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Dorothy McCarter Ham

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Dorothy McCarter Ham, 91, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 2, 2024 at her home.
She was born in Gaston County, NC, the only daughter of the late Oscar  and Aline Boyd McCarter and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Paul Ham Jr. Dot was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Jerry McCarter.
She was a life long member of Boyce Memorial ARP Church where she served as church secretary for 68 years. Dot also worked for more than 50 years as part of the administrative staff of Kings Mountain Hospital. Always active, Dot enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting and spending time with her family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed nothing more than cooking Sunday dinner for her family.
Dot loved to travel to the North Carolina Mountains where she spent many days at Bonclarken ARP Church Retreat. Dot was a wonderful person with a loving and caring soul who will be remembered for her dedication to people and her kindness. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother who has impacted the lives of countless people during her long and fulfilling lifetime.
She is survived by her daughters: Jody Parker (David), Goldsboro, NC and Paula Wilson (Rob), Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Neil McCarter; grandchildren: Robin Perkins (LeShea), Chad Perkins, Wesley Parker (Alli), Ben Parker (Molly), Antonia Thompson (Vincent), Travis Wilson and fiance Celisa, Robert Wilson Jr., and Ventress Wilson;
honorary grandson: Cedric Boyce and many loved great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Boyce Memorial ARP Church with Pastor Rob Patrick officiating
Visitation was on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at 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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Betty Ann Alexander

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Ann Alexander, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on March 29, 2024 at Atrium Health Cleveland Pines in Shelby, NC.
Born in Catawba Co. NC, she was daughter of the late Grady Moore and Cathleen Stiles Moore and was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Dwight Lane Alexander, and 3 siblings.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where she served in many capacities including church office volunteer. She was past president of the Kings Mountain Hospital Ladies Auxiliary “Pink Lady” and Hospice Volunteer. She was a precious and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be missed greatly by her family and her community.
She is survived by son: David Alexander and wife Margot, Shelby, NC; daughter: Martha Alexander Bell and husband Brian, Kings Mtn. NC; grandchildren: Brad Bell and wife Abby; Dylan Bell and wife Daniella; Trevor Alexander; great-grandchildren: Harper Bell, Harrison Bell, and Ronan Bell and brother: Bobby Moore, Gastonia NC
Funeral service will be held at  First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC  on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at  2:00 P.M., with Dr. John Sloan, officiating.
Visitation will be at 1:00 - 1:50 P.M. prior to the service in the Stained Glass Room of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  
Memorials may be made to:  Hospice of Cleveland County 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Sara D. Ruppe
Gaffney, SC – Sara Dixon Ruppe, 89, affectionately known as “Nana”, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at her residence.
Born in Kings Mountain, she was the widow of the late Marshall Ruppe and daughter of the late Ira Dixon and Mattie Lee Blackburn Dixon
She retired from Timken and was a member of Cherokee Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters: Sandy R. Watson (Bryan) and Ann R. Smiley, both of Gaffney; a sister, Helen Wells (Boyce) of Kings Mountain; four grandchildren, Brandi Stricklin (Ronnie), Krissy Jaworski (Max), Haily Potter (Zach) and Jake Watson (Ashley); seven great-grandchildren, Kyle Hamrick, Ben Hamrick, Lily Stricklin, Mason Jaworski, Eli Shedd, June Watson and Abram Watson; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers: Nelson, Marion, Sidney, Harley, Frank, Gene and Robert Lee Dixon, and a sister, Frances Dotson.
The family received friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Monday, April 1, 2024 at Cherokee Creek Baptist Church. Funeral services followed at 2:00PM at the church with Dr. Daryle Hawthorne officiating.  Interment was in Frederick Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Cherokee Creek Baptist Church, 501 Buck Shoals Road, Gaffney, SC 29341 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
The family will be at their respective homes.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC is in charge of arrangements.
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Jeffery Darrell Crisp, Sr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jeffery Darrell Crisp, Sr., 58, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on March 30, 2024 at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
Born in Gaston County, NC, he was son of the late Darrell Crisp and Joann Brandon Crisp.
Jeff served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Navy, then worked for 20 years as a Nuclear Energy Instructor with Duke Energy.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially when he got a chance to go hunting or fishing with his family. Jeff loved baseball and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. He was proficient working with his hands or with tools and could fix anything that was brought to him. Unfailingly affable, Jeff never met a stranger.
Above all, he was a wonderful, loving, attentive husband, father, and friend. Jeff served as a father figure to more than just his own children, also welcoming their friends into his home and his heart. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years: Robin Walker Crisp, of Kings Mountain, NC; children: Colby Crisp and wife, Kamryn; Alec Barrett; Trevor Walker, all of Kings Mountain, NC, and Jeffery Crisp, Jr. of Cherryville, NC; siblings: Pamela Atkins of Kings Mountain, NC, and Todd Crisp of Pawleys Island, SC.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel at Harris Funeral Home.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
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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Hillard Dean Smith

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Hillard Dean Smith, 90, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on March 26, 2024 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Roy and Julia Sellers Smith and was preceded in death by his brothers, Pete, Wilburn, and Wayne Smith and his sister, Nell Ledbetter.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lincolnton.
Dean retired from FMC Lithium after 26-1/2 years of service. After his retirement, Dean continued his education at Duke University Seminary where he graduated with honors, an accomplishment he was very proud of because of his advanced age. Dean served as a Methodist Minister for more than 30 years and lead numerous churches during his tenure as a Pastor.
He loved being outdoors and was an avid deer and bird hunter and enjoyed visiting the beach for fishing trips. Always active, Dean enjoyed playing softball for many years.
Dean always placed his faith at the center of his life. He loved teaching the word of God and conducted Bible studies with his family constantly.
Dean was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather to three generations of grandchildren. His love, guidance, and spirit will live on in the hearts of his loved ones for all time.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years: Mary Gwendolyn Smith, of the home; children: Kenneth Smith and wife Fran, Kings Mountain, NC; Gary Smith, Kings Mountain, NC, and Cynthia Barber and husband Steve, Lincolnton, NC; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one  great-great grandchild.
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend David Jones officiating.
Visitation was on Monday, April 1, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
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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James “Jim” Kirby

James “Jim” Roby Kirby, 83, of Kings Mountain, passed away at Mission Hospital in Asheville on March 9, 2024.
He was born March 4, 1941, in Lincoln County, to the late Lawrence Johnson Kirby and Mary Estelle Horne Kirby..
He is preceded in death by his son, James Kirby, Jr.; brothers, David Kirby and  Kenny Kirby.
Jim was a highly decorated United States Marine veteran with 20 years of service, serving during the Vietnam Era and a police officer with Gaston County Police Department. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 44 years, Linda Arrowood Kirby; daughter, Alison Kirby; stepson, Derek Alexander (Shannon); brother, Charles Kirby; brother-in-law, Rick Arrowood (Carmen); sisters-in-law, Patty Butler (Freddy), Nancy Arrowood; nieces, Melanie Splawn (Scott), Windy Gibson (David), Cyndie Roney (Craig), Teresa Kirby, Melody Jackson, Joy Kirby; nephews, Kenny Kirby (Stacy), Chuck Kirby (Jeannie), David Kirby (Suzanne); 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM in the Stained Glass Room at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain and Jim will lie in state in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.
Jim’s funeral service will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain with Bro. Chip Sloan officiating.
His burial is private.
To offer condolences, please visit www.piggfamilyservices.com.
Pigg Family Services, Bessemer City, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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John David Bennett

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – John David Bennett passed away at home on March 5, 2024.
John was born in Gastonia on October 6, 1947 to Clyde T. and Etta Bell Bennett.
He was employed as President of Bennett Brick and Tile for many years. He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Diana Bennett Reeves and his grandson, Jonathon Trent Reeves, also a brother, Clyde T. Bennett (Marlene).
He loved his special cats: Holly and Roswell, watching Sci-Fi, and calling his daughter “Baby Doll”. John was a talented musician and performed with the Caravelles, Scratch, and the Phineas Taylor Band. John also directed and performed in many stage plays in Shelby, Kings Mountain, and Charlotte.
John left us this poem to remember him by. I smell the breath of the angel of death and know it comes for me. Now that my life here is over and done, all things considered, I’ve had a good run. So goodbye to this world and those I leave in it. Farewell, take care, and remember... John Bennett.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 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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Shirley Jean Wells

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Shirley Jean Wells, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 6, 2024 at White Oak Manor of Kings Mountain.
Born in Cleveland County, NC, she was daughter of the late Arthur and Wilhelmina Summitt Sprouse.
Shirley worked for many years doing clerical work at Kings Mountain Hospital, was a longtime Sunday School teacher, and was also active as a volunteer for various seniors programs. She was a longtime member of Family Worship Center and most recently attended Midview Baptist Church of Kings Mountain.
Despite staying busy with work and serving others, Shirley still managed to be an exemplary homemaker. Her extensive collection of cookbooks helped her to be an amazing cook for her family and friends. Shirley was a wonderful mother for her children and the best Mamaw for her grandchildren. She always thought of others before herself. Her love, warmth, and affection will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of over 57 years: Steven Wells, of the home; children: Trent Wells of Kings Mountain; Steven Scott Wells (Nichole) of Statesville; sister: Debbie Mauney (Kemp) of Kings Mountain; grandchildren: Emma Morgan Royer (Brent); step-grandchildren: Caleb Paioletti (Marissa); Ian Paioletti; step-greatgrandchild: Amelia Paioletti
In addition, Mrs. Wells is survived by a special caregiver, Ashley Smith, and her special friend and co-worker, Crystal Bess.
Funeral service was held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at Midview Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Rice officiating.
Visitation was at 10:00 A.M. to 10:50 A.M. prior to the service at the church.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery
Memorials in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Food Pantry at Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry at P.O. Box 1335, 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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Debra Page Frederick

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Debra Page Frederick, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 10, 2024 at Atrium Health Main in Charlotte, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Vester Page.
Debbie was a current member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and a former member of North Run Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia for 28 years. She worked as a clinician at Johnson Elementary School in Henrico, Virginia for 17 years.
Debbie loved being near the water and enjoyed time at the coast and around the pool. She was a dedicated homemaker and a wonderful grandmother to her grandsons. Her family was always at the center of her life.
She was a private person with a small circle of friends that meant the world to Debbie. She had a gift of restoring flowers back to their natural beauty and loved Christmas movies, no matter the time of year. Debbie was a faithful wife, a loving mother and adoring grandmother. Her kindness, dedication and love will be remembered for a lifetime by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years: Martin Frederick, of the home; daughter: Lindsay Davis and husband Nick, Grover, NC; mother: Betty Sue Strickland and husband Carl, Raleigh, NC; grandchildren: Paxton and Rylan Davis; grother: Randy Page, Murrells Inlet, SC
Graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating.
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.

Carolyn McDaniel Reed

HICKORY, NC – Carolyn McDaniel Reed, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024 in Hickory, NC.
Carolyn was born March 18, 1926. A graduate of Mars Hill College, Carolyn was a homemaker who took great pride in the successes of her children and grandchildren.
She enjoyed entertaining and was an avid bridge player. She also took great pleasure in gardening and watching college sports, especially UNC basketball. Carolyn was a former member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents Fred A. “Hap” McDaniel, Sr. and Ruth Houser McDaniel, brother Fred A. “Pete” McDaniel, Jr., and, in 1988, her husband Dr. Nathan H. Reed.
Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Dr. Charles Reed and wife Jill and Dr. John David Reed, grandchildren Kathryn Reed (and husband Eitan Goldstein), Patrick Reed (and wife Mary Neal Reed), Natalie Reed, Lillie Reed and Alice Reed, and great-grandchildren Helen and Anne Goldstein and Fisher Reed.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:30 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery With Pastor Tim Whitesides officiating.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Caring Hospice at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
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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Maude Cooper Norris

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Maude Cooper Norris, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 22, 2024 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain.
Born April 13, 1931 in Aynor, SC, she was daughter of the late Morgan and Lillie Cooper and was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Mitch Norris. Mrs. Norris was also preceded in death by siblings Linda Smith, Fodia Mae Jackson, and Fletcher and Mack Cooper.
Mr. and Mrs. Norris moved to Kings Mountain in 1964 as part of management at Anvil Knitwear, from which they retired after approximately 40 years of service. Maude was a member of Kings Mountain Church of God for 60 years, where she served 50 of those years as a Sunday School teacher. She also served in the Ladies Ministry, sang in the choir, and regularly visited church members and anyone else who needed encouragement. Mrs. Norris’s dedication to her community expanded with a serving role at the United Way and as a committee member for Kings Mountain’s Life Enrichment Center from it’s inception-securing donations that allowed for the facility’s construction to begin. In her later years, she enjoyed her time at the Patrick Senior Center. Maude was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a cherished friend to many. Her dedication to her family and her church, and her love for the Lord will be cherished by her family.
She is survived by sons: Jim Norris and wife Lorraine of Kings Mountain; Bryan Norris and wife Bea of Milford, OH; siblings: Blinda Hardy and Rosa Lee Sawyer, both of Mullins, SC; Roosevelt Cooper of Florence, SC; grandchildren: Shana Zwick (Mike) of Kings Mountain; Chris Norris (Ragan) of Gastonia; Brooks Norris (Rachel) of Rock Hill, SC; Lance Norris (Michelle) of Kings Mountain; great-grandchildren: Lea Zwick, Lydi Crouch, Kathryn Norris, Jace Norris, Clay Norris, Anna Grace Norris, Owen Norris, Brooklyn Norris, and Abby Norris.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. at Family Worship Center Church of God in Kings Mountain with Bishop Roger Woodard, Pastor Chris Norris, and Rev. Jay Hardy officiating.
Visitation is at 11:30 A.M. to 12:50 P.M. prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be at Mountain Rest Cemetery.  
Memorials in Mrs. Norris’s honor may be made to the Life Enrichment Center of Kings Mountain at 222 Kings Mountain Blvd., Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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Thomas (Tommy) Edward Smith

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Thomas (Tommy) Edward Smith, 63, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 19, 2024 at his residence in Kings Mountain, NC.
Born in Cleveland County, NC.  He was son of the late Walter Lee Smith Jr.  and was also preceded in death by his sister Janice Lee Welch. Tommy was always willing to help others. He was an excellent lawnmower mechanic and enjoyed fishing. Tommy will truly be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother: Francis Short Smith, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Wanda Brackett and husband Gary, Bessemer City, NC; brother: Eddie Smith and wife Lisa, Kings Mountain, NC; nieces and nephews: Shane Davis, Amy Shedd, Misty Broome, Lee Smith and Dylan Smith and dog: Max
Graveside services were held  Tuesday January 23, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Rev.  Eddie Gray officiating.
Visitation was held  immediately following service in the cemetery.
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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Earl Richmond Timms

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Earl Richmond Timms, 93, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 13, 2024, in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Oconee County, SC, the son of the late Elzie R. and Marjorie Elliott Timms. Earl was preceded in death by his wives, Audrey Timms and Jessie Mae Bishop Timms, a son, Joel A. Timms, stepson, Ronald C. Timms, daughters-in-law, Wanda Ross Timms and Darlene Bailey Timms.
Earl was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, serving in numerous capacities including teaching Sunday School and serving as Chairman of the Deacons.
He served over 20 years in the Marine Corps where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V distinction for heroism. He served in Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Cuba, Okinawa Japan, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other places. Earl received many honors and medals - an expert rifleman. He served as a drill instructor at Parris Island, SC, training new recruits to be Marines. Earl also served as a recruiter in Philadelphia, PA.
He will be missed by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his son: Alan R. Timms (Karen), Largo, FL; step-children: Gail Timms Smith (Mike), Kings Mountain, NC, and Morris E. Timms (Debbie), Blythewood, SC; grandchildren: Amanda Timms Powell (Brandon) and Matthew Timms; step-grandchildren: Dana Timms Canoutas (Troy), Angel Smith Jenkins (Chris), Michelle Timms Walker (Dale), Brian Timms (Jodi), Michael W. Smith (Jaime), Wendy Timms Carswell (Worth), Kamie Timms Russell (Carlton) and Erica Timms Woods (Ronnie); great-grandchildren: Leo, Raidon and Laylianna Powell; step-great grandchildren: Brittney York, Joshua Timms, Trena Jay, Ashley Jenkins, Jamie York, Dylan Mayberry, Jessica Pettit, Brandon Timms, Matthew Timms, Matthew Jenkins, Skylar Smith, Ethan Timms, Ryne Smith, Isaiah, Jaydin and Liam Hernandez, and Autumn Woods
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Michael Horne officiating.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Diane Arrowood Black

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Phyllis Diane Arrowood Black, 73, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 19, 2024 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Born in Cleveland County, NC. She was daughter of the late Monroe Arrowood and Ruth Collins Arrowood. She was also preceded in death by her sister Martha Arrowood Ward and grandson J.J. Black.
Phylllis worked in the textile industry, last employed with TNS Mills in Blacksburg, SC. She dearly loved her family and they were her life. She was an excellent cook and caregiver.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years: D.C. Black; children: Angela Black Collins, Schenectady, NY; Tonya Black Gibson, Kings Mountain, NC; and Kim Black Polaski and husband Philip, Shelby NC; grandchildren: Brandon Philbeck, Gastonia, NC; Kristin Gibson, Kings Mountain, NC; Emily Gibson, Shelby, NC; and Casey Philbeck, Grover, NC; great-grandchildren: Aldon Humphries and Zane Allman; brother: Horace Lee Arrowood, Casar, NC; numerous nephews and nieces whom she dearly loved.
A Memorial service will held on Saturday January 27, 2024 at 3:00 pm in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Rev.  officiating.
Visitation will be held on Saturday January 27, 2024 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made to: Cleveland Rutherford Kidney Foundation 1017 N. Washington Street, Shelby NC 28150.
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Peggy Gene Biggerstaff Whetstine

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Peggy Gene Biggerstaff Whetstine, 78, of Mt. Holly, NC, passed away on January 18, 2024 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC.
Born in Cleveland County, NC, she was the daughter of the late William Summy Biggerstaff and Janie Putnam and was preceded in death by her husband James Henry Whetstine and her brother, Donald Biggerstaff.
A dedicated homemaker, Peggy was also a longtime member at Oak Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in the 110th Chapter.
Peggy will be remembered for her quick wit, her impeccably-made Christmas candies, her love for cooking great food for everyone, and her love of the Lord Jesus Christ. She enjoyed a late night playing games and cards with her family and she never once met a stranger. Above all, Peggy was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whose warmth and love will be missed by all who hold her memory close.
She is survived by her daughters: Donna “Pebbles” Parnell (Tim) and Denna Woods (Mark); grandchildren: James Henry Parnell (Lori), Richard William Parnell (Amanda), Mara Woods McGinnis (Jamie), and Cassie Woods Humphries (Zach); great-grandchildren: Ana Leigh Parnell, Micah William Parnell, and Luke Wyatt Parnell.
Funeral service was held on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastors Charles Pruitt and Richard Parnell officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday, January 21, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peggy’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children at donate.lovetotherescue.org or to Hospice and Pallative Care Charlotte Region at www.hpccr.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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Steve Arnold Murphy

GAFFNEY, SC – Steve Arnold Murphy, 75, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2024 at his home in Gaffney, SC.
He was born in Lincoln County, NC, the only son of the late Red and Mary Leonard Murphy.
Steve served his country faithfully in the US Army. He enjoyed staying busy, carp fishing and working with his hands. Steve was a talented craftsman and loved working with wood and leather. He was an avid western fan and enjoyed watching old western shows and movies.
Steve loved his family and was always very proud of them. He was a wonderful provider, hard worker, and a kind and loving man. He was always happy and never complained. He was always generous, often giving away the things he had made to those he knew and loved. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and doting grandfather whose kindness, loyalty, and love will live on for eternity in those he cherished.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years: Martha Huffstetler Murphy, of the home; sons: Jason Murphy and wife Jamie and Steven Murphy and wife Donna; grandchildren: Kayla Falls (Jervonta), Morgan Murphy (Demazio Samuel), and  Grayson Murphy; great-grandchildren: Areya and Myles Falls; niece: Ashley Lovelace (Davie) and  special friends: Jackie and Carl Griggs
Funeral service was held on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Eric Sellers officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, January 19, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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David Ray Hullender

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – David Ray Hullender, 88, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 06, 2024 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC.
David was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Frank J. and Maggie Davis Hullender and was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Davidson Hullender, daughter, Deborah Ann Hullender, and his brother, Joseph Arthur Hullender.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where he formerly served as a deacon. He served his country honorably as a medic in the US Army, 60th Infantry Division for two years. David worked in the transportation industry for most of his life. He was always family oriented and was a dedicated caretaker for his daughter, Deborah, for many years and for Margaret during her final years.
David always had a positive attitude and never had an ill word to say about anyone. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. His guidance, kindness and love will be remembered for a lifetime by all who knew him. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Peak Resources of Cherryville for the wonderful care provided to David during his stay there.
He is survived by his son: David Mark Hullender, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Lauren Hullender and Steven Smith (Jasmine White), both of Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchild: Parker Smith
Funeral service was held on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation was on  Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Martha Jeanne Bridges

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Martha Jeanne Bridges, 81, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 6, 2024 at Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center in Lincolnton, NC.
She was born in Rutherford County NC, daughter of the late Rev. Albert Hastings and Martha Beam Hastings and was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Charles Ray Bridges, and a brother, Albert “Alan” Hastings.
 After Jeanne graduated high school, she earned an Associates Degree in office management to join Charles as Vice President at Custom Metal Fabrication where she wore many hats. Always active in the community, Jeanne worked as a substitute teacher, and volunteered as a Pink Lady at Kings Mountain Hospital. She and Charles were longtime members of Patterson Grove Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.
Jeanne enjoyed the natural world, bird watching, beautiful flowers and was a voracious reader. The rest of Jeanne’s time was occupied by her family and travel. Jeanne possessed an infectious smile and when she was near you, you always felt loved. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother whose affection went beyond the typical. Jeanne’s love, care, and service will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter: Carla Burton, Kings Mountain, NC; son: Chuck Bridges, Savannah, GA; grandchildren: Shannon Ray Bridges and Adrian Burton; great-grandchildren: Marley and Brennan Bridges and Brent Dalton; siblings: Ray Hastings, Anna Dellinger, and Frances Owens.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Brad Bridges officiating.
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 Eugene Burton

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – On January 2, 2024, Doug met his Savior, Lord Jesus Christ while at Atrium Health Main in Charlotte, NC.
A resident of Kings Mountain, Doug was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Robert and Virl Hull Burton.
He was a lifelong member of Boyce Memorial ARP Church where he served formerly as an Elder, a Deacon and a Sunday School teacher.
Doug was a graduate of Western Carolina University and received a Medical Technology Certificate from Watts Hospital in Durham, NC. Doug retired after 48 years as a Medical Technologist in the chemistry lab of Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
 He was an avid reader who was faithful to study his Bible. Having played the trumpet in high school, Doug began a love of all music early in life. He also enjoyed spending time fishing and being close to his family. Doug possessed a wit that was loved by everyone.
Doug was a member, and former Chaplain of the Sons of the Legion. A humble man, he always placed others above himself. Because Jesus loved him, he loved everyone, and everyone loved him. Doug was a wonderful husband, loving father, doting grandfather and friend to many. His presence will surely be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years: DeAnn Johnson Burton, of the home; daughters: Ashlie Dawne Burton, Cherryville, NC, Jennifer Williams (Steven), Shelby, NC and Heather Burton, Shelby, NC; step-children: Lisa Bryant (John) and Micheal Scott Powers Jr (Shelley), both of Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Becky Smith, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Steven Burton, Isaac, Luke, and Nickolas Williams, Jacob and Natalie Stinnett, Mat-thew Wilder Clark (Alexandra), Kelsey Goode, and Riley and Alley Powers; great-grandchildren: Macon V. and Magnolia Clark and Malachi Stinnett.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Boyce Memorial ARP Church with Reverend Robert Patrick III officiating.
Visitation will be on Saturday, January 20, 2024 immediately following the service at the church.
If friends would like to visit with DeAnn, they may do so at the home, Monday - Friday from  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.
Memorials in Doug’s memory may be made to Boyce Memorial ARP Church Missions Fund or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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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Tuscharora “Tusk” Farrell Kale

KINGS MOUNTAIN–Tuscharora “Tusk” Farrell Kale died Wednesday December 28, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.
He loved music, including making music. Tusk was a jokester that liked to make everyone laugh. He enjoyed going fishing and spending time with his family. He enjoyed cooking and was a cook at several area restaurants. He was a soft teddy bear that loved his family and those around Him.
Tuscharora is preceded in death by his stepfather David Capps. He survived by his mother, Judith Capps; father, Edward Kale; girlfriend, Shayla Benton; sister, Amanda Frazier (Kale), brother, Race Kale.
A Memorial service will be held 4 PM, Thursday January 4, 2024 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Kings Mountain.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home and Aquamation of Kings Mountain. www.claybarnette.com
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Dr. R. Ronald Toffolo

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Dr. R. Ronald Toffolo, 91, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 26, 2023 at Robin Johnson House in Dallas, NC.
Born in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Egidio Toffolo and Ebe Broggini Toffolo and was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Toffolo.
 Ronald was happy to come to Kings Mountain, where he helped grow the Kings Mountain Hospital with new ideas and innovations. He retired from the hospital after many years of dedicated service as a radiologist. Outside of work, he was an avid sailor and enjoyed skeet shooting. He was a loving father and husband, and he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years: Diane Goodsell Toffolo; children: Mark Toffolo and fiance Michelle Hamm - Eureka, MO; Troy Toffolo and wife Janet - Manilus, NY; grandchildren: Lee, Heahter, Sara, Kathryn, and Rachel Toffolo; great-grandchildren: Nora and Elliot.
Dr. Toffolo is additionally survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
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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Lyvonne Lindsay Ruth

HIGH POINT, NC - Lyvonne Lindsay Ruth of High Point, NC, went to be with the Lord on December 26, 2023, at the age of 85.
Lyvonne was born in Kings Mountain, NC to the late Jettie and Clyde Lindsay. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Frances Moss and Louise Early.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 65 years, William (“Bill”) Flynn Ruth, Sr., her daughter, Sandie Laws and her husband, David Laws; her son, Flynn Ruth and his girlfriend, Joann Waters; granddaughters Dakota Ruth and Lindsay Laws, Lindsay’s husband Chris Williamson; and Lyvonne’s great-granddaughter, Nora Lyvonne Williamson. She will also be missed by her large extended family and many friends.
Lyvonne lived a life of service, both to her community and her church. During her years living in Raleigh, Lyvonne served as a docent at the Governor’s Mansion and was active with the Raleigh Jaycettes in the 1960s. She was also active with the Miss North Carolina pageant in the 1970s, serving in 1971 as a chaperone for Miss North Carolina, Connie Lerner. After moving to High Point, Lyvonne was active at First Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder, a member of the Presbyterian Women, and reading to preschoolers at church once a week.
Friends remember Lyvonne as someone who always smiled and never had a bad word to say about anything. Lyvonne was caring and nurturing to everyone with whom she came in contact, and to know her was to love her in return. Some of Lyvonne’s most treasured moments were spent traveling with her husband, spending time with her family at meals, during holidays and family trips to the beach. She also loved sharing stories and wisdom with her granddaughters, Lindsay and Dakota. While she will be greatly missed, her family takes solace in knowing that Lyvonne is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Hospice at High Point, Hospice of Davidson County and Piedmont Crossing for the compassionate care they gave Lyvonne and the family during the months prior to her passing.
A memorial will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 6, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main Street, High Point, NC; Erin Bowers officiating.
The family will receive friends and family prior to the service from 10:00 -10:45 AM in the Family Life Center of the church. Internment will immediately follow the memorial service at Floral Gardens Cemetery in High Point.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of High Point, NC.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.cumbyfuneral.com
Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point is honored to serve the Ruth family.
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Dr. Martin “Marty” Stallings

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Dr. Martin “Marty” Wade Stallings, 80, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 26, 2023 at Atrium Health in Pineville, NC.  Born in Sylacauga, AL, he was the son of the late Martin Lacey Stallings and Ruby Griffin Stallings. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. Marty earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, then attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also completed his residency. His dedication and passion for medical education never ceased, and he taught physician’s assistants for many years. Marty practiced medicine honorably for over 52 years, more than 40 of which he spent in Kings Mountain. He was fiercely loyal to his patients and delivered unparalleled, personal care--when he knew one of his patients was ill, he went above and beyond to meet their needs. He served his community and patients with care and dignity until his last day. Active in the community, Marty served terms as president of both the Kiwanis Club and the Cleveland County Medical Society and enjoyed spending his free time volunteering. He was a member of Central Methodist Church. He loved sports and was a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Kings Mountain High School football programs; he supported the Mountaineers by maintaining membership in the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club. Marty loved dancing and visiting the beach, and he enjoyed both activities to the fullest with his wife, Denese, whom he loved being with more than anything. He was a loving father to his children and was steadfastly proud of his grandchildren. Marty will be missed dearly by both the wider community he served and by his beloved family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years: Denese Ratchford Stallings, of the home; children: David Stallings, California; Jeanne Stallings, Cary; Kenneth Houston, Kings Mountain; Jackie Falls (Tyler), Kings Mountain; sister: Charlotte Strickland (Bryan) - Montgomery, Alabama; six beloved grandchildren: Meile, Samara, Naomi, Hudson, Philana, and Finn.
Funeral service was held on Friday, December 29th at 11:00 AM at Central Methodist Church of Kings Mountain with Rev. Dr. John Sloan and Rev. Perry Hines officiating.
Visitation was held on Thursday, December 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Harris Funeral Home (108 S. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, NC.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made to Central Methodist Church at 113 S. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club at P.O. Box 2017, 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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Janice Vernice Glass

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Janice Vernice Glass, 82, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 17, 2023 at Emerald Gardens Assisted Living in Greenwood, SC.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband,
Harold M. Glass, Sr.; parents, Baxter and Burzilla Brackett; siblings: Robert Brackett, S.L. Brackett, Ora Carter and Fred
Brackett.
Janice was the last child of four, born to Baxter and Burzilla Brackett in Lawndale, NC in 1941. She was an A student at Piedmont High School before meeting her husband, Harold Glass and subsequently moving to Kings Mountain where she would raise her family in Christian principles and values. She was a staunch lifetime Republican and worked many long hours in support of James T. Broyhill and others, both locally and nationally for over 30 years. She was a NC election poll worker for decades in support of democratic elections.
Most of all, she was a beautiful, kindhearted, well-mannered soul who nurtured and ministered to not only her children and grandchildren but also her church and community. She loved to travel, with the beach being one of her favorite places to frequent.
She served in every capacity that was possible while a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and loved to sing in the choir. She loved music in general and especially loved many hymns of the Baptist Hymnal. After becoming widowed, she met a very special companion, Dale Whitted, who pretty much spent from breakfast to the end of the Jeopardy game show with her daily. Any time they could, they seized the opportunity to travel from the mountains to the coast along the southeast seaboard to New Orleans. Including the Etta Glass property, Janice and Dale refurbished 5 properties with three being historical and flipped these in support of their adventures together. The world is a little less bright today as her precious soul departed to Heaven to join her parents, siblings, husband Harold M. Glass Sr., daughter, Bridget G. Martin, and many friends that made that journey before her.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Sherry Tony and Ann Huffman for keeping Janice comfortable at home; Emerald Gardens Assisted Living Center and Memory Care; Hospice workers Leshown, Virginia, Crystal, and Kim; Mel and KK for their care in her final hours.
Donations to Alzheimer’s Association are suggested.
She is survived by children: Harold and Cissy Glass, Terry G. Campbell; grandchildren: Harold (Trey) Glass III, Blake Glass, Victoria (Tori) Glass, Lindsey B. and Zach Crawford, Kirsten Martin, Drew Martin, Ariel and David Plath, Alex Martin, and Brody Martin; great Grandchild: Zara Crawford and companion of 30 years: Dale Whitted.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 22, 2023 at 2:30 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dale Lawing officiating.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 22, 2023 from 1:45 PM to 2:30 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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Ray Anthony Wilson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ray Anthony Wilson, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 13, 2023 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
He was born in Chester County, SC, son of the late Melvin and Ellen Yarborough Wilson and was preceded in death by his brothers, Steve and Michael Wilson.
Ray worked for many years as a heavy equipment mechanic at FMC Lithium and for the City of Kings Mountain as the Safety Risk Manager. He was a former member of East Gold Street Wesleyan Church.
In his spare time, Ray enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors working in his yard. He loved to travel with his wife Donna. He especially enjoyed visiting the coast and made many trips to the Gulf in Florida. Ray adored his grandchildren and spent as much time as he could with them. He was a wonderful husband, loving father, and doting grandfather who will be missed eternally by all those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Donna Oliver Wilson, of the home; children: Kevin Ray Wilson and wife Emily, and Tracy Sutton and husband Stephen, both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Austin Wylie, Alex Wilson, Alyssa Wilson, of Kings Mountain, NC, and Jordan Sutton, Charlotte, NC; sister:Donna Wilson (Ziggy Haney) of Florida .
Memorial service was held on Monday, December 18, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Harold Bumby officiating
Visitation was held on Monday, December 18, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Martin James Negus

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Martin James Negus, 56, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 12, 2023 at Atrium Health Pineville in Charlotte, NC.
He was born in Detroit, MI, son of the late Albert Edward Negus.
Marty was a member of First Baptist Church.
He worked for 38 years in the welding and fabrication industry and was employed at Industrial Fabricators, Gastonia, NC. Marty excelled in the technical aspects of welding and was often sought out for his expertise and experience.
He enjoyed golfing, spending time outdoors hunting and fishing and being around those he cared for. Marty was an accomplished and passionate cook and enjoyed feeding people delicious meals that he had prepared.
Marty’s sons were always at the center of his life, and they will never forget the impact he had on them, or the love that was shown by him. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, and friend. His dedication, strength, and love will be missed greatly by all those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years: Teresa Smith Negus, of the home; sons: Joshua James Negus and Austin Tyler Negus and wife Destiny, both of Kings Mountain, NC; mother: Mary Ann Negus Katz, Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Mike Negus (Tina) and Margie Dunlap (Kenny) both of Kings Mountain, NC; best friend and companion, Bandit and several feline companions.
Funeral service was held on  Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the Ladies Parlor at First Baptist Church.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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James Kenneth “Ken” Baity, Sr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James Kenneth “Ken” Baity Sr., 84, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 22, 2023 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late James Floyd Baity and Mary Ruth Cabe and was preceded in death by his beloved Sandi Stewart Baity. He is additionally preceded in death by his brothers Bob and Mike Baity, sister Maxine Barber, and grandson Justin Ramey.
Ken was a graduate of Kings Mountain High School, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. Ken was a stand-out in football, becoming the first player in Cleveland County history to record a 1000-yard rushing season and held several records for many years. Ken was selected for and played in the 1958 North Carolina Shrine Bowl and has been inducted into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame.
He attended the University of South Carolina on a football scholarship. Ken spent the majority of his professional career in various aspects of the automobile industry, culminating in a position as general sales manager with Lexus of Greenville, SC.
Ken had a way of making everyone feel special. He was generous, full of life, fun, and spontaneous. He lived and loved BIG. Ken will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his sons: Jim Baity (Angela) of Inman, SC; Charlie Baity of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; daughters: Lisa Ramey (Buddy) of Kings Mountain, NC; Pam Jackson of Kings Mountain, NC; Katie Moon (Brad) Simpsonville, SC; sister: Kay Hawkins (Tommy) of Kings Mountain, NC; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel.
Visitation will be on  Saturday, December 30, 2023 from 1:00 to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the parlor at Harris Funeral Home.
Memorials in Ken’s memory may be made to Hospice Cleveland County Foundation at 212 South Washington 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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Jo Ann Cole Moore

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jo Ann Cole Moore, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 7, 2023 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late James Benson Cole and Era Ozelle Wilson Cole and was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack Clifford Moore Jr. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, JB and Ronnie Cole.
Jo Ann worked for many years at the Pauline Store where she made countless friend throughout her career. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church. Jo Ann enjoyed nothing more than serving others, whether through teaching children in Sunday School, singing in the Golden Fellowship, or baking fresh cornbread for those bereaved. She could be found volunteering in all aspects of church life. She not only loved helping others, she did it with an authentic and humble heart and spirit. She possessed a beautifully kind soul that she shared with everyone she came in contact with.
Jo Ann was always thankful for the smallest of gestures and never missed an opportunity to thank someone and tell them how much she loved them. In her spare time,
JoAnn enjoyed spending time in the garden and canning and preserving the food she and Jack had grown. Her kindness, love, and generosity was unchanging and has created fond memories that will last a lifetime for those who knew and loved her.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at White Oak Manor for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Jo Ann during her time there.
She is survived by her sons: Steven Moore and wife Sherry, Shelby, NC and Eric Cole Moore and wife Cathy, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Doren Cole Moore (Roxanne England), Gastonia, NC, Cole Dixon Moore (Kayla), Moore, SC, and Erica Moore Alexander (Jonathan), Lyman, SC; great-grandchild: Addison Grae Moore; sister-in-law: Jean Moore, Virginia Beach, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Reverends Dr. John Sloan and Dr. Steve Taylor officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service in the Ladies Parlor at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
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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Frances Ann Laughter

Frances Ann Laughter, 83, passed peacefully at Trinity Elms Health and Rehabilitation in Clemmons, NC on December 9, 2023.
Frances was born September 22, 1940, to Floyd and Mae Williams of Kings Mountain, NC. Frances graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1958 and continued her college education later in life. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Carolina University with a BA in education in 1984. Frances taught as an L.D. teacher in various school systems in North and South Carolina.
She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1998. Many of her students kept in touch with Frances through the years to share the positive impact she had on their lives, helping them to become successful adults in their own communities.
Frances was married to her loving husband, Reverend Jerry S. Laughter for over 50 years. She served in many capacities in the churches where he pastored.
Frances had a love of animals, arts and theater, and writing. Several of her short stories and poetry were published.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Charles Kenneth “Kenny” Laughter and three of her sisters, Shelia Rowan, Elaine Watts and Charlene Hamrick.
She is survived by her daughter Renee Laughter Taylor and her husband John N. Taylor, Jr., her sister, Barbara “Bobbie” Strain of Gaffney SC, six nieces, three nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
Frances will now be reunited with her beloved husband and son.
The family will have a private service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite children’s or animal charity. Hayworth Miller Silas Creek Chapel is serving the Laughter family.
Online condolences can be made at www.hayworth-miller.com
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Daniel Glenn Dixon

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Daniel Glenn Dixon, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 30, 2023 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Delbert Barnett Dixon and Annie Sue Baker Dixon and was preceded in death by a brother, David Dixon.
Daniel served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force as a jet engine technician. After his service ended, he was employed by Dallas AirMotive where Daniel continued his career and served as an aviation and training specialist for nearly forty years until his retirement.
Daniel enjoyed working closely with the Kings Mountain Little Theater for over 15 years. He especially enjoyed working on the technical side of productions, running sound and lights for many plays. Daniel also served as a past president and on the board of directors for many years.
An avid Kings Mountain football fan, he was a member and great supporter of the KMHS Touchdown Club.
Daniel was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle and friend to many people. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him, as well as the community of Kings Mountain.
He is survived by his wife: Shonni Penland Dixon, of the home; siblings: Teresa Williams, and Greg Dixon and wife Sheila, both of Kings Mountain, NC; 2 nephews, 3 nieces, and a multitude of grand nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held on  Friday, December 8, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Pastor Perry Hines officiating.
Visitation is Friday, December 8, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.   
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Dixon may be made to Wendover Hospice House at PO Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247 or to the Joy Performance Center at 202 South Railroad Avenue, 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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Aaron Daniel Evans

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Aaron Daniel Evans, 22, of Kings Mountain, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday November 26, 2023, surrounded by his family and friends.
Aaron was born November 8, 2001, on a rainy Thursday morning in Cleveland County, North Carolina to Charles and Jennifer Evans of Kings Mountain.
Aaron was a Kings Mountain High School graduate, class of 2020. He was an old soul, and you could sense that about him if you ever met him or knew him. Even though he fought a hard long battle with brain cancer he did it with tremendous strength, with his family fighting along with him.
Aaron was the oldest of four children and he was such a great big brother to his siblings Tavis, Carley and Keira. As his parents we couldn’t ask for a better son. Aaron had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He had a kindness to him that was rare . When you looked at Aaron you knew he knew the Lord, even in his smile. He would give the shirt off his back if he would; no hesitation. He loved his family and friends. He was his mother’s world. She never left his side through his whole battle. He enjoyed fishing with his dad and siblings. He also loved the outdoors, video games, Lego’s, movies, his animals (especially his dog Diesel), hanging out with friends and traveling. He was big on spending time with his loved ones and making memories. Though Aaron fought so hard he never complained and was not scared. He was a true hero and for that he will greatly be missed.
He is survived by his parents Charles and Jennifer Evans of Kings Mountain, NC; siblings Tavis Evans, Carley Evans and Keira Evans all of Kings Mountain, NC; grandparents Carolyn Evans of Kings Mtn., NC; Allen Evans of Blacksburg, SC;  Mike Smith (Cathie) of Boone, NC; Sherry Scarborough of Blacksburg, SC; great-grandfather Robert Eugene Setzer Jr (Gene) of Clover, SC; great-grandmother Shirley Ann Bailey Fairfield of Goshen, IN.
In addition to a lot of aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him dearly
 Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home
A Memorial service will be announced later by the family.
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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Laura Grigg Powell

October 17, 1965 –
September 21, 2023
EDENTON, NC – Laura Susan Grigg Powell, 57, beloved wife, mother, daughter, and sister, passed into God’s Kingdom at her home in Edenton, NC on September 21, 2023 after an illness of several months.
Laura was born on October 17, 1965 to Gaither Glenn Grigg, Jr. and Susan Lee Moss Grigg of Raleigh. In addition to her parents, Laura is survived by Joseph Christopher Powell, her loving husband of 20 years, and their daughter, Tracy Lee Powell, all of Edenton. Irving and Della Godard Powell, parents of Christopher Powell, also survive in Belhaven, NC.
Laura graduated from Sanderson High School in Raleigh, attended East Carolina University in Greenville and graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh.
She worked as a nanny, as an apartment manager, in the medical equipment field, and as a consultant at Workbench, all  in the Raleigh area. She was a member of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton. She was a member of the DAR and the family genealogist, enjoyed growing her own vegetables and using organic ingredients in cooking. Laura was generous and a gracious hostess, always willing to help others.
Surviving are brothers David Glenn Grigg of Whitsett, NC, George Charles Grigg (Ann) of Pine Knoll Shores, NC, sister, Sara Ann Brame (William C. Jr.) of New Bern, NC, and aunt, Sara Nell Moss Hope (Thomas, Jr.) of Raleigh. Also surviving are beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins.
A service of witness to the Resurrection in celebration of Laura’s life was held on Saturday, September 30 at 2 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 100 W/ Church St., Edenton, NC. Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC on December 9 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 548, Edenton, NC 27932
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC
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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Jerry Leuis Gaddy

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jerry Leuis Gaddy, 76, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, passed away on November 19, 2023 in Blacksburg, South Carolina.
Born in Cleveland County, NC, he was the son of the late Thurman Albert Gaddy and Lucy Costner Gaddy.
Jerry was self-employed for many years doing floor coverings and was a passionate collector of tractors and lawnmowers, which he loved to work on and tinker with. He also loved working to beautify Christmas lights and other electrical projects.
Jerry was early to bed and early to rise, up before the sun so he could head to the flea market and bargain hunt. He loved spending time at the beach. Jerry had a special love for hummingbirds and flowers of all kinds; he was always cultivating something, including baby pansies which he had just planted recently.
Jerry was of the Baptist faith. He had a great love for his family and maintained close, special relationships with his siblings his whole life. His warmth and affection will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his children: Barbara Lawrence, Donna Bynum, Lorie Lutz, and Pete Gaddy;  siblings: Danny Gaddy, Betty McFarland, Cathy Wright, and Faye Short.
Jerry is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Brandon Jones officiating.
Visitation was held prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:50 AM in the parlor at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was 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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John Lewis Etters

GASTONIA, NC – John Lewis Etters, 56, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on November 19, 2023 at his home.
Born in Cleveland County, NC, he was the son of Velda Joy Prince Crump and the late Bobby Eugene Etters, Sr.
John was known for the company he worked so hard to build, Etters Paving of Kings Mountain. He served as owner and operator and dedicated himself to his business. When he wasn’t nurturing Etters Paving, John was an avid hunter and fisherman who also loved spending time at the beach.
 Above all, John will be remembered for the love he gave his family, especially his precious little ones. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife: Angela Huffstetler Etters - Gastonia; mother: Velda Joy Prince Crump - Kings Mountain; children: Polly Kageorge (Jason) - Portland, OR; Lee Etters (Hali) - Kings Mountain; Ava Etters - Gastonia; Caleb Allison - Gastonia siblings: Suzanne Williams and Bobby Eugene Etters, Jr. - Kings Mountain; grandchildren: Madelyn Etters, Noah Etters, and Wally Kageorge.
John is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held on  Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverends Don and Caleb Williams officiating.
Visitation will be held immediately following 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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Larry Jennings Cannon

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Larry Jennings Cannon, 72, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 15, 2023 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Ralph Jennings Cannon and Lucille Hambright Cannon and was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Brookins.
Larry was of the Catholic faith and attended Christ the King Catholic Mission in Kings Mountain.
He retired from Parker Hannifin where he worked in maintenance for many years. Larry enjoyed staying busy and working with his hands. He could often be found building model planes, tinkering with drones and working with his CNC router. He was a talented mechanic and enjoyed fixing anything he could find to work on.
Larry was an accomplished cook and loved feeding people. He adored family gatherings and spending time with those he loved. He was a dedicated father, loving grandfather and great grandfather, and faithful friend. His wisdom, understanding and love will be cherished by all those who knew him for a lifetime.
He is survived by his sons: Barret Cannon and wife Melinda of Kings Mountain, NC and Brian Cannon and wife Amanda of Shelby, NC;  grandchildren: William Berry (Ashley), Kaitlynn Cannon (Brandon), and Melissa Calabria (Sami), of Kings Mountain, NC and John Paul, Anthony, and Ava Cannon of Shelby, NC; great-grandchildren: Maddux Gantt, Zayden Rogers, Oliver Berry, Julietta Calabria, Maverick Gantt, and Natalie Berry; sister: Onita Spake, Walnut Creek, CA; niece: Onita-Sonya Chavez, California.
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.
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William Charles Blair

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – On Monday, November 6, 2023, Dr. William “Charles” Blair, a distinguished and revered authority in the dental profession passed away at age 81.
He was born in Gastonia, NC, son of the late Reverend Dr. William Harris Blair and Floy Drum Blair. He graduated from Erskine College in 1964 with a degree in mathematics, then joined the Navy serving as a Lieutenant on the USS Independence until 1969.
Following his naval career, Charles attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating from the School of Dentistry in 1974. Charles led a life of service as a life scout, naval officer, deacon, President of the Isothermal Dental Society, President of the Erskine Alumni Association, member of Rotary, and member of the American Dental Association.
After 10 years of private practice, he started his dental consulting career. His legacy of innovation, mentorship, and dedication to dental practice management will forever be remembered. He was not only a visionary and pioneer, but also a mentor, a friend, a father figure, and a source of inspiration to many.
Charles was a highly respected author and publisher, nationally acclaimed speaker and presented hundreds of programs across the country at various dental study clubs, meetings, and national conventions.
Surviving and honoring his memory are his children Janet Blair and Mason Blair. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Edie Blair, and his brother Dr. Howard Blair. His passing leaves a permanent void, but his legacy will live indefinitely.
A memorial service will be conducted by Reverend Rick Lewis at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Boyce Memorial ARP Church in Kings Mountain, NC. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Erskine College, Boyce Memorial ARP Church, or the Humane Society of Charlotte, 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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Joyce Elizabeth Plumley

Joyce Elizabeth Plumley, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 7, 2023 at Hospice of Cleveland County in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Lincoln County, NC, daughter of the late Golden B. Bridges and Addie Tutherow Bridges and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Klugh Bryan Plumley, a son, Kenneth B. Plumley, her brother, Joe Bridges, and her sister, Mary Frances Plonk.
Joyce was a longtime member of Eastside Baptist Church. She was the co-owner and operator of the Furniture Outlet of Cherryville “Moma’s Store” and worked as the business manager for Doctors Robert and Thomas Baker’s Dental Office for 25 years.
Joyce enjoyed travel and has lived many places during her lifetime while being a devoted wife to her husband while he was a member of the Air Force. She was a former director of the American Youth Association in Ankara, Turkey. Joyce was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.
She is survived by her children: Rick Plumley and wife Ann, Goldsboro, NC, Deborah S. Belt, Kings Mountain, NC, and Mark Plumley and wife Mary, Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren: John Plumley and Ashley Plumley, both of Albuquerque, NM.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Eastside Baptist Church with Reverend Ron Caulder officiating
Visitation was on Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the sanctuary of Eastside Baptist 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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Tina Patterson Melvin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Tina Patterson Melvin, 56, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on
November 7, 2023 at her home.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Larry and Kay Bess Patterson.
Tina was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where she enjoyed attending with her family. She was the owner of Cleveland Appraisal Service where she worked as a real estate appraiser for 25 years. She was also the owner of Pink Crow farm where she made and sold all natural farm products.
Tina enjoyed spending time raising chickens and goats, making candles, and was a selfless and giving person. She was a past member of the Shelby Rotary Club and cherished time spent with her family at the beach.
Tina was a wonderful wife, loving mother, and proud grandmother. Her strength, courage, wisdom, guidance, and love will be cherished and remembered for a lifetime by anyone who knew Tina.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years: Matthew Melvin, of the home; children: Nikki VanDyke and husband Jordan, and Mathew W. Melvin, both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: James Henry VanDyke and Eleanor VanDyke; siblings: Todd Patterson, Grover, NC and Angela Adams, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on Friday, November 10, 2023 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation was on Friday, November 10, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the Stain Glass Room of First Baptist Church.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Chasity Heather Llewellyn

OOLTEWAH, TN – Chasity Heather Llewellyn, 31, of Ooltewah, TN, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, October 28, 2023.
She loved the beach and cruises. She loved her dog, Archer.
She was predeceased by her grandfather, Wiley Bolin; grandparents, Avery and Ethel Llewellyn and uncle, Michael Llewellyn.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Samantha and Steven Hinson; father, Jerry Llewellyn (Robin Cherry); grandmother, Irene Bernstein; aunts and uncles, Sherry and Paul Terry, George and  Jenny Bolin, Darlene and Eddie Neal.
Pastor Greg Neely conducted a memorial service on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Chestnut Ridge Church, 618 Chestnut Ridge Church Rd., Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Arrangements entrusted to Covenant Funeral & Crematory; Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.
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Norma Jean White

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Norma Jean White, 90, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2023 at Courtland Terrace in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Greenville County, South Carolina daughter of the late Robert Lee and Eunice Savilla Irvine Nash and was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Eugene White, and brothers, Charlie Nash Sr. and John Irvine Nash.
Norma was a longtime faithful member of First Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years to the children of the church. Affectionately known to many as “Jean Jean”, Norma loved children and babysat in her home for countless children in Kings Mountain. She possessed a special heart for the young and her love for them was shown in her actions daily. She was a wonderful wife and mother, and a doting grandmother and great grandmother. Norma’s contributions to community and family will be remembered always.
She is survived by her daughter: Elizabeth Allen and husband David, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Andrew Allen, Kings Mountain, NC, Jake Allen and Carrie, Rome GA, and Noah Allen and Caroline, Kings Mountain, NC, and Mandi Allen, Shelby, NC; great-grandchildren: Brax, Hattie, Elise, Baker, Barrett,  Augie, and Frankie; siblings: Robert Nash Jr., Demaris Turner, Thomas Nash and Elizabeth Nash.
Memorial service was held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation was on Saturday, October 21, 2023 immediately following the service in the Stain Glass Room.
A private burial was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church at 605 W King Street of to Hospice of Gaston County at 258 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Patsy Ann Whiteside

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Patsy Ann Whiteside, 81, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on October 24, 2023 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Julius and Nan Stamey and was preceded in death by five sisters. Patsy was a faithful Christian, raised in Temple Baptist Church. After marrying, she became a member of Long Creek Presbyterian Church where she continued her walk with Christ. Patsy and her mother-in-law owned and operated Whiteside Florist in Bessemer City for some time before becoming a teachers assistant for more than 20 years. She was an avid animal lover and rescued countless animals with her daughter. Patsy loved cats most of all and never hesitated to bring an animal in need into her home. She was a wonderful person who cared for others deeply. She never missed an opportunity to provide loving and dedicated care for those in need. Her faithfulness, caring spirit, and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her children: Mary Lena Whiteside, Gastonia, NC, and Jerry Wayne Whiteside, Bessemer City; grandson: Harley Wayne Whiteside, Gastonia, NC; siblings: Walter Ramey, Kings Mountain, NC, and Mary Bates, Gastonia, NC.
Memorial service was held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Eddie Gray officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the Parlor of Harris Funeral Home
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab (FURR) at PO Box 1430, Hampstead, NC 28443.
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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Jeffrey Mark Spivey

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jeffrey Mark Spivey, 67, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away, surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at his home. He was born in Guilford County, NC, son of the late Charles Jerome and Beulah Elizabeth Rhea Spivey.
Jeff began his career while serving 5 years as a Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Deputy and later worked in security at NCNB, currently known as Bank of America. After 5 years of service with the bank, Jeff founded Security Risk Management Inc and retired after 38 years of dedicated service in the risk management field.
Always active, Jeff enjoyed playing basketball and was an avid sailor. He captained several sailboats and greatly enjoyed traveling the world on the high seas.
Jeff was very technically savvy and spent a lot of time on the computer. He was always excited for the newest technology to be introduced.
He was whole heartily dedicated to his family and loved ones. Always placing others needs before his own. Jeff was a wonderful husband, loving father and brother, doting grandfather, and faithful friend. His kindness, instruction, and love will forever be remembered by all those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years: Jean
Jenkinson Spivey, of the home; children: Michael Spivey (Dawn), Indian Land, SC, Mark Spivey (Mayya), Cary, NC, Nichole Harding (Anthony), Kings Mountain, NC, and Brittany Tedeschi (Jared), Fort Mill, SC; grandchildren: Abby and Jocelyn Spivey, Joseph Spivey, Ava, Bella, William, Charlotte, and Juliette Harding, London, Jared Jr., and Lucy Tedeschi; siblings: Jerry Spivey (Jane), Louisiana, Karen Dallas (Walt), Cary, NC, Greg Spivey (Helen), Oklahoma, Dana Spivey, Charlotte, NC, and Stowe Spivey, Cary, NC; dear friend and Pastor: Don Wright (Donna), Indian Trail, SC.
A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in honor of Jeff’s life to the Life Enrichment Center of Kings Mountain. A place that took exceptional care of Jeff and loved him, at lifeenrichmentcenter.org or at 222 Kings Mountain Blvd., 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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Rebecca Falls Scism

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Becky Scism departed this world on October 17, 2023.
She was born in Kings Mountain on May 2, 1940, the fourth of seven children, to the late Carl and Vada Wright Falls. She was a graduate of Bethware High School where she was a cheerleader and Vice-President of the Class of 1958. Following graduation, she married her one and only sweetheart, Robert Scism, on October 18, 1958.
Becky was hired in 1963 by Kings Mountain District Schools and was a dedicated employee, serving as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent for 39 years. She was the voice and face of the system, and took pride in working alongside five superintendents and countless other valued employees during her tenure.
Becky’s interests were many. As a young mother of three, she worked hard at home also, especially during the summer months canning, freezing, and making pickles, jellies, and preserves. She was also a talented seamstress, sewing curtains and drapes for her home, and making many clothes for her children and herself. She was an avid reader, enjoying many genres, and loved recommending and sharing her latest good book with friends and family. Becky enjoyed local history, as well as genealogy, and was a member of the Col. Frederick Hambright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving most recently as Chaplain.
During retirement, Robert and Becky spent a lot of time on the road, taking weekly day trips to the mountains, overnight trips to the beach in the summer, and traveled to Florida for extended stays multiple times each year. They also were devoted fans of KMHS football, holding season tickets for over 50 years, and very seldom missed a game. This season was no exception, and she was there last week, cheering as the Mountaineers defeated another Big South Conference opponent.
Becky’s greatest delight was in giving gifts, and her generosity knew few boundaries. She never missed a birthday, and often bought gifts for “no special reason.” She shopped for Christmas gifts all year long, and her grandchildren looked forward to Grandmother’s seemingly bottomless box of goodies opened on Christmas morning.
Finally, Becky was a woman of deep faith and lived her testimony by serving others. She was a longtime member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church, singing in the choir and serving on many committees through the years, as well as Church Clerk for over 40 years. She began teaching Sunday school in the pre-school department in October 1959, and she has faithfully served in this capacity for 64 years.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by Robert, her devoted husband of almost 65 years, as well as siblings Carl, Hal, and Rita Falls.
She is survived by children Roxanne Scism Bridges and husband John, Lynn Scism and wife Cam, and Carla Scism Parham; grandchildren Thomas Bridges and wife Laura, Elizabeth Bridges Galloway and husband Ben, Rebekah Bridges, Sarah Scism, Josh Scism, Taylor Parham, Victoria Parham West and husband Ryan, Julia Parham Griffith and husband Dakota; great-grandchildren Sophia Bridges, Charlotte and Benjamin Galloway II, Jude, Kendrick, and Quinn Parham,  Seamus and Finnley West. Siblings Ronnie Falls and wife Cathy, Tina Falls Cash, Scott Falls and wife Sarah.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Reverends Brad Bridges and Terry Bird officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, October 20, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was in Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made to Patterson Grove Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Nursery Fund at 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Louise Kale

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary Louise Kale, 95, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 16, 2023 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Lawson Goforth Blalock and Fairy Susan Lea Whisnant Blalock and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Red” Kale.
Louise retired from Bethware Elementary School where she worked in the cafeteria. She was a longtime member of El Bethel United Methodist Church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to White Oak Manor of Kings Mountain for the care and compassion shown to Louise during her stay there.
She is survived by her children: Roy Kale and wife Joyce, Jim Kale and Tom, and Pam Jenkins and husband Don, all of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Rágon Brown and Scott, Clint Kale and Dale, Tripp Jenkins and Michelle, Alec Jenkins, Kathy Jenkins, Bee Gray, and Margaux Gray; great-grandchildren: Tori Jenkins, Hunter Brooke Jenkins and husband Caleb, and Eliza Jenkins; great-great grandchild: Cayden and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was held on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 12:30 PM at El Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Reverend Julie Roberts officiating.
The family received friends immediately following the graveside service in the fellowship hall of El Bethel.
Interment was in  El Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorials in Louise’s honor may be made to El Bethel United Methodist Church at 122 El Bethel Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Gaston Hospice at 2240 Remount Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Lynda Logan Bowden

KENANSVILLE, NC - Lynda Logan Bowden, 82, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023, in her home. Lynda was born November 12th, 1940 in Cleveland County, NC to Lawrence and Helen Cornwall Logan.
She is survived by her husband, James Nicholas Bowden of the home, Michael and Helene King-Hiner of Cross Junction, VA; Laura King of Bangor, Maine; Jennifer Nichole Bowden and Katherine Shaffer Bowden, both of Kenansville, NC; grandchildren Logan Kohl Edwards, Ivey Grace Bowden, Kayla Elizabeth and her husband, Teal Jacobs; Kenneth Nicholas Grady, Kaitlin Nichole Smith; and three great grandchildren, Theadore Strickland, Avery and Chloe Jacobs. She is also survived by her brothers Larry Logan and Mark Pandick of Chapel Hill, NC; Lane and Donna Logan; sisters Mary Helen Tate and daughter Anne, and Sally and Pat Carpenter of Anderson, SC.
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Harold Reid Lineberger

IRON STATION - Harold Reid Lineberger passed away peacefully on October 18, 2023 with his family by his side.
He was born to the late Graham Lewis Lineberger and Sarah Lewis Lineberger in their family home in Gaston County outside of Dallas, NC on November 5, 1933. The third of seven children and with 55 cousins in the local area, Harold loved spending time with his large family on Sundays and at reunions. He married Patsy Jean Eaker of Cherryville, North Carolina on December 28, 1958 and they had two sons and a daughter.
 While earning his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Husbandry at NC State University, Harold paused his education to serve as a Private First Class in the US Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. Following his Army service and the completion of his degree, Harold had a 30-year career with Rutherford Electric.
Throughout each season of his life, Harold was a farmer. He learned to farm on his family’s land and continued to farm alongside his utility career, including starting Killdeer Farm in Kings Mountain, NC, which he later sold to his brother Ervin. After his retirement from Rutherford Electric, Harold had a full, second career growing the family business into Lineberger’s Maple Springs Farm at the family homeplace in Dallas.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents, Graham and Sarah Lineberger; siblings Everette Lineberger, Margaret Troutman, Eleanor Flowers, and Ervin Lineberger; and son-in-law Kevin Hinch.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Patsy; brothers Paul (Retha) Lineberger and Dan (Theresa) Lineberger; sons Barry (Melody) Lineberger and Jeff (Karen) Lineberger; and daughter Lee-Ann Lineberger Hinch; as well as 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Harold was a respected member of the community who believed in active caring for people in need. He was intelligent, humble, and hardworking.
Harold’s life was celebrated with a service at 3:00 pm on Monday October 23rd at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Hardin Community near Dallas, NC, followed by burial at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC. A visitation preceded the service at 2:00 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for Mr. Lineberger’s family.
Service address: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 531 Hardin Road, Dallas NC, 28034.
Burial address: St. Luke’s Lutheran Cemetery, 416 St. Luke Church Rd., Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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Elizabeth Anne McGinnis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Elizabeth Anne
McGinnis, 63, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 8, 2023 at Cherokee Medical Center in Gaffney, SC. She was born in Cabarrus County, NC, daughter of Doris Suther McGinnis and the late James Brooks McGinnis. After graduating from Kings Mountain High School, Elizabeth earned a degree in Social Services from Wingate College. She worked in childcare for many years at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain, then at Cline’s Learning Center in Cherryville. Elizabeth had a passion for teaching and helping to raise children in her community. She loved football, cheering for both Clemson and Georgia in the college ranks, but she particularly loved Kings Mountain High football. She always showed up early to get a good seat for games and was often an animated spectator on Friday nights. Everyone knew Elizabeth; her countless friends came to her from many places, including her beloved Bible study groups and the church ladies’ trip she looked forward to every year in Gatlinburg. Elizabeth loved gathering with others and was an amazing gift-giver, always insightful and thoughtful with her gifts. She had an incredibly caring and compassionate heart; she cared for cats, loved people, and cherished her family. The two most important men in Elizabeth’s life were her father and her son, Brooks. She was so, so proud of Brooks and loved his wife, Morgan. She shared a special bond with her sisters, Laura and Julie, and doted on her niece and nephews. Elizabeth’s warmth and kindness will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her mother: Doris Suther McGinnis, Kings Mountain; son: Brooks McGinnis (Morgan), Kings Mountain; sisters: Laura McGinnis
Titshaw (David), Atlanta, GA, and Julie McGinnis
Taylor (Danny), Kings Mountain; niece: Rachel Titshaw; nephews: Jordan Titshaw (Stephanie), and Ethan Simmons
Funeral service was held on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 2:00 PM at St.
Matthew’s Lutheran Church with Pastor John Yost officiating.
Visitiation was held on Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM prior to the service in the upstairs auditorium at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
 In lieu of flowers, memorials in Elizabeth’s name may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church at 201 N. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families at 80 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711
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 Freddy Smith

BESSEMER CITY, NC – William Freddy Smith, 76, of Bessemer City, NC, passed away on October 14, 2023 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Grassy and Ionia Byers Smith and was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Edmond Smith Jr., and a sister, Brenda Smith Platt.
Freddy spent his life as a legendary dirt track racer. He raced nationwide for more than 40 years as #00 and was known as “The Southern Gentleman”. Freddy has 785 career victories. He was a five time dirt track world champion, the only racer to have achieved this monumental victory, a Hav-a-Tampa National Champion and is an inaugural National Dirt late model Hall of Famer. Freddy lived dirt track racing and brought joy to the lives of countless people throughout his career. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and role model. His life will be remembered for generations to come as not only a race car driver, but a friend to the masses and a hero in the eyes of many.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years: Naomi Kirby Smith; son: Jeff Smith (Heather), Bessemer City, NC; sister: Josephine Moss, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Zack Smith, Bessemer City, NC, Austin Compton (Shelley), Dallas, NC, Jake Fields (Madeline), Raleigh, NC, and Lane Fields (Gracie), Cherryville, NC; great-grandchildren: Brantley, Easton, Emilyn, Bennett, and Kennedy.
The funeral service will held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Christ Worship Center with Pastor JR Robbins and Ray Cook officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at the church.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Gloria Jean Price Summers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Gloria Jean Price Summers, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 12, 2023 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
Gloria was born in McDowell County, North Carolina and was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Charles William Summers.
She and Charlie were longtime members of First Baptist Church where Gloria sang in the choir and enjoyed traveling with the church. She worked as a Registered Nurse her entire career and retired from Gaston Hospice after many years of service.
Gloria loved learning about history and enjoyed visiting historic sites and museums with her family and best friend, Crystal Dixon. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many. The lessons she shared with loved ones, her kindness, and her love will be cherished for a lifetime by all who knew Gloria.
She is surived by her son: Dale Summers, Hickory, NC; grandchildren: Renee Hughes (Keith), Kings Mountain, Jessica Adkins and Adam Summers, both of Blacksburg, SC; great-grandchildren: Khloe Summers, Kyra Hughes, Dainan Hughes, and Payton Adkins.
The family held  a Celebration of Life Service on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 4:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
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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Tony Lee Willis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Tony Lee Willis, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 13, 2023 at Atrium Health Main in Charlotte, NC.
Born in Burke County, NC, he was the son of the late Max Odell Willis and Grace Leona Wilson and was preceded in death by his brother Ned Daniel Willis.
Tony graduated from Swannanoa High School in the class of 1959, after which he went to work as a signal maintainer for Southern Railway (now Norfolk Southern) for 43 years. He retired from Norfolk Southern in 2004.
Tony was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain and was an active Mason and Shriner. He enjoyed racing, an active fan of NASCAR and of football and he loved motorcycles. Tony enjoyed riding his Honda Gold Wing anytime he got a chance, and he and his wife Agnes belonged to Gold Wing Road Riders Association. He enjoyed working outside around the house and loved working with his hands; whittling was a particularly favorite pastime. Tony was a hard worker who modeled a strong work ethic to his children and grandchildren. He wanted everyone to know how much he loved his “personal angel,” Agnes. His loved ones will miss him dearly but honor his tradition to never say “goodbye”--always “see you later.”
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Agnes Willis, of the home; children: Rick Lee Willis of Gastonia and Tanya Willis Browning of Kings Mountain; grandchildren: Alexandrea Clara Willis and Max Evan Browning; Tony is additionally survived by his two sisters-in-law, Reatha Blackwell and Martha Willis, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial service was held on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation was held  prior to the service from 1:00-1:50 PM in the Stained Glass Room at First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain.
Memorials in Tony’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain at 605 W. King St., Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children at P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.