Fort Mill Times

Obituaries - April 2, 2008

Francis Aull

Mr. Francis Marion Aull Sr., 86, of Salisbury, died Friday, March 21, 2008, at Rowan Regional Medical Center.

Services were held March 25, 2008, at St. John's Lutheran Church, conducted by the Revs. Jennifer Ginn and John Propst, with inurnment following at St. John's Columb-arium.

He was born May 5, 1921, in Newberry County, a son of the late Elbert Herman Aull and the late Mae Amick Aull.

Mr. Aull was a graduate of Newberry High School and attended Newberry College and University of South Carolina. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps serving during World War II, where he received the American Theater Ribbon, APT Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Aull started the Edisto Citizen, a newspaper in Springfield, in 1948. He worked for The Ridge Citizen in Johnson, The Winnsboro News and Herald in Winnsboro and retired from the Salisbury Post after 36 years of service. After his retirement he established Aull Printing & Copy Plus Inc., where he worked until his death.

As a faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church, he served on the Church Council and various other boards and committees. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Salisbury.

Preceding him in death were brothers Elbert Aull Jr., Luther and Julian.

Mr. Aull is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred Baggett "Mickey" Aull, whom he married March 19, 1948; a son, Francis Marion "Frank" Aull Jr. of Fort Mill; a daughter, Elizabeth "Libby" Aull Clift and her husband, the Rev. David Clift of Chatham County, N.C.; a brother, Philip Aull and his wife Haroldine of Charlotte; and four grandchildren, Francis Marion Aull III, Phillip Taylor Aull, Elizabeth Aull Clift and Mark Spencer Clift.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Youth and Community Center, 200 West Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144; or Meals on Wheels Mickey Aull Endowment, P.O. Box 1914, Salisbury, NC 28145-1914. Online condolences can be made at

Lyerly Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Lillian McAteer

Mrs. Lillian "Dollie" McAteer Hawfield, 84, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and formerly of Fort Mill, died Thursday, March 27, 2008.

The funeral was private.

Memorials may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 6801 - 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.

Condolences may be made at

James Wilson

Mr. James Elliott "Fella" Wilson, of Rock Hill, died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

Funeral services were held March 24, 2008, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fort Mill, with Pastor M.N. Baxter officiating. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery in Fort Mill.

King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Patrick Ruiz

Mr. Patrick Ruiz, 80, a native of New York, N.Y., and a longtime resident of Old Bridge, N.J., and Lancaster, died Monday, March 3, 2008, in Bay Minette, Ala., after a long illness.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Friday, April 11, 2008, at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, in Mobile. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.

Mr. Ruiz was born Nov. 22, 1927, to Charles and Anna Ruiz. He was orphaned at the age of 3, and grew up in a Catholic orphanage and a series of foster homes in and around New York. His first job was at age 12 as a milkman's helper, working from 4 to 6 a.m. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Following the war, while working days, he completed high school at George Washington Evening High School in New York. He worked for many years in New York's garment district, where he was employed in the textile industry by Lowenstein Brothers and later by Springs Mills, where he rose to the position of credit manager, before his retirement from the Credit Department at Springs Industries Customer Service Center in Rock Hill in 1994.

He and his wife Ginny were active members of Simpson United Methodist Church of Old Bridge, N.J. from 1960 until 1980, and of First United Methodist Church of Lancaster, from 1980 until their relocation to Mobile in 2004.

Mr. Ruiz is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice Virginia "Ginny" Henderson Ruiz; a son, Laurence Patrick Ruiz, of Columbia; a daughter, Nancy Ruiz Brady, and three grandchildren, Patrick, Nicholas and Rebecca Brady, all of Mobile.

He was a proud and loving father and grandfather, and a devoted caregiver to his wife Ginny for over a decade of her struggle with Alzheimer's.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to: Father Flanagan's Boys Town, P.O. Box 6000 - Memorials, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010; Simpson United Methodist Church, 2095 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857; First United Methodist Church, 200 W Gay St., Lancaster, SC 29721; Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36604; The William F. Green State Veteran's Home, Activities Department, 300 Faulkner Dr., Bay Minette, AL 36507; or the Alzheimer's Association.

The family wishes to thank Timothy Iliff, M.D., and Darlene Sprinkles, CRNP, the hard-working and devoted staff of William F. Green State Veteran's Home, Covenant Hospice, and J. M. Snook Regional Center, and Lavon Henley, for their kindness and care.

Jessie Funderburk

Mrs. Jessie Archie Funderburk, 85, of Fort Mill, died Monday, March 24, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

Graveside services were held March 27, 2008, at Unity Cemetery, with Audrey Smith officiating.

Mrs. Funderburk was a native of Fort Mill and was a daughter of the late Walter Lee Archie and the late Lottie Mae Neal Archie.

Mrs. Funderburk loved to work in her yard and for the past several years has enjoyed bird watching. She also liked antiques. Mrs. Funderburk was of the Nazarene faith and was the widow of Frank Funderburk.

She is survived by two daughters, Sherri Funderburk of Fort Mill and Gloria Andrews of Pineville, N.C.; two brothers, David Lee Archie of Fort Mill and Will Archie of Clemson; two sisters, Evelyn Bailey and Margie Brooks, both of Fort Mill; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patsy Williams.

Deatrice Cantrell

Mrs. Deatrice Carmella Cantrell, 47, of Fort Mill, died Friday, March 28, 2008, at Avante of Charlotte.

A memorial service was held March 31, 2008, at Wolfe Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Tony Caruso officiating. Condolences may be made at

Bertha Mae Moss

Mrs. Bertha Mae Woolbright Moss, 80, of Palmetto Place, Fort Mill, died March 24, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.

The funeral was held March 29, 2008, at M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dave Stanford officiating. Burial was in Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Nashville, Tenn.

Mrs. Moss was born March 17, 1928, in Warren County, Ky., to the late George and Lillian Woolbright. She was the widow of William Loyce Moss.

Mrs. Moss is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa M. and Dennis Hinds of Atlanta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary T. and Catherine Moss Sr. of Fayetteville, N.C., and W. Allan and Joni Moss of York; six grandchildren, Gary T. Moss Jr., Mary Catherine Moss, John Moss, Erick Moss, Jennifer Bocks and Samantha Hinds; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 925, Rock Hill, SC 29731.

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Emily Martin

Emily Cannon Martin of Hilton Head Island passed away Monday, March 24, 2008, at Broad Creek Care Center in TidePointe on Hilton Head Island, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Funeral services were private. A reception to celebrate her life was held March 29, 2008, at TidePointe.

Mrs. Martin was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Greenville, the daughter of the late T.O. Cannon and Irene Gudger Cannon.

Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill; a daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Joe Woods of Hilton Head Island and Greenville; a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Gina Martin of Huger; and four granddaughters: Luci Nelson, Beth Lattimore, Becky Lattimore and Jennifer Parks.

She was predeceased by a brother, Charles William Cannon.

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.

Donald Gordon

Mr. Donald Lee Gordon, 66, of Little River Trail, Indian Land, died Sunday, March 23, 2008.

A memorial service was held March 26, 2008, at Fort Mill Funeral Home.

Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife, Deborah Petty Gordon; a son and two daughters; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.