2005-12-21 / Front Page

Two victims are Gaffney natives

By TARA JENNINGS Ledger Staff Writer tara@gaffneyledger.com

Two Gaffney natives were killed Saturday in Spartanburg in an apparent murder-suicide that claimed a total of four lives.

George Ernest Ford, 78, and his wife, Belva Ray “Billie” Ford, 72, were found shot to death inside their Spartanburg home. The Fords’ daughter, 56-year-old Brenda Lynn Rogers who had lived with the Fords, died in an ambulance en route to the hospital.

Spartanburg County deputies believe Rogers’ husband, 58-yearold Ligon “Danny” Rogers of Spartanburg, shot his wife and the Fords before turning the .357 revolver on himself.

George Ford was the son of the late William Baxter and Martha Hamrick Ford. After graduating from Gaffney High, he attended Spartanburg Methodist College. He retired after more than 40 years of service at Southern Railway.

Belva Ray Ford was the daughter of the late Carlos and Gladys Jones.

Also a Gaffney High graduate, she attended Piedmont Beauty School and owned the Fashionette Beauty Salon until her retirement.

Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery. Complete obituaries appear on Page 8.

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