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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Rizpah Mae Clary
Talented pianist, organist
Rizpah Mae Clary died Monday, 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 a 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.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. M.B. Morrow and the Rev. Joel Sellers. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends in the church chapel one hour prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Jere McCulloch Jr., Tyler Hendrix, Jason Wood, Casey Wood, Kye Gallman, Matthew Swindler, Clay Swindler, Jess Moody, Mac Moody and Will Morris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Clary, Bill Clary, Roy Elmore and June Clary.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mildred H. Adams
Acworth, Ga., native
Mildred A. Bates Hogan Adams, 72, of 269 Beltline Rd., died Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, 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. She 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.; two sisters, Sarah Elizabeth Tinsley of Canton, Ga., and Sybil Christine Bates of Buford, Ga.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Bates, and a sister, Corene Bates Freeman.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Cox.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Patricia Holmes, Park Place Drive, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 822 Providence Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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 two great-grandsons, Chris Hollifield and Thomas Van Guest.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Robert Kirby and the Revs. Ray Caldwell and Huford Cash. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 1-2:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Sara Z. Martin
Pacolet native
Sara Zelma Martin, 91, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Peachtree Nursing Home.
A native of Pacolet, she was the daughter of the late George and Carrie Robinson of Pacolet. Mrs. Martin was the widow of Virgil Lee Martin and was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn June Martin.
Surviving are her son, William Jimmy Martin of Gaffney; three grandchildren, Jim Martin, David Martin and Judy Robinson, all of Gaffney; and four great-grandchildren, Brady Martin of Charlotte, N.C., Stephanie Harris of Clemson, John David Harris and Will Martin, both of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Pacolet, with the Rev. Stuart Kersey officiating.
The family will receive friends at the home of her son, Jimmy Martin, 138 Greenbriar Dr., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mearl F. Duncan
Homemaker
Mearl Foster Duncan, 65, of 211 7th St., died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of James William Duncan Sr. and daughter of the late Andy Lee Foster and the late Beatrice Foster Lamb. She was a homemaker and member of Cherokee Gospel Tabernacle.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Teresa Donaldson, Tina Owens and Shirley Davis, all of Gaffney; three sons, James Duncan Jr., Randy Duncan and Ricky Duncan, all of Gaffney; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, James Foster, Jerry Lamb and Donnie Lamb, all of Gaffney.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by two daughters, Darlene Price and Debbie Mullinax; her stepfather, Grady Lamb; and several brothers and sisters.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Betty Gentry and Gregg Martin. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jason Martin, Todd Moore, Brian Duncan, Charles Price, Shannon Duncan, Travis Price and Billy Davis Jr.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, SC. 29342.

Shelia K. Thomas
Former textile employee
Shelia Kay Thomas, 40, of 213 River Hill Rd., died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter and stepdaughter of Nancy C. and Jerry Cook of Blacksburg and was also the daughter of the late Charles Braxton Hall. She was a former textile employee and a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her mother and stepfather are a son, William "Billy" Cavender of the home; a daughter, Stevie Rae Rhinehart of Gaffney; two grandchildren; and a brother, Bobby Bolick of Blacksburg.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Peggy W. Livingston
FORT MILL – Peggy Worf Livingston, 53, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Mrs. Livingston was the widow of Irwin "Ducky" Livingston.
The family will be at the home of Ernie Livingston, 623 Batchelor Dr., Blacksburg.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge.

Rhonda F. Watkins
Gaffney native
Services for Rhonda Marie Fair Watkins, 40, of 319 Vermont Dr., will be held today 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.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Eugenie W. Lathan
Blacksburg native
BLACKSBURG – Eugenia Wood Lathan, 85, of 203 Academy St., died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at her residence.
Widow of Othan Lathan, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Woods and the late Julia Gaffney Woods. She was a native of Blacksburg and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Blacksburg.
Surviving are two sisters, Lucille Woods and Frances LeGrand of the home.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Claudette D. Bonner
Employed by Nestle
Claudette Delia Bonner, 47, of 109 Pineville Rd., died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was a daughter of the late Herman Bonner Sr. and the late Ida Pearl Wilson Bonner. She was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church, a 1974 graduate of Gaffney High School and an employee of Nestle, Line 7.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Creola Bonner, Janice Bonner, Annie Ruth Goudelock and Herman Bonner Jr.
Surviving are a daughter, Shenae Robbs of the home; a nice, Kimberly Bonner, who was raised in the home as a daughter; two brothers, M.C. Bonner and Nerer Bonner, both of Gaffney; three sisters, Sarah Bonner of Shelby, Minnie Bonner and Angela Norris, both of Gaffney; five step-brothers, Donald Oglesby of Seattle, Wash., Ronald Oglesby, Charles Oglesby and Larry Oglesby, all of Gaffney, and Randy Oglesby of New Mexico; and two step-sisters, Fernina Smith and Novella Oglesby, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mikes Creek Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. S.M. Johnson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Wellma Johnson
Retired from Park Name Plate Company
Wellma Johnson, 83, of Hillside Manor, 182-15 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, N.Y., husband of Blanche Rice Johnson of 106 Ellis Ferry Ave., Gaffney, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at Hillside Manor.
Son of the late Hester Camp Johnson and the late Burian Robbs, he was a stepson of the late Jessie Johnson and a native of Cherokee County. Mr. Johnson was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church and was retired from Park Name Plate Company in Flushing, N.Y. He worked at Van Doren Nursing Home for eight years and Crown Plaza Hotel for two years, both as a security guard.
Also surviving are five daughters, Elizabeth Johnson of Corona, N.Y., Geraldine Johnson, Annie Lee Phillips, Louise McGill, Shirley Mae Phillips, all of Gaffney; six sons, James Arthur Rice of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jerry Rice of Manhattan, N.Y., Paul Johnson of Jamaica, N.Y., Llwellyn Johnson of Geneva., Ala., James Wilbert Phillips and Roger Phillips, both of Gaffney; 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Suck Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Tony Macomson and Mitchel Rice and Dr. Michael Bridges. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be his nephews and nieces, respectively.
The family will be at the home of William and Louise McGill, 204 Holmes Rd., Concord Community.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Chad R. Scruggs
Owner/operator of Creative Cards Printing Co.
CHESNEE – Chad R. Scruggs, 30, of 309 E. Union St., died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Katrina Trexler Scruggs and son of Jerry R. Scruggs of Chesnee. He was a 1992 graduate of Chesnee High School and was owner and operator of Creative Cards Printing Co. He attended New Pleasant Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Gabriel Scruggs.
Also surviving are two daughters, Leah Marie Scruggs and Ashlyn Nichole Scruggs; paternal grandparents, Bill and Doris Scruggs of Chesnee; a half-brother, Joshua Proffitt of Spartanburg; and maternal grandmother, O.C. Hollifield.
Services will be held at noon Thursday at New Pleasant Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. George Holland. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee and at other times they will be at the home of his grandparents, Bill and Doris Scruggs, 311 E. Union St., Chesnee.

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