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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, April 16, 2004

Vernette F. Ellis
Retired from Gaffney Mfg.
MOORESBORO – Vernette Farmer Ellis, 76, of Bailey Road, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Brookview HealthCare Center in Gaffney.
A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Beeler and Venie Jones Farmer. She was a retired supervisor from Gaffney Manufacturing and was a member of Lavonia Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Ray Ellis.
Survived are a son, David Ellis of Mooresboro; two brothers, Truman (Shorty) Farmer of Mooresboro and Jack Fanner of Gaffney; two sisters, Bea Jackson of Chesnee and Doris Mills of Gaffney; and two granddaughters.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Lavonia Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Buddy Morehead. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cleveland-Rutherford Kidney Association, 1017 N. Washington St., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside.

Paul F. Smith
Pearl Harbor survivor; former resident of Gaffney
Paul F. Smith, 88, of 11 Donald Drive, Middletown, Rhode Island, formerly of Gaffney, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Newport (Rhode Island) Hospital.
Mr. Smith was the widower of Rita Bouley Smith and Laura Gamala Smith. Born in Lancaster on September 5, 1915, he was the son of the late Charles H. and Ann Fayssoux Smith. He was an officer in the United States Navy during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was also a Pearl Harbor survivor.
Mr. Smith was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and also a member of the Masons from the Pearl Harbor Lodge.
He is survived by three sons, Donald W. Smith of Middletown, Rhode Island, Robert P. Smith of Newport, Rhode Island, and Leonard C. Smith of Sydney, Australia; a stepson, Warren B. Blakeley of Middletown, Rhode Island; two sisters, Vermel Dixon of Charleston and Doris Harmon of Gaffney; and five grandchildren.
Mr. Smith was the brother of the late Charles Smith, Howard Smith, Raymond Smith, Donald Smith and Ruth Tripp.
His funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 324 E. Main Road, Portsmouth. Burial will be in St. Mary's Churchyard.
Arrangements are by the Hambly Funeral Home, "Brick House," 30 Red Cross Avenue, Newport, R.I.

Allen M. Wolf
Allen Michael Wolf, 22, of 215 Mill St., died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was the husband of Tiara Wolf of the home and son of Marcella S. Harris of Gaffney and the late Rev. Howard W. Harris. He was a member of the Church of the Living God.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are three sons, Ethan Wolf, Michael Wolf and Charles Wolf of the home; six brothers: Perry Harris of Seattle, Wash., Chris Harris of Blacksburg, Howard W. Harris of Moore, Jewels Harris of Cowpens, the Rev. Jessie David Harris of Charleston and the Rev. Shane Harris of Spartanburg; a sister, Hope Harris of Gaffney; and his birth mother, Sharon Walker of Gaffney.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 at White Columns of Gaffney and at other times they will be at 907 Pondfield Road.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Voice of Triumph, Corry Road, Blacksburg, with the Revs. Jessie David Harris and Shane Harris officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to the sons of Michael Wolf, c/o Marcella Harris, 907 Pondfield Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns.

Rocky D. Childers
U.S. Army veteran
LOCKHART – Rocky Dean Childers, 48, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at 5:06 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Mr. Childers was born in Orange County, Calif., on March 26, 1956, a son of the late Mason and Dolly Cameron Childers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Church of God.
Surviving are three daughters, Angela Walls of Dothan, Ala., Christa Blanton of Gaffney and Kara Bigham of Monroe, N.C.; two sisters, Diane Hubbard of Jonesville and Cheryl Dabbs of Boiling Springs; three brothers, Terry Childers of Florida, Gary Childers of Boiling Springs and Mickey Childers of North Carolina; and six grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home Chapel, Union, conducted by the Rev. William Waters Jr. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel following the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Green-ville, S.C. 29615.

Kristie C. Cudd
Kristie Lorraine Carver Cudd, 25, of 118 London Lane, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Gaffney.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Sean Cudd and daughter of Kathy Lorraine Carver of Gaffney. She was a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
Also surviving are her maternal grandfather, John T. Carver, of Gaffney and her stepfather, John Davis of Gaffney.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Mildred M. Carver.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Tommy Wright. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Jones, Rudy Peterson, Randy Peterson, Rick Peterson, Wesley Crowe and Brian Queen.
The family is at the home of John T. Carver, 1039 McKown's Mountain Road.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 108 Rolling Mill Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to DMW Volunteer Fire Department, 538 McKown's Mountain Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mae B. Martin
BLACKSBURG– Mae Bolin Martin, 96, 1752 West Cherokee St., died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Martin was the widow of Covis M. Martin and daughter of the late Alex and Martha Manning Bolin. She was a member of Blacksburg Church of God.
Surviving are a son Curtis McKinley Martin of Blacksburg; a daughter, Daris Martin O'Brien of Greensboro, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Blacksburg Church of God, conducted by the Revs. Tim Knotts and James Clark. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Hambright, Jonathan Leagan, Jeremy Leagan, Kenny Ettlemyer, Elbert Stewart and Nesbitt Moss.
The family is at 658 Martin Hills Road, Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Blacksburg Church of God Building Fund, 607 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C., 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Ethan M. Bolton
BLACKSBURG – Ethan Michael Bolton, infant son of Michael Roy Bolton and Tara Taylor Bolton of 147 Cherokee Ford Road, died April 11, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Ethan was born in Spartanburg.
Surviving in addition to his parents are paternal grandparents, Roy and Karen Bolton of Blacksburg; maternal grandparents, the Rev. Rick and Candice Taylor of Gaffney; paternal great-grandmother, Alta Horton of Gaffney; maternal great-grandparents, James and Betty Taylor of Anderson; maternal great-grandmother, Geraldine Hunter of Anderson; and maternal great-great-grandmother, Exie Taylor of Walhalla.
Ethan was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Marshall Horton; maternal great-grandfather, Edward Hunter; maternal great-great-grandfather, James Taylor; and paternal great-great-grandparents, James H. and Delilah Bolton.
The family attended Crestview Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Moss Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Rick Taylor and Charlie Barnard.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Lawrence D. Wylie
Cherokee County native
GROVER, N.C. – Lawrence David Wylie, 67, of 213 Carolina Ave., died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Thomas and Genetta Wilson Wylie and a member of First Baptist Church of Grover.
Surviving are a son, Christopher Wylie of Grover; two brothers, George Wylie of Gaffney and Walter Wylie of Marion, N.C.; five sisters, Maybell Martin of Kings Creek, Tommie Ledbetter of Blacksburg, Betty Moore of Michigan, Mildred Black of Kings Mountain and Bessie Ledbetter of Gaffney; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wylie was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Joe Wylie, and a daughter, Gaynell Wylie.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Grover, conducted by the Revs. Dennis Harmon and Tony Fulbright. Burial will be in Grover City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Philbeck, Josh Allen, Josh Jones, Bobby Moore, Harvey Peterson and Lewis Peterson.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Grover, P.O. Box 237, Grover, N.C. 28073.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Richard Montgomery
U.S. Marines veteran
SPARTANBURG – Richard Franklin Montgomery Sr., 47, of 715 Bridgedale Drive, died Monday, April 12, 2004, in Greenville Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the son of William Keaton Montgomery of Cherokee County and the late Sarah Elizabeth Montgomery. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines.
Also surviving are two daughters, Victoria Elizabeth Montgomery of Spartanburg and Rebecca Wardlaw of Greer; a son, Richard Montgomery Jr. of Spartanburg; a brother, Roy Keaton Montgomery of Gaffney; and two grandsons.
The body will be taken to the home of his brother at 1609 Asbury Road, Pacolet.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at noon at Cowpens City Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Cash.
Memorials may be made to the Richard Montgomery Burial Fund, c/o P.O. Box 331, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Ralph C. Hardin
Retired insurance agent
BLACKSBURG – Ralph Cline Hardin, 67, of 106 Blue Bird Lane, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the son of the late Ernest J. Hardin Sr. and the late Luna Mae Allison Hardin. He was a member of Blacksburg First Baptist Church and served on the Tally Committee. He was a retired insurance agent for Liberty Life Insurance Co. and was a former Cherokee County Magistrate for Blacksburg.
Surviving are two sisters, Mary Frances Denton of Blacksburg, Flora Ann Moore of Odenville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hardin was preceded in death by three sisters, Ola Mae Bishop, Margaret Catherine Myers and Sadie Sanders; and five brothers, Marvin, Darvin, Ansel, Yates and E.J. Hardin Jr.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Blacksburg First Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ronnie Bishop, Sidney Norton and Billy Sanders. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Cobb, Ted Bechtler, Hubert Gault, Wayne Higgins, Phillip Felkel, David Hogue, George Martin and Jerry Cobb.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the Cherokee County Library, 300 E. Rutledge Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to First Baptist Church, 121 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

James L. Taber
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – James Lee Taber, 68, of Boiling Springs Highway, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late James Arthur Taber and the late Marie Keenan Taber.
Surviving is a brother, Herbert Taber of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Daisy R. Wood
Homemaker
Daisy Mae Reynolds Wood, 76, formerly of Garvin Lake Road, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at the home of a daughter at 194 Wasson Way, Simpsonville.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Woody B. Wood and daughter of the late Walter Reynolds and the late Marie Reynolds Reynolds. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Pat Cashion of Simpsonville; a son, Roger Wood of Oklahoma; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by a son, Robert Wood.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Rich Lancaster.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jack Littlejohn
Retired from Union Sanitation Department
Jack Littlejohn, 92, of 515 S. General Blvd., Lincolnton, N.C., died Sunday, April 11, 2004, in Lincoln Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Charles Littlejohn and the late Mattie Wilkins. He was retired from Union Sanitation Department and was a member of Gowdeysville Baptist Church.
Surviving are a sister, Hattie Neal, of Queens, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Gowdeysville Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes prior to the services.
Arrangements by Ebony and White Funeral Services, Lincolnton. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Jimmy Lee Phillips
Jimmy Lee Phillips, 59, of 805 Anthony St., widower of Verdell Dawkins Phillips, died Monday, April 12, 2004, at 1:35 p.m. in Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of Jimmy Phillips and Pirliner Camp Phillips of Gaffney. He was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church and was employed by Brown Packing Company.
Surviving are five daughters, Vickie McKinney, Charlene Brown, Charlotte Wade and Carla Phillips, all of Gaffney, and Alexis Phillips of the home; three sons, Douglas Dawkins Sr., Michael Dawkins of Gaffney and Clinton Phillips of Forest City, N.C.; a sister, Hettie Phillips of Gaffney; a brother, John W. Phillips of Gaffney and 11 grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Suck Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Tony Macomson and J.W. Richards and Dr. A.L. Brackett. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Richard Corry, Brian Dawkins, Harvey Dawkins, Vinson R. Edwards, Johnathan Gibbs, John Gibbs, Ricky Gibbs, Scott Littlejohn and Johnny Wilkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Dawkins, Charles Edwards, Enoch Littlejohn and George Littlejohn.
Flower bearers will be Gwen Harris, Jackie Hicks, Jackie Hogue, Elnora Littlejohn, Leonora Littlejohn, Robin Littlejohn, Jacquola Shippy and Johnnie Ethel Thomas.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Laler B. Rudisill
Boiling Springs, N.C., native
Laler Bell Blanton Rudisill, 93, died Monday, April 12, 2004, in Clinton, Md.
Mrs. Rudisill was the daughter of the late Addie Blanton and the late John Eskridge. A native of Boiling Springs, N.C., she was born May 10, 1910.
Mrs. Rudisill was the widow of Arthur Payton Watkins and to this union one daughter was born, Evelyn Louise Watkins. She was later married to the late Wade Rudisill. She joined Green Bethel Baptist Church in Boiling Springs early in life and was a faithful member until she moved to Washington, D.C., and later Clinton, Md., to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters and one grandson.
Surviving are a daughter, Evelyn L. Pratt of the home; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; three great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-granddaughter; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be held Saturday at noon at Green Bethel Baptist Church in Boiling Springs, N.C., conducted by the Rev. Wade Wallace. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until noon at the church.
The family is at the home of Lizzie Ross, 535 Oakland Ave., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Enloe Mortuary, Shelby.

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