Ms. Annie Pearl Dowdle (Penny) Smith

Ms. Annie Pearl Dowdle (Penny) Smith, 79, of 602 W. Buford St., passed away Sunday, January 17th, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Widowed to Lawrence Smith, she was born in Cherokee County, South Carolina, October, 1, 1941 to Thomas Glenn Dowdle and Hallean Odessa Smith Dowdle.

Penny was a member at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church then later attended New Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was employed as a Cook for Normans Truck Stop.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son, Andre Smith; two brothers, Horace Wilkins and Carl Dowdle; three sisters, Annette Byers, Lelia Jefferies, and Teresa Dowdle.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: a son, Ricky Brannon, of Pelzer, SC; three godsons, Michael Watkins and James McDowell both of the home, Quan Allen, of Gaffney; two goddaughters, Ebony Shae Littlejohn and Deanna Allen, both of Gaffney; three sisters; Wanda Littlejohn, of Chesnee, Corneal Scott, of Fountain Inn, and Sandra Norris (Napoleon), of Gaffney; a grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Public Viewing will be Friday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.


The Funeral Service will be Saturday, 12:00 noon in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel.

The family is at 602 W. Buford St.

Bobbie Dean Leach

Bobbie Dean Leach, 78, of 219 Camellia Circle, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, in Spartanburg Medical Center.

Husband of Eloise Camp Leach, he was born in Cherokee County and was a son of the late Fletcher Leach, Sr. and the late Louise Gordon Leach.

Bobbie was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a retiree of The Timken Company.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Norman Leach; siblings, Betty Lou Houser, Mary Leach, Fletcher, Jr., Roy, and Fancy Leach; brother-in-law, Ron White.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: his wife of 59 years, Eloise Leach, of the home; a daughter, Jacqueline Johnson (Minister Samuel); sons, Calvin Louis (Tammy) Leach, Richard B. Leach, Aundray Leach, and Bobby Terriell Leach, all of Gaffney; sisters, Jenelle Holmes (Louis), Linda Kay White, and Peggy Mills, all of Gaffney; a brother, Rev. Samuel Leach (Elaine), of Gaffney; 4 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Public Viewing will be held Wednesday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Graveside Service will be Thursday, 2:00 p.m., at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Michael Bridges officiating.

Mrs. Cornelious Littlejohn Willis

Mrs. Cornelious Littlejohn Willis, 77, of 523 W. Montgomery Street, Apt. 26, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, in Spartanburg Medical Center.

Daughter of the late John Roland Wells and Elvira Littlejohn Jeter, she was born in Shelby, NC on August 2, 1943

She was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church where she served as a former Gospel Choir member, usher, Kindergarten Teacher, and member of the YWAs. “Neal” was a retiree of TNS Mills.

She was predeceased by: a daughter, Lanvonnia Phillips; a sister, Shirley Manning; granddaughter, Johnnica Willis. Surviving are: a son, Charles Shundre Willis, of Gaffney; daughters, Belinda Mayberry (Dewayne-deceased), Genvonnia Foster, Lisa Davis Farmer (Yamel), of Gaffney, Billie Jo Willis of Spartanburg, Ivey Littlejohn (Al) of Spartanburg County, Jacqualine Willis Bristol (Antron), of Moore, SC; 20 grandchildren, including Steven and Kirstern Phillips, reared in the home; a host of great-grandchildren; brothers, Billy Littlejohn, of Houston, TX, Harry Littlejohn, of Shelby, NC, and Gilbert Littlejohn, of Gaffney; sister, Elwillie Williams (Claudius-deceased), of Oxon Hill, MD; special sister, Cynthia Stevenson; god daughters, Tacha Avery (Darnell) and Enelious Logan, all of Gaffney; other relatives and friends.

Public Viewing will be held Monday, from 10:00 to 6:00 p.m.


The Funeral Service will be Tuesday, 2:00 pm. in Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. James Sanders, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family is at 117 Anthony Street.