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Nellie Mae Wylie

Nellie Mae Wylie, 73,  213 Carolina Avenue, Grover, NC, died July 28, 2016, at Testa Family Hospice House, Kings Mountain, NC.  Born in Cherokee County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Nuna Bolin Peterson.  She was retired from Patrick Yarns and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her son - Chris Wylie of Grover, NC; one daughter - Krystal Jones of Grover, NC; five grandchildren - Naythun Wylie, Mackie Wylie, Krystal Wylie, Dalton Jones and Joshua Jones all of Grover, NC: one brother - John Lewis Peterson of Kings Creek, SC; and two sisters - Shirley Rudsill of Gastonia, NC, and Hazel Hollins of Blacksburg, SC.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one daughter- Gaynell Wylie and  two sisters - Louise P. Mooore and Thelma P. Nichols.

The family will receive friends Sunday, July 31, 2016, from 2-3:00 PM, at White Columns.   A Celebration Of Life Service will begin at 3:00 PM with Rev. Jimmy Earp officiating.  Interment will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.  At other times, the family will be at their respective homes. 

Pallbearers serving are Randy Ellis, Jeremy Reynolds, David Barnett, Joshua Jones, Henry Hollins and George Hammett.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.


Livingston Lee Ramsey, Jr.


Livingston Lee Ramsey, Jr., 56, 200 Doolittle Street, Cherokee Falls Community, Blacksburg, SC, died July 3, 2016, surrounded by family.  Born in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Livingston Lee and Velma Shelton Ramsey, Sr.   He was a carpenter by trade and attended Cherokee Falls Missionary Fellowship. 

Junior is survived by brothers - Gil Ramsey of Gaffney, SC, Keith Ramsey of Blacksburg, SC, Scott Ramsey of Gaffney, SC, and Brown Clyde Shelton of Kings Mountain, NC; and sisters - Martha R. Hall and Penny R. Callahan both of the Cherokee Falls Community of Blacksburg, SC. 

The family will receive friends July 9, 2016, from 4-5:00 PM, at Cherokee Falls Missionary Fellowship.   A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will begin at 5:00 PM, with Rev. Gregg Martin officiating.  At other times, the family will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Martha Hall, 426 First Street, Blacksburg, SC, 29702, to help with funeral costs.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.

Joyce Kiser Pursley

Joyce Kiser Pursley, 78, 227 Glencrest Drive, Gaffney, SC, passed away July 1, 2016, at home.  Born  in Kings Mountain, NC, she is the daughter of the late Rufus Kiser and Ollie Estes Kiser White. 

Left to cherish her memory are two sons - Jamie Pursley of Wilmington, NC, and Anthony Pursley of the home; one daughter - Robin P. Byrnes of Charlotte; and four grandchildren.

The family will be at their respective homes.  A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.

Donald Richard Bostic

Donald Richard Bostic, 61, 1019 Lookout Tower Road, died June 25, 2016, at home.  Born in Flint, Michigan, he was the husband of Linda Enger Bostic of the home and a son of the late Grady and Margaret Allen Bostic.  He served in the United States Marine Corp.  Donald was of the Baptist faith and was retired from Hamrick's. 

In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by two daughters - Dana Gowan and Starlet Barrett both of Blacksburg, SC; two grandchildren - Summer Dellinger and Jordan Foster; two great-grandchildren - Carter Dellinger and Candon Dellinger; and two brothers - Jimmy Bostic of Illinois and Kenneth Bostic of Inman, SC.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son - David Clemmer.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 6:30-8:00 PM, at White Columns.  At other times, they will be at their respective home.  A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Of South Carolina, 1612 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, SC, 29341.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.

Leo E. Diffenderfer, Jr.

Leo E. Diffenderfer, Jr., 88, 202 Holly Ridge Road, Blacksburg, SC., passed away, June 24, 2016, at Brookdale Skylyn, Spartanburg, SC.  He was born in Pacolet, SC, on May 8, 1928, to Leo and Elizabeth Minor Diffenderfer, Sr.,  Leo moved back to Lee County, VA, with his parents at the age of three.  After serving in the United States Air Force,  he returned to SC where he met his future wife, Janelle Putnam.  They were married April 1, 1951, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church.

Leo spent his life in Blacksburg in the Mt. Paran community.  He was a former deacon at Mt. Paran Baptist Church.  He was a great farmer and raised the perfect garden.  Later he joined the trucking industry as owner of his own truck and spent many years travelling to the West Coast. 

In addition to his wife, Janelle, he is survived by a daughter - Connie Swofford of Boiling Springs, SC;  a son - Roger Dale Diffenderfer of Blacksburg, SC; four grandsons - Jenson Swofford of Summerville, SC, David Swofford of Spartanburg, SC, Cody Diffenderfer and Bryce Diffenderfer both of Blacksburg, SC; and five great-grandchildren - Derrick Farris, Shawn Diffenderfer, Will Swofford,   Claire Swofford and Ben Swofford.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Kay Diffenderfer; one sister; and four brothers - Bill, Harold, Elvin and Palmer Diffenderfer.  Elvin and Palmer both gave their life for their country. 

The family will receive friends Monday, June 27, 2016, from 2-3:00 PM, at Mt. Paran Baptist Church.  A Celebration Of Life Service will begin at 3:00 PM, with Revs. Larry Law and Lee Coyle officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  At other times, the family will be at the home.

Pallbearers serving are David Swofford, Jenson Swofford, Bryce Diffenderfer, Cody Diffenderfer, Harold Putnam and Richard Rippy.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Paran Baptist Church, 105 Mt. Paran Road, Blacksburg, SC, 29702.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.



Thomas Carl Bell

Thomas Carl Bell, 56, 190 Possum Trot Road, Blacksburg, SC, went home to be with the Lord, May 31, 2016, at Hospice of Rutherford County, Forest City, NC.  Born in Shelby, NC, he was the husband of Susan Marie Bolin Bell of the home and the son of Shirley Allen Bell of Cleveland County, NC, and the late Thomas Clyde Bell.  He was an associate of Baldor Electric of Cleveland County, NC.  He was a Mason and was of the Baptist faith.  He loved camping and beekeeping.

Left to cherish his memory in addition to his wife and mother are his son - Shane Ramsey and wife, Dana, of Blacksburg, SC; his daughter - Myra Ramsey Morgan and husband, Jimmy, of Blacksburg, SC; five grandchildren - Jake and Bailey Morgan and Ethan, Dillon and Kayla Ramsey, all of Blacksburg, SC; brother - Marvin Bell of Shelby, NC; mother-in-law - Colleen Bolin, brother-in-law - Roddey Bolin, and sister-in-law, Debbie Bolin, all of Sharon, SC; and a niece - Mindy Bell Walters of Shelby, NC. 

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 2-4:00 PM, at White Columns, with a Celebration Of Life Service beginning at 4:00 PM, with Rev. Scott Peterson officiating.  At other times, they will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Cherokee County, PO Box 2223, Gaffney, SC, 29341.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.

Carley Tracy

Carley Tracy, 93, of Skylyn Place, Spartanburg, SC, passed away May 28, 2016, at Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg, SC.   Born in Bluefield, WVA, she was the daughter of the late Cecil Stephen Henderson and Ola Mae Hamblin Henderson.  She was a retired school teacher with the Barberton, Ohio School District where she taught kindergarten and second grade.  She was an officer with the Kappa Kappa Iota Teacher's Sorority.  She loved to travel, collect antique glass and porcelin, journaling and family history. 

She is survived by one son - Don Henderson Tracy of Banning, CA;  two daughters - Norma Lee Tracy of Canton, OH, and Patricia Tracy Martin of Gaffney, SC; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  In addition ot her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother - Marvin Lee Henderson.

A graveside Celebration Of Life Service will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 10:00 AM, at Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney, SC. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee County MOW, 403 W. Montgomery St., Gaffney, SC, 29340, or to the charity of one's choice.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.

Sarah White Moss

Sarah White Moss, 89, of 405 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, SC, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 29, 2016,  at home.  Born in Cherokee County, SC, she was the wife of the late Loyd Victor Moss, Sr., and the daughter of the late Thomas F. White, Sr. and Laura Benton White. She was a member of Cherokee Falls Church Of God(New Beginnings) and was retired from Burlington Industries.

Left to cherish her memory are her son - Loyd Victor Moss, Jr. of Blacksburg, SC.; her daughters - Laura Moss Black, Vicky Moss Richardson and Aubrey Moss Evans all of Blacksburg, SC; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sisters - Ann White McDaniel of Blacksburg, SC, and Edna White Couch of Gaffney, SC.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by a grandson, Ethan Evans; brothers - Dervin White, Clyde White, Gordon White, Thomas White, Sr., and Junior White; and one sister - Emma Jean McDaniel.

A Graveside Celebration Of Life Service will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 2:00 PM, at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, with Revs. Lucky Earls and Eddie Bolin officiating.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Loyd Moss, Jr., 351 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, SC.

Pallbearers serving are Bobby Richardson, Jr., Ethan Richardson, Jacob Richardson, Timothy Moss, Brian Moss, Landon Mertz, and James Gossett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Building Fund, Hopewell Baptist Church, 511 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, SC, 29702, or to Hospice Care Of SC, 1612 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, SC, 29340.

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