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Nell “Jean”  (McDaniel) Martin

BELMONT, NC – Nell “Jean” (McDaniel) Martin, 91, of Belmont, passed away on July 25, 2021 at Atrium Health-Cleveland Pines Nursing Center in Shelby, NC.
She was a native of Cherokee County, Blacksburg, SC; lived in Charlotte, NC for 30 years before moving to Belmont, NC.
She was the wife of the late J.P. Martin and the daughter of the late John Harley and Willie Bee (Huskey) McDaniel.
Jean was a member of Durham Memorial Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC for over 60 years where she served in the church nursery, member of the WMU and sang in the church choir. She also did volunteer work in the beauty shop at Huntersville Oaks for over 20 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Regina Martin Lutz and husband, Robert of Kings Mountain, NC; two granddaughters, Maddie and Natalie and her granddog, Mollie; two sisters, Verita Smith and Betty Jo Wylie of Blacksburg, SC; and one brother, Bobby Dean McDaniel of Wellford, SC. She has many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who loved her.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, LeRoy McDaniel and one sister, Lois Wilson.
A Celebration of Jean’s Life will be held August 10, 2021, 11 a.m. at Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 1601 Toddville Road, Charlotte, NC. Visitation  is at 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service. Submit condolences at www.forestlawnwest.com.

Charles Hambright

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Charles Douglas Hambright Jr.,56, died Sunday, July 25, 2021, at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Charles Sr. and Peggy Ramsey Hambright. Charles enjoyed deer hunting, laying out in the sun, going down to the creek and spending time with his friends and family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Lee Hambright. He is survived by his son, Christian Hart Hambright of Kings Mountain; sister, Susan Hambright Dover of Kings Mountain; Christains mother, Gail Hambright; nieces, Tamra Greason and Tory Dover; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm, Sunday, August 1, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain. The family received friends from 2pm-3pm on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the funeral home. Burial followed the service in Clingman Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences can be made at:  www.claybarnette.com
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Robert “Max” Blackburn 

KING MOUNTAIN–  Robert “Max” Blackburn, 92 of Kings Mountain passed away Saturday July 24th.
Graveside services will be Thursday, July 29  at 4 pm in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with arrangements.
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Kay Frances Leftwich

KING MOUNTAIN–  Kay Frances Leftwich, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 18, 2021 at CaroMont Health in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Bud and Frances Moss Huffstetler.
Kay was a former member of Christian Freedom Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling and especially loved cruising. Kay was always on the go and enjoyed crocheting in her spare time. She loved spending time outdoors sitting with her loved ones. Kay enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family, whom she cherished dearly. She was a loving mother, doting grandmother and great grandmother, wonderful sister, and friend to many.
She is survived by her son: Bryan Edmond Leftwich (Amanda), Gastonia, NC; daughter: Ashley Dawn Lovelace (Davie), Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Eddie Huffstetler (Ann), Myrtle Beach, SC and Mott Murphy (Steve), Gaffney, SC; grandchildren: Bradley Lovelace (Haejin), Matthew Lovelace (Lyndsay), Alex Lovelace, and Tucker Leftwich; great-grandchild: Henry Lovelace.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Mike Chambers officiating.
Visitation was held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.    Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Dianne Fite

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Ruby Dianne “Dinky” Fite, 68, died Monday, July 19,2021 at her home.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Durell and Estelle Ware Sanders.
Dianne was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who worked for Kinmont Industries and Curtain Bed and Bath, and was a member of Harvest Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Shirley Schronce, Libby Seagle, and Loretta Sipe.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years David Fite of the home; daughters, Tonia Willard and husband Daniel, Kim Fite, and Angie Kirk and husband Billy; grandchildren, Beth Fite, Cansas Fite-Welch, Gregory Sorrells, Dustin Sorrells, Michael Sorrells, and Ariah Partlow; great-grandchildren, Klowhee Hunt, Khadenze Hunt, Josalyn Jenkins, Vinny Desilva, Kamden Huffstetler, and Josh Welch; sisters, Jane Starnes and husband Bobby, Kathy Lovelace and husband Phil, and Lillian Hendricks.
Funeral service was held at 4 pm, Thursday July 22, 2021, at Harvest Baptist Church of Kings Mountain with Pastor Gary Teague II officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the Church. Burial followed in Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Gaston County. Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences:www.claybarnette.com
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Troy Dewitt “Dee” Guyton

KING MOUNTAIN–  Troy Dewitt Guyton, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late James Russell and Duffy Shelton Guyton and was preceded in death by his brother, Jim Guyton, and two sisters, Pansy Guyton Bell and Naomi Guyton Jones.
In 1952, Dee graduated from Kings Mountain High School, then earned an Associates degree from Gaston College in blueprint drawing while working a full time job and attending school in the evenings.
Dee was a life long member of Second Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Bible teacher, he led children’s church, was a member of the Building, Pulpit, Stewardship, and Personnel committees, sang with the  choir, and many other roles including helping to build the Second Baptist Fellowship Center.
He served honorably in the US Army, first in the Korean Conflict and a second term during the Berlin Crisis. Dee retired from Champion Contractors and was the owner and operator of Guyton Construction for many years.
Always active, and willing to serve others, Dee was a member of several organizations to include, Scottish Rites Oasis Temple, the Fairview Masonic Lodge, president of White Plains Shrine Club, the American Legion, and  a member of the Kings Mountain chapter Gideons International. He also enjoyed coaching American Legion baseball and church softball. An avid sports fan, Dee was honored to serve with the Sports Hall of Fame Committee.
In his spare time, Dee enjoyed hunting, attending ballgames, NASCAR, gardening, and spending time with his beloved family, especially his grandchildren who were the light of his life. He was a loving husband, wonderful father and the best Papa in the world. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the VA home based program-Complete Care-, Cleveland County Hospice, and to a special CNA Pallie Jenkins.
He is survived by his wife of nearly sixty-one years: Delane Parker Guyton, of the home; children: Lanny Dewitt Guyton (Marisa), Jupiter FL, Jill Guyton Nanney (Bryan), Oak Island, NC, and Dawn Guyton  Strasser, Murphy, NC; grandchildren: Charlotte Guyton (Bryan Conner), Troy, NY, Cady Guyton, Charlotte, NC, Scott Dewitt Guyton, Charlotte, NC, Amelia Guyton, Jupiter, FL, Isabella Guyton, Jupiter, FL; sisters-in-law: Joanne Parker, Marshville, NC, and Lorraine Belk, Monroe, NC and loyal K-9 companion: Dior.
The family would like to encourage all attendees to wear a face covering and follow Covid protocols.
The funeral service will be  held on Thursday, July, 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Second Baptist Church with Reverend Dennis Pruitt officiating
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm prior to the service in the sanctuary of the church.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials in Dee’s memory may be made to Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC or to Shriners Hospital for Children Greenville at www.donate.lovetotherescue.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Joy Temple McGinnis

KING MOUNTAIN–  Joy Temple McGinnis, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 24, 2021 at Alexandria Place in Gastonia, NC.  Born December 11, 1937 in Mitchell County, NC.
She was daughter of the late Gus and Jessie Bennett Peterson. She was also preceded in death by her stepmother Pearl Peterson, son Chris Howell, and 2 brothers Ed and C.L. Peterson. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She spent her life as a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband Jim McGinnis; sons: Dean Howell (Brenda) of Kings Mountain, NC; William Howell of Bakersville, NC, and Mike Howell of Gastonia, NC; 7 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
All services will be private.
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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Chuck Howell

KING MOUNTAIN–  Charles David “Chuck” Howell, 68, went to his heavenly home, Saturday, Jul 24, 2021 at his home.
Born in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Charles Avery and Josephine Ledford Howell. He worked for Lithium Corp in Bessemer City and was a member of Pleasant City Church.
Chuck loved his Lord, his church, riding his scooter, taking pictures and recording TV shows to watch at his leisure.  He leave a big vacant hole in the hearts of his brother, Randy and his aunt, Judie.
He is survived by his brother, Randy Howell and wife Angie of Gastonia; and an aunt and like a sister, Judie Barker and husband Ron of Clover, SC.
A memorial service will be held 12pm on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Pleasant City Church, with the Rev. Gary Marburger officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, in the church.  Memorials may be made to Pleasant City Church, 1146 County Home Road, Shelby, NC  28152
Aquamation services are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain
Online condolences:www.claybarnette.com
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Ervin Bolin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ervin J.V. Bolin, age 90, went to be with the Lord on July 16, 2021.  He died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at his home in Kings Mountain.
Larger than life, J.V. (while these were just initials, he coined himself “James Valentino” in his Navy days) lived many places in North and South Carolina. Born in Smyrna, South Carolina on August 25, 1930, he was the oldest of Madison Monroe and Hester Hudson Bolin’s nine children.
Though he moved frequently during his early childhood, Kings Mountain was home. He graduated high school in 1949 from Bethware and joined the Navy shortly afterwards. After enlisting in the Navy, he took a train across the country to San Diego, California for basic training.  From there, he sailed on the U.S.S. J. E. Kyes (DD-787) to serve in the Korean War. He often reminisced of the experiences he had during this time.
After returning from serving in the Navy, J.V. married his high school sweetheart, Florene Chapman (known and loved as “Rene”).  They celebrated their 59th anniversary before Rene’s death on December 15, 2013. They had two boys: Dennis, the creative, and Danny, the athlete.
After a short stint in Charlotte, J.V. and his family built a house (that is now filled to the brim with memories) on the farm where he spent his childhood. J.V. retired in 1990 after spending 40 years with Winn-Dixie. A grocery store man to the end, he always enjoyed perusing produce departments. Over the past year, he did this with the love and support of his former “price changer” and current daughter-in-law, Leslie Bolin. An avid farmer, he was proud of his Black Angus cows and summer garden. A rabid sports fan, he pulled for the Atlanta Braves (as well as every team that boasted one of his grandchildren as a player).
A saved man, he was a life-long member and attendee of David Baptist Church. A storyteller, he loved sharing his past with any willing audience. A child at heart, J.V. loved traveling, music, and a good hound dog.  As a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather he was proud of his family.
J.V. is survived by his eight younger siblings: Max Bolin (and wife Joyce), Hazel Wilson, “Lib” Gault, Faye Brock, “Pat” Cover, “Becky” Dye, Joyce Shuford (and husband “Buzz”), and Bob Bolin (and wife Jean); his sons and their wives: Dennis Bolin and wife Leslie, and Danny Bolin and wife Melany; his grandchildren: Christina (“Crissy”) Huitt and husband Justin, Adam Bolin and wife Sarah, Drew Bolin and wife Soma, Courtney Bolin and husband William Gabler, McKenzie Phillips and husband Dustin, Noah Bolin, Zac Bolin, Zoie Bolin, Daniel Bolin, and David Bolin; his great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Gideon, and Maddie-Grace (the children of Justin and Crissy Huitt); Gracee, Abbee, and Chloee (the children of Adam and Sarah Bolin), and Bree and Harper (the children of Dustin and McKenzie Phillips). The family wishes to thank the many friends and loved ones who called, visited, and loved J.V. over the past few years. especially those who kept in touch throughout the pandemic.
The funeral will be held at David Baptist Church in Kings Mountain on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Brian Taule officiating. Visitation will be before the funeral from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. at the church. He will be interred at the David Baptist Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to David Baptist Church Missions Fund, 2300 David Baptist Church Road, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086 or Tri-County Animal Rescue, P O Box 483, Alexis, NC 28006.
Arrangements are with Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain.
Condolences may be made online at www.harrisfunerals.com.
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Louise Dover

KING MOUNTAIN, NC – Helen “Louise” Lovelace Dover, 88, of Kings Mountain, NC and long-time resident of Baker Street, passed from her earthly home to her Heavenly home at 4:15pm on July 14, 2021, at Peak Resources of Cherryville.
She was born on April 20,1933 to the late Geneva Putnam Lovelace and Alonzo Lovelace. She is preceded in death by her late husband Paul Mitchell Dover; sons, Steven and Ronald Dover; and daughter, Katheryn Jackson.
Louise was a dedicated member or Royal Praise Ministries in Kings Mountain. Everyone that knew her called her Mama Dover or MawMaw. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
Louise lived to see five generations and is survived by two daughter: Teresa D. Jackson and husband, Bishop Brady Jackson of Kings Mountain, and Kimberly Smith and husband Jamey Sr. of Blacksburg, SC; grandchildren, Crystal Wingender and husband Phil, Timothy Jackson and wife Hope, David Jackson, Melissa Jackson, Brady Jackson Jr. and wife Teresa Lynn, Nikki Nolen and husband Alex, Jamey Smith Jr., and Matthew Smith; great grandchildren, Alex, Travis, Tyler, Anthony, Kaylee, Caleb, Elijah, Maddy, and Dessa; great-great granddaughter, Brynlee.
Funeral services were held 11 am, Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Kings Mountain. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed in Bethany ARP Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com

Catherine Joan Burroughs Gore

KING MOUNTAIN, NC – Catherine Joan Burroughs Gore, 87, died Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Atrium Health Cleveland.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Jett and Ada Seagrazes Burroughs.
Joan was a hard working woman who worked in the textile industry, at White Oak Manor of Kings Mountain, and at CVS pharmacy.  She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Gore; son, Mark Harmon; brothers, Joe and Jack Burroughs; sisters, Myra Watterson, Mauline Burroughs, and Betty Burroughs Herndon.
She is survived by her son, Norman Harmon; daughter, Lisa Harmon Ryals and husband Jerry of Texas; stepchildren, Keith Gore and wife Terry of GA, Carson Gore of Kings Mountain, and Kay Gore Lee of GA; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 2pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Mountain Rest Cemetery of Kings Mountain with the Rev. Brian Taule officiating. The family received friends following the service at the graveside.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Manuel Bell

SHELBY, NC – Manuel Edward Bell, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home in Kings Mountain. Born in Cleveland County on October 9, 1934 he was the son of the late Jonas Edward Bell and wife Ethel Hullender Bell. Manuel was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and was an avid farmer and had quite the green thumb. He also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a flight mechanic on B-52’s and C-130’s He was a man that loved his whole family deeply, and his grandchildren were the highlight of his world.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.
Manuel is survived by his wife of 51 years Rosie Cook Bell of the home, Manuel Edward Bell Jr. (Tammy), Cheryl Thrift (Michael), Michael Bell (Amy), Deb Swayney (Buddy), Shelia Wilson, Belinda Mikkelson (Gary), Kim Conley (Jim) and Sandy Alne (Marty), one sister, Fern Crawford, a special grandson, Jonas Edward Bell; along with 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
 A memorial service with full Military Honors were held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 9, 2021 with Rev. Jim Brackett and Rev. Pat Andrews officiating in the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory. The family welcomed friends to visit them at their home.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Ralph Gary Sarvis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ralph Gary Sarvis, 88 of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 3rd, 2021 at Courtland Terrace in Gastonia, NC. Born in Gastonia, NC, he was the youngest child of the late Kelly Reid Sarvis and Arra Grice Sarvis.  With the help of his wife Frances Sarvis, they raised three sons.  Gary was retired from the Gastonia Gazette where he rose from delivering newspapers on his bicycle as a teenager to the pressman who printed the newspaper.  He faithfully attended First Wesleyan Church in Kings Mountain, NC and was a loving father, brother, grandpa and friend.
He was preceded in death by a son, Darren Reid Sarvis; 2 brothers, Charles Sarvis and Buford Sarvis; and 3 sisters, Katherine Cole, Margaret Killian, and Jean Cox.
The family would like express their warmest gratitude to those who helped care and protect Gary in his later years in life.
He is survived by 2 Sons: Dana Wayne Sarvis and wife Chris, La Quinta, CA and Adrian Dean Sarvis and wife Carrie, Garner, NC.; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM, Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, NC with Rev. Don Williams officiating.
Visitation was at 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
Internment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, 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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Lillian Ann Smith Bryant 

SHELBY, NC – Lillian Ann Smith Bryant, 73, of Shelby, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Hospice at Wendover, Shelby.
Born in Catawba County, on June 19, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Turley Farrow Smith and Ella Mae Mellon Smith.
She was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Royster Avenue Church of God. 
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Tony Sutherland; three brothers, Tom, James, and Robert Smith; and six sisters, Betty Strange, Lucille Barns, Elizabeth Davis, Lula Huffman, Helen Swink, and Clara Smith.
She is survived by her two sons, Brian Sutherland and wife, Cheryl and Steven Sutherland and wife, Lori all of Kings Mountain; three daughters, Sheila Ray and husband, Jeff of Shelby, Debra McKee and husband, Scott of Shelby, and Kimberly Sutherland of Gaffney; two sisters, Norma Gedeist and Carolyn Wright and husband, Hubert all of Fallston; seventeen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 9 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home, Fallston.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021 at noon at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Shores officiating.
The burial will follow the service in the Rose Hill Memorial Park.
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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Betty Brackett Falls

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Brackett Falls, 91, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 29, 2021 at Atrium Kings Mountain.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Haskell and Nettie Jenkins Wilson and was preceded in death by her first husband, Rob Brackett and her second husband, James J. Falls. Betty was also preceded in death by her stepson, Dennis James Falls, a brother, Lowery Wilson, and her sister, Margie Hord.
She retired from Burlington Industries after more than forty years of dedicated service in the textile industry.
Betty was a longtime member of Eastside Baptist Church where she and James were very active.
She enjoyed traveling and loved going on bus tours. Always a social person, Betty never met a stranger and could entertain people for hours with her stories. She loved to play the piano, shopping, working word search puzzles, and completing coloring projects. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Betty possessed a kind and loving spirit that will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her daughter: Jean Falls Moore (Rick), Kings Mountain, NC;  daughter-in-law: Teresa Falls, Bessemer City, NC; grandchildren: Tim Moore, Kings Mountain, NC, Karla M. Drennan (Randy), Kings Mountain, NC, Kandas Broome (Matthew), Waxhaw, NC, and Russell Falls (Jennifer), Bessemer City, NC; great-grandchildren: McRae and Wilson Moore, Sarah and Lily Drennan, MaKayla and Morgan Broome, and Dylan Falls; great-great grandchild: Lincoln Viele; brother: Gary Wilson, Knoxville, TN; sister-in-law and dearest friend: Betty Roper, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Eastside Baptist Church with Reverend Ron Caulder officiating.
Visitation was Thursday, July 1, 2021 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.
Memorials in Betty’s memory may be made to Eastside Baptist Church at 308 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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Sherry Jean Short

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Sherry Chaney Short, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 18, 2021 at Atrium Health Cabarrus in Concord, NC.
She was born on August 10, 1937 in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Reverend Robert Lattie and Winnie Moss Chaney and was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Loyd Short, by four brothers, Grady Lee, Robert Howard, Johnny Lee and Jack Chaney and six sisters, Lucille Chaney Gladden, Loretta Chaney, Peggy Chaney, Martha Sue Rhea, Edith Chaney Millwood, and Doretha “Sis” Chaney. She was also preceded in death by her son, Mark Short.
Sherry worked with her sisters who owned and operated Peggy’s Restaurant of Kings Mountain for twenty-five years where patrons could enjoy old fashioned home cooking and where many became like family.
She was a lifetime member of Second Baptist Church where her father served as minister. While she enjoyed movies and television, from cop shows to horror movies, what brought her the most joy in life was her family, especially her grandchildren on whom she doted.
She is survived by her son, Chris Short and his wife Lynn of Kings Mountain, and her grandchildren, Chad Short, Tyler Short, Brandy Short, Brett Short, Craig Short, Stephanie Broome, and Amanda Willis, all of Kings Mountain, and Casey Short and his wife Victoria of Tarboro, NC. She is also survived by her 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Casey Short officiating.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
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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Marjorie Allen White

GROVER, NC – Marjorie Allen White, 82, of Grover, NC, passed away on June 10, 2021 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Paul E. and Elsie White Allen.
Marjorie was a life long member of First Baptist Church in Grover where she served faithfully.
She was a successful entrepreneur and business woman. During her lifetime, Marjorie owned and operated several businesses and may be best remembered for Grandpa’s store. She was an avid animal lover and adored her many pets throughout the years. Always active, Marjorie loved spending time outdoors in her flower gardens, renovating her beautiful home and lawn, and spending time with her loving family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend whose passing will be mourned by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her daughters: Desiree A. White and husband Bruce Rogers, St. Louis, MO, and Bridgette White, Grover, NC;  grandchildren: Desiree White, Grover, NC and Sophia Rogers, St. Louis, MO; sister: Jean Allen Jones and husband, Lyman, Shelby, NC; husband of twenty-five years and lifelong best friend: Leary White, Grover, NC.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Grover, with Reverend Scott Kierstead officiating.
Visitation was held on  Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at First Baptist Church
Internment 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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Larry E. Cline

Griffin, Georgia  – Larry E. Cline, age 77, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at his home in Griffin, GA.
Larry was born in Kings Mountain, NC on July 19, 1943. He is preceded in death by his father, Ray W. Cline and his mother, Elizabeth Huffstickler Cline. He was also preceded by a sister, Joyce Cline Howell, and his brothers, Ray Carroll Cline and Ralph D. Cline.
Larry was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the US Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. He retired from the Georgia National Guard as a jet engine mechanic. Larry Loved collecting guns and was an avid reader.
Larry is survived by his wife, Katherine Glass Cline; daughter, Lashelle Ward and husband Michael; son, Lee Coe and wife Amy; his sisters, Peggy Cline Wells and Dixie Cline Blanton, both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Brittany Patterson (Spencer), Dakota Ward (Vickey Lacey), Bethany Flournoy, Logan Coe, Jaxon Coe; great-grandchildren: Ezra and Atlas Patterson. brother-in-lawRay Howell; sisters-in-law: Doris Cline and Franna Cline and  several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Connor-Woodbury Funeral Home in Griffin GA.
Interment was held at 10:30 AM at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
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Thomas Dwight “Tommy”  Ledford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Interment will be held in Grover City Cemetery, Grover, NC    


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

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

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

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

(April 14, 2021 Issue)

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

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

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

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

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

(April 7, 2021 Issue)

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

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

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

 Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery    

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

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

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

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

(March 24, 2021 Issue)

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

(March 17, 2021 Issue)

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

(March 11, 2021 Issue)

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

(March 11, 2021 Issue)

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

(March 3, 2021 Issue)

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

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

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

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

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

(February 24, 2021 Issue)

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

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

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

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

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

(February 17, 2021 Issue)

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

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

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