common / 10-22-2004

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, October 22, 2004

Jennie Truluck
Retired teacher’s assistant
Virginia "Jennie" Smith Truluck, 74, wife of Richard Wilson Truluck of 4020 Union Hwy., died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at her home.
Mr. and Mrs. Truluck had been married for 55 years. She was the daughter of the late Eugene and Ruth Lavender Smith and was retired from the Cherokee County School District as a teacher's assistant. For many years she worked for Dr. Leta White. She was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Deborah Rukat and husband, Joe, of Walhalla and Laura Martin and husband, Phillip, of Gaffney; four grandchildren, Kathryn Rukat of Myrtle Beach, Laura Ann Rukat of Clemson, Bethany Martin and Richard Martin of Gaffney; and three sisters-in-law, Nadine Smith of Lockhart and Carolyn Smith and Esther Truluck of Gaffney.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Truluck was preceded in death by a sister, Sue Smith Melton, and two brothers, Bob Smith and Dan Smith.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at White Columns of Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home.
Pallbearers will be Jack Jolly, Bennie Clary, Bill Miller, Dane Smith, Dennis Truluck and Jimmy Randolph.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Horizon Sunday School Class and the Wilson Truluck Sunday School Class of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, 805 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Hospice Care of S.C., 1612 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Irmgard Kirchner
Germany native
Irmgard Kirchner, 69, of Osnabrück, Germany, passed away on Oct. 19, 2004. She was the wife of Willie Kirchner, also of Germany.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Eddie Moore of Blacksburg; two other daughters, Carmen Weber and Manuela Weber, both of Germany; a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Kordula Weber of Germany; a sister, Lieselotte Hanson of Maryland; three grandchildren, Marcus Moore of Blacksburg and Yanik and Kira Weber of Germany; and one great-grandchild, Melanie Moore of Blacksburg.
A private memorial service was held Oct. 21, 2004, in Germany.
Family members are at their respective homes.

Sally Ann McGraw
Sister of Gaffney resident
CARTHAGE, N.C. – Sally Ann McGraw, 55, of Carthage, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, in First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
Born in Canton, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Robert Wentworth and the late Pauline Morrow Wentworth. She graduated from Glenwood High School in Canton and attended the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. She was a member of the United States Equine Rescue League and contributions in her name may be made in lieu of flowers to USERL Memorial, P.O. Box 52, Kernersville, N.C. 27285.
She is survived by her sons, Michael C. McGraw of Rosedale, N.Y., and Christopher S. McGraw of Tampa, Fla.; and her sister, Nancy Davis of Gaffney.
A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Southern Pines, conducted by Dr. Glen Miller. Burial will be in Canton, Ohio, at a later date.
Arrangements by Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

Richard T. Wilcox
Co-owner and operator of Pinecone Campground
Richard Tague Wilcox, 74, of 102 Desert Primrose Place, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at 550 Houston St., Spartanburg.
A native of Chicago, Ill., he was the widower of Katarine Anne Allen Wilcox and son of the late Francis Bradford Wilcox and the late Laura Beatrice Wilcox.
Mr. Wilcox was co-owner and operator of Pinecone Campground, formerly Safari Campground. He was retired from The Timken Company and worked for Goodyear Aerospace in Akron, Ohio. He was a member of the Lions Club and coached baseball at the YMCA and the County Recreation Department. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and a U.S. Army veteran of Korea.
Surviving are five daughter, Barbara Anne Ryan, Katie Spencer, both of Gaffney, Beverly Beatrice Wilcox of Knoxville, Tenn., Peggy Wilcox and Betsy Wilcox, both of Spartanburg; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Wilcox was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles Schmalzl.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, conducted by Father Gordon Hamilton.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 3-5 p.m. at the church and at other times they will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home of Grace Interim Hospice, 775 Spartanburg Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Bertha S. Duckett
Retired nurse’s aide
Bertha Floral Spencer Duckett, 80, of 808 Ninth St., died today, Oct. 22, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Health Care System.
A native of Gaffney, Mrs. Duckett was the widow of Jerry Pittman Duckett and daughter of the late Columbus Lume Spencer and the late Virgie Parker Spencer. She was a member of Cornerstone Church and was a retired nurse’s aide.
Surviving are two sons, Buford Phillips and Belton Phillips, both of Gaffney; a daughter, Dianne Phillips of the home; two brothers, Otis Spencer and Freddie Spencer, both of Gaffney; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Duckett was preceded in death by two brothers, William Spencer and Floyd Spencer; and three sisters, Christine Stanford, Ethel Moore and Cindy Spencer.
The family is at the home of a son, Buford Phillips, 809 Ninth St.
Arrangements are incomplete. Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg, is in charge.

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