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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, July 2, 2004

Horace Bowen
Avid hunter and fisherman
Horace Wilbur "Chub" Bowen, 75, of 142 Pearl Drive, died Monday, June 28, 2004, in Spartanburg Cancer Center.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he worked in the textile industry and was of the Baptist faith. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors.
Mr. Bowen was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur T. and Marcella Bowen; his wife, Margaret Stroup Bowen; and 14 brothers and sisters.
Surviving are a son, Horace Michael "Mike" Bowen and wife, Lynn, of Gaffney; four daughters, Sandra Phillips of Shelby, Jeanette Chandler and husband, Butch, of Lawndale, N.C., Brenda Zimmerman and husband, Danny, of Rockwell, N.C., and Linda Crouse of Lincolnton, N.C.; one brother, Quinn Bowen of Grover; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home Chapel, 106 Cherry Road, Shelby. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
Arrangements by Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.

James O. Jones
Retired from Mt. Vernon Dye Casting Corporation
James "Oak" Odell Jones, 62, of No. 28, White Oak Apartments, died Monday, June 28, 2004, at 3:46 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Ellis Jones and the late Annie White Jones. He was retired from Mt. Vernon Dye Casting Corporation of Stamford, Conn.
Surviving are five sisters, Maggie Washington of Stamford, Mary E. Tate, Arstrilla Oglesby, Christine Boyd and Katie Jones of Gaffney; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Danny Burnside and Robert L. Dover. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.
The family is at the home of his sister, Katie Jones, 211 W. Claremont St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Wayne M. McKelvey
29-year employee of Beverage Air
INMAN – Wayne Mark McKelvey, 56, of 630 River Oak Road, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004.
Mr. McKelvey was the husband of Judy McKelvey of the home and son of Clarence McKelvey of Spartanburg and Mildred Matthews Bishop of Spartanburg. He was employed by Beverage Air for 29 years and was a member of Lake Bowen Baptist Church where he was a devoted worker with the two-year-olds during worship services. He was a native of Spartanburg County.
Also surviving are three daughters, Kristy McKelvey Lowe of Startex, Teri McKel-vey Thomas of Kings Mountain, N.C., and Jeri McKelvey Pack of Duncan; a sister, Thelma McKelvey Wilks of Spartanburg; three brothers, Leon McKelvey of Chesnee, James McKelvey of Spartanburg and Donnie McKelvey of Arcadia; and a half-brother, Hank Matthew of Elkhart, Ind.
Mr. McKelvey was preceded in death by a half-brother, Michael Dale McKelvey. He grew up living with aunts and uncles and one special aunt, Pearl McKelvey Lackey.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Lake Bowen Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Mark Williams and Wayne Wall. Burial will be in Rock Hill Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lake Bowen Baptist Church Harbor Town Building Fund, c/o 404 Sugar Ridge Road, Inman, S.C. 29349; or to Hospice, c/o 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs.

Robert B. Padgett
33-year employee of S.C. Law Enforcement Division
CHESNEE – Robert Braxton "Book" Padgett, 80, of 229 Sand Clay Road, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at his home.
A native of Rutherford County, he was the husband of Florrie Maynor Padgett and son of the late Raleigh and Maude Powell Padgett. He was a member of Chesnee Masonic Lodge No. 294 and a 33-year retired employee of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division, having worked with the Chesnee Police Department, Cowpens Police Department and the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Padgett was a member of Chesnee First Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Scott Jolley Sunday School Class.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Wood of Chesnee; two sons, Bennett Wall of Chesnee and David Wall of California; a sister, Moree Walker of Gaffney; a brother, Bonner Padgett of Forest City; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Chesnee First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Greg Mathis and the Rev. Kris Showen. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service. The body will be placed in the church at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Chesnee First Baptist Church, 211 S. Kentucky Ave., Chesnee, S.C. 29323.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Olin D. Johnson
Retired from Mid Atlantic Mechanicals
CHESNEE – Olin D. Johnson, 67, of 103 S. Florida Ave., died Monday, June 28, 2004.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Martha Walker Johnson and son of the late John Clarence and Essie Clark Johnson. He was retired from Mid Atlantic Mechanicals and was a member of Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church in Inman.
Surviving are two daughters, Norma Reynolds of Chesnee and Donna McSwain of Cowpens; two sons, Olin D. Johnson Jr. and Roger Johnson, both of Chesnee; two sisters, Mamie Center of Campobello and Lois Jenkins of Inman; a step-sister, Madge Bradley of Marion, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Calvin Nesbitt. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Sadie J. Kirby
Retired from Superior Laundry
Sadie J. Kirby, 75, of 103 Sparks St., widow of James Arthur Kir-by, died Wed-nesday, June 30, 2004, at 5:15 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medi-cal Center.
Daughter of the late Daniel Jefferies and the late Blanche Montgomery Jefferies, she was a native of Cherokee County and a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church. She was retired from Superior Laundry.
Surviving are seven daughters, K. Ross, Mary L. Kirby, Paula L. Kirby, Louticia Rodgers, Annie D. Kirby, Anita K. Greene of Gaffney and Hattie N. Kirby of the home; three sons, Rev. George A. Kirby Sr. of Blacksburg, Allen A. Kirby and William Kirby, both of Gaffney; four sisters, Rosezella Dover, Carrie Jefferies, Emma Houston and Louise Wilson of Gaffney; 24 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, L.V. Jefferies of Bridgeton, N.J., and Rochelle Jefferies of Gaffney.
Services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by Drs. Roger Manson and Larry J. Brooks and the Revs. Mary Jefferies and George Kirby. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Larry Jefferies, Nesbitt Jefferies, Terry Jefferies, Fleetwood Jefferies, Mark Dawkins and Kenneth Jefferies.
Flower bearers will be Christine Ross, Hettie Gregory, Novella Kelly, Joyce Jefferies, Ruby Kelly, Fairlene Fair, Lula Fair, Annie R. Houey, Hilda Houston, Belvar Studyvance, Marie Cunningham and Lettie Mayberry.
The family is at the home of Mary Kirby, 507 Stephenson St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Develard N. Syfrett
Florida native
BLACKSBURG – Develard Nepolian Syfrett, 90, of 418 Holly Ride Road, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Spring Creek, Fla., he was the widower of Beulah S. Syfrett and son of the late David Nathenial and Elizebeth Vickers Syfrett.
Surviving are a son, James Syfrett of Coco Beach, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Ronnie Tompkins of Blacksburg; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Syfrett was preceded in death by a daughter, Thelma Louise Spencer.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Family members will be at their respective homes.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service.

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