common / 06-01-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Allene N. Bennett
Retired schoolteacher
Allene Neely Bennett, 75, formerly of 116 Greenbriar Dr., died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Peachtree Centre.
Mrs. Bennett was a native of Spartanburg and wife of the Rev. William J. (Bill) Bennett Jr. She was the daughter of the late Kreswell Edward Neely and the late Mamie Lawton Neely.
A retired teacher in the Cherokee County and Greenville County school systems, she graduated from North Greenville College, Converse College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Nancy Tucker of Gaffney; two sons, W. Jerry Bennett III of Eufula, Ala., and John L. Bennett of Mooresville, N.C.; five brothers, Dr. Tom Neely of Black Mountain, N.C., K.E. (Buzz) Neely, Kirk Neely, Rev. Herbert Neely, all of Spartanburg, and Wesley Neely of Greer; a sister, Ann Bishop of Spartanburg; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her brothers, Asbury Neely and William Neely.
Graveside services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by Dr. Danny Emory, Dr. Kirk Neely and the Rev. Tommy Faucette.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peachtree Center, 1434 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Midway Baptist Church, 153 Midway Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

“Jerry” Johnson
Rutherford County native
FOREST CITY, N.C. – Geraldine “Jerry” Blanton Johnson, 70, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at Willow Ridge of North Carolina.
A native of Rutherford County, she was the wife of Hoyle Johnson and daughter of the late William Perry and Laura Gertrude Dodson Blanton. She was a member of Alexander Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Perry Calton of Forest City; two sisters, Joan Thompson of Forest City and Dorothy Kirby of Gaffney; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Harrelson Funeral Home, Caroleen, with the Rev. James Daves officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today at the funeral home from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service and is at the home of her son, Perry Calton, 359 Carroll Rd., Forest City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, N.C. 28043.

Etta E. Batchelor
Cleveland County native
SMYRNA – Etta Evelyn Batchelor, 84, of 1369 McGill Hwy., died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Dawson World and Mattie Vassey Batchelor. She was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Era B. Humphries of Hickory Grove and Mable B. Bolin of Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Canaan United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jason Wyatt, Mike Wyatt, Douglas Wyatt, Leon Humphries, James Bolin and Bill Bolin.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at White Columns-Blacksburg and other times will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Canaan United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1347 McGill Hwy., Smyrna, S.C. 29743; or Hospice Community Care, 325 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730.

William C. Smith
Retired textile employee
BLACKSBURG – William Carl Smith, 72, of 509 Indian Springs Rd., died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at his home.
A native of York County, he was the husband of Gladys Campbell Smith and son of the late James Walter Smith and the late Macey Ramsey Smith. He was a retired textile employee and a member of Eastside Baptist Church where he was a former deacon.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, William L. Smith and David L. Smith of Blacksburg; two daughters, Annette S. Hamilton of Charlotte and Sue S. Gregory of York; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Smith of Blacksburg and Charles Wesley Smith of Smyrna; five sisters, Doris Comer and Margie Smarr, both of Hickory Grove, Inez Adair of Rock Hill, Frances Moore of Blacksburg and Mary Ellen Rollins of Gaffney; and a very special friend, Amos Parker of Hickory Grove.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter Jones Smith and Glenn Smith.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Marnese Hampton and the Rev. James Price. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Brian Mullinax, Kevin Smith, Reggie Ramsey, Wyatt Hamilton, Steve Turner, David O’Donald, Eddie Smith and Travis Ramsey.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence. Visitation was held Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary.

Maggie S. Sanders
Kings Creek native
COLUMBIA – Services for Maggie S. Sanders, 96, of 1005 Timrod St., will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Zoar AME Zion Church, Kings Creek, with the Rev. Margaret Powell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Ms. Sanders died May 26, 2001, in Columbia. A native of Kings Creek, she was a daughter of the late Emmett and Maggie Caldwell Sanders. She was a member of Zoar AME Zion Church in Kings Creek and attended Brookland Baptist Church in Columbia.
Surviving are a sister, Mary Parker of Kings Creek; nieces, Elaine Nichols of Columbia, Patricia Parker-Hill, Rosa Mae Steadman, Arlane Jefferson, all of Kings Creek, Francis Gonzales of Virginia Beach, Va., and Sandra Broome Edwards of Charlotte; nephews, Bernard Steadman, Billie Nichols, Robert L. Nichols, Richard Mathis of Charlotte and Jesse Walker of Virginia Beach.
Flower bearers and pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Palmer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

John H. Sharpe Sr.
BLACKSBURG – John Henry Sharpe, Sr., 71, of 505 Seven Springs Rd., died Thursday, May 31, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg.
A native of Cleveland County, N.c., he was the son of the late Rev. Henry Sharpe and the late Osha Powell Sharpe. He was the widower of Mary Elizabeth Corry Sharpe and a member of Youngs Grove Baptist Church. He was retired from J.E. Hernon Company.
Surviving are two sons, John Henry Sharpe Jr. of Gaffney and Edward Maurice Sharpe of Blacksburg; four daughters, Gwendolyn S. Jones of the home, Vickie S. Thompson, Shelia S. Whisonant and Rita S. Dowdle of Blacksburg; a brother, Andrew Sharpe of Lawndale, N.C.; three sisters, Viola Lanier of Lawndale, Annie Lee Sharpe of Alexandria, Va., and Wilma Wilson; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney is in charge.

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