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J. D. Caveny

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

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

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

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

May 10, 1924
– July 29, 2022

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

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

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

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Pamela Jean Chapman, 57, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 18, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC. She was born in St. Lucie County, FL, daughter of the late Larry Gene and Claudette Hoyle Goins.
Pamela was always outgoing, never met a stranger and could befriend anyone she met. She was a strong person and deeply committed to her family. Pamela enjoyed collecting angels, hummingbirds, and unicorns. She was a die hard Elvis and Dale Earnhardt fan and loved spending time with her beloved family and friends. She was an example to many who witnessed her hard work, love, and dedication. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her husband: Terry Chapman, of the home; son: Storme Chapman, of the home; granddaughter: Lisa Sadelia Chapman; special daughter and caregiver: Paula Kelly Morris (Robert), Fallston, NC; brothers: Larry Phillip Goins (Lisa), Lincolnton, NC; Eric Warlick (Lynn), Bostic, NC and Jeremy Warlick (Kayla), Fallston, NC.
Memorial service was held on Saturday, July 23. 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Phillip Goins officiating.
Visitation was on  Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Lillian Lovelace Harmon Rogers

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Mauney Memorial Library and the City of Kings Mountain will host a Juneteenth Observance, Friday, June 17, at 6:00 p.m., in Patriots Park and the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre. 
What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed.
Members of the community, as well as musician Jett Edwards, will participate in the Juneteenth observance commemorating this historic event.
A special showing of Bright Star Touring Theatre’s, Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies will be presented on the Amphitheatre’s media screen as well.
Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies is production featuring several important figures from American history are brought to the stage to share the importance of their work. Audiences will join the courageous Buffalo Soldier, Colonel Charles Young as he helps settle the American West and some of our first National Parks. They’ll also meet The Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win WWII and Mary Elizabeth Bowser as she spies for the Union during The Civil War.
The event, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue in Kings Mountain.
For more information, please call Mauney Memorial Library, at 704-739-2371.
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The Voltage Brothers will take the stage at 6:30 pm on Saturday, July 2 at Patriot’s Park. (Photo provided)

Two celebrations, one city
City of KM celebrates
Independence Day, July 2


Celebrate our nation’s independence as the City of Kings Mountain presents Red, White, and Boom! On Saturday, July 2, 2022, the city will produce two events simultaneously to honor our country on its 246th birthday.
Bring your family to Patriots Park in Downtown for food trucks and inflatables. DJ Tony Cutlass and Eric Bowman will MC the event from Liberty Falls Amphitheatre. The Voltage Brothers will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. An amazing patriotic laser light show will take over Patriots Park at 9:45 p.m.
The City of Kings Mountain will present their signature, unrivaled fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. as well from the Deal Park Walking Track (located behind the YMCA) with music that syncs to your radio at 101.1 FM.
Whether you choose to celebrate from Patriots Park (220 South Railroad Avenue) or the Deal Park Walking Track (211 North Cleveland Avenue), Red, White and Boom in Kings Mountain will be a blast.
For more information on both Red, White and Boom celebrations, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com/red-white-boom. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.
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Pickin’ at the Park every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (Photo provided)

Pickin’ at the Park Thursday

Thursday nights in Downtown Kings Mountain will sound much sweeter this Summer as the City of Kings Mountain and the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame partner to host Pickin’ at the Park.
Pickin’ at the Park is a free acoustic jam session which will run every Thursday night at 6:00 pm at the Gazebo located in Patriots Park.
• Bring your lawn chair and join the fun.
• Want to participate? All pickers are welcome!
• Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain.
For more information on Pickin’ at the Park, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame at 704-860-4068.
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Joe King

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC  – Joe King, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, went home to be with the Lord on May 29, 2022 at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC on January 8, 1953, to the late Ellis Harmon and Maude Jolly King.
Joe faithfully attended Bethel Baptist Church in Shelby, NC. He retired from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Terri Cash King; brothers, Tommy, David, Bobby, and Jimmy King; and a sister, Barbara Wright.
Joe is survived by a son, Wayne King and fiancé, Nikki Massey; two sisters, Janelle Wood and husband John, and Susan King; a grandson, Noah King; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate Joe’s life  was held Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 6:30 pm at Bethel Baptist Church, 606 South Dekalb Street, Shelby, NC.  Dr. Tim Sims officiated.  The family received friends prior to the service at the church from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  Interment was private.
Pallbearers were deputies from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.  Honorary pallbearers were active and retired law enforcement officers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 606 Dekalb Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, 216 Archie Whitesides Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.
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James Albert Childers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  James Albert Childers, 90, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on June 3, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Teal and Myrtle Mauney Childers and was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Libby. James was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Childers, a sister, Annie Mae Berry, and a son-in-law, Scott Fite.
He was a lifelong member of Dixon Presbyterian Church. James served his country honorably in the US Army. He retired from Minette Mills in Grover, NC after 33 years of service and worked in the family poultry business for most of his life. James was an avid Atlanta Braves and Duke Blue Devils fan. He loved spending time gardening and enjoyed his family’s annual beach trips together. James loved his family immensely and especially cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. His kindness, guidance, and love will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years: Margaret Earle Childers, of the home; daughters: Trudy Bridges and husband Kevin, Kings Mountain, NC and Ann White and husband Gary, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Jason Fite, Shelby, NC, Ethan Fite and wife Monica, Greenville, SC, and Katie Kates and husband Adam, Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Robert Childers and wife Doris and Mary Goforth, both of Kings Mountain, NC.
Visitation was held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
Funeral service was held on  Monday, June 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverends Randy Patterson and Graham Wood officiating.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made in honor of James’ memory to Dixon Presbyterian Church at 602 Dixon School Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Claude S. Dixon, Jr.

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Claude Solomon Dixon, Jr. passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Cleveland County Hospice in Shelby, NC. He was born on June 13, 1928, in Cherryville, NC, to the late Claude S. Dixon, Sr. and Mamie Louise Byers Dixon. Claude, or “Papa” as he was so affectionately called by many, was a graduate of John Chavis High School in Cherryville, NC. He served in the United States Army, receiving the Occupational Medal (Germany) and an honorable discharge in 1952. His life’s career was working for The Cherryville Eagle, the hometown newspaper that he had sold on street corners as a boy and grew up to work there for many years as a Print Editor, even continuing after the newspaper was obtained by The Republic Newspaper Company. He retired from The Eagle after over 50-plus years of employment. He was well-known in the community, due to his work on the newspaper, but mostly because of his gentle demeanor and willingness to help however he could. His stellar work ethic was honored when he was inducted into the Cherryville Hall of Fame. Claude was a lifelong member of Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church in Cherryville, where he faithfully served as the Sunday School Superintendent and a Choir member. He is the recipient of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented to him by Governor James G. Martin. He loved reading the newspaper, sporting a dapper hat or cap with khakis and a collar shirt, keeping his car impeccably clean, and spending time with his family and friends. He spent his last years at Somerset Court of Cherryville, where he was everyone’s “Papa”. In addition to his parents, Claude was preceded in death by his longtime devoted partner, Ms. Hattie Davis Roberts; one sister, Virginia Delores Dixon Twitty (Joseph); his niece, Angela Twitty Richardson; and his brother-in-law, Nelson Braxton. Claude leaves to cherish precious memories: one daughter, Claudia Stowe (Christopher) and granddaughter, Calli Lauren Stowe of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Johnnie Louise Dixon Braxton, of Lynchburg, VA; nephew, Peter Richardson, great-niece, Allie Delores Richardson both of Lilburn, GA, great-nephew, and Peter Christian Richardson, II, of Daytona Beach, FL. He leaves behind a loved and adored adopted family consisting of a daughter, Zita Roberts of Durham, NC; two grandsons: Andre Roberts of Durham, NC, and Anthony Roberts (Amber) of Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchildren: Remun Roberts (Ta’leea) of Salisbury, NC; Julius, Israel, Zion and Gabriel Roberts, all of Durham, NC; Jakarri Roberts, Katlynn Roberts, Tyler McIntyre, and Noah Parks, all of Kings Mountain, NC; a long-time dear friend, Elsie “Boots” Foster of Shelby, NC; and many friends.
Public viewing was at Costner Funeral Home, 2425 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC, on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 3 until 7 p.m.
Funeral arrangements were at Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church, Cherryville, NC, on Saturday, June 4, 2022 with burial at Cherryville City Cemetery.
Costner Funeral Home served the family of Mr. Dixon.
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Wade Davis

KINGS MOUNTAIN:  Jarvis “Wade” Davis, 81, died Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House. A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Clyde and Buena Greene Davis.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Dover Davis; son, Terry Davis; sister, Ruth Toney; and brothers, Robert, Roger and Ronald Davis.
He is survived by his daughter, Felicia Burnett and husband Kyle of Chesnee; son, Jimmy Davis of Kings Mountain; sister, Gaye Pruitt and husband David of Shelby; grandchildren, Terri Michelle Davis of Boiling Springs and Robbie Michael Davis of Cherryville; and three great-grandchildren.
A private family burial will take place in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Melvin Gary Helms

Kings Mountain, NC – Melvin Gary Helms, age 75, of Kings Mountain, passed away Friday, May 27, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain.
Born on December 10, 1946 he was the son of the late Ruby Phillips Helms. In addition, Melvin is preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Judy Bryson Helms. Melvin was an active member of Christian Freedom Church in Kings Mountain and he loved his church family dearly.
Melvin is survived by his three children, Julie Helms Beeson of Kings Mountain, NC, Karen Helms Hollingsworth (Timmy) of Wanesville, NC and Chris Helms (Adrienne) of Kings Mountain, NC, Melvin’s grandchildren, Josh, Kaitlin, Erin, Christina (Garrett), Kasey, Avery, Christian, Sarah, Kolton and his great-grandchildren; Zayden, Kaizlynn, and Zyla. Also left to cherish his memory, a special friend of the family, Judy Walker and Melvin’s grand fur baby, Ollie.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Testa Family Hospice House of Kings Mountain for their loving care for Melvin.
A funeral service was  held at 2:00PM on Monday May 30, 2022 at Christian Freedom Church in Kings Mountain. Pastor Ron Carroll officiated the service. The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary and other times at the home of daughter, Julie. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County: 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150 and Christian Freedom Church: 246 Range Rd Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
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Thomas Martin Vance

Thomas Martin Vance, (Tom Vance) age 84, died on March 3, 2022, due to complications of Covid-19 at Atrium Health Carolina Medical Center. Tom was vaccinated and boosted but was immune-comprised due to leukemia and chemotherapy treatments.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, James (Jim) McClure Vance, Sr. (1892-1961) and his mother, Joda Blanche Pyatte Vance, (1900-1977) along with five brothers and seven sisters.
Tom is survived by his wife, Jean Hicks Vance, and his only child, Michael Thomas Vance of Mint Hill, North Carolina. He is also survived by his youngest Sister, Eula Maxine Vance Nicholas of Gainesville, Virginia, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Tom was born December 12, 1937, in Crossnore, NC, the southern part of Avery County. He was the youngest of fourteen children. Tom attended the Crossnore School. It was at this school in 7th grade that Tommy found his love for theater, when he was cast in a play directed by his theater teacher, Kate Cornue. After that, he was hooked on theater.
Tom graduated from Appalachian State Teacher’s College in 1960 with a degree in English and Social Studies. He continued at Appalachian, where obtained a Master’s in English and Education. After that, he attended UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia for doctoral studies in theater.
At Appalachian State, Tom was elected President of the Playcrafters drama club. It was there that he met his future life-long wife, Jean Hicks from Kings Mountain, NC, when she auditioned in front of him to join the club. Tom was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” at Appalachian State in his senior year.
After graduating, Tom taught at several schools, as well as Wingate University. In 1967, he started the drama program at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). His legacy began in 1974, when Tom and Charles Starnes created the CPCC Summer Theatre, a professional summer stock theater company, where he directed over 150 productions and produced over 250 shows over his lifetime.
Tom also was the host of a Television show, “The Tom Vance Show,” which played for decades on the CPCC channel.
In 2011-12, the Metrolina Theater Association awarded Tom the “Lifetime Theater Award”.
Tom was especially proud of the many fine people, who worked with him in theater and have gone on to achieve considerable success in the theatrical world.  Tom discovered many talented people at the start of their careers, and he nurtured them and provide them their first job in the theater industry. Hundreds of them moved to New York and worked on Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, national and international tours, as well as many regional theatres across the country. Many of Tom’s discoveries went on to have amazing careers in the film and television industry, as well. 
Tom was also so proud of everyone he worked with, but he held a special place in his heart for those that went into the theatre teaching profession, where his gifts will continue to live on.
On Saturday, May 28th, there will be a service at Blair Road United Methodist Church in Mint Hill, NC. Visitation will be from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. There will be a 2:00pm service at the church followed by a graveside service at Sharon Memorial Gardens (at Monroe Rd/Sharon Amity Rd). That same evening on May 28th at 7:00pm, there will also be a celebration in honor of Tom Vance at the Halton Theater on the CPCC campus, near downtown Charlotte. Come be part of the celebration of Tom’s life and legacy. Come sing, talk, eat, drink, and laugh while remembering Tom and give him his final standing ovation. All are welcome.
On Saturday, June 4th, there will be a drop-in celebration at the Meeting House at 12 Fountain Circle in downtown Crossnore, NC. Drop in anytime between Noon and 2PM. We will have photos, music and food, as we celebrate Tommy’s life.  Hope everyone can drop by!

 
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Walter Etters

BESSEMER CITY, NC – Walter “Winnie” Winford Etters, 82, of Bessemer City, passed away on May 18, 2022. He was born on February 2, 1940, in Cleveland County, to the late John William Etters and Ardella Harmon Etters. 
He is preceded in death by his daughter Kelly Butler, siblings Theodore Etters, Andrew Etters, Bob Etters, and Evelyn Tyler.
Walter was a master auto mechanic, who liked to go hunting and drag racing.
Left to cherish his memories is his grandson, Justin Etters, great-grandchildren, Austin Etters, Teryn Etters, Morgan Etters, great-great-grandson, Roman Etters, sisters, Martha Jackson Hillsman, Dorothy Etters Lane, and brother, William Lawrence Etters, nephew Bobby Etters, Jr. and numerous nieces and nephews, that were special to him.
Winnie’s memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Friday, May 27, 2022, at Eastside Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Caulder officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM until 2:45 PM, Friday, May 27, 2022, at Eastside Baptist Church, prior to the service
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church Building Fund, 308 York Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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Willis Benjamin Simpson, Jr, “Bill”

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Willis Benjamin Simpson, Jr, “Bill”, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 29, 2022 at age 79 at Legend Healthcare assisted living facility in Tonganoxie, KS.
Bill was born in Greensboro, NC, son of the late Willis Benjamin Simpson, Sr and Miriam Edwena Euliss Simpson.
He graduated from Central High School in Kings Mountain and then North Carolina State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
He was the owner-operator of Kings Mountain Machine Works and Community PC. He was proud to join in the family business, KMW, working with Bill Sr. and later with his son Ben Simpson.  Bill continued his career developing computer software and support websites.
Bill loved his family, enjoyed working on lifelong projects, laughing and telling jokes. He also enjoyed passing the time watching movies and playing card games. He was a wonderful father and husband who will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved him.
Bill  is survived by his children, Benjamin Simpson and Kathleen Brasington; former wife, Susan Simpson; and grandchildren, Brett, Bronwen, Gwendolyn, Liza, Maddy, Miles and Wiley.
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James Martin
Scarborough

GROVER, NC – James Martin Scarborough, 79, died Sunday, May 15, 2022 at his home.
Born in Wilmington, NC, he was the son of the late James and Helen McCrae Scarborough.
James was employed by Metrolina Sprinkler, Duke Energy and retired from Parker Hannifin. He was a member of Fairview Lodge #339, was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed golf.
He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchild dearly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Zelma “Tinky” Scarborough of the home; daughters, Paige Biddix and husband Timothy and Brooke Bolin and husband Christopher; sons, Jason Scarborough and Jeremy Scarborough and wife Jennifer, all of Kings Mountain; sister, Jeanette Hoover and husband Knoxie of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jennifer Falls, Brandi Falls, Madison Ayscue, Josh Bolin, Spurgeon Scarborough, Hunter Scarborough, Cooper Scarborough, Colton Scarborough, Ember Scarborough and Joey Biddix; and great-grandchild, Remi Biddix.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel in Kings Mountain, with the Rev. Dr. Terry Floyd officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC  28150.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Etta Rebecca “Becky” Bailey Styers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Etta Rebecca “Becky” Styers, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away surrounded by her family on May 10, 2022 at her home.
She was born in Chestertown, MD, the daughter of the late James Allen Bailey and Louise Beck Bailey and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard Thomas Styers Sr. Becky was also preceded in death by 2 daughters, Debra Lynn Styers and Tracy Styers Oliver, a granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Swink, and her brother-in-law, Joe Subolefsky.
She was a past member of Corinth Primitive Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. Becky worked in the textile industry for most of her life and in her spare time  enjoyed growing beautiful flowers, creating artistic crafts and coloring. The thing that brought Becky the most joy in life were her many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she loved deeply. Always outgoing, Becky never met a stranger. She loved everyone she knew from the moment she met them, never holding a grudge and always treating others with kindness. Becky was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend to many. Her sweet spirit and guidance will be missed sorely by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her children: Richard Thomas Styers Jr. and wife Tammy, Grover, NC and Lynn Styers Swink and husband Paul, Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Carolyn Subolefsky and Jimmy Bailey and wife Lydia; grandchildren: Christopher Thomas Styers (Sherri), Grover, NC, Brian Matthew Styers (Jessica), Boiling Springs, SC, Joshua David Styers, Kings Mountain, NC; John Paul Swink (Heather), Kings Mountain, NC, and James Eli Swink (Anna), Lattimore, NC; great-grandchildren: Jacob Hamrick, John Henry Swink, Jayden Paul Swink, Bella Styers, Hunter Swink, Justin Styers, Chloe Woods, Madilynn Denise Swink, and Emory Matthew Styers.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Elder Richard Kirby officiating.
Visitation was on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at 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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Ebbie “Jo” Dyer

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ebbie “Jo” Lemons Dyer, 76, died peacefully, Sunday, May 8, 2022, with her children by her side.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Fitchue Floyd and Ruby Young Lemons.
Jo was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, where she loved her Sunday School Class.
She was an avid birdwatcher and gardener, and had love for cats and volunteering at her church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Fred Dyer; sisters, Betty Fraser and Juanita Mode; and brother, Huelon Lemons.
She is survived by her son, Rodney Dyer of Charlotte; daughter, Susan Dyer of Kings Mountain; and sister, Faye Bridges of Shelby.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Grover Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Terry Floyd officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC  28150 or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4530 Park Rd #240, Charlotte, NC  28209.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
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Helen Case House  (Peaches)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Helen Case House, 69, of  Kings Mountain, NC, was called up to sing with the Angels in Heaven on April 30, 2022. She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Robert Charles and Juanita Louise Case and was preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny and Robert Case and her sisters Tyra Sheehan and Rosemary Batchlor. Peaches was a beautiful soul who was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her spirit was pure fire and ice. Peaches was a legend around Kings Mountain and will be sorely missed by many. Her light shown brightly in this world and now shines bright in the Heavens.
She is survived by her husband: Joseph Kenneth House, Charlotte, NC; daughters: Janie Cooper, Kings Mountain, NC and  LeAnne Keel (Kenneth), Burgaw, NC; grandchildren: Jada Mauney, Loretta Keel, Terry Keel, and Archer Keel.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dennis Pruitt officiating.
The family spoke with attendees 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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Peggy Shealy Ramey

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Peggy Shealy Ramey, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 26, 2022 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Spartanburg County, SC, daughter of the late Frank Mathias and Helen May Shealy and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Burris Endel Ramey. Peggy was also preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Shealy and a grandson, Justin Endel Ramey.
She was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church. Peggy began playing piano in church at the age of 12 and continued her musical service to the faith community her entire life. She was a wonderful baker and an avid daily Bible reader. Her knowledge of scripture was a blessing not only to Peggy but to everyone around her. Peggy’s love of people was evidenced by her ability to make friends in a matter of minutes. She never met a stranger and enjoyed talking with anyone. Peggy’s life was a profession of her faith and her gracious and loving spirit will be missed by many.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved her family with all that her heart could give.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at White Oak Manor for the wonderful care, kindness and love shown to Peggy during her stay.
She is survived by her children: Buddy Ramey (Lisa), Kings Mountain, NC; Melanie Ramey Gordon (Bob), Charlotte, NC; Sheila Ramey-Yokeley, Charlotte, NC  and Faye Ramey Kerns (Clyde), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Zachary Ramey (Evan), Brittany Ramey, Chad Gordon, Connor Gordon (Ramey), Jordan Asseff (Ben), Jey Yokeley (Dani Seaford), Alyson Gray (Joey), Ramey Bridges (Matt), and Clay Kerns (Ashley); great-grandchildren: Carsley, Ava James, Livingston, Chase, Stella, John, Emmett, Mary-Allen, Tad, Bexley, Maren, and Crouse.
The family held a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Central United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Gwyn officiating.
Visitation immediately following the service in the sanctuary of the church.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Kathy LaDonna Buchanan

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC - Kathy LaDonna Buchanan, 65, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2022 at her home.
She was born in York County, SC, daughter of the late Reuben James and Joanne Brown Porter Payne. LaDonna was of the Christian faith. She enjoyed spending time at home with her family, reading, and talking on the phone everyday to the people she loved. LaDaonna’s family was the center of her life and she loved her children and grandchildren with her whole heart. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her  husband of 26 years: Stephen Buchanan, of the home; children: Rodney Wayne Sanders, Pineville, NC, Kimberly LaDonna McCoy, Lowell, NC, and James Craig McCoy (Beth), Lancaster, CA; step-child: Meghan Arant (Clint), Goose Creek, SC; grandchildren: Mackenzie Staley (Alex), Aayriel Clark, Jaelyn Crum, Jaykob McCoy, Owen McCoy, Jonah, McCoy, and Danika Arant; great-grandchild: Harper Staley; siblings: Randy Porter and Janice Littlejohn (Wayne).
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Dr. George Webb Plonk Sr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – “To You, O Lord I lift up my soul” Psalm 25
George W. Plonk, MD passed away on April 24th at Kings Mountain Hospital after a brief illness. He was 103 years young.
Born on March 17, 1919 in Kings Mountain, he was the son of the late Clarence and Ellen Plonk. He was the seventh of ten children.
George graduated from Kings Mountain High School where he played football and baseball. He was a proud Tar Heel Class of 1940 at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In 1941 he married Margaret Cooper despite the fact that she was a Duke graduate! After college he attended Carolina Medical School (at that time only a two year program) and transferred to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and later did his residency at Lankenau Hospital. He subsequently passed the American Board of Surgery exam. His medical training had been interrupted by World War II where he served two years as a physician with last year being in Italy at the end of the war. Later in life, he was proud to take part in the Flight of Honor and to be recognized as a veteran at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC.
Once he completed his training in general surgery, he took his family to Raleigh and joined the practice of Dr. Gordon Sinclair who he credited with teaching him the importance of a compassionate bedside manner. In 1957 he began practicing in Kings Mountain. Dr Plonk felt privileged and humbled to be able to serve and care for the citizens of Kings Mountain and surrounding areas. He was respected by his medical colleagues and loved by his patients. He retired from his practice in 1984. He did assist Dr. Joe Zucker an orthopedic surgeon, for several years until Dr. Zucker moved to Charlotte.
Dr Plonk was an avid horseman who developed a love for the Paso Fino breed. He loved trail riding and even had some success in national PasoFina horse shows. He was a sports fan cheering loudly for his grandchildrens’ events, the Tar Heels, and the Braves. He enjoyed working out at the YMCA and catching up with old friends and new. He was also active in community service as he was a member of the Lions and Rotary clubs. He was always very active in the church and served on the church council at Resurrection Lutheran Church for a number of years. He and Esther Plonk are also founding members of Advent Lutheran Church.
George loved to tell stories and could hold the attention of both young and old for hours as he talked about his life and its adventures. He told a story with passion, humor, and humility making it interesting and endearing regardless of topic or timeframe.
The joy of Dr Plonk’s life was his family. He enjoyed 62 wonderful years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Margaret who passed away in 2003. They had settled in Kings Mountain where they raised their five children.
In 2004, Dr. Plonk married Esther Muench and further expanded his family with the addition of her three children: Jeff and Jim Muench, and Jennie Laney and their families. They were married for 17 years. Esther was a very loving, caring wife who added much happiness and companionship to his later years.
One of his proudest moments occurred on his 100th birthday when Governor Roy Cooper honored him with induction into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. This is the highest award given by the governors of North Carolina since 1963 for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Muench Plonk; one sister, Clara Politis; a sister-in-law, Dorcas Plonk, and his 5 children: Carole Fenimore Haas Gravagno, Peggy Pollack (Ken), George Webb Plonk (Judy), Barbara Bridges (Bill) and Becky Loftin (Bill). He was very proud of his sixteen grandchildren and would boast about “the ones who made him great”: his multitude of great grandchildren. He took great care and attention to keep track of everyone: always showing up for weddings, baptisms, graduations, and celebrations. He wrote wonderfully expressive letters, sent cards, and was quick to pick up the phone and check on loved ones.
His family has been blessed to know his unconditional love and support in the form of presence, advice, cheers, laughter, and hugs. His stories are legend and he regaled anyone who would listen right up to the last week.
The family would like to thank the staff of Summit Place and Kings Mountain Hospital for their exceptional care of Dr Plonk.
A family service was held at 11:00 am Saturday, April 30 at Advent Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Advent Lutheran Church, Cleveland County Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis L.  Goforth Sr., 

Reno, Nevada  – Dennis L. Goforth Sr., 96, passed away on April 17, 2022, in Reno, Nevada.
He was born February 28, 1926, in Miami, Florida and spent his childhood in Grover, NC. He lived in Kings Mountain, NC most of his life. He moved to Nevada in 2005.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Velma Spakes Goforth in 1950 and his second wife, Emma Bell Goforth in 1993; his parents: Franklin and Louvenia Turner Goforth; sister: Vera Ledford; brothers: Franklin, Brevard, Warren and Gene Goforth; stepsons: Joe Jenkins and Doug Jenkins; step-granddaughter Priscilla Jenkins;
step-granddaughter Rhonda Absher and step-grandson, Nathan Jenkins.
He is survived by his daughters: Sara Cash and Jerri Stinnett of Bessemer City, NC and Brenda McNeely of Sparks, NV; son: Dennis L. Goforth Jr. of Bessemer City, NV; stepson: Mack Jenkins of Bessemer City, NC; sister: Lucy Mode of Lincolnton, NC; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Dennis served in the Philippines during WWII. He was a Purple Heart recipient and awarded two Bronze Battle Stars.He worked at Foote Mineral as a lab technician for 35 years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, camping, hunting and fishing and dancing. Dennis was a member of the American Legion in Kings Mountain, NC and a member and past Governor of the Kings Mountain Moose Lodge.
Graveside services will be scheduled in Kings Mountain at a later date.
Walton’s Sierra Chapel in Reno, Nevada is serving the family.
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Everette “Buddy” Medlin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Everette “Buddy” Medlin, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 22, 2022 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC.
He was born June 17, 1929 in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Everette Fulton Medlin and Mary Lee Roberts Medlin. He will join his wife of almost 65 years, Dot Cothran Medlin and sister, Joyce Medlin Biddix.
Buddy was a longtime active member of First Wesleyan Church of Kings Mountain where he raised his family, made supportive and loving friends, and strengthened his faith. Buddy and Dot enjoyed traveling with Christian Tours, collecting antiques, and always doing for others.
In his younger days, he spent countless hours coaching and volunteering his time to his love and passion of sports.
He graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1948, served in the US Army, and retired from the Kings Mountain Post Office where he met many from the community.
He is survived by daughters: Barbara Giurintano (Phil) and Cindy Gillespie (Mike); grandchildren: Lauren Gillespie (Matt), MaryLee Giurintano (Erika Hodan-Giurintano), Kelly Melton (Rusty); great-grandchildren: Kyndal, Braxton, and Ava
Graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Buddy’s memory to Hospice of Gaston County at 258 Eat 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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L. Hal Falls 

Gastonia, NC  – L. Hal Falls, 84, of Gastonia, NC, passed away peacefully Friday, April 15, 2022, at US Veterans Medical Center, Salisbury, NC.
He was born March 3, 1938, in Cleveland Co, NC, son of the late Carl C. and Vada Wright Falls.
Hal served honorably in the US Army. He also member of First Free Will Baptist Church, Gastonia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Falls; and brother, Carl Dean Falls.
Hal is survived by his loving wife of 28 years,
Carolyn Jones Falls; daughters, Kimberly Falls Humphries (Jeff), Gwen Hicks Branch (Stanley), and Edie Hicks Bunch (Mat); brothers, Scott Falls (Sarah), and Ronnie Falls (Cathy); sisters, Becky Falls Scism (Robert), and Tina Falls Cash; and grandchildren, Joshua Humphries, Matthew Humphries, Levi Branch, Katie Bunch, and Hannah Bunch.
A funeral service officiated by Pastor Chad Minter, and Rev. Jonathan Jones, will be held 2 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at First Free Will Baptist Church, 2316 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054.
The family will receive friends 12:30-2 pm on Saturday, at the church.
Burial will be held at Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church.
Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com
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Marilyn Joyce Stroup

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Marilyn Lachman Stroup of Kings Mountain, 78, passed away peacefully with family by her side and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 14, 2022.
Marilyn was born on February 9th 1944 to John Ferdinand Lachman & Mary Kate Lachman of PA. Marilyn loved her family and friends. She held many positions through life in servicing the Public, whether it was a restaurant or a convenience store where she met her husband Ronnie L Stroup of 35 years. She loved people!!
Surviving to cherish her memories are Ronnie L Stroup (Husband) of Kings Mountain, Rose and Tyson of the home(her pups- 8 years old), Kim and Randy Tucker (daughter and husband) of Charlotte, Sean and Jennie Mangan (son and wife) of Clover, SC, and her daughter in love, Renee R. Lopes of Mt Holly, NC and her family. She also had grandchildren, step grandchildren and great grandchildren that she loved very much.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Mary Lachman of PA, her brother Carl and her sister Patricia, her late husband Michael W. Mangan, and her 2nd born, 1st son Michael D. Mangan.
There will be a private service for the immediate family. A celebration of life for her will be held at the home at a later date. *Special thanks to Tammy Seigler and  Patti Hesington for their love and support to the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Marilyn Stroup to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memorials and dedications)
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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Jewell “Judy”
Gerane Norwood 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jewell “Judy” Gerane Norwood, 90, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 14, 2022 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Gaston County, NC, daughter of the late Thomas William and Willie Beach Jones and was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Alfred Norwood. Judy was also preceded in death by her sisters, Ruth and Leona, and her brother, Garth.
Judy was a long time active member of Circle 3 at Central United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting. Judy loved the beach and cherished spending time with her family. Her kind and loving spirit drew people to her and she passed her love on to everyone she knew. Judy’s guidance will be missed dearly by her entire family, especially her grandchildren who she loved with all her heart. In the words of Judy, “Be careful and be sweet” until we meet again in Heaven.
She is survived by her sons: Roy A. Norwood and wife Loretta, Seneca, SC, and Michael O. Norwood and wife Penny, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Jeff Norwood, Michelle Norwood, Nikki Skibo (Chris), and Emily Chapman (Joseph); great-grandchildren: Ashley Norwood, Roy Norwood, and Tucker Skibo  and a host of other loving family and friends
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Central United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Gwyn officiating.
Visitation was held on  Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the CAC of Central United Methodist 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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George Glenn Smith

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – George Glenn Smith, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 5, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Alamance County, NC, son of the late George Smith Jr. and Florence Heavner Smith and was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Ronnie Smith, and two grandchildren, Scott Smith and Kaysen Hammer.
Shortly after graduating from high school, where he played the trumpet and received the John Philip Sousa Award, which got George recognized by the office manager at FMC, he began his career with FMC Lithium Corporation of America which spanned more than 50 years. George worked in several areas of the plant, including administrative positions, time in the Aerospace Metals Division, and eventually given responsibility over the vehicle fleet at the plant. In his spare time, George continued to be active, owning his own motorcycle repair shop, and being involved with motorcycle drag racing. He also served on the board of the credit union for more than 30 years. George enjoyed spending time outdoors, playing golf and fishing. He was a selfless person who loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years: Rebecca Burton Smith, of the home; children: Jamie Nix (Roger), Kings Mountain, NC, George Smith (Beth), Dallas, NC, Scott Smith (Tress), Grover, NC, Susan McAteer (Kenny), Lancaster, SC, Holly Smith, Mount Holly, NC, Christopher Smith, Shelby, NC, Angel Hammer (Shawn), Mooresville, NC, Matthew Smith (Nancy), Evans, CO, Martena Adams (Holden), Kings Mountain, NC, Cody Smith, Dallas, NC, and Andrew Smith, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Jennifer Pearsall, Justin and Eric Smith, Brook and David McAteer, Jack Smith, Piper Cato, Cayden Bunch, Kolton Hammer, Elizabeth and Emery Smith, Paislee and Aiden Adams; siblings: Randy Smith and Brenda Crenshaw (Barry).
Funeral service was held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Boyce Memorial ARP Church with Reverend Dr. Rob Patrick officiating.
Visitation was held on  Saturday, April 9, 2022 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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Kenneth Harold Bumgardner Sr.

January 5, 1939 – April 7, 2022

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kenneth Harold Bumgardner Sr. passed in peace surrounded by family at the age of 83 on April 7, 2022.
Born on January 5, 1939 in Gastonia, NC, Ken was the son of the late Eddleman and Mary Steele Bumgardner. He was a wonderful and loving husband of nearly 65 years to his wife Barbara Ford Bumgardner of Kings Mountain, NC; proud father of Kenneth Harold Bumgardner Jr. of Kings Mountain, NC, Christopher Wade Bumgardner of Gastonia, NC, Kevin Shawn Bumgardner of Sherrills Ford, NC and Melanie Bumgardner O’Bryan of Charlotte, NC. He was the proud grandfather of Sarah, Holland, Christopher, Matthew, Alyssa, Britni, Megan, Matteson, Carson and Riley, proud great-grandfather to Mackenzie, Peyton, Benji, Sawyer, Za’Mir, Zaelyn, Dannalee, Kaitland, Hadley; father-in-law to Donna (Kenny), Joy (Chris), Heather (Shawn) and Drew (Melanie).
Ken was an amazing and loving family man, a long-time member of Second Baptist Church and very well-respected member of the Kings Mountain community. He loved all people and had a strong love for all animals, especially his beloved horse, Blaze.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Kevin Shawn Bumgardner and his brother Charles Bumgardner. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his sons Kenny (Donna) and Chris (Joy) and his daughter Melanie (Drew), as well as his grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Ann Parker, Carolyn Holt (Junior) and Joyce Pace (Larry), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
To the best man we’ve ever known…Written on our Heart…
He was the champion of our dreams and his love was our light, he weathered life’s storms with an unsinkable strength and unshakable love…He silently sacrificed, fiercely protected and lovingly shared. He taught by example and he lived by the truth. His legacy is the wonderful life he built and the love he left written on our heart. – unknown
A graveside service was held on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Pruitt officiating.
Interment was held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
In lieu of flowers, please donate in loving memory to the Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Pl, Charlotte, NC 28262.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Donald “Don” Keith Dixon 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Donald Keith Dixon, 82, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 04, 2022 at Stanley Total Living in Stanley, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late HK and Jeanette Bookout Dixon and was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Linda Moore Dixon and a grandson, Tony Baker. Don was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where he served on several committees. After graduating from Grover High School, Don attended Gardner Webb and Kings College where he earned a Business Degree. Late in life, he attended Cleveland Community College where he earned an Associates Degree in Computer Aided Drafting.
Don retired from Talon where he worked as a machinist for many years. Throughout his life, Don was an avid farmer and accomplished woodworker. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a mentor to many people, none so much as his grandson, Ryan, whom he mentored for his Eagle Scout Badge. Don was an expert when it came to building Pinewood Derby cars, and enjoyed building them for Ryan. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed greatly by his family and the community.
He is survived by son: D. Keith Dixon II and wife Kim, Kings Mountain, NC;  grandson: Ryan Alexander Dixon, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Diane Senn and husband Palmer, Charlotte, NC.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 4:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.
The family will spoke with attendees following the interment in the cemetery.
Interment was held in  Bethlehem Baptist Church 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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Billie McCurry Roberts

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Billie McCurry Roberts, 84, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 3, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in York County, SC, the daughter of the late Dewey and Daisy Mayhue McCurry and was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Roberts. She was also preceded in death by her brother, David McCurry.
Billie graduated from Blacksburg High School and Gaston College. She worked as an Executive Assistant and was retired from Reliance Electric. She loved playing Bingo every week. Always looking for a deal, Billie enjoyed shopping at local thrift and second hand stores. She enjoyed traveling and visiting locally owned eateries. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved spending time spoiling her grandchildren. Billie will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her children: Alisa Criswell of Charlotte, NC and Steven Carroll of Fort Mill, SC; grandchildren: Matthew and Alex Criswell, and Bryan Carroll; sister: Nora Nelson of Davidson, NC and several loving nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on  Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. Michael Varn officiating.
Visitation was held on  Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Sherry  Hughes

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  Sherry Marie Hughes, 49, passed away Tuesday, March 29th, at CMC Main in Charlotte.
Residing in Kings Mountain, she was the beloved daughter of Elaine Morrison (66) and Randy Morrison (64). She also leaves behind her biological father, Lenny Bridges.
Sherry was loved by her friends and family for her kind nature, and always put others before herself. She was selfless to a fault, and was extremely proud of her two children, who were the light of her world.
She is survived by her children, David Brandon Darnell (29) and Ashley Hughes (20).
Sherry was preceded in death by her grandfather Harold Flowers (86), grandmother Ruby Flowers (67), and her son Phillip (0).
Sherry’s entire life was for her children. As such, the family has opted to forego a service in favor of cremation, so that they may use the ashes in a memorial token for her children, and that she may always be with them.
If you would like to show support or pay respects, the family asks that you make any planned monetary contributions to Fresenius Medical Center. You can donate by using the following link: https://fmcna.com/company/corporate-responsibility/fresenius-medical-care-foundation/make-a-donation/
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com

Thomas Edward Martin 

Kings Mountain–Thomas Edward Martin, 78, of 112 Waco Road, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Hospice Cleveland County.
Born in Bennettsville SC, he was the son of the late Thomas Martin and Mary Shankle Martin. Mr. Martin retired as a Sanitation worker for the City of Kings Mountain. He also served in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.
Mr. Martin is survived by a son; Joseph “Joe” Martin of Kings Mtn, a brother; Gene Martin of Asheville, NC, a sister; Dora Self of Shelby, NC, and fourteen nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers; Roger Martin, Mike Martin, and Bobby Martin.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm at Temple of Praise, 2472 Cobb Drive, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 with Pastor Donnie Allen officiating.
The Book of Memories is available at www.gordonmortuary.com.
The Blacksburg location of Gordon Mortuary is serving the Martin family.
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Geraldine Virginia Leazer

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Geraldine Virginia Leazer, 91, formerly of Gastonia went to the Light and Love we call Heaven on March 26, 2022 at her home in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Charlotte, NC, daughter of the late Versie Waddell and Mable Duffy Cassada and was preceded in death by husband of 58 years, Dock Lee Leazer. Geraldine was also preceded in death by her daughter: Wanda L. Burgess; six brothers: Cecil, Raymond, Noel, Eugene, Brian, and Carl Cassada  and three sisters: Katheryn C. Nesbitt, Chestine C. Eppley, and Lucille C. Wright.
Geraldine was always friendly to everyone she met. She was a loving and faithful wife and wonderful caring mother. The lessons learned from her life, forgiveness, honesty, determination, and many more will live on in the lives of countless others.
She is survived by her aughters: Nancy Dianne Leazer and Vickie L. Moss (Scott) of Kings Mountain, NC.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Gaston Memorial Park in the Luke Section with Pastor David MacEachen officiating.
Internment will be held Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia, NC.      
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the VFW at 3250 West Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052 or the Cancer Society at PO Box 140000, Raleigh, NC 27620.
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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Audrey Grindstaff Truesdale Cody

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Audrey Grindstaff Truesdale Cody, 71, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2022 at her home.
She was born in McDowell County, NC, daughter of the late Fate Morgan and Maggie Thomas Grindstaff.
Audrey was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church. She retired from the State of North Carolina DMV where she served as a drivers license hearings officer. Audrey enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends. After her retirement, Audrey served the community as a member of the Kings Mountain Planning and Zoning Committee. She was fond of shopping and loved spoiling her grandchildren. Audrey was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and grandmother to her many grandchildren. Her love, kindness, and warmth will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years: Glen H. Cody, of the home; sons: Bart Truesdale (Joan), Shelby, NC, and Joe Cody (Tina), Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Glenda Garland (Lee), Spruce Pine, NC; siblings: Jeanette Clemons (Sherman), Polkville, NC, Harold Grindstaff (Margaret), Old Fort, NC and Ralph Grindstaff (Judy), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Katlyn and Cole Truesdale, Michael, Hunter, Sam, and Brandon Cody, Chris Garland, and Angie Hedrick; 10 great -grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; a host of loving nieces and nephews; special friends: Allison (Jody) Champion, and Brenda Boyd.
A graveside service was held on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Pastor Carroll Brackett officiating.
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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Dr. Jerry Lee  Eskridge 

Kings Mountain, NC – Dr. Jerry Lee Eskridge of Kings Mountain, NC died peacefully at Robin House Hospice in Gastonia on February 13th, 2022. He was 83. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Herman Eskridge; his mother, Mabel Irene Eskridge; his sister Myra Eskridge Morrison, and  brother-in-law, Carl Lee Morrison, Jr.
Jerry was born on February 7th, 1939 in Toluca, North Carolina at Edwards Clinic. He had one sister, Myra Eskridge Morrison. Jerry grew up in Double Shoals, NC. In grade school Jerry quickly formed a lifelong friendship with close friends loosely dubbed “The Gang”. As adults with families, they held annual reunions, Christmas celebrations, and beach trips.
He attended Shelby High School playing both basketball and football. He graduated in 1957. Jerry attended UNC Chapel Hill and earned his undergrad in Industrial Relations. After college he enlisted and served two years in the U.S. Army. Jerry and his future wife, Lynn, met up on a summer beach trip and started to date in 1960. He was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. While on weekend leave, Jerry would often hitchhike to Greensboro to spend time with Lynn who was attending Women’s College of Greensboro. He and Lynn married on March 28th, 1965.
After two years of managing at Fiber Industries, Jerry felt a calling to care for animals. Dr. Ted Westmoreland mentored and encouraged Jerry to go to vet school. He attended NC State University to earn his Pre-Med degree in 1971. Jerry then attended the University of Georgia in Athens to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. Under the encouragement of his mentor, Jerry opened his own veterinary practice in nearby Kings Mountain in 1977.
Dr. Eskridge practiced veterinary medicine for over 40 years at his own practice, Kings Mountain Animal Hospital. He cared for countless animals for the entire community with a warm heart for cold noses.
Along with an affinity for animals, he was a lifelong UNC Tarheel fan. Jerry adored college basketball and never missed a single ball game. His sense of humor was second to none as he loved cracking clever jokes and making others laugh. For decades he played tennis with friends weekly and attended a few US Opens. When he wasn’t working 6 days a week, he would take Sunday drives in his 1974 Triumph TR6 or as he called it, “little red car”. An avid reader and lover of history, Jerry was a virtual encyclopedia on World War II, naming off random battles and skirmishes. He had a passion for sailing, and although time rarely permitted, his good friend G.K. Howard encouraged him to come along on many sailing trips in the Virgin Islands.
Jerry was a member of Kings Mountain Rotary Club since 1977. He participated in their backpack program that began 10 years ago. It has fed 350,500 children locally. Jerry was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain.
The most important thing to him was family and their well-being. After family get togethers, he wouldn’t rest easy until all of his adult kids had made it to their respective homes safely. Extremely generous, one of his favorite sayings was “We’re all in this together.” He loved spending time with his family, stating, “It doesn’t matter where we go, as long as we are together.” At family gatherings he thoroughly enjoyed listening to his family play songs on guitar, piano, and fiddle.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lynn, one daughter, Elizabeth Eskridge of Wendell, NC, two sons, Rame Eskridge and Will Eskridge, a daughter-in-law, Marie Eskridge, one grandson, Doc Wolfgang Eskridge of Athens, GA, and his dog, Mattie.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm March 26, 2022 at the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory.
The family will receive friends following the service. A private interment was held at Sunset Cemetery in Shelby.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations to Children’s Homes of Cleveland County www.chccinc.org, Cleveland County Animal Services, www.clevelandcountypets.org, or Robin Johnson House, www.gastonhospice.org
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
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Jessie Mae (Bishop) Timms

Kings Mountain, NC – Jessie Mae Bishop Timms, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with her Savior and Lord on March 17, 2022 at Caromont Hospital in Gastonia, NC.
She was born In McMinn County, Athens, Tennessee, the daughter of the late James O’Neal Bishop and Verdie Mae Bishop.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Clifton E. Timms; her son, Ronald Clifton Timms;stepson, Joel A. Timms; daughters-in-law, Wanda Ross Timms and Darlene Bailey Timms; brother James Charles Franklin Bishop and sister Bertha Bishop.
Jessie was a dedicated lifelong member at Macedonia Baptist Church, serving in numerous capacities and teaching the Dorcas Sunday School Class for approximately 20 years. She was a humble servant and generous with her time and talents, faithful to serve as Christ led her.  She was very faithful to her Savior, family, and friends. She retired from Park Yarn Mills/Glenn Raven after 46 plus years of service. Her loving kindness and servanthood will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
Jessie is survived by her husband, Earl R. Timms of the home for over 26 years, living in Winter Haven, Florida for approximately 9 years before returning to Kings Mountain, NC  in 2004; children: Morris E. Timms (Debbie) of Blythewood, SC; Gail Timms Smith (Mike) of Kings Mountain, NC, Allen R. Timms (Karen) of Floria; siblings:  Kay Bishop, James Bishop, Viola Bishop, Brenda Bishop and Patricia Bishop; grandchildren:  Dana T. Canoutas (Troy); Angel Smith Jenkins (Chris); Michelle T. Walker (Dale); Brian S. Timms (Jodi); Michael W. Smith (Jaime); Wendy T. Carswell (Worth); Kamie T. Russell (Carlton), Erica T. Woods (Ronnie), Amanda Powell (Brandon) and Matthew Timms (Baily); greatgrandchildren: Brittney York, Joshua Timms, Trena Jay, Ashley Meyers, Jamie York, Dylan Mayberry, Jessica Pettit, Brandon Timms, Matthew Timms, Matthew Jenkins, Skylar Smith, Ethan Timms, Ryne Smith, Isaiah Hernandez, Jaydin Hernandez, Liam Hernandez, Leo Powell, Raidon Powell, Lillyanna Powell and Autumn Woods; and 14 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Monday, March 21, 2022, at at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Dr. Chip Sloan and Michael Horne officated.
Visitation was at 10:00 - 10:50 AM on Monday, March 21, 2022 prior to the service in the Stained Glass Room 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.