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Irene M. Traxler
Irene M. Traxler, wife of Roger L. Traxler of Tryon, died Jan. 13, 2001, at her home.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John Barry and Irene Riffle Mullaney. She grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and was a graduate of Colby Junior College. She served in the Red Cross in Germany 1947-1948.
Survivors, in addition to her husband Roger L. Traxler, include one daughter, Emily Wenske, husband James, grandson Michael and granddaughter Kristen of Singapore; a son, Barry Taxler, Carmen, his wife, and granddaughter Page of Wilmington, Del.; James Rice, husband of her late sister, Emily, of Bath, Maine; and several nieces and nephews. Her sister, Elinor, also predeceased her.
Memorial services were held Tuesday in the Congregational Church of Christ, Tryon, with Dr. Joseph Emery and Dr. Wallace Matsen officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 421 N. Trade St., Tryon, N.C. 28782; or to the Congregational Church of Christ, 328 Melrose Avenue, Tryon.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Patrick (Hoss) McCuen
Richard Patrick (Hoss) McCuen, 69, of Greer, S.C., died Jan. 13, 2001, at St. Francis Womens Hospital after an extended illness.
A native of Greenville County, he was the son of the late Harold and Ester McCart McCuen. He was a retired supervisor for JP Stevens Plant and of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Hattie Bess Taylor McCuen of the home; one daughter, Misti Moore of Campobello; two stepsons, Babe Rayburn and Robby Rayburn of Campobello; two brothers, Marion McCuen of Simpsonville, S.C., and George McCuen of Taylors, S.C.; and two step-grandsons.
Graveside services were held at Wood Memorial Park, conducted by the Rev. Larry Padgett.
The Wood Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Leroy Burnett
Leroy Burnett, 73, of Woodruff, S.C., died Jan. 13, 2001, at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Greenville, S.C., he was the widower of Estelle Simmons Burnett and son of the late Clinton Mack and Bessie Crain Burnett. He was a World War II veteran and retired from the Navy after 22 years of service.
Survivors include one son, Doug Burnett of Inman, S.C.; two brothers, Otis Burnett of Woodruff and J.L. Burnett of Chesnee, S.C.; and three sisters, Ruby Raines of Charlotte, Pauline Matthews of Landrum and Shirley Burnett of Spartanburg, S.C.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Heritage Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Fred Quidley.
The family is at the home, 264 Poole Street, Woodruff, S.C.

Winifred A. Brown
Winifred A. Brown, 92, of Laurel Lake Drive, Tryon Estates, Columbus, died Jan. 14, 2001, in St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus.
Born in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of the late George and Harriett Palmer. Although the economics of the times precluded a high school education, she read extensively, developing interest and knowledge in many areas.
She was a homemaker for many years and worked as a census taker for the U.S. government and as a cashier/hostess in a restaurant in New York City. Upon her retirement, she became an accomplished photographer. She gave many slide presentations to senior citizens based on her travels. She and her husband visited all 50 states during their 65 years of marriage.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence F. Brown; two daughters, Joan Altmann of Prospect, Conn., and Norma Ackerman of Brevard; two grandchildren, Steven Altmann and Janet Brown of Connecticut; and one great-grandchild, Evan Brown of Connecticut. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth L. Brown; and a brother, Ernest Palmer. She will be missed by her many relatives and friends and remembered by all as a loving and caring person.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 20 Rozel Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540; or to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Connecticut Chapter, 185 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, Conn. 6109-1219; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Burial will take place in Rhode Island and a memorial service will be held in the Tryon Estates auditorium Monday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John Blalock officiating.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Odell Lee Sr.
Odell Lee Sr., 73, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Jan. 14, 2001, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Amanda Mills Lee and son of the late George and Annie Mae Snoddy Lee. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include four daughters, Kathy Crocker of Wichita, Kan., Alberta Lee of Landham, Md., Dianne Brown of Campobello and Errica Lee of Spartanburg; three sons, Odell Lee Jr. of Fayetteville, Thomas H. Lee of the home and James D. Lee of Spartanburg; two sisters, Roberta Kidney and Shirley Lee Sims, both of Spartanburg; one brother, Harold Stinson Lee of Spartanburg; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family is at the home, 10 Lynwood Drive, Spartanburg.
J.W. Woodward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Ed Miller
Jerry Ed Miller, 46, of Landrum, died Jan. 15, 2001, at his home.
A native of Polk County, he was the son of the late John Ed and Emma Hill Miller.
Survivors include one son, Quinton Jackson of Green Creek; two daughters, Erica Jackson of Green Creek and Jermica Latasha Gist of Inman, S.C.; two brothers, Ricky Miller of Chesnee, S.C., and James N. Miller of Landrum; two sisters, Dr. Gladys Edwards of Spartanburg, S.C., and Daisy Mildred McDowell of Landrum; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at St. Luke Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. George Miller. Burial will be in Green Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Green Creek.
The family is at the home, 200 S. Randolph St., Apt. 1Y2, Landrum.
Cannon and Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Bellew Hawkins
Eunice Bellew Hawkins, 84, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Jan. 15, 2001, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Ben Rhymer and J.B. Hawkins and daughter of the late W.T. and Gertha Waycaster Bellew. She was a member of Northview Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Ben Rhymer of Forest City, Jerry Douglas Rhymer and Willie Joe Rhymer, both of Spartanburg; one sister, Geneal Rhymer of Campobello; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Clyde Greene and Danny Garrett. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of Joretta Morris, 118 Shoally Street, Boiling Springs, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Special Needs Fund, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C 29302.

Gurlia Bradley Wilson
Gurlia Bradley Wilson of Hendersonville, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001.
She was the daughter of the late William and Effie Gibbs Bradley and was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Wilson Jr. (Oct. 14, 2000), a son, George Wilson (1959), four sisters and four brothers.
A native of Polk County, she lived most of her life in Henderson County. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Nelda Pace of Hendersonville, Rebecca Greene of Candler and Mary Sue Ballard of Hendersonville; a brother, D.C. Bradley of Mill Spring; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel in the Pines of Jackson Funeral Service, Hendersonville, with the Revs. H. Ray Talley, Phillip Capell and Dr. Ron Fousek officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 50 South French Broad, Asheville, N.C. 28801, or to the American Diabetes Association, 2 Hanover Square, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, Suite 1600, Raleigh, N.C. 27601.

Dr. Joe R. Utley
Dr. Joe R. Utley, 65, of Campobello, husband of Joella Jordan Utley, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Memorial services will held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, conducted by Dr. Todd B. Jones, James Barrett, Dr. Steve Leyland and John Candler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wofford College, 1429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306; Converse College, School of Music, 580 E. Main St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302; Brevard Music Center, P.O. Box 318, Brevard, N.C. 28712; Spartanburg Music Foundation, 385 Spring St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306; or America’s Shrine to Music Museum, c/o The Utley Brass Collection, 414 E. Clark St., Vermillon, S.D. 75069.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

June Whitaker Ashley
June Whitaker Ashley, 70, of Saluda, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at Margaret Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville.
Born in Polk County, she was the daughter of Florence Thompson Whitaker of Saluda and the late Frank Whitaker. Mrs. Ashley worked for Duke Power of Hendersonville for approximately 38 years before she retired in 1985. She was a member of Saluda Presbyterian Church.
Survivors in addition to her mother include her husband, Joe Carroll Ashley of the home; one son, Christopher R. Nowak and his wife Tina of Hendersonville; one brother, Bob Whitaker and his wife Linda of Saluda; two nieces, Jill Pence of Hendersonville and Jessica Justice of Saluda; also three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Chuck Evans officiating. Burial will be in Saluda City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight in the McFarland Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.
McFarland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Minnie Mae Rogers
Minnie Mae Rogers, 85, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Jan. 16, 2001, at Magnolia Place.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Paul E. Rogers and daughter of the late Lee and Ellen Powell. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one son, James E. Rogers of Spartanburg; three daughters, Judy R. Placak of Tryon, Shirley R. Nichols of Cowpens, S.C., and Peggy R. Ingram of Spartanburg; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Mike Wood. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Activity Department of Magnolia Place, 8020 White Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.

Lucille Zell Sierk
Lucille Zell Sierk, 100, of Tryon, died Jan. 16, 2001, in White Oak Manor, Tryon.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Ida Franck Zell. She was the widow of Waldemar Sierk who died in 1988. Mrs. Sierk was a member of the Tryon First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Herbert A. Sierk of Tryon; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbus with Dr. Darryl E. Maxwell officiating.
The family will receive friends at the home of her son, Dr. Herbert A. Sierk, 16 Hunting Country Trails, Tryon, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 421 N. Trade St., Tryon, N.C. 28782.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Lee Brigman III
Robert Lee Brigman 111, 52, of Inman, S.C., died Jan. 16, 2001, at his home.
A native of Tryon, he was the son of Sophie Thompson Brigman of Inman and the late Robert Lee Brigman. He was a Baptist, a member of Inman Masonic Lodge No. 201 and worked as a crane operator at Inman Stone Company.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Robert Lee Brigman IV of Charlotte and Morris Floyd Brigman of Boiling Springs, S.C.; one daughter, Daphne Lee Wyatt of Campobello; two sisters, Mary Gerlene Atkins of Campobello and Molly McFalls of Tryon; one brother, Jerry Jerome Brigman of Inman, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Seawright Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Shane Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.

Alice Tryon Steinke
Alice Tryon Steinke died Jan. 16, 2001, in New Richmond, Wis.
A native of Montclair, N.J., she lived in Milwaukee, Wis., for 40 years before retiring to Tryon with her husband, John.
She was involved in various volunteer activities such as the Polk County Beautification and Appearance Commission, St. Luke’s Hospital, Chair of Courtesy, the Thrift Shop and The Meeting Place. As a member of Tryon Methodist Church, she served on the hospitality committee.
Survivors include her husband, John, of St. Paul, Minn.; four children, JoAnne Pierson of St. Paul, Minn., Jay Steinke of Duluth, Minn., Julie Jones of Oak Creek, Wis., and Jean McDermott of Salem, Va.; a brother, David Tryon of Tryon; seven grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Dr. Alexander M. Foreman
Dr. Alexander M. Foreman, 92, well known in the Sarasota, Fla., community for his chiropractic practice of 51 years, died Jan. 17, 2001.
A native of Core Creek, he moved to Sarasota in 1922. He graduated from Sarasota High School in 1929 and the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1931. He was active in the First Baptist Church of Sarasota as deacon, a tenor in the choir and Sunday school teacher. He also was a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association.
The Foremans resided on Lake Lanier during the summer months after Dr. Foreman retired and they attended First Baptist Church of Tryon.
Survivors include his wife, Frances; five children, Rodney Foreman of Mililani Town, Hawaii, Alling Foreman of Dublin, Calif., Carol Whaley of Tryon, Michael Foreman of Sarasota, Fla., and Alice Jane Pratt of Jacksonville, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Arcadia at 1006 North Brevard Ave., Arcadia, Fla., at 10 a.m. today. There will also be a graveside service in Sarasota, Fla., at 3 p.m. at the Sarasota Memorial Park, 5833 South Tamiami Trail.
Flowers can be sent to Robarts Funeral Home, 163 Brevard Avenue, Arcadia, Fla. 34266.
The family has requested memorial donations to be made to First Baptist Church of Arcadia, 1006 North Brevard Ave., Arcadia, Fla.

Doris Camelia Ruslie
Doris Camelia Ruslie, 88, of Landrum, died Jan. 18, 2001, in St. Luke’s Hospital.
A native of Camrose, Alberta, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Tollef and Nellie Ruslie. She taught in Alberta, Canada, and in Oakland, Calif. She was known for her extensive travels and hospitality and for her involvement with the family in the interest and support of Christian missionaries.
Survivors include a sister, Sheila Gallatin of Landrum; two nephews; four grandnephews; and two grandnieces.
Services were held Sunday at Landrum First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Long officiating. Interment was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lebanon 2001, P.O. Box 280, Landrum, S.C. 29356.
Petty Funeral Home, Landrum, was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Lee “Blu” Griffin Jr.
Joseph Lee “Blu” Griffin Jr., 44, of Tryon, died Jan. 21, 2001, in his residence in Greenville, S.C., after a lengthy illness.
A native of Polk County, he was the son of the late Joseph Lee Griffin Sr. and Viola Miller Griffin. He was a former employee of Stonecutter Mills in Tryon and S.C. Elastic in Landrum. His final place of employment was Labor Ready in Spartanburg, S.C.
Survivors include two sisters, Teresa Ann Griffin of Tryon and Verena Griffin Miller of Roebuck, S.C.
The family is at the home of Tony and Verena Miller, 170 Norman Drive in Roebuck, and at Teresa Griffin’s home at New View Apartments in Tryon.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Garrison Chapel Baptist Church in Tryon with the Rev. Timothy Brown officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Verena Miller, P.O. Box 1281, Roebuck, S.C. 29376.
Community Mortuary, Spartanburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Elizabeth High Coley
Margaret Elizabeth High Coley, 75, of Campobello, died Jan. 21, 2001, in Magnolia Manor.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Harold W. Coley, and the daughter of the late Hugh Evans and Susan Lancaster High. She was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church and was retired from Milliken.
Survivors include two sons, Steve Coley of Lake Bowen, S.C., and Wade Coley of Boiling Springs, S.C.; two daughters, Elizabeth “Beth” Gosnell of Campobello and Susan McAbee Henderson of Inman, S.C.; one brother, Bob High of Spartanburg, S.C.; four sisters, Shirley H. Kuykendall of Inman, Sue H. Moncrief of Inman, Grace H. Settle of Inman and Joyce H. Reid of Campobello; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Ed Bullington and Bill Harris officiating.
Memorials may be made to Campobello Baptist Church, P.O. Box 205, Campobello, S.C. 29322; or to New Prospect Baptist Church, 9321 Hwy. 9, Inman, S.C. 29349.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Beth Gosnell, 203 Greenleaf Drive, Campobello.
Petty Funeral Home, Landrum, is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Morris Green
Ruth Morris Green, 87, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Jan. 21,2001, at her home.
She was the widow of Lonnie Green and daughter of the late William Irvin and Martha Wolfe Morris. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church, where she was member of the Ruth Sunday school class. She was a nursing assistant.
Survivors include two sons, William J. Green of Spartanburg and Paul Ray Green of Phoenix, Ariz.; four daughters, Virginia Buffkin of Whiteville, Mary Hall of Spartanburg, Linda Holt of Chapin, S.C., and Susan Lawrimore of Hemingway, S.C.; one brother, Vance Morris of Campobello; one sister, Frances Storey of Landrum; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel, prior to the service.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel conducted by the Rev. Everett Foster. Burial will be at Mountain Page Church Cemetery in Saluda.

Joseph Earl Bass
Joseph Earl Bass, 64, of Campobello, died Jan. 24, 2001, in Inman, S.C., from injuries received in an accident.
Born in Inman, he was the son of the late Edward and Verlie Kimmons Bass. He retired as a safety coordinator at Truck-Air. He was a mason.
He is survived by a son, Mark Bass of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Linda Shirley of Marietta, S.C.; and a grandson.
Funeral services were held at Seawright Funeral Chapel Sunday with Mr. Jim Sloop officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Inman.
Seawright Funeral Home, Inman, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lillie Rochelle Talley
Mrs. Lillie Rochelle Talley, 91, of White Oak Manor, Tryon, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, in St. Luke’s Hospital.
A native of Union County, she was the daughter of the late President and Elisa Ray Rochelle. She was the widow of Lawless Talley.
After graduating from high school in Union, she moved to Tryon. She was a member of Garrison Chapel Baptist Church and made a life of singing and cooking. She began singing at the age of four. She would sing folk, classics, spirituals, and semi-blues. She was said to have been the first black to have a radio program in Spartanburg. She retired from the Dudley Smith farms after 17 years and the Four Columns Farm after 27 years. She also operated a catering business in Tryon.
Survivors include one son, John Wilkins of Charlotte; and a host of cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Garrison Chapel Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Curtis Hunter officiating. Interment will follow in the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Tryon.
Her body will be placed in the church from noon today until the hour of the service.
Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Stephen Shepherd
Jerry Stephen Shepherd, 54, of Campobello died Jan. 25, 2001.
He was the husband of Earlene P. Shepherd and was a member of Gateway Baptist Church. He was a Sunday school teacher of the adult class at Gateway Baptist Church. He was a lay-preacher in the prison system.
Survivors include his wife, Earlene P. Shepherd of the home; a daughter, Suzanne Poston of Travelers Rest, S.C.; two sons, Stephen Shepherd of Roebuck, S.C., and Ben Shepherd of Inman, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at Gateway Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Ray K. Stuart. Burial was at Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Gowensville.
Memorials may be made to Gateway Baptist Church Mission Fund, P.O. Box 160086, Boiling Springs, S.C. 29316.
Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Benjamin Bowling Sr.
Thomas Benjamin Bowling Sr., “T.B.,” 89, of Spartanburg, died Jan. 25, 2001, in Restorative Care of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Campobello, he was the son of the late B.R. Bowling and Cora Edwards Bowling and the husband of the late Lucille Bergeret Bowling. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and was a retired school principal, teacher and assistant coach in Spartanburg School District #1.
He was also retired from the Spartanburg County Peach Growers Association. He was a faithful volunteer of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Clyde David Bowling of Spartanburg; four daughters, Julia Burnett of Spartanburg, Elizabeth Marchbank of St. Louis, Mo., Eleanore Bishop of Newton and Cora Harless of Tampa, Fla.; three sisters, Ruth Bishop of Asheville, Lois Willingham of Landrum and Mary Burns of Inman, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Benjamin Bowling Jr.; two brothers, Herbert L. Bowling, Ralph T. Bowling and a sister, Grace B. Carter.
Funeral services were held Saturday in Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel conducted by the Rev. Douglas A. Bowling of Hilton Head, S.C. A private burial followed at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Rosalie Henson
Rosalie Henson, 85, of Lynn, died Jan. 27, 2001, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Columbus.
Born in Polk County, she was the daughter of the late John Riley and Lula Fisher Henson. She was a member of Pacolet Baptist Church, Lynn.
Survivors include two brothers, Clarence Henson of Columbus and Richard Henson of Tuxedo; three sisters, Mildred Hipp of Saluda, Genelle Carter of Hampton, Va., and Jane Swart of Aldie, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the McFarland Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Billy Salyers officiating. Burial will be in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus.
Memorials may be made to the Pacolet Baptist Church Music Fund, P.O. Box 142, Lynn, N.C. 28750.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

James Gabe Denley II
James Gabe Denley II, 40, of Polk County, died Jan. 27, 2001.
A native of New Orleans, La., he was employed by Laughter Construction and attended Faith Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Jambes Gabe Denley III of New Orleans; one daughter, Jessica Denley of New Orleans; his mother, Delores McNutt of New Orleans; two sisters, Joni Dolhonde of New Orleans and Dawn Denley of New Orleans; and one brother, Don Darkin of New Orleans.
A celebration of Mr. Denley’s life will be held at Faith Baptist Church, Hwy. 9 North, at a later date. The Rev. Travis Smith will officiate.

Albert “Al” Fisher
Albert “Al” Fisher, 82, of Louise, W.Va., died Jan. 27, 2001, in his home.
He was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witness Follansbee Congregation and was a Marine during World War II. He was a retired coal miner for Stravaggi Industries as a drag line operator with 20 years of service. He was a member of the Colliers Sportsman’s Club.
Survivors include his wife, Esther V. Moore Fisher; two sons, A. Clayton Fisher of Tryon and Stephen Fisher of Tampa, Fla.; four daughters, Barbara Emmerich of Wellsburg, W.Va., Sharon Powell of Brunswick, Ga., Terri Klepack of Toronto, Ohio, and Rachelle Fisher of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Amelia Zambarda of Follansbee, W.Va., Mrs. Don Jackie Griffith of Wellsburg, W.Va., and Irene Allenbaugh of Las Vegas, Nev.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Fisher; two brothers, George Fisher Jr. and Edward Fisher; four sisters, Margaret Cortazzio, Helen Gillette Olga Griffith, Mary Brothers and Agnes Siegler; and one grandson.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at Follansbee Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witness, 2514 Eldersville Road, Follansbee, W.Va., with Elder John Duffield officiating. Interment was private.
Reasner Funeral Home, Wellsburg, W.Va., was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Raye Wood Wahnon
Ethel Raye Wood Wahnon, widow of Arthur B. Wahnon, of Greenville, S.C., died Jan. 28, 2001.
Born in Union, she was a daughter of the late Shade Inman and Raymoth Josephine Burgess Wood. She was a former beautician and a caregiver until her retirement, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg.
Surviving are a sister, Frances W. Rice of Spartanburg; a son, William Inman Wahnon of Greer, S.C.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Claudia E. Wilhite.
Gravesjde services will be held today at 11 a.m. in Rosemont Cemetery, Union, S.C., with the Rev. Mike McGee officiating.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
The Mackey Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore Wilson
Theodore Wilson of Tryon died at home Jan. 28, 2001, after a long illness.
He was the son of the late Willie Wilson and Marion Douglas Wilson. He was a native of Newberry County, S.C. He was a member of Garrison Chapel Baptist Church in Tryon.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Bell of Tryon and Ryan Wilson of New York.
A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Garrison Chapel Baptist Church with pastor James Hunter officiating, Burial will be in the Good Shepherd Memorial Garden, Tryon. The body will be placed in the church at noon today.
The family is at the home of Frances Bryan, 356 E. Howard Street, Tryon.
J.W. Woodward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pierce Walker Alley
Pierce Walker Alley, 83, of White Oaks Estates, died Jan. 28, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg, he was the husband of the late Floree Vehorn Alley, and the son of the late Garley Barto and Bertha Irene Lowe Alley. He was a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, a member of the Saluda United Methodist Church and a life member of Glendale Masonic Lodge #271. He served in the 30th Division Artillery, U.S. Army, World War II.
Survivors include three brothers, Ernest Alley and Raymond Alley, both of Spartanburg, S.C., and Dupre Alley of Montgomery, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Tony Sayer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Special Needs Fund, 120 Heywood Avenue, Ste. 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 20302; or Mobile Meals, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, S.C. 20304.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Pansy Engle Boggs
Doris Pansy Engle Boggs, 63, of Olin, died Jan, 29, 2001, of an unexpected illness at her residence.
She was born in Polk County. She was the daughter of the late Kenneth Engle and the late Dovie Laughter Engle. She was a sales person at Sam’s Club and was a member of Olin United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, William Davidson Boggs; a daughter, Patricia Boggs Waldrop of Olin; two brothers, Bill Engle of Asheville and Hoover Engle of Hendersonville; a sister, Sarah “Lizzie” Engle of the home; three grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Wednesday at the Harmony United Methodist Church with the Revs. Phillip Poole and Jeff Coppley officiating. Burial will be held in Olin Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church, 136 West Memorial Highway, Harmony, N.C. 28634; or to the Olin Cemetery.
Nicholson Funeral Home, Statesville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Martha Jane Minnis Tietjens
Martha Jane Minnis Tietjens, daughter of the late Eda and Homer T. Minnis of Carrollton, Mo., died Jan. 29, 2001, in Spartanburg, S.C.
Mrs. Tietjens and her husband were representatives of the National Catfish Farmers Organization of America. She was the first person in the state to artificially hatch channel catfish. The Tietjens were selected as the first outstanding farm family of Carroll County and as the Missouri State Fair outstanding family. They were presented the Conservation Award for stewardship of the land, and the Missouri State and Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers Award. Mrs. Tietjens was the president of the Bosworth PTA for several years, a Baptist Training Union Leader for six years, a member of the Eastern Star and a Grand Matron. She taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Milton Estel Tietjens of Sugartree in Carrollton, Mo.; two daughters, Paula Jane Rosen of Columbus and Connie Marie Ponting of Hale, Mo.; two sons, Daniel Milton Tietjens of Carrollton, Mo., and Richard Minnis Tietjens of Dewitt, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton, Mo., from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, and the funeral will be at the Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home on 226 S. Odell St. in Marshall, Mo., Friday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.

Margaret Butler West
Margaret Butler West, 91, of Greer, S.C., died Jan. 30, 2001, at Allen Bennett Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg, she was the widow of Lee W. West and daughter of the late Clark and Cleo Zimmerman Butler. She was a charter member of Northwood Baptist Church and was retired from Lyman Printing and Finishing Company.
Survivors include three sons, Morris L. West and E. Steve West, both of Greer, and D. Allen West of Campobello; one sister, Kate Drummond of Florence, S.C.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Northwood Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church, conducted by Michael Joe Harvell. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Northwood Baptist Church building fund, 888 Ansel School Road, Greer, S.C. 29651.
Wood Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

LaRhett Livingston Stuart Jr.
LaRhett Livingston Stuart Jr., 82, of Tryon, died Jan. 31, 2001, in Autumn Care Nursing Center, Saluda.
A native of New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late General LaRhett L. and Dorothy Clark Stuart and the husband of the late Helen Knight Stuart who died in December, 2000. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a longtime resident of Winnetka and Glenview, Ill., and retired to Tryon in 1990. He worked for many years at Skill Corporation in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Stuart was an avid naturalist and woodworker. He was a member of Winnetka Congregational Church and the Congregational Church of Christ in Tryon.
Survivors include one son, Duncan K. Stuart of Albany, Calif.; two daughters, Mary C. Stuart of Corrales, N.M., and Anne Stuart Bickel of Evergreen, Colo.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Theodore C. Stuart.
A memorial service will be held today at 2:30 p.m. in Autumn Care of Saluda with Dr. Joseph Emery officiating. A memorial service will be held for LaRhett and Helen Stuart at 4 p.m. June 22 in Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka, Ill., with Dr. Joseph Shank officiating.
Memorials may be made to Autumn Care of Saluda, P.O. Box 488, Saluda, N.C. 28773.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Mittie Ruth “Mit” Garner Varner
Mittie Ruth “Mit” Garner Varner, 92, of Union, S.C., died Jan. 31, 2001, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Union County, she was the widow of J.L. “Jim” Varner and daughter of the late Leslie Garner and Lizzie Mitchell Garner. She was a member of Foster’s Chapel United Methodist Church and was formerly employed with Union County Home. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Survivors include one daughter, Doris Lawson of Union; one son, Dwaine Varner of Campobello; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grand-children.
Funeral services were held Friday at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, conducted by Richard Lewis and the Revs. Larry Hyder and Keith Sweat. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church building fund, 373 Wesley Chapel Road, Union, S.C. 29379; or Foster’s Chapel United Methodist Church building fund, 392 Pea Ridge Hwy., Jonesville, S.C. 29353.
Holcombe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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