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GAFFNEY, SC-- Opal Gilfillan Williams, 88, of 133 15th Street, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at her residence.
Born in Gaffney, she was the widow of the late Jack Dean Williams to whom she was married for over 50 years, and was the daughter of the late Ezekiel Fred Gilfillan and Nancy Brakefield Gilfillan. Mrs. Williams was a 1943 graduate of Gaffney High School, was an honorary member of the 1963 Gaffney High School Class, and retired from Hamrick Mills after 45 years of service. She was a member of East Gaffney Baptist Church where she was a member of the Radiant Sunday School Class.
Surviving are two daughters, Brenda W. Miles and husband, Richard, of Gaffney, and Debbie W. Ellis of Gaffney; a sister, Thelma G. Spencer of Gaffney; five grandchildren: Alan Masters, Jr., and wife, Alison, Ronna M. Whitman and husband, Mike, Jason Masters, Carmen M. Cobb and husband, Chris, and Kevin Ellis and fiancé, Angie; eight great-grandchildren: Jack Masters, Sam Masters, Kayla Masters, Dawson Whitman, Sawyer Whitman, Emi Beth Whitman, Majer Whitman and Chrislen Cobb. She was preceded in death by four brothers: Grady Gilfillan, Alfred "Junior" Gilfillan, Harold Gilfillan and Billy Gilfillan; a sister, Catherine G. Moore, and two sons-in-law, Alan Masters, Sr. and Jimmy Ellis who left us way too soon.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:45 PM on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Blakely Funeral Home. Funeral services will immediately follow at 4:00 PM in the Blakely Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Finley, Rev. Ron Jackson and Rev. Tim Nugent officiating. Interment will be in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: East Gaffney Baptist Church, 2308 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, SC 29340 or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1886, Gaffney, SC 29342.
The family will be at the home of Richard and Brenda Miles, 128 Sheraton Loop, Gaffney.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory - Gaffney
1047 Chesnee Highway P.O. Box 850 Gaffney, SC 29341
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from May 14 to May 15, 2014