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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, February 18, 2002

Joe Hicks Whitener
Blacksburg town councilman
BLACKSBURG – Joe Hicks Whitener Sr., 72, of 106 N. Chester St., died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at his home.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the son of Frances Baber Whitener of Blacksburg and the late Luther Hicks Whitener. He was a retired purchasing agent for Cherokee County and a member of the Blacksburg City Council. He was past chief and chief emeritus of the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chief for 25 years. He was active in many civic organization and was a member of Blacksburg First Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother are three sons, Joe Hicks Whitener Jr. of Blacksburg, Steve Whitener of Mount Pleasant and Mike Whitener of Pickens; two sisters, Joanne Owen of Sacramento, Calif., and Nancy Bland of Kernersville, N.C.; and one granddaughter.
Services will be held today at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. James Clarke, Don Whitener and Ken Reid, Mayor David Hogue and Cecil Bell. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at noon.
Pallbearers will be Lamar Denton, Keith Mobley, Ted Bechtler, David Hogue, Lawrence Allen, James Batchler, Phil Wilkerson and Billy Francis.
Honorary pallbearers will be past and present Blacksburg firemen and Blacksburg City Council and administration.
The family is at the residence, 106 N. Chester St., and also at the home of Joe Hicks Whitener Jr., 203 Dixon Dr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 141, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Wilma Vickers
Sister of Gaffney resident
ELLENBORO, N.C. – Wilma Vickers, 79, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby.
A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late James Horace and Virgie Goode Vickers. She was a homemaker and member of Caroleen United Methodist Church where she had taught Sunday School in the children’s department for over 30 years and was a member of the Ladies III Sunday School class.
Surviving are two sisters, Joyce “Shorty” Bell of Spindale, N.C., and Mabel Vassey of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Caroleen United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Richard Johnson. Burial was in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Caroleen United Methodist Church, Parking Lot Fund, P.O. Box 87, Caroleen, N.C. 28019.
The family is at the home of Leroy and Carolyn Earley, 898 Walker Store Rd., Ellenboro.
Arrangements by Harelson Funeral Home, Caroleen.

William Musselman Sr.
Retired minister
SALEM, VA. – The Rev. William Bruce Musselman Sr., 91, formerly of Gaffney, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at Richfield Nursing Center, Salem.
A native of Nazareth, Pa., he was the widower of Annabel Caulkins Musselman and son of the late Paul Jonas and Estella Hoffman Musselman. He was a member of West End Baptist Church in Gaffney.
During his ministry he served as pastor of Herald Society, Jersey City, N.J.; Valley View Village Church, Cleveland, Ohio; Mentor Plains Gospel Church, Mentor, Ohio; Hunsberger Heights Baptist Church, Bridgeport, MI; and Mottville Bible Church, Mottville, MI. He was founding pastor of Constatine Bible Church, Constatine, MI, and was president of Union Gospel Press, Cleveland Ohio.
Surviving are three sons, Bruce Musselman Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, Paul Jay Musselman of Albuquerque, N.Mex., and David Musselman of Troutville, Va.; a daughter, Annabel Musselman Buerer of Boca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Hazel Wert of Salem, Va.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at West End Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Kevin Childs. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Genelia McSwain
Retired from Barnette’s Restaurant
SHELBY – Genelia Wright McSwain, 82, of 1179 Dalton St., formerly of Fallston, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the widow of David Hillard “Slim” McSwain and daughter of the late Ava Phillip Wright and the late Linnie Emmaline Leonhardt Wright. She was a lifetime member of Friendship United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Noah Wright Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women. She was retired from Barnette’s Restaurant.
Surviving are two sons, Harold McSwain of Shelby and Mike McSwain of Fallston; a daughter, Gay Anthony of Kings Mountain; two brothers, C.C. Wright of Gaffney and Lester Wright of Gastonia; two sisters, Kimmie Durbin of Fallston and Clara Beattie of Kings Mountain; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. McSwain was preceded in death by a son, Carroll McSwain; two brothers, Thomas Wright and Edgar Wright; and a sister, Alice Wright.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Friendship United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Ingram. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-8 at Stamey Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home of Harold and Judy McSwain, 1520 Barbee Rd., Shelby.
Memorials may be made to Friendship United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 219, Fallston, N.C. 28042.
Arrangements by Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.

Scottie Armstrong Sr.
Retired from Sunny Slope
COWPENS – Scottie Armstrong Sr., 73, of 136 Acorn Dr., died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at 5:04 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
A native of Bumcomb County, N.C., he was the widower of Rosie Lee Smith Armstrong and son of the late Davis Armstrong Sr. and the late Elnora Davis Armstrong. He was a member of Gowdeysville Baptist Church and retired from Sunny Slope Farms.
Surviving are three sons, Furman Smith of Gaffney, Willie Smith of Cowpens and Scottie Armstrong Jr. of the home; two daughters, Sarah L. Jackson of Gaffney and Wanda J. Armstrong of Cowpens; a foster daughter, Ella Colston of Spartanburg; two brothers, Henry Armstrong of Cowpens and Dais Armstrong Jr. of Chesnee; two sisters, Lillie Ophelia Littlejohn of Cowpens and Alice Lee Thompson of Greer; 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Gowdeysville Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Don C. Manning, C. Dennis Rector, Robert L. Dover, James Armstrong and Dorothy Davis. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Gary Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Ricky Armstrong, Watson Armstrong, Westly Armstrong and James Robert Thompson.
Flower bearers will be Nora Armstrong, Peggy Armstrong, Shirley Colston, Brenda Davis, Danita Littlejohn, Minnie Littlejohn, Sandra Thompson and Stephanie Littlejohn.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Leroy F. Fowler
Retired from Limestone Mfg.
Leroy F. Fowler, 60, of 8-A, Berkley Apartments, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at 1:28 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Bernice Knuckles Fowler and son of the late Benjamin Fowler and the late Maggie Williams Fowler. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and retired from Limestone Manufacturing Company.
Surviving are three daughters, Evette Fowler, Connie Miller and Jonquil Stuard, all of Gaffney; a son, Sgt. Shannon Stuard of Oceanside, Calif.; two sisters, Cora Bell Gaston of Washington, D.C., and Necy F. Roberts of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and seven grandchildren, two of whom, Brandon and Jalesa Fowler, were reared in the home.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Dr. Eula Miller Jr. Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and the Revs. Dennis Smith and J.W. Richards officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be L.D. Smith, Curtis Smith, Sharon Goudelock, Jimmy Cannon, Jimmy Phillips and Cluff Dawkins III.
Flower bearers will be Cleatrice Mcgill, Kisa Fowler, Susie Roberts, Gina Fowler, Katie Sarratt and Amber Tate.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Evette Fowler, 117 Lincoln Dr., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Mary E. Hoey
Mary E. Hoey, 57, of 301 Granite Dr., died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at 5:54 a.m. in Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Ulysses G. Hoey and daughter of Pittman Sarratt and the late Renora Tate Sarratt. She was a member of the Gaffney Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a 1962 graduate of Granard High School.
Also surviving are a brother, William Sarratt of Gaffney; three sisters, Addie Lee Thompson of Newark, N.J., Sylvia Sarratt and Brenda Talley of Gaffney; and two grandchildren whom she reared, Ciresse Jeter and Ivann Hoey of the home.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Gaffney Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 145 Twin Bridge Rd. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Larry Bonner
Cherokee County native
Larry Bonner, 48, of 204 Villa Dr., died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, in Charleston.
Born in Cherokee County, he was a son of the late Josephus Bonner and the late Ola Simuel Bonner. He was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Marvin Dewayne Littlejohn of Gaffney; a brother, Joe Lee Bonner of Gaffney; six sisters, Mae Bonner Reid and Wyzonia Bonner, both of the home, Betty Jean Littlejohn, Diane Bonner, Linda Kay Bonner, and Eva Bonner Lipscomb, all of Gaffney; and grandchild, Mar-dekiata Littlejohn of Gaffney.

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