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Clenon Tackett

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Clenon Tackett, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 27, 2021 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Floyd County, KY, son of the late Mack and Elizabeth Jones Tackett and was preceded in death by his eldest brother, Monfort Tackett.
Clenon was an active member of Advent Lutheran Church where he was passionate about serving the Lord and his church family.
He also helped organize the Missions Disaster Warehouse. He served honorably in the US Air Force for 4 years. Clenon worked at Spencer Products in sales management for 35 years. In his spare time, Clenon enjoyed playing golf and making new friends.
His greatest desire in life was for people to hear the word of God and become followers of Christ. Clenon was a genuine person who cared deeply about his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, mentor and Papaw who was extremely proud of his loving family. His guidance, generosity, and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years: Barbara Kluber Tackett;  children: John Paul Tackett (Pam), Ironton, OH, Craig Alan Tackett (Melanie), Blacksburg, SC, Amanda Elizabeth Holland (Brandon), Kings Mountain, NC, and Donna Rashel Stillions (Jared), Hallettsville, TX; grandchildren: Johnathon Tackett, Benesh Holland, Alexander Odom, Ella Holland, Adelaide Holland, Margaret Stillions, John Stillions; siblings: Marlene Tackett, Marvin Tackett (Barbara), Wilkie Tackett (Roselane), Milford Tackett, Linda Sue Hueseman (Jerry), Carol Blackburn (Gene), Michael Tackett (Patty), and Todd Tackett (Cathy).
Memorial service was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Advent Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven King officiating
Visitation was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM prior to the service at Advent Lutheran Church.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Clenon’s memory to Advent Lutheran Church Building Fund at 230 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Teresa  “Terri” Lynn King

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Teresa  “Terri” Lynn King, 64, of Kings Mountain, passed away October 4, 2021, at Atrium Health Cleveland, Shelby.
She was born February 4, 1957, in Cleveland County, daughter of the late Joseph Cash and Kay Grigg Guin.
Terri attended Bethel Baptist Church in Shelby.
A funeral service was  held on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 6:30 pm  at Bethel Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Tim Sims.
The family received friends 5-6:30 pm prior to the service at the church.
A private burial was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
Terri  is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Joe King; son, Wayne King and girlfriend Nikki Massey; sisters, Susan Rhoades and husband John, Karen “Doodle” Dellinger and husband Jimmy; grandson, Noah King; numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bethel Baptist Church 606 South Dekalb Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, Gastonia.
An online guestbook is available at greenefuneral.com
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Todd McSwain

KINGS MOUNTAIN –Jeffrey Todd McSwain, 57, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, he is the son of Brenda Oliver Humphries and her husband Charles of Kings Mountain and the late Tommy McSwain.
In addition to his mother, Todd is survived by his daughter, Ashley McSwain and fiancé Ron Locklear; son, Jeffrey McSwain Jr. and wife Brandi, both of Kings Mountain; sister, Lynn Black of Patterson Springs; brother, Todd Humphries and wife Michele of Boiling Springs; and grandchildren, Peyton and Jak McSwain.  Services will be private to the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Rhonda Cotter

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Rhonda Eileen Cotter, 50, died Wednesday, September 22,2021, at Atrium Health Cleveland after losing her battle with a sudden illness.
She was born in Long Beach, CA to Patricia Pasini and the late Arthur Pasini.
Rhonda was a loving mother and grandmother who was a two-time cancer survivor and a fighter till the end.
In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of 27 years, Robert “Bob” Cotter of the home, sons, James Kimery III and wife Angelique of San Antonio, TX, Ryan Cotter and wife Shiloh of Dayton,OH; daughter, Virginia Huie and husband Jody of Sneads Ferry, NC; grandchildren, Angel Cotter, Kristina Cotter, Caleb Burke, Trinity Chambers, Rhylee Chambers, Taylor Kimery, Delilah Kimery, Evelyn Kimery, Nova Cotter, and Vincent Cotter; Uncle, Clyde Martin and wife Irene; Cousins, Daniel Martin and Stephanie and husband Bryan; stepson, Johnny Cotter and wife Regina; brother in laws, David Cotter, James Cotter, Stephen Cotter and wife Elizabeth, Thomas Cotter and wife Kristy; sister in law, Anna Cotter.
Funeral services were held 1 pm, Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mountain Rest Cemetery. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Barbara Rippy Deese  

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Barbara Rippy Deese, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, entered the gates of Heaven on September 21, 2021 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC.
She was born in Kings Mountain, NC, daughter of the late W.G. Rippy Jr. and Pauline Biddix Rippy and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Warren Deese.
Barbara was a former member of Faith Baptist Church where she served actively, and later attended Central United Methodist Church.
She worked in the cafeteria of Central School where her love of children was evident. Barbara was a very generous person and enjoyed caring for her family and loved ones. Everyone who knew Barbara will dearly miss her independent, spirited, and zestful nature. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, and friend to many. Her love and spirit will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her son: Mark Deese and wife, Lauri, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Michael Rippy and wife Sherry, Kings Mountain, NC; niece: Taylor Rippy, Wilmington, NC;  nephew: Jason Rippy, Mooresville, NC; numerous other loving nieces, nephews, and family members.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Eddie Gray officiating. The family spoke  with attendees immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Johnny Belk

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  Johnny Grayson Belk, 81, died suddenly in Morganton, NC on Friday, September 17,2021. A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Hall and Irene Belk. Johnny retired as a Kings Mountain Police Officer after 20 years of service. He will be greatly missed but we will see him again.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Connie Hamm.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Haynes Belk of 26 years; daughters, Pam West and husband Jimmy, Kathy Clemmer and husband Ray; sons, Jeff Hamm and wife Jody, Rusty Hamm and wife Diane; sister, Annie Mae Propst; grandchildren, Courtney Hamm Clontz and husband Ty, Lea Hamm Crowder and husband Brady, Tyler West, Austin Clemmer, Keiffer Hamm and Kolton Hamm; fishing buddy, Blair Carver and wife Cindy; his beloved cat, Snowball and dogs, Lexie and Rambo.
Funeral services will be held 11 am, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Chestnut Ridge Church with Pastor Greg Neely officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Church.
A private family burial will take place in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Marcia Ware Brinkley 

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA  – Marcia Ware Brinkley, 69, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away September 13, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.
Born October 6, 1951 in Charlotte, NC, Marcia graduated from Kings Mountain High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Erskine College.
She married Clarence Jack Brinkley in 1975, and the two recently celebrated their 46th year of marriage.
She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Franklin L. Ware Jr., and Eddys Latham Ware.
She is survived by her husband, Jack, of Lawrenceville, GA; daughter, Karen Etzkorn and husband Justin, of Knoxville, TN; brothers, Melvin Ware and wife Janet of Blacksburg, SC, and Edwin Ware, of Morganton, NC, as well as four nieces and nephews.
An educator at heart, Marcia taught middle school biology for a number of years in Charleston SC. After Karen’s birth she devoted fifteen years as a stay-at-home mother to Karen. She later worked twenty years for Bass Pro Shops, retiring in 2018.
Marcia was loved by all who knew her; she was best known and will long be remembered for her genuine smile, joyful laugh, and caring heart.
The family received friends beginning at 2:15 on Saturday, September 18, at Boyce Memorial ARP Church in Kings Mountain. The funeral service followed at 3:00 pm in the church Sanctuary officiated by Dr. Rob Patrick. Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The family is being served by Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain and Byrd and Flanigan Funeral Service of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Memorials may be made to Boyce Memorial ARP Church or charity of your choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Joseph Wayne Todd

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Joseph Wayne Todd, 56, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 16, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Guilford County, NC, son of the late Jerry Donnell Todd Sr. and Marian Johnson Todd and was preceded in death by a brother, Nathan Todd, and a sister, Audrey Wellington. Joe attended Second Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
He was self employed in the home improvement industry for more than twenty years. Joe enjoyed collecting anything old and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was able to bring levity to almost any situation. He loved his job and the people he worked for became family to Joe. Always a social person, Joe never met a stranger and could befriend anyone. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend to many. His guidance and love will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-six years: Susan Ollis Todd, of the home; daughter: Ashley Elizabeth Todd, of the home; brothers: Jerry Donnell Todd Jr., Jay Todd (Renee), Jerome Todd, all of Greensboro, NC and Benjamin Todd of Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Betty Widger, Cross Level, NC, Wendy White (Jon), Greensboro, NC, Jenny Blackford (Ken), Walnut Cove, NC, and Sara Todd (Bud), Greensboro, NC;   numerous nieces and nephews and canine companion: Opie.
Funeral service was held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Second Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Pruitt officiating
Visitation was held on Monday, September 20, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at the church.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Linda Anne Biser Behrens

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Linda Anne Biser Behrens, 80, of Alexandria, VA, passed away on September 13, 2020, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA.
Linda was born in Kings Mountain, NC, on July 11, 1940, to the late Meredith Hill Biser, and Nell Watterson Biser.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Ernest Behrens Jr., and her sister, Meredith Joyce Biser. She is survived by her daughter, Lira Behrens Gallagher, of Silver Spring, MD; and grandchildren, Charles Townsend Davies and Henry Davies.
Linda earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1962, and a B.S. in Biology from George Washington University in 1969.
She worked for several publications, including the Kings Mountain Herald, as well as the Washington Post and the Washington Star. She also served as a teacher at schools in Virginia and North Carolina. She finished her career as an enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Eugene Winfred Land

1929 - 2021
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Rev. Eugene W. Land entered into his Heavenly reward on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina, after a period of declining health. We are sure many special people were at the Pearly Gates to welcome him as the Angels and St. Peter were there, too, as the trumpets sounded.
Gene was born in August, 1929 in Greenville, South Carolina to the late Inez Babb Land and Truluck Land.  He graduated from Parkland High School where he played baseball and football. He decided to serve his country by joining the U.S. Navy in 1947 and served until 1952 during the Korean War. He was particularly proud of serving as a shipmate aboard the U.S.S. Missouri (BB 63). He also served as the Chaplin of the U.S.S. Missouri Association for twenty years.
Upon leaving the Navy, Gene worked in the trucking industry until 1961. He then continued his education at Fruitland Bible Institute where he served as Class President and graduated in 1964 with an Associate’s Degree. Following his call into the ministry, Gene furthered his education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.
Gene’s ministry took him to many places in North Carolina. His first call as a minister was at Sunny Point Baptist Church in Canton, NC where he served for two years. From there, he pastored churches in Mt. Gilead (Hamer Creek Baptist Church), Summerfield (Temple Baptist Church), and two churches in Kings Mountain including Second Baptist Church (27 years) and Eastside Baptist Church (8 years). Gene was invited by the late Rev. Billy Graham to participate as a guest counselor for several of his crusades. He also established the first children’s bus ministry for all races of children in Kings Mountain.
Gene stayed very busy leading 14 groups to the Holy Land in Israel to visit where Christianity had its beginnings. It was on his last trip abroad that he met his wife, June. They shared twenty-two glorious years together.
Gene once said, “that he didn’t have time to retire—that he enjoyed working for the Lord.” And that he did.  Whether it was assisting other Baptist churches with their needs, or preaching revivals around North Carolina and South Carolina.
He also worked with the Southern Baptist Convention and the NC State Baptist Convention serving in many different leadership roles including various committee chairmanships.
 In addition to his wife, June Taylor Land, he is survived by his sons, Kelly Eugene Land of Rutherfordton, NC and Richard Harrison Land of Stanley, NC.  Also left to cherish his memory is his sister, Joy Miller, sister-in-law Tillie Land, nephew Tony Land and wife, Janet, niece and nephew Robin and Terry Pierce, and niece and nephew Regina and Justin Land.  Gene is survived by his brother-in-law, Sid Baker of Reidsville, NC, and sister-in-law, Brenda Baker of Trinity, NC. He is also survived by June’s children including daughter, Laura Smith Scholz (and husband, Mike) of Edina, MN and their daughters, Taylor and Kendall, her son, Michael Vonsmith (and wife, Kristen) of Minnetonka, MN and their daughter, Katherine.
In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by his sister, Wilma Pierce, brother-in-law, Jack Pierce, brother, Bub Land, brother-in-law Bruce Miller, the mother of his children, JoLynn Baker Kuhn, his nephew, Bub, Jr., niece, Sandra Land, and brothers-in-law, Don Baker and Scott Baker.
The family received friends at Harris Funeral Home (108 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC) on Monday, September 13, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Celebration of Gene’s life was held on Tuesday, September 14 at 2:00 pm at Second Baptist Church (120 Linwood Road., Kings Mountain, NC) with interment to follow at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Rev. Eugene Land (Gene) left an indelible mark on our world. He could share the word of our Lord with passion and bring non-believers to the altar to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He was an amazing listener and counselor. He was a Bible scholar and could quote scripture that would be appropriate regardless of the situation or whatever the occasion.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all those who prayed continually for our family and for the exceptional care Gene received from his wonderful health care providers.
Memorials may be made in Reverend Land’s memory to Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, to Eastside Baptist Church at 308 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, to The USS Missouri Memorial Association by mail at PO Box 879, Attention: Development, Aiea, HI 96701, or to the donors choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Charlene Daniel Moore

NEWTON, NC – Charlene Daniel Moore, 86 of Newton, NC, passed away on August 20, 2021 at her residence at Elmcroft Assisted Living. 
Charlene was born on April 4, 1935 to the late Roy and Michael England Daniel in Blairsville, GA.  She was a long-time member of the Spartanburg Seventh Day Adventist Church in Spartanburg, SC.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Daniel Moore, and her brother, Kenneth Daniel
Charlene is survived by her beloved husband, William H. Moore, formerly of Spartanburg, SC, and three children; Earlene (David) Leonard of Kings Mountain, NC, Jim (Barbara) Moore of Spartanburg, SC and Adam (Shawn) Robbins of Newton, NC.  Charlene also has 11 grandchildren; Matthew Leonard, Nicole (Matt) Walters, Alan Robbins, Holly (Quinton) Campbell, Tosha and Jim Moore, Morgana, William and Catherine Moore, Christian (Katie) and Karin Buchmann, 5 great-grandchildren; Gunner, Hunter, and Wynter Moore, and Peter and James Campbell.
Goodin-Drum Funeral Home of Maiden is serving the Moore family.
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Steven Lee Olson

Kings Mountain NC – Steven Lee Olson, a retired Army veteran and resident of Kings Mountain North Carolina died unexpectedly at age 69 on July 21, 2021 of health complications.
Steve was born in Van Nuys California on January 31st 1952 to Donald Olson and Jacqueline Ferris Olson.  Steve spent the happiest times of his childhood with his maternal grandparents Frank and Barbara Ferris. After graduating from high school he joined the Army and spent 6 years serving our country. Steve was a Truck Driver for over 20 years before he followed his passion for cooking and became a Chef. He enjoyed listening to music, scuba diving, surfing, riding motorcycles, flying RC airplanes & helicopters, and driving RC cars. Steve was a tinkerer and could fix or build just about anything he set his mind to.
In his later years Steve mostly enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. At his request Steve did not have a memorial service. His ashes were spread in his favorite rose garden at his home, setting him free as he wished.
Steve is survived by his brother Michael Howard and sister Barbara Olson (both of California), his daughters Dawn Olson Neisler (North Carolina) and Misty Olson Brown (Neveda), his son Steven Lee Olson II (Georgia), 11 grandchildren: Alexander, Avan, and Ashton Fields, Allen Card, Christian and Charlie Olson, Sabrina Olson Hissam, Hezekiah Lubas, Brodie, Riley, and Max Brown, 4 great-grandchildren: Emma and Kayden Hissam, Aiden Olson, and Nik-Khan Naegle.
Anyone wishing to give a memorial in Steve’s memory may do so at woundedwarriorproject.org
Aquamation services provided by Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain  www.claybarnette.com
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Larry Clark

KINGS MOUNTAIN:  Larry Claude Clark,77, left this world suddenly on September 9,2021.
Born in Gaston County, Larry worked at Wix in Gastonia for 40 years before retiring. He was an avid fan of the Carolina Tarheels, Atlanta Braves, and loved NASCAR racing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Mark West. Larry is survived by his wife, Joyce Clark; stepsons, Mike West and wife Kim and Jimmy West and wife Pam all of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Jessica Ramirez, Tyler West, and William Ray West; great grandchildren, Austin West, Katie Ramirez, Alexis Ramirez, and Landon Ramirez.
Funeral services were held at 3pm on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain with the Rev. Don Williams officiating. The received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home and Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Alma Alieen  Allender Husky

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Alma Alieen Allender Husky, age 85, of Kings Mountain passed away on September 3, due to complications after a long battle with COPD at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby.
She married Orous Hayes Husky, Sr. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 23, 1951. He predeceased her in 1992 after 41 years of marriage. She was born to James Thomas Allender and Vera Fay Finger on December 10, 1935, in Embarrass, Wisconsin.
She is survived by her five children: Rachel Parmater (Frank), Rebecca Husky, Orous Husky, Jr., Loretta Cozart (William), and James Husky. One sister, Marion Elizabeth Allender Wood, also survives her.
Grandchildren include Will Parmater (Anna), Katheryn Parmater, Rick Husky (Elizabeth), Raedjio Arrowroot Naro (Yuta), and Laura Cozart. Great Grandchildren are Iris Parmater, Caden Donaldson, Kira Husky, Eli Eaker, Kinsley Husky, Kyrie Husky, August Arrowroot, and Kita Naro. Step-Great Grandchildren include Peyton Harlow and Candice Harlow.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings William Henry Humphrey, Oscar Robert Allender, Dorothy Fredabelle Allender Boone, and Alice Faye Allender McGinnis.
Alma was a loving mother who raised her children in a Christian home. She was a thoughtful and cared for the elderly women of her neighborhood, often styling their hair, especially for those who were homebound. She enjoyed reading books, especially the Bible, including Bible history, and archeology. She also enjoyed taking courses at Cleveland Community College. She loved learning and taught her children prior to their starting school. Alma also loved music, playing the piano and guitar. She came from a musical family and she and her siblings often played music together during family gatherings.
Alma was fond of jewelry and enjoyed watching JTV between episodes of Gun Smoke and The Rifleman. She was particularly fond of pearls. She gave her daughters and granddaughters pearls during their recent visits. Most of all, Alma loved Jesus and was a faithful servant her whole life. She taught her children and grandchildren to read the Bible and to follow God’s word. She was a strong influence on the lives of everyone in her family and she will truly be missed.
Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Barbra Ann Welch Flint

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Barbra Ann Welch Flint, 63, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 1, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Howard Dean Welch Sr. and Helen Proctor Welch and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Steve Flint, and her brother, Paul Allen Welch. Barbra was a dedicated member of Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.
She is survived by her sisters: Wanda Welch Allison (Alford), Kings Mountain, NC, Donna Welch, Kings Mountain, NC, and Terry Welch Burgess (Donnie), Blacksburg, SC; brother: Howard Dean Welch Jr. (Karen), Kings Mountain, NC; numerous nieces and nephews; best friends: Charlene Clark and Frances Beavers; beloved Canine Companion: Buttercup and her feline companions.
The family will hold a Memorial Service on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM at Second Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Pruitt officiating.
The family will speak with attendees immediately following the service in the sanctuary of the church
Memorials may be made to:  Hospice of Gaston County at 258 East Garrison Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28054
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Peggy McGinnis Wells 

SPINDALE, NC– On September 4th 2021, Peggy McGinnis Wells of Spindale, NC transitioned into her eternal resting place. 
Peggy was an only child.  She was born to Carl Maxie and Alma Blalock McGinnis on November 16th 1937 in Kings Mountain, NC.
Peggy’s greatest joy was spending time with family and her church family. Peggy leaves behind her devoted husband of 65 years, Billy Franklin Wells, her son Andy Carl Wells and wife Beth, and Scott Edward Wells all from Spindale, NC.  She leaves two grandchildren, Christopher Matthew Wells, and Sally Elizabeth Smith. Peggy also has five great grandchildren, Hannah, Christopher, and Julia Wells, and Bethanne and Bailey Ray Smith. 
Peggy attended Spencer Baptist Church for 49 years.  She joyfully served on numerous committees and taught the Hannah Sunday School Class.  Along with many others close friends, Van and Susan Shehan, and Bubba, were Peggy’s extended family. 
Some of Peggy’s hobbies included cooking, painting, and art projects.  She loved nature and all its wonders.
Peggy was a dedicated teacher for Rutherford County Schools.  She made a huge impact on her students and encouraged them to continue their educational journey.  Peggy developed an advanced reading program that became statewide.
After retiring from teaching, she was Director of Volunteers at the Rutherford Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Spencer Baptist Church 187 N. Oak St Spindale NC 28160. Online condolences may be made at www.crowemortuary.com
A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday September the 9th at Spencer Baptist Church with Dr. Bruce Caldwell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior in the family life center.
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Dorothy McNeely Capps

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Dorothy McNeely Capps, 78, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 3, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Born in Cleveland, NC, She was daughter of the late Thomas Leroy and Floice Jolley McNeely. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Capps;  brothers, Buren McNeely, Oscar McNeely and sister, Elsie Bridges.
Dorothy was a lifetime member of New Camp Creek Baptist Church, Kings Mtn.   She was full of life and enjoyed time with her family and watching sports.
She is survived by her daughters: Donna Robinson Collier and husband Gregory, Clover, SC; Kimberly Fowler Moore and husband DuJuan, Gastonia, NC; brother: James McNeely, Shelby, NC; sisters: Joyce Welch, Kings Mtn. NC; Myrtle Gilmer and husband Jay, Clover, SC; Lorene Beaver and husband Thomas, Lincolnton, NC; 5 grandchildren: Josh Robinson and wife Brittney, Tori Thomas, Hayden Thompson, Mallory Thomason, Delaney Thompson; 2 great-grandchildren: Carter Robinson and Talulah Mitchell; beloved Niece: Lisa Ramon and husband Joel, Clover, SC; numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at New Camp Creek Baptist Church, Wednesday,  September 8, 2021, 11:00 A.M. (Services are private for family and church members).
Visitation was 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Tuesday evening, at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC.
Interment will be held in New Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina   
Memorials may be made to: New Camp Creek Baptist Church, Building Fund, 863 New Camp Creek Church Road, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Anne Haynes McNeill 

ORANGE PARK, FL– – Anne Haynes McNeill, 65, passed away on August 29, 2021 after contracting COVID-19.
Anne was born in Shelby, NC, to Rev. Wayne and Joyce Haynes. Anne’s loving and generous spirit was topped with the perfect amount of wit and sass. Anne most enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family (with a Pepsi in hand). Anne is best known for providing abundant support and care for her friends and family at all times, for which they loved her fervently in return.
Anne married Lock McNeill on February 28, 2012 and is survived by him; her sisters, Treva Haynes, Patti Tucker and Shea Werner; her nieces Sally Tucker and Hannah Werner; her nephew, Haynes Werner; her brother-in-law, Glenn Werner; her step-grandson, Keegan McNeill and Keegan’s mother, Molly McNeill; her step-daughter Heather Ojeda and Heather’s husband, Thomas Leonard; her step-grandson, Elijah Barfield; and her step-granddaughter, Elianah Ojeda. Anne is preceded in death by her loving parents and her step-son, Jamey McNeill.
Two memorial services will be held in Anne’s honor. A graveside memorial at Russell Haven Funeral Home will be held on September 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST. An outdoor
memorial service will be held on October 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC. Please do not attend either service unless both testing negative for COVID-19 and fully vaccinated. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask for the duration of the services.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Gary Burris, II

Kings Mountain, NC – Gary Lynn Burris, II, 50, of Kings Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Atrium-Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
Born in Asheville, NC, he was the husband of Karen Lynn Burris of the home and son of Gary Lynn Burris, Sr. of Chesnee and Trixie Loving Williams of Kings Mountain and stepson of Marsha Burris of Chesnee.
He was a Lieutenant with the Gaffney City Fire Department with 19 years of service, a former Chief and life member with the Grover Rural Volunteer Fire Department, and a fire instructor at Cleveland Community College. He loved his family, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents, is a daughter, Aliza “Gracie” Burris of Kings Mountain, NC; a stepbrother, Chris Willis (Randa) of Marion, NC; two stepsisters, Denita Lynn Wyatt (John) of Marion, NC and Emma Grace Fowler of Chesnee, SC; his parents-in law, Jerry Ervin and Paula Ervin of Mooresboro, NC; a brother-in-law, Chuck Ervin (Tracy) of Dunnellon, FL.   He was preceded in death by his step-father, Jim Williams and his step-mother, Gabra Burris.
Gary lay in state at East Gaffney Baptist Church from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 5, 2021.  Funeral services followed at 3:00 PM at the church with Dr. Dwight Easler officiating.  Interment was in Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg, SC. Social distancing and masks were requested.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: North Carolina Fallen Firefighter’s Association, P.O. Box 68, Bahama, NC 27503 or South Carolina Firefighter’s Association, “Fallen Firefighter’s”, P.O. Box 211725, Columbia, SC 29210 or to the NRA, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
The family was at respective homes.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhomBlakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC.          
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Monty Renn Thornburg

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Monty Renn Thornburg, 61, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 18, 2021 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Fred Love and Frances Dover Thornburg and was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Thomas and girlfriend, Ina Blanton.
Monty was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer who served as manager of Harris Funeral Home since 2017. He began his funeral service career at Harris Funeral Home in 1998. He was retired from the City of Kings Mountain with over 32 years of service as the Senior Center Director.  He was a 1982 Graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a BS in Psychology and a 2006 honor graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an AS Degree in Funeral Service. Monty viewed the funeral service as a noble profession and a ministry.
Monty was very active in the Kings Mountain community. He was a member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church where he has served as past Treasurer, Deacon and Usher. He also served as Secretary of the Life Enrichment Center Advisory Board and was a former Secretary and past President of the Children’s Homes of Cleveland County Board. He was a Commissioner of the Kings Mountain Housing Authority and served as a Trustee of the Cleveland County Healthcare System.  Always active, Monty also served on the Transportation Association of Cleveland County, member of Rotary, and served many years as a Hospice volunteer. Always an advocate for senior adults, he was a certified Medicare SHIIP Counselor, assisting Medicare and Medicaid recipients with their prescription drug plans and Medicare Supplement insurance.  Monty was a proponent of end of life issues and served with JOURNEY, the End of Life Coalition of Cleveland County.
In June 2015, Monty was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award.  He was humbled and surprised to be nominated for this award by his funeral service mentor and friend, Ronald Hawkins.
Monty enjoyed cooking, walking, swimming and spending time with his beloved pets: Ella, Bob and Mortie.  Monty was the kindest, warmest and most genuine brother, uncle and friend that a person could know. His friendship, love, kindness and generosity were extended to all that he knew.  Monty will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends, and all who knew him.
He is survived by his sister: Debbie Parker and husband Ray, Stockbridge, GA;  nieces and nephews: Jennifer Evans, Corbin Parker, Todd Thomas, Taylor Evans, Christopher Evans, Alyssa Thomas and Hunter Thomas; numerous cousins, other family and friends and Harris Funeral Home family.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Rev. Tim Whitesides officiated.
Lie in State was 12:00 - 2:00 pm Sunday, August 22, 2021.
Interment was in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to any charity of choice that saves Animal’s lives.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Gary Curtis Hambright

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Gary Curtis Hambright, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 19, 2021 at Atrium Health in Shelby, NC after a period of declining health.
Born in Cherokee County SC, He was son of the late Curtis Lee  and Adelia Turner Hambright. 
Gary graduated from Kings Mountain High School where he enjoyed playing for the Mountaineer Baseball Team.  He was also a graduate of Cleveland Community College where he received an Associates Degree in Industrial Engineering. He was a machinist, starting his career at Minette Mills, then working for Fiber industries and retiring from Commercial Intertech. He was of the Christian faith and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Gary enjoyed watching Major League Baseball and the Carolina Panthers football.  He later became a fan of Appalachian Football after his daughters attended and graduated from Appalachian State University.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years: Mary Childers Hambright, Kings Mtn. NC; daughters: Amanda Hambright Houser and husband Danny, Vale, NC; Melissa Hambright, Lincolnton, NC.
Graveside services will be private 
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.       
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Michael Edward Strickland 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Michael Edward Strickland, age 74 resident of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on August 16, 2021 at Wendover Hospice, Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland Co, NC to the late Burley Edward Strickland and Dovie Alberta Putnam Strickland.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Johnny Strickland and first wife Georgia Mae Davidson Strickland.
Michael was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend who enjoyed playing golf and taking care of his children and grandchildren.  
He worked in the textile industry, formerly employed with Duplex International and Westpoint Pepperell and retired from Hanes/SaraLee. He was also partner and owner of Trinity Home Remodeling, Kings Mtn. NC.
He is survived by his wife: Mary Collins Strickland, Kings Mtn. NC; daughter: Sherry Shipton, Kings Mtn. NC; brother: Reid Strickland, Kings Mtn. NC; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held in Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
Visitation was 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Thursday, August 19, 2021 prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Interment was held inMountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Nell “Jean”  (McDaniel) Martin

BELMONT, NC – Nell “Jean” (McDaniel) Martin, 91, of Belmont, passed away on July 25, 2021 at Atrium Health-Cleveland Pines Nursing Center in Shelby, NC.
She was a native of Cherokee County, Blacksburg, SC; lived in Charlotte, NC for 30 years before moving to Belmont, NC.
She was the wife of the late J.P. Martin and the daughter of the late John Harley and Willie Bee (Huskey) McDaniel.
Jean was a member of Durham Memorial Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC for over 60 years where she served in the church nursery, member of the WMU and sang in the church choir. She also did volunteer work in the beauty shop at Huntersville Oaks for over 20 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Regina Martin Lutz and husband, Robert of Kings Mountain, NC; two granddaughters, Maddie and Natalie and her granddog, Mollie; two sisters, Verita Smith and Betty Jo Wylie of Blacksburg, SC; and one brother, Bobby Dean McDaniel of Wellford, SC. She has many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who loved her.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, LeRoy McDaniel and one sister, Lois Wilson.
A Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held August 10, 2021, 11 a.m. at Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 1601 Toddville Road, Charlotte, NC. Visitation  is at 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service. Submit condolences at www.forestlawnwest.com.

Charles Hambright

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Charles Douglas Hambright Jr.,56, died Sunday, July 25, 2021, at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Charles Sr. and Peggy Ramsey Hambright. Charles enjoyed deer hunting, laying out in the sun, going down to the creek and spending time with his friends and family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Lee Hambright. He is survived by his son, Christian Hart Hambright of Kings Mountain; sister, Susan Hambright Dover of Kings Mountain; Christains mother, Gail Hambright; nieces, Tamra Greason and Tory Dover; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm, Sunday, August 1, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain. The family received friends from 2pm-3pm on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial followed the service in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences can be made at:  www.claybarnette.com
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Robert “Max” Blackburn 

KING MOUNTAIN–  Robert “Max” Blackburn, 92 of Kings Mountain passed away Saturday July 24th.
Graveside services will be Thursday, July 29  at 4 pm in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with arrangements.
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Kay Frances Leftwich

KING MOUNTAIN–  Kay Frances Leftwich, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 18, 2021 at CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Bud and Frances Moss Huffstetler.
Kay was a former member of Christian Freedom Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling and especially loved cruising. Kay was always on the go and enjoyed crocheting in her spare time. She loved spending time outdoors sitting with her loved ones. Kay enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family, whom she cherished dearly. She was a loving mother, doting grandmother and great grandmother, wonderful sister, and friend to many.
She is survived by her son: Bryan Edmond Leftwich (Amanda), Gastonia, NC; daughter: Ashley Dawn Lovelace (Davie), Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Eddie Huffstetler (Ann), Myrtle Beach, SC and Mott Murphy (Steve), Gaffney, SC; grandchildren: Bradley Lovelace (Haejin), Matthew Lovelace (Lyndsay), Alex Lovelace, and Tucker Leftwich; great-grandchild: Henry Lovelace.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Mike Chambers officiating.
Visitation was held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.    Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Dianne Fite

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Ruby Dianne “Dinky” Fite, 68, died Monday, July 19,2021 at her home.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Durell and Estelle Ware Sanders.
Dianne was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who worked for Kinmont Industries and Curtain Bed and Bath, and was a member of Harvest Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Shirley Schronce, Libby Seagle, and Loretta Sipe.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years David Fite of the home; daughters, Tonia Willard and husband Daniel, Kim Fite, and Angie Kirk and husband Billy; grandchildren, Beth Fite, Cansas Fite-Welch, Gregory Sorrells, Dustin Sorrells, Michael Sorrells, and Ariah Partlow; great-grandchildren, Klowhee Hunt, Khadenze Hunt, Josalyn Jenkins, Vinny Desilva, Kamden Huffstetler, and Josh Welch; sisters, Jane Starnes and husband Bobby, Kathy Lovelace and husband Phil, and Lillian Hendricks.
Funeral service was held at 4 pm, Thursday July 22, 2021, at Harvest Baptist Church of Kings Mountain with Pastor Gary Teague II officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the Church. Burial followed in Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Gaston County. Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences:www.claybarnette.com
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Troy Dewitt “Dee” Guyton

KING MOUNTAIN–  Troy Dewitt Guyton, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late James Russell and Duffy Shelton Guyton and was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Guyton, and two sisters, Pansy Guyton Bell and Naomi Guyton Jones.
In 1952, Dee graduated from Kings Mountain High School, then earned an Associates degree from Gaston College in blueprint drawing while working a full time job and attending school in the evenings.
Dee was a life long member of Second Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Bible teacher, he led children’s church, was a member of the Building, Pulpit, Stewardship, and Personnel committees, sang with the  choir, and many other roles including helping to build the Second Baptist Fellowship Center.
He served honorably in the US Army, first in the Korean Conflict and a second term during the Berlin Crisis. Dee retired from Champion Contractors and was the owner and operator of Guyton Construction for many years.
Always active, and willing to serve others, Dee was a member of several organizations to include, Scottish Rites Oasis Temple, the Fairview Masonic Lodge, president of White Plains Shrine Club, the American Legion, and  a member of the Kings Mountain chapter Gideons International. He also enjoyed coaching American Legion baseball and church softball. An avid sports fan, Dee was honored to serve with the Sports Hall of Fame Committee.
In his spare time, Dee enjoyed hunting, attending ballgames, NASCAR, gardening, and spending time with his beloved family, especially his grandchildren who were the light of his life. He was a loving husband, wonderful father and the best Papa in the world. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the VA home based program-Complete Care-, Cleveland County Hospice, and to a special CNA Pallie Jenkins.
He is survived by his wife of nearly sixty-one years: Delane Parker Guyton, of the home; children: Lanny Dewitt Guyton (Marisa), Jupiter FL, Jill Guyton Nanney (Bryan), Oak Island, NC, and Dawn Guyton  Strasser, Murphy, NC; grandchildren: Charlotte Guyton (Bryan Conner), Troy, NY, Cady Guyton, Charlotte, NC, Scott Dewitt Guyton, Charlotte, NC, Amelia Guyton, Jupiter, FL, Isabella Guyton, Jupiter, FL; sisters-in-law: Joanne Parker, Marshville, NC, and Lorraine Belk, Monroe, NC and loyal K-9 companion: Dior.
The family would like to encourage all attendees to wear a face covering and follow Covid protocols.
The funeral service will be  held on Thursday, July, 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Second Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Pruitt officiating
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm prior to the service in the sanctuary of the church.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials in Dee’s memory may be made to Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC or to Shriners Hospital for Children Greenville at www.donate.lovetotherescue.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Joy Temple McGinnis

KING MOUNTAIN–  Joy Temple McGinnis, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 24, 2021 at Alexandria Place in Gastonia, NC.  Born December 11, 1937 in Mitchell County, NC.
She was daughter of the late Gus and Jessie Bennett Peterson. She was also preceded in death by her stepmother Pearl Peterson, son Chris Howell, and 2 brothers Ed and C.L. Peterson. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She spent her life as a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband Jim McGinnis; sons: Dean Howell (Brenda) of Kings Mountain, NC; William Howell of Bakersville, NC, and Mike Howell of Gastonia, NC; 7 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
All services will be private.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Chuck Howell

KING MOUNTAIN–  Charles David “Chuck” Howell, 68, went to his heavenly home, Saturday, Jul 24, 2021 at his home.
Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Charles Avery and Josephine Ledford Howell. He worked for Lithium Corp in Bessemer City and was a member of Pleasant City Church.
Chuck loved his Lord, his church, riding his scooter, taking pictures and recording TV shows to watch at his leisure.  He leave a big vacant hole in the hearts of his brother, Randy and his aunt, Judie.
He is survived by his brother, Randy Howell and wife Angie of Gastonia; and an aunt and like a sister, Judie Barker and husband Ron of Clover, SC.
A memorial service will be held 12pm on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Pleasant City Church, with the Rev. Gary Marburger officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, in the church.  Memorials may be made to Pleasant City Church, 1146 County Home Road, Shelby, NC  28152
Aquamation services are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain
Online condolences:www.claybarnette.com
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Ervin Bolin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ervin J.V. Bolin, age 90, went to be with the Lord on July 16, 2021.  He died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at his home in Kings Mountain.
Larger than life, J.V. (while these were just initials, he coined himself “James Valentino” in his Navy days) lived many places in North and South Carolina. Born in Smyrna, South Carolina on August 25, 1930, he was the oldest of Madison Monroe and Hester Hudson Bolin’s nine children.
Though he moved frequently during his early childhood, Kings Mountain was home. He graduated high school in 1949 from Bethware and joined the Navy shortly afterwards. After enlisting in the Navy, he took a train across the country to San Diego, California for basic training.  From there, he sailed on the U.S.S. J. E. Kyes (DD-787) to serve in the Korean War. He often reminisced of the experiences he had during this time.
After returning from serving in the Navy, J.V. married his high school sweetheart, Florene Chapman (known and loved as “Rene”).  They celebrated their 59th anniversary before Rene’s death on December 15, 2013. They had two boys: Dennis, the creative, and Danny, the athlete.
After a short stint in Charlotte, J.V. and his family built a house (that is now filled to the brim with memories) on the farm where he spent his childhood. J.V. retired in 1990 after spending 40 years with Winn-Dixie. A grocery store man to the end, he always enjoyed perusing produce departments. Over the past year, he did this with the love and support of his former “price changer” and current daughter-in-law, Leslie Bolin. An avid farmer, he was proud of his Black Angus cows and summer garden. A rabid sports fan, he pulled for the Atlanta Braves (as well as every team that boasted one of his grandchildren as a player).
A saved man, he was a life-long member and attendee of David Baptist Church. A storyteller, he loved sharing his past with any willing audience. A child at heart, J.V. loved traveling, music, and a good hound dog.  As a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather he was proud of his family.
J.V. is survived by his eight younger siblings: Max Bolin (and wife Joyce), Hazel Wilson, “Lib” Gault, Faye Brock, “Pat” Cover, “Becky” Dye, Joyce Shuford (and husband “Buzz”), and Bob Bolin (and wife Jean); his sons and their wives: Dennis Bolin and wife Leslie, and Danny Bolin and wife Melany; his grandchildren: Christina (“Crissy”) Huitt and husband Justin, Adam Bolin and wife Sarah, Drew Bolin and wife Soma, Courtney Bolin and husband William Gabler, McKenzie Phillips and husband Dustin, Noah Bolin, Zac Bolin, Zoie Bolin, Daniel Bolin, and David Bolin; his great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Gideon, and Maddie-Grace (the children of Justin and Crissy Huitt); Gracee, Abbee, and Chloee (the children of Adam and Sarah Bolin), and Bree and Harper (the children of Dustin and McKenzie Phillips). The family wishes to thank the many friends and loved ones who called, visited, and loved J.V. over the past few years. especially those who kept in touch throughout the pandemic.
The funeral will be held at David Baptist Church in Kings Mountain on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Brian Taule officiating. Visitation will be before the funeral from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. at the church. He will be interred at the David Baptist Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to David Baptist Church Missions Fund, 2300 David Baptist Church Road, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086 or Tri-County Animal Rescue, P O Box 483, Alexis, NC 28006.
Arrangements are with Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain.
Condolences may be made online at www.harrisfunerals.com.
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Louise Dover

KING MOUNTAIN, NC – Helen “Louise” Lovelace Dover, 88, of Kings Mountain, NC and long-time resident of Baker Street, passed from her earthly home to her Heavenly home at 4:15pm on July 14, 2021, at Peak Resources of Cherryville.
She was born on April 20,1933 to the late Geneva Putnam Lovelace and Alonzo Lovelace. She is preceded in death by her late husband Paul Mitchell Dover; sons, Steven and Ronald Dover; and daughter, Katheryn Jackson.
Louise was a dedicated member or Royal Praise Ministries in Kings Mountain. Everyone that knew her called her Mama Dover or MawMaw. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
Louise lived to see five generations and is survived by two daughter: Teresa D. Jackson and husband, Bishop Brady Jackson of Kings Mountain, and Kimberly Smith and husband Jamey Sr. of Blacksburg, SC; grandchildren, Crystal Wingender and husband Phil, Timothy Jackson and wife Hope, David Jackson, Melissa Jackson, Brady Jackson Jr. and wife Teresa Lynn, Nikki Nolen and husband Alex, Jamey Smith Jr., and Matthew Smith; great grandchildren, Alex, Travis, Tyler, Anthony, Kaylee, Caleb, Elijah, Maddy, and Dessa; great-great granddaughter, Brynlee.
Funeral services were held 11 am, Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Kings Mountain. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed in Bethany ARP Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com

Catherine Joan Burroughs Gore

KING MOUNTAIN, NC – Catherine Joan Burroughs Gore, 87, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Atrium Health Cleveland.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Jett and Ada Seagrazes Burroughs.
Joan was a hard working woman who worked in the textile industry, at White Oak Manor of Kings Mountain, and at CVS pharmacy.  She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Gore; son, Mark Harmon; brothers, Joe and Jack Burroughs; sisters, Myra Watterson, Mauline Burroughs, and Betty Burroughs Herndon.
She is survived by her son, Norman Harmon; daughter, Lisa Harmon Ryals and husband Jerry of Texas; stepchildren, Keith Gore and wife Terry of GA, Carson Gore of Kings Mountain, and Kay Gore Lee of GA; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 2pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Mountain Rest Cemetery of Kings Mountain with the Rev. Brian Taule officiating. The family received friends following the service at the graveside.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Manuel Bell

SHELBY, NC – Manuel Edward Bell, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home in Kings Mountain. Born in Cleveland County on October 9, 1934 he was the son of the late Jonas Edward Bell and wife Ethel Hullender Bell. Manuel was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and was an avid farmer and had quite the green thumb. He also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a flight mechanic on B-52’s and C-130’s He was a man that loved his whole family deeply, and his grandchildren were the highlight of his world.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.
Manuel is survived by his wife of 51 years Rosie Cook Bell of the home, Manuel Edward Bell Jr. (Tammy), Cheryl Thrift (Michael), Michael Bell (Amy), Deb Swayney (Buddy), Shelia Wilson, Belinda Mikkelson (Gary), Kim Conley (Jim) and Sandy Alne (Marty), one sister, Fern Crawford, a special grandson, Jonas Edward Bell; along with 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
 A memorial service with full Military Honors were held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 9, 2021 with Rev. Jim Brackett and Rev. Pat Andrews officiating in the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. The family welcomed friends to visit them at their home.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Ralph Gary Sarvis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ralph Gary Sarvis, 88 of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 3rd, 2021 at Courtland Terrace in Gastonia, NC. Born in Gastonia, NC, he was the youngest child of the late Kelly Reid Sarvis and Arra Grice Sarvis.  With the help of his wife Frances Sarvis, they raised three sons.  Gary was retired from the Gastonia Gazette where he rose from delivering newspapers on his bicycle as a teenager to the pressman who printed the newspaper.  He faithfully attended First Wesleyan Church in Kings Mountain, NC and was a loving father, brother, grandpa and friend.
He was preceded in death by a son, Darren Reid Sarvis; 2 brothers, Charles Sarvis and Buford Sarvis; and 3 sisters, Katherine Cole, Margaret Killian, and Jean Cox.
The family would like express their warmest gratitude to those who helped care and protect Gary in his later years in life.
He is survived by 2 Sons: Dana Wayne Sarvis and wife Chris, La Quinta, CA and Adrian Dean Sarvis and wife Carrie, Garner, NC.; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM, Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC with Rev. Don Williams officiating.
Visitation was at 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
Internment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC  28054
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Lillian Ann Smith Bryant 

SHELBY, NC – Lillian Ann Smith Bryant, 73, of Shelby, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Hospice at Wendover, Shelby.
Born in Catawba County, on June 19, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Turley Farrow Smith and Ella Mae Mellon Smith.
She was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Royster Avenue Church of God. 
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Tony Sutherland; three brothers, Tom, James, and Robert Smith; and six sisters, Betty Strange, Lucille Barns, Elizabeth Davis, Lula Huffman, Helen Swink, and Clara Smith.
She is survived by her two sons, Brian Sutherland and wife, Cheryl and Steven Sutherland and wife, Lori all of Kings Mountain; three daughters, Sheila Ray and husband, Jeff of Shelby, Debra McKee and husband, Scott of Shelby, and Kimberly Sutherland of Gaffney; two sisters, Norma Gedeist and Carolyn Wright and husband, Hubert all of Fallston; seventeen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 9 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home, Fallston.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021 at noon at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Shores officiating.
The burial will follow the service in the Rose Hill Memorial Park.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Betty Brackett Falls

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Brackett Falls, 91, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 29, 2021 at Atrium Kings Mountain.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Haskell and Nettie Jenkins Wilson and was preceded in death by her first husband, Rob Brackett and her second husband, James J. Falls. Betty was also preceded in death by her stepson, Dennis James Falls, a brother, Lowery Wilson, and her sister, Margie Hord.
She retired from Burlington Industries after more than forty years of dedicated service in the textile industry.
Betty was a longtime member of Eastside Baptist Church where she and James were very active.
She enjoyed traveling and loved going on bus tours. Always a social person, Betty never met a stranger and could entertain people for hours with her stories. She loved to play the piano, shopping, working word search puzzles, and completing coloring projects. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Betty possessed a kind and loving spirit that will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her daughter: Jean Falls Moore (Rick), Kings Mountain, NC;  daughter-in-law: Teresa Falls, Bessemer City, NC; grandchildren: Tim Moore, Kings Mountain, NC, Karla M. Drennan (Randy), Kings Mountain, NC, Kandas Broome (Matthew), Waxhaw, NC, and Russell Falls (Jennifer), Bessemer City, NC; great-grandchildren: McRae and Wilson Moore, Sarah and Lily Drennan, MaKayla and Morgan Broome, and Dylan Falls; great-great grandchild: Lincoln Viele; brother: Gary Wilson, Knoxville, TN; sister-in-law and dearest friend: Betty Roper, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Eastside Baptist Church with Reverend Ron Caulder officiating.
Visitation was Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the sanctuary of the church
Interment was held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials in Betty’s memory may be made to Eastside Baptist Church at 308 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Sherry Jean Short

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Sherry Chaney Short, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 18, 2021 at Atrium Health Cabarrus in Concord, NC.
She was born on August 10, 1937 in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Reverend Robert Lattie and Winnie Moss Chaney and was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Loyd Short, by four brothers, Grady Lee, Robert Howard, Johnny Lee and Jack Chaney and six sisters, Lucille Chaney Gladden, Loretta Chaney, Peggy Chaney, Martha Sue Rhea, Edith Chaney Millwood, and Doretha “Sis” Chaney. She was also preceded in death by her son, Mark Short.
Sherry worked with her sisters who owned and operated Peggy’s Restaurant of Kings Mountain for twenty-five years where patrons could enjoy old fashioned home cooking and where many became like family.
She was a lifetime member of Second Baptist Church where her father served as minister. While she enjoyed movies and television, from cop shows to horror movies, what brought her the most joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren on whom she doted.
She is survived by her son, Chris Short and his wife Lynn of Kings Mountain, and her grandchildren, Chad Short, Tyler Short, Brandy Short, Brett Short, Craig Short, Stephanie Broome, and Amanda Willis, all of Kings Mountain, and Casey Short and his wife Victoria of Tarboro, NC. She is also survived by her 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Casey Short officiating.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Marjorie Allen White

GROVER, NC – Marjorie Allen White, 82, of Grover, NC, passed away on June 10, 2021 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Paul E. and Elsie White Allen.
Marjorie was a life long member of First Baptist Church in Grover where she served faithfully.
She was a successful entrepreneur and business woman. During her lifetime, Marjorie owned and operated several businesses and may be best remembered for Grandpa’s store. She was an avid animal lover and adored her many pets throughout the years. Always active, Marjorie loved spending time outdoors in her flower gardens, renovating her beautiful home and lawn, and spending time with her loving family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend whose passing will be mourned by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her daughters: Desiree A. White and husband Bruce Rogers, St. Louis, MO, and Bridgette White, Grover, NC;  grandchildren: Desiree White, Grover, NC and Sophia Rogers, St. Louis, MO; sister: Jean Allen Jones and husband, Lyman, Shelby, NC; husband of twenty-five years and lifelong best friend: Leary White, Grover, NC.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Grover, with Reverend Scott Kierstead officiating.
Visitation was held on  Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at First Baptist Church
Internment was in Grover City Cemetery.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Larry E. Cline

Griffin, Georgia  – Larry E. Cline, age 77, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at his home in Griffin, GA.
Larry was born in Kings Mountain, NC on July 19, 1943. He is preceded in death by his father, Ray W. Cline and his mother, Elizabeth Huffstickler Cline. He was also preceded by a sister, Joyce Cline Howell, and his brothers, Ray Carroll Cline and Ralph D. Cline.
Larry was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the US Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. He retired from the Georgia National Guard as a jet engine mechanic. Larry Loved collecting guns and was an avid reader.
Larry is survived by his wife, Katherine Glass Cline; daughter, Lashelle Ward and husband Michael; son, Lee Coe and wife Amy; his sisters, Peggy Cline Wells and Dixie Cline Blanton, both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Brittany Patterson (Spencer), Dakota Ward (Vickey Lacey), Bethany Flournoy, Logan Coe, Jaxon Coe; great-grandchildren: Ezra and Atlas Patterson. brother-in-lawRay Howell; sisters-in-law: Doris Cline and Franna Cline and  several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Connor-Woodbury Funeral Home in Griffin GA.
Interment was held at 10:30 AM at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
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Thomas Dwight “Tommy”  Ledford

 Thomas Dwight “Tommy”  Ledford of Shelby, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
Tommy was born January 11, 1941 in Shelby, NC. He was the son of the late Thurman B. and Bertha Waters Ledford. Tommy was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. Mode Ledford and his first wife Gerrydine Honeycutt Ledford; brothers: Willie, Bob, James, Dennis and sister Shirley.
He is survived by two sons: Greg Ledford of Kings Mountain, NC and Don Ledford and wife Jennifer of Cliffside, NC; step-daughters: Robin Kiser and husband John of Boiling Springs, NC and Beth Cabaniss of Shelby, NC.  He is also survived by sister Lib Lovelace and husband Fred; sisters-in-law: Becky Ledford of Earl, NC; Marilyn Bridges, Becky Smith and Sheila Wellmon, all of Shelby, NC; Peggy Mains of Zionville, NC; Judy Dale of Oxford, MS; brothers-in-law: Tommy Mode and wife Gayle of Shelby, NC; Jay Aldridge and wife Suma of Boone, NC;  grandchildren: Dr. Stephanie Kiser of Boston, MA and Matt Kiser and wife Abby of Statesville, NC and his great-grandchildren Corban Kiser and Callie Kiser.
Tommy was an avid hunter and enjoyed wildlife of all types, his farm and farm animals. He also loved his constant canine companions: Maddie Grace and Chance.
Tommy was a life-long resident of Cleveland County and retired as a Lieutenant from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. He was a Mason for over fifty years and a member of  Friendship Lodge No. 388 in Boiling Springs, NC, and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Shelby. The family would like to thank Hospice Cleveland County and especially his favorite nurse and friend Cristol Barlow.
A funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Black. officiating. Visitation was held beginning at 1:30 prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The church is located at  198 Pleasant Ridge Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28152.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Height Dr.,  Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
 
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Lillian Estelle Sanders

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC  – Estelle Sanders, 95, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 1, 2021 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Ben and Sally Carroll Ware and was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Oscar Durell Sanders. Estelle was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bill and Hershel Ware, two sisters, Ailene Costner and Lelar Owens, three daughters, Shirley Schronce, Elizabeth Seagle, and Loretta Sipe and a grandson, Gary Steve Seagle.
She worked in textiles most of her life and was a wonderful homemaker. Estelle loved to garden, can vegetables, and cook for her family. She was an avid and very talented quilter and seamstress. She spent many hours making her children’s clothing and creating beautiful quilts by hand. In her spare time, Estelle enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. She could always be found with a smile that made everyone around her happy. She possessed a soft spoken and sweet spirit that brought peace to any situation. Her love will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and everyone who knew and loved this dear lady.
She is survived by her daughters: Lillian Hendrick, Cherryville, NC, Jane Starnes (Bobby) and Dianne Fite (David), Kathy Lovelace (Phil), all of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Johnny Schronce, Tammy Hilton, Paul, Wayne, and Amanda Hendrick, James and Dale Seagle, Todd Starnes, Tonia Willard, Kim Fite, Angie Kirk, and Jonathan Jackson and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters: Sue Belk and Hazel Reynolds, both of Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris memorial Chapel.
Visitation was held on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.    Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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William Ray Talbert 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – William (Billy) Ray Talbert, 65, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on May 31, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Raymond and Grace Allen Talbert. Billy worked in the transportation industry for more than forty years and has driven trucks for Consolidated Freight, J.E. Herndon, and finally retiring from USF Holland. He always had a love for riding motorcycles.
In 1976 at the age of seventeen, Billy joined the Windjammers Motorcycle Club. He was a member until 2006 and during his tenure served as president numerous times. Billy had a love for volunteering and helped initiate the Cleveland County Children’s Homes Toy Run that the Windjammers still continue every year. In 1998, under Billy’s leadership, the Windjammers were awarded the Governor’s Award for the volunteer work they are still known for.
Billy loved to travel and ride his motorcycle. He and Mike Causby loved to compete in BBQ competitions. Their team, “Billy T and the Jammers”, were known for BBQ chicken, smoked turkeys, and the many awards won during the competitions. Billy loved his family and many friends deeply. His wisdom and compassion will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his daughter: Britt Harrelson and husband Justin, and their children: Samantha, Tyler, and Dakota, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Jane Talbert, Kings Mountain, NC; former wife: Deniece Talbert; longtime friends: Charles Ruppe, Mike Causby and Tony Randle, along with a host of other close friends.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. Rob Patrick officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials in Billy’s memory can be made to the Cleveland County Children’s Homes at 1300 Gidney Street, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Barry Dewitt Stroup

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Barry Dewitt Stroup, 80, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Vance and Sarah McDaniel Stroup and was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Belle Shouse.
Barry was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church where he faithfully served as a deacon.
He was the founder of Rebel Custom Trailers and over the years owned and operated several other businesses in Kings Mountain. Barry served as Crew Chief for Stroup Racing for forty years and helped win over sixty races during his tenure. He designed and built a custom motor home that he and his wife Barbara traveled the country in. Barry loved fishing and spending time with his family. He will be missed greatly by his family, many friends, and the entire racing community.
He is survived by his wife of sixty years: Barbara Welch Stroup, of the home; son: Wally Stroup (Gina), Grover, NC; daughter: Renee Day (Scott), Bessemer City, NC; grandchildren: Sarah Stroup Gann (Ben), Kings Mountain, NC; Luke Stroup, Grover, NC and Matthew Day, Bessemer City, NC; great-grandchild: William Gann; brother: Ronnie Stroup (Marilyn), Kings Mountain, NC.
Visitation was held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the sanctuary of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Funeral service was held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Macedonia Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Horne officiating
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.    Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Suzanne Logan Keeter

GROVER, NC – Suzanne Logan Keeter, 85, of Grover, NC, passed away on May 21, 2021 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Graham Randolph and Ayleen Walker Logan and was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-nine years, Thomas “Tommy” Leard Keeter and two sisters, Betsy Phillips and Randee Barbour.
Mrs. Keeter dedicated her life to Christ as a teenager while she was a member of the Young Life Program at First Baptist Church in Shelby. After moving in 1966, she became a member of First Baptist Church in Grover where she served faithfully during her lifetime.
She retired from Cleveland County Schools after forty years of dedicated service  as a teacher to the children of Grover and the surrounding areas. Mrs. Keeter’s commitment to education and her community helped mold the minds of countless children throughout her career. The legacy she left behind is obvious in the continued love her students have shown to Mrs. Keeter throughout the years.
 She had a servant’s heart and her impact on her family, church, friends and community is evident in many ways. Mrs. Keeter believed that teaching was a ministry and she fulfilled God’s purpose for her life. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend to many. Her love and guidance will be missed greatly by her loved ones and the entire community.
She is survived by her children: Chris Keeter (Donna), Kings Mountain, NC, Leard Keeter (Kristi), Brentwood, TN, Steve Keeter, Seeward, AK, and Angela Keeter, Grover, NC; grandchildren: Logan, Kala (Ryan), Maddison (Tanner), Landon, Graham, Kelsey, Garrett, Gabby, M.T., Zeke, and Evan; great-grandchildren: Waylon, Tatum Lynn, Adalai, and Wilek; sister: Lin Kennedy (John), Andrews, NC.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, May, 27, 2021 at 4:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Grover, NC with Reverends John Barnhardt and Scott Kierstead officiating.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM prior to the service at First Baptist Church
A private family interment will take place at Grover City Cemetery    .  
Memorials in Mrs. Keeter’s memory may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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John Jefferson Lee

SHARON, SC – John Jefferson Lee, 55, of Sharon, SC, passed away suddenly on May 19, 2021.
He was born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and was preceded in death by his mother, Dian Kiser.
John worked as a supervisor with Turner Asphalt. He was always extremely hard working and a wonderful provider for his family. John lived his life simply and honestly. He was always a down to earth guy who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughters, who were his life. John loved cooking and was a very talented artist, spending many hours creating beautiful drawings. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, and friend. His kindness and dedication to those he loved will be missed greatly by many.
He is survived by his wife of nineteen years: Jennifer Jackson Lee, of the home; son: Garrett Lee, New York; daughters: Kelsey Carter (Devan), Lancaster, SC, Kennedy Lee (Christian Mathis), Sharon, SC ; father: John Turner Lee, Conway, SC; brother: Mark Lee (Deb), Steadman, NC. sister: Mechelle Smith (Anthony Brim), Rock Hill, SC; Father-in-law: Tom Jackson, Matthews, NC; one grandchild to be and many nieces and nephews
A Celebration Of Life service will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Brandon Mullis officiating.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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James Bennett Rikard

BELMONT, NC – James Bennett Rikard, 79, of Belmont, NC, formerly of Kings Mountain, passed away on May 16, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
He was born in Lexington County, SC, son of the late James Bratton and Lois Bennett Rikard and was preceded in death by two beloved sisters in law, Vivian Rikard and Joan Crawford.
Jim was of the Methodist faith. He graduated Kings Mountain High School where he was a stand out football player. Jim was an avid Duke basketball fan and loved watching old westerns and black and white movies. He enjoyed being at home and spending time with his loving family. Jim’s love and guidance will be missed greatly by his loved ones.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years: Brenda Davis Rikard, of the home; children: Gray Rikard of Belmont, NC and Kelly Sackinger and husband Chris of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Jordan and Carson Sackinger, Charlotte, NC; brothers: Jerry Rikard, Barry Rikard and wife Jenny, and Tommy Rikard and wife Jennifer, all of Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Nancy Nolan and husband Pastor David Nolan of Granite Falls, NC; brothers-in-law: Reverend Dr. Ernie Davis, Lake Wylie, SC, Danny Crawford, Kings Mountain, NC, and Tim Davis and wife Vanessa, Kings Mountain, NC; sister-in-law: Terrie Southers (Donnie Walker), Kings Mountain, NC and numerous nieces and nephews and other loving family.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:30 AM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor David Nolan officiating.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 10:20 AM prior to the  service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Lula Coleen Wilson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Lula Coleen Wilson, 88, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on May 11, 2021 at Summit Place in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Lonnie Venoy and Ozelle Hudson Brooks and was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-nine years, Charles Edward Wilson. Coleen was also preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Brooks, and a sister, Verleen Gregory.
She was a longtime active member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. Coleen enjoyed taking regular walks, was an avid sports fan, and loved visiting the beach every chance she had. She loved to travel and looked forward to participating in Willard’s tours with Melba Boyles. Coleen possessed a sweet and caring spirit that would instantly improve a persons day when she spoke to them. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her love, compassion, and guidance will be sorely missed by everyone who knew Coleen.
She is survived by sons: Fleete L. Wilson and wife Lesia, Kings Mountain, NC and Baron L. Wilson and wife Sharon, Roxboro, NC; grandchildren: Brooks Wilson (Megan), Gatlinburg, TN; Fleete L. “Chip” Wilson II, Kings Mountain, NC and Casey Wilson (Kaitlyn), Roxboro, NC; four great-grandchildren; siblings: Pat Carrigan, Ocala FL, and Lonnie Venoy Brooks Jr (Carol), Banner Elk, NC
A graveside service was held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating. The family spoke speak with attendees immediately following the service at the graveside.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery  
The family requested that all attendees observe Covid-19 restrictions by wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Steven Curtis Campbell 

NICHOLS, SC – Steven Curtis Campbell, 31, of Nichols, SC, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away suddenly on May 10, 2021 in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Leonard Darrell Humphries and was preceded in death by his step-father, Richard “Doug” Stroup and a brother, Johnathan Humphries.
Steven worked in the construction industry. He was always joking around, enjoyed playing pranks, and loved making people laugh. Steven possessed a generous spirit and would help anyone in need. He was full of life, happy and always energetic. Steven loved and was devoted to his fiance and his children. He loved spending time with his family and friends whenever he could. He will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his fiance of eight years: Samantha Lewis, of the home; children: Curtis Campbell, Kings Mountain, NC and Siara Campbell and Mackenzie Lewis, Nichols, SC; mother: Alicia Evelyn Boone (Edward), Bessemer City, NC; brothers: Micheal Stroup (Amber), Grover, NC, Lanny Stroup, Kings Mountain, NC, and Kevin Mull, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Krystal Stroup, Grover, NC, Julia Humphries, and Margaret Humphries; grandmother: Patricia Robinson, Statesville, NC
Funeral service was held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel.
Visitation was held on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Gene Delano Mayes

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Gene Delano Mayes, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on May 16, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Born in Gaston County, he was the son of the late Darwin Hardin and Bertie Susanna Mayes. He loved the Lord and was a longtime member of Family Worship Center in Kings Mountain. He was retired from the Warehouse Industry. He was a good family man, a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play ball throughout the years. He enjoyed cutting grass and relaxing on the porch.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years: Shirley Pearson Mayes, Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Jackie Mayes Putnam, Kings Mountain, NC; two grandsons: Brandon Gene Putnam (Melanie) Kings Mountain, NC; and Jason Keith Putnam (Jessica) Gastonia, NC ; five great-grandchildren: Mason, Brinley, Hudson, Hadley and
Gracyn; two sisters: Martha Weaver (Larry) Gastonia, NC; and Gloria Heath (Rev. John) Kings Mountain, NC
Funeral service will be held in Thursday, May 20, 2021, 2:00 PM at Family Worship Center in Kings Mountain  with Rev.  Dr. Roger Woodard officiating.
Visitation will be held  one hour  prior to the service at Family Worship Center.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.