Szymborski

Mary M.  Szymborski

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Mary Martha Mathis Szymborski, age 92, passed away on February 6, 2021 at Wendover Hospice.
Born in Greenville, SC on May 5, 1928, Mary was the daughter of the late Thomas William Mathis, Sr. and Mattie Hughes Smith Mathis. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Paul E. Szymborski Sr. on October 31, 2009; by her sister Eileen M Armstrong and her brothers, T.W. Mathis, Jr., Sam Milton Mathis, and Andrew Mathis.
Mary is survived by her sons and daughter-in-laws, Paul Jr. and Jane Szymborski of Shelby and Tom and Patti Szymborski of Durham along with her loving grandchildren Charlie Szymborski (Samantha Leonard) of Davidson, NC, Tracy Szymborski (Michael Shope) of Boiling Springs, NC, and three great grandsons, David and Will Szymborski, Cooper Shope. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Frances Mathis of Liberty SC, Lyda Mathis of Landrum SC, and many nieces and nephews; and by her very dear friend Jean Miller.
The family would like to thank the staff of Helping Hands, especially Tammy Donaldson, Shanti Jadoobir, Emily Rountree, Ruth Bagwell and Carol Staie and Cleveland County Hospice.
Graveside services were held on Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Sunset Cemetery, 412 Sumter Street, Shelby, NC officiated by The Reverend Father Michael Kottar Celebrant. Due to the pandemic, please practice safe distancing and wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Mary Help of Christians Parish, 818 McGowan Road, Shelby NC 28150 or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Cecil M Burton Funeral Home & Crematory.

 
Archer

Michael Walter Archer

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Michael Walter Archer, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 5, 2021 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
Born in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Preston Archer and Margie McEntyre. He was also preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Bradley.
Michael was retired from the United States Air Force with 20 years of service. He served in the Gulf War during Desert Storm.
He was an active member of David Baptist Church. He loved grilling and smoking food. Being a Papaw was something he loved immensely. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kathy Galloway Archer, Kings Mountain, NC; son: Jeffery Allen Archer and wife
Felicia, Virginia; daughter: Heather Archer Head and husband Kimber, Clover, SC; sister: Elaine Archer Price and husband Donald, Bessemer City, NC; and 5 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 3:00 PM at David Baptist Church with Rev. Brian Taule officiating.
Family will speak to friends following the service. Due to the COVID Pandemic, all visitors are ask to wear masks and practice social distancing.  
Memorials may be made to David Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 David Baptist Church Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Wheat

Brenda Wheat

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Gaffney, SC –   Brenda Kay Lemons Wheat, 77, of 521 W. Montgomery Street, Apt. 29, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
 Born in Shelby, NC, she was the widow of the late Roger Wheat and daughter of the late Benjamin Elzie Lemons and Sudie Bailey Lemons.  She retired from Norma’s Truck Stop after 35 years of service, was a wonderful Mama and Grandma, loved shopping at Hamrick’s and Buford Street Auction, and was a member of Open Door Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Eric Wheat (Viva) and David Wheat, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Sharon Davidson and Tammy Scruggs (Johnny), both of Gaffney; a sister, Kim Yarbro (Jeff) of Kings Mountain, NC; eight grandchildren, Shannon Coffey (Jason), Ken Koonce (Joanne), Leigh Wheat, Wayne Matthews (Skye), Larry Terwilliger (Jada), Erika Wyatt (Michael), Faith Wheat and Kayce Gamble; four great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Lemons, Larry Lemons and Floyd Lemons and three sisters, Lucille Lemons, Joyce Gardner and Elizabeth Carpenter.
No services are scheduled at this time.
The family will be at the home of Johnny and Tammy Scruggs, 161 Charles Hayes Road, Gaffney, SC 29340.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, SC is serving the family.
Whitaker

Louise Gantt Whitaker 

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC  – On January 27, 2021 Louise Gantt Whitaker made her long-awaited arrival into the gates of Heaven.  She was no doubt greeted by her loving husband of 48 years, Harvey Whitaker along with many family members.
She was born to Lona Gantt and Drew Gantt on May 22, 1940. She was the youngest and the last survivor of 15 siblings.  Louise worked in textiles most of her life and retired from Clyde A Short Co. in Shelby, NC.
She was predeceased by her brothers Jack, Bob, Russell, David, Jimmy, Ike, Thurman (Giz) and Clarence Gantt; sisters Ellen Gantt, Blanche Edes, Rosie Canipe, Geneva (Sug) Freeman, Ruby Tate, and Juanita Keene. As well as her precious granddaughter, Danyelle Whitaker.
Left to treasure her memory are her children Mike and wife Tammy Knox Whitaker, Timmy and wife Lisa Tignor Whitaker,  Randy and wife Krista Smith Whitaker. Grandchildren: Sabrina Gabriele, TJ Whitaker (Lindsay), Mikey Whitaker, TiAnna Whitaker (Andre Barden), Kaitlin Renfroe (Trevor), Calebb Whitaker, Elijah Whitaker (Amber Mathis), and Ryan Whitaker (Jana McCurry) and ten great-grandchildren, Ethan, Dallas, Keelie, Kaydance, Alexis, Isabella, Levi, Elsie, Kyan, and Tate as well numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Greene’s Funeral Services, West Chapel is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Hospice of Cleveland County.
Deal

Elizabeth Anne Deal

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC  – Elizabeth F. Deal (Betty Anne), 91 years of age, passed away February 1, 2021, at Summit Place of Kings Mountain.
 She was born in Neenah, Wisconsin,  daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. C.E. Fritz, and was preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Deal, brothers Charles Joseph Fritz, W.Richard Fritz Sr., R. Douglas Fritz, and sister Alice Fritz Riley. Betty Anne was educated in the public schools of Wisconsin, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
She was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University, and it was there that she met and married her beloved husband, Donald J. Deal.  They enjoyed 68 years of marriage together until Donald’s death in 2019.
Betty Anne had a beautiful alto voice and was an accomplished church organist.  She served several churches as organist over the years, including Resurrection Lutheran Church  in Kings Mountain , which she served for 25 years.
Betty Anne was an avid reader  and excellent cook. Before her retirement, she was employed by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, after several years of teaching in the Gaston County Schools.   She and Donald enjoyed traveling together throughout the United States and Europe during their retirement years.  Betty Anne is survived by her two sons,  Joseph Deal of San Francisco, CA, and John Deal of Kings Mountain.
A graveside service will be conducted at  Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 11:00 am with Rev. Mike Varn officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle, Kings Mountain, NC,  or to the Donor’s choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Greene

Carl Greene Jr.

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Carl Greene Jr, 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 27, 2021. He drew his last breath on earth while being held by his beloved wife, Natalie Lysek Greene and holding the hand of his youngest son, Paul. There is no doubt that he passed into the presence of Jesus who said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
He is preceded in death by his step-father, James Snyder, and mother, Gladys Watts Snyder, sisters Mary Helen Sales and Betty Jean Brooks.
Mr. Greene leaves behind his two sons, Carl James Greene and Paul Greene (Sandy), and three grandchildren, Madeline Sholtz (Dakota), Nola, and Benjamin, as well as, two great-grandchildren Ava and Alexander. He also leaves behind his sister JoAnn Walker and several nieces and nephews.
Carl was devoted to the love of his life Natalie for 56 years. On February 9, the couple would have celebrated 57 years of marriage. The two loved spending time with friends, family and their community. Going to car shows was of special interest to the couple. Carl enjoyed being a founding member of the car club, Mountaineer Cruisers.
Carl was a member of Family Worship Center Church of God in Kings Mountain. Carl and Natalie served as leaders of the “Young At Heart” Ministry at their church from 1997 to 2002. From 1997 to 1999, Carl humbly served on the President’s Advisory Council for East Coast Bible College.
He was the owner of J&C Machine Shop, from which he retired. In his younger days, he served as Chef of the Volunteer Kings Mtn. Fire Department. In his spare time, Carl greatly enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family. He was a hard worker and loved his family deeply.
His grandchildren held a special place in his heart and they never questioned his love for them. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service was held at 3 pm on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Jones

Betty Putnam Jones

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Betty Putnam Jones, 91, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Testa Family Hospice of Kings Mountain. A native of Cleveland County she was the daughter of the late Wayne and Lala Wright Putnam.
Betty was a kind and gentle person who loved to cook and feed others.  She made a career of feeding at least 2 generations of young students who attended the Kings Mountain Middle School, retiring after 21 years of service.
As a lifelong member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church, Betty continued to serve others by participating on the Bereavement Committee, nurturing and loving others during their time of need.  Betty was a dedicated student of the Gospel and shared her faith by example.  Betty dearly loved her church and the Lord serving both well throughout her life.
Betty gathered her family for holiday and birthday celebrations which often involved the family’s favorite treat, Irish Potato Candy.  Betty loved to fill the hearts and stomachs of those she loved.   It made Betty smile with endearing satisfaction to hear her children and grand-children discuss dividing up the Christmas candies to take home for later.
Betty’s sense of family was also shown in her great love for her siblings and late husband and love of her life, Homer Jones all of whom she was eager to see in Heaven.  While Betty will be sorely missed by those she leaves behind, as it is said in 1 Corinthians 13:8, Love never dies. The love Betty freely gave will live on.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Jones; five brothers; and one sister.
She is survived by her sons, Bruce Jones and wife Heidi and Kevin Jones and wife Toni, all of Kings Mountain; daughter, Lynn Tindall of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Anissa Fleming and husband Todd, Amanda Hall and husband Monte, Jason Crawford and wife Summer, Emily Perry and husband Steve, Leistey Tindall, David Crawford, Tyler Jones, Graham Jones and Lachlan Jones; great grandchildren, Alex, Erin and husband Ryan, Andrew and wife Hannah, Blake, Daniel, Isaiah, Nicholas, Callie, Laney, and Briggs; great-great grandchildren, Paige, Joshua and a baby girl due in March.
A private family service will take place at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Of Cleveland County,  951 Wendover Heights Dr, Shelby, NC 28150.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home and Aquamation of Kings Mountain, Claybarnette.com .
Bagwell

David Brent Bagwell

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – David Brent Bagwell, 51, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 27th, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Jerry David “Danny” Bagwell and Ruth Clippard Bagwell.
Brent was a long-time member and Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain. Brent attended North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing Education and a Minor in Business Management. While he was at NC State, he was a member of the Wolfpack football team. After his playing career came to an end, he started a career in coaching and became a graduate assistant football coach at NC State, and TCU. He then went on to coach at Newberry College, Virginia Military Institute, and Lenoir-Rhyne University. He also coached football at North Gaston, and Kings Mountain High Schools helping lead North Gaston to the State Championship game in 2007.
Always active in sports and his children’s lives, Brent coached his sons and daughter in many sports including baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball for many years. Throughout his life he coached many other young men where he played a vital role in developing them on and off of the field.
Brent was employed with Mohawk Industries as Senior Vice President of the Builder/Multifamily division. Brent enjoyed serving the community and did it in many ways including serving on the board at the Kings Mountain YMCA and the Kings Mountain Country Club. Brent was also a leader within his church. One of his greatest honors was being inducted into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Brent was a wonderful provider for his family and a devoted and loving husband, father, son and brother. His contributions to the community and his family will be missed greatly.
He is survived by his wife of twenty-six years: Shannon Smith Bagwell, of the home; sons: Daniel Edmond Bagwell and David James Bagwell, both of Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Paige Bren Bagwell, Kings Mountain, NC; mother: Ruth Clippard Bagwell, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Stephen Kale Bagwell, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters-in-law: Sonya Smith Crawford (Ronald), Boiling Springs, NC and Miranda Shea Smith, Kings Mountain, NC; uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends and co-workers that he also considered family.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11:00 am at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain PO Box 1188 Kings Mountain, NC 28086 and the Kings Mountain Touchdown Club PO Box 2017 Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
The family requested that all in attendance wear a face covering and practice social distancing during the service.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Bphotosweb

Phillip Ray Barrett 

(January 27, 2021 Issue)

ROCK HILL, SC – Phillip Ray Barrett, 74, of Rock Hill, SC, passed away on January 18, 2021 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, SC. He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Charles Van Buren and Biddie Gladden Barrett. Ray worked as an insurance agent for more than twenty-five years before beginning a second career as a truck driver, driving for Walmart Transportation for thirteen years. Ray was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing golf in his spare time. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ray’s kindness and love will be missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years: Rebecca Payne Barrett, of the home; children: Jeff Barrett of Rock Hill, SC and Beth Barrett Kane and husband Rob of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren: Kala Barrett, Charleston, SC, Anissa O’Brien, Myrtle Beach, SC, Olivia O’Brien, Myrtle Beach, SC and Sadie Kane, Myrtle Beach, SC; sister: Rita Barrett Lawing and husband Doug, Kings Mountain, NC.
The family will hold a private service at a later date.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Wellmon

Diane Wellmon
 

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Janice “Diane” Goins Wellmon, 75, died Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Peak Resources of Cherryville.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Boyce “Dutch” and Rosaleen Hudson Goins.
Diane was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed watching television and doing word search books.
The family would like to thank Peak Resources for all they have done for Diane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her six brothers and sisters, Emogene Brown, Maxine Flowers, Barbara Burton, Boyce Goins Jr., John “Jake” Goins, and Mike Goins.
She is survived by her special friend, Charlie McDonald of Kings Mountain; daughters: Candi Bumgardner and husband Matt of Kings Mountain and Jessica Wellmon of Lincolnton; sister, Karen Moss of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Kayla White, Justin Chapman, Zach White and Jada Bumgardner.
A graveside service will take place at 2 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Mountain Rest Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Stroup officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.w
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Mcmmurry

Phillip Mitchell McMurry

(January 21, 2021 Issue)

Shelby, NC –  Phillip Mitchell McMurry, age 80 of Shelby, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Wanda Ligon McMurry of the home, two daughters, Lynn McMurry Potter (Jerry) of New Bern, NC, and Stacy McMurry Thomas of Shelby, NC, four grandchildren, Megan Potter Tilley (Steve) of Duraham, NC, Logan Gray Potter (Emily) of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Marley Kendall Potter of Shelby, NC, and Garrett Mitchell Thomas of Tampa, FL, a great grandson, Caleb Lewis Tilley of Duraham, NC, and a cousin, Gail White.
Born January 18, 1940 in Cleveland County, NC, Phillip was the son of the late Martin and Claudia McMurry Whisnant.  Phillip was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  He loved listening to country music and attending Nascar races.  Phillip enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, long walks, and visiting “Big Sky Montona”.
A private graveside service will be held at Cleveland Memorial Park on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 conducted by Kelly Young.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Don Gibson Theater, P.O. Box 105, Shelby NC. 28150.
To sign the guest book, please go to www.clevelandfuneralservices.com
A service of Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory, Inc.
 
Wyatt

Beverly Herndon Wyatt

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

Beverly Herndon Wyatt, 75, of Jamestown, NC, formerly of Kings Mountain, passed away on January 5, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, the only child of the late Broadus Pinkney and Emily Ashe Herndon.
She was also preceded in death by two loving puppies, Daisy and Dixie. Beverly enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, growing beautiful flowers and cheering on the ECU Pirates. She lived her life wholly dedicated to her family and the people she loved. Beverly loved animals, especially her beloved puppies, Bonny Blue and Gracie Lee. She was a wonderful wife to Allen, loving mother to her children, Kimberly, Allen, and James and a doting grandmother to her grandson, Andrew. Beverly’s generosity, love, and compassion will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, James Allen Wyatt, of the home; daughter: Kimberly Wyatt Sepich and husband Bryan, Youngsville, NC; sons: Allen William Wyatt and wife Lori, Guyton, GA and James Broadus Wyatt, Jamestown, NC; grandson: Andrew James Wyatt, Guyton, GA.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiated.
The family spoke with attendees following the service at the cemetery.
Interment was held in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.      
Memorial may be made in Beverly’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Hammitt

Glen Hammitt Sr.

(January 13, 2021 Issue)

Glen Weldon Hammitt Sr. passed away Tuesday December 1st at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, NC after a recent fall at his home and an illness.
He was the eldest child of James and Virginia (Haviland) Hammitt and was born in Muncie, Indiana on November 3rd, 1937. His family moved to Chardon, Ohio during his high school years and he resided there until 2006.
He met his wife of 59 years Nancy Dryer in Chardon and she predeceased him in 2015. He leaves his son Glen Hammitt Jr. and his wife Audette of Shrewsbury, MA; his grandchildren Corina Allgood and her husband Josh of Biloxi, Mississippi, Glen Hammitt III of California, Sean Hammitt of Shrewsbury and two great grandchildren Jace and Elizabeth Grace of MS. He also leaves his brother Richard Hammitt and his wife Patrice of Kings Mountain, NC, sister-in-law Alberta Varat of Middlefield, OH. He had a special bond with his cousin Sandra of Missouri and was well loved by his other cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and his wife he was predeceased by his sister Janice in 2002.
Glen worked many years in the rubber manufacturing industry and worked at Chardon High school prior to his retirement. In his younger years he enjoyed playing softball, camping, fishing and hunting with friends and relatives, as well as vegetable gardening with his wife.
When their son was growing up, he enjoyed family vacations and following his son’s high school sporting events. Glen and Nancy also helped care for Corina and Glen III when their son was in the U.S. Navy.
He and his wife moved to Kings Mountain, NC in 2006 to escape the cold of Ohio and to be close to his mother and brother. He enjoyed the warm weather and meeting new friends.
Glen will be remembered by his family and friends for his strong sense of independence, his loyalty, thoughtfulness and generosity. We will miss him every day.
His family has entrusted Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain, NC with his arrangements. Services will be private.
Flint

Charles Stephen Flint

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Charles Stephen Flint, age 61, of Kings Mountain, NC, formerly of  Stanaford, WV passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the home of his  mother in Stanaford, WV.
Born on July 2, 1959 in Charleston, he was the son of Betty  Lane-Maynor of Stanaford, WV, and Charles L. Flint and the step son of Dreama  Flint of Oak Hill, WV.
He was a disabled fabricator and welder, and had lived in Kings  Mountain, NC for nearly twenty years.
Steve as he was known by family and friends, enjoyed watching  sports, and loved gardening, hunting and fishing.   He also loved taking care of  his animals.
Surviving other than his mother and father, include his wife  Barbra Flint of Kings Mountain; two daughters, Stephanie Flint and Amy Meador  of Daniels, WV; five grandchildren. A sister, Julie Callahan of Charlotte, NC.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January16th at 2pm at Second Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
Private online condolences, and other expressions of sympathy  may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha  Street, Beckley, WV.
Lackey

Miriam Angela Lackey

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Miriam Angela Lackey, 71, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Atrium Health in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cabarrus County, NC, daughter of the late Reverend Dr. Jacob L. and Helen Lucille Safrit Lackey of Charlotte.
Miriam was a loving mother, grandmother, friend and mentor to many. She graduated from East Mecklenburg High School and Gardner Webb University. Miriam had a love of history and genealogy and authored a book which she creatively titled “ A Harvest of Oates”, which chronicled her family’s history. She was employed through the years by various social service agencies as a drug and alcohol counselor and loved her interaction with her clients.
She is survived by her daughters: Angela O’Neal (Brad) of Elgin, SC, Rebecca Hayes (Scott) of Kings Mountain, NC and Katherine Hernandez (Carlos) of Columbia, MO; grandchildren: Mike Lovett Jr., Beth and Stephanie Lovett, Aiden and Alex Hayes, Donna, Brenda, Sandra, Allison, Kailynn and Adalynn Hernandez; sister: Gloria Melton (George) of Charlotte, NC.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM at St. Luke’s Cemetery with Pastor Joshua Morgan officiating.
Visitation was held on  Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was held at St. Luke’s Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.      
Memorials may be made to: Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council at 407 West Warren Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Ladd

Kathie Camp Ladd

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kathie Camp Ladd, 66, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on December 29, 2020 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late James Pinkney and Margie Barkley Camp and was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Jordan. Kathie was a member of First Wesleyan Church in Kings Mountain where she loved singing in the choir. Her dedication to her Lord was unmatched and she was able to show His love everyday through her interactions with family and friends.
Kathie worked in customer service with Farm Bureau Insurance for more than twenty years. In her spare time, Kathie enjoyed attending drag races, car shows and riding motorcycles with her loving husband, Ronald. More than anything, Kathie was a doting grandmother and loved spending time with her treasured granddaughter, Cosette. Her spirit, kindness, and love will be missed tremendously by her family, many friends, and the community.
She is survived by her husband of forty-eight years: Ronald Ladd, of the home; son: Brian Ladd (Mara Howard-Williams), Durham, NC; grandchild: Cosette Ladd; sister: Teresia Ladd and husband Darrell, Kings Mountain, NC; nephews: Jamie Ladd (Beth Drake) and Kevin Ladd and wife Anita, all of Kings Mountain; niece: Laura Jordan, Kings Mountain; great nieces and nephews: Courtney Hamm, Lea Crowder, Parker, Peyton, Caitlyn, and Alston Ladd; special son: Rick Dixon and wife April and children, Brian and Skylar Dixon.
A graveside service was held on  Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Don Williams officiating.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dolly Parton imagination Library at 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge TN, 37863
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Fite

Betty Jean Fite

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Jean Fite, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2021 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville, NC.
She was born in Rutherford County, NC, daughter of the late Fred and Verda Smart Bowen and was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-two years, Charles “Virgil” Fite. Betty was also preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Rena Fite and two brothers, George and Winford Bowen.
She was a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church where she served with Virgil as custodians for over forty years. She was the owner and operator of Betty’s Beauty Shop and C and B Upholstery for more than forty years.
Betty was a faithful Christian woman with unlimited generosity. She was an avid Duck Pin bowler and enjoyed sewing, often making her own clothing. Betty had an unbeatable spirit and was always a fighter. She enjoyed reading her bible daily and working word search puzzles. Betty was a wonderful wife and loving mother and grandmother. Her kindness, generosity and love will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son: Byron Keith Fite and wife, Selena, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Jacob Allen Fite and AnnaBeth Davis; sister: Brenda Dover and husband Jerry, Kings Mountain, NC; life long friend: Janet Ledbetter, Patterson Springs, NC; ahost of Nieces and Nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Greg Neely and Chaplain Keith Fite officiating.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the D.A.V at 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs KY 41076  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
Lineberger

Miles Ervin Lineberger

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Miles Ervin Lineberger, 80, of Kings Mountain, joined our loving Creator at 8:29 am, Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC after a month long battle with COVID-19.
He was born January 27, 1940, in Dallas, NC, to Graham and Sarah Lineberger. He is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie Lineberger of 36 years.
Also, surviving are his two sons, Todd (Tammy) Lineberger of Cornelius, NC and Joel (Nikki) Lineberger of Hickory, NC; three daughters, Donna (Jim) Longwith of Rock Hill, SC, Sharon (Karl) Melcher of Canton, GA, April (Gannon) Berg of Hickory, NC;  8 grandchildren, Jake, Brian, Grady, Kevin, Cully, Emily, Devyn and Dalton; four brothers Everette Lineberger of Inman, SC; Harold (Patsy) Lineberger of Iron Station, NC, Paul (Retha) Lineberger of Raleigh, NC, and Daniel (Theresa) Lineberger of College Station, TX; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ervin’s mother, father, sisters Margaret Troutman and Eleanor Flowers; daughter Karen Lineberger and stepson, Chandler Thornburg preceded him in death.
Ervin earned a BS degree in Agricultural Education at North Carolina State University, his MA in Psychology at Appalachian State University, and his EdD in Administration at Nova Southeastern University.
Ervin’s first career began teaching agriculture, followed by 20 years in Administration, eventually becoming the Dean of Instruction of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory.
His second career began when he purchased his brother Harold’s 80 acre farm in Kings Mountain, NC where he and Debbie grew produce of all varieties, led tours and hayrides for school kids, and offered pick-your-own and ready picked produce at their farm market. Eventually his crops were limited to blackberries and muscadines which are sold wholesale all over Southeastern USA.
Ervin’s passion for teaching was evident in his willingness to educate farmers internationally who came to see his innovation in all aspects of farming.
Ervin served as President of the Blackberry Assn, NC Muscadine Growers Assn, and many others. In addition, he served on the Board of the local Farm Bureau for thirty years. Killdeer Farm is used constantly as a place for research.  He was a mentor to many growers over the years and is most remembered for his generosity of time in mentoring of future growers and the legacy he leaves in the farming industry.
Due to the pandemic, the family has decided to hold a Celebration of Life service at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain in early Spring when people can safely gather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Readiness Fund at First Baptist Church, PO Box 786, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, USA or the CVCC Foundation Inc., 2550 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Mildred “Mick” Childers Caldwell

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mildred Childers Caldwell, 95, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 1, 2021 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Emmett and Ethel Farris Childers and was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, John Henry Caldwell. Mildred was also preceded in death by her son, Johnnie Reed Caldwell and his wife Diane, and two sisters, Betty Childers and Faye Lovelace.
Mick was a charter member of Oak View Baptist Church where she served as the church secretary/treasurer for thirty-five years. She was the first pianist to serve at Oak View and began playing in 1939.
Mick worked for McGinnis Furniture Store for many years. Mildred enjoyed traveling, especially to the beach. She was a member of Young at Heart and enjoyed planning their trips. Mildred was an avid reader, enjoyed doing needlepoint crafts and playing the piano. She possessed a sweet spirit that people could witness in Mildred’s daily life. She never complained and always had a beautiful smile on her face.
Mildred was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her willingness to serve, and the love she had for everyone will be missed greatly by her family, friends and her church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Summit Place and of White Oak Manor for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Mildred throughout her time living there.
She is survived by her son: David C. Caldwell and wife Teresa, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Dot Spearman and Joyce Roark and husband Don, all of Kings Mountain, NC ; special sister: Bessie Blanton, Clover, SC; grandchildren: Reverend Carey Caldwell and wife Amanda, Enoree, SC, Wesley Grant Caldwell and wife Brittany, Gastonia, John Hunter Caldwell, Kings Mountain, Johnnie Reed Caldwell II, Kings Mountain, Bill “Eddie” Parker, Kings Mountain, Kimberly E. Davis, VA ; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Oak View Baptist Church with Reverends Wayne Brazzell and Carey Caldwell officiating. The funeral service will be live streamed at oakviewkmnc.com
Interment was held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
The family requested that all attendees wear a face covering and practice social distancing during the service.
Memorials may be made in Mildred’s memory to Oak View Baptist Church at 1517 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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 Mary Helen Hord Pike

Mary Helen Hord Pike (Hedy), 92 of Durham passed away December 18, 2020 at Duke University Hospital.
She was born April 18,1928 in Kings Mountain, NC to the late George Van Buren Hord and Mary Alice Knox Hord.
She graduated from Kings Mountain High School and attended Woman’s College. Helen was a charter member of Parkway Baptist Church where she served in different organizations including Sunday School, and Hospitality and made many life long friends. She worked for the Internal Revenue as a Tax Auditor for 25 years surrounded by co-workers who continue to be part of her life.
Helen was married to John Pike for 62 years and made a home in Greensboro for 56 of those years before they moved to Durham, NC. During their life together family and church were at the forefront. They became fans of NASCAR, Atlanta Braves, and ACC Basketball and enjoyed attending these events. Traveling was a highlight of each year with John or one of her many friends. After retirement she took up oil painting and took lessons through GTC. Knitting and crocheting were part of her life. She made blankets, toboggans and scarves for her grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members and organizations.
Helen was a kind, sweet woman with a great smile and a good sense of humor. Family was the most important part of her life and she gave her love freely to her them.
Helen is predeceased by her loving husband John, her parents George and Mary Alice Hord, brother George Hord, Jr., and great granddaughter Mary Helen Powitz.
Helen is survived by daughter Alice Pike Brown and husband Edmund of Greensboro, NC,Sons Stuart Pike and wife Beth of Southport, NC and David Pike and wife Rhonda of Durham, NC, grandchildren Erin Brown Farney husband Steve of Greensboro, NC, Stuart Brown and wife Erika, of Franklin, Tn, Taylor Pike and wife Courtney of Durham,NC, Lindsey Pike Senter and husband David of Raleigh, NC, Mary Alice Pike of Durham, NC, Jack Pike and wife Joanna of Castle Hayne, NC, Adam Pike and wife Lara Pike  of Wilmington, NC and Mary Margaret Pike Powitz and husband Tim of Lexington,Va. She also has 15 Great Grandchildren, Stella and Julia Farney of Greensboro, NC, Leighton and Eoin Brown of Franklin,Tn, Brooke, Natalie, Lauren, and Caleb Pike of Durham, NC, Claudia, David Aaron, Wade, and Knox Senter of Raleigh, NC, Hollis Pike of Wilmington, NC, and Anna Beth and Mary Helen Powitz of Lexington, Va. Helen is also survived by two nieces Elizabeth Hord and Rebecca Hord of Greensboro, NC, Brother-in-law Harry Pike and wife Carol of McLeansville along with many devoted nieces,nephews, and cousins in the Hord, Knox, and Pike families.
The family would like to thank everyone at Atria at Southpoint Walk, Durham, NC for their friendship over the past 12 years.  Also a special thank you to Home Instead and their caregivers, especially Lou Brogden who has been dedicated to Mrs. Pike and given her care and friendship over the years.
There was a viewing Monday, December 28th, from 3-5 at Forbis and Dick on North Elm St. Masks were required and social distancing expected. The family was not present.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, December 29th, 1:00 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. Everyone attending was expected to social distance and wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Leukemia Foundation PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018, The CARE Project a non profit organization that provides emotional support to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. 716 Staley Ct., Raleigh, NC and Greensboro Crisis Pregnancy Center, 625 Fulton Street Greensboro NC 27401.
Online obituary and guest register may be viewed by going to www.forbisanddick.com
Forbis and Dick N. Elm Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. Pike
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Tyler Avery Herndon

(December 17, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Patrolman Tyler Avery Herndon, 25, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 11, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
Born in Mecklenburg County, NC, he was preceded in death by grandfather Adolphus “Junior” Phillips, uncle James Phillips and cousin Kristina Phillips.
He was a 2017 graduate of UNC Charlotte majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. At the time of his death, Tyler was employed with the Mount Holly Police Department as a Patrolman.  Tyler always wanted to be in law enforcement and loved his job.  He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with friends and liked to make those around him laugh.  He was an avid fan of soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, boyfriend, cousin, and friend. The family sends its deepest thanks to the Mount Holly Police Department and community for their overwhelming support as well as the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office  for its assistance to the family.
He is survived by his parents: Mark and Debbie Phillips Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; sister:  Lindsey Herndon, Charlotte, NC; girlfriend: Holly Weldon, Belmont, NC; paternal grandparents: Ray and Jean Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; maternal grandparent: Vicki Phillips, Charlotte, NC; uncle: Chris Herndon (Mary), Orlando, FL; aunts: Deana Reep (Kerry), Belmont, NC; Terri Phillips, Belmont, NC; 6 Cousins
Funeral services were held on Tuesday December 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC  with Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor and Rev. Dr. John Sloan officiating.  It was recommended  that those attending wear masks and practice social distancing.
Tyler lay in state Tuesday December 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM til 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Interment was held in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Carroll Gerald “Jerry” Scruggs 

(December 2, 2020 Issue)

Carroll Gerald “Jerry” Scruggs, age 79, of Kings Mountain passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
He was the son of the late William Thomas Scruggs and Ruby Woods.  Jerry was a native of Spartanburg, SC and was a faithful and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Ann Scruggs of Kings Mountain, NC; four sons, Carroll Scruggs, Jr., (Missy), Richie Scruggs (Tammy), Eddie Scruggs (Cindy), and Gary Scruggs; a daughter, Debbie Scruggs (Scott); two sisters, Anne Stanley and Ollie Garmon; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind dedicated and devoted military brothers, Wesley Wolf (BowWow), Richard “Big Nick” Nixon, and Gary Walene.
Jerry honorably served in the United States Army for 24 years and retired as a first Sergeant (E8).  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. During his time of service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal Berlin, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal and Drill Sergeant Badge.
The family will hold a private service at the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, Gastonia. First Sergeant Scruggs will be laid to rest in the Arlington National cemetery in Arlington, Virginia where he will receive full military honors.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, 216 Archie Whitesides Road, Gastonia, NC.
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Ethel Mauney  

GASTONIA, NC – Ethel Mauney, 94, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on November 20, 2020 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Finley “Doc” Oates and Essie Mae Wilson Carroll and was preceded in death by her husband of forty-one years, James Irvin Mauney. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Evans and James Carroll.
Ethel was a member of Crowders Creek ARP Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Women’s Ministry. She retired from the accounting industry. Always active, Ethel served as a 4-H leader, volunteered with the Crisis Assistance Ministry and was a member of the FAAC at Southern States. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her guidance and love will be missed greatly by many.
She is survived by sons: James Michael Mauney Sr. (Ava) and Roger Carroll Mauney (Laura) both of Gastonia, NC;  brother: Eugene Carroll, Bessemer City, NC; grandchildren: Michelle Alpizar (Felix), Gastonia, NC, James Michael Mauney Jr. (Hope), Cove City, NC, Amy Mistry (Fali), Gastonia, NC, Elizabeth Stephens (Ronald), Gastonia, NC and Christy Mauney, Bell Buckle, TN; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Crowders Creek ARP Church Cemetery with Reverend Charles Evans officiating.
Interment was held in Crowders Creek ARP Church Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made to: Crowders Creek ARP Church at 207 Crowders Creek Church Road, Gastonia, NC28052
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Diana Ruth Ollis

(November 25, 2020 Issue)

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Diana Ruth Ollis, 81, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 18, 2020 at Atrium Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
She was born in Fayette County, WV, daughter of the late Lloyd and Bernice Sampson Martin and was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four years, Walt Ollis. Diana was also preceded in death by her son, Clayton Ollis and a sister, Martha Daugherty Jones.
She was a long time member of Second Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday School teacher, the Director of the Childrens Department and as a choir member.
Diana enjoyed traveling, especially to places where she could visit waterfalls. She was an avid reader and loved working word search puzzles. Always a huge part of her family’s life, Diana served as a Girl Scout leader for her daughters. She enjoyed sewing, collecting angels, and spending time watching her favorite birds, cardinals and hummingbirds. Diana was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters: Ruth Lancaster and husband Steven; Susan Todd and husband Joe, and Janey Ollis, all of Kings Mountain, NC;  grandchildren: Ashley Todd and Allison Wellmon, Kings Mountain, NC;  Steven Lancaster and wife Jessica, Greenville, SC, and Jake Lancaster and wife Bree, Kings Mountain, NC;  great-grandchildren: Jackson and Noah Lancaster; siblings: Connie Holland, Wilma Kesmodel and husband Charlie, Jim Martin and wife Marcia, Pat Malatesta and husband Jim, and Russell Martin; special neighbors: Houston and Cathy Corn and Mike and Kathy Butler
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Second Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Pruitt officiating.
Visitation  will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Second Baptist Church
Interment  will be held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made in Diana’s memory to Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Oak View Baptist Church at 1517 York Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Mike Houser

(November 18, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – John “Mike” Michael Houser, 52, went on his last hunting trip in the woods, where he loved to be, on Saturday, November 7, 2020. He was born October 15, 1968 in Cleveland County to the late Jimmy and Marlene Perry Houser.
Mike attended Christ Worship Center. Mike loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, especially the grandchildren. He was the kindest soul that ever lived and there will never be another like him.
Left to cherish his memories is his wife of 23 years Cindy Houser; daughters, Crystal James (John), Melissa Weston, and Christian Picklesimer (Heith); brother, Paul Houser (Allison); sister, Beverly Lovelace (Charles); grandchildren, Mason James, Vega Weston, Maddox James, Camberleigh Picklesimer, and Claira Picklesimer.
Mike lay in state from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Christ Worship Center on Friday, November 13, 2020.
Mike’s funeral service was held 4:00 pm on
Friday, November 13, 2020 at Christ Worship Center with Rev. Jimmy Maney, Rev. Tim Barrett, Rev. Scott Buchanan, and Rev. Tommy Buchanan officiating.
Interment was private.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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 Martha “Mott” E. Morrison Mullinax

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Martha “Mott” E. Mullinax of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Stanley Total Living Center in Stanley, NC at the age of 90.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late John Robert and Cora Mitchem Morrison and was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, J.C. Mullinax. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Luke and Robert Morrison, Doris Camp, Jean Cobb, and Helen Willis. Martha, who was known to many by “Mott”, was a life long member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
She retired from Mauney Hosiery after fifty-three years of dedicated service. Mott was the very definition of a hard worker. From helping raise her younger siblings, working in the textile industry or keeping house for her family, her dedication and grit was obvious to everyone.
Mott never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. She was a caring and supportive wife to J.C., aunt to her many nieces and nephews, and friend to countless people throughout the years. Her presence and love will be missed by many.
She is survived by her nieces: Gale Morrison, Gastonia, NC, Pam Morrison Edwards (David), Shallotte, NC, Robbin Camp Goins, Kings Mountain, Kelly Camp Rice, Grover, NC, Terri Willis, TX and Sharon and Danni Willis, Spokane, Washington; nephews: Mike Camp (Gail), Gastonia, NC, Tony Camp (Sherry) Morganton, NC, Mickey Moss (Linda) Kings Mountain, NC, Pete Cobb (Denise) Kings Mountain, NC, Johnny Cobb, Kings Mountain, NC, and Neal Willis, Shelby, NC
Great-Niece: Erika Johnston, Kings Mountain, NC and a host of other loving family members
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. The family will speak with attendees following the service in the cemetery.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stanley Total Living Center at  514 Old Mt Holly Road, Stanely NC 28164.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Al Franklin Brackett Sr.

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Al Franklin Brackett Sr, 84, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 3, 2020 at Testa Hospice in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Buncombe County, NC, son of the late Robert Gaston and Estelle Townsend Brackett and was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Gaston Brackett and two sisters, Namonia Brackett Earwood and Virginia Brackett Wood.
Frank was a long time member of Yorkwood Church of God. He worked for Earl Tindol Ford in Gastonia for nineteen years as a mechanic before opening his own garage, Brackett Auto, which he operated for many years.
Frank was an avid collector and especially loved antique cars and attending car shows. He enjoyed
attending drag racing events with his brother and owned a drag car earlier in his life. Frank was very handy and could repair just about anything that was broken. he was always generous with his time and talents.
Frank was a wonderful provider for his family and a loving father, husband, and friend. His absence will leave a void in the lives of many people who knew and loved him dearly.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years: Margaret Wood Brackett, of the home; son: Franklin Brackett Jr, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: James Ray Brackett (Linda), Bessemer City, NC; sister: Ruth Brackett Wright, Asheville, NC; long time friend: Rita Gann, Kings Mountain, NC
Funeral service was held on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Yorkwood Church of God located at 405 Stagecoach Road, Gastonia, NC officiated by Pastors Danny Shortridge and Kevin Jones.
Visitation was  Sunday, November 8, 2020 prior to the service at the church from 12:00 pm to 1:30 PM.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

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KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Major William Loftin, Sr., 89, passed away at Wendover Hospice on Friday, November 6, 2020. He was born November 13, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Fred McCoy Loftin and Lenora Sims Loftin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Morrow Loftin.
Major was an avid Kings Mountain Mountaineer fan.
Left to cherish his memories are his sons, “Bill” Major William Loftin, Jr. (Becky) of Sterrett, Alabama and “Andy” Andrew Howard Loftin of Grover, NC; daughters, Victoria “Vickie” Loftin Rhyne (Randy) of Bessemer City and Lenora Jane “Janie” Loftin Dixon of Gastonia; 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
The family received friends at the home of Vickie Rhyne, 405 W Virginia Ave., Bessemer City.
Major lay in state from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM at Sisk-Butler Funeral Home on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Major’s graveside service was held 3:00 PM on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Bill Loftin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 953 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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Earl O. “Tunnie” Maddox 

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Earl O. Maddox, affectionately known as “Tunnie”, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 3, 2020 at Peak Resources in
Cherryville, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late John and Estelle Ramsey Maddox and was preceded in death by two sisters, Joanne Conard and Kara Yarbro. Tunnie and Kay attended El Bethel United Methodist Church where he especially enjoyed his Sunday School Class taught by his good friend, Jim Owens.
He retired from Eaton as a tool grinder after twenty-three years of dedicated service. Tunnie enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid animal lover and cherished all his pets.
He was a kind, loving and humble husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Tunnie will be missed greatly by his family, many friends and the community.
He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-four years: Kay Rollins Maddox, of the home; daughters: Vickie Maddox Holk, and Sherry Maddox Lybrand (Mike) both of Shelby, NC; sister: Gail Brown, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Sally Kirby-Turner (Jake), Richard O’Neal Holk (Kristina Erickson); step-grandchildren: Allyson Ramos (David), Jason Lybrand, and Susan Sutherland (Mark); great-grandchildren: Dixon and Mason Turner; step-great grandchildren: Sailor, Grayson and Chesley Ramos and Dashel, Zosia, and Brecken Sutherland.
Graveside service was held on  Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Grover Cemetery with Reverend Bobby Whittaker, Jim Owens and Reverend Bruce Hobson officiating.
Interment was held in Grover Cemetery. 
The family requested that all attendees practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
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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Wanda McGinnis Propst

(November 11, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Wanda McGinnis Propst passed away in the early morning hours of November 5, 2020 at her home in Kings Mountain. NC. She was the daughter of Marion McGinnis and Mallie Wilson McGinnis of Newton, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of over 60 years, Dr. Lester J. Propst Jr.
She is survived by her two sons, Allan Propst and his wife Tricia, and Mark Propst and his wife Kim. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Laura Propst Boyd (Eric), Sarah Propst Myers, Jordan Propst (Melissa) and Jackson Propst; Great grandchfildren, Grayson Boyd, Garrett Boyd and Mackenzie Myers.
Wanda was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University and a life long teacher in Catawba, Lincoln, and Watauga counties. She was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrill’s Ford, NC. The family will have a private ceremony at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant UMC at 4136 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Sherrill’s Ford, NC 28673 or to Life Enrichment Center of King Mountain, 222 King Mountain Blvd.,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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Linda McClain

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Linda Allman McClain, 77, died Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Atrium Health Kings Mountain.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Ethel Pressley Allman.
Linda liked doing crafts, mostly sewing. She loved her dogs and enjoyed watching birds.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dick McClain, of 50 years; brothers, Earl and Carl Allman; and sister, Frances Jones.
She is survived by her daughters,  Debbie Glover and husband Terry of Belmont and Labrone Walls and husband Daryl of Kings Mountain; son, Dwayne Hord and wife Jennifer of Kings Mountain; sisters, Brenda Lawson and Hellen Alexander, both of Kings Mountain; brother, Dean Allman of Kings Mountain; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A graveside service was held 1:00 pm, Friday, October 30, 2020, in Mountain Rest Cemetery, with  Rev. Richard Stroup officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation  of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences may be made to:  www.claybarnette.com
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Andrea Davies Wright 

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

GASTONIA, NC– Andrea Davies Wright passed away peacefully on Friday, October 30, 2020. She was born in Luton, England to her Welsh father, Gethin Davies, and English Mother, Eileen Ballantyne Davies. Growing up during World War II, surviving The Blitz and Battle of Britain regularly discovering shrapnel in her back garden, living through the post-war rationing - these memories have been dutifully told like a historian for her loved ones to remember, and to pass along themselves.
Light-heartedly, she was especially fond of stories of Flower Fairies and one would be forgiven for suspecting these as a primary inspiration for her gardening. Sweetly, she never outgrew her childlike love for them and for fairy gardens. She passed that love on to her three granddaughters whom she adored and doted over.
Andrea worked in London, England as a hotel manager, which is where she met her husband, Chuck. She was a homemaker for much of her 57 year marriage, and could always be found doing something active: sewing, cooking, cleaning, gardening or other volunteer work she did through her church and Garden Club. She was never one to rest or relax, with ever-present “To-Do” lists - always doing or planning something for someone else, especially her family whom she loved dearly. She spent a few years as a co-owner of Garrison Florist in the late 1980s, and worked for Jenkins Metal Corporation in Gastonia before retiring.
Charles and Andrea had three children together, and she is preceded in death by their first child, Brian Keith Wright. Her surviving children, David Wright and Anita Wright Dennis, are left to cherish her memory and are thankful to have had such a wonderful and kind Mom.
Most people use the words “gracious” and “kind” to describe Andrea, because she was the living embodiment of these words. A consummately polite and gracious hostess if you ever had the pleasure of attending her dinner parties or family meals. She gave grace and kindness to others – always putting others ahead of herself, and deeply instilled this ethic in her children. It is one of the most indelible of the many lessons her children are most grateful for.
Those others left to cherish her memory are her son in law, Shawn Dennis; granddaughters Alden, Cameron, and Claire Dennis; her brother, Jon Davies and wife Jill; sister Janet Wachmann and husband George; sister Ingrid Osborn and husband Tony; sister in law Ruth Patterson and her husband Gordon; many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews; and last but not least, her dog Gracie and her grand dogs whom she loved because we all love them so much. A woman always happier for your success than with her own, this world has lost a truly wonderful lady. We have all been blessed to have known you, Andrea. For that we are forever grateful.
A service to celebrate Andrea’s life was held Monday, November 2, 2020, at 5:00 pm, in Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors with Rev. Sally Queen officiating.  The family will
receive friends following the service at the funeral home.  The service will be streamed live on McLean Funeral Directors Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dysautonomia International, PO Box 596, Moriches, NY 11940, www.dysautonomiainternational.org.
Condolence messages may be shared at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mrs. Wright.
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Christopher Glenn Paysour

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

LAWNDALE, NC– Christopher Glenn Paysour, 52, of Lawndale, NC, passed away on October 31, 2020 at this residence.  Born in Cleveland County, NC, he was the son of Guy Dean Paysour and the late Mildred Julie Dover. Glenn was retired from the textile industry.  He enjoyed fishing, playing pool, and mowing grass. He was a loving father, grandfather, husband, son, brother, and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by wife:  Molly Elaine Bradshaw Paysour, Lawndale,  NC; son: Christopher G. Paysour II (Christie), Kings Mountain, NC; daughter:  Julie Paysour (Billy), Kings Mountain, NC; parents: Guy Dean Paysour Sr and Faye, Shelby NC; grandmother:  Earsie Wood, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Benjamin and Isaac Paysour, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Dean Paysour II (Deborah), Cherryville, NC; step brothers: Tony Wood (Sarah) Evington, VA; Bobby Wood Kings Mountain, NC; step-sister:  Tammy Ramsey, Kings Mountain, NC.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Eugene “Gene” Thomas Holmes

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN - Eugene “Gene” Thomas Holmes,  82 years old of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at Atrium Healthcare - Cleveland.
Gene was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina on February 7, 1938. He is the son of the late Campbell and Florence Holmes. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In addition to Gene’s parents, he is preceded in death by his two brothers Fred and Jimmy Holmes, a sister Betty Holmes Becco, and a daughter-in-law Lori Holmes Bryant.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sue McAbee Holmes of Kings Mountain;  his son Thomas Holmes; daughter-in-law Nancy McCart Holmes of Monroe NC; his daughter Gina Holmes Ayscue and her husband Dan Ayscue of Raleigh NC; his brothers Lewis and Jack Holmes of Alabama; grandchildren include Stephen Holmes, Sheltyn Holmes Lynn, Kathryn Holmes, Cindia McCart Ferguson, Devin Ayscue, Emma Ayscue, and Reese Ayscue; great grandchildren Luke Holmes, Claire Holmes, and Willow Lynn.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the family has chosen to have a Celebration of Life at a later date.
Memorials donations can be made at Second Baptist Church for the “2020 Vision Fund” Kings Mountain, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service of Boiling Springs, NC.
Online condolences may be made at www.rsmorganfsl.com.
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Bobby Fletcher Webster

(November 4, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Bobby Fletcher Webster, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 23, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Gaston Co.  NC. He was son of the late James Fletcher and Annie Mae Putnam Webster.
He was preceded in death by brother, Norman Webster; brother-in-law Mike Pruitt; sisters-in-law,  Polly Phifer and husband Menzell, Virginia Stone and husband W. F., Stella Ware, Peggy Ware and husband Jack, brothers-in-law, Walter Ware and wife Melba, Mike Ware and Bob Ware.
Bobby was a 1955 graduate of Bethware School and worked for many years as a manager with Winn-Dixie Stores and then as a manager for Kings Mountain Office Supply before his retirement in 2004.  He was active with the Rotary Club of Kings Mountain, the Masons, and the Gideons during his working years and always enjoyed gardening.
Bobby was a man who never had a negative word to say about anyone and he lived his life serving others in various capacities, including serving as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and the music director at Oak Grove Baptist Church for over 55 years, alongside his wife who served as the organist.  Bobby was blessed to be able to share in countless musical programs at church, weddings, and funerals over his years of service.
In addition to being devoted and loving husband to Annette, Bobby was a tremendous father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His wife, children, and family were so precious to Bobby and he always put their interests ahead of his own. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Cleveland County for the excellent care they provided Bobby during his illness.
Left to cherish his memory: wife: Annette Webster, his high school sweetheart, and partner in parenting and life for over 65 years; sons: Ted Webster and wife Kelly, Kings Mtn. NC; Barry Webster and wife Augusta, Kings Mtn. NC; John Webster and wife Ginger, Four Oaks, NC; grandchildren: Steven Ray and wife Christy, Fletcher Webster, Ryan Webster and wife Chelsea, Anna and Sam Webster, Shepard and Gracie Webster; great-grandchildren: Kyla, Arissa, Titan, Talia and Landon; brothers: Jerry Webster and wife Pat, Shelby, NC; Dr. Tim Webster and wife Susan, Clemmons, NC; sister: Becky Pruitt, Kings Mtn., NC; sisters-in-law: Frankie Webster, Shirley Ware and Betty Ware all of Kings Mountain, NC; brother-in-law: Buford Ware, Kings Mountain, NC and many Nieces and Nephews
A graveside service was held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. The family will speak to friends immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment was in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Bobby lay in state from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Monday, October 26, 2020 in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
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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Ronnie Charles Blanton

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

CHERRYVILLE, NC – Ronnie Charles Blanton, 61, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.
He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Raymond and Ina Moore Blanton. Ronnie was also preceded in death by a sister, Ina Blanton, a brother-in-law, James Messer, a nephew, Donald Davis, and his Father-in-law, Jerry Ivester.
He graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1977. Ronnie was a skilled craftsman, enjoyed playing bluegrass music, and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren who referred to him as “Pappy”.
Ronnie was a member of Zion Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and on several committees. He also participated in missions locally and internationally.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Levine Cancer Institute, Cleveland, and Cleveland County Hospice for the exceptional care and treatment given to Ronnie.
Ronnie is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Kim Ivester Blanton; children, Matthew (Laura) Blanton of Shelby, Heather Blanton of Morristown, TN, Megan (Lan) Allen of Shelby and Hayley (Andrew) Halsey of Raleigh; grandchildren Leeam Blanton and Thea Halsey; Brothers, Norman (Annie) Blanton, Jerry (Libby) Blanton, Wayne (Kathryn) Blanton; Sisters, Judy (Carl) Davis, Brenda (Steve) Swagger, Nina Messer; Sister-in-law, Terri McSwain and Mother-in-law, Sonya Ivester; nine nephews; five nieces; four great-nephews; eight great-nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Zion Baptist Church, 525 W Zion Church Rd, Shelby NC 28150 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr, Shelby, NC 28150.
A graveside service will be held on  Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Steve Swagger and Pastor Matt Storie officiating.
The body will lie in state Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel and in the sanctuary of Zion Baptist Church from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
Interment will be in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Shelby, 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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Robert Ware

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Robert “Bob” Ware, age 87, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at his home in Kings Mountain.
Born in Cleveland County on October 28, 1932 he was the son of the late Franklin “Frank” Ware and wife Pearl Lovelace Ware. He was a life time member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he was a current Deacon. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War Era. He worked for Celanese Fiber in Earl and retired from there after 30 years with the company. He loved farm work, in particular cattle and still enjoyed being around them in his later years.
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Polly Phifer (Menzell) and Virginia Stone (W.F.) as well as three brothers; Walter Ware (Melba Ruth), Jack Ware (Peggy), and Mike Ware, one brother-in-law Bob Webster and one sister-in-law Stella Ware.
 Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Williams Ware,  one daughter Vickie Dalton and husband Mike, and one son Steve Ware and wife Jean, one sister, Annette Webster and one brother Buford Ware, sister-in-law Shirley Ware, all of Kings Mountain as well as four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Allen and Rev. Jim Bracket officiating. Mr. Ware lay in repose on Tuesday morning from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, the family was not present during that time.
It was requested that those in attendance wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
In lieu of flowers  memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28086.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Mary Elizabeth Lewis Jamerson

(October 28, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary  Elizabeth  Lewis  Jamerson,  affectionately  called “Maw Maw”, was born in Kings Mountain, NC to the late Robert Austin and Leola Lewis on May 25, 1926.
She finished her course and peacefully gained her wings at the home of her son in Clemmons, North Carolina, on October 16, 2020.
She was a lifetime member of Galilee United Methodist Church where she served as a Lay Speaker, Usher and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women Board, the Kitchen Committee, and a willing worker for all needs at Galilee.
A multi-talented and energetic person, she was a Senior Olympic gold medal winner. Additionally,  she was a maker of ceramic pieces and baker of cakes, pies and cookies. Sewing, reading and spending time with her grandchildren were also activities she enjoyed.
Mary was preceded in death by: her husband, Luther Jamerson and her parents, Robert Austin and Leola Lewis; brothers, James Crosby, Walter Lewis and John Edward Lewis; sons, Paul Edward, Jerry Eugene, and Azariah Jamerson; and two daughters-in-law.
Those who remain to cherish her memory and lift up her legacy  are:  two  sons,  Steve  Russell  (Laura)  of  Kings Mountain, North Carolina and Robert Manuel (Marie) of Clemmons, North Carolina; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren;  and  fourteen  great  great  grandchildren;  three special cousins, Denorris, Elaine and Levaugh Crosby; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The funeral service was private due to COVID 19 restrictions. Public viewing was held from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home and from 10:45 AM- 11:45 AM on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Galilee United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.clarksbrownandsons.com.
Clark S. Brown & Sons Funeral Home , 727 North Patterson Avenue Winston-Salem, NC is serving the family.
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Ted Ray Jones

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ted Ray Jones, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 18, 2020 at Cleveland Pines in Shelby, NC.
Born in Mitchell County, NC, he was the son of the late Dave Jones and Vaughtie Johnson Jones.  He was also preceded in death by his  brother Jesse Jones and wife of 55 years Charlotte Buchanan Jones.
Ted was a member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church and served his country as a United States Army Veteran.  He worked most of his life in the trucking industry as a truck driver but later was employed and retired from the State of North Carolina.  He was a loving caregiver to his wife and wonderful father and grandfather.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his son: Michael Scott Jones and wife, Lisa of Blacksburg, SC and grandchild: Harley Jones of Gaffney, SC.
A graveside service will be held on  Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 PM, Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC with Pastor Tim Whitesides officiating.
The family will speak to friends following the service in the cemetery and request that Covid Guidelines of social distancing and wearing face covering be followed.
Interment will be 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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Randy Lail 

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

Kings Mountain, NC – Randy Craig Lail, 62, moved to his heavenly home after his courageous battle with colon cancer on October 13, 2020.
He was a loving husband, father, and Poppy. His greatest passions were his wife Vanessa and anything his grandchildren participated in. She reminded him often that he was her always and forever and that he would always be her hero.
Randy was a graduate of the 1976 class of Shelby High School, after school he left to join the U.S. Navy and honorably separated as a First Class Petty Officer. Randy retired from ABB where he worked as a welder for 36 years.
On many Saturdays, you would find him at a classic car show where he won many awards over the years. He spent most of his life serving his community as a volunteer fireman and retired from the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department after 25 years of service. He was a simple man and a hard worker who loved a clean car and fresh cut grass. His sense of humor and constant laughter will be greatly missed and we can’t wait until we hear it again.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Diana Piercy Lail.
Randy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Vanessa, of the home; daughters Stephanie Lail Justice (Jason) of Shelby, NC and Andrea Lail Yates (Chad) of Kings Mountain, NC; as well as his father Ralph Lail, and  two brothers; Scott Lail (Teresa) of Delight, NC, and Todd Lail of Shelby, NC; grandchildren Haley and Brandon Justice of Shelby, NC, and Caleb, Addie, and Hannah Yates of Kings Mountain NC. He is also survived by Toby, his loyal companion and many loving family members and friends.
A memorial service was held at 3:00 pm Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Hope Community Church with Reverend and nephew “Skippy” Allen. The family received friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150 or Hope Community Church 1114 S. Lafayette St. Shelby NC 28152.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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Wilma Moss Harris

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Wilma Moss Harris, 85, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 5, 2020 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Thurman F. and Eunice Earls Moss and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over sixty-five years, Gene Eural Harris. Wilma was also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Rhodes.
She was a longtime member of Family Worship Center. Wilma was very active, dedicated and supportive of the church and her church family. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and listening to gospel music.. Wilma was an avid reader and enjoyed reading especially about pioneer times and the Kings Mountain Herald, which you could often find laying about her home.
At the tender age of five, Wilma accepting Christ as her savior and her entire life has been dedicated to Him. The kindness, caring and generosity shown by Wilma will forever be  remembered by her loving family and many friends.
She is survived by sons: Gene Harris and wife Carol Todd Harris, Isle of Palms, SC and Jeff Harris and wife Gayle Bolding Harris, York, SC; sister: Sheila Moss, Aiken, SC; grandchildren: Melissa Gaddis, Morgan Harris, Jeffrey M. Harris, Tyler Harris and Margarite Harris; step-grandchildren: Matthew Patterson and Alyssa Bolding; great-great grandchildren: Dawson Harris, Ava Gaddis, Taylor Gaddis and Briann.
There was a private family graveside service on
Friday, October 9, 2020 at 2:30 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Roger Woodard officiating.
Interment was held at  Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Memorials in Wilma’s memory may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at https://samaritanspurse.org/donate.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Mildred Flynn Dixon

(October 21, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mildred Flynn Dixon, 89, of Kings Mountain, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 17, 2020 at Hospice House Wendover.
Born August 14, 1931 in Chimney Rock, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Berry Flynn and Nannie Bell Shytle Flynn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Beth Flynn Reichley.
Mildred was a graduate of the Shelby School of Nursing in 1952 and used the skills gained to serve as a nurse in Buncombe, Gaston, and Cleveland counties for 45 years.
The majority of her career was spent at Kings Mountain Hospital where she enjoyed volunteering as a Pink Lady upon her retirement. She was also a faithful member of First Baptist Church Kings Mountain, where she was a member of the choir, Senior Adult Choir, Golden Fellowship, Sunday School Department Director and active in many other areas of the church.
She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, but her family finds comfort in knowing she is now with her Savior.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Sidney Roy Dixon; daughter, Jean Dixon Webb (Harvey) of Shelby; son, Aaron Dixon (Paige) of Gastonia; granddaughter, Amanda Buchanan (Mike) of Shelby; grandson, Andrew Dixon of Gastonia; great-grandchildren Cole Buchanan (Brittany) and Charley Kate Buchanan; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the ICU staff of Atrium Health Cleveland, staff of Hospice House of Wendover, and special friends, Butch and Kathy Riley for their loving and compassionate care.
A private service was held Tuesday, October 20th followed by a public graveside  service at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery at 3:00 pm. The family received friends after the graveside service and requested that all guests wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mildred may be made to Hospice House Wendover or First Baptist Church Kings Mountain Mission Readiness Fund.
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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Henry Mathew Cherpak Jr.

(October 14, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Henry Mathew
Cherpak Jr., 77, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on October 5, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Morenci, AZ, son of the late Henry Mathew and Anne Mary Giron Cherpak.
He married the love of his life, Arcilia “Archie” Luna on April 7, 1970.
Henry retired from
Cypress Minerals after many years of service as the manager of general maintenance.
He was very patriotic and served his country honorably in Vietnam as an Airman First Class in the US Air Force. While in the military, Henry was trained to work in Military Silos.  Henry was a former member of St.
Michael’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and working in his yard. Henry was a Master Mechanic and loved working on vehicles and his motorcycle. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Henry possessed a “Can Do Attitude”, generous spirit and a great sense of humor.
Henry was always willing to help anyone in need. He was a wonderful loving husband and father who will be missed greatly by those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Arcilia Luna Cherpak, of the home; daughters: Eddy Jo Cherpak, Charlotte, NC and Catherine Anne Cherpak, Columbus OH; brother: Ronald Adam Cherpak, Arizona.
No services are planned at this time. 
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in Henry’s memory to Testa Hospice House at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Flora Blackburn Yarbro

(October 14, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Flora Blackburn Yarbro, 94, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 07, 2020 at Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC.
She was  born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Robert and Ann Dixon Blackburn and wife of her late husband of more than fifty years, Lee “Jim” Yarbro. Flora survived her late brothers, Donald, Ray, Walter and Arthur Blackburn and her sisters, Pauline Blackburn and Elizabeth Hollifield.
She was a life long member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Flora retired from Belk after thirty-eight years of dedicated service as a sales auditor.
She was a member of the Kings Mountain Garden Club and enjoyed growing beautiful flowers and her yearly vegetable garden. Flora was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her spirit and loving kindness will be missed by her family, friends and the community.
She is survived by her daughter: Cheryl Beatty of Kings Mountain, NC; sons: Dr. Stanley Yarbro and wife Helena of Kings Mountain, NC and Robert Leslie Yarbro and Wife Lisa of Lawndale, NC; brother: Max Blackburn of Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Joshua Hollifield, Dustin Yarbro and Stephanie Yarbro; great-grandchildren: Bryson Yarbro and Levi Hollifield
A graveside service was held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Steve Taylor officiating.
Interment was held in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.    
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Flora may be made to Lottie Moon Missions c/o 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 arrangements.
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Roy Lee Toney

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Roy Lee Toney, 76, of Waco, NC, passed away on October 4, 2020 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Rutherford County, NC, son of the late Nelson G. and Zettie Propst Toney and was preceded in death by his siblings, Helen Marlow, Hazel Toney and Paul Toney. Roy was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jessica Ann.
Roy was of the Christian faith. He was a kind, dependable and wise man who passed his wisdom on to his family in life lessons. Always a handy man, Roy enjoyed working on and fixing anything that was broken. He loved drinking coffee and enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing. He was a wonderful man who will be missed greatly by his loving family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years: Mary Jane Teichert Toney, Waco, NC; children: Kelly Leann Toney (Donald Spencer),Kings Mountain, NC, Stephen David Toney, Kings Mountain, NC and Kimberly Causby, Kings Mountain, NC; step-children: John Hodge, Crouse, NC, James Hodge and Sharon Nelms (Donald LeVasseur), Vale, NC; siblings: Roger Toney, Kings Mountain, NC, Donald Toney, Gastonia, NC, Faithel DuBois, Pawley’s Island, SC and Carol Taylor, Lincolnton, NC; seventeen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren
A graveside service will be held on  Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM at North Brook Baptist Church Cemetery, Cherryville, NC
Interment will be held in North Brook Baptist Church Cemetery, Cherryville, 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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Charlotte Oriela Jenkins

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

ATLANTA, GA – After 89 years of spirited and productive living, Charlotte Oriela Jenkins passed away peacefully in her Atlanta, GA home on September 27, 2020.
Charlotte was born on October 25, 1930 to the late Andrew Campbell Jenkins and Fannie Sue White Jenkins in Mecklenburg County, NC.
After graduating from Catawba College with a double major in English and Sociology, Charlotte relocated to New Orleans, LA to pursue and complete her Masters of Social Work at Tulane University.  Her career started when Charlotte accepted a psychiatric social worker position in Tulane’s Department of Child Psychiatry; next she worked at Charity Hospital’s neuropsychiatric unit. She built a successful private practice in New Orleans, providing casework services in individual, group and family therapy.
In 1970, Charlotte left New Orleans for Atlanta, GA to work for the Child Services and Family Counseling department at the Florence Crittenden Home in a very intense senior social worker position.  She was promoted several times to administrative positions until retiring after 30 years in her profession.
Always a life-long learner, Charlotte took classes to develop her artistic talents in pottery, stained glass, upholstery, hat making, beading, jewelry making, lapidary and photography. Charlotte described herself as a “perennial sophomore” focusing mainly on her passion for crafts.  One of her main joys was gardening and she worked diligently to earn her Master Gardener credentials.  After retiring from a successful career in social work, Charlotte started her own flower arranging business called “Charlotte’s Petals” and accepted a part-time position as executive floral designer at the Georgia governor’s mansion under Joe Frank Harris.  Later in life Charlotte became a student of the internet and took classes to learn how to combine her artistic skills with computer skills and she created amazing slide shows!
Her zest for life was matched by her strong values, exceptional intelligence, unrelenting compassion, abundant determination and endless energy. She had close friends from every walk of life that she enjoyed and who loved and adored and enjoyed her right back.  Charlotte could be the poster child for “to have a friend you have to be a friend.”  She will be sorely missed but truly appreciated for making the world a better and more beautiful place.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC with Nick Danna officiating. The family spoke with friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Charlotte requested donations to the “Charlotte O. Jenkins Scholarship Endowed Fund” which will be used for students with financial need in the School of Social Work at Tulane.  Donations may be mailed to: Debbie Marx, Executive Director of Gift Planning Tulane University, Office of Development, 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 1000 New Orleans, LA  70112.
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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Robert Howard Bryant

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

IRMO, SC – Robert Howard Bryant, 96, of Irmo, SC and formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, died peacefully after a brief illness, Saturday, October 3, 2020.
 Born August 11, 1924 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was the son of the late Ellis K. Bryant and Fae Tucker Bryant and husband of 66 years to the late Anne Lee Foster Bryant.
Mr. Bryant was a graduate of Fingerville High School, he attended Wofford College 1941-1943 before serving in the US Army, June 22, 1943 to April 9, 1946, returning to Wofford College to complete his degree in 1947. He received his Master’s Degree in education from Furman University in 1953 and Education Administration Degree from Western Carolina.
Mr. Bryant was a longtime public school teacher, principal, District Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Kings Mountain City Schools, beginning his career in 1947 and retiring in 1982.
He was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Kings Mountain, NC, Methodist Men, Lions Club, and the American Legion. Howard’s interest included his family, church, gardening, photography and traveling with Anne.
Survivors include his daughters, Mary Anne Shawver (Charles) of Irmo, SC, Lou Davis (James) of Aiken, SC and Jo Ellen Barrington (John) of  Shelby, NC; granddaughters, Sarah Elizabeth and Lauren Davis and Elizabeth Joy Barrington; grandsons, Joseph, Andrew, and Philip Barrington; and nephews, Scott and John Pollock. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Rosemary Pollock and her husband Robin.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 10, 2020, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307. The family requests that friends and family wear masks and keep social distancing per the Covid-19 precautions.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to Central United Methodist Church, 113 South Piedmont Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to the charity of one’s choice.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel is serving the family.
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Doris Jean McGinnis

(October 7, 2020 Issue)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Doris Jean McGinnis, 89, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on September 29, 2020 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Dorus Clay and Myrtie Smith Payseur and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, William “Bill” McGinnis. Doris was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Ann McGinnis, her brothers, Carl and D.C. Payseur and her sisters, Coleen Price, Helen Vaughn and Margaret Wilson.
She was a life long member of Grace United Methodist Church where she served with the United Methodists Women and as a member of the choir.
Doris lived a life of service and enjoyed nothing more than caring for others. She had a deep and abiding faith in her Lord which was displayed in her love of others. Doris enjoyed spending time with her family and loved ones, playing the piano and sharing her love with those around her. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be missed greatly by her family and many friends. Her family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Testa Hospice House for the care they gave Doris during her last days.
She is survived by her daughter: Donna Bumgardner and husband Kenny, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Christopher Johnson and Matthew Bumgardner and wife Samantha, all of Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchildren: Peyton, Benjamin and Sawyer Bumgardner and Mackenzie Johnson.
The body laid in state at Harris Funeral Home on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The family was not present at Harris Funeral Home during this time.
A graveside service was held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC with Reverend Julie Roberts officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Doris to Shriners Children’s Hospital at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org or to Testa Family 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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Veronica Lynn Greene 

Veronica Lynn Greene, 64, of Kings Mountain, passed away on September 23, 2020, at Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Lenoir.
She was born December 14, 1955, in Cleveland County, daughter of the late Jim Houser and Betty Yarboro.
Veronica was a member of New Life Baptist Church in Bessemer City.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Veronica is survived by her loving husband, Harold Greene; brother, Randy Houser; sister, Sheila Early; sister-in-law, Wanda London (John); brother-in-law, Kenneth Lee Greene Sr. (Joyce); nephew, Kenneth Lee Greene Jr. (Jodi).
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by stepmother, Sue Houser; son, Josh Greene.
Memorials may be sent to New Life Baptist Church, 614 South 11th Street Bessemer City, NC 28016.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
An online guestbook is available at greenefuneral.com.

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Faye Dellinger 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Faye Murray Dellinger, age 70, of Kings Mountain passed away on September 25,2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Shelby, NC to the late William “Bud” and Ora Hunt Murray. She was preceded in death by her infant brother, Thomas Wayne Murray and brother William Steve Murray of Ellenboro, NC.
She worked as the secretary for St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain for 39 years. She was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain where she shared her musical talents serving as organist for many years as well as singing in the choir.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, E. Wayne Dellinger; daughter Melissa Dellinger
Putnam and husband
Darrin of Kings Mountain; daughter, Maggie Dellinger Mayes and husband Shani of Taylorsville, NC; granddaughter Deyawna Rollinson; step grandchildren: Jalen and Lydia Mayes and great granddaughter, Londyn Lane.
Memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Hendrick officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to Patterson Grove Baptist Church, 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain NC 28086 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com