2005-03-18 / Obituaries

Obituaries

Gene Brown

Owner of Brown

Packing Company Inc.

Walter Eugene (Gene) Brown, 70, of 127 Roland Farm Road, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at his home.

A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Linda Reed Brown and a former resident of Spartanburg. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, a graduate of Pacolet High School and 1956 graduate of Clemson University.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Walter William Brown and Ruth Wilkins Brown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Shannon Bradford and her husband, Sloan, of Spartanburg and their children, Brown, Brennan, Anna Grace, Lindsay and Lori; daughter, Shelly Smith and her husband, Steve, of Charlotte and their children, Matthew and Morgan; son, Reed Brown and his wife, Suzanne, of Spartanburg and their children, Bethelyn and Nathan; a son, David Brown and his wife, Tracy, of Boiling Springs and their children, Zachary, Will and Davis; three sisters, Margaret Clary and Claire Poole, both of Raleigh, N.C., and Eunice Howard of Walterboro; two brothers, Jim Brown of Gaffney and William Brown of Greenville; and a sister-in-law, Joan Crawford of Columbia.

Mr. Brown was president of Brown Packing Company Inc. He formerly worked for Armour Inc. and served in the Army Reserves. He was on the Executive Board of Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts and on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of the American Meat Institute. He also served as a trustee and former chairman of the board for Limestone College, as past president of the Gaffney Rotary Club, and as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg. He was a member and past president of Crustbreakers of Gaffney.

Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Donald J. Wilton and the Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely. Visitation will be in the church fellowship hall from 1-2:30 p.m. prior to the service. Committal services will follow at Goucher Baptist Church Cemetery in Gaffney.

Pallbearers will be Bob Grell, Doug Price, Johnny Price, Dennis Price, Dennis McKey, Russell Harris, Roger Vlieg, Tim Kier, Salvador Razo, William Johnson and Rigoberto Prieto Martinez.

Honorary pallbearers will be all employees of Brown Packing Company Inc. and members of the New Boys Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts, P.O. Box 6249, Spartanburg, S.C. 29304; to Limestone College, 1115 College Drive, Gaffney, S.C. 29340; to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartanburg Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301; or to the church of one's choice.

An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com

Arrangements by Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel.

Bill Owens

Gaffney native

SANDSTON, Va. – William Leonard "Bill" Owens, 77, a native of Gaffney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2005.

Mr. Owens was the son of the late Maude Maybell and George S. Owens who resided in Gaffney. He served his country in the U.S. Navy construction battalion and retired from the maintenance department of VCU.

Surviving are a son, Billy Lee Owens of Charleston; four grandchildren; two stepsons, Richard Beaulieu and George Beaulieu; and other devoted family and friends.

Mr. Owens was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Leonard Owens.

Services were held Friday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home. Burial was in Washington Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chickahominy Family YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Road, Sandston, Va. 23150.

Arrangements by Nelsen Funeral Home.

'Billie" Horne

Retired from Rock Hill

Printing and Finishing Co.

SHARON - William "Billie" F. Horne, 81, of 3921 Hickory Grove Road, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney.

Born on Aug. 24, 1923, in Spartanburg County, he was the son of the late William Oscar Horne and the late Mamie Fowler Horne. He was a retired machine operator from Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company and after retiring he worked at Rockwell International for 10 years as a security guard. He was founder of Horne's Hash and BBQ in Sharon and was a member of Sharon Masonic Lodge No. 289 and Walt Blackmon VFW Post 6381. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Ruby Lanier Horne; a son, Leon Horne of Sharon, Keith Horne of Sharon, Earl Horne of York; a sister, Sarah H. Hopkins of Charlotte, Gladys H. McDaniel of Atlanta, Ga., and a brother, Robert T. Horne of Rock Hill; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Bratton Funeral Home in York, conducted by the Revs. Donald Hawkins, Milton Smith and Richard Martin. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Life Saving Squad, P.O. Box 224, Hickory Grove, S.C. 29717.

Helen R. Neely

Mother of Gaffney resident

McCONNELLS – Helen Rumler Neely, 85, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at her daughter's home in Buffalo.

Born Dec. 27, 1919, in Liberty, she was a daughter of the late Henry Rumler and the late Leona Boggs Rumler. She was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in York.

Mrs. Neely was the widow of Robert Ervin Neely Sr., whom she married in 1937. She previously lived in Brattonsville, York, Washington, D.C., and then McConnells for 49 years. She was a graduate of Liberty High School.

Surviving are five daughters, Elizabeth N. Keesler of Roebuck, Virginia N. "Ginger" Scoggins of Gaffney, Dottie N. Willard of Buffalo, Judy N. Dover of McConnells and Claudia N. Hall of Leesville; two sons, Jimmy Bo Neely of McConnells and Robert E. Bob Neely Jr. of Rock Hill; a sister, Elizabeth R. Pruitt of Hyattsville, Md.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held today from 2-2:45 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church and at other times at the home of her daughter Judy, 350 Oak Drive, McConnells.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. David Bender. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery Association, 4858 McConnells Hwy., York, S.C. 29745; or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 128 Medical Science Drive, Union, S.C. 29379.

Arrangements by Bratton Funeral Home, York.

James R. Carson

KINGSTOWN, N.C. – Services for James Roy Carson, 72, of 1839 Quail Run Drive, will be held today at 4 p.m. at Maple Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Robert L. Dover, Rafus Camp and Robert Whitlock. Burial will be in Maple Springs Church Cemetery, Shelby. Body will be placed in the church at noon. The family will receive friends at the church from 3 p.m. until the hour of services.

Mr. Carson died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.

Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Leroy Mullinax

U.S. Army, National Guard vet

Leroy Mullinax, 78, of 921 McKown's Mountain Road, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at his home.

A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Elsie Upchurch Mullinax and son of the late Hiram Arthur and Lou Versie Peterson Mullinax. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Ronnie Mullinax, Rick Mullinax and Tim Mullinax, all of Gaffney; two daughters, Dorothy Putnam and husband, Bill, of Gaffney and Janice Turner and husband, Barry, of Gaffney; a sister, Kathleen Parker of Gaffney; two brothers, Marshall Mullinax and Wayne Mullinax, both of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mullinax was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby McAbee, and a brother, Bobby Gene Mullinax.

Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at McKown's Mountain Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Dean Painter and Roger Ham. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-9 at White Columns of Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home.

Walter J. Jones

Worked over 40 years in textiles

BLACKSBURG – Walter James Jones, 83, formerly of Blacksburg and Brookview Healthcare Center, Gaffney, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Born in Pacolet, he was a son of the late Charles and Betty Koon Jones and widower of Ruth Bolin Jones. He attended Blacksburg Church of God and retired after working over 40 years in textiles.

Survivors include a son, Glenn Jones of Spartanburg; two grandsons; several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lucy Harrison of Cherokee Falls, Betty Bennett of Blacksburg and Jane Broome of Greenwood; and a brother, Frank Jones of Greenwood.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Jones was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Jones.

Cryptside services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. James Garner.

The family is at 166 Sherrill Drive, Blacksburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blacksburg Church of God Building Fund, 607 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702; or to the Spartanburg Humane Society, 150 Dexter Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.

Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Christopher Dawkins Jr.

Baby Christopher Lamar Dawkins Jr. of 508 Fifth St., son of Christopher Lamar Dawkins Sr. and Zaman Tate, died Monday, March 14, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Surviving in addition to his parents are grandparents, Vicky Dawkins, Ricky Tate, Parlinda Tate and Allie Bridges of Gaffney; aunts, Eleanor Studyvance, Courtney Dawkins, Chanda Dawkins and Cody Tate; uncles, Cody Dawkins, Joseph Dawkins, Benji Tate, Cory Smith and Carl Studyvance of Gaffney; and godmother, Kimberly Bowden.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at in the family plot at Limestone Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Richard Dowdle.

The family is at the home.

Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Kathryn T. Blanton

Pacolet Mills native

Kathryn Tate Blanton, 90, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at Peachtree Centre.

A native of Pacolet Mills, she was the widow of Ernest James Blanton and daughter of the late Dr. Henry Tate and Amanda Goudelock Tate. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Elaine Blanton of Gaffney; a granddaughter, Nycole Blanton of Gaffney; and a great-granddaughter, Brianna Albertson of Gaffney.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Cox.

The family will receive friends at the home of her granddaughter, 117 Kents Trail, Gaffney.

Arrangements by White-Columns of Gaffney.

Mary H. Sutherland

Textile employee

Mary Louise Harmon Sutherland, 53, of 289 Euphra Drive, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

A native of Rutherfordton, N.C., she was the wife of Jerry Sutherland and daughter of the late Ralph Loraine Harmon Jr. and the late Mary Hamrick Harmon. She was a textile employee and a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Brent Hardin, Phillip Hardin, both of Spartanburg, and Gary Hardin of Charleston; a sister, Beverly H. McDaniel of Forest City, N.C.; a brother, Eddie J. Harmon of Pacolet; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jerry Ruppe. Burial will be in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to the services.

Daniel W. Anthony Sr.

Retired from Cherokee Finishing

Daniel William Anthony Sr., 83, of 120 Eastbrook Road, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare.

A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Virginia Owens Anthony and son of the late James Naylor Anthony and the late Emma Pierce Anthony. He was retired from Cherokee Finishing Company and was a member of Park Hills Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon Emeritus. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Corinth Fire Department.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Diane Parker and Doris Blackwell, both of Gaffney; a son, Daniel William Anthony Jr. of Blacksburg; a sister, Dorothy Talley of Gaffney; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Anthony was preceded in death by sisters, Arabell Anthony, Frances Anthony, Mary Anthony, Freda Tennant, Emma Lou Gallman; and brothers, Clarence Anthony and James Anthony.

Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Park Hills Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. James Holder, Mike McGee and Dwight Easler. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Bowen, Kenny Hannon, Wayne Gallman, Cecil Tennant, Jeffrey Dickson and David Bratton.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and Senior Sunday School Class of Park Hills Baptist Church and Jay Stephens.

The family is at the home.

Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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