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Providing Funeral and Cremation Services since 1953 to Rutherford and Surounding Counties. We are a family owned and operated funeral home and take pride in assisting families plan traditional funerals and plan for cremation services.


Our Obituaries

Roger Dale Taylor

September 12, 1954 - April 13, 2014

Roger Dale Taylor, age 59, of Rutherfordton died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Sam and Margie Taylor. Roger was an avid train and history buff and had worked at Aeroquip. He was a loving Christian and a friend to all. He was preceded in death by a sister Annette Fisher. He is survived by ...
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Wayne Cordell

April 11, 2014

Wayne Cordell, age 64, of Rutherfordton went home to be with The Lord Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home. A native of Rutherford County Wayne was of the Baptist faith and was the owner of Cordell sales in Sandy Mush and loved to sell items at the flea market. He was preceded in death by his father James Cordell and a sister Jenny Cordell. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Brenda. ...
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Carolyn Smith Gardner

June 29, 1922 - April 8, 2014

Carolyn Smith Gardner, age 91, of Forest City died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Pawtucket, RI she was the daughter of the late William and Bertha Smith. Carolyn was a graduate of Northampton Commercial College, Northampton Mass. During World War II she worked for the Quartermaster Corps at Westover Field Air Force Base and following the war,...
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Barbara Morrow Robbins

May 28, 1949 - April 4, 2014

Barbara Morrow Robbins, sunrise May 28, 1949 and sunset April 4, 2014. She went to heaven surrounded by her family, at Hospice House of Rutherford County, at the age of 64. Barbara was born in Rutherford County and lived in the Holly Springs community. She was the daughter of the late Harold Watson Morrow and the late Betty Honeycutt Morrow Rowe. She has two daughters that were the light...
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Myra Anne Austin

October 6, 1963 - March 30, 2014

Myra Austin, age 50, of Forest City died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at her home. She was a native of Buncombe County and was of the Baptist faith. Myra had worked as a paramedic for Rutherford County E.M.S. She is survived by One Daughter: Jordan Cantrell of Forest City, One Son: Andrew Powell of Forest City Three Grandchildren- Madison Powell, Wellsandra Hill and Emily Powell ...
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Broadus Whitt Johnson

September 24, 1923 - March 30, 2014

Broadus Whitt Johnson, age 90, of Rutherfordton died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Wilford and Alma Johnson. Broadus was the widower of Hazel Ledford Johnson. He was a member of Oak Springs Baptist Church and a World War II US Navy Veteran. Broadus had worked at Reeves Brothers and was a farmer. ...
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Corienne Flack

April 16, 1934 - March 28, 2014

Corienne Flack, age 79, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Hospice House of Rutherford County after a brief illness. Corienne was the widow of the late Mike Flack. She was a native of Fayetteville, Tennessee and daughter of the late Willie and Etalka Hopkins Cope. She was the owner and operator of Tar Heel Moving Storage for over 40 years along with her late husband Mike....
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Pauline Moore Skipper

September 15, 1925 - March 26, 2014

Pauline Moore Skipper, age 88, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at her residence. She was a member of Second Baptist Church. Pauline was the widow of the late Ed Skipper. She was the daughter of the late David and Rhoda Moore and a native of Catawba County. She is survived by: Three Daughters: Judy Hodge and her husband Dennis of Rutherfordton, NC Gail...
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Lillie Blanton Lawing

May 11, 1917 - March 23, 2014

Lillie Blanton Lawing, age 96, of Forest City, NC, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Autumn Care of Forest City. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late Miller and Iowa Watson. Lillie was a homemaker and was a member of the Gray's Creek Baptist Church. She was the widow of her first husband John Roy Blanton and her second husband Willard Lawing. Lillie was preceded in...
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Mary Grace Watson Hodge

March 31, 1925 - March 19, 2014

Mary Grace Watson Hodge went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014. Her passing occurred twelve days prior to her 89th birthday. She was the daughter of the late Crawford Watson and Bertie Robertson Watson. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 56 years, Thomas Luther Hodge and two brothers. Robert and George Watson of Rutherfordton. Mary...
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Roy Lee Hardin

August 16, 1922 - March 19, 2014

Roy Lee Hardin , age 91, of Shingle Hollow community ,Rutherfordton died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at his home. He was a native of Rutherford County and son of the late C B Hardin and the late Josie Lane Hardin. He was the widower of the late Mae Hardin. Roy was a lifelong member of Piney Knob Baptist Church. He served his church as Sunday School Superintendent, a chior member and deacon...
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Raymond Kenneth Odell , Sr.

October 30, 1923 - March 17, 2014

Raymond Kenneth Odell Sr., age 90, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Monday, March 17, 2014, at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center in Rutherfordton, NC. He was the son of the late Raymond Odell and the late Helen Odell. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired truck driver. Survived by: One Son: Art Odell , Forest City, NC One Step-Daughter: Judy Gordon of Brewer,...
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Oveda Harrill Hutchins

May 28, 1923 - March 14, 2014

Oveda Harrill Hutchins, age 90, of Bostic, NC, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Tom Harrill and the late Dora Hoke Harrill. Oveda was a member of Brittain Presbyterian Church and a native of Rutherford County. She was the widow of the late James C. Hutchins. She is survived by Two Sons: Scott Hutchins and his...
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Hazel Radford Williams

April 28, 1925 - March 14, 2014

Hazel Wilkie Radford Williams, age 88, of Forest City, NC, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church. Hazel was the widow of the late James Arthur Williams. She was the daughter of the late James Wilkie and the late Nina Hester Wilkie. She was preceded in death by a son Robert Neil Radford and a brother Bruce Wilkie. ...
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Jennie Lee Thompson

September 8, 1922 - March 5, 2014

Jennie Lee Thompson, age 91, of Rutherfordton died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Rutherford County and the daughter of the late Briscoe and Gladys Lovelace Philbeck. Jennie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton and was retired from the Rutherford County Clerk of Courts office. She was the widow of Robert C....
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Betty Yelton Alexander

May 29, 1931 - February 27, 2014

Betty Yelton Alexander, age 82, of Charlotte, NC, died Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC . She was a native of Rutherford County and a member of St. John's Methodist Church in Charlotte. Betty was the daughter of the late Charles and Nora Yelton. She was a graduate of R.S. Central High School and Kings Business School. She retired from the City of Charlotte...
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Brenda Kay Geer

January 2, 1950 - February 21, 2014

Brenda Kay Geer, age 64, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, February 21, 2014, at home. She was a member of Southern Baptist Church. Brenda was retired from Bell South as a telephone operator. She was a graduate of R S Central High School and the daughter of the late J. V. Geer. She was preceded in death by a brother Ronald Maddox. Survivors include: One Sister: Pat Keeter and her...
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Mary Ann Anthony

December 5, 1937 - February 19, 2014

Mary Ann Briscoe Anthony, age 76, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center . She was a native of Rutherford County and a member of Oak Springs Baptist Church. Mary Ann was the daughter of the late David Briscoe and the late Bebe Briscoe. She was the owner and operator of Mary Ann's Hair Styling. She is survived by her husband; Hugh...
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Odus L. Smith

January 30, 1924 - February 18, 2014

Odus L. Smith, age 90, of Rutherfordton died Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Oak Grove Health Care Center. He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late Harvey and Alice Harrell Smith. Odus was a graduate of R-S Central High School and worked for Keebler Company for in excess of 30 years. He was an active member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Rutherfordton and an avid gardener...
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Clifford Tip Carpenter

February 11, 1933 - February 17, 2014

Clifford C. "Tip" Carpenter, age 81, of Mount Vernon Community of Forest City, NC, died Monday, February 17, 2014, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Tip was a member of First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. He was the son of the late Charles & Lucy York Carpenter and a native of Rutherford County. He was a U. S. Army veteran. He was retired from Bell South Telephone Company after 30...
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Carl Dean Bailey

February 24, 1944 - February 12, 2014

Carl Dean Bailey, age 69, of Spindale, died Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Crawford and Mary Bailey. Carl was a U. S. Army Veteran from 1962-1965. He worked as a Shelby police officer, Rutherford County Deputy, Forest City Police officer, Rutherfordton Police Chief , Spindale police officer and...
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Deb Cole

February 15, 1964 - February 11, 2014

Deb Cole, age 49, of Rutherfordton died Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home in Spartanburg. A native of Spartanburg County she was the daughter of the late Paul and Bernice Mayse. Deb loved gardening, cooking and canning. "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness." Jeremiah 31;3 She is survived by: Children ...
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John Lewis Starnes

August 24, 1940 - February 4, 2014

John Lewis Starnes, age 73, of Gilkey died Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at his residence. A native of Catawba County he was the son of the late Roy and Katy Starnes. He had worked at Spindale Mills and later did yard work. He is survived by his wife; Betty Craig Starnes. Two Daughters: Hellena Bostic and husband Tommy of Gilkey, Laura Starnes of Gilkey One Son: Jimmy Dean...
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James Arthur Williams

December 22, 1926 - February 3, 2014

James Arthur Williams, age 87, of Forest City died Monday, February 3, 2014, at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late Knox and Myra Elizabeth Williams. James was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church where he served as custodian for 35 years and served as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher and was a choir member. He was a US Army...
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Dorothy T. Deck

January 4, 1936 - February 1, 2014

Dorothy T. Deck, age 78, of Tryon died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, SC. A native of Cleveland County NC she was the daughter of the late Lester and Mamie Towery and the widow of Grover Deck. Dorothy was a member of New Hope UMC. She is survived by Two Daughters: Vicki Keller and Wendy Baker Two Grandsons Justin Durham and Colby Herman ...
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Ben T. Gantt, Jr.

September 12, 1920 - January 29, 2014

Rev. Ben T. Gantt Jr., age 93, of Rutherfordton died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Cleveland County he was the son of the late Ben T. Gantt Sr. and Lou Lutz Gantt. He was the widower of Lourene Walker Gantt. Ben attended Lebanon UMC and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII and a graduate of Duke University was school principal at...
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Jackie "Routine" Rowe

August 17, 1944 - January 25, 2014

Jackie "Routine" Rowe, age 69, of Spindale, NC, died Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. He was the son of the late Arnold Ford Rowe and the late Jacqueline Barnett Rowe. He was a member of Spencer Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a sister, Glenna Lynn Lowery. Jackie was a member of the Rutherfordton Golf Club for over 40 years and after retirement...
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Onzo Delma Owens

September 11, 1928 - January 19, 2014

Onzo Delma Owens 85 of Stockbridge Georgia, formerly of Ellenboro died on January 19 at his residence. He was a native of Rutherford County and son of the late Pinkney Onzo and Dovia Burns Owens. Delma graduated from Ellenboro High School Class of 1949. He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a carpenter in the Atlanta area. His home church was Bethel Baptist Church...
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Donald Ledford

May 9, 1933 - January 19, 2014

R. Donald Ledford, age 80, of Union Mills died Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Roy C. and Laura Ledford. Donald worked as a courier service for Community Bank and Trust. He was a veteran of the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a member at Oak Springs Baptist Church. He was preceded in...
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Frank Henry Dotson

June 28, 1944 - January 18, 2014

Frank Henry Dotson, age 69, of Union Mills died on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Fred and Pauline Dotson. Frank worked at Broyhill Industries and attended Cane Creek Baptist Church in Lake Lure. He was a beloved father and husband and loved drag racing and golf. He was preceded in death by a...
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John Elkins Davis

July 9, 1942 - January 17, 2014

It is with much sorrow to announce the passing of our Father, John Elkins Davis. He was a member of Chimney Rock Baptist Church in Lake Lure, NC. We think he lived a very full life, one that many don't have the chance to experience. With some of this, he carried with him great sorrow and he did his best to make amends where he could. He had a huge heart, and went out of his way to help the...
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Howard McKinney

September 5, 1926 - January 12, 2014

Howard McKinney, age 87, of Spindale, died Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Polk County he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary McKinney. He was the widow of the late Miriam McKinney. Howard was a US Army Veteran of WWII was a member of the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge and Green Hill Baptist Church and was retired from Bell South. He was...
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Alice McMahan Walker

March 14, 1918 - January 9, 2014

Alice McMahan Walker, age 95, of Spindale, NC, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was the daughter of the late John L. McMahan and the late Abi Hopper McMahan. Alice was the widow of the late Earl Walker. She was a member of Southern Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers. Alice worked in the shoe department at...
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Dennis Patrick O'Neil, M.D.

September 3, 1959 - January 4, 2014

Dennis O'Neil M. D., age 54, died peacefully January 4, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. He was surrounded by his family and held in love. Dennis was a devoted husband, involved father, caring doctor, and witty guy. Originally from Waterford, MI, Dennis met his loving wife Vicki (Webre) O'Neil in Lafayette, LA while attending USL and working as a commercial diver prior to...
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William Harold "Bill" Schilling

November 25, 1955 - January 4, 2014

William Harold "Bill" Schilling, age 58, of Rutherfordton died Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. A native of Detroit Michigan he was the son of the late Harold and Eleanor Schilling. Bill was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a part owner of Spinning Rock Inc Custom Carpet Mill in Hendersonville NC. He was preceded in death by a sister Donna Show. He is ...
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Joyce Rollins Baynard

August 19, 1933 - December 30, 2013

Joyce Rollins Baynard, age 80, of Rutherfordton died Monday, December 30, 2013, at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mattie Rollins. Joyce was a member of West Point Baptist Church and the widow of Maryland D. Baynard. She is survived by One Son: Dale Baynard and friend Belinda Brooks Granddaughter...
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Willie Mae Luckadoo

November 10, 1933 - December 30, 2013

Willie Mae Luckadoo, age 80, of Rutherfordton, died Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late Hoyle and Lois Bailey. Willie Mae retired from A.G.I. Industries and was a lifelong member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a step-grandson Rick Terry Jr. and three sisters Sue Turner...
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Datha Conner Ross

April 1, 1936 - December 29, 2013

Datha Conner Ross, age 77, of Rutherfordton died Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Oak Grove Health Care Center in Rutherfordton, NC. She was the daughter of the late Ralph Conner and the late Carrie Boone Conner and was of the Baptist faith. Datha is survived by a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Tuesday, December 31, 2013 pior to...
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Betty Lollar Wilson

August 26, 1942 - December 23, 2013

Betty Lollar Wilson, age 71, of Boiling Springs, NC formerly of Rutherfordton, died Monday, December 23, 2013, at her Residence in Boiling Springs, NC. She was the daughter of the late Ben Lollar and the late Evelyn Baker Lollar. She was a native of Rutherford County and a member of Long Branch Road Baptist Church. Betty was the widow of the late Jake Wilson. She was retired from Rutherford...
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Martha Parker Greene

September 19, 1936 - December 22, 2013

Martha Parker Greene, age 77, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at White Oak Manor Nursing Home. She was a native of Rutherford County and daugher of the late Robert and Mary Irene Parker. She was the widow of the Furman Geene II. Martha was a member of Southern Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son Furman "Jay" Greene III and two brothers Clarence and...
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Millie Jane Elliott

August 9, 1936 - December 22, 2013

Millie Jane Elliott, age 77, of Rutherfordton, died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late Roy C. and Laura E. Ledford. Millie was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Six Points and worked at Sunnyside Rest Home and Broyhill Industries and was also a homemaker. She was the widow of C.B. Elliott and...
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Geraldine Hill Hooper

May 8, 1936 - December 21, 2013

Geraldine Hill Hooper, age 77, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Oak Grove Health Care Center. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late Claude and Bessie Hill. Geraldine was a member of Forest Lake Baptist Church and had worked in textiles and for Fast Food Merchandising and was also a homemaker. She was the widow of Orice D. Hooper and was...
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Ethel Byrd Hutchins

May 24, 1937 - December 13, 2013

Ethel Byrd Hutchins, age 76, of Forest City, NC, died Friday, December 13, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was at native of Rutherford County and daughter of the late Jim Byrd and Annie Street Byrd. Ethel was a member of Brittain Presbyterian Church and was the choir director for 30 years. She was the former owner of Annie B's store in Rutherfordton. She was retired...
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Carolyn Ann Dunaway

January 24, 1947 - December 11, 2013

Carolyn Ann Dunaway, age 66, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, SC. She was the daughter of the late Charles Street and the late Louise Henson. Carolyn was a native of Rutherford County and widow of the late Robert Dunaway. She was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. She is survived by: Three...
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James Larry Ezekiel

June 26, 1939 - December 10, 2013

James Larry Ezekiel, age 74, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. He was the son of the late James Ezekiel and the late Matha Ezekiel. He was a truck RSV Logistics for many years. James was a U S Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the Marine Corps for 16 years. He is o survived by his wife: Jo...
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Carol Sue Finger

June 4, 1937 - December 3, 2013

Carol Finger, age 76, of Forest City, NC, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was the daughter of the late Robert Zernia and Florence Zernia. She was a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Carol attended Adaville Baptist Church. She is survived by One Son: Terry Adams of Mooresville, NC Two Brothers: Gary Zernia of Wisconsin and Tom Zernia of...
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James Theodore Camper

November 23, 1935 - December 2, 2013

James Theodore Camper, Sr. of Rutherfordton, NC died Monday, December 2, 2013. Born November 23, 1935 in Rockbridge County, VA, he was the son of the late Theodore and Frances Camper. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Jim was a long-time employee of Reeves Brothers and worked as a realtor for Odean Keever Real Estate after his retirement. He also owned and operated Ruth Farm and Garden Supply for...
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Frank McMahan

June 17, 1921 - December 2, 2013

Frank McMahan, age 92, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Monday, December 2, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late James Lester McMahan and the late Pearl Geer McMahan. He was a native of Rutherford County. He was a U S Army Veteran of World War II serving in the Aleutians Islands of Alaska. Frank graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Nashville,...
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Mary Potter Arrowood

January 31, 1923 - November 30, 2013

Mary Potter Arrowood, age 90, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Oak Grove Health Care Center in Rutherfordton, NC. Mary was the daughter of the late William and Martha Potter and the widow of the late Albert Arrowood Sr. She was of the Baptist faith.She worked at Broyhill Furniture Plant for 13 years and was preceded in death by 2 sons,W.J. Arrowood and Albert...
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Mary Harris Evans

December 7, 1928 - November 27, 2013


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Susan Kathleen Frazier Parris

December 22, 1954 - November 20, 2013

Susan Kathleen Frazier Parris, age 58, of Forest City joined the Lord on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County.A Native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Letha Conner Frazier. Susan was a dedicated employee of Rutherford Regional Medical Center for 17 years and leaves behind many friends and co-workers. She adored animals and shared a...
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Jeanette Searcy McCraw

March 28, 1933 - November 12, 2013

Jeanette Searcy McCraw, age 80, of Spindale, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Oakland Living Center in Rutherfordton. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late A.L. and the Josephine Robertson Searcy. Jeanette was a longtime member of Spencer Baptist Church and Father's Vineyard. She had retired from the Tanner Companies and was a hospice volunteer and a homemaker. She...
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Margaret Haynes Greene

October 21, 1925 - November 9, 2013

Margaret Haynes Greene, age 88, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County in Forest City, NC. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late William and Annie Hutchins Epley. She was a member of the Crestview Baptist Church. Margaret was preceded in death by a sister Geneva Greene. She is survived by her husband: George Waldo...
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Kelly Corson Hargett

January 11, 1969 - November 6, 2013

Kelly Corson Hargett, 44, of Rutherfordton went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 6 , 2013. She is survived by her husband Mark Hargett of Rutherfordton, North Carolina and son Caleb Howard of Poquoson, VA. Other family surviving Kelly includes her father, Raymond Corson and step-mother Cindy Corson, of Purcellville, Virginia; mother, Mary Newton Oliver of Ninety Six,...
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Max Gantt Beam

August 3, 1924 - November 5, 2013

Max Gantt Beam, age 89, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late J. Luther Beam and the late Lucretia Gantt Beam. He was a native of Gaston County. Max was a member of Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church and served as a church deacon. He received his college education at Western Carolina University and Appalachian...
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Sandra Lynch Earley

April 3, 1971 - October 29, 2013

Sandra Lynch Earley, age 42, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County . She was a native of Rutherford County. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Sandra was empolyeed Willow Ridge Rehabilation & Living Center for 17 years. She is survived by her husband: Palmer "Tommie" Earley. One Son: Bryson Tommie Earley ...
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Keith Starnes

August 13, 1952 - October 27, 2013

Keith Starnes, age 61, of Forest City died Sunday, October 27, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Lancaster County SC and was the son of the late Quincy V. Starnes and Doris Lee Jones Faile. Keith was the owner and operator of Starnes Paint and Supply in Rutherfordton and he loved to fish. He is survived by Three Daughters: Kristie Perez and Jennifer Starnes of Forest City Emily...
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Glenette Henson Ruppe

April 8, 1947 - October 27, 2013

Glenette Henson Ruppe, age 66, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Sunday, October 27, 2013, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Nathan Henson and the late Beth Sane Henson. She was a native of Rutherford County. Glenette was the widow of the late Larry Nash Ruppe and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She was retired from the Rutherford County School System. She was preceded in death by...
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John "Jake" Wilson

July 7, 1942 - October 25, 2013

John "Jake" Wilson, 71, of Boiling Springs, NC and formerly of Rutherfordton died Friday, October 25, 2013, at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Adam and Ruth Wilson. He was a retired supervisor for Sonoco-Crellin. Jake was an avid fisherman and loved to fish as often as he could. He is survived by his wife: Betty Wilson of...
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Lillian C. Hedin

July 2, 1921 - October 23, 2013

Lillian C. Hedin, age 92, of Rutherfordton, NC, passed away, October 23, 2013. A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 28, 2013 at First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton with Reverend Dr. Jack Knoespel officiating. Visitation will follow the service. Mrs. Hedin was born in Rutherford County to the late Otis C. Cochrane and Edith Loretta Stacey Cochrane. Mrs. Hedin...
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Fannie Lynch Sane

October 20, 1931 - October 22, 2013

Fannie Lynch Sane, age 82, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Oak Grove Health Care Center . She was the daughter of the late Abner and Myrtle Guffey Lynch. Fannie was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was active with Sunday School and the children. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband: Frank Sane. One...
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Keith Lee Spangler

March 31, 1954 - October 9, 2013

Keith Lee Spangler, age 59, of Forest City died on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. He was retired from the Town of Forest City Water Plant. Keith was a member of Gray's Creek Baptist Church and formerly attended Harmon Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father John C. Spangler He is survived by his wife: Kathy Pittman Spangler. ...
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Jackie Cockrell Farmer

August 13, 1931 - October 8, 2013

Jackie Cockrell Farmer, age 82, of Rutherfordton died on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. A native of Nashville NC, she was the daughter of the late Sanford and Mary Cockrell. Jackie was a graduate of Radford University, a member of First Baptist Church in Rutherfordton and was also a homemaker. She was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother Sanford...
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Rose Daniel Bland

October 27, 1925 - October 6, 2013

Rose Daniel Bland, age 87, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Autumn Care in Forest City, NC. She was the daughter of the late Leonard N. Daniel and the late Hettie Messick Daniel. Rose was a native of Rutherford County. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton She is survived by Five nieces and two nehphews. The family will receive friends from...
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William "Bub" Parton

November 28, 1936 - October 4, 2013

William "Bub" Parton, age 76, of Gilkey, NC, died Friday, October 4, 2013, at his home. He was a member of Little White Country Church. He was son of the late Jess and Alma Parton and native of Rutherford County. He was a U S Army veteran of the Korean War. Bub was the President and CEO Gilkey Lumber Company Inc. He was a past member of Gilkey Ruritan Club. He was a member of the Tar Heel...
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Jeff "Crunk" James

July 10, 1970 - September 28, 2013

Jeffrey "Crunk" James, age 43, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He was a U S Army and Navy veteran serving three combat tours of duty. Jeff was a youth sports coach and served as a volunteer boxing coach. He was involved in the Youth Enpowerment for Cleveland and Rutherford Counties. Crunk was known as a father figure to many...
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Charles "Chuck" Trevathan

August 4, 1932 - September 28, 2013

Charles (Chuck) Edward Trevathan, 81, died at home in Columbus, NC. Saturday, September 28 after a valiant 10-year battle against prostate cancer. He was born on August 4, 1932 in Walnut Cove, NC; the youngest of 7 children of the late Jesse Ernest Trevathan and Mary Bailey Trevathan.. He received a degree in electrical engineering from NC State and was an avid Wolfpack fan his entire life. ...
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Ruth McKinney Roberson

January 20, 1924 - September 25, 2013

Ruth McKinney Roberson, age 89, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County in Forest City. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late George C. and Belle Logan Mckinney. Ruth was a member of Southern Baptist Church in Ruth and was preceded in death by a sister Marie McKinney Monteith. She is survived by her husband...
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Judy Mode Peek

February 8, 1949 - September 22, 2013

Judy Mode Peek, 64 of Bostic died on September 22, 2013 at her residence. She was a native of Rutherford County and the daughter of the late Amos and Ovelia Mode. Judy worked as a C.N.A. She is survived by her son: Chris Grant of Rutherfordton Granddaughters-Hannah Elaine Grant and Savannah Skye Grant Sisters- Jackie Huffman of Ellenboro Brenda Hutchens of Forest City Barbara Craig...
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Hollis Monroe Owens, Jr.

April 3, 1923 - September 12, 2013

Hollis M. Owens Jr., 90 of Rutherfordton passed away on September 12, 2013 at Rutherfordton Regional Medical Center. He was born in Avondale and was the son of the late Hollis M. Owens Sr. and Jessie Jenkins Owens and great grandson of Raleigh Rutherford Haynes the founder of Haynes Mills in Cliffside. He graduated in 1939 from Cliffside High School, graduated from Wofford College in 1943, served...
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Vera Scroggs "Grammy"

November 5, 1917 - September 10, 2013

Vera Scroggs "Grammy", age 95, of Forest City died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Henderson Care Center. A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late George and Iva Pope. Vera was a lifetime member of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, and worked at Saint Francis Day School for many years. She was the widow of the late Troy Scroggs and was preceded in...
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Otto Fred Seiser

October 22, 1924 - September 9, 2013

Otto F. Seiser, 88 of Lake Lure died on Monday September 9, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. He was a native of Menomonie, Wisconsin and the son of the late Otto and Emma Seiser. He is survived by his wife Dora Seiser. Two sons Jeff Seiser of Lake Lure and Michael Seiser of Wabasha Minnesota. Two Grandchildren and Four great grandchildren also survive. Two sisters Audrey...
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Jim N. Miller

August 12, 1919 - September 1, 2013

Jim N. Miller, age 94, of Waterloo, SC, died Sunday, September 1, 2013, at Hospice House of Laurens County in Clinton, SC. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Samuel E. and Birdie Huntley Miller. Jim entered in the the Civilian Conservation Corp at the age of 18, which led to a career in the U.S. Army. He enlisted into the army at Fort McPherson GA, shortly after turning 21...
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Lucille Chandler Bailey

June 26, 1921 - August 30, 2013

Lucille Chandler Bailey, age 92 , of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, August 30, 2013, at Brookside Rehab Center in Burnsville, NC. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. Lucille was very active with the Green River Baptist Association serving as Associational WMU director for six years. She retired from General Fire Proofing. She was preceded in death by her...
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"Bill" Belvin Coleman Ruff

November 22, 1937 - August 29, 2013

"Bill" Belvin Coleman Ruff, age 75, of Rutherfordton, died Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Ellis and Dot Ruff. Bill was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and retired from Spindale Mills after 32 years of service. He graduated from R.S. Central and was a member of Second Baptist Church in Rutherfordton. Bill...
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Michael Barnum Carrier

November 21, 1945 - August 17, 2013

Michael Barnum Carrier of Forest City. Michael Barnum Carrier was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on November 21, 1945, and died on August 17, 2013, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Although he lost his parents, Henry Nash Carrier Jr. and Helen Franklin Carrier Hunt, when he was young, and he was not accurately diagnosed with autism until middle-age, Michael had an unshakable Christian...
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Mary Anne Osborne

November 23, 1927 - August 14, 2013

Mary Anne Osborne, age 85, of Rutherfordton died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. A native of Jefferson County, Missouri. She was the daughter of the late William and Rebecca Naucke. Mary was a teacher at Moss Hollow, on the base in Peurto Rico and St. Louis County Watson School District in Missouri teaching first grade. She was a former president of the...
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Richard Albert Dahl

March 14, 1930 - August 13, 2013

Richard Albert Dahl, 83, of Rutherfordton, died August 13 in the comfort of his home and family. Richard was born on March 14, 1930 in Verona, NJ. He was in the US Naval Reserves from 1948 to 1951. In February 1951 he enlisted and served as an Intelligence and Reconnaissance specialist in the Korean War. Dick, as he became known, graduated from North Park Jr. College, Chicago, IL and received...
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R.C. "Odell" Davis

November 16, 1935 - August 6, 2013

R.C. "Odell" Davis, age 77, of Forest City, NC, died on Tuesday, August 6 in Greenwood S.C. A native of Madison County NC, he was the son of the late Clifford and Elva Davis. Odell was a US Army Veteran and had worked at AGI Industries and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Ruth Davis. Three Daughters: Kathy Davis of Hendersonville Teresa Owens of Forest...
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Bob Hodge

May 26, 1947 - August 6, 2013

Bob Hodge, age 66, of Rutherfordton died on Tuesday, August 6 in Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late Barney and Josephine Hodge. He was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church. Bob was a shriner and a member of the Masonic Lodge 91 in Rutherfordton. He operated Bob Hodge Auto Sales in Rutherfordton for 34 years. Bob was...
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William A. "Bill" Waters

September 14, 1944 - August 3, 2013

William A. "Bill" Waters, age 68, of Green Hill died on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. He grew up in Roanoke Rapids NC and was the son of the late Fred and Mary Waters. Bill was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, a US Navy Veteran and retired as an engineer. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Waters, grandson Levi Taylor and brothers Ned and John...
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Bob Balfour

May 17, 1929 - August 2, 2013

Robert Smith Balfour, 84, of Rutherfordton, passed away quietly on August 2, after a lifetime of multiple attempts to die spectacularly. Bob was born in New York on May 17, 1929. He lived life with arms akimbo, a sense of humor, a streak of adventure, a fondness for horses and dogs, and a deep and abiding love for his family. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, was ordained as both a...
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William Robert Huntley

April 7, 1928 - August 2, 2013

William Robert (Bill) Huntley passed away Friday, August 2, 2013, after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at the Little Huntley Church, at U.S. 221 and Poors Ford Road, Rutherfordton, on Wednesday, August 7, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Dean Baughn. Bill is survived by his wife of 33 years, Billie Hodge Huntley, of Charlottesville, VA and Rutherfordton, NC; two...
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Dazel Baynard

August 24, 1941 - July 9, 2013

Dazel Baynard, 71, of Union Mills, died on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at his home. He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late Zeb and Sue Baynard. Dazel was a retired carpenter and of the Methodist Faith. He was preceded in death by a brother Odell Baynard and a sister Modene Sisk. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Sandra Baynard. One Daughter: Tonya Mitchell of...
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Marlene Scruton

March 23, 1939 - July 8, 2013

Marlene Scruton, age 74 died on Monday July 8, 2013 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was a native of Michigan and was the daughter of the late Clinton and Julia LaFaver. Marlene was a wonderful lady who made friends everywhere she went. She had a great sense of humor and loved all her family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was...
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Martha Baker Wilkins

October 11, 1924 - July 6, 2013

Martha Baker Wilkins, age 88, of Rutherfordton died on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at The Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was born in Macon, Georgia, the daughter of the late Emmett Horne Baker and Martha Clarke Baker. She graduated from A.L. Miller High School in Macon and received a BA degree from Agnes Scott College, class of 1946. While at Agnes Scott, she was editor of the college paper...
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Paul Richard Splawn

September 16, 1945 - July 4, 2013

Paul Richard Splawn,67 , of Forest City, NC, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at his residence in Forest City. He was the son of Richard Wiseman Splawn and Eula Mary Murray. He is survived by Son: Brian Keith Splawn One Brother: Roy D. Splawn, Forest City, NC Arrangements are being handled by McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services and no formal services are going to be held.
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Randy D. Allen

October 25, 1945 - July 4, 2013

Randy D. Allen, age 67, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at his residence in Rutherfordton, NC. He was the son of the late Violet Avis Allen. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Randy was a U S Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was retired from PPG Industries of Shelby after 27 1/2 years of service. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He...
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Byrdine Wilcox Lee

December 14, 1916 - June 28, 2013

Byrdine Wilcox Lee, age 96, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at White Oak Manor Nursing Home in Rutherfordton, NC. She was a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter Jonneth Anne Lee. Byrdine was the widow of the late Rev. Samuel "R. G." Lee. She is survived by One Son: Rev. David W Lee and his wife Sibyl Lee of...
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Dorothy P. Biggerstaff

May 16, 1927 - June 26, 2013

Dorothy P. Biggerstaff, age 86, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of the late Dave and Myrtle Poole. She was a member of the Pores Ford Baptist Church and was the retired church secretary with 40 years of service. Dorothy loved to work outside in her yard and read her Bible daily. She...
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Ernest Hudgins

May 23, 1927 - June 25, 2013

Ernest Hudgins, age 86, of Rutherfordton died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Oak Grove Health Care Center. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Zeb and Lula Gibbs Hudgins. Ernest retired from Broyhill Industries and was an avid farmer. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He was the widow of Dolly Hudgins and was preceded in death by a daughter Debra Womack,...
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Garvin Lee Pace , Jr.

November 12, 1931 - June 22, 2013

Garvin L. Pace Jr., age 81, of Mill Spring, NC, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher. A native of Buncombe County he was the son of the late Garvin L. Pace Sr. and Lola Gibbs Pace. Garvin was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Tryon and attended Gardner-Webb College and Bible Baptist College in Missouri. He was preceded in...
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James Arvol Thompson

January 7, 1935 - June 21, 2013

James "Arvol" Thompson, age 78, of Green Creek, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 21, 2013. He peacefully left this world surrounded by his wife and children. Arvol worked at Mohawk Industries in Landrum, SC for many years. Arvol was the son of the late Arlene Smith Thompson and William Wesley Thompson of Green Creek. He was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church in...
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William Forrest Luckadoo, Jr.

June 28, 1933 - June 19, 2013

William Forrest Luckadoo Jr., age 79, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Autumn Care of Forest City. He was born June 28, 1933 in Chase City VA. and lived most of his life in Rutherford County. He was the son of the late William Forrest Luckadoo Sr. and Vera Smiley Luckadoo. William was a member of the Green Hill Baptist Church where he served many years as an usher. He is...
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Ollice Hensley

April 20, 1927 - June 18, 2013

Ollice Hensley,86 of Rutherfordton died on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his residence. He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late George and Orie Williams Hensley. Ollice retired from Reeves Brothers and was a WWII US Army Veteran. He enjoyed family and friends and Atlanta Braves baseball and was of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by a son Gary Lynn Hensley and a...
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Ronald Joseph Dangelo

April 19, 1934 - June 16, 2013

Ronald J. Dangelo, 79, of Rutherfordton died on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at his residence. He was a native of Framingham Massachusetts. Ronald was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a U.S. Army veteran, 1955 graduate of Boston College and a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (C.G.A.) and a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 53...
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Jerry Melton Jones

July 10, 1936 - June 13, 2013

Jerry Melton Jones, Sr. July 10, 1936 – June 13, 2013 Jerry Jones, of Rutherfordton, NC died on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the age of 76. Jerry was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rutherfordton, NC, the Masonic Western Star Lodge Number 91 of Rutherfordton, NC, and the Board of Directors of Habitat of Humanity of Rutherford County. He was also a dedicated volunteer for the Habitat...
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Vergie McCraw

July 2, 1914 - June 10, 2013

Mrs. Vergie McCraw, age 98, of Rutherfordton died on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center. A native of Polk County she was the daughter of the late Lee and Odie Cudd. Vergie was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and the former owner and operator of McCraw Flower Shop in Spindale. She was the widow of Mr. Guy B. McCraw. She is survived by One Daughter: ...
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Melissa Dover Williams

July 10, 1982 - June 7, 2013

Melissa Dover Williams, age 30, of Forest City died on Friday, June 7, 2013, at her residence. A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of J.D. Dover of Rutherfordton and Linda Watkins of Delco NC. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is survived by Shane Parker-Fiancé of Forest City Her fiancé's daughters Reva and Seairra Parker of...
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George F. Ware

October 21, 1928 - June 4, 2013

George F. Ware, age 84, of Rutherfordton died on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of Rutherford County he was the son of the late Lawrence and Daisy Ware. George had retired as a supervisor for Cone Mills Florence Plant and had also worked at Go-Forth Pest Control. He was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son Gary...
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