Dr. Betty Edwards Garrison

A beautiful life of love and service ended October 20, 2022 when Dr. Betty Edwards Garrison
was called to eternal rest. Born December 1, 1947 in Gaffney, South Carolina, she was the
daughter of the late Newton T. and Lillie Garrett Edwards. Betty accepted Christ at an early age
and joined the Allen Temple Christian Methodist Epitopal Church where she continued a lifelong affiliation.

As a student at Granard High School, Betty excelled academically and was elected Miss
Homecoming and Miss Granard High. Upon graduation, she attended South Carolina State
University (SCSU), where she earned a degree in English. During her freshman year, she was
reacquainted with a former classmate from Gaffney, Bishop Morris Garrison, and they were
married in 1970. Betty and Bishop settled in Lexington, South Carolina, where they Joined St.
Paul Baptist Church and raised their two children, Bethany and BJ.

As a young child, Betty developed a love for reading, writing, and learning that laid the
foundation for successful careers in journalism, education, and community service. She was a
copy editor/reporter with the Columbia Record newspaper; an instructor and Director of
Student Publications for her alma mater, SCSU; an English teacher in Lexington School District
One; Team Leader/Education Associate III for the South Carolina Department of Education; and
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Orangeburg School District Three.
After retiring from Orangeburg Three, Betty and Bishop moved back to Gaffney. She re-entered
the workforce for several more years and served as an assistant professor and Director of
Administration and Leadership Programs at Converse University and in Cherokee County
community outreach for the United Way of the Piedmont.

As she advanced through her career, Betty continued her education by earning a Master of
Education degree from SCSU, an Educational Specialist degree from Converse University, and a
Doctorate of Education degree from SCSU.

Betty was a member of the Spartanburg Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Rotary
International, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Order of the Eastern Star, Theta Beta Gamma,
Incorporated, Cherokee County Democratic Women, and numerous educational-focused

During her long career in education, Betty had a profound commitment to ensuring that all
children were afforded the opportunity to explore and grow. She also, cherished opportunities
to support the professional and personal development of women. However, the most lasting
legacy that Betty leaves to her children and grandchildren is a life-long example of service to
others and the community, as well as the value of hard work.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Bishop Morris Garrison,

She is survived by her children Bethany Garrison Holloway and Bishop Morris Garrison, Jr.
(Cannon-Marie); grandchildren Caleb, Bishop, and Harriet; siblings John Wesley Edwards (Rachel), Clynta Ree Edwards Spear, and Kathy Edwards Bell (Tony); sisters-in-law, Deloris Manning, Lillie Ruth Edwards, and Minnie Hamilton, a dear friend, Rev. Albert Gray; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of friends. She will be deeply missed.

Public Viewing will be held Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 12:00 – 6 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, 11:00 a.m., in Limestone Missionary Baptist Church with The Reverend Milton Edwards and The Reverend Patrick Suber. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

Dean Bradley “Brad” Huskey

Dean Bradley “Brad” Huskey was born on November 6, 1969 to Willie Dean Huskey and Lizzie Ruth Tate Huskey in Gaffney, SC.

He lived his life to the fullest. Although he was sick for a very long time, he never complained. He always had something to say to either make you mad, of make you laugh.

Brad graduated from Gaffney Sr. High Class of “88”. He worked at Cherokee Finishing Company until he became disabled. He joined Mt. Tabor Baptist Church at a young age and sang on the Youth Choir.

He enjoyed riding four wheelers, fishing, and raising dogs and chickens. He thought he was the best spades and connect four player in the world!

Brad peacefully transitioned to his home in Heaven on October 15, 2022.
He was preceded in death by his father Willie Dean Huskey.

He leaves to cherish many fond memories his mother Lizzie Ruth Tate Huskey; a daughter, Kirsten Gary, of Greenville, SC; a sister, Sylvia Regina Bryd (John), of Simpsonville, SC; a brother, Hervin Duran Huskey, of Gaffney, SC; four aunts, Bernell Tate, Sarah Tate, Shelia Ratchford (Warren), all of Gaffney, Willie Mae Huskey, of Blacksburg, SC; two uncles, Charles Tate (Mary) and Victor Tate, both of Gaffney, SC; nieces and nephews, Relina Parker (Wayne), of Simpsonville, SC, Destiny Williams (Michael), of Columbia, SC, Justice Huskey, Duran Huskey and Kingston Huskey, all of Gaffney; one great nephew, Israel W. Parker, of Simpsonville, SC, four God children whom he was very fond of, Eddie & Tyrek Smith, Duke Littlejohn, Keeon Tate, all of Gaffney, SC; a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 22, 2022, 1:00 p.m., in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrell Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family has requested no viewing or visitation at the Mortuary. They are not receiving visitors at the home, instead, they will receive friends in the church from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Lavell Najah Lane

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Lavell NaJah Lane, 29, 9f 611 8th Street, Gaffney, passed away Monday, October 3, 2022, in
Spartanburg, SC.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY and was a son of Andy Reese and Beverly Lane-Reese of the home.

Lavell was of the Pentecostal Faith. He attended Howard University in Washington D.C. where he was a member of the Howard University Track Team. He excelled in the sport and was awarded a full scholarship.

Lavell leaves to cherish loving memories: his parents, Andy and Beverly Lane-Reese, of the home; his siblings, Andrew Reese, Anthony Reese, Elijah Lane, Rockell Thomas (Prescott), Jennifer Reese, Roxann Thomas (Kesean), April Lane, Andrea Reese, Thomas Jones, Alonzo Jones, Bertha English Jones, Andy Reese, Jr., Andy Davis, Randy Davis, and Anquinette Reese; other relatives and friends.

Public Viewing will be held Monday, October 10, 2022 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, 2:00 pm., in Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church with The Reverend C.A. Wallace officiating.

Interment will follow in New Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

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