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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, December 9, 2002

Minnie Jefferies
Member of Baptist faith
Minnie Idella Jefferies, 79, of 523 McCluney Dr. in Gaffney, widow of Deacon Dewey Jefferies Sr., died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at 10:20 a.m. at home.
Born in Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late Samuel Dawkins and Edna Goudelock Dawkins.
She was a housewife and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the Missionary.
She is survived by a daughter, Nellie J. Smith of the home; two sons, Nesbitt Lee Jefferies and Cal Dean Jefferies of Gaffney; a sister, Nannie Louise Tate of Gaffney; a brother, Jessie Ned Dawkins of Philadelphia, Pa; nine grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Dewey Jefferies Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with Drs. A.L. Brackett and J.W. Sanders Sr and Revs. Clarence Davis and Mary D. Jefferies officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.
She will lie instate at her home at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Foster Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Greene
U.S. Army veteran
Charles Frank Greene, 78, of Forest City, N.C., died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at Fair Haven Home in Bostic, N.C.
A native of Rutherford Co., he was the son of the late Frank and Ada White Greene and the widower of Zula Thompson Greene.
He was a former restaurant owner and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.
He is survived by three sons, Jeaul Greene, Boyce Greene and Whitey Greene, all of Mooresboro, N.C.; a daughter, Gayle May of Forest City; four brothers, J.B. Greene of Orlando, Fla., and Marshall Greene, Talmadge Greene and Max Greene, all of Forest City; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Harrelson Funeral Home, with the Revs. Terry Whit and Tim Frazier officiating. Burial followed in Rutherford Co. Memorial Cemetery.
The family is at the home of a son, Boyce Greene, 2117 Island Ford Road, Mooresboro, N.C.

Bessie Lanier
Gaffney native
Bessie Rea Hames Lanier, 94, formerly of 930 N. Granard St. in Gaffney, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002 at Dayspring Life Care Center in Charleston.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late George Hames and Eva Whelchel Hames, and the widow of Sullie Lanier.
She was a former supervisor of Stephenson Glove Factory in Gaffney and a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty L. Turner of North Charleston; a brother, Joe Hames of Gaffney; a sister, Margaret Beam of Spartanburg; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel. Burial followed in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Joe Vinesett, Jim Lavender, Raymond Harrill, Wilson Truluck, Ray Clary and Tommy Phillips.
The family is at their respective homes.

Marvin Grogg
WWII veteran
Marvin Edwin Grogg, 81, formerly of 405 Bonner Circle in Chesnee, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at White Oak Manor of Spartanburg.
A native of Blue Grass, Va., he was the son of the late Hugh and Margie Arobgast Grogg, and the husband of Gladys Thomas Grogg.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in WWII and a retired truck driver with Standard Tile Co. in Stauton, Va. for 23 years. He was a member of VFW Chesnee Post 11252 and was a member of the Church of Christ in Stauton, Va.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Springhill Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Fae Walker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Chesnee Community Congressional Nursing Ministry, P.O. Box 613, Chesnee, S.C. 29323; or to the Gibbs Regional Cancer Center, 101 E. Wood St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Hall
Retired attorney
Joseph Holmes Hall, 97, formerly of Hillside Dr. in Gaffney, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 at Brookview HealthCare Center in Gaffney.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late William Stuart Hall Jr. and Anna Brice Caldwell Hall, and the widower of Joyce Bell Hall.
He was a retired attorney, having attended Clemson College from 1922-1925, Georgia Institute of Technology in 1927, and graduated from USC Law School with his LLB in 1933. Upon graduation he entered into practice with his father, William Stuart Hall Jr., in the firm of Hall-Vassey-Hall which later became Hall-Daneil-Winter-Clary.
During WWII, he was a 1st Lt. in the S.C. Defense Force and was elected to the state senate in 1942. He represented Cherokee Co. in the 85th and 86th General Assemblies from 1943 to 1946 and was a member of the Committees on Education (1943-1946), Judiciary (1943-1946), Local Legislation (1943-1946), Mecial Affairs (1943-1946), Penal and Charitable Institutions (1943-1946), Public Buildings (1943-1946) and Rules (1945-1946). He was also a state Democratic Committeman from 1934 to 1952.
He was a former banker, and served as the Cherokee Co. treasurer in 1930, the presidential elector in 1940, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
He was a chairman of the board of commissioners for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind for 25 years and a member of the Crustbreakers Club. He was also a member of Buford Street United Methodist Church, where he was a former chairman of the Board of Stewards.
He was a former Gaffney city attorney.
He is survived by a son, Stuart H. Hall of Gaffney; a daughter, Joyce Bell Jones of Olathe, Kan.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shuford Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Scott Wachter officiating. Burial will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Michaell R. Daniel, Gary Clary, William E. Winter, Harry Lee Frieze, Lyman Hamrick and Jerry Shaw.
The family is at the residence of the son, 1303 W. Rutledge Ave.
Memorials may be made to the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind, 355 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.

James Blanton
Retired Timken supervisor
James Riley Blanton, 54, of 1369 Asbury Road in Pacolet, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002 at his residence.
He was the son of the late James Vincent Blanton and Mary Idell Porter Blanton, and the husband of Betty P. Blanton of the home.
He was a retired supervisor for Timken and a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Crystal Adams of Gaffney; three sons, Chris Blanton and James V. Blanton of Gaffney, and Vince Blanton of Boiling Springs, S.C.; a sister, Ella Mae Herzig of Gaffney; a brother, Sam Blanton of Forest City, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel. Interment will follow in Midway Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the residence of Crystal Adams, 118 Double Bridge Road, Gaffney.

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