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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, November 3, 2003

Thelma W. Wright
Cherokee County native
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Thelma Wright Wright, 78, of 117 Larch Lane, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Coleman Edward Wright and daughter of the late Jim and Pearl Hamrick Wright. She was a homemaker, retired from the textile industry and was a member of Allen Memorial Baptist Church in Grover.
Surviving are a son, Edward “Sonny” John Wright of Grover; two daughters, Jo Ann Carroll of Spartanburg and Judy Wiggins of Kings Mountain; two sisters, Dorothy Dellinger and Mary Ella Reeves, both of Cherryville, N.C.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Allen Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery in Grover.
The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Allen Memorial Baptist Church, 1222 Long Branch Rd., Grover, N.C. 28073.

Velda J. Byars
Owner of Patterson Feed Store
BLACKSBURG – Velda Jean Byars, 64, of 101 Brull St., died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at her home.
Born in Blacksburg, she was the widow of Harry (Dude) Byars and daughter of the late Floyd Lee Patterson and the late Jessie Matril Cobb Patterson. She was a member of Christian Fellowship Church and was owner and operator of Patterson Feed Store.
Surviving are her spouse, Larry Allen of the home; a daughter, Iris Cobb of Blacksburg; three sons, Scott Byars, Mitchell Byars, both of Blacksburg, and Pernell Byars of Kings Mountain; two brothers, Amiel Patterson of Blacksburg and Leon Patterson of Gaffney; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier and Wayne Warren. Entombment was at Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to Christian Fellowship Church, 556 Peeler Rd., Blacksburg, S.C, 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Charles L. Queen
Decorated WWII veteran
BLACKSBURG – Charles L. Queen, 94, of 118 Tribal Rd., died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Queen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruby Isler Queen. He was the son of the late William and Margie Stroupe Queen and retired as president of Blue Ridge Production Credit after 43 years of service.
He served in the United States Army during World War II and received a Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Grover, N.C., and was a member of the Lions Club and the Grange.
Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia Ann Moore of Blacksburg and Charlene Queen of Blacksburg; two grandchildren, Patricia Willis and husband, Lee, of Grover and Christopher Moore of Blacksburg; and two great-grandsons, Jerrod Willis and Jacob Willis of Grover.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Queen was preceded in death by brothers Claude and Cathy Queen, and a sister, Nell Black.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Grover, conducted by Dr. Paul Sorrels and Dr. Tony Fulbright. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at White Columns of Blacksburg and at other times they will be at the home.
Pallbearers will be Lee Willis, Bill Willis, Jack Herndon, Harry Beam, John Wylie and Ted Dover. Honorary pallbearer will be Bill McCarter.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 403 Cleveland Ave., Grover, N.C., 28073; or to the American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1095, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Rev. William J. Bennett Jr.
Retired Baptist minister
The Rev. William J. Bennett Jr., 79, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
Born in Gaffney, Rev. Bennett was the widower of Allene Neely Bennett and son of the late William J. Bennett Sr. and the late Anntionette Painter Bennett Collins. He was the stepson of the late Robert L. Collins.
Rev. Bennett was a retired Southern Baptist minister and was former owner of Bennett’s Hardware in Gaffney. A graduate of Gaffney High School, North Greenville Junior College, Wofford College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served churches in Pinewood, Jonesville, Greenville and Ridgeland. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Surviving are a daughter, Nancy B. Tucker of Gaffney; two sons, Jerry Bennett of Eufalla, Ala., and John L. Bennett of Mooresville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Kancy Tucker Cleveland and Neely C. Bennett; one great-grandchild, Kaily A. Cleveland; and a step-sister, Florence Collins Hunt of Hamilton, Montana.
In addition to his wife and parents, Rev. Bennett was preceded in death by a step-brother, William Collins.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall, Dr. Thomas L. Neely and the Rev. Herbert Neely.
Family members are at their respective homes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bennett Scholarship Fund, c/o Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303; or Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Essie M. Peterson
Homemaker
GASTONIA, N.C. – Essie Manning Peterson, 85, of 319 Havencrest Court, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at South Haven Rest Home in Gastonia.
Mrs. Peterson was the daughter of the late William Benjamin Manning and Katie Wisher Manning and widow of William Lee Peterson. She was a homemaker and member of Nazareth Baptist Church in Blacksburg where she was active with several church activities.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Damon Peterson, and a daughter, Nettie Peterson Adair.
Surviving are three sons, Bobby Peterson of Anchorage, Alaska, Carl Peterson and Buddy Peterson, both of Gastonia; a daughter, Betty Peterson Morton of Gastonia; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Gaston Memorial Park, conducted by the Rev. Marvin Carson.
Arrangements by McLean Funeral Directors, Gastonia.

Jo Duckett
Member of Arrowood Baptist Church in Chesnee
CHESNEE – Josephine “Jo” Gowan Duckett, 64, of 431 Old Island Ford Rd., died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Restorative Care.
Mrs. Duckett was the wife of Roy Duckett and daughter of the late Earl and Addie Bishop Gowan. She was a member of Arrowood Baptist Church where she was a past president of the WMU.
In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Joann Blackwell of Chesnee; a sister, Helen Finger of Boiling Springs; two brothers, the Rev. Dupre Gowan and Melvin Gowan, both of Chesnee; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Arrowood Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Cooper. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.
Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, c/o Arrowood Baptist Church, 1410 Hwy. 11 West, Chesnee, S.C. 29323.
The family is at the home
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Debra B. Phillips
Employed by Duke Power
Debra Barnes Phillips, 48, of 158 Hayes Rd., died today, Nov. 3, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Caroleen, N.C., she was the wife of Dennis Phillips and daughter of Bobby Barnes of the home and Reba Martin Barnes of Mooresboro, N.C. She was a clerk at Duke Power Cliffside Plant and was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are a son, Tim Phillips of Gaffney; one grandchild; and two sisters, Barbara Golden of Charleston and Lisa Moore of Columbia.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Roosevelt Meeks
Tallahassee, Fla., native
Roosevelt "Nick" Meeks, 57, of 306 Whelchel Rd., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at his home.
Son of the late Tom Meeks and the late Frances Hawkins Meeks, he was a native of Tallahassee, Fla., where he was a former member of Friendship Primitive Baptist Church. He graduated from FAMU High School and attended Florida A&M University for three years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and relocated to Gastonia, N.C., in 1991. He was a former salesman at Peachtree Ford in Gaffney. At the time of his death, he was employed as a sales consultant at Town Square Ford in Lincolnton. He was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church in Gastonia.
Surviving are a daughter, Nikki-NiShana Mosley Meeks and a granddaughter, Taylor-Elizabeth Mosley Meeks, both of Tallahassee; a brother, Alfred Arnold Sr.; and a sister, Mary Arnold Jones, both of Tallahassee.
A memorial service will be held today at 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Tony Macomson, Lawrence Davidson and Dr. Eula Miller Jr.
Another memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Strong and Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Tallahassee, where burial will be in Southside Cemetery.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Myrtle C. Blanton
Retired from Timken
Myrtle Campbell Blanton, 82, of 2231 Overbrook Dr., died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Albert X. Blanton and daughter of the late Charlie Campbell and the late Ada Webber Campbell. She was a retired inspector from The Timken Company and was a member of Midway Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Blanton was a volunteer for PeachCenter Ministries and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving are a daughter, Karen Blanton Way of Gaffney; three sons, Jeff A. Blanton, Steve C. Blanton, both of Gaffney, and Charlie R. Blanton of Nesmith, S.C.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall and Dr. Bobby Morrow. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Louie Blanton, Paul Patterson, Horace Whelchel, Joey Parris, Robert Blanton, Jimmy Campbell, Bobby Pettit and Jim Broome.
The family is at the home of Steve Blanton, 2247 Overbrook Dr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the PeachCenter Ministries, P.O. Box 554, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Grace C. Maynor
Retired from Limestone Mfg. and Wal-Mart
Grace Childers Maynor, 86, of 905 Florence St., died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Hickory Grove, she was the widow of Thomas Edward Maynor and daughter of the late Robert Jackson Childers and the late Dorothy Williams Childers. She retired from Limestone Manufacturing Company and recently retired as a customer associate for Wal-Mart. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Pam Maynor Ruppe and Lyman Ruppe of the home; and two brothers, Paul Childers and Robert Childers, both of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Ruppe.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Wofford Caughman. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Childers, Terry Childers, Kenneth Childers, Wayne Childers, Mike Childers and Eddie Childers.
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 Southside Baptist Church, 203 W. O’Neal St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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