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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Bard W. Pittman Jr.
Former textile employee; Vietnam veteran
Bard William Pittman Jr., 59, of 102 Nectarine Lane, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Wellford, he was the widower of Ann Pittman and son of the late Bard William Pittman Sr. and the late Lela Pace Pittman. He was a former textile employee and attended Beech Street Presbyterian #Church. He was formerly employed by The Timken Company and was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam.
Surviving are two sisters, Mildred Strain and Brenda P. Goode, both of Gaffney; a brother, James LeRoy “Pee Wee” Pittman of Gaffney; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Pittman was preceded in death by brothers, J.D. Pittman Sr., Dean Pittman and Frank Pittman; and two sisters, Pauline Vassey and Helen Wilkie.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Tim Wilkie.
The family is at the home of his sister, Brenda Goode, 102 Nectarine Lane.
Memorials may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, c/0 Bard William Pittman Jr., P.O. Box 307, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ken L. Durham
Former employee of Springs Industries
INMAN – Ken Lee Durham, 39, of 2060 Campton Road, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, in Gaffney.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Ruth Smith Durham and son of Rev. Marvin E. Durham Sr. and Annette Coker McCullough. He was a former employee of Springs Industries and attended Tabernacle of Love Holiness Church in Chesnee. He was a devoted husband and father.
Also surviving are a son, Christopher Smith of the home; two daughters, Heather Durham and Kimberly Durham, both of the home; father and stepmother, Rev. Marvin E. and Martha R. Durham of Gaffney; mother and stepfather, Annette A. Coker McCullough and Jack M. McCullough of Spartanburg; paternal step-grandmother, Effie Mae White of Gaffney; five brothers, Guy Durham of Spartanburg, Petie Durham of Chesnee, Michael Durham, Johnny Smith and Billy Smith, all of Gaffney; and three sisters, Tabatha Durham of Chesnee, Lisa Smith and Kathy Suddeth, both of Spartanburg.
Mr. Durham was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Hilliard and Willie Mae Coker; and paternal grandparents, Dever and Mary Durham.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Tabernacle of Love in Chesnee, conducted by the Revs. Johnny Jones, Marvin E. Durham Sr. and Wayne Arrowood.
Pallbearers will be Ray R. Smith Jr., Eddie Dean Parker, Mark Ramsey, Carl Ramsey, Edward Darwin and Tommy Steele.
The family is at 604 Railroad Ave., Gaffney, and also at the residence of his father at 429 Sarratt St., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Ken Lee Durham Memorial Fund, c/o Jack McCullough, 2402 Chesnee Hwy., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Theresa C. Stout
BLACKSBURG – Theresa Caldwell Stout, 77, of 137 Mullinax Circle, widow of Danny Stout, died at her residence.
Daughter of the late Albert S. Caldwell and the late Ophelia Sumlar Caldwell, she was a native of York County and a member of Zoar A.M.E. Zion Church. She was a retired postal clerk from the post office in Charlotte.
Surviving are two grandsons, Raymond L. Manison and Robert "Bobby" Manison of Nashville, Tenn.; and a sister, Eva C. Campbell of Charlotte.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Tracey C. Leach
Employed by McDonald’s
Tracey Caressa Leach, 19, of 1008 N. Limestone St., died Sunday morning, May 16, 2004, on Highway 18 in Gaffney.
Daughter of Debra Leach Little of Gaffney and Edward Maurice Sharpe Blacksburg, she was a native of Gaffney and a 2003 graduate of Gaffney Senior High School. She was a student at The Institute of Cosmetic Arts in Spartanburg and was employed by McDonald's on Floyd Baker Boulevard. She was a member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church.
Also surviving are two sisters, Laquanna Leach and Alexis Peyor of Gaffney; grandmother, Annie Brown Leach of Gaffney; and godmother, Mary Lowery.
She was preceded in death by three grandparents, James F. Leach, John Henry Sharpe and Mary Elizabeth Sharpe.
Services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Bridges and the Revs. Heyward Boyd and Robert L. Perry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m. and the family will receive friends at the church from 3:30 p.m. until the hour of the service.
Honorary pallbearers will be her cousins and active pall bearers will be members of the ROTC of Gaffney Senior High School.
Honorary flower bearers will be her cousins and active flower bearers will be students of the Institute of Cosmetic Arts of Spartanburg.
The family is at the home of her aunt, Rev. Adriene Jamison, 504 Winchester Dr.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Gary L. Littlejohn, Sr.
Decorated Air Force veteran
Gary Leon Littlejohn Sr., a retired Senior Master Sergeant, died May 12, 2004, in Miami, Fla. He was 69 years old.
In 1955, Leon, as he was called by his family and friends, enlisted in the United Stated Air Force and served his country with honor for the next 28 years. During his military service, he did tours in Greenland, Guam and the Republic of the Philippines. He also served three tours in Vietnam. While in the Air Force, Leon held numerous posts, many of which included work in munitions supply. He became a Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge in the late 1960s.
To his honor and over the course of his military career, Leon was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service in 1968 for rendering "outstanding support to the most diversified and dispersed Wing flying mission in Southeast Asia." He also was awarded Air Force Commendation Medals for Meritorious Service rendered 1965-1967, 1970-1971, 1972-1973, 1973-1975, 1977-1982 and 1982-1983. Having served "faithfully and honorably," Leon retired from the United States Air Force on August 1, 1983. Not only were his distinctive accomplishments in the military a credit to the U.S. Air Force, but also they were a credit to himself and his family.
After retirement, he and his wife and family returned to Florida City, Fla. An avid golfer most of his adult life, he spent his leisure time golfing at some of Miami's and Florida's finest golf resorts. He also had secured a job in civil service at the U.S. Post Office in Homestead, Fla., and worked there until his health began to fail in 1977. He was a resident of Florida City with his wife until his death.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary D. "Lois" Littlejohn of Florida City; his children, Gary "Li'l Leon" Littlejohn Jr. of Naranja, Fla., a high school teacher and track coach, and Dr. Eugia "Monique" Littlejohn, a clinical psychologist of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Gary L. Littlejohn III and Giovanna M. Littlejohn, all of Naranja, Fla.; his aunts, Ruby Lipscomb, Justine Wilkins, Evelyn Goudelock, Elizabeth Roberts, all of Gaffney; his uncle, Clyde Littlejohn of Gaffney; and his daughter-in-law, Annette Littlejohn of Naranja, Fla.
A memorials service was held Tuesday in Florida City, Fla. Funeral services with full military honors will be held on Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Gaffney with Rev. Danny Burnside officiating Burial will follow in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Lucille W. Coyle
Retired from Limestone Mill
Lucille Williams Coyle, 86, of 1420 Wilkinsville Hwy., died Sunday, May 16, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of James Monroe Coyle and daughter of the late Oscar Williams and the late Leona Hendricks Williams. She was retired from Limestone Mill and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son, Curtis M. Coyle of Gaffney; a daughter, Katherine C. Coyle; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Jennette Griffin of Charlotte.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Robinson, Inez Davis and Ethel Dixon; two brothers, Edward Williams and Garland Williams; and a daughter, Patsy C. White.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Lewis Batchelor.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Trelvis L.Thompson
Cherokee County native
Trelvis Lamario Thompson, 21, of 815 W. Buford St. Heritage Square, Apt. 14-B, died Sunday morning, May 16, 2004, on Highway 18 in Gaffney.
Son of Eugene Thompson Jr. and Winidred Thompson, he was a native of Cherokee County and was last employed by Nestlé in Gaffney.
Also surviving are two sisters, Chasidy Mayes and Devette Thompson of Gaffney; two brothers, Derron Thompson and Jordan Thompson of Gaffney; and grandparents, Victoria Hoey, Eugene Thompson Sr. and Dorothy Littlejohn of Gaffney.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Joe Windred Littlejohn.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Green Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mills McHam, Pastor Kerwin Wray, Dr. Troy E. McDowell Sr. and the Rev. Danny Burnside Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be C.J. Edwards, Johnathan L. Dawkins, Billy "Pac-Man" Austin, Johnthan Norris, Quinton Rawlison, Jerrold "J-Rock" Allen, Demond Allen, John Burson, Eddrick Ratchford and Spencer Brannon.
Flower bearers will be Vinnia Ratchford, Ashley Smith, Pasquana Jefferies, Leurica Dawkins, Lorita Artison, Dysheka Smith, Jomeka Watkins, Stevette Camp and Taneshia Coleman.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Annie M. Roberts
Mrs. Annie Montgomery Roberts, 84, of 801 Hetty Hill St., widow of the Rev. Mason L. Roberts, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at 8:37 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Daughter of the late Sinnie Davidson Montgomery and the late Forest Montgomery, she was a native of Gaffney and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Choir and Deaconess Board, past president of the Senior Missionary and member of AB&P Society.
She is survived by a daughter, Jeanette Roberts of the home; a son, Jason L. Roberts of Temple Hills, Md.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Dr. Eula Miller, Minister Taye Hailu and Minister Keesha Corry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.
Honorary flower bearers will be the members of the AP&B Society. Flower bearers will be her nieces.
Pall bearers will be the deacons of the Ebenezer Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice Care of Cherokee County.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

L.D. Patterson
L.D. Patterson, 82, of 1472 Ellis Ferry Rd., died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, in Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Ruth Cody Patterson and son of the late Claude Patterson and the late Margaret Bright Patterson. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Limestone Mills. He attended New Harvest Church of God and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Dean Patterson of Gaffney; two daughters, Jean Blackwell and Nancy Pruitt, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Effie Haynes and Ruth Dover, both of Gaffney; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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