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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Ethel G. Allen
Spartanburg native
Ethel Gossett Allen, 99, formerly of Fairfield Apartments, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at White Oak Estates, Spartanburg.
Born in Spartanburg, she was the widow of Robert Rhyon Allen and daughter of the late Clarence Gossett and the late Emma Lanham Gossett. She was a housewife and member of Temple Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Allen Parris of Gaffney and Mary Allen Sentell of Norfolk, Va.; a son, Clarence L. Allen of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Lamar Sentell.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Building Fund, 1508 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Harold D. Hambright
Cherokee Falls native
BLACKSBURG – Harold Dean Hambright, 66, of 223 Bearcreek Rd., died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Cherokee Falls, he was the son of the late Aurthur Paul Hambright and the late Goldie Mae Patterson. He was retired from textiles and was a security guard.
Surviving are five daughters, Lisa Harry of Blacksburg, Rita Shipton of Shelby, Noonie Ferguson of Buford, Rita Turner of Virginia and Rhonda Stroupe; three sons, Walter Hambright of Blacksburg, Tony Martin of Shelby and Charlie Martin of Hickory Grove; two brothers, J.T. Hambright of Gaffney and Zora Paul Hambright of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Gloria Jean Hambright Karsmizki of Blacksburg; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hambright was preceded in death by a son, Arthur Anthony Francis Hambright.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, conducted by the Rev. Willie Lanier. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Tony Martin, Charlie Martin, Brad Ramsey, Louis Peterson, Brian Tucker and Preston Hampton.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Lisa Harry, 209 Roberts Rd., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

John R. Rawlison
Cherokee County native
John R. Rawlison, 61, of 111 Belgrave Rd., Newport News, Va., died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Patricia Smith Rawlison and son of the late Watson Rawlison Sr. and the late Olee Jefferies Rawlison. He graduated in 1960 from Granard High School and was a former member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Gaffney. He attended Holy Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Newport News and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served for 12-1/2 years.
Also surviving are two daughters, Stacy Pritchett of Newport News and Suzette Rawlison of the home; three sons, John F. Rawlison of Gaffney, Keith M. Rawlison of Newport News and Mark Rawlison of the home; a sister, Mary Webster of Gaffney; three brothers, Bobby Rawlison Sr. of Blacksburg, James Rawlison of York, Pa., and Watson Rawlison Jr. of Savannah, Ga.; and six grandchildren.
Services with military rites will be held Friday at noon at Fort Eustis Regionental Chapel, Newport News.
Flowers and cards may be sent to Nickholson Cummings Funeral Home, 4304 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, Va. 23669. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Angela M. Wright
Gaffney native
UNION - Angela Marie Wright, 33, of Clinton, died Sunday, May 25, 2003 at 2:40 p.m. at Whitten Center in Clinton.
Miss Wright was born in Gaffney on Oct. 5, 1969, a daughter of Benny Wright and Wilma Haney Wright of Gaffney. She was a member of the True Gospel Life Church.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Rhonda W. Reynolds of Gaffney and a brother, Jeffrey Wright, of Gaffney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at True Gospel Life Church, conducted by the Rev. Charles Summer. Burial will be in Sardis United Methodist Church Cemetery in Gaffney. Body will be placed in church at 1 p.m.
The family is at the home of her sister, Rhonda Reynolds, 233 Darby Rd., Gaffney.
Arrangements by the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Derrick G. Dawkins
Services for Derrick Gerrod Dawkins, 28, of 203 Clover St., Galax, Va., will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Indian Hill Baptist Church in Gaffney, conducted by the Revs. Mary D. Jefferies, James Ponder, Roger Masons, James Brown and Dr. Bobby Houze. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family will be at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Dawkins Sr., 203 Serene Dr., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Bonnie S. Jones
Retired nurses’ aid
Bonnie Shell Jones, 84, of Magnolia’s of Gaffney died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Newport, Tenn., she was the widow of Harold Oscar Jones and daughter of the late Robert Lee Shell and the late Belle Humphries Shell. She retired as a nurses’ aid after 30 years of service at the Cherokee County Hospital and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Shirley J. Addis of Gaffney and Faye J. Porter of Charlotte; three sons, Shell Jones, Steve Jones, both of Gaffney, and Richard Jones of Columbia; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by a daughter, Mur Mur Potts.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Rich Lancaster, the Rev. John Goforth and Kim Addis Lytle. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service.
The family is at the home of Shirley Addis, 919 8th St.
Memorials may be made to Kirby Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Chandler Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lucille M. Earls
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Lucille Bolin Martin Earls, 83, of 200 Fridy St., died Monday, May 26, 2003, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Stacy Thomas Bolin and Lula Elizabeth Lanier Bolin. She attended Tabernacle of Love Church in Blacksburg.
Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Newton, Shirley Whitaker and Betty Lakey, all of Gaffney; two sisters, Eva J. Bullocks and Eula Mae Gibson, both of Blacksburg; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her children, she is survived by her first husband, Barney Martin.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Earls was preceded in death by her second husband, Eugene “Pud” Earls; a sister, Viola Patterson; three brothers, Junius Bolin, Lake Bolin and David Bolin; and a granddaughter, Monica Martin.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at White Columns-Blacksburg, conducted by the Rev. Dean Painter. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Steve Hughey, Kenneth Jay Whitaker, Johnny Bullocks, Bobby Bullocks, Josh Foster, Johnny Martin, Thomas Kurka, Joseph Keenan and Tim Hill.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7 at the funeral home and at other times they will be at the residence.

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