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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, October 28, 2002

W. Whitt Burnett
Retired from Gill Drilling Co.
William Whitt Burnett, 76, of 1724 N. Green River Rd., died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Gladys Walker Burnett and son of the late William Harrison and Beatrice Elizabeth Ezell Burnett. He was a retired salesman from Gill Drilling Co. with 15 years of service. He was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of Stateline Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Rita Cash of Cowpens and Treasure Swanlund of Gaffney; a son, Michael Burnett of Gaffney; a sister, Veola Hawkins of Chesnee; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee, with the Revs. John Godfrey and Charlie Blackwell officiating. Burial was in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.

Laura P. Humphries
Retired secretary from Cherokee School District
Laura Sue Pettit Humphries, 87, of 1145 Twin Bridge Rd., died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of James Leonard Humphries and daughter of the late John B. Pettit and the late Eva Austell Pettit. She was a retired secretary for the Cherokee County School District and was a member of New Heights Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, John A. Humphries Sr. of Gaffney; a daughter, Mary Melissa Ambrose of Lexington; a sister, Mary P. Taylor of Gaffney; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Heights Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Sidney Norton and Dr. Roger Aycock. Burial was in Grassy Pond Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gary Scruggs, Mitchell Humphries, David Lemaster, Ryan Kirby, David Kirby, Steve Taylor, Brandon Swofford and Jack Humphries.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to New Heights Baptist Church, 1367 Pleasant School Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Betty L. Fowler
Retired textile employee
Betty Lee Fowler, 85, formerly of 3109 Cherokee Ave., died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, in Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Eb Fowler and daughter of the late Jerry Lee and the late Mary Brown Lee. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Charlie Lee, of Gaffney and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Alan Peeler.
Pallbearers will be Chris Thomas, Wayne Thomas, Charles Fowler, Jerry Lee, Chris Wood and David Wells.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Alice W. Jeter
Retired nurse
CARRBORO, N.C. – Alice Walker Jeter, 71, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Chapel Hill Rehabilitation and Health Center.
Mrs. Jeter was the widow of Mac C. Jeter and was a retired nurse and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chapel Hill.
Surviving are two sons, William Jeter of Carrboro and Anthony H. Walker of Gaffney; a brother, Albert Walker of Chesnee; a sister, Thurza Willis of Concord, Calif.; and a grandson, Conrad Walker of Gaffney.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chapel Hill with Bishop Clain Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be today from 7-9 p.m. at Walker’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth G. Watt
Chester native
HICKORY GROVE – Elizabeth G. Watt, 75, of 1678 Walnut Grove Rd., died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Chester, she was the wife of Walter N. Watt and daughter of the late Boyce B. Grant and the late Mary Lipford Grant. She was a homemaker.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, William W. Watt of Lincolnton, N.C.; a daughter, Kathleen Mitchell of Fort Mill; and five grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Clarence B. Lee
Retired from Kings Mtn. Mica; church music director
BLACKSBURG – Clarence Benard Lee, 86, of 201 W. Church St., died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cooley Springs, S.C., he was the husband of Ruth Edmonds Lee and son of the late James West Lee and the late Arrie Pettit Lee. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blacksburg and was retired from Kings Mountain Mica Mine.
Mr. Lee was music director at these churches at one time: Sandy Springs Baptist Church, Chesnee; Broad River Baptist and Antioch Baptist of Blacksburg, First Baptist of Blacksburg, Bethel Baptist of Shelby, Eastside Baptist of Kings Mountain, Allen Memorial of Grover, and also various singing schools in Upstate S.C.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Gene Grey, Dianne and Edward Brown, Christine and Cecil Bell, and Lora and Lee McDaniel, all of Blacksburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Mona Lee and Douglas and Sherri Lee, all of Gaffney; five sisters, Edith Lee, Pearl Lee, Francis Lee and Barbara Lee of Boiling Springs and Louvennia L. Allen of Wisconsin; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Blacksburg, conducted by the Revs. Ken Reid, John Lee Jr., Curtis Jones, John Lancaster and David Lancaster. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Straucy M. Foster
Services for Straucy Mae Foster, 68, of 106 Ellis Ferry Ave., will be held today at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Eula Miller Jr. and the Revs. Thomas Burson, Freddie Davidson, Kevin Wray and Debra Jones. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.

Gary Norris Jr.
Cherokee County native
Gary Norris Jr., 53, of 229-1/2 Pryor St., died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at 1:15 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Known as “June Bug,” he was the son of the late Gary Norris Sr. and the late Lucille Savage Norris. He was a native of Cherokee County and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Davette N. Ratchford and Aretha Smith of Gaffney; two sons, Ladon Norris and Garyon Morgan of Gaffney; grandmother, Ellen Tate Fuller of Gaffney; a sister, Mary E. Norris Littlejohn of Gaffney; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Lawrence Davidson. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Smith, Harold Rainey, James Foster, James Jefferies, Hazel Littlejohn, Bruce Mayberry, Bobby Good and Termel Byers.
Flowers bearers will be Mary Byers, Donna Wilson, Elaine Coston, Lisa Bolton and Elaine Byers.
The family is at 400 Willow St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Mary B. Pittman
Retired nurse’s aide
Mary Lois Beck Pittman, 67, of 177 Goucher School Rd., died today, Oct. 28, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., she was the wife of Ernest E. Pittman Jr. and a retired nurse’s aide.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Michael James Beck and Ronald Leroy Beck, both of Orville, Ohio, and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Fune-ral Home is in charge.

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