common / 10-13-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, October 13, 2003

Johnny W. Lockhart Sr.
Blacksburg native
Johnny W. Lockhart Sr., 83, of 401 Mint St., Shelby, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at 8:30 a.m. at his residence.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the son of the late Will Lockhart and the late Lillian Wood Lockhart.
He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Blacksburg and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was also retired from Fiber Industries of Earls, N.C.
He is survived by a son, Johnny W. Lockhart Jr. of Shelby; two sisters, Geraldine Young of Shelby and Marilyn E. Harris of Hampton, Va.; three brothers, Walter Lockhart of Shelby, and Charlie Lockhart and Wilson Lockhart of Atlantic City, N.J.
The family is at the heme of his sister, Geraldine Young, 304 Miles Road, Shelby.
(Courtesy Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney.)

Frederick W. Rochester
Union County native
Frederick William “Ted” Rochester, 76, of 144 Linson Drive, Pacolet, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003.
A native of Union Co., he was the son of the late Furman and Irene Horne Rochester, and was the husband of Vivian Owens Rochester.
Mr. Rochester was a retired loom fixer and a former salesman with Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Co. He was a member of Hammett Grove Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Men’s Adult Sunday School Class. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Billy Rochester of Pacolet and Kenneth Rochester of Spartanburg; two stepdaughters, Debi Peeler of Walnut Grove and Sandi Blanchard of Woodruff; a stepson, Tom Owens of Roebuck; four brothers, George Rochester, Donald Rochester and Ronnie Rochester of Gaffney, and Harold Rochester of Blacksburg; a sister, Joyce Ann Lyda of Spartanburg; six grandchildren, John Kevin Rochester Sr. of Gaffney, Shelly Sizemore, David Rochester, Billy Jack Rochester, Michael John Rochester and Bobby Rochester, all of Gaffney; and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Rochester was also predeceased by a son, John E. Rochester; a sister, Hazel Webb; and two brothers, Ralph Rochester and James Rochester.
Vistitation was held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Floyd’s Pacolet Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hammett Grove Baptist Church, conducted by Brother Reid Cooper.
Burial will be in Hammett Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hammett Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 641 Hammett Grove Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307.
The family is at the home of Mike and Debi Peeler, 120 Harrison Road, Roebuck; and John Kevin Rochester Sr., 128 Linson Drive, Pacolet.
(Courtesy Floyd’s Pacolet Chapel.)

Vennie Mae Anthony
Cherokee County native
Vennie Mae Anthony, 91, passed away Oct. 10, 2003, at the Peachtree Centre, Gaffney.
A native of Cherokee Co., she was the daughter of the late William W. and Nancy Pettit Anthony. She was the last living family member of her generation. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Ruth Anthony and Winnie Anthony Jolly; three brothers, Stan Hope Anthony, Ben Anthony and Lester Mason; and two nieces, Vennie Ruth Jolly and Jean Anthony Littlejohn.
Surviving Miss Anthony are the following nieces and nephews: Annie Mae Baker, Stan Anthony, Henry L. Jolly Sr., Diane Jolly Garber, Nancy Jolly Garner, and Betty Petrea, all of Gaffney; Bobby Dean Jolly of New Bern, N.C.; Janice Jolly Helms of Fayettville, N.C.; and Edward Anthony of Landrum.
She was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church. She was known in her church for her love of children, her culinary skills and her strong faith.
The family will be at the home of Gary and Diane Garber, 253 Hidden Acres Drive, Gaffney. A graveside service was held at Frederick Memorial Gardens on Sunday, with Rev. Ron Jackson of East Gaffney Baptist Church officiating.
Pallbearers were her great-nephews: David Helms, Dr. Henry L. Jolly Jr., Stacey Garner, Bobby Anthony, Wayne Anthony, Lawrence Littlejohn and Stan Baker.
Memorials may be made to: East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Avenue, Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
(Courtesy White Columns-Gaffney.)

Lucia J.C. Jiminez
Mexico native
Lucia Jacobo Cervantes Jiminez, 53, of 407 Oak St. in Gaffney, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Michoacan, Mexico, she was the daughter of Lucio Jacobo and Felicitas Cervantes, and the wife of Artemio Jiminez of the home.
She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by two sons, Jesus Jiminez and Artemio Jiminez of the home; three daughters, Gabriela Jiminez of Gaffney, Rosalva Jiminez of Cowpens, and Alejandra Jiminez of Mexico; a brother, Ruben Jacobo of Rome, Ga.; five sisters, Leticia Cisneros and Faviola Cisneros of Rome, Ga., Maria Jacoba of Mexico, Emma Cisneros of Joliet, Ill, and Graciela of Iowa; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were Saturday in Oakland Cemetery, with Father Raymond J. Carlo officiating.
(Courtesy Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.)

Mattie G. Martin
Kings Creek native
Mattie Genette Martin, 78, of 208 W. Carolina St., Blacksburg, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at 1137 Ninety-Nine Island Road in Blacksburg.
A native of Kings Creek, she was the daughter of the late Tom Martin and the late Norcissa Cornelia Hudson Martin and the widow of Arthur Knox Martin.
She was a member of Nazareth Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by seven sons, Joel Martin, Cecil Martin, Colvin Martin, Dennis Martin and Mark Martin, all of Blacksburg, Eddie Martin of Diamond, Mo., and Arthur Lee Martin of Bradenton, Fla.; three daughters, Margaret Boone of Shelby, Brenda Pruett of Blacksburg, and Loretta Alexander of Siloam Springs, Ark.; a brother, J.D. Martin; 28 grandchidren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Basil Martin.
Services were held Sunday at Hopewell Baptist Church, officiating by Revs. Joseph Clayton and Alton Martin.
Pallbearers were: Eddie, Phillip, Matthew, William and Eric Martin, Kevin White Kyle Martin and Knox Hambright.
The family is at the home of Cecil Martin, 1137 Ninety-Nine Island Road, Blacksburg.
(Courtesy Gordon Mortuary.)

Susan D. Horne
Spartanburg County native
Susan Denise Horne, 44, of 105 Stone Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, in Wellford.
A native of Spartanburg Co., she was the daughter of Vivian Buchanan Horne and the late Ted Horne.
She was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Zachary Horne of the home; a brother, Steve Horne of Canton, Ga.; and three nieces.
Services were held Sunday at Eggers Funeral Home in Chesnee, officiated by the Rev. Wilton Bolding. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to: Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Spartanburg, S.C. 29302.
The family is at the home.
(Courtesy Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee.)

Rush “R.C.” Bratton
Cherokee County native
Rush Clarence “R.C.” Bratton, 86, of York, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
Born Sept. 27, 1917, in Cherokee Co., he was the son of the late Rufus Hampton Bratton and the late Maude Davidson Bratton; and the husband of Gladys Childers Bratton of York.
He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Gaffney.
He was a graduate of Mississippi Southern University.
He was a manager of the FCX in York. He also worked as a teacher and a maintenance person in the York and Spartanburg Co. school systems.
In additon to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Susan Bratton of Columbia; a daughter, Linda B. Pratt of York; two sisters, Estelle Lester and Mary Reynalds of Gaffney; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Jean B. Ashley.
Services were held Sunday at Central Baptist Church in Gaffney, officiated by the Rev. Alan Peeler. Burial was in Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
Memorials may be made to: Central Baptist Church, 500 E. Montgomery St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.
(Courtesy Bratton Funeral Home of York.)

William F. Borders
Blacksburg native
William Franklin “Bill” Borders, 67, of 609 Carolina Ave. in Greenville, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital.
A native of Blacksburg, he was the son of the late Clyde Borders and Marie Harris Borders of Blacksburg, and the husband of Carolyn Huguley Borders.
He retired from Monsanton in 1985 and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Air Force Reserve at Donaldson Air Force Base and the Exchange Club of Greenville.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Michelle B. Brunner of Greenville; a son, Chris Borders of Mt. Pleasant; three grandchildren; and a number of aunts and uncles.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Borders.

Return To Top

Return to top

Special Sections


Who do you support for Cherokee County Sheriff?