common / 11-26-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Max D. Garrison Jr.
Brick mason
CHESNEE – Max Donald Garrison Jr., 50, of 209 N. Alabama Ave., died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Judy V. Garrison and son of the late Max D. and Joyce Gandy Garrison. He was a brick mason and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Halley Garrison of Gaffney; two sons, Casey Donald Garrison of Dobson, N.C., and John Howard Garrison of Maryland; two sisters, Donna Birch of Chesnee and Beth Kerchmar of Fayetteville, N.C.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Springhill Memorial Gardens. Earl Scruggs will give the eulogy.
The family will receive friends at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Margaret D. Jackson
Former employee of Southern Loom and Reed
BLACKSBURG – Margaret Dover Jackson, 49, of 200 Fridy Rd., Apt. 313, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Monroe Dover and the late Ollie Annette Blackwood Dover, and was the wife of Marshall Jackson of the home. She was a former employee of Southern Loom Reed Manufacturing Co, and was a member of Proclaiming The Word Ministries in Grover.
Also surviving are three sons, Marshall Wayne Jackson of Blacksburg, Timothy William Jackson of Bessemer City, N.C., and William David Jackson of Hickory, N.C.; five daughters, Ruby Crystal “Christie” Annette Carter, Margie Elaine Jackson Blackwell, both of Blacksburg, Rebecca Wyatt Lamb, Wanda Wyatt Childers, both of Gaffney, and Angela Dianne Jackson Greason of Bessemer City; a sister, Jean Gardner of Shelby; and 18 grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by a brother, Jamie Dover, and a nephew, Christopher Dover.
Services were held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Sherry Moss, Alan Peeler and Dean Painter. Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Benny Jackson, Wayne Jackson, Talmadge Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, David Wyatt and Mitchell Martin.
Honorary pallbearers were Warren Childers, Danny Helton Jr., Kenneth Martin, Gerald Hames and Billy Jackson.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Christie Carter, 288 Jones St., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to “Margaret Jackson Funeral Fund,” c/o Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, 211 E. Frederick St., Gaffney, S.C.; or to Proclaiming the Word Ministries, Grover, N.C.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Michael A. Runge
Served in Desert Shield/Storm
COLUMBIA – Michael A. Runge, 44, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003.
Born in Albermarle, N.C., he was a son of Tommy Runge and Mary George Smith and was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. He served with the S.C. Army National Guard as a member of the 742nd Maintenance Co. and was activated with Detachment 1 of the 263rd Armor during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Surviving are his wife, Julie Ellen Barry Runge; children, Joseph Runge, Kelly Runge and Mary Alice Runge, all of the home; his father and stepmother, Bunny Runge, of Chapin; his mother and stepfather, Steve Smith, of Columbia; brothers, Tommy Runge, Russell Runge and Steven Smith, all of Columbia; and paternal grandmother, Madlyn Clodfelter of Mauldin.
Mr. Runge was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, the Rev. and Mrs. George A. Baker.
Services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Ballentine. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork.

Chris A. Riddle
Native of Baltimore, Md.
BLACKSBURG – Chris Allen Riddle, 28, of 589 S. Rutherford St., died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at Limestone Courts in Gaffney.
A native of Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Nancy Lou Wilds Riddle and the late Harry Thomas Riddle. He was a heating and air condition technician.
In memory of Allen Chris Riddle.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Amber Riddle of Gaffney and Madison Bends of Blacksburg; a sister, Callie M. Riddle of the home; and nephews, Timothy Ramsey, Harry (Little Jack) Riddle Jr. and Taylor Riddle.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Norman Philbeck. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
The family is at 593 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

William R. Wright Jr.
Gaffney native
ROCK HILL – William Robert (Kenneth) Wright Jr., 76, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at his home.
Born in Gaffney, Mr. Wright was the son of the late William R. Wright Sr. and Marie Turner Wright. He was a graduate of Gaffney High School and retired from Wellman Fiber Corp. He was a U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force veteran and served during World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Lynda Lee Anderson Wright; a son, William R. (Billy) Wright III of Unionville, N.C.; a daughter, Peggy Wright of Rock Hill; a brother, L.D. Wright of Gaffney; two sisters, Dot Turner of North Augusta and Peggy Wright of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Grandview Memorial Park, conducted by Dr. Tom Patterson.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Community Care, 325 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C.
Arrangements by Bass and Cauthen Funeral Homes.

Martha S. Ward
Retired registered nurse
Martha Elizabeth Shilling-law Ward, 93, of Peachtree Centre, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Kings Creek, she was the widow of Sigsbee Ward and daughter of the late Martin Henry Shillinglaw and the late Martha Elizabeth Ormand Shillinglaw. She was a retired registered nurse after 45 years of service and was a longtime nurse and resident of Battlecreek, Mich., and also worked as a R.N. in Cherokee County.
Surviving is a sister, Leonora Shillinglaw McSwain of York.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by brothers, George O. Shillinglaw, Henry Tracy Shillinglaw, Alfonso Maloney Shillinglaw, Algernon Oats Shillinglaw, John Preston Shillinglaw and Andral Shillinglaw; and sisters, Francis S. Locke and Olla Mae S. Starnes.
Services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Blacksburg A.R.P. Church, conducted by the Rev. David Rowe. Burial was in Smyrna A.R.P. Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bill McSwain, Ronald E. Shillinglaw, Chris Stephenson, David Shillinglaw, Danny Mack Clinton, M. Keith McSwain, John Shillinglaw and Thomas H. Harry.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Blacksburg A.R.P. Church, 108 S. Chester St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

William A. Parris
Retired textile employee
William Archie Parris, 80, of Beltline Courts, Apt. 8, died Saturday Nov. 22, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late William R. Parris and the late Luvie Phillips Parris. He was a retired textile employee and member of Faith Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Billy Parris of Kings Mountain and Sam Parris of Greer; two daughters, Vickie Whited of Gaffney and Karen Moore of Gastonia; a brother, James R. Parris of Gaffney; a sister, Lillie Pierce of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Delos Blanton and Terrill Dillingham. Entombment will be at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Terry Wayne Parris, Todd Parris, Rex Allison, Winford Blanton, Shane Parris and Billy Parris Jr.
The family is at the home of Vickie Whited, 507 Browning Rd., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Joseph L. Whitaker
Former VP of auditing at First Citizens Bank, Columbia
Joseph (Mr. Joe) LeRoyce Whitaker, 67, of 425 Rolling Mill Rd., died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Whitaker was the husband of Sara (Jo) Cudd Whitaker, who was his loving companion and friend for 43 years. He was the son of the late Esker Lee Whitaker and the late Duett Wells Whitaker of Gaffney.
A graduate of Limestone College and the American Baking Institute, he was a member of Christian Heights Baptist Church; member of Bethel Masonic Lodge, Woodruff; formerly employed by Firestone, Limestone Mill, NAPA, Barton Security and Fast and Fresh in Gaffney; Reeves Brothers in Spartanburg, Bond Paint and Supply, Butler Paper Company; and vice-president of auditing with First Citizens Bank and Trust in Columbia.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and J.C. Phillips Sr. of York; a sister-in-law, Ramona Moss Whitaker of Gaffney; several nieces and nephews; Frankie and Elizabeth Shuler and Ronnie Lee Williams (who lived in the home); and a faithful companion, Bambi Jo Whitaker.
Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Edward Whitaker and Michael R. Whitaker, and a sister, Lucille Whitaker Cash.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. today at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Gaffney prior to the 4 p.m. services that will be conducted by the Revs. Tommy Wright, Randy McCraw and Alan Peeler. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to the DMW Fire Department First Responders, McKowns Mountain Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to the Christian Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 605 Sixth St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home.

Vernon E. Lawter
World War II veteran
SPARTANBURG – Vernon Ellis Lawter, 77, of 2030 Chesnee Hwy., died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at his home after a long illness.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the widower of Gladys Godfrey Lawter and son of the late John and Janie Bishop Lawter. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. John Masonic Lodge No. 333 and was a Shriner. He was a retired truck driver and member of Orchard Street Baptist Church.
Surviving are a granddaughter, Shelly Palmer of the home; three daughters, Joyce Powell of Boiling Springs, Kathy Sanford and Vicki Palmer, both of Spartanburg; a son, Joe Lawter of Roebuck; a brother, John “Elzie’ Lawter of Chesnee; seven other grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, conducted by the Revs. Kenneth Cash and Leonard Brown and Mr. Bobby Rhymer. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
The family is at the home.

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