common / 09-26-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Frances B. Henderson
Substitute school teacher
GREER – Frances Bishop Henderson, 63, of 119 Pinewood Dr., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A native of Greenville, she was the daughter of Ruth Cox Bishop of Easley and the late Jonas Bishop. She was married to Robert H. Henderson who died with her.
Mrs. Henderson was a member of Fairview Baptist Church where she helped with the children and was a homemaker and substitute teacher for the Greenville County schools. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and grandmother.
Surviving in addition to her mother are two daughters, Karen H. Swofford of Cowpens and Gayle H. Hannon of Greer; a son, the Rev. Robert H. (Bobby) Henderson Jr. of Duncan; a brother, Bruce Bishop of Macon, Ga.; five grandchildren, Sarah and Krista Swofford of Cowpens, Jena and Kaycee Hannon of Greer and Brady Henderson of Duncan.
Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy B. Jackson, and a grandson, Jordan Swofford.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Fairview Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Paul Welch, the Rev. Bob Atwell and Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin. Burial was in Wood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Mike Mullins, Jimmy Hunt, James Hannah Jr., Mansel Burgess, Doyle Kay and Ed Walker.
The Early Bird Sunday School Class, the Board of Directors of Greer State Bank, the Christian Business Men’s Club and the Margaret Bishop Sunday School Class were honorary escort.
The family is at the home of Gayle and Scott Hannon, 2521 Motherwell Dr., Greer.
Memorials may be made to Trusting His Vision Fund, Fairview Baptist Church, 1400 Locust Hill Rd., Greer, S.C. 29651.
Arrangements by The Wood Mortuary.

Robert H. Henderson
Retired Limestone professor
GREER – Robert H. (Bob) Henderson, 63, of 119 Pinewood Dr., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A native of Six Mile, S.C., he was the son of Gertrude Skelton Henderson of Easley and the late Samuel Issac Henderson. He was married to Frances Bishop Henderson who died with him.
Mr. Henderson was a member of Fairview Baptist Church where he was a deacon and taught two Sunday School classes. He helped charter Greer State Bank where he served as a member on the Board of Directors, and was a member of the Christian Business Men’s Club.
Mr. Henderson was a retired assistant professor at Limestone College, former president of Alexanders Inc., a former controller of J.P. Stevens and a U.S. Army veteran-peacetime.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, the Rev. Robert (Bobby) H. Henderson Jr. of Duncan; two daughters, Karen H. Swofford of Cowpens and Gayle H. Hannon of Greer; two sisters, Carol Walsh of Easley and Joyce Gillespie of Six Mile; five grandchildren, Sarah and Krista Swofford of Cowpens, Jena and Kaycee Hannon of Greer and Brady Henderson of Duncan.
Mr. Henderson was preceded in death by a grandson, Jordan Swofford.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Fairview Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Paul Welch, the Rev. Bob Atwell and Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin. Burial was in Wood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Joe Jackson, R. Dennis Hennett, Richard Nix, Joe Fanning, Bruce Arrowood, Walt Henderson and Hal Goss.
The Early Bird Sunday School Class, the Margaret Bishop Sunday School Class, the Board of Directors of Greer State Bank and the Christian Business Men’s Club were honorary escort.
The family is at the home of Gayle and Scott Hannon, 2521 Motherwell Dr., Greer.
Memorials may be made to Trusting His Vision, Fairview Baptist Church, 14000 Locust Hill Rd., Greer, S.C. 29651.
Arrangements by The Wood Mortuary.

Billy Kirby
Retired from N.J. Zinc Mine
Billy (Bill) Kirby, 73, of Kodak, Tenn., died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at 1:15 a.m. in Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn.
A member of Beech Springs Baptist Church, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, holding the rank of sergeant. He was retired from New Jersey Zinc Mine in Jefferson City.
Mr. Kirby was one of the original Don Gibson band members with the WNOX Radio Shows. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josh and Lily Pearl Kirby, a sister, Mary Kirby, and a brother, J.C. Kirby, all of whom lived in Gaffney.
Surviving are his wife, Louise Bales Kirby of Kodak; a daughter, Vicky Harrell; a son, Chris Kirby; three grandchildren; a sister, Edith Howell of Spartanburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Beech Springs Baptist Church in Kodak with the Revs. Wayne Stinnett, Rick Loveday and Ron Richmond officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Stiles, Bill Emmert, Harold Stallings, Gabriel Long, Todd Webb and Chris Kirby.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Beech Springs Youth Director Norman Long.
Arrangements by Cooke Mortuary, Maynardville. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Ricky Fowler
Ricky Fowler of Gaffney, formerly of Spindale, N.C., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Crowe’s Funeral Home, Rutherfordton, N.C.

Bobby J.Hoey
Gaffney native
Bobby Junior Hoey, 62, of 3317 Walters Lane, Forest Ville, Md., died on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at 11:30 a.m. in Fairfax, Va.
Son of Bontee Hoey of Gaffney and the late Nathaniel Hoey, he was a native of Gaffney and a member of Dunton United Methodist Church. He was a 25-year retired employee of Embassy Dairy of Waldorf, Md., and was currently working at Kester Wholesale Florist in Cheverly, Md. He was a 1957 graduate of Granard High School.
Also surviving are two daughters, Vanessa Hoey and Victoria Hoey of Washington, D.C.; three sons, Nathaniel Crosby of Gaffney, Renrico Hoey of the home and Gregory Hoey of Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Richard Hoey and Alvin Smith of Gaffney; a sister, Sarah McCluney of Trinity; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. at Dunton United Methodist Church with Rev. J. Jeannette’ Cooper Dicks, Dr. James W. Sanders Jr., Dr. U.D. Vernon and Rev. Lawrence Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Flower bearers will be Anita Ann Crosby, Robin Denise Crosby, Elaine Gregory, Jane Kearse, Annie Pearl Robinson, Sarah Lee Smith and Nellie Young.
Honorary pallbearers will be Scottie Coleman, Darren Crosby, Kenneth Crosby, Lang Crosby, Lorenzo Garrett, Nathan Littlejohn and Reggie Tate.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Adams, Steve Camp, Benny Fair, Robert R. Littlejohn, Tony Smith and Zeb Tate.
The family is at the home of his mother, Bontee Hoey, at 311 W. Third St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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