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Sandra Bumgardner Wilson

10/13/44 - 02/09/2022

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Sandra Bumgardner Wilson peacefully flew into the arms of her Lord and Savior at 4:22 am on February 9, 2022.
She was born October 31, 1944 in Gaston County, NC. Family, friends, and everyone she ever came in contact with was always greeted with She Is “Blessed and Highly Favored”, and she truly was Blessed and Favored. Sandy had been homebound for several years but her faith, love, and smile never wavered. She was a beautiful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend to everyone. Her witness, love, and guidance will be missed but never forgotten.
She is proceeded in death by her husband of 36 years, Martin Luther “Junior” Wilson, Jr., parents William Pressley Bumgardner and Faye Childers Bumgardner Lovelace,  sister Beverly Bumgardner Scruggs, grandparents John Emmet and Ethal Farris Childers, Ed and Hattie Bumgardner, brother in law Dean Moore, stepson Randy Wilson, brother and sister in law Charles and Colleen Wilson and brother in law Robert Wilson.
She is survived by her sister Wanda Moore, brother Jeff Lovelace and Grace, brother Bill Bumgardner, sister Denise Holland and Bobby, step father George Lovelace, brother in-law Howard Scruggs, sister in-law Judy Wilson, stepsons Danny Wilson and Scott Wilson and Lane, like a sister Aunt Joyce Roark and Don, grandsons Joe Wilson and Julie, Brad Wilson and McKenzie, her precious great grandchildren Annie and Lily Kate Wilson, and Shephered and Gryffin Wilson who  were her pride and joy.  Her extended family of nieces and nephews, her very special niece Deanna Brown and Joe, Susie Graham and Kenneth, Ryan Lovelace, Mandy Patton and Tony, Terra Ross, Jennifer Wright and Gary, Fleet Wilson and Lisa, Baron Wilson and Sharon, Leeann Bridges and Michele, Robert Wilson. Other great and great-great nieces and nephews of her family she loved are her coffee buddy D Martin and Scott and kids Ashtyn, Cadyn, and Kensen, who spent lots of nights with Aunt Sandy,  J Basilan and Ben, Tyler Chapman and Meredith and daughter Olivia, Caleb Hughes and Amber and kids Railey, Kye, and Parker, Cailyn Van Buren and Eric and kids Wyatt and EJ, Beth Queen and Justin, Hannah Morris, Lilly Ross, Fleet “Chip” Wilson Jr. and so, so many more.
Sandy was a member of Faith Baptist Church for more than 50 years joining on July 21, 1971. She served and wore hats of so many positions. Her love for music, teaching, fellowship with her church family and others made her heart joyous. She loved the old hymns and Gospel music.  She would invite anyone she knew or met and even gave rides for anybody who needed them. Her Pastor J.R. Robbins and wife Patty along with her entire church family were her heart.
Sandy worked many years at the Margrace Mill where she became a bookkeeper. This job was her lifes work. She joined the Kerns Trucking Company early in the business and became part of the Kerns Trucking family. She worked there until she retired after more than 35 years. She became the caregiver to her sweet husband Junior until his passing.  She was caregiver to her mother Faye Lovelace until her passing.  Her house became the rehab center for the family. Her home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay.  No one ever was turned away. Because of the great place her house is located, it was the place to always stop and visit. She always had a blessing to share and love to give and loved to be around people.  She had her own medical issues over the years, but she continued to share her Lord and Savior everywhere she could. She became homebound and never a day passed that she missed a chance to still share when she could. There is no one like her and her sweet smile, true heart and Godly witness and love will be missed.   God’s love surely shown through her.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church at 1009 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Kristy Ann Huffman

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kristy Ann Huffman, 52, of Kings Mountain, NC, was suddenly taken from us on Friday, February 11, 2022. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, daughter of the late Daniel and Kathleen Poggen Huffman.
She worked as a waitress for most of her life. Kristy was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many. She will be dearly missed by her beloved family.
She is survived by her children: Jeremy Huffman (Angel), Kings Mountain, NC, Brittany Campau (Brendon), York, SC, Travis Hale (Carson), Kings Mountain, NC, and Zachary Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; step-children: Stephanie Hale, Lincolnton, NC, and Justin Hale (Vickie-Lynn), Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Dason, Braydon, Gemma, Connor, Oliver, Jeremy Jr., Chloe, Trey, Jasmine, Lil Justin, Andrew, Tristan, and Daisy; longtime Companion: James Ray Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; uncles: Don Huffman and Bobby Huffman and cousin: Teresa Carrigan
The family will hold a private Celebration of Life Service.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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James Robert Ledford

James Robert Ledford

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James Robert Ledford, 77, of Kings Mountain, NC, died at home on February 12, 2022.
 Robert was born on May 24, 1944 in Kings Mountain, NC, son of the late Plato and Louise (Goforth) Ledford. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Ann Sutton Ledford, and brothers Arnold Ledford and Wayne Ledford.
Robert graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1962 and received an Associate degree in Applied Science in Business Administration from Gaston College in 1982.
Robert worked for Harris Teeter as Meat Market Manager for 30 years and at home on the family’s small farm. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and choir member, and he was a volunteer at Bethware Elementary School. As a younger man, he was an avid trail rider on his horse, “Big Red.” Robert never met a stranger, and if he didn’t know you, he knew of you or your family. His generous spirit, kindness, humor, and deep sense of family will be greatly missed.
Robert is survived by his two children, Charlene Reese Couch (Paul) and Derek Reese (Crystal), and his granddaughter, Autumn Reese, as well as a brother, Hubert Ledford (Kathy), a sister, Jean Ledford McClure (Jack), and a sister-in-law, Colean Ledford. He had seven nieces and one nephew.
A graveside service will be held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church’s cemetery in Kings Mountain on Wed., February 16 at 11 AM.
Memorial donations may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church at 1022 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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John Clarence DeVeney

John Clarence DeVeney

PALMETTO, FL – John C. DeVeney, 96, resident of Palmetto, Fl, died February 01, 2022 at Heritage Park Center, Bradenton, FL.
He was born in Casar, NC to the late Adam Lee Deveney and Ocie W. DeVeney and widower of Betty Allan DeVeney. In addition to his  parents and wife, he was also proceeded in death by his brothers Worth DeVeney and Stowe DeVeney.
He was a member of Westgate Baptist Church, Plantation, FL.  He was a retired mason and veteran.
Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Sue D. Allen and Wiley Allen of Kings Mountain; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary N. DeVeney and wife Marie, Charles A. DeVeney and wife Liz both of Naples, Fl.  One daughter and son-in-law, Connie and David Thornton of Palmetto, Fl.   4 Grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Mountain Rest Cemetery at 11:00 AM with Reverend Eddie Grey officiating.
Memorials may be made to: Shepherds Foundation  1805 15th Ave.  Union Grove, WI 53182, Hospice of Cleveland County or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Grady  Farris, Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Grady Durdin Farris Jr., 66, died Friday, February, 4, 2022 at his home.
Born in Gaston County, he is the son of Geraldine Wall and the late Grady Farris Sr.
Grady loved his family and was a talented tradesman who never met a stranger. He was a big Steelers fan who also enjoyed remote control airplanes and playing music with various instruments.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sons, Grady “Sonny” Farris III and wife Lee Ann of Kings Mountain, Michael Farris and wife Jessica of Dallas; daughters, Candice Farris and fiancé Jeremy Hollifield of Jacksonville, NC, and Alysha Williams of Taylorsville, NC; sister, Wanda Farris of Winston-Salem, NC; step sister, Tammy Bailey of Concord; grandchildren, Erin Farris, Colby Farris, Trey Mitchell, Carter Farris, Madison Farris, Haven Hollifield, and Elden Hollifield.
A celebration of life service will be held at 5 pm, Thursday, February 10, 2022, at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services in the church.
Grady is now rejoicing with his best friend Darrin Sarvis.
Flowers may be sent to the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain.
Online condolences:  www.claybarnette.com
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Evelyn Faye Wright

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Evelyn Faye Wright, 87, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 4, 2022 at her residence in Kings Mountain, NC.
Born in Cleveland, NC, She was daughter of the late Sidney Short and Doris Oliver Short and was also preceded in death by her husband James “Jim” Ray Wright, Son, Larry Ray Wright and granddaughter, Jennifer Wright.
Evelyn was a member of the Family Worship Center, Church of God, Kings Mountain.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She always put others first and was a true servant to everyone she met.    She enjoyed traveling and camping, having traveled all over the United States and the world.  
She is survived by daughter: Kathy Wright Bridges, Kings Mtn.; son: Danny Kaye Wright and Patricia Abernathy, Kings Mtn.; 5 grandchildren: Michael B. Smith and Ashley, Kings Mtn. , Heather W. Seiler and Ray, Kings Mtn., Ashley Smith and Jonathan Seright, Shelby, Jamie Smith and Ashley, Bessemer City, Chris Wright and Nicole, Kings Mtn.; 8 great-grandchildren: Robbie, Raya, Jon, Khloe, Kindal, Kaylee, Kaycee, and Abel.
A private family funeral service will be held.
Interment will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Jonas Edmond “Eddie” Leftwich

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Jonas Edmond Leftwich, 74, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on February 2, 2022 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Fred Drews and Evelyn Hullender Drews and was preceded in death by a brother, David Leftwich.
Eddie was a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. He served his country honorably in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. Eddie worked in the automotive repair industry and owned repair shops in Kings Mountain. He retired from Cape Fear Trucking in Dallas, NC. Eddie lived his entire life in Kings Mountain and was a past member of Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed playing gospel music with his friends at local nursing homes.
He is survived by his wife: Wanda Faye Leftwich; sons: Mike Leftwich (Kim) Canton, GA, Steven Jones (Amanda) Gaffney, SC,  Greg Jones, Zepher Hills, FL, and Bryan Leftwich (Amanda) Gastonia, NC; daughters: Michelle Cox (Gary) Kings Mountain, NC and Ashley Lovelace (Davie) Kings Mountain, NC; brothers: Joe Leftwich (Donna) California, and Nick Leftwich (Brenda) Clover, SC; 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren
A celebration of life service will be announced later by the family.
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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Wilda Christine Trout

KINGS MOUNTAIN , NC – Wilda Christine Trout, 93, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 29, 2022 of natural causes at The Phoenix of Dunwoody assisted living facility in Dunwoody GA.
She was born in Woodruff, SC, daughter of the late Thomas Ferd Lanford (Woodruff’s first Fire Chief) and Susan Cannon Lanford. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband, Guy C. Trout who died in 2008. Wilda was also preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Thomas Ferd Lanford Jr., MN; John D Lanford, SC; Ouida L. Presti, MA and Jeannette L. Morris, MA.
Wilda was a faithful member of Central United Methodist Church where she loved singing in the choir. She was also an amazing cook, especially baking and frequently shared with her friends and neighbors. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She was an accomplished typist and used an old-fashioned typewriter for many years to write letters to her children, sisters, nieces and nephews. She truly loved her family very much, especially her only granddaughter Lauren who was the apple of her eye. She played piano by ear, no sheet music necessary and young Lauren would sit next to her and sing. She was a sweet, kind and generous lady who is being reunited with her beloved husband Guy on their anniversary February 5.
She is survived by her son: Dennis Guy Trout and wife Susan Eddy Trout of Snellville GA; daughter: Karen Trout Nauss of Greenville NC and Granddaughter: Lauren Sierra Trout of Atlanta GA; nieces and nephews: David Lanford, AZ; Pamela Lanford WI; Richard Lanford, IL; Susan E. Calomo, MA and Carol M. Saster, MA
A graveside service was held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Bruce Gwyn officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, February 4, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina    Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Ray Bridges

SHELBY, NC – Charles Ray Bridges, 84, of Shelby, NC, passed away on January 27, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Spartanburg County, SC, son of the late Everette Jack and Florence Faircloth Bridges and was preceded in death by his brother, Buck Bridges, and a sister, Deloris Falls.
Charles served his country honorably in the Air Force Reserves. He was the owner and operator of Custom Metal Fabrication for more than 28 years. In his spare time, Charles enjoyed spending time outdoors, riding horses, fishing, and golfing. Charles was an avid big game hunter and enjoyed hunting across the United States and abroad. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His leadership, commitment to his community, friendship, and guidance will be missed greatly by everyone who knew Charles.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Jeanne Hastings Bridges, of the home; daughter: Carla Burton and husband Shane, Blacksburg, SC; son: Chuck Bridges and wife Paige Harris, Savannah, GA; grandchildren: Shannon Ray Bridges and Adrian Burton; great-grandchildren: Marley and Brennan Bridges, and Brent Dalton; sister: Sue Phifer and husband John, Kings Mountain, NC
A Memorial service was held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Patterson Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Tim Hendrick officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Bridges memory may be made to Patterson Grove Baptist Church Building Fund at 301 Oak Grove Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Ryan Scott Hale

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ryan Scott Hale, 29, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 30, 2022 at his home. He was born in Cleveland County, NC, and was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gene Hale and his maternal grandfather, Buddy Bell.
He is survived by his parents: James Ted Hale and Jackie Bell Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; brother: Ted Hale and wife Sarah, Colorado Springs, CO; sisters: Heather Hale Vernitsky and husband Scott, Stanley, NC, and Jamie Hale, Kings Mountain, NC; grandmothers: Dorothy Hale, Kings Mountain, NC, and Tina Desjardins, Lindonville, VT; beloved Furbaby: Theo; nieces and nephews: Logan, Rylee, Jaxon, Ava, Sydney, and Jackie (Lil Gam).
Funeral services will be announced later by the family.
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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Doris Nell Spearman

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Doris Nell Spearman, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 26, 2022 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby, NC.
 She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Emmett and Ethel Farris Childers and was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William Glenn Spearman. Doris was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Mildred Caldwell, Faye Lovelace, and Betty Hughes.
She was a longtime faithful member of Oak View Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ from 1974 until 2017. She retired from the textile industry after many years of dedicated service. Doris was an avid reader, loved traveling, and making beautiful needlework crafts for her family that will be treasured for many years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved spending time with her family. Her kindness, guidance, and generosity will be missed by everyone who knew Doris.
She is survived by daughters: Elaine Anderson (Eddie), and Glenda Waters (Dwayne), both of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Krystal Proctor, Charlotte, NC, Shannon Elmore (Bennett), Kings Mountain, NC, and Lauren Thornburg (Jamie), Grover, NC; great-grandchildren: Bentlee and Khaegyn Elmore, and Jaxxon Thornburg; sister: Joyce Roark (Don), Kings Mountain, NC and a special sister: Bessie Blanton, Clover, SC.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Oak View Baptist Church with Reverends Wayne Brazzell, Billy Cooper and Carey Caldwell officiating
Visitation will be on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm prior to the service at Oak View Baptist Church.
Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Memorials may be made to Oak View Baptist Church at 1517 York 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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Michael Scott "Mickey" Powers Sr.

 KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Michael Scott Powers Sr., 79, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 23, 2022 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby, NC.
He was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, son of the late Fred Ertle and Norma Crook Powers.
Mickey loved the Lord and was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. He attended Appalachian State University where he earned his Masters Degree in Administration. Mickey worked in sales for more than 25 years and in education for many years, teaching school and eventually retiring from Cleveland County Schools as an Assistant Principal at Kings Mountain Middle School. Mr. Powers was admired by his fellow educators and students alike for his determination, work ethic and the passion he possessed for education. Mickey also taught at Cleveland Community College in the G.E.D. Program. He was an avid golfer and worked at the Masters Golf Tournament for more than 30 years as a Gallery Supervisor on the 7th hole. Mickey was an animal lover and adored his canine companion "Willie Mae". The impression Mickey made on his family, students, friends, and his community will never be forgotten. He will be missed tremendously by everyone whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years: Patti C. Powers, of the home; children: Lisa Powers Bryant (John), Kings Mountain, NC, Stephanie Dotson (Dale), Gibson City, IL, Ken Wilson (Crystal) North Myrtle Beach, SC, and Michael Scott Powers Jr. (Shelley), Kings Mountain, NC;
siblings: Eric "Randy" Powers (Danelle), Norfolk, VA, and Cynthia Powers, Wilmington, NC; grandchildren: Wilder Clark, Bailey Voges, Sydney O'Neill, Sage Dotson, Leul Dotson, Ma-Kayla Smith, Shaelin Smith, Kelsey Powers, Riley Powers, and Alley Powers and great-grandchild: Macon Clark

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.

Visitation will be held on  Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM prior to the service in the Stained Glass Room of First Baptist Church.

Interment will be held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC       

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mickey's memory, may be made to First Baptist Church Missions at PO Box 786, Kings mountain, NC 28086.        

Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements. less
 
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Joyce Leming Clark

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC - Joyce Leming Clark,87, died Monday, January 24,2022 at White Oak Manor of Kings Mountain.
Born in Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late James and Genava Standridge Leming. Joyce retired from Wix after more than 30 years of service. She loved her family and her church First Wesleyan of Kings Mountain. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who will be deeply missed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Larry Clark; son, Mark West; brothers, Jimmy Leming and wife Sandy, and Danny Leming; sister, Annie Bell Stone and husband Jimmy; brother-in-laws, Robert Horton and Red Dodson.
She is survived by her sons; Mike West and wife Kim and Jimmy West and wife Pam all of Kings Mountain; Sisters, Jean Dodson, Debbie Yates, Faye Horton, Linda Moss, and Susie Bryson and husband Tom; grandchildren, Jessica Ramirez, Tyler West, and William Ray West; great grandchildren, Austin West, Katie Ramirez, Alexis Ramirez, and Landon Ramirez; sister in law, Debbie Leming A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 26,2022 at 2PM, in Mountain Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Eddie Grayofficiating. The public may drop in between 10am-12pm Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home for a public viewing.
 
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Barbara  Brooks  Gantt 

Middlesex, MA – Barbara Brooks Gantt, 66, passed away January 16, 2022. A native of Middlesex, Mass., she was born to the late Thomas and Rose McCoine Brooks. She was also preceded in death by her husband Louis Gantt. She is survived by her daughter Heather Clucas and husband Matt of Kings Mountain, brothers Tom Brooks and wife Teresa of Kings Mountain, Randy Brooks and Jimmy Brooks and wife Susan, both of Shelby, grandchildren Zack Hayes and wife Ambriel, great grandchild Sophia Hayes, granddaughter Chloe Hayes, step grandchildren Aubreanna, Luke, and Katilyn Clucas, all of Kings Mountain, her life long friend Lauri Spearman and all of her teammates with the Silver Belles softball team.
Barbara was a member of the Beth Shiloh Messianic Synagogue. She loved playing softball and took her Crest High School team to the North Carolina state championship. She also loved her horses.
A Celebration of Life was held at 6:00 PM Tuesday January 25, 2022 in the Chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Greg Neeley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
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James “Jimmy” A. Littlejohn 

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – James “Jimmy” A. Littlejohn, 80, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away suddenly on January 15, 2022 at his home.
He was born in Gaston County, NC, to the late James E. Littlejohn and Sarah Beth Coon Littlejohn Pendleton and was preceded in death by his step father, Cecil A. Pendleton.
Jimmy attended Kings Mountain Baptist Church while growing up. He retired from Lithium Corp after many years of service. Jimmy served his country by serving in the North Carolina National Guard. His life revolved around his classic cars, following all types of sports, keeping in touch with his family and friends and enjoying 50’s and 60’s rock and roll and beach music. An outstanding KMHS football player and dedicated youth football coach for many years, Jimmy was inducted into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his sister: Susan Gibson and husband Barry, Kings Mountain, NC; nieces: Mary Elizabeth Carrigan and husband Jamie, and Jennifer Ann Conner and husband Shan, both of Kings Mountain, NC; great nephews: Gibson and Harrison Conner, both of Kings Mountain, NC; special family friends: Kimberly Deal Sanders, Tim Sanders, Brad Austin, and Keith Falls
Graveside services were held on  Monday, January 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at 128 South Tryon Street Ste 110-287, Charlotte, NC 28202 or to Kings Mountain Baptist Church at PO Box 608, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary “Sis”
Elizabeth (Cook) Heath

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Mary “Sis” Elizabeth (Cook) Heath, born November 1st, 1942 in Easley, SC, passed away January 20th, 2022 at 5:27 AM at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John Cook and Mary Ella Kate Cook Reynolds, her siblings Earl Cook and Ruby Willis; brother-in-law Bob Willis; sister-in-law Faye Cook; and niece Shelia Willis.
She leaves behind two children: Kim Callahan and husband Keith of Kings Mountain, and Bobby O’Brien and wife Bonnie of Lawndale; one step daughter; Vickie Heath Bowen of Shelby; five grandchildren: Brandi and Chris Wilkinson of Kings Mountain; Brad Callahan and wife Kristy of Kings Mountain; Josh O’Brien of Kings Mountain; Robert and Hannah O’Brien of Lawndale; five great-grandchildren: Cailey Sheppard of Blacksburg; Carli and Alyssa Wilkinson, Jathan and Aleah Callahan of Kings Mountain; five nieces/nephews: Rita Lovelace, Bobby Willis, and Johnny Willis of Cherryville; Jeff Cook of Bessemer City; Mandy Champion of Clover; two beloved parakeets: Noelle and Baby Blue; her best friend of many years: Sadie Thrower of Shelby and many other beloved friends and family members.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all the palliative nurses, volunteers, chaplains and case workers at Hospice Cleveland County as well as the staff members of Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain for the amount of love, support and care they provided Mary over her journey.
A graveside service was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:00 A.M.  
Visitation: Family spoke  to friends immediately following the service in the cemetery.
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Keiko  Nishiyama

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC– Keiko Nishiyama, 69, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2022. Born in Japan, she came to the United States in 1977, and settled in Kings Mountain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Masahiro Lee Nishiyama, her parents, and a sister.
After raising her three sons, she opened Keiko’s Massage Therapy in Shelby, which she operated for almost 20 years. In her spare time, she volunteered at a local hospice facility and enjoyed gardening, hiking, needlework, and experiencing new things. Her kindness and generosity will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her.
She is survived by her sons Hiroki, Naoki, and Yuuki (Emily); grandsons Beckham and Owen; a brother, sister, and aunt.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice.
A Graveside Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be  held on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM prior to the service in the parlor of Harris Funeral Home
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Charlene Yates Sellers

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Charlene Sellers, 78, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on January 13, 2022 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Hugh W. and Helen Parrish Yates and was preceded in death by her brother, Eric Yates.
Charlene was of the Christian faith. She worked in the manufacturing industry most of her life. Charlene was an avid animal lover and enjoyed feeding the neighborhood animals and spending time watching the birds that frequented the feeders at her home. She loved being outside tending to her flowers and keeping her lawn neat and tidy. Charlene loved people and was always willing to help anyone in need. Always a generous person, Charlene donated to several charities who help animals and veterans. She was a wonderful mother, sister, friend, and neighbor who will be missed greatly by her loved ones.
She is survived by her son: Todd Sellers and wife Wendi of Kings Mountain, NC; sister: Jane Frye and husband David of Asheville, NC and  sister-in-law: Sherry Yates of Kings Mountain, NC.
The family will hold a private celebration of life service to honor the memory of Charlene
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Charlene’s memory to Testa Hospice House at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Corinne Elizabeth “Beth”  Tittle

GASTONIA, NC – Corinne Elizabeth “Beth” Tittle, 71, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on January 12, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.
She was born in Mecklenburg County, NC, daughter of the late Harold and Doris Joyner O’Shields and was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth O’Shields.
Beth was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain and worked as an assistant teacher for more than 10 years. Beth loved Jesus with her whole heart and her love for people was displayed everyday. She possessed a radiance that penetrated the lives of everyone she met. Her constant encouragement and eagerness to fill the needs of others was an inspiration to her entire community. Beth loved her friends and family and one of her greatest joys was being “Nana” to her grandchildren. Her strength, loyalty, guidance and love will be missed more than words can express by everyone who knew her. Beth was loved beyond measure by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband: David Tittle, of the home; daughters: Amber McGrath and husband Brian, Simpsonville, SC, and Heather Bryan and husband Blue, Hoschton, GA; sister: Laurea Piedallu, Concord, NC; grandchildren: Madison, Lily, and Brooklyn McGrath and Campbell, Piper, and Beckett Bryan; nephew: Tim Caudle
Funeral service was held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC with Reverend Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation was held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM prior to the service in the Stain Glass Room of 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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Billy Belk 

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Billy Belk, 72, died Tuesday, January, 4, 2022, at Robin Johnson Hospice House of Dallas.
Born January 2, 1950, in Atlanta, GA, he lived in Kings Mountain and served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
He is survived sisters, Bonnie Sue Patterson of Bessemer City and Louise Carpenter of Kings Mountain; brother, Percy Harris of Gaffney, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 12 PM on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain with Chaplain Anita Harvin officiating.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain
Online condolences:  www.claybarnette.com
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James H. Hope

Youngstown, Ohio  – James H. Hope, 76 of Youngstown, Ohio  died Friday afternoon at Heritage Manor.
James was born May 10, 1945 in Archdale, NC, a son of the late Winfred and Ada (Howell) Hope.
James was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp/Air America  serving in the Vietnam War. He was a former member of Zion Hill United Brethren Church and Locust Grove Baptist Church.  He was also a member of the Columbiana American Legion, the VFW of Washingtonville, Air America Association and the Moose Lodge of Winston-Salem, NC. James retired in 1999 as owner/operator of Falcon MC Distributing, a Travel Accessory Business.
His wife, the former Ethelda Hofmann, whom he married January 2, 1966, died November 12, 2011.  He will be sadly missed by his children, Marcia (Wes) Hope-Warren of Virginia, Connie Mae (Melvan) Saunders of Columbiana, Dawn I. Karash of Boardman and grandchildren, Amelia (Justin) Oaks, Melvan (Maria) Saunders,Jr.,  Thomas (Kristin) Saunders,  Kirk Wolf, Kaleigh Saunders and Hope Karash and four great-grandchildren, Julius Saunders, Natalie Saunders, Benjamin Oaks and William Oaks.  James also leaves a sister, Shirley (Charles) Bradham of Clover, SC, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, James was preceded in death by three brothers, Winfred Hope, Kenneth Hope, Larry Hope  and a granddaughter, Angel Whitehair. Private graveside services will be held Friday, January 7th.  The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to DAV (Diasabled American Veterans) P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  45250-0301 or DAV.org.
Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel in Canfield, Ohio served the family of Mr. Hope.
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Kenneth “Ken” S. Bryan

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Kenneth “Ken” S. Bryan, 68, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 23, 2021 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Hertford County, NC. Mr. Bryan was retired from Duke Energy after 36 years of service and was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain. NC. He was a talented musician  who enjoyed playing the bass, guitar and drums. He got his start singing in the children’s choirs at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church and later sang in the NC Boys Choir for several years. He was a member of several bands over the years and currently a member of the Whiskey’s Alibi Band,  recording several CDs.  Ken was also a member of the Duke Retirement Lunch Group and enjoyed nature and the outdoors. His hobbies included hiking, canoeing, kayaking, crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years: Patricia “Pat” W. Bryan, Kings Mountain NC; mother and father: John and Dott M. Faulkenbury, Durham, NC; brother: Greg Bryan and wife Karen, Willow Spring, NC; Greg Faulkenbury and wife Dil, Fort Mill, SC; beloved dog: Sasha; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Life Service will be held on January 6, 2022 at 1:30 PM at Resurrection Lutheran Church with Reverend Michael Varn officiating. Masks will be required for entry into the service.
Memorials may be made to: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 600 Crescent Circle Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Toy Max Davis

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Toy Max Davis, 75, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 31, 2021 at his home.
 He was born in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Franklin and Mandy Pryor Davis and was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Roy Davis.
Toy was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church and a Master Mason at State Line Lodge 375. He worked at PPG for 29 years and was also a contractor for many years. He enjoyed working with his hands, doing carpentry work, and working to keep his home and yard beautiful. Toy enjoyed sharing stories with anyone who would listen, often recounting the joys and hardships of his childhood. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather to many, and a father figure to so many more. He will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years: Kathleen Bridges Davis, of the home; sons: Tracy Max Davis (Karen), Grover, NC, Brian Lee Davis (Amanda), Kings Mountain, NC, James Robert Philbeck (Scottie), Grover, NC, and Troy Wishon Jr. (Tiffany), Shelby, NC; daughter: Cathy Pilkin, Kings Mountain, NC; brothers: Willie Davis (Diane), and Carl Davis (Judy), both of Kings Mountain, NC and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Memorial service will be held at Patterson Grove Baptist Church, Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 2:00 P.M.   Rev. Tim Hendrick, officiating.
Visitation: 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 5, 2022 prior to the service at the church. 
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Betty Champion Greene

SHELBY, NC – Betty Champion Greene, 82, formerly of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2021 at her home.
She was born in Wake County, NC, daughter of the late James Robert Champion Sr and Lindsey Carroll Champion and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Emmett Odell Greene. Betty was also preceded in death by her brothers, Donald W. and James Robert Champion Jr., and her sister, Edna C. Harrison.
She was a current member of David Baptist Church and a former member of Macedonia Baptist Church. Betty was an avid shopper and loved collecting angels. She loved spending time with her grandchildren who were always the center of her life. Betty, affectionately known as “Granny”, was in constant prayer. She prayed without ceasing for everyone she met and loved. Her generous, kind, and loving spirit will be missed tremendously by everyone who knew and loved Granny. Until we see you again: “Do you know what?”.... “I love you”.
She is survived by her daughter: Lisa Greene Weaver and husband Bill, Shelby, NC; grandchildren: Angel Queen (Phillip), Dustin Mode, Thomas Weaver (Chrissy), and Nicholas Weaver; great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Jackson Queen; longtime best friend: Nadine Turner, Kings Mountain, NC.
Funeral service was held on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 12:00 PM at David Baptist Church with Reverends David Turner and Brian Taule officiating.
Visitation was held on Friday, December 31, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM prior to the service at David Baptist Church
Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC  
 The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Cleveland County. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to 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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Avis Warlick Gill

Avis Warlick Gill, age 93, passed away on May 31st in Lakeland, Fl.
A native of Kings Mountain, she is survived by a son Dr. Daniel Gill and his wife Isabelle, a daughter Robin P. Carlin, a grandson Brent Alexander Carlin and his wife Lejanet Herrera.
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Veronica Adkins “Nikki” Petry

 GAFFNEY, SC—Veronica A. Petry, 38 of Gaffney, SC, died Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 15, 1983 in Tazewell County, Virginia, she was the daughter of Charles Allen and Sandra Anette Boyd Adkins.
A US Army veteran, Mrs. Petry was employed with Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was a member of North Point Church in Gaffney, SC. She taught in the children’s ministry.
She graduated Kings Mountain High School, Class of 2001. With her love of music and playing clarinet and the saxophone, brought her to play in the high school band. She was team captain in Volleyball and were conference champions.
Along with her parents, she is survived by her husband of 14 years, Samuel Eugene Petry II, her son, Tripp Petry of Gaffney, SC, her siblings, Marisa Fraizer (Christopher) of Spartanburg, Zenas Adkins, Elizabeth Atkins, and Celena Atkins, all of Kings Mountain, NC, numerous nieces and nephews, along with many great friends.
Visitation was at 3:00 – 3:50 PM Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307. A funeral service was at 4:00 pm at the Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jack Phillips.
The family would like to give special thank you to Gigi McElrath for the excellent care given to Veronica.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or online at www.online@stjude.org or K-Love.com radio station 88.3 online at https://donor.klove.com/
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com
The J. F. Floyd Mortuary is serving the family.
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Phyllis Elaine Thompson

SHELBY, NC – Phyllis Elaine Thompson, 74, of Shelby, NC went to Heaven on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.
Born in Murphy, NC (Cherokee County) on February 11, 1947, she was the daughter of Lydia Magaline Davenport Thompson and Kermit Wayne Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Walters.
Phyllis was retired from the Patrick Senior Center (City of Kings Mountain). She previously attended Pleasant City Church before becoming a resident at Peak Resources Cherryville.
Phyllis is survived by her best friend and sister, Patricia Hinson of Shelby, NC; niece, Carolyn Henwood and husband Pierre of Kings Mountain, NC; niece, Teresa Hollmann (Eric) of Chicago, IL; nephew, Barry White and wife Carla of Gaffney, SC; grandnieces: Carmen Henwood of Raleigh, NC; Hannah Guffey of Bessemer City, NC;  Sarah Burgess of Plant City, FL; grandnephews: Curtis Jenkins of Clover, SC; Josh Walters of Newbern, NC; Russ Walters of Colorado Springs, CO and Ryan Felton of Cleveland, TN; brothers: William Thompson of Bessemer City, NC; Wayne Thompson of Shelby, NC; sisters: Debbie Felton of Cleveland, TN and Cindy Thompson of Gastonia, NC; special cousin, Zandra MacDonald of Canton GA and two life-long friends: Caroleen Mingus of Murphy, NC  and Ellen Long of Milton, FL.
Phyllis was very loved and will be missed by her family. The family wishes to thank all those who cared and prayed for her.
All services are private.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Myra Kay Howell

GROVER, NC – Myra Kay Howell, 79, of Grover, NC, passed away surrounded by her loving daughters on December 9, 2021 at Testa Hospice in Kings Mountain, NC. She was born in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late David Durbro and Myra Louise Phillips McCarter and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jimmie Lee Howell. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Marie Howell, her brother, David Douglas McCarter, and her stepfather, Frank Dale Batchelor. Kay retired from Cleveland County Schools where she worked for many years as a bus driver and in the cafeteria at Grover Elementary School. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Grover. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading her bible daily. Kay loved spending time with her family whom she loved with all her heart. The memory of her love, guidance, and  kindness will be cherished by everyone who knew and loved Kay.
She is survived by daughters: Kelly Crocker (Michael), Grover, NC and Leigh Howell, Earl, NC; sisters: Gwenne McCarter, Blacksburg, SC and Lisa Batchelor Booth and her husband Reverend Bill Booth, Maryville, TN; 7 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2:30 PM at First Baptist Grover with Reverends Scott Kerstead and Bill Booth officiating.
Visitation was held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM prior to the service in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church.
Interment was held in Grover Cemetery.  
 In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Mrs. Howell may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Violet Doris Spencer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – John O. Van Dyke, 86, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 1, 2021 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC.
He was born in Cleveland Co,  NC, to the late Robert R. Van Dyke and Ollie Padgett Van Dyke.  He was also preceded in death by his brother, Marshall Van Dyke.
John was employed for over 40 years as a lab analyst with Foote Mineral Co, Kings Mtn. and a member of El Bethel United Methodist Church, formerly serving as Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Lay Speaker, and Training Union Director. He served in the United States Army after World War II in the Peace Keeping Force in Germany. John was a wonderful husband, father and friend who was always willing to help anyone in need. 
He is survived by his wife: Joyce Redding Van Dyke, Kings Mtn. NC; daughter: Roberta J. Van Dyke, Kings Mtn. NC; special family friends: Andy De Bruler and Bobby and  Cindy Phillips .
Funeral service was held at El Bethel United Methodist Church on  Sunday, December 5, 2021  at  2:00 P.M.  Rev. Julie Roberts and Rev. Bruce Hobson, officiated.
Visitation was held at 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 5, 2021 prior to the service in the fellowship hall of El Bethel United Methodist Church.
Intermenet was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  
Memorials may be made to: El Bethel United Methodist Church, 122 El Bethel Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.
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Edwin O’Leary White (Larry)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Susan Dover Carney 

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

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

Mary Sommers Neisler

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

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

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

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Ernst Borchert III, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on October 28, 2021 at his home.
He was born in Anaheim, CA, son of the late Eric Borchert Sr. and Perciclair Head Borchert and was preceded in death by his brother, Eric Borchert, II.
Ernst was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Kings Mountain. He retired from Huffman Corporation where he worked as a mechanical engineer for over 30 years. After his retirement, Ernst realized his life long dream of becoming a farmer. He enjoyed spending time outside, working with the Cleveland County Potato Project for the last 12 years. Ernst had an interest in trains and tractors and loved spending time with his beloved family. He was a 3rd Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus where he has served for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Mary Pagett Borchert, of the home; sons: Ernst Borchert IV (Donna), Rock Hill, SC; Eric Borchert II, Kings Mountain, NC, Erin Borchert, Kings Mountain, NC, and Evan Borchert (Heather), Apex, NC;  daughters: Elizabeth Borchert, Concord, NC, and Elise Borchert Arant (Ronnie), Kings Mountain, NC; sisters: Lynn McClard and Clair Borchert both of California; 18 grandchildren: Ernst, Ehren, Jennifer, Dana, Steven, Eric, Christopher, Joshua, Stacey, Sydney, Tyler, Cody, Casey, Christopher, Jonathan, Gracie, Jocelyn, Ethan and 16 great-grandchildren: Michael, Erica, Jaden, Carter, Abigail, Christopher, Adalyn, Cooper, Madelyn, Maleena, Jackson, Adalyn, Wyatt, Rylan and Sawyer.
Funeral service was held on Christ the King Catholic Mission, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 12:00 noon    Father David Miller, officiating.
Visitation was at 6:00 - 8:00 Monday evening, November 1, 2021 at Harris Funeral Home. Rosary Service was at 7:00 P.M.
Interment was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to: Potato Project, c/o Charles Reed, 1175 Wyke Rd., Shelby, NC, 28150
Guest register is available at: www.harrisfunerals.com.  
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC is in charge of arrangements.