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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, October 6, 2003

Janice E. Deaton
Retired from Progress Lighting; Certified substitute teacher
Janice Emory Deaton, 58, of 160 Silica Springs Rd., died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Clifton, she was the wife of W.C. "Pete" Deaton and daughter of the late Jay T. Emory and the late Elma Lavinia Whitaker Emory. She was a member of Silica Springs Baptist Church, was retired from Progress Lighting and was a certified substitute teacher.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kristi Deaton Patterson of Gaffney; a son, Darryl Deaton of Gaffney; three grandchildren; three sisters, Peggy King of Spartanburg, Carolyn "Becky" Humphries and Dora Emory, both of Cowpens.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Deaton was preceded in death by a son, Walter Calvin Deaton Jr., and three brothers, Ronald Emory, Joe Emory and Barry Emory.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Silica Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Lynn Ford and Jimmy Powell. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Randy Humphries, Ronnie Humphries, J.R. Crocker, Bobby King, Bryan Tate and Rick Quinn.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Gibbs Cancer Center, 380 Serpentine Dr., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.

Nancy L. Reeves
St. Petersburg, Fla., native
Nancy L. Reeves, 44, of 585 Old Metal Rd., wife of Earl Reeves, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at 8:36 a.m. at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Daughter of Ellen Pagan Allman of St. Petersburg, Fla., and the late Frank Allman, she was a native of St. Petersburg and was a housewife and member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are three daughters, Carrie Sellier, Amber Reeves, both of St. Petersburg, and Crystal Reeves of the home; three sisters, Lisa Reynolds of Tampa, Fla., Susan Stafford and Cindy Hoy, both of St. Petersburg; and one grandchild.
The family will receive friends Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home with services to follow at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Maye Short
Retired from Cherokee County Hospital
Melissa (Maye) H. Short, 89, formerly of Chesnee Highway, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Millard (M.L.) Short and daughter of the late J. Mark Hayes and the late Melissa Price Hayes. She was retired from Cherokee County Hospital and was a member of New Pleasant Baptist Church. She was Cherokee County Champion Speller when she was in the seventh grade and she was Champion Speller in Spartanburg County when she was in the 10th grade.
Surviving are a son, Stephen B. Short of Blacksburg; a daughter, Shelia S. Monday of Crowders Mountain Park Community in Gastonia; a sister, Mamie Hause of Florence; two grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at New Pleasant Baptist Church, conduced by the Revs. George Holland and Alan Peeler. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Joe Wayne Hayes, Lee Short, Kenny Short, Joe Thornton, David Short and Kelly Morton.
The family is at the home of her son, Stephen B. Short, 104 Lime St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Melia R. Johnson
Retired from flower’s Bakery
Melia Roger Johnson, 69, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, in White Oak Manor, Spartanburg.
Husband of Gladys Ruth Hun-ter Johnson, Mr. Johnson was born in Union County, a son of the late Fraygious Johnson and the late Garrie Mayes Johnson. He was a member and former junior deacon of Bethel Baptist Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired employee of Flower's Bakery.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Melia Roger Johnson Jr. of Spartanburg; a daughter, Eureka Johnson of Cowpens; two brothers, John Clarence Johnson of Cowpens and James Odell Johnson of Silver Spring, Md.; three sisters, Frances Corbett of Atlantic City, N.J., Mary Alice Landrum of Charleston, and Barbara McNair of Pleasantville, N.J.; and one granddaughter.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Island Creek Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church Thursday at 2 p.m.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 7- 8 p.m. at The Gilmore Mortuary.
The family is at the home of Gladys Johnson, 1425 Swofford Dr., Cowpens.

Jerry L. Harris
Construction foreman
Jerry Lee Harris, 59, of 147 Crestmont Dr., died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late William Carl Harris and the late Mary Lee Royster Harris. He was a construction foreman and member of State Line Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Donna H. Swanger, Lisa H. Price, both of Gaffney, and Angela H. Hull of Yorktown, Va.; five grandchildren; and three sisters, Jean H. Martin of Belmont, N.C., Christine H. Ruppe of Gaffney and Nancy H. Cook of Blacksburg.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Harris was preceded in death by two brothers, Solon Harris and Cecil Harris.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at State Line Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Charlie Blackwell and Mike Frazier and Mr. Dan Bostic. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Glen Ruppe, Kenny Harris, Ralph Wilburn, Alan Ruppe, John Carlo, Henry Harris, Whitey Grant and Johnny Harris.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to State Line Baptist Church Building Fund, 1328 State Line Church Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Charles D. Zebroski
Pittsburgh, Pa., native
Charles Daniel (Moe) Zebroski, 53, of Dallas, Texas, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, in Memphis, Tenn.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of Charles Zebroski of Sewickley, Pa., and the late Amelia Christine Parker Zebroski. He was a construction worker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his father are a brother, Stanley Zebroski of Morganton, N.C.; a son, Bryan Zebroski of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Tonya Zebroski Trulli and Cathy Joe Zebroski, both of Pittsburgh; and six grandchildren.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Zebroski was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cletius and Thresa Peeler Parker and Stanley and JoAnn Zebroski.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Billy Sanders. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of Cecil Davidson, 210 Sunset Dr., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Elizabeth B. Linder
Active member of Philadelphia Baptist Church
Elizabeth Bridges Linder, 92, of Peachtree Centre, widow of Deacon Hazel George Linder Sr., died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2004, at 6:37 a.m. at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Daughter of the late Deacon Henry Roland “Doc” Bridges and the late Hessie Epps Bridges, she was born Feb. 9, 1911, in Cherokee County. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, where she served as a Deaconess, president of the Women’s Senior Missionary Circle, member of the Willing Workers Club, a Sunday School teacher and assistant secretary of the Thickety Mountain Women’s Missionary. She was a former member of the Willing Workers Club.
Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn L. Mitchell of Gaffney and Fredia Brandon of Columbia; two sons, James E. Linder of Washington, D.C., and George H. Linder of Spartanburg; three sisters, Bonitee Wood of Baltimore, Md., Susie Camp of Blacksburg and Sallie Parker of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Deacon Alonzo Bridges of Gaffney; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Danny L. Burnside, Charles Montgomery, John Edward Wilkins and Drs. J.W. Sanders Sr. and C.V. Owens. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be her nephews and great-nephews and nieces and great-nieces, respectively.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of Philadelphia Baptist Church and honorary flower bearers will be the church’s Senior Missionary and Deaconess.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

James P. Cooksey
Retired test driver at Ford Research/Engineering Center
James Paul Cooksey, 79, of 158 Draytonville Church Rd., died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Cladie Phillips Cooksey of the home and son of the late Earl Cooksey and the late Annie Mae Wright Cooksey Pennington. He was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church, a Shriner and a Mason in Buffalo Lodge 202. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was retired from Ford Research and Engineering Center in Michigan where he was a test driver.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, James W. Cooksey of Lake Orion, Mich., and Earl C. Cooksey of Waterford, Mich.; two grandsons; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.
Service arrangements will be announced later.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by White Columns.

Nancy Garrett
Retired day care worker
Nannie (Nancy) Gowan Garrett, 89, formerly of Town & Country Apartments, died today, Oct. 6, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
Born in Chesnee, she was the widow of Charles Furman Garrett and daughter of the late Henry Mitchell Gowan and the late Rosie Hammett Gowan. She was a retired day care worker and a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Charles Douglas Garrett of Wilmington, N.C.; a daughter, Susan Garrett Lane of New Orleans, La.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by a sister, Naomi Gowan Barrs, and three brothers, Connie Gowan, Sam Gowan and John Gowan.
The family is at the home of her granddaughter, Ann Gordon, 110 Tumbleweed Dr.
Memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Sara B. Grentzer
Gaffney native
CHARLOTTE – Sara Bullock Grentzer, 83, of Charlotte died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.
Born on Gaffney on Feb. 16, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Charles Clyde and Eva Lois Elmore Bullock. She had been a resident of Charlotte since 1951 and was also a longtime member of Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her children, Carole G. Edwards of Lake Wylie, John Elmore Grentzer and his wife, Marlene, of Richmond, Va., and Elaine G. Horack of Charlotte; grandchildren, Lisa C. Edwards, Michael, D. Edwards and Christine E. Lawing, and great-grandchildren, Amber Marie Edwards, Michael Kyle Edwards and Justin Carter Edwards, all of Charlotte.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Grentzer was preceded in death by her husband, John William Grentzer, and her two brothers.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Bob Jack. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the hour of the service at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 15000 York Rd., Charlotte, N.C. 28278.
Arrangements by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Pineville Chapel.

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