Monthly Archives: November 2016

Joe Lee Bonner

joe-bonner2Joe Lee Bonner, 70, of 137 New Street, transitioned to eternity on Friday, November 25, 2016, in his home. Husband of Dorothy Littlejohn Bonner, he was born in Cherokee County and was a son of the late Joseph and Ola Simuel Bonner.

He was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church and a retired employee of Overnite Transportation Company.

Joe Lee was preceded in death by: a daughter, Joann Bonner; a brother, Larry Bonner, and sisters, Mae Reid and Wyzona Bonner; sister-in-law, Ida Mae Littlejohn and brother-in-law, Lonnie Littlejohn.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Danny Littlejohn of Gaffney and Billy Joe Bonner of the home; 5 daughters, Doris Bonner, Betty Bonner Hopper (Everett), Denise Bonner, Renee Bonner, and Cassandra Wilkins; 4 sisters, Betty Littlejohn, Eva Bonner, Linda Kay Bonner, and Diane Bonner; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Calleen Littlejohn, Flora Littlejohn, Gloria Littlejohn, and Leona Littlejohn, all of Gaffney.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 30  at 2 p.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Timothy L. Hunter officiating.

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Johnny Dean Choice

johnny-choiceJohnny Dean Choice was born in Gaffney, S.C. on January 20, 1963 to Johnny Lee “Snake” Choice and Fair Lee Tate Choice. He entered eternal rest on Friday, November 4, 2016, in Mary Black Hospital-Spartanburg, SC.

Dean was educated in the public schools of Cherokee County, SC and was a graduate of Cherokee High School. He attended Philadelphia Baptist Church and was a former employee of Daddy Joe’s Beach House and Bar-be-cue. Dean contributed much to the happiness, love, joy, and inspiration of his family and those who were around him.

Dean was preceded in death by his mother, a brother, Claude Franklin Choice, and his grandparents, Sylvester and Mary Easter Tate and Montie and Willie Choice.

He leaves to cherish many fond and loving memories: three sisters, Judy A. Choice, Gwendolyn M. Choice, and Shannon D. Russell; nieces, LaCresha T. Choice, Deonica N. Choice, and Abrisha Kelly; nephews, Bruce, Keon, and Brandon M. Choice; aunts, Sadie Tate, Annie P. Lattimore, Carolyn Tate Jarvis (Grover), and Letha M. Choice; great-aunt, Katie M. Jones; uncles; Lloyd W. Tate (Nita), Aaron L. Tate, Sr. (Angela), Odesta Tate (Elaine), Zeb Tate, and Eddie D. Tate; two cousins reared in the home with him, Keshi and Jaushia Tate; a host of great nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 12th at 2pm, in Philadelphia Baptist Church with Reverend Danny Burnside officiating. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park.

He will be in state in the church Saturday at 1 pm.

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Mrs. Viola Dawkins Burris

viola-dawkinsMrs. Viola Dawkins Burris, 92, entered eternal rest Thursday, Nov. 3, in Brookview Healthcare Center.

Widow of Richard Burris, she was born in Cherokee County and was a daughter of the late Pritchard and Mariah Hoey Dawkins.

She was a member and deaconess of Bethel Baptist Church. Mrs. Burris was a retired employee of Cherokee County School District Food Services.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra Elam of Wilmington, Del. and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, 1 p.m., in Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. James Sanders, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

She will be in state in the church Friday at 12 noon.

The family is at the home of Willie and Mae Frances Sarratt, 564 Northgate Road.

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