Genell Tate Mayes

Mrs. Genell “Big Mama” Tate Mayes, 93, of 2407 Beech Street, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019, in her home.

Widow of J.W. Mayes, she was born in Cherokee County and was a daughter of the late Wadell and Rachel Hoey Tate.

She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church where she served as custodian, member of the Mixed Choir, usher, and missionary.  She was a retired cafeteria employee, after twenty-five years of service, from B.D. Lee Elementary School.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Wadell and Calvin Mayes, and siblings, L.W. Eugene, John D., Joe Lewis, James “Rusty” Tate, Sarah Lee Smith, Minnie Alice Gregory, and Lois Bright.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: two sons, Wayne “Jerry” Mayes (Florence), of Reidville, SC and William “Pee Wee” Mayes; two daughters, Mary “Lib” Watkins (Joe) and Denise Harris; two brothers, Charlie Tate (Mary) and Victor Tate; sisters, Bernell Tate, Ruth Huskey, and Marva Littlejohn (Frank), all of Gaffney; 22 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 5 greaatgreat grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Beverly Mayes of Lawrenceville, GA; sisters-in-law, Ezera Tate and Sarah Tate of Gaffney,  Eloise Tate of Thomasville, NC, Jennie Mayes of Washington, DC; brother-in-law, Rev. Willie Lee Mayes of Gaffney.

The Funeral Service will be Thursday, 2:00 p.m., in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  She will be in state in the church Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

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Anna Beatrice Dawkins Austin

Anna Beatrice Dawkins Austin, 73, of 109 Kennedy Street, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Spartanburg Medical Center.

Widow of John C. Austin, she was born in Cherokee County, and was a daughter of Estelle Johnson Dawkins and the late Townsend Dawkins, Sr.

She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church. 

Anna was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and friend.  She was a “people person” who delighted in being around others and helping her fellow-man. We shall miss her, but we thank God for blessing us with Annie in our life. 

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Kimberly Austin and Teresa Austin; her father, Townsend Dawkins, Sr., two sisters, Ramona Dawkins and Carolyn “Tettie” Austin; brothers, Willie Johnson and Eddie Dawkins; sister-in-law, Viola Austin; brothers-in-law, Joe, Benny, and Columbus Austin.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: two daughters, Angela Hillman and Tina Austin; mother, Estelle Dawkins,; three brothers, Townsend Dawkins, Jr., Luther Dawkins (Frances), and  Orlean Dawkins; a sister, Betty Santiago; aunts, Marie Dawkins and Rosetta Dawkins; eleven grandchildren; Meka, Johnny Raymond, Sherman, and Jimmy Austin;  Bradlee Haney, Darria Crosby, Ta’garria Lattimore, Reginald and Johnny Keenan, and Freddie Smith; sisters-in-law, Joyce Offri (Edward), Rosa Austin, and Emma Austin; brother-in-law, Fred Austin; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.     

The Funeral Service will be Monday, July 8, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with the Reverend Xavier Haney, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery, Gaffney, SC.

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Bennie Mae Fowler Hemphill

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC, our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, Mrs. Bennie Mae Fowler Hemphill, departed this earthly house and entered her heavenly home.

She was born on April 18, 1940, in Gaffney, SC to Mrs. Estella Crosby Fowler and the late James “Jim” Fowler.

Bennie Mae was united in Holy Matrimony to James “Goat” Hemphill on May 5, 1963.  Through 56 years of marriage, they were blessed with three daughters and two sons.

She joined Bethel Baptist Church at an early age and served as an usher during her early years. After twenty-five plus years of service, Bennie Mae retired from the House-keeping Department of Commercial Hotel.

“Mother” was an inspiration of strength, joy, love and encouragement to her family, friends, and people in general.  Mother had a passion for cooking and she was well-known in the community for a good hot meal.  She will always be remembered in our hearts and in the hearts of many. We love her and will miss her greatly.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, James and Estella Fowler; a daughter, Deitrich “Dede” Hemphill; a grandchild, Thomas Tyran Houey; father and mother in-law, Ebb and Mrs. Hattie Vanlue Hemphill.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: her husband, James Hemphill, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Houey (Thomas) and Mrs. Ann Jefferies (Chris), of Gaffney; two sons, Marlin Hemphill (Teresa) and Jamie Hemphill, of Gaffney; three brothers, Kerry Fowler (Dedra), of Gaffney, raised in the home as a son, MSgt. James Sarratt, U.S. Army Ret. (Margaret) of Spartanburg, and Grover Lee Fowler of Waldorf, MD; a sister, Mrs. Teresa Dawkins, of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Baptist Church of Gaffney, South Carolina, with the Reverend Dr. James Sanders, Jr., Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney, SC.

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