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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, March 26, 2004

Winfred Bonner
Services for Winfred Bonner, 95, of Gaffney, will be held today, Friday, March 26, at 3 p.m. at The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr., assisted by the Revs. Robert Dover. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park.
The body may be viewed at The Gilmore Mortuary today from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Robert “Bob” Scruggs
Retired radio/TV repairman
CHESNEE – Robert “Bob” Scruggs, 83, of 228 Horse Creek Road, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Audrey Nolan Scruggs and son of the late Jonas and Elizabeth Painter Scruggs. He was a radio and television repairman and was retired from Watson’s Furniture Store.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Scruggs was preceded in death by three sisters, Lola S. Couch, Lula S. Meier and Alice S. Hunter; five brothers, Claude, Jim, Jack Virgil and Lad Scruggs; and a great-grandson, Baley Skipper.
Surviving are two daughters, Gail Fowler of Spartanburg and Janet Brannon of Chesnee; two sons, Steve Scruggs of Kennesaw, Ga., and Johnny Scruggs of Lincolnton, N.C.; a brother, Wilbur Scruggs of Campobello; five granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Chesnee First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Troy Gregg and the Rev. Gary Grogan. Burial was in Springhill Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home.

Mack G. Smiley
Owner/operator of Mack Smiley Tile and Concrete
Mack Gene Smiley, 72, of 585 White’s Road, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Lynda Owens Smiley and son of the late Perry Lee Smith and the late Martha Desaree Lester Smiley. He was owner and operator of Mack Smiley Tile and Concrete and was a member of Midway Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon. Mr. Smiley was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Ronny Smiley of Gaffney, Mark Thomas of Gaffney and Billy Thomas of Cowpens; six daughters, Wanda Hawkins, Sylvia Dover, Jill Thomas, Dale Thomas, all of Gaffney, Gloria McCraw of Irmo and Ann Hutson of Birmingham, Ala.; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five brothers, Lamar Smiley, O.B. Smiley, Jack Smiley, all of Gaffney, Perry Smiley of Alexander, Va., and Eddie Smiley of Pacolet; three sisters, Kathlee Phillips of Monroe, N.C., Onie Moore of Gaffney and Katie Painter of Chesnee.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Smiley was preceded in death by two brothers, William Lester Smiley and Travis Smiley; a sister, Connie Lee; and his first wife, Jean Owen Smiley.
Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. James Rice and Alester McKinney. Burial will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Greg Hawkins, Chad Hawkins, Rory Dover Jr., Brent McCraw, Bryce Smiley, Nicholas Smiley, Will Hutson and Mark Thomas.
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 his son, Ronny Smiley, 173 Lois Drive.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Rita Emily Bell
Gaffney native
LADSON – Rita Emily Bell, wife of James Bell, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 18, 2004.
Mrs. Bell was born in Gaffney on Dec. 28, 1941, the daughter of Wallace Burton Caldwell and Margaret Blanton Caldwell. She retired as a nurse from the Home Health Care Program and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are her husband of the home; two sons, James W. Bell (Stephanie) of Charleston and Steven M. Bell of Summerville; a grandson, Nicholas Bell of Charleston; a brother, William Boyd Caldwell of Gaffney; a brother-in-law, Chalmers Bell of Summerville; a sister-in-law, Grace Willis of Charlotte, N.C.; and a niece, Donna Willis.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 24, at noon at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Greenridge Road Chapel.
A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting www.jhenrystuhr. com.

Joe B. Clary Sr.
Joe B. Clary Sr., 72, of 960 Overbrook Drive, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Clary was the husband of Ann Clary.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Millie A. Sarratt
Retired from Graham Cash and Piedmont Glove
Millie A. Sarratt, 91, of 417 Concord Road, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at her home.
A native of Gaffney, she was the widow of Lyman Quincy Sarratt and daughter of the late John J. Allison and the late Carrie McCraw Allison. She was retired form Graham Cash and first retired from Piedmont Glove. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Johnny L. and Bridget Sarratt of Gaffney; a grandson, Kip Sarratt of Gaffney; a granddaughter, Shera Lee of Gaffney; and two great-granddaughters, Carley Holcombe and Madeline Sarratt.
Graveside services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Cox.
Pallbearers will be Barry Morgan, Dale Jolley, Joe Phillips, Boyce Allison, Lewis Lester and Sam Sarratt.
The family is at the home of her son, 399 Concord Road.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, SC. 29340; or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to the charity of one's choice; or to Providence Baptist Church, 822 Providence Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Mattie C. Jefferies
Retired teacher
Mattie C. Jefferies, 63, retired elementary school teacher, died March 23, 2004.
Mrs. Jefferies was born in Lancaster, a daughter of David J. Cauthen Sr. of Lancaster and the late Elfreader Cauthen. She was a member of Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church where she served as a member of the steward board, the senior choir, alternate musician and junior choir assistant. She was a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Mrs. Jefferies attended the public schools of Lancaster County. She received a B.S. degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and master of science degree from the University of South Carolina.
Also surviving are her husband, Leo Manuel Jefferies Sr. of the home, formerly of Gaffney; a son, Leo Manuel Jefferies Jr. of Fort Stewart, Ga.; two daughters, Constance P. Tucker of Lugoff and Cheryl Alfreada Jefferies; two brothers, David J. Cauthen Jr. of Gaffney and Marcus L. Cauthen of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Mary E. Jeffries Sr. of Orangeburg and Vedia Hatfield of Lancaster; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church, conducted by the Rev. Albert Young Jr. Burial will be in Lancaster Memorial Park.
The body may be viewed at McMullen Funeral Home today from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and at the church from 1-2 p.m.
The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of the church after the service.
Arrangements by McMullen Funeral Home, Lancaster. (Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.)

Stephen D. Vassey
Vietnam veteran
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Stephen Dale Vassey, 56, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Vassey served in the United States Marine Corps and fought in the Vietnam War.
A memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jay Winston.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at the funeral home.
Surviving are his wife, Ollivette P. Vassey of the home; two sons, Stephen "Daniel" Vassey of Gaffney and Robert Vondell of Fayetteville; two daughters, Stacey V. Fuentes of Gaffney and Alexis Vondell of Fayetteville; a brother, Walter "Barry" Vassey of Glasgow, Va.; a sister, Cherie Oster of North Bend, Washington; and one granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cumberland County, 235 McPherson Church Road, Suite 210, Fayetteville, N.C. 28303.

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