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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, March 15, 2004

Richard A. Smith
Retired president of Smith Originals
GREENVILLE — Richard Adolph Smith, 75, of 308 Old Pro’s Drive, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Beverly Health Care.
Born in Greenville Co., he was husband of Anne Brock Smith of the home and the son of the late Julius and Hazel Ward Smith.
He was a retired president of Smith Originals, where he was a cabinet maker. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Mauldin.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Patricia McElreath  and Ann Ard of Pamplico; a son, Dennis Smith of Mauldin; two step-daughters, Ree Cooley of Piedmont and Laura Courtney of Mission Viego, Calif.; a sister, Christine Sloan of Greer; two brothers Vernon Smith of Easley and Charles Smith of Greer; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at Graceland West Cemetery.
The family is at 206 Anders Ave., Mauldin, S.C. 29662.
(Courtesy Thomas McAfee Funeral Home)
 
James “J.L.” Wright
Retired textile employee
GAFFNEY — James Lee “J.L.” Wright, 77, of 501 W. Montgomery St. died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in York, he was the widow of Johnnie Wright and the son of the late Drewery and Rachel Hardin Wright.
He was a retired textile employee of Musgrove Mill, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of V.F.W. Post 03447. He was a member of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by three daughters, Janice Taylor of Gaffney, Barbara Covington of Blacksburg and Linda Childers of Hickory Grove; a son, Terry Wright of York; a brother, Glenn Wright of Gaffney; two sisters, Elmer Wisher of Blacksburg and Brenda Phillips of Gaffney; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Ellis; and three brothers, Floyd Wright, Bill Wright and Albert Wright.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Grady Gregory.
Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers are: Floyd David “Pete” Wright Jr., Steve Wright, Timmy Wright, Jeff Wright, Ricky Wright and David Ruppe.
Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church Building Fund, 241 Oak Grove Road, Blacksburg, S.C.  29702; or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C.  29342.
The family is at the residence.
(Courtesy Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home)
 
James C. Parker
Retired textile employee
GAFFNEY — James Crawford Parker, 92, of 1848 Goucher School Road died Friday, March 12, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Jessie Mae Coyle Owensby Parker of the home and the widower of Juanita Hunter Parker. He was the son of the late Robert Alonzo Parker and the late Hattie Garner Parker.
He was a retired textile employee at Pacolet Mill, a former barber and a member of Blue Branch Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dennis E. Parker of Gaffney and Robbie L. “Butch” Owensby of Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter, Polly Teaster of Pacolet Mills; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife and parents he was preceded in death by a son, Everett Lee Parker; and a daughter, Hazel Alexander.
Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Blue Branch Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Andy Smith and Mr. Edward Erwin.
Burial was in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Earl Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Donald Coyle, Patrick Carter, Marty Farwell and Randy Owensby.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Blue Branch Baptist Church, 1703 Pacolet Hwy., P.O. Box 1574, Gaffney, S.C.  29342.
(Courtesy Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Kevin N. Edwards
Member of hip-hop band
ANDERSON — Kevin Nathanial Edwards, 31, of 817 South McDuffie St. died March 9, 2004, at 816 Gadsden Square in Anderson.
Born in Birmingham, Ala., he was the son of James N. “Jimmy” Edwards of Birmingham and the late Patty Ann Miller Edwards.
He attended West End High School and Jefferson State Community College in Anderson.
He was a member of Birmingham’s own hip-hop group “Red Light District.” Known as “Blae Boy” to his fans, he performed at different events such as the Birmingham Heritage Festival and 65.7 Jamz’ first ever Jamzfest. With the group, he released two albums: “Welcome to the Red Light Vol. One” and “The Session.”
In addition to his father, he is survived by a step-mother, Verla A. Edwards of Birmingham; a brother, Julian C. Edwards; a sister, Jessica D. Edwards; a step-brother, Vertez A. Edwards; two uncles; four aunts; and a special friend.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bushelon Funeral Chapel, 800 14th St., Birmingham, Ala., officiated by the Revs. Gary Collins and Charles K. Miller.
Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Erskine R. Davis Jr., Walter K. Edwards Jr., Alexis McClain, Harols McClain, Joe Fox, Fred Allen and Courtney Littlejohn.
Honorary pallbearers were members of The Red Light District.
(Courtesy of Bushelon Funeral Chapel and Foster Funeral Home.)

Eva S. Pender
Member of Baptist faith
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Eva Sizemore Pender, 80, of 226 Channing St., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at Howard University Hospital.
Born in 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 of Washington, D.C., where she was a Deaconess.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daugher, 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.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bianchi Funeral Home, 814 Upshure St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Flower bearers are cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends an hour prior to services at the funeral home.
The family is at the residence.
(Courtesy Foster Funeral Home.)

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