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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, December 1, 2003

Daisy M. Lindley
Owner/operator of Lindley Store
Daisy Dell McCauley Lindley, 101, of 143 Lindley Road, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Greenville, S.C., she was the widow of the Rev. Jesse Bailey Lindley and daughter of the late William Henry McCauley and the late Anna Robert Fowler McCauley. She was owner and operator of Lindley Store and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She completed North Greenville College and Draughn's Business College.
Surviving are her daughters and their husbands, Ida Dell and Virgil Cantrell Sr. of Greenville, Anna Bell and Cecil Whitson Sr. of Lancaster, Daisy Louise and Jodean Lemmons Sr. of Gaffney, Willie Jean and Ted Humphries of Cowpens, Carol Lee and Charles Holcombe of Gaffney and Jessie Elizabeth and Jeff Blanton Sr. of Gaffney; 24 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Marion Cantrell Jr., Tommy Cantrell, Ricky Cantrell, Burnie Whitson, Gregg Whitson, Dale Whitson, Joey Lemmons, Bailey Humphries, Jeff Blanton Jr., Jesse Blanton, Jason Blanton and Jonathan Blanton.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to North Greenville College, Greenville, S.C.; or to Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Macedonia Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral home.

Samuel H. Burgess Sr.
Retired from Landrum Mills
CHEROKEE SPRINGS – Samuel Hawthorne Burgess Sr., 90, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at Inman Health Care after an extended illness.
A native of Chesnee, Mr. Burgess was a son of the late Guy and Bessie Bonner Burgess. He was retired from Landrum Mills, where he was a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of Cherokee Springs Masonic Lodge No. 135 and was a past commissioner of the Cherokee Springs Fire Department. He was a member of Cherokee Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are two grandsons, Michael W. Burgess of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Mark M. Burgess of Boiling Springs; a daughter-in-law, Frances D. Burgess of Cherokee Springs; and three great-grandchildren, Amanda Barbour of Sneads Ferry, N.C., Andrew and Amber Burgess of Boiling Springs, and Kenzie Rogers of Spartanburg.
Graveside services will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Springhill Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Bill Lark.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, P.O. Box 1947, Quantico, Va., 22134.
The family is at the home of Frances Burgess, 148 Ware Road.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Billy Joe Keller
Truck driver
Billy Joe Keller, 40, of 474 Roundtree Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Leslie Skipper Keller of Gaffney and the late Willie "Bill" Carroll Keller. He was a truck driver and of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are a son, Joey Keller of Blacksburg; a daughter, Christy Keller of Blacksburg; three brothers, Ricky Keller, Tony Keller and Jimmy Keller, all of Gaffney; and a sister, Tanya Moss of Gaffney.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hicks Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Byrd.
The family is at the home of his mother, 106 Osment St.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Thomas W. Lester
Vietnam veteran
BLACKSBURG – Thomas Wayne Lester, 52, of 1736 Blacksburg Hwy., Lot 8, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Doris Faye Rochester Lester of the home and son of the late Luther and Grace Clary Lester. He served with the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Gaffney.
Surviving in addition to his wife are five sons, Michael W. Lester of Gaffney, Mark Lester of Woodruff, Phillip D. Lester, Joshua A. Lester and Brandon J. Lester, all of Blacksburg; two sisters, Jane L. Teague of Gaffney and Nancy L. Masten of Ocean Isle, N.C.; a brother, Charles Lester of Gaffney; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Lester was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Lester.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Open Door Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ralph Byars and Lewis Batchelor. Burial with military honors will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service, Gaffney.

William S. Harmon
Retired carpenter
William Shell Harmon, 88, formerly of 1515 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Thelma Huffstetler Harmon and son of the late James Thomas Harmon and the late Lillie Bentley Harmon. He was a retired carpenter and member of West End Baptist Church and Woodman of the World.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Barbara Gail Hondros of Charlotte; three sons, Tearl Wayne Harmon of San Antonio, Texas, James E. (Mickey) Harmon and Jerry Dean Harmon, both of Gaffney; a sister, Louise Buchanan of Norfolk, Va.; a brother, Jack Harmon of Cocoa, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Kevin Childs. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Randal Harmon, Russell Harmon, M. Shawn Harmon, Charles Hondros, Michael C. Segina, Gregory Holmes, David Nelson, Lynch Yelton and Jimmy Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Bradley, Paul Johnson, Bob Stockwell, Homer Brown and O.C. Blackwell.
The family is at the home of Mickey Harmon, 328 Vernon St.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to West End Baptist Church, 400 Overbrook Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ricky Short
Worked at Cone Mills and Reeves Brothers
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Ricky Toy Short, 50, of 2404 Prospect Church Road, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003.
A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of Buren and Eloise Ruppe Short of the home and worked at Cone Mills and Reeves Brothers. He was a member of Prospect Baptist Church.
Also surviving are two brothers, Rodney Short of Ruth and Laramie Short of the home.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Ernie Cole. Burial will be in Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements by McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside.

Beatrice K. Pence
Retired registered nurse
Beatrice K. Pence, 91, formerly of 408 Shalimar Dr., died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Lynchburg, Ohio, she was the widow of Wilmer M. Pence and daughter of the late Otto Keeler and the late Lola Stroup Keeler. She was a retired registered nurse and a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Wilson of Gaffney; two grandchildren, Tisha Thompson of Gaffney and Michael C. Shaw of Inman; three great-grandchildren, Avery Colt, Christian Thompson and Victoria Duncan Shaw; and a sister, Reba Roll of Kissimmee, Fla.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Linda Wilson, 251 Phillips Dr.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Myrtle K. Sparks
Blacksburg native
Myrtle McSwain Keller Sparks, 85, of 2320 Chesnee Hwy., died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Blacksburg, she was first married to the late R.C. Keller and her second husband was the late William S. Sparks. Daughter of the late Marion Seth McSwain and the late Georgia Mae Randall McSwain, she was a homemaker and member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Keller, and daughter-in-law, Joyce, and Ronnie Keller and daughter-in-law, Janice, all of Gaffney; daughters, Sybil K. Sellars and son-in-law, Norman, of Belton, Iris K. Bradley and son-in-law, James, of Gaffney, Barbara K. Bowen and son-in-law, Paul, of Shelby, Judy K. Crawford and son-in-law, Donnie, of Rutherfordton, N.C., Mildred "Millie" K. Martin and friend, Elmer Suttles, of Hendersonville, N.C., and JoAnn "Jan" George and son-in-law, Tom, of Gaffney; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Joe McSwain of Rock Hill.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by a son, Ransome "Toby" Keller.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. John Goforth, Rich Lancaster and Mike Frazier. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mark Bradley, Jamie Bradley, Seth Keller, Clary Keller, Tim Keller and Keith Ridgeway.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 2320 Chesnee Hwy.

Eddie Moss
Textile employee
BLACKSBURG – Charles (Eddie) Moss Jr., 42, of 750 Old Buffalo Church Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, in Gaffney.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Gloria Turney Sims of Mt. Holly, N.C., and the late Charles Edward Moss Sr. He was a textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are two sisters, Becky Dogan of High Point, N.C., and Lynn Brown of Inman.
A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Sidney Norton.
Memorials may be made to Gibbs Regional Cancer Center, 380 Serpentine Dr., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Family members are at their respective homes.

Reedie Childers
Maintenance worker
Reedie Childers, 88, of 705 Florence St., died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Jackson County, Ga., he was the husband of Lorene Smith Childers and son of the late Robert Emory Childers and the late Loujeannie Holdman Childers. He was a maintenance worker and a member of Faith Baptist Church in Shelby.
Also surviving are a daughter, Sylvia Veverka of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Childers was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Childers, and a son, Don Wayne Childers.
Graveside services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church Cemetery, Shelby, conducted by Dr. Barry Goodman and the Rev. Johnny Owens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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