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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, December 19, 2003

Otis Gault
Owner of Gault’s Used Cars and Auto Sales
COWPENS – Otis Gault, 79, of 132 Rutledge St., formerly of Redbud Lane, Gaffney, died Wed-nesday, Dec. 17, 2003, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Union County, he was the husband of Merle Linder Gault and son of the late Edgar Wallace Gault and the late Ruth Childers Guilt. He was owner of Gault’s Used Cars and Auto Sales, a member of Berry Memorial Baptist Church and a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Jim Gault of Troy, Ill., Bob Gault of Front Royal, Va., and Rick Gault of Spartanburg; a daughter, Roxanne Gault Donnan of Clinton; a stepson, Rusty Humphries of Cowpens; two stepdaughters, Robin Gorrell Blanton of Granite City, Ill., and Melissa James of Cowpens; a brother, Edgar “Rock” Gault Jr. of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Berry Memorial Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Michael Miller and Terry Wilson. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 12:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 132 Rutledge St., Cowpens.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee County Crisis Center or St. Luke’s Free Clinic in Spartanburg.

William R. Wright Jr.
Retired from Wellman Fiber
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 graduated from Gaffney High School and was retired from Wellman Fiber Corporation. He was a U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran, serving 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, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at Grandview Memorial Park on Cherry Road, conducted by the Rev. Ken Parson.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Community Care, 325 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C.
Arrangements by Bass and Cauthen Funeral Homes.

Clarence Wyatt
Retired from textiles
CHESTER – Clarence Wyatt, 94, of 2302 Pressly Road, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in Chester County Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Ola Bess Emory Wyatt and son of the late Tom Wyatt and the late Annie Burgess Wyatt. He was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara J. Wyatt Teague of Gaffney and Mary Annette Wyatt Inabinet of St. Matthews; a son, Kenneth Ray Wyatt of Chester; a sister, Ruth Weathers of Pacolet; a brother, Archie Wyatt of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by Mr. Buddy Vess.
The family is at the home of Herbert and Barbara Teague, 241 Teague Road, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Robert J. Black
Retired from Hoechst-Celanese in Spartanburg
BLACKSBURG – Robert Joe Black, 65, of 138 Bolton-Parker Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, in Spartanburg Re-gional Medical Center.
Mr. Black was the hus-band of Jacqueline Easler Black, to whom he had been married for 42-1/2 years. Son of the late George and Carrie Bolton Black, he was native of Cherokee County and served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years. He had been a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for 32 years, where he served as a deacon, and was retired from Hoechst-Celanese-Spartanburg Plant.
Mr. Black loved and was loved by many very special friends who enriched his life greatly.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, David Black of Shelby, Robert Black of the home, Susan Leopard of Gaffney and Karen Fowler of Greer; a sister, Ruby Ann Byars of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Black was preceded in death by a sister, Opal Black Spencer.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Richard Brown and Melvin Hampton. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jay Leopard, Adam Leopard, Tommy Eaker, Leland Eaker, George Putnam, Tom Easler and Charlie Deaton.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 511 Pleasant Hill Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702; or to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 779, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0779.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

JoAnn Perry Hames
Retired textile employee
JoAnn Perry Hames, 67, of 135 Berry Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Broughton U. Hames Jr. and daughter of the late Stanyarn Perry Sr. and the late Annie Mae Wyatt Perry. She was a retired textile employee and had been an active member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church for many years.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, George Hames of Gaffney; a daughter, Cheryl LeMaster of Gaffney; three grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Perry, George Perry and Stanyarn Perry Jr., all of Gaffney; and a sister, Aevenia Wyatt of Cowpens.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Hames was preceded in death by a brother, John L. Perry, and a sister, Peggy Spencer.
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kirby Memorial Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Rich Lancaster and Mike Proctor. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Kirby Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Chandler Drive, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Caroline K. Childers
Associated with Colonial Fish Camp
Caroline Kay Childers, 57, of 410 Railroad Ave., died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Childers was the widow of Howard Lee Childers and daughter of the late James A. and Vivian Leazer Gann. She was associated with Colonial Fish Camp and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Timothy Shane Childers of Henry, Ill., and James Mark Childers of the home; a daughter, Lisa Gail Hawkins of Gaffney; two sisters, Martha Gann Ridings of Chesnee and Betty Patterson of Clover; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends until noon Saturday at the home. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Rick Lancaster.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Winford K. Ruppe
Retired owner/operator of Radio Cab Company
Winford K. Ruppe, 80, of 208 Shannon Ave., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Ruppe was the widower of Jeanette Mullinax Ruppe and son of the late Virgil Ruppe and the late Ada Blanton Ruppe. He was retired owner and operator of Radio Cab Company, was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are three daughters, Donna R. Spencer, Debbie R. Blanton, both of Gaffney, and Lana R. Hughes of Roebuck; a son, Jerry Wayne Ruppe of Gaffney; a sister, Geneva McKinney of Chesnee; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Ruppe was preceded in death by two sisters, Julia McSwain and Eva Gosey, and a brother, Delmas Ruppe.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Vernon Mullinax and Alan Galloway. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Tommy McSwain, Larry McSwain, Chris Wyatt, Tommy Goode, Danny Ray, Carroll Perry and Sammy Davis.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to Rose Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, Rose Hill Park, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Griffin Tessner
Retired textile worker
BLACKSBURG – Griffin Tessner, 85, of 157 Tessner Road, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.
A native of Shelby, N.C., he was the husband of Rosa Lee Devon Tessner and son of the late Frank Tessner and the late Lillie Bell Keeter Tessner. He was a retired textile worker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and head usher. He was a World War II veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, David Tessner and Donald Tessner, both of Blacksburg; a daughter, Debra Tessner of Blacksburg; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Bertie Crawford and Dorcus Honeycuitt of Shelby.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Craig. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the home of his son, David Tessner, 113 Tessner Road, Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 839 Antioch Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.

Ruby Sparks
Retired from Oxford Ind.
Ruby Sparks, 91, of Magnolia’s of Gaffney, died today, Dec. 19, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Shelton Sparks and the late Irene Ellison Sparks. She was a retired seamstress for Oxford Industries and a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Lula McCraw of Gaffney and Minnie Smart of Clarksville, Va.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil F. Douglas
Gaffney native
Cecil Frederick Douglas, 54, of Akron, Ohio, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at 11:10 p.m. in an Akron hospital.
Son of the late Rev. E.G. Douglas and the late Willie Mae Spears Douglas, he was a native of Gaffney, a member of The House of Lord and a former member of Bethel Baptist Church in Gaffney. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a 1967 graduate of Granard High School.
Memorial services will be held today at 10 a.m. at The House of Lord in Akron.
Surviving are a son, Darrell Douglas of Gaffney; three daughters, Quentin Douglas of Charlotte, Trash Douglas of Raeford, N.C., and Abni Douglas of Waterberry, Conn.; a sister, Carolyn Douglas Mayes of Lawton, Okla.; and six grandchildren.
The family is at the home of his son, Darrell Douglas, 113-B Cooper St.
Arrangements by Turner-Rhoden Funeral Home, Akron.

Lee Davidson
Lee Davidson, also known as Lee Edwards, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, in Norfolk, Va.
Born in CherokeeCounty, he was the son of the late Reuben and Esmond Davidson.
A memorial service was held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Reddick Funeral Home in Norfolk, Va. Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. in Roosevelt Cemetery in Norfolk.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Richard Littlejohn
Services for Richard Littlejohn, 58, of Whitney Place Nursing Home, Union, widower of Jessie Medley Littlejohn, will be held today at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Robert L. Dover. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andy Currenton, James Foster, Wade Tate, Johnny Hopper, James Surratt and Roosevelt Surratt.
Flower bearers will be his friends.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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