common / 02-11-2004

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Charles A. Copeland
Decorated combat veteran of World War II
Charles Alexander Copeland, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at his residence.

Charles Copeland
Born in Gaffney, S.C., on Oct. 10, 1923, he was the widower of Sara Robbs Cope-land and son of the late Charles Samuel Copeland Jr. and Ethel Castleberry Copeland.
A graduate of Gaffney High School, he also attended Clemson University for three years. He was a retired retailer, farmer and land developer, a charter member of the Gaffney Country Club, served as President of the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society, as well as past president of the Civil Defense Committee, Cherokee County Hospital Board, Macedonia Water Works and Thicketty Creek Water Shed.
Mr. Copeland was a combat veteran of World War II. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and began his duties at Camp Wheeler, Ga. From there he went to England and on to France. At Utah Beach he marched 13 miles inland to join the 83rd Infantry Division as a heavy machine gunner. On July 25, 1944, he was wounded by a hand grenade at the breakout of Normandy. After recuperation, he fought at Hurricane Forest, the second biggest battle of the European campaign. He was wounded and sent to the Belgium Hospital and spent Christmas there. From there, he entered Neuse, Germany at the Elba River on Easter Sunday night, April 1, 1945. He opened fire on 13 Germans and the German Lieutenant surrendered. For this he received the Bronze Star. He returned home on November 17, 1945 and received the European Theater Pin with five battle stars, two purple hearts, and a combat infantry badge.
Mr. Copeland ran Copeland Company until 1951. He was in the registered cattle business for four years with Joe McArthur and started his farm in 1955. In 1971 he was South Carolina Farm Family of the Year, with Julie Nixon Eisenhower visiting in 1972.
Mr. Copeland and his late wife were members of the Buford Street United Meth-dist Church.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sara Carroll and Richard Tweed of Boiling Springs, S.C.; his sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Mitchell and Angela Copeland and Charles Alex Copeland Jr. and Rita Copeland of Gaffney. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Sallie and Sara Hambright, Charles and Anna Copeland and Silas, Julia and Alex Copeland.
The family will receive friends from 6 til 8 p.m. Thursday at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, in Buford Street United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Scott Wachter and Dr. M.B. Morrow. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society, 301 South Johnston Street, Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Boulevard, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
The family is at the home of son Mitch Copeland, 1012 Old Post Road, Gaffney.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Doris G. Mathis
Gaffney native
Doris Wilma Grubb Mathis, 78, of 3195 Old Georgia Highway, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of James Earl Mathis and daughter of the late Tillman Grubb and the late Mary Lowery Grubb. She was educated in the local schools and Robertson Business School. She was formerly employed by Liberty Life Insurance Company and Oxford Industries.
Mrs. Mathis was a past president of the Cherokee County Extension Club, former director of the Broad River Baptist Association WMU and member of the WMU State Board. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cowpens, where she was the WMU director for several years.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Nathan Earl Mathis of Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter, Madeline Jean Ormand of Somerville, N.J.; four grandsons, Lee Mathis, Josh Mathis, Chris Ormand and Scott Ormand; and a sister, Modine Allison of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Chris Ormand, Scott Ormand, Lee Mathis, Josh Mathis, Bennie Parker and Lemuel Grubb.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, S.C. 29648; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Joyce Ann Whittenburg
Employed by Wiggles and Giggles Daycare
Joyce Ann Whittenburg, 47, of 210 Ellis Ferry Ave., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
She was born in Gaffney, a daughter of Rev. Lucious Whittenburg and the late Elma Rodgers Whittenburg. She was a 1975 graduate of Gaffney High School and a member of Antioch Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Prayer Team. She was employed by Wiggles and Giggles Daycare.
In addition to her father she is survived by a daughter, Chelshe Whittenburg of Columbia; a granddaughter, A’Maurya Tate Smith, who was raised in the home; stepmother, Ruth Hambright Whittenburg of Gaffney; a stepsister, Flora Hambright of Gaffney; and three stepbrothers, Larry Hambright, Vincent Hambright, both of Gaffney, and Jerold Hambright of Winthrop, Maine.
Services will be held Saturday. The time and location will be announced by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Benny Merrell
Self-employed pool installer
BLACKSBURG – Benjamin (Benny) Merrell, 40, of C-1 Mulberry Apt., died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, in Gaffney.
A native of Boston Grove, N.C., he was the son of Lucille Reep Merrell of Blacksburg and the late Chris Connell Merrell. He was a self-employed pool installer and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, Benjamin Joseph Merrell and Timothy Patrick Merrell, both of Easley; three brothers, Connell James Merrell, Christopher Merrell and Michael Derrick Merrell, all of Blacksburg; three sisters, Bobbie Chandler, Billie Duff, both of Blacksburg, and Brenda O’Shields of Easley; and one grandchild.
Services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Grady Gregory, Joseph Clayton and Ricky Harris. Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Phillip Martin, Ashley Turner, Eddie Duff, Shawn Corey, Jeremy Leason and Justin White.
The family is at 429 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg.
Donations may be made to Benjamin Merrell funeral fund at Gordon Mortuary, P.O. Box 428, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

James W. Bolton Sr.
Self-employed construction worker
BLACKSBURG – James William (Bud) Bolton Sr., 61, of 180 Pleasant Hill Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the husband of Dianne Guyton Bolton and son of the late James Hillard Bolton and the late Deliah Moss Bolton.
Mr. Bolton was a member of Blacksburg First Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon. He was also a former deacon at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He was a self-employed construction worker and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Surviving in addition to his wife are sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Heidi Bolton of Cowpens and Steven and Roni Bolton of Gaffney; daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and Keith Sarratt of Blacksburg; three grandchildren, Jonathan Sarratt of Blacksburg and Seth and Peyton Bolton of Cowpens; a brother, Roy L. Bolton of Blacksburg; and two sisters, Martha Bolton of Blacksburg and Doris Parrish of Kings Mountain.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Blacksburg First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends any time at the residence.
Donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Maude A. Sapoch
Maude Allen Sapoch, 79, of 957 Overbrook Drive, D-5, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Sapoch was the wife of Wince Edward Sapoch of the home.
The family will be at the home of Mary Frances Owens, 962 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Blacksburg is in charge.

Rubye Malone
Retired from Butte Knit
SPARTANBURG – Rubye Lindsey Malone Gaddis, 74, of 111 Camp St., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was the wife of Richard Gaddis.
Mrs. Malone was a native of Spartanburg County and daughter of the late Arthur and Marie Horton Johnson. She was retired from Butte Knit after 20 years of service and was a member of Faith Freewill Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband she is survived by daughters, Debbie Lawter of Boiling Springs and Donna Smith of Converse; a sister, Louise Lindsey of Inman; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Humphries.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Green Point Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Bo Dumford and David Lancaster. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of Donna Smith, 436 Cherry Hill Road, Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs.

Pearlie Mae Hemphill
Retired cook
Pearlie Mae Littlejohn Hemphill, 84, of Ellenbury Nursing Center, 611 E. Hampton St., Anderson, widow of Amos Hemphill, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at 6:30 p.m. at the nursing home.
Daughter of the late Grady Littlejohn and the late Vergie Mae Bertha Ross Littlejohn Cuffie, she was a native of Gaffney and member of Mitchel Chapel Fire Baptize Holiness Church. She was a retired cook at the Majestic Cafe.
Surviving are a son, Charles Victor Hemphill of Gaffney; a sister, Virginia Brown of Anderson; and a brother, Freddie Littlejohn of Washington, D.C.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Helen P. Wilkie
Retired from textiles
Helen Pittman Wilkie, 68, of 140 Spring Valley Road, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Roy E. Wilkie Jr. and daughter of the late B.w. Pittman Sr. and the late Lela Pace Pittman. She was a retired textile employee and a member of El Bethel Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a son, Rev. Timothy Wilkie of Gaffney; a granddaughter; a brother, B.W. Pittman Jr. of Gaffney; and two sisters, Mildred Strain and Brenda Goode, both of Gaffney.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Silica Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Lynn Ford and Tim Osment.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mary Anna Choate
Mother of Gaffney resident
ROCK HILL – Mary Anna Anderson Rabb Choate, 96, of 512 S. Dave Lyle Blvd., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Choate was the daughter of the late Dennis Lindsay Anderson and the late Willie Miller Moore Vaness. She was the widow of Moses Rabb Sr. and Rev. A.Y. Choate. She was a member of New Mt. Olivet A.M.E. Zion Church, where she was a deaconess and member of the Stewardess Board No. 1 and the Mother’s Club. She was a former member of the Ministry of Kindness and a board member of the Crawford Federal Credit Union.
Mrs. Choate attended the public schools in York and Winston-Salem. She also attended Benedict College and Friendship Junior College.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Moses Rabb Jr. of Columbia; three daughters, Dorothy Rabb Littlejohn of Gaffney, Dennise Robinson of Bronx, N.Y., and Joyce E. Rabb of the home; two stepdaughters, Lanier Lebby of Norfolk, Va., and Amanda Warden of Columbia; two stepsons, Bishop Stanley Choate of New Hampshire and Rev. W.W.Choate of Lowell, Mass.; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at New Mt. Olivet A.M.E. Zion Church, conducted by the Rev. Alvin McLamb. Burial will be in Barber Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home. The body may be viewed Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home, 534 Hampton St., Rock Hill.

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