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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

John W. Rowe
Employed by Rowe's Tree Service
CHESNEE – John Wayne Rowe, 32, of 904 Buck Creek Road, died Monday, April 26, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was a son of Vernon Rowe Sr. and the late Eva Kimbrell Rowe. He was a graduate of Boiling Springs High School and employed by Rowe's Tree Service. He was a member of Buck Creek Baptist Church.
Also surviving are four sisters, Gail Williams, Margaret Lawter, Lillian Blackwell, all of Chesnee, and Shirley Faye Edwards of Spartanburg; two brothers, Vernon Rowe Jr. of Chesnee and Harold Rowe of Boiling Springs; six nephews and five nieces.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Odell Mosley. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at the funeral home and at other times they will be at the home of his brother, Vernon Rowe Jr., 544 McGraw Road, Cowpens.

Annie F. McCrary
Pickens County native
GREENVILLE – Annie Foster Bramlett McCrary, 103, formerly of 115 Chandler St., died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.
Born in Pickens County on Feb. 20, 1901, she was the daughter of the late Brown A. and Laura Williams Foster. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a member of Calvary First Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Billy A. Bramlett of Gaffney; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arch Benjamin Bramlett; her second husband, Arch L. McCrary; and a foster daughter, Rachel M. Hughey.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7:30 at The Howze Mortuary, 6714 State Park Road, Travelers Rest.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary First Baptist Church, 11 Tampa St., Greenville, S.C. 29609; or to Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Patty S. McWhirter
Former owner of Self & Sons Jewelry
Patty Sue Self McWhirter, 88, formerly of 702 Thompson St., died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Asheville, N.C., she was the widow of Henry W. McWhirter and daughter of the late Thomas J. Self Sr. and the late Emma Tweed Self. She was former owner of Self & Sons Jewelry store and was a member of Limestone Street United Methodist Church.
Surviving is a daughter, Deborah McWhirter of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Edward (Jack) Cole
Retired groundskeeper at Cherokee National
Edward Hoyle (Jack) Coyle, 81, of 309 Second Ave., died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Lula Jones Hall Cole and son of the late Weaver Cole and the late Mary Ruppe Cole. He was a retired grounds keeper at Cherokee National Golf and Recreation Club and was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a stepson, Gene Hall of Gaffney.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his first wife, Elneta Parris Cole, and two brothers, Shuford Cole and Leroy Cole.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. The family will receive friends following the service.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jeannette W. Williams
Active member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Jeannette Watkins Williams, 55, of 221 Camellia Circle, widow of the Rev. Carl V. Williams, died Wed-nesday, April 21, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
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 were 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 was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Baxter, Eddie Palmer, Steve Palmer, James Shippy, James Camp, Roger Phillips, Louis Lockhart and Wallace Tate.
Flower bearers were Inez McCluney, Daisy Smith, Sadie Phillips, Kathy Camp, Annie Wright, Janice Littlejohn and Carolyn Shears.
Honorary pallbearers and flower bearers were the Deacons and Deaconess of Mt. Sinai and Knuckles Chapel Baptist churches.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Oveta S. Clary
Retired owner/operator of Clary's Beauty Shop
SPARTANBURG – Oveta Smith Clary, 94, of 562 Barnwell Road, formerly of Gaffney, died Sunday, April 25, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Herb Clary and daughter of the late Oliver L. Smith and the late Ossie Turner Smith. She was a retired switchboard operator at Mary Black Memorial Hospital and was former owner and operator of Clary's Beauty Shop in Gaffney. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son, Perry P. Clary of the home; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Curtis R. Jones.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Charles E. Potter
Former truck driver for Ray Walker Trucking
Charles Edward "Drifter" Potter, 52, of 739 Filter Plant Road, died Monday, April 26, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Arvenia Emmer Simmons Potter of Gaffney and the late James Godfrey "Bobby" Potter. He was a former truck driver for Ray Walker Trucking Company and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a daughter, Tammy Turner of Gaffney; four grandchildren; and a sister, Laquita Ellis of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Alester McKinney and Mr. Mike Duvall. Burial will be in Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:45 p.m. prior to the services.
Pallbearers will be Phil Lecroy, Robbie Lecroy, Mike Duvall, Mark Ellis, Steve Ellis, Doc Allison, David Turner and Jeff Cook.
Memorials may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, c/o Charles Edward Potter, P.O. Box 307, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Colies R. Harris Jr.
Spartanburg County native
CHESNEE – Colies R. Harris Jr., 64, of 221 Harris Road, died Monday, April 26, 2004, at his home.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Brenda Cooper Harris and son of Jessie Cash Harris and the late Colies R. Harris Sr. He was disabled and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Michelle H. Cantrell of Chesnee; a son, Keith Harris of the home; six sisters, Trudy Cash of Greenville, Mardene Watson of Columbia, Roberta McCloud of California, Dorothy Price, Linda Mills and Elaine Powell, all of Chesnee; four brothers, Kenneth Harris, Jerry Harris, Doug Harris and Timmy Harris, all of Chesnee; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Broad River Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Bryan Ezell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 310 Bennett Center Drive, Suite B, Greer, S.C. 29650.

Jane R. Nance
Jane Richardson Nance of 125 Beltline Road, Apt. 18, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Whitesville, N.C., and Marion, S.C., she was the wife of William Keith Nance of the home and daughter of the late T.M. Richardson and the late Essie Simmons Richardson. She was retired from Hamrick Mills Inc. and was a member of Gaffney Freewill Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Edward Tate
Edward Tate, 80, of Central Carolina Health and Rehab Center, Columbia, widower of Lillie Dawkins Tate, died Saturday, April 24, 2004, at 1:20 a.m. at the rehab center. He lived at 907 Hetty Hill St. in Gaffney until six months ago.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Nickles and Mozell Tate and was a former employee of Mr. Waffle House. 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; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Lawrence Davidson, Mary D. Jefferies and Minister Jennifer Hemphill. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Clary, Robert Littlejohn, Frank Littlejohn, Michael Hoey, Calvin Tate and Charlie Davidson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Tate, Melvin Harris, Lindberg Hamilton and John Browning.
Flower bearers will be Mary V. Dawkins, Mary E. Byers, Brenda Knuckles, Annie Marie Sarratt, Dorothy Jefferies and Ella Sue Fowler.
Honorary flower bearers will be Ella Mae Hamilton, Viola Littlejohn and Inelle Wilson.
The family is at the home of Minnie Pearl Rodgers, 523 W. Montgomery St., Apt. 6, Gaffney.

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