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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, March 29, 2004

Martha I. Sanlin
Retired textile worker
BLACKSBURG – Martha Inez Sanlin, 80, of Apt. 3-1, Fridy St., died Friday, March 26, 2004, at her residence.
A native of York County, she was the widow of James Brady Sanlin and daughter of the late Walter Harold Martin and the late Maggie Jane Bolin. She was a member of Cherokee Falls Baptist Church and a retired textile worker.
Surviving are a son, James Harold Sanlin of Blacksburg; a daughter, Doris Ann Blackwell of Gaffney; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Davis of Gaffney and Irene Martin of Blacksburg.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Sanlin was preceded in death by a brother, Barney Martin.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Tim Knotts.
Honorary pallbearers were Edward Freeman, Bart Durham, Delane Rippy, Billy Davis, Brad Peeler and Chris Cobb.
The family is at the home of James Sanlin, 214 Bear Ridge Road, Blacksburg.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Raford L. Millwood
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Raford Leon Millwood, 57, of 116 Green St., died Saturday, March 27, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Walter L. and Ione Patterson Millwood.
Surviving are two sisters, Anita Griffin of Blacksburg and Audrey Broome of Gaffney; and a nephew, Jayson Jones of Shelby.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Millwood was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy A. Patterson, and a nephew, Jaymie Jones.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Bobby Bolin.
The family will be at the home.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

Joe Billy Clary
Retired from Hoechst
Joe Billy Clary, 72, of Overbrook Drive, died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at 9:48 p.m. in SMRC Hospice Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Anne Douglas Clary and son of the late Albert and Effie Clary. He was retired from Hoechst Fibers.
Mr. Clary was a devoted and active member of East Gaffney Baptist Church, where he served as choir director for 33 years in addition to serving as chairman of several different committees at various times and was recipient of the honor as a lifetime honorary deacon. He remained faithful in the service of the Lord until illness prevented his active participation.
After his retirement from Hoechst, he served as bailiff for the Cherokee County Court System for several years.
Mr. Clary graduated from Limestone College after serving four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
In addition to his wife, Anne, he is survived by his son, Joe B. Clary Jr., and daughter-in-law, Reneé, and their three sons, Sheldon, Taylor and William; a daughter, Elizabeth (Liz) Horton and her husband, Tim, and their children Adam and Alex.
Mr. Clary was predeceased by two brothers, John Rowland, who died at birth, and James A. Clary, who died Oct. 26, 2001.
He is survived by his sister, Virginia C. Edwards of Gaffney; and four brothers, Jack of Spartanburg, Ben of Gaffney, Leroy of Blacksburg, and Marvin of Gaffney; and 13 nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at East Gaffney Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ron Jackson and Wayne Dickard. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Adam Horton, Sheldon Clary, Steven Spencer, Benny Clary, Jeff Clary, David Clary, Stan Clary and Kirk Douglas.
Honorary pallbearers were Jack Bridges, Rev. Harry Crosby, Wayne Ellis, Eddie Kesterson, Tommy Mabry, Brit Mills, Verson Parris, L.J. Seals, John Stuard, Mack Stuard, Bobby White, Buddy Wilson, Dennis Vess and the Junie White Sunday School Class at East Gaffney Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Margaret S. Vohrer
Margaret Smith Vohrer, 83, of 111 Jackson St., died Saturday, March 27, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in York County, she was the widow of Daniel Vohrer and daughter of the late Arthur and Eunice Smith. She was a homemaker and member of New Harvest Ministries.
Surviving are a son, Wayne D. Vohrer of Gaffney; three daughters, Judy V. Peeler, Doris V. Holcomb, both of Gaffney, and Audrey V. Martin of Blacksburg; a brother, Clyde Smith of Fort Mill; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Vohrer was preceded in death by a son, Donald Vohrer; a brother, James Smith; and three sisters, Viola Knighton, Ruby Deese and Thelma Costner.
The family is at 203 Jackson St.
Arrangements are incomplete. White Columns of Gaffney is in charge.

Vernon E. Spake
Retired from Duke Power after 45 years of service
MOORESBORO, N.C. – Vernon E. Spake, 73, of 2749 McCraw Road, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at his home.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Estelene Henderson Spake and son of the late George W. and Myrtle Matheny Spake. He was a retired employee of Duke Power Company where he had worked for 45 years. He was a member of Prospect Baptist Church.
Mr. Spake was preceded in death by a brother, Orville Spake. Mr. Spake was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Lannis Spake of Mooresboro and Dennis Spake of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Prospect Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ernie Cole and Billy Henderson. Burial will be in Cleveland Memorial Park.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 201 W. Marion St., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

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