Enquirer Herald

obituaries -- April 10, 2008

Lucille Dover

CLOVER -- Lucille Ethel Evans Dover, 86, formerly of Clover, S.C., died Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Rock Hill, S.C.

Mrs. Dover was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Gaston County, N.C., to the late Oliver Thomas and Liddia Arrowood Evans. She was the widow of Leslie Howard Dover.

A graveside service was April 9, 2008, at Lakeview Memory Gardens, with the Rev. Harry Bryant officiating.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Howard J. "Sonnie" and Eddie Dover of Rock Hill, S.C.; Donald L. and Alice Dover, also of Rock Hill; and Jerry L. and Darlene Dover of Gastonia, N.C.; two sisters, Emma Lee Ballew of Hobbs, N.M. and Viola E. Powell of Gastonia, N.C.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bowling Green First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 38, Bowling Green, SC 29703 or God's Kitchen, 706 Old North Main St., Clover, SC 29710.

M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home served the family of Mrs. Dover.

Paul Gourley

SHARON -- Paul Stuart Gourley, 30, of 4198 Ramsey Road died Friday, April 4, 2008.

The funeral was April 7 at Sharon ARP Church. The Rev. Tom Sherer and the Rev. Mike Goodwin officiated. Burial was at Sharon ARP Church Cemetery.

A native of Sharon, Paul was a son of Jay Gourley and Nancy Childers Gourley. He graduated from Johnson and Wales University and was a chef. He had obtained the rank of Eagle Scout with Sharon Boy Scout Troop 137 in Sharon, S.C.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Jay and Brenda Gourley, of Sharon; his mother, Nancy Gourley of Sharon; his brother, David and his wife, Penny and their son, Elias Samuel Gourley of York, S.C.; his sister, Mary Gourley of Las Cruces, N.M.; his stepsister, Lexi Williams of Sharon; and maternal grandfather, Floyd Childers of Hickory Grove, S.C.

Memorials may be made to Boy Scout Troop 137, c/o Jimmy Howe, P.O. Box 123, Sharon, SC 29742.

Bratton Funeral Home in York is serving the Gourley family.

Mary Stanton

CLOVER -- Mrs. Mary Helen Withers Stanton passed away at her home on St. Paul Church Road, April 3, 2008.

A celebration of her life was conducted by Rev. David Inman at St. Paul United Methodist Church, on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Pallbearers for the funeral were her grandsons, Mike Adams, Bob Bowman, Josh Boyd, Travis Boyd, Brian Stanton, Matt Stanton, Stan Stanton, Stevie Stanton, Stuart Stanton, and Tommy Stanton.

Born in Saxapahaw, N.C., on June 28, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Sarah Jane Murphy and Miles Luther Withers. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51years, Thomas William Stanton; two sisters, Hazel Lee Withers and Ida Mae Withers Parrish; and a brother, James Franklin Withers.

Affectionately known as "Maw," she was a member and former lay speaker of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Maw reared her children and grandchildren by providing them with her loving care and endearing support. She shared her morals and wisdom with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and was proud of each of them.

She possessed an unconditional love for family and friends and leaves them with a plethora of life lessons and clichés, most notably her "subtle hints."

She loved family outings, gardening, traveling, card games, and people. She was a unique and special mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, teacher, and friend. After raising her children, helping her husband on their small dairy farm, and working in textiles and in business, Maw enrolled at Winthrop College when she was fifty-five, earning a master's degree in 1976. She then taught school for twelve years and retired at the age of seventy-two.

Survivors include one sister, Estelle Alledo Withers; and a brother, Lawrence Edward Withers; three daughters, four sons, and their spouses, Anne S. and Jerry Adams, of Clover, Fred and Diane S. Stanton of Columbia, Sylvia S. and Lonnie Bowman of Columbia, Earl and Kay T. Stanton of Greenwood, Bill and Beth H. Stanton of Clinton, Steve and Phyllis S. Stanton of Clover, Margaret S. and Robbie Boyd of York; seventeen grandchildren and their spouses, Linda A. and Billy Swittenberg of Lexington, Mike and Tammy B. Adams of Clover, Mary Helen A. and Mike Allen of Clover, Stan and Kathy M. Stanton of Mauldin, Steve and Kelly E. Stanton of Columbia, Stuart Stanton of Columbia, Sherri S. Davis of Lexington, Bob Bowman of Ann Arbor, Mich., Donna Bowman of Irmo, Leslie S. and Gary Hinton of Rock Hill, Matt and Wendy Stanton of Lexington, Brian and Lisa A. Stanton of Greenville, Tommy and Candice G. Stanton of Greer, Lori Jane S. and Mark Russell of Dublin, Ohio, Stephanie S. and Will Reynolds of Charlotte, N.C., Josh Boyd of York and Travis Boyd of Clover; nineteen great-grandchildren, Sarah Swittenberg, Stanton and Sydney Adams, Eli and Adam Allen, Eric and Mona S. Stanton, Allie Morgan Stanton, Jacob, Joseph and Jackson Stanton, Katie Davis, Reid Stanton, McKenzie Stanton, Gray and Riley Stanton, Carrick and McKenna Russell and Gracie and William Reynolds; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family sends special thanks to loving caretakers, Wilma Bolin, Sara Currence, Betty Floyd, Phyllis McClain and Mary Smieja of Interim Healthcare Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Missions Fund, 1550 St. Paul Church Road, Clover, SC 29710; or Interim Healthcare Hospice, Suite 105, 154 Amendment Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29732.

Bratton Funeral Home in York is serving the Stanton family.

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