Category Archives: 05 May 2014

Timothy Maurice Smith

Timothy Smith_edited-1Timothy Maurice Smith, 47, of 123 Cudd St., entered eternal rest on Friday, May 23, 2014, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Husband of Sherry Davis Smith, he was born in Gaffney and was a son of Ermy Garrison Smith and the late Claude Bivins Smith. He was a 1984 graduate of Gaffney High School, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a former employee of Nestlé.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by four sons, Brandon Foster of New York, Timothy Maurice Smith II and Pierce Thomas Smith, both of Atlanta, Ga., and Terrence Brown of the Bronx, N.Y.; four daughters, Ashley Washington, Mia Smith, both of Atlanta, Ga., Toniece Brown of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tianna Brown of Gaffney; two brothers, Joe Garrison (Betty) of Gaffney and Samuel Smith (Tammy) of Blacksburg; two sisters, Denise Benson and Natasha Dober (Willie) of Gaffney; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in Gilmore Mortuary Chapel with Minister Kevin Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Gaffney Memorial Park.

The family is at the home of Joe and Betty Smith, 505 Granite Drive.

Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.

Johnny Emerson Reid

Front Page2Johnny Emerson Reid, 62, of 422 Sarratt Street, entered eternal rest on Saturday, May 17th, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Gaffney and was the son of the late John Frank Martin and Louise Reid Martin.
Johnny was a 1970 graduate of Gaffney High School and a 1972 graduate of Denmark Technical College as an electrician.

He was a member of Fountain of Life Baptist Church, Spartanburg, where he served as an usher, a member of the Sunday School, and Men’s Ministry. Johnny retired from Duke Power, Oconee Nuclear Station as an electrician. He was a journeyman electrician.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Wesley Reid and Millard J. Reid. Surviving are: two daughters, Charity Reid of the home and Yolanda Reid of Gaffney; god daughter, Ivey Littlejohn of Spartanburg, reared in the home; two brothers, Samuel H. Reid (Ida) of Charlotte, NC and Thomas R. Reid (Naomi) of Gaffney; a sister, Juanita Jordan of Woodbridge, VA; sister-in-law, Virgie Reid of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Jabria Reid, Jaydin Jefferies, Quodelia Smith, and Tyson Willis, all of Gaffney; great-grandchild, Tavarie Jeter of Gaffney; special friend, Kim Canada, of Spartanburg; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 21st, 3:00 pm in Limestone Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Sarratt officiating. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park. He will lie in state Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the church.

The Gilmore Mortuary

Rev. Donald Rodgers

RevDonaldRodgersThe Rev. Donald Rodgers, 67, of 102 Gettys Drive, entered eternal rest on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Husband of Barbara Patton Rodgers, he was born in Gaffney and was a son of the late Wilbert and Helen Sarratt Rodgers.

He was a 1964 graduate of Granard High School and a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He also attended Morris College in Sumter.

Donald was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1978, he was employed by Norfolk Southern Railroad Company and in 1985 he transferred to Amtrak, where he retired as a conductor. He was a member and Associate Minister of Green Bethel Baptist Church.

Donald was preceded in death by a brother, Billy, and a sister, Diane.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Marc Rodgers of Manteca, CA, Brian Rodgers of Miami, FL, and Billy Rodgers (Tamika) of Gaffney; a daughter, Tania Gill-Worsley of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Dorothy Person (George) of Gaffney; 11 grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Sherry Rodgers of Gaffney.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at Green Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mills McHam officiating. Military Rites and interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park.

He will lie in state Saturday from 12-1 p.m. in the church. Donald may be viewed at The Gilmore Mortuary from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday.