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Roger Dobbins

April 25, 1928 - February 6, 2016

Roger Dobbins, age 87, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 25, 1928 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Henry C. Dobbins and Myrtle Grayson Dobbins. He was a graduate of Harris High School and also graduated from Business College in Shelby. Roger served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He...
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Jennings L. Padgett

May 9, 1930 - February 5, 2016

Jennings L. Padgett, age 85, of Bostic, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born May 9, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Grover J. Padgett and Avis Bridges Padgett. He was a graduate of Ellenboro High School and served in the U.S. Army and a veteran of the Korean War. Jennings worked for Standard Coffee and Charles Chips Company for...
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Johnny F. Lowery

March 19, 1949 - February 5, 2016

Johnny F. Lowery, age 66, of Henrietta, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at his residence. Born March 19, 1949 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Virgil Lee Lowery and Myrtle Padgett Lowery. Johnny served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Henrietta First Baptist Church. Johnny owned and operated Johnny's Gun Shop and worked for Duke Energy....
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Louise Stanley Branch

October 6, 1925 - February 4, 2016

Louise Stanley Branch, age 90, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 6, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Curtis F. Stanley and Nanola McGinnis Stanley. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and worked as a Nurse's Aide in the Nursery at Rutherford Hospital for many years. Louise was a...
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Diane Rabb Dunagan

August 25, 1945 - February 2, 2016

Diane Rabb Dunagan, age 70, of Henrietta, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at her residence. Born August 25, 1945 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jim Rabb and Mildred Whisnut Rabb. Diane was a homemaker and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church and enjoyed attending church. She was a loving sister,...
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Susan Malane Kranich

September 17, 1955 - February 1, 2016

Susan Malane Kranich, age 60, of Lawndale, NC, died Monday, February 1, 2016 at her residence. Born September 17, 1955 in Selma, Alabama, she was a daughter to the late Robert Leonard Smith and Dorothy Guffey Smith. Susan was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1973 and worked for American Greetings Industries in the personnel department and for Wal-Mart as a customer...
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Stella P. Goode

March 31, 1929 - January 28, 2016

Stella P. Goode, age 86, of Henrietta, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Oakland Living Center. Born March 31, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late William "W.A." Putnam and Lonna Penson Putnam. Stella worked many years as an LPN for Rutherford Hospital and was a faithful member of Henrietta First Baptist Church. She was actively involved in her church,...
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Leo Carter

July 16, 1923 - January 28, 2016

Leo Carter, age 92, of Forest City, died Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born July 16, 1923 in Bacon County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Ottis and Viola Dean Carter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Virtie Lee Crumpton, Ocie Carter, Cassie Carter; brothers, Virgil Carter, Felton Carter; and great grandson, Tyler...
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Sheila Coffey Trotter

June 23, 1952 - January 26, 2016

Sheila Coffey Trotter, age 63, of Forest City, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at her son's residence. Born June 23, 1952 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Raymond Monroe Coffey, Sr. and Grace Roberts Coffey. Sheila worked many years for Burlington Industries-Caroleen Plant. She was a member of the Apostolics of Rutherford County. In addition to her parents, she...
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Charles Lloyd Rhodes, Sr.

October 26, 1939 - January 25, 2016

Charles Lloyd Rhodes, Sr., age 76, of Doc Wiseman Road, Henrietta, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born October 26, 1939 in Buncombe County, he was a son to the late Lloyd Lee Rhodes and Louise Wilson Rhodes Dougherty. Charles spent thirty-seven years working in textiles. He worked for Stonecutter Mill and Burlington Industries until retirement. Charles also...
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Wayne "Ronnie" Murray, Jr.

March 18, 1975 - January 23, 2016

Wayne "Ronnie" Murray, Jr., age 40, of Mooresboro, died Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 18, 1975 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Wayne "Murph" Murray, Sr. and Barbara Ann Skipper who resides in Forest City. Ronnie was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1994 and worked at Cone Mill-Haynes Plant for several years. He was a...
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Cynthia Ann Herndon

September 13, 1936 - January 21, 2016

Cynthia Ann Herndon, age 79, of Forest City, died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at her residence. Born September 13, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts, she was a daughter to the late Peter Thomas Campbell and Ruth Prohaska Campbell. She received an earned Master's Degree from East Carolina University and worked for the U.S. Government as an Economics Analyst and retired from the State of North...
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Kathy Goforth Fowler

November 8, 1980 - January 20, 2016

Kathy Goforth Fowler, age 35, of Forest City, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was born on November 8, 1980 in Cleveland County and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for many years. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and enjoyed drawing, writing poetry and spending time on Facebook. She was known for her wonderful sense of humor. ...
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Doris Terry Turner

September 13, 1944 - January 19, 2016

*The funeral service for Doris Terry Turner has been rescheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 24th at the Glenwood Baptist Church. Doris Terry Turner, age 71, of Jefferson Road, Mooresboro, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 13, 1944 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Coy Terry and Corine Devon Schuster who...
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Darlene Goode

August 30, 1959 - January 17, 2016

Darlene Goode, age 56, of Mooresboro, died Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Restwell Home in Rutherfordton. Born August 30, 1959 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Ernest Glenn Goode and Linda Wall Price who resides in Mooresboro. Darlene was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed listening to music, drinking coffee and cappuccino. In addition to her father, she was...
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David Pye

March 24, 1970 - January 16, 2016

*The memorial services for David Pye have been rescheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. David Pye, age 45, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, formerly of Rutherford County, died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at his residence. Born March 24, 1970 in Goldsboro, NC, he was the son to the late Terry Lee Pye...
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Betty Boone Melton

April 18, 1923 - January 15, 2016

Betty Boone Melton, age 92, of Bradley Road, Ellenboro, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on April 18, 1923 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Oscar Boone and Rosie Hayes Boone. She was a homemaker who loved her children and grandchildren dearly. Betty worked in textiles for several years and was a member of Corinth Baptist...
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Betty Smith Justice

September 16, 1928 - January 15, 2016

Betty Smith Justice, age 87, of Davis Road, Forest City, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Betty was born at Hickory Grove, South Carolina on September 16, 1928 to the late Mason William Smith and Guy Nelle Philips Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Mason W. Smith, Jr. and George Robert Smith, Sr. of Charlotte, NC. ...
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Amanda Atkinson Stancil

February 17, 1934 - January 13, 2016

Amanda Atkinson Stancil, age 81, of Mooresboro, NC, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born February 17, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late James Oliver Atkinson and Iva Allen Atkinson. She worked in textiles for many years and retired from Fiber Industries. Amanda was a life-long and active member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church...
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Jerry "Dink" Dunaway

November 15, 1956 - January 12, 2016

Jerry "Dink" Dunaway, age 59, of Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at his residence. Born November 15, 1956 in Spartanburg County, he was a son to the Robert Earl Dunaway and Eula Mae Beck Dunaway. He worked for Stonecutter Mill for twenty-three years and for Timken and Eaton Corporation for several years. He attended Fellowship Baptist Church and enjoyed drag racing and...
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Lorena Lancaster Scruggs

April 25, 1921 - January 11, 2016

Lorena Lancaster Scruggs, age 94, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Oakland Living Center. Born April 25, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Crawford Lancaster and Mary Floe McDaniel Lancaster. She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1939 and worked in textiles for forty years. She worked for Fieldcrest Mill-Alexander...
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Bruce "Bammer" Cantrell

October 18, 1964 - January 7, 2016

Bruce Edward "Bammer" Cantrell, age 51, of Forest City, died Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born October 18, 1964 in Henderson County, he was a son of Otis Edward Cantrell and Patsy Elizabeth Billingsley Scott. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Scott. Survivors include his son, Cody Cantrell; parents, Otis Cantrell and Patsy Scott;...
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Dorothy W. Arrowood

November 27, 1927 - January 6, 2016

Dorothy W. Arrowood, age 88, of Forest City, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 27, 1927 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Roy E. Walker and Sarah Luna Jenkins Walker. She worked in textiles for forty-five years before retirement and was a member of Sandy Mush Baptist Church. She enjoyed working with all kinds of plants...
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Hazel G. Rogers

August 20, 1923 - January 4, 2016

Hazel G. Rogers, age 92, of Shelby, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at Peak Resources in Shelby. Born August 20, 1923 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde Gordon and Willie Bridges Gordon. She worked in textiles most of her life before retirement and was of the Baptist Faith. Hazel was known as a hard worker and enjoyed reading. In addition to her parents, she...
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Cathryn Lynn Shrewsbury

December 15, 1976 - January 2, 2016

Cathryn Lynn Shrewsbury, age 39, of Forest City, went to be with the Lord following a long life of illness on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at her residence. Born in Mullens, West Virginia on December 15, 1976, she is survived by her care giving mother Edna Shrewsbury and step-father, John Nipper of Forest City. Cathryn enjoyed listening to traditional Country Western music, solving word search...
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Jean Godfrey

August 3, 1934 - January 1, 2016

Jean Godfrey, age 81, of Conover, NC formerly of Bostic NC, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 1, 2016 at her residence. Born August 3, 1934 in Greenwood County, SC, she was a daughter of the late Ray Fulmer and Maggie Still Fulmer. Jean was a pastor's wife for forty-nine years, faithfully supporting her husband, Rev. Earl Godfrey, in his ministry. She was a homemaker and had...
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John Ray Gettys

June 25, 1938 - December 31, 2015

John Ray Gettys, age 77, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the Mary Black Health System in Gaffney. Born June 25, 1938 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Bill Gettys and Nannie Sue Morehead Gettys. He worked for Hamrick Mills-Musgrove Plant for many years and in textiles total of forty-five years before retirement. He was a faithful member of Campfield Memorial...
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Jean Teats Kwasniewski

April 21, 1927 - December 31, 2015

Jean Teats Kwasniewski, age 88, of Gaffney, SC and formerly of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. Born April 21, 1927 in Bergen County, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Albert James Teats and Jenny Livingstone Teats. She was a homemaker and also owned and operated the Sandy Mush Fishing Lake with her husband and...
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Ronald "Chris" Radford

October 2, 1962 - December 29, 2015

Ronald "Chris" Radford, age 53, of Forest City, died Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at his residence. Born October 2, 1962 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Robert "Bob" Radford and Jessie Hutchins Flowe who resides in Forest City. Chris was an avid golfer, having spent many a weekend on the course. He was a fan of all sports, however, a diehard fan of NASCAR, supporting...
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Mildred Buchanan Withrow

November 3, 1926 - December 24, 2015

Mildred Buchanan Withrow, 89, went to her eternal home on Thursday, December 24, 2015. She was raised in the Alexander Mills community of Rutherford County. After graduation from Cool Springs High School in Forest City, NC, she attended nursing school at Spartanburg General Hospital and trained for the Army Nurse Corps at Camp Croft in Spartanburg, SC. In the 1940's Mildred was employed at the...
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Brenda Parker Edwards

July 4, 1954 - December 24, 2015

Brenda Parker Edwards, age 61, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015. Born July 4, 1954 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Jack Parker and Bertha Crawford Parker. She worked in textiles for many years and attended Harris First Baptist Church. Brenda loved helping others. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde and...
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Frances Ramsey Digh Hardin

September 1, 1932 - December 21, 2015

Frances Ramsey Digh Hardin, 83, died December 21, 2015, after a short decline. She was living in Forest City at the time of her death, but had lived her whole life in Morganton, NC. Born Virginia Frances Ramsey on September 1, 1932, and known as "Tootsie" throughout her life, she was the youngest of L.E. Ramsey and Ida Mae Winn's eight children. After her mother's death when Frances was less...
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Terry Allan Lyons

November 11, 1953 - December 20, 2015

Terry A. Lyons, age 62, of Ellenboro, NC, died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at his residence. Born November 11, 1953 in London, England, he was a son of the late James and Shirley Lyons. Terry served during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He retired as a Colonel after twenty years of service to his country. After his retirement, he worked in various carnivals as a ride...
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Barbara Louise Byers

February 9, 1935 - December 20, 2015

Barbara Louise Byers, age 80, of Mooresboro, died December 20, 2015 at her residence. Born February 9, 1935 in Spartanburg County, SC she was a daughter of the late Leo Hill and Mazie Humphries Hill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William "Bill" Byers; brothers, Bobby Hill, Gerald Hill; sister, Brenda Scruggs; and granddaughter, Brandy Griffin. ...
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Irene Dixon Bailey

July 13, 1930 - December 20, 2015

Irene Dixon Bailey, age 85, of Rutherfordton, died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at her residence. Born July 13, 1930 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Henry Bratcher Dixon and Hattie Alma Dixon. She was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1948 and worked for Stonecutter and Tanners for several years. She also worked for PPG for many years before her retirement....
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Ann Phillips Elliott

May 24, 1935 - December 19, 2015

Ann Phillips Elliott, age 80, of Henrietta, died Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 24, 1935 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Walter Phillips and Emily Allen Phillips. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1953 and worked for Phillips & Lawing Fuel as a secretary for many years. Ann was a homemaker and a...
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Charles "Doc" Clark

November 16, 1947 - December 18, 2015

Charles "Doc" Clark, age 68, of Forest City, died December 18, 2015 at his residence. Born November 16, 1947 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Henry Clark and Uerey Lourainey Mace Clark. Doc worked for Schneider Mills in Alexander for many years and was a member of the Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. His life revolved around his children and grandchildren and he enjoyed...
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Howard Hamrick

August 19, 1920 - December 16, 2015

Howard Hamrick, age 95, of Forest City, died Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 19, 1920 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Buford Hamrick and Bessie Vassey Hamrick. He was a farmer most of his life and also worked for at the Caroleen Mill for several years. Howard had the distinction of being the oldest living male member of Mt....
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Vance E. Norville

April 9, 1938 - December 12, 2015

Vance E. Norville, age 77, of Cliffside, died Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 9, 1938 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Robert Herman Norville and Grace Wilson Norville. He was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1956 and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Vance worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for forty-five years...
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Wayne "Lightnin" Conner

March 3, 1940 - December 10, 2015

Wayne "Lightnin" Conner, age 75, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 3, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Lee and Belle Conner. Wayne worked for Lutz-Yelton Heating and Air and Master Temp Heating and Air for many years. He also worked for Scott Vending Company for several years. He was a Baptist and...
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Francisco "Paco" Elcides Mauricio

October 1, 1975 - December 9, 2015

Francisco "Paco" Elcides Mauricio, age 40, of Forest City, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Born October 1, 1975 in Usulután, El Salvador, he was the son of Jose Benjamin Mauricio and Maria Enma Mauricio who reside in Forest City. Francisco was an avid soccer player, and devoted his life to God and his family. He was passionate about Jesus and sought to shine for...
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Gertrude Aldrich Silver

August 6, 1922 - December 5, 2015

Gertrude Aldrich Silver, age 93, of Cliffside, NC, died Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 6, 1922 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Grover Womack and Mary Silver Womack. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1939 and worked at the Cliffside Mill for forty-one years before retirement. She was a member of...
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Richard F. Harris

November 21, 1968 - December 3, 2015

Richard F. Harris, age 47, of Forest City, died Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born November 21, 1968 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Paul Harris and Barbara R. Head. Richard was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1986 and worked for Cone Jacquard Industries for several years. He was a dedicated Carolina Panthers Fan and enjoyed...
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Curtis Eugene Lowe

November 13, 1966 - December 2, 2015

Curtis Eugene Lowe, age 49, of Spindale, NC, died Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at his residence. Born November 13, 1966 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son of the late Robert Lowe and Linda Hamrick Bright. He was a graduate of R-S Central, class of 1985. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during Desert Storm as a member of the 101st Air Borne Division. Curtis enjoyed welding,...
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Christine M. Jolley

September 14, 1932 - November 29, 2015

Christine M. Jolley, age 83, of Cliffside, died Sunday, November 29, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 14, 1932 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Gifton McCombs and Essie McCurry McCombs. Christine worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for many years before retirement. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Mooresboro and enjoyed...
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Linda Elizabeth Hamrick Bright

November 15, 1949 - November 28, 2015

Linda Elizabeth Hamrick Bright, age 66, of Spindale, died Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born November 15, 1949 in Laurens County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Robert "Bobby" Hamrick and Letha Ray Hamrick Kilby. She worked for Watts Regulator Manufacturing and was of the Baptist Faith. She enjoyed doing housework and especially spending time with...
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James William Davidson

June 3, 1950 - November 27, 2015

James William Davidson, age 65, of Forest City, died Friday, November 27, 2015 at his residence. Born June 3, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late James Henry Davidson and Mary Campbell Davidson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest Davidson and two sisters, Dorothy Seay and Hazel Davidson. Survivors include his...
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Robert Joe "Bob" Tate

January 22, 1929 - November 26, 2015

Robert Joe "Bob" Tate, age 86, of Sarasota, Florida and formerly of Rutherford County, died Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the Autumn Care Home of Sarasota. Bob was born January 22, 1929 in Rutherford County. He worked for Burlington Industries and Cone Mills for fifty years before retirement. He enjoyed jogging and golfing. Bob was known as a fair, honest and loving man. He said what he...
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Royce James Bailey

October 13, 1943 - November 26, 2015

Royce James Bailey, age 72, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 13, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Walter James Bailey and Altha Cooper Bailey. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Royce worked for Brown Trucking Company as a terminal manager and for Cone Mills Avondale Plant for many years....
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Virginia "Ginny Anne" Reid

January 31, 1931 - November 25, 2015

Virginia "Ginny Anne" Reid, age 84, of Cliffside, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born January 31, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Raudy Greene and Prella Beason Greene. She and her husband, Ashley, owned and operated Reid's Clothing Store from 1952 until 1992. Ginny Anne was also a lifetime member of Cliffside United...
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James Wesley Simpson

February 15, 1933 - November 21, 2015

Free Obituary for: James Wesley Simpson James Wesley Simpson, age 82, of Rutherfordton, NC, formerly of Green County, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Hospice House in Forest City, NC. He is survived by his son: Wesley Simpson of Louisville 2 grandchildren: Chelsea Simpson and Maverick Simpson, both of Louisville a great-grandchild: Ava Braden of Louisville A...
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Allen "Al" Hoover

November 29, 1934 - November 21, 2015

Allen "Al" Hoover, age 80, of Forest City, died November 21, 2015 at the Charles George VA Center in Asheville. Born November 29, 1934 in Frederick, Oklahoma, he was a son of the late Clarence Leroy Hoover and Lela Porter Hoover. He was a graduate of Manitou High School, class of 1954 and a veteran of the US Army. Allen had the distinction of working for the White House Advance Team for the...
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Kristi L. Vickers

September 23, 1983 - November 20, 2015

Kristi L. Vickers, age 32, of Cliffside, passed away on Friday, November 20, 2015 at her residence. Born September 23, 1983 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Tim Vickers of Mooresboro and Barbara Goode Vickers of Cliffside. Kristi enjoyed writing poetry and doing artwork. She especially loved taking care of her younger brother. Kristi was of the Baptist faith. She was...
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Amanda Quinn Vargas

June 27, 1967 - November 19, 2015

Amanda Q. Vargas, age 48, of Gastonia, NC, died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Caro Mont Medical Center in Gastonia. Born June 27, 1967 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Johnny Biggerstaff Quinn and Mary Ann McKnight Quinn. Amanda was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1985 and also attended Isothermal Community College. She worked as the After School Director...
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Ray "Bud" Poteat

July 28, 1929 - November 16, 2015

Ray "Bud" Poteat, age 86, of Mayo, SC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, November 16, 2015 at the White Oak Manor in Spartanburg, SC. Born July 28, 1929 in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Will N. and Emma McDonald Poteat. Bud was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict, and worked for Fiske Carter Construction Co. for over 30 years. Bud...
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Paulette Greene

September 15, 1949 - November 13, 2015

Paulette Greene, age 66, of Byers Road, Caroleen, died Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Forest City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 15, 1949 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Fred Conner and Mildred Smith Conner. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1967 and worked for National Textiles for fifteen years. Paulette was a faithful member of...
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Dorothy M. Mathis

August 23, 1930 - November 11, 2015

Dorothy M. Mathis, age 85, of Ellenboro, died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 23, 1930 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Dennis McKinney and Annie Beam McKinney. She was a graduate of Ellenboro High School and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Dorothy worked for Stonecutter Mills for many years and was a tutor for...
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Johnson William Butler

November 26, 1927 - November 10, 2015

Johnson William Butler, age 87, of Charlotte, NC, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House. Born November 26, 1927 in Columbus County, NC, he was a son of the late Zara Butler and Ruby Williams Butler. J.W. was a graduate of Acme-Delco High School and served during World War II in the US Army. He owned and operated Butler's TV Repair Shop in Charlotte for many...
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Billy Jenkins

December 30, 1949 - November 7, 2015

Billy Jenkins, age 65, of Forest City, died Saturday, November 7, 2015 at his residence. Born December 30, 1949 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Roy Jenkins and Florence Bradley Jenkins. Bill worked for J.C. Cowan for thirty-two years and for Watts Regulators for several years before retirement. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed woodworking, fishing and golfing. ...
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Rosalie "Lee" Reid

September 18, 1929 - November 6, 2015

Rosalie "Lee" Reid, age 86, of Forest City, passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 at her residence. Born September 18, 1929 in Zion, North Dakota, she was a daughter of the late Dwight Wisler and Myrtle Gensinger Wisler. At the age of sixteen she became a switchboard operator and later received an Associates Degree in Accounting from Northeast Technical Institute in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She...
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Juan Carlos Torres Romero

June 1, 1973 - November 4, 2015

Juan Carlos Torres Romero, age 42, of Coopertown Road, Mooresboro, NC, died Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Mission Hospital. Born June 1, 1973 in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, he was a son of the late Isaac Torres Ramirez and Guillermina Irma Romero Montoya who resides in Mexico. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. Besides his mother, survivors include...
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Barbara Jean Watts

November 22, 1932 - November 2, 2015

Barbara Jean Watts, age 82, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, November 2, 2015 at the White Oak Manor. Born November 22, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late William Lee Mitchum and Eva Mae Smith Mitchum. She was a homemaker and a past member of Southern Baptist Church. Jean was an avid reader. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first...
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James Clyde Swofford

October 9, 1948 - November 2, 2015

James Clyde Swofford died in his home in Spindale, NC, on or before November 2, 2015. He was 67 years old. He is survived by his children, Savannah Swofford of Rutherfordton, NC, and Dylan Swofford of Marion, NC; his father, Clyde Swofford of Marion, NC; and his siblings, Katherine Carroll of Marion, NC, Marilyn Swofford of Banner Elk, NC, and Philip Swofford of Newton, NJ. His immediate...
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Ethel Parker Dedmon

April 26, 1923 - November 2, 2015

Ethel Parker Dedmon, age 92, of Harris, NC, died Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Morganton Long Term Care Center. She was born April 26, 1923 in Cleveland County to the late Joseph Tessenear and Olan Philbeck Tessenear and was employed at the Western Carolina Center in Morganton for twenty-six years. She also owned and operated the E & E Little Village Trailer Park with her husband, Esper,...
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Charlie Thomas O'Dell

June 25, 1926 - November 1, 2015

Charlie Thomas O'Dell, age 89, of Forest City, NC and formerly of Eden, NC, died November 1, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 25, 1926 in Eden, he was a son of the late Jesse James O'Dell and Lula Mae Williams O'Dell. He worked for Stonecutter Mill for many years and was a Baptist. Charlie enjoyed listening to and playing bluegrass music on his mandolin. He also...
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Eula Bradley Childers

November 25, 1926 - October 31, 2015

Eula Bradley Childers, age 88, of Forest City, died Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Fair Haven Home in Bostic. Born November 25, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Martin Bradley and Minnie Byers Bradley. Eula worked for the Caroleen Mill for twenty-five years and in the lunchroom for twenty years at the Rutherford County Public Schools. She attended Haynes...
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James Marvin "Bud" Butler, Jr.

April 21, 1922 - October 31, 2015

James Marvin "Bud" Butler, Jr., age 93, of Forest City, died Saturday, October 31, 2015 at his residence. Born April 21, 1922 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late James Marvin Butler, Sr. and Margaret Ethel Padgett Butler. He was an US Army veteran, having served during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Bud served as the Cleveland County Tax Assessor for twenty...
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Dianna Lynn Adkins

May 13, 1958 - October 29, 2015

Free Obituary for: Dianna Lynn Adkins Dianna Lynn Adkins, age 57, of East Spruce Street, Forest City, died Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 13, 1958 in Logan County, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Wallace Franklin Adkins and Brookie Maynard Adkins. She worked for Allied Die Casting for many years. Dianna's life enjoyment was...
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Thomas Lewis Mercer

April 7, 1940 - October 26, 2015

Thomas Lewis Mercer, age 75, of Spindale, died Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 7, 1940 in Haywood County, NC, he was a son of the late Ralph Mercer and Addie Mathis Mercer. He worked for Shelby Asphalt and Mercer Trucking for several years and was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed watching Three Stooges movies and working on cars. In...
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Bobby Dean Blanton

February 2, 1938 - October 26, 2015

Bobby Dean Blanton, age 77, of Caroleen, died Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 2, 1938 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Grover Blanton and Hallie Fay Wallace Blanton. Bobby was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1956 and a veteran of the US Air Force having served during the Vietnam War. He was a brick mason and carpenter...
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Betty Louise Clark

February 23, 1932 - October 22, 2015

Betty Louise Clark, age 83, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Fairhaven Home in Bostic. Born February 23, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Edley Mode and Eula McDaniel Mode. Betty was a homemaker and a seamstress. She also owned and operated a "What Not Store" in Ellenboro for many years. Betty was a member of Plainview Baptist Church. In...
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Carolyn Henderson Johnson

November 6, 1957 - October 20, 2015

Carolyn Ruth Henderson Johnson, age 57, of Mooresboro, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 6, 1957 in Morganton, NC, she was a daughter of Ruth Crane Webb and the late Thomas Henderson. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, David Henderson and sister, Peggy Tessenair. Survivors include her husband of 36...
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Todd Donavon Pyle

October 30, 1970 - October 19, 2015

Todd Donavon Pyle, age 44, died Monday, October 19, 2015, at his residence. He was born on October 30, 1970 and was a graduate of Chase High School. Todd is survived by his beloved wife Tricia Oglesby Pyle; his children Cierra and Michael Pyle; his step-children Zane, Brianna, and Brennen Kingery; sister Michelle Stauffacher; brother Jeff Brayboy. Todd was the son of Michael H. and Beverly...
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Cody Condrey

January 19, 1990 - October 17, 2015

Cody Condrey, age 25, of Inman, SC formerly of Mooresboro, NC, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2015 due to an automobile accident. Born January 19, 1990 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Denise Condrey of Mooresboro and Neil Condrey of Forest City. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 2008 and a member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church. Cody worked for Crowder...
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Brell Harrison Flynn

August 16, 1923 - October 15, 2015

Brell Harrison Flynn, age 92, of Forest City, died Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 16, 1923 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Lawson Ervin Flynn and Bessie McEntire Flynn. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army Air Corps as a pilot of B-17 and B-25 bombers. Brell worked for Hoechst Celanese Corporation...
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Glenn "Little Man" Holland

October 26, 1961 - October 14, 2015

Glenn "Little Man" Holland, age 53, of Forest City, died Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born October 26, 1961 in Montgomery, Alabama, he was the son of Larry Holland and Shirley Lantz Holland. Glenn was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1979. He was a mechanic and worked for AFA Manufacturing for many years and Fehrer Automotive for several years....
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Frances Byers Wilkie

July 21, 1940 - October 10, 2015

Frances Byers Wilkie, age 75, of Ellenboro, died Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 21, 1940 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Raleigh Byers and Etheleen Bradley Byers. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1958. Frances worked in the textile industry for over twenty-five years, having worked for the Cliffside and...
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Stephen James Holland

March 19, 1957 - October 9, 2015

Stephen James Holland, age 58, of N. Main Street, Henrietta, died Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 19, 1957 in Cleveland County, he was a son of J.B. Holland who resides in Henrietta and the late Patsy Ann Holland. He worked for Cone Mills for thirty years and attended Goodes Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his father, he is survived...
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Jerald C. Rollins

November 13, 1944 - October 7, 2015

Jerald C. Rollins, age 70, of Bridge Road, Ellenboro, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 13, 1944 in Rutherford County, he was the only son of late Ruby McCombs Banks. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1963 and a member of Concord Baptist Church. He worked for the Community Cash Grocery Store and as an assistant...
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Darrell Wayne Moore

October 3, 1966 - October 5, 2015

Darrell Wayne Moore, age 49, of Ellenboro, died Monday, October 5, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia on October 3, 1966. Darrell worked in construction and as a security guard for Universal Protective Services. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed lifting weights and working out at the gym. Darrell was an animal lover and had several pet cats. He was...
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Emma "Granny" McGinnis

January 24, 1926 - October 4, 2015

Emma "Granny" McGinnis, age 89, of Sandy Mush, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at her residence. Born January 24, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Jay Bradley and Sarah Jane Frady Dalton. Emma was a homemaker and a member of Sandy Mush Baptist Church. Her life's passion was taking care of her family. She loved cooking for her family and spending time with...
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Thomas F. "Tommy" McSwain

February 12, 1926 - September 30, 2015

Thomas F. "Tommy" McSwain, age 89, of Louisburg, NC and a native of Rutherford County, died September 30, 2015 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Born February 12, 1926 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Benjamin Buster McSwain and Mamie Louvetta Moore McSwain. He served in the US Army and was a World War II veteran. Tommy was an administrator for the State of North Carolina...
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Jane Hall Mauney

March 2, 1946 - September 28, 2015

Jane Hall Mauney, age 69, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015 at her residence. Born March 2, 1946 in Catawba County, NC, she was a daughter of the late George Whiting Hall and Laura Cartner Hall Lutz. She was a graduate of Hickory High School, class of 1964 and Appalachian State University, class of 1969. Jane was an elementary teacher for the Rutherford County Public...
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Betty Jo Tipton Beheler

November 3, 1930 - September 28, 2015

Betty Jo Tipton Beheler, age 84, of Forest City, NC, died Monday, September 28, 2015 at her residence. Born November 3, 1930 in Polk County, she was a daughter of the late Baxter Tipton and Alice Smith Tipton. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and was an avid Rummy player. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Jack Tipton and sister, Marge...
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Eunice H. Jenkins

October 6, 1927 - September 27, 2015

Eunice H. Jenkins, age 87, a lifelong resident of Cliffside, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Summit Hills Retirement Community in Spartanburg. Born October 6, 1927 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Hames and Florence Harris Hames. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1944. Eunice was a homemaker and a long time member of Cliffside...
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Joyce Earley Honeycutt

February 10, 1941 - September 27, 2015

Joyce Earley Honeycutt, age 74, of Ellenboro, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Born February 10, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Roy Martin Earley and Eva Greene Earley. She was a homemaker and also worked in home healthcare. Joyce was a member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church. Her passion in life was taking care...
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John Clifford Hollifield

May 21, 1927 - September 20, 2015

John Clifford Hollifield, age 88, of Rollins Street, Forest City, died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 21, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late James Clyde Hollifield and Buena Gettys Hollifield. He graduated in the mid 1940's from Sunshine High School and was a veteran of the US Army. John honorably served his country during...
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Doug Yelton

June 14, 1957 - September 19, 2015

Doug Yelton, age 58, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 14, 1957 in Patterson, New Jersey, he is the son of Tracy Yelton and Patricia Hopper Harrill both of Rutherfordton. Doug worked for PPG Industries for thirty-six years and was a member of High Shoal Baptist Church. He and his wife, Julie, are owners and operators of...
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Heather Ann Mode

October 13, 1983 - September 18, 2015

Heather Ann Mode, age 31, of Bostic, died Friday, September 18, 2015 at her residence. Born October 13, 1983 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to Bynum Gary Mode, Sr. and Paula Harris Mode who reside in Boiling Springs, NC. Heather was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed trips to the lake and outdoor activities, and especially spending time with her children. In...
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Melinda Bailey

December 3, 1978 - September 16, 2015

Melinda Bailey, age 36, of Bostic, NC, died Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born December 3, 1978 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Jake Bailey, Sr. and Erma Sue Toney Bailey. She was a homemaker and enjoyed yard work and outdoor activities. Melinda was known for her big heart for others and her love for her children. She was a member of...
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Richard "Dick" Ransom, Jr.

May 9, 1929 - September 16, 2015

Richard "Dick" Ransom, Jr., age 86, of Lake Lure, died Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 9, 1929 in San Francisco, California, he was a son of the Richard N. Ransom, Sr. and Margaret Versteeg Ransom. Dick loved his God, his country, his church and his family. He was a humble man who enjoyed helping others: a wonderful husband, father,...
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Johnny Fay Greene

September 27, 1937 - September 7, 2015

Johnny Fay Greene, age 77, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, September 7, 2015 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Born September 27, 1937 in York County, SC, he was a son of the late Clyde Alexander Greene and Julie Mae White Greene. He was a fifteen year veteran of the US Army and a Purple Heart recipient, having served his country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Johnny worked for...
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Jerry Eugene Trotter

October 22, 1949 - September 5, 2015

Jerry Trotter, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. He was born October 22, 1949 to the late Harold Shelton Trotter and Sarah Lee Frady Wilson. He was a member of The A.R.C. in Forest City. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sheila Trotter; four children, Donald Trotter, Tracy Trotter, Angie Trotter and fiancé...
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William "Bill" Withrow

January 3, 1948 - September 5, 2015

William "Bill" Withrow, age 67, of Union Mills, died Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 3, 1948 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was a son of the late William E. Withrow, Sr. and Olive Plumlee Withrow. He worked for Torrington Industries for twenty years before his retirement and worked in the construction industry for several years. He was...
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Russell Lee Martin

June 8, 1965 - September 3, 2015

Russell Lee Martin, of Rutherfordton, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015 at his residence. He was born June 8, 1965 to Pat Martin of Rutherfordton and the late Bud Martin. He attended Village Chapel Church in Forest City. He is survived by his wife of nine years, Tina Martin; mother, Pat Martin; brothers, Norman Martin, Jimmy Martin, Danny Martin and wife Deborah; sister,...
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Joyce Condrey Luckadoo

October 6, 1932 - August 30, 2015

Joyce Condrey Luckadoo, age 82, of Ellenboro, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Hospice House of Cleveland County. Born October 6, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Condrey and Bonnie Simmons Condrey. She worked for Kemet Industries until her retirement in 1988 and was a longtime member of Race Path Baptist Church. Joyce was a...
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Martha Haynes

October 14, 1939 - August 28, 2015

Martha Haynes, age 75, of Forest City, died Friday, August 28, 2015 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born October 14, 1939 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Earl B. Greene and Edith Duncan Greene. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1947 and was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. Martha served as the church secretary and organist...
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Worth Homer Mitchell, Jr.

May 28, 1942 - August 25, 2015

Worth "Pete" Homer Mitchell, Jr. met the Lord face to face on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. He was a proud father, paw-paw, brother and friend to the many who loved him. He was born May 28, 1942, to the late Worth H. Mitchell, Sr. and Rosley Dobbins Mitchell. He was a life-long resident of Rutherford County, North Carolina and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church...
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Billy Ruff

July 19, 1988 - August 23, 2015

Billy Ruff, age 27, of Clark Road, Rutherfordton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born July 19, 1988 in Cleveland County, he was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 2007. He was a past member of Green Hill Baptist Church and a current member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church. Billy loved working as a...
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Gene Wall Cole

November 8, 1951 - August 22, 2015

Gene Wall Cole, age 63, of Henrietta, died August 22, 2015 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 8, 1951 in Bethesda, Maryland, he was a son of the late Ben Nooe Cole and Jeanne Wall Cole who resides in Henrietta. Gene was an adventurer and a man of many talents. He authored three books, was a motivational speaker, a non-denominational minister and an accomplished...
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