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Thomas Richard Reynolds

Thomas Richard Reynolds, age 76, of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022.
Richard was born April 11, 1946 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Dorothy Buckalew and Tom Reynolds.
Richard was a 1964 graduate of Kings Mountain High School. He married the love of his life, Cecile Williams on January 1, 1965.
Richard was retired Police Chief of Kings Mountain Police Department where he served the community of Kings Mountain for over 30 years. After retiring from Kings Mountain Police Department, Richard continued to serve the citizens of Cleveland County as a deputy of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years.
Richard was a faithful member of the First Wesleyan Church of Kings Mountain. Richard’s passion and friendships evolved around the Midway I and Midway II fishing lakes in Kings Mountain where he loved to fish. Most of all, Richard loved and served his family with all he could give.
Richard is survived by his wife, Cecile Williams Reynolds; his son Mike Reynolds (Teresa) of Greenville, SC; and his son Todd Reynolds (Michelle) of Trinity, NC;  his granddaughter Elizabeth Reynolds Ottaway (Alek) of High Point, NC; his grandson Andrew Reynolds of Greensboro, NC; his sister Chris Moudy of Kings Mountain, NC and his aunt Colleen Tate of Kings Mountain, NC.
Richard was preceded in death by his father Tom Reynolds, his mother Dorothy Buckalew Reynolds and his infant brother Michael Colon Reynolds.
Richard leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins to cherish his memories.
A visitation for Richard will be held Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM at First Wesleyan Church, 505 Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, NC 28086. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 2:00 PM. Committal will follow the service in Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, NC.
Attending current and retired Law Enforcement Officers are asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers and reserved seating will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 505 N. Piedmont Ave., Kings Mountain, North Carolina 28086, www.engagefwc.com.
Richard’s family would like to thank Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain, NC for assisting Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, Greenville, SC. with arrangements.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mackeycenturydrive.com for the Reynolds family.
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Juneteenth Observance
planned at Patriots Park

Mauney Memorial Library and the City of Kings Mountain will host a Juneteenth Observance, Friday, June 17, at 6:00 p.m., in Patriots Park and the Liberty Falls Amphitheatre. 
What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed.
Members of the community, as well as musician Jett Edwards, will participate in the Juneteenth observance commemorating this historic event.
A special showing of Bright Star Touring Theatre’s, Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies will be presented on the Amphitheatre’s media screen as well.
Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies is production featuring several important figures from American history are brought to the stage to share the importance of their work. Audiences will join the courageous Buffalo Soldier, Colonel Charles Young as he helps settle the American West and some of our first National Parks. They’ll also meet The Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help win WWII and Mary Elizabeth Bowser as she spies for the Union during The Civil War.
The event, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue in Kings Mountain.
For more information, please call Mauney Memorial Library, at 704-739-2371.
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The Voltage Brothers will take the stage at 6:30 pm on Saturday, July 2 at Patriot’s Park. (Photo provided)

Two celebrations, one city
City of KM celebrates
Independence Day, July 2


Celebrate our nation’s independence as the City of Kings Mountain presents Red, White, and Boom! On Saturday, July 2, 2022, the city will produce two events simultaneously to honor our country on its 246th birthday.
Bring your family to Patriots Park in Downtown for food trucks and inflatables. DJ Tony Cutlass and Eric Bowman will MC the event from Liberty Falls Amphitheatre. The Voltage Brothers will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. An amazing patriotic laser light show will take over Patriots Park at 9:45 p.m.
The City of Kings Mountain will present their signature, unrivaled fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. as well from the Deal Park Walking Track (located behind the YMCA) with music that syncs to your radio at 101.1 FM.
Whether you choose to celebrate from Patriots Park (220 South Railroad Avenue) or the Deal Park Walking Track (211 North Cleveland Avenue), Red, White and Boom in Kings Mountain will be a blast.
For more information on both Red, White and Boom celebrations, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit their website at www.KingsMountainEvents.Com/red-white-boom. You may also visit their Facebook page at @cityofkmspecialevents.
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Pickin’ at the Park every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (Photo provided)

Pickin’ at the Park Thursday

Thursday nights in Downtown Kings Mountain will sound much sweeter this Summer as the City of Kings Mountain and the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame partner to host Pickin’ at the Park.
Pickin’ at the Park is a free acoustic jam session which will run every Thursday night at 6:00 pm at the Gazebo located in Patriots Park.
• Bring your lawn chair and join the fun.
• Want to participate? All pickers are welcome!
• Patriots Park is located at 220 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain.
For more information on Pickin’ at the Park, contact the City of Kings Mountain’s Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame at 704-860-4068.
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Joe King

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC  – Joe King, 69, of Kings Mountain, NC, went home to be with the Lord on May 29, 2022 at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC on January 8, 1953, to the late Ellis Harmon and Maude Jolly King.
Joe faithfully attended Bethel Baptist Church in Shelby, NC. He retired from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Terri Cash King; brothers, Tommy, David, Bobby, and Jimmy King; and a sister, Barbara Wright.
Joe is survived by a son, Wayne King and fiancé, Nikki Massey; two sisters, Janelle Wood and husband John, and Susan King; a grandson, Noah King; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate Joe’s life  was held Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 6:30 pm at Bethel Baptist Church, 606 South Dekalb Street, Shelby, NC.  Dr. Tim Sims officiated.  The family received friends prior to the service at the church from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  Interment was private.
Pallbearers were deputies from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.  Honorary pallbearers were active and retired law enforcement officers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 606 Dekalb Street, Shelby, NC 28150.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, 216 Archie Whitesides Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.
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James Albert Childers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  James Albert Childers, 90, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on June 3, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Teal and Myrtle Mauney Childers and was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Libby. James was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Childers, a sister, Annie Mae Berry, and a son-in-law, Scott Fite.
He was a lifelong member of Dixon Presbyterian Church. James served his country honorably in the US Army. He retired from Minette Mills in Grover, NC after 33 years of service and worked in the family poultry business for most of his life. James was an avid Atlanta Braves and Duke Blue Devils fan. He loved spending time gardening and enjoyed his family’s annual beach trips together. James loved his family immensely and especially cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. His kindness, guidance, and love will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years: Margaret Earle Childers, of the home; daughters: Trudy Bridges and husband Kevin, Kings Mountain, NC and Ann White and husband Gary, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Jason Fite, Shelby, NC, Ethan Fite and wife Monica, Greenville, SC, and Katie Kates and husband Adam, Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Robert Childers and wife Doris and Mary Goforth, both of Kings Mountain, NC.
Visitation was held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home.
Funeral service was held on  Monday, June 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverends Randy Patterson and Graham Wood officiating.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Memorials may be made in honor of James’ memory to Dixon Presbyterian Church at 602 Dixon School Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Claude S. Dixon, Jr.

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Claude Solomon Dixon, Jr. passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Cleveland County Hospice in Shelby, NC. He was born on June 13, 1928, in Cherryville, NC, to the late Claude S. Dixon, Sr. and Mamie Louise Byers Dixon. Claude, or “Papa” as he was so affectionately called by many, was a graduate of John Chavis High School in Cherryville, NC. He served in the United States Army, receiving the Occupational Medal (Germany) and an honorable discharge in 1952. His life’s career was working for The Cherryville Eagle, the hometown newspaper that he had sold on street corners as a boy and grew up to work there for many years as a Print Editor, even continuing after the newspaper was obtained by The Republic Newspaper Company. He retired from The Eagle after over 50-plus years of employment. He was well-known in the community, due to his work on the newspaper, but mostly because of his gentle demeanor and willingness to help however he could. His stellar work ethic was honored when he was inducted into the Cherryville Hall of Fame. Claude was a lifelong member of Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church in Cherryville, where he faithfully served as the Sunday School Superintendent and a Choir member. He is the recipient of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented to him by Governor James G. Martin. He loved reading the newspaper, sporting a dapper hat or cap with khakis and a collar shirt, keeping his car impeccably clean, and spending time with his family and friends. He spent his last years at Somerset Court of Cherryville, where he was everyone’s “Papa”. In addition to his parents, Claude was preceded in death by his longtime devoted partner, Ms. Hattie Davis Roberts; one sister, Virginia Delores Dixon Twitty (Joseph); his niece, Angela Twitty Richardson; and his brother-in-law, Nelson Braxton. Claude leaves to cherish precious memories: one daughter, Claudia Stowe (Christopher) and granddaughter, Calli Lauren Stowe of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Johnnie Louise Dixon Braxton, of Lynchburg, VA; nephew, Peter Richardson, great-niece, Allie Delores Richardson both of Lilburn, GA, great-nephew, and Peter Christian Richardson, II, of Daytona Beach, FL. He leaves behind a loved and adored adopted family consisting of a daughter, Zita Roberts of Durham, NC; two grandsons: Andre Roberts of Durham, NC, and Anthony Roberts (Amber) of Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchildren: Remun Roberts (Ta’leea) of Salisbury, NC; Julius, Israel, Zion and Gabriel Roberts, all of Durham, NC; Jakarri Roberts, Katlynn Roberts, Tyler McIntyre, and Noah Parks, all of Kings Mountain, NC; a long-time dear friend, Elsie “Boots” Foster of Shelby, NC; and many friends.
Public viewing was at Costner Funeral Home, 2425 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC, on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 3 until 7 p.m.
Funeral arrangements were at Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church, Cherryville, NC, on Saturday, June 4, 2022 with burial at Cherryville City Cemetery.
Costner Funeral Home served the family of Mr. Dixon.
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Wade Davis

KINGS MOUNTAIN:  Jarvis “Wade” Davis, 81, died Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House. A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Clyde and Buena Greene Davis.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Dover Davis; son, Terry Davis; sister, Ruth Toney; and brothers, Robert, Roger and Ronald Davis.
He is survived by his daughter, Felicia Burnett and husband Kyle of Chesnee; son, Jimmy Davis of Kings Mountain; sister, Gaye Pruitt and husband David of Shelby; grandchildren, Terri Michelle Davis of Boiling Springs and Robbie Michael Davis of Cherryville; and three great-grandchildren.
A private family burial will take place in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Melvin Gary Helms

Kings Mountain, NC – Melvin Gary Helms, age 75, of Kings Mountain, passed away Friday, May 27, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain.
Born on December 10, 1946 he was the son of the late Ruby Phillips Helms. In addition, Melvin is preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Judy Bryson Helms. Melvin was an active member of Christian Freedom Church in Kings Mountain and he loved his church family dearly.
Melvin is survived by his three children, Julie Helms Beeson of Kings Mountain, NC, Karen Helms Hollingsworth (Timmy) of Wanesville, NC and Chris Helms (Adrienne) of Kings Mountain, NC, Melvin’s grandchildren, Josh, Kaitlin, Erin, Christina (Garrett), Kasey, Avery, Christian, Sarah, Kolton and his great-grandchildren; Zayden, Kaizlynn, and Zyla. Also left to cherish his memory, a special friend of the family, Judy Walker and Melvin’s grand fur baby, Ollie.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Testa Family Hospice House of Kings Mountain for their loving care for Melvin.
A funeral service was  held at 2:00PM on Monday May 30, 2022 at Christian Freedom Church in Kings Mountain. Pastor Ron Carroll officiated the service. The family received friends one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary and other times at the home of daughter, Julie. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County: 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby, NC 28150 and Christian Freedom Church: 246 Range Rd Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
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Thomas Martin Vance

Thomas Martin Vance, (Tom Vance) age 84, died on March 3, 2022, due to complications of Covid-19 at Atrium Health Carolina Medical Center. Tom was vaccinated and boosted but was immune-comprised due to leukemia and chemotherapy treatments.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, James (Jim) McClure Vance, Sr. (1892-1961) and his mother, Joda Blanche Pyatte Vance, (1900-1977) along with five brothers and seven sisters.
Tom is survived by his wife, Jean Hicks Vance, and his only child, Michael Thomas Vance of Mint Hill, North Carolina. He is also survived by his youngest Sister, Eula Maxine Vance Nicholas of Gainesville, Virginia, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Tom was born December 12, 1937, in Crossnore, NC, the southern part of Avery County. He was the youngest of fourteen children. Tom attended the Crossnore School. It was at this school in 7th grade that Tommy found his love for theater, when he was cast in a play directed by his theater teacher, Kate Cornue. After that, he was hooked on theater.
Tom graduated from Appalachian State Teacher’s College in 1960 with a degree in English and Social Studies. He continued at Appalachian, where obtained a Master’s in English and Education. After that, he attended UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia for doctoral studies in theater.
At Appalachian State, Tom was elected President of the Playcrafters drama club. It was there that he met his future life-long wife, Jean Hicks from Kings Mountain, NC, when she auditioned in front of him to join the club. Tom was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” at Appalachian State in his senior year.
After graduating, Tom taught at several schools, as well as Wingate University. In 1967, he started the drama program at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). His legacy began in 1974, when Tom and Charles Starnes created the CPCC Summer Theatre, a professional summer stock theater company, where he directed over 150 productions and produced over 250 shows over his lifetime.
Tom also was the host of a Television show, “The Tom Vance Show,” which played for decades on the CPCC channel.
In 2011-12, the Metrolina Theater Association awarded Tom the “Lifetime Theater Award”.
Tom was especially proud of the many fine people, who worked with him in theater and have gone on to achieve considerable success in the theatrical world.  Tom discovered many talented people at the start of their careers, and he nurtured them and provide them their first job in the theater industry. Hundreds of them moved to New York and worked on Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera, national and international tours, as well as many regional theatres across the country. Many of Tom’s discoveries went on to have amazing careers in the film and television industry, as well. 
Tom was also so proud of everyone he worked with, but he held a special place in his heart for those that went into the theatre teaching profession, where his gifts will continue to live on.
On Saturday, May 28th, there will be a service at Blair Road United Methodist Church in Mint Hill, NC. Visitation will be from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. There will be a 2:00pm service at the church followed by a graveside service at Sharon Memorial Gardens (at Monroe Rd/Sharon Amity Rd). That same evening on May 28th at 7:00pm, there will also be a celebration in honor of Tom Vance at the Halton Theater on the CPCC campus, near downtown Charlotte. Come be part of the celebration of Tom’s life and legacy. Come sing, talk, eat, drink, and laugh while remembering Tom and give him his final standing ovation. All are welcome.
On Saturday, June 4th, there will be a drop-in celebration at the Meeting House at 12 Fountain Circle in downtown Crossnore, NC. Drop in anytime between Noon and 2PM. We will have photos, music and food, as we celebrate Tommy’s life.  Hope everyone can drop by!

 
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Walter Etters

BESSEMER CITY, NC – Walter “Winnie” Winford Etters, 82, of Bessemer City, passed away on May 18, 2022. He was born on February 2, 1940, in Cleveland County, to the late John William Etters and Ardella Harmon Etters. 
He is preceded in death by his daughter Kelly Butler, siblings Theodore Etters, Andrew Etters, Bob Etters, and Evelyn Tyler.
Walter was a master auto mechanic, who liked to go hunting and drag racing.
Left to cherish his memories is his grandson, Justin Etters, great-grandchildren, Austin Etters, Teryn Etters, Morgan Etters, great-great-grandson, Roman Etters, sisters, Martha Jackson Hillsman, Dorothy Etters Lane, and brother, William Lawrence Etters, nephew Bobby Etters, Jr. and numerous nieces and nephews, that were special to him.
Winnie’s memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM, Friday, May 27, 2022, at Eastside Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Caulder officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 PM until 2:45 PM, Friday, May 27, 2022, at Eastside Baptist Church, prior to the service
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church Building Fund, 308 York Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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Willis Benjamin Simpson, Jr, “Bill”

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Willis Benjamin Simpson, Jr, “Bill”, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 29, 2022 at age 79 at Legend Healthcare assisted living facility in Tonganoxie, KS.
Bill was born in Greensboro, NC, son of the late Willis Benjamin Simpson, Sr and Miriam Edwena Euliss Simpson.
He graduated from Central High School in Kings Mountain and then North Carolina State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
He was the owner-operator of Kings Mountain Machine Works and Community PC. He was proud to join in the family business, KMW, working with Bill Sr. and later with his son Ben Simpson.  Bill continued his career developing computer software and support websites.
Bill loved his family, enjoyed working on lifelong projects, laughing and telling jokes. He also enjoyed passing the time watching movies and playing card games. He was a wonderful father and husband who will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved him.
Bill  is survived by his children, Benjamin Simpson and Kathleen Brasington; former wife, Susan Simpson; and grandchildren, Brett, Bronwen, Gwendolyn, Liza, Maddy, Miles and Wiley.
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James Martin
Scarborough

GROVER, NC – James Martin Scarborough, 79, died Sunday, May 15, 2022 at his home.
Born in Wilmington, NC, he was the son of the late James and Helen McCrae Scarborough.
James was employed by Metrolina Sprinkler, Duke Energy and retired from Parker Hannifin. He was a member of Fairview Lodge #339, was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed golf.
He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchild dearly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Zelma “Tinky” Scarborough of the home; daughters, Paige Biddix and husband Timothy and Brooke Bolin and husband Christopher; sons, Jason Scarborough and Jeremy Scarborough and wife Jennifer, all of Kings Mountain; sister, Jeanette Hoover and husband Knoxie of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jennifer Falls, Brandi Falls, Madison Ayscue, Josh Bolin, Spurgeon Scarborough, Hunter Scarborough, Cooper Scarborough, Colton Scarborough, Ember Scarborough and Joey Biddix; and great-grandchild, Remi Biddix.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel in Kings Mountain, with the Rev. Dr. Terry Floyd officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC  28150.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Etta Rebecca “Becky” Bailey Styers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Etta Rebecca “Becky” Styers, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away surrounded by her family on May 10, 2022 at her home.
She was born in Chestertown, MD, the daughter of the late James Allen Bailey and Louise Beck Bailey and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard Thomas Styers Sr. Becky was also preceded in death by 2 daughters, Debra Lynn Styers and Tracy Styers Oliver, a granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Swink, and her brother-in-law, Joe Subolefsky.
She was a past member of Corinth Primitive Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. Becky worked in the textile industry for most of her life and in her spare time  enjoyed growing beautiful flowers, creating artistic crafts and coloring. The thing that brought Becky the most joy in life were her many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she loved deeply. Always outgoing, Becky never met a stranger. She loved everyone she knew from the moment she met them, never holding a grudge and always treating others with kindness. Becky was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend to many. Her sweet spirit and guidance will be missed sorely by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her children: Richard Thomas Styers Jr. and wife Tammy, Grover, NC and Lynn Styers Swink and husband Paul, Kings Mountain, NC; siblings: Carolyn Subolefsky and Jimmy Bailey and wife Lydia; grandchildren: Christopher Thomas Styers (Sherri), Grover, NC, Brian Matthew Styers (Jessica), Boiling Springs, SC, Joshua David Styers, Kings Mountain, NC; John Paul Swink (Heather), Kings Mountain, NC, and James Eli Swink (Anna), Lattimore, NC; great-grandchildren: Jacob Hamrick, John Henry Swink, Jayden Paul Swink, Bella Styers, Hunter Swink, Justin Styers, Chloe Woods, Madilynn Denise Swink, and Emory Matthew Styers.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Elder Richard Kirby officiating.
Visitation was on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Ebbie “Jo” Dyer

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ebbie “Jo” Lemons Dyer, 76, died peacefully, Sunday, May 8, 2022, with her children by her side.
A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Fitchue Floyd and Ruby Young Lemons.
Jo was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, where she loved her Sunday School Class.
She was an avid birdwatcher and gardener, and had love for cats and volunteering at her church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Fred Dyer; sisters, Betty Fraser and Juanita Mode; and brother, Huelon Lemons.
She is survived by her son, Rodney Dyer of Charlotte; daughter, Susan Dyer of Kings Mountain; and sister, Faye Bridges of Shelby.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Grover Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Terry Floyd officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC  28150 or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4530 Park Rd #240, Charlotte, NC  28209.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
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Helen Case House  (Peaches)

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Helen Case House, 69, of  Kings Mountain, NC, was called up to sing with the Angels in Heaven on April 30, 2022. She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Robert Charles and Juanita Louise Case and was preceded in death by her brothers, Johnny and Robert Case and her sisters Tyra Sheehan and Rosemary Batchlor. Peaches was a beautiful soul who was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her spirit was pure fire and ice. Peaches was a legend around Kings Mountain and will be sorely missed by many. Her light shown brightly in this world and now shines bright in the Heavens.
She is survived by her husband: Joseph Kenneth House, Charlotte, NC; daughters: Janie Cooper, Kings Mountain, NC and  LeAnne Keel (Kenneth), Burgaw, NC; grandchildren: Jada Mauney, Loretta Keel, Terry Keel, and Archer Keel.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dennis Pruitt officiating.
The family spoke with attendees immediately following the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Peggy Shealy Ramey

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Peggy Shealy Ramey, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 26, 2022 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Spartanburg County, SC, daughter of the late Frank Mathias and Helen May Shealy and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Burris Endel Ramey. Peggy was also preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Shealy and a grandson, Justin Endel Ramey.
She was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church. Peggy began playing piano in church at the age of 12 and continued her musical service to the faith community her entire life. She was a wonderful baker and an avid daily Bible reader. Her knowledge of scripture was a blessing not only to Peggy but to everyone around her. Peggy’s love of people was evidenced by her ability to make friends in a matter of minutes. She never met a stranger and enjoyed talking with anyone. Peggy’s life was a profession of her faith and her gracious and loving spirit will be missed by many.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved her family with all that her heart could give.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at White Oak Manor for the wonderful care, kindness and love shown to Peggy during her stay.
She is survived by her children: Buddy Ramey (Lisa), Kings Mountain, NC; Melanie Ramey Gordon (Bob), Charlotte, NC; Sheila Ramey-Yokeley, Charlotte, NC  and Faye Ramey Kerns (Clyde), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Zachary Ramey (Evan), Brittany Ramey, Chad Gordon, Connor Gordon (Ramey), Jordan Asseff (Ben), Jey Yokeley (Dani Seaford), Alyson Gray (Joey), Ramey Bridges (Matt), and Clay Kerns (Ashley); great-grandchildren: Carsley, Ava James, Livingston, Chase, Stella, John, Emmett, Mary-Allen, Tad, Bexley, Maren, and Crouse.
The family held a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Central United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Gwyn officiating.
Visitation immediately following the service in the sanctuary of the church.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Kathy LaDonna Buchanan

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC - Kathy LaDonna Buchanan, 65, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2022 at her home.
She was born in York County, SC, daughter of the late Reuben James and Joanne Brown Porter Payne. LaDonna was of the Christian faith. She enjoyed spending time at home with her family, reading, and talking on the phone everyday to the people she loved. LaDaonna’s family was the center of her life and she loved her children and grandchildren with her whole heart. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her  husband of 26 years: Stephen Buchanan, of the home; children: Rodney Wayne Sanders, Pineville, NC, Kimberly LaDonna McCoy, Lowell, NC, and James Craig McCoy (Beth), Lancaster, CA; step-child: Meghan Arant (Clint), Goose Creek, SC; grandchildren: Mackenzie Staley (Alex), Aayriel Clark, Jaelyn Crum, Jaykob McCoy, Owen McCoy, Jonah, McCoy, and Danika Arant; great-grandchild: Harper Staley; siblings: Randy Porter and Janice Littlejohn (Wayne).
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Dr. George Webb Plonk Sr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – “To You, O Lord I lift up my soul” Psalm 25
George W. Plonk, MD passed away on April 24th at Kings Mountain Hospital after a brief illness. He was 103 years young.
Born on March 17, 1919 in Kings Mountain, he was the son of the late Clarence and Ellen Plonk. He was the seventh of ten children.
George graduated from Kings Mountain High School where he played football and baseball. He was a proud Tar Heel Class of 1940 at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In 1941 he married Margaret Cooper despite the fact that she was a Duke graduate! After college he attended Carolina Medical School (at that time only a two year program) and transferred to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and later did his residency at Lankenau Hospital. He subsequently passed the American Board of Surgery exam. His medical training had been interrupted by World War II where he served two years as a physician with last year being in Italy at the end of the war. Later in life, he was proud to take part in the Flight of Honor and to be recognized as a veteran at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC.
Once he completed his training in general surgery, he took his family to Raleigh and joined the practice of Dr. Gordon Sinclair who he credited with teaching him the importance of a compassionate bedside manner. In 1957 he began practicing in Kings Mountain. Dr Plonk felt privileged and humbled to be able to serve and care for the citizens of Kings Mountain and surrounding areas. He was respected by his medical colleagues and loved by his patients. He retired from his practice in 1984. He did assist Dr. Joe Zucker an orthopedic surgeon, for several years until Dr. Zucker moved to Charlotte.
Dr Plonk was an avid horseman who developed a love for the Paso Fino breed. He loved trail riding and even had some success in national PasoFina horse shows. He was a sports fan cheering loudly for his grandchildrens’ events, the Tar Heels, and the Braves. He enjoyed working out at the YMCA and catching up with old friends and new. He was also active in community service as he was a member of the Lions and Rotary clubs. He was always very active in the church and served on the church council at Resurrection Lutheran Church for a number of years. He and Esther Plonk are also founding members of Advent Lutheran Church.
George loved to tell stories and could hold the attention of both young and old for hours as he talked about his life and its adventures. He told a story with passion, humor, and humility making it interesting and endearing regardless of topic or timeframe.
The joy of Dr Plonk’s life was his family. He enjoyed 62 wonderful years of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Margaret who passed away in 2003. They had settled in Kings Mountain where they raised their five children.
In 2004, Dr. Plonk married Esther Muench and further expanded his family with the addition of her three children: Jeff and Jim Muench, and Jennie Laney and their families. They were married for 17 years. Esther was a very loving, caring wife who added much happiness and companionship to his later years.
One of his proudest moments occurred on his 100th birthday when Governor Roy Cooper honored him with induction into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. This is the highest award given by the governors of North Carolina since 1963 for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Muench Plonk; one sister, Clara Politis; a sister-in-law, Dorcas Plonk, and his 5 children: Carole Fenimore Haas Gravagno, Peggy Pollack (Ken), George Webb Plonk (Judy), Barbara Bridges (Bill) and Becky Loftin (Bill). He was very proud of his sixteen grandchildren and would boast about “the ones who made him great”: his multitude of great grandchildren. He took great care and attention to keep track of everyone: always showing up for weddings, baptisms, graduations, and celebrations. He wrote wonderfully expressive letters, sent cards, and was quick to pick up the phone and check on loved ones.
His family has been blessed to know his unconditional love and support in the form of presence, advice, cheers, laughter, and hugs. His stories are legend and he regaled anyone who would listen right up to the last week.
The family would like to thank the staff of Summit Place and Kings Mountain Hospital for their exceptional care of Dr Plonk.
A family service was held at 11:00 am Saturday, April 30 at Advent Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Advent Lutheran Church, Cleveland County Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis L.  Goforth Sr., 

Reno, Nevada  – Dennis L. Goforth Sr., 96, passed away on April 17, 2022, in Reno, Nevada.
He was born February 28, 1926, in Miami, Florida and spent his childhood in Grover, NC. He lived in Kings Mountain, NC most of his life. He moved to Nevada in 2005.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Velma Spakes Goforth in 1950 and his second wife, Emma Bell Goforth in 1993; his parents: Franklin and Louvenia Turner Goforth; sister: Vera Ledford; brothers: Franklin, Brevard, Warren and Gene Goforth; stepsons: Joe Jenkins and Doug Jenkins; step-granddaughter Priscilla Jenkins;
step-granddaughter Rhonda Absher and step-grandson, Nathan Jenkins.
He is survived by his daughters: Sara Cash and Jerri Stinnett of Bessemer City, NC and Brenda McNeely of Sparks, NV; son: Dennis L. Goforth Jr. of Bessemer City, NV; stepson: Mack Jenkins of Bessemer City, NC; sister: Lucy Mode of Lincolnton, NC; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Dennis served in the Philippines during WWII. He was a Purple Heart recipient and awarded two Bronze Battle Stars.He worked at Foote Mineral as a lab technician for 35 years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, camping, hunting and fishing and dancing. Dennis was a member of the American Legion in Kings Mountain, NC and a member and past Governor of the Kings Mountain Moose Lodge.
Graveside services will be scheduled in Kings Mountain at a later date.
Walton’s Sierra Chapel in Reno, Nevada is serving the family.
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Everette “Buddy” Medlin

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC–Everette “Buddy” Medlin, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 22, 2022 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC.
He was born June 17, 1929 in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Everette Fulton Medlin and Mary Lee Roberts Medlin. He will join his wife of almost 65 years, Dot Cothran Medlin and sister, Joyce Medlin Biddix.
Buddy was a longtime active member of First Wesleyan Church of Kings Mountain where he raised his family, made supportive and loving friends, and strengthened his faith. Buddy and Dot enjoyed traveling with Christian Tours, collecting antiques, and always doing for others.
In his younger days, he spent countless hours coaching and volunteering his time to his love and passion of sports.
He graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1948, served in the US Army, and retired from the Kings Mountain Post Office where he met many from the community.
He is survived by daughters: Barbara Giurintano (Phil) and Cindy Gillespie (Mike); grandchildren: Lauren Gillespie (Matt), MaryLee Giurintano (Erika Hodan-Giurintano), Kelly Melton (Rusty); great-grandchildren: Kyndal, Braxton, and Ava
Graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Buddy’s memory to Hospice of Gaston County at 258 Eat Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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L. Hal Falls 

Gastonia, NC  – L. Hal Falls, 84, of Gastonia, NC, passed away peacefully Friday, April 15, 2022, at US Veterans Medical Center, Salisbury, NC.
He was born March 3, 1938, in Cleveland Co, NC, son of the late Carl C. and Vada Wright Falls.
Hal served honorably in the US Army. He also member of First Free Will Baptist Church, Gastonia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Falls; and brother, Carl Dean Falls.
Hal is survived by his loving wife of 28 years,
Carolyn Jones Falls; daughters, Kimberly Falls Humphries (Jeff), Gwen Hicks Branch (Stanley), and Edie Hicks Bunch (Mat); brothers, Scott Falls (Sarah), and Ronnie Falls (Cathy); sisters, Becky Falls Scism (Robert), and Tina Falls Cash; and grandchildren, Joshua Humphries, Matthew Humphries, Levi Branch, Katie Bunch, and Hannah Bunch.
A funeral service officiated by Pastor Chad Minter, and Rev. Jonathan Jones, will be held 2 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at First Free Will Baptist Church, 2316 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054.
The family will receive friends 12:30-2 pm on Saturday, at the church.
Burial will be held at Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church.
Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com
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Marilyn Joyce Stroup

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Marilyn Lachman Stroup of Kings Mountain, 78, passed away peacefully with family by her side and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 14, 2022.
Marilyn was born on February 9th 1944 to John Ferdinand Lachman & Mary Kate Lachman of PA. Marilyn loved her family and friends. She held many positions through life in servicing the Public, whether it was a restaurant or a convenience store where she met her husband Ronnie L Stroup of 35 years. She loved people!!
Surviving to cherish her memories are Ronnie L Stroup (Husband) of Kings Mountain, Rose and Tyson of the home(her pups- 8 years old), Kim and Randy Tucker (daughter and husband) of Charlotte, Sean and Jennie Mangan (son and wife) of Clover, SC, and her daughter in love, Renee R. Lopes of Mt Holly, NC and her family. She also had grandchildren, step grandchildren and great grandchildren that she loved very much.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Mary Lachman of PA, her brother Carl and her sister Patricia, her late husband Michael W. Mangan, and her 2nd born, 1st son Michael D. Mangan.
There will be a private service for the immediate family. A celebration of life for her will be held at the home at a later date. *Special thanks to Tammy Seigler and  Patti Hesington for their love and support to the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Marilyn Stroup to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memorials and dedications)
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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Jewell “Judy”
Gerane Norwood 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jewell “Judy” Gerane Norwood, 90, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 14, 2022 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Gaston County, NC, daughter of the late Thomas William and Willie Beach Jones and was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Alfred Norwood. Judy was also preceded in death by her sisters, Ruth and Leona, and her brother, Garth.
Judy was a long time active member of Circle 3 at Central United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting. Judy loved the beach and cherished spending time with her family. Her kind and loving spirit drew people to her and she passed her love on to everyone she knew. Judy’s guidance will be missed dearly by her entire family, especially her grandchildren who she loved with all her heart. In the words of Judy, “Be careful and be sweet” until we meet again in Heaven.
She is survived by her sons: Roy A. Norwood and wife Loretta, Seneca, SC, and Michael O. Norwood and wife Penny, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Jeff Norwood, Michelle Norwood, Nikki Skibo (Chris), and Emily Chapman (Joseph); great-grandchildren: Ashley Norwood, Roy Norwood, and Tucker Skibo  and a host of other loving family and friends
Funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Central United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Gwyn officiating.
Visitation was held on  Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the CAC of Central United Methodist Church
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC      
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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George Glenn Smith

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – George Glenn Smith, 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 5, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Alamance County, NC, son of the late George Smith Jr. and Florence Heavner Smith and was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Ronnie Smith, and two grandchildren, Scott Smith and Kaysen Hammer.
Shortly after graduating from high school, where he played the trumpet and received the John Philip Sousa Award, which got George recognized by the office manager at FMC, he began his career with FMC Lithium Corporation of America which spanned more than 50 years. George worked in several areas of the plant, including administrative positions, time in the Aerospace Metals Division, and eventually given responsibility over the vehicle fleet at the plant. In his spare time, George continued to be active, owning his own motorcycle repair shop, and being involved with motorcycle drag racing. He also served on the board of the credit union for more than 30 years. George enjoyed spending time outdoors, playing golf and fishing. He was a selfless person who loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years: Rebecca Burton Smith, of the home; children: Jamie Nix (Roger), Kings Mountain, NC, George Smith (Beth), Dallas, NC, Scott Smith (Tress), Grover, NC, Susan McAteer (Kenny), Lancaster, SC, Holly Smith, Mount Holly, NC, Christopher Smith, Shelby, NC, Angel Hammer (Shawn), Mooresville, NC, Matthew Smith (Nancy), Evans, CO, Martena Adams (Holden), Kings Mountain, NC, Cody Smith, Dallas, NC, and Andrew Smith, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Jennifer Pearsall, Justin and Eric Smith, Brook and David McAteer, Jack Smith, Piper Cato, Cayden Bunch, Kolton Hammer, Elizabeth and Emery Smith, Paislee and Aiden Adams; siblings: Randy Smith and Brenda Crenshaw (Barry).
Funeral service was held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Boyce Memorial ARP Church with Reverend Dr. Rob Patrick officiating.
Visitation was held on  Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service at the church.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.      
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Kenneth Harold Bumgardner Sr.

January 5, 1939 – April 7, 2022

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kenneth Harold Bumgardner Sr. passed in peace surrounded by family at the age of 83 on April 7, 2022.
Born on January 5, 1939 in Gastonia, NC, Ken was the son of the late Eddleman and Mary Steele Bumgardner. He was a wonderful and loving husband of nearly 65 years to his wife Barbara Ford Bumgardner of Kings Mountain, NC; proud father of Kenneth Harold Bumgardner Jr. of Kings Mountain, NC, Christopher Wade Bumgardner of Gastonia, NC, Kevin Shawn Bumgardner of Sherrills Ford, NC and Melanie Bumgardner O’Bryan of Charlotte, NC. He was the proud grandfather of Sarah, Holland, Christopher, Matthew, Alyssa, Britni, Megan, Matteson, Carson and Riley, proud great-grandfather to Mackenzie, Peyton, Benji, Sawyer, Za’Mir, Zaelyn, Dannalee, Kaitland, Hadley; father-in-law to Donna (Kenny), Joy (Chris), Heather (Shawn) and Drew (Melanie).
Ken was an amazing and loving family man, a long-time member of Second Baptist Church and very well-respected member of the Kings Mountain community. He loved all people and had a strong love for all animals, especially his beloved horse, Blaze.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Kevin Shawn Bumgardner and his brother Charles Bumgardner. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his sons Kenny (Donna) and Chris (Joy) and his daughter Melanie (Drew), as well as his grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters Ann Parker, Carolyn Holt (Junior) and Joyce Pace (Larry), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
To the best man we’ve ever known…Written on our Heart…
He was the champion of our dreams and his love was our light, he weathered life’s storms with an unsinkable strength and unshakable love…He silently sacrificed, fiercely protected and lovingly shared. He taught by example and he lived by the truth. His legacy is the wonderful life he built and the love he left written on our heart. – unknown
A graveside service was held on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Pastor Dennis Pruitt officiating.
Interment was held in  Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
In lieu of flowers, please donate in loving memory to the Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Pl, Charlotte, NC 28262.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Donald “Don” Keith Dixon 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Donald Keith Dixon, 82, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 04, 2022 at Stanley Total Living in Stanley, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late HK and Jeanette Bookout Dixon and was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Linda Moore Dixon and a grandson, Tony Baker. Don was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where he served on several committees. After graduating from Grover High School, Don attended Gardner Webb and Kings College where he earned a Business Degree. Late in life, he attended Cleveland Community College where he earned an Associates Degree in Computer Aided Drafting.
Don retired from Talon where he worked as a machinist for many years. Throughout his life, Don was an avid farmer and accomplished woodworker. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a mentor to many people, none so much as his grandson, Ryan, whom he mentored for his Eagle Scout Badge. Don was an expert when it came to building Pinewood Derby cars, and enjoyed building them for Ryan. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed greatly by his family and the community.
He is survived by son: D. Keith Dixon II and wife Kim, Kings Mountain, NC;  grandson: Ryan Alexander Dixon, Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Diane Senn and husband Palmer, Charlotte, NC.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 4:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.
The family will spoke with attendees following the interment in the cemetery.
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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Billie McCurry Roberts

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Billie McCurry Roberts, 84, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on April 3, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in York County, SC, the daughter of the late Dewey and Daisy Mayhue McCurry and was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Roberts. She was also preceded in death by her brother, David McCurry.
Billie graduated from Blacksburg High School and Gaston College. She worked as an Executive Assistant and was retired from Reliance Electric. She loved playing Bingo every week. Always looking for a deal, Billie enjoyed shopping at local thrift and second hand stores. She enjoyed traveling and visiting locally owned eateries. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved spending time spoiling her grandchildren. Billie will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her children: Alisa Criswell of Charlotte, NC and Steven Carroll of Fort Mill, SC; grandchildren: Matthew and Alex Criswell, and Bryan Carroll; sister: Nora Nelson of Davidson, NC and several loving nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on  Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. Michael Varn officiating.
Visitation was held on  Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Sherry  Hughes

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –  Sherry Marie Hughes, 49, passed away Tuesday, March 29th, at CMC Main in Charlotte.
Residing in Kings Mountain, she was the beloved daughter of Elaine Morrison (66) and Randy Morrison (64). She also leaves behind her biological father, Lenny Bridges.
Sherry was loved by her friends and family for her kind nature, and always put others before herself. She was selfless to a fault, and was extremely proud of her two children, who were the light of her world.
She is survived by her children, David Brandon Darnell (29) and Ashley Hughes (20).
Sherry was preceded in death by her grandfather Harold Flowers (86), grandmother Ruby Flowers (67), and her son Phillip (0).
Sherry’s entire life was for her children. As such, the family has opted to forego a service in favor of cremation, so that they may use the ashes in a memorial token for her children, and that she may always be with them.
If you would like to show support or pay respects, the family asks that you make any planned monetary contributions to Fresenius Medical Center. You can donate by using the following link: https://fmcna.com/company/corporate-responsibility/fresenius-medical-care-foundation/make-a-donation/
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com

Thomas Edward Martin 

Kings Mountain–Thomas Edward Martin, 78, of 112 Waco Road, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Hospice Cleveland County.
Born in Bennettsville SC, he was the son of the late Thomas Martin and Mary Shankle Martin. Mr. Martin retired as a Sanitation worker for the City of Kings Mountain. He also served in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.
Mr. Martin is survived by a son; Joseph “Joe” Martin of Kings Mtn, a brother; Gene Martin of Asheville, NC, a sister; Dora Self of Shelby, NC, and fourteen nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers; Roger Martin, Mike Martin, and Bobby Martin.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm at Temple of Praise, 2472 Cobb Drive, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 with Pastor Donnie Allen officiating.
The Book of Memories is available at www.gordonmortuary.com.
The Blacksburg location of Gordon Mortuary is serving the Martin family.
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Geraldine Virginia Leazer

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Geraldine Virginia Leazer, 91, formerly of Gastonia went to the Light and Love we call Heaven on March 26, 2022 at her home in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Charlotte, NC, daughter of the late Versie Waddell and Mable Duffy Cassada and was preceded in death by husband of 58 years, Dock Lee Leazer. Geraldine was also preceded in death by her daughter: Wanda L. Burgess; six brothers: Cecil, Raymond, Noel, Eugene, Brian, and Carl Cassada  and three sisters: Katheryn C. Nesbitt, Chestine C. Eppley, and Lucille C. Wright.
Geraldine was always friendly to everyone she met. She was a loving and faithful wife and wonderful caring mother. The lessons learned from her life, forgiveness, honesty, determination, and many more will live on in the lives of countless others.
She is survived by her aughters: Nancy Dianne Leazer and Vickie L. Moss (Scott) of Kings Mountain, NC.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Gaston Memorial Park in the Luke Section with Pastor David MacEachen officiating.
Internment will be held Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia, NC.      
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the VFW at 3250 West Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052 or the Cancer Society at PO Box 140000, Raleigh, NC 27620.
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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Audrey Grindstaff Truesdale Cody

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Audrey Grindstaff Truesdale Cody, 71, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2022 at her home.
She was born in McDowell County, NC, daughter of the late Fate Morgan and Maggie Thomas Grindstaff.
Audrey was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church. She retired from the State of North Carolina DMV where she served as a drivers license hearings officer. Audrey enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends. After her retirement, Audrey served the community as a member of the Kings Mountain Planning and Zoning Committee. She was fond of shopping and loved spoiling her grandchildren. Audrey was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and grandmother to her many grandchildren. Her love, kindness, and warmth will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years: Glen H. Cody, of the home; sons: Bart Truesdale (Joan), Shelby, NC, and Joe Cody (Tina), Kings Mountain, NC; daughter: Glenda Garland (Lee), Spruce Pine, NC; siblings: Jeanette Clemons (Sherman), Polkville, NC, Harold Grindstaff (Margaret), Old Fort, NC and Ralph Grindstaff (Judy), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Katlyn and Cole Truesdale, Michael, Hunter, Sam, and Brandon Cody, Chris Garland, and Angie Hedrick; 10 great -grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; a host of loving nieces and nephews; special friends: Allison (Jody) Champion, and Brenda Boyd.
A graveside service was held on Friday, March 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Pastor Carroll Brackett officiating.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Dr. Jerry Lee  Eskridge 

Kings Mountain, NC – Dr. Jerry Lee Eskridge of Kings Mountain, NC died peacefully at Robin House Hospice in Gastonia on February 13th, 2022. He was 83. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Herman Eskridge; his mother, Mabel Irene Eskridge; his sister Myra Eskridge Morrison, and  brother-in-law, Carl Lee Morrison, Jr.
Jerry was born on February 7th, 1939 in Toluca, North Carolina at Edwards Clinic. He had one sister, Myra Eskridge Morrison. Jerry grew up in Double Shoals, NC. In grade school Jerry quickly formed a lifelong friendship with close friends loosely dubbed “The Gang”. As adults with families, they held annual reunions, Christmas celebrations, and beach trips.
He attended Shelby High School playing both basketball and football. He graduated in 1957. Jerry attended UNC Chapel Hill and earned his undergrad in Industrial Relations. After college he enlisted and served two years in the U.S. Army. Jerry and his future wife, Lynn, met up on a summer beach trip and started to date in 1960. He was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. While on weekend leave, Jerry would often hitchhike to Greensboro to spend time with Lynn who was attending Women’s College of Greensboro. He and Lynn married on March 28th, 1965.
After two years of managing at Fiber Industries, Jerry felt a calling to care for animals. Dr. Ted Westmoreland mentored and encouraged Jerry to go to vet school. He attended NC State University to earn his Pre-Med degree in 1971. Jerry then attended the University of Georgia in Athens to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. Under the encouragement of his mentor, Jerry opened his own veterinary practice in nearby Kings Mountain in 1977.
Dr. Eskridge practiced veterinary medicine for over 40 years at his own practice, Kings Mountain Animal Hospital. He cared for countless animals for the entire community with a warm heart for cold noses.
Along with an affinity for animals, he was a lifelong UNC Tarheel fan. Jerry adored college basketball and never missed a single ball game. His sense of humor was second to none as he loved cracking clever jokes and making others laugh. For decades he played tennis with friends weekly and attended a few US Opens. When he wasn’t working 6 days a week, he would take Sunday drives in his 1974 Triumph TR6 or as he called it, “little red car”. An avid reader and lover of history, Jerry was a virtual encyclopedia on World War II, naming off random battles and skirmishes. He had a passion for sailing, and although time rarely permitted, his good friend G.K. Howard encouraged him to come along on many sailing trips in the Virgin Islands.
Jerry was a member of Kings Mountain Rotary Club since 1977. He participated in their backpack program that began 10 years ago. It has fed 350,500 children locally. Jerry was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kings Mountain.
The most important thing to him was family and their well-being. After family get togethers, he wouldn’t rest easy until all of his adult kids had made it to their respective homes safely. Extremely generous, one of his favorite sayings was “We’re all in this together.” He loved spending time with his family, stating, “It doesn’t matter where we go, as long as we are together.” At family gatherings he thoroughly enjoyed listening to his family play songs on guitar, piano, and fiddle.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lynn, one daughter, Elizabeth Eskridge of Wendell, NC, two sons, Rame Eskridge and Will Eskridge, a daughter-in-law, Marie Eskridge, one grandson, Doc Wolfgang Eskridge of Athens, GA, and his dog, Mattie.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm March 26, 2022 at the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory.
The family will receive friends following the service. A private interment was held at Sunset Cemetery in Shelby.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial donations to Children’s Homes of Cleveland County www.chccinc.org, Cleveland County Animal Services, www.clevelandcountypets.org, or Robin Johnson House, www.gastonhospice.org
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
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Jessie Mae (Bishop) Timms

Kings Mountain, NC – Jessie Mae Bishop Timms, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with her Savior and Lord on March 17, 2022 at Caromont Hospital in Gastonia, NC.
She was born In McMinn County, Athens, Tennessee, the daughter of the late James O’Neal Bishop and Verdie Mae Bishop.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Clifton E. Timms; her son, Ronald Clifton Timms;stepson, Joel A. Timms; daughters-in-law, Wanda Ross Timms and Darlene Bailey Timms; brother James Charles Franklin Bishop and sister Bertha Bishop.
Jessie was a dedicated lifelong member at Macedonia Baptist Church, serving in numerous capacities and teaching the Dorcas Sunday School Class for approximately 20 years. She was a humble servant and generous with her time and talents, faithful to serve as Christ led her.  She was very faithful to her Savior, family, and friends. She retired from Park Yarn Mills/Glenn Raven after 46 plus years of service. Her loving kindness and servanthood will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
Jessie is survived by her husband, Earl R. Timms of the home for over 26 years, living in Winter Haven, Florida for approximately 9 years before returning to Kings Mountain, NC  in 2004; children: Morris E. Timms (Debbie) of Blythewood, SC; Gail Timms Smith (Mike) of Kings Mountain, NC, Allen R. Timms (Karen) of Floria; siblings:  Kay Bishop, James Bishop, Viola Bishop, Brenda Bishop and Patricia Bishop; grandchildren:  Dana T. Canoutas (Troy); Angel Smith Jenkins (Chris); Michelle T. Walker (Dale); Brian S. Timms (Jodi); Michael W. Smith (Jaime); Wendy T. Carswell (Worth); Kamie T. Russell (Carlton), Erica T. Woods (Ronnie), Amanda Powell (Brandon) and Matthew Timms (Baily); greatgrandchildren: Brittney York, Joshua Timms, Trena Jay, Ashley Meyers, Jamie York, Dylan Mayberry, Jessica Pettit, Brandon Timms, Matthew Timms, Matthew Jenkins, Skylar Smith, Ethan Timms, Ryne Smith, Isaiah Hernandez, Jaydin Hernandez, Liam Hernandez, Leo Powell, Raidon Powell, Lillyanna Powell and Autumn Woods; and 14 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Monday, March 21, 2022, at at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Dr. Chip Sloan and Michael Horne officated.
Visitation was at 10:00 - 10:50 AM on Monday, March 21, 2022 prior to the service in the Stained Glass Room at First Baptist Church.
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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Andrzej Bogdan Milewski

WINSTON SALEM, NC – When one sits down to write an obituary, one’s first thought is to look at a typical write-up, and use that as an example. But this was no typical man. Andrzej Bogdan Milewski was born on August 11, 1924 – the son Alfred, a decorated Polish army officer-turned-politician and Sabina, a dedicated, brave mother.
His childhood on the family farm in Bagrowo, Poland was idyllic, but war was never far. On February 10, 1940, Andrzej and his mother, sister, and brother were deported to Siberia. His father was already fighting on the front, and would be captured and imprisoned for several years. Through strong faith and luck, the family survived the brutal conditions of Stalin’s work camps. Released in March of 1942, he made his way to Kazakhstan and joined the newly formed Polish army (which would later become the British 8th Army, Polish 2nd Corps). Following in the footsteps of his father, he joined the artillery regiment. Journeying from Siberia to Iran, Iraq, and Palestine, he ultimately fought in the Italian campaign at the Battle of Monte Cassino, and fought bravely until the last day of the war on May 8, 1945.
After the war, he moved to England and was educated at the Leicester School of Textiles – but not before he met Ewa Szymańska, the daughter of a Polish colonel, at a post-war party. It’s fitting of Andrzej that when their eyes met across the room, the power went out, and Ewa felt a tap on her shoulder and a voice saying “pay attention to this one. He’s important.” And he was. They married on February 1, 1950.
He went on to successfully manage textile operations in England, Ireland, and finally, North Carolina, where he became known as a community leader for his fairness and kindheartedness. You could not go to the Food Lion in Kings Mountain without taking at least an hour, because he was always stopped by people wanting to talk with him – former employees, neighbors, friends.
Andrzej’s biggest success – his pride and joy – was his family. He and Ewa raised eight children with truly unconditional love. He is survived by Maciej (Helen, Karen, Peter), Teresa (Rodney), Lech (Anna, Ola, Kristina, Baqir), Halina, Jolanta (Scott, Matthew, Diana, Kate, Cameron), and Ela. He was preceded in death by his son, Bogdan, foster-daughter, Robin, siblings Teresa (Edgar, Raymond) and Stanislaw (Anita).
There is a saying by the late Maya Angelou, who fittingly lived in Winston-Salem at the same time Andrzej did. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” There is not a person Andrzej met that he did not grace with compassion and kindness.
If you find yourself in possession of a libation upon reading this, raise a glass – but do not mourn. He is not here. He is in the cool, green Polish forests where he ran and laughed and hunted in his youth. He is with the soldiers that fought with him. He is with his wife and children and grandchildren. He is in every moment that you hold the hand of someone you love, every moment that you stick to your convictions, every time you lift your heart in prayer to God, every moment that you lead with love.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4820 Kinnamon Rd., Winston Salem, North Carolina 27103.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to:
Catholic Relief Services: support.crs.org
Trellis Supportive Care (hospice): trellissupport.org
PCPM – Polish Center for International Aid to support Ukrainian refugees: pcpm.org.pl or any charity of your choice
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Angela “Angie” Renee Kirk 

Kings Mountain, NC – Angela “Angie” Renee Kirk, 46, of Kings Mountain, passed away March 5, 2022, at her home.
Angela was born in Kings Mountain.
She was a 1993 graduate of Bessemer City High School.
She attended Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Dianne “Dinky” Fite; grandparents, Oscar and Estelle Sanders, Earl and Elizabeth “Boots” Fite.
Angie is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, William “Billy” Kirk; father, David Fite of Kings Mountain; sisters, Tonia (Danny) Willard of Gastonia, and Kim Fite of Gastonia; special mother-in-law, Connie Scott of  Huntington, WV; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and beloved fur baby, Roxie.
A funeral service was held at 3:00 pm Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, 618 Chestnut Ridge Church Road, Kings Mountain, NC  officiated by Pastor Gregg Neely and Rev. David MacEachern.
The family received friends 1:30-3:00 pm prior to the service at the church.
Burial was at the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church 618 Chestnut Ridge Church Road Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service, Gastonia.
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Linda Scism Paul

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Linda Scism Paul, 73, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Grady and Fern Hovis Scism and was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Scism.
Linda was a longtime member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church. She retired from Cleveland County School System where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. Linda enjoyed traveling and was devoted to reading and studying the word of God. She was a wonderful grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them every chance she got. Linda was a loving wife, devoted mother, and a cherished friend and confidant to many. Her guidance, kindness, and love will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years: Wayne Paul, of the home; children: Holly Paul Barefoot and husband Jay of Hickory, NC and Eric Paul and wife Adrian of Sumter, SC; grandchildren: Lula Barefoot and Grace and Andrew Paul; brother: John Scism and wife Geraldine of Bennettsville, SC; sisters: Sadie Patterson and husband Gilbert and Shirley Ware, both of Kings Mountain, NC  and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverends John Bridges and Anita Ware officiating.
Interment was held in  Patterson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Memorials in Linda’s memory may be made to Testa Family Hospice House c/o Cleveland County Hospice 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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Douglas Rathbone

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Douglas Rathbone, 83, of Kings Mountain, NC, went to be with the Lord on March 09, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Dewey and Dona Dorsey Rathbone and was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Loretta Taylor Rathbone. Doug was also preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Lynn Ramey, and his brothers, Steve, Bobby, and Paul Rathbone and two sisters, Geraldine Hollifield and Juanita Sims.
He was a longtime member of First Wesleyan Church and retired from PPG as a foreman after many years of service. Doug served the United States honorably in the US Air Force. He loved sports and was an avid golfer. Doug enjoyed taking family vacations to his home at the coast and loved spending time in the mountains. His kindness, friendship and love will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.
He is survived by his granddaughter: Anna Ramey Moncrief and husband Eric of Hendersonville, NC; great-granddaughter: Callie Breeze Moncrief, Hendersonville, NC; son: James Ramey of Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Belinda Adams of Kings Mountain, NC and numerous nephews.
A graveside service was held on  Sunday, March 13, 2022 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 in Doug’s memory may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to St. Jude at https://www.stjude.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Gerald Edward Payne

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Gerald Edward Payne, 65, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on November 25, 2021 at his home in Kings Mountain, NC. He was born in Cherokee County, NC, son of the late Floyd T. and Bernice Drinnon Payne and was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Dean Payne and two nephews, Tim and Ken Payne.
Gerald graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1974 after which he began his career at Eaton Corp where he retired. He was an avid Nascar fan and loved to fish in his spare time.
He is survived by his niece: Robin Payne Pickett and husband Kevin; nephew: Mark Payne; several great nieces and nephew and beloved cousins.
A graveside service will be held on  Friday, March 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Grover Cemetery with Pastor Alan Sailors officiating.
Internment will be held in Grover Cemetery, Grover, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Wilma Ruth Dotson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Wilma Ruth Lawter Dotson, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 26, 2022.  Wilma was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1939 to the late Ida Ruth Edwards Lawter and Farris Lawter in Polk County, North Carolina.  She was the fifth of nine children.  In 1955, she was introduced to the love of her life, Dewey Dotson.  From the first day that they met, they were inseparable.  Wilma and Dewey married on December 18, 1956.  Wilma was a homemaker and dedicated mother to their 2 children, Ricky and Tony.
Her family was her greatest joy.  She especially loved being “Mema” to her 3 grandchildren, Jeff, Kim and Shelby.   She loved making sure everyone was uncomfortably full at each meal with her delicious cooking and baking, most notably her strawberry preserves, chicken and dumplings and lemon meringue pie.  She loved playing Rolly-bat in the backyard, watching the deer and birds from her window and listening to gospel music.      
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Dewey Dotson; son Tony Dotson; sister Janice Graham; brother Roger Lawter; grandson Jeffrey Dotson; granddaughters Kimberly (Larry) and Shelby (Aaron) and numerous family members and friends.
She was predeceased in death by her eldest son, Ricky; sisters Betty Jean Pierce and Jewel Wisnant; and brothers Joseph “Bo” Lawter, Farris “Jack” Lawter, Charles “Smug” Lawter and Billy “Cab” Lawter.
A private graveside service will be held at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Wilma’s honor to the American Cancer Society. 
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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Agnes Jeanette Robinson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mrs. Agnes J. Robinson, age 76, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 19, 2022, at her home.
Born March 2, 1945, in Tarboro, NC, Agnes was the daughter of the late Richard E. and Mary Modline Staton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years David Robinson and a sister Irene S. Hyman. Agnes was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She retired from Reeves Brothers in Bessemer City, NC after 30 years of service. Endearingly given the name “Maw Maw,” Agnes was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her sons: David Ray Robinson (Twyla), and Robert Earl Robinson both of Kings Mountain, NC; brother: James Staton (Peggy), Sharpsburg, NC; sister: Ruth Shepard, Tarboro, NC; grandchildren: Tiffany, Travis, Trey (Jenny), Rai (Molly)’ great-grandchildren: Bryonna, Shawn, Alexia, Mariah, Dalton, Brooks, Quinn, Sage, and Willow; special family: Kay and Jimmy Price and Cindy Evans
All services will be private.
Interment will be 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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David Bullock

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – David Bullock, 72, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away suddenly on February 22, 2022 in Clover, South Carolina.
He was born in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Lester Hayward and Victoria Carroll Bullock and was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Burton.
David attended Christ Worship Center in Gastonia, NC. He served the United States honorably as a member of the US Army. David retired from Eaton after 35 years of service as a machinist. He was a wonderful provider for his family. David was a loving husband, father, and grandfather whose guidance and encouragement will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife: Kimberlen Watts Bullock, Kings Mountain, NC; daughters: Michelle Higby and husband Chip of Gastonia, NC and Amanda Caldwell and Husband Carey of Woodruff, SC; grandchildren: Carrigan, Luke, and Kendall Caldwell, and Isaac and Landon Higby; brother: Dean Bullock and wife Sue, Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Nell Moore, Kings Mountain, NC, Ruth Burris, Albemarle, NC, and Shirley Stamey, Charlotte, NC
Funeral service was held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Christ Worship Center, Gastonia, NC with Reverends Carey Caldwell, Tim Barrett, and Jimmy Maney officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM prior to the service at the church.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney Fund at https://www.kidneyfund.org
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Sharon Greason Huss

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Sharon Greason Huss, 59, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 26, 2022 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, and was preceded in death by her father, Roger Lee Greason Sr.
Sharon worked in the textile industry for most of her life and attended True Gospel Holiness Church. She was an avid animal lover and loved being around people. Sharon was an outgoing person and enjoyed talking with people. She could carry on a conversation with anyone she met. Sharon was very independent and enjoyed doing things for others. Her sense of humor was a blessing to everyone who knew her. She loved music, especially Dwight Yoakam, who was her sweetheart.
She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. Her undying love, kindness, and sweet spirit will be greatly missed by everyone who loved her.
She is survived by her son: Michael Huss (Amy), Lincolnton, NC; mother: Pat Pennington Greason, Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Michael Ethan and Mylee Huss, and Wesley Dixon; brother: Roger Lee Greason Jr. (Angelia), Kings Mountain, NC; aunt Linda Setzer, Kings Mountain, NC and “Sissy”: Sheila Hallman and daughter Stacy White; niece and nephew: Nicolas and Katie Greason and a host of other loving family.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverends Tim Setzer and JR Robbins officiating
Visitation will be on  Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment will be 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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Tina Howell Clayton

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Tina Howell Clayton, 53, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on February 16, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Fred Odell and Betty Lou Howell. Tina worked in the cosmetology industry for more than 20 years having owned her own shop for some time. Tina was known by everyone for her strong will and always being beautifully dressed. She had a radiance that was undeniable to everyone she met. Tina loved being with her family. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life. Always full of encouragement, Tina could light up the room with her outgoing attitude and humor. She enjoyed her career and made a lasting impression everywhere she went. Tina was a  loving mother, doting grandmother, and wonderful friend who will be missed dearly by many.
She is survived by her husband: John Michael “Mikey” Clayton, Gastonia, NC; daughters: Kayla Brooke Mudd and husband Hunter Toney, Kings Mountain, NC, and Kloe Mudd, Gastonia, NC; grandchildren: Noah and Nicholas Toney; siblings: Reid Horton, Asheville, NC, Debra Horton, Gastonia, NC, and Karla Cain, Kings Mountain, NC; previous husband: Bryan Mudd and wife Heather Brittian, Gastonia, NC.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 3:00 PM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel
Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service in the Parlor of Harris Funeral Home
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Joy “Renee” Calhoun

GROVER - Joy “Renee” Calhoun, 64, of Grover, North Carolina met her Heavenly Father on February 9, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House.
She was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, daughter of the late Horace B. Burgin and Mildred Lorene Allen.
Renee was the owner of Military Park Quick stop and Military Park Mini Storage for 20 years. She was a longtime prayer warrior for Family Worship Center, Church of God, Kings Mountain. In her spare time, she loved to worship and study her Bible. She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends, but mostly, her grandbabies.
She had a heart of pure gold and will be missed by everyone.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence Calhoun of 42 years; son, Dillon Scott Ingle (Gisela); daughters, Crystal Tayara-Binns (Shannon), Jessica Calhoun Lail (Wesley), Bella Calhoun; grandchildren Jackson, Abe, Cruz, Edie; brother Randy Burgin (Kathy).
There was a private celebration of life with family and close friends.
Interment was held at Olney Presbyterian Church, 250 Olney Church Rd.,
 Gastonia, NC.
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Joanne Tessneer

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Joanne Morgan Tessneer, 88, passed peacefully after a day surrounded by her family, Sunday, February 20, 2022 at her home. A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Nannie Jones Morgan.
Joanne retired from Homelite/John Deere in Gastonia and was a member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. She loved being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who had a passion teaching children in Sunday school.  She was a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary and the Shelby Rescue Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Morgan.; and great grandson, Deacon McPherson.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 71 years, Dwight Tessneer, of the home; sons, Dr. Roger Tessneer of Bostic and Alan Tessneer and wife Julie of Amarillo, TX; daughters, Susan Blair and husband Sam of Gastonia and Betsy Tessneer and husband Tom Wells of Kings Mountain; sister, Harriette Burnett of Cherry Grove, SC; grandchildren, Adam Tessneer and wife Mary Allison, Samantha McPherson and husband Ben, Cameron Blair and wife Carmen, Derek Tessneer and wife Ashley, Destiny Tessneer, Dustin Tessneer and wife Julie, Riley Tessneer, Summer Tessneer and Krystal Wells; great grandchildren, Emma Grace, Leah Beth, Anna Claire, Preston, Niles, Gideon and Jakob.
The family will receive friends 5:00-7:30 PM Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home in Shelby.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, February 25, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, with the Rev. Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Joanne will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Gideons International, First Baptist Church Kings Mountain or Hospice of Cleveland County.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Rebecca Louise Edsall

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Rebecca (Becky) Oesch Edsall went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 15th, surrounded by her family at her home in Kings Mountain, NC.
The daughter of Olive Marie Krisher Oesch and the late Billie Eugene Oesch, Becky was born on November 22, 1954, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by sister Ramona Oesch, brother Wayne Oesch, brother William Oesch, and nephews Douglas Oesch and Travis Tuffley.
Becky is survived by her mother Olive Oesch of Kings Mountain, NC; her sister Renee Oesch Klein and husband Peter of Baltimore, Maryland; brother Wade Elliott Oesch of Waterloo, Indiana; daughters Brooke and Lyndsey Edsall, both of Kings Mountain; and Autumn Edsall Fincher and husband Bob of Hickory, NC; grandchildren Will, Carson Rebecca, and Claire Fincher; many be-loved nieces and nephews, and Johnny Hutchins, her long-time friend and faithful companion along with his daughter Buffy and husband John Murphy, daughter Tammy and husband Gary Houge, and son Chris and wife Christy Hutchins and their children and grandchildren. Becky will be missed by Toby, Copper and Tickle, her beloved puppies, who laid by her side until her very last day.
A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain, NC, officiated by Rev. Dr. K. Michael Varn and Rev. John W. Futterer. The family received friends from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Cleveland County Animal Services at 1609 Airport Road, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
 Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Betty Faye Patterson

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Betty Patterson of Kings Mountain passed away February 17th  at  Jim Testa Hospice House Kings Mountain.
She was married to the late Henry Patterson. Together they shared three children, two sons, the late Wayne Patterson and the late Kenny Patterson.
One daughter, Deborah Seay.
She was employed by Kings Mountain Hospital for many years, and was loved by everyone there! Her spirit of generosity, love and mercy will live on forever in the hearts of those that knew her best and loved her best!  She possessed a huge heart for others, and her service to mankind was endless! She will be greatly missed!
Memorials can be made to Jim Testa Hospice House of Kings Mountain.
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Charles Anderson Carrigan 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Charles Anderson Carrigan, 80, passed away on February 14, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.
Born in Gaston County on July 14, 1941, he was the son of the late John William Carrigan and Nadine Car-rigan Hedgepath. In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his sister, Ritta Carrigan.
Charles served in the United States Marine Corp before marrying his lifetime love Betty Faye Hanna on May 12, 1962. Charles was owner/operator of Carrigan Auto Sales and Cherokee Auto Auction.
He enjoyed volunteering and helping people in his community. His passions included donating to and attending The American Legion World Series and being involved with the children of Grace Christian Academy. He was once employed by and remained active with the Cleveland County Sheriffs Department. Charles was a member and former Deacon of Bethlehem Baptist Church and attended Branch Street Chapel. He was an active boater and loved fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway with his friends. He will be remembered for his love of life, his big smile, quick wit, and most of all his incredible heart.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Hanna Carrigan of Kings Mountain; four children: Sherry Rippy (Michael), Jimmy D. Faulkner Jr (Lynn), Lisa Yarbro (Leslie), and Tonya Leatherman (Scott); 8 grandchildren: Joshua Hollifield (Brandi), Matthew Faulkner(Maria), Dustin Yarbro, Taylor Rippy, Carrigan Leatherman, Tucker Leatherman, Leslie Brooks(Teddy), Amber McGill and 8 great grandchildren; Levi Hollifield, Bryson Yarbro, Jaxson Faulkner, Avery Oliver, Jason Pegg, Makayla Brooks, TJ Brooks, Jaylan McGill.
The family received friends from 5:00-8:00 Friday, February 18, 2022 at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home in Shelby. The Funeral service was held at 1:00 pm Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC with Pastor Michael Chambers officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
The family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be sent to: Grace Christian Academy (420 Branch St. Kings Mountain, NC 28086) and/or The American Legion World Series (117 A. W. Warren St. Shelby, NC 28150).
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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William Donald  “Don” Crawford

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – William Donald Crawford, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 5, 2022 at his home in Matthews, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Thomas Harmon and Ethel Lee Reynolds Crawford and was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Joe Ann Blalock Crawford and his daughter, Donna Ann Cornwell. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Jim Crawford.
Don was a longtime prominent resident of Kings Mountain and enjoyed staying active. He was involved in Boy Scouting for more than 80 years and a member of the Lions Club and countless other civic organizations. Don was a member of Boyce Memorial ARP Church where he and his late wife, Joe Ann, were very active.
Don possessed a servants heart which was reflected in the many awards and commendations awarded to him over the years. He was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest award given to a civilian by the governor, as well as the Dr. Charles Bell Award for scouting. Don served as the District Governor for the International Association of Lions Clubs and as the Wood Badge Deputy Camp Chief of Boy Scouts of America. Throughout his life, Don endeavored to enrich the lives of the people of Kings Mountain. Don’s leadership, kindness, friendship, and generous spirit will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Gloria Perkins-Crawford, Matthews, NC; grandchildren: William “Bill” Paul Cornwell (Melissa), Durham, NC, and Angela K. Cornwell Holder (Grant), Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchildren: Michael Cornwell, Sydney Cornwell, Anna Holder, and Kelsie Davis; step-children: Marcie Horton, Ed Sugg (Keri), Amy Rutledge (Eric); step-grandchildren: Brandon Sugg, Josh Wood, Dan Wood, Abbey Rutledge, Austin Rutledge, Ryan Sugg, Cory Sugg, and Spencer Sugg and numerous other loving family and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM with Reverend Robert Patrick III officiating at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.