common / 04-04-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Dr. Cooper A. Smith
Distinguished teacher, Ledger columnist
Dr. Cooper A. Smith, 68, of 1911 W. Bu-ford St., husband of Doris Davis Smith, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at 5:30 a.m. at his residence.
Born in the Kings Creek community of Blacksburg, he was the son of the late Amzi Smith and the late Gertrude Corry Smith. He attended Hopewell Presbyterian Church in his youth and was a charter member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, Clerk of Session, Sunday School teacher and superintendent. He was a 1951 graduate of Blacksburg Centralized High School and received a B.A. degree in English from A&T University, Greensboro, N.C. He received post graduate degrees from Howard University, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Atlanta University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1975.
Dr. Smith taught English at Spartanburg Senior High School and was principal at Mary H. Wright Elementary School from 1975 to 1984. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served as a medic in Korea from 1952 to 1954.
He was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship for Doctoral Studies in 1973; the Ford Foundation Leadership Development Program Fellowship, 1969; the District Star Teachers of the Year, 1969; and the Service to Mankind Award, 1999, by the NAACP. He had served on the Spartanburg County Arts Council Board of Directors, president and program chairman of the Spartanburg Sertoma Club, and editorial board of the S.C. Principals magazine.
Dr. Smith wrote and published short stories, magazine articles and essays. He occasionally served as a columnist for The Gaffney Ledger and as a freelance columnist for The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Kim Cooper Smith of the home; a daughter, Chineta Goodjoin of Spartanburg; two brothers, Gilbert Howell and Fleetwood Howell of Greensboro; seven sisters, Melinda Whiteside of Blacksburg, Chineta Gamble of Columbia, Md., Doris Holt of Salisbury, N.C., Evangeline Goodwin of Westbury, N.Y., Getna Ashe of Baltimore, Md., Valentine Allen of Scoth Plains, N.Y., and Ruby Hargrove of Freeport, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in the name of The Cooper A. Smith Scholarship Fund. Checks may be sent to Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta, Ga. 30314; or to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2203, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Aaron R. Simmons
Son of Gaffney resident
Aaron Richard (Banker) Simmons, 28, of 1427 Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, N.C., died Mon-day, April 2, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he was the son of Don Simmons of Des Moines and son and stepson of Rita Winger Banker and Larry Banker of Gaffney. He was self-employed in a cleaning service and was of the Lutheran faith.
Surviving in addition to his parents and stepfather are two sisters, Dawn Morris of Charlotte and Robin Campbell of Des Moines.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Glenn Englehardt.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at 110 Salem Rd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aaron Simmons Memorial Fund, c/o Rita Banker, 110 Salem Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Clarice P. Mabry
Bald Creek, N.C., native
Clarice Proffitt Mabry, formerly of Spring Valley Drive, Gaffney, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at Skylyn Health Care Center.
Born in Bald Creek, N.C., she was the widow of J.C. (Dan) Mabry and daughter of the late Ed Proffitt and the late Minnie Hensley Proffitt. She was a retired Cherokee County schoolteacher and was a member of West End Baptist Church.
Surviving are a sister, Annie P. Lemmons of Gaffney; a brother, Edward Proffitt of Bakersville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Rev. Kevin Childs. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. today at the funeral home prior to the service and other times will be at their respective homes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 555 John B. White Sr., Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C 29306; or to West End Baptist Church, 400 Overbrook Dr., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

Thomas R. Swain
Memorial services for Thomas Robert Swain, 59, of Apt. 93, Connecticut Village, will be held today at 4 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home with the Revs. Law-rence Davidson and Benjamin Gaffney officiating.
A second memorial service will be held in the Bronx, N.Y., with burial in Franklin Memorial Cemetery, New Brunswick, N.Y.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clementine S. Ivey
Retired textile employee
Clementine Sanders Ivey, 88, of 509 W. Smith St., died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of LeRoy Ivey and daughter of the late Thomas Bonner Sanders and the late Anna Victoria Bratton Sanders. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Abingdon Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, LeRoy Ivey, of the home.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Abingdon Creek Baptist Church conducted by the Revs. Billy Jones and Jack Bratton. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Don Phillips, Dewey Barnhill, Chuckie Sanders, Dave Peeler, Charles McConnell and Hal Phillips.
The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. today at the church prior to the funeral and other times will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Abingdon Creek Baptist Church, 188 Abingdon Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bob Langley
Retired Army Staff Sergeant
Bob Langley, 70, of Henrietta, N.C., died Monday, April 2, 2001, in the VA Medical Center, Asheville, N.C.
A native of York County, he was the widower of Lula Mae “Curly” Pruett Langley and son of the late Leroy and Modena Jones Langley. He was a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant.
Surviving are a son, Lester DeWayne Langley of Henrietta; a daughter, Rita Crotts of Blacksburg; a brother, Boyce Langley of Rock Hill; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Harrelson Funeral Home conducted by a U.S. Army chaplain. Burial with military honors will be in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. at Harrelson Funeral Home, Caroleen.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Crotts, at 1095 S. Charleston St., Blacksburg.

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