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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, January 23, 2004

Viola Gregory
Retired from Cherokee County schools
Viola Gregory, 81, of 438 East Junior High Road, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at her home.
Widow of Luther Gregory, she was born in Cherokee County, a daughter of the late Anderson and Ada Corry Peeler. She was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess, member of the Senior Missionaries and the Mixed Chorus. She was a retired employee of the Cherokee County schools.
Surviving are a brother, Paul Craig, of Gaffney and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roger Mason and Jeffery Dawkins and Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Body will be placed in the church at noon. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-7:30 at The Gilmore Mortuary.

Dorothy B. Anthony
Retired from Drayton Mill
SPARTANBURG – Dorothy B. "Dot" Anthony, also known as "Granny Grunt" by her grandchildren, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
Born July 20, 1928, in Cherokee County, she was the daughter or the late William Herman and Virginia McDaniel Black. She was the widow of Horace Warren Anthony and was retired after 42 years with Drayton Mill.
Survivors include two sons, John Anthony of Inman and Roger Anthony of Spartanburg; a daughter, Lois Jones of Jacksonville, Fla; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Laura Revels of Millsborough, Del.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Anthony was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Black and Bill Black.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Gregory Dry Sr., D.J. Horton and Ralph Jett. The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be a made to the First Baptist Church of Cowpens Family Life Fund, P.O. Drawer H, Cowpens, S.C. 29330.
The family is at the home of her son, Roger Anthony, 276 Gossett Road, Spartanburg.
Arrangements by Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel.

Ruth C. Parker
Retired textile employee
Ruth Clary Parker, 88, of 291 Ballenger Road, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at her residence.
Born in Inman, she was a lifelong resident of Gaffney and widow of Ervin Lee Parker. She was the daughter of the late James Lewis Clary and the late Maggie Ramsey Clary. A retired textile employee, she was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
Surviving are five daughters, Frances Zucker, Betty Smiley, Dorothy Crocker, Brenda Richardson and Sandra Waddell, all of Gaffney; two sons, Richard Parker and Larry Parker, both of Gaffney; a brother, Dewey Clary of Charlotte; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at East Gaffney Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ron Jackson, Benny Davis and Gene Lockaby. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Crocker, Eddie Crocker, Ricky Parker, David Fowler, Bobby Waddell, and Justin Waddell.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:30-3 p.m. at East Gaffney Baptist Church and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home.

Bertha G. Hammett
Retired school teacher
Bertha Godfrey Hammett, 94, formerly of 852 Champion Ferry Road in the Cherokee Creek community, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Magnolia Place in Spartanburg.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of W. Grady Hammett and daughter of the late R. Grover Godfrey and the late Georgia Blanton Godfrey. She was a retired school teacher after 40 years of service and was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Limestone College and did graduate work at the University of Maryland and Appalachian State University.
Surviving are a stepdaughter, Ann Hames of Shelby; a nephew, Dr. A. Blanton Godfrey Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.; and a niece, Patty G. Figgatt of Corzet, Va.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Hammett was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Albert Blanton Godfrey Sr., and a sister, Beatrice Godfrey.
The family is at the home of Mrs. Ronald G. Burns, 1057 Highway 11, Chesnee.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 502 Buck Shoals Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Emogene F. Bridges
Retired from Gaffney Mfg.
Emogene Fowler Bridges, 76, of 1199 S. Green River Road, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital.
A native of Gaffney, she was the wife of Buford Bridges. She was retired from Gaffney Manufacturing Company and delivered for Meals on Wheels for several years. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Jimmy Fowler, Allen Fowler and Larry Fowler, all of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Bob Gibson of California and David McBee of Florida.
Mrs. Bridges was preceded in death by her first husband, Jessie Willard Fowler.
The family is at the home of Allen Fowler, 183 White Oak Road, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Macedonia Baptist Church, 2316 Macedonia Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Minnie D. Leigh
Retired from A.P. McCauley
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 retired from A.P. McCauley and was the last surviving member of her family. She was member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Joyce Mayo and son-in-law, Maurice, of Gaffney; a special daughter, Sandra Darwin of Gaffney; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Ron Jackson and David Toney. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of Joyce Mayo, 110 Country View Drive, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home

Queen V. Miller
Active leader in Presbyterian church
BLACKSBURG – Queen Victoria Miller, 81, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, at her residence.
Born in Maybinton Community of Newberry County on May 7, 1922, she was the wife of Rev. John Calvin Miller Sr. and daughter of the late Lawson Dewey Means, Sr. and the late Sarah Hodges Means.
She attended the public schools of Mecklenburg County, N.C., and also attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. She was an assistant to a professor of mathematics at Johnson C. Smith University. She received a Certificate of Nursing Assistance from Cherokee Area Vocational Center, which is now Cherokee Technology Center. She received several awards for her work with the Expanded Nutrition Program of the Clemson Agricultural Extension Service.
She joined Johns Chapel Baptist Church in Charlotte at an early age. After marrying Rev. Miller, she became a member of congregations of the United Presbyterian Church, USA and, later on, Presbyterian Church USA. She was a current and active member of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church. She provided 56 years of dedicated service through the Presbyterian Church. Along with her husband, she provided outreach ministry to many people in Cherokee, York and Richland counties in South Carolina. This outreach mission also included Nicholasville, Kentucky and Liberty County, Ga. She was a partner with her husband in the Mobile Ministry of the United Presbyterian Church USA serving northwestern part of South Carolina.
Mrs. Miller was a member of Whitaker Chapter No. 127 Order of the Eastern Star. Other activities and memberships included: Past Moderator of the Presbyterian Women’s Organizations of Hopewell Presbyterian Church and Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church; One of the organizers of the Interdenominational Youth and Young Adult Singing Convention of York County, SC; Sunday School Teacher; Leader of Vacation Bible Schools; Served on a committee for organization of the Presbytery after the reunion of the United Presbyterian Church US; Served on the Racial Ethnic Committee of Providence Presbytery; Served on the Presbytery committee that was responsible for providing support to the Bethelwoods Camps and Conference Center; Member of The Ministers’ Wives and Widows of Cherokee and York Counties; and a Past Girl Scout Troop Leader.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. John Calvin Miller Sr.; four sons: Rev. John Calvin Miller Jr. of Walterboro, Aster Amziah Miller, Dewell Eugene Miller and Robert Walter Miller, all of Blacksburg; six daughters, Sarah Ann Odom, Valentine Victoria Edwards and Freda Marguerita Miller, all of Gaffney, Zelva Magnolia Hannibal of Wallington, N.J., Carolyn Christine Wise of Columbia and Bertha Revella Stinson of Charlotte; a grandson raised in the home, Derick Odom, of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters Sarah Covington, Fannie Daniels, Vernoka Means, all of Charlotte, and Bonnie L. Johnston of Mount Holly, N.C.; and three brothers, Rev. Barry H. Means of Stockton, Calif., Rev. Fleming J. Means Sr. of Gaffney and Dr. Curtis S. Means of Baton Rouge, La.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and one grandson.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Junior W. Byers
Formerly employed by Brown’s Packing
Junior Wright Byers, 61, of Ivy Grove Residential, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the widower of Sara Ruth Gregory Byers and son of the late Lawyer Logan and the late Mae Violet Byers. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was last employed by Brown’s Packing Company.
Surviving are two daughters, Sara Ann Byers and Shelia Renee Byers, both of Gaffney; a son, James Welton Byers of Gaffney; six sisters, Mae Edna Newson, Nellie Mae Steen, Minnie Hush, Mary Violet Dawkins, Clara Smedley, all of Gaffney, and Elwillie Belton of Columbia; nine grandchildren who were reared in the home, Timothy Byers, Kierra Byers, Jabria Byers, Dominique Byers, James W. Byers Jr., Shonquille Byers, Breaunna Byers, Micheal Logan Jr. and Anthony Littlejohn Jr.
Services will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Sara Ann Byers, Apt. 31, Colonial Heights, Colonial Avenue.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral

Charles Y. Humphries
Retired from Mauney Hosiery Mill
SHELBY – Charles Yates Humphries, 73, of 2016 Clay Road, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at Hospice of Cleveland County.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., he was the husband of Geraldine Bridges Humphries and son of the late Lloyd Humphries and the late Lillie Ree Jolley. He loved to hunt and was a member of the Lure Beagle Club in Bostic, N.C. Mr. Humphries was a member of VFW Post 4066 in Shelby. He was retired from Mauney Hosiery Mill in Kings Mountain and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Also surviving are a daughter, Suzanne George of Gaffney; two grandsons; a sister, Betty McCraw of Mooresboro; and a brother, Alan Humphries of Lenoir.
Services will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel, conducted by Dr. Carroll Page. Visitation will be following the service.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Cleveland Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby.

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