Category Archives: Obituaries

Fleming J. Means, Jr.

Fleming J. Means, Jr., passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Spartanburg Medical Center.

He was born in Gaffney, South Carolina on September 28, 1953 to Rev. Fleming Means, Sr. and Mrs. Queen Camp Means.

Fleming was a member and deacon of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church. He was a 1971 graduate of Gaffney High School. While at Gaffney High, he was a bus driver and member of the football team. He was a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC where he was an honor student and a member of the Alpha Phi Omega-Service Organization.

He was a former employee of Cherokee County School District, Piedmont Community Actions, and Nestle. Fleming was very active with the Boy Scouts.

Surviving are: step-siblings, Ricky Fernanders (Barbara), Annie L. Fernanders, and Diane Brannon (Willie)); all of Gaffney; several cousins, including Freda Miller, his caregiver; special friends, Bobby and Betty Fernanders, caregivers; god-brothers, Roger Patterson (Jewette) of Gaffney and H. Singleton Gilmore of Greer, SC.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Limestone Missionary Baptist Church of Gaffney, SC with Rev. Michael L. Golden officiating. Interment will follow in the Gaffney Memorial Park. He will be in state in the church Saturday at 3:00pm.

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Leon Bernard Duncan

Leon Bernard Duncan was born in Union County, South Carolina on June 30, 1941 to Lawrence Cleveland Duncan and Sallie Ree Smith Duncan.

He passed away Friday, June 29, 2018 in his home, 401 Glen Cove Drive, Chesterfield, MO.

He was a graduate of Sims High School, a Baptist, and a retired Master Chef.

Surviving are: a son, Leon Duncan, Jr. (Carrie); two daughters, Shaynene Wise and Cassandra Duncan Quash (Jay); three brothers, Curtis D. Duncan (Doris), Michael A. Duncan (Gloria), and Rev. William L.C. Duncan; two sisters, Linda Ziegler (Ronald) and Audrey Love (Castelle); 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, 12 Noon in Woodson Chapel Baptist Church with Reverend Malachi Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. He will be in state in the church Friday at 11:00 am.

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Mekita Shadale Mills

Mekita Shadale Mills, 36, of 100 Redwood Circle, Apt. 16, passed away Thursday, June 28, in Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.
She was born in Greenville County and was a daughter of Peggy Leach Mills and William E. Mills.

Mekita was a member of Concord Baptist Church, a Graduate of Gaffney High School (Class of 2000), and an employee of Nestle.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fletcher and Louise Leach and James and Lula Mae Mills.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, William A. Wood, of the home a daughter, Ari D. Mills of the home; mother, Peggy Mills (Frederick) of Gaffney; father, William E. Mills (Faurtina); brother, Daniel R. Mills of of Fort Lauderdale, FL; two sisters, Jacqueline T. Watkins (Robert) of Gaffney and Franchesta Massey of Greenville; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be Friday, 1:00 p.m. in Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. She will be in state in the church Friday at 12:00 noon.

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