common / 05-09-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Sallie Mae Littlejohn
Polk County, N.C., native
Sallie Mae Erwin Littlejohn, 91, of 851 Hamrick St., died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at 870 Hamrick St.
A native of Polk County, N.C., she was the widow of Willie B. Littlejohn and daughter of the late John Joe Erwin and the late Sallie Ann Robinson Erwin. She was the stepdaughter of the late Oconnie Parris Erwin. A retired textile employee, she was a member of St. John Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Bobby Gene Littlejohn of Gaffney; three daughters, Doris Willene Lanier, Wanda R. Humphries, both of Gaffney, and Shirley Messer of Laurel, Md.; a half-sister, Virlyn E. Perrine of Gaffney; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Littlejohn was preceded in death by a son, Jodean Littlejohn.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. William Guy, C.W. Upton, Jeff Lanier, Lynn Ford and Mr. Edward Erwin.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Lanier, Wayne Lanier, Ronnie Humphries, Jerome Motts, Derrick Lee Upton and John Rose.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Messer, Steve Lanier and Billy Wilson.
The family is at 870 Hamrick St. and will receive friends Thursday from 7-9 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Miriam S. Allen
Retired school teacher
SHELBY – Miriam Stillwell Allen, 90, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at home.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Edgar H. and Gertie Stillwell. She moved to Cleveland County in 1945 and was an elementary school teacher until her retirement. She held a master of education degree from George Peabody College, was a member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church, the Fidelis Sunday School Class, and Delta Kappa Gamma teacher sorority.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Leonard A. Allen; a brother, David Stillwell; and two sisters, Kate Reeves and Martha Lou Stillwell.
Surviving are a sister, Carolyn Harwood of Charlotte; a daughter, Shirley Byers of Blacksburg; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Boiling Springs Baptist Church with Dr. Carroll Page and the Rev. Keith Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Cleveland Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour before the service in the new fellowship hall at the church. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Boiling Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 917, Boiling Springs, N.C. 28017; or to the Allen Elliott Ginn Scholarship Fund, Gardner-Webb University, 110 S. Main St., Boiling Springs, N.C. 28017.
Lutz-Austell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Destiney Rae Marks
Destiney Rae Marks, infant daughter of Warren Keith Marks and Mellissa Ann McCraw of 130 Iris Lane, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in Spartanburg Regional Hospital.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a brother, Zachary Michael Keith Marks of the home; maternal grandparents, Mary and David McCraw of Gaffney; maternal great-grandparents, Mary and Leon Ragstole of Gaffney; maternal great-grandmother, Ruth McCraw of Gaffney; paternal grandparents, Linda Faye Marks Camp and Marvin B. Camp of the home; paternal great-grandmother, Gladys Mae Marks of Alexandria, La.; and paternal great-grandmother, Helen Camp of Gaffney.
Destiney Rae was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandfathers, Samuel Marks and Bill Camp, and maternal great-grandfather, Eugene McCraw.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Will Vergara.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.

Lois W. Spears
Rutherford County native
CLIFFSIDE, N.C. – Lois Whisnant Spears, 77, of 154 Genie Lane, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at Fair Haven Nursing Center.
A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Daisy Price Whisnant and was a homemaker and member of Goode’s Grove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Spears was preceded in death by her husband, Marion (Buck) Spears.
Surviving are two sons, Dan Spears and Donald Spears, both of Cliffside; two daughters, Mary Marshall and Pat Bailey, both of Cliffside; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home with the Rev. Jake Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Cleveland Memorial Park.
McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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