Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services

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

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

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

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Our Obituaries

Bill Bright

March 28, 1936 - November 25, 2014

Bill Bright, age 78, of Forest City, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his residence. Born March 28, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late I. A. Bright and Lishey Byers Bright. He worked for Bright's Moving and Storage for many years and was a Baptist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, James, Wilbert, Russell, Glenn, Dean, Bob...
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Bobby Dean Bryant

August 2, 1942 - November 25, 2014

Bobby Dean Bryant, age 72, of State Line Road, Mooresboro, died November 25, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 2, 1942 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Thomas Matthew Bryant and Lishey Kennedy Bryant. Bobby was a graduate of Chase High School, the first graduating class of 1960 and served in the Army National Guard for several years. He worked as a...
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Inez B. Sims

October 7, 1928 - November 24, 2014

Inez B. Sims, age 86, of Spindale, died Monday, November 24, 2014 at her residence. Born October 7, 1928 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Monroe Adams and Minnie Hill Adams. She worked as a caterer for Marriott Food Service for many years and also worked at Southern Devices Industries. She most recently was the secretary for the Forest City Senior Center and worked for the...
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Velvia Calhoun Jenkins

August 9, 1917 - November 22, 2014

Velvia Calhoun Jenkins, age 97, of Forest City, died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Forest City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born August 9, 1917 in Alpharetta, Georgia, she was a daughter to the late Lewis Tillman Calhoun and Elley Mae Shepherd Calhoun. Velvia worked for several years at Stonecutter Mill and Skyland Mill as a press operator, but her primary calling was being a...
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William "Bill" Bridges

June 15, 1935 - November 21, 2014

William "Bill" Bridges, age 79, of Shelby, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at his residence. Born June 15, 1935 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late William E. Bridges and Vernie Dycus Bridges. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War Era and also served in the Naval Reserve and Army National Guard for several years. He worked for Hoechst-Celanese and Sara Lee Industries...
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Gracie D. Padgett

July 12, 1958 - November 18, 2014

Gracie D. Padgett, age 56, of Bostic, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 12, 1958 in Tennessee, she was a daughter to the late Clarence Scott and Lillian Sexton Scott. Gracie was a graduate of Franklin High School and also received a two year degree from ICC. She worked for Watts Water Technologies for twenty-nine years as a cost...
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Christina Diane Queen

September 10, 1991 - November 13, 2014

Christina Diane Queen, age 23, of Henrietta passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014 at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill. Born September 10, 1991 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Angela Craig Hudson and Hank Queen. Christina was a 2010 graduate of Chase High School and attended Isothermal Community College. Christina was a member of Faith Praise and Worship Center in Forest City. ...
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Robert Paul Kennedy

April 24, 1939 - November 10, 2014

Robert Paul Kennedy, age 75, of Ellenboro, died Monday, November 10, 2014 at his residence. Born April 24, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Paul M. Kennedy and Ollie Grant Kennedy. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. He owned and operated a rug mill for many years and worked in textiles as an equipment repair...
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C. Clayton Worley

July 12, 1938 - November 9, 2014

C. Clayton Worley, age 76, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 12, 1938 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Charlie Bowman Worley and Vallaree Biggerstaff Worley. Clayton worked for Stonecutter Mills for several years and was an over the road truck driver for thirty-eight years, working for Akers Trucking, McLean...
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Reba Ann Dills Biggerstaff

March 11, 1944 - November 6, 2014

Reba Ann Dills Biggerstaff, age 70, of Spindale, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 11, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Jimmy and Maggie Vess Dills. Reba was a 1962 graduate of Chase High School and was an inspector in the textile industry. She loved crafts and painting and was a member of Sisk Memorial Missionary Methodist Church. ...
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Shirley Greene Fish

February 25, 1943 - November 5, 2014

Shirley Greene Fish, age 71, of Forest City, died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 25, 1943, she was a daughter of the late James Greene and Rosalee Hunsinger Greene. Shirley was a homemaker who loved to spend time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Fish; son, Timothy...
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Ann Owensby

June 18, 1950 - November 1, 2014

Ann Owensby of Rutherfordton passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County, she was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1969 and a member of Gray's Creek Baptist Church. Ann worked as a dispatcher for the Forest City Police Department for many years and was an avid golfer. She also enjoyed travelling, flower...
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Janie Lancaster

December 6, 1954 - October 31, 2014

Janie Lancaster, age 59, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, October 31, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 6, 1954 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jessie Lancaster and Ollie Mae Dills Lancaster. Janie was a homemaker and a talented artist. Her artistic creativity centered on paintings of all genre, folk art and crafts. She also enjoyed...
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Paul Limerick

May 19, 1956 - October 30, 2014

Paul Limerick, age 58, of Forest City, died Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 19, 1956 in Kingsport, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Phyllis Jones Limerick. Paul worked as a carpenter most of his life and enjoyed fishing. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his adopted father, Thomas Limerick and one brother...
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Betty Banks Lammonds

January 5, 1958 - October 29, 2014

Betty Banks Lammonds, age 56, of Bostic, died Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 5, 1958 in Craven County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Albert Banks and Hazel Jones Banks. She was a graduate of Jones Central High School in Trenton, NC, class of 1977 and worked in textiles most of her life. She was of the Baptist Faith. Betty loved...
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James Carl Elliott

November 10, 1946 - October 26, 2014

James Carl Elliott, age 67, of Caroleen, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born November 10, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late William Columbus Elliott and Verda Wood Elliott. He attended Chase High School and worked in textiles most of his life. He was a faithful and long time member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church where...
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Shirley A. White

January 11, 1949 - October 20, 2014

Shirley A. White, age 65, of Forest City, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 11, 1949 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was a daughter of the late Albert Chadwick and Lottie Mae Kirby who resides in Spartanburg. Shirley was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time with her family and especially going to the fish camp. ...
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Archie B. Baber

February 27, 1927 - October 19, 2014

Archie Bobby Baber, age 87, of Henrietta NC, passed away October 19, 2014 at the Sanger Heart Institute in Charlotte NC. Born February 27, 1927 in Avondale, NC, he was a son of Edgar and Ida Florence Baber. Archie worked in the textile mills at the Haynes plant in Avondale and with Burlington Industries in Caroleen, NC. He was a lifelong member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church where his mother...
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Willie Flay Roper, Jr.

June 14, 1946 - October 18, 2014

Willie Flay Roper, Jr., age 68, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 14, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Willie Flay Roper, Sr. and Blanche Montieth Roper. He was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1964 and worked for Stonecutter Mill for thirty-five years. Willie attended Spindale...
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Earl Hensley

August 2, 1932 - October 18, 2014

Earl Hensley, age 82, of Boss Moore Road, Caroleen, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 2, 1932 in Burnsville, NC, he was a son of the late Burgess G. Hensley and Media Harris Hensley. He owned and operated the Caroleen Upholstery Shop for fifty years and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. Earl was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting,...
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Delcie D. Head

January 4, 1915 - October 17, 2014

Delcie D. Head, age 99, of Winston-Salem, formerly of Tampa, Florida, died Friday, October 17, 2014 at the KB Reynolds Hospice House in Winston-Salem. Born January 4, 1915 in Alabama, she was a daughter of the late William H. Daily and Sarah Boone Daily. Delcie was a faithful member of Ballast Point Baptist Church and loved reading her Bible, knitting, working crossword puzzles and...
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Carlena Kimbrell

July 25, 1950 - October 15, 2014

Carlena Kimbrell, age 64, of Farrar Drive, Forest City, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 25, 1950 in Clay County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Carl Jackson Gibson and Ruth V. Hyde Gibson. She worked for Cone Mills for twenty-two years before retiring and was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, breeding AKC...
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Sally Ann Lamendola

August 4, 1935 - October 14, 2014

Sally Ann Lamendola, age 79, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Carolina House. Born August 4, 1935 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late William Greenwood and Pearl Gallagher Greenwood. Sally worked for the Broward County Sherriff's Department as a trainer for many years and as an accountant for Norwegian Cruise Lines. She was a...
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Barbara Ann Vickers

November 1, 1952 - October 13, 2014

Barbara A. Vickers, age 61, of Henrietta, NC, died Monday, October 13, 2014 at her residence. Born November 1, 1952 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of Charles "Doc" Wyatt and the late Barbara Louise Wyatt. She worked for Cone Mills for seventeen years and was a self-employed cosmetologist/beautician for most of her life. She also worked for the Carolina House as a...
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Clayton "Gene" Byers

October 8, 1942 - October 10, 2014

Clayton "Gene" Byers, age 72, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Forest City Health and Rehab Center. Born October 8, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Clayton Katy Byers and Gladys Hammett Byers. Gene worked for Pike Electric as a lineman for eighteen years and for Cowan Tires for over ten years. He was a faithful member of Holly Springs...
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Donald Lee Bailey

August 17, 1959 - October 8, 2014

Donald Lee Bailey, 55, of Ellenboro, NC went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday, October 8, 2014, after battling cancer. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Leander Bailey and Stephanie's mama Tina Marie Dayberry Martinez. A single dad of two, he is survived by his mother Edna Bennett Bailey and Broughton Arledge, son Christopher Bailey and Chris's mom Debra...
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James Kevin Henson

October 10, 1962 - October 4, 2014

James Kevin Henson, age 51, of Gaffney, SC, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Novant Health Medical Center. Born October 10, 1962 in Rutherford County, he was a son of Robert Plato and Evelyn Elizabeth Cole Henson. Survivors include his daughter, Olivia Janelle Henson; parents, Robert and Evelyn Henson; brothers, Kenny Henson and wife Sheila, Keith Henson...
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Regina Kay Lane

October 13, 1964 - September 27, 2014

Regina Kay Lane, age 49, of Forest City, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born October 13, 1964 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Ingrid Byers Lane. Regina was a charter member of The Church of the Exceptional in Henrietta and attended Rutherford Life Services for more than 15 years. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Philip G. Shaner

October 23, 1925 - September 26, 2014

Philip G. Shaner, age 88, of Forest City, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center. Born October 23, 1925 in Virginia, he was a son of the late Philip G. Shaner, Sr. and Ola Saunders Shaner. He was a sixteen year veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II and the Korean War and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He worked as a Real Estate...
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Calvin L. Teseniar II

December 2, 1972 - September 26, 2014

Calvin L. Teseniar II, age 41, of Forest City, died Friday, September 26, 2014 at his residence. Born December 2, 1972 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Calvin Lee Teseniar, Jr. and Shirley Greene Mazza who resides in Chesnee, SC. He worked for the 221 Recycling Center in Chesnee as a loader operator for several years and was a Baptist. Calvin enjoyed anything to do with...
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Morgan Cierra Bristol

June 26, 1997 - September 25, 2014

Morgan Cierra Bristol, age 17, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2014 due to an auto accident. Born June 26, 1997 in Buncombe County, Morgan was an enthusiastic and loving young lady and whose energy transferred to the lives of all who knew her. She was a member of the Senior Class of 2015 at Chase High School and a cheerleader since sixth grade. She was also a member of...
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Jerry "Bubba" Doty

October 15, 1959 - September 22, 2014

Jerry "Bubba" Doty, age 54, of Ellenboro, passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 15, 1959 in Cleveland County, he was a son of J.T. Doty and the late Pat Biggerstaff Doty. He was a graduate of East High School, class of 1977 and worked as a truck driver most of his life. He most recently worked for the Daily Courier. Jerry was a...
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Clyde F. Saine III

September 4, 1975 - September 22, 2014

Clyde F. Saine III, age 39, of Old Henrietta Road, Forest City, died Monday, September 22, 2014 at his residence. Born September 4, 1975 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Clyde F. Saine, Jr. and Brenda Waters Saine who resides in Forest City. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1993 and also a graduate of Cleveland Community College. Clyde worked for Forest City...
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Charles Pruett

May 2, 1939 - September 18, 2014

Charles Pruett, age 75, of Bostic, passed away on September 18, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 2, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Carmel Pruett and Mattie Hill Pruett. He worked for Western Southern Insurance for many years and also for PCA manufacturing for thirteen years. He was a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church and enjoyed...
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Clarence "Wormy" Ray, Jr.

April 6, 1957 - September 15, 2014

Clarence "Wormy" Ray, Jr, age 57, of Spindale, died Monday, September 15, 2014 due to an auto accident. Born April 6, 1957 in Mecklenburg County, he was a son of the late Clarence G. Ray, Sr. and Barbara Ann Morrison Ray. He was a contractor for AT & T for over thirty-five years and recently worked for ANSCO of Spartanburg. Clarence was a Baptist and enjoyed working; was an avid NASCAR...
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Joseph D. Scott

April 20, 1953 - September 14, 2014

Joseph D. Scott, age 61, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at his residence. Born April 20, 1953 in Rock Hill, SC, he was a son of the late Jack Moses Scott and Naomi Patterson Scott. He worked as an electrician for J. Frank Blakely Company for twenty-eight years and enjoyed tinkering with cars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one...
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Richard Lee Siegel

June 2, 1949 - September 13, 2014

Richard Lee Siegel, age 65, of Line Drive, Forest City, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born June 2, 1949 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Herman Siegel and Irene Alice Fulton Siegel. He worked as commercial truck driver for most of his life, having worked for Tru-Pak Trucking and most recently for Federal Express. He was a...
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Ella Mae Holland

June 9, 1936 - September 12, 2014

Ella Mae Holland, age 78, of Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born June 9, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late H.B. Harris and Mary Louise Roberson Harris. She worked as a caterer for over thirty years providing delicious foods for banquets and weddings. Ella also managed the Rutherfordton Club House for...
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Mike Sharpe

September 29, 1960 - September 11, 2014

Mike Sharpe, age 53, of Ellenboro, passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Henderson Care of Forest City. Born September 29, 1960 in Providence, Rhode Island, he was a son of the late Troy Sharpe and Jean Sisk Sharpe. Mike worked many years for All-American Homes as a carpenter. He enjoyed playing ball, water skiing, fishing and rafting. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Bonnie Marshall Tessnear

February 7, 1926 - September 10, 2014

Bonnie Marshall Tessnear, age 88, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Oakland Living Center. Born February 7, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late George Edwin Marshall and Lucy Horton Marshall. She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1943 and was a homemaker. She also worked for Stonecutter Mill for several years. ...
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Lois "Granny" Owens

July 21, 1924 - September 9, 2014

Lois "Granny" Owens, age 90, of Cuddles Lane, Bostic, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at her residence. Born July 21, 1924 in Henderson County, she was a daughter of the late Edgar McCraw and Bessie Jackson McCraw. Lois was a homemaker all of her life and was affectionately called "Granny" by all her knew her, because of her desire to take care all of her family and friends. She...
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Ruby Lee Baynard

January 27, 1915 - September 5, 2014

Ruby Lee Baynard, age 99, of Forest City, died September 5, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 27, 1915 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late George Thomas Poteat and Elsie Radford Poteat. She was a homemaker who also worked in textiles for several years. Ruby loved taking care of her family and was known for her ability to grow just about...
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Harrell Ray Childress

January 30, 1955 - September 4, 2014

Harrell Ray Childress, age 59, of Ferry Road, Forest City, passed away in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Born on January 30, 1955 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Herbert Lee Childress and Flossie Mae Taylor Childress. He worked for J.C. Cowan, Watts Regulator, and PPG Industries for many years and was a Baptist. Harrell also worked as a welder in construction. He enjoyed...
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Swannie Thompson Hill

February 17, 1946 - September 2, 2014

Swannie Thompson Hill, age 68, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born February 17, 1946 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late R.A. Thompson and Mary (Mae) Ezell Thompson. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and worked in textiles most of her life. Swannie was a faithful member of Forest City...
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Robert "Bobby" Waters

August 29, 1948 - September 1, 2014

Robert "Bobby" Waters, age 66, of Rucker Road, Rutherfordton, NC, died Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 29, 1948 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Grady Mal Waters and Frances Price Waters. Bobby did textile work most of his life, working for Stonecutter for several years and self-employed for many years. He enjoyed fishing and...
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Beatrice Hudson Bumgarner

August 19, 1944 - August 31, 2014

Beatrice Hudson Bumgarner, age 70, of Ramsey Road, Bostic, NC, died Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 19, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Sherman Hudson and Purvie Beheler Hudson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Sherman Dwayne Roland and Billy Roland; brother, J.R. Hudson and...
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Katie Lou Davis

July 3, 1935 - August 30, 2014

Katie Lou Davis, age 79, of Forest City, NC, died August 30, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 3, 1935 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Grover John Holland and Roxanna Lovelace Holland. She was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family. Katie also worked in textiles for several years and was of the Baptist Faith. In addition...
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Lois Wilson Flynn

September 9, 1927 - August 30, 2014

Lois Wilson Flynn, age 86, of Forest City, died Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Forest City Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
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Benny H. Street

June 22, 1930 - August 30, 2014

Benny H. Street, age 84, of Ellenboro, NC, died Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 22, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Dewey Street and Julia Wease Street. Benny worked for Stonecutter Mill for over thirty-five years before retirement and was a longtime member of Liberty Baptist Church. He enjoyed travelling with his wife and...
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Gary L. Bostic, Sr.

August 30, 1951 - August 29, 2014

Gary L. Bostic, Sr., age 62, of Pine Street Extension, Forest City, NC, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 30, 1951 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of the late Robert Lee Bostic, Sr. and Mary Magdalene Earley Bostic. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1970 and served in the US Marine Corps. Gary worked for United...
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Barbara Ann Holland

October 23, 1954 - August 29, 2014

Barbara Ann Holland, age 59, of Hill Street, Forest City, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at her residence. Born October 23, 1954 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Floyd Wade Lovelace, Sr. and Sarah Jane Hutchins Lovelace. She was a homemaker and worked for Stonecutter Mill and Hutchins Snack Shop for several years. Barbara enjoyed sewing, working concession at wrestling...
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Paula Stanelli Davis

September 23, 1939 - August 29, 2014

Paula Stanelli Davis, age 74, of Forest City, NC, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 23, 1939 in Haywood County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Joseph Stanelli and Ruth M. Calhoun Stanelli. Paula worked as a secretary at the Northwest Bank for many years and as a legal secretary for George Morrow's Law Firm. She also was a...
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Roberta "Bobbie" Harris

April 20, 1937 - August 21, 2014

Roberta "Bobbie" Harris, age 77, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center. Born April 20, 1937 in Henderson County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Robert Stuart and Alice Boyd Stuart. Roberta attended New Bethel Baptist Church and was a member of Griffith Rutherford Chapter NSDAR. In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death...
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Billy Wayne Harris

December 18, 1942 - August 21, 2014

Billy Wayne Harris, age 71, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, SC. Born December 18, 1942, he was a son of the late Mildred Harris Baynes. Billy worked for Milliken Industries for over 20 years before his retirement and was a member of Morningstar Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. ...
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Richard Arlen Waddle, Jr.

November 24, 1957 - August 20, 2014

Richard Arlen Waddle, Jr., age 56, of Forest City formerly of Raleigh passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Born November 24, 1957 in Upson County, Georgia, he is a son of Bertha Louise Childress who resides in Forest City. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1975 and attended Gardner-Webb University and NC State University. He was...
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Bill Max Harris

June 26, 1937 - August 20, 2014

Bill Max Harris, age 77, of Henrietta, NC, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 26, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Raleigh Harris and Lona Mae Lowery. Bill worked for AGI Industries for several years and attended Friendship Baptist Church. He enjoyed working on and driving race cars. Bill was also an avid NASCAR fan. ...
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Joseph Marion Head, Jr.

December 2, 1946 - August 18, 2014

Joseph Marion Head, Jr. age 67, died Monday, August 18, 2014 of cancer. He was born in Gastonia, NC on December 2, 1946. At the time of his death, he resided in Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the US Army from 1968 until 1972. He is preceded in death by both parents: Joseph, Sr. and Ruby Suttles Head Burger; five siblings: Colleen Deaton, Grace Mask,...
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Woody "The Hot Dog Man" Shahan

July 25, 1944 - August 18, 2014

Woody "The Hot Dog Man" Shahan, age 70 of Stonecutter Street, Spindale, NC, died Monday, August 18, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 25, 1944 in Tarrant County, Texas, he was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson Shahan, Sr. and Anna Ree Smith Shahan Couch. Woody was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the US Army. He was also a faithful and longtime member of...
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Brehannah Noelle "Piglet" Swink

September 25, 1998 - August 9, 2014

Brehannah Noelle "Piglet" Swink, age 15, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 due to an auto accident. She was born September 25, 1998 and was to be a sophomore at R-S Central High School this school year. She was a member of the Hilltoppers Step-Up Club at school and attended Floyd's Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed all kinds of crafts, photography, art and loved music....
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Charlotte Johnston "Lulu" Hatfield

November 2, 1961 - August 8, 2014

Charlotte Johnston "Lulu" Hatfield, age 52, of Mooresboro, NC, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her residence. Born November 2, 1961 in Logan County, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late David Rufus Johnston, Sr. and Freda Mae Foust Johnston. She was a homemaker and worked for various fast food restaurants and cleaning services. She was a member of the Faith Praise and Worship...
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David John Erskine, Sr.

July 9, 1939 - August 8, 2014

David John Erskine, age 75, of Forest City, NC, died August 8, 2014 at the Oak Grove Health Care Center. Born July 9, 1939 in Manchester, New Hampshire, he was a son of the late Samuel Erskine and Catherine Conley Erskine. David was a veteran of the US Army and member of the New Hampshire National Guard for twenty-one years. He served during the Berlin Crisis. He worked in the printing...
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Doug Shew

November 1, 1943 - August 7, 2014

Doug Shew, age 70, of Caroleen, NC, died August 7, 2014 at Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born November 1, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Lester McKinley Shew and Frances Elizabeth Green Shew. Doug was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1961 and worked for Cone Mill Cliffside Plant as a grounds keeper. He was a faithful member of Long Branch...
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Daniel "Dano" Mason

June 6, 1944 - August 6, 2014

Daniel "Dano" Mason, age 70, of Mooresboro, NC, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Wendover-Hospice House of Cleveland County. Born June 6, 1944 in Newport, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Daniel Dewitt Mason and Earnestine Jessie Cudd Mason. He worked as a Chemical Technician for Metals America for several years and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Dano enjoyed playing...
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Ronald Anthony Hardin

April 6, 1942 - August 4, 2014

Ronald Anthony Hardin, age 72, of Forest City, NC, died Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 6, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Dewey Hardin and Annie Haulk Hardin. Ronald was a member of the First Wesleyan Church of Forest City and enjoyed golfing and spending time in his workshop. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Travis Anthony Foster

May 27, 1964 - July 29, 2014

Travis Anthony Foster, age 50, of Doggett Road, Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at his residence. Born May 27, 1964 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Jimmy Foster and Linda Butler Foster who reside in Forest City. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1982 and also attended and graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University and Western Carolina University. Travis...
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Wayne Short

January 26, 1961 - July 26, 2014

Wayne Short, age 53, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born January 26, 1961 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Robert Short and Evelyn Louise Hildreth Baynard. Wayne worked in construction most of his life as a carpenter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Donald Hildreth and his...
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Johnny R. Greene

March 28, 1938 - July 25, 2014

Johnny R. Greene, age 76, of Prospect Church Road, Cliffside, NC, died July 25, 2014 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 28, 1938 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Roy Greene and Inez Thrift Greene. He worked for Cone Mill for thirty-eight years before his retirement and enjoyed working on old cars and clocks. He was a current member of Prospect Baptist...
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Harry Gold Taylor

December 31, 1921 - July 24, 2014

Harry Gold Taylor, age 92, of Danieltown Community, NC, died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his residence. Born December 31, 1921 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Henry Stewart Taylor and Hattie Josephine Queen Taylor. He was a graduate of Ellenboro High School, class of 1940 and served in the US Army Air Force as a mechanic during World War II. Harry was the oldest living...
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Sam Smith

January 5, 1936 - July 20, 2014

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

August 26, 1947 - July 19, 2014

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

March 23, 1952 - July 18, 2014

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

March 23, 1949 - July 16, 2014

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

December 20, 1933 - July 16, 2014

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

October 30, 1946 - July 12, 2014

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

September 29, 1925 - July 10, 2014

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

December 27, 1947 - July 6, 2014

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

November 15, 1943 - July 4, 2014

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

April 23, 1946 - June 30, 2014

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

March 26, 1932 - June 28, 2014

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

October 31, 1946 - June 27, 2014

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

May 7, 1939 - June 25, 2014

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

January 11, 1929 - June 17, 2014

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

June 15, 1920 - June 15, 2014

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

September 6, 1956 - June 14, 2014

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

April 17, 1941 - June 11, 2014

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

April 25, 1928 - June 3, 2014

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

November 13, 1936 - June 1, 2014

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

March 10, 1932 - June 1, 2014

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

April 18, 1964 - May 25, 2014

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

February 11, 1923 - May 25, 2014

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

October 29, 1928 - May 23, 2014

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

July 8, 1951 - May 22, 2014

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

October 2, 1935 - May 16, 2014

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

November 26, 1942 - May 15, 2014

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

April 18, 1926 - May 10, 2014

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

April 29, 1963 - May 7, 2014

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

March 10, 1968 - May 7, 2014

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

October 27, 1945 - May 4, 2014

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

September 26, 1930 - May 4, 2014

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

February 14, 1983 - April 28, 2014

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