common / 09-17-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Jemima Jones
Gaffney native
Jemima Littlejohn Jones, 80, of 13711 N. Drive, Garfield, Ohio, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at Singleton Healthcare Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Lewis Jones and the daughter of the late Lucious Littlejohn and the late Ella Mae Jones Littlejohn.
She was a former member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by four sisters, Mattie Lene Wood and Murlene Cattrell of Baltimore, Md., Kansie Ratchford of Gaffney, and Helen Stringer of Los Angeles; and three brothers, Dr. Clarence L. Littlejohn of Corona, Calif.; Dr. Lucious Littlejohn; and Rev. Myles Littlejohn of Cleveland, Ohio.
Services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 at noon at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church, 7101 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44103.
Arrangements are incomplete. Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home of 7204 Cedar Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44103 (fax 216-881-1635) is in charge.
The family is at the home of a sister, Kansas Ratchford, 211 Michigan Ave., Gaffney.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney)

Harry Riddle
U.S. Army veteran
Harry Thomas Riddle, 60, of 589 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at his home.
A native of Asheville, N.C, he was the husband of the Nancy Wilds Riddle and son of the late Doc and Christine Johnson Riddle.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during the Cuban Missle Crisis and in Vietnam.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Chris Sparskics of N.J. and Chris Allen Riddle of Blacksburg; a daughter, Callie Michelle Riddle of Blacksburg; a sister, Ruth Wilson of Concord; and five grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Riddle and Clarence Riddle.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. at the home, conducted by the Rev. Charles Foster.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.

Margaret Ferguson
Ohio native
Margaret Johnson Ferguson, 73, of 132 Crestview Dr., died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, she was the widow of Harold R. Ferguson and was the daughter of the late Dr. Elmer C. and Emma James Johnson.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed painting and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was a member of Limestone Street United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a son, Tom J. Ferguson of Gaffney; two daughters, Susan F. Rollins of Boiling Springs and Nancy F. Faust of Greer; two sisters, Betty Wurm and Jane Walker of Galena, Ohio; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Limestone Street United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy.
Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
The family is at the home.

Vasiley Reznichenko
Vasiley Reznichenko, 57, of 150 Riverdale Dr., Inman, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
He was the husband of Maria Reznichenko of the home, and the son of the late Michael and Phena Reznichenko.
A native of the Ukraine, he was employed as a mechanic and was a member of Arc Salvation Pentecostal Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by nine sons, three daughters, four brothers and a sister.
Services were held Sunday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at Eggers Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Vladimir Turlak.
Burial followed in Friendly Hills Cemetery.

Bobby Leach Sr.
Retired textile worker
Bobby Gene Leach Sr., 69, of 140 Tammy Dr. in Gaffney, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher, N.C.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the widower of Mary Lois Ellis Leach and the daughter of the late Jerome Walter Leach and the late Nellie Pearl Carroll Leach.
He was a retired textile worker and was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by two daughters, Debra Susan Leach and Laura Juliet Porter of Spartanburg; a brother, Tommy Leach of Blacksburg; and two sisters, Sandra Kelly and Linda Darr Bass of Blacksburg.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three sons, Bobby Gene Leach Jr., Jeffery Scott Leach and Michael Leach; and a brother, John David Leach.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. James Clark.
Pallbearers will be James W. Kelly, Jamie Kelly, Joey Kelly and Thomas Leach.
The family members are at their respective homes.

Caroline Martin
BLACKSBURG, SC — Caroline Beam Martin, 76, of 269 John’s Crossroad, Blacksburg, died September 15, 2003, at home. A native of Cleveland Co., N.C., she was married to the late John Martin, Jr. She was the daughter of the late Elzie Lee and Della Borders Beam. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blacksburg. She and her husband were owners of Martin’s Bantam Chef in Blacksburg for 30 years. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Upstate Carolina Medical Center. She was a former Blacksburg City Councilwoman (1983-1987).
Surviving are 2 daughters and sons-in-law: Janie M. and Vance Wilder, Gastonia, N.C.; and Joyce M. and Dickie Moorhead, Blacksburg; 4 brothers: Charles Beam, Carlton Beam, David Beam and Mike Beam all of Shelby, N.C. 3 sisters: Louise B. McKee, Durham, N.C.; Vernell B. Jones, Kings Mountain, N.C.; and Cora B. Shinn, Salisbury, N.C. Grandchildren: Travis and Nell Wilder, Charlotte, N.C.; David and Emily Wilder, Durham, N.C.; Richard Moorhead, Blacksburg; and Patrick and Angela Moorhead, Blacksburg. 2 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by 1 sister: Myra Sue Beam.
A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2003, 11:00 a.m., graveside, at Mountain View Cemetery, Blacksburg, with Revs. Ken Reid and Tim Beam officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 18, 2003, from 6-8:00 p.m., at Holly Grove Catering. At other times they will be at the home.
Pallbearers serving are: David Hogue, Glenn Martin, Ricky Beam, Scott Beam, Travis Wilder, Richard Moorhead and Patrick Moorhead.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150.
White Columns-Blacksburg is serving the Martin family.

Ethel Wilkins
Rutherford Co. native
Ethel Hawkins Wilkins, 88, of High Shoals Church Road, Cliffside, N.C., died Monday, Sept. 15, 200,3 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center, Gaffney, S.C.
She was a native of Rutherford County and a daughter of the late Grover C. and Lizzie Holland Hawkins. She was retired from Cone Mills, Cliffside Plant, with 52 years service, was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Forest City and was the widow of Thomas J. Winkins, Jr. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Hawkins.
She is survived by one sister, Adelaide Hawkins Humphries of Gaffney, S.C. and nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at McKinney-Landreth Funeral with Rev. Philip Dunford officiating. Burial will follow in Cleveland Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 1-2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 181, Forest City, N.C. 28043.
A guest register is available at

Leonard Shufford Stacy
Retired carpenter
Lenoard Stacy, 90, of 144 Mountain Valley Road in Blacksburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, a his residence.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the widow of Reitha Mae Wisher Stacy and the son of the late Lionell Stacy and the late Fannie Jenkins Stacy.
He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon.
He was a retired carpenter.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Carolyn Stacy; a grandson, Eric Stacy; a half-brother, Amos Stacy of Augusta, Ga.; and a sister, Mae Watts of Blacksburg.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Boyd and Robert Stacy; and a sister, Evelyn Childers.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Gordon Mortuary.
Services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Craig.
Burial will follow in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
He will lie in state 30 minutes prior to services.
The family is at the home of a son, Terry Stacy, 121 Mountain Valley Road in Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to: Eastside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 436, Blacksburg, S.C.

Herbert Adair
Clinton native
Huber “Hootie” Adair, 81, formerly of Clinton, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in the Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Clinton, he was the son of the late Rhett P. and Madge Y. Adair.
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church, with burial following in Rosemont Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Connector at Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge.

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