Category Archives: 2018

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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Rev. Michael Andrew Boozer

The Reverend Michael Andrew Boozer, 61, of 930 Hetty Hill Street, passed away Friday afternoon in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Husband of Minister Mary Jefferies Boozer, he was born in Spartanburg County and was a son of the late Albert and Thelma Wellman Boozer.

Rev. Boozer was a member and Associate Minister of Indian Hill Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Marines, an employee of UPS, and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: a son, Jermar Rookard of Mauldin; three daughters, Jonica Jefferies of Columbus, Indiana, Belande Jefferies Pettigrew of Grand Ledge, MI, and Michelle Jefferies of Gaffney; five sisters, Nancy Young (James), Mildred Boozer, Martha Hull, Ollie Boozer, and Patricia Norris, all of Spartanburg; 10 grandchildren; and mother-in-law, Rev. Mary Jefferies of Gaffney.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, February 8, at 1 p.m. in Indian Hill Baptist Church.

The family is at the home of Rev. Mary Jefferies, 205 Serene Drive.

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Mrs. Loree Jones Graham

Mrs. Loree Jones Graham, 89, of 805 Hetty Hill Street, passed away Saturday in her home.

Widow of Charles M. Graham, she was born in Spartanburg County and was a daughter of the late Abraham and Cora Montgomery Jones.

She was a member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, Sr. Choir Member, former Secretary of the Adult Sunday School Class, and former member of the Flower Committee. She was a member of Virgin Mary Chapter 192 Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are two daughters, Betty Edwards and Ella Gulent, both of Gaffney; three granddaughters, Tina, Glenda, and Paula Edwards, all of Gaffney; a sister, Mary McCoy of Greer; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 6 in Limestone Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Golden officiating. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park. She will be in state in the church Tuesday at noon.

The family is at the home of Betty Edwards, 152 Camellia Circle.

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