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Our Obituaries

Sue Lingerfelt Helms

July 4, 1926 - December 3, 2016

Sue Lingerfelt Helms, age 90 of Eaker Circle passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born July 4, 1926 in Gaston County to the late Preston Alton and Winnie Huss Lingerfelt. She was a member of First Baptist Church and retired Head Chef and Cafeteria Manager at Carolina Care Center. She was an artist who was very talented with painting. She...
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Ruby Mae Wells Upchurch

May 23, 1924 - November 22, 2016

Ruby Mae Wells Upchurch, age 92 of Roy Eaker Road, Cherryville passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born May 23, 1924 in Rutherford County, North Carolina to the late James Daniel, Sr. and Cleo Butler Wells. Ruby graduated from Tri-High School in 1942. She attended Asheville College and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1946 with a degree in...
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Cindy Lynn Beam

June 18, 1975 - November 20, 2016

Cindy Lynn Beam, age 41, of Clarence Beam Rd passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016. She was born June 18, 1975 to Michael Bess Beam and the late Brenda Kay Stacey. Cindy was formerly employed at Bradington Young and was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She loved riding horses and being with her son. Cindy was also talented with crafts and making jewelry. In addition to her mother, she is...
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Inez "Bennie" Bridges

June 26, 1927 - November 15, 2016

Inez Baker "Bennie" Bridges, age 89, formerly of Sunset Rd. passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born on June 26, 1927 in Lincoln County to the late Charlie and Marietta Austin Baker. Bennie was formerly employed with Doran Mill. She also worked at Triple H restaurant where she found great pleasure in making coconut cream pies. She was a member of First...
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Crystal Adair Hooper Lovingood

November 12, 2016

Crystal Hooper Lovingood, age 49, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Crystal was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cherryville. She served as a council member, Sunday School Teacher, Choir member, and was involved in Wild Women's Class and the social ministries. She was employed with the Gaston Register of Deeds and was formerly assistant director...
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Claude Riddick Howell

December 11, 1934 - November 12, 2016

Claude Riddick Howell, age 81 of Harrilson Rd. passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. He was born on December 11, 1934 in Suffolk, Virginia to the late Roscus Claude "Buddy" and Ella Riddick Howell. He graduated from Stanton School for the Deaf and Blind. He was employed for a number of years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Norfolk, VA in the Cafeteria. ...
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Vanessa Raines Collins

June 20, 1952 - November 10, 2016

Vanessa Darnell Raines Collins, age 64 of Marys Grove Church Rd. passed away on November 10, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born on June 20, 1952 in Gaston County to the late Marvin Richard Raines and Ruth Colleen Moore. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and formerly employed at Gayley and Lord Textiles. Vanessa was a loving mother, mawmaw, and sister. ...
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Mehitable Mutt White

September 10, 1928 - November 9, 2016

Mehitable "Mutt" Beam White, age 88, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in Newton. She was born September 10, 1928 in Lincoln county to the late Rush and Lula Houser Beam. Mutt was a former seamstress for Varat Sportswear and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she was involved in Baptist Disaster Relief, Friendship Sunday School class and Young at Heart Senior Group. She thoroughly...
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Marjorie Carroll Hinkle

December 31, 1921 - November 2, 2016

Marjorie Ethel Carroll Hinkle, age 94, of Mary's Grove Rd passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born December 31, 1921 in Gaston County to the late Olin and Irene Davis Carroll. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed gardening and reading. Marjorie was a wonderful homemaker and the best momma ever! In addition to her parents, she is...
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Phyllis Pfeifer Goodman

October 9, 1948 - November 2, 2016

Phyllis Katherine Pfeifer Goodman, age 68 of Shoal Rd. passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at her residence. She was born on October 9, 1948 in Lincoln County to Ruby Black Clough of Crouse and the late Robert Charles Pfeifer, Sr. Phyllis loved her family, friends, and serving her Lord Jesus Christ at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She owned and operated The Hair Den for 38 years where she...
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Ruby Neill Eaker

March 4, 1926 - October 30, 2016

Ruby Ida Neill Eaker, age 90, of Harrilson Road passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016 at her residence. She was born March 4, 1926 in Cleveland County to the late Marcus Zone and Mattie Earl Moore Neal. Ruby was a wonderful homemaker and was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and working on the farm grading tomatoes, apples, squash and peaches. In addition to her...
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Jesse Kay Jones

August 4, 1934 - October 30, 2016

Jesse Kay Jones, age 82, of Chapman Rd passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016 at his residence. He was born August 4, 1934 in Catawba County to the late Manson and Lillian Jones. Jesse was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Korea and was a member of Second Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his loving...
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Liam Ryker Murray

September 15, 2013 - October 27, 2016

Liam Ryker Murray, age 3, died Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Shelby. He was born September 15, 2013 in Cleveland County to Nelson Elijah Stephens of Mooresboro and Stevie Celeste Murray of Kings Mountain. Liam attended Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church and loved Batman. He is preceded in death by great grandmother, Geraldine Stewart and great grandfather, George Leigh. In addition to...
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Hester Tulburt Booker

October 21, 2016

Hester "Nicky" Tulburt Booker of Karen Ct., passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland. She was a native of Wilkes County, Miller Creek, NC. She was a daughter of the late Charles H.M. and Sena A. Tulburt. Hester was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was involved with Chancel Choir, Florene Styles Sunday School Class, U.M.W., and Callie Beam...
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Jean Walker Hahn

September 29, 1937 - October 19, 2016

On October 19, 2016, Mother (Elizabeth Jean Walker Hahn) passed peacefully at home from this life to Heaven at the sunrise on the wings of cardinals and her favorite song, "Morning Has Broken." She was surrounded by her children – Karl George Hahn, Elizabeth Joan Hahn Spilinek, Brian Eugene Hahn, Mary Lea Hahn Richards and Craig Edwin Hahn – as well as her Goddaughter, Joanna Wheelock...
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Melissa Murdock

September 27, 1959 - October 18, 2016

Melissa Murdock, age 57, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016. She is survived by her father, Calvin Murdock; her sister, Leslie Murdock; her two daughters, Hannah and Micah Farfour; and her three grandchildren, Luka, Leo and Elias Kachaamy. She was raised in Cherryville, NC and resided in Monroe, NY. She was a funny, creative, and loving soul. Preceded in death by her mother, Sue Murdock. ...
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Helen Hardin Potter

March 20, 1933 - October 17, 2016

Helen Marie Hardin Potter, age 83, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. She was born March 20, 1933 in Ashe County to the late Daniel Blaine and Ruth Taylor Hardin. Helen was a devoted homemaker and member at Hull's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James "Jim" Potter and sisters, Mary Jo Neill and...
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Sherry Thomas Roberson

April 3, 1959 - October 14, 2016

Sherry Kay Thomas Roberson, age 57 of S. Dixie St. passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center. She was born on April 3, 1959 in Cleveland County to Juanita Goode Wallace (Lloyd) of Cherryville and the late Ernest Van Huber Thomas. She was a member of First Wesleyan Church. In earlier years, she worked at Carolina Care Center and had a home daycare. Sherry had a deep...
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Thomas Marion Beam

November 14, 1940 - October 14, 2016

Thomas Marion Beam, age 75 of St. Mark's Church Rd, passed away Friday, October 14, 2016 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on November 14, 1940 in Gaston County to the late Jacob Carl and Mary Royster Beam. Tommy was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He graduated from Tryon High School and Nashville Auto-Diesel College. He retired after 28 years from Carolina Freight...
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Jeanette Mussachia Aliff

June 16, 1934 - October 11, 2016

Jeanette Angela Mussachia Aliff, age 82 of Swanson Rd. passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born on June 16, 1934 in Cumberland County, NJ to the late Joseph and Jennifer Gorman Mussachia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Edward Aliff Sr. Survivors include her son, Lewis "Ed" Aliff, Jr.; grandson, Joseph Aliff;...
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LaVonda Upton McSwain

October 30, 1947 - October 5, 2016

Lavonda Upton McSwain, 68, of Ridge Ave., died October 5, 2016 in Cleveland Co. She was born in Lincoln Co. on October 30, 1947 a daughter of the late Joe Junior and Mazelle Hevner Upton. Mrs. McSwain was employed by Cherryville Walmart customer service. She enjoyed the Panthers, country music, the outdoors, crafting, and found great pleasure in spending time with her grandchildren. She will be...
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Jack Blanton

October 19, 1945 - October 5, 2016

Jackie Lee Blanton, age 70 of Sellerstown Rd passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016. He was born on October 19, 1945 in Cleveland County to the late Sidney Hood and Juanita Burton Blanton. Jack was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Navy where he served aboard the USS Essex. He was a member of the Cherryville American Legion Post #100. Jack was also...
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Noah Garrett Hampton

March 25, 2000 - October 5, 2016

Noah Garrett Hampton, age 16 of Hephzibah Church Rd passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center. He was born on March 25, 2000 in Gaston County to Glen James Hampton Jr. and Melissa Mitchell Hampton. He attended Mt. Beulah Baptist Church. Noah was a Junior at Cherryville High School where he was an honor student who always maintained a GPA above 4.0. He was very...
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Barbara Hollifield Hensley

November 12, 1949 - October 4, 2016

Barbara Alice Hollifield Hensley, age 66 of Wright Circle passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Testa Family Hospice House. She was born on November 12, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late Bergan and Nellie Stroupe Hollifield. She was a very talented and artistic woman. She worked as a seamstress, a painter, and an esthetician. She was a homemaker for most of her life and also caregiver for...
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Moree Grigg Harrelson

July 25, 1924 - October 4, 2016

Moree Grigg Harrelson, age 92 of Cherryville, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Peak Resources Cherryville. She was born July 25, 1924 in Gaston County to the late William Rufus and Minnie Self Grigg. Moree was a member of First Baptist Church. She had formerly been employed with Nu-Way Manufacturing Co., Gaston Industries, Travis Knit, and Carolina Care. She enjoyed flowers and being...
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William Farrel Anthony, Sr.

April 6, 1947 - October 3, 2016

William Farrel Anthony Sr. age 69, formerly of Pink St. passed away Monday, October 3, 2016. He was born on April 6, 1947 in Gaston County to the late Woodrow Wilson Anthony and Edith Louise Noles Anthony Shull. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed tinkering with things and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gene Anthony and...
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Pearl Sanders Ramsey

August 13, 1930 - September 20, 2016

Pearl Viola Sanders Ramsey, age 86 of Harrilson Rd. passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Caromont Regional. She was born August 13, 1930 in Lincoln County to the late Grady and Allie Smith Sanders. Pearl worked as a seamtress for Raycrest Mill and was a member of Second Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and playing cards. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
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Larry Scott Boyles

April 24, 1938 - September 20, 2016

Larry Scott Boyles, age 78 of Rudisill Ave passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Brian Center Gastonia. He was born on April 24, 1938 in Lincoln County to the late Hugh Richard and Grace Beatty Boyles. Larry was a professional boxer and a member of the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame. In 1954, Boyles boxed his way to the top of the Tar Heel State, winning the North Carolina Golden Gloves...
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Tina Michelle Lovelace

February 1, 1973 - September 17, 2016

Tina Michelle Lovelace, age 43 of Pleasant Grove Church Road passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, GA. She was born on February 1, 1973 in Cleveland County to William "Bill" Lovelace of Cherryville and the late Kathy Elmore Lovelace. She was a lifetime resident of Crouse and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She graduated from West...
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Raelynne Grace Payne

September 16, 2016 - September 16, 2016

Raelynne Grace Payne, infant daughter of Caitlin Barger of Vale and Dewayne Payne of Lincolnton was born an Angel on Sept. 16, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. She is preceded in death by great grandmother, Betty Jo Barger. In addition to her parents she is survived by grandparents, Nelson and Kendra Barger of Vale and Harry and Michelle Caskey of Lincolnton; great grandparents,...
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Allison Bennett Hovis

May 21, 1976 - September 14, 2016

Allison Lynn Bennett Hovis, age 40 of W. Academy St. passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Carolina Healthcare System – Cleveland. She was born on May 21, 1976 in Cleveland County to Rocky and Lynn Leatherman Bennett of Cherryville. Allison was a member of First Baptist Church and worked in Daycare. She loved being around children. Allison was an avid Duke fan. In addition to...
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Ricky Eugene Fraley

July 17, 1963 - September 13, 2016

Ricky Eugene Fraley, age 53 of Creek Run Court passed away September 13, 2016 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on July 17, 1963 in Gaston County to Juanita Clanton Fraley of Gastonia and the late Melvin Eugene Fraley. Ricky was a 1981 graduate of Cherryville High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1981 to 1983. Ricky then attended Gaston College and became a...
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Fay Spearman Jones

July 26, 1926 - September 6, 2016

Fay Spearman Jones, age 90, of Pine Avenue passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 6, 2016. She was born on July 26, 1926 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to the late Ernest and Meriam Jenkins Spearman. Mrs. Jones was a retired assembler for Wix Filter and an established member of the former Free Saints Chapel. Fay, along with her late husband Tommy, loved to scooter poot. They were two of the...
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James William Edge

July 20, 1931 - September 6, 2016

James William Edge, 85, of Wyke Rd., Shelby, formerly of Mauney Farm Rd., Cherryville died September 6, 2016 at Wendover Hospice. He was born in Greenville County, South Carolina, a son of the late Roy and Dollie Adams Edge. James was retired textile mechanic, and attended Lincolnton Church of God and the Kings Mountain Church of God. He proudly served his country in the US Navy. He enjoyed yard...
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Jerry Neil Heafner

December 8, 1971 - September 4, 2016

Jerry Neil Heafner, age 44 of Landers Church Road passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016. He was born on December 8, 1971 in Cleveland County to Jerry Alton Heafner of Lincolnton and Samantha Grace Neill of Cherryville. Services will be private.
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Lillian Frances Abernathy Goode

November 25, 1935 - September 2, 2016

Lillian Frances Abernathy Goode, age 80 of Myrtle School Rd passed away Friday, September 2, 2016 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born on November 25, 1935 in Gaston County to the late Edward Lee and Velma Hoyle Abernathy. Lillian was retired from Dora Yarn in Cherryville. She was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching the Food Network. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Butch Carpenter, Sr.

October 19, 1950 - August 21, 2016

Clayton Eugene "Butch" Carpenter Sr. age 65 of Lincolnton Hwy, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at his residence. He was born on October 19, 1950 in Lincoln County to the late Robert and Mary Lee Earl Carpenter. Butch formerly worked with Wilkie Construction. He enjoyed fishing, playing cornhole, and horseshoes. He also enjoyed working on lawn mowers. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Joey "Fuzzy" Jones

July 23, 1978 - August 20, 2016

Joey "Fuzzy" Lister Jones, 38, of West First Street, died suddenly Saturday August 20. 2016. He was born on July 23, 1978 in Cleveland Co. a son of David Jones of Lawndale and Tina Baker Jones of Cherryville. Joey was formerly employed at Walmart distribution Center, Shelby. Joey loved his family, the Dallas Cowboys, was an avid outdoorsman, was just a country boy, and was a regular old Jones. ...
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Christine "Teeny" Schronce

March 20, 1930 - August 18, 2016

Christine "Teeny" Dellinger George Schronce, age 86, of Harrelson Road, formerly of Startown Road passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born March 20, 1930 in Lincoln County to the late Paul Webster Dellinger Sr. and Illa Mae Byrd Dellinger. She was a member of First Baptist Church and retired after 25 years as an Inspector at Blackwelder Textiles. Teeny loved...
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Robert Lewis Bess

February 24, 1918 - August 16, 2016

Robert Lewis Bess, age 98, of St. Mark's Church Road passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1918 in Gaston County to the late William and Birdie Jane Mauney Bess. Lewis was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and a lifetime self-employed dairy farmer for Bess Dairy. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Louise...
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Boyd Jabo Pruitt

December 7, 1971 - August 12, 2016

Boyd Eugene "Jabo" Pruitt, age 44 of Leslie Dr passed away Friday, August 12, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was born on December 7, 1971 in Cleveland County to the late Bobby Ray Pruitt and Nancy Smith Voncannon. He was employed with Paul Morris Roofing and formerly with Steve Cody Roofing. He was a member of Patterson Springs Baptist and Blazin Trail Cowboy Church. Jabo...
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Darrell Glenn Carpenter

January 6, 1938 - August 6, 2016

Darrell Glenn Carpenter, 78, of Washburn St., died August 6, 2016 at Carolina Healthcare Cleveland. He was born on January 6, 1938 in Gaston Co. a son of the late Flossie Maye Dellinger. He proudly served his country in the US Navy for 22 years and was retired from Southern Bell with 18 years of service. He was a longtime member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Member of Gaston Baptist Men's Disaster...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Wiseman

August 5, 2016

Dorothy Beam Wiseman, of Covenant Village, formerly of Cherryville, died August 5, 2016 at her residence. "Dottie", as she was affectionately known, was born in Gaston County, a daughter of the late Claude W. and Blanche Mauney Beam. Mrs. Wiseman was a member of First Baptist Church and retired billing manager for Carolina Freight. She was active in many community and civic organizations. In...
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Sandra Beam Tate

December 21, 1963 - August 4, 2016

Sandra Jean Beam Tate, age 52 of East 6th Street, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016 at her residence. She was born on December 21, 1963 in Cleveland County to the late Hayward Hoover and Bessie Frances Hamrick Beam. She was a former manager at Tate's Grocery and Grill. Sandra was a member of True Gospel Holiness Church in Kings Mountain. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Bobbie Ann Mauney

December 15, 1936 - August 4, 2016

Bobbie Ann Mauney, age 79, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. She was born December 15, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Thomas Seyborn and Sarah Irene Yount Mauney. She worked in manufacturing and was retired from Homelite John Deere. Bobbie was known for her happy, outgoing personality. She loved flowers and people and would do anything for anybody. In...
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Lynn Lee Beam Parris

March 18, 1930 - August 2, 2016

Lynn Beam Parris, age 86, of Tot Dellinger Road passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at her residence. She was born on March 18, 1930 in Cleveland County to the late Arvle Click and Marguerite Kendrick Beam. Lynn was a member of First Baptist Church and was retired from Gaston County Museum of Art and History. She had a passion for cooking. She was voted "Most Athletic" in high school and loved...
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Richard "JR" Hammond, Jr.

July 21, 1962 - July 30, 2016

Richard Wilmer "JR" Hammond, Jr. age, 54 of Eaker Dr. passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. He was born on July 21, 1962 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania to Thelma Hammond Curtis of Claremont and the late Richard Hammond Sr. JR, or RawDawg, as he was affectionately known by his friends and family, was an avid fan of MMA fighting and enjoyed deer...
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Nell Beam Sellers

January 9, 1921 - July 23, 2016

Nell Beam Sellers, 95, formerly of Sellerstown Road, Cherryville, went to join her precious Lord and Savior Saturday, July 23, 2016 from White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain, reunited now with her devoted, loving husband of sixty three plus years, Joseph Daniel "J.D." Sellers; parents, Sidney Ervin Beam and Cleo Payseur Beam; and siblings, Inez, Raymond, Lorene, Lois, Will, Rachel, and Jackie. Nell...
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Cindy Bumgarner Cobb

March 31, 1960 - July 21, 2016

Cindy Bumgarner Cobb, age 56 of Vista Dr. passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at her residence. She was born on March 31, 1960 in Gaston County to Peggy Boyles Bumgarner of Cherryville and the late Merle George Bumgarner. Cindy was a member of First Baptist Church. She was formerly employed by Dr. Cordell Scott dentistry, Carolina Freight, and Eugene Grigg's law firm. She was currently...
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Margie Taylor Black

September 17, 1938 - July 14, 2016

Margie Taylor Black, age 77, died Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Brian Center of Lincolnton. She was born September 17, 1938 in Pittsylvania County, VA to the late James Irvin and Myrtle Eulaya Robertson Taylor. She was employed at Mohican Mills and Fab Industries as a billing coordinator. Margie was a former member of the Eastern Star. She found great pleasure spending time with her grandkids,...
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James Verlyn Reep

January 11, 1966 - July 9, 2016

James Verlyn Reep, age 50 passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016. He was born on January 11, 1966 in Gaston County to Joyce Marlene Ramsey Wellman of Shelby and the late Charles Albert "Alb" Reep. Jamie worked in construction. He enjoyed going out for runs and visiting the beach. He also loved to cook big meals and socialize with friends. He never met a stranger. Jamie had a big heart and loved...
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Deborah Ann Rickman Carroll

January 5, 1962 - July 8, 2016

Deborah Ann Rickman Carroll, age 54 of Romans Rd. passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was born on January 5, 1962 in Gaston County to the late Elbert Dunn "Rick" Rickman and Linda Ann Crisp Seagle. Debbie is survived by her companion of fourteen years, Teddy George Messer Sr. of the home; son, Bobby Ray King Jr. of Rutherfordton; step-children,...
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John Daniel "Danny" Martin

December 2, 1946 - July 2, 2016

John Daniel "Danny" Martin, age 69, formerly of Belmont, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Brian Center of Salisbury. He was born on December 2, 1946 in Clay County to the late John William and Lottie Faye Mashburn Martin. He was formerly employed in the construction business and was a truck driver. Danny was always a hard worker and enjoyed life. Survivors include his children, Chris...
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Jack William Westcott

November 21, 1964 - June 30, 2016

Jack William Westcott, age 51 of Northbrook 3 School Rd, formerly of Maryland, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016. He was born November 21, 1964 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania to Darlene McQuillen Westcott and the late William Westcott. Jack was a member of Providence SDA in Elkton, MD. He was employed at Denver Global and was also a professional picture framer. Jack was a wonderful...
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Kathryn Beam Sappenfield

September 26, 1925 - June 30, 2016

Kathryn Beam Sappenfield, age 90, of W. Old NC 150 Hwy, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Thursday, June 30, 2016. She was born September 26, 1925 in Lincoln County to the late L. Berge Beam Sr. and Mattie Kendrick Beam Mauney. During WWII, Kathryn worked for the war effort in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on the Manhattan Project. She was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College...
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JoAnn Kiser Beckum

January 7, 1940 - June 11, 2016

JoAnn Kiser Beckum, age 76 of Sellerstown Road passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare System, Lincoln. She was born on January 7, 1940 in Gaston County to the late James Clyde and Mattie Ethel Ware Kiser. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church where she was a member of the WMU, Young at Heart, and taught the six year old Sunday School class. JoAnn enjoyed reading,...
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Shirley Carpenter Hood

August 31, 1934 - June 10, 2016

Shirley Carpenter Hood, age 81 of E. Academy St. passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born on August 31, 1934 in Gaston County to the late William Cone Carpenter Sr. and Jane Vonn Daughety Carpenter. Shirley was a member of First Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was formerly employed at Carolina Freight and Gaston...
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Amelia Grigg Ervin

June 9, 2016

Elizabeth Amelia Jane Grigg Ervin, age 80, of Mary's Grove Church Road, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 at her residence. She was born on February 2, 1936 in Cleveland County to the late Samuel Andrew and Annie Ellen Dye Grigg. Amelia was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church. She graduated from Alabama Nursing College and retired from White Oak Manor as a nurse. She enjoyed playing the piano...
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Joseph Andrew Bradshaw, Sr.

June 5, 1927 - June 9, 2016

Joseph Andrew Bradshaw, Sr. age 89, formerly of Sylva, Jackson Co., passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at his apartment at Carolina Care. He was born on June 5, 1927 in Lynchburg, Virginia to the late George and Bessie Bradshaw. He was raised in Washington D.C. where he won the Duncan Yo Yo championship at age 10. Joe was a WWII Navy Veteran. He was a talented Artist who was a long time...
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Brenda Ann Waterson

January 2, 1943 - June 6, 2016

Brenda Ann Waterson, age 73 of Kinmere Dr. in Gastonia, formerly of Georgia, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at her residence. She was born January 2, 1943 in Gaston County to the late Annie Sparks and Lester Lee Darty Sr. Brenda was formerly in sales working with a dress shop and Merchandise Mart in Georgia. She enjoyed dancing and entertaining. She was also a talented decorator. Brenda's...
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Sarah Victoria Williams

November 29, 1942 - June 4, 2016

Sarah Victoria Williams, 73, of Missionary Dr., died June 4, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born in Cleveland Co. on November 29, 1942, daughter of the late Coleman Isaac and Essie Peaola Cook Williams. Sarah was a member of North Brook Baptist Church, retired manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Cherryville, and formerly operated the Carolina Café at Carolina Freight. In her...
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Brenda Kay Shull

June 1, 1962 - June 1, 2016

Brenda Kay Shull, age 54 of W. Church Street passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at her residence. She was born on June 1, 1962 in Lincoln County to Illa Elizabeth "Lib" Simpson Shull of Cherryville and the late Jerry Kenneth Shull Sr. She was a member of Second Baptist Church and formerly employed with Sherman Textiles in Dallas. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family. In...
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Randy Hillard Gantt

February 13, 1953 - May 24, 2016

Randy Hillard Gantt, 63, of Carrie Lane, died May 24, 2016. He was born February 13, 1953 in Lincoln County to the late Hillard Kenneth Gantt and Bryte Pearson Gantt of Cherryville. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Randy was a very talented carpenter and was owner of Gantt Carpentry and Construction. He enjoyed listening to heavy metal music and was a Young & the Restless fan. In...
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Howard Thompson Biggerstaff

June 9, 1935 - May 24, 2016

Howard Thompson Biggerstaff, age 80, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare Systems Cleveland. He was born June 9, 1935 in Burke County to the late Charlie and Hessie Bess Biggerstaff. Howard was a member of Reeps Grove United Methodist Church and Teamster's Local #61. He was a long line driver for Carolina Freight for over 32 years. Howard loved to cook, mow grass and watch his...
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Thomas Robert Tommy Willis

August 15, 1956 - May 22, 2016

Thomas Robert "Tommy" Willis, age 59 of Sigmon St. passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his residence. He was born on August 15, 1956 in Cleveland County to the late Ralph Wayne and Peggy Adams Willis. Tommy was a member of New Life Outreach in Shelby. He was formerly employed with Doran Mills and later with Gaston Industries. He was an avid fisherman, huntsman, outdoorsman, and a member of...
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Evelyn Pauline Overcash Hanlin

February 17, 1925 - May 17, 2016

Evelyn Pauline Overcash Hanlin, age 91 of Cherryville, formerly of Largo, Florida died on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Peak Resources. She was born on February 17, 1925 in Rowan County to the late Jacob Odell and Elsie Mae McDaniel Overcash. She was formerly employed in Largo at Enterprise Art and loved dancing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis A....
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William Louis Knittel

February 24, 1942 - May 12, 2016

William Louis Knittel, 74, of Hepzibah Church Rd., died May 12, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 24, 1942 a son of the late Louis M. and Beulah LeBaron Knittel. He was a self -employed mechanic, machinist and salesman. Mr. Knittel was a member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church and the Cherryville Gold Wing Club. He found great pleasure in helping others, could repair...
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Kathleen Green Stiles

November 3, 1930 - May 12, 2016

Kathleen Green Stiles, age 85 of Ratchford Dr. passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at her residence. She was born on November 3, 1930 in Jackson County to the late Avery and Nellie Messer Green. She was a faithful member at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Dallas. Kathleen loved caring for children, especially her grandkids. She also took great pleasure in baking, cooking and sewing. ...
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John David Shull

May 11, 1944 - May 10, 2016

John David Shull, age 71 of Mauney Lane died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare System Cleveland. He was born on May 11, 1944 in Cleveland County to the late Vernon Allen and Margaret Bridges Shull. He was formerly the owner and operator of CAC Mechanical and was a heating and air conditioner specialist. John David was a member of New Life Outreach, American Legion Post #100, NRA,...
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Walter Chris Ingle

March 11, 1956 - May 9, 2016

Walter Chris Ingle, age 60, of Ingle Mountain Rd. died Monday, May 9, 2016 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 11, 1956 in Lincoln County to the late Helen Owens and W.C. Ingle. He was a long line truck driver. Chris enjoyed motorcycles, playing music, fishing and loved to make people laugh. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister. He is...
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Isabelle Morrison Paige

September 19, 1923 - May 6, 2016

Isabelle Cameron Morrison Paige, age 92 of W. Academy St passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born on September 19, 1923 in Gaston County to the late Robert Jones and Isabelle Bland Cameron Morrison. Isabelle graduated as the salutatorian in the class of 1940 from Cherryville High School and was their first drum majorette. She received her bachelor's degree in...
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Stacy Lee Powell

January 22, 1970 - April 30, 2016

Stacy Lee Powell, 46 of Meadow Hill Ct. formerly of Cherryville, died April 30, 2016 at Testa Family Hospice House. He was born in Cleveland Co. on January 22, 1970 a son of the Robert Ernest and Mary Linda Black Powell of Cherryville. Stacy was a former security guard at Freightliner and a graduate of Cherryville High School class of 1988. He was a member of Flint Rock Coon Den, avid hunter,...
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Jimmie Anderson Phillips

May 30, 1934 - April 30, 2016

Jimmie Anderson Phillips, age 81 of Requa Rd. passed away on April 30, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare System – Cleveland. He was born on May 30, 1934. Jimmie was retired from Carolina Freight as a long line driver. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Marie McClain Phillips; daughters, Lori McSwain and husband, Scott of Cherryville, Roxanne...
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Ronald Andrew Johnson

November 16, 1937 - April 30, 2016

Ronald Andrew Johnson, age 78 formerly of Shelby, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Somerset Court of Cherryville. He was born on November 16, 1937 in Cleveland County to the late Romey Andrew and Levonia Smawley Johnson. He formerly attended Polkville United Methodist Church and had worked for PPG and Dover Mill. He had a great passion for computers and technology. Ronald was also an...
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William "Bill" Franklin Garner

February 17, 1933 - April 28, 2016

William Franklin Garner, age 83 of Petes Rd. passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House. He was born on February 17, 1933 in Lincoln County to the late Howard Houston and Bonnie Cornwell Garner. Bill was a member of First Baptist Church Cherryville and a member of the Lincolnton Masonic Lodge #137 AF & AM. He retired from Carlton Mill and went on to receive his...
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James Michael Capps

April 28, 1958 - April 27, 2016

James Michael Capps, age 57, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Carolinas Health Care – Cleveland. He was born April 28, 1958 to Charles Lee Capps of Cherryville and the late Ruby Elliott Capps. James was formerly employed at Food Lion. He found joy in fishing and doing yard work. In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Moore. In addition to his father, he is...
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Derek Todd Pruitt

December 7, 1973 - April 19, 2016

Derek Todd Pruitt, age 42 of Capernium Rd. died Tuesday, April 19, 2016. He was born on December 7, 1973 in Cleveland County to the late Kenneth Michael and Rachel Rucker Pruitt. He was employed at Timken and formerly attended Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a member of the NRA. His passion was riding motorcycles, especially his Harley. Survivors...
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Rodney Lee Smith

November 5, 1972 - April 16, 2016

Rodney Lee Smith, age 43 of Leonhardt Rd. died Saturday, April 16, 2016. He was born on November 5, 1972 in Gaston County. Rodney was a member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church and formerly employed by Walmart Distribution Center in Shelby. He was a diehard Washington Redskins Fan. His main hobby was anything involving cars. He loved Nascar, fast cars, and antique cars. He was also a member...
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Daniel Ray Grigg

June 28, 1972 - April 16, 2016

Daniel Ray Grigg, age 43 of Cherryville and Charlotte, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016. He was born on June 28, 1972 in Cleveland County to Heyward Ray and Ella Costner Grigg of Cherryville. Daniel was employed with Reliance Paper. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cherryville. Daniel was a songwriter and the lead singer in the band The Wiggle Wagons. He also enjoyed...
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Jessica Diane Ball

April 1, 1984 - April 14, 2016

Jessica Diane Ball, age 32, of W Highway 27 died April 14, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center- Main. She was born on April 1, 1984 in Raleigh County, West Virginia to the late William Frankie and Dianah Marie Salyers Ball. She devoted all her time to raising and loving her children. She also had a love for rescue animals. Survivors include her husband, Sammy R. Black Jr.; children, Austin...
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Michael Wayne Hanlin

January 3, 1979 - April 12, 2016

Michael Wayne Hanlin, age 37, of Chester Ridge Dr. died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Archdale, North Carolina. He was born January 3, 1979 in Lincoln County to the late Betty Carol Kaalberg Hanlin and Kenneth Raymond Hanlin and wife, Carolyn Burgess Hanlin. Michael graduated from Cherryville High school and was an electrician for Laws Electric. He formerly attended First Wesleyan Church and enjoyed...
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Kathy Elmore Lovelace

September 24, 1951 - April 11, 2016

Kathy Elmore Lovelace, of Cherryville, passed away on the morning of April 11, 2016 at the age of 64 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain, NC. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for ten months with much dignity and faith. Her husband Bill and daughter Tina always by her side. Kathy was formerly employed at Cochrane Furniture in Lincolnton for 18 years and later retired from...
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Ruby Lee Dedmon Black

June 19, 1922 - April 10, 2016

Ruby Lee Dedmon Black, 93, died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her home on Tot Dellinger Road. She was born June 19, 1922 to the late Cornie Vashtie Wellmon Dedmon and Augustus Clee Dedmon. Upon her marriage to Charles Hugh Black, she helped him farm and worked in the local textile mills. In her early 30's she worked for David P. Dellinger, a local attorney and representative to the North Carolina...
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Patricia Ann Swink

April 14, 1943 - April 10, 2016

Patricia Ann Swink, age 72 of Jim Patterson Rd passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her residence. She was born on April 14, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Preston and Annie Laura Propst Swink. She was a member of Boys Town. She was a very talented artist who excelled in jewelry making and drawing. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several siblings. ...
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Eva Dorothy Melvina Davis Grigg

April 1, 1923 - April 7, 2016

Eva Dorothy Melvina Davis Grigg, age 93 of Old Stubbs Rd. passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at her daughter's residence. She was born on April 1, 1923 in Cleveland County to the late Crowder Garmon and Lila Minnie Lovelace Davis. She was a graduate of Bethware High School. Dorothy was a member of Waco Baptist Church where she faithfully served in the nursery and the pre-school...
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Shirley Wilson Stacy Woody

September 9, 1947 - April 6, 2016

Shirley Wilson Stacy Woody, age 68 of Cherryville passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Meadowwood Nursing Center. She was born on September 9, 1947 in Gaston County. She was a lifelong Christian who was faithful in her service to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Shirley was a retired school teacher in Gaston County. She had a great love for children and education. After retiring from...
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David Ronald Moss

April 12, 1945 - April 4, 2016

David Ronald "Ronnie" Moss, age 70 of Woodvale St. passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare, Cleveland. He was born on April 12, 1945 in Gaston County to the late Everett Vernon and Annie Sue Moss. Ronnie was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a Vietnam Veteran of the US Army. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal...
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Joe Jenkins Ballard

January 18, 1937 - March 30, 2016

Joe Jenkins Ballard, age 79 of S. Jacob St. passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at his residence. He was born on January 18, 1937 in Lincoln County to the late Howard Blaine and Stella Mae Jenkins Ballard. Joe retired from Doran Mills and was a member of First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Christians Motorcycle Association of Myrtle Beach. Joe enjoyed rocking on the front...
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Louis Elmer Erich, Jr.

March 30, 1922 - March 26, 2016

Louis Elmer Erich Jr. age 93 of Hillcrest St. passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Wendover Hospice House. He was born on March 30, 1922 in Elk County, Pennsylvania to the late Louis and Marie Schaberl Erich. Louis was a WWII Veteran of the United States Army. He and his brother owned and operated Erich Brothers where they built numerous houses in PA. He enjoyed hunting in his younger...
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Robert Melvin "Mel" Crocker

June 9, 1926 - March 25, 2016

Robert Melvin "Mel" Crocker, age 89 of Gastonia, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at Royal Park Skilled Nursing Facility in Matthews. He was born on June 9, 1926 in Mecklenburg County, the youngest of three sons to Herman Seburn and Opal Grace Carpenter Crocker. Mel was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University. He was a long time resident of Gastonia...
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Steven Miles Watts

July 25, 1947 - March 21, 2016

Steven Miles Watts, 68, son of late Olin and Daphine Dellinger Watts, teacher, philosopher, craftsman, lifelong boy scout, artist, interpreter, author, poet, philanthropist, musician, advocate, historian, movie and television consultant, loving husband, father and grandfather, and everyone's favorite hippie, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte on...
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Norma Mae Dellinger Bridges

February 27, 1926 - March 16, 2016

Norma Mae Dellinger Bridges, age 90, of Barbara Dr. died Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born on February 27, 1926 in Lincoln County to the late John. W and Minnie Mode Dellinger. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene Cherryville and a retired employee of Fasco. Norma enjoyed watching gospel song shows, doing yardwork and vintage television shows....
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Patricia Heavner Stevens

July 31, 1949 - March 15, 2016

Patricia Arlene Heavner Stevens, age 66 of Sedyewood Lane died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at her residence. She was born on July 31, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late Earl Glade "Jack" Heavner and Dorothy Estelle Stroupe Pendleton. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and formerly employed with Dollar General. Patricia was an avid reader and enjoyed watching movies. She is survived...
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Iva Jean Henderson

February 27, 1936 - March 12, 2016

Iva Jean Woody Henderson, age 80 of Dallas Cherryville Hwy., died Saturday, March 12, 2016 at her residence. She was born in Cocke County, TN on February 27, 1936, a daughter of the late Jim and Donie Gown Woody. She, along with her late husband, Clifford Henderson, were retired, self-employed long haul truck drivers. She enjoyed crocheting and cooking and she made the best biscuits and gravy...
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Donna Mauney Kraemer

July 24, 1953 - March 8, 2016

Donna Mauney Kraemer, age 62 of Shelter Rock Ct. passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville after a fifteen year battle with cancer. Donna was born on July 24, 1953 In Lincolnton, North Carolina on a farm that grew everything. They never went to the store to buy anything, not even sugar (they used honey instead)! Her parents were Floyd Fred and Ruth...
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Jerry Wayne Bumgarner

July 28, 1945 - March 3, 2016

Jerry Wayne Bumgarner, 70, of Hicks St. died March 3, 2016 at Carolina Healthcare Charlotte. He was born on July 28, 1945 in Lincoln County, a son of the late Glenn and Annie Faye Upton Bumgarner. He was retired plant engineer for Travis Knits. Jerry enjoyed fishing, listening to music and was an all-around handyman. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Danny...
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Mable Louise Kiser Quickel

March 4, 1922 - March 2, 2016

Mable Louise Kiser Quickel, age 94, of Farmwood Dr., died Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Carolina Care Center. She was born March 4, 1922 in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late Mike and Katie Hoover Kiser. Mrs. Quickel was the owner of Heavner Bros. Wholesale and a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church. She was a graduate of Union High School and her first place of employment was at...
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Margie Crocker Lineberger

July 25, 1930 - March 2, 2016

Margie Sue Crocker Lineberger, age 85, died March 2, 2016 at her residence. She was born July 25, 1930 in Gaston County to the late William Ray and Mary Emma Eaker Crocker. Margie was employed as an insurance agent for Durham Life, inspector for Vale Hosiery and most recently retired from Keystone Powdered Metal Company. She was a 1948 graduate of Tryon High school and a former Sunday school...
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J.B. and Naomi Newton

February 29, 2016

J. B. and Naomi Edwards Newton, of East Stagecoach Trail, died February 29, 2016 at Carolina Medical Center-Cleveland. Mr. Newton was born on March 3, 1941 in Cleveland County, a son of the late J. Z. and Marie Scism Newton. He was a driver for A.V. Dedmon Trucking in Shelby for over 40 years. Mrs. Newton was born October 22, 1939 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Gilbert Willard...
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Ina Lucille Grubb

February 20, 1939 - February 28, 2016

Ina Lucille Neff Grubb, age 77, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Carolina Care Center-Cherryville. She was born February 20, 1939 in Clay County, West Virginia to the late Squire and Alice Alma Nottingham Neff. Lucille was a loyal CNA at Carolina Care for 35 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Andrew Grubb; sister, Mabel Blankenship;...
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