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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, March 8, 2002

Verl M. Thompson
Verl Motts Thompson, 82, of Lawrenceville, Ga., formerly of Gaffney, died Thursday, March 7, 2002.
She was a member of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, Limestone Presbyterian Church in Gaffney and Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by three sons, David E. Thompson of Lawrenceville, Thomas R. Thompson of Raleigh, N.C. and Clarence J. Thompson of Stockbridge; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for the family will be held Saturday, March 9, 2002 at College Park Memorial Park.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2002 at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Paul Ard officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Limelighters, c/o Limestone Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Jeffries St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc. in Lawrenceville, Ga. is in charge.

Kizzie Evette Dunn
Kizzie Evette Dunn, 24, of Gaffney, daughter of Johnnie Kilgor Dunn and L. Junior Dawkins, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002.
The family received friends at The Gilmore Mortuary on Wednesday from 7-8 p.m.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2002 at Galilee Baptist Church, with the Rev. Les Howard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of her mother, 209 Wilkinsville Hwy in Gaffney.

Robert C. Corbett
Robert Carroll Corbett, 82, of 800 Thompson St. in Gaffney, husband of Louise Addis Corbett of the home, died Thursday, March 7, at his home.
He a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, a member of Southside Baptist Church, and a retired fireman with the Gaffney Fire Department. He was also a Mason.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Carolyn Corbett Johnson of Dallas, Texas, Shelia Corbett Cole of Gaffney, Jill Corbett Brown of Columbia, and Sherrie Kim Corbett of the home; two sons, Bobby Eugene Corbett and Billy Lee Corbett, both of Gaffney; six stepbrothers, Francis, Bobby, Tillman, Wendall, Jimmy and Ricky Corbett, all of Aiken; and two stepsisters, Lillie Belle Corbett and Charlene Corbett, both of Aiken.
Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at Southside Baptist Church, with funeral services following at the same place, officiated by Revs. John Goforth and Harry Crosby. Interment will follow services at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to: Southside Baptist Church, 204 W. O’Neal St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Virginia P. Toney
Virginia Phillips Toney, 76, of Brookview Healthcare Center in Gaffney, wife of the late Earl Dean Toney of Gaffney, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Malcolm Phillips and the late Ethel Buchanan Phillips, both of Gaffney.
She was a retired textile worker and a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Johnny Toney of Gaffney; a daughter, Jean T. Smith of Columbia; two brothers, Robert Gene Phillips of Gaffney, and W.R. Phillips of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Betty Evans of Gaffney; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Phillips; and a sister, Lottie Parker.
Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m.on Friday, March 8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home in Gaffney.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at Oakland Cemetery, with Rev. Ron Jackson officiating.
The family is at the home of Johnny Toney, 221 Brickhouse Rd., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to: Vistacare Hospice, 22 Tindall Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29605; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.

Bobbie Jean Byrum
Bobbie Jean Phillips Byrum, 71, of Lowry St. in McConnells, formerly of Hickory, widow of the late Robert Byrum, died Wednesday, March 3, 2002 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
She was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Phillips and the late Minnie Brewer Phillips.
She was a member of Hickory Grove Church of God in Hickory and a retired textile worker.
She is survived by two sons, Marty Byrum of McConnells and Jeff Byrum of Hickory Grove; three daughters, Renee Feaster of McConnells, Betty Heafner of Cherryville, N.C., and Gloria Jean Turner of Gaffney; four brothers, Sam and Leroy Phillips, both of York, Tommy Phillips of Catawba, and Rev. James Phillips of Goose Creek; two sisters, Coleene Phillips of York and Derosa P. Clememnt of Lawton, Ok.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at Hickory Grove Church of God in Hickory, with Rev. Roger Nix officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m at Bratton Funeral Home on Friday, March 8.
Memorials may be madE to: Hickory Grove Church of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 65, Hickory Grove, S.C. 29717.
Bratton Funeral Home in York is in charge.

John E. Schench
John Earvin Schench, 45, of 513 Keller St. in Gaffney, died Thursday morning, March 7, 2002 at his residence.
A native of Kings Mountain, N.C., he was the son of the late Gwendolyn Schenck Gaines.
He was a graduate of King Mountain High School, class of 1974. He attended Washington Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, N.C.
He is survived by Elizabeth Kirby of the home; three daughters, Winnie Kirby, Wendy Kirby and E-najah Kirby of the home; four sons, Jermarcus Kirby of the home, Johnathan Wood of Gaffney, Darry Littlejohn and Jamaine Littlejohn of Greenville; three sisters, Cathy Whitworth of Kings Mountain, N.C., Margaret Ann Gaines of Maxton, N.C. and Velma Young of Hackensack, N.J.; and two brothers, Leon Schenck of Huntsville, Ala., and Douglas Ship Gaines of Maxton, N.C.
Foster Funeral Home in Gaffney is in charge.

Deacon Dawkins, Sr.
Deacon King David Dawkins, Sr., 84, of 141 Iris Ln. in Gaffney, widow of Tollie Thomas Dawkins, died Tuesday, March 5 at his residence.
Son of the late James “Jim” Dawkins and the late Lizzie Glenn Dawkins, he was a native of Cherokee County. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church of Cowpens and served as a Deacon, a former Chairman, a former Trustee and Church Treasurer, as well as serving on the Graveyard Committee. He was a retired employee of Draper Corp., Spartanburg.
He is survived by five sons, John Blake Dawkins, King David Dawkins, Jr., Bobby G. Dawkins and Terry Wayne Dawkins of Gaffney and Sammy Lee Dawkins of the home; a daughter, Annie Ruth Dawkins of Spartanburg, a sister, Victoria Dawkins Hughes of the home; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at Piney Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. C. Dennis Rector, E. Harris, F.J. Means and Warrem Manning officiating.
Interment will follow in Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Honorary flower bearers will be: Trustees’ wives of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Active flower bearers will be: the Deaconess of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be: Trustees of Piney Grove Baptist Missionary Church. Active pallbearers will be: the Deacons of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Deacon James F. Williams, Sr.
Deacon James F. Williams, Sr., 73, of 138 Hetty Hill St. in Gaffney, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney.
A native and life-long resident of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Willie Mae Williams and the late Isaac Corry. One brother, George Williams of Washington, D.C., preceded him in death.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was retired from Cherokee Finishing Plant after over 25 years of employment. He was a member of the Limestone Masonic Lodge No. 117.
He was a member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, where he faithfully served as a past president of the usher board for over 25 years, and as a deacon, trustee, member of the Limestone all-male chorus, and a former trustee.
Survivors include: his wife of 45 years, Clara Holmes Williams of the home; a son, James Williams, Jr. (daughter-in-law Cynthia) of Gaffney; a daughter, Lynn Williams Hall (son-in-law Terry) of Gaffney; three sisters, Minnie Lee Williams Tate of Thomasville, N.C., Julia Corry Hare of Charlotte, N.C., and Betty Corry Armour of Lithonia, Ga.; two brothers, Thomas Corry of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and William Corry of Gaffney; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at 4 p.m, conducted by the Revs. A.J. Smith, Roderick Oglesby, Clarence Davids and Jeanette Cooper Dicks. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the hour of service, beginning at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of the church and honorary pallbearers will be Limestone Masonic Lodge No. 11 and trustees of the church. Flower bearers will the deaconess and the wives of the trustees.
The family is at the residence.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Buford L. Medley
Buford L. Medley, 79, of 208 Spruce St. in Gaffney, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at Brookview Healthcare Center in Gaffney.
A native of Gaffney, was the son of the late Junie Medley and the late Alice Mabry Simpson, and stepson of the late Samuel Simpson.
A retired textile employee, he was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Louise Suggs of Newport, Tenn.; and two sisters, Jennie Lavender of Rome, Ga. and Frances Wall of Gaffney.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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