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Mrs. Cornelious Littlejohn Willis

Mrs. Cornelious Littlejohn Willis, 77, of 523 W. Montgomery Street, Apt. 26, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, in Spartanburg Medical Center.

Daughter of the late John Roland Wells and Elvira Littlejohn Jeter, she was born in Shelby, NC on August 2, 1943

She was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church where she served as a former Gospel Choir member, usher, Kindergarten Teacher, and member of the YWAs. “Neal” was a retiree of TNS Mills.

She was predeceased by: a daughter, Lanvonnia Phillips; a sister, Shirley Manning; granddaughter, Johnnica Willis. Surviving are: a son, Charles Shundre Willis, of Gaffney; daughters, Belinda Mayberry (Dewayne-deceased), Genvonnia Foster, Lisa Davis Farmer (Yamel), of Gaffney, Billie Jo Willis of Spartanburg, Ivey Littlejohn (Al) of Spartanburg County, Jacqualine Willis Bristol (Antron), of Moore, SC; 20 grandchildren, including Steven and Kirstern Phillips, reared in the home; a host of great-grandchildren; brothers, Billy Littlejohn, of Houston, TX, Harry Littlejohn, of Shelby, NC, and Gilbert Littlejohn, of Gaffney; sister, Elwillie Williams (Claudius-deceased), of Oxon Hill, MD; special sister, Cynthia Stevenson; god daughters, Tacha Avery (Darnell) and Enelious Logan, all of Gaffney; other relatives and friends.

Public Viewing will be held Monday, from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m.


The Funeral Service will be Tuesday, 2:00 pm. in Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. James Sanders, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family is at 117 Anthony Street.

Bishop Eddie Lockhart

Bishop Eddie Lockhart, 82, 0f 109 Grier St., Grover, NC, was called to The Church Triumphant on Saturday, January 9, 2021, in Fair Haven of Forest City, NC.

Husband of Erma ChambersLockhart, he was born in Cleveland County, NC and was a son of the late Theodore Lockhart, Sr., and the late Mary Gill Lockhart.

He was a member of The Divine True Holiness Church of God in Blacksburg, SC where he served as Pastor for forty-four years. He was also a retired Maintenance Technician for Cleveland County Schools.

“Bishop Ed” was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Deanna Sizemore, Esther Whitener, Carolyn Lockhart; Charles Lockhart, Louis Lockhart, and Ronnie Lockhart, Excel Gill; sister-in-law, Betty Lockhart. He leaves to cherish loving memories: his wife, Erma Lockhart, of the home; children, William Lamont Lockhart (Venessa), of Kings Mountain, NC, Norris Wike (Patrice), of Suffolk, Va; Orlando Williams of Morganton, NC; grandchildren, Paige Lockhart, DeDric Gingles, Kirston Johnson; great-grandchildren, Kaniya Gingles, Tristen Allen, Tahj Gingles; brothers, William Mitchell Lockhart, Sr., Overseer Theodore Lockhart, Jr. (Alzenia), of Blacksburg, Benjamin Lockhart, Sr. (Henrene), of Kings Mountain, NC; sisters, Margaret Hames (Willie Louis) of Charlotte, NC, Barbara Roberts (Belton, Sr.), of Kings Mountain, Mary Lockhart, of Grover, NC, and Leatha Lockhart, of Shelby, NC; brothers-in-law, Luther Whitener, Melvin Sizemore, of Blacksburg, Richard Chambers (Teresa), Herbert Chambers; sisters-in-law, Huby Chatman, Barbara Lockhart, Priscilla Lockhart, and Debra Lockhart.

A Graveside Service will be Thursday, 12:00 noon, at The Divine True Holiness Church of God with Bishop Willie Littlejohn officiating. Please adhere to the recommended CDC guidelines for COVID-19 precautions by wearing a mask and social distancing.

Mrs. Jessie Marie Dawkins

Mrs. Jessie Marie Dawkins, 99, of 203 Serene Drive, Gaffney, passed away Saturday, January 09, 2021, in her home.

Widow of L.D. Dawkins, Sr., she was born in Gastonia, NC and was a daughter of the late Vollie and Bessie Tate.

She was a member of New Mount Zion Baptist Church and attended Indian Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Dawkins was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two daughters, Julia Rodgers and Linda Holmes; 3 grandchildren; sons-in-law, Clyde Jones, Orban Jefferies, Victor Black, and Eddie Lee Holmes; daughter-in -law, Vordia Dawkins; 3 grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: 6 daughters, Etta Ree Jones, Jessie Mae Manning (W.C.), Rev. Mary Jefferies, Pamela Black, Sheila Dawkins, and Linda Norris Williams (Lloyd); sons, Rev. L.D. Dawkins, Jr. (Bernice) and James Robinson, all of Gaffney; brother, Winford Roseboro; sisters, Patricia Anderson, Doris Ann Haynes, Pauline Hopper, Anna White, all of North Carolina; 20 grandchildren; 92 great-grandchildren; 74 great-great grandchildren; 1 great-great great grandchild; other relatives and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., in Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Debra Williamson officiating.