common / 04-21-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, April 21, 2003

Carl Ray Mathis
Decorated WWII veteran
Carl Ray Mathis, 83, of 128 Goucher-Green Bethel Rd., died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Ara Cook Mathis to whom he had been married for 61 years. He was the son of the late Roland Mathis and the late Mary Vaughn Mathis and was retired from Pacolet Manufacturing where he worked for 43 years.
Mr. Mathis was a member of Goucher Baptist Church where he was a deacon for 27 years, treasurer for 23 years and a member of the cemetery committee for many years. He made three mission trips to Venezuela.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Mathis received two Purple Hearts for wounds he received in action and also was presented a Silver Star for bravery in breaking up an enemy attack. He was a member of the Cherokee County Hall of Bravery.
Mr. Mathis lived in the Goucher Community all of his life and was a founding member and former vice-president of the Goucher Water Company. He read meters for the company for many years. He also helped organize the Goucher Fire Department and was the department’s treasurer for three years. A longtime Free Mason, he delivered meals for Meals on Wheels for many years.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Carl Wayne Mathis, Winston Cecil Mathis, both of Gaffney, and Gary Roland Mathis of Simpsonville; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Goucher Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. James Brown and the Rev. Roy Mathis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Matt Mathis, Mike Mathis, Marc Mathis, Lucas Mathis, Charles Ray Mathis, Reid Wilkins, Smitty Cook and Stanley Tate.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 128 Goucher-Green Bethel Rd.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Leslie Horn Recreational Area at Goucher Baptist Church, 415 Goucher Creek Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Carrie H. Brown
Cherokee County native
Carrie H. Brown, 82, of 100 White Oak Dr., Apt. 4, widow of Floyd Brown, died today, April 21, 2003, at 3:10 a.m. at her residence.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late President Haney Sr. and the late Venus Fowler Haney. She was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Venus Oglesby of Gaffney and Betty Ross of Camden, N.J.; four sons, Charlie Brown of Camden, N.J., Sammy Brown of Landover, Md., Roy Brown of Greenwood and Joe Louis Brown of Gaffney; two sisters, O’Neil Crosby and Manazerine Foster, both of Gaffney; a brother, Charlie Haney of Bronx, N.Y.; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Venus Oglesby, 617 Kelly St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Charles C. Jones
Charles Cecil “Mighty Fine” Jones, 55, of 1002 S. Johnson St., died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at 1:55 a.m. at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg.
He was the son of the late Elijah Ulysses Jones and the late Gladys Boozer Jones. He attended Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg and was a mechanic.
Surviving are three brothers, Addie Jones of Asheville, N.C., Thomas Jones and Claude Jones of Greenville; three sisters, Gloria Jones of Asheville, Eula Jones and Beverly Jones of Atlanta, Ga.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.
Cole L. Porter Jr.
Cherokee County native
Cole L. Porter Jr., 52, of 420 Colonial Ave., died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Rhonda Earls Porter and son of the late Cole and Sarah Jean Whelchel Porter Sr. He was a member of Cherokee Falls Baptist Church.
Surviving are his daughter, Ruby Jean Dover of Blacksburg; a brother, Wayne Porter of Gaffney; a sister, Mary P. Stockwell of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Porter was preceded in death by a daughter, Polly Elizabeth Porter; and two brothers, Bobo Porter and Lester Porter.
Services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Cherokee Falls Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Tim Knotts. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Ben Cole, Carl Mullinax, David Mullinax, Freddy Byars, Blaine Anderson and Lee Allison.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Falls Baptist Church, 109 School St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702; or to Hospice Care of S.C., 207 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Walter Rawlison
Bible teacher, evangelist
Walter Rawlison, 64, of Town & Country Apartments, No. 215, on Ellis Ferry Road, died at his residence sometime on Wednesday, April 16, 2003.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Walter Rawlison Sr. and the late Olee Jefferies Rawlison. He graduated from Granard High School, Phelps Vocational School in Radio and T.V. repairing, Temple Tech Institute in electronics, Federal City College, University of Washington, D.C., and Solid Rock Bible College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church. For the last 28 years, he has served in tent crusades in Gaffney, Spartanburg and Pacolet. From 1988 to 2003, he served in the outreach ministry in healing, blessing and Bible teaching in the community and many churches in Gaffney, Clover and Shelby.
Surviving are a sister, Mary M. Webster of Gaffney; four brothers, Bobby Rawlison Sr. of Blacksburg, Walter Rawlison Jr. of Savannah, Ga., John Rawlison of Newport News, Va., and James L. Rawlison of York, Pa.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roger Mason, Charles Shippy, Mary D. Jefferies, Albert Richardson, Pastor Patricia Dawkins, Evangelist Judy Dover and Prophetess Michelle Jackson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be his nephews and nieces.
The family is at the home of Frank and Mary M. Webster, 300 Sycamore St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Tammy S. Mathis
Former employee of Hamrick’s
Tammy Lynn Spencer Mathis, 31, of 271 Fortenberry Rd., died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Union, she was the wife of Robert Mathis Jr. and daughter of Elzie L. Spencer and Virginia Hames Owens. She was the stepdaughter of Bobby Owens of Gaffney. A former employee of Hamrick’s Inc., she was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are a son, Daniel Mathis of Gaffney; two sisters, Janice Spencer Greene and Wendy Owens, both of Gaffney; three step-sisters, Shelly LeCroy, Roxanne Harvey and Angela Cole, all of Gaffney; a step-brother, Scottie Owens of Gaffney; maternal grandmother, Ponese Hames of Gaffney; paternal grandmother, Agnes Spencer of Gaffney; maternal step-grandparents, Robert Owens and Annie Mae Owens.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Francis Hames, and paternal grandfather, John Henry Spencer.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Tim Osment and Jack Bratton. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Greene, Jerry Smith, Robbie Hames, Bobby Hames, Vance Chapman, Gerald Hames, Dane Valeka and Justin Valeka.
The family is at the home of Kim and Tony Buice, 1477 Ellis Ferry Rd., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mary Sue Farish
Retired school teacher
Mary Sue Farish, 89, formerly of 513 S. Johnson St., died today, April 21, 2003, at Skyland Place in Spartanburg.
A native of Nesboba County, Miss., she was the daughter of the late Charles Stevens Farish and the late Maggie Adams Farish. She was a retired elementary school teacher and taught school in South Carolina and Mississippi for 38 years. She taught for 30 years at Central School in Gaffney. A graduate of Gaffney High School and 1938 graduate of Limestone College, she was chosen as Cherokee County Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers in 1974-1975.
Miss Farish was awarded a lifetime membership in the S.C. Parent-Teacher Association in 1970 and was initiated into Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International on Jan. 18, 1960. She was a member of the Retired Educators of South Carolina and Cherokee County and had been a member of Buford Street United Methodist Church since 1923.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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