2005-07-25 / Obituaries

OBITUARIES

Walter E. Whelchel Sr.

Vietnam veteran

Walter Earl Whelchel Sr., 60, of 421 S. Green River Road, died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at his home.

A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Nellie Smith Whelchel and son of Agnes Mitchell Whelchel of Gaffney and the late Wesley

W. Whelchel. He was a

member of High Point

Baptist Church, a security guard and worked in maintenance at Union Butterfield.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a son, Walter Earl Whelchel Jr. of Gaffney; a daughter, Karen Whelchel Horne of Gaffney; two brothers, Billy Whelchel and Leo Whelchel, both of Gaffney; three sisters, Doris Smith and husband, Franklin, of Gaffney, Betty Hughes and husband, J.C., and Carolyn Silvers and husband, Bobby, all of Gaffney; and grandchildren, Kayla Horne and Kelsey Horne, both of Gaffney.

In addition to his father, Mr. Whelchel was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Whelchel and Wesley Whelchel.

Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at High Point Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Clifford Phillips and Mr. Don Phillips. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Duncan, Roger Hannon, Larry Barnwell, Charles Coggins, Ronnie Fowler Jr., John George, Keith Scruggs and Freddie Crawford.

The family is at the home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.

Arrangements by ShufordHatcher Funeral Home. Thomas W. Simmons Jr.

Retired from

Burlington Industries

BLACKSBURG – Thomas Ward Simmons Jr., 80, of 213 Seven Springs Road, died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at his home.

Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he was the widower of Beatrice McElvee Simmons and son of the late ThomasWard Simmons Sr. and the late Sarah Gaston Simmons. He was a member and deacon of Pine Grove Baptist Church and a retired employee of Burlington Industries.

Mr. Simmons is survived by a brother, Frank Simmons of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sisters, Mary Carr and Evelyn Williams, both of Philadelphia; and a host of nieces and nephews, including Willie Joe and Margaret Hames of Charlotte.

Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Van Williams. Burial will be in Robinson Chapel Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.

Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Frances K. Parris

Cherokee County native

Frances Kiser Parris, 87, of 805 S. Limestone St., died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at her home.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of James C. Parris and daughter of the late Noah and Mabel Kiser. She was a member of Limestone Street Methodist Church.

Surviving are sons, James Wayne Parris and Barry Kiser Parris, both of Gaffney; brothers, James W. Kiser of Gaffney and W.D. Kiser of Shelby; two grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy. The family will receive friends immediately following the service and at other times they will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.

Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Alice S. Britt

Homemaker

Alice S. Britt, 65, of 147 Lester Drive, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at her home.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of Herman Harold Britt Jr. and daughter of the late Carrie Ramsey Largent. She was a homemaker and member of True Gospel Independent Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Carol Simms of Gaffney, Patsy Britt Shank of Maggie Valley, N.C., and Pamela D. McLarty of Asheville; two sisters, Evelyn Loftis of Gaffney and Thelma Loftis of Chester; a brother, Herman Harold Britt III of Asheville; six grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren.

Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel-Downtown, conducted by the Revs. William Blanton and Henry Guyton. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends today prior to the service from 1-2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Roy Hall, Ricky Robbins, Terrence Robbins, Billy Blackwell and T.C. Irvine.

Memorials may be made to True Gospel Independent Baptist Church, 485 Corinth Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

The family is at the home.

Arrangements by ShufordHatcher Funeral Home.

Mildred P. Owens

Retired from

Limestone Mills

BLACKSBURG – Mildred Peterson Owens, 85, of 108 E. Pine Street, died Friday, July 22, 2005, at her home.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Charles Edward Owens and daughter of the late Thomas and Alice Brown Peterson. She was a member of Broad River Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday School Class. She retired from the Summit Plant of Limestone Mills.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Lou Jenkins and husband, Jessee, of Blacksburg; a granddaughter, Kelly Davis and husband, Tommy, of Blacksburg; and great-grandchildren, Chloe Davis and John Davis of Blacksburg.

A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Broad River Baptist Church, with Rev. Norman Philbeck officiating. Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Thomas Starnes, Tommy Davis, David Benton, Donnie Smith, Keith Manning and Keith Porter.

Memorials may be made to Broad River Baptist Church, 419 E. Cherokee Street, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.

The family is at the home of her daughter at 412 W. Pine Street, Blacksburg.

Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Dwayne R. Moore

Race car fabricator

BLACKSBURG – Dwayne “Do-Wa” Roger Moore, 36, of 124 Ayers Road, Grover, died Friday, July 22, 2005, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Born in York, he was the husband of Lisa Clayton Moore of Blacksburg and son of Pamela Martin Foster of Grover and the late Larry Kenneth Moore. He was the stepson of Harold Foster of Grover. A race car fabricator, he was a member of New Buffalo Baptist Church.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer LeAnn Moore of the home and Samantha LeAnn Moore of Grover; a brother, William Kenneth Moore of Kings Mountain; a half-brother, Jeffery Foster of Kings Mountain; two sisters, Sherry Lynn Moore Revis of Kings Mountain and Ashley Lynn Moore of Cookeville, Tenn.; three half-sisters, Angie Bolton of Georgia, Sharon Putman of Kings Mountain and Lisa Holden of Mt. Holly, N.C.; and paternal grandmother, Wilma M. Neal of Gastonia.

Graveside services will be today at 11 a.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Tracy Sullen and Toby Elliott.

Pallbearers will be David Frazier, Daniel Hagan, William Moore, Jeff Foster, Roger Martin and Bobby Clayton.

The family is at the home of Pam Foster, 100 Watterson Road, Grover.

Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Edward E. Porter

Wholesaler/retailer

of pet supplies

SHELBY – Edward Eugene Porter, 75, of 2603 S. Lafayette Road, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.

A native of Blacksburg, he was the husband of Peggy Ellis Porter and son of the late Pinkney Austin Porter and the late Blease Ramsey Porter. He

was a member of

Grace Covenant Church

of God and a selfemployed wholesaler and retailer of pet supplies. He retired from the U.S. Army as a CW-2 after 23 years of service.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters, Jeannie Saunders of Silver, N.C., Sherry Majors of Monroe, N.C., Debra Grubb of Belmont and Penny Plemmons of Stanton, N.C.; three brothers, Doyle Porter of Bluefield, Va., Glen Porter of Santee and Hershel Porter of Charlotte.; three sisters, Annie Sue Hambright and Carolyn Turner of Blacksburg and Marilyn Moss of York; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Willie Lanier, Ed Brown, Ervin Price and Mickey Pruitt.

Pallbearers will be a U.S. Army Honor Guard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Turner, Daniel Turner, Charles Moss Jr., Todd Moss, Tracy Porter, Bobby Porter, Matthew Hoffman and Mark Hoffman.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary in Blacksburg and at other times they will be at the residence, 2603 S. Lafayette Road, Shelby.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Edna Earl A. Thrift

Homemaker

Edna Earl Abernathy Thrift, 89, formerly of 827 N. Limestone St., died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at Peachtree Centre.

A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of J.D. Thrift and daughter of the late Gus Abernathy and the late Etter (Myra Etta) Ramsey. She was a homemaker and was first married to the late Arthur E. Allen. She was a 1933 graduate of Gaffney High School.

Surviving are 11 nieces and nephews; a number of greatnieces and great-nephews; and a number of great-greatnieces and great-greatnephews.

Family members are at their respective homes.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Judith W. Reed

Sales manager at Bombay

and Coach at Prime Outlets

Judith Wells Reed, 59, of 100 Forest Lane Drive, died Friday, July 22, 2005, at her home.

A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Richard Stanley Reed and daughter of the late Leonard Wells and the late Louise Fowler Wells. She was a retail sales manager at Bombay and Coach stores at Prime Outlets. Her hobbies included arts and crafts and reading.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Cindy Hopper, Anita Phillips, both of Gaffney, and Patty Hyatt of Boiling Springs; two step-children, Kim Mayfield of Gaffney and Tony Reed of Charleston; and 10 grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her brother, Leonard Wells Jr.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Gaffney, conducted by the Revs. Joel Sellers and Mary Jefferies. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.

Body will be placed in the church at 9:30 a.m.

Pallbearers will be David Dorman, Tommy Beheler, Shep Wright, L.D. Dawkins, Lawrence Foster, Jack Trnavsky, Tim Fowler and Tony Reed.

The family is at the home,

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Gaffney Mission Task Force, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Arrangements by ShufordHatcher Funeral Home.

Lillian E. Manning

Lillian Evelyn Manning of Washington, D.C., died Sunday, July 17, 2005, in Washington.

Surviving are six brothers, Marion Manning, Craig Manning, Lynn Manning, Keith Manning, Colin Manning and Peter Manning; a sister, Dr. Georgetta Manning Cox; and many other family members.

Mrs. Manning was preceded in death by her parents, George Edward Manning and Evelyn Gaffney Manning; and a sister, Lynnette Manning Moore.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 6001 Western Ave., North West, Washington, D.C. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney.

Arrangements by John T. Rhine of Washington and Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney. Margaret Montgomery

Retired from Timken

Margaret Sims Montgomery, 62, of 300 Debra St. died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at 2:37 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Weeks and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she served in the Senior Missionary. She was retired from The Timken Company of Gaffney.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Montgomery was preceded in death by a son, Robert Dean Montgomery; four sisters, Lillie Mae Weeks Sullivan, Sally Petty, Pauline Robinson and Carrie Haney; and two brothers, G.W. Weeks and Thomas Weeks.

Surviving are three daughters, Willie Mae Coleman, Carolyn Montgomery and Julia Lattimore; Toro Montgomery and Sandi Coleman, who were reared in the home as daughters; a son, Bennie Lee Harris; a sister, Mary Frances Bethea, all of Gaffney; two brothers, Sammy Weeks of Gaffney and Millard Bonner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a host of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, including Markia Montgomery and Jayda Littlejohn who were reared in the home as her children.

Services will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Eula Miller Jr. and the Revs. Roy Sims, Freddie Davidson and Haywood Boyd. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Alton Harris, Belvin Carpenter, Harold Littlejohn, Townsend Dawkins, Rick Goode, Herbert Gibbs, Odell Jeter, Bruce Mayberry and Robin Bailey.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Jake Stevenson.

Flower bearers will be Cheryll Smith, Corrie Davis, Barbara Smith, Annie Kirby, Cynthia Robbs, Shelia Rogers, Barbara Peeler, Linda Belk, Ann Manning, Gloria Y. Smith, Teresa Bonner and Oletha Linder. Honorary flower bearers will be the Senior Missionary of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Paul Craig

Cherokee County native

Paul Craig, 92, of Ivey Grove Residence Care, 483 Lockhart Lane, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at 10:45 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Rosa Mary Craig and son of the late Dozie Craig and the late Lillian Craig. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Amy Smith, and a granddaughter, Halaine James, both of Florida City, Fla.

Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Eula Miller Jr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.

Pallbearers will be the deacons and trustees of Ebenezer Baptist Church while the church's deaconesses will be the flower bearers.

Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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