Miscellaneous York County, South Carolina Obituaries

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Vernice Alexander

CLOVER - Mrs. Vernice Alexander of 110 Mobley St. died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Generation Funeral Home.

Jesse Brackett Sr.

STAFFORD, Va. - Mr. Jesse Donald Brackett Sr., 61, formerly of Rock Hill, died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at Mary Washington Hospital.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. today at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, Va. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Brackett was a certified public accountant and served in the Marine Corps.

Surviving are his wife, Tory Inez Fowler Brackett; four sons, Jesse Donald Brackett Jr. of Stafford, George McCoy Brackett of Hialeah, Fla., Michael Wayne Brackett and Rocky Tod Brackett, both of Spotsylvania, Va.; two daughters, Vicki Juanita Brackett of Boylston, Mass., and Peggy Andora Brackett Franklin of Fredericksburg, Va.; two brothers, Walter Brackett of Fort Mill and Thomas Eugene Brackett of Dallas, Ga.; three sisters, Norma Maglioni of Anderson, Elizabeth Strait of Rock Hill and Doris Hughes of Clover; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Suzanna Degraffenreid

ROCK HILL - Mrs. Suzanna Howze Degraffenreid, 83, of 1039-F Glenarden Drive died Thursday, Oct. 22, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rehoboth AME Zion Church, with the Rev. W.H. Woods Jr. officiating and the Rev. E.E. Vance assisting. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Degraffenreid was a homemaker. She was a member of Rehoboth AME Zion Church where she was a deaconess, missionary and member of the Hymn Choir, stewardess board, Order of the Easter Star Progressive Chapter No. 33 and the AP&B Society. She was a former member of Mount Hopewell Baptist Church and Galilee AME Zion Church

Surviving are three sons, MacArthur Degraffenreid of Chester, Wilbert Degraffenreid and Gene Degraffenreid, both of Edgemoor; five daughters, Johnnie Mae Bell of Chester, Janet Cook, Mary McCrorey, Euda Porter and Betty Williams, all of Rock Hill; her grandson whom she raised, Aaron Lamont Degraffenreid of the home; her sister, Leola Massey of Rock Hill; 44 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Eastern Star Rites will be said when the family receives friends from 6 to 7 tonight at King's Funeral Home.

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

The body may be viewed from 1 to 9 p.m. today at King's Funeral Home.

Rebecca Dickson

ROCK HILL - Mrs. Rebecca Bush Dickson, 95, died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at EdenGardens assisted living.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Laurelwood Cemetery, with the Revs. Dr. Tim McClendon, Linda Dunn and Dr. William Pender officiating.

A native of Inman, Mrs. Dickson was a graduate of Inman High School in 1919 and Winthrop College in 1923. She worked in the registrar's office at Winthrop College and later at family-owned Dickson Supply Co. in Rock Hill. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was the widow of John Frank Dickson.

Surviving are three sisters, Charlotte Bush Hall, Edith Bush Alverson and Edna Bush Clarke, all of Inman; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home of her granddaughter, Edith Campbell Hartis, 1420 Springsteen Road, Rock Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Untied Methodist Church, P.O. Box 149, Rock Hill, SC 29731-6149.

Bass Funeral Home is in charge.

Betty Howard

ROCK HILL - Mrs. Betty Ann Cherry Howard, 38, of 452 Summit St. died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Parker Funeral Home.

Inez Montgomery

Columbia - The funeral for Mrs. Leila Inez Rogers Montgomery, 85, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Montgomery, widow of Dr. Reid H. Montgomery Sr., died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998. A native of Blenheim, she was a graduate of Columbia College and taught school in Rock Hill, Sumter County and Tallahassee, Fla.

Her late husband retired as secretary manager of the South Carolina Press Association. Prior to that, he was a professor of journalism and director of the news service at Winthrop College and later was a professor of journalism at Florida State University and the University of South Carolina.

Mrs. Montgomery was a member of Shandon United Methodist Church and Wesley Fellowship sunday school class.

Surviving are her son, Dr. Reid H. Montgomery Jr. of Columbia; her daughter, Betty Ann Harris of Henderson, Nev.; two grandchildren; and her great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Reid H. Montgomery Sr. Endowed Chair, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, USC Educational Foundation, Columbia SC 29208.

John Page

CHESTER - Mr. John Fred Page, 85, of 118 Pine St. died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, in Columbia.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Barron Funeral Home, with the Rev. Clay Waldrip officiating. Burial will be at Chester Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Page was retired from the Department of Highways and Public Transportation as assistant administrator of the Chester district. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was deacon, chairman of the usher committee and secretary of the Sunday school. He served on the building and grounds committee and as chairman of building on faith finance committee.

Mr. Page was a graduate of Chester High School. He was a former commissioner of Chester Metropolitan District where he served as chairman of finance. He was active in the Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America and has served as vice president and chairman of the advancement committee. He was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He was a former member of Chester Lions Club and a member of the Chester Civitans Club.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Taylor Page of Columbia; his daughter, Jane Page of Columbia; two brothers, James Earl Page and Davis Wilkes Page, both of Chester; and his sister, Helen Page Pope of Chester.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 518, Chester, SC 29706 or to Tri-County Dialysis, 102 Cestrian Square, Chester, SC 29706.

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

Eric Rhoads

East Hanover, Pa. - Mr. Eric William Rhoads, 34, of 300 Shady Lane died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, at home.

A memorial Mass will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey, Pa.

Mr. Rhoads was a graduate of the Academy of Medical Arts and Business in Harrisburg, Pa. He was an alumnus of the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia.

Surviving are his father Earl W. Rhoads of the home; and his mother, Sonja K. Mogle Rhoads of Clover.

Memorials may be made to Tri-County Association for the Blind, 1800 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA 17102.

Deloris Stevens

CONCORD, N.C. - Mrs. Deloris Aldenia Green Stevens, 51, of Concord died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at Northeast Medical Center in Concord.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home in Marmet, W.Va., with the Rev. Donald Lanham officiating. Burial will be at Massey Cemetery in Winifrede, W.Va.

Mrs. Stevens was an employee of Duff Norton Steel Co. She was a member of Concord Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Surviving are three sons, Michael Stevens and Clyde Stevens Jr., both of Rock Hill, and Clayton Stevens of Alpharetta, Ga.; her mother, Marie Green of Concord; two brothers, Carl Green of Chelyan W.Va., and Jimmy Green of Winifrede; and her grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home in Marmet.

Helen Thacker

YORK - Mrs. Helen Azalee Renwrick Thacker, 74, of 294 Old Pinckney Road died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at home.

The funeral will be 3:30 p.m. today at Galilee Baptist Church, with the Rev. W.E. Garrison officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memory Gardens.

Mrs. Thacker was a member of Galilee Baptist Church, where she was a member of the hymn choir. She was the widow of Henry Thacker.

Surviving are four sons, Ervin Renwrick of Newberry, James Henry Thacker and Etholia Thacker, both of York, and Sylvester Thacker of Clover; four daughters, Shirley Renwrick, Rayone Thacker and Daisy Thacker, all of the home, and Bernice Thacker of York; her grandson whom she reared, Ervin Renwrick of Norfolk, Va.; her sister, Fannie Hall of Newberry; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

The family will be at the home.

Wright Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Vernice Alexander

CLOVER - Mrs. Vernice Moore Alexander, 82, of 110 Mobley St. died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

The funeral will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at St. James United Methodist Church in York, with the Rev. Keith Hunter officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Alexander was educated in the public schools of York County. A homemaker, she joined Ebenezer AME Zion Church in Smyrna at an early age and later joined Second Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte. She was the widow of Grady Alexander.

Surviving are four sons, Leonard Alexander and Grady Alexander, both of Charlotte, John Alexander of New Orleans and William Alexander of Clover; two brothers, Tracy Moore of Gastonia, N.C., and Bennie Moore of Smyrna; her sister, Iola Smith of Columbus, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the church and at other times at the home.

Generation Funeral Home is in charge.

William Bailey

GREAT FALLS - Mr. William Heath "Billy" Bailey, 34, of 18 Center St. died Friday, Oct. 23, 1998, in Ben Hill County, Ga.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Evangel Temple, with the Rev. Michael E. Sollers officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.

A Chester County native, Mr. Bailey was a carpenter.

Surviving are two sons, William H. Bailey Jr. and Raymond Lewis Bailey, both of Lancaster; his father, Bobby G. Bailey of Lancaster; his mother and stepfather, Nancy and Robert Stevenson of Great Falls; and five brothers, Mike Bailey of Chester and Bobby Bailey, Henry K. Stevenson, Robert L. Stevenson, and James Stevenson, all of Great Falls.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Wright's Home for Funerals.

Memorials may be made to Evangel Temple, Highway 200, Great Falls, SC 29055.

Thomas Douglas

ROCK HILL - Mr. Thomas "Tom" Douglas, 85, of 237 Clinton Ave. died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at Ebenezer Nursing Home.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Friday at Nazareth Baptist Church, with the Rev. J.H. Bailey and the Revs. C.B. Wells, James H. Smith and Harold Jones officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mr. Douglas was a member of Nazareth Baptist Church and a member of the AP&B Society. He attended public school in York County. Mr. Douglas was retired from the York school district.

Surviving are his wife, Eliza Weatherspoon Douglas; his son, James Douglas; five daughters, Sandra Douglas of the home, Rose Ann White of Rock Hill, Nancy Brock of Jamica, N.Y., Mae Ruth Douglas Brown, of East Elmhurst, N.Y. and Elizabeth Walker, of Jamica; and 11 grandchildren.

The body may be viewed from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the home.

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

Leon Gilbert

HILTON HEAD - Mr. Leon P. Gilbert of Hilton Head died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998.

A memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the James chapel of First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head.

Mr. Gilbert was employed as a textile chemist with Celanese Corp. of America. After retirement, he served as city manager of Clinton, where he lived for nine years. He served in the Navy during World War II and served on the USS Pennsylvania in the South Pacific. He was active in the local power squadron.

Surviving are his wife, Annette McMurtry Gilbert; three sons, Leon Dale Gilbert of Greenville, Glenn Howell Gilbert of Rock Hill and Todd Lake Gilbert of Portsmouth, N.H.; two daughters, Christie Gilbert Stanton of Loganville, Ga., and Kerrie Gilbert of Atlanta; his stepmother, Minnie Louise Gilbert of Lexington, Ky.; three sisters, Joyce Gilbert Mitchell, Betty Jane Gilbert and Esther Gilbert Cox, all of Lexington; and 12 grandchildren.

Julia Hicklin

GREAT FALLS - Mrs. Julia E. Hicklin, 56, of 2207 McClinton Road died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at Chester County Hospital in Chester.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Mount Nebo AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Sam Latta III officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Hicklin was a member of Mount Nebo AME Zion Church, where she was a member of the Senior Choir, the planning committee, Stewardess Board, the Usher Board and she was assistant treasurer at the church. She attended Elizabeth Heights High School in Great Falls.

Surviving are her husband, Lewis A. Hicklin; two sons, Willie J. Hicklin and Bobby L. Hicklin, both of the home; five daughters, Willie Mae Hicklin of the home, Teresa Donation of Los Angeles and Mary Truesdale, Pamela Rice, and Linda Hicklin, all of Great Falls; her father, Elliott Manning of Great Falls; her sister, Ruby Dean Patterson of Great Falls; and 17 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 tonight at Washington Funeral Home.

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

Robert Howze

RICHBURG - Mr. Robert H. Howze, 95, of Lyles Road died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salisbury, N.C.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by King's Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the home of Morris and Helen McCorkle, 368 Pendleton St., Rock Hill.

Walter McDaniel

CHARLOTTE - Mr. Walter Louis "Shine" McDaniel of 1309 Dearborn Ave. died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Robinson Funeral Home in Rock Hill.

Letha Mitchell

EASLEY - Mrs. Letha Wright Mitchell, 83, of 706 Pelzer Highway, Countryside Village, formerly of Rock Hill, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Barkers Creek Baptist Church cemetery.

A native of Honea Path, Mrs. Mitchell was a member of Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill. She was the widow of James Shirley Mitchell.

Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Clark of North Myrtle Beach and Sylvia M. Boineau of Greenville; two brothers, William C. Wright and Millard B. Wright, both of Honea Path; two sisters, Madge Branyon and Janie Sue Moore, both of Honea Path; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Barkers Creek Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Pruitt Funeral Home in Honea Path is in charge.

Robert Nelson

LANCASTER - Mr. Robert "Rico" Nelson, 18, of Lancaster died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1998, at Springs Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Bright Light Baptist Church, with the Rev. Waylon Wallace officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Mr. Nelson attended Lancaster County public schools.

Surviving are his parents, Dianne Nelson and Isaac Jackson Sr., both of Lancaster; five sisters, Brenda Nelson, Tameka Nelson, Cynthia Jackson, Stacey Jackson and Jessica Stevenson, all of Lancaster; seven brothers, Terrance Nelson, Lamont Nelson, Earnest Nelson, Isaac Jackson Jr., Larry Jackson, Stanley Jackson and Chavis Foster, all of Lancaster.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at McCray Funeral Home.

Mary Ramsey

EDGEMOOR - Mrs. Mary Jackson Ramsey, 62, of 1943 Nell Ramsey Road died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

The funeral will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Heath Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Ronny Jackson, Marion Dry and Mitch Ingram officiating. Burial will be at Edgemoor ARP Church cemetery.

A native of Great Falls, Mrs. Ramsey was a teacher's assistant for 28 years at Lewisville Elementary School. She was a member of Heath Memorial United Methodist Church, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Elks Club, and the Chester Lady's Golf Association.

Surviving are her husband, Warren T. Ramsey Sr.; her son, Warren T. "Rusty" Ramsey of Edgemoor; two daughters, Tommy Lynn Tomberlin of Edgemoor and Kathy R. Small of Lancaster; her brother, Johnny B. Jackson of Long Beach, N.C.; three sisters, Minnie Neely and Norma J. Hyatt, both of Great Falls, and Susan J. Carter of Conway; and six grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be made to Edgemoor ARP Church cemetery fund, 2135 Starnes Road, Edgemoor, SC 29712.

Stanley Whittaker

ROCK HILL - Mr. Stanley Russell Whittaker, 74, of 161 Briarwood Drive died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Bass Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gene Fuller officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Park.

Mr. Whittaker was a former supervisor in the packing department at Celanese Corp. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and the Elks Club. He was the former president of the coin club of Lancaster, Chester and York counties. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and earned a Bronze Star.

Surviving are his wife, Jacquelyn Byrd Whittaker; two sons, William R. "Bill" Whittaker of Princeton, W.Va., and Ronald Blake "Ron" Whittaker of Rock Hill; his daughter, Kathy W. Broom of Fort Mill; two brothers, Fred N. Whittaker and Robert A. Whittaker, both of Princeton; his sister, Stella W. Stafford of Salem, Va.; and five grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at Bass Funeral Home and at other times at the home. 
 

Frank Anderson III

CLEMSON - Mr. Frank Clinkscales "Clinker" Anderson III, 38, of 128 Weatherstone Drive, formerly of Rock Hill, died Sunday, Oct. 25, 1998.

Burial was at Old Stone Church Cemetery.

Mr. Anderson was an insurance professional and recently opened an agency with The Hartford. He was a former employee with People First Insurance in Rock Hill, and was a 1983 graduate of Clemson University. He was a member of the Clemson Rotary Club, Clemson Chamber of Commerce, IPTAY and the Walker Course.

Surviving are his wife, Denise Riley Anderson; his son, Earle Joseph Anderson II of the home; his daughter, Megan Denise Anderson of the home; his mother, Theresa Smith Anderson of Rock Hill; his brother, Richard C. Anderson of Kannapolis, N.C.; his sister, Leslie A. Carson of Monroe, N.C.; and his grandfather, Earle B. Smith of Pendleton.

Memorials may be made to the Rotary Foundation, c/o Clemson Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1475, Clemson, SC 29633.

Mark Belt

FORT MILL - Mr. Mark Belt, 67, of 1426 Legion Road died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wolfe Funeral Home.

Gussie Cathcart

YORK - Ms. Gussie Cathcart, 64, of 25 Spruce St. died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at the home of her daughter.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Thompson Funeral Home.

Katie Ellis

ROCK HILL - Mrs. Katie Gardner Ellis, 89, of 1236 Amelia Ave. died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at Beverly Health Care.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Greene Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Allen officiating and the Rev. Phil Lemmons assisting. Burial will be at Laurelwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Ellis was retired from Randolph Yarns where she worked as a spinner for more than 30 years. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Surviving are her son, Johnny C. Ellis of Rock Hill; her daughter, Betty Rainey of Rock Hill; three grandchildren; and four-great grandchildren.

The family will be at the home of her daughter, Betty Rainey, 1480 Shadow Lane, Rock Hill.

Greene Funeral Home is in charge.

J.C. Griffin

CARLISLE - Mr. J.C. Griffin, 53, of 3073 Leeds Road died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at Wallace Thompson Hospital in Union.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by King's Funeral Home.

Danae Harper

SUMMERVILLE - Mr. Danae Douglas Harper, 31, of 1830 Royal Road, formerly of Lando, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at home.

Services and burial will be private.

Mr. Harper was a new construction painter. He attended Lewisville High School.

Surviving are his parents, Johnny and Diane Payne of Lando; two brothers, Gary Harper of Kaufman, Texas, and Frankie Payne of Lando; his paternal grandmothers, Betty Jo Smith of Prosperity and Dorothy Massey of Tradesville; and his maternal grandmother, Margaret Stroud of Great Falls.

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

Hulda Jonas

YORK - Ms. Hulda Elizabeth Jonas, 76, of 220 E. Jefferson St. died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at home.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at York Funeral Home, with the Rev. Todd Speed officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Memory Gardens.

A native of York, Ms. Jonas was a buyer for Ivey's Department Stores in Charlotte. She was a first lieutenant in the Army during World War II and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in York.

Surviving are her brother, Alfred Luther Jonas of Kissimmee, Fla.; three sisters, Mable J. Forte of York, Mamie J. Smith of Atlanta, and Mary Margaret Jonas of the home.

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

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

Louise Jordan

LANCASTER - Ms. Louise "Wessie" McElduff Jordan, 78, formerly of Great Falls, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1998, at White Oak Manor.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home, with the Rev. Curtis Cameron officiating. Burial will be at Heath Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.

A native of Chester County, Ms. Jordan was retired from J.P. Stevens Co. She was a charter member of Heath Chapel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her son, Charlie Jordan of Rock Hill; her daughter, Cindy Rape of Lancaster; her sister, Mabel Gardner of Great Falls; and her grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight at Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home and at other times at the home of her niece, Wendy Walker, 704 Marion Sims Drive, Lancaster.

Memorials may be made to Upstate Alzheimer Association, 114 East Earle, Anderson, SC 29621.

Stanley Whittaker

ROCK HILL - Mr. Stanley Russell Whittaker, 74, of 161 Briarwood Drive died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1998, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Bass Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gene Fuller officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Park.

Mr. Whittaker was a former supervisor in the packing department at Celanese Corp. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and the Elks Club. He was the former president of the coin club of Lancaster, Chester and York counties. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and earned a Bronze Star for his role in the operation at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands in February 1945. A corporal, he was a telephone lineman and maintenance crewman who worked to keep telephone and communication lines open during battle. He was one of 16 out of 250 company members who survived the battle.

Surviving are his wife, Jacquelyn Byrd Whittaker; two sons, William R. "Bill" Whittaker of Princeton, W.Va., and Ronald Blake "Ron" Whittaker of Rock Hill; his daughter, Kathy W. Broom of Fort Mill; two brothers, Fred N. Whittaker and Robert A. Whittaker, both of Princeton; his sister, Stella W. Stafford of Salem, Va.; and five grandchildren.


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