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Ja’Maurion Rayshawn (JR) Rodgers

Ja’Maurion Rayshawn (JR) Rodgers, age 17, of 142 Buckson Street, Gaffney, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024, in his home.

He was a son of Georgia Smith and the late John Maurice Rodgers.

A Public Viewing will be held Sunday, February 18th, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Gilmore Mortuary Chapel.

The family is receiving friends at the home.

Alexander Bridges

Alexander “Deuce” Bridges, beloved son of Alexis Joe (Tierra) Bridges Sr. and Cherrie Carter, was born on December 2, 2002, in Baltimore, Maryland. He spent his formative years in Gaffney, South Carolina, and Hagerstown, Maryland.

Alexander was baptized and found solace and faith at the Holy Trinity New Beginning Church, where his grandmother, Pastor Lizzie Bridges, provided him with spiritual guidance and love.

Alexander’s infectious laughter and love for his family endeared him to all who knew him. He was known for his strength and unwavering love for his family. Despite facing numerous challenges, he always showed remarkable resilience and a deep devotion to those he held dear. He had a passion for football and was an avid fan of the Washington Commanders.

He passed away at Accent Care Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland, surrounded by his loving family on February 13, 2024.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Alex Bridges Jr.; great-aunt, Ruby B. Shook; and great-uncles, Allie Bridges Sr. and Monroe Bridges.

He is survived by: his stepmother, Joan Moser (Janessa Chapman); 3 brothers, Alexis Joe Bridges Jr., Alex Bridges III, and Eric Thompson; 4 sisters, Charlexis B. (Larry) Camp, Charnica Bridges, Alexis Bridges, and Judith Thompson; step-brothers and sisters, Auryanah Johnson (Dre Littlejohn), Amyia Hayes, Sharleen Hayes, and Sherman Hayes Jr. He is also survived by: grandmothers, Pastor Lizzie Bridges and Debra Saunders; a great-grandmother, Evangelist Mondean Covington; 2 uncles, James (Jacquelyn) Bridges and Jackie Bridges; 4 aunts: Zina Bridges, Lina (Clay) Champion, Yvette B. (Hazel) Ross, and Regina Ellis Marks; and a host of great aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at the home of his grandmother on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 261 Speedway Road, Gaffney, SC. A balloon release will follow the service.

Alexander will be deeply missed and forever remembered for his love, laughter, cherished memories, and his enduring love and strength that inspired all who knew him.

Courtesy of The Gilmore Mortuary

Howard Wilson

Howard was born in Gaffney, SC on June 4, 1941 to Kelly and Genevieve Hopper Wilson.

He was educated in the public schools of Cherokee County, SC. For many years, Howard was employed as a custodian at Walmart in Gaffney.  He loved his job, his co-workers, and his customers, especially the children.  He delighted in giving candy to the children who came in the store. Since his death, Walmart has honored Howard by continuing to give Tootsie Rolls to each child who came in the store. 

Howard answered the Master’s call on Thursday, February 1, 2024.  He was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings, Russell Wilson, Kelly Wilson, and Hilda Degree; and brothers-in-law, Billy Degree and Larry Logan.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: his wife, Brenda Camp Wilson; a son, Howard Wilson, Jr.  (Lilliana); a daughter, Lisa Linder (Roy); grandchildren, Shawndra Yount and Tatiana Wilson; sisters, Gladys Wilson, Mary Logan, and Diane Williams; sisters-in-law, Janie Wilson and Lillian Wilson; other relatives and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 8th, 1:00 p.m.., in the Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Hunter officiating.