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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, October 11, 2004

Freddie McCallum
Retired educator; former Director of Alumni Affairs at Limestone College
WHITE ROCK – Services for Freddie Laird McCallum, 92, of the Lowman Home, will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Laird-McCallum Scholarship Fund, Limestone College, 115 College Drive, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
Mrs. McCallum, widow of William Roger McCallum, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004. Born in Pelion, she was a daughter of the late Jacob Henry and Annie Cupstid Laird. She was a member of Park Street Baptist Church, having been active in teaching children in Sunday School and as director of the adult Sunday School Department.
Mrs. McCallum received a bachelor of arts degree from Limestone College and master of education degree from the University of South Carolina. An educator for 38 years, she was a teacher and principal in Richland School District One, Forest Jackson Elementary School, and in Lyman. She was a member and president of the richland County Education Association, local and state Association for Childhood Education, Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teachers’ society and Kappa Kappa Iota national teachers’ society.
Mrs. McCallum was a former member of the South Carolina Education Association, National Education Association, South Carolina Principals Association, National Elementary Principals Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Columbia Pilot Club and American Association of University Women.
After retirement from education, she became Director of Alumni Affairs at Limestone College. She served as president of the Columbia Alumni Chapter and the Limestone College Alumni Association, She was a charter member of the Fountain Club at Limestone. She received many honors, including being listed in the Edition of Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans, Who’s Who in America, Distinguished Limestone Alumni Award, selected as Lyman Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and received the Distinguished Educator Emeritus Award from Upsilon Sate Kappa Kappa Iota.
Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.

Dr. Mark J. Poole
Dr. Mark J. Poole, 51, of 328 Furnace Road, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004.
Dr. Poole was the husband of Rebecca F. Poole of the home and son of Malinda Black Poole of Gaffney and the late Dr. Edgar Morgan Poole Sr.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Gaffney is in charge.

Justin C. Alexander
BLACKSBURG – Infant Justin Cody Alexander of 206 E. Clairborne St., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Son of Bobby Joe Alexander Jr. and Heather Nicole Thomas of Blacksburg, he was born in Spartanburg.
Surviving in addition to his parents, are a sister, Sarah Brooke Alexander of the home; a brother, R.J. Vinesett of the home; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Ellen Thomas of Gaffney; and paternal grandparents, Bobby Alexander Sr. of Smyrna and Teresa Alexander of Kings Mountain, N.C.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by Elder Thomas Jackson.
The family is at 148 Maddox Road, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Louise R. Dover
Retired from Timken
SMYRNA – Louise Richards Dover, 66, of 1374 McGill Hwy., died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg.
Mrs. Dover was the wife of Roy C. “Spook” Dover of the home and daughter of Kelly Scates Richards of Blacksburg and the late Carl Richards. She was retired from Timken.
Surviving are three sons, Robert Eugene Cooksey, James S. Cooksey and Jerry W. Cooksey, all of Blacksburg; two daughters, Teresa C. Ramsey and Cathy C. Horne, both of Blacksburg; two brothers, Howard Richards and Gary Richards, both of Blacksburg; five sisters, Ola R. Pelzer, Brenda R. Smith, both of Blacksburg, Bobby R. Tessner of Shelby, Florence R. Owens and Sandra R. Owens, both of Gaffney; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Dover was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Richards.
Cryptside services were held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, conducted by the Rev. Gregg Martin.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Robert L. Blakley
Truck driver
LANCASTER, Pa. – Robert L. Blakley, 73, of 1321 Shreimer Road, Apt. 7, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, in the emergency room of Upstate Carolina Medical Center after being taken ill while driving his truck.
Husband of Doris Mitchell Blakley, he was the son of the late Allen Bair and the late Hattie Blackley and was born on July 4, 1931, in Greensboro, N.C. He was an 18-wheel truck driver.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Rickey Mitchell, of Lancaster, Pa.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Lester L. Petty Jr.
Cleveland County native
Lester L. Petty Jr., 50, of 409 Browning St., died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at 2:55 a.m. at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was a son of Lester L. Petty Sr. and Troy Littlejohn Petty and a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church. He was last employed by the Board of Education in Newark, N.J.
Also surviving are two sons, Al Tajuan Petty of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Lester Jamer Petty of Connellville, Pa.; a sister, Shirley Roberson of East Orange, N.J.; five brothers, Larry Littlejohn, Alfred Petty, both of Gaffney, Charles Petty of Hopatrong, N.J., Roy Petty of East Orange, N.J., and Elliott Petty of Newark, N.J.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Shirley W. Humphries
Retired from Progress Lighting
COWPENS – Shirley Wilson Humphries, 69, of 491 Island Creek Road, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Spartanburg, she was the wife of Richard C. Humphries of the home and daughter of the late Robert and Naomi Bishop Wilson. She was retired from Progress Lighting Company with 20 years of service and was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Humphries was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who cared deeply for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary W. Seay.
Also surviving are a daughter, Susan Benfield of Inman; a son, Richard L. Humphries of Chesnee; two sisters, Angie W. Turner of Spartanburg and Peggy W. Hayes of Mayo; a brother, Bobby R. Wilson of Spartanburg; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Springhill Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. George Holland. The family will receive friends Tuesday just prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee.
The family is at the home.

Lynn O. Ellis
Building inspector for Cherokee County
Lynn O’Brian Ellis, 55, of 715 W. Floyd Baker Blvd., died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Charlcia Painter Ellis and son of the late Forest Dean Ellis and the late Jacqueline “Jackie” William Ellis. He was a building inspector for Cherokee County and attended East Gaffney Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a Mason and member of Lodge No. 186 AFM.
Mr. Ellis was an avid golfer and fisherman.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Gina Lynn Ellis of Gaffney; a grandson, Tristan O’Brien Ellis of Gaffney; four brothers, Jack D. Ellis, Paul Ellis, Mike A. Ellis and Barry Ellis, all of Gaffney; and a sister, Kathy Ellis-Fowler of Gaffney.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel with burial in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers will be his brothers.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home of his daughter, Gina Lynn Ellis, 722 Union St.
Memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Macie R. Ramsey
BLACKSBURG – Macie Richardson Ramsey, 75, of 1121 S. Charleston St., died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby, N.C.
Mrs. Ramsey was the wife of Paul Ramsey of the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Blacksburg is in charge.

Louise S. Coyle
Retired ceramics instructor; owner of Louise’s Ceramic Shop
Louise Stacy Coyle, 81, formerly of 506 Sixth St., (Wildcat Hollow), died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Logan P. Stacy and the late Lula McSwain Stacy. She was a retired ceramics instructor and owner and operator of Louise's Ceramic Shop.
Louise touched people of all ages through her ceramics work and also taught oil painting. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a son, Doug Coyle, of South Dakota and one grandson, David Todd Coyle, and Phyllis of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Sidney Norton.
The family is at the home of David Coyle and Phyllis, 130 Sheraton Loop.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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