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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Joe F. Whiten
Retired from USPS
Joe Furman "Daddy Joe" Whiten of 112 Stacy Drive died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at Cleveland Regional Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Roy Arthur and Ruby Porter Whiten. He was a servant to his country, enlisting at the age of sixteen, and his fellow citizens of Gaffney as he served in World War II as a 3rd Class Gunner's Mate in the United States Navy and retired from the United States Postal Service.
Upon his retirement, he assisted his son-in-law in the establishment of Renfrow Brothers. He was a member of West End Baptist Church, National Association of Letter Carriers and Shelby Moose Lodge.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jerrie Whiten Zeh.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Grace Peek Whiten of the home; a son, Lynn Whiten of Gaffney; three daughters, Vicki Roland and husband, Jim, of Shelby, N.C., Lana Parker and husband, David, of Gaffney and Lisa Renfrow and husband, William, of Spartanburg, S.C.; eleven grandchildren, Chad Spangler of Florence, S.C., Dana Earley of Lafayette, Louisiana, Jennifer E. Abernathy of Columbia, S.C., Allison Earley, Lyndsay and Brandt Whiten of Gaffney and Thomas, John Mark, Luke, Grace and Miriam Renfrow of Spartanburg, S.C.; and one great-grandchild, Lilly Abernathy of Columbia, S.C.
A memorial service will be held at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 24, at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Wayne Brown officiating. The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. prior to the service. Interment at Frederick Memorial Gardens.
The family will be at the residence, 112 Stacy Drive, from 4-7 p.m. today.
The pallbearers will be Chad Spangler, Brad Phillips, John Abernathy, Scott Jolly, Brandt Whiten, Thomas Renfrow, John Mark Renfrow and Luke Renfrow.
Memorials may be made to the church or charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Stanley Dudeck Sr.
Former used car dealer, real estate agent in Gaffney
Stanley Dudeck Sr., 91, formerly of Gaffney, died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tenn.
A native of Warsaw, Poland, he was the son of the late Metro Dudeck and the late Anna Mamrych Dudeck. He was a World War II Army veteran and a former Gaffney used car dealer and real estate agent. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Surviving are three sons, Stanley Dudeck Jr., Jerry Dudeck and Eugene Dudeck, all of Plains, Pa.; a daughter, Teresa Vrotkoski of Plains; and a sister, Mary Ukleya of Wilkesbarre, Pa.
No services are planned.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Olin W. Brown
Retired from Daniel Construction
Olin Wells Brown, 69, of 105 Montpelier St., died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at the V.A. Hospital in Asheville, N.C.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Nancy Elaine Batchler Brown and son of the late Earl Brown and the late Agatha Carmen Childers Brown. He was a retired carpenter from Daniel Construction Company and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed the art of writing.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, John Paul Brown of the home and James David Brown of Gaffney; and two grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown was preceded in death by two brothers, Dean Brown and Jerry E. Brown.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Mullinax. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Casey Lynn Beheler
Kings Mountain native
Casey Lynn Lovelace Beheler, 32, of 1219 Cherokee Ave., died Friday, June 18, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Kings Mountain, N.C., she was the wife of Scotty Beheler and daughter of Jerry Lovelace of Smyrna and Jane Hardin Rinehart of York. She was a textile employee and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are stepfather, Ernie Rinehart of York; a sister, Toni L. White of Smyrna; paternal grandparents, Cecil and Margie F. Clark of Columbia; and two stepbrothers, Joel Rinehart and Shane Rinehart, both of Rock Hill.
Services were held Monday at 3 p.m. at Smyrna Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Charles Foster. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were John White, Ted Doster, Shawn Smith, Keith Frix, David Stone and Neal Hardin.
The family is at the home of her father, Jerry Lovelace, 4852 Canaan Church Road, Smyrna.
Memorials to Casey Beheler may be made in care of Gordon Mortuary, P.O. Box 428, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.

Olen Lee Owens
Employed by Sossamon Construction Company
Olen Lee Owens, 59, of 227 Henderson St., died Monday, June 21, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, he was the widower of Doris Blackwell Owens and son of the late Olen W. Owens and the late Emma Bur-gess Owens. He was employed by Sossamon Construction Company and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Johnson Memorial Baptist Church and was a beloved brother and uncle.
Surviving are two stepchildren, Troy Williams of Blacksburg and Stephanie Williams of Gaffney; two sisters, Ethel Medley and Mary Wright of Gaffney; four brothers, James Owens, Eugene Owens, David Owens and Donald Owens, all of Gaffney; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Wayne Arrowood.
Pallbearers will be Terry Medley, Rodney Medley, Doug Medley, David Ruppe, Billy Owens, Ronnie Owens and Edward Owens.
The family is at the home of his sister, Ethel Medley, 126 Shrine Club Road.
Memorials may be made to Olen Lee Owens Memorial Fund, c/o Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, 211 E. Frederick St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Bernay F. Halsey
Employed by Limestone College
Bernay F. Halsey, 54, husband of Brenda Whittenburg Halsey, of 1005 E. O'Neal Street, died Tuesday morning, June 22, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Hal-sey was born in Gaffney, son of the late Robert Miller Halsey and the late Lula Gaffney Halsey Oglesby. He was a 1967 graduate of Fuller Normal High School in Greenville and was a member of Limestone Baptist Church.
He attended Indian Hill Baptist Church and was employed by Limestone College.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Bernay F. Halsey Jr. and Demont Halsey, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Fredericka Halsey of Gaffney and Britteny Halsey of the home; a sister, Gwendolette Dawkins of Gaffney; two brothers, Robert Halsey of Chester and Samuel Halsey of Charlotte; Kenneth Oglesby and Rev. Roderick Oglesby, both reared in the home as his brothers; maternal grandmother, Mae Sue Gaffney of Gaffney; and four grandchildren.
Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Indian Hill Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Mary D. Jefferies. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Rev. Andrew Padgett
Retired Wesleyan minister
DUNCAN – Rev. Andrew Wofford Padgett, 85, formerly of Duncan and widower of Bernice Turner Padgett, died June 19, 2004, at White Oak Estates.
Rev. Padgett was a son of the late Olen S. and Eliza Jane Pearson Padgett. He served as a Wesleyan minister for 53 years.
Surviving are three sisters, Annie Jane Russell of Fairmont, Nettie Sue Coggins of Reidville and Myrtle Paradis of Duncan.
Services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Wood Mortuary, conducted by the Rev. W.D. James. Private committal was in Wood Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Wood Mortuary, Greer.

Willie B. Pearson
Vietnam veteran
Services for Willie B. Pearson, 57, of 506 S. Oliver St.were held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Callaham-Hicks Funeral Home, Spartanburg, conducted by the Rev. George Rhodes Jr. Burial was in Harrison Grove Baptist Church.
Mr. Pearson died on June 14, 2004, after an extended illness.
The family is at the home of his daughter at Dorisencia Jones, 294 Pioneer Place, Spartanburg, and at the home of his sister, Etta Jeter, 513 Hetty Hill St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Callaham-Hicks Funeral Home.

L.C. Vassey Jr.
Retired from Duke Power
FOREST CITY, N.C. – L.C. Vassey Jr., 86, of 461 E. Main Street, died Monday, June 21, 2004, in Rutherford Hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Luther Vassey and Carrie Ray Vassey. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was retired from Duke Power Steam Station at Cliffside.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth "Lib" Moore Vassey; two brothers, Carroll Vassey of Chesnee and Russell Vassey of Gaffney; and two sisters, Lethco Hamrick of Cliffside and Evelyn Blackwell of Gaffney.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Wayne Ratcliffe. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 at McMahan's Funeral Home, Inc., 249 S. Main Street, Rutherfordton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 880, Forest City, N.C. 28043.

Marie E. Gaffney
Homemaker
COWPENS – Marie Elizabeth Gaffney, 65, of 133 Mae Lane, died Thursday, June 17, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Widow of Ralph James Gaffney, she was a native of Union County and daughter of the late John and Audie Mae Lipsey. She was a member of Beaumont Methodist Church in Spartanburg and was a homemaker.
Surviving are a son, brant Keith Gaffney of Cowpens; four grandsons, Kyle Wooten, Robert Wooten, Patrick Wooten and Keith Gaffney; four granddaughters, Angel Gaffney, Brandi Gaffney, Trista Gaffney and Brittany Gaffney; one great-grandson, Chavis Wooten; and two great-granddaughters, Blair Wooten and Jessica Sawyer.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Gaffney was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Jerry Eugene Gaffney and Tina Marie Gaffney, and a sister, Patricia Riddle.
A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. a New Pleasant Baptist Church in Gaffney, conducted by the Rev. George Holland.
The family is at the home.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Marie Gaffney Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 534, Greer, S.c. 29652.
Arrangements by the Wood Mortuary, Greer.

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