Category Archives: Obituaries

Linzsay Lee Smith

Linzsay Lee Smith, 74, of 511 Littlejohn St., passed away Saturday, March 10, in Mary Black Hospital, Gaffney.

Widower of Daisy H. Smith, he was born in Cherokee County and was a son of the late Nobi and Rosa Wood Smith.

He was a member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and a retired employee of Pine Hall Brick Company, Kings Mountain, NC.

Surviving are: 2 children, Norman Crosby and Marvette Vandora Ellis, both of Gaffney; a brother, Freddie Smith of Spartanburg; two sisters, Ruthie Rodgers (Billy) and Nancy Knuckles (Mack) of Gaffney; grandchildren, Donnie Watkins, Lucretia Garcia, William Ellis, Danielle Ellis, Missy Morris, and Anthony Manning; aunts, Lillian Manning, Yvonne Jefferies, Lucile Wood, Nancy Adams, and Minnie Hush, all of Gaffney, Florine Hopper and Janie Famble, both of Lawndale, NC; uncle, Cal Jefferies of Gaffney.

Funeral Services will be Friday, 2:00 p.m., in Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C.A. Wallace officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The family is at the home of his grandson, William Ellis, 118 Monroe Road, Gaffney,

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John Maurice Evans

John Maurice Evans, 52, of 112 Martin Lane, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Gaffney and was a son of Linnie Poole Evans and the late John Lyman Evans.

John was a 1983 graduate of Gaffney High School and received a B.S. Degree from Limestone College in 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a former employee of The Timken Company.

John was a member of Concord Baptist Church where he served with the Audio Ministry and as an usher.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Nikiria Jeter of the home; a brother, Travis Smith of Baltimore, MD; four sisters, Karen Ferguson (Donald) of Spartanburg, Donna Ross (Johnny) Teresa Evans Hogue, and Rev. Deborah Livsey (Kelsey, Sr.) all of Gaffney.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 13, at 11 a.m., in Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow in the church cemetery.

The family is at the home of his mother at 810 W. Fairview Ave.

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Christine Ross Atkinson-Johnson

Mrs. Christine Ross Atkinson-Johnson, 80, entered eternal rest on Saturday, February 17 2018, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Blacksburg and was a daughter of the late Coot and Evvie Hardin Ross.

Christine was a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Grover, NC. She was a graduate of Granard High School, Gaffney and York College, Queens, NY. She was a Licensed C.N.A., and a retired Postal Police Officer with the U.S. Postal Service.

She was first married to Preston S. Atkinson who passed away in 1981. She later married Jones O. Johnson who died in 2005. Christine was also preceded in death by two children, Larry Ross and Elizabeth Atkinson; and three siblings, John W., Albert C., and Emmanuel Ross.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Jerry Atkinson (Valerie) of Hutto, TX; two daughters, Lynette Sims (Vester), and Vanessa Atkinson-Barnes (Lester), all of Charlotte, NC; brothers, Melvin Ross of Brooklyn, NY, James Howard Ross, and King Willie Ross (Evetta) of Columbia, SC; three sisters, Catherine Jones of Blacksburg, Amelia McLellan (Lee) of Forestville, MD, and Pauline Pitt of Largo, MD; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon in St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral Services will follow with Rev. William Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg.

The family is at 304 Whisonant Street, Blacksburg.

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