Melvin Eric Collier

Melvin Eric Collier, 58, of 112 Brugg St., Blacksburg, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018, in Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.

He was born in Port Chester, NY and was a son of Elijah Collier and the late Betty Hames Collier.

Melvin was a graduate of Gaffney High School, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a member of Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church in Blacksburg.

Surviving are: his father, Elijah Collier (Yvette) of Kannapolis, NC; two brothers, Kenneth Hames of Gaffney and Darryl Collier of Greer, SC; a sister, Heather Collier of Concord, NC; aunts, Ruby Hames of Blacksburg, “Mom” Sue Collier, Katherine Eller, and Shirley Whitaker, all of North Carolina

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., in Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. Wanalyn Barnett, officiating. He will be in state in the church Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends in the church from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Interment will be Thursday, in the Veterans National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC.

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Archie Lee Petty

Archie Lee Petty, 89, of 314 Atlantic Avenue, Shelby, NC, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018, in Wendover Hospice Home, Shelby, NC.

Widower of Beulah Conley Petty, he was born in Rutherford County, NC and was a son of the late Fred and Daisy Hopper Petty.

He was a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church and a retired employee of Cone Mills.

Surviving are: 4 sons, Raymond Petty of Shelby, Able Petty of Cherryville, Freddie Lee Petty and David Petty of Shelby, Able Lee Petty of Cherryville, NC; five sisters, Alice Thompson, Nellie Hollis, and Gracie Smith, all of Gaffney, Minnie Smith of Mooresboro, NC, Lula Lee of Shelby; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; special friend, Mary Dover; an aunt, Billie Sue McFadden; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, 2:00 p.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Arthur J. Smith officiating.

The family is at the home of Raymond Petty, 314 Atlantic Avenue, Shelby.

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Fletcher Leach, Jr.

Mr. Fletcher Leach Jr., 66, of 919 Jackson Avenue, Columbia, SC, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018, in his home.

He was born in Cherokee County and was a son of the late Fletcher Leach Sr. and Louise Gordon Leach.

He was a member of Concord Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Francis Leach, Roy D. Leach, Betty Houser, and Mary L. Moore.

Surviving are: his children, Jermaine Pearson (Pamela), Jamie Pearson, Bryant Pearson (Brandie), and Denise Tate; two brothers, Bobby Leach (Eloise) and Rev. Samuel Leach (Elaine); three sisters, Jenelle Holmes (Louis), Linda White, and Peggy Mills all of Gaffney; nine grandchildren; aunts, Valaree Manning and Floree Manning; uncle, Hallie Leach; a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be Thursday 2:00 p.m. in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Samuel Leach, Dr, Michael Bridges, and Rev. Timothy L. Hunter.

The family is at the home of Louis and Jenelle Holmes, 118 Camellia Circle.

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Published in The Gaffney Ledger on Sept. 5, 2018