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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, January 2, 2004

John E. Mosteller
Retired as lieutenant colonel from United States Air Force
CLIFFSIDE – John Mosteller, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Beverly Health Care of Asheville nursing home after a prolonged illness.
John was born March 14, 1928, in Cleveland County, N.C., the oldest child of Quay and Effie McGinnis Mosteller. He grew up in Cliffside, graduating from Cliffside High School and Clemson University. He served in the United States Air Force in the office of secret service (OSS) and was stationed at many duty stations in the United States and overseas in Germany, Baffin Island, Canada and Tak Li, Thailand, retiring as a lieutenant colonel, United States Air Force. Mr. Mosteller was then employed with the Department of Agriculture as a special investigator for the Southeastern United States.
He finally retired to the home farm in 1990 to live with his mother. John never married. He traveled widely but always returned to the farm because he loved the land and watching crops grow. John was an avid reader of books. He also subscribed to numerous papers and magazines and enjoyed sharing his opinions on many topics with his neighbors. He faithfully followed the Clemson football teams and was a member of IPTAY. He belonged to the Retired Officers Association, Masons, National Rifle Association and Farm Bureau.
John is survived by a favorite aunt, Gracie Willingham, of rural Gaffney; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Dr. George Kroncke of Asheville; a sister-in-law, Mary Mosteller of Gaffney; five nieces, Charlotte Mosteller of Gaffney, Shannon (Charles) Spratt of El Paso, Texas, Ann Kroncke of Platteville, Wisc., Martha Kroncke of Jafre, Spain, and Ruth (Mehdi) Rezai of Madison, Wisc.; three grand nephews and two grand nieces.
Mr. Mosteller was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles and James.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home in Cliffside. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.
God blessed us with John to know and to love,
He watched and guided his life from above,
And when John's time on earth neared its end,
He led him gently home to his land.
A guest book is available at www. mckinneylandreth funeralhome. com.

John H. Mullinax
Retired from S.C. Highway Department
BLACKSBURG – John H. Mullinax, 69, of 722 Bear Creek Road, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Doris Lanier Mullinax and son of the late Jesse Mullinax and the late Nell Sprouse Mullinax. He was a member of Christian Fellowship Church and was retired from the S.C. Highway Department.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Mullinax was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Mullinax, and a sister, Edessa Hollyfield.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Tim Mullinax of Blacksburg; a daughter, Carol M. Mullinax of Blacksburg; a sister, Francis Upchurch of Gaffney; a half-brother, Arthur Mullinax of Shelby; two half-sisters, Louise Self of Blacksburg and Betty Peeler of Shelby; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier and Lucky Earls. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the residence.

Herbert A. Batchelor
Retired HUD building inspector
Herbert Allen Batchelor, 77, formerly of 1234 Pet Sites Road, Chapin, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, in Palmetto Baptist Hospital.
A native of Gaffney, he was the widower of Janet Sparks Batchelor and son of the late Horace Allen Batchelor and the late Sudie Mae Sparks Batchelor. He was a carpenter and retired building inspector for Housing Urban Development in Lexington County, a World War II veteran and a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Ricky Batchelor and wife, Nancy, of Chapin, and David Batchelor of West Columbia; one grandchild, Michael Batchelor of White Rock; a stepdaughter, Nancy Connette; a sister, Elizabeth Childers of Gaffney; and a step-sister, Nancy Gnatt.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Phillip Vaughn and Alvin Bozzard.
The family is at the home of Elizabeth Childers, 110 Chandler Drive, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Green-ville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Willis T. Echoles
Gaffney native
Willis Theodore Echoles, 45, of 190 Sizemore Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Marie Elizabeth McAbee Echoles of the home and the late Horace Lee Echoles. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother are four brothers, Roger Echoles, Benjamin Echoles, David Echoles, all of Gaffney, and Jimmy McAbee of Gaffney; three sisters, Lisa Mullinax, Joann McAbee and Dora Hamrick, all of Gaffney.
In addition to his father, Mr. Echoles was preceded in death by grandparents, Willis and Viola McAbee.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Alan Peeler.
The family will receive friends at the home, 190 Sizemore Road, Gaffney, after 1 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

David W. Morris Sr.
Employed in textiles as forklift driver
David Wayne Morris Sr., 41, of 395 Morris Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Lisa Dawn Isler Morris and son of the late James Dexter Morris Sr. and the late Lorene Motts Morris. He was of the Baptist faith and employed in the textile industry as a forklift driver.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Amanda Lorene Morris of Gaffney; a son, David Wayne Morris Jr. of Gaffney; two brothers, James Morris Jr. and William Morris, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Shirley McGhee and Pat Hamrick, both of Gaffney; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Bobby Cable and Vernon Craig and Mr. Ashby Blakely. Burial will be in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Clyde Crowley, David Isler, Paul Hallo, Johnny Morris, Scott Carter and Junior Morris.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.

Michael E. Scates
Food service tech
CHARLOTTE - Michael Edward Scates, 32, of 1500 Winston Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Henry Lee Scates of Gaffney and the late Sarah Elizabeth Scates. He was of the Baptist faith and a food service tech.
Surviving in addition to his father are a sister, Lisa Harris of Charlotte; a brother, Nick Lee Scates of Gaffney; and maternal grandfather, Irvin Phillips of Gaffney.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Scates was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Ruth Scates, and maternal grandmother, Dora Phillips.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-9 p.m. at the home of Henry Scates, 119 Christopher Drive, Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee County Children's Home, P.O. Box 1896, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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