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Rhonda Silva Todd Hoey

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Rhonda Silva Todd Hoey, age 68, of 104 Ezra Lane, Gaffney, SC, passed away Tuesday, September 27th, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Wife of Andre William Hoey, she was born in Philadelphia, PA to Joe Antrom and Dolores Todd.

She was a member of The Kingdom Hall in Gaffney, SC. She was a retired Medical Records Administrator at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to her parents she preceded in death by a step-son, Andre William Hoey, Jr; Dolores Thelma Todd, whom was raised like a daughter; two siblings, Richard and Sharon Todd.

Rhonda leaves to cherish loving memories to her husband, Andre; three sons, Thaymayne Todd, of Las Vegas, NV, Charlie Todd and Leroy Evans, both of Philadelphia, PA; two daughters, Janene Evans and Cyreeta Todd, both of Philadelphia. PA; three sisters, Valerie Taylor, Celestine Wiggins (Edward), and Charlene Taylor, all of Philadelphia, PA; 35 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

A Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Doris Davis Smith

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Mrs. Doris Davis Smith, 95, of 1911 W. Buford Street, Gaffney, SC, passed away September 1, 2022, in Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC.

Widow of Dr. Cooper Smith, she was born in Asheville, NC on June 13, 1927.and was a daughter of the late Watsie and Ruth Finley Davis.

Doris began her teaching career in the Cherokee County School District in 1952 and spent most of that time at Granard High School, the segregated school for Blacks during that time. She taught reading and directed many school plays and musicals. After integration, the school was re-named West Junior High. After retiring from the school system in 1985, she continued to work as a substitute teacher until around 2004. Principals lauded her ability as a substitute teacher to maintain order and discipline in the classroom. It was said that she was a substitute for the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whose parents she first taught when she arrived in Cherokee County in 1952. 

Doris Smith was a faithful member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Over the years, she served as a Deaconess, Children’s Bible Study Leader, and Hospitality Support.  She gave her time to various mission programs including food distribution, vacation bible school, and Mother’s Time Out.

She took great pride and joy in gardening and sharing her crops with neighbors, friends and anyone in need. She was a dedicated wife, mother and teacher who always sought to encourage and inspire.  

Doris was predeceased by her husband, parents, and four siblings, Sadie Cunningham, Watsie Davis, Jr., John Davis, and Furman Davis.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Dr. Kim Smith, of the home; a daughter,
The Reverend Chineta Goodjoin (Reggie); a granddaughter, Nyla Goodjoin, all of Orange, CA; other relatives; her church family; a multitude of grateful, former students; and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 26, 2022, 2:00 p.m., in Limestone Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Rafus Camp officiating and The Rev. Chineta Goodjoin, eulogist.         


Johnny William Graham

Johnny William Graham, 78, of 127 Ingles Drive, Pacolet Mills, SC, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2022, in his home.
Husband of Mary Andrews Graham, he was born in Cherokee County, SC and was a son of the late Horace and Leonia Littlejohn Graham.
Johnny was a member of Salem Zion Baptist Church in Pacolet. He was a 1962 graduate of Granard High School and a retiree of Hertz Fibers.
He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Ernest Graham and Boyd Graham. He leaves to cherish loving memories: his wife, Mary, of the home; daughters, Teresa Walker (Leon) and Lashondra Jones (Terrell, both of Spartanburg, SC, Shelia Knuckles (Glen, of Pacolet; Emma Andrews, of Chattanooga, TN, Lakesha Beaty, raised as her daughter, of Anderson, SC; brother, Ricky Brown, of Gaffney; sisters, Nannie Shands (Marvin), of Pacolet, Eloise Whitworth, of High Point, NC; sisters-in-law, Rev. Geraldine Graham, of Pacolet and Ella Simpson, Of Williamston, NC; grandchildren, Tifffany Walker, of Pacolet, Mary Knuckles, Alexus Walker and Myah Walker, of Spartanburg; great-grandchildren, Cierra Williams, Ta’liyah Dewberry Journi Miller, Nolan Miller, Treyce and Teagen Jones, all of Spartanburg; other relatives and friends.


A Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery with The Reverend Danny Burnside officiating.