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Myra Kay Howell

GROVER, NC – Myra Kay Howell, 79, of Grover, NC, passed away surrounded by her loving daughters on December 9, 2021 at Testa Hospice in Kings Mountain, NC. She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late David Durbro and Myra Louise Phillips McCarter and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jimmie Lee Howell. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Marie Howell, her brother, David Douglas McCarter, and her stepfather, Frank Dale Batchelor. Kay retired from Cleveland County Schools where she worked for many years as a bus driver and in the cafeteria at Grover Elementary School. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Grover. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading her bible daily. Kay loved spending time with her family whom she loved with all her heart. The memory of her love, guidance, and  kindness will be cherished by everyone who knew and loved Kay.
She is survived by daughters: Kelly Crocker (Michael), Grover, NC and Leigh Howell, Earl, NC; sisters: Gwenne McCarter, Blacksburg, SC and Lisa Batchelor Booth and her husband Reverend Bill Booth, Maryville, TN; 7 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2:30 PM at First Baptist Grover with Reverends Scott Kerstead and Bill Booth officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM prior to the service in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church.
Interment was held in Grover Cemetery.  
 In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Mrs. Howell 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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Violet Doris Spencer

Violet Doris Spencer (Doris), 88, wife of Kenneth Lee Spencer was born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Doris was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Idell Riddle. Doris passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Hendersonville Health and Rehab.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents John Wesley and Idell Riddle and her great granddaughter Ella Grace Mintz.
Doris is survived by her husband Ken, her children Rob Spencer (Marie) of Landrum, SC, Kenny Spencer (Debbie) of Heath TX, Lisa Arrowood of Walhalla, SC and Kelly Lupinski (Larry) of East Hampton CT. She is also survived by her 7 grandchildren Shena Mintz (Sean) of Saluda NC, Ashley Eller (MJ) of Westminster, SC, Jamie Miller (Matthew) of Tuscon, AZ.,   Abby Arrowood of Seneca, SC., Alexis Arrowood of Walhalla, SC, Sam Spencer and Kate Spencer of Heath TX and 6 great grandchildren Brilee, Bryce, Avery, Callie, Solomon and Creedence.
Doris was a dedicated wife, mother, and teacher that lit up any room she walked into. Her smile was contagious as she would snicker at her own jokes and antics. Doris worked at St John’s Preschool nurturing the children as if they were her own. Doris will be dancing in heaven in one of her well-known Christmas sweaters this year continuing to smile down on earth.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 19th, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home, 512 East Main Street, Westminster, SC.
The family is at their respective homes. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doris’ memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 3223 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC  29169 or Alzheimer’s at https://support.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/donate.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.
Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the Spencer family.
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James Michael Black Jr 

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, a memorial service, graveside service and Celebration of Life reception was held for Fugitive Recovery Agent James Michael Black Jr. who was killed in the line of duty.  Originally from Kings Mountain, NC he resided with his family in Lake Elsinore, CA. The funeral services were held at the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Wildomar CA. and at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside CA.
Jamie was preceded in death by his father James Michael Black of Maiden NC;  his paternal grandparents Joseph and Lucille Black of Bessemer City and his maternal grandparents Jonas Leroy and Clara Lee McCraw of Kings Mountain, He was also preceded in death by  his stepfather David Keith Pendleton who instilled in him his lifelong love for the Marines.
Jamie, 42, died after being shot by a federal fugitive and career criminal whom Jamie was attempting to apprehend  on the evening of December 3, 2019 in San Moreno CA. The fugitive then became the subject of a manhunt by the San Bernardino and Riverside Sheriff’s Departments who, jointly, located and killed the fugitive in a shootout less than 48 hours later in San Bernardino.
He is remembered as a devoted family man who was outgoing and compassionate, as well as a role model and mentor to many of the fugitive recovery agents that worked under his supervision. His warm and friendly southern personality would shine through when he often reminded his friends, “I appreciate you.”
Black attended Cleveland Tech for a short time after graduating from Kings Mountain High School but was recommended to IBM by an instructor and after graduating from the International School of Business in Chicago, became the youngest IBM employee on the East coast. He stayed with them for three years but then joined the Marines so he could jump out of airplanes.
He started his career as an enlisted serviceman in the Air Intelligence branch of the U.S. Marine Corps and progressed to a commissioned officer after earning his Masters in Criminal Justice.  His first command was in LA in the aftermath of Katrina. He earned the respect and devotion of his men there by finding big screen TVs, copes of current movies and meals from Outback for his guys during their down time.  They were the envy of all military servicemen in that area. Jamie could never do enough for the people he cared for.
After 14 years and multiple deployments to Iraq as an Intelligence Operations Officer he resigned his commission and went on to  become a private contractor in Afghanistan.  He commanded one quarter of the countries civilian forces for three years and was the youngest commander in the country.  James then returned to Southern California and using the skills and certifications he acquired while serving our country,  he began working as a Fugitive Recovery Agent for the Federal government and licensed private investigator, ultimately founding and supervising the largest independent bail fugitive recovery team in California, the U.S. Fugitive Service International (Black Umbrella Group)  located in Lake Elsinore, CA.
He is survived by the only woman he ever loved, his wife Michelle Vasquez Black; his five children Austin Black (Samira), James Black III, Ashlynn Black, Logan Black and Aleena Black. He is also survived by his two sisters,  Donna Cantrell (Ronald) Short of Grover, and Tanya Storm of Bellingham, WA and his brothers Joseph(Amanda) Black and Brian Black as well as his stepmother Rita Black of Maiden and his much loved stepfather Robert Moses. Also left to barely survive his passing is his mother, Teresa McCraw Moses.
Her son lived and died a hero.  His funeral was no exception to the larger than  life he lived. There were sheriff cars leading the procession down a major highway while motorcycle cops shut down the exits and held back thousands of cars  so Jamie  could go by. There were flags flying on the police bikes and cars and the motorcycle honor guard from the Marines led his casket with their own flags. There were so many cars in the procession they had to brought into the cemetery in two directions to get them all parked. At the beautiful but stark military cemetery where his spot is there were bagpipes played and guns fired and long walks following behind his casket through cordons of honor guards and marines.
The legacy her son left is huge, his business thrives, the home he left for his family is beautiful,  and all his children are blessed with his intelligence and sweet disposition.
He was 42 when he went left us but to his mom he is still her little boy.  The one she caught jumping off the back of the trailer in his batman costume one day when she was returning home from work, the little boy that constantly amazed and delighted her with an imagination like no one else she ever knew. He was the child that went to the ER so many times because he thought he could do  everything.   His mom spent countless hours at the school houses because his personality and his intelligence led him into situations other kids wouldn’t even think about.  All so he could become the man he was. He was a hero to the world and to his family.  He had lost his dad and grandparents by the time he was 15 and it was just the two of them.  He was her best friend through the hardest parts of her life.  He accepted what could not be changed at a young age and it made him stronger and a lot older than his years. His mom was and still is proud of him even when she was mad at him. She is  blessed beyond words to have been the mother of Jamie Black.  She would not trade one minute of that to be released from the grief she lives with.  The Lord will hold her hand, keep her strong and walk with her every step till she can be reunited with her child.
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Lori Ann Enus 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC  – Lori Ann Enus, 48, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 4, 2021 at her  residence.  She was born in Essex, MA.  She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Mehlman. Lori was an independent contractor with Little Debbie Snack Co.  
She is survived by partner: Nancy Bridges, Kings Mtn. NC; mother: LuAnn Brown Mehlman, Shelby, NC; step-mother: Joy Burns, Hickory, NC; sister: Wanda LaRhette, Shelby, NC; her beloved pets: Piper, Bear and cat Ray; niece: Jamie Lee LaRhette, Shelby NC; nephews: J.R. LaRhette, Shelby, NC Kurtis LaRhette, Polkville, NC; great niece: Malayah LaRhette, Shelby NC; great nephew: Jayse LaRhette, Shelby NC; numerous aunts and uncles.
Memorial service will be  held at  Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel on Saturday, December 11, 2021  at 2:00 P.M.  Rev. Tim Setzer will fficiate.
Visitation will be at  1:00 - 2:00 P.M. 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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Mary Ruth  Goforth

STANLEY, NC – Mary Ruth Goforth, 81, formerly of Charlotte, NC, passed away on November 30, 2021 at Stanley Total Living in Stanley, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, and was preceded in death by her father, Claude Edwards and her mother, Evelyn Allen Hill. Mary was also preceded in death by her second husband, Charles Goforth Jr, and her siblings, Mike Edwards and Pat Edwards.
She was a former member of Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte. Mary worked in the nursery business for many years and loved being outdoors, working in the yard, and growing beautiful flowers. She enjoyed staying active, cross stitching, quilting, working sudoku, and reading. Mary enjoyed listening to Christian music and spending time with her loved ones. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose love and guidance will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her son: Craig Barrett and wife Sharon, Dallas, NC; grandchildren: Kelly Hord and husband Travis, Dallas, NC, and Mitchell Barrett and wife Kaci, Cramerton, NC; great-grandchildren: Graden and Sawyer Hord and Delilah Barrett; sister-in-law: Linda Edwards, Mount Airy, NC; former husband: Harry Lee Barrett
Memorial service was held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
Visitation was held on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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William Ashmore Tinsley

William Ashmore Tinsley (96) of Leeś Summit, MO passed away Wednesday, December 1 at Ignite Hospice Center in Blue Springs, MO.
Bill lived his adult life in Kings Mountain, NC until 2017 when he moved to Missouri to live with his son Kevin.
Bill met and married Peggy Dixon, daughter of Kelly and Blanche Patterson Dixon of Kings Mountain, where they settled in to live their married life in the town they both loved. Bill and Peggy would go on to adopt their only child, Kevin Dixon Tinsley in 1959.
As a man, father, grandfather, and friend Bill lived his life with quiet humility and courage. A Navy veteran of World War II, Bill loved raising his son and being around his grandsons.
Survivors include his son Kevin, a daughter-in-law Charlotte Rose, four grandsons - Kelly Dixon Tinsley, Kevin Philip Tinsley, Wiliam Ashmore Tinsley II and Timothy Patrick Tinsley, a great-grandson Cohen Tinsley and great-granddaughters Ember and Scarlet Tinsley. Extended family survivors include Lane Dixon, brother-in-law, sister-in-laws Dot Dixon, Marilyn Dixon Hamrick, and Becky Dixon Patterson, plus several nieces and nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.
As his family, we will never again watch the South Carolina Gamecocks (Billś Alma Mater) without our hearts being just a bit saddened to not have him there. Whether it be a plate of nachos or a batch of chicken wings, he was always ready to watch a weekend of ball. So many things about him will be missed, especially his one-of-a-kind smile, his gentle heart, and his one-liner wit. May God rest his blessed soul.
Services were held on Tuesday, December 7 at Kings Mountain Central United Methodist Church.
Visitation was at 9:00 a.m., service at 10:00 a.m. and Committal Service immediately followed at Frederick Memorial Gardens, Gaffney, NC.
Arrangements made by Passantino Brothers of Kansas City, MO and Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain, NC.
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Thelma Owens 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Thelma Eubanks Owens, 91, died Wednesday, December 2, 2021 at Alexandria Place of Gastonia.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Hullender Eubanks.
Thelma was a loving mother and grandmother who was a member of Pathway Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Herman Sprouse, Albany McKeehan, and Carl Owens; son, William Sprouse; grandson, Dreighton Sprouse; and great granddaughter, Rosa Lee Sprouse.
She is survived by her sons, Arthur Sprouse and wife Genetta of  Bessemer City and Dennis Sprouse and wife Becky of Clover, SC; daughter, Renee Jackson of Fort Mill, SC; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and cat, Sue-Sue. A graveside service was held at 2PM, on Tuesday December 7, 2021, in Mountain Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Harmon officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com.
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Kathy  Elaine Hannon 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kathy  Elaine Hannon, 72, of Kings Mountain passed away December 1, 2021, at Atrium Health Cleveland, Shelby.
She was born May 27, 1949, in Cleveland County, daughter of the late Mereda Boyce Hannon and Katherine Blackwell Hannon.
Kathy loved her dolls and stuffed animals.
She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
A graveside service was held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, officiated by Pastor Barry Philbeck.
Kathy is survived by her brother, Mike Hannon and wife Phyllis; nephew, Michael Hannon (Amy); niece, April Wagenknecht; caregivers, Joye and Doug Crawford.
Memorials may be sent to help with Kathy’s funeral expenses to Greene Funeral Service, 216 Archie Whitesides Rd. Gastonia, NC 28052.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service.
An online guestbook is available at greenefuneral.com.
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John O. Van Dyke

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – John O. Van Dyke, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 1, 2021 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Cleveland Co,  NC, to the late Robert R. Van Dyke and Ollie Padgett Van Dyke.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Marshall Van Dyke.
John was employed for over 40 years as a lab analyst with Foote Mineral Co, Kings Mtn. and a member of El Bethel United Methodist Church, formerly serving as Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Lay Speaker, and Training Union Director. He served in the United States Army after World War II in the Peace Keeping Force in Germany. John was a wonderful husband, father and friend who was always willing to help anyone in need. 
He is survived by his wife: Joyce Redding Van Dyke, Kings Mtn. NC; daughter: Roberta J. Van Dyke, Kings Mtn. NC; special family friends: Andy De Bruler and Bobby and  Cindy Phillips .
Funeral service was held at El Bethel United Methodist Church on  Sunday, December 5, 2021  at  2:00 P.M.  Rev. Julie Roberts and Rev. Bruce Hobson, officiated.
Visitation was held at 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 5, 2021 prior to the service in the fellowship hall of El Bethel United Methodist Church.
Intermenet was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  
Memorials may be made to: El Bethel United Methodist Church, 122 El Bethel Rd, 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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Edwin O’Leary White (Larry)

GROVER, NC– Edwin “Larry” O’Leary White, 84, of Grover NC, passed away on November 18, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland. He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of Dennis Buette and Inez Blalock White.
Larry worked at Minnette Mills as a designer for many years, and later at Grandpa’s Store.
He was a talented artist and pianist. He appeared on the Arthur Smith show in the 1960s with the Kingsman quartet and entertained his family with his music for a lifetime. Larry is best remembered for his rowdy sense of humor and infinite kindness.
He was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother, and friend whose passing will be mourned by everyone who knew and loved him.
Larry is survived by his daughters Desiree “Toni” A. White (husband Bruce A. Rogers), St. Louis, MO, and Bridgette D. White, Grover, NC, as well as his granddaughters B. Desiree White, Grover, NC and Sophia P. Rogers, St. Louis, MO.
Awaiting him in heaven are his parents, his siblings Margie, Don, and Wendell, and his ex-spouse and lifelong friend Marjorie Allen White.
Larry will be memorialized during a private family gathering.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com for the White family.
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Bobby F. Maner

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Bobby F. Maner, 94, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 24, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC. He was born in Wilmington, NC, son of the late Frank Garrett and Lois Norris Maner and was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jeanne Sommers Maner. He was also preceded in death by a son, Frank G. “Bo” Maner, II and a daughter in law, Susan Martin Maner. Bob attended Davidson College where he lettered in basketball and received his undergraduate degree. He earned his Masters degree from UNC Chapel Hill. After college, Bob served honorably in the US Navy during the Korean War. He was the founder of B.F. Maner Insurance Agency, Inc.
He is survived by his son: Robert S. Maner, Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Sarah M. Lawrence and husband Alan, High Point, NC; grandchild: Joseph M. Maner and wife Stephanie H. Maner; great-grandchild: Shepherd Martin Maner
Memorials service was held on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church with Reverends John Wilcox and John Bridges officiating.
Visitation was held immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church.
 A private graveside service was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery.      
Memorials may be made to: Children’s Homes of Cleveland County at PO Box 2053 (chccinc.org) Shelby, NC 28150 or to First Presbyterian Church at 111 East King Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Donald Ray Smith 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Donald Ray Smith, 79, of Kings Mountain, passed away November 13, 2021, at his home.
He was born April 3, 1942,  in Cleveland County, son of the late Manuel D. Smith and Eunice McFalls Smith.
Donald was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
One of his greatest joys was his grandchildren and his loving family.
He was a produce manager with Harris Teeter for over 42 years.
He raised Field Trial Beagles.
He was an avid fan of Mountaineer football and basketball and was a member of the Booster Club.
A memorial service was held 3:00 pm Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Faith Baptist Church, 1009 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, officiated by Pastor JR Robbins and Pastor Robert Eng.
The family received friends 2-3 pm Sunday at the church prior to the service.
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Gladden Smith; daughters, Lisa Smith Sisk and husband Darrell, Tracie Smith Merchant and husband Chris; sister, Betty Sarvis of Pompano FL; brothers, Charles T. Smith and wife Helen, Paul D. Smith, Michael E. Smith all of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Cory Allen Phillips, Kaitlyn Alexandra Sisk, Jacob Ray O’Brian Merchant, Christina Ellen Merchant, Haley Craig and husband Will; great-grandson, Kendrick Halvorson Merchant.
In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by brother, Vernon E. Smith; sister, Becky Ware.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or Faith Baptist Church, 1009 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
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Betty Champion Thornburg

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  Betty Champion Thornburg, 88, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 16, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Lyman Edmond and Gertrude Ledford Champion and was preceded in death by her husband  of 56 years, Newell Thornburg and two sons, Rodney Dale and Alan Scott Thornburg. Betty was also preceded in death by her brother Carl Champion and a sister, Della Bell.
She was a long time member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where she enjoyed playing softball with the Women’s Church League. Betty retired after many years of service with the former First Union Bank of Kings Mountain. Always active, Betty enjoyed sewing, embroidering, and cooking wonderful meals. Betty had a giving heart and enjoyed helping anyone in need. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her thoughtfulness and love will be dearly missed by her family and many friends..
 The family would like to thank Cathy Dellinger and the staff of Shelby Manor for their loving care.
She is survived by her son: Lanny Thornburg and wife Tammy, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Darlene Jimison and husband Mike, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Brian Thornburg (Crystal), Belmont, NC, Ross Ellis (Maria), Hoschton, GA, Chase Thornburg (Jennifer), Cummings, GA, and Brittney Thornburg Grigg (Tyler), Kings Mountain, NC; great Grandchildren: Brody and Bailey Thornburg, Easton and Brooks Ellis, and Hayden and Maddox Grigg
Funeral service was held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Jim Brackett officiating.
Visitation was Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at the church.
Interment was in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery      
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dream On 3, a non-profit based in Charlotte, NC providing sports-themed experiences to children with life-altering conditions. Donations can be made at www.dreamon3.org/donate-to-do3/ or can be mailed by check to Dream on 3, 4311 School House Commons Rd., Harrisburg, NC 28075. Please make donations in memory of “insert name” so that the family can send their appreciation to all donors.
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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Timothy “Tim”  David Ross

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Timothy “Tim”  David Ross, 57, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 13, 2021 at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC.  Born in Cleveland Co, NC. He was son of the late Jerry Anderson Ross and Brenda McFalls Ross.
Tim was formerly employed with Rockwood Lithium, Kings Mountain, NC. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Fairview Masonic Lodge #339 and the Oasis Shriners.   He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family, baseball, music and outdoor activities. 
He is survived by his wife of 36 years: Debbie Smith Ross, Kings Mountain; sons: Tanner Ross and wife Savannah, Kings Mountain; Tyler Ross, Kings Mountain; daughter: Tiffany Ross, Kings Mountain; granddaughter: Harper Ross; sisters: Tammy Ross Thornburg and husband Lanny, Kings Mountain. ; Toni Ross Putman, Kings Mountain.
Funeral service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Wednesday,
November 17, 2021  at 3:00 P.M. Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor will officiate.
Visitation is  1:30  - 3:00 P.M. Wednesday November 17, 2021 prior to the service in the fellowship hall of Bethlehem Baptist Church..
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 950 W Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605
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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Bridget Lee Glass Martin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  A loving mother of five and incredible inspiration for so many, Bridget Glass Martin, 58, of Kings Mountain passed away on Wednesday, November 10, surrounded by her family.
Bridget was born on August 21,1963 to Janice Brackett Glass and Harold Moffitt Glass of Kings Mountain. A pillar of her community, she owned her own business and worked with many local businesses and local governments. Bridget was an active member of her church community and choirs and a member of both Macedonia Baptist Church and most recently, First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. She attended Kings Mountain High School and Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Bridget is survived by her five children, Kirsten, Drew, Ariel, Alex, and Brody Martin; her mother, Janice Glass of Kings Mountain; her siblings, Harold Moffitt Glass, Jr. and Terry Campbell; her sister-in-law, Cecelia Glass; and her nieces and nephews, Trey, Blake, and Tori Glass, and Lindsey Crawford. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Moffitt Glass, Sr.
Services will be held on Friday, November 19th from 1-3 pm at Patriots Park in Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina for the River Hill Refuge of Cleveland County, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361, or call 1-800-476-3669.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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James Kenneth Plonk 
 

1948-2021

COLUMBIA, SC – Ken Plonk, age 72, died unexpectedly at his home in Columbia, South Carolina on October 30, 2021. Ken was born November 7, 1948, in Charlotte, NC to his late parents Clarence Samuel Plonk and Julia Pollock Plonk of Kings Mountain. Ken was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Rebecca Marvin Plonk. Ken is survived by brothers Thomas Plonk, Mike Plonk (Sue), Steve Plonk (Susan Thisell), Richard Plonk, sister Judy Plonk Davis (Steve Davis) and longtime friend Jaycie Claire.  Ken was devoted to his extended family, and well loved by his nieces and nephews.
Ken was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina. He loved his Tar Heels, a good debate, children, great food, pheasant hunting, bow hunting, the great outdoors, cats, dogs, wildlife and most of, all family gatherings.  He was a kind, sweet, and an extravagantly giving man. He followed politics with a keen mind and invested in real estate for pleasure.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 24that 10:30 am-11:45 am at Resurrection Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The family invites you to visit and join us for a drop in lunch.
Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, November 24th at 1:00 pm in Saint Lukes Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
There will be immune system compromised folks and unvaccinated small children among us. They ask that you please wear a mask when possible.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Battle Buddy 4 Life a   suicide prevention organization for veterans at  https://battlebuddy4life.org/, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain, NC or the charity of your choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Dennis Raymond Caveny

NASHVILLE, TN – Dennis Raymond Caveny, age 58, of Nashville, TN finished his race on earth in the early hours of Sunday, November 14, 2021, about 18 months after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Dennis grew up in Kings Mountain, NC, and after traveling to France in High School, looked for more ways to see more places around the world. His job in his early 20s for Piedmont Airlines allowed him the ability to travel to many states in the U.S., then a later job with Sony Music sent him to several countries in Asia, South America and Central America. In the late 90s, after a short-term mission’s trip to Kenya, he moved his family to Uganda for a long-term missionary assignment. After his time in Africa, he gained such a love for the people he met that he made multiple return trips there over the years.
Dennis was always up for an adventure, and he could talk engagingly with anyone. He loved a good story, and he loved to laugh. After he was diagnosed with ALS in May of 2020, he purposed to live more intentionally, and he and his family made some special memories in his last 18 months on earth.
Dennis’s deep and abiding hope and faith rested in Jesus Christ, and his greatest desire was that his journey would be a testimony that would point people to be reconciled to God; we feel like he did just that with valor and grace.
Dennis is survived by Danielle, his bride of six years; his son, Aaron Caveny (Madison, daughter-in-love); his son, Christopher Caveny; his daughter, Anna Caveny; his daughter, Elise Caveny; his only granddaughter, Colbie Caveny; his mother, Frances Caveny; his brother, Dale Caveny; and a host of other family and friends who loved and were loved by Dennis. He is preceded in death by his father, Floyd “Sam” Caveny.
A Celebration of Life service to honor and remember Dennis will be held at New Song Nashville, 316 Southgate Ct., Brentwood, TN on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Daylight Christian Popakol, a ministry in  Uganda that was very dear to Dennis. Donations can be made through New Song  Nashville at https://pushpay.com/g/newsongbrentwood. (Please put “Caveny Gift” in the memo.)
Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel is serving the family. 615-331-1952.

Susan Dover Carney 

Cary, NC  – Susan Dover Carney, 72, of Cary, NC, passed away on November 2, 2021.  She was born in Kings Mountain, NC on February 23, 1949 to Martha Sue Woods Dover and Jesse Dover.
In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her brothers, Dean and David.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Michael G. Carney; son, Robbie Williams; daughter, Audra Lynn Williams Edwards; brother, Carl Rippy; sister, Cindy Dover Rippy Gray; grandchildren, Brandon, Bradley, Nicole, James, Charles and Melissa; and numerous extended family members.
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 12:45 pm at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 1050 NW Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27513, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM. A reception will be held at the church afterward.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor Susan, please donate to a charity of your choice in her memory.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.BrownWynneCary.com.
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Bradine L. Tyner 

Kings Mountain, NC  – On October 28th, Bradine L. Tyner, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away at the age of 82 in Charlotte, NC. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 42 years, Wade H. Tyner, and her parents, Brady and Grathel Lail of Grover, NC.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Queen and Anne Pipkin; her grandchildren, Lauren Queen and Lance Queen, all of Charlotte, NC; and her sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Robert Harry of Shelby, NC.
She was most known for co-owning and operating Wade Ford in Kings Mountain with her husband for over 35 years. She had a love of international and domestic travel, and living on Moss Lake.
A graveside service in the family cemetery was held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 6th at Allen Memorial Baptist Church in Grover, NC.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial donations in her honor to First Baptist Church of Kings Mountain, PO Box 786, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
The family thanks all those that supported her through her decade long struggle with dementia. Your kindness and compassion allowed her to live independently and in the home she loved for as long as possible.
Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service, Charlotte, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Sommers Neisler

A memorial service celebrating the life of Mary S. Neisler will be held at First Presbyterian Church Kings Mountain at 111 East King Street, Kings Mountain, NC on November 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM.
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Rafael  Lugo

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  Rafael Lugo, age 93, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 25, 2021 at Dalton Place in Dalton, GA.
Born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, He was son of the late  Rafael Lugo, Sr. and Grasiana Lisojo Lugo. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Lugo; 4 brothers and 5 sisters.
Mr. Lugo was a member of the Eighth Street Church of God, Bessemer City, NC where he was active in the prison ministry.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was recipient of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Purple Heart.
He is surved by his sons: Benjamin Lugo and wife Tracy, North Augusta, SC;   Eli Lugo and wife Mitzi, Cleveland, TN; Arnalzo Lugo, Hayesville, NC; 7 grandchildren and 9 great -grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Saturday, October 30. 2021, 2:00 P.M.  Rev. Ronnie Pendleton, officiated.
Visitation was held at 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Saturday, October 30, 2021 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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Vicky Smart  Williams

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Vicky Smart Williams, 77, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 28, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Herbert Odell and Rose Ruth McCurry Smart and was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Eugene Williams, a daughter, Dawn Prater Bell, a great granddaughter, Madyson Bell and a brother, Ronnie Smart.
Vicky enjoyed golfing, fishing, going shopping and attending the races. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was affectionately known as G-Maw by many. Vicky loved to spend time with the people she loved the most, her family. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter: Kerry “Kitten” McKenzie, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Gary Smart, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Christina Phillips, Timothy Bell, Joshua Bell, Hayley McKenzie, Zeanie Postell, and Madison Postell; great-grandchildren: Isaiah Bell, Maddox Robinson, Ryland Robinson, and Summer Bell; numerous Pet Companions
 Funeral service was held on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Tim Setzer officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was in Grover City Cemetery.      
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Ernst Borchert III

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ernst Borchert III, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 28, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Anaheim, CA, son of the late Eric Borchert Sr. and Perciclair Head Borchert and was preceded in death by his brother, Eric Borchert, II.
Ernst was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Kings Mountain. He retired from Huffman Corporation where he worked as a mechanical engineer for over 30 years. After his retirement, Ernst realized his life long dream of becoming a farmer. He enjoyed spending time outside, working with the Cleveland County Potato Project for the last 12 years. Ernst had an interest in trains and tractors and loved spending time with his beloved family. He was a 3rd Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus where he has served for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Mary Pagett Borchert, of the home; sons: Ernst Borchert IV (Donna), Rock Hill, SC; Eric Borchert II, Kings Mountain, NC, Erin Borchert, Kings Mountain, NC, and Evan Borchert (Heather), Apex, NC;  daughters: Elizabeth Borchert, Concord, NC, and Elise Borchert Arant (Ronnie), Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Lynn McClard and Clair Borchert both of California; 18 grandchildren: Ernst, Ehren, Jennifer, Dana, Steven, Eric, Christopher, Joshua, Stacey, Sydney, Tyler, Cody, Casey, Christopher, Jonathan, Gracie, Jocelyn, Ethan and 16 great-grandchildren: Michael, Erica, Jaden, Carter, Abigail, Christopher, Adalyn, Cooper, Madelyn, Maleena, Jackson, Adalyn, Wyatt, Rylan and Sawyer.
Funeral service was held on Christ the King Catholic Mission, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:00 noon    Father David Miller, officiating.
Visitation was at 6:00 - 8:00 Monday evening, November 1, 2021 at Harris Funeral Home. Rosary Service was at 7:00 P.M.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to: Potato Project, c/o Charles Reed, 1175 Wyke Rd., 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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Sharon Thompson Boheler

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Sharon Thompson Boheler, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on October 28, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late William Boyd and Bertie Elizabeth Barber Thompson and was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Hamrick Boheler. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Sammy, Don, Dick, and Bill Thompson, two sisters, Sandra Miller and Dianne Coggins, and a grandson, Michael Heath.
Sharon was the owner of the Military Park Quick Stop, worked as a cosmetologist, and was a customer service manager at Walmart for many years.
She was a former member of Eastside Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where she sang in the choir and was a Sunday School teacher. Sharon was currently an active member of Royal Praise Ministries. Always active, Sharon enjoyed rock painting, cooking for her friends and loved ones, bird watching, gardening, and studying her bible. She loved spending time with those she loved most, her family and beloved dogs. Her dedication, love, and guidance will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by children: Ronda Hartman, Donna Boheler McDonald, and Dana Heath (Kenny Anderson); siblings: Norris Thompson, Arnold Thompson (Barbara), and Becky Dellinger; grandchildren: Sherry Hullender, Jeana Thomas, April Nails, Krystal Stroup, Daniel Hill, Tasha McAfee, Destinee Heath, Alyssa Heath, and Zayden Anderson; greatgrandchildren: Anthony Hullender, Emory Wingate, Jazz’Lynn Hullender, De’Ante Falls, Vernon Roberts, Justice Roberts, Kayla Reese, Mariyah Brown, Khloe Brown, and Trinity Burris; great-great grandchildren: Izzabella Hullender, Skylah Springer, Elijiah Brown, and Bayleigh Thomas; Canine Companions: Paxton and Wolfie.
Funeral service was held on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 1:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Bishop Brady Jackson and Reverend Dennis Wells officiated.
Visitation was held on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel.
Interment was held in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.      
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Harry Malone Jackson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Harry Malone Jackson, age 75, of Kings Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Rutherford County, NC to the late William Howard and Essie McFalls Jackson, and moved to Kings Mountain shortly afterward. Harry was also preceded in death by his sister, Claudette Jackson Conner, his twin brother, Larry Salone Jackson., two nieces, Cindy Thompson and Pamela Darlene Jones and his in-laws, John and Beulah Jones.
Harry graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1964, attended Gaston College, and worked at FMC Lithium where he retired after 36 1/2 years of service.
Other than Harry’s passion for his Lord, his family, church family, golf “brothers”  and Mountaineer Cruisers Classic Car Club, he loved living in Kings Mountain, drinking coffee with his buddies and just enjoying life everyday with a big smile on his face. He was an active member of El Bethel United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir, served on the Finance Committee, and enjoyed working at their breakfasts over the past several years.
Harry was known by several different names given by his friends, “Fuzz”, “HJ”, but was the best husband and friend to his wife of 50 years, Elaine Jones Jackson and best dad to his daughter, Laura Beth, of the home. He was an avid sports lover and could often be found watching football (Green Bay Packers), baseball (Atlanta Braves), or basketball (Carolina Tarheels). He loved playing golf with his brothers most of all, having made 5 holes-in-one over the years.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Jones Jackson; daughter Laura Beth Jackson, brothers: J.T. “Sonny” Jackson and wife Brenda of Kings Mountain and Jerry Jackson and wife Desiree of Dallas; uncle and aunt Floyd and JoAnn Jackson of Gastonia; sister-in-law Pat Jackson of Kings Mountain;  brothers and sisters in law, Johnny Jones and wife Sandy of Kings Mountain and Carolyn Falls and husband Hal of Gastonia, and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, and you all know he loved you.
Visitation was held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held following the visitation at Mountain Rest Cemetery. All attendees are asked to observe Covid-19 protocols.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harry’s memory may be made to El Bethel UMC at 122 El Bethel Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Testa Hospice House at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Darlene H. Bridges

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Darlene H. Bridges, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 12, 2021 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC. She was born in Bowling Green, South Carolina, the first child of the late Jack Hannon and Josie Beatrice Rippy and was preceded in death by 6 brothers and sisters. Darlene was also preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Joe B. Bridges and a son, Larry Dean Bridges. She worked for Bridges Radio and TV Repair Service for 46 years. Darlene enjoyed being at home spending time with her loved ones. She was a dedicated Christian woman who loved taking care of people. Her kind and loving spirit will be missed greatly by all those who loved her.
She is survived by her son: Danny Bridges, Kings Mountain, NC and  sister: Irene Bernstein, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on  Monday, October 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel.
Visitation was Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 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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Bennie Sue Beam

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Bennie Sue Beam, 74, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 22, 2021 at Atrium Health Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, the only daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Sessoms Jr and Betty Jo Hartsoe Sessoms and was preceded in death by two brothers, Randy and Scott Sessoms.
Bennie was a dedicated follower of Christ and showed her love for people daily. She was an avid UNC fan and loved watching basketball and football. Bennie enjoyed watching movies based on real life events. She always looked forward to her yearly trip to the mountains with her aunts. Bennie loved to read and enjoyed working crossword and word search puzzles. Her kindness and love will be missed dearly by her loving family.
She is survived by daughter: Sherry Beam Asbury (Robert Ward), Kings Mountain, NC; granddaughter: Courtney Asbury (Don Catherman), Kings Mountain, NC; brothers: Doug Sessoms and Don Sessoms (Denise), both of Kings Mountain, NC; Aunt: Jean Smith, Blacksburg, SC and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bennie’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at 222 S. Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or to the American Diabetes Association at 1300 Baxter Street Ste. 150, Charlotte, NC 28204.
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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Clenon Tackett

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Clenon Tackett, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 27, 2021 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Floyd County, KY, son of the late Mack and Elizabeth Jones Tackett and was preceded in death by his eldest brother, Monfort Tackett.
Clenon was an active member of Advent Lutheran Church where he was passionate about serving the Lord and his church family.
He also helped organize the Missions Disaster Warehouse. He served honorably in the US Air Force for 4 years. Clenon worked at Spencer Products in sales management for 35 years. In his spare time, Clenon enjoyed playing golf and making new friends.
His greatest desire in life was for people to hear the word of God and become followers of Christ. Clenon was a genuine person who cared deeply about his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, mentor and Papaw who was extremely proud of his loving family. His guidance, generosity, and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years: Barbara Kluber Tackett;  children: John Paul Tackett (Pam), Ironton, OH, Craig Alan Tackett (Melanie), Blacksburg, SC, Amanda Elizabeth Holland (Brandon), Kings Mountain, NC, and Donna Rashel Stillions (Jared), Hallettsville, TX; grandchildren: Johnathon Tackett, Benesh Holland, Alexander Odom, Ella Holland, Adelaide Holland, Margaret Stillions, John Stillions; siblings: Marlene Tackett, Marvin Tackett (Barbara), Wilkie Tackett (Roselane), Milford Tackett, Linda Sue Hueseman (Jerry), Carol Blackburn (Gene), Michael Tackett (Patty), and Todd Tackett (Cathy).
Memorial service was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Advent Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven King officiating
Visitation was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM prior to the service at Advent Lutheran Church.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Clenon’s memory to Advent Lutheran Church Building Fund at 230 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.

Mary Sommers Neisler

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary Sommers Neisler died peacefully October 10, 2021 at Hospice of Cleveland County-Wendover Road, Shelby.
Mary was born on January 26, 1931 to Goodloe Gooch Sommers and Elizabeth S. Sommers in Charlotte, NC.  She graduated from Central High School, Charlotte and attended Queens College (now Queens University).  While attending a Tommy Dorsey concert she met the love of her life, Charles A. Neisler.  They were married on March 31, 1951, and remained happily married for over 61 years.
Upon moving to live in Kings Mountain, Mary became active in community life.  She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she served in the church’s girl scout program, choir, property and grounds committee and in 1994 was elected elder.  But her favorite service there was teaching in the Nursery with Mary Adams.
In the community she was active in historic preservation.  Mary served as President for the Cleveland County Historical Museum and was instrumental if the creation of the Kings Mountain Historical Museum.  She was active on the Kings Mountain Historic Landmark Commission and the Cleveland County Historical Survey Task Force. In 1999, she rescued and restored the c.1870 William Andrew Mauney home on Battleground Avenue.  That landmark is now on the National Register for Historic Property. She assisted the formation of the Davidson Alumni Resource Center, Inc. and helped the non-profit to obtain their building on Parker Street in Kings Mountain.  Preserving our heritage was important to her.  For her charitable efforts she received the first Spirit of Kings Mountain Pride in Community Award in 2006 and the Cleveland County Distinguished Woman award in 2007.
Mary is survived by her sons Charles A. Neisler Jr., George Scott Neisler and Lee Sommers Neisler, grandsons Charles A. Neisler III, and Max Neisler, granddaughters Wendy Neisler, Virginia A. Neisler, Charlotte Neisler Powell (Andrew) and Rachel Lee Neisler and great grandsons Issac Neisler and Zachery Neisler.  Mary was preceded in death by her husband Charles, her parents, and her grandson George Garrett Neisler.
A memorial service will be held but arrangements have not been finalized at this time.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Arnette Cranford Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1188, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain PO Box 1188, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, Kings Mountain Little Theatre, PO Box 1022, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, or to the Davidson Alumni Resource Center, Inc. Brice Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Teresa  “Terri” Lynn King

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Teresa  “Terri” Lynn King, 64, of Kings Mountain, passed away October 4, 2021, at Atrium Health Cleveland, Shelby.
She was born February 4, 1957, in Cleveland County, daughter of the late Joseph Cash and Kay Grigg Guin.
Terri attended Bethel Baptist Church in Shelby.
A funeral service was  held on Friday, October 8, 2021, at 6:30 pm  at Bethel Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Tim Sims.
The family received friends 5-6:30 pm prior to the service at the church.
A private burial was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
Terri  is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Joe King; son, Wayne King and girlfriend Nikki Massey; sisters, Susan Rhoades and husband John, Karen “Doodle” Dellinger and husband Jimmy; grandson, Noah King; numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bethel Baptist Church 606 South Dekalb Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, Gastonia.
An online guestbook is available at greenefuneral.com
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Todd McSwain

KINGS MOUNTAIN –Jeffrey Todd McSwain, 57, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, he is the son of Brenda Oliver Humphries and her husband Charles of Kings Mountain and the late Tommy McSwain.
In addition to his mother, Todd is survived by his daughter, Ashley McSwain and fiancé Ron Locklear; son, Jeffrey McSwain Jr. and wife Brandi, both of Kings Mountain; sister, Lynn Black of Patterson Springs; brother, Todd Humphries and wife Michele of Boiling Springs; and grandchildren, Peyton and Jak McSwain.  Services will be private to the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Rhonda Cotter

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Rhonda Eileen Cotter, 50, died Wednesday, September 22,2021, at Atrium Health Cleveland after losing her battle with a sudden illness.
She was born in Long Beach, CA to Patricia Pasini and the late Arthur Pasini.
Rhonda was a loving mother and grandmother who was a two-time cancer survivor and a fighter till the end.
In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of 27 years, Robert “Bob” Cotter of the home, sons, James Kimery III and wife Angelique of San Antonio, TX, Ryan Cotter and wife Shiloh of Dayton,OH; daughter, Virginia Huie and husband Jody of Sneads Ferry, NC; grandchildren, Angel Cotter, Kristina Cotter, Caleb Burke, Trinity Chambers, Rhylee Chambers, Taylor Kimery, Delilah Kimery, Evelyn Kimery, Nova Cotter, and Vincent Cotter; Uncle, Clyde Martin and wife Irene; Cousins, Daniel Martin and Stephanie and husband Bryan; stepson, Johnny Cotter and wife Regina; brother in laws, David Cotter, James Cotter, Stephen Cotter and wife Elizabeth, Thomas Cotter and wife Kristy; sister in law, Anna Cotter.
Funeral services were held 1 pm, Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mountain Rest Cemetery. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Barbara Rippy Deese  

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Barbara Rippy Deese, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, entered the gates of Heaven on September 21, 2021 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC.
She was born in Kings Mountain, NC, daughter of the late W.G. Rippy Jr. and Pauline Biddix Rippy and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Warren Deese.
Barbara was a former member of Faith Baptist Church where she served actively, and later attended Central United Methodist Church.
She worked in the cafeteria of Central School where her love of children was evident. Barbara was a very generous person and enjoyed caring for her family and loved ones. Everyone who knew Barbara will dearly miss her independent, spirited, and zestful nature. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, and friend to many. Her love and spirit will never be forgotten.
She is survived by her son: Mark Deese and wife, Lauri, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Michael Rippy and wife Sherry, Kings Mountain, NC; niece: Taylor Rippy, Wilmington, NC;  nephew: Jason Rippy, Mooresville, NC; numerous other loving nieces, nephews, and family members.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Eddie Gray officiating. The family spoke  with attendees immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Johnny Belk

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  Johnny Grayson Belk, 81, died suddenly in Morganton, NC on Friday, September 17,2021. A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Hall and Irene Belk. Johnny retired as a Kings Mountain Police Officer after 20 years of service. He will be greatly missed but we will see him again.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Connie Hamm.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Haynes Belk of 26 years; daughters, Pam West and husband Jimmy, Kathy Clemmer and husband Ray; sons, Jeff Hamm and wife Jody, Rusty Hamm and wife Diane; sister, Annie Mae Propst; grandchildren, Courtney Hamm Clontz and husband Ty, Lea Hamm Crowder and husband Brady, Tyler West, Austin Clemmer, Keiffer Hamm and Kolton Hamm; fishing buddy, Blair Carver and wife Cindy; his beloved cat, Snowball and dogs, Lexie and Rambo.
Funeral services will be held 11 am, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Chestnut Ridge Church with Pastor Greg Neely officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Church.
A private family burial will take place in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Marcia Ware Brinkley 

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA  – Marcia Ware Brinkley, 69, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away September 13, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.
Born October 6, 1951 in Charlotte, NC, Marcia graduated from Kings Mountain High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Erskine College.
She married Clarence Jack Brinkley in 1975, and the two recently celebrated their 46th year of marriage.
She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Franklin L. Ware Jr., and Eddys Latham Ware.
She is survived by her husband, Jack, of Lawrenceville, GA; daughter, Karen Etzkorn and husband Justin, of Knoxville, TN; brothers, Melvin Ware and wife Janet of Blacksburg, SC, and Edwin Ware, of Morganton, NC, as well as four nieces and nephews.
An educator at heart, Marcia taught middle school biology for a number of years in Charleston SC. After Karen’s birth she devoted fifteen years as a stay-at-home mother to Karen. She later worked twenty years for Bass Pro Shops, retiring in 2018.
Marcia was loved by all who knew her; she was best known and will long be remembered for her genuine smile, joyful laugh, and caring heart.
The family received friends beginning at 2:15 on Saturday, September 18, at Boyce Memorial ARP Church in Kings Mountain. The funeral service followed at 3:00 pm in the church Sanctuary officiated by Dr. Rob Patrick. Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
The family is being served by Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain and Byrd and Flanigan Funeral Service of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Memorials may be made to Boyce Memorial ARP Church or charity of your choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Joseph Wayne Todd

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Joseph Wayne Todd, 56, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 16, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Guilford County, NC, son of the late Jerry Donnell Todd Sr. and Marian Johnson Todd and was preceded in death by a brother, Nathan Todd, and a sister, Audrey Wellington. Joe attended Second Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
He was self employed in the home improvement industry for more than twenty years. Joe enjoyed collecting anything old and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was able to bring levity to almost any situation. He loved his job and the people he worked for became family to Joe. Always a social person, Joe never met a stranger and could befriend anyone. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend to many. His guidance and love will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-six years: Susan Ollis Todd, of the home; daughter: Ashley Elizabeth Todd, of the home; brothers: Jerry Donnell Todd Jr., Jay Todd (Renee), Jerome Todd, all of Greensboro, NC and Benjamin Todd of Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Betty Widger, Cross Level, NC, Wendy White (Jon), Greensboro, NC, Jenny Blackford (Ken), Walnut Cove, NC, and Sara Todd (Bud), Greensboro, NC;   numerous nieces and nephews and canine companion: Opie.
Funeral service was held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Second Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Pruitt officiating
Visitation was held on Monday, September 20, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at the church.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Linda Anne Biser Behrens

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Linda Anne Biser Behrens, 80, of Alexandria, VA, passed away on September 13, 2020, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA.
Linda was born in Kings Mountain, NC, on July 11, 1940, to the late Meredith Hill Biser, and Nell Watterson Biser.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Ernest Behrens Jr., and her sister, Meredith Joyce Biser. She is survived by her daughter, Lira Behrens Gallagher, of Silver Spring, MD; and grandchildren, Charles Townsend Davies and Henry Davies.
Linda earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1962, and a B.S. in Biology from George Washington University in 1969.
She worked for several publications, including the Kings Mountain Herald, as well as the Washington Post and the Washington Star. She also served as a teacher at schools in Virginia and North Carolina. She finished her career as an enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Eugene Winfred Land

1929 - 2021
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Rev. Eugene W. Land entered into his Heavenly reward on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina, after a period of declining health. We are sure many special people were at the Pearly Gates to welcome him as the Angels and St. Peter were there, too, as the trumpets sounded.
Gene was born in August, 1929 in Greenville, South Carolina to the late Inez Babb Land and Truluck Land.  He graduated from Parkland High School where he played baseball and football. He decided to serve his country by joining the U.S. Navy in 1947 and served until 1952 during the Korean War. He was particularly proud of serving as a shipmate aboard the U.S.S. Missouri (BB 63). He also served as the Chaplin of the U.S.S. Missouri Association for twenty years.
Upon leaving the Navy, Gene worked in the trucking industry until 1961. He then continued his education at Fruitland Bible Institute where he served as Class President and graduated in 1964 with an Associate’s Degree. Following his call into the ministry, Gene furthered his education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.
Gene’s ministry took him to many places in North Carolina. His first call as a minister was at Sunny Point Baptist Church in Canton, NC where he served for two years. From there, he pastored churches in Mt. Gilead (Hamer Creek Baptist Church), Summerfield (Temple Baptist Church), and two churches in Kings Mountain including Second Baptist Church (27 years) and Eastside Baptist Church (8 years). Gene was invited by the late Rev. Billy Graham to participate as a guest counselor for several of his crusades. He also established the first children’s bus ministry for all races of children in Kings Mountain.
Gene stayed very busy leading 14 groups to the Holy Land in Israel to visit where Christianity had its beginnings. It was on his last trip abroad that he met his wife, June. They shared twenty-two glorious years together.
Gene once said, “that he didn’t have time to retire—that he enjoyed working for the Lord.” And that he did.  Whether it was assisting other Baptist churches with their needs, or preaching revivals around North Carolina and South Carolina.
He also worked with the Southern Baptist Convention and the NC State Baptist Convention serving in many different leadership roles including various committee chairmanships.
 In addition to his wife, June Taylor Land, he is survived by his sons, Kelly Eugene Land of Rutherfordton, NC and Richard Harrison Land of Stanley, NC.  Also left to cherish his memory is his sister, Joy Miller, sister-in-law Tillie Land, nephew Tony Land and wife, Janet, niece and nephew Robin and Terry Pierce, and niece and nephew Regina and Justin Land.  Gene is survived by his brother-in-law, Sid Baker of Reidsville, NC, and sister-in-law, Brenda Baker of Trinity, NC. He is also survived by June’s children including daughter, Laura Smith Scholz (and husband, Mike) of Edina, MN and their daughters, Taylor and Kendall, her son, Michael Vonsmith (and wife, Kristen) of Minnetonka, MN and their daughter, Katherine.
In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by his sister, Wilma Pierce, brother-in-law, Jack Pierce, brother, Bub Land, brother-in-law Bruce Miller, the mother of his children, JoLynn Baker Kuhn, his nephew, Bub, Jr., niece, Sandra Land, and brothers-in-law, Don Baker and Scott Baker.
The family received friends at Harris Funeral Home (108 S. Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC) on Monday, September 13, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Celebration of Gene’s life was held on Tuesday, September 14 at 2:00 pm at Second Baptist Church (120 Linwood Road., Kings Mountain, NC) with interment to follow at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Rev. Eugene Land (Gene) left an indelible mark on our world. He could share the word of our Lord with passion and bring non-believers to the altar to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He was an amazing listener and counselor. He was a Bible scholar and could quote scripture that would be appropriate regardless of the situation or whatever the occasion.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all those who prayed continually for our family and for the exceptional care Gene received from his wonderful health care providers.
Memorials may be made in Reverend Land’s memory to Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, to Eastside Baptist Church at 308 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, to The USS Missouri Memorial Association by mail at PO Box 879, Attention: Development, Aiea, HI 96701, or to the donors choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Charlene Daniel Moore

NEWTON, NC – Charlene Daniel Moore, 86 of Newton, NC, passed away on August 20, 2021 at her residence at Elmcroft Assisted Living. 
Charlene was born on April 4, 1935 to the late Roy and Michael England Daniel in Blairsville, GA.  She was a long-time member of the Spartanburg Seventh Day Adventist Church in Spartanburg, SC.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Daniel Moore, and her brother, Kenneth Daniel
Charlene is survived by her beloved husband, William H. Moore, formerly of Spartanburg, SC, and three children; Earlene (David) Leonard of Kings Mountain, NC, Jim (Barbara) Moore of Spartanburg, SC and Adam (Shawn) Robbins of Newton, NC.  Charlene also has 11 grandchildren; Matthew Leonard, Nicole (Matt) Walters, Alan Robbins, Holly (Quinton) Campbell, Tosha and Jim Moore, Morgana, William and Catherine Moore, Christian (Katie) and Karin Buchmann, 5 great-grandchildren; Gunner, Hunter, and Wynter Moore, and Peter and James Campbell.
Goodin-Drum Funeral Home of Maiden is serving the Moore family.
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Steven Lee Olson

Kings Mountain NC – Steven Lee Olson, a retired Army veteran and resident of Kings Mountain North Carolina died unexpectedly at age 69 on July 21, 2021 of health complications.
Steve was born in Van Nuys California on January 31st 1952 to Donald Olson and Jacqueline Ferris Olson.  Steve spent the happiest times of his childhood with his maternal grandparents Frank and Barbara Ferris. After graduating from high school he joined the Army and spent 6 years serving our country. Steve was a Truck Driver for over 20 years before he followed his passion for cooking and became a Chef. He enjoyed listening to music, scuba diving, surfing, riding motorcycles, flying RC airplanes & helicopters, and driving RC cars. Steve was a tinkerer and could fix or build just about anything he set his mind to.
In his later years Steve mostly enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. At his request Steve did not have a memorial service. His ashes were spread in his favorite rose garden at his home, setting him free as he wished.
Steve is survived by his brother Michael Howard and sister Barbara Olson (both of California), his daughters Dawn Olson Neisler (North Carolina) and Misty Olson Brown (Neveda), his son Steven Lee Olson II (Georgia), 11 grandchildren: Alexander, Avan, and Ashton Fields, Allen Card, Christian and Charlie Olson, Sabrina Olson Hissam, Hezekiah Lubas, Brodie, Riley, and Max Brown, 4 great-grandchildren: Emma and Kayden Hissam, Aiden Olson, and Nik-Khan Naegle.
Anyone wishing to give a memorial in Steve’s memory may do so at woundedwarriorproject.org
Aquamation services provided by Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain  www.claybarnette.com
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Larry Clark

KINGS MOUNTAIN:  Larry Claude Clark,77, left this world suddenly on September 9,2021.
Born in Gaston County, Larry worked at Wix in Gastonia for 40 years before retiring. He was an avid fan of the Carolina Tarheels, Atlanta Braves, and loved NASCAR racing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Mark West. Larry is survived by his wife, Joyce Clark; stepsons, Mike West and wife Kim and Jimmy West and wife Pam all of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Jessica Ramirez, Tyler West, and William Ray West; great grandchildren, Austin West, Katie Ramirez, Alexis Ramirez, and Landon Ramirez.
Funeral services were held at 3pm on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain with the Rev. Don Williams officiating. The received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home and Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Alma Alieen  Allender Husky

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Alma Alieen Allender Husky, age 85, of Kings Mountain passed away on September 3, due to complications after a long battle with COPD at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby.
She married Orous Hayes Husky, Sr. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 23, 1951. He predeceased her in 1992 after 41 years of marriage. She was born to James Thomas Allender and Vera Fay Finger on December 10, 1935, in Embarrass, Wisconsin.
She is survived by her five children: Rachel Parmater (Frank), Rebecca Husky, Orous Husky, Jr., Loretta Cozart (William), and James Husky. One sister, Marion Elizabeth Allender Wood, also survives her.
Grandchildren include Will Parmater (Anna), Katheryn Parmater, Rick Husky (Elizabeth), Raedjio Arrowroot Naro (Yuta), and Laura Cozart. Great Grandchildren are Iris Parmater, Caden Donaldson, Kira Husky, Eli Eaker, Kinsley Husky, Kyrie Husky, August Arrowroot, and Kita Naro. Step-Great Grandchildren include Peyton Harlow and Candice Harlow.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings William Henry Humphrey, Oscar Robert Allender, Dorothy Fredabelle Allender Boone, and Alice Faye Allender McGinnis.
Alma was a loving mother who raised her children in a Christian home. She was a thoughtful and cared for the elderly women of her neighborhood, often styling their hair, especially for those who were homebound. She enjoyed reading books, especially the Bible, including Bible history, and archeology. She also enjoyed taking courses at Cleveland Community College. She loved learning and taught her children prior to their starting school. Alma also loved music, playing the piano and guitar. She came from a musical family and she and her siblings often played music together during family gatherings.
Alma was fond of jewelry and enjoyed watching JTV between episodes of Gun Smoke and The Rifleman. She was particularly fond of pearls. She gave her daughters and granddaughters pearls during their recent visits. Most of all, Alma loved Jesus and was a faithful servant her whole life. She taught her children and grandchildren to read the Bible and to follow God’s word. She was a strong influence on the lives of everyone in her family and she will truly be missed.
Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Barbra Ann Welch Flint

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Barbra Ann Welch Flint, 63, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 1, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Howard Dean Welch Sr. and Helen Proctor Welch and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Steve Flint, and her brother, Paul Allen Welch. Barbra was a dedicated member of Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.
She is survived by her sisters: Wanda Welch Allison (Alford), Kings Mountain, NC, Donna Welch, Kings Mountain, NC, and Terry Welch Burgess (Donnie), Blacksburg, SC; brother: Howard Dean Welch Jr. (Karen), Kings Mountain, NC; numerous nieces and nephews; best friends: Charlene Clark and Frances Beavers; beloved Canine Companion: Buttercup and her feline companions.
The family will hold a Memorial Service on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM at Second Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Pruitt officiating.
The family will speak with attendees immediately following the service in the sanctuary of the church
Memorials may be made to:  Hospice of Gaston County 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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Peggy McGinnis Wells 

SPINDALE, NC– On September 4th 2021, Peggy McGinnis Wells of Spindale, NC transitioned into her eternal resting place. 
Peggy was an only child.  She was born to Carl Maxie and Alma Blalock McGinnis on November 16th 1937 in Kings Mountain, NC.
Peggy’s greatest joy was spending time with family and her church family. Peggy leaves behind her devoted husband of 65 years, Billy Franklin Wells, her son Andy Carl Wells and wife Beth, and Scott Edward Wells all from Spindale, NC.  She leaves two grandchildren, Christopher Matthew Wells, and Sally Elizabeth Smith. Peggy also has five great grandchildren, Hannah, Christopher, and Julia Wells, and Bethanne and Bailey Ray Smith. 
Peggy attended Spencer Baptist Church for 49 years.  She joyfully served on numerous committees and taught the Hannah Sunday School Class.  Along with many others close friends, Van and Susan Shehan, and Bubba, were Peggy’s extended family. 
Some of Peggy’s hobbies included cooking, painting, and art projects.  She loved nature and all its wonders.
Peggy was a dedicated teacher for Rutherford County Schools.  She made a huge impact on her students and encouraged them to continue their educational journey.  Peggy developed an advanced reading program that became statewide.
After retiring from teaching, she was Director of Volunteers at the Rutherford Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Spencer Baptist Church 187 N. Oak St Spindale NC 28160. Online condolences may be made at www.crowemortuary.com
A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday September the 9th at Spencer Baptist Church with Dr. Bruce Caldwell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior in the family life center.
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Dorothy McNeely Capps

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Dorothy McNeely Capps, 78, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 3, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Born in Cleveland, NC, She was daughter of the late Thomas Leroy and Floice Jolley McNeely. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Capps;  brothers, Buren McNeely, Oscar McNeely and sister, Elsie Bridges.
Dorothy was a lifetime member of New Camp Creek Baptist Church, Kings Mtn.   She was full of life and enjoyed time with her family and watching sports.
She is survived by her daughters: Donna Robinson Collier and husband Gregory, Clover, SC; Kimberly Fowler Moore and husband DuJuan, Gastonia, NC; brother: James McNeely, Shelby, NC; sisters: Joyce Welch, Kings Mtn. NC; Myrtle Gilmer and husband Jay, Clover, SC; Lorene Beaver and husband Thomas, Lincolnton, NC; 5 grandchildren: Josh Robinson and wife Brittney, Tori Thomas, Hayden Thompson, Mallory Thomason, Delaney Thompson; 2 great-grandchildren: Carter Robinson and Talulah Mitchell; beloved Niece: Lisa Ramon and husband Joel, Clover, SC; numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at New Camp Creek Baptist Church, Wednesday,  September 8, 2021, 11:00 A.M. (Services are private for family and church members).
Visitation was 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Tuesday evening, at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC.
Interment will be held in New Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina   
Memorials may be made to: New Camp Creek Baptist Church, Building Fund, 863 New Camp Creek Church Road, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Anne Haynes McNeill 

ORANGE PARK, FL– – Anne Haynes McNeill, 65, passed away on August 29, 2021 after contracting COVID-19.
Anne was born in Shelby, NC, to Rev. Wayne and Joyce Haynes. Anne’s loving and generous spirit was topped with the perfect amount of wit and sass. Anne most enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family (with a Pepsi in hand). Anne is best known for providing abundant support and care for her friends and family at all times, for which they loved her fervently in return.
Anne married Lock McNeill on February 28, 2012 and is survived by him; her sisters, Treva Haynes, Patti Tucker and Shea Werner; her nieces Sally Tucker and Hannah Werner; her nephew, Haynes Werner; her brother-in-law, Glenn Werner; her step-grandson, Keegan McNeill and Keegan’s mother, Molly McNeill; her step-daughter Heather Ojeda and Heather’s husband, Thomas Leonard; her step-grandson, Elijah Barfield; and her step-granddaughter, Elianah Ojeda. Anne is preceded in death by her loving parents and her step-son, Jamey McNeill.
Two memorial services will be held in Anne’s honor. A graveside memorial at Russell Haven Funeral Home will be held on September 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST. An outdoor
memorial service will be held on October 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC. Please do not attend either service unless both testing negative for COVID-19 and fully vaccinated. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask for the duration of the services.
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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Gary Burris, II

Kings Mountain, NC – Gary Lynn Burris, II, 50, of Kings Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Atrium-Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
Born in Asheville, NC, he was the husband of Karen Lynn Burris of the home and son of Gary Lynn Burris, Sr. of Chesnee and Trixie Loving Williams of Kings Mountain and stepson of Marsha Burris of Chesnee.
He was a Lieutenant with the Gaffney City Fire Department with 19 years of service, a former Chief and life member with the Grover Rural Volunteer Fire Department, and a fire instructor at Cleveland Community College. He loved his family, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents, is a daughter, Aliza “Gracie” Burris of Kings Mountain, NC; a stepbrother, Chris Willis (Randa) of Marion, NC; two stepsisters, Denita Lynn Wyatt (John) of Marion, NC and Emma Grace Fowler of Chesnee, SC; his parents-in law, Jerry Ervin and Paula Ervin of Mooresboro, NC; a brother-in-law, Chuck Ervin (Tracy) of Dunnellon, FL.   He was preceded in death by his step-father, Jim Williams and his step-mother, Gabra Burris.
Gary lay in state at East Gaffney Baptist Church from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Sunday, September 5, 2021.  Funeral services followed at 3:00 PM at the church with Dr. Dwight Easler officiating.  Interment was in Clingman Memorial Gardens in Blacksburg, SC. Social distancing and masks were requested.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: North Carolina Fallen Firefighter’s Association, P.O. Box 68, Bahama, NC 27503 or South Carolina Firefighter’s Association, “Fallen Firefighter’s”, P.O. Box 211725, Columbia, SC 29210 or to the NRA, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
The family was at respective homes.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhomBlakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC.          
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Monty Renn Thornburg

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Monty Renn Thornburg, 61, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 18, 2021 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Fred Love and Frances Dover Thornburg and was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Thomas and girlfriend, Ina Blanton.
Monty was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer who served as manager of Harris Funeral Home since 2017. He began his funeral service career at Harris Funeral Home in 1998. He was retired from the City of Kings Mountain with over 32 years of service as the Senior Center Director.  He was a 1982 Graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a BS in Psychology and a 2006 honor graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an AS Degree in Funeral Service. Monty viewed the funeral service as a noble profession and a ministry.
Monty was very active in the Kings Mountain community. He was a member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church where he has served as past Treasurer, Deacon and Usher. He also served as Secretary of the Life Enrichment Center Advisory Board and was a former Secretary and past President of the Children’s Homes of Cleveland County Board. He was a Commissioner of the Kings Mountain Housing Authority and served as a Trustee of the Cleveland County Healthcare System.  Always active, Monty also served on the Transportation Association of Cleveland County, member of Rotary, and served many years as a Hospice volunteer. Always an advocate for senior adults, he was a certified Medicare SHIIP Counselor, assisting Medicare and Medicaid recipients with their prescription drug plans and Medicare Supplement insurance.  Monty was a proponent of end of life issues and served with JOURNEY, the End of Life Coalition of Cleveland County.
In June 2015, Monty was honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award.  He was humbled and surprised to be nominated for this award by his funeral service mentor and friend, Ronald Hawkins.
Monty enjoyed cooking, walking, swimming and spending time with his beloved pets: Ella, Bob and Mortie.  Monty was the kindest, warmest and most genuine brother, uncle and friend that a person could know. His friendship, love, kindness and generosity were extended to all that he knew.  Monty will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends, and all who knew him.
He is survived by his sister: Debbie Parker and husband Ray, Stockbridge, GA;  nieces and nephews: Jennifer Evans, Corbin Parker, Todd Thomas, Taylor Evans, Christopher Evans, Alyssa Thomas and Hunter Thomas; numerous cousins, other family and friends and Harris Funeral Home family.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Rev. Tim Whitesides officiated.
Lie in State was 12:00 - 2:00 pm Sunday, August 22, 2021.
Interment was in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to any charity of choice that saves Animal’s lives.  
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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Gary Curtis Hambright

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Gary Curtis Hambright, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on August 19, 2021 at Atrium Health in Shelby, NC after a period of declining health.
Born in Cherokee County SC, He was son of the late Curtis Lee  and Adelia Turner Hambright. 
Gary graduated from Kings Mountain High School where he enjoyed playing for the Mountaineer Baseball Team.  He was also a graduate of Cleveland Community College where he received an Associates Degree in Industrial Engineering. He was a machinist, starting his career at Minette Mills, then working for Fiber industries and retiring from Commercial Intertech. He was of the Christian faith and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Gary enjoyed watching Major League Baseball and the Carolina Panthers football.  He later became a fan of Appalachian Football after his daughters attended and graduated from Appalachian State University.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years: Mary Childers Hambright, Kings Mtn. NC; daughters: Amanda Hambright Houser and husband Danny, Vale, NC; Melissa Hambright, Lincolnton, NC.
Graveside services will be private 
Interment will be 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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Michael Edward Strickland 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Michael Edward Strickland, age 74 resident of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on August 16, 2021 at Wendover Hospice, Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland Co, NC to the late Burley Edward Strickland and Dovie Alberta Putnam Strickland.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Johnny Strickland and first wife Georgia Mae Davidson Strickland.
Michael was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend who enjoyed playing golf and taking care of his children and grandchildren.  
He worked in the textile industry, formerly employed with Duplex International and Westpoint Pepperell and retired from Hanes/SaraLee. He was also partner and owner of Trinity Home Remodeling, Kings Mtn. NC.
He is survived by his wife: Mary Collins Strickland, Kings Mtn. NC; daughter: Sherry Shipton, Kings Mtn. NC; brother: Reid Strickland, Kings Mtn. NC; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held in Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
Visitation was 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Thursday, August 19, 2021 prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Interment was held inMountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Cleveland County, 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.