common / 07-16-2004

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, July 16, 2004

Flora B. Sams
Retired from Cone Mills
Flora Blake Sams, 71, of 521 W. Montgomery St., Apt. 17, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems.
Mrs. Sams was the daughter of the late John Henry and Bessie Greenway Blake. She was a retired weaver from Cone Mills in Greensboro, N.C., and was a member of Silica Springs Baptist Church in Gaffney. The Because He Lives Group of her church was a special blessing to her. Mrs. Sams was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by a daughter, Jerri Lynn Johnson of Gaffney; a son, Richard E. Blake of Spartanburg; three grandchildren, Becky Johnson of Spartanburg, Pete Johnson of Chesnee and Cindy Smith of Grey Court; and two special friends, Doris J. Henderson and Della Rector, both of Gaffney.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel B. Reid and Vera Childress, and two brothers, Charles Blake and James Blake.
Graveside services will be held today, July 16, at 4 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Park, conducted by the Rev. Lynn Ford.
Memorials may be made to Silica Springs Baptist Church, P.O. Box 867, Pacolet, S.C. 29372.
The family is at the daughter’s home, 164 Goforth Drive, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Bobo Funeral Chapel, 1860 Cannons Campground Road.

Charles M. Fowler
Employed by Fowler Electric
Charles Michael Fowler, 54, of 501 Hamrick St., died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
He was the husband of Janice Gail Adams Fowler of the home and son of Paul R. and Louise Buice Fowler. A native of Cherokee County, he was a member of Southside Baptist Church and a member of the BPOE Lodge No. 1305. He was employed by Fowler Electric.
Also surviving are two sons, Justin Fowler of Gaffney and Joseph Garrett of Murphy, N.C.; four daughters, Angela Carroll and husband, Robert L. Carroll Jr., of Gaffney, Stephanie Self of Laurens, Stephanie Garrett and Jessica Garrett, both of Murphy; one grandchild, Leah Paige Carroll; and a brother, Phillip R. Fowler of Gaffney.
The family will receive friends at both the funeral home and the home of his parents, 310 Rogers St., Gaffney, from 6-8 p.m. today.
A graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Bobby Cable.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Fowler, Abie Fowler, Tim Fowler, Billy Fowler, Perry Buice and Robert Carroll Jr.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Essie W. Manning
Retired laundry employee
Essie Mae Williams Manning, 84, of 510 Thompson St., Brookview HealthCare Center, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at 1:30 a.m. at Brookview.
Daughter of the late Wylie Gist Sr. and the late Susie Poole Gist, she was a native of Union County and widow of Giles Manning Sr. She was first married to the late Clarence Williams.
Mrs. Manning was a member of Dunton United Methodist Church and was a retired laundry employee.
Surviving are a son, Bobby Williams of Lancaster; a stepson, Billy Manning of Charlotte; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Dunton United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. John Wesley Evans. Burial will be in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
The family will receive friends Monday from 1:30-2 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be members of Dunton United Methodist Men and flower bearers will be members of Dunton United Methodist Women.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Ernestine F. White
Retired from Limestone Mill
Ernestine Fowler White, 73, of Apt. 42, Beltline Courts, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Charlie White and daughter of the late Ernest Fowler and the late Clara Crocker Fowler. She was retired from Limestone Mill and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are daughters, Denise Collins, Phyllis Bailey and husband, Gary, all of Gaffney, and Vicky Spencer of Woodruff; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Bloomer of Toledo, Ohio; and two sisters, Betty Yeargin and Pat Osteen, both of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. White was preceded in death by two brothers, F.M. Fowler and Sonny Bloomer, and a son-in-law, Ronnie Collins.
Pallbearers will be Chris Stone, Tony Stone, Tony Allison, Chuck Bailey, Wayne Bailey, Clay Collins, Michael Allman, Lee Allman and Timmy Allison.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Denise Collins, 1108 E. Frederick St., Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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