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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

Angela Herring

July 12, 1979 - October 18, 2018

Angela Herring, age 39, of Bostic, NC, died Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Angela was born July 12, 1979 in Rutherford County and was the daughter of the late Walter Lee Ledford and Diane Waters Pruett. She was a homemaker and a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. Angela's happiest times were spent with her family. In addition to her...
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Brenda Worley

February 4, 1952 - October 10, 2018

Brenda Worley, age 66, of Mooresboro, NC, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Carolinas HealthCare System-Cleveland. Brenda was born February 4, 1952 in Rutherford County to the late James L. Johnson and Nancy Stringer Johnson. She worked for Cone Mills for over thirty years and was a longtime and faithful member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Brenda loved taking care of her family and...
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William "Roland" Easler

April 26, 1942 - October 5, 2018

William "Roland" Easler, age 76, of Mooresboro, NC, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center-Cleveland. Roland was born April 26, 1942 in Cherokee County, SC, to the late Wallace Monroe Easler and Dolly Gibson Easler. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a plumber for most of his life, loved playing the guitar and was an avid...
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Jacqulene Crawley Price

March 31, 1933 - September 25, 2018

Jacqulene Crawley Price, age 85, of Kelly Road, Forest City, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Oak Grove Nursing and Rehab Center. Jacqulene was born March 31, 1933 in Rutherford County to the late Grady Sylvester Crawley and Celia Ledbetter Crawley. She worked for Burlington Industries for several years and as a sales clerk for Graham Cash Clothing Store. She enjoyed gardening...
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Etta Frances Bryant

January 26, 1928 - September 24, 2018

Etta Frances Bryant, age 90, of Carolina Beach, NC formerly of Forest City, passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Frances was born January 26, 1928 in Rutherford County to the late John Irvin Scruggs and Etta Belle Carver Scruggs. She worked for Spindale Mill for twenty-four years and retired from Reeves Brothers Mill in Chesnee. Frances enjoyed...
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Patsy Carswell Cook

October 24, 1937 - September 22, 2018

Patsy Carswell Cook, age 80, of Mooresville, NC, died Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Patsy was born October 24, 1937 in Rutherford County to the late Daisy Bivens Martin and Roscoe Carswell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Tonya Blanton; one grandson, Eddie Clint Jennings; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Jennings;...
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Jimmy "J.R." Spurlock, Sr.

August 2, 1946 - September 22, 2018

Jimmy "J.R." Ray Spurlock, Sr., age 72, of Old Henrietta Road, Forest City, died Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. J.R. was born August 2, 1946 in Logan, West Virginia to the late Oscar Spurlock and Bessie Holstein Spurlock. He worked in construction for many years and owned and operated J & J White Stallion Salvage in Alexander Mills for several years....
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Joseph William Vickers, Sr.

December 20, 1928 - September 20, 2018

Joseph William Vickers, Sr., age 89, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Joseph was born December 20, 1928 in Rutherford County to the late Charlie Baxter Vickers and Eva Champion Vickers. He worked for Burlington Industries and in textiles for over sixty years and loved his family dearly. He enjoyed watching wrestling and was an avid...
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Earl J. Wyss

March 8, 1942 - September 19, 2018

Earl J. Wyss, age 76, of Mill Spring, NC, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his residence. Earl was born March 8, 1942 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late Urs Joe Wyss and Virginia Eileen White Wyss. Earl was a graduate of Piggott High School, class of 1961. While serving his country in the U.S. Air Force, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired as a Master Sergeant after...
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Daisy Lee Walker Yelton

December 9, 1936 - September 14, 2018

Daisy Lee Walker Yelton, age 81, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, September 14, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born December 9, 1936 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Walker and Colleen Terry. Daisy worked as a CNA for years before retirement. She was an avid quilter and love to read and crochet. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Ida Virginia Watkins Cobb

March 13, 1925 - September 14, 2018

Ida Virginia Watkins Cobb, of Cliffside, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Oakland Living Center in the arms of her daughter. She was the daughter of Clarence and Bonnie Dotson Watkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Cobb, her son, Gary Cobb, and daughter, Sheila Butt. She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and David Chauncy of Caroleen...
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Margaret Yelton

March 31, 1924 - September 12, 2018

Margaret Yelton, age 94, of Belmont, NC, formerly of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, SC. Born March 31, 1924 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Buster McSwain and Mamie Moore McSwain. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and worked for Burlington Industries for many years and retired...
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Myra Jane Kelly

December 25, 1965 - September 9, 2018

Myra Jane Kelly, age 52, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at her residence. Born December 25, 1965 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Karl and Martha Kelly of Caroleen and Maxine and Paul McKinney of Forest City. She was full of life and enjoyed reading, playing card games and adored her grandchildren. Her greatest pleasure in life was being with those she...
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James "Jimmy" Goforth

August 2, 1946 - September 9, 2018

James "Jimmy" Goforth, age 72, of Forest City, NC, died Sunday, September 10, 2018 at his residence. Born August 2, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Mal Briscoe Goforth and Rosa Lee Barnes Goforth. He was a graduate of Chase High School and Cleveland Technical College. Jimmy was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War. He worked for Fiber...
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Randy Lee Henson

June 6, 1958 - September 8, 2018

Randy Lee Henson, age 60, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born June 6, 1958 in Rutherford County, he was a son to the late Luther Phillips Henson and Jessie Rice Henson. He worked for John H. Montgomery Mill in Chesnee for many years and was an avid NASCAR and drag racing fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
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Anita "Lynn" Sims

October 24, 1960 - September 7, 2018

Anita "Lynn" Sims, age 57, of Whitesides Road, Forest City, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born October 24, 1960 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Marvin Marlowe and Lonie Hutchins Marlowe. Lynn worked as a CNA for many years at White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton and was a faithful member of Harriett...
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Evelyn "Mom" Hensley

December 30, 1936 - September 5, 2018

Evelyn "Mom" Hensley, age 81, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Blue Ridge Health & Rehab Center in Hendersonville, NC. Born December 30, 1936 in Richlands, Virginia, she was a daughter to the late Jim Street and Linine Lucy Compton Street. Evelyn worked as manager of a dry cleaners for many years and was a member of the Assembly of God Church. She loved going...
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Annette Hendrix

June 16, 1942 - August 29, 2018

Annette Hendrix, age 76, of Tanners Grove Road, Forest City, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born June 16, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Theodore Johnson and Mattie Goode Johnson. Annette worked for Broyhill Mfg., Master Craft and Stonecutter Mills for many years. Most recently she was a custodian at R-S Central High...
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Lee Ledbetter

May 24, 1939 - August 28, 2018

Lee Ledbetter, age 79, of Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018 due to a machinery accident. Born May 24, 1939 in Buncombe County, he was a son to the late Rector Ledbetter and Gladys Bullock Ledbetter. Lee owned and operated Land Works Grading LLC for over thirty years. He and his wife, Betty, are the founding members of the local Chamber-Made Ministries, Inc. which is part of the...
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Tony Stamper

July 25, 1955 - August 28, 2018

Tony Stamper, age 63, of Mooresboro, NC, died Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at the Hospice Unit at Charles George Veterans Hospital in Asheville. Born July 25, 1955 in Davidson County, NC, he was the son of the late Glenn D. Stamper and Odessa Smith Stamper. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Tony enjoyed watching sports, doing laundry and...
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Cathy Hipp England

September 29, 1967 - August 27, 2018

Cathy Hipp England, age 50, of Barbara Street, Forest City, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born September 29, 1967 in Haywood County, NC, she is the daughter of Patsy Waters Hipp who resides in Rutherfordton and the late Albert Hipp. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1985 and worked as a cashier in retail sales for many...
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Jerry Spangler Camp

October 27, 1935 - August 24, 2018

Jerry Spangler Camp, age 82, of Ellenboro, died Friday, August 24, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Jerry was born October 27, 1935 and was the daughter of the late Earl Lee Curtis and Jessie Beason Curtis. She was a graduate of Ellenboro High School, class of 1953 and worked for Porter Brothers for over twenty years and as an office clerk for White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton....
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Henry Jace Lee Atkins

June 21, 2018 - August 23, 2018

Henry Jace Lee Atkins, infant son of Kierston Atkins of Mooresboro went home to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, August 23, 2018. He was born June 21, 2018 and even though his life on earth was brief, he touched the hearts of many people. He was one of God's precious children and is now one of His little angels. Henry will be forever loved by his mother and family members. ...
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Kyelyn George Fite

August 22, 2018 - August 22, 2018

Kyelyn George Fite, infant son of Chris and Jessica Yelton Fite of Forest City, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. His memory will be cherished by his parents and by those who awaited his arrival. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Vincent and Maddox Fite; maternal grandmother, Cynthia Yelton of...
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Tommy O'Dell

November 14, 1949 - August 21, 2018

Tommy O'Dell, age 68, of Forest City, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Tommy was born November 14, 1949 in Rutherford County to the late Charles Thomas O'Dell, Sr. and Corene Guffey O'Dell. He was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1967. Tommy served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for J &...
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Katherine Simmons Walker

August 13, 1946 - August 21, 2018

Katherine Simmons Walker, age 72, of Middle Street, Ellenboro, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from this life and has gone to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Kathy, as she was known by all, was born August 13, 1946 in Rutherford County. Kathy was a graduate of Gaffney High School, class of 1964 and worked in the lunchroom at Dunbar Elementary for many years. She was a volunteer...
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Wilda Jo Harris Shults

July 2, 1947 - August 20, 2018

Wilda Jo Harris Shults, age 71, of Rutherfordton, passed away Monday, August 20, 2018 at her residence. Wilda was born July 2, 1947 in Rutherford County to the late Mildred Harris. She was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening. She was a member of Pores Ford Baptist Church. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Samuel T. Bayne; seven brothers,...
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Ola Gordon Shytle

October 9, 1936 - August 19, 2018

Ola Gordon Shytle, age 81, of Forest City, was ushered into God's presence on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Ola was born October 9, 1936 in Rutherford County to the late Clyde Gordon and Willie Bridges Gordon. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1954 and worked in textiles for thirty years. She also worked as the breakfast manager at Hardees...
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Myles "John" Nix

July 23, 1946 - August 18, 2018

Myles "John" Nix, age 72, of Mooresboro, NC, died Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg. John was born July 23, 1946 in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Albert Carl Nix and Louise Pearson Nix. He worked as a carpenter in construction for many years and also farmed for several years. John most recently worked as a maintenance technician for Gaffney High...
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Mary Ellen Fortenberry Splawn

January 11, 1920 - August 16, 2018

Mary Ellen Splawn, age 98, of Forest City, NC, went home to be her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born January 11, 1920 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Peter Bruno Fortenberry and Fannie Mae Blankenship Fortenberry. She worked for Burlington Industries for most of her life and was a member of Crestview...
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Fred M. Hutchins

April 26, 1934 - August 10, 2018

Fred M. Hutchins, age 84, of Bostic, peacefully passed away Friday, August 10, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Born April 26, 1934 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Burley Miller Hutchins and Myrtle Elizabeth Conner Hutchins. He worked as a contractor in bridge construction for many years and enjoyed working with heavy equipment, gardening and the...
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Mary Carpenter Givens

December 28, 1924 - August 6, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Carpenter Givens, age 93, of Bostic, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born December 28, 1924 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Paul and Dora Hames Carpenter. She was a member of Florence Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Briscoe John "BJ" Givens; and four sisters, Lois Elmore,...
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Rachel Mary Toney

July 16, 1941 - August 5, 2018

Rachel Mary Toney, age 77, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 16, 1941 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Lionel Cantrell and Carrie Condrey Cantrell. She was a lifelong member of Chase Baptist Church and greatly enjoyed spending time at the beach. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her son,...
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Max G. Alexander

July 8, 1930 - August 4, 2018

Max G. Alexander, age 88, of Caroleen, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Hospice of Rutherford County. Born July 8, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was the son of William Alexander and Lilly Whitesides Alexander Shuford. He faithfully served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, and later worked at Fiber Industries/Hoechst Celanese for more than 30 years before retiring in 1996. Max greatly...
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Michael E. Henson

November 26, 1951 - August 2, 2018

Michael E. Henson, age 66, of Forest City, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. Born November 26, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Max Henson and Dot Reynolds Henson. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1970 and served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Michael worked in construction...
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Grayson Tyler Thompson

August 1, 2018 - August 1, 2018

Grayson Tyler Thompson, infant son of Beverly Wells of Forest City and Brandon Thompson of Shelby, entered into his Heavenly Father's presence on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include maternal grandparents, Jennifer Whitener and Johnny Taylor of Forest City and Donnie and Renea Wells of...
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Betty Faye Moore

August 11, 1950 - July 24, 2018

Betty Faye Moore, age 67, of Casar, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at her daughter's home. Born August 11, 1950 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Landrum L. Bumgardner and Louise "Easter" Beheler Bumgardner. She worked in textiles most of her life and was of the Baptist faith. Betty enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. In addition...
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William F. "Bill" Dysart

October 23, 1932 - July 23, 2018

William F. "Bill" Dysart, age 85, of Caroleen, died Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Willow Ridge Rehab Center in Rutherfordton. Born October 23, 1932 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Beaulo Dysart and Eldaree Owens Dysart. He attended Tri-High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during Korean War. Bill worked for K-Mart for many years and for Biggers...
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Dorothy Bright Mode

January 22, 1922 - July 22, 2018

Dorothy Bright Mode, age 96, of Mooresboro, died Sunday, July 22, 2018 at White Oak Manor. Born January 22, 1922 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Bright and Lilly Jones Bright. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Thomas Voyd Mode; son, Tom Mode Jr.; granddaughter, Kimberly Mode; and nine brothers and sisters. ...
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Roger Hudgins

October 26, 1937 - July 22, 2018

Reverend Roger Hudgins, age 80, of Rutherfordton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born October 26, 1937 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Zeb Hudgins and Lula Gibbs Hudgins. He worked for Henson's Trucking Company for fifteen years and served as pastor and associate pastor of several local churches....
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Thelma Mode Martin

June 11, 1927 - July 21, 2018

Thelma Mode Martin, age 91, of Forest City, died Saturday, July 21, 2018 at her residence. Born June 11, 1927 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Joe Mode and Alice Hollifield Mode. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Martin; three brothers and one sister. Those left to cherish her memory include one daughter, Connie...
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Ruby Ann Griffin Browning

June 29, 1954 - July 20, 2018

Ruby Ann Griffin Browning, age 64, of Ellenboro, died Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born June 29, 1954 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Lonas Griffin and Annie Mae Brown Griffin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and two great-grandchildren. Those left to cherish her memory...
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Evangeline Roberson Holland

December 22, 1932 - July 20, 2018

Evangeline Roberson Holland, age 85, of Raleigh Ledbetter Road, Ellenboro, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born December 22, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Roberson and Eloise Harrill Roberson. A graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1951, she also attended Blanton's Business School in...
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Catherine Blanton

December 3, 1941 - July 17, 2018

Catherine Blanton, age 76, of Forest City, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus in Asheville. Born December 3, 1941 in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late William Robert Blanton and Vennie Bingham Blanton. She worked of United Southern Manufacturing for over twenty years and was a long time and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of...
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Diane Keeter Phillips

September 27, 1946 - July 16, 2018

Diane Keeter Phillips, age 71, of Henrietta, NC, died Monday, July 16, 2018 at her residence. Born September 27, 1946 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Lee Keeter and Louise Hawkins Keeter. She worked in textiles for many years and was a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. Diane enjoyed doing yard work and spending time with her family. In...
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Lester Eugene Radford

December 28, 1932 - July 13, 2018

Lester Eugene Radford, age 85, of Forest City, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born December 28, 1932 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Horace Radford and Florence Butler Radford. Eugene worked at Cone Mills-Haynes Plant for fifty years and was a faithful and active member of Grace Chapel Foursquare Church...
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Jimmy Nelson Lowery

November 4, 1945 - July 11, 2018

Jimmy Nelson Lowery, age 72, of Ellenboro, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Oak Grove Health Center in Rutherfordton. Born November 4, 1945 in Spartanburg County, SC, he was a son of the late David Franklin Lowery and Floy McKelvey Lowery. Jimmy worked in textiles for many years and also cut pulp lumber for several years. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed yard work and building things....
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Lonnie G. Craft

August 4, 1941 - July 10, 2018

Lonnie G. Craft, age 76, of Forest City, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at his residence. Born August 4, 1941 in Letcher County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Willie Jack Craft and Ellen Mae Saylor Craft. Lonnie was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. He worked as a cabinet maker for AGI Industries for forty-six years before retirement. He was very skilled in...
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Toney Alan Sloan

September 14, 1956 - July 6, 2018

Toney Alan Sloan – "THE BABY", age 61, of Spindale, NC, was carried by God's Angels and placed in Jesus's arms on July 6, 2018 at 9:30 am. He was surrounded by his doting family at his side. Toney was formerly of Eskdale, WV; then after his mother's death 7 years ago he came to live with his devoted Sister, Linda, "Ninny Gail or Sissy Gail" and Brother-In-Law, Steve or "Steve-Steve". Steve is...
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Grace Elaine Reiste Ballweg

February 5, 1932 - June 27, 2018

Grace Elaine Reiste Ballweg, age 86, of Shelby, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Wendover Hospice House. Born February 5, 1932 in Minot, North Dakota, she was a daughter to the late Marion Reiste and Divert Svenunsen Reiste. Grace was a dedicated homemaker and Christian. When her health permitted she was very involved at the First Church of Bremerton, Washington and the Hillcrest...
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Brenda Suttle McEntyre

March 3, 1948 - June 25, 2018

Brenda Suttle McEntyre, age 70, of Maple Creek Road, Rutherfordton, died Monday, June 25, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born March 3, 1948 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late William "Sut" Suttle, Sr. and Martha Wallace Suttle. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1966 and worked as an executive secretary for Fairfield Resort for many...
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Jetta Ann Smawley

November 30, 1927 - June 14, 2018

Jetta Ann Smawley, age 90, of Ellenboro, NC, died Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born November 30, 1927 in Sharp County, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late Jay Dean Chandless and Minnie Lewis Chandless. She was a member of Race Path Baptist Church and worked in the textile mills most of her life. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a...
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Connie B. Thomas

September 23, 1973 - June 9, 2018

Connie B. Thomas, age 44, of Forest City, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at her residence. Born September 23, 1973 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Roy Palmer Bumgarner who resides in Casar, NC and of the late Mary Catherine Smith Bumgarner. She worked as a waitress for various local restaurants and enjoyed being a homemaker. Connie was a past member of Grace Baptist...
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Evelyn Hamrick Norville

June 9, 1926 - June 7, 2018

Evelyn Hamrick Norville, age 91, of Emory Avenue, Forest City, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born June 9, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fadie Cicero Hamrick and Lalah Elizabeth Plemmons Hamrick. She worked in textiles for many years and was a faithful and active member of Caroleen Baptist Church. Evelyn's love for...
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Evelyn Butler Davis

November 2, 1927 - June 6, 2018

Evelyn Butler Davis, age 90, of McKinney Road, Ellenboro, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center. Born November 2, 1927 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Willie P. Butler and Reba Doty Butler. Evelyn worked in the textile industry for forty years and then established a second career as she worked for Wal-Mart for twenty years. She was a...
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James Thomas Williams

May 31, 1938 - June 5, 2018

James Thomas Williams, age 80, of Old Wagy Road, Forest City, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born May 31, 1938 in Patrick County, Virginia, he was a son of the late McCoy Williams and Louva Fain Williams. James was an avid NASCAR and racing fan and worked for Doug Herbert Racing in Cherryville for many years. He also enjoyed watching Atlanta Braves...
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Betty Honeycutt Godfrey

December 14, 1937 - June 1, 2018

Betty Honeycutt Godfrey, age 80, of Firpo Drive, Forest City, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born December 14, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Albert Honeycutt and Bertha Gosnell Honeycutt. She worked in textiles for many years before her retirement and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Cliffside. Betty enjoyed...
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Mary Edna Harrison

March 27, 1934 - May 31, 2018

Mary Edna Harrison, age 84, of Crawley Drive, Forest City, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born March 27, 1934 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Abraham Daves and Moddie Ramsey Daves. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School, class of 1952 and a dedicated homemaker and caregiver. Mary was a member of Cliffside Baptist Church. ...
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Shirley F. Ledford

April 2, 1940 - May 31, 2018

Shirley F. Ledford, age 78, of Hames Ridge Road, Mooresboro, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 2, 1940 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late C.H. Davis and Ila Smith Davis. She worked for Stonecutter mill for several years and was a homemaker and caretaker for the family. Shirley enjoyed working in the yard and gardening. She...
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Patricia Hopper Harrill

October 16, 1936 - May 30, 2018

Patricia Hopper Harrill, age 81, of Rosey Lane, Rutherfordton, went home to be the Lord on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born October 16, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late James Kate Hopper and Bessie May Bell Gorden Hopper. She worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant and Aeroquip Industries for several years. Patricia especially enjoyed being a...
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Thomas Bessette

June 26, 1932 - May 30, 2018

Thomas Bessette, age 85, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born June 26, 1932 in Chateaugay, New York, he was the son of Nelson Bessette and Jane Roland Bessette. He was a graduate of Chateaugay High School, class of 1949 and served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Thomas worked for Mayer's...
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Angel Leann Davis

September 9, 1992 - May 29, 2018

Angel Leann Davis, age 25, of Forest City, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born September 9, 1992 in Burke County, she is the daughter of Lisa Wilson who resides in Burke County and the late Timothy Carpenter. Her world circled around her children. Angel was a fun loving and happy person who enjoyed family outings. She attended The Living Center in Lenoir....
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Pat Seay

February 12, 1948 - May 27, 2018

Pat Seay, age 70, of Forest City, died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born February 12, 1948 in Mecklenburg County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Darius Fry and Myrtle Naomi Cotton Fry. She worked for Cone Mills for several years and attended Riverside Baptist Church. In her younger years, she enjoyed traveling. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
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Inez Bradley Dale

October 16, 1924 - May 27, 2018

Inez Bradley Dale, age 93, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018 at her residence. Born October 16, 1924 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Ralph Bradley, Sr. and Gertrude Frady Bradley. Inez worked for Stonecutter Mill for over thirty years before retirement and was a life time member of Florence Baptist Church. She was a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed cooking...
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Carol Jane Clark Padgett

April 6, 1943 - May 21, 2018

Carol Jane Clark Padgett, age 75, of Rutherfordton, passed away, Monday, May 21, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born April 6, 1943 in Greenville County, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Cecil Clark and Ethel Lena West Clark. Carol was a member of Spindale Church of the Brethren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother,...
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Joann Bright Hodge

October 15, 1937 - May 19, 2018

Joann Bright Hodge, age 80, of Ellenboro, passed away, Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born October 15, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Charles Avery Bright and Donia Guffey Bright. Joann was a member of High Shoals Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Hodge Jr.; and two sons,...
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Maxine Greene

April 22, 1939 - May 14, 2018

Maxine Greene, age 79, of Forest City, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 22, 1939 in Spartanburg County, she was a daughter of the late Hollis Smith and Penola Blackwell Smith. Maxine was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1956 and worked in the floral department of the Kroger Grocery Store in Memphis, Tennessee for twenty years. She...
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Melinda Couch Lambert

November 16, 1965 - May 12, 2018

Melinda Couch Lambert, age 52, of Forest City, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born November 16, 1965 in Cleveland County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Bobby Gene Couch and Mary Edith Piercy Couch. She graduated from the North Carolina School for the Deaf (NCSD), class of 1985. Melinda worked as a seamstress for Absorba Industries for fifteen years...
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Arthur Rhodes, Sr.

July 27, 1946 - May 11, 2018

Arthur Rhodes, Sr., age 71, of Forest City, died Friday, May 11, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born July 27, 1946 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Dewy James Rhodes and Lallage McEntire Rhodes. He worked for Reeves Brothers/Trelleborg Inc. for many years and for J.C. Cowan Industries. He was a member of Danieltown Baptist Church and enjoyed the outdoors and was...
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Dannie E. McDaniel

July 21, 1951 - May 10, 2018

Dannie E. McDaniel, age 66, of Shelby, passed away, Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born July 21, 1951 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Robert Lee McDaniel and Ruby Ervin McDaniel. Dannie worked for Cone Mills for most of his life. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed bowling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by...
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Melvin "Buck" Green

September 18, 1963 - May 6, 2018

Melvin "Buck" Green, age 54, of Forest City, died Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born September 18, 1963 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Paul Memory Green and Carolyn Louiza Hawkins Green. He worked for Dan River Textiles for several years and was of the Christian faith. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Buck had a heart to help others. ...
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Ruth Vickers Bradley

December 6, 1930 - May 3, 2018

Ruth Vickers Bradley, age 87, of Mooresboro, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 6, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Vickers and Eva Champion Vickers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, C.B. Vickers; and four sisters, an infant sister, Alice Vickers, Gertrude Emory, and Mary Tesseneer. Left...
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Miranda L. Watson

February 9, 1988 - April 28, 2018

Miranda L. Watson, age 30, of Rutherfordton, "God's Precious Angel who was temporarily entrusted to us," was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Born February 9, 1988 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Calvin Watson, Jr. and Polly Byars Watson. Miranda attended Chase High School and was a member of Kistler's Chapel United Methodist Church. She had a heart of...
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Bettye Fay Cox Gosey

May 18, 1948 - April 28, 2018

Bettye Fay Cox Gosey, age 69, of Forest City, died Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 18, 1948 in Shelby County, Tennessee, she was a daughter to the late John W. Cox and Elizabeth Watts Cox. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1968 and worked for various local companies. Most recently, she worked many years for Doyle Foods as...
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Sieglinde Anna Putnam

May 10, 1940 - April 27, 2018

Sieglinde Anna Putnam, age 77, of Mooresboro, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. She was born May 10, 1940 in Munich Germany. Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Rose Matheny and husband Bob, Sandra Putnam; and one grandson, Trent Matheny. A graveside service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Sandy Run...
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Teresa Wells

August 12, 1961 - April 25, 2018

Teresa Wells, age 56, of Forest City, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born August 12, 1961 in Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Lou Wells and Carolyn Frady Wells Walker. She was a graduate of Broome High School, class of 1979. Teresa was a faithful member of Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church and lovingly served as the...
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Peter "Pete" D. Smith

October 17, 1940 - April 22, 2018

Peter "Pete" D. Smith, age 77, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born October 17, 1940 in Manchester, England, he was the son of Charles Smith and Gladys Gamble Smith. Pete was an International Dog Show Judge and a UK Chartered Accountant. He was a highly respected Kennel Club hound judge in England and Europe and also an AKC (American Kennel...
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Martha "Marti" Mulkey

April 5, 1955 - April 22, 2018

Martha "Marti" Hurt Mulkey, age 63, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 while being surrounded by her loving family. Born April 5, 1955 in Columbus, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Gladden Lewis Hurt and Alice Elizabeth Kemp Hurt. She was a graduate of Hardaway High School, class of 1973 and Converse College, class of 1977. Marti had a heart for children with special...
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Edith "ILONA" Poteat

February 2, 1927 - April 19, 2018

Edith "Ilona" Poteat, age 91, of Rutherfordton, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her residence. Born February 2, 1927 in Essen, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ullrich Reichel and Marie Scharf Reichel. Ilona met the love of her life, U.S. Army Major Otis Yates Poteat in Germany during the post war construction era and was blessed with forty-nine years of marriage until his...
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Vivian Margureite Hales

January 20, 1927 - April 18, 2018

Vivian Margureite Hales, age 91, of Diamond Drive, Ellenboro, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Carolinas Health System-Cleveland in Shelby. Born January 20, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Chirnitch and Loretta Hogan Chirnitch. When she was younger, she worked as a bookkeeper in auto sales. She was an avid gardener and was a member of...
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Diane Henson

February 28, 1952 - April 16, 2018

Diane Henson, age 66, of Mooresboro, died Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Duke University Hospital. Born February 28, 1952 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Moore and Nellie Scruggs Moore. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1969 and worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for over twenty years. Diane was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church and...
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Frances "Tootsie" Rhodes

December 11, 1935 - April 14, 2018

Frances "Tootsie" Rhodes, age 82, of Henrietta, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born December 11, 1935 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late James Avery Ramsey, Sr. and Nannie Hogan Ramsey. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1952 and worked as an LPN for the Swannanoa TB Sanitarium and Rutherford Hospital for several years and retired...
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Billy Layton

May 31, 1974 - April 13, 2018

Billy Layton, age 43, of Bostic, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born May 31, 1974 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Jimmy and Janice Layton of Bostic. Billy enjoyed flying drones and electric planes, the outdoors, fishing, and listening to music. He was a past member Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Golden Valley In addition to his parents, he...
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Michael Dale Splawn

January 26, 1969 - April 9, 2018

Michael Dale Splawn, age 49, of Forest City, died Monday, April 9, 2018. Born January 26, 1969 in Cleveland County, he is the son of Margaret Sisk Splawn Lovelace of Forest City and the late Lemuel C. Splawn. He worked in construction for many years and was a past member Hicks Grove Baptist Church. Michael was a loving person and had a heart to help others. His greatest pleasure in life was...
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Bill David Jolley

March 7, 1927 - April 9, 2018

Billy David Jolley, age 91, of Cliffside, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 7, 1927 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Meredith T. Jolley and Betty Guffey Jolley. He was a member of Cliffside Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and member of the Baptist Men's Brotherhood. Bill was a member of the...
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Ruth Gaynelle Stepp Hutchins

February 18, 1937 - April 6, 2018

Ruth Gaynell Stepp Hutchins, age 81, of Rutherfordton, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 6, 2018, surrounded by her family at residence. Born February 18, 1937 in Transylvania County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Charles Homer Moore and Hazel Lena Ward Stepp. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She graduated from Flat Rock High School and...
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John Roger Holland

March 30, 1947 - April 5, 2018

John Roger Holland, age 71, of Ellenboro, died Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born March 30, 1947 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late John Grover Holland and Roxanne Eve Lovelace Holland. He retired from Cone Mills after 40 years of service and loved NASCAR, #48. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Carol...
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Janelle Gibson

April 6, 1947 - April 5, 2018

Janelle Gibson, age 70, of Cloverleaf Drive, Mooresboro, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 05, 2018 surrounded by her family at the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 6, 1947 in Clay County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Carl Gibson and Ruth Hyde Gibson. She worked in textiles as a seamstress for many years and was of the Baptist...
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Patricia Anne Galloway Martin

May 11, 1942 - April 4, 2018

Patricia Anne Galloway Martin, age 75, of Forest City, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 11, 1942 in Cleveland County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Harry Rochester Galloway and Virgil Anthony Galloway. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dwight Galloway and Bobby Galloway. Those...
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Josh Barnes

February 2, 1991 - April 3, 2018

Josh Barnes, age 27, of Forest City, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his residence. Josh was born on February 2, 1991 in Rutherford County and worked several years for Bud's Junkyard and also as a small engine mechanic. Josh enjoyed fishing and was a past member of Wilson Baptist Church and a current member of Liberty Baptist Church. Josh was a humble man who loved others and exhibited a...
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Jean Maxey Melton

December 14, 1930 - April 2, 2018

Jean Maxey Melton, age 87, of Forest City, died Monday, April 2, 2018 at her residence. Born December 14, 1930 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Stacy Edwin Maxey and Grace Robbins Maxey. She was a graduate of Cools Springs High School, class of 1949 and was the co-owner and operator of Melton's Nissan of Rutherfordton for twenty-eight years. She was also a former...
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Linux Kade Phouvanay

April 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Linux Kade Phouvanay, infant son of March and Brittany Phouvanay of Mooresboro went home to his heavenly father on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He is also survived by his newly born twin brother, Luxsten Phouvanay; sister, Natalynn Phouvanay and brother, Asher Phouvanay all of the home; maternal grandparents, Bobby and Gayla Hudson of Bostic and Lisa...
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James Bright

February 3, 1945 - April 1, 2018

James Bright, age 73, of Forest City, died Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born February 3, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Pink Bright and Nannie Lou Griffin Bright. He worked in the tree service industry for most of his life and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed yard work and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Tyler M. Ledford

January 8, 1994 - March 22, 2018

Tyler M. Ledford, age 24, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his residence. Born January 8, 1994 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Dianna Daughtridge of Gastonia and Marc Ledford of Forest City. He was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 2012 and was a member of the 2011 State Championship Basketball Team. Tyler was the owner and operator of C & M Bail...
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Johnny William "Pops" Cochran

February 23, 1933 - March 22, 2018

Johnny William "Pops" Cochran, age 85, of Spindale, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Rutherfordton. Born February 23, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Perry Guy Cochran and Elizabeth McCurry Cochran. Johnny worked for Stonecutter Mill for thirty years and retired from Mastercraft. He was a longtime and faithful member of...
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Frank W. Roberts

May 31, 1945 - March 21, 2018

Frank W. Roberts, age 72, of Bridges Drive, Forest City, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. Born May 31, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Thomas Roberts and Arrieta Lovin Roberts. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1965 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-70. He worked for...
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Vernon M. Matheney

July 24, 1933 - March 14, 2018

Vernon M. Matheney, age 84, of Ellenboro, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City. Born July 24, 1933 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Forrest Matheney and Esther Bailey Matheney. Vernon was a graduate of Ellenboro High School, class of 1952. He was a dedicated, faithful and longtime member of...
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Margaret "Margy" Varney

July 29, 1951 - March 13, 2018

Margaret "Margy" Varney, age 66, of Pin Oak Manor Lane, Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the White Oak Manor in Rutherfordton. Born July 29, 1951 in Nicholas County, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Russell E. Brown and Mona Nutter Brown. She attended Wellington High School and was a homemaker. She was loved dearly by her family. In addition to her parents,...
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Ray "Razor" Hudgins

September 28, 1955 - March 12, 2018

Ray "Razor" Hudgins, age 62, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, March 12, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC. Born September 28, 1955 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Hubert Zeb Hudgins and Ruby Flynn Hudgins. Ray worked in maintenance for Gilkey Lumber Company for thirty-eight years and was of the Baptist faith. Ray was known as a simple man with a big heart for his...
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Shirley Miller Denny

December 5, 1938 - March 10, 2018

Shirley Miller Denny, age 79, of Forest City, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at her residence. Born December 5, 1938 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late D.L. Green and Montie Hines Green. She was a graduate of Tri-High School and earned an Associate's Degree from Isothermal Community College. Shirley worked for various area textile mills. She currently was attending Grace...
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