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The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Friday, April 23, 2004

Sam Taylor Sr.
Co-owner of Taylor-Watson Furniture Co. for 34 years
Samuel (Sam) Lafayette Taylor, Sr., 80, of 120 Greenbriar Drive, died Wed-nesday, April 21, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Med-ical Center.
Born in Gaffney on Feb. 26, 1924, he was the son of the late Samuel Lafayette and Lillian Service Taylor. He graduated from Gaffney High School and was a member of Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, where he served as a former deacon.
Mr. Taylor served as a former City Councilman and was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce. A former Rotarian, he was a Mason and member of American Legion Post No. 109.
Mr. Taylor was a World War II Army Air Force veteran, having received the European African Medal, Eastern Service Medal with one Bronze Star and One Silver Star, three Overseas Service Bars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He was co-owner of Taylor Watson Furniture Store for 34 years.
Surviving are his wife Geraldine (Gerry) Phillips Taylor of the home; son, Sammy Taylor Jr. and wife, Tracy, of Gaffney; grandchildren, Trey, Mallory and Seth Taylor; sisters, Janell Sarratt of Gaffney and Ione Taylor of Columbus, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by sisters, Montez Harmon and Iola Bobbitt.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Friday, April 23, at Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stuart Kersey and Dr. Clyde Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.
Serving as pallbearers will be Donald Jones, Charles Moss, Benny Clary, Louie Blanton, Trae Humphries, Dr. Bill Wheeler, Floyd Watson and Warren White.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Joe Martin Sunday School Class, the American Legion Post No. 109, and Jack Millwood, Bert Cline, Mack Stuard, Lewis R. Bostic, Dorrance Eaker, Woodrow Harris, Fred Kirby, Tom Pettit, Tiger Huffstetler, Francis Blackwell, Buck Maynor, Joe Dean Spencer, Leroy Johnson, George Price, C.J. Harris and Johnny Godfrey.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 37 Villa Road, No. 109, Greenville, S.C. 29615; and the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Farris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.
The family will be at the home, 120 Greenbriar Drive, Gaffney.
An online guest book is available at www.lanford
Arrangements by Lanford-Dunbar Funeral Home.

Haley E. Upchurch
Haley Elizabeth Upchurch, infant daughter of Robert D. and Kristy Parris Upchurch, of 119 Lake Drive, died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Surviving in addition to her parents are one brother, Caleb Matthew Upchurch; a sister, Kaitlan Brooke Upchurch, both of the home; maternal grandparents, Wayne and Connie Dominick Parris of Gaffney; paternal grandparents, John "Pete" and Ruby Lawter Upchurch of Gaffney; and maternal great-grandmother, Fran Kiser Parris of Gaffney.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oakland Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Terry Pleasant.
The family will receive friends at the home.
Arrangements by White Columns of Gaffney.

Sammie L. Jenkins
Retired janitor from Gaffney High School
Sammie Lee Jenkins, 67, of NHC Fort Sanders Nursing Home, 2120 Highland Ave., Knox-ville, Tenn., died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at 12:30 p.m.
A native of 1424 Lead-mine St., Gaffney, he was the son of the late Clarence Jenkins and the late Anna Brown Jenkins. He was a 1956 graduate of Granard High School and was a retired janitor from Gaffney High School. He attended Day of Life Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Annie Kelly Jenkins of Knoxville; four sons, Terry Jenkins of Gaffney, Roger Jenkins of Nashville, Tenn., Sammie Keith Jenkins of Knoxville and Timothy Jenkins of Little Creek, Va.; three daughters, Beverly Wynn, Kim Blair and Ramona Jenkins of Knoxville; a brother, John Robert Jenkins of Gaffney; two sisters, Anna Marie Harris and Mrs. Neil Smith of Gaffney; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Roderick Oglesby, Freddie Davidson, Mary E. Jefferies, Dewey Whittenburg and Dr. Michael Bridges. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday at 3 p.m. at the church and at other times they will be at the home of his sister, Anna Marie Harris, 116 Deal St., Gaffney
Arrangements by Foster Funeral Home.

Rosa D. Tessner
Retired textile employee
BLACKSBURG – Rosa Lee Devon Tessner, 89, of 157 Tessner Road, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Shelby, N.C., she was the widow of Griffin Tessner and daughter of the late Charlie Devon and the late Edie Davis Devon. She as a retired textile employee and a member of Antioch Baptist church.
Surviving are a daughter, Debra Tessner of Blacksburg; two sons, David Tessner and Donald Tessner, both of Blacksburg, a sister, Corine Shuster; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Vernon Craig. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Bell, Terry Stacy, Knox Foster, Henry McDaniel, Harrill Sheppard and Gilbert Dickson.
The family is at the home of her son, David Tessner, 113 Tessner Road, Blacksburg.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150.
Arrangements by Gordon Mortuary.

Larmon Roberts
Cherokee County native
Larmon Roberts, 88, of 215 W. Fairview Ave., departed this life Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born February 14, 1916, in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Janie and Oliver Roberts. He was a longtime faithful member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Gaffney. He was self-employed by Roberts Rental Properties and Grocery for over 50 years and was a former member of the Cherokee County Memorial Hospital Board, Executive, Treasure and Finance Committees; City of Gaffney Board member; member of the Spartanburg Minority Business Association; and member of Rutherfordton, N.C., Electrical Cooperative.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Alden Roberts; three sisters, Lucille Littlejohn, Wilma Roberts, Jessie Littlejohn Benson; and one brother, Levro Roberts.
He is survived by former wife, Elizabeth Roberts of Gaffney; one brother, John Roberts of Capitol Heights, Md.; two granddaughters, Tanja Lynn and Shervoux Roberts; one grandson, Tertius Roberts; six great-grandchildren; two nieces, Katherine Dawkins and Diana Dews; two nephews, John Roberts III and Donald Roberts; and four very special friends, Donald and Elaine Roseboro, Janet Baxter and Anne Newton; and a host of relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, Gaffney, and the funeral will be at the church Sunday at 3 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Martins Funeral Services, Gastonia, N.C.

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