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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Guy E. Kirby Sr.
Retired from Oxford
Guy Edward Kirby Sr., 92, of 731 Macedonia Road, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at his residence.
A native of Gaffney, he was the husband of Thelma Cash Kirby and was first married to the late Julia Humphries Kirby. He was the son of the late William Alexander Kirby and the late Florence Ann Wright Kirby. A retired maintenance man at Oxford Industries, he was a former salesman for C.B. Poole and was a member of Woodmen of the World and Redman of the World. He was a lay leader for the Methodist Church and was a deacon and member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where he taught the Guy Kirby Sunday School Class for years.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Kay Pettit and Gail Martin, both of Gaffney; a son, Guy Kirby Jr. of Orangeburg; a brother, Ezelle Kirby of Gaffney; a sister, Marie Cloninger of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Terry Duvall. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kent Kirby, Chris Blanton, Dennis Martin, Brent Martin, Connor Parker, Joe Thomas Blanton, Michael Martin and Benjamin Hudson.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Number 1 Men's Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Macedonia Baptist Church.
The family is at the home of Gail and Johnny Martin, 223 Midway Terrace, Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 1612 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, S.C. 29341; or to Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 Macedonia Road, Gaffney, S.C. 29341.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Sherry D. Campbell
GROVER, N.C. – Sherry Denise Campbell, 40, of 142 Hicks Road, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, in Rutherford Hospital, Rutherfordton, N.C.
She was the daughter of James and Louzalia "Pee Wee" Radica.
Also surviving are a brother, Leonard Ray Radica of Grover; five sisters, Donna Dover, Ronna Wilson, both of Gaffney, Tammy Ragan of Moorhead City, N.C., Gwen Radica of Blacksburg and Brittany Radica of Grover.
Cryptside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Clingman Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Revs. Dennis Harmon and Johnny Willis.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at White Columns of Blacksburg and at other times they will be at the residence.

Buford L. Proctor
Self-employed brick mason
COWPENS – Buford Leo Proctor, 68, of 1171 Bunch Lane, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the widower of Norma D. Proctor and son of the late Agustus Proctor Sr. and the late Velmay Hogue Proctor. He was a member of Suck Creek Baptist Church and Cowpens Masonic Lodge No. 308.
Mr. Proctor was a self-employed brick mason for 20 years.
Surviving are four sisters, Mary Williams of Spartanburg, Mayfrance Houze of Chicago, Ill., Marcelene Dewberry of Cowpens and Rev. Omizene Proctor of Cowpens; and four brothers, Kenneth Proctor of Washington, D.C., Agustus Proctor Jr. and James Proctor of Maryland and Willie Proctor of Gaffney.
Arrangements are incomplete. Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Keishana G. Knuckles
New York City native
Keishana Gracie Knuckles, 21, of 32 White Oak Apartments, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, at her residence.
Keishana was born in Bronx, N.Y., on July 27, 1983, to Georgette Knuckles and Keith Gerald Jones of New York City. She was educated in the New York City school system until she relocated in 1998 to Gaffney, where she graduated from Gaffney High School. She continued her education at Limestone College and USC-Spartanburg, and was a student at Spartanburg Technical College.
Keishana's attitude, integrity and personality leave a legacy that will never be forgotten. She was well loved by her family, her friends and her peers. Keishana had a smile that would light up a room. She loved helping anyone she could. She was a quiet young lady, devoted to her education and family.
Keishana was born into this world as an angel and is now an angel in the Lord's castle.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a half-sister, BreeAna Jones of New York City; brothers, Keith G. Jones Hudson of Denmark, Europe, and Keith G. Jones III of New York City; grandmother, Marilyn Johnson of Virginia; uncles, William Knuckles of Nashville, Tenn., Joseph Edmondson of Paris, France, Anthony Roberts of Newport News, Va., and Arnold Johnson of Oxford, N.C.; aunts, Tanya Roberts of Florida, Vanessa Knuckles of Gaffney, Nancy Roberts and Lisa Roberts, both of Newport News, Va.; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church on Mayo Road in Cowpens, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. C. Dennis Rector. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family is at the home of her aunt, Vanessa Knuckles, at Magnolia Apartments in Gaffney.
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Frederick L. Blanton
Retired textile employee
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.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Draytonville Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Robert Ivey.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

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, she was the daughter of Mattie Hopper Crosby of Gaffney and the late Lemmie Crosby and 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 today 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 Lang 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.

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