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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Monday, October 4, 2004

Keishana Knuckles
Employed by No Fear Sportswear at Prime Outlets
Keishana Knuckles, 21, of 32 White Oak Apartments, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at her residence.
Daughter of Georgette Knuckles and Keith G. Jones, both of New York City, she was born in New York City and was a 2002 graduate of Gaffney High School. She was a student at Spartanburg Technical College and employed by No Fear Sportswear at Prime Outlets of Gaffney.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a half-sister, Bree Ann Jones of New York City; two half-brothers, Keith Jones III and Keith Jones Hudson, both of New York City; and grandmother, Marlyn Johnson of Virginia.
The family is at the home of her aunt, Vanessa Knuckles, in Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Frances M. Price
Cherokee County native
GREAT FALLS – Frances Mae Morris Price, 72, of 164 Ranger Lane, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at her home.
Born in Cherokee County on Jan. 25, 1932, she was the wife of Arthur R. Price and daughter of the late Mason Morris and the late Edith Gallman Morris. She was formerly employed by Apple Tree Fashions in Great Falls and was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she formerly was a Sunday School teacher and choir member. She was a graduate of Great Falls High School.
Also surviving are a daughter, Debbie P. Griffin of Columbia; and two granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association of S.C., P.O. Box 10794, Greenville, S.C. 29603; or National Kidney Foundation, 500 Taylor St., Suite 101, Columbia, S.C. 29201.
Services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Philip Blankenship. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home, Great Falls.

Evalee W. Clary
Long-time employee of Iron City Pharmacy
Evalee White Clary, 80, a lifelong resident of Cherokee County, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born April 12, 1924, in Cherokee Falls, she was the daughter of the late Wade and Sallie Bolin White. Mrs. Clary was a member of Gaffney First Baptist Church and graduate of Blacksburg High School. For most of her working life, she was employed by Iron City Pharmacy and later as a dietitian in the Cherokee County school system and Cherokee County Memorial Hospital. She was also a pharmacy technician for Buford Street Drug Store in Gaffney.
Mrs. Clary is survived by her husband, Richard Wayne Clary of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Charlene Clary of Gaffney; a sister, Louise Farris of Blacksburg; a number of nephews and nieces; and three wonderful caregivers, Minnie Pearl Rogers, Minnie Leach and Rosa Allen.
The family will receive friends today beginning at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Gaffney. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Joel Sellers and Dr. M.B. Morrow Jr. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church today at 9 a.m.
Serving as pallbearers are Steven Helton, Andy Wallace, Jerry Cobb, Roger Jones, Grady Boyd, Robbie Douglas, Billy Wayne Elder Jr. and Theo Lane.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Upstate Alzheimer's Association, 110 S. Dean St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family is at the home of Mike and Charlene Clary, 408 Grace St., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home, Spartanburg.

Rachel P. Kirby
Retired from Springs Ind.
Rachel Katherine Price Kirby, 79, of 111 Beltline Road, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Cowpens, she was the daughter of the late Fred R. Price and the late Sarah Hester Louise Clary Price. She was a retired textile employee with Springs Industries and was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Howard Kirby, and his wife, Shirley, of Gaffney; six sisters, Fredree Davis, Sue Fowler, both of Spartanburg, Betty Scruggs, Nancy Scruggs and Rita Reynolds, all of Cowpens, and Louise Davis of Greenville; two brothers, Arthur Price of Great Falls and Roy Price of Goose Creek; two grandchildren, David and Ryan Kirby; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kirby was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Padgett.
Graveside services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Sidney Norton. The family will receive friends at the graveside following the service.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County Unit, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Frederick L. Blanton
Retired textile employee; World War II veteran
Frederick Lee Blanton, 81, of 105 Monroe St., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Alma Davis Blanton and son of the late William "Will" Blanton and the late Alice Viola Spencer Blanton. He was a retired textile employee, a member of Kirby Memorial Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sisters, Catherine Owens, Nancy Manning and Pearl McMurray, all of Gaffney; three brothers, J.B. Blanton, Rev. William Blanton and Sherwood Blanton, all of Gaffney; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Blanton was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Lee Blanton.
The family is at the residence
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

Leola Roberts
Home care agent for City of New York
Leola Roberts, 74, of 309 East 118th St., Apt. 6F, New York City, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, in Memorial Hospital for Cancer in New York City.
Mrs. Roberts was the wife of John Wesley Roberts of Shelby, N.C., and daughter of the late Monroe Curtis and the late Buford Littlejohn Curtis. A native of Cherokee County, she was of the Catholic faith and had lived most of her life in New York City. She was employed by the City of New York as a home care agent.
Also surviving are a son, Ronald Roberts of Mareno Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Ann Hunter of Rialto, Calif.; a brother, Fields Curtis of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Evon Curtis of Los Angeles, Calif., and Prescilla Mitchell of Denver, Colo.; and eight grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Roberts, and a son, John Wesley Roberts Jr.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at noon at Carolina Biblical Gardens, 5710 Riverdale Road, Jamestown, N.C., near High Point, N.C., with the Rev. Lawrence Curtis officiating.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney.

Annie P. Robinson
Cherokee County native
IRMO - Annie Pearl Robinson, 61, of 86 Chadford Road, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, in Lexington Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County and daughter of Mattie Hopper Crosby of Gaffney and the late Lennie Crosby, she was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Cathy Holmes of Columbia; a grandson, Drayon Holmes of Columbia; and two sisters, Sarah Smith and Willie Mae Crosby of Gaffney.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. and the Revs. Teressa Black and Larry Black. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Crosby, Dennis Clarke, Talvin Johnson, Bruce Adams, Lawrence Smith, Dean Camp, Walter Wilson, Darren Crosby, Kenneth Smith, George Smith, DeShon Norman, J.B. Houston and Larry Crosby.
Flower bearers will be Peggy Smith, Gerald Sims, Wilma Davis, Wanda McCluney, Vanessa Dawkins, Evelyn Smith, Brenda Talley, Vivian Phillips, Mildred wood, Rosalyn Austin and Carolyn Montgomery.
The family is at the home of her sister, Sarah Crosby Smith, 511 McCluney Dr., Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Carl Earley
Retired insurance salesman; World War II veteran
Carl Earley, 88, of 145 Anthony St., died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at his home.
A native of Gaffney, he was the widower of Bessie Sanders Earley and son of the late A.E. Earley and the late Fannie McCurry Earley. He was a retired insurance salesman, an Army veteran of World War II, a Shriner and member of Granard Masonic Lodge No. 186 AFM and El Bethel Baptist Church.
Surviving are a brother, Wayne Earley of West Plains, Mo.; two sisters, Mildred LeCroy and Della Blanton, both of Gaffney; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Earley was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Blaine and Everett Earley, and a sister, Pauline Mullinax.
Services with Masonic Rites were held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Shuford-Hatcher Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Danny Phillips.
Burial, with military honors, was in Abingdon Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Harold Childers, Chris Teasley, Randy McDowell, Randy Patterson and Timmy Wallace.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342; or to Indian Hill Baptist Church, 135 Leadmine St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Margaret G. Hardin
Cherokee County native
BLACKSBURG – Margaret Goforth Hardin, 81, of 628 S. Charleston St., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Henry Hardin and daughter of the late John and Nannie Patterson Goforth.
Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Gary Upchurch of Blacksburg, Judy and Yvan Walker of Blacksburg, Linda and Lynn Wilkins of Gaffney and Joyce and Tillman Hill of Oakwood, Ga.; three brothers, John Thomas Goforth of Blacksburg, Charles W. Goforth of Blacksburg and Bobby G. Goforth of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Pauline G. Hannon of Blacksburg and Thelma G. Blanton of Shelby, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Mandy and Steve Grigg, Julie and Wes Foster, John Wilkins and Casey Wilkins, all of Gaffney, Meg and Jeff Newman of Greer, and Wendy and Allan Harden and Lori Ann Hill, all of Gainesville, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Tristan and Carson Grigg and Olivia and James Harden.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Hardin was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Alex Newman.
Graveside services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery, conducted by Chaplain Gary Pindroh.
Pallbearers were allan Harden, Steve Grigg, Casey Wilkins, John Wilkins, Jeff Newman and Wes Foster.
Honorary pallbearers were Julie Foster, Mandy Grigg, Meg Newman, Lori Hill and Wendy Harden.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301; or to the charity of one's choice.
The family is at the Upchurch home, 402 S. Charleston St., Blacksburg.
Arrangements by White Columns of Blacksburg.

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