Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services

Sisk-Butler Funeral Home is Bessemer City’s hometown funeral home. Our professional staff is second to none. Our experienced funeral directors, funeral assistants and office professionals are highly-trained, compassionate local people who strive to guide grieving families through the most difficult days they will face in life. Our staff will attend to every detail in order to provide the very best personalized service possible.

Sisk-Butler has a long and rich heritage which began many years ago. Frank Sisk owned a furniture store in Bessemer City and began selling caskets in 1928. He went to embalming school in Chicago in 1930 and then returned home to open Sisk Funeral Home on Virginia Avenue. He married Ellen Teague the same year.

In 1941 he built a funeral home on Eleventh Street. Needing a larger facility, Frank Sisk bought the Goldberg home at our present location in 1960. In 1962 his son-in-law, Joe Butler, joined the business. They added a new building in 1965 which included a large chapel.


Our Obituaries

Arthur Lee Rohm, Jr.

December 6, 1948 - December 7, 2017

Arthur L. Rohm, Jr, age 69, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 7, 2017, while at Belaire Health Care. He was born December 6, 1948 in Gaston County, son to the late Arthur L. Rohm Sr., and the late Clara Mae Cloninger Rohm. Left to cherish his memories are his brother and sister-in-law, Ray Eugene "Gene" Rohm and Grace Harbin Rohm. He had numerous nephews and nieces. In addition...
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Mary Kaye Mauney Metcalfe

November 10, 1941 - December 2, 2017

Mary Kaye Mauney Metcalfe, 76, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at home. She was born November 10, 1941 in Gaston County, daughter to the late Paul Bergin and Mildred Lucille Childress Mauney. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Elvin Metcalfe. Kaye was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Bessemer City where she was active in the United...
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Ethel Phillips Trotter

March 26, 1933 - December 2, 2017

Ethel Phillips Trotter, age 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at son's home. She was born March 26, 1933 in Polk County, daughter to the late Luther and Jimmie Pearl Adair Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Lee Trotter. Left to cherish her memories are her children Terry Lee Trotter of Bessemer City, Carroll Dean Trotter of Bessemer City, Dale...
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Doris Nivens Smith

September 12, 1946 - November 29, 2017

Doris Nivens Smith, 71, a native of Lowell, NC, passed away on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was born on September 12, 1946 in Mecklenburg County, daughter to the late Richard White and Eunice Byers "Sunshine" Nivens. Doris was a loving mother who loved her family, her fur babies, and would give anyone the shirt off her...
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Bobby "Bob" Ray Cogdill

April 7, 1935 - November 25, 2017

Bobby "Bob" Ray Cogdill, 82, passed away on Saturday November 25, 2017, at Gastonia Care and Rehab. He was born April 7, 1935 in Jackson County to the late Jake and Otelia Frizzell Cogdill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwyndlen Beheler Cogdill; son Ricky Cogdill, who he was proud of having served in the USMC; brothers, James and Alex Cogdill; sister Faye Phillips. Bob was a...
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Rebecca Adkins Randolph

December 8, 1965 - November 21, 2017

Rebecca Adkins Randolph, 51, passed away Tuesday November 21, 2017 at home. She was born in Goshen, Indiana to the late Evan and Loretta Casebolt Adkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Merl Adkins and Heath Adkins. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Jeffrey Randolph; daughter Phoebe Ferguson and husband George; sons Jeffrey Randolph, Jr. and...
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Nova Dian "Maw Maw" Cook

April 6, 1945 - November 18, 2017

Nova Dian "Maw maw" Cook, 72, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born April 6, 1945 in Cleveland County, daughter to the late Richard and Virginia Gordon Hale. She was preceded in death by her children, Donna and "Tiny"; and her brother, Rick Hale Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 53 years, Doug Cook, Sr.; sons...
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Gary Zeb "Red" Croom

January 15, 1961 - November 18, 2017

Gary Zeb "Red" Croom, 56, passed away Saturday November 18, 2017 at Robin Johnson House. He was born January 15, 1961 in Elizabethon, TN to the late Jessie James and Vada Overman Croom. Gary was a very quiet, loving, caring person. He was friendly to everyone. He loved camping, trips to the mountains, and being outdoors. He was a wonderful husband, father, and Pop-pop. Gary was also a proud...
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Larry Smith Woodward

December 25, 1940 - November 17, 2017

Larry Smith Woodward, 76, passed away Friday November 17, 2017 at Piedmont Medical Center of Rock Hill, S.C. He was born December 25, 1940 in Chesterfield, S.C. to the late Smith and Violet Martin Woodward. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Woodward; infant sister, Lillian Gail, brother, Donald Woodward; sister, Gwendolyn "Sister" Woodward. Larry was a veteran of the United...
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Alma Ethelene Lanier Freeman

February 24, 1925 - November 12, 2017

Alma Ethelene Lanier Freeman, 92, passed away on Sunday November 12, 2017 at Alexandria Place, Gastonia. She was born February 24, 1925 in Gaston County, daughter to the late Robert Lee and Elizabeth Blanche Hutchins Lanier. Ethelene was a faithful member of Antioch Evangelical Lutheran Church and she worked at Wix Filters, Inc. for 43 years. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter,...
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James "Pee Wee" Carl Harrison

June 14, 1934 - November 11, 2017

James "Pee Wee" Carl Harrison, 83, of Bessemer City, passed away peacefully Saturday November 11, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 14, 1934 in Gaston County to the late Arthur and Bonnie Mack Harrison. James was a proud veteran having served with the USMC from 1952-1955 and in the Korean Conflict. He was a humble and kind man, a devout Christian and a loving and...
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Donald George Gunnon

October 31, 1959 - November 8, 2017

Donald "Don" George Gunnon, 58, passed away on Wednesday November 8, 2017 while at home. He was born October 31, 1959 in Hennepin MN, to the late Richard and Evonne Durand Gunnon. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Gunnon; his nephew, Ronnie Earl Meredith. Don was a veteran of the United States Army. He loved riding his Harley and spending time with his family. Left to...
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Irene Gibson Harmon

July 27, 1917 - November 8, 2017

Irene Gibson Harmon, 100, of Bessemer City, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday November 8, 2017 while at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born July 27, 1917 in Spartanburg, S.C., daughter to the late Verlon and Leathie Crawford Gibson. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde M. Harmon; son, Derry Harmon. Irene was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Bessemer City...
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Helen Louise Warlick Taylor

January 29, 1931 - November 5, 2017

Helen Louise Warlick Taylor, 86, of Bessemer City, went to be with the Lord on Sunday November 5, 2017 while at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born January 29, 1931 in Gaston County, daughter to the late Henry Clinton and Marie Steele Warlick. She was preceded in death by her husband James Earl Taylor; brothers, Frank, Bill, and Albert Warlick; and her sister, Frances Warlick. ...
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John Lewis Foreman

March 27, 1935 - October 30, 2017

John Lewis Foreman, 82, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017, at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain. He was born March 27, 1935 in Calhoun Falls, SC, son of the late John Foreman, Jr. and Ollie Wideman Foreman. John was a member of Concord United Methodist Church and he retired from Avery Dennison Manufacturing. He was a volunteer fireman for Tryonota Volunteer Fire Department. ...
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Hazel Martin Suggs

October 27, 1946 - October 25, 2017

Hazel Martin Suggs, 70, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at home. She was born October 27, 1946 in Cherokee County, SC, daughter of the late Clyde and Mary Coleman Martin. Hazel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was full of life, loved to dance, and loved to fish. She was preceded in death by her son Ricky Dean Ramsey; sisters Ann White,...
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Ernest Ray Fox

May 27, 1930 - October 25, 2017

Ernest Ray Fox, 87, of Bessemer City, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday October 25, 2017 while at Peak Resource of Gastonia. He was born May 27, 1930 in Gaston County, to the late Guy and Mae Smith Fox. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Katherine Harris Fox; daughter, Brenda Fox Arton; sister, Grace Fox Stinnett; brother, George David Fox. Left to cherish his...
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Larry Michael Young

November 14, 1949 - October 22, 2017

Larry Michael Young, 67, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. He was born November 14, 1949 in Gaston County, son of the late Millard Nathaniel and Lillie Hook Young. Left to cherish his memories are his sisters, Janet Young Goin of Bessemer City, Judith Young Lazenby of Frisco, NC; brothers, Millard N. Young, Jr., Edward...
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Samuel Gerald Williams

January 19, 1944 - October 22, 2017

Samuel Gerald Williams, 73, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Brian Center in Gastonia. He was born January 19, 1944 in Gaston County, son of the late Samuel King Williams and Rev. Bertie May Puckett Williams. Samuel was a business owner and a member of Crescent Lane Church of God in Gastonia. He was preceded in death by brothers Roger Kelly Williams and Stephen...
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Sylvia "Mompy" Farris Stewart

June 15, 1935 - October 17, 2017

Sylvia "Mompy" Farris Stewart, 82, passed away peacefully at home, with her family around her, on Tuesday October 17, 2017. She was born June 15, 1935 in Cherokee County, SC, daughter to the late Daniel "Jess" and Bessie Smith Farris. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Herman Julius Stewart, son, Buddy Rose; brother, Tim Farris; sisters, Naomi Camp and Gladys Ellis; and her...
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Nancy Kincaid Rhyne

June 18, 1926 - October 14, 2017

Nancy Kincaid Rhyne, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 14, 2017. She was born June 18, 1926 in Gaston County, daughter to the late Ira Raymond and Martha Westmoreland Kincaid. She was preceded in death by her siblings; Mosie Todd, Robert Kincaid, Sarah Pasour, Prue Beam, Carolyn Chasteen, and Margaret Barker Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 68 years,...
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Katherine Spencer Robinson

November 9, 1928 - October 11, 2017

Katherine Spencer Robinson, 88, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at Covenant Village, Gastonia. She was born November 9, 1928 in Gaston County, to the late Virginia "Virgie" Spencer. Katherine was a graduate of Bessemer City High School. She was also in the second graduating class of Gaston Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She then graduated from the Charlotte Memorial School of...
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Julie Ann Adkins Shaw

January 1, 1963 - October 8, 2017

Julie Ann Adkins Shaw, age 54, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born January 1, 1963 in Raleigh County, West Virginia, daughter to Bishop Lude E. Adkins and Ruth Maddy Adkins of Gastonia, N.C. Julie was a loving wife, daughter, sister, mother, nona, and aunt. She was an organist under her father's ministry, and has been playing since she was...
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Clara Mae Cloninger Rohm

July 27, 1927 - September 28, 2017

Clara Mae Cloninger Rohm, age 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 28, 2017, while at Courtland Terrace. She was born July 27, 1927 in Gaston County, daughter to the late Edie Lee Canipe Cloninger and Robert L. Cloninger of Dallas, N.C. Left to cherish her memories are her two sons and daughter-in-law, Arthur L. Rohm, Jr., Ray Eugene Rohm and wife Grace Harbin Rohm. She had...
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Inez Carpenter Gilbert

March 17, 1932 - September 22, 2017

Inez Carpenter Gilbert, 85, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017, at home. She was born March 17, 1932 in Gaston County, daughter to the late Carl and Lela Carpenter. Inez retired as a spinner from the Arlington Plant She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gilbert; two brothers, Furman and Glenn; three sisters, Beatrice, Vergie, and Louise. Left to cherish...
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Travis Darin Witt

June 19, 1992 - September 3, 2017

Travis Darin Witt, 25, passed away on Sunday September 3, 2017. He was born June 19, 1992 in Lodi California to David and Wendi Dolson Witt. Left to cherish his memory is his parents, David Lynn and Wendi Dolson Witt of Lodi CA; his brother and sister-in-law, Brent and Lyndsey Dolson of Bessemer City, NC; niece, Kezlei Dolson of Bessemer City, NC; his paternal grandparents, Dwayne and Barbara...
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Melvine Eller Morgan Rolland

July 5, 1924 - September 2, 2017

Melvine Eller Morgan Rolland, 93, of Dallas, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday September 2, 2017, while at Alexandria Place. She was born July 5, 1924 in Gaston County, daughter to the late Connie Marie Alexander Morgan. She was preceded in death by her husband, George D. Rolland, Sr.; sons, Bert Rowland and George Rolland, Jr. Left to cherish her...
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Roger Eugene Gee

November 24, 1951 - August 31, 2017

ROGER GEE Roger Eugene Gee, 65, passed away on Thursday August 31, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia. He was born November 24, 1951 in Spartanburg County, SC to Dave and Dovie Stinnett Dover. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Roy Gay Smith, James Gordon Smith; sister Maxine Clark. Roger was owner-operator of Piedmont Paving and...
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Marcene Ledford Walters

May 30, 1940 - August 30, 2017

Marcene Ledford Walters, 77, of Gastonia, passed away August 30, 2017, at home. She was born May 30, 1940 in Gaston County to the late Stanley and Josie Barker Ledford. She was preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Mike Walters; daughter Tracy McCray and husband Jake of Gastonia; son Dana Walters of High Point; granddaughters...
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Mary Jo Hoyle Bingham

November 18, 1942 - August 24, 2017

Mary Jo Hoyle Bingham, 74, of Bessemer City, passed away August 24, 2017, at home. She was born November 18, 1942 in Bessemer City to the late Garland Theodore "Hop" and Pearl Crisp Hoyle. Mary Jo retired from Affinia Wix Corp. She enjoyed the outdoors; including fishing, front porch sitting, flowers, and gardening. She also loved spending quality time with her family. She...
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Willard "Bill" Haviland Hoffman, Jr.

December 8, 1942 - August 20, 2017

WILLARD "BILL" HOFFMAN, JR. Willard "Bill" Haviland Hoffman, Jr., 74, passed away on August 20, 2017 at home. He was born on December 08, 1942 in Seminole County, Florida to the late Willard Haviland Hoffman, Sr. and Elizabeth Viola Renaud Hoffman. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Ann Sprouse Hoffman; son Bill Hoffman and wife Deneen of Stuart, Fl.; daughters Kelly Richards and...
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Yvonne Hannah Blackwood

July 31, 1937 - August 19, 2017

Yvonne Hannah Blackwood, 80, went to her heavenly home to meet Jesus and be reunited with her family and friends on August 19, 2017. She was born on July 31, 1937 in Gaston County, to the late Wenzlo Donald and Pearlee Weaver Hannah. Yvonne was a member of Reagan Wesleyan Church. She was a loving and caring woman to her family and the people that surrounded her. Yvonne was loved by her nieces,...
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David Harold Garrett, Sr.

September 9, 1950 - August 16, 2017

David Harold Garrett, Sr., 66, passed away on Wednesday August 16, 2017 at home. He was born on September 9, 1950 in Bessemer City to the late Marion Junuies and Vivian Splawn Garrett. He was preceded in death by his sisters and brother; Nancy Short, Jimmy Garrett, Jeanette Bess, and Frances Blanton. Harold was a member of First Wesleyan Church of Bessemer City and retired from Freightliner...
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Ava Leigh Lanier

August 7, 2017 - August 7, 2017

Just moments after coming into the world, Ava Leigh Lanier passed away peacefully in her parents' arms at Carolinas Medical Center of Charlotte. During her brief time here, Ava touched many lives and was loved by many. Ava was born nearly 16 weeks early and weighed only 2 ounces. She joins her maternal great-grandmother, Marlene Raby; paternal great-grandparents, Jack and Thelma Lanier in...
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Ronnie Dean Putnam, Sr.

August 2, 1946 - July 19, 2017

Ronnie Dean Putnam, Sr., 70, passed away on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at home. He was born on August 2, 1946 in Gaston County to the late Joe Lane and Stella Fincannon Putnam. Ronnie was a member of Westview Baptist Church. He was owner - operator of R & H Superette-Convenience Store of Bessemer City for almost 30 years and worked for Pepsi Cola for 10 years. Ronnie was a member of the Bessemer...
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Brenda Diane Saunders Harding

August 27, 1949 - July 16, 2017

Brenda Diane Harding, 67, passed away on Sunday July 16, 2017 at home. She was born on August 27, 1949 in Gaston County, to the late Grady Saunders and Eloise Fields Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Ace Harding; sons, James Larry McGee, and David Michael "Shorty" McGee. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Kenneth McGee of Gastonia; daughter, Dorinda "Dee Dee"...
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Peggy Annette Strickland Jones

September 27, 1939 - July 16, 2017

Peggy Annette Strickland Jones, 77, passed away on Sunday July 16, 2017 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby. She was born on September 27, 1939 in Cleveland County, to the late Ernest and Violet Bullocks Strickland. Peggy loved the beach and going for a ride. She was preceded in death by her son Richard Edward Jones; daughter Lisa Viola Jones. Left to cherish her memory is her...
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Van Tyrone "Ty" Pruitt

July 2, 1955 - July 14, 2017

Van Tyrone "Ty" Pruitt, 62, passed away on Friday July 14, 2017 while at Robin Johnson House. He was born July 2, 1955 in Gaston County, to the late Andy and Ella Kate Kelly Pruitt. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tammy Hope; brothers, Dap Pruitt and Tap Pruitt; sisters, Sable Meeks, and Betty Culbertson; brother-in-laws, Andy Killette, Sr., and Tommy Meeks, Jr. Ty (Va-Va, Tydde) was...
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Barbara Jane Lemley

March 24, 1947 - July 12, 2017

Barbara Jane Lemley, age 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 12, 2017 while at Robin Johnson House. Born March 24, 1947, in Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Frances Martin Lemley. She was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Blair Lemley, Sr.; four brothers, and one sister. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jennifer Lemley and fiancé...
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Ricky Bryant Hamrick

March 27, 1963 - July 7, 2017

Ricky Bryant Hamrick, 54, of Kings Mountain, passed away peacefully Friday July 7, 2017, at home. He was born on March 27, 1963 in Cleveland County to Carolyn H. Camp and the late Kenneth Bryant Hamrick Rick was a veteran of the United States Army, owned the Silver Villa in Kings Mountain after his father. He was a member of the Kings Mountain American Legion Post 155 and the Legion Riders...
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Ollie Mae Moses Toney

July 15, 1935 - July 6, 2017

OLLIE MAE TONEY Ollie Mae Moses Toney, age 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 6, 2017 while at Testa Family Hospice House. Born July 15, 1935, in Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Estell Elizabeth (Moses) Moses and wife of the late William A. Toney, Jr. Preceded in death in addition to her parents and husband, son, Allen Toney; sister Ruth Sawyer;...
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Jo Ann Ford

February 17, 1950 - July 3, 2017

Jo Ann Hayden Ford ,67, passed away peacefully at home Monday July 3, 2017. She was born in Massillon Ohio on February 17, 1950. She was the daughter to the late Leonard Howard and Mary June Fletcher Hayden. Left to cherish her memory is loving husband of 31 years, Alvis Coon; her sisters and brothers, Jill Korst of Dade City Florida, Jack Hayden of Melbourne Florida, Judy Myers and husband...
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Roger Dale Smith, Sr.

December 23, 1945 - July 1, 2017

Roger Dale Smith, Sr., 71, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Wendover Hospice, Shelby. He was born December 23, 1945 in Wyoming County, Kentucky to the late Burlie and Ethel Marie Webb Smith. Roger was an Evangelist Preacher and attended the Gastonia Citizen Police Academy-Police Department. He also held a Certificate of Completion of training for Concealed Carry Hand Weapons. Roger...
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Shelia Riddle Loyear Decker

December 31, 1950 - June 27, 2017

Shelia Riddle Loyear Decker, 66, passed away on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at home. She was born on December 31, 1950 in Gaston County to the late Carl and Margie Howard Riddle. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Eddie Riddle. Left to cherish her memories is her loving husband Jerry Decker; son Marc Seqars of Blacksburg, SC; brother Mike Wray of Lowell. Her...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Lucille Breakfield Swift

April 12, 1946 - June 24, 2017

Dorothy "Dottie" Breakfield Swift, 71, of Bessemer City passed away on Saturday June 24, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. Born April 12, 1946, in Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late John T. Breakfield and Dorothy "Dot" Long Perry. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her infant daughters; Tammy, and Shannon. Left to cherish her memory is her...
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Betty Hord Carpenter Hager

April 15, 1929 - June 20, 2017

Betty Hord Carpenter Hager, age 88, passed away on Tuesday June 20, 2017, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby. She was born on April 15, 1929 in Kings Mountain to the late Horace and Kathleen Hord. Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Don Carpenter, Sr. and her second husband, Ray Hager. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Donald (Rusty) Carpenter, Jr. and wife...
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Linda Marshall Baldwin

June 27, 1945 - June 19, 2017

Linda Marshall Baldwin, 71, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017, at her home. She was born in Gaston County, N.C. on June 27, 1945 to the late Hoey William Marshall, Sr. and Beatrice Carpenter Marshall. Linda retired from Watson Insurance Agency after nearly 30 years as a bookkeeper in the Accounting Department. Her greatest joy was supporting her family…especially the grandkids. Left to...
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Robert Alan Floyd, Jr

September 4, 1969 - June 18, 2017

Robert Alan Floyd, Jr., 47, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 4, 1969 to Robert Alan Floyd, Sr. and the late Judy Wildt Floyd. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Virginia "Jenny" Lee Jewell Floyd; father Robert Alan Floyd, Sr, and his wife Shiela; son Robert; granddaughter Ryleigh; sisters Tracy Floyd, Tammy Rose; brother Scott Floyd; step...
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Lawrence Carl Spicer

March 9, 1940 - June 14, 2017

Lawrence Carl Spicer, 77, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at his home. He was born in Gaston County, N.C. on March 9, 1940 to the late Willie and Lois Pearl Carson Spicer. Lawrence was a retired machinist with T&W Textile Machine in Clover, SC. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be greatly missed by all. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife...
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Tressie Louise May

June 14, 1945 - June 8, 2017

Tressie Louise May, age 71, passed away on Thursday June 8, 2017, at Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia. She was born on June 14, 1945 in Philadelphia, Mississippi to the late James Martin and Celia Beatrice Duvall May. Louise was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Susan Mary-Frances Weldon; her siblings; Christine, Roger, Melissa Gail, Darlene, James Robert, Terrel;...
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Virginia Dare "Jennie" Harmon Dixon

December 13, 1926 - June 5, 2017

Virginia Dare "Jennie" Harmon Dixon, 90, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Peak Resources, Cherryville. She was born on December 13, 1926 in Gaston County to the late Lester and Margaret Taylor Harmon. Jennie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bessemer City. She also retired from Threads U.S.A. after 45 years of service. She was very active in her church and received the...
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Steven Keith Wilson

April 20, 1956 - June 5, 2017

Steven Keith Wilson, 61, of Grover, NC passed away June 5, 2017, at home. He was born on April 20, 1956, in Alexandria County, Virginia to the late Loran Gold and Betty Jean Laws Wilson. Steven was preceded in death by his first wife Debra Wilson. He is survived by his wife Vickie Ann Ramsey Wilson; daughter Miranda Wilson; brothers Billy Wilson and the late Linda Welch Wilson, Eric...
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Lucas Steven "Luke" Davis

October 2, 1991 - May 31, 2017

Lucas Steven "Luke" Davis, 25, passed away May 31, 2017. He was born on October 2, 1991 and was the son of Judy Scruggs Davis and the late Steven Davis. Luke attended Highland School of Technology. He graduated from Bessemer City High School and attended Gaston College. He is remembered as an artist, writer and actor by his friends and family. He was also known for his love of music and his...
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Bernice Waldrop Hansell

November 4, 1924 - May 30, 2017

Bernice Waldrop Hansell, age 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 30, 2017 at Belaire Health Care, Gastonia. She was born November 4, 1924 in Spartanburg County, S.C. to the late Rady Waldrop and the late Tilda Davis Howell. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Ezborn Hansell; her son, Gene Hansell. Bernice was a lifetime member of First Wesleyan Church of Bessemer City. ...
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James Calvin Griffin

November 21, 1946 - May 29, 2017

James Calvin Griffin,70, passed away at Alexandria Place on May 29, 2017. He was born on November 21, 1946 in Rock Hill, S.C. to the late James and Mary Griffin. James is survived by his wife Dolores of Lincolnton; daughter Julie Griffin and her sons Brandon Burnette and Brett Watkins of Cherryville, NC; daughter Janett Winter and spouse Sean Winter, daughter Eva Winter of Dallas, NC; and...
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James Edward Taylor

July 21, 1974 - May 28, 2017

James Edward Taylor, age 42, simply stepped from here to Glory on Sunday May 28, 2017 while at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem. He was born July 21, 1974 in Hillsborough County, Florida to the late Jimmy Taylor and the late Sandra Word Taylor. James was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served until 1997. Afterward, he graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a...
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Anne Marie Hallman

June 17, 1968 - May 27, 2017

Anne Marie Hallman, 48 of Bessemer City NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 27, at Mission Hospital in Asheville NC. She was a lifelong resident of Gaston County. Anne was the daughter of the late Ralph and Irene Hallman of Bessemer City. She was a 1986 graduate of Bessemer City High School and a 1988 graduate of Gaston College in Dallas NC. Anne was employed at Truliant Federal...
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Luther "Lukey" David Alexander

February 18, 1962 - May 26, 2017

Luther "Lukey" David Alexander, 55, of Gastonia, passed away on May 26, 2017 at home. He was born on February 18, 1962 in Cleveland County, to the late Johnny Wesley and Peggy Jean Hamm Alexander Lukey liked the Washington Redskins, fishing, and watching westerns, especially with John Wayne. He is survived by his daughter Brandi Alexander of Gastonia; son David Alexander of Bessemer City;...
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Carol Lee Monroe Brown

September 2, 1951 - May 22, 2017

Carol Lee Monroe Brown, age 65, passed away at home on Monday May 22, 2017. She was born September 2, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, to the late George William and Elsie Augusta Blische Scott Monroe. Carol was a former employee of National Textile, Arlington Plant, where she worked as a spinner for many years. She also attended Charity Independent Baptist Church, Gastonia. Carol also loved...
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Dora Mae Heafner Newman

July 20, 1941 - May 20, 2017

Dora Mae Heafner Newman, age 75, passed away on Saturday May 20, 2017, at Gastonia Care and Rehabilitation. She was born on July 20, 1941 to the late Ernest Heafner and Minnie Eileen Yelton. Dora was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Nambair and her granddaughter Crystal Sexton. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 58 years, Lewis Newman, Sr.; sons, Lewis Newman,...
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Lee Woodard Frye, Jr.

December 14, 1946 - May 15, 2017

LEE FRYE, JR. Lee Woodard Frye, Jr., 70, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born in Buncombe County, N.C. on December 14, 1946 to the late Lee Woodard Frye, Sr. and Ruby Lee Whitted Frye. Lee was a devoted husband and father of 45 years. He was a loving, loyal and proud man, whom enjoyed the simple things in life like hunting, fishing, gardening,...
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Jimmy Larry Lackey

January 25, 1937 - May 15, 2017

Jimmy Larry Lackey, 80, of Gastonia, passed away Monday May 15, 2017, at Belaire Health Care Center, Gastonia. He was born on January 25, 1937 in Gaston County to the late Boyd and Violet Todd Lackey. Jimmy wasa veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked at AB Carter for 32 years. He loved to sing about his Lord, and loved fishing and all his family and friends. He is survived by...
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Donald Odell "Bo" Meeks, Sr.

December 20, 1949 - April 30, 2017

Donald Odell "Bo" Meeks, 67, of Bessemer City, passed away Sunday April 30, 2017, at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on December 20, 1949, in York County, SC to the late Epsie Hill Meeks. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brother, Lawson Meeks and George Meeks; sisters, Mamie Meeks and Bonnie Meeks. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Betty Martin...
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Vergie Helms Blankenship

November 11, 1938 - April 27, 2017

Vergie Helms Blankenship, 78, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Country Time Inn Assisted Living in Kings Mountain. She was born on November 11, 1938 in Gaston County to the late John Wesley and Blanche Marie Waters Helms. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Wesley Clinton Graham; sisters, Katherine Crumpton, Betty Strickland; brothers, Kenneth Helms,...
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Franklin Monroe Boltin

October 6, 1944 - April 25, 2017

Franklin Monroe Boltin, 72, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. He was born in Charleston, S.C. on October 6, 1944 to the late Marion Monroe and Annie Ruth Stephens Boltin. Franklin was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of First Wesleyan Church of Bessemer City. He was an employee of Salem Carriers for Freightliner Inc. Left to cherish his memory is...
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Thomas Dixon " Tommy" Barnes

August 30, 1939 - April 24, 2017

Thomas Dixon Barnes, 77, of Bessemer City, passed away April 24, 2017, at Robin Johnson House Dallas. He was born on August 30, 1939, in Rutherford County, to the late Earl Douglas and Johnnie Ruth Neil Barnes. Tommy was a member of First Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Army. He retired from FMC and Gaston County Schools. Tommy enjoyed sitting at Mike's Grill in Bessemer...
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Wilma Davisdson Weaver Smith

October 17, 1936 - April 20, 2017

Wilma Davidson Weaver Smith, 80, went to be with the Lord on Thursday April 20, 2017 at Peak Resources of Gastonia. She was born on October 17, 1936 in Gaston County to the late Fred E. Davidson and the late Nettie Skidmore Davidson Hill. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herman Weaver; and her second husband, John Smith; her brothers, Buddy and Clarence Davidson. Left to...
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Dennis "Denny" Calvary Connard

November 16, 1954 - April 20, 2017

Dennis "Denny" Calvary Connard, 62, passed away on Thursday April 20, 2017, at his home. He was born November 16, 1954, in Gaston County Katherine Haynie Connard of Bessemer City and the late William Connard. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Vincent, William, Cotton, Gary, Ricky, and Johnny Connard. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Loretta Griffin of...
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Billy Vernon Posey

June 26, 1931 - April 19, 2017

Billy Vernon Posey, 85, of Gastonia, passed away April 19, 2017, at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on June 26, 1931 in Pickens County, SC to the late William H. and Irene Hackett Posey. Billy has lived in Gastonia, NC since 1936. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the United Service Medal and the...
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Noah Keith Ware

April 10, 2017 - April 18, 2017

Noah Keith Ware, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He was born on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Morgan Roxanne Caldwell and Austin Keith Ware. In addition to his parents, Noah is survived by his sister, Riley Grace Ware of the home; his paternal grandparents, Stacey Ware (Patrick) of Gastonia, and Misty Ware (Roy) of Bessemer City; his...
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George Kenneth Patterson

February 21, 1941 - April 16, 2017

KENNETH PATTERSON George Kenneth Patterson 76, of Bessemer City, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born on February 21, 1941 in Gaston County, Mr. Patterson was the son of the late Bill and Willie Mae Kerns Patterson. Mr. Patterson worked dutifully for Wix Filters for 44 years as a Quality Control Supervisor. After being retired for a year, he...
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Johnny Barnett Hyatt

October 24, 1943 - April 16, 2017

Johnny Barnett Hyatt 73, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at home. He was born on October 24, 1943 to the late John Hyatt and Annie Mae Horne. Johnny attended Gastonia High School and retired from Wix Corporation after 28 years of service. He also served with the Gaston County Police Force and Ranlo Police Force. He was a former recreation umpire with the City of Gastonia. Johnny was a...
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Arnold Huntsinger

September 21, 1926 - April 12, 2017

ARNOLD HUNTSINGER George Arnold Huntsinger, 90, of Bessemer City, passed away April 12, 2017, at Robin Johnson House, Dallas. He was born on September 21, 1926 in Rutherford County to the late William Collett and Dora Lee Arrowood Huntsinger. Arnold was a loving Daddy, PawPaw, and Pops. He was a member of Ragan Wesleyan Church for many years. Arnold was a self-employed machinist. He was...
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Darrell Ray Hill

January 15, 1961 - April 12, 2017

Darrell Ray Hill, 56, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. He was born on January 15, 1961 in Gaston County to the late Arthur Junior and Marie Prince Hill. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Jason Charles. Darrell was employed with Park Elevator for 38 years. Left to cherish his memory is his wife April Mason...
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Mary Ruth Love Wall

November 2, 1933 - April 12, 2017

Mary Ruth Love Wall, 83, passed away on Wednesday April 12, 2017 at Somerset Court of Cherryville. She was born November 2, 1933 in Gaston County to the late Clyde Harrison and Exilee Langley Love. She was preceded in death by her husband Sgt. Columbus James Wall USMC; sisters; Virginia Love, Esther Davis Left to cherish her memory are daughter, Cathy W. Ross and husband Kenneth of...
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Donovan Anthony Harris

April 5, 2017 - April 9, 2017

DONOVAN HARRIS Donovan Anthony Harris, infant son of Donna "Lucy" Green Rankin and Rico Harris, passed away on April 9, 2017, at Carolina's Medical Center, Charlotte. He was born on April 4, 2017. In addition to his parents, he leaves behind his sisters, Faith and Jeremy, Kiara, Amya, Macy; brother, Rico; grandmothers, Aliene and Sandra; godparents, Candy and Pedro. Donovan's family will...
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Dene Owens Heatherington

February 24, 1922 - April 7, 2017

Dene Heatherington died April 7 after 95 years of leading an extraordinary, exemplary life of devotion to her faith, her family, her friends, her community, and her profession. Dene's childhood demonstrated her true grit and determination to always strive for excellence. She took on large scale responsibilities at a young age. Her love and joy of learning prevailed and after graduation from...
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Evelyn Hayes Watson Chavis

November 30, 1939 - April 2, 2017

Evelyn Hayes Watson Chavis, passed away at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte, NC on Sunday April 2 2017. She was born November 30, 1939 in Gaston county to the late Julius V. and Mable Dover Hayes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Henry Watson; her daughter, Sherry W. Martin; her brothers, Ned, Gaither, and Steve Hayes, and her aunt Pearlie...
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John Abel Ormand, Jr.

April 25, 1929 - April 1, 2017

John Abel Ormand, Jr., a lifelong resident of Gaston County, died from complications of age-related issues on Saturday April 1, 2017. John was married for 67 years to Jennie Delle Oates Ormand who survives with their daughters Beth Kiser (John) and Lou Bingham (Craig). He also is survived by grandsons Patrick Kiser (Krista) and Will Kiser (Amy); great-grandchildren Jack, Matthew and Ella...
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Ray Flowers

October 25, 1931 - March 26, 2017

Ernest Ray Flowers, 85, passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his daughter's home in Cunningham, TN. He was born October 25, 1931 in Gaston County, NC to the late Walter G. and Ola Pennington Flowers. Bessemer City was his home for all but the last two years of his adult life. Illness made it necessary to join his daughter and son in law in Cunningham, TN – his last earthly home. Ray...
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Carol Ann Carswell

December 6, 1963 - March 24, 2017

Carol Ann Carswell, 53, passed away on Friday March 24, 2017. She was born on December 6, 1963 in Gaston County to Bobby C. Carswell and the late Joyce Ann Stinnett Carswell. Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Dalton Gowan and wife Kacie, and Cheridan Pasour and husband Tyler, father Bobby C. Carswell; her sisters, Carmen C. and her husband, Pastor David Pittman of Candler,...
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Beth Hagar Harmon

December 2, 1920 - March 22, 2017

Beth Hager Harmon, 96, passed away on Tuesday March 22, 2017 at Alexandria Place, Gastonia. She was born on December 2, 1920 in Gaston County to the late Robert Lee and Ferrie Froneberger Hager. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Y. Harmon, Sr.; her sons, Ralph "Yates" Harmon, Jr, and wife Beryl, and Robert Harmon and wife Wanda; son-in-law, Steve Neal; her brothers, Mack, Lloyd,...
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Deborah "Debbie" Kay Fowler Francum

November 11, 1955 - March 15, 2017

Deborah "Debbie" Kay Fowler Francum, 61, of Gastonia, passed away on March 15, 2017 at home. She was born November 11, 1955 in Gaston County, to the late Ronald and Gladys Parker Fowler. Debbie was preceded in death by husband of 35 years Ronald Scott Francum. She is survived by her son, Dwynn Greene and Sandra Goldsborough of Gastonia; daughters, Rhonda Francum, and Amanda Todd and...
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Charles Kenyon Hubbard

June 4, 1964 - March 10, 2017

Charles Kenyon Hubbard 52, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born June 4, 1964 in Cumberland County to Betty Autry Hubbard and the late Hubert Carlton Hubbard, Sr. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Johnston Scholar for undergrad and then continued to Carolina Law School. He practiced as an attorney for twenty-eight...
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James Gordon Smith

November 28, 1942 - March 9, 2017

James Gordon "Jim" Smith, 74, passed away on Thursday March 9, 2017 at home. He was born November 28, 1942 in Spartanburg County, SC to James Walter Smith and Dovie Stinnett Smith Dover. Jim loved fishing, golf, helping his family, and his beloved dog Fluffy. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Smith; brother, Roy Gay Smith; sister Maxine Smith. Left...
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Meloney Lynn Pruitt Baker

August 10, 1956 - March 8, 2017

MELONEY BAKER Meloney Lynn Pruitt Baker, 60, passed away on Wednesday March 8, 2017 at home. She was born August 10, 1956 in Gaston County to Anna Fox Pruitt and the late Troy Arnold Pruitt. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother Randal Pruitt. Left to cherish her memories is her mother, Anna Fox Pruitt; her children, Daniel Pruitt, Traci Clark, Jamie Revels...
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Florence Yvonne Hicks Patterson

March 19, 1937 - March 5, 2017

YVONNE PATTERSON Florence Yvonne Hicks Patterson, 79, of Shelby, formerly of Bessemer City, passed away March 5, 2017 at Blue Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center, Hendersonville, NC. She was born in Gaston County to the late Guy Olen and Pearl Hardin Hicks on March 19, 1937. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Earl Hicks; sisters, Ella May Hilliard,...
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Helen Louise Stuart Nelms Preast

September 7, 1939 - March 4, 2017

HELEN PREAST Mrs. Helen Louise Stuart Nelms Preast, died peacefully at Robin Johnson's Hospice House in Dallas, Saturday, March 4, 2017. She was born September 7, 1939 to the late Robert Frederick and Beaulah Ballew Stuart of Piedmont, Alabama. After retiring from Rhyne Elementary School in Gastonia, where she taught, she continued to work as a substitute teacher for the Gaston County...
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James Earl Brownell

February 19, 1958 - March 3, 2017

James Earl Brownell 59, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at home. He was born February 19, 1958 in North Kingstown, RI to the late Richard Ellery and Elizabeth Ann Lewis Brownell. He was preceded in death by his wife's Polly Detter Brownell and Barbara Ann Caldwell Brownell. Left to cherish his memories is his sister Judy Burns of Rogers, AR.; brothers Ben Brownell of Gulf Port, Fl.,...
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Thomas Wayne Johnson

December 3, 1948 - March 2, 2017

Thomas Wayne Johnson, 68, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia. He was born in Gaston County on December 3, 1948 to the late Bodie M. and Sammie Alice Rhodes Johnson. Wayne loved cooking delicious meals, eating, working puzzles and watching football. He was preceded in death by his son Kenneth Wayne Johnson. Left to cherish his memories is...
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Lawrence Anthony "Tony" Widener

June 7, 1950 - February 27, 2017

TONY WIDENER Lawrence Anthony "Tony" Widener 66, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia. He was born June, 7, 1950 in Cabarrus County to the late Lawrence J. and Collene Sigmon Widener. Tony graduated from A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis and Wingate College. He attended Appalachian State University. Tony retired from the Gaston County...
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Lavona "Tookie" Conner Keever

December 8, 1947 - February 21, 2017

Lavona "Tookie" Conner Keever 69, of Bessemer City, passed away on February 21, 2017 at Robin Johnson House, Dallas. She was born on December 8, 1947 in Gaston County to the late Robert and Christine Hull Conner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Stephen Keever; daughter Ammie Kristen Smith; brother Robert Allen Conner She was survived by her daughter, Christine Carroll of...
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Dessie Morrow Loftin

April 26, 1933 - February 15, 2017

Dessie Morrow Loftin, 83, passed away on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia. She was born on April 26, 1933 in Cleveland County to the late Franklin Howard and Nola Victoria Smith Morrow. Dessie was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain and was a retired secretary from Resurrection Lutheran Church of Kings Mountain. Left to cherish...
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Vickie Kline

May 25, 1945 - February 9, 2017

Vickie Ann Stewart Kline, 71, passed away on Thursday February 9, 2017 at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida. She was born on May 25, 1945 in Gastonia, NC to the late William Junior and Kathleen Wells Stewart. Vickie was a loving wife, mother, and grandma. She loved her family dearly. She lived, raised her family, and was a successful real estate agent for more than 30 years in...
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Ronnie Lee Weaver

February 15, 1951 - February 8, 2017

Ronnie Lee Weaver, 65, passed away on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on February 15, 1951 in Fanni Georgia to the late Carl and Helen Ruth Mason Weaver Walker. Ronnie was a devoted husband and Christian. He loved life, his family, his friends, and his cat Stormy. His heart was bigger than he was. He never met a stranger. Everyone that knew him loved...
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George William Clemmer, Sr.

October 21, 1941 - February 7, 2017

George William Clemmer Sr., 75, passed away on Tuesday February 7, 2017 at Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker Colorado. He was born on October 21, 1941 in Dallas, NC to the late Lander Lee and Nelle Mae Holland Clemmer. George was a Vietnam veteran while serving in the United States Army; and retired after 21 years of service to his country. George also faithfully served his Lord as a deacon...
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Veda Browning Brockman

December 2, 1931 - February 7, 2017

VEDA BROCKMAN Veda Browning Brockman 85, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Charlotte. She was born December 2, 1931 in Cardiff, South Wales to the late James William and Hilda Frances Ridgewell Browning. She was preceded in death by her husband Jody Brockman. Veda is survived by her sons, Michael Brockman of Bessemer City, Joe Brockman of...
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Frances Bridges Wilson

October 2, 1932 - February 6, 2017

Frances Bridges Wilson, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 6, 2017 at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain. She was born October 2, 1932 in Gaston County to the late James and Kathryn Hager Bridges. She was a graduate of Tryon High School and Montreat College. She retired from Gaston County Schools Central Office and was also known as the Avon Lady to many people for many years...
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Alma Tate Bridges

March 31, 1928 - February 6, 2017

Alma Tate Bridges, 88, of Kings Mountain, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Carolinas Healthcare System, Kings Mountain. She was born March 31, 1928 in Gaston County to the late Fletcher and Mina Holland Tate. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, John Raymond "Ray" Bridges, Sr.; her son, John Bridges, Jr.; and numerous brothers and sisters....
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