Miscellaneous Cherokee County, South Carolina Obituaries

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Ricky Walker
Ricky Franklin “Honkey” Walker, 46, of 113 Northwood Dr., died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Spartanburg, he was the son of Margaret Aileen Davis Walker and the late Paul Franklin Walker. He was a mechanic for State Government and a member of Bass Masters and West End Baptist Church.
Also surviving are two daughters, April Deanna Peeler and Ashly Jolley, both of Gaffney; one brother, Richard Walker of the home; two sisters, Sondra Aileen Walker and Billie Sue Thornton, both of Gaffney; and one grandchild.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. James E. Holder. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Doug Strevel, Rick Horne, Mike McDaniel, Francis McDaniel, Jimmy Whelchel and Johnny Jones.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Dialysis Clinic Inc., 405 Tiffany Park, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Claude Bowman Jr.
Claude A. (Bo) Bowman Jr., 70, of 113 Ridgeway Dr., died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at his home.
Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he was the husband of Maxine Kiziah Bowman and son of the late Claude A. Bowman Sr. and the late Birdell Sutton Bowman. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was a salesman for S&H Green Stamps.
Also surviving are one son, Ryan Bowman of Seneca; two daughters, Kim Newlen of Richmond, Va., and Shawn Hicks of Winston-Salem; one sister, Doris Wright of Hickory, N.C.; and three grandchildren.
Memorial services were held today at 11 a.m at First Baptist Church Chapel conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Meal on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Liane Isler
BLACKSBURG – Liane Isler, 92, of 282 Craton Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of James Craton Isler and daughter of the late James Leon and Una Byars Batchler. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Surviving are one son, Edward C. Isler of the home; two daughters, Dorothy I. Whelchel and Mary Anne I. Moore, both of Blacksburg; one brother, James D. Batchler of Blacksburg; six sisters, Leatha Moss of Shelby, Flossie Allen of Gaffney, Elsie Peterson, Wilma White, Thelma Philbeck and Catherine Borders, all of Blacksburg; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Milledge Batchler and Alexander “Buddy” Batchler, and two sisters, Ollie B. Lanier and Madeline B. Upchurch.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at White Columns conducted by the Revs. Tony Fulbright, James Price and Scottie Bell. Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Chucky Harrison, Roger Batchler, Michael Borders, Johnny Ledford, Ronnie Batchler and Albert Peterson.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of S.C., 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge.

Kathy Fowler
Kathy Marie Fowler, 45, of 117 Kraft St., died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000. A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of Nannie G. Fowler of Gaffney and the late Wylie “Bob” Fowler. She was first married to James Owensby of Gaffney. She was a lab technician with Hoechst Celanese in Spartanburg and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her mother and Mr. Owensby, are one daughter, Kelli Owensby Bell of Gaffney; one sister, Deborah Bolin of Gaffney; one granddaughter, Brianna Bell.
In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her brother, Roger Mark Fowler.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. James Humphries. 
Pallbearers will be Steve Bolin, Heath Bolin, Brian Bell, Charlie Wise, Ray Martin and Paul Fowler.
Friends may visit the family at 206 Marietta St.
Memorials may be made to Little Memorial Building Fund, 427 Victory Trail Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
White Columns-Gaffney is in charge.

Ola Millwood
Ola Maebelle Osment Millwood, 89, of 3059 Pacolet Hwy., died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, at 3079 Pacolet Hwy.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Charlie Millwood and daughter of the late Oscar Osment and the late Janie Millwood Osment. She was a homemaker and member of Blue Branch Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Lunette Ross and Ruby Williams, both of Gaffney; two sons, William “Bill” Millwood and Ervin Millwood, both of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Osment and Albert Osment, both of Gaffney.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Louise Millwood.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

James Crook
BLACKSBURG – James Edward Crook, 72, of 112 Sunset Dr., died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was the husband of Nellie Crocker Crook and son of the late John and Gertrude Bratton Crook Sr. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Also surviving are one son, Ronald E. Crook of Blacksburg; three daughters, Julie E. Crook and Deborah A. Crook, both of Blacksburg, and Robin C. Hill of Gaffney; one brother, John Bell Crook Jr. of the Antioch community of Blacksburg; one sister, Mag Black of the Antioch community of Blacksburg; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Joel Gardner officiating.
White Columns Funeral Service, Blacksburg, is in charge.

Bradley Lopez
Bradley Tyler Lopez, infant, of 307 Poplar St., died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Surviving are his parents, Ruben Lopez and Jaime Carroll Orr of the home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Owens of Gaffney; maternal great-grandmothers, Linda Carroll and Cassandra Owens, both of Gaffney; paternal grandmother, Antonia Lopez of Mexico City, Mexico; and paternal grandfather, Gabriel Ruiz of Mexico City, Mexico.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery with Ashby Blakely officiating.
The family is at the residence.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Jerry Gaffney Sr.
Jerry Haskell Gaffney Sr., 59, of 1238 Victory Trail Rd., died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late F.P. Gaffney and the late Lydia Fowler Gaffney. He was a retired self-employed utility contractor and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Sherri Gaffney McAbee of Gaffney; two sons, Donald Eugene Gaffney of Marietta, Ga., and Jerry Haskell Gaffney II of Gaffney; four sisters, Corrine Owens of Greensboro, N.C., Dora Blanton of Shelby, Patsy James of Kernersville, N.C., and Freida Holmes of Gaffney; two brothers, Carroll Gaffney of Gaffney and Larry Gaffney of Mt. View, Ark.; and three grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel in Shelby conducted by the Revs. Sidney Norton and Harold Dean Painter.
The family is at the residence, 1238 Victory Trail, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby, was in charge.

Myrtle Douglas
Myrtle Coffey Douglas, 96, of 801 S. Limestone St., died Thursday, March 2, 2000, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of George W. Douglas and daughter of the late Claude Coffey and the late Emma Bryant Broome. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are one son, W.R. “Bobby” Douglas of Gaffney; one daughter, Ann Kovacic of Beaver, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers.
Pallbearers will be Dean Ross, Buddy McCraw, George Douglas, Bobby Douglas, Robbie Douglas and Jerry Bobair.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29432.

Irene P. Gossett
Gaffney native
Irene Painter Gossett, 72, of 131 Great Meadows Rd., died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in Brookview Healthcare Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Wells R. Gossett and daughter of the late William June Painter and the late Estelle Godfrey Painter. She as a retired textile employee and a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Lisa Gossett Smiley of Gaffney and Nicole Marie Gossett of the home; three sons, Jeffrey Lynn Gossett of Rock Hill, Timothy D. Gossett of Gaffney and Ross Wells Gossett Jr. of Blacksburg; two sisters, Nell Painter Blanton and Evelyn Painter Farish, both of Gaffney; two brothers, James Walter Painter of Gaffney and Earl Painter of Bowie, Md.; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by Dr. Paul Noe and the Rev. Stuart Kersey. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be George Jones, Tommy Eaker, Bill Clary, Jim Bullock, Gerald Henderson and Conrad Barnhill.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Temple Baptist Church along with members of Mr. Gossett’s Sunday School Class.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, P.O. Box 414158, Miami, Fla. 33141-4158.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Homer Lee Starnes
Decorated WWII veteran
EARL, N.C. – Homer Lee Starnes, 90, of 204 Rosemont Dr., died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.
A native of Cleveland County, N.C., he was the son of the late Robert Jackson and Dora Lee Warren Starnes. He and his wife, Frances Hackney Starnes, had been married for 63 years. 
Mr. Starnes was a decorated veteran of World War II. He was a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army Infantry and served in the Normandy invasion and in Northern France and Central Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and European Theater Ribbon with 5 Battle Stars. He retired from United Van Lines, Martin Transfer and Storage co., Charlotte.
He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and was a member of Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 543 and the No. 3 Ruritan Club. He was a deacon emeritus and Sunday School teacher at New Hope Baptist Church.
Mr. Starnes was preceded in death by five brothers, Marvin, Earl, Fred, Ray and Warren Starnes; and two sisters, Ann Puett and Katherine Starnes.
Surviving are a daughter, Virginia “Jen” Beatty and husband, Marvin, of Suffolk, Va.; a brother, “R.J.” Starnes and wife, Betty, of Valdese, N.C.; three grandchildren, Marvin Beatty IV and wife, Melisa, of Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Lee Beatty of Virginia Beach, Va., and Heather Beatty Doyle and husband, Tom, of Nags Head, N.C.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. David Gordon, Latt Beshears and Broadus Heatherly. Burial will be in Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery, Blacksburg.
The family will receive friends today from 2-3 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Center Building Fund, New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 116, Earl, N.C., 28038.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hacksaw McCraw
Construction worker
SHELBY – Forrest Edward “Hacksaw” McCraw, 58, of 420 Davis Rd., died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he the husband of Diane Wilson McCraw and son of the late Forrest Brown McCraw and the late Jeannette Lester McCraw. He was employed in industrial construction and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church in Gaffney.
Surviving in addition to his wife are son, Steve McCraw of Charlotte; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Melissa McCraw, of Vale, N.C.; daughter and her fiance, Amy McCraw and Wayne Eudy of Grover; granddaughter, Ashley McCraw of Vale; grandson, Roger McCraw of Vale; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Judy McCraw, Walter and Kay McCraw, all of Gaffney, and Jerry and Birgit McCraw of Savannah, Ga.; and a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Marvin Duncan of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel conducted by the Revs. Richard McCraw and Richard Lancaster. Burial will be in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Cleveland Funeral Services, 2518 W. Dixon Blvd., is in charge.

Boyce H. Dickson
Retired from Musgrove Mill
Boyce Howell Dickson, 78, of 521 W. Montgomery St., died today, April 13, 2001, in Brookview Healthcare Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Imogene McCraw Dickson and son of the late John Sherman Dickson and the late Carrie Turner Dickson. He was retired after 45 years of service at Musgrove Mill and was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Denise Beattie of Gaffney; four sons, Jeffrey Dickson, Danny Dickson, Dennis Dickson, all of Gaffney, and Steven Dickson of Toccoa, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Pearl Hancock of Gaffney.
The family is at the home of Jeffrey Dickson, 518 S. Limestone St.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Phillip J. Pecora
Retired textile colorist
Phillip James Pecora, 87, of 2449 Union Hwy., died Thursday, April 12, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Independence, La., he was the husband of Emma Pittman Pecora and was a retired colorist for Cherokee Finishing Company. He was a charter member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was an Air Force veteran.
Also surviving are a son, Phillip Randy Pecora of St. Francisville, La.; a daughter, Cheryl Pecora of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Josie Larusso of Independence, La.; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Elizabeth S. Perrine
Retired textile employee
Elizabeth Sentell Perrine, 81, formerly of 914 W. Buford St., died Thursday, April 12, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of Claude Egbirt Perrine Jr. and daughter of the late Cleveland Garfield Sentell and the late Amy Margaret Blanton Sentell. She was a retired textile employee and a member of West End Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Claude Perrine of Charlotte; a daughter, Gale Riley of New Hampshire; two sisters, Margaret Gordon of Gaffney and Julia Evelyn Lathan of Shelby; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Charlie Wilborn. The family will receive friends following the service.
The family is at their respective homes.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle May Williams
Cherokee County native
CHESNEE – Myrtle May Williams, 91, of 509 Pickens St., died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Parley Williams and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cromer. She was a homemaker and member of New Pleasant Baptist Church. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving are a son, James H. Williams of Spartanburg; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Chesnee. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Williams family cemetery in Gaffney with the Rev. Shane Belue officiating.
The family is at the residence.
Forest Lawn Mortuary, Chesnee, is in charge of arrangements.

Billy B. (Doc) Moore
Retired agriculture teacher
Billy Boyce (Doc) Moore, 79, of 418 N. Green River Rd., died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Jean Sanders Moore and son of the late Ben Tillman Moore and the late Ethel Scruggs Moore. He was a retired schoolteacher after 36 years of service and was a former agriculture teacher at Gaffney and Hickory Grove high schools. He was sponsor of the Future Farmers of America at Gaffney High for over 30 years.
Mr. Moore was a graduate of Clemson University and did graduate work at Clemson and the University of South Carolina. He was a member of the American Vocational Association, the S.C. Agriculture Teachers Association and the Cherokee County Cattleman’s Association.
He was awarded the State Farmer degree in 1977 and was recipient of the Outstanding Service Award to Cherokee County Schools and the Outstanding Conservation Teacher Award.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Steve Wood of Gaffney; a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Margaret Moore of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Benny Moore of Gaffney; grandchildren, Philip Tillman Moore, Carolyn Margaret Moore, Meridith Moore Wood, Frederick Benjamin Moore II; a sister, Ethelee M. Martin of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and a special friend, Freddie Ramirez.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to State Line Baptist Church Building Fund, 1328 State Line Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

J.B. Camp
Retired Duke Power employee
Deacon J.B. Camp, 77, of 405 W. Birnie St., died Wednes-day, April 11, 2000, at his home.
A native of Rutherfordton, N.C., he was the husband of Helen Morris Camp and son of the late Moses Camp and the late Laura Green Camp. He was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and member of the All Male Chorus. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He was retired from Duke Power and Summit Security.
Also surviving are four sons, John Link Camp of Spartanburg, Howard Lee Camp and Avery Camp of Gaffney and Roger Gene Camp of Gastonia, N.C.; three daughters, Lois Camp Oglesby of Charlotte, N.C., Debrah Camp Blanton and Rebecca Camp Armstrong of Gaffney; one sister, Laura Mae Watkins of Gaffney; 15 grandchildren, three reared in the home as children, Shondra Grey Camp, Timothy Oglesby of Norfolk, Va., and Reginald Oglesby of Charlotte; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Mikes Creek Baptist Church conducted by Dr. S.M. Johnson, Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., Dr. Leon C. Rector, Dr. C.V. Owens and the Revs. Tony Macomson, Jerry Manning, Curry Wray and Sammy Leach. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be the Deacons and Trustees of the church. Honorary pallbearers will be Willie Proctor, Mandret Wilkins, Herman Wood and Roy P. Ratchford.
Flower bearers will the deaconesses and wives of the trustees of the church.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daisy Dawkins
Services for Daisy Littlejohn Dawkins, 82, of 418 West Carlisle Street, will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Indian Hill Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Ulysses Smith, Mary D. Jefferies and Harold Jones and Minister Caroline Jones. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park. The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Louis Davis, Chad Smith, Tyrone Smith, Elder Richard Dowdle, Rufus Littlejohn and Leon Dawkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Dawkins and the Rev. Harold Dawkins.
Flower bearers will be Peggy Littlejohn, Ruby Hemphill, Selena Weeks, Sandra Young, Betina January, Tonya Clay, Essie Simpson and Shirley Allen. Honorary flower bearers will be Susie Smith, Marvann Dover, Rosie Allen and Bonte Hemphill.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hugh C. Allen
Vietnam veteran
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Hugh Curtis Allen, 58, of 7241 Hwy. 221 South, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his home.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was preceded in death by his father, Paul Allen, of Chesnee and a brother, Harold Allen. He was a Vietnam Army veteran, a lifetime member of the DAV, a member of Hicks Grove Baptist Church and a self-employed mechanic.
Surviving are his mother, Belvia Dixon Allen of Chesnee; wife, Betty Wease Allen of the home; two brothers, Ed K. Allen of Gaffney and O’Neal Allen of Chesnee; and two sisters, Faye A. Blanton and Caroline Allen, both of Chesnee.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hicks Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Raymond Byrd and Ad Hooper officiating. 
Visitation will be today from 7-9 p.m. at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Caroleen.

Ida Mae McLeod
Services for Ida Mae Littlejohn McLeod, 62, of 145 Washington Rd., Cowpens, will be held today at 2 p.m. at White Plains Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. James Patton Jr. and Mills McHam. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be James Wilkins, Lamont Carpenter, Paul Tinsley, Bobby Studyvance, Chris Jefferies, Eddie Logan, Timothy Jackson and James Anderson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Fernanders and Willie James Boyd.
Flower bearers will be graduates of Denmark College, Viola Littlejohn, Dorothy Smith, Doris Anders, Melissa Durrah, Josephine Ellis, Melissa Patton and Brenda Jackson.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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