common / 06-29-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section

Obituaries

Ellen G. Sizemore
Former employee of Conso
Ellen Green Sizemore, 72, of Apt. 102, Town and Country Apartments, 106 Ellis Ferry Ave., widow of Floyd H. Sizemore, died at her residence Thursday, June 28, 2001, after a long illness.
Mrs. Sizemore was born in Union on Jan. 28, 1929, a daughter of the late Dewey L. Green and Eulala Dupre Green Gowan. She was the stepdaughter of the late Clyde Gowan. A member of Ottaray Baptist Church, she was formerly employed by Conso Products.
Surviving are three daughters, Judy Whitehead, Donna Sue Nave and Carole Caldwell, all of Union; two sons, Floyd H. “Butch” Sizemore of Spartanburg and John Sizemore of Gaffney; a sister, Jackie G. Moore of Union; two brothers, Dr. J.L. Gowan of Georgia and D.L. Green Jr. of Charleston; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Putman Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Allen Taylor.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 at S.R. Holcome Funeral Home, 310 W. South St., Union, and other times will be at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul (Judy) Whitehead, 202 Mill St., Buffalo, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
S.R. Holcome Funeral Home, 310 W. South St., Union, is in charge of arrangements.

Irene K. Dixon
Egan, Ga., native
Irene Kirk Dixon, 96, formerly of Blacksburg, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
Born in Egan, Ga., she was the widow of Rev. Henry (H.C.) Dixon and daughter of the late Henry Kirk and Clara Reeves Kirk. She was a homemaker and member of Cherokee Falls Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Ruth Whelchel of Union and Dorothy Dixon of Blacksburg; two sons, Ernest Dixon of Blacksburg and Herbert Dixon of North Charleston; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by three daughters, Edna Dixon, Jean Mascola and Joanne Nowak.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. View Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Michael Whelchel, Mr. Tommy Eaker and the Rev. Tim Knotts.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
The family is at the home of Dorothy Dixon, 404 S. Charleston St., Blacksburg, and will receive friends tonight from 7-8 at Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherokee Falls Baptist Church, 1209 School St., Cherokee Falls, S.C. 29702.
Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Johnson Covington Sr.
BLACKSBURG – Services for Johnson Covington, Sr., 66, of 250 Borders Rd., will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Youngs Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Larry J. Brooks, Nolan Crosby, George Kirby, Michael Hull, Nettie McCluney and Timothy McCluney officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be Ivory Good, George Kirby Jr., Tyson Tate, Alphonso Tate, Vassily Goode and Douglas Womack.
Flower bearers will be Vivian Turner, Stacie Belton, Brenda Good, Kashekia Oglesby, Valerie Davis, Torry Burris, Violet Goode and Rachel Goode.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel J. Knuckles
Gaffney native
Samuel Johnson Knuckles, 62, husband of Mary Peek Knuckles of East Orange, N.J., died Saturday, June 23, 2001, in the East Orange V.A. Hospital.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Rose Johnson Manley of East Orange and the late Bill Knuckles. He was reared by the late Curlee Knuckles. He was a graduate of Granard High School and an Army veteran. He was a contractor for F.S.I. & Company of St. Barnabas Hospital.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a son, Frederick Knuckles of Gaffney; two daughters, Amy Knuckles of Spartanburg and LaShandra Knuckles of East Orange; a sister, Gladys Jefferies of Union, N.J.; two brothers, Horace Johnson or Irvington, N.J., and Dennis Johnson of Maplewood, N.J.; and six grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Suburan Home of Cotton Funeral Services, Orange, N.J. Military interment was in New Jersey Veteran Cemetery of Wrightown, N.J.
(Courtesy of Foster Funeral Home.).

Samuel Shears Jr.
Greensboro, N.C., native
Deacon Samuel Shears Jr., 76, of 111 Crosby St., widower of Lillie Etta Wood Shears, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at 7 p.m. at his home
Son of the late Samuel Shears Sr. and the late Laura Finley Shears Dawkins, he was born in Greensboro, N.C., and reared in Gaffney. He was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church and served as a deacon, former president of the Usher Board, member of the All Male Chorus and the Senior Choir. He also served as custodian at New Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Surviving are six sons, Freddie Shears and Samuel Dean Shears of Gaffney, William Shears of Blacksburg, Orlene Shears of Greensboro, Bobby Shears of Charleston and Evon Shears of Clover; five daughters, Gloria Tate, Shirley Tate, both of Gaffney, Lillie Diane Reddick of Chesapeake, Va., Justine Foster of the home and Karen Granger of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, William Dawkins of Gaffney; 34 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren and Ricky Dawkins of Spartanburg who was reared in the home as a son.
Services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Mason officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will be in the church cemetery by Limestone Masonic Lodge No. 117. Body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. and the family will receive friends there at 2:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be members of Limestone Masonic Lodge No. 117. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of New Mount Zion Baptist Church, members of Cherokee Consistory No. 267 and Royal Arch Chapter.
Flower bearers will be the deaconesses of New Mount Zion Baptist Church and members of the Eastern Stars.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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