Carpenter-Porter Funeral & Cremation Services

Carpenter-Porter Funeral & Cremation Services, located in Cherryville, North Carolina, is a progressive and comprehensive funeral service provider that promotes the highest ethical and professional standards while maintaining cost effective service.

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Most of us will make or assist in making funeral arrangements at some time in our lives. This can mean making many decisions at a very difficult and emotional time. Our funeral directors, John Porter and Carroll Carpenter are here to offer help and guidance during one of life's most difficult times. For more information, please call us today, 704-435-6711.


Our Obituaries

Pat Martin McMahan

June 8, 1929 - February 27, 2019

Pansy "Pat" Martin McMahan, age 89 of Chesterfield Dr., Belmont, and formerly of both Cherryville and Morganton, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019. She was born June 8, 1929 in Cleveland County to the late James Thomas and Carrie Cronan Martin. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church of Morganton and involved with their Beulah Group. She enjoyed playing the piano and writing poetry and...
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Calvin Alexander Sawyer

March 23, 1951 - February 27, 2019

Calvin Alexander Sawyer age 67 of Carpenter Rd, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Caromont Regional. Calvin was born March 23, 1951 in Gaston County to the late McKinley "Tom" Sawyer and Josephine (Coleman) Sawyer. Calvin retired from Tyco after more than 18 years of service. He loved to shoot pool, fish and had a great love for his furry friend, Whiskers. Left to cherish his memory...
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Vicki Lynn Marshall Ford

August 23, 1948 - February 23, 2019

Vicki Lynn Marshall Ford age 70 of Terrace Dr., Cherryville, NC passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Levine & Dixon Hospice House, Huntersville. She was born August 23, 1948 in Rowan County to the late John Levi and Nadine Pinkston Marshall. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Cherryville. Vicki was a former hairdresser. Vicki worked for many years as the director of the day...
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Helen Sue Tallent

December 15, 1938 - February 19, 2019

Helen Sue Tallent, 80, of Johns Island, South Carolina, widow of Max Carroll Tallent entered into eternal rest Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Her Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Hebron United Methodist Church, 7929 NC-27, Vale, NC at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 23, from 12:00 to 1:45 PM prior to the service at the church. Interment will...
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Ashley Victoria Burrow

March 9, 1991 - February 15, 2019

Ashley Victoria Burrow, age 27 of North Pine Street passed away after a sudden illness Friday February 15, 2019 at Atrium Health, Cleveland. She was born March 9, 1991 in Lincoln County to Christine Franklin (Perry), and Michael Burrow. Ashley was an artistic young lady. She also loved makeup and fashion. She loved music and had a beautiful singing voice. Ashley loved photography and was...
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William Doyle "Bill" Tilley, Sr.

July 15, 1950 - February 13, 2019

William Doyle "Bill" Tilley, Sr., age 68 of Carroll Dr. passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Atrium Health Cleveland. He was born July 15, 1950 in Gaston County to the late Willie Issac and Flotella Laws Tilley Bill was a faithful member and Head Deacon of Temple Baptist church of Shelby. He also had a love for carp fishing. Bill loved his family and was a wonderful "Paw-Paw" to his...
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Penny Dellinger Foster

October 18, 1957 - February 8, 2019

Penny Ann Dellinger Foster, age 61 of Green Meadow Dr. passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Wendover Hospice. She was born in Cleveland County to Robert Dellinger and the late Barbara Mae Flowers Dellinger. Penny never met a stranger. She found beauty in the simple things. She loved flowers and butterflies. Her favorite color was purple, and she loved blue eye shadow. She adored the way...
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Christy Rayfield Hall

May 20, 1952 - February 7, 2019

Christy Rayfield Hall, age 66 of Marys Grove Road, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019 at home. She was born May 20, 1952 in Cleveland County to the late Ben Rayfield and the Late Lucille Burton Hunnicut (Harold). Christy was retired from the United States Postal Service, Cherryville Branch. Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Jack Hall of the home; daughters, Tracy Hall Parker...
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Marshal E. Agner

March 2, 1927 - February 6, 2019

Dr. Marshal E. Agner, age 91 of Hawthorne St. passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab in Salisbury, NC. He was born March 2, 1927 in Rowan County to the late Roy Augusta Agner Sr. and Demia Elsie Watson Agner. He was a graduate of Spencer High School, Lenoir Rhyne College, and Duke Medical School. He owned his own family practice and was the Medical Director...
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John Clayton "J.C." Willis

August 21, 1935 - February 2, 2019

John Clayton "J.C." Willis, age 83 of Cherryville, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Atrium Health, Lincoln. He was born August 21, 1935 in Cleveland County to the late Burgin Jacob and Bertha Cook Willis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Hollar Willis; brothers, Garry, Dwight, and David Willis; and sisters, Annie Ferrell, Velma...
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Mildred Cobb Agner

September 15, 1928 - January 31, 2019

Mrs. Mildred Cobb Agner, age 90 of Hawthorne St. passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab in Salisbury, NC. She was born September 15, 1928 in Gaston County to the late Rev. William Gurley and Emma Lillian Akard Cobb. She was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where she was active in the fellowship club, choir member for 75 years, and former director...
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Lester "Junior" Darty

November 1, 1926 - January 29, 2019

Lester Lee Darty, Jr., age 92, of S. Main St. passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Wendover Hospice House. He was born November 1, 1926 in Gaston County to the late Lester Lee Darty, Sr. and Annie Eva Sparks Darty. Junior was a War World II veteran of the United States Army. He served two years and was stationed in Okinawa and then Korea. He retired after 30 years from Carolina Mills. ...
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Albert Sidney "Jimmy" Wright

November 9, 1950 - January 23, 2019

Albert Sidney "Jimmy" Wright, age 68 of Mary's Grove Road, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. He was born November 9, 1950 in Cleveland County to the late Robert Wright and the late Jean Hord Hayes. He was an avid fan of the North Carolina Tarheels. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Sandra Crumpton. Survivors...
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Billy Ray Stroupe, Sr.

October 25, 1935 - January 21, 2019

Billy Ray Stroupe, Sr., age 83 of Dallas Cherryville Hwy. passed away Monday, January 21, 2019 at Peak Resources. He was born October 25, 1935 in Gaston County to the late Aaron Hubert and Fama Mauney Stroupe. He was a licensed barber and retired from Carolina Freight. Bill was passionate about square-dancing, where he was a caller and instructor. He was also in the National Square Dancers...
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Betty Lou Goins Dellinger

October 13, 1938 - January 17, 2019

Betty Lou Goins Dellinger, age 80 of Bess Rd. passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 at her residence. She was born October 13, 1938 in Gaston County to the late Roland and Parlee White Goins. She was retired from Modern Polymers and formerly attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her animals. Betty was a talented seamstress who passed along her love for sewing...
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Melvin Jesse Swink

September 17, 1950 - January 13, 2019

Melvin Jesse Swink, age 68 of Jim Patterson Rd. passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019. He was born September 17, 1950 in Cleveland County to the late Frank and Eloise Waldroup Swink. Melvin was truly a jack of all trades and enjoyed working whether it be truck driving, tree work, construction, or demolition, just to name a few. He also enjoyed coin collecting and shooting pool. In addition...
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Roy Gene Farris

April 2, 1932 - January 13, 2019

Roy Gene Farris, age 86, formerly of Bess Town Rd. passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. He was born April 2, 1932 in Gaston County to the late Ervin and Jennie Lee Carpenter Farris. He was formerly a member of Hephzibah Presbyterian Church and currently a member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church. Roy proudly served his country in the United States Army. ...
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Ola Lee Arrowood Radford

May 16, 1929 - January 10, 2019

Ola Lee Arrowood Radford, age 89 of Kirks Circle, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Brian Center of Gastonia. She was born May 16, 1929 in McDowell County to the late Calvin and Annie Arrowood. Ola loved dancing and enjoyed watching Gunsmoke and cartoons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Elmer Radford; an infant son; daughter, Brenda Jane...
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Walter Rayburn Thompson

July 28, 1951 - January 7, 2019

Walter Rayburn Thompson, age 67, of W. Academy St passed away Monday, January 7, 2019 at his residence. He was born July 28, 1951 in Gaston County to the late James Eugene and Bonnie Edna Craig Thompson. His passion was fishing. Survivors include his four daughters, Tammy Carpenter and husband, Scot of Cherryville, Renee Smith of Dallas, Christy Willis and husband, Jimmy of Cherryville, and...
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Nennette Dunn Cash

November 1, 1963 - January 6, 2019

Nennette Dunn Cash, age 55 of Wrentree Dr. passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born November 1, 1963 in Cleveland County to Arlie and Brenda Sue Hale Dunn. Nennette was a big-hearted person who loved flowers, the beach, and 'PRINCE' music. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Dale Cash. In addition to her parents, she is survived by...
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Allen Dale Abernathy

October 2, 1960 - January 4, 2019

Allen Dale Abernathy, 58, of Cooper Rd., died January 4, 2019 at Atrium Health-Lincoln. He was born in Lincoln County on October 2, 1960, a son of the late Morris John Abernathy and Emmie Morrison Abernathy of Vale. He was a handyman and carpenter who enjoyed carp fishing and hunting. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Dwayne Abernathy. In addition to his...
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Larry Cline Lowman

March 27, 1963 - January 4, 2019

Larry Cline Lowman, age 55 of Lincolnton passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was born March 27, 1963 in Lincoln County to Larry Joe Lowman of Maiden, and the late Vickie Sellers Lowman. Larry was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who loved the Clemson Tigers, and spending as much time as possible at the beach. Larry also enjoyed a career as a manager...
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Margie Whitworth Hedgpeth

July 8, 1926 - December 28, 2018

Margie Helen Whitworth Hedgpeth, age 92 of Dallas Cherryville Hwy passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 at Peak Resources. She was born July 8, 1926 in Gaston County to the late Matthew and Ida Heavner Whitworth. She attended Lincolnton Church of God. Margie was an excellent homemaker who loved caring for her husband and raising her daughter. She enjoyed working in her yard, tending to her...
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Gary Lon Allran

April 30, 1930 - December 25, 2018

Gary Lon Allran, age 88 passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at Atrium Health Lincoln. He was born April 30, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Howard Wayne and Dorothy Sullivan Allran. He was director of computer operations and truck transportation at Carolina Freight Carriers and attended St. John's Lutheran Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Julia...
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Donald Cameron Lockwood, Jr

December 5, 1940 - December 25, 2018

Donald Cameron Lockwood, Jr., age 78, of Requa Rd passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at Caromont Regional. He was born December 5, 1940 in Rochester, NY to Donald Sr. and Wilma Schwapacher Lockwood. He was a maintenance mechanic at Benson Landscaping. Donald was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion post #1278 in Honeoye, NY. He was creative soul who loved...
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Jimmie Cain

August 3, 1940 - December 24, 2018

Jimmie Lee Cain, age 78 of Eaker Dr. passed away Monday, December 24, 2018 at Atrium Health Cleveland. He was born August 3, 1940 in Hughes County, OK to the late Vonnie Lee and Vera Stanley Cain. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force with 28 years of service and formerly employed at Oklahoma Christian College, PPG, and Conrail. Jimmie was a member of many clubs including 202 Red Horse...
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Camilla Slaughter Beamer

May 23, 1936 - December 19, 2018

Camilla Ilese Slaughter Beamer, age 82 of Claremont Rd. passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center. She was born May 23, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Jake Luther and Lula Bell Moore Slaughter. She was a member of Jacob's Fork Baptist Church. Camilla was once an avid bowler and loved playing Bingo. She cherished the time she got to spend with her family. ...
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Robert "Rob" Crawford

July 14, 1977 - December 17, 2018

Robert Lee "Rob" Crawford, age 41, of Bradford Ct. passed away Monday, December 17, 2018. He was born July 14, 1977 in Dade County, FL to Joseph and Wanda Bradshaw Crawford of Crouse. He was an owner of MaxxDrive in Shelby and attended Victory Hill Baptist Church. Rob was a devoted husband and father who had a passion for cars. He enjoyed car shows, skateboarding, dirt bikes and rod runs. In...
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Von Eva Morrison Anthony

December 20, 1926 - December 15, 2018

Von Eva Morrison Anthony, age 91 of Craig St. passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born December 20, 1926 in Gaston County to the late Lathern Ivey and Anner Icard Morrison. Von Eva was a member of Second Baptist Church and was retired from Carlton Yarn Mill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Howard Anthony; son...
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Ronald Gene Austin

January 31, 1952 - December 14, 2018

Ronald Gene Austin, 66, of Mary's Grove Rd., died December 14, 2018 at his residence. He was born January 31, 1952 in Gaston County, a son of Ruth Huffstickler Austin of Gastonia and the late James B. Austin. Ronnie was an electrician and a commercial tuna fisherman. He was a member of the Gastonia Men's Club and an avid angler. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his children,...
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Naomi Henkle Stroupe

September 14, 1913 - December 12, 2018

Mrs. Naomi Estelle Henkle Stroupe, age 105 of Kenwood Rd. went to be with her Heavenly Father Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. She was born September 14, 1913 in Lincoln County to the late Frank and Pearl Sigmon Henkle. Naomi graduated from Cherryville High School in 1931, where she excelled as a basketball player, the only girls sport offered at that...
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Dot Randall Eubanks

November 21, 1946 - December 2, 2018

Dorothy Jean Randall Eubanks, age 72 of S. Jacob St. passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 at her residence. She was born November 21, 1946 in Cleveland County to Nellie Ruth Bivens Randall of Cherryville of the late Hugh Randall. Dot enjoyed yard-sales, going out to eat with family and friends and traveling to the mountains. She was an excellent cook and loved to go shagging. Dot's greatest...
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Edwin Frank Hoyle

January 8, 1936 - November 25, 2018

Edwin Frank Hoyle, age 82, of Happy Valley Terrace passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his home. He was born January 8, 1936 in Cleveland County to the late Frank Graham and Ruth Evlyne Sellers Hoyle. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. Edwin was an avid fisherman and storyteller and enjoyed recycling. In addition to his parents, he is...
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Kenny Ray Sellers

April 5, 1956 - November 20, 2018

Kenny Ray Sellers, age 62 of Mary Oak Lane passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 peacefully while doing what he loved best, hunting in the woods. He was born April 5, 1956 in Gaston County to Bennie Ray "B.R." Sellers of Bessemer City and Janet Carpenter Sellers of Gastonia. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Kenny was a longtime machinist with PMP of Gastonia where his work...
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Peggy Pepper Clark

May 27, 1933 - November 20, 2018

Peggy Pepper Clark, age 85 of Puetts Chapel Rd. passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Summit Place, Kings Mountain. She was born May 27, 1933 in Rowan County to the late James Joseph and Beulah Melinda Ketchie Pepper. Peggy was a member of First Assembly of God. She was an excellent homemaker and a talented seamstress. She enjoyed cross-stitch and needlepoint as well as working puzzles and...
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Harriet Marlene McClure

January 14, 1956 - November 14, 2018

Harriet Marlene McClure, age 62 of Coy Circle, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. She was born January 14, 1956 in Gaston County to the late Sarah Elmore McClure and Harry and Peggy McClure of Hickory. She was formerly employed with Gaston County Schools and was of the Baptist faith. Harriet loved animals and going to the beach. She enjoyed reading...
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Bertha Ophelia Pruitt

September 27, 1927 - November 14, 2018

Bertha Ophelia Pruitt, age 91 passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center. She was born September 27, 1927 in Cleveland County to the late Odus and Lillian Cooper Hayes. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her children, Carl, Norman and Samuel Pruitt and Mona Pruitt Pruett; siblings, Bill Hayes, Bud Hayes, Mabel Hayes and Helen Kale. She is...
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Raymond Dale Hatch

January 30, 1943 - November 13, 2018

Raymond Dale Hatch, age 75 of Wilson Bridges Rd passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at CHS Northeast. He was born January 30, 1943 in McComb, MS to the late Cornelius and Alma Morgan Hatch. Raymond was employed at McWhirter Grading and was a member of Jesus Servants Ministry in Cherryville. He is survived by his son, Michael Ray Hatch of Bessemer City; brother, John L. Hatch of Bat Cave, NC...
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Walter Ray Parker, Sr.

July 2, 1952 - November 9, 2018

Walter Ray Parker Sr., age 66 of Hay Dr. passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born July 2, 1952 in Wayne County, NC to the late James Arthur and Louise Thompson Parker. He was a retired produce manager. Walter enjoyed praising God and spending time studying his Bible. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Parker; and siblings,...
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Hannah Lee Miller

November 1, 2018

Hannah Lee Miller died Thursday, November 1, 2018, at her home in Charlotte. Hannah was born in Cliffside to Hal and Eula Wilkerson Miller and graduated from Cliffside High School, where she was class prophet and the editor of The Cliff Dweller, the school's annual. She played in the band, was a class officer and was voted "most intelligent." She remained connected to Cliffside throughout her...
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Kay Willis Taylor

April 9, 1941 - October 22, 2018

Kay Frances Willis Taylor, age 77 of Sorrells Baxter Rd. passed away Monday, October 22, 2018 at her residence. She was born April 9, 1941 in Cleveland County to the late Burgin Jacob and Bertha Cook Willis. She was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee...
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Joyce Quinn McGinnis

September 22, 1923 - October 19, 2018

Joyce Elizabeth Quinn McGinnis, age 95 of 503 S. Elm St. passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at Wendover Hospice. She was born September 22, 1923 in Gaston County to the late Eubern Morgan and Della Sigmon Quinn. Joyce was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church where she was a table parent at youth club, a volunteer, and on the evangelism committee. Joyce attended Lenior Rhyne College...
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Terry Lail Slaughter

February 20, 1948 - October 17, 2018

Teresa Lail "Terry" Slaughter, age 70 of Pine St. passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born February 20, 1948 in Gaston County to the late Cletus Sylvester and Leona Mae Reynolds Lail. Terry was a member of First Wesleyan Church. She loved flowers, adult coloring books, and watching soap operas. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and was an...
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Shirley Mabe Wise

December 5, 1932 - October 8, 2018

Shirley Dean Mabe Wise, age 85 of Mary's Grove Rd. passed away Monday, October 8, 2018 at Cardinal Healthcare in Lincolnton. She was born December 5, 1932 in Caldwell County to the late Dennis and Ruth Smith Mabe. Shirley was employed with Carolina Freight and then retired after 28 years from Cherry-Linc Fuel. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Shirley was a talented seamstress...
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Carroll Lee Johnson

February 13, 1931 - October 6, 2018

Carroll Lee Johnson, age 87 of Blair Wise Lane passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 13, 1931 in Lincoln County to the late Augustus and Viola Plonk Johnson. Carroll was a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force. He also retired from the United States Postal Service in Gastonia. Carroll was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and...
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Anne Miller Warlick

November 24, 1929 - October 6, 2018

Anne Miller Warlick, age 88, of Cherryville passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Mrs. Warlick was born November 24, 1929 in Salisbury, North Carolina, the youngest daughter of the late Ivey Ijames Miller and Joseph Franklin Miller. As a child, she was an accomplished dancer. She graduated with honors from Boyden High School in 1947 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College, where she...
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Click Dellinger

September 25, 1943 - October 2, 2018

Click Dellinger, 75 of Cherryville, NC passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Born on September 25, 1943 in Gaston County to the late Thomas Henry and Maude Jane Jenks Dellinger, he was the 12th of 15 children and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cherryville. Click attended Cherryville and Waco schools and at the age of 14 began his first job with Hoyle Construction working for...
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Elizabeth Ann Killian

April 22, 1941 - September 27, 2018

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 Elizabeth "Ann" Kiser Killian, age 77, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 27, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was an amazing mother, wife, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She was born April 22, 1941 to the late Clarence and Rachel Hager Kiser. She was a lifelong member of...
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Todd Carroll Bingham

June 27, 1961 - September 24, 2018

Todd Carroll Bingham, age 57, of Old Boiling Springs Rd passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1961 in Gaston County to Rebecca Jane Crisson Bingham of Shelby and the late Carroll Bingham. Todd enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his sister, Anissa Bingham. In addition to his mother, Becky, he is...
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Ashley Nicole Neill

February 4, 1996 - September 24, 2018

Ashley Nicole Neill, age 22, of Teague St. passed away Monday, September 24, 2018. She was born February 4, 1996 in Lincoln County to Patricia Gail Bumgarner Neill of Lincolnton and her late father, Howard Neill, Jr. She was the general manager for Hardee's in Conover and a member of Second Baptist Church in Cherryville. Ashley enjoyed her work and spending time with her pets, Buddy and Carmen. ...
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Mildred Conley Putnam

January 8, 1934 - September 23, 2018

Mildred Rose Conley Putnam, 84, of Maple St., died Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. Mrs. Putnam was born in Rutherford County January 8, 1934, a daughter of the late George and Grace Woods Conley. She was retired from Bali Industries and was a member of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church. Mildred enjoyed spending time at the beach and pier fishing. She...
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Willie London Heavner

May 15, 1934 - September 22, 2018

Willie Lee Schronce London Heavner, 84 of Startown Rd. died Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Robin Johnson House. She was born on May 15, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Claude and Katie Helms Schronce. Mrs. Heavner was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, where she was involved in Sunday school and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed arts and crafts and...
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Clyne Paul Clark

February 21, 1933 - September 19, 2018

Clyne Paul Clark, age 85 of Puetts Chapel Rd. passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 21, 1933 in Gaston County to the late Max Sylvanus and Ruth Pasour Clark. Clyne was a retired supervisor from Plantation Pipeline. He was a member of First Assembly of God and a volunteer firefighter with Agriculture Center, Dallas. He enjoyed being outdoors and...
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Juanita Huffstetler Bennett Hill

October 24, 1926 - September 15, 2018

Juanita Huffstetler Bennett Hill, 91, of Eaker Dr., died Saturday September 15, 2018 at Wendover Hospice. She was born October 24, 1926 in Cleveland County to the late Arthur Wright and Docia Ella Dover Huffstetler. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and retired from the Rhyne Houser Mill. She found great pleasure in mowing her grass, gardening, and the Atlanta Braves. Juanita...
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Gertrude Boston Spake

August 16, 1935 - September 7, 2018

Gertrude Boston Spake, age 83 of Devenny Rd. passed away Friday, September 7, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 16, 1935 in Lincoln County to the late Guy and Dallas Hoyle Boston. Mrs. Spake was an excellent cook and enjoyed watching cooking shows. She also enjoyed word finds and flowers. She loved her Lord and her family with all her heart and made it known to all those around her. ...
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Charles Sonny Neal

May 31, 1942 - September 6, 2018

Charles Ford "Sonny" Neal, age 76 of Conway, SC passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Conway Medical Center. He was born May 31, 1942 in Gaston County to the late Ralph Howard and Mable Harmon Neill. Sonny retired from Carolina Freight as a long line driver. He enjoyed carpentry and woodworking. He had a passion for fishing and hunting. Sonny also enjoyed studying his Bible and...
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Dean Carpenter

February 2, 1932 - September 2, 2018

Perry Dean Carpenter, 86, of Delview Rd., died September 2, 2018 at Hospice at Wendover. He was born in Gaston County on February 2, 1932 to the late Perry George and Jessie Alice White Carpenter. Dean was a retired carpenter with Dixie Lumber Co., member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, American Legion Post 100, and the Traditional New Year's Shooters. He was an avid outdoorsman and belonged to the...
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Harold "Tiger" Beam

March 22, 1935 - September 1, 2018

Harold "Tiger" Gene Beam, 83, of Suncrest Rd., died Sept. 1, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 22, 1935 in Gaston County to the late J. C. and Odessa McGinnis Beam. Tiger was a member of First Presbyterian Church but attended Anthony Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and was a diehard Atlanta Braves fan. He found great pleasure in his Dodge...
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Marie B. Hastings

January 20, 1920 - August 31, 2018

Marie B. Hastings, age 98 passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 at Peak Resources Cherryville. She was born January 20, 1920 in Cleveland County to the late Claude and Ollie Parker Boyles. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Hastings; grandchild, Paula Hastings; siblings, Hershel Boyles, Beulah Smith and Matilda Jarrels. She is survived by her sons,...
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Lisa Willis Donaldson

April 28, 1972 - August 30, 2018

Lisa Renee Willis Donaldson, 46, of Roberts Rd., died August 30, 2018 at Atrium Health –Cleveland. She was born April 28, 1972 in Cleveland County to the late Billy Wayne Willis and Glenda Sue Prather Willis Owens and Jerry Dean Owens of Cherryville. She was a member of New Life Outreach of Shelby. Lisa enjoyed reading, fishing, dirt track racing but most of all she adored all her grandchildren...
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Frances Jean Waterson Choate

May 18, 1938 - August 25, 2018

Frances Jean Waterson Choate, 80, of Bailey Springs Drive, died August 25, 2018 at her residence. Mrs. Choate was born in Gaston County on May 18, 1938 to the late John and Edith Shull Waterson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cherryville and formerly employed by Travis Knits. She found great pleasure watching TV, going out to eat, and being with friends and family. Frances was...
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Emma Beatrice Hamrick

March 19, 1926 - August 21, 2018

Emma Beatrice Hamrick, age 92 passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born March 19, 1926 in Lincoln County to the late Duckery Jackson Hinson and Phillip Ann Shipton Hinson. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Dude Hamrick; sons, Lee Hamrick, Billy Hinson and Bruce Hamrick; daughter, Ola Mae Pruitt; siblings, Nellie M....
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Shirley Pruett Morgan

January 1, 1938 - August 18, 2018

Shirley Ann Hamrick Pruett Morgan, age 80 of Shelby, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born January 1, 1938 in Cleveland County to the late J.D. and Verleen Putnam Hamrick. She was a former sergeant from Cleveland County Sheriff's Department where she was the first lady to ever patrol and hold rank as sergeant. She retired from Allen's...
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Jim Wright

December 16, 1938 - August 12, 2018

James Clay Wright, Jr. "Jim" passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018. He was born in Rowan County to Clay Wright and Lucille Staton Wright Blythe. He graduated from Landis High School, Lenoir Rhyne University, and received a Master's Degree from James Madison University. Jim was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church since 1972. He enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels. His teaching...
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Tommy Wayne Brackett

January 11, 1952 - August 12, 2018

Tommy Wayne Brackett, age 66, of Beatle Street went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 12, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born January 11, 1952 to Grace Brackett and the late Jim Brackett. Tommy was a faithful member of First Church of Nazarene of Cherryville where he taught Sunday school and loved the kids. He loved people and his music but most of all he loved God and his family...
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Jimmie Wray Blanton

October 11, 1947 - August 11, 2018

Jimmie Louise Wray Blanton, 70 of Eighth Ave., formerly of Shelby, died Aug. 11, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Clover, SC on Oct.11, 1947. She was the daughter of the late James Edward and Frances Dover Wray. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church, Shelby. Mrs. Blanton liked to talk, eat chocolates, and watch soap operas. She adored all her babies. In addition to her...
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John Michael Stone

May 26, 1961 - August 10, 2018

John Michael Stone, 57, of Gatewood Dr., died Friday Aug. 10, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare-Lincoln. He was born in Brewton, Alabama on May 26, 1961. He was the son of the late John Earl Stone and Pearlene Blair Stone Busby. He was a longline truck driver for DotLine Transportation for 30 years. He enjoyed Classic Cars and driving and was a veteran of the US Army. He is survived by his wife,...
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Michelle Bumgarner Smith

November 10, 1976 - August 7, 2018

Bonnie Michelle Bumgarner Smith, age 41 of Park Circle passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at her residence. She was born November 10, 1976 in Gaston County to Clyde Keith and Bonnie Holliday Bumgarner of Lincolnton. She was a member of Reepsville Baptist Church and was employed at FMS Enterprises. In addition to her parents, Keith and Bonnie Bumgarner, Michelle is survived by her...
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Jack Whitworth

May 9, 1930 - August 6, 2018

Jack Lyday Whitworth, age 88 of Farmwood Dr. passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born May 9, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Howard and Grace Hill Whitworth. Jack was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church where he served as former president and life member of LMIM, council member, and mens Sunday school class teacher. He was also a member of the Dub Beam Sunday...
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Faye Hullender Dellinger

May 31, 1927 - August 6, 2018

Faye Hullender Dellinger, age 91 of J.C. Dellinger Rd. passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. She was born May 31, 1927 in Gaston County to the late Henry and Junie Whiteside Hullender. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing and needle point. Faye was an excellent farm wife and homemaker extraordinaire. In addition to her...
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Dolores Hill

August 8, 1934 - August 6, 2018

Dolores Lavon Pope Hill went to be with the Lord on August 6, 2018 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center in Shelby, North Carolina where she had been a resident for the past year. Dolores was born on August 8, 1934 in Dierks, Arkansas to Harold and Imogene Pope. She lived in Central Texas most of her life. She worked as waitress and as a nurse's aide in long-term care centers. She was a resident...
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Betty Chezem Leonhardt

December 29, 1959 - July 30, 2018

Betty Anne Chezem Leonhardt, age 59, of Leonhardt Rd passed away Monday, July 30, 2018. She was born December 29, 1959 in Florida to Lester Chezem and Juanita Franklin Stephens. Betty was a secretary for Leonhardt Trucking and loved to garden, fish and dance. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 34 years, James Kevin Leonhardt; children, James Leonhardt, Jr. of Hickory...
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David Lester Pope

December 3, 1929 - July 29, 2018

David Lester Pope, age 88 of Elm St. passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Alexandria Place of Gastonia. He was born December 3. 1929 in Gaston County to the late James Colin and Georgia Cline Pope. David was a Veteran of the United States Army and served a two year tour in the Korean War. He was a Sergeant and taught M1 Rifle courses. He was retired from Carolina Mills. David was a member of...
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Brenda Allen Ramsey

May 19, 1943 - July 26, 2018

Brenda Allen Ramsey, age 75 of Stanley, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. She was born May 19, 1943 in Cleveland County to Emma Ruth Smith Allen of Gastonia and the late John C. Allen Jr. Brenda was retired from Livingstone Coating Corporation in Charlotte and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed knitting, was a former piano teacher,...
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Ray Peeler

October 2, 1961 - July 25, 2018

Ernest "Ray" Peeler, Jr. age 56 of Dellinger Circle passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. He was born October 2, 1961 in Cleveland County to the late Ernest Ray Peeler Sr. and Brenda Wells Peeler. Ray's passion was riding motorcycles and being with family, especially his grandson. Survivors include his wife, Tammy Lineberger Peeler; daughter, Caitlin...
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Debbie Fisher Payseur

March 22, 1953 - July 23, 2018

Debbie Fisher Payseur of Cherryville, North Carolina died at home on July 23, 2018, after a year-long illness. She was born on March 22, 1953, in Shelby, North Carolina. Her parents are Shirley Whitaker Fisher and the late Bob Fisher. Debbie graduated from Cherryville High School and University of North Carolina-Greensboro with a BS in nursing. She was a Registered Nurse. Debbie worked as...
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Lynne Hood

February 22, 1958 - July 19, 2018

Anita "Lynne" Hood, age 60 of E. Academy St. passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at her residence. She was born February 22, 1958 in Cleveland County to the late Ray Andrew and Shirley Carpenter Hood. Lynne was a member of First Baptist Church and active with her Sunday School class. She was employed with Gaston County Schools and also worked part-time with the Youth Alliance. She loved...
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Ruby Mozelle Sain Cooke

July 14, 1924 - July 18, 2018

Ruby Mozelle Sain Cooke, age 94 of Carlton Dr. passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. She was born July 14, 1924 in Cleveland County to the late Samuel Hartsell and Vernie Virginia Brittain Sain. Mozelle retired after 43 and a half years from the Carlton Mill. She enjoyed going on walks and loved going out to eat and socializing with her friends. In...
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Harry Wayne Carroll

August 24, 1934 - July 18, 2018

Harry Wayne Carroll, age 83 of Paul H. Beam Rd passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at his home. He was born August 24, 1934 in Cleveland County to the late Jesse Lore and Ellen Bryte Sellers Carroll. Harry grew up on Carroll's Dairy and was an Army Veteran of the 27th Engineer Battalion Company B. He retired from Carolina Freight Carriers and was a member of Missionary Methodist Church. Harry...
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Ronald Eugene Boyd

December 16, 1942 - July 15, 2018

Ronald Eugene Boyd, age 75 of Cherryville, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas. He was born December 16, 1942 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to the late Johnie Lester and Mildred Dalton Boyd. Ronnie worked 28 years at Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, then joined Fleetnet America, where he retired in 2004, due to health issues. He was a 1961 graduate...
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Johnny Wesley Hale

December 5, 1964 - July 11, 2018

Johnny Wesley Hale, age 53, of N. Hoyle Street passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at his home. He was born December 5, 1964 in Gaston County to the late John Wesley and Dorothy Blanton Hale. Johnny was a truck driver for UPS Freight and a Veteran of the U.S. Navy as an aviation structural Mechanic. He attended the Eng School of Self Defense where he was an instructor and a 4th degree black belt...
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Lisa Ann Elder

February 25, 1963 - July 10, 2018

Lisa Ann Elder, age 55, of Crawley Ln passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Systems Lincolnton. She was born February 25, 1963 in Ft. Huachuca, AZ to the late John and Paula June Thomas Waddell. She enjoyed motorcycles and was proud of her Native American culture. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, John Anthony Elder; children, Michael Osbourne and wife, Jamie of...
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Johnny E. Roper

August 15, 1940 - July 10, 2018

Johnny E. Roper, age 77, of Lodi Dr passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Harmon Homestead rd. He was born August 15, 1940 in Cleveland County to the late Jasper Young "J.Y.' and Brunie Poole Roper. He worked at Mohican Mill and was a member of the Ridge Runner Hunting Club. Johnny enjoyed fishing, chickens, tending to his garden and running his beagles. In addition to his parents, he is...
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Beulah Jackson Sain Mears

May 2, 1932 - July 6, 2018

Beulah Jackson Sain Mears, age 86, formerly of Crouse, passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. She was born May 2, 1932 in Cleveland County to the late Fred Pinkney and Nancy Beer Jackson. Beulah was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and retired from Burris Industries of Lincolnton. She enjoyed crafting and playing Bingo. She was also an...
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Charles Durant Homesley

September 9, 1939 - July 4, 2018

Charles Durant Homesley, age 78 of South Dixie St. passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at his residence. He was born September 9, 1939 in Gaston County to the late Walter H. Homesley and Goldie E. McNeely. Charles was a member of Missionary Methodist Church. He retired from truck driving with Cardinal Freight Carriers. Charles was a veteran of the United States Navy. He enjoyed NASCAR and...
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Ruth Murphy Burgess

July 26, 1926 - July 3, 2018

Mrs. Ruth Murphy Burgess, 91, of 107 South Mulberry Street, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Testa Family Hospice House. The quiet passing of this tiny lady belies the enormous impact she had on her community through the 37 years she dedicated to co-directing Burgess Daycare with her daughter, the late Sheila Burgess Beam, and the late Edna McCain....
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Clyde "Shorty" Bean

December 30, 1939 - June 28, 2018

Clyde Edward "Shorty" Bean, age 78, of Ike Lynch Rd passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Systems Lincolnton. He was born December 30, 1939 in Caldwell County to the late Floyd Edward and Nora Lorenea Bean Bean. He was a member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church and was a self-employed machinist. Clyde loved restoring cars and riding motorcycles. He had a great sense of humor...
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Louise Roper Rhom

December 18, 1932 - June 27, 2018

Maggie Louise Roper Rhom, age 85, of Marcus Dr. passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Alexandria Place. She was born December 18, 1932 in Cleveland County to the late Jasper Young "J.Y." and Brunie Poole Roper. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Rhom; son, Jerry Thomas; and siblings, Bertie Trammell, Jack Roper, Donald Roper and Dorothy Black. She...
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Betty Propst Tillman

March 26, 1928 - June 27, 2018

Mary "Betty" Propst Tillman, age 90 of Cramerton, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Courtland Terrace. She was born March 26, 1928 in Gaston County to the late Lemuel Lester Robert Propst and Claudia Blackwood Propst. Betty enjoyed cooking, flowers, and birds. She also loved the beach where she and her husband, Ben lived for many years at Long Beach-Oak Island. In addition to her...
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Myrtle Tate McAbee

October 22, 1924 - June 26, 2018

Myrtle Tate McAbee, age 93 of Cherryville passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Peak Resources in Gastonia. She was born October 22, 1924 to the late Mr. & Mrs. Mattie Johnson Tate. Myrtle was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. She was an excellent homemaker and loved sewing, canning, and baking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Wilburn McAbee...
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Terry Wren Johnson

December 27, 1952 - June 25, 2018

Terry Wren Johnson, age 65, of Cherryville, formerly of Mayville, MI, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 from complications with his fight against cancer. Terry was born December 27, 1952 in Ingham County, Michigan. He was employed with General Motors for 25 years. After his retirement, he went into truck driving for several years. He and his wife moved to Cherryville, NC where he then went to...
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Pauline Neal Heavner

June 24, 1930 - June 23, 2018

Pauline Neal Heavner, age 87 of Hershel Lackey Rd. passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Lincolnton Rehabilitation. She was born June 24, 1930, in Lincoln County to the late Dorse and Julia Cook Neal. Pauline was a member of Gainsville Baptist Church since 1962 and a former Sunday School teacher. She retired from the textile industry, working 17 years at Dora Mill, 17 years at Mohican Lace...
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Bill Shull

June 8, 1930 - June 23, 2018

Lloyd Wayne "Bill" Shull Sr., age 88 of Oak Street passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Peak Resources in Shelby. He was born June 8, 1930 in Gaston County to the John Clifton and Marie Peeler Shull. Bill was a member of Second Baptist Church. He was a talented musician who raised his family to love and play bluegrass. He enjoyed farming and turtle hunting. In addition to his parents, he...
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Chatman Loyd Sellers

March 30, 1914 - June 22, 2018

Chatman Loyd Sellers, 104, of Kings Mountain, NC passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018. Chatman, born March 30, 1914, was the son of the late Charles (Charlie) Clayton and Mary Ella Sellers. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Gladys Bess Sellers and by his siblings Ruth Hoyle, Edna Craft, Earl Sellers and Walter Sellers. Great pride and dedication by Chatman was evident in...
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Rachel Travis Dellinger

January 24, 1938 - June 20, 2018

Rachel Jane Travis Dellinger, age 80, of Tot Dellinger Road passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at her home. She was born January 24, 1938 in Lincoln County to the late Lee and Lena Lackey Travis. She was a wonderful cook and homemaker. Rachel enjoyed farming, thrifting, attending church and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister,...
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Amy Sue Helms

December 12, 1976 - June 18, 2018

Amy Sue Helms, age 41, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Systems Kings Mountain. She was born December 12, 1976 in Gaston County to Douglas Dermont and Patsy Mae Stewart Helms. She graduated from Fallston Christian School and was a chiropractic technician. Amy loved and cherished her family, especially her daughter. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her...
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Kathaleen Lackey Gantt

January 16, 1922 - June 16, 2018

Kathaleen Lackey Gantt, 96, of 8696 Reeps Grove Church Road, died Saturday, June, 16, 2018 at Carolina Care, Cherryville. She was born on January 16, 1922 in Cleveland County to the late Thomas Guy and Jennie Moss Lackey. Kathaleen was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. She was an excellent home healthcare giver, raised five sons, was involved in the community, cared for her parents and in...
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Rebecca Louise Neal Pearson

February 22, 1930 - June 16, 2018

Rebecca Louise Neal Pearson, 88, of 211 Forgotten Lane, died June 16, 2018 at Peak Resources, Cherryville. She was born on Feb. 22, 1930 in Gaston Co. a daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Lanie Neil Neal. Rebecca was a member of Mt Beulah Baptist Church. She was an LPN formerly employed by Kings Mt. Hospital and retired from Gaston Co. Parks and Recreation. She was exceptional, dedicated care...
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Bertie Roper Trammell

February 8, 1937 - June 15, 2018

Bertie Lee Roper Trammell, age 81 of E. First St. went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, June 15, 2018. She was born February 8, 1937 in Cleveland County to the late J.Y. and Burnie Poole Roper. Bertie was a member of Second Baptist Church. She was retired from Carolina Care as a Certified Nursing Assistant and had formerly been employed as a seamstress with Sweet Tree in Cherryville. ...
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Jim Helms

July 20, 1931 - June 15, 2018

James Evon "Jim" Helms, age 86 of Cherryville Hwy passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. He was born July 20, 1931 in Gaston County to the late Kenneth Hugh and Fay Houser Helms. Jim was a member of First Baptist Church and retired after 23 years as Vice President of Insurance and Safety from Carolina Freight Carriers. He was a Korean War Veteran of the...
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