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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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 .
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Major Loftin Sr.

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.