Our Obituaries

Julie Ann Jones

March 4, 1971 - December 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Thomas Douglas Gordon

September 16, 1967 - December 6, 2017

A fun loving man who loved life and people best describes Thomas "Douglas" Gordon, 50 who passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Doug was born in Taiwan on September 16, 1967. A native of Indian Trail he was a finance manager in the auto industry. As a youth he loved playing baseball but his favorite place to find him recently was fishing beside a quiet pond. Doug will be...
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Virginia Susan Nahler

November 19, 1955 - November 25, 2017

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1Thesss 5:16-18). These were words that Virginia Nahler lived by. Virginia Susan (Mattingly) Nahler, 62, of Stanley passed away peacefully at home Saturday November 25, 2017 surrounded by her family. Virginia had been sick for a good many years, but she did not...
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Mary Garcia Rimmer

December 24, 1943 - November 6, 2017

Mary Garcia Rimmer, 73, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 6, 2017. Mary was a native of Gaston County, born December 24, 1943 to the late Edward and Margaret Crosby. She was a devoted Christian who loved others as Christ loved her. She spent her time ministering to her family both at home and in church.Left to cherish her memories are her three daughters, Chrystal Elizabeth Howard...
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Osborne Clayton Chewning

January 25, 1926 - September 21, 2017

Osborne Clayton Chewning, age, 91 of Iron Station passed away at the Robin Johnson House in Dallas, North Carolina on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Those left to cherish Osborne's memories and carry on his legacy is his wife of 71 years: Florence Whitford Chewning; daughter: Diana Boyles; two sons and daughters in law: Randall and Kathy Chewning, Ronald and Kim Chewning; six grandchildren and...
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Brenda Joyce Kennedy

December 12, 1941 - August 23, 2017

Penny was a social butterfly who knew no stranger; but her first love was the Lord, her family and grandchildren. These words best describe Brenda "Penny" Kennedy, 75 who went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. She was born in Gaston County on December 12, 1941 to the late Robert and Ruby (Wingate) Setzer. Penny loved to cook, clean and do laundry. She arranged...
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Catherine Nmn Messer

May 30, 1940 - August 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Catherine Nmn Messer

May 30, 1940 - August 7, 2017

Lowell - Catherine B. Messer, (Kathy) 77 passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 at the home of daughter Mary Teresa and son-in-law, Ronald Grier in Mount Holly with Mary Teresa and daughter Debbie by her side.Kathy was the daughter of the late William and Catherine Bowers of Long Island, New York. She is preceded in death by husband Robert and son Bobby; great grandson William Emory, six brothers,...
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Eileen Clippard Broome

December 20, 1928 - August 2, 2017

CHERRYVILLE, NCEileen Clippard Broome passed away on August 2, 2017 at Carolina Care.She was bone in Alexis, NC on December 20, 1928, daughter of the late Leona P and BQ Clippard.Funeral: Resurrection Service at Saint John's Lutheran Church, 310 West Church Street, Cherryville, NC - Saturday, August 5, 2017Receiving Friends: 1:00 PM Saint John's Lutheran Church ParlorResurrection Service:...
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Milton Louie Robinson

November 10, 1951 - July 28, 2017

Anyone can be a Father. But it takes a special man to be a Dad.Milton Louie Robinson age 65 passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Caromont Regional Medical Center. Not only was Milton a great dad, he was a wonderful husband and grandfather. Milton loved outdoors events; fishing, the lake and golfing. He was a very spontaneous man who was ready to go on a moment's notice. Playing string...
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Gary Lee Bryant

September 7, 1945 - July 24, 2017

Dateline: Charlotte"We are so blessed to have them" were the last words this beloved father and grandfather spoke about his grandchildren. Reverend Gary Lee Bryant, 71, went home to be with his heavenly Father on Monday, July 24, 2017 after a brief illness. Gary was born in Hico, W. VA on September 7, 1945 to the late A.H. and Eva (Crist) Bryant. He graduated from King College in Bristol, TN...
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Cole Allen Varner

May 29, 2017 - July 2, 2017

"A life may last just for a moment, but memory can make that moment last forever."Cole Allen Varner was only one month old when he passed away Sunday July 2, 2017. Cole passed away at Novant Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte with his family by his side. He is dearly loved by his family and he will be greatly missed. Left to cherish his memory are his grieving parents Amy and Travis Varner of...
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Eva Berdon Rhyne

July 2, 1973 - June 30, 2017

Shall any plague come high? My dealing for the Lord has given angels charge over me and they keep me in all my ways, and in my pathway is life and there is no death. (Ps. 91: 10-11 Prov. 12:28)Eva Berdon Rhyne, 43, of Stanley died peacefully at home, with her family by her side, on Friday June 30, 2017. Eva loved her family most of all. She also loved her friends, seafood and the beach. She...
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Gregory Odell Linville

November 23, 1948 - June 29, 2017

"Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up".Romans 15:2 This verse speaks volumes about Gregory "Greg" Odell Linville, 68, who went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Caromont Regional Medical Center. Greg was active and helpful in his church. Those who knew him only had positive things to say about him. Greg was a kind, humble, hardworking and...
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Richard Cannie Bradshaw

April 11, 1927 - June 23, 2017

Richard C. Bradshaw passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 23, 2017. He was born in Lincoln County on April 11, 1927 to the late C. R. and Minnie (Wentz) Bradshaw, but lived most of his life in Alexis. Richard was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from Burlington Industries and later from the United States Postal Service where he was Postmaster of Alexis for many years. ...
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Elizabeth Moore Allen

July 3, 1937 - June 13, 2017

Elizabeth Moore Allen, 79, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2017 in Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. Elizabeth was born July 3, 1937 in Gaston County to the late R. L. and Anna (Johnson) Allen. Elizabeth grew up in the Mount Holly, NC area and resided there most of her life. She was a member and a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Holly and belonged to Circle 5. She...
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Lillian Jeannette Carter

April 16, 1921 - June 8, 2017

Lillian Jeannette (née Russell), beloved wife of the late Ezra Carter. Dear mother of Christie (Patrick) Walsh and Susan (Phillip) Berman. Cherished grandmother of seven, beloved great-grandmother of ten, and great-great grandmother of six.Lillian passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at age 96. Visitation Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral service at 11:30 A.M. at...
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Angela Kay Rhyne

August 8, 1972 - May 26, 2017

Angela Kay Rhyne, age 44 passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 at her residence. Angela devoted 25 years of her life to Tiny Tot Child Development Center. She started as a teacher, then became the Assistant Director. Angela did not have children of her own but she touched many children's lives throughout the years. Her smile, wisdom, kind words and the love she had not only for the children, but...
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Nellene Cardin

December 31, 1924 - May 25, 2017

Our loving Mama and Maw-Maw Cardin, as she was affectionately known by her family, entered into eternal rest with our Lord and Savior on May 25, 2017, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.Nellene was born in Alta Vista, Virginia on December 31, 1924, to Thornton Bradley Seay and Letha Pruitt Seay Fisher. She resided in Gastonia and Dallas, NC, then over 20 years at...
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Patricia Marcell Mauney

March 23, 1940 - May 17, 2017

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" greatly describes Patricia Marcell Canipe Mauney. Patricia, age 77 of Stanley passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. She was a giving woman, loved her family, children, her church and assisted in the decorations in her church. Patricia was a longtime bowler for many years. In high...
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Pat Adair Bennett

December 27, 1933 - May 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Gene Eugene Bell

October 22, 1973 - April 17, 2017

Gene Bell, 43, of Gastonia passed away suddenly Monday April 17, 2017. Gene's family says Gene was full of life. He loved to travel and fish. He loved building and working on things. He was fascinated by different tools. Gene loved to play jokes on his friends and family. Gene loved science and especially electronics. Most of all Gene loved his family. Gene will be greatly missed by his family...
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Berlena Wilcox Freeman

November 30, 1930 - April 7, 2017

A devoted wife and mother who loved her family with all her heart best describes Berlena Wilcox Freeman, 86 who went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 7, 2017. She was born November 30, 1930 to the late Porter and Lillie (Grindstaff) Wilcox. Berlena was a lifelong member of New Faith Baptist Church in Stanley and served in many capacities in the church. She loved to listen to gospel...
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Martha Dean Lineberger

February 2, 1930 - March 24, 2017

STANLEY - Martha Dean Lineberger, child of God, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at the age of 87. Martha was born February 2, 1930 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Oscar D. Cloninger, Sr. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Robert Odell Lineberger; brothers Grady, Ray, Fred, and Floyd Cloninger; and sisters Peggy Cloninger and Mary Fisher.Martha...
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Lucy Jane Pruett

December 4, 1949 - March 23, 2017

We mourn the loss and cherish the life of Lucy Jane Hillsman Pruett, age 67 who went to be with her Lord and Savior with her loving family by her side on Thursday March 23, 2017 at her granddaughter's residence in Blacksburg, South Carolina. Lucy was the daughter of the Late Richard Henry Hillsman, Jr and Lular Gregory Hillsman. She was also preceded in death by one sister and three brothers:...
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Lillian Mae Clontz

July 23, 1927 - March 22, 2017

God and Family First! This Best describes Lillian Mae Clontz, age 89 who went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from her residence in Mount Holly, North Carolina.Lillian was the daughter of the late Curtis Stevens and Hallie Deese Stevens. She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Banks Cecil Clontz along with three brothers and two sisters. Those...
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Herschel H. Cudd

December 6, 1944 - March 11, 2017

A man who loved his wife, his dogs and was a proud Marine best describes Herschel "Bert" Cudd Jr, who passed away on March 11, 2017. Bert was born December 6, 1944 in Atlanta, GA to the late Herschel H. Cudd Sr. and Maxine (Agan) Cudd. Bert especially had a soft place in his heart for animals and after retiring he volunteered at the local Humane Society. He proudly served his country in the...
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James Luther Abernethy

July 8, 1969 - February 22, 2017

James Luther Abernethy, 47, of Stanley died un-expectantly on Wednesday February 22, 2017. James loved his family more than anything. James was an officer with the Stanley Police Department. He loved being a school resource officer. He will be dearly missed by the students at Springfield and Kiser Elementary Schools in Stanley. James was an avid photographer and he loved to swim. His family...
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Lucinda A. Lynch

October 21, 1933 - January 25, 2017

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." (Proverbs 31: 27-29 NIV)Lucinda "Cindy" A. Lynch, age 83 of Stanley was a woman of faith who went to be with her Lord quietly on Wednesday January 25, 2017. Cindy loved to work...
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Gloria Dean Carrigan

August 3, 1943 - January 18, 2017

A True Gift from God. A loving devoted wife, mother and grandmother are the first words shared by her husband and her children. Gloria "Dean" Carrigan, age 73 passed away Wednesday January 18, 2017 at her residence in Belmont. Dean was a woman of God, a woman who put her family first. The love she gave and received by giving herself first. Dean was the daughter of the late James Woodrow Black and...
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Dorothy Dolores Stalvey

August 19, 1938 - January 6, 2017

Dorothy Dolores Stalvey, age 78, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Carolina Medical Center in Lincolnton, North Carolina. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley, North Carolina. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM ~ 2:00 PM prior to the service. Afterwards, Mrs. Stalvey's body will be flown to...
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Mary Colleen Atkinson

March 12, 1932 - January 4, 2017

"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a person cannot live without love."Mary Colleen (Hill) Atkinson, 84, of Charlotte loved gardening and flowers - especially blue hydrangeas and white roses. Mary was a diverse woman who was committed to her family. She liked to cook and bake. She made her own and others clothes. Mary loved all kinds of puzzles including word search and crossword...
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Bobbie Sue Carver Hutchins

September 9, 1930 - December 27, 2016

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.Proverbs 31:10. Bobbie Sue Hutchins age 86, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at her residence in Stanley. Bobbie was described by her family as a good woman, a loving housewife, a wonderful loving mother, caring grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was the pinnacle of five generations. Bobbie was...
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Amanda Faye Massie

February 27, 1962 - December 23, 2016

Celebrating Christmas with Jesus and all the Angels is the greatest gift one could ask for... Amanda Faye Massie "Mandy" is with her Lord and Savior. Mandy passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at 3:51 AM at the age of 54 with her loving family by her side at her residence. Mandy was a free spirit, she lived life to the fullest and knowing no fear. She was always surrounded by Angels...
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Mary Melton Brittain

January 4, 1922 - December 11, 2016

Mary Melton Brittain, 94, of Stanley passed away at home peacefully Sunday December 11, 2016 with her family by her side. She was a loving, caring woman who was devoted to her family. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents William T. Melton and Lula Stone Melton. She was married to the late Lewis Brittain for 67 years. Three brothers and five sisters preceded Mary in death. A...
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Denise Cloninger Brissie

January 26, 1958 - December 9, 2016

January 26, 1958 ~ December 9, 2016Beloved and LovedDaughter of Howard and Gail CloningerSister of Teresa and Kathy Ann (who she named)Wife to Terry Messer and caregiver through dialysis and two kidney transplantsMother to James Howard (Bud) Messer and Dean MesserGirl Scout Leader for 8 years, spoiled them all and SOLD TONS OF COOKIESWife of Robert Brissie for 17 years - they balanced each other...
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Melvia Faye Maree

February 7, 1934 - November 18, 2016

Melvia Faye Treece Maree, age 82 passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Brian Center in Gastonia, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Claude Brown Treece and Alma Rogers Treece. Those left behind to cherish her memories are her daughter and son in law: Roma and Parrish Parker of Monroe, North Carolina and her son and daughter in law: Kenneth and Cathy Napier of Stanley,...
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Sarah Marie VanLear

September 27, 1925 - September 6, 2016

Sarah "Marie" VanLear, 90 passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Marie worked outside the home as a registered nurse and retired from Alleghany Regional Hospital in 1982. She was a woman who had a strong faith in the Lord and loved her role as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the best seamstress and loved to garden and can vegetables. Marie...
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Janet Boone Herbert

January 25, 1934 - August 13, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Margaret Sigmon

June 6, 1933 - August 3, 2016

A loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who was devoted to her family, loved her church, loved the Atlanta Braves and the UNC Tar Heels, and loved to attend the National Quartet Convention each year. These words represent Margaret Noblitt Sigmon, age 85 who passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2016. Margaret was a faithful member of Alexis Baptist Church. She was employed at Greater...
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Elizabeth Elizabeth Guin

September 30, 1920 - August 1, 2016

Mount Holly-Elizabeth (Summey) Guin, 95 passed away August 1, 2016. She was born in Gaston County to the late O.J. Summey and Minnie Summey. Elizabeth is survived by nine grandchildren, Jeanene Owens Johnston, Mauri Owens, Sean Owens, Jimmy Owens, Jeff Owens, Scott Owens, Karen Owens, Barbara Owens and Chris Owens; twenty great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Guin...
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Deanna Mae Carlson

August 30, 1937 - July 22, 2016

ALEXIS - Shopping, taking pictures, cooking and sewing are just a few of the many activities that best describe the lifestyle of Deanna "Dee" Mae Carlson, 78, who passed away July 22, 2016 after a lengthy illness. Deanna was born May 28, 1930 in Pulaski, Wisc. to the late Leo and Lucille Chatsey Leonhard and resided in Alexis.Deanna was dedicated to raising her children who always came first in...
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Oleta Mae Gray

September 15, 1934 - June 20, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Terry Lynn Vanover

November 13, 1976 - June 19, 2016

Terry L. Vanover, 39, died unexpectedly on June 19, 2016 after a motorcycle accident. Left to cherish his memories are his son, Tristen Shane Vanover; wife, Juliana Vanover; mother and father, Mickie and Danny Vanover; sister, Melissa Johnson, brother, Kevin Vanover and wife, Tracy; four nephews and one niece.A gathering and celebration of his life will be held on Friday, June 24, 2016 from 5:00...
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Rachel Elizabeth Griffin

August 11, 1916 - June 10, 2016

GastoniaRachel Elizabeth Griffin, 99, passed away June 10, 2016. She was born August 11, 1916 in Cabarrus County to the late Wylie and Ada (Brown) Harris. Rachel leaves behind to cherish her memory four children, Ted Griffin (Judy) of Monroe, Dennis Griffin (Mary Lee) of Belmont, Gale Plyler (Ben) of Monroe and Dolores Thomas (Guy) of Denver; 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.She was...
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Terry Samuel Jones

January 15, 1959 - June 2, 2016

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the young age of 57, Terry Samuel Jones passed away unexpectedly at his home. Terry was an Amazing man who never met a stranger. He was an Awesome, loving, and extremely proud Dad! A wonderful son, brother, and friend who had the ability to make anyone smile! Terry was a great handyman and was always the family's "go-to" guy for fixing and repairing anything! He...
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Tommy Dale Vance

March 24, 1951 - May 30, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Troy Christopher Dills

April 26, 1971 - May 6, 2016

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)"These were words that Troy Christopher Dills, 45, lived by. Troy unexpectedly passed away at home on Friday May 6, 2016. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a man who loved computers and electronics. Troy was a Panthers Football and Tar Heel Basketball fan. He loved M & M's and sugar-free Hawaiian Punch....
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Marlene Hoffman

June 26, 1933 - April 15, 2016

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me". She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.. Marlene Elmore Hoffman, age 82 of Stanley was a woman of faith and went to be with her Lord quietly on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Courtland Terrace in Gastonia, North Carolina. Marlene was a woman who loved her family greatly and adored her...
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Merrion Lillian Godwin

April 9, 1940 - April 11, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Wade Brinton Faulks

August 26, 1942 - April 6, 2016

Family and fishing were his life, a man who "never met a stranger".this describes the wonderful husband and father that Wade Brinton Faulks was. Wade, 73, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. He was born August 26, 1942 to the late Fred and Mamie (Kiker) Faulks. His wife and children will always remember how kind Wade was to everyone and how he would always help others even if...
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Lisa Marie Homan

April 19, 1965 - March 20, 2016

Lisa Marie Langdon Homan, 50, passed away on March 20, 2016. She was born April 19, 1965 to the late Russell and Eula (Justice) Langdon. Lisa graduated from Cody High School in Detroit, MI and will always be remembered by her family for her love of writing poetry.Lisa leaves to cherish her memory one son, Phillip Homan; siblings, Kathy Armes of Stanley, NC, Donald Justice of Stanley, NC, and...
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Joyce Ann Rawls

April 10, 1938 - March 10, 2016

"If You Could See Me Now, I'm Walking Streets of Gold, If You Could See Me Now, I'm Standing Tall and Whole". These lyrics best describe how Joyce Ann Ivey Rawls, age 77 who passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Gaston Care and Rehabilitation in Gastonia, North Carolina knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior and her pain's erased. She leaves her message to her family that they...
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Cathy Marie Stanley

October 25, 1945 - March 3, 2016

A loving mother and grandmother and friend to all. These are a few qualities of Catherine Marie Stanley, age, 70 who passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at her residence in Iron Station, North Carolina. Cathy loved her soap operas especially General Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Wayne Williams Sr. and Marie Grayson Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years,...
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Dawn A. Rouse

March 4, 1963 - February 27, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, NC.
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Billy Ray Maulden

April 5, 1936 - February 26, 2016

Billy Ray Maulden Sr. passed away peacefully on February 26, 2016. He was born April 5, 1936 in Cabarrus County to the late Johnnie and Pauline (Starnes) Maulden. Bill was retired from the USPS where he had worked for 53 years. He will always be remembered by his family for his love of playing poker in Cherokee and Las Vegas. He loved watching hummingbirds and sleeping in his recliner. He...
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Syble Myra Pendleton

August 26, 1926 - February 3, 2016

Syble Myra Pendleton, 89, passed away February 3, 2016. She was born August 26, 1926 in Cleveland, Arkansas to the late Willy and Vera Ashcraft.Syble is survived by three children, Travis Eubanks and wife, Grace of Denver, NC, Eddie Eubanks and wife Katherine of Yerington, NV and Barbara Eubanks of Yerington, NV; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.A celebration of her life will be held at...
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Fulton Walton Byrum

December 23, 1929 - January 31, 2016

Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. Proverbs 11:17. Fulton "Dub" Walton Byrum, Jr. was a kind man. Dub was a loving husband, a loving father, a loving grandfather, a loving great grandfather and a loving friend. Dub, age 86, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Cardinal Healthcare in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He was a Bluegrass musician and...
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Jean Lewis Bynum

July 14, 1942 - January 27, 2016

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17. These words of scripture speak volumes about Patricia "Jean" Lewis Bynum, age 73 of Alexis who went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at her residence. Jean was well known in her community and throughout the region for her...
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Hazel Irene Knight

December 1, 1934 - January 23, 2016

Stanley - Hazel "Irene" Randolph Knight passed away at the age of 81 at the Caromont Regional Medical Center on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Irene graduated from Mount Holly High School and later worked in the optical profession as an optician. She loved her daughter Gloria who was her little Miracle Child. She loved her grandchildren and family greatly. She loved dancing, playing music with her...
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Brenda Gail Deason

December 9, 1950 - January 14, 2016

Postponed Due To Inclement Weather... Please see NEW Date below... Brenda Summey Deason, 65, passed away with her family by her side on January 14, 2016. She was born in Gaston County to the late Charles and Martha (Spearman) Summey. Left behind to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, Luther Deason; children, Danny Deason (Joyce) of Stanley, NC, and Sandy Deason (James Richard, fianc&...
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Frank Olszewski

June 11, 1947 - January 8, 2016

Honor, Courage, Commitment, Confidence, Determination, Leadership, Teamwork, Loyalty, Sacrifice.. Semper Fidelis is Latin for "Always faithful". Not much more to say about Frank Olszewski, Jr. age 68, a United States Marine who passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Frank was a decorated Vietnam Combat Veteran who served his country...
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Karen Kay Cortes

January 7, 1959 - December 26, 2015

Karen Kay Cortes, 56, passed away December 26, 2015 after a lengthy illness. She was born January 7, 1959 in Gaston County to Henry and Mabel (Wooten) Turner.Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Deanna Reeves, Melissa Rios and Jason Reeves; mother, Mabel Turner; sister, Dianne Mashburn and brother, Randy Turner; four grandchildren.A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 PM,...
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David Vernon Harrelson

July 23, 1945 - December 24, 2015

David "Fat Cat" Vernon Harrelson, age 70, passed away at his home on Thursday, December 24, 2015. "Fat Cat" coached football for the Stanley Optimist Club and High Shoals. He also owned and operated "The Fruit Stand" and "Fat Cat's Restaurant." He was a giving person who didn't like to see others in need; he would often give groceries to people on credit with no expectation of being paid.He...
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Charles William Deason

November 19, 1943 - December 13, 2015

Charles William Deason, 72, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 13, 2015 with his son by his side, as requested. He was born November 19, 1943 in Gaston County to the late James Richard Deason and Susie Taylor Deason. Charles will always be remembered by his family as an avid hunter. He loved to raise Beagles for hunting and train German Shepherds for the police. He was also proud to...
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Louise Richmond

November 29, 1925 - November 22, 2015

Proverbs 31:10. A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. These words and verse best describe Willie Louise Richmond, age 89, who passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 at her residence in Columbus, North Carolina. Louise loved to sew, read and travel. She was blessed to have seen Hawaii, London, Paris and the Mediterranean with her family. Most of all, she loved...
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Hattie Anne Cobb

February 24, 1929 - November 18, 2015

Hattie Anne Hager Cobb, 86, passed away November 18, 2015. She was born February 24, 1929 to the late Ed and Lucy Hager in Lincoln County. Hattie was extremely smart and creative. Her family will always remember her abilities to crochet, sew and knit anything. She was a talented cook and made the best fried apple pies. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school class.Left to cherish her...
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Jeffery Daniel Payne

August 5, 1970 - November 6, 2015


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Jeffery Daniel Payne

August 5, 1970 - November 6, 2015

A man who enjoyed life to the fullest and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need. A man who loved his momma, sons and daughters in law, grandchildren and brothers. He enjoyed big family gatherings with big meals.. Jeffery Daniel Payne, Sr., 45, passed away unexpectedly at his son's residence on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Jeff enjoyed watching his brothers play softball and was a HUGE...
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Jackie Lynn Frisbee

February 17, 1966 - October 27, 2015

A loving wife who was the perfect companion.. A wonderful mother and grandmother "EMMY". A lady who loved to shop, work in her flower garden, who was a talented banjo, fiddle, guitar player of bluegrass music and was a huge Dallas Cowboy fan.. These words speak well of Jackie Lynn Frisbee who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 49 on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at her daughters residence in...
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Larry Dan Cloninger

September 28, 1947 - October 20, 2015

Service above Self.Giving himself to family and friends.. A Beloved family man. A man of God. A United States Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam Era. These are a few words and traits that are fitting for Larry D. Cloninger. But he was much more to his family and friends.Larry went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 after complications from a serious illness. He was...
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Elizabeth Jeanette Dowdle

January 23, 1946 - October 17, 2015


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Warren Hayes Walker

August 2, 1921 - September 27, 2015

Warren Hayes Walker, 94, passed away peacefully at Courtland Terrace on September 27, 2015 after a lengthy illness. He was born August 2, 1921 in Wilkes County to the late George and Albertha (West) Walker. Warren served his country in the USMC during WWII. Prior to owning his security company he was an automobile dealer in Lenoir, NC. Warren leaves behind to cherish his memory 2 daughters,...
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Jerry Eugene Lingerfelt

May 18, 1940 - September 8, 2015

Joshua 24:14-15... "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" speaks volumes about the man who took his last breath here on earth with his loving family surrounding him Tuesday morning, September 8, 2015 and then took his next breath in Heaven with Jesus surrounding him. The man being spoken about is Jerry Eugene Lingerfelt. "His wings were ready but our hearts were not"....
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Charles Erwin Hill

June 4, 1925 - August 16, 2015

STANLEY - Charles E. Hill, age 90, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015 with his family surrounding him as he entered into the gates of Heaven.Spirit of '45 is a celebration ending the Second World War and Charles was not only a Veteran of WWII, he was in an elite group of Veterans as he held the rank of Sergeant in the United States Army. Charles worked as an upholsterer in the furniture...
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Judy Karen Holmes

March 29, 1948 - July 7, 2015

Denver, North CarolinaJudy Kennerly Holmes 67 passed away peacefully Tuesday July 7, 2015 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Judy was born March 29, 1948 to the late Fred and Betty Hancock Kennerly. Judy was a faithful member of Salem United Methodist Church in Denver, where she taught Pre- K Sunday school, led a grief share group and participated in the choir. Judy was an active...
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Joyce Kay Hovis

February 8, 1941 - July 6, 2015

Joyce Kay Hovis, age 74 passed away Monday, July 6, 2015 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Kay was the daughter of the late Margaret and Kenneth Ballard. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Barbara Black.She dearly loved her family and held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. Those left behind to cherish her memories are her...
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Marilyn Ann Rourk

February 9, 1939 - June 29, 2015

Marilyn Ann Rourk, 76, went home to be with the Lord on June 29, 2015. She was born in Floyd County, GA on February 9, 1939 to the late Merle and Louise (Bing) DeParlier. Marilyn was an avid gardener and had a abounding love of animals.Marilyn leaves behind her memory to cherish, four children, Susan New and husband Marty of Hampton, GA, Tammy Holloman and husband, Wayne of Palmetto, GA,...
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Gloria Diane Cunningham

September 6, 1947 - June 25, 2015

Iron Station, North Carolina Gloria Diane Hucks Cunningham, 67, of Iron Station, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was born in Mecklenburg County and was the daughter of the late James Melvin and Pat Dagenhart Hucks. Mrs. Cunningham is survived by three sons, Tim Cunningham and wife Monica of Iron Station, Scott Cunningham of Stanley...
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David Jasper Hager

July 15, 1927 - June 23, 2015

Alexis, "A man of God, first and foremost" was the character of David Jasper Hager, age 87, of Alexis, North Carolina passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Lincoln Rehabilitation Center, Lincolnton, North Carolina. Mr. Hager was many things to include being a master craftsman, brick mason, pilot of search and rescue missions, loved to race dirt bikes, a founding member of the Masonic Lodge ...
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Donald Strand Hudson

October 7, 1930 - June 11, 2015


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Pauline Elizabeth Whare

July 23, 1912 - June 6, 2015


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David Lester Alexander

November 7, 1941 - May 25, 2015

A humble and loving man is Priceless. A man who listens and speaks softly to his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends is appreciated and loved. Salt of the earth best describes this man. These are the traits of David Lester Alexander III.David Lester Alexander, age 73 left this world and was called home to meet his Heavenly Father on Monday, May 25, 2015. David was preceded in death...
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Geraldine Hudson

September 3, 1923 - May 22, 2015


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Jerry Russell

June 19, 1937 - April 20, 2015

.LOWELL - Jerry L. Russell, SFC US Army Airborne, passed away April 20, 2015, at his home. He was born June 19, 1937, to the late Jefferson Claude, and Sarah Geneva Jenkins Russell. Mr. Russell graduated high school in 1956; he also attended numerous military schools.Left to cherish his memories are his daughters; Sarah Dean Russell, Karen Ann Picklesimer, son; Michael Shane Picklesimer,...
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Mark Anthony Johnson

August 19, 1965 - April 17, 2015

Mark Anthony Johnson, 49, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015 after a long illness. He was born August 19, 1965 in Mecklenburg County to the late Carlton and Doris (Hinson) Johnson.Mark is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Mildred Johnson of Mt. Holly; sons, Roland Heath Sherman of El Paso, TX, Michael Joel Johnson of Gastonia, NC; grandson, Peyton Sherman; brothers, Bruce Johnson of...
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Helen Cherry Allman

June 20, 1932 - March 29, 2015

Helen Cherry Allman, 82, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2015 after a short illness. She was born June 20, 1932 in Gaston County to the late William and Ethel (Abernathy) Cherry.Helen is survived by her three children, David Allman and wife, Vickie of Stanley, NC, Tami Parra and husband, Tim of Belmont, NC, Rendell Allman and wife, Angel of Mount Holly, NC; six grandchildren; two...
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Gary E. Jenkins

March 26, 1939 - March 1, 2015

STANLEY - Gary E. Jenkins 75, went to be with his Lord on March 1, 2015 at Pioneer Medical Center. He was born March 26, 1939, to the late Yates E. Jenkins, Louise (Masters) Jenkins. He was a native of Gaston County.He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who loved the Lord dearly. He served on the deacon board at Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church. He enjoyed his...
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Francis Lamantia Spivey

December 4, 1971 - February 25, 2015

Francis "Frank" LaMantia Spivey, 43, passed away February 25, 2015. He was born December 4, 1971 in Cleveland Co. to Joyce LaMantia Spivey and the late Kenneth Spivey. Frank proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service.Frank is survived by his father and mother, Dennis and Joyce Helms of Stanley, NC; wife, Suzanne Spivey of Abilene,...
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Dewayne Eddie Bowles

July 26, 1972 - February 24, 2015

Dewayne Eddie Bowles, 42, passed away February 24, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born July 26, 1972 in Charleston, WVA to the late Robert and Linda (Alewine) Bowles. Dewayne leaves behind his memory to cherish his wife of 15 years, Kristin Bowles of Stanley; children, Dewayne Bowles Jr., Robert Bowles II, Chelsea, Courtney and Madison Bowles; siblings, Gene Landers, Danny Bowles and Amy...
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Verlina H. Perry

April 23, 1956 - January 25, 2015

Verlina Perry, 58, passed away Jan. 25, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She was born April 23, 1956 in Gaston Co. the daughter of Frank V. Howard Sr. and Betty M. Price.Verlina loved traveling on cruises with her fiancé Robert. She was a loving, kind and gentle person who enjoyed life, always saw the good in everyone and enjoyed making people happy. She also loved spending...
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Vangie Mae Wells Altizer

May 25, 1924 - January 18, 2015

Vangie Mae Wells Altizer, 90, met her Lord face to face on His day, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.Vangie was born May 25, 1924, to Bessie Jane Henson Wells and Duard N. Wells in Kings Mountain.She was retired from American & Efird Mills, was an accomplished church pianist/organist, and was a very beloved piano teacher. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, and...
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Carl Baxter Christenbury

June 30, 1945 - January 15, 2015


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Homer K. Reagan

August 18, 1943 - December 31, 2014

Homer Kelly Reagan, 71, of Gastonia, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He was born in Haywood County, North Carolina and was the son of the late Clyde and Ethel Carver Reagan.Mr. Reagan retired as Head Overhauler from TiCaro, Inc. in Mt. Holly.Mr. Reagan loved life and his family. He treasured his three grandchildren. He enjoyed motorcycles and the...
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Robert Donald Messer

December 3, 1934 - December 11, 2014

Robert Donald Messer, 80, passed away December 11, 2014 at home with his family. He was born December 3, 1934 in Gaston County to the late Alonzo and Mary (Helderman) Messer.Robert is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Catherine Messer of Lowell, NC; daughters, Debbie Moses and husband, Jody of Gastonia, Mary Teresa Grier and husband, Ronald of Mount Holly, Margie Kinlaw and partner Mike...
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Johnny Reb Ferrell

June 11, 1935 - November 22, 2014

Johnny R. Ferrell, 79, of Stanley, went home to Heaven on November 22, 2014. He is survived by Judy, his heart broken wife of 37 years, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He served his country that he loved as a paratrooper during the Korean War. We celebrate his life, knowing we will be re-united in Heaven. No services are planned but if you knew this fun-loving fellow,...
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Max Edward Welch

January 2, 1961 - October 20, 2014

Max (Eddie) Welch, 53, passed away suddenly on October 20, 2014. He was born January 2, 1961 in Gaston County. Eddie was employed by Cartner Glass Systems for many years and will be deeply missed by his work family.Eddie leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Barbara; dog, Baby and cat, Luna; children, Summer and husband William, William (Billy), Beth; grandchildren, Logan,...
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Mildred Bumgarner Pressley

May 27, 1928 - October 4, 2014

Mildred Bumgarner Pressley, 86, of Burnsville, NC, formerly of Gastonia, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care Center in Burnsville, NC. She was the daughter of the late John and Bessie McGinnis Bumgarner.Mrs. Pressley was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Gastonia and spent her life lovingly caring for children and was...
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Sue Rudisill Lutz

April 16, 1931 - October 1, 2014

Sue Rudisill Lutz, 83, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born April 16, 1931 in Lincoln County to the late Carl and Connie (Sigmon) Rudisill. Sue has been a devoted homemaker and loving wife and mother to her family. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Stanley and active in the church choir and was a member of the women's auxiliary and...
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Nellie Overcash Johnson

April 16, 1925 - September 16, 2014

Nellie Overcash Johnson, 89, of Alexis, passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Carolina Health Care System, Lincolnton. She was born in Iredell County and was the daughter of the late Fred Caldwell and Beulah Sloop Overcash.Mrs. Johnson was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Alexis.Mrs. Johnson is survived by two sons, Robert Johnson, Jr. of the home, Jerry Johnson of Elizabethtown,...
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