common / 12-17-2001

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Annie Blakenship
SMYRNA - Annie Leola Blakenship, 78, of 210 Ore Bank Road died Dec. 15 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
A native of Caldwell County, she was the wife of the late Roy Andrews and Ron Blakenship. She was the daughter of of the late George and Mamie Lackey Keller. She was the daughter of the late George and Mamie Lackey Keller. She was the proprietor of Ann's Service Bureau in Washington, D.C. before she retired.
She is survived by her daughter, Norma Green of Spartanburg; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Gerald Blackenship and Tommy Andrews.
A memorial service willl be held at a later date.
White-Columns is in charge.

Frank Oglesby
Frank Homer Oglesby, 68, of 812 Fairview Ave. died Saturday, Dec. 15 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
The husband of Mamie Montgomery Oglesby, he was the son of the late T.B. Oglesburg and the late Pauline Elizabeth Jefferies Oglesburg.
A native of Cherokee County, he was a graduate of Granard High School, class of 1955 and a member of Island Creek Baptist Church. He was an Army veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. He attended Limestone Missionary Baptist Church and Philadelphia Baptist Church. He was a retired Warehouse supervisor at Cherokee Finishing Co. and for the last five years, he served as a cashier for Auto Brite Services Center.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Bennett R. Smith, Kenneth W. Oglesby, Rev. Roderick T. Oglesby and Bernay Holsey, all of Gaffney; one daughter, Gwendolette Holsey Dawkins of Gaffney; two brothers, Bobby Oglesby of Gaffney and Dennis Oglesby of St. Matthews; three sisters, Bernice Brown of Detroit, Mich., Pernice Smith and Sarah Redish, both of Gaffney; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Charles Dawkins
Charles Edward "Big Top" Dawkins, 62, of 937 East O'Neal Street died Friday, Dec. 14 at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center.
A son of the late Brockman Dawkins and the late Alliane Davidson Dawkins, he was a native of Gaffney and a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.
He was self-employed as a concrete finisher and brick mason.
He is survived by two sons, Charles Edward Dawkins, Jr. of Gaffney and Sgt. First Class Vincent Dawkins of Ft. Bragg; three step-sons, Charles Allen of Forest City, Lee Tate and Torry Allen of Gaffney; eight daughters, Peggy Tate, Mary Burris, Teresa Smith, Sandra Watkins, Tangelia Dawkins, Aggie Gregory and Vergie Burris, all of Gaffney and Angela Evans of Woodbridge, Va.; two step-daughters, Bonita Dawkins of Gaffney and Thomacia Brown of Spartanburg; one brother, Calvin "Butch" Dawkins of Gaffney; one sister, Colene Logan of Gaffney; 29 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. J.W. Sanders, Sr., Rev. Roger Mason, Rev. L.C. Roberts and Rev. Lawrence Davidson officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Burial will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home.
Honorary flower bearers will be Virginia Logan, Helen Camp and Gladys Mayberry. Active flowerbearers will be Shuvette Garratt, Bessie Manning, Yvonne Smith, Presphonia Perkins, Audrey Tate, grandchildren, nieces and friends.
Honorary pallbearer will be Townsend Dawkins, Jr. Active pallbearers will be Roy Wilkins, Vincente Foster, Vernon Camp, Eddie Austin, Maurice Burris, Ivan Smarr, Deac Craig, grandchildren, nephews and friends.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Teresa Smith at 344 Chestnut Ridge Road.
Foster Funeral Home is in charge.

Annie McCarty
Annie Kirkland McCarty, 96, of 301 South Shelby St. in Blacksburg died Dec. 17 at Peachtree Centre in Gaffney.
She was the widow of Lafayette McCarty.
Arrangements will be announced later.
White Columns in Blacksburg is in charge.

William Wilkerson
HICKORY GROVE - William Thomas "Tom" Wilkerson, 84, of 3216 Howell's Ferry Road died Saturday, Dec. 15 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
A native of Hickory Grove, he was the son of the late Thomas Arthur Wilkerson and the late Myrtis Fowler Wilkerson.
He was a retired timber buyer and farmer. He was also a retired bus driver for Smokey Mountain Trailways and attended Hickory Grove Schools.
A member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, he was a member of the York County Forestry Commission, the York County Planning Commission, York County Historical Society, Greater York Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Cities Jaycees, York County Soil Conservation, a charter member Walt Blackmon VFW Post 6382 of Hickory Grove, and a lifetime member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Orline Kinard Wilkerson, are a son, William Wilkerson, Jr. of Hickory Grove and a daughter, Priscilla Shannon of Columbia; three sisters, Bonnie Dowdle of Sharon, S.C., Jerry Thompson of Charlotte and Mazie Wilkerson Dickson of Hickory Grove; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in Hickory Grove conducted by the Rev. Charles Phillips. Burial will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Life Saving Squad, 6009 Wylie Ave., Hickory Grove, S.C. 29717.

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