common / 02-28-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

James A. Eaker
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – James A. Eaker, 72, of 118 Burnt Mill Rd., died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Valaree Batchler Eaker of the home and son of the late Abe Newton and Mamie Martin Eaker. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and attended New Song Community Church.
Also surviving are a son, Douglas Wayne Eaker, and a daughter, Joy E. Painter, both of Blacksburg, and two grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Charlie Barnard.
Memorial may be made to Hospice Care, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C 29301.
The family is at the home of his daughter at 157 Old Chester Rd.
White Columns Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Jacquelyn M. Lightening
Former school bus driver
Jacquelyn Marie Lightening, 52, of 128 Concord Heights, wife of John Lightening, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Littlejohn and the late Grace Dawkins Littlejohn. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and a former school bus driver for the Cherokee County school District.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Janay Smith of the home; step-daughters, Tangelia Dawkins of Mauldin, Angelia Evans of Wood Bridge, Va., Peggy Tate, Mary Burris, Teresa Smith, Sandra Watkins and Aggie Gregory, all of Gaffney; stepsons, Sgt. Vincent Dawkins of Fayetteville, N.C., and Charles Dawkins Sr. of Gaffney; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Godchildren reared in the home: Michael Lee Davidson and Eric Littlejohn of Gaffney; a brother, Leon Dawkins of Miami, Fla.; step-brothers, Samuel Mitchem of Gaffney and Joe C. Dawkins of Washington, D.C.; five step-sisters, Shirley Cumberlander of Washington, D.C., Maxine Anderson of Bronx, N.Y., Wilma Davis, Berstein Montgomery and Mary Worthy, all of Gaffney; and godmother, Willie Mae Jeter of Gaffney.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Revs. Danny Burnside, Robert A. Dover, Samuel Leach, Lawrence Davidson and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert E. Stratton Sr.
Retired from Timken
Robert Eugene Stratton Sr., 63, of 100 Fairfield Dr., died today, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Ohio, he was the husband of Barbara Atkinson Stratton and son of Ruth Mangus Stratton of Ohio and the late John Stratton. He was retired from The Timken Company and was a member of the Elks Lodge and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two sons, Rand Stratton and Bob Stratton Jr., both of Gaffney, and two sisters, Jean Stratton and Joan Witkowski, both of Ohio.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

A.Z. Shillinglaw
Power generator operator
BLACKSBURG – A.Z. Shillinglaw, 85, of 408 Shelby St., died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Blacksburg, he was the husband of Georgia Fulton Shillinglaw and son of the late Henry Shillinglaw and the late Elizabeth Ormond Shillinglaw. He was a power generator operator and a member of Blacksburg A.R.P. Church.
Also surviving are two sons, David Shillinglaw of Cary, N.C., and Ron Shillinglaw of Charlotte; two daughters, Gail Shillinglaw Byars and Cindy Shillinglaw Harry, both of Blacksburg; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha S. Ward of Gaffney and Lenora S. McSwain of York.
Services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Blacksburg A.R.P. Church conducted by the Rev. David L. Rowe. Entombment will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends today from 4-6 p.m. at the residence, 408 S. Shelby St.
Pallbearers will be officers of Blacksburg A.R.P. Church and Wayne Cobb, Cleve Hambright and Eddie Hughey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blacksburg A.R.P. Church, 108 S. Chester St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Gordon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Priscilla Montgomery
Worked as a waitress
BLACKSBURG – Priscilla Victoria Montgomery, 52, of 116 Norman Lake Rd., died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at her home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Carnell Scott Westmoreland Sr. and the late Lois Bratton Westmoreland. She was a member of Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ in Rock Hill and worked as a waitress.
Surviving are a daughter, Tonya Moore of Blacksburg; a son, Bobby Shane Blackwell of Rock Hill; one granddaughter; two sisters, Linda Wolfenbarger of Rock Hill and Glenda Diaz of Rock Hill; and a brother, Carnell Scott Westmoreland Jr. of Rock Hill.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Smyrna Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Ralph Lail. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at Gordon Mortuary and other times will be at their respective homes.
Gordon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

James A. Smith
Services for James Auther Smith, 70, of 1210 Emery Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, husband of Sarah Tate Smith, will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at Mount Tabor Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrell Smith, Roscoe Hodges, Danny Burnside, David Vernon and Marvin Tate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be his nephews and nieces, respectively.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle P. Spencer
Cherokee County native
COWPENS – Myrtle Phillips Hayes Spencer, 84, of Washington Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Saint Francis Hospital, Greenville.
Born in Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Allie Price Phillips.
She was predeceased by husbands Clayton Livingston Hayes and Clifford Spencer and by her daughter, Joyce Hayes Martin, of Cowpens.
She is survived by daughters, Dale Hayes West and husband Don of Greenville, Ginger Hayes Kirby and husband Gene of Anderson, and son-in-law Jimmie Martin and wife Freida of Cowpens; grandchildren Kenneth Martin of Spartanburg, clayton Kirby of Anderson, Jeffrey West of Washington, D.C., and Amanda West of Atlanta; and five great-granddaughters.
She is survived by a sister Vernette Mabry of Cowpens; three brothers, Loyd Phillips of Spartanburg, Hubert Phillips of Cowpens and John Roland Phillips of Winston-Salem.
She was predeceased by a sister, Lois Clary, and brothers, Howard Phillips, Wofford Phillips and Quinton Phillips.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cowpens First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at New Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, 237 New Pleasant Rd., Cowpens Battleground area, Gaffney
Visitation will be from 7-8:30 tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, 211 E. Frederick St., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate Chapter, 301 University Ridge, Suite 5000, Greenville, S.C. 29601; or to the American Diabetes Association, Box 4426, Spartanburg, S.C. 29305.
The family is at the home in Cowpens.

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