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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, May 3, 2004

I.M. Lipscomb
Retired from U.S. Army and Musgrove Mills
Deacon I.M. Lipscomb, 85, of 824 S. Johnson St., died Saturday, May 1, 2004, at 2:45 p.m. at his residence.
Son of the late Matt Lipscomb and the late Lula Lipscomb, he was a native of Cherokee County and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, where he was chairman of the deacon board. He was a veteran and retired from the United States Army and was also retired from Musgrove Mills.
Surviving are his wife, Ruby Littlejohn Lipscomb of the home; three daughters, Jennette Lipscomb of East Orange, N.J., Joyce E. Whitaker and Linda Smith, both of Gaffney; two sons, Homer Lipscomb of East Orange and Clyde Lipscomb of Gaffney; a sister, Lula West of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and a brother, Howard Lipscomb of Winston Salem.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Elverlene Walker, c/o White Plains Baptist Church, 429 Hetty Hill St., Gaffney, S. C. 29340.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

“Tot” Littlejohn
Retired from Pacolet Mill
Annie Lou “Tot” Linder Littlejohn, 86, of Brookview HealthCare Center, 510 Thompson St., formerly of 490 Jerusalem Road, Pacolet, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at 11:37 a.m. at her residence.
Daughter of the late Time Dawkins and the late Cleo Sis Linder Dawkins, she was the widow of Roosevelt Littlejohn and a member of Knuckles Chapel Baptist Church, where she was president of the Senior Choir, former member of the All Ladies Choir, secretary of the Sunday School and a member of the Willing Workers Club and the Pastor’s Aid. She was a member of the Piedmont Baptist Association Choir and was retired from Pacolet Textile Mill.
Surviving are two sons, Clyde Edward Littlejohn of Tacoma, Wash., and Thomas K. Littlejohn of Waycross, Ga.; a daughter, Shirley Gist of Pacolet; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Knuckles Chapel Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Kerwin Wray and Mills McHam. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and flower bearers will be her granddaughters.
Honorary pallbearers and flower bearers will be the Deacons and Deaconess of Knuckles Chapel Baptist Church, respectively.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Shirley Gist, 490 Jerusalem Road, Pacolet.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Martha M. Riddle
Gaffney native
REDFORD, Mich. – Martha L. Morgan Riddle, 49, died Friday, April 30, 2004.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Kenneth K. Riddle and daughter of Louesther C. Morgan and the late P. Weldon Morgan.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a stepdaughter, Brandi Crain and a grandson, Tyler Crain, both of Redford; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry L. and Sherri L. Morgan of Gaffney; and a nephew, Zachary M. Morgan of Gaffney.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Grassy Pond Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Roger Aycock. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
The family is at the home of Jerry and Sherri Morgan, 105 Cameron Lane, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Monica L. Sanders
Miss Monica Lovelace Sanders, 37, died April 30, 2004, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Miss Sanders was the daughter of Mrs. Jerald Dean Lovelace Sanders of 159 Hidden Hills and the late Mr. Lee Roy Sanders.
Miss Sanders is survived by her sister, Mrs. Lee Sanders Harmon of 1508 W. Rutledge Ave., Gaffney, S.C.; her niece, Jennifer Jean (J.J.) Harmon Segina and by her great-nephew, Master Michael Grayson Segina.
Miss Sanders was a 1985 graduate of Dorman High School and attended U.S.C. Spartanburg Campus.
Miss Sanders was residing in Omaha, Nebraska, where she was the manager of the Home Depot in Papillion, Nebraska, a community adjacent to Omaha.
The family is at the home of Lee Sanders Harmon at 1508 W. Rutledge Ave., Gaffney, S.C.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service which is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Shuford-Hatcher Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to SRMC Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302, or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lucas L. Barrett
Lucas Lee Barrett of 537 Bear Creek Road, infant son of Jimmy Lee Barrett Jr. of Gaffney and Lacey Michelle Martin of the home, died Thursday, April 29, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Surviving in addition to his parents, are maternal grandparents, Dennis and Candy Martin of Blacksburg; paternal grandparents, Libby and Jimmy Barrett of Gaffney; maternal great-grandparents, Palmer and Rachel Martin and Buck and Joyce Cobb, all of Cherokee Falls; paternal great-grandparents, Emma Blackwell of Gaffney, Joe and Carolyn Blackwell of Jonesville and Mary Barrett of Cowpens.
He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, George Barrett.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church Cemetery in Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier and Mike McGaha.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Christian Fellowship Church, 516 Peeler Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Phyllis W. Melton
Wal-Mart associate
Phyllis Wright Melton, 66, of 226-B W. Robinson St., died Friday, April 30, 2004, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Manuel P. and Lula Rae Sanders Wright. She was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and was an associate of Wal-Mart.
Surviving are two sons, Darren Grigsby of Gaffney and Joel Grigsby of Blacksburg; a daughter, Robin G. Fetrat of Newnan, Ga.; a brother, Christopher Wright of Gaffney; four sisters, Vivian Putnam of Kings Mountain, N.C., Linda Ledford, Patricia Gibb and Cindy Crews, all of Gaffney; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Tommy Wright. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Anthony Johnson, Mark Ledford, Michael Gibb, David Gibb, Phillip Putnam and Richard Painter.
The family is at 226 Midway Terrace.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Ethel R. Hartness
BLACKSBURG – Ethel R. Hartness, 81, of 376 Parker Road, died in Kings Mountain, N.C.
Cryptside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Perrin Parker. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 at Gordon Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate S.C. Chapter, 114 E. Earl St., Anderson, S.C. 29621-5602.

Mary W. Lipscomb
The Heart of Her Family
A charming, warm, and outgoing woman of deep faith, always ready to say “yes” to new experiences, local Gaffney resident Mrs. Mary Willie Lipscomb, had a legendary smile among her family, current, and soon-to-be friends. Although she was chronologically 90 years old, her inner eleven year-old’s outlook guided her behavior. She was always ready to try new things, whether it was collecting shells or stones on a beach, traveling with her Young at Heart church group, boating, sampling new food, or cheerfully dangling her bare feet in cool lake water on a hot July afternoon. She had the capacity for living with youthful glee and high energy. Regrettably, a rare cancer took Mrs. Lipscomb’s life early on May 1, 2004. This is her unique story.
She was born at home on November 19, 1913, in a wooden-frame farmhouse in the Beaverdam Community of Cherokee County, the youngest daughter among eight children. An unofficial low-weight baby, Mrs. Lipscomb was not expected to live. And because her mother was in danger of losing her life due to birthing complications, the doctor and nurse set the baby aside in a drawer near the hearth. After they had stabilized her mother, they were surprised to see that the baby was still alive. Named Mary Willie, in part to honor the nurse, Willie, who aided her entry into this world, her arrival was the first of many surprises that Mrs. Lipscomb was capable of during her life.
Mrs. Lipscomb proudly graduated from Gaffney High School in 1931. Married in her parents’ home to the love of her life, H.B. Lipscomb, at the age of twenty, Mrs. Lipscomb went on to have “two generations of children” – Bentley born in 1936, and Pam born in 1952. She and H.B. had many friends and provided an anchoring role for their respective families. Precluded by the Depression and World War II, they were unable to own their home until 1947 but enjoyed their residence on Old Georgia Highway for the rest of their lives.
Their home – with a dinner table extended to seat 10 or more people – often served as the gathering place for Sunday and holiday dinners. She was a gifted cook, whose invitations to dinner were eagerly accepted; her dinner guests savored her creamed corn, squash casseroles, home-grown tomatoes, and cakes and pies. She excelled at the household arts, including crocheting, tatting, knitting, gardening, and canning her home-grown vegetables. She won several homemaker awards for her talents.
In addition to demanding homemaker and parenting roles, Mrs. Lipscomb worked at Belk’s and C.B. Pooles in retail and bookkeeping positions for more than 40 years. She and H.B. also found time to travel to visit family members in Virginia, Connecticut and Florida among other states. In mid-life, they traveled in their RV to campsites throughout the Southeastern United States, Canada, and the Western United States. They also took cruises in the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands and toured parts of Europe, enjoying their exposure to new people and places, and the respite the trips afforded them from their home responsibilities.
Mrs. Lipscomb nursed her husband, H.B., in his struggle with Parkinson’s Disease for more than five years, succeeding in her pledge to keep him at home until he passed away in 1998. They were soul mates in a rich union of interests, faith, and friends for almost 65 years. Following his death, Mrs. Lipscomb engaged in a revival of stimulation and fellowship in her life. Assisted by family members and friends, she toured California, Washington state, and most of Germany. She made annual winter sojourns to visit with her son and daughter-in-law in Clearwater and St. George Island, Florida. Other travel highlights included her riding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle in Los Angeles at the age of 85 and touring three German castles in one day in the German Alps when she was almost 89 years old.
Throughout her adult life, she was active in the First Baptist Church of Gaffney and enjoyed the pastoral leadership provided by different ministers, especially Dr. Joel Sellers. In later years, she also derived religious guidance and fellowship from her Gleaners’ Sunday School class, the Senior Choir, the Carrie Nell Rivers Women’s Circle, and the traveling adventures and camaraderie provided by the Young at Heart seniors group.
Mrs. Lipscomb role-modeled stoicism and optimism in her battle with cancer during the last year of her life. Indeed, these attributes were critical to her fight to maintain a high quality of life and engagement for as long as possible. During this time, she relied heavily on the gentle, constant caregiving provided by Shirley Williamson and Lucille Lipscomb. The family also wishes to acknowledge the expert and loving nursing provided by Bobbie, Tera, and Marie from the Hospice Care of South Carolina; they are truly earth angels.
In the last few hours of her life, her family came together to comfort her and bid farewell as she passed from her earthly home to an eternal resting place, finally free of pain. Just as Mrs. Lipscomb received joy from her captivating 23 month-old great-grandson, Jase, always wanting to hold and cuddle him, her other surviving family members are comforted by knowledge that she resides now, painfree and whole, within the consoling embrace of her Creator. Her surviving family includes her son and daughter, Bentley Lipscomb and Pam Peeler, and their respective spouses, Doris Reeves-Lipscomb and Bill Peeler. The immediate family also includes her grandsons, Will and Jordan Peeler, and Will’s wife, Pooh Brown Peeler.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers.
Pallbearers will be Will Peeler, Jordan Peeler, Van Tindall, James Withrow, Mike Turner, Steve Wood, Thad Godwin and W.E. Lipscomb Jr.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Faithful to the Vision Fund, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or The Hospice Palliative Care Foundation, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the home of Bill and Pam Peeler, 1 Rabbitt Run, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Violet D. Broyles
Former cosmetology teacher
PALM COAST, Fla. – Violet DeWeese Broyles, 84, of 3001 Palm Coast Parkway, died Monday, April 19, 2004, in Grand Oaks Rehab Center, Palm Coast, Fla.
A native of Haywood County, N.C., she was the widow of Claude Norman Broyles and daughter of the late Burgess DeWeese and the late Gertrude Barrett DeWeese. She was a member of Plains United Methodist Church, owner and operator of Violet’s Beauty Shop in Canton, N.C., and a former cosmetology teacher at Pisgah and Tuscola high schools.
Surviving are a daughter, Geanne Broyles Hughes of Flagler Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Derrick Hughes of Tampa, Fla., Kala Henkell of Swannanoa, N.C., Darin Hughes, Jason Hughes and Jeff Broyles, all of Canton, N.C., and Cindy B. Clary of Gaffney; and six grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Broyles was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Philip G. Broyles.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at Plains United Methodist Church, Canton, N.C. Ministers will be the Revs. Kelly Jones and Phillip Hurst.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Plains United Methodist Church Choir Fund, Newfound Road, Canton, N.C. 28716.
(Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

James R. Parris
Self-employed repairman
James Rufus Parris, 87, of 217 Draytonville Road, died today, May 3, 2004, at the home of his daughter at 211 Coach Hill Drive.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Alma Sanders Spencer Parris and was first married to the late Lucille Owens Parris. He was the son of the late William Roland (W.R.) Parris and the late Luvie Phillips Parris.
Mr. Parris was a retired textile employee and a self-employed repairman. He was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Mary Rollins, Evelyn Lanier and Barbara Allison, all of Gaffney; a stepdaughter, Nancy S. Mathis of Gaffney; a sister, Lillie Pierce of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and one step-great-grandchild.
The family is at the home of Mary and Ray Rollins, 211 Coach Hill Drive, Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Cora W. Oglesby
Retired from Cherokee County Hospital
Cora Lee Wood Oglesby, 85, of 303 Debra Drive, widow of J.D. Oglesby, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at 6:05 p.m. in Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg.
Daughter of the late Shuford Wood and the late Hattie Shippy Wood, she was a native of Cherokee County and a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Cherokee County Hospital.
Surviving are five daughters, Nellie Ree Brown, Minnie Lee Gibbs, Zandra Lindsay, Joyce Ann Dawkins, and Lucille Garrett, all of Gaffney; six sons, J.C. Oglesby, Wilbert Oglesby and Joseph Oglesby of the home, Robert Oglesby and Cecil Oglesby of Raleigh, N.C., and Jerry Oglesby of Greenville; a brother, Booker T. Wood of Washington, D.C.; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

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