common / 02-20-2002

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Alyne T. Davis
Gaffney native
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.– Alyne T. Davis, loving wife, devoted mother and faithful Christian, passed away at home in the care of her family on February 18, 2002. She was born in Gaffney, S.C., on July 17, 1924, the fifth of eight children of Eben and Ila Tate.
Alyne came to Newport News during World War II and began her phone company career as a switchboard operator at Camp Eustis. She recalled fondly and with pride having helped facilitate many first calls between returning servicemen and their loved ones. Advancing to the position of group chief operator for Bell Atlantic, she trained and supervised hundreds of young women whose love and respect for her endured long after her retirement in 1983.
As much as she loved her work and family, the focal point of Alyne’s existence was her life in Christ. She joined Parkview Baptist Church shortly after its inception in the 1940’s and remained a faithful member throughout her life. She served her Lord and her fellow church members in any capacity that was needed, from Sunday School superintendent to seamstress. She knew everyone by name and nurtured many to come to a saving faith in Christ. Though her body ultimately failed her, her faith did not. She remained to the end a faithful steward who treasured sharing the story of Jesus and His love.
Alyne was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Dean, Eckford, Damon and Harold Tate, each of whom she loved dearly. Her surviving siblings are her sisters, Virginia “Jenny” Sullivan and NaniLou Self Cooper of Gaffney, and her brother Cary Tate of Lincolnton, N.C.
Alyne is also survived by James L. “Sheriff” Davis, her devoted husband of 59 years; two sons, J. Malcolm Davis and his wife, Polly, and Rex A. Davis and his wife, Gail, and a daughter, Vickie S. Davis, all of Newport News. Her grandchildren are Wayne and Michelle Davis and Kandi Samson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A celebration of Alyne’s life will be held at Parkview Baptist Church on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Lawrence Biermann and Dr. R. Furman Kenney officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
At Alyne’s request, memorials may be made to Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Boulevard, Newport News, Va. 23605.

Rena P. Martin
Retired from Burlington
BLACKSBURG – Rena Parker Martin, 79, of 490 Wren Wray Rd., died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at her home.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Wilburn Martin and daughter of the late Cletius M. and Theresa Peeler Parker. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and was retired from Burlington Mills, Cherokee Falls Plant.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda M. Spencer of Blacksburg; a brother, Lewis D. Parker of Benton, Ark.; sisters, Theresa P. Davis, Thelma P. Ham, Cecil P. Davidson and Geraldine P. Martin, all of Blacksburg, and Carolyn P. Stewart of Clover; grandchildren, Lee Spencer of Blacksburg and Melinda Spencer Humphries of Lattimore, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Lisa Humphries of Lattimore, N.C.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Billy Sanders and Dr. Charlie Barnard. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Davis, Glenn Childers, Alan Martin, Jamie Ham, Virgil Hampton and Lee Spencer.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Leroy F. Fowler
Services for Leroy F. Fowler, 60, of 8-A Berkley Apartments, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Eula Miller Jr., Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., and the Revs. Dennis Smith and J.W. Richards. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Evette Fowler, 117 Lincoln Dr.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Mary E. Hoey
Services for Mary E. Hoey, 57, of 301 Granite Dr., will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 145 Twin Bridge Rd., conducted by Earl Buckson and James Natoli. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Earl Buckson, Bobby Liles, Richard Reace, Robert Foster, Mike Meadows and William Sarratt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Foster, Paul Littlejohn, James Littlejohn and Ulysses Tate.
Active flower bearers will be sisters of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Honorary flower bearers will be Donna Bridges, Vanessa Dawkins, Lonnie Bridges and Juanita Mayberry.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Carolyn S. Jeter
US. Government retiree
BUFFALO – Carolyn S. Jeter, 54, of 215 Lukesville Rd., died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at Wallace Thomson Hospital.
Mrs. Jeter was born in Union County on Oct. 5, 1947, a daughter of the late Thomas and Altherea McKissick Smith. She graduated form Sims High School in 1965 and was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency for 28 years until she retired as the county executive director for the Union office in 1994. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where she was a member of the Young Adult Choir and also served as the church’s financial secretary.
Surviving are her husband, John H. Jeter; a daughter, Crystal Jeter of Charlotte; a brother, Eugene Smith of Columbus, Ga.; five sisters, Barbara Goode, Elaine Means, Annie P. Smith, Ruth Smith, all of Union, and Sallie M. Coleman of Gaffney; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Jeter was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Stewart, and a brother, Thomas A. Smith.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in the Kelton community, conducted by the Rev. J.E. Tillotson, pastor, and Dr. J.W. Sanders. Burial will in the church cemetery.
Viewing will be from 1-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be mad to the general building funds of Bethel Baptist Church, c/o Annie P. Smith, 121 Woodrow St., Union, S.C., or St. Luke Baptist Church, c/o Annie P. Smith, 121 Woodrow St., Union, S.C.
Arrangements by Union Community Funeral Home.

O. Paul Alexander
Retired from U.S. Navy
JONESVILLE – O. Paul (A.P.) Alexander, 65, of 107 Pinnix St., formerly of Gaffney, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Clemmons Village Nursing Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., .
Mr. Alexander was born in Wilkes County on July 24, 1936, to Arvil P. Alexander and Verlie Anthony Alexander. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney and was retired from the United States Navy CPO-E7. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving is his wife, Shirley K. Alexander, of Gaffney and a sister and brother-in-law, Ruby (Vicki) and Ray Freeman of Winston-Salem.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Sunrise Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Russ Nixon.
Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Elkin, N.C.

Clifford M. Whitley
Father of Gaffney resident
MONROE, N.C. – Clifford William Whitley, 76, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.
He was born in Union County, N.C., on Nov. 21, 1925, son of the late Green and Ida Aycock Whitley. He was an entrepreneur and a real state developer.
Mr. Whitley was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Griffin Whitley.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Gamble Whitley; a son, William Scott Whitley of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters, Sherry Wall of Lenoir, Shelia Lemmonds and husband, Ken, of Gaffney and Pamela Hilton of Monroe; a brother, Ney Smith Whitely of Monroe; a sister, Ora Lee Baucom of Greenville; stepsons, the Rev. Donnie Gamble of Waxhaw and Dennis Gamble of Monroe; step-daughter, Renee G. Nash of Monroe; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in Gordon Funeral Chapel, Monroe, conducted by Dr. G. Dana Stack and the Rev. Donnie Gamble. Burial will be in Lakeland Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Gordon Funeral Service.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va., 23058-5216; Monroe Masonic Lodge No. 244, 520 E. Franklin St., Monroe, N.C. 28112; or Morgan Mill Road Baptist Church, 2505 Morgan Mill Rd., Monroe, N.C. 28110.

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