Category Archives: Obituaries

Clarence Edward Bonner, Sr.

Clarence Edward Bonner, Sr., 80, passed away Monday, July 6, 2020, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

He was born on April 17, 1940 in Cherokee County to the late Robert Sr. and Alice Thomas Bonner.

Clarence was a graduate of Granard High School “Class of 1957”, joined Bethel Baptist Church at an early age, and was employed as a Nursing Aid at a New York City Hospital.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Alice Faye Bonner; a sister, Diane Dews; three brothers, L.C. Bonner, Robert Bonner, Jr., and Monroe Bonner.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Clarence E. Bonner, Jr. of Winston Salem, NC; two sisters, Patricia B. Good and Lillie C. Bonner both of Gaffney; a brother, John L. Bonner of New York City, NY; an aunt, Christine Camp of Gaffney; a special friend, Nancy Cryer; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside Service will be held Saturday, 1:00 p.m., at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. James Sanders, Jr., officiating. Changes of service may be updated if precipitation. To help prevent the spread of **COVID-19** we ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Public Viewing — Friday, July 10, 2020…….  12:00 p.m. –  5:30 p.m.

Evelyn Jean Brown Champion

On the morning of June 28, 2020, the Lord whispered to Evelyn Jean Champion that she had fought a good fight, she had finished her course, she had kept the faith, and now laid up for her is a crown of righteousness.

Born in Gaffney, SC. on January 27, 1938 to the late Barney and Lillie Mae Brown, Evelyn joined Ebenezer Baptist Church. She graduated from Granard High School and continued her education at Barber Scotia College, where she learned the seamstress trade.
Evelyn was employed for more than 30 years as a seamstress for Hamrick’s. She was affectionately known to make clothes, to knit, and crochet blankets and scarves for family and friends.

During her early years, she was joined in matrimony to the late Thomas Clyburn Champion, Sr. and form this union, six children were born: Clay Champion, Sr. (Lina), Marvin Champion, Thomas Champion Jr. (Shirley), Donna Griffin (Neal), Chris Champion (Cheryl), and Diane Champion Talbert;12 grandchildren, Clay Jr., Claynesha, Sacoya, LaQuesha, Isaiah, Ashley, Hannah, Candace, Kristian, Jeremiah, Jalyn, and Camille; 3 great grandchildren, Caden, Kairo, and Kayleigh, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In 1975, Evelyn made the life-changing decision to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and she joined the Mitchell Chapel F.B.H. Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, a Missionary, Deaconess, and Trustee. She loved the Lord with all her heart and raised her children to the Lord and encourages all her grandchildren to have their own personal relationship with the Lord.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 2nd, at 12:00 noon, in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Pastor E.D. Lawson officiating. Interment will follow in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ruth Elaine Doby

Mrs. Ruth Elaine Doby, 76, of 706 Union Street, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in her home.

Widow of Robert Lewis Doby, she was born in Cherokee County, SC and was a daughter of the late Alice Kirby Montgomery and the late Alonzo Williams.

She was a graduate of Granard High School, a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and a former sales lady.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: three sons, Tyrone Doby of CT, Robert Doby, of Pelzer, SC, and Maurice Doby (Amy), of Springlake, NC; two daughters, Traci Dowdle and Tiffany Hargett, of Gaffney; four brothers, Lloyd Williams (Linda) and Douglas Williams (Sandy), of Gaffney, Wayne Montgomery, of VA, William Stuart of Gaffney; three sisters, Rogenia Shippy (Thomas) and Donna Tate (Wallace), LaVett Stuart all of Gaffney; 19 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be Friday, Jun 26, 2020 at 12:00 noon, at The Gilmore Mortuary with Rev. Freddie Davidson officiating.