Master Sgt. James Anthony Ratchford

Master Sgt. James Anthony Ratchford, USAF, Ret., 76, of California, formerly of Gaffney, passed away September 12, in Arroyo Grande, California.

He was born in Gaffney and was a son of the late M.B. Ratchford, Sr. and Alice Coleman Ratchford.

James was a graduate of Granard High School, a former member of Bethel Baptist Church, and a retired Master Sgt. in the United States Air Force.

Surviving are: 3 sons, Terence, Shawn, and James A. Ratchford, Jr., of California; daughter, Octavia Despres (Michael) of CA; brother, Rev. Franklin B. Ratchford (Audrey) of Columbia; a sister, Gloria Orr, of Stamford, CT.

A visitation service will be held Tuesday, September 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 10 a.m., in M.J. Dolly Cooper Veteran’s Cemetery in Anderson.

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Annie Maude Surratt Crawford

Annie Maude Surratt Crawford was born in Cleveland County, North Carolina on April 11, 1951 to Rev. Clarence L. Surratt and Mary Alice Hamilton Surratt.

Early in her life, she joined Suck Creek Baptist Church. Annie was last employed at Hardee’s in Rutherfordton, NC.

She loved the Lord, her family, friends, and people in general. She will always be remembered for the love she gave to all.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Annie answered the Master’s call in Hospice of Rutherford County, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Junior Crawford; her parents, and 25 siblings.

Loving memories will forever be cherished by: two daughters, Teannie Shelton and Crystal Michelle Crawford; god children, Thomas Camp and Mary Rivera; five grandchildren, Christina Michelle Shelton, Bennie Micheal Shelton, Chelsea Maria Crawford, Christopher Carpenter, and Porcha Carpenter; two great-grandchildren, Shantel Carson and Jamar Shelton; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be Friday, September 22nd at 3:00 pm, in New Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church of Forest City, NC with Reverend Leroy Staley, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

She will be in state in the church Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Reverend Benjamin Gaffney


The Reverend Benjamin Gaffney, 78, of 269 Beltline Road, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017, in The Peachtree Centre.

He was a member of Island Creek Baptist Church and former pastor of Mark Hill Baptist Church in Jonesville, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Gaffney, Salem Zion Baptist Church in Pacolet, and Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Waxhaw, NC.

He was preceded in death by two children, Marie Workman and Angelas Gaffney, and siblings, Rev. E.C. Gaffney (Hazel), Weldon Gaffney, Warren Gaffney, Anita Hunter, Vivian Moore, and Aileen Brown.

Surviving are: two sons, Benjamin Gaffney, Jr. of Boiling Springs, NC and Angelo Gaffney of Gaffney; a daughter, Monique Gaffney of Gaffney; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday, September 2nd, 12:00 noon, in Island Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Timothy L. Hunter officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

He will be in state in the church Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

The family is at the home of Mrs. Hettie Gaffney, 312 Providence Road.

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