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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Mary Lynn Evans
BLACKSBURG – Mary Lynn Evans, 40, of 118 Quinn Road, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Evans was the wife of John P. Evans and daughter of the late Billy K. Hester Sr. and Martha L. Crawford Hester of Chesnee.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Chad Evans and Jeremy Evans of the home; two sisters, Karen H. Weiesner of Kings Mountain, N.C., and Melanie H. Wyatt of Cowpens; two brothers, Billy Hester Jr. of Stanley, N.C., and Doug Hester of Dallas, N.C.; and maternal great-grandmother, Susie C. Crawford of Gastonia, N.C.
Graveside services will be held today at the Evans Family Cemetery, 126 Littlecreek Drive, Grover, N.C., at 2 p.m. with Dr. Charlie Barnard officiating.
The family is at the home of Connie Gibson, 516 S. Shelby St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service, Blacksburg.

Linda Kay Lassiter
GREENVILLE – Linda Kay Hallman Lassiter, 55, wife of Bill Lassiter, died Sunday, Jan, 18, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Lassiter was born March 5, 1948, in Columbia to Earlene Vassey Hallman and the late William “Dottie” Hallman. She was a program director at the Golden Lanes Bowling Alley and a craft maker.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of Greenville, are her mother, Earlene Spencer, of Cowpens; two sons, Bryan F. Childers of Roebuck and Wade D. Childers of Chesnee; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William Kevin Childers.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Chapel, followed by burial in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Fletcher Funeral Service, Fountain Inn.

Margaret L. Byars
Retired nurse from Mary Black Hospital
Margaret Lancaster Byars, 86, of 529 Goucher School Road, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was the widow of Henry Edward Byars and daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Lancaster and the late Attie Jennings Lancaster. She was a retired nurse from Mary Black Memorial Hospital, where she worked for 14 years. She graduated from nursing training at Cherokee County Vocational Center and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church.
Surviving are two nieces, Vera Bishop of Walnut Grove and Barbara Brown of Powdersville; and two nephews, Lee Wayne Youngblood of Union and Cecil Lancaster of Spartanburg.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Byars was preceded in death by two brothers, William Guy Lancaster and Joseph Franklin Lancaster; and three sisters, Ruth Medford, Lannie Bishop and Mary Youngblood.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Benny Davis and James Price. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Lee Wayne Youngblood, Gary Brown, Mike Byars, Bobby Byars, Keith Byars and Dennis Lancaster.
The family will receive friends today from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service and at other times they will be at the residence, 529 Goucher School Road.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 23940; or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

James D. Easler
Retired from textiles
James Daniel Easler, 73, of 313 Jackson St., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Nancy Harvey Easler and son of the late William Daniel Easler and the late Alma Gordon Easler. He was retired from textiles and was of the Pentecostal faith.
Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Betty Phillips of Tennessee; a stepson, Tommy Harvey of Tennessee; a brother, Arthur Easler of Gaffney; a sister, Frances Bright of Gaffney; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Bruce Kanipe. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Bright, Mickey Bright, Wayne Gordon, Adam Easler, Jeff Easler and Colby Easler.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home of Melinda Stroupe, 527 Sarratt School Road.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Ashley Harrison
Ashley Harrison, 19, of 129 Henderson St., died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at 5:05 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Cen-ter.
Daughter of Charles Lindsey and Brenda Beheler Lindsay, she was a native of Spartanburg and attended Limestone Missionary Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a brother, Dominick Smith of Gaffney; sisters, Felecia Woodruff and Crystal Harrison of Spartanburg, Volonda Smith and Helena Smith of Gaffney; grandparents, Joyce Beheler and Betty Lindsey of Gaffney and Margaret Harrison of Cowpens; and great-grandfather, William Davis of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

James E. Swofford
Former Cherokee County Superintendent of Education
SPARTANBURG – James Edward Swofford, 81, of 400 Webber Road, Apt. H-1-3, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at White Oak Estates.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Vivian Logan Swofford and son of the late Albert Thomas Swofford and the late Lola Clary Swofford. He was a retired manager of B.F. Goodrich in Spartanburg and served as Cherokee County Superintendent of Education from 1957 until 1971. He was warehouse clerk in the Cherokee County School District from 1971 until his retirement in 1982. An avid sports fan, he was a past member of First Baptist Church of Gaffney and a current member of Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg.
Also surviving are a son, Mike Swofford of Gaffney; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Parker of Lavonia, Ga.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Swofford was preceded in death by a daughter, Pat Swofford Harrington.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. Graveside services will follow at 4 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney, conducted by the Revs. Sam Poston and Dr. Michael Vandiver.
The family will receive friends immediately after the memorial service at the church for one hour and also following the graveside service.
Honorary pallbearers at the memorial service will be his Sunday School class at Central United Methodist Church.
The family is at 309 Mimosa Dr., Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Central Untied Methodist Church, 233 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Beedie G. Gregory
Services for Beedie Mae Guyton Gregory, 72, of 524 W. Rutledge Ave., Apt. E-20, wife of James A. Gregory, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mount Tabor Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Darryl Smith and Lawrence Davidson and Dr. James W. Sanders Jr. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Joe Davis, James H. Littlejohn, Calvin Tate, Frank Smith Jr., Howard Gaffney and Irving Ratchford.
Flower bearers will be Joanne Adams, Juanita Cook, Renee Smith, Cassandra Tate, Peggy Armstrong, Wilma Davis, Sarah Lee Smith and Sarah Tate.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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