Crystal Michelle “Shell” Crawford

Crystal Michelle “Shell” Crawford 48, was born in Cherokee County and was a daughter of the late Bennie Junior Crawford and Annie Maude Surratt Crawford.

Early in life, she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined Buck Shoals Baptist Church. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant and a former employee of Autumn Care Nursing Home.

“Shell” loved the Lord, her daughter, her mother, and her family, her many friends, and people in general. She will always be remembered for the love she gave to all.

She answered the Master’s call on Thursday, July 21st, in Rutherford Hospital, Rutherfordton, NC.

She leaves to cherish loving memories: a daughter, Chelsea Maria Crawford (Jerome), of Mooresboro, NC; grandchildren, India Michelle Davis and Xavier Jerome Davis, both of Forest City, NC; a sister, Teannie Shelton; stepsister, Michelle Carpenter, of Forest City; nieces, Christina Michelle Shelton, Porcha Ann Carpenter; nephews, Bennie Micheal Shelton and Christopher Carpenter, of Forest City; a great niece, Shantel Carson; great nephew, Jamar Carson; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 12:00 noon., in The Gilmore Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in Fernandez and Crawford Cemetery, in Chesnee, SC.

Henry Blaine Gaffney, III

Henry Blaine Gaffney, III, 70, of 102 Osage Drive, Gaffney, passed away May 16, 2022, in Spartanburg Medical Center.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY and was a son of the late Henry Blaine Gaffney, Sr. and Charlean S. Gaffney.

“Blaine” was a graduate of Van Buren High School in Queens, NY, and Moorehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

He moved to Gaffney in the early 1990s. He attended Fruit of The Spirit Church. He loved serving his God, his family and fellow-man. His other passions, were going to Coney Island, horror movies, collecting videos and Music CDs.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: his brothers, Kevin Gaffney, of Gaffney, Wesley Gaffney and Eric Gaffney, both of Rhode Island; a sister, Charlean, of Gaffney; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, 2:00 p.m., in Fruit of the Spirit Church on Cherokee Avenue in Gaffney, with Apostle Patricia Clark officiating. Services will be on Zoom. Please contact his brother, Kevin Gaffney, 864 838 1236 for password.

Erma Chambers Lockhart

Erma Chambers Lockhart, 83, of 1101 N. Morgan Street, Shelby, NC, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2022, in Peak Resources, Shelby, NC.

Widow of Bishop Eddie Lockhart, she was born in Anson, NC and was a daughter of the late Herman and Mary Bennett Chambers.

Erma was a faithful member of The Divine True Holiness Church of God in Blacksburg, SC where she was “First Lady” for many years.  She was a retired Teacher’s Aide at Grover Elementary School, Grover NC. 

She leaves to cherish loving memories: four sons, William Lamont Lockhart (Venessa), of Kings Mountain, NC, Norris Wike A(Patrice), of Suffolk, VA, Orlando Williams, of Morganton, NC, and Ricky Chambers, (Mary), of Kannapolis, NC; God Daughters, Karen Houze (Rev. Billy) and Evelyn Pressley, both of Kings Mountain; brothers, Hubert Chambers, of Charlotte, NC and Richard Chambers (Teresa), of Kannapolis, NC; a sister Huby Chatman, of Kannapolis; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 23rd, 2:00 p.m., in The Divine True Holiness Church of God  with Bishop Willie Littlejohn, Eulogist,  and Overseer Theodore Lockhart, Officiant. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. She will lie in the church at 1:00 p.m.   A Face Mask is required to be worn in Church.

The family is at the home of  Lamont and Venessa Lockhart, 121 Trotter Lane, Kings Mountain.