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Gaffney, SC - Rev. Lester Arnold Haney, 74, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at his residence.
Born in Asheville, NC, he was the husband of Judy Wise Haney and son of the late Robert Lee Haney and Martha Jane Bishop Haney. Rev. Haney was a retired minister and chaplain previously serving as pastor of Danielsville Evangelical Methodist Church in Danielsville, GA, First Evangelical Methodist Church in Bayou La Batre, AL, Westview Evangelical Methodist Church in Spartanburg, SC, Shamrock Evangelical Methodist Church in Burlington, NC and Mt. Whitaker Baptist Church in Blacksburg, SC. He also served as interim pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Blacksburg, SC and Smyrna Baptist Church in Smyrna, SC. Rev. Haney was an antique collector and loved gardening and flowers.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Lester Arnold Haney, II and wife, Steffanni, of Greer; two daughters, Rachel Marett and husband, Chad, and Lori Maynor and fiancé, David Wardell, all of Gaffney; a sister, Mary Chapman of Asheville, NC; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 PM on Monday, May 26, 2014 at Midway Baptist Church. Funeral services will immediately follow at 4:00 PM at the Church with Rev. Vernon Craig and Rev. Billy Carey officiating. Interment will be in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Midway Baptist Church, 153 Midway Road, Gaffney, SC 29341.
The family will be at the residence.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com.
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory - Gaffney
1047 Chesnee Highway P.O. Box 850
Gaffney, SC 29341
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 24, 2014