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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Becky M. Campbell
Services for Becky Patricia Manning Campbell, 44, of 675 Draytonville Rd., will be held today at 11 a.m. at True Gospel Independent Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. William Blanton and Henry Guyton. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Stroupe, Roy Hall, Albert Blackwell, Jay Blanton, Billy McMurray, Alton Scruggs, Pat Britt, Sammy Blanton and Billy Blackwell.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

H. Frank Pritchard
Retired textile employee
Harold Frank Pritchard, 61, of 906 Lyman St., died Monday, June 9, 2003, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late Hasco Pritchard and the late Mae Ruth Reynolds Pritchard. He was retired from the textile industry and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Tracy Willis of Clemson and Amy Loving of Athens, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted the Rev. Kevin Childs. The family will receive friends following the service.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Wilton O. Blackstone
Retired plant supervisor of Vulcan Rock Division
BLACKSBURG – Wilton O’dell Blackstone, 77, of 335 Moss Crossing, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Laurens, he was the widower of Thelma Loree Robertson Blackstone and son of the late Henry Lawrence Blackstone and the late Helen Jewel McAlister Blackstone. He was retired plant supervisor at Vulcan Material Rock Division.
Surviving are a son, Kenneth Blackstone of Blacksburg; three daughters, Carolyn Tessner of Blacksburg, Marlene Jones of Gaffney and Deborah Lynn Blackstone of the home; two brothers, Hoyt L. Blackstone of Gray Court and Joe Pell Blackstone of Pelzer; two sisters, Delena Spivey of Gray Court and Magdalene Nichols of Woodruff; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Blackstone was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Blackstone; two daughters, Brenda Blackstone and Sherlyn B. Harvey; three brothers, Rudolph Blackstone, W.T. Blackstone and J.M. Blackstone; and a sister, GennieVee Spivey.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Jamie Martin and Vernon Moore. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Jones, Bryan Jones, Chad Tessner, Kevin Tessner, Joey Blackstone and Chris Blackstone.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8:30 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Zillie P. Blackwell
PACOLET – Services for Zillie Parker Blackwell, 87, of 1825 Asbury Rd., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Goucher Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Chris Carr and Alan Peeler. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brian Gunnels, Alan Shepard, Lee Barrett, Randy Motts, Marc Motts and Robert Ruff.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Debby R. Sanders
Former employee of Whitten Center
CLINTON – Debby Robertson Sanders, 51, of 1578 Leesville Church Rd., died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Laurens County Hospital.
Born in Gaffney, she was a daughter of the late Wink E. and Doris Pearson Robertson. She was a former employee of Whitten Center and was a member of the Eastern Star and Bellview Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Richard G. Sanders; three sons, Brandon Bagwell of Lakeland, Fla., Rick Sanders of Laurens and Scott Sanders of Clinton; a daughter, Keshia Bagwell of Kinards; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Bellview Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Gray Funeral Home, Clinton.

Helena M. Curtis
Native of Hampton, Va.
CHESNEE – Helena Marie Curtis, 26, of 322 Ivy Rd., died Friday, June 6, 2003 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Hampton, Va., she was the wife of Carl “Eddie” Curtis and a daughter of James “Mike” Nix of the home and the late Patricia Allen Nix. She was a homemaker and an active member of Arrowwood Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband and father she is survived by a daughter, Nikita Curtis, and two sons, James Milton and Mikeal Curtis, all of the home; and a sister, Michelle Nix of Florence, Ala.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Arrowwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Helena Curtis Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 190, Chesnee, S.C. 29323.
The family is at the home of the Cox family, 535 Clement Rd., Chesnee.
Eggers Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Myrtle “Mim” Matus
Member of staff at WCU for 24 years
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. – Myrtle Salmon Matus, 77, of 87 Willow Rd., died Saturday, June 7, 2003 at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Martin B. and Manie Ruppe Salmon. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Theodore Patrick Matus, who died in 1980; and a sister, Louise Gettys.
She graduated from Gaffney High School in 1942 and later attended Limestone College. She was a member of the staff at Western Carolina University for 24 years and worked in several key offices at the university. She began at WCU in 1963 and immediately assisted in the preparation of the Institutional Self-Study for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools before spending four years in the Office of Admissions. She then moved to the Office of Public Information and over the next 21 years, she was a key member of the Public Information staff as a communications specialist. She wrote and edited the faculty/staff newsletter, managed budgets and served as administrative assistant and office manager. She retired from Western in November of 1987. To 1980, she was selected the Educational Person of the Year for Western Carolina University and District I of the N.C. Association of Educational Office Personnel. She served as hostess for the WCU alumni tour group traveling in Europe in 1983.
Active in many university and community organizations, she was treasurer of the charter chapter of the Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina in 1985 and she was president of the Jackson County Business and Professional Women’s Club in 1987. She was involved in the Newcomers Club, the Faculty Club and was a longtime booster of Western Carolina.
Before joining the staff at Western, she worked as an office manager for an apparel manufacturer in Charlotte, in payroll and records at Lowenstein’s Limestone Manufacturing Plant and as a staff member with the School of Nursing at Spartanburg General Hospital. She was an advisor to Delta Zeta Sorority at Western Carolina University. She loved to travel and work on crosswords and attended Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 13 years, John Tschinkel; two daughters, Paula Brandt, and her husband, Jeff, and Marilyn Matus; two stepdaughters, Cheryl Higgins, and her husband, Scott, and Donna Myers and her husband, John; a son, T. Patrick Matus, and his wife, Linda; three stepsons, Tim Tschinkel and his wife, Egle, Jim Tschinkel and his wife, Christine, and John Tschinkel, and his wife, Sherri; one sister, Elizabeth “Lib” Hunter; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Suzanne and Nick Matus, Leslie and Matus Ferguson and Jessie and Katie Brandt; and five step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney with the Rev. Robert E. Fuquay Jr. officiating. Entombment followed.
Honorary pallbearers were be Miles and Henry Gettys, Staten Wilcox, Jim McMillan and Wilbur Salmon.
Memorials may be made to Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church Music and Worship, P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, N.C. 28745; or Hospice of Haywood County, 262 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, N.C. 29721.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville was in charge of arrangements. For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at “

Denorris Dye
Retired truck driver
BLACKSBURG – Denorris Dye, 73, of 31 Bolin Rd., Lot 37-A, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare Center in Gaffney.
Mr. Dye was born in Cleveland County, N.C., and was reared in the Clover area of York County. Son of the late Dave and Victoria Guthrie Dye, he joined Flat Rock Baptist Church at an early age, attended Roosevelt High School and served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a truck driver for City Electric Company in New York City for 29 years and returned to Blacksburg after his retirement.
Surviving are his wife, Lillian Parker Dye of the home; three daughters, Marie Seward of Syracuse, N.Y., Daisy Davis of Hickory Grove and Alfreda Watson of Clover; four sisters, Eloise Glenn, Mary Agnes Moore, both of Tacoma, Wash., Jessie Jones of Hempstead, N.Y., and Shirley Bigger of Rosedale, N.Y.; two brothers, David Dye Jr. of Charlotte and Ronald Dye of Clover; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Flat Rock Baptist Church, 111 Carver St., Clover, with the Rev. Thomas Clifton officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Kings Creek.
The family will receive friends at the home.
The body may be viewed today from 7-8 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home, 391 E. Liberty St., York, and will be placed in the church Thursday at 1 p.m.

Walter Posey
COWPENS – Services for Walter Posey, 59, of 414 Cash Peach Rd., will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Island Creek Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Franklin D. Gardner Jr.
Self-employed carpenter
BLACKSBURG – Franklin Delano “Buddy” Gardner Jr., 45, of 1263 W. Cherokee St., died Monday, June 9, 2003, in Gaffney.
Born in Gastonia, N.C., he was the son of Franklin Delano Gardner Sr. and Francis Shipman Gardner, both of Blacksburg. He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church and a self-employed carpenter.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a stepson, Johnny Sherrill of Gaffney; a stepdaughter, Amanda Sherrill of Gaffney; two sisters, Betty Jean Beam and Rosa Lee McBee, both of Gaffney; and step-grandmother, Leslie Rockwood of McAdenville, N.C.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at 1263 W. Cherokee St.

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