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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Ralph S. Sanders III
Former member of S.C. Highway Patrol
SPARTANBURG – Ralph Samuel Sanders III, 49, of 355 Briarwood Road, died Monday, May 31, 2004, in Spartanburg Re-gional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 14, 1954, in Spartanburg, he was the son of Ralph Samuel Sanders Jr. and Doris Rodgers Sanders of Spartanburg. He was a pilot for RC&A, a member of Abner Baptist Church, a former South Carolina Highway Patrolman and a U.S. Army veteran.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
The family is at the home of his parents at 355 Briarwood Road, Spartanburg.
Please visit and participate in the American Memorial at
Arrangements by Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel.

Emma Semon
New York City native
Emma Semon, 97, of Gaffney, died Monday, May 31, 2004, in Peachtree Centre.
Born in New York City, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna Semon. She was a Christian Scientist and a retired switchboard operator.
Mrs. Semon is survived by one sister, Olga Simon, of New Hampshire.
Service arrangements will be announced later by The Gilmore Mortuary.

William W. Minnich
William W. Minnich, 68, of 134 14th St., died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at his residence.
No services are planned.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Charles D. McGraw II
Captain of Chesnee Community Fire Dept.
COWPENS – Charles Douglas "Chuck" McGraw II, 26, of 548 McGraw Road, died Monday, May 31, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of Brenda Pruitt Fleming of Spartanburg and Doug McGraw of Boiling Springs. He was a member of Inman First Baptist Church, but had been actively attending New Pleasant Baptist Church.
Mr. McGraw was captain of the Chesnee Community Fire Department and co-captain of Chesnee Rescue 8. He was a part-time employee with the Drayton Fire Department and Rescue 15. He was named Firefighter of the Year and EMT of the Year in 2003.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Benji McGraw, of Spartanburg; his fiancé, Amanda Rowe, whom he was to marry on June 12; three step-sisters, Kim Cash of Landrum, Traci Bynum of Myrtle Beach and Misty Jarvis of Spartanburg; two step-brothers, Lee Dittemore of Inman and Jared Dittemore of Boiling Springs; stepmother, Cheryl McGraw of Boiling Springs; stepfather, Michael Fleming of Spartanburg; maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Maxine "Mickey" Pruitt of Inman; paternal grandparents, Thelma McGraw of Inman; step-grandfather, Ken Rogers of Inman; and his beloved family, Vernon and Winona Rowe, Kacee, Megan and D.J. Rowe, all of Cowpens.
Mr. McGraw was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Pete McGraw.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at New Pleasant Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. George Holland. Burial will be in the Springhill Memorial Gardens with full fire fighters rites.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee and at other times will be at their respective homes.

Jessica J. Humphries
Student at Spartanburg Tech
Jessica Joann Humphries, 18, of 329 Old Post Road, died Sunday, May 30, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of J.C. Humphries Jr. and Gail Hammett Humphries of the home. She attended Spartanburg Technical College and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Julia Humphries of the home; a brother, Curt Humphries of the home; maternal grandparents, Bobby and Nell Hammett of Gaffney; and a number of aunts and uncles.
Miss Humphries was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, J.C. and Edith Humphries Sr.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Dobbins, Donald Edward Dobbins, Mike Painter, Travis Allison, Chris Piercy and Doug Eubanks.
The family is at the residence, 329 Old Post Road.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Macedonia Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home

Bobby B. Kelly
Gaffney native
COLUMBIA – Bobby Lee Bernard Kelly, 37, formerly of 500 Marion Ave., Gaffney, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia Care Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Lillie Kelly Brannon of the home and the late Bobby Littlejohn. He was the stepson of the late Fletcher Brannon Sr. He attended Allen Temple C.M.E. Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Darrell Kelly of Halifax, Va., and Eddie Seaton Kelly of Bennettsville; and a daughter, Vernessa Ann Clark of Clinton.
Services were held Monday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Pittman Harris and Robert L. Dover. Burial was in Limestone Cemetery.
Pallbearers and flower bearers were family and friends.
The family is at the home of his mother at 500 Marion Ave.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jack L. McAbee
Retired from Timken Co. and Cherokee Finishing
Jack Leonard McAbee, 65, of 550 E. O'Neal St., Apt. 12, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, in Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Willis McAbee and the late Viola Peterson McAbee. He was retired from the Timken Company and Cherokee Finishing Co. Mr. McAbee was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, April Anne McAbee Crawford of Gaffney; a granddaughter, Tayler Nycole McAbee of Gaffney; two sisters Marie Echoles and Sara J. Mathis, both of Gaffney; a brother, Willis "W.J." McAbee of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McAbee was preceded in death by two brothers, Loyd McAbee and Rochelle McAbee, and a sister, Hettie Franklin.
The family is at 97 Brookwood Drive, Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Kathleen W. Rogers
Employed by Cone Mills
Kathleen Watkins Rogers, 53, of 501 Holmes St., died Monday night, May 31, 2004, at her home.
Born in Shelby, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Elizabeth Wood Watkins. She was a member of Suck Creek Baptist Church, the Y.W.A. and the Culinary Committee. She was an employee of Cone Mills in Cliffside, N.C., and a student at Spartanburg Technical College.
Surviving are two brothers, Calvin Watkins of Gaffney and Jeff Watkins of Hyattsville, Md.; five sisters, Grace Martin of Boiling Springs, N.C., Betty Jean Watkins of Stamford, Conn., Geraldine Sarratt of Gaffney, Melrose Sherman of Washington, DC., and Lois Floyd of Gastonia, N.C.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Suck Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Tony Macomson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
The family is also at the home of Geraldine and Nathaniel Sarratt, 217 Oakview Drive, Gaffney.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

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