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Larry "Barry" Self

August 26, 1948 - December 6, 2016

Free Obituary for: Larry "Barry" Self Larry "Barry" Self, age 68, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born August 26, 1948 in Lincoln County, NC, he was a son to the late Earl Hoover Self and Mary Lucille Reinhardt Self. He worked for Asplundh Tree Service and Thompson Contractors Inc. for many years. Larry was an avid...
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Elizabeth Smith Cartee

June 25, 1929 - December 6, 2016

Elizabeth Smith Cartee, age 87, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 25, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie E. Smith and Lottie Bivens Smith. She worked in the textile industry for forty years and later as a car transporter. Elizabeth was a member of Green Hill Baptist Church. She...
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Valessa Marisol Martinez Galvan

December 3, 2016 - December 3, 2016

Valessa Marisol Martinez Galvan of Forest City, infant daughter of Chelsea Leigh Martinez and Valentin Galvan entered into God's presence on December 3, 2016 at the CaroMont Health Center in Gastonia. She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Gloria Smith and Gregorio and Hilaria Martinez and paternal great-grandfather, Lorenzo Galvan. In addition to her parents,...
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Michael Hoyle

March 6, 1960 - December 3, 2016

Michael Hoyle, age 56, of W.V. Thompson Road, Rutherfordton, died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 6, 1960 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Barbara Ann Reynolds. He was a graduate of Chesnee High School, class of 1979 and worked at John H. Montgomery Mill for twenty years. Michael also worked for Mastercraft for several years and...
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Alan Luckadoo

July 19, 1953 - November 29, 2016

Alan Luckadoo, age 63, of Ellenboro, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Wendover Hospice House in Shelby. Born Sunday, July 19, 1953 in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Joyce Condrey Luckadoo and C. Paul Luckadoo who resides in Ellenboro. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1972 and a member of Race Path Baptist Church. Alan was a welder and...
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Julie Millis Yelton

July 29, 1958 - November 29, 2016

Julie Millis Yelton, age 58, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born Tuesday, July 29, 1958 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Earl Bradley Millis and Betty Dills Millis. She worked in various positions for Rutherford Hospital for over ten years and was the owner and operator of the Rosey Lane Boarding Kennels...
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A.D. Burgess

June 22, 1946 - November 25, 2016

A.D. Burgess, age 70, of Forest City, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at his residence. Born Saturday, June 22, 1946 in Polk County, he was a son to the late Theodore Roosevelt Burgess and Mary Willis Skipper Burgess. He proudly served our country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans #25, American Legion Post #423 and the Rutherford County...
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Willis "Slim" Shew

December 28, 1939 - November 25, 2016

Willis "Slim" Shew, age 76, of Race Path Church Road, Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Oak Grove Nursing Center. Born Thursday, December 28, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lester Shew and Francis Greene Shew. He worked for Hoechst Celanese-Spartanburg Plant for over thirty years before retiring. Willis was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing...
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Mary D. Padgett

July 20, 1931 - November 25, 2016

Mary D. Padgett, age 85, of Goodes Creek Road, Mooresboro, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home in Forest City. Born on Monday, July 20, 1931 in Cleveland County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Vess Deaton and Inez Greene Deaton. She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. Mary also enjoyed sewing for the family. She was of the Baptist Faith...
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Rockfort C. Goode

December 4, 1927 - November 24, 2016

Free Obituary for: Rockfort C. Goode Rockfort C. Goode, age 88, of Holland Street, Forest City, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born of Sunday, December 4, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the Robert Lee Goode and Addie Lee Van Dyke Goode. He worked in textiles for many years, having worked for Fieldcrest, General...
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Mary Ann Worley

November 21, 1947 - November 21, 2016

Mary Ann Worley, age 69, of Tryon, NC, died November 21, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Friday, November 21, 1947 in Haywood County, she was a daughter to the late Pearson Floyd Cagle and Willie Mae Fie Cagle. She worked as a CNA for Tryon Estates for several years and was of the Baptist faith. Mary Ann loved her dogs and cats. In addition to her parents, she...
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Mattie Mae Jackson Dalton

December 11, 1921 - November 20, 2016

Mattie Mae Jackson Dalton, age 95, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born on December 11, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fletcher Andrew Jackson and Gussie Solon Bridges Jackson. She worked for Reeves Brothers Mill in Chesnee for 20 years. Mattie lived in California for 28 years with her late daughter...
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Eddie Lynn Watkins

February 18, 1950 - November 19, 2016

Eddie Lynn Watkins, age 66, of Rutherfordton, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Saturday, February 18, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Fern Watkins McEntire. Eddie was a member of Cooper Springs Congregational Holiness. He worked in Custodial Maintenance for the Richmond Hill Apartments for many years and for the...
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Martha Louise Sams White

October 22, 1933 - November 18, 2016

Martha Louise Sams White, age 83, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born on October 22, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Walter Lee Sams and Mary Ellen Reid Sams. She retired as a seamstress from Tanner Company after 20 years of service and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Martha enjoyed the beach,...
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Jeff Ross

August 6, 1964 - November 18, 2016

Jeff Ross, age 52, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at his residence. Born on August 6, 1964 in Rutherford County, he was a son of George Ross and Diane Harris Ross. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one niece. In addition to his parents, George and Diane Ross, he is survived by one son, Brandon Ross; one sister, Lisa Watson; three...
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Audrey Street Champion

August 9, 1929 - November 16, 2016

Audrey Street Champion, age 87, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at her residence. Born on Friday, August 9, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Erwin Allen and Virginia McDaniel Allen. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1947 and a member of Providence United Methodist Church. Working most of her life in the textile industry,...
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Ronnie A. Bowie

August 23, 1947 - November 14, 2016

Ronnie Bowie, age 69, of Spindale, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 23, 1947 in Washington D.C., he was a son to the late Thomas Andrew Bowie and Viola Jackson Bowie. He worked in warehouses of various charities and was an active participant at the Magnolia House. Ronnie enjoyed helping others and loved to carry on good conversations. ...
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Debra Powell Hoyle

December 1, 1958 - November 13, 2016

Debra Powell Hoyle, age 57, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on December 1, 1958 in Wake County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Clarence William Powell and Evelyn Jones Beason. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1977 and also attended Isothermal Community College. Debra worked in textiles for twenty...
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Irma Crawford Porter

August 26, 1918 - November 12, 2016

Irma Crawford Porter, age 98, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home. Born August 26, 1918 in Harris, NC, she was a daughter to the late David Thomas Crawford and Martha Bryan McKinney Crawford. She was a graduate of Harris High School and attended Holly Springs Baptist Church. Irma was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing,...
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Troy Edgar Branch

May 1, 1926 - November 8, 2016

Troy Edgar Branch, age 90, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the Oakland Living Center in Spindale. Born May 1, 1926 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late John J. Branch and Maude Lee Morrow Branch. He served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Knox and was a veteran of World War II. Following his military service, he worked for Burlington Industries...
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James Robert "Bob" Ruppe, Jr.

January 16, 1956 - November 5, 2016

James Robert "Bob" Ruppe, Jr., age 60, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 16, 1956 in Charleston, SC, he was a son to the late James Robert Ruppe, Sr. and Syble Honeycutt Ruppe. He was a longtime member of Broad River Baptist Church. Bob was a creative person who displayed his artistic abilities by photography and...
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Janice Downey

February 14, 1948 - November 5, 2016

Janice Downey, age 68, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at her residence. Born Saturday, February 14, 1948 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jesse Lee Keeter and Eunice Louise Hawkins Keeter. She worked in retail jewelry sales and also in textiles for many years. Janice was a dedicated homemaker who loved cooking and taking care of her family....
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Helen G. Hoyle

April 10, 1947 - November 4, 2016

Helen G. Hoyle, age 69, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born Thursday, April 10, 1947 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Roy Goodman and Fannie Swink Goodman. Helen worked at Franks Convenience Store in Spindale for many years. She was a past member of Knob Creek United Methodist Church and was...
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Trenton Mitchell Parris

November 3, 2016

Trenton Mitchell Parris of Mooresboro, infant son of Brittnye Evans and Mitchell Parris, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Ronny Dale Parris; paternal great-grandfathers, Ronny Steve Parris and Jackie Laws; maternal great-grandfathers, Troy Wishon and James Evans. In addition to his loving...
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Virginia Aileen Martin

September 4, 1949 - October 27, 2016

Virginia Aileen Martin, age 67, of Ellenboro, died on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at her residence. Born September 4, 1949 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of the late Dollie Mode Martin and Crawford Miller Martin. In addition to parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jo Ann Gettys and a nephew, Alan Gettys. She is survived by her three daughters, Denise Cromer...
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Margaret Greenlee

January 3, 1921 - October 26, 2016

Margaret Marie Greenlee, age 95, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on January 3, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Della Fite Green and G. F. Green. Marie was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and enjoyed reading and helping others. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Lillie "Winnie" Owens

July 14, 1929 - October 26, 2016

Lillie "Winnie" Owens, age 87, of Coffey Road, Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Thursday, July 14, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sidney Lewis Coffey and Aquilla Quinn Hunt Coffey. Winnie worked for Burlington Industries-J.C. Cowan Plant for many years before retirement. She was a longtime and...
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Norma J. Laws

March 17, 1963 - October 25, 2016

Norma J. Laws, age 53, of Forest City, died on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at her residence. Born March 17, 1963 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Mary Fisher Lovelace who resides in Bostic and the late John Hoppes. She was a CNA and worked for several years in home health and was of the Baptist faith. Norma loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her...
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Donaleen G. Silvers

August 31, 1947 - October 21, 2016

Donaleen G. Silvers, age 69, of Mooresboro, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Carolinas Continue Care in Kings Mountain. Born August 31, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Donald Garren and Hazel Melton Garren. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and a homemaker. She was a past member of Caroleen Baptist Church. Donaleen enjoyed making...
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Deborah C. Simpson

June 21, 1957 - October 17, 2016

Deborah C. Simpson, age 59, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 in Brevard, NC. Born June 21, 1957 in Rutherford County, she is a daughter to Mary Sue Conner who resides in Forest City and the late Martin John Conner. Deborah worked as a receptionist for the Emergency Room at Rutherford Hospital and also as a machinist at Watts-Regtrol. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant...
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Sandra Williams Edwards

January 29, 1945 - October 15, 2016

Sandra Williams Edwards, age 71, of Mill Spring, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at her residence. Born on Monday, January 29, 1945 in Landrum, SC, she was a daughter to the late Woodrow Williams and Lois Jones Williams. Sandra was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed attending gospel singings. She also enjoyed taking care of her chickens and cats and watching...
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Sami Severin Svendsen

April 3, 1915 - October 14, 2016

Sami Severin Svendsen, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Beverly Shores and Valparaiso, Indiana, a lover of life, wine, and good conversation, who was also a voracious reader and seeker of knowledge, died October 14, 2016 at the age of 101. He was an international broker of animal glands and sausage casings. He traveled the world when air travel was not so common place--when first class even...
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John "J.B." Conner

August 20, 1934 - October 12, 2016

John "J.B." Conner, age 82, of Union Mills, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at his residence. Born on Monday, August 20, 1934 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late John Milton Conner and Willie Harris Conner. He operated a saw mill for many years and was a Baptist. J.B. enjoyed hunting and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn...
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Judy Lee Dedmon Mason

October 2, 1943 - October 10, 2016

Judy Lee Dedmond Mason, age 73, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Wendover Hospice House in Shelby. Born on Saturday, October 2, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Samuel Dedmond and Frances Sims Dedmond. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1961 and worked for over twenty years as an office clerk at the Rutherford County...
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Marshall "Dee" Miller

September 13, 1939 - October 10, 2016

Marshall Dee Miller, age 77, of Cliffside, died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his residence. Born on September 13, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late David Earl Miller and Ida Mae Jenkins Miller. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bud Miller, Rex Miller;...
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Rena Hester Jarvis

November 27, 1979 - October 2, 2016

Rena Hester Jarvis, age 36, of Forest City, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born on Tuesday, November 27, 1979 in Cleveland County, she is the daughter of Deborah Heusinkveld Stowe who resides in Ellenboro and the late Kenneth David Hester. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1997 and a lifetime member of Chase High Baptist...
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Frank Norman

October 27, 1933 - October 2, 2016

Frank Norman, age 82, of Henrietta, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus. Born October 27, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Jule Norman and Josie Adkins Norman. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Frank worked for Burlington Industries for forty years before retirement and was a member of...
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Ethel Robinson Dobbins

March 20, 1918 - September 29, 2016

Ethel Robinson Dobbins, age 98, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home in Bostic. Born on Wednesday, March 20, 1918 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Victor Robinson and Ellie Mae Frazier Robinson. Ethel worked for Burlington Mill-Henrietta Plant for over forty years before retirement and was a longtime member of the First Baptist...
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Karen Jones Keeter

July 22, 1970 - September 27, 2016

Karen Jones Keeter, age 46, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 22, 1970 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Druary Jones and Frances Martin Jones who reside in Ellenboro. Karen was a certified EMT and worked for the Rutherford County Emergency Services Rescue Squad. She also was a volunteer at the Ellenboro...
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Jackie Greene Clark

December 15, 1944 - September 26, 2016

Jackie Greene Clark, age 71, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at her daughter's house in Spindale. Born on Friday, December 15, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Greene and Lorene Burgess Greene. Jackie was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 and a member of the Village Chapel of Forest City. She worked for Mastercraft Mill and...
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Peggy Greene Hewitt

April 23, 1934 - September 23, 2016

Peggy Greene Hewitt, age 82, of Emory Avenue, Forest City, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on Monday, April 23, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Arrie D Greene and Tressie Davis Greene. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1952 and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta....
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David Budgell

June 25, 1940 - September 20, 2016

David M. Budgell, age 76, of Rutherfordton, died September 20, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. An inurnment will take place at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. No formal services will be conducted.
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Mary Jarrell Hicks

February 20, 1917 - September 19, 2016

Mary Jarrell Hicks, age 99, of Hogan Road, Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the White Oak Manor of Rutherfordton. Born on Tuesday, February 20, 1917 in Green County, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late Alphonso Jarrell and Edith Malone Jarrell. Mary was a homemaker who was dedicated to her family. She travelled with her husband, Paul, to many places around the...
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Sharon May Abramczyk

June 25, 1938 - September 18, 2016

Sharon May Wysong Abramczyk, age 78, of Shelby, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at CHS Cleveland. Born June 25, 1938 in Traverse City, Michigan, she was daughter to the late Arthur Wysong and Doris Wysong. Later in life she was co-owner and operator of Falls Motel and Santa Claus Lane in Chimney Rock. Being a devoted wife, mother and friend, Sharon had a compassionate, generous...
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Christa Murray Ingle

August 22, 1950 - September 18, 2016

Christa Murray Ingle, age 66, of Henrietta, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born on August 22, 1950 in Clinton, SC, she was a daughter to the late Glenn and Pat Murray. Christa attended East Rutherford High and worked in textiles for many years. She served in various other occupations, but her passion in life was taking care of her...
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Jerry George

October 18, 1952 - September 17, 2016

Jerry George, age 63, of Rutherfordton, died September 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. No formal services are planned at this time.
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Flossie C. Harmon

February 1, 1929 - September 17, 2016

Flossie C. Harmon, age 87, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 1, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Broadus Cash and Rhode Self Cash. Flossie was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1947 and worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for many years. She was a member of Floyd's Creek...
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J.V. Jones

May 21, 1934 - September 16, 2016

JV Jones, age 82, of Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. J.V. was born to Joseph and Dema Combs Jones on May 21, 1934 in Laurel Springs, Alleghany County, North Carolina in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Following his older brother on the streams and hills, he developed a love for fishing and hunting that would last for all of...
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Jimmy Lee Walker

July 14, 1939 - September 16, 2016

Jimmy Lee Walker, age 77, of Forest City, died Friday, September 16, 2016 at his residence. Born July 14, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Johnny Francis Walker and Annie Mae Waters Walker. Jimmy worked for Hammond's Alignment Shop for twenty years and owned and operated Walker's Body Shop for twenty years before retirement. He was a member of Providence United Methodist...
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Jimmy "J.R." Reynolds

July 2, 1940 - September 11, 2016

Jimmy "J.R." Reynolds, age 76, of Caroleen, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Tuesday, July 2, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lawson Reynolds and Edna Wilson Reynolds. He worked for Cone Mills for forty years before retirement and was a member of Sisk Memorial Missionary Methodist...
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Cindy Matheney Street

February 13, 1955 - September 10, 2016

Cindy Matheney Street, age 61, of Ellenboro, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 13, 1955 in Gaston County, she is the daughter of Vernon Matheney and Betty Absher Matheney of Ellenboro. She was a graduate of East High School, class of 1973 and of Isothermal Community College, class of 1975. Cindy was a homemaker and a member...
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Beverly Eaton Lorei

August 31, 1943 - September 8, 2016

Beverly Eaton Lorei, age 73, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at her residence. Born August 31, 1943 in Oneida, New York, she was a daughter to the late Lewis Eaton and Hattie Townsley Eaton. She was a homemaker who spent her time helping and volunteering to assist others in the community. She also played an active role in raising her grandchildren and was...
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Bynum Parker

January 23, 1927 - September 2, 2016

Bynum Parker, age 89, of Ellenboro, died Friday, September 2, 2016 at Henderson Care. Born January 23, 1927 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late Charlie Albert Parker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served during World War II. Bynum worked in the textile industry most of his life and was a Baptist. He enjoyed working on cars, motorcycles and mowers. In...
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Carol Robbins Leverett

December 27, 1943 - September 1, 2016

Free Obituary for: Carol Robbins Leverett Carol Robbins Leverett, age 72, of Rutherfordton, died on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 27, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Belt Robbins and Rena Splawn Robbins. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962. Carol worked at Stonecutter Mills for forty...
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John Walter Dyer

March 6, 1943 - August 31, 2016

John Walter Dyer, age 73, of Bostic, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at his residence. Born on March 6, 1943 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late Doc Lawrence Dyer and Annie Mae Melton Dyer Roberson. He worked in construction as a roofer for many years and was a member of Walls Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father,...
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Walter Joseph, "Joey" "Bigfoot" "Tiny" Hanson

November 27, 1960 - August 29, 2016

Walter Joseph "Joey" Hanson, age 55, also fondly known as "Bigfoot" and "Tiny", passed away at 11:35 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was born in Frankfort, Germany on November 27, 1960. His wife, Carol, was the love of his life as he was the love of Carol's. They were inseparable and always together in love for over twenty-eight years. His greatest joy...
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Hazel Ruth Nix Smith

January 25, 1925 - August 23, 2016

Hazel Ruth Nix Smith, age 91, of Candor, NC formerly of Forest City, died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Sandy Ridge Memory Care. Born January 25, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late William Andrew Nix and Cora Ethel Conner Nix. Hazel worked for Burlington Mills for several years and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Chris Wease

January 16, 1980 - August 23, 2016

Chris Wease, age 36, of the Chase Community, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Carolinas Health System-Cleveland Campus. Born on January 16, 1980 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to Mike and Carolyn Wease of the Chase Community and the late Libby Ezell Wease. Chris is a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1998 and a member of Grace Chapel of Forest City. He worked...
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Sybile Burgess Arrowood

October 5, 1942 - August 22, 2016

Sybile Burgess Arrowood, age 73, of Forest City, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on Monday, October 5, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Clarence Lee Burgess and Emma Ruth Gilbert Burgess. Sybile worked for Cone Mills-Avondale Plant for over thirty years before retirement and attended Grace Chapel of Forest City (formerly...
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Virginia "Jenny" Wease

January 16, 1959 - August 22, 2016

Virginia "Jenny" Wease, age 57, of Henrietta, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 22, 2016. Born on Friday, January 16, 1959 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to Christine Gettys Self who resides in Henrietta and the late Robert R. Self, Sr. She was a graduate of East High School, class of 1977 and a graduate of Isothermal Community College, class of 2007. Jenny worked...
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Debra Mastrangelo

February 8, 1956 - August 21, 2016

Debra Mastrangelo, age 60, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Wednesday, February 8, 1956 in Burlington, Vermont, she was the daughter of Marion Alexander West who resides in Naples, Florida and the late Raymond Ernest West. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, class of 1974 and a graduate of Katherine Gibbs...
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John H. Pruett

January 5, 1949 - August 20, 2016

John H. Pruett, age 67, of East Main Street, Forest City, died Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Wednesday, January 5, 1949 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late David Harrison Pruett and Obie Hoyle Pruett. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked in textiles for several years and for Butler Auto Parts. He...
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Joy W. Gold

January 22, 1961 - August 20, 2016

Joy W. Gold, age 55, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away peacefully in the presence of those who loved and cared for her. Born January 22, 1961 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Carl Ray Wellmon and Annie Pearl Gantt Wellmon. She was a graduate of Crest High School, class of 1979 and worked for PPG Industries for seventeen years. She was of the Baptist faith. Joy enjoyed...
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Brenda Rice Fox

December 18, 1967 - August 18, 2016

Free Obituary for: Brenda Rice Fox Brenda Rice Fox, age 48, of Henrietta, NC, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at her residence. Born December 18, 1967 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Margaret Lucille Johnson who resides in Henrietta and the late Billy Ray Rice. She was a homemaker and enjoyed working crossword puzzles, coloring and going to Harris Speedway. She...
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Russell H. Roach

January 19, 1962 - August 17, 2016

Russell H. Roach, age 54, of Crowe Dairy Road, Spindale, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born on Friday, January 19, 1962 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Calvin Roach who resides in Spindale and the late Ruby Toney Roach. Russell was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1980 and the Presbyterian School of Nursing in...
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John "Preston" Skipper

May 24, 1937 - August 17, 2016

John "Preston" Skipper, age 79, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on August 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Monday, May 24, 1937 in Polk County, he was a son of the late Garner Skipper and Bernice Wilson Skipper. He worked for Milliken Mills and Schneider Mills for many years and retired from Manual Woodworkers. He was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church of...
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Carol Lowery Morrison

March 21, 1953 - August 17, 2016

Carol Lowery Morrison, age 63, of Shelby, NC, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at her residence. Born March 21, 1953 in McDowell County, she was a daughter to the late James Francis Lowery and Charlotte Laura Buchanan Lowery. Carol was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1971 and of Cleveland Community College, class of 1988. She was a homemaker and worked in retail sales for many...
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Ruby Ethel Waters

November 22, 1929 - August 7, 2016

Ruby Ethel Waters, age 86, of Forest City, died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at her residence. Born November 22, 1929 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Ervin Pope and Lillie Greene Pope. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by grandson, John Waters; two sisters, Winnie Goforth, Frances Scruggs; brother, Billy Pope; and brother-in-law...
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Roger Lee Bridges

November 17, 1952 - August 5, 2016

Roger Lee Bridges, age 63, Forest City, NC, was called Home on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born on November 17, 1952 in Lincoln County, he was a son to Daisy Spears Earls and the late Bobby Earls. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Bridges; mother, Daisy Earls; daughter, Regina Bridges; brother, Ronnie Bridges and wife Roberta; grandchildren, Ashley...
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Avis Sanders Hines Bradley

November 12, 1925 - August 5, 2016

Avis Sanders Hines Bradley, age 90, of Mid Atlantic Road, Mooresboro, NC, died Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Forest City. Born on November 12, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Rufus Littleberry Hines and Murrie Sanders Hines. Avis was a graduate of Harris High School at the age of 15 graduated from Central Wesleyan Methodist College in 1943...
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Elmer G. Lewis

October 4, 1926 - August 5, 2016

Elmer G. Lewis, age 89, of Spindale, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on October 4, 1926 in Harlan County, Kentucky, he was a son to the late Elijah Lewis and Arwillie Creech Lewis. Elmer was a WWII United States Army veteran, and was a part of the first occupational forces in Germany. He retired from Waste Water Management in Detroit,...
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Gary Phillips

December 12, 1946 - August 2, 2016

Gary Phillips, age 69, of Six Points, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Thursday, December 12, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Thomas Paul Phillips and Myrtle Goode Phillips. Gary was a graduate of Crest High School, class of 1965, Appalachian State, class of 1970 and Converse College, class of 1976. Mr. Phillips...
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Joy Fox

July 1, 1964 - July 29, 2016

Joy Fox, age 52, of Clay Street, Forest City, NC, died Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Monday, July 1, 1964 in Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Moore and Ruth Morrow Moore. She was a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School, class of 1982 and attended Forest Lake Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, Jay Allen...
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Lennis McAbee Flynn

April 24, 1945 - July 24, 2016

Lennis McAbee Flynn, age 71, of Lincolnton and formerly of Forest City, died July 24, 2016 at Heath House Assisted Living in Lincolnton, NC after a long illness. Born April 24, 1945 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Annie Smith McAbee. Working as a nurse for many years in both hospital and nursing home settings, Lennis was known for her understanding and kindness...
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Brandon Lovelace

April 5, 1987 - July 23, 2016

Brandon Lovelace, age 29, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his residence. Born on Sunday, April 5, 1987 in Cleveland County, he is survived by his parents, Mike and Ann Lovelace of Forest City. Brandon was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 2005 and was passionate about gaming, music and politics. He was a very caring and empathetic young man. He was...
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Billy John Lovelace

May 10, 1965 - July 23, 2016

Billy John Lovelace, age 51, of Ellenboro, NC, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his residence. Born on Monday, May 10, 1965 in Rutherford County, he is a son to Diane E. Lovelace of Spindale and the late Edward Hugh Lovelace. Billy worked owned and operated Bill's Used Tires for several years and worked for Appling Boring Company for over twenty years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge ...
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Paul E. Armstrong

December 28, 1943 - July 20, 2016

Paul E. Armstrong, age 72, of Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at his residence. Born on Tuesday, December 28, 1943 in Greenville, TN, he was a son to the late Baettie Rhea Armstrong and Rose Belle White Armstrong. Paul served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked for Fast Food Industries for over twenty years before retirement....
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Timmy "Fred" Padgett

April 6, 1957 - July 19, 2016

Timmy "Fred" Padgett, age 59, of Forest City, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Grace Hospital of Morganton. Born on Saturday, April 6, 1957 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Jean Ervin who resides in Forest City. Fred worked in textiles for many years and enjoyed fishing and watching NASCAR. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his step-father,...
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Carolyn Greene Gosey

November 30, 1934 - July 18, 2016

Carolyn Greene Gosey, age 81, of Ferry Road, Mooresboro, NC, died Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Hospice House of Forest City. Born on Friday, November 30, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Thomas Franklin Greene and Rosa Cleola White Greene. Carolyn was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1952 and a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. She worked for Cone...
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Wayne Langley

June 17, 1950 - July 17, 2016

Wayne Langley, age 66, of Henrietta, died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Levine Dickson Hospice of Huntersville, NC. Born on Saturday, June 17, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Robert Langley and Lula Mae Pruett Langley. Wayne served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked in textiles most of his life until retirement. He faithfully attended High...
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Tammy Killen

November 9, 1964 - July 16, 2016

Tammera "Tammy" Ann Killen, age 51, of Forest City, died July 16, 2016 at her residence. Born November 9, 1964 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to Shirley Ann Rash Lowery and the late Sonny Lowery and James Wallace White. Tammy was a member Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. She was very family focused and loved her family gatherings and cookouts. She was preceded in death...
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Patsy Billingsley Scott

November 19, 1947 - July 8, 2016

Patsy Billingsley Scott, age 68, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 at her residence. Born on Wednesday, November 19, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Frank Thomas Billingsley, Jr. and Gladys Mae Johnson Billingsley. Patsy was a homemaker and was known for her sweet spirit and her willingness to help those in need. Her gentle spirit was displayed...
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Joseph Dudley Hall, Jr.

July 22, 1938 - July 8, 2016

Joseph Dudley Hall, Jr., age 77, of Forest City, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Friday, July 22, 1938 in Harlingen, Texas, he was a son to the late Joseph Dudley Hall, Sr. and Marvis Elaine Strohmeyer Hall. He was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1957 and served his country in the U.S. Army. Joseph was a longtime...
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Johnnie Ella Wall Bowen Plumley

September 11, 1931 - July 7, 2016

Johnnie Ella Wall Bowen Plumley, age 84, of Chase High Road, Forest City, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born on Friday, September 11, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of late Paul Avery Wall and Etrula Radford Wall. Johnnie was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1949 and a member of Providence United Methodist Church. She...
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Ernest Caldwell Jackson

November 2, 1937 - July 5, 2016

Ernest Caldwell Jackson, age 78 of Rutherfordton, NC, died at home after an extended illness. Born on November 2, 1937 in Indian Land, Oceola Community Lancaster SC to the late Harold B. Jackson and Ruby Ashley Jackson. He was a graduate of Indian Land High School, class of 1956. Ernest worked with his father in Jackson Cabinet shop in Rock Hill, then at American Schlafhorst in Charlotte...
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William C. "Bill" Bridges

October 20, 1929 - July 4, 2016

William C. "Bill" Bridges, age 86, of Garden Street, Forest City, died Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Tuesday, October 20, 1929, he was a son to the late J. Frank Bridges and Essie Cook Bridges. Bill was a graduate of R-S Central High School and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He owned and operated Bridges Used Cars and was a wholesale auto dealer...
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Shawn Lee

April 8, 1970 - June 30, 2016

Shawn Lee, age 46, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, June 30, 2016 at his residence. Born on Wednesday, April 8, 1970 in Rutherford County. He is the son of Butch Bawden of Ellenboro and Jackie Lee of Forest City. He worked many years as a boilermaker and was of the Baptist Faith. Shawn was an avid golfer, surfer and enjoyed the beach. He was known for his sense of humor and caring spirit. He was...
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John William "Bill" Turner

April 4, 1943 - June 30, 2016

John William "Bill" Turner, age 73, of Jefferson Road, Mooresboro, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Sunday, April 4, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Samuel Andrew Turner and Bertha Millwood Turner. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for Elmore Pisgah Mill in Spindale for many years and was a past member of...
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Lucille Scoggins Hutchins

May 21, 1933 - June 25, 2016

Lucille Scoggins Hutchins, age 83, of Hilton Place, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Lucille was born May 21, 1933 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Samuel Jefferson Scoggins and Mary Lizzy Strickland. She was a member of Cliffside Missionary Methodist Church. Mrs. Hutchins was a multi-talented woman who could do anything she set her mind to....
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William Edward Whittemore

August 10, 1952 - June 23, 2016

William Edward Whittemore, age 63, passed away on June 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on August 10, 1952 to Nathaniel Whittemore Jr. and Pearl Virginia Whittemore. William grew up in Asheville, NC. He served in the United States Army for 20 years, retiring in 1992 at the rank of E8 First Sergeant. He then went on to work in construction. He enjoyed working on cars, Nascar,...
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Naomi L. Carver

January 4, 1942 - June 23, 2016

Naomi L. Carver, age 74, of Spindale, NC, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born on Sunday, January 4, 1942 in Erie County, Ohio, she was a daughter to the late Thomas Klein and Bertha Taylor Klein. She was a graduate of Fruitland Bible College and attended Grace Chapel of Forest City and Father's Vineyard. Naomi worked as a Pharmacy Tech in Ohio...
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Bobby Dean Brooks

January 21, 1935 - June 22, 2016

Bobby Dean Brooks, age 81, of Walker Lake Road, Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on Monday, January 21, 1935 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Alfred Glenn Brooks and Mattie Oneal Martin Brooks. He was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War. Bobby was a graduate of the Morganton-Lenoir...
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Howard "Homer" Wall

November 7, 1927 - June 19, 2016

Howard "Homer" Wall, age 88, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Living Center. Born on Monday, November 7, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lawrence Wall and Annie Odessa Short Wall. Homer worked for Cone Mills-Haynes Plant for forty years before retirement and was a longtime member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church. He also...
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S SGT. Rudolph "Rudy" Bryl, US Army , Rtd.

November 17, 1934 - June 17, 2016

S SGT. Rudolph "Rudy" Bryl, US Army, Retired, Vietnam War Veteran, age 81, of Forest City, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Saturday, November 17, 1934 in Malang, Indonesia, he was a son to the late Max Edward Brijil and Thecla Maria Van Dissel Brijil. Rudy traveled the world as a member of the Dutch Merchant Marines. He retired from the US Army as a...
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Mary Vickers Tessneer

December 27, 1934 - June 17, 2016

Mary Vickers Tessneer, age 81, of Bostic, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Born on Thursday, December 27, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie Baxter Vickers and Eva Mae Champion Vickers. She was a homemaker most of her life and had worked in textiles for several years. Mary was a faithful member of Sandy Level Baptist...
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Susan Walters Fox

March 4, 1973 - June 7, 2016

Susan Walters Fox, age 43, of Forest City, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at her residence. Born on Sunday, March 4, 1973 in Lakeland, Florida, she was a daughter to Linda Carlton Walters of Forest City and the late Jerry Walters. She worked in textiles for many years and was of the Baptist faith. Susan loved spending time with her family and will be greatly missed. In addition to her...
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Dr. Robert Allen Nelson

April 18, 1931 - June 7, 2016

On June 7, 2016, Dr. Robert Allen Nelson passed away peacefully in his sleep at Hospice Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Mooresville, North Carolina on April 18, 1931 to Ethel and William Fletcher Nelson. Bob was the youngest of three brothers, William ("Bill"), Eugene ("Gene") and Bob. He was married to Dorothy Louise Byers of Rutherford County, NC, in 1954 and they remained...
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Ronny Steve Parris

April 20, 1946 - June 6, 2016

Ronny Steve Parris, age 70, of Forest City, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at his residence. Born April 20, 1946 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, he was the son of James Winfred Parris and Hathleen Holcombe Parris. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Ronny Dale Parris; father, James Winfred Parris; and a brother, Hugh Parris. Ronny was a member of Providence United Methodist...
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Kenneth "Babe" Ray Kimbrell

December 26, 1936 - June 6, 2016

Kenneth "Babe" Ray Kimbrell, age 79, of Ellenboro, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born December 26, 1936 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Archie Kimbrell and Lillian Phillips Kimbrell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Blanton Kimbrell. Survivors include three children, Gary...
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Paul Edward Gagner

August 5, 1947 - June 5, 2016

Paul Edward Gagner, age 68, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Wendover Hospice. Born August 5, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Hugh Gagner and Jane Cornell Gagner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jimmy Grady, Billy Grady, Alan Grady; and one sister, Barbara Wyatt. Paul was a former telephone technician at...
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