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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, October 2004

Rev. Marshall L. Foster
Pastor of Buffalo Baptist Church
BLACKSBURG – The Rev. Marshall Lee Foster, 49, of 133 Bridges Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Cathy Harrill Foster and son of James Edward Foster and Margaret McAbee Foster of Gaffney. He was pastor of Buffalo Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are a son, Brad Edward Foster and his wife, Tiny Joy Foster, of Gaffney; a daughter, Marsha Foster Scruggs and husband, Rocky Scruggs, of Blacksburg; two sisters, Linda McDowell and Brenda Wyatt, both of Gaffney; and five grandchildren, Autumn Foster of Gaffney and Malachi, Hope, Joy and Bud Scruggs of Blacksburg.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Buffalo Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Phil Bryson and Bruce Price. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Eddie McCraw, Mike Bell, Don Turner, Jim Turner, Rodney Bryson, Stuart Floyd and Ray Hyatt.
Ministers will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at Buffalo Baptist Church and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Buffalo Baptist Church, 618 Old Buffalo Church Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Ronnie H. Fowler Sr.
Owner of Service Electric
Ronnie Hames Fowler Sr., 56, of 1857 Gowdeysville Road, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Brenda Gail Reynolds Fowler and son of the late James Wofford Fowler Sr. and the late Alma Louise Mabrey Fowler. He owned Service Electric for 20 years and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kimberly F. Horton of Spartanburg; two sons, Ronnie Fowler Jr. and Christian Fowler, both of Gaffney; a brother, James Wofford Fowler Jr. and his wife, Joann, of Gaffney; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at noon at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Charles Reynolds and Bob Finley.
Pallbearers were Billy Richards Sr., Abbie Fowler Sr., Lynn Mabrey, Steve Fowler, Chris Fowler and Jimmy Jackson.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Norma S. Epps
School teacher
CHESNEE – Sylvia Norma Swofford Epps, 68, of 415 Green Lake Road, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, at her home after a brief illness of cancer.
A native of Chesnee, she was the wife of William Owen Epps and daughter of Mary Wolfe Swofford and the late M.A. Swofford. She lived in Lithonia, Ga., for 40 years and was a school teacher and member of First Baptist Church of Lithonia.
Surviving in addition to her mother and husband are two daughters, Tami Lynn Conner of Richmond Hills, Ga., and Lauri Epps of Norcross, Ga.; two sisters, Shirley S. Wagstaff of Bandon, Ore., and Brenda S. Pitts of Spartanburg; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Epps was preceded in death by a brother, Perry A. Swofford.
The family will receive friends today from 10-11 a.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee. Graveside services will follow at 11 in Springhill Memorial Gardens with Dr. Jim Martin officiating.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Arthur B. Laughlin
Formerly employed by City Cab
Arthur Bruce (Pee Wee) Laughlin, 50, of 131 Marietta Road, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Ovid Fred Laughlin and the late Burty Mae Dover Laughlin. He was formerly employed by City Cab and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a brother, Fred Junior (Coot) Laughlin of Gaffney; two sisters, Barbara Ann Pierce and Shirley Elizabeth Ramsey, both of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Gregg Martin and Mr. Marshall Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Larry Patterson, Chad McAbee, Bobby Stroup, Jerry Byars, Roger Carr and John Sizemore.
A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the residence, where the family will receive friends.
Memorials may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, c/o Bruce Laughlin, P.O. Box 307, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Sarah C. Patterson
Homemaker
Sarah Coyle Patterson, 94, formerly of 333 Hamrick St., died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Johnny Patterson and daughter of the late D.M. Coyle and the late Mamie Queen Coyle. She was a homemaker and member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Shirley Sanders of Gaffney; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by a son, John Wilburn Patterson.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Dr. Wofford Caughman.
Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church Bus Fund, 204 W. O'Neal St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Eva T. Hull
Retired seamstress
COWPENS – Eva Thomas Hull, 93, of 235 South Pointe, formerly of 1123 Holly Grove Road, Blacksburg, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Hull was born in York County on Aug. 28, 1911, a daughter of the late William A. and Lula C. Jane Thomas. She was the widow of Carmie Hull and was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Blacksburg and a retired seamstress.
Surviving are a son, Johnnie Thomas of Cowpens; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. today at Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home, prior to the service. Cryptside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Heritage Memorial Gardens in Roebuck with the Rev. Anne Parrott officiating.
Family members are at their respective homes.
In remembrance of Mrs. Hull, memorials may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, the Building Fund, 105 S. Rutherford St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home.

Melanie Turner
Retired from U.S. Post Office
BATESBURG - LEESVILLE – Melanie Turner, 64, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004.
Mrs. Turner was born in Gaffney, a daughter of the late J.B. and Loucretia Petty Turner. She retired from the U.S. Post Office.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Ashley Buzhardt of Batesburg; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jackie Drake, Ian and Anna McKee, Justin and Deirdre McKee, all of Gaffney, and Damon and Terri Drake of Batesburg; a brother, George Burl Turner of Gaffney; and nine grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney, conducted by the Rev. Paul Olsen.
The family will receive friends at the Turner residence in Batesburg-Leesville from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Milton Shealy Funeral Home, c/o Melanie Turner Family, 115 N. Pine St., Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. 29006.
Arrangements by Milton Shealy Funeral Home.

Floyd D. Teal
Former millwright
COWPENS – Floyd Dean Teal, 66, of 161 Peaceful Valley Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Janelle Laughter Teal and son of the late Floyd Teal and the late Susie Blanton Teal. He was a former millwright worker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Gerald Teal and W.F. Teal, both of Cowpens; a daughter, Faye Pylman of Clifton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Teal was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Teal Powell, and two granddaughters, Julie Greer and Erica Powell.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 161 Peaceful Valley Road, Cowpens, any time Thursday.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 310-B Bennett Center Drive, Greer, S.C. 29650.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Claude Ellis
Retired from Kershaw County School System
BETHUNE – Services for Claude Byars Ellis, 78, will be held today at 11 a.m. at Bethune Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Cockrell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Born in Gaffney, Mr. Ellis was the son of the late Walton Edgar and Connie Byars Ellis and died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, in Kershaw County Medical Center. He retired from Kershaw County School System with more than 40 years as a teacher and was a member of Bethune Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a Mason. He enjoyed playing bridge in his spare time.
The Ellis family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m., in the church fellowship hall.
Surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Lee Ellis and his wife, Phayne, and Harold Delane Ellis and his wife, Doris, all of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials contributions in memory of Mr. Ellis may be made to the Bethune Baptist Church, P.O. Box 326, Bethune, S.C. 29009.
Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home, 210 E. Hilton St., Kershaw.

Jimmy C. Smith
Services for Jimmy Carl Smith, 55, of 215 O'Sage Drive, will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Dennis Smith, Roger Mason, David Smith, Gerard Smith, Freddie Smith and Evangelist Willie C. Kelly. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be L.D. Smith, Lamge Smith, Curtis Smith, Micheal Smith, Martin Smith and Billy Joe Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Edward Camp, Willie Tate, William Camp, Kevin Gaffney and Terry Wood.
Flower bearers will be Altheia Montgomery, Tomazine Pearson, Hilda Houston, Martha Watkins, Lenent Littlejohn, Annie Pearl Smith, Patti Wood and Tersa Smith.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Willie L. Wood Jr.
Services for Willie Lee Wood Jr. of Sumter will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Allen Temple C.M.E. Church in Gaffney, conducted by the Revs. Ervin L. Hannah Jr., Clifton Harris and Brenda Dawkins. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
The family is at the home of his parents, Willie and Pamela Wood, 602 Littlejohn St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Cynthia H. Mathis
Employed by Rutherford Hospital
CHESNEE – Cynthia Henderson Mathis, 48, of 512 Mahaffey Cooley Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at her home.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of James L. Mathis and daughter of Ray and Joann Smith Henderson. She was an employee of Rutherford Hospital Inc. as a Hematology/Coagulation Supervisor in the lab for 28 years. She was an active member of Cooley Springs Baptist Church, where she served as pianist for 25 years. She was predeceased by a daughter, Michelle Nicole Mathis.
Surviving are a son, James Daniel Mathis; stepdaughter, Anita Yelton of Hiddenite, N.C.; two stepsons, Scott Mathis of Rutherfordton, N.C., and Brad Mathis of Ellenboro, N.C.; maternal grandmother, Eva E. Smith of Chesnee; and five step-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Cooley Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. David Kite, Herb Garrett and Eric Yelton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee and at other times they will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Cooley Springs Baptist Church Music Fund, 950 Martin Camp Road, Chesnee, S.C. 29323.

Lois H. Henderson
Owner of Robin's Nest
CHESNEE – Lois Hayes Henderson, 69, of 750 Rutherfordton Hwy., died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at her home.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., she was the wife of Robert Edward Henderson and daughter of the late Robert Frank and Addie Elmore Hayes. She attended Limestone College, served as head librarian at Chesnee Branch Library for about 10 years and then opened the Robin's Nest, a chain of successful women's clothing stores. She was a member of Chesnee First Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Jill Greene of Chesnee; two sons, Dr. Michael Henderson of Chesnee and Dr. Hunter Henderson of Charlotte; two sisters, Shirley Causby and Joyce Keller, both of Morganton, N.C.; a brother, Don Hayes of Mt. Holly, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Chesnee First Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Gary Grogan and Drs. Herb Garrett and Troy Gregg. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee and at other times they will be at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Steve Greene.
Memorials may be made to Chesnee First Baptist Church, 211 S. Kentucky Ave., Chesnee, S.C. 29323.

D. Kenneth Falls Sr.
U.S. Army veteran
SMYRNA – David Kenneth Falls Sr., 75, of 4591 River Road, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at his home.
Born on Feb. 24, 1929, in York County ,he was the son of the late Andrel Z. Falls and the late Callie Martin Falls. He was a member of Broad River Baptist Church in Smyrna and was retired from Springs Industries after 30 years of service and the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier.
Mr. Falls was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Korea and was a deacon at Broad River Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Louise Hardin Falls; a son, David K. Falls Jr. of Smyrna; a daughter, Anne F. Keith of Smyrna; three brothers, Charles Falls of Kings Creek, Glen Falls of Kings Creek and Bob Falls of Eastover; three sisters, Polly F. Wilburn of Kings Creek, Bennie F. Spackhouse of Albany, Ga., and Jane Falls of Kings Creek; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Broad River Baptist Church in Smyrna, conducted by the Revs. Harry Bryant and Eddie Bolin. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8:30 at Bratton Funeral Home, 1455 Filbert Hwy., York.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 400 Percival Road, Columbia, S.C. 29206; American Lung Association, P.O. Box 1609, Columbia, S.C. 29202; or to Thornwell Presbyterian Home, 801 Musgrove St. Ext., Clinton, S.C. 29325.

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