common / 08-23-2004

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, August 23, 2004

Virginia E. Sanders
Retired from Hamrick's Inc.
Virginia Evans Sanders, 92, passed away Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at Autumn Care Nursing Home, Statesville, N.C.
Born in Clyde, N.C., on May 12, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Charles Randall and Rena Robinson Evans.
Virginia spent her formative years in Gaffney and married Woodrow W. Sanders in 1936. They spent their remaining married lives in Spartanburg and Gaffney. Virginia was an excellent seamstress. She was always designing and creating beautiful clothing for her family and friends. She retired from Hamrick's, Inc. as a fabric sales clerk. For many years she shared helpful sewing hints with her customers. At Hamrick's, Virginia developed close and dear friendshps with her fellow employees and her cousin, Edna Hamrick.
She was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church and First Baptist Church.
Virginia, known as Memaw by her family, was preceded in death by her brother, Charles (Buddy) Evans, loving sister, Elizabeth Littlejohn, and husband, Woodrow W. Sanders, all of Gaffney, and son, Charles E. Sanders of Spartanburg.
She is survived by her daughter, Frances S. Voliva and husband, Bobby, of Columbia, N.C.; son, Joseph L. Sanders and wife, Mary, of Statesville, N.C.; daughters-in-law, Gail Sanders and Eloise Dickson, both of Spartanburg; grandchildren, Charles E. Sanders II of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Louis R. Sanders and wife, Angie, of Greer, Virginia S. Staiger and husband, Andrew, of California City, Calif., Loretta S. Carbone and husband, Matt, of Statesville, James W. Sanders and wife, Gabriela, of Charlotte, N.C., Elizabeth V. Furlough and husband, David, of Columbia, N.C., Robert L. Voliva and wife, Aliki, of Chocowinity, N.C., Amie Lockhart and husband, John, of Charleston; and seven great-grandchildren, Louis, William and Austin Sanders, James and Gracie Staiger, Rachel Furlough and Joseph Carbone.
The family wishes to thank the staff to the East Wing of Autumn Care Nursing Home for all the care and love shown to Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation, 110 S. Dean St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral home handled the graveside service at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug 22, 2004.

Joe Dean Childers
Self-employed roofer
Joe Dean Childers, 47, of 1719 Burnt Gin Road, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Diane Childers Childers and son of Glennie Shell Childers and the late Roland Pittman Childers. He was a self-employed roofer and attended New Hope Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Samantha Childers of the home; two sons, Joshua Childers and Zachary Childers, both of the home; four brothers, Johnnie Childers, David Childers, Kenneth Childers and Bobby Childers, all of Gaffney; and a sister, Shirley Bailey of Union Mills, N.C.
In addition to his father, Mr. Childers was preceded in death by a brother, Danny Ray Childers.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Eddie Hughey
Drywall hanger
BLACKSBURG – Thomas Edwart "Eddie" Hughey, 39, of 126 Painter Lane, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Detrit, Mich., he was the son of the late Robert Lee Hughey Sr. and the late Hazel Beatrice Sessor Hughey. He was a drywall hanger.
Surviving are a son, Edward Blake Hughey of Blacksburg; a daughter, Ashley Dawn Hughey of Blacksburg; two brothers, Robert Lee Hughey Jr. of Blacksburg and Timothey Scott Hughey of Rockingham, N.C.
The family is at 733 Mullinax Circle, Blacksburg.
Arrangements are incomplete. Gordon Mortuary is in charge.

John J. Harris III
Artist, self-employed carpenter
RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. – John Joseph Harris III, 28, of 1973 Ken Miller Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004.
A native of Staton Island, N.Y., he was the son of Gerrie Gann Harris and John Joseph Harris Jr., both of Rutherfordton. He was an artist, a self-employed carpenter and a loving brother and son.
In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother, Kevin Harris of Rutherfordton; grandparents, George and Cathy Gann of Chesnee and Jack and Marcia Somers of Chesnee; and great-grandparents, Minnie O'Donnell of Spartanburg and Agnes Dellavalle of Chesnee.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Chapel in Chesnee, conducted by the Rev. David Burton. The eulogy was given by George Gann.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Jessie M. Painter
CHESNEE – Jessie Merle Painter, 82, of 7740 Parris Bridge Road, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born Jessie Merle Stewart on Feb. 21, 1922, she was raised in Gowensville, S.C., and was the daughter of the late Toy and Miller Smith Stewart. She was a homemaker and member of Arrowwood Baptist Church. Mrs. Painter worked with the small children at the church and she dearly loved them all. She was predeceased by a sister, Ruby West.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Eugene Painter, of the home; three sons, Donald Painter, Stewart Painter, both of Chesnee, and Carroll Painter; a sister, Estelle Miller of Laurens; four brothers, John P. Stewart of Greer, Boyce Stewart of Gowensville, Carroll Stewart of Greer and Arden Stewart of Greer; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Arrowwood Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Eddie cooper. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, S.C. 29304.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Louise B. Baines
Louise Becknell Baines, 86, formerly of Lipscomb Street, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of James Paul Baines and daughter of the late George F. Becknell and the late Bessie Hardin Becknell. She was a homemaker and member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Larry Baines of Columbia and Mickey Baines of Gaffney; three sisters, Pearl Day, Dorothy Martin, both of Gastonia, and Ruby Holland of Gaffney; and six grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Baines was preceded in death by two brothers, Buddy Becknell and George Becknell Jr., and a sister, Ruth Foster.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. George Fizer. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Mickey Baines Jr., Todd Baines, Preston Baines, Jim Holland Jr., Richard Baines and Chucky Sanders.
The family is at the home of her son, Mickey Baines, 113 Sheraton Loop, Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 467 Asbury Road, Pacolet, S.C. 29372.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Virlin R. Curtis
Virlin Ray Curtis, 71, of 206 Twin Bridge Road, died today, Aug. 23, 2004, at his home.
A native of Shelby, he was the widower of Eula Blackwell Curtis and son of the late Juanita Dixon Curtis of Mooresboro and the late John Curtis. He was retired from Eagles Construction Co. and was of the Baptist faith.
Also surviving are a special friend and caregiver, Norma Champion, of the home and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and father, Mr. Curtis was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Curtis.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Melrose E. West
Retired educator
Melrose Eugene West, 98, formerly of West Buford Street, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2003, at 12:10 a.m. in National Health Care Center, Greer.
Born in Cherokee Falls, he was the widower of Victoria Barnes West and son of the late Charlie West and the late Florence Whisanant West. He was a faithful member of Dunton United Methodist Church, where he was named Patriarch of the Church, church treasurer for 30 years, Sunday School superintendent, teacher, lay member to the annual conference, treasurer of the United Methodist Men and member of the Pastor-Parish Committee and Trustee Board.
He received a B.A. degree from Claflin College in 1934 and M.A. from New York University in 1954. For 36 years, he served in the Cherokee County schools as an instructor, assistant principal and principal in Gaffney and Blacksburg.
Mr. West was a mines sweeper in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Returning to civilian life, he was a statistical clerk in foreign trade with the Department of Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. His involvement included Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Boy Scouts, Boys Club, National Teachers Association, Limestone Masonic Lodge No. 117, Cherokee Consistory No. 267 and Tamin Shrine Temple No. 155.
Surviving are a son, James Renaurd West Sr. of Greer; three grandchildren, Deanna W. Torrence, Victoria Fulton and James R. West Jr.; seven great-grandchildren; and a niece who was reared as a daughter, Cora Justine Murphy, of Rhode Island.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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