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Annie Mae Smith Jefferies

Gracefully and peacefully on Thursday, September 26, 2019, surrounded by family in her home in Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Annie Mae Smith Jefferies answered the Master’s call and exchanged her cross for a crown.

Annie Mae was born on June 11, 1933 in Gaffney, South Carolina. She was a daughter of the late Lillie Mae Tate and the late Robert Lee Smith.

Annie Mae accepted Christ at a very young age. She relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1959 and became a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. She then went on to continue her education at Kent State University in 1996, and received a certificate.

Annie Mae loved bingo and playing cards, tong was her favorite card game. She loved to cook and spend time with her family. She loved to help people and was known by many as Momma Jefferies. She was an inspiration of strength and love for her family and friends. Annie Mae always had a smile on her face and was full of wisdom.

Annie Mae was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Hammond Smith, Robert Smith Jr, and John D. Smith; sons, James (June) Jefferies and Dennis Jefferies; and her grandson, James Jefferies.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory are: her loving children, Johnny Jefferies (Naomi), Barbara Kennedy (Larry), Robert Jefferies (Deborah), Henrietta Gould, Willie Jefferies (Kimbley), John Jefferies (Centenial); aunts, Maria Dawkins, Estelle Dawkins, and Rosetta Dawkins; 37 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, October 10th, 12:00 noon, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dr. A.L. Brackett and Rev. Dr. Michael A. Bridges.

Hattie Jane Lipscomb Wilkins

Hattie Jane Lipscomb Wilkins of 116 Holly Hill Drive, Gaffney, South Carolina, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019, in her home.

Widow of Ralph Bernard Wilkins, she was born in Cherokee County, SC on August 6, 1939 to Choice and Emma Posey Wilkins.

She was a member of Island Creek Baptist Church and a retiree of Limestone Mills.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Carmen Wilkins, and siblings, Elizabeth Gaines,  Choice Lipscomb and Robert Lipscomb, 

Surviving are: a son, Allen Wilkins, of the home; two daughters, Dana Wilkins and Gwendolyn Fernanders (Bryant), of Gaffney;  brothers, John Lipscomb (Cheryl) and Edward Lipscomb (Terri), of Atlanta, GA, Terry Lipscomb (Lisa) of Raleigh, NC, and Jerry Lipscomb (Sarah), of Salisbury, NC; sisters, Louise Smith and Virgia Chappell, both of Atlanta, Betty Terrell of Salisbury; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be Monday, September 22nd, 12 Noon., in the Island Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Tmothy L. Hunter, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The Gilmore Mortuary

Lenora Byers Weeks

Lenora Byers Weeks, 90, of 503 W. Robinson Street, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in Brookview Healthcare Center.

Wife of Samuel Weeks, she was born in Cherokee County and was a daughter of the late Freeman and Marie Smith Byers.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: a brother, Rochelle Byers, of Fayetteville, NC; a sister, Peola Wilson, of Baltimore, MD.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, 11 a.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Rev. James Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

The Gilmore Mortuary