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Diane Henson

February 28, 1952 - April 16, 2018

Diane Henson, age 66, of Mooresboro, died Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Duke University Hospital. Born February 28, 1952 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Moore and Nellie Scruggs Moore. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1969 and worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for over twenty years. Diane was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church and...
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Frances "Tootsie" Rhodes

December 11, 1935 - April 14, 2018

Frances "Tootsie" Rhodes, age 82, of Henrietta, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born December 11, 1935 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late James Avery Ramsey, Sr. and Nannie Hogan Ramsey. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1952 and worked as an LPN for the Swannanoa TB Sanitarium and Rutherford Hospital for several years and retired...
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Billy Layton

May 31, 1974 - April 13, 2018

Billy Layton, age 43, of Bostic, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born May 31, 1974 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Jimmy and Janice Layton of Bostic. Billy enjoyed flying drones and electric planes, the outdoors, fishing, and listening to music. He was a past member Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Golden Valley In addition to his parents, he...
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Michael Dale Splawn

January 26, 1969 - April 9, 2018

Michael Dale Splawn, age 49, of Forest City, died Monday, April 9, 2018. Born January 26, 1969 in Cleveland County, he is the son of Margaret Sisk Splawn Lovelace of Forest City and the late Lemuel C. Splawn. He worked in construction for many years and was a past member Hicks Grove Baptist Church. Michael was a loving person and had a heart to help others. His greatest pleasure in life was...
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Bill David Jolley

March 7, 1927 - April 9, 2018

Billy David Jolley, age 91, of Cliffside, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 7, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Meredith T. Jolley and Betty Guffey Jolley. He was a member of Cliffside Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and member of the Baptist Men's Brotherhood. Bill was a member of the...
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Ruth Gaynelle Stepp Hutchins

February 18, 1937 - April 6, 2018

Ruth Gaynell Stepp Hutchins, age 81, of Rutherfordton, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 6, 2018, surrounded by her family at residence. Born February 18, 1937 in Transylvania County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Charles Homer Moore and Hazel Lena Ward Stepp. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She graduated from Flat Rock High School and...
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John Roger Holland

March 30, 1947 - April 5, 2018

John Roger Holland, age 71, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 30, 1947 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late John Grover Holland and Roxanne Eve Lovelace Holland. He retired from Cone Mills after 40 years of service and loved NASCAR, #48. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Carol...
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Janelle Gibson

April 6, 1947 - April 5, 2018

Janelle Gibson, age 70, of Cloverleaf Drive, Mooresboro, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 05, 2018 surrounded by her family at the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 6, 1947 in Clay County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Carl Gibson and Ruth Hyde Gibson. She worked in textiles as a seamstress for many years and was of the Baptist...
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Patricia Anne Galloway Martin

May 11, 1942 - April 4, 2018

Patricia Anne Galloway Martin, age 75, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 11, 1942 in Cleveland County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Harry Rochester Galloway and Virgil Anthony Galloway. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dwight Galloway and Bobby Galloway. Those...
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Josh Barnes

February 2, 1991 - April 3, 2018

Josh Barnes, age 27, of Forest City, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his residence. Josh was born on February 2, 1991 in Rutherford County and worked several years for Bud's Junkyard and also as a small engine mechanic. Josh enjoyed fishing and was a past member of Wilson Baptist Church and a current member of Liberty Baptist Church. Josh was a humble man who loved others and exhibited a...
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Jean Maxey Melton

December 14, 1930 - April 2, 2018

Jean Maxey Melton, age 87, of Forest City, died Monday, April 2, 2018 at her residence. Born December 14, 1930 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Stacy Edwin Maxey and Grace Robbins Maxey. She was a graduate of Cools Springs High School, class of 1949 and was the co-owner and operator of Melton's Nissan of Rutherfordton for twenty-eight years. She was also a former...
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Linux Kade Phouvanay

April 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Linux Kade Phouvanay, infant son of March and Brittany Phouvanay of Mooresboro went home to his heavenly father on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He is also survived by his newly born twin brother, Luxsten Phouvanay; sister, Natalynn Phouvanay and brother, Asher Phouvanay all of the home; maternal grandparents, Bobby and Gayla Hudson of Bostic and Lisa...
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James Bright

February 3, 1945 - April 1, 2018

James Bright, age 73, of Forest City, died Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born February 3, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Pink Bright and Nannie Lou Griffin Bright. He worked in the tree service industry for most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed yard work and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Tyler M. Ledford

January 8, 1994 - March 22, 2018

Tyler M. Ledford, age 24, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his residence. Born January 8, 1994 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Dianna Daughtridge of Gastonia and Marc Ledford of Forest City. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 2012 and was a member of the 2011 State Championship Basketball Team. Tyler was the owner and operator of C & M Bail...
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Johnny William "Pops" Cochran

February 23, 1933 - March 22, 2018

Johnny William "Pops" Cochran, age 85, of Spindale, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Rutherfordton. Born February 23, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Perry Guy Cochran and Elizabeth McCurry Cochran. Johnny worked for Stonecutter Mill for thirty years and retired from Mastercraft. He was a longtime and faithful member of...
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Frank W. Roberts

May 31, 1945 - March 21, 2018

Frank W. Roberts, age 72, of Bridges Drive, Forest City, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. Born May 31, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Thomas Roberts and Arrieta Lovin Roberts. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-70. He worked for...
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Vernon M. Matheney

July 24, 1933 - March 14, 2018

Vernon M. Matheney, age 84, of Ellenboro, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City. Born July 24, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Forrest Matheney and Esther Bailey Matheney. Vernon was a graduate of Ellenboro High School, class of 1952. He was a dedicated, faithful and longtime member of...
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Margaret "Margy" Varney

July 29, 1951 - March 13, 2018

Margaret "Margy" Varney, age 66, of Pin Oak Manor Lane, Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born July 29, 1951 in Nicholas County, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Russell E. Brown and Mona Nutter Brown. She attended Wellington High School and was a homemaker. She was loved dearly by her family. In addition to her parents,...
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Ray "Razor" Hudgins

September 28, 1955 - March 12, 2018

Ray "Razor" Hudgins, age 62, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, March 12, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC. Born September 28, 1955 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Hubert Zeb Hudgins and Ruby Flynn Hudgins. Ray worked in maintenance for Gilkey Lumber Company for thirty-eight years and was of the Baptist faith. Ray was known as a simple man with a big heart for his...
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Shirley Miller Denny

December 5, 1938 - March 10, 2018

Shirley Miller Denny, age 79, of Forest City, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at her residence. Born December 5, 1938 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late D.L. Green and Montie Hines Green. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and earned an Associate's Degree from Isothermal Community College. Shirley worked for various area textile mills. She currently was attending Grace...
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Cova Whitaker Moore

August 28, 1923 - March 3, 2018

Cova Whitaker Moore, age 94, of Ellenboro, died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born August 28, 1923 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the John Bunyan Whitaker and Minnie "Gussie" McKinney Whitaker. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School and a longtime and faithful member of Race Path Baptist Church. Cova enjoyed yard work and gardening. She also...
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Diana D. Thompson

September 2, 1955 - March 2, 2018

Diana D. Thompson, age 62, of Forest City, died March 2, 2018 at her residence. Born September 2, 1955 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late J.C. Dills and Carolyn Allen Dills. She was a graduate of Chase High School and attended Morningstar Baptist Church. Diana worked in textiles for many years and most recently served as a home healthcare aide. She enjoyed sewing, cooking,...
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Cindy Hardin Trotter

September 13, 1965 - February 28, 2018

Cindy Hardin Trotter, age 52, of Ellenboro, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 13, 1965 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Mike "Sharkie" Hardin and Patsy Buchanan. Cindy worked for various local textile mills for many years. Her love for the beach led her to live and work in Vero Beach, Florida for several years....
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Cathy Yvonne Whitmire

December 7, 1956 - February 27, 2018

Cathy Yvonne Whitmire, age 61, of Bostic, NC, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Carolinas Medical Center-Cleveland in Shelby. Born December 7, 1956 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Reverend Charles Raymond McDaniel and Sarah Butler McDaniel. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1975 and also earned her...
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Barbara G. Jolley

June 16, 1947 - February 26, 2018

Barbara G. Jolley, age 70, of Cliffside, died Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born June 16, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late A.L. Gettys and Virginia Wise Gettys. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1965. Barbara was a cook for several local restaurants which included the Shake Shop, Hardees and Spakes....
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Charles Rickey Wall

August 29, 1949 - February 25, 2018

Charles Rickey Wall, age 68, of Forest City, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Carolinas ContinueCARE. Born August 29, 1949 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Edward Vance Wall and Grace Lee Haulk Wall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Crowder. Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter, Karen Elaine Smith; one...
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Charles Glenn Skipper

July 24, 1965 - February 23, 2018

Charles Glenn Skipper, age 52, of Bostic, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at his residence. Born July 24, 1965 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late JC Skipper and Joyce Skipper Sims. His hobby was fixing up his Mustang. He was in the process of restoring it to its former glory. He will be dearly missed by all. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his...
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Charles Ray Lovelace

November 6, 1944 - February 22, 2018

Charles Ray Lovelace, age 73, of Webb Road, Ellenboro, died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born November 6, 1944 in Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Emmett Lovelace and Lela Whisnant Lovelace. He was a graduate of Charles D. Owen High School, class of 1963 and worked as an upholsterer for Drexel Manufacturing for thirty years and Maple Brook...
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Charles Reynolds

April 19, 1931 - February 21, 2018

Charles Reynolds, age 86, of Forest City, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 19, 1931 in Greenville County, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Brodus Reynolds and Mary Frances Lockhart Reynolds. He enjoyed NASCAR and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam Reynolds; one daughter,...
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Marjorie Beason Bostic

September 5, 1924 - February 21, 2018

Marjorie Beason Bostic, age 93, of Cliffside, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Oakland Living Center. Born September 5, 1924 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Grady Lee Beason and Hattie Ramsey Beason. She was a graduate of Mooresboro High School and worked for Cone Mills for forty years before retirement. Marjorie was a faithful, dedicated and longtime member of...
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Donald "Moon" Walker

June 24, 1948 - February 20, 2018

Donald "Moon" Walker, age 69, of Forest City, NC formerly of Shelby, NC, died Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the Holly Springs Senior Home. Born June 24, 1948 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Reverend Bill Walker and Eva McDaniel Walker. Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. He worked for various saw mills in the area...
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William "Billy" Sexton II

May 21, 1970 - February 19, 2018

William "Billy" Sexton II, age 47, of Ellenboro, died Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Carolinas Medical Center-Cleveland. Born May 21, 1970 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late William Clyde Sexton and Alice McDaniel Sexton. He worked as a dry wall installer for many years and was an avid wrestling and car racing fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by...
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Johnny Sherrill Womick

August 15, 1955 - February 19, 2018

Johnny Sherrill Womick, age 62, of Ferry Road, Forest City, died Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born August 15, 1955 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Earl Womick and Annie Elmore Womick. He worked for Butler Auto Parts for many years and was an all-around handy man. Johnny was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Mooresboro and an avid...
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David Kanipe

July 24, 1971 - February 18, 2018

David Kanipe, age 46, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, February 18, 2018 at his residence. Born July 24, 1971 in Rutherford County, he is the son of the Reverend Kenneth Kanipe and Becky Kanipe of Forest City. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1989 and of Ambassador Baptist College. He worked for American Miso Company for several years and was a member of Race Path Baptist Church....
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Merle J. Rich

January 15, 1932 - February 17, 2018

Merle J. Rich, age 86, of Spindale, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born January 15, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Claude Ray and Martha Randall Ray. Merle worked at Snyder Mills for several years and was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. The joy of her life was being able to spend time with her children and...
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Danny "Caveman" Putnam

February 22, 1964 - February 16, 2018

Danny "Caveman" Putnam, age 53, of Beaver Street, Forest City, died Friday, February 16, 2018. Born February 22, 1964 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Margaret Putnam Green of Forest City and the late Samuel Woodrow Putnam, Jr. Danny worked in textiles for many years and most recently for Broyhill Industries. He was an avid NASCAR fan and followed Kevin Harvick. He was also very...
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Jason "J Bird" Price

December 19, 1977 - February 14, 2018

Jason "J Bird" Price, age 40, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 19, 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland, he is the son of Roger "Dale' Price of Mooresboro and Patricia Alt of West Virginia. He was a mechanic all of his life and worked for Rocky's Automotive in Forest City for many years and most recently for Cowan's Automotive....
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Ana Bolin Wilson

November 10, 1959 - February 10, 2018

Ana Bolin Wilson, age 58, of Forest City, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC. Born November 10, 1959 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Norman Bolin and Dallie Ivey Bolin. Ana worked for Continental Alpha Industries for several years and most recently worked as the general manager of the Dollar General located in Boling...
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Brenda Kay Hoppes

July 15, 1953 - February 9, 2018

Brenda Kay Hoppes, age 64, of Bostic, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born July 15, 1953 in Kings Mountain, NC, she is the daughter of Laverne Padgett Laws who resides in Henrietta and the late Troy F. Laws. She worked for various industries in the county and most recently had worked for Deb's Mini Mart as a cook. Brenda was dedicated to her family...
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Hazel L. Moore

May 29, 1925 - February 8, 2018

Hazel L. Moore, age 92, of Forest City, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 at her residence. Born May 29, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Crawford Lancaster and Flo McDaniel Lancaster. She worked at the Fieldcrest Mill for many years before retirement and was a member of Alexander Baptist Church (The Element). Hazel loved singing alto in the church choir and also was...
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Shirley Ann Wright

February 3, 1953 - February 6, 2018

Shirley Ann Wright, age 65, of, Arlington Street, Forest City, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born February 3, 1953 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Wright and Annie Jenkins Wright. She enjoyed watching old sitcoms, working word puzzles and NASCAR. Shirley attended Rutherford Life Care for many years and took developmental...
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Alma C. Stepp

July 2, 1931 - February 5, 2018

Alma C. Stepp, age 86, of Ellenboro, died Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born July 2, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Fanning Corn and Idell Hill Corn. Alma was a retired employee of the United States Postal Service. She was the widow of the late Seldon R. Stepp, also a USPS employee, who passed on July 15, 2013. They loved...
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Brenda Wood Fox

April 26, 1942 - February 5, 2018

Brenda Wood Fox, age 75, of Forest City, died Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 26, 1942 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Frank O. Wood and Mary Chapman Wood. Brenda worked for Cone Mills for many years and also worked in the bakery at Ingles. She loved family get togethers, going to the mountains and listening to...
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Hoyle Henson

May 12, 1950 - February 4, 2018

Hoyle Henson, age 67, of Forest City, died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Holly Springs Senior Center. Born May 12, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Luther Henson and Jessie Rice Henson. Hoyle was an avid NASCAR fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale Henson, Douglas Henson; four sisters, Mary Ann Burgess, Andrea Tucker, Linda...
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Donna Reynolds

March 24, 1975 - February 3, 2018

Donna Reynolds, age 42, of Mooresboro, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at her residence. Born March 24, 1975 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of Stephen Reynolds and Zelda Carder Green. Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Bryanna Melaugh and Annabella Blanton; mother and stepfather, Zelda and Randy Green; father, Stephen Reynolds; one half-sister, Becky Lee...
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Marjorie Gosey

January 31, 1937 - February 3, 2018

Marjorie Gosey, age 81, of Forest City, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Henderson Care. Born January 31, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Robertson Israel and Inez Brock Israel. She was a 1955 graduate of Tri-High School and a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gosey and two...
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Laura Jane Beheler

February 22, 1958 - February 2, 2018

Laura Jane Beheler, age 59, of Forest City, died Friday, February 2, 2018 at her residence. Born February 22, 1958 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Tommy Franklin and Ruth Jean Griffin Franklin. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 18 years, Wayne Beheler; one son, Matt Crotts (Amanda); two step-children, Jeremy Beheler (Stephanie), Kayleigh...
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Phyllis A. Hoover

August 10, 1939 - January 30, 2018

Phyllis A. Hoover, age 78, of Forest City, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center. Born August 10, 1939 in Boyle County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Obed O. Land and Mae Walker Land. She was a graduate of Danville High School, class of 1958 and worked as a Wal-Mart associate for over eighteen years. She enjoyed traveling, listening to music...
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Linda Gail Revels Dorsey

June 20, 1940 - January 29, 2018

Linda Gail Revels Dorsey, age 77, of Forest City, NC, passed peacefully Monday, January 29, 2018. Born June 20, 1940 in Mayo, SC, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Leroy Revels and Juanita Vera Gilbert Revels. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, R. Douglas Dorsey and two brothers, Thomas Howard Revels and John David Revels. Linda had a...
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Elaine Simmons Padgett

April 2, 1936 - January 29, 2018

Elaine Simmons Padgett, age 81, of Mooresboro, died Monday, January 29, 2018 at her residence. Born April 2, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Creed and Iris Simmons. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah Witness. Elaine was a dedicated wife and was a faithful caregiver to her husband. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Willie Padgett...
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Sonny Greene

December 4, 1939 - January 29, 2018

Sonny Greene, age 78, of Chase Drive, Forest City, died Monday, January 29, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born December 4, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Leebron Greene, Sr. and Margaret Crowe Greene. He worked in textiles most of his life which included Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant and Burlington Industries. Sonny was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant...
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Wayne D. McGinnis

May 13, 1942 - January 28, 2018

Wayne D. McGinnis, age 75, of Forest City, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at his residence. Born May 13, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Osborne McGinnis and Stella Price McGinnis. He was a faithful employee for A.R. Thompson Asphalt for many years before retirement. Wayne's greatest pleasure in life came from spending time with his children and grandchildren. In...
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Amanda B. Waters

January 9, 1931 - January 28, 2018

Amanda B. Waters, age 87, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her residence. Born January 9, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Walter Bates Chivous Baynard and Katherine Melton Baynard. She worked for Burlington Industries and Cone Mill-Avondale Plant most of her life before retiring. Amanda attended Caroleen Missionary Methodist Church and enjoyed country...
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Susie Jenkins Roberts

December 24, 1951 - January 27, 2018

Susie Jenkins Roberts, age 66, of Bridges Drive, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 24, 1951 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Hazel Splawn Jenkins who resides in Forest City and the late Howard Jenkins. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1970 and a past member of Crestview Baptist Church....
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Becky Morrow Tipton

April 9, 1942 - January 26, 2018

Becky Morrow Tipton, age 75, of Forest City, died Friday, January 26, 2018 at her residence. Born April 9, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Morrow and Laura Warlick Morrow. She was a kindhearted lady whose labor of love was being a caretaker for the elderly. Becky was an avid reader and a past member of Alexander Baptist Church. In addition to her...
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Annie Lou Biggerstaff

January 14, 1937 - January 25, 2018

Annie Lou Biggerstaff, age 81, of Forest City died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at White Oak Manor Nursing Home in Rutherfordton. Born January 14, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late OP Davis and Hattie Mae Dyer Davis. Annie was a hospice volunteer, cosmetologist, manager of Family Dollar store, worked in textiles and served as a pastor's wife for many years. Her life's...
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Jospeh "Hal" Jenkins

August 14, 1943 - January 24, 2018

Joseph "Hal" Jenkins, age 74, of Forest City died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his home. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Yates Jenkins and Laura Wilson Jenkins. He was a highly skilled industrial sewing machine mechanic and worked for several local mills before retirement. Hal was an avid golfer, softball player and "fast" car enthusiast. He was a faithful member...
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Frances Miller Grant

November 6, 1926 - January 23, 2018

Frances Miller Grant, age 91, of Henrietta, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Rutherfordton. Born November 6, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late David Earl Miller and Ida Mae Jenkins Miller. Frances worked in textiles most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a past member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. Her life's...
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Max Lee Toney

October 23, 1930 - January 21, 2018

Max Lee Toney, age 87, of Harris-Henrietta Road, Forest City, died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his residence. Born October 23, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late William Crawford Toney and Lenora White Toney. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1950 and a veteran of the Korean War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Max was a superintendent for Fisk-Carter...
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Joshua Byron Rippy

April 4, 1983 - January 20, 2018

Joshua Byron Rippy, age 34, of Salem Church Road, Ellenboro, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his residence. Born April 4, 1983 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Jacquelyn Horne Taylor who resides in Rutherfordton and the late Byron Wayne Rippy. Joshua was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 2001 and was a self-employed mechanic. His life's passion was working on...
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Lollie Ann Bradley

May 18, 1983 - January 15, 2018

Lollie Ann Bradley, age 34, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 18, 1983 in Rutherfordton, she was the daughter of James Cox and Judy Bradley Cox who reside in Rutherfordton. She attended Spindale Fellowship Holiness and loved spending time with her great-nephew, Nova. Lollie was a tenderhearted lady who enjoyed listening to...
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Glenn "G.T." Wells

April 25, 1930 - January 15, 2018

Glenn "G.T." Wells, age 87, of Henrietta, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence. Born April 25, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Glenn Thomas Wells, Sr. and Margaret Lowery Wells. G.T. worked for Wells Body Shop most of his life and for Burlington Industries before retirement. He was a member of the Henrietta Revival Center and served the Lord as an Evangelist....
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Timothy "Tim" Dwayne Holland

February 3, 1964 - January 12, 2018

Timothy "Tim" Dwayne Holland, age 53, of Forest City, died Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 3, 1964 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late C.M. Holland and Mary Jane Silver Hutchins. He retired from the Town of Spindale as a truck driver and was a member of Alexander United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Barbara Ann "Granny Bob" Powell

December 15, 1942 - January 11, 2018

Barbara Ann Powell, age 75, of Henrietta, died Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Born December 15, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Otto Harris and Ellen Allred Harris. Barbara worked for Burlington Industries for almost forty years before retiring and was a member of Caroleen Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading...
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Ronnie Mode, Sr.

October 11, 1963 - January 8, 2018

Ronnie Mode, Sr., age 54, of Forest City, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born October 11, 1963 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Ray Mode who resides in Forest City and the late Colleen Grant Mode. He worked as a truck driver for Latco Concrete Company for many years and attended the Caroleen Congregational Holiness Church. Ronnie enjoyed...
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Rhuleen W. Petty

November 4, 1921 - January 7, 2018

Rhuleen W. Petty, age 96, of Pauline, South Carolina, formerly of Rutherford County, died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Mountain View Nursing Home in Spartanburg. Born November 4, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Summie Roe Whitaker and Mamie Wilson Whitaker. She was a graduate of Ellenboro High School and a long time member of High Shoal Baptist Church. She was...
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David Worley

October 14, 1967 - January 5, 2018

David Worley, age 50, of Union Mills, died Friday, January 5, 2018. Born October 14, 1967 in Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Curtis B. Worley and Bell Conner Worley. He was a self-employed concrete finisher and enjoyed building things. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Keith Worley and a sister, Ida Lee Worley. Survivors include...
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Matthew Ryan Shires

December 1, 1997 - January 5, 2018

Matthew Ryan Shires, age 20, of Ellenboro, died Friday, January 5, 2018 in at his residence. Born December 1, 1997 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Mary Gunter and the late Everett Shires, Jr. He attended the Rock School and enjoyed working on cars, weightlifting and spending time with his family and was a loving father. Those left to cherish his memory include his adopted...
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Clara Woods Wilson

January 15, 1933 - January 4, 2018

Clara W. Wilson, age 84, of Forest City, died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at her residence. Born January 15, 1933 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, she was a daughter to the late Clifford Woods and Barty Perry Woods. She worked for Clarkins Department Store for over twenty years before retirement and was of the Baptist faith. Clara played a very active role in her family and loved each one dearly....
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Edith Teseniar Owens

May 8, 1924 - January 4, 2018

Edith Teseniar Owens, age 93, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born May 8, 1924 in Rutherford County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Charles Landrum Teseniar and Sally Elizabeth Liverette Teseniar. She worked for Cone Mills, Cliffside and Avondale Plants for over twenty-five years before retiring and was of the Baptist faith....
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Bobby Howe

August 1, 1964 - January 2, 2018

Bobby Howe, age 53, of Forest City, NC, formerly of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born August 1, 1964 in Lancaster County, PA, he was the son of Robert Eugene Howe, Sr. and Laura Harsh Howe who both reside in Lancaster. Bobby worked as a truck driver for Republic Services and most recently for J B Russell Trucking. He was...
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Grover "Monroe" Ensley

June 14, 1939 - December 29, 2017

Grover "Monroe" Ensley, age 78, of Cliffside, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born June 14, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was son of the late John Frank Ensley and Ozelle Smith Ensley. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1957 and worked for Lithium FMS Corporation for thirty-five years before retirement. Monroe was a faithful member of...
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Letty H. Biggerstaff

August 1, 1931 - December 25, 2017

Letty H. Biggerstaff, age 86, of Bostic, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland in Shelby. Born August 1, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Zeno Hunt and Nancy Hennessee Hunt. She was a graduate of Sunshine High School and worked as a secretary for various local businesses. Letty worked as a caretaker in home healthcare. She...
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Kyle Guyan

December 14, 1975 - December 24, 2017

Kyle Guyan, age 42, of Spindale, passed away December 24, 2017 at his residence. Born December 14, 1975 in Ontario, Canada, he was a son to the late Patricia Knight Lewis. He worked for Duncan Plumbing for several years and previously attended Father's Vineyard Fellowship. Kyle enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, cooking and the outdoors. He was always proud of his daughters and grandson. In...
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Amy Claire Ponder Moore

August 22, 1986 - December 24, 2017

Amy Claire Ponder Moore, age 31, of Ellenboro, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born August 22, 1986 in Watauga County, she was a daughter to Billy Ponder and Christine Downs Ponder. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Harrelson Funeral Home. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation...
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Virginia "Peanut" Dobbins

August 1, 1939 - December 24, 2017

Virginia Ann "Peanut" Bridges Dobbins, age 78, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Hospice House. Born August 1, 1939 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Clifton Otis Bridges and Annie Laura Nanney Bridges. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Lee Dobbins; four brothers, C.B. Bridges, Claude Bridges,...
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Sherri Ruff Crawford

November 25, 1960 - December 20, 2017

Free Obituary for: Sherri Ruff Crawford Sherri Ruff Crawford, age 57, of Island Ford Road, Forest City, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born November 25, 1960 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late William Ruff, Jr. and Loretta Hudgins Ruff Phillips. She worked for several local textile mills and most recently as the...
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Martha Henson Shew

May 11, 1941 - December 20, 2017

Martha Henson Shew, age 76, of Ellenboro, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Mary Black Health System-Spartanburg. Born May 11, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Jack Henson and Sarah Dyer Henson. Martha worked in textiles for many years and retired from the new Cone Mills plant in Cliffside. She had the heart of a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and...
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Judy Spicer Tessnear

May 6, 1955 - December 16, 2017

Judy Spicer Tessnear, age 62, of Old Henrietta Road, Forest City, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born May 6, 1955 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Gilley Spicer and Hattie Lou Buff Spicer. She attended Chase High School and was a lifetime member of Riverside Baptist Church. Judy worked for several local companies which...
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Ronnie Cole

October 18, 1963 - December 12, 2017

Ronnie Cole, age 54, of Ellenboro, died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at his residence. Born October 18, 1963 in Rutherford County, he was a son of Diane Coffey Cole who resides in Caroleen and the late Ronald D. Cole, Sr. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1982 and worked twenty years as a welder for KCH Services. Ronnie enjoyed weight lifting, taking trips to the beach and...
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Jerry G. Ingle

September 28, 1941 - December 11, 2017

Jerry G. Ingle, age 76, of Morgan Street, Sandy Mush, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born September 28, 1941 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son to the late Boyce Lee Ingle and Geneva McKinney Ingle. He worked for McCurry-Deck Motors for thirty years as an auto-body repairman before retirement. He was a member of the Robertson Creek Free Will...
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David Robert Byars

August 18, 1935 - December 11, 2017

David Robert Byars, age 82, of Ferry Road, Mooresboro, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at his residence. Born August 18, 1935 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late John A. Byars and Allie Mae Campbell Byars. David was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church of Ellenboro. He worked in textiles for many years, most recently for John H. Montgomery for twenty years until...
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Betty Henson Taylor

April 29, 1933 - December 5, 2017

Betty Henson Taylor, 84, of Zion, IL, formerly of Forest City, NC, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Hill Crest Nursing Center in Round Lake Beach. She was born on April 29th 1933, in Mooresboro, NC, the daughter of the late Mose and Jenny Robbins Henson. She was a graduate of: Cliffside High School, Cliffside, NC class of 1951, Isothermal Community College, in Social Work and the...
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Paul "Papa" Eugene Honeycutt

December 23, 1937 - December 5, 2017

Paul "Papa" Eugene Honeycutt, age 79, of Ellenboro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 23, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Monroe Honeycutt and Eva Taylor Honeycutt. Paul was the owner and operator of Honeycutt's Grocery and a member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church. He was an...
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Rocky Turner

February 8, 1976 - November 30, 2017

Rocky Turner, age 41, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at his residence. Born February 8, 1976 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Marshall and Peggy Turner who reside in Forest City. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1995. He also received an Associate's degree from Isothermal Community College and was a graduate of the Basic Law Enforcement...
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Claude "Mike" Gettys

November 12, 1953 - November 24, 2017

Claude "Mike" Gettys, age 64, of Mooresboro, died Friday, November 24, 2017 at his residence. Born November 12, 1953 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late A.L. Gettys and Virginia Wise Gettys. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Joseph Gettys. He is survived by one son, Michael Hopkins and a daughter, Crystal Gettys; three sisters,...
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Walter Gene Powell

May 1, 1947 - November 21, 2017

Walter Gene Powell, age 70, of Charlotte passed away on November 21, 2017 at Brookdale South Park of Charlotte. Born May 1, 1947 in Rutherford County, a native of Ellenboro, he is the son of the late Walter Powell and is survived by his mother, Barbara Eloise Powell of Ellenboro, NC. Gene was a graduate of East Rutherford High School and Western Carolina University. He was also a member...
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Elsie Ward Thrift

February 17, 1930 - November 20, 2017

Elsie Ward Thrift, age 87, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at her residence. Born February 17, 1930 in Lincoln County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Lee Ward and Lily Cosby Ward. Elsie worked at DAP manufacturing for many years. She was a member of Southern Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Elsie was also a hairdresser. She had a...
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Grace D. Flack

January 12, 1956 - November 17, 2017

Grace D. Flack, age 61, of Mooresboro, died Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born January 12, 1956 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ike Flack Jr. and Mavel Murray Flack. She was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1974 and attended Isothermal Community College. Grace worked for Tanner Companies as an inventory specialist for...
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Yates Webb Bostic, Sr.

March 29, 1925 - November 16, 2017

Yates Webb Bostic, Sr., age 92, of Cliffside, passed away November 16, 2017 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby. Born March 29, 1925 in Cleveland County, NC, he was a son to the late John "Will" Bostic and Mary "Molly" Bostic. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Yates worked for Cone Mill-Cliffside Plant for many years and was a member...
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Dewitt "Bud" Ledbetter

June 15, 1927 - November 14, 2017

Dewitt "Bud" Ledbetter, age 90, of Wilson Drive, Forest City, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Hospice House in Forest City. Born June 15, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Aaron Luther Ledbetter and Lydia Pearl Beheler Ledbetter. Bud worked forty years for Fieldcrest Mills and was a longtime and active member of the Alexander United Methodist Church. He served...
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Judy Ann Biggerstaff

November 27, 1948 - November 9, 2017

Judy Ann Biggerstaff, age 68, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at her residence. Born November 27, 1948 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie Parker and Bertha Crawford Parker. She was a graduate of R-S Central High School and of the Baptist faith. Judy gladly filled the role as her family's caregiver. She was a homemaker and a dedicated wife,...
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Debra Lynn Trout

June 30, 1972 - November 7, 2017

Debra Lynn Moseley Cobb Trout, age 45, of Forest City, NC, died November 7, 2017 at her residence. She was born June 30, 1972 in Vero Beach, Florida. A memorial service will held at 11:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2017 at First Methodist Church in Forest City. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of the services.
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Bill Duckworth

April 25, 1949 - November 3, 2017

CMSAF (Ret.) Bill Duckworth, age 68, of Mooresboro, NC, died Friday, November 3, 2017 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Born April 25, 1949 in Mecklenburg County, NC, he was a son to the late Harold Duckworth and Elizabeth Jenkins Duckworth. He was a graduate of Clover Park High School and received a Masters Degree from Webster University. Bill was veteran of the United States...
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Danny Roland

August 11, 1962 - November 1, 2017

Danny Roland, age 55, of Bostic, NC, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at his residence. Born August 11, 1962 in McDowell County, he was a son of the late Horace W. Roland and Beatrice Hudson Bumgarner. Danny worked as a mechanic for Watkins Service Center and was a member of Cooper Springs Congregational Holiness Church. He enjoyed watching westerns and pro-wrestling. Danny was also...
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Gerzain "Chino" Roman

September 7, 1976 - October 29, 2017

Gerzain "Chino" Roman, age 41, of Christiansburg, Virginia, died Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Born September 7, 1976 in Pololcingo, Mexico he is the son of Nereo and Angeluz Roman. Gerzain worked as a waiter for the El Mariachi Restaurant in Blacksburg, Va and enjoyed singing Ranchera Music. He was of the Catholic faith. He was preceded by his...
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Louise C. Boydston

September 3, 1928 - October 29, 2017

Louise C. Boydston, age 89, of Mooresboro, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at her residence. Born September 3, 1928 in McDowell County, she was a daughter to the late Julius Cannon and Sally Young Cannon. Louise was a nurturing and quiet spirited lady who was a true disciple of Christ. She lived out her faith by becoming a foster mother to thirty-three children in a span of twenty...
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Ruby Campbell

July 1, 1932 - October 29, 2017

Ruby Campbell, age 85, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Brookdale. Born July 1, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Robert F. Ayers, Sr. and Emma Lucille Gooden Ayers. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1949. She worked for Mastercraft-Spindale Plant for thirty-five years before retirement and was a past member of Harris First...
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Hubert Dean "Koon" Burgess

March 22, 1939 - October 26, 2017

Hubert Dean "Koon" Burgess, age 78, of Francis Drive, Forest City, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 22, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Clarence Lee Burgess and Emma Ruth Gilbert Burgess. He was veteran of the U.S. Army and own and operated local service stations. Hubert also worked for Cone Mills-Avondale and as a...
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Bill "Joe Bill" Beheler

May 21, 1923 - October 25, 2017

Bill "Joe Bill" Beheler, age 94, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born May 21, 1923 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Romey Beheler and Della Honeycutt Beheler. He worked for Pike Electric for many years and was a farmer most of his life. In his later years he worked for Holland's Used Cars as a car hauler. Bill's...
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