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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, March 12, 2004

George W. Deal
Minister of music
SPARTANBURG — The Rev. George W. Deal, 74, of 229 Arrowhead Circle, died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at RoseCrest. Born Jan. 9, 1930, in Burke Co., N.C., he was the son of the late George A. and Lydia Franklin Deal. He was a graduate of Francis Garrou High School, Valdese, N.C., Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C., and received a Masters of Church Music degree from South Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Ky. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he was a member of the Golden Age Club, the Men’s Bible Class, and the Senior Adult Choir. Rev. Deal was a former Music Director at Providence Baptist Church, Gaffney, S.C., First Southern Baptist Church, Clarksville, In., First Baptist Church, Barbourville, Ky., Laurel Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C., Park Hills Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C., Walnut Hill Baptist Church, Campobello, S.C., and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C. He was a pianist for many years at Draytonville Baptist Church, Gaffney, S.C., and for a number of Gospel quartets. He retired from Tiextex Corporation in 1995, from the music ministry in January 2000, and was a volunteer for Mobile Meals service.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Parris Deal of the home; two sons, Brice Deal and his wife Marsha of Moore, S.C., and Scott Deal and his wife Mary Jean of Anderson, S.C.; granddaughters, Shannon Bussell and her husband Chris of Lexington, S.C., Elizabeth Deal of Lyman, S.C., Mary Anne Deal, Emily Jean Deal, and Hollins Deal, all of Anderson, S.C.; step-grandchildren, Britt Miller and his wife Shannon of Chesnee, S.C., and Leslie Cooke and her husband Scott of Spartanburg, S.C.; four great-step-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Deal and his wife Diane of Greenville, S.C., and Wayne Deal and his wife Barbara of Shelby, N.C.; a sister, Bonnie Stephenson and her husband Dan of Leesburg, Va; and a special family friend, Kitty McCarter of Spartanburg, S.C. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Deal.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2004, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Rufus Chaneyworth and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Gossett. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals Service, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, S.C. 29304; or to Oak Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 350 N. Blackstock Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
The family is at the home.
(Courtesy of Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.)

Charles H. Ledbetter
Retired from Carolina Freight
SHELBY, N.C. — Charles Hubert Ledbetter, 78, of 1863 S. Lafayette St., died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at Crawley Memorial Hospital.
A native of Rutherford Co., N.C., he was the born May 1, 1925.
He was retired from Carolina Freight after 35 years of service, was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, was a member of the Shelby Skin and Scuba Diving Club and a supporter of the Cleveland County 4-H Horse Club.
He served in the Army during WWII, where he was a member of the 1258 Engineer Battalion.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margie Wray Ledbetter of the home; two sons, Michael C. Ledbetter of the home and Ricky H. Ledbetter and his wife, Suzanne H. Ledbetter, of Shelby; two brothers, Claude Ledbetter of Shelby and Billy Ledbetter and his wife, Evelyn Ledbetter, of Shelby; two sisters-in-law, Sarah Ledbetter of Shelby and Doris Jeanette Ledbetter of Shelby; four grandchildren, James S. Ledbetter of Charlotte, Katherine A. Ledbetter of New York City, Amy L. Hayes and her husband, Jason, of Shelby and Kelly S. Ledbetter of Shelby; and a great-granddaughter, Jada Hayes.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church with the Revs. Tim Trexler and Broadus Heatherly officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to: Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Building/Cemetery Fund, 1227 Mt. Sinai Church Road, Shelby, N.C. 28152; or to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607.
The family is at the residence.
(Courtesy Clay-Barnette Funeral Home.)

Sarah T. Doty
Retired school teacher
GAFFNEY — Sarah Thomson Doty, 92, of 201 Vine St. died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Abbeville, she was the widow of William B. Doty and the daughter of the late Edward Ringan Thomson and the late Ellen Thomson.
She was retired from Mary Bramlett Elementary, where she was a school teacher for over 30 years, and was a member of Limestone Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a son, Ringan Doty and his wife, Rebecca, of Brunswick, Ga.; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Doty of Brunswick, Ga.; a step-grandson, John Cody of Los Angeles; and three nephews, John Thomson of Atlanta, A.F. Doty III and his wife, Bonnie, of Edisto Beach, S.C., and Bob Doty of Monks Corner, S.C.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2004, at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Gaffney, officiated by the Rev. Dan Youngblood. She will lie in-state 30 minutes prior to services.
Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Long Cane Cemetery in Abbeville, S.C.
The family is at the residence, 201 Vine St., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to: Thornwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, S.C. 29325; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Limestone Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Jefferies St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Lamont Sutherland
Worked for Spartan Container
INMAN — Lamont Knapp Sutherland, 63, of 329 Fagan Dr., died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at his residence. He was born March 1, 1941, in Pulaski, Va., and was a son of the late Roby K. and Katherine K. Knapp Sutherland.
He worked for Spartan Container.
He is survived by his loving ex-wife Pam Sutherland Jacks; two daughters, Nikki S. Tessner of Blacksburg of Blacksburg, S.C., Katherine S. Dove of Radford, Va.; a stepson, Donald Duane Hall of Gaffney; two sisters, Caroline S. McTeer of Radford, Va., Mary Knapp of Pulaski, Va.; four grandchildren, Zack and Colby Tessner, Gabe Dove and Kelsey Hall; and predeceased by a grandson, James Taylor Dove IV.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Eggers Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to: New Heights Baptist Church, Gaffney, S.C.
The family is at the home of Pam S. Jacks, 435 Coggins Shore Road, Inman.
(Courtesy Eggers Funeral Home of Boiling Springs)

Robert M. Murph
Owner of Murph Construction
COWPENS — Robert Marshall “Bobby” Murph, 68, of 454 Webber Road, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital after a serious illness.
A native of Cowpens, he was the husband of Lois Linder H. Murph of the home and the son of the late Robert Lee Murph and the late Annie Mae Sanders Murph.
He was a retired general contractor and owner of Murph Construction.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in Japan for three years. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Marshall Murph and Clint Coursey of Boiling Springs; two daughters, Lynn Murph and Cheryl Bryant of Boiling Springs; a brother, Harold Murph of Cowpens; a sister, Mary Queen of Charlotte; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at We Love You Ministries in Cowpens, officiating by the Revs. Brent Powell and William R. “Bud” Pace. He will lie in-state 30 minutes prior to services.
Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to: We Love You Ministries Pentecostal Church Building Fund, c/o William Pace Ministries, P.O. Box 269, Cowpens, S.C. 29330.
The family is at the home.
(Courtesy Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Eva Sizemore Pender
Eva S. Pender, 80, of 226 Channing St., NE, Washington, D.C., 20002, died Wednesday morning, March 10, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Deacon Robert Pender of the home and the daughter of the late William B. Sizemore and the late Eva Carter Sizemore.
She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where she was a Deaconess.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Betty S. Stewart of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Darlene Sizemore Jeter of Gaffney and Geraldine Sizemore McCollum of Pacolet; two brothers, Melvin Sizemore of Blacksburg and Daniel Sizemore of Bonaire, Ga.; three grandsons; a goddaughter; and a host of other relatives.
Arrangements are incomplete.
The family is at the residence, 226 Channing St., NE, Washington, D.C., 20002.
Information provided by Foster Funeral Home.

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