common / 04-23-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Francisco Banda
Kindergarten student at Luther Vaughan School
Francisco Banda, 5, of 105 El Paso Dr., died Monday, April 21, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Francisco was the son of Raul Damian Banda and Claudia Cardoza Banda, both of the home. He was a kindergarten student at Luther Vaughan Elementary School and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Diana Banda and Daniela Banda, both of the home; maternal grandparents are Manuel Cardoza and Francisca Martinez Perez, both of Mexico; and paternal grandmother, Francisca Villapanda of Mexico.
Services will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, conducted by Father Ray Carlo. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Filimon Banda, Apolinar Banda, Edwardo Zavala and Leonardo Banda.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, 211 E. Frederick St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340, to help defray funeral expenses.

Bobby Joe Clary
Cherokee County native
CHARLOTTE – Bobby Joe Clary, 69, of 1720 Clearwood Lane, died Monday, April 21, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was born on March 19, 1934, and was the son of the late Claude Lee and Louise Clary.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Summey Clary of the home; three sons, Bobby Gene Clary, Aaron Lynn Clary and Joe Lynn Clary, all of Charlotte; a brother, Eddie Gene Clary; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church on Sam Wilson Road. The family will receive friends at the home tonight from 6-8.
Arrangements by Greene Funeral Service-West Chapel, Gastonia.

Arvie Bell Blanton
Homemaker
SHELBY – Arvie Bell Blanton, 88, of 1918 Burke Rd., died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the widow of Sherman T. Blanton and daughter of the late Lucion Victor Blanton and the late Sallie Ella Scruggs Blanton. She was a homemaker and member of Flint Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons, Eugene Blanton of Rutherfordton, Jerry Wayne Blanton and Larry E. Blanton, both of Shelby; two daughters, Marjorie White of Shelby and Rebecca McCorkle of Lincolnton; two brothers, Quinton Blanton and Ralph Blanton, both of Shelby; five sisters, Estelle Pruette, Geneva Ledbetter, Ethel Ledbetter, all of Shelby, Virginia Holland of Forest city and Grace Francis of Earl; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Flint Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Keith dixon and Ed Sessom. Burial was in Boiling Springs Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Flint Hill Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby.

Mary Sue Farish
Services for Mary Sue Farish, 89, formerly of 513 S. Johnson St., will be held today at 4 p.m. at Buford Street United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Scott Wachter. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be O.C. Farish, William W. Posey Jr., Timothy Posey, W.H. McCraw Jr., John W. Posey, O'Neil Farish and Steve Farish.
The family will receive friends today from 3-4 p.m. at the church and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Hospice, P.O. Box 1353, Greer, S.C. 29652; or to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

William R. Poole Jr.
Former owner of Poole Chevrolet
LAKE LURE, N.C. – William Russell Poole Jr., 76, of 103 Hilton Edge Lane, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.
A native of Union, he was the widower of Anne Hodges Poole and son of the late William Russell Poole Sr. and the late Gladys Flack Poole. He was a retired Realtor and former owner and operator of Poole Chevrolet in Gaffney.
Mr. Poole was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II at the age of 17. He was recipient of the American Area Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal. A former Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, he attended Clemson University and graduated from Wofford College. He was a former member of Buford Street United Methodist Church and was a member of Chimney Rock Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, treasurer, choir member and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of IPTAY for 46 years.
Surviving are a son, William Russell “Rusty” Poole III of Gaffney; three daughters, Ann Poole Mullins, Lea Poole Batchler and Cindy Poole McCluney, all of Gaffney; seven grandchildren, Russell Poole, Charlie Mullins, Kelly Mullins, Lea Anne Batchler, Keith Batchler, Ashley McCluney and Whitney Poole.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Poole was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Whitman Poole.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Buford Street United Methodist Church in Gaffney, conducted by Rusty Poole and the Revs. Scott Wachter and Larry Sanders. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Cindy McCluney, 140 Green Park Dr.
Memorials may be made to Chimney Rock Baptist Church, P.O. Box 157, Lake Lure, N.C. 29746; or to Buford Street United Methodist Church, 120 E. Buford St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Ruby P. Baldwin
Retired from Beumont Mills
SPARTANBURG – Ruby Peeler Baldwin, 80, formerly of 2292 Withers Court, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Skylyn Place.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Earl Baldwin of the home and daughter of the late George Peeler and the late Cora Earls Peeler. She was retired from Beumont Mills and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are son, Albert Baldwin of Spartanburg; three sisters, Belle Fisher of Titusville, Fla., Annie Mae Owens and Ione Peeler, both of Gaffney; a brother, Haskell Peeler of Jonesville; and one grandson, Carter Baldwin of Charleston.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg, conducted by the Rev. Bill Vines.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Gene Owens, Douglas Owens, Jimmy Peeler, Joe Peeler, Terry Peeler and Ed Fisher.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home of her son, Albert Baldwin, 150 Bennett Circle, Spartanburg.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 555 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306.

Carrie H. Brown
Services for Carrie H. Brown, 82, of 100 White Oak Dr., Apt. 4, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roger Mason, James Ponder, Freddie Davidson, Kervin Wray and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Thomas C. Davis Jr., Lathier Graham, Sam Smith, Tom Montgomery, James Reid and Corey O. Haney.
Flower bearers will be Wilma Camp, Ann Holoman, Maxine Reid, Susan Hemphill, Marie Cunningham and Lillie Jones.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Venus Oglesby, 617 Kelly St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Marala B. Lindsay
Cherokee County native
Marala B. Lindsay, 92, of The Brian Center, Atlanta, Ga., formerly of 335 Providence Rd., Gaffney, died Monday, April 21, 2003, at Brian Center.
Widow of Levi Lindsey, she was a native of Cherokee County and daughter of the late John Bonner and the late Hattie Morris Bonner. She was a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church.
Surviving are a host of nieces and nephews, one of them, Barbara Coleman of Atlanta, she reared as a daughter.
The family is at the home of her niece, Winnie Kirby, 613 Gardner St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Charles C. Jones
Services for Charles Cecil “Mighty Fine” Jones, 55, of 1002 S. Johnson St., will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Revs. Dennis Funderburk and Thomas Jones. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Billy R. McHam
Self-employed mechanic
Billy Ray McHam, 45, of 121-B McHam Rd., Spartanburg, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at his home.
A native of Pacolet, he was the son of the Rev. Mills McHam and Ruby Brown McHam and husband of Sandra McHam. He was a member of Green Bethel Baptist Church and a 1976 graduate of Gaffney High School. He was a self-employed mechanic.
Also surviving are three daughters, Tamecha Dawkins, Tina Dawkins and Crystal Dawkins of Spartanburg; a son, Timmy Dawkins of Pacolet; a sister, Pearline Sims of Pacolet; and a brother, Phillip McHam of Baltimore, Md.
Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Green Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Mills McHam. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Marvin Collins, Dennis Graham, Joe Foster, Roosevelt Tracy, Jeff Gilliam, Ivan Bailey and Gearld Webster.
Flower bearers will be Jacquelyn Collins, Tangye Middleton, Benita Middleton, Chrissie Middleton, Tonyetta Middleton, Tensslie Davis, Jacklyn Foster and Rose Murphy.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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