common / 12-15-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, December 15, 2003

Sandra M. Markham
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
Sandra Mathis Markham, 49, of 108 E. Jefferies St., died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, in Transylvania Community Hospital, Brevard, N.C.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of John Frederick Markham and daughter of Ruby Jones Mathis and the late John Hubert Mathis. She was formerly employed with Newberry Community Nursing Home in Newberry and was a member of Southside Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Gaffney Senior High School and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Jonathan Blalock of Taylors; a daughter, Shannon Blalock of Mt. Olive, N.C.; two sisters, Nancy Bryant and Debra Linder, both of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Services will be private.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

L.B. Alexander
Retired fork lift mechanic
SMYRNA – L.B. Alexander, 76, of 535 McKnight Road, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Smyrna, he was the husband of Elizabeth (Lib) Stroup Alexander and son of the late Luther Grayson Alexander and the late Leola Biggers Alexander. He was a member of New Zion United Methodist Church and a retired fork lift mechanic.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Roger Alexander of Blacksburg, L.D. Alexander and Ed Alexander, both of Smyrna; two grandchildren; one step-grandchild; one great-grandchild; one step-great-grandchild; a brother, Lloyd Alexander of Smyrna; and four sisters, Eva Moss of Spartanburg, Sue Lackey, Ann Alexander and Margie McCarter, all of Clover.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at New Zion United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Michael Catoe. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Propst, Melvin Propst, Richard Fowler, Jim Michaels, Grady Michaels and Roy Wells.
The family is at the residence.
Donations may be made to the New Zion United Methodist Church Building Fund, Black Highway, Smyrna, S.C. 29732.

Walter D. Humphries
Employed by KOSA
Walter Dean Humphries, 60, of 124 Chandler Drive, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Mooresboro, N.C., he was the husband of Mary Phillips Humphries and son of the late Boyce J. Hum-phries and the late Fairlene Cole Humphries. He was a utilities operator for KOSA and a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church. He served as a M.P. in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Doug Humphries of Gaffney and Matt Humphries of Edgefield; one grandchild; one step-grandchild; and a brother, Barry Humphries of Gaffney.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at East Gaffney Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ron Jackson and Michael Aycock. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Tony Christoph, Don Wyatt, Alan Smith, Bill Mastiler, Scott Childers, Jamie Campbell, Chuck Amaker and Donnie Dobbins.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Buck Ingel Sunday school class, ushers of East Gaffney Baptist Church and his co-workers at KOSA.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church Building Fund, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29304.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Madge J. Batchelor
Cherokee County native
INMAN – Madge Johnson Batchelor, 82, of 63 Blackstock Road, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003.
Mrs. Batchelor was the widow of Claude Batchelor who died in 1989. A native of Cherokee County, she was a daughter of the late Spurgeon and Cleo Buckner Johnson and was retired from Butte Knit Research Lab after a number of years of service. She was a member of Cooley Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Jayne Batchelor of Boiling Springs and Ann Valentine of Wilson, N.C.; and a granddaughter, Bevin Valentine.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Bill Hedgpeth and James Crocker. Burial was be in Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens.
The family is at 607 Peacock Run, Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs.

Thelma T. Spruill
Gaffney native
Thelma Tate Spruill, 63, of 421 E. Montgomery St., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at 1:58 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Daughter of Monroe Sarratt and the late Irene Oglesby, she was a native of Gaffney and a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Regina Spruill of Charlotte; a son, Frederick Spruill; a grandchild, Chasity Spruill of Charlotte; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

"Granny" Holland
Georgia native
Addie Bell "Granny" Holland, 82, of 857 N. Green River Road, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Ga., she was the widow of Rhudoulph D. Holland and daughter of the late Albert and Zorah Hopkins Tucker. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are a daughter, Patty Greene of Gaffney; a son, Phyllia Junior Holland of McCormick; four sisters, Roberta Casey, Annette Maxwell, Mary Coker, all of Athens, Ga., and Ruby Nell Scoggins of Colbert, Ga.; a brother, Crawford Tucker of Danielsville, Ga.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at 8 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee, conducted by the Rev. Rick Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Crestview Baptist Church Building Fund, 153 Daniel Morgan School Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home.

James L. Jackson
Aiken native
James Lee Jackson, 61, of 106 Carver St., died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Aiken, he was the husband of Wendy J. Jackson and son of Ula Mae Rowe of Queens, N.Y. He was an active member of Concord Baptist Church, where he sang in the Concord Mass Choir. He was a former member of Buck Shoals Baptist Church in Mooresboro, N.C., and formerly employed by the Cherokee County School District.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Raven Jobareth of Raleigh, N.C.; four sons, Torrey Jackson of Gaffney, Johnathan Jackson and Quincy Jackson of the home, and Gabriel Jackson of Raleigh; and four grandchildren, one of them, Omar Jobareth of the home, was reared in the home.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Michael Bridges, Pastor A. Sherman Davis, Rev. Vance Sarratt, Rev. Troy McDowell, Pastor Alice Dawkins and Evangelist Gloria Smith. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Richard Littlejohn
Employed by Pepsi Cola Co.
Richard Littlejohn, 58, of Whitney Place Nursing Home, Union, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at 7:10 a.m. in Union County.
Son of Ralph Carpenter and Vernie Mae Cuffie Carpenter, he was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Pleasantview United Methodist Church in Cowpens. He was employed by Pepsi Cola Co.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Robert Littlejohn and Theodore William Littlejohn of Gaffney; a sister, Kay Francis Littlejohn Bennett of Central; two aunts and one uncle.
The family is at the home of his brother, Robert Littlejohn, 108 Oakview Drive, Harmony Hills, Gaffney.
Arrangements incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

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