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Ethel Bowen
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Mrs. Ethel Mae Bowen, 59, formerly of Shelby, N.C., died Wednesday, April 29, 1998, in Escondido.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Crosswind Church in San Marco, Calif. Burial will be private.

Surviving are her her husband, Forrest William Bowen; her son, Michael W. Bowen of Escondido; three daughters, Yvonne Cook of Temecula, Calif., and Kathy Mistowski and Teresa Kay Valigura, both of Escondido; her mother, Zennie May Hamrick of Earl, N.C.; five brothers, Dennis Hamrick of Earl, N.C., Benton Hamrick and Ray Hamrick, both of Rock Hill, and Harold Hamrick and Floyd Hamrick, both of Rock Hill; two sisters, Patricia Hamrick of Shelby, N.C., and Nancy Ledbetter of Boiling Springs, N.C.; and nine grandchildren.

McLeod Mortuary is in charge.

Annie Hicklin
CHESTER - Miss Annie E. Hicklin, 74, of 1355 Hicklin Road died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Chester County Hospital.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Armenia United Methodist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Mary G. Kearse officiating.

Born in Chester County, Miss Hicklin was a member of Armenia United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her sister, Blanche H. Phillips of Chester; and her niece, Judy H. Phillips, of the home.

The family will receive friends at the home tonight.

Memorials may be made to the Armenia United Methodist Church parking lot fund, Armenia Road, Chester, SC 29706.

Wright's Home for Funerals Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Stephen Peach
LANCASTER - Mr. Stephen Dennis "Danny" Peach, 44, of 3060 Camp Creek Road died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Springs Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hartley Funeral Home, with the Revs. Cecil Johnson and Jerry Broughton officiating. Burial will be at Camp Creek Baptist Church cemetery.

Born in Lancaster County, Mr. Peach was a machine operator in the screen printing department at Springs Industries' Grace Bleachery. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Huffman Peach; two daughters, Tracy Carol Peach and Taylor Ann Peach, both of the home; two sons, Roger Dale Peach of Columbia and Charles Daniel Peach of Lancaster; his mother, Claudia Broughton of Kershaw; three brothers, Byron G. Peach and Mike Broughton, both of Kershaw, and Robert W. Peach of Los Alamos, N.M.; and two sisters, Becky Tutton of North Augusta and Wanda Williams of Kershaw.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Hartley Funeral Home.

John Carroll
ROCK HILL - Mr. John E. Carroll, 71, of 3900 Crestview Drive died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Greene Funeral Home.

Ira Durham
ROCK HILL - The funeral for Mr. Ira Durham of 1674 Mulberry Circle who died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at his home will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at By Faith Pentecostal Holiness Church, with Bishop Tommy Durham officiating and the Rev. Mary Crosby assisting. Burial will be at Barber Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Durham was a native of York County. He was a mechanic and a former member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He attended York County public schools.

Surviving are his brothers, A.W. "Dub" Durham of Rock Hill; two sisters, Eloise King of Rock Hill and Lottie Stowe of Shelby, N.C.; and his niece, Betty Howard, with whom he resided.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 tonight at Robinson Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

The body will be placed in the church at noon Wednesday.

Willie Harris
ROCK HILL - Mr. Willie L. Harris, 68, of 1800 India Hook Road died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Spring Arbor.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Greene Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Jeter
CHESTER - The funeral for Mrs. Elizabeth Wylie Jeter, 82, of 2710 Saluda Road who died Friday, May 1, 1998, at Chester County Hospital will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. W.W. Thompson officiating and Evangelist Georgette Boulware and the Rev. W.H. Woods Jr. assisting. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Jeter was a Chester native. She was member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, where she was a deaconess, missionary, member of the AP&B Society No. 3, the Union Aide Society and a former usher. She was a homemaker and the widow of the late Oscar Jeter.

Surviving are two daughters, Janett McFadden of Chester and Pearlene Jackson of Detroit, Mich.; her brother, Willie Wylie of the home; her sister, Johnnie Mae Barber of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home. The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at King's Funeral Home.

The body will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Bobby Sinclair
LANCASTER - Mr. Bobby Edward Sinclair, 64, of 2572 Pink Plyler Road died Monday, May 4, 1998, at his home.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cauthen Funeral Home, with the Revs. Donnie Snipes and Donald Hawkins officiating. Burial will be at Lancaster Memorial Park.

Mr. Sinclair was a member of the Word of Life Church of God. He was retired from Springs Industries' Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Co.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley B. Sinclair; his son, Jerome Sinclair of Lancaster; three daughters, Buffy Eason, Kimberly Sanders and Pam Johnson, all of Lancaster; his mother, Pauline Adams Sinclair of Lancaster; his sister, Virginia Wallace of Lancaster; and seven grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Cauthen Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Word of Life Church of God, 305 E. Arch St., Lancaster, SC 29720.

Mac Swearinger
ROCK HILL - Mr. Mac G. Swearinger of 123 Duckett Court died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Robinson Funeral Home.

Gloria Benson
YORK - Mrs. Gloria Jean Cuculich Benson, 53, of 5370 Forest Winds Drive died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

The funeral will be private.

Mrs. Benson was an office manager for the Best Holiday Inc.

Surviving are her husband, Gregory P. Benson; her son, Frank Harazin of Carpentersville, Ill.; her brother, Steve Cuculich of Chicago; three sisters, Susan Cuculich of California, Gwen Cuculich and Gail Cuculich, both of Chicago; and four grandchildren.

Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill is in charge.

Fred Culp
CHARLOTTE - Fred Culp, 44, of 4500 Wynbrook Way Apartment 80, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at Carolinas Medical Center.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at King's Funeral Home Chapel in Charlotte. Burial will be at the Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens in Charlotte.

Born in Rock Hill, Mr. Culp attended the public schools of York County.

Surviving are his wife, Jacqueline Culp of the home; his son, Fred Lewis Culp Jr. of Charlotte; three daughters, Lafewanda Baxter, Kristen Sharpe and Felicia Culp, all of Charlotte; his mother, Charlie May of Rock Hill; his stepmother Maggie Cloud of Charlotte; five sisters Casandra Cloud and Deameris Cloud, both of Charlotte, Eva Mae Walker of Harlem, N.Y., and Emma Bellamy and Darlene Stevenson, both of Rock Hill; four brothers, James Cloud of Charlotte, Aaron Stevenson of Rock Hill, and Clyde Stevenson and Sammy Stevenson, both of Edgemoor; his aunt, Annie B. Anders of Rock Hill, who reared him; and his grandchild.

The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. Thursday at King's Funeral Home.

Samuel Funderburk
LANCASTER - Mr. Samuel Rayford Funderburk, 87, of 2698 Jerry Funderburk Road died Tuesday, May, 5, 1998, at Springs Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Spring Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mr. Funderburk was a retired employee of Springs Industries Grace Bleachery. He was a member of Wannamaker Masonic Lodge 329 and Spring Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Eula Mae Jenkins Funderburk; three daughters, Brenda Hinson, Rhonda Sistare and Anita Funderburk, all of Lancaster; two brothers, Harold Funderburk and Morris "John" Funderburk, both of Lancaster; six grandchildren; and his great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Mahaffey Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Spring Hill Baptist Church, 2345 Old Camden Monroe Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720.

Alfred Gurrie
ROCK HILL - Mr. Alfred D. Gurrie, 84, of 1915 Ebenezer Road died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at White Oak Manor.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Cramerton Mountain Freewill Holiness Church, with the Rev. Jimmy Painter and Richard Hancock officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Mr. Gurrie was a member of Cramerton Mountain Freewill Holiness Church in Cramerton, N.C. He was retired from Union Carbide in Charleston, W.Va.

Surviving are his wife, Birdie Shackelford Gurrie; two stepsons, David Shackelford of Rock Hill and Roger Shackelford of Greenville; four stepdaughters, Shirley Miskelly, Pauline Estes, Joan Helms and Tonda Shackelford, all of Rock Hill; 11 stepgrandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Greene Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Willie Harris Jr.
ROCK HILL - Mr. Willie Lee "Bill" Harris Jr., 67, of Rock Hill died Monday, May 5, 1998.

The funeral, with military honors, will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Olar, with the Revs. Edward Stiltz and Wilbur Creech officiating. Burial will be at Starr Cemetery in Olar.

Mr. Harris was retired as a captain from the Marine Corps after 30 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Delores Sanders Harris; five sons, Terry Harris of Charleston, Jimmy Harris of Albany, Ga., Greg Harris of Bainbridge, Ga., and Jerry Harris and Robert Harris, both of Rock Hill; his brother, Robert Harris of Columbus, Miss.; four sisters, Ann Grossman of Diamond Head, Miss., Carol Crowley of Van Cleave, Miss., and Pat Rutland and Dean Howington, both of Wesson, Miss.; and 11 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Mole Funeral Home in Barnwell.

Alexa Henry
ROCK HILL - Alexa L. Hopcus Henry, the infant daughter of Andrew C. and Teather Hopcus Henry, died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Mercy South Hospital in Pineville, N.C.

A graveside service will be 2:15 p.m. Wednesday at Grandview Memorial Park.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her paternal grandparents, Lynn and Diane Henry of Rock Hill; her maternal grandparents, Nelson and Annette Hopcus of Rock Hill; and her paternal great-grandparents, Charles and Bertha Hanshaw of Brunson, Mich.

Bass Funeral Home is in charge.

Margaret Kelly
LANCASTER - Mrs. Margaret Dobson Kelly, 84, formerly of Lancaster, died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Marion Medical Center in Marion.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Lancaster Memorial Park.

Mrs. Kelly was a homemaker and a member of First Methodist Church in Lancaster. She was the widow of A.W. Kelly Sr.

Surviving are her son, A.W. Kelly Jr. of Marion.

Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 873, Marion, SC 29571.

Mahaffey Funeral Home is in charge.

Ruth Roberts
ROCK HILL - Mrs. Ruth Rymer Robert, 75, of 609 Cauthen St. died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Laurelwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Jimmy Holley officiating.

Mrs. Roberts was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. She was the widow of Jay H. Roberts.

Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 tonight at Greene Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church, 318 N. Jones Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29730.

John Robinson
LANCASTER - Mr. John Levy Robinson, 51, of 1755 McIlwain Road died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The funeral will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Sherwood Baptist Church, with the Revs. Gary Rogers and Curtis Cameron officiating. Burial will be at Lancaster Memorial Park.

Mr. Robinson was a retired security guard with Lehigh Steel and was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Phillips Robinson; two sons, Billy Ray Robinson and John David Robinson, both of the home; his daughter, April Renea Robinson of the home; his brother, Freddie Eugene Robinson of Lancaster; and his sister, Susan McCall of Nebo, N.C.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Hartley Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Sherwood Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 813, Lancaster, SC 29721.

Edith Strickland
FORT MILL - Mrs. Edith Nell Collins Strickland, 69, of 1B Knollwood Apartments died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Sisk Memorial Baptist Church, with the Rev. Roland Dry officiating.

Mrs. Strickland was a retired nurse.

Surviving are her son, Jerry W. Wright of Fort Mill; her daughter, Sherry W. Bailey of Fort Mill; her brother, Herman Collins of Fort Mill; two sisters, Nancy C. Coley of Fort Mill and Deanne Pearsall of Connecticut; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Edith Strickland Funeral Fund c/o Whitesell-Wolfe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 190, Fort Mill, SC 29716.

Whitesell-Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge.

Marion Whitlock
CLOVER - Mr. Marion Lee "Buck" Whitlock, 79, of 1224 Love Valley Road died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, N.C.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Brookleigh Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C., with the Revs. Walter Prescott and Bill Smith officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York.

Mr. Whitlock was the retired owner of Whitlock Paint Co. and most recently worked at Industrial Electroplating in Gastonia. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Virgie Luecille Bradshaw Whitlock; two sons, Anthony T. Whitlock of Hickory, N.C., and Sonny Whitlock of Gastonia; his daughter, Rebecca W. Sherrill of Clover; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Clover Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 214, Clover, SC 29710.
 

Eva Byrd
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mrs. Eva Meeks Byrd, 59, of 224 Jefferson St., formerly of York, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at her home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wright Funeral Home.

Alfred Gurrie
ROCK HILL - Mr. Alfred D. Gurrie, 84, of 1915 Ebenezer Road died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at White Oak Manor.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. today at Freewill Church of Jesus Christ in Cramerton, N.C., with the Revs. Jimmy Painter and Richard Hancock officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. today at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Mr. Gurrie was a member of Freewill Church of Jesus Christ in Cramerton, N.C. He was retired from Union Carbide in Charleston, W.Va.

Surviving are his wife, Birdie Shackelford Gurrie; two stepsons, David Shackelford of Rock Hill and Roger Shackelford of Greenville; four stepdaughters, Shirley Miskelly, Pauline Estes, Joan Helms and Tonda Shackelford, all of Rock Hill; 11 stepgrandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren.

Greene Funeral Home is in charge.

Annie Hilton
GASTONIA, N.C. - Mrs. Annie Patton Hilton, 60, of 423 East Davidson Ave. died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at her home.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. today at Greene Funeral Service Southside Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Miller officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York.

A native of York County, Mrs. Hilton was retired from Pharr Yarns. She was the widow of John Worth Hilton.

Surviving are her son, James Mitchell Hilton of Gastonia; four daughters, Barbara Nelson, Sheresa "Chichi" Clinton and Linda Downey, all of Gastonia, and Teresa Anderson of York; four brothers, Ralph Patton of California, Richard Patton of Huntersville, Ala., Randall Patton of Seneca, and William Patton of York; three sisters, Ruby Gay of Huntersville, Ala., Linda Reams of Seneca, and Marie Barrett of Rock Hill; 15 grandchildren; and her great-grandchild.

R.B. Holshouser
MONROE, N.C. - Mr. R.B. "Skinny" Holhouser, 77, of Monroe died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Hospice House No. 2 of Union County.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Lakeland Memorial Park.

Mr. Holshouser was a former member of the Monroe Blue Sox baseball team and played music with the Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs band in the 1940s. He retired in 1983 from the Rock Hill plant of Hoechst Celanese.

Surviving are his wife, Jessie Mae B. Holshouser; his daughter, Carolyn H. Crook of Thomasville, N.C.; two sisters, Vashti McWhorter and Katie Watts, both of Monroe; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.

Jimmie Hughes
CHESTER - The funeral for Mr. Jimmie M. Hughes, 49, of 620 Angel Road, who died Friday, May 1, 1998, at his home will be 4 p.m. today at Sandy River Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Taylor officiating and the Revs. Sandy Drayton, J.D. Hughes Jr., Cliff Dye, A.L. Jinwright and Casey Kimbro assisting.

The Rev. Marvin Hughes will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mr. Hughes was a Chester native. He was a former construction worker and painter. He was a member of the Sandy River Baptist Church, where he was an usher, member of the junior choir and a missionary. He was a 1968 graduate of Finley Senior High School and attended college for two years. He served in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, where he receive three purple hearts.

Surviving are his son, Jeffery Hughes of Orangeburg; four daughters, Sandra Boyd, Marquita Hughes and Trabeca Hughes, all of Charlotte, and Eunita Hughes of the home; his mother, Lelia M. Hughes of the home; his maternal grandmother, Geneva McDaniel of the home; six brothers, Albert Hughes, J.D. Hughes Jr. and Terry Hughes, all of Chester, Arthur Hughes of Aiken, the Rev. Marvin Hughes of Greenwood, and Preston Hughes of Lawrenceville, Ga.; three sisters, Pradensia Drayton of Moncks Corner, Cynthia Hughes of Orlando, Fla., and Helen Hemphill of Chester; his adopted sister, Jessie Osborne of Blythewood; six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at home. The body will be taken to the church at 3 p.m. today.

King's Funeral Home is in charge.

Billy Lucas Sr.
LANCASTER - Mr. Billy Lee Lucas Sr., 50, of 2633 Kendlewood Drive died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at his home.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Cauthen Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Stewart officiating.

Mr. Lucas was a Marine Corps veteran and a mechanic at General Tire.

Surviving are his wife, Jane S. Lucas; two sons, Billy Lee Lucas Jr. and Steven D. Lucas, both of Lancaster; three daughters, Tammy Smith of Charlotte, Kelly Laney and Kerry A. Lucas, both of Lancaster; his mother, Geneva R. Lucas of Lancaster; two brothers, Aaron Lucas and Roger Lucas, both of Lancaster; and nine grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 386, Lancaster, SC 29721.

Ralph McClure
ROCK HILL - Mr. Ralph Henderson McClure, 68, of Joyce Court died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Magnolia Manor.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Greene Funeral Home.

Annie Phillips
ROCK HILL - Mrs. Annie M. Phillips, 93, of 837 Jefferson Ave. died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Wesley Woods Geriatric Center in Atlanta.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Parker Funeral Home.

Kenneth Starnes
ROCK HILL - Mr. Kenneth Maxel Starnes, 52, of 328 Keels Ave. died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Phil Bostrom officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mr. Starnes was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and a member of the New Believers Sunday school class. He was a 1963 graduate of Rock Hill High School and a 1965 graduate of Kings College in Charlotte. He was a training director and supervisor at Eastern Air Lines for 22 years. He was the manager of CCI Travel Agency in Rock Hill.

Surviving are his mother, Louise Rainer Starnes of Rock Hill; his brother, Dennis Starnes of Rock Hill; and his sister, Janet Starnes Morrison of Albuquerque, N.M.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Greene Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 1221 Curtis St., Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Mac Swearinger
ROCK HILL - The funeral for Mr. Mac G. Swearinger of 123 Duckett Court who died Monday, May 4, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Eugene Goodwin officiating. Burial will be at Barber Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Swearinger was a graduate of Cardoza High School in Washington, D.C. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his wife, Bessie Adams Swearinger; three sons, Eddie James Durham and Ronnie Adams, both of Rock Hill, and Leonard Charles of Baltimore; five daughters, Elevalene Shipton of Seattle, Doris Ann Garvin of Suitland, Md., Antoinette Swearinger of Washington, and Dorothy English and Mary Adams, both of Rock Hill; two brothers, Osric Proctor of Hopewell, Va., and Gregory Proctor of Landover, Md.; his sister, Betty Swearinger Small of Temple Hill, Md.; and 17 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Robinson Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Moses Wright
YORK - Mr. Moses Wright, 71, of 301 Sharon Road died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wright Funeral Home.

Willie Baxter
ROCK HILL - Mrs. Willie Washington Baxter of 1126 Glenarden Drive died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at Richland Memorial Hospital.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Rehoboth AME Zion Church in Chester, with the Rev. W.H. Woods Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Baxter was a native of Chester County. She was a retired employee of Winthrop University. She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and a former member of Rehoboth AME Zion Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Weeping Mary Chapter. She attended the public schools of Chester County.

Surviving are her daughter, Bernell B. Thompson of Rock Hill, and two grandchildren.

The body can be viewed from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Robinson Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence.

The body will be placed in the church at noon Monday.

Ruby Blackwelder
ROCK HILL - Mrs. Ruby Mae Hough Blackwelder, 70, of 1202 McDow Drive died Thursday, May 7, 1998.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Mill Church of God, with the Rev. David Kemp officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Mrs. Blackwelder was retired from Willamette Industries Inc., where she worked as a machine operator.

Surviving are her husband, Fred Lee Blackwelder Jr.; her son, Terry Blackwelder of Rock Hill; three daughters, Brenda Drake, Virginia Lockridge and Kay Wright, all of Rock Hill; her brother, Robert Hough of Rock Hill; four sisters, Mary Minton of McConnells, Hassie Starnes and Annie George, both of Rock Hill, and Lottie Thomas of Blue Ridge, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Greene Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Fort Mill Church of God seniors' Young at Heart, 221 Academy St., Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Gene Byers Jr.
COLUMBIA - Mr. Gene "Hoppy" Byers Jr., 51, of Herman Street died Wednesday, May 6, 1998.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Heath Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Great Falls with the Revs. John Rumford and Roger Weaver officiating.

Mr. Byers was a Vietnam War veteran and served in the Marine Corps. He was employed in bridge construction. He was a member of Heath Chapel United Methodist Church and attended Great Falls schools.

Surviving are two sons, Jason Byers of Great Falls and Garrett Byers of Shallotte, N.C.; two sisters, Wendy Walker of Lancaster and Mary Ann Garrett of Satellite Beach, N.C.; his brother, Scott Sneed of Goldsboro, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Heath Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Lawrence Stroud, 6086 Richburg Road, Great Falls, SC 29055.

Eva Byrd
WASHINGTON - Mrs. Eva Meeks Byrd, 59, of 224 Jefferson Street, formerly of Clover, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at home.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Wright Funeral Home in York. Burial will be in Uniondale Cemetery in York.

Mrs. Byrd was a native of Clover.

Surviving are her husband, Leon Byrd; her son, Michael Meeks of Gastonia, N.C.; three daughters, Gwendolyn Byrd-McNair of Greenbelt, Md., Sandra Byrd of Hyattsville, Md., and Bridgete Crawford of Minneapolis; two brothers, Willie Meeks of Gastonia and Paul Meeks of Kansas City, Mo.; her sister, Lizzie Meeks-Neely of Gastonia; and six grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wright Funeral Home.

Cecil Case
FORT LAWN - Mr. Cecil Leaverne Case, 58, of 5807 Willowbrook St. died Thursday May 7, 1998 at Piedmont Medical Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lawn Baptist Church with the Revs. Ted Hodges and John Rumford officiating. Burial will be at Refuge Baptist Church in Camden, with the Rev. Clarence Dorman officiating.

A Camden native, Mr. Case was a member of Fort Lawn Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and had coached the church softball team in 1994. He worked in the inspection department of Springs Industries' Grace Finishing Plant.

Surviving are his wife, Pat Branham Case; his son, William Henry Case of Salisbury, N.C.; and two brothers, Dewey Case of Camden and Robert Case of California.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at the Lancaster chapel of Cauthen Funeral Home, and other times at home.

Mary Coleman
ROCK HILL - Mrs. Mary Coleman, 96, of 316 Friendship Drive died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at Meadow Haven Rehab and Specialty Center.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Watkins, Garrett and Woods Funeral Home in Greenville.

William Hastings Jr.
CHESTER - Mr. William "Bill" Howard Hastings Jr., 55, of 615 Summersby St., died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.

A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Chester Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Bill Heustess officiating.

Mr. Hastings was owner and operator of Bill's Tractor Repair Service. He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. He served in the South Carolina National Guard. He was a graduate of York High School and the Diesel Mechanics School in Racine, Wis. He was owner of the dirt track racing car No. 67 "Granny's Darling" driven by Roddy Bolin

Surviving are his wife, Janice Howell Hastings; two daughters, Shelly Hastings Palmer and Kelly Hastings Curtice, both of Rock Hill; his mother, Verta Jones Hastings of York; his sister, Margaret H. Henson of McConnells; and his grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Barron Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 477, Chester, SC 29706.

Doris Hill
CHESTER - Mrs. Doris Clark Hill, 65, of 529 Gage St. died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Palmetto Richland Medical Hospital.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. today at Chester Memorial Gardens with the Rev. James Sanders officiating.

Mrs. Hill was retired from Springs Industries. She attended the Chester County public schools.

Surviving are her longtime companion, Ernest Garland; her son, Douglas Love of Chester; two daughters, Glenda Martin and Cynthia Smith, both of Chester; two sisters, Odell Lathan of Great Falls and Adrene Melton of Chester; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Barron Funeral Home is in charge.

Robie Howard
CHARLOTTE - Mr. Robie N. Howard, 84, died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at White Oak Manor in Rock Hill.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. D. Rodney Frye officiating. Burial will be at Sharon Memorial Park.

Mr. Howard was employed as the head loom fixer for Highland Park Manufacturing Co. for more than 35 years and he played for the company's baseball team in the 1930s. He also was employed as head mechanic for a golf cart manufacturing company. He was a member of the Beagle Hunting Club in Cherryville, N.C. He attended Spencer Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving are five sisters, Gertrude Rogers and Lexie Winchester, both of Bryson City, N.C., Hettie Howard of Statesville, N.C., Hazel Pruett of Greensboro, N.C. and Tishie Arvey of Franklin, N.C.

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Ralph McClure
ROCK HILL - The funeral for Mr. Ralph Henderson McClure, 68, of 1335 Joyce Court who died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Magnolia Manor will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Greene Funeral Home, with the Rev. Forrest Musselman officiating and the Rev. Glen Self assisting. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Mr. McClure was a retiree of Westinghouse Inc., Charlotte, with 20 years of service. He played gospel music in various churches in the Southeast. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian faith.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Penley McClure; his son, Larry McClure of Rock Hill; his daughter, Catherine M. Gibson of Kings Mountain, N.C.; four grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Greene Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Community Care, 325 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Annie Phillips
ROCK HILL - Mrs. Annie M. Phillips, 92, of 837 Jefferson Street died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital in Atlanta.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Saturday at First Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. L.L. Hancock officiating. Burial will be at Barber Memorial Cemetery.

A Fairfield County native, Mrs. Phillips was a retired domestic worker. She was the widow of Laurie Phillips.

Surviving are her two sisters, Sarah Quinn and Willie M. Boulware, both of Philadelphia; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home.

The body will be placed in the church Saturday at 2 p.m.

Parker Funeral Home is in charge.

David Sikes
FORT MILL - Mr. David W. Sikes, 84, of Fort Mill, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at White Oak Manor in Rock Hill.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Ray Sikes of Fort Mill, Billy W. Sikes and Dean I. Craig, both of Charlotte; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Sutton Funeral Home in Pageland.

Kenneth Starnes
ROCK HILL - Mr. Kenneth Maxel Starnes, 52, of 328 Keels Ave. died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Bethel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Phil Bostrom officiating and the Rev. Mary France Lynch assisting. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Park.

Mr. Starnes was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and a member of the New Believers Sunday school class. He was a 1963 graduate of Rock Hill High School and a 1965 graduate of Kings College in Charlotte. He was a training director and supervisor at Eastern Airlines for 22 years. He was the manager of CCI Travel Agency in Rock Hill.

Surviving are his mother, Louise Rainer Starnes of Rock Hill; his brother, Dennis Starnes of Rock Hill; and his sister, Janet Starnes Morrison of Albuquerque, N.M.

Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 1221 Curtis St., Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Greene Funeral Home is in charge.

Joanna Thornburg
LAKE WYLIE - Mrs. Joanna Bartley Thornburg, 70, of River Hills Plantation died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at Mercy South Hospital in Pineville, N.C.

Services will not be held.

Mrs. Thornburg was the widow of Lee A. Thornburg. She served as auxiliary president and member of the board of trustees of the Mint Museum of Art in 1996-97. She was an active member of the Costume Collection Committee on which she served two years as chair. Mrs. Thornburg held many offices over the years with the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, including president in 1994-1995.

Surviving are two sons, Eric Scott Thornburg and Bruce Alan Thornburg, both of Columbus, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to The Lee A. Thornburg Scholarship, Symphony Guild of Charlotte, 1515 Mockingbird, Suite 406, Charlotte, NC 28209-3236 or The Mint Museum of Art Auxiliary Endowment, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2535, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge.

Sybil Williams
ROCK HILL - Mrs. Sybil Clanton Williams, 65, of 1262 Sullivan St. died Thursday, May 7, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurelwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Donald Herbert officiating.

Mrs. Williams retired as a bookkeeper for Tollison-Neal Drug Store after 35 years of employment. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Surviving are her mother, Myrtle Williams of Rock Hill; three sisters, Ruth Neal of Lancaster, Vonetta Abraham of Charlotte, and June Azilee Covington of Rock Hill.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Cauthen Funeral Home and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 1140 Curtis St., Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Moses Wright
YORK - Mr. Moses Wright, 71, of 301 Sharon Road died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in York, with Elder George Pugh officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Memory Gardens.

An Orangeburg native, Mr. Wright was a Jehovah's Witness for 35 years. He was a 35-year New York state employee and was retired.

Surviving are his wife, Sallie M. Wright; his daughter, Lynn R. Boka of Las Vegas; his mother, Mary Thompson of New York; his brother, Douglas Thompson of New York; his sister, Carolyn Johnson of New York; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home.

The body may be viewed from 5 to 7 tonight at Wright Funeral Home and will lie in state from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.


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