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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, August 23, 2002

Stella R. Jefferies
Retired bookkeeper
Stella Richbourg Jefferies, 84, of 228 E. Montgomery St., died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Asheville, N.C., she was the widow of Edward R. Jefferies and daughter of the late John Ashby Richbourg and the late Ida Crawford Richbourg.
Mrs. Jefferies was a retired bookkeeper and a member of First Baptist Church where she was a former secretary of the ages one, two and three children’s Sunday School classes and a member of the Fidelis Sunday School class. She attended Grove Park School in Asheville and graduated from St. Genevive of the Pines High School in Asheville with honors. She was a graduate of Limestone College and a member of the French Huguenot Society, the American Red Cross and the Tuesday Woman’s Club. She had served as a volunteer at the hospital since 1956.
Surviving are five nieces, five nephews and her caregiver, Marilyn Smith.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Jefferies was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Kenley Richbourg, and a sister, Marshall Richbourg Bryson.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers and Dr. Bobby Morrow.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fidelis Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends today from 2-6 p.m. at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or Upstate Carolina Volunteer Scholarship Fund, 1530 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

LeRoy Sanders
Retired deputy director Employment Security Comm.
SPARTANBURG – LeRoy Sanders, 78, of 159 Hidden Hill Rd., died today, Aug. 23, 2002, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Jerald Dean Lovelace Sanders and son of the late Felix Irvin Sanders and the late Mae Hughey Sanders. He was a retired deputy director of the S.C. Employment Security Commission in Spartanburg and was retired from the U.S. Air Force, a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Lee Sanders Harmon of Gaffney and Monica Lovelace Sanders of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Maggie Daniels of Gaffney; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Bill Hayes
World War II vet
William “Bill” Lee Hayes, 87, of 503 Cherokee Ave., died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at the home of his daughter.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the widower of Alma Blanton Hayes and son of the late Oscar and Emma Jane Smith Hayes. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church where he was a deacon, Sunday School teacher and greeter. He was a volunteer with Hospice and Meals on Wheels, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara H. Simmons and Doris H. Phillips, both of Gaffney; two sisters, Gladys Burleson of Spruce Pine, N.C., and Martha Hayes of Spartanburg; three grandchildren, Angela Watkins of Salisbury, N.C., Chad Phillips of Lexington and Susan Vestal of Kings Mountain, N.C.; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Jeff Bridges and Stuart Kersey.
Pallbearers will be Carl Price, Charles Lynn, Kenneth Childers, Charlie Moss, Al Morris and Ted Greene.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 at White Columns-Gaffney and at other times they will be at the Simmons home, 1503 Overbrook Dr.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Matril Patterson
Shelby native
BLACKSBURG – Jessie Matril Patterson, 83, formerly of 701 W. Lime St., died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at Peachtree Centre.
Born in Shelby, N.C., she was the widow of Floyd F. Lee Patterson and daughter of the late Rev. Samuel Jefferson Cobb and the late Mattie Beatrice Philbeck Cobb. She was a textile weaver and a member of Blacksburg Church of God where she taught Sunday School for many years and was a Ladies Willing Worker.
Surviving are a daughter, Velda Byars of Blacksburg; two sons, Leon Patterson of Gaffney and Ameil Patterson of Blacksburg; six grandchildren; a brother, Vonnie Cobb of Blacksburg; and a sister, Lois Porter of Blacksburg.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was precede din death by two brothers, Ambers Cobb and the Rev. Coy T. Cobb, and a sister, Lona Mae Cobb Johnson.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Blacksburg Church of God, conducted by the Revs. Bobby Bolin, Willie Lanier and James Clark. Entombment will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Pallbearers will be Josh Patterson, Chris Cobb, Johnathan Cobb, Cameron Byars, Frankie Parris and Wayne Cobb.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Velda Byars, 101 Brull St., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Blacksburg Church of God, 607 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Clarence Parker
Retired from Humphries Lumber Company
Clarence Parker, 85, of 1081 Ford Rd., died today, Aug. 23, 2002, in Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Kathleen Mullinax Parker and son of the late Robert Parker and the late Ida Brown Parker. He was retired from Humphries Lumber Company and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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