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Barbara Ann Murray Skipper

June 5, 1945 - May 26, 2017

Barbara Ann Murray Skipper, age 71, of Forest City, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 at Fair Haven. Born June 5, 1945 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Hollis Fowler and Lora Blackwell Randolph. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Murray Nolen; son, Wayne "Ronnie" Murray Jr., three brothers, Charles "Booster" Fowler, Larry...
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Ernest Ronell Dotson

September 27, 1930 - May 25, 2017

Ernest Ronell Dotson, age 86, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 27, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Thurman Dotson and Carrie Pearl Rogers Dotson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Lonnie Dotson; two grandchildren, Rhonda Jones, Tracy Dotson; three sisters, Gennie...
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Shannon Eugene Brandle

May 5, 1967 - May 25, 2017

Shannon Eugene Brandle, age 50, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 5, 1967 in Rutherford County, he was the son of C. Gene Brandle and Sylvia Marie Moore Brandle. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1984 and loved music and wrestling. Those left to cherish his memory include his four children, Leslie Brandle...
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James Lawrence Tate

January 28, 1943 - May 23, 2017

James Lawrence Tate, age 74, of Nuggett Lane, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 28, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Norman Tate and Beatrice Summers Tate. James worked at Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for over forty years before retirement and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. He...
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Barbara Ann Thomas

September 19, 1942 - May 22, 2017

Barbara Ann Thomas, age 74, of Countryside Drive, Forest City, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 19, 1942 in Washington County, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late George G. Long and Nell Patrick Long. Barbara worked as a department manager for several years at Roses Department Store and was a homemaker. She attended New Harvest...
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Hitus Harrill

July 30, 1951 - May 21, 2017

Hitus A. Harrill, age 65, of Bostic, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born July 30, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was son to Dorothy Boone Harrill of Bostic and the late Thomas Lemuel Harrill. Hitus owned and operated Harrill Landscaping for over forty years and was a faithful member of Corinth Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, taught Sunday School...
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Reggie Wilson

June 25, 1946 - May 21, 2017

Reggie Wilson, age 70, of Lattimore, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born June 25, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Scott Wilson and Mary Tucker Wilson. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and Cleveland Community College, class of 1970. He was a veteran and the U.S. Army and served his country during the...
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Mildred J. Bowen

September 3, 1926 - May 19, 2017

Mildred J. Bowen, age 90, of Caroleen, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 3, 1926 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Dock C. Jenkins and Minnie Hudson Hawkins Jenkins. Mildred was a homemaker and a member of Caroleen United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, word search books and especially cooking...
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Danny Silver, Jr.

January 10, 1955 - May 17, 2017

Danny Silver, Jr., age 62, of Goode's Creek Church Road, Mooresboro, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 10, 1955 in Gaston County, he was a son to Daniel Ray Silver, Sr. who resides in Forest City and the late Dorothy Elizabeth Yow Silver. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1973 and attended...
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Margaret Wright

March 14, 1935 - May 16, 2017

Margaret Wright, age 82, of Rutherfordton, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 14, 1935 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Lewis Gibson and Arline Kirby Gibson. Margaret worked for Elmore Mills for many years and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and taking care of her dogs. ...
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Tony Huffman

November 11, 1947 - May 13, 2017

Tony Huffman, age 69, of Ellenboro, NC, died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Born November 11, 1947 in Burke County, he is the son of Jane Talent Stafford who resides in Taylorsville, NC and the late Walter Huffman, Sr. He was a graduate of George Hildebran High School, class of 1966 and also attended Gardner-Webb University and Isothermal Community College....
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Michael Reeves

April 9, 1958 - May 13, 2017

Michael Reeves, age 59, of Cliffside, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 9, 1958 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to the late Larry Reeves and Grace Johnson Luck. Michael's interests included music and working on electronics. He also enjoyed making people laugh and taking care of children. Michael was of the Baptist faith. ...
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Lens "Hooter" Brown

February 28, 1935 - May 13, 2017

Lens "Hooter" Brown, age 82, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at his residence. Born February 28, 1935 in McDowell County, he was a son to the late George Washington Brown and Effie Mae McKinney Brown. Hooter was an independent truck driver for many years and also worked as a sawmill operator. He was a member of the Restoration Church of Forest City and enjoyed hunting,...
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Martha Jean Sellers

May 21, 1932 - May 12, 2017

Martha Jean Sellers, age 84, of Caroleen, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 21, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fred Jackson and Matilda "Tilda" Hawkins Jackson. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1950 and a loyal member of the Democrat Party. Martha Jean was known for her ability to cook...
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Lloyd L. Peterson

November 8, 1934 - May 11, 2017

Lloyd L. Peterson, age 82, of Bemidji, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County in North Carolina. Born November 8, 1934 in Crookston, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Louis L. Peterson and Sophie (Carlson) Peterson. Lloyd was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He owned and operated the Busy Corner Store and was an...
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Parker Lancaster

February 29, 2000 - May 8, 2017

Parker Lancaster, age 17, of Forest City, died Monday, May 8, 2017. Born February 29, 2000 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son of Angela Lancaster of Forest City and the late Gregg Lancaster. Parker was currently a student at Isothermal Community College. His creative spirit found an outlet on You Tube and in composing music. He was also known for his keen sense of humor. Parker loved...
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James Clifton Lowery

April 29, 1936 - May 7, 2017

James Clifton Lowery, age 81, of Caroleen, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at his residence. Born April 26, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Forrest Lowery and Myrtle Killian Lowery. James worked as an attendant at the Colfax Convenience Center for fifteen years and as a HVAC technician for the textile mills for many years. He enjoyed collecting antique radios and...
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Ethel Lynn Hunt Robbins

December 5, 1927 - May 7, 2017

Ethel Lynn Hunt Robbins, age 89, died peacefully at her home in Forest City on Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was born in Rutherford County where she continued to live throughout her life. Ethel worked diligently for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 37 years. She was a faithful member of Caroleen Baptist Church for over 50 years where she served on numerous committees and sang in the choir. ...
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Clyde "Tommy" Bostic

February 9, 1959 - May 6, 2017

Tommy Bostic, age 58, of Rutherfordton, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 9, 1959 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late Robert Bostic and Mary M. Earley Bostic. Tommy was a self-employed landscaper and was of the Baptist faith. He loved working outdoors and raising chickens. He especially loved his family and will be greatly...
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Larry Dean Hembree

May 6, 1958 - May 3, 2017

Larry Dean Hembree, age 58, of Rutherfordton, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Born May 6, 1958 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Pete Hembree and Louise Ford Hembree. Larry worked for Mastercraft-Spindale Plant for several years and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, fishing and he especially loved his grandchildren. Those...
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Randy Ingle

September 17, 1959 - May 1, 2017

Randy Ingle, age 57, of Ferry Road, Forest City, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born September 17, 1959 in Rutherford County, he is a son to Marie Smith Ingle of Forest City and the late Homer Dean Ingle. Randy was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1977 and owned and operated Caroleen Manufacturing for over thirty years. He was a Past...
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Ron P. Kennedy

December 21, 1965 - April 30, 2017

Ron P. Kennedy, age 51, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Carolinas Health Care System-Cleveland. Born December 21, 1965 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Lelanie Williamson Kennedy and Ronald Lee Kennedy who resides in Caroleen. Ron was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1984. He owned and operated the B & R. shipping services for twenty-five years and...
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Yolanda Quirino

March 15, 1952 - April 30, 2017

Yolanda Quirino, age 65, of Morganton, NC, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at her residence. Born March 15, 1952 in Los Indios, Texas, she was a daughter to the late Dionicio Ramos and Elida Luna Ramos. Yolanda was a CNA and worked for White Oak Manor and home health care for several years. She also worked for Fast Foods Merchandise and OMC. Yolanda enjoyed going to flea markets and...
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Gretchen Pinker Nance

June 5, 1936 - April 29, 2017

Gretchen Pinker Nance, age 80, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Oak Grove Healthcare Center. Born June 5, 1936 in Franklin, New Hampshire, she was a daughter of the late Stephen Pinker and Olive Currier Pinker. Gretchen, along with her late husband, owned and operated Nance's Orchard Outlet in Lake Lure for many years. She was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed...
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Tony Mullinax

August 23, 1953 - April 26, 2017

Reverend Tony Mullinax, age 63, of Mooresboro, passed away from a sudden illness at the Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born August 23, 1953 in Gaston County, NC, he was a son to the late Edward Patrick Mullinax and Lucy Iowa Davis Mullinax. He worked as a truck driver for Robbins Brick for several years, but his passion was pastoring churches and preaching the Gospel. Throughout a span of...
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Dorcas Martin Greenlee

July 18, 1925 - April 25, 2017

Dorcas Martin Greenlee, age 91, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at her residence. Born July 18, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Lustus Martin and Lillie Vernon Weaver Martin. She was a hairdresser for several years and owned and operated the Cut & Curl Beauty Shop. Dorcas also worked in textiles for many years as a seamstress. She loved...
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Oxie Earls Harris

September 26, 1923 - April 24, 2017

Oxie Earls Harris, age 93, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born September 26, 1923 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Calma Earls and Myrtle Beheler Earls. Oxie worked in textiles for many years before her retirement and was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Shelby. She enjoyed flower and vegetable...
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Charles "PawPaw" Robert Riley

April 24, 1969 - April 22, 2017

Charles "PawPaw" Robert Riley, age 47, of Ellenboro, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Carolinas Health Care System-Cleveland in Shelby. Born April 24, 1969 in Aiken County, SC, he was a son to the late William David Riley, Sr. and Beatrice Ann Ackerman Riley. Charles was a cabinet maker for many years and most recently worked for Blue Ridge Cabinets in Forest City. Charles...
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Dayton Gunn

June 7, 1920 - April 18, 2017

Dayton Gunn, age 96, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 7, 1920 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was a son to the late Irwin Simpson Gunn and Blanche Estelle Bowen Gunn. Dayton served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-46. He was assigned to the 6th Artillery Marine Division during...
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Sarah Whitaker

May 15, 1934 - April 14, 2017

Sarah Whitaker, age 82, of Forest City, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 15, 1934 in Cherokee County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Charlie and Julie Thrift. Sarah was a member of Florence Baptist Church and retired from Doncaster and Tanner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Whitaker;...
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William Orion Waters

April 12, 2017 - April 12, 2017

William Orion Waters, infant son of Michael Waters and Samantha Gosnell, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his parents, Michael Waters and Samantha Gosnell; one brother, Nathan Waters; and his grandparents, Janice Gosnell and Wade and Luci Waters. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2017 at...
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Daisy Earls

September 26, 1932 - April 12, 2017

Daisy Earls, age 84, of Cliffside, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at her residence. Born September 26, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sam Spears and Essie Dobbins Spears. Daisy was a homemaker who loved her family dearly. She worked for Cone Mills for several years and was actively involved in the community. She participated in softball and was also a...
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Shirley L. Bailey

October 30, 1947 - April 7, 2017

Shirley L. Bailey, age 69, of Hester Mill Road, Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherfordton. Born October 30, 1947 in Polk County, she was a daughter to late Rolie Lawter and Ethel Hutchins Lawter. Shirley worked for the Rutherford County Public Schools for over twenty years. She was a longtime and faithful member of Harris First Baptist Church for...
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Johnny E. Bostic

May 29, 1940 - April 7, 2017

Johnny E. Bostic, age 76, of Chesterfield Road, Cliffside, NC, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 29, 1940 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late John "Will" Bostic and Mary "Molly" Wiggins Bostic. He worked for Cone Mills for forty years before retirement and was of the Baptist Faith. Johnny enjoyed the outdoors which included...
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Shirley Edwards Holland

March 28, 1937 - April 4, 2017

Shirley Edwards Holland, age 80, of Franklin Drive, Forest City, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born Sunday, March 28, 1937 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Dewey Dock Edwards and Annie Trout Edwards. Shirley was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1955 and attended Cecil's Business College in Spartanburg. She...
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Dawn Davis

November 13, 1964 - April 3, 2017

Dawn Davis, age 52, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born November 13, 1964 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Hattie Elaine Summers of Rutherfordton and the late Jonah "Roger" Tate. She was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1982. Dawn was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked as a Lab Technician for...
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Mike "Lightnen" Wilson

April 15, 1958 - April 2, 2017

Mike "Lightnen" Wilson, age 58, of Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born April 15, 1958 in Batavia, New York, he was a son to the late Charles Wilson and Martha Sue Barnett Wilson. Mike was a truck driver for over thirty years and worked for Truck Service in Forest City and most recently for Penske Logistics. He was a Harley...
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Alice Vickers

March 22, 1924 - April 1, 2017

Alice Vickers, age 93, of Bostic, NC, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Oak Grove Health Care. Born March 22, 1924 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie Baxter Vickers and Eva Champion Vickers. Alice was a member of Henrietta First Baptist Church and enjoyed attending the Senior Adult activities. She genuinely loved each of her family members and showed kindness...
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Pearl Campbell

September 23, 1914 - March 30, 2017

Pearl Campbell, age 102, of Franklinville, NC, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her residence. Born September 23, 1914 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Gibson and Mary Brice Wilkerson Gibson. She worked for Henrietta Mill for forty eight years before her retirement and was a past member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. She was currently attending the...
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Judy Weathers

June 28, 1953 - March 29, 2017

Judy Weathers, age 63, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Carolinas Medical Center. Born June 28, 1953 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late S.B. McIntyre and Geneva Adair McIntyre. Judy worked for Abercrombie and Snyder Mills for over twenty five years. She was a lifetime member of High Shoal Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was...
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Carolyn Butler

November 28, 1946 - March 28, 2017

Carolyn Butler, age 70, of Chase High Road, Forest City, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 18, 1946 in Rutherford County, she is a daughter to Frances Miller Grant who resides in Rutherfordton and the late Earl Grant. Carolyn was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1964 and a member of Temple Baptist Church. She was a homemaker...
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Shirley Owens Wood

June 5, 1957 - March 28, 2017

Shirley Owens Wood, age 59, of Ellenboro, NC, entered into the presence of her Savior on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at her daughter's residence. Born June 5, 1957 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the Hattie Gettys Terry and the late David Allen Terry. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Junior Terry. In addition to her mother, she is...
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Horace "Sam" Sanford Hester, Sr.

May 21, 1941 - March 27, 2017

Horace "Sam" Sanford Hester Sr., age 75, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 21, 1941 in Gaston County, NC, he was a son of the late James Hester and Pearl Mae Arrowood Bailey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, G.B. Bailey; step-mother, Elwona Hester; son, Kenneth David...
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David Harold Henderson

April 21, 1937 - March 26, 2017

David Harold Henderson, age 79, of Ellenboro, NC, went home to be with his Savior, Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 21, 1937 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of the late Virgil Henderson and Hattie Hall Henderson. He loved hunting, fishing, flea markets and his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife...
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Jonah Roger Tate

October 25, 1940 - March 23, 2017

Jonah Roger Tate, age 76, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 25, 1940 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, he was a son to the late Jarvis Tate and Ruth Powell Tate. He was a Unites States Army veteran. The "Old Man of the Sea" loved to fish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two...
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Clyde "W.C." Earley

February 2, 1937 - March 21, 2017

Clyde "W.C." Earley, age 80, of Forest City, NC, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 2, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Duffie B. Earley and Elsie Shepherd Earley. Clyde served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he earned three bronze stars. After retiring from the military, he was a truck...
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Denise Helen Wilson Morrow

May 9, 1963 - March 19, 2017

Denise Helen Wilson Morrow, age 53, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Denise was born May 9, 1963 in Kearney, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Gus and Earlyne Wilson. She was a graduate of South Sioux City High School in Nebraska, class of 1982. After graduation, Denise entered the U.S. Army where...
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Betty Linder

November 2, 1936 - March 18, 2017

Betty Linder, age 80, of Cleghorn Mill Road, Rutherfordton, NC, entered into the presence of her Savior on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 2, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Guy Wallace and Effie Smith Wallace. She was a registered nurse and worked for Rutherford Hospital and Spartanburg Regional Hospital a total of...
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Ethel "Lois" Bennett

February 15, 1939 - March 16, 2017

Ethel "Lois" Bennett, age 78, of Whitesides Road, Bostic, NC, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center, surrounded by her family. Born February 15, 1939 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she was a daughter to the late Charles Seay and Mary Ethel Wooten Seay. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of the Restoration Church of Forest City. Lois had a heart for...
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Avery King

September 10, 1947 - March 14, 2017

Avery King, age 69, of Forest City, NC, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 10, 1947 in Buncombe County, he was a son to the late Troy King and Mabel McMahan King. Avery's life's work was brick masonry and he also worked as a truck driver for several years. He was of the Baptist faith. Avery was a private man who poured himself into...
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Betty Luckadoo Wall

December 21, 1946 - March 11, 2017

Betty Luckadoo Wall, age 70, of Forest City, NC, passed away Saturday, March11, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 21, 1946 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Albert Luckadoo and Viola Silvers Luckadoo. Betty was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and worked for Cone Mill-Haynes Plant for twenty-five years before retirement. She was...
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Martha Cope Brown

May 4, 1964 - March 10, 2017

Martha Cope Brown, age 52, of Ash, NC, formerly of Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. Born May 4, 1964 in Greensboro, NC, she is the daughter of Ann Hockett Bruton and the late Theodore Willits Cope. She was a graduate of South Brunswick High School, class of 1982. Martha was an animal lover and worked as an animal caretaker for...
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Velvia Branch Coffey

December 18, 1930 - March 7, 2017

Velvia Branch Coffey, age 86, of Rollins Road, Forest City, NC, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the presence of her loving family. Born December 18, 1930 in Gaston County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Henry Branch and Allie Ollie Greene Branch. She worked as a sewing machine operator for nineteen years for Absorba and Bon Worth Clothing for over nineteen years. Velvia was a...
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Mozelle Melton Honeycutt

March 22, 1923 - February 27, 2017

Mozelle Melton Honeycutt, age 93, of Sunset Beach, NC and formally of Rutherford County joined her Heavenly Father on February 27, 2017 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Bolivia, NC. Born on March 22, 1923 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Wilbur Melton and Vinnie Cobb Melton. Mozelle was a lifetime member of Floyd's Creek Baptist Church and a longtime resident of...
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Carl "Butch" Smith, Jr.

February 2, 1949 - February 25, 2017

Carl "Butch" Smith, Jr., age 68, of Wagy Road, Forest City, NC, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 2, 1949 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Mattie Dysart Smith Lackey who resides in Caroleen and the late Carl Lawson Smith, Sr. He was a graduate of Chase High School and worked for Cone Mill-Avondale Plant and also for...
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Zenith Davidson Toney

October 20, 1934 - February 23, 2017

Zenith Davidson Toney, age 82, of Sunshine, NC, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at her residence. She was born October 20, 1934 in Toccoa, Georgia to the late John and Bessie McClure Davidson. Zenith received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Georgia Military College in Dahlonega, Georgia and taught school in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina and in Military Dependent...
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Dorean Splawn Westbrook

June 26, 1950 - February 22, 2017

Dorean Splawn Westbrook, age 66, of Chesnee, SC, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born June 26, 1950 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Shuford Splawn and Lennie Brown Splawn. She was a homemaker and a member of Cooley Springs Baptist Church. Dorean enjoyed playing bingo but her passion in life was spending time with and...
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Betty Earley Doggett

March 4, 1931 - February 18, 2017

Betty Earley Doggett, age 85, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born March 4, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Everett Earley and Eva Vassey Earley. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and a member of the First Wesleyan Church of Forest City. Betty worked as an independent insurance agent...
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Walter A. Gero

July 2, 1926 - February 13, 2017

Free Obituary for: Walter A. Gero Walter A. Gero, age 90, of Henrietta, NC, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 2, 1926 in Malone, New York, he was a son to the late Frederick Gero and Viola Higgins Gero. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Philippines during World War II. Walter worked as a carpenter and a...
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Louise Allen Wyatt

August 15, 1927 - February 11, 2017

Louise Allen Wyatt, age 89, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 15, 1927 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ervin Millard Allen and Virginia McDaniel Allen. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1945 and of Isothermal Thermal Community College, class of 1977. Louise worked fifty-one...
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Jo-ann McDaniel Kee

August 3, 1965 - February 10, 2017

Jo-ann McDaniel Kee, age 51, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born August 3, 1965 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the Mildred Wallace who resides in Dobbinsville and the late Paul McDaniel. Jo-ann was a member of Robertson Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Bostic and loved cooking for her family. Her specialty was...
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Bill Hines

December 3, 1940 - February 9, 2017

Bill Hines, age 76, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at his residence. Born December 3, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Willis Hines and Alice Ruppe Hines. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1959 and also attended Western Piedmont Community College. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and proudly served as a North Carolina...
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Perry F. Dotson

May 17, 1945 - February 8, 2017

Perry F. Dotson, age 71, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born May 17, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Thurman Dotson and Pearl Rogers Dotson. Perry worked as a supervisor for Doran Textiles for many years before retirement and was a member of Race Path Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and...
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Cynthia Ann Moore Weathers

April 4, 1957 - February 8, 2017

Cynthia Ann Moore Weathers, of Harris, NC, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 while being surrounded by her loving family at Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was born April 4, 1957 in Rutherford County and was the daughter of the late Annie Mae Tate Moore, who passed away on January 10, 2004. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 42 years, Michael D....
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Gary Lee Buchanan

October 30, 1958 - February 6, 2017

Gary Lee Buchanan, age 58, of Marion, NC, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 30, 1958 in Spruce Pine, NC, he was a son to the late Brown Lee Buchanan and Nancy Ray New Buchanan. He was a graduate of McDowell High School, class of 1977 and attended McDowell Technical College. Gary was a welder for Buck's Stove Manufacturing, worked...
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Howard Ray Guffey

November 7, 1940 - February 6, 2017

Howard Ray Guffey, age 76, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 7, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Mack Guffey and Annie Crisson Guffey. Howard worked for A & E Plastics and Atchley Construction for many years and also worked at the Avondale Facility Convenience Center for several years. He...
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Nancy Ensley Turner

February 21, 1936 - February 2, 2017

Nancy Ensley Turner, age 80, of Caroleen, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 21, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Frank "Dutch" Ensley and Ozelle Smith Ensley. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1955 and a graduate of Shelby Beauty School. Nancy worked in textiles and as a beautician...
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Cindy Donald Melton

December 1, 1959 - January 27, 2017

Cindy Donald Melton, age 57, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born December 1, 1959 in Spartanburg, SC, she grew up at the Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC and graduated from Thornwell High School, class of 1978. She was a homemaker who loved her family and friends passionately. Her desire to help others in...
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Eva Cole Horton Humphries

October 13, 1921 - January 25, 2017

Eva Cole Horton Humphries, age 95 of Forest City, went home to be the Lord on January 25, 2017 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born October 13, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ernest and Daisy Cole. She retired from PPG after many years of service and was a long-time member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. Eva enjoyed gardening and had a passion for sacred...
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Peggy Joan Hardin

January 2, 1936 - January 24, 2017

Peggy Joan Hardin, age 81, of Eastside Drive, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County with her loving family at her side. Peggy was the daughter of the late Dewey Leonard Hardin and Annie Haulk Hardin. She was the first New Year's baby born in Rutherford County, being born on January 2, 1936. Peggy was a lifelong resident of Rutherford...
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Brigitte H. Fitzpatrick

February 11, 1948 - January 22, 2017

Brigitte H. Fitzpatrick, age 68, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 11, 1948 in Germany, she was the only daughter of Hubert Berni Weiberg and Edith Siegel Weiberg. She worked as an administrative assistant for various local companies and attended the First Wesleyan Church of Forest City. She loved shopping, working on...
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Linda Gail Goforth

November 12, 1946 - January 22, 2017

Linda Gail Goforth, age 70, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 12, 1946 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fred Jackson and Nettie Leona Baynard Grant. Linda was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1965 and a homemaker. She was a faithful member of Chase Baptist Church. Linda loved...
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Wanda Butler Flynn

June 15, 1953 - January 21, 2017

Wanda Butler Flynn, age 63, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at her residence. Born June 15, 1953 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to Evelyn Lewis Butler and the late Leroy Butler. Survivors include her two brothers, Steve Butler and wife Cathy, Perry Butler and wife Sherry; and one nephew, Perry Butler, Jr. She is also survived by great nieces and...
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Lisa Conner Greene

June 3, 1966 - January 20, 2017

Lisa Conner Greene, age 50, of Chesnee, SC, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born June 3, 1966 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fred Conner and Katherine Moore Conner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise and Betty and one brother, Freddie. Survivors include husband, Jamie Greene;...
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Elizabeth Marie Dawson McKeithan

October 2, 1968 - January 20, 2017

Elizabeth Marie Dawson McKeithan, age 48, of Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 2, 1968 in Cumberland County, she was a daughter to Shirley Gowens Dawson and the late Charles Melton Dawson. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Robin Dawson. In addition to her mother,...
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Jessie M. Taylor

August 30, 1932 - January 15, 2017

Jessie M. Taylor, age 84, of Spindale, passed away in Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center. Born August 30, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Clyde E. Murray and Alpha Greene Murray. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1950. Jessie worked as a phone operator for Southern Bell and also worked for Revco Drugs. Jessie was a...
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Hazel Medford Padgett

September 16, 1929 - January 15, 2017

Hazel Medford Padgett, age 87, of Bostic, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 16, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Medford and Leona Greene Medford. She worked for Fieldcrest Mill and Absorba Manufacturing for several years. She also worked in the delicatessen at Winn-Dixie for many years. Hazel was a...
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James L. Silver

October 18, 1937 - January 13, 2017

James L. Silver, age 79, of Rutherfordton, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born October 18, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lloyd Vance Silver, Sr. and Anace Calhoun Silver. James was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for twenty years before retirement. He owned and operated Silvers Construction...
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Lavada A. Wall

October 8, 1940 - January 13, 2017

Lavada A. Wall, age 76, of the Shiloh Community, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on October 8, 1940 in Greenville County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Andy Shuford Allen and Annie Eulalia Price Allen. Lavada worked at Tanner Mill for forty-five years before retirement. She was a member of Gray's Creek Baptist Church and a dedicated...
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J.C. Adams

January 8, 1937 - January 7, 2017

J.C. Adams, age 79, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 8, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late William Huntley Adams and Maude Hill Adams. J.C. worked for Stonecutter Mill for forty-two years before retirement. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, word search...
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Michael Wayne Lucas

August 16, 1956 - January 7, 2017

Michael Wayne Lucas, age 60, of Bostic, died Saturday, January 7, 2017 at his residence. Born August 16, 1956 in Wilson County, NC, he was a son to the late Brochie Leland Lucas and Lethia Marie Forbes Lucas. Michael was a cabinet maker and worked for Wilson Woodworks for many years. He was a member of Fork Creek Baptist Church and besides his passion for woodworking, he also enjoyed the...
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Barbara Ann Randolph

August 10, 1941 - January 6, 2017

Free Obituary for: Barbara Ann Randolph Barbara Ann Randolph, age 75, of Shelby, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain. Born August 10, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late George Bailey and Ruth Hardin Bailey. She was a graduate of Chase High School and attended Isothermal Community College. Barbara worked for...
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Logan Alexander Shahan

January 5, 2017 - January 5, 2017

Logan Alexander Shahan, infant son of Robert Todd Shahan and Jessica Bright Shahan, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 5, 2017. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Woodrow "Woody" Shahan and paternal great-grandmother, Rosalie "Lee" Reid. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two siblings, Mikaela and Austin Shahan; maternal...
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Inez Allred Ramsey

April 21, 1925 - January 5, 2017

Inez Allred Ramsey, age 91, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 21, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Oliver Allred and Martha Rumfelt Allred. Inez worked for Burlington Industries for many years and was an active member of Alexander Missionary Methodist Church. She was a pianist for...
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Patricia IIeen White Tessnear Ferguson

October 21, 1945 - January 2, 2017

Patricia Ileen White Tessnear Ferguson, age 71, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Joy W. Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born October 21, 1945 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Morgan White and Addie Smith White. She worked in textiles for over thirty years, working for Fieldcrest and Cone Mills. Patricia also worked for Kings Mountain...
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Barbara "Peggy" Lane Owens

November 9, 1941 - January 1, 2017

Barbara "Peggy" Lane Owens, age 75, of Mooresboro, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 9, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jason Angus Lane and Zannie Mae Franklin Lane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald William Owens; son, Randy Douglas Owens; daughters-in...
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Charlotte Herron Butler

April 4, 1943 - December 31, 2016

Charlotte Herron Butler, age 73, of Morrow Motor Road, Forest City, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Sunday, April 4, 1943 in Bristol, Virginia, she was the daughter of late Archie Herron and Verda Dale Herron. Charlotte was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and was a servant to those she loved, helping family and...
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Pauline "Polly" Bailey

April 9, 1939 - December 27, 2016

Pauline "Polly" Bailey, age 77, of Piney Ridge Road, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at her residence. Born April 9, 1939 in Rutherford County, she was the only daughter of the late Wendell Johnson and Alice Coffey Johnson. She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1957 and a past member of Alexander Baptist Church. Polly worked for General Fireproofing...
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Nancy Ledford Byrd

November 14, 1949 - December 25, 2016

Nancy Ledford Byrd, age 67, of Spindale, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born November 14, 1949 in Cleveland County, she is the daughter of Jennie Tessenair Ledford who resides in Forest City and the late Hubert Adam Ledford. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1967 and also attended Isothermal Community College and...
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Rosie L. Hunt

March 5, 1926 - December 24, 2016

Rosie L. Hunt, age 90, of Bostic, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home of Forest City. Born March 5, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Arthur Blankenship and Florence Franklin Blankenship. Rosie worked in textiles for several years and was a homemaker. She was a long time member of the First Broad Baptist Church and took pleasure in...
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Leon M. Bailey

September 11, 1952 - December 23, 2016

Leon M. Bailey, age 64, of Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at his residence. Born September 11, 1952 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Pharis Matthew Bailey and Annie Florence Whitesides Bailey. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1970 and worked as a supervisor for Watts Regulator for many years. Leon loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed...
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Carl F. Kennedy

August 3, 1943 - December 21, 2016

Carl F. Kennedy, age 73, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his residence. Born August 3, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Buford Kennedy and Lola Gossett Kennedy. He received his Associates Degree from Isothermal Community College. Carl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post #74. He worked in...
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Roy G. Laws

July 19, 1950 - December 16, 2016

Roy G. Laws, age 66, of Spindale, died, Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born July 19, 1950 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Laverne Padgett Laws who resides in Henrietta and the late Troy Laws. Roy worked as a self-employed carpenter for most of his life and was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church of Bostic. He enjoyed writing poetry. In...
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Gerald "Buck" Barker

April 8, 1928 - December 16, 2016

Gerald "Buck" Barker, age 88, of Tanner Road, Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 8, 1928 in Gaston County, NC, he was a son to the late John Barker and Nancy Farmer Barker. He worked for Stonecutter Mill-Mill Spring Plant for over twenty-five years before retirement. Buck was a member of Green River Baptist Church and...
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Wayne Moore

August 25, 1942 - December 15, 2016

Wayne Moore, age 74, of Coffey Road, Forest City, died December 15, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born August 25, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son to Pauline Burnett Moore who resides in Forest City and to the late Paul Moore. He was truck driver most of his life and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death...
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James M. Toney

June 14, 1931 - December 14, 2016

James Monroe Toney, age 85, of Ellenboro, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Smith Phayer Hospice House in Landrum, South Carolina. Born June 14, 1931 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Arthur Toney and Nanny Earley Toney. He was a graduate of Sunshine High School, class of 1948 and veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. James worked for...
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Brenda Gosnell

June 15, 1947 - December 13, 2016

Brenda Gosnell, age 69, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at her residence. Born June 15, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Homer Smith and Margaret Lovelace Goode who resides in Mooresboro. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and worked in the delicatessen at Ingles Grocery for fifteen years. She attended Drury Dobbins...
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Walter "Pee Wee" Givens

August 21, 1945 - December 13, 2016

Walter "Pee Wee" Givens, age 71, of Forest City, died Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at his residence. Born August 21, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Thurman Givens and Pauline Poteat Givens. Walter served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Givens and two brothers, Bobby...
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Louise Sprouse

February 2, 1933 - December 13, 2016

Louise Sprouse, age 83, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 2, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the lat Joe Clark Frashier and Demmie Henson Frashier. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1951. Louise was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church where she served on the Food Committee. She...
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Teresa Cochran

December 24, 1945 - December 12, 2016

Teresa Dale Cochran, 70, of Forest City graduated to heaven to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. As a retired educator, Teresa was known by many from her years as a fifth grade teacher at Harris Elementary and prior years as a teacher's assistant at Proctor. Education was of great importance to Teresa. Her own education included graduation from Chase High School, a Bachelor's degree from...
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