Wilma Jefferies Lindsay

Mrs. Wilma Jefferies Lindsay, 95, of Gaffney, passed away Thursday, May 14th, in Brookview Healthcare Center.

Widow of Grady Lindsay, Sr., she was a daughter of the late Perry and Freelove Jefferies.

She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a retired employee of Limestone College’s Housekeeping Department.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: her children, Sandra Manning, Alice Reid, Evelyn, Perry, Sr., Aaron, Sr., and Grady Lindsay, Jr.; siblings, Ida Jefferies, Carrie Byrd, Annie Lee Ellis, Almentha Jefferies, Elmer Sr., Ira, and Jones Jefferies; grandchildren, Corey Lindsay, Johnny Lee and Thomas Reid, Aaron Lindsay, Jr., Marie Lindsay, Catherine Smith, and Roger Linsay.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Jones Lindsay, of Gaffney; grandchildren, Tena Lindsay, Perry Lindsay, Jr., Laymon Manning, Jr. (Trena), Charlene Foster (Charles), Clarinda Robinson, Kerry Rice, Denise Crosby (Mark), Joyce Reid, Earnest Lindsay (raised as a son), Doris Jean Lindsay, Sara Lee Lindsay, and Domino Lindsay; a sister, Elizabeth Jefferies; daughter in-law, Renee Lindsay; sister in-law, Katherine F. Jefferies, Ka’Lisha Whyte (Ahsen), Latoya Davenport (Brian), and Laxivyion Manning; a host of great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 23rd, 1:00 p.m., with Brother Earl Buckson officiating, via Zoom. Meeting ID – 6169470766

The family is at the home of Laymond Manning, Jr., 116 Olee Rd. Gaffney, SC.

We would like to show our gratitude and extend thanks to each of you for your comforting words, kind deeds, visits, phone calls, and prayer during this very difficult time. – The Family.

Wilbert A. Watts

Wilbert A. Watts, 86, of 335 Martin Hills Road, Blacksburg, passed away Tuesday, May 12th, in Richard M. Campbell Veteran’s Nursing Home, Anderson, SC.

Husband of Tecora Norris Watts, he was born in Gaffney and was a son of the late Jonas Watts and Vandora Harris Watts.

He was a 1951 graduate of Granard High School and a 1958 graduate of Denmark Area Trade School. 

A U.S. Army veteran, Wilbert served honorably in the Korean War. He was a long time member of Concord Baptist Church where he previously served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teacher, a member of the Brotherhood and All Male Choir. 

Wilbert was self-employed as a master fence constructor and installer. He was a former member of the Gaffney Bowling League.   

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a brother, Ernest Watts, a sister, Nadine Smith, and a son-in-law, Warren Jones.

Along with his devoted wife, Tecora, he leaves to cherish loving memories: three sons, Stanley Michael Watts (Peggy) of Blacksburg, Gary Watts and Jonathan Watts of the home; two daughters, Kathy Jones of Atlanta, GA and Elaine Smith; nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. 

The Funeral Service will be Friday, 11:00 a.m., in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating, followed by interment and military honors.

The Gilmore Mortuary


Lester L. Petty Sr.

Lester L. Petty Sr. was called to his Heavenly home on Sunday, May 10th, 2020 in his home in Gaffney, S.C.

Lester, born April 2nd 1932, was the beloved son of the late Herbert Petty Sr. and the late Permelia McGill Petty. He was a native of Cleveland County, NC, where he attended public schools, graduating from Washington School. At an early age, Lester accepted Christ into his life. Lester was also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served and fought in the Korean War.

After completing his time in the army, Lester, a traveling man, moved to New Jersey where he worked for New Jersey Office Supply. He was a member of Wisdom Lodge No.5 where he served as secretary for many years.  Upon retiring, he relocated to Gaffney, South Carolina. Lester had many passions which included golf, hunting, fishing, and bus rides.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his spouse Troy Littlejohn Petty; three sons Lester Petty Jr., Alfred Petty, and Charles Petty; four brothers Herbert, Claude, Jimmy, and Eugene; and two sisters, Flossie Wilson and Sarah Koontz.

Left to cherish loving memories: a special aunt, Azelee McGill, his two sisters Wanda Guest of Shelby, North Carolina and Janet Dawkins of Gastonia, North Carolina ; sons Larry Littlejohn (Chloette) of Gaffney, South Carolina, Roy Petty (Joyce) of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Elliott Petty of Wellford, South Carolina, Tony Childs of Alexandria, Virginia, Charlie Goldsberry of Orange New Jersey ; daughters,  Pat Medley (Bill) of Plainfield, New Jersey, Patricia Smith (James) of Shelby, North Carolina, Shirley Petty of Gaffney, South Carolina, Beverly Washington (Wallace) of Goldsboro North Carolina ; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was a loving father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and a joy to all whom he came in contact with. We love him and he will be greatly missed.