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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Friday, January 20, 2004

Minnie D. Leigh
Retired from textiles
Minnie Louise Driskill Leigh, 86, of 919 Wilkinsville Hwy., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Jimmy Calvin Leigh and daughter of the late Roland Henry Driskill and the late Minnie Bailey Driskill. She was a retired textile employee and member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Joyce Mayo, of Gaffney and several nieces and nephews.
The family is at the home of Joyce Mayo, 110 Country View Drive.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Clara B. Pruitt
Employed by Limestone Mills for 34 years
Clara Bledsoe Pruitt, 91, of 944 Champion Ferry Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Wise County, Va., she was the widow of Lennor Pruitt and daughter of the late William and Amanda Maness Bledsoe. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Fairview, Va., and a spinner with Limestone Mills for 34 years.
Surviving are a son, Billy Eugene Pruitt of Gaffney; a daughter, Margaret Huffstettler of Newport News, Va.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Everette Wallace Jr. The family will receive friends immediately following the service and at other times they will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 505 Fairview Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by White Columns Funeral Service, Gaffney.

Stephanie B. Dawkins
1979 GHS graduate
Stephanie Bonita Dawkins, 42, of 414 W. Buford St., died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at 12:52 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Daughter of Deacon Conell Dawkins and Lucille J. Dawkins, she was a native of Gaffney and a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where she served as a Bible Study teacher, member of the B.B.C. Choir and taught in the Children's Church. She was a 1979 graduate of Gaffney High School and attended Spartanburg Methodist College for two years.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a son, Lyman Dawkins III of the home; a daughter, Shannon Dawkins of the home; and five sisters, Terrian Gibbs, Betty Pyles, Anita Littlejohn, Carolyn Dawkins and Connie Gaffney, all of Gaffney.
Services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Entombment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
The family is at the home of her parents, 112 Lincoln Drive.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Patrick R. Wylie
Retired HVAC technician
Patrick Ramsey Wylie, 63, of 428 W. Buford St., died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Barbara Camp Wylie of the home and son of Willie Marie Ramsey Wylie of Gaffney and the late Lloyd D. Wylie. He was a retired HVAC technician and a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are three daughters, Donna Wylie, Debbie W. Frady and Lisa W. Little, all of Gaffney; five brothers, Richard Wylie, Billy Wylie, Garry "Butch" Wylie, David Wylie and Donnie Wylie, all of Gaffney; a sister, Nancy W. St. John of Pickens; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Greg Little. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 5-8 p.m. at the home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Victory Baptist Church, c/o Rev. Greg Little, 464 Brickhouse Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Albert F. Houston Sr.
Janitor at Limestone College
Albert Fleetwood "Rabbit" Houston Sr., 57, of 608 Dogwood Drive, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at 6:56 p.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Son of Emma Jefferies Houston of the home and the late J.B. Houston, he was a native of Gaffney and member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church. He was a janitor at Limestone College.
Also surviving are two sons, Albert Fleetwood Houston Jr. and Marshal Lindsay, both of Gaffney; three daughters, Carmilla Jefferies, Missy H. Tate, both of Gaffney, and Kizzy H. Phillips of Charlotte; a sister, Dorothy Allen of Gaffney; a brother, J.B. Houston Jr. of Gaffney; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Roger Mason. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Richard L. Coker
Telephone company construction worker
CLOVER – Richard Lee Coker, 54, of 1321 Warren Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, in Piedmont Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Shirley Jean Mathis Coker and son of the late Hilliard Guy Coker and the late Willie Mae Garland Coker. He was a telephone company construction worker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Ricky Lee Coker of the home; a daughter, Michelle Martin of Blacksburg; three grandchildren; a brother, Elford Guy Coker of Kershaw; and five sisters, Annette McCullough of Spartanburg, Edna Jolly, Angelos Bumgardner, Carolyn Cobb and Kay Coker, all of Gaffney.
In addition to is parents, Mr. Coker was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Coker.
The family is at the home of Michelle Martin, 414 Moss Crossing, Blacksburg.
Services were held Thursday at 5 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel.

Pete Duffie
Textile employee
BLACKSBURG – Carl Dean (Pete) Duffie, 62, of 544 Rock Springs Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at his home.
A native of Cowpens, he was the husband of Diane Blanton Duffie and son of the late Oliver George Duffie and the late Georgia Savannah Lovedale Duffie. He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and a former deacon and Training Union director at Blue Branch Baptist Church and was a textile employee.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Dean Duffie of Blacksburg; two daughters, Frances Coffee of Blacksburg and Mary Ward of Gaffney; three brothers, Frank Duffie of Gaffney, Charlie Duffie of Spartanburg and Johnny Ray Duffie of High Point, N.C.; two sisters, Millie Warren of Spartanburg and Ruth Whitesides of Woodruff; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Duffie was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Johnson and Cozel Keller.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Rock Springs Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Brian Harris and Mr. Edward Erwin. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Tim Blanton, Tim Griffin, Neal Duffie, Mike Johnson, Gerald Johnson and Boyce Lee.
The family is at the residence.
Memorial may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

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