Miscellaneous Cherokee County, South Carolina Obituaries

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Stephan Andru Scruggs
Stephan Andru (Dru) Scruggs, 9-month-old son of Scottie and Stephanie Conrath Scruggs of 630 Park Gate Rd., died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Health Care System.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Jonathan and James Scruggs of the home; maternal grandparents, Steve and Ginger Conrath of Gaffney; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Brenda Scruggs of Gaffney; maternal great-grandmother, Barbara Geese of Cambridge, Ohio; paternal great-grandmother, Mary Scruggs of Gaffney; paternal great-great-grandparents, Graham and Evelyn Grissom of Gaffney; and maternal great-great-grandmother, Grace Byers of Cambridge, Ohio.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Dewitt Clyde. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jon Scruggs, James Scruggs and Ronald Moss.
The family is at the home of Steve and Ginger Conrath, 213 Brittany Rd.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth D. Jackson
Services for Ruth Dill Jackson of 701 Anthony St. will be held today at 3 p.m. at Kirby Memorial Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Rich Lancaster, John Goforth and Charlie Wilborn. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Ronald and Kenny Moss, Bryan and Darryl Harmon, Bobby Jackson, Larry Bishop and Wayne Ruppe.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Kirby Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Chandler Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mark L. Powell
Electrician
Mark L. Powell, 37, of 106-A Richardson St., died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001. at his home.
A native of Cowpens, he was the son of Julia Stapleton Powell Dillard of Spartanburg and the late L. B. Powell. He was a member of Glendale Baptist Church, an electrician and a veteran of the U S. Marine Corps.
In addition to his mother, survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Ann Powell of Chesnee, Julia Casey Powell of Spartanburg and Brandy Giles of Gaffney; three sons, Stephen Powell and Chris Fowler, both of Spartanburg, and Greg Giles of Gaffney; three sisters, Rhonda Fowler, Vickie Lowe, both of Pauline, and Christy Waters of Roebuck; maternal grandmother, Mary Revels of Spartanburg; and step-father, Jerry S. Dillard of Spartanburg. 
The family is at the home of his mother, Julia Dillard, 1005 Thomas Rd., Spartanburg.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lillian Bradley
Retired school teacher
MAYESVILLE – Lillian Bradley, 98, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at her home.
Born in Mayesville, she was a daughter of the late Dr. William Martin Bradley and the late Lillie Freeman Bradley. She was a member of Mayesville Presbyterian Church and a lifelong member of the Mayesville community. A graduate of Mayesville High School and Anderson College, she was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in North Carolina and South Carolina for over 45 years.
Surviving are two sisters, Bessie B. Dickerson of Mayesville and Annie Babb of Charleston; three nieces, Janice Dalton of Charleston, Barbara Payne of Panama City, Fla., and Betsy Hatcher of Gaffney; two nephews, John H. Dickerson of Sumter and Dr. Robert Babb of Charleston; and three great-nieces, Pamela J. Stukes of Summerton, Victoria Bryant of the home and Cherry J. Johnson of Mayesville.
Miss Bradley was preceded in death by a brother, I.W. Bradley.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Mayesville Black River Cemetery with Dr. D. McNab Morrison and the Rev. Doug White officiating. 
Pallbearers will be Elders of Mayesville Presbyterian Church.
Honorary pallbearers will be Donald M. Johnson, Dennis Bryant, Billy Hatcher, Lionel Stukes and W.G. Thibodeau.
The family will receive friends at the home in Mayesville.
Memorial may be made to Mayesville Presbyterian Church.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Loyd D. Peeler
Loyd Davis Peeler, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Health Care System.
Surviving are his wife, Wilma Tate Peeler, and four children, Francis P. Farrish, Ronald Peeler, L.D. Peeler and James Peeler.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at West End Baptist Church.

John M. Smith Sr
John Marion Smith Sr., 63, of 507 Oliver St., died Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Geoaldine Jenkins Smith and son of the late Rev. Thomas Smith and the late Bessie Lindsay Smith. He was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and attended Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church. He was a 1955 graduate of Granard High School where he was a star football and basketball player. He attended Friendship College in Rock Hill and was a retired employee of Hoechst Celanese of Spartanburg.
Also surviving are three daughters, Marionetta Smith of Rock Hill, Sharon M. Smith of Spartanburg and Johnetta Knuckles of Douglas, Ga.; three sons, Russell Smith and John Marion Smith Jr. of Gaffney and Sheldon Knuckles of Spartanburg; two sisters, Christine Littlejohn and Vera Palmer of Gaffney; two brothers, Dr. Jerome Smith of Columbia and M.B. Smith of Dayton, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church with the Revs. Heywood Boyd and Tony Macomson officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2p.m.
Pallbearers will be Brian Keith Davidson, Dean Byars, Darryll Douglas, Jake Jefferies, Douglas Littlejohn and Corey Robinson.
Flower bearers will be Kay Fuller, Loretta Byars, Flo Ree Goudelock, Candice Wilkins, Doris Jefferies and Rita McGill.
Honorary pallbearers and flower bearers will be members of the Granard High School Class of 1955.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Copeland Jr.
James Alfred Copeland Jr., 28, known by many as “Poo,” of 616 Broad St., died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at his home.
Son of Della Dorsey of the home and James A. Copeland Sr. of Baltimore, Md., he was a native of Baltimore, Md., and a welder by trade.
Surviving are a daughter, Quanikugua S. Copeland of Gaffney; two brothers, Timothy “Tim” Copeland of Atlanta and Phillip “Pepper” Copeland of Gaffney; and grandmother, Louise Tate of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. C. Dennis Rector, Clair Shell and Janie Davis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Fowler, Charles Goodwin, Shannon Goodwin, Tarleton Goodwin, Chris Jefferies, Harold Knuckles Jr., Jimmy Knuckles and Joey Watkins.
Flower bearers will be Janee Allen, Meyonka Allen, Darlene Elmore Dendy, Twiggy Dukes, Thelma Gist, Renee Knuckles, Jeanevra Pearson, Tiffney Peters, Earlene Elmore Tate and Esther Tate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, in memory of James A. Copeland Jr., P.O. Box 195, 2085 Mayo Rd., Cowpens, S.C. 29330.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Florence Reynolds
Services for Florence “Sis” Louise Harris Reynolds, 84, of 147 Farview Dr. will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Roger Upton. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Penny Dechant, 1464 Ellis Ferry Rd.
Memorials may be made to Open Arms Foster Parents Association, P.O. Box 111, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Johnnie R. Wright
Retired textile employee
Johnnie R. Wright, 76, of 501 W. Montgomery St., died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of J.L. Wright and daughter of the late John Robinson and the late Jessie Roark Robinson. She was a retired textile employee and a member of West End Baptist Church.
Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Linda Childers of Hickory Grove, Janice Taylor of Gaffney and Barbara Covington of Blacksburg; a stepson, Terry Wright of York; eight step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Lillie Mae Willard, Betty McCraw, Beatrice Tate, all of Gaffney, and Peggy Corbett of Irmo.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Sonia P. Broome
Employed by Cherokee County School District
BLACKSBURG – Sonia Maureen Parker Broome, 54, of 436 W. Carolina St., died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of Larry Ray Broome Sr. and daughter of the late Horace Junior Parker and the late Mozelle Towery Parker. She worked on the bus for the handicapped for the Cherokee County School District.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Larry Ray Broome Jr. of Blacksburg; a daughter, Lisa Dianne Broome of the home; three grandchildren, John, Justin and Tyler Coleman; a brother, Roger Parker of York; a sister, Dixie Lynn Parker of Blacksburg; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Hance of Blacksburg.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Blacksburg Church of God conducted by the Revs. Ricky Scruggs and James Clark and Dr. Billy Boone. Burial will be Clingman Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m. 
The family is at the residence and will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary.
Members of the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Paul L. Gordon
Retired from Lowenstein
BLACKSBURG – Paul Lee Gordon, 71, of 122 McKee Dr., died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Catherine Childers Gordon of the home and son of the late Willie H. and Mattie Dowdle Gordon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from Lowenstein Mills, Gaffney.
Also surviving are three sons, Billy Dean Gordon of Richmond, Va., Timothy Lee Gordon of Blacksburg and William Joe Gordon of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Herman N. Gordon of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Barbara Nance of Gaffney; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Paul Steven Gordon.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 at White Columns and other times they will be at the home.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney with the Revs. Ken Reid and Chris Barrett officiating.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Howard Tesneair
Cherokee County native
SPARTANBURG – Howard Lee “Bubba” Tesneair, 56, of 8678 Wrengate St., died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. 
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Cleo P. and Geneva Shipmall Tesneair.
Surviving are two sisters, Agnes Hobbs of Spartanburg and Shirley Mullinax of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Holston Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Inman.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Brown, 110 Pinewood Rd., Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Floyd’s N. Church Street Chapel.

Bessie H. McAbee
Retired from Oxford
Bessie Howard McAbee, 83, of 706 8th St., died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Greenville County, she was the widow of James R. McAbee and daughter of the late William Peter Howard and the late Etta McAbee Howard. She was retired from Oxford Industries and was a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Gladys Byars of Gaffney; three sons, Robert McAbee of Concord, N.C., Ralph McAbee and Earl McAbee, both of Gaffney; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Church Cemetery conducted by the Revs. Tommy Wright and Stuart Kersey.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Sellars, Jimmy McAbee, Russell Wilkins, Guy Upchurch, Ronnie Smith, Kelly McAbee and Curly Howard.
Jack Kirby will serve as honorary pallbearer.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 412 McKowns Mountain Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Harold T. Lamb 
BPW meter reader
Harold Thomas “Elmo” Lamb, 63, of 108 Gettys Dr. died Friday, July 26, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. 
A native of Chesnee, he was a son of the late O.B and Nellie Horton Lamb and widower of Peggy Jean Mabry Lamb. He was a meter reader for the Board of Public Works, a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church and a veteran. 
Survivors include a daughter, Crystal Lamb Jackson of the home; a brother, Glen Lamb of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a sister, Hilda Cantrell of Chesnee. 
Graveside services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Harold King and Alan Peeler. 
The family is at the home. 
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mary G. Boulton
Daughter of former Limestone College president
COLUMBUS, N.C. – Mary Brinson Granberry Boulton, 85, of Laurel Lake Dr., Tryon Estates, died Monday, July 29, 2002, in Tryon Estates Medical Facility, Columbus.
Mary was born in Macon, Ga. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Robert Colley Granberry and Leila Belle Brinson Granberry. With sister Margaret and brother Robert, Mary grew up in Gaffney on the campus of Limestone College where he father was President. She was graduated from Limestone in 1937 with majors in English and French.
In the fall of 1940, she met Wayne Kelly Boulton, a salesman with the Royal Typewriter Company in New York City. They were married six weeks later. After World War II, the family settled in Ardsley, NY, and later in Avon, CT.
In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Mary was an accomplished watercolorist, and received over 60 awards for her paintings. She held memberships in the American Watercolor Society and National Pen Women, and was a founding member of Gallery 20 in Hendersonville, NC. Her paintings now hang in private collections as far north as Maine, in New York City, and as far south as Martinique and Guadeloupe.
Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Wayne and Vicki Boulton of Baltimore, MD; by her grandsons, Matthew Myer Boulton of Chicago, IL, and Christopher Boulton of Oakland, CA; two nephews, Rev. Dr. James Richardson of Shelby, NC, and Dr. George Richardson of Columbia, SC.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. today at Tryon Estates Auditorium in Columbus. A graveside service will be held at 5 p.m. today at Frederick Memorial Gardens on Highway 11 in Gaffney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to The Samaritan Fund of Tryon Estates, 617 Laurel Lake Dr., Columbus, NC 28722; or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbia, NC 28722.
Arrangements by McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, NC.

Ruby W. Warren
Retired LPN
Ruby Waldrup Warren, 87, of Peachtree Center, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Waldrup and the late Etta Jane Ponder Waldrup. She was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, a retired LPN and a member of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are a daughter, Ellen Duncan of Gaffney; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wade Waldrup.
Graveside services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Stuart Kersey and Dr. Clyde Thomas. 
Pallbearers were Ernest Duncan, Allen Duncan, Rick Gilfillan, Randy Harper, Matthew Sellars and Josh Gilfillan.
The family is at the home of Ellen Duncan, 204 Tiffany Terrace.
Memorials may be made to S.R.M.C. Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg S.C. 29302.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Elvira J. Samuel
Retired nursing assistant
KERSHAW – Elvira J. Samuel, 72, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at her residence.
She was the widow of Zebedee Samuel Sr. and daughter of the late Rev. Ed Jones and the late Beola Duncan Jones. She was a retired nursing assistant.
Surviving are a son, Zebedee Samuel Jr. of Kershaw; three brothers, Larry Jones of Gaffney, Roseward Jones and Loman Jones of Kershaw; five sisters, Nannie Jones of Zuni, Va., Mrs. Perry King, Mrs. Roe King, Jackie Grove and Marilyn Izzard of Kershaw.
Services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer A.M.E. Zion Church, Camden, with the Rev. Vernell Stukes officiating. Burial was in Highland Height Cemetery, Kershaw.
Arrangements by Crawford Funeral Home. 

Ivey D. Oglesby
Gaffney High graduate
Ivey Dentisee Oglesby, 44, of 500 Park St., died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center. Born in Gaffney, he was a son of the late Joe and Irene Tate Oglesby and was a graduate of Gaffney High School.
Surviving are a sister, Thelma Spruill, of Gaffney.
The family is at the home of his sister, 421 E. Montgomery St.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Rev. L.T. Tate officiating. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park.

Martha J. Davis
Wife of Dr. Denver J. Davis
Martha Jane Davis, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. John Ward Brown and wife of 62 years of Dr. Denver J. Davis, slipped into the arms of God on July 31, 2002, after a courageous fight with cancer.
She was born in Fairmont, W.Va., on Dec. 3, 1919. Her musical education entailed the Peabody Conservatory of Music with a bachelor of music. In addition, she studied voice under a number of renowned professors in Baltimore. Academically, she graduated from Ellen Cushing Junior College in 1937.
She served on the Women’s Missionary Union Executive Committee in South Carolina and Maryland. Also, she was regent of the Col. William Preston DAR Chapter from 1974-1977 and earlier served many of the offices of the chapter.
While in South Carolina, she was active with the South Carolina Mental Health Association and in Roanoke she worked with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was busy with local garden clubs until her retirement.
She contributed numerous articles to religious and other publications. Who’s Who listed her accomplishments for several years.
Although she had been a member of Rosalind Hills Baptist Church for 10 years, she had her membership with Waverly Place Baptist Church. Vinton Baptist Church elected Mrs. Davis and her husband honorary lifetime members.
Martha Jane is survived by her husband; a daughter in Barnwell, S.C., Connie Jean Fortanbary and her husband, Wayne Fortanbary; a son, Dr. John Jackson Davis of Roanoke and his wife Lisa Davis, with their daughters, Rachel McCall Davis, the only granddaughter.
She is also survived by four grandsons and their families: Michael Wayne Fortanbary and wife Ramona and great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ashley and Andrew of Leesburg, Va.; Davis Jackson Fortanbary and wife Kitty and great-grandchildren, Will and Alex of Marietta, Ga.; Charles Edward Fortanbary of Charlotte, N.C., and John Lloyd Fortanbary of Columbia.
Services will be at Oakey’s North Chapel on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Gardens. The Rev. Ed Nicholson and the Rev. Reed Ness will officiating.
The family will receive friends at Oakey’s North Chapel today from 3-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Henry E. Ruppe
Retired from Doran Textiles
SHELBY – Henry Elliott Ruppe, 72, of 879 Bellview Dr., died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, in Cleveland Pines Nursing Center.
A native of Cherokee County, S.C., he was born on Jan. 17, 1930. He was a retired machine fixer from Doran Textiles (Dover Group) and was the husband of Doris Jean Goode Ruppe. His parents were the late Edley O.B. Ruppe and the late Irene Fowler Ruppe. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Donald R. Ruppe of Rural Hall, N.C., and Charles E. Ruppe of Shelby; two brothers, Jerry Ruppe of Shelby and Johnny Ruppe of Polkville; four sisters, Faye Willis of Shelby, Mamie Lou Lackey of Polkville, Harriett Cook of Ellenboro and Juanita Hawkins of Lawndale; and five grandchildren, Rebekah Ruppe, Patrick Ruppe, Jason Ruppe, Andrew Ruppe and Sharon Ruppe.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ruppe was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay Ruppe, and a sister, Venelia Cash.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel, Fallston, conducted by the Rev. Ervin Price. Burial will be in Mulls Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1820 E. 7th St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204.


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