Category Archives: Obituaries

LTC Graham Norris, Jr.

LTC Graham Norris, Jr., USA Retired, of 262, Estelle Road, Gaffney, SC, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018, in his home.

He was born in Gaffney on February 6, 1935, and was the son of the late Lillie Bell Norris and the late Graham Norris, Sr.

Graham was a graduate of Granard High School Class of 1954. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from South Carolina State College in 1958. Graham served in the U.S. Army for twenty-five years and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was deployed overseas in Germany and served two years in the Vietnam War and one year in Korea. He received three Bronze Stars and numerous other awards for outstanding military service.

He attended Concord Baptist Church and served faithfully as a member of the Culinary Committee and the Grounds Committee.

Graham was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Jessie Littlejohn Norris and a brother, Thomas C. Norris.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Michael Norris of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters, Mrs. Chandra Norris Guillory (Karry) of Spartanburg, SC and Mrs. Sheryll Norris Brock of Los Angeles; two grandchildren; Jessie Guillory and Justine Guillory both of Spartanburg; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, 2:00 p.m., in Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating. Interment, with full Military Rites, will follow in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery. He will be in state in the church Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

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Sylvester Dayton Surratt


Sylvester Dayton Surratt, 80, of 106 Blue Dawn Road, Chesnee, passed away Wednesday, August 8th, in his home.

Widower of Mae Valentine Surratt, he was born in Boiling Springs, NC on May 8, 1918 and was a son of the late Clarence L. Surratt and Mary Alice Hamilton Surratt.

He was a member of Logan Memorial Baptist Church, a retired employee of Cone Mills, and a former member of The Flying Clouds Gospel Singers.

Surviving are: his children, Donald Surratt (Keeley) of Morganton, NC and David Surratt (Cynthia) of Spartanburg; Teresa Burris of Spartanburg; Yulonda Jackson of Chesnee and Isaiah Jackson of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Deborah McIntyre, Ms. Jeannie Surratt, and Mrs Emma Eatman; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Greater Buck Shoals Ministries with Rev. T.E. McDowell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. He will be in state in the church Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

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Mrs. Christine Holmes Thompson

Mrs. Christine Holmes Thompson, 86, of 155 Watts Drive, passed away Friday, August 3rd, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Widow of Javan Holmes, Jr. and Edd Thompson, she was born in Gaffney and was a daughter of the late John Henry Watts, Sr. and Sadie Manning Watts.

She was a member of Concord Baptist church where she served as a member of the Sr. Missionaries, Sr. Choir, Hymn Choir, and Missionary Circle #2.

He was also preceded in death by 3 siblings, Nellie Littlejohn, Audrey Johnson, and John Henry Watts, Jr.

Surviving are: 2 sons, Louis Holmes, Sr. (Jenelle) and Melvin Holmes, Sr.; 2 daughters, Patricia Holmes Harris, and Sadie H. Phillips (Roger); a brother, Zoar Watts (Barbara); all of Gaffney; sisters-in-law, Mickey T. Corry and Roberta Thompson, both of Blacksburg; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; a neighbor who was like a daughter, Fernina Smith; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, 2:00 p.m., in Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael A. Bridges, officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. She will be in state in the church Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

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