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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Paul C. Fowler
Retired from Limestone Mills
Paul Cleveland Fowler, 84, of 109 Cedar St., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Rutherfordton, N.C., he was the son of the late Grover Cleveland and Claudia Gossie Fowler. He was retired from Limestone Mills and was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Vess Fowler of the home; two sons, Reggie Fowler and Dennis Fowler, both of Gaffney; three daughters, Paulette Dillingham of Blacksburg, Paula Guilmette of Cowpens and Lynn Wright of Gaffney; a brother, Charles Arthur Fowler of Gaffney; two sisters, Shirley F. Gordon of Orlando, Fla., and Sudie McClain of Gaffney; 19 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Freedom Fellowship Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Terrell Dillingham and Joel Gardner.
Memorials may be made to the Paul C. Fowler Memorial Fund, P.O. Drawer 1530, Spartanburg, S.C. 29304.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Lynn Wright, 135 Northview Dr.
Arrangements by Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel.

Betty J. Sisk
Retired textile employee
SMYRNA – Betty Joyce Sisk, 60, of 135 Mt. Sinai Church Rd., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Georgia, she was the wife of Donald Eugene Sisk and daughter of the late Buford Webster Martin and the late Lucille Hardy Martin. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Jeffery Wayne Sisk of Dallas, N.C.; three daughters, Donna Bolin, Tammy Huffstetler, both of Smyrna, and Betty Bolin of Blacksburg; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Buford Martin of Lincolnton, N.C., James Martin of Homer, Ga., Ed Martin of Greenville and Benny Martin of Gastonia, N.C.; and two sisters, Edith Campbell of Homer, Ga., and Shirley Long of Lincolnton.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Johnny Cody. Burial will be in Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Sisk, Michael Sisk, Bobby Bolin, David Wray, Robert Lecroy and Glenn Flowers.
The family is at 115 Mt. Sinai Church Rd., Smyrna, where the family will receive friends after 3 p.m. Thursday.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Carrie B. Hawkins
Retired from textiles and farming
Carrie Whelchel Barnhill Hawkins, 93, of Brookview HealthCare Center, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Brook-view.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Joe Hawkins and was first married to the late Pelza Barnhill. She was the daughter of the late Sam Whelchel and the late Catherine Spenser Whelchel. She was retired from textiles and farming and was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Gaffney High School.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a sister, Daisey Owensby of Gaffney; a stepson; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Todd Braswell. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Draytonville Baptist Church, 179 Draytonville Church Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jerry L. Medley
Employed by Becon Corp.
Jerry Lee Medley, 40, of 101 Dusty Trail, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Spartanburg Re-gional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Vina Childers Medley and son of Lee Medley and Velma Harris Medley of Gaffney. He was a pipe welder for Becon Corp. and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are a stepson, Michael Smith of Gaffney; a stepdaughter, Ashley Smith of Gaffney; a grandson, Landon Pennington of Gaffney; a brother, Tracy Medley of Gaffney; two sisters, Brenda Eubanks and Teresa Hicks of Gaffney; four nephews and one niece.
Mr. Medley was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Lee Medley.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Jerry Ford and alan Peeler. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be J.D. Murphy. Mike Powell, Chris Cudd, Timmy Medley, Ray Mullinax, Sam Harris Jr. and Phil Harris.
The family is at the home of his father, 161 Dusty Trail, where the body will be after noon today.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

W.T. Wilkie
Services for W.T. “Trust Me” Wilkie, 54, of 473 Lockhart Lane, Apt. B-1, will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg, Dr. Michael Bridges, Evangelist Frances Wilkins and Dr. U.D. Vernon. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be his nephews and friends and nieces and friends, respectively.
The family is at 510 Estelle Rd.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Carey K. Tate Sr.
Retired from Duke Power
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Carey Kirkpatrick Tate Sr., 82, of 1306 Oak Canopy Rd., died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at the home of his daughter at 431 Lithia Inn Rd., Lincolnton.
Mr. Tate was born on Nov. 30, 1920, in Cherokee County, S.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eben and Ila Mathis Tate; brothers, Dean, Ecford, Harold and Damon Tate; a sister, Alyene Davis.
Mr. Tate retired after working 42 years in electrical construction with Duke Power and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Cook Tate of the home; two sons, Carey K. Tate Jr. of Rock Hill and Stan E. Tate of Lincolnton; a daughter, Debbie T. Canipe of Lincolnton; two sisters, Virginia Sullivan and Nani Lou Cooper, both of Gaffney; five grandchildren, Shepherd K. Tate, Laura T. Herner, both of Rock Hill, David C. Tate of Atlanta, Ga., Kevin C. Tate of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Bradley J. Canipe of Boone, N.C.; two great-granddaughters, Morgan Christine Tate and Camryn Blair Tate, both of Rock Hill; and his beloved pet, “Winston.”
Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, conducted by Dr. Dixon Free and the Rev. Robert Cantwell. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 201 Robin Rd., Lincolnton, N.C.; or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
The family extends special thanks to Sue Wilson and Sue Mobley for all their special care and love during his illness.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Debbie Canipe, 431 Lithia Inn Rd., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
Arrangements by Warlick Funeral Home.

Pearl P. Parker
Homemaker
Pearl Peeler Parker, 84, of 125 Beltline Rd., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Fay Eugene Parker Sr. and daughter of the late Rufus Sylvanus Peeler and the late Emma Elizabeth Crosby Peeler. She was a homemaker and member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, John Nesbit Parker of Gaffney; three daughters, Dianne P. McDowell, Linda P. Clary, both of Gaffney, and Janice L. Parker of the home; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by a son, the Rev. Fay Eugene Parker Jr.; a brother, John Rufus Peeler; and four sisters, Rosa L. Peeler, Maude P. Parker, Estelle P. Reynolds and Bonnie P. Cabiness.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Alan Peeler, Ron Jackson and Charles Hall. Burial will be in Little Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Parker, Roger McDowell, Brian Medley, Billy Elder, Jared Harris and James Owensby.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Parker’s nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Rev. Junior Parker Scholarship Fund, Central Baptist Church, 500 E. Montgomery St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at 305 11th St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

William G. Oxford
Retired truck driver
William Gary Oxford, 48, of 424 Goucher-Green Bethel Rd., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Donna Lynn Estes Oxford and son of Barbara Jean Coleman Oxford of Gaffney and the late William Harold Oxford. He was a retired truck driver and was a member of Thompson Chapel Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two sons, Kenneth Chad Oxford and Joshua Scott Oxford, both of the home; a daughter, Margaret “Beth” Carter of Gaffney; three grandchildren; a sister, Becky Hurt of Gaffney; and two brothers, Michael Oxford of Gaffney and Dean Oxford of Converse.
In addition to his father, Mr. Oxford was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Scott Oxford, and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Oxford.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Goucher Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Fred Quidley and Larry Flemmings. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Estes, Brian Estes, Daniel Fortner, Marc Motts, Jonathen Sprouse, Andrew Bailey, Josh Rogers and Kent Easler.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be the home of Becky Hurt, 554 Goucher-Green Bethel Rd.

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