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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, January 30, 2004

Samuel B. Strain
Talented athlete who excelled in football
SHELBY – Samuel Butler Strain, 84, of 132 Hillside Drive, died Monday night, Jan. 26, 2004, at Cleveland Pines. He was the beloved husband of Sarah Violet Wilkins Strain.
Mr. Strain was born in Gaffney, S.C., March 2, 1919, a son of the late Samuel Jefferson and Janie McCullough Strain. He was a graduate of Gaffney High School, attended Newberry College and was a 1949 graduate of Wofford College. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Strain was a broker and served as president of Sarah Strain Realty Ltd.
Involved in community affairs, Mr. Strain was a former member of the board of Shelby Parks and Recreation and actively participated in the Shelby High School Football Thursday Night Supper Club. Mr. Strain was a member of Shelby Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder of the church. Before moving to Shelby, he served as an elder and member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Grover, N.C. He had served as a lay pastor for Duncan’s Creek Presbyterian and Ellenboro Presbyterian churches.
A talented athlete, Sam Strain loved and excelled in football. As a tight end for Gaffney High School, he was chosen to play in the inaugural Shrine Bowl Game for the South Carolina team. He was selected to the South Carolina All-State team and was named to the All-South team by the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel in 1937. Mr. Strain entered Newberry College on a football scholarship but was drafted in 1940 to serve in the Army. While in the Army, he played on the All-Army football team. Following his discharge from the Army, he entered Wofford College, where he finished his football career in 1948.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 56 years are three sons, Samuel Butler (Bee) Strain Jr. and his wife, Martha, and Michael Wilkins (Mike) Strain, all of Shelby, and Dr. Brian McCullough Strain and his wife, Charlotte, of Roanoke, Va.; a daughter, Jennifer (Sissy) Holcombe and her husband, William, of Union, S.C.; a sister, Catherine Strain Pettit of Gaffney, S.C.; a brother, Hood Strain and his wife, Catherine, of Anderson, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Sara Hodge Strain of Gaffney; and six grandchildren, Michael Wilkins (Wilkes) Strain Jr., Samuel Butler Strain III, Sarah Jessee Strain, Sarah Simmons Holcombe, Alexander McCullough (Alex) Strain, William Eugene (Will) Holcombe Jr.
Mr. Strain was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Stewart; and three brothers, Herbert Strain, Lindsey Strain and Charles Strain.
Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shelby Presbyterian Church, conducted by Dr. Luke Harkey and the Revs. Alan Huff and George Rolling. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery.
The family is at the home, 132 Hillside Drive, Shelby.
Memorials may be made to Shelby Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1444, Shelby, N.C. 28151; or Cleveland Pines Solarium Fund, 1404 N. Lafayette St., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, 106 Cherryville Road, is serving the family.

Hannah C. Hicks
Sister of Gaffney residents
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Hannah Clary Hicks, 73, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Moses Cone Hospital.
A funeral service will be held at noon today at Guilford Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug West and Tim Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Guilford Memorial Park.
Mrs. Hicks was a member of Guilford Baptist Church.
She is survived by her sons, Jimmy Hicks of Long Beach, N.C., David Hicks of Cameron, N.C.; sister and brothers, Nancy Hunt, Thurman Clary, Carl Clary, all of Columbia, S.C., Wayne Clary and Bill Clary of Gaffney, S.C., and Stan Clary of Spartanburg, S.C.; and special friends, Eileen, Lyndon and Marie Lloyd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27405; or to Guilford Baptist Church Missions Fund, 5904 W. Market St., Greensboro, N.C. 27409.
Arrangements by Hanes-Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel.

Rochell Oglesby
Owner/operator of The Tree Man Co.
COWPENS – Rochell 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, as 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 Rochell 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 3 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the pastor, 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.
The J.E. Dickson Consistory No. 217 will conduct the Scottish Rite Burial Ceremony tonight at 7 at Foster Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be members of Cowpens Masonic Lodge No. 479 and others. Flower bearers will be members of the Eastern Star.

Douglas Sellars
Construction mechanic
Douglas Edward “J.J.” Sellars, 46, of 1819 Beech St., Lot No. 1, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Barbara Chandler Sellars and son of Barbara Gordon Phillips of Gaffney and son and stepson of Ray Dean and Hazel Sellars. He was a construction mechanic and a member of Elm Street Church of God.
Also surviving are a daughter, Martha Sellars of Blacksburg; four grandchildren; four brothers, Roy Dean (Fatman) Sellars, Richard Dale (Snake) Sellars, Ronnie E. (Rudy) Sellars and Jeff Gearland, all of Gaffney.
Mr. Sellars was preceded in death by his grandmother, Janie Gordon, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sellars.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Elm Street Church of God, conducted by the Revs. James Garner and Delos Blanton. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
The family is at the home of his brother, Roy Dean Sellars, 403 Pacolet Hwy.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Horace Thompson Sr.
BLACKSBURG – Services for Horace Thompson Sr., 85, of 110 Seven Springs Road, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lime-stone Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Larry Brooks, assisted by the Rev. Roderick Oglesby. Burial will be in Youngs Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of Limestone Baptist Church and flower bearers will be the church's deaconesses.
Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.
Essie Mae Palmer
Services for Essie Mae Palmer, 56, of 112 Martin lane, Apt. 705, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buck Shoals Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. T.E. McDowell, assisted by the Revs. L.J. Valentine, Barbara Curtis and Mark Lattimore. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Tony Jackson, Wade Tate, Mack Knuckles and the deacons of Buck Shoals.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

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