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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, March 8, 2004

Myrtle D. Lanier
Retired textile employee
KINGS CREEK – Myrtle Lee Dover Lanier, 71, of 260 Faulkner Road, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Hickory Grove, she was the widow of Forest Melrose Lanier and daughter of the late William Grady Dover and the late Mary Orie Bradley Dover. She was a member of Clover Church of God and a retired textile employee.
Surviving are a son, Forest Kenneth Lanier of McCormick; a daughter, Debbie Lee Lanier Benfield of the home; brothers, William Edward Dover of Blacksburg, Roy C. (Spook) Dover of Smyrna, Melvin Grady (Bill Jack) Dover of York, Edward Dean (Dinky) Dover and Ronnie Leroy Dover, both of Clover; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Kale, Betty Brazell, Ellen Jean Costner, all of Clover, Joyce Ann Bolin of York and Evelyn Aileen Bell of Blacksburg; a half-sister, Ann Batcheler of Blacksburg; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Gordon Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Milton Smith. Burial will be in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery in Hickory Grove.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Lanier, Adam Lanier, Josh Lanier, Tommy Benfield, Keith Creswell and Robbie Peterson.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

David L. Childers
Textile employee
KINGS MOUNTAIN – David Leroy Childers, 40, of 111 Farris Road, died Friday, March 5, 2004, in Cleveland County.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Norma Jean Sprouse Childers and the late Lester Childers. He was a textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his mother is a sister, Tammie M. Borders of Blacksburg.
In addition to his father, Mr. Childers was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara McGinnis and Janice Bowen.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Mountain View Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Gregg Martin and Lucky Earls.
Pallbearers will be Billy Lee Sprouse, Kenneth Pennington, Randy Moss, Johnny Martin and Kenneth Martin.
The family will receive friends anytime at the home of his sister, Tammie Borders, 118 Brown St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary, Blacksburg.

Eugene Wilson Sr.
Retired electrician
BLACKSBURG – Eugene Nelson "Gene" Wilson Sr., 74, of 412 W. Lime St., died Saturday, March 6, 2004, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Barbara Putnam Wilson of the home and son of the late Eddie Nelson Wilson and Vera Lennie Hardin Wilson. he was a member of Blacksburg Church of God and was a retired electrician.
Surviving in addition this wife are a son, Eugene Nelson Wilson Jr. of Gaffney; a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Williams of Portland, Md.; a brother, James Edward Wilson of Blacksburg; and three grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Katherine Earls.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Blacksburg Church of God, conducted by the Rev. James Clark. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30-7:30 at White Columns and at other times they will be at the home.
Pallbearers will be Lamar Denton, Jerry Watts, Leland Eaker, Calvin White, Thomas Starnes and S.L. Fowler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

James H. Raines
Retired from Duke Power
James Herman Raines, 77, of 468 Smoke Ridge Road, died Saturday, March 6, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rowan County, N.C., he was the husband of Betty Cobb Baysdon Raines and was first married to the late Laura Porter Raines. He was the son of the late Taylor Christopher "T.C." Raines and the late Lilly Mae Ballen Raines.
Mr. Raines was retired from Duke Power Company and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Woodmen of the World and the Duke Retirees Association. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a volunteer for voting polls. He graduated from Cliffside High School in 1949 and was a Mason.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Marshall Taylor Raines of Taylors and Joel Keith Raines of Olive Branch, Miss.; two brothers, Melvin Raines of Pickens and Carroll Raines of Surgoinsville, Tenn.; two sisters, Beenice Padgett of Forest City, N.C., and Betty Pace of Hendersonville, N.C.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his first wife and parents, Mr. Raines was preceded in death by a brother, Julian Raines, and two sisters, Doris Hunsucker and Mildred Cress.
Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Jerry Ford, Tommy Brightwell and Alton Martin. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School class.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Outpatient Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302; or to Corinth Baptist Church Building Fund, 190 Corinth Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Mary G. Middleton
Retired school teacher
Mary Lee Gaston Middleton, 87, of 205 Pine St., died Friday, March 5, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Blacksburg, she was the wife of William G. Middleton and daughter of the late David Andrew Gaston and the late Alice McConnell Gaston. She was a retired school teacher for Cherokee County, ending her career at Corinth Elementary School. She graduated from Limestone College and was a member of Buford Street Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Robert M. Middleton and McIver A. Middleton, both of Gaffney; a daughter, Mary Grier Middleton of Columbia; four grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Gaston, of Hickory, N.C.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Buford Street United Methodist Church Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Scott Watcher.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301; or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Purnell B. Rogers Jr.
Truck driver for Kenan Transport
Purnell B. Rogers Jr., 75, of 1505 Old Georgia Hwy., died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Beckeley, W.Va., he was the husband of Juanita Tindall Rogers and son of the late Purnell B. Rogers Sr. and the late Mary Holt Rogers. He was a retired truck driver for Kenan Transport and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Pamela Rogers of Virginia; a step-son, Roger Parker of Gaffney; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Cryptside services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, conducted by the Rev. James Price.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Beaverdam Baptist Church, 142 Beaverdam Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
The family is at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Agnes L. Porter
Retired from Mary Bramlett cafeteria
Agnes Louise Porter, 83, of 300 Spruce St., died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late James H. Porter and the late Cordelia Holt Porter. She retired from Mary Bramlett Elementary School as a cafeteria employee and was a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are a niece, Marie P. Blanton of Gaffney; three nephews, Winford Patterson, Jackie Porter, both of Gaffney, and Roger Porter of Earl, N.C.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, Miss Porter was preceded in death by two sisters, Nannie Patterson and Lillian O. Porter, and a brother, Jack Porter.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Kirby Memorial Baptist Church, 512 Chandler Drive, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Graveside services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Rich Lancaster, Mike Proctor and Delos Blanton.
Pallbearers were Jayson Blanton, Jacob Blanton, John Clary, Danny Hadden, Drayton Scruggs and Kevin Martin.
The family is at the home of Marie P. Blanton, 1098 Ford Road, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or Kirby Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Chandler Drive, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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