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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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Roger D. Jones

July 30, 1953 - December 11, 2016

Roger Dale Jones, age 63, of Thomasville, NC, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center. Born July 30, 1953 in Horry County, SC, he was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson Jones and Virginia Elvis Jones. Roger worked as a tour guide in Pigeon Forge for fifteen years. He enjoyed watching pro-wrestling and was an avid fisherman. In addition to his...
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John D. Poole

November 25, 1961 - December 10, 2016

John D. Poole, age 55, of the Shiloh Community, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg. Born November 25, 1961 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to the late David Poole and to Vernie Blackwell Poole who resides in Henrietta. He was truck driver and a faithful employee for Truck Service Incorporated for twenty-five years. John enjoyed working on...
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Michael A. Bradley

November 28, 1967 - December 9, 2016

Michael A. Bradley, age 49, of Chesnee, SC, died Friday, December 9, 2016 at his residence. Born November 28, 1967 in Neptune County, New Jersey, he is the son of Johnny Bradley, Sr. of Forest City and Mary Bradley VanDeventer of Dietrich, Illinois. Michael drove a Taxi for the Yellow Cab Company in Asheville for many years. He was also well known in this area for his cooking skills and...
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Jane Harris Campfield

September 11, 1944 - December 9, 2016

Jane Harris Campfield, age 72, of Tanners Grove Road, Forest City, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Holly Springs Rest Home. Born September 11, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ralph Harris and Annie Lee Crotts Harris Callahan. She was a graduate of Easton High School in Maryland and worked in textiles most of her life before retirement. Jane was a...
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Robert "Alvin" Frady

April 22, 1948 - December 8, 2016

Robert "Alvin" Frady, age 68, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 22, 1948 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Robert Frady and Velvia Arrowood Frady Jones. Alvin retired from Duke Power and was a member of Prospect Baptist Church. He enjoyed restoring old cars, fishing, going to the lake and was known...
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Wilma Henderson Jones

May 16, 1932 - December 8, 2016

Wilma Henderson Jones, age 84, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at her residence. Born Monday, May 16, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Johnny Bryson Henderson and Ora Gladys Roach Henderson. Wilma was a member of Robertson Creek Free Will Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Taylor...
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Larry "Barry" Self

August 26, 1948 - December 6, 2016

Free Obituary for: Larry "Barry" Self Larry "Barry" Self, age 68, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born August 26, 1948 in Lincoln County, NC, he was a son to the late Earl Hoover Self and Mary Lucille Reinhardt Self. He worked for Asplundh Tree Service and Thompson Contractors Inc. for many years. Larry was an avid...
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Elizabeth Smith Cartee

June 25, 1929 - December 6, 2016

Elizabeth Smith Cartee, age 87, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 25, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie E. Smith and Lottie Bivens Smith. She worked in the textile industry for forty years and later as a car transporter. Elizabeth was a member of Green Hill Baptist Church. She...
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Valessa Marisol Martinez Galvan

December 3, 2016 - December 3, 2016

Valessa Marisol Martinez Galvan of Forest City, infant daughter of Chelsea Leigh Martinez and Valentin Galvan entered into God's presence on December 3, 2016 at the CaroMont Health Center in Gastonia. She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Gloria Smith and Gregorio and Hilaria Martinez and paternal great-grandfather, Lorenzo Galvan. In addition to her parents,...
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Michael Hoyle

March 6, 1960 - December 3, 2016

Michael Hoyle, age 56, of W.V. Thompson Road, Rutherfordton, died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 6, 1960 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Barbara Ann Reynolds. He was a graduate of Chesnee High School, class of 1979 and worked at John H. Montgomery Mill for twenty years. Michael also worked for Mastercraft for several years and...
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Alan Luckadoo

July 19, 1953 - November 29, 2016

Alan Luckadoo, age 63, of Ellenboro, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Wendover Hospice House in Shelby. Born Sunday, July 19, 1953 in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Joyce Condrey Luckadoo and C. Paul Luckadoo who resides in Ellenboro. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1972 and a member of Race Path Baptist Church. Alan was a welder and...
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Julie Millis Yelton

July 29, 1958 - November 29, 2016

Julie Millis Yelton, age 58, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born Tuesday, July 29, 1958 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Earl Bradley Millis and Betty Dills Millis. She worked in various positions for Rutherford Hospital for over ten years and was the owner and operator of the Rosey Lane Boarding Kennels...
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A.D. Burgess

June 22, 1946 - November 25, 2016

A.D. Burgess, age 70, of Forest City, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at his residence. Born Saturday, June 22, 1946 in Polk County, he was a son to the late Theodore Roosevelt Burgess and Mary Willis Skipper Burgess. He proudly served our country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans #25, American Legion Post #423 and the Rutherford County...
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Willis "Slim" Shew

December 28, 1939 - November 25, 2016

Willis "Slim" Shew, age 76, of Race Path Church Road, Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Oak Grove Nursing Center. Born Thursday, December 28, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lester Shew and Francis Greene Shew. He worked for Hoechst Celanese-Spartanburg Plant for over thirty years before retiring. Willis was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing...
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Mary D. Padgett

July 20, 1931 - November 25, 2016

Mary D. Padgett, age 85, of Goodes Creek Road, Mooresboro, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home in Forest City. Born on Monday, July 20, 1931 in Cleveland County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Vess Deaton and Inez Greene Deaton. She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. Mary also enjoyed sewing for the family. She was of the Baptist Faith...
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Rockfort C. Goode

December 4, 1927 - November 24, 2016

Free Obituary for: Rockfort C. Goode Rockfort C. Goode, age 88, of Holland Street, Forest City, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born of Sunday, December 4, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the Robert Lee Goode and Addie Lee Van Dyke Goode. He worked in textiles for many years, having worked for Fieldcrest, General...
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Mary Ann Worley

November 21, 1947 - November 21, 2016

Mary Ann Worley, age 69, of Tryon, NC, died November 21, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Friday, November 21, 1947 in Haywood County, she was a daughter to the late Pearson Floyd Cagle and Willie Mae Fie Cagle. She worked as a CNA for Tryon Estates for several years and was of the Baptist faith. Mary Ann loved her dogs and cats. In addition to her parents, she...
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Mattie Mae Jackson Dalton

December 11, 1921 - November 20, 2016

Mattie Mae Jackson Dalton, age 95, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born on December 11, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fletcher Andrew Jackson and Gussie Solon Bridges Jackson. She worked for Reeves Brothers Mill in Chesnee for 20 years. Mattie lived in California for 28 years with her late daughter...
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Eddie Lynn Watkins

February 18, 1950 - November 19, 2016

Eddie Lynn Watkins, age 66, of Rutherfordton, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Saturday, February 18, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Fern Watkins McEntire. Eddie was a member of Cooper Springs Congregational Holiness. He worked in Custodial Maintenance for the Richmond Hill Apartments for many years and for the...
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Martha Louise Sams White

October 22, 1933 - November 18, 2016

Martha Louise Sams White, age 83, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born on October 22, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Walter Lee Sams and Mary Ellen Reid Sams. She retired as a seamstress from Tanner Company after 20 years of service and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Martha enjoyed the beach,...
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Jeff Ross

August 6, 1964 - November 18, 2016

Jeff Ross, age 52, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at his residence. Born on August 6, 1964 in Rutherford County, he was a son of George Ross and Diane Harris Ross. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one niece. In addition to his parents, George and Diane Ross, he is survived by one son, Brandon Ross; one sister, Lisa Watson; three...
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Audrey Street Champion

August 9, 1929 - November 16, 2016

Audrey Street Champion, age 87, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at her residence. Born on Friday, August 9, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Erwin Allen and Virginia McDaniel Allen. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1947 and a member of Providence United Methodist Church. Working most of her life in the textile industry,...
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Ronnie A. Bowie

August 23, 1947 - November 14, 2016

Ronnie Bowie, age 69, of Spindale, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 23, 1947 in Washington D.C., he was a son to the late Thomas Andrew Bowie and Viola Jackson Bowie. He worked in warehouses of various charities and was an active participant at the Magnolia House. Ronnie enjoyed helping others and loved to carry on good conversations. ...
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Debra Powell Hoyle

December 1, 1958 - November 13, 2016

Debra Powell Hoyle, age 57, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on December 1, 1958 in Wake County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Clarence William Powell and Evelyn Jones Beason. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1977 and also attended Isothermal Community College. Debra worked in textiles for twenty...
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Irma Crawford Porter

August 26, 1918 - November 12, 2016

Irma Crawford Porter, age 98, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home. Born August 26, 1918 in Harris, NC, she was a daughter to the late David Thomas Crawford and Martha Bryan McKinney Crawford. She was a graduate of Harris High School and attended Holly Springs Baptist Church. Irma was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing,...
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Troy Edgar Branch

May 1, 1926 - November 8, 2016

Troy Edgar Branch, age 90, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the Oakland Living Center in Spindale. Born May 1, 1926 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late John J. Branch and Maude Lee Morrow Branch. He served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Knox and was a veteran of World War II. Following his military service, he worked for Burlington Industries...
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James Robert "Bob" Ruppe, Jr.

January 16, 1956 - November 5, 2016

James Robert "Bob" Ruppe, Jr., age 60, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 16, 1956 in Charleston, SC, he was a son to the late James Robert Ruppe, Sr. and Syble Honeycutt Ruppe. He was a longtime member of Broad River Baptist Church. Bob was a creative person who displayed his artistic abilities by photography and...
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Janice Downey

February 14, 1948 - November 5, 2016

Janice Downey, age 68, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at her residence. Born Saturday, February 14, 1948 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jesse Lee Keeter and Eunice Louise Hawkins Keeter. She worked in retail jewelry sales and also in textiles for many years. Janice was a dedicated homemaker who loved cooking and taking care of her family....
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Helen G. Hoyle

April 10, 1947 - November 4, 2016

Helen G. Hoyle, age 69, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born Thursday, April 10, 1947 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Roy Goodman and Fannie Swink Goodman. Helen worked at Franks Convenience Store in Spindale for many years. She was a past member of Knob Creek United Methodist Church and was...
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Trenton Mitchell Parris

November 3, 2016

Trenton Mitchell Parris of Mooresboro, infant son of Brittnye Evans and Mitchell Parris, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Ronny Dale Parris; paternal great-grandfathers, Ronny Steve Parris and Jackie Laws; maternal great-grandfathers, Troy Wishon and James Evans. In addition to his loving...
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Virginia Aileen Martin

September 4, 1949 - October 27, 2016

Virginia Aileen Martin, age 67, of Ellenboro, died on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at her residence. Born September 4, 1949 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of the late Dollie Mode Martin and Crawford Miller Martin. In addition to parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jo Ann Gettys and a nephew, Alan Gettys. She is survived by her three daughters, Denise Cromer...
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Margaret Greenlee

January 3, 1921 - October 26, 2016

Margaret Marie Greenlee, age 95, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on January 3, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Della Fite Green and G. F. Green. Marie was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and enjoyed reading and helping others. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Lillie "Winnie" Owens

July 14, 1929 - October 26, 2016

Lillie "Winnie" Owens, age 87, of Coffey Road, Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Thursday, July 14, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sidney Lewis Coffey and Aquilla Quinn Hunt Coffey. Winnie worked for Burlington Industries-J.C. Cowan Plant for many years before retirement. She was a longtime and...
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Norma J. Laws

March 17, 1963 - October 25, 2016

Norma J. Laws, age 53, of Forest City, died on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at her residence. Born March 17, 1963 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Mary Fisher Lovelace who resides in Bostic and the late John Hoppes. She was a CNA and worked for several years in home health and was of the Baptist faith. Norma loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her...
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Donaleen G. Silvers

August 31, 1947 - October 21, 2016

Donaleen G. Silvers, age 69, of Mooresboro, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Carolinas Continue Care in Kings Mountain. Born August 31, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Donald Garren and Hazel Melton Garren. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and a homemaker. She was a past member of Caroleen Baptist Church. Donaleen enjoyed making...
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Deborah C. Simpson

June 21, 1957 - October 17, 2016

Deborah C. Simpson, age 59, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 in Brevard, NC. Born June 21, 1957 in Rutherford County, she is a daughter to Mary Sue Conner who resides in Forest City and the late Martin John Conner. Deborah worked as a receptionist for the Emergency Room at Rutherford Hospital and also as a machinist at Watts-Regtrol. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant...
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Sandra Williams Edwards

January 29, 1945 - October 15, 2016

Sandra Williams Edwards, age 71, of Mill Spring, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at her residence. Born on Monday, January 29, 1945 in Landrum, SC, she was a daughter to the late Woodrow Williams and Lois Jones Williams. Sandra was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed attending gospel singings. She also enjoyed taking care of her chickens and cats and watching...
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Sami Severin Svendsen

April 3, 1915 - October 14, 2016

Sami Severin Svendsen, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Beverly Shores and Valparaiso, Indiana, a lover of life, wine, and good conversation, who was also a voracious reader and seeker of knowledge, died October 14, 2016 at the age of 101. He was an international broker of animal glands and sausage casings. He traveled the world when air travel was not so common place--when first class even...
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John "J.B." Conner

August 20, 1934 - October 12, 2016

John "J.B." Conner, age 82, of Union Mills, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at his residence. Born on Monday, August 20, 1934 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late John Milton Conner and Willie Harris Conner. He operated a saw mill for many years and was a Baptist. J.B. enjoyed hunting and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn...
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Judy Lee Dedmon Mason

October 2, 1943 - October 10, 2016

Judy Lee Dedmond Mason, age 73, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Wendover Hospice House in Shelby. Born on Saturday, October 2, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Samuel Dedmond and Frances Sims Dedmond. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1961 and worked for over twenty years as an office clerk at the Rutherford County...
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Marshall "Dee" Miller

September 13, 1939 - October 10, 2016

Marshall Dee Miller, age 77, of Cliffside, died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his residence. Born on September 13, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late David Earl Miller and Ida Mae Jenkins Miller. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bud Miller, Rex Miller;...
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Rena Hester Jarvis

November 27, 1979 - October 2, 2016

Rena Hester Jarvis, age 36, of Forest City, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born on Tuesday, November 27, 1979 in Cleveland County, she is the daughter of Deborah Heusinkveld Stowe who resides in Ellenboro and the late Kenneth David Hester. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1997 and a lifetime member of Chase High Baptist...
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Frank Norman

October 27, 1933 - October 2, 2016

Frank Norman, age 82, of Henrietta, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus. Born October 27, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Jule Norman and Josie Adkins Norman. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Frank worked for Burlington Industries for forty years before retirement and was a member of...
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Ethel Robinson Dobbins

March 20, 1918 - September 29, 2016

Ethel Robinson Dobbins, age 98, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home in Bostic. Born on Wednesday, March 20, 1918 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Victor Robinson and Ellie Mae Frazier Robinson. Ethel worked for Burlington Mill-Henrietta Plant for over forty years before retirement and was a longtime member of the First Baptist...
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Karen Jones Keeter

July 22, 1970 - September 27, 2016

Karen Jones Keeter, age 46, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 22, 1970 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Druary Jones and Frances Martin Jones who reside in Ellenboro. Karen was a certified EMT and worked for the Rutherford County Emergency Services Rescue Squad. She also was a volunteer at the Ellenboro...
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Jackie Greene Clark

December 15, 1944 - September 26, 2016

Jackie Greene Clark, age 71, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at her daughter's house in Spindale. Born on Friday, December 15, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Greene and Lorene Burgess Greene. Jackie was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 and a member of the Village Chapel of Forest City. She worked for Mastercraft Mill and...
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Peggy Greene Hewitt

April 23, 1934 - September 23, 2016

Peggy Greene Hewitt, age 82, of Emory Avenue, Forest City, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on Monday, April 23, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Arrie D Greene and Tressie Davis Greene. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1952 and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta....
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David Budgell

June 25, 1940 - September 20, 2016

David M. Budgell, age 76, of Rutherfordton, died September 20, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. An inurnment will take place at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. No formal services will be conducted.
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Mary Jarrell Hicks

February 20, 1917 - September 19, 2016

Mary Jarrell Hicks, age 99, of Hogan Road, Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the White Oak Manor of Rutherfordton. Born on Tuesday, February 20, 1917 in Green County, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late Alphonso Jarrell and Edith Malone Jarrell. Mary was a homemaker who was dedicated to her family. She travelled with her husband, Paul, to many places around the...
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Sharon May Abramczyk

June 25, 1938 - September 18, 2016

Sharon May Wysong Abramczyk, age 78, of Shelby, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at CHS Cleveland. Born June 25, 1938 in Traverse City, Michigan, she was daughter to the late Arthur Wysong and Doris Wysong. Later in life she was co-owner and operator of Falls Motel and Santa Claus Lane in Chimney Rock. Being a devoted wife, mother and friend, Sharon had a compassionate, generous...
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Christa Murray Ingle

August 22, 1950 - September 18, 2016

Christa Murray Ingle, age 66, of Henrietta, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born on August 22, 1950 in Clinton, SC, she was a daughter to the late Glenn and Pat Murray. Christa attended East Rutherford High and worked in textiles for many years. She served in various other occupations, but her passion in life was taking care of her...
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Jerry George

October 18, 1952 - September 17, 2016

Jerry George, age 63, of Rutherfordton, died September 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. No formal services are planned at this time.
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Flossie C. Harmon

February 1, 1929 - September 17, 2016

Flossie C. Harmon, age 87, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 1, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Broadus Cash and Rhode Self Cash. Flossie was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1947 and worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for many years. She was a member of Floyd's Creek...
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J.V. Jones

May 21, 1934 - September 16, 2016

JV Jones, age 82, of Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. J.V. was born to Joseph and Dema Combs Jones on May 21, 1934 in Laurel Springs, Alleghany County, North Carolina in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Following his older brother on the streams and hills, he developed a love for fishing and hunting that would last for all of...
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Jimmy Lee Walker

July 14, 1939 - September 16, 2016

Jimmy Lee Walker, age 77, of Forest City, died Friday, September 16, 2016 at his residence. Born July 14, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Johnny Francis Walker and Annie Mae Waters Walker. Jimmy worked for Hammond's Alignment Shop for twenty years and owned and operated Walker's Body Shop for twenty years before retirement. He was a member of Providence United Methodist...
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Jimmy "J.R." Reynolds

July 2, 1940 - September 11, 2016

Jimmy "J.R." Reynolds, age 76, of Caroleen, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Tuesday, July 2, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lawson Reynolds and Edna Wilson Reynolds. He worked for Cone Mills for forty years before retirement and was a member of Sisk Memorial Missionary Methodist...
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Cindy Matheney Street

February 13, 1955 - September 10, 2016

Cindy Matheney Street, age 61, of Ellenboro, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 13, 1955 in Gaston County, she is the daughter of Vernon Matheney and Betty Absher Matheney of Ellenboro. She was a graduate of East High School, class of 1973 and of Isothermal Community College, class of 1975. Cindy was a homemaker and a member...
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Beverly Eaton Lorei

August 31, 1943 - September 8, 2016

Beverly Eaton Lorei, age 73, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at her residence. Born August 31, 1943 in Oneida, New York, she was a daughter to the late Lewis Eaton and Hattie Townsley Eaton. She was a homemaker who spent her time helping and volunteering to assist others in the community. She also played an active role in raising her grandchildren and was...
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Bynum Parker

January 23, 1927 - September 2, 2016

Bynum Parker, age 89, of Ellenboro, died Friday, September 2, 2016 at Henderson Care. Born January 23, 1927 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late Charlie Albert Parker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served during World War II. Bynum worked in the textile industry most of his life and was a Baptist. He enjoyed working on cars, motorcycles and mowers. In...
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Carol Robbins Leverett

December 27, 1943 - September 1, 2016

Free Obituary for: Carol Robbins Leverett Carol Robbins Leverett, age 72, of Rutherfordton, died on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 27, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Belt Robbins and Rena Splawn Robbins. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962. Carol worked at Stonecutter Mills for forty...
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John Walter Dyer

March 6, 1943 - August 31, 2016

John Walter Dyer, age 73, of Bostic, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at his residence. Born on March 6, 1943 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late Doc Lawrence Dyer and Annie Mae Melton Dyer Roberson. He worked in construction as a roofer for many years and was a member of Walls Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father,...
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Walter Joseph, "Joey" "Bigfoot" "Tiny" Hanson

November 27, 1960 - August 29, 2016

Walter Joseph "Joey" Hanson, age 55, also fondly known as "Bigfoot" and "Tiny", passed away at 11:35 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was born in Frankfort, Germany on November 27, 1960. His wife, Carol, was the love of his life as he was the love of Carol's. They were inseparable and always together in love for over twenty-eight years. His greatest joy...
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Hazel Ruth Nix Smith

January 25, 1925 - August 23, 2016

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

January 16, 1980 - August 23, 2016

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

October 5, 1942 - August 22, 2016

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

January 16, 1959 - August 22, 2016

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

February 8, 1956 - August 21, 2016

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

January 5, 1949 - August 20, 2016

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

January 22, 1961 - August 20, 2016

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

December 18, 1967 - August 18, 2016

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

January 19, 1962 - August 17, 2016

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

May 24, 1937 - August 17, 2016

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

March 21, 1953 - August 17, 2016

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

November 22, 1929 - August 7, 2016

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

November 17, 1952 - August 5, 2016

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