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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, April 12, 2004

Thelma P. Parris
Retired from Hoechst Fibers
Thelma Petty Parris, 76, of 411 Hardin Drive, died Sunday, April 11, 004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Vernon L. Parris and daughter of the late Elbert Lee Petty and the late Susie Coleman Petty. She was formerly employed by Musgrove Mill and was retired from Hoechst Fibers. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church and a loving mother and wife.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter and son-in-law, Vanessa and Frank Whelcher of Gaffney; granddaughter, Deanna Dickson Pauley and husband, Eddie; great-granddaughter, Madeline Pauley; great-grandson, Dawson Pauley; two sisters, Hazel P. Christie and Ruby Robertson Moore, both of Laurens; a brother, Edward (Buddy) Petty of Gaffney.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Parris was preceded in death by a son, Dennis L. Parris, and two brothers, Carl Petty and James Petty.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Wofford Caughman. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.c. 29301; or to Southside Baptist Church, 204 W. O’Neal St., Gaffney, S. C. 29340.

Marie M. Lehman
Grover, N.C., native
Marie Martin Lehman, 72, of 13629 Gerkin Ave., Lawndale, Calif., died Thursday, April 1, 2004, in Torrance, Los Angeles.
A native of Grover, N.C., she was the wife of Neale Lehman and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Martin. Mrs. Lehman grew up in the Mt. Paran community and graduated from Grover High School.
Surviving are her husband, Neale Lehman of the home; two sisters, Miriam Martin Clark of Indianapolis, Ind., and Evelyn Martin Durst of Charleston
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Martin, of Gaffney.
Graveside services were held Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Paran Baptist Church Cemetery in Blacksburg, conducted by the Rev. Charles Moss.
(Gordon Mortuary.)

Mae H. Sarratt
Homemaker
BLACKSBURG – Mae Hopper Sarratt, 92, of 212 Bridges Road, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Blacksburg, she was the widow of Garvin Sarratt and daughter of the late Charles Lewis Hopper and the late Dora Kiser Hopper. She was a homemaker and member of Buffalo Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Sarratt Mintz of Blacksburg; one grandchild; nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Sarratt was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse Hopper and Lester hopper.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Brian Harris.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence, 212 Bridges Road, Blacksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Tom McAbee
Gaffney native
Thomas O. (Tom) McAbee, 69, of Bentonville, Ariz., died Friday, April 9, 2004, in Bentonville Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. McAbee was born on Aug. 29, 1934, in Gaffney, son of Joe and Bessie Trammel McAbee. He was a truck driver and served in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McAbee was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Lane Underwood, and a brother, LeeRoy McAbee.
Surviving are a daughter, Tonia McGarrah of Wheaton, Mo.; a stepson, George Harris of Gentry, Ariz.; two stepdaughters, Leona Taylor of Gentry and Janet Williams of Rogers, Ariz.; four sisters, Betty Matthews of Whitmire, Peggy Louis and Myrtle Webb, both of Gaffney, and Diane Wyatt of Blacksburg; a brother, Leonard (Red) McAbee of Cave Springs, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.
Cremation arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home of Rogers, Ariz.

Dora G. Wylie
Avon sales rep for many years
BLACKSBURG – Dora Lee Gladden Wylie, 84, of 312 W. Carolina St., died Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of the Buffalo community of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Pierce Wylie and daughter of the late Grady Gladden and the late Minerva Gladden. She was retired from Minette Mills in Grover and was an Avon sales representative for many years.
Surviving are a son, Richard Wylie, and daughter-in-law, Rhonda, of Archdale, N.C.; two sisters, Faye Eison of Pacolet Mills and Lula Price of Whitmire; and four grandchildren, Debbie Alexander, Carla Harrison, Heather Broome and Chris Wylie.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Billy Sanders. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Blacksburg.
The family will receive friends today from 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service and at other times will be at the residence of a granddaughter, Debbie Alexander, 501 Union St., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 10794, Greenville, S.C. 29603.

Shauna B. Brown
Second grade student at Goucher Elementary
Shauna Breann Brown, 7, of 142 Lisa’s Lane, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C.
A native of Gaffney, her guardians were E.W. “Trace” Crawford III and Betty Crawford of the home. She was the daughter of Craig Brown and Tammi Byars Caskey. She was a second grade student at Goucher Elementary School and was a member of Elm Street Church of God.
Also surviving are three brothers, Jordan Brown, Michael Spencer, both of Gaffney, and Brian Hullender of Hickory Grove; a sister, Nikki Spencer of Gaffney; and paternal grandparents, Steve and Mary Brown of Gaffney.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Bobby and Joyce Byars.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Elm Street Church of God, conducted by the Revs. James Garner and Rich Lancaster. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Elvis Crawford, Robert Crawford, Marty Crawford, John Crawford and Bobby Hill.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

James Wilkins Sr.
Retired from R&R Donnelly Plant
James A. Wilkins Sr., 65, of 1050 Beacon Light Road, Spartanburg, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the husband of Elaine Dewberry Wilkins and the son of the late Deacon Cannon Wilkins and the late Mable Ross Wilkins.
He was a graduate of the 1958 Class of B.E. Mayes High School and a retired employee of R&R Donnelly Plant.
In addition to his wife, his is survived by two sons, Audrey Wilkins of Long Beach, Calif., and James Wilkins Jr. of the home; two daughters, Angeles Wilkins of Greenwood and Tonya Wilkins of Simpsonville; two sisters, Minnie Oglesby of Cowpens and Ida Askew of Fayetteville, N.C.; two grandchildren reared in the home, Ansley Dover of the home and Terrell Dunmeyer of Charleston; and a godson, Lonne Huff of Spartanburg.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Island Creek Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and the Revs. James Patton and J.C. Hunter officiating.
The family is at 1144 Bunche Lane in Cowpens.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

James M. Curran
Truck driver
James Michael Curran, 61, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Muskogee, Okla., he was the son of James and Betty Jane Buster Curran.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a truck driver.
Services will be held in Okla.
(Courtesy of The Gilmore Mortuary.)

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