common / 02-19-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Melissa H. Motz
Gaffney native
ROCK HILL – Melissa Huntley Motz, 35, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in Piedmont Medical Center.
Mrs. Motz was born Oct. 30, 1965, in Raleigh, N.C., and grew up in Gaffney where she graduated from Gaffney High School in 1984. She later graduated from Clemson University where she majored in elementary education. She was employed by Healthy Weigh of Rock Hill and spent a great deal of time caring for her grandparents. Mrs. Motz attended First Baptist Church in Rock Hill.
Surviving are her husband, Jimmy Motz of Rock Hill; parents, James Larry Huntley and Patsy Curtis Huntley of Fort Mill; a brother, Jimmy Huntley of Rock Hill; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Huntley of Charlotte; and godparents, Bob and Sandra Stewart of Harris, N.C.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill with the Rev. Dr. Dan Holloway and the Rev. Dr. Douglas Martin officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery West in Charlotte, N.C.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Huntley, 117 E. Lockman St., Fort Mill.
Memorials may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1267, Fort Mill, S.C. 29716.
Wolfe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Deonta Antwan Jefferies
Deonta Antwan Jefferies, infant son of Natalie Jefferies of Apartment C-6, 201 Chandler Dr., died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001.
Surviving in addition to his mother are his grandparents, Harold Dawkins and Diane Dawkins of the home.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cowpens with the Rev. Charles Shippy and Minister Harold Dawkins officiating.
Foster Funeral Home was in charge.

Merle Varner
World War II veteran
Merle D. Varner Jr., 73, of 2933 Corinth Rd., died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in Brookview Healthcare Center.
A native of Johnstown, Pa., he was the son of the late Merle D. and Nancy Rebecca Hunt Varner, Sr. He was a member of Troy Baptist Church in Windham, Ohio, and was an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are three sons, Daniel Varner of Cleveland, Ohio, Ted Varner and Tim Varner, both of Johnstown, Pa.; a daughter, Nanette Varner of Johnstown; two sisters, Mary J. Burkhart of Gaffney and Hazel Rager of Johnstown; 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Open Door Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Burkhart officiating. Burial was in Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg.
White Columns-Gaffney was in charge of arrangements.

Belinda Y. Griswold
Program specialist at University of Florida
Belinda Yelton Griswold, 49, of Gainesville, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in Gainesville.
Born in Gaffney, she had lived in Gainesville since 1974. She was a program specialist at the University of Florida and was a soccer mom at the YMCA. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are her husband, Michael J. Griswold of Gainesville; a son, Benjamin M. Griswold of Gainesville; parents, Billy and Lois Yelton Sr. of Hollywood, Fla.; two brothers, Billy D. Yelton Jr. of Columbus, Ga., and Stuart C. Yelton of Whitehouse, Tenn; two sisters, Vickie Y. Hodge of Gainesville, Fla., and Donna Y. Luquire of Greenwood; and grandmother, Ethel M. Wisher of Blacksburg.

Emma H. Atkinson
Emma Huskey Atkinson, 94, of 836 Buck Shoals Rd., died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, in Peachtree Centre.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Fred R. Atkinson and daughter of the late Robert E. Huskey and the late Mary Crawford Huskey. She was a housewife and member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Ellis and Sue McCraw of Gaffney; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Atkinson was preceded in death by a son, Huntley Atkinson.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Mike Frazier and Buddy Morehead and Chaplain Tim Atkinson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Mrs. Atkinson’s grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Sue and Charles McCraw, 197 State Line Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, 502 Buck Shoals Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or Lavonia Baptist Church, 2841 Camps Creek Church Rd., Mooresboro, N.C. 28114.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joe Dean Davis
Cherokee County native
Joe Dean Davis, 66, of 1014 N. Logan St., died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at 2:47 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Rendy Davis and the late Moses Tate. He was a member of Green Bethel Baptist Church and a van driver.
Surviving are his wife, Freddie Davis of the home; three daughters, Diane Wiggins and Jo Ann Davis of Gaffney and Sylvia Davis of Washington State; four brothers, Thomas Davis and George Davis of Gaffney, Charlie Tate and Marshall Tate of Pacolet; four sisters, Martha Love, Cleo Huskey, Rev. Ruby Davis Ward and Ruth Littlejohn of Gaffney; a foster sister, Oneal Black of Gaffney; and eight grandchildren, two of whom, Stefan Futrell and Shaniqua Davis, were reared in the home as his children.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

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