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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Geddes L. Swofford
Retired from Draper Corp.
Geddes Lee Swofford, 69, of 1772 Love Springs Road, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, after an extended fight with cancer.
A native of Cowpens, he was the husband of Hazel Clary Swofford to whom he had been married for 46-1/2 years. He was the son of the late Summie Burcham Swofford and the late Lillian Poole Swofford.
Mr. Swofford retired from Draper Corporation. A graduate of Cowpens High School, he attended Gardner-Webb College where he played baseball. He was a Mason, serving as Past Master, Secretary and Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 21st Masonic District. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Cowpens where he was a former Sunday School teacher, usher and deacon.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Vicki Swofford Austin and husband, Jeff, of Cowpens and Susan Swofford Hines and husband, Randy, of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, Brian Lee Swofford and wife, Kathy, of Boiling Springs; four grandchildren, Hannah Susan Austin, Grayson Jeffrey Austin, Dylan Lee Swofford and John Bradley Swofford; a sister, Vivian S. Carruth and husband, Dean, of Spartanburg; and mother-in-law, Leatrice P. Clary of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cowpens, conducted by the Rev. Gregory A. Dry, Dr. M.B. Morrow and the Rev. Ronell Owensby. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Steve Carruth, Lynn Davis, Mark Hughes, Billy Swofford, John Swofford and Nelson Swofford.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the J.W. Martin Sunday School Class and Sunrise Masonic Lodge No. 408.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 1772 Love Springs Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Cowpens Building Fund, P.O. Drawer H, Cowpens, S.C. 29330; and American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ethel W. Cashion
Former Blacksburg resident
BLACKSBURG – Ethel W. Cashion, 92, formerly of 406 S. Shelby St., died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Peachtree Centre.
Mrs. Cashion was the widow of Maurice Brown Cashion and daughter of the late John B. and Julia Moses White. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.
Surviving are three children, Jack Cashion, Larry Cashion and Joann Cashion Goforth, all of Blacksburg; a sister, May White of Blacksburg; five grandchildren, Kenny Cashion, Jackie Wayne Cashion, Rita Leigh, Lisa Cox and Kelly Brown; 10 great-grandchildren, Keith Cashion, Macie Cashion, Jacob Brown, Dillon Brown, Hannah Cashion, Leighann West, Ty Satterwhite, Dustin Cox, Jenna Cox and Lee Cashion; four great-great-grandchildren, Brandon Cashion, Bethany Cashion, Bradley Cashion and Ashlyn Cashion; and two special friends, Yolanda Smith and Robin Davidson.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Cashion was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Cashion, and a granddaughter, Mary Alice Cashion.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Berea Cemetery in Blacksburg, conducted by Mr. A.Z. McDaniel and Dr. Charlie Barnard. The family will receive friends immediately following the service and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Pallbearers will be Darren Brown, Kenny Cashion, Lee Cashion, Keith White, Steve Blackwell and Robert Cox.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund, 511 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

James C. Owens
Retired from Stacy Trucking
James Carroll Owens, 58, of 318 Sycamore St., went home to be with Jesus on Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, after a long illness.
A native of Gaffney, he was the loving husband of 35 years to Marilyn Martin Owens. He was the son of the late James William "Jim" Owens and the late Pearl Fowler Owens. A graduate of Gaffney High School, he served in the U.S. Army and retired from Stacy Trucking. He most enjoyed truck driving, fishing, NASCAR racing and his dog, Bud. He is loved by all.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Cindy Powell and Michelle Gaffney McGaha, both of Gaffney; a brother, Edward Owens of Inman; three sisters, Nannie Lee Brown, Jimmie Pearl Walters and Trisha Ann Ramsey, all of Gaffney; and four grandchildren, Renae Wright McBee of Spartanburg, Tommy McGaha III, Trey Powell and Alisha McGaha, all of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, 467 Asbury Road, with the Rev. George H. Fizer officiating.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Powell Jr., Tommy McGaha Jr., Tommy McGaha III, Trey Powell, Andy Ellis and Chris Pumfrey.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7:30 at White Columns of Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home.

Mable R. Loflin
Blacksburg native
BLACKSBURG – Mable Bernola Rippy Loflin, 82, of 574 Old Chester Road, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Blacksburg, Mrs. Loflin was the daughter of the late Thomas Kendrick Rippy and Agusta Ann Blackwell Rippy. She retired from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing and was a member of Cel River Church of God.
Mrs. Loflin’s husband, Melvin; her son, Ralph Loflin; her sister, Dellia Gunn; and her brothers, Floyd Rippy and Ernest Rippy, all preceded her in death.
Surviving are two brothers, Forest Rippy of Rock Hill and Clemoth W. Rippy of Blacksburg; two sisters, Pearl Batchler of Blacksburg and Essie Thompson of Clover; and her beloved poodle, Buddy.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Bass and Cauthen Funeral Homes, 700 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill, with Rev. MacMurray officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bass and Cauthen Funeral Homes.

Gene Harlow
Gaffney native and decorated Navy veteran
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Howard Eugene (Gene) Harlow died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, in Orange Park, Fla., following complications after hip replacement surgery.
Mr. Harlow was born on Nov. 7, 1927, in Gaffney and had resided in Jacksonville for over 40 years. He served his country, proudly retiring after 22 years of decorated service as a Master Chief from the United States Navy. He later went to work for the Duval County School Board and after many years of service retired again.
Mr. Harlow and his wife, the former Betty Davis, were married on April 1, 1949, and together they created a lifetime of smiles and comments at their "private joke."
Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 60 years are two sons, Michael and Mark; two daughters, Carol Burnes and Debbie Morgan; a brother, Jimmy; and a cousin, Lorene White.
Mr. Harlow was the "rock" of the family, the epitome of a loyal, dedicated businessman, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. His greatest pride was his "team" of nine grandsons, one granddaughter and three great-grandsons. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and traveling with his wife.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Jacksonville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Fla.

William B. McDaniel
Retired from textiles
BLACKSBURG – William Boyd McDaniel, 96, of 104 Calles St., died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Pauline Moore McDaniel and son of the late Riley McDaniel and the late Gracie Mullinax McDaniel. He was retired from textiles and was a member of Broad River Baptist Church in Blacksburg.
Mr. McDaniel is survived by a son, Harold McDaniel of Blacksburg.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Norman Philbeck and James Clark.
The family is at the home of Harold McDaniel, 106 S. Charleston St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral home.

Grace J. Horton
Retired from textiles
Grace Lorene Jackson Horton, 83, of 202 River Drive, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Rayford W. Horton and daughter of the late Pete Henry Jackson and the late Lona Mae Johnson Jackson. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Temple Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for several years. She also delivered for Meals on Wheels.
Surviving are a sister, Ruth J. Humphries of Gaffney; three nephews, Reggie Martin of Spartanburg, Randy Martin and Mike Martin, both of Gaffney; and a niece, Kelly Ellis of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Johnny Bridges and Ron Jackson. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of her sister at 129 Stacy Drive.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Rochell Oglesby
COWPENS – Services for Rochell Oglesby, 62, of 212 Bunche Circle, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. McKinley Miles. Masonic interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be members of Cowpens Masonic Lodge No. 479 and others. Flower bearers will be members of the Eastern Star.
The J.E. Dickson Consistory No. 217 will conduct the Scottish Rite Burial Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at Foster Funeral Home in Gaffney.

Homer L. Carmack
Millwright for Daniel Construction
Homer L. Carmack, 67, of 1523 N. Logan St., died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Greenville, Tenn., he was the husband of Mildred Carmack and son of the late William (Bill) Car-mack Sr. and the late Helen Lane Carmack Taylor. He was a millwright for Daniel Construction Company and was of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Michael “Mike” Carmack of Johnson City, Tenn., Brian Carmack of St. Mary’s, Ga., and Patrick “Pat” Carmack of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Leah Good of Johnson City, Tenn., and Sherry Hershman Bermea of Pleasanton, Texas; two stepsons, Michael “Mike” Sheehan of Gaffney and Tony Roberts of the home; three stepdaughters, Jackie Shires, Shirley Wise, both of Gaffney, and Beverly Kozel of Chicago, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six sisters, Edna Young, Trula Thornburg, both of Greenville, Tenn., Kathy Stratton of Kingsport, Tenn., Mary Murdock of Garden Praire, Ill., Tossie Howery of Malvern, Iowa, and Judy Blevins of Greenville, Tenn.; and four brothers, Billy Carmack Jr., Chester Carmack, Russell Carmack, all of Greenville, Tenn., and Allen Carmack of Rockford, Ill.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Tenn., conducted by the Revs. Robert Lee Johnson and Bill Love. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mr. Carmack’s grandchildren and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends any time today at the residence.
Doughty Stevens Funeral Home, Greenville, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Essie W. Palmer
Former employee of Peachtree Centre
Essie Mae Watkins Palmer, 56, of 112 Martin Lane, 705 Iveywood Park, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Widow of Julius Palmer, she was born in Cherokee County, a daughter of the late Arthur and Jessie Mae Camp Watkins. She was a member of Buck Shoals Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, usher and Senior Missionary member. She was a 1966 graduate of Granard High School and a former employee of Peachtree Centre.
Surviving are four daughters, Melissa Palmer, Willette Guyton, both of Gaffney, Cynthia Haney of Blacksburg and Angela Davis of Forest City, N.C.; two brothers, Horace Watkins and Tommy Lee Watkins, both of Gaffney; six sisters, Mattie Valentine of Chesnee, Sara Valentine of Gaffney, Louella Quincy, O.Z. Wood, Oletha Smith, all of Everette, Wash., E.Z. Watkins of New York and Nora Fernanders of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and 13 grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buck Shoals Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. T.E. McDowell. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Horace Thompson Sr.
Retired from Pilot Freight Carriers
BLACKSBURG – Horace Thompson Sr., 85, of 110 Seven Springs Road, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Widower of Ira Sherrill Thompson, he was born in Cherokee County, a son of the late Cofford and Martha Manning Thompson. He was a faithful. member of Limestone Baptist Church, an Army veteran of the Korean War, and a retired employee of Pilot Freight Carriers in Charlotte.
Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Thompson of Bronx, N.Y., and Blony Griffith of Charlotte; six sons, Charles Thompson and Horace Thompson Jr. of Bronx, N.Y., Forace Thompson of Atlanta, Ga., Weldon Thompson of Gaffney, Larry Gene Thompson of Immokalee, Fla., and Maurice Thompson of Charlotte; six sisters, Hannah Scott of Newton, N.C., Lillian Coulter of Newton, Fannye Sanders of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Cora Thompson of Far Rockaway, L.I.,N.Y., Martha Shepard of Tampa, Fla., and Maggie Hewie of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Forace Thompson of Henderson, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Limestone Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Larry Brooks. Burial will be in Youngs Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Sam Strain
Talented athlete who loved football
SHELBY – Samuel Butler Strain, 84, of 132 Hillside Drive, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in Cleveland Pines Care Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Sarah Wilkins Strain to whom he had been married for 56 years. He was the son of the late Samuel Jefferson and Janie McCullough Strain. A graduate of Wofford College and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was president of Sarah Strain Realty, Ltd., for 45 years. He was an Elder of Shelby Presbyterian Church and Shiloh Presbyterian Church and a member of Shelby Parks and Recreation and Shelby High Football Thursday Night Supper Club.
Mr. Strain, affectionately known as “S.B.,” was a talented athlete who loved and excelled at the game of football. As an end for Gaffney High School, he was chosen to play in the inaugural Shrine Bowl Game for the “Sandlappers” and in 1937 was selected to the south Carolina all-state team and named to the all-south team by the Orlando Sentinel.
Mr. Strain won a football scholarship to Newberry College, but was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1940, where he played on the all-army teams until the war ended in 1945. In 1946, he entered Wofford College and was the starting end and letterman until his career ended in 1948.
Mr. Strain loved his Lord, his wife, his friends and his community. Shelby and Cleveland County were very special to him. He thoroughly enjoyed watching all sporting events in this community, especially when it involved his children and grandchildren.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Samuel “Bee” Strain and wife, Martha of Shelby, Mike W. Strain of Shelby and Brian M. Strain of Roanoke, Va.; a daughter, Jennifer “Sissy” Strain Holcombe and husband, William, of Union; a brother, Hood Strain and wife, Katherine, of Anderson; a sister, Catherine Strain Pettit of Gaffney; six grandchildren, Michael W. Strain, Samuel B. Strain III, Sarah Jessee Strain, Sarah Simmons Holcombe, Alexander M. Strain and William E. Holcombe Jr.; and many special nephews, nieces, in-laws and friends.
Arrangements are incomplete. Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, 106 Cherryville Road, Shelby, is in charge.

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