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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Elva Jean Fowler
Teacher/guidance counselor for 33 years
CHESNEE – Elva Jean Sanders Fowler, 74, of 102 W. Berkeley St., died Sunday, January 4, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Health Care Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Harold B. Fowler and a daughter of the late Walter A. and Ora McCraw Sanders. She was a graduate of Limestone College and a teacher and guidance counselor for 33 years at Chesnee High School.
She is survived by a daughter, Kathy F. Pointer of Chesnee; three grandchildren, Liza Arledge, Leigh Brown and Laura Pointer; and four great-grandchildren, Katelyn Arledge, Nicholas Arledge, Andrew Brown and Matthew Painter.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Chesnee First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Troy Gregg and the Rev. Roy Howell. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of her daughter, 7885 Parris Bridge Road.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Robert W. Schaal
Retired from Pacific Telephone Company
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Robert W. Schaal, 80, passed away Dec. 28, 2003, at his home.
A native of Simla, Colo., he was the son of the late Russell and Letha Schaal and the husband of Sonya D. Schaal. He was previously married to Sarah A. Patterson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Pacific Telephone Company, San Francisco.
He is survived by three daughters, Roxanne R. Reynolds and Dawne A. Allison of Gaffney, and Karen S. Bartholomew and her husband, Terry, of Bradley, Calif.; three granddaughters, Jennifer L. Pittman and Gena B. Henderson of Gaffney and Becky Bartholomew of Montana; two grandsons, Terry and Travis Bartholomew of Bradley, Calif. “Papa Bob” also had eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cherokee Crisis Help Line, 302 S. Limestone Street, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Pat Leppard
Registered nurse
ANDERSON – Patricia Ann Gilbert Leppard, 58, of 302 Autumn Oaks, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, in Anderson Area Medical Center.
Born Sept. 1, 1945, in Smyrna, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Fred Robert Gilbert Jr. and Shirley Cote Gilbert. She was a graduate of T.L. Hanna High School and received her registered nurse degree from Greenville General Hospital Nursing School. She was director of nursing at National Health Care in Anderson and was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her daughters, Karen Leppard Compton and husband, Steven Andrew, of Buford, Ga., and Mary Rebecca Leppard of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a sister, Judy Gilbert Harris of Gaffney; and a niece, Katherine Harris Myers of Anderson.
Services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Frank Lybrand. Burial was in New Silver Brook Cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel.

Vivian W. Robinson
Cherokee County native
PACOLET – Vivian Webb Robinson, 64, of 130 Old Spartanburg Highway, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
She was born June 30, 1939, in Cherokee County to the late Grover C. and Agnes Willard Webb. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pacolet.
Survivors include her husband, John D. Robinson of the home; a son, John Ricky Robinson of Pacolet; a daughter, Angel Danielle Robinson West of Pacolet; a brother, Johnny Webb of Woodleaf, N.C.; three sisters, Madeline W. Tate, Ann W. Howard, both of Pacolet, and Mary W. Pressley of Nederland, Texas; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Pacolet Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Joel Gardner and Dennis Tesseneer.
Memorials may be made to Pacolet First Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 West Main St., Pacolet, S.C. 29372.
The family is at the home of her daughter, 5621 South Pine St., Pacolet.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Pacolet Chapel.

Walter G. Watson
World War II veteran
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Walter Glenard Watson, 91, of 650 Professional Drive, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at Gwinnett Extended Care Center.
Mr. Watson lived in Chesnee for over 60 years. He was the husband of the late Ruth Gary Watson and son of the late Walter Lynn and Lelia Foster Watson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Pacific during World War II. He was a member of American Legion Chesnee Post No. 48 and was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by a daughter, Jane Marie Nelson of VaIdosta, Ga.; a son, William G. Watson of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Sue Bethea of Latta, S.C.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee, conducted by the Rev. Harold King. Burial was in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga., 30368-2454.
Isaac P. Blakney II
Employed by Atlas Cold Storage
BLACKSBURG – Isaac Pete Blakney II, 23, of 137 Seven Springs Road, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at 5:40 a.m. at U.S. 29 and Earl Road, in Gaffney.
Son of Isiah Pete Blakney and Margaret Ross Blakney of Gaffney, he was a native of Blacksburg and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He graduated in 1999 from Blacksburg High School where he was a former lineman on the Wildcat football team. He was employed by Atlas Cold Storage.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Leslie S. Davis of the home; grandparents, James Vinson and Easter Mae Vinson of Gaffney; and Troy Hall and Keith Hall, both of Atlantic City, N.J., who were reared in the home as brothers.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Van C. Williams. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Paul “D.C.” Smith
Retired farmer
Paul “D.C.” Smith, 75, of 409 Suez St., died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at 4:30 p.m. at his residence.
Son of the late Rev. Orange Smith and the late Ethel Jeter Smith, he was a native of Union County, a member of Antioch Baptist Church and a retired farmer.
Surviving are two sisters, Clara R. Darby of the home and Asaree Smith of Jonesville; a niece, Judy Richardson; a nephew, Daniel Richardson; a great-niece, Lorie Richardson; and a great-nephew, Devine Richardson, all of whom were reared in the home as his children.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 300 Serene Drive, Gaffney, conducted by the Rev. Shermon Davis, Minister Gloria Davidson and Minister Alice Dawkins. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Earls Sr., Leroy White, Anthony Jefferies, Greg Jefferies, Jimmy Richardson and Curtis Byrd.
Flower bearers will be Donna Wilson, Norman Jolly, Sandra Williams, Pricilia Thompson, Sarah Littlejohn, Felicia Smith and Ernestine Smith.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Virlee Dover
Retired dietary aide
Virlee Dover, 78, of 770 St. Nicholas Ave., New York City, widow of John S. Dover, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, in St. Luke Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late George Wood and the late Eular Mae Jefferies. She moved from Gaffney to New York City in 1958 and was a retired dietary aide at the Joint Disease North General Hospital in New York. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Surviving are six children, Shirley Dover, Yvonne Dover, Yvette Dover, John Dover, Michael Dover and Jerry Dover, all of New York City; a brother, James “Pat” Goudelock of Gaffney; and a half-brother, Johnny Wood of Shelby.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by Brother Earl Buckson. Burial will be in New Mount Zion Cemetery.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Margaret H. Motts
Retired from Oxford Ind.
Margaret Katherine Harris Motts, 73, of 1629 Pacolet Hwy., died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at her residence.
A Cherokee County native, she was the widow of James Roy Motts Jr. and daughter of the late Jim Harris and the late Nannie Fowler Harris. She was retired from Oxford Industries after 43 years of service and was a former choir director at Pacolet Road Baptist Church where she was a member.
Surviving are a daughter, Joyce M. Gibson of Gaffney; a son, Barry Dennis Motts of Gaffney; two brothers, Arthur Harris of Morristown, Tenn., and Ben Harris of Spartanburg; a sister, Juanita Bruce of Duncan; five grandchildren, Kim G. Mullinax, Kelly G. Hall, Douglas Todd Gibson, Jamie G. Gossett and Dennis Shane Motts; and eight great-grandchildren; and her boyfriend of 30 years, Henry Sherrill.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Pacolet Road Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Jimmy Powell and Harold Patton. Burial will be in Goucher Baptist Church Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Mullinax, Gary Hall, Bob Gibson, Jaml Gossett, Casey Gordon and Brook Hall.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Joyce Gibson, 219 Valley Pond Road, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301; or to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29663.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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