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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Catherine M. Strain
Homemaker
ANDERSON – Catherine Moore Strain, 87, of 2301 Lindale Road, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at Hospice House.
Born on May 23, 1917, in Gaffney, she was the wife of Edward Hood Strain of the home and daughter of the late Yates Moore and the late Velle Reece Jones Moore. She was a homemaker and member of First Presbyterian Church of Anderson.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Edward Rogers Strain Sr. of Anderson; two daughters, Joyce Ann Poole of Gaffney and Velle Reece Garrison of Sandy Springs; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Strain was preceded in death by a number of brothers and sisters.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, conducted by Dr. B.E. Pettit. Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
The body is at the McDougald Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends today from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The family is at the residence.
Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, S.C. 29621; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Thora W. Parris
Former house mother with Cherokee 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.; two brothers, Furman M. White of Lexington and Manuel E. White of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Parris was preceded in death by a son, Eric V. Parris.
Services were held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, conducted by Bishop Manfred Martin. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. The family will return to the church to receive friends immediately following the interment service.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Eunice P. Ramsey
Homemaker
Eunice Peeler Ramsey, 93, of 504 Railroad Ave., died Monday, 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; Rene Dailey who was raised as a daughter; 29 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence Peeler, Otto Peeler and J.C. Peeler, and a sister, Flossie Ruppe Murdoch.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by Dr. Ed McAbee. Burial will be in New Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be David Martin, Jerry Martin, Chase Martin, Roger Ramsey, Ricky Ramsey and Edward Dean Keenan.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

William Hemphill Sr.
Services for William Richard Hemphill Sr., 62, of 612 Ken-drick St., will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church in Blacksburg, conducted by Dr. Larry J. Brooks and the Revs. Ruby Miller, L.C. Roberts, Adrienne Jamison and Michael Hull. Burial will be in Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Eric Coleman, John Morris, John Funderburk, Ronald Hollis, John Phillips and DaBian Robertson.
Flower bearers will be Judy Choice, Mary Ann Coleman, Anita L. Conley, Nellie Smith, Lillie Brannon Dukes and Delphine Wood.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Marion Littlejohn Jr.
Services for Marion Hampton Littlejohn Jr., 55, of 101 Woodlawn Drive, will be held today at 4:30 p.m. at Dunton United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. John Wesley Evans, William Thompson, Darrell Smith and Drs. J.W. Sanders Sr. and 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, Larry T. Littlejohn Jr. and Sundan Wallace.
Flower bearers will be Angela Bolin, Toya Wallace, Shonda Desir, Twanda Foster, Bridgett Posey, Donna Smith, Sharon Jefferies and Samantha Littlejohn.
Honorary pallbearers and flower bearers will be members of the Granard High School Class of 1966.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Joe Frank Smith
Services for Joe Frank Smith, 64, of 120 Lincoln Drive, will be held today 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 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.

Sara D. Godfrey
Retired from Cone Mills
Sara Davis Godfrey, 100, of 263 Joy Dale Lane, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of William Edward Godfrey and daughter of the late Jim Davis and the late Sally Waters Davis. She was retired from Cone Mills and was a homemaker and loving mother. She was the oldest member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Jim E. Godfrey of Mooresboro, N.C.; five daughters, Joyce Martin, Kay Bolf, Jackie Crawford, Frances Martin, all of Gaffney, and Pat Miller of Pauline; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Godfrey was preceded in death by a son, Derek R. Godfrey; a great-granddaughter, Jana Miller; three brothers and three sisters.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Mike Frazier, Dennis Hester and Greg McVey. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons – Greg Miller, Rodney Martin, Jeff Martin, Lee Martin, Ritchie Crawford, Stephen Bolf, Scott Bolf and Ryan Godfrey.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 502 Buck Shoals Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Annie Stropnicky
Katie Stropnicky
Yaro Stropnicky
GAFFNEY – Annie Butler Humphries Stropnicky, 94, died May 14, 2004; Katie Lorene Humphries Stropnicky, 90, died Jan. 7, 2004; and Yaro Stropnicky, 93, died Nov. 17, 2002, all in Midwest City, Okla.
The sisters, Annie and Lorene, were natives of Gaffney, daughters of the late James Jackson and Jessica Surratt Humphries, who grew up in the Providence Baptist Church. Mr. Stropnicky was a native of Poland.
Their only survivor is a sister, Helen Gould Humphries Thomason, of Gastonia.
A committal service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Gaffney, conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Cox and Dr. Henry C. Thomason Jr.
Mclean Funeral Directors of Gastonia, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel W. Huskey
Cherokee County native
Hazel Ward Huskey, 79, a resident of Peachtree Centre, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Melvin Huskey and daughter of the late Posey and Nannie Hambree Ward. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blacksburg.
Surviving are a sister, Dorothy Seigler of Gaffney.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Huskey was preceded in death by a sister, Hattie Fergerson, and a brother, J.D. Ward.
A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Chris Church and James Price.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Sue P. Simmons
Anderson County native
COLUMBIA – Sue Pressley Simmons, 97, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, at the Jane Bruce Guignard Healthcare Center, S.C. Episcopal Home at Still Hopes.
Mrs. Simmons was the widow of George Garland Simmons and was born Feb. 14, 1907, in Anderson County, a daughter of Samuel Eugene Pressley and Sarah Jane Boyd Pressley.
Mrs. Simmons spent her early life in Greenville and attended Greenville Woman’s College (which later became part of Furman University). Most of her adult years were spent in Spartanburg, where she was a member of Central United Methodist Church, Spartanburg Country Club, Piedmont Club, The Book Review Club and several bridge clubs. She was an active volunteer at Spartanburg Day School and the American Red Cross. For the past 14 years, Mrs. Simmons resided at Still Hopes, where she was a member of Trinity Cathedral.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Simmons Aiken of New Bern, N.C., Jane Simmons Painter and Robert H. Painter Jr. of Gaffney, Mary Ann Simmons Heath and J. Cantey Heath of Columbia; one son and daughter-in-law, George E. Simmons and Sabie Moorer Simmons of Columbia; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Simmons was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Hovey E. Aiken Jr.; three sisters and one brother.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Still Hopes. The family will receive friends in the Garden Room immediately following the service. The burial will be at 4 p.m. in Spartanburg at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Kanuga Conferences Inc., P.O. Box 250, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793-0250; or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel.

Margaret H. Morris
Homemaker
Margaret Hill Morris, 76, of 117 Kents Trail, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg, she was the widow of Paul E. Morris Sr. and daughter of the late Ben Hill and the late Rita Bradley Hill. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are five sons, Benny E. Morris of Gaffney, Kenneth and wife, Dolores, Morris of Gaffney, Paul E. Jr. and wife, Brenda, Morris of Gaffney, Eugene Lee Morris and wife, Debra Dial, of Gaffney, and Archie L. and wife, Gracie, Morris of Kings Mountain, N.C.; three sisters, Doris Cothran of Spartanburg, Evelyn Williams and Gladys “Boots” Mullinax, both of Gaffney; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by two grandchildren; a daughter, Vickie Jean Morris; and two brothers, Lee Hill and Wade Hill.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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