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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Paul E. Broome
Fireman
CLOVER – Paul Edward Broome, 52, of 1048 Jackson Heights St., died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Polly Elaine Cobb and son of Sarah Moss Broome and the late William Lowns Broome. He worked with the Gaffney City Fire Department as an engineer from June 1990 and was also a volunteer fireman at Blacksburg City and past chief of Corinth Fire Department. He was of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are a daughter, April Michele Broome of Gaffney; a stepdaughter, Ginger Cobb Ruffin of Clover; a grandson, James Dylan Hawkins of Gaffney; and a brother, Kenneth A. Broome.
Services will be held today at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, Blacksburg, conducted by the Rev. Ted (Pete) Cole and Mr. James Owensby. Entombment will be at Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Chad Phillips, Jody Brasington, Doug Bowers, John Griggs, Mike Lester, Heath White, Jason Chapman, John Splawn, Garry Burris and Jeremy Broome.
Honorary pallbearers will be all Cherokee County firemen.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 100902, Columbia, S.C. 29290.

Willie T. Oliver
Retired from Bowater Corp.
ROCK HILL – Willie T. Oliver, 85, of 1090 Chandler Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Jackson County, Ga., he was the son of the late C.R. Oliver and the late Lilla Mae Tucker Oliver. He was retired from Bowater Corporation with 17 years of service and was a former member of Frank Roach American Legion Post 34 and the Rock Hill Moose Lodge.
Mr. Oliver was a member of Mount Gallant Church of God.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Marie Oliver.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Nellie Patterson Oliver of the home; two sons, Jerome Oliver of Rock Hill and Roger P. Oliver of Sharon; three daughters, Judy Wilson, Linda Kay Davis and Tina O. Carter, all of Rock Hill; three brothers, Charles Oliver, Elbert Oliver and Don Oliver, all of Kings Mountain, N.C.; two sisters, Peggy Jackson of Kings Mountain and Patricia Calson of North Myrtle Beach; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Joey Nelms and James Garner. Interment will be at 2 p.m. today at Mountain View Cemetery in Blacksburg.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Community Care Inc., P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, S.C. 29731.
(Courtesy of Gordon Mortuary.)

Thomas A. Hester
Millwright
Thomas Anthony Hester, 34, of 263 Pondfield Road, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, in Foxlake, Wisc.
Mr. Hester was the son of Larry Jake and Barbara McAbee Hester of Gaffney. A member of McKown’s Mountain Baptist Church, he was a millwright by trade.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a son, Thomas Anthony Hester Jr. of Cowpens; four brothers, Edward John Hester of Blacksburg, Timothy Allen Hester, Terry Lynn Hester, both of Gaffney, and Buddy Quinn of Pacolet; and three sisters, Shirley Gulbranson of Watertown, Wisc., Katherine McAbee of Gaffney and Renee Upchurch of Gaffney.
Mr. Hester was preceded in death by a brother, Dwayne Hester.
The family is at the home of Betty McAbee, 626 Peeler Creek Road, Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns Funeral Service is in charge.

Allie E. Vinson Jr.
Rock Hill native
Allie Effird Vinson Jr., 58, of 2429 Union Hwy., died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Rock Hill, he was the son of Mary Ann Wheeler Vinson of Norris and the late Allie Effird Vinson Sr. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, Allen S. Vinson of Gaffney; a daughter, Connie Peterson of Lincolnton, N.C.; two sisters, Anna Lancaster of Pauline and Martha Coley of Rock Hill; three brothers, Lester Dean Vinson of Norris, Jessie Wheeler Vinson of Gaffney and John Thomas Vinson of Pelzer; and five grandchildren.
In addition to his father, Mr. Vinson was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Preston Vinson.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Benny Davis. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
The family is at the home of Allen S. Vinson, 303 Briarcreek Trail, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Gary W. Dover
Gaffney native
Gary Wayne Dover, 50, of 313 Sycamore St., died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Edward Leonard Dover and the late Ruth Painter Dover. He was of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are two brothers, Ricky Dover and Edward Dover Jr., both of Gaffney; and two sisters, Carolyn Russell of Gaffney and Juanita Bolin of Shelby.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Benny Davis.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Robert F. Byars
Retired from Duke Power
Robert Forest Byars, 88, formerly of 5149 S. Main St., Cowpens, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Skylyn Place, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Edith Cash Byars and son of the late W. Forest Byars and the late Julia Robbs Byars. He retired from Duke Power after 33 years of service and was a member of First Baptist Church in Cowpens for 56 years.
Surviving are a son, Wayne R. Byars of Taylors; three daughters, Sarah B. Moore of Anderson, Judy B. Elliott of Clinton and Barbara B. Jeter of Cowpens; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Furman D. Byars of Gaffney and Tampa, Fla.; and two sisters, Mildred B. Sprinkles of Spartanburg and Martha B. Weisberg of Burgenfield, N.J.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Vaud A. Hughey
Retired from Band and White
Vaud Avan Hughey, 78, of 712 Lyman St., died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, in Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Norma Painter Hughey and son of Beatrice Patterson Sarratt and the late Luther Hughey. He was retired from Band and White Printing Company and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Amelia Hughey Dickerson of Moore; two stepdaughters, Sherry H. Sharpe of Greer and Teresa Harris of Mt. Pleasant; and four grandchildren.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Richard S. Ivey
Overnite truck driver
Richard Samuel (Pa) Ivy, 49, of 483 Edgewater Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Pam Toney Ivy and son of Willie Neal Ivy and Lois Turner Ivy. He was a truck driver for Overnite Transportation Company for 29 years and was a member of Elm Street Church of God.
Also surviving are two sons, D.J. Ballew of the home and Artie Ballew of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a daughter, Elisa Ballew of the home; and three sisters, Joanne Groves of Washington, D.C., Kathy Gardner of Shelby and Lynne Ivy of Charlotte.
Memorials may be made to the Richard Ivy Memorial Fund, Elm Street Church of God, 200 Elm St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

John D. Revels
Retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad System
CHESNEE – John David Revels, 61, of 160 Lockland Drive, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Sharon Reynolds Revels and son of Tommy Revels of St. Petersburg, Fla., and the late Juanita Gilbert Revels. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad System. He was a member of Gaffney Freewill Baptist Church, where he served as an usher and Sunday School superintendent and was a member of the church advisory board and Men’s Fellowship Organization. He was a member of Chesnee Masonic Lodge No. 294.
Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Cantrell of Greenville and Dawn Revels of Cowpens; a son, David Revels of Tennessee; a sister, Linda Dorsey of Forest City; a brother, Tom Revels of Gaffney; stepmother, Lois Revels of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, Chesnee, conducted by the Revs. Dennis Tolley and David Carter. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.

Talmadge W. Tanner
Spartanburg native
Talmadge W. Tanner, 90, of 1428 Ellis Ferry Road, died today, Dec. 24, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the husband of Bonnie Beatrice Tanner and son of the late Moten Tanner and the late Mary Burnette Tanner. He was a retired patternmaker for the foundry industry and was a member of Second Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter and son-in-law, Tanya Lee and Steve Hanshaw of Augusta, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
The family is at the home
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Stella M. Tate
Services for Stella M. Littlejohn Tate, 82, of 246 Pryor St., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. A.L. Brackett and the Revs. Kevin Wray, Albert Richardson and Louis Davis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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