Monthly Archives: September 2015

Wilbert Littlejohn

wilbert-littlejohnWilbert Littlejohn, 74, of 503 6th St., entered eternal rest on Friday, Sept. 25, in Mary Black Health System Hospital in Gaffney.

Husband of Janie Dukes Littlejohn, he was born in Gaffney and was a son of the late Nesbitt and Georgia Allen Littlejohn.

He was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, a carpenter and roofer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Wilbert Littlejohn (Hope) of Atlanta, Ga., and Wesley Dukes of the home; four daughters, Margaret Coleman (Michael) and Lula Littlejohn of Gaffney, Twiggy Baker (Clifford) of Spartanburg and Raquel Littlejohn of the home; a sister, Sugarmine Sarratt of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Kerwin Wray, Rev. James Patton, Jr., Rev. Mills McHam, Minister Juanita Dewberry and Minister Charles Shippy.

Interment will follow in White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.

Professional services are entrusted to The Gilmore Mortuary. Econdolences may be made at

Cheryl Nicole Houser

Nikki-houserCheryl Nicole Houser, 46, of 1023 Concord Road, entered eternal rest on Thursday in Gaffney. She was born in Gaffney and was a daughter of the late Paul and Marvis Jo Houey Houser. “Nikki” was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a graduate of Gaffney High School.

Surviving are a sister, Gina Houser Ussery of the home; a brother, Calvin Harris (Peggy) of Chesnee; uncle, MacArthur Houey (Vivian) of Columbia; two nieces, Whitney Kenya Marvis Ussery and Melanie Harris McDowell; a nephew, Phillip Harris; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be noon, Thursday, Sept. 17 in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating.

The Gilmore Mortuary is serving the family.

Roberta Ella Robbs

robbs2Mrs. Roberta Ella Robbs was born in Gaffney on April 23, 1912, to the late Mrs. Edna Morris Burke and Mr. Arthur Stevenson.

In 1929, she married the late Azell Robbs, a union which lasted 57 years. To this union, l6 children were born.

“Ma Birdie” joined Mt. Sinai Baptist Church where she served as ‘Mother of the Church,” a Sunday School teacher, member of the Senior Choir and a member of the Senior Missionary.

Ma Birdie loved her family, church and community. Early in life, she organized a Christmas Savings Club and a Community Missionary to give the young people guidance in the skills of life. She retired from the Cherokee County School system as a cafeteria worker in 1982, and was a faithful member of the Gaffney Senior Centers for over 30 years where she served on the its Senior Choir.

Ma Birdie entered eternal rest on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Mary Black Health System. She was preceded in by her parents, husband, two sisters, Floree Stevenson and Valerie Kimble, and eleven children including Collossia McDowell.

She leaves to cherish loving memories three sons, Eugene Robbs of Gaffney, Zeotha Hameed (Asmaa) of New Jersey, Charles Smith (Hattie Lou) of Gaffney; three daughters, Mozell Dewberry (John) of Cowpens, Carol McFadden and LaVerne Smith of Gaffney; other children reared in the home, Kelvin Robbs and Dorandes Thompson (Maurice) of Gaffney; 25 grandchildren, 56 greatgrandchildren, 46 greatgreat grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be Saturday, September 5th, 2:00 p.m., in Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C. A. Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in the Gaffney Memorial Park.

Gilmore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.