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Tony “Motoe” Gibbs

Tony Gibbs was born July 21, 1961, in Cherokee County to Ms. Minnie Carol Gibbs.

“Motoe”, as he was so affectionately called, was a graduate of GHS “Class of 1980”. He was a retiree of Freightliner Inc. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church, where he served diligently on the All Male Choir, Trustee Board, and Usher Board.

Motoe was a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed riding his Harley- Davidson, cruising around town in his Corvette and his Vanderhall.

Tony was a loving person who never met a stranger. He loved spending time with his Eastside friends, as well as his SunPower Softball Team.

He passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022, at his residence after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Carol Gibbs and a brother, Kenneth Renard Gibbs.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: a daughter, Laquanda Littlejohn, of Tennessee; two sons, Shannon Harris and Tyus Gibbs (Monique), of Shelby, NC; eight grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; five brothers, Ricky Gibbs (Rosa), Darryl Gibbs (Bobbie), John Gibbs, Keith Gibbs, Brian Gibbs, raised as his brother and Ricky Robbs his brother by another mother and Vincent Scott.; a special friend, Paulette Spikes and Travis Hunt; three aunts, Mary Ann Wilkins, Elayne McKenzie, of Maryland, Belinda Sheryl Gibbs, of Gaffney; three uncles, Jesse Gibbs, Jr., Nerbert Gibbs, and Thomas Gibbs, all of Gaffney; great-aunts, Gwendolyn Hemphill and Lillie Ellen Thornton, of Flint, MI; other relatives and many friends.

Public Viewing will be held Wednesday ——time will be announced at a later time.

Funeral Service will be Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., in Concord Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Michael A. Bridges, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. He will lie in state in the church at 12:00 p.m. Those who are attending the service are required to wear a mask.

Kenneth Donnell Hames

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Kenneth Donnell Hames, 65, of 112 Brugg St, Blacksburg, passed away Thursday, April 21st, in Greer Memorial Hospital, Greer, SC.

He was born in Cherokee County and was a son of the late Betty Hames Collier and Timothy Smith.

Kenneth was a 1976 graduate of Blacksburg High School, where he was the MVP of the Blacksburg High track team and also played saxophone in the marching and concert bands. After graduating he later worked as a DJ under the stage name “Brother Guitar”. 

Ken joined Trinity AME Zion Church in Blacksburg, South Carolina, where he served on the trustee board for period of time.

Ken was employed at Magnolia Finishing Plant as a mechanic for over 30 years.  While at Magnolia, Ken’s love for bowling introduced him to a host of bowling friends from West Lane Bowling, StarMax Bowling (later known as “The Big E”), and other bowling alleys across South Carolina.  Ken also enjoyed attending drag racing events with his brother, Melvin, and his long time childhood friend Monroe (Benjamin).

Ken was very talented and excelled in several activities throughout his life.  From an early age, he loved athletics, music, and musical performance. He taught himself guitar, then later piano, drums, vocals, and vocal harmonizing.  Ken, along with a group of friends, Benjamin (Monroe) Smith, Terry Lee (Chap) Smith, Randy (Big Hus) Huskey, and Berkett Saegars, formed The Mighty Renaissance Band. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Collier.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Ryan Hames, of Gaffney; a daughter, Kenya Hames, of Gaffney; former wife, Ruby Smith Hames, of Gaffney; step-father, Elijah Collier (Yvette), of Kannapolis, NC; a brother, Darryl Collier (Cheryl), of Greer; a step-sister, Heather Collier, of Concord, NC; an aunt, Ruby Mae Hames who raised him in her home, of Blacksburg; step aunts, Sue Collier, Kat Eller, and Shirley Whitaker; special uncle, Willie Lewis Hames (Margaret); brother-in-law and childhood friend, Benjamin (Monroe) Smith; sister-in-laws,  Ann Wilson, Christine (Herbert) Vanlue, Jacqueline McClure, and Leticia Collier; a host of  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Public Viewing – Saturday, April 30, 2022 in the Gilmore Mortuary from 12:00 -6:00 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held Sunday, May 1st, at 2:00 p.m., in Trinity AME Zion Church, with the Rev. Chelsey Simms and Rev. SL Ford. Interment will follow in Clingman Memorial Gardens, Blacksburg, SC. Kenneth will be in state in the church an hour before service.

The family is at the home his aunt, Ruby Hames, 302 E. Cherokee St., Blacksburg.

Herbert Mitchem, Jr.

Herbert Mitchem, Jr., 77, of Charlotte, NC, passed away Thursday, April 14th, in Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.

He was born in Cherokee County, SC and was a son of the late Herbert Mitchem, Sr. and the late Geneva Huskey Mitchem.

Herbert was a member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, a 1962 graduate of Granard High School, and a retired employee of the State of NC Rest Area Maintenance.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three children, Lisa, Gordon and Rodney Mitchem; siblings: Ossie, Lorene, and Carolyn Mitchem, and Annette Tate; a grandson, Sergio Mitchem.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, The Reverend Wilbert Mitchem (Tonia), of Gastonia, NC; daughters, Fernica , Shelia , and Sabrina Mitchem, Veronica Mitchem-Davis (Frank), all of Gaffney; step-daughters, Zandra and Teresa Smith, of Charlotte; a brother, Cleve Mitchem (Becky), of Gaffney; sisters, Mamie Holmes, of Gaffney, Donna Gerald (Edward), of Taylors; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Public Viewing – – – – Friday, April 22, 2022

Family and Friends Visitation will be held an hour before service!
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 23rd, 3:00 p.m., in Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, with The Reverend C.A. Wallace officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Sinai Church Cemetery. He will be in state in the church Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The family is at the home of Mamie Holmes, 114 Buckson Street.