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Issac Cortez Lattimore

Isaac Cortez Lattimore, Sr., 27, of Greensboro, NC, passed away Sunday, October 10th, in Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Winston Salem, NC.


He was a son of Evette Lattimore and Reggie Street, of Greensboro.


Isaac resided in Gaffney for several years. While in Gaffney, he worked at various places, including Dollar General Superstore and Burger King.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three sons, Isaac Lattimore, Jr. and Isaiah Lattimore, both of Gaffney, and King Lattimore, of Greensboro; a brother, Eric Lattimore, of California; other relatives and friends.


The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, 2:00 p.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with The Reverend Katina Palmer Posey officiating. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park.
The family is at the home of Diane and Ricky Ratchford, 1215 Wilcox Avenue, Gaffney.

Roy Milton Ratchford

Roy Milton Ratchford, “Catfish,” 69, of 211 Michigan Avenue, Gaffney, passed away Friday, October 15, 2021, in Cherokee Medical Center.

He was born in Gaffney and was a son of the late Roy P. Ratchford and Mrs. Kansie Littlejohn Ratchford.

He was a 1970 graduate of Gaffney High School and a retiree of The Timken Company, after 42 years of service.

Roy was a member of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church. He loved attending area revivals with the choir. Affectionately called “Milk” by his family, he loved helping people and never met a stranger. His favorite saying was, “You messing me up!” He enjoyed driving people around town, watching wrestling, football (especially the Dallas Cowboys), and baseball.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sevoir Ratchford, Sr.; paternal grandparents, James and Ada Lindsay Ratchford; his maternal grandparents, Lucious and Ella Jones Littlejohn; five nieces and one nephew.

Roy leaves to cherish many fond memories: Tamara Sims, of Gaffney and Tyron Sims (Rkeisha), of Spartanburg, who were reared as his children; four brothers, Leonard Ratchford (Letite), Warren Ratchford (Sheila), Andrew Ratchford (Lyn), and James Ratchford, all of Gaffney; one sister, Lorraine Wray (Rev. Dr. Kerwin), of Gaffney; two nephews reared in the home, Terrence Ratchford, of Blacksburg and Troy Wilkins, of Gaffney; four grandchildren; an aunt, Helen Stringer, of Los Angeles, CA; a very special friend, Ashema Oglesby; other relatives and friends.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, 2:00 p.m., in Limestone Missionary Baptist Church with The Reverend Michael Golden and The Reverend Dr. Kerwin Wray. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

Flora Gist-Evans

Mrs. Flora Gist-Evans, age 87, of Cowpens, passed away Saturday, October 16th, in Cherokee Medical Center.

Widow of Gerald Evans, Sr., she was born in York, SC and was a daughter of the late Julian and Grace Rutherford Gist.

Flora was a member of Dunton United Methodist Church. She was a 1952 graduate of Granard High School. She received a B.S. Degree from Benedict College, Columbia, SC and a Licensed Practical Nursing Degree from Spartanburg Technical College.

She was also preceded in death by three siblings, Willie V. Gist, Wilhelmina Gist Tyner, and Audrey Gist Malone. She leaves to cherish loving memories: two sons, Gerald Evans, Jr., (Jelena) of Riverview, FL and Kenneth Evans, Sr., of Atlanta, GA; a sister, Avon Jenkins, of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren, Alexander Evans, Elizabeth, Lequita, Kenyatta Evans, Kenneth Evans, Jr, and Tiffany Evans; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, October 20th, 2:00 p.m., in Dunton United Methodist Church with The Reverend Calvin Smith officiating.