common / 07-09-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Ann B. Ashley
Anderson County native
GREENVILLE – Ann Bagwell Ashley, 90, of 925 Cleveland St., died July 5, 2001, at Oakmont East Nursing Center after a long illness.
Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Monroe Maston and Elizabeth Spearman Bagwell.
Mrs. Ashley was a homemaker and a 60-year member of First Baptist Church of Greenville, where she was a member of the Loyalty Sunday School Class and taught children’s Sunday School for many years, She was a member of the Exchangettes.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, B. B. Ashley; three sons and daughters-in-law, B. B. “Bernum” and Jean Ashley Jr. of Inman, Monroe M. and Roberta Ashley of Brevard, N.C., and Louis and B. J. Ashley of Greenville; two sisters, Ruth Tolly of Williamston, S.C., and Bea Hudgens of Florence; a brother, Martin Bagwell of Williamston; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greenville with Dr. Baxter Wynn officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 7 Woodlawn Office Park, 5019 Nationscrossing, Suite 217, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Terry L. Ramsey
Owner of Dog House Restaurant
Terry Lynn Ramsey, 60, of 154 Turner Trail, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Diane Turner Ramsey of the home and son of Quinton and Aretta Gordon Ramsey of Gaffney. He was a retired county officer for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and was owner of the Dog House Restaurant in Gaffney.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Terrill Lynn Ramsey and Mark Quinton Ramsey, both of Gaffney; a daughter, Tammy Rene Wilkie of Gaffney; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Bill Jones.
White Columns-Gaffney was in charge of arrangements.

Walter E. Jefferies
Resident of Englewood, N.J.
Walter Eric Jefferies, 39, of Englewood, N.J., died Friday, July 6, 2001, in Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, N.J.
Born in Gaffney, he was a son of the late James Franklin Jefferies Sr. and the late Lessie Mae Graham Jefferies. He was a member of Dunton United Methodist Church.
Surviving are eight brothers, Shelley Jefferies, Donnie Jefferies, Paul Jefferies, Greg Jefferies and Anthony Jefferies, all of Gaffney, James Franklin Jefferies of Bergenfield, N.J., Quintin Jefferies of Englewood, N.J. and Dwight Jefferies of East Stroudesburg, Pa.; four sisters, Catherine Graham, Andra Akridge, Helena Taylor and Wanda Jefferies, all of Englewood.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Dunton Untied Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Jeannette Cooper Dicks officiating. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park.
The family is at 709 W. Rutledge Ave.
The Gilmore Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mabel L. Towery
Services for Mabel Louise Perkins Towery, 83, of 109 Walnut St., were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel conducted by the Revs. Stuart Kersey and Bryan Cooper. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Scott Blackwell, Ben Elliott, Jessie Jenkins, Chuck Goforth, Todd Wease, Danny Lenard, Danny Perkins and Birt Simmons.,
The family is at the home of Nellie Towery, 1317 S. Johnson St.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William (Bill) Geary
Owner of Geary Insurance
William (Bill) Lee Geary, 36, of 503 College Dr., died Saturday, July 7, 2001, in Falls Church, Va.
Born in Fairfax, Va., he was the husband of Gloria B. Gault Geary and son of Donald E. Geary and Shirley White Geary, both of Vienna, Va. He was self-employed with Geary Insurance Agency and attended First Baptist Church of Gaffney.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are three sons, Hatcher Geary, Reid Geary and Harrison Geary, all of the home; a brother, Don Geary Jr. of Fairfax, Va.; and a sister, Sharon Price of Vienna, Va.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Gaffney conducted by the Rev. Glenn Evans of Arlington, Va., and the Rev. Joel Sellers of Gaffney.
A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington, Va.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340, or to Geary Boys, c/o Wachovia Bank, P.O. Box 640, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances G. Ray
Retired from Homelite
GREER – Mary Frances Giles Ray, 66, of 1947 Hwy. 101 North, widow of Junior Ray, died Friday, July 6, 2001, in St. Francis Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of Ruth Fowler Giles of Gaffney and the late Earl Giles. She was a retired employee of Homelite and a member of Christian Heritage Church in Greer.
Surviving are a son, John Ray of Greer; three daughters, Diane McElhannon, Sandra Wilbanks, both of Greer, and Donna Watson of Taylors; a brother, Jerry Giles of Easley; three sisters, Peggy Woods, Helen Splawn and Shirley Jones, all of Gaffney; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Christian Heritage Church conducted by the Rev. Ernest Barr. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
The family is at the residence.
The Wood Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Roger D. Griffin
Kings Mountain native
BLACKSBURG – Roger Dean Griffin, 46, of 116 Green St., died Friday, July 6, 2001, in Kings Mountain from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
A native of Kings Mountain, he was the husband of Anita Millwood Griffin of the home and son of Kathleen Dover Griffin of Blacksburg and the late Lawrence Griffin Sr. He was associated with Olgsby-Norton in Kings Mountain.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Shea Griffin of Blacksburg; step-son, Jayson Jones of Blacksburg; two brothers, George Griffin and Billy Griffin, both of Blacksburg; and three grandchildren.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Jayme Jones, and a brother, Lawrence Griffin Jr.
Cryptside services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Grady Gregory officiating.
Pallbearers will be Bill Rinehart, David Fite, Harold Short, George Chandler, Gary Burris, Dale Boyd, Chris Powell and Bill Herndon.
White Columns-Blacksburg is in charge of arrangements.

George Davis
Cherokee County native
George Davis, 76, of 764 Burnt Gin Rd., widower of Lessie Smith Davis, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at 3:36 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Lonnie Shippy and the late Rendy Davis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and of the Baptist faith. He was a retired employee of Central Automotive in Detroit, Mich.
Surviving are a son, Larry Bernard Davis of Gaffney; three daughters, Dorothy Mae Thompson and Cathy Lee Neal, both of Gaffney, and Joyce Ann Davis of Detroit; three sisters, Ruby Ward, Martha Love and Cleo Huskey of Gaffney; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with the Revs. Mills McHam, Lawrence Davidson, Elder Lizzie Bridges and Dr. J.W. Sander Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Green Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Davis Jr., Calvin Smith and Charles Wilson.
Flower bearers will be Elizabeth Boyd, Joyce Logan, Tasha Boyd, Brenda Davis, Kita Boyd, Cynthia Thomas and Rendy Kay Smith.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Velma (Pauline) Cook
Homemaker
Velma (Pauline) Smith Cook, 75, of 116 Concord Rd., died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at her home.
A native of York County, she was the wife of Smith Cook and daughter of the late Clifton Smith and the late Rachel Beheler Smith. She was a homemaker and member of Gaffney Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, James Kenneth Cook of Gaffney; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by a daughter, Dale Cook Wallace.
Cryptside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens conducted by the Revs. Dennis Tolley and Kim Hipps.
The family is at the residence.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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