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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Charles E. Phillips
Retired from the military
Charles Edward Phillips, 81, of 103 Desert Primrose Lane in Gaffney, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Rose Bufano Phillips of the home and the son of the late Caleb Elzie Van Phillips and the late Elizabeth Wood Phillips.
He was retired from U.S. military service after serving in the Army, Coast Guard and Air Force during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Ann Jelecic of Highland, N.Y.; a brother, Irvin Phillips of Gaffney; and two sisters, Lois Sarratt and Florence Harris of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Frederick Memorial Gardens, officiated by the Rev. Sidney Norton.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation of S.C., 500 Taylor St., Ste. 101, Columbia, S.C. 29201.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

John B. Blanton
John B. Blanton, 83, formerly of 115 Ellis Ferry Road in Gaffney, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at The Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.
Born in Cowpens, he was the husband of Julia Novella Mullinax Blanton and the widower of Sarah McDaniel Blanton of Chesnee. He was the son of the late Jonas Burgan Blanton and the late Octavia Henry Blanton.
He attended Chesnee High School and graduated from North Greenville College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a member of New Heights Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Wendell Blanton of Columbia; a daughter, Annette Blanton Dwight of Bamberg; two brothers, Joe Dean Blanton of Chesnee and Henry Mason Blanton of Sanbornville, N.H.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at New Heights Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Sidney Norton.
Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Max Godfrey, Jonathan Godfrey, James Albert Coggins, Joe Coggins, David Stacy, Tommy Hatcher, Norman Norton, Eddie Bratton and Tommy Ramsey.
Honorary pallbearers were the men of New Heights Baptist Church.
The family is at The Peachtree Centre.
Memorials may be made to New Heights Baptist Church, P.O. Box 879, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or North Greenville College, John and Novella Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1892, Tygerville, S.C. 29688.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Sarah Horn
Retired from Oxford
Sarah Ruth Whelchel Horn, 82, of 2915 Union Hwy. in Gaffney, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Foye Dewitt Horn and the daughter of the late Joe W. Whelchel and the late Bessie Spencer Whelchel.
She was a retired employee of Oxford Industries and a lifelong member of Midway Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law of the home, Bessie Horn Mayfield and Loye W. Mayfield Jr; three sisters, Polly Whelchel Clary of Cowpens, Irene Whelchel Patterson of Gaffney and Lenora Whelchel Blanton of Gaffney; two grandchildren, April Mayfield Tucker and John Wilson Mayfield, DVM; three great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rachel Whelchel Jolly; and six brothers, Homer Whelchel, Eula Whelchel, Harry Whelchel, Rhett Whelchel, Fenley Whelchel and Joe S. Whelchel.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Midway Baptist Church.
She will lie instate 30 minutes prior to services.Interment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to: Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.

James R. Whitaker
Retired from Duke Power
James Robert Whitaker, 77, of 8181 Mallard Road in Denver, N.C., died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.
Born in Cliffside, N.C., he was the husband of Clara Wilkins Whitaker of the home and the son of the late Buren Whitaker and Delia Harrill Whitaker.
He was retired from Duke Power. He was of the Presbyterian faith, a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and attended Gardner-Webb University.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Grady and Pat Whitaker of Denver, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Crawley and Doreen Pruett of Henrietta, N.C.; a brother, Harvey Whitaker of Forest City, N.C.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Frederick Memorial Gardens, officiated by the Rev. James H. McCurry.
Memorials may be made to Harris Hospice at Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Hawthorne Lane, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, N.C. 28233.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Glenn Baynard
Retired from Cone Mills
Roy Glenn Baynard, 77, of 181 Oak Forest Drive in Forest City, N.C., died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Rutherford Co., N.C. he was the husband of Frances Gordon Baynard of the home and the son of the late Roy Anderson and Georgia Towery Baynard.
He was retired from Cone Mills Haynes Plant, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of American Legion Post 74, Forest City and was a member of the Methodist faith.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ronnie Baynard of Gaffney; three daughters, Sharlene Allred of Caroleen, N.C., Darlene Gowan of Rutherfordton, N.C. and Beverly Owensby of Cliffside; a brother, Max Baynard of Morganton, N.C.; a sister, Geraldine Arrowood of Forest City, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18 at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, officiated by Ed Barrier. The family will receive friends at the funeral home an hour prior to services.
Burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, N.C. 28043.
(Courtesy McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home.)

Elizabeth Phillips
Retired spinner
Elizabeth Belle Hullett Phillips, 70, of 167 Lona Road in Blacksburg, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
Born in Clover, she was the daughter of the late John Hullett and Vernie Pennington Hullett.
She was a member of Clover Church of God and was a retired spinner.
She is survived by a son, Tony Phillips of Clover; two brothers, John Hullett Jr. of New Zion and Carlos Hullett of York; a sister, Wilma Bolin of Clover; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Robert Phillips; and a daughter, Wonda G. Sharpe.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Freewill House of Prayer, officiated by the Rev. Joe Sharpe.
The family is at 167 Lona Road in Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Thelma Philbeck
Retired textile worker
Thelma Edith Batchler Philbeck, 83, of 208 W. Carolina St. in Blacksburg, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at The Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.
Born in Blacksburg, she was the widow of Aydlotte Randolph Philbeck and the son of the late James Alexander Batchler and the late Unah Byars Batchler.
She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and was a retired textile employee.
She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Philbeck Putnam of Blacksburg; a brother, James. O. Batchler of Blacksburg; four sisters, Flossie Allen of Gaffney, and Wilma White, Elsie Peterson and Catherine Borders, all of Blacksburg; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, officiated by the Revs. Melvin Hampton and Bobby Bolin.
Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Rodney Upchurch, Roger Batchler, Michael Borders, Albert Peterson, Steve Patterson and Bobby Batchler.
The family is at the home of her sister, Catherine Borders, 302 Borders Road, Blacksburg.
(Courtesy Gordon Mortuary.)

Ruby Reynolds
Ruby Brady Reynolds, 80, of 63 Blackstock Road in Inman, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Magnolia Manor of Inman following an extended illness.
Born in Spartanburg Co., she was the widow of Charlie Reynolds and was first married to William E. “Ras” Brady. She was the daughter of the late Charlie L. and Bertha (Frisbee) Rice.
She was retired from textiles and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by a daughter, Alice M. Garrett of Gaffney; two sisters, Lois Rollins of Spartanburg and Willie Mae Brown of Wellford; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Seawright Funeral Chapel in Inman, officiated by the Revs. Buddy Morehead and Donnan Lawson.
Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Inman.
The family members are at their respective homes.
(Courtesy Seawright Funeral Home.)

James “Bud” Scruggs
James Winford “Bud” Scruggs, 85, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at White Oak Manor.
A native of Cherokee Co., he was the widower of Edna Rogers Scruggs and a son of the late James Arthur and Hattie Hamrick Scruggs.
Bud was a lifelong member of New Pleasant Baptist Church where he served in many capacities, including Deacon and Sunday School teacher for over 60 years. He was well-known for his kindness, love and faithful witness in the Battleground community where he was a lifelong resident. He was a World War II Army veteran and was retired from Reeves Brothers with 40 years of service. He delivered Meals on Wheels in Cherokee County for 10 years.
He is survived by a sister, a number or brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at New Pleasant Baptist Church, officiated by the Revs. John Bowder, George Holland and DeWitt Clyde.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
(Courtesy Eggers Funeral Home.)

Carolyn Keller
Carolyn Henrietta McAbee Keller, 52, of 198 Wilkins Farm Road in Gaffney, died Monday, March 15, 2004, at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of C.R. Keller Sr. of the home and the daughter of the late Charlie Robert Lee McAbee and the late Myrtle Ruth Blackwood McAbee.
He was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, C.R. Keller Jr. of Gaffney; two daughters, Linda Carlton of Blacksburg and Michele Parker of Gaffney; two sisters, Barbara Martin and Judy Upchurch of Gaffney; and five grandchildren, Joshua Best, Justin Best, Kristian Crawford, Cameron Crawford and Brandon Crawford.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Michael McAbee.
Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Dean Painter.
The family is at the residence of a daughter, Michele Parker, 132 Ammons Road in Gaffney.
(Courtesy Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

William E. Sanders
William Earl Sanders, 66, of 473 Hickory Grove Road in Gaffney, husband of Frances “Jean” Pridmore Sanders, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at 10:40 a.m. in Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care after an extended illness.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements are incomplete.
(Courtesy S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home of Union.)

Mary Bright Starnes
Mary Bright Starnes, 89, of 414 Mills St. in Gaffney, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Brookview Health Center.
She was the widow of the late Victor Buchannan Starnes and the daughter of the late James Joseph Bright and the late Vernie Alice Trivette Bright.
She was a former owner of Starnes Grocery on Mill St. in Gaffney and a member of Elm Street Church of God.
She is survived by a daughter and two sons-in-law, Vernie Starnes Patrick and Charles Patrick Sr. of Columbia and Neil C. Roach of Dallas, Texas; a grandson, Charles Wayne Patrick Jr. of Gaffney; three granddaughters, Lisa Bate-man, Cathy Pizzillo and Karen Coogler of Dallas, Texas; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Frances Starnes Roach.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Frederick Memorial Gardens, officiated by the Rev. Tommy Wright. Visitation will follow the service in the cemetery.
(Courtesy Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

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