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Melissa Cope

CHESTER -- Ms. Melissa "Missie" Cope, 40, of 368 Center St., died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, after a long battle with breast cancer at Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, S.C.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Barron Funeral Home, with the Rev. Joey Shetley and the Rev. Mike Shaffer officiating.

Born July 15, 1968 in Chester, S.C., Ms. Cope was a daughter of Judy Bagley Vanadore and Kenneth W. Fuller.

Missie was a graduate of Chester High School and attended Liberty Baptist Church. She was previously employed with Allvac of Richburg, S.C., as a certification auditor and also had worked as management in grocery retail.

Surviving are her fiancé, Richie Grubbs and his daughter, Brittney Grubbs of the home; mother, Judy B. Varnadore and her husband, Jim, of Blackstock, S.C.; father, Kenneth W. Fuller of Chester; two daughters, Kurstin and Morgan Cope of the home; two sisters, Melba Mathews and her husband, Eddie and Julie Green and her husband, Ray, all of Chester; Karen Farmer of Livingston, Texas and Lee Lane of Clover, S.C., with whom she was reared; and five nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Barron Funeral Home, 133 Wylie Street, Chester, S.C., and other times at the home, 368 Center St., Chester.

Memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, 1542 Liberty Road, Chester, SC 29706 or First Citizens Bank, C/O Melissa Cope Fund, 3551 Lancaster Highway, Richburg, SC 29729.

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