Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services

Harrelson Funeral Home is dedicated to providing services to the families of Rutherford County with care and compassion.

For over 80 years Rutherford County has trusted Harrelson Funeral Home with helping them plan the celebrations of lives lived.

We serve every familiy in Rutherford County with great pride. We are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your families needs and customs. We will listen to you and your wishes to help plan a celebration consistent with your expectations. We will take the time to plan every detail and help to relieve the burden on your family during your time of loss.

Our website contains information about our caring staff, our services and links to resources to help you get through this tough time. Please give us a call to see how we can help.


Our Obituaries

Lester Eugene Radford

December 28, 1932 - July 13, 2018

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

November 4, 1945 - July 11, 2018

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

August 4, 1941 - July 10, 2018

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

September 14, 1956 - July 6, 2018

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

February 5, 1932 - June 27, 2018

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

March 3, 1948 - June 25, 2018

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

November 30, 1927 - June 14, 2018

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

September 23, 1973 - June 9, 2018

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

June 9, 1926 - June 7, 2018

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

November 2, 1927 - June 6, 2018

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

May 31, 1938 - June 5, 2018

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

December 14, 1937 - June 1, 2018

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

March 27, 1934 - May 31, 2018

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

April 2, 1940 - May 31, 2018

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

October 16, 1936 - May 30, 2018

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

June 26, 1932 - May 30, 2018

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

September 9, 1992 - May 29, 2018

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

February 12, 1948 - May 27, 2018

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

October 16, 1924 - May 27, 2018

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

April 6, 1943 - May 21, 2018

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

October 15, 1937 - May 19, 2018

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

April 22, 1939 - May 14, 2018

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

November 16, 1965 - May 12, 2018

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

July 27, 1946 - May 11, 2018

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

July 21, 1951 - May 10, 2018

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

September 18, 1963 - May 6, 2018

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

December 6, 1930 - May 3, 2018

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

February 9, 1988 - April 28, 2018

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

May 18, 1948 - April 28, 2018

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

May 10, 1940 - April 27, 2018

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

August 12, 1961 - April 25, 2018

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

October 17, 1940 - April 22, 2018

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

April 5, 1955 - April 22, 2018

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

February 2, 1927 - April 19, 2018

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

January 20, 1927 - April 18, 2018

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

February 28, 1952 - April 16, 2018

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

December 11, 1935 - April 14, 2018

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

May 31, 1974 - April 13, 2018

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

January 26, 1969 - April 9, 2018

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

March 7, 1927 - April 9, 2018

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

February 18, 1937 - April 6, 2018

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

March 30, 1947 - April 5, 2018

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

April 6, 1947 - April 5, 2018

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

May 11, 1942 - April 4, 2018

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

February 2, 1991 - April 3, 2018

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

December 14, 1930 - April 2, 2018

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

April 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018

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

February 3, 1945 - April 1, 2018

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

January 8, 1994 - March 22, 2018

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

February 23, 1933 - March 22, 2018

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

May 31, 1945 - March 21, 2018

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

July 24, 1933 - March 14, 2018

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

July 29, 1951 - March 13, 2018

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

September 28, 1955 - March 12, 2018

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

December 5, 1938 - March 10, 2018

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

August 28, 1923 - March 3, 2018

Cova Whitaker Moore, age 94, of Ellenboro, died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born August 28, 1923 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the John Bunyan Whitaker and Minnie "Gussie" McKinney Whitaker. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School and a longtime and faithful member of Race Path Baptist Church. Cova enjoyed yard work and gardening. She also...
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Diana D. Thompson

September 2, 1955 - March 2, 2018

Diana D. Thompson, age 62, of Forest City, died March 2, 2018 at her residence. Born September 2, 1955 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late J.C. Dills and Carolyn Allen Dills. She was a graduate of Chase High School and attended Morningstar Baptist Church. Diana worked in textiles for many years and most recently served as a home healthcare aide. She enjoyed sewing, cooking,...
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Cindy Hardin Trotter

September 13, 1965 - February 28, 2018

Cindy Hardin Trotter, age 52, of Ellenboro, died Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born September 13, 1965 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Mike "Sharkie" Hardin and Patsy Buchanan. Cindy worked for various local textile mills for many years. Her love for the beach led her to live and work in Vero Beach, Florida for several years....
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Cathy Yvonne Whitmire

December 7, 1956 - February 27, 2018

Cathy Yvonne Whitmire, age 61, of Bostic, NC, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Carolinas Medical Center-Cleveland in Shelby. Born December 7, 1956 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Reverend Charles Raymond McDaniel and Sarah Butler McDaniel. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1975 and also earned her...
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Barbara G. Jolley

June 16, 1947 - February 26, 2018

Barbara G. Jolley, age 70, of Cliffside, died Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born June 16, 1947 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late A.L. Gettys and Virginia Wise Gettys. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1965. Barbara was a cook for several local restaurants which included the Shake Shop, Hardees and Spakes....
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Charles Rickey Wall

August 29, 1949 - February 25, 2018

Charles Rickey Wall, age 68, of Forest City, died Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Carolinas ContinueCARE. Born August 29, 1949 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Edward Vance Wall and Grace Lee Haulk Wall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Crowder. Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter, Karen Elaine Smith; one...
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Charles Glenn Skipper

July 24, 1965 - February 23, 2018

Charles Glenn Skipper, age 52, of Bostic, died Friday, February 23, 2018 at his residence. Born July 24, 1965 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late JC Skipper and Joyce Skipper Sims. His hobby was fixing up his Mustang. He was in the process of restoring it to its former glory. He will be dearly missed by all. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his...
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Charles Ray Lovelace

November 6, 1944 - February 22, 2018

Charles Ray Lovelace, age 73, of Webb Road, Ellenboro, died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born November 6, 1944 in Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Emmett Lovelace and Lela Whisnant Lovelace. He was a graduate of Charles D. Owen High School, class of 1963 and worked as an upholsterer for Drexel Manufacturing for thirty years and Maple Brook...
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Charles Reynolds

April 19, 1931 - February 21, 2018

Charles Reynolds, age 86, of Forest City, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 19, 1931 in Greenville County, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Brodus Reynolds and Mary Frances Lockhart Reynolds. He enjoyed NASCAR and fishing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam Reynolds; one daughter,...
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Marjorie Beason Bostic

September 5, 1924 - February 21, 2018

Marjorie Beason Bostic, age 93, of Cliffside, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Oakland Living Center. Born September 5, 1924 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Grady Lee Beason and Hattie Ramsey Beason. She was a graduate of Mooresboro High School and worked for Cone Mills for forty years before retirement. Marjorie was a faithful, dedicated and longtime member of...
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Donald "Moon" Walker

June 24, 1948 - February 20, 2018

Donald "Moon" Walker, age 69, of Forest City, NC formerly of Shelby, NC, died Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the Holly Springs Senior Home. Born June 24, 1948 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Reverend Bill Walker and Eva McDaniel Walker. Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. He worked for various saw mills in the area...
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William "Billy" Sexton II

May 21, 1970 - February 19, 2018

William "Billy" Sexton II, age 47, of Ellenboro, died Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Carolinas Medical Center-Cleveland. Born May 21, 1970 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late William Clyde Sexton and Alice McDaniel Sexton. He worked as a dry wall installer for many years and was an avid wrestling and car racing fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by...
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Johnny Sherrill Womick

August 15, 1955 - February 19, 2018

Johnny Sherrill Womick, age 62, of Ferry Road, Forest City, died Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born August 15, 1955 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Earl Womick and Annie Elmore Womick. He worked for Butler Auto Parts for many years and was an all-around handy man. Johnny was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Mooresboro and an avid...
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David Kanipe

July 24, 1971 - February 18, 2018

David Kanipe, age 46, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, February 18, 2018 at his residence. Born July 24, 1971 in Rutherford County, he is the son of the Reverend Kenneth Kanipe and Becky Kanipe of Forest City. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1989 and of Ambassador Baptist College. He worked for American Miso Company for several years and was a member of Race Path Baptist Church....
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Merle J. Rich

January 15, 1932 - February 17, 2018

Merle J. Rich, age 86, of Spindale, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born January 15, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Claude Ray and Martha Randall Ray. Merle worked at Snyder Mills for several years and was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. The joy of her life was being able to spend time with her children and...
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Danny "Caveman" Putnam

February 22, 1964 - February 16, 2018

Danny "Caveman" Putnam, age 53, of Beaver Street, Forest City, died Friday, February 16, 2018. Born February 22, 1964 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Margaret Putnam Green of Forest City and the late Samuel Woodrow Putnam, Jr. Danny worked in textiles for many years and most recently for Broyhill Industries. He was an avid NASCAR fan and followed Kevin Harvick. He was also very...
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Jason "J Bird" Price

December 19, 1977 - February 14, 2018

Jason "J Bird" Price, age 40, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 19, 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland, he is the son of Roger "Dale' Price of Mooresboro and Patricia Alt of West Virginia. He was a mechanic all of his life and worked for Rocky's Automotive in Forest City for many years and most recently for Cowan's Automotive....
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Ana Bolin Wilson

November 10, 1959 - February 10, 2018

Ana Bolin Wilson, age 58, of Forest City, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Testa Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC. Born November 10, 1959 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter to the late Norman Bolin and Dallie Ivey Bolin. Ana worked for Continental Alpha Industries for several years and most recently worked as the general manager of the Dollar General located in Boling...
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Brenda Kay Hoppes

July 15, 1953 - February 9, 2018

Brenda Kay Hoppes, age 64, of Bostic, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born July 15, 1953 in Kings Mountain, NC, she is the daughter of Laverne Padgett Laws who resides in Henrietta and the late Troy F. Laws. She worked for various industries in the county and most recently had worked for Deb's Mini Mart as a cook. Brenda was dedicated to her family...
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Hazel L. Moore

May 29, 1925 - February 8, 2018

Hazel L. Moore, age 92, of Forest City, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 at her residence. Born May 29, 1925 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Crawford Lancaster and Flo McDaniel Lancaster. She worked at the Fieldcrest Mill for many years before retirement and was a member of Alexander Baptist Church (The Element). Hazel loved singing alto in the church choir and also was...
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Shirley Ann Wright

February 3, 1953 - February 6, 2018

Shirley Ann Wright, age 65, of, Arlington Street, Forest City, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born February 3, 1953 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Wright and Annie Jenkins Wright. She enjoyed watching old sitcoms, working word puzzles and NASCAR. Shirley attended Rutherford Life Care for many years and took developmental...
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Alma C. Stepp

July 2, 1931 - February 5, 2018

Alma C. Stepp, age 86, of Ellenboro, died Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born July 2, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Fanning Corn and Idell Hill Corn. Alma was a retired employee of the United States Postal Service. She was the widow of the late Seldon R. Stepp, also a USPS employee, who passed on July 15, 2013. They loved...
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Brenda Wood Fox

April 26, 1942 - February 5, 2018

Brenda Wood Fox, age 75, of Forest City, died Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Born April 26, 1942 in Spartanburg County, SC, she was the daughter of the late Frank O. Wood and Mary Chapman Wood. Brenda worked for Cone Mills for many years and also worked in the bakery at Ingles. She loved family get togethers, going to the mountains and listening to...
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Hoyle Henson

May 12, 1950 - February 4, 2018

Hoyle Henson, age 67, of Forest City, died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Holly Springs Senior Center. Born May 12, 1950 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Luther Henson and Jessie Rice Henson. Hoyle was an avid NASCAR fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale Henson, Douglas Henson; four sisters, Mary Ann Burgess, Andrea Tucker, Linda...
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Donna Reynolds

March 24, 1975 - February 3, 2018

Donna Reynolds, age 42, of Mooresboro, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at her residence. Born March 24, 1975 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of Stephen Reynolds and Zelda Carder Green. Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Bryanna Melaugh and Annabella Blanton; mother and stepfather, Zelda and Randy Green; father, Stephen Reynolds; one half-sister, Becky Lee...
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Marjorie Gosey

January 31, 1937 - February 3, 2018

Marjorie Gosey, age 81, of Forest City, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Henderson Care. Born January 31, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Robertson Israel and Inez Brock Israel. She was a 1955 graduate of Tri-High School and a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Gosey and two...
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Laura Jane Beheler

February 22, 1958 - February 2, 2018

Laura Jane Beheler, age 59, of Forest City, died Friday, February 2, 2018 at her residence. Born February 22, 1958 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Tommy Franklin and Ruth Jean Griffin Franklin. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 18 years, Wayne Beheler; one son, Matt Crotts (Amanda); two step-children, Jeremy Beheler (Stephanie), Kayleigh...
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Phyllis A. Hoover

August 10, 1939 - January 30, 2018

Phyllis A. Hoover, age 78, of Forest City, died Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center. Born August 10, 1939 in Boyle County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Obed O. Land and Mae Walker Land. She was a graduate of Danville High School, class of 1958 and worked as a Wal-Mart associate for over eighteen years. She enjoyed traveling, listening to music...
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Linda Gail Revels Dorsey

June 20, 1940 - January 29, 2018

Linda Gail Revels Dorsey, age 77, of Forest City, NC, passed peacefully Monday, January 29, 2018. Born June 20, 1940 in Mayo, SC, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Leroy Revels and Juanita Vera Gilbert Revels. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, R. Douglas Dorsey and two brothers, Thomas Howard Revels and John David Revels. Linda had a...
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Elaine Simmons Padgett

April 2, 1936 - January 29, 2018

Elaine Simmons Padgett, age 81, of Mooresboro, died Monday, January 29, 2018 at her residence. Born April 2, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Creed and Iris Simmons. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah Witness. Elaine was a dedicated wife and was a faithful caregiver to her husband. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Willie Padgett...
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Sonny Greene

December 4, 1939 - January 29, 2018

Sonny Greene, age 78, of Chase Drive, Forest City, died Monday, January 29, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born December 4, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Leebron Greene, Sr. and Margaret Crowe Greene. He worked in textiles most of his life which included Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant and Burlington Industries. Sonny was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant...
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Wayne D. McGinnis

May 13, 1942 - January 28, 2018

Wayne D. McGinnis, age 75, of Forest City, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at his residence. Born May 13, 1942 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Osborne McGinnis and Stella Price McGinnis. He was a faithful employee for A.R. Thompson Asphalt for many years before retirement. Wayne's greatest pleasure in life came from spending time with his children and grandchildren. In...
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Amanda B. Waters

January 9, 1931 - January 28, 2018

Amanda B. Waters, age 87, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her residence. Born January 9, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Walter Bates Chivous Baynard and Katherine Melton Baynard. She worked for Burlington Industries and Cone Mill-Avondale Plant most of her life before retiring. Amanda attended Caroleen Missionary Methodist Church and enjoyed country...
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Susie Jenkins Roberts

December 24, 1951 - January 27, 2018

Susie Jenkins Roberts, age 66, of Bridges Drive, Forest City, NC, died Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Born December 24, 1951 in Rutherford County, she is the daughter of Hazel Splawn Jenkins who resides in Forest City and the late Howard Jenkins. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1970 and a past member of Crestview Baptist Church....
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Becky Morrow Tipton

April 9, 1942 - January 26, 2018

Becky Morrow Tipton, age 75, of Forest City, died Friday, January 26, 2018 at her residence. Born April 9, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Morrow and Laura Warlick Morrow. She was a kindhearted lady whose labor of love was being a caretaker for the elderly. Becky was an avid reader and a past member of Alexander Baptist Church. In addition to her...
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Annie Lou Biggerstaff

January 14, 1937 - January 25, 2018

Annie Lou Biggerstaff, age 81, of Forest City died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at White Oak Manor Nursing Home in Rutherfordton. Born January 14, 1937 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late OP Davis and Hattie Mae Dyer Davis. Annie was a hospice volunteer, cosmetologist, manager of Family Dollar store, worked in textiles and served as a pastor's wife for many years. Her life's...
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Jospeh "Hal" Jenkins

August 14, 1943 - January 24, 2018

Joseph "Hal" Jenkins, age 74, of Forest City died Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his home. A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Yates Jenkins and Laura Wilson Jenkins. He was a highly skilled industrial sewing machine mechanic and worked for several local mills before retirement. Hal was an avid golfer, softball player and "fast" car enthusiast. He was a faithful member...
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Frances Miller Grant

November 6, 1926 - January 23, 2018

Frances Miller Grant, age 91, of Henrietta, died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Willow Ridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Rutherfordton. Born November 6, 1926 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late David Earl Miller and Ida Mae Jenkins Miller. Frances worked in textiles most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a past member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. Her life's...
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Max Lee Toney

October 23, 1930 - January 21, 2018

Max Lee Toney, age 87, of Harris-Henrietta Road, Forest City, died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at his residence. Born October 23, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late William Crawford Toney and Lenora White Toney. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1950 and a veteran of the Korean War while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Max was a superintendent for Fisk-Carter...
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Joshua Byron Rippy

April 4, 1983 - January 20, 2018

Joshua Byron Rippy, age 34, of Salem Church Road, Ellenboro, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his residence. Born April 4, 1983 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Jacquelyn Horne Taylor who resides in Rutherfordton and the late Byron Wayne Rippy. Joshua was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 2001 and was a self-employed mechanic. His life's passion was working on...
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Lollie Ann Bradley

May 18, 1983 - January 15, 2018

Lollie Ann Bradley, age 34, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born May 18, 1983 in Rutherfordton, she was the daughter of James Cox and Judy Bradley Cox who reside in Rutherfordton. She attended Spindale Fellowship Holiness and loved spending time with her great-nephew, Nova. Lollie was a tenderhearted lady who enjoyed listening to...
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Glenn "G.T." Wells

April 25, 1930 - January 15, 2018

Glenn "G.T." Wells, age 87, of Henrietta, died Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence. Born April 25, 1930 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Glenn Thomas Wells, Sr. and Margaret Lowery Wells. G.T. worked for Wells Body Shop most of his life and for Burlington Industries before retirement. He was a member of the Henrietta Revival Center and served the Lord as an Evangelist....
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Timothy "Tim" Dwayne Holland

February 3, 1964 - January 12, 2018

Timothy "Tim" Dwayne Holland, age 53, of Forest City, died Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. Born February 3, 1964 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late C.M. Holland and Mary Jane Silver Hutchins. He retired from the Town of Spindale as a truck driver and was a member of Alexander United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Barbara Ann "Granny Bob" Powell

December 15, 1942 - January 11, 2018

Barbara Ann Powell, age 75, of Henrietta, died Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC. Born December 15, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Otto Harris and Ellen Allred Harris. Barbara worked for Burlington Industries for almost forty years before retiring and was a member of Caroleen Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading...
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Ronnie Mode, Sr.

October 11, 1963 - January 8, 2018

Ronnie Mode, Sr., age 54, of Forest City, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. Born October 11, 1963 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Ray Mode who resides in Forest City and the late Colleen Grant Mode. He worked as a truck driver for Latco Concrete Company for many years and attended the Caroleen Congregational Holiness Church. Ronnie enjoyed...
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