common / 09-22-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, September 22, 2003

Mary H. Guest
Practical nurse for 25 years
COWPENS – Mary Irene Henderson Guest, 90, of 430 River Rd., died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at her home.
Born in Chesnee, she was the widow of Joel Estes Guest and daughter of the late William Andrew Henderson and the late Maudie Cash Henderson. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Mt. Olive baptist church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a practical nurse for 25 years.
Surviving are four daughters, Martha G. Price of Cowpens, Anne G. Mullinax of Raleigh, N.C., Juanita G. West of North Myrtle Beach and Mary Ruth G. Tatum of Aiken; three sons, Carl E. Guest of Boiling Springs, Jerry D. Guest of Spartanburg and William L. Guest of Stockbridge, Ga.; two brothers, Detroy Henderson of Chesnee and J.C. Henderson of Spartanburg; three sisters, Alta H. Griffin of Spartanburg, Ally H. Putman of Cowpens and Murleve H. Ridings of Boiling Springs; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Guest was preceded in death by a son, Joel R. Guest; a sister, Inez H. Gardner; two brothers, Albert Henderson and R.B. Henderson; and a great-grandson, Chris Hollifield.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Pat Lennon
Retired textile employee
Katie Pacolet “Pat” Wilkins Lennon, 88, of Fountain Inn Nursing Home, died at the nursing home on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003.
Born in Union, she was the widow of Norman Lennon and daughter of the late Forrest Cleveland Wilkins and the late Mary Rebecca Blackwell Wilkins. Mrs. Lennon was a retired textile employee and a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are a granddaughter, Theresa Thomas Marlowe of Laurens; seven great-grandchildren, Kristi Meeks of Clinton, Stephanie Thomas and Dennis Thomas, both of Washington, Stacy Thomas, Chad Walker and Jay Wilson, all of Laurens.; five great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. George (Inez) Jefferies of Gaffney and Mrs. James (Clara) Whitaker of Charlotte.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Lennon was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Ann Wilkins Thomas, and a grandson, Forrest Dennis Thomas.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Mr. Ashby Blakely. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Rhonda F. Watkins
Gaffney native
Rhonda Marie Fair Watkins, 40, of 319 Vermont Dr., widow of Alfonzo Watkins, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at 7:49 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Daughter of Charles Poole of Atlanta, Ga., and Doris Fair of Gaffney, she was a native of Gaffney and a member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church. She attended Piney Grove Baptist Church in Cowpens and served as an usher.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a daughter, Sherika Watkins of the home; a son, Roderick Watkins of the home; four sisters, Thelma Fair, Michelle Byars, both of Gaffney, Tracy Poole and Brandy Poole, both of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Anthony Fair of Columbia; and step-father, Frankie Petty of Gaffney.
Services will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roderick Oglesby, C. Dennis Rector and Dewey Whittenburg. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Marcus Valentine, Clarence Prysock, Bobby Dawkins Sr., Bobby Dawkins Jr., Harold Fair, Joe Fair Jr., Bruce Brown, Bobby Studyvance, Tyrone Smith and Brian Smarr.
Flower bearers will be Chantale Wilson, Maxine Sanders, Elaine Dawkins, Shaneva Littlejohn, Carrie Valentine, Josephine Surratt, Shirley Phillips and Carolyn Fernanders.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jeanette M. Ruppe
Retired from Hamrick’s
Jeanette Mullinax Ruppe, 79, of 208 Shannon Ave., died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Winford K. Ruppe and daughter of the late Lifers W. Mullinax and the late Bessie Griffin Mullinax. She was retired from Hamrick’s and was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Donna R. Spencer, Debbie R. Blanton, both of Gaffney, and Lana R. Hughes of Roebuck; a son, Jerry Ruppe of Gaffney; two sisters, Evelyn Carlton of Blacksburg and Mary Perry of Gaffney; a brother, the Rev. Vernon Mullinax of Gaffney; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Rose Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Terry Clark and Vernon Mullinax. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Paul Moss, Brian Spencer, Avery Mullinax, Steve Mullinax, Larry McSwain, Jack Perry Jr., Tommy Goode, Thomas Goode, Randy Gosey and Mike Carlton.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 208 Shannon Ave.
Memorials may be made to Rose Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, Rose Hill Park, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Elizabeth Washburn
Registered nurse
LATTIMORE, N.C. – Elizabeth Martin Washburn of 307 E. Main St., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center.
A native of Blacksburg, she was a retired nurse at Royster (now known as Crawley) Memorial Hospital and for Dr. Dwight Bridges. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class and the Lattimore Women’s Club.
Mrs. Washburn was preceded in death by her parents, William Jefferson and Anne Elizabeth Mitchell Martin; and her husband of 61 years, Dietz Beaman Washburn; a sister, Rebecca Martin; and a son-in-law, Harold Garner.
Surviving are a son, Dietz “Beaman” Washburn Jr. of Shelby; three daughters, Ellen W. Gragg, Terry W. Royster, both of Shelby, and Trudy Washburn of Lattimore; two brothers, W.J. Martin and Wofford Martin, both of Blacksburg; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at Double Springs Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Jack Buchanan and the Rev. C.a. Kirby. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Family Life Center, c/o, Double Springs Baptist Church, 1130 Double Springs Church Rd., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, Shelby.

Rizpah Mae Clary
Talented pianist, organist
Rizpah Mae Clary died today, Sept. 22, 2003, at Peachtree Centre where she resided.
Born in Gaffney, Miss Clary was the daughter of the late Drayton M. Clary Sr. and the late Edna Elmore Clary. She was a music teacher and retired owner of The Music Center and former co-owner of Superior Laundry. She was a member of First Baptist Church and graduated from Limestone College cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Music Degree. She did post graduate work in piano and organ at Chicago Musical College, New York school of Music and Arts, and Columbia University in New York City. She taught public school music and piano in various schools in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Miss Clary did civil service work as a recreational hostess in service clubs during World War II. Before retiring, she taught private piano lessons in studio at her home and was an organist at Grassy Pond Baptist Church for many years.
Surviving are a sister, Mary Edna Clary of Gaffney; two brothers, Joe Max Clary and Dean Elmore Clary, both of Gaffney; nieces and nephews, Becky McCulloch of Gaffney, Joe Max Clary Jr., Mary Jane Swindler, Cindy Hendrix, Celia Wood, Sylvia Gallman, Jill Moody, Shelia Pounders and Joyce Sackin.
In addition to her parents, Miss Clary was preceded in death by a brother, Drayton Clary Jr.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Mildred H. Adams
Acworth, Ga., native
Mildred A. Bates Hogan Adams, 72, of 269 Beltline Rd., died at her residence.
Born in Acworth, Ga., she was the widow of Perry Adams and was first married to the late John M. Hogan. She was the daughter of the late Tandy C. "T.C." Bates and the late Rosie Strickland Bates. Mrs. Adams was a member of Providence Baptist Church and attended the Senior Center.
Surviving are a son, A. Dennis Hogan of Shelby; three daughters, Patricia H. Holmes of Gaffney, Diane H. Clegg of Illinois and Revanda H. Mazzarese of Apple Valley, Calif.; three brothers, Johnny Bates, Lewis Bates, both of Acworth, Ga., and James Bates of Canton, Ga.; and two sisters, Sarah Elizabeth Tinsley of Canton, Ga., and Sybil Christine Bates of Buford, Ga.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Patricia Holmes, Park Place Drive, Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Nettie Sue S. Hughes
Former Sunday School teacher
Nettie Sue Smith Hughey, 71, of 305 Misty Lane, wife of Howard O. Hughey of the home, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at her residence.
She was a member of Abingdon Creek Baptist Church until illness forced her to stop attending. She was a Sunday School teacher, teaching pre-schoolers. She was the daughter of the late Floyd Lyles Smith Sr. and the late Mary Jenkins Smith. A native of Cherokee County, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Floyd L. (June) Smith Jr.; and a sister, Pauline (Polly) S. Decker.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie H. and Paul Blackwell of Stonewall, Miss., Kay H. and Ricky Pearson of Gaffney, and Sandra H. and Dick Bryant of Summerfield, N.C.; four grandsons, Billy Anthony, Russ, Franklin and Grayson Bryant of Summerfield, N.C.,; two granddaughters, Adrienne H. Blackwell of Stonewall, MS, and Anita B. Feerer of Meridian, Miss.; two great-granddaughters, Jessica and Kayla Anthony of Gaffney; two step-grandsons, Ricky and Michael Pearson of Gaffney; and one step-great-grandson, Jake Pearson of Gaffney; two brothers, Robert E. Smith of Shelby; and Thomas C. (Tommy), Smith of Gaffney; two sisters, Evelyn S. Blanton and Inez S. Byars, both of Gaffney.
A private service will be held at the graveside with the Rev. Michael Miller officiating.
Memorials may be made to Berry Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 2760 Union Hwy., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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