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Harrelson Funeral Home is dedicated to providing services to the families of Rutherford County with care and compassion.

For over 80 years Rutherford County has trusted Harrelson Funeral Home with helping them plan the celebrations of lives lived.

We serve every familiy in Rutherford County with great pride. We are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your families needs and customs. We will listen to you and your wishes to help plan a celebration consistent with your expectations. We will take the time to plan every detail and help to relieve the burden on your family during your time of loss.

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Our Obituaries

Carl "Butch" Smith, Jr.

February 2, 1949 - February 25, 2017

Carl "Butch" Smith, Jr., age 68, of Wagy Road, Forest City, NC, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 2, 1949 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Mattie Dysart Smith Lackey who resides in Caroleen and the late Carl Lawson Smith, Sr. He was a graduate of Chase High School and worked for Cone Mill-Avondale Plant and also for...
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Zenith Davidson Toney

October 20, 1934 - February 23, 2017

Zenith Davidson Toney, age 82, of Sunshine, NC, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at her residence. She was born October 20, 1934 in Toccoa, Georgia to the late John and Bessie McClure Davidson. Zenith received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Georgia Military College in Dahlonega, Georgia and taught school in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina and in Military Dependent...
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Dorean Splawn Westbrook

June 26, 1950 - February 22, 2017

Dorean Splawn Westbrook, age 66, of Chesnee, SC, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born June 26, 1950 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Shuford Splawn and Lennie Brown Splawn. She was a homemaker and a member of Cooley Springs Baptist Church. Dorean enjoyed playing bingo but her passion in life was spending time with and...
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Betty Earley Doggett

March 4, 1931 - February 18, 2017

Betty Earley Doggett, age 85, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born March 4, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Everett Earley and Eva Vassey Earley. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and a member of the First Wesleyan Church of Forest City. Betty worked as an independent insurance agent...
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Walter A. Gero

July 2, 1926 - February 13, 2017

Free Obituary for: Walter A. Gero Walter A. Gero, age 90, of Henrietta, NC, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 2, 1926 in Malone, New York, he was a son to the late Frederick Gero and Viola Higgins Gero. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Philippines during World War II. Walter worked as a carpenter and a...
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Louise Allen Wyatt

August 15, 1927 - February 11, 2017

Louise Allen Wyatt, age 89, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 15, 1927 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ervin Millard Allen and Virginia McDaniel Allen. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1945 and of Isothermal Thermal Community College, class of 1977. Louise worked fifty-one...
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Jo-ann McDaniel Kee

August 3, 1965 - February 10, 2017

Jo-ann McDaniel Kee, age 51, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born August 3, 1965 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the Mildred Wallace who resides in Dobbinsville and the late Paul McDaniel. Jo-ann was a member of Robertson Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Bostic and loved cooking for her family. Her specialty was...
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Bill Hines

December 3, 1940 - February 9, 2017

Bill Hines, age 76, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at his residence. Born December 3, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Willis Hines and Alice Ruppe Hines. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1959 and also attended Western Piedmont Community College. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and proudly served as a North Carolina...
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Perry F. Dotson

May 17, 1945 - February 8, 2017

Perry F. Dotson, age 71, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born May 17, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Thurman Dotson and Pearl Rogers Dotson. Perry worked as a supervisor for Doran Textiles for many years before retirement and was a member of Race Path Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and...
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Cynthia Ann Moore Weathers

April 4, 1957 - February 8, 2017

Cynthia Ann Moore Weathers, of Harris, NC, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 while being surrounded by her loving family at Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was born April 4, 1957 in Rutherford County and was the daughter of the late Annie Mae Tate Moore, who passed away on January 10, 2004. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 42 years, Michael D....
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Gary Lee Buchanan

October 30, 1958 - February 6, 2017

Gary Lee Buchanan, age 58, of Marion, NC, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 30, 1958 in Spruce Pine, NC, he was a son to the late Brown Lee Buchanan and Nancy Ray New Buchanan. He was a graduate of McDowell High School, class of 1977 and attended McDowell Technical College. Gary was a welder for Buck's Stove Manufacturing, worked...
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Howard Ray Guffey

November 7, 1940 - February 6, 2017

Howard Ray Guffey, age 76, of Forest City, NC, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 7, 1940 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Mack Guffey and Annie Crisson Guffey. Howard worked for A & E Plastics and Atchley Construction for many years and also worked at the Avondale Facility Convenience Center for several years. He...
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Nancy Ensley Turner

February 21, 1936 - February 2, 2017

Nancy Ensley Turner, age 80, of Caroleen, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 21, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Frank "Dutch" Ensley and Ozelle Smith Ensley. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1955 and a graduate of Shelby Beauty School. Nancy worked in textiles and as a beautician...
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Cindy Donald Melton

December 1, 1959 - January 27, 2017

Cindy Donald Melton, age 57, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born December 1, 1959 in Spartanburg, SC, she grew up at the Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC and graduated from Thornwell High School, class of 1978. She was a homemaker who loved her family and friends passionately. Her desire to help others in...
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Eva Cole Horton Humphries

October 13, 1921 - January 25, 2017

Eva Cole Horton Humphries, age 95 of Forest City, went home to be the Lord on January 25, 2017 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born October 13, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ernest and Daisy Cole. She retired from PPG after many years of service and was a long-time member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. Eva enjoyed gardening and had a passion for sacred...
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Peggy Joan Hardin

January 2, 1936 - January 24, 2017

Peggy Joan Hardin, age 81, of Eastside Drive, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County with her loving family at her side. Peggy was the daughter of the late Dewey Leonard Hardin and Annie Haulk Hardin. She was the first New Year's baby born in Rutherford County, being born on January 2, 1936. Peggy was a lifelong resident of Rutherford...
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Brigitte H. Fitzpatrick

February 11, 1948 - January 22, 2017

Brigitte H. Fitzpatrick, age 68, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 11, 1948 in Germany, she was the only daughter of Hubert Berni Weiberg and Edith Siegel Weiberg. She worked as an administrative assistant for various local companies and attended the First Wesleyan Church of Forest City. She loved shopping, working on...
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Linda Gail Goforth

November 12, 1946 - January 22, 2017

Linda Gail Goforth, age 70, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 12, 1946 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fred Jackson and Nettie Leona Baynard Grant. Linda was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1965 and a homemaker. She was a faithful member of Chase Baptist Church. Linda loved...
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Wanda Butler Flynn

June 15, 1953 - January 21, 2017

Wanda Butler Flynn, age 63, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at her residence. Born June 15, 1953 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to Evelyn Lewis Butler and the late Leroy Butler. Survivors include her two brothers, Steve Butler and wife Cathy, Perry Butler and wife Sherry; and one nephew, Perry Butler, Jr. She is also survived by great nieces and...
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Lisa Conner Greene

June 3, 1966 - January 20, 2017

Lisa Conner Greene, age 50, of Chesnee, SC, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born June 3, 1966 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fred Conner and Katherine Moore Conner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise and Betty and one brother, Freddie. Survivors include husband, Jamie Greene;...
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Elizabeth Marie Dawson McKeithan

October 2, 1968 - January 20, 2017

Elizabeth Marie Dawson McKeithan, age 48, of Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born October 2, 1968 in Cumberland County, she was a daughter to Shirley Gowens Dawson and the late Charles Melton Dawson. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Robin Dawson. In addition to her mother,...
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Jessie M. Taylor

August 30, 1932 - January 15, 2017

Jessie M. Taylor, age 84, of Spindale, passed away in Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center. Born August 30, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Clyde E. Murray and Alpha Greene Murray. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1950. Jessie worked as a phone operator for Southern Bell and also worked for Revco Drugs. Jessie was a...
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Hazel Medford Padgett

September 16, 1929 - January 15, 2017

Hazel Medford Padgett, age 87, of Bostic, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 16, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Medford and Leona Greene Medford. She worked for Fieldcrest Mill and Absorba Manufacturing for several years. She also worked in the delicatessen at Winn-Dixie for many years. Hazel was a...
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James L. Silver

October 18, 1937 - January 13, 2017

James L. Silver, age 79, of Rutherfordton, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born October 18, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lloyd Vance Silver, Sr. and Anace Calhoun Silver. James was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for twenty years before retirement. He owned and operated Silvers Construction...
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Lavada A. Wall

October 8, 1940 - January 13, 2017

Lavada A. Wall, age 76, of the Shiloh Community, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on October 8, 1940 in Greenville County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Andy Shuford Allen and Annie Eulalia Price Allen. Lavada worked at Tanner Mill for forty-five years before retirement. She was a member of Gray's Creek Baptist Church and a dedicated...
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J.C. Adams

January 8, 1937 - January 7, 2017

J.C. Adams, age 79, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 8, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late William Huntley Adams and Maude Hill Adams. J.C. worked for Stonecutter Mill for forty-two years before retirement. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, word search...
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Michael Wayne Lucas

August 16, 1956 - January 7, 2017

Michael Wayne Lucas, age 60, of Bostic, died Saturday, January 7, 2017 at his residence. Born August 16, 1956 in Wilson County, NC, he was a son to the late Brochie Leland Lucas and Lethia Marie Forbes Lucas. Michael was a cabinet maker and worked for Wilson Woodworks for many years. He was a member of Fork Creek Baptist Church and besides his passion for woodworking, he also enjoyed the...
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Barbara Ann Randolph

August 10, 1941 - January 6, 2017

Free Obituary for: Barbara Ann Randolph Barbara Ann Randolph, age 75, of Shelby, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain. Born August 10, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late George Bailey and Ruth Hardin Bailey. She was a graduate of Chase High School and attended Isothermal Community College. Barbara worked for...
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Logan Alexander Shahan

January 5, 2017 - January 5, 2017

Logan Alexander Shahan, infant son of Robert Todd Shahan and Jessica Bright Shahan, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 5, 2017. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Woodrow "Woody" Shahan and paternal great-grandmother, Rosalie "Lee" Reid. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two siblings, Mikaela and Austin Shahan; maternal...
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Inez Allred Ramsey

April 21, 1925 - January 5, 2017

Inez Allred Ramsey, age 91, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 21, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Oliver Allred and Martha Rumfelt Allred. Inez worked for Burlington Industries for many years and was an active member of Alexander Missionary Methodist Church. She was a pianist for...
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Patricia IIeen White Tessnear Ferguson

October 21, 1945 - January 2, 2017

Patricia Ileen White Tessnear Ferguson, age 71, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Joy W. Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born October 21, 1945 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Morgan White and Addie Smith White. She worked in textiles for over thirty years, working for Fieldcrest and Cone Mills. Patricia also worked for Kings Mountain...
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Barbara "Peggy" Lane Owens

November 9, 1941 - January 1, 2017

Barbara "Peggy" Lane Owens, age 75, of Mooresboro, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 9, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jason Angus Lane and Zannie Mae Franklin Lane. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald William Owens; son, Randy Douglas Owens; daughters-in...
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Charlotte Herron Butler

April 4, 1943 - December 31, 2016

Charlotte Herron Butler, age 73, of Morrow Motor Road, Forest City, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Sunday, April 4, 1943 in Bristol, Virginia, she was the daughter of late Archie Herron and Verda Dale Herron. Charlotte was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and was a servant to those she loved, helping family and...
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Pauline "Polly" Bailey

April 9, 1939 - December 27, 2016

Pauline "Polly" Bailey, age 77, of Piney Ridge Road, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at her residence. Born April 9, 1939 in Rutherford County, she was the only daughter of the late Wendell Johnson and Alice Coffey Johnson. She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1957 and a past member of Alexander Baptist Church. Polly worked for General Fireproofing...
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Nancy Ledford Byrd

November 14, 1949 - December 25, 2016

Nancy Ledford Byrd, age 67, of Spindale, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born November 14, 1949 in Cleveland County, she is the daughter of Jennie Tessenair Ledford who resides in Forest City and the late Hubert Adam Ledford. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1967 and also attended Isothermal Community College and...
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Rosie L. Hunt

March 5, 1926 - December 24, 2016

Rosie L. Hunt, age 90, of Bostic, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home of Forest City. Born March 5, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Arthur Blankenship and Florence Franklin Blankenship. Rosie worked in textiles for several years and was a homemaker. She was a long time member of the First Broad Baptist Church and took pleasure in...
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Leon M. Bailey

September 11, 1952 - December 23, 2016

Leon M. Bailey, age 64, of Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at his residence. Born September 11, 1952 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Pharis Matthew Bailey and Annie Florence Whitesides Bailey. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1970 and worked as a supervisor for Watts Regulator for many years. Leon loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed...
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Carl F. Kennedy

August 3, 1943 - December 21, 2016

Carl F. Kennedy, age 73, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his residence. Born August 3, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Buford Kennedy and Lola Gossett Kennedy. He received his Associates Degree from Isothermal Community College. Carl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post #74. He worked in...
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Roy G. Laws

July 19, 1950 - December 16, 2016

Roy G. Laws, age 66, of Spindale, died, Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born July 19, 1950 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Laverne Padgett Laws who resides in Henrietta and the late Troy Laws. Roy worked as a self-employed carpenter for most of his life and was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church of Bostic. He enjoyed writing poetry. In...
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Gerald "Buck" Barker

April 8, 1928 - December 16, 2016

Gerald "Buck" Barker, age 88, of Tanner Road, Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 8, 1928 in Gaston County, NC, he was a son to the late John Barker and Nancy Farmer Barker. He worked for Stonecutter Mill-Mill Spring Plant for over twenty-five years before retirement. Buck was a member of Green River Baptist Church and...
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Wayne Moore

August 25, 1942 - December 15, 2016

Wayne Moore, age 74, of Coffey Road, Forest City, died December 15, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born August 25, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son to Pauline Burnett Moore who resides in Forest City and to the late Paul Moore. He was truck driver most of his life and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death...
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James M. Toney

June 14, 1931 - December 14, 2016

James Monroe Toney, age 85, of Ellenboro, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Smith Phayer Hospice House in Landrum, South Carolina. Born June 14, 1931 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Arthur Toney and Nanny Earley Toney. He was a graduate of Sunshine High School, class of 1948 and veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. James worked for...
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Brenda Gosnell

June 15, 1947 - December 13, 2016

Brenda Gosnell, age 69, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at her residence. Born June 15, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Homer Smith and Margaret Lovelace Goode who resides in Mooresboro. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and worked in the delicatessen at Ingles Grocery for fifteen years. She attended Drury Dobbins...
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Walter "Pee Wee" Givens

August 21, 1945 - December 13, 2016

Walter "Pee Wee" Givens, age 71, of Forest City, died Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at his residence. Born August 21, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Thurman Givens and Pauline Poteat Givens. Walter served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Givens and two brothers, Bobby...
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Louise Sprouse

February 2, 1933 - December 13, 2016

Louise Sprouse, age 83, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 2, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the lat Joe Clark Frashier and Demmie Henson Frashier. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1951. Louise was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church where she served on the Food Committee. She...
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Teresa Cochran

December 24, 1945 - December 12, 2016

Teresa Dale Cochran, 70, of Forest City graduated to heaven to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. As a retired educator, Teresa was known by many from her years as a fifth grade teacher at Harris Elementary and prior years as a teacher's assistant at Proctor. Education was of great importance to Teresa. Her own education included graduation from Chase High School, a Bachelor's degree from...
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Roger D. Jones

July 30, 1953 - December 11, 2016

Roger Dale Jones, age 63, of Thomasville, NC, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center. Born July 30, 1953 in Horry County, SC, he was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson Jones and Virginia Elvis Jones. Roger worked as a tour guide in Pigeon Forge for fifteen years. He enjoyed watching pro-wrestling and was an avid fisherman. In addition to his...
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John D. Poole

November 25, 1961 - December 10, 2016

John D. Poole, age 55, of the Shiloh Community, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg. Born November 25, 1961 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to the late David Poole and to Vernie Blackwell Poole who resides in Henrietta. He was truck driver and a faithful employee for Truck Service Incorporated for twenty-five years. John enjoyed working on...
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Michael A. Bradley

November 28, 1967 - December 9, 2016

Michael A. Bradley, age 49, of Chesnee, SC, died Friday, December 9, 2016 at his residence. Born November 28, 1967 in Neptune County, New Jersey, he is the son of Johnny Bradley, Sr. of Forest City and Mary Bradley VanDeventer of Dietrich, Illinois. Michael drove a Taxi for the Yellow Cab Company in Asheville for many years. He was also well known in this area for his cooking skills and...
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Jane Harris Campfield

September 11, 1944 - December 9, 2016

Jane Harris Campfield, age 72, of Tanners Grove Road, Forest City, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Holly Springs Rest Home. Born September 11, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Ralph Harris and Annie Lee Crotts Harris Callahan. She was a graduate of Easton High School in Maryland and worked in textiles most of her life before retirement. Jane was a...
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Robert "Alvin" Frady

April 22, 1948 - December 8, 2016

Robert "Alvin" Frady, age 68, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 22, 1948 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Robert Frady and Velvia Arrowood Frady Jones. Alvin retired from Duke Power and was a member of Prospect Baptist Church. He enjoyed restoring old cars, fishing, going to the lake and was known...
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Wilma Henderson Jones

May 16, 1932 - December 8, 2016

Wilma Henderson Jones, age 84, of Forest City, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at her residence. Born Monday, May 16, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Johnny Bryson Henderson and Ora Gladys Roach Henderson. Wilma was a member of Robertson Creek Free Will Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Taylor...
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Larry "Barry" Self

August 26, 1948 - December 6, 2016

Free Obituary for: Larry "Barry" Self Larry "Barry" Self, age 68, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born August 26, 1948 in Lincoln County, NC, he was a son to the late Earl Hoover Self and Mary Lucille Reinhardt Self. He worked for Asplundh Tree Service and Thompson Contractors Inc. for many years. Larry was an avid...
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Elizabeth Smith Cartee

June 25, 1929 - December 6, 2016

Elizabeth Smith Cartee, age 87, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 25, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie E. Smith and Lottie Bivens Smith. She worked in the textile industry for forty years and later as a car transporter. Elizabeth was a member of Green Hill Baptist Church. She...
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Valessa Marisol Martinez Galvan

December 3, 2016 - December 3, 2016

Valessa Marisol Martinez Galvan of Forest City, infant daughter of Chelsea Leigh Martinez and Valentin Galvan entered into God's presence on December 3, 2016 at the CaroMont Health Center in Gastonia. She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Gloria Smith and Gregorio and Hilaria Martinez and paternal great-grandfather, Lorenzo Galvan. In addition to her parents,...
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Michael Hoyle

March 6, 1960 - December 3, 2016

Michael Hoyle, age 56, of W.V. Thompson Road, Rutherfordton, died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born March 6, 1960 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Barbara Ann Reynolds. He was a graduate of Chesnee High School, class of 1979 and worked at John H. Montgomery Mill for twenty years. Michael also worked for Mastercraft for several years and...
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Alan Luckadoo

July 19, 1953 - November 29, 2016

Alan Luckadoo, age 63, of Ellenboro, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Wendover Hospice House in Shelby. Born Sunday, July 19, 1953 in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Joyce Condrey Luckadoo and C. Paul Luckadoo who resides in Ellenboro. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1972 and a member of Race Path Baptist Church. Alan was a welder and...
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Julie Millis Yelton

July 29, 1958 - November 29, 2016

Julie Millis Yelton, age 58, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born Tuesday, July 29, 1958 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Earl Bradley Millis and Betty Dills Millis. She worked in various positions for Rutherford Hospital for over ten years and was the owner and operator of the Rosey Lane Boarding Kennels...
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A.D. Burgess

June 22, 1946 - November 25, 2016

A.D. Burgess, age 70, of Forest City, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at his residence. Born Saturday, June 22, 1946 in Polk County, he was a son to the late Theodore Roosevelt Burgess and Mary Willis Skipper Burgess. He proudly served our country in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans #25, American Legion Post #423 and the Rutherford County...
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Willis "Slim" Shew

December 28, 1939 - November 25, 2016

Willis "Slim" Shew, age 76, of Race Path Church Road, Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Oak Grove Nursing Center. Born Thursday, December 28, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Lester Shew and Francis Greene Shew. He worked for Hoechst Celanese-Spartanburg Plant for over thirty years before retiring. Willis was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing...
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Mary D. Padgett

July 20, 1931 - November 25, 2016

Mary D. Padgett, age 85, of Goodes Creek Road, Mooresboro, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home in Forest City. Born on Monday, July 20, 1931 in Cleveland County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Vess Deaton and Inez Greene Deaton. She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. Mary also enjoyed sewing for the family. She was of the Baptist Faith...
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Rockfort C. Goode

December 4, 1927 - November 24, 2016

Free Obituary for: Rockfort C. Goode Rockfort C. Goode, age 88, of Holland Street, Forest City, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born of Sunday, December 4, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the Robert Lee Goode and Addie Lee Van Dyke Goode. He worked in textiles for many years, having worked for Fieldcrest, General...
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Mary Ann Worley

November 21, 1947 - November 21, 2016

Mary Ann Worley, age 69, of Tryon, NC, died November 21, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Friday, November 21, 1947 in Haywood County, she was a daughter to the late Pearson Floyd Cagle and Willie Mae Fie Cagle. She worked as a CNA for Tryon Estates for several years and was of the Baptist faith. Mary Ann loved her dogs and cats. In addition to her parents, she...
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Mattie Mae Jackson Dalton

December 11, 1921 - November 20, 2016

Mattie Mae Jackson Dalton, age 95, of Forest City, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born on December 11, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fletcher Andrew Jackson and Gussie Solon Bridges Jackson. She worked for Reeves Brothers Mill in Chesnee for 20 years. Mattie lived in California for 28 years with her late daughter...
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Eddie Lynn Watkins

February 18, 1950 - November 19, 2016

Eddie Lynn Watkins, age 66, of Rutherfordton, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on Saturday, February 18, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Fern Watkins McEntire. Eddie was a member of Cooper Springs Congregational Holiness. He worked in Custodial Maintenance for the Richmond Hill Apartments for many years and for the...
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Martha Louise Sams White

October 22, 1933 - November 18, 2016

Martha Louise Sams White, age 83, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born on October 22, 1933 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Walter Lee Sams and Mary Ellen Reid Sams. She retired as a seamstress from Tanner Company after 20 years of service and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Martha enjoyed the beach,...
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Jeff Ross

August 6, 1964 - November 18, 2016

Jeff Ross, age 52, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at his residence. Born on August 6, 1964 in Rutherford County, he was a son of George Ross and Diane Harris Ross. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one niece. In addition to his parents, George and Diane Ross, he is survived by one son, Brandon Ross; one sister, Lisa Watson; three...
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Audrey Street Champion

August 9, 1929 - November 16, 2016

Audrey Street Champion, age 87, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at her residence. Born on Friday, August 9, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Erwin Allen and Virginia McDaniel Allen. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1947 and a member of Providence United Methodist Church. Working most of her life in the textile industry,...
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Ronnie A. Bowie

August 23, 1947 - November 14, 2016

Ronnie Bowie, age 69, of Spindale, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 23, 1947 in Washington D.C., he was a son to the late Thomas Andrew Bowie and Viola Jackson Bowie. He worked in warehouses of various charities and was an active participant at the Magnolia House. Ronnie enjoyed helping others and loved to carry on good conversations. ...
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Debra Powell Hoyle

December 1, 1958 - November 13, 2016

Debra Powell Hoyle, age 57, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on December 1, 1958 in Wake County, NC, she was a daughter to the late Clarence William Powell and Evelyn Jones Beason. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1977 and also attended Isothermal Community College. Debra worked in textiles for twenty...
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Irma Crawford Porter

August 26, 1918 - November 12, 2016

Irma Crawford Porter, age 98, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Holly Springs Senior Citizens Home. Born August 26, 1918 in Harris, NC, she was a daughter to the late David Thomas Crawford and Martha Bryan McKinney Crawford. She was a graduate of Harris High School and attended Holly Springs Baptist Church. Irma was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing,...
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Troy Edgar Branch

May 1, 1926 - November 8, 2016

Troy Edgar Branch, age 90, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at the Oakland Living Center in Spindale. Born May 1, 1926 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late John J. Branch and Maude Lee Morrow Branch. He served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Knox and was a veteran of World War II. Following his military service, he worked for Burlington Industries...
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James Robert "Bob" Ruppe, Jr.

January 16, 1956 - November 5, 2016

James Robert "Bob" Ruppe, Jr., age 60, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 16, 1956 in Charleston, SC, he was a son to the late James Robert Ruppe, Sr. and Syble Honeycutt Ruppe. He was a longtime member of Broad River Baptist Church. Bob was a creative person who displayed his artistic abilities by photography and...
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Janice Downey

February 14, 1948 - November 5, 2016

Janice Downey, age 68, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at her residence. Born Saturday, February 14, 1948 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jesse Lee Keeter and Eunice Louise Hawkins Keeter. She worked in retail jewelry sales and also in textiles for many years. Janice was a dedicated homemaker who loved cooking and taking care of her family....
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Helen G. Hoyle

April 10, 1947 - November 4, 2016

Helen G. Hoyle, age 69, of Forest City, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born Thursday, April 10, 1947 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Roy Goodman and Fannie Swink Goodman. Helen worked at Franks Convenience Store in Spindale for many years. She was a past member of Knob Creek United Methodist Church and was...
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Trenton Mitchell Parris

November 3, 2016

Trenton Mitchell Parris of Mooresboro, infant son of Brittnye Evans and Mitchell Parris, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Ronny Dale Parris; paternal great-grandfathers, Ronny Steve Parris and Jackie Laws; maternal great-grandfathers, Troy Wishon and James Evans. In addition to his loving...
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Virginia Aileen Martin

September 4, 1949 - October 27, 2016

Virginia Aileen Martin, age 67, of Ellenboro, died on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at her residence. Born September 4, 1949 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of the late Dollie Mode Martin and Crawford Miller Martin. In addition to parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jo Ann Gettys and a nephew, Alan Gettys. She is survived by her three daughters, Denise Cromer...
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Margaret Greenlee

January 3, 1921 - October 26, 2016

Margaret Marie Greenlee, age 95, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born on January 3, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Della Fite Green and G. F. Green. Marie was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and enjoyed reading and helping others. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Lillie "Winnie" Owens

July 14, 1929 - October 26, 2016

Lillie "Winnie" Owens, age 87, of Coffey Road, Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born on Thursday, July 14, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sidney Lewis Coffey and Aquilla Quinn Hunt Coffey. Winnie worked for Burlington Industries-J.C. Cowan Plant for many years before retirement. She was a longtime and...
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Norma J. Laws

March 17, 1963 - October 25, 2016

Norma J. Laws, age 53, of Forest City, died on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at her residence. Born March 17, 1963 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Mary Fisher Lovelace who resides in Bostic and the late John Hoppes. She was a CNA and worked for several years in home health and was of the Baptist faith. Norma loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her...
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Donaleen G. Silvers

August 31, 1947 - October 21, 2016

Donaleen G. Silvers, age 69, of Mooresboro, passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Carolinas Continue Care in Kings Mountain. Born August 31, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Donald Garren and Hazel Melton Garren. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and a homemaker. She was a past member of Caroleen Baptist Church. Donaleen enjoyed making...
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Deborah C. Simpson

June 21, 1957 - October 17, 2016

Deborah C. Simpson, age 59, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 in Brevard, NC. Born June 21, 1957 in Rutherford County, she is a daughter to Mary Sue Conner who resides in Forest City and the late Martin John Conner. Deborah worked as a receptionist for the Emergency Room at Rutherford Hospital and also as a machinist at Watts-Regtrol. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant...
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Sandra Williams Edwards

January 29, 1945 - October 15, 2016

Sandra Williams Edwards, age 71, of Mill Spring, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at her residence. Born on Monday, January 29, 1945 in Landrum, SC, she was a daughter to the late Woodrow Williams and Lois Jones Williams. Sandra was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed attending gospel singings. She also enjoyed taking care of her chickens and cats and watching...
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Sami Severin Svendsen

April 3, 1915 - October 14, 2016

Sami Severin Svendsen, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Beverly Shores and Valparaiso, Indiana, a lover of life, wine, and good conversation, who was also a voracious reader and seeker of knowledge, died October 14, 2016 at the age of 101. He was an international broker of animal glands and sausage casings. He traveled the world when air travel was not so common place--when first class even...
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John "J.B." Conner

August 20, 1934 - October 12, 2016

John "J.B." Conner, age 82, of Union Mills, died Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at his residence. Born on Monday, August 20, 1934 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late John Milton Conner and Willie Harris Conner. He operated a saw mill for many years and was a Baptist. J.B. enjoyed hunting and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn...
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Judy Lee Dedmon Mason

October 2, 1943 - October 10, 2016

Judy Lee Dedmond Mason, age 73, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Wendover Hospice House in Shelby. Born on Saturday, October 2, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Samuel Dedmond and Frances Sims Dedmond. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1961 and worked for over twenty years as an office clerk at the Rutherford County...
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Marshall "Dee" Miller

September 13, 1939 - October 10, 2016

Marshall Dee Miller, age 77, of Cliffside, died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his residence. Born on September 13, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late David Earl Miller and Ida Mae Jenkins Miller. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bud Miller, Rex Miller;...
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Rena Hester Jarvis

November 27, 1979 - October 2, 2016

Rena Hester Jarvis, age 36, of Forest City, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born on Tuesday, November 27, 1979 in Cleveland County, she is the daughter of Deborah Heusinkveld Stowe who resides in Ellenboro and the late Kenneth David Hester. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1997 and a lifetime member of Chase High Baptist...
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Frank Norman

October 27, 1933 - October 2, 2016

Frank Norman, age 82, of Henrietta, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus. Born October 27, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Jule Norman and Josie Adkins Norman. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Frank worked for Burlington Industries for forty years before retirement and was a member of...
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Ethel Robinson Dobbins

March 20, 1918 - September 29, 2016

Ethel Robinson Dobbins, age 98, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Fair Haven Home in Bostic. Born on Wednesday, March 20, 1918 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Victor Robinson and Ellie Mae Frazier Robinson. Ethel worked for Burlington Mill-Henrietta Plant for over forty years before retirement and was a longtime member of the First Baptist...
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Karen Jones Keeter

July 22, 1970 - September 27, 2016

Karen Jones Keeter, age 46, of Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 22, 1970 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Druary Jones and Frances Martin Jones who reside in Ellenboro. Karen was a certified EMT and worked for the Rutherford County Emergency Services Rescue Squad. She also was a volunteer at the Ellenboro...
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Jackie Greene Clark

December 15, 1944 - September 26, 2016

Jackie Greene Clark, age 71, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at her daughter's house in Spindale. Born on Friday, December 15, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Greene and Lorene Burgess Greene. Jackie was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1962 and a member of the Village Chapel of Forest City. She worked for Mastercraft Mill and...
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Peggy Greene Hewitt

April 23, 1934 - September 23, 2016

Peggy Greene Hewitt, age 82, of Emory Avenue, Forest City, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born on Monday, April 23, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Arrie D Greene and Tressie Davis Greene. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1952 and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta....
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David Budgell

June 25, 1940 - September 20, 2016

David M. Budgell, age 76, of Rutherfordton, died September 20, 2016 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. An inurnment will take place at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. No formal services will be conducted.
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Mary Jarrell Hicks

February 20, 1917 - September 19, 2016

Mary Jarrell Hicks, age 99, of Hogan Road, Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the White Oak Manor of Rutherfordton. Born on Tuesday, February 20, 1917 in Green County, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late Alphonso Jarrell and Edith Malone Jarrell. Mary was a homemaker who was dedicated to her family. She travelled with her husband, Paul, to many places around the...
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Sharon May Abramczyk

June 25, 1938 - September 18, 2016

Sharon May Wysong Abramczyk, age 78, of Shelby, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at CHS Cleveland. Born June 25, 1938 in Traverse City, Michigan, she was daughter to the late Arthur Wysong and Doris Wysong. Later in life she was co-owner and operator of Falls Motel and Santa Claus Lane in Chimney Rock. Being a devoted wife, mother and friend, Sharon had a compassionate, generous...
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Christa Murray Ingle

August 22, 1950 - September 18, 2016

Christa Murray Ingle, age 66, of Henrietta, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born on August 22, 1950 in Clinton, SC, she was a daughter to the late Glenn and Pat Murray. Christa attended East Rutherford High and worked in textiles for many years. She served in various other occupations, but her passion in life was taking care of her...
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Jerry George

October 18, 1952 - September 17, 2016

Jerry George, age 63, of Rutherfordton, died September 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. No formal services are planned at this time.
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Flossie C. Harmon

February 1, 1929 - September 17, 2016

Flossie C. Harmon, age 87, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 1, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Broadus Cash and Rhode Self Cash. Flossie was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1947 and worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for many years. She was a member of Floyd's Creek...
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J.V. Jones

May 21, 1934 - September 16, 2016

JV Jones, age 82, of Ellenboro, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. J.V. was born to Joseph and Dema Combs Jones on May 21, 1934 in Laurel Springs, Alleghany County, North Carolina in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Following his older brother on the streams and hills, he developed a love for fishing and hunting that would last for all of...
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