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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Evelyn Batchelor
Retired cashier
LAURENS - Evelyn Merle Bradford Batchelor, 87, of No.1 Martha Franks Dr., died Monday, July 5, 2004, at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Harold Batchelor and daughter of the late Roy S. and Elsie Hawkins Bradford. She was a retired cashier for Roses Department Store and a member of First Baptist Church of Laurens. She formerly lived in Columbia where she attended Bayview Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Doris B. Dorman, Mary B. Adams and Frances B. Duncan.
Survivors include one sister, Shirley B. McSwain, of Laurens and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Stuart Kersey officiating.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to the Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center, No. 1 Martha Franks Dr., Laurens, S.C. 29360
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Geraldine Blanton
Services for Geraldine Blanton, 67, of 156 Pauls Road, were held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Buddy Moorehead. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Henry Harris, Rocky Ruppe, Roger Blanton, Ricky Martin, Richard Beatty and Gerald Yarborough.
The family is at the home of Cathi Martin, 154 Pauls Rd.

Worley Turner
Tennessee native
Worley A. Turner, 85, of 104 Saddle Drive, died Monday, July 5, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Newport, Tenn., he was born on Rocky Top Mountain. He was the son of the late Jasper and Laura Smith Turner. His family moved to Gaffney in the early 1920s. In 1942, he and his twin brother, Horace, went into business for themselves as saw and tool sharpeners. He loved hunting, fishing, target shooting and metal detecting.
In addition to his twin brother, Horace, of the home, he is survived by a sister, Mamie McCraw, of Peachtree Centre; a niece, Laura Turner, and nephew, Jimmy Turner, whom he helped raise and who both thought of him as a second father; a niece, Lisa Jenkins, whom he loved as a daughter. Also surviving are several other nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Turner was preceded in death by three brothers, Ike Turner, Jona Turner and Bill Turner, and a sister, Parilee Painter.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. Calvin Hall officiating.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at White Columns of Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home of Laura Turner, 131 Cheyenne Rd., Gaffney.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Winfred A. Elliott Sr.
Retired from textiles
BLACKSBURG – Winfred A. Elliott Sr., 73, of 109 Wren Way Road, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Hospice at Wendover in Shelby.
A native of Gaffney, he was retired from textiles and was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Gloria Jean Elliott and Sherry Arlene Elliott of Blacksburg; two sons, Winfred A. Elliott Jr. of Blacksburg and Jason Lewis Elliott of Shelby; a stepson, Jackie Barlow Elliott of Blacksburg; a brother, Elvin Elliott of Jasper, Fla.; three sisters, Connie Bonsor of Leesburg, Fla., Velma LeMaster of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Gloria Hamrick of Little River; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

John Wayne Barnhill
Self-employed auto mechanic
John Wayne "Big John" Barnhill, 66, of 522 Sixth St., died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, in Dorchester County.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Thomas Clarence Barnhill and the late Willie Opal Underwood Barnhill. He was a self-employed auto mechanic.
Surviving are three daughters, Jennifer Barnhill, Kristie Barnhill and Marie Foster, all of Gaffney; four brothers, Dewey Barnhill, Curtis Barnhill, Francis Barnhill, all of Gaffney, and Charles Barnhill of Baltimore, Md.; and four grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Judy Blanton, 447 Silica Springs Road.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Linda Gibson
Oklahoma native
Linda Ann Gibson, 50, of 1305 Asbury Road, died Monday, July 5, 2004.
A native of Heavenez, Okla., Linda claimed South Carolina as her home. She was the wife of William Henry Gibson and daughter of the late Lynn R. and Madeline McDaniel.
Mrs. Gibson was a 1972 graduate of Gaffney High School, a member of Goucher Baptist Church and was saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. She enjoyed swimming, fishing and planting flowers.
Also surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Jamie Gibson, Terri Gibson and Kelly Gibson, all of the home; a sister, Dr. Diana Mullis of Charleston; and two brothers, Mike McDaniel and Frances (Fran) Wayne McDaniel, both of Gaffney.
A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, July 8, at 4:30 p.m. at Goucher Baptist Church with Mr. Richard Sellars and the Rev. Lynn Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Duvall, Shane McDaniel, David Seals, Richard "Snake" Sellars, Jackie Wilkie, Michael Wilkie, Ricky Littleton and Mark Matheny.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at White Columns of Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Maude Jolley
Retired textile employee
CHESNEE - Maude D. Jolley, 88, of 208 Reynolds Drive, died Monday, July 5, 2004, in a local nursing home.
A native of Marshall, N.C., she was the widow of Herman W. Jolley and daughter of the late Camey Davis Sr. and the late Alice Norton Davis. She was a retired textile employee, a faithful member of Chesnee First Baptist Church and a devoted member of the VSP Club.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Deborah Anne Jolley, two sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Hunter of Moore; two sons, Bobby Joe Jolley and Winford L. Jolley, both of Chesnee; a sister, Virginia Anne Brown of Chesnee; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held today at 11 a.m. at Springhill Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Gary Grogan, Dr. Troy Gregg and the Rev. Preston Edwards.
The family is at the residence, 208 Reynolds Rd., Chesnee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chesnee First Baptist Church, Children's Playground Fund, 211 S. Kentucky Ave., Chesnee, S.C. 29323.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Webster L. Evans Sr.
Founder of Evans Tire Service
COWPENS – Webster Lawson Evans Sr., 88, of 310 Mayo Road, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at a local nursing home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Irene McGraw Evans and son of the late Alex and Mae Yelton Evans. He was founder of Evans Tire Service in Mayo and was a member of Mayo First Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Jr. Evans of Mayo; a sister, Connie Parham of Spartanburg; three brothers, Jim Evans, Harry Evans and Lawrence Evans, all of Cowpens; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mayo First Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Tom Baker and Larry Fleming. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. at the church just prior to the service.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Ruth I. Schumpert
Retired dental assistant
Ruth Isabell Schumpert, 75, of 523 W. Montgomery St., died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Ed Schumpert and the late Blanche Stroup Schumpert. She was a retired dental assistant and a member of Draytonville Baptist Church.
Surviving are a number of cousins.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service and at other times will be at the home of Madge and Barry Patterson, 357 College Drive.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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