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Jacqueline Smith Curtis

January 18, 1948 - May 24, 2015

Jacqueline Smith Curtis, age 67, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 18, 1948 in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Smith and Rose Lee Boles Smith. Jackie was a member of Campfield Memorial Baptist Church where she was active in the senior adults, children's ministry and sang in the choir. She was...
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Erma Ann Adkins Huskey

August 27, 1937 - May 23, 2015

Erma Ann Adkins Huskey, age 77, of Forest City, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at her residence. Born August 27, 1937 in Danville, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Clevis Columbus Adkins and Bertha Brown Adkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include her husband, Clyde Huskey; three daughters, Deborah...
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Jackie Young Walker

May 17, 1952 - May 22, 2015

Jackie Young Walker, age 63, of Ellenboro, died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 17, 1952 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Victor and Mae Walker. Jackie was a member of the Barn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Walker; and granddaughter, Brittany Walker. Survivors include his wife,...
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Opal Lewis Beaver

February 5, 1929 - May 18, 2015

Opal Lewis Beaver, age 86, of Forest City and resident of White Oak Manor died Monday 18, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 5, 1929 in Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late John Edwards and Agnes Lewis Edwards. Opal worked for Doncaster-Tanner for over thirty years and enjoyed traveling, crocheting and cooking for her family. She will always be known as a...
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Michael Daniel "Boone" Mabe

July 27, 1982 - May 14, 2015

Michael Daniel "Boone" Mabe, age 32, of Forest City, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born July 27, 1982 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Michael Mabe and Tammey Kimbrell Thompson. Michael worked as a welder for Boyd's Welding for several years and attended the Buffalo Baptist Church of Shelby. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and motorcycles and...
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Gene Morrow White, Sr.

June 6, 1938 - May 14, 2015

Gene Morrow White, Sr., 76, of Forest City, North Carolina went home to be with the Lord on May 14, 2015 at his home. Born June 6, 1938 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Howard White and Louise Byers White. Gene was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and owner and operator of C&W siding for twenty years. He was a beloved father to his children. He enjoyed his horses, cars, NASCAR...
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Nell Greene

March 21, 1930 - May 8, 2015

Nell Greene, age 85, of Henrietta, died on Friday, May 8, 2015 at her residence. Born March 21, 1930 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late John Callahan and Elisabeth Reavis Callahan. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1947 and worked for Burlington Mills for over twenty years before retirement. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Henrietta and...
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Revonda "Bunt" Conner

February 16, 1931 - May 4, 2015

Revonda "Bunt" Conner, age 84, of Forest City, being surrounded by her family and friends, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 4, 2015. She was born February 16, 1931 in Catawba County to the late Claude A. Deese and Annie Hall Deese. Prior to retirement, Revonda worked for the Tanner Company for thirty-two years. She also taught sewing classes at Isothermal Community College, which...
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Doris Conner McEntyre

March 15, 1934 - May 1, 2015

Doris McEntyre Conner, age 81, of Race Path Church Road, Ellenboro, died Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 15, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late John Spurlin and Lyna Turner Spurlin. Doris was a graduate of Ellenboro High School, class of 1951. She was a homemaker and also worked for Dover Mills for many years. She was a...
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Shirley Taylor

October 14, 1947 - April 25, 2015

Shirley Taylor, age 67, of Forest City, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at her residence. Born October 14, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Randolph and Lena Sidenstricker Randolph. She worked for Eaton-Aeroquip Corporation for many years and was a member of Forest Lake Baptist Church. She enjoyed collecting items and was an animal lover. In addition...
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Albert Lee McDaniel

September 12, 1936 - April 24, 2015

Albert Lee McDaniel, age 78, of Rutherfordton, died Friday, April 24, 2015 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born on September 12, 1936 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, he was a son of the late Bob Lee McDaniel and Ruby Nell Irvin McDaniel. Albert worked for Parton Lumber Company for over twenty-five years and was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman. In...
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Walter Rex Dale

February 23, 1941 - April 23, 2015

Walter Rex Dale, age 74, of Rutherfordton, died April 23, 2015 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born February 23, 1941 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the Milford and Lula Dale. He was a member of Danieltown Baptist Church. Rex is survived by his wife, Geraldine Dale; son, Chris Dale; daughter, Patricia Tuttle and husband Ricky; step-children, Roger Blackwell and wife (Karen),...
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Gary "Cat Man" Shehan

April 20, 1969 - April 16, 2015

Gary "Cat Man" Shehan, age 45, of Forest City, died April 16, 2015 at his residence. Born April 20, 1969 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Betty Wishion. He worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant and had attended the First Baptist Church of Spindale. His life's enjoyment was riding his scooter. Gary is survived by his step-father, Boyce Wishion of Forest City; two sisters...
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Gerald Wright

February 3, 1932 - April 15, 2015

Gerald Wright, age 83, of Spindale, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Hospice House of Forest City. Born February 3, 1932 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Robert Hyden Wright and Dolores Kiser Wright. Gerald worked for Exxon Oil Company as a truck driver for thirty-three years and for Hardin's Trucking for many years. He was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church and...
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Ada Radford Dysart

January 5, 1929 - April 12, 2015

Ada Radford Dysart, age 86, of Caroleen, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center. Born January 5, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Horace Radford and Florence Butler Radford. Ada worked for Cone Mills for several years and then for AGI manufacturing for twenty-years before retirement. She enjoyed woodworking and craft work, but most of...
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Donald D. Bradley

January 28, 1982 - April 9, 2015

Donald D. Bradley, age 33, of Forest City, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his residence. Born January 28, 1982 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Donald Dalton of Forest City and Debra Sexton Solon of Rutherfordton. He worked most of his life in the logging industry and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Donald also was an avid history buff. He was preceded in death by his step-dad,...
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Jerry C. Padgett

May 29, 1936 - April 8, 2015

Jerry C. Padgett, age 78, of Ferry Road, Forest City, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born May 29, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Clark Hal Padgett and Eva Pearl Calton Padgett. Jerry worked for Cone Mills-Avondale Plant for over fifty years and was a member of Avondale United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors which included...
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Charlie Higgins

December 5, 1940 - April 6, 2015

Charlie Higgins, age 74, of Forest City, died Monday, April 6, 2015 at his residence after an extended illness. Born December 5, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Arthur Higgins and Dovie Marie Mayse Higgins. He was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1961 and a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served our country honorably in the U.S. Army. He was a...
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Judy Kay Watson

September 12, 1943 - April 4, 2015

Judy Kay Watson, age 71, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born September 12, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Bryson Henderson and Gladys Roach Henderson. She worked for Carolina Community Care and Rutherford Hospital in home health care for many years. Judy also worked in textiles as a seamstress. She attended Spindale...
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Billy Terry

July 30, 1956 - April 4, 2015

Billy Terry, age 58, of Old Hollis Road, Ellenboro, died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 30, 1956 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late William Terry and Sue Shires Terry. Billy owned and operated the Southside Motor Company for thirty-one years. He was a member of the Hollis Masonic Lodge #535 and the Robertson Creek Free Will Baptist...
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Fidel Perales Balleza

March 23, 1963 - March 31, 2015

Fidel Perales Balleza, age 52, of Concord, NC, died March 31, 2015. He was born in Mexico on March 23, 1963 to the late Filberto Perales Rodriguez and Adelinda Balleza who resides in Mexico. He was a welder and worked for Appling-Boring for over twenty years and enjoyed traveling, hard work and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Cash Balleza; step-daughter, Raven Champion...
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Martha Wright Cash

June 30, 1939 - March 30, 2015

Martha Wright Cash, age 75, of Mountain View Drive, Forest City, died Monday, March 30, 2015 at her residence. Born June 30, 1939, she was the widow, after fifty-six years of marriage, of the late Glenn Cash and a daughter of the late Hyden Wright and Dolores Kiser Wright. Martha was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1957 and worked in textiles for over forty years. Martha...
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Stevie D. Wells

June 9, 1963 - March 29, 2015

Stevie D. Wells, age 51, of Brooklyn Road, Forest City, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 9, 1963 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was the son of the late Lou Wells and Carolyn F. Walker. He was a graduate of Broom High School, class of 1982 and was an over the road truck driver for many years. Stevie was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed...
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William "Bill" McEowen

July 25, 1940 - March 25, 2015

William "Bill" McEowen, age 74, of Forest City, North Carolina and Venice, Florida, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 25, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Roy W. McEowen and Elsie Lape McEowen. Bill was a crop and cattle farmer for many years in Greenville, Ohio and owned and operated Banco Welding in Sarasota, Florida. He also...
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Wallace "Wally" Mode

July 24, 1950 - March 25, 2015

Wallace "Wally" Mode, age 64, of Bostic, NC, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Born July 24, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Thomas Mode and Fannie Rome Mode. Wally was a welder and worked for Foothills Mobile Homes for many years. He also worked as a pipefitter for Exxon Oil Company for several years. He was of the Baptist Faith. Wally enjoyed bartering and...
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Lois Doty Waters

June 17, 1926 - March 25, 2015

Lois Doty Waters, age 88, formerly of Harmon Street, Forest City, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Willow Ridge Nursing Rehab and Living Center. Born June 17, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Columbus Mills Doty and Lillie Norvel Doty. She was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, class of 1943 and worked for Dover Textiles for many years. Lois was a member of...
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Susan Terry Kennedy

November 3, 1957 - March 24, 2015

Susan Terry Kennedy, age 57, of Oakland Road, Forest City, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville. Born November 3, 1957 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Bill Terry and Sue Shires Terry. Susan was a graduate of Isothermal Community College and worked for PPG Industries for many years. She also worked for Absorba Manufacturing for several...
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Tom Tipton

February 18, 1941 - March 22, 2015

Tom Tipton, age 74, of Wilson Drive, Forest City, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at his residence. Born February 18, 1941 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Gaston Tipton and Mamie Grant Tipton. Tom worked as a welder for Daniel Construction for many years and as a pipefitter for Duke Energy for several years. He was of the Baptist Faith and was an avid North Carolina Tar Heel and...
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Betty Lou Lange

January 5, 1946 - March 21, 2015

Betty Lou Lange, age 69, of Forest City, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on January 5, 1946 in Pontiac, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Burt Ancel and Genevieve Powell Ancel. Betty worked as a department manager for Wal-Mart for over thirteen years and was a member of Green Hill Baptist Church. She was known as a caring, compassionate...
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Marvin Jackson Scoggins

February 18, 1917 - March 20, 2015

Marvin Jackson Scoggins, age 98, of Forest City, died Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 18, 1917 in Savannah, Georgia, he was the son of the late Samuel Jefferson Scoggins and Mary Elizabeth Strickland Scoggins . In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Scoggins; 11 brothers and 4 sisters. Survivors...
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Dan "Boweevil" Harris, Sr.

September 4, 1943 - March 16, 2015

Dan "Boweevil" Harris, Sr., age 71, of Newton Cole Road, Forest City, died March 16, 2015 at his residence. Born September 4, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Ralph Forrest Harris and Annie Lee Crotts Harris. Dan served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and worked for Mastercraft and Cone Jacquard as a supervisor for many years. He was a member of Harris First...
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Emma Irene Buckner

October 13, 1931 - March 16, 2015

Emma Irene Buckner, age 83, of Richland Drive, Forest City, NC, died Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 13, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Marion D.M. Buckner and Mattie Bradburn Buckner. Emma worked for Roses Department Store in Marion for seventeen years and as a CNA for Edgewood and Hillcrest Nursing Homes. She was...
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Charles "Dan" Wall

November 20, 1938 - March 15, 2015

Charles "Dan" Wall, age 76, of Oak Forest Drive, Forest City, died Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born November 20, 1938 in York County, SC, he was the son of the late Charles Gordon Wall and Zelma Michael Wall. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1956 and attended Gardner-Webb University. Dan was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked for...
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Mary Jane Graeff Lowdermilk

November 29, 1950 - March 13, 2015

Mary Jane Graeff Lowdermilk of Rutherfordton, age 64, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. Born November 29, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri, she was a daughter to Duane Robert Graeff and the late Mary Nora Collier Graeff. She was a homemaker who was devoted to her family and enjoyed flower gardening, working puzzles and reading. Mary was full of love for her family...
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Godfrey Lamar Perryman

May 12, 1929 - March 13, 2015

Godfrey Lamar Perryman, age 85, of West End, NC, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Henderson Care. Born May 12, 1929 in Benevolence, Georgia, he was a son of the late Godfrey Perryman and Frances Benion Perryman. He worked as a tool distributor for Daniel Construction for many years. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Reynolds of West End, GA. Mr. Perryman will be buried in the...
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Evelyn Beason

May 7, 1941 - March 11, 2015

Evelyn Beason, age 73, of Ferry Road, Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born May 7, 1941 in Wake County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Sherman and Ima Jones. She worked for Cone Mills for many years and was an on the road truck driver for Century Furniture and the owner and operator of the Tender Loving Care Day Care Center. Evelyn was...
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Martha "Lib" Tate

April 7, 1927 - March 9, 2015

Martha "Lib" Tate, age 87, of Morrow Motor Road, Forest City, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at Oak Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 7, 1927 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Grady S. Crawley and Celia Ledbetter Crawley. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1945 and a homemaker. She was a faithful member of Floyd's Creek Baptist Church and served...
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Jeff "Jabo" Kimbrell

June 17, 1967 - March 5, 2015

Jeff "Jabo" Kimbrell, age 47, of Forest City, NC, died March 5, 2015. Born June 17, 1967 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the James E. Kimbrell, Sr. and the late Juanita T. Kimbrell. Jeff worked for Avondale Mill for many years and for Forest City Diner for several years. As a carpenter, he worked for All-American Homes and Blue Ridge Log Cabins most recently. He was known as a "Jack...
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Nancy "Shirley" Browning

September 12, 1938 - March 4, 2015

Nancy "Shirley" Browning, age 76, of Gastonia, NC, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Forest City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 12, 1938 in Franklin County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Furman Davis and Clara Mae Fisher Davis. She was a graduate of Liverpool High School and attended Kings College. Nancy worked for Pharr Yarns for thirty-three years before her...
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Cordie Huntsinger Skipper

February 22, 1924 - March 4, 2015

Cordie Huntsinger Skipper, age 91, of Cleghorn Mill Road, Rutherfordton, NC, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 22, 1924 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Huntsinger and Maudie Joe Holland Huntsinger. Cordie was a homemaker and caretaker who enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, cooking and sewing. She attended Forest City...
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Maurice "Chocolate" Huskey

April 1, 1924 - March 3, 2015

Maurice "Chocolate" Huskey, age 90, of Oak Forest Drive, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 1, 1924 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Edgar Wakefield Huskey and Berdie Burnett Huskey. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1947 and served in the U.S. Army/Air Force during World War II. Maurice worked...
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Robert Willard Harris

August 19, 1930 - March 3, 2015

Robert Willard Harris, 84, of Forest City, entered heaven on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Robert was the son of the late Wade and Roberta Harris. In addition to his parents, his brother; Donald Harris; his sisters Elsie Harris, Aldaree Harris, Vera Kimbrell, and Vivian Blanton; his first wife Lillian Harris and infant son Ronnie Michael Harris; his second wife Gwendolyn Harris, preceded him in death...
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Morris Ray Stacey

July 29, 1949 - March 1, 2015

Morris Ray Stacey, age 65, of Forest City, passed away on March 1, 2015 at Nana's Assisted Living. Born July 29, 1949 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Albert and Bernie Stacey. He is survived by his children, Martina Spencer, Dustin Stacey, Tylor Stacey; brother, Steve Stacey; twin brother, Norris Stacey and wife Karen; sisters, Cynthia Heffner and husband Mike,...
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Charles "Booster" Fowler

July 20, 1936 - February 25, 2015

Charles "Booster" Fowler, age 78, of Hollis Road, Ellenboro, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 25, 2015. Born July 20, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Hollis and Lora Fowler. He worked many years for Fiber Industries and Henrietta/Burlington Industries. He retired from Baxter Healthcare and for the past ten years has worked for Puzzle Creek Battery...
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Roy Greene

July 31, 1963 - February 24, 2015

Roy Greene, age 51, of Cleghorn Street, Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 31, 1963 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Memory Greene and Vader Nanney Greene. He worked for Broyhill Furniture for many years and was a longtime member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. He enjoyed working on the computer and singing....
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J.C. Gossett

August 6, 1930 - February 23, 2015

John Cleveland "J.C." Gossett, Sr., 84, of Mooresboro entered into his heavenly home on Monday, February 23, 2015. J.C. was the son of the late Frederich and Lula Cash Gossett. In addition to his parents, his brothers; Howard Gossett and Dewey Gossett; his sisters Mary Spakes and Avis Walker; his son, James Michael Gossett; and his great-granddaughter, Jasmin Gossett, preceded him in...
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Butch Johnson

November 2, 1950 - February 17, 2015

Butch Johnson, age 64, of Henrietta, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at his residence. Born November 2, 1950 in Henderson County, NC, he was a son of the late Leon Johnson and Nancy Stringer Moore. He was a graduate of R-S Central High School; class of 1968 and Isothermal Community College. Butch was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Vietnam War. Butch worked for Cone Mills for...
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Del "Bill" Rollins

July 11, 1937 - February 15, 2015

Del "Bill" Rollins, age 77, of Rutherfordton, died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 11, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late D.C. Rollins and Vesta Henderson Rollins. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and US Army, having served during two tours of duty in Vietnam. Del was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart and...
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Barbara E. Champion

July 9, 1946 - February 9, 2015

Barbara E. Champion, age 68, of Kings Drive, Forest City, died Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 9, 1946 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Julius McMurry and Mary Estelle Watson McMurry. She was a graduate of RS-Central, class of 1965 and a member of West Point Baptist Church. Barbara worked for Burlington Industries for many...
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Ronald Lee Pearson

October 18, 1943 - February 8, 2015

Ronald Lee "Little Winkie" Pearson, 71, of Cliffside entered his eternal home after a brief illness at Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg SC. He was a son of the late Willie Lee "Winkie" and Hattie Hawkins Pearson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Linda Pearson Conner and Earnesteen "Teeny" Pearson Barnes; brother-in-law John Wayne "JW" Barnes...
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Sara Phillips Lawing

July 16, 1926 - February 7, 2015

Sara Phillips Lawing, age 88, of Old Henrietta Road, Forest City, died Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 16, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late R. W. Phillips and Emily Allen Phillips. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sara was the co-founder and president...
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Betty Lou Gour

March 21, 1934 - February 7, 2015

Betty Lou Bentz Gour, age 80, of Forest City, NC died Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 21, 1934 in Somerset County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Bentz and Mary Stahl Bentz. Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Hudgins of Forest City; two grandchildren, Miranda Hudgins and fiancé Joshua Dixon of Forest City, Sgt. Brandon...
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Athelene J. Rice

June 15, 1940 - February 2, 2015

Athelene J. Rice, age 74, of Henrietta, died Monday, February 2, 2015 at her residence. Born June 15, 1940 in Madison County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Porter Johnson and Maggie Fender Johnson. She attended Foster Creek School in Madison County, which was a one schoolhouse and worked in Asheville for S & W Cafeteria as a hostess for many years and as a cashier for Richard's Burgers...
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Buddy Lee Dobbins

March 7, 1936 - January 29, 2015

Buddy Lee Dobbins, age 78, of Forest City, died Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his residence. Born March 7, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Odell Dobbins and Lois Kimbrell Dobbins. He was veteran of the US Navy and worked as a carpenter for E.S. Walker Construction for twenty-six years. Buddy was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and was a retired board member or...
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David Scoggins

August 15, 1960 - January 29, 2015

David Scoggins, age 54, of Caroleen, died Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his residence. Born August 15, 1960 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Beauford Scoggins and Mamie Queen Scoggins. David worked in textiles for many years, having worked for National Textiles and Mastercraft. He was a faithful member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church and loved his dog, "Little...
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Thomas Paxton Johnson

March 4, 1947 - January 27, 2015

Thomas Paxton Johnson, age 67, of Cove Road, Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at his residence. Born March 4, 1947 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Robert Kelly Johnson and Gennie V. Earwood Johnson. He was a graduate of East High School, class of 1965 and a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the United States Marine Corps. Thomas worked as a custodian...
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Frances Radford

June 8, 1936 - January 21, 2015

Frances Radford, age 78, of Forest City, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 8, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Virgil Harris and Ethel Moore Harris. Frances worked at Cone Mills-Haynes Plant for many years and a member of the Rutherford County Traffic & Crime Control Unit for...
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U.S. Navy Lt. Commander James Robert Ruppe (Retired)

May 30, 1930 - January 20, 2015

U.S. Navy Lt. Commander James (Retired) Robert Ruppe, age 84, of Rutherfordton, died, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 30, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Ralph R. Ruppe and Beulah Mae Dobbins Ruppe. James was a Korean War Veteran, having loyally served in the U.S. Navy for twenty-three years, retiring with the rank of Lt....
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Janie Bell White

May 6, 1920 - January 20, 2015

There was a great reunion in Heaven the morning of January 20, 2015 when Janie Bell Branch White was welcomed by her Lord and Savior. Born on May 6, 1920, Janie was 94 years old and the last surviving child of Ester Buchanan Branch and Charles Wesley Branch. She was preceded in death by her five brothers, Ray, Ralph, Elmer, Paul and Leonard Branch and two sisters, Laura Jane Queen and...
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Cora Lee Baynard

January 24, 1944 - January 19, 2015

Cora Lee Baynard, age 70, of Augusta, Georgia, died Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Born January 24, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Barney Teseniar and Dolly McKinney Teseniar. Cora was a member of the Sherwood Baptist Church and served as the Nursery Director for many years. She enjoyed bowling, yard work...
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Linda Claudette Miller

August 5, 1934 - January 18, 2015

Linda Claudette Miller, age 80, of Rutherfordton, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Spartanburg Regional. Born August 5, 1934 in Washington Heights, NY, she was the daughter of the late Arnie Fridstrom and Winifred Jarvis Fridstrom. Linda dedicated her life to raising her seven sons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Loretta Tantillo. Survivors...
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Gregory Howard Hardin

July 17, 1950 - January 14, 2015

Gregory Howard Hardin, age 64, of Mooresboro, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 17, 1950 in Rutherford County, he is a son of Reverend Howard Hardin who resides in Rutherfordton and the late Hazel Kennedy Hardin. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1968 and worked several years as an independent truck driver for Buel Trucking...
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Paul Robert Gowan

January 29, 1934 - January 14, 2015

Paul Robert Gowan, age 80, of Verdery Street, Harris, NC, died January 14, 2015 at his residence. Born January 29, 1934 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Wallace D. Gowan and Dullie Gilbert Gowan. He worked in textiles most of his life and retired from J.H. Montgomery Mills of Chesnee. Paul was a faithful member and former deacon of New Bethel Baptist Church and enjoyed...
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Charles "Wink" Horton

June 2, 1930 - January 13, 2015

Charles "Wink" Horton, age 84, of Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Oak Grove Nursing Center. Born June 2, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was as son of the late Clyde Pannell Horton and Sarah Green Horton. He was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War. Charles worked Stonecutter Mill for over thirty-nine years before his retirement and was a member of Cedar...
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Julio Alberto Guardado

January 11, 1965 - January 11, 2015

Julio Alberto Guardado, age 50, of Union Mills, died January 11, 2015 at his residence. Born January 11, 1965 in Managua Nicaragua, he was a son of Julio L. Guardado and Margarita Rodriguez Guardado. Julio worked for Mako Marine Manufacturing for several years and most recently for the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Shelby. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic...
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Kevin Scott Brackett

September 27, 1989 - January 10, 2015

Kevin Scott Brackett, age 25, of Golden Valley, died January 10, 2015 at his residence. Kevin was born at home, in Rutherford County, to Angie Young and Scott Eric Brackett. He worked for Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery and was a member of First Broad Baptist Church. Kevin's landscaping interest included growing Bonsai Trees and he also enjoyed fishing. He was always known for his big heart...
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Judy Faye Cogdell

December 29, 1949 - January 10, 2015

Judy Faye Cogdell, age 65, of Forest City, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at her residence. Born December 29, 1949 in Cherokee County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Oscar Lee Cogdell and Nancy Hoyle Cogdell. Judy worked in various industries for many years, which included home health care. She was a member of Chimney Rock Baptist Church and enjoyed playing Bingo. In addition to...
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Mitchell "Mickey" Stanley

April 11, 1955 - January 8, 2015

Mitchell "Mickey" Stanley, age 59, of Apple Barrel Lane, Forest City, died Thursday, January 8, 2015. Born April 11, 1955 in Roanoke, Virginia, he was a son of the late Harry Richard Stanley, Sr. and Anna Marie Tolley Stanley. Mitchell was a graduate of James River High School, class of 1973 and worked for Cone Mills-Florence Plant for many years. He was also employed by Boyd-Lutz...
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Constantino Arrieta-Salgado

December 30, 1947 - January 4, 2015

Constantino Arrieta-Salgado, age 67, of Willow Run Drive, Forest City, died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 30, 1947 in Pololcingo, Mexico, he was a son of the late Julian Arrieta and Sinforosa Salgado Arrieta. Constantino worked as a cook for the El Mariachi Restaurant in Largo, Florida for many years and was a member of the Immaculate...
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Gladys H. England

September 7, 1929 - December 31, 2014

Gladys H. England, age 85, of Forest City, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Forest City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 7, 1929 in Polk County, she was a daughter of the late Collett Hodge and Martha Ann Gibbs Hodge. Gladys was a graduate of Union Mills High School and a homemaker. She was a member of Forest Lake Baptist Church and especially enjoyed spending time with...
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Rita Fletcher

September 8, 1958 - December 29, 2014

Rita Fletcher, age 56, of Forest City, died Monday, December 29, 2014 at her residence. Born September 8, 1958 in Spartanburg County, she was a daughter to the late William Carl Martin and Grace Stacy Martin. Rita worked for Reeves Brothers Mill for many years and Watts Regulator for several years. She also enjoyed working as a Karaoke Disc Jockey at several local venues. She loved music,...
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Perry Isaac Hutchins

September 1, 1946 - December 25, 2014

Perry Isaac Hutchins, age 68, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 1, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Tildon Hutchins and Mary Getty Hutchins. Perry worked for Stonecutter Mills and General Fireproofing for several years and then worked with his wife as a house parent for the Baptist Children's Home in...
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Howard T. Emory

March 4, 1930 - December 24, 2014

Howard T. Emory, age 84, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at his residence. Born March 4, 1930 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son of the late Vernon Emory and Esmer Hawkins Emory. Howard served in the US Army during the Korean War. In his earlier days, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed watching Westerns, working on word search puzzles and...
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Lawrence Keever

March 6, 1943 - December 23, 2014

Lawrence Keever, age 71, of Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at his residence. Born March 6, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Jesse Fidel Keever and Myrtle Susan Smith Keever. Lawrence worked as a truck driver for Thompson Contractors most of his life and enjoyed driving race cars and watching NASCAR. He was of the Baptist Faith. In addition to his...
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Margie Lee Crump Hamrick

February 8, 1931 - December 22, 2014

Margie Lee Crump Hamrick, age 83, of Morrow Motor Road, Forest City, died Monday, December 22, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 8, 1931 in Mecklenburg County, she was a daughter to the late Harvey and Virginia Crump. Margie was a homemaker and a longtime member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She enjoyed her church family and loved travelling with the Senior group...
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Colleen Pate Allison

August 19, 1928 - December 17, 2014

Colleen Pate Allison, age 86, of Forest City, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Forest City Health & Rehabilitation Center. Born August 19, 1928 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter to the late B. C. Pate and Carrie Flynn Pate. Colleen was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1945 and worked for Cone Mills and General Fireproofing Industries for several years. She was of...
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Mary Hughes McCurry

February 24, 1919 - December 14, 2014

Mary Hughes McCurry, age 95, of Ellenboro, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born February 24, 1919 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Elsberry Hughes and Mary Ramoth Hawkins Hughes. Mary was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1936 and worked at the Henrietta and Avondale Mills. Though she worked in textiles for some...
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Beatrice C. Pace

May 7, 1925 - December 13, 2014

Beatrice C. Pace, age 89, of Forest City, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Willow Ridge Healthcare Center. Born May 7, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd Alfred Cannon and Elizabeth Baynard Cannon. Beatrice worked for Burlington Industries-Caroleen Plant most of her life and was the oldest living lady member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She enjoyed...
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Max Lee Smith

June 22, 1935 - December 11, 2014

Max Lee Smith, age 79, of Spindale, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at his residence. Born June 22, 1935 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Richard Lee Smith and Gertrude Nicholson Smith. He was a veteran of the U.S Army and the U.S. Air Force and worked as a truck driver most of his life. He was a past member of Providence United Methodist Church. Max enjoyed working in...
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Aaron Crawford

August 5, 1990 - December 10, 2014

Aaron Crawford, age 24, of Rutherfordton, died December 10, 2014. Born August 5, 1990 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Tammy Crawford of Rutherfordton and David Crawford of Spartanburg, SC. Aaron worked as a maintenance technician for Mid-Atlantic Boilers for several years and for Ed Pallets World. He had attended Holly Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, listening to music...
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Katelynn "KK" Michelle Gowan

February 12, 2008 - December 9, 2014

Katelynn "KK" Michelle Gowan, age 6, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born February 12, 2008 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of Sonya Gowan Tate and Tony Gowan. Katelynn was a first grader at Polk Central Elementary School and had a way of touching the heart of all who knew her. Her happy and loving spirit was contagious....
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Carolyn Edgerton Gordon

October 31, 1940 - December 8, 2014

Carolyn Edgerton Gordon, age 74, of Rutherfordton, died December 8, 2014 at Oak Grove Healthcare Center. Born October 31, 1940 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Nathan Wilbur Edgerton and Glendolyn Geer Edgerton. Carolyn and her late husband, Dean, were co-owners of Deans Produce Market for twenty-three years and she also worked as a private caretaker for the elderly for...
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Ellizabeth "Lib" Wood Turner

March 16, 1937 - December 3, 2014

Elizabeth "Lib" Wood Turner, age 77, of Caroleen, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born March 16, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late George Timmons Wood and Gertrude Short Wood. Lib worked for Avondale Mill for many years and was a homemaker. She enjoyed working puzzles and loved taking care of her grandchildren. She was a member...
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James "Junior" Garrett

September 2, 1932 - December 1, 2014

James "Junior" Garrett, age 82, of Cullowhee, NC, died Monday, December 1, 2014 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Home in Shelby. Born September 2, 1932 in Anderson County, SC, he was a son of the late James Arthur Garrett, Sr. and Elvie Bryson Corn. James worked in construction as a finish carpenter most of his life and was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed gardening and fishing. In...
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Mary Lou Humphries

July 24, 1925 - December 1, 2014

Mary Lou Humphries, age 89, of McSwain Road, Forest City, died Monday, December 1, 2014. Born July 24, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ben Tilman Lowery and Effie Putman Lowery. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1942 and worked for Hoechst-Celanese for almost twenty-five years and was an assistant at Rutherford Life Services for several years before...
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Paulela Dill Harrill

May 19, 1929 - November 30, 2014

Paulela Dill Harrill, age 85, of Forest City, died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the Willow Ridge Nursing Center. Born May 19, 1929 in Greer, SC, she was a daughter to the late Francis Edgar Dill and Stella Corn Dill. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1947. Paulela worked for Stonecutter Mill for several years and was the cafeteria manager at Caroleen Elementary School until...
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Bill Bright

March 28, 1936 - November 25, 2014

Bill Bright, age 78, of Forest City, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his residence. Born March 28, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late I. A. Bright and Lishey Byers Bright. He worked for Bright's Moving and Storage for many years and was a Baptist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, James, Wilbert, Russell, Glenn, Dean, Bob...
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Bobby Dean Bryant

August 2, 1942 - November 25, 2014

Bobby Dean Bryant, age 72, of State Line Road, Mooresboro, died November 25, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 2, 1942 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Thomas Matthew Bryant and Lishey Kennedy Bryant. Bobby was a graduate of Chase High School, the first graduating class of 1960 and served in the Army National Guard for several years. He worked as a...
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Inez B. Sims

October 7, 1928 - November 24, 2014

Inez B. Sims, age 86, of Spindale, died Monday, November 24, 2014 at her residence. Born October 7, 1928 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Monroe Adams and Minnie Hill Adams. She worked as a caterer for Marriott Food Service for many years and also worked at Southern Devices Industries. She most recently was the secretary for the Forest City Senior Center and worked for the...
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Velvia Calhoun Jenkins

August 9, 1917 - November 22, 2014

Velvia Calhoun Jenkins, age 97, of Forest City, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Forest City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born August 9, 1917 in Alpharetta, Georgia, she was a daughter to the late Lewis Tillman Calhoun and Elley Mae Shepherd Calhoun. Velvia worked for several years at Stonecutter Mill and Skyland Mill as a press operator, but her primary calling was being a...
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William "Bill" Bridges

June 15, 1935 - November 21, 2014

William "Bill" Bridges, age 79, of Shelby, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at his residence. Born June 15, 1935 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late William E. Bridges and Vernie Dycus Bridges. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War Era and also served in the Naval Reserve and Army National Guard for several years. He worked for Hoechst-Celanese and Sara Lee Industries...
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Gracie D. Padgett

July 12, 1958 - November 18, 2014

Gracie D. Padgett, age 56, of Bostic, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 12, 1958 in Tennessee, she was a daughter to the late Clarence Scott and Lillian Sexton Scott. Gracie was a graduate of Franklin High School and also received a two year degree from ICC. She worked for Watts Water Technologies for twenty-nine years as a cost...
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Christina Diane Queen

September 10, 1991 - November 13, 2014

Christina Diane Queen, age 23, of Henrietta passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014 at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill. Born September 10, 1991 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Angela Craig Hudson and Hank Queen. Christina was a 2010 graduate of Chase High School and attended Isothermal Community College. Christina was a member of Faith Praise and Worship Center in Forest City. ...
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Robert Paul Kennedy

April 24, 1939 - November 10, 2014

Robert Paul Kennedy, age 75, of Ellenboro, died Monday, November 10, 2014 at his residence. Born April 24, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Paul M. Kennedy and Ollie Grant Kennedy. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. He owned and operated a rug mill for many years and worked in textiles as an equipment repair...
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C. Clayton Worley

July 12, 1938 - November 9, 2014

C. Clayton Worley, age 76, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 12, 1938 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Charlie Bowman Worley and Vallaree Biggerstaff Worley. Clayton worked for Stonecutter Mills for several years and was an over the road truck driver for thirty-eight years, working for Akers Trucking, McLean...
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Reba Ann Dills Biggerstaff

March 11, 1944 - November 6, 2014

Reba Ann Dills Biggerstaff, age 70, of Spindale, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 11, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Jimmy and Maggie Vess Dills. Reba was a 1962 graduate of Chase High School and was an inspector in the textile industry. She loved crafts and painting and was a member of Sisk Memorial Missionary Methodist Church. ...
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Shirley Greene Fish

February 25, 1943 - November 5, 2014

Shirley Greene Fish, age 71, of Forest City, died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 25, 1943, she was a daughter of the late James Greene and Rosalee Hunsinger Greene. Shirley was a homemaker who loved to spend time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Fish; son, Timothy...
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Ann Owensby

June 18, 1950 - November 1, 2014

Ann Owensby of Rutherfordton passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County, she was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1969 and a member of Gray's Creek Baptist Church. Ann worked as a dispatcher for the Forest City Police Department for many years and was an avid golfer. She also enjoyed travelling, flower...
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Janie Lancaster

December 6, 1954 - October 31, 2014

Janie Lancaster, age 59, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, October 31, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 6, 1954 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jessie Lancaster and Ollie Mae Dills Lancaster. Janie was a homemaker and a talented artist. Her artistic creativity centered on paintings of all genre, folk art and crafts. She also enjoyed...
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Paul Limerick

May 19, 1956 - October 30, 2014

Paul Limerick, age 58, of Forest City, died Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 19, 1956 in Kingsport, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Phyllis Jones Limerick. Paul worked as a carpenter most of his life and enjoyed fishing. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his adopted father, Thomas Limerick and one brother...
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