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Charles Jerome “Jim” Spivey

CHARLOTTE, NC – On July 7, 2020, Jim Spivey passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, ushered into his Lord and Savior’s presence to join his beloved wife, Butch. He was born on September 10, 1927 in Kings Mountain to Margaret Jane Stowe Spivey and Weaver Jerome Spivey. After a childhood in Kings Mountain and in Charlotte, Jim returned to Kings Mountain and graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1945.

Jim entered the U.S. Merchant Marine service in 1945, and sailed between 1945-1947 to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, to South America, and to the Netherlands. 

Jim attended Gardner-Webb College and received an Associate’s degree in 1949. Jim married Beulah Elizabeth Rhea of Kings Mountain on August 27, 1949 in Kings Mountain. They were married 70 years. 

Jim worked most of his career in the insurance adjusting and risk management fields providing risk management expertise to the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and to other municipal and commercial entities. Jim earned a reputation as a well-respected, open and honest businessman, known to speak his mind and stand up for what he believed in. 

 He and Butch were active members of the Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte since moving there in 1968. He and Butch enjoyed many travels in the North America, Europe, the South Pacific, Australia, and the Caribbean. 

Jim was ever-generous, loyal, disciplined, kind, stubborn, organized, honest, persistent, dedicated, passionate, and faithful. He was described by a friend as an exemplary Southern gentleman. He was a patriot, proud of his country, and grateful to God for the long life he lived, and hopeful that what he did with the time he was given on earth was done for good. 

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Elizabeth Rhea “Butch” Spivey (1930-2019). He is survived by his six children, Jerry Spivey and wife, Jane, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Karen Spivey Dallas and husband, Walt, of Cary, North Carolina, Greg Spivey and wife, Helen, of Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, Jeff Spivey and wife, Jeanie, of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Dana Spivey Mims of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Stowe Spivey and wife, Pam, of North Carolina, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. Jim and Butch were always very proud of their family.

Jim and Butch will be buried at the Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain and a grave side internment will be held there at 10 AM on July 18, 2020. Family will receive friends at 1 PM at McEwen Funeral Home - Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210 on Saturday, July 18, 2020, and a Memorial Service will be held there beginning at 2 PM. The Memorial service will also be available as a VIRTUAL service linked at the Facebook link on the McEwen website to be viewable live or as a recording.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Carmel Baptist Church Missions in Charlotte, Gardner-Webb University, Jim and Butch Spivey Dramatic Scholarship at Gardner-Webb University, or to Gideon’s International.

For full obituary and condolences, visit www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
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George Anne Moss Marston

LaJolla, CA – George Anne (Georganna) Moss Marston passed away peacefully at home on March 31, 2020 after complications from several strokes. She was born on November 24, 1940 in Kings Mountain, NC to George Wingfield and Mae Sue Hord Moss, deceased. She was a resident of La Jolla, CA for many years.

George Anne made her debut at the Shelby Sub-Debutante Ball and in 1958 she graduated from Kings Mountain High School, where she was a valued member of the KMHS Band. During high school she won a coveted position at the Transylvania Music Camp in Brevard, NC. She attended Meredith College, Raleigh, NC and graduated from Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC. She did graduate study in History at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC, and worked as an assistant to Dr. Arthur Larson, Professor of Law at Duke University, and worked in the Perkins Library there. In 1963 she married Edwin Lindsay Marston, Jr. The couple moved to NY and in 1964 she became a Librarian in the Reference Department for Citibank in New York City. After a move to La Jolla, CA and an amicable divorce, George Anne began a career at Pulse Engineering that lasted for almost 40 years. As Project Manager and Manager of Worldwide Inventory, she traveled overseas to France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico City, China, Singapore, Thailand and Germany.

George Anne loved her family, returning to NC for many visits, weddings and funerals. From an early age she was an avid fan of UNC basketball and football, traveling to many games and following the UNC basketball team to appearances in March Madness and the Final Four. A special time was spent annually in Maui on a restful vacation and enjoying the Maui Classic, especially when the UNC team was a participant.

She was a former member of the 1st Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain, NC and attended the La Jolla Presbyterian Church in CA.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Gallagher of La Jolla, CA; sisters, Susan Lee Moss Grigg (Glenn) of Raleigh, NC and Sara Nell Moss Hope (Tommy) of Cary, NC. Also surviving are nephews David and George Grigg (Ann), Lindsay Wright (Priscilla Myers) and nieces Laura Grigg Powell (Chris) and Sara Grigg Brame (William C. Jr.) Also surviving are three grandnephews, three grandnieces and many beloved cousins.

The family wishes to thank the rehabilitation staff at Scripps Encinitas and at Scripps ICU, and the hospice nurses for their help and kindness.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC with Reverend Dr. Mac Schafer officiating. The family will speak with friends at the graveside immediately following the interment. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, NC and Greenwood Mortuary, San Diego, CA.
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Mary Brannon

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Mary Conard Brannon, 69, died Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Atrium Health in Charlotte.

A Native of Union County, SC she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Ludie Godshall Conard.

Mary worked for many years in State Government. Mary was an avid baseball fan, especially watching her grandson play. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her brother, Elbie Conard.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Dean Brannon of the home; son, Paul Brannon and wife Tina of Winston-Salem; daughter, Catie Brannon of Charlotte; and grandson Brooks Brannon of Winston-Salem.

A Memorial service will be held 2pm, Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel of Kings Mountain, with Rev, Richard Stroup officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation of Kings Mountain

Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com.
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Coleen Kiser

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC – Elizabeth Coleen Kiser, 92, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on July 01, 2020 at Peak Resources in Cherryville, NC. She was born in Cleveland County, NC, daughter of the late Z. A. and Annie Champion Ellis and was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Kiser and her daughter, Dian Kiser. She was a member of Second Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC and owner/operator of the Minit Grill for many years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to many. She had a gift from God for loving and caring for others. Her dedication, loyalty and service to her family and friends is unmatched. Coleen had a passion for gardening, flowers and nature. She saw beauty in all of God’s creation and humanity. She will truly be missed by many.  

She is survived by: son: Danny Kiser and wife Hilda, Kings Mountain NC; brothers: Buford Ellis and wife Nancy, Shelby, NC; Donald L. Ellis and wife Lois, Grover, NC; sister-in-law: Patsy Barnes, Myrtle Beach, SC; 3 grandchildren: Jeffrey, Mechelle and Russell and 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. 

A graveside service was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Friday, July 3, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

Rev. Dennis Pruitt and Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor, officiating.

Interment was held in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina 

Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 120 Linwood Rd Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or Hospice of Cleveland Co, 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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Elizabeth Lacy Clore

CONOVER, NC – Elizabeth Lacy Clore, 58, of Conover passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at her residence.

She was born March 8, 1962 in Richland County to the late John W. Clore and to Julia Woods Hunt of Kings Mountain.

Beth was insightful and kind, and sometimes a little impatient. She expected the best from people and could be irritable when she didn’t get it. Beth remembered birthdays and anniversaries with a card in the mail, she brought souvenirs from her vacations to family and friends (she did love a gift shop), she would put candy on her desk for her colleagues, and even remembered our pets.

Beth was a voracious reader, loved movies, and had a wide range of interests from history and philosophy to Shark week to head-banging heavy metal music to sports.

She loved her two cats, Lilith and Chester Bennington, who will be lost without her to spoil them. Beth leaves behind her mother, Julia Woods Hunt of Kings Mountain; sisters, Julia Clore-Laurich and husband Cliff Laurich of Kings Mountain, Catherine Strange of Kings Mountain; nephews who probably learned too much from her when they were teenagers because she was the coolest Auntie; family and friends who will miss her humor and stories.

Greeting her upon her death were her father, John Clore; brother-in-law, Lance Strange; grandparents, step-father, Gene Hunt and uncle, John Woods.

Memorials may be made to Rape Crisis Center of Catawba County, 1220 Commerce St. SW STE. J, Conover, NC 28613, rapecrisiscenter.com or Humane Society of Catawba County, 3224 20th Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602, catawbahumane.org.

A private service to celebrate Elizabeth’s life will be held on a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Clore family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Clore family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
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Nancy Nickels

CHARLOTTE, NC – Nancy Nickels, 94, of Kings Mountain and Charlotte passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at her apartment in Sharon Towers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Calvin Nickels, Jr. and Eloise Willeford Nickels, as well as her brother, Ensign James Calvin Nickels III. She was also preceded in death by her dear first cousin, Dr.Bennett Willeford. She is survived by one more cousin, Ann Anderson of Indianapolis IN.

Nancy was a much loved first grade teacher in school systems in Gastonia and Albemarle, before coming to Charlotte Mecklenburg, where she taught at Myers Park Elementary and Huntingtowne Farms Elementary. She continued to volunteer at Huntingtowne Farms after retirement.

Nancy received her early education in Kings Mountain where she grew up. She was enrolled at age five because she needed to accompany her mother who was the principal and first grade teacher at Park Grace School. There was no child care available in 1930 and Nancy already knew how to read.

Nancy graduated from Kings Mountain High School and continued her education at Montreat College. After two years she transferred to WC-UNC where she graduated as a teacher. Nancy later received her Masters of Education from Peabody College. She was a 60+ year member of the honorary teaching sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a charter member of the NC Zeta chapter, served as President 4 times and was a State officer for Altruism.

Nancy was a life time member of Kings Mountain First Presbyterian Church. She also attended Myers Park Presbyterian Church and Sharon Presbyterian Church while living in Charlotte.

Nancy had loving caregivers at Sharon Towers and is survived by many friends who loved her dearly. She was always drawn to children and would often strike up a conversation with any she met. She was a bright, caring and warm person who had a great sense of humor. She will be missed here on earth but will brighten any spot in heaven.

There will be a graveside service for Nancy on Saturday, July 11, at 11 am in the Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC. Memorials may be made to the James Calvin Nickels III Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 111 E 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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Deloris M. “Tencie” Rhea

Deloris M. “Tencie” Rhea, 84, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on June 21, 2020 at Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain.

She was born in Cleveland County, NC, to the late William J. “Dub” and Alice Sellers Eubanks and was preceded in death by her brother, Doug Eubanks.

Tencie was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church. She retired after 20 years of service from the Kings Mountain National Military Park where she served as a Park Ranger and curator of the museum. Tencie was a licensed pilot for many years, a member of the Civil Air Patrol and a member of The Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots. She enjoyed working with pottery, creating stained glass and building furniture. Tencie was always active and loved working with her hands, gardening, building and laying brick. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed greatly by her family and loved ones.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years: Bud Rhea, of the home; sons: Scott Rhea, Holden Beach, NC and Monty Rhea, Kings Mountain, NC; daughters: Stacie Rhea (Glenn Carroll) and Julie Turner (Jeff), all of Kings Mountain, NC; grandchildren: Dane and Skyler Rhea, Clinton and Wesley Turner and Tucker Carroll; great-grandchild: Karmin Rhea; sister-in-law: Beth Eubanks and nieces Kelly Jones and Susan Falls.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery with Reverend Bruce Gwyn officiating.

The family will speak with friends immediately following the interment at the graveside.

Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church at 113 S. Piedmont Avenue, 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.