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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, August 29, 2003

Thurmond M. Wright
Gaffney native
SPARTANBURG – Thurmond Matthew “Yanky” Wright, 29, of 930 Bethesda Rd., died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Paul Landon and Shirley Grace Williams Wright of Pacolet and husband of Donna Middleton Wright of the home. He was a former chemical supervisor at Blackman-Uhler Chemical Company for 11 years and was a member of Silica Springs Baptist Church in Gaffney.
Mr. Wright was a Master Mason, a member of the Trough Shoals Masonic Lodge of Pacolet and a 1991 graduate of Gaffney High School.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are two daughters, Melisa Wright and Brittney Wright of the home; two stepdaughters, Brittany “BB” Cook and Morgan Clark of the home; three sisters, Linda Fortner of Pacolet, Doll Rhoden of Hartsell, Ala., and Mahalie Crocker of Inman; and three brothers, Will Williams, Benny Hamby, both of Pacolet, and Tim Wright of Spartanburg.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, conducted by the Revs. Frank Cooper and Jimmy Powell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605.
The family is at the home of Jerry Fortner, 520 Sutton Rd., Pacolet.
Arrangements by Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel.

Pierce A. Peeler
Retired from Musgrove Mill
Pierce Anthony Peeler, 86, formerly of Gaffney, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late Roy Lee Peeler and the late Millie Cora Kennedy Peeler. He was retired from Musgrove Mill and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are three sons, Troy Anthony Peeler, Clarence Harold Peeler and Benjamin Howard Peeler; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Fulton Peeler; and three sisters, Daisy Dobbins, Millie Morrow and Naomi Dillard.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Peeler was preceded in death by a son, Leonard Dean Peeler.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jack Bratton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

Carl E. Webb
Retired from U.S. Army after 25 years of service
CHERRYVILLE, N.C. – Carl Elijah Webb, 88, of 511 N. Styers St., died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Carolina Care, Cherryville.
Mr. Webb was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Shelby, a son of the late Garland Gordon and Anna Elizabeth Ledbetter Webb. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville, where he served on the Church Council, and as Sunday School superintendent, financial secretary for his Sunday School and financial recorder for the church. He was a member of Lutheran Men, serving on the Executive Board.
Mr. Webb retired in 1968 from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer, with 25 years of service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. After his retirement, he worked for Burlington Industries in Cherryville. He was a member of Cherryville American Legion Post 100 and served two terms as Post Commander. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Last Man’s Club of Gaston County.
Mr. Webb was in charge of the Burial Detail in the Legion and gave more than 1,100 flags to widowers and family members. On national holidays, he saw that flags were placed on veterans’ graves. He and his wife were dedicated to the Cherryville Area Ministries for 30 years, both financially and in volunteer services. His mission statement was, “Try to set aside some time each morning to do something to help someone.” He worked for the past 20 years as a yard caretaker, mowing yards, trimming shrubbery and seeding lawns. Most of his customers were widowers who couldn’t do the work themselves.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Webb was preceded in death by four brothers, Garland G. Webb, Hugh Webb, Eugene Webb and Robert C. Webb; and a sister, Edith Webb.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel Pauline Webb of the home; and three sisters, Clara Ader Wood of Spartanburg, Martha Moore and Margaret Jolly Crowder, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, conducted by the Rev. Ronald Fink. Burial will be in the Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.
The family is at the home of his sister-in-law, Nell Webb, 2536 S. Lafayette St., Shelby, and will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Shelby Relay for Life, 500 E. Morehead St., Suite 211, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.

Geneva H. Brooks
Former textile employee
Geneva Atkins Hall Brooks, 76, of 296 Ashworth School Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of John Brooks and daughter of the late James “Jim” Atkins and the late Annie Bright Atkins. She was a former textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Pam Turner of Gaffney; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hazel Phillips of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by a son, Jack Hall; a brother, Ralph Atkins; and two sisters, Elizabeth McSwain and Bessie McSwain.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Mr. Luther McSwain.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Turner, Michael Pittman, Howard McSwain, Luther McSwain, Jerry Phillips, Thomas Byars and Mark Williams.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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