common / 05-02-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, May 2, 2003

John B. Ledford Sr.
Retired from Wendell Fabrics
BLACKSBURG – John Berry Ledford Sr., 83, of 117 Old Shelby St., died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care in Spartanburg.
A native of Pickens County, he was the widower of Mildred Nelms Ledford and son of the late Hardy Calvin and Annie Mae Wright Ledford. He was retired from Wendell Fabrics and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was of the Baptist faith and a former member of Buffalo Lodge No. 202.
Surviving are his son, John B. Ledford Jr. of Troy; two daughters, N. Jeanne Snead and Sylvia A. Phillips, both of Gaffney; three brothers, James Ledford of Alexandria, Va., Calvin Ledford of Spartanburg and Jack Ledford of Gaffney; two sisters, Ila L. Carver of Clermont, Ga., and Patsy L. Crawford of York; two grandchildren, George K. Flores and Melanie F. Cole; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Flores and Nicholas Flores.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Ledford was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Ray Ledford.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. James Garner. The family will receive friends at White Columns-Blacksburg from 2-3 p.m. Saturday and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Pallbearers will be Tony Rogers, Lamar Carver, Timothy Ledford, Bobby Ledford, David Ledford and Mark Griffith.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Harold B. Ridings
25-year employee of Community Cash
CHESNEE – Harold B. Ridings, 52, of 102 S. Georgia Ave., died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the son of Lillieree Ridings Griffin of Chesnee and was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. He was employed by the Community Cash grocery store in Chesnee for 25 years before it closed. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Chesnee.
Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia Ridings of Chesnee; a sister, Sharon Randolph of Chesnee; and a brother, James A Griffin of Chesnee.
Services were held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Gateway to Life Baptist Tabernacle, conducted by the Revs. Fae Walker and Jeff Hames. Burial was in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of his mother, 107 Horseshoe Circle, Chesnee.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home.

M.L. “Gabe” Austell
Blacksburg native; World War II veteran
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – M.L. “Gabe” Austell, 76, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
A native of Blacksburg, S.C., he was born on Feb. 5, 1927, a son of the late James Cline and Ruth Lancaster Austell.
Mr. Austell is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Williams Austell. He was the beloved father of four sons: Larry and wife, Kay, of Kernersville, Steve and wife, Carole, of Germantown, Tenn., David “Len” and wife, Brenda, of Clover, and Michael and wife, Lisa, of Matthews, N.C.; and the proud “Poppa Gabe” and “Papasan” of 10 grandchildren: Ken, Jennifer, Drew, Lane, Clay, Ashley, Bryce, Jacqueline, Crystal and Lex. Two sisters, Mary Frances Smith of Pfafftown, N.C., and Elizabeth Austell of Salisbury, N.C., also survive him.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Austell was preceded in death by two brothers, James Cline Austell and Raymond Morris Austell.
Mr. Austell served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of the Order of Free Masonry for 54 years. An active member of First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, N.C., he served as a deacon and in many other capacities over the years.
Mr. Austell was a graduate and distinguished alumni of Gardner-Webb Junior College and a graduate of Appalachian State University. He was a teacher and football coach at Oxford Masonic Orphanage and later was superintendent there. He also was a district manager with the Ralston-Purina Company and assistant general sales manager with Pilot Freight Carriers.
A beloved father, he will be remembered for his unquenchable enthusiasm, wonderful sense of humor and positive, can-do attitude.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, Fifth and Spruce Street, in Winston-Salem with Dr. David Hughes and the Rev. Bobby Garner officiating. Interment will be in the mausoleum at East Lawn Gardens of Memory, Piney Grove Road, Kernersville.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101.
Arrangements by Vogler and Sons Funeral Home, Winston-Salem.

Charlie Coleman
Retired from Norris Packaging
SHELBY – Charlie Coleman, 91, a resident of Lions Senior Village and after his illness a resident of White Oak Manor, Shelby, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Blair, S.C., Mr. Coleman was the son of the late Amos Coleman and the late Sally Young Coleman. He retired from Norris Packaging Company of Shelby and later became a part-time employee of Jenkins Sausage and Livermush Company. He was a member of Old Hope Station Baptist Church in Blair.
Surviving are his wife, Lillie Crosby Coleman; six daughters, Mary F. Coleman, Sallie C. Gill, Elizabeth Ross, Julie Brooks, all of Shelby, Earlene Lilley of Hobbsville, N.C., and Eva C. Abbott of Amityville, N.Y.; a son, Merchant Seaman Woodrow Coleman of Charleston; a sister, Callie C. Nicholson of Greenwood; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shoal Creek Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Michael A. Isaac. Burial will be in Old Hope Station Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.
Arrangements by Dockery’s Funeral Home. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Clinton J. Mullins
Longtime employee of The Timken Company
Clinton J. Mullins, 60, of 428 Old Metal Rd., died April 6, 2003, at his home following a long illness.
He was a native of Pikeville, Ky., and son of the late Lee Frank and Evelyn Mullins. He was preceded in death by a former wife, Pauline Mullins. He was a longtime employee of The Timken Company and attended Christian Fellowship Church.
Surviving are a son, Allen Mullins of Chesnee; two brothers, Mervin Mullins of Spartanburg and Judd Mullins of Durham, N.C.; five sisters, Barbara Jean Hullett, Bertha Mae Gross, both of Spartanburg, Dora Levester, EmmaLee Gianonne of West Virginia and Geneva Mullins of Cowpens.
A memorial service was held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, conducted by the Rev. Frank Cooper.
Memorials may be made to Christian Fellowship Church, 7050 Parris Bridge Rd., Chesnee.

Marvin E. Love
Decorated World War II vet
BLACKSBURG – Marvin Edgar Love, 86, of 234 Possum Trot Rd., died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Shelby, N.C., Cleveland County, he was the husband of Ella Jay McSwaine Love and son of the late James Roland Love and the late Mary Etta McCarter Love. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and retired from the South Carolina Forestry Service after 25 years of service as a fire towerman.
Mr. Love was a veteran of World War II, serving as a Navy Seaman First Class. He received numerous Naval awards, the American Theatre Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Leroy Love of Olanta, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Teresa Love of Blacksburg (widow of Forest Love); two grandchildren, Daniel Love of Blacksburg and Cristy Ramsey of Shelby; one great-grandchild, Katherine Love of Blacksburg; seven brothers, Erskine, George, Walter, Furman, James, Frank and Vester Love; four sisters, Eunice Norman, Lillie Smith, Myrtle Love and Annie V. Love.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Love was preceded in death by a son, Forest Love.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Craig.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the home.

Leola B. McCraw
Services for Leola Blackwell McCraw, 94, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Charlie Blackwell. Burial will be in State Line Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Henry Blackwell, Bobby Blackwell, Mike Blackwell, Tony Blackwell, Mitch Harris and Joey Price.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; Salem Presbyterian Church, 350 Howell Ferry Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or the charity of one’s choice.
The family is at the home of Francis Blackwell, 392 Park Gate Rd.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Return To Top

Return to top

Special Sections


Who do you support for Cherokee County Sheriff?