common / 12-02-2002

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, December 2, 2002

Virginia Byers
Cherokee County native
Virginia Reid Byers, 73, of 349 Nancy Creek Road, widow of Lee Byers Sr., died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at 8:52 p.m. at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Willie K. Reid and the late Sadie Jefferies Reid. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and served as a member of the Pastor Aid Committee. She was an active member of Gaffney Adult Day Care.
She is survived by Larry Byers, Rev. Lee Byers Jr., James Henry Byers and James Ray Byers of Gaffney; five daughters, Darlene B. Palmer, Minister Vernell B. Wilson, Virginia B. Jeter, Betty B. Best and Mae B. Curton, all of Gaffney; two brothers, Arizonia Reid of York and Nicodemus Reid of Philadelphia; three sisters, Lois Logan of Grover, Rosa Lee McDowell of Charlotte, and Mary Ann Bolds of Cheverly, Md.; 32 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; five godsons; and seven goddaughters.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Shady Grove Baptist Church, with Dr. Roosevelt Earls and the Revs. Lee Byers and Robert L. Dover officiating. Burial will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. prior to services.
(Foster Funeral Home is in charge.)

Shadrack Houey Jr.
Funeral services for Shadrack Houey Jr., 55, husband of Sallie Byers Houey of 347 Estelle Road in Gaffney, will be held at 3 p.m. today at Concord Baptist Church, with the Revs. Michael A. Bridges, Larry J. Brooks and Ruby Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Baptist Cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. prior to services.
Flower bearers will be: Minnie Lee Byers, Betty Harris, Mary Ann Jolly, Alma Jean Sarratt, Catherine Savage, Valeria Smith, Betty Thompson, Lula Watts and Mickey Corry.
Pallbearers will be: Richard Moorehead, Darren Norris, John Paul Norris, Preston Ross, Jay Sarratt, James Thompson, Madison Watts and Wilbert Watts.

Drayton Batchler
Drayton Ervin Batcheler Sr., 66, of 116 Stoneridege Dr. in Gaffney, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002 at White Oak Manor in Spartanburg. A native of Cherokee Co., he was the widow of Hazel Byars Batchler and son of the late Drayton Bathchler Sr. and Mary Katherine Wilson Earls.
He was an electrician and was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church.
He is survived by a son, Keith E. Batchler of Gaffney; a brother, Buddy Lewis Earls Sr. of Blacksburg; a sister, Ann Dover of Blacksburg; and four grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Drayton "Zippy" Batcheler and a stepfather, Eugene "Pud" Earls.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at White Columns-Blacksburg and at other times will be at the residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lighthouse Baptist Church Cemetery, with Revs. Terrell Dillingham and Grady Gregory officiating.
Memorials may be made to: Freedom Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund, 307 Pleasant Ridge Road, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.

Roberta Medlin
Roberta Lynn Smith Medline, 40, formerly of Chesnee, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2002 at Mountain View Nursing Home in Spartanburg after an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Boyce and Omigen Lowery Smith.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith. A native of Cherokee Co., she attended Chesnee High School.
She is survived by two daughters, Tabatha G. Gowan of Cherokee Springs and April G. Linder of Cowpens; seven sisters, Rachel Brooks, Sandra Walker and Susan Spires of Chesnee, Vickie Kelley, Judy Hall and Shelia Abbott of Cowpens, and Lois Reynolds of Mayo; a brother, Gordon Pete Smith of Boiling Springs; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Pleasant Baptist Church, with the Rev. Allen Dean Blanton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Bobby Brooks, Ricky Brooks, Nathan Kelley, Billy Walker, Michael Walker and James Bradley.
The family is at the home of a sister, Sheila Abbott, 769 Bud Author Bridge Road, Cowpens.
(Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee is in charge.)

Velma Griffin
Cherokee County native
Velma Estelle Grigg Griffin, 82, of 3722 Old Georgia Hwy. in Cowpens, wife of Vernon Griffin, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late William Thomas Grigg and Tula Estelle George Grigg.
She was a former auditor of Cherokee Co, the first woman to ever hold a regular fulltime public office in the county. She was recommended by Sen. Joe H. Hall to succeed the late Poole Harvey, whose term she completed. She retired from the county after 25 years as deputy auditor. She was also employed by Weight Watchers International for more than 25 years.
She was a member of High Point Baptist Church, where she served as a treasurer and clerk for more than 40 years. She was also the pianist for a number of years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Doris Grigg Cline of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at High Point Baptist Church, with the Rev. Clifford Phillips and Donald Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be: Thomas Grigg, Wayne Mathis, Bill Babcock, Billy Ford, Bobby Horne, Charles Huskey and Ricky Poole.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to: Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, High Point Baptist Church, 504 High Point Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.

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