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Thomas Dwight “Tommy”  Ledford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James Douglas Davis, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on May 15, 2021 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.  Born in Cleveland County. He was the son of the late J.D. Davis and Leitha Tessneer and was preceded in death by two sons David Lee Davis and Richard James Davis and one sister Jennifer Crotts.
He enjoyed racing, coffee, and eating sweets. He was a retired truck driver.  He was a loving father and grandfather.  He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his step daughters: Michelle Davis (DK), Shelby, NC;  Billie Carringer (Rusty), Kings Mountain, NC; and Kathey Stewart, Boiling Springs, NC; step sons:  Billy Foster (Linda), Blacksburg, SC and Kenny Stewart, Kings Mountain, NC; one brother: Tim Davis, Shelby NC; two sisters: Cathy Warren, Shelby NC and Linda Bridges, Ellenboro, NC; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and former wife: Cathy Davis, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday May 19, 2021, 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Rev. Sheila Grigg officiating.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be held  in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to  Hospice of Cleveland County 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks for the loving care given to James by the staff at the Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Jerry L. King

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Jerry L. King, 86, peacefully passed away while surrounded by his loving family on May 2, 2021. He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Louise Bobbitt King and Denver (Dink) Olan King. Jerry was also preceded in death by his son Michael William King, and his daughter-in-law Thelma Jean Strickland King.
​​​​​Jerry grew up in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, where he attended Kings Mountain High School and later graduated from Western Carolina University.  He was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, where he served as a pilot on various aircraft carriers.  After completing his tenure with the Navy, he returned to family life, the rearing of his five children, and a career in banking. This took him on a journey from Charlotte, NC to Columbia, SC, and finally settling in his home town of Kings Mountain, NC.
Jerry was very active in his community where he served as president of Kings Mountain Rotary Club. He was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday school and served on the church Session.
Jerry was passionate about spending time with his family and friends.  He was a man with an incredible sense of humor, who enjoyed laughing, nature, and anything that flies.  He loved his wife, Dr. Jane King of 34 years, and loved having coffee with his best friend Gene White.
He is survived by his wife Dr. Jane King, and children Karen King Moser (Jeff), Wesley Todd King (Paula), Susan Joan King (Jay), and John Finley King (Eden). Grandchildren include Laura Leigh Watson (Matt), William Jacob Moser (Paige), Colden Todd King (Claire), Sarah Torrence Moser, Madison Ann King, Sarah Susan King, and Gibson George King. Great-grandchildren, Eve Elizabeth Watson, Jacob Michael Watson, and Benjamin Robert Watson. Brother-in-law Lewis R Cabe (Diane). Niece, Tanessa Cabe (Steve), Great nieces Helenica Harte and Gizella Harte.
A memorial service will be held on  Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, NC with Reverend John Bridges officiating.
Visitation is Friday, May 7, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at the church.
A private interment will be held at Mountain Rest Cemetery      
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Sidney Roy Dixon

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC - Mr. Sidney Roy Dixon went to his heavenly home on April 20,2021.  He was born on March 28, 1922 in the Bethlehem community and was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mildred Flynn Dixon. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Mattie Dixon, brothers Nelson Dixon, Marion Dixon, Frank Dixon, Gene Dixon and sister Frances Julian Dotson.

He became a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church on August 11, 1934 and served the church and the community until joining the Navy in January of 1942.  He served his country in the Navy and was stationed in the Pacific Theatre as a Gunners Mate First Class aboard the U.S.S. Montpelier.  He spent four years in the Navy and moved home to Kings Mountain to the Bethlehem community and his roots. Prior to being officially trained through Charlotte School of Beauty, he began cutting hair within the community and while on active duty in the Navy.  Following his formal training, he began his career as a barber in 1952 in Kings Mountain.  He continued his successful career in the beauty business in Kings Mountain and Shelby until January of 2021 when he made the decision to retire after serving the community as a barber for almost 85 years.  His signature quote could be found on his business card:  “If you never know me, you’ll miss nothing; If you never know my Jesus, you’ll miss everything.”

 He also served his community as an integral part of the founding of the Bethlehem Fire Department.  He served on the original Board of Directors for Bethlehem Fire Department and was an active member for many years.  He was an avid golfer, an avid reader, and loved spending time with his family.

He met the love of his life, Mildred, at Bethlehem Baptist Church where he continued to serve as a choir member, a Sunday School Teacher, and Brotherhood Director.  In 1979 he joined the First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain and served as a member of the choir, a Sunday School Teacher, and head usher.  He also was a leader in a satellite ministry at Kings Mountain State Park.   He was well known for his smile, his greeting, and the fact that he always had candy in his pocket.

He is survived by a daughter Jean Webb (Harvey), son, Aaron Dixon (Paige), granddaughter Amanda Webb Buchanan (Mike), grandson Andrew Sidney Dixon, and great grandchildren Cole Buchanan (Brittney) and Charley Kate Buchanan.  He is also survived by a brother, Harley Dixon of Paducah, Kentucky, sisters Helen Wells (Boyce) of Kings Mountain and Sarah Faye Ruppe of Gaffney.  He also leaves behind special friends that he thought of as family, Butch and Kathy Riley.  He was fortunate to have such wonderful and special caregivers Maria Matheson, Michelle Wilson, and Teresa Wilson from Helping Hands of Shelby to whom the family will be forever grateful.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 23 at First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain.  The family will receive friends in the Stained Glass Room beginning at 1:00 and the funeral service, conducted by Dr. John W. (Chip) Sloan, Jr. and Dr. Steve Taylor, will begin at 2:00.  A graveside service will follow at Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery. The family requests that masks be worn for all services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Kings Mountain or Hospice of Cleveland County.


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 Smart  

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Linda Smart, 73, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2021 at her home. She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Roy and Ruth Head Robbins. Linda was a wonderful and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, caring for her grandchildren, and cooking delicious meals for her friends and loved ones. Linda was a faithful Christian who lived a life of selflessness, always putting others needs before her own desires. She displayed her love for people everyday. Linda loved going to yard sales and spent many hours reading. She loved being around people and sharing her contagious laugh with everyone. Her sweet spirit and love will be missed dearly by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years: Gary Odell Smart Sr., of the home; children: Dale Smart, Gary Odell Smart Jr., and Pamela Smart Kolometz (Bill), all of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Brittany Garzone (Justin), Logan Kolometz, Sara Smart, Lindsea Kolometz, and Gage Smart; great-grandchild to be: Asher Odell Garzone; sister: Janet Knox (Gene), Grover, NC; special friend and caregiver: Elizabeth Smart and Canine companion: Ruger.

Funeral service will be held on  Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Scott Hardin officiating.

Visitation is Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.

Interment will be held in Grover City Cemetery, Grover, 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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Synthia Thomas

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

Synthia Renea Beheler Thomas, 48, of Shelby, NC died Monday, April 5, 2021 peacefully at her home.
Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker, a wife, and a mother to all. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, laughing and cuddling her dog, Wiggles.
Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her mother, Billie Beheler, brother, “Bo” Beheler, and grandmother Edna Propst Bridges.
She is survived in death by 8 grandchildren; her children, Robert Pennington, Orry Beheler and Heidi Vaughn; husband: Richard Thomas;  father: James Beheler; sister: Amber Beheler; brother: Chris Beheler and his children: Remington, Kaden, and Kinlee Beheler; sister and brother in law: Mary and Jason Brock and their children Harley Carrigan, Joshua Beheler, and Jeremy Huskins.
A memorial service was held at New Buffalo Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Friday, April 9, 2021.
Pastor Mike Rote officiated the service.
Gregory Funerals is serving the family.
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Lisa Marie Boyd

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Lisa Marie Boyd, 45, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2021 at her home.
 She was born in Cleveland County, North Carolina. Lisa was a dedicated member of Penley’s Chapel where she and her family worshiped Christ faithfully. She worked for Dollar General Stores for ten years as an Assistant Manager. Lisa had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting Gatlinburg, TN. Lisa possessed a sweet spirit, selfless attitude and a kind heart. She displayed her love for her family and friends everyday. Lisa’s passing has left a void in the lives of her family, church and friends. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of twenty-eight years: Robert Boyd Jr., of the home; children: Myles, MaLesha, and Martina; parents: Vernon Short Sr., Kings Mountain, NC and Ann Marie Lawson Roper (Tim), Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Vernon Short Jr. (Heather), Mooresboro, NC, Lacey Fletcher (Brad), Grover, NC, and Crystal Smith (Jason), Cherryville, NC; many nieces and nephews and other loving family; caregivers and family: Regina Short and Susan Walker.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Penley’s Chapel with Reverend Melvin Proctor officiating.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Joyce Ann Ledford 

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Joyce Ann Ledford (née Sutton), age 73, of Kings Mountain, NC, died at Carolinas Medical Center on March 28, 2021.
Joyce was born on February 21, 1948, in Gastonia, NC, to Jerry Ellis and Lorene Sutton. She grew up in Cramerton, NC and graduated from Belmont High School in 1966. She earned an Associate in Arts degree from Gaston College. She was married to James Robert Ledford for 46 years.
She worked at Harris Teeter, American Greetings, McCormick, and Crowders Mountain State Park. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and volunteered with numerous library, gardening, school and literacy programs.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings (James Sutton and Linda Sutton Martin). She is survived by her husband Robert Ledford, daughter Charlene Reese Couch (Paul Couch), son Derek Reese (Crystal Reese), and granddaughter Autumn Reese, and by many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Mauney Memorial Library or to Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Roseboro Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.
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Richard E.  Plyler

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

Shelby, NC – Richard Ervin Plyler died April 2nd, 2021 in Gastonia, NC. He was born July 29th, 1933 to the late Robert Ervin and Nell Regis Kimbro Plyler. He was also preceded in death by his sisters Brenda Howell and husband Ed, and Kathy Moore and husband James.
Richard graduated from Gastonia High School. He attended Gardner-Webb Junior College and graduated from Carson-Newman College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained into the Ministry on August 28, 1955, by Temple Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC. During his ministry Richard served as pastor of Wise Baptist Church, Wise, VA; Mount Beulah Baptist Church, Bessemer City, NC and Patterson Grove Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC from which he retired after 31 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Shelby, NC.
Richard is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Elizabeth Webb Plyler; sons Richard Glenn Plyler and Karen, Charles Martin Plyler and Lucy; daughter Mary Katheryne Plyler and Rebecca; four granddaughters, Lorrin Elizabeth Brothers and Joshua, Laurel English Plyler and fiance’ David Sollecito, Anastasia Nicole Weaver and Jordan, Victoria Hartley Plyler.
Richard will lie in repose at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm. For those who wish to pay their respects during this time, a guestbook will be available. The family will not be present.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Richard’s memory to one of the following: Victory Junction - 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317;   Baptist Children’s Homes of NC - P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361; St, Jude’s Children’s Hospital - 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
 Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Pearl Ford

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Pearl Ford, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on March 22, 2021. She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late James Elmer and Elma Hamrick Thornburg and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of sixty-two years, Earnest "Bob" Ford. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Gregory Ford. Pearl was a dedicated Christian and member of Kings Mountain Nazarene Church. She worked as a seamstress for many years. Pearl loved her family and community with a compassion and generosity rarely seen. She was a grandmother to the entire neighborhood and enjoyed feeding and loving on her neighbors as well as her family. Pearl loved watching the hummingbirds that would frequent her feeders and the beautiful flowers she had grown. She possessed a giving spirit that caused her to place everyone's needs above her own. Pearl was a dedicated wife to Bob, mother to her children, grandmother to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren and a friend to everyone who knew her. Her strength, wisdom and love will be missed tremendously by her family, friends, and her church.
She is survived by her sons: Jimmy Ford (Cindy), Claremont, NC, Ricky Ford (Kim Navy), Kings Mountain, NC and Eddie Ford (Pam), Kings Mountain, NC; daughters: Gina McGinnis (Ken), Sherri Williams (Danny), and Crystal Ford, all of Kings Mountain, NC; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren; sister: Iris Dover, Gastonia, NC; nephews: Tommy and Randy Dover, Kings Mountain, NC.

Funeral service will be held on  Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM at First Church of the Nazarene Kings Mountain with Reverend Jeff Wilson officiating. Attendees should follow all Covid-19 precautions including wearing a face covering and social distancing.

Visitation will be held on  Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM prior to the service at the church and at other times at 137 Country Creek Drive, Kings Mountain.

 Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery    

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Pearl's memory may be made to First Church of the Nazarene Kings Mountain at 127 Countryside Drive, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Kenneth Wayne (Maffey) Mathis

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

York – Kenneth Wayne (Maffey) Mathis 57, of York, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
Kenneth was born March 16, 1964 in Kings Mountain, NC to the late Roy Rogers Mathis and Patricia Costner Mathis.
He is survived by his wife, Jacklyn Irene Pratt Mathis, son, Justin Mathis (Hannah), daughter, Amanda Garris (Preston), son, James Mathis, daughter, Cheryl Wright and brother, Roy Mathis (Kerry Freeman).
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, John Wayne Mathis and daughter, Sheree Lee.
Services will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brattonfuneralhome.com.
Bratton Funeral Home in York is serving the Mathis family.
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Alfred Ash

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain: Alfred Anthony Ash I was born September 22, 1954, in Kings Mountain, NC. He went home to be with Jesus March 16, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
 He was preceded in death by Grandma Julia Euzelia Ash Roberts, his mother Phyllis Ash and his brother Clarence Ash.
Alfred graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1973. There he played left guard for the KMHS football team and wrestled for the KMHS wrestling team. He was the first athlete in KMHS history to win a state championship in wrestling at 185lbs in ‘72-‘73. He later attended Appalachian State University on a full wrestling scholarship and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Technology. This is also where he met his best friend and wife Connie in 1974.
Alfred acquired his National Board Certification and taught at Kings Mountain High School, Fundamentals of Technology, and Computer Engineering until he retired. He coached KMHS football and wrestling, sending several athletes to the state championships including both of his sons.
Coach Ash leaves behind his wife of 42 years Connie Ash; having just celebrated their wedding anniversary, daughter Niki Luckey (David) of Greensboro, son A. Anthony Ash II (Jenny) of Charlotte, son Matthew Ash (Jen) of Chicago, daughter Kayla Ash of Kings Mountain, grandchildren; Jonas, Cheslynn, Matthew, Stephan, Julia, Marques, Malaja, Malik and so many family and friends.
Alfred Ash was a well-known and loved son of Kings Mountain, NC. His family was his pride and joy. He worked hard to ensure that we all not only heard his words of love, encouragement, and truth, but we lived it to the absolute fullest. The Ash Family is so thankful for all of the outpouring of love through phone calls, texts, messages, social media, food drop offs and air hugs! We don’t how we could ever repay the kindness that has been shown to us during this incredibly difficult time. Thank you!
Due to Covid-19 the family held a private Memorial Service, Saturday March 20, 2021 at 3pm. The service may be viewed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/2910739662541420. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alfred Ash Scholarship Fund http://gf.me/u/zm9348.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Earnest Robert Ford

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Earnest Robert Ford, 82, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2021 at his home surrounded by family.
 He was born in Cleveland county, NC, son of the late Everette and Annie Bell Ford and was preceded in death by his siblings, Ellise Spencer, Joan Spencer, and Hildred Ford. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Gregory Ford.
Bob was a lifelong member of Kings Mountain Nazarene Church. He retired after many years of service in the maintenance department at Cleveland Community College.
Bob was an accomplished musician and an amazing base player. Over the years he played with the Bluegrass Tarheels, Nelson Young and the Sandy Valley Boys, and the Lincoln County Partners among other notable bands. Bob played on stage at the Grand Ole Opry during his tenure with Lincoln County Partners, an accomplishment he was very proud of.
In his spare time, Bob enjoyed fishing and eating great food. He loved to frequent the Pancake House in Shelby to enjoy breakfast with family and friends. He loved spending time with his loved ones and will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved him.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Cleveland County for the care and dedication shown to Ernest and his family during his last days.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years: Pearl Thornburg Ford, of the home; sons: Jimmy Ford (Cindy), Claremont, NC, Ricky Ford (Kim Navy), Kings Mountain, NC and Eddie Ford (Pam), Kings Mountain, NC; daughters: Gina McGinnis (Ken), Sherri Williams (Danny), and Crystal Ford, all of Kings Mountain, NC; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM at First Church of the Nazarene, Kings Mountain with Reverend Jeff Wilson officiating. Attendees followed all Covid-19 precautions including wearing face coverings and social distancing.
Visitation was held on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM prior to the service at the church and at other time at 137 Country Creek Drive, Kings Mountain.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.    In lieu of flowers, donations in Ernest’s memory may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to First Church of the Nazarene, Kings Mountain at 127 Countryside Drive, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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James (Jim) Franklin White

(March 11, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James (Jim) Franklin White, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on March 7, 2021 at Testa Family Hospice in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Graham Hood and Mary Lee Sparrow White and was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Dean White.
Jim was in the trucking industry for over sixty years and in 1991, he and Wanda founded W & B Trucking. Jim lived and breathed trucking and poured his whole life into the business. He was a dedicated member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed watching baseball and spending time with his family. He was a wonderful husband, loving father, and doting grandfather. Jim will be missed greatly by his family, friends and the entire community.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-five years: Wanda Hannon White, of the home; sons: Bryon H. White (Susan) and Brandon White (Amanda), both of Kings Mountain; daughters: Mary Ann Wilson (Steve) of Gastonia and Christy Bridges, Kings Mountain; siblings: Jerry White (Becky), and Hilda Borders both of Kings Mountain’ sister-in-law: Nancy White, Shelby ; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating. Attendees should follow all Covid-19 protocols and practice social distancing.
The family will speak with attendees following the service in the cemetery
Interment will be held Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.     
Memorials in Jim’s memory may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150 or to the Building Fund at Bethlehem Baptist Church at 1017 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangement.
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Paul Venson Rathbone

(March 11, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Paul Venson Rathbone, 74, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 28, 2021 at Hospice of the Carolina’s Foothills in Forest City, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Dewey and Dona Dorsey Rathbone and was preceded in death by two brothers, Steve and Bobby Rathbone and two sisters, Juanita Sims and Geraldine Hollifield.
Paul was an avid sports fan and particularly loved watching Washington Redskins football. His family and friends will miss Paul dearly.
He is survived by his sister: Belinda Adams of Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Douglas Rathbone of Kings Mountain, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Pastor Eddie Gray officiating.
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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Jack Walter Eaker

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Jack Walter Eaker, 90, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 28, 2021 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville, NC.
 He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Lafayette and Myrtle Costner Eaker and was preceded in death by his brothers, Gerald, Ralph, Wilbur, and Boyst Eaker and his sisters, Helen Warren, Averice Bridges, and Ruth Mayhew.
Jack was a longtime and active member of El Bethel UMC. He served his country honorably in the US Army where he selflessly served during the Korean War. Jack retired from Foote Mineral after more than thirty years of dedicated service.
He was an avid collector of many things. Jack considered himself a rock hound because of his love for rocks and minerals. He enjoyed repairing and collecting time pieces of all types. Jack and Neely loved traveling, camping and square dancing. He was a wonderful and loving husband and father.
His life will forever be remembered by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of seventy years: Neely Anthony Eaker, of the home; daughters: Kayla Day Bearden (Daniel), Kings Mountain, NC and Kaitland Day (Brandon Wollenhaupt), York, SC; grandchildren: Everette Eaker Bearden and Adaline Bearden; niece: Barbara Hawkins (Garth).
Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM at El Bethel UMC Cemetery with Reverend Tom Jolly officiating.
Interment will be held in  El Bethel UMC Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials in Jack’s memory may be made to Foothills Detachment Marine Corps League at PO Box 2004 Shelby, NC 28151.
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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Margie Barrett Bridges

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Margie Barrett Bridges, 94, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 16, 2021 at her home.
Margie was born on June 27, 1926, in Gaston County, NC, daughter of the late G. Arthur and Grace Ward Barrett. She was also preceded in death by her husband of forty-five years, Clyde J. “Whitey” Bridges; two brothers: Richard “Dick” Barrett and Arthur “Dink” Barrett.
Margie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved to spend time with her family. She relished going on trips with her family and friends, especially to the beach and numerous church related trips. She left her family and friends with many precious memories.
Margie was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC, and she loved to talk to everyone she met about God and how important faith was in her life. She believed in the power of prayer and prayed for the salvation and health of those in need. She believed God was the answer to any problem. Margie loved her Lord and is now happily in his presence. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the kind caretakers from Helping Hands and the Hospice Nurses for their love and dedication to Margie.
She is survived by her sons: Clyde J. “Jay” Bridges (Sylvia) of Kings Mountain, NC  and David A. Bridges (Wanda) of Gastonia, NC; grandchildren: Mary Etters (K.G.) of Kings Mountain, NC, Haley Babb (Brent) of Boiling Springs, SC, Amanda Newton (Russell) of Concord, NC, and Bekah Bridges of Cramerton, NC; great-grandchildren: Caje Etters, Sam Etters, Olivia Babb, MaryGrace Babb, and Harrison Babb; sisters-in-law: Pat Barrett and Ann Allison of Kings Mountain, NC; a number of nieces and nephews including Kathy Patterson and Heather Barrett of Kings Mountain, NC and special friend: Patricia King of Kings Mountain, NC.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Tim Hendrick officiating.
Covid-19 protocols and social distancing were practiced.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Patterson Grove Baptist Church at 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings MOuntain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Rebecca Wyte

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Rebecca “Becky” Clara Self Wyte, 81, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021 at White Oak Manor of Kings Mountain.
Born in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Andrew Sr. and Sallie Mae Ingle Self. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and a long time employee of Mauney Hosiery. Becky was a graduate of Tryon High School, class of 1957, and Evans Business college of Gastonia. Rebecca was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Cone Self, Clarence A Self, Jr., Bobby Carol Self, and Archie Ralph Self; and sister, Elene Crouse.
She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Joe S. Wyte of the home; sons, Scott Wyte and wife Laura, Joey Wyte and wife Julie, and Mark Wyte and wife Johnna; sister, Betty Jo Johnson and husband Gerald; grandchildren, Crystal Shoe and husband Jase, Jake Wyte, Hannah Moore and husband Andrew, Emily Wyte, Anna Wyte, Seth Wyte; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 2pm, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church fellowship hall from 2:30pm-4pm.
Those in attendance at the service and reception are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
In  lieu of flowers please send donations to the Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Tommy Brisco Sisk 

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

GASTONIA – Tommy Brisco Sisk, Jr., 84, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at his residence.
He was born in Gaston County on January 3, 1937, the son of the late Tommy Brisco Sisk, Sr. and Maggie Elizabeth Sisk. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven siblings.
Tommy was a faithful member of Carson Memorial Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and on the Bus Ministry. He worked at FMC for 25 years and served his Country in the United States Coast Guard. Tommy loved his Lord and his family.
Tommy is survived by his children, Thomas B. Sisk III, Virginia Mahboub and husband Ash; and grandchildren, Monica, Ashley, Cory and fiancé Brittany.
Funeral services were held on Friday, February 19, 2021, 1:00 P.M., at Carson Memorial Baptist Church, 262 Sparrow Springs Road, Kings Mountain, with Pastor Chris Wilson officiating. The family received friends from 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. prior to the service.
Interment followed at Evergreen “A Quiet Place”, Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Carson Memorial Baptist Church, Mission Fund, 262 Sparrow Springs Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. Online condolences may be made at www.BensonFuneralServices.com
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Jeremy Shawn Gann 

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

SHELBY - Jeremy Shawn Gann, 44, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Atrium Healthcare Cleveland. He is predeceased by his father, Paul Dean Gann; brother, Brian Shea Gann and Jamie Brandon Gann.
Jeremy leaves behind to cherish his memories his sons, Derek Paul Gann and Jordan Tyler Gann; mother, Lynn Hinson Stuart; brothers, Christopher Dean Gann and Justin Blake Messick; sisters, Chelsie Irene Gann, Paula Dean Gann and Mikayla Stuart Mosteller.
He worked as a Weaver in Textiles for most of his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Clay Barnett Funeral Home, 303 Phifer Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Arrangements entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service of Boiling Springs, NC.
Online condolences available.
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Vivian Pauline  (McAbee) Payne 

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN - Pauline McAbee Payne, 92, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. Born in Laurinburg, North Carolina on March 5, 1928, she was the daughter of the late William Jefferson McAbee and Vera Long McAbee. Polly was a former nurse and Case Manager at Cleveland Regional Medical Center and was also a nursing instructor at Cleveland Community College. She retired in 1997 as the business manager of Western Carolina Claims Service. She was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church in Shelby. She was a member of the Wesley Class, Altar Guild, and served on the Administrative Council and Wedding Committee.
Polly was a former member of the Jaycettes, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Elks Auxiliary, and a Charter Member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Shelby Chapter.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Harold and sister Betty Clark and husband, Charlie, and brother-in-law, Larry Payne.
Polly is survived by her sister-in-law, Linda Payne, her daughter, Marsha Payne Santora, son-in-law, Joseph, son, Jeffrey and daughter-in-law, Angela, niece, Debbie Deacon and husband, Bill, and nephew Herb Stricklin and wife Janice. She is also survived by grandchildren, Michelle Santora, Joel Santora and wife Hailey and Nicholas Payne. She is survived by great-grandchildren Lucas Sanders, Ella Santora and Jaxson Santora.
Due to COVID-19 concerns a private burial will be held at Cleveland Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank each and every staff member at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain for the excellent care and respect that Polly received during her time there.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 200 East Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262.
Arrangements entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service of Boiling Springs, NC.
Online condolences available.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Vivian Pauline (McAbee) Payne, please visit our floral store.
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Ethel  Mae Proctor

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

Fallston–Ethel Mae Proctor, 99, died Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at her home.
Born in Polk County she was the daughter of the late Early and Della Davis Martin. Ethel was a caretaker who loved to plant flowers and cook. The family would like to thank Angie Hillman, Shevela Parris, Chris Melton and Hospice of Catawba for their care of Ethel. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years James Willard Proctor; sons: Melvin Douglas Martin and John Pinkney Proctor; daughter, Doris Elaine Proctor; grandson, James Douglas Eaton; brothers, James Martin, Bud Martin, Marshall Davis and Harold Davis; sister, Frances Blalock.
She is survived by her sons: Earl Proctor of Fallston and Larry Proctor of Shelby; daughters, Tammy Proctor-Harris and Louise McNeely both of Shelby; sisters: Nettie Reynolds, Dot Sentell, and Margaret Walker all of Gaffney, SC; grandchildren: Todd (Cindy) Proctor, David (Suzi) Proctor, Steven Proctor, Kevin (Lea) Proctor, Greg Proctor, Allen (Tracey) Proctor, Jeramie (Heather) Proctor and Jennifer (Kevin) Frazier; 18 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; lifetime friends: Mary Ellen Wellmon and Greg Ledford, AKA Honey Bun.
A funeral service was held at 2:30 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Sandy Plains Baptist Church Clubhouse with grandson David Proctor officiating. The family received friends beginning at 1pm in the Clubhouse before the service.
Burial followed in Sandy Plains Baptist Church Cemetery. Those in attendance at the service were asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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James Robbins

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

SHELBY, NC – James “Jim” Floyd Robbins Jr., 76, died Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his home after a period of extended illness non covid related.
A native of Cleveland County he was the son of the late James Sr. and Irene Head Robbins.
Jim was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who retired from Anvil Knitwear after 30 years and was a long time member of Westover Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, James Edward Robbins and Charlie Robbins; and sister, Ruth Elmore.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Jane W. Robbins of the home; son, Todd Humphries and wife Michele; daughter, Patricia Lynn Black; sister, Jeanette Nalley all of Shelby; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Westover Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Whittington officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will follow in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Those in attendance at the service are ask to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Mary M.  Szymborski

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Mary Martha Mathis Szymborski, age 92, passed away on February 6, 2021 at Wendover Hospice.
Born in Greenville, SC on May 5, 1928, Mary was the daughter of the late Thomas William Mathis, Sr. and Mattie Hughes Smith Mathis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Paul E. Szymborski Sr. on October 31, 2009; by her sister Eileen M Armstrong and her brothers, T.W. Mathis, Jr., Sam Milton Mathis, and Andrew Mathis.
Mary is survived by her sons and daughter-in-laws, Paul Jr. and Jane Szymborski of Shelby and Tom and Patti Szymborski of Durham along with her loving grandchildren Charlie Szymborski (Samantha Leonard) of Davidson, NC, Tracy Szymborski (Michael Shope) of Boiling Springs, NC, and three great grandsons, David and Will Szymborski, Cooper Shope. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Frances Mathis of Liberty SC, Lyda Mathis of Landrum SC, and many nieces and nephews; and by her very dear friend Jean Miller.
The family would like to thank the staff of Helping Hands, especially Tammy Donaldson, Shanti Jadoobir, Emily Rountree, Ruth Bagwell and Carol Staie and Cleveland County Hospice.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Sunset Cemetery, 412 Sumter Street, Shelby, NC officiated by The Reverend Father Michael Kottar Celebrant. Due to the pandemic, please practice safe distancing and wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Mary Help of Christians Parish, 818 McGowan Road, Shelby NC 28150 or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Cecil M Burton Funeral Home & Crematory.

 
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Michael Walter Archer

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Michael Walter Archer, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 5, 2021 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
Born in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Preston Archer and Margie McEntyre. He was also preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Bradley.
Michael was retired from the United States Air Force with 20 years of service. He served in the Gulf War during Desert Storm.
He was an active member of David Baptist Church. He loved grilling and smoking food. Being a Papaw was something he loved immensely. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kathy Galloway Archer, Kings Mountain, NC; son: Jeffery Allen Archer and wife
Felicia, Virginia; daughter: Heather Archer Head and husband Kimber, Clover, SC; sister: Elaine Archer Price and husband Donald, Bessemer City, NC; and 5 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 3:00 PM at David Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Taule officiating.
Family will speak to friends following the service. Due to the COVID Pandemic, all visitors are ask to wear masks and practice social distancing.  
Memorials may be made to David Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 David Baptist Church Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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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Brenda Wheat

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Gaffney, SC –   Brenda Kay Lemons Wheat, 77, of 521 W. Montgomery Street, Apt. 29, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
 Born in Shelby, NC, she was the widow of the late Roger Wheat and daughter of the late Benjamin Elzie Lemons and Sudie Bailey Lemons.  She retired from Norma’s Truck Stop after 35 years of service, was a wonderful Mama and Grandma, loved shopping at Hamrick’s and Buford Street Auction, and was a member of Open Door Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Eric Wheat (Viva) and David Wheat, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Sharon Davidson and Tammy Scruggs (Johnny), both of Gaffney; a sister, Kim Yarbro (Jeff) of Kings Mountain, NC; eight grandchildren, Shannon Coffey (Jason), Ken Koonce (Joanne), Leigh Wheat, Wayne Matthews (Skye), Larry Terwilliger (Jada), Erika Wyatt (Michael), Faith Wheat and Kayce Gamble; four great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Lemons, Larry Lemons and Floyd Lemons and three sisters, Lucille Lemons, Joyce Gardner and Elizabeth Carpenter.
No services are scheduled at this time.
The family will be at the home of Johnny and Tammy Scruggs, 161 Charles Hayes Road, Gaffney, SC 29340.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC is serving the family.
Whitaker

Louise Gantt Whitaker 

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC  – On January 27, 2021 Louise Gantt Whitaker made her long-awaited arrival into the gates of Heaven.  She was no doubt greeted by her loving husband of 48 years, Harvey Whitaker along with many family members.
She was born to Lona Gantt and Drew Gantt on May 22, 1940. She was the youngest and the last survivor of 15 siblings.  Louise worked in textiles most of her life and retired from Clyde A Short Co. in Shelby, NC.
She was predeceased by her brothers Jack, Bob, Russell, David, Jimmy, Ike, Thurman (Giz) and Clarence Gantt; sisters Ellen Gantt, Blanche Edes, Rosie Canipe, Geneva (Sug) Freeman, Ruby Tate, and Juanita Keene. As well as her precious granddaughter, Danyelle Whitaker.
Left to treasure her memory are her children Mike and wife Tammy Knox Whitaker, Timmy and wife Lisa Tignor Whitaker,  Randy and wife Krista Smith Whitaker. Grandchildren: Sabrina Gabriele, TJ Whitaker (Lindsay), Mikey Whitaker, TiAnna Whitaker (Andre Barden), Kaitlin Renfroe (Trevor), Calebb Whitaker, Elijah Whitaker (Amber Mathis), and Ryan Whitaker (Jana McCurry) and ten great-grandchildren, Ethan, Dallas, Keelie, Kaydance, Alexis, Isabella, Levi, Elsie, Kyan, and Tate as well numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Greene’s Funeral Services, West Chapel is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Hospice of Cleveland County.
Deal

Elizabeth Anne Deal

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC  – Elizabeth F. Deal (Betty Anne), 91 years of age, passed away February 1, 2021, at Summit Place of Kings Mountain.
 She was born in Neenah, Wisconsin,  daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. C.E. Fritz, and was preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Deal, brothers Charles Joseph Fritz, W.Richard Fritz Sr., R. Douglas Fritz, and sister Alice Fritz Riley. Betty Anne was educated in the public schools of Wisconsin, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
She was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University, and it was there that she met and married her beloved husband, Donald J. Deal.  They enjoyed 68 years of marriage together until Donald’s death in 2019.
Betty Anne had a beautiful alto voice and was an accomplished church organist.  She served several churches as organist over the years, including Resurrection Lutheran Church  in Kings Mountain , which she served for 25 years.
Betty Anne was an avid reader  and excellent cook. Before her retirement, she was employed by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, after several years of teaching in the Gaston County Schools.   She and Donald enjoyed traveling together throughout the United States and Europe during their retirement years.  Betty Anne is survived by her two sons,  Joseph Deal of San Francisco, CA, and John Deal of Kings Mountain.
A graveside service will be conducted at  Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 am with Rev. Mike Varn officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle, Kings Mountain, NC,  or to the 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.
Greene

Carl Greene Jr.

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Carl Greene Jr, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 27, 2021. He drew his last breath on earth while being held by his beloved wife, Natalie Lysek Greene and holding the hand of his youngest son, Paul. There is no doubt that he passed into the presence of Jesus who said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
He is preceded in death by his step-father, James Snyder, and mother, Gladys Watts Snyder, sisters Mary Helen Sales and Betty Jean Brooks.
Mr. Greene leaves behind his two sons, Carl James Greene and Paul Greene (Sandy), and three grandchildren, Madeline Sholtz (Dakota), Nola, and Benjamin, as well as, two great-grandchildren Ava and Alexander. He also leaves behind his sister JoAnn Walker and several nieces and nephews.
Carl was devoted to the love of his life Natalie for 56 years. On February 9, the couple would have celebrated 57 years of marriage. The two loved spending time with friends, family and their community. Going to car shows was of special interest to the couple. Carl enjoyed being a founding member of the car club, Mountaineer Cruisers.
Carl was a member of Family Worship Center Church of God in Kings Mountain. Carl and Natalie served as leaders of the “Young At Heart” Ministry at their church from 1997 to 2002. From 1997 to 1999, Carl humbly served on the President’s Advisory Council for East Coast Bible College.
He was the owner of J&C Machine Shop, from which he retired. In his younger days, he served as Chef of the Volunteer Kings Mtn. Fire Department. In his spare time, Carl greatly enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family. He was a hard worker and loved his family deeply.
His grandchildren held a special place in his heart and they never questioned his love for them. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service was held at 3 pm on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Jones

Betty Putnam Jones

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Betty Putnam Jones, 91, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Testa Family Hospice of Kings Mountain. A native of Cleveland County she was the daughter of the late Wayne and Lala Wright Putnam.
Betty was a kind and gentle person who loved to cook and feed others.  She made a career of feeding at least 2 generations of young students who attended the Kings Mountain Middle School, retiring after 21 years of service.
As a lifelong member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church, Betty continued to serve others by participating on the Bereavement Committee, nurturing and loving others during their time of need.  Betty was a dedicated student of the Gospel and shared her faith by example.  Betty dearly loved her church and the Lord serving both well throughout her life.
Betty gathered her family for holiday and birthday celebrations which often involved the family’s favorite treat, Irish Potato Candy.  Betty loved to fill the hearts and stomachs of those she loved.   It made Betty smile with endearing satisfaction to hear her children and grand-children discuss dividing up the Christmas candies to take home for later.
Betty’s sense of family was also shown in her great love for her siblings and late husband and love of her life, Homer Jones all of whom she was eager to see in Heaven.  While Betty will be sorely missed by those she leaves behind, as it is said in 1 Corinthians 13:8, Love never dies. The love Betty freely gave will live on.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Jones; five brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by her sons, Bruce Jones and wife Heidi and Kevin Jones and wife Toni, all of Kings Mountain; daughter, Lynn Tindall of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Anissa Fleming and husband Todd, Amanda Hall and husband Monte, Jason Crawford and wife Summer, Emily Perry and husband Steve, Leistey Tindall, David Crawford, Tyler Jones, Graham Jones and Lachlan Jones; great grandchildren, Alex, Erin and husband Ryan, Andrew and wife Hannah, Blake, Daniel, Isaiah, Nicholas, Callie, Laney, and Briggs; great-great grandchildren, Paige, Joshua and a baby girl due in March.
A private family service will take place at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Of Cleveland County,  951 Wendover Heights Dr, Shelby, NC 28150.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home and Aquamation of Kings Mountain, Claybarnette.com .
Bagwell

David Brent Bagwell

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – David Brent Bagwell, 51, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 27th, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Jerry David “Danny” Bagwell and Ruth Clippard Bagwell.
Brent was a long-time member and Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. Brent attended North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing Education and a Minor in Business Management. While he was at NC State, he was a member of the Wolfpack football team. After his playing career came to an end, he started a career in coaching and became a graduate assistant football coach at NC State, and TCU. He then went on to coach at Newberry College, Virginia Military Institute, and Lenoir-Rhyne University. He also coached football at North Gaston, and Kings Mountain High Schools helping lead North Gaston to the State Championship game in 2007.
Always active in sports and his children’s lives, Brent coached his sons and daughter in many sports including baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball for many years. Throughout his life he coached many other young men where he played a vital role in developing them on and off of the field.
Brent was employed with Mohawk Industries as Senior Vice President of the Builder/Multifamily division. Brent enjoyed serving the community and did it in many ways including serving on the board at the Kings Mountain YMCA and the Kings Mountain Country Club. Brent was also a leader within his church. One of his greatest honors was being inducted into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Brent was a wonderful provider for his family and a devoted and loving husband, father, son and brother. His contributions to the community and his family will be missed greatly.
He is survived by his wife of twenty-six years: Shannon Smith Bagwell, of the home; sons: Daniel Edmond Bagwell and David James Bagwell, both of Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Paige Bren Bagwell, Kings Mountain, NC; mother: Ruth Clippard Bagwell, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Stephen Kale Bagwell, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters-in-law: Sonya Smith Crawford (Ronald), Boiling Springs, NC and Miranda Shea Smith, Kings Mountain, NC; uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends and co-workers that he also considered family.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11:00 am at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain PO Box 1188 Kings Mountain, NC 28086 and the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club PO Box 2017 Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
The family requested that all in attendance wear a face covering and practice social distancing during the service.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Bphotosweb

Phillip Ray Barrett 

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

ROCK HILL, SC – Phillip Ray Barrett, 74, of Rock Hill, SC, passed away on January 18, 2021 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, SC. He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Charles Van Buren and Biddie Gladden Barrett. Ray worked as an insurance agent for more than twenty-five years before beginning a second career as a truck driver, driving for Walmart Transportation for thirteen years. Ray was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing golf in his spare time. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ray’s kindness and love will be missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years: Rebecca Payne Barrett, of the home; children: Jeff Barrett of Rock Hill, SC and Beth Barrett Kane and husband Rob of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren: Kala Barrett, Charleston, SC, Anissa O’Brien, Myrtle Beach, SC, Olivia O’Brien, Myrtle Beach, SC and Sadie Kane, Myrtle Beach, SC; sister: Rita Barrett Lawing and husband Doug, Kings Mountain, NC.
The family will hold a private service at a later date.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Wellmon

Diane Wellmon
 

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Janice “Diane” Goins Wellmon, 75, died Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Peak Resources of Cherryville.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Boyce “Dutch” and Rosaleen Hudson Goins.
Diane was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed watching television and doing word search books.
The family would like to thank Peak Resources for all they have done for Diane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her six brothers and sisters, Emogene Brown, Maxine Flowers, Barbara Burton, Boyce Goins Jr., John “Jake” Goins, and Mike Goins.
She is survived by her special friend, Charlie McDonald of Kings Mountain; daughters: Candi Bumgardner and husband Matt of Kings Mountain and Jessica Wellmon of Lincolnton; sister, Karen Moss of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Kayla White, Justin Chapman, Zach White and Jada Bumgardner.
A graveside service will take place at 2 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Mountain Rest Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Stroup officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.w
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Mcmmurry

Phillip Mitchell McMurry

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

Shelby, NC –  Phillip Mitchell McMurry, age 80 of Shelby, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Wanda Ligon McMurry of the home, two daughters, Lynn McMurry Potter (Jerry) of New Bern, NC, and Stacy McMurry Thomas of Shelby, NC, four grandchildren, Megan Potter Tilley (Steve) of Duraham, NC, Logan Gray Potter (Emily) of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Marley Kendall Potter of Shelby, NC, and Garrett Mitchell Thomas of Tampa, FL, a great grandson, Caleb Lewis Tilley of Duraham, NC, and a cousin, Gail White.
Born January 18, 1940 in Cleveland County, NC, Phillip was the son of the late Martin and Claudia McMurry Whisnant.  Phillip was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  He loved listening to country music and attending Nascar races.  Phillip enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, long walks, and visiting “Big Sky Montona”.
A private graveside service will be held at Cleveland Memorial Park on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 conducted by Kelly Young.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Don Gibson Theater, P.O. Box 105, Shelby NC. 28150.
To sign the guest book, please go to www.clevelandfuneralservices.com
A service of Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory, Inc.
 
Wyatt

Beverly Herndon Wyatt

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

Beverly Herndon Wyatt, 75, of Jamestown, NC, formerly of Kings Mountain, passed away on January 5, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, the only child of the late Broadus Pinkney and Emily Ashe Herndon.
She was also preceded in death by two loving puppies, Daisy and Dixie. Beverly enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, growing beautiful flowers and cheering on the ECU Pirates. She lived her life wholly dedicated to her family and the people she loved. Beverly loved animals, especially her beloved puppies, Bonny Blue and Gracie Lee. She was a wonderful wife to Allen, loving mother to her children, Kimberly, Allen, and James and a doting grandmother to her grandson, Andrew. Beverly’s generosity, love, and compassion will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, James Allen Wyatt, of the home; daughter: Kimberly Wyatt Sepich and husband Bryan, Youngsville, NC; sons: Allen William Wyatt and wife Lori, Guyton, GA and James Broadus Wyatt, Jamestown, NC; grandson: Andrew James Wyatt, Guyton, GA.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiated.
The family spoke with attendees following the service at the cemetery.
Interment was held in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.      
Memorial may be made in Beverly’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Hammitt

Glen Hammitt Sr.

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

Glen Weldon Hammitt Sr. passed away Tuesday December 1st at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, NC after a recent fall at his home and an illness.
He was the eldest child of James and Virginia (Haviland) Hammitt and was born in Muncie, Indiana on November 3rd, 1937. His family moved to Chardon, Ohio during his high school years and he resided there until 2006.
He met his wife of 59 years Nancy Dryer in Chardon and she predeceased him in 2015. He leaves his son Glen Hammitt Jr. and his wife Audette of Shrewsbury, MA; his grandchildren Corina Allgood and her husband Josh of Biloxi, Mississippi, Glen Hammitt III of California, Sean Hammitt of Shrewsbury and two great grandchildren Jace and Elizabeth Grace of MS. He also leaves his brother Richard Hammitt and his wife Patrice of Kings Mountain, NC, sister-in-law Alberta Varat of Middlefield, OH. He had a special bond with his cousin Sandra of Missouri and was well loved by his other cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and his wife he was predeceased by his sister Janice in 2002.
Glen worked many years in the rubber manufacturing industry and worked at Chardon High school prior to his retirement. In his younger years he enjoyed playing softball, camping, fishing and hunting with friends and relatives, as well as vegetable gardening with his wife.
When their son was growing up, he enjoyed family vacations and following his son’s high school sporting events. Glen and Nancy also helped care for Corina and Glen III when their son was in the U.S. Navy.
He and his wife moved to Kings Mountain, NC in 2006 to escape the cold of Ohio and to be close to his mother and brother. He enjoyed the warm weather and meeting new friends.
Glen will be remembered by his family and friends for his strong sense of independence, his loyalty, thoughtfulness and generosity. We will miss him every day.
His family has entrusted Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain, NC with his arrangements. Services will be private.
Flint

Charles Stephen Flint

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Charles Stephen Flint, age 61, of Kings Mountain, NC, formerly of  Stanaford, WV passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the home of his  mother in Stanaford, WV.
Born on July 2, 1959 in Charleston, he was the son of Betty  Lane-Maynor of Stanaford, WV, and Charles L. Flint and the step son of Dreama  Flint of Oak Hill, WV.
He was a disabled fabricator and welder, and had lived in Kings  Mountain, NC for nearly twenty years.
Steve as he was known by family and friends, enjoyed watching  sports, and loved gardening, hunting and fishing.   He also loved taking care of  his animals.
Surviving other than his mother and father, include his wife  Barbra Flint of Kings Mountain; two daughters, Stephanie Flint and Amy Meador  of Daniels, WV; five grandchildren. A sister, Julie Callahan of Charlotte, NC.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January16th at 2pm at Second Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
Private online condolences, and other expressions of sympathy  may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha  Street, Beckley, WV.
Lackey

Miriam Angela Lackey

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Miriam Angela Lackey, 71, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Atrium Health in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cabarrus County, NC, daughter of the late Reverend Dr. Jacob L. and Helen Lucille Safrit Lackey of Charlotte.
Miriam was a loving mother, grandmother, friend and mentor to many. She graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and Gardner Webb University. Miriam had a love of history and genealogy and authored a book which she creatively titled “ A Harvest of Oates”, which chronicled her family’s history. She was employed through the years by various social service agencies as a drug and alcohol counselor and loved her interaction with her clients.
She is survived by her daughters: Angela O’Neal (Brad) of Elgin, SC, Rebecca Hayes (Scott) of Kings Mountain, NC and Katherine Hernandez (Carlos) of Columbia, MO; grandchildren: Mike Lovett Jr., Beth and Stephanie Lovett, Aiden and Alex Hayes, Donna, Brenda, Sandra, Allison, Kailynn and Adalynn Hernandez; sister: Gloria Melton (George) of Charlotte, NC.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM at St. Luke’s Cemetery with Pastor Joshua Morgan officiating.
Visitation was held on  Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held at St. Luke’s Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.      
Memorials may be made to: Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council at 407 West Warren Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Ladd

Kathie Camp Ladd

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kathie Camp Ladd, 66, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on December 29, 2020 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late James Pinkney and Margie Barkley Camp and was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Jordan. Kathie was a member of First Wesleyan Church in Kings Mountain where she loved singing in the choir. Her dedication to her Lord was unmatched and she was able to show His love everyday through her interactions with family and friends.
Kathie worked in customer service with Farm Bureau Insurance for more than twenty years. In her spare time, Kathie enjoyed attending drag races, car shows and riding motorcycles with her loving husband, Ronald. More than anything, Kathie was a doting grandmother and loved spending time with her treasured granddaughter, Cosette. Her spirit, kindness, and love will be missed tremendously by her family, many friends, and the community.
She is survived by her husband of forty-eight years: Ronald Ladd, of the home; son: Brian Ladd (Mara Howard-Williams), Durham, NC; grandchild: Cosette Ladd; sister: Teresia Ladd and husband Darrell, Kings Mountain, NC; nephews: Jamie Ladd (Beth Drake) and Kevin Ladd and wife Anita, all of Kings Mountain; niece: Laura Jordan, Kings Mountain; great nieces and nephews: Courtney Hamm, Lea Crowder, Parker, Peyton, Caitlyn, and Alston Ladd; special son: Rick Dixon and wife April and children, Brian and Skylar Dixon.
A graveside service was held on  Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Don Williams officiating.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dolly Parton imagination Library at 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge TN, 37863
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Fite

Betty Jean Fite

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Jean Fite, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2021 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville, NC.
She was born in Rutherford County, NC, daughter of the late Fred and Verda Smart Bowen and was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-two years, Charles “Virgil” Fite. Betty was also preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Rena Fite and two brothers, George and Winford Bowen.
She was a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church where she served with Virgil as custodians for over forty years. She was the owner and operator of Betty’s Beauty Shop and C and B Upholstery for more than forty years.
Betty was a faithful Christian woman with unlimited generosity. She was an avid Duck Pin bowler and enjoyed sewing, often making her own clothing. Betty had an unbeatable spirit and was always a fighter. She enjoyed reading her bible daily and working word search puzzles. Betty was a wonderful wife and loving mother and grandmother. Her kindness, generosity and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son: Byron Keith Fite and wife, Selena, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Jacob Allen Fite and AnnaBeth Davis; sister: Brenda Dover and husband Jerry, Kings Mountain, NC; life long friend: Janet Ledbetter, Patterson Springs, NC; ahost of Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Greg Neely and Chaplain Keith Fite officiating.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the D.A.V at 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs KY 41076  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Lineberger

Miles Ervin Lineberger

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Miles Ervin Lineberger, 80, of Kings Mountain, joined our loving Creator at 8:29 am, Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC after a month long battle with COVID-19.
He was born January 27, 1940, in Dallas, NC, to Graham and Sarah Lineberger. He is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie Lineberger of 36 years.
Also, surviving are his two sons, Todd (Tammy) Lineberger of Cornelius, NC and Joel (Nikki) Lineberger of Hickory, NC; three daughters, Donna (Jim) Longwith of Rock Hill, SC, Sharon (Karl) Melcher of Canton, GA, April (Gannon) Berg of Hickory, NC;  8 grandchildren, Jake, Brian, Grady, Kevin, Cully, Emily, Devyn and Dalton; four brothers Everette Lineberger of Inman, SC; Harold (Patsy) Lineberger of Iron Station, NC, Paul (Retha) Lineberger of Raleigh, NC, and Daniel (Theresa) Lineberger of College Station, TX; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ervin’s mother, father, sisters Margaret Troutman and Eleanor Flowers; daughter Karen Lineberger and stepson, Chandler Thornburg preceded him in death.
Ervin earned a BS degree in Agricultural Education at North Carolina State University, his MA in Psychology at Appalachian State University, and his EdD in Administration at Nova Southeastern University.
Ervin’s first career began teaching agriculture, followed by 20 years in Administration, eventually becoming the Dean of Instruction of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.
His second career began when he purchased his brother Harold’s 80 acre farm in Kings Mountain, NC where he and Debbie grew produce of all varieties, led tours and hayrides for school kids, and offered pick-your-own and ready picked produce at their farm market. Eventually his crops were limited to blackberries and muscadines which are sold wholesale all over Southeastern USA.
Ervin’s passion for teaching was evident in his willingness to educate farmers internationally who came to see his innovation in all aspects of farming.
Ervin served as President of the Blackberry Assn, NC Muscadine Growers Assn, and many others. In addition, he served on the Board of the local Farm Bureau for thirty years. Killdeer Farm is used constantly as a place for research.  He was a mentor to many growers over the years and is most remembered for his generosity of time in mentoring of future growers and the legacy he leaves in the farming industry.
Due to the pandemic, the family has decided to hold a Celebration of Life service at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain in early Spring when people can safely gather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Readiness Fund at First Baptist Church, PO Box 786, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, USA or the CVCC Foundation Inc., 2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Mildredcaldwell

Mildred “Mick” Childers Caldwell

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mildred Childers Caldwell, 95, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 1, 2021 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Emmett and Ethel Farris Childers and was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, John Henry Caldwell. Mildred was also preceded in death by her son, Johnnie Reed Caldwell and his wife Diane, and two sisters, Betty Childers and Faye Lovelace.
Mick was a charter member of Oak View Baptist Church where she served as the church secretary/treasurer for thirty-five years. She was the first pianist to serve at Oak View and began playing in 1939.
Mick worked for McGinnis Furniture Store for many years. Mildred enjoyed traveling, especially to the beach. She was a member of Young at Heart and enjoyed planning their trips. Mildred was an avid reader, enjoyed doing needlepoint crafts and playing the piano. She possessed a sweet spirit that people could witness in Mildred’s daily life. She never complained and always had a beautiful smile on her face.
Mildred was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her willingness to serve, and the love she had for everyone will be missed greatly by her family, friends and her church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Summit Place and of White Oak Manor for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Mildred throughout her time living there.
She is survived by her son: David C. Caldwell and wife Teresa, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Dot Spearman and Joyce Roark and husband Don, all of Kings Mountain, NC ; special sister: Bessie Blanton, Clover, SC; grandchildren: Reverend Carey Caldwell and wife Amanda, Enoree, SC, Wesley Grant Caldwell and wife Brittany, Gastonia, John Hunter Caldwell, Kings Mountain, Johnnie Reed Caldwell II, Kings Mountain, Bill “Eddie” Parker, Kings Mountain, Kimberly E. Davis, VA ; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Oak View Baptist Church with Reverends Wayne Brazzell and Carey Caldwell officiating. The funeral service will be live streamed at oakviewkmnc.com
Interment was held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
The family requested that all attendees wear a face covering and practice social distancing during the service.
Memorials may be made in Mildred’s memory to Oak View Baptist Church at 1517 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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 Mary Helen Hord Pike

Mary Helen Hord Pike (Hedy), 92 of Durham passed away December 18, 2020 at Duke University Hospital.
She was born April 18,1928 in Kings Mountain, NC to the late George Van Buren Hord and Mary Alice Knox Hord.
She graduated from Kings Mountain High School and attended Woman’s College. Helen was a charter member of Parkway Baptist Church where she served in different organizations including Sunday School, and Hospitality and made many life long friends. She worked for the Internal Revenue as a Tax Auditor for 25 years surrounded by co-workers who continue to be part of her life.
Helen was married to John Pike for 62 years and made a home in Greensboro for 56 of those years before they moved to Durham, NC. During their life together family and church were at the forefront. They became fans of NASCAR, Atlanta Braves, and ACC Basketball and enjoyed attending these events. Traveling was a highlight of each year with John or one of her many friends. After retirement she took up oil painting and took lessons through GTC. Knitting and crocheting were part of her life. She made blankets, toboggans and scarves for her grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members and organizations.
Helen was a kind, sweet woman with a great smile and a good sense of humor. Family was the most important part of her life and she gave her love freely to her them.
Helen is predeceased by her loving husband John, her parents George and Mary Alice Hord, brother George Hord, Jr., and great granddaughter Mary Helen Powitz.
Helen is survived by daughter Alice Pike Brown and husband Edmund of Greensboro, NC,Sons Stuart Pike and wife Beth of Southport, NC and David Pike and wife Rhonda of Durham, NC, grandchildren Erin Brown Farney husband Steve of Greensboro, NC, Stuart Brown and wife Erika, of Franklin, Tn, Taylor Pike and wife Courtney of Durham,NC, Lindsey Pike Senter and husband David of Raleigh, NC, Mary Alice Pike of Durham, NC, Jack Pike and wife Joanna of Castle Hayne, NC, Adam Pike and wife Lara Pike  of Wilmington, NC and Mary Margaret Pike Powitz and husband Tim of Lexington,Va. She also has 15 Great Grandchildren, Stella and Julia Farney of Greensboro, NC, Leighton and Eoin Brown of Franklin,Tn, Brooke, Natalie, Lauren, and Caleb Pike of Durham, NC, Claudia, David Aaron, Wade, and Knox Senter of Raleigh, NC, Hollis Pike of Wilmington, NC, and Anna Beth and Mary Helen Powitz of Lexington, Va. Helen is also survived by two nieces Elizabeth Hord and Rebecca Hord of Greensboro, NC, Brother-in-law Harry Pike and wife Carol of McLeansville along with many devoted nieces,nephews, and cousins in the Hord, Knox, and Pike families.
The family would like to thank everyone at Atria at Southpoint Walk, Durham, NC for their friendship over the past 12 years.  Also a special thank you to Home Instead and their caregivers, especially Lou Brogden who has been dedicated to Mrs. Pike and given her care and friendship over the years.
There was a viewing Monday, December 28th, from 3-5 at Forbis and Dick on North Elm St. Masks were required and social distancing expected. The family was not present.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, December 29th, 1:00 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. Everyone attending was expected to social distance and wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Leukemia Foundation PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018, The CARE Project a non profit organization that provides emotional support to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. 716 Staley Ct., Raleigh, NC and Greensboro Crisis Pregnancy Center, 625 Fulton Street Greensboro NC 27401.
Online obituary and guest register may be viewed by going to www.forbisanddick.com
Forbis and Dick N. Elm Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. Pike
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Tyler Avery Herndon

(December 17, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Patrolman Tyler Avery Herndon, 25, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 11, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Born in Mecklenburg County, NC, he was preceded in death by grandfather Adolphus “Junior” Phillips, uncle James Phillips and cousin Kristina Phillips.
He was a 2017 graduate of UNC Charlotte majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. At the time of his death, Tyler was employed with the Mount Holly Police Department as a Patrolman.  Tyler always wanted to be in law enforcement and loved his job.  He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with friends and liked to make those around him laugh.  He was an avid fan of soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, boyfriend, cousin, and friend. The family sends its deepest thanks to the Mount Holly Police Department and community for their overwhelming support as well as the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office  for its assistance to the family.
He is survived by his parents: Mark and Debbie Phillips Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; sister:  Lindsey Herndon, Charlotte, NC; girlfriend: Holly Weldon, Belmont, NC; paternal grandparents: Ray and Jean Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; maternal grandparent: Vicki Phillips, Charlotte, NC; uncle: Chris Herndon (Mary), Orlando, FL; aunts: Deana Reep (Kerry), Belmont, NC; Terri Phillips, Belmont, NC; 6 Cousins
Funeral services were held on Tuesday December 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC  with Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor and Rev. Dr. John Sloan officiating.  It was recommended  that those attending wear masks and practice social distancing.
Tyler lay in state Tuesday December 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM til 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
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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Carroll Gerald “Jerry” Scruggs 

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Carroll Gerald “Jerry” Scruggs, age 79, of Kings Mountain passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
He was the son of the late William Thomas Scruggs and Ruby Woods.  Jerry was a native of Spartanburg, SC and was a faithful and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Ann Scruggs of Kings Mountain, NC; four sons, Carroll Scruggs, Jr., (Missy), Richie Scruggs (Tammy), Eddie Scruggs (Cindy), and Gary Scruggs; a daughter, Debbie Scruggs (Scott); two sisters, Anne Stanley and Ollie Garmon; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind dedicated and devoted military brothers, Wesley Wolf (BowWow), Richard “Big Nick” Nixon, and Gary Walene.
Jerry honorably served in the United States Army for 24 years and retired as a first Sergeant (E8).  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. During his time of service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal Berlin, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal and Drill Sergeant Badge.
The family will hold a private service at the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, Gastonia. First Sergeant Scruggs will be laid to rest in the Arlington National cemetery in Arlington, Virginia where he will receive full military honors.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, 216 Archie Whitesides Road, Gastonia, NC.
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Ethel Mauney  

GASTONIA, NC – Ethel Mauney, 94, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on November 20, 2020 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Finley “Doc” Oates and Essie Mae Wilson Carroll and was preceded in death by her husband of forty-one years, James Irvin Mauney. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Evans and James Carroll.
Ethel was a member of Crowders Creek ARP Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Women’s Ministry. She retired from the accounting industry. Always active, Ethel served as a 4-H leader, volunteered with the Crisis Assistance Ministry and was a member of the FAAC at Southern States. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her guidance and love will be missed greatly by many.
She is survived by sons: James Michael Mauney Sr. (Ava) and Roger Carroll Mauney (Laura) both of Gastonia, NC;  brother: Eugene Carroll, Bessemer City, NC; grandchildren: Michelle Alpizar (Felix), Gastonia, NC, James Michael Mauney Jr. (Hope), Cove City, NC, Amy Mistry (Fali), Gastonia, NC, Elizabeth Stephens (Ronald), Gastonia, NC and Christy Mauney, Bell Buckle, TN; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Crowders Creek ARP Church Cemetery with Reverend Charles Evans officiating.
Interment was held in Crowders Creek ARP Church Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made to: Crowders Creek ARP Church at 207 Crowders Creek Church Road, Gastonia, NC28052
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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Diana Ruth Ollis

(November 25, 2020 Issue)

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Diana Ruth Ollis, 81, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 18, 2020 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Fayette County, WV, daughter of the late Lloyd and Bernice Sampson Martin and was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four years, Walt Ollis. Diana was also preceded in death by her son, Clayton Ollis and a sister, Martha Daugherty Jones.
She was a long time member of Second Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday School teacher, the Director of the Childrens Department and as a choir member.
Diana enjoyed traveling, especially to places where she could visit waterfalls. She was an avid reader and loved working word search puzzles. Always a huge part of her family’s life, Diana served as a Girl Scout leader for her daughters. She enjoyed sewing, collecting angels, and spending time watching her favorite birds, cardinals and hummingbirds. Diana was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters: Ruth Lancaster and husband Steven; Susan Todd and husband Joe, and Janey Ollis, all of Kings Mountain, NC;  grandchildren: Ashley Todd and Allison Wellmon, Kings Mountain, NC;  Steven Lancaster and wife Jessica, Greenville, SC, and Jake Lancaster and wife Bree, Kings Mountain, NC;  great-grandchildren: Jackson and Noah Lancaster; siblings: Connie Holland, Wilma Kesmodel and husband Charlie, Jim Martin and wife Marcia, Pat Malatesta and husband Jim, and Russell Martin; special neighbors: Houston and Cathy Corn and Mike and Kathy Butler
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Second Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Pruitt officiating.
Visitation  will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Second Baptist Church
Interment  will be held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made in Diana’s memory to Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Oak View Baptist Church at 1517 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Mike Houser

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – John “Mike” Michael Houser, 52, went on his last hunting trip in the woods, where he loved to be, on Saturday, November 7, 2020. He was born October 15, 1968 in Cleveland County to the late Jimmy and Marlene Perry Houser.
Mike attended Christ Worship Center. Mike loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, especially the grandchildren. He was the kindest soul that ever lived and there will never be another like him.
Left to cherish his memories is his wife of 23 years Cindy Houser; daughters, Crystal James (John), Melissa Weston, and Christian Picklesimer (Heith); brother, Paul Houser (Allison); sister, Beverly Lovelace (Charles); grandchildren, Mason James, Vega Weston, Maddox James, Camberleigh Picklesimer, and Claira Picklesimer.
Mike lay in state from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Christ Worship Center on Friday, November 13, 2020.
Mike’s funeral service was held 4:00 pm on
Friday, November 13, 2020 at Christ Worship Center with Rev. Jimmy Maney, Rev. Tim Barrett, Rev. Scott Buchanan, and Rev. Tommy Buchanan officiating.
Interment was private.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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 Martha “Mott” E. Morrison Mullinax

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Martha “Mott” E. Mullinax of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Stanley Total Living Center in Stanley, NC at the age of 90.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late John Robert and Cora Mitchem Morrison and was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, J.C. Mullinax. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Luke and Robert Morrison, Doris Camp, Jean Cobb, and Helen Willis. Martha, who was known to many by “Mott”, was a life long member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
She retired from Mauney Hosiery after fifty-three years of dedicated service. Mott was the very definition of a hard worker. From helping raise her younger siblings, working in the textile industry or keeping house for her family, her dedication and grit was obvious to everyone.
Mott never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. She was a caring and supportive wife to J.C., aunt to her many nieces and nephews, and friend to countless people throughout the years. Her presence and love will be missed by many.
She is survived by her nieces: Gale Morrison, Gastonia, NC, Pam Morrison Edwards (David), Shallotte, NC, Robbin Camp Goins, Kings Mountain, Kelly Camp Rice, Grover, NC, Terri Willis, TX and Sharon and Danni Willis, Spokane, Washington; nephews: Mike Camp (Gail), Gastonia, NC, Tony Camp (Sherry) Morganton, NC, Mickey Moss (Linda) Kings Mountain, NC, Pete Cobb (Denise) Kings Mountain, NC, Johnny Cobb, Kings Mountain, NC, and Neal Willis, Shelby, NC
Great-Niece: Erika Johnston, Kings Mountain, NC and a host of other loving family members
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. The family will speak with attendees following the service in the cemetery.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stanley Total Living Center at  514 Old Mt Holly Road, Stanely NC 28164.
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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Al Franklin Brackett Sr.

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Al Franklin Brackett Sr, 84, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 3, 2020 at Testa Hospice in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Buncombe County, NC, son of the late Robert Gaston and Estelle Townsend Brackett and was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Gaston Brackett and two sisters, Namonia Brackett Earwood and Virginia Brackett Wood.
Frank was a long time member of Yorkwood Church of God. He worked for Earl Tindol Ford in Gastonia for nineteen years as a mechanic before opening his own garage, Brackett Auto, which he operated for many years.
Frank was an avid collector and especially loved antique cars and attending car shows. He enjoyed
attending drag racing events with his brother and owned a drag car earlier in his life. Frank was very handy and could repair just about anything that was broken. he was always generous with his time and talents.
Frank was a wonderful provider for his family and a loving father, husband, and friend. His absence will leave a void in the lives of many people who knew and loved him dearly.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years: Margaret Wood Brackett, of the home; son: Franklin Brackett Jr, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: James Ray Brackett (Linda), Bessemer City, NC; sister: Ruth Brackett Wright, Asheville, NC; long time friend: Rita Gann, Kings Mountain, NC
Funeral service was held on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Yorkwood Church of God located at 405 Stagecoach Road, Gastonia, NC officiated by Pastors Danny Shortridge and Kevin Jones.
Visitation was  Sunday, November 8, 2020 prior to the service at the church from 12:00 pm to 1:30 PM.
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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KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Major William Loftin, Sr., 89, passed away at Wendover Hospice on Friday, November 6, 2020. He was born November 13, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Fred McCoy Loftin and Lenora Sims Loftin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Morrow Loftin.
Major was an avid Kings Mountain Mountaineer fan.
Left to cherish his memories are his sons, “Bill” Major William Loftin, Jr. (Becky) of Sterrett, Alabama and “Andy” Andrew Howard Loftin of Grover, NC; daughters, Victoria “Vickie” Loftin Rhyne (Randy) of Bessemer City and Lenora Jane “Janie” Loftin Dixon of Gastonia; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
The family received friends at the home of Vickie Rhyne, 405 W Virginia Ave., Bessemer City.
Major lay in state from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM at Sisk-Butler Funeral Home on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Major’s graveside service was held 3:00 PM on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Bill Loftin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 953 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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Earl O. “Tunnie” Maddox 

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Earl O. Maddox, affectionately known as “Tunnie”, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 3, 2020 at Peak Resources in
Cherryville, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late John and Estelle Ramsey Maddox and was preceded in death by two sisters, Joanne Conard and Kara Yarbro. Tunnie and Kay attended El Bethel United Methodist Church where he especially enjoyed his Sunday School Class taught by his good friend, Jim Owens.
He retired from Eaton as a tool grinder after twenty-three years of dedicated service. Tunnie enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid animal lover and cherished all his pets.
He was a kind, loving and humble husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Tunnie will be missed greatly by his family, many friends and the community.
He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-four years: Kay Rollins Maddox, of the home; daughters: Vickie Maddox Holk, and Sherry Maddox Lybrand (Mike) both of Shelby, NC; sister: Gail Brown, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Sally Kirby-Turner (Jake), Richard O’Neal Holk (Kristina Erickson); step-grandchildren: Allyson Ramos (David), Jason Lybrand, and Susan Sutherland (Mark); great-grandchildren: Dixon and Mason Turner; step-great grandchildren: Sailor, Grayson and Chesley Ramos and Dashel, Zosia, and Brecken Sutherland.
Graveside service was held on  Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Grover Cemetery with Reverend Bobby Whittaker, Jim Owens and Reverend Bruce Hobson officiating.
Interment was held in Grover Cemetery. 
The family requested that all attendees practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
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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Wanda McGinnis Propst

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Wanda McGinnis Propst passed away in the early morning hours of November 5, 2020 at her home in Kings Mountain. NC. She was the daughter of Marion McGinnis and Mallie Wilson McGinnis of Newton, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of over 60 years, Dr. Lester J. Propst Jr.
She is survived by her two sons, Allan Propst and his wife Tricia, and Mark Propst and his wife Kim. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Laura Propst Boyd (Eric), Sarah Propst Myers, Jordan Propst (Melissa) and Jackson Propst; Great grandchfildren, Grayson Boyd, Garrett Boyd and Mackenzie Myers.
Wanda was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University and a life long teacher in Catawba, Lincoln, and Watauga counties. She was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrill’s Ford, NC. The family will have a private ceremony at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant UMC at 4136 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Sherrill’s Ford, NC 28673 or to Life Enrichment Center of King Mountain, 222 King Mountain Blvd.,Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Linda McClain

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Linda Allman McClain, 77, died Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Atrium Health Kings Mountain.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Ethel Pressley Allman.
Linda liked doing crafts, mostly sewing. She loved her dogs and enjoyed watching birds.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dick McClain, of 50 years; brothers, Earl and Carl Allman; and sister, Frances Jones.
She is survived by her daughters,  Debbie Glover and husband Terry of Belmont and Labrone Walls and husband Daryl of Kings Mountain; son, Dwayne Hord and wife Jennifer of Kings Mountain; sisters, Brenda Lawson and Hellen Alexander, both of Kings Mountain; brother, Dean Allman of Kings Mountain; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A graveside service was held 1:00 pm, Friday, October 30, 2020, in Mountain Rest Cemetery, with  Rev. Richard Stroup officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation  of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences may be made to:  www.claybarnette.com
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Andrea Davies Wright 

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

GASTONIA, NC– Andrea Davies Wright passed away peacefully on Friday, October 30, 2020. She was born in Luton, England to her Welsh father, Gethin Davies, and English Mother, Eileen Ballantyne Davies. Growing up during World War II, surviving The Blitz and Battle of Britain regularly discovering shrapnel in her back garden, living through the post-war rationing - these memories have been dutifully told like a historian for her loved ones to remember, and to pass along themselves.
Light-heartedly, she was especially fond of stories of Flower Fairies and one would be forgiven for suspecting these as a primary inspiration for her gardening. Sweetly, she never outgrew her childlike love for them and for fairy gardens. She passed that love on to her three granddaughters whom she adored and doted over.
Andrea worked in London, England as a hotel manager, which is where she met her husband, Chuck. She was a homemaker for much of her 57 year marriage, and could always be found doing something active: sewing, cooking, cleaning, gardening or other volunteer work she did through her church and Garden Club. She was never one to rest or relax, with ever-present “To-Do” lists - always doing or planning something for someone else, especially her family whom she loved dearly. She spent a few years as a co-owner of Garrison Florist in the late 1980s, and worked for Jenkins Metal Corporation in Gastonia before retiring.
Charles and Andrea had three children together, and she is preceded in death by their first child, Brian Keith Wright. Her surviving children, David Wright and Anita Wright Dennis, are left to cherish her memory and are thankful to have had such a wonderful and kind Mom.
Most people use the words “gracious” and “kind” to describe Andrea, because she was the living embodiment of these words. A consummately polite and gracious hostess if you ever had the pleasure of attending her dinner parties or family meals. She gave grace and kindness to others – always putting others ahead of herself, and deeply instilled this ethic in her children. It is one of the most indelible of the many lessons her children are most grateful for.
Those others left to cherish her memory are her son in law, Shawn Dennis; granddaughters Alden, Cameron, and Claire Dennis; her brother, Jon Davies and wife Jill; sister Janet Wachmann and husband George; sister Ingrid Osborn and husband Tony; sister in law Ruth Patterson and her husband Gordon; many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews; and last but not least, her dog Gracie and her grand dogs whom she loved because we all love them so much. A woman always happier for your success than with her own, this world has lost a truly wonderful lady. We have all been blessed to have known you, Andrea. For that we are forever grateful.
A service to celebrate Andrea’s life was held Monday, November 2, 2020, at 5:00 pm, in Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors with Rev. Sally Queen officiating.  The family will
receive friends following the service at the funeral home.  The service will be streamed live on McLean Funeral Directors Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dysautonomia International, PO Box 596, Moriches, NY 11940, www.dysautonomiainternational.org.
Condolence messages may be shared at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mrs. Wright.
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Christopher Glenn Paysour

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

LAWNDALE, NC– Christopher Glenn Paysour, 52, of Lawndale, NC, passed away on October 31, 2020 at this residence.  Born in Cleveland County, NC, he was the son of Guy Dean Paysour and the late Mildred Julie Dover. Glenn was retired from the textile industry.  He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, and mowing grass. He was a loving father, grandfather, husband, son, brother, and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by wife:  Molly Elaine Bradshaw Paysour, Lawndale,  NC; son: Christopher G. Paysour II (Christie), Kings Mountain, NC; daughter:  Julie Paysour (Billy), Kings Mountain, NC; parents: Guy Dean Paysour Sr and Faye, Shelby NC; grandmother:  Earsie Wood, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Benjamin and Isaac Paysour, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Dean Paysour II (Deborah), Cherryville, NC; step brothers: Tony Wood (Sarah) Evington, VA; Bobby Wood Kings Mountain, NC; step-sister:  Tammy Ramsey, Kings Mountain, NC.
Private services will be held at a later date.
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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Eugene “Gene” Thomas Holmes

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN - Eugene “Gene” Thomas Holmes,  82 years old of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at Atrium Healthcare - Cleveland.
Gene was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina on February 7, 1938. He is the son of the late Campbell and Florence Holmes. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In addition to Gene’s parents, he is preceded in death by his two brothers Fred and Jimmy Holmes, a sister Betty Holmes Becco, and a daughter-in-law Lori Holmes Bryant.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sue McAbee Holmes of Kings Mountain;  his son Thomas Holmes; daughter-in-law Nancy McCart Holmes of Monroe NC; his daughter Gina Holmes Ayscue and her husband Dan Ayscue of Raleigh NC; his brothers Lewis and Jack Holmes of Alabama; grandchildren include Stephen Holmes, Sheltyn Holmes Lynn, Kathryn Holmes, Cindia McCart Ferguson, Devin Ayscue, Emma Ayscue, and Reese Ayscue; great grandchildren Luke Holmes, Claire Holmes, and Willow Lynn.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the family has chosen to have a Celebration of Life at a later date.
Memorials donations can be made at Second Baptist Church for the “2020 Vision Fund” Kings Mountain, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service of Boiling Springs, NC.
Online condolences may be made at www.rsmorganfsl.com.
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Bobby Fletcher Webster

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Bobby Fletcher Webster, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 23, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Gaston Co.  NC. He was son of the late James Fletcher and Annie Mae Putnam Webster.
He was preceded in death by brother, Norman Webster; brother-in-law Mike Pruitt; sisters-in-law,  Polly Phifer and husband Menzell, Virginia Stone and husband W. F., Stella Ware, Peggy Ware and husband Jack, brothers-in-law, Walter Ware and wife Melba, Mike Ware and Bob Ware.
Bobby was a 1955 graduate of Bethware School and worked for many years as a manager with Winn-Dixie Stores and then as a manager for Kings Mountain Office Supply before his retirement in 2004.  He was active with the Rotary Club of Kings Mountain, the Masons, and the Gideons during his working years and always enjoyed gardening.
Bobby was a man who never had a negative word to say about anyone and he lived his life serving others in various capacities, including serving as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and the music director at Oak Grove Baptist Church for over 55 years, alongside his wife who served as the organist.  Bobby was blessed to be able to share in countless musical programs at church, weddings, and funerals over his years of service.
In addition to being devoted and loving husband to Annette, Bobby was a tremendous father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His wife, children, and family were so precious to Bobby and he always put their interests ahead of his own. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Cleveland County for the excellent care they provided Bobby during his illness.
Left to cherish his memory: wife: Annette Webster, his high school sweetheart, and partner in parenting and life for over 65 years; sons: Ted Webster and wife Kelly, Kings Mtn. NC; Barry Webster and wife Augusta, Kings Mtn. NC; John Webster and wife Ginger, Four Oaks, NC; grandchildren: Steven Ray and wife Christy, Fletcher Webster, Ryan Webster and wife Chelsea, Anna and Sam Webster, Shepard and Gracie Webster; great-grandchildren: Kyla, Arissa, Titan, Talia and Landon; brothers: Jerry Webster and wife Pat, Shelby, NC; Dr. Tim Webster and wife Susan, Clemmons, NC; sister: Becky Pruitt, Kings Mtn., NC; sisters-in-law: Frankie Webster, Shirley Ware and Betty Ware all of Kings Mountain, NC; brother-in-law: Buford Ware, Kings Mountain, NC and many Nieces and Nephews
A graveside service was held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. The family will speak to friends immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment was in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Bobby lay in state from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, October 26, 2020 in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
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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Ronnie Charles Blanton

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

CHERRYVILLE, NC – Ronnie Charles Blanton, 61, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.
He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Raymond and Ina Moore Blanton. Ronnie was also preceded in death by a sister, Ina Blanton, a brother-in-law, James Messer, a nephew, Donald Davis, and his Father-in-law, Jerry Ivester.
He graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1977. Ronnie was a skilled craftsman, enjoyed playing bluegrass music, and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who referred to him as “Pappy”.
Ronnie was a member of Zion Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and on several committees. He also participated in missions locally and internationally.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Levine Cancer Institute, Cleveland, and Cleveland County Hospice for the exceptional care and treatment given to Ronnie.
Ronnie is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Kim Ivester Blanton; children, Matthew (Laura) Blanton of Shelby, Heather Blanton of Morristown, TN, Megan (Lan) Allen of Shelby and Hayley (Andrew) Halsey of Raleigh; grandchildren Leeam Blanton and Thea Halsey; Brothers, Norman (Annie) Blanton, Jerry (Libby) Blanton, Wayne (Kathryn) Blanton; Sisters, Judy (Carl) Davis, Brenda (Steve) Swagger, Nina Messer; Sister-in-law, Terri McSwain and Mother-in-law, Sonya Ivester; nine nephews; five nieces; four great-nephews; eight great-nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Zion Baptist Church, 525 W Zion Church Rd, Shelby NC 28150 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr, Shelby, NC 28150.
A graveside service will be held on  Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Steve Swagger and Pastor Matt Storie officiating.
The body will lie in state Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel and in the sanctuary of Zion Baptist Church from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
Interment will be in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Shelby, North Carolina.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Robert Ware

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Robert “Bob” Ware, age 87, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at his home in Kings Mountain.
Born in Cleveland County on October 28, 1932 he was the son of the late Franklin “Frank” Ware and wife Pearl Lovelace Ware. He was a life time member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he was a current Deacon. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War Era. He worked for Celanese Fiber in Earl and retired from there after 30 years with the company. He loved farm work, in particular cattle and still enjoyed being around them in his later years.
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Polly Phifer (Menzell) and Virginia Stone (W.F.) as well as three brothers; Walter Ware (Melba Ruth), Jack Ware (Peggy), and Mike Ware, one brother-in-law Bob Webster and one sister-in-law Stella Ware.
 Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Williams Ware,  one daughter Vickie Dalton and husband Mike, and one son Steve Ware and wife Jean, one sister, Annette Webster and one brother Buford Ware, sister-in-law Shirley Ware, all of Kings Mountain as well as four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Allen and Rev. Jim Bracket officiating. Mr. Ware lay in repose on Tuesday morning from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, the family was not present during that time.
It was requested that those in attendance wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
In lieu of flowers  memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28086.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Mary Elizabeth Lewis Jamerson

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary  Elizabeth  Lewis  Jamerson,  affectionately  called “Maw Maw”, was born in Kings Mountain, NC to the late Robert Austin and Leola Lewis on May 25, 1926.
She finished her course and peacefully gained her wings at the home of her son in Clemmons, North Carolina, on October 16, 2020.
She was a lifetime member of Galilee United Methodist Church where she served as a Lay Speaker, Usher and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women Board, the Kitchen Committee, and a willing worker for all needs at Galilee.
A multi-talented and energetic person, she was a Senior Olympic gold medal winner. Additionally,  she was a maker of ceramic pieces and baker of cakes, pies and cookies. Sewing, reading and spending time with her grandchildren were also activities she enjoyed.
Mary was preceded in death by: her husband, Luther Jamerson and her parents, Robert Austin and Leola Lewis; brothers, James Crosby, Walter Lewis and John Edward Lewis; sons, Paul Edward, Jerry Eugene, and Azariah Jamerson; and two daughters-in-law.
Those who remain to cherish her memory and lift up her legacy  are:  two  sons,  Steve  Russell  (Laura)  of  Kings Mountain, North Carolina and Robert Manuel (Marie) of Clemmons, North Carolina; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren;  and  fourteen  great  great  grandchildren;  three special cousins, Denorris, Elaine and Levaugh Crosby; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The funeral service was private due to COVID 19 restrictions. Public viewing was held from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home and from 10:45 AM- 11:45 AM on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Galilee United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.clarksbrownandsons.com.
Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home , 727 North Patterson Avenue Winston-Salem, NC is serving the family.
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Ted Ray Jones

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ted Ray Jones, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 18, 2020 at Cleveland Pines in Shelby, NC.
Born in Mitchell County, NC, he was the son of the late Dave Jones and Vaughtie Johnson Jones.  He was also preceded in death by his  brother Jesse Jones and wife of 55 years Charlotte Buchanan Jones.
Ted was a member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church and served his country as a United States Army Veteran.  He worked most of his life in the trucking industry as a truck driver but later was employed and retired from the State of North Carolina.  He was a loving caregiver to his wife and wonderful father and grandfather.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his son: Michael Scott Jones and wife, Lisa of Blacksburg, SC and grandchild: Harley Jones of Gaffney, SC.
A graveside service will be held on  Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 PM, Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC with Pastor Tim Whitesides officiating.
The family will speak to friends following the service in the cemetery and request that Covid Guidelines of social distancing and wearing face covering be followed.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Randy Lail 

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Randy Craig Lail, 62, moved to his heavenly home after his courageous battle with colon cancer on October 13, 2020.
He was a loving husband, father, and Poppy. His greatest passions were his wife Vanessa and anything his grandchildren participated in. She reminded him often that he was her always and forever and that he would always be her hero.
Randy was a graduate of the 1976 class of Shelby High School, after school he left to join the U.S. Navy and honorably separated as a First Class Petty Officer. Randy retired from ABB where he worked as a welder for 36 years.
On many Saturdays, you would find him at a classic car show where he won many awards over the years. He spent most of his life serving his community as a volunteer fireman and retired from the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department after 25 years of service. He was a simple man and a hard worker who loved a clean car and fresh cut grass. His sense of humor and constant laughter will be greatly missed and we can’t wait until we hear it again.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Diana Piercy Lail.
Randy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Vanessa, of the home; daughters Stephanie Lail Justice (Jason) of Shelby, NC and Andrea Lail Yates (Chad) of Kings Mountain, NC; as well as his father Ralph Lail, and  two brothers; Scott Lail (Teresa) of Delight, NC, and Todd Lail of Shelby, NC; grandchildren Haley and Brandon Justice of Shelby, NC, and Caleb, Addie, and Hannah Yates of Kings Mountain NC. He is also survived by Toby, his loyal companion and many loving family members and friends.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 pm Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Hope Community Church with Reverend and nephew “Skippy” Allen. The family received friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150 or Hope Community Church 1114 S. Lafayette St. Shelby NC 28152.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Wilma Moss Harris

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Wilma Moss Harris, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 5, 2020 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Thurman F. and Eunice Earls Moss and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over sixty-five years, Gene Eural Harris. Wilma was also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Rhodes.
She was a longtime member of Family Worship Center. Wilma was very active, dedicated and supportive of the church and her church family. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and listening to gospel music.. Wilma was an avid reader and enjoyed reading especially about pioneer times and the Kings Mountain Herald, which you could often find laying about her home.
At the tender age of five, Wilma accepting Christ as her savior and her entire life has been dedicated to Him. The kindness, caring and generosity shown by Wilma will forever be  remembered by her loving family and many friends.
She is survived by sons: Gene Harris and wife Carol Todd Harris, Isle of Palms, SC and Jeff Harris and wife Gayle Bolding Harris, York, SC; sister: Sheila Moss, Aiken, SC; grandchildren: Melissa Gaddis, Morgan Harris, Jeffrey M. Harris, Tyler Harris and Margarite Harris; step-grandchildren: Matthew Patterson and Alyssa Bolding; great-great grandchildren: Dawson Harris, Ava Gaddis, Taylor Gaddis and Briann.
There was a private family graveside service on
Friday, October 9, 2020 at 2:30 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Roger Woodard officiating.
Interment was held at  Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials in Wilma’s memory may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at https://samaritanspurse.org/donate.
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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Mildred Flynn Dixon

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mildred Flynn Dixon, 89, of Kings Mountain, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 17, 2020 at Hospice House Wendover.
Born August 14, 1931 in Chimney Rock, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Berry Flynn and Nannie Bell Shytle Flynn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Beth Flynn Reichley.
Mildred was a graduate of the Shelby School of Nursing in 1952 and used the skills gained to serve as a nurse in Buncombe, Gaston, and Cleveland counties for 45 years.
The majority of her career was spent at Kings Mountain Hospital where she enjoyed volunteering as a Pink Lady upon her retirement. She was also a faithful member of First Baptist Church Kings Mountain, where she was a member of the choir, Senior Adult Choir, Golden Fellowship, Sunday School Department Director and active in many other areas of the church.
She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, but her family finds comfort in knowing she is now with her Savior.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Sidney Roy Dixon; daughter, Jean Dixon Webb (Harvey) of Shelby; son, Aaron Dixon (Paige) of Gastonia; granddaughter, Amanda Buchanan (Mike) of Shelby; grandson, Andrew Dixon of Gastonia; great-grandchildren Cole Buchanan (Brittany) and Charley Kate Buchanan; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the ICU staff of Atrium Health Cleveland, staff of Hospice House of Wendover, and special friends, Butch and Kathy Riley for their loving and compassionate care.
A private service was held Tuesday, October 20th followed by a public graveside  service at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery at 3:00 pm. The family received friends after the graveside service and requested that all guests wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mildred may be made to Hospice House Wendover or First Baptist Church Kings Mountain Mission Readiness Fund.
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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Henry Mathew Cherpak Jr.

(October 14, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Henry Mathew
Cherpak Jr., 77, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on October 5, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Morenci, AZ, son of the late Henry Mathew and Anne Mary Giron Cherpak.
He married the love of his life, Arcilia “Archie” Luna on April 7, 1970.
Henry retired from
Cypress Minerals after many years of service as the manager of general maintenance.
He was very patriotic and served his country honorably in Vietnam as an Airman First Class in the US Air Force. While in the military, Henry was trained to work in Military Silos.  Henry was a former member of St.
Michael’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and working in his yard. Henry was a Master Mechanic and loved working on vehicles and his motorcycle. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Henry possessed a “Can Do Attitude”, generous spirit and a great sense of humor.
Henry was always willing to help anyone in need. He was a wonderful loving husband and father who will be missed greatly by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Arcilia Luna Cherpak, of the home; daughters: Eddy Jo Cherpak, Charlotte, NC and Catherine Anne Cherpak, Columbus OH; brother: Ronald Adam Cherpak, Arizona.
No services are planned at this time. 
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in Henry’s memory to Testa Hospice House 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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Flora Blackburn Yarbro

(October 14, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Flora Blackburn Yarbro, 94, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 07, 2020 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
She was  born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Robert and Ann Dixon Blackburn and wife of her late husband of more than fifty years, Lee “Jim” Yarbro. Flora survived her late brothers, Donald, Ray, Walter and Arthur Blackburn and her sisters, Pauline Blackburn and Elizabeth Hollifield.
She was a life long member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Flora retired from Belk after thirty-eight years of dedicated service as a sales auditor.
She was a member of the Kings Mountain Garden Club and enjoyed growing beautiful flowers and her yearly vegetable garden. Flora was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her spirit and loving kindness will be missed by her family, friends and the community.
She is survived by her daughter: Cheryl Beatty of Kings Mountain, NC; sons: Dr. Stanley Yarbro and wife Helena of Kings Mountain, NC and Robert Leslie Yarbro and Wife Lisa of Lawndale, NC; brother: Max Blackburn of Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Joshua Hollifield, Dustin Yarbro and Stephanie Yarbro; great-grandchildren: Bryson Yarbro and Levi Hollifield
A graveside service was held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating.
Interment was held in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.    
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Flora may be made to Lottie Moon Missions c/o Bethlehem Baptist Church at 1017 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Roy Lee Toney

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Roy Lee Toney, 76, of Waco, NC, passed away on October 4, 2020 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Rutherford County, NC, son of the late Nelson G. and Zettie Propst Toney and was preceded in death by his siblings, Helen Marlow, Hazel Toney and Paul Toney. Roy was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jessica Ann.
Roy was of the Christian faith. He was a kind, dependable and wise man who passed his wisdom on to his family in life lessons. Always a handy man, Roy enjoyed working on and fixing anything that was broken. He loved drinking coffee and enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing. He was a wonderful man who will be missed greatly by his loving family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years: Mary Jane Teichert Toney, Waco, NC; children: Kelly Leann Toney (Donald Spencer),Kings Mountain, NC, Stephen David Toney, Kings Mountain, NC and Kimberly Causby, Kings Mountain, NC; step-children: John Hodge, Crouse, NC, James Hodge and Sharon Nelms (Donald LeVasseur), Vale, NC; siblings: Roger Toney, Kings Mountain, NC, Donald Toney, Gastonia, NC, Faithel DuBois, Pawley’s Island, SC and Carol Taylor, Lincolnton, NC; seventeen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren
A graveside service will be held on  Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM at North Brook Baptist Church Cemetery, Cherryville, NC
Interment will be held in North Brook Baptist Church Cemetery, Cherryville, 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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Charlotte Oriela Jenkins

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

ATLANTA, GA – After 89 years of spirited and productive living, Charlotte Oriela Jenkins passed away peacefully in her Atlanta, GA home on September 27, 2020.
Charlotte was born on October 25, 1930 to the late Andrew Campbell Jenkins and Fannie Sue White Jenkins in Mecklenburg County, NC.
After graduating from Catawba College with a double major in English and Sociology, Charlotte relocated to New Orleans, LA to pursue and complete her Masters of Social Work at Tulane University.  Her career started when Charlotte accepted a psychiatric social worker position in Tulane’s Department of Child Psychiatry; next she worked at Charity Hospital’s neuropsychiatric unit. She built a successful private practice in New Orleans, providing casework services in individual, group and family therapy.
In 1970, Charlotte left New Orleans for Atlanta, GA to work for the Child Services and Family Counseling department at the Florence Crittenden Home in a very intense senior social worker position.  She was promoted several times to administrative positions until retiring after 30 years in her profession.
Always a life-long learner, Charlotte took classes to develop her artistic talents in pottery, stained glass, upholstery, hat making, beading, jewelry making, lapidary and photography. Charlotte described herself as a “perennial sophomore” focusing mainly on her passion for crafts.  One of her main joys was gardening and she worked diligently to earn her Master Gardener credentials.  After retiring from a successful career in social work, Charlotte started her own flower arranging business called “Charlotte’s Petals” and accepted a part-time position as executive floral designer at the Georgia governor’s mansion under Joe Frank Harris.  Later in life Charlotte became a student of the internet and took classes to learn how to combine her artistic skills with computer skills and she created amazing slide shows!
Her zest for life was matched by her strong values, exceptional intelligence, unrelenting compassion, abundant determination and endless energy. She had close friends from every walk of life that she enjoyed and who loved and adored and enjoyed her right back.  Charlotte could be the poster child for “to have a friend you have to be a friend.”  She will be sorely missed but truly appreciated for making the world a better and more beautiful place.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC with Nick Danna officiating. The family spoke with friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Charlotte requested donations to the “Charlotte O. Jenkins Scholarship Endowed Fund” which will be used for students with financial need in the School of Social Work at Tulane.  Donations may be mailed to: Debbie Marx, Executive Director of Gift Planning Tulane University, Office of Development, 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 1000 New Orleans, LA  70112.
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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Robert Howard Bryant

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

IRMO, SC – Robert Howard Bryant, 96, of Irmo, SC and formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, died peacefully after a brief illness, Saturday, October 3, 2020.
 Born August 11, 1924 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was the son of the late Ellis K. Bryant and Fae Tucker Bryant and husband of 66 years to the late Anne Lee Foster Bryant.
Mr. Bryant was a graduate of Fingerville High School, he attended Wofford College 1941-1943 before serving in the US Army, June 22, 1943 to April 9, 1946, returning to Wofford College to complete his degree in 1947. He received his Master’s Degree in education from Furman University in 1953 and Education Administration Degree from Western Carolina.
Mr. Bryant was a longtime public school teacher, principal, District Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Kings Mountain City Schools, beginning his career in 1947 and retiring in 1982.
He was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain, NC, Methodist Men, Lions Club, and the American Legion. Howard’s interest included his family, church, gardening, photography and traveling with Anne.
Survivors include his daughters, Mary Anne Shawver (Charles) of Irmo, SC, Lou Davis (James) of Aiken, SC and Jo Ellen Barrington (John) of  Shelby, NC; granddaughters, Sarah Elizabeth and Lauren Davis and Elizabeth Joy Barrington; grandsons, Joseph, Andrew, and Philip Barrington; and nephews, Scott and John Pollock. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Rosemary Pollock and her husband Robin.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 10, 2020, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307. The family requests that friends and family wear masks and keep social distancing per the Covid-19 precautions.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to Central United Methodist Church, 113 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to the charity of one’s choice.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel is serving the family.
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Doris Jean McGinnis

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Doris Jean McGinnis, 89, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 29, 2020 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Dorus Clay and Myrtie Smith Payseur and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, William “Bill” McGinnis. Doris was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Ann McGinnis, her brothers, Carl and D.C. Payseur and her sisters, Coleen Price, Helen Vaughn and Margaret Wilson.
She was a life long member of Grace United Methodist Church where she served with the United Methodists Women and as a member of the choir.
Doris lived a life of service and enjoyed nothing more than caring for others. She had a deep and abiding faith in her Lord which was displayed in her love of others. Doris enjoyed spending time with her family and loved ones, playing the piano and sharing her love with those around her. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be missed greatly by her family and many friends. Her family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Testa Hospice House for the care they gave Doris during her last days.
She is survived by her daughter: Donna Bumgardner and husband Kenny, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Christopher Johnson and Matthew Bumgardner and wife Samantha, all of Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchildren: Peyton, Benjamin and Sawyer Bumgardner and Mackenzie Johnson.
The body laid in state at Harris Funeral Home on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The family was not present at Harris Funeral Home during this time.
A graveside service was held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC with Reverend Julie Roberts officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Doris to Shriners Children’s Hospital at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org or to Testa Family Hospice House 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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Veronica Lynn Greene 

Veronica Lynn Greene, 64, of Kings Mountain, passed away on September 23, 2020, at Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Lenoir.
She was born December 14, 1955, in Cleveland County, daughter of the late Jim Houser and Betty Yarboro.
Veronica was a member of New Life Baptist Church in Bessemer City.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Veronica is survived by her loving husband, Harold Greene; brother, Randy Houser; sister, Sheila Early; sister-in-law, Wanda London (John); brother-in-law, Kenneth Lee Greene Sr. (Joyce); nephew, Kenneth Lee Greene Jr. (Jodi).
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by stepmother, Sue Houser; son, Josh Greene.
Memorials may be sent to New Life Baptist Church, 614 South 11th Street Bessemer City, NC 28016.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
An online guestbook is available at greenefuneral.com.

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Faye Dellinger 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Faye Murray Dellinger, age 70, of Kings Mountain passed away on September 25,2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Shelby, NC to the late William “Bud” and Ora Hunt Murray. She was preceded in death by her infant brother, Thomas Wayne Murray and brother William Steve Murray of Ellenboro, NC.
She worked as the secretary for St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain for 39 years. She was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where she shared her musical talents serving as organist for many years as well as singing in the choir.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, E. Wayne Dellinger; daughter Melissa Dellinger
Putnam and husband
Darrin of Kings Mountain; daughter, Maggie Dellinger Mayes and husband Shani of Taylorsville, NC; granddaughter Deyawna Rollinson; step grandchildren: Jalen and Lydia Mayes and great granddaughter, Londyn Lane.
Memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Hendrick officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to Patterson Grove Baptist Church, 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain NC 28086 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Stephanie Angelique Wilson Dixon

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Stephanie Angelique Dixon, 49, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 25, 2020 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC. She was born in Columbus, GA.
Stephanie was of the Christian faith. She was employed with W. Eric Dixon Construction and W. Eric Dixon Defense Inc. Stephanie was a wonderful wife and loving grandmother. Her grandchildren were the center of her life and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them. Stephanie was a loving daughter and sister and was everything to everyone. Her caring and loving character will be missed dearly by every person who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 3 years, W. Eric Dixon, of the home; parents: Steve and Rita Wilson, Mount Holly, NC; stepson: Jonathan William Dixon and wife Alicia, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Austyn, Colt and Anniston Dixon; brothers: Stevie Wilson, Gastonia, NC and Kevin Wilson, Mount Holly, NC.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Gymnasium of First Wesleyan Church at 510 East Alabama Avenue, Bessemer City, NC.
There will be a private family service following the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donation in Stephanie’s memory may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital at https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Rachael McClain Goforth

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Rachael McClain Goforth, 96, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 18, 2020 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.  Born in Franklin Co. GA , she was the daughter  of the late Ernest Carl and Nettie Mae Dunson McClain.   She was also preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Garrison Goforth.
Rachael was a longtime member of Boyce Memorial ARP Church where she served as former President of Women and often played the piano and organ. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a seamstress, loved to knit and was a great cook.  
She is survived by daughters: Del Goforth Tieman and husband Glen, New Wilmington, PA; Susan Goforth, Kings Mtn, NC; Carol Denton and husband Googie, Kings Mtn. NC; 5 grandchildren: Erin Smith and husband Pete, New Wilmington, PA; Ada Samari and husband Patricio, Baltimore, MD; Zachary Tieman, Memphis,TN; Will Denton and wife Mindy, Lincolnton, NC and Sally Denton, Kings Mtn. NC; great grandchildren: Rachael, Ivy, Katie, Gracie, Hannah, Cameron, Ella and Maylee.
A private graveside service will be held.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  
Memorials may be made to: Boyce Memorial ARP Church, P.O. Box 1145 Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Norma “Nanny” Bridges

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Norma “Nanny” Bridges, 88, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2020 at her home.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Marion Chalmers and Ruth Long Falls and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Bobby Ray Bridges. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Marion “Buck” Falls Jr. and Louis “Luco” Falls, her sisters, Evelyn Ware, Lucille Bridges, Colleen Crawford and Pratt Falls and daughter-in-law, Cathy Bridges. 
Norma, who was affectionately known by many as “Nanny”, was a longtime and devoted member of Second Baptist Church.
She was the first woman in Kings Mountain history to be elected as a City Council Member. During her tenure as council member, Norma served as mayor pro tem and was active with the Parks and Recreation Department.
Norma served on the Patrick Senior Center Advisory Committee, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club. She and husband Bobby loved sports and sponsored many youth sports teams throughout the years. She was an avid Atlanta Braves and Kings Mountain High School sports fan and loved watching her grandchildren participate in all sports. Nanny was a wonderful and loving person whose greatest joy was her family. She will be missed greatly by her loving family, friends and the entire community.
She is survived by children: Ken Bridges, Wayne Bridges and wife Dianna, and Kim Peeler and husband Royce, all of Kings Mountain, NC.; brother: Clyde Falls, Baltimore, MD; grandchildren: Becky Hunt (Sam), Kenny Bridges (Charity), Laura Hall (Geno), Jason Bridges (Lauren), Matt Bridges (Ramey), Master Sergeant Brandon Bridges (Casey), Kelly Patrick (Chris) and Emily Peeler; great-grandchildren: Hallie Hunt, Olivia Hunt, Addison Hunt, Sara Kate Bridges, Ella Bridges, Kinsley Bridges, Keegan Bridges, Tad Bridges, Haydin Bridges, Peyton Bridges, Lottie Bridges, Lydia Patrick and Abby Patrick.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Second Baptist Church with Reverend John Bridges officiating.
The body laid in state on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel. No family was present during this time.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers,  memorials can be made to  Second Baptist Church, 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC  28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Jack “The Shepard” Alton Lail
 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jack Lail, 88, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 2, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Jack was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Charles Woolsie and Maggie Dixon Lail and was preceded in death by his brother, Dan Brevard Lail.
He served honorably as a medic in the US Army during the Korean War. Jack worked as a mechanic at Fiber Industries and was the owner and operator of Lail Livestock. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church for over seventy-five years where he served faithfully as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Sunday School Director and as a member of the choir.
Jack loved farming and spent many years working the land and raising livestock. Always gentle, Jack possessed a wealth of wisdom that he shared freely with people and was highly regarded by everyone who knew him. Jack loved his family more than life itself and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his beloved great-grandchildren. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to the entire community.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years: Frances Huffstetler Lail, of the home; son: Dan A. Lail and wife Bel; daughters: Ann B. Hoyle and husband Freddie and Karen L. Vinesett; sister: Phyllis L. Carpenter; grandchildren: Melissa B. Green (Will Hicks), Jennifer B. McMillan (Terry), Kyerstin V. Bridges (Zach), Makenzi V. Gregor (Tyler), Steven Buck Hoyle (Christian), Kelly H. Barrett (Shane) and Toby Hoyle (Katie); eight great-grandchildren
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating. The family spoke with friends following the service in the cemetery.
Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund at 1017 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Doris H. Hardin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Doris H. Hardin, 93, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 7, 2020.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, to the late Robert Theodore and Mylie Elizabeth Dixon Huffstetler and was preceded in death by her husband of over sixty years, Jack Hardin. She was also preceded in death by a son, Reverend Larry Everette Hardin, a grandson, Zachary Hardin, a granddaughter, Tabitha Moore, brothers, Bobby, Bruce and David Huffstetler and sisters, Sara Mae McDaniel, Annie Laura Robinson and Theo Hawkins.
Doris was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and a devoted and faithful Christian woman. She possessed an infectious smile and joyous laughter that was contagious to everyone around her. Always jovial, Doris enjoyed playing the part of “Truck Stop Grannie”. She loved to shop, sew, cook and listen to southern gospel music, especially the Gaither Vocal Band. Doris was the heart and soul of her family and loved nothing more than spending time with her loved ones. She will be missed greatly by her loving family and friends.
She is survived by daughters: Jackie Hardin and special friend Roy Hammett, Kings Mountain, NC and Pam Moore and husband Harold, Spartanburg, SC; brother: Jerry Huffstetler and wife Peggy, Alabama; sisters: Gloria Smith and husband Dick, Baiden, NC, Frances Lail, Kings Mountain, NC, Gail Moss, Conway, SC and Margie Kircus, Cramerton, NC; grandchildren: Heather Burton, Jennifer Williams (Steven), Dawne Burton, Christopher Stewart, Nicholas Stewart (Katie), Melanie Moore, Jackson Hardin and Adria Hardin; ahost of great and great-great grandchildren
A graveside memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating.
The family will speak with friends immediately following the interment at the cemetery.
Interment will be held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church at 1017 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

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Katie Lou Jones Pruitt
 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Katie Lou Jones Pruitt, 97, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 12, 2020 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Polk County, NC, daughter of the late Thomas Clyde and Carrie Pannell Jones and was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 52 years, Lawrence Chalmer Pruitt. Katie was also preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas and Clyde Jones, and sisters, Verta Hastings, Emma Huffstetler and Lucy Allen.
She was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC where she attended faithfully as long as she was able.  She served as WMU Director focusing church attention on missions and ministered in many other capacities over the years. Katie retired from Wallace Business Forms after twenty-two years of service. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and spending time with her beloved family and friends. Katie was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed dearly by her loved ones.
She is survived by sons: Darryl Pruitt of Charlotte, NC and Reverend Dennis Pruitt and wife Patricia of Gastonia, NC; sister: Jane Cabiness of Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren: Tiffany Pruitt Stevens and husband John of Gloucester, VA and Michael Pruitt and wife Alexis of Shelby, NC; great-grandchildren: Cole and Ally Stevens and Amelia, Benjamin and Thomas Pruitt.
Numerous nieces who were faithful to visit her to brighten her day.
Funeral service will be  held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC with Pastor Dennis Pruitt officiating.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Second Baptist Church.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Donation in Katie’s memory may be made to Second Baptist Church at  120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Emmett Odell Greene
 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Emmett Odell Greene, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 11, 2020, surrounded by loved ones at the home of his daughter.

He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Fred Thomas and Louis Lovelace Green and was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Harmon.

Emmett attended the Nashville Auto and Diesel College and retired from Carolina Freight after many years of service as a diesel mechanic. He also worked at the city of Kings Mountain in maintenance and for Kings Mountain District Schools after his retirement. Emmett was an avid outdoors man and loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed baseball and loved watching his grandchildren play ball. He was a former member and deacon of Macedonia Baptist Church and was a current member of David Baptist where he enjoyed singing in the choir. In his spare time, Emmett enjoyed working on small engines. He was a devoted husband and caregiver to his beloved wife Betty, loving father to his children and doting grandfather to his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Betty Champion Greene, of the home; daughter: Lisa Greene Weaver and husband Bill, Shelby, NC; son: Phillip Greene and family, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Angel Queen (Phillip), Dustin Mode, Thomas Weaver (Chrissy Helton) and Nicholas Weaver; great-Grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Jackson Queen

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM at David Baptist Church with Reverends David Turner and Brian Taule officiating

Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM prior to the service at David Baptist Church.

Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Billy Ray Arrowood

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Billy Ray Arrowood, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 10, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC. He was born in Rutherford County, NC, son of the late Fred Arrowood and Edna Harris and was preceded in death by his stepfather, Carl Paysour. Billy was also preceded in death by his wife of many years, Mary Elizabeth Arrowood, his brothers, Junior and David Arrowood and his sisters, Judy Vanadore and Frances Banner.

Billy enjoyed fishing, going to flea markets and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a wonderful and loving father and grandfather who will be missed greatly by his loving family and friends.

He is survived by daughters: Donna Burgess and husband Jonathan, Kings Mountain, NC and Sharon Blanton and husband Phillip, Shelby, NC; girlfriend of eleven years: Teresa Jenkins, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Chris Arrowood, Randy Putnam, Heather Phillips, Billy Stilwell and Shelby Stilwell; six great-grandchildren

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris memorial Chapel.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.

Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Grady Keever Howard Sr.
 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Grady Keever Howard Sr. died on Sunday, September 6th at the age of 97. He will always be remembered for his strong faith, his quick wit, his wisdom and his great compassion for everyone. He especially had so much love and admiration for all his family.

Mr. Howard is a native of Denver N.C, and he is survived by two daughters, Patricia Graves (Jim) of Burlington NC; Joan Murphy (Pat) of Huntersville, NC; and son, Grady Keever Howard Jr. (Chris) of Kings Mountain, NC. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Mary Graves Wymbs (Bryan) of Salisbury,NC; Matthew Murphy (Emily) of Huntersville, NC; Elizabeth Graves Jenkins (Andrew) of Raleigh, NC; Megan Murphy of Huntersville, NC; Alice Ann Howard Gola ( Henry) of Arlington, VA; and Grady Keever Howard III (Amanda), Charlotte, NC; and 6 great-grandchildren Amelia Wymbs, Cora Wymbs, Ruby Gola, Rose Gola, Katie Howard and Grady Keever Howard IV.

Mr. Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Sue McGinnis Howard, his parents, McLean Asbury Howard and Neva Keever Howard, and two brothers Myron M. Howard and Herbert A. Howard.

He graduated from Rock Springs High School in Denver, NC. He attended Western

Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC; and during the war he attended Emory Universary in Atlanta, Georgia.

Grady Howard served as the Kings Mountain Hospital Administrator for 32 years from 1953 – 1985.

He served in the United States Marine Corps and retired as a Major after serving in World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for over 60 years and served as President , and a former member of the Jaycees. He also served as a Trustee of the Cleveland County Community College from 1977 – 2000.

He was a member and chairman of the Mauney Memorial Library. Being the avid reader that he was, he made many visits to the library.

He was on the Kings Mountain Indoor Pool Foundation, and had a large part in seeing the project completed. 

For over 20 years after the pool was finished, he and a few of his friends met there several mornings each week for a swim.

However, his favorite recreation by far was playing golf. Over the years he had the opportunity to play at lots of golf courses. He made many, many life time friends at the golf course.

He was very dedicated to his church, Central United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Administrative Board. He also supported many other ministries in the church.

There will be a private graveside service for the family on Saturday.

September 12th. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Central United Methodist Church,113 S. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, NC 28086 and Testa Family Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Dr, 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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Horace Edward Kiser

KINGS MOUNTAIN–Horace Edward Kiser, 88, of Mocksville, NC, passed away on August 20, 2020 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.

He was born in Cleveland County, NC, to the late Melton Edward and Janet King Kiser and was preceded in death by his brother, Royce Kiser and his sister, Amelia Whitesides. Horace worked as a pipe fitter and welder most of his life.

Horace is survived by five children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren

A private burial will be held.

Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Betty Joyce Mitchell

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Joyce Mitchell, 87, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 20, 2020 at her home.

She was born in Cleveland County, NC, to the late David Everette and Hattie Mae Welch Cash and was preceded in death by her son, Chip McCarter and a sister Jean Girault.

Betty was a member of MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, SC where she served the Lord with all her heart. She enjoyed going on mission trips and has traveled to Scotland and Malaysia serving the call of missions.

Betty retired from the city of Kings Mountain after many years of service. She was a people person who never met a stranger and loved her many friends. Betty was a wonderful loving mother, sister and grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter: Sheri Mitchell, Kings Mountain, NC; son: Brent McCarter, Charlotte, NC; grandchild: Micah Waters, Lincolnton, NC.

A memorial service was held on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel

Visitation was held on Monday, August 24, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., 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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Tony Lee Bridges

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Tony Lee Bridges, 48, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 19, 2020 at his home.

He was born in Cleveland County, NC, to the late Bobby Kenneth and Elsie McNeely Bridges. Tony was employed as a foreman at NVR where he had worked for seventeen years.

He enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing and giving golf cart rides to his grandchildren who were the light of his life. Tony enjoyed watching football and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved being at home surrounded by the people he loved most, his family. Tony was a wonderful husband, brother and loving Pawpaw. He will be missed greatly by his loving family and many friends. 

He is survived by his wife of 16 years: Kathy Wright Bridges, of the home; brother: Rodney Bridges (Cindy), Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Diane Spencer (Steve), Connelly Springs, NC; step-children: Michael Smith (Ashley), Kings Mountain, NC, Jamie Smith (Ashley), Bessemer City, NC and Ashley Smith (Jonathan Seright), Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Robbie Perkins, Raya Smith, Khloe Smith, Kindal Seright, Kaylee Smith and Kaycee Smith; mother-in-law: Evelyn Wright and brother-in-law: Danny Wright (Patricia Abernathy) all of Kings Mountain, NC.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to assist with the funeral expenses at 158 Wright View Drive, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Eloise Grigg Huffstetler

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Eloise Grigg Huffstetler, 91, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2020.

She was born in Cleveland County, NC, to the late Hubert and Carrie Davis Grigg and was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Jack Huffstetler and her children, David Huffstetler, Jackie Holder and Sheila Alexander. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jerry, Bud, Sam and Gene Grigg and her sisters, Helen Moss and Ruby Ellis.

Eloise was a one of a kind person who loved life and always lived it to the fullest. She enjoyed spending time outdoors watching her beloved squirrels and birds, early morning coffee and the Golden Girl TV programs.

Eloise loved to dance and enjoyed going to senior dances at the Patrick Senior Center. She liked spending time in the mountains and was looking forward to a beach trip. Eloise never stopped living and cherished everyday she was given. She was always outspoken but loved everyone in her own special way. She was a loving mother, sister and grandmother to her 77 grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.

Eloise’s strength, heart and love for her family will be missed so much by her family and friends.

She is survived by daughters: Carolyn Camp and Brenda Hollifield, both of Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Faye McInnes, Kings Mountain, NC; Caretaker and granddaughter: Sherri Black, and husband Mike, Summerville, SC; daughter in law: Marilyn Huffstetler, Gastonia, NC; fourteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; thirty-three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel.

Visitation was held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.

Interment was held Mountain Rest Cemetery.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

 
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Donald Lee Henderson Sr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Donald Lee Henderson Sr., 61, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 23, 2020 at Accordius Health at Rutherford in Rutherfordton, NC.

He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Donald Henderson and was preceded in death by a son, Duriel Lee Henderson, sister, Kimberly Renee Henderson and his step father, James L. Thompson Sr.

Donald was a life long member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and retired from General Shale after thirty-five years of service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards and watching Nascar racing. Donald enjoyed collecting many things including guns, knives and Dale Earnhardt Sr. memorabilia. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years: Sheila Blanton Henderson, of the home; son: Donald Lee “Leebo” Henderson Jr. and wife Shandie, Richmond VA; mother: Evelene Oliver Thompson, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Hero, Bianca and Scarlett Henderson; brother: Jimbo Thompson and wife Vicki, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Sandy Randle and husband John Hoyle, Kings Mountain, NC; nephews: Josh and Tyler Randle and Max Thompson.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating

Interment will be in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.

The family will receive friends at the home of Evelene Thompson.

Memorials may be made in memory of Donald to Bethlehem Baptist Church at 1017 Bethlehem Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Clayton Lloyd Ollis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Clayton Lloyd Ollis, 55, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 19, 2020 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.

He was born in Canton, Ohio. Clayton was preceded in death by his father, Walt Ollis. Clayton was born a March of Dimes baby and was not expected to live past one year.

Through God’s grace, Clayton was able to live a long and fulfilling life. He moved to Kings Mountain in 1977 where he attended and graduated Kings Mountain High School with honors. Clayton graduated from Mars Hill College in 1987 and entered Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1988 where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1990.

Clayton lived to serve the Lord through music. He traveled to and lived in several cities while following his calling of ministry. Clayton was presently serving as the Minister of Music at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain, NC. He was a wonderful, strong willed man with a heart of gold. Clayton will be missed dearly by his loving family, many friends and the entire community. 

He is survived by his mother: Diana M. Ollis, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Ruth Lancaster and husband Steven, Susan Todd and husband Joe, and Janey Ollis, all of Kings Mountain, NC; nieces: Ashley Todd and Allison Wellmon, both of Kings Mountain, NC; nephews: Steven Lancaster and wife Jessica and children Jackson and Noah of Greenville and Jake Lancaster and wife Bree of Kings Mountain; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and church families.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Harris Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Clayton to Resurrection Lutheran Church at 600 Crescent Circle, Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road or to Oak View Baptist Church at 1517 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Ruth Parker Beam

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ruth Parker Beam, 103, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 22, 2020 at Summitt Place in Kings Mountain, NC.

Born in Cleveland County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Ambrose Andrew “Andy”Parker and Mary Buff Parker. She was also preceded in death by a number of brothers and sisters.

She was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University. She taught first grade in the Kings Mountain School System for twenty years but began her teaching career in Key West, Florida.

She enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad as well as doing all types of crafting, quilting, ceramics, and porcelain dolls. She was a long time participant at the Patrick Senior Center and volunteered there for many years. Ruth loved her church family, Kings Mountain Baptist Church, which she attended faithfully when she was able. 

She is survived by 1 son: Jerry Beam and wife Frances, Greenville, SC; 1 brother: Cecil Parker and numerous nieces and nephews

Her body lay in state at Harris Funeral Home, Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. A private graveside was held.

Interment was held in Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery, Casar, NC

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Kings Mountain Baptist Church, PO Box 608, Kings Mountain, NC 28086; Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 6101 Ward Gap Rd, Casar, NC 28020 or to the charity of the 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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Charles Jerome “Jim” Spivey

CHARLOTTE, NC – On July 7, 2020, Jim Spivey passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, ushered into his Lord and Savior’s presence to join his beloved wife, Butch. He was born on September 10, 1927 in Kings Mountain to Margaret Jane Stowe Spivey and Weaver Jerome Spivey. After a childhood in Kings Mountain and in Charlotte, Jim returned to Kings Mountain and graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1945.

Jim entered the U.S. Merchant Marine service in 1945, and sailed between 1945-1947 to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, to South America, and to the Netherlands. 

Jim attended Gardner-Webb College and received an Associate’s degree in 1949. Jim married Beulah Elizabeth Rhea of Kings Mountain on August 27, 1949 in Kings Mountain. They were married 70 years. 

Jim worked most of his career in the insurance adjusting and risk management fields providing risk management expertise to the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and to other municipal and commercial entities. Jim earned a reputation as a well-respected, open and honest businessman, known to speak his mind and stand up for what he believed in. 

 He and Butch were active members of the Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte since moving there in 1968. He and Butch enjoyed many travels in the North America, Europe, the South Pacific, Australia, and the Caribbean. 

Jim was ever-generous, loyal, disciplined, kind, stubborn, organized, honest, persistent, dedicated, passionate, and faithful. He was described by a friend as an exemplary Southern gentleman. He was a patriot, proud of his country, and grateful to God for the long life he lived, and hopeful that what he did with the time he was given on earth was done for good. 

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Elizabeth Rhea “Butch” Spivey (1930-2019). He is survived by his six children, Jerry Spivey and wife, Jane, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Karen Spivey Dallas and husband, Walt, of Cary, North Carolina, Greg Spivey and wife, Helen, of Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, Jeff Spivey and wife, Jeanie, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Dana Spivey Mims of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Stowe Spivey and wife, Pam, of North Carolina, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. Jim and Butch were always very proud of their family.

Jim and Butch will be buried at the Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain and a grave side internment will be held there at 10 AM on July 18, 2020. Family will receive friends at 1 PM at McEwen Funeral Home - Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210 on Saturday, July 18, 2020, and a Memorial Service will be held there beginning at 2 PM. The Memorial service will also be available as a VIRTUAL service linked at the Facebook link on the McEwen website to be viewable live or as a recording.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Carmel Baptist Church Missions in Charlotte, Gardner-Webb University, Jim and Butch Spivey Dramatic Scholarship at Gardner-Webb University, or to Gideon’s International.

For full obituary and condolences, visit www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.

 
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Kelvin “Buster” Reynolds

Kelvin “Buster” Reynolds, age 51, of Kings Mountain, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

Kelvin was born March 24, 1969 in Cleveland County to the late William Walter Reynolds and Mary Couch Ezzell.

He worked in textiles for many years and most recently worked for Hound’s Campground in Kings Mountain. He enjoyed dirt track racing and was a music enthusiast. Kelvin was a very loyal, dependable, trustworthy friend and employee. He was a kindhearted and devoted family man. Kelvin will be missed by all who knew him. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Crystal Murks Reynolds.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Nancy Detter (Ricky) and brother, Marvin Ezzell (Mialy) all of Kings Mountain; nieces, Brandy Wiley (Josh), Shera Davis and Carolyn Rhyne (Shannon); nephews, Logan and Adrian Ezzell; great-nieces and nephews, Sophia, William, Serenity, Shelby, Matthew, Lewis, Zander and several other family members and numerous friends.

A private celebration of Kelvin’s Life will be conducted for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to https://www.gofundme.com/f/kelvin-quotbusterquot-quotwhalequot-reynolds-funeral-funds

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

An online guest registry is available at www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com
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Thomas “Tom” Charles Harper

Thomas “Tom” Charles Harper died July 10, 2020 at his home.

A private celebration of life took place on July 16, 2020. 

Mr. Harper was born in Greenville, NC to the late Thomas Wilson Harper and Maude Plonk Harper. He graduated from Gaston College and attended Brevard College and UNC-Charlotte. He retired from Bartlett Nuclear, Inc. He was also previously employed by the City of Walhalla, Duke Power and John E. Jenkins, Inc. He was an avid tennis enthusiast and was a member of Spindle Tree Racquet Club for over twenty years.

Survivors include his wife, Frances D. Harper of the home; stepsons, Matthew (Jacqueline) Reynolds of Pendleton, SC and Micah Reynolds (Caitlin Payne) of Del Norte, CO; sisters, Susan (Gerard) Roche of Cramerton, NC; Mary Louise (James) Ware of Kings Mountain, NC; and Barbara Harper of Cramerton, NC; three step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250; Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Rd., Seneca, SC 29672; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Keowee Funeral Service of Oconee is assisting the family.

Jean Mullinax Hopper

Kings Mountain -- Jean Mullinax Hopper, 99, of 214 Walker St., passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, in hospice care.

Born in Blacksburg, she was the daughter of the late Dora Mullinax Ridings. Mrs. Hopper retired from textiles and was a member of Holiness Christian Mission of Kings Mountain.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dora, a son, Keneth Hopper, a daughter, Judy Teague, a sister, Elizabeth Mullinax, two sons-in-law, Bobby Martin Sr. and Eddie Burgess, and an uncle, Phifer Mullinax.

Surviving Mrs. Hopper are two daughters, Connie Burgess of Kings Mountain and Sue Martin of Grover; thirteen grandchildren, Kevin Teague, Angel Mayberry (Troy), Bobby Martin Jr. (Debbie), Johnny Martin, Symantha Jones (Jimbo), Tammy Putnam (Johnny T.), Santa Hughes (Scotty), Michael Hughes (Charity), Becky Walkey (Jody), Brandy Harvey (Gary), Krisha Hopper, Brandon Burgess, and Brian Burgess (Sara); 24 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Ms. Virginia Mullinax.

The family received friends on Thursday, July 16th, 2020, from 3:00pm - 3:30pm at Clingman Memorial Gardens. Cryptside services immediately followe at 3:30 pm with Pastor Glenda Cook officiating. Scottie Buckner, Dillon Putnam, Troy Mayberry, John T. Putnam, Jordan Moore, and Kevin Teague 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 Hopper family.

 Linda F. Knight

CHERRYVILLE, NC - Mrs. Linda F. Knight, 68, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Atrium Health - Cleveland. 

Linda was born on December 21, 1951 in Cherokee County, SC a daughter of the late Bomar C. Hall and Patsy Millwood Hall.  She was a member of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Franklin Lee Knight and her twin sister, Brenda K. Webb.

Survivors include daughters, April Knight, Ericka Hamilton, Kathryne Knight all of Cherryville and Lisa Crouse of Lincolnton; a son Jason Knight of Kings Mountain; two grandchildren, Dalton Hamilton of Cherryville and Austin Crouse of Lincolnton; three great grandchildren, Isabella Grace, Karson Lee and Heavenlee Ivy; four sisters, Sara Kale of Gastonia; Peggy Latham of Lugoff, SC; Mary Dawey of Kershaw, SC and Carolyn Lawson of Gaffney and a brother Terry L. Hall of Bessemer City.

Mrs. Knight will lie in state at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3:00PM at Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby Holtsclaw officiating.  The body will be placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and masks will be required.

Burial will follow the service at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.

Memorials may be made to Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church, 309 W. Ballard Street, Cherryville, NC 28021.

A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com

 Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Knight.
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Janice Roberta Ross

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Janice Roberta Ross, 74, of Kings Mountain, passed away on July 08, 2020 at Atrium Main in Charlotte, NC. She was born in York County, SC, to late Robert Breakfield and Mary Lee Branham and was preceded in death by her husband of 20 years, Robert Ross. Janice was a member of Royal Praise Ministries for All People in Kings Mountain, NC. She was an avid traveler, loved going RVing with her companion Pete and taking train rides through the mountains. Janice enjoyed watching classic television and visiting flea markets. She enjoyed NASCAR and was a diehard Cowboys fan. Janice was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

She is survived by: son: Scott Bright and wife Stacie, Huntersville, NC; daughters: Susie Burket and husband Rick, Wilmington, NC, Leanne Phifer and husband, Roger and Carmen McKinney, both of Charlotte, NC; step-father: Lindsey Branham, Charlotte, NC; long time companion: Pete Lyles, Mooresville, NC; brother: Ronnie Moss and wife Cheryl, Charlotte, NC and Alex Moss, Columbia, SC; grandchildren: Hallie, Cameron, Lauren, Conner, Lacie and Brooke; great-grandchildren: Danika, Marshall, Cooper and Carter and a number of other loving family members

Graveside service was held on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Canaan United Methodist Church, Smyrna, SC officiated by Bishop Brady Jackson.

Memorials may be made to Royal Praise Ministries for All People at 2055 Shelby Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Charles Jerome “Jim” Spivey

CHARLOTTE, NC – On July 7, 2020, Jim Spivey passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, ushered into his Lord and Savior’s presence to join his beloved wife, Butch. He was born on September 10, 1927 in Kings Mountain to Margaret Jane Stowe Spivey and Weaver Jerome Spivey. After a childhood in Kings Mountain and in Charlotte, Jim returned to Kings Mountain and graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1945.

Jim entered the U.S. Merchant Marine service in 1945, and sailed between 1945-1947 to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, to South America, and to the Netherlands. 

Jim attended Gardner-Webb College and received an Associate’s degree in 1949. Jim married Beulah Elizabeth Rhea of Kings Mountain on August 27, 1949 in Kings Mountain. They were married 70 years. 

Jim worked most of his career in the insurance adjusting and risk management fields providing risk management expertise to the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and to other municipal and commercial entities. Jim earned a reputation as a well-respected, open and honest businessman, known to speak his mind and stand up for what he believed in. 

 He and Butch were active members of the Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte since moving there in 1968. He and Butch enjoyed many travels in the North America, Europe, the South Pacific, Australia, and the Caribbean. 

Jim was ever-generous, loyal, disciplined, kind, stubborn, organized, honest, persistent, dedicated, passionate, and faithful. He was described by a friend as an exemplary Southern gentleman. He was a patriot, proud of his country, and grateful to God for the long life he lived, and hopeful that what he did with the time he was given on earth was done for good. 

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Elizabeth Rhea “Butch” Spivey (1930-2019). He is survived by his six children, Jerry Spivey and wife, Jane, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Karen Spivey Dallas and husband, Walt, of Cary, North Carolina, Greg Spivey and wife, Helen, of Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, Jeff Spivey and wife, Jeanie, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Dana Spivey Mims of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Stowe Spivey and wife, Pam, of North Carolina, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. Jim and Butch were always very proud of their family.

Jim and Butch will be buried at the Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain and a grave side internment will be held there at 10 AM on July 18, 2020. Family will receive friends at 1 PM at McEwen Funeral Home - Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210 on Saturday, July 18, 2020, and a Memorial Service will be held there beginning at 2 PM. The Memorial service will also be available as a VIRTUAL service linked at the Facebook link on the McEwen website to be viewable live or as a recording.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Carmel Baptist Church Missions in Charlotte, Gardner-Webb University, Jim and Butch Spivey Dramatic Scholarship at Gardner-Webb University, or to Gideon’s International.

For full obituary and condolences, visit www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
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George Anne Moss Marston

LaJolla, CA – George Anne (Georganna) Moss Marston passed away peacefully at home on March 31, 2020 after complications from several strokes. She was born on November 24, 1940 in Kings Mountain, NC to George Wingfield and Mae Sue Hord Moss, deceased. She was a resident of La Jolla, CA for many years.

George Anne made her debut at the Shelby Sub-Debutante Ball and in 1958 she graduated from Kings Mountain High School, where she was a valued member of the KMHS Band. During high school she won a coveted position at the Transylvania Music Camp in Brevard, NC. She attended Meredith College, Raleigh, NC and graduated from Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC. She did graduate study in History at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC, and worked as an assistant to Dr. Arthur Larson, Professor of Law at Duke University, and worked in the Perkins Library there. In 1963 she married Edwin Lindsay Marston, Jr. The couple moved to NY and in 1964 she became a Librarian in the Reference Department for Citibank in New York City. After a move to La Jolla, CA and an amicable divorce, George Anne began a career at Pulse Engineering that lasted for almost 40 years. As Project Manager and Manager of Worldwide Inventory, she traveled overseas to France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico City, China, Singapore, Thailand and Germany.

George Anne loved her family, returning to NC for many visits, weddings and funerals. From an early age she was an avid fan of UNC basketball and football, traveling to many games and following the UNC basketball team to appearances in March Madness and the Final Four. A special time was spent annually in Maui on a restful vacation and enjoying the Maui Classic, especially when the UNC team was a participant.

She was a former member of the 1st Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, NC and attended the La Jolla Presbyterian Church in CA.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Gallagher of La Jolla, CA; sisters, Susan Lee Moss Grigg (Glenn) of Raleigh, NC and Sara Nell Moss Hope (Tommy) of Cary, NC. Also surviving are nephews David and George Grigg (Ann), Lindsay Wright (Priscilla Myers) and nieces Laura Grigg Powell (Chris) and Sara Grigg Brame (William C. Jr.) Also surviving are three grandnephews, three grandnieces and many beloved cousins.

The family wishes to thank the rehabilitation staff at Scripps Encinitas and at Scripps ICU, and the hospice nurses for their help and kindness.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC with Reverend Dr. Mac Schafer officiating. The family will speak with friends at the graveside immediately following the interment. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC and Greenwood Mortuary, San Diego, CA.
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Mary Brannon

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Mary Conard Brannon, 69, died Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Atrium Health in Charlotte.

A Native of Union County, SC she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Ludie Godshall Conard.

Mary worked for many years in State Government. Mary was an avid baseball fan, especially watching her grandson play. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother, Elbie Conard.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Dean Brannon of the home; son, Paul Brannon and wife Tina of Winston-Salem; daughter, Catie Brannon of Charlotte; and grandson Brooks Brannon of Winston-Salem.

A Memorial service will be held 2pm, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Kings Mountain, with Rev, Richard Stroup officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain

Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com.
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Coleen Kiser

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Elizabeth Coleen Kiser, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 01, 2020 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC. She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Z. A. and Annie Champion Ellis and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Kiser and her daughter, Dian Kiser. She was a member of Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC and owner/operator of the Minit Grill for many years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to many. She had a gift from God for loving and caring for others. Her dedication, loyalty and service to her family and friends is unmatched. Coleen had a passion for gardening, flowers and nature. She saw beauty in all of God’s creation and humanity. She will truly be missed by many.  

She is survived by: son: Danny Kiser and wife Hilda, Kings Mountain NC; brothers: Buford Ellis and wife Nancy, Shelby, NC; Donald L. Ellis and wife Lois, Grover, NC; sister-in-law: Patsy Barnes, Myrtle Beach, SC; 3 grandchildren: Jeffrey, Mechelle and Russell and 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. 

A graveside service was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

Rev. Dennis Pruitt and Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor, officiating.

Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 

Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 120 Linwood Rd Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or Hospice of Cleveland Co, 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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Elizabeth Lacy Clore

CONOVER, NC – Elizabeth Lacy Clore, 58, of Conover passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at her residence.

She was born March 8, 1962 in Richland County to the late John W. Clore and to Julia Woods Hunt of Kings Mountain.

Beth was insightful and kind, and sometimes a little impatient. She expected the best from people and could be irritable when she didn’t get it. Beth remembered birthdays and anniversaries with a card in the mail, she brought souvenirs from her vacations to family and friends (she did love a gift shop), she would put candy on her desk for her colleagues, and even remembered our pets.

Beth was a voracious reader, loved movies, and had a wide range of interests from history and philosophy to Shark week to head-banging heavy metal music to sports.

She loved her two cats, Lilith and Chester Bennington, who will be lost without her to spoil them. Beth leaves behind her mother, Julia Woods Hunt of Kings Mountain; sisters, Julia Clore-Laurich and husband Cliff Laurich of Kings Mountain, Catherine Strange of Kings Mountain; nephews who probably learned too much from her when they were teenagers because she was the coolest Auntie; family and friends who will miss her humor and stories.

Greeting her upon her death were her father, John Clore; brother-in-law, Lance Strange; grandparents, step-father, Gene Hunt and uncle, John Woods.

Memorials may be made to Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County, 1220 Commerce St. SW STE. J, Conover, NC 28613, rapecrisiscenter.com or Humane Society of Catawba County, 3224 20th Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602, catawbahumane.org.

A private service to celebrate Elizabeth’s life will be held on a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Clore family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Clore family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
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Nancy Nickels

CHARLOTTE, NC – Nancy Nickels, 94, of Kings Mountain and Charlotte passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at her apartment in Sharon Towers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Calvin Nickels, Jr. and Eloise Willeford Nickels, as well as her brother, Ensign James Calvin Nickels III. She was also preceded in death by her dear first cousin, Dr.Bennett Willeford. She is survived by one more cousin, Ann Anderson of Indianapolis IN.

Nancy was a much loved first grade teacher in school systems in Gastonia and Albemarle, before coming to Charlotte Mecklenburg, where she taught at Myers Park Elementary and Huntingtowne Farms Elementary. She continued to volunteer at Huntingtowne Farms after retirement.

Nancy received her early education in Kings Mountain where she grew up. She was enrolled at age five because she needed to accompany her mother who was the principal and first grade teacher at Park Grace School. There was no child care available in 1930 and Nancy already knew how to read.

Nancy graduated from Kings Mountain High School and continued her education at Montreat College. After two years she transferred to WC-UNC where she graduated as a teacher. Nancy later received her Masters of Education from Peabody College. She was a 60+ year member of the honorary teaching sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a charter member of the NC Zeta chapter, served as President 4 times and was a State officer for Altruism.

Nancy was a life time member of Kings Mountain First Presbyterian Church. She also attended Myers Park Presbyterian Church and Sharon Presbyterian Church while living in Charlotte.

Nancy had loving caregivers at Sharon Towers and is survived by many friends who loved her dearly. She was always drawn to children and would often strike up a conversation with any she met. She was a bright, caring and warm person who had a great sense of humor. She will be missed here on earth but will brighten any spot in heaven.

There will be a graveside service for Nancy on Saturday, July 11, at 11 am in the Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. Memorials may be made to the James Calvin Nickels III Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 111 E King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Deloris M. “Tencie” Rhea

Deloris M. “Tencie” Rhea, 84, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 21, 2020 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain.

She was born in Cleveland County, NC, to the late William J. “Dub” and Alice Sellers Eubanks and was preceded in death by her brother, Doug Eubanks.

Tencie was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church. She retired after 20 years of service from the Kings Mountain National Military Park where she served as a Park Ranger and curator of the museum. Tencie was a licensed pilot for many years, a member of the Civil Air Patrol and a member of The Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots. She enjoyed working with pottery, creating stained glass and building furniture. Tencie was always active and loved working with her hands, gardening, building and laying brick. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed greatly by her family and loved ones.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years: Bud Rhea, of the home; sons: Scott Rhea, Holden Beach, NC and Monty Rhea, Kings Mountain, NC; daughters: Stacie Rhea (Glenn Carroll) and Julie Turner (Jeff), all of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Dane and Skyler Rhea, Clinton and Wesley Turner and Tucker Carroll; great-grandchild: Karmin Rhea; sister-in-law: Beth Eubanks and nieces Kelly Jones and Susan Falls.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Bruce Gwyn officiating.

The family will speak with friends immediately following the interment at the graveside.

Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church at 113 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.

Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.