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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, September 19, 2003

Leonard S. Stacy
Retired carpenter
BLACKSBURG – Leonard Shufford Stacy, 90, of 144 Mountain Valley Rd., died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at his home.
Born in Blacksburg, he was the widower of Reitha Mae Wisher Stacy and son of the late Lionell Stacy and the late Fannie Jenkins Stacy. He was a member and former deacon of Eastside Baptist Church and was a retired carpenter.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Carolyn Stacy; a grandson, Eric Stacy; a half-brother, Amos Stacy of Augusta, Ga.; and a sister, Mae Watts of Blacksburg.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Stacy was preceded in death by two brothers, Boyd Stacy and Robert Stacy, and a sister, Evelyn Childers.
Services will be held today at 4 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Vernon Craig and Eric Sellers. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Steve Martin, Jim Rape, Cecil Bell, Ken Moss, Terry Zeigler and Donnie Hampton.
Memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 436, Blacksburg, S.C.
The family is at the home of his son, Terry Stacy, 121 Mountain Valley Rd., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Miriam W. Burgess
Mother of Gaffney resident
BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Miriam Whitaker Burgess, former headmistress of Glades Day School, passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 18, 2003, in Belle Glade.
She is survived by her husband, T. Ed Burgess; daughter, Sherri Burgess Daggerhart and her husband, Gene, of Gaffney; son, Thomas Edward Burgess and his wife, Margo, of Columbia; daughter, Carla Burgess Campbell and her husband, Steve, of Charleston; seven grandchildren; and a brother, John Allen Whitaker of Augusta, Ga.
An Augusta, Ga., native, Mrs. Burgess was born in nearby Thomson, Ga., in 1922. She began her longtime career in education as a chemistry and math teacher in Blacksburg and later taught math at Belle Glade High School. When she was called upon to lead Glades Day School in its early days, she somehow knew this was a challenge that was meant to be. As Glades Day School headmistress from 1967 until her retirement in 1978, she witnessed tremendous growth and progress for the local school. During her 11-year tenure, she was instrumental in laying the foundation for an exceptional K-12 educational facility.
Following her retirement from Glades Day School, she taught math at Palm Beach Community College, Glades campus.
She was a graduate of Furman University with a B.S. degree in chemistry and math. She completed studies for a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. Serving as vice president of Florida Council of Independent Schools for nine years, she was an active member of its evaluation committee and traveled throughout Florida assisting in evaluating other independent schools.
She was a member of PEO for 40 years, and was actively involved in the Belle Glade Alliance Church. An accomplished china painting artist for more than 50 years, she was well-known for her hand-painted Christmas ornaments, picture frames, baby shoes, wedding plates and spoon holders. She will perhaps be best remembered for her hand-painted graduation plates which featured every graduate’s name in a school’s senior class. Over the years, these have become treasured keepsakes for students and parents alike.
Mrs. Burgess enjoyed traveling with her husband, Ed. Together, they toured most of the United States as well as Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Europe and North Africa.
Services will be held at Glades Day School at 11 a.m. Saturday, conducted by the Rev. Gene Daggerhart and Rev. Tim Williamson. Graveside services will be held at Memorial Gardens in Gaffney on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Glades Day School, American Heart Association, and Hospice of Palm Beach County.
The family will receive friends from 5-8:00 p.m. today.
Arrangements by Glades Funeral Chapel in Belle Glade.

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