common / 03-19-2004

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, March 19, 2004

Sandra R. Sprouse
Employed by Hamrick's Inc.
Sandra Lee Roberts Ramsey Sprouse, 50, of 867 Burnt Gin Road, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Walterboro, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Harvey Roberts and the late Dora Lee Jennings Roberts. She was employed by Hamrick's Inc. of Gaffney and was first married to the late Denny Ray Ramsey. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and David Tessnear of Jonesville; a daughter and fiancé, Tracy Holsclaw and Sammy Jones of Jonesville; three sisters, Linda Ramsey of Gaffney, Beth Roberts and Debbie Roberts of Walterboro; two brothers, Wayne Roberts of Walterboro and Scott Roberts of Florida; 12 grandchildren, Jessica Cook, Christina Holsclaw, Samantha Bailey, Cassandra Ramsey, Summer Guyton, Ashley Cobb, Mike Ramsey, Taylor Davis, Bridgette Ramsey, J.J. Bailey, Chavis Tessnear and Lucas Tessnear; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael Ray Ramsey, and a brother, Lloyd Don Roberts.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Paul Tessnear. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Ben Padgett, J.W. Bailey, Lee Tessnear, Dwayne Thompson, Dean Palmer and Pete Guyton.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home of her daughter, Cindy Tessnear, Hwy. 176 Mobile Home Trailer Park, Jonesville.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

William E. Sanders
Retired from South Carolina Department of Transportation
William Earl "Willie" Sanders, 66, of 473 Hickory Grove Road, 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.
Mr. Sanders was born in Cherokee County on Sept. 22, 1937, a son of the late Malcom "Grady" Sanders and Helen Howell Sanders. He was a member of Mesopotamia United Metho-dist Church and was retired from the S.C. Department of Transportation after 12 years of service. He was recipient of an Award of Excellence presented by Gov. Mark Sanford in 2003 for "Outstanding Service in the State of South Carolina."
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Marie Gault of Union and Barbara Kay Guyton of Pacolet; and two grandchildren, Robin Shields of Union and Nichole Guyton of Pacolet.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by a grandson, William Christopher Guyton.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mesopo-tamia United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Tommy Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be Bill Henry, Jackie Gardner, Dennis Robinson, Frank Burns, Jeremy Hudson and Jamie Morris.
Honorary escort will be Johnston Lee, J.B. Lee, Dick McCullough, Benny Fowler, Lee Sanders, Glenn Clark, Wayne Garner, Doug Hayes, Rick Horne, Bobby Middleton, Henry Sprouse, Columbus Hunter, Nathan Pierce, Freddie Spencer and members of the S.C. Department of Transportation Cherokee County Maintenance Crew.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home, 473 Hickory Grove Road, Gaffney.

|Helen M. Norris
Retired from Cone Mills
Helen Marie Manning Norris, 79, of 2322 Wheleher Road, Moores-boro, N.C., widow of Hazie Robert Norris, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at 6:15 a.m. in Bowman Gray Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Daughter of the late William Manning and the late Geneva Sarratt Manning, she was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board and sang in the Gospel Choir. She was retired from Cone Mills.
Surviving are a son, Robert Lee Norris of Susisun, Calif.; three daughters, Dorothy M. Guyton of Gaffney, Myrtle M. Watkins and Emma J. Norris of Mooresboro; a grandson reared in the home, Lynell Norris; two brothers, Elbert Manning of Gaffney and Berkley Manning of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Mae Velma Adams of Columbia and Elnora Littlejohn of Gaffney; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Mikes Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Robert L. Dover, Samuel Leach, Horand Jefferies, Modestine Manning and Dr. Michael Bridges. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Body will be placed in the church Monday at 1 p.m. and the family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the funeral.
Flower bearers and pallbearers will be members of Mikes Creek Usher Board.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Valerie R. Lancaster
Retired textile employee
MAYO – Valerie R. Lancaster, 72, of Mayo Road, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Rutherford County, she was the widow of W.E. Lancaster and daughter of the late Rev. Claude and Maybell Scoggins Ruppe. She was a retired textile employee and was of the Baptist faith. She was predeceased by a daughter, Vickie Cusick, a son, Eddie Lancaster and a brother, James Ruppe.
Surviving are a daughter, Jeannie Poterala; a son, Roy Russell Jr.; two sisters, Verdie Humphries and Louise Osborne; two brothers, Paul Ruppe and Carl Ruppe; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Springhill Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Tom Baker and Eddie Cooper.
Pallbearers were her nephews.
Memorials may be made to Mayo First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 37, Mayo, S.C. 29368.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

James B. McMahan
Self-employed contractor
Heflin native James Blake McMahan, 76, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. McMahan was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Old Hopewell, Ala. He entered into the U.S. Army and served two years as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and received an honorable discharge on Feb. 26, 1948.
He was self-employed and worked as a general contractor in Alabama and Florida before retiring in 1996. His lifelong dream was to live in Alaska.
Mr. McMahan fulfilled that dream and moved to Sterling, Alaska, where he spent the last eight years of his life. An avid outdoorsman, Jim spent a year in Alaska panning for gold prior to his retirement. One of his favorite things to do was to spend time with friends at the Sterling Senior Center.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford.
"Jim was a gentle, loving father, generous man, honest, truth worthy and a friend to all who knew him," his family said.
Mr. McMahan was preceded in death by his father, James Marion McMahan; mother, Ila (Blake) McMahan; and a brother, Billy Blake McMahan.
He is survived by his fianceé, Jean Ellen Mahan of Sterling; daughter and son-in-law, Jamie Gwen and Art Snyder of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; daughter, Kimberly Mayard of Cape Coral, Fla.; son, Terry McMahan of Gadsden, Ala.; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Cyndi McMahan of Gaffney; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Lori McMahan of Lilburn, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Doris Edwina and Gus Tomlinson of Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five nephews and two nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Sterling Senior Center, P.O. Box 154, Sterling, AK 99672.

Janette B. Scruggs
25-year employee of Bank of America
INMAN – Janette B. Scruggs, 83, formerly of Chesnee, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Golden Age Nursing Home.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Jesse Scruggs and daughter of the late Zeno and Ella Price Blackwell. She was an employee of Bank of America for 25 years and was a member of the Chesnee Garden Club. An active member of Chesnee First Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by two husbands, G.C. Ezell and Cecil David Bond.
Surviving are a son, Steve Bond of Spartanburg; a sister, Corrine Martin of Spartanburg; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Juanita Jolley.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Chesnee First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Troy Gregg. Burial will be in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Charles Lea Center, 195 Burdette St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29307.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Bill L. Wood
Retired from Duke Power
Mr. Bill Lewis Wood, age 76, passed away peacefully at the home of his son in Rock Hill, S.C., on Tuesday, March 16, 2004.
Mr. Wood was born on Feb. 7, 1928, in Claremont, N.C., son of the late Hester Anna Sain Wood and Fred Calib Wood, both of Vale, N.C. He left this world to be with his wife, Mrs. Annie Laura Wood, whose passing was on July 3, 1979. Bill was the youngest of four children, and was preceded in death by his brothers, J. Paul Wood, Thomas Pickney Wood, and sister, Frankie Alene Wood Weisiger.
Bill graduated from Union High School in Lincolnton, N.C., and then served in the Navy. Bill, as his father before him, began his lifelong employment with Duke Power in the construction department. He worked with the construction of most of the company's power plants built from 1947 until 1985, when he retired as a purchasing agent at Catawba Nuclear Site. Mr. Wood was a member of the VFW in the town of Gaffney, S.C., where he lived from 1978 till declining health required him to move to the Rock Hill area to live with family.
Bill is survived by his beloved children, daughter Marsha Ann Wood of Costa Mesa, Calif., and son, William Lewis Wood of Rock Hill, S.C.
His funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2005, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at Warlick Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, S.C. 29731.

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