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Von Eva Morrison Anthony

December 20, 1926 - December 15, 2018

Von Eva Morrison Anthony, age 91 of Craig St. passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born December 20, 1926 in Gaston County to the late Lathern Ivey and Anner Icard Morrison. Von Eva was a member of Second Baptist Church and was retired from Carlton Yarn Mill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Howard Anthony; son...
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Ronald Gene Austin

January 31, 1952 - December 14, 2018

Ronald Gene Austin, 66, of Mary's Grove Rd., died December 14, 2018 at his residence. He was born January 31, 1952 in Gaston County, a son of Ruth Huffstickler Austin of Gastonia and the late James B. Austin. Ronnie was an electrician and a commercial tuna fisherman. He was a member of the Gastonia Men's Club and an avid angler. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his children,...
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Naomi Henkle Stroupe

September 14, 1913 - December 12, 2018

Mrs. Naomi Estelle Henkle Stroupe, age 105 of Kenwood Rd. went to be with her Heavenly Father Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. She was born September 14, 1913 in Lincoln County to the late Frank and Pearl Sigmon Henkle. Naomi graduated from Cherryville High School in 1931, where she excelled as a basketball player, the only girls sport offered at that...
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Dot Randall Eubanks

November 21, 1946 - December 2, 2018

Dorothy Jean Randall Eubanks, age 72 of S. Jacob St. passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 at her residence. She was born November 21, 1946 in Cleveland County to Nellie Ruth Bivens Randall of Cherryville of the late Hugh Randall. Dot enjoyed yard-sales, going out to eat with family and friends and traveling to the mountains. She was an excellent cook and loved to go shagging. Dot's greatest...
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Edwin Frank Hoyle

January 8, 1936 - November 25, 2018

Edwin Frank Hoyle, age 82, of Happy Valley Terrace passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his home. He was born January 8, 1936 in Cleveland County to the late Frank Graham and Ruth Evlyne Sellers Hoyle. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Edwin was an avid fisherman and storyteller and enjoyed recycling. In addition to his parents, he is...
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Kenny Ray Sellers

April 5, 1956 - November 20, 2018

Kenny Ray Sellers, age 62 of Mary Oak Lane passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 peacefully while doing what he loved best, hunting in the woods. He was born April 5, 1956 in Gaston County to Bennie Ray "B.R." Sellers of Bessemer City and Janet Carpenter Sellers of Gastonia. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Kenny was a longtime machinist with PMP of Gastonia where his work...
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Peggy Pepper Clark

May 27, 1933 - November 20, 2018

Peggy Pepper Clark, age 85 of Puetts Chapel Rd. passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Summit Place, Kings Mountain. She was born May 27, 1933 in Rowan County to the late James Joseph and Beulah Melinda Ketchie Pepper. Peggy was a member of First Assembly of God. She was an excellent homemaker and a talented seamstress. She enjoyed cross-stitch and needlepoint as well as working puzzles and...
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Harriet Marlene McClure

January 14, 1956 - November 14, 2018

Harriet Marlene McClure, age 62 of Coy Circle, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. She was born January 14, 1956 in Gaston County to the late Sarah Elmore McClure and Harry and Peggy McClure of Hickory. She was formerly employed with Gaston County Schools and was of the Baptist faith. Harriet loved animals and going to the beach. She enjoyed reading...
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Bertha Ophelia Pruitt

September 27, 1927 - November 14, 2018

Bertha Ophelia Pruitt, age 91 passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center. She was born September 27, 1927 in Cleveland County to the late Odus and Lillian Cooper Hayes. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her children, Carl, Norman and Samuel Pruitt and Mona Pruitt Pruett; siblings, Bill Hayes, Bud Hayes, Mabel Hayes and Helen Kale. She is...
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Raymond Dale Hatch

January 30, 1943 - November 13, 2018

Raymond Dale Hatch, age 75 of Wilson Bridges Rd passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at CHS Northeast. He was born January 30, 1943 in McComb, MS to the late Cornelius and Alma Morgan Hatch. Raymond was employed at McWhirter Grading and was a member of Jesus Servants Ministry in Cherryville. He is survived by his son, Michael Ray Hatch of Bessemer City; brother, John L. Hatch of Bat Cave, NC...
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Walter Ray Parker, Sr.

July 2, 1952 - November 9, 2018

Walter Ray Parker Sr., age 66 of Hay Dr. passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born July 2, 1952 in Wayne County, NC to the late James Arthur and Louise Thompson Parker. He was a retired produce manager. Walter enjoyed praising God and spending time studying his Bible. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Parker; and siblings,...
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Hannah Lee Miller

November 1, 2018

Hannah Lee Miller died Thursday, November 1, 2018, at her home in Charlotte. Hannah was born in Cliffside to Hal and Eula Wilkerson Miller and graduated from Cliffside High School, where she was class prophet and the editor of The Cliff Dweller, the school's annual. She played in the band, was a class officer and was voted "most intelligent." She remained connected to Cliffside throughout her...
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Kay Willis Taylor

April 9, 1941 - October 22, 2018

Kay Frances Willis Taylor, age 77 of Sorrells Baxter Rd. passed away Monday, October 22, 2018 at her residence. She was born April 9, 1941 in Cleveland County to the late Burgin Jacob and Bertha Cook Willis. She was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee...
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Joyce Quinn McGinnis

September 22, 1923 - October 19, 2018

Joyce Elizabeth Quinn McGinnis, age 95 of 503 S. Elm St. passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at Wendover Hospice. She was born September 22, 1923 in Gaston County to the late Eubern Morgan and Della Sigmon Quinn. Joyce was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church where she was a table parent at youth club, a volunteer, and on the evangelism committee. Joyce attended Lenior Rhyne College...
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Terry Lail Slaughter

February 20, 1948 - October 17, 2018

Teresa Lail "Terry" Slaughter, age 70 of Pine St. passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born February 20, 1948 in Gaston County to the late Cletus Sylvester and Leona Mae Reynolds Lail. Terry was a member of First Wesleyan Church. She loved flowers, adult coloring books, and watching soap operas. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and was an...
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Shirley Mabe Wise

December 5, 1932 - October 8, 2018

Shirley Dean Mabe Wise, age 85 of Mary's Grove Rd. passed away Monday, October 8, 2018 at Cardinal Healthcare in Lincolnton. She was born December 5, 1932 in Caldwell County to the late Dennis and Ruth Smith Mabe. Shirley was employed with Carolina Freight and then retired after 28 years from Cherry-Linc Fuel. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Shirley was a talented seamstress...
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Carroll Lee Johnson

February 13, 1931 - October 6, 2018

Carroll Lee Johnson, age 87 of Blair Wise Lane passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 13, 1931 in Lincoln County to the late Augustus and Viola Plonk Johnson. Carroll was a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force. He also retired from the United States Postal Service in Gastonia. Carroll was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and...
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Anne Miller Warlick

November 24, 1929 - October 6, 2018

Anne Miller Warlick, age 88, of Cherryville passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Mrs. Warlick was born November 24, 1929 in Salisbury, North Carolina, the youngest daughter of the late Ivey Ijames Miller and Joseph Franklin Miller. As a child, she was an accomplished dancer. She graduated with honors from Boyden High School in 1947 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College, where she...
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Click Dellinger

September 25, 1943 - October 2, 2018

Click Dellinger, 75 of Cherryville, NC passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Born on September 25, 1943 in Gaston County to the late Thomas Henry and Maude Jane Jenks Dellinger, he was the 12th of 15 children and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cherryville. Click attended Cherryville and Waco schools and at the age of 14 began his first job with Hoyle Construction working for...
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Elizabeth Ann Killian

April 22, 1941 - September 27, 2018

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 Elizabeth "Ann" Kiser Killian, age 77, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 27, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was an amazing mother, wife, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She was born April 22, 1941 to the late Clarence and Rachel Hager Kiser. She was a lifelong member of...
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Todd Carroll Bingham

June 27, 1961 - September 24, 2018

Todd Carroll Bingham, age 57, of Old Boiling Springs Rd passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1961 in Gaston County to Rebecca Jane Crisson Bingham of Shelby and the late Carroll Bingham. Todd enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his sister, Anissa Bingham. In addition to his mother, Becky, he is...
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Ashley Nicole Neill

February 4, 1996 - September 24, 2018

Ashley Nicole Neill, age 22, of Teague St. passed away Monday, September 24, 2018. She was born February 4, 1996 in Lincoln County to Patricia Gail Bumgarner Neill of Lincolnton and her late father, Howard Neill, Jr. She was the general manager for Hardee's in Conover and a member of Second Baptist Church in Cherryville. Ashley enjoyed her work and spending time with her pets, Buddy and Carmen. ...
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Mildred Conley Putnam

January 8, 1934 - September 23, 2018

Mildred Rose Conley Putnam, 84, of Maple St., died Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Putnam was born in Rutherford County January 8, 1934, a daughter of the late George and Grace Woods Conley. She was retired from Bali Industries and was a member of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church. Mildred enjoyed spending time at the beach and pier fishing. She...
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Willie London Heavner

May 15, 1934 - September 22, 2018

Willie Lee Schronce London Heavner, 84 of Startown Rd. died Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Robin Johnson House. She was born on May 15, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Claude and Katie Helms Schronce. Mrs. Heavner was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, where she was involved in Sunday school and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed arts and crafts and...
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Clyne Paul Clark

February 21, 1933 - September 19, 2018

Clyne Paul Clark, age 85 of Puetts Chapel Rd. passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 21, 1933 in Gaston County to the late Max Sylvanus and Ruth Pasour Clark. Clyne was a retired supervisor from Plantation Pipeline. He was a member of First Assembly of God and a volunteer firefighter with Agriculture Center, Dallas. He enjoyed being outdoors and...
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Juanita Huffstetler Bennett Hill

October 24, 1926 - September 15, 2018

Juanita Huffstetler Bennett Hill, 91, of Eaker Dr., died Saturday September 15, 2018 at Wendover Hospice. She was born October 24, 1926 in Cleveland County to the late Arthur Wright and Docia Ella Dover Huffstetler. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and retired from the Rhyne Houser Mill. She found great pleasure in mowing her grass, gardening, and the Atlanta Braves. Juanita...
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Gertrude Boston Spake

August 16, 1935 - September 7, 2018

Gertrude Boston Spake, age 83 of Devenny Rd. passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 16, 1935 in Lincoln County to the late Guy and Dallas Hoyle Boston. Mrs. Spake was an excellent cook and enjoyed watching cooking shows. She also enjoyed word finds and flowers. She loved her Lord and her family with all her heart and made it known to all those around her. ...
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Charles Sonny Neal

May 31, 1942 - September 6, 2018

Charles Ford "Sonny" Neal, age 76 of Conway, SC passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Conway Medical Center. He was born May 31, 1942 in Gaston County to the late Ralph Howard and Mable Harmon Neill. Sonny retired from Carolina Freight as a long line driver. He enjoyed carpentry and woodworking. He had a passion for fishing and hunting. Sonny also enjoyed studying his Bible and...
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Dean Carpenter

February 2, 1932 - September 2, 2018

Perry Dean Carpenter, 86, of Delview Rd., died September 2, 2018 at Hospice at Wendover. He was born in Gaston County on February 2, 1932 to the late Perry George and Jessie Alice White Carpenter. Dean was a retired carpenter with Dixie Lumber Co., member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, American Legion Post 100, and the Traditional New Year's Shooters. He was an avid outdoorsman and belonged to the...
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Harold "Tiger" Beam

March 22, 1935 - September 1, 2018

Harold "Tiger" Gene Beam, 83, of Suncrest Rd., died Sept. 1, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 22, 1935 in Gaston County to the late J. C. and Odessa McGinnis Beam. Tiger was a member of First Presbyterian Church but attended Anthony Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was a diehard Atlanta Braves fan. He found great pleasure in his Dodge...
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Marie B. Hastings

January 20, 1920 - August 31, 2018

Marie B. Hastings, age 98 passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 at Peak Resources Cherryville. She was born January 20, 1920 in Cleveland County to the late Claude and Ollie Parker Boyles. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Hastings; grandchild, Paula Hastings; siblings, Hershel Boyles, Beulah Smith and Matilda Jarrels. She is survived by her sons,...
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Lisa Willis Donaldson

April 28, 1972 - August 30, 2018

Lisa Renee Willis Donaldson, 46, of Roberts Rd., died August 30, 2018 at Atrium Health –Cleveland. She was born April 28, 1972 in Cleveland County to the late Billy Wayne Willis and Glenda Sue Prather Willis Owens and Jerry Dean Owens of Cherryville. She was a member of New Life Outreach of Shelby. Lisa enjoyed reading, fishing, dirt track racing but most of all she adored all her grandchildren...
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Frances Jean Waterson Choate

May 18, 1938 - August 25, 2018

Frances Jean Waterson Choate, 80, of Bailey Springs Drive, died August 25, 2018 at her residence. Mrs. Choate was born in Gaston County on May 18, 1938 to the late John and Edith Shull Waterson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cherryville and formerly employed by Travis Knits. She found great pleasure watching TV, going out to eat, and being with friends and family. Frances was...
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Emma Beatrice Hamrick

March 19, 1926 - August 21, 2018

Emma Beatrice Hamrick, age 92 passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born March 19, 1926 in Lincoln County to the late Duckery Jackson Hinson and Phillip Ann Shipton Hinson. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Dude Hamrick; sons, Lee Hamrick, Billy Hinson and Bruce Hamrick; daughter, Ola Mae Pruitt; siblings, Nellie M....
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Shirley Pruett Morgan

January 1, 1938 - August 18, 2018

Shirley Ann Hamrick Pruett Morgan, age 80 of Shelby, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born January 1, 1938 in Cleveland County to the late J.D. and Verleen Putnam Hamrick. She was a former sergeant from Cleveland County Sheriff's Department where she was the first lady to ever patrol and hold rank as sergeant. She retired from Allen's...
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Jim Wright

December 16, 1938 - August 12, 2018

James Clay Wright, Jr. "Jim" passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018. He was born in Rowan County to Clay Wright and Lucille Staton Wright Blythe. He graduated from Landis High School, Lenoir Rhyne University, and received a Master's Degree from James Madison University. Jim was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church since 1972. He enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels. His teaching...
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Tommy Wayne Brackett

January 11, 1952 - August 12, 2018

Tommy Wayne Brackett, age 66, of Beatle Street went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 12, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born January 11, 1952 to Grace Brackett and the late Jim Brackett. Tommy was a faithful member of First Church of Nazarene of Cherryville where he taught Sunday school and loved the kids. He loved people and his music but most of all he loved God and his family...
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Jimmie Wray Blanton

October 11, 1947 - August 11, 2018

Jimmie Louise Wray Blanton, 70 of Eighth Ave., formerly of Shelby, died Aug. 11, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Clover, SC on Oct.11, 1947. She was the daughter of the late James Edward and Frances Dover Wray. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church, Shelby. Mrs. Blanton liked to talk, eat chocolates, and watch soap operas. She adored all her babies. In addition to her...
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John Michael Stone

May 26, 1961 - August 10, 2018

John Michael Stone, 57, of Gatewood Dr., died Friday Aug. 10, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare-Lincoln. He was born in Brewton, Alabama on May 26, 1961. He was the son of the late John Earl Stone and Pearlene Blair Stone Busby. He was a longline truck driver for DotLine Transportation for 30 years. He enjoyed Classic Cars and driving and was a veteran of the US Army. He is survived by his wife,...
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Michelle Bumgarner Smith

November 10, 1976 - August 7, 2018

Bonnie Michelle Bumgarner Smith, age 41 of Park Circle passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at her residence. She was born November 10, 1976 in Gaston County to Clyde Keith and Bonnie Holliday Bumgarner of Lincolnton. She was a member of Reepsville Baptist Church and was employed at FMS Enterprises. In addition to her parents, Keith and Bonnie Bumgarner, Michelle is survived by her...
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Jack Whitworth

May 9, 1930 - August 6, 2018

Jack Lyday Whitworth, age 88 of Farmwood Dr. passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born May 9, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Howard and Grace Hill Whitworth. Jack was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he served as former president and life member of LMIM, council member, and mens Sunday school class teacher. He was also a member of the Dub Beam Sunday...
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Faye Hullender Dellinger

May 31, 1927 - August 6, 2018

Faye Hullender Dellinger, age 91 of J.C. Dellinger Rd. passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. She was born May 31, 1927 in Gaston County to the late Henry and Junie Whiteside Hullender. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing and needle point. Faye was an excellent farm wife and homemaker extraordinaire. In addition to her...
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Dolores Hill

August 8, 1934 - August 6, 2018

Dolores Lavon Pope Hill went to be with the Lord on August 6, 2018 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center in Shelby, North Carolina where she had been a resident for the past year. Dolores was born on August 8, 1934 in Dierks, Arkansas to Harold and Imogene Pope. She lived in Central Texas most of her life. She worked as waitress and as a nurse's aide in long-term care centers. She was a resident...
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Betty Chezem Leonhardt

December 29, 1959 - July 30, 2018

Betty Anne Chezem Leonhardt, age 59, of Leonhardt Rd passed away Monday, July 30, 2018. She was born December 29, 1959 in Florida to Lester Chezem and Juanita Franklin Stephens. Betty was a secretary for Leonhardt Trucking and loved to garden, fish and dance. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 34 years, James Kevin Leonhardt; children, James Leonhardt, Jr. of Hickory...
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David Lester Pope

December 3, 1929 - July 29, 2018

David Lester Pope, age 88 of Elm St. passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Alexandria Place of Gastonia. He was born December 3. 1929 in Gaston County to the late James Colin and Georgia Cline Pope. David was a Veteran of the United States Army and served a two year tour in the Korean War. He was a Sergeant and taught M1 Rifle courses. He was retired from Carolina Mills. David was a member of...
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Brenda Allen Ramsey

May 19, 1943 - July 26, 2018

Brenda Allen Ramsey, age 75 of Stanley, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. She was born May 19, 1943 in Cleveland County to Emma Ruth Smith Allen of Gastonia and the late John C. Allen Jr. Brenda was retired from Livingstone Coating Corporation in Charlotte and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed knitting, was a former piano teacher,...
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Ray Peeler

October 2, 1961 - July 25, 2018

Ernest "Ray" Peeler, Jr. age 56 of Dellinger Circle passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. He was born October 2, 1961 in Cleveland County to the late Ernest Ray Peeler Sr. and Brenda Wells Peeler. Ray's passion was riding motorcycles and being with family, especially his grandson. Survivors include his wife, Tammy Lineberger Peeler; daughter, Caitlin...
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Debbie Fisher Payseur

March 22, 1953 - July 23, 2018

Debbie Fisher Payseur of Cherryville, North Carolina died at home on July 23, 2018, after a year-long illness. She was born on March 22, 1953, in Shelby, North Carolina. Her parents are Shirley Whitaker Fisher and the late Bob Fisher. Debbie graduated from Cherryville High School and University of North Carolina-Greensboro with a BS in nursing. She was a Registered Nurse. Debbie worked as...
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Lynne Hood

February 22, 1958 - July 19, 2018

Anita "Lynne" Hood, age 60 of E. Academy St. passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at her residence. She was born February 22, 1958 in Cleveland County to the late Ray Andrew and Shirley Carpenter Hood. Lynne was a member of First Baptist Church and active with her Sunday School class. She was employed with Gaston County Schools and also worked part-time with the Youth Alliance. She loved...
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Ruby Mozelle Sain Cooke

July 14, 1924 - July 18, 2018

Ruby Mozelle Sain Cooke, age 94 of Carlton Dr. passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. She was born July 14, 1924 in Cleveland County to the late Samuel Hartsell and Vernie Virginia Brittain Sain. Mozelle retired after 43 and a half years from the Carlton Mill. She enjoyed going on walks and loved going out to eat and socializing with her friends. In...
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Harry Wayne Carroll

August 24, 1934 - July 18, 2018

Harry Wayne Carroll, age 83 of Paul H. Beam Rd passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at his home. He was born August 24, 1934 in Cleveland County to the late Jesse Lore and Ellen Bryte Sellers Carroll. Harry grew up on Carroll's Dairy and was an Army Veteran of the 27th Engineer Battalion Company B. He retired from Carolina Freight Carriers and was a member of Missionary Methodist Church. Harry...
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Ronald Eugene Boyd

December 16, 1942 - July 15, 2018

Ronald Eugene Boyd, age 75 of Cherryville, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas. He was born December 16, 1942 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to the late Johnie Lester and Mildred Dalton Boyd. Ronnie worked 28 years at Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, then joined Fleetnet America, where he retired in 2004, due to health issues. He was a 1961 graduate...
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Johnny Wesley Hale

December 5, 1964 - July 11, 2018

Johnny Wesley Hale, age 53, of N. Hoyle Street passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at his home. He was born December 5, 1964 in Gaston County to the late John Wesley and Dorothy Blanton Hale. Johnny was a truck driver for UPS Freight and a Veteran of the U.S. Navy as an aviation structural Mechanic. He attended the Eng School of Self Defense where he was an instructor and a 4th degree black belt...
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Lisa Ann Elder

February 25, 1963 - July 10, 2018

Lisa Ann Elder, age 55, of Crawley Ln passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Systems Lincolnton. She was born February 25, 1963 in Ft. Huachuca, AZ to the late John and Paula June Thomas Waddell. She enjoyed motorcycles and was proud of her Native American culture. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, John Anthony Elder; children, Michael Osbourne and wife, Jamie of...
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Johnny E. Roper

August 15, 1940 - July 10, 2018

Johnny E. Roper, age 77, of Lodi Dr passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Harmon Homestead rd. He was born August 15, 1940 in Cleveland County to the late Jasper Young "J.Y.' and Brunie Poole Roper. He worked at Mohican Mill and was a member of the Ridge Runner Hunting Club. Johnny enjoyed fishing, chickens, tending to his garden and running his beagles. In addition to his parents, he is...
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Beulah Jackson Sain Mears

May 2, 1932 - July 6, 2018

Beulah Jackson Sain Mears, age 86, formerly of Crouse, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. She was born May 2, 1932 in Cleveland County to the late Fred Pinkney and Nancy Beer Jackson. Beulah was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and retired from Burris Industries of Lincolnton. She enjoyed crafting and playing Bingo. She was also an...
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Charles Durant Homesley

September 9, 1939 - July 4, 2018

Charles Durant Homesley, age 78 of South Dixie St. passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at his residence. He was born September 9, 1939 in Gaston County to the late Walter H. Homesley and Goldie E. McNeely. Charles was a member of Missionary Methodist Church. He retired from truck driving with Cardinal Freight Carriers. Charles was a veteran of the United States Navy. He enjoyed NASCAR and...
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Ruth Murphy Burgess

July 26, 1926 - July 3, 2018

Mrs. Ruth Murphy Burgess, 91, of 107 South Mulberry Street, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Testa Family Hospice House. The quiet passing of this tiny lady belies the enormous impact she had on her community through the 37 years she dedicated to co-directing Burgess Daycare with her daughter, the late Sheila Burgess Beam, and the late Edna McCain....
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Clyde "Shorty" Bean

December 30, 1939 - June 28, 2018

Clyde Edward "Shorty" Bean, age 78, of Ike Lynch Rd passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Systems Lincolnton. He was born December 30, 1939 in Caldwell County to the late Floyd Edward and Nora Lorenea Bean Bean. He was a member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church and was a self-employed machinist. Clyde loved restoring cars and riding motorcycles. He had a great sense of humor...
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Louise Roper Rhom

December 18, 1932 - June 27, 2018

Maggie Louise Roper Rhom, age 85, of Marcus Dr. passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Alexandria Place. She was born December 18, 1932 in Cleveland County to the late Jasper Young "J.Y." and Brunie Poole Roper. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Rhom; son, Jerry Thomas; and siblings, Bertie Trammell, Jack Roper, Donald Roper and Dorothy Black. She...
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Betty Propst Tillman

March 26, 1928 - June 27, 2018

Mary "Betty" Propst Tillman, age 90 of Cramerton, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Courtland Terrace. She was born March 26, 1928 in Gaston County to the late Lemuel Lester Robert Propst and Claudia Blackwood Propst. Betty enjoyed cooking, flowers, and birds. She also loved the beach where she and her husband, Ben lived for many years at Long Beach-Oak Island. In addition to her...
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Myrtle Tate McAbee

October 22, 1924 - June 26, 2018

Myrtle Tate McAbee, age 93 of Cherryville passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Peak Resources in Gastonia. She was born October 22, 1924 to the late Mr. & Mrs. Mattie Johnson Tate. Myrtle was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. She was an excellent homemaker and loved sewing, canning, and baking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Wilburn McAbee...
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Terry Wren Johnson

December 27, 1952 - June 25, 2018

Terry Wren Johnson, age 65, of Cherryville, formerly of Mayville, MI, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 from complications with his fight against cancer. Terry was born December 27, 1952 in Ingham County, Michigan. He was employed with General Motors for 25 years. After his retirement, he went into truck driving for several years. He and his wife moved to Cherryville, NC where he then went to...
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Pauline Neal Heavner

June 24, 1930 - June 23, 2018

Pauline Neal Heavner, age 87 of Hershel Lackey Rd. passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Lincolnton Rehabilitation. She was born June 24, 1930, in Lincoln County to the late Dorse and Julia Cook Neal. Pauline was a member of Gainsville Baptist Church since 1962 and a former Sunday School teacher. She retired from the textile industry, working 17 years at Dora Mill, 17 years at Mohican Lace...
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Bill Shull

June 8, 1930 - June 23, 2018

Lloyd Wayne "Bill" Shull Sr., age 88 of Oak Street passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Peak Resources in Shelby. He was born June 8, 1930 in Gaston County to the John Clifton and Marie Peeler Shull. Bill was a member of Second Baptist Church. He was a talented musician who raised his family to love and play bluegrass. He enjoyed farming and turtle hunting. In addition to his parents, he...
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Chatman Loyd Sellers

March 30, 1914 - June 22, 2018

Chatman Loyd Sellers, 104, of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018. Chatman, born March 30, 1914, was the son of the late Charles (Charlie) Clayton and Mary Ella Sellers. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Gladys Bess Sellers and by his siblings Ruth Hoyle, Edna Craft, Earl Sellers and Walter Sellers. Great pride and dedication by Chatman was evident in...
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Rachel Travis Dellinger

January 24, 1938 - June 20, 2018

Rachel Jane Travis Dellinger, age 80, of Tot Dellinger Road passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at her home. She was born January 24, 1938 in Lincoln County to the late Lee and Lena Lackey Travis. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker. Rachel enjoyed farming, thrifting, attending church and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister,...
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Amy Sue Helms

December 12, 1976 - June 18, 2018

Amy Sue Helms, age 41, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Systems Kings Mountain. She was born December 12, 1976 in Gaston County to Douglas Dermont and Patsy Mae Stewart Helms. She graduated from Fallston Christian School and was a chiropractic technician. Amy loved and cherished her family, especially her daughter. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her...
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Kathaleen Lackey Gantt

January 16, 1922 - June 16, 2018

Kathaleen Lackey Gantt, 96, of 8696 Reeps Grove Church Road, died Saturday, June, 16, 2018 at Carolina Care, Cherryville. She was born on January 16, 1922 in Cleveland County to the late Thomas Guy and Jennie Moss Lackey. Kathaleen was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. She was an excellent home healthcare giver, raised five sons, was involved in the community, cared for her parents and in...
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Rebecca Louise Neal Pearson

February 22, 1930 - June 16, 2018

Rebecca Louise Neal Pearson, 88, of 211 Forgotten Lane, died June 16, 2018 at Peak Resources, Cherryville. She was born on Feb. 22, 1930 in Gaston Co. a daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Lanie Neil Neal. Rebecca was a member of Mt Beulah Baptist Church. She was an LPN formerly employed by Kings Mt. Hospital and retired from Gaston Co. Parks and Recreation. She was exceptional, dedicated care...
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Bertie Roper Trammell

February 8, 1937 - June 15, 2018

Bertie Lee Roper Trammell, age 81 of E. First St. went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, June 15, 2018. She was born February 8, 1937 in Cleveland County to the late J.Y. and Burnie Poole Roper. Bertie was a member of Second Baptist Church. She was retired from Carolina Care as a Certified Nursing Assistant and had formerly been employed as a seamstress with Sweet Tree in Cherryville. ...
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Jim Helms

July 20, 1931 - June 15, 2018

James Evon "Jim" Helms, age 86 of Cherryville Hwy passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. He was born July 20, 1931 in Gaston County to the late Kenneth Hugh and Fay Houser Helms. Jim was a member of First Baptist Church and retired after 23 years as Vice President of Insurance and Safety from Carolina Freight Carriers. He was a Korean War Veteran of the...
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Cindy Armstrong

October 14, 1958 - June 14, 2018

Cynthia Lee O'Neal Armstrong, age 59 of Hickory passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born October 14, 1958 to Dorothy Jones O'Neal and the late Edward O'Neal. Cindy was retired from the textile industry. She enjoyed watching TV, especially The Price is Right and spending time with family. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Connie...
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Janet Coy

October 25, 1945 - June 6, 2018

Janet Carol Lee Coy, age 72 of Daring Drive, formerly of Florida and Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at White Oak Manor in Shelby. She was born October 25, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Owen and Lois Collins Lee. She was a retired certified nursing assistant. Janet enjoyed traveling, sight-seeing, and going on Sunday drives. She had a love for animals, especially...
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Danny Ray Seate

January 2, 1969 - June 3, 2018

Danny Ray Seate, age 49 of North Dr. passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born January 2, 1969 in Lincoln County to the late Ollie Ray and Bernice Anthony Seate. Danny was employed for over 20 years with Keystone in Cherryville and then retired from Gaston County Sheriff's Department. He enjoyed going to the movies with his grandson and watching the...
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C.V. Stamey

December 7, 1943 - June 1, 2018

Charles C.V. "Pete" Stamey, age 74 of Startown Rd. passed away Friday, June 1, 2018 at Peak Resources in Shelby. He was born December 7, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Charles Donald and Lucille Grigg Stamey. C.V. retired from Trend Line of Lincolnton and Cochrane Furniture. Pete was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Zora Light

August 29, 1956 - May 25, 2018

Zora Leeanna Phillips Light, age 61 of Foxdale Lane passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Lincolnton. She was born August 29, 1956 in Elkton, Maryland to the late Lenzy Petson Phillips and Louise Jane Treadway Schwertner. Zora was a beloved mother and grandmother who cherished her time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook...
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Daniel Roger McSwain

April 30, 1953 - May 23, 2018

Daniel Roger McSwain, age 65 of Lee Black Rd. passed away Thursday, May 23, 2018 at his residence. He was born April 30, 1953 in Gaston County to the late Winfred and Florence Black McSwain. Danny was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a retired licensed optician. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph McSwain; and sister, Kathryn Foster. Survivors...
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Fred Junior Neill

September 30, 1928 - May 23, 2018

Fred "Junior" Neill, age 89, formerly of Old Post Rd. passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. He was born September 30, 1928 in Gaston County to the late Mallie Mae Lingerfelt and Fred Canada Neill, Sr. Junior was a member of First Wesleyan Church where he was a church teller emeritus, member of the local board administration, and sang in the choir. He...
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Dankie Sellers Orlandi

June 25, 1928 - May 15, 2018

Mrs. Dankie Loretta Sellers Orlandi, age 89, of County Line Road, Kings Mountain, NC died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was a native of Gaston County, born on June 25, 1928, daughter of the late Laura Elminer Sellers and the granddaughter of the late Hiram S. Sellers. Mrs. Orlandi was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother with a gift of bringing happiness to all that knew her. She was a...
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Grady Marshall Butler

July 25, 1936 - May 12, 2018

Grady Marshall Butler, age 81 formerly of North Dr., passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. He was born July 25, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Frank Marion and Bessie Chambers Butler. Marshall was a member of Restoring Hope Foursquare Church and retired from Cochrane Furniture. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He had a love for socializing and...
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Phil Smiley

September 29, 1944 - May 11, 2018

Phillip W. Smiley age 73 of Harrelson Rd. passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born September 29, 1944 in Cherokee County, SC to the late Vera Blanton and Phillip W. Smiley Sr. Phil was a member of Second Baptist Church. He served in the National Guard and was a plant manager for 26 years with Travis Knits. Phil was a member of the NRA and a gun enthusiast. He enjoyed...
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Laverne Buzz Eaker

March 31, 1927 - May 11, 2018

Laverne B. Eaker, age 91, affectionately known as Buzz Eaker, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Somerset Court of Cherryville, NC. Mrs. Eaker was preceded in death by her husband, David T. Eaker, parents, David William Busby, Sr. and Mattie Geneva Penningar, and a brother, Bill Busby. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Cindy Eaker; two sisters,Ethel McIntyre of Florence...
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Allen Cranford Austin

February 4, 1956 - May 7, 2018

Allen Cranford Austin, age 62 of Charlotte passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 in Johnstown. Born February 4, 1956 in Mecklenburg County to the late Locke and Kathleen Cranford Austin, he grew up passionately playing any sport where he was passed the ball. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and roaming the woods and streets in their neighborhood of Crater Park. Allen went to North Mecklenburg High, and...
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Linda Shull Talbert

April 1, 1955 - May 7, 2018

Lind Shull "Crockett" Talbert, age 63, of 1034 Qmy's Trail passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at her residence. She was born April 1, 1955 in Lincoln County to the late Bob Shull Sr. and Litha Shull. Survivors include her children, Bobby Knight and wife, Sandy of Conway, SC and Wendy Van Houten and husband, Eric of Sacremento, CA; grandchildren, Bobby Lee, Zachary Knight, Tyler Van Houten and...
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Harold Gene Canipe

August 17, 1940 - May 4, 2018

Harold Gene Canipe, age 77 of Dave Heafner Rd. passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System, Lincolnton. He was born August 17, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late Wilburn and Julia Lucille Christopher Canipe. Harold was the former owner and manager of Cat Square Superette. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and attended Anthony Grove Baptist Church. He was a knife...
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Becky Plonk Stiles

December 26, 1955 - May 3, 2018

Margaret Rebecca Plonk "Becky" Stiles, age 62 of Narrow Gauge Rd. passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at her residence. She was born December 26, 1955 in Gaston County to the late W.D. and Margaret Pasour Plonk. Becky was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she served as a former youth leader. She graduated from North Gaston High School and was formerly employed with Belk's, National...
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Cramer "Buddy" Slaughter

September 11, 1943 - May 2, 2018

Cramer Grier "Buddy" Slaughter, age 74 of Pine Street passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born September 11, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Cramer Martin Slaughter and Mary Brooks Slaughter Carpenter. Buddy enjoyed fishing and turtle hunting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Jakie Slaughter, Jane Carpenter, and Evon McKinney. ...
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Martha McGinnis Martin

July 20, 1946 - April 29, 2018

Martha Ann McGinnis Martin, age 71, of Cherryville passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. She was born July 20, 1946 in Cleveland County to the late Ralph and Margaret Ellen Beattie McGinnis. She owned a commercial cleaning business and attended Charity Baptist Church. Martha loved dachshund dogs and was known around Carolina Care as the Hat Lady. In...
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Brian Scott Jones

March 28, 1984 - April 26, 2018

Brian Scott Jones, age 34 of Tryon Courthouse Rd passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Kings Mountain. He was born March 28, 1984 in Cleveland County to Kimberly Rabon Bell and Husband J.K. Bell of Bessemer City and Lonnie Jones of Gastonia. Brian enjoyed drawing and playing guitar. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Mason Scott Jones and Brelynn Jones of...
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Troy Ernest Drum

January 17, 1942 - April 25, 2018

Troy Ernest Drum, age 76, of Weaver Street passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. He was born January 17, 1942 in Catawba County to the late William Henry Drum and Pauline Page Drum Kennedy. Troy served in the US ARMY and was retired from American Efird. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sister, Barbara Aderholt. He is survived by his...
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Billy Gay Jones

May 29, 1959 - April 25, 2018

Billy Gay Brooks Jones, age 58 of Maple St. passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born May 29, 1959 in Lincoln County to Claudean Gilbert Brooks of Cherryville and the late Billy Grant Brooks. Billy Gay enjoyed working with computers and playing computer games, especially Bingo and Candy Crush. She assisted her fiancé with his Pest Control...
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Kathy Senters Jennings

May 30, 1953 - April 25, 2018

Kathy Senter Jennings, 64 of Greenway Ave. passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born May 30, 1953 in Giles County, Virginia to the late Pierce and Mertie Mullins Senter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Morgan Jennings; three infant siblings; sisters, Helen Mullins and Juanita Newberry; and brothers, Hilbert, Jim,...
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Dean Raines

June 15, 1948 - April 25, 2018

Dennis Dean Raines, 69 of Cherryville passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Carolina Care in Cherryville. He was born June 15, 1948 in Richmond County to the late Ransom and Mary Belle McCaskill Raines. Dean graduated from Hamlet High School Class of '66 and Appalachian Class of '70 where he met his bride Becky of 48 years. Dean was an active member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and was a...
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Ben Houser

January 31, 1931 - April 22, 2018

Benjamin Morey Houser, 87, of Cherryville NC passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. Born January 31, 1931 in Gaston County, he was youngest of 15 children, having 7 brothers and 7 sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge Eudora Haynes Houser and daughters, Kathy Lynn Hargrove and Phyllis Gaye Miller. Ben was a 1949 graduate and valedictorian of Tryon High...
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Candi Hamrick Melton

June 27, 1971 - April 20, 2018

Candice Leigh Hamrick Melton, age 46 of E. Main St. passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at her residence. Candi was born June 27, 1971 in Gaston County to Daniel E. Hamrick Sr. and Vicki Stewart Hamrick of Cherryville. She was formerly employed at Walmart. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and traveling. Her favorite place was to be out on the beach. Candi was proud of her big family and her...
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Chris Walker

May 11, 1963 - April 16, 2018

David Christopher Walker, age 54 of Hwy 182, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System in Kings Mountain. He was born May 11, 1963 in Lincoln County to Clara Carlotta Putnam Walker of Lincolnton and the late Barry Thomas Walker. Chris enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially striper fishing. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Josh Walker of Newton;...
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Mike Silver

November 28, 1956 - April 13, 2018

Michael Lamar Silver, 61 of Brown Waterson Rd. passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 28, 1956 in Buncombe County to the late William Arlon and Thelma Wyatt Silver. Mike was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and enjoyed working on cars. He was an excellent caretaker and looked after his family. Paw Mike's greatest pleasure came from spending time with his...
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Rebecca Harrelson Rhyne

November 17, 1920 - April 13, 2018

Rebecca Harrelson Rhyne, 97, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018. She was born on November 17, 1920, in Cherryville, NC one of nine children to the late Logan Clay and Maud Jenkins Harrelson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Henry Garrett Rhyne, on April 15, 2007. Mrs. Rhyne is survived by her four children: Alice and Charles McRorie of Charlotte, NC; Marianna Davis of...
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Bill Monroe Hager

May 11, 1955 - April 3, 2018

Billy Monroe Hager, age 62 of Landers Church Road passed away April 3, 2018. He was born May 11, 1955 in Mecklenburg County to the late Morris Elwell and Vidie Ilene Stilwell Hager. He graduated from Appalachian State University and was in the Peace Corps for two years. He was a veterinarian as well as a USDA inspector. Bill enjoyed volunteering at the Carolina Raptor Center where he shared his...
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