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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, December 5, 2003

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.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Revs. James Snipes and Linda Stacy. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Davis, Billy Costner, James Hullett, Dustin Spencer, Michael Moss and Bryan Humphries.
The family is at the residence.

Beatrice K. Pence
Retired registered nurse
Beatrice K. Pence, 91, formerly of 408 Shalimar Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Lynchburg, Ohio, she was the widow of Wilmer M. Pence and daughter of the late Otto Keeler and the late Lola Stroup Keeler. She was a retired registered nurse and a graduate of Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1933. She worked at Clinton Memorial Hospital, Hillsboro Memorial Hospital and was supervisor of Home Health Care in Highland County, Ohio. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney.
Surviving are a daughter, Linda Wilson of Gaffney; two grandchildren, Tisha Thompson of Gaffney and Michael C. Shaw of Inman; three great-grandchildren, Avery Bland, Colt and Christian Thompson and Victoria and Duncan Shaw; and a sister, Reba Roll of Kissimmee, Fla.
Cryptside services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Linda Wilson, 251 Phillips Dr.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 100 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Joe Dean Lavender
Gaffney native
ROME, Ga. – Joe Dean Lavender, 72, of 102 Morgan Drive, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003.
Mr. Lavender was born in Gaffney, S.C., on Feb. 25, 1931, the son of the late Mattie Farley Lavender and Edgar Lee Lavender. A resident of Rome for 35 years, he was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, a member of the Kraftsman Club, where he was employed part-time for four years, and was a member of Carol Terrell Sunday School Class. He served on the Board of Deacons and sang in the choir for several years. Mr. Lavender was self-employed in the upholstery business for many years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mabelle Jones and Janelle Fowler.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Simpson Lavender of Rome; a daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne Lavender Brinson and Alan Brinson of Rome, Ga.; a sister, Carrie Addis of Spartanburg, S.C; three nephews and one niece.
Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Drummond and the Rev. Jason Stockton officiating. Interment will follow in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens. Mr. Lavender will lie in-state at the church from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour.
Pallbearers will be Charles Smith, Clifford Cape, Bob Cescutti, Chester Brinson, Mike Jones and Sonny Burnes.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Gowens, Kennon Brinson and Juanita Simpson.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Jennings Oaknoll Funeral Home, 2542 Shorter Ave., Rome.

Bena B. Gregory
Homemaker
Bena Bolin Gregory, 80, of 521 Wellons Drive, Apt. B, Gastonia, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at her home.
Born in Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse David and Corrie Ruth Dixon Bolin. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gregory was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorene Richardson and Gerelene Humphries, and a brother, Dwye Bolin.
Surviving are her husband, Ross Gregory Jr. of Gastonia; a son, the Rev. Rocky Lane Gregory of Loris; two daughters, Linda Catherine Black of Charlotte and Susan Elaine Sikes of Mt. Holly, N.C.; a sister, Clara Bolin of Gaffney; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Hazel Boyd. Burial will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
The family will receive friends today from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.

Katie W. Edwards
Retired from former Burton-Dixie Corp.
Katie White Edwards, 101, formerly of Blacksburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, in Brook-view Health-Care Center.
Widow of McKinley Edwards, she was born in Cherokee County, a daughter of the late Frank and Ellen Thompson White. She was the oldest member of Youngs Grove Baptist Church and was a retired employee of the former Burton-Dixie Corp.
Mrs. Edwards was the last surviving member of her immediate family and is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Youngs Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Larry Brooks, who will be assisted by the Revs. Timothy McCluney Sr. and Nolan Crosby. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Colie H. Childers
Retired from Limestone Mfg.
Colie Homer Childers, 92, of 110 Chandler Dr., died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of York County, he was the husband of Elizabeth Batchelor Hawkins Childers and was first married to the late Ruth L. Huskey Childers. He was the son of the late John Childers and the late Essie McSwain Childers and was retired from Limestone Manufacturing Co.
Mr. Childers was a member of Blacksburg Church of God.
Surviving in addition to his wife are sons and daughters-in-law, Virgil and Angela Childers of Jonesville, Jodean and Shirley Childers of Charlotte and Jim and Rachel Hawkins of Gaffney; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Tom Davis of Columbia; three brothers, Frank Childers, J.C. Childers and Isiah Childers, all of Anderson; two sisters, Minnie Vanadore and Judy Childers, both of Anderson; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Blacksburg Church of God, conducted by the Rev. James E. Clark and Dr. Clyde Thomas. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg. Body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Joe Michael Childers, John Stapleton, Warren Boyd, Parke Davis, Joey Davis and Joseph Childers.
The family will receive friends anytime at the residence and at the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C 29342; or to Blacksburg Church of God, 607 W. Cherokee St., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Elphard Logan
Retired farmer and school janitor
Elphard Logan, 93, of 105 Clearfield Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at 8:27 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the widower of Gracie Ann Foster Logan and son of the late Jimmy Logan and the late Carrie Littlejohn Logan. He was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church and a retired farmer and janitor at Ewing Middle School.
Surviving are two sons, Tommy Logan and E.G. Logan of Gaffney; three daughters, Sallie Logan of the home, Gracie Adams and Ernestine Williams of Gaffney; a brother, Francis Logan of Gaffney; three sisters, Beadie Wood, Minnie Littlejohn and Willie L. Dawkins, all of Gaffney; 16 grandchildren, seven of them and a nephew were reared in the home as his children – Charles Dawkins, Jacqueline Logan, Tommy J. Logan Sr. Adam Logan, Tina Logan, Roger Logan, Brandi Logan and Tanya Logan of Gaffney; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roger Mason, Jeffery Dawkins, James Ponder, Van C. Williams, Freddie Davidson and Drs. Eula Miller Jr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and Bobby Houze. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be members of the New Mount Zion Senior Choir and flower bearers will be members of the Senior Choir and his granddaughters.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Jennie W. Cobb
Textile employee
Jennie Sue Wyatt Cobb, 61, of Apt. S-86, Limestone Courts, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Charles Edward Cobb Sr. and daughter of the late John Harry Wyatt and the late Nettie Kirby Wyatt. She was a member of Love Springs Baptist Church and a textile worker.
Surviving are two sons, Scott Cobb and Charles Edward Cobb Jr., both of Gaffney; a daughter, Theresa Ann Humphries of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; four brothers, J.L., Bobby Dean, Harold and Donald Wyatt, all of Gaffney; and four sisters, Laura Allison, Mildred Wise, Millie Wyatt, all of Gaffney, and Barbara Fowler of Cowpens.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Love Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Bruce Randolph.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-7:30 at Gordon Mortuary and at other times they will be at their respective homes.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Bobby Dean Coggins
Retired from Cherokee Finishing
Bobby Dean Coggins, 64, of 236 Peoples Creek Road, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Mildred Harvey Coggins and son of the late Robert H. Coggins and the late Zelda Wilson Coggins. He was retired form Cherokee Finishing Company and was a member of Draytonville Baptist Church.
Also surviving are three sons, Nathan E. Coggins, Scott Coggins and Brian Coggins, all of Gaffney; a daughter, Gina Pinero of Gaffney; three brothers, James A. Coggins, Raymond C. Coggins and Nelson Coggins, all of Gaffney; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Lewis Batchelor and Sidney Norton.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Open Door Baptist Church, 229 Edgewater Drive, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Nisha Patel
Manager of Jet Cleaners
Nisha Patel, 40, of 257 East Brook Road, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at her residence.
Born in Gujrat, India, she was the daughter of Dinesh Patel and Vimlaben Patel Patel of Spartanburg and wife of Jaimin Patel of the home. A member of the Greater Spartanburg Hindu Temple, she was manager of the Jet Dry Cleaners in Gaffney.
Survivors include two daughters, Jainee Patel and Anshi Patel, both of the home; one son, Sahil Patel of the home; two sisters, Dipti Patel of Goshen, Ind., and Shilpa Patel of Spartanburg; and one brother, Nilesh Patel of Spartanburg.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Chapel.

Pamela D. Smalley
Homemaker
Pamela Michelle Duncan Smalley, 36, of 271 Little Egypt Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Aaron L. Smalley and daughter of Franklin Delano “Frank” Duncan and Elizabeth Ann Campbell Duncan. She was a homemaker and graduate of Gaffney Senior High school. She enjoyed making arts and crafts and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are two daughters, Amber Michelle Hyler and Megan Elizabeth Hyler, both of the home; two stepsons, Travis Lee Smalley and Trey Franklin Smalley, both of Gaffney; a sister, Traci Barnes of Gaffney; a brother, John Duncan of Gaffney; two half-brothers, Billy Joe Duncan and Frankie Duncan, both of Gaffney; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Clifford Phillips and Terry Pleasant. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Eric Smalley, Bernard Smalley, Mike Smalley, Dwayne Smith, David Smalley and Tracy Wyatt.
The family is at the home of Vaud and Agnes Smalley, 248 Little Egypt Road.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Margaret T. Bedenbaugh
Retired educator
Margaret Thomas Bedenbaugh, 89, of 1003 College Drive, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., she was the widow of Major John Wallace Bedenbaugh, USAF Retired. She was the daughter of the late William M. Thomas and the late Elizabeth Williams Thomas. She was a retired educator and member of Buford Street United Methodist Church, where she served as United Methodist Women president and was a member of the Sprouse Class.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sue B. and Phil Gibbons of Gaffney; son-in-law, George E. Toskos of Talmo, Ga.; two grandchildren, Kimberly Anne Southers and Will Gibbons, both of Gaffney; and one great-grandson, James Southers.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bedenbaugh was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Toskos.
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Buford Street United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Scott Wachter. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:30-3 p.m. at the church and at other times will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Buford Street United Methodist Church, 120 E. Buford St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Gaffney Little Theatre Building Fund, P.O. Box 983, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Joyce Roberts
School nutritionist
SHELBY – Joyce Nadine Owens Roberts, 71, of 1650 Troy Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at her home.
A native of Buchanan County, Va., she was a nutritionist for Jefferson Elementary School in Shelby and a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for over 10 years, and the Joyce Roberts Sunday School Class is named for her inspiration.
Mrs. Roberts was wife of Don Roberts, to whom she had been married for 48 years. She was the daughter of the late Walter F. and Iva Lee Brewer Owens.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Geneva Raines.
Also surviving are two daughters, Renee Turner and husband, David, of Gaffney and Lisa Keith and husband, Curtis, of Boca Raton, Fla.; four brothers, Ron Owens of Phoenix City, Ala., Walter “Bud” Owens and wife, Maxine, of Wytheville, Va., Gerald Raines and wife, Jean, of Haysi, Va., and Bob Raines of Grundy, Va.; three sisters, Irma Stiltner and husband, Ferrell, of San Francisco, Calif., Audrey Arrington and husband, Rick, of Haysi, Va., and Edith Owens and husband, Rick, of Vansant, Va.; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth Nicole Ware and Miranda Brooke Ware, Connor Hogue Keith and Curtis Andrew Keith III.
Services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Brendle. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, 106 Cherryville Road, Shelby.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.

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