common / 03-03-2004

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Wednesday, March 3, 2004

James R. Atkins
World War II veteran
James R. Atkins Sr., 83, of 611 Filter Plant Road, died Monday, March 1, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cherokee County, he was the husband of Rosa Dover Atkins of the home and son of the late Jim and Mary Kennedy Atkins. He attended Elm Street Church of God and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from Southern Loom and Reed Mfg.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by two sons, James Atkins Jr. and Charles Wayne Atkins, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Mary A. Millwood of Greer and Janet A. Skaggs of Spartanburg; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Atkins was preceded in death by brothers, Adolfus Atkins, Frank Atkins and Price Atkins; and sisters, Laura Harvey, Lucille Mullinax and Elsie Peterson.
Services will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Elm Street Church of God, conducted by the Rev. James Garner. Burial will be in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery in Hickory Grove.
Pallbearers will be Richard Atkins, Mike Atkins, Jimmy Atkins, Timmy Atkins, Billy Millwood, Sidney Weaver, Lyman Ruppe and Carson Atkins.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at White Columns of Gaffney and other times at the residence.
The family requests that donations be made to Cherokee County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, 959 E. O’Neal St., Gaffney, S.C. 29340.

Charlie E. Epps
Retired from Brown Packing
Charlie Eugene Epps Sr., 68, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, in White Oak Manor, Spartanburg.
Born in Cherokee County, he was a son of the late Frank and Marie Ellis Epps. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a retired truck driver for Brown Packing Company.
Surviving are three sons, Charlie Eugene Epps Jr. of Gaffney, Ronnie Epps of California and Sgt. Aaron Haney of the U.S. Marines, stationed in Kuwait; a daughter, Helene Dickson of Irvington, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Lelesa Bailey Parks of Athens, Ga.; two brothers, Joe Dean Epps Sr. of Gaffney and James Arthur Epps of Bayshore, L.I., N.Y.; four sisters, Margie Goodwin of Greensboro, N.C., Dorothy L. Minor of Roslyn, N.J., Frances Fowler of Elizabeth, N.J., and Queen Manning of Shelby; seven grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Lamont Littlejohn. Burial will be in Gaffney Memorial Park.
The family is at the home of Joe Dean and Doris Epps, 902 Victory Trail Road, Gaffney.

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