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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, April 2, 2004

Columbus Biggerstaff
Retired from Limestone Mfg.
Columbus Lester Biggerstaff, 90, of 705 Eighth St., died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Lincolnton, N.C., he was the husband of Sudie Mae Patrick Biggerstaff and son of the late Samuel Biggerstaff and the late Mary Jane Warlick Biggerstaff. He was retired from Limestone Manufacturing Company and was a member of Temple Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class.
Also surviving are two daughters, Rhonda Dillingham of Gaffney and Janice Stewart of Sumter; and four grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Biggerstaff was preceded in death by his first wife, Carrie Spencer Biggerstaff; three brothers, three sisters and a daughter.
Services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by Dr. Paul Noe and the Rev. Eddie Smith. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Smith, Wallace Phillips, Ted Greene, Ben Elliott, Brian Dillingham and Patrick Wirtz.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to the Victory Campaign at Temple Baptist Church, 1508 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Kay Whitfield
Mrs. Kay Whitfield, 56, died peacefully at her home in Wilmington, NC, surrounded by her family and friends on April 1, 2004. Kay, of Gastonia, N.C., was well known for her cheerful spirit, sweet smile and kind heart that attracted so many special people into her life. In August, she would have celebrated 37 years of marriage with her husband and high school sweet heart, Joel. Kay loved playing Teletubbies with her 2-year-old granddaughter, Emma; a good joke; and walks with her dogs, Lucy and Sally.
While living with her family in California from 1979 to 1994, Kay owned two design businesses. She later worked in Wilmington and in Charlotte as a kitchen designer.
Kay was preceded in death by her father, Aaron Eugene Grissom, in 1953 and by her mother, Marjorie Cranford Costner, in 2001.
In addition to her husband, Kay is survived by daughter Amanda Shannon Lisk, son-in-law, Brandon and granddaughter Emma Claire Lisk; sister Terry Wilson, brother-in-law Lee and nieces Monica and Amy Wilson; and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Kay Whitfield Scholarship for the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, c/o Advancement Services, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, N.C. 28403-5909.
The family will receive friends at a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at North Grove Presbyterian Church, 7721 Alexander Road, Ogden. The service will be conducted by pastors Alan Dollar and Bill Solomon. A private, family burial will be held at Oakdale Cemetery prior to the memorial service.
The family would like to thank all of the many friends and loved ones for their prayers, cards, and gifts of food and flowers over the past four months,
Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary, Wilmington, N.C.

Jeremiah McCraw
Jeremiah Alan Dell McCraw of 839 Ford Road, 3-day-old son of Mark Alan McCraw of Cowpens and Denise Marie Dell of Gaffney, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Jeremiah was born in Spartanburg.
Also surviving are maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Allen Dell Jr. of Gaffney; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Allen Dell Sr. of Gaffney; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David McCraw of Cowpens; and paternal great-grandmothers, Mary Ragseole of Cowpens and Ruth McCraw of Chesnee.
The family is at 839 Ford Road, Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

John "J.M." Loftis
Retired manager of VFW Post 3447
John Malcomb "J.M." Loftis, 73, of 397 Old Race Track Road, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the widower of Wyolene Ramsey Loftis and son of the late John Loftis and the late Maude Trantham Loftis. He was a retired manager of VFW Post 3447 and was of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are a daughter, Deanna Loftis Blanton of Gaffney; a son, John Phillip Loftis of the home; a sister, Annie Lee Fayssoux of Gaffney; two brothers, Charles Loftis of Gaffney and Tommy Loftis of Virginia; and four grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Loftis was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Love, and three brothers, Glenn Loftis, Carl Loftis and Louis Loftis.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Deanna Blanton, 375 Old Race Track Road.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Keith B. Parker
Retired from Hamrick Mills
Keith Brian Parker, 44, of 322 Tenth St., died Sunday, March 28, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Ruby B. Smith Parker of Gaffney and the late Rev. Jacob G. Parker. He was retired from Hamrick Mills and was a member of Johnson Memorial Tabernacle of Love.
Also surviving are two sons, Brian K. Parker and Chris Lee Parker, both of Gaffney; a brother, Kenny Parker of Gaffney; two sisters, Sandra Atkins and Kathy Lanier, both of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Wayne Arrowood and Ron Jackson and Mr. Sidney Weaver. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Blanton, Jeff Hunter, Ricky Hill, Charles Knight, Ronnie Cole, Richard Atkins, John Fleming and Charles Peterson.
The family is at the home.

Harold W. Gallman
Services for Harold Wilson Gallman, 89, formerly of 200 Laurel St., were held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Devona Gallman, Kenneth Gallman, Mike Gallman, Dick Talley, Danny Anthony, Charlie Cobb, Charles Maynor and Sammy Coyle.
The family is at the home, 200 Laurel St.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Linda D. Studyvance
Linda Diane Studyvance, 53, of 102 Oakview Drive, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mamie Lee Butler Studyvance. She was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, the Gospel Choir and Senior Missionary. She was a former employee of Springfield Mills and McDonald's.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Studyvance.
Surviving are a son, Eddie Studyvance of Gaffney; three sisters, Peggy Studyvance of Gaffney, Julia Studyvance and Pearline Studyvance, both of the home; two brothers, Harold Studyvance of Gaffney and Bobby Studyvance of Chesnee; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. James Patton. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Clarence Prysock, Donnie Studyvance, Larry Studyvance, Irving Ratchford, Johnny Coleman and Roosevelt Sarratt.
Flower bearers will be Fairline Fair, Sherry Reid, Erica Miller, Wilma Davis, Oletha Linder, Bessie Manning, Maxine Sanders and Becky Littlejohn.
The family is at the home of Peggy Studyvance, 409 Sarratt Ave.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

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