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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, July 11, 2003

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 the son of the late Manning E. and Minnie Scruggs Blalock. He was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Faith Baptist Church. His second wife was Nettie Messer Blalock and his first wife was the late Frances Davis Blalock.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Dolores B. and Billy Pennington of Gaffney; two step-daughters, Paula Douglas of Live Oaks, Fla., and Shirley Allen of Simpsonville; two step-sons, Albert Rankin of Spartanburg and Dan Rankin of Pompano Beach, Fla., four brothers, Eddie Blalock, Charlie Blalock and Bill Blalock, all of Gaffney, and Randolph Blalock of Union; nine grandchildren, Billy J. Pennington Jr., Brad Pennington, Ricky Darwin, Anjanette D. Harrell, April D. Wife, Chevon D. Johns, Jason Douglas, Jana Rankin and Christine Allen; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Blalock, and two sisters, Josephine Blalock Phillips, and Ruth Blalock Cox.
Services were held Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Billy Jones. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home was in charge.

Bobby G. Barnhill
Retired from Collins & Aikman
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH – Bobby Gene Barnhill, 71, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at Myrtle Beach Manor.
Mr. Barnhill was born on Oct. 16, 1931, in Gaffney, a son of Carrie Welchel Barnhill of Gaffney and the late Pelza Leon Barnhill. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria Duncan Barnhill, and a son, Ronald Leon Barnhill.
Mr. Barnhill graduated from Gaffney High School in 1949 and Clemson University in 1953 with a degree in textile chemistry. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army for four years and retired in 1993 after many years in the textile industry, as plant manager/ vice president for Collins & Aikman in Rutherfordton, N.C.
Mr. Barnhill enjoyed golfing, bowling and small engine repair. He was a member of the American Legion, Elks Club and a social member of the VFW.
Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Colleen Smith-Barnhill; two sons, Robert Dean Barnhill of Gainesville, Fla., and Vincent Keith Barnhill of Woodruff; a daughter, Renee Adele Gates-Anderson of Kings Mountain, N.C.; four stepsons, Jeffery Smith, Gregory Smith, Timothy Smith and Wendell Smith; five grandchildren, Kurt, Kris, Jessica, Brett and Emily; 10 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 9 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Steve Brown. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 373, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29597.
Arrangements by McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach.

Herman D. Iscrupe
Pennsylvania native
BOILING SPRINGS – Herman Dean Iscrupe, 69, husband of Betty H. Iscrupe of 138 Notchwood Dr., died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Laughlin Town, Pa., he was a son of the late Edward and Melinda Weimer Iscrupe. He worked a truck driver for the state before his retirement.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Iscrupe is survived by a daughter, Deborah Jean Rivera of Boiling Springs; three sons, Herman Dean Iscrupe II of Guysville, Ohio, Daniel Albert Iscrupe and Darin Lee Iscrupe, both of Tallahassee, Fla.; a sister, Thelma Gohn of Latrobe Pa.; two brothers, Earl John Iscrupe of Brunswick, Ohio, and Floyd Iscrupe of Key Largo, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Memorial Park, conducted by the Rev. Harold King.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs.

William D. Elliott
U.S. Navy veteran of WWII
William Drurry Elliott, 79, of 937 Old Post Rd., died Thursday, July 10, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Jennie Sue Seals Elliott and son of the late Fay Leroy Elliott and the late Vada Martin Elliott. He was retired from road construction, was of the Baptist faith and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Also surviving are a daughter, Deborah Elliott Murphy of Gaffney; three sons, William Kenneth Elliott, Ronald Keith Elliott and Glyn Kelvin Elliott, all of Gaffney; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, Francis Leroy Elliott of Gaffney.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Elliott was preceded in death by two brothers, James Elliott and Nathan Elliott, and a granddaughter, Callie Dawn Elliott.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Terry Pleasant and Gregg Martin. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Trey Boyette, Charles Humphries, Jared Elliott, Tim Seals, Robert Seals and Gary Murphy.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Ronald Elliott, 141 Elliott Dr.

Lillie W. Prim
Retired from Southern Bell
CHARLOTTE – Lillie Mae Wellmon Prim, 77, of Avante at Charlotte, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at the nursing center.
She was the daughter of the late Willis B. Wellmon Sr. and Lillie Weathers Wellmon. She was a native of Kings Mountain, N.C., and a graduate of Blacksburg High School. She was a member of Thomasboro Baptist Church and retired from Southern Bell.
Surviving are three sisters, Ila Ray of Charlotte, Ruby Furr of Denver, N.C., and Faye Parris of Gaffney; three brothers, Ray Wellmon of Gaffney, W.B. Wellmon of Sylva, N.C., and Chaplin Kenneth Wellmon of Matthews, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Prim was preceded in death by her husband, David Prim, and a brother, the Rev. Glenn Wellmon of Green-ville.
The family will receive friends at McEwen Funeral Home, 727 Morehead St., Charlotte, Saturday at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. in McEwen Chapel, conducted by Dr. Randy Cash. Burial will be in Forest Lawn West Gardens, Charlotte.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Thomasboro Baptist Church, 216 Bradford Dr., Charlotte, N.C. 28208; or to the charity of one's choice.

Floyd E. Dover
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Floyd Eugene “Boss” Dover, 71, formerly of 201 N. Mountain St., died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain, N.C.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late John and Pearl Childers Dover and was a member of Kings Creek Church of God.
Surviving are a son, Buddy Eugene Dover of Shelby; two daughters, Barbara Pennington of Blacksburg and Brenda Gladden of Kings Mountain; a brother, William Dover of Shelby; a sister, Sarah D. Blanton of Kings Mountain; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Johnny Mote and Dean Bridges.
Pallbearers will be Wendell Pennington, Dennis Gladden, Kevin Dover, Ian Dover Mobley, Tony Davis and Timmy Gladden.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at White Columns-Blacksburg and at other times they will be at the Gladden home, 2046 Bethlehem Rd., Kings Mountain.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Lillian K. Snyder
West Virginia native
Lillian Kollecker Snyder, 81, of 183 Foxfire Dr., died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Wheeling, W.Va., she was the widow of Henry Walter Snyder and daughter of the late Theodoe Kollecker and the late Jenny Shumacher Kollecker. She was retired from Johnson & Johnson in Ohio and was of the Catholic faith.
Surviving are six daughters, Susan Diane McCoy of Gaffney, Janet Darlene Beznoska of Shalersville, Ohio, JoAnn Julia Boros of Berea, Ohio, Nancy Lee Ehmann of Grand Terrace, Calif., Patricia Ann Wilkens of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Carolyn JoAnn Swaggerty of Chapin; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Melford Buchannan
Services for Melford W. Buchannan, 85, of 1203 Leadmine Rd., will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Danny L. Burnside and Dr. Roland H. Crower. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. and the family will receive friends at the church at 2:30.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Gaffney, Charlie Tate, Larry Jefferies, Roberto A. Gist, Jonathan Gist and Clarence Gist.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Weems, Joe frank Weems, Albert Weems and Marion Weems.
Flower bearers will be Carmen Lewis, Janie Boyd, Dorothy Smith and Theresa Baultrippe.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

James E. Oglesby
Retired from Brown Packing
James Edwards "Rabbit" Oglesby, 62, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at 2:30 p.m. at the Brevard Brain Center in Brevard, N.C.
Son of Arstrissa Jones Oglesby of Gaffney and the late Stacy Oglesby, he was a native of Gaffney and a retired butcher from Brown Packing Company after 42 years of service.
Also surviving are two sons, Greg Gaffney of Richmond, Va., and Joseph Gaffney of Gaffney; three sisters, Janie Dukes, Shirley Hollis and Brenda Davis of Gaffney; and three brothers, Robert Oglesby, William Harvey Oglesby and Harold Dean Oglesby of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Chatman Davis, Harold Jones and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Gary Sims, Reggie Tate, Billy Gaffney, Waldo Burris, Fred Austin and Eskridge Garrett.
Flower bearers will be Kathy Sims, Renee Jefferies Sims, Mary Ann Allen, Mildred Littlejohn and Sylvia Sims.
The family is at Apt. 12, Colonial Apartments.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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