common / 01-28-2002

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, January 28, 2002

David H. Vensel
Employed by J.C. Penney
SPARTANBURG – David Howard Vensel, 58, of 1051 W.O. Ezell Blvd., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Butler, Pa., he was the son of the late Howard Clair Vensel and the late Janet Alene Stouffer Vensel. He was a salesman for J.C. Penney and was a graduate of Cleveland State University.
Surviving are a sister, Debbie Kesler, of Gaffney and two nieces.
The family is at the home of Mrs. David Kesler, 112 Camelot Dr., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615; or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Maggie C. Runyans
Cherokee County native
CLOVER – Maggie Elizabeth Carroll Runyans, 94, of 243 Clintwood Dr., died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain, N.C.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of George Thomas Runyans and daughter of the late James (Jim) Carroll and the late Alice Sarah White Carroll. She was a member of Holiness Christian Mission in Kings Mountain and was a retired textile employee.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas Douglas Runyans of Shelby and Willie Clarence Runyans of Earl, N.C.; a daughter, Elizabeth Kaps of Clover; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sarah Miller of Kings Mountain.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel conducted by Sister Helen Alexander and Sister Sherry Owens. Burial was in Mountainview Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Tony Runyans, Clarence Runyans, Billy Runyans, Tony Runyans Jr., Foy Ramsey and David Burton.
The family is at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Mae Anthony Clary
Retired owner of Mae Clary’s Flowers
Mae Anthony Clary, 94, of 4044 Sherbrook Dr., Charlotte, N.C., died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at her home.
Born in Cowpens on Dec. 5, 1907, she was the widow of Miles Vernon Clary and daughter of the late Isaac Quitman Anthony and the late Susan Weir Anthony. She was a graduate of Gaffney High School and attended Limestone College. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney where she taught Sunday School and was a Baptist Training Union leader. She was a member of the Board of Cherokee County Memorial Hospital and the Jonquil Garden Club.
Mrs. Clary was preceded in death by her husband, Miles Vernon Clary, who died on May 13, 1938. After his death she took over and ran his business, Clary’s Cleaners, until she sold it and opened a series of other successful business, retiring from Mae Clary’s Flowers in 1974.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Clary Lesesne (Mrs. Thomas P. Lesesne, III) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Mary Vernon Clary Rogers (Mrs. James L. Rogers, Jr.) of Charlotte, N.C., where she had resided for the past several years. She had four grandchildren, Thomas P. Lesesne, IV, and Caroline Clary Lesesne of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Mary Katherine R. Dean of Neptune Beach, Fla., and Lee R. Moore of Charleston; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Frances A. Hearon and Betty A. Dill of Gaffney.
Mrs. Clary was preceded in death by brothers, J. Herndon Anthony, I.Q. Anthony, Jr. and John Weir Anthony, and sisters, Sue A. Swink, Doris A. Etheridge, Lee A. Sossamon and Juanita A. Hellebrand.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers.
Pallbearers were Larry Sossamon, Frank Sossamon, Craig Hearon, Paul Hellebrand Jr., Clary McGee, Don McGee, Barry MacDowell and William E. Clary Jr.
Memorials may be made to Hospice at Charlotte, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Isaac N. Powell Jr.
Active member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church
Deacon Isaac Newton Powell Jr., 74, of 1034 N. Logan St., died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at 10:45 p.m. at his home
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Marian Byers Powell and son of the late Isaac Powell Sr. and the late Hattie Osborn Powell. He was a 1947 graduate of Granard High School where he was a star football player. He was a member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church and served as a deacon, assistant B.T.U. director, member of the All- Male Chorus, Scoutmaster of Troop 103 and was the church’s chief cook.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Isaac E. Powell III of Columbia; two daughters, Jacquelyn P. Graham of Gaffney and Beverly C. Powell of the home; a sister, Marie P. Henderson of Salisbury, N.C; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

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