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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, April 19, 2004

Hazel D. Patty
Retired registered nurse
Hazel Duvall Patty, 74, formerly of 151 Julia Court, Pacolet, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at Skylyn Place, Spartanburg.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Henry Cofield Duvall and the late Bonnie Gentry Duvall. She was a retired nurse from Cherokee County Memorial Hospital and more recently from Brookview HealthCare Center. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary the VFW and the DAV in Rock Hill. She was a member of Morningside Baptist Church in Spartanburg.
Surviving are a daughter, Julia Pace of Pacolet; a son, John Dennis Patty of Rock Hill; a sister, Betty Jean Millen of Gaffney; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Morningside Baptist church. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
Family members are at their respective homes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Growing Together Through God Fund of Morningside Baptist Church, 897 S. Pine St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jake E. Hicks
Retired purchasing agent
MCDONOUGH, Ga. – Jake Edward Hicks, 88, formerly of the Jacksonville, Fla., area, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at Westbury Medical Care Home in Jackson, Ga.
Mr. Hicks was born Sept. 28, 1915, in Gaffney, to the late Duke Wellington Hicks and the late Mary Shuford Hicks. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phoebe McFarland Hicks, in 1977. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney and was a retired purchasing agent for a road construction company.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Lou Robinson of McDonough; a son, Ed Hicks of Texas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney, conducted by the Rev. Dewitt Clyde.
The family requests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Hicks.
Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough, Ga., and Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home of Gaffney are in charge of arrangements.

James L. Taber
Truck driver
James Lee Taber, 68, of 182 Gaffney Road, Boiling Springs, N.C., died Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late James Arthur Taber and the late Marie Keenan Taber. He was a truck driver, an Army veteran and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a brother, Herbert Taber of Gaffney; three stepchildren, Robbie Bullman, Ricky Bullman, both of Chesnee, and Rhonda Burke of Inman; four step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Betty Gentry and Bruce Price.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

John F. Beaty
Gaffney native
SPARTANBURG – John Franklin Beaty, 66, of 5 Jordan St., died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at his home.
Born Dec. 19, 1937, in Gaffney, he lived in Spartanburg for the past 40 years and was a son of the late Issac Franklin and Bessie Worley Beaty. A graduate of Gaffney High School, he was retired from Spartanburg Steel and Firestone/Bridgestone and was a member of Grace Baptist church.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Gwendolyn Shirley Beaty of the home; a son, Chris Beaty of Spartanburg; a daughter, Ann Burnett of Baton Rouge, La.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Beaty was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Olmstead; a half-sister, Sudie Welchel; and two half-brothers, Willie and Roy Beaty.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Weldon Burnett, Henry Johnson and Ed Bolton.
Memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice Special Needs Fund, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302; or to Grace Baptist Church, 821 Whitlock St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.

Lucille B. Alsing
Retired as home economist from Clemson Extension Service
ROCK HILL – Lucille Bigham Alsing, 89, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Westminster Healthcare.
Born in Rock Hill, Mrs. Alsing was the daughter of the late Boyce H. Bigham and Sara Whitesides Bigham. She was a graduate of Winthrop College and a member of the First Baptist Church, Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Honorary Extension Fraternity and was recognized for Meritorious Service in 1977. She was a member of the South Carolina Association of Extension Home Economists and the National Association of Home Economists and from this organization she received the National Distinguished Service Award in 1975. She was also a member of the South Carolina Employees Association. She was retired after 20 years as a home economist with the Clemson University Extension Service, where she was located in Colleton, Hampton and Cherokee counties.
Her husband, Rev. Maurice O. Alsing, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Maurice (Butch) O. Alsing Jr. of Ridgeway; a daughter, Sara A. Fisk of Moncks Corner; two sisters, S. Kathryn Bigham of Moncks Corner and Alethea B. Segal of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, George M. Bigham of Moncks Corner; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill, conducted by the Revs. Steve Hogg, Larry Sizemore and Bob Porterfield.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 215 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730.
Arrangements by Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home, Rock Hill.

Martha R. Cole
Retired textile employee
Martha Mae Ricketts Cole, 86, of Forest City, N.C., died Saturday, April 17, 2004, in Century Care of Shelby.
Daughter of the late Frank Dixon and Pearly Anna Ray Ricketts, she was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church and widow of Robert Thomas Cole. She was a retired textile employee.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Thomas Cole.
Surviving are a son, Steve Cole of Union Mills, N.C.; three daughters, Evelyn Henson of Gaffney, Glenice Shytle of Dallas, N.C., and Gail Sisk of Gastonia, N.C.; a brother, Joe Ricketts of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; a sister, Louise Reinhardt of Warren, Mich.; grandchildren, Brad, Lucas, Hugh, Mike, Kenny, Keith, Kevin and Crystal; great-grandchildren, Craig, Kristen, Zachary, Logan, Derrick, Brittany, Ashley, Tara, Olivia and Haley; and a great-great-grandchild, Bethany.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Ron Boone. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church.
Mrs. Cole’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Harrelson Funeral Home, Caroleen.

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