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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, November 19, 2003

J. Mathis Brown
Owner and founder of J.M. Brown Amusement Co.
Jennings Mathis Brown, 82, of 700 S. Limestone St., died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, Mr. Brown was the husband of Lois Robbs Brown and son of the late Horace Maynard Brown and the late Vivian Mathis Brown. He was owner and founder of J.M. Brown Amusement Company Inc. and was a World War II Army veteran, receiving the Purple Heart. He was a life member of the VFW and was also a member of BPOE Lodge No. 1305 Elks Lodge. He was baptized in and was a lifelong member of Buford Street United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Rachel Wilkes of Gaffney; daughters, Elizabeth Goodenough and husband, Doug, of Gaffney, Vivian Martin and husband, Mike, and Linda Levenhagen and husband, Jay; a brother, Horace M. Brown of Asheville, N.C.; a sister, Vivian Prakash of Richmond, Va.; six grandchildren, Susan Moore, Douglas Goodenough Jr., Leslie Ware, Kristyn Estes, Michael Martin and Ashley Wilkes; and two great-grandchildren, Andrew W. Moore and Dontae Ware.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown was preceded in death by a brother, John Cudd Brown.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Buford Street United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. Scott Wachter and Bob Waddell. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Goodenough, Tracy Moore, Michael Martin, Sean Estes, Hovie McClure, Walt Pritchard and Bob Weaver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Warren Bonner, Louis Sossamon, Judge Jonathan McKown, John Q. Little, Fred Mattocks, Tony Lipscomb, Oliver Coyle Jr., Dennis Beheler, Jimmy Huskey, Jay Blair, Ron Duncan and Arthur Ledford.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Buford Street United Methodist Church Building Fund, 120 E. Buford St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Quinton Ramsey
Graveside services for Quinton Ramsey, 84, of 308 Adams St., were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by Mr. Ashby Blakely.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, SC. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Sybil M. Palmer
Seamstress with Hamrick Sewing
Sybil Patricia M. Palmer, 63, of 1843 W. Cherokee St., died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Palmer was the widow of Sonny Palmer and daughter of Clara M. Flynn of the home and the late Paul McCoy. She was a seamstress with Hamrick Sewing and was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church in Blacksburg.
Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, Larry Steve Hulsey of York and Chris Hulsey of Blacksburg; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Sherman McCoy.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. A. Parker Husley. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the graveside.
The family requests that memorials for Mrs. Palmer be made to White Columns Funeral Service, P.O. Box 331, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service of Blacksburg.

William E. Fowler
Gaffney native
William Earl Fowler, 78, of Orange Park, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 6, 2003, at Orange Park Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, S.C., he was the widower of Dorothy M. Fowler and son of the late Landrum Dean and Carmon Reynolds Fowler of Gaffney.
A Retired Chief Petty Officer with the United States Navy after serving 25 years, he was a World War II veteran.
Surviving are two brothers, L.C. Fowler of Gaffney and Landrum Dean Fowler Jr. of Hemet, Calif.; four nephews, a niece and one step-grandson.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by a brother, Jessie Willard (Red) Fowler.
Graveside services and burial with full military rites were held Monday, Nov. 10, at Jacksonville Memory Garden in Orange Park, Fla. Officiating was the Rev. Paul Estes.

Solana F. Whittenburg
Cherokee County native
Solana Faucett Whittenburg, 93, of 1349 Leadmine Rd., died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at 6:10 p.m. in the Spartanburg Regional Medical System.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg and daughter of the late John Faucett and the late Julia Faucett. She was a member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church and served as a deaconess and member of the General Missionary. She was a member of Virgin Mary Chapter No. 192, Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are three sons, Bishop Adell Whittenburg of Columbia, Joshua A. Whittenburg of Arlington, Va., and Rufus L. Whittenburg of Gaffney; the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg who was reared in the home as a son; four daughters, Permelia Johnson of Arlington, Va., Deborah Askew of Aliquippa, Pa., Carolyn Whittenburg of Falls Church, Va., and Dolly Elmore of the home; a sister, Queen Dula of Hickory, N.C.; 31 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg, Roderick Oglesby, Rev. Humphries, Dr. J.W. Sanders and Dr. Sybil Whittenburg. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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