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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, November 7, 2003

Katie D. Shippy
Employed by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
Katie D. Shippy. 47, of 303 Humphries St., died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Spartanburg Reg-ional Medical Center after an extended illness.
A native of Union County, she was a daughter of Leatha Gist of the home and the late Luke Lott Jr. She was employed by Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and was a member of Mt. Ararat Church.
Surviving are three sons, Tony R. Gist, Walter Lee Shippy and Tron D. Shippy, all of Gaffney; a daughter, Coretta Lynn Shippy of Pacolet; three brothers, Danny Lee Gist of Enoree, James E. Lott of Gaffney and Robert K. Hardy of Myrtle Beach; three sisters, Robin H. Wallace, Teresa Hardy Dowdle and Lori H. Studyvance, all of Gaffney; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at New Salem Zion Baptist Church in Pacolet. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home
Arrangements by J.W. Woodward Funeral Home.

Benjamin A. Price
Retired from Timken
COWPENS – Benjamin Allen Price, 66, of 163 Wallace Rd., died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cowpens, he was the husband of Wilma Joan Whelchel Price and son of the late Benjamin Jefferson Price and the late Carrie Estelle Turner Price. He was a retired machinist from The Timken Company after 20 years of service and was owner and operator of Ben's Sharpening Service. He was a member of High Point Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Gregory Allen Price of Pacolet and Kevin Ron Price of Cowpens; a brother, Eugene Price of Washington State; a half-brother, Carl Bonner of Drayton; a sister, Madora Holder of Spartanburg; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Clifford Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Joe Phillips, Donald Phillips, Michael Burgess, Mandel Whelchel, Cyrus Addington and Michael Bonner.
The family is at the home of a son, Kevin Price, 114 Waters Rd., Cowpens.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jack Q. Sexton
Sheet metal fabricator
BLACKSBURG – Jack Quinton Sexton, 83, of 683 Rock House Rd., died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville, N.C.
Mr. Sexton was born in Marianna, Fla., and was the husband of Edith Kelley Sexton. He was the son of the late John Sexton and the late Bessie Kent Sexton. A member of Antioch Baptist Church, he worked as a sheet metal fabricator and was a member of the VFW and Disabled American Veterans.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Vickie Campbell of Blacksburg and Kim Amick of Clinton; a son, Van Quinton Sexton of Grover; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul Sexton of Baker, Fla.; and four sisters, Rency Pumphrey of Lakeland, Fla., Susie Mayo of Marianna, Fla., Alice Foran of Cottondale, Fla., and Annie Sue Dilmore of Alford, Fla.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Craig. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Vandy Sexton, Chad Sexton, Tim Franks, Randy Holden, Billy Kelley and Keith Swofford.
The family is at the home.
Donations made be made to the Lewis Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Rd., Asheville, N.C. 28803.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Charlie "Pop" Phillips
Retired from U.S. Army and The Timken Company
Charlie Fay "Pop" Phillips, 73, of 710 Marietta St., died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at his home.
Born in Gaffney, Mr. Phillips was the husband of Bertha Mae Wilson Phillips to whom he had been married since 1959. He was the son of the late Summie Phillips and the late Ida Bell Richardson Phillips. He was a gospel singer at several times during his life, performing with Vivian and Onnie Childers and also with Lyman Roberson as a teenager. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he was a member of The Cherokeeans.
Mr. Phillips retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service. He had two tours of duty in Vietnam, three in Germany and one in Thailand. He was also stationed in Georgia and Texas during his military career. He received a number of service medals and was inducted into the Cherokee County Hall of Bravery by American Legion Post No. 109 on May 30, 1992.
He retired from The Timken Company of Gaffney in 1993 after having been employed there since 1973. Known as "Pop" by his Timken co-workers, he was owner of Domestic Appliance in Gaffney for over 25 years.
A member of Gaffney Indian Booster Club for a number of years, he was a dedicated fan of the Indians' football team and missed only two or three games since 1973. He attended games at home and away for many years until the 2002 season, when health problems prevented him from attending. Until the past year, he was ballgame buddies with Edward Gallman.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Phillips was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Gaffney and a former member of Oakdale Baptist Church in Cowpens.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Lynn Phillips; father- and mother-in-law, James E. and Onie V. Wilson; two brothers, Ernest G. Phillips and Summie Phillips; and five sisters, Clara Phillips Bridges, Daisy Osment, Abbie Canaday, Geneva Teal and Beatrice McCraw.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Pamela Allen of Gaffney and Cris Phillips Huskey Thomas and husband, Kevin S., of Cowpens; three grandsons, Steven Chase Huskey, Cameron Scott Thomas and Michael Keith Allen, all of Gaffney; and three sisters, Dora Roberson, Annie Scruggs, both of Gaffney, and Christine Phillips of Greenville.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Danny Shore and Dennis Spencer and Mr. Philip Gallman. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends Saturday 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 Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302; or to Calvary Baptist Church, 2928 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Casimir V. Zebroski
Retired steel worker
Casimir Victor Zebroski, 83, of 1920 Big Sewickley Creek Rd., Sewickley, Pa., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, in Sewickley Valley Hospital, Sewickley.
Mr. Zebroski was a native of Carnegie, Pa., and widower of Amelia Parker Zebroski. He was the son of the late Stanislaw Zebroski and the late Joanna Mihalka Zebroski. He was a retired steel worker.
Surviving are a son, Stanley Zebroski of Bessemer City, N.C.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline Valetta, Josephine Francis and Louise Welsh, all of Carnegie, Pa..
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Zebroski was preceded in death by a son, Charles Daniel Zebroski; a brother, Bernard Zebroski; and a sister, Stella Sadowsky.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Buddy Rampey and Phillip Modlin. Burial will be in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Zebroski, Andrew Zebroski, Brian Zebroski, Jamie Ham and Shad McDaniel.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7:30 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at 418 E. Florida Ave., Bessemer City.

Willie Fluker
Alabama native
Willie Fluker, 85, of 510-1/2 Banks Ave., Utah, Ala., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at 8:58 p.m. at Jerdia City Hospital, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Son of the late Will Fluker and the late Mat Fluker, he was a native of Witfield, Ala. He attended Shalmon Christian Fellowship Church in Gaffney when he lived here with his son, Cecil Fluker, for five years until he moved back to Alabama in 2003. He was a retired employee of Russo Grocery of Cleveland, Ohio.
Surviving are his wife, Laura Kate Oliver Fluker of Utah, Ala.; five sons, Willie Fluker Jr., Gene Fluker, Joseph Fluker of Utah, Ala., Cecil Fluker of Gaffney and Ricky Fluker of Cleveland, Ohio; two daughters, Berniece Sprull of Cleveland, Ohio, and Burwenia Clark of Utah, Ala.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gandy Funeral Home in Utah, Ala.
The family is at the home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shalmon Christian Fellowship Church.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Bishop Samuel Martin
SHELBY – Bishop Samuel Martin, 78, of 1113 Buffalo St., Apt. B-12, formerly of Asheville, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at 7:10 a.m. at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hart Funeral Services of Asheville.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Betty A. Reid
Services for Betty A. Reid, 66, of 269 Beltline Rd., Apt. 7-B, will be held Monday at Galilee Baptist Church in Blacksburg, conducted by the Rev. Les Howard. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.
Ms. Reid died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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