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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Barney C. Clary Jr.
World War II veteran
Barney C. "June" Clary Jr., 82, of 1204 Elmore St., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., he was the husband of Harriet Padget Clary and son of the late Barney C. Clary Sr. and the late Mable Kendrick Clary. He was retired from The Timken Company and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a medic in the 1st Engineering Calvary Division during World War II. Mr. Clary was recipient of a Silver Star and Purple Heart and was inducted into the Hall of Bravery in 1999. He was a member of Buford Street United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Richard Coates, Bonnie and Terry Blackwell, all of Gaffney, and Elaine and Phil Ferrell of Columbia; brothers, Wayne Clary, Bill Clary, both of Gaffney, Thurmond Clary of Columbia, Carl Clary of Chapin and Stan Clary of Spartanburg; sisters, Hannah Hicks of Greensboro, N.C., and Nancy Hunt of Columbia; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Carl Clary and Elder Lynn Lawhon. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Lou Clary, Roger Clary, Eric Clary, Stan Clary, Mike Clary, Bobby Dean Phillips, Todd Lamar and Leonard Blackwell Jr.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Bonnie and Terry Blackwell, 214 Ruth Drive.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Buford Street United Methodist Church, 120 E. Buford St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Cherokee County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2223, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Tommy Blanton
BLACKSBURG – Tommy Blanton of 143 Shannon Acres Drive, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg.
Mr. Blanton was the husband of Lottie M. Blanton.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Blacksburg is in charge.

General R. Laney Jr.
KINGS CREEK – Services for General Richard Laney Jr., 78, of 804 Caldwell Road, will be held today at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, Blacksburg, conducted by the Rev. Eric Sellers. Burial will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Jimmy D. Massey
COWPENS – Jimmy Daniel Massey of 102 Massey Road, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.
John C. Smith Jr.
Gifted builder, craftsman
John Cornelius Smith Jr., better known as Bill Smith, 66, of 210 Michi-gan Ave., died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, in Up-state Carolina Medical Center.
Husband of Pernice Oglesby Smith, he was born in Cherokee County, a son of the late John Smith Sr. and the late Alberta Byers Smith. He was raised by his grandmother, the late Lucy C. Smith.
Mr. Smith was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as Junior Deacon and member of the All Male Chorus, Brotherhood and Sunday School. He was a gifted builder, carpenter, brick mason and artist and was well-known for his exceptional wood carvings and handcrafted furniture. His crafts have been featured at the S.C. Peach Festival and several area colleges.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a son, Lamar Smith.
Surviving are his wife, Pernice Smith of the home; a son, Alvin Lee Smith; a daughter, Tara Porter; four grandchildren, Diwanna Smith, raised in the home, LeChantier Smith, Dymon Porter and Alia Smith; two brothers, Joe F. Smith of Gaffney and James M. Smith of Bridgeport, Conn.
Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., assisted by the Revs. Lawrence Davidson, Les Howard, Kerwin Wray and Michael Bridges. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Elmetta C. Littlejohn
Retired organist, pianist 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, a daughter of 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.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Arthur J. Smith, A.W. Goforth III and F.J. Means. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday at the church from noon until 2 p.m.
Active pallbearers and flower bearers will be her grandsons and granddaughters.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church and honorary flower bearers will be members of the church's Missionary and Senior Choir.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home, Gaffney.

Edward E. Blalock
Retired from Limestone Mill-Summitt Plant
Edward Eugene Blalock, 87, of 809 Eighth St., died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Mary Louise Phillips Blalock and son of the late Manning Earl Blalock and the late Minnie Lou Scruggs Blalock. He was retired from Limestone Mill-Summitt Plant and was a member of Temple Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and member of the Adult Men's Sunday School class. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Barbara B. Sturino of Virginia Beach, Va., Nancy B. Childers and Kay B. Lester, both of Gaffney; three brothers, Charlie Blalock, Horace "Bill" Blalock, both of Gaffney, and Randolph "Jack" Blalock of Union; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Johnny Bridges and Stuart Kersey. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Lester, Mark Lester, John Hamrick, Philip Whiteside, Ted Greene and Ben Elliott.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Victory Campaign, 1508 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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