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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, August 27, 2004

Joda Staton
Retired from Musgrove Mill
COWPENS – Joda Staton, 84, of 401 Oakdale Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Rock Hill, he was the husband of Betty Jean Teal Staton and son of the late Joseph Staton and the late Dora Head Staton. He was retired from Musgrove Mill and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Jean Teal Staton of the home; a daughter, Louise Staton Owensby of Pacolet; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Clifton Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Mike Mcconnell.
The family is at the residence, 401 Oakdale Road, Cowpens.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Archie C. Ledbetter
Forklift operator
BLACKSBURG – Archie Clark Ledbetter, 59, of 898 S. Charleston St., died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Dennis Garland Ledbetter and the late Leona Elizabeth Gordon Ledbetter. He was retired from Food Processing Company as a forklift operator and was a veteran.
Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Lucille Sherron of Myrtle Beach and Endora (Little Bit) Nix of the home; brothers, J.R. Ledbetter, Dennis Ledbetter, Daniel Ledbetter, all of Gaffney, Horace Ledbetter of Blacksburg and Carl Ledbetter of Cowpens; sisters, Ettress White of Shelby, Doris Cobb, Sadie Butler and Sandra White, all of Gaffney, and Rosetta McDaniel of Kaser, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ledbetter was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Childers.
Visitation will be Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary.
The family is at the residence.

Fred L. Cooksey
U.S. Army Air Force veteran
Fred Loyd Cooksey, 82, of 163 Little Egypt Road, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, at his residence after an extended illness.
Born on May 11, 1922, in Gaffney, he was the son of the late N.E. and Dolly H. Cooksey.
Mr. Cooksey was a retired textile worker and service station operator. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army Air Force, serving his country gladly.
In addition to caring for his family, Mr. Cooksey was an avid gardener, growing bountiful fruits and vegetables and beautiful flowers, which he loved to share.
A member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, Mr. Cooksey loved his church family and appreciated all their continuing prayers, kindness and thoughtful acts of concern during his illness.
Mr. Cooksey was an humble, hardworking, dear husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Reba H. Cooksey; his daughters, Elaine Painter and Cathy Byars of Gaffney and Sue Harris of Cowpens; and sons, Donnie Cooksey of Spartanburg and Gerald Cooksey of Boiling Springs. Also surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Leoma and Robert Griffin, of Gaffney and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cooksey was predeceased by three brother, Charlie, Horace and Perry Cooksey, and two sisters, Lois C. Childers and Cornelia C. Moorehead.
In consideration of the exceptional care which they gave to Mr. Cooksey, honorary pallbearers are his sons-in-law, Paul Harris, Rodger Painter and Joe Byars. A special place of honor is also due to his older grandchildren and their families: Doug Painter, Brian and Dawn Harris, Donnie and Sara Beth David, Harold and Shelley Phillips, April Terry and Emily Harris, for the sacrificial help which they so willingly gave.
He is also survived by two young grandsons, Brenden and Jacob Cooksey; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa Johnston, Alex Davis, Brently Norman, Christina, Olivia and Eli Fred Harris; and two step-great-grandchildren, Shane and Harold Phillips.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by his pastor and grandson, Rev. Brian Harris. The family will receive friends from 1:45 to 2:45 preceding the service. Burial will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Serving as pallbearers will be Doug Painter, Harold Phillips, Donnie Davis, Larry Jones II, David Richardson, Tommy Cobb and Lonnie Patrick.
The family is at the home. They wish to thank Dr. G. Preston Edwards, Interim Health Care and Hospice Care of S.C. for their compassionate care and assistance.

Melrose E. West
Services for Melrose E. West, 98, formerly of West Buford Street, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Dunton United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. John Wesley Evans and Reginald Massey and Dr. Harold Wallace. Masonic interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at noon. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jessie G. Palmer
Gaffney native
Jessie Gene Palmer, 70, a resident of 1307 N. Centennial St., died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, at High Point (N.C.) Hospital.
Mr. Palmer was born in Gaffney, a son of Babylon and Malinda Wilkins Palmer, who both preceded him in death. He had resided in High Point since 1955 and was a retired employee of Snyder Paper Corporation. He was an active member of St. Stephen AME Zion Church, where he sang in the Inspirational Choir. He also sang with the Gospel Keys and the Emmanuel Harmonizers.
Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Christine J. Palmer, and a son, Derek L. Palmer, of the home. Other children include Jessie James Palmer, John Lewis Palmer, Charles Anthony Jumper, Raeford Jumper, Lee Jumper, Henry Jumper, Michael Jumper, Lilly Scott, Darlene Sturdivant, Carol McLean, Maxine Jumper and Brenda Pinnix; brothers, Billy Dean Palmer, Johnny Palmer, Jimmy Palmer and Dennis Palmer; sisters, Shirley Crosby, Vernel Robinson, Louise Thomas, Elma Cumberlander, Helen Smith and Lillian Smith; and a host of grandchildren, nieces nephews and cousins.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen AME Zion Church, conducted by the Rev. Mary B. Kendall. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park. Family visitation will be at the church Saturday at noon and other times at the residence as well as 915 Grant St.
Arrangements by Haizlip Funeral Home. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

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