2005-02-25 / Obituaries

Raymond Thomas

  • Retired from Milliken
  • Raymond Dean Thomas, 73, of 115 First St., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

    A native of Boiling Springs, N.C., he was the widower of Mary Elizabeth Ellis Thomas and son of the late John Dean and Edith Huffstetler Thomas. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War and was retired from Milliken. He was of the Baptist faith.

    Surviving are four sons, B.J. Thomas of Seattle, Wash., Daniel Thomas, Johnny Thomas and Matthew Thomas, all of Gaffney; a daughter, Robin Thomas of Greenville; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Thomas and Billy Thomas, both of Gaffney; and a sister, Wilma Pennington of Gaffney.

    The family will receive friends at 114 and 115 First St., Gaffney, during this time.

    Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Wayne Revels.

    Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

    Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

    Johnnie Thackston

    Homemaker

    CHARLOTTE – Johnnie Louise Tate Thackston, 82, of 4315 Major St., formerly of Gaffney, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at her residence.

    A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late John Tate and the late Ida Sizemore Tate. She was a homemaker and member of MCC Metropolitan Community Church in Charlotte.

    Surviving are a son, Billy William Thackston of Gaffney; a daughter, Terri Thackston of Charlotte; grandchildren, Shane Malone of Charlotte and Tommy Dallas Thackston of Charlotte; and great-grandchildren, Trister Dallas Thackston, Justin Green, both of Charlotte, James Thackston Jr. and Kathy Thackston, both of Gaffney.

    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thackston was preceded in death by a son, James Dallas Thackston, and a sister, Margaret Burns.

    Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

    Florence Lipscomb

    Spartanburg native

    Florence Foster Lipscomb, 92, of 209 S. Johnston St., died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at her residence.

    A native of Spartanburg, she was the daughter of the late Junius Knott Lipscomb and the late Sallie Foster Lipscomb. She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church.

    Surviving are a sister, June Lipscomb Haas of Gaffney; a niece, Sarah Haas Boyd of Atlanta, Ga., and a nephew, Dr. Robert J. Haas of Spartanburg.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Nesbitt.

    Graveside service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conduced by the Rev. Joel Sellers and Dr. Bobby Morrow.

    The family is at the home of her sister, June Lipscomb Haas, 109 S. Limestone St., Gaffney.

    Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to the charity of one's choice.

    Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

    Jerry D. Stewart

    Services for Jerry Dean Stewart, 64, of 217 O'Sage Drive, will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Darrel Smith and Robert L. Dover. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.

    Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and flower bearers will be Barbara Savage, Ceceria Hemphill and Tanna Ann Logan.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Tate, James Aikens, S.J. Peeler and Ulysses Edwards.

    Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

    Rupen G. Avakian

    Former City Editor

    of Gaffney Ledger

    SIMPSONVILLE - Rupen G. Avakian, a former managing editor of The Greenville News whose standards for fairness and accuracy guided reporters and editors of the newspaper through four decades, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005. He was 83.

    Though he retired in 1986, Mr. Avakian continued to serve as an advisor.

    Mr. Avakian joined The News in 1962 after 14 years with The Gaffney Ledger, where he was city editor. In Greenville, he was reporter, state copy editor, and rose through the ranks to state editor, to assistant managing editor, before being named managing editor in 1974. Later he held positions managing the company's newspaper industry and public service affairs, directing alternate publications County Fair and Poinsettia Register in Greenville and The Paper in Spartanburg.

    A past president and director of the Associated Press News Council for S.C., Mr. Avakian chaired national committees of the AP Managing Editors Association. He was also past president of the State News Council of United Press International. Mr. Avakian was a member of the AP Managing Editors Association, Society of Professional Journalists – Sigma Delta Chi, S.C. Press Association and the International Newspaper Promotion Association.

    He was founding trustee and first administrator of The News' Holiday Sunshine Fund.

    In the Army during World War II, he commanded an infantry company and later headed a military intelligence team in the European Theatre of Operations.

    Mr. Avakian was born in New York City, son of George and Rose Avakian. He earned a full academic scholarship to the City College of New York, where he majored in pre-med and minored in English. 'I started as pre-med," he would say, "and ended as pre-war."

    Surviving are his wife, Betty Foldes Avakian, owner of Let's Face It, of Simpsonville; his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Avakian Daniel and Harris Daniel of Williamsburg, Va.; his sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel George and Kathy Avakian of Greenville and Alan Parker and Maureen Avakian of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandchildren, Meredith Ensign, Andrew Avakian and Megan Avakian; Betty's children, Bobby Foldes, Karen Williams Farrow, Betty Lynn Stillman, Tommy Foldes and Edward Foldes and their children, Jason, Chris and Jonathon Williams, Breanna and Marriah Foldes, and great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kaitlyn, Gavin, and Nadia Williams.

    Mr. Avakian was preceded in death by his first wife, Belle Littlejohn Avakian in 1993.

    A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, with the Rev. Chris Ditzenberger officiating.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Kaleidoscope, Medical Center, c/o Duke University Hospital, 2920 Erwin Road, Durham, N.C. 27710.

    "To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die."

    Arrangements by The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive.

    Mary W. Mullinax

    Retired from Sunshine

    Center Laundry

    Mary Elizabeth Wilson Mullinax, 81, of 128 Camps Drive, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

    A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Clant Mullinax and daughter of the late Gordon Wilson and the late Grace Hughey Wilson. She was retired from Sunshine Center Laundry and was a member of Blue Branch Baptist Church.

    Surviving are two sons, Tommy Mullinax and Billy Mullinax of Gaffney; two daughters, Shirley Wells and Ruth Harris of Gaffney; a brother, Marlow Wilson of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

    A.E. Humphries

    Former owner/operator

    of Cherokee Food Mart

    A.E. Humphries, 82, of 129 Stacy Dr., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, in Richard Campbell Veteran Nursing Home.

    A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Ruth Jackson Humphries and son of the late Ophie Humphries and the late Bessie Parker Humphries. He was retired from Duke Power Company and was former owner and operator of Cherokee Food Mart Inc.

    Mr. Humphries was a past president of the Gaffney Moose Lodge, member of East Gaffney Baptist Church and Army veteran of World War II.

    Surviving in addition to his wife are daughters, Brenda Humphries Horn and husband, Melvin, of Spartanburg and Kelly Humphries Ellis and husband, Mike, of Gaffney; a sister, Juanita Humphries of Gaffney; a brother, Lewis Humphries of Gaffney; six grandchildren, Mike Horn, Debbie Horn Williams, Brandon Hum-phries, Garrett Humphries, Kalin Ellis and Kolten Ellis; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and three stepsons, Reggie Martin of Spartanburg, Randy Martin of Blacksburg and Mike Martin of Gaffney.

    In addition to his parents, Mr. Humphries was preceded in death by a son, Mike Humphries, and a brother, Charles Humphries.

    The family is at the residence.

    Memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

    Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

    Gwendolyn Anderson

    Home nurse

    Gwendolyn Lolitta Anderson, 38, of Connecticut Village, Apt. 102, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

    A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of Lester Robinson of Hickory, N.C., and Maxine Dawkins Anderson McFadden of Bronx, N.Y. She was a home nurse.

    Surviving are two sons, John Bentley of Gaffney and Stacey Chapman of Bronx, N.Y.; seven sisters, Connie A. Jones of Capitol Heights, Md., Maria Robinson of Atlanta, Ga., Marilyn Robinson, Carolyn Wilform of Hickory, N.C., Rebecca Posey of Jersey City, N.J., Sabrena Posey of Hampton and Traci Smith of Gaffney; four brothers, Thomas Robinson of Concord, N.C., Tracy Robinson of Germany, James Posey III of Gaffney and Gabriel Posey of Virginia Beach, Va.; one granddaughter; stepfather, David McFadden of Bronx, N.Y.; and stepmother, Genell Robinson of Hickory.

    Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. Robert L. Dover and Pittman Harris. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.

    Pallbearers will be Donnell Adams, Lang Crosby, Kip Dawkins, Hank Logan, Torry Allen and Terry Jenkins.

    Flower bearers will be Windy Shudford, Betty Shudford, Sherry Bridges, Lashall Hemphill, Janine Cumberlander, Dyshaka Smith and Juanita Dewberry.

    Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

    Carolyn N. Huskey

    Homemaker

    Carolyn Faye Norman Huskey, 60, of 1551 Overbrook Drive, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

    A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Chad Huskey and daughter of the late David Eugene Norman and the late Eula Verl Cooper Norman. Mrs. Huskey was a homemaker and member of Central Baptist Church. She enjoyed Bible reading and spending time with her grandson.

    Surviving are her husband, Chad Huskey, of the home; her daughter, Joe Carol Painter of Gaffney her sister, Joanne Phillips of Gaffney; and one grandson.

    Mrs. Huskey was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Norman.

    Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Alan Peeler and Randy Phillips. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.

    The family will receive friends Friday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times they will be at the home of Shirley Huskey, 136 Anthony St., Gaffney.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 500 E. Montgomery St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

    Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

    Ione E. Taylor

    Longtime teacher

    in Cherokee County

    Columbus, Ga. – Ione Elizabeth Taylor, 89, formerly of Gaffney, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Columbus Hospice House.

    Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church Chapel in Gaffney with Dr. Bobby Morrow and the Rev. Joel Sellers officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.

    Visitation will be held from 2-2:45 p.m. in First Baptist Church Chapel prior to the service.

    Miss Taylor was born Sept. 13, 1915, daughter of the late Samuel and Lillian Service Taylor. She was a graduate of Limestone College and taught for 37 years in Cherokee County schools. She had been a faithful member of Gaffney First Baptist Church since 1925.

    She is survived by a sister, Janell Taylor Sarratt of Gaffney; a niece and five nephews along with many friends and devoted students.

    Miss Taylor organized the South Carolina Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and often spoke to civic clubs and other gatherings. She had lived with Type I Diabetes for 66 years.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2724 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite E, Greenville, S.C. 29615; or to First Baptist Church, Gaffney, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

    An online guest book is available at lanfordfuneralhomes.com.

    Arrangements by Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home

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