Category Archives: 06 June 2019

Bennie Mae Fowler Hemphill

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC, our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, Mrs. Bennie Mae Fowler Hemphill, departed this earthly house and entered her heavenly home.

She was born on April 18, 1940, in Gaffney, SC to Mrs. Estella Crosby Fowler and the late James “Jim” Fowler.

Bennie Mae was united in Holy Matrimony to James “Goat” Hemphill on May 5, 1963.  Through 56 years of marriage, they were blessed with three daughters and two sons.

She joined Bethel Baptist Church at an early age and served as an usher during her early years. After twenty-five plus years of service, Bennie Mae retired from the House-keeping Department of Commercial Hotel.

“Mother” was an inspiration of strength, joy, love and encouragement to her family, friends, and people in general.  Mother had a passion for cooking and she was well-known in the community for a good hot meal.  She will always be remembered in our hearts and in the hearts of many. We love her and will miss her greatly.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, James and Estella Fowler; a daughter, Deitrich “Dede” Hemphill; a grandchild, Thomas Tyran Houey; father and mother in-law, Ebb and Mrs. Hattie Vanlue Hemphill.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: her husband, James Hemphill, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Houey (Thomas) and Mrs. Ann Jefferies (Chris), of Gaffney; two sons, Marlin Hemphill (Teresa) and Jamie Hemphill, of Gaffney; three brothers, Kerry Fowler (Dedra), of Gaffney, raised in the home as a son, MSgt. James Sarratt, U.S. Army Ret. (Margaret) of Spartanburg, and Grover Lee Fowler of Waldorf, MD; a sister, Mrs. Teresa Dawkins, of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Baptist Church of Gaffney, South Carolina, with the Reverend Dr. James Sanders, Jr., Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney, SC.

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Angela M. Hollis

Angela M. Hollis, 63, of 130 Huff Rd., Cowpens, departed this life Thursday, June 27, 2019 in her home.

She was the beloved daughter of Elvena Jefferies Hollis and the late Roosevelt Hollis.

Angela was an active member of Island Creek Baptist Church and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She was a graduate of South Carolina State University and a retired teacher from Draytonville Elementary School and the S.C. Adult Education Program.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Hollis; her grandparents, Iola Jefferies and Ed and Enell Hollis. She is survived by her mother, Elvena Hollis, and sister, Sarah Hollis, both of the home.

Sigma Gamma Omega Rho Service will be Monday, 6:30 p.m., in the Gilmore Mortuary. The family will receive friends from7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Funeral Service will be Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., in Island Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Hunter officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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Parnice Studyvance Hughes

Parnice Studyvance Hughes, 60, 0f 102 McArthur Street, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019, in her home.

She was born in Cherokee County and was a daughter of the late Sarah Studyvance and A.W. Littlejohn.

She was a 1977 graduate of Gaffney High School and a retired employee of Nestle.

She was preceded in death by three children, Travis, Pernice, and Bernice Smith; brothers, Johnny Coleman, Ricky and James Studyvance. She leaves to cherish loving memories: her fiancé, John Lightening, of the home; sons, Derrick Smith, Lynn Smith (Anitrell), Marcus Valentine (Ebony), all of Gaffney; and James Goode, raised in the home as a son; brothers, Furman (Rose), John, Billy, Larry (Rose), Studyvance, all of Gaffney; Paul, (Betty), Donnie (Debra), and Ronnie Studyvance, all of Highpoint, NC., Ron Coleman (Mildred), of Boiling Springs, NC; sisters, Roxanne, Teresa, Carrie Valentine, all of Gaffney, Shirley Coleman, of Boiling Springs, NC; 3 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Funeral Service will be Sunday, 2:00 p.m., in Mt. Sinai Baptist Church with Minister Alice Littlejohn and Rev. C.A. Wallace. Interment will follow in Gaffney Memorial Park. She will be in state in the church Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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