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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, September 5, 2003

Volina C. Valentine
Former Gaffney resident
Volina Cline Valentine, 91, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Asheville, N.C.
Volina Valentine was born in Concord, N.C., the daughter of the late Volina Hamrick and Ralph Emerson Cline. She grew up in Gaffney, attended public schools and graduated in 1928. She enrolled as a freshman at Limestone College and transferred the following year to Converse College from which she graduated with a B.A. degree. In 1933, she attended Columbia University in New York City, receiving a graduate degree in Library Science. She served on the staff to the New York Public Library, distinguishing herself as a children's storyteller.
Volina was married to the late Burnet Valentine for 50 years; they made their home in New York City until 1968, raising three children. She was a volunteer in several New York hospitals, and served on the boards of several schools, her church, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Junior League and youth organizations. Volina also served on the board of the Fullerton Foundation from its inception in 1957, holding positions of vice-chair and secretary. In 2003, she was elected Director Emeritus for Life, receiving a special citation for her "exemplary and meritorious service."
Volina and her husband retired to Biltmore Forest in 1968. For the past six years, Volina had resided at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, where she had been cared for by a devoted staff. She "brightened the corner" at every opportunity and enjoyed the company of many friends and visiting family members. She was a beloved "Moma" to her grandchildren and was looking forward to the births of her first great-grandchildren in a few months.
Volina is survived by her children: Volina Valentine Lyons of Naples, Fla., Ralph Burnett Valentine of Wallingford, Conn., and Barbara Valentine Pharr of Hendersonville, N.C.; and grandchildren: Victoria Lyons Trocki of Lansdowne, Va., Gregory Newton Lyons of Plano, Texas, Christopher Kirk Valentine of Santa Monica, Calif., Wende Valentine Norton of Denver, Colo., Jones Yorke Pharr IV of Durham, N.C., James Wesley Pharr of Asheville, N.C., and Jennifer Valentine Pharr of Hendersonville, N.C.
In thanksgiving for Volina's life, and in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Deerfield Episcopal Residents' Fund or to the St. Giles Chapel Fund at Deerfield.
A celebration of Volina's life will be held in the Deerfield Butterfly Garden on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m.
Condolences may be sent through the website of Morris Funeral Home and Cremation Service, www.morrisfamily

Weldon Bratton
Retired from Duke Power
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Robert Weldon Bratton, 91, of 901 Old 221-A, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Willow Ridge.
A native of Cherokee County, he was a son of the late R.H. and Maude Davidson Bratton. He was retired from Duke Power, Cliffside Steam Station, and was a retired farmer. He was a member of State Line Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Imogene Scruggs Bratton of the home; three sons, Robbie Bratton of Rutherfordton, Jerry Bratton of Cliffside and Terry Bratton of Mooresboro; a daughter, Nancy Flowers of Hickory; a brother, R. Clarence Bratton of York; two sisters, Mary Reynolds of Gaffney and Estelle Lester of Bakersfield, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at State Line Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Charlie Blackwell, Darrell Revels, John Godfrey and Dan Bostic. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home, Cliffside.

Martha L. Buchanan
CHESNEE– Martha Louise Buchanan, 60, of 543 Sand Clay Rd., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003 at her home.
A native of Horry County, she was a daughter of the late John Eli and Ellen Kathleen Johnson Mishoe and wife of John David Buchanan of the home. She was a homemaker and was a member of Pilgrims of Faith Center.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Buchanan is survived by two daughters, Tonya Jones and Sondra McDade, both of Chesnee; two sons, Randall Buchanan and Ricky Buchanan, both of the home; four sisters, Mary Jean Strickland of Nickoels, Jo Ellen Hudson of Cowards, Barbara Martin of Conway and Wanda McLendon of Marion; a brother, Edward Earl Mishoe of Conway; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Egger's Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jackie Kitchens, a grandson, John David Spicer, and Rev. Joe Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight at Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee.
Memorials may be made to the family.
The family will be at the home.

Johnny Littlejohn
Retired from Cone Mills
Deacon Johnny Littlejohn, 88, of 102 Poplar Springs Dr., died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at 9:15 p.m. at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Ponnie Mae Watkins Littlejohn and son of the late Erneastine Littlejohn Tate. He was a member and oldest deacon of Buck Shoals Baptist Church and was retired from Cone Mills, Cliffside, N.C.
Surviving are three daughters, Viola Cothran of Cowpens, Eranstine Ferderburg and Johnnie Mae Knuckles of Gaffney; a son, George Littlejohn of Gaffney; two sisters, Cenora Stevenson and Sarah Robertson of Gaffney; two brothers, J.C. Littlejohn of Gaffney and Roosevelt Littlejohn of Baltimore, Md.; a stepbrother, Johnny Logan of Gaffney; 16 grandchildren, one of whom, James Bernard Kesler, of Gaffney was reared in the home as a son; 54 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Robert L. Childers Jr.
Former employee of Hamrick Mills
Robert Lee "Rooster" Childers Jr., 63, of 155 Coyl Hill Rd., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Betty Jones Childers and son of the late Robert Lee Childers Sr. and the late Kathleen Maynor Childers. He was a member of New Song Community Church in Blacksburg and was a former employee of Hamrick Mills.
Surviving are three sons, Randy Lynn Childers, Rocky Zane Childers and Reggie Dean Childers, all of the home; two daughters, Kay Ellison of Gaffney and Wanda Childers of the home; two sisters, Gail Adams of Gaffney and Joyce Cobb of Cherokee Falls; two brothers, Terry Childers of Gaffney and Robin Childers of Hickory Grove; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at the funeral home and at other times they will be at the residence, 155 Coyl Hill Rd.

Clara E. Gray
Clara Elizabeth Gray of 1207 Franklin Ave., Bronx, N.Y., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at her residence after a long illness.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Willie Gray and daughter of the late Julia Wilkins Knuckles and the late John Spurgeon Knuckles.
Surviving are a son, Willie Gray Jr. of New York City and a brother, the Rev. L.C. Knuckles of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Burial will be in Bronx, N.Y.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

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