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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, January 16, 2004

Tommy D. Blanton
BLACKSBURG – Tommy D. Blanton of 143 Shannon Acres Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Blanton was the husband of Lottie M. Blanton and son of the late Nazie B. and Rhea Byars Blanton.
Also surviving are three daughters, Shannon Culbertson of Greenville, Rita Childers of York and Kim Mullinax of Gaffney; three sons, Mike Culbertson of Gaffney, Stephen Culbertson of Vero Beach, Fla., and Billy Culbertson of Gray, Tenn.; three brothers, Claude Allen Blanton, Larry Wayne Blanton, both of Blacksburg, and Sullivan Floyd "Bobo" Blanton of Tammassee, S.C.; three sisters, Beverly Wilt of Johnstown, Pa., Lena Hartness of Littleton, Colo., and Cherry Spencer of Blacksburg; and eight grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Blanton was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Byars, and a sister, Regina Carroll.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Broad River Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Norman Philbeck. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Byars, Tony Blanton, Allen Blanton, Buford Blanton, Melvin Wilt, Barkley Spencer, Wayne Bellew and Grant Carroll.
Honorary pallbearers will be Forrest Mullinax and Marvin Wray.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Spartanburg, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service, Blacksburg.

Jimmy D. Massey
Retired from Daniel Construction
SPARTANBURG – Jimmy Daniel Massey, 51, of 102 Massey Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the son of Marie Elizabeth Harris Massey of Spartanburg and the late Arthur Daniel Massey. He was retired from Daniel Construction Co. and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Buck Massey and Jessie Massey, both of Cowpens; and a sister, Patricia Ann Fortner of Cowpens.
In addition to his father, Mr. Massey was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Cowpens Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Benny Davis and Brent Powell.
Pallbearers will be David Peterson, Matthew Peterson, Richard Massey, Adam Massey, Daniel Massey, Lee Harris, Gene Fowler and James Parker.
The family is at the home of his brother, Buck Massey, 4733 Old Georgia Hwy., Cowpens.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Edna E. Parris
Retired from Reeves Brothers Manufacturing
CHESNEE – Edna Evelyn Parris, 78, of 514 McArthur Ave., died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Lexington County, she was the widow of Jessie Eratus Parris and daughter of the late Johnny and Millie Williamson Mack. She was retired from Reeves Brothers Manufacturing with over 30 years of service and was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Chesnee.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Parris was preceded in death by two sons, Robert L. Barker Jr. and Larry Edward Barker, and her first husband, Robert L. Barker.
Surviving are a daughter, Carol Green of Spartanburg; a sister, Enoree L. Williams of North, S.C.; a brother, James Mack of Pensacola, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Una First Freewill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Kenneth Cash, Edward Puckett and Dan Belcher. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Vernie Mathis
Retired dietician
COLUMBIA – Services for Vernie Trent Mathis, 91, a resident of Eden Gardens, Columbia, will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney.
Active pallbearers will be Jerry Brown, Trent Brown, Chad Harding, Shannon Shook and Eric and Stephen Wells.
The family will receive friends from 2:30-3:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Palmetto Senior Care, White Rock, S.C., and to the Resident Council at Eden Gardens, Columbia, S.C.
Mrs. Mathis, widow of Ed Dean Mathis, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004. Born in Bristol, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late William David Trent and Nancy Emma Robinette. A retired dietician from the public schools in Statesville, N.C., she was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church in Statesville and belonged to the Baptist Women's Missionary Union and was a former Girl Scout leader.
Surviving are her daughters, Betty Oswalt and husband, Frank, of Troutman, N.C., Nancy Ann Parris and husband, Donald, of Columbia, Linda Mathis Wells and husband, Earl, of Columbia and Martha Harding of Mocksville, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Jerry Brown, Eric Wells, Linda Parris Miller, Stephen Wells, Laura Parris, and Chad and Kriste Harding; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Mathis was preceded in death by four brothers.
Appreciation is expressed by the family for your presence and many acts of kindness that have been shown.
Arrangements by Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes.

Elmetta C. Littlejohn
Services for Elmetta C. Littlejohn, formerly of 1007 S. Johnson St., will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Arthur J. Smith, A.W. Goforth III and F.J. Means. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be Larry W. Littlejohn II, Damon R. Felton, Charles H. Littlejohn II, Kevin A. Littlejohn, Terry L. Littlejohn and Fleming Means Jr.
Flower bearers will be Matilda W. Hayes, Shauna F. King, Janina N. Littlejohn, Nikki N. Littlejohn, Teria N. Drayton, Sharmica L. Drayton, Lotoya A. Littlejohn, Sharonda Felton, Courtney Littlejohn and L. Brooke Littlejohn.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church and honorary flower bearers will be members of the Limestone Missionary and Senior Choir.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Betty Sue Wylie
Blacksburg native
Betty Sue Wylie, 71, of 106 S. Broad St., New Jersey, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, in Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Mannington, N.J.
A native of Blacksburg, she was the wife of Robert E. Wylie and daughter of the late Frank White and the late Mattie Isler White. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Carneys Point and was a homemaker. She had lived in Penns Grove for 51 years.
Also surviving are two sons, Roger Wylie and Calvin Wylie, both of Pennsville; two daughters, Dianne Walton and Janet Jeter, both of Savannah, Ga.; two brothers, Grady White of Charlotte and Paul White of Blacksburg; a sister, Lois Parker of Blacksburg; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wylie was preceded in death by a brother and sister.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Tim Knotts and Melvin Hampton. Burial will be in Moss Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Adams Funeral Home and from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Louise T. Melton
Former Gaffney resident
Louise Tinsley Melton, 93, formerly of Gaffney, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at Lutheran Home, Hickory West, Hickory, N.C.
A native of Piedmont, S.C., she was the widow of Guilford B. Melton and daughter of the late Doyle Nolan Tinsley and the late Julia Rebecca Creswell Tinsley. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney, where she taught Sunday School for approximately 30 years and was very active in the Women's Auxiliary.
Surviving are a daughter, Clym Melton Flynn of Hickory; three granddaughters, Mary Glenn of Rocky Mount, N.C., Anne Spell and Blair Fairchild, both of Louisville, N.C.; two great-grandsons, Dixon Glenn and Drew Glenn; one great-granddaughter, McKenzie Fairchild; and three sisters, Ann Fredrickson of Hollywood, Ill., Gean Wingo of Greenville and Ruth L. Shiplett of Spartanburg.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Bobby Morrow. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 2-2:45 p.m. in the chapel of First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jeremiah B. Hadden
Jeremiah Brandon Hadden, 5-month-old son of Jeremiah Glenn Hadden and Kristen Dawn Craddock Hadden of 149 Eastview Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at his home.
He was born in Spartanburg.
Also surviving are a sister, Amyah Faith Hadden of the home; maternal grandparents, Mike and Denise Craddock of Union; maternal great-grandmother, Delores Craddock of McLeansboro, Ill.; maternal great-great-grandmother, Helen Taylor of McLeansboro, Ill.; and a special aunt and uncle, Jill and Lonnie Holland of Gaffney.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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