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Paul Eugene Wilson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Paul Eugene Wilson, 71, died Thursday, November 24, 2022 at his home in Shelby, NC with his beloved dogs Baby Girl and Sasha by his side.
Paul was born June 24, 1951 in Gaston County, NC to the late Arthur Howard Wilson and Velonia Almond Wilson.
Known by all who knew him as the kindest soul, Paul found the beauty in everyone and everything and cherished time with loved ones above all else.  His love and gifts are seen in every piece of wood he collected, carved, sanded and shined for endless hours into works of art for those he loved.  He was a memory keeper and master story teller and cherished the woods and land he called home. Paul was an avid reader and writer and composed incredible music which he taught us soothed the soul.  He could create or fix anything anywhere and his wisdom and skill will carry on in the many treasures he bestowed on family and friends.  One of the strongest men ever to live will carry on in all of us, our beloved man in the woods reminded us always that family is everything and a smile was the greatest gift of all.
Paul is survived by his son Jason Howard Wilson (Hope), granddaughters Hunter Anniston Wilson and Jaycie Morgan Wilson (Anthony Batte) and their children Amani and Becklen.  He also leaves behind his beloved sister Linda Wilson Hill (Karl), their daughter Jennifer Hill Miles (Jeff) and their children Lucas and Ellie Kate,  and  daughter Katherine Hill Doyle (Liam) and their children Piper, Eden and Langley. He is survived by his sister-in-law Sue Wilson Moore and children Kenneth, Tina, Cindy and Johnny.  He also leaves behind his nephew Scott Fitch.
He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Velonia, his sister Dorothy Wilson Fitch (Mike) and their sons Mike and Craig, his brothers Arthur “Bud” Howard Wilson, Jr, and Wayne Wilson.
Paul will be especially remembered by every walk through the beautiful woods, every walking stick he fashioned from the woods and gifted to so many, and from the memories he created and passed on.
Memorial service will be held at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel on Saturday, December 10, 2022  1:00 P.M. with Rev. Bob Holtsclaw, officiating.
Visitation is 12:30 – 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 10, 2022 prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Internment will be in Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery, Bessemer City, North Carolina
Memorials: PB&J Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 579 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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John Floyd Yarbro


KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – John Floyd Yarbro, Sr was born on May 29, 1933 and went to be with his Lord on November 30, 2022. John was a lifelong resident of Cleveland County and was preceded in death by an infant son, his parents John E. and Sarah Vela Herndon Yarbro, and his siblings Carrie Patterson, Julia Huffstetler, Ed Yarbro, George Yarbro and Ava Sipes.
John was an active member of Boyce Memorial ARP Church where he served as Deacon and Elder. In his later years, he attended First Baptist Church, but he returned to his home church before his death.
John was a Korean War veteran. He retired from Martin Marietta Aggregates.  Although he was a master mechanic, this was not his primary focus. He was a faithful, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was fondly known as “Big John” or “Papaw John” who enjoyed having his family for meals.
Survivors are his wife of 65 years Ruth Wilson Yarbro; his son John Yarbro, Jr. and wife Regina; his daughters Jill Hinson and husband Mike; and Julie Rikard and husband Quinton; his brother William Andrew Yarbro; six grandchildren: Jessica Yarbro (Kris Wold), John Michael Hinson (Tayah), Mitchell Hinson (Erin), Emily Yarbro, Wilson Rikard (Samantha), and Jonathan Rikard; and great granddaughter Reagan Hinson.
A family burial will take place at Kadesh United Methodist Church Cemetery on Thursday, December 8 at 11:00.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Boyce Memorial ARP Church with Dr. Robert Patrick and Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Memorials may be made to Boyce Memorial ARP Church, 111 Edgemont Drive, 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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June Chalmers Lee

BURLINGTON, NC – For June Carolyn Chalmers Lee of Kings Mountain, NC, worshiping the Lord every day and going to church on Sundays were at the top of her “Favorite Things” list. On the Sunday morning of November 27, 2022, June passed peacefully from this earth and awoke to worship in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
June, age 87, was born the fourth child of J.T. and Carrie Chalmers on July 6, 1935, in Ware Shoals, SC, at the home of her maternal grandmother. She grew up in Anderson, SC, and would often recount to her children and grandchildren her fond childhood memories of being part of the “Mill Village” of Orr-Lyons Mill. Rumor has it that June Avenue, one of the streets surrounding the mill, was named after June Chalmers! June’s love for her daddy was always apparent, and his love for people spilled over into her life. During her high school years, June played basketball for the textile league and was a huge baseball fan, able to spout off players’ stats – especially those of the Brooklyn Dodgers – in a split second. Taking her sports interests with her to Limestone College, June filled her years there with many athletic successes in basketball, field hockey, archery, and other sports alongside a major in biology and leadership positions in several student organizations. After graduation, June worked as a medical technologist. It was during this time that a friend introduced her to Joe Lee, whom she would marry the next year.
After birthing two of her four children and working as a phlebotomist to put her husband through medical school, June put down the needle and syringe and became a “professional volunteer” in her beloved Kings Mountain, NC. Always an advocate for public education, she served as room mother and PTA president at North Elementary and later ran for Kings Mountain School Board, serving a total of 12 years. Her other professional volunteer gigs included serving with the Hospital Auxiliary, the Board of KM Ministerial Association, P.E.O. and Hospice. In her more than 55 years as a member of First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain, June served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Director, VBS teacher, Bible study leader, and Pastor Search Committee Chair (twice!). “I’ve been blessed, and I’d like to return that,” she said. “That’s what life is all about – helping others.”
While generosity was June’s way of life, cooking was her passion. In cooking a chuck roast for her family, making coconut cakes at Christmas, or baking dozens of chocolate chip cookies for first responders, her love for others and her joy of life shone through. Her joyful smile and (sometimes mischievous) giggle will always be remembered. As one of her nieces expressed, “Her smiles always had a little more love and laughter behind them. And something in her eyes made me think [she was saying], ‘I’m fun to be with.’” June wasn’t hesitant to tell you the source of her joy – her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She left behind a well-read and note-filled Bible, and her greatest legacy is that she left shoulders of faith for her children and grandchildren to stand on.
June was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Joseph Lee III; her parents; two sisters; and one brother. She is survived by her children: Nancy Lee Bryant (Michael) of Gibsonville, NC, Stephen Lee (Bonnie) of Warm Springs, VA, Michael Lee (Lori) of Clermont, FL, and Suzanne Lee Orr (Ron) of Murfreesboro, TN; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Joe Chalmers (Pat) and David Chalmers (Brenda).
The family would like to thank Brookdale Burlington Memory Care and AuthoraCare Collective Hospice for their excellent care and love for June during her time in Burlington. Also, we wish to express a very heartfelt thanks to one very special friend of June’s (you know who you are!) whose care and laughter allowed her to remain in her home for an extended time.
A service to celebrate June’s life was held on Monday, December 5, at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 605 West King Street, Kings Mountain, NC, by Brother Chip Sloan. Burial followed at Mountain Rest Cemetery. The family received friends from 2-4 pm on Sunday, December 4, in the Stained Glass Room of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.
Interment was held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain (605 West King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086) or AuthoraCare Collective Hospice (914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215).
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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George Langdon Hatch

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – George Langdon Hatch was born on January 3, 1938 and went to be with his Lord on November 29, 2022.
George was a long-time resident of Kings Mountain, having restored the old Ormand house in 1975.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Marjorie Wicks, great-granddaughter Hannah Wicks, his parents George Coggeshall Hatch and Dorothy Norris Hatch and brother Gardner Hatch.
George was a mechanical engineer by trade, but his passion was helping others.  He served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club.  He was very active in Habitat builds, participating in the building of more than a dozen homes.  When multiple sclerosis limited his physical activity, he started “George’s Bookstore” within the Habitat ReStore, which is still operating today.  He tutored in literacy, helping many adults learn to read.  Additionally, he taught literacy tutors in the Laubach Literacy program.  He was an enthusiastic donor of platelets for the Red Cross Pheresis program, racking up a total of 95 gallons worth of donations before heart trouble required him to stop.  He volunteered at the battered women’s shelter as a handyman.
In 2000, George received the Spirit of Freedom award from the Shelby Star for his extensive volunteer work.
He was a member of Boyce Memorial ARP Church where he served as Deacon. Formerly he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain, where he spearheaded the “2-cents-a-meal” program which raised funds to build wells for impoverished people in Malawi and Crisis Ministry.
George enjoyed summers with his family at Bustins Island Maine and driving his boat around Casco Bay.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Helen; sister Cynthia Brueck (Steven) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; son George Hatch (Eva) of Dunwoody, Georgia; daughter Pam Vance (Allen) of Dunwoody, Georgia, son-in-law Michael Wicks of Lincoln, Nebraska; six grandchildren, and seven great grandsons.
A memorial service will be held at Boyce Memorial ARP Church on Friday, December 16 at 2PM.
In lieu of flowers, he asked that people donate to the Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry and Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland County.
Details for donations to George’s favorite charities:
Checks can be mailed to:  Kings Mountain Crisis  Ministry, PO Box 1335 , Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Donate online at www.kmcrisisministry.org
Donate to Habitat for Humanity Cleveland County at: habitatforhumanitycc.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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Roberta Proctor Ellison

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Roberta Proctor Ellison, 95, died Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Atrium Health Kings Mountain.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Dollie Connor Proctor.  Roberta was a member of the former Grace United Methodist Church, and she was an avid reader who loved her family.
The family would like to express their appreciation to White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain for all their love and kindness they extended.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Ellison; brothers, J.C., Clyde and Howard Proctor; sister, Sara Chaney; and son-in-law, Boyce Tesenair.
She is survived by her daughter, Jan Tesenair of Kings Mountain; sons, Rick Ellison of Kings Mountain and Mike Ellison and wife Joyce of AR; grandchildren, Brodie Ellison, Steven Tesenair and Eric Tesenair and wife Traci; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 1:00pm on Monday, November 28, 2022 in Mountain Rest Cemetery, with the Rev. Julie Roberts officiating.
The family visited with attendees following the service.
Memorials may be made to El Bethel United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Barbara Brown Moss

KINGS MOUNTIAN: Barbara Brown Moss, 81, died Thursday, November 24th, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland.
She was the daughter of the late Horace and Lucille Rampley Brown.
Barbara was a loving mother and grandmother who lived life to its fullest. She enjoyed eating out and having fun, going to the beach, sitting by the pool and tanning. She had a big heart who loved to play bingo, and she had a contagious laugh.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland “Hick” Moss Jr; son, Roland “Ronnie” Moss III; sister, Carolyn Bumgardner and husband Bill.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Brown and husband Charlie of Kings Mountain; sons, Edward “Eddie” Moss and Raymond Munzer; sister, Gloria Horton and husband Steve of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Houston Phillips, Ryley Brown, Gracie Brown, Eddie Moss, James Hick Moss, and Daniel Moss and wife Leah; great grandchildren, Blake and Winston.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 at 5:30 pm, in the Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Kings Mountain with the Rev. Adam Green officiating.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service, in the funeral home. Burial followed in Clingman Memorial Gardens at 10:00 am on  Wednesday.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Charlene McNeil Lutz

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Charlene McNeil Lutz, 82, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 13, 2022 at her home.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Roland and Mary Wright Waters and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Gerald Lee Lutz. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Brittain, a grandchild, Brittany Duncan, brother, Stanley Waters, and sister, Pearl Hullender.
Charlene was a lifelong member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. She enjoyed tending to her home, spending time growing beautiful flowers, and cooking. Charlene was a people person who loved talking with everyone. She never met a stranger and was a generous person. She enjoyed helping others and spending time with her family. Her guidance, spirit and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her sons: Gerald Lee Lutz Jr. (Sandy), Dallas, NC, and Shadwick Lee Lutz (Savannah), Bessemer City, NC; daughters: Connie Kincaid, Kings Mountain, NC, Christina Summitt (Chris) Grover, NC, and Elizabeth Saunders, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Neil Waters, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Jennifer, Christopher, Stephanie, Noah, Mikayla, Taylor, Candace, Tessa, and Travis; great-grandchildren: Adalyn and Avery and many other great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel.
Visitation was held on Monday, November 28, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Chestnut Ridge Church 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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Elise Borchert Arant

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Elise Borchert Arant, 55, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 23, 2022 at her home that she designed and built.
Elise was born in Durate, California on October 22, 1967, daughter of the late Ernst Borchert III. She moved with her family to North Carolina in 1975. Elise spent most of her adult life in retail, formerly as co-owner of Emilys on the Square, Shelby, NC. Her passion in life was interior design in which she excelled. She loved spending time boating and growing beautiful flowers.
Elise loved her two canine companions, Molly and Dewey and enjoyed spending time with her loving family. Her kindness, guidance and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew Elise.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years: Ronnie Arant; son: Casey Thomas; stepchildren: Sydney Arant Mueller (Noel), Tyler Arant, and Cody Arant; grandchildren: Jackson, Wyatt, and Adalyn; mother: Mary Borchert; siblings: Ernst Borchert IV, Eric Borchert, Erin Borchert, Evan Borchert, and Elizabeth Koszegi; mother-in-law: Evie Arant.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022, 11;00 A.M.  at St. Mary Catholic Church, Shelby, North Carolina.
Visitation With Rosary Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, Elise’s family suggests that those wishing to pay tribute to her, please consider making a charitable contribution to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150, www.breastcancer.org, or St. Mary Catholic Church at 818 Mcgowan Road, 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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Douglas Milton Shytles

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Douglas Milton Shytles, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 23, 2022 at his home.
Doug was born in Rutherford County, NC, son of the late George Russel and Pearl Neal Shytles and was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Banks Shytles and a brother, Sidney Shytles.
Doug founded Shelby Elastics in 1972 and was the owner and operator until his retirement.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church and an accomplished golfer. Doug enjoyed fishing and was instrumental in creating scholarships for the children of Cleveland County. He was a wonderful provider for his family, a loving father, and an adoring “Poppie” to his many grandchildren. The guidance, memories, and love created and shown by Doug will live in the hearts of his family and friends for a lifetime.
He is survived by his children: Mark Douglas Shytles, Kings Mountain, NC, Rhonda Shytles Cloninger (Rusty), Belton, NC, Brent Russell Shytles, Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Frank Shytles (Reba), Gaffney, SC, John Shytles, Boiling Springs, SC, Abbey Gaston, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren: Leslie Laughridge (Ryan), Karen Rhodes (Jonathan), Joel Cloninger (Mary Frances), Russ Shytles, Kristen Wright (Jason), Scottlyn McCullough (Grayson); great-grandchildren: Noah, Bella, Hudson, Alex, Adalyn, Abigail, Emily, Benjamin.
Graveside service was held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Joel Cloninger and Jonathan Rhodes officiating.
The family spoke with attendees immediately following the service in the cemetery
Interment was held in the Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Senior Scholars Fund c/o the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation at 400 West Marion Street, 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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Virginia Payne Self
 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Virginia Payne Self, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with her Lord on November 10, 2022 at her daughters home.
She was born in Gaston County, NC, daughter of the late Ernest  and Claudia Ware Payne and was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Self and her brother, Ernie Payne.
Virginia, affectionately known as Ginger, was a devout follower of Christ and lived her life so that her love for her Savior was shown to people everyday.
She worked in retail for short periods of her life but was a dedicated homemaker for her family. Ginger loved cats and was an avid reader. She enjoyed a good cup of coffee and binge watching home decorating shows. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter: Kimberly Hill (Jerry), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Alex Johnson (Natasia), Noah Johnson, Gracie Hill, Karaline Hill,  Casey Davis (Tyler), David Hill, and Ashley Hill; great-grandchildren: Everleigh Davis, Zoey Hill, Myah Hill, Emma Martinez and  Marlee Martinez.
Funeral service will be  held on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Rob Craig officiating.
Visitation will be  held on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
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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Terry Keith Putnam

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Terry Keith Putnam, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 8, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Max Kester Putnam and Ruth Hambright Putnam Early and was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Putnam.
Terry was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church where he enjoyed attending his Sunday School Class. He and his brother Roy owned and operated T and R Putnam Construction for 37 years. Terry enjoyed fishing trips with his brother Phillip and was always supportive of his sons and grandchildren’s sports endeavors. He spent many years coaching and attending games.
He was a wonderful father and grandfather who enjoyed teaching his grandchildren new things and how to become productive members of society through hard work and perseverance. Terry was active in and enjoyed studying genealogy.
When Terry became ill, some years ago, he rededicated his life to Christ. He was always generous with his time and talents, often spending the day with his brother Dale making sure he attended his doctors appointments during his fight with cancer. Terry was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. His guidance, love, and compassion will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his sons: Jason Putnam (Jessica), Gastonia, NC and Brandon Putnam (Melanie), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Mason, Brinley, Hudson, Hadley, and Gracyn Putnam; brothers: Phillip Putnam (Vivian), Kings Mountain, NC, Gene Putnam (Jan), Orangeburg, SC, Roy Putnam (Debbie), Kings Mountain, NC, and Dennis Putnam (Terry), Kings Mountain, NC; numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Hendrick officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, November 11, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at the church.
Interment was held in Patterson Grove Baptist Church 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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James Edward Blanton

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC - James Edward Blanton, 72, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 29, 2022 at his residence in Kings Mountain, NC.
James was born on August 4, 1950 in Montgomery Co. NC to the late Buron Blanton and Sarah Dover Blanton. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert “Rabbit” Blanton and sister, Diane Hayes and nephew, Roger D. Hayes, II.
James served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he worked in the kitchen as a cook. James was a carpenter by trade, working for years alongside his father.  He was a member of the VFW Post 9811 in Kings Mtn., where he played on the 8 ball Express Billiards team.  His favorite past time was putting together jigsaw puzzles.  To his friends he was known as Hippy, to his family he was known as Couzin, or Uncle Cozzie. 
He is survived by his daughter: Rita Blanton Cunningham, Fulton, MS; granddaughter: Megan Robbins and husband John, Fulton, MS; great-grandson: Jack Robbins, Fulton, MS; sister: Vickie Blanton, Clover, SC; nieces: Amy Patterson, Dawn Lovelace and Pamela Gerdon; great nephews: Robert Patterson, Dason Blanton and John T. Brooks; great nieces: Angel Patterson, Victoria Brooks and Madison Gerdon; great great niece: Luiza Patterson; great great nephews: RJ Patterson and Liam Patterson and special Furbaby: Dog Dog.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2:00 PM at James’ home located at 115 Kevin Drive, Kings Mountain, NC
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Jame’s honor to the  American Lung Association, 401 Hawthorne Lane Suite 110 #298 Charlotte, NC 28204.
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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Della Louise Burchfield Stroupe

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Della Louise Burchfield Stroupe, 82, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 29, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Blount County, TN, daughter of the late Ruben Amos and Minnie Bell Fuller Burchfield and was preceded in death by brothers, Dan, Bill, and Spank Burchfield, sisters, Rose McKinney, Mary Combs, and Neil Franklin and a great grandchild, Kevin Wright.
Della was a life long member of Interdenominational Holiness Church in Kings Mountain, NC, where she raised her children and made sure they experienced God’s teachings and love daily. She was an accomplished guitar player and angelic singer. If Della wasn’t talking about the Lord, she was singing about Him. She was a wonderful homemaker for her children and made sure every need was met.
Della enjoyed cooking, sewing, and keeping her home spotless. She was an avid reader and her family enjoyed nightly bible readings with her. A prayer warrior until the very end, Della prayed for her family constantly and anyone who met her, could see God’s love within her. Her constant direction, wisdom, and love will be sorely missed by everyone who knew Della. Della, affectionately known as “Sister Pete” always expressed her appreciation and love to Phillip Martin, Brian Goodson, and Laura Stroupe for their love, support, encouragement and sacrifices.
She is survived by her sons: Michael Stroupe Jr. (Laura), Gastonia, NC and Peter “Pete” Dean Stroupe (Kristi), Gastonia, NC;   daughters: Sandie Marie Stroupe, Donna Ann Martin (Phillip), Cheryl Lynn Stroupe, of Kings Mountain, NC, and Deborah “Debbie” Stroupe Goodson (Brian), Shelby, NC; brothers: Ruben “Smokey” Burchfield (Janice), Kings Mountain, NC and Buck Burchfield  (Catherine), Blacksburg, SC; grandchildren: Johnny Martin, Dan Willis, Jennifer Martin, Matthew Green, Tyler Stewart, Courtney Stroupe, Andrea Conner, BJ Goodson, Savannah Walker, Brandon Goodson, Glenn Walker, Emily Stroupe, Luke Smith, Elijah Stroupe, Sophia Hatings, and Sarah Hastings; great-grandchildren: Danny Willis, Alex Martin, Landon Willis, Vaden Martin, Brayden Stewart, Allyria Green, Kayman Stewart, Carson Easler and Raelynn Stewart.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Interdenominational Holiness Church with Reverend Samuel Manus officiating
Visitation will be held on  Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home
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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William “Tony”
Anthony Day

SHELBY, NC –William Anthony Day, 52, of Shelby, NC, passed away on October 27, 2022 at Atrium Health in Shelby, NC.
Born in Cleveland Co, He was son of the late Ann Broome. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Grace “Nanny” Broome.
Tony was a wonderful man who loved and cherished his family and friends. He enjoyed being in nature, camping, fishing and visiting the Green River and the NC Mountains. He especially enjoyed spending time with this family and friends and cherished children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters: Kaitland Wollenhaupt and husband Brandon, York, SC; Kayla Bearden and husband Daniel, Kings Mtn. NC; son: Noah Day, Gastonia, NC; longtime love: April Wagenknecht, Shelby, NC; father: Tommy Day, Bessemer City, NC ; step-daughter: Hailey Davis and husband John, Shelby, NC; brother: Joshua Day and wife Kari, and their daughter, Ruby Day, Kings Mtn. NC; former wife: Bobbie Jo Roseboro, Tampa, FL; former wife: Tonya Shuford, Gastonia, NC; grandchildren: Everett Bearden, Adaline Bearden, Emma Davis, Addisyn Davis, Declan Davis and grandchild on the way, Gray Wollenhaupt; uncle and aunt: Rick and Gayle Day, Andrews, NC; aunt: Sandy Walters, Nashville, TN; best friend: Scott Clark and wife Tiffany, Cherryville, NC; longtime friends: Shane Jackson and fiance Terra Benfield and Chris Wilson, Kings Mtn. NC and numerous other cherished family and friends.
Graveside service will be held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.
Family will receive friends immediately following the service in the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads Rescue Mission, 206 Mount Sinai Church Road, Shelby, NC 28152
Interment will be held 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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Charles Steve “Possum”  Wilson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Charles Steve “Possum” Wilson, 70, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 21, 2022 at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas, NC.
He was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, son of the late Charles Wilson Jr. and Virginia Burch Wilson.
Possum was a former member of Macedonia Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church and retired from Universal after serving 25 years as a purchaser for the compact disc manufacturing company.
Possum loved Kings Mountain High School football and served the team as a videographer for 20 years. Always very sociable, Possum never met a stranger and enjoyed sharing a meal with his family and friends. He was a talented carpenter, an avid sports fan, and an accomplished golfer. Possum was a wonderful provider, loving husband, father, and grandfather and friend to many. His outgoing nature, guidance, and love will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years: Sondra Grissom Wilson, of the home; children: Crystal Wilson, Nashville, TN, Ashley Davis, Kings Mountain, NC, Brandon Dixon, Kings Mountain, NC, and Megan Nations (Adam), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Wesley Dixon, Haley Siler, Kenzlie Morris, Camden Morris, and Lily Nations; brother: Reverend Ronald “Rat” Wilson (Stephanie) Whiteville, NC; sisters: Susan Wilson Blanton (Mike) Tarboro, NC, and Patti Wilson Barnette (Jackie), Kings Mountain, NC and many loving nieces and nephews
A Celebration of Life service was held on  Monday, October 24, 2022 at 4:00 pm at The Branch with Reverends Ronald Wilson and Mike Chambers officiating.
The family spoke with attendees immediately following the service
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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Jack Clayton Stewart

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jack Clayton Stewart, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 23, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Dan Stewart and Hattie Stewart and was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise Herron Stewart. He was also preceded in death by brothers, David Haskins and Butch Haskins, stepdaughters, Tina Sizemore and Sheena Stroupe.
Jack served in the US Army. He retired from EATON after many years of service. Jack enjoyed woodworking, doing electrical work and was a jack of all trades. He could fix anything that was broken and enjoyed completing projects for his children. Jack was a compassionate and caring man. He was a caregiver to his mother until the end of her life. He was a wonderful provider for his family and loved spending time with his family. His loss will be felt deeply by everyone who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his children: Louise Bray (Chris), Clayton Stewart (Patty), Annie Rachel Wyatt (Scott), Clint Stewart (Susan), all of Kings Mountain, NC; step children: Eugene Sizemore, Asheville, NC, Twain Sizemore (Debbie), Kings Mountain, NC, Shelia Sprinkle (Ernest), Gastonia, NC, Junior Sizemore, Louisiana; siblings: Andy Haskins, Grover, NC and Johnny Haskins (Pam), Lincolnton, NC; and many many grandchildren, great -grandchildren and great-great Grandchildren
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home
Graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery
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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Donald James Dougherty

Kings Mountain, NC – We are sad to announce that on October 1, 2022, Donald James Dougherty of Kings Mountain, NC passed at the age of 63. An incredibly bright light was taken from the world. Donald was a very giving person and thought more of others then himself.
Donald is survived by his loving parents Robert and   Charlotte Dougherty; sister, Doreen Prinzo; brothers: Robert Dougherty; Charles Dougherty (Cassette); Gregg Dougherty; Niece, Wendy Kelley, nephews: Jeremy Kelley (Lori); Robert Dougherty (Amanda); Anthony Prinzo (Shelia).  He is predeceased by his brothers: William Dougherty and Daniel Dougherty.
Donald had many friends who he knew and loved at work and at his beloved church.
A service will take place in Homosassa, Florida where he will be in eternal rest with others from the family.  Condolences can be sent: c/o Kelley, 295 E Sweedesford Rd, PMB 282, Wayne PA 19087; qtmbuilders@gmail.com.
Donald, your laughter, and kindness will be missed, we will carry your memories in our heart forever.  Rest in peace.
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Gene Milton Sellers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Gene Milton Sellers, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 18, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC. He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Shank and Aileene Sneed Sellers and was preceded in death by three brothers, Pete, John, and Nelson Sellers and a son, Terry Sellers.
Gene served his country honorably in the US Army. He retired after many years of working as a brick mason. Gene loved fishing and spent 25 years as a fishing guide at Santee Cooper. He enjoyed gardening and being around tractors. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid firearms collector. Gene was a wonderful provider for his family, a loving husband and father, and a doting grandfather to his many grandchildren. His legacy will live on through his family and his guidance and love will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years: Thelma Burton Sellers; sons: Eric Sellers (Shannon), Kings Mountain, NC, Mike Sellers (Melissa), Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Kathy Sellers Armstrong, Bessemer City, NC; siblings: Mary Amanda Sellers, Kings Mountain, NC, Wayne Sellers, Kings Mountain, NC; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren
There are no services planned at this time
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy Wilson Patterson

Peggy Wilson Patterson, age 96, died in Greensboro, N.C. on October 11, 2022. Peggy was a loving mother and good friend to many.
Peggy grew up in Kings Mountain, N.C., and attended business school in Asheville N.C. She married and moved to Charlotte, then Greensboro with her husband and two children. Peggy managed the Credit Union at WBTV in Charlotte.  In Greensboro she was the office Manager and bookkeeper for a business supply company.  She had resided at Friends Home at Guilford since 2013.
Peggy was an active member at Westminster Presbyterian Church and volunteered in the office. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels.  She enjoyed music, reading, and was an avid bridge player for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents Haskell and Selma Wilson, her brother Jerry Wilson, sister Betty Campbell, and husband Jack Patterson.
Peggy is survived by her son Mark Patterson, daughter Ann Starr, and sister Jackie Wright.
A memorial service and columbarium placement will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensboro N.C. at a date to be determined.
In memorial, please donate in her name to a charity of your choice. Forbis & Dick Funeral Service in Greensboro, NC is serving the Patterson family. Online condolences may be made at www.forbisanddick.com.
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Billy “Bill” Jackson Nance

Billy “Bill” Jackson Nance, 79, passed away on Monday, October 03, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Stanly County to the late Crawford and Nezzie Long Nance. He is also predeceased by one daughter, Paula Lea Nance and eight siblings.
Bill leaves behind to cherish his memories his daughter, Debra Nance Cox and husband, Thomas H. Cox, Jr. of Belmont, NC; granddaughter, Brooke Elaine Cox; wife, Mary Ann Murphy; step-children, Tony Murphy, James Murphy and Kristie Murphy Watts; step-grandchildren, Kevin Brittain, Megan Murphy, Nathan Murphy and Dalton Watts; step-great-grandchildren, Vince Oliver Brittain; brother, Bruce Clement Nance.
Bill served in the National Guard and also worked in various Accounting roles. He was a loving husband and a very loving father and grandfather. He loved taking care of his family and friends. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He loved his dogs and working outside in his yard and was never without a project that he thought needed to be done.
Services are to be planned for a future date and will be announced at that time.
Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to serve the Nance Family. Memorial tributes may be made at www.rsmorganfsl.com
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James H. Beheler


KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James H. Beheler, 73, of Grover, NC, passed away on October 15, 2022 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby, NC.
Born in Rutherford, NC, he was son of the late George Beheler and Margaret Alice “Edna” Propst Bridges and was also preceded in death by son James “Bo” Beheler, daughter Renea Thomas, step-son Tony Earl Taylor, and brother Ronald Beheler.
He was formerly employed in textiles at Spectrum Yarns in Kings Mountain NC and Armtex in Gastonia NC.
He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He enjoyed working on lawnmowers and cars. He was generous to everyone he met including buying food for the local school children.
He is survived by his son: Chris Beheler, Granite Falls, NC; daughters: Mary Brock (Jason) Kings Mountain, NC and Amber Beheler Grover, NC; brothers: Kenneth Bridges (Monica) Harrisburg, NC and Johnny Propst, Spindale, NC; sisters: Tilly Foster, Grover, NC and Jane Powell (Wayne) Bostic, NC; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel at Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain NC  with Rev. Russell Bradley officiating.
Visitation will be held immediately following the service.
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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Joe Billy Cornwell

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC –Joe Billy Cornwell, Jr., age 72, of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
Born on October 4, 1950 in Lincoln County, North Carolina he was the son of the late Joe Billy Cornwell, Sr. and Della Kay McGinnis Cornwell.
Survivors include his loving wife of 34 years, Elizabeth “Beth” Cornwell; children, Angie K. Holder (Grant), Bill Cornwell (Melissa); step-daughter, Angie Dawn Nichols (Pat); grandchildren, Kelsie Davis, Anna Holder, Garrison Nichols, Michael H. Cornwell, Jackson Nichols, Sydney Cornwell; sister, Diane Russell (Dale) and his beloved fur baby, Bella. Joe was preceded in death by his parents along with his brother, Michael C. Cornwell.
A true sports fanatic, Joe had a lifelong history with a love for the game. A graduate of the class of 1969 Kings Mountain High School, Joe was an active and dedicated high school football player. His love for sports led him on to a career in broadcasting, coaching and officiating. Joe was the local sports broadcaster for the Asheville TV station and he also coached little league baseball and officiated high school sporting events.
In 2012, Joe and his wife Elizabeth moved to North Myrtle Beach from Huntersville, North Carolina. After a while of coastal living, Joe became a member of the OD Shag Club. Joe also enjoyed fishing, riding his golf cart, traveling and just having a good time with his family and friends. Joe and Beth visited all 50 states in the United States, 44 of which they traveled to in their RV.
A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Lee Funeral Home and Crematory. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leefhandcrematory.com for the Cornwell. Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the
family.
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Shirley Jane McMurry

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Shirley Jane McMurry, 87, of Shelby, NC, went to be with the Lord on October 11, 2022 at Peak Resources in Shelby, NC.
A native of Waco, NC, Shirley was the daughter of the late Fibra and Sarah Self Poston and was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Bill T. McMurry. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, John and Howard Poston and her sister, Lillie Lackey.
She graduated from Waco High School and Shelby Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse. She worked at Kings Mountain Hospital for 36 years where she served in the I.C.U. and C.C.U. Mrs. McMurry was an active member of First Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees and worked in the kitchen providing meals to countless people. Shirley loved traveling and often collected bells from her destinations. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend whose kindness and love will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her sons: Bill K. McMurry and wife Paulette, Gastonia, NC and Dwayne R. McMurry and wife Dawn, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Larry Poston and wife Sara, Canton, NC; grandchildren:  Scott Webb (Melissa), Brian McMurry (Shiuan), Noah McMurry (Alexis Johnson), Candice McWhirter; great grandchildren: Ellie Webb, Briggs Webb, Kennedy Webb, Kai McMurry, Meili McMurry, Matthew Madden, Jaxon Carter.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 12:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Reverends Shane Doty and Jonathan Bundon officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM prior to the service in the Stained Glass Room of First Baptist Church.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be held at First Baptist Church, Harvest Fund at 605 West Kings Street, 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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Carolyn Geneva Bell Patterson

Carolyn Geneva Bell Patterson, age 86 of Kings Mountain and Holden Beach, North Carolina passed away at her Holden Beach home surrounded by family on October 7, 2022. Carolyn was born in Kings Mountain, NC on September 14, 1936 and was the daughter of the late Horace Lee Bell and Rosalee Patterson Bell. Carolyn graduated from Bethware High School in 1954.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 64 years Jay H. Patterson, Jr.; daughter Gina Patterson Robinson and husband Robert J. of Holden Beach; sister Nancy Bell Senter and husband John of Gastonia; brother-in-law William (Bill) Patterson and wife Rhonda of Raleigh and brother-in-law Joseph (Joe) Patterson of Kings Mountain as well as special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and caregivers.
She was a lifelong member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain and was active until she was physically unable to attend. Carolyn was a member of the church choir as well as played the piano for the children’s Sunday school classes for many years.
Carolyn was employed as a secretary by Dicey Fabrics in Shelby for more than 40 years. She was a loyal and dedicated employee and made many lifelong friends along the way.
She enjoyed baking and sharing her delicacies. Her cheese straws, butter mints and other treats were enjoyed by family and friends from near and far.
Carolyn and Jay relocated to Holden Beach in 2019 to be near their daughter. She loved her family deeply and will be missed by all that loved and knew her. The hole left by her absence is impossible to fill.
White Funeral Home and Cremation in Shallotte, NC, assisted by Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of the arrangements and service.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain with visitation 1 hour before the service. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Active pall bearers: Craig Bell, Micky Bell, Jack Bell, Bill Patterson, Dennis Patterson, Joe Patterson. Honorary pall bearers: Brent Bell, Gene Bell and Tom Kester.
The Patterson family would like to thank Carolyn’s caregivers Lounette, Anne, Debra, and Kimberly and the staff of Lower Cape Fear Life Care.
Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Life Care 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422 or the charity/organization of choice.
You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com
Services provided by White Funeral and Cremation Service of Shallotte NC.
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Ray “Dick” Fisher

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ray “Dick” Fisher, 72, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 30, 2022 at Wendover Hospice, Shelby, NC.
He was born in Gastonia, NC to the late James Albert Anderson Fisher and Mary Grigg Fisher.  He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Jackie Ballard Fisher.
Dick was an instructor for 34 years at Cleveland Community College in the Electrical System Technology Department. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain where he faithfully served in many capacities.   He participated in several mission trips to Honduras, where he used his expertise in electrical systems and construction. Dick enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them about life. 
He is survived by his son: Stephen Fisher and wife Monica, Kings Mtn. NC; daughters: Crystal Majors and husband Jay, Beaufort, NC; Cheryl Lovingood and husband Eddie, Kings Mtn. NC; grandchildren: Bryce Fisher, Peyton Fisher, Marty Lovingood, Raegan Majors, Morgan Majors, Ashtyn Fisher and Justin Lovingood; brother: David Fisher and wife Maureen, Vernon Hill, VA; sister: Amy Fisher Powers and husband Rick, Gastonia, NC.
A Celebration of Life service was held at  First Baptist Church,  Monday, October 3, 2022, at 11:30 A.M.   Rev. Dr. John Sloan, officiated.
Visitation immediately followed the service in the Stained Glass Room at First Baptist Church.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made in Dick’s memory to Mission Readiness Fund c/o First Baptist Church 605 West King Street, 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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Phyllis Paulette Mull Biddix

Phyllis Paulette Mull Biddix, 72, of Kings Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at her home.
Born in Cleveland County, on February 14, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Roy W. Mull and Elva Elizabeth Jackson Mull. Mrs. Biddix was employed at STI in Kings Mountain.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Elden Biddix and four brothers, Steve Mull, Jeff Mull, Jack Mull and Dale Mull and sister-in-law, Carolyn Mull.
Survivors include her two sons, Todd Biddix and Jason Biddix both of Kings Mountain; one daughter, Donna Myers and husband, Ryan of Kings Mountain; a sister, Diane Thomas, of Kings Mountain; two brothers, Kenneth Mull and wife, Mary of Kings Mountain and Johnny Mull of Waco; two sisters-in-law, Pat Mull of Kings Mountain and Geraldine Mull of Cherryville; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
The family received friends on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home.
A funeral service was held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 3:00pm in the Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Parker and Rev. Cynthia Skinner officiating.
The burial followed the service in the Carter Family Cemetery.
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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Helen Williams Bullock

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mrs. Helen Williams Bullock, 104, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 4, 2022. Helen was born on October 25, 1917 at home in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Welford Smith Bullock, parents Mr. Wray Alexander Williams and Mrs. Emma Mae Ware Williams, two sisters Mrs. Maud McGill and Mrs. Mitchell Hunt, one brother Mr. Otto (Toby) Williams and one very special niece, Ms. Jan Williams. Helen is survived by numberous nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.
After graduating from Central High School in Kings Mountain, Helen attended Women’s College University in Greensboro, NC which is now the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, NC. Helen graduated from Women’s College with double majors in Home Economics and Science. Upon graduating from college, Helen moved to Seaboard, NC to accept a teaching position there that had been offered to her.
While in Seaboard she met her future husband of 58 years, Welford Bullock, a lifelong resident of Seaboard. When World War II began, Welford volunteered for the US Navy and was stationed in the Pacific. Helen joined the WACS - Womens Army Corp where she served in the Intelligence Unit until her tour of duty ended in 1945. She and Welford married in 1944 in Kings Mountain, NC. They ultimately returned to Seaboard where Helen resumed teaching Home Economics and Biology in the North Hampton County School System for 32 years until her retirement in 1973.
Helen and Welford relocated to Kings Mountain to take care of Helen’s sister, Maud McGill. Helen resided there for the remainder of her life. Helen expressed her gratitude to the staff of White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain where she resided the last seven years. Also, Helen specifically asked that Christy Speed be acknowledged and recognized for her faithful devotion to Helen for the past seventeen and a half years. Christy was first and foremost Helen’s friend and companion and, in later years continued in those capacities but also became her caregiver. Christy unfailingly attended to Helen’s needs and wants to her full capabilities. Helen always told her cousin, Deborah Margaret Stanton of Greensboro, NC during their numerous telephone calls and visits to White Oak Manor that she didn’t know what she would do without Christy - that she had proved indispensable to her and loyal to a fault. Helen loved Christy and Christy felt the same.
Ruth Yarboro of Kings Mountain should also be recognized for helping Helen in various ways. Ruth is a member of First Baptist Church Kings Mountain, of which Helen was also a faithful member since childhood and an active one as long as she was able. Ruth made dresses for Helen specifically to Helen’s liking which Helen appreciated very much. She also made numerous homemade pillows for Helen which proved very useful in providing comfort for her. She also made beautifully embroidered decorative pillows, quilts, bedspreads, etc. which Helen treasured.
In conclusion, Helen Williams Bullock was dearly loved, respected and admired by all who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be remembered for her constant positive attitude and kindness. Helen requested that any contributions, memorials, etc. should be made to First Baptist Church Kings Mountain.
Memorial serivice was held Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating
The family spoke with attendees immediately following the service at the church
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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Shelby Jean Smith

BLACKSBURG, SC – Shelby Jean Smith, 85, of Blacksburg, SC, went to be with the Lord on August 23, 2022 at her home.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Gus Hartsoe and Cora Gladden and was preceded in death by her husband of more than 40 years, Junior Hartsoe and her son, Michael Hartsoe. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Gus Hartsoe Jr., 4 sisters, Martha Dobbins, Betty Sessoms, Sue Phillips, and Linda Beaver a beloved niece, Bennie Sue Beam, a beloved granddaughter, Kisha Watts, and a great granddaughter, Alexis.
Jean was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Blacksburg, SC. She enjoyed working puzzle books and was an avid Gunsmoke and Cheyenne television show fan. She was a wonderful matriarch and dearly loved her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Her guidance, strengths, wisdom and love was cherished by everyone who knew Jean and will be missed dearly by all who loved her.
She is survived by her children: Kim Cobb (Wesley), Shelby, NC, Kelly Watts (Dennis), Graham, NC, Keith Smith, Blacksburg, SC, Jamey Smith (Kim), Blacksburg, SC, Lisa Kirby, Blacksburg, SC; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Friday August 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Bishop Brady Jackson officiating.
Visitation was on Friday, August 26, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC   Memorial in Jean’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 626 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105 or at www.stjude.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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Heather Michelle Roper

​​​​​​KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Heather Michelle Roper, 43, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2022 at her home.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC and worked in  healthcare most of her life. Heather enjoyed traveling and spending time in Key West and Folly Beach.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, aunt and sister who loved her family with her whole heart. Her love and compassion for people was evident in her everyday life. Heather enjoyed spending time with her loved ones and they adored her. Her kindness, warmth, sass, and love was felt by everyone who knew her and will be missed immensely by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 19 years: Eric Roper of the home; son: Aydin Scott Roper, Kings Mountain, NC; mother: Terry Echols Putnam (Dennis), Kings Mountain, NC; father: Mike Baity (Olivia), Gastonia, NC; siblings: Ginger Baity Ervin, Kings Mountain, NC, Zach Putnam (Stephanie), Natchez MS, Lauren Gray, Lawndale, NC, Caitlin Jones (Taylor), Kings Mountain, NC; maternal grandmother: Winona Bridges, Kings Mountain, NC; nephews: Dylan, Landon, Owen, Jackson and Teddy; nieces: Ellie, Belle, Aspen and Palmer
Memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating
Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Heather’s memory may be made to The National MS Society at PO Box 91891, Washington DC 20090-1891 or at www.nationalmssociety.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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Reginald “Keith” Lovelace

KINGS MOUNTAIN. NC – Reginald “Keith” Lovelace, 66, of Kings Mountain, passed away at his residence on August 18, 2022. He was born May 19, 1956, in Cleveland County, to Fred Ellis Lovelace and Dorothy Louise Canipe Lovelace.
He is preceded in death by son, Jason Bryan Lovelace and siblings, Michael Lovelace, Ronnie Lovelace, Terry Lovelace.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons: Kyle Lovelace (Christy), Brandon Lovelace, Michael Owens; daughter, Donna Sneed; grandchildren:
Daila, Bryson, Cruz, Journey, Lillian, Riley, mother of the children, Tina Owens; sister, Cindy Houser: aunt and uncle/cherished caregivers, Daphine Putnam and Eric Rogers.
The family received friends from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Sunday, August 21, 2022, at David Baptist Church.
Keith’s memorial service was held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at David Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Brackett officiating.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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 Amber Cooper Blackwood

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Amber Cooper Blackwood, 61, died Thursday, August 18, 2022 at her home.  Born in Greensboro, NC. She was the daughter of the late David E. Cooper Jr. and Shirley Temple Riggan Cooper.
Amber worked as an art teacher, mostly at Kings Mountain High School, and was a member of the National Educators Association and Teal Diva. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Tommy Tate Jr.
She is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, Scott D. Blackwood of the home; daughters, Samantha Tate and partner, Luiz Nascimento of Myrtle Beach and Catherine Tate of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Alex, Dylan and Aurora Nascimento of Myrtle Beach, and Gabriel and Sophie Crotts of Kings Mountain; brothers, David Evander Cooper III and partner, Patricia Storie, Steven Wayne Cooper, Christopher Riggan Cooper and wife Kathleen, and Brian Quincy Cooper and wife Toni; and sisters, Heather Cooper Hinson and husband Fred and Star Cooper Smith and husband Eric.
The family will receive friends 4:00pm-6:00pm, Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home in Kings Mountain.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to tealdiva.org (ovarian cancer support network) or windriverservices.org (cancer retreat)
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Donald Lindsay Ware

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Donald Lindsay Ware, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 12, 2022.
He was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, son of the late William Brown and Eleanor Lindsay Ware and was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Joann Ware.
Don served his country honorably in the United States Army. He enjoyed spending time farming, tinkering with tractors and spending time with his beloved family. He was a longtime member of East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife: Bobbie Branks Ware, of the home; children: Derek Ware and wife Gayla and Allison Houser and husband Paul; brother: William Brown Ware Jr.; sister: Eleanor Ann Thomas and husband Gene; grandchildren: Stephanie Houser Maner and husband Joseph, Karmen Houser and fiance, Caleb Johnson, Dexter Ware, and Darbeigh Ware; great-grandchild: Shepherd Maner.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church with Reverend Scott Whitney officiating.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at the church
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don may be made to East Gold Street Wesleyan Church at 701 East Gold Street, 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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J. D. Caveny

GROVER–J. D. Caveny, 79, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at his home.  He was born January 14, 1943 to the late James Harlan and Leila Bolin Caveny.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister; Pauline Caveny Lovelace and husband Dewey; brothers, James “Johnny”, Howard “Pee-Wee” and Floyd Odell ”Sam” Caveny, all of Kings Mountain; son-in-law, Chris Saldo; and nephews, Dexter Lovelace of Grover and Dennis Caveny of Nashville, TN.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Louise Sheppard Caveny; son, Tim Caveny, both of the home; daughters, Lisa Caveny Saldo and Tina Caveny Cloninger and husband Todd of Grover; granddaughters, Kaitlyn Nichole Saldo and Jada Danielle Saldo of Grover; great-granddaughter, Brynlee Grace Jackson; sister, Shirley Caveny Mathis of Kings Mountain; sisters-in-law, Ola “Bobby” Pennington of Shelby and Frances and Juanita Caveny of Kings Mountain; special uncle, Marvin “Pete” Caveny of Kings Mountain; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and special neighbors, Jeff and Marsay Cash and Joe Bohelor of Grover.
He was of the Baptist faith.  He loved fishing, woodworking, yard work and his John Deere tractor.  He also had a vacation home in Lake Lure where he had many special friends.  J.D. retired from Lithium Corporation in 1995 and was a 25 year club member.  He will be truly missed by all that knew and loved him.
A private burial will be in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral & Aquamation in Kings Mountain
Online condolences:www.claybarnette.com
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David Fite

KINGS MOUNTAIN: David “Red” Wayne Fite, 73, died Sunday, August 14, 2022 at his home. Born in Gaston County, he was the son of the late Richard Earl and Jessie Elizabeth “Boots” Bridges Fite.
David worked as a carpenter and was a member of Harvest Baptist Church. He was an avid NACAR and Jeff Gordon fan.  He enjoyed watching westerns and fixing lawnmowers with his buddy, Darius Whitson. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Ruby Dianne “Dinky” Fite; daughter, Angela Kirk; brothers, Eddie and Don Fite; and sister, Earlene Matherson.  He is survived by his daughters, Tonia Willard and husband Danny and Kim Fite, both of Gastonia; son-in-law, Billy Kirk of Kings Mountain; brother, Charles Fite and wife Ann of Kings Mountain; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nephew, Marvin Matherson; his K-9 companion, Zeke; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 4:00pm, Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Harvest Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Teague II officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, in the church.  Burial will follow in Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral & Aquamation in Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Elden Biddix

Kings Mountain, NC –  Elden Biddix, 78, of Kings Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Peak Resources in Cherryville.
Born in Cleveland County on August 20, 1943, he was a son of the late Leonard Wilbert Biddix and Pauline Green Biddix. He was retired from Dawn’s Processing and served in the US Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Wilbert Biddix and one sister, Shirley Lawson.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Paulette Mull Biddix; two sons, Todd Biddix and Jason Biddix both of Kings Mountain; one daughter, Donna Myers and husband Ryan of Kings Mountain; three brothers, Roger Biddix and wife Pat of Kings Mountain, Dannie Biddix of Fallston and Donnie Biddix and wife Lori of Kings Mountain; sister, Brenda Parker and husband Steve of Lenoir; sister-in-law, Barbara Biddix of Kings Mountain; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
The family received friends on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home.
The funeral service was held on Thursday at 3:00 pm at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Parker officiating.
The burial followed the service in the Carter Family Cemetery.
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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Bobby G. Moore

Kings Mountain, NC –  Bobby G. Moore, 81, of Kings Mountain, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at his residence.
Born in Cherokee County, SC, he was the widower of Louise P. Moore and the son of the late William and Betty Davis Moore. Bobby formerly worked at Kings Mountain Mica Mine. He played Santa Claus for over 30 years at Grady and Katie Costner’’s Christmas Village.
Surviving Mr. Moore are his children, Tammy Thomas (George), Shannon Rudnick (Marc), both of Kings Mountain, Barbara Pennington of Blacksburg, Brenda Gladden of Kings Mountain, and Buddy Dover (Pam) of Shelby; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren, and several nephews, nieces, and friends.
In addition to wife and his parents, Moore was preceded in death by his brothers, RK, BR, Clifford, Willie, and David, his sisters, Altha, Nancy, Vick, and Pauline, his grandson, Josh Estes, and sons-in-law, Dennis Gladden and Wendell Pennington.
The family received friends on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Gordon Mortuary, 400 West Cherokee Street, Blacksburg, SC. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Gordon Mortuary Chapel at 4:00 pm with Rev. Kevin Dover officiating. Interment was followed at Clingman Memorial Gardens. Tammy Thomas, Shannon Rudnick, Brenda Gladden, Barbara Pennington, Shondi Dellinger, Rene’’ Estes, Cassidy Rudnick, and Hunter Thomas will serve as pallbearers.
The family was at the residence.
The Book of Memories is available at www.gordonmortuary.com.
The Blacksburg location of Gordon Mortuary is serving the Moore family.
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Evelyn Sarah Smith Knapp Kelly

May 10, 1924
– July 29, 2022

Evelyn Smith Knapp Kelly passed away July 29, 2022 in her adopted city of San Antonia, Texas. She was born on May 10, 1924 in Raeford, NC to the late Nora Belle and David Alexander Smith.
Evelyn lived a wonderful life of adventure and love for her many friends and family. She never met a stranger and was ever so passionate about living a full life. She was known at one of her two churches that she loved dearly, as the Rummikub Queen, a favorite pastime. She is remembered especially by a Bible verse, Matthew 25:21: “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!” Which is exactly what she did. What a blessing she was throughout her life. She left her friends and family members with awesome memories!
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband George H. Knapp and second husband Jesse W. Kelly and daughter Sharon Kelly Pena.
Evelyn is survived by children Shirley Brutko (Mal) of Kings Mountain, NC, Barry Knapp of San Antonio, TX, David Knapp (Kay) of San Antonio, TX, Steve Kelly (Linda) of San Antonio, TX and Saundra Wilson (David) of Inverness, FL. She has 14 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held August 16th 2022 at Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave., San Antonio, TX. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9 – 11am followed by a celebration of life from 11 – 12 noon. A reception will follow in the Trinity Church reception hall.
A private family burial will occur at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home, San Antonio, TX is serving the family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.dignitymemorial.com.
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Otis Cleo Falls, Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Otis Cleo Falls Jr, 95, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 25, 2022 at Peak Resources Cherryville.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC to the late Otis Cleo Falls Sr. and Lona Sipe Falls.
Otis was also preceded in death by his first wife, Delores  Bridges Falls and second wife,  Melba Pasquier Falls;  brothers, Doug Falls and James Edward Falls; sister, Betty Falls Mullis; step-son, Steven Pasquier, step-grandson, Gray Stewart, and son-in-law, Jeff Lyman.
Otis served in the United States Army, 11th Division Airborne and was the former owner and operator of Falls Exxon, in uptown Kings Mountain. He was a member of St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC and former longtime member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain where he taught Sunday School for  many years.
Otis loved his community and was very active in serving others. He was a former Boy Scout Leader, at one time having the largest troop in North Carolina. Boy Scouts of America presented him with the Silver Beaver Award for his dedicated service to the organization.  He was also active in the Jaycee’s and served as a mentor for countless children in the Kings Mountain community.    
He is survived by his daughter: Linda Falls Lyman, Beaufort, SC; sons: Rick Falls and wife Brenda, Gastonia, NC;  Kenny Falls and wife Leslie, Kings Mountain. NC; step-daughters: Sidney Stewart and husband Arkin, Fort Mill, SC; Lucy Plyler and husband Charles, Ellenboro, NC; step-sons: Jeff Pasquier and wife Karen, Rancho, NM; Danny Pasquier and wife Lisa, San Antonio, TX; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, and 2 step-great grandchildren
Graveside service will be held at  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 A.M with Reverend John Bridges, officiating .
Visitation will be held immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made to: Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council, 1222 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054 or a Youth Charity of Donor’s 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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Harry Eugene Childers

Cartersville, GA  – Harry Eugene Childers of Cartersville, GA passed away Thursday July 21, 2022 and was affectionately known as “Mr. Bruton” and “Pops” to family as well as to friends he quickly considered family.
Harry was a proud Tar Heel, born and raised in Kings Mountain, North Carolina by his late parents, Charlie Jesse and Marylou Scruggs Childers.
Mr. Childers served our country in the United States Army.  As a servant to Christ, the Childers’ lives included many mission trips with youth groups from Tabernacle Baptist Church and “Pops” was the man behind the wheel of the bus quite often.  Harry cared for young people. He was interested in them and followed their lives and interests into adulthood. He cared for many and took their interests and situations to heart.  Harry Childers greatly valued his family.  His family did not have the requirement of being kin by birth, rather in the sense of being inclusive of all who wanted to be included, and Harry and Gail opened the gates wide to their inner circle of family.
“Mr. Bruton” was a fierce protector and watched over us with the utmost vigilance as our guardian. He loved us in a way that made us never doubt that he was there in our lives, and he gave us all courage to do our best at whatever it was that we aimed to do.  He was generous with his time, supportive and ever present. He will be missed tremendously.
Harry’s career was spent in Atlanta as a skillful superintendent for Specialty Interior Finishes where he thrived and was well respected. In retirement, he found a spot that was perfect for him as a member of the Owen Funeral Home staff.  His calm and caring countenance comforted people from all walks of life and Harry loved working in a spot that seemed perfect for him. In his free time through the years, “Pops” loved watching old westerns on television in his Cadillac of recliners and playing golf or fishing with his buddies, and collecting vintage cars, among which were his ’74 and ‘00  Corvettes and his shiny, red hot ’40 Ford coupe.  He also loved sports of all kinds and spent time attending events while supporting the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes, Kings Mountain Mountaineers, his home team, as well as his grandchildren and great grandchildren in their various events.
Harry had friends all over and he helped whenever needed without fail.  He would want everyone to know that his most important relationship was with his Savior, Jesus Christ.  Harry gave freely of his possessions, his genuine interest, and his time and many talents.  People learned gentle lessons from Harry Eugene Childers that still carry them through life. If you didn’t want to know his opinion, you just shouldn’t have asked.  He was brutally honest and genuinely good to the core, a sensible and solid man.
Harry is preceded in death by three siblings, Dick, Wayne and Lillie Mae.  He is survived by his wife of 53 wonderful years, Gail  Davis Childers. Also surviving are his son Tony (Theresa) Childers of Kings Mountain, NC and his daughters, Connie A. McSwain, Cindy (Tom) Farmer of Cartersville; a brother, Charles Childers of Pine Hurst, NC; grandchildren: William McSwain, Chris (Randi Winn) McSwain, Morgan (John) Cadell, Jordan (Jake) Moore, Thomas (Mayara) Farmer, Cathryn Farmer, and Reagan Childers; great-grandchildren: Keirsten, Landan, Joel, Lilly Kate, Julianna, Elizabeth, Scout, Elijah, Joanna, and Stone.  In Pops’ heart were also those he helped to lovingly raise and guide in life: John and Jennifer Appling, Kelley Bryson Price, Keith and Myra Hufstetler, Matt and Abbey Tillman, Brock and Haley Hufstetler, and the families of Christy Robbs Jones and Cindy Robbs Sanders.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Tabernacle Baptist Church with Rev. Kenny Jacobs, Rev. Chris McSwain and Rev. Josh James officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The Interment will be at 10:30 am on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Georgia National Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers are Tom Farmer, Thomas Farmer, Chris McSwain, Landan McSwain, John Appling, Keith Hufstetler, Brock Hufstetler and Mark White.  Honorary pallbearers are Van Gilstrap, Michael Howren, Gene Lewis and Jack Reeves.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Harry “Pops” Childers to Tabernacle Baptist Church Youth Ministry.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave online condolences for the family. Owen Funeral Home 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, is honored to serve the friends and family of Harry Eugene Childers.
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Pamela Jean Chapman

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Pamela Jean Chapman, 57, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 18, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC. She was born in St. Lucie County, FL, daughter of the late Larry Gene and Claudette Hoyle Goins.
Pamela was always outgoing, never met a stranger and could befriend anyone she met. She was a strong person and deeply committed to her family. Pamela enjoyed collecting angels, hummingbirds, and unicorns. She was a die hard Elvis and Dale Earnhardt fan and loved spending time with her beloved family and friends. She was an example to many who witnessed her hard work, love, and dedication. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her husband: Terry Chapman, of the home; son: Storme Chapman, of the home; granddaughter: Lisa Sadelia Chapman; special daughter and caregiver: Paula Kelly Morris (Robert), Fallston, NC; brothers: Larry Phillip Goins (Lisa), Lincolnton, NC; Eric Warlick (Lynn), Bostic, NC and Jeremy Warlick (Kayla), Fallston, NC.
Memorial service was held on Saturday, July 23. 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Phillip Goins officiating.
Visitation was on  Saturday, July 23, 2022 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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Lillian Lovelace Harmon Rogers

SHELBY, NC – Lillian Lovelace Harmon Rogers, 90, of Shelby, NC, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Oscar Freddie and Arcie Bell Lovelace and was preceded in death by her first husband of 48 years, William Brunson Harmon, and her second husband of 13 years, Robert Hamer Rogers Jr. Lillian was also preceded in death by her brother, Billy Basil Lovelace.
She was a former member of Oak Grove Baptist Church for more than 70 years where she was very active. After her marriage to Mr. Rogers, Lillian joined Central United Methodist Church in Shelby, where she continued to be very active. She taught Sunday School at both Oak Grove and Central UMC for many years and loved being a part of the church community.
Lillian worked in personnel in the textile industry most of her life. She enjoyed staying active and spending time with those she loved most, her family and friends. Her kindness, guidance, and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew Lillian.
She is survived by her daughter: Kimberley Harmon Franks and husband Terry G. Franks; grandchildren: Melissa Franks Haber and husband Michael, and William Lalon Franks and wife Rose; great-grandchildren: Thomas Franks and Ellison Haber and sister: Carolyn Lovelace Lail
Funeral service was held on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverends Ron Caulder and David Lee officiating
Visitation was on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
Internment was held in Oak Grove Baptist Church 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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Linda O’Shields

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Linda Darnell Stewart O’Shields, 80, of Kings Mountain passed away Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice, Kings Mountain, NC.
A Kings Mountain native, she was the daughter of the late George and Letha Stewart. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Herman Stewart and Ralph Stewart and stepson Lance O’Shields.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, David O’Shields; son Jeffrey Grigg of Charlotte; daughter, Lynn Poston and husband Tim Poston of Kings Mountain; step daughter Dianne Bolden of Clinton, SC; sister Elizabeth Stewart of Kings Mountain; brother Gary Stewart and wife Mary Jo of Kings Mountain; granddaughters Savannah Poston and Nicole Poston of Kings Mountain; step granddaughter Stacy Arnold of Clinton, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is a 1960 graduate of Grover High School where she was salutatorian. She was employed in the textile industry until her retirement. She was a lifetime member of Dixon Presbyterian Church where she served as treasurer and a member of the Session.
She was a cancer survivor and participated until recently in the Relay for Life Walk. She enjoyed making crafts as well as Hallmark movies and reading. She was an avid traveler enjoying the mountains and other trips as well as cruises.
The family received friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home. The funeral was conducted the Rev. Randy Patterson Monday, July 11 at Dixon Presbyterian Church. Burial followed at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Dixon Presbyterian Church, 602 Dixon School Road, Kings Mountain, NC and Relay for Life, Shelby.
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 R. Cobb

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Johnny R. Cobb, 61, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 8, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
Born in Cleveland, NC, he was son of the late Foley P. Cobb and Jean Morrison Cobb.  Johnny was formerly employed in the textile industry, grocery retail and landscaping. He worked at Clevemont Mills, Food Lion and Ingles.  He was an avid sports fan, especially cheering on the LA Rams. He was a good hearted man who enjoyed yard work and spending time with his family and pets. 
He is survived by his friend and caregiver: Kathy W. Goforth, Kings Mtn.; daughter: Melissa Cobb, Myrtle Beach, SC; brothers: Mickey Moss and wife Linda, Kings Mtn.; Pete Cobb and wife Denise, Kings Mtn.; nieces: Chastity and Katie; nephew: Jeremy  and his precious fur baby: Bella.
Celebration of Life Service: Graveside, Mountain Rest Cemetery  was held on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at  2:00 P.M.
Visitation immediately followed the service in the cemetery.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made to: PB&J Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 579 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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Janice Gregory Henke

COATS, NC – Mrs. Janice Faye Gregory Henke, age 81, passed away July 3, 2022 at 7:02 am at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Henke was born on October 17, 1940, in Harnett County to the late Ira Hinton and Eloise Turlington Gregory.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Major William “Bill” Clifford Henke, son, William Gregory Henke, and brothers, Gene Wayne Gregory and Eastwood William Gregory.
Mrs. Henke worked for Sears before her retirement and was a member of Erwin Chapel Church.
Survivors include: her son, Clifford William Henke, and wife, Sam; daughter, Tara Rhom and husband, Eric; grandchildren, Ashley Rhom, Cameron Rhom, Matthew Rhom, and Casey Goodall and husband, Blake; great-grandchildren, Grayson Goodall and Lilly Goodall; brother, Lee “Butch” Andrew Gregory, and wife, Liz; sister, Pat Gregory, and husband, Wayne; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Rose and Graham Funeral Home in Coats, NC. Officiating will be Rev. Danny Helmes. Burial will follow at Lafayette Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, NC at 1:00 PM.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, prior to the service at Rose and Graham Funeral Home in Coats and other times at the home of Pat Ennis at 465 N. Orange St. Coats, NC 27521.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Erwin Chapel Church at 135 Erwin Chapel Road Dunn, NC 28334.
The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers.
Arrangements by Rose and Graham Funeral Home in Coats, NC.      
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Betty Ruth Roark

KINGS MOUNTAIN,  NC – Betty Upchurch Roark, 70, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 26, 2022.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Marvin Upchurch and Doris Upchurch, 92, of Kings Mountain.
She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
Betty spent most of her years working at White Oak Manor Kings Mountain where she loved and cared for many people in her community. She was a very loving, caring, and thoughtful mother, grandmother “Nanna”, and friend to so many. Betty loved spending time loving and spoiling her children and grandchildren. Her love and kindness will never be forgotten.
Betty was preceded in death by father: Marvin Upchurch, and sister, Shirley Wright, both of Kings Mountain, NC.
Betty is survived by her husband: William Lawrence “Billy” Roark Jr., Kings Mountain, NC; mother: Doris Upchurch, Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Holly York and husband Travis York, Cherryville NC; son: William Lawrence “Tripp” Roark III and Melissa Roark, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Barbara Biddix, Kings Mountain, NC and Dale Wright and husband Luther Wright, Kings Mountain, NC.
Betty has seven wonderful and loving grandchildren.
She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to cherish her memory.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 3:00PM at Faith Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Visitation was on Thursday, June 30, 2022, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM prior to the service in the Church.
Interment was 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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Deborah “Debbie”
Smith Ross


KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Deborah “Debbie” Smith Ross, 60 of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 25, 2022 at her residence in Kings Mountain, NC.
Born in Cleveland Co, NC, she was wife of 36 years to the late Timothy “Tim” David Ross, daughter of the late William Kenneth Smith and Doris Yates Smith.
Debbie was an elementary school teacher at West Elementary for 18 years, a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and former director of Dot’s Daycare.   She was artistic and enjoyed teaching and playing with her granddaughter, Harper. 
She is survived by her sons: Tyler Ross and Haley Adams, Kings Mtn; Tanner Ross and wife Savannah, Kings Mtn.;  daughter: Tiffany Ross and Connor Stamey, Kings Mtn.; sisters: Darla Smith Bridges and husband Rusty, Lowell, NC; Deda Smith Shepard and husband Kyle, Moore, SC; granddaughter: Harper Ross; lifelong friend: Ann Lewis, Shelby, NC.
Funeral service was held at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 3:00 P.M. Dr. Steve Taylor, officiating 
Visitation was held 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 28, 2022 prior to the service at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.
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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Hazeleen “Hazel” Etta
Blanton Harmon

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Hazeleen “Hazel” Etta Blanton Harmon, 79 , of Kings Mountain, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia.
Born in Cleveland County, on July 18, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Rev. William Lawrence Blanton and Vangie Crotts Blanton.
She was the former co-owner and operator of Turner Supermarket in Casar. She was very active in the Casar Community by helping with Christmas parades, Hee Haw Shows, and singing in the community choir. Hazel received the citizen of the year in Casar in 1999 for her work.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son Barry Turner and three brothers, Jerry, Bob, and Jack Blanton.
She is survived by a son, Larry Turner of Newton; two stepdaughters, Carol Harmon of Shelby and Sandra Descheneaux of Bryan College Station, TX; brother, Wayne Blanton of Monroe; two sisters, Nadine Turner of Kings Mountain and Betty Huffman of Connelly Springs; five grandchildren, Lilly, India, Dereck, Megan, and Michael; and dear friends, Linda and Clint Black, Eugenia Price, and Sheila Gantt.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, at 2:00 pm in the Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Blanton officiating.
The burial will follow the service in the Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
Memorials may be made to David Baptist Church, 2300 David Baptist Church Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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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Andrew (Andy) Henry Janelle

Gastonia, NC – Andrew (Andy) Henry Janelle of Gastonia, NC, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2022, in the care of Gaston Hospice, Robin Johnson House.
Andy was born on November 23, 1939, in Manchester, NH, where he lived until his graduation from St. Joseph Catholic High School in 1956.
The first in his family to attend college, he graduated from General Motors Institute in Flint, MI in 1960 with a BS in mechanical engineering. From there, he embarked on a successful career in business and manufacturing. Andy held engineering and managerial positions at General Motors, Foster Grant, and Blum’s Inc. before becoming the VP of Operations for Ilco-Unican and later Schlage Lock, in Rocky Mount, NC. Later in his career, he was the CEO of Ren Electronics and finally Cablelink in Kings Mountain, NC. Throughout his career, Andy was involved in numerous civic and community organizations.
After retiring in 1998, Andy enjoyed golfing with friends and cruising around the world with his beloved wife Margie.  His family and friends will always remember his great intellect and sharp wit.
Preceding Andy in death were his wife, Margorie (Schnakenberg) Janelle; parents, Alphee and Lucille Janelle; sister, Lorraine Truesdell and grandson, Christopher Burgess.
He is survived by his children, Christopher (Sherri) Janelle, Denise (Richard) Hill and Michael Janelle; stepson, Jim Schnakenberg; brother, Armand Janelle; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 9 nieces/nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, NC, with Deacon Bill Melton officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Robin Johnson House, 5005 Shepards Way Dr., Dallas, NC  28024.
Condolence messages may be made online at www.mcleanfuneral.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Janelle family.
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Thomas Richard Reynolds

Thomas Richard Reynolds, age 76, of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022.
Richard was born April 11, 1946 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Dorothy Buckalew and Tom Reynolds.
Richard was a 1964 graduate of Kings Mountain High School. He married the love of his life, Cecile Williams on January 1, 1965.
Richard was retired Police Chief of Kings Mountain Police Department where he served the community of Kings Mountain for over 30 years. After retiring from Kings Mountain Police Department, Richard continued to serve the citizens of Cleveland County as a deputy of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years.
Richard was a faithful member of the First Wesleyan Church of Kings Mountain. Richard’s passion and friendships evolved around the Midway I and Midway II fishing lakes in Kings Mountain where he loved to fish. Most of all, Richard loved and served his family with all he could give.
Richard is survived by his wife, Cecile Williams Reynolds; his son Mike Reynolds (Teresa) of Greenville, SC; and his son Todd Reynolds (Michelle) of Trinity, NC;  his granddaughter Elizabeth Reynolds Ottaway (Alek) of High Point, NC; his grandson Andrew Reynolds of Greensboro, NC; his sister Chris Moudy of Kings Mountain, NC and his aunt Colleen Tate of Kings Mountain, NC.
Richard was preceded in death by his father Tom Reynolds, his mother Dorothy Buckalew Reynolds and his infant brother Michael Colon Reynolds.
Richard leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish his memories.
A visitation for Richard will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM at First Wesleyan Church, 505 Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 2:00 PM. Committal will follow the service in Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC.
Attending current and retired Law Enforcement Officers are asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers and reserved seating will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 505 N. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086, www.engagefwc.com.
Richard’s family would like to thank Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain, NC for assisting Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, Greenville, SC. with arrangements.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mackeycenturydrive.com for the Reynolds family.
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Juneteenth Observance
planned at Patriots Park

Mauney Memorial Library and the City of Kings Mountain will host a Juneteenth Observance, Friday, June 17, at 6:00 p.m., in Patriots Park and the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre. 
What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed.
Members of the community, as well as musician Jett Edwards, will participate in the Juneteenth observance commemorating this historic event.
A special showing of Bright Star Touring Theatre’s, Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies will be presented on the Amphitheatre’s media screen as well.
Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies is production featuring several important figures from American history are brought to the stage to share the importance of their work. Audiences will join the courageous Buffalo Soldier, Colonel Charles Young as he helps settle the American West and some of our first National Parks. They’ll also meet The Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win WWII and Mary Elizabeth Bowser as she spies for the Union during The Civil War.
The event, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue in Kings Mountain.
For more information, please call Mauney Memorial Library, at 704-739-2371.