2005-03-02 / Obituaries

Obituaries

Ed Clary

GHS All-American in 1934;

star athlete at USC

COLUMBIA – Ed Clary, a former USC All-Star and a two-sport letterman, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005.

Born May 22, 1916, in Gaffney, Mr. Clary was the son of the late George Edward and Missiniah Wood Clary. He was a high school All-American at Gaffney High School in 1934 and lettered in football and baseball at the University of South Carolina from 1935 to 1939. He was awarded Honorable Mention All-American status following his final year of football in 1938 and was selected to play in the inaugural Blue-Gray Football Classic in January of 1939 and was voted the Most Valuable Player of the game.

Mr. Clary captained the 1939 Gamecock baseball squad. Following his senior year, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers football and Brooklyn Dodgers baseball organizations. He played several years in the Dodgers' minor league system.

Mr. Clary was a Navy veteran of World War II and a retired U.S. Postal employee. He served as the third president of the USC BAM Club (currently known as the Gamecock Club) and was a Southern Conference and S.C. High School League football official for 40 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 6 athletic committee, the University of South Carolina Gamecock Club and Lettermen's Association.

Mr. Clary was a member of Shandon Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, W.E. "Chip" and Lydia Downing Clary; daughters, Kitty Clary Goding and Shelley Clary Ray; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the University of South Carolina Lettermen's Scholarship Fund or to a charity of one's choice.

Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.

Arrangements by Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Edward M. Lawter

Spartanburg County native

CHESNEE – Edward Mack Lawter, 78, of 191 Otto Lawter Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at his home.

A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Marie Henderson Lawter and son of the late Otto and Lizzie Huey Lawter. He was a member of Cherokee Springs Masonic Lodge and member of Buck Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Peggy Blanton of Chesnee, Debra Rountree of Inman and Teresa Bishop of Gaffney; two sisters, Ava Lou Wolberth of Spartanburg and Dorothy Presnell of Chesnee; and five grandchildren.

Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Buck Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Odell Mosley and Rev. Skip Snyder. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302; or to Buck Creek Baptist Church, 506 Buck Creek Road, Chesnee, S.C. 29323.

The family will be at the home.

Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Alexander Garcia

Alexander Garcia, infant son of Roberto Garcia and Elia DeLeon of 114 Albert Drive, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Alexander was born in Charleston and is survived by his parents.

Services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, conducted by Father Louis Manuel. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

The family is at the residence.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Margaret A. Crocker

Employed by

Hoechst-Celanese

INMAN – Margaret Ann Crocker, 53, of 581 Lawson Fork Road, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Hillard and Eunice Gray Wyatt. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church and employed by Hoechst-Celanese.

She is survived by two sons, Tommy Andrew White of Inman and Danny Lee White of Campobello; two brothers, Kenneth Wyatt of Shelby and Buck Wyatt of Inman; three sisters, Evelyn Peterson of Blacksburg, Bernice Estes and Linda Beaver, both of Gaffney; and a grandson, Dexter Lee White.

Services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Tommy Turner. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

The family is at the home of Tommy and Lynn White, 581 Lawson Fork Road, Inman.

Arrangements by Petty Funeral Home, Landrum.

Ruth Jones Steagall

Retired co-owner of

Steagall Auto Electric

GAFFNEY – Ruth Jones Steagall, 84, of 402 Buck Shoals Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at her residence.

A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of W.W. Steagall and daughter of the late Horace Jones and Rosa Parker Jones. She was retired co-owner of Steagall Auto Electric, a retired pianist for the Crusaders Quartet and a member of Chesnee Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Myram Jackson of Gaffney; sons, Frank E. Jones of Auburndale, Fla., Ben Steagall of Union, James Steagall of Shelby and William Steagall Sr. of La Paz, Mexico; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. James Childers and Stephen Matheny. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Steagall, William Steagall Jr., Marc Parris, Michael Butler, Leroy Joyce and Robert O'Neal.

The family is at the residence.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of S.C., 1612 N. Limestone Street, Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or to Chesnee Freewill Baptist Church, P. O. Box 272, Chesnee, S.C. 29323.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Artie H. Owens

Retired from Gaffney Mfg.

Artie Hambright Owens, 88, of 1363 N. Limestone St., died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

A native of Cherokee County, her first husband was the late H.L. Barrett and her second husband was the late Lloyd Owens. She was the daughter of the late James A. Hambright and the late Ora Peeler Hambright. She was retired from Gaffney Manufacturing Company and was a lifetime member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Lena Barrett of Hemingford, Neb.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth DeStaffano of Gaffney, Pearl Hughey and Irene Gold, both of Blacksburg; and a brother, Davis Hambright of Blacksburg.

Services were held Tuesday at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Clyde Thomas. Entombment was at Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg.

The family is at the residence.

Memorials may be made to Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, c/o Artie Owens Funeral Fund, P.O. Box 307, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

W. C. Davis Jr.

Retired from Wendell Fabrics.

BLACKSBURG – W. C. Davis Jr., 79, of 123 Old Factory Road, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center, Gaffney.

Mr. Davis was the husband of Beatrice Parker Davis of the home and son of the late William Clyde and Carrie Starnes Davis.

A native of Cherokee County, he was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher and a deacon. He was retired from Wendell Fabrics.

Mr. Davis was a 50-year member of Buffalo Lodge No. 202, the first fire chief of CKC Volunteer Fire Department and a former board member of Cherokee County Memorial Hospital.

In addition to his wife, Beatrice, he is survived by two sons, Arnold Davis and wife, Kathy, of Columbia, and Al Davis and wife, Beth, of Gaffney; a daughter, Norma Horton and husband, James, of Spartanburg; three brothers, Jack Davis, Edward Davis and Thomas Davis, all of Blacksburg; three sisters, Vera Brown of Salisbury, Md., Doris Ham and Carolyn Wright, both of Blacksburg; and grandchildren, Kitty Larson, Heather Davis and Jason Davis, all of Columbia, Chris Horton of Spartanburg, Matt Davis and Sarah Davis, both of Gaffney.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Davis was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Maness, and his stepmother, Pansy Hall Davis.

A celebration of life service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, with Dr. Charlie Barnard and the Revs. Willie Lanier and Jesse Powers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as active pallbearers. “Side Street Board Members” will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family is at the home.

Memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 511 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702; or to Hospice Care of S.C., 1612 N. Limestone Street, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Willie D. Ellis

Employed by Magnolia

Finishing Co

Willie Dean Ellis, 56, of 531 Pleasant School Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at his home.

Born in Cherokee County, he was a son of the late Willie Daniel Ellis and the late Ruth Tate Ellis. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a 1967 graduate of Granard High School. He received an associate degree in business administration from Cleveland Technical College and was employed by Magnolia Finishing Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving are a son, Keith Ellis of Texas; a daughter, Chrissie Ellis Goodman of Columbia; two brothers, Douglas Ellis and the Rev. Frankie Ellis, both of Gaffney; three sisters, Faye Peeler, Millie Vanlue and Mary Alice Bonner, all of Gaffney; two grandchildren; one aunt, two uncles, five nieces and four nephews.

Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Michael Bridges and the Revs. Andy Young, Roderick Oglesby and Charles Shippy. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites performed by troops from Fort Jackson, Columbia. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Willie Dean Sarratt, Nathaniel Sarratt, Warren Dukes, Leroy Smith, Choice Leach, Jay Sarratt, James Shippy, Freddie Robinson and Preston Ross.

Honorary pallbearer will be Finley Manning.

Flower bearers will be Kimberly David, Kateri Irby, Erica Barnes, Kay Fuller, Dorothy Sarratt, Catherine Savage, Mattie Crosby, Carolyn Falls and Ruby Mickles.

Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Selma G. Cash

Retired from Oxford

Selma Gordon Cash, 84, of 217 Maple Dr., died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at her residence.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of James Arthur Cash and daughter of the late Albert Gordon and the late Martha Smith Gordon. She was a member of West End Baptist Church and a retired seamstress from Oxford Industries after 30 years of service. She also worked at Wal-Mart in Gaffney for several years.

Surviving are a daughter, Brenda Albertson of Gaffney; two grandsons, Marvin Wayne Jones and Allen Todd Jones; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Inez Phillips.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Cash was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Gordon and Erivn Gordon.

Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at West End Baptist Church, conducted by Drs. Wayne Brown and Bobby Morrow. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the church and at other times they will be at the residence.

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

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Barbara Ann Martin

Gaffney native

Barbara Ann "Snake Lady" Martin, 64, of 407 Pecan St., died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at her residence.

A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Claude Lee Martin and the late Lillie Wilkie Martin. She was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are four sisters, Gloria Sellars of the home, Claudia Combee of Gaffney, Marilyn Owens of Gaffney and Clara Vinesett of Fort Mill; and 19 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Miss Martin was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Martin.

Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Dean Painter.

Pallbearers will be Roscoe Upchurch, Jimmy Simpson, Scott Mullinax, Adam Estes, Trey Powell and Tommy McGaha III.

The family is at the residence.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mary B. Wyatt

Gaffney native

Mary Lula Blackwell Wyatt, 86, of 103 McArthur St., died today, March 2, 2005, at Brookview HealthCare Center.

A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Henry Fred Wyatt and was a food service cashier. She was a member of Pacolet Road Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons Leonard Dean Wyatt and Billy Fred Wyatt of Gaffney; a daughter, Kathy Ann Gault of Cowpens; two sisters, Lula Bell Blackwell of Gaffney and Bobbie Kirby of Spartanburg; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are incomplete. Gordon Mortuary is in charge.

Donald H. Ray

Retired from Fluor

Daniels Construction

COWPENS – Donald Hugh Ray, 69, of 121 Rebel Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

A native of Spartanburg County, he was a son of the late Walter and Mabel Parris Ray,was retired from Fluor Daniels Construction and a member of Stateline Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Tommy Ray and Tim Ray, both of Cowpens; a sister, Lila R. Underwood of Greer; and two grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ray was preceded in death by two brothers, Rathaniel Ray and James L. Ray, and two sisters, Lois R. Anderson and Lala R. Mabry.

Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Robert Kirby and Ray Caldwell.

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 his son, Tommy, 125 Rebel Road, Cowpens.

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