Category Archives: 08 August 2019

Anthony Quinn Lane

Anthony Quinn Lane, 61, of 203 Lincoln Drive, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2019, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Brooklyn NY and was a son of the late Layzell Lane, Sr., and Rothena Johnson Lane.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Lane.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: two sons, Kenneth Tate and Anthony Tate (Shermal); five daughters, Olivia Tate, Talisha Tate, Tenisha Tate, Anchellica Watkins (Chris), and Revi Tate; a sister, Earnestine Davis (Eddie); three brothers, Layzell Lane, Jr., Robert E. Lane, and Brian Buckson, all of Gaffney; seventeen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

The Funeral Service will be Thursday, 2:00 p.m., in New Mount Zion Baptist Church with The Reverend Roger Mason officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. He will be in state in the church Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

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Ezra Smith Tate

Mrs. Ezra Smith Tate, 95, of 103 Draytonville Rd., passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019, in her home.

Widow of L.W. Tate, she was born in Cherokee County on July 17, 1924 to Zellie and Lucinda Smith.

She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church where she served as: Mother of the Church, Deaconess, leader of the Mixed Choir, Usher Board, Missionary, Advisor of the Junior Ushers, and former custodian.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: sons, Ernest W. Smith and Joe Dean Tate; sisters, Nellie Mae Smith and Sarah Ealey; brothers, Eugene, Elmer, Leroy, and Oscar Smith.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: her children, Aurelia Annette Byers, Finley A. Tate (Betty), Mary L. Sanders, and “Jam Up” Tate (Willie), all of Gaffney, Shirley A. Hill (Cleavon), of Washington, D.C.; god son, Carl Howell, of Jacksonville, FL; sisters, Madeline Elder, Elizabeth Penn, and Pansy Martin, all of Washington, D.C.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, 2 p.m., in Limestone Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Golden officiating and Rev. Dr. Michael A. Bridges, eulogist. Interment will follow in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery. She will be in state in the church Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Roy Lee Davis

Roy was born in Cherokee County, South Carolina on July 27, 1954 to William and Carrie Nell Banks Davis.

Roy was a member of Concord Baptist Church.  He graduated from Gaffney High School in 1972 and Barber Scotia College, Concord, North Carolina, in 1977 where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. Roy furthered his education at Fisk University in Tennessee and the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.

He was employed by SC Works as an Employment Specialist, Milliken and Company as a Research Associate, and Achem Corporation as a Quality Control Lab Assistant Manager. Roy also served as a tutor for the Cherokee County Literacy Association.  He was a member of Gamma Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and served as Keeper of Records and Seals.  He was instrumental in re-chartering the local chapter.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents and by three brothers, John W., Marvin L., and Lamon E. Davis. Roy passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2019 in Spartanburg Restorative Care, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

He leaves to cherish special memories: his beloved sisters, Carolyn Monroe (Roy) and Gloria Davis; nieces and nephews, Timeara Monroe, Trisha Monroe, Merlita Orme (Jerry), Celeste Jones, Tojuanna Broderick (Michael), Jenell Davis, Nicole Davis, and Wanda Cloud (Donald); great nephews, Tyrone Davis, Brandon Marrow (Shaina), Jordan Cloud, Dean Cloud, and Michael Cloud; a host of other relatives and many friends.

The Funeral Service will be Tuesday, August 20th at 2pm, in Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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