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Shady Grove Baptist Church honors veterans

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Veterans honored, November 2015

Shady Grove Baptist Church recognized its veterans during morning worship Nov. 8th to show appreciation for dedicated and loyal service to the United States of America.  Each veteran received a flag pin engraved with their name and a small United States flag.

Deacon Lucious Jones read a “Proclamation of Appreciation” thanking them for the sacrifices they have made and for veterans and their families everywhere who continue to fight to keep our country free.


Pictured left to right: Deacon Clarence Dover, standing in for his son, Ret. Master Sergeant Clarence Dover, Jr. – U S Navy; James Pearson – US Navy; the Rev. Dr.  Albert Gray – US Army; Kenny Norris – US Army; Willie Foster, Sr. – US Army; and Al Phillips –US Marine. Not pictured: Charles Dover, US Army; and Quinn Long, US Army.

Nov. 11th of each year is the day designated to let veterans know that Americans deeply appreciate their commitment and bravery. This year, Americans are asked to burn a green light bulb on their porches, windows, and wherever they desire, to let veterans and their families know that we remember and appreciate their service to our country.

Program coordinators were Mary K. Jones and Dorothy Manning

The Rev. Lee Byers, Pastor

Obituary: ‘Minister and Man of God, Humanitarian’ L.C. Knuckles

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The Rev. London Columbus (L.C.) Knuckles, 94 of 193 Shady Grove Road was called from labor to reward on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at his home.

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

The Rev. L.C. Knuckles

Son of the late John Spurgeon Knuckles and Julia Wilkins McJimpsey Knuckles, he was born on October 12, 1920 in Cherokee Springs, S. C. (Spartanburg County).

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary GaffneyKnuckles. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Dr. Mary Knuckles Jones and husband Lucious of Gaffney; Lee Clinton Knuckles and wife Sara of Sumter, SC., and Grace V. Knox and late husband Macon Knox of Lanham, Maryland.

Also surviving are grandchildren Hyacinth Jones Phillips and husband Al of Gaffney, Sommer Jones ofFort Mill, SC, Savitri Bostick  and husband Dr. Anthony Bostick of Tega Cay, SC., Lucia Jacobs and husband Gregory of Irmo, SC, Sergeant First Class Lee Knuckles, Jr. and wife Johnetta, of Columbia, SC ; Sara Hunter and husband 1st Sergeant ( Retired) Marvin Hunter of Virginia Beach, VA, and great grandchildren: Maya Bostick, USC-Columbia; Jabari Bostick, Tega Cay; Citadel Cadet Nigel Bostick, Charleston, SC; and AkilahBostick, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC.  Also Willie Bernard Wright, Rock Hill, Cori, Lee Knuckles III, Jazmin Brown, Sonalli and Nandi Knuckles; Columbia; Skyla Grace Phillips and Jaila Phillips, Gaffney/Spartanburg; Solomon, Jasmine, and DeAngelo Jacobs of Columbia; and Brittney and Brianna Hunter of Virginia Beach, VA and a host of other relatives and friends.

London Columbus, known as “L.C.” to family and friends, received his early education at Foster’s Grove School and joined the Foster’s Grove Baptist Church at an early age.  There he received his early religious training and loved sharing those valuable lessons of life with others, oftentimes in the form of poetry and rhymes.  He loved his teachers and always reminisced about the experiences he enjoyed.  “L. C.” had a penchant for telling jokes and stories and always seemed to be able to recall an appropriate story to tell on any occasion.  Family members and friends always loved hearing stories about the rustic living in the rural countryside of Cherokee Springs.

After his marriage to Mary Gaffney in 1939, he joined Shady Grove Baptist Church in Gaffney where he served as Adult Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, and Chairman of the Deacon Board, for more than twenty years. During these years, he realized the calling on his life to preach and live the Word of God.  While employed by the Cherokee Memorial Hospital, this calling grew as he served and ministered to the patients he cared for. There he made many friends and met many needs.

During this time, he accepted God’s call to preach the gospel, and in 1960, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then he said, “Here I am! Send me,” Isaiah 6:8.

Recognizing the need for more schooling, he returned to school and earned his high school diploma in May 1968 from the Cherokee County Adult Education program. Later he attended Gardner-Webb University, Southern Baptist Convention Seminary Extension, and Mid-Atlantic Baptist Theological Seminary.   In 1987, he was awarded the Associate of Arts Religion Degree and the Bachelor of Arts Religion Degree in May 1988.  He also received the Certificate of Completion in Pastoral Counseling.

His pastoral ministry began at the Haynes Grove Baptist Church in Cliffside, NC around 1965, and he pastored Palmer Grove Baptist Church in Lawndale, NC; Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Bessemer City, NC; Foster’s Grove Baptist Church in Cherokee Springs, SC; and worked with New Vernon Baptist Church in Bostick, NC. He poured his whole heart and soul into his ministries, and gave all he had to build up the kingdom of Christ.

Upon retiring from his pastoral positions, he began a radio ministry which aired for more than 25 years each Sunday morning at 9:30 AM on WEAC-AM Radio Station, Gaffney South Carolina until the station ceased. Rev. Knuckles retired from the pastoral vineyard, but not from numerous other ministries honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Rev. Knuckles worked passionately in numerous areas of the Lord’s vineyard.  He organized the Cherokee County Consistory #267 along with Rev. Dewey Whittenburg, Sr., and served as its Commander in Chief and as Senior Warden of the Limestone Masonic Lodge #117 for many years.

In 1996, he was awarded a plaque and lifetime membership for his years of dedication and outstanding service, and in 2011, received a plaque and 50 Year Masonic Pin for his service of more than 60 years.  He received the citation for a 32nd Degree Mason in May of 1997.  He was a member of the Thickety Mountain Ministerial Alliance, Cherokee County Ministerial Alliance, a ten (10) year volunteer chaplain with Upstate Carolina Medical Center, and served also as chaplain for Brown Packing Company of Gaffney.

He was a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association and was honored for more than 50 years of meritorious service during the 136th session of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association in 2013, serving as secretary of the association, a member of the Trustee Board, and in other capacities.  He also served on the Executive Board of the Burning Bush Ministry, Limestone Cemetery Foundation, and received numerous awards including a citation for being most instrumental in the Shady Grove Church mortgage debt elimination, the Cluggeon Black Senior Citizens Award, the Shady Grove Church ‘Mighty Oak’ Award, committed service to the Limestone Cemetery Foundation, Knuckles Family Reunion, Rices/Gaffney/Fernanders/Linder-Family Reunion, and a retirement plaque in appreciation for 28 years of employee service presented by B.D. Lee School, Cherokee County School District.

In recognition of his dedication and commitment, Shady Grove Baptist Church named its fellowship hall, the London C. Knuckles Fellowship Hall and Life Center in 2011.

Rev. Knuckles worked tirelessly serving God, family, church, and community with his wife by his side … “living in a house by the side of the road and being a friend to man.”

He was selfless in his passion and zeal to make this world a better place.  He loved his family and his fellow man and took special care and pride in serving and teaching God’s word.  He believed in the benefits of hard work that produced strong character and lofty principles.  He always went the extra mile and left no stones unturned on behalf of those who needed him.

His services to mankind were many, visiting the prison-bound, the sick in nursing homes, the weak and lonely, helping the rejected, initiating projects to right wrongs, ease pain, heal broken hearts, help build churches, encourage the weak, lift the fallen, convert the unsaved, preach forgiveness,and extend an outstretched hand to anyone who needed or requested his help.

Rev. L. C. Knuckles loved the Lord, and he loved humanity.

He would often say:

“I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears-
Both parts of an infinite plan;-
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man”

(A verse by Sam Walter Foss)

The family wishes to thank his daughter and son in law, Mary and Lucious Jones, who cared for him daily over the long years; daughter Grace Knox, who also assisted; Ms. Nellie Sarratt, Mrs. Jacquelyn Graham, and Hospice Care of South Carolina.

Funeral arrangements for the Rev. L.C. Knuckles

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The funeral for the Rev. London C. Knuckles will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. and the family will receive friends.

Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr., Thickety Mountain Association Moderator Tony Macomson, the Rev. Mary Jefferies, Pastor Dorothy Brewton, the Rev. Mills McHam, and the Rev. Dr. James Sanders, Jr., Shady Grove’s associate ministers and others.

Shady Grove Baptist Church to celebrate 134th Anniversary

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will celebrate its 133rd   anniversary on Sunday May 25th  during the 11: a. m. worship service.

Pastor Lee Byers will deliver the anniversary sermon and the Shady Grove Mass Choir and other choirs will present special music.  Each church member will rally with $133 for each year of glorious service and praise.  The church youth will  present the church’s history via a PowerPoint presentation.

The church has much to celebrate.  Frayed and yellow recorded minutes dated 1881 were found in the basement of the home of the late Arie Boyce.

Excerpts from these  minute books give valuable clues to Shady Grove’s proud legacy.   Page three of a church ledger entry dating February 20 1886, reads, “We met on our meeting day, reading John 15.  We sang a song and after this prayer, and went into conference.”

A milestone in the church’s history was reached in 1892 when a band of dedicated and envisioned patriots proposed and planned for a place of worship.  No records can be found to indicate where the congregation was meeting at the time of the writing.   Records do however indicate that in 1892, less than 30 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation that freed Negro slaves, this group of Christians bought land for a new church house and agreed to have the property recorded in Gaffney.   The members agreed to, “Have a house 36 feet by 24 feet by 10 feet, with 10 windows and two doors.”  It was to be built “depot” style.

Another entry dated July 3, 1892, records: “It was agreed to meet and get timber for the church house.” In September 1892, the church decided to “ask help from sister churches.”  The importance of their work is expressed in the painstaking way each day’s work was recorded in the official church book.  The book includes Christmas programs, tithes, the preacher’s salary and minutes of the monthly meeting.

Several entries enumerate persons who worked and hauled lumber for the new meetinghouse.  There were also pages listing the names of members and the amounts they paid on the church and to the pastor.   For example, Brother Fernanders spent 17 days working on the church and Brother Gus Harris worked for 20 days plus hauled a load of lumber, rocks, and rafters and paid 25 cents for sills.

Money paid to the church was in 5 and 10-cent parcels for the most part, but sometimes it went up to more than a $1.  In October 1894, the church had $30.30 in its treasury.  In 1883, Gus Harris paid one bushel of corn to the preacher, Pleas Gaffney paid ½ bushel of corn, and Jim Linder paid ½ bushel of corn and ½ gallon of molasses.  Other men paid in similar ways.   No other references to this meetinghouse were found.

Shady Grove continues to be a great Church with one body and many members on the battlefield for the Lord.

In December 6, 1987, the present facility was completed after a time of prayerful planning, sacrificing, laboring and working together to make a vision a reality.

Shady Grove Gospel Choir marks 44 years

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Congratulations to the Shady Grove Gospel Choir. The choir celebrated its 44th anniversary during the morning worship, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

The choir’s members: Dorothy Manning, Edna Dover, Dianne Norris, Secretary; Minnie Leach, Marva Dover, Thelma Foster, Mary K. Jones, Organist; Kenny Norris, Director; Rev. Dr. Albert Gray, Assistant Director. Musicians: LeBrannon Gregory, Drums; Jeremy Vernon, Keyboard. Members not present are Mary Elnora Littlejohn and Charles Dover.


‘Pink Sunday’ raises cancer awareness, honors survivors

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Minister Dewberry delivers the message

Minister Juanita Dewberry spoke as part of a program honoring cancer survivors and those still dealing with it.

Those honored included Dea. Eugene Manning; Dea. Dean Dover; the Rev. L.C. Knuckles; Dea. James Shippy; Sis. Teresa Wallace and granddaughter; Tamaria Gregory; Sis. Connie Weeks; Sis. Stacy Lipscomb; Sis. Sarah Graham; Sis. Wanda Smith; Sis. Esther Byers; Sis. Peggy Whittenburg; Sis. Evelyn Shippy; Sis. Bridgett Rainey; Sis. Fannie Bonner; Sis. Dianne Norris; and guest speaker Minister Dewberry.

Salad luncheon

The Senior Missionary and Young Womens Auxiliary also hosted a “salad luncheon” after the morning service. Members of the Senior Missionary and YWA prepared and shared various types of salads: chicken salad, ham salad, potato salad, pasta salad, carrot salad, taco salad and more. Pink punch and pink cake were the dessert.

Guest speaker for ‘Pink Sunday’ observance

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Minister Juanita Dewberry will be the guest speaker for the Shady Grove Baptist Church ‘Cancer and Pink Sunday’ observance October 19, 2014 during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Minister Dewberry is an Associate of Limestone Baptist Church, where Rev. Michael Golden is pastor. She was licensed to preach in March 2005, and continues to exercise her gifts and carry forth God’s word.

Minister Dewberry is a kingdom builder serving as president of ‘My Sister’s Keeper Ministry’, Ladies Bible Study teacher, and assist with the Sunday School ministry. According to Minister Dewberry, “She loves studying for her sermons and keeps God’s word and a sermon on her heart and one in her pocket”.

She is married to Deacon Chris Dewberry and they have two children and four grandchildren.

The Shady Grove Senior Missionary and Women’s Ministry will be in charge of the service. All cancer survivors will be recognized and ladies and men are asked to wear some pink, or all pink for this observance. To support the American Cancer Society and its efforts, a special donation will be taken on October 19th and 26th.

Following the service, a repast will be held in the Rev. London C. Knuckles Fellowship Hall featuring salads, pink cake, and pink lemonade. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Sis. Dorothy Manning is the Senior Missionary President. The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr. is pastor.

Senior Missionaries recognize honorees

Friday, August 1st, 2014

During morning service, July 27th, select honorees received a bag of goodies presented to them by the Senior Missionary and the YWA’s of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Minister Allen to speak July 27th for Missionary Day program

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Minister Talisa Allen will be the speaker Sunday, July 27th,  for Missionary Day, sponsored by the senior missionaries of Shady Grove Baptist Church. The theme for the occasion is “Missionaries: Workers on a Mission.”

The public is invited to attend.

Deaconess Dorothy Manning is president. The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr., is pastor.


Minister Allen is married to Elder Donnie Allen and they have one beautiful daughter, Kellie Donae. She is the daughter of Deacon James Henry and Deaconess Novella Kelly and is the oldest of three daughters.

She is an Associate Minister at Greater Hope Ministries, Gaffney, SC., where she serves under the leadership of Pastor Caroline Allen Jones. She is the Advisor of the Dance Ministry and a member of The Sanctuary Choir.

She is a 1986 graduate of Gaffney High School and a 2012 graduate of N.J. Brockman School of Religion.

She is employed with Cherokee County Department of Social Services.

She loves the Lord with all of her heart, mind and soul. She stands firmly believing and trusting in God’s word. She knows that His word is the only thing that will stand when everything else fails. She believes in blessing the Lord at all times, in the good and the bad. If you praise and worship Him sincerely, He will work things out for you.

Her favorite scripture is Psalm 34:1

“I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Anniversary fundraiser a success

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Congratulations to the family of Sarah Graham and Josephine Wood, winners during the recent fundraising effort related to the church’s 133rd anniversary. Below, members representing each family team are recognized.

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