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Billie McCurry Roberts

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

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

Thomas Edward Martin 

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

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

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

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

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

WINSTON SALEM, NC – When one sits down to write an obituary, one’s first thought is to look at a typical write-up, and use that as an example. But this was no typical man. Andrzej Bogdan Milewski was born on August 11, 1924 – the son Alfred, a decorated Polish army officer-turned-politician and Sabina, a dedicated, brave mother.
His childhood on the family farm in Bagrowo, Poland was idyllic, but war was never far. On February 10, 1940, Andrzej and his mother, sister, and brother were deported to Siberia. His father was already fighting on the front, and would be captured and imprisoned for several years. Through strong faith and luck, the family survived the brutal conditions of Stalin’s work camps. Released in March of 1942, he made his way to Kazakhstan and joined the newly formed Polish army (which would later become the British 8th Army, Polish 2nd Corps). Following in the footsteps of his father, he joined the artillery regiment. Journeying from Siberia to Iran, Iraq, and Palestine, he ultimately fought in the Italian campaign at the Battle of Monte Cassino, and fought bravely until the last day of the war on May 8, 1945.
After the war, he moved to England and was educated at the Leicester School of Textiles – but not before he met Ewa Szymańska, the daughter of a Polish colonel, at a post-war party. It’s fitting of Andrzej that when their eyes met across the room, the power went out, and Ewa felt a tap on her shoulder and a voice saying “pay attention to this one. He’s important.” And he was. They married on February 1, 1950.
He went on to successfully manage textile operations in England, Ireland, and finally, North Carolina, where he became known as a community leader for his fairness and kindheartedness. You could not go to the Food Lion in Kings Mountain without taking at least an hour, because he was always stopped by people wanting to talk with him – former employees, neighbors, friends.
Andrzej’s biggest success – his pride and joy – was his family. He and Ewa raised eight children with truly unconditional love. He is survived by Maciej (Helen, Karen, Peter), Teresa (Rodney), Lech (Anna, Ola, Kristina, Baqir), Halina, Jolanta (Scott, Matthew, Diana, Kate, Cameron), and Ela. He was preceded in death by his son, Bogdan, foster-daughter, Robin, siblings Teresa (Edgar, Raymond) and Stanislaw (Anita).
There is a saying by the late Maya Angelou, who fittingly lived in Winston-Salem at the same time Andrzej did. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” There is not a person Andrzej met that he did not grace with compassion and kindness.
If you find yourself in possession of a libation upon reading this, raise a glass – but do not mourn. He is not here. He is in the cool, green Polish forests where he ran and laughed and hunted in his youth. He is with the soldiers that fought with him. He is with his wife and children and grandchildren. He is in every moment that you hold the hand of someone you love, every moment that you stick to your convictions, every time you lift your heart in prayer to God, every moment that you lead with love.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4820 Kinnamon Rd., Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to:
Catholic Relief Services: support.crs.org
Trellis Supportive Care (hospice): trellissupport.org
PCPM – Polish Center for International Aid to support Ukrainian refugees: pcpm.org.pl or any charity of your choice
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Angela “Angie” Renee Kirk 

Kings Mountain, NC – Angela “Angie” Renee Kirk, 46, of Kings Mountain, passed away March 5, 2022, at her home.
Angela was born in Kings Mountain.
She was a 1993 graduate of Bessemer City High School.
She attended Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Dianne “Dinky” Fite; grandparents, Oscar and Estelle Sanders, Earl and Elizabeth “Boots” Fite.
Angie is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, William “Billy” Kirk; father, David Fite of Kings Mountain; sisters, Tonia (Danny) Willard of Gastonia, and Kim Fite of Gastonia; special mother-in-law, Connie Scott of  Huntington, WV; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and beloved fur baby, Roxie.
A funeral service was held at 3:00 pm Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, 618 Chestnut Ridge Church Road, Kings Mountain, NC  officiated by Pastor Gregg Neely and Rev. David MacEachern.
The family received friends 1:30-3:00 pm prior to the service at the church.
Burial was at the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Church Road Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, Gastonia.
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Linda Scism Paul

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Linda Scism Paul, 73, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Grady and Fern Hovis Scism and was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Scism.
Linda was a longtime member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church. She retired from Cleveland County School System where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. Linda enjoyed traveling and was devoted to reading and studying the word of God. She was a wonderful grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them every chance she got. Linda was a loving wife, devoted mother, and a cherished friend and confidant to many. Her guidance, kindness, and love will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years: Wayne Paul, of the home; children: Holly Paul Barefoot and husband Jay of Hickory, NC and Eric Paul and wife Adrian of Sumter, SC; grandchildren: Lula Barefoot and Grace and Andrew Paul; brother: John Scism and wife Geraldine of Bennettsville, SC; sisters: Sadie Patterson and husband Gilbert and Shirley Ware, both of Kings Mountain, NC  and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverends John Bridges and Anita Ware officiating.
Interment was held in  Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Memorials in Linda’s memory may be made to Testa Family Hospice House c/o Cleveland County Hospice 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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Douglas Rathbone

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Douglas Rathbone, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on March 09, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Dewey and Dona Dorsey Rathbone and was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Loretta Taylor Rathbone. Doug was also preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Lynn Ramey, and his brothers, Steve, Bobby, and Paul Rathbone and two sisters, Geraldine Hollifield and Juanita Sims.
He was a longtime member of First Wesleyan Church and retired from PPG as a foreman after many years of service. Doug served the United States honorably in the US Air Force. He loved sports and was an avid golfer. Doug enjoyed taking family vacations to his home at the coast and loved spending time in the mountains. His kindness, friendship and love will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his granddaughter: Anna Ramey Moncrief and husband Eric of Hendersonville, NC; great-granddaughter: Callie Breeze Moncrief, Hendersonville, NC; son: James Ramey of Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Belinda Adams of Kings Mountain, NC and numerous nephews.
A graveside service was held on  Sunday, March 13, 2022 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 in Doug’s memory may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to St. Jude at https://www.stjude.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Gerald Edward Payne

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Gerald Edward Payne, 65, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 25, 2021 at his home in Kings Mountain, NC. He was born in Cherokee County, NC, son of the late Floyd T. and Bernice Drinnon Payne and was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Dean Payne and two nephews, Tim and Ken Payne.
Gerald graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1974 after which he began his career at Eaton Corp where he retired. He was an avid Nascar fan and loved to fish in his spare time.
He is survived by his niece: Robin Payne Pickett and husband Kevin; nephew: Mark Payne; several great nieces and nephew and beloved cousins.
A graveside service will be held on  Friday, March 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Grover Cemetery with Pastor Alan Sailors officiating.
Internment will be held in Grover 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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Wilma Ruth Dotson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Wilma Ruth Lawter Dotson, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 26, 2022.  Wilma was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1939 to the late Ida Ruth Edwards Lawter and Farris Lawter in Polk County, North Carolina.  She was the fifth of nine children.  In 1955, she was introduced to the love of her life, Dewey Dotson.  From the first day that they met, they were inseparable.  Wilma and Dewey married on December 18, 1956.  Wilma was a homemaker and dedicated mother to their 2 children, Ricky and Tony.
Her family was her greatest joy.  She especially loved being “Mema” to her 3 grandchildren, Jeff, Kim and Shelby.   She loved making sure everyone was uncomfortably full at each meal with her delicious cooking and baking, most notably her strawberry preserves, chicken and dumplings and lemon meringue pie.  She loved playing Rolly-bat in the backyard, watching the deer and birds from her window and listening to gospel music.      
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Dewey Dotson; son Tony Dotson; sister Janice Graham; brother Roger Lawter; grandson Jeffrey Dotson; granddaughters Kimberly (Larry) and Shelby (Aaron) and numerous family members and friends.
She was predeceased in death by her eldest son, Ricky; sisters Betty Jean Pierce and Jewel Wisnant; and brothers Joseph “Bo” Lawter, Farris “Jack” Lawter, Charles “Smug” Lawter and Billy “Cab” Lawter.
A private graveside service will be held at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Wilma’s honor to the American Cancer Society. 
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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Agnes Jeanette Robinson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mrs. Agnes J. Robinson, age 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 19, 2022, at her home.
Born March 2, 1945, in Tarboro, NC, Agnes was the daughter of the late Richard E. and Mary Modline Staton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years David Robinson and a sister Irene S. Hyman. Agnes was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She retired from Reeves Brothers in Bessemer City, NC after 30 years of service. Endearingly given the name “Maw Maw,” Agnes was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her sons: David Ray Robinson (Twyla), and Robert Earl Robinson both of Kings Mountain, NC; brother: James Staton (Peggy), Sharpsburg, NC; sister: Ruth Shepard, Tarboro, NC; grandchildren: Tiffany, Travis, Trey (Jenny), Rai (Molly)’ great-grandchildren: Bryonna, Shawn, Alexia, Mariah, Dalton, Brooks, Quinn, Sage, and Willow; special family: Kay and Jimmy Price and Cindy Evans
All services will be private.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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David Bullock

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – David Bullock, 72, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away suddenly on February 22, 2022 in Clover, South Carolina.
He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Lester Hayward and Victoria Carroll Bullock and was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Burton.
David attended Christ Worship Center in Gastonia, NC. He served the United States honorably as a member of the US Army. David retired from Eaton after 35 years of service as a machinist. He was a wonderful provider for his family. David was a loving husband, father, and grandfather whose guidance and encouragement will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife: Kimberlen Watts Bullock, Kings Mountain, NC; daughters: Michelle Higby and husband Chip of Gastonia, NC and Amanda Caldwell and Husband Carey of Woodruff, SC; grandchildren: Carrigan, Luke, and Kendall Caldwell, and Isaac and Landon Higby; brother: Dean Bullock and wife Sue, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Nell Moore, Kings Mountain, NC, Ruth Burris, Albemarle, NC, and Shirley Stamey, Charlotte, NC
Funeral service was held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Christ Worship Center, Gastonia, NC with Reverends Carey Caldwell, Tim Barrett, and Jimmy Maney officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM prior to the service at the church.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney Fund at https://www.kidneyfund.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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Sharon Greason Huss

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Sharon Greason Huss, 59, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 26, 2022 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, and was preceded in death by her father, Roger Lee Greason Sr.
Sharon worked in the textile industry for most of her life and attended True Gospel Holiness Church. She was an avid animal lover and loved being around people. Sharon was an outgoing person and enjoyed talking with people. She could carry on a conversation with anyone she met. Sharon was very independent and enjoyed doing things for others. Her sense of humor was a blessing to everyone who knew her. She loved music, especially Dwight Yoakam, who was her sweetheart.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. Her undying love, kindness, and sweet spirit will be greatly missed by everyone who loved her.
She is survived by her son: Michael Huss (Amy), Lincolnton, NC; mother: Pat Pennington Greason, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Michael Ethan and Mylee Huss, and Wesley Dixon; brother: Roger Lee Greason Jr. (Angelia), Kings Mountain, NC; aunt Linda Setzer, Kings Mountain, NC and “Sissy”: Sheila Hallman and daughter Stacy White; niece and nephew: Nicolas and Katie Greason and a host of other loving family.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverends Tim Setzer and JR Robbins officiating
Visitation will be on  Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be 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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Tina Howell Clayton

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Tina Howell Clayton, 53, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on February 16, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Fred Odell and Betty Lou Howell. Tina worked in the cosmetology industry for more than 20 years having owned her own shop for some time. Tina was known by everyone for her strong will and always being beautifully dressed. She had a radiance that was undeniable to everyone she met. Tina loved being with her family. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life. Always full of encouragement, Tina could light up the room with her outgoing attitude and humor. She enjoyed her career and made a lasting impression everywhere she went. Tina was a  loving mother, doting grandmother, and wonderful friend who will be missed dearly by many.
She is survived by her husband: John Michael “Mikey” Clayton, Gastonia, NC; daughters: Kayla Brooke Mudd and husband Hunter Toney, Kings Mountain, NC, and Kloe Mudd, Gastonia, NC; grandchildren: Noah and Nicholas Toney; siblings: Reid Horton, Asheville, NC, Debra Horton, Gastonia, NC, and Karla Cain, Kings Mountain, NC; previous husband: Bryan Mudd and wife Heather Brittian, Gastonia, NC.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service in the Parlor of 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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Joy “Renee” Calhoun

GROVER - Joy “Renee” Calhoun, 64, of Grover, North Carolina met her Heavenly Father on February 9, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House.
She was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, daughter of the late Horace B. Burgin and Mildred Lorene Allen.
Renee was the owner of Military Park Quick stop and Military Park Mini Storage for 20 years. She was a longtime prayer warrior for Family Worship Center, Church of God, Kings Mountain. In her spare time, she loved to worship and study her Bible. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends, but mostly, her grandbabies.
She had a heart of pure gold and will be missed by everyone.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence Calhoun of 42 years; son, Dillon Scott Ingle (Gisela); daughters, Crystal Tayara-Binns (Shannon), Jessica Calhoun Lail (Wesley), Bella Calhoun; grandchildren Jackson, Abe, Cruz, Edie; brother Randy Burgin (Kathy).
There was a private celebration of life with family and close friends.
Interment was held at Olney Presbyterian Church, 250 Olney Church Rd.,
 Gastonia, NC.
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Joanne Tessneer

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Joanne Morgan Tessneer, 88, passed peacefully after a day surrounded by her family, Sunday, February 20, 2022 at her home. A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Nannie Jones Morgan.
Joanne retired from Homelite/John Deere in Gastonia and was a member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. She loved being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who had a passion teaching children in Sunday school.  She was a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary and the Shelby Rescue Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Morgan.; and great grandson, Deacon McPherson.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 71 years, Dwight Tessneer, of the home; sons, Dr. Roger Tessneer of Bostic and Alan Tessneer and wife Julie of Amarillo, TX; daughters, Susan Blair and husband Sam of Gastonia and Betsy Tessneer and husband Tom Wells of Kings Mountain; sister, Harriette Burnett of Cherry Grove, SC; grandchildren, Adam Tessneer and wife Mary Allison, Samantha McPherson and husband Ben, Cameron Blair and wife Carmen, Derek Tessneer and wife Ashley, Destiny Tessneer, Dustin Tessneer and wife Julie, Riley Tessneer, Summer Tessneer and Krystal Wells; great grandchildren, Emma Grace, Leah Beth, Anna Claire, Preston, Niles, Gideon and Jakob.
The family will receive friends 5:00-7:30 PM Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home in Shelby.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, February 25, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, with the Rev. Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Joanne will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Gideons International, First Baptist Church Kings Mountain or Hospice of Cleveland County.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Rebecca Louise Edsall

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Rebecca (Becky) Oesch Edsall went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 15th, surrounded by her family at her home in Kings Mountain, NC.
The daughter of Olive Marie Krisher Oesch and the late Billie Eugene Oesch, Becky was born on November 22, 1954, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by sister Ramona Oesch, brother Wayne Oesch, brother William Oesch, and nephews Douglas Oesch and Travis Tuffley.
Becky is survived by her mother Olive Oesch of Kings Mountain, NC; her sister Renee Oesch Klein and husband Peter of Baltimore, Maryland; brother Wade Elliott Oesch of Waterloo, Indiana; daughters Brooke and Lyndsey Edsall, both of Kings Mountain; and Autumn Edsall Fincher and husband Bob of Hickory, NC; grandchildren Will, Carson Rebecca, and Claire Fincher; many be-loved nieces and nephews, and Johnny Hutchins, her long-time friend and faithful companion along with his daughter Buffy and husband John Murphy, daughter Tammy and husband Gary Houge, and son Chris and wife Christy Hutchins and their children and grandchildren. Becky will be missed by Toby, Copper and Tickle, her beloved puppies, who laid by her side until her very last day.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain, NC, officiated by Rev. Dr. K. Michael Varn and Rev. John W. Futterer. The family received friends from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Cleveland County Animal Services at 1609 Airport Road, 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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Betty Faye Patterson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Patterson of Kings Mountain passed away February 17th  at  Jim Testa Hospice House Kings Mountain.
She was married to the late Henry Patterson. Together they shared three children, two sons, the late Wayne Patterson and the late Kenny Patterson.
One daughter, Deborah Seay.
She was employed by Kings Mountain Hospital for many years, and was loved by everyone there! Her spirit of generosity, love and mercy will live on forever in the hearts of those that knew her best and loved her best!  She possessed a huge heart for others, and her service to mankind was endless! She will be greatly missed!
Memorials can be made to Jim Testa Hospice House of Kings Mountain.
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Charles Anderson Carrigan 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Charles Anderson Carrigan, 80, passed away on February 14, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
Born in Gaston County on July 14, 1941, he was the son of the late John William Carrigan and Nadine Car-rigan Hedgepath. In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his sister, Ritta Carrigan.
Charles served in the United States Marine Corp before marrying his lifetime love Betty Faye Hanna on May 12, 1962. Charles was owner/operator of Carrigan Auto Sales and Cherokee Auto Auction.
He enjoyed volunteering and helping people in his community. His passions included donating to and attending The American Legion World Series and being involved with the children of Grace Christian Academy. He was once employed by and remained active with the Cleveland County Sheriffs Department. Charles was a member and former Deacon of Bethlehem Baptist Church and attended Branch Street Chapel. He was an active boater and loved fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway with his friends. He will be remembered for his love of life, his big smile, quick wit, and most of all his incredible heart.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Hanna Carrigan of Kings Mountain; four children: Sherry Rippy (Michael), Jimmy D. Faulkner Jr (Lynn), Lisa Yarbro (Leslie), and Tonya Leatherman (Scott); 8 grandchildren: Joshua Hollifield (Brandi), Matthew Faulkner(Maria), Dustin Yarbro, Taylor Rippy, Carrigan Leatherman, Tucker Leatherman, Leslie Brooks(Teddy), Amber McGill and 8 great grandchildren; Levi Hollifield, Bryson Yarbro, Jaxson Faulkner, Avery Oliver, Jason Pegg, Makayla Brooks, TJ Brooks, Jaylan McGill.
The family received friends from 5:00-8:00 Friday, February 18, 2022 at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home in Shelby. The Funeral service was held at 1:00 pm Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC with Pastor Michael Chambers officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
The family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be sent to: Grace Christian Academy (420 Branch St. Kings Mountain, NC 28086) and/or The American Legion World Series (117 A. W. Warren St. Shelby, NC 28150).
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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William Donald  “Don” Crawford

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – William Donald Crawford, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 5, 2022 at his home in Matthews, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Thomas Harmon and Ethel Lee Reynolds Crawford and was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Joe Ann Blalock Crawford and his daughter, Donna Ann Cornwell. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Jim Crawford.
Don was a longtime prominent resident of Kings Mountain and enjoyed staying active. He was involved in Boy Scouting for more than 80 years and a member of the Lions Club and countless other civic organizations. Don was a member of Boyce Memorial ARP Church where he and his late wife, Joe Ann, were very active.
Don possessed a servants heart which was reflected in the many awards and commendations awarded to him over the years. He was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest award given to a civilian by the governor, as well as the Dr. Charles Bell Award for scouting. Don served as the District Governor for the International Association of Lions Clubs and as the Wood Badge Deputy Camp Chief of Boy Scouts of America. Throughout his life, Don endeavored to enrich the lives of the people of Kings Mountain. Don’s leadership, kindness, friendship, and generous spirit will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Gloria Perkins-Crawford, Matthews, NC; grandchildren: William “Bill” Paul Cornwell (Melissa), Durham, NC, and Angela K. Cornwell Holder (Grant), Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchildren: Michael Cornwell, Sydney Cornwell, Anna Holder, and Kelsie Davis; step-children: Marcie Horton, Ed Sugg (Keri), Amy Rutledge (Eric); step-grandchildren: Brandon Sugg, Josh Wood, Dan Wood, Abbey Rutledge, Austin Rutledge, Ryan Sugg, Cory Sugg, and Spencer Sugg and numerous other loving family and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM with Reverend Robert Patrick III officiating at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Sandra Bumgardner Wilson

10/13/44 - 02/09/2022

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Sandra Bumgardner Wilson peacefully flew into the arms of her Lord and Savior at 4:22 am on February 9, 2022.
She was born October 31, 1944 in Gaston County, NC. Family, friends, and everyone she ever came in contact with was always greeted with She Is “Blessed and Highly Favored”, and she truly was Blessed and Favored. Sandy had been homebound for several years but her faith, love, and smile never wavered. She was a beautiful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend to everyone. Her witness, love, and guidance will be missed but never forgotten.
She is proceeded in death by her husband of 36 years, Martin Luther “Junior” Wilson, Jr., parents William Pressley Bumgardner and Faye Childers Bumgardner Lovelace,  sister Beverly Bumgardner Scruggs, grandparents John Emmet and Ethal Farris Childers, Ed and Hattie Bumgardner, brother in law Dean Moore, stepson Randy Wilson, brother and sister in law Charles and Colleen Wilson and brother in law Robert Wilson.
She is survived by her sister Wanda Moore, brother Jeff Lovelace and Grace, brother Bill Bumgardner, sister Denise Holland and Bobby, step father George Lovelace, brother in-law Howard Scruggs, sister in-law Judy Wilson, stepsons Danny Wilson and Scott Wilson and Lane, like a sister Aunt Joyce Roark and Don, grandsons Joe Wilson and Julie, Brad Wilson and McKenzie, her precious great grandchildren Annie and Lily Kate Wilson, and Shephered and Gryffin Wilson who  were her pride and joy.  Her extended family of nieces and nephews, her very special niece Deanna Brown and Joe, Susie Graham and Kenneth, Ryan Lovelace, Mandy Patton and Tony, Terra Ross, Jennifer Wright and Gary, Fleet Wilson and Lisa, Baron Wilson and Sharon, Leeann Bridges and Michele, Robert Wilson. Other great and great-great nieces and nephews of her family she loved are her coffee buddy D Martin and Scott and kids Ashtyn, Cadyn, and Kensen, who spent lots of nights with Aunt Sandy,  J Basilan and Ben, Tyler Chapman and Meredith and daughter Olivia, Caleb Hughes and Amber and kids Railey, Kye, and Parker, Cailyn Van Buren and Eric and kids Wyatt and EJ, Beth Queen and Justin, Hannah Morris, Lilly Ross, Fleet “Chip” Wilson Jr. and so, so many more.
Sandy was a member of Faith Baptist Church for more than 50 years joining on July 21, 1971. She served and wore hats of so many positions. Her love for music, teaching, fellowship with her church family and others made her heart joyous. She loved the old hymns and Gospel music.  She would invite anyone she knew or met and even gave rides for anybody who needed them. Her Pastor J.R. Robbins and wife Patty along with her entire church family were her heart.
Sandy worked many years at the Margrace Mill where she became a bookkeeper. This job was her lifes work. She joined the Kerns Trucking Company early in the business and became part of the Kerns Trucking family. She worked there until she retired after more than 35 years. She became the caregiver to her sweet husband Junior until his passing.  She was caregiver to her mother Faye Lovelace until her passing.  Her house became the rehab center for the family. Her home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay.  No one ever was turned away. Because of the great place her house is located, it was the place to always stop and visit. She always had a blessing to share and love to give and loved to be around people.  She had her own medical issues over the years, but she continued to share her Lord and Savior everywhere she could. She became homebound and never a day passed that she missed a chance to still share when she could. There is no one like her and her sweet smile, true heart and Godly witness and love will be missed.   God’s love surely shown through her.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church at 1009 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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Kristy Ann Huffman

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kristy Ann Huffman, 52, of Kings Mountain, NC, was suddenly taken from us on Friday, February 11, 2022. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, daughter of the late Daniel and Kathleen Poggen Huffman.
She worked as a waitress for most of her life. Kristy was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many. She will be dearly missed by her beloved family.
She is survived by her children: Jeremy Huffman (Angel), Kings Mountain, NC, Brittany Campau (Brendon), York, SC, Travis Hale (Carson), Kings Mountain, NC, and Zachary Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; step-children: Stephanie Hale, Lincolnton, NC, and Justin Hale (Vickie-Lynn), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Dason, Braydon, Gemma, Connor, Oliver, Jeremy Jr., Chloe, Trey, Jasmine, Lil Justin, Andrew, Tristan, and Daisy; longtime Companion: James Ray Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; uncles: Don Huffman and Bobby Huffman and cousin: Teresa Carrigan
The family will hold a private Celebration of Life Service.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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James Robert Ledford

James Robert Ledford

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James Robert Ledford, 77, of Kings Mountain, NC, died at home on February 12, 2022.
 Robert was born on May 24, 1944 in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Plato and Louise (Goforth) Ledford. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Ann Sutton Ledford, and brothers Arnold Ledford and Wayne Ledford.
Robert graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1962 and received an Associate degree in Applied Science in Business Administration from Gaston College in 1982.
Robert worked for Harris Teeter as Meat Market Manager for 30 years and at home on the family’s small farm. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and choir member, and he was a volunteer at Bethware Elementary School. As a younger man, he was an avid trail rider on his horse, “Big Red.” Robert never met a stranger, and if he didn’t know you, he knew of you or your family. His generous spirit, kindness, humor, and deep sense of family will be greatly missed.
Robert is survived by his two children, Charlene Reese Couch (Paul) and Derek Reese (Crystal), and his granddaughter, Autumn Reese, as well as a brother, Hubert Ledford (Kathy), a sister, Jean Ledford McClure (Jack), and a sister-in-law, Colean Ledford. He had seven nieces and one nephew.
A graveside service will be held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church’s cemetery in Kings Mountain on Wed., February 16 at 11 AM.
Memorial donations may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church at 1022 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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John Clarence DeVeney

John Clarence DeVeney

PALMETTO, FL – John C. DeVeney, 96, resident of Palmetto, Fl, died February 01, 2022 at Heritage Park Center, Bradenton, FL.
He was born in Casar, NC to the late Adam Lee Deveney and Ocie W. DeVeney and widower of Betty Allan DeVeney. In addition to his  parents and wife, he was also proceeded in death by his brothers Worth DeVeney and Stowe DeVeney.
He was a member of Westgate Baptist Church, Plantation, FL.  He was a retired mason and veteran.
Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Sue D. Allen and Wiley Allen of Kings Mountain; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary N. DeVeney and wife Marie, Charles A. DeVeney and wife Liz both of Naples, Fl.  One daughter and son-in-law, Connie and David Thornton of Palmetto, Fl.   4 Grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Mountain Rest Cemetery at 11:00 AM with Reverend Eddie Grey officiating.
Memorials may be made to: Shepherds Foundation  1805 15th Ave.  Union Grove, WI 53182, Hospice of Cleveland County or to a 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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Grady  Farris, Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Grady Durdin Farris Jr., 66, died Friday, February, 4, 2022 at his home.
Born in Gaston County, he is the son of Geraldine Wall and the late Grady Farris Sr.
Grady loved his family and was a talented tradesman who never met a stranger. He was a big Steelers fan who also enjoyed remote control airplanes and playing music with various instruments.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sons, Grady “Sonny” Farris III and wife Lee Ann of Kings Mountain, Michael Farris and wife Jessica of Dallas; daughters, Candice Farris and fiancé Jeremy Hollifield of Jacksonville, NC, and Alysha Williams of Taylorsville, NC; sister, Wanda Farris of Winston-Salem, NC; step sister, Tammy Bailey of Concord; grandchildren, Erin Farris, Colby Farris, Trey Mitchell, Carter Farris, Madison Farris, Haven Hollifield, and Elden Hollifield.
A celebration of life service will be held at 5 pm, Thursday, February 10, 2022, at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services in the church.
Grady is now rejoicing with his best friend Darrin Sarvis.
Flowers may be sent to the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences:  www.claybarnette.com
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Evelyn Faye Wright

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Evelyn Faye Wright, 87, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 4, 2022 at her residence in Kings Mountain, NC.
Born in Cleveland, NC, She was daughter of the late Sidney Short and Doris Oliver Short and was also preceded in death by her husband James “Jim” Ray Wright, Son, Larry Ray Wright and granddaughter, Jennifer Wright.
Evelyn was a member of the Family Worship Center, Church of God, Kings Mountain.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She always put others first and was a true servant to everyone she met.    She enjoyed traveling and camping, having traveled all over the United States and the world.  
She is survived by daughter: Kathy Wright Bridges, Kings Mtn.; son: Danny Kaye Wright and Patricia Abernathy, Kings Mtn.; 5 grandchildren: Michael B. Smith and Ashley, Kings Mtn. , Heather W. Seiler and Ray, Kings Mtn., Ashley Smith and Jonathan Seright, Shelby, Jamie Smith and Ashley, Bessemer City, Chris Wright and Nicole, Kings Mtn.; 8 great-grandchildren: Robbie, Raya, Jon, Khloe, Kindal, Kaylee, Kaycee, and Abel.
A private family funeral service will be held.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Jonas Edmond “Eddie” Leftwich

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jonas Edmond Leftwich, 74, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 2, 2022 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Fred Drews and Evelyn Hullender Drews and was preceded in death by a brother, David Leftwich.
Eddie was a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. He served his country honorably in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. Eddie worked in the automotive repair industry and owned repair shops in Kings Mountain. He retired from Cape Fear Trucking in Dallas, NC. Eddie lived his entire life in Kings Mountain and was a past member of Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed playing gospel music with his friends at local nursing homes.
He is survived by his wife: Wanda Faye Leftwich; sons: Mike Leftwich (Kim) Canton, GA, Steven Jones (Amanda) Gaffney, SC,  Greg Jones, Zepher Hills, FL, and Bryan Leftwich (Amanda) Gastonia, NC; daughters: Michelle Cox (Gary) Kings Mountain, NC and Ashley Lovelace (Davie) Kings Mountain, NC; brothers: Joe Leftwich (Donna) California, and Nick Leftwich (Brenda) Clover, SC; 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren
A celebration of life service will be announced later by the family.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Wilda Christine Trout

KINGS MOUNTAIN , NC – Wilda Christine Trout, 93, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 29, 2022 of natural causes at The Phoenix of Dunwoody assisted living facility in Dunwoody GA.
She was born in Woodruff, SC, daughter of the late Thomas Ferd Lanford (Woodruff’s first Fire Chief) and Susan Cannon Lanford. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband, Guy C. Trout who died in 2008. Wilda was also preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Thomas Ferd Lanford Jr., MN; John D Lanford, SC; Ouida L. Presti, MA and Jeannette L. Morris, MA.
Wilda was a faithful member of Central United Methodist Church where she loved singing in the choir. She was also an amazing cook, especially baking and frequently shared with her friends and neighbors. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She was an accomplished typist and used an old-fashioned typewriter for many years to write letters to her children, sisters, nieces and nephews. She truly loved her family very much, especially her only granddaughter Lauren who was the apple of her eye. She played piano by ear, no sheet music necessary and young Lauren would sit next to her and sing. She was a sweet, kind and generous lady who is being reunited with her beloved husband Guy on their anniversary February 5.
She is survived by her son: Dennis Guy Trout and wife Susan Eddy Trout of Snellville GA; daughter: Karen Trout Nauss of Greenville NC and Granddaughter: Lauren Sierra Trout of Atlanta GA; nieces and nephews: David Lanford, AZ; Pamela Lanford WI; Richard Lanford, IL; Susan E. Calomo, MA and Carol M. Saster, MA
A graveside service was held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Bruce Gwyn officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina    Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Ray Bridges

SHELBY, NC – Charles Ray Bridges, 84, of Shelby, NC, passed away on January 27, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Spartanburg County, SC, son of the late Everette Jack and Florence Faircloth Bridges and was preceded in death by his brother, Buck Bridges, and a sister, Deloris Falls.
Charles served his country honorably in the Air Force Reserves. He was the owner and operator of Custom Metal Fabrication for more than 28 years. In his spare time, Charles enjoyed spending time outdoors, riding horses, fishing, and golfing. Charles was an avid big game hunter and enjoyed hunting across the United States and abroad. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His leadership, commitment to his community, friendship, and guidance will be missed greatly by everyone who knew Charles.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Jeanne Hastings Bridges, of the home; daughter: Carla Burton and husband Shane, Blacksburg, SC; son: Chuck Bridges and wife Paige Harris, Savannah, GA; grandchildren: Shannon Ray Bridges and Adrian Burton; great-grandchildren: Marley and Brennan Bridges, and Brent Dalton; sister: Sue Phifer and husband John, Kings Mountain, NC
A Memorial service was held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Tim Hendrick officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Bridges memory may be made to Patterson Grove Baptist Church Building Fund at 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Ryan Scott Hale

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ryan Scott Hale, 29, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 30, 2022 at his home. He was born in Cleveland County, NC, and was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gene Hale and his maternal grandfather, Buddy Bell.
He is survived by his parents: James Ted Hale and Jackie Bell Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Ted Hale and wife Sarah, Colorado Springs, CO; sisters: Heather Hale Vernitsky and husband Scott, Stanley, NC, and Jamie Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; grandmothers: Dorothy Hale, Kings Mountain, NC, and Tina Desjardins, Lindonville, VT; beloved Furbaby: Theo; nieces and nephews: Logan, Rylee, Jaxon, Ava, Sydney, and Jackie (Lil Gam).
Funeral services will be announced later by the family.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Doris Nell Spearman

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Doris Nell Spearman, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 26, 2022 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby, NC.
 She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Emmett and Ethel Farris Childers and was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William Glenn Spearman. Doris was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Mildred Caldwell, Faye Lovelace, and Betty Hughes.
She was a longtime faithful member of Oak View Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ from 1974 until 2017. She retired from the textile industry after many years of dedicated service. Doris was an avid reader, loved traveling, and making beautiful needlework crafts for her family that will be treasured for many years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved spending time with her family. Her kindness, guidance, and generosity will be missed by everyone who knew Doris.
She is survived by daughters: Elaine Anderson (Eddie), and Glenda Waters (Dwayne), both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Krystal Proctor, Charlotte, NC, Shannon Elmore (Bennett), Kings Mountain, NC, and Lauren Thornburg (Jamie), Grover, NC; great-grandchildren: Bentlee and Khaegyn Elmore, and Jaxxon Thornburg; sister: Joyce Roark (Don), Kings Mountain, NC and a special sister: Bessie Blanton, Clover, SC.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Oak View Baptist Church with Reverends Wayne Brazzell, Billy Cooper and Carey Caldwell officiating
Visitation will be on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm prior to the service at Oak View Baptist Church.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Memorials may be made to Oak View Baptist Church at 1517 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, or to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Michael Scott "Mickey" Powers Sr.

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Michael Scott Powers Sr., 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 23, 2022 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, son of the late Fred Ertle and Norma Crook Powers.
Mickey loved the Lord and was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. He attended Appalachian State University where he earned his Masters Degree in Administration. Mickey worked in sales for more than 25 years and in education for many years, teaching school and eventually retiring from Cleveland County Schools as an Assistant Principal at Kings Mountain Middle School. Mr. Powers was admired by his fellow educators and students alike for his determination, work ethic and the passion he possessed for education. Mickey also taught at Cleveland Community College in the G.E.D. Program. He was an avid golfer and worked at the Masters Golf Tournament for more than 30 years as a Gallery Supervisor on the 7th hole. Mickey was an animal lover and adored his canine companion "Willie Mae". The impression Mickey made on his family, students, friends, and his community will never be forgotten. He will be missed tremendously by everyone whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years: Patti C. Powers, of the home; children: Lisa Powers Bryant (John), Kings Mountain, NC, Stephanie Dotson (Dale), Gibson City, IL, Ken Wilson (Crystal) North Myrtle Beach, SC, and Michael Scott Powers Jr. (Shelley), Kings Mountain, NC;
siblings: Eric "Randy" Powers (Danelle), Norfolk, VA, and Cynthia Powers, Wilmington, NC; grandchildren: Wilder Clark, Bailey Voges, Sydney O'Neill, Sage Dotson, Leul Dotson, Ma-Kayla Smith, Shaelin Smith, Kelsey Powers, Riley Powers, and Alley Powers and great-grandchild: Macon Clark

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.

Visitation will be held on  Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the Stained Glass Room of First Baptist Church.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mickey's memory, may be made to First Baptist Church Missions at PO Box 786, 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. less
 
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Joyce Leming Clark

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC - Joyce Leming Clark,87, died Monday, January 24,2022 at White Oak Manor of Kings Mountain.
Born in Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late James and Genava Standridge Leming. Joyce retired from Wix after more than 30 years of service. She loved her family and her church First Wesleyan of Kings Mountain. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who will be deeply missed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Larry Clark; son, Mark West; brothers, Jimmy Leming and wife Sandy, and Danny Leming; sister, Annie Bell Stone and husband Jimmy; brother-in-laws, Robert Horton and Red Dodson.
She is survived by her sons; Mike West and wife Kim and Jimmy West and wife Pam all of Kings Mountain; Sisters, Jean Dodson, Debbie Yates, Faye Horton, Linda Moss, and Susie Bryson and husband Tom; grandchildren, Jessica Ramirez, Tyler West, and William Ray West; great grandchildren, Austin West, Katie Ramirez, Alexis Ramirez, and Landon Ramirez; sister in law, Debbie Leming A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 26,2022 at 2PM, in Mountain Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Eddie Grayofficiating. The public may drop in between 10am-12pm Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home for a public viewing.
 
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Barbara  Brooks  Gantt 

Middlesex, MA – Barbara Brooks Gantt, 66, passed away January 16, 2022. A native of Middlesex, Mass., she was born to the late Thomas and Rose McCoine Brooks. She was also preceded in death by her husband Louis Gantt. She is survived by her daughter Heather Clucas and husband Matt of Kings Mountain, brothers Tom Brooks and wife Teresa of Kings Mountain, Randy Brooks and Jimmy Brooks and wife Susan, both of Shelby, grandchildren Zack Hayes and wife Ambriel, great grandchild Sophia Hayes, granddaughter Chloe Hayes, step grandchildren Aubreanna, Luke, and Katilyn Clucas, all of Kings Mountain, her life long friend Lauri Spearman and all of her teammates with the Silver Belles softball team.
Barbara was a member of the Beth Shiloh Messianic Synagogue. She loved playing softball and took her Crest High School team to the North Carolina state championship. She also loved her horses.
A Celebration of Life was held at 6:00 PM Tuesday January 25, 2022 in the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Greg Neeley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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James “Jimmy” A. Littlejohn 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James “Jimmy” A. Littlejohn, 80, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away suddenly on January 15, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Gaston County, NC, to the late James E. Littlejohn and Sarah Beth Coon Littlejohn Pendleton and was preceded in death by his step father, Cecil A. Pendleton.
Jimmy attended Kings Mountain Baptist Church while growing up. He retired from Lithium Corp after many years of service. Jimmy served his country by serving in the North Carolina National Guard. His life revolved around his classic cars, following all types of sports, keeping in touch with his family and friends and enjoying 50’s and 60’s rock and roll and beach music. An outstanding KMHS football player and dedicated youth football coach for many years, Jimmy was inducted into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his sister: Susan Gibson and husband Barry, Kings Mountain, NC; nieces: Mary Elizabeth Carrigan and husband Jamie, and Jennifer Ann Conner and husband Shan, both of Kings Mountain, NC; great nephews: Gibson and Harrison Conner, both of Kings Mountain, NC; special family friends: Kimberly Deal Sanders, Tim Sanders, Brad Austin, and Keith Falls
Graveside services were held on  Monday, January 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at 128 South Tryon Street Ste 110-287, Charlotte, NC 28202 or to Kings Mountain Baptist Church at PO Box 608, 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 “Sis”
Elizabeth (Cook) Heath

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary “Sis” Elizabeth (Cook) Heath, born November 1st, 1942 in Easley, SC, passed away January 20th, 2022 at 5:27 AM at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Cook and Mary Ella Kate Cook Reynolds, her siblings Earl Cook and Ruby Willis; brother-in-law Bob Willis; sister-in-law Faye Cook; and niece Shelia Willis.
She leaves behind two children: Kim Callahan and husband Keith of Kings Mountain, and Bobby O’Brien and wife Bonnie of Lawndale; one step daughter; Vickie Heath Bowen of Shelby; five grandchildren: Brandi and Chris Wilkinson of Kings Mountain; Brad Callahan and wife Kristy of Kings Mountain; Josh O’Brien of Kings Mountain; Robert and Hannah O’Brien of Lawndale; five great-grandchildren: Cailey Sheppard of Blacksburg; Carli and Alyssa Wilkinson, Jathan and Aleah Callahan of Kings Mountain; five nieces/nephews: Rita Lovelace, Bobby Willis, and Johnny Willis of Cherryville; Jeff Cook of Bessemer City; Mandy Champion of Clover; two beloved parakeets: Noelle and Baby Blue; her best friend of many years: Sadie Thrower of Shelby and many other beloved friends and family members.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all the palliative nurses, volunteers, chaplains and case workers at Hospice Cleveland County as well as the staff members of Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain for the amount of love, support and care they provided Mary over her journey.
A graveside service was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:00 A.M.  
Visitation: Family spoke  to friends immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Keiko  Nishiyama

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Keiko Nishiyama, 69, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2022. Born in Japan, she came to the United States in 1977, and settled in Kings Mountain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Masahiro Lee Nishiyama, her parents, and a sister.
After raising her three sons, she opened Keiko’s Massage Therapy in Shelby, which she operated for almost 20 years. In her spare time, she volunteered at a local hospice facility and enjoyed gardening, hiking, needlework, and experiencing new things. Her kindness and generosity will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her sons Hiroki, Naoki, and Yuuki (Emily); grandsons Beckham and Owen; a brother, sister, and aunt.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice.
A Graveside Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be  held on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Charlene Yates Sellers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Charlene Sellers, 78, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 13, 2022 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Hugh W. and Helen Parrish Yates and was preceded in death by her brother, Eric Yates.
Charlene was of the Christian faith. She worked in the manufacturing industry most of her life. Charlene was an avid animal lover and enjoyed feeding the neighborhood animals and spending time watching the birds that frequented the feeders at her home. She loved being outside tending to her flowers and keeping her lawn neat and tidy. Charlene loved people and was always willing to help anyone in need. Always a generous person, Charlene donated to several charities who help animals and veterans. She was a wonderful mother, sister, friend, and neighbor who will be missed greatly by her loved ones.
She is survived by her son: Todd Sellers and wife Wendi of Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Jane Frye and husband David of Asheville, NC and  sister-in-law: Sherry Yates of Kings Mountain, NC.
The family will hold a private celebration of life service to honor the memory of Charlene
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Charlene’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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Corinne Elizabeth “Beth”  Tittle

GASTONIA, NC – Corinne Elizabeth “Beth” Tittle, 71, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on January 12, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, daughter of the late Harold and Doris Joyner O’Shields and was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth O’Shields.
Beth was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain and worked as an assistant teacher for more than 10 years. Beth loved Jesus with her whole heart and her love for people was displayed everyday. She possessed a radiance that penetrated the lives of everyone she met. Her constant encouragement and eagerness to fill the needs of others was an inspiration to her entire community. Beth loved her friends and family and one of her greatest joys was being “Nana” to her grandchildren. Her strength, loyalty, guidance and love will be missed more than words can express by everyone who knew her. Beth was loved beyond measure by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband: David Tittle, of the home; daughters: Amber McGrath and husband Brian, Simpsonville, SC, and Heather Bryan and husband Blue, Hoschton, GA; sister: Laurea Piedallu, Concord, NC; grandchildren: Madison, Lily, and Brooklyn McGrath and Campbell, Piper, and Beckett Bryan; nephew: Tim Caudle
Funeral service was held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service in the Stain Glass Room of First Baptist Church .
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Billy Belk 

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Billy Belk, 72, died Tuesday, January, 4, 2022, at Robin Johnson Hospice House of Dallas.
Born January 2, 1950, in Atlanta, GA, he lived in Kings Mountain and served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived sisters, Bonnie Sue Patterson of Bessemer City and Louise Carpenter of Kings Mountain; brother, Percy Harris of Gaffney, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 12 PM on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain with Chaplain Anita Harvin officiating.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences:  www.claybarnette.com
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James H. Hope

Youngstown, Ohio  – James H. Hope, 76 of Youngstown, Ohio  died Friday afternoon at Heritage Manor.
James was born May 10, 1945 in Archdale, NC, a son of the late Winfred and Ada (Howell) Hope.
James was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp/Air America  serving in the Vietnam War. He was a former member of Zion Hill United Brethren Church and Locust Grove Baptist Church.  He was also a member of the Columbiana American Legion, the VFW of Washingtonville, Air America Association and the Moose Lodge of Winston-Salem, NC. James retired in 1999 as owner/operator of Falcon MC Distributing, a Travel Accessory Business.
His wife, the former Ethelda Hofmann, whom he married January 2, 1966, died November 12, 2011.  He will be sadly missed by his children, Marcia (Wes) Hope-Warren of Virginia, Connie Mae (Melvan) Saunders of Columbiana, Dawn I. Karash of Boardman and grandchildren, Amelia (Justin) Oaks, Melvan (Maria) Saunders,Jr.,  Thomas (Kristin) Saunders,  Kirk Wolf, Kaleigh Saunders and Hope Karash and four great-grandchildren, Julius Saunders, Natalie Saunders, Benjamin Oaks and William Oaks.  James also leaves a sister, Shirley (Charles) Bradham of Clover, SC, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, James was preceded in death by three brothers, Winfred Hope, Kenneth Hope, Larry Hope  and a granddaughter, Angel Whitehair. Private graveside services will be held Friday, January 7th.  The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to DAV (Diasabled American Veterans) P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  45250-0301 or DAV.org.
Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel in Canfield, Ohio served the family of Mr. Hope.
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Kenneth “Ken” S. Bryan

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kenneth “Ken” S. Bryan, 68, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 23, 2021 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Hertford County, NC. Mr. Bryan was retired from Duke Energy after 36 years of service and was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain. NC. He was a talented musician  who enjoyed playing the bass, guitar and drums. He got his start singing in the children’s choirs at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church and later sang in the NC Boys Choir for several years. He was a member of several bands over the years and currently a member of the Whiskey’s Alibi Band,  recording several CDs.  Ken was also a member of the Duke Retirement Lunch Group and enjoyed nature and the outdoors. His hobbies included hiking, canoeing, kayaking, crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years: Patricia “Pat” W. Bryan, Kings Mountain NC; mother and father: John and Dott M. Faulkenbury, Durham, NC; brother: Greg Bryan and wife Karen, Willow Spring, NC; Greg Faulkenbury and wife Dil, Fort Mill, SC; beloved dog: Sasha; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Life Service will be held on January 6, 2022 at 1:30 PM at Resurrection Lutheran Church with Reverend Michael Varn officiating. Masks will be required for entry into the service.
Memorials may be made to: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle 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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Toy Max Davis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Toy Max Davis, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 31, 2021 at his home.
 He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Franklin and Mandy Pryor Davis and was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Roy Davis.
Toy was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church and a Master Mason at State Line Lodge 375. He worked at PPG for 29 years and was also a contractor for many years. He enjoyed working with his hands, doing carpentry work, and working to keep his home and yard beautiful. Toy enjoyed sharing stories with anyone who would listen, often recounting the joys and hardships of his childhood. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather to many, and a father figure to so many more. He will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years: Kathleen Bridges Davis, of the home; sons: Tracy Max Davis (Karen), Grover, NC, Brian Lee Davis (Amanda), Kings Mountain, NC, James Robert Philbeck (Scottie), Grover, NC, and Troy Wishon Jr. (Tiffany), Shelby, NC; daughter: Cathy Pilkin, Kings Mountain, NC; brothers: Willie Davis (Diane), and Carl Davis (Judy), both of Kings Mountain, NC and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Memorial service will be held at Patterson Grove Baptist Church, Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.   Rev. Tim Hendrick, officiating.
Visitation: 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 5, 2022 prior to the service at the church. 
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Betty Champion Greene

SHELBY, NC – Betty Champion Greene, 82, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Wake County, NC, daughter of the late James Robert Champion Sr and Lindsey Carroll Champion and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Emmett Odell Greene. Betty was also preceded in death by her brothers, Donald W. and James Robert Champion Jr., and her sister, Edna C. Harrison.
She was a current member of David Baptist Church and a former member of Macedonia Baptist Church. Betty was an avid shopper and loved collecting angels. She loved spending time with her grandchildren who were always the center of her life. Betty, affectionately known as “Granny”, was in constant prayer. She prayed without ceasing for everyone she met and loved. Her generous, kind, and loving spirit will be missed tremendously by everyone who knew and loved Granny. Until we see you again: “Do you know what?”.... “I love you”.
She is survived by her daughter: Lisa Greene Weaver and husband Bill, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Angel Queen (Phillip), Dustin Mode, Thomas Weaver (Chrissy), and Nicholas Weaver; great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Jackson Queen; longtime best friend: Nadine Turner, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM at David Baptist Church with Reverends David Turner and Brian Taule officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, December 31, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM prior to the service at David Baptist Church
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC  
 The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Cleveland County. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Hospice 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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Avis Warlick Gill

Avis Warlick Gill, age 93, passed away on May 31st in Lakeland, Fl.
A native of Kings Mountain, she is survived by a son Dr. Daniel Gill and his wife Isabelle, a daughter Robin P. Carlin, a grandson Brent Alexander Carlin and his wife Lejanet Herrera.
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Veronica Adkins “Nikki” Petry

 GAFFNEY, SC—Veronica A. Petry, 38 of Gaffney, SC, died Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 15, 1983 in Tazewell County, Virginia, she was the daughter of Charles Allen and Sandra Anette Boyd Adkins.
A US Army veteran, Mrs. Petry was employed with Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was a member of North Point Church in Gaffney, SC. She taught in the children’s ministry.
She graduated Kings Mountain High School, Class of 2001. With her love of music and playing clarinet and the saxophone, brought her to play in the high school band. She was team captain in Volleyball and were conference champions.
Along with her parents, she is survived by her husband of 14 years, Samuel Eugene Petry II, her son, Tripp Petry of Gaffney, SC, her siblings, Marisa Fraizer (Christopher) of Spartanburg, Zenas Adkins, Elizabeth Atkins, and Celena Atkins, all of Kings Mountain, NC, numerous nieces and nephews, along with many great friends.
Visitation was at 3:00 – 3:50 PM Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307. A funeral service was at 4:00 pm at the Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jack Phillips.
The family would like to give special thank you to Gigi McElrath for the excellent care given to Veronica.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or online at www.online@stjude.org or K-Love.com radio station 88.3 online at https://donor.klove.com/
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com
The J. F. Floyd Mortuary is serving the family.
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Phyllis Elaine Thompson

SHELBY, NC – Phyllis Elaine Thompson, 74, of Shelby, NC went to Heaven on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.
Born in Murphy, NC (Cherokee County) on February 11, 1947, she was the daughter of Lydia Magaline Davenport Thompson and Kermit Wayne Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Walters.
Phyllis was retired from the Patrick Senior Center (City of Kings Mountain). She previously attended Pleasant City Church before becoming a resident at Peak Resources Cherryville.
Phyllis is survived by her best friend and sister, Patricia Hinson of Shelby, NC; niece, Carolyn Henwood and husband Pierre of Kings Mountain, NC; niece, Teresa Hollmann (Eric) of Chicago, IL; nephew, Barry White and wife Carla of Gaffney, SC; grandnieces: Carmen Henwood of Raleigh, NC; Hannah Guffey of Bessemer City, NC;  Sarah Burgess of Plant City, FL; grandnephews: Curtis Jenkins of Clover, SC; Josh Walters of Newbern, NC; Russ Walters of Colorado Springs, CO and Ryan Felton of Cleveland, TN; brothers: William Thompson of Bessemer City, NC; Wayne Thompson of Shelby, NC; sisters: Debbie Felton of Cleveland, TN and Cindy Thompson of Gastonia, NC; special cousin, Zandra MacDonald of Canton GA and two life-long friends: Caroleen Mingus of Murphy, NC  and Ellen Long of Milton, FL.
Phyllis was very loved and will be missed by her family. The family wishes to thank all those who cared and prayed for her.
All services are private.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.