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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, March 5, 2004

Joe Cromer
Retired machinist from Milliken Company
Joe Edward Cromer, 68 of Mooresboro, N.C., died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., he was a son of the late James Robert and Lois Tessnear Cromer. He was a retired machinist from Milliken Company, Gaffney Plant, with 48 years service. He was a retired Sgt. 1st Class from the North Carolina National Guard with 31 years of service and was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mooresboro.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Harvey Cromer of the home; two sons, Michael and wife, Ann, Cromer of Seneca and Stephen Cromer of Gaffney; three daughters, Cindy and husband, Jack, Jolly of Gaffney, Shelia Hamrick of Rutherfordton and Sandra and husband, Randle, Grooms of Augusta, Ga.; grandchildren, Corey Cromer, Michael Cromer, Amber Cromer and Meredith Jolly; one great-grandchild, Tyler Grooms; two brothers, R. T. Cromer of Mooresboro and Billy Cromer of New Orleans, La.
Funeral services will be conducted at 6 today, March 5, at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Sorrells officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. today in Cleveland Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund, 1301 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Mooresboro, N.C. 28114.
A guest book is available at www.mckinney landrethfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside.

Raymond R. Littlejohn
Cherokee County native
Raymond Roosevelt Littlejohn, 63, of Ivy Grove Home on Lockhart Lane, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at 11 p.m. at Ivy Grove.
Son of the late Lavale Jefferies Littlejohn and the late Willie Littlejohn, he was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Surviving are two brothers, Bennie Littlejohn of Gaffney and William Littlejohn of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and three sisters, Alonia Littlejohn of Charlotte, Lucille Dawkins and Brenda Harris, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Lawrence Davidson, Kirkland Smith and Dr. James W. Sanders Jr. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Marshall Lindsay, Gerald Howell, Aaron Littlejohn, Jason Flowers, Bennie Littlejohn, Scottie Harris and Ralph L. Jefferies.
Flower bearers will be Peggy Smith, Wilma Davis, Ruby Sizemore, Sara Lee Crosby, Annie Tate, Cheryl Smith and Chineat Howell.
Honorary flower bearers will be Fannita Harris, Jessica Littlejohn, Jerica Littlejohn and Courtney Flowers.
The family is at the home of his brother, Bennie Littlejohn, 227 Camellia Circle.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Agnes L. Porter
Retired from Mary Bramlett lunchroom
Agnes Louise Porter, 83, of 300 Spruce St., died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late James H. Porter and the late Cordelia Holt Porter. She was a retired from Mary Bramlett Elementary School lunchroom and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are a niece, Marie P. Blanton; a nephew, Winford Patterson; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, Miss Porter was preceded in death by two sisters, Nannie Patterson and Lillian O. Porter, and a brother, Jack Porter.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Kirby Memorial Baptist Church, 512 Chandler Drive, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Juanita Jones
Owner of Popeye's Bar-be-que Restaurant
CHARLOTTE – Juanita Jones, 63, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Hospice House of Union County in Monroe, N.C.
A former resident of Gaffney, she was born Jan. 27, 1941, and was the daughter of Tatia (Wesley) Caldwell of Charlotte. Mrs. Jones and her husband, the late Benson "Popeye" Jones, owned the famous Popeye's Bar-be-que Restaurant in Springfield, Ill. As a result of the couple's hard work and diligence, the business won many civic and community awards. The secret to their success was the spicy sauce; the recipe has been utilized by Jones' restaurateurs for four generations. Whether mild, medium, or hot, patrons, many of whom were celebrities, would request the Joneses to ship care packages of their wonderful food around the country.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Bethel AME Church in Lithonia, Ga. Visitation will be from 11:30-12:55 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be on Sunday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte.
Condolences may be sent to 3310 Twelve Oaks Place, Charlotte, N.C., 28270.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Juanita Jones, Hospice at Charlotte, 1420 East 7th St., Charlotte, N.C., 28204.
Arrangements by A.L. Jinwright Funeral Service, Charlotte. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Clarence W. Runyans Sr.
Retired mining plant operator
KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Clarence Willie Runyans Sr., 61, of 605 Chestnut Ridge Church Road, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, in Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, N.C.
A native of Kings Mountain, he was the widower of Karen Sundine Runyans and son of the late George Thomas Runyans and the late Maggie Carroll Runyans. He was a retired mining plant operator and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are three sons, Clarence Willie Runyans Jr. and Berry Keith Runyans, both of Blacksburg, and William Allen Runyans of Gastonia; two daughters, Elizabeth May Sliney of Blacksburg and Tammie Keeter of Kings Mountain; a sister, Elizabeth Kaps of Clover; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mrs. Runyans was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Douglas Runyans.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday prior to the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and at other times will be at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Martha M. Mullinax
American Greeting Card representative
Martha Irene Marlar Mullinax, 76, of 124 Lakewood Drive, died Thursday, March 24, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Woodruff, she was the widow of James Everette Mullinax and daughter of the late Luther Crowley Marlar and the late Lizzie Woody Marlar William. She was a retired instructor from Gaffney Manufacturing and was an American Greeting Card representative for Gaffney and surrounding areas. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Tony Millen and Kathy and Lizard McCraw, all of Gaffney; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donnie Mullinax and Ricky and Lisa Stepp Mullinax, all of Gaffney; eight grandchildren, J.J. Robertson, Michele Robertson, Chrysa Mullinax, Kayla Sellars, Kennedy Sellars, Hasten Mullinax, Heath Mullinax and Klein Millen; one great-grandchild, Dara Wardell; a sister, Elizabeth Murphy of Spartanburg; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Mullinax was preceded in death by three brothers, Luther Marlar Jr., John Marlar and Calvin Marlar; and a sister, Shirley Marlar.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Edward McAbee. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Garden. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be James Millen, Chad Murphy, Stacey Murphy, Mike Mullinax, Larry Dean Mullinax, Kenneth Branch, Wayne Crow and Lizard McCraw.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 124 Lakewood Drive.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Purnell B. Rogers Jr.
Truck driver for Kenan Transport
Purnell B. Rogers Jr., 75, of 1505 Old Georgia Hwy., died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Beckley, W.Va., he was the husband of Juanita Tindall Rogers and son of the late Purnell B. Rogers Sr. and the late Mary Holt Rogers. He was a retired truck driver for Kenan Transport and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Pamela Rogers of Virginia; a step-son, Roger Parker of Gaffney; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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