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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, December 8, 2003

Joy Merrick
Florida native
TRYON, N.C. – Joyce Juniper “Joy” Merrick died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at her home.
Born in Clearwater, Fla., to the late Rev. Dr. Kerrison and Dorothy Drew Juniper, she was the widow of Anson Merrick Jr., who died in 1991.
Surviving are four children, Linda Merrick Frieze of Gaffney, Anson Merrick III of Rock Hill, Kerrison Juniper “Kip” Merrick of Tryon and Lisa Drew Merrick of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; one step-grandson; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Christ on Melrose Avenue in Tryon, conducted by Dr. Robert Barrows. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of The Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722; or to the Congregational Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1367, Tryon, N.C. 28782.
(Arrangements by McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.)

Ronnie Hunt
Cherokee Co. native
Ronnie Brackett Hunt, 52, of Old Hwy. 19, Columbus, N.C., died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at his home.
Born in Cherokee Co., he was the son of the late Wayne and Eunice Allen Hunt, and the husband of Norma Levi Hunt.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Terry Wayne Hunt of Gaffney and Brackett Hunt of the home; two daughters, Jennifer Arnold of Columbus, N.C., and Brandi Hunt of the home; a sister, Melissa Sarratt of Gaffney; a brother, Donnie Hunt of Greenville; a half-brother, Lawrence Moore of Gaffney; and a grandson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon, N.C.
Burial will be in Polk Memorial Gardens, N.C.
The family will receive friends prior to the services from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday.
(McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, N.C., is serving the family.)

Mikel Mabry
Gaffney native
Mikel “Mike” Mabry, 55, of 237 Little Egypt Road in Gaffney died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late Tincey and Barbara Fowler Batchelor, and the husband of Bonnie Cooksey Mabry of the home.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a former Gaffney city policeman and recently retired from KOSA in Spartanburg.
He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Tracey M. Hughey of Gaffney; and three grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin E. Mabry; and a grandmother, Estelle Fowler.
The family is at the home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, officiated by the Rev. Roger Lindler.
Burial will follow at Frederick Memorial Gardents.
Active pallbearers are: Toby Cooper, Micheil Murray, Dennis Stripling, Terry Wayne White, Doug Strevel and Frankie Tate.
Honorary pallbearers are grandsons Christopher S. Hughey and Blake J. Hughey.
Memorials may be made to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1600 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
(White Columns Funeral Service of Gaffney is serving the family.)

Helen Baillie
Ohio native
Helen L. Baillie, 88, of Canton, Ohio, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, in the Canton Christian Home following a brief illness.
Born in Canton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Rena Jervis, and the wife of Adam Baillie of the home.
She was a 1933 graduate of McKinley High School and a volunteer for the Canton Board of Elections and Mercy Medical Center.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, where she was a member of the church choir.
She was a member of the Delta Chapter #539 Order of the Eastern Star and was active in the Cedar School PTA and Lincoln Band Parents Association.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Adam J. Baillie of Elyria, Ohio, David S. Baillie of Gaffney and Bruce W. Baillie of Steamboat Rock, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Robert, Frank, Thomas, Harry and George Jervis; three sisters, Sara Baker, Mary Bowen and Margaret Eakin; and a grandson, Michael Adam Baillie.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Reed Funeral Home in Canton, officiated by the Rev. David A. Baillie.
Burial will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
The Eastern Star held services on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benevolent Fund at the Canton Christian Home, 2550 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Canton, Ohio; or to the Westminster Community Presbyterian Church, 171 Aultman Ave. N.W., Canton, Ohio.
(Reed Funeral Home of Canton, Ohio, is serving the family.)

Zula Davis
Cherokee Co. native
Zula Peeler Davis, 97, of 504 Sardis Road, Gaffney, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in the Wilkinsville community in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late James Madison Peeler and the late Christina Martin Peeler, and widow of Claude Albert Davis.
She is survived by a daughter, Miriam Cobb of Gaffney; two sons, Conrad A. Davis of Blacksburg and John M. Davis of Gaffney; a sister, Ethel Wright of Gaffney; five grandsons; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sardis United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Chris Barrett.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Cobb, Robert Cobb, Kevin Cobb, Charles Davis, Tony Davis, John Davis and Patrick Davis.
Family members are at their respective homes and the home.
Memorials may be made to Sardis United Methodist Church or the DMW Fire Department.
(Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is serving the family.)

T.J. Orr
Cherokee Co. native
T.J. Orr, 83, of 1104 Old Metal Road, Gaffney, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
Born in Cherokee Co., he was the son of the late T.J. Orr Sr. and the late Minnie Nolan Orr, and the widow of Lillian Bonner Orr.
He owned the Anarctic Drive Inn in Blacksburg and then Gaffney.
He is survived by a son, Terry Orr of Belton; two daughters, Anita Votocek of Czech Republic and April Orr of Landrum; two brothers, James and W.H. Orr of Gaffney; a sister, Edith Paige of Charlotte; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. R. DeWitt Clyde.
Pallbearers are: W.H. Orr, R.B. Orr, Charles Gardner, Mike Orr, Gerald Martin and Jack Hayes.
The family is at the home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association or the charity of one’s choice.
(Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is serving the family.)

Patrick J. Thurlby
Patrick James Thurlby, 48, of 273 Burgess Road, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete.
(Lutz-Austell Funeral Home is serving the famiy.)

Candus Ramsey
Odessa, Texas, native
Candus Peterson Ramsey, 43, of 522 Burnt Gin Road in Gaffney, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, in Gaffney.
Born in Odessa, Texas, she was the daughter of Virgil “Pete” P. Peterson of Odessa and Edith Eleanor Erwin Peterson of Gaffney.
She was a textile worker and a member of the Church of God faith.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son, Kevin T. Ramsey of Gaffney; a daughter, Sasha M. Ramsey of Gaffney; four brothers, Rickey Dean, Robert Earl, Brian Keith and Jimmy Wayne Peterson of Gaffney; three sisters, Sandra Peterson Allison, Jane Peterson Allison and Kimberly Starnes of Gaffney; two half-brothers, Michael and Lynn Peterson of Gaffney; a half-sister, Kathy Horne of Gaffney; two stepsisters, Wanda Mullinax of Blacksburg and Linda Wease of Gaffney; three grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deana Michelle Ramsey; and a brother, Preston Peterson.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Gardens, officiated by the Rev. Ron Jackson.
The family is at the home of her son, Kevin, 506 Filter Plant Road, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
(Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is serving the family.)

Mildred Gaddis
North Carolina native
Mildred Lue Dockery Gaddis, 69, of 2186 Hord Road, York, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rockhill.
Born in Murphy, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William McKinney Dockery and the late Lola Lee McRay Dockery, and the wife of Frank Robert Gaddis of the home.
She was a member of Broad River Baptist Church in Smyrna.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Estelle Marie Shillinglaw of York and Frankie Kae Hale of Blacksburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, James, Dan and Robert Dockery of Murphy; three sisters, Nina and Katherine Johnson of Murphy, and Mary Ruth Davis of Albany, Ga.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, A.V. Dockery, and a sister, Annie Mae Dockery.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Gordon Mortuary.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Broad River Baptist Church in Smyrna, officiating by the Rev. Dale Welch. She will lie in state 30 minutes prior to services.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at 2186 Hord Road, York.
(Gordon Mortuary is serving the family.)

Charles Hutchins
North Carolina native
Charles Hutchins, 73, of 117 Kraft Road, Gaffney, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003 at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born in Kings Mtn., N.C., he was the son of the late Paul Hutchins and the late Mae Conner Hutchins, and the husband of Louise Woolbright Hutchins of the home.
He was a retired police officer for the City of Gaffney and was formerly with the Cowpens Police Dept.
He was of the Baptist faith and was an Air Force veteran of WWII and Korea.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Randall Hutchins of Bessemer City, N.C.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe Hutchins of Rutherfordton, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel. Visitation will follow.
The family is at the home.
(Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is serving the family.)

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