of Gaffney; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and S.L. Fowler of Blacksburg, Blanche and James Kiser of Gaffney and Dorothy and Thomas Cooper of Vincennes, Ind.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Philip Ralph Holt; a brother, Robert Farrell Davis; and a sister, Pauline Davis.
Graveside services will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Gene Daggerhart and Mr. Homer Brown.
Pallbearers will be Joe W. Belcher, Jon Nash, Tim Guyton, Jack Rice, Joey Belcher and Richard Bennett.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 403 W. Montgomery St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney

Cole Porter Jr.
Cole Porter Jr. of 420 Colonial Ave. died today, April 18, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete. White Columns Funeral Service-Gaffney is in charge.

Otha P. Watts
Retired from Milliken
Otha P. Watts, 84, of Union and Woodruff Manor, Woodruff, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at B.J. Workman Hospital.
Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, surrendered to God on April 16, 2003, after a brief illness. His children give him in kindness to the One Universal God of Love and Joy. He waits for us there as we wait also.
Mr. Watts was a member of the McCutchen Memorial Presbyterian Church in Union and the Union Senior Citizens Club. He served in the National Guards - Lockhart Unit for many years. He retired from Milliken and Company, Monarch Plant, and was a textile ball player and a youth coach for many years in Lockhart.
Mr. Watts was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was born in Sevierville, Tenn., a son of the late Soloman Watts and Etta Shephard Watts. He is survived by four daughters, Lynn Wise of Lincolnton, N.C., Brenda Hamrick of Boiling Springs, Joanna Sanders of Conway and Sue Kendrick of Gaffney; three sons, Larry Watts of Charlotte, Stanley Watts of Lincolnton and Cecil Watts of Melbourne, Fla.; and a host of nieces ad nephews.
Mr. watts was first married to Pauline McCracken of Shelby. He joins with his mother and father, sisters and brothers in his journey home, and his little dog Buffy. Forever may he rest in God’s name.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Reuben Wallace. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.
Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as active pallbearers.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Saturday night from 7:00 until 9:00.
The family will be at the respective homes.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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