2004-11-12 / Obituaries

Carl F. Melton

Retired from Gaffney Mfg.

Carl F. Melton, 78, of 1010 South Limestone Street, died Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at his home.

A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Vivian Davis Melton and son of the late William B. Melton and the late Minnie Joanna Price Melton. He was retired from Gaffney Manufacturing Company after 47 years of service and attended Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church. Mr. Melton was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Sherry Mesimer and husband, Dale, of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; and Sandy Melton of Woodstock, Ga.; a son, Rhett Melton and wife, Grenelda, of Gastonia, N.C.; four grandchildren, Daniel Mesimer, Eric Mesimer, Justin Melton and Tyler Melton; and a sister, Madge Martin of Belmont, N.C.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Melton was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

The family will receive friends today from 10-11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home. Services will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. Burial will be private.

Pallbearers will be Carl Martin, Brad Phillips, Gene Phillips, George Price, Brian Turner, Jim Wright, Terry Spencer and David Vassy.

The family is at the residence.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 310-B Bennett Center Drive, Greer, S.C. 29650.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lois Morgan Gettys

Homemaker

Lois Morgan Gettys, 92, formerly of 122 Gettys Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at Peachtree Centre.

A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of William Arthur Gettys Sr. and daughter of the late Rhett Morgan and the late Junie Huskey Morgan. She was a homemaker, member of Grassy Pond Baptist Church and the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are four grandchildren, William Milan Gettys, Tony Madison Gettys, Gay Gettys Guthrie, Lorrie Gettys Morris, all of Gaffney; and eight great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Gettys, Kristin Gettys, Samantha Gettys, Marc Gettys, David Gettys, Callie Guthrie, Kale Guthrie and Mac Morrow.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Gettys was preceded in death by a son, William Arthur Gettys Jr.; an infant son, Tony Gettys; an infant daughter, Gloria Gettys; two brothers and six sisters.

Graveside services were held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Dr. Roger Aycock.

Pallbearers were Lynn McCraw, Donnie Morgan, Jack Morgan, Leonard Hughey, Bobby Scruggs, Mac Morrow, Jeffrey Gettys and David Gettys.

The family is at the home of her daughter-in-law, Margaret Gettys Robbs, 1258 Robbs School Road.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 1612 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or Grassy Pond Baptist Church Building Fund, 254 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Thomas W. Mayo

Washington, N.C., native

GREENVILLE - Thomas W. Mayo, 68, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, in Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Washington, N.C., and a National Guard veteran, he was the widower of Myrrha James Mayo and son of the late Ben and Susie Mayo. He was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are four children, Gwen Collins of Brazil, Lynn Kruger of Broadway, N.C., Ben Mayo of Earl, N.C., and Wayne Mayo of Gaffney; 14 grandchildren; and a brother, Gene Mayo of Pensacola, Fla.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Greenville Memorial Gardens, conducted by Pastor Harold Underwood.

Arrangements by Greene Funeral Service, West Chapel, Gastonia, N.C.

Wallace M. Phillips

Retired from Limestone Mfg.

Wallace M. Phillips, 78, of 204 Ninth St., died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at his residence.

A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Cline G. Phillips and the late Annie Mae Fowler Phillips. He was retired from Limestone Manufacturing Company after 30-plus years of service and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Lana Kay Erwin and husband, Larry, of Gaffney and Janice Rebecca Peeler and husband, Eddie, of Mooresboro, N.C.; two grandchildren, Monica Maria Anthony of Shelby and Matthew Edward Peeler of Cliffside, N.C.; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Ellen Wallace of Gaffney, Elizabeth Whitlock and Dorothy Martin, both of Spartanburg; and a brother, Olin Ray Phillips, of Gaffney.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Paul Noe and the Revs. Warren Fowler and Stuart Kersey.

Pallbearers will be Tim Spencer, Toney Spencer, David Phillips, Patrick Phillips, Kevin Phillips, Jerry Wallace, Matthew Peeler and Allen Anthony.

The family is at the home of Lana Erwin, 620 11th St., Gaffney.

Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Victory Campaign, 1508 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ernest C. Garner

World War II veteran

Ernest Claude Garner, 79, of 207 Brookwood Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Woodruff Manor in Woodruff.

A native of Gaffney, he was the widower of Evelyn Frances Thornton Garner and son of the late Joe Garner and the late Nellie Ball Garner Robertson. He was retired from United Merchants (formerly Union Mill) and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a Mason and member of Gaffney Lodge No. 186.

Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Crocker and husband, Terry, of Gaffney, Linda Wilson of Gaffney, and Judy Anders and husband, Tommy, of Westminister; a sister, Annie Bell Fowler of Gaffney; a brother, Henry Garner and wife, Pat, of Gastonia, N.C.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Garner was preceded in death by brothers, Joe Dean Garner and Jimmy Garner, and sisters, Hattie Lee Lester and Lettie Heaton.

Services with Masonic Rites were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Benny Davis. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Brian Wilson, Mark Anders, Joey Anders, Ronnie Garner, Paul Lester, Kenny Fowler, Eric Garner and Philip Garner.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Gaffney Masonic Lodge No. 186.

The family is at the residence, 207 Brookwood Drive.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 110 S. Dean St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302; or to Woodruff Manor LLC, 1114 E. Georgia Road, Woodruff, S.C. 29388.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Ellen S. Fuller

Services for Ellen Tate Savage Fuller, 104, of 300 Magnolia St., will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. L.C. Tate and the Revs. Tony Macomson, Lawrence Davidson and Dewey Whittenburg. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers and flower bearers will be her grandsons and granddaughters, respectively.

Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Candice S. Griffin

Gaffney native

Candice M. Short Griffin, 36, of 305 Elm St., died after a long illness on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at the Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg.

A native of Gaffney, Ms. Griffin was the daughter of Kenny and Elaine Short of Gaffney and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her four children, Joshua, Clay, Cayla and Micah; and a sister, Crystal Short, and her two children, K.T. and Jon Langston, all of Gaffney.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Floyd Baker Boulevard and the service will follow at the church.

The family is at the home of her parents, 103 Cambridge Circle.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.

Jerry Potter

Vietnam veteran

Jerry Walter Potter, 59, of 2508 Camp Creek Church Road, Mooresboro, N.C., died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at his home.

A native of Rutherford County, N.C., he was the son of Hoyle and Mary Frances Hamrick Potter and was a retired welder. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era and was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church and Cliffside Masonic Lodge No. 460.

Mr. Potter was preceded in death by two brothers, John Potter and Barry Potter.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Donna Crowe Potter, of the home; a daughter, Nicole Potter of the home; a grandson, Tyler Potter; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Camp Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Steve Durham, Ernie Cole and Paul Sorrells. Burial will be in Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Camp Creek Baptist Church, 2323 Camp Creek Church Road, Mooresboro, N.C. 28114.

Arrangements by McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside.

Melvin Jackson Jr.

Blacksburg resident

BLACKSBURG – Melvin Jackson Jr., 58, of 135 Canton Drive, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

Mr. Jackson was the husband of Linda Ann Richards Jackson of the home and son of the late Melvin and Virginia Arledge Jackson Sr. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a brother, Leon Jackson, of North Carolina and a sister, Brenda Richards, of Gaffney.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by a brother, Randall Jackson.

The family will receive friends at the home of James and Ruth Richards, 146 Canton Drive, Blacksburg.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Flowers may be sent to 146 Canton Drive, Blacksburg.

Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Gladys C. Bratton

Cherokee County native

YORK - Gladys Childers Bratton, 82, of 261 South Herlong Ave., Rock Hill, formerly of Wright Avenue, York, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 204, in Rock Hill Healthcare.

Born on May 31, 1922, in Cherokee County, she was widow of Rush Clarence "RC" Bratton and daughter of the late Wardell Childers and the late Keula Parris Childers. A wonderful wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, and mother-in-law, she was a charter member of Central Baptist Church in Gaffney, where she she served as church clerk and was a Sunday School teacher for many years.

Surviving are a son, C. Dean Bratton of Columbia; a daughter, Linda Pratt of York; a daughter-in-law, Susan Bratton of Columbia; a brother, Wendell Childers of Gaffney; two sisters, Mary Coyle of Gaffney and Lydia Lee of Saucier, Miss.; four grandchildren, Robin Ashley Johnston of York, Bobby G. Ashley of Raleigh, N.C., Bratton Pless and Alysia Nichols, both of York; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Bratton was preceded in death by a daughter, Jean Bratton Ashley; a son-in-law, Bob Ashley; two brothers, Adjuel Childers and Onnie Childers; and a sister, Elena Blanton.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Alan Peeler. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Bratton Funeral Home, 1455 Filbert Hwy., York.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 500 E. Montgomery St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Thomas Hampton Jr.

Retired teacher

GREENVILLE – Thomas Earl Hampton Jr., 85, of 100 Logan St., husband of Carrie Mobley Hampton, died Nov. 3, 2004, at 11:15 p.m. at Hospice House in Anderson.

He was a retired school teacher and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Israel Metropolitan C.M.E. Church.

Also surviving are a son, Thomas E. Hampton II of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter, D'Letter Hampton-Shumate of Fairbanks, Alaska; and four grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Israel Metropolitan C.M.E. Church 307 N. Calhoun St., Greenville.

Arrangements by Watkins, Garrett and Wood Funeral Home, Greenville.

Elizabeth W. Childers

Retired textile weaver

Elizabeth Falls Whelchel Childers, 79, of 100 Spruce St., died today, Nov. 12, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

A native of Kings Mountain, N.C., she was the widow of Delmus Childers and daughter of the late Irvin Herman Falls and the late Ethel Eunice Patterson Falls. She was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church and a retired textile weaver.

Surviving are three sons, Tommy Whelchel of the home, Basil Whelchel Jr. and wife, Mary, of Gaffney and Paul Whelchel and wife, Bebe, of Blacksburg; grandchildren, Michael, Brian and Michelle Whelchel of Blacksburg; step-grandchildren, Teresa Thompson, Rebecca Macklem, Sherry Volz, all of Gaffney, Lora Brewer, Christina Schermerhorn and Angela Bowser, all of Michigan.

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Todd Braswell and Chaplain Carroll Hutcheson. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary in Blacksburg and at other times they will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 37 Villa Road, Suite 109 (B-111), Greenville, S.C. 29615.

Gracie B. Moore

Former textile employee

Gracie Oveda Bell Moore, 62, of 312 Springwood Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at her residence.

A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Donald Eugene Moore Sr. and daughter of the late Walter Bell and the late Fannie Louise Irvin Bell. She was a former textile employee and a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Surviving are four daughters, Robin Scott of Pittsboro, N.C., Cindy Taber of Gaffney, Sharon Commanda of Bessemer City, N.C., and Judy Johnston of Matthews, N.C.; a son, Donnie Moore Jr. of Gaffney; two sisters, Nellie Yarborough of Blacksburg and Louise Wyatt of Gaffney; a brother, James Bell of Rock Hill; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Bell.

Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Ronnie Cox, Matthew Roberson and Vernon Mullinax. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Slick Owensby, Shane Allen, Shawn Commanda, Rev. Matthew Roberson, Richard Taber, Bruce Diggs and Kit Johnston.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home.

Robert S. Wilkins

Former BRE employee

Robert Smith Wilkins, 73, of 904 Lyman St., died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.

A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Sue Ward Wilkins and son of the late Johnny Wilkins and the late Hattie Jefferies Wilkins. He was a former employee of Broad River Electric Company and a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Robin Arrowood of Henrietta, N.C., and Jennifer Larsen of Lockhart; a sister, Betty Keller of Gaffney; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by Dr. Paul Noe.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Victory Campaign, 1508 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

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