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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, April 26, 2004

Millie K. Turner
Retired from Cherokee County Hospital
Millie Eunice Kennedy Turner, 78, formerly of Union Highway, died Friday, April 23, 2004, in Peachtree Centre.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Robert Roy Turner Sr. and daughter of the late William Fulton Kennedy and the late Nora McCullough Kennedy. She was retired from Cherokee County Hospital and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church.
Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Becky T. and Butch Blanton of Gaffney and Mary T. and Tommy Childers of Myrtle Beach; three grandchildren, Tom Childers Jr., Angela Martin and Brandy Hamrick; four great-grandchildren, Sarah Beth Martin, Brett Hamrick, Emily Hamrick and Matthew Martin; two brothers, Thad Kennedy and Ken Kennedy, both of Gaffney; and four sisters, Angie Sarratt, Inez Stroupe, Grace Cobb, all of Gaffney, and Minnie Ree Taylor of Charlotte, N.C.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by a son, Robert Roy Turner Jr.; two sisters, Idell Petty and Ruby McKenzie; two brothers, Theodore Kennedy and Fulton Kennedy; and one great-grandchild, Hayden Hamrick.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Dr. Wofford Caughman.
The family is at the home of Becky and Butch Blanton, 4355 Union Hwy., Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Oveta S. Clary
Retired switchboard operator
SPARTANBURG – Oveta Smith Clary, 94, of 562 Barnwell Road, died Sunday, April 25, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Herb Clary and was a retired switchboard operator at Mary Black Memorial Hospital. She was former owner and operator of Clary's Beauty Shop in Gaffney and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son, Perry P. Clary of the home; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Lila S. Hamrick
Cherokee County native
Lila Mae Stephens Revels Hamrick, 91, formerly of Chesnee, died Sunday, April 25, 2004, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of William Oustie Hamrick and daughter of the late Tuck and Emma Alice McAbee Stephens. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Frances Ward of Forest City, N.C., and Lorene Street of Chesnee; a son, William O. "Bill" Hamrick of Whitney; a sister, Virginia Evans of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Danny McCain, Rev. Eddie Cooper and grandson, David Phillips. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee.
Family members are at their respective homes.

John W. Collins
Retired from Southern Wood Piedmont
CHESNEE – John Winfred "Wink" Collins, 77, of 936 Rutherfordton Hwy., died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at Rosecrest Nursing Home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Mary Henson Collins and son of the late T.C. and Hester Hardin Collins. He served in the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Army and was a retired employee of Southern Wood Piedmont with 30 years of service. He was a faithful member of Hicks Grove Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Collins was preceded in death by two sons, James Dean Collins and Fred Randall Collins.
Also surviving are two daughters, Judy Collins of Columbia and Nancy Jones of Chesnee; a brother, Hoyt Collins of Ellenboro, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hicks Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Byrd, Ad Hopper and Fae Walker. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Wylie T. Blanton
Employed with Cherokee County Roads and Bridges
Wylie Troy Blanton, 67, of 625 Hamrick St., died Friday, April 23, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Betty Allison Blanton and son of the late William Troy Blanton and the late Alease Cash Blanton. He was employed with Cherokee County Roads and Bridges and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Hunter Jones of Gaffney and Allyson and Mark Shytle of Green Creek, N.C.; two grandchildren, Alec and Cailyn Jones; and two sisters, Amy Blanton Pope of Spartanburg and Lynette Blanton Breland of Hattiesburg, Miss.
The family will receive friends today from 2 to 3:45 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home. The family will have a private service.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Gibbs Regional Cancer Center, 380 Serpentine Drive, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303; or to the Lung Association of South Carolina, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, S.C. 29201.

Tony Roberts
Construction worker
Anthony (Tony) Ray Roberts, 35, of 1523 N. Logan St., died Saturday, April 24, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Mildred Gordon Roberts Carmack of the home and the late Vernon Holmes Roberts. He was the stepson of the late Homer L. Carmack.
Mr. Roberts was a construction worker and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Elm Street Church of God.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Richard Mike Sheehan of Gaffney and Brian Carmack of Georgia; three sisters, Vackie Shires, Shirley Wise, both of Gaffney, and Beverly Kozel of Chicago, Ill.; a step-brother, Mike Roberts of Chester; and a step-sister, Kathy Roberts of Chester.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Elm Street Church of God, conducted by the Revs. James Garner and Alan Galloway. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Shane Shires, Jessie Jones, Chris McSwain, David Rumfelt III, Wayne Gordon, Walter Gordon and David McSwain.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.

Mayme H. Hause
Public school teacher
FLORENCE – Mayme Vera Hayes Hause, 99, died Friday, April 23, 2004, in a local retirement center after an illness.
Mrs. Hause was born in Gaffney, a daughter of the late Mark and Melissa Vera Price Hayes. She was a public school teacher in South Carolina and was a member of Kathwood Baptist Church in Columbia.
Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Cagle of Florence and Melissa Harlan of Chapin; two sons, Luke Hause of Prosperity and Jerry Hause of Grayson, Ga.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A private graveside services was held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Waters-Powell Funeral Home, Florence.

Sammie L. Jenkins
Retired janitor from Gaffney High School
Sammie Lee Jenkins, 67, of NHC Fort Sanders Nursing Home, 2120 Highland Ave., Knoxville, Tenn., died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at 12:30 p.m.
A native of 1424 Leadmine St., Gaffney, he was the son of the late Clarence Jenkins and the late Anna Brown Jenkins. He was a 1956 graduate of Granard High School and was a retired janitor from Gaffney High School. He attended Day of Life Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Annie Kelly Jenkins of Knoxville; four sons, Terry Jenkins of Gaffney, Roger Jenkins of Nashville, Tenn., Sammie Keith Jenkins of Knoxville and Timothy Jenkins of Little Creek, Va.; three daughters, Beverly Wynn, Kim Blair and Ramona Jenkins of Knoxville; a brother, John Robert Jenkins of Gaffney; two sisters, Anna Marie Harris and Mrs. Neil Smith of Gaffney; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roderick Oglesby, Freddie Davidson, Mary E. Jefferies, Dewey Whittenburg and Dr. Michael Bridges. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
The family is at the home of his sister, Anna Marie Harris, 116 Deal St., Gaffney
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Charles Potter
Charles Potter, 52, of 739 Filter Plant Road, died today, April 26, 2004.
The family will be at the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Gaffney is in charge.

Jeannette W. Williams
Jeannette Watkins Williams, 55, of 221 Camellia Circle, widow of the Rev. Carl V. Williams, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spart-anburg.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Rev. John Smith Watkins and the late Vergie Gaffney Watkins. She was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and served as superintendent of the Sunday School and Sunday School teacher. She was a 1966 graduate of Granard High School.
Surviving are two daughters, Angela S. Williams of Spartanburg and Courtney J. Williams of the home; a son, Carl V. Williams of Gaffney; two brothers, Frank Watkins and Joe Watkins of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Dewey Whittenburg, Kervin Wray, Drs. L.T. Tate and Terry McCaskill and Elder T.A. Lockhart. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be James Baxter, Eddie Palmer, Steve Palmer, James Shippy, James Camp, Roger Phillips, Louis Lockhart and Wallace Tate.
Flower bearers will be Inez McCluney, Daisy Smith, Sadie Phillips, Kathy Camp, Annie Wright, Janice Littlejohn and Carolyn Shears.
Honorary pallbearers and flower bearers will be the Deacons and Deaconess of Mt. Sinai and Knuckles Chapel Baptist churches.

Edward Tate
Edward Tate, 80, of 523 W. Montgomery St., Apt. 6, widower of Lillie Dawkins Tate, died Saturday, April 24, 2004, at 1:20 a.m. at Central Carolina Health and Rehab Center in Columbia.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Nickles and Mozell Tate and was a former employee of Mr. Waffle. He was a retired employee of the Furniture Company of Hickory, N.C.
Surviving are two daughters, Elwillie Belton of Columbia and Clara Smedley of Gaffney; a son, Rev. Dewey Whittenburg of Gaffney; three sisters, Lillian Jefferies of Gastonia, Annie Bell Hopper and Minnie Pearl Rodgers of Gaffney; two half-sisters, Reola Nickles and Viola Nickles of Cherryville, N.C.; a half-brother, James Nickles of Cherryville; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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