common / 03-14-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, March 14, 2003

Vicky Wilson
Cherokee County native
Vicky D. Wilson, 46, of 104 Minkum Rd., died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of Clarence D. and Shirley Cutshaw Wilkie Sr. of Gaffney. She was a member of John Scott Holiness Church.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Jimmy Ray Wilkie and Clarence “Buzzy” Wilkie Jr., both of Gaffney; four nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Scott “Scotty” Wilkie.
Graveside services were Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Wilkie Family Cemetery on Wilkie Road, with Chaplain Gary Pindroh and the Rev. Roy Mathis officiating.
The family is at 170 Wilkie Road.
Arrangements by White Columns-Gaffney.

Lillie S. McKinney
Sister of Gaffney resident
CHESNEE – Lillie Faye S. McKinney of 815 Peach Shed Rd., died Wednesday, March 12, 2003.
A native of Spartanburg County, Mrs. McKinney was the daughter of the late Alvin and Viola Mullinax Scruggs and a member of New Pleasant Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, and was a dedicated caregiver to her family.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, William Thomas McKinney of the home; a daughter, Glenda Frances McKinney of the home; a son, Jeffery McKinney of Chesnee; two sisters, her twin Linda Mae Garner of Inman and Judy S. Jolley of Chesnee; three brothers, Julian Scruggs of Gaffney, Elliott Scruggs and Joe Scruggs, both of Chesnee.
Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at New Pleasant Baptist Church in Gaffney, conducted by the Revs. George Holland and Eddie Cooper. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 1:30 p.m.
A brief graveside memorial will be held at Springhill Memorial Gardens immediately following the funeral.
Memorials in her memory may be made to New Pleasant Baptist Church, Gaffney, or to Arrowwood Baptist Church, Chesnee.
The family is at the home.
Arrangements by Eggers Funeral Home, Chesnee.

Shirley A. Smith
Gaffney native
Shirley A. Smith, 54, of 873 Concord Rd., died Sunday, March 9, 2003, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, she was the wife of Dean L. Smith of the home and daughter of Alline Tate Dawkins of Gaffney and the late Winfred Thomas Dawkins.
Mrs. Smith was a 1967 graduate of Granard High School and a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Pastor’s Aid, Senior Missionaries and Building Committee.
She was a former employee of Robert Allen Group.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Dawkins.
Also surviving are a son, Ryan L. Smith of Charlotte; a daughter, Kansas S. Cooley of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Thomas E. Dawkins and Jackie Dawkins, both of Gaffney; and two sisters, Brenda Hawk and Toledo Dawkins of Gaffney.
Services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Danny L. Burnside Sr. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Virginia Martin
Retired LPN
Myrtle Virginia Wilkins Martin, 90, formerly of 202 Cherry St., died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of Cole Elmer Martin and daughter of the late Forrest C. Wilkins and the late Mary Blackwell Wilkins. She was a retired textile spinner and a retired LPN from Cherokee County Memorial Hospital. She was a charter member of Elm Street Church of God.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Gayle Martin of Gaffney and Ronnie and Rita Martin of Crewe, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Joe Brown of Gaffney; three sisters, Clara Whitaker of Denver, N.C., Pat Lennon of Laurens and Inez Jefferies of Gaffney; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Frederick Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Joyce Murphy and Dr. Wofford Caughman. The family will receive friends following the service.
The family is at the home of John and Gayle Martin, 223 Midway Terrace,
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, S.C. 29342.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lillian Thomas
Member of Baptist faith
Lillian Marie “Baby Ree” Tate Thomas, 56, of 406 Serene Drive in Gaffney, wife of Paul Thomas of the home, died Monday, March 10, 2003 at 8:03 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center.
A native of Gaffney, she was the daughter of Annie Sue Guyton Tate and the late A.Y. Tate.
She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Paul Terrell Thomas of the home; three daughters, Marie Tate, Tammy Tate and Gwen Littlejohn, all of Gaffney; a brother, William Davis Jr. of Gaffney; a foster sister, Betty Gregory of Gaffney; a foster brother, Arthur Guyton of Gaffney; a nephew reared in the home as a brother, James Albert Tate of Gaffney; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with Dr. Eula Miller and the Revs. Lawrence Davidson, Freddie Davidson and James A. Williams officiating.
Burial will follow in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.
She will lie instate one hour prior to services.
Flower bearers are: Josephine Wood, Sharon Smith, Maggie Jefferies, Jantana Logan, Virginia Logan and Etta Sue Flower.
Pallbearers are: John Fernanders, James Fernanders, Bobby Tate, John M. Wilkins, Joe Littlejohn, John M. Wilkins and Kelvin Fernanders.

Evelyn Manning
Gaffney native
Evelyn Manning, formerly of 512 E. Frederick St. in Gaffney, died Wednesday, March 4, 2003 at her Washington, D.C., home.
Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late William O. Gaffney and the late Lottie Pope Gaffney.
She was a member of Limestone Baptist Church. After making her home in Washington, D.C., she joined Francis De Sales Catholic Church.
After graduating from a private boarding school, she attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, where she graduated from in 1947.
She is survived by two daughters, Georgetta M. Cox and Lillian Manning of Washington, D.C.; six sons, Marion L. Manning of Washington, D.C., Craig Manning and Lunn Manning of Beltsville, Md., Keith Manning of New Carrollton, Md., Colin Manning of Fairfax, Va., and Peter Manning of Orlando, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday at noon at The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gaffney, with Father Raymond J. Carlo officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

Harold Wilkins
Retired from NYPD
Harold D. Wilkins, 60, of 61-28 219th St., Bayside, N.Y., husband of Gloria Hollman Wilkins of the home, died Sunday, March 9 in St. Joseph Hospital in Flushing, N.Y.
A native of Gaffney, he was the son of Jestine Littlejohn Wilkins of Gaffney and the late James C. Wilkins.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retired police administrator for the New York Police Department.
He attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Rosalind Wilkins and Tammy Wilkins of Bayside, N.Y.; three brothers, Rev. John E. Wilkins, James “J.T.” Thomas Wilkins and Horace L., Wilkins, all of Gaffney; five sisters, Patricia Sweatte of Rahway, N.J., Gwendolyn Wilkins of Piscata Way, N.J., Deborah Wilkins of Woodbridge, N.J., and Percilla Bates and Shelia Dawkins, both of Gaffney.
Services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church, with the Revs. Danny Burnside, Lionel Dawkins and Don C. Manning officiating.
Internment will follow in the church cemetery.
Flower bearers are: Angelia Brown, Judy Dawkins, Andrea Lipscomb, Chotte Littlejohn, Tamor McCluney, Barbara Smith, Linda Smith and Joyce Whitaker.
Pallbearers are: Milton Dawkins, David Goudelock Jr., John Goudelock, Odell Goudelock, Donald Lipscomb and Douglas Lipscomb.
The family is at the home of his mother, Jestine L. Wilkins, 204 Michigan Ave. in Gaffney.

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