common / 10-01-2004

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, October 1, 2004

Lyda Mae Dixon
Retired textile employee
BLACKSBURG – Lyda Mae Westmoreland Dixon, 77, of 322 Pearson St., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mrs. Dixon was the daughter of the late Branard Lamar Westmoreland and the late Wretha Ramah Bridges Westmoreland. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and a retired textile employee.
Surviving are three sons, Larry Gene Dixon, Roger Dale Dixon and Lynn Michael Dixon, all of Blacksburg; a daughter, Patricia Allen of Blacksburg; a sister, Billie Kathrine Grainger of Blacksburg; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Eric Sellers.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at the home of her son, Roger Dixon, 253 N. Cherokee Ford Road Ext., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Jerry E. Finch
Cowpens native
Jerry Eugene Finch, 65, formerly of Limestone Courts, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cowpens, he was the husband of Betty Ruth Phillips Finch and son of the late Howard Edward Finch and the late Annie Mae Fortune Finch. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sisters, Joyce Powell of Gaffney and Hazel Patton of Enterprise, Ala.; and two brothers, Norman Finch and Bobby Finch, both of Columbia.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Finch was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Crocker, and three brothers, John Finch, Carroll Finch and Ronnie Finch.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Powell. The family will receive friends following the service and at other times are at 517 E. Buford St.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Thomas H. Todd
Thomas H. Todd died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at his home in Daytona Shores, Fla..
A native of Abilene, Texas, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Todd. He was a graduate of Baylor University Law School in Waco, Texas, and was a retired attorney and judge in Arlington, Texas.
Mr. Todd served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force in the war.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Hughes Todd, of Daytona Shores, formerly of Cherokee County; a son, Thomas Hughes Todd of California; and a granddaughter.
Mrs. Todd is the sister of Polly Hughes Blanton of Sunset Drive in Gaffney.

Macie Bryant
Former employee of Hamrick's Mfg. in Jonesville
PACOLET – Mae "Macie" O'Bryant Bryant, 64, of 6661 Union Hwy., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, at her home after a long illness.
Born in Walhalla, on Sept. 18, 1940, she was the widow of James Arthur Bryant and daughter of Rosetta O'Bryant of Pickens and the late Wesley O'Bryant. She was formerly employed by Hamrick's Manufacturing in Jonesville and was a member of Jonesville Church of God.
Surviving in addition to her mother are three daughters, Debra B. Blackwell and husband, Roger, Rebecca B. Patterson and Tammy B. Simmons, all of Gaffney; a son, James A. Bryant Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, of Mayo; four sisters, Elizabeth, Margaret, Joan and Brenda, all of Pickens; three brothers, Hubert, Horace and Steve, all of Pickens; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jonesville Church of God, conducted by the Rev. Roger Byrd. Burial will be in Jonesville Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be David Harris, Harvey Davidson, Roger Blackwell, Jamie Patterson, Fredrick Patterson and Ricky Davis.
The body will be at Jonesville Church of God, where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-9.
Memorials may be made to Jonesville Church of God, 623 Forest St., Jonesville, S.C. 29353.
The family is at the home of her son, James A. Bryant Jr., 280 Foxfire Road, Mayo, S.C. 29368.
Arrangements by the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home. (www.Holcombe

Katherine B. Fisher
Spartanburg County native
COWPENS – Katherine Blanton Fisher, 80 of 325 Bud Arthur Bridge Road, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Buren and Millie Moss Blanton. She was the last living member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Fisher was a member of First Baptist Church of Cowpens.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, the Rev. Alfred Grayson Fisher; and two sisters, Doris Towery and Louise Blanton.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Larry Cook of Gaffney, Brenda and Bobby Dowis and Kathy and Tony Quinn, all of Cowpens; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel and at other times the family will be at the home of a daughter, Kathy Quinn, 1167 Old Johnson Road, Cowpens.
Please visit and participate in the American Memorial at
Arrangements by Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel.

Ernest Ellis Jr.
Government employee
Ernest Ellis Jr., 55, of Washington, D.C., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Nellie W. Littlejohn and the late Ernest Ellis Sr. He was a government employee.
In addition to his father, Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Ellis, and a sister, Margaret Ellis Mahogany.
Also surviving are two daughters, Arianne Ellis and Elisha Ellis, both of Washington; a brother, John Wayne Ellis of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Aquilla J. Littlejohn of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at Rollins Funeral Home, 4339 Hunt Place, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20019.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Margaret G. Hardin
BLACKSBURG – Margaret Goforth Hardin, 81, of 628 S. Charleston St., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Henry Hardin and daughter of the late John and Nannie Patterson Goforth.
The family is at the Upchurch home, 402 S. Charleston St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Blacksburg is in charge.

James T. Sarratt
Services for James Thomas Sarratt, 44, of 3109 Old Georgia Hwy., will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Fruit of the Spirit Church, 507 Cherokee Ave., with Pastor Patricia Clark Dawkins and the Revs. Elaine Field, Donald Montgomery and Hennson officiating. Burial will follow.
Pallbearers will be Michael Shippy, Russel Hughes, Lawrence Watkins, Daniel Shippy, Bernard Petty, Ricky Smith, Harold Fair and Larza Peeks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Trey Wilkins, Bruce Wilkins, Lee Wilkins, Bennie Littlejohn III, Bernard Jefferies, Ricky Fernanders, Jack Wilkins and Robert Marshall.
Flower bearers will be Lisa Bolton, Mildred Sue Shippy, Sandra Smith, Louette Martin, Diane Brannon, Candi Studyvance and Jonnie Huskey.
Honorary flower bearers will be Chineat Howell, Shelia Watkins, Trenia Wilkins, Ericka Wilkins, Queen Harris, Rosa Marshall and Eva Lee Byers.
The family is at the home of Rosa Wilkins, 618 S. Logan St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Frank A. Earl Sr.
Gaffney native
Frank A. Earl Sr. died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.
Born April 10, 1932, he was a native of Gaffney and son of the late Walker Earl and Mary Logan Earl. He was a graduate of Granard High School and enlisted in the Army during the Korean War. At one point during his three years of service, he was lost behind enemy lines for four days. After his military service, he attended and graduated from South Carolina State College, where he met and married Lynette R. Pinckney of Bamberg. He received his master's of science degree from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and furthered his education at the University of Maryland and the University of District of Columbia.
His first taught mathematics and industrial arts in McCormick and later taught in Washington, D.C. and Allendale. He was a professor at the University of the District of Columbia and a curriculum writer in mathematics and industrial education in the D.C. school system.
He was a real estate investor in Washington and its suburbs and in Bamberg. He returned to his roots after relocating to South Carolina by farming. He was a certified residential builder in South Carolina and built homes in Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties. He served as a commissioner for the S.C. Regional Housing Authority and was a zoning commissioner in Bamberg. He was recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service from church, civic, fraternal and education organization.
He was chairman of the deacon board at Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., and after relocating to South Carolina, he became a deacon at Thankful Baptist Church, where he also served as a Sunday School teacher, prayer meeting leader and Bible study director.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Frank A. Earl Jr. of Lindenhurst, Ill.; a daughter, Cynthia S. Earl-Young of Forestville, Md.; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held today at Thankful Baptist Church in Bamberg.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Shirley L. Pough
Cherokee County native
Shirley Faye Littlejohn Pough, 62, of 238 N. Green River Road, formerly of Columbia, , died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Cherokee County, she was a daughter of Minnie Lee Watkins Littlejohn of the home and the late Rochelle Littlejohn. She was a member of Suck Creek Baptist Church, a 1962 graduate of Foster Grove High School and a 1963 graduate of Waverly School of Beauty Culture, Columbia.
Mrs. Pough was founder and former Worthy Matron of Naomi Chapter 65 Order of the Eastern Star, Columbia. She was also a member of Mary E. Jones Amerantha Court, the Heroines of Jericho, Daughter of Isis and the Gospel Few Singing Group.
She was a retired employee of Craft Farrow Hospital, Columbia. Mrs. Pough was a foster parent for the SAFY Corporation.
Surviving are her mother, Minnie Littlejohn of the home; two brothers, Willie Lee Littlejohn of the home and Donnie Littlejohn of Shelby.; four sisters, Brenda Duncan of Chesnee, Maggie Studyvance and Dicy Crosby, both of Gaffney, and Mary Davis of Columbia; god children, Nickie Mosley of Greenville, Chris White of Columbia, Vincent Crosby of Gaffney.
Services will be Sunday at 3 p.m. in Suck Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Tony Macomson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will lie in state in the church on Sunday from 2-3 p.m.
The Gilmore Mortuary is in charge of services.

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