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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, August 22, 2003

Tommie Anne Ruppe
Homemaker
Tommie Anne Whelchel Ruppe, 79, of 1209 W. Rutledge Ave., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of R.F. "Pete" Ruppe and daughter of the late Homer Horace Whelchel and the late Mary Jane Camp Whelchel. She was a homemaker and a member of Midway Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda McCraw and Judy Dennis, both of Gaffney; three sisters, Elizabeth Patterson, Janelle Robison, both of Gaffney, and Mary Phillips of Charlotte; four brothers, Horace Whelchel of Gaffney, Don Whelchel of Fort Mill, Bud Whelchel of Pendleton and George Whelchel of Liberty; six grandchildren, Lisa Portillo, Lori Largent, Stacey Ruppe, Deana Rollins, Tyler Ruppe and Hannah Beth Strong; and four great-grandchildren, Brad Ruppe, Jordan Portillo, Brandon Ruppe and Jonah Rollins.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Danny Emory. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Myron Patterson, Butch Whelchel, Rick Robison, Terry Whelchel, Joe Whelchel and Relson Ruppe.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of S.C., 5000 Thurmond Mall, Suite 106, Columbia, S.C.; Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Midway Baptist Church, 153 Midway Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Peggy S. Hensley
Retired textile employee
INMAN – Peggy Seagle Hensley, 72, of 210 Arrowhead Dr., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Union County, Mrs. Hensley was the wife of Billy Hensley of the home and daughter of the late Roy and Lena Parks Seagle. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Cherokee Springs Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Brenda Stepp of Cowpens; a son, Danny Ray Whiteside of Inman; three sisters, Ethel Price, Virginia Lemmons, both of Cowpens, and Patricia Watson of Rutherford, N.C.; a brother, Roy Seagle Jr. of Clifton; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Bill Lark, Mike Stepp and Trent Watson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs, and at other times they will be at the home of Danny Whiteside, 206 Arrowhead Dr., Inman.

Alvin T. Wilson
Driver for Randolph Trucking
BLACKSBURG – Alvin "Butch" Thomas Wilson, 52, of 425 N. Mountain St., died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Gladys Smith Wilson of the home and son of Grace Foster Wilson of Blacksburg and the late Clyde E. Wilson. He was a driver for Randolph Trucking and was a member of Mt. Whitaker Baptist Church.
Also surviving are two sons, Alvin Lee Wilson of Fingerville and Mark Thomas Wilson of Blacksburg; a daughter, Marie Grace Barrett of Gaffney; a brother, Clyde D. Wilson of Blacksburg; two sisters, Lequita Wilson Ramsey of Gaffney and Linda Joy LeCroy of Blacksburg; and two grandchildren.
Cryptside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Tracy Sullens. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother at 360 Whites Farm Rd., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service, Blacksburg.

Inez Couser
Gaffney native
Inez Couser, 90, of Sun Bridge Nursing Home, 804 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, N.C., died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at 10:30 p.m. at the nursing home.
Daughter of the late Morgan Couser and the late Mary Hames Couser, she was a native of Gaffney and formerly resided at 612 Littlejohn St. in Gaffney.
Surviving are two daughters, Sylvia Sindulcina of Bladenboro, N.C., and Annie L. Jones of Baltimore, Md.; and a son, Jackie D. Couser of Washington, D.C.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Bobbie Jean Henry
Gaffney native
Bobbie Jean Wyatt Henry, 58, of 409 Kraft St., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Grover Wyatt and the late Lucille Blanton Wyatt. She was a former convenience store cashier and a member of High Point Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Anita Henry of Gaffney; a son, Paul Henry of Gaffney; a sister, Helen Young of Gaffney; a brother, Johnny D. Wyatt of Gaffney; a niece who was like a sister, Nancy Broome, of the home; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Henry was preceded in death by two brothers, J.D. Wyatt and Julian Wyatt.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at High Point Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Clifford Phillips and Jimmy Powell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brian Wyatt, Jamie Harris, Leon Broome, Ricky Broome, Bobby Harris and Tony Harris.
The body will be taken at 2 p.m. today to the residence, where the family will receive friends.
Memorials may be made to High Point Baptist Church, 504 High Point Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or to the Cherokee County Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1896, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Leon H. Fraley
CAMPOBELLO – Leon Howard Fraley, 62, of 775 Wilkins Rd., died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003.
Mr. Fraley was the husband of JoAnn VanRensselear Fraley of the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs, is in charge.

Carol M. Peeler
Cliffside, N.C., native
Carol Mintz Peeler, 42, of 210 Ben’s Farm Rd., died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Cliffside, N.C., she was the wife of Tommy W. Peeler and daughter of Edith Tate Mintz and the late Ray Mintz. She was employed by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and was a bass player for the Carolina Rail Bluegrass Band. She was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother, daughter and friend.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are a daughter, Erin Peeler of Gaffney; and a host of good friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Mike Frazier and John Huckaby.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mattie B. Edwards
Cleveland County native
Mattie Borders Edwards, 70, of 4 Bass Courts, Huntington, Long Island, New York, widow of Harold Edwards, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, in the Huntington hospital.
Daughter of the late Judge Borders and the late Katie Moore Borders, she was a native of Cleveland County, N.C., and a former member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons, Edward Norris of Mooresboro, N.C., Calvin Borders of Atlanta, Ga., and Brian Borders of Denmark; two daughters, Sondra Borders and Cynthia Borders, of Huntington, L.I., N.Y.; two brothers, Judge Borders Jr. and James Borders of Shelby; four sisters, Mary Byers of Shelby, Lidia Gregory of Gaffney, Maggie Brooks of Denver, Colo., and Valeria Petty of Cliffside, N.C.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mikes Creek Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. S.M. Johnson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of Hattie Norris, 2431 Camps Creek Church Rd., Mooresboro.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Roy Lee Cobb
Retired concrete finisher
ELLENBORO, N.C. – Roy Lee Cobb, 73, of 215 Hunnicutt Rd., died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, S.C., he was the son of the late Freeman Delouch and Lela Owens Cobb. He was a retired concrete finisher and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Cobb was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Cobb.
Surviving are his wife, Carol Harris Cobb; a son, Mark Cobb of Ellenboro; a stepson, Jeff Burgess of Ellenboro; a brother, Arthur Cobb of Manning, S.C.; three sisters, Iree Peeler, Maggie Hamrick and Sybil Messer, all of Gaffney; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Neil Murray. Burial will be in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Harrelson Funeral Home, Caroleen.

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