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Bobbie "Granny" Tessiner

July 10, 1946 - April 27, 2016

Bobbie "Granny" Tessiner, age 69, of Mooresboro, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at her residence. Born July 10, 1946 in Cherokee County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Carl Richards and Callie Scates Richards. She was a homemaker and a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. Bobbie enjoyed boat riding, drawing and especially loved spending time with her family. She loved everybody...
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Rosemarie McDaniel Owens

January 1, 1962 - April 24, 2016

Rosemarie McDaniel Owens, age 54, of Mooresboro, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at her residence. Born January 1, 1962 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Dewey Henry McDaniel and Faye Moore McDaniel. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1979 and a member of Gantts Grove Baptist Church. Rosemarie was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening and...
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Mildred Kranich

January 9, 1924 - April 23, 2016

Mildred Kranich, age 92, of Forest City, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 9, 1924 in Pasadena, California, she was a daughter to the late Joseph Nallen and Mildred Kelly Nallen. She was a graduate of Poly Tech High School, class of 1942 and worked in the aerospace program at Boeing International Corporation for thirty years before...
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Earl Henry Ballard

April 23, 1923 - April 18, 2016

Earl Henry Ballard, age 92, of Forest City, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 23, 1923 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Henry Ballard and Nettie Martin Ballard. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a veteran of World War II. Earl worked for Burlington Industries-Caroleen Plant for thirty-two years and...
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Peggy L. Radford

June 30, 1942 - April 16, 2016

Peggy L. Radford, age 73, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016 at her home. Born June 30, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ralph Smith and Thelma Ball Smith. She worked at Burlington Industries-Caroleen Plant for thirty-five years and Cone Mills-Avondale Plant for several years before retirement. Peggy was a faithful member of Harriett Memorial Free...
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Carrie Melton

March 3, 1934 - April 15, 2016

Carrie Melton, age 82, of Forest City, died Friday, April 15, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 3, 1934 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Claude Lee Melton and Macie Margaret Humphries Melton. She worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for many years and was a member of Chase Baptist Church. Carrie enjoyed caring for her family, going to the beach and...
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Mary Phillips Kennedy

June 26, 1943 - April 14, 2016

Mary Phillips Kennedy, age 72, of Rutherfordton, died April 14, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 26, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sam Lee Phillips and Lois Ruppe Phillips. She worked as a CNA in home health care for several years and attended Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Gerald C. "Gomer" Huber

September 30, 1946 - April 11, 2016

Gerald C. "Gomer" Huber, age 69, of Ellenboro, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Carolina Continued Care of Kings Mountain. Born September 30, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Carl Huber and Delores Smalley Huber. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1965 and a past member of Race Path Baptist Church. Gerald worked for PPG Industries for forty...
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Wayne Curtis

January 4, 1951 - April 8, 2016

Wayne Curtis, age 65, of Church Street, Ellenboro, died Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 4, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Charles Marion Curtis and Maude Lucille Harris Curtis. He was a graduate of Crest High School, class of 1970 and worked for PPG Industries for over twenty-five years. He also worked for Rutherford County...
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Suzan Hall Emery

February 15, 1942 - April 6, 2016

Suzan Hall Emery, age 74, of Butler Street, Rutherfordton, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Suzan was a native of Detroit, Michigan and a member of the Catholic faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Ralph Emery. No services are planned by request of the family.
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Nathaly Roman Rodriguez

March 30, 2013 - April 5, 2016

Nathaly Roman Rodriguez, age 3, of Forest City, was ushered into God's presence on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 30, 2013 in Fletcher County, NC, she was the daughter of Orlando Roman and Lesly Rodriguez both of Forest City. She enjoyed playing outside and was full of energy from sunrise to sundown. She loved Peppa Pig. Nathaly was full of...
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Rebecca "Pat" Martin

October 27, 1942 - April 4, 2016

Rebecca "Pat" Martin, age 73, of Spindale, passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation. Born October 27, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Roy and Myrtle Johnson. She and her late husband, Bud, co-owned and operated the Martin Clean-Up Auto Detailing for many years. She was of the Baptist faith and loved family "get togethers". In...
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Mary Jo Curtis Deese

December 29, 1938 - April 1, 2016

Mary Jo Deese of Spindale, NC passed away at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas, NC on Friday, April 1, 2016 following a brief illness. She was born on December 29, 1938 in Marion, NC to George Wilbur Curtis and Erma Carver Curtis Smith and grew up in Old Fort, NC. She was a graduate of Old Fort High School where she was a member of the basketball team and also a graduate of Montreat College...
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Wanda Kay Millard

July 10, 1952 - March 31, 2016

Wanda Kay Millard, age 63, of Forest City, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center. Born July 10, 1952 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late James Crawford Millard and Janie Marie Stanley Millard. Survivors include three sisters, Kathy Neely and husband Wayne, Connie McDow, Sheila Roughton; and one brother, James Millard and wife...
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Cecil Clark

September 4, 1944 - March 31, 2016

Cecil Clark, age 71, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at his residence. Born September 4, 1944 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late J.C. Clark and Vernie Clark Horton. Cecil worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for forty-one years until retirement. He also worked for Lowes for several years and for Walker Construction. He was a longtime and active member of...
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Roger Heusinkveld

November 11, 1938 - March 30, 2016

Roger Heusinkveld, age 77, of Forest City, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 11, 1938 in Morrison, Illinois, he was a son to the late Clarence R. Heusinkveld and Rena Akker Heusinkveld. Roger was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He worked for Fieldcrest Mills for many years and Key...
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Spencer Blanton

June 21, 1980 - March 26, 2016

Spencer Brian Blanton, age 35, of Caroleen, died March 26, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born June 21, 1980 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Roy Blanton of Loris, SC and Maxine C. Blanton of Caroleen. He worked as a roofer most of his life and enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He was a person who cared for others and a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church....
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Nathan Bradley

June 26, 1958 - March 26, 2016

Nathan Bradley, age 57, of Spindale, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born June 26, 1958 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Mary Kate Bradley Childers. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a linesman for Pike Electric for twenty years. Nathan was a member of Father's Vineyard and enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycles, working on cars and...
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Susan Alley Hartford

May 18, 1954 - March 18, 2016

Susan Alley Hartford, age 61, of Meadow Creek Drive, Forest City, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 18, 1954 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Thomas McBrayer Alley and Hazel Josephine Campbell Alley. She worked for Eaton Industries for twenty-two years and was a faithful member of Grace Baptist...
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Steve L. Walker

January 19, 1957 - March 9, 2016

Steve L. Walker, age 59, of Ellenboro, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at his residence. Born January 19, 1957 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Harold Gene Walker and Nancy Kennedy Walker who resides in Ellenboro. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1975. Steve owned and operated Walker's Mobile Home Movers and co-owned and operated S & L Management...
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Tracy Yelton

April 17, 1933 - March 7, 2016

Tracy Yelton, age 82, of Spindale, NC, died Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville. Born April 17, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Floyd Yelton and Pantha Taylor Yelton. Tracy was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. He worked as an independent truck driver, mostly hauling cars. He was a member of Southern Baptist...
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Doug Francis

August 17, 1950 - March 7, 2016

Doug Francis, age 65, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016 at his residence. Born August 17, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Elmer Gene Francis and Jaunalda Kennedy Francis. He worked in textiles for several years and was the co-owner and operator of Francis Grading for the last twenty-five years. He was a faithful member of Harriett Memorial Free...
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Gail Marie Ramsey

October 17, 1957 - March 6, 2016

Gail Marie Ramsey, age 58, of Spindale, NC, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 17, 1957 in Clinton, Massachusetts, she was a daughter to the late Thomas S. Gaizick and Rita Marie Walsh who resides in Caroleen. Gail worked as a manager for Hardees for almost twenty years and enjoyed the outdoors and watching NASCAR. She was of the Catholic...
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Pedro Antonio Guzman

June 13, 1959 - March 5, 2016

Pedro Antonio Guzman, age 56, of Montevallo, Alabama, died Saturday, March 5, 2016 due to an automobile accident. Born on June 13, 1959 in El Salvador, he was a son to the late Clemente Hernandez and Angela Guzman. Pedro owned and operated a landscaping business. He loved gardening and the outdoors. Pedro was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include his wife, Susan Guzman of Hueytown,...
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Evelyn Alexander Gowan

June 21, 1937 - March 5, 2016

Evelyn Alexander Gowan, age 78, of Harris, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born June 21, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Major Ross Alexander and Lila Mae Blackwell Alexander. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1955 and earned an Associates Degree in Business from Kings College of Charlotte. Evelyn...
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Ricky Marlow

December 1, 1957 - March 3, 2016

Ricky Marlow, age 58, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 1, 1957 in York County, SC, he was a son to the late Phillip Andrew Marlow and Margie Lou Flynn Marlow. Ricky worked for Stonecutter Mill for many years and was an avid NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed working on cars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Ronnie D. Atkins

May 5, 1953 - February 28, 2016

Ronnie D. Atkins, age 62, of Morrow Motor Road, Forest City, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born May 5, 1953 in Cleveland County, NC, he was a son to the late Charlie Sims Atkins and Sara Edmondson Atkins. Ronnie worked as a supervisor for National Textiles for eighteen years and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed working on cars, was an avid Dale...
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Richard O. McDaniel

March 16, 1944 - February 26, 2016

Richard O. McDaniel, age 71, of Cliffside, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 16, 1944 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late, J.C. McDaniel and Katy Durham McDaniel. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 where he was an outstanding football player. Richard worked for Duke Power for nineteen years as a...
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Franklin "Curt" Shytles

February 19, 1957 - February 26, 2016

Franklin "Curt" Shytles, age 59, of Ellenboro, died Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 19, 1957 in Boone County, NC, he was a son to the late Franklin "Chunk" Shytles and Amelia Putman Shytles. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1975 and was the owner and operator of Shytles Automotive for over twenty years. Curt was a...
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Samuel Whitesides

May 7, 1937 - February 22, 2016

Samuel Whitesides, age 78, of Spindale, NC, died February 22, 2016 at his residence. Born May 7, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Christian Whitesides and Nettie Jackson Whitesides. He served as a minister of the gospel for many years. No formal services are planned. Inurnment will take place in the family cemetery at a later date.
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Rex McCombs

July 4, 1964 - February 21, 2016

Bryan "Rex" McCombs, age 51, of East Main Street, Forest City, died Sunday, February 21, 2016. Born July 4, 1964 in Greenville County, SC, he was a son to the late A.C. McCombs and Jessie M. Perry who resides in Forest City. Rex loved the outdoors and especially flower gardening. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his mother, he is survived by one sister, Rose M. McCombs of...
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Candice Hicks Little

July 18, 1972 - February 21, 2016

Candice Hicks Little, age 43, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at her residence. Born July 18, 1972 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jimmy Hicks and Betty Vickers Smith. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1990 and a member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church. Candice worked for Henderson Care as an assistant administrator...
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Linda Epley Blackwell

January 26, 1959 - February 20, 2016

Linda Epley Blackwell, age 57, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at her residence. Born January 26, 1959 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late James Epley and Ruby Beheler Epley. She was a graduate of Isothermal College and worked at Park Ridge Hospital. Linda was a member of Harris First Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, James...
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Lukas Thompson Goodwin

February 18, 2016 - February 18, 2016

Lukas Thompson Goodwin, infant son of Brandon and Cortney Goodwin, was ushered into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, February 18, 2016 by a host of angels. The nearly eight months before his birth, his constant movement was a reminder to his mother that he was an active and energetic boy. He was loved by his family and they all anticipate a day of reunion in Heaven. He was...
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Charles "William" Greene

October 1, 1933 - February 17, 2016

Charles "William" Greene, age 82, of the Chase Community, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at his residence. Born October 1, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Clarence Watkins and Dora Watkins Heffner. He was a graduate of R-S Central, class of 1951 and a longtime member of Floyd's Creek Baptist Church where he served as a choir member, an usher and a faithful...
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Ray Smith

June 2, 1930 - February 12, 2016

Howard "Ray" Smith, age 85 of Henrietta, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 2, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was the son to the late Charlie C. Smith and Eliza Rebecca Davis Smith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He worked as an independent carpet layer and drapery installer for many years. Ray...
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Tammy Murray Nolen

September 24, 1964 - February 11, 2016

Tammy Murray Nolen, age 51, of Mooresboro, died Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Greenville, SC. Born September 24, 1964 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Wayne "Murph" Murphy and Barbara Ann Skipper who resides in Forest City. As a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1983, Tammy worked for Cone Mills for many years and also as a Certified Nurse's Assistant for several...
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Steve "Bama" McGinnis

June 7, 1956 - February 10, 2016

Steve "Bama" McGinnis, age 59, of McGinnis Road, Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at his daughter's house in Mooresboro. Born June 7, 1956 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Jesse James McGinnis and Emma Jane Bradley McGinnis. He owned and operated Steve's Roofing Company for most of his life. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed golfing and shooting...
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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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