2006-01-27 / Obituaries

Walter D. McCraw

U.S. Army veteran

Walter David McCraw, 77, of 2650 Cherokee Ave., died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at his home.

Mr. McCraw was the husband of Gracie Childers McCraw of the home and son of the late Bedford and Macie

M. McCraw. He was a

member of St. John

Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, James Kitchens of Gaffney; two daughters, Rebecca E. Childers and Rachel Ann Childers, both of Gaffney; a brother, B.P. McCraw of Gaffney; three sisters, Mary Ruth Allison, Elnita Bostic and Alberta James, all of Gaffney; and one grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McCraw was preceded in death by two brothers, Darvin McCraw and Conway McCraw.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be at Oakland Cemetery with the Rev. John Childers officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 1612 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

The family is at the residence.

Arrangements by White Columns.

Ralph K. Cole

Founder of Cole's Welding

Ralph K. Cole, 57, of 628 River Drive, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006.

A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Brenda S. Cole and son of the

late Willie Clayton and

Thelma Workman

Cole. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was founder of Cole's Welding.

Mr. Cole was a member of Cherokee Falls Baptist Church. A Master Mason in Lafayette Lodge No. 186 in Gaffney, he was a member of the Hejaz Temple and a Shiner with the Cherokee Shrine Club.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Ralph Clayton Cole and his wife, Stacy, of Gaffney and Rodney Lee Cole of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Neely Allysa Cole, Kristen Anna Cole and Brayson Clayton Ralph Cole; four brothers, Williard Cole, Sam Cole, Kenneth Cole and Danny Wayne Cole, all of Gaffney; and sisters, Barbara C. Rochester and Marsha Cole, both of Gaffney.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cherokee Falls Baptist Church in Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Tim Osment, Jimmy Powell, Tim Knotts and Clifford Phillips. Burial will follow at Wisher Cemetery in Blacksburg.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at White Columns of Gaffney and at other times they will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Spartanburg, c/o Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, 129 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.

Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Virginia A. Owens

Bookkeeper at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for 28 years

BLACKSBURG – Virginia A. Owens, 83, of 685 Leagon Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Brookview HealthCare Center.

A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Jess Willard Owens and daughter of the late John Charles and Lola Bell Isler Peace. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where she was formerly the church bookkeeper for 28 years.

Surviving are a son, Roger Owens and his wife, Marie, of Blacksburg; two sisters, Thelma Parker and Colleen Underwood, both of Blacksburg; and a grandson, Steven Owens.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by sisters, Eugenia Crawford and Ruby Owens, and brothers, Bill Peace, Perry Peace, Buck Peace and Benjamin Peace.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. today graveside at Mountainview Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Brown, assisted by the Rev. Tim Knotts, will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Blacksburg Senior Center, 109 Brugg St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.

Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Darrell Thompson

Employed by

Piedmont Components

SHELBY – Darrell Thompson, 39, of 2032 Greenoak Drive, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, 2006, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.

Son of Robert Lee Freeman of Shelby and the late Jennie Ruth Freeman, he was born Nov. 10, 1966, and was a native of Cleveland County, N.C. He was a graduate of Crest High School and employed by Piedmont Components.

Surviving in addition to his father are stepmother, Judy A. Freeman; a son, Darrell Bernard Thompson of Shelby; two brothers, Micheal A. Hoyle and Sterlin Freeman of Shelby; three sisters, Teresa G. Gilliard of Grover, Ardra L. Mintz and Velma Manning of Shelby; three aunts, Earnestine F. Hamrick, Pauline F. Wilson and Yvonne B. Surratt; grandfather, James K. Brown; and a special friend, Kim Shippy of Shelby.

Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Maple Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Robert L. Dover. Body will lie in state from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service.

The family is at the home of his father at 2032 Greenoak Drive, Shelby.

Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

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