Category Archives: 01 January 2017

James Arthur “Big Time” Finley

James Arthur “Big Time” Finley, 70, of 118 Estelle Road, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, in Spartanburg Hospital Restorative Care.

He was born in Greenville County and was a son of the late Jessie Boyd Finley and the late Evelyn Starks Finley.

Early in life, James joined Goldenview Baptist Church in Fountain Inn, SC. After moving to Gaffney, he became a member of Concord Baptist Church and Concord All Male Chorus. He was also a member of the New Durbin All Male Chorus and a retired employee of Celanese Fiber.

Surviving: Annie Lorene Houey, his companion of twenty plus years; a son, Khristopher Goodjoin of Gray Court; a daughter, Ebony Wilson of Blacksburg; step-son, Tirish Houey (Dorie) of Gaffney; godson, Fred Wilson of Gaffney; four brothers, William Finley (Louise) of Highpoint, NC, Jerry Finley (Catherine) of Gray Court, Julius Finley (Diane) of Simpsonville, SC, Charles Finley (Decima) of Fort Mitchell, AL; two sisters, Mary Turner (James) of Greenville, and Odessie Finley of Fountain Inn; a niece reared in the home, E. Sandra Clowney of Augusta, GA; aunt, May Helen Clark of Plainfield, NJ; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 7 special nieces and 2 special nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Goldenview Baptist Church, Fountain Inn, SC. Funeral Services will be Monday, January 30th at 2 p.m., in Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. He will be in state in Concord Baptist Church Monday at 1 p.m.

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Clara Posey Davis

Clara Posey Davis, 91, of Cincinnati, Ohio transitioned from earth to eternity on Thursday, January 5, 2017, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born in Cherokee County and was a daughter of the late Ebb and Bessie Linder Davis. Clara was a former member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Gaffney. After moving to Cincinnati, Clara joined Inspirational Baptist Church.

Clara was first married to Robert Posey. After his death, she later married Lorenso Davis who also preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, George Davis; three sisters, Rebecca Davis, Ezera Thompson, and Alice Davis.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: five sisters, Mary Fernanders, Amogene Byers, Parnice Jefferies, Burdie A. Garnett, and Christine Reaves; one brother, Louis M.C. Davis; brothers-in-law, Henry Reaves, James L. Jefferies, Sam Garnett, and James Thompson; one aunt, Hannah Linder; a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends Saturday, January 14, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in The Gilmore Mortuary. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park with Rev. C.A. Wallace officiating.

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Robert Thompson

Robert Lee Thompson, 68, of 172 Cantrell Drive, Chesnee, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, in his home.

He was born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina on July 30, 1948, and was a son of the late Otha Crawford and the late Rosa Lee Thompson White.

Robert was a 1966 graduate of Foster Grove High School. He furthered his education at Rutledge College, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and Converse College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired materials manager of Arrow Automotive, former High School Basketball Coach, baseball and basketball player, and co-owner of Carolina Crank and Core.

He was a member of Brooklyn C.M.E. Church where he served in many capacities, including: Steward Board, Life Center Committee, Sunday School Teacher, The All Male Choir, and The Young Adult Choir. Robert was also a member of The Sunlight Gospel Singers and former member of The Golden Trumpets.

He was dedicated to his family, church, and community. His concern for Senior Citizens was evident when he planned excursions for them and delivered dinner to them on Thanksgiving Day.

Robert was also preceded in death by a sister, Janice Foster Casey. He leaves to cherish loving memories: two sons, Bruce Lowrance (Sandra) of Forest City, NC and Dwayne Lowrance of Spartanburg; aunt, Patsy E. “Tootsie” Thompson of Chesnee; uncle, Thomas R. Thompson (Shirley) of Spartanburg; niece, (Shonia Gordon (Edward) of Spartanburg; brother-in-law, Marvin Casey; three Grandchildren, Leslie Littlejohn (Wendell), B.J. Edgerton, and MaKenly Lowrance; his life-long friend, Julius Cates (Elruby) of Spartanburg; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, January 11th at 1pm in Brooklyn C.M.E. Church of Chesnee, SC. Rev. Timothy L. Hunter will be the eulogist. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.