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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, June 21, 2004

James R. Cook Jr.
Retired county transportation supervisor for South Carolina Department of Education
James Rosemond Cook Jr., 71, of 109 Hillside Drive, died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Shirley McCraw Cook and son of the late James Rosemond Cook Sr. and the late Nell Cannon Cooksey Cook.
Mr. Cook was retired county transportation supervisor for the S.C. Department of Education. A graduate of Gaffney High School and USC, he was retired from the S.C. National Guard. He was a past member of the Cherokee County School Board and Rotary of Gaffney, a member of First Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Betsy Cook Jolliff of Gaffney; three sons, Charles Cotesworth Cook of Greenville, David Cannon Cook and James Rosemond Cook III, both of Gaffney; a sister, Carolyn Cook Alexander of Union; and grandchildren, James Rosemond Cook IV, Mary Katherine Cook, Margaret Ashley Cook, Savanna Johnson Cook, Charles Cotesworth Cook Jr., Ross Kurt Jolliff, Megan Lauren Jolliff and Justin Matthew Jolliff.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers and Col. Roy Mathis.
Pallbearers will be James Cook IV, Justin M. Jolliff, Timothy P. Childers, Michael M. McCraw, Charles C. Alexander, Henry G. Alexander Jr., Eugene F. Palmer and Donald Brock.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Anthony Hopper Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church and the Friday Morning Men’s Breakfast Club.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7:30 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Pittman Tate
Retired supervisor from Musgrove Mill
PACOLET – William Pittman Tate, 63, of 1502 Quarter Round Road, died Friday, June 18, 2004, at his home.
Born Dec. 2, 1940, in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late William Boyd and Beulah Harris Tate. He was a retired supervisor from Musgrove Mill in Gaffney and served in the U.S. Navy. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two sons, Stephen Grant Tate and his wife, Mari, of Sharpsburg, Ga., and William Bryan Tate and his wife, Elayne, of Gaffney; four grandchildren, Erika and Kenneth Tate of Sharpsburg and Bryanna and Josh Tate of Gaffney; five brothers, Harry Lee Tate of Greer, Joe Dean Tate of Marlowe, Okla., Donald Tate of Gaffney, Roger E. Tate of Pacolet and Jimmy Tate of Spartanburg; two sisters, Aileen T. Gallman and Wilma T. Peeler, both of Gaffney; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pacolet Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Please visit and participate in the American Memorial at www.floydmortuary.com.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Pacolet Chapel.

Elizabeth T. Cooper
Homemaker
CHESNEE – Elizabeth T. Cooper, 57, of 405 E. Cherokee St., died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at her home.
A native of Kingsport, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Hugh Veron Taylor and Lottie Taylor Hughes. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Clyde S. Cooper; a son, Robert E. Clark of Chesnee; a nephew who was reared in the home, PFC Jeffrey Putnam of Fort Benning, Ga.; two sisters, Margaret Roland of Morganton, N.C., and Rose Davis of Marion, N.C.; three brothers, Larry and Lucky Hunley, both of Hickory, N.C., and J.R. Hunley of Marion, N.C.; two grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel, conducted by the Rev. Roy Howell. Burial will be in Hicks Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ross Hunley, Kenneth Thompson, Kevin Roper, Frank Roland, Jeff Putnam and Roy Cooper.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Thomas R. Johnson
Carpenter
Thomas Richard Johnson, 53, of 291 Northgate Road, died Thursday, June 17, 2004, in Up-state Caro-lina Medical Center.
Born in Jackson, Miss., he was a son of John John-son Sr. of the home and Louise Norwood Johnson of St. Paul, Minn. He was a Baptist and a carpenter.
He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Johnson Jr., and a sister, Kathy.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Cassandra Laird Johnson of New York; a son, Sha-ron Harris of Hempstead, N.Y.; two daughters, Tiara Harris of Hempstead and Tosha Harris of Florida; stepmother, Lisa Johnson of the home; three brothers, John Johnson Jr. and Christopher Johnson, both of the home, and Rev. Robert Lee Johnson of St. Paul Minn.; five sisters, Doris Norwood of Florence, Jeanette Johnson and Linda Johnson of St. Paul, Jill Woodward of Atlanta and Nicole Johnson of the home.
Service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at The Gilmore Mortuary with the Rev. George Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park.

Basil H. Skinner
Retired service manager
Basil Harrison Skinner, 66, of 909 S. Limestone St., died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Eddie Dee Huskey Skinner and son of Cornelia Owensby Skinner of Gaffney and the late Harry Skinner. He was a retired service manager for a Chrysler dealership in Florida and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Tina Skinner of Gaffney; a sister, Charlene Clary of Gaffney; and two grandchildren, Michael Skinner and Matthew Skinner.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Willie B. Pearson
Vietnam veteran
Willie B. Pearson, 57, of Gaffney, died Monday, June 14, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mr. Pearson attended Carver High School and was a veteran of the Vietnam war. He was of the Baptist faith. He was the son of the late Javan and Georgia Lee Pearson and stepson of the late George Rhodes Sr.
Surviving are a daughter, Doriseniea L. Mack-Jones of Spartanburg; a son, James A. Pearson of Atlanta, Ga.; two grandchildren; four sisters, Etta Mae Geter of Gaffney, Margate Petty of Shelby, Diana McGill of Spartanburg, and Adda Ruth Rhodes of Spartanburg; three brothers, Johnny Pearson of Spartanburg, Bobby Pearson of Gaffney and George Rhodes Jr. of Spartanburg; and 12 nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends and family at his daughter’s home at 294 Pioneer Place, Spartanburg, and at his sister’s home, 513 Hetty Hill St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Cauaham-Hicks Funeral Home.

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