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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, September 1, 2003

Jamie Godfrey
Construction worker
CHEROKEE FALLS – James (Jamie) Keith Godfrey, 30, of 202 Lower Deal St., died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at 132 Lower Deal St., Cherokee Falls.
Born in Gaffney, he was the son of Billy Keith Godfrey of Gaffney and Brenda Williams Cobb of the home. He was a construction worker and member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Sherrie Leann Spake of Cherokee Falls.; a stepbrother, Tracy Cobb of the home; three stepsisters, Nikki Waters of Cherokee Falls, Robin Peace of Gaffney and Sissy Higgins of Cowpens; and paternal grandmother, Allene Whelchel of Gaffney.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Lucky Earls.
Pallbearers were Scott Wright, Tracy Cobb, Shannon Rice, Jonathon Rice, Trent Trull, Marty Trull, Jason Jones and Jeremy Elliott.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Olivene J. Davis
Sister of Gaffney residents
CHESTER – Olivene Jolly Davis, 89, of 1025 Firetower Rd., died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Chester County Hospital.
Born on Aug. 30, 1913, in Cherokee County, N.C., she was the widow of Adam Davis and daughter of the late Crawford Jolly and the late Marie Littlejohn Jolly. She was a homemaker and member of First Freewill Baptist Church. She attended Cherokee County schools.
Surviving are four sons, C.L. "Bud" Davis of Holden Beach, N.C., Charles Adam Davis of Chester, Dean Davis of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Ned Davis of Chester; three daughters, Laura D. Austin, Barbara D. Ledford, both of Chester, and Stella D. Hutchins of Gastonia, N.C.; a sister, Era Mae Jolly Earl of Gaffney; a brother, Floyd Jolly of Gaffney; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m.. at First Freewill Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. James Sanders. Burial was in Chester Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to First Freewill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1656, Chester, S.C. 29706.
Arrangements by Barron Funeral Home, Chester.

Rev. Ralph A. Lail
Retired Baptist minister
BLACKSBURG – The Rev. Ralph A. Artemis Lail, 75, of 1024 Bridges Rd., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Born on Sept. 27, 1927, in Cleveland County, N.C., he was a service manager for many years for Lackey/Blanton Pontiac, Cadillac and later in life was called into the ministry. He preached at Calvary Baptist Church in Gaffney, Morgan Memorial in Greenville, Buffalo Baptist in Shelby, Peters Creek in Dacus, S.C., and retired from Beaverdam in Gaffney. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Rev. Lail was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Lail and Nellie Queen Lail; and a son, Gerald Alan Lail.
Surviving are his wife, Faye Willis Lail of the home; a son, John Michael Lail of Gaffney; three daughters, Karen Stephens of Greensboro, N.C., Shelly J. Case of Starr and Nancy Foster of Cliffside, N.C.; a brother, Earl J. Lail of Shelby; two sisters, Nadine Nanney and Dorothy S. Greene, both of Shelby; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mulls Memorial Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. B. Ervin Price. Burial was in Cleveland Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Mulls Memorial Baptist Church, 3299 Fallston Rd., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Clay-Barnette Funeral Home, Shelby.

Ruth Henderson
Retired from Pacolet Mfg.
PACOLET – Ruth Henderson, 78, of 290 Jerusalem Rd., died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Walter "Gene" Henderson and daughter of the late George T. Goforth and the late Pauline Harmon Goforth. She retired from Pacolet Manufacturing Company after 42 years of service and was a member of Goucher Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sisters, Mary G. Mathis and Grace G. Goforth, both of Gaffney; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Joel Gardner.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Goucher Baptist Church, 415 Goucher Creek Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to the Pacolet Mills Rescue Squad.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

William H. Norton
Father of Gaffney minister
STONY POINT, N.C. – William Howard Norton, 90, of 1235 Hunter Bridge Rd., died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at his residence following a period of declining health.
Born Sept. 13, 1912, in Alexander County, a son of the late William Hubbard and Minnie Hendren Norton, he was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and church treasurer for 20 years. He was a former Alexander County commissioner and was a lifelong dairy farmer.
Mr. Norton was married on July 5, 1932, to the former Margaret Milholen, who survives him.
Also surviving are three sons, the Rev. Sidney Norton of Gaffney, the Rev. Wayne Norton of Taylors and Lynn Norton of Stony Point; 13 grandchildren; two daughters, Carolyn Walker of Statesville, N.C., and Joyce Keever of Taylorsville.
Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Stony Point Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. J.T. Clint, Henry Cook and Marshall Sergent. Burial will be in Stony Point Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends in the Lindsey Hall of Stony Point Baptist Church tonight from 7-9.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simoton Rd., Statesville, N.C. 28625; Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681; or New Heights Baptist Church, Special Renovation Project, 1367 Pleasant School Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Reavis Funeral Home, Statesville. (Courtesy of Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

J.G. Spencer
Retired from Musgrove Mill
J.G. Spencer, 67, of 315 Goldmine Rd., died Friday, Aug. 29, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, he was the husband of Doris Juanita Spencer and son of the late James Thomas Spencer and the late Dora Ruth Spencer Spencer. He was retired from Musgrove Mill and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Loretta Cole of Gaffney; three grandchildren; three brothers, Boyd Spencer, Walter Spencer and Conrad Spencer, all of Gaffney; and four sisters, Ruby Parris of Blacksburg, Edna Earl Wilkie, Ellen Painter, both of Gaffney, and Ruth Hill of Marion, N.C.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Beaverdam Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Bobby Cable and Tim Osment. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Don Blanton, Tommy Cooper, Mark Goode, Danny Spencer, Kevin Spencer and Luther McSwain.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Robert D. Mills
Robert D. Mills, 66, of 803 Beech St., died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Mr. Mills was the husband of Thelma Pack Mills of the home.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns is in charge.

O.B. Elmore Jr.
Former owner of Elmore's Barber Shop
O.B. Elmore Jr., 88, of 206 Mimosa Dr., died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at White Oak Manor in Spartanburg.
Born in Gaffney, he was the widower of Ozellian Horton Elmore and son of the late Oscar Bunyon Elmore Sr. and the late Pacolet Hill Elmore. He was a retired barber and former owner of Elmore's Barber Shop in Gaffney. He was a Mason, member of Granard Lodge No. 186, a Shriner and U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Elmore was a member of Providence Baptist Church and the Business Men's Sunday school Class.
Surviving are two sons, Michael Elmore of Gaffney and Philip Elmore of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Melissa Elmore Allison, and son-in-law, Dean Allison, of Gaffney; a brother, Roy Elmore of Gaffney; a sister, Doris Church of Gaffney.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Elmore was preceded in death by a brother, John Clyde Elmore.
Services will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Cox. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Business Men's Sunday School Class of Providence Baptist Church and members of Granard Lodge 186 A.F.M.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church Children's Ministry, 822 Providence Rd., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; National Parkinson's Foundation, P.O. Box 414158, Miami, Fla. 33141-4158; or the Activities Department of White Oak Manor, 295 E. Pearl St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

C.D. Harrison
Retired truck driver
C.D. Harrison, 83, of 204 Woodlawn St., died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at 12:15 a.m. at his home after a long illness.
A native of Seneca, he was the husband of Gladys Lee Wilson Harrison of Columbia and son of the late John and Tecora Ramsey Harrison.
Mr. Harrison attended the public schools in Seneca, where he was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was a retired truck driver and U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia Saunders of the home in Gaffney and Willia Dean Grims of Antioch, Tenn.; two sons, Dexter Harrison and Larry Patterson, both of Columbia; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Fosters Funeral Home, conducted by the Revs. William Wilks, Van Williams and Robert L. Dover. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers and flower bearers will be his nephews and nieces, respectively.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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