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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, August 30, 2004

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 exception 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 Davis, 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, Brentley Norman, Christian, 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.

Archie C. Ledbetter
Forklift operator
BLACKSBURG – Services for Archie Clark Ledbetter, 59, of 898 S. Charleston St. were held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Grady Gregory. Burial was in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Darren Ledbetter, Jerry Ledbetter, George Henderson, Chuck Bailey, Jonathan Bright and Marty Sharron II.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

David Frady
Employed by Fowler Electric Inc.
David Frady, 52, of 521 Sixth St., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Rev. Tommy Frady and the late Alice Lamb Frady. He was employed by Fowler Electric Inc. and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Melissa Smith and Crystal Wicks of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Larry Frady and Danny Frady, both of Gaffney; and a sister, Virginia Raushier of Spartanburg.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Larry Frady, 322 Morris Drive.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Thora W. Parris
Former employee of Cherokee County DSN
GAFFNEY – Thora White Parris, 81, a resident of Peachtree Centre, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Ray Harrill Parris and daughter of the late David and Maggie Martin White. She was a graduate of Limestone College and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She formerly served as a house mother with the Cherokee County Disabilities and Special Needs Board.
Surviving are two sons, Bruce Parris of Bedford, Texas, and Kevin Parris of Columbia; two daughters, Gail Wood of Gaffney and Jill Polhemus of Palm Bay, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Parris was preceded in death by a son, Eric V. Parris.
Arrangements will be announced by White Columns of Gaffney.

Dallas Peeler
Driver for Gaffney Cab Co.
Dallas Peeler, 61, of 204 Edgewater Drive, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Grace Peeler Peeler of the home and the late John Peeler. He was a taxi driver for Gaffney Cab Company and was a member of Park Hills Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Gaffney High School, where he was a member of the GHS football team in the early 1960s.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, Darrell Peeler of Gaffney; a daughter, Tammie Lester of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; four sisters, Imogene Thompson, Judy Peeler, Sandra Foxx, all of Gaffney, and Kathy Peeler of Atlanta, Ga.; and a brother, Kenneth Peeler of Gaffney.
Services will be held Tuesday 2 p.m. at Abingdon Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gaffney Cab Company.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, c/o Dallas M. Peeler Funeral Fund, P.O. Box 307, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Nancy M. Fowler
Spartanburg native
GASTONIA – Nancy Doris Mattox Fowler, 69, of 501 Downey Place died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at her residence surrounded by members of her family.
A native of Spartanburg, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Ernest Mattox and Cleola Abernathy Mattox. She was a homemaker and loving wife and mother. She graduated from Boiling Springs High School and Spartanburg School of Nursing and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca F. Creedmore of New Paris, Pa.; a son, Carl Franklin Fowler of Kings Mountain, N.C.; a daughter, Debbie F. Kinker of Lincolnton, N.C.; a sister, Nell Burnett of Spartanburg; a brother, Elbert E. Mattox Jr. of Mobile, Ala.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Franklin Fowler, and a sister, Mickey Via.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, conducted by the Rev. J. Houston Matthews III, Rector. Burial will be in Gaston Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Richard Creedmore, Russell Creedmore, Micah Kinker, Carl Fowler Jr. and Ty Withers.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, P.O Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C. 28054; or All Saints Episcopal Church, 1201 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia, N.C. 28054.
Arrangements by Caro-hers Funeral Home, Gastonia.

Betty T. Boleman
Cherokee County native
COWPENS – Betty Sarratt Turner Boleman, 79, of 123 W. Church St., died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at Magnolia Place in spartanburg.
Born in Cherokee County on Dec. 13, 1924, she was the daughter of the late J.E. and Lucille Jolly. Mrs. Boleman was the widow of the late Hiram Turner and also the widow of John Boyd Boleman.
Surviving are a half-sister, Sara Moore of Woodbridge, Va.; three nieces, Pam Evans, Sandra Duggins and Tonette Lavender of Cowpens; three nephews, Jim Sarratt Jr. and Tony Sarratt, both of Cowpens, and Charles Wilkinson Jr. of Woodbridge, Va.
Mrs. Boleman was preceded in death by two brothers, James W. Sarratt Sr. and E.W. Sarratt, and two sisters, Eunice Wilkinson and Lorene Sarratt.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney. Visitation will follow at the graveside.
Memorials may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, 225 Oakdale Road, Cowpens, S.C. 29330.
The family is at the home of her niece and nephew, Pam and Donnie Evans, 130 Maple St., Cowpens.
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Arrangements by Floyd's North Church Street Chapel.

Eli P. Parris
Served under Gen. George Patton in World War II
CHESNEE - Eli Pickney Parris died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, in Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care from complications resulting from an automobile accident on July 15, 2004.
A native of Spartanburg County and son of the late James Edgar and Hattie Wall Parris, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II with the Sixth Armored Tank Division under General George Patton. He was a lifelong resident of Chesnee and operated Parris Amusement Company and Parris Cafe until 1982. He was a member of American Legion Post 48 and Chesnee First Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Parris was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Thompson Parris; two daughters, Anita Elaine Parris Martin of Spartanburg and Harriett Parris Oliver Goodwin of Greenville; three grandchildren; two step-grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and five step-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Springhill Memorial Gardens, conducted by Dr. Troy Gregg and the Rev. Gary Grogan.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee.
The family is at the home.

Eunice P. Ramsey
Eunice Peeler Ramsey, 93, of 504 Railroad Ave., died today, Aug. 30, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Oscar Lee Ramsey and daughter of the late Charlie Peeler and the late Maggie Horton Peeler. She was a homemaker and member of New Pleasant Baptist Church.
Surviving are six daughters, Frances Inez Dobbins, Guynita Lopp, both of Gaffney, Louise Keenan of Chicago, Ill., Betty Jean Ammons of Ellenboro, N.C., Margaret Fowler of Cowpens and Mamie Ruffin of Gastonia; four sons, Clyde Ramsey of Decatur, Ala., Howard Ramsey, Hubert Ramsey and Eugene Ramsey, all of Gaffney; a sister, Lucy Morrison of Blacksburg; 29 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

William Hemphill Sr.
Retired concrete finisher
William Richard Hemphill Sr., 62, of 612 Kendrick St., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at 9:41 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Son of the late Leo McCluney and the late Bessie Bonner, he was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. He was a retired concrete finisher.
Surviving are his wife, Janet Hemphill of Gaffney; a son, William Richard Hemphill Jr. of Gaffney; three stepsons, Sam Davidson of Boston, Mass., James Watkins and Robert Watkins, both of Gaffney; three daughters, Teresa Hemphill, Sylvia Camp, both of Gaffney, and Kiesha Dowdle of Boston; a stepdaughter, Tia Davidson of Boston; a brother, Howard Rodger Reid of Gaffney; four sisters, Daisy Dover, Annie Sue Littlejohn, Rosa Webber, all of Gaffney, and Gail Elaine Avent of Washington, D.C.; 20 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Marion Littlejohn Jr.
Retired from CTC
Marion Hampton Littlejohn Jr., 55, of 101 Woodlawn Drive, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at 5 p.m. at his residence.
Son of Myrtle Ellis Littlejohn of Gaffney and the late Marion H. Littlejohn Sr., he was a native of Cherokee County and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retired employee of Cherokee Technological School and a 1967 graduate of Granard High School. He was a member of St. Peters Baptist Church in Grover, N.C.
Also surviving are his wife, Carrie McDowell Littlejohn of the home; two sons, Marion Littlejohn III of Mountain View, Calif., and Brian Keith Haywood of Sunnyville, Calif.; three daughters, Shawn Littlejohn of Atlanta, Kim Bristol of Gaffney and Sherry Harris of Spindale, N.C.; three brothers, Cleo Littlejohn, Larry Littlejohn, both of Gaffney, and Elliott Littlejohn of Rock Hill; five sisters, Dorothy McDowell of New York City, Mamie Jefferies, Sandra Littlejohn, both of Gaffney, Carrie Cindy Wallace of Durham, N.C., and Gwen Posey of Cowpens; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Dunton United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. John Wesley Evans, William Thompson and Darrell Smith and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and Dr. Harold Wallace. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Littlejohn, Quinton Jefferies, Jacquin Jefferies, Freddie Posey Jr., Justin Littlejohn, Robert Bolin and Larry T. Littlejohn Jr.
Flower bearers will be Angela Bolin, Toya Wallace, Shonda Desir, Twanda Foster, Bridgett Posey, Donna Smith and Sharon Jefferies.
Honorary pallbearers and flower bearers will be members of Granard Class of 1966.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Joe Frank Smith
Retired from Cherokee Finishing Company
Joe Frank Smith, 64, of 120 Lincoln Drive, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in Margaret R. Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, N.C.
Son of the late John C. Smith Sr. and the late Alberta Byers Smith, he was a native of Gaffney and was reared by his grandmother, the late Lucy C. Smith.
He was a member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church and had served as a Steward of the church. He was a 1958 graduate of Granard High School and a four-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from Spartanburg Mill, Cherokee Finishing Plant of Gaffney after 35 years of service.
Surviving are a son, Keith Smith of the home; two daughters, Karen Smith of Charlotte and Monet Means of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a brother, James Smith of Bridgeport, Conn.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, conducted by the Revs. Patricia C. Grant and Les Howard. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be members of the Granard High School Class of 1958.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Dawkins, Charles Knuckles, Vincent Scott and Bevin Carpenter.
Honorary flower bearers will be Joyce Dawkins, Cordelia Knuckles and Willie Mae Bonham.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Mary L. Dowling
GAFFNEY – Mary Lanford Whisonant Dowling, born in 1913 in Woodruff, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, in Radford, Va., where she had lived for the past 15 years.
Mrs. Dowling and her husband owned and operated Whisonant's Ladies Specialty Shop, a women's clothing store in downtown Gaffney from 1942 to 1976. She graduated magna cum laude from Limestone College in 1934 and won the general excellence award for being the most outstanding member of her class. She was elected state president of the S.C. PTA in 1956 and was chosen Clemson College Mother of the Year in 1958. The Business and Professional Womans Club of Gaffney, the Community Chest, the American Association of University Women and Cherokee County Gladiolus Society were among the many organizations which received the benefit of her organizational and leadership skills.
Mrs. Dowling sang in the choir and she taught Sunday School and Bible Studies at Limestone Presbyterian Church where she was a long-time member. She was a wonderful cook, an avid gardener, and her faith and her family were the centers of her life.
Mrs. Dowling was predeceased by her husbands, Clyde Webb Whisonant, who died in 1943, and J. C. Dowling Jr., who died in 1975; and one son, Joseph Smith Whisonant, of Greenville.
She is survived by one son, Robert Clyde Whisonant and his wife Brenda Dell Lark Whisonant, of Radford, Va.; and another daughter-in-law, Sylvia Haile Whisonant Yellen, of Greenville. She is also survived by five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her friend of many years, Sara Davidson.
Friends and family gathered at 3 p.m. Sunday to go to Oakland Cemetery, where a short graveside services was held. A celebration of her life was held at a memorial service at 3:30 p.m. at Limestone Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Dowling's memory may be made to Limestone Presbyterian Church, Gaffney.
Arrangements by DeVilbliss Funeral Home, Radford, Va.

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