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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

Penny K. Hardin

February 8, 1952 - September 18, 2017

Penny K. Hardin, age 65, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Nana's Assisted Living. Born February 8, 1952 in Trenton, New Jersey, she was a daughter to the late Henry and Marie Kirchner. Penny worked as a legal secretary for many years, which included the Fairfax Virgina District Attorney's office and the Central Intelligence Agency. She also was a deputy clerk for...
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Noreen Dobbins McDaniel

November 18, 1948 - September 18, 2017

Noreen McDaniel, age 68, of Caroleen, NC, went home to be with her Savior on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born November 18, 1948 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Jack Dobbins and Margaret Butler Dobbins. Noreen was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1968 and was currently attending Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist...
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Ruby Bailey Goode

August 14, 1940 - September 14, 2017

Ruby Bailey Goode, age 77, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at her residence. Born August 14, 1940 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Hollis Lee Bailey and Lillie Alice Tessneer Bailey. She is also preceded by her husband, Clarence E. Goode and one brother, Sonny Boy "Bill" Bailey. Ruby worked for Stonecutter Mill and the Snack Bar in Hickory. She...
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Daisy Waters Brown

May 27, 1934 - September 13, 2017

Daisy Waters Brown, age 83, of Caroleen, NC, died September 13th, passing peacefully to be with our Lord and Savior and join her family and friends that proceeded her in death. Born May 27, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was the youngest of 9 children born to the late Monroe Ervin Waters and Alpha Belle Johnson Waters. She was proceeded in death by husband of 61 years Daniel Grogan Brown,...
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Lynda Padgett Hawkins Albert

August 18, 1945 - September 11, 2017

Lynda Padgett Hawkins Albert, age 72, of Huddleston, Virginia, formerly of Forest City, NC, passed away on September 11, 2017. Born August 18, 1945 in Rutherford County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Padgett and Lena Mae Allen Padgett. Lynda was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening; taking care of her pets, and especially loved her...
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Ruth Melton Bright

January 21, 1934 - September 8, 2017

Ruth Bright, age 83, of Forest City, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 21, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Gene Melton and Sarah Irene Bridges Melton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Freeman Guffey; second husband, George Clifford Hollifield; third husband,...
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Minnie Mae Lee

September 27, 1956 - September 3, 2017

Minnie Mae Lee, age 60, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 27, 1956 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Cecil Lee and Altha Mae Mace Lee. Minnie worked for A & E Plastics for twenty-three years before her retirement and was a longtime member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. She was an avid...
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Debbie Turner Coffey

May 6, 1952 - September 3, 2017

Debbie Turner Coffey, age 65, of Sandy Mush, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 6, 1952 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Darvin Turner and Estelle Sisk Turner. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1970. Debbie was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and taking care of her family. She...
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Doris "Joan" Allred

June 26, 1939 - September 1, 2017

Doris "Joan" Allred, age 78, of Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 26, 1939 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Odell Allred and Letha Hughes Allred. Joan worked in textiles and managed a convenience store for several years. She also worked as a cashier at Hardees. She was a member of Pilgrim's Way...
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Frances Price Crain

September 22, 1940 - August 30, 2017

Frances Price Crain, age 76, of Ellenboro, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 22, 1940 in McDowell County, she was a daughter of the Charlie Price and Ruby Lawing Price. She was a graduate of Marion High School, class of 1958 and worked in textiles for many years. Frances served the Lord faithfully, as a...
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Eugene "Gene" Biggerstaff

August 24, 1939 - August 27, 2017

Eugene "Gene" Biggerstaff, age 78, of Spindale, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Colonial Manor in Rutherfordton. Born August 24, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Bill Biggerstaff and Mary Cobb Biggerstaff. He worked as a supervisor for Cone Mills and as a Deputy of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department. Eugene was a member of Sisk Memorial Missionary...
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Tammy Blanton Pruett

October 12, 1964 - August 26, 2017

Tammy Blanton Pruett, age 52, of Laurinburg, NC, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at the Morrison Manor in Laurinburg. Born October 12, 1964 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Brenda Webb Blanton who resides in Shallotte, NC and the late Maxx Blanton. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1982. She worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for...
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Ray "Hamburger" White

September 12, 1941 - August 26, 2017

Ray "Hamburger" White, age 75, of South Broadway Street, Forest City, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 12, 1941 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late John Sullivan White and Laura Ann Queen White. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1959. Ray was an insurance and advertising salesman for many years...
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Nathan Nodine

June 15, 1958 - August 24, 2017

Nathan Nodine, age 59, of Rutherfordton, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus in Asheville. Born June 15, 1958 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Thomas Utah Nodine and Pauline Brindle Nodine. Nathan worked for Watts Regulators for several years and was a devoted animal lover. He had a tender heart for others and was a friend to everyone...
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Della H. Moore

September 21, 1931 - August 24, 2017

Della H. Moore, age 85, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born September 21, 1931 in Mitchell County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Oakley Jeter Holtsclaw and Ella Mae Allred Holtsclaw. She worked in textiles for many years until her retirement and was a member of Race Path Baptist Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending...
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Ricky "Harley" Douglas Vickers

October 14, 1956 - August 23, 2017

Ricky "Harley" Douglas Vickers, Sr. age 60, of Mooresboro, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born October 14, 1956 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Marjorie Durham Vickers and Joseph William Vickers, Sr. of Henrietta. He worked in textiles for many years and most recently as a Security Supervisor for Facebook. He was an avid...
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Harold "Spencer" Allen

March 4, 1939 - August 23, 2017

Harold "Spencer" Allen, age 78, of Sandy Mush, passed away August 23, 2017. He was the son of the late A.L. and Beatrice Seay Allen. In his youth he joined the Boy Scouts and received the Eagle Scout Award. Spencer was very smart and highly motivated. In high school he was a top student and won almost every superlative "Best Dressed" and "Most Likely to Succeed" to name a few. When he...
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David Stanley Ballard

June 18, 1933 - August 22, 2017

David Stanley Ballard, age 84, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at his residence. Born June 18, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Henry Ballard and Nettie Martin Ballard. He worked as a security officer for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant and Avondale Plant for a combined 35 years. David was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Rutherfordton. He...
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Robert Leroy "Hollywood" Wilson

June 24, 1958 - August 18, 2017

Robert Leroy "Hollywood" Wilson, age 59, of Forest City, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 24, 1958 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Leonard Leroy Wilson and Donnie Jean Allred McCurry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ryan Fred "Whitey" Wilson. Those left to cherish is memory...
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Timothy Wayne Wells

September 25, 1966 - August 17, 2017

Timothy Wayne Wells, age 50, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born September 25, 1966 in Rutherford County, NC, he was a son of Joyce Melton Wells Lowery and the late Bobby Gene Wells. Timothy was employed by Stover Mechanical in Greenville, SC. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby Todd Wells...
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Dorothy L. Duckworth

June 29, 1941 - August 14, 2017

Dorothy L. Duckworth, age 76, of Crowe Dairy Road, Forest City, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 at her residence. Born June 29, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late William Kirby Luckadoo and Celie Mae Carver Luckadoo. She was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, class of 1958. Dorothy worked in textiles for several years. She had a heart for others which...
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Charles "Johnny" Adams

March 17, 1946 - August 11, 2017

Charles "Johnny" Adams, age 71, of the Six Points Community formerly of Laurens, SC passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at his residence. Born March 17, 1946 in Laurens County, SC, he was a son of the late Conway Madison Adams and Faye Broome Thomas. Johnny was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Johnny's Small Engine Repair for many years...
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Deanya Bridges Pruett

August 26, 1930 - August 11, 2017

Deanya B. Pruett, age 86, formerly of Boiling Springs, NC, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Oakland Living Center in Rutherfordton. Born August 26, 1930 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Colin and Zeta Bridges. She worked for Dover Mills for many years and was a past member of Race Path Baptist Church. Deanya loved traveling and was an excellent seamstress. ...
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Georlene Holland

February 19, 1942 - August 10, 2017

Georlene Holland, age 75, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 19, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Hoyte Bailey and Hazel Dobbins Bailey. Georlene was a homemaker and a faithful member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling and visiting new places and especially loved her family...
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Kenneth "Fat Boy" Waters

August 12, 1945 - August 9, 2017

Kenneth "Fat Boy" Waters, age 71, of East Main Street, Forest City, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 12, 1945 in Polk County, NC, he was a son of the late Nola Ann Waters. Kenneth was a self-employed "handy man" in the construction industry most of his life and loved spending time with his family. In addition to his mother,...
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Tim West

May 22, 1958 - August 5, 2017

Tim West, age 59, of Georgia Street, Spindale, NC, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017. Born May 22, 1958 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Glenn Edward West and Dorcas Justice West. Tim's life passion was cars, which included being a MOPAR enthusiast. He worked as an auto detailer for many years for Spindale Classic Detailing. Tim was also an avid Denver Broncos fan and a member of...
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Juanita Branch Hollifield

August 11, 1931 - August 2, 2017

Juanita Branch Hollifield, age 85, of Forest City, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born August 11, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Roy Branch and Nell Lee Holtsclaw Branch. She was a member at Alexander United Methodist Church and Alderman of the Town of Alexander Mills for six years. In addition to her parents, she...
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David Holloway White

April 10, 1944 - July 31, 2017

David Holloway White, age 73, of Mooresboro, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at his residence. Born April 10, 1944 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Gifton Holloway White and Mary Cornelia Clardy White. David was member of Temple Baptist Church in Mooresboro. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 51 years, Helen Simpson White; three children, Alan Holoway...
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Mary Kathleen Wilson

January 17, 1929 - July 29, 2017

Mary Kathleen Wilson, age 88, of Caroleen, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 17, 1929 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late L.J. Ferguson and Ethel Haulk Ferguson. Mary worked for Burlington Industries-Caroleen for twenty-four years and was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church of Ellenboro. She loved crocheting,...
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Freddie Lee Robbins

March 2, 1953 - July 15, 2017

Freddie Lee Robbins, age 64, of Chesnee, SC, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Regional Hospice House in Spartanburg. Born March 2, 1953 in Cherokee County, SC, he was the son of the late Sidney Robbins, Jr. and Margie Patterson Robbins. Freddie worked for Hamrick Mills for thirty three years before retirement and was a faithful member of the Victory Faith Holiness Center in...
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Nancy "Joan" Moore

February 25, 1943 - July 14, 2017

Nancy "Joan" Moore, age 74, of Bridges Drive, Forest City, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born February 25, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Jack Mask and Alma Ford Mask. A graduate of Cool Springs High School, she worked for AFA Plastics and Campbell's Cleaning Services for several years before her retirement. Joan...
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Ollie "Gene" McDaniel

April 14, 1941 - July 12, 2017

Ollie "Gene" McDaniel, age 76, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 14, 1941 in Newberry, SC, he was a son of the late Ollie Theodore McDaniel and Willie Mae Brazell McDaniel. Ollie worked for Stonecutter Mill for most of his life and was a member of the First Wesleyan Church of Forest City. He was an avid fisherman and...
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Landon Dillard Boone

January 30, 1960 - July 11, 2017

Landon Dillard Boone, age 57, of Old Wagy Road, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Mission Hospital in Asheville from a massive stroke. Born January 30, 1960 in Randolph County, he is the son of Jean Boone who resides in Forest City and the late L. D. Boone. Landon worked in construction as a carpet installer and was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed muscadine grapes...
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Pawnease McCraw Gowan

December 22, 1936 - July 10, 2017

Pawnease McCraw Gowan, age 80, of Forest City, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 22, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter to the late Arthur Columbus McCraw and Alice Henson McCraw. She worked for United Southern Industries for many years before her retirement and was a faithful member of Providence United Methodist Church....
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Gene Wilson

February 22, 1943 - July 9, 2017

Reverend Gene Wilson, age 74, of Mill Spring, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 22, 1943 in Polk County, he was son to the late John Basil Wilson and Kansas Haynes Wilson. Gene was a carpenter by trade but a preacher by the calling of God. He pastored several area churches which included Emmanuel Baptist Church of Rutherfordton, Faith...
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Dollie Yelton Tesseneir

July 28, 1944 - July 9, 2017

Dollie Yelton Tesseneir, age 72, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born July 28, 1944 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late George Farris Yelton and Cledar Hutchins Yelton. She was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, William Tesseneir; five children, Thomas...
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Diane Waters Pruett

March 9, 1953 - July 8, 2017

Diane Waters Pruett, age 64, of Rutherfordton, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the home of her sister in Rutherfordton. Born March 9, 1953 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Dan Waters and Nellie Johnson Waters. She was a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Pruett; an...
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Ruth Bridges Ledbetter

March 7, 1943 - July 3, 2017

Ruth Bridges Ledbetter, age 74, of McCrow Road, Henrietta, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born March 7, 1943 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Russell T. Goode and Grace Carmen Gillespie Bridges. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and a member of High Shoal Baptist Church. Ruth worked at various plastic manufacturing plants and...
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Ray Inman

February 14, 1952 - July 2, 2017

Ray Inman, age 65, of Caroleen, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his residence. Born February 14, 1952 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to the late John Inman and Dorothy Turner Inman. He worked for Appling Boring Company as a mechanic for twenty-years and was of the Baptist Faith. He enjoyed dirt track car racing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by...
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Katherine Ledbetter Mulkey

September 19, 1934 - July 2, 2017

Katherine Ledbetter Mulkey, age 82, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 19, 1934 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was a daughter to the late George Franklin Ledbetter and Clara Mae Ledbetter. She worked in textiles most of her life and was a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. Katherine loved flower...
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Pam Chapman

October 19, 1962 - June 25, 2017

Pam Chapman, age 54, of Rutherfordton, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017. Pam was born October 19, 1962 in Rutherford County and was the daughter of Dorothy "Dot" Hutchins Chapman who resides in Ellenboro and the late Jim Chapman. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1980 and also attended Isothermal Community College. Pam was the manager of Spakes Restaurant for over ten...
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Robert J. Conner

December 5, 1936 - June 23, 2017

Robert J. Conner, age 80, of E. Church Street, Bostic, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at his residence. Born December 5, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Jay Conner and Myrtle Lane. As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Robert served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He retired from the military after twenty-three years of service. Robert also worked for U.S....
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Ruby Saunders

May 6, 1921 - June 23, 2017

Ruby Saunders, age 96, of Forest City, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 6, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Romeo Henson and Effie Jane Henson. Ruby worked for the Bendix Corporation in Maryland for many years and also as a bank teller. Ruby was a long-time member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Forest City...
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Sandra Marie Dayberry Martinez

April 1, 1975 - June 21, 2017

Sandra Marie Dayberry Martinez, age 42, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 1, 1975 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to Pansy Branch who resides in Forest City and the late David Hudson. She was a homemaker and a member of Adaville Baptist Church. Sandra's life's enjoyments included drawing, traveling and social...
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David Ponder

February 2, 1955 - June 19, 2017

David Ponder, age 62, of Bostic, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born February 2, 1955 in Goldsboro, NC, he was a son to the late Ray Junior Ponder and Blanche Cureton Ponder. He worked for Cone Mills for twenty years and enjoyed cutting grass, doing yard work, watching John Wayne movies and the news. David attended Trinity Wesleyan Church of...
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Claudia Stephens Condrey

July 10, 1974 - June 18, 2017

Claudia Stephens Condrey, age 42, a native of Rutherford County, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 in Spartanburg. Born July 10, 1974 in Cleveland County, she is a daughter of Claude and Carol Stephens who reside in Mooresboro. She was a graduate of Isothermal Community College and received an Associate's Degree from Gaston College. Claudia worked as a lab supervisor for CaroMont...
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Robert "Bobby" Rape

August 2, 1946 - June 17, 2017

Reverend Robert "Bobby" Rape, Sr., age 70, of Rutherfordton, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his residence. Born August 2, 1946 in Lincoln County, Georgia, he was a son to the late Robert N. Rape and Mildred Hawes Rape. Bobby worked for Georgia Power for many years until entering the ministry. He pastored several local churches which included Shingle Hollow Congregational Holiness...
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Minnie M. Fox

February 18, 1930 - June 15, 2017

Minnie M. Fox, age 87, of Cliffside, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loved ones on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at her residence. Born February 18, 1930 in Brandon, Florida, she was a daughter to the late Frank Buehler and Gladys Counts Buehler. She was a homemaker and a member of Prospect Baptist Church and also a member of the Eastern Star Taylors Lodge #234. Minnie worked for J...
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Jedediah Yoni Logan

June 13, 2017 - June 13, 2017

Jedediah Yoni Logan, the infant son of Hope Flack and Adrian Logan of Forest City, went to his heavenly home Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by a paternal great-grandmother, Ruth Logan. In addition to his loving parents, he is survived by his twin brother, Jerramiah Yishai Logan; siblings, Quantai Flack, Rozah Logan and Jerrody...
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J.V. Bowen

December 26, 1947 - June 13, 2017

J.V. Bowen, age 69, of Boss Moore Road, Ellenboro, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Rutherford Health Care System-Rutherfordton. Born December 26, 1947 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Glenn Bowen and Pantha Waters Bowen. He was a truck driver for many years, having worked for Hardin's Trucking for over seventeen years. J.V. was a member of Heaven Bound Baptist Church...
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Jeremy Rowe

March 30, 1977 - June 13, 2017

Jeremy Rowe, age 40, of Rutherfordton, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017. He was born March 30, 1977 in Rutherford County to Brenda Ross Rowe who resides in Forest City and the late Jackie Dale Rowe. He was currently employed at Fountain Electric and was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. Jeremy was an outgoing and goodhearted man who enjoyed bowling and fishing. He will be...
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Stephanie Haynes

August 19, 1983 - June 10, 2017

Stephanie Haynes, age 33, of Ellenboro, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City. Born August 19, 1983 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Janice Haynes of Ellenboro and Dennis and Janet Haynes of Mooresboro. She is a graduate of Chase High School, class of 2001. She was currently attending Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and also a member of Goodes Creek...
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J.D. Haynes

September 30, 1925 - June 10, 2017

J.D. Haynes, age 91, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Holly Springs Rest Home. Born September 30, 1925 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Marvin Haynes and Carrie M. Elliott Haynes. J.D. was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He owned and operated JD Haynes Body Shop and worked for Bill Turner Chevrolet for many years. He also...
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Ruby Byars Bridges

May 30, 1940 - June 9, 2017

Ruby Byars Bridges, age 77, of Sandy Mush, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Carolinas Health System-Cleveland. Born May 30, 1940 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late John Byars and Allie Campbell Byars. Ruby was homemaker and enjoyed taking care of children. She was a faithful member of Victory Baptist Church of Ellenboro where she assisted with Vacation Bible...
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Fern W. Vegoren

October 7, 1928 - June 7, 2017

Fern W. Vegoren, age 88, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born October 7, 1928 in Rutherford County, she was the widow of Fred Vegoren and the daughter of the late John Sullivan White and Lora Ann Queen White. She worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside plant for forty-five years before retirement and also worked as a CNA for several years. She...
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Jeanne Wall Cole

August 12, 1924 - June 7, 2017

Jeanne Wall Cole, aged 92, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at her beloved Old Homeplace in Henrietta, North Carolina. Jeanne lived a full life enjoying those things she held most precious: friends and family, education, and music. Jeanne was born August 12, 1924 in Brookhaven, MS. She was the daughter of Roland B. Wall, mayor of Brookhaven in the 1930's, and Annie Claire Henderson...
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David James "Paw" Cole

May 23, 1947 - June 6, 2017

David James "Paw" Cole, age 70, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at his residence. Born May 23, 1947 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late James Dillard Cole and Mary Carver Cole. David worked as a mechanic of Sports Center in Forest City and Shytle's Used Cars for over thirty years. He also worked as a tire changer and tree trimmer for several years. Among his...
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Emanuel Hernandez

June 3, 2017 - June 3, 2017

Emanuel Hernandez, infant son of Efrain Hernandez and Maria Arrieta, of Forest City, entered into the presence of his heavenly Father on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Rutherford Regional Health System. In addition to his loving parents, he is survived by two siblings, Anna Marie Hernandez and Jesus Hernandez; maternal grandmother, Jovita Arrieta of Forest City; paternal grandparents, Juana...
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Boyce C. Robinson

June 23, 1936 - June 2, 2017

Boyce C. Robinson, age 80, of Hopper Road, Forest City, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born June 23, 1936 in Spartanburg County, he was a son to the late Clarence Robinson and Vinnie Kimbrell Robinson Aldridge. He worked for Stonecutter Mill, General Fireproofing and in construction for many years. Boyce also was a buffalo rancher and a member of...
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Billy Joe Dean Blanton

August 18, 1959 - May 29, 2017

Billy Joe Dean Blanton, age 57, of Mooresboro, died Monday, May 29, 2017. Born August 18, 1959 in Rutherford County, he was as son to the late Roy Eugene Blanton and Maudie Wishon Blanton. He was a carpenter and roofer and worked as a lead man in the metal fabrication industry. He was known as a hard worker and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Billy Joe Dean loved his...
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Barbara Ann Murray Skipper

June 5, 1945 - May 26, 2017

Barbara Ann Murray Skipper, age 71, of Forest City, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 at Fair Haven. Born June 5, 1945 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Hollis Fowler and Lora Blackwell Randolph. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Murray Nolen; son, Wayne "Ronnie" Murray Jr., three brothers, Charles "Booster" Fowler, Larry...
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Ernest Ronell Dotson

September 27, 1930 - May 25, 2017

Ernest Ronell Dotson, age 86, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 27, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Thurman Dotson and Carrie Pearl Rogers Dotson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Lonnie Dotson; two grandchildren, Rhonda Jones, Tracy Dotson; three sisters, Gennie...
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Shannon Eugene Brandle

May 5, 1967 - May 25, 2017

Shannon Eugene Brandle, age 50, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 5, 1967 in Rutherford County, he was the son of C. Gene Brandle and Sylvia Marie Moore Brandle. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1984 and loved music and wrestling. Those left to cherish his memory include his four children, Leslie Brandle...
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James Lawrence Tate

January 28, 1943 - May 23, 2017

James Lawrence Tate, age 74, of Nuggett Lane, Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 28, 1943 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Norman Tate and Beatrice Summers Tate. James worked at Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for over forty years before retirement and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. He...
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Barbara Ann Thomas

September 19, 1942 - May 22, 2017

Barbara Ann Thomas, age 74, of Countryside Drive, Forest City, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 19, 1942 in Washington County, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late George G. Long and Nell Patrick Long. Barbara worked as a department manager for several years at Roses Department Store and was a homemaker. She attended New Harvest...
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Hitus Harrill

July 30, 1951 - May 21, 2017

Hitus A. Harrill, age 65, of Bostic, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born July 30, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was son to Dorothy Boone Harrill of Bostic and the late Thomas Lemuel Harrill. Hitus owned and operated Harrill Landscaping for over forty years and was a faithful member of Corinth Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, taught Sunday School...
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Reggie Wilson

June 25, 1946 - May 21, 2017

Reggie Wilson, age 70, of Lattimore, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born June 25, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Scott Wilson and Mary Tucker Wilson. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and Cleveland Community College, class of 1970. He was a veteran and the U.S. Army and served his country during the...
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Mildred J. Bowen

September 3, 1926 - May 19, 2017

Mildred J. Bowen, age 90, of Caroleen, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born September 3, 1926 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Dock C. Jenkins and Minnie Hudson Hawkins Jenkins. Mildred was a homemaker and a member of Caroleen United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, word search books and especially cooking...
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Danny Silver, Jr.

January 10, 1955 - May 17, 2017

Danny Silver, Jr., age 62, of Goode's Creek Church Road, Mooresboro, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born January 10, 1955 in Gaston County, he was a son to Daniel Ray Silver, Sr. who resides in Forest City and the late Dorothy Elizabeth Yow Silver. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1973 and attended...
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Margaret Wright

March 14, 1935 - May 16, 2017

Margaret Wright, age 82, of Rutherfordton, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 14, 1935 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Lewis Gibson and Arline Kirby Gibson. Margaret worked for Elmore Mills for many years and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and taking care of her dogs. ...
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Tony Huffman

November 11, 1947 - May 13, 2017

Tony Huffman, age 69, of Ellenboro, NC, died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Charles George VA Medical Center. Born November 11, 1947 in Burke County, he is the son of Jane Talent Stafford who resides in Taylorsville, NC and the late Walter Huffman, Sr. He was a graduate of George Hildebran High School, class of 1966 and also attended Gardner-Webb University and Isothermal Community College....
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Michael Reeves

April 9, 1958 - May 13, 2017

Michael Reeves, age 59, of Cliffside, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born April 9, 1958 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son to the late Larry Reeves and Grace Johnson Luck. Michael's interests included music and working on electronics. He also enjoyed making people laugh and taking care of children. Michael was of the Baptist faith. ...
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Lens "Hooter" Brown

February 28, 1935 - May 13, 2017

Lens "Hooter" Brown, age 82, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at his residence. Born February 28, 1935 in McDowell County, he was a son to the late George Washington Brown and Effie Mae McKinney Brown. Hooter was an independent truck driver for many years and also worked as a sawmill operator. He was a member of the Restoration Church of Forest City and enjoyed hunting,...
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Martha Jean Sellers

May 21, 1932 - May 12, 2017

Martha Jean Sellers, age 84, of Caroleen, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 21, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fred Jackson and Matilda "Tilda" Hawkins Jackson. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1950 and a loyal member of the Democrat Party. Martha Jean was known for her ability to cook...
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Lloyd L. Peterson

November 8, 1934 - May 11, 2017

Lloyd L. Peterson, age 82, of Bemidji, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County in North Carolina. Born November 8, 1934 in Crookston, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Louis L. Peterson and Sophie (Carlson) Peterson. Lloyd was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He owned and operated the Busy Corner Store and was an...
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Parker Lancaster

February 29, 2000 - May 8, 2017

Parker Lancaster, age 17, of Forest City, died Monday, May 8, 2017. Born February 29, 2000 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son of Angela Lancaster of Forest City and the late Gregg Lancaster. Parker was currently a student at Isothermal Community College. His creative spirit found an outlet on You Tube and in composing music. He was also known for his keen sense of humor. Parker loved...
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James Clifton Lowery

April 29, 1936 - May 7, 2017

James Clifton Lowery, age 81, of Caroleen, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at his residence. Born April 26, 1936 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Forrest Lowery and Myrtle Killian Lowery. James worked as an attendant at the Colfax Convenience Center for fifteen years and as a HVAC technician for the textile mills for many years. He enjoyed collecting antique radios and...
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Ethel Lynn Hunt Robbins

December 5, 1927 - May 7, 2017

Ethel Lynn Hunt Robbins, age 89, died peacefully at her home in Forest City on Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was born in Rutherford County where she continued to live throughout her life. Ethel worked diligently for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 37 years. She was a faithful member of Caroleen Baptist Church for over 50 years where she served on numerous committees and sang in the choir. ...
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Clyde "Tommy" Bostic

February 9, 1959 - May 6, 2017

Tommy Bostic, age 58, of Rutherfordton, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 9, 1959 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late Robert Bostic and Mary M. Earley Bostic. Tommy was a self-employed landscaper and was of the Baptist faith. He loved working outdoors and raising chickens. He especially loved his family and will be greatly...
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Larry Dean Hembree

May 6, 1958 - May 3, 2017

Larry Dean Hembree, age 58, of Rutherfordton, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Born May 6, 1958 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Pete Hembree and Louise Ford Hembree. Larry worked for Mastercraft-Spindale Plant for several years and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, fishing and he especially loved his grandchildren. Those...
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Randy Ingle

September 17, 1959 - May 1, 2017

Randy Ingle, age 57, of Ferry Road, Forest City, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born September 17, 1959 in Rutherford County, he is a son to Marie Smith Ingle of Forest City and the late Homer Dean Ingle. Randy was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1977 and owned and operated Caroleen Manufacturing for over thirty years. He was a Past...
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Ron P. Kennedy

December 21, 1965 - April 30, 2017

Ron P. Kennedy, age 51, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Carolinas Health Care System-Cleveland. Born December 21, 1965 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Lelanie Williamson Kennedy and Ronald Lee Kennedy who resides in Caroleen. Ron was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1984. He owned and operated the B & R. shipping services for twenty-five years and...
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Yolanda Quirino

March 15, 1952 - April 30, 2017

Yolanda Quirino, age 65, of Morganton, NC, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at her residence. Born March 15, 1952 in Los Indios, Texas, she was a daughter to the late Dionicio Ramos and Elida Luna Ramos. Yolanda was a CNA and worked for White Oak Manor and home health care for several years. She also worked for Fast Foods Merchandise and OMC. Yolanda enjoyed going to flea markets and...
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Gretchen Pinker Nance

June 5, 1936 - April 29, 2017

Gretchen Pinker Nance, age 80, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Oak Grove Healthcare Center. Born June 5, 1936 in Franklin, New Hampshire, she was a daughter of the late Stephen Pinker and Olive Currier Pinker. Gretchen, along with her late husband, owned and operated Nance's Orchard Outlet in Lake Lure for many years. She was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed...
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Tony Mullinax

August 23, 1953 - April 26, 2017

Reverend Tony Mullinax, age 63, of Mooresboro, passed away from a sudden illness at the Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born August 23, 1953 in Gaston County, NC, he was a son to the late Edward Patrick Mullinax and Lucy Iowa Davis Mullinax. He worked as a truck driver for Robbins Brick for several years, but his passion was pastoring churches and preaching the Gospel. Throughout a span of...
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Dorcas Martin Greenlee

July 18, 1925 - April 25, 2017

Dorcas Martin Greenlee, age 91, of Forest City, passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at her residence. Born July 18, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Lustus Martin and Lillie Vernon Weaver Martin. She was a hairdresser for several years and owned and operated the Cut & Curl Beauty Shop. Dorcas also worked in textiles for many years as a seamstress. She loved...
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Oxie Earls Harris

September 26, 1923 - April 24, 2017

Oxie Earls Harris, age 93, of Forest City, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born September 26, 1923 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Calma Earls and Myrtle Beheler Earls. Oxie worked in textiles for many years before her retirement and was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Shelby. She enjoyed flower and vegetable...
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Charles "PawPaw" Robert Riley

April 24, 1969 - April 22, 2017

Charles "PawPaw" Robert Riley, age 47, of Ellenboro, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Carolinas Health Care System-Cleveland in Shelby. Born April 24, 1969 in Aiken County, SC, he was a son to the late William David Riley, Sr. and Beatrice Ann Ackerman Riley. Charles was a cabinet maker for many years and most recently worked for Blue Ridge Cabinets in Forest City. Charles...
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Dayton Gunn

June 7, 1920 - April 18, 2017

Dayton Gunn, age 96, of Rutherfordton, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 7, 1920 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was a son to the late Irwin Simpson Gunn and Blanche Estelle Bowen Gunn. Dayton served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-46. He was assigned to the 6th Artillery Marine Division during...
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Sarah Whitaker

May 15, 1934 - April 14, 2017

Sarah Whitaker, age 82, of Forest City, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 15, 1934 in Cherokee County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Charlie and Julie Thrift. Sarah was a member of Florence Baptist Church and retired from Doncaster and Tanner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Whitaker;...
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William Orion Waters

April 12, 2017 - April 12, 2017

William Orion Waters, infant son of Michael Waters and Samantha Gosnell, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his parents, Michael Waters and Samantha Gosnell; one brother, Nathan Waters; and his grandparents, Janice Gosnell and Wade and Luci Waters. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2017 at...
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Daisy Earls

September 26, 1932 - April 12, 2017

Daisy Earls, age 84, of Cliffside, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at her residence. Born September 26, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Sam Spears and Essie Dobbins Spears. Daisy was a homemaker who loved her family dearly. She worked for Cone Mills for several years and was actively involved in the community. She participated in softball and was also a...
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Shirley L. Bailey

October 30, 1947 - April 7, 2017

Shirley L. Bailey, age 69, of Hester Mill Road, Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherfordton. Born October 30, 1947 in Polk County, she was a daughter to late Rolie Lawter and Ethel Hutchins Lawter. Shirley worked for the Rutherford County Public Schools for over twenty years. She was a longtime and faithful member of Harris First Baptist Church for...
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Johnny E. Bostic

May 29, 1940 - April 7, 2017

Johnny E. Bostic, age 76, of Chesterfield Road, Cliffside, NC, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born May 29, 1940 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late John "Will" Bostic and Mary "Molly" Wiggins Bostic. He worked for Cone Mills for forty years before retirement and was of the Baptist Faith. Johnny enjoyed the outdoors which included...
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Shirley Edwards Holland

March 28, 1937 - April 4, 2017

Shirley Edwards Holland, age 80, of Franklin Drive, Forest City, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born Sunday, March 28, 1937 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was a daughter to the late Dewey Dock Edwards and Annie Trout Edwards. Shirley was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1955 and attended Cecil's Business College in Spartanburg. She...
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Dawn Davis

November 13, 1964 - April 3, 2017

Dawn Davis, age 52, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born November 13, 1964 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Hattie Elaine Summers of Rutherfordton and the late Jonah "Roger" Tate. She was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1982. Dawn was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked as a Lab Technician for...
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Mike "Lightnen" Wilson

April 15, 1958 - April 2, 2017

Mike "Lightnen" Wilson, age 58, of Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born April 15, 1958 in Batavia, New York, he was a son to the late Charles Wilson and Martha Sue Barnett Wilson. Mike was a truck driver for over thirty years and worked for Truck Service in Forest City and most recently for Penske Logistics. He was a Harley...
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Alice Vickers

March 22, 1924 - April 1, 2017

Alice Vickers, age 93, of Bostic, NC, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Oak Grove Health Care. Born March 22, 1924 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Charlie Baxter Vickers and Eva Champion Vickers. Alice was a member of Henrietta First Baptist Church and enjoyed attending the Senior Adult activities. She genuinely loved each of her family members and showed kindness...
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Pearl Campbell

September 23, 1914 - March 30, 2017

Pearl Campbell, age 102, of Franklinville, NC, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her residence. Born September 23, 1914 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late John Gibson and Mary Brice Wilkerson Gibson. She worked for Henrietta Mill for forty eight years before her retirement and was a past member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta. She was currently attending the...
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Judy Weathers

June 28, 1953 - March 29, 2017

Judy Weathers, age 63, of Ellenboro, NC, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Carolinas Medical Center. Born June 28, 1953 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late S.B. McIntyre and Geneva Adair McIntyre. Judy worked for Abercrombie and Snyder Mills for over twenty five years. She was a lifetime member of High Shoal Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was...
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