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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

John L. Collins
Retired from Postal Service
GASTONIA – John Lawerence Collins, 81, of 309 Ogden Dr., formerly of Earl, died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late John Henry and Effie Neal Collins. He was retired from the United States Postal Service and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Belmont. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in the 1st Armored Division and received a Purple Heart for injuries received in Africa.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Collins was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Norville.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Doris J. Jones Collins; a daughter, Nancy C. Patterson of Gastonia; a brother, Franklin Collins of Charlotte; a sister, Kathleen Piephoff of Greenville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Earl, conducted by the Revs. Lynwood Lavinder and David Gordon.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Carothers Funeral Home, 405 N. Central Ave., Belmont.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720.

Henry F. Payne
Retired from Eaton Corp.
BLACKSBURG – Henry Forest Payne, 72, of 240 Person St., died Sunday, April 27, 3004, at his residence.
Born in Temple, Ga., he was the husband of Barbara Louise Bozeman Payne and son of the late Raymond Payne and the late Beulah Mae Garner Payne. He was retired from Eaton Corp.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Michael Payne of Maryland, Henry Forest Payne Jr. of Macon, Ga., Andrew Payne of Centerville, Ga., and Donald Payne of California; a daughter, Laura Lea Ellis of Clarksville, Tenn.; a brother, William Payne of Eatonton, Ga.; and several grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Helen H. Cobb
Newton, Ga., native
BLACKSBURG – Helen Hyatt Cobb, 75, of 710 Cherokee St., died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Newton, Ga., she was the wife of Vonnie Benjamin Cobb and daughter of the late Grady Henry Hyatt Sr. and the late Vera Lee Ivey Hyatt. She was a member of Light House Baptist Church and a dietician with Food Service.
Also surviving are two sons, William Ray Covington Jr. and Larry Gene Covington, both of Blacksburg; a granddaughter, Tammy Covington Bright of Gaffney; a great-grandson, Trevor Scott Bright of Gaffney; a brother, Billy Hyatt of Gaffney; and two sisters, Linda Tessner of Blacksburg and Jo Ann Fowler of Gaffney.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Light House Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Grady Gregory. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
The family is at the home of Larry Covington, 753 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Clyde M. Ledford
Retired carpenter
MAYO – Clyde Marshall “Jack” Ledford, 81, formerly of Ben Bonner Rd., died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Mary Sue Cash Ledford and son of the late William Logan and Effie Harris Ledford. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Cherokee Springs Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He was a member of Mayo First Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a son, J. Glenn Ledford of Mayo; three brothers, John Henry Ledford of Aiken, William “Bill” Ledford of Mayo and Paul Ledford of Cooley Springs; three granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee, conducted by the Rev. Ray Caldwell. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:20-2:45 p.m. just prior to the service.
The family is at 205 Ben Bonner Rd.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Jane R. Francis
Lake City native
ATLANTA – Jane Rogers Francis, 79, died Friday, April 25, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.
Mrs. Francis was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Rogers who resided in Lake City, S.C. She attended Lake City High School and the University of South Carolina. In her youth, she was a member of Les Demoiselles in Columbia and was noted for her exceptional charm and humor, her engaging personality and the delight she took in the company of others.
In 1949, she married John Quinn Francis of Blacksburg. Her husband’s position with Southern Bell led them to many cities around the South, as well as New Jersey, before finally settling in Atlanta.
Mrs. Francis was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. An accomplished and enthusiastic bridge player, she had a large circle of lifelong friends whose company she greatly enjoyed, both in Atlanta and South Carolina. She stayed in close touch with her home state and took particular pleasure in summers with family and friends at Pawleys Island. Mrs. Francis was a member of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Francis’ husband’s mother is a resident at Peachtree Nursing Home in Gaffney where she recently celebrated her 99th birthday.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, as well as by her three children, Martha Francs York of Washington, D.C., John Quinn Francis Jr. of Atlanta and Jane Elizabeth MacDougald of Atlanta, as well as by her brother, Robin Rogers of Kingstree, S.C., and four grandchildren.
Services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs. Ga.

Johnny D. Waddell
Employed by Brannon’s Landscaping
COWPENS – Johnny Dean Waddell, 45, of 175 Linda St., died Monday, April 28, 2003, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the son of Peggy Teal Waddell and the late J.C. Waddell. He was employed by Brannon’s Landscaping and was of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are a daughter, Tammy Cagle of Spartanburg; two brothers, Jesse Waddell of Spartanburg and Ronnie “Bo” Waddell of Oklahoma; and two grandchildren.
The family is at the home of his mother at 175 Linda St., Cowpens.
In lieu of flowers, donations to help pay funeral expenses may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Delores M. Reeves
Retired nurse
Delores May “Larsey” Reeves of York, Pa., died unexpectedly on Friday, April 25, 2003, in York.
She was born in York, Pa., a daughter of the late Ivan Thomas Reeves and the late J. Juanita Tipton Reeves. She was a 1947 graduate of William Penn Senior High School and a 1951 graduate of Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, N.C.
After completing nursing training, she worked in Connecticut at Stamford Hospital and in New York at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital. In 1954, she returned to York and worked at Mount Alto Sanitarium and York Hospital for a short period before returning to the New York/New Jersey area. She was employed by the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Newark, N.J., until 1988 when she retired after 26 years of devoted service.
After retirement, she moved to Gaffney where she worked as a nurse for three years at Upstate Carolina Medical Center and became a member of Limestone Presbyterian Church. She recently moved back to York, Pa.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas A. Reeves.
She is survived by a sister, Frances F. Smith of Gaffney; a brother, Ivan A. Reeves of York, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at John Calvin Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Market St., York, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Limestone Presbyterian Church, Gaffney, or the Ivan T. Reeves and Juanita Tipton Reeves Scholarship Fund, Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, N.C. 28261.
The family may be contacted in care of Ivan A. Reeves, 356 S. Pershing Ave., York, Pa. 17403; telephone 717-84309701.
(Courtesy of The Gilmore Mortuary.)

Lucy G. Davis
BLACKSBURG – Services for Lucy G. Davis, 90, of 302 E. Lime St., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, conducted by the Revs. Thelma T. Gordon, Mary Jefferies, Larry J. Brooks, Norris Long and Eric Franks. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Daniel McRae, Bob King, Dennis Corry, Eddie Corry, Victor Black and Deiwell Hames.
Flower bearers will be Rose Deal, Carrie Mae Hames, Catherine Corry, Ophelia Praziel, Vanita Degree and Teressa Jamerson.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Rosa Lee Cory
SPARTANBURG – Services for Rosa Lee Cory, 93, of 3100 Cowpens-Pacolet Rd., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Green Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Mills McHam, Virgil Harris, Larry Allen and Reginald Rodgers. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be David Thomas, Eddie Thomas, Rayfield Hamrick, Lamont Carpenter, Shirocho Machen, Ronnie Foster, Robert Norris, Milton Littlejohn. Honorary pallbearer will be J.T. Allen.
Flower bearers will be Corine Davis, Hazel Allen, Annie Thomas, Dorothy Littlejohn, Lelia Thomas, Regina Hamrick, Rosiland Foster and Fannie Jeter.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Leola B. McCraw
Homemaker
Leola Blackwell McCraw, 94, of Brookview HealthCare Center, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at Brookview.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Robert Eugene McCraw and daughter of the late John L. Blackwell and the late Jesse Strain Blackwell. She was a homemaker and member of Salem Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are three brothers, Francis Blackwell, William C. Blackwell and Carl B. Blackwell, all of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete.
The family is at the home of Francis Blackwell, 392 Park Gate Rd., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Harlan E. Hughey
Carpenter
Harlan Earl Hughey, 77, formerly of 602 Chestnut Ridge Rd., died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Mayo, he was the husband of Doris Jean Lewis Hughey and son of the late Andrew Bonner Hughey and the late Ora Mae Jenkins Hughey. A carpenter, he was in partnership in the contracting business with his brother, Howard, for a number of years. He was a member of Abingdon Creek Baptist Church.
Also surviving are two sons, Steven Earl Hughey and Michael Andrew Hughey, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Janice Jean Hughey and Rebecca Lynette Hughey, both of Gaffney; a brother, Howard “Snook” Hughey of Gaffney; two half-brothers, David Hughey and Jimmy Hughey, both of Gaffney; four half-sisters, Hazel Sellars, Debra Adams, Dana Scruggs, all of Gaffney, and Betty Sue Parris of Chesnee; six grandchildren, Tonya Turner, Travis Hughey, Amanda Hughey, Steven Hughey Jr., Mindy Hughey and Greyson Hughey; a step-granddaughter, Crystal Warren; a step-grandson, Travis Greene; and four great-grandchildren, Brandon Warren, Alexis Warren, Katie Turner and Jacob Ramsey.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Terry Pleasant and Johnny bridges. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Robert Gantenbein, Dole Barker, Max Godfrey, Chuck Largent, Michael Hughey, Howard Hughey and Travis Hughey.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Michael Hughey, 533 Ellis Ferry Rd.

Ruby H. Parris
Retired cafeteria worker at Gaffney High School
Ruby Hollifield Parris, 87, of 1782 Overbrook Dr., died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Shelby, N.C., she was the widow of Glen Ford Parris and daughter of the late Cordie Lafayette Hollifield and the late Mary Neal Hollifield. She was a retired cafeteria worker at Gaffney High School and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Cooley of Sandy, Utah, Janet Patterson and Diane Cooper, both of Gaffney; two sons, Donald Parris of Gaffney and Alan Parris of Sandy, Utah; a sister, Beatrice Meacham of Shelby; a brother, Kenneth Hollifield of Charlotte; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Due to a wedding Saturday night, the family will receive friends Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
The family is at the residence, 1782 Overbrook Dr.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.

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