common / 12-03-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Ada Louise Jenkins
Retired textile worker
BLACKSBURG – Ada Louise McSwain Jenkins, 88, formerly of 5199 Jenkins Farm Road, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at Century Care Nursing Home in Shelby, N.C.
A native of Blacksburg, she was the widow of Howard Jenkins and daughter of the late Lewis McSwain and the late Ada Fuller McSwain. She was a retired textile worker and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in York.
Surviving are two sons, James Jenkins and Lewis Jenkins, both of Blacksburg; two daughters, Shirley Short of Blacksburg and Lois King of Clover; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jason McSwain of Clover.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ken Lane and Sam Snyder. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ashley Jenkins, Ben King, John King, Kevin Stewart, Alan Robinson, Jimmy Jenkins, J.B. Jenkins, Buddy Mullis and David Wray.
The family is at the home of her son, Lewis Jenkins, 1876 Piedmont Road, Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, 720 Ramah Church Road, York, S.C. 29745.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Arlon J. Williams
Employed by Kosa
Arlon Jessie "Fluffy" Williams, 52, of 1141 Old Metal Road, Gaffney, died Monday, Dec.1, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Born May 24,1951, in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Jessie Clayton and Edith Hensley Williams, and the husband of Linda Childress Williams of 13 years. He was a member of Crestview Baptist Church in Gaffney, an employee of Kosa and a member of the Easley Moose Lodge.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, daughter, Jessica, and her husband, John Parton, of Spartanburg, step-daughter, Kelly Jennings of Gaffney; stepson, Jeff Jennings of Easley; four grandchildren, Keeley, Ashley, Haley and Trent; and two sisters, Mary Jane Williams Hill of Chesnee and Elizabeth Williams Laughter of Inman.
Mr. Williams was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Williams and a brother, Rosco Williams.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home, 690 Southport Road, Spartanburg.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Crestview Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Rick Taylor and Tim Hackett. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens in Chesnee.
The family is at the home.

Norma Clark
Retired nurse
SOUTH CONGAREE – Services for Norma Elizabeth Clark, 77, of South Congaree, will be held at I I a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Laurel Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Steve Kittrell, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. Memorials may be made to Laurel Baptist Church, 2250 Pine St., West Columbia, S.C. 29170; or The Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 121 Humane Lane, Columbia, S.C .29209.
Mrs. Clark, wife of John Robert Clark, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003. Born in Blacksburg, she was a daughter of the late John David and Irene Goss Carlton. Mrs. Clark was a member of Laurel Baptist Church. She graduated from Mary Black Nursing College in Spartanburg and went on to become the head nurse of the first cardiac care unit in South Carolina, located at Providence Hospital. When she retired from nursing. Mrs. Clark was the hospital's Night Nursing Supervisor.
Surviving, along with her husband, are daughters, Cecelia Donato (John) of Mendham, N.J., Mary Denis Cauthen (George) of Columbia; sister, Marilyn Hopper (Rod) of Newport News, Va.; brother, John David Carlton Jr. (Barbara) of Summerton; sister-in-law, Evelyn Carlton; and two grandchildren, Elisabeth Donato and Kathryn Donato.
Mrs. Clark was predeceased by a brother, Flake Carlton.
Arrangements by Thompson Funeral Home, West Columbia.

Irene B. Costner
Retired DOT custodian
BLACKSBURG – Irene Blanton Costner, 78, of 1010 York Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Robert Mason Costner and daughter of the late Simon Blanton and the late Zula Hullender blanton. She was a member of New Beginning Church of God and a retired custodian for the DOT Rest Area.
Surviving are two sons, Willie Costner of Blacksburg and Robert Costner of Clover; a daughter, Pebble Moore of Blacksburg; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Blanton of Blacksburg.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Costner was preceded in death by daughters, Moretta McMurray, Elvaree Moss and Sally Spencer.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Harley Lancaster
Self-employed home builder
Elbert Harley Lancaster, 68, of 257 Baker Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Dorn V.A. Medical Center in Columbia.
A native of Clifton, he was the son of the late Elbert Crayton and Aleen Adair Lancaster. He was a self-employed home builder for many years, of the Free Will Baptist faith and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Henson Lancaster; three daughters, Cinderella Rose Crawford, Teresa Jones, both of Inman, and Becky Inman of Chesnee; a son, Michael Pruitt of Chesnee; a step-son, Glenn A. Ravan III of Clovis, NM; four sisters, Jean Ruppe of Greer, Audrey Poole of Shelby, Dot Vaughn of Wellford and Brenda Wray of Gaffney; four brothers, Jackie Lancaster, Harold Lancaster, Gregg Lancaster, all of Spartanburg, and Bobby Ray Lancaster of Inman; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 12:45-1:45 p.m. Thursday at Westgate Free Will Baptist Church. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church, conducted by the Rev. Kevin Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westgate Free Will Baptist Church Family Life Center Fund, P. O. Box 219, Arcadia, S.C. 29320.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel

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