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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, May 10, 2004

Frances B. Whitener
Retired textile employee
BLACKSBURG – Frances Baber Whitener, 91, of 106 N. Chester St., died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Whitener was the daughter of the late Charles Baber and the late Mammie Riviere Baber. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blacksburg and a retired textile employee.
Surviving are two daughters, Jo Anne Whitener Owen of Lincoln, Calif., and Nancy Bland of Kenansville, N.C.; grandchildren, Joe Hicks Whitener Jr. of Blacksburg, Steve Whitener of Mt. Pleasant, Mike Whitener of Simpsonville, Mark Brown and Scott Brown of Raleigh, N.C., Dr. Barbara Owen of Fresno, Calif., Frances Descalzo, Patricia and Robert Owen of Concord, Calif., Judith Verduzco of Watsonville, Calif., and John Owen of New Orleans; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Whitener was preceded in death by a son, Joe Hicks Whitener Sr.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Mountainview Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Billy Sanders and Chris Church. The family will receive friends Tuesday morning from 9:45-10:45 at Gordon Mortuary.
Pallbearers will be Joe Hicks Whitener Jr., Steve Whitener, Michael Whitener, Mark Brown, Scott Brown and John Descalzo.
The family is at 106 N. Chester St., Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 141, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Ida G. Allison
Retired from Hamrick Mills
Ida Louise Giles Allison, 88, of 625 Hamrick St., died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Valdese, N.C., she was the widow of Hoyle J. Allison and daughter of the late Alex Giles and the late Frances Keller Giles. She was retired from Hamrick Mills and was a member of Christian Heights Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty Blanton of Gaffney and Pat Lawter of Cowpens; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Randy McCraw.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the residence.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Buddy Higgins
Retired from Timken
Thurmond Mills (Buddy) Higgins, 65, of 119 Mohea Ave., died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Vera Bridges Higgins and son of the late Thurmond Higgins and the late Rebecca Middlebrooks Williams. He was retired from The Timken Company and retired from South Carolina National Guard after 20 years of service. He was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son Rick Higgins of Spartanburg and daughter-in-law, Mary R. Higgins; grandchildren, Mary Claire Higgins, Adam Mills Higgins and Thomas David Higgins; a brother, John Robert Higgins of Columbia; and an aunt, Evelyn Swofford Bolton of Gaffney.
Services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at East Gaffney Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Ron Jackson and Weldon Sellers. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Charlie Fortenberry, Wayne Ellis, Grady Randolph, Britt Mills, Robbie Clary and Dennis Vess.
Visitation was held Saturday from 6-7 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home. The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Debt Retirement Fund, East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C. 29340; or to Gibbs Cancer Center, c/o SRMC, 101 E. Wood St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Martha W. White
Rutherford County native
CHESNEE – Martha Wilkerson White, 64, of 178 Adams Road, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at her home.
A native of Rutherford County, N.C., she was the wife of Henry H. White and daughter of the late Virgil and Hattie Hall Henderson. She attended Fairforest Church of God, where she was very active. She was preceded in death by a son, Eric Wilkerson, and her husband of 43 years, Dean Wilkerson.
Surviving are three daughters, Tara Yelton of Greenville, Amy Clary of Shelby and Laura Hiser of Hilton Head; a son, Rick Wilkerson of Easley; seven sisters, Alice Holcombe of Chesnee, Oradene Hayes of Ventura, Calif., Ruth Underwood of Chesnee, Jessie Keeter of Virginia, Juanita Hicks of Oakview, Calif., Margaret Scruggs of Sumter and Gayle Sprouse of Chesnee; two brothers, Hubert Henderson of Chesnee and Harold Henderson of Ellenboro, N.C.; eight grandchildren; a stepson, Donald Keith White; two step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Bill Waters and Frank Cooper.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee, and at other times they will be at the home.
In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Cecil R. Kirby
WWII veteran
MAYO – Cecil Ray Kirby, 80, of 1640 Double Branch Road, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at his home.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the husband of Margie Parris Kirby and son of the late James L. and Carrie Rice Kirby. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served in World War II, and was a retired employee of John H. Montgomery Mills. He attended Graham Chapel Wesleyan Church.
Mr. Kirby was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Ray Kirby, four sisters and five brothers.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Betty Kirby of Gaffney; a granddaughter and spouse, Cindy and Rev. Brian Bird of Canton, N.C.; a grandson and spouse, Wayne and Della Kirby of Mayo; a granddaughter, Ann Goode of Chesnee; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Graham Chapel Wesleyan Church, conducted by the Revs. Preston Edmonds and Brian Bird. Burial will be in Springhill Memorial Gardens. Body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Rufus A. Littlejohn
Gaffney native
Rufus Alexander (Chubby) Littlejohn, 52, of 823 S. Johnson St., died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at 3 p.m. in Upstate Caro-lina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of the late Tracy Littlejohn Sr. and the late Lillie Mae Henderson Littlejohn. He was a 1969 graduate of Gaffney High school.
Surviving are a son, Brian Weeks of Gaffney; a daughter, Geyanna Houey of Gaffney; three brothers, Tracy Littlejohn Jr., Ulysses Littlejohn and Wilbert Littlejohn of Gaffney; two sisters, Iocia L. Stradford and Vanessa Dawkins of Gaffney; four grandchildren; three step children whom he reared, Connie Weeks, Lamar Weeks and Scott Weeks of Gaffney.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Robert L. Dover, Kathy Neal and Lizzie Bridges. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Charles Smith, Jackie Jefferies, Larry Ratchford and his nephews.
Flower bearers will be his nieces.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Phylistine L. Vanlue
Gaffney native
Phylistine Larenda Vanlue, 33, of Glenn Wood Drive, Spartanburg, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medi-cal Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of Herbert Lee Vanlue and Christine Smith Vanlue of Gaffney. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a 1988 graduate of Gaffney High School.
Also surviving are three sons, Terrance Gist, Terrell Gist and Tyler Gist of the home; a brother, Ramon Q. Vanlue of Gaffney; and grandfather, Monroe Smith of Blacksburg.
The family will be at the home of her parents, Herbert Lee Vanlue and Christine Smith Vanlue, 247 Estelle Road, Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

J.B. Peeler
Retired from UCMC
John Benjamin (B.J.) Peeler, 73, of 232 Pryor St., died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at 5:46 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Restorative Care Center.
Son of the late Grady Peeler and the late Bessie Wallace Peeler, he was a native of Gaffney and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retired employee of Upstate Carolina Medical Center and a 1951 graduate of Granard High School.
Surviving are a brother, Ted Peeler of Gaffney; and two nieces who were reared in the home as sisters, Bessie Corry and Terry Wood of Gaffney.
Services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Metropolitan A.M..E. Zion Church, conducted by the Revs. Robert Perry and Ronnie Wilkins. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family is at the home of his niece, Terry Wood, 327 E. Buford St.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

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