Miscellaneous Polk County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Enone S. Taube
Enone Smith Taube, 83, of Tryon, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Columbus.
Born in Hibbing, Minn., she moved to Polk County in 1981. Mrs. Taube was a member of the Congregational Church of Christ in Tryon. She was active in enameling on copper and sewing as hobbies.
Survivors include her husband, Clarke Taube; two sons, Bruce Lidberg of Minneapolis, Minn., and James Lidberg of Mesa, Ariz.; and one granddaughter.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001 in the Congregational Church of Christ in Tryon with the Revs. Wallace Matsen and Clairnel Nervik.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon is in charge of arrangements.

Kim Pulfer
Kim Edwards Pulfer, 45, died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001 in Sintra, Portugal.
Born in Bryan, Texas, she was a Polk County native.
Survivors include her parents, John Howard and Edith Lapp Edwards of Green Creek; her husband, Peter Pulfer; one son, Michael Andrew Pulfer of Sintra, Portugal; two sisters, Kay Edwards Rice and her husband, William J. Rice of Green Creek, and Rita Edwards Sports and her husband, Pete Sports of Green Creek; two nephews, Joseph D. Maddox of Las Vegas, Nevada and John E. Maddox of Duncan, S.C.; one niece, Kimberly Rianne Maddox of Lake Bowen, S.C.; and one great-nephew, Cameron Joseph Frost. She was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Ann Edwards Fisher.
She graduated from Polk Central High School, Spartanburg Technical College, and the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
She will be greatly missed by her family, her extended family of many aunts, uncles and cousins, and many close friends. She and her husband and son lived in Murten, Switzerland and most recently in Sintra, Portugal where she leaves many dear friends.
The family will receive friends at 265 Melrose Ave. Tryon on Friday, Nov. 2, 2001 from 5 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to one’s favorite charity in her name.
Petty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Scott Shields
Scott Eugene Shields, 37, of Landrum, died Oct. 30, 2001 at his home.
A native of Landrum, he was the son of Jerry and Donna Hayes Shields of Landrum.
He was employed by Shields Properties and he was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one sister, Sandra Hyder of Landrum.
Visitation will be held tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Petty Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at Petty Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Tommy Turner. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Petty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Pierce
Edward L. Pierce, 86, Tryon, died Oct. 24, 2001, at St. Luke’s Hospital.
A native of Salamanca, N.Y., he was the husband of Grace “Elenor” Pierce.
He was a graduate of Boston University and a member of North Star Lodge #255 in Wharton, N.J.
There will be no services.
Petty Funeral Home of Landrum was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph George
Joseph E. George, 76, of Spartanburg, died Oct. 24, 2001 at his home.
A native of Union, he was the son of the late Wade Simpson and Rachel McGaha George. He was a rural postal employee and was of the Methodist faith. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Quida Sumrall George, of the home; one daughter, Brenda George Whelchel of Columbus; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held today, Oct. 26, 2001, at 3:30 p.m. at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel conducted by the Rev. Robert Wofford.
The family will receive friends following the service in the chapel.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Johnny Wilkins
Johnny Lewis “Tater” Wilkins, of Boiling Springs, died Oct. 23, 2001, at the Veterans Hospital in Asheville, after an extended illness.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was a son of the late John and Lena Mae Padgett Wilkins and the husband of Carolyn Nesbitt Wilkins.
He was a member of Smith Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; six brothers, the Rev. Wallace Wilkins of Wellford, Brodus Wilkins of Clement, Mich., James, Tom, and Ray Wilkins of Inman; and two sisters, Jessie Mae Jackson of Inman and the Rev. Betty Kelly of Campobello.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Cannon and Sons Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Smith Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of a sister, Jessie Mae Jackson of 28 Blackstock Road, Inman.
Cannon and Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Sheldon Raiser
Sheldon A. Raiser, 89, of Columbus, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001 in Tryon Estates Medical Facility, Columbus.
Born in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Charles Victor and Anna Hammer Raiser and the husband of Alta Mae Raiser who died in 1999. He was a member of Tryon Country Club, The American Heart Association, and The Animal Protection Society.
Survivors include one son, Robert Raiser of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 in Tryon Estates Auditorium in Columbus with the Rev. Ralph Kuether officiating.
Memorials may be made to Foothills Humane Society, P.O. Box 126, Tryon, N.C. 28782.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon is in charge of arrangements.

Lettie Foster
Lettie Gaines Foster, of Tryon, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Columbus.
Born in Polk County, she was the daughter of the late William Miles and Adlee Fowler Gaines. She was a member of Morgan Chapel Baptist Church in Landrum. She was the wife of Richard Foster who died in 1994.
Survivors include her daughter, Anne F. Boothe of Tryon.
Graveside services were held Monday, Oct. 22, 2001 in Morgan Chapel Baptist Cemetery, Landrum.
Memorials may be made to Morgan Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 271, Landrum, S.C. 29356.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon was in charge of arrangements.

Jessie Lanning
Jessie William Lanning, 43, of Arden, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Pardee Hospital following a battle with cancer.
A native and lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was a son of George McCoy Lanning and Daisy Agnes Raines Lanning of Asheville. He had worked for Van Wingerden International for 10 years before illness forced his retirement. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Lanning; a sister, Ann Bradley of Asheville; three brothers, David Lanning of Hoopers Creek, Ricky Lanning of Asheville and Junior Lanning of Green Creek; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother James Lanning and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Naples Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard Merck and Zeke Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and at other times at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6321, Hendersonville, N.C. 28802.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Lewis Crain
Lewis Frank Crain, 75, of Gowensville, died Oct. 17, 2001 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
A native of Greenville County, he was a son of Nell Willis Crain of Greenville and the late Jay Crain. He was a member and deacon at Redeemed Baptist Church and was retired from Leigh Fibers.
Survivors include his mother; his wife, Agnes T. Crain; a son, Timothy Crain of Gowensville; and a sister, Joyce Capps of Travelers Rest.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Redeemed Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Bill Walker. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Shepherds Field, C/O Redeemed Baptist Church, 1000 S. Blackstock Road, Landrum. S.C. 29356.
The family is at the residence.
Petty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judith Graham
Judith Graham, 54, died Oct. 17, 2001 at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, S.C.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, she was the daughter of the late John Milligan and Willimina Graham.
She worked as a nurse and was a Protestant.
Surviving are two sisters, Sandra Graham of Brighton, Ontario and Marilyn Belanger of Montreal, Quebec.
Memorial services were held at Seawright Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Coy Collicott.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Caring Connection, c/o SRMC Foundation, 101 East Wood Street, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Seawright Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

John Cantrell
John Glenn Cantrell, 60, of Hendersonville died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, from injuries sustained in an accident.
He was a native of Henderson County and the son of the late Walter Addison Cantrell and Virgie Lee Cantrell. He was also predeceased by four brothers, Roy Cantrell, Coy Cantrell, Harvey Cantrell and Leon Cantrell; one sister, Katherine Williams; and one half brother, Bob Cooper. He worked as a carpenter in residential construction and was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his two sons, John Cantrell and Tim Cantrell of Hendersonville; one daughter, Lynn Bradburn of Hendersonville; one brother, Roger Cantrell of Saluda; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery.
Shuler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Morris
Dorothy McDowell Morris, of Inman, died Oct. 15, 2001 at her home. A native of Spartanburg, she was the widow of M.A. “Brick” Morris and was the daughter of the late C.E. McDowell and Cora Mullins McDowell.
She was a professional artist and a member of the Spartanburg Artist Guild and a lifelong student of art. She was also a member of Inman First Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Morris Jones of Landrum; two grandchildren; two sisters, Marion McDowell Bird of Inman and Janie McDowell Blackwell of Lexington, SC; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Charlie Morris.
Graveside services will be held today, Oct. 18, 2001 in Roselawn Memorial Gardens conducted by Dr. Donald Bishop. Family will receive friends following the service.

Molly Roth-Schumpert
Molly Roth-Schumpert, 76, Columbus, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 at her home.
Born in Rogers, Ark., in 1925, she married H.D. Jack Roth in 1943 and became active in his family’s flower business in downtown Lafayette, Ind. She later became sole owner of Roth Florist until selling it.
She was also active for many years in the Lafayette, Ind. Downtown Association and in preparation for the annual Christmas parade.
She later became a salesperson for the Gloria Marshal Figure Control Center in Lafayette. She was last employed as the deputy Democratic registrar in the Tippecanoe County Office of Voter Registration. In 1997, she retired to Columbus.
Survivors include her husband, O.L. Lamar Schumpert; one daughter, Elizabeth Katherine Roth of Columbus; one son, Stephen Paul Roth of Washington, DC; and one sister, Helen Joan McCoy Mears of Columbus.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 15, 2001 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon with Chaplain Tom Swift officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon is in charge of arrangements.

Marion Allison
Marion Lucille Allison, 80, died May 17, 2002, at Camp Care Nursing Home, Inman.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Clara Davis Vassey. She was a member of Landrum United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a brother, William “Billy” Davis of Campobello; and two sisters, Ola Davidson and Betty Jean Davis, both of Campobello.
Funeral services were held Monday at Petty Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Bill Walker. Burial was at Redeemed Baptist Church cemetery.

Dasey Hudson
Dasey M. Hudson, 82, of Zirconia, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at Mission St. Joseph’s Hospital.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County and the daughter of the late William and Ollie Pace. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Marshall, Carlee and Cleveland Pace.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Elmer Hudson; a daughter, Frances Griffin of Hendersonville; three sisters, Margaret Reaves of Greer, Hazel Thomas of Marshall and Ora Bell Norton of Saluda; two granddaughters; 13 nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Double Springs Baptist Church, where she will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. The Revs. Robert Garren and Perry Forrest will officiate. Burial will follow at Ward Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Double Springs Baptist Church at P.O. Box 415, Tuxedo, N.C. 28784.
Jackson Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Mike Williams
Charles Michael Williams, 49, of Mill Spring, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at his home.
A native of Polk County, he was the son of the late Woodrow Williams and Lois Jones Williams and was a member of Big Level Baptist Church. He was a retired route supervisor in waste disposal.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Guy Williams; two daughters, Monica Bumbardner and Nichole Cugini, both of Spartanburg; two sons, Brian Williams of the home, and Michael Williams of Rutherfordton; four sisters, Wanda Breedlove, Sandra Edwards, Brenda Keller and Louellen Gilbert, all of Mill Spring; three brothers, Gary Williams of Spartanburg, Larry Williams of Columbus and Wayne Williams of Charlotte; four grandchildren; and several half-brothers and sisters.
Services were held Monday at Big Level Baptist Church officiated by the Revs. Robert Orr and Everette Wallace Jr. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 421 N. Trade St., Tryon, N.C. 28782.
Crowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

M.T. Brown Jr.
M.T. “Bud” Brown Jr. of Lexington, formerly of Tryon, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002.
Mr. Brown was born in Bristol County, Va., on March, 18, 1930, to Major Toliver Brown Sr. and Orpha Catherine Hash Brown. He received his BS in accounting from Catawba College. Before retirement in 1993, he was in partnership with Daniel& Brown, CPA, in Lexington and was principal in M.T. Brown, CPA, P.A. in Tryon. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as past treasurer and a deacon. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Brown and Willard Brown and two sisters, Pauline Holloway and Ruth Hagy.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hinson Brown of the home; two sons, Barry Brown of Tryon, and Jeff Brown of Portland, Ore.; two daughters, Lynn B. Andreas of Burbank, Calif., and Libby B. Young of Wilmington; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Tate of Lexington.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Chapel, Lexington, conducted by Dr. Ray Howell III and Rev. Mark Kemp. Entombment will be in Forest Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Davidson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 436, Lexington, N.C. 27293.

Donald Creagan
Donald R. Creagan, 87, former resident of Tryon and current resident of Ashland, Va., died on Wednesday May 22, 2002.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, son of the late John and Mabel Creagan, Mr. Creagan was a graduate of University of Michigan’s College of Pharmacy, and a former resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., Summit, N.J., and Bucks County, Pa. He and his wife of 60 years, Muriel, moved to Tryon upon retirement. They moved to Ashland, Va., in the fall of 2001 to be closer to their family.
Don served in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II. Following the war, he joined E.R. Squibb & Sons pharmaceutical company and he pursued his professional goals in Ohio, Michigan, and New York City until his retirement in 1981.
Upon retirement, Don was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, the Red Cross, FISH, and other charitable organizations. He served as a patient volunteer, board member and chairman of the board of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.
Survivors include his wife, Muriel; his sister, Geraldyne, of Grand Rapids, Mi.; his son Ross R. Creagan of Ithaca, N.Y.; his daughter Mary Creagan Leffler of Ashland, Va.; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Ashland, Va., at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 25. Hospice was extremely helpful to the family and a very important organization to Mr. Creagan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bon Secours Hospice of Richmond, 8580 Magellan Parkway, Building IV, Richmond, Va. 23227 or to the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, N.C. 28722.

Donna Mae Miller
Donna Mae Staub Miller, 72, of Mill Spring, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, in St. Luke’s Hospital.
Born in York, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Jay Wiley and Gertrude Yingling Staub and the wife of Nelson Miller. She moved to Polk County in 1966 and was a nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital, for 20 years. She was a member of Big Level Baptist Church, Mill Spring. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Madelyn Rowe.
Survivors include her husband; three grandchildren, Richard Barnes and wife, Deborah, Steven Barns and wife, Rande, and Susan Mooney and husband, George.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, in Big Level Baptist Church, Mill Spring with the Revs. Robert Orr and Everett Wallace officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Big Level Baptist Church Building Fund, 400 Big Level Rd., Mill Spring, N.C. 28756.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Humphries
Ruby Jackson Humphries, 84, of Campobello, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at Magnolia Manor of Spartanburg, S.C., after a very long illness.
She was the wife of the late John D. Humphries and daughter of the late James Arthur Jackson and Alma Bishop Jackson. She was a retiree from Lyman Printing and Finishing Company and a member of Walnut Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, John Earl Humphries; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Seawright’s Funeral Chapel conducted by the Revs. Gary Hensley, Terry Pleasant and Odell Moseley. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Seawright’s Funeral Home, Inman, was in charge of arrangements.

Bernard W. Bace
Bernard W. Bace, 77, a resident of Tryon Estates, died Friday, May 24, 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda, and daughters, Lynn Bace of Dallas, Texas, and Adria Bace of Lincoln, Neb; two stepdaughters, Christine Self and Megan Jones; and one grandchild, Alexandra MacKay.
A private service is planned.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, N.C. 28722, or to the Presbyterian Home for Children, 80 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain, N.C. 28711.
McFarland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Johnny Van Stamper
Johnny Van Stamper, 46, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at Mission St. Joseph’s Hospital, Asheville.
A native of Letcher County, Ky., he was the son of Mary Craft Stamper of Forest City, N.C., and the late Gerald Dean Stamper. He was a carpenter and attended the Spirit Life Church of God.
Survivors include his mother; his wife, Rebecca Mathis Stamper; four sons, Michael J. Stamper of Chesnee, S.C., John A. Stamper and Nicholas V. Stamper, both of Saluda, and Jonathan V. Stamper of the home; one stepson, Tyler D. Mathis, of the home; three brothers, Joc M. Stamper, of Ellenboro, Tim G Stamper of Forest City, and Sam G. Stamper of Harris; six sisters, Patricia A. Brewer of North Wilkesboro, Marlyn S. Saine of Saluda, Nicky M. Mace and Tammy S. Wiggins, both of Ellenboro, Kim D. Peace of Forest City, and Mrs T.G. Ensley of Harris; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 29, 2002, at Spirit Life Church of God, Forest City officiated by Bishop Christopher Huffstetler. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park.
The family is at the home of his mother, Mary Stamper, 284 Georgia Ave., Forest City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spirit Life Church of God, 195 Coscent Dr., Forest City, N.C. 28043.
Harrelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Bantz Sr.
James Leland “Jim” Bantz Sr., 70, of Green Creek, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, in Franklin from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.
A native of Hartford City, Ind., he was the son of the late James Henry and Mildred Gladys Harness Bantz. He moved to the area in 1991 after retiring from Westinghouse Electric Company. He was then employed by ABB Electrical in ST. Louis, Mo., as a consultant. He attended Tryon Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tryon. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Terry Threadgill Bantz of the home; one son, James L. Bantz II of Hartford City, Ind.; one daughter, Penny Lane Beatty of Columbus; four grandchildren, James L. Bantz III, Kendra Bantz, Caleb and Joshua Beatty.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2002 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon with Pastors Dennis Uffindell and Donald Gettys officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002, in the McFarland Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Brain Injury Association, 105 N. Alfred St. Alexandria, Va. 22314.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of the arrangements.

Anne F. Boothe
Katherine Anne Foster Boothe, 57, of Tryon, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, in St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus.
Born in Polk County, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Lettie Gaines Foster. She attended Lynn First Baptist Church in Lynn and was the widow of Mark Johnson Boothe III who died in 1998.
Survivors include several aunts and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Morgan Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Landrum, S.C. with the Rev. Eddie F. Gordon III officiating.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of the arrangements.

Katherine Tayler
Katherine Vehorn Taylor, 80, of Suwanee, Ga., and of White Oak Manor in Tryon, died May 25, 2002, at St. Luke’s Hospital.
A native of Greenwood, Ind., she was the daughter of the late John and Lila Allison Vehorn. She was a Methodist and was retired from Bommer Industries.
Surviving are a daughter, Cora DeOreo of Atlanta; a brother, Tommy Vehorn of Landrum; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. today at Petty Funeral Chapel. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. John Speiser.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 600 N. Main St., Suite 2, Greer, S.C., 29650.


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