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Hazel Ruth Nix Smith

January 25, 1925 - August 23, 2016

Hazel Ruth Nix Smith, age 91, of Candor, NC formerly of Forest City, died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Sandy Ridge Memory Care. Born January 25, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late William Andrew Nix and Cora Ethel Conner Nix. Hazel worked for Burlington Mills for several years and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Chris Wease

January 16, 1980 - August 23, 2016

Chris Wease, age 36, of the Chase Community, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Carolinas Health System-Cleveland Campus. Born on January 16, 1980 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to Mike and Carolyn Wease of the Chase Community and the late Libby Ezell Wease. Chris is a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1998 and a member of Grace Chapel of Forest City. He worked...
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Sybile Burgess Arrowood

October 5, 1942 - August 22, 2016

Sybile Burgess Arrowood, age 73, of Forest City, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on Monday, October 5, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Clarence Lee Burgess and Emma Ruth Gilbert Burgess. Sybile worked for Cone Mills-Avondale Plant for over thirty years before retirement and attended Grace Chapel of Forest City (formerly...
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Virginia "Jenny" Wease

January 16, 1959 - August 22, 2016

Virginia "Jenny" Wease, age 57, of Henrietta, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 22, 2016. Born on Friday, January 16, 1959 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to Christine Gettys Self who resides in Henrietta and the late Robert R. Self, Sr. She was a graduate of East High School, class of 1977 and a graduate of Isothermal Community College, class of 2007. Jenny worked...
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Debra Mastrangelo

February 8, 1956 - August 21, 2016

Debra Mastrangelo, age 60, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Wednesday, February 8, 1956 in Burlington, Vermont, she was the daughter of Marion Alexander West who resides in Naples, Florida and the late Raymond Ernest West. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, class of 1974 and a graduate of Katherine Gibbs...
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John H. Pruett

January 5, 1949 - August 20, 2016

John H. Pruett, age 67, of East Main Street, Forest City, died Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Wednesday, January 5, 1949 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late David Harrison Pruett and Obie Hoyle Pruett. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked in textiles for several years and for Butler Auto Parts. He...
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Joy W. Gold

January 22, 1961 - August 20, 2016

Joy W. Gold, age 55, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away peacefully in the presence of those who loved and cared for her. Born January 22, 1961 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Carl Ray Wellmon and Annie Pearl Gantt Wellmon. She was a graduate of Crest High School, class of 1979 and worked for PPG Industries for seventeen years. She was of the Baptist faith. Joy enjoyed...
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Brenda Rice Fox

December 18, 1967 - August 18, 2016

Free Obituary for: Brenda Rice Fox Brenda Rice Fox, age 48, of Henrietta, NC, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at her residence. Born December 18, 1967 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Margaret Lucille Johnson who resides in Henrietta and the late Billy Ray Rice. She was a homemaker and enjoyed working crossword puzzles, coloring and going to Harris Speedway. She...
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Russell H. Roach

January 19, 1962 - August 17, 2016

Russell H. Roach, age 54, of Crowe Dairy Road, Spindale, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born on Friday, January 19, 1962 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Calvin Roach who resides in Spindale and the late Ruby Toney Roach. Russell was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1980 and the Presbyterian School of Nursing in...
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John "Preston" Skipper

May 24, 1937 - August 17, 2016

John "Preston" Skipper, age 79, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on August 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Monday, May 24, 1937 in Polk County, he was a son of the late Garner Skipper and Bernice Wilson Skipper. He worked for Milliken Mills and Schneider Mills for many years and retired from Manual Woodworkers. He was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church of...
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Carol Lowery Morrison

March 21, 1953 - August 17, 2016

Carol Lowery Morrison, age 63, of Shelby, NC, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at her residence. Born March 21, 1953 in McDowell County, she was a daughter to the late James Francis Lowery and Charlotte Laura Buchanan Lowery. Carol was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1971 and of Cleveland Community College, class of 1988. She was a homemaker and worked in retail sales for many...
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Ruby Ethel Waters

November 22, 1929 - August 7, 2016

Ruby Ethel Waters, age 86, of Forest City, died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at her residence. Born November 22, 1929 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Ervin Pope and Lillie Greene Pope. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by grandson, John Waters; two sisters, Winnie Goforth, Frances Scruggs; brother, Billy Pope; and brother-in-law...
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Roger Lee Bridges

November 17, 1952 - August 5, 2016

Roger Lee Bridges, age 63, Forest City, NC, was called Home on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born on November 17, 1952 in Lincoln County, he was a son to Daisy Spears Earls and the late Bobby Earls. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Bridges; mother, Daisy Earls; daughter, Regina Bridges; brother, Ronnie Bridges and wife Roberta; grandchildren, Ashley...
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Avis Sanders Hines Bradley

November 12, 1925 - August 5, 2016

Avis Sanders Hines Bradley, age 90, of Mid Atlantic Road, Mooresboro, NC, died Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Forest City. Born on November 12, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Rufus Littleberry Hines and Murrie Sanders Hines. Avis was a graduate of Harris High School at the age of 15 graduated from Central Wesleyan Methodist College in 1943...
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Elmer G. Lewis

October 4, 1926 - August 5, 2016

Elmer G. Lewis, age 89, of Spindale, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on October 4, 1926 in Harlan County, Kentucky, he was a son to the late Elijah Lewis and Arwillie Creech Lewis. Elmer was a WWII United States Army veteran, and was a part of the first occupational forces in Germany. He retired from Waste Water Management in Detroit,...
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Gary Phillips

December 12, 1946 - August 2, 2016

Gary Phillips, age 69, of Six Points, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Thursday, December 12, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Thomas Paul Phillips and Myrtle Goode Phillips. Gary was a graduate of Crest High School, class of 1965, Appalachian State, class of 1970 and Converse College, class of 1976. Mr. Phillips...
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Joy Fox

July 1, 1964 - July 29, 2016

Joy Fox, age 52, of Clay Street, Forest City, NC, died Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Monday, July 1, 1964 in Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Moore and Ruth Morrow Moore. She was a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School, class of 1982 and attended Forest Lake Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, Jay Allen...
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Lennis McAbee Flynn

April 24, 1945 - July 24, 2016

Lennis McAbee Flynn, age 71, of Lincolnton and formerly of Forest City, died July 24, 2016 at Heath House Assisted Living in Lincolnton, NC after a long illness. Born April 24, 1945 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Annie Smith McAbee. Working as a nurse for many years in both hospital and nursing home settings, Lennis was known for her understanding and kindness...
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Brandon Lovelace

April 5, 1987 - July 23, 2016

Brandon Lovelace, age 29, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his residence. Born on Sunday, April 5, 1987 in Cleveland County, he is survived by his parents, Mike and Ann Lovelace of Forest City. Brandon was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 2005 and was passionate about gaming, music and politics. He was a very caring and empathetic young man. He was...
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Billy John Lovelace

May 10, 1965 - July 23, 2016

Billy John Lovelace, age 51, of Ellenboro, NC, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his residence. Born on Monday, May 10, 1965 in Rutherford County, he is a son to Diane E. Lovelace of Spindale and the late Edward Hugh Lovelace. Billy worked owned and operated Bill's Used Tires for several years and worked for Appling Boring Company for over twenty years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge ...
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Paul E. Armstrong

December 28, 1943 - July 20, 2016

Paul E. Armstrong, age 72, of Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at his residence. Born on Tuesday, December 28, 1943 in Greenville, TN, he was a son to the late Baettie Rhea Armstrong and Rose Belle White Armstrong. Paul served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked for Fast Food Industries for over twenty years before retirement....
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Timmy "Fred" Padgett

April 6, 1957 - July 19, 2016

Timmy "Fred" Padgett, age 59, of Forest City, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Grace Hospital of Morganton. Born on Saturday, April 6, 1957 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Jean Ervin who resides in Forest City. Fred worked in textiles for many years and enjoyed fishing and watching NASCAR. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his step-father,...
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Carolyn Greene Gosey

November 30, 1934 - July 18, 2016

Carolyn Greene Gosey, age 81, of Ferry Road, Mooresboro, NC, died Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Hospice House of Forest City. Born on Friday, November 30, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Thomas Franklin Greene and Rosa Cleola White Greene. Carolyn was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1952 and a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. She worked for Cone...
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Wayne Langley

June 17, 1950 - July 17, 2016

Wayne Langley, age 66, of Henrietta, died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Levine Dickson Hospice of Huntersville, NC. Born on Saturday, June 17, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Robert Langley and Lula Mae Pruett Langley. Wayne served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked in textiles most of his life until retirement. He faithfully attended High...
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Tammy Killen

November 9, 1964 - July 16, 2016

Tammera "Tammy" Ann Killen, age 51, of Forest City, died July 16, 2016 at her residence. Born November 9, 1964 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to Shirley Ann Rash Lowery and the late Sonny Lowery and James Wallace White. Tammy was a member Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. She was very family focused and loved her family gatherings and cookouts. She was preceded in death...
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Patsy Billingsley Scott

November 19, 1947 - July 8, 2016

Patsy Billingsley Scott, age 68, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 at her residence. Born on Wednesday, November 19, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Frank Thomas Billingsley, Jr. and Gladys Mae Johnson Billingsley. Patsy was a homemaker and was known for her sweet spirit and her willingness to help those in need. Her gentle spirit was displayed...
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Joseph Dudley Hall, Jr.

July 22, 1938 - July 8, 2016

Joseph Dudley Hall, Jr., age 77, of Forest City, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Friday, July 22, 1938 in Harlingen, Texas, he was a son to the late Joseph Dudley Hall, Sr. and Marvis Elaine Strohmeyer Hall. He was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1957 and served his country in the U.S. Army. Joseph was a longtime...
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Johnnie Ella Wall Bowen Plumley

September 11, 1931 - July 7, 2016

Johnnie Ella Wall Bowen Plumley, age 84, of Chase High Road, Forest City, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born on Friday, September 11, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of late Paul Avery Wall and Etrula Radford Wall. Johnnie was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1949 and a member of Providence United Methodist Church. She...
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Ernest Caldwell Jackson

November 2, 1937 - July 5, 2016

Ernest Caldwell Jackson, age 78 of Rutherfordton, NC, died at home after an extended illness. Born on November 2, 1937 in Indian Land, Oceola Community Lancaster SC to the late Harold B. Jackson and Ruby Ashley Jackson. He was a graduate of Indian Land High School, class of 1956. Ernest worked with his father in Jackson Cabinet shop in Rock Hill, then at American Schlafhorst in Charlotte...
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William C. "Bill" Bridges

October 20, 1929 - July 4, 2016

William C. "Bill" Bridges, age 86, of Garden Street, Forest City, died Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Tuesday, October 20, 1929, he was a son to the late J. Frank Bridges and Essie Cook Bridges. Bill was a graduate of R-S Central High School and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He owned and operated Bridges Used Cars and was a wholesale auto dealer...
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Shawn Lee

April 8, 1970 - June 30, 2016

Shawn Lee, age 46, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at his residence. Born on Wednesday, April 8, 1970 in Rutherford County. He is the son of Butch Bawden of Ellenboro and Jackie Lee of Forest City. He worked many years as a boilermaker and was of the Baptist Faith. Shawn was an avid golfer, surfer and enjoyed the beach. He was known for his sense of humor and caring spirit. He was...
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John William "Bill" Turner

April 4, 1943 - June 30, 2016

John William "Bill" Turner, age 73, of Jefferson Road, Mooresboro, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Sunday, April 4, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Samuel Andrew Turner and Bertha Millwood Turner. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for Elmore Pisgah Mill in Spindale for many years and was a past member of...
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Lucille Scoggins Hutchins

May 21, 1933 - June 25, 2016

Lucille Scoggins Hutchins, age 83, of Hilton Place, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Lucille was born May 21, 1933 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Samuel Jefferson Scoggins and Mary Lizzy Strickland. She was a member of Cliffside Missionary Methodist Church. Mrs. Hutchins was a multi-talented woman who could do anything she set her mind to....
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William Edward Whittemore

August 10, 1952 - June 23, 2016

William Edward Whittemore, age 63, passed away on June 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on August 10, 1952 to Nathaniel Whittemore Jr. and Pearl Virginia Whittemore. William grew up in Asheville, NC. He served in the United States Army for 20 years, retiring in 1992 at the rank of E8 First Sergeant. He then went on to work in construction. He enjoyed working on cars, Nascar,...
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Naomi L. Carver

January 4, 1942 - June 23, 2016

Naomi L. Carver, age 74, of Spindale, NC, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born on Sunday, January 4, 1942 in Erie County, Ohio, she was a daughter to the late Thomas Klein and Bertha Taylor Klein. She was a graduate of Fruitland Bible College and attended Grace Chapel of Forest City and Father's Vineyard. Naomi worked as a Pharmacy Tech in Ohio...
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Bobby Dean Brooks

January 21, 1935 - June 22, 2016

Bobby Dean Brooks, age 81, of Walker Lake Road, Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on Monday, January 21, 1935 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Alfred Glenn Brooks and Mattie Oneal Martin Brooks. He was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War. Bobby was a graduate of the Morganton-Lenoir...
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Howard "Homer" Wall

November 7, 1927 - June 19, 2016

Howard "Homer" Wall, age 88, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Living Center. Born on Monday, November 7, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lawrence Wall and Annie Odessa Short Wall. Homer worked for Cone Mills-Haynes Plant for forty years before retirement and was a longtime member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church. He also...
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S SGT. Rudolph "Rudy" Bryl, US Army , Rtd.

November 17, 1934 - June 17, 2016

S SGT. Rudolph "Rudy" Bryl, US Army, Retired, Vietnam War Veteran, age 81, of Forest City, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Saturday, November 17, 1934 in Malang, Indonesia, he was a son to the late Max Edward Brijil and Thecla Maria Van Dissel Brijil. Rudy traveled the world as a member of the Dutch Merchant Marines. He retired from the US Army as a...
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Mary Vickers Tessneer

December 27, 1934 - June 17, 2016

Mary Vickers Tessneer, age 81, of Bostic, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Born on Thursday, December 27, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie Baxter Vickers and Eva Mae Champion Vickers. She was a homemaker most of her life and had worked in textiles for several years. Mary was a faithful member of Sandy Level Baptist...
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Susan Walters Fox

March 4, 1973 - June 7, 2016

Susan Walters Fox, age 43, of Forest City, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at her residence. Born on Sunday, March 4, 1973 in Lakeland, Florida, she was a daughter to Linda Carlton Walters of Forest City and the late Jerry Walters. She worked in textiles for many years and was of the Baptist faith. Susan loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed. In addition to her...
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Dr. Robert Allen Nelson

April 18, 1931 - June 7, 2016

On June 7, 2016, Dr. Robert Allen Nelson passed away peacefully in his sleep at Hospice Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Mooresville, North Carolina on April 18, 1931 to Ethel and William Fletcher Nelson. Bob was the youngest of three brothers, William ("Bill"), Eugene ("Gene") and Bob. He was married to Dorothy Louise Byers of Rutherford County, NC, in 1954 and they remained...
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Ronny Steve Parris

April 20, 1946 - June 6, 2016

Ronny Steve Parris, age 70, of Forest City, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at his residence. Born April 20, 1946 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, he was the son of James Winfred Parris and Hathleen Holcombe Parris. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Ronny Dale Parris; father, James Winfred Parris; and a brother, Hugh Parris. Ronny was a member of Providence United Methodist...
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Kenneth "Babe" Ray Kimbrell

December 26, 1936 - June 6, 2016

Kenneth "Babe" Ray Kimbrell, age 79, of Ellenboro, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 26, 1936 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Archie Kimbrell and Lillian Phillips Kimbrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Blanton Kimbrell. Survivors include three children, Gary...
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Paul Edward Gagner

August 5, 1947 - June 5, 2016

Paul Edward Gagner, age 68, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Wendover Hospice. Born August 5, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Hugh Gagner and Jane Cornell Gagner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jimmy Grady, Billy Grady, Alan Grady; and one sister, Barbara Wyatt. Paul was a former telephone technician at...
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Dorsie "Dot" Kennedy Wheeler

September 12, 1912 - June 3, 2016

Dorsie "Dot" Kennedy Wheeler, age 103, of Henrietta, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 12, 1912 in Rutherford County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Fred Kennedy and Rose Ann Buice Kennedy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years, Tommy...
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Dennis Ray Lynn

March 16, 1954 - June 2, 2016

Dennis Ray Lynn, age 62, of Bostic, died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born March 16, 1954 in Cleveland County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Mott Dixon Lynn and Coda Ellen Greene Lynn. Survivors include two sons, Jeff Lynn and wife April, DJ Lynn; one sister, Cathy Webb and husband Ken; one brother, David Lynn and wife Andrea. He is also...
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Melvin Curtis Suttles

September 17, 1931 - June 1, 2016

Melvin Curtis Suttles, age 84, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center. Born on Thursday, September 17, 1931 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Percy Curtis Suttles and Thelma Matilda Frady Suttles. At the request of the family no formal services will be conducted.
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James Edmond Rash

November 25, 1933 - June 1, 2016

James Edmond Rash, age 82, of Bostic, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at his residence. Born on November 25, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Joseph Smith Rash and Louise Greene Rash. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Pete Rash. He was a United States Navy Korean Conflict veteran and retired from Duke Power as a job planner. ...
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Lloyd K. Ruppe

January 5, 1947 - May 31, 2016

Lloyd K. Ruppe, age 69, of Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Sunnyside Retirement Home. Born on Sunday, January 5, 1947 in Ruston, Louisiana, he was a son to the late Donnie Clifton Ruppe and Charlene Dora Stewart Ruppe. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1968. He was a member of Cliffside Baptist Church and also attended the Church of the Exceptional. He...
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Gene A. Shires

March 31, 1942 - May 30, 2016

Gene A. Shires, age 74, of Mooresboro, died Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford. Born on Tuesday, March 31, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Warren Walter Shires and Virginia Aldridge Shires. He was a graduate or Cool Springs High School, class of 1959 and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Gene worked for Duke Energy for thirty years...
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Zeke Blanton

August 26, 1988 - May 29, 2016

Zeke Blanton, age 27, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016. He was born in Cleveland County on Friday, August 26, 1988 and was a graduate of East Rutherford High, class of 2007. He graduated with honors, ranking fifth in his class. Baseball does not define who Zeke was, but it was his game and a large part of his young life. Among his many accomplishments during his years at East...
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Mavis Bright Bridges

December 29, 1925 - May 27, 2016

Mavis Bright Bridges, age 90, of Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Forest City, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Born on Tuesday, December 29, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charles Bright and Donia Guffey Bright. She was a homemaker and worked as a caregiver for many years. Mavis enjoyed yard work, gardening and...
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Shelby J. Lowery

October 26, 1950 - May 26, 2016

Shelby J. Lowery, age 65, of Henrietta, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Thursday, October 26, 1950 in Luray, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late Julius Rosser and Iva Bradley Rosser. She worked as a substitute teacher the public schools and as an inspector for the Craddock & Terry Shoe Company for several years. She was a...
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Sandra Taylor Brock

August 16, 1948 - May 25, 2016

Sandra Taylor Brock, age 67, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at her residence. Born Monday, August 16, 1948 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sam Ezell Taylor and Marjorie Davis Taylor. She worked as a CNA for Willow Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for thirty-five years before retirement. She was of the Methodist faith. Sandra enjoyed...
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Kenneth Daniel Bailey

September 9, 1943 - May 24, 2016

Kenneth Daniel Bailey, age 72, of Rutherfordton, was born September 9, 1943 in Rutherford County to the late Ralph Bailey and Clara Bailey Jackson. He died May 24, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was a graduate of Chase High and Isothermal Community College. Kenneth was an Army veteran, having served in Vietnam. During his tour of duty, he received many medals, including a Purple Heart...
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Ruby Fraser Bailey

January 27, 1917 - May 23, 2016

Ruby Fraser Bailey, age 99, of Charlotte and formerly of Cliffside, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Novant Health-Presbyterian Hospital Hospice. Born January 27, 1917 in Hall County, Georgia, she was a daughter to the late Mel Charles Fraser and Pearl Waters Fraser. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of Cliffside Baptist Church. Ruby liked keeping up on current events and...
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Mary "Alice" Conner

April 10, 1953 - May 21, 2016

Mary "Alice" Conner, age 63, of Mooresboro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 10, 1953 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Mary Deaton Padgett who resides in Forest City and the late Jessie Padgett. Alice worked as a beautician for thirty years and was a graduate of Bomar Beauty College. She was a member of...
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Howard Y. Padgett

July 28, 1930 - May 19, 2016

Howard Y. Padgett, age 85, of Caroleen, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at his residence. Born July 28, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late John C. Padgett and Mary Willie Putman Padgett. Howard served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked many years for Daniels Construction as a commercial painter. He was of the Baptist faith. Howard...
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Jerry Hicks Rash

September 26, 1939 - May 15, 2016

Jerry Hicks Rash, age 76, of Caroleen, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 26, 1939 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son to the late Edward Rash and Margaret Holland Rash Laughridge. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Jones of Ellenboro. At Jerry's request, no services will be conducted. In lieu of flowers,...
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Margueritte McCardwell Wells

January 14, 1920 - May 13, 2016

Margueritte McCardwell Wells, age 96, of Henrietta, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 Trinity Village in Hickory, NC. Born January 14, 1920 in Cleveland County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Yoder Lee and Willotta Thomas McCardwell. She attended Greensboro College and UNC Greensboro. During World War II, she was the postmaster in Henrietta. After retirement from the postal service, she...
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Geretha Hoyle Davis

January 4, 1937 - May 10, 2016

Geretha Hoyle Davis, age 79, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 4, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Chivous Lee Hoyle and Bessie Toms Hoyle. She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1954 and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She worked for J.C. Cowan Plant and for the...
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Jan L. Bennick

March 19, 1943 - May 9, 2016

Jan L. Bennick, age 73, of Mooresboro, died Monday, May 9, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born March 19, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late William Lane and Ruth Goode Lane. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1960 and a faithful member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church. Jan worked for the Rutherford County and Polk County Mental Health...
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Jerry L. White, Sr.

September 9, 1941 - May 7, 2016

Jerry White, Sr., age 74, of Bostic, died Saturday, May 7, 2016 at his residence. Born September 9, 1941 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late P.G. White, Sr. and Grace Condrey White. He was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1959 and a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. Jerry worked for Spindale Mills and Cone Mills-Florence Plant for many years. He enjoyed farming and...
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Sybil A. Keeter

August 4, 1930 - May 6, 2016

Sybil A. Keeter, age 85, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Willow Ridge Rehabilitation Center. Born August 4, 1930 in Polk County, she was a daughter to the late William Green and Alice Arledge Green. She was a graduate of Mills Spring High School, class of 1948. Sybil worked as a Dietary Supervisor for Rutherford Hospital for twenty-two years before retirement...
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Howard H. Hardin

May 16, 1927 - May 6, 2016

Reverend Howard H. Hardin, age 88, of Mooresboro, NC, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 16, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Dewey Hardin and Annie Haulk Hardin. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served as a Missionary Methodist Pastor in...
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Ralph "Bud" Lowery

January 24, 1928 - May 5, 2016

Ralph "Bud" Lowery, age 88, of Henrietta, died Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 24, 1928 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Perry Lowery and Dora Revels Lowery. He worked at Spindale Mills for many years before retirement and was of the Baptist faith. Bud was an accomplished musician and played the steel guitar. He also enjoyed...
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Bill Thompson

November 22, 1934 - May 5, 2016

Bill Thompson, age 81, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Nana's Assisted Living Center. Born November 22, 1934 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to the late Grover Thompson and Annie Pressley Thompson. He was a graduate of Mill Spring High School, class of 1952 and was a truck driver. He enjoyed watching NASCAR. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
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Bobbie "Granny" Tessiner

July 10, 1946 - April 27, 2016

Bobbie "Granny" Tessiner, age 69, of Mooresboro, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at her residence. Born July 10, 1946 in Cherokee County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Carl Richards and Callie Scates Richards. She was a homemaker and a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. Bobbie enjoyed boat riding, drawing and especially loved spending time with her family. She loved everybody...
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Rosemarie McDaniel Owens

January 1, 1962 - April 24, 2016

Rosemarie McDaniel Owens, age 54, of Mooresboro, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at her residence. Born January 1, 1962 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Dewey Henry McDaniel and Faye Moore McDaniel. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1979 and a member of Gantts Grove Baptist Church. Rosemarie was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening and...
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Mildred Kranich

January 9, 1924 - April 23, 2016

Mildred Kranich, age 92, of Forest City, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 9, 1924 in Pasadena, California, she was a daughter to the late Joseph Nallen and Mildred Kelly Nallen. She was a graduate of Poly Tech High School, class of 1942 and worked in the aerospace program at Boeing International Corporation for thirty years before...
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Earl Henry Ballard

April 23, 1923 - April 18, 2016

Earl Henry Ballard, age 92, of Forest City, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 23, 1923 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Henry Ballard and Nettie Martin Ballard. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a veteran of World War II. Earl worked for Burlington Industries-Caroleen Plant for thirty-two years and...
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Peggy L. Radford

June 30, 1942 - April 16, 2016

Peggy L. Radford, age 73, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016 at her home. Born June 30, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ralph Smith and Thelma Ball Smith. She worked at Burlington Industries-Caroleen Plant for thirty-five years and Cone Mills-Avondale Plant for several years before retirement. Peggy was a faithful member of Harriett Memorial Free...
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Carrie Melton

March 3, 1934 - April 15, 2016

Carrie Melton, age 82, of Forest City, died Friday, April 15, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 3, 1934 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Claude Lee Melton and Macie Margaret Humphries Melton. She worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for many years and was a member of Chase Baptist Church. Carrie enjoyed caring for her family, going to the beach and...
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Mary Phillips Kennedy

June 26, 1943 - April 14, 2016

Mary Phillips Kennedy, age 72, of Rutherfordton, died April 14, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 26, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sam Lee Phillips and Lois Ruppe Phillips. She worked as a CNA in home health care for several years and attended Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Gerald C. "Gomer" Huber

September 30, 1946 - April 11, 2016

Gerald C. "Gomer" Huber, age 69, of Ellenboro, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Carolina Continued Care of Kings Mountain. Born September 30, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Carl Huber and Delores Smalley Huber. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1965 and a past member of Race Path Baptist Church. Gerald worked for PPG Industries for forty...
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Wayne Curtis

January 4, 1951 - April 8, 2016

Wayne Curtis, age 65, of Church Street, Ellenboro, died Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 4, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Charles Marion Curtis and Maude Lucille Harris Curtis. He was a graduate of Crest High School, class of 1970 and worked for PPG Industries for over twenty-five years. He also worked for Rutherford County...
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Suzan Hall Emery

February 15, 1942 - April 6, 2016

Suzan Hall Emery, age 74, of Butler Street, Rutherfordton, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Suzan was a native of Detroit, Michigan and a member of the Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Ralph Emery. No services are planned by request of the family.
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Nathaly Roman Rodriguez

March 30, 2013 - April 5, 2016

Nathaly Roman Rodriguez, age 3, of Forest City, was ushered into God's presence on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 30, 2013 in Fletcher County, NC, she was the daughter of Orlando Roman and Lesly Rodriguez both of Forest City. She enjoyed playing outside and was full of energy from sunrise to sundown. She loved Peppa Pig. Nathaly was full of...
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Rebecca "Pat" Martin

October 27, 1942 - April 4, 2016

Rebecca "Pat" Martin, age 73, of Spindale, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation. Born October 27, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Roy and Myrtle Johnson. She and her late husband, Bud, co-owned and operated the Martin Clean-Up Auto Detailing for many years. She was of the Baptist faith and loved family "get togethers". In...
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Mary Jo Curtis Deese

December 29, 1938 - April 1, 2016

Mary Jo Deese of Spindale, NC passed away at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas, NC on Friday, April 1, 2016 following a brief illness. She was born on December 29, 1938 in Marion, NC to George Wilbur Curtis and Erma Carver Curtis Smith and grew up in Old Fort, NC. She was a graduate of Old Fort High School where she was a member of the basketball team and also a graduate of Montreat College...
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Wanda Kay Millard

July 10, 1952 - March 31, 2016

Wanda Kay Millard, age 63, of Forest City, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center. Born July 10, 1952 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late James Crawford Millard and Janie Marie Stanley Millard. Survivors include three sisters, Kathy Neely and husband Wayne, Connie McDow, Sheila Roughton; and one brother, James Millard and wife...
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Cecil Clark

September 4, 1944 - March 31, 2016

Cecil Clark, age 71, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at his residence. Born September 4, 1944 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late J.C. Clark and Vernie Clark Horton. Cecil worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for forty-one years until retirement. He also worked for Lowes for several years and for Walker Construction. He was a longtime and active member of...
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Roger Heusinkveld

November 11, 1938 - March 30, 2016

Roger Heusinkveld, age 77, of Forest City, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 11, 1938 in Morrison, Illinois, he was a son to the late Clarence R. Heusinkveld and Rena Akker Heusinkveld. Roger was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He worked for Fieldcrest Mills for many years and Key...
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Spencer Blanton

June 21, 1980 - March 26, 2016

Spencer Brian Blanton, age 35, of Caroleen, died March 26, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born June 21, 1980 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Roy Blanton of Loris, SC and Maxine C. Blanton of Caroleen. He worked as a roofer most of his life and enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He was a person who cared for others and a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church....
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Nathan Bradley

June 26, 1958 - March 26, 2016

Nathan Bradley, age 57, of Spindale, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born June 26, 1958 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Mary Kate Bradley Childers. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a linesman for Pike Electric for twenty years. Nathan was a member of Father's Vineyard and enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycles, working on cars and...
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Susan Alley Hartford

May 18, 1954 - March 18, 2016

Susan Alley Hartford, age 61, of Meadow Creek Drive, Forest City, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 18, 1954 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Thomas McBrayer Alley and Hazel Josephine Campbell Alley. She worked for Eaton Industries for twenty-two years and was a faithful member of Grace Baptist...
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Steve L. Walker

January 19, 1957 - March 9, 2016

Steve L. Walker, age 59, of Ellenboro, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at his residence. Born January 19, 1957 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Harold Gene Walker and Nancy Kennedy Walker who resides in Ellenboro. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1975. Steve owned and operated Walker's Mobile Home Movers and co-owned and operated S & L Management...
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Tracy Yelton

April 17, 1933 - March 7, 2016

Tracy Yelton, age 82, of Spindale, NC, died Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville. Born April 17, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Floyd Yelton and Pantha Taylor Yelton. Tracy was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. He worked as an independent truck driver, mostly hauling cars. He was a member of Southern Baptist...
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Doug Francis

August 17, 1950 - March 7, 2016

Doug Francis, age 65, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016 at his residence. Born August 17, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Elmer Gene Francis and Jaunalda Kennedy Francis. He worked in textiles for several years and was the co-owner and operator of Francis Grading for the last twenty-five years. He was a faithful member of Harriett Memorial Free...
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Gail Marie Ramsey

October 17, 1957 - March 6, 2016

Gail Marie Ramsey, age 58, of Spindale, NC, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 17, 1957 in Clinton, Massachusetts, she was a daughter to the late Thomas S. Gaizick and Rita Marie Walsh who resides in Caroleen. Gail worked as a manager for Hardees for almost twenty years and enjoyed the outdoors and watching NASCAR. She was of the Catholic...
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Pedro Antonio Guzman

June 13, 1959 - March 5, 2016

Pedro Antonio Guzman, age 56, of Montevallo, Alabama, died Saturday, March 5, 2016 due to an automobile accident. Born on June 13, 1959 in El Salvador, he was a son to the late Clemente Hernandez and Angela Guzman. Pedro owned and operated a landscaping business. He loved gardening and the outdoors. Pedro was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include his wife, Susan Guzman of Hueytown,...
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Evelyn Alexander Gowan

June 21, 1937 - March 5, 2016

Evelyn Alexander Gowan, age 78, of Harris, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born June 21, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Major Ross Alexander and Lila Mae Blackwell Alexander. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1955 and earned an Associates Degree in Business from Kings College of Charlotte. Evelyn...
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Ricky Marlow

December 1, 1957 - March 3, 2016

Ricky Marlow, age 58, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 1, 1957 in York County, SC, he was a son to the late Phillip Andrew Marlow and Margie Lou Flynn Marlow. Ricky worked for Stonecutter Mill for many years and was an avid NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed working on cars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Ronnie D. Atkins

May 5, 1953 - February 28, 2016

Ronnie D. Atkins, age 62, of Morrow Motor Road, Forest City, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born May 5, 1953 in Cleveland County, NC, he was a son to the late Charlie Sims Atkins and Sara Edmondson Atkins. Ronnie worked as a supervisor for National Textiles for eighteen years and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed working on cars, was an avid Dale...
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Richard O. McDaniel

March 16, 1944 - February 26, 2016

Richard O. McDaniel, age 71, of Cliffside, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 16, 1944 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late, J.C. McDaniel and Katy Durham McDaniel. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 where he was an outstanding football player. Richard worked for Duke Power for nineteen years as a...
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Franklin "Curt" Shytles

February 19, 1957 - February 26, 2016

Franklin "Curt" Shytles, age 59, of Ellenboro, died Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 19, 1957 in Boone County, NC, he was a son to the late Franklin "Chunk" Shytles and Amelia Putman Shytles. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1975 and was the owner and operator of Shytles Automotive for over twenty years. Curt was a...
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Samuel Whitesides

May 7, 1937 - February 22, 2016

Samuel Whitesides, age 78, of Spindale, NC, died February 22, 2016 at his residence. Born May 7, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Christian Whitesides and Nettie Jackson Whitesides. He served as a minister of the gospel for many years. No formal services are planned. Inurnment will take place in the family cemetery at a later date.
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Rex McCombs

July 4, 1964 - February 21, 2016

Bryan "Rex" McCombs, age 51, of East Main Street, Forest City, died Sunday, February 21, 2016. Born July 4, 1964 in Greenville County, SC, he was a son to the late A.C. McCombs and Jessie M. Perry who resides in Forest City. Rex loved the outdoors and especially flower gardening. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one sister, Rose M. McCombs of...
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Candice Hicks Little

July 18, 1972 - February 21, 2016

Candice Hicks Little, age 43, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at her residence. Born July 18, 1972 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jimmy Hicks and Betty Vickers Smith. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1990 and a member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church. Candice worked for Henderson Care as an assistant administrator...
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Linda Epley Blackwell

January 26, 1959 - February 20, 2016

Linda Epley Blackwell, age 57, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at her residence. Born January 26, 1959 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late James Epley and Ruby Beheler Epley. She was a graduate of Isothermal College and worked at Park Ridge Hospital. Linda was a member of Harris First Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, James...
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