Category Archives: Obituaries

Charles Crate, Jr.


Charles Crate, Jr., 80, of 414 Dr. Martin Luther King Street, Gaffney, SC, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2021, in his home.

He was born in Cherokee County, SC and was a son of the late Charles Crate Sr. and the late
Grace Jefferies Crate Galmer.

As a young adult, Charles moved to Bronx, NY and resided there for several years. Approximately 30 years ago, he returned to Gaffney and became an employee of South Eastern Plastics Company. He attended Limestone Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, George Arthur Crate, Rickey Dean Crate, Barbara Ann Galmer, Henry Franklin Galmer, Catherine Galmer, and Evon Galmer.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Charles Crate, III, of Spartanburg (Sandra); a daughter, Tina Crate Kates (Keith), of San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Martha Jean Houey and Diane Mayberry, of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; an aunt, Terriza Jefferies, of Silver Spring, MD; other relatives and friends.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 30th, 2:00 p.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with The Reverend Michael L. Golden officiating. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park.

Stanley Watkins

Stanley Watkins, 55, of 1223 N. Granard St., Gaffney, SC, passed away Thursday, October 21st, in his home.

He was born in Cherokee County and was a son of the late Ben Jr. Watkins and Jeanie Sarratt Watkins Moore.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: a daughter, Kimberly Faith Watkins, of Gaffney; step-children, Ashley Jefferies, of Chesnee, Cierra Lipscomb, Lee Edward Tate, both of Gaffney; a brother, Readus Moore, of Forest City, NC; a sister, LaShonda D. Watkins, of Shelby, NC; aunts, Ozee Wood, of Everette, WA, Ezee Watkins, of Hollis, NY, Luella Quincy, of Covington, WA, Nora W. Fernanders (James), of Chesnee, SC, Deborah McEntire, of Forest City, NC, Fitzella Eatman, of Baltimore, MD;

The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with The Reverend Dr. Kerwin Wray officiating. The family is at the home of Kimberly Watkins Parker, 408 Oak Street in Gaffney.

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.