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.

Carpenter-Porter Funeral & Cremation Services will be recognized as a leader in community affairs and the funeral service industry by providing and maintaining the highest service standards in our area

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

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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Cindy Armstrong

October 14, 1958 - June 14, 2018

Cynthia Lee O'Neal Armstrong, age 59 of Hickory passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born October 14, 1958 to Dorothy Jones O'Neal and the late Edward O'Neal. Cindy was retired from the textile industry. She enjoyed watching TV, especially The Price is Right and spending time with family. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Connie...
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Janet Coy

October 25, 1945 - June 6, 2018

Janet Carol Lee Coy, age 72 of Daring Drive, formerly of Florida and Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at White Oak Manor in Shelby. She was born October 25, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Owen and Lois Collins Lee. She was a retired certified nursing assistant. Janet enjoyed traveling, sight-seeing, and going on Sunday drives. She had a love for animals, especially...
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Danny Ray Seate

January 2, 1969 - June 3, 2018

Danny Ray Seate, age 49 of North Dr. passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born January 2, 1969 in Lincoln County to the late Ollie Ray and Bernice Anthony Seate. Danny was employed for over 20 years with Keystone in Cherryville and then retired from Gaston County Sheriff's Department. He enjoyed going to the movies with his grandson and watching the...
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C.V. Stamey

December 7, 1943 - June 1, 2018

Charles C.V. "Pete" Stamey, age 74 of Startown Rd. passed away Friday, June 1, 2018 at Peak Resources in Shelby. He was born December 7, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Charles Donald and Lucille Grigg Stamey. C.V. retired from Trend Line of Lincolnton and Cochrane Furniture. Pete was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Zora Light

August 29, 1956 - May 25, 2018

Zora Leeanna Phillips Light, age 61 of Foxdale Lane passed away Friday, May 25, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Lincolnton. She was born August 29, 1956 in Elkton, Maryland to the late Lenzy Petson Phillips and Louise Jane Treadway Schwertner. Zora was a beloved mother and grandmother who cherished her time spent with her family, especially the grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook...
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Daniel Roger McSwain

April 30, 1953 - May 23, 2018

Daniel Roger McSwain, age 65 of Lee Black Rd. passed away Thursday, May 23, 2018 at his residence. He was born April 30, 1953 in Gaston County to the late Winfred and Florence Black McSwain. Danny was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a retired licensed optician. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph McSwain; and sister, Kathryn Foster. Survivors...
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Fred Junior Neill

September 30, 1928 - May 23, 2018

Fred "Junior" Neill, age 89, formerly of Old Post Rd. passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. He was born September 30, 1928 in Gaston County to the late Mallie Mae Lingerfelt and Fred Canada Neill, Sr. Junior was a member of First Wesleyan Church where he was a church teller emeritus, member of the local board administration, and sang in the choir. He...
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Dankie Sellers Orlandi

June 25, 1928 - May 15, 2018

Mrs. Dankie Loretta Sellers Orlandi, age 89, of County Line Road, Kings Mountain, NC died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was a native of Gaston County, born on June 25, 1928, daughter of the late Laura Elminer Sellers and the granddaughter of the late Hiram S. Sellers. Mrs. Orlandi was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother with a gift of bringing happiness to all that knew her. She was a...
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Grady Marshall Butler

July 25, 1936 - May 12, 2018

Grady Marshall Butler, age 81 formerly of North Dr., passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. He was born July 25, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Frank Marion and Bessie Chambers Butler. Marshall was a member of Restoring Hope Foursquare Church and retired from Cochrane Furniture. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors. He had a love for socializing and...
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Phil Smiley

September 29, 1944 - May 11, 2018

Phillip W. Smiley age 73 of Harrelson Rd. passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born September 29, 1944 in Cherokee County, SC to the late Vera Blanton and Phillip W. Smiley Sr. Phil was a member of Second Baptist Church. He served in the National Guard and was a plant manager for 26 years with Travis Knits. Phil was a member of the NRA and a gun enthusiast. He enjoyed...
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Laverne Buzz Eaker

March 31, 1927 - May 11, 2018

Laverne B. Eaker, age 91, affectionately known as Buzz Eaker, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Somerset Court of Cherryville, NC. Mrs. Eaker was preceded in death by her husband, David T. Eaker, parents, David William Busby, Sr. and Mattie Geneva Penningar, and a brother, Bill Busby. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Cindy Eaker; two sisters,Ethel McIntyre of Florence...
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Allen Cranford Austin

February 4, 1956 - May 7, 2018

Allen Cranford Austin, age 62 of Charlotte passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 in Johnstown. Born February 4, 1956 in Mecklenburg County to the late Locke and Kathleen Cranford Austin, he grew up passionately playing any sport where he was passed the ball. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and roaming the woods and streets in their neighborhood of Crater Park. Allen went to North Mecklenburg High, and...
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Linda Shull Talbert

April 1, 1955 - May 7, 2018

Lind Shull "Crockett" Talbert, age 63, of 1034 Qmy's Trail passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at her residence. She was born April 1, 1955 in Lincoln County to the late Bob Shull Sr. and Litha Shull. Survivors include her children, Bobby Knight and wife, Sandy of Conway, SC and Wendy Van Houten and husband, Eric of Sacremento, CA; grandchildren, Bobby Lee, Zachary Knight, Tyler Van Houten and...
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Harold Gene Canipe

August 17, 1940 - May 4, 2018

Harold Gene Canipe, age 77 of Dave Heafner Rd. passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System, Lincolnton. He was born August 17, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late Wilburn and Julia Lucille Christopher Canipe. Harold was the former owner and manager of Cat Square Superette. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and attended Anthony Grove Baptist Church. He was a knife...
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Becky Plonk Stiles

December 26, 1955 - May 3, 2018

Margaret Rebecca Plonk "Becky" Stiles, age 62 of Narrow Gauge Rd. passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at her residence. She was born December 26, 1955 in Gaston County to the late W.D. and Margaret Pasour Plonk. Becky was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church where she served as a former youth leader. She graduated from North Gaston High School and was formerly employed with Belk's, National...
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Cramer "Buddy" Slaughter

September 11, 1943 - May 2, 2018

Cramer Grier "Buddy" Slaughter, age 74 of Pine Street passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born September 11, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Cramer Martin Slaughter and Mary Brooks Slaughter Carpenter. Buddy enjoyed fishing and turtle hunting. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Jakie Slaughter, Jane Carpenter, and Evon McKinney. ...
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Martha McGinnis Martin

July 20, 1946 - April 29, 2018

Martha Ann McGinnis Martin, age 71, of Cherryville passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. She was born July 20, 1946 in Cleveland County to the late Ralph and Margaret Ellen Beattie McGinnis. She owned a commercial cleaning business and attended Charity Baptist Church. Martha loved dachshund dogs and was known around Carolina Care as the Hat Lady. In...
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Brian Scott Jones

March 28, 1984 - April 26, 2018

Brian Scott Jones, age 34 of Tryon Courthouse Rd passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Kings Mountain. He was born March 28, 1984 in Cleveland County to Kimberly Rabon Bell and Husband J.K. Bell of Bessemer City and Lonnie Jones of Gastonia. Brian enjoyed drawing and playing guitar. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Mason Scott Jones and Brelynn Jones of...
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Troy Ernest Drum

January 17, 1942 - April 25, 2018

Troy Ernest Drum, age 76, of Weaver Street passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. He was born January 17, 1942 in Catawba County to the late William Henry Drum and Pauline Page Drum Kennedy. Troy served in the US ARMY and was retired from American Efird. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by sister, Barbara Aderholt. He is survived by his...
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Billy Gay Jones

May 29, 1959 - April 25, 2018

Billy Gay Brooks Jones, age 58 of Maple St. passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born May 29, 1959 in Lincoln County to Claudean Gilbert Brooks of Cherryville and the late Billy Grant Brooks. Billy Gay enjoyed working with computers and playing computer games, especially Bingo and Candy Crush. She assisted her fiancé with his Pest Control...
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Kathy Senters Jennings

May 30, 1953 - April 25, 2018

Kathy Senter Jennings, 64 of Greenway Ave. passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born May 30, 1953 in Giles County, Virginia to the late Pierce and Mertie Mullins Senter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Morgan Jennings; three infant siblings; sisters, Helen Mullins and Juanita Newberry; and brothers, Hilbert, Jim,...
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Dean Raines

June 15, 1948 - April 25, 2018

Dennis Dean Raines, 69 of Cherryville passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Carolina Care in Cherryville. He was born June 15, 1948 in Richmond County to the late Ransom and Mary Belle McCaskill Raines. Dean graduated from Hamlet High School Class of '66 and Appalachian Class of '70 where he met his bride Becky of 48 years. Dean was an active member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and was a...
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Ben Houser

January 31, 1931 - April 22, 2018

Benjamin Morey Houser, 87, of Cherryville NC passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. Born January 31, 1931 in Gaston County, he was youngest of 15 children, having 7 brothers and 7 sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge Eudora Haynes Houser and daughters, Kathy Lynn Hargrove and Phyllis Gaye Miller. Ben was a 1949 graduate and valedictorian of Tryon High...
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Candi Hamrick Melton

June 27, 1971 - April 20, 2018

Candice Leigh Hamrick Melton, age 46 of E. Main St. passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at her residence. Candi was born June 27, 1971 in Gaston County to Daniel E. Hamrick Sr. and Vicki Stewart Hamrick of Cherryville. She was formerly employed at Walmart. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and traveling. Her favorite place was to be out on the beach. Candi was proud of her big family and her...
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Chris Walker

May 11, 1963 - April 16, 2018

David Christopher Walker, age 54 of Hwy 182, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System in Kings Mountain. He was born May 11, 1963 in Lincoln County to Clara Carlotta Putnam Walker of Lincolnton and the late Barry Thomas Walker. Chris enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially striper fishing. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Josh Walker of Newton;...
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Mike Silver

November 28, 1956 - April 13, 2018

Michael Lamar Silver, 61 of Brown Waterson Rd. passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 28, 1956 in Buncombe County to the late William Arlon and Thelma Wyatt Silver. Mike was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and enjoyed working on cars. He was an excellent caretaker and looked after his family. Paw Mike's greatest pleasure came from spending time with his...
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Rebecca Harrelson Rhyne

November 17, 1920 - April 13, 2018

Rebecca Harrelson Rhyne, 97, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018. She was born on November 17, 1920, in Cherryville, NC one of nine children to the late Logan Clay and Maud Jenkins Harrelson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Henry Garrett Rhyne, on April 15, 2007. Mrs. Rhyne is survived by her four children: Alice and Charles McRorie of Charlotte, NC; Marianna Davis of...
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Bill Monroe Hager

May 11, 1955 - April 3, 2018

Billy Monroe Hager, age 62 of Landers Church Road passed away April 3, 2018. He was born May 11, 1955 in Mecklenburg County to the late Morris Elwell and Vidie Ilene Stilwell Hager. He graduated from Appalachian State University and was in the Peace Corps for two years. He was a veterinarian as well as a USDA inspector. Bill enjoyed volunteering at the Carolina Raptor Center where he shared his...
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Roger Wayne Neal

February 6, 1956 - April 3, 2018

Roger Wayne Neal, age 62 of Rockdale Rd passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 6, 1956 in Cleveland County to the late J.B. and Betty Dellinger Neal. Roger loved fishing, horseback riding, and playing bluegrass music with various groups and bands. He worked at Coca Cola Bottling for many years and Freightliner in Mt. Holly for 33 years before retiring in 2015...
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Steve Augustus Sellers

March 30, 1946 - March 30, 2018

Steve Augustus Sellers, age 72 of Kenwood Rd passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center-Main. He was born March 30, 1946 in Burke County to the late Samuel Asbury and Elsie Bright Heavner Sellers. Steve was a Cherryville New Year's Shooter and enjoyed Demo Derby and tractor pulls. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Mary Martin. He is...
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Betty Randall Black

January 15, 1930 - March 25, 2018

Betty Jean Randall Black, age 88 of Dellinger Circle passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 at her residence. She was born January 15, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Lector Lee and Edna Mae Sigmon Randall. Betty was a faithful member of First Presbyterian. She loved her church and her church family. She had retired from Blackwelder's Textiles. Betty enjoyed playing Bingo and cherished her...
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Press Lingerfelt , Jr

December 9, 1936 - March 22, 2018

Press Lingerfelt Jr. age 81, of E. Academy St. passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Wendover Hospice House. He was born December 9, 1936 in Gaston County to the late Preston Alton and Winnie Huss Lingerfelt. Press was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He retired from Carolina Freight after 27 years of service. He was a United States Navy Veteran and member of Cherryville American Legion...
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Kim Lackey Carpenter

April 27, 1970 - March 19, 2018

Kimberly Jane Lackey Carpenter, age 47 of High Ridge Circle, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018. She was born April 27, 1970 in Cleveland County to Peggy Jane Powell Lackey of Charlotte and the late Wilburn Dwight Lackey. She received her certification as a LPN from Cleveland Community College. She was employed at Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center and formerly worked at Health and Rehab of...
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Sally Robena Hooper

November 13, 1940 - March 19, 2018

Sally Robena Pruitt Hooper, age 77 of Academy St. passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center Lincolnton. She was born November 13, 1940 in Greenville, SC to the late John B. and Dolly M. Pruitt. Sally was a member of Cherryville Church of God and enjoyed reading and writing poems. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Dean Hooper;...
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Marie Arrowood Dellinger

January 8, 1937 - March 18, 2018

Faye Marie Arrowood Dellinger, age 81 formerly of St. Mark's Church Road passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. She was born January 8, 1937 in Cleveland County to the late William Erskin and Leona Edna Arrowood. Marie was a wonderful caregiver and enjoyed TV, music and crocheting. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband,...
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Junior Lingerfelt

June 30, 1944 - March 15, 2018

Horace McKnight Lingerfelt Jr. age 73 of Hallman St., formerly of Lincolnton, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Lincoln. He was born June 30, 1944 in Lincoln County, to the late Horace McKnight and Lona Cody Lingerfelt. Junior enjoyed watching sports and golfing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Barbara Ann "Bobbie"...
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Julie Mae Wellman Ayers

September 5, 1934 - March 12, 2018

Julie Mae Wellman Ayers, age 83, formerly of Shelby, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 at Peak Resources. She was born September 5, 1934 in Cleveland County to the late Gus and Alda Self Wellman. Julie Mae was a member of a nondenominational church. She was a wonderful homemaker and former CNA at Beam's Nursing Home. She loved animals, especially her dogs. She enjoyed mowing her grass and...
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Travis Joe Guffey

October 11, 1974 - March 11, 2018

Travis Joe Guffey, age 43 of N. Mulberry St. passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born October 11, 1974 in Cleveland County. Travis was the son of Brenda Renfroe and Danny Coffey and Joseph Guffey. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, T.J. Guffey; grandmother, Margaret Renfroe; and siblings, Benny Guffey, Elizabeth Coffey, Chasity Reeves, and...
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Ava Pratt Dover Howell

May 25, 1921 - March 8, 2018

Ava Pratt Dover Howell, age 96 of Carolina Care Center went home to heaven March 8, 2018. She was born May 25, 1921 to the late Ralph and Mary Dover. She was a member of Bess Chapel United Methodist Church. Ava loved sewing, traveling, gardening, and was a proud member of Bess Chapel Methodist Women. In addition to her parents, she was preceded death by husband, Robert Howell; son-in-law,...
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Lee Edward Cornwell

November 3, 1979 - March 7, 2018

Lee Edward Cornwell, age 38 of New Port Richey, FL, formerly of Cherryville, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018. He was born November 3, 1979, the son of Paul and Carol Cornwell and the late Donna Brashears Cornwell. Lee was the Director of Graphic Installation for Capital Retail Services where he thoroughly enjoyed his work. He loved sports of all kinds and was always ready to take on any...
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Ruth Whitley Weaver

August 11, 1928 - March 7, 2018

Sarah Ruth Whitley Weaver, 89, born August 11, 1928 went to be with her Lord and Savior and to join her husband of 57 years Joe Nixon on March 7, 2018. Ruth was an active member of Concord United Methodist Church her entire life until her health declined. She was a resident of Brian Center Lincolnton where she was loved and cared for by all and enjoyed her last years. Her proudest...
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Dennis Lee Costner

January 3, 1953 - March 6, 2018

Dennis Lee Costner, Sr. age 65, of Baxter Road passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Kings Mountain Hospital. He was born January 3, 1953 in Cleveland County to the late Lee and Rachel Davis Costner. He was a maintenance tech for Firestone and enjoyed his work. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. Dennis was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and The American Legion Post ...
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Marelene Downey Childers

May 7, 1938 - March 3, 2018

Marelene Downey Childers, age 79 of Mary's Grove Rd. passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Peak Resources. She was born May 7, 1938 in Gaston County to the late James "Willie" and Hattie Hoyle Downey. She was a faithful member of Mary's Grove United Methodist Church. After graduating from Kings Mountain High School, she went to work for Dr. Paige, then Gamble, and retired from Kingspoint. ...
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Helen Sloop Quinn

December 19, 1920 - March 2, 2018

Helen Sloop Quinn age 97, formerly of Wright Circle in Cherryville passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 at Brian Center Cabarrus. She was born December 19, 1920 in Cabarrus County to the late Charles Clayton Sloop, Sr. and Myrtle Lipe Sloop. Helen was a member of First Presbyterian Church (Cherryville, NC) and then Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (Concord, NC) where faithfully served her churches....
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James Ben Hord

December 1, 1927 - February 27, 2018

James Ben Hord, age 90 of Crouse Rd. passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Lincoln. He was born December 1, 1927 in Cleveland County to the late Loren and Ellen Houser Hord. Ben was a member of Crouse United Methodist Church. He retired from Southern Bell after 33 years of service. J.B. was also a Veteran who proudly served his country in three branches,...
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Ruby Dellinger Keever

August 19, 1922 - February 21, 2018

Ruby Nell Dellinger Keever, age 95 of Hicks St. passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. She was born August 19, 1922 in Lincoln County to the late Thomas Henry and Maude Jane Jenks Dellinger. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Ruby was a talented painter and loved reading. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and knitting. In addition to...
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Lloyd Wallace

October 28, 1933 - February 20, 2018

Malcolm Lloyd Wallace, age 84 of Roy Eaker Rd passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Wendover Hospice in Shelby. He was born October 28, 1933 in Cleveland County to the late Charlie Lee Wallace and Lizzie Hoyle Wallace Carroll. Lloyd was a faithful member of First Wesleyan Church. He had a passion for singing and sang with The Fisher Quartet. He retired after 40 years from Carolina Freight...
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Sybil Simmons Flinn

January 9, 1939 - February 19, 2018

Sybil Ann Simmons Flinn, age 79 of Cherryville, formerly of Winston-Salem, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Lincoln. She was born January 9, 1939 in Stokes County to the late Otis Bunyon and Artis Mae Mabe Simmons. Sybil was formerly employed with Hanes Hosiery, Lindley Photo, and Home Instead. She was a hard worker, enjoyed flowers, and adored her...
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George Kneessi

February 17, 1942 - February 9, 2018

Rev. George Judson Kneessi, age 75 of Boyles Rd. passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. He was born February 17, 1942 in Washington D.C. to the late John Judson Kneessi and Elizabeth Young. George proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a member of the V.F.W., was formerly employed at B.J.'s of...
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Corky Howell

November 24, 1944 - February 9, 2018

Kenneth Robert "Corky" Howell, age 73 of Lackey Rd. passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Lincoln. He was born November 24, 1944 in Lincoln County to the late James Edward "Pete" and Ruth Ford Howell. Corky was retired from Carolina Freight. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved to watch racing and was an avid Richard Petty fan. In addition to his...
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Belma Mills Sayre

December 16, 1950 - January 28, 2018

Belma Lee Mills Sayre, 67, of Leonhardt Rd., died January 28, 2018 at Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte. She was born December 16, 1950 in Seymour, Indiana, a daughter of the late Fred and Bernice Burkhammer Mills. Belma was a member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church and active in her Sunday school class. She enjoyed traveling especially to the mountains, growing flowers, her grandchildren and...
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Randy Cox

December 21, 1951 - January 24, 2018

Johnnie Randall "Randy" Cox, age 66 of Black Rd. passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center – Lincoln. He was born December 21, 1951 in Dooly County, Georgia to Wynelle Cox of Cordele, GA and the late Johnnie Cox. Randy was a long line truck driver with UPS Freight and studied theology at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and...
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Glenda Jenks Monk

July 28, 1937 - January 22, 2018

Glenda Jenks Monk, age 80 of W. Second St. in Cherryville passed away Monday, January 22, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. She was born July 28, 1937 to the late Dwite and Neva Whitworth Jenks. Glenda retired from General Shoe Lace in Lincolnton. She was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church where she formerly served as Church Sexton, and was a member of the Women's...
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Phillip Eric Beam

September 12, 1962 - January 21, 2018

Phillip Eric Beam, age 55 of New Prospect Church Rd. passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born September 12, 1962 to Geraldine Turner Beam of Bessemer City and the late Thomas Marion Beam. He was employed at Freightliner, was a member of St. Mark's Church Lutheran Church and was a mason. Eric was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In...
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John Henry Sloan

August 18, 1963 - January 20, 2018

John Henry Sloan, age 54, of Black Jack Ln. passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his residence. He was born August 18, 1963 in Mecklenburg County to Elizabeth Ann Elliott Amos. He was a realtor for many years and worked for Southern Winds Realty. John had a larger than life personality and a contagious laugh. He enjoyed bowling, dodgeball, traveling and loved his family. He is preceded in...
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Jennie Lou Sigmon

May 19, 1940 - January 18, 2018

Jennie Lou Williamson Sigmon, age 77 of Cherryville passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center Lincolnton. She was born May 19, 1940 in York County, SC to the late Robert Lee Williamson and Wilma Lee Lackey Wilcox. She was a member of North Brook Baptist Church. Jennie was an excellent homemaker and loved to care for her family. She enjoyed watching cooking shows and...
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Terry Schrum

September 28, 1941 - January 16, 2018

Terry R. Schrum, age 76 of Sharon Rd. West in Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at his residence. He was born September 28, 1941 in Lincoln County to the late Harry Lee and Murl Costner Shrum. Terry was a faithful employee of 49 years at Westinghouse Siemens where he thoroughly enjoyed his work. He enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, fishing, and hunting. He was also a gun...
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Ruth Black Anthony

May 16, 1919 - January 14, 2018

Ruth Black Anthony, age 98, of Cherryville passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. She was born May 16, 1919 in Gaston County to the late Ben and Jane Whitworth Black. Mrs. Anthony graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne and was in elementary education for over 42 years. She was a member of NCAE and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She had a love for animals,...
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Glenn Jackson

May 25, 2008 - January 14, 2018

Jeremy Glenn Jackson, age 9 of Doree Lane, won the Victory on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Levine Children's Hospital after a very courageous battle against Severe Aplastic Anemia and GVHD. He was born May 25, 2008 in Cleveland County to John Charles and April Marie Howell Jackson. Glenn was a 4th grader at Beam Intermediate and a member of First Baptist Church. He was an all American boy who...
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Orville Lee Compton

September 4, 1938 - January 13, 2018

Orville Lee Compton, age 79 of Glenn Oaks Dr. passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Testa Family Hospice House. He was born September 4, 1938 in Barren County, Kentucky to the late Ralph and Mabel Estes Compton. He retired from Glasgow Equipment in West Palm Beach Fla. and was a faithful member of Lawndale Baptist Church for over 20 years. Orville enjoyed bowling, riding motorcycles, and...
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Robert V. Farmer

January 24, 1925 - January 12, 2018

Robert V. Farmer, 92, formerly of Watson Road in Bessemer City, passed away January 12, 2018. He was born January 24, 1925 in Greenville County, SC, a son of the late Joel Grover and Ethel Campbell Farmer. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cherryville, North Carolina. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 310 West...
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Sarah Frances Wylie

June 12, 1951 - January 12, 2018

Frannie Wylie Sarah Frances Wylie, 66, of Rustover Lane, died Jan 12, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born on June 12, 1951 in Cleveland County a daughter of the late Bonnie Edwin Foster, Sr. and Sarah Muriel Beam Foster. Frannie was a hairdresser, potter, and substitute teacher. She was a lifetime member of Bess Chapel United Methodist Church where she was a member of the...
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Trina Marie Patterson

May 12, 1963 - January 11, 2018

Trina Marie Patterson, age 54, formerly of Cherryville passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. She was born May 12, 1963 in Gaston County to the late Thomas "Bit" Patterson and Marie Neill Dover. She was an entrepreneur and part owner of Brushy Mountain Motors in Bland, VA and was a member of Missionary Methodist. Trina enjoyed gardening, sewing,...
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Shirley Ellis Walls

October 17, 1951 - January 10, 2018

Shirley Rae Ellis Walls, age 66, of Devenny Road passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center. She was born October 17, 1951 in Lincoln County to the late William "W.T." and Sallie Edna Mull Ellis. She was a seamstress and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Shirley loved traveling to the beach and the mountains. She also enjoyed fishing and being in the peace...
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James Lester Jenkins

February 24, 1943 - January 10, 2018

James "Lester" Jenkins, age 74 of Eaker Circle passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare Systems Cleveland. He was born February 24, 1943 in Gaston County to the late Cecil Ross Jenkins Sr. and Martha Mae McGinnis Jenkins. He was a member of First Baptist Church and had attended Second Baptist Church. Lester graduated from Appalachian State and retired after 35 years with...
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Leigha Juanice Snipes

January 8, 2018 - January 8, 2018

Leigha Juanice Snipes, infant daughter of Wesley Thomas Snipes and Ashlee Juanice Hampton, was born into the arms of Jesus on Monday, January 8, 2018. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandmothers, Lorna Watson of Cherryville and Charlotte Little of Texas; and an uncle, Chris Snipes of Cherryville. A memorial service to honor Leigha will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7...
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Dick Blackwelder

December 25, 1931 - January 8, 2018

DICK BLACKWELDER Charles Richard "Dick" Blackwelder, age 86 of Meadowbrook Lane, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at Testa Family Hospice House. He was born December 25, 1931 in Gaston County to the late John William and Ocie Witherspoon Blackwelder. He was a former machinist at Blackwelder Machine Shop and a member of First Presbyterian Church. Dick was a Korean War Veteran of the...
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Terrie Hudson Smith

August 27, 1964 - January 4, 2018

Terrie Lynn Hudson Smith, age 53 of Sunset Dr. passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 27, 1964 in Gaston County to the late Alfred William Hudson and Jennie Flowers Hudson Davenport. Her greatest love was spending time with her grandbabies. Survivors include her sons, Joshua Wayne Hudson (Lisa) of Spartanburg, SC and Walter Barrett Davenport (Deidra) of...
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Max Dellinger

August 25, 1931 - January 4, 2018

Max Dellinger, age 86 of S. Elm St. passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. He was born August 25, 1931 in Gaston County to the late Junius Clarence and Dona Belle Sellers Dellinger. Max retired from Carolina Freight after 46 years of service. He was a Korean War Veteran of the US Army and a member of Cherryville American Legion Post #100. Max was a...
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Barbara Hayes Edwards

March 8, 1940 - January 3, 2018

Barbara 'Dabo' Hayes Edwards, age 77, of Heavner Rd. passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at CMC – Lincoln. She was born March 8, 1940 in Gaston County to the late Ralph 'Mutt' Malcolm and Lois Janette Huss Hayes. She was the canteen supervisor at Timken and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Barbara cherished family and took pride in being a wife, mother, grandmother and friend...
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Joe Brown

September 26, 1969 - January 1, 2018

Wilbur Joe Brown, age 48, of E. First Street, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center- Main. He was born September 26, 1969 in Gaston County to Barbara Morrow Brown and the late Worth Joe Brown. Joe was an assembly man at Bradington Young and was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He was an original Cherryville New Year's Shooter, a baseball and football fan and an avid...
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Lucy Marie James Seagle

October 8, 1949 - December 27, 2017

Lucy Marie James Seagle, age 68 of Mary's Grove Rd. passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She was born October 8, 1949 in Wilkes County to the late Robert Westley and Elsie Mae Adams James. Lucy graduated from Appalachian State University and went into Social Work where she worked with Gaston County Social Services for 25 years. She enjoyed...
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Benjamin Stephen Homesley

November 25, 1921 - December 23, 2017

Benjamin Stephen Homesley, 96, of 966 Mary's Grove Rd., died Dec. 23, 2017 at Carolina Health Care-Cleveland. He was born November 25, 1921 in Cleveland County to the late John and Betty Mullen Homesley. Ben was a retired long line truck driver for L.J. Kennedy of Jacksonville, FL and formerly employed at Carolina Freight, and Mercury Motor Express. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and telling war...
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Hubert Clinton Mitchem

July 3, 1924 - December 20, 2017

Hubert Clinton Mitchem, age 93 of West Hwy 27 passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Brian Center of Lincolnton. He was born July 3, 1924 in Lincoln County to the late Kirby Sherman and Hattie Davis Mitchem. He was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church and retired from Impact Furniture. Hubert enjoyed farming and going to tractor pulls, where he earned many 1st place trophies. He...
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John Lee Black

February 24, 1921 - December 6, 2017

John Lee Black, age 96 of Tot Dellinger Rd. passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. He was born February 24, 1921 in Gaston County to the late Alfred Melton "Bud" and Annie Craft Black. John Lee was an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he formerly served as a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He was a house carpenter...
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Carolyn Self Huffstetler

August 24, 1939 - December 6, 2017

Carolyn Sue Self Huffstetler, age 78 of Mary's Grove Church Rd. passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Carolinas Healthcare System Shelby. She was born August 24, 1939 in Cleveland County to the late Pauline Self. Carolyn was a member of Mary's Grove United Methodist Church and a 1957 graduate of Cherryville High School. She enjoyed babysitting, loved dogs, and was an avid gardener. ...
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Barbara Ann Simpson

February 21, 1952 - December 5, 2017

Barbara Ann Hampton Simpson, age 65 of Charleston Trail, passed away Tuesday. December 5, 2017 at her residence. She was born February 21, 1952 in Gaston County to the late Calvin Marshall and Vivian Lee Sutton Hampton. Barbara was formerly employed with Mohican Mills and was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses of Lincolnton. Barbara was a talented seamstress and an avid reader. Her greatest love...
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Kate Lee Eaker Smith

September 19, 1918 - November 24, 2017

Kate Lee Eaker Smith, age 99, formerly of Baxter Road, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation. She was born September 19, 1918 in Gaston County to the late Clarence Slyvanus and Dovie Elizabeth Craft Eaker. Kate graduated from Cherryville High School in 1938 and then attended East Carolina where she played basketball. She was a member of Bethlehem United...
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Mary Francis Bingham

February 18, 1933 - November 22, 2017

Mary Frances Bingham, 84, of North Morgan St., died November 22, 2017 at White Oak Manor, Shelby, NC. Mary was born on Feb. 18, 1933 in Gaston Co. a daughter of the late Everette A. and Lula Eaker Bingham. She was a lifetime member of Mary's Grove United Methodist Church. She loved her jewelry, flowers and her What not's. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by sisters Waynell B...
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