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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, June 9, 2003

Zillie P. Blackwell
Homemaker
PACOLET – Zillie Parker Blackwell, 87, of 1825 Asbury Rd., died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Lloyd Blackwell and daughter of the late Joe Parker and the late Lillie Messer Parker. She was a homemaker and member of Goucher Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruby Westmoreland and Margie Arrowood, both of Gaffney; a son, Joe Blackwell of Jonesville; two sisters, Dorothy Pettit of Cowpens and Mittie Yonn of Spartanburg; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Blackwell was preceded in death by three brothers, Rhett Parker, Albert Parker and Berry Parker; three sisters, Odessa Hollifeld, Martha Jane Parker and Etta Mae Davis; and a grandson, Terry Arrowood.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Virginia T. Chambers
Retired maid
Virginia Thompson Chambers, 73, formerly of 483 Lockhart Lane, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
Born in Long Beach, Calif., she was the widow of Redrick Chambers and daughter of the late Howard Thompson and the late Cora Bucanan Thompson. She was a retired maid and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan McAbee of Gaffney; a son, James Sutton of Texas; a brother, Raymond Thompson of Nebraska; and six grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by Bishop Dennis DeVaney. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Gracie B. Blackwell
Homemaker
Gracie B. Blackwell, 85, of 308 N. Green River Rd., died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Jonah Blackwell and daughter of the late Oscar and Hester Bright Blackwell. She was a homemaker and member of Crestview Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Grady Blackwell of Gaffney; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Blackwell was preceded in death by a son, Eugene Blackwell, and a daughter, Frances Blackwell.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Crestview Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Fae Walker and Rick Taylor and Dr. Edward McAbee. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Blackwell, Terry Blackwell, Dustin Shore, Cody Shore, Todd Hines, Roger Blackwell and Jamie Peterson.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Denorris Dye
BLACKSBURG – Denorris Dye, 72, of 31 Bolin Rd., Lot 37-A, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare Center in Gaffney.
Arrangements will be announced by Wright Funeral Home, York.

Howard J. Scruggs Sr.
Retired from Powell Mill
MAYO – Howard Junior Scruggs Sr., 70, of 134 Main St., died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Judy Parris Scruggs and son of Edna Gallman Scruggs and the late Paul Scruggs. He was a retired employee of Powell Mill and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, Sunday School superintendent and Sunday School teacher.
Also surviving are a daughter, Linda Ann Scruggs of Mayo; two sons, Kenneth W. Scruggs of Chesnee and Howard J. Scruggs Jr. of the home; a sister, Jeanette Hudson of Mayo; two brothers, Samuel P. Scruggs of Mayo and Larry Scruggs of Chesnee; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Allen Dean Blanton and Kenneth W. Scruggs. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 10794, Greenville, S.C. 29603; American Lung Association, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, S.C. 29201; or the American Heart Association, 310-B Bennet Center Dr., Greer, S.C. 29650.
The family is at the home.

Forest G. Allison
Retired from Y.C. Ballenger
Forest Gene "Polebender" Allison, 66, of 123 Tracy Dr., died Thursday, June 5, 20023, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was the husband of Nancy Ann Ivey Allison and son of the late Dexter Allison and the late Evie Potter Allison. He was a retired lineman for Y.C. Ballenger and also worked at LeMaster Livestock. Mr. Allison attended Camps Creek Baptist Church and was a member of the National Barrel Horse Association N.C. 03.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Jody and Michelle Allison of Mooresboro, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Shane Jennings of Gaffney; three brothers, Horace Dean Allison, Dewey Allison, both of Mooresboro, and Maynard Allison of Gaffney; four sisters, Madge Randolph, Lillie Mae Jackson, both of Mooresboro, Hellen Littlejohn and Virginia Huskey, both of Gaffney; and eight grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Allison was preceded in death by a sister, Yvonne Ivey.
Services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Camps Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Forrest Scoggins. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were David LeMaster, Doug Bailey, Bobby Bailey, Forest Jackson, Nathan Huskey and Billy Miller.
The family is at the home..
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

John H. Blalock
Retired from textiles
John Henry "Papa John" Blalock, 72, of 1315 Ford Rd., died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was husband of Nettie Messer Blalock and son of Manning E. Blalock and the late Minnie Scruggs Blalock. He was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church. He first wife was the late Frances Davis Blalock.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter and son-in-law, Dolores B. and Billy Pennington of Gaffney; two stepdaughters, Paula Douglass of Live Oaks, Fla., and Shirley Allen of Greenville; two stepsons, Albert Rankin of Spartanburg and Dan Rankin of Pompano Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Eddie Blalock, Charlie Blalock, both of Gaffney, and Randolph Blalock of Union.
In addition to his first wife and parents, Mr. Blalock was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Blalock, and a sister, Josephine Blalock Phillips.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Billy Jones. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Bennie Blalock, Billy Pennington Jr., Brad Pennington, Ricky Darwin, Kenneth Wise, Roger Pennington and Lewis Byars.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of his daughter, Dolores Pennington, 232 Stroupe Estate Rd., Gaffney.

Ada R. Kee
Virginia native
Ada Ruth Kee, 78, of 510 Thompson St., formerly of Pleasant School Road, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at 10:54 a.m. at Brookview HealthCare Center after an extended illness.
Born in Pennington Gap, Va., on Dec. 1, 1924, she was the widow of James Littlejohn Kee and daughter of the late Everett Raymond and Alice Collier Terry. She was a homemaker and was first married to J.D. Turner of St. Charles, Va. She was a member of Clearview Baptist Church in Inman.
Surviving are two daughters, Rebecca Ann Lyerly of Chesnee and Jeannie Greathouse of Marion, Ohio; a brother, Hayes Terry of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Horace Scruggs.
The family is at the home of Franklin and Connie Parsons, 1274 Dickson Rd., Campobello.
Arrangements by Seawright Funeral Home, Inman.

Becky M. Campbell
Employed by Ingles
Becky Patricia Manning Campbell, 44, of 675 Draytonville Rd., died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Steve Roland Campbell and daughter of Nancy Blanton Manning of Gaffney and the late George A. Manning. She worked in the bakery at Ingles and was of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are two sons, Mark Campbell and Robert Campbell, both of Gaffney; a brother, George Earl Manning of Gaffney; and a sister, Carol Ann Mullinax of Gaffney.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Emma E. Foster
Retired from Stouffer's
PACOLET – Emma Jean Evans Foster, 72, formerly of 580 Asbury Rd., died Friday, June 6, 2003, at Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.
A native of Haywood County, N.C., she was the widow of Leonard Horace Foster and daughter of the late Grady S. Evans and the late Sarah Early Evans. She was retired from Stouffer's and was member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Leonard D. Foster of Gaffney and James A. Foster of Blacksburg; two daughters, Alice E. Best and Teddi E. West, both of Gaffney; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Henry R. Evans of Jonesville; and a sister, Maxine E. Waddle of Jonesville.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by four brothers, David, Hubert, William and Lindon Evans; and three sisters, Coleen E. Bradley, Mattie E. Taylor and Georgia E. Aycock.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. James Garner.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service and at other times will be at 1205 Leadmine Rd.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Garland S. Simons Sr.
Garland Selvester Simons Sr., 50, of 112 Sycamore St., died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 4:25 p.m. at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Son of the late Leroy Parker Simons and the late Francis B. Simons, he was born on Dec. 23, 1951, in Albermarle, N.C. He attended school in Stanley County, N.C.
Surviving are a brother, Leroy P. Simons Jr.; two sisters, Nancy Simons of Linden, N.J., and Laura A. Simons of Elizabeth, N.J.; common-law wife, Carleen Wilkins of Gaffney; step-children, Jackie Jefferies, Curtis Wilkins, Merchell Harris, Geneva Wilkins, Teresa Wilkins and Melissa Wilkins; and 13 grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Simons was preceded in death by a son, Garland Simons Jr., and two sisters, Mary Vaughan and Daisy Ruth Badger.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Pittman Harris and Roger Mason and Minister Harold Dawkins. Burial will be in Albermarle, N.C.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Christine Walker
Retired from Gardner-Webb
Christine Tate 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 Sarratt, she was a native of Cherokee County and a former member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was retired from Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Walker of Mooresboro; six sons, Charles Walker of Mooresboro, eugene Walker of Huntington, N.Y., M.C. Walker of Chesnee, Chris Walker of Forest City, Lewis Walker of Cliffside and Silas Walker of Mooresboro; and 12 grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by Dr. Eula Miller Jr. and Rev. Davidson. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Melba S. Adams
HICKORY GROVE – Services for Melba Smith Adams, 92, of 2370 Martin Rd., will be held today at 2 p.m. at John Chapel Fire Baptize Holiness Church, conducted by the Revs. E.D. Lawson, Lucille Smith, W. McClain, Ida Tate McCaw, P. Starr and Elder H.R. Coleough. Burial will be in Old Smith Chapel Fire Baptize Holiness Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be her nephews and nieces.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Walter Posey
Employed by Cash Farms
COWPENS – Walter Posey, 59, of 414 Cash Peach Rd., husband of Bessie Jolly Posey, died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at 9:40 a.m. at his residence.
Son of Annie Mae Posey of Gaffney and the late Darnell Brackett, he was a native of Cowpens and a member of Island Creek Baptist Church. He was employed by Cash Farms Inc.
Also surviving are a daughter, Marsha P. Morrison of Cowpens; two sons, David Posey and Darrell Posey of Cowpens; eight sisters, Ethelene Wray, Coletta Byers, Sharon Pearson, all of Gaffney, Sunnie Battle of Columbia, Cleo Posey of Spartanburg, Cathy Dover of Cheyenne, Wyo., Gloria Brackett of Atlanta and Cora Culbreth of Cowpens; four brothers, Freddie Posey, Clarence Brackett, both of Cowpens, Leo Posey of Gaffney and Earle Posey of Spartanburg; stepmother, Corrie Brackett of Cowpens; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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