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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, January 26, 2004

William Robert Douglas Sr.
Probate Judge
The Honorable William Robert Douglas Sr., 82, of 801 S. Limestone St., died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Sarah LeMaster Douglas and son of the late George William Douglas and the late Myrtle Coffey Douglas. He was probate judge of Cherokee County for the past 52 years and had the distinction of being the longest serving probate judge in South Carolina and oldest serving probate judge in the state.
Judge Douglas was a lifetime member of Lafayette Lodge Ancient Free Masons in Gaffney and was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, William Robert Douglas Jr. and George Richard Douglas, both of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne Douglas Bovair and husband, Jerry, of St. Mary’s, Ga.; and a sister, Anne Douglas Kovacic of Beaver, Pa.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Scott Hammett. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Hoke Parris, Charles Mathis, Ned Mullinax, Buddy McCraw, Robbie Douglas and Raymond C. Eubanks Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Batchelor and Dean Ross.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at 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; Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, S.C. 29648; or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Eileen W. Slice
Gaffney native
Eileen Westbrook Slice, 83, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at Tapley Personal Care Home, Evans, Ga.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Barney Slice Sr. and daughter of the late Guy G. Scruggs and the late Clara Westbrook Scruggs.
Surviving are a brother, Gerald Scruggs, of North Augusta, S.C., and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at State Line Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Charlie Blackwell.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Harold S. Glymph
Cherokee County native
SPARTANBURG – Harold Sidney Glymph, 77, of 4045 Anderson Mill Road, formerly of 226 St. Matthews Lane, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Dr. George Washington Glymph and Vivian Grace Cottingham Glymph. He was a member of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church and attended Johnson C. Smith University and Rutledge College. He was an Army veteran and retired owner and operator of a taxicab service.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Kennedy Glymph of the home; a son, Harold S. Glymph Jr. of College Park, Ga.; five daughters, Harolynn Glymph Smales of Spartanburg, Pamela Glymph Dantzler of the home, Yvonne Williams of Virginia Beach, Va., Rochelle Glymph of Greenbelt, Md., and Rowena Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif; a sister, Helen Staten of Washington, D.C.; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. B. D. Snoddy. Burial was in Heritage Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, Pamela Dantzler, 4045 Anderson Mill Road, Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home, Spartanburg.

“Poochie” Messer
Former employee of UCMC
Lawrence Barry “Poochie” Messer, 61, of 200 W. Carlisle St., died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Robert Vonnie Messer and the late Virginia Vearl Mathis Messer. He was formerly employed by Upstate Carolina Medical Center and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Alisa M. Bishop, Lena M. Wyatt and Laurie M. Byars, all of Gaffney; two brothers, James C. Messer of Laurel, Md., and Tommie L. Messer of Gaffney; a sister, Terry M. White of Gaffney; four grandchildren, Ami Duncan, Billy Bishop, Beth Lemmonds and Layton Wyatt; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Messer was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Messer, and a sister, Juanita Ramsey.
Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Ken Covington. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Billy Bishop, Jack Phillips, Walt Peterson, Marvin Childers, Mark Childers and Chris Childers.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Alisa Bishop, 1630 Beech St.
Memorials may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, c/o Lawrence “Poochie” Messer Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 307, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Kay Freeman
Former Cherokee County school teacher
Kay Diane Freeman, 56, of 1622 N. Limestone St., died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.
Daughter of the late Martin and Kate Freeman, she is survived by a brother, Charles Freeman, of Forest City, N.C., two nieces and seven nephews.
Ms. Freeman graduated from Gaffney High School, where she was Miss DAR, received a citizenship award, served on the Student Council and was selected as a Senior Superlative. She graduated from Limestone College with a Bachelor of Science degree and from Winthrop University with a Master of Art in Teaching.
A beloved teacher, Ms. Freeman was with the Cherokee County School District for over 23 years, having been named a Teacher of the Year. She also had been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
Services will be conducted on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Limestone Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. Friends will be received at the church prior to the service, beginning at noon. Participating ministers will be the Rev. Dan Youngblood, the Rev. John McDaniel and Dr. Wayne Brown.
Pallbearers will be Ms. Freeman’s nephews: Marty Mickle, Greg Mickle, Nick Freeman, Matt Freeman, Charles Freeman Jr. and Jimmy Freeman as well as John McDaniel and Jim Hawkins.
Interment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International Bible Distributors, 835 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; and Limestone Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Jefferies St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Geddes L. Swofford
Geddes Lee Swofford, 69, of 1772 Love Springs Road, died today, Jan. 26, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Oncology Unit.
Mr. Swofford was the husband of Hazel Clary Swofford.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Rochell Oglesby
Owner/operator of The Tree Man Co.
COWPENS – Rochelle Oglesby, 62, of 212 Bunche Circle, husband of Roszonia Teamer Oglesby, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at his residence.
Son of Allene Tate Oglesby of Cowpens and the late Columbus Oglesby, he was a Cowpens native and graduate of B.E. Mayes High School, where he was a star basketball player. He graduated from Spartanburg Technical College and served as general supervisor of International Wire Products in Inman for 20 years.
Mr. Oglesby was formerly employed by Hoechst-Celanese Corporation in Spartanburg, was an insurance agent for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and was last employed by The Timken Company in Gaffney.
Mr. Oglesby was owner and operator of The Tree Man Company and was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Cowpens. He was Past Worshipful Master of Cowpens Masonic Lodge, No. 479, and J.E. Dickson Consistory No. 217.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Roxanne Oglesby Watson of the home, Carla R. Cross of Spartanburg and Anita R. Jones of Moore; a son, Carl Rochelle Oglesby of Cowpens; five grandchildren; and two brothers, L.T. Dover of New York City and James Howard of Spartanburg.
In addition to his father, Mr. Oglesby was preceded in death by Eddie Dean Oglesby and a sister, Earnestine Moon.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. McKinley Miles. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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