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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, June 6, 2003

William H. Bell
Graveside services for William Hall Bell of Sour Lake, Texas, will be held Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Blacksburg.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Hall W. and Lois Sanders Bell who resided in Blacksburg. He attended Blacksburg High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the VFW and the Eagles' Club of Gilchrist, Texas.
Surviving are a son, William Joseph Bell of Battleboro, Vermont; two brothers, David W. Bell of Sour Lake and Dale E. Bell of Lynchburg, Va.; a sister, Barbara Clark of Virginia Beach, Va.; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Francis B. Grubb Sr.
Retired U.S. Navy captain
Francis Bunyan Grubb Sr., 86, of Stafford, Va., died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Grubb was a retired U.S. Navy captain, having served during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a member of Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford.
Surviving are his wife, Anne Grubb; two sons, Francis Bunyan Grubb Jr. of Summerville and John Michael Grubb of Stafford; two daughters, Margo Grubb Agee and Diane Grubb Stringer, both of Stafford; a sister, Eugenia Davenport of Ohio; several grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Mr. Grubb was preceded in death by a granddaughter and a sister.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Aubrey D. Whitten Jr. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mount Ararat Baptist Church Building Fund, 65 Toluca Rd., Stafford, Va., 22554.
Arrangements by Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Bobbie S. Brown
Gaffney native
Bobbie Helen Simmons Brown, 76, of 400 Webber Rd., formerly of 4 Buckthorn Rd., Spartanburg, died Wednesday, June 4, 2003.
Mrs. Brown was born March 9, 1927, in Gaffney, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late George Overton Simmons, Sr. and Erlene Martin Simmons. She was the widow of John Ashmore Brown, Sr., who preceded her in death June 27, 1991. Mrs. Brown was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Brown was currently a member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent. She was a former member of Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church, where she attended for more than thirty years. While at Saint Matthew's, she was a member of the Episcopal Church Women, served on The Altar Guild, was a member of The Daughters of the King, and also served as a lay reader. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Brown graduated from Gaffney High School in 1945. She retired from Sellers Seafood after thirty years of employment.
Survivors include three sons, the Rev. John Ashmore Brown, Jr. and wife, Pamela Hammett Brown of Columbia, South Carolina, Charlie George Brown of Acton, California and the Rev. Robert Lee Brown and wife, Sandra McGee Brown of Spartanburg; three grandchildren, Derek Christopher Brown, Zachary Sanders Brown, Rebecca Simmons Brown; and one great-grandson, Payton Ashmore Brown.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Simmons Humphries, Betty Jean Simmons Mabry, Sara Simmons Quinn; and a brother, George Overton Simmons, Jr.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2003 at The Episcopal Church of the Advent.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2003 at the Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Clay H. Turner, the Rev. Marilyn M. Sanders and the Rev. Dr. Donald E. Chapman.
Serving as pallbearers will be David Mabry, Ray Mabry, Harold Wood, Scott Wood, Bill Simmons, Rhett Sanders, Frank O'Kobrick and John Sellers.
Those desiring may make memorials to The Episcopal Church of the Advent, The Cornerstone Campaign, 141 Advent Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302, or to the Wofford College - Terrier Club, 429 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303-3663.
Arrangements by Lanford-Pollard Funeral Home.

Louise P. Jones
1937 graduate of Limestone College
Louise Pettit Jones, 90, who lived at 1643 W. Rutledge Ave. for 61 years, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of L.D. Jones and daughter of the late William Henry Pettit and the late Maggie Whelchel Pettit. She was a homemaker and member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, where she taught children's Sunday School for many years and was an active supporter of the church. She graduated in 1937 from Limestone College and was involved for many years in the Cherokee County Home Demonstration Club.
Surviving are two sisters, Margaret Sparks and Millicent Garvin, both of Gaffney; a brother, Raymond Pettit of Spartanburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by two daughters, Anita Jones Spearman and Nancy Gale Jones; three brothers, James Pettit, Harold Pettit and Jeff Pettit; and a sister, Helen Poole.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends Sunday at the church from 2:30 until the hour of service and at other times they will be at 1710 W. Rutledge Ave.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2223, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ailene P. Ruppe
Retired from Oxford
Ailene Zara Phillips Ruppe, 85, of 1103 Champion Ferry Rd., died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Melroe G. Ruppe and daughter of the late Walter E. Phillips and the late Minnie Withrow Phillips. She was retired from Oxford and was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Brenda Ruppe Jones of Mooresboro, Zara Ruppe Barnhill of Gaffney and Joyce Ruppe Quinn of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Mike Frazier and John Goforth. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Ruppe, Gary Lovelace, Glenn Lovelace, Jerry Martin, Mike Jones and Mark Bolin.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 1103 Champion Ferry Rd.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 502 Buck Shoals Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Ansel E. Cooley Sr.
President, board member of Spartanburg Co. Farm Bureau
CHESNEE – Ansel Edward Cooley Sr., 78, of 8195 Parris Bridge Rd., died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Husband of Betty S. Cooley, he was the son of the late Perry Edmond Cooley and Ruby Nantz Cooley. He was a member of Cooley Springs Baptist Church and served as president and board member of the Spartanburg County Farm Bureau and a district commissioner of the Spartanburg County Soil and Conservation. He was a co-founder of Forest Lawn Mortuary.
Also surviving are a son, Edward Cooley Jr., of Chesnee; a sister, Cathryn C. Pettit of Spartanburg; and a brother, Gene Cooley of Chesnee.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cooley Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Bill Hedgpeth and C. Ray Lewis. Burial will be in Springhill Memorials Gardens.
The family will receive family and friends tonight from 6:30-8:30 at Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.
Memorials may be made to Cooley Springs Baptist Church, c/o 950 Martin Camp Rd., Chesnee, S.C. 29323; or to the charity of one's choice.
The family will be at the residence.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home.

Joseph D. Bailey
Retired from Sanders Bros.
Joseph Dwain Bailey, 66, of 1617 Overbrook Dr., died Thursday, June 5, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Mooresboro, N.C., he was the husband of Ruby Janice Easler Bailey and son of Doris Humphries Bailey of Gaffney and the late Charles Broughton Bailey. He was a retired heavy equipment mechanic at Sanders Brothers and was a member of Midway Baptist Church and the Jim Swofford Sunday School Class. He was a veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Amelia Bailey Davis of Blacksburg; a son, Joseph Dwaine Bailey Jr. of Blacksburg; three brothers, Keith Bailey, Don Bailey and Tom Higgins, all of Gaffney; three sisters, Mary Ann Robinson of Rock Hill, Darlene Timms of Kings Mountain and Alice Higgins of Gaffney; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his father, Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by a brother, Maxwell Bailey.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Danny Emory. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Sanders Brothers and the Jim Swofford Sunday School Class.
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 Gibbs Cancer Center, 101 E. Wood St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303; or to Midway Baptist Church, 153 Midway Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Garland S. Simons Sr.
Former employee of Gaffney Mfg.
Garland Selvester Simons Sr., 50, of 112 Sycamore St., died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 4:20 p.m. at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Albemarle, N.C., he was the son of the late Leroy Parker Simons and the late Francis B. Simons. He was a former employee of Gaffney Manufacturing Company.
Surviving are his wife, Carleen Wilkins Simons of the home; two sons, Garland Simons Jr. and John Cunningham of Gaffney; two stepsons, Jackie Jefferies and Curtis Wilkins of Gaffney; four step daughters, Merchell Harris, Geneva Wilkins, Teresa Wilkins and Melissa Wilkins of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Melba S. Adams
Ordained minister
Melba Smith Adams, 92, of 2370 Martin Rd., Hickory Grove, widow of Green Adams, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 8:45 a.m. at White Oak Manor, York.
Daughter of the late Riley Smith and the late Sarah Smith, she was a native of York County and served as custodian at Broad River Baptist Church in Smyrna for over 30 years. She was a member of Jones Chapel Fire Baptize Holiness Church in Hickory Grove and was a former member of Smith Chapel Fire Baptize Holiness Church. She was an ordained minister of the gospel.
Surviving are a foster son she reared, Samuel Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Tryphena S. Jefferson of Blacksburg; six nieces and nephews she reared as her own – Winifred Gaffney, Timouthy Jefferson, both of Baltimore, Md., Marlene Rochelle Smith of Blacksburg, Robert Covington of Charlotte, Janice Boswell of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Brenda Johnson of Largo, Md.
The family is at the home, 2370 Martin Rd., Hickory Grove.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Christine Walker
Retired from Gardner-Webb
Christine Walker, 78, of 2202 Bailey Rd., Mooresboro, N.c., widow of Chris Amos Walker, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Daughter of the late Silas Crate and the late Janie Surratt, she was a native of Cherokee County and a former member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was retired from Gardner-Webb College.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Walker; five sons, Charles Walker, Gene Walker, Chris Walker, Thomas Lewis Walker and Silas Walker; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

M.B. Wood
Services for M.B. Wood, 80, of 109 Allenwood Rd., Pacolet, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Gowdeysville Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Duane Cooper, Jerry Manning and Jennifer Hemphill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Alice B. Lane
Services for Alice Faye Blanton Lane, 60, of 210 Camellia Circle, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Roger Mason. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Bob T. Mosley
Gaffney native
GREENVILLE – Bob Tillman Mosley, 49, died May 31, 2003, at St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus, N.C.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late Blakley and Helen Coyle Mosley and was retired from the State Highway Department. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his wife, Lynn Tremblay Mosley; maternal aunt, Colleen King of Charlotte; and paternal aunt, Gracie Jolly of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary School Computer Lab Fund, 2 James Dr., Greenville, S.C. 29605.
Arrangements by Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel.

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