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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, December 26, 2003

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 daughters, Amelia Hughey Dickerson of Moore, Sherry H. Sharpe of Greer and Teresa Harris of Mt. Pleasant; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Terry Pleasant. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 2-3 p.m. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Calvary Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to the Lung Association of South Carolina, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, S.C. 29201; Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 2929 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church Building Fund, 4371 Anderson Mill Road, Moore, S.C. 29369.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Talmadge W. Tanner
Spartanburg native
Talmadge W. Tanner, 90, of 1428 Ellis Ferry Road, died Wednesday, 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.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy.
The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Limestone Street United Methodist Church, 910 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Alcoholics Anonymous, 349 E. St. John St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.

Richard S. Ivy
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 of the home and son of Willie Neal Ivy and Lois Turner Ivy of Shelby. He was a truck driver for Overnite Transportation Company for 29 years and was a member of Elm Street Church of God.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents 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.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Elm Street Church of God, conducted by the Rev. James Garner. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Bill Groves, Bob Gardner, Johnny Cox, Wayne Champion, Richard Sellers, Paul Sperry, Gene Gossett and Steve Odam.
Memorials may be made to the Elm Street Church of God Building Fund, Elm Street Church of God, 200 Elm St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Thomas D. White Sr.
Retired from textiles
BLACKSBURG – Thomas Daniel White Sr., 73, of 925 W. Pine St., husband of Jean Gilfillan White, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at his home.
Born in Cherokee Falls, he was the son of the late Thomas Franklin White and Laura Benton White. He was an active member of Hopewell Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Ed Moss Sunday School Class and served in many capacities, including Sunday School teacher, sound technician, Royal Ambassadors’ leader, and coach. He served on the board of the Jessie Powers Evangelistic Association and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Mr. White was a Mason and active in many community activities. He worked extensively with young men through outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and golfing. He was instrumental in organizing baseball for young boys in Blacksburg in the mid-1960s and served as a coach in the Cherokee County Babe Ruth and Little league baseball leagues. He was retired from textiles.
In addition to his wife, Jean, he is survived by his children, Thomas Daniel White Jr. and wife, Cassie, of Campobello and Rhonda White Hamrick and husband, Mike, of Gaffney; grandchildren, Cliff Hamrick and wife, Brandi, Clint Hamrick, Daniel White and fiancee, Cyndee Vincent, Amy White and David White; great-grandchildren, Kyle Hamrick and David Thomas White; sisters, Edna Couch of Gaffney, Sarah Moss of Blacksburg and Ann McDaniel and husband, Nubert, of Blacksburg; and lifelong friends, Jack and Frances Little of Blacksburg.
In addition to his parents, Mr. White was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde White, Gordon White, Junior White and Dervin White, and a sister, Emma Jean McDaniel.
Services will be held Saturday at noon at Hopewell Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Jessie Powers and Billy Sanders and Dr. Charlie Barnard. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, 511 Old Chester Road and at other times they will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 511 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Robert F. Byars
Retired from Duke Power
COWPENS – Robert Forest Byars, 88, formerly of 5149 S. Main St., 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 was retired from Duke Power Company after 33 years of service and had been a member of First Baptist Church in Cowpens for the past 56 years.
Mr. Byars was a Shriner and Mason and a former Cowpens Town Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem.
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 and 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.
Graveside services will be held today at noon at Daniel Morgan Cemetery, Cowpens, conducted by the Rev. Gregory Dry. The family will receive friends at the graveside following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lutheran Hospice, P.O. Box 1353, Greer, S.C. 29652; the First Baptist Church of Cowpens Building Fund, 108 W. Church St., Cowpens, S.C. 29330; or the charity of one’s choice.
The family will be at the residence, 5149 S. Main St., Cowpens, today.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mary P. Starnes
Chesterfield County native
Mary Stella Pittman Starnes, 92, of 810 Railroad Ave., died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Chesterfield County, she was the widow of Curtis L. Starnes Sr. and daughter of the late Elisha E. Pittman and the late Mary Jane Pittman. She was a homemaker and member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Pageland. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving are a son, Curtis L. Starnes Jr. and wife, Gayle, of Gaffney and Franklin L. Starnes and wife, Inez, of Mt. Groghan, S.C.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Tim Osment.
The family will receive friends at the home of her son, Curtis Starnes Jr., 810 Railroad Ave.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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, 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 body will be taken to the home of Betty McAbee, 626 Peeler Creek Road, today. The family will receive friends at the McAbee home until 1 p.m. Sunday.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at McKown’s Mountain Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. James Garner, Roger Ham and Dean Painter. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service.

Macie Revis
Macie Revis died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, N.C.
Arrangements are incomplete. The family will be at the Seagle home, 305 Briarcreek Trail, Gaffney.
Arrangements by White Columns.
Myrtle C. Arrowood
Retired form Clifton Mills
Myrtle Cudd Arrowood, 78, of 1202 White Plains Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Luther Arrowood and daughter of the late S.M. Cudd and the late Belle Cole Cudd. She was retired from Clifton Mills-Tuscarora Plant and was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are a brother, J.D. Cudd of Rock Hill; a sister, Lillie Cudd Kiker of Charlotte; and several nieces and nephews.
A joint service for Luther and Myrtle Arrowood will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel. Mr. Arrowood died on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 1:45-2:45 p.m. Sunday at the Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Charles W. Phillips
Retired from Spartan Mills
Charles Wesley Phillips, 77, formerly of 209 Walnut St., died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the widower of Pearl Porter Phillips and son of the late Willie J. Phillips and the late Florence Phillips Phillips. He was retired from Spartan Mills, a member of Christian Heights Baptist Church and a veteran.
Surviving are a son, Charles Lynn Phillips of Easley; a daughter, Teresa Elaine Pressler of Gaffney; a brother Herman J. Phillips of Gaffney; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at noon at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Christian Heights Baptist Church, 605 Sixth St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Bertha L. Tucker
Madison County native
CHESNEE – Bertha Lee Tucker, 90, formerly of 607 Georgia Ave., died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, in Magnolia Place Nursing Home.
A native of Madison County, she was the widow of James Milton Tucker and daughter of the late Earl Anderson and Sallie Lindsey Russell. She was a charter member of Chesnee Wesleyan Church, where she taught Sunday School for 60 years and was a member of Wesleyan Women.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Tucker was preceded in death by a son, James Earl Tucker.
Surviving are two daughters, Sarah Ellen Calvert of Enoree and Louise Moore of Chesnee; a brother, Roy Russell of Spartanburg; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Chesnee Wesleyan Church, conducted by the Revs. Dan Belcher and T.C. Childs. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee, and at other times they will be at the home of a daughter, Louise Moore, 504 Kentucky Ave., Chesnee.

Harold Rippy
Blacksburg native
AUDUBON, Minn. – Harold “Rip” Rippy, 64, formerly of Harwood and Fargo, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, in Meritcare Hospital in Fargo.
Mr. Rippy was born Feb. 7, 1939, in Blacksburg to Ernest and Geneva Peeler Rippy. A 1957 graduate of Blacksburg High School, he served with the United States Army from 1957- 1960. He married Linda Olson on May 2, 1960, in Arlington, Va., and following his discharge from the Army, the couple returned to Blacksburg, where he worked as a carpenter. In 1962, they moved to Hitterdal, Minn., where he continued his carpentry work. In 1964, he was employed as a security guard with the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo, N.D., later becoming a jet mechanic. In 1972, he became a crew chief with the Air Guard, retiring in December, 1993. They lived in Harwood, N.D., from 1971 to 1993; in Fargo, N.D., from 1993 to 1998; and moved to Audubon in 1998. Since moving to Audubon, they have operated North & South Antiques.
Mr. Rippy enjoyed hunting and sporting goods collecting. He was a life member of the Dakota Territory Gun Collectors and of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Matthew of Audubon; two daughters: Beth Senn and Sheila Stack, both of Moorhead; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Hazel Walker and Patricia Easler, both of Smyrna, S.C.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Audubon. Visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Arrangements by David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Charlotte C. Grigsby
Retired from Limestone College
Charlotte C. Grigsby, 97, of 120 Whispering Pines Road, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Grigsby was the widow of James R. (Skinny) Grigsby and the daughter of the late James Grant Cogdill and Hester Haynes Cogdill. A member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church, she was a retired dietician from Limestone College and a native of Canton, N.C.
She is survived by a daughter, Annette G. Bailey of the home; five grandchildren, Nathaniel Ellis Jr., Robert L. Ellis, Darren Grigsby, all of Gaffney, Charles Ellis of North Palm Beach, Fla., and Robin G. Fetrat of Newnan, Ga.; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Gertrude C. Henderson of Statesville, N.C.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Grigsby was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca G. Ellis, and a son James R. Grigsby Jr.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday in the old social hall at Grassy Pond Baptist Church. Services will follow in the sanctuary at 2 p.m., conducted by the Dr. Roger Aycock and the Rev. Keith Higginbotham. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Grassy Pond Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Edna Earle Kirby
Edna Earle Barnhill Kirby, 93, formerly of 807 College Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
Widow of Ray Kirby, she was the daughter of Joseph Tolleson Barnhill and Leila Hicks Barnhill. She was a 1927 graduate of Gaffney High School and a member of First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Kirby is most noted as the first woman elected to public office in Cherokee County. She served in the County Treasurer’s for 28 years under J.I. McCulloch and upon his retirement ran for office in 1970. She was elected and served as Treasurer for four years and retired retired in 1974. Her distinguished career earned her the state of South Carolina’s highest award, the Order of the Palmetto, given to her in 1990 by then Governor Carroll Campbell.
Mrs. Kirby was named the Cherokee County Woman of the Millennium. It was said that her impact on the community qualifies her as the most significant female personality of the century in our county. She was the first woman elected to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She served on the Salvation Army Board over 40 years and was the first lady to serve as its chairperson.
She was a charter member and former president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and was the first Cherokee Woman of the Year. She was named Outstanding Senior Citizen of Gaffney by the Jayceettes in 1977 and was installed into the Cherokee County Hall of Fame in 1988.
She was the last surviving charter member of the Cherokee Gladiolus Society and was a life member of the South Carolina Garden Club. Mrs Kirby was a distinguished flower arranger and won top local and state awards for her work. She encouraged beautification in Gaffney by her promotion of growing flowers, trees and plants. She worked tirelessly to promote Limestone College and served on its council of advisors and was an honorary alumni.
Mrs. Kirby along with her husband, Ray, directed hundreds of local and state weddings. Devoted to her church, she served for 45 years in the Primary Sunday School Department and was director of the WMU for several terms. She was very active in the Broad River Association.
Mrs. Kirby is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Jere McCulloch of Gaffney, Doris M. Chapman of Fredericksburg, Va., and Joseph E. McCulloch of Hilton Head Island.

Rev. Warren McKissick Sr.
Pastor of Greater Galilee Baptist Church in Charlotte
The Rev. Warren McKissick Sr. died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003.
Rev. McKissick was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Union County, the fifth child of the late Lawrence G. McKissick and the ate Christian Free McKissick. He received his intermediate education at Union Branch County School and completed his education at Second Ward High School in Charlotte. He attended Carver College and completed religious study at Teamer School of Religion and received an honorary doctor of divinity from the school in 1975.
Rev. McKissick served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 during World War II in England, France and Germany, receiving an honorable discharge. He served at Ebenezer Baptist Church as a Layman and Deacon form 1941-1968; served on the Mt. Peace Sunday School and BTU Quarterly Congress. He was vice president of the Mt. Peace Association from 1980 to 1984 and was a member of its executive board. He also served as pastor of Greater Galilee Baptist Church from 1968 to 2003 and was instrumental in moving the congregation from May Street to 501 W. park Ave. He had the vision of building a multipurpose building which is now near completion.
Surviving are his wife, Josephine Brandon McKissick; a son, Larry McKissick of San Diego, calif.; daughters, Wendy Barringer and Sherry Stitt, both of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; a step-sister, Lillinon Ann Kelly of Gaffney; step-brother, David Goudelock of Gaffney and John A. Goudelock of New York City.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater Galilee Baptist Church, 501 W. Park Ave., Charlotte. Body will be placed in the church Saturday at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends tonight form 7-8:30 at the church.
Arrangements by Alexander Funeral Home, Charlotte. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Ruth C. Ligon
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Ruth Carroll Ligon, 83, of 452 Wren Wray Road, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Grady Ligon and daughter of the late Thomas and Rose Nance Carroll. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Randy Ligon and Rodney Ligon, both of Blacksburg; two daughters, Wanda L. McMurray of Shelby and Donna L. Coyle of Blacksburg; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Ligon was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn L. Thayer, and a grandson, Cody Coyle.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Melvin Hampton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dean Cook, Kenny Cook, Frankie Thayer, Casey Coyle, Matthew Ligon and Robert Evans.
The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 2-3 p.m. prior to the services and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 511 Cherokee Falls Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

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