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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, February 13, 2004

Charles A. Copeland
Decorated combat veteran of World War II
Charles Alexander Copeland, 80, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, S.C., on October 10, 1923, he was the widower of Sara Robbs Copeland 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 Metho-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.
Services will be held at today at 4 p.m. 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.

Anne F. Copeland
Homemaker
SPARTANBURG – Anne Geraldine Fesperman Cope-land, 66, of 153 Idlewood Circle, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Copeland, a native of Greenville County, was the wife of Johnny Lee Copeland and daughter of the late Adam L. and Minnie McKittick Fesperman Sr. She was a homemaker and member of Cudd Memorial Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Tracy Smith of Spartanburg; three brothers, Adam L. Fesperman Jr. of Fountain Inn, Jimmy Ray Fesperman and Ronnie Fesperman, both of Clarksville, Tenn.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Copeland was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Fesperman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Danny Garrett. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Memorial Park.
Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Boiling Springs.
Memorials may be made to Cudd Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 1301 Boiling Springs Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
The family is at the home.

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 and wife, Byrd, 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 were held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas.
Pallbearers were Chris Ormand, Scott Ormand, Lee Mathis, Josh Mathis, Bennie Parker and Lemuel Grubb.
The family is 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
Services for Joyce Ann Whittenburg, 47, of 210 Ellis Ferry Ave., daughter of Rev. Lucious Whittenburg and the late Elma Rod-gers Whittenburg, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Sherman Davis, Bishop Adell Whittenburg, Dr. Sybil Whittenburg and Dr. L.T. Tate. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park. Body will be placed in the church Saturday at 1 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Ashlin J. Staton
INMAN – Ashlin Jacob Staton, infant son of Jimmy E. and Madia Eaker Staton of 1425 Lake Bowen Dame Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Baby Staton is also survived by a sister, Madison Staton of the home; maternal grandparents, Roger Eaker and Christine Mann; and paternal grandparents, Donnie Staton and Debra Pitts.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 1-1:45 p.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in the church cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Ron Gaddy.
The family will be at the residence.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs.

Charles Hyatt
Owner of Hyatt's Texaco for over 36 years
ROEBUCK – William Charles Hyatt, 90, of 129 Sunset Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at his home.
A native of Walnut Grove, he was the son of the late Ernest and Julia Lancaster Hyatt and was owner of Hyatt's Texaco for 36 years.
Mr. Hyatt was a member of Roebuck Baptist Church for over 50 years and was a member of the Adult Men's Sunday School Class and a former deacon and choir member. He was a Mason, member of the Woodmen of the World, and a charter member of the Roebuck Fire Department with over 30 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Florence Harris Hyatt; two sons, Ray Hyatt and his wife, Pat, of Gaffney and Keith Hyatt and his wife, Bonnie, of Roebuck; a brother, Wilbur Hyatt of Pauline; three sisters, Ann Johnson of Inman, Willie Mae Lancaster of Pauline and Carrie Lancaster of Irmo; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Roebuck Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Tim Williams and the Rev. Ondra Black. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel of Roebuck Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roebuck Baptist Church Capital Fund, P.O. Box 490, Roebuck, S.C. 29376.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Floyd's North Church Street Chapel.

Mary P. Patterson
Hollywood, S.C., native
Mary Prine Patterson, 79, of Gaffney, passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at Peachtree Centre.
Mrs. Patterson was born on March 16, 1924, in Hollywood, S.C., to Joseph and Gladys Prine. She was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church.
Mrs. Patterson is survived by her husband, W. Grady Patterson of the home; two sons, Richard G. Patterson and his wife, Renee, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and W. Kippard Patterson and his wife, Lisa, of Goldsboro, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, at Draytonville Baptist Church with the burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Todd Braswell will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601-7633; or The Patient Fund, c/o Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lessie Laney
Retired cook
Lessie S. Laney, 94, of 82 N. Main St., The Golden Ace Nursing Home, Inman, widow of Ebb Laney, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at 9:53 p.m. at the nursing home.
Daughter of the late Bro. Sarratt and the late Lizzie Sarratt, she was a native of Spartanburg County and a member of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cowpens. She was a retired cook from the Cedar Springs School for the Deaf and Blind, a former member of the Eastern Stars and was honored as Mother of the Church.
Surviving are a grandson, Terrell Jones Sr., and a great-grandson, Terrell Jones Jr., both of Spartanburg.
Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. C. Dennis Rector. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of Terrell Jones Sr., 121 Romaine Drive, Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Eunice W. Corry
Blacksburg native
Eunice W. Corry, 98, of 1434 N. Limestone St., Peachtree Centre, widow of Elbert Corry, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at 3:15 p.m. at the nursing home.
Daughter of the late Landrum Wilson and the late Maggie Whisnant Wilson, she was a native of Blacksburg and member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are a brother, Charles Wilson of Blacksburg; and a host of nieces and nephews, one of them, Rosella B. Jenning, was like a sister.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Revs. Dennis Funderburk, Van C. Williams and Bob Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of Rosella B. Jenning, 215 N. Academy St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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; a brother, Freddie Littlejohn of Washington, D.C.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at noon at Mitchel Chapel Fire Baptize Holiness Church, conducted by Dr. E.D. Lawson and the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Robert D. Foster, Nicky Hemphill, Rufus Phillips, Anthony Tate, Boyd Tate and Kenneth Tate.
Flower bearers will be Keisha Foster, Anita Hemphill, Angelica Tate, Olivia Tate, Rebi Tate and Telistha Tate.
The family is at the home of Johnny and Dolly Elmore, 1344 Leadmine Road.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jimmy Hill
CLIFTON – Oscar James “Jimmy” Hill, 52, of 320 Mitchell St., died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Hill was the son of James H. Hill and the late Mary Ruth Humphries Hill. He was retired from the Screen Shop with the Spartanburg Housing Authority and was a member of Hammetts Grove Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy and was formerly married to Mary Dimsdale Edwards.
In addition to his father he is survived by two sons, Shane Hill of Pacolet and Travis K. Jackson of Gaffney; a daughter, April Dawn Hill of Lyman; two brothers, Leonard Hill of Gaffney and Jerry Hill of Chesnee; a sister, Gwen H. Lazurick of Spartanburg; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Hill was preceded in death by a son, Jamie R. Hill.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Hammetts Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Mike McGaha.
Friends were received Thursday evening from 6-8 at Bobo Funeral Chapel in Spartanburg.

Roey H. Johnson
COWPENS – Roey Horne Johnson, 87, formerly of 429 McGraw Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Ben Tillman Johnson and daughter of the late Adolphus and Mary Blackwell Horne. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Rosie Cash of Cowpens; a son, Leroy Johnson of Gaffney; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Ron Jackson. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Seaphus F. Buchanan
Seaphus Farrell Buchanan, 70, of 7317 Bougenville Drive, Port Richey, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Buchanan was the husband of Peggy Buchanan of the home and son of the late Floyd and Darrell Hughes Buchanan. He was a retired supervisor of Musgrove Plant of Hamrick Mills after 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of New Pleasant Baptist Church and an associate member of Jasmine Lakes Baptist Church in Port Richey.
Mr. Buchanan was member of Chesnee Masonic Lodge No. 294 and was a native of Cane Creek Township, N.C.
Also surviving are a daughter, Patty O. McKinney of Chesnee; three sisters, Charlotte Laura Lowery of Rutherfordton, N.C., Nell L. Toney of Bostic, N.C., and Shirley A. Buchahan of Forest City, N.C.; four brothers, Emory A. Buchahan of New Port Richey, Fla., Fate J. Buchahan of Pisgah Forest, N.C., Floyd O. Buchahan of Shelby, N.C., and Denver D. Buchahan of Forest City, N.C.; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Pleasant Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Dewitt Clyde, Paul Stempihar and George Holland. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee.
The family is at the home of his daughter at 8721 Parris Bridge Road, Chesnee.
Masonic Rites will be held today at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Loretta P. Meadows
LAKELAND, Fla. – Loretta “Lorri” Phillips Meadows, 61, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004.
A native of Johnson City, Tenn., she was the widow of Albert Eugene Meadows and daughter of the late Lonnie James and Rosemary Josephine Boschert Phillips Sr. She was a member of American Legion Elvis Presley Post 249 in Memphis, Tenn., and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two sons, Greg E. Meadows of Dallas, N.C., and Roger D. Meadows of Scranton, S.C.; two daughters, Teresa Meadows of Lakeland, Fla., and Debbie Brisebois of Scranton, S.C.; two brothers, Lonnie Phillips Jr. of Woodstock, Ga., and Terrence Michael Phillips of Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Candy Swillum of Grandview, Mo.; and nine grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge.

Maudeen W. Parris
Maudeen Wyatt Parris, 79, of 125 Beltline Road, Apt. 13, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Archie Parris and daughter of the late Ben Wyatt and the late Etta Spencer Wyatt. She was a textile employee and member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Sam Parris of Greenville and Billy Parris Sr. of Kings Mountain; two daughters, Vickie Whited and Karen Moore, both of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lilian Peeler and Nettie Wyatt, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Alan Peeler. Entombment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Todd Parris, Terry Parris, Billy Parris Jr., Shane Parris, Winford McCraw and Gary Snead.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Vickie Whited, 507 Browning Road.
Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 500 E. Montgomery St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Edith M. Lemmons
Edith Mabry Lemmons, 86, of 507 W. Smith St., died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg, she was the widow of Henry O. Lemmons and daughter of the late James B. Mabry and the late Carrie Bains Mabry. She was a homemaker and member of Midway Baptist Church.
Surviving are a brother, Ray Mabry of Gaffney; a sister, Alda Osment of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Family members will receive friends at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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