Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services

Harrelson Funeral Home is dedicated to providing services to the families of Rutherford County with care and compassion.

For over 80 years Rutherford County has trusted Harrelson Funeral Home with helping them plan the celebrations of lives lived.

We serve every familiy in Rutherford County with great pride. We are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your families needs and customs. We will listen to you and your wishes to help plan a celebration consistent with your expectations. We will take the time to plan every detail and help to relieve the burden on your family during your time of loss.

Our website contains information about our caring staff, our services and links to resources to help you get through this tough time. Please give us a call to see how we can help.


Our Obituaries

Sam Smith

January 5, 1936 - July 20, 2014

Sam Smith, age 78, of Ellenboro, NC, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born January 5, 1936 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of the late George Smith and Linda Cochran Smith. He worked for the Burlington and Alexander Mills for many years and owned and operated Smith Hardwood Floors. He enjoyed travelling and watching his grandchildren play. Sam's...
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Linda Clark Kimbrell

August 26, 1947 - July 19, 2014

Linda Clark Kimbrell, age 66, of Forest City, NC, died July 19, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 26, 1947 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late, Paul Clark and Bonnie Buff Elmore. She worked for Stonecutter Mill most of her life and was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Linda enjoyed sewing, quilting and growing flowers. In addition...
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Francis Pauline Crowder Thornton

March 23, 1952 - July 18, 2014

Francis Pauline Crowder Thornton, age 62, of Mill Springs, NC, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at St. Lukes Medical Center in Columbus. Born March 23, 1952 in Polk County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Robert "Bob" Crowder and Lanie Lawter Crowder. She worked in textiles for several years, and was a CNA and pulp wood cutter for many years. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed Gospel...
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Mike Kiser

March 23, 1949 - July 16, 2014

Mike Kiser, age 65, of Jerry Road, Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 23, 1949 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Paul Reid Kiser and Mamie Pearl Hutchins Kiser. Mike was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1968 and also a graduate of Fruitland Bible College. He worked for E.S Walker Construction and McGinnis...
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Betty Toney Sandefur

December 20, 1933 - July 16, 2014

Betty Toney Sandefur, age 80, of Calton Road, Sunshine, NC, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 20, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Greeley H. Toney and Alice Campbell Toney. Betty was a homemaker and a charter member of Ross Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading and especially loved taking care of her family....
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Joe Dean Pritchard

October 30, 1946 - July 12, 2014

Joe Dean Pritchard, 67, of Cliffside, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Raleigh and Evelyn Pritchard, and also preceded in death by a brother, Tony Pritchard. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam War. Joe was a former law enforcement officer beginning his...
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Annie Pearl Anthony Murray

September 29, 1925 - July 10, 2014

Annie Pearl Anthony Murray, age 88, formerly of Henrietta, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Willow Ridge Rehabilitation Center. Born September 29, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late James Robert Mitchell and Pansy Lee Buckner Mitchell. She worked for Dy Dee Services of Charlotte for many years and was a member of the Forest City Four Square Church. She enjoyed...
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Linda Southern Harris

December 27, 1947 - July 6, 2014

Linda Southern Harris, age 66, of Oscar Justice Road, Rutherfordton, NC, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 27, 1947 in Alexandria, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late Joseph M. Jamison and Katheryne E. Barrack Jamison. Linda worked for the US Postal Service for several years and as a waitress. She most recently was employed by White Oak...
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Emily Ledbetter Hyde

November 15, 1943 - July 4, 2014

Emily Ledbetter Hyde, age 70, of New House Road, Shelby, NC, died Friday, July 4, 2014 in Winston-Salem. Born November 15, 1943 in Henrietta, NC, she was the daughter of the late Fred Ledbetter and Louise Honeycutt Ledbetter. Emily was a homemaker who was devoted to her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Renee McDaniel and two...
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Fred B. McCurry, Jr.

April 23, 1946 - June 30, 2014

Fred B. McCurry, Jr., age 68, of Mooresboro, NC, died Monday, June 30, 2014 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born April 23, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Fred B. McCurry, Sr. and Myrtise Guffey McCurry. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1964. Fred served in the US Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a production manager for...
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Mary Elizabeth "Lib" Stacey

March 26, 1932 - June 28, 2014

Mary Elizabeth "Lib" Stacey, age 82, of Jack McKinney Road, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 26, 1932 in Cherokee County, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Overcash and Dorothy McFarland Overcash. She worked as a nurse's aide for several years and was a homemaker. Lib was a longtime and faithful member...
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Martha Roark Collins

October 31, 1946 - June 27, 2014

Martha Roark Collins, age 67, of Poors Ford Road, Rutherfordton, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 31, 1946 in Greenup County, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Fred Webb and Carrie Young Webb. She worked as a CNA for the Oakmont Manor in Flatwoods, Kentucky for several years and was bestowed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of...
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Harold Dobbins

May 7, 1939 - June 25, 2014

Harold Dobbins, age 75, formerly of West Main Street, Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Forest City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 7, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Hoyle Dobbins and Ollie Davis Dobbins. Harold worked for Powers Plumbing for many years and was also a commercial painter. He was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints...
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Franklin "Everett" Wilson

January 11, 1929 - June 17, 2014

Franklin "Everett" Wilson, age 85, of Bostic and formerly of Cliffside, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Fair Haven Home. Born January 11, 1929 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late W. Barto Wilson and Maggie Lee White Wilson. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Army. Everett worked for Greyhound Bus Lines, Western Petroleum and Stonecutter Mill as a diesel...
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Elizabeth (Betty) Degi Kraynak

June 15, 1920 - June 15, 2014

Elizabeth "Betty" Degi Kraynak, age 94, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away on June 15, 2014 at Oakland Living Center. She was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio on June 15, 1920. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen Degi, Sr. and Elizabeth Csender Degi, and by her husband, Frank Kraynak and brother, Stephen Degi, Jr. Betty was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Forest...
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Cornelio Perez Mendoza

September 6, 1956 - June 14, 2014

Cornelio Perez Mendoza, age 57, of Island Ford Road, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at his residence. Born September 6, 1956 in Apaseo El Grande, Guanajuato, Celaya, Mexico, he was a son of the late Jose` Carmen Mendoza and Maria Concepcion Perez Mendoza who resides in Mexico. He worked in construction most of his life was known as a hard worker. He was a member of the...
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Martha Louise Toney Smiley

April 17, 1941 - June 11, 2014

Martha Louise Toney Smiley, age 73, of Tanners Grove Road, Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 17, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late William Gleason Toney, Sr. and Ossie Lydia Murray Toney. She was a graduate of Sunshine High School, class of 1959 and worked as an LPN for several years at Rutherford...
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Reba Green Hicks

April 25, 1928 - June 3, 2014

Reba Green Hicks, age 86, of Henrietta, NC died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 25, 1928 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Leroy Green and Montie Hines Green. Reba worked in textiles for many years and attended High Shoal Baptist Church. She loved to travel and enjoyed quilting, and arranging artificial flowers. ...
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John Lee Whetstine

November 13, 1936 - June 1, 2014

John Lee Whetstine, age 77, of Rutherfordton, NC died Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born November 13, 1936 in Yancey County, NC, he was the son of the late Frank Whetstine and Lillie Blevins Whetstine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ophelia Smith Whetstine; sister, Lela Mae Quincey; two great-great grandchildren, McKinesy Lattimore,...
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James Marlin Weaver

March 10, 1932 - June 1, 2014

James Marlin Weaver "Rattlesnake", age 82, of Bostic, NC died Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born March 10, 1932 in Rutherford County, NC, he was the son of the late Thomas Weaver and Maggie Waters Weaver. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother; one sister; and one grandson. Mr. Weaver was a United States Army veteran and a member of Wilson...
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Connie McCarley Saine

April 18, 1964 - May 25, 2014

Connie Diane McCarley Saine, age 50, of Mooresboro, NC died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at her residence. Born April 18, 1964 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Jack McCarley and Ellenora McCarley Wyatt. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, James Saine; son, Jamie Saine and wife Pamela; two daughters, Carleigh Saine, Ashley Mills and husband Jason; ten grandchildren,...
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Gerald "Jerry" Dean Benfield

February 11, 1923 - May 25, 2014

Gerald "Jerry" Dean Benfield, age 91, of Forest City died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born February 11, 1923 in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Worth and Ollie White Benfield. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Jerry worked for 39 years with the Metropolitan Washington Transit Authority, formerly...
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Hubert Zeb Hudgins

October 29, 1928 - May 23, 2014

Hubert Zeb Hudgins, age 85, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born October 29, 1928 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Zeb Hudgins and Lula Gibbs Hudgins. He retired from the table line at Broyhill Furniture and attended Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of...
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Robert Dale Clontz

July 8, 1951 - May 22, 2014

Robert Dale Clontz, age 62, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born July 8, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Ben David Clontz and Bessie Hensley Clontz. He was heavy equipment operator in highway construction and of the Baptist Faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Anarah...
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Peggy Smart Alley

October 2, 1935 - May 16, 2014

Peggy Smart Alley, age 78, of Chase Community, died May 16, 2014 at the Fair Haven Home. Born October 2, 1935 in Avondale, NC, she was a daughter of the late Addie J. Smart and Ruby Crawley Smart and married Jack Alley on December 21, 1957. Jack passed away on August 11, 1987. Peggy graduated from Tri-High High School, class of 1954. She was also a graduate of the Rutherford Hospital...
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Jerry Robert McAbee

November 26, 1942 - May 15, 2014

Jerry Robert McAbee, age 71, of Old Wagy Road, Forest City, NC, died Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born November 26, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Thomas Alfred McAbee and Annie Mae Smith McAbee. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1961 and worked for PPG Industries for many years before retirement. He was a member of...
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Carl W. McDaniel

April 18, 1926 - May 10, 2014

Carl W. McDaniel, age 88, of Spindale, NC, died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 18, 1926 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Enoch McDaniel and Viola Searcy McDaniel. He was a member of Bill's Creek Baptist Church and always a friend to others. Carl loved the Lord with all of his heart and had a wonderful Christian testimony. In...
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Glenn "A.J." Jackson

April 29, 1963 - May 7, 2014

Glenn "A.J." Jackson, age 51, of Forest City, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at his residence. Born April 29, 1963 in Mobile, Alabama, he was a son of the late George Jackson and Georgia Weatherly Jackson. A.J. was a veteran of the US Navy and served on the USS Enterprise. He worked for Mastercraft for many years and Mohawk Industries in Landrum for the last fifteen years. He was of the...
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John Davis

March 10, 1968 - May 7, 2014

John H. Davis, age 46, of Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 10, 1968 in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late John H. Euten and Etta Marie Davis Greene. He was a mechanic most of his life and of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed fixing cars and going to races. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his...
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Donald Greene

October 27, 1945 - May 4, 2014

Donald Greene, age 68, of Henrietta, NC, died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 27, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Jesse Greene and Ruby Wilson Greene. Donald was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1964 and worked for PPG Industries for forty-two years before retirement. He was a longtime member of Henrietta First Baptist...
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Margaret Marshall

September 26, 1930 - May 4, 2014

Margaret Marshall, age 83, of Old Caroleen Road, Forest City, NC, died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 26, 1930 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Kelly Preston Hamrick and Lula Holland Hamrick. Margaret was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1948 and a longtime member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She was a...
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Dusty Scott Fowler

February 14, 1983 - April 28, 2014

Dusty Scott Fowler, age 31, of Spindale, NC, died April 28, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 14, 1983 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Barbara Kaye Smith Fowler and the late Billy Joe Fowler. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bryan Fowler and Rocky Fowler. Survivors include his mother, Barbara Fowler; sister,...
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Dorothy "Dot" Liveret Hensley

December 4, 1924 - April 26, 2014

Dorothy "Dot" Liveret Hensley, age 89, of Caroleen, NC, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 4, 1924 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late James Henry Liverett and Vinnie Wilson Liverett. Dot worked at the Caroleen Mill for 46 years before retirement and was a member of Caroleen United Methodist Church. She enjoyed travelling and...
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Charles "Dude" Smith

February 19, 1928 - April 25, 2014

Charles "Dude" Smith, age 86, of Ellenboro, NC, died Friday, April 25, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 19, 1928 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Edgar Smith and Betty Kirkendoll Smith. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and served during World War II. Charles worked as an overhead crane operator for Jones & Laughlin Steel Company for thirty-three...
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Chris Taylor

October 4, 1959 - April 19, 2014

Chris Taylor, age 54, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at his residence. Born October 4, 1959 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Nathan Buster Taylor and Vonnie Mullinax Taylor. He served in the Army National Guard for several years and was a graduate of Fruitland Bible College. He owned and operated the Davis Donut Shop for many years and attended Forest...
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Deborah B. Kiser

February 17, 1961 - April 14, 2014

Deborah B. Kiser, age 53, of Turner Street, Forest City, NC, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born February 17, 1961 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Odell Blanton and Maggie Silver Blanton. She worked as a security officer for North Carolina Private Protective Services for several years and was a member of the Holy Ground Community Church...
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Gary Sailors

November 20, 1956 - April 12, 2014

Gary Sailors, age 57, of Ellenboro, NC, died at his residence. Born November 20, 1956 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late John E. Sailors, Jr. and Mary Putman Hodge who resides with her husband, Ken in Caroleen. Gary worked as an industrial painter and worked for OMC Industries for many years. He loved music and played the drums for several local churches. He was a member of...
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Willard Edward Alley

June 22, 1922 - April 12, 2014

Willard Edward Alley, age 91, of Clay Street, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born June 22, 1922 in Statesville, NC, he was a son of the late Garfield Alley and Mary McCreary Alley Sells. Willard served in the US Army and was a veteran of World War II. He worked in textiles most of his life and was a member of Crestview Baptist...
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William "Bill" Lawrence Gardner

July 17, 1952 - April 12, 2014

William "Bill" Lawrence Gardner, of Caroleen, NC passed away April 12, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County after a courageous battle with melanoma. He was born in Willimantic, Connecticut in 1952 and was raised in Marion, Charlotte, and Forest City, NC. He was a 1970 graduate of East Rutherford High School and attended Isothermal Community College before graduating from Gardner...
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Ruby Champion Pegram

August 6, 1934 - April 9, 2014

Ruby Champion Pegram, age 79, of Ellenboro, NC, died April 9, 2014 at her residence. Born August 6, 1934 in Alamance County, NC, she was a daughter of the late William G. Champion and Callie Mae Prawell Champion. Ruby worked in textiles most of her life and was a Baptist. She was an AKC registered dog breeder and enjoyed flower gardening. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
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A.W. Horton

January 20, 1933 - April 8, 2014

A.W. Horton, age 81, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at his residence. Born January 20, 1933 in Cherokee County, SC, he was a son of the late George and Minnie Horton. He was a truck driver for Akers Freight Lines for many years and then worked for Hoechst Celanese for several years before retirement. A.W. was a faithful member of Harris Baptist Church and served as a...
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Dean Cogdell

January 25, 1953 - April 6, 2014

Dean Cogdell, age 61, of Highway 120, Mooresboro, NC, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born January 25, 1953 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Oscar Cogdell and Nancy Hoyle Cogdell. Dean worked as a dry wall installer for several years and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed watching westerns and sports. Dean also enjoyed golfing. In...
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Eula Mae Moore

June 9, 1924 - April 4, 2014

Eula Mae Moore, age 89, of Burnsville, NC, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at her residence. Born June 9, 1924 in Polk County, she was a daughter of the late Jason Hensley and Lauraney Morrow Hensley. She worked for Cone Mills for many years before retirement and was a member of Chase Baptist Church. Eula Mae enjoyed cooking, gardening and taking special care of her grandchildren. In...
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Ted Hoover Newton

December 28, 1928 - April 3, 2014

Ted Hoover Newton, age 85, of Newton Road, Forest City, NC, died Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Born December 28, 1928, he was a military veteran and a member of the Union Mills Presbyterian Church. Ted owned and operated the Newton Tree Nursery for many years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives, Lucille Newton and Iris...
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Wanda Whitesides Byers

February 10, 1927 - April 2, 2014

Wanda Whitesides Byers, age 87, of Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born February 10, 1927 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late James Oscar Whitesides and Mattie Florence Webb Whitesides. Wanda was a homemaker and a graduate of Isothermal Community College. She was also a member of Caroleen United Methodist Church. ...
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Dale "Slab" Buff

October 17, 1958 - April 1, 2014

Dale "Slab" Buff, age 55, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at his residence. Born October 17, 1958 in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was a son of Elbert Buff of Ellenboro and the late Mary Lucille Adair Buff. He was an electrician and worked for H.R. Allen Construction for many years. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching Professional Wrestling. In addition to his...
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James "Wedge" Greene

November 24, 1945 - March 31, 2014

James "Wedge" Greene, age 68, of Ellenboro, NC, died March 31, 2014 at his residence. Born November 24, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Max Melvin Greene and Minnie Bell Sheppard Greene. He worked for Camp's Well and Pump Company for thirty-two years before retiring and was a faithful member of In His Hands Independent Baptist Church of Boiling Springs, NC. He also...
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Jolene Cooper

November 12, 1942 - March 25, 2014

Jolene Cooper, age 71, of Marion, NC, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 12, 1942 in Polk County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Earl Taylor and Dora Ridings Taylor. Jolene was a homemaker and was a help meet as a pastor's wife for fifty-one years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother as well as a dedicated prayer warrior....
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Jerry Greene

April 15, 1946 - March 23, 2014

Jerry Greene, age 67, of Caroleen, NC, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 15, 1946 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late Vernon Greene and Inez Sisk Greene. He worked for Cone Mills for forty-one years before his retirement. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Barnette. Survivors...
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Robert H. "Bob" Cook

October 13, 1926 - March 22, 2014

Robert H. "Bob" Cook, age 87, of Mooresboro, NC, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 13, 1926 in Georgia, he was the son of the late L.C. Cook and Lucille Haggard Cook. He attended the University of North Carolina and also worked in auto sales for many years. Bob enjoyed all genres of music and was a movie enthusiast. He was an unselfish,...
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Helen Marie Hampton

March 16, 1947 - March 21, 2014

Helen Marie Hampton, age 67, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at her residence. Born March 16, 1947 in Polk County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Jeff Oliver and Julia Hammett Oliver. She worked in various textile mills most of her life and retired from J.C. Cowan. She was a member of Green Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed watching birds, working on word puzzles and...
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Eloise Parton Deyton

October 15, 1926 - March 21, 2014

Eloise Parton Deyton, age 87, of Caroleen, NC, quietly went home to be with the Lord while being surrounded by her family on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home. Born October 15, 1926 in Converse, SC, she was a daughter to the late Cromer Rector Parton and Callie Hannah Parton. Eloise retired from Tanners after many years of service and was a faithful member of...
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Max Burgess

August 27, 1928 - March 19, 2014

Max Burgess, age 85, of Henrietta, NC, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 27, 1928 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of the late Grover Burgess and Jeanette Gibson Burgess. He was a graduate of Tri-High School and a veteran of the US Army having served in the Korean War. Max worked for Bell South Communications for over thirty-three...
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Andrew William "Little Andy" Roberson III

February 21, 1978 - March 16, 2014

Andrew William "Little Andy" Roberson III, age 36, of Charlotte, NC passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his residence. Born February 21, 1978 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of Andrew William Roberson of Forest City and Peggy Honeycutt Lewis of Rutherfordton. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1996 and worked for Wells Fargo Bank as an infrastructure analyst. Andrew...
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Robert Lee Leverett, Jr.

May 26, 1968 - March 9, 2014

Robert Lee Leverett, Jr., age 45, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at his residence. Born May 26, 1968 in Rutherford County, NC, he was the son of Robert Lee Leverett, Sr. and Carol Robbins Leverett who reside in Rutherfordton. Robert worked in textiles for many years and also as a truck driver for several years. He was a Baptist. Robert was an avid golfer and enjoyed...
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Frank M. Toney

June 18, 1936 - March 2, 2014

Frank M. Toney, age 77, of Bostic, NC, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 18, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Greely Toney and Alice Campbell Toney. Frank worked as a carpenter most of his life and was a truck driver for many years. He was a charter member of Ross Hill Baptist Church and was an avid fisherman. In...
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Lisa Greene

March 24, 1956 - March 1, 2014

Lisa Greene, age 57, of Bostic, NC, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 24, 1956 in Bainbridge, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Gene Spratt and Jeanelle Ledford Spratt. Lisa worked in the textile industry for many years and also as a CNA and a massage therapist for several years. She enjoyed spending time outdoors which included flower...
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Madelyne "Matt" Hawkins

January 29, 1922 - February 28, 2014

Madelyne "Matt" Hawkins, age 92, of Forest City, NC, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born January 29, 1922 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Edward Avery Scruggs and Ora Lee Lawrence Scruggs. She worked for Burlington Industries for thirty-one years and retired from Sonoco-Crellin Plastics. Matt was known for her gift of calling...
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Peggy Haynes Lowery

November 15, 1937 - February 23, 2014

Peggy Haynes Lowery, age 76, of Caroleen, NC, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 15, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late William Vance Haynes and Gussie Lee Spakes Haynes. A graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1955, she worked for J. C. Cowan for over 30 years as a lab technician. Peggy enjoyed being a homemaker...
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Mary Lucille Buff

April 13, 1933 - February 21, 2014

Mary Lucille Buff, age 80, of Bradley Loop Road, Ellenboro, NC, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 13, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Joe Fowler Adair and Molly Ida Price Adair. Lucille's life was consumed with taking care of her family. She was a dedicated wife to her husband who served in the US Army for over...
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Gladys Byers

April 27, 1925 - February 21, 2014

Gladys Byers, age 88, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at Autumn Care. Born April 27, 1925 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was a daughter of the late Floyd Hammett and Lisher Blackwell Hammett. Gladys was a graduate of Harris High School and worked in the dietary service of Willow Ridge Nursing Home and Rutherford Hospital for many years. She was a faithful and...
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Randy J. McCraw

May 11, 1962 - February 18, 2014

Randy J. McCraw, age 51, of Mooresboro, NC, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at his residence. Born May 11, 1962 in Suffern, NY, he was a son of James Ray McCraw and the late Floy Jean Icenhower McCraw. Randy worked as a welder in manufacturing and was a member of Prospect Baptist Church. He was an avid collector of various items and a veteran of the US Army. In addition to his...
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Robert H. Pace

December 10, 1950 - February 17, 2014

Robert H. Pace, age 63, of Forest City, NC, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 10, 1950 in Rutherford County, NC, he was the son of the late Robert Orion Pace and Beatrice Cannon Pace who resides in Forest City. Robert was an Honors Graduate of Isothermal Community College and served in the US Navy for thirty years before his retirement. ...
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Mary Ann "Tootsie" Burgess

July 25, 1938 - February 8, 2014

Mary Ann "Tootsie" Burgess, age 75, of Francis Street, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born July 25, 1938 in Rutherford County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Luther Phillip Henson and Jessie Rice Henson. She worked for Cone Mills for thirty-five years and had attended Holly Springs Baptist Church. Mary Ann enjoyed working on...
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Shelly Hollifield

October 21, 1970 - February 7, 2014

Shelly D. Hollifield, age 43, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born October 21, 1970 in Charleston, SC, she was the daughter of the late George Clifford Hollifield and Brenda Suttle McEntyre who resides in Rutherfordton. Shelly was a graduate of Chase High School and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She worked in...
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Merle W. Crawley

October 23, 1936 - February 6, 2014

Merle W. Crawley of Forest City, NC died February 6, 2014 while a resident at Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Merle was born October 23, 1936, in Rutherford County, North Carolina, to the late John H. West and Daisy W. West. Merle retired from AFA Industries. She was a long time member of the Sandy Mush Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was...
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Westyn Prier Smith

January 28, 2014 - February 5, 2014

Westyn Prier Smith, infant son of Jennifer Earls and Chad Smith, of Mooresboro, NC went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Westyn was born on January 28, 2014 in Cleveland County, NC and touched the lives of his family during his brief time with them. He was the joy of their hearts. In addition to his parents, survivors include his five brothers, Trent Smith, Durant...
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Cathy Lynn Smith

May 22, 1956 - February 4, 2014

Cathy Lynn Smith, age 57, of Rutherford County, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 22, 1956 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of John Edwards, Sr., who resides in Ellenboro, and the late Betty Jones Edwards. Cathy worked for Cone Mills for over twelve years and also as a cashier for Wal-Mart for several years. She enjoyed flower...
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Barbara Ann Poteat Holland

June 19, 1941 - February 4, 2014

Barbara Ann Poteat Holland, age 72, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born June 19, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late David Poteat and Eunice Atkins Poteat. Barbara was a homemaker and a member of Morningstar Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling, camping and loved spending time with her...
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Ralph C. Roper

December 28, 1935 - February 3, 2014

Ralph Roper, age 78, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Monday, February 3, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 28, 1935 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late John William Roper and Euneeda Dills Roper. Ralph worked for Cone Mills-Florence Plant for over 30 years before his retirement and for the Gilkey Convenience Center in his retirement years. He was a member of...
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Pinkney "Reid" Yelton

December 18, 1928 - February 3, 2014

Pinkney "Reid" Yelton, age 85, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Monday, February 3, 2014 at his residence. Born December 18, 1928 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Farris Yelton and Cledar Hutchins Yelton. Reid worked in the saw mills when he was younger and then worked for Spindale Mills and Cone Mills for over 30 years before retirement. He was a member of Westminster Baptist...
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Barbara Greene Henderson

December 21, 1939 - February 3, 2014

Barbara Greene Henderson, age 74, of Ellenboro, NC, went home to be with her Savior, Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 21, 1939 in Rutherford County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Renzo Greene and Verdia Biggerstaff Greene. She was a faithful Christian and enjoyed working on puzzles and especially loved spending time with her family. ...
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Joyce Love Melton

March 22, 1929 - February 2, 2014

Joyce Love Melton, 84, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center in Shelby, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, Burton M. Melton and Ammie Wilson Melton and her brother, Carey Trowbridge Melton. Joyce was born on March 22, 1929 in Rutherford County, NC. Her parents ran the B. M. Melton Store in Caroleen where Joyce and Carey spent much time. Joyce...
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Janie Green Ledford

June 18, 1931 - February 2, 2014

Janie Green Ledford, age 82, of Bostic, NC, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 18, 1931 in Haywood County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Frank Green and Elzie Wyatt Green. She worked for Drexel-Heritage Furniture for over 35 years before her retirement and was a Free Will Baptist. Janie enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, collecting...
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Martha Jean Lovelace

November 22, 1955 - January 29, 2014

Martha Jean Lovelace, age 58, of Henrietta, NC, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born November 22, 1955 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Freddie Clay and Betty Lail Clay. Martha was a homemaker and also worked in textiles for many years. She enjoyed trips to the mountains and spending time with her family. Martha was a Baptist. ...
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Amelia "Ma" Shytles

September 21, 1937 - January 28, 2014

Amelia "Ma" Shytles, age 76, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 21, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Putman and Inez Campfield Putman. Amelia was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1955 and worked as an underwriter for Insurance Marketing Services for 31 years and also for the...
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Lola Mae Hawkins

October 9, 1925 - January 24, 2014

Lola Mae Hawkins, age 88, of Forest City, NC, died Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 9, 1925 in White County, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Milton Pitchford and Annie Mae Ward Pitchford. Lola worked most of her life for the Caroleen-Henrietta Mills and also for K & W Cafeteria in Kannapolis, NC. She was a member of Riverside...
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Brad Balderstone

December 23, 1948 - January 22, 2014

Brad Balderstone, age 65, of Ellenboro, NC, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 23, 1948 in Flint, Michigan, he was a son of the late Eric Balderstone and Connie Reynolds Balderstone. Brad was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Brad worked as a commercial truck...
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Christina Lee Ford Bruce

February 26, 1972 - January 20, 2014

Christina Lee Ford Bruce, age 41, of Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, NC, died Monday, January 20, 2014 due to an automobile accident. Born February 26, 1972 in Dade County, Florida, she was a daughter of the late Danny Ford and Libby Brown Ford Arrowood who resides in Forest City. She was a graduate of Burns High School, class of 1990 and worked for PPG Industries for several years. ...
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Sandra W. Dobbins

September 9, 1950 - January 18, 2014

Sandra W. Dobbins, age 63, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 9, 1950 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Joe D. Wilson and Jean Saine Shehan who resides in Rutherfordton. Sandra was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1968 and attended Isothermal Community College. She worked as...
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Brandy Moore Cash

September 21, 1980 - January 16, 2014

Brandy Moore Cash, age 33, of Henrietta, NC, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at her residence. Born September 21, 1980 in Rutherford County, NC, she was a daughter of Mike Moore of Forest City and the late Donna Marie Poteat Moore. Brandy was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family and was a loving and caring person. Brandy was a caring person who always put others first. She...
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Doris Jean Riddle

February 28, 1943 - January 15, 2014

Doris Jean Riddle, age 70, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at her residence. Born February 28, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Glenn Gettys. She worked as a Registered Nurse for Autumn Care and also Rutherford Regional Medical Center. She was also a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, decorating and especially caring for others. In...
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Bessie Lee Mitchell Harris

September 4, 1916 - January 12, 2014

Bessie Lee Mitchell Harris, age 97, of Henrietta, NC, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Autumn Care. Born September 4, 1916 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was a daughter to the late James Robert Mitchell and Pansey Lee Buckner Mitchell. Bessie was a homemaker and a charter member of Pleasant View Community Church. She enjoyed gardening, working outdoors, knitting, going to church and...
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Jessie Dobbins Cochran

April 25, 1925 - January 9, 2014

Jessie Dobbins Cochran, age 88, of Forest City, NC, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born April 25, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Tom Dobbins and Mary Phine Kennedy Dobbins. Jessie's greatest pleasure in life came from her connections to family, church family, and friends. Her role as homemaker surrounded by family was...
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Catherine Humphries White

August 30, 1934 - January 5, 2014

Catherine Humphries White, age 79, of Bostic, NC, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Henderson Care in Forest City. Born August 30, 1934 in Cleveland County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Humphries and Judy Greene Humphries. Catherine worked for Jenkins Liver Mush Company for over twenty-two years and was a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. She was a loving Christian wife...
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Betty Mae Ledbetter

May 2, 1930 - January 2, 2014

Betty Mae Ledbetter, age 83, of Forest City, NC, died Thursday, January 2, 2014 at White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born May 2, 1930 in Rutherford County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Thurman Kennedy and Lula Mae Henson Kennedy. Betty worked for Fieldcrest Mills for many years and the Alexander Baptist Daycare for several years. She was a member of the Alexander United Methodist...
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Cathy Boyles Ewing

February 13, 1959 - December 30, 2013

After a long illness with pulmonary fibrosis, Cathy Ewing, of Forest City, NC, passed away on December 30, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. In addition to her parents, Joseph and Patsy Boyles of Gastonia, Cathy is survived by her son Adam Kent Ewing, Forest City, NC and her daughter Ashley Renee Ewing of Newport News, VA, her two grandchildren Logan Tapia and Eleanor...
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Beatrice Bennett Robbins

May 12, 1935 - December 30, 2013

Beatrice Bennett Robbins, age 78, of Forest City, NC, died December 30, 2013 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born May 12, 1935 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late William Bennett and Bertha Wilson Bennett. She worked for Cone Mills for many years and was a past member of Sandy Mush Baptist Church. Beatrice enjoyed walking, reading and working puzzle books. ...
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Frankie Godfrey

December 16, 1941 - December 30, 2013

Frankie Scoggins Godfrey, age 72, of Ellenboro, NC, died Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 16, 1941 in Walker County, Georgia, she was a daughter to the late Hollie Forrest Scoggins and Jerusha Juanita Newton Scoggins. She worked for Turner Trucking for several years as a team driver with her late husband, Bobby Delano Godfrey. Frankie...
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Dorothy "Dot" Wise Hanson

April 9, 1933 - December 29, 2013

Dorothy "Dot" Wise Hanson, age 80, of Spindale, NC, died Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born April 9, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph William Wise and Maude Rosa Hunsinger Wise. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1951 and worked for Cone Mills for over thirty years before her retirement. Dot was a member of...
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Warren Jennings Walker

March 8, 1941 - December 28, 2013

Warren Jennings Walker, age 72, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 8, 1941 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Grady Webb Walker and Cordie Davis Walker. He was a veteran of the US Army and worked for PPG Industries for forty years before his retirement. He was a member of Earl Baptist Church and attended...
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Claude Taylor Morris, Jr.

July 8, 1951 - December 24, 2013

Claude Taylor Morris, Jr., age 62, of Shelby, NC, died Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born July 8, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Claude Taylor Morris and Gladys Hames Morris. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1968 and worked as a Supervisor for various manufacturing companies. Claude enjoyed playing the piano and was a...
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Jacqueline Flack Lawson

July 6, 1942 - December 23, 2013

Jacqueline Flack Lawson, age 71, formerly of Forest City, NC and a resident of Stem, NC, died Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Duke University Hospital. Born July 6, 1942 in Burke 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 1960 and worked for Kemet Industries for many years before retiring. She was...
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Robert "Bob" Allred, Jr.

July 24, 1944 - December 19, 2013

Robert "Bob" Allred, Jr., age 69, of Ellenboro, NC, died Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 24, 1944 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of the late Robert O. Allred, Sr. and Letha Hughes Allred. Bob served in the US Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also an honor graduate of Isothermal Community College and a member...
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Louise "Easter" Beheler Bumgardner

October 19, 1920 - December 18, 2013

Louise "Easter" Beheler Bumgardner, age 93, of Casar, NC, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 19, 1920 in Rutherford County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Romeo Beheler and Dell Honeycutt Beheler. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, canning and working in the garden. She was a member of First Broad River Baptist Church. ...
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Edward Radford

November 13, 1943 - December 16, 2013

Edward Radford, age 70, of Forest City, NC, died Monday, December 16, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 13, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Jack Radford and Lucille Daily Radford Wells. Edward was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the US Army. He worked for Duke Power Company for thirty years before his retirement and was a...
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Therman "Therm Rat" Stafford

November 27, 1978 - December 15, 2013

Therman "Therm Rat" Stafford, age 35, of Henson Road, Forest City, NC died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at his residence. Born November 27, 1978 in Polk County, NC, he was a son of Marvin Andrew Stafford and Jackie Bailey Stafford. Therm Rat worked for A & L Lumber for many years and was an avid car racer and fan. He competed on all the local race circuits and also enjoyed fishing. In...
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Kay Roberson Blanton

November 10, 1938 - December 11, 2013

Kay Roberson Blanton, age 75, of Nebo, NC, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at her residence. Born November 10, 1938 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lewis Roberson and Violet Harris Roberson. She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1956 and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion. She was a homemaker who served in many community...
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Daniel G. Brown

December 16, 1930 - December 10, 2013

Daniel G. Brown, age 82, of Caroleen, NC, died Tuesday morning, December 10, 2013 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville. He was born December 16, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Reverend Lee and Dora Rhodes Brown. He lived a life defined in the biblical meaning of his name Daniel. "God is my judge; he's a friend for all seasons. • He encourages others to do...
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John White

December 1, 1937 - December 8, 2013

John White, age 76, of Union Mills, NC, died December 8, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 1, 1937 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of the late Reid White and Eva Mae Ferguson White. He worked for Stonecutter Mills most of his life and was a member of Centennial United Methodist Church. He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and hunting. He coached...
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