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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, January 9, 2004

Estelle F. Long
PACOLET – Virginia Estelle Fowler Long, 90, of 150 Chapman Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 22, 1913, in Pacolet to the late Gilman and Carrie Guyton Fowler, she was a homemaker and widow of David Monroe “Shorty” Long.
Surviving are three daughters, Millie Richardson of Gainesville, Ga., Carroll Myers of Advance, N.C., and Annie Mae Lee of the home; four sons, Thomas Long of Clifton, Gilman Long of Spartanburg, Jonas Long of Pacolet and Kenneth Long of Pacolet Mills; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews who live in Gaffney.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Floyd’s Pacolet Chapel, conducted by Pastor Bill Pickel and Mrs. Long’s grandson, the Rev. Andrew Lee. Burial will be in Pacolet First Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Floyd’s Pacolet Chapel.

Bobby R. Albright
Retired textile supervisor
Bobby Ryan Albright, 73, of Brookview HealthCare Center, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Brookview.
A native of Chesnee, he was the son of the late James Samuel Albright and the late Lula Burgess Albright. He was a retired textile supervisor and of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are a daughter, Shelia Smith of Seneca; four sisters, Margaret Phillips of Gaffney, Betty Camp of Wasco, Calif., Mary Wood and Sue Lewis, both of North Augusta; and a granddaughter, Hailey Smith.
Graveside services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Glenda Bumgarner.
The family is at the home of Margaret Phillips, 403 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Grassy Pond Baptist Church, 254 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Jenelle B. Spencer
COWPENS – Mary Jenelle Byars Spencer, 93, of 225 Oakdale Road, formerly of Green River Road in the Macedonia community, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of James Loyd Spencer and daughter of the late Harrison Byars and the late Ila Huskey Byars. She was a homemaker and member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Surviving are four sons, Suvern Spencer, the Rev. Dennis Spencer, both of Cowpens, Bobby Spencer of Pacolet and Mickey Spencer of Cannons, S.C.; three daughters, Ozell McCarter of Boiling Springs, Elizabeth Dye of Pacolet and Margean S. Chapman of Clifton; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by four sons, Oneal, Melrose, Rev. Johnny and Jackie Spencer; a daughter, Angela Spencer Smith; and a sister, Bessie Weathers.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Robert Kirby and the Revs. Ray Caldwell and Scott Spencer. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday at the church from 12:30-1:45 p.m. and at other times they will be at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Dennis and June Spencer, 225 Oakdale Road, Cowpens.
Memorials may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, 231 Oakdale Road, Cowpens, S.C. 29330.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Isaac P. Blackney II
Employed by Atlas Cold Storage
BLACKSBURG – Isaac Pete Blackney II, 23, of 137 Seven Springs Road, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at 5:40 a.m. at U.S. 29 and Earl Road, Gaffney.
Son of Isiah Pete Blakney and Margaret Ross Blackney of Gaffney, he was a native of Blacksburg and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He was a 1999 graduate of Blacksburg High School and was a former lineman on the BHS 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 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 Revs. Van C. Williams and Dewey Whittenburg. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Burris Jr., Anthony Garrison, Demarial Smith, Shyron Wallace, Tim Reid, Darrius Hoey, Travis Burris, Omar Ford, Darwin Parker Jr. and Toney Valentine.
Honorary pallbearers will be Les Davis, Travis Hemphill, Harold Parker Jr., Trey Jennings and Johnte’ Gaffney.
Flower bearers will be Tabitha Burris, Torry Burris, Antwan Corry, LaTanya Ford, LaShunda Lockhart, Nicole Lockhart, Kimberly Reid, Lutina Tate and Mary Young.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Virlee Dover
Cherokee County native
Virlee Dover, 78, of 770 Saint Nicholas Ave., New York City, widow of John S. Dover, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, in Saint 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; a half-brother, Johnny Wood of Shelby; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, conducted by Brother Earl Buckson and Brother James Natoli. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be members of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Carolyn M. Butler
Retired from CTC
Carolyn Mullinax Butler, 61, of 405 Sixth St., died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Lokie Mullinax and the late Louise Lanier Mullinax. She was previously married to Bobby E. Sellars and Daniel Butler. She was retired from Cherokee Technology Center and was a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Lori Sellars of Gaffney; a son, Lynn Sellars of Gaffney; four sisters, Fannie Garland, Lorene Fletcher, Frances Scruggs and Marie Hadden, all of Gaffney; two brothers, Garland Mullinax and Leonard Mullinax, both of Gaffney; and four grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Butler was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Thompson, and three brothers, D.B. Mullinax, Jack Mullinax and Bobby “Lightning” Mullinax.
Services will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.

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