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David "Pete" Wesley Walker


David "Pete" Wesley Walker, 54, of 650 Mullinax Circle, Blacksburg, SC, died April 15, 2014, at home after a lengthy illness.  Born in Laurel Hill, NC, he is the husband of Angela "Peanut" Gibson Walker  of the home.  Pete is a son of Van Helms Walker of Blacksburg and the late Floyd W. Walker, Jr.   He worked in the textile industry for many years.

Left to cherish his memory in addition to his wife, Peanut, are two daughters - Sabrina Walker of Newport, TN, and Mandy Little of Gaffney, SC; four grandchildren;  two sisters - Leylonne Martin and Mona Blankenship both of Blacksburg, SC; as well as extended family members.  In addition to his Dad, he is preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Walker, and one sister, Lisa Gaye Martin.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8:00 PM at Broad River Baptist Church.  At other times, they will be at the home.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, you may remember Pete with memorials to the Pete Walker Memorial Fund, %White Columns Funeral Service, PO Box 331, Blacksburg, SC, 29702.
 
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Rodger Dale "Snake" Smith

Rodger Dale "Snake" Smith, 70, 252 Tribal Road, Blacksburg, SC, died April 14, 2014, at home.  Born in Bessemer City, NC, he was a son of the late Vernon Patrick  Smith and Margie Mitchell Smith Melton.  He formerly ran Rodger's Diesel Service. 

Services are incomplete.

Ernest Haskel Carroll, Sr.


Ernest Haskel Carroll, Sr., 68, 107 Summit Drive,  Blacksburg, SC, died April 10, 2014, at home.  He is the husband of Mary Dover Carroll of the home and a son of the late Cole and Ethel Caveny Carroll.  Born in Cherokee County, he was a carpenter by trade.  Haskel was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.   He dearly loved his grandchildren.  He loved to hunt.  Another pasttime was watching and feeding the many  birds and squirrels that visited his yard.

Left to cherish his memory in addition to his wife, Mary, are two sons - Ernie H. Carroll, Jr. and Danny Carroll both of Blacksburg; one daughter - Kimberly C. Moore of Blacksburg; eight grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren; and one sister - Catherine Spencer of Blacksburg.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother -  Hoyle "Buddy" Carroll.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6-7:30 PM at White Columns Funeral Service.  A Celebration Of Life Service will be held Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3:00 PM, graveside at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Steve Hicks officiating.  At other times, they will be at the home.

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Colleen Peace Underwood

Colleen Peace Underwood, 88, formerly of 1330 W. Pine Street, Blacksburg, SC, went home to be with the Lord  April 4, 2014, at Brookview Healthcare Center, Gaffney, SC.  A native of Cherokee County,  she is the wife of the late Fred  Underwood and a daughter of the late John Charles and Lola Bell Isler Peace.  She was retired from the textile industry.  Mrs. Underwood was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  

Left to cherish her memory are numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by four sisters - Eugenia Crawford, Ruby Owens, Virginia Owens and Thelma Parker; and three brothers - William Peace, Perry Peace and James C. "Buck" Peace.

 The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1-2:00 PM at White Columns Funeral Service.  A Celebration Of Life Service will follow at 2:30 PM, graveside, at Mountain View Cemetery, with Rev. Alester McKInney officiating.  At other times,  the family will be at the home of her niece,  Sylvia  Hampton, 1334 W. Pine Street, Blacksburg, SC

The family would like to extend a special "thank you" to her Brookview caregivers - especially Terri and Holly.

Memorials may be made to Meals On Wheels, 403 W. Montgomery Street, Gaffney, SC, 29341.

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Cindy Lee Ray

Cindy Lee Ray, 52, 1416 Possum Trot Road, Blacksburg, SC, died unexpectedly April 3, 2014, at home.  Born in Shelby, NC,  she is the wife of John J. Ray of the home and a daughter of the late Joe and Reba Pruitt Fortenberry.  Cindy was a LPN and  a former member of Mt. Whitaker Baptist Church.  Cindy was happiest when helping other people.  She loved to fish.  When she was younger she enjoyed riding horses.  

Left to cherish her memory, in addition to her husband, John, are three sisters - Robyn Fortenberry and Amanda F. Talley both of Grover, NC, and Della F. Childers of Kings Mountain, NC;  and aunts - Faye Kidd of Shelby, NC, Judy Ross of Fallston, NC,  Jeanette Costner of Taylors, SC, Catherine Fortenberry and Joyce Fortenberry.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-7:30 PM, at White Columns Funeral Service.  A Celebration Of LIfe Service will be held Monday, April 7, 2014, 3:00 PM,  at Mt. Whitaker Baptist Church with Rev. Todd Bolin officiating.  Burial will follow at Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery.   Following the services Monday,  the family will gather at the home of Timmy and Mary Allen, 113 Sara Lane, Grover, NC. At other times, they will be at the home. 

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Wilma M. Sanders

Wilma M. Sanders, 96, formerly of 506 Holmes Street, Gaffney, SC, passed away  April 2, 2014,   at Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.  Born in Blacksburg in 1918, she was the widow of the late Nephi Callis Sanders and daughter of the late M. Andrew and Maud White Martin. 

A single mother, homemaker, and provider upon the death of her husband, she retired as a bookkeeper from Broad River Electric Co-operative.  She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints where she held many positions of service especially teaching little children in the Primary organization.

Surviving are two sons, Michael L. Sanders and wife, Herta, of Orem, Utah,  Randall L. Sanders and wife, Laura, of Gaffney, and one daughter, Brenda S. Hansen and husband, Willard, of West Jordan, Utah, three brothers, Marquis K. Martin and wife, Dorothy, of Spartanburg , Milton T. Martin and wife, Ann, of Ringgold ,Georgia and Manfred G. Martin and wife, Patricia, of Gaffney.  Wilma had 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and several great, great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Hazel M. Sansing of Gaffney.

The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, 701 West Buford Street, Gaffney, SC.  Mrs. Sanders' service will begin at 11:00 AM with Elder Lynn Lawhon and Elder Manfred Martin officiating.    Interment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Manfred Martin, 105 Mimosa Drive, Gaffney, SC.

Memorials may be made to the Fast Fund, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, Gaffney, SC.

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Michael Todd White


Michael Todd White, 46, 713 Peeler Road, Blacksburg, SC, died unexpectedly March 27, 2014, at home.  A native of Cherokee County, he is the husband of Christy Carroll  and a son of the late Thomas Leon and Terry Elaine Messer White.   He loved his children, fishing and standing around a fire barrell with his friend, Roger Lanier. 

In addition to his wife, Christy, he is survived by one son - Cody Carroll of Blacksburg, SC; two daughters - Kayla Carroll and Haylee Carroll both Blacksburg, SC;  one brother - Jody Scott White of Gaffney, SC: and an aunt - Brenda White of Blacksburg, SC.   In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother - Robert Thomas White and one uncle - Billy Gene White.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 30,  2014, from 4-6:00 PM, at the home.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held  Monday, March 31, 2014, 3:00 PM,  at Christian Fellowship Church, with Revs. Lucky Earls and Willie Lanier officiating.  Interment will take place in Hambright Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cherokee Falls Baptist Church Building Fund, 109 School Street,  Blacksburg, SC,  29702.

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Loretta Parker Smith

Loretta Parker Smith, 68, of 316 Holmes St., Gaffney, SC, passed away  Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center.  Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of the late Roy Rogers Smith, Sr., and a daughter of the late Eddie H. and Margaret Horne Parker.  Loretta loved to crochet and work with crafts.

She is survived by two sons - Roy R. Smith, Jr., and Eddie Dean Parker both of Gaffney, SC; five daughters - Cheryl Lynn Smith, Edith Darwin, Loretta Whiten, Ruth Renee Durham and Stella Rose-Lee Raines all of Gaffney, SC;  seventeen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; three sisters - Linda Weathers and Dorothy Hollifield both Gaffney, SC, and Barbara Purvis of Kings Mountain, NC; and three brothers - Steve Parker, Johnny Parker and Eddie Parker all of Gaffney, SC.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by one sister - Becky Ann Adams.

Private services will be held at a later date.  The family will be at their respective homes.

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Joann Broome McDaniel

Joann Broome McDaniel, 79, of 105 Ridge Hill Drive, Lexington, SC, and formerly of Cayce, SC, went home to be with the Lord March 17, 2014, at home.  Born in Blacksburg, SC, she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Lois McDaniel Broome.  She was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Lexington, SC. 

Left to cherish her memory are three grandchildren - Christian Rushton(John) of Lexington, SC, Beth Williamson(Robbie) of Swansea, SC, and Robbie Wilson of Richland County, SC; five  great -grandchildren - Ashley Fleeman of Richland County, SC, Caroline Kreider and  Chloe Kreider both of Lexington, SC,  and Harley Williamson and Liam Williamson both of Swansea, SC; two great-great-grandchildren - Lakien Pitchard and Avery Pitchard both of Richland County, SC; and two sisters - Cathy Carpenter(Gary)  of Belmont, NC, and Debbie Martin(Donnie) of Blacksburg, SC.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two daughters - Beth Lybrand and Teresa Wood, and her brother - Melvin Broome.

A graveside Celebration Of Life Service will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12 o'clock noon,  at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Blacksburg, SC, with Rev. Eddie Bolin officiating.  At other times, they will be at their respective homes.

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Richard "Ricky" Dean Cooksey 

Richard  "Ricky" Dean Cooksey, 56,  121 Morgan Street, Apt. K, Spindale, NC, died  Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at home after a short illness.   He is  a son of the late William Perry and Ruby Allene Roberts Cooksey.  Born in Cleveland County, NC, he grew up in Blacksburg, SC, but spent most of his adult life in Shelby, NC, and Spindale, NC.   He was a machinist by trade.

 He is survived by his brother , Earl Eugene "Gene" Cooksey and wife, Susan, of Calhoun, GA, (formerly of Blacksburg) as well as extended family members.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Cooksey Batchelor. 

A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held March 22, 2014, 2:00 PM, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 200 Elm Street, Gaffney, SC, with Rev. Lewis Batchelor and Mr. Michael Batchelor officiating. 

Memorials may be made, in Ricky's honor, to Tabernacle Baptist Church Mission Fund. 

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Galon C. E. "Bub" Martin


C. E. "Bub"  Martin, 65, of 395 Batchelor Drive, Blacksburg, SC, went to be with the Lord  March  8, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.   Bub was the husband of Janet Sanders Martin and was a son of the late Broadus F. and Estelle Ivester Martin.  He was a veteran who   served his country in the United States Army.  He was a member of Broad River Baptist Church.  Bub was employed by Martin Marietta in Kings Mountain, NC.  Bub loved music and loved playing the drums.

Surviving in addition to Janet, his wife of 45 years, are his son - Steven C. Martin(Kim) of Gaffney, SC;  his daughter - Dana Christine "Christy" Ervin(Bruce Pierce) of Blacksburg, SC;  a niece raised in the home - Audra Hajji(Medhi) of Blacksburg, SC;  two grandsons - Noah Martin of Gaffney, SC, and Kaleb Martin of Blacksburg, SC; one granddaughter - Lauren Simpson(Dylan) of Gaffney, SC; one step-granddaughter - Kasey Henson of Gaffney, SC; one great-grandson - Nicholas Simpson of Gaffney, SC; one step great-grandson - Ryder Thornton, of Gaffney, SC; one brother - Belvie Martin(Sherard) of Orange Park, FL; two sisters - Retha Blackwell and Agnes Willis(Tony) all of Kings Mountain, NC;  two great-nephews - Michael and Bradley Phillips both of Gaffney, SC;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two grandchildren - Samantha and Zachery Ervin; his son-in-law, Phillip "Peanut" Ervin; and a sister - Volina Martin.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 3-4:30 PM, at New Harvest Church of God, Gaffney, SC.  A  Celebration Of Life Service will begin at 4:30 PM with Mr. Steve Hullender, Rev. Henry Coley and  Rev. Robert Wells officiating.  At other times, the family will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38101-9908; or to Peachtree Centre, 1434 N. Limestone Street, Gaffney, SC, 29340.

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Wanda Sutton Martin


Wanda Sutton Martin, 68, of 937 S. Rutherford Street, Blacksburg, SC,  passed away March 5, 2014, at Peachtree  Centre, Gaffney, SC, after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer's.  Born September 26, 1945, in Cherokee County, SC, she was the beloved wife of George Martin of the home and a daughter of the late Arthur  and Dorothy Palmer Sutton, Jr.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blacksburg. 

She and George were married for 45 years.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.   She was loyal to her clients at her business, Wanda's Beauty Shop, which she owned and operated for 43 years where she served the citizens of Cherokee and surrounding counties. 

In addition to her husband, George, she is survived by three daughters - Angela Watson and husband, Jimmy, of Sumter, SC, Kim Duckworth and husband, Rick, of Lincolnton, NC, and Lesa Gordon and husband, Rick, of Gaffney, SC; one son - Tommy Martin and wife, Sandi, of York, SC; seven grandchildren -  Ross Watson, Sutton Watson, Hunter Felkel, Trevor Felkel, Stacey Arnold, Garrett Martin and Tanner Martin;  and one great-granddaughter, Mallory Arnold.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two grandsons,  Evan Felkel and Carson Watson, and her sister, Olivia Sutton Broome.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7-8:30 PM at White Columns Funeral Service.  A Celebration Of Life Service will be held, Friday, March 7, 2014, 3:00 PM,  at First Baptist Church, Blacksburg, SC with Rev. Scott Hammett and Dr. Bobby Morrow officiating.  Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Blacksburg, SC.  At other times, the family will be at the home.

Pallbearers serving are Jim Martin, John "Bubba" Randolph, Jamie Campbell, Ross Watson, Hunter Felkel, Trevor Felkel, Garrett Martin and Tanner Martin.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 654, Blacksburg, SC, 29702; or to the Alzheimer's Association, 901 S. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29302.

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