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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, January 12, 2004

Ruby P. Woolbright
Mill Springs, N.C., native
Ruby Pittman Woolbright, 79, of Peachtree Centre, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Mill Springs, N.C., she was the widow of George Mack Woolbright and daughter of the late Ernest Eugene Pittman Sr. and the late Lona Walker Pittman. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are a daughter, Louise Hutchins of Gaffney; a grandson; two great-grandchildren; one step-grandson; two sisters, Mildred Linder and Jean Earls, both of Gaffney; and two brothers, Ernest Eugene Pittman Jr. and Edward Leroy Pittman, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conduced by Mr. Ashby Blakely. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.
The family is at the home of Louise Hutchins, 117 Kraft Road.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Floyd F. Garrett
Retired from textiles
INMAN – Floyie Floyd Garrett, 80, of 1780 Compton Bridge Road, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at her residence.
Born in Spartanburg on Jan. 13, 1923, she was the daughter of the late William Bill and Evie Gowan Garrett. She retired from textiles and was the widow of William Winfred Garrett Sr. to whom she was married for 62 years. She was a member of Holston Creek Baptist Church, where she was a member of the WMU and former Sunday School teacher. She was a former “Gray Lady” at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Surviving are two sons, Billy Garrett of Inman and Douglas Garrett of Gaffney; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Inman, conducted by the Rev. Donnan Lawson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holston Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 311 Holston Creek Church Road, Inman, S.C. 29349; or to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, S.C. 29648-1178.
Arrangements by Seawright Funeral Home, Inman.

General R. Laney Jr.
Retired shipping manager from Mercury Paints
KINGS CREEK – General Richard Laney Jr., 78, of 804 Caldwell Road, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Kings Mountain, N.C., he was the widower of Mary Annette King Laney and son of the late General Richard Laney Sr. and the late Pearl Laney. He was a retired shipping manager with Mercury Paints and was a member of the N.R.A. He was a veteran of World War II and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two sons, Steven Laney of Mountain Home, Ark., and Robert Steven Laney of Clarkston, Mich.; a daughter, Barbara Sue Carpenter of Waco, N.C.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Eunice H. Outlaw
Cherokee County native
NORFOLK, Va. – Eunice Harris Outlaw of 1800 Meadowlake Drive, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Junius B. Outlaw and daughter of the late Samuel Harris and the late Honey Harris. She was retired from Suburban Cleaners in Norfolk and was a member of New Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving are 10 daughters, Carrie Mae Gilliam, Linda Holloman, Lorraine Anderson, Pamela Williams, Robin Lampkin, Maureen Bunch, Crystal Dingle, Princess Williams, Gladys Orquhart and Doreen Petteway of Norfolk; two sons, Haskell Corry Jr. and Anthony B. Corry Outlaw of Norfolk; a sister, Johnsie Harris Goodwin of Gaffney; a brother, Samuel Harris Jr. of Norfolk; and 100 grandchildren and 100 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at New Calvary Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. G.G. Campbell. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Norfolk.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Riddick Funeral Services, Norfolk.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Elmetta C. Littlejohn
Retired organist at Limestone Baptist Church
Elmetta C. Littlejohn, formerly of 1007 S. Johnson St., died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at 10 p.m. in Carroll Manor Alzheimer’s Care Facility in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Littlejohn was born July 27, 1923, to the late Calvin and Estelle C. Carpenter. She was the stepdaughter of the late Alma Carpenter and widow of Floyd Littlejohn.
A native of Cherokee County, Mrs. Littlejohn was a graduate of Granard High School and Friendship Junior College. She was a former teacher in the public schools of Cherokee County, organist and pianist at Limestone Baptist Church, and a domestic worker. She was a member of Limestone Baptist Church.
Surviving are nine children, Maurice F. Littlejohn of San Jose, Calif., Linda L. Felton of Lanham, Md., Charles H. Littlejohn of Hyattsville, Md., Larry W. Littlejohn of Bennettsville, Steven W. Littlejohn of Gaffney, Anita L. Drayton of Washington, D.C., Terry L. Littlejohn of Gaffney, Kathy L. Charles of Harrisburg, Pa., Janice L. Littlejohn of Greenville; two sisters, Emily C. Wilbert of Orange Park, Fla., Barbara C. Dancy of Atlanta, Ga.; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney is in charge.

James E. Montgomery Sr.
Baptist minister
CHERRYVILLE, N.C. – The Rev. Dr. James E. Montgomery Sr., 52, of 186 Mill Road, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Montgomery was born Feb. 5, 1951, to the late John Frank and Johnida Patterson Montgomery. He was the brother of the late Betty Jean Thomas and Brenda Sue Montgomery. He was senior pastor and member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Waco, N.C.
Dr. Montgomery received his formal education from John Chavis High School and Cherryville Junior/Senior High School. He matriculated in Cleveland Community College, Southern Baptist Convention Seminary Extension, Gardner-Webb University, Gaston College, Fruitland Baptist Bible College and Mid-Atlantic Baptist Theological Seminary. In 11 years of study, he acquired several degrees, including Associate of Religion, B.A., Master’s of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.
Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Velrry Sweezy Montgomery of the home; two sons, James Montgomery Jr. of Waco and Scottie Austin Montgomery of Atlanta, Ga.; a granddaughter, Jalin Kiara Montgomery of Boiling Springs, N.C.; two brothers, Frank Montgomery of Shelby and William Montgomery of Cherryville; seven sisters, Mayola Montgomery, Shirley Tuft, Dorothy Montgomery, all of Cherryville, Jeanette Oates of Kings Mountain, Carolyn Wilson and Teresa Smith, both of Shelby, and Rebecca Tuft of Waco.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ryan McCain officiating. The Rev. James L. Smith will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes prior to the service.
Arrangements by Ebony and White’s Funeral Service. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.)

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