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Wiley Allen

Kings Mountain, NC  – Wiley Allen, age 95, of Kings Mountain entered the presence or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 21, 2023.  He was born March 6, 1928, to the late Irvin Marion Allen and Maude Weathers Allen.
In addition to his parents, Wiley is preceded in death by his wife of 74 years Sue DeVeney, his brothers Haywood, George, Irvin Jr. (Tootie) and Aaron Allen, as well as his sisters Adelaide Hamrick, Virginia Drake, Betty DeVeney, Nancy Danielson and Barbara Bridges. Wiley is survived by his younger sister Freida Hawkins.
On October 19, 1947, Wiley married his beloved wife Sue and they were the parents of three children. Linda (David) Scism, Jean (Pete) Moore and Joe (Bridget) Allen. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A brick mason/contractor by trade, Wiley went on to teach at Shelby High School and retired after 30 years of service.  He also started Allen Ornamental Iron Shop of Kings Mountain.
The Allen family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Summit Place of Kings Mountain for their excellent care.
Graveside service was held on Monday, 2 o’clock in the afternoon, September 25th at David Baptist Church Cemetery in Kings Mountain. The family received friends following the service in the church
fellowship hall.
Memorials may be directed to The Summit Place of Kings Mountain: 1001 Phifer Rd Kings Mountain, North Carolina  28086, or David Baptist Church:  2300 David Baptist Church Rd Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086.
Online condolences may be offered at cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
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Jane Alice Erwood Martin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jane Alice Erwood Martin, 85, a lifelong resident Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 22, 2023 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, the youngest daughter of the late Willie Lee and Gertie Jones Erwood and was preceded in death by husband of 58 years, Donald Olan Martin and a son, Jerry Douglas Martin. Jane was also preceded in death by her siblings, Clinton Creedmore, Jennie Lynn, and Juanita Erwood.
Jane was a graduate of Kings Mountain High School. She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. Jane retired from Clevemont Mills after 40 years of service in the textile industry. She was an avid reader and studied her Bible daily. Jane was a well known political activist in Kings Mountain and believed government should be held accountable to the people. She enjoyed learning and living the history of Kings Mountain and enjoyed sharing that history with others. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her children: Pamela Martin Goforth (Blake), Shelby, NC, Brenda Martin, Kings Mountain, NC, and Donald Martin Jr. (Penny), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Blake Goforth Jr. (Chase), Sallie Howard (Kris), Katherine Martin, and Rebecca Martin; great grandchildren: Georgia Howard, Madison Goforth, Zayden Howard, andEzekiel Howard; special niece and nephew: Barbara Lynn Starnes (Don), and Pete Lynn (Nina) and numerous other beloved nieces and nephews
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Ron Caulder 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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Dr. Charles Steven Cadenhead, OD

YORK, SC – Dr. Charles Steven Cadenhead, OD, 71, of York, SC, passed away at Piedmont Medical Center on September 10, 2023.
He was born May 6, 1952, in Cleveland County, to the late Charles Luther Cadenhead and Mildred Eloise Thrift Cadenhead.
Steve graduated from Cherryville High School, Western Carolina University and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He owned and practiced optometry, in his offices at Blacksburg, York, Gaffney, Bennettsville, and Cheraw. Steve retired from York Vision Center in 2022 after 41 years of business.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 41 years, Patsy Williams Cadenhead; brother, Dr. Jack David Cadenhead, OD (Alisa); sister, Linda Cadenhead Loftin (Charles). He is also survived by God sons, Charles William Loftin, Jr, Jeff Steven Loftin (Angela); nephews and nieces, Shelly A. Cadenhead, Chad D. Cadenhead (Nicole), Brian L. Cadenhead, Tammi J. Cadenhead (Corrie), Katie M. Cadenhead (Anthony); great-nieces and great-nephews; Cameron Steven Loftin, Mason Alexander Loftin, Summer Rae Cadenhead, Dean Herschel Cadenhead, Charlene Rebecca Cadenhead, Symphony Cora Cadenhead, Alice Craneen Cadenhead-Jackson.
Steve’s graveside service was held 1:00 PM on September 16, 2023, at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain with Pastor Dennis Gomez officiating.
The family gathered at the home of Linda Loftin following the graveside service.
To offer condolences, please visit www.piggfamilyservices.com.
Arrangements by Pigg Family Services, LLC.
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Shandora Shavon Jones Sparks

Kings Mountain, NC – Shandora Shavon Jones Sparks, 48, of Kings Mountain passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Shandora is preceded in death by her mother Aloyse Jones, brothers: Robbie Greene and Ronald Hawkins and biological father: Robert Greene, Sr.
Shandora is survived by her husband Tommy Sparks and children Caleb Sparks, Andrew Sparks, Thomas Sparks and Victoria Sparks.
In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by her father Oscar Jones, brothers: Jacob Jones, Dillon Jones, Keith Hawkins, Darryl Hawkins and sisters: Selena Cope and Sandy Greene.
In her free time, Shandora enjoyed reading and was known to enjoy writing various styles of literature and was very talented in doing so.
Shandora loved her family dearly and made sure they knew it. She had a heart of gold and wanted to show love to those she cared about by cooking and bringing them food, calling to tell someone “happy birthday” or just let them know they were on her mind and she cared about them. She will be dearly missed by everyone that knew her.
Funeral services for Shandora will be held 3:00 PM on Thursday, September 21, 2023 in the chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory with Rev. Robert Wells officiating. A visitation will be held an hour before.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Jones Family.
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Shirley Ann Valentine

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Shirley Ann Valentine, 87, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 3, 2023 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Shirley was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Joseph Edward Bumgardner and Evelyn Hines Bumgardner and was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Gerald Glenn Valentine, a son, Lyn Valentine and her brother, “Bud” Bumgardner.
Shirley worked for more than 30 years at Grover Elementary School as the school secretary. She enjoyed getting to know every student who passed through the doors and remembered those same students her entire life. She possessed a sharp intellect, was an avid reader and loved puzzles. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her love and memory will be cherished for a lifetime by all those who knew Shirley.
She is survived by her sons: Jerry Valentine (Phoebe) and Bruce Valentine (Beth); daughter-in-law: Terri Valentine; grandchildren: Casey Burgess (Chase), Kelly Maxwell (Wes), and Chad Jordan (Krystal); great-grandchildren: Landon and Piper Burgess; sister: Maxine Black.
Graveside services were held on  Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Oakview Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend John Bridges officiating
Interment was held in Oakview Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to Hospice Care of Gastonia, NC at 258 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Moffett Albert Scism

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Moffett Albert Scism, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 10, 2023 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Raymond and Mary Hovis Scism and was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Nolan, Bruce, and Paul Scism. Moffett was a longtime member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church and served his country honorably in the US Army. He worked for Eastern Airlines as a baggage handler. Moffett enjoyed farming and was an avid fisherman. He especially loved fishing trip to the coast. Always active, Moffett was a member of the Fairview Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years and a member of White Plains Shine Club for over 30 years. He served as a volunteer firefighter with Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years. Moffett was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather whose guidance, wisdom, and love will never be forgotten by anyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Mary Lou Wright Scism, of the home; children: Julie Hawkins and husband Michael and Todd Scism and wife Laura, both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandson: Justin Fite; great-grandson: Dayson Fite; brother: David Scism and wife Linda, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service will be held  on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Brad Bridges and Reverend Dr. Tim Hendrick officiating. Visitation was on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home. Interment will be  in Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC   
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 953 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or 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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Myrtle Mae Bowlin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Myrtle Mae Bowlin, 85 , of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023  at her home.
She was born in Gaston County, NC, daughter of the late John A. and Macie Bowlin and was preceded in death by 14 brothers and sisters and a great grandson, Elijah Walker. Myrtle was a faithful member of Victory Life Assembly of God in Cherryville, NC.
She enjoyed being active, going to yard sales and spending time at the coast with her family. Myrtle was generous to a fault, and always placed others needs before her own. She loved her family with her whole heart and loved spending time with them. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother whose spirit, love, and devotion will be missed for all times by those who knew and loved Myrtle.
She is survived by her children: Robby Johnson (Calla), Sheila Walker (Robert), and Chad Johnson (Ann), all of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Brandy Wells, Lorie Johnson, Matthew Walker, Brittany Peters, Brandon Johnson, Emily Ledford, Jason Gerecke, Summer Ramsey, Tiffany Waddell, and Christina Waddell and13 Great Grandchildren
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Larry Johnson officiating.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.      
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Virginia Sue Tumbleson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Virginia Sue Tumbleson, 83, of Greensboro, NC, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 1, 2023 at Authoracare Collective in Greensboro, NC.
Born in Cleveland County, NC, she was daughter of the late Fred F. Wray and Molly Marie Goforth Carico and was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bobby Lee Tumbleson and her siblings Clyde Wray and Sybil Huffstickler.
Virginia married Bobby at the age of 21, then attended night school where she earned her diploma in 1977. She served her community diligently as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a loving mother and grandmother who doted on her only grandchild, Zach, before being blessed with two great-grandchildren. Her warmth and kindness will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her children: Larry Tumbleson (Sharon) - South Fork, Colorado; grandchildren: Zach Tumbleson (Renee) - Colorado Springs, Colorado; reat-grandchildren: Talulah and Aleister Tumbleson.
A Memorial Service was held on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Eddie Gray officiating.
Memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church of Kings Mountain or to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Roy Lee Huffstetler Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Roy Lee Huffstetler Jr., 71, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 30, 2023 at Atrium Health Mercy in Charlotte, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Roy Lee Huffstetler Sr. and Doris Barrett Huffstetler and was preceded in death by 3 children, Roy Lee “Tripp” Huffstetler III, Christopher Harleigh Huffstetler, and Jennifer “Jennie” L. Huffstetler.
Roy was a lifelong member of Resurrection Lutheran Church. He retired after 30 years of service in industrial sales from Vallen. Roy was an avid antique furniture collector and during his early years, traveled many miles searching out the best furniture. He enjoyed soaking up all the information he could about history.
Roy especially loved learning about the history of sports, automobiles, and wars. He and Melva owned rental properties and Roy loved taking an unlivable house and turning it into a home for someone. He had a knack for turning his vi-sion of a house into a reality. Roy was an integral part of his wife’s painting business, “The Painted Lady”. He often quipped he handled finance and transportation, Melva allowed him to count her money and drive her around. Roy was a wonderful father and husband whose strength, compassion, and love has left a lasting impression on everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Melva Whiteside Huffstetler, of the home; son: Craig Huffstetler and wife Shannon, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Barrett Andrew and Oliver Wayne Huffstetler, Kings Mountain, NC; cousin and dear friend: Anita Huffstetler, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Scott Hardin
officiating.
Visitation was held on  Saturday, September 2, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kings Mountain Optimist Club at PO Box 121, 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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Thomas William Steel

Gaffney, SC – Mr. Thomas William Steel, 71, of Gaffney, SC passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2023.
He was born in Kings Mountain, NC on August 22, 1952 to the late Everette Lee Patterson and Annie Delores Williams Patterson.
Mr. Steel was a member at Tabernacle of Love where he served as a Deacon. He loved playing guitar, traveling, and loved going to the beach.
Left to cherish his memory in addition to his wife, Bertha Skates Steel, are his daughters, Nicole Smith (Chris), Amanda Westmoreland (Joey), and Brittney Smith; and sons, Billy Smith (Jessica), Joseph Smith, and Dustin Smith; as well as 14 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
He was predeceased by his parents.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 3:00PM at Tabernacle of Love, Chesnee, SC officiated by Rev. Calvin Branch and Rev. Johnny Jones. The family will received friends at 2:00PM, one hour prior to the service.

Doris Burdett Davis

SHELBY, NC – Doris Burdett Davis, 84, of Shelby, NC, passed away on August 29, 2023 at her home.
She was born in Greenville County, SC, daughter of the late Paul and Emily Jane Willis Burdett and was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Harvey Davis, 2 sons, Mike and Tony Davis, siblings, Lucille Darnell, Clarence Burdett, J.P. Burdett, Grace Lowe, Carlos Burdett, and Carl Burdett.
Doris was a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church where she loved attending until her health prevented her from going.
She worked at Winn Dixie for 20 years, retiring as the floral manager. Doris was an avid reader and enjoyed beach trips with her family. She enjoyed cooking and feeding people. She was generous with her time and always made people feel welcome and loved in her home. Doris was always giving of herself to others and cherished making everyone feel special when they were around her. The love shown by Doris will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
She is survived by her children: Mark Davis and wife, Abby, Travelers Rest, SC and Christy Silver and husband Gary, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Binh, Shannon, Tony, Lauren, Emma, and Hannah Davis, Josh Peterson, Stephanie Duncan, and Michael Silver; great-grandchildren: Toni Rae, Tiffany and Lilliann Davis, Grayson and Rainey Duncan, and Noah Peterson; siblings: Alvin Burdett and Christine Burdett, both of Marietta, SC; daughter-in-law and caregiver: Marsha Davis and special friends Tammy Porter and Betty Ivey.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Mark Davis officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, September 2, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC      
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Albert “Buddy” Plato Falls

SPARTANBURG, SC –Albert “Buddy” Plato Falls passed away surrounded by his family at the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home on Thursday, August 31, 2023. He has been healed from Parkinson’s and has been reunited with his lifelong love, Gwendolyn “Gwen” Pearson Falls. Buddy was born on January 24, 1936, in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
He was the son of the late Gillie Falls, Sr. and Lallage Warlick Falls Holtschulte. Buddy grew up in a large family with lots of brothers and sisters. He is preceded in death by his wife Gwendolyn Pearson Falls, brother, Gillie Falls Jr., and sisters Jackie Falls Ruddock, Jo Ann Falls, and Sarah Katherine Falls Cobb.
Abron Plato Falls graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1954 and joined the Air Force. After receiving a copy of his birth certificate for enlistment, he learned that his legal name had been recorded as Albert. Upon completion of his service, Buddy attended Western Carolina University where he met Gwen. They eloped and a year later their only child Subetha was born. While supporting his family, he completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting and was a charter member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
Buddy worked as a corporate accountant before starting his own personal accounting business. He had impressive math skills. His only grandchild, Martha Lee, enjoyed going to work with him and quizzing him with difficult math problems, which he could solve instantly in his head.
He loved working in the yard and tending to his remarkable flowers and gardens. Growing up, his daughter, Subetha, would be right along beside him also developing his green thumb. Buddy loved to joke and have a good time, but he was an intentional friend and giver that put countless hours toward building relationships with those he loved. He was blessed by many close friendships in his life. He and his wife were longtime members of First Baptist Church of Shelby where they were a part of the Parlor Co-Ed Sunday School Class.
Buddy is survived by daughter Subetha Falls Lancaster and husband Chris of Spartanburg, SC; granddaughter Martha Lee Alexander and husband Mark of Spartanburg, SC; great-grandson Benjamin Brady Alexander of Spartanburg, SC; brothers David Falls and wife Lena of Johnson City, TN and Jack Hamrick and wife Barbara of Hilton Head, SC; sister Diane Falls Swift of Spartanburg, SC; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial to First Baptist Church, 120 N. Lafayette Street, Shelby, NC 28150, or Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Sys-tem Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday,
September 6 at 2:30 pm in the Webb Chapel at First Baptist Church of Shelby, North Carolina. A burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, September 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfunerlhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Falls.
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William Keith Patterson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – William Keith “Bill” Patterson, 66, of Cherryville, NC, passed away on September 1, 2023 at Atrium Health in Lincolnton, NC.
 Born in Cleveland, NC, He was son of the late Dorothy Cook and was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Phyllis Gossett Patterson.
Bill enjoyed his career as a truck driver following in his fathers footsteps. He was a hard worker and one who could fix anything.  He loved his dog, Ralph, grilling out steaks, and playing cards. He was a one of a kind father, son, brother, grandfather and friend who will be missed greatly.
He is survived by his children: Melissa Lynn Patterson, Lincolnton NC; Jessica Stroupe Knavel (David), Kings Mountain NC; father: Odell William Patterson, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Donna Lynn Reynolds, Kings Mountain NC; Rita Owens Conner (Robert), Lawndale NC; Sybil Walker, Cherryville NC; Nancy Pack (Richard), Grover NC; brother: Robert “Bobby” Risica (Olivia Armstrong), Shelby NC; grandchildren: Emily Thomas, Lillian Knavel and Bennett Knavel; numerous nieces and nephews and dog companion: Ralph.
Memorial service was held on Monday September 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Kings Mountain NC with Rev. Wade Dellinger officiating.
Visitation was on  Monday September 4, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 1901 Brunswick Avenue #100, Charlotte NC 28207.
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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Verleen Ross Blanton

KINGS MOUNTAIN:  Verleen Ross Blanton, 70, died Friday, August 18, 2023 at CaroMont Health in Gastonia.  A native of Cleveland County, she is the daughter of Jeanette Anthony Ross of Kings Mountain and the late Garvis Ross.
Verleen worked for Fiber Industries for many years, later retiring as a teacher Assistant at West Elementary.  She enjoyed sewing, crafts, painting, reading and traveling with her partner, Bob.
  In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Blanton and her brothers, John and Keith Ross. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her partner, Bob Daugherty of Gastonia; sons, Ian Blanton and girlfriend, Erica Nesbitt of Kings Mountain and Ethan Blanton and partner Madelyn Peterson of Greensboro; sisters, Judy Russ and husband Richard of Kings Mountain and Rachel Clanton and husband Greg of Gastonia; and brother, Joe Ross and wife Ronda of Kings Mountain.
A celebration of Verleen’s life will be held at 6:00 P.M. Sunday, August 20, 2023 at the home of her niece, Traci Johnson, 965 Stony Point Road, Kings Mountain.
Funeral services are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain,
www.claybarnette.com.
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Nancy Conner Ross

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  Nancy Conner Ross, 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2023, at Hospice at Wendover.
Born in Cherokee County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ollie Hawkins Conner. Nancy was a faithful member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. She retired from the Kings Mountain Post Office after 30 years of service and spent her retirement years traveling and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings and one great granddaughter.
She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Richard Ross, of the home; daughters, Rhonda Nivens and husband Rob of Kings Mountain and Regina Ruppe and husband Tim of Forest City; son, Rodney Ross and wife Amy of Cleveland, SC; sisters, Jonell Gass and Freda Barrett; brother, Ronnie Conner, all of Kings Mountain; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 26, 2023, at First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Sanctuary. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County or to Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.  www.claybarnette.com
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Mabel Irene Davis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mabel Irene Davis, 82, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 18, 2023 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
Born in York, SC, She was Daughter of the late Jess Hannon and Thelma Mason and was preceded in death by her husband of over 30 years James Howard Davis, her brother James Hannon, her sister Betty Byers and her grandson Donnie Keith Ramsey. Mable loved her family and the Lord. She loved watching Jimmy Swaggart. She will be missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her children: Gary Ramsey (Tina), Kings Mountain, NC; Scotty Ramsey (Amanda), Clemmons, NC; Lisa Thompson (Greg), Gastonia, NC; Donna Seay, Kings Mountain, NC; Rhonda Guin, Kings Mountain, NC; Vickie Ramsey, Kings Mountain, NC; and Jackie Caulford (Paul), Ruby, SC; sister: Peggy Gillespie (Vernon), Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Jimmy Hannon (Linda), Cherryville, NC; 15 grandchildren, 20  great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild
Funeral service was held on Monday August 21, 2023 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel  with
Pastor Teresa D. Jackson officiating.
Visitation was on Monday August 21, 2023 from 2-3 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Lewis Daniel Donaldson

KINGS MOUNTAIN  – Lewis Daniel Donaldson “Red”, 76, of Kings Mountain, passed away at Atrium Health Charlotte on August 16, 2023.
He was born November 11, 1946, in Cherokee County, South Carolina, to the late John Donaldson and Annie Blackwell Mayberry.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary “Tootie” Donaldson; brother, Norman “Dab” Donaldson and sister Earline Barnette.
Red will be remembered for being a friend to everyone, making them laugh while enjoying their time together and sharing stories on his front porch. He was an avid carp fisherman and golfer and was a champion Rook player. He also enjoyed hunting and playing softball in his younger days. Red worked at the Livent Lithium Plant where he retired and will be missed greatly by many.
Left to cherish his memories are sons, Larry Donaldson (Lynn), Rickey Donaldson (Bell); daughters, Sherry Whitaker (Craig), Lynn Smith (Jimmy), Suzie Blake (Kyle); brother, George Donaldson (Virginia); fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren, along with lifelong friends, Bobby Green, Barry “Bub” Jones, Ricky Perry, Greg Hambright “Willie”, and Phillip Jones.
The family received friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sisk-Butler Funeral Home on Monday, August  21, 2023.
Red’s funeral service was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at Sunrise Baptist Church, 208 Mail Road, Kings Mountain, with Pastor Dennis Harmon and Timmy Reynolds officiating.
Interment followed at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.

 
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JoAnn Baity

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – JoAnn Baity, 87, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 19, 2023 at home.
 Born in Cleveland, NC, She was the daughter of the late Lawrence Crawford and Mary Costner Bumgardner and was also preceded in death by her husband of 44 years Arthur Pinkney Baity Jr., son Michael Nathan Baity and daughter Beverly Ann Brown.
She retired from Kings Mountain Hospital after many years of service and continued to volunteer at the Hospital after her retirement. She was a loving mother and grandmother who was a blessing to her family and an avid reader who made the greatest fudge in the world.
She is survived by her sons: Mark Shane Baity (Pam) Kings Mountain, NC and Mitchell Brent Baity (Sherrie) Kings Mountain, NC; daughter-in-law: Debbie Baity, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Joe Bumgardner (Lynn) Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Sylvia; grandchildren: Daniel, Billy, Jodie, Mark, Tim, Lyndsey, Matthew, Darrell and Sarah and 6 great-grandchildren
A private family funeral service will be held with Rev. Wayne Brazzell officiating.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain NC.  
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice 2240 Remount Road Gastonia NC 28054.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Carl Edward Price, Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Carl Edward Price Jr., 74 , of Kings Mountain, NC, went to his heavenly home on August 11, 2023 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Carl Edward Price Sr and Coleen Elizabeth Paysour Price and was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Myra Parker Price.
Affectionately known to his friends and family as “Rat”, Carl loved cars, spending time with his  friends, and a good cigar. Carl served his country honorably in the US Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He was a wonderful person who will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his brother: Ronald Scott Price (Monica), Murrells Inlet, SC; sisters-in-law: Mona Hinson (Eddie), Kings Mountain, NC, Dee Dee Howell, Bessemer City, NC, and Vickie Parker, Kings Mountain, NC; nieces and nephew: Susie Randall (Kevin), Kings Mountain, NC, Zoë Higgins (Mason), Burlington, NC, Nick Lindler, Irmo, SC, and other special nieces and nephews; cousins: Donna Bumgardner (Kenny) and Jeep Wilson (Tonya) of Kings Mountain, NC and Mark Paysour (Angie), Greensboro, NC.
A graveside service was held on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 3:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating.
Visitation was held on  Monday, August 14, 2023 from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.      
Memorials in memory of Mr. Price may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Valerie Baity Coleman

Valerie Baity Coleman age 90, of Mt. Airy, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.
Born on May 7, 1933, in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Pinkney Baity and Eloise Early Baity. Mrs. Coleman was a graphic designer and worked for the Northeast Georgian. Valerie is described by her family as being a very creative person who loved art and making creative crafts. She was a member of the Demorest Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Gina Coleman Rice; brothers, Arthur Pinkney Baity, Jr., and David Baity; and sister, Linda Baity Bennett; and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include her loving husband of 68 years, Donald W. Coleman of Mt. Airy, Georgia;  sister, Deborah Baity Austin (Rodney) of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren, Michelle Rice, Shaun Rice, and Jasmin Rice, great-grandchildren, Aethan Hightower, Deoen Hightower, Savannah Rice, and Devon Rice; and several nieces and nephews.
Valerie never met a stranger. She loved people and her happy and loving personality immediately drew people to who in her many international travels with her husband. Many of those people became lifelong friends. Our family’s loss is heartbreaking and she will be missed and loved always.
A Memorial service was held in Mt. Airy, Georgia on July 29, 2023.
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Mary Ann Beam Huffstetler

CHERRYVILLE – On a beautiful Saturday evening, Aug. 5, Mary Ann Beam Huffstetler left her frail body and became a citizen of God’s glorious kingdom. Now she is celebrating with her mother and daddy and her two big sisters and two big brothers who she adored. Our hearts are broken but we rejoice in the knowledge that one day soon, by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we too will join that happy band.
Mary Ann graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1957 and attended Limestone College. She married Palmer E. Huffstetler on Aug. 9, 1958. Mary Ann was born at her parents’ home place in Kings Mountain, N.C., on Nov. 29, 1938. She started school barely one block from her home at West School on Mountain Street. At about age 7 she began to take piano lessons and became quite adept in playing that instrument. In her early years she played piano for the Wednesday night prayer service at Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain.  She continued formal piano instruction until she reached the age of 14. Although she played with unusual feeling and expression, she played only for her personal enjoyment. She was an excellent basketball player at Kings Mountain High School where she lettered in both her junior and senior years. Mary Ann was selected to play on the Cleveland County All-Star team with another teammate. The two guards held their opponent’s star to only 17 points, well below her average of 45 points per game.  In her junior year she was tapped as a member of The National Honor Society and named a Junior Marshall in recognition of her superior leadership and academic skills. In her senior year she was elected Queen of May by the students of KMHS. Mary Ann was named a delegate to Girls’ State at UNC Greensboro and was also a delegate to the NC National Honor Society Convention in Durham, NC, in 1957. She was named a debutante and made her debut before Western North Carolina Society in Shelby in 1957.
She began courting her future husband on New Year’s Eve night, 1951. After attending Limestone College, she and Palmer were married at Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain. Palmer entered Wake Forest Law School that Fall and Mary Ann became the secretary to the Director of Admissions at Wake Forest (Dr. Louis Aycock) and the Assistant Director (W.G. Starling). She held that position for the three-year period Palmer attended law school. Following the couple’s residency in Winston-Salem, they lived in Kings Mountain, Orlando, Raleigh, and Cherryville, where they have resided since 1964. Mary Ann concentrated her time on rearing their three sons but also found time to actively serve her church and assist in her sons’ school activities. At First United Methodist Church she served in various capacities including choir member, Sunday school teacher, worship committee member, pictorial church directory chair, and as a member of the sanctuary committee during the construction of the new church facility in 1971-72. In addition, she served as vacation church school director and as a teacher. She was a member of the Aunt Pearl Harrelson Circle and later the Ida Wright Circle at Cherryville First United Methodist Church.
Mary Ann and Palmer enjoyed traveling with their children and grandchildren and, in their later years, in the western states, the South Carolina beaches, and Florida. She had a lifetime love of music, often spending hours at her piano playing classical selections, Broadway hits, and romantic songs of the 1940s and 1950s. During the early 2000s she displayed her writing skills while penning several essays on special stories of her youth.  Her expressions were open and heartfelt with feeling and emotion.
Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, her three sons, Palmer, Jr. (Tiffne), Ben (Pam), and Tad; three grandchildren (Palmer III, Alice Ann, and Benjamin Beam); two great-grandchildren (Sadie Grace and Eliza); and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her as a gracious and caring person who shared an unforgettable smile with everyone she greeted.
She was preceded in death by two sisters (Dorothy Harrill, and Margaret Harmon) and two brothers (Walter and Bill Harmon), as well as her parents, Ben and Sarah Mae Beam.
A Memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy officiating. The family received friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. A private burial service will be held in Kings Mountain at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The family extends its gratitude and deep appreciation to the management and staff of Peak Resources, Cherryville for their kindness and warm, encouraging support during Mary Ann’s time there.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Endowment Fund of First United Methodist Church, 601 North Pink St., Cherryville, N.C., 28021.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Huffstetler.

 
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Ronald “Ron” Baxley

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Ronald “Ron” Baxley, 65, died Monday, July 31, 2023 at his home.  Born in Hopkinsville, KY he was the son of the late James and Katherine Geraldine Luckey Baxley.  Ron was an avid Tar Heel and Braves fan.  He enjoyed good music and acting goofy amongst others.  He never met a stranger and excelled at being a loving father, husband and grandfather.  He enjoyed attending First Wesleyan Church with his grandchildren.  He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Laura Mathis Baxley of the home; daughters, Jennifer Shehan and husband Heath of Kings Mountain and Amber Rochette and husband Jason of Knoxville; sister, Karen Dunn and husband John of Kings Mountain; brother, Steven Baxley and wife Carolyn of Charlotte; grandchildren, Brennan and Sawyer Shehan and Charlie and Nora Rochette; mother-in-law, Shirley Caveny Mathis of Kings Mountain; and niece and nephews, Ann, Keith and Kagen. A memorial service was held at 11:00 A.M. on  Saturday, August 5, 2023 at First Wesleyan Church in Kings Mountain with the Rev. Caleb Williams officiating.  The family received friends following the service, in the church.
Funeral services are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.  www.claybarnette.com
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Diane Fite Harper

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Diane Fite Harper, 80, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 31, 2023 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC. She was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, daughter of the late John Lawson Fite and Gladys Wilkinson Fite and was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Carolina Harper and her beloved furbaby, Mary. Diane attended East Carolina University and UNC at Chapel Hill where she earned a teaching degree she used to teach art.. She retired from Kings Mountain High School after 30 years of service sharing her love of art with countless students. Diane was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain. She was an avid reader, voracious political spectator and an accomplished artist and painter. After her retirement, Diane volunteered with Pathways in Gastonia, NC and later became a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor and led the Women’s Program at Pathways. Her intelligence and strength were admired by everyone who knew Diane. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt and friend to many who will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her daughter: Katherine Harper (Greg McGinnis), Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Jane Fite Moore (Randy), Belmont, NC, John Lawson Fite Jr. (Nancy), Washington State and Sandra Wilson, Kings Mountain, NC and a host of loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Colleen Reynolds Tate

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Colleen Reynolds Tate, 87, of Kings Mountain, NC, entered her eternal rest on July 28, 2023, while at her son’s home in Duluth, GA.
Colleen was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late CS and Lillie Marie Eaker Reynolds and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Fred Tate. She was also preceded in death by a son, Gregory “Greg” Tate, her sister, Sarah Moree Grayson, and her brothers, Jimmy, Floyd, Pat, Thomas, Roy and Carl Reynolds.
Colleen was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Baptist Church where she served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher, led Girls in Action, was an Acteen leader and enjoyed helping with church plays. She began her career in nursing in 1952 at the tender age of 16 when she began volunteering at Kings Mountain Hospital as a Candy Striper. She later worked as a nursing assistant, ward secretary and pharmacy technician. After her retirement, Colleen continued to stay busy by creating beautiful tapestries and artwork and attending Metrolina Expo where she sold her wares.
Colleen was a dedicated employee of Harris Funeral Home for 25 years. She assisted countless families during their time of grief and her compassion and care always made those difficult times easier to navigate.
Colleen and Fred were always civic minded and dedicated to helping their community become a better place. She served on the first Bethlehem Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary as well as the Bethware Progressive Club’s Ladies Auxiliary. Colleen enjoyed being outdoors, tending to her beautiful flowers, spending time at the beach, and was an avid reader. She always placed others before herself and was a born caretaker.
Colleen was a wonderful cook and loved nothing more than feeding those she cared for. She was a wonderful and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Her contributions to her community and family will be remembered for a lifetime and her love and compassion will never be forgotten by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son: Mike Tate and wife Susan, Duluth, GA; daughter-in-law: Kim Porter Tate, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Brooks Tate (Elizabeth), Kristen Marie Peeler (Cody), Catherine Sullender Stocks (Carl), and Sarah Marie Tate; great grandchildren: Callahan Gregory Tate, Skyler Mae Peeler, Ashlynn Rose King, Damon Tate Stocks, and Avianna Tate  and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor and Reverend David Blanton officiating.
Visitation will be on Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the Christian Activity Center of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Interment will be 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.

Troy Keith Mayberry

Grover, NC – Troy Keith Mayberry, 67, of 140 Stonehaven Drive, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2023, at Caramont Medical Center in Gastonia.
Born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, he was the husband of Angela Martin Mayberry and the son of the late Odes and Alice Cash Mayberry. Troy formerly worked in textiles and attended Holiness Christian Mission. He loved his family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, horses, and camping. He also enjoyed working on cars and riding motorcycles.
Surviving Mr. Mayberry are two daughters, Sherry Wheeler (Donald) of Kings Mountain and Nikki Moore (Jason) of Grover; his step-son, Kevin Teague, of Kings Mountain; an aunt; Jenny Mayberry, of Jefferson GA, five grandchildren, Casey Wheeler, Jordan Moore, Trevor Moore, Gage Moore, and Faith Saldo; two sisters, Irma Russell and Sue Moore (Dale); three sisters-in-law, Tammy Putnam (John T.), Sam Brock (Jimbo), and Rita Mayberry; two brothers-in-law, Bobby Martin Jr., (Debbie) and Johnny Martin; 29 nieces and nephews, 55 great-nieces and nephews, and 2 great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Mayberry was preceded in death by his daughter, Christy Byrum.
The family received friends on Tuesday, July 25, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Gordon Mortuary, 400 West Cherokee Street, Blacksburg, SC. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at 4:00 pm at Gordon Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Glenda Cooke officiating. Interment will be at Clingman Memorial
Gardens. Jordan Moore, Trevor Moore, Kevin Teague, John T. Putnam, Dillon Putnam, and Ricky Gullette will serve as pallbearers.
The family will be at the residence.
The Book of Memories is available at www.gordonmortuary.com.
The Blacksburg location of Gordon Mortuary is serving the Mayberry family.
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Jerry Lee White

Kings Mountain, NC – Jerry Lee White, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 18, 2023 at Peak Resources of Gastonia. He was born in Cleveland County, NC to the late Graham Hood and Mary Lee Sparrow White and was preceded in death by his two brothers, Jackie Dean White and James (Jim) White, and brother-in-law Jack Borders.
Jerry was a retiree of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. He was also a former Kings Mountain police officer, former Kings Mountain fire fighter, former Kings Mountain City Council Member and was the co-founder of the Kings Mountain Fire Museum. He was a faithful member of Harvest Baptist Church and was loved by all. He was a wonderful husband, loving father and grandfather. Jerry will truly be missed by his family, friends and the entire Cleveland County community.
Jerry leaves behind a legacy of love and care as a husband, father and grandfather. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Rebecca Gordon White. His daughters, Leigh Anne Reynolds of North Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Soots of Lenoir, NC, and Patty Sprouse of Kings Mountain, NC, will forever cherish his memory. He is also survived by his sister, Hilda Borders of Kings Mountain, along with six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His sisters-in-law, Nancy White and Wanda White, and brother-in-law, Rodney Gordon (Vickie), also mourn his passing.
Family and friends paid their respects during a visitation at Harvest Baptist Church, located at 144 Ware Road, Kings Mountain, NC, on Friday, July 21, 2023, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Following the visitation, a funeral service was held at the church, officiated by Rev. Gary Teague, Rev. Mike Reynolds, and Rev. Todd Reynolds.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorials in Jerry’s name be made to the Building Fund of Harvest Baptist Church, 144 Ware Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Condolence messages may be made online at
cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory are serving the White family.

 
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Mary Smith Wright  

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary Smith Wright, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 12, 2023 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Frank and Virginia Allen Smith and was preceded in death by her brother, Leonard Smith.
Mary was strong willed and generous to a fault. She never turned away anyone in need and would do all she could to help others. She was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching hummingbirds and listening to her wind chimes.
Mary loved her family with all her heart and always placed them at the center of her life. Mary’s lifelong love, her husband of 57 years affectionately called her by the nickname “Toots”. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who has left a lasting love that her friends and family will cherish for  a lifetime.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years: Leonard Wright; children: Cynthia Wood (Jacob Slay), Timothy Wright (Anita), and Lisa Cash (William); sister: Shelia Ervin; grandchildren: Kristin Scott, Alyssa Wood, Lacie Gantt, Julia Wright, Tate Cash, Skylor Cash, and Matthew Cash; great-grandchildren: Connor Veara, Brennen Wood, Bryce Scott, Peyten Wood, Jaxon Wood, Amelia Gantt, Skyla Springer, Trexton Elmore, Aslynne Elmore, Eli Springer, and Akira Springer.
Funeral service was held on Friday, July 14, 2023 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastors Kenneth Cash and Donnie Allen officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, July 14, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Linda Finger Rome

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Linda Finger Rome, 77, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 14, 2023 at Atrium Main in Charlotte, NC.
She was born in Lincoln County, NC, daughter of the late L.V. and Bonnie Lewis Finger and was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William Ernest Rome and three brothers, Marshal Finger, L.V. Finger, and David Lewis.
Linda was a long time, active member of First Baptist Church. She was employed by Mulls Greenhouse for many years which fulfilled her passion with flowers. Linda enjoyed crocheting and making Chrismon ornaments. She was an avid bird watcher, and especially enjoyed hummingbirds. Linda cherished being outdoors, gardening and growing beautiful flowers that were enjoyed by her neighboring friends. She was an adoring wife, loving mother, and doting grandmother whose love, and commitment for her family has left memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
She is survived by her daughter: Kim Brooks and husband Robert, Kings Mountain, NC; grandson: Sam Gebhardt and wife Hannah, Morganton, NC; brothers: Paul Finger, Lincolnton, NC, Franklin Finger, Maiden, NC, and Roger Walker and wife Malia, Lincolnton, NC.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service in the Stain Glass Room of First Baptist 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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Norma Elaine Brown

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Norma Elaine Brown, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 15, 2023 at her home.
She was born in Greenville County, SC, daughter of the late Reverend Norman Brown and was preceded in death by her brother, Mike Brown.
Elaine was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. She worked as an airline stewardess for more than 20 years with Eastern Airline. After leaving the travel industry, Elaine worked as a pet groomer. This career allowed her to be around animals which she loved very much. Elaine was an accomplished artist who was awarded a scholarship to attend Gardner Webb College to further her education in the arts. She was a wonderful daughter and sister and loved by many. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved Elaine.
She is survived by her mother: Evelyn Vaughn Brown, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: April Brown Morris, Cherryville,  and many nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 4:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan and Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 3:50 PM prior to the service in the sanctuary of Bethlehem Baptist Church
Interment: Private family burial.
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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Major Herman Eugene Jackson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Major Herman Eugene Jackson (Bud Jackson), 92, of Kings Mountain, NC died on July 9, 2023.
Born in Kings Mountain NC, he was the son of the late Beverly Paul Jackson and Fannie Mae Mitcham Jackson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Bonnie Jackson Warner, Mae Jackson Carroll, and Maxine Lavinia Jackson and one great grandnephew, Barney Lineberger.
Survivors include two nieces, Pam Lineberger and Ann Carroll; two grandnephews, David Warner and Tim Warner; three great grandnephews, Dylan Warner, Coleman Warner, Cameron Warner, and one great grandniece Emily Warner.
Major Jackson retired from the US Air Force and was a pilot for Air America.  He was a patriotic man who loved his country, his family, and his friends.  He lived in Merritt Island, FL for many years.  In 2019, Major Jackson moved to Summit Place in Kings Mountain, NC after breaking his hip, he was transferred to Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC where he lived for a few weeks before his death. 
There will be a private graveside service.
Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Rd, STE 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com for the Jackson Family.
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Thomas Robert “Tommy” Wyte

Kings Mountain, NC – Thomas Robert “Tommy” Wyte, age 82, of Kings Mountain, passed away Monday, June 5, 2023, at Atrium Health – Cleveland. He was born November 2, 1940, in Cleveland County to the late Jim and Nella Morrison Wyte.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Wyte.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Joyce Wright Wyte; son, Gary Wyte (Jean); daughters, Lynn Short (Chris), Beth Hamrick, and Angie Lysek (Mike); brothers, Jake Wyte, Joe Wyte, and William Wyte (Brenda); sisters, Libby McDaniel, and Carolyn Ammons (Mike); grandchildren, Chad Short, Casey Short, Stephanie Broome, Meridith Wyte, Amanda Reynolds, Robbie Lysek, Brian Lysek, Brittany and DJ Eagle, Jennifer and Cliff Greene; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Morgan Short, Cecilia Short, Jeremy Short, Elijah Reynolds, Catherine Reynolds, Maddy Call, Rick Call, Kolson Eagle, Gracie Broome, Landon Broome, Chase Broome, Hunter Broome, Sawyer Short, Carter Short, Ely Short, Alyssa Greene, Alex Greene, and Ethan Greene great-great-grandson, Tony Short.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Sunday, June 11, 2023, at Sisk-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Casey Short officiating. A burial followed at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
His family received friends from 2:00 to 2:45 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Dialysis Clinic, Inc “DCI” of Kings Mountain, 1016 North Lafayette St., Shelby, NC 28150
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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Sadie Whittington Simmons

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Sadie Whittington Simmons, 95, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 26, 2023 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Wilkes County, GA, daughter of the late R.C. and Rosalee Sherrer Whittington and was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Simmons. Sadie was also preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Whittington, a sister Inez Moore a great granddaughter, Bryonna Goble, and a sister in law, Monzell Moore.
She was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was a GA Teacher. Sadie retired after many years of service to Harris Teeter. She loved working in her yard and growing beautiful flowers. She enjoyed being at home around her family whom she loved dearly. Sadie was a wonder person who touched the lives of countless people during her 95 years on this earth. She will be missed immensely by all those who knew her.
She is survived by her daughters: Linda Tino and husband David, Bessemer City, NC and Debby Goble and husband Robert, Clover, SC; siblings: Calvin Whittington (Betty), Clyde Whittington (Sandy), Daisy Parker, Esther Dawson, Marjorie Rogers, all of Georgia and Elaine Baker (Thomas) of South Carolina; grandchildren: Tommy Putnam (Mackenzie) and Travis Goble (Melissa); great Grandchildren: Alyssa, Madisin, and Luke Goble and Katy and Milo Putnam; great-reat grandchild: Finley Hamilton.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 11:00 AM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Joey Jones officiating.
Visitation was held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Carol Killian Davis

Oak Island, NC – Carol Killian Davis, age 63, of Oak Island, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2023.
Mrs. Davis was born May 24, 1960, daughter of the late Frank and Joann Killian. Survivors include her loving husband, Terry Davis; four children, Sandra Martin and husband Johnny, Tonya Richards and husband Buddy, Chris Davis and wife Emmalee, and her baby girl, Christy Davis; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; an aunt, Kay McGee; and a cousin, Danny Killian.
A private family service will announced at a later date via Facebook.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.  Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com for the Davis family. Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.
Peacock-Newman & White Funeral and Cremation Service of Southport, NC  is serving the family.

Miller named to NC LOM committee

By Loretta Cozart

At the June City Council meeting, Mayor Scott Neisler congratulated Councilmember Keith Miller on his appointment to NC League of Municipalities’ Legislative Policy Committee.
The League’s Legislative Policy Committee considers ideas submitted by members and recommend the top consensus positions to the Board of Directors. The Board refines the positions further before sending them to the full League membership for a final vote. At that point, the League membership will have a focused advocacy agenda to pursue.
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Connie Blanton Cain

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Connie Blanton Cain, 67, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 13, 2023 at Atrium Health Main in Charlotte, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Harold D. Blanton and was preceded in death by her son, Kelby Burton and a brother, Eddie Blanton.
Connie worked in the textile industry for most of her life. She loved spending time with her grandchildren who were the center of her world. Connie possessed a green thumb and could grow any type of plant or flower. She spent many hours nursing plants back to health and helping them to flourish.
Connie liked to stay busy and enjoyed decorating for holidays. She was an avid animal lover, especially her beloved canine companions, Izzy, Abby, and Marley.
She was a wonderful daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her kindness, love, and spirit will be dearly missed by everyone whose life she impacted in some special way.
She is survived by her daughters: Carol Spencer (Kevin), Kings Mountain, NC and Kimberly Thornburg (Joshua Marcum), Mooresboro, NC; mother: Dixie Blanton, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Aryka Roberts, Roderick Roberts II, Hanna Allen, Jesse Marcum, and Jayden Marcum; siblings: Chris Blanton (Terri), Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Michael Blanton (Janice), Matthews, NC, Ann Blanton, Kings Mountain, NC, and Keith Blanton (Evelyn Harris), Matthews, NC.
Memorial service was held on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating
Visitation was held on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Peggy Cloninger Harmon

Conover, NC – Peggy Cloninger Harmon, 90, of Conover, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Carolina Caring Hospice in Newton.
A native of Cleveland County, Peggy was born on January 11, 1933, the daughter of the late Laben June Cloninger and Flossie Simmons Cloninger.
She graduated from Kings Mountain High School, Class of ‘51, and grew up attending Macedonia Baptist Church.
On September 15, 1957, she married William Erskine Harmon and they had 3 sons, Wm. Brett Harmon of Conover, Todd C. Harmon of Greensboro and Edward H. ‘Eddie’ of Kannapolis; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother, Reece Cloninger, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings James W. Cloninger, Joyce C. Haynes, Hazel E. Cloninger, Dorothy C. Goforth, Earl Cloninger, Flossie Z. ‘Dutch’ Cloninger, Betty C. Smith, Bobby J. Cloninger, and Annie C. Frederick.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 12:00 noon at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. Rev. Daniel McGee officiated. The family received friends following the service.
Condolences may be sent to the Harmon family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com
The Harmon family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
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Robert Ray Scism

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Robert Scism left this earth on June 18, 2023.
He was born in Kings Mountain on November 19, 1939, the eldest of three sons born to the late John Mearl and Evelyn Wright Scism. He was also preceded in death by beloved brother, Haskel Scism. He graduated from Bethware High School where he played basketball and baseball, and was elected President of the Class of 1958.
His Vice-President was his sweetheart and soon-to-be-bride Rebecca “Becky” Falls. As an adult, he was a dedicated and hard-working employee for Waldensian Bakeries and Foote Mineral Mining, and ultimately retired after 25 years as the Director of Facilities Maintenance for Kings Mountain District Schools.
In the prime of his life, Robert had many interests. He was a voracious reader, covering a wide variety of topics, and appreciated learning and sharing new information. He enjoyed spectator sports, especially Dodgers baseball, Redskins football, Hornets basketball, David Pearson/NASCAR, and PGA golf tournaments.
Having been raised on a farm, working the soil was second nature to him and sharing fresh produce from a bountiful garden brought joy. Gradually, what began as a hobby grew into a small enterprise as he partnered with his recently retired father-in-law in farming over 100 acres in soybeans while still working his “day job.”
An activity Robert and Becky always enjoyed together was traveling, driving to the beach in the summer and the mountains in the fall. At some point, they added Florida to their list of favorite destinations, going multiple times each year.
Most notably, and the hobby which provided the most satisfaction, was golf. Over the years, he won many tournaments, both individually and in team events, and shot several holes-in-one. He delighted in introducing young players to the game, often giving away club sets and bags, and coaching their swing. He joked that he only played on the days ending in “y”.
Robert was also a man of faith, and his faith was evident in all aspects of his life. He was a longtime member and servant/leader of Patterson Grove Baptist Church, serving for many years as music director and deacon, and taught Sunday School for over 60 years. He believed in the power of prayer and throughout each day communed with his Lord, praying for his family, friends, and co-workers. Even in the last year, when his sickness robbed him of the ability to engage in conversation, he would eloquently pray aloud.
Surviving are his devoted wife of 64 years, Becky; children Roxanne Scism Bridges and husband John, Lynn Scism and wife Cam, and Carla Scism Parham; grandchildren Thomas Bridges and wife Laura, Elizabeth Bridges Galloway and husband Ben, Rebekah Bridges, Sarah Scism, Josh Scism, Taylor Parham, Victoria Parham West and husband Ryan, and Julia Parham Griffith and husband Dakota; great-grandchildren Sophia Bridges, Charlotte and Benjamin Galloway, Jude, Kendrick, and Quinn Parham,  Seamus and Finnley West; Brother Don Scism and wife Susan; Sister-in-law Ann Scism.
Lying in Repose: Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel.
Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 3:00 PM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Tim Hendrick  and Pastor David Webb officiating.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 from 1:00 PM to
2:50 PM prior to the service at Patterson Grove Family Life Center.
Interment will be in Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials in Mr. Scism’s memory may be made to Patterson Grove Baptist Church Building Fund at 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Thomas A. Tate Sr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Thomas A. Tate Sr., 96, of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on June 6, 2023 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Shelby, NC to Thomas Coy and Edith Campbell Tate. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Janet Hord Tate, a son, Tommy Tate Jr., 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
He dropped out of school and joined the US Navy after memorizing the eye chart and was medically discharged when he was found out. Tom was then drafted into the Army earning the rank of M/Sgt. nine months later. After serving his tour of duty in Germany he returned to Cleveland County and obtained his GED.
In 1954 he entered Appalachian State Teachers College and in the fall of that year he married Janet Hord Tate. He worked two jobs while earning his business degree. After graduating in 1957 he went to work at Watson Insurance Agency in Gastonia. In 1959 he went to work at Home Savings and Loan. This was what he knew he wanted to do. It has always given him great pleasure to be able to help people and especially to help people establish new homes and save for the future.
He was a member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church, where he was active, serving as treasurer and deacon. His community service included secretary/treasurer of Kings Mountain Rotary Club, United Fund Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of Kings Mountain Hospital serving as chairman several times. Tom was instrumental in founding White Plains Shrine Club. He was truly a man that exemplified his Christian faith. He not only talked the talk but also walked the walk and was a great example to his family and friends. After retirement he loved to play golf, work in the yard and eat at Linwood restaurant.
Left to cherish his memory are daughters Jane Williams (Bob), Roxanne Tate, Son Dexter C. Tate Sr. (Jerri). His grandchildren, Samantha Tate, Cati Tate, Courtney Humphries (Daniel), Cline Tate (Kacey). Great Grandchildren, Gabriel Crotts, Sophia Crotts, Luke Humphries, Hayden Humphries, Addisyn Humphries, Aurora Nascimento, and Cade Tate. Special nieces family, Brian and Cindy Cook, Macy Gordon (Alex), Britt Cook, Brayden Cook, and Clayton Cook.
A graveside service with Masonic rites was held on Friday June 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Pastor Tim
Whitesides officiating.
Visitiation was held on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made to Kings Mountain Baptist Church Stain Glass Fund at PO Box 608, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to VIA Health Partners (Hospice of Cleveland County) at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Monzell Simmons Moore

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Monzell Simmons Moore, 89, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with her Savior on June 2, 2023 at The Greens at Gastonia.
She was born in Banks County, GA, daughter of the late Ruppert and Alice Lane Simmons and was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Bobby Gene Moore. Monzell was also preceded in death by her son, Mark Avery Moore, a grandson, Chadwick Moore, an infant twin brother, her brother, Ervin Simmons and her sister, Wordlie Lee Simmons.
Monzell worked for a short time at Homelite and Rauch Industries making Christmas ornaments but she was always a full time, wife, mother, and homemaker for her family. She attended Penleys Chapel where she was active in many church events. She was an avid collector of Elvis memorabilia and doll figurines. Monzell enjoyed traveling and visiting the coast and the mountains with her family. She was a wonderful mother and Maw Maw who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her daughter: Sharon Moore, Belmont, NC; grandchildren: Keerstan Jackson (Uriah), Stephanie Moore (Zeke Shuler), and Bradley Moore (Avery); daughter-in-law: Norma Moore; sister-in-law: Sadie Simmons; brother and sister in Christ: Donnie and Doris Richmond and sons, Donnie Jr. and Dale; special Friends: Bill Mason and Linda Cronan; and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was held on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Donny Richmond officiating.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Virginia “Gin” Bumgardner

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Virginia Bumgardner, 96, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on May 29, 2023 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Cleveland and Kathleen Bailey Moore and was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Buck” Bumgardner, a son, Tom Bumgardner, her daughter, Linda Moore and 11 siblings.
Gin retired from Clevemont Mills after many years of service in the textile industry. She was a faithful member of Oak View Baptist Church for over 77 years where she served on many committees and worked in the nursery. Gin loved people, especially her family and loved nothing more than taking care of others. Where ever there was a need, Gin could be found doing whatever was required of her. She loved feeding people and one would always be expected to eat whenever they visited Gin. Always active, she loved road trips to far away places. working puzzles and cooking. Gin’s family was always her priority and she loved nothing more than being around those she loved. She was a wonderful person whose lessons and love will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her sons: Don Bumgardner and wife Mary Jane, Monroe, GA and Jerry Bumgardner and wife Sally, Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Rick Moore and wife Jean and Brenda Sellers and husband Bill, both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Kim Walker, Rusty Bumgardner (Kim), Trent Bumgardner (Heather), Ryan Bumgardner (Heather), Jennifer McMillian (Terry), and Melissa Green (Will Hicks); 8 great;grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Oak View Baptist Church with Reverends Wayne Brazzell and Billy Cooper  officiating.
Visitation was on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the sanctuary of the church.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Gin’s memory may be made 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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Samuel Jason Fulton

Cherryville, NC – Samuel Jason Fulton, 47, of Old Post Road, Cherryville, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023 at his home.
Born in Cleveland County, on January 13, 1976, he was a son of the late Paul Gilbreath Fulton and Betty Morgan Fulton. He was a supervisor at UPS and had served in the US Army.
Survivors include his sister, Angela Shuda and husband, Tommy of Gaffney, SC; a brother, Andrew “Drew” Stephen Fulton and wife, Sarah of Kings Mountain; four niece and nephews, Bradley Trey Shuda and wife Michelle, Derrick Thomas Shuda, Andrew “AJ” Fulton, Jr., Kathryn Fulton and a great-nephew Mason Thomas Shuda;
A graveside service was  held on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Mountain Rest Cemetery with the Dr. Chip Sloan officiating.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 786, Kings Mountain NC 28086.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Rebecca Thornburg Cook

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Rebecca Cook, known affectionately by her friends and family as Becky, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2023 in her beloved hometown of Kings Mountain, NC.
Born on the 21st of July, 1940 to the late Floyd and Margaret Patterson Thornburg, she lived a life filled with love, laughter, and unwavering dedication to her community.
Becky’s educational journey led her to Kings Business College, where she cultivated the skills that would later serve her in her many roles throughout her life. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, she was an integral part of the Cleveland County Board of Elections, later ascending to the role of Chair of Kings Mountain Elections where she served throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. Her commitment to her community was further exemplified through her part-time work at Kings Mountain High School Cafeteria in the 1970’s and she also worked for over 25 years with Hilda Moss Tax Service.
A woman of many talents, Becky was a gifted seamstress for more than 30 years, her hands rarely idle as she crafted clothing for herself, her family, and the wider public. Her creativity knew no bounds, as she also dabbled in wreath making, cake decorating, and crocheting, to name but a few of her many crafty pursuits.
Becky’s dedication to service was a defining force in her life, as she directed weddings, helped establish the Cleveland Vocational Industries, Inc. (CVII) workshop for the physically and mentally challenged, and served on various boards including CVII, Pathways, and Pathway Consumer Rights. As a hospice volunteer and a meal deliverer with Central United Methodist Church, she touched the lives of many with her generosity and courage.
A steadfast member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain since 1962, Becky served as a Sunday School teacher and was most recently involved in Golden Fellowship. Her faith was a guiding light in her life, and her unwavering devotion to her church community was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Becky was predeceased by her loving husband, Ken, and her cherished daughter, Terrie.
She is survived by her devoted son, Tracy, and his wife, Ellen Cook, of Satsuma, Alabama; her loving daughter, Tammy, and her husband, John Mann, of Kings Mountain, NC. Her adored grandsons: Tyler (wife Whitney), Elliott, and Vince, and great-grandsons, Ty and Bo, will forever remember her as “Grand” and “Wheeta,” a testament to the special bond she shared with them.
In the words of the great bard William Shakespeare, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Becky’s time on this stage was filled with love, laughter, and an unwavering dedication to her family, her community, and her faith. She was a woman who was generous, courageous, and creative, who did not shy away from sharing her opinions and telling it like it is. Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those she touched, and her memory will serve as a guiding light for generations to come.
Graveside service was held on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating. The family spoke with attendees immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made in Becky’s name to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Dive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Laura’s Home at 1305 North Post Road, 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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Nancy Jane Clark

Nancy Jane Clark, age 83, of Lincolnton, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Born in Cleveland County, NC she was the daughter of the late Murriel Melton Cash Sr., and Mabel Sarah Proctor Cash.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Clark; son, Teddy Deveney; brother’s Bill and Bob Cash; and her great grandson, Mason McSwain.
She is survived by her children, Roger Deveney (Karen) of Cherryville, Roxanne Stiles (Bryan) of Shelby and Mark Clark (Karen) of Lincolnton; daughter-in-law, Lisa Deveney; siblings, Barbara Parker of Rocky Mount, Margaret Lankford (Forrest) of Cherryville, Melton Cash (Sharon) of Cherryville; grandchildren Kristy Deveney, Ashley Withers (Chad), Kayla McSwain (John), Kelsey Hewitt (Layton), Matt Clark (Ragan), Jordan Clark (Paxton); great grandchildren Lea, Riley, Bryson, Jackson, Isabelle, Hudson, Gracie, Boone; and many nieces and nephews.
Willis Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory,
Newton
, is assisting the family.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.willisreynoldsfh.com for the Clark family.
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Ruth Cook

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ruth Cook, 87, of Shelby, NC, took the hand of Jesus on May 16, 2023 at Carolina Caring Hospice of Newton, NC.
Ruth was the daughter of the late Carl and Grace Williams of Kings Mountain, NC and is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Floyd Decker and her second husband of 3 years, Dewey Cook. Also preceding her in death is her son, John Decker, brothers, Willis Williams and Jimmy Williams, and sisters, Iva McSwain and Betty Williams.
Ruth was a faithful Christian woman who displayed her faith through her love and kindness of others. Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. In her spare time, Ruth loved to sing, color read her bible, crochet and spend as much time as possible with her family.
Those left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Helen Kendrick and husband Darren and children Kensley and Katie, and Sherry Deal and husband Bryan and children Chad Wishon and Wesley Clontz; a brother Sam Williams and wife Gail and a sister, Bertha Henson; grandchildren: Chad Wishon and Annie, Barry Decker and wife Dana, Wesley Clontz, Kensley Kendrick and Kaitlen Kendrick; great-grandchildren: Robert Clontz, Abbey Decker, Layla Decker and step great grandchildren, Jordan Richardson and Devon Richardson; sisters-in-law, Lois Williams and Trixie Williams, all of Kings Mountain, NC and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
Visitation was on Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Linda Kay Haskin Ledbetter

Linda Kay Haskin Ledbetter, 76, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Atrium Healthcare in Kings Mountain.
Born in Cleveland County on December 29, 1946 she was the daughter of the late Mary Ruby Needlands Haskin and Heaber Augustus Haskin. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by four brothers, Stephen, Johnny, Larry and Jerry Haskin, as well as, two sisters Deborah Gladden and Sheila Haskin.
Linda was a kind, loving and generous mother, grandmother, sister and daughter and will be remembered for her deep love for family.
Linda is survived by her husband of 47 years John David Ledbetter, Jr., her daughter Tina Ledbetter Sobota and a son John Bradley Ledbetter. Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren; Christopher Lee Bright, Emilee Marie Smith, John Bradley Ledbetter Jr., Braden Riley Ledbetter and nine great grandchildren, as well as, her sister Willie “Billie” Viola Hamrick and three brothers, Raymond Haskin, Emmett Haskin (Linda) and Bobby Gene Haskin (Libby).
A celebration of life service was held at 2:00 PM Thursday, May 18, 2023 in the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Richard Stroup offering words of encouragement for those in attendance. The family received friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Diabetes Association:https://diabetes.org/
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
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Rusty Cloninger

BELTON, SC – Joel Russell Cloninger, age 65, of Belton, SC, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2023, at AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born July 19, 1957, in Kings Mountain, NC, he was a son of the late Earl Cloninger and Mary Reba “Sis” Etters Cloninger. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Scott Cloninger.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rhonda Shytles Cloninger; son, Joel Russell Cloninger II (Mary Frances); daughters, Kristen Cloninger Wright (Jason) and Scottlyn Cloninger McCullough (Grayson); grandchildren, Abigail and Benjamin Cloninger and Emily Wright; and brother, Al Cloninger.
The family received friends Sunday, May 21, 2023, from 6:00 pm – until, at Barker’s Creek Baptist Church, Honea Path, SC.
The funeral service was held at the church on Monday, May 22, 2023, at 4:00 pm with Rev. Wesley Taylor officiating. A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 2:00 pm at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting WWW.MCDOUGALDFUNERALHOME.COM.
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Dr. Jane C. King

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Dr. Jane C. King (76), loving wife, family champion, distinguished educator, wise friend, spiritual guide, mentor to generations, Outlander fan, and gracious soul, peacefully passed away surrounded by family and friends on May 12, 2023.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 34 years, Jerry L. King, son Michael King and his wife, Thelma, and her brother Paul Cabe.
The daughter of Russell and Dorothy Cabe, Nancy Jane Cabe grew up in the beautiful mountains of Franklin, North Carolina where she was a Girl Scout, cheerleader, and editor of the school newspaper.  After graduating from Western Carolina University, she moved to Cleveland County to teach and became a valued member of the district school system.  She loved the community and made her home in Kings Mountain.
Dr. King was a compassionate and innovative educator, ensuring children were successful in learning. During her career, she served as teacher, principal and central office administrator.  Dr. King earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina. She mentored future school leaders at Gardner-Webb University. Dr. King was the co-author of Rethink, Rebuild, Rebound, a manual for creating excellent learning environments for children.
Jane King was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as teacher and Elder. She shared her beautiful soprano voice as a choir member.
Jane loved her family fiercely and served as a guiding light to all. Survivors include children Karen Moser (Jeff), Todd King (Paula), Susan King (Jay), and Finley King (Eden); grandchildren Leigh Watson (Matt), Jacob Moser (Paige), Colden King (Claire), Torrence Moser, Madison King, Sarah King, and Gibson King; great-grandchildren Eve, Jacob, Benjamin and Brooklyn; brother Lewis Cabe (Diane); niece Tanessa Cabe (Steve); nephew Brian Cabe (deceased); great-nieces Helenica and Gizella; devoted caregivers Teresa Moss and Debbie Ross; generations of students, colleagues, friends, and neighbors.
A memorial service to celebrate Jane’s life will be held in July at the First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Jane C. King Scholarship, Cleveland County School Foundation, 400 West Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150 or to the First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain.
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 Elizabeth “Beth”  Wheeler

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary Elizabeth Wheeler, 64, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed through the gates of Heaven on May 22, 2023 at her home.
She was born in Cleveland County, daughter of the late Tommy and Julia Forbis Yarbrough and was preceded in death by 2 brothers, John and Butch Yarbrough and her sister, Jane Morehead.
Beth was a woman of faith evidenced by her love and generosity for people. She worked for a short time as a tax preparer for H&R Block and for Gaston County Police Department. Beth enjoyed spending time at the beach and crafting. She was very talented and enjoyed creating beautiful crafts for holiday decoration and loved ones. She was an avid collector of music boxes and snow globes, amassing an huge collection over the years. Beth was a devoted homemaker, loving mother and adoring grandmother who enjoyed spending time with the ones she loved most, her family.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years: William Ray “Buck” Wheeler, of the home; children: Amanda Wheeler Cannon (Brian), Shelby, NC, Kristina Wheeler Ledbetter, Kings Mountain, NC, and Jonathan Ray Wheeler, Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Austin Ray Ledbetter, John Paul Cannon, Anthony Cannon, and Ava Cannon; brother: Dale Yarbrough (Debbie), Hildabrand, NC and beloved canine companions, Buddy, Pickles and feline companion, Socks.
No services are planned at this time.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Charles “Chuck” Boyce Wright

GASTONIA, NC – Charles “Chuck” Boyce Wright passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2023, at the age of 91.
A distinguished military career was the defining arc of his life, and he spiritually remained a consummate soldier til the end. Chuck was born February 25, 1932 to Rosa Campbell Wright, in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, where he lived until joining the US Army at age 18.
He went on to fight in the Korean War and was a Purple Heart recipient and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. After the war, and several international postings in Japan and Germany, he was on official leave in London, England when he met his future wife, Andrea Charlotte Davies. After a few years in Athens, Greece, they settled in Gastonia with their children and lived a very happy and full life here, as members of First United and Myers Memorial Methodist churches.
Chuck retired from the Army after 24 years as Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3) with much of his focus on nuclear weapons. He served as a member of the Gaston County Honor Guard, honoring hundreds of veterans at their funeral services. He also volunteered at Gaston County Hospice for nearly 25 years, stopping only after his health prevented him from continuing.
Andrea passed in 2020, after which Chuck’s health began to slowly deteriorate, in large part due to the grief of losing his companion of 57 years. Charles and Andrea had three children together, and they were preceded in death by their first child, Brian Keith Wright. Their surviving children, David Wright and Anita Wright Dennis are left to cherish his memory and are thankful to have had such a wonderful and kind Dad. He was well known for his friendly, welcoming personality and his sense of humor, which is what his wife fell in love with. He was a very giving man who admired gardens and enjoyed gardening with his wife. He was a doting grandfather and never missed any of his grandchildren’s performances.
Those others left to cherish his memory are his son in law, Shawn Dennis; granddaughters: Alden, Cameron  and Claire Dennis; and his sister Ruth Patterson. “We have all been blessed to have known you and been loved by you, Charles, and for that we are forever grateful,”
expressed the family.
The family will receive friends at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia from 11:00 am until 11:45am on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. A funeral service will follow at 12:00pm in the Founders Chapel. Interment will follow in Gaston Memorial Park with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolence messages can be shared online at www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Wright family.

Shuford Kirk Peeler Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Shuford Kirk Peeler Jr., 89, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on May 7, 2023 at his home.
He was born in Stanly County, NC, son of the late Shuford Kirk Peeler Sr. and Katherine Mummert Peeler.
He attended Charlotte City Schools and was a 1956 graduate of Duke University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. He was past president of the Kings Mountain Kiwanis Club and Kings Mountain United Fund and was a Little League baseball coach and an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 92 in Kings Mountain. He was an avid clockmaker and family genealogist. He was employed for 38 years by Foote Mineral Company at the Kings Mountain and Frazer, Pennsylvania locations and was in the Quality Control Department and later in the Research and Development Department at Kings Mountain. He was a veteran of the US Army Signal Corps and was stationed at Camp Zama, Japan and later was a member of the National Guard in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife: Linda White Peeler, Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Lynn P. Mosier, Fort Mill, SC; son: David K. Peeler, Evans, GA; grandchildren: Michael Tyler, Lauren Ann, and Wesley Chase Mosier and David Sutton and Caitlin Alyse Peeler.
Graveside service was held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery. Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiated.
The family spoke with attendees immediately following the service at the cemetery.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.