Knuckles to be inducted into NAACP HoF; Manning keynote speaker

Written by Administrator on October 8th, 2016
Manning Will NAACP speaker photo

William Manning

The Cherokee County NAACP will have its Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday October 22, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in the Rev. Dr. J.W. Sanders Sr. Education and Conference Center located at 218 West Dr. L.M. Rosemond Lane, Gaffney, SC.

This year’s banquet speaker will be Gaffney native, William Manning, a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and now Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC. 

A highlight of the banquet will be the annual induction of two individuals into the prestigious NAACP ‘Hall of Fame’. Rev. Dr. Kerwin Wray will be the living honoree, and Rev. London C. Knuckles will be honored posthumously. The ‘Hall of Fame’ recognition pays tribute to individuals who have brought honor to God, themselves, their family, and communities near and far.

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

Everyone can support by buying tickets/tables, purchasing an advertisement (Ad) in the collectible souvenir booklet, or by being a sponsor. Proceeds from this event will fund local and national NAACP goals that include pushing for accessible and affordable education, health care, job training and employment, as well as supporting local nonprofit organizations that provide youth activities and programs.

For more information contact NAACP President, Rev. Wilbert Jamison Jr. at (864) 425-6571.

Email: [email protected] or any member of the local NAACP.


Rev. Darrett Lattimore to speak Sunday morning

Written by Administrator on August 11th, 2016

Darrett LattimoreThe Rev. Darrett Lattimore will speak during the Shady Grove Youth Day observance on Sunday, August 14th, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The youth of the church will serve as Sunday School teachers, fulfil other Sunday school responsibilities, and conduct the pulpit service.

Rev. Lattimore is an associate minister at Shady Grove. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

He is married to Shakila Byers Lattimore and they have five beautiful children.

The public is cordially invited to attend. The Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


Cunningham advances in USAF

Written by Administrator on August 11th, 2016

Deon Tarrus Cunningham graduated from Airman Leadership School (ALS), Travis Air Force Base, California on June 23, 2016. He was promoted to sergeant in a ceremony on July 30, 2016.

Airman Leadership School (ALS) is a United States Air Force program designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first professional military education (PME) that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on developing leadership abilities, the profession of arms, and building effective communication.

Cunningham is a graduate of Gaffney High School and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He is the son of John Cunningham and Tiffany Dover of Gaffney.


Dr. Sommer Jones guest speaker for baccalaureate services

Written by Administrator on July 18th, 2016

(Editor’s Note: This item was submitted weeks ago and overlooked by the webmaster. We always strive to recognize academic achievement at Shady Grove, and it’s a double privilege when one of our own is a featured participant in the celebration. Please excuse its lateness.)

sommerDr. Sommer Jones was the speaker during Shady Grove Baptist Church’s Baccalaureate Service for 2016 graduates and recognition of 4th Nine Weeks Outstanding Students on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 during the 11 o’clock morning worship service. Jones is a member of Shady Grove Church and recent recipient of a doctorate in education from South Carolina State University.

Educators in her family include her parents, Lucious and Dr. Mary Jones; sister, Hyacinth Jones Phillips, and grandmother, great grandfather, aunts, an uncle, and cousins.


Shady Grove students graduating from kindergarten, high school, and college were recognized along with their parents and family.


Church recognizes academic achievers for 3rd nine weeks

Written by Administrator on June 7th, 2016

Shady Grove Recognition Service Student 3rd nine weeks May 2016

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Education Committee recognized and presented awards to students with outstanding accomplishments during 3rd Nine Weeks during Youth Day service May 2016.

Pictured are students who performed in an outstanding manner during the 3rd Nine weeks at their respective schools.

Pictured, left to right

Row 1, Josiah Greene, ‘Terrific Kid Award, Consistently Scoring Well, Positive Attitude Award, Jesse Boyd Elementary; Shaniyah Lattimore, Grade 2, Honor Roll, Northwest Elementary; Jeremiah Greene, Grade 5, A/B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Jesse Boyd Elementary; Niq Baxter, University of SC – Columbia – All A’s/ Spring Semester.

Row 2: Syreeta Greene, Education Committee; Jermaine Greene, Education Committee; Tamica Brown, Education Committee; and Christopher Hawk, Junior, Gaffney High, A/B Honor Roll.

Not Pictured: Skyla Phillips, Grade 4, Northwest Elementary/ A/B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance; Akira Fleming, Granard Middle, A/B Honor Roll; Cyani Foster, Grade 1, All A’s, Science Fair participant, Northwest Elementary;

The Education Committee coordinated the recognition activity and provided awards for each student honored. Hyacinth Phillips is president of the Education Committee.


SGBC to honor ‘Mighty Oaks’ for church’s 135th anniversary

Written by Administrator on May 16th, 2016

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Family of 712 Green River Road, Gaffney, South Carolina will celebrate their 135th  church anniversary on Sunday May 22nd during the 11 a.m. worship service.

The church will commemorate 135 years by recognizing fore-parents and family members who were strong soldiers “in the army of the Lord” and served mightily at Shady Grove. Family members will sit together and a spokesperson will make brief statements about our Shady Grove “Mighty Oaks.”

Families will display pictures of their foreparents and relatives. Offerings commemorating 135 years of ministry will be given.

Pastor Byers will deliver the anniversary sermon and the Mass Choir will present special music. The public is invited to attend. An anniversary dinner will be served following the service.

Program Coordinators are Sis. Shelia Posey, Sis. Shakila Lattimore, and Sis. Mary K. Jones

Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Publicity Contact: Sis. Mary K. Jones


Manning named Humanitarian of the Year

Written by Administrator on May 9th, 2016

Sis. Dorothy Manning was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year on May 8 at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

The award was presented by the church’s Senior Missionary auxiliary during Mother’s Day morning services.

The following statement was read in honoring Sis. Manning:

“A humanitarian is defined as someone who is concerned with or works to promote the well-being and happiness of others. Our honoree today definitely fits that definition.


She is a dedicated member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church family, mother, daughter, sister, friend to the community and a firm supporter of education as a means of making a better today and tomorrow.


Dorothy Manning is a native of Gaffney, South Carolina, and graduated from Granard High School with aspirations of becoming a teacher. Sis. Manning has been steadfast in her commitment to educating and helping others, especially young people. During her working years, she returned to school and earned a degree at Cleveland Community College. To date, all of her children and grandchildren have, or will, earn a college degree.


Sis. Manning is the current chapter President, or “Queen”, of the Cherokee County Red Hat Society, an international society of women that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness while supporting members in their quest to get the most out of life. She is also a member of Altrusa International of Gaffney, a service organization made up of men and women who work to improve the communities in which they live. Sis Manning is an Ambassador for Know(2), a community organization focused on improving Education, Public Health, Family & Youth, Crime & Safety and Economic Development in Cherokee County. She is a former substitute teacher for the Cherokee County School district and a former member of the Cherokee County Red Cross.


She is a deaconess, president of the Shady Grove Baptist Church Senior Missionary, secretary of the Thickety Mountain Missionary Association, a choir member, a former member of the YWAs at Shady Grove and Mikes Creek Baptist churches, a former Sunday School teacher and superintendent, church secretary and a former member of the usher board.


Sis. Manning is married to Deacon Eugene Manning and is a mother of two, grandmother of four, and great-grandmother to three. She is a constant inspiration to her family and a ready resource when they need advice on life matters.


She is an excellent role model of what a humanitarian should be every day of every year, and we are very proud to share this honor with her on this special day. Please join in me recognizing this year’s honoree, Sis Dorothy Manning.”

This is the Senior Missionary’s third year honoring church members for their tireless efforts to help the church and surrounding community.

Sis. Manning received an award and gifts. Her name has been added to a plaque with previous winners Sis. Kathy Byers and Bro. Jerry Thompson.


SGBC recognizes academic achievers

Written by Administrator on March 16th, 2016

Shady Grove Baptist Church Education Committee recognized and presented awards to students with outstanding achievement during 3rd Nine Weeks during Youth Day Service on March 13th.

Pictured are students who performed in an outstanding manner during the 3rd Nine weeks at their respective schools.

Left to right, Row 1: Shaniyah Lattimore, Northwest Elementary; Skyla Phillips, Northwest Elementary;
Akira Fleming, Granard Middle; Cyani Foster, Northwest Elementary; Josiah Greene, Jesse Boyd Elementary; and Jeremiah Greene, Jesse Boyd Elementary. Row 2: Members of Education Committee: Syreeta Greene, Donnie Littlejohn, Tamica Brown, Hyacinth Phillips, Bernice Dawkins.

The Education Committee coordinated the recognition activity and provided awards for each student honored. Hyacinth Phillips is president of the Education Committee.


Posey named 2016 Woman of the Year

Written by Administrator on March 16th, 2016

2016 Woman of the Year, Sheila Montgomery Posey

Sheila Montgomery Posey was crowned ‘Shady Grove Baptist Church 2016 Woman of the Year’ during the annual Woman’s Day service held recently.

Posey who is a member of the Women’s Ministry, Usher Ministry, and a Bible School attendee.

The Woman’s Day speaker was the Rev. Sister Stephanie Peak, Associate Minister of ‘Word of Change Ministries’ of Spartanburg, SC.

Pastor Byers commended the ladies on their tremendous effort and the zeal with which they worked to achieve their goals. All the participants received beautiful gift bags, flowers, and Sister Posey was crowned and signage has been erected to designate special parking for the ‘Woman of the Year’ throughout 2016.

Program Coordinators were Sister Candice Alexander and the Rev. Schlonda Hawk.

Others vying for the title are pictured below, left to right, with the Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr., Pastor:

Sister Sheila Montgomery Posey, Winner of Woman of the Year; Sister Marva Dover, member of Deaconess Ministry, Senior Missionary Ministry, and Gospel Choir member; Sister Detra Bonner, member of the Gospel Choir, Usher Ministry, and Women’s Ministry; Mother of Church, Minnie Hush who is a dedicated Sunday School attendee, and member of the Women’s Ministry; and Sister LaDonna Tate, member of the Mass Choir, church Worship Team, Usher Ministry, Praise Singers Music Ministry, Van Ministry, and President of the Young Woman’s Auxiliary (YWA).


SGBC to honor pastor’s 10th anniversary

Written by Administrator on March 7th, 2016
The Rev. and Mrs. Lee Byers Jr.

The Rev. and Mrs. Lee Byers Jr., from 2011

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor Rev. Dr. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their Tenth Pastoral Anniversary during a special service on Sunday March 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The praise and worship service will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Speaking for the 4:00 p.m. occasion will be Bishop Charles JJ Jackson, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.

Rev. and First Lady Byers have served the Shady Grove Church family for ten years and are God’s servants for kingdom building. Pastor Byers serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, member of the Thickety Mountain Association Trustee Board, President of the Thickety Mountain Non-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, member of the Greater Gaffney Ministerial Association, and an advisor to the Thickety Mountain Brotherhood Auxiliary. He is also a very active member and participant in all activities of the Cherokee County “Giving Back” Organization. Rev. Byers recently received the Doctor of Theology Degree from the Carolina College of Theology.

Rev. Dr. Byers is married to Esther Montgomery Byers of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and ten grandchildren. First Lady Byers serves as a member of the Shady Grove Deaconess and Women’s Ministry, the music ministry, and an advisor to the Young Women’s Auxiliary. She also serves as a Youth Supervisor and a member of the Thickety Mountain Ministers Wives Auxiliary.

The Youth Choir will provide special music during the morning worship service.

Everyone is cordially invited to be with us as we give God the praise and celebrate this momentous occasion.