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Jodie Lee Philemon

Jodie Lee Philemon, 66, 163 Wesley Drive, Blacksburg, SC,  died Thursday, November 13,  2014, at home.   Born in Union County, NC,  he was married to the late Patricia  Bell Philemon and was a son of the late Dorothy Philemon Walters.  He was retired from Black & Decker and was of the Baptist faith.  He served  his country in the United States Army.

He is survived by three step-daughters - Dawn Marie Long of Arkansas, Mary Elizabeth Brown and Amanda Rose Laster both of Clover, SC; eight step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; one brother - Ronald Walters of Kannapolis, NC; and one sister - Carol Zittlow of Harrisburg, NC.
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A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held at First Freewill Baptist Church, Clover, SC, 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 18, 2014,  with Rev. Marvin Carson officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  At other times, they will be at their respective homes.

E-condolences may be made at bottom of page.

Johnny Moore Black

Johnny Moore Black, 73, of Gaffney, SC, went home to be with the Lord Sunday,  November 2, 2014, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC.  He was a son of the late Major John and Edna Dixon Black.  He was a retired truck driver.

Left to cherish his memory are two daughters - Pamela Denise Jefferies and husband, Scott, and Dora Lynn Black all of Gaffney, SC;  one son- Jonathan Leininger of Gaffney, SC;  four grandchildren - Angela Black Logan and husband, Brad, of Gaffney,  SC,  Shane Gunnin and wife, Linda,  Jeremy Dover, and Chelsea Dover Bolin and husband, Nick, all of Blacksburg, SC;  six great-grandchildren - Chandler Logan, Brad Logan, Jr., Aiden Logan, Kristopher Gunnin, Blaine Bolin and Forrest Bolin; one sister - Betty Black Gilbert and husband, Bill, of North Myrtle Beach, SC;  three brothers - Gary Black,  Tony Black and wife, Margaret, all of Blacksburg, SC, and Dennis Black and wife, Vicky, of Grover, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one grandson - Kristopher Todd "Butch" Gunnin.

A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held at Indian Hills Baptist Church, Gaffney, SC, 3:00 PM, Friday, November 7, 2014,  with Rev. Mary Jefferies officiating.  At other times, the family will be at  1173 West Rutledge Avenue, Gaffney, SC.

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Barbara Jean Purvis

Barbara Jean Purvis, 65, of 110 Philbeck St., Shelby, NC, and formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, died October 25, 2014, at Wendover Hospice House, Shelby, NC.  Born in Gaffney, SC, she was married to the late James Lee Purvis and was a daughter of the late Edward Hote and Margaret Horne Parker. 

She is survived by her daughter - Jo Ann Jones and husband, Wayne, of Gaffney, SC; her son - Mark Ervin Ramsey of Blacksburg, SC; two sisters - Dorothy Hollifield and Linda Weathers both of Gaffney, SC; two brothers - Steven Parker and Johnny Parker; and one granddaughter - Heather Ramsey.

The family will be at their respective homes.  No service will be held.

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Ralph R. Walker

Ralph R. Walker, 80, died October 18, 2014, at Brookview HealthCare Center, Gaffney, SC.  Born in Cleveland County, NC, he was a son of the late O. M. and Elsie Wood Walker.  He was of the Baptist faith and was retired from Duke Power.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his son - Clint  Walker of Blacksburg, SC;  three step-daughters - Annette Skelton of Seneca, SC,  Jackie Leatherwood of Woodruff, SC, and Vanessa Price of Roebuck, SC;  two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; two brothers - Abraham Walker of Blacksburg, SC, and David Walker of Gaffney, SC; and two sisters - Alma Lee Vann of Melbourne, FL, and Nancy Adams of Grover, NC.   In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife - Margie Addis Walker;  his daughter - Sandra Walker Thomas;  brothers - Manson Walker, John Walker, Joseph Walker, Ronald Walker, Paul Walker and Gudger Walker; and sisters - Annie Sapoch, Geraldine Peeler and Lorena Humphries.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2:00 PM, at Grover Church of God, Grover, NC, with Revs. Ron Hawkins and Eddie Sapoch officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  At other times, they will be at their respective homes.

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Helen White Falls

Helen White Falls, 92,  252 Caldwell Road,  Blacksburg, SC, went home to be with the Lord September 25, 2014.  Born in York Co., SC, she was married to the late Herbert B. Falls, Sr., and was a daughter of the late Walter Claude and Nancy Dickson White.  She was a homemaker and was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church, Blacksburg, SC. 

Left to cherish her memory are sons - Herbert Falls, Jr. of Blacksburg, SC, Donald C. Falls, Terry C. Falls, Steven L. Falls and Roy D. Falls all of the Kings Creek Community of Blacksburg, SC;  daughters - Nancy Ann Panceroff of Smyrna, SC,  and Barbara F. Smith of the Kings Creek Community of Blacksburg, SC;  thirteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren;  and her sister - Catherine Davis of Saraland, AL.  

The family will receive friends Saturday evening , September 27, 2014, from 6-8:00 PM, at Mountain View Baptist Church, 1560 Piedmont Road, Blacksburg.  A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at  Mountain View Baptist Church, 3:00 PM,  Sunday, September 28, 2014,  with Rev. Ken Lane officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  At other times, the family will be at the home.

Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers - Scott Falls, Michael Falls, Kevin Smith, Chad Falls, Greg Panceroff,  Todd Pennington, Tamara Davis, Brian Falls, Kelly Smith Mullinax, Tony Falls, Robbie Falls, Eric Panceroff and Richie Pennington. 

In lieu of flowers,  memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church.

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Patty Lane Hollins


Patty Lane Hollins, 43, of 110 Chestnut Street, Grover, NC,  passed away September 15, 2014, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia,  NC.   Born in Kings Mountain, NC, she is the daughter of Betty Martin of  Grover, NC, and the late William and Lenora Westmoreland.   She was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church, Smyrna, SC.

In addition to her mother, Betty, she is survived by one son - Brandon Laughridge of Grover, NC;  two daughters - Brittany Medrano of Smyrna, SC, and Elizabeth Hollins of Grover, NC;  four grandchildren; two sisters - Joann Tessner of Blacksburg, SC, and Mary Ann Peeler of Gaffney, SC; and four brothers - Manuel Westmoreland, William "Peroone" Westmoreland, Robert Hollins and Henry Hollins all of Kings Creek, SC.   In addition to her parents, William and Lenora Westmoreland, she is preceded in death by her step-dad, Bobby Martin, and one grandchild - Riley Medrano.

The family will receive friends Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 6-7:00 PM, at Smyrna Baptist Church, Smyrna, SC.  A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will begin at 7:00 PM, with Rev. Michael Leary officiating.  At other times, the family will be at the Medrano home, 5220 Old Wallace Road, Smyrna, SC. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  help defray cost in care of White Columns, 102 N. Rutherford Street, Blacksburg, SC, 29702.

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Billy Dale Martin


Billy Dale Martin, 33,  269 Lancaster Drive, Blacksburg, SC, died August 24, 2014, in Ocala, Florida. He was the son of  Betty Westmoreland Martin and Dennis Martin of the home and Dale Martin of Hickory Grove, SC. 

In addition to his mother, father and step-father, he is survived by two sons - Jordan Martin and Austin Martin of Blacksburg; one daughter - Destaney Martin of Blacksburg; three sisters - Crystal Bradley of Hickory Grove,  Roxanne Watson and Angel Martin both of Blacksburg; and his paternal grandparents - Lester and Carolyn Martin of HIckory Grove.

The family will receive friends Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 2-4:00 PM, at Nazareth Baptist Church.  A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will begin at 4:00 PM with Revs. James Billings and Lucky Earls officiating.    At other times, they will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Billy Martin Fund,  PO Box 331, Blacksburg, SC, 29702.

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Martha Sapoch McGlothan

Martha Sapoch McGlothan, 87, of 1372 E. Cherokee Street,  Blacksburg, SC, passed away Thursday, August 21,  2014, at Autumn Care of Drexel, Drexel, NC.  A native of Cherokee County, SC, she was the wife of the late Charles W.  McGlothan and a daughter of the late Wince and Effie Moore Sapoch.   She  was retired from Timken.

She is survived by one son - Mark McGlothan of Blacksburg, SC; one daughter Hilda Brittain and husband, Jerry,  of Hickory, NC; one grandson - Jason Brittain and wife, Connie; and two great-grandchldren - Jessica and Jayden Brittain.    In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceeded in death by  three brothers - James Sapoch, J. D. Sapoch, and Forest Sapoch, and two sisters - Lydia McDaniel and Lucy Chalker.

A  cryptside Celebration Of Life Service will be held at Clingman Memorial Gardens, Blacksburg, SC,  2:00 PM,  Saturday, August 23, 2014, with Rev. Eddie Sapoch officiating.  At other times, they will be at their respective homes. 

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James Hatcher Hamrick Sr.


Kathleen, GA – James Hatcher Hamrick, Sr., 93, entered into rest on August 13, 2014.
 James was born on June 15, 1921 in Blacksburg, South Carolina.  He was a graduate of Blacksburg High School. After graduating James proudly served his country in the United States Marines in World War II during the Pacific Theater.  He then worked as a Dye Supervisor for Minette Mills for many years. In his free time, he enjoyed working with all types of plants in the nursery.

His son, John M. Hamrick; his parents, Rufus Hatcher Hamrick and Annie Louis Neal Hamrick; and siblings, Carl Edward Hamrick, Calvin Neal Hamrick, Kenneth Lee Hamrick, Hellen Parker, and Geneva E. Roark preceded him in death.

His memory will forever be treasured by his children, Claire Anne Crawford (Joe), Jama M. Wilson, James H. Hamrick, Jr. (Joyce); grandchildren, Saleha A. Wowaka, Joseph C. Crawford, James J. Hamrick, Dustin Moss, Haley Wilson, and his eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, August 15, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at McCullough Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014 in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at White Columns Funeral Home in Blacksburg, South Carolina. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Holly Ridge Baptist Church, with Rev. Tracy Sullens officiating.  Interment  will follow in Mount Paran Baptist Church Cemetery. 
 
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given to The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

Go to www.mcculloughfh.com to sign the Online Registry for the family.  McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has charge of arrangements. 



 

 John G. Brasington, Sr.


John G. Brasington, Sr., 88, formerly of 150 Sunny Slope Drive, Cowpens, SC, died August 2, 2014, at Peachtree Centre, Gaffney, SC.  Born in Moore County, NC, he was the husband of the late Susan White Brasington and  was formerly married to the late Edna Burris Brasington.  He was a son of the late Clayton F.  and Margaret Campbell Brasington, Sr. .  He served in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII.  He was retired from Tom Clarkson Insurance Agency and was a Charter Member of Macedonia VFD.  Mr. Brasington was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

He is survived by one son - William C. Brasington and wife, Sandra, of Snellville, GA;  four grandchildren - Jody Brasington and wife, Angie, of Pacolet, SC,  Becky Brasington of Cowpens, SC,  Clay Brasington of Gaffney, SC, and Julie B. Kernstine and husband, Barney, of Dacula, GA; four great-grandchildren - Amelia, Adriana and Harper Ann Kernstine, and Anna Rae Brasington; and one brother - Clayton "Pete" Brasington, Jr. of Bryan, TX.  In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by one son, John G. Brasington, Jr. and wife, Linda F.  Brasington.

The family will receive friends Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM, at Macedonia Baptist Church.  A Celebration Of Life Service will be held Monday, August 4, 2014, 1:00 PM, at Macedonia Baptist Church with Dr. Terry Duvall officiating.  Burial,  with Military Honors, will follow at Frederick Memorial Gardens.  At other times, the family will be at  the home of Becky Brasington, 152 Sunny Slope Road, Cowpens, SC. 

Pallbearers serving are Dennis Gardner, Bernard Smalley, Todd Gardner, Jamie Caggiano, Steve Blanton and Kevin Moss.

In lieu of flowers, you may honor Mr. Brasington with memorials to Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund,  216 Macedonia Road, Gaffney, SC, 29341; or to the charity of one's choice.

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Roger Lee Janesky

 Roger Lee Janesky, 70, of Hastings, FL, beloved husband of Barbara Janesky, went home to be with the Lord, July 14, 2014, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, Spartanburg, SC.  Born January 4, 1944, in Bridgeport, CT, he spent most of his life in Fairfield, Stratford, and Milford before retiring  and moving to Florida.  Roger was self-employed at J & B Radio & TV before his retirement.  He was a Pilot and Flight  Instructor for 42 years and a member of AOPA.  Flying was an important part of his life. 

Roger is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Hastings, FL;  four sons - Steven(Agnes) of Sharon Springs, NY, Larry(Wendy) of Middleberry, CT, Rick(Adriana) of Bethany, CT, and Darren(Jessica) of Blacksburg, SC;  seven grandchildren - Zach, Tanner, Chloe, Autumn, Sarah, Tommy and Corey;  two brothers - Gordon and Ronnie; one sister - Donna; and several nieces and nephews

There will be no receiving of friends and a Memorial Celebration Of Life Service will be scheduled at a later date.  The family will be at 449 N. Shelby Street, Blacksburg, SC.

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Ella Brown Boyd

Ella Brown Boyd,  61, 402 N. Charleston St., Blacksburg, SC, went home to be with the Lord July 10, 2014, at home.  Born in Salineville, Ohio, she is the wife of Donald Everett Boyd, Sr. of the home and a daughter of the late William Henry and Guyola Hill Brown.   She was a member of Faith Temple Holiness Church Of Jesus Christ, Gaffney, SC.  She was a faithful wife and a dedicated and loving mother.   She considered her grandchildren to be blessings.    She was born into the kingdom of our Lord, by baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Ghost.  She was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all. 

Surviving in addition to her loving husband, Donald, are four sons - Donald E. "D.J." Boyd, Jr.(Amber): of Rogers, Ohio, and Dustin Boyd, Charley Boyd(Brittany) and Jake Boyd all of Gaffney, SC;  four daughters - Tressa Childers of  Gaffney, SC, Guyola Utt(Jason), and Amanda Jones(Troy) both of Blacksburg, SC, and Sarah Coyle(Brook) of Gaffney, SC; 26 grandchildren; one brother - Emmett Samuel Brown of WV; and three sisters - Dorothy Brown Greathouse Bardo of Salineville, Ohio, Lucy Marlene Brown Young of AR, and Ola M. Crislip of FL.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by nine brothers - Odell, Forest, Thomas, Harold, Joseph, James, Charles, John and Abe; and three sisters - Agnes Brown Rogers, Celesta Brown Allen and Delphia Brown Dickson. 

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held Friday, July 11, 2014, 6:00 PM, at Faith Temple Holiness Church Of Jesus Christ, Pastored by Rev.  John Boyd,  318 West Buford Street, Gaffney, SC, with Rev. Joseph Boyd officiating.  The family will receive friends after the service.  Interment will be Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:30 AM, at Mountain View Cemetery, Blacksburg, SC.  At other times, the family will be at the home.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

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Lois McDaniel Wilson

Lois McDaniel Wilson, 89, formerly of Blacksburg, went home to be with the Lord July 1, 2014, at Agape Senior Living, York, SC.   A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of the late Bennett Wilson and was a daughter of the late John Harley and Willie Huskey McDaniel.  She and her husband were former owners of  Wilson's  Florist.   She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blacksburg,  a former member of the church choir, and a member of the Gloria Bowen Sunday School Class.  She was also a member of the Rosemary Book Club.  

She is survived by two daughters -  Donna W. Robinson and husband, Paul, of Lancaster, SC, and Kyle  Wilson of York, SC;  one granddaughter - Diana Taylor Holshouser and husband, Jesse, of Salisbury, NC;  one grandson - James B. Taylor(Trip) and wife, Pamela, of Columbia, SC;  two great-granddaughters - Cassidy Holshouser of Salisbury, NC, and Rory Taylor of Columbia, SC;  three sisters - Verita Smith and husband, Roy Dean, of Blacksburg, SC,  Betty Wylie of Blacksburg, SC, and Nell Jean Martin of Belmont, NC;  and one brother - Bobby Dean McDaniel and wife, Paula, of Wellford,  SC.  She was also beloved by her nieces and nephew and great-nieces and great-nephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by one brother - LeRoy McDaniel.

The family will receive friends Thursday, July 3, 2014, from 10:00-11:00 AM, at First Baptist Church, Blacksburg, SC, with a  Celebration Of Life Service beginning  at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Scott Hammett officiating.  Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.  At other times, the family will be at their respective homes. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Renovation Fund, PO Box 654, Blacksburg, SC, 29702; or to Agape Senior Living, 44 Ross Cannon Street,  York, SC, 29745. 

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Johnny Richard Fortenberry

 
Johnny Richard Fortenberry, 67, 1730 W. Cherokee Street, Blacksburg, SC, went home to be with the Lord, June 28,  2014,  at home.   A native of Cherokee County, he was the fiance of Virge Weigel of the home and a son of the late James Andrew and Winifred Moss Fortenberry.  Johnny was a member of First Baptist Church, Blacksburg, SC.  He was a member of Buffalo Lodge 202, Blacksburg, SC, and State Line Lodge 357, Grover, NC.  He retired from Duke Power after 30 years of service.  Johnny loved gardening, camping and his many friends.   He was an aviation buff, an avid motorcyclist and was a member of the Carolina Cushman Scooter Club.

Left to cherish his memory in addition to his fiancee', Virge,  are his son - Rusty Fortenberry of Blacksburg, SC; his daughter - Lori Lee Fortenberry of Blacksburg, SC; and two brothers - Jimmy Fortenberry of Sophia, NC, and David Fortenberry of Anderson, SC.  

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 2, 2014, from 6-7:00 PM, at First Baptist Church of Blacksburg.  A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will begin at 7:00 PM, with Rev. Scott Hammett officiating.   Masonic Rites will be celebrated at his home at a later time.  At other times, the family will be at the home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request you remember Johnny with memorials to First Baptist Church, Renovation Fund, 103 S. Rutherford Street, Blacksburg, SC, 29702.

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Bobby James McAbee, Jr. 

Bobby James McAbee, Jr., 61, of 1680 S. Beersheba Road, Clover, SC, passed away June 4, 2014, at home.  He was the husband of Martha Kirk McAbee of the home and a son of the late Herbert James and Sarah Ramsey McAbee.  He was a self-employed roofer.  He loved his children and grandchildren.  He loved outdoor sports and was an excellent horseshoe player.

In addition to his wife, Martha, he is survived by two sons - Michael James McAbee of Hickory Grove, SC, and Timothy Lee McAbee of York, SC;  and  six grandchildren - Dillion Penson of Kings Mountain, NC, Sloan McAbee of York, SC, Gavin Huffman of York, SC, Jamie McAbee of Gaffney, SC, Vanassa Rowe of Hickory Grove, SC  and Michael James McAbee, Jr. of Hickory Grove, SC; and two brothers - Charles McAbee of Grover, NC, and James McAbee of Cherryville, NC.  In addiiton to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers - Larry McAbee, Carl McAbee and Raymond McAbee; and three sisters - Lavona Strickland, Betty Wooten and Virginia McAbee.

The family will be at the home of Angela Funderburke, 353 Mullinax Circle, Blacksburg, SC, and will receive friends there also.   A graveside Celebration Of Life Service will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, 2:00 PM, at Lakeview Memory Gardens, York, SC, with Preacher Crystal Childers officiating. 

Pallbearers serving are Douglas "Pee-Wee" Childers, Scott Bolin, Nick Nester and Michael James McAbee, Jr.

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Betty Jean Peterson

Betty Jean Peterson, 75, 504 West Cherokee Street, Blacksburg, SC, was called to her Heavenly Home by her Lord and Savior May 14, 2014.   A native of Cherokee County, she was the wife of  the late Glenn Thomas Peterson and  daughter of the late Hunter and Flora Ellis White.  She was retired from Weavetec and was a member of Broad River Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her daughter - Glenda Peterson Hopkins and husband, John, of Spartanburg, SC; extended family members and her beloved cats - Sammy and Shortcake.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her brother - James "Joe" Garland White.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 11:00 AM, at Mt. Whitaker Baptist Church, with Dr. Timothy "Bo" Waldrop and  John H. Hopkins officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.  At other times, they will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to SCBEST, PO Box 3351, Spartanburg, SC, 29304.

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Gladys  Spearman

Gladys Spearman, 78,   Blacksburg, SC, went home to be with the Lord, May 15, 2014, at the home of her daughter,  Judy Painter, after a brief illness.  She was the wife of the late Ernest Spearman, Sr. and a daughter of the late Bruce and Rilla Mae Rockwood Simpson.  She and her husband were involved in music ministry for many years as the Singing Spearmans.  She was a member of the Lesslie Church Of God, Lesslie, SC. 

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters - Judy Painter and husband, Jimmy, and Tena Mullinax and husband, J.R., all of Blacksburg, SC;  one son - Ernest Spearman, Jr.; seven grandchildren - Jamie Painter, Gary Shull, Lee Painter, Jeff Mullinax, Daniel Spearman, Samantha Spearman and Dakota Spearman; seven great-grandchildren - Kendra Shull, Lora Shull, Jrake Mullinax, Felicity Spearman, Trinity Shull, Tiara Shull and Brittany Eubanks; one great-great-grandchild - Mason Shull; two sisters - Ann Kise of Blacksburg, SC, and Ethyl White of Gastonia, NC; and one brother - Lawrence Simpson of Grover, NC.   In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Spearman, a daughter, Teresa Spearman, and a  brother, Franklin Dee Gardner.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 2-3:00 PM, at Voice Of Triumph, 179 Corry Road, Blacksburg, SC,.   A Celebration Of Life Service will begin at 3:00 PM at Voice Of Triumph with Revs. Ernest Rogers, Ann  Rogers and William Blanton officiating.  Entombment will follow at Clingman Memorial Gardens.  At other times, they will be at the Painter home, 210 Old Factory Road, Blacksburg, SC.

Pallbearers serving are grandchildren - Jamie Painter, Gary Shull, Lee Painter, Jeff Mullinax, Daniel Spearman;  great-granddaughter - Kendra Shull; and Nathan Simmons.

The family  would like to thank Dr. Alfred Ezman, Tara Barnhill and Lisa Jolly for their caring and kindness shown to her during her illness. 

In lieu of flowers, please send all donations to Voice Of Triumph Food Bank Missions, 179 Corry Road, Blackburg, SC, 29702.

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 Wince Edward Sapoch


Wince Edward Sapoch, 74, of 962 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, SC, died April 24, 2014, in Raleigh, NC.  Born in Atlanta, GA, he was the husband of the late  Maude Wilson Sapoch and a son of the late James and Mary Anderson Sapoch.  Wince received his Associate Degree In Electronics from Cleveland Community College.  He was retired from the United States Navy.

He is survived by his son, Wince Sapoch II of Raleigh, NC;  three grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Frances Owens of Blacksburg, SC.  In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Jim Sapoch. 

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 2-3:00 PM, at Hopewell Baptist Church, Blacksburg, SC.  A Celebration Of Life Service will begin at 3:00 PM with Rev. Eddie Bolin officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wince Sapoch Funeral Fund, % Mary Frances Owens, 962 Old Chester Road, Blacksburg, SC, 29702.


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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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