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Jan Summer

AUSTIN, TX – On June 25, 2021 Eva Janice Summer escaped the bodily restraints that had been so at odds with her adventurous and spirited nature, free to soar again. Jan was born Feb. 13, 1944 in Cherryville, N.C., but spent the rest of her life exploring the many worlds and adventures that life presented.
A brilliant lawyer, faithful friend, loving partner and loyal family member, Jan lived her life joyfully, responsibly and with humility. Her home, whether in Austin, Houston or in the mountains of North Carolina, was full of good food, music, arts and crafts, acceptance and joy. And, of course, at least one spoiled cat. From a family of builders, she seemed happiest when the smell of sawdust was in the air. It was not unusual to find Jan designing and overseeing home construction or renovation projects all resulting in colorful and imaginative dwellings.
A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Texas Law School, Jan spent the majority of her career in public service. She first worked in the office of North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford, joining his initiative to improve public education. The opportunity to work with this dynamic, reform-minded leader had a lasting influence on Jan’s future involvement in politics and public service.
After law school, Jan served as law clerk to Chief Justice Joe Greenhill, of the Supreme Court of Texas. She began her real estate practice with the law firm of Daugherty, Kuperman, Golden & Morehead in Austin. Her private practice was followed by several years with the University of Texas Office of General Counsel where her real estate skills proved invaluable in negotiating leases and managing University properties across Texas.
In 1993 Jan became the founding director of The Center for Public Pol¬icy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law. There she mentored community leaders, aspiring arbitrators and elected officials in their roles as facilitators for consensus. She served in that capacity for 17 years, retiring in 2010.
As a founding member of the Center for Women in law at UT, Jan played an important role in providing scholarships for aspiring young women law students. She was a contributing member of Leadership Austin and of the Women’s Political Caucus. Jan was elected by her peers to the Board of the Austin Bar Association, where she served with distinction.
Jan’s world travels started with her mother and her insatiable wanderlust continued throughout her life. Many friends and family members still enjoy sharing tales of their numerous travel adventures at home and abroad with Jan.
After her retirement, Jan’s love of handmade objects led her to enroll in many classes at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She studied wood shop and drawing, but her favorite craft, working with clay, became a big part of her life. Many lucky friends hold dear the colorful and beautiful objects she created.
We wish to express our gratitude to Pin Oak Caregivers who sent Remi, Oby, Trevana and Elizabeth to care tenderly for Jan as Alzheimer’s took her voice and physical agility. Hospice Plus provided her compassionate nurses, Shon and Marion.
She leaves behind three brothers of Cherryville, N.C.; Larry, Garry, and Oren Summer, and their wives, nieces and nephews, two godsons, many dear friends from across the country, and her loving wife, Kay Little, of Houston.
Memorial contributions in Jan’s memory may be made to:
Ann Richards School Foundation, 2309 Panther Trail, Austin, Texas, 78704 (Annrichardsschool.org); or Travis Audubon – Chaetura Canyon, 3710 Cedar St., Box 5, Austin, TX, 78705 (Travisaudubon.org); or Penland School of Crafts (Penland.org).
The family will gather at a later date to celebrate Jan’s life.
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Guy Wallace

GASTONIA – Guy Andrew Wallace passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Covenant Village, Gastonia, with his family surrounding him in love. He battled Parkinson’s Disease with related dementia for a number of years.
Guy was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Lincoln County. His parents were the late Charles and Rena Wallace of Cherryville. He graduated from Lenoir – Rhyne University. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and served with the Top Security Unit of Headquarters Company, Fort Myer, VA, stationed in The Pentagon, Washington, DC. He spent the next 30 years as an accountant for Public Service Co. of NC, now Dominion Energy in Gastonia.
Guy attended West Avenue Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, for 53 years until it closed in 2018. He then found a church home at First Presbyterian Church of Belmont. He was a very committed Christian who served his church as Elder, Deacon, Treasurer, Youth Leader, and on a number of committees in the church and with The Presbytery of Western NC.
He was an unassuming man who loved to work in his yard and on the family farms. Guy volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Crisis Assistance Ministry, United Way and was dedicated to the Red Cross Blood donor program, giving over 17 gallons of blood. He was an ardent collector of items such as seashells, coins, and stamps as well as other eclectic items. He came to enjoy Western Square Dancing with the many friends he made and many square dance travels. After retirement, Guy and his wife traveled in the US and in foreign countries. He was a faithful participant in Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease.
Guy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Paula Hastings Wallace; son, Alec Wallace (Tammy) of Gastonia; and daughter, Sonya Snowdon (Warren) of Charlotte; grandchildren: William Wallace and Ava, Cooper and Marley Snowdon; brother, Forrest Wallace (Sandra) of Cherryville; sister, Patricia Wofford (Kenneth) of Newton; sister-in-law, Sylvia Sellers (Charles) of Gastonia; and nieces, the Rev. Lou Ann Sellers (Thomas Herwig), Nancy Roberts (David), Jeleta Auten (Mike), Landis Taylor (Gabe) and their children.
A special thank you is extended to Rachel Brown and the Hospice providers of Lincoln County, as well as the caring staff at Covenant Village.
A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church of Belmont with the Rev’s. Sam Warner and Daria Ragan on Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m. The family received friends one hour before the service in the church Gathering Area. Burial was private in the Carpenter – Wise cemetery at the family farm on Aderholdt Rd., Lincolnton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 7845 Little Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28226; The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NY, NY, 10163; or to The First Presbyterian Church of Belmont, 102 S. Central Ave., Belmont, NC, 28012.
A Simple Service Burial and Cremation of Gastonia served the Wallace family.
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Bobby Wylie

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Bobby Wylie, 74, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
Bobby was born on Aug. 29, 1946 in Gaston County, N.C., a son of the late Forest Franklin Wylie and Macary Lou Smith Wylie. He was employed with the City of Cherryville in the Public Works Department for over 33 years. He attended Hebron United Methodist Church in Vale.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Barbara Canipe Wylie of the home; two daughters, Robin Mitchem and husband, Carrol; Sha Parsons and husband, David, all of Vale; a son, Joe Craig and Renee Micco of Lenoir; a sister, Terry Ann Mathis of Crouse; four grandchildren, Nikki Hull (Jeremy) of Vale; John David Parsons (Ashley) of Statesville; Adam Parsons (Kristen) of Lincolnton; and Rebecca Landers (Ezekiel) of Hamilton, AL; four great-grandchildren, EmmaKate Hull, Ellie Hull, Grayson Parsons and Banner Parsons.
Visitation was on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Johnny Norton officiating.
Burial followed the service at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to Hebron United Methodist Church, 8121 South Hebron Church Rd., Vale, NC, 28168.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Wylie.
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Gerald Veeder

CHERRYVILLE – Gerald Lorrel Veeder, 89, of Kenwood Ave., formerly of Roy Eaker Rd., died Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Atrium Health, Lincoln.
He was born Feb. 9, 1932 in McKenzie Co., N.D., to the late Rev. Benjamin Herbert and Rena Rolfsrud Veeder.  Gerald was a longtime active member of First Wesleyan Church where he formerly served as Treasurer and on the Church Board. He is a veteran of the United States Army.  Gerald grew up in North Dakota. While attending college in Indiana, he met the love of his life, Nancy McGinnis.  They moved backed to her hometown of Cherryville, N.C., where they lived and raised their family. Gerald was employed for 32 years with Carolina Freight. He was an avid reader, especially of Zane Grey novels. He was a fan of Tony Bennett music and Atlanta Braves Baseball.  Gerald enjoyed traveling and visited many locations including Norway, Alaska, Hawaii, and numerous trips out west. He was a lover of knowledge and had a memory that never failed. He was loved by all who knew him and was the definition of a good, Godly man.        
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Nancy McGinnis Veeder.
Survivors include his daughters, Pamela Maze (Chris) of Richmond, VA, and Teresa Agner (Doug) of Cherryville; grandchildren, Caitlyn Maze, Luke Maze (Michelle Tankesley), Lauren Maze, Brooke Christian (Clayton), and Ben Agner (Mary Kate Lane) and Betsy Agner (Aaron Putnam); great-grandchildren, Harper Christian, Ellie Christian, Elizabeth Agner, and Aubrey Putnam; brother, Rev. Benjamin D. Veeder of Lenore, ID; and double first cousins, David Veeder (Linnea) and Rose Veeder.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 4 p.m., at First Wesleyan Church with Rev. Mark B. Poe officiating. Burial will follow at City Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., at the church prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 800 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Veeder.
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Jack Stephenson

CHERRYVILLE – John “Jack” Stephenson, 95, of Jane St., passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Testa Family Hospice House. He was born in Seattle, WA, Aug. 2, 1925. His parents were Charles and Nellie Stephenson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dick Stephenson, a sister, Pat Elder, and a son, John W. Stephenson, Jr. 
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Etta Stephenson; a daughter, Janice Myers of Poison, MT; two sons, Gary Stephenson of Huntington, CA, and Rick Stephenson of Poison, MT; two stepdaughters, Lauren Nearing (Guy) of Shorewood, IL, and Robin Jones (Bill) of Scammon, KS; two stepsons, David Crane (Renee) and Stephen Crane (Kim) of Cherryville. He had nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Jack served in the United States Coast Guard during WWII, 1943 – 1946, in the Pacific. Jack’s professional career was in the trucking industry, and his work led him ultimately to live in the Cherryville, NC, area where he worked for Carolina Freight Carriers. He retired from CFCC as Vice-President of Human Resources.
Jack was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Cherryville, serving on various committees and teaching a men’s Bible class.
Jack was an avid golfer. In his later years he was a member of the Cleveland County Men’s Golf Association and served as secretary. His most memorable round of golf was played with Arnold Palmer after winning the opportunity in a lottery.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 12, 2021 at First United Methodist Church of Cherryville. Visitation occurred from 9:45 to 10:45 p.m., prior to the service. A private graveside committal preceded the hour of visitation.
Memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church of Cherryville, Hospice of Cleveland County, or Calvary Road Ministries at calveryroadministries.com. 
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter-Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Stephenson. 
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Carl C. “Boozie” Dellinger

CHERRYVILLE – Carl C. “Boozie” Dellinger, 86, of Tot Dellinger Rd., passed away Friday, July 9, 2021 at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1934 in Gaston County to the late Blair and Elsie Hoyle Dellinger. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
“Boozie” attended Wake Forest University and spent his career as a Supervisor with Carolina Freight. He was the President and Crier for the Cherryville New Year’s Shooters, Inc. He was an avid sports fan and major supporter of Little League. “Boozie” was also an excellent farmer and specialized in growing strawberries. He had a green thumb and could make anything grow. He enjoyed reading and was a history buff. “Boozie” was well-known for his sense of humor and his one-liners that could always get you laughing. He was a great man who will be deeply missed by his family and his community.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Travis Dellinger; brother, Hoyle Dellinger; sister, Dora Ellen Eaker; and granddaughter-in-law, Beverly Walls.
He is survived by his children, Becky Walls and husband, Ronnie of Cherryville, and Mike “Little Booze” Dellinger and Nicole Blaylock of Cherryville; grandchildren, Carly Dellinger, Chesley Walls and wife, Crystal, Travis Walls and wife, Whitney, Angie Anthony and husband, Wes, and Abby Brown and husband, Marcus; great-grandchildren, Katie Walls, Brent Walls, Lane Walker, Alli Anthony, Lawson Walls, Myles Brown, Alex Anthony and Silas Dellinger-Jenkins; and sister-in-law, Joyce Dellinger. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his caregivers, Thelma Sims, Lisa McGowan, Wendy Hallman, and Charlie Lavery.
A funeral service was held Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 4 p.m., at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner and Rev. Jerry Lail officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. The family receive friends Sunday from 1:30 until 3:45 p.m., prior to the service in the First Baptist Church’s COC.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Dr, Lincolnton, NC, 28092, and First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Dellinger.
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Wayne Jenks

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. William Wayne Jenks, 63, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
Wayne was born on Aug. 3, 1957 in Lincoln County, a son of the late Bobby Gene Jenks and Sarah Childers Jenks. He attended West Lincoln High School where he played football, basketball and baseball and was voted “most athletic” his senior year. During these years and following he also played on several softball leagues. Wayne was very active in sports and enjoyed hunting as well.
He began working for NASCAR in 1980 and worked 20 years with Travis Carter and several other teams. He was the “jackman” and transport hauler. Wayne was one of the top four jackmen in NASCAR at the time. He then went to work at Southeastern Motor Freight where he retired. His next adventure would be a new business, Jenks Lawn Care, along with his nephew Alex Jenks. He was member of Cooksville Masonic Lodge #502 A.F. & A. M., the York Rite, Oasis Shriners, and a member of the Lincoln County Shrine Club. Wayne was a faithful member of North Brook Baptist Church in Cherryville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lenny and Jerry Pendleton.
Left to cherish his memory are brothers, Bobby Jenks, Jr. (Denise) and Terry Pendleton; sisters, Penny Huss (Jerry) and Rita Sronce (Gary); and an adopted daughter, Allesa Setzer. Also surviving are a number of nieces, nephews and close friends. He also had two very special friends over the years, his black Lab dogs – Harley and Denver – who were like his kids.
Visitation was from 1 to 2:45 p.m., on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at North Brook Baptist Church.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at North Brook Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Wise officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150; or to North Brook Baptist Church, Music Department, 7421 Flay Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021; or to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105; or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC, 28262.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Jenks.
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Jane Hancock

CHERRYVILLE – Martha Jane Pruitte Hancock, 80, of Craig St., passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. She was born April 16, 1941 in Gaston County to the late Joseph Lawrence and Edith Inez Anthony Pruitte.
Jane was employed as a waitress with Home Folks Café for 52 years. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed cooking for her family. Her home was always open to her family and friends. Jane also looked forward to her annual “sister’s weekend” at Oak Island Beach.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, George William “Junior” Hancock; and a sister, Brenda Harbinson.
She is survived by her children, Theresa Abernethy (Rodney) of Cherryville, Joey Hancock of Cherryville and Gary Dean Hancock (Lisa) of Cherryville; five grandchildren, Jason Hancock, Hannah Short (Kyle), Kelsey Price (Zach), Zachary Hancock, and Kinzy Hancock; great-grandchildren, Lane Hancock, Jase Hancock, Levi Hancock, Hadley Price, Blakely Price, Paxton Price, Jett Cronland, Nev Hancock, and Blair Hancock; and two sisters, Pat Ginn (Dan), and Carolyn Hanlin (Ken).
Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services, and other times at the home of Jane Hancock.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, June 28, 2021 at First Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Mark Poe officiating.
Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to either Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County at hpccr.org, or First Wesleyan Church of Cherryville, 800 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Hancock.
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Eva Dell Sain Brown
5/11/22 – 6/5/21

PALM HARBOR, FL – Mary Eva Dell Sain Brown, formerly of Cherryville, N.C., passed away on June 5, 2021, of natural causes at Arden Courts, a Palm Harbor, FL, memory care facility. She was 99 years old. Her daughter, Mary Alissandratos was by her side at the time of her death.
Mrs. Brown was born May 11, 1922, in Vale, N.C., the youngest child (of eight), to Preston and Mittie Crow Sain. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Ernest Brown, her parents, two brothers, Ike and Lee Sain; and five sisters, Hazel AuBuchon, Edna Bingham, Gola Norman, Daisy Johnson and Grace Miller.
Survivors include Eva Dell’s three daughters: Patty Fox (Robert) of Clearwater, FL, Janet Shell of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary Alissandratos of Palm Harbor, FL; seven grandchildren, Tricia Fox (Josh Schoenberger) of San Diego, CA; Dr. Scott Shell (Andrew) of Buellton, CA, Jaclyn Shell of Charlotte, N.C., Brian Shell (Kash) of Charlotte, N.C., Andrew and Michel Alissandratos of Lake Tahoe, CA, and Jared Alissandratos of Palm Harbor, FL; and two great-grandchildren, AJ and Shayne Schoenberger of San Diego, CA.
Eva Dell graduated from Banoak High School, Vale, N.C., as valedictorian in 1938 and Magna Cum Laude from Lenoir – Rhyne University in 1942 (with a BA in English). In 1974 she received a Master of Education degree from UNC – Charlotte. Soon after college graduation, Eva Dell traveled to Los Angeles to spend several months with her brother, Lee, before finally making her way to Sioux Falls, S.D., where Clyde, her high school sweetheart, was stationed during WWII. They were married there on Nov. 7, 1942, three days after her arrival.
After the war was over, Eva Dell and Clyde moved to Cherryville, and opened Modern Printing Company on Main Street. Clyde ran the daily operation, but Eva Dell was instrumental in getting the business off the ground by taking over the marketing and sales duties. In those early days, she drove many miles, calling on prospective clients and succeeded in generating new and repeat orders that made Modern Printing Co. successful for over 50 years.
Besides working at the printing shop, Eva Dell was active in many community activities. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, a Sunday School teacher for the Gertrude Rudisill class, and served in various leadership roles in the church. She also was an active member of her daughters’ PTA organizations. In addition, she volunteered at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, and for the Cancer Society. She even modeled for Troyanne Ross Modeling Co. in Charlotte for several months. In 1978 she was appointed to the Gaston County Women’s Task Force along with five other county women to help promote the passage of the ERA bill. Her many hours of community work earned her a Personality of the South designation in 1972.
In 1964, Eva Dell hosted for a year a German foreign exchange student, Heidi, in her Cherryville home.
Many years later, after touring China, she also sponsored her tour guide, Maggie Lu, in her efforts to immigrate to the U.S. She maintained a relationship with both girls for the remainder of her life. Her compassion for others also led her to sponsor two young Taiwan orphans for several years culminating in a 1970 visit to see them.
Perhaps Eva Dell’s deepest passion, other than her family, was travel. Over the course of her life, she journeyed to many countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Australia and made specific trips to China, Russia, the Middle East, Japan and many other places. To facilitate her passion, in 1978 she opened a travel agency beside the printing business and operated it for several years. Her family was included on many of these trips even after the daughters had families of their own. In 1992 all the family spent a wonderful vacation in Hawaii to celebrate Clyde and Eva Dell’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Eva Dell loved being with her grandchildren and was a part of all their lives regardless of where they lived. She was always available to help out, participated in all their life events, never judging them for their unconventional choices, and was always proud of their accomplishments. She was the perfect grandmother and beloved by all of seven of them.
In 1984, Eva Dell bought a home in Clearwater, FL, across the street from Patty. Although she alternated
between her Cherryville and Clearwater homes for many years, she gradually began spending more of her time in Clearwater, joining a local fitness group and attending church activities there. At age 90, she was featured on local TV for her fitness achievements. In 2013 Eva Dell moved into Mary’s home, then into a memory care facility in 2019.
Eva Dell was an intelligent, vibrant, beautiful woman. She had an independent spirit and was never one to conform to rules she didn’t agree with. She was a free thinker, often espousing ideas ahead of her time, inspiring her children and grandchildren to pursue an education and be comfortable with who they are. She was an energetic woman, loved to entertain and often had gatherings at her Cherryville home, but ultimately, it was her love of her family that drove her.
Eva Dell will be missed, but she has left a legacy of grace, spirit, achievement, and unconditional love.
A memorial service will be held on July 11, 2021 at 2 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Collins officiating. The family will receive friends in the church narthex immediately following.
Memorials may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation at https://suncoasthospicefoundation.org/donations/, or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at https://act.alz.org/donate.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with local arrangements.
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Glenn “Son” Randall

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Glenn “Son” Randall, 88, passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Randall was born in Gaston County, N.C., on March 21, 1933, a son of the late Lector Lee Randall and Edna Mae Sigmon Randall. He was graduate of Cherryville High School and was a great athlete. Mr. Randall enjoyed playing tennis. He retired as a driver from Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation after 42 years of service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Danny Randall; a brother J.L. Randal;l and two sisters, Merlyn Carpenter and Betty Black.
Survivors include a daughter, Terri Valentine (Doug Randall); a son, Tracy Randall (Shelly Cogdill) both of Cherryville; a daughter-in-law, Kristi Randall of Hendersonville; a sister, Ann Ramsey of Cherryville; four grandchildren, Jordan Randall, Dane Randall, Kelly Maxwell and Casey Burgess; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiated.
The family greeted friends following the service. At other times the family will be at the home of his daughter, Terri Valentine.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey– Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Randall.
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Barbara Jean Wright

CHERRYVILLE – Barbara Jean Kiser Wright, 76, of Cherryville, passed away Sunday, June 13, at Atrium Lincoln. She was born March 14, 1945, in Lincoln Coun-ty, NC, to the late Robert Kern Kiser and Jean Elmore Kiser.
Barbara was a lifetime member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and proudly served the real estate community at Carpenter’s Real Estate alongside her business partner, Dean Carpenter, for over 45 years. Her family and friends, who lovingly called her “Booboo,” were the cen-ter of her life. While she was an avid reader, puzzler, and traveler, she cherished activities involving her family above all else.
Preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Derek Levi Stamey, she is survived by her children: Johnna Stamey (Bill), Candie Wright (Tammi Rushing), Stacie Wright, Trenton Wright (Tawana); grandchildren: Whit-ney Walker (Tyler), Stephen Wright (Allie), Wesley Wright (Chloe), Carter Rushing and honorary grandson Mihajlo Crnograc; and siblings: Patricia Campbell (John), and Robert Kiser (Lynn); as well as numerous be-loved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, or The National Kidney Foundation.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serv-ing the family of Ms. Wright.
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Margaret Sue Webb

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Margaret Sue Dellinger Webb, 93, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cleveland.
Mrs. Webb was born in Gaston County, N.C., on Jan. 3, 1928, a daughter of the late Henry Bryce Dellinger and Talathy Dellinger Dellinger. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, serving in many capacities, including being a member of the Chancel Choir for over 50 years and Director of the Children’s Choir, a member of the Florene Styles Sunday School class, the Young at Heart, and a former Sunday School teacher for many years. Mrs. Webb also helped with the First United Methodist Church Kindergarten from 1965 to 1975. She retired from Cherryville Elemen-tary School after 17 years of service. She was also a member of the Cherryville Music Club and Cherryville Garden Club. Mrs. Webb was a charter member of Cher-ryville Eastern Star Chapter #156 Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, John Wonnie Webb, Jr. and a brother, Wayne Dellinger.
Survivors include her two sons, Danny Webb and wife, Teresa of Cherryville; Rick Webb and wife, Phyllis of Kernersville; a sister, Eloise Mauney of Cherryville; five grandchildren, Darin Webb and wife, Emily of Cher-ryville; Laura Webb Price and husband, Nick of Stanley; Parker Webb and wife, Melodi of Colfax; Taylor Webb and wife, Kelsey of Lexington, N.C., and Hannah Webb of High Point; and eight great-grandchildren, Hadley Webb, Easton Webb, Jackson Price, Avery Price, Brock Webb, Stella Webb, Bryce Webb and Caleb Webb.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Lucy Hartman and Betty Harper for the care they provid-ed Mrs. Webb.
Visitation was from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Cher-ryville and at other times the family will be at the home of Danny and Teresa Webb.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating.
Burial followed in City Memorial Cemetery with Eastern Star Rites by Cherryville Chapter #156 Order of the Eastern Star.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Ser-vice served the family of Mrs. Webb.
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Gregory “Rollo” Fielder

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Gregory Austin “Rollo” Fielder, 63, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.
He was born in Cleveland County, N.C., on July 11, 1957, the only child of Gerald Austin Fielder and Juanita Brady Fielder. Rollo worked for Carter Chevrolet and Keeter Ford Lincoln Mercury in the detail shop before his health declined. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville and enjoyed drag racing.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Lorra Howell, of the home; two daughters, Katie Marie Fielder of Cherryville and Madeline Paige Fielder of Gastonia; two grandchildren, Peyton Moore and Memphis Austin Gregory Fielder.
Visitation was from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Friday, June 11, 2021 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville and at other times the family will be at the home.
A memorial service was held at 12 noon on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Huss officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to Mt Zion Baptist Church Youth Group, 112 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Fielder.
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Wendy Meadows

SHALLOTTE, NC – Wendy Delane Heavner Meadows, 54, of Shallotte, formerly of Cherryville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday, May 27, 2021.
She was born Oct. 14, 1966 at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, FL, to Freddie Heavner and the late Charlotte Beam Heavner. Wendy graduated from Cherryville High School and attended Gaston Community College. Wendy worked at Cleveland Regional Medical Center for over 20 years where she was a hard worker that was loved by all. Wendy’s sense of humor, smile, and kind heart will be cherished by all those who knew her.
Wendy is survived by her father, Freddie Heavner, of Cherryville; daughter, Lyndsey Richard and husband, David, of Vale; son, Caleb Roberts, of Cherryville; sister, Stephanie Hamrick, of Shelby; brother-in-law, Wray Hamrick, of Shelby; nephew, Cole Hamrick; and fur baby, Lucy.
The family will hold a private graveside service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at www.mcla.org.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Ms. Meadows.
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Beverly Stiles

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Beverly Hamrick Stiles, 62, passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at her residence.
Beverly was born on Sept. 2, 1958 in Lincoln County, NC, a daughter of Shirley Beam Hamrick of Cherryville and the late Max Hamrick. She was a graduate of Cherryville High School, Class of 1976, and earned her Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University. Beverly retired from Currituck County Schools as a Guidance Counselor after 30 years of service. She was a member of New Life Providence Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her daughter, Annashaye Stiles and husband Nicholas Orsa, of Washington; special friends and caregivers, Shayne Turner and Pam Hood.
Visitation was on Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home, and at other times the family will be at the home.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Keith Huss officiating.
Burial followed in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th St., Lincoln, NE, 68508, or visit their website at www.arborday.org.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Stiles.
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Jean Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Jean Aderholdt Beam, 91, passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Peak Resources in Cherryville.
Mrs. Beam was born on Nov. 19, 1929 in Miami, Florida, a daughter of the late William Allen Aderholdt and Ava Lee Crowder Aderholdt. She retired as City Clerk for the City of Cherryville and was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville and Cherryville Chapter #156 Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John David Beam, Sr.; and two sons, Curtis Beam and John David “Satch” Beam, Jr.
Survivors include her son, Allen “A.B.” Beam and wife Denise of Cherryville; two daughters-in-law, Jackie Beam of Cherryville and Helen Beam of Lexington, S.C.; a brother, Joe Aderholdt of Kings Mountain; four grandchildren, Liza Burton (Jonathan), Sallie Faulkner (John), Turner Beam (Emily), Amanda Warren (Will); and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were private.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to the Cherryville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 411 E. Church St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Beam.
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Martha Browne Sellers

Martha Browne Sellers, of Montgomery, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. She was the daughter of Bill and Gladys Browne, deceased, of Cherryville, N.C.
She was married to Jim Sellers and had two sons, Scott Sellers, deceased, and Jonathan Sellers. She had five grandchildren, all of whom reside in Texas.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for June 26, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church, Cherryville, at 1:30 p.m. The family requests that attendees attire summer casual.
In lieu of flowers, Martha requested that those who choose to, donate to the First Presbyterian building fund in her name.
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Mary Reeves

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Mary Ella Wright Reeves, 85, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.
Mrs. Reeves was born on Dec. 13, 1935 in South Carolina, a daughter of the late James Lee “Jim” Wright and Nina Pearl Hamrick Wright. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Wesleyan Church in Hickory.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Reeves, Jr. and two sons, Johnny and Jerry Reeves.
Survivors include four sons, Charles Reeves, Tommy Reeves (Sandra), Calvin Reeves and Larry Reeves (Nancy), all of Cherryville; five daughters, Brenda Rose of Jonas Ridge; Janice King (Will) of Murphy; Cathy Tyson (Dennis) and Barbara Smith (Paul), both of Cherryville, and Karen Church of Lincolnton. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren.
Visitation was on Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. O. David Shrum officiating.
Burial was at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, 1707 N. Randall Rd., Suite 200, Elgin, IL, 60123; or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 4600 Park Rd., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC, 28209.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Reeves.
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Maxine Ledbetter Warlick

CONWAY, S.C. – Mrs. Maxine Ledbetter Warlick, 81, wife of James Edward Warlick of Conway, S.C., passed away after an extended illness on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Conway Medical Center.
Maxine was born in Gaston County, N.C., on Jan. 7, 1940, a daughter to the late Robert Lee Ledbetter and the late Gladys Whitworth Ledbetter. Mrs. Warlick, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, was retired from the Horry County Disability and Special Needs Organization where she helped and aided individuals with learning and cognitive disabilities. In her free time, Maxine loved creating art through ceramics and painting. Her family stated that Maxine had a strong affection for ducks; she would collect anything involving webbed feet and feathers.
Surviving Mrs. Warlick, in addition to her husband, of the home, James, are her children – her son, Robert Edward Warlick of Conway; her daughter, Deborah Warlick Davis of Loris; her grandchildren, Eric Michael Davis of Wilmington, N.C., and Kristen M. Moore (Steve) of Durham; and her great-grandchildren, Hannah Moore, Steven Moore, and Ryan Moore.
Mrs. Warlick was predeceased by her two brothers, Robert Jack Ledbetter, and Bobby Lee Ledbetter.
A graveside service for Mrs. Warlick was held Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m., in the Cherryville City Cemetery, in Cherryville, N.C., directed by Cox – Collins Funeral Home of Mullins.
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James W. Porter

LAWNDALE – James Walter Porter, 60, of Lawndale, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at his home.
Born in Montana on Oct. 10, 1960, he was the son of the late Donald Jerry Porter and Betty Iler Porter. He was re-tired from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant First Class in the Military Police. Following his service he worked in the security field. James was a member of Lawndale Mis-sionary Methodist Church and loved to be outdoors deer hunting and fishing.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Porter.
He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Moore Porter; son, James Porter and wife, Jessica of Nashville, TN; daughter, Tiffany McKee and husband, Brett of Iowa, Louisiana; stepson, Christopher Robbins of Forest City; stepdaughter, Jennifer Wilkins and husband Ron of For-est City; brother, Robbie Porter and wife Tonya of Cher-ryville; sister, Tonya P. Willis of Cherryville; mother-in-law, Mildred “Granny” Moore of Shelby; a friend who became family, Beth Weatherford of Polkville; former stepson-in-law, Billy Fields; and five grandchildren, Landon McKee, Karlee McKee, Landen Fields, Peyton Fields, and Camron Robbins.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at 6 p.m., at Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Wilkins officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral ser-vice.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, N.C.
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Doris Chronister

CHERRYVILLE – Doris Duke Homesley Chronister, 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Somerset Court of Cherryville.
She was born June 19, 1930 in Gaston County to the late Albert Herbert Homesley and Novella Adams Homesley. She was a graduate of Kings College and worked as an executive secretary at GE/Black and Decker in Charlotte.
Doris was a unique individual who touched the lives of all who knew her. Her vanity and her humor allowed her to live life in full bloom.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Albert Boyd Homesley; and nephew, Albert Benjamin Homesley.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Ann Homesley, her nieces, Angela Whitworth (Hoke), and Jannie Smith, and many great-nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all the staff at Somerset Court for their loving care and attentiveness for Doris while she was a resident there. She had a special place in her heart for each one of you.
Special thanks to Carolina Caring Catawba Valley Hospice for the compassion and respect you gave to Doris while she was in your care.
Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Somerset Court of Cherryville, 401 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Chronister.
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Martha Eaker

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Martha Leatherman Eaker, 78, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.
Martha was born on March 3, 1943 in Cleveland County, NC, a daughter of the late Hillard Leatherman and Margaret Smith Leatherman. She retired as a secretary for Judge W. J. Allran.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her niece, Allison Bennett Hovis.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Richard Eaker, of the home; a son, Chris Eaker of Raleigh; a sister, Lynn Bennett and husband Rocky of Cherryaville; nieces and nephews; Kevin Bennett (Lutricia), Wesley Bennett (Kristen), Kyle Bennett; Kim Huffman (Dustin), Dana Helms, and Kenny Helms (Carrie). Also surviving are a number of great-nieces and nephews.
To honor Mrs. Eaker’s request, services and burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Eaker.
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Barbara Rudisill

CHERRYVILLE – Barbara Eloise Yount “Bobbie” Rudisill, 92, of Ed Rudisill Rd., passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland. She was born Oct. 20, 1928 in Hickory, NC, to the late O.V. and Dorothy Eckard Yount.
Bobbie was the Valedictorian of Hickory High, Class of 1945. She was also the Valedictorian of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Class of 1949. She and her husband, Edwin, were owners and operators of R&S Manufacturing and the Village Store in Cherryville. She was a very active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, being the first woman elected to serve on the church council. She also taught the ladies Sunday School class, sang in the choir and was a member of the Women’s Circle group. She was a greeter with God’s Work Our Hands – Bible Study. She also participated with the Archives of the History of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She sewed numerous banners for the church and supplied Thrivent money to fund the church food ministry. Bobbie and her husband Edwin were charter members of the Cherryville Historical Museum. She served as president and secretary of the Village Garden Club over many years. She was a past member of the Board of Trustees building committee, who oversaw the building of Gaston Memorial Hospital. Bobbie was very artistic and talented. She enjoyed sewing and loved flowers and gardening. In her 80’s she started her business, “Mother Nature’s Art”, where she made and sold pressed flower pictures at local farmers markets. Bobby was the epitome of a Christian lady. She will be remembered as a woman of service to her church, her family, and her community.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Edwin Rudisill, Sr.; grandson, Jay Beam; son-in-law, Click Dellinger; brother, Earl Yount; and sisters, Nina White, Margaret Corey, and Ruth Sigmon.
Survivors include her children, Dr. L. Edwin Rudisill, Jr. (Cathy) of Greenville, SC, Barbara Jones (Mike) of Cherryville, Alice Dellinger of Cherryville, Edwina Beam (Jim) of Lincolnton, and Diana Keck (David) of Mooresville; grandchildren, her special caregiver – Deana Jones, Steve Jones (Heather), Ashley Forbes (Scott), Chelsea Browder (Luke), Kim Harrill, Amy Dellinger, Trudie Homesley (Kelly), Ched Beam (Samantha), Katie Crocker (Clinton), Dave Keck (Nina), Charlotte Karriker (Kurt), Fran Patterson (Tim); great-grandchildren, Michael Jones, Jackson Forbes, Reid Forbes, Cole Harrill (Taylor), Jess Harrill (and their father, Johnny Harrill), Dayne Homesley, Allie Kay Homesley, Henderson Beam (fiancé, Libba Zimmerman), Sarah Beam, C.J. Crocker, Robert Keck, Rachel Keck, Rhodes Karriker, Jonathan Patterson, and Hunter Patterson; and great-great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Grace Harrill.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services.
Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Ben Kifer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 100, Cherryville, NC, 28021, or The Cherryville Historical Museum, 109 E. Main St., Cherryville, NC, 28021
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Rudisill.
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Robert Shook

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Robert Eugene Shook, 38, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Atrium Health – Charlotte, surrounded by his family.
Robert was born in Cleveland County, NC, on July 24, 1982, a son of Sue Bridges Cherry of Shelby and the late Craig Eugene Shook. He was an HVAC technician for Gaston Sheet Metal and enjoyed his job. Robert’s life revolved around his wife and children and they were the love of his life. He was also a great cook and loved to go carp fishing.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife of 19 years, Holly Craft Shook of the home; a daughter, Keleigh Shook; two sons, John Robert Shook and Eli Shook; a brother, Ben Shook of Iron Station; grandfather, Ed “Dode” Ellis; and two uncles, Richard Shook and George Ellis, all of Shelby. Also surviving are other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the police, EMT workers, first responders and the doctors and staff of the Trauma unit at Atrium – Main in Charlotte for all of the care they provided Robert and also to all of his work family at Gaston Sheet Metal.
Visitation was on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m., at the home of Haley and Pete Craft.
A Celebration of Life service was held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Cherryville, with Rev. Wayne Key officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to the Robert Shook Memorial Fund, c/o Carolina Federal Credit Union, 1200 E. Church St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Shook family.
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Roy Ellis Metcalf

CRYSTAL RIVER, FLA. – Roy Ellis Metcalf, 78, of Crystal River, Florida, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021. He was born Aug. 9, 1942 in Montgomery, Alabama, to the late Roy Eugene Metcalf and Audrey Eddins Metcalf.
He served in the United States Air Force for seven years, worked as a District Manager for Honeywell, and retired as IT Director at Inman Mills.
Roy was devoted to his wife, family and friends. He enjoyed golfing, boating, the company of friends and strangers, karaoke, Elvis, and gospel music. He was a lifelong follower and fan of Alabama Crimson Tide football.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Dan Upchurch; a great-granddaughter, Molly Upchurch; and a sister, Wanda M. Chumney.
Roy is survived by his wife, Patricia Curry Metcalf; daughter, Angie Upchurch (Mark); sons, Mark Metcalf (Lois Ann), and Matthew Metcalf (Janine); grandchildren, Will Upchurch (Erin), Luke Upchurch (Ben), Wade Metcalf (Kelsey), Sarah Wingo (Justin), Gray Metcalf and Ginny Metcalf; great-grandchildren, Mary Ellis, William, Reese, Blair, and Wells; sister, Janice M. King; and brother, Bill Metcalf.
There are no formal services planned.
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Luther Hester

LINCOLNTON – Mr. Luther Lee Hester, 71, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Atrium Health - Lincoln.
Luther was born on Nov. 28, 1949 in Lincoln County, NC, a son of the late Paul Luther Hester and Annie Lee Morgan Hester. He was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Morgantown and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville. Luther spent a long career working for UPS before returning to his community as a police officer, serving and protecting the community he loved.  He retired from Gaston County Sheriff’s Office.
After retiring, Luther enjoyed traveling with his family, working in his barn and enjoyed growing his faith. He was a man of wit, courageous strength, and had a heart full of love for so many people. His smile and laugh were contagious. He was a loving father to his five kids, grandfather to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and “Uncle Ludder” to so many.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Morgan Hester.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Wanda McSwain Hester, of the home; three sons, J.P Hester (Emma) of Virginia Beach, SC; Dakota McLeymore (Gerardo) of Columbia, SC; Justin McLeymore (Laura) of Newton; two daughters, Julie Hester (Robbie) of Mooresville; Jamie Hester Bartolomeo (Pete) of Charlotte; and a special aunt, Ruby Clinton, of Cherryville.
Also surviving are a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation was on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville, and at other times the family will be at the home.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Reverend’s Keith Huss and Paul Mace officiating.
Law enforcement honors will be provided by the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Hester.
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Nell S. Griggs

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Nell Self Griggs, 84, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 at Hillcrest Raleigh at Crabtree Valley, in Raleigh, NC.
Mrs. Griggs was born on July 27, 1936 in Cleveland County, NC, the only daughter of the late Ralph T. Self and Blanche Gettys Self. She was a 1954 graduate of Cherryville High School, a 1958 graduate of Lenoir – Rhyne College, receiving her undergraduate degree there, and was a graduate of Appalachian State University where she received her Master’s Degree. Mrs. Griggs was a teacher for 42 years. She retired after 35 years of teaching health and physical education at Gardner – Webb University.
She was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, serving on numerous committees. She was a member of the June Medlin Sunday school class and the Callie Beam Circle of the United Methodist Women and Past President of the Gastonia District of the United Methodist Women.
After moving to Greer, SC, she was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church Tuesday Morning Prayer group and the Seekers Sunday School Class. Mrs. Griggs was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Tryon Resolves Chapter.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. F. Keith Griggs.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn G. Pennington (Essel) of Greer, SC; her son and daughter-in-law, Gregory K. Griggs (Melanie) of Henderson, wNC; four grandchildren, Zach Guest (Katelynn) of Cincinnati, OH; Alex Guest (and fiancé Katie) of Greenville, SC; Hayes Griggs of Raleigh, NC; Andrew Griggs of Chapel Hill, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Rhett Guest and Riggs Guest of Cincinnati, OH.
The family would also like to express a special thank you to Mrs. Griggs’ long-time friend and her family physician, Dr. Thomas R. White of Cherryville, for the excellent care he provided.
A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, with Pastor Zack Christy officiating. The service was live streamed on the First United Methodist Church of Cherryville Facebook page.
Burial followed in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
The family greeted friends following the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Griggs Scholarship Fund at Gardner – Webb University, P.O. Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC, 28017, or First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Griggs.
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Adam Cole Crowder

CHERRYVILLE – Adam Cole Crowder, 32, of Cherryville, was tragically taken from Earth, but joyfully reunited with his sister in Heaven Monday, March 8, 2021. He was born Aug. 13, 1988 in Gaston County, N.C.
Adam was the son of Dennis “Cotton” and Pam Booker Crowder. He attended Cherryville High School and then went on to be the owner and operator of Crowder Pressure Washing. Adam loved the outdoors. He enjoyed riding four-wheelers and going fishing. He had the most beautiful smile and the kindest heart.
Adam was preceded in death by his sister, Erika Lane Crowder; and grandparents, James and Ruth Crowder and Jim and Hester Booker.
Survivors include his parents, Cotton and Pam Crowder; uncles, James “Chip” Crowder and wife, Pam; and Larry Crowder and wife, Kathy; and numerous cousins and friends.
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiating. A live-stream of the service will be available on Facebook through the First Presbyterian Church page. Burial was private. There was an opportunity to speak with the family following the service. Social distancing and face coverings were required.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Crowder.
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Broderick Chapman

CHERRYVILLE – William Broderick “Bubba” Chapman, 64, of Chapman Rd., passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021 at his residence. He was born Nov. 11, 1956 in Lincoln County, to the late Kenneth Franklin Chapman Sr. and the late Mary Elizabeth Self Chapman.
Bubba loved spending time with his family, riding motorcycles, and shooting with the Cherryville New Year Shooters.
He is survived by his brothers, Kenneth “KC” Chapman, Warren Chapman and wife, Tammy, and Alan Chapman and wife, Darlene; sister, Theresa Chapman Brown and husband, Johnny; nieces, Sandy White, Emily Chapman, Kirstin Chapman, and Latawnya Gibson; nephews, Casey Chapman, and Justin Chapman; great-nieces, Dawn Gibson Collins, Everett Chapman, and Rylan Chapman; and great-nephews, Zakory Gibson, and Hunter White.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Bean officiating.
A guest register was available from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to either Anthony Grove Baptist Church at 100 Anthony Grove Rd., Crouse, NC, 28033; or Leonard’s Fork Baptist Church at 1462 Leonard’s Fork Church Rd., Lincolnton, NC, 28092.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Chapman.
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Suzanne Smith

CHERRYVILLE – Suzanne Smith, 77, of Cherryville, passed away Friday, March 12, 2021 at Peak Resources of Cherryville.
She was born Dec. 13, 1943 in Mutnomah County, OR,  to the late Theodore Joseph and Margaret Louise St. Clair Okrasinski.
Suzanne was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville. She was retired from Freightliner of Gastonia. She enjoyed working in her yard, walking, hiking, and working out at the YMCA in Cherryville. She loved being with her family and will be missed dearly.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Sharon Sherrill and husband Jim, of Cherryville; son, Joe Shepherd of Portland, OR; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted and Lois Okrasinski, Dan and Lonnie Okrasinski, and Bill Okrasinski; grandchildren, Devan Beam, his fiancé Tiffany Queen and her daughter, Aussie Cape, Jimmy Sherrill, Anna Sherrill, and Lucy Shepherd.
There are no formal services planned.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Ms. Sherrill.
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Dr. Joe Billy Craig

CHARLOTTE – Dr. Joe B. Craig, 89, passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 at his home in the company of his loving family.
Born July 25, 1931 in Cherryville, N.C., he was a son of the late Marshall Henry Craig and Virgie Ross Craig. Following graduation from Cherryville High School, Joe furthered his education at the University of North Carolina where he earned a degree in Dentistry. He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Florida Southern University. He spent his career as an oral surgeon, and a counselor to the troops of 3-20 Special Forces Unit at Camp Blanding in Florida. Joe also dedicated his life to medical missions where he served the Lord’s work in multiple countries, such as, Europe, Africa, and the Islands.
The joy of Joe’s life was his family. He adored his wife, Nancy Margaret Craig whom he married March 2, 1950. He was also a devoted father and grandfather who attended all school and sports activities, cheering fiercely at every event. An avid golfer, Joe spent many happy Friday afternoons with friends at the Raintree Country Club telling stories and working diligently to improve his score.
He was preceded in death by his son, Billy Craig.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Margaret Craig; two children, Debra Blackwelder of Charlotte, and Joe Craig of Charlotte; and four beloved grandchildren, Charity McPhail, Robert Craig, Jolea Blackwelder, and Lee Blackwelder; as well as his five great-grandchildren, Kamryn Craig, Josie McPhail, Ben Craig, Blake McPhail, and Bentley Blackwelder.
A service to celebrate Joe’s life was held at 11 a.m., on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. Interment was in Sharon Memorial Park with military honors.
Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
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Bill Bridges

LAWNDALE – William Charles “Bill” Bridges, 88, of Mauney Rd., Lawndale, passed away Monday, March 8, 2021 at his residence. He was born May 1, 1932 in Gaston County to the late Carl and Annie Goins Bridges.
Bill was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean War. He retired from Carolina Freight after 36 years. He loved to “pittle” around the house, working on his tractors and farm equipment, and just spending time outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marlene Rhyne, and Patricia Beam.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 65 years, Cecile Pitchford Bridges; son, Curt Bridges (Grace); daughter, Renee Kearney (John); brother, Bob Bridges; sister, Libby Lynn (Carroll); grandchildren, Zachary Bridges, Alan Bridges, Jason Owens (Cathy), and Tim Owens (Ashley); and great-grandchildren, Dakota, Bethany, Will, Jackson, and Bailey.
Mr. Bridges’ family would like to thank his special caregiver, Patty Stroud, for her dedication to Mr. and Mrs. Bridges during this difficult time.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 953 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Bridges.
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Terry Yount

VALE – Mr. Terry Dale “TY” Yount, 77, passed away on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
Terry was born in Cleveland County, N.C., on Aug. 12, 1943, a son of the late Jack Linard Yount and Roberta Howell Yount. He retired after 32 years of service as a supervisor from Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville. Terry was a member of North Brook Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Kathy Houser Yount of the home; a son, Greg Yount and wife, Wendy, of Asheville; a daughter, Traci Yount of Vale; five grandchildren, Alec, Colin and Sloane Yount of Asheville; Madison King of Lincolnton, and Garrison Fisher, of Gastonia; two brothers, John Yount of Terrell, and Harold Yount and wife Anita, of Cherryville; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Troy and Sandy Houser, Steve Little, and Cleatus White, all of Cherryville. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Ray Pennell officiating.
The family greeted friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to North Brook Baptist Church, 7421 Flay Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Yount.
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Hubert Paul Seagle, Sr.

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Hubert Paul Seagle, Sr., 74, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021 at his residence.
Paul was born on May 27, 1946 in Gaston County, NC, a son of the late Russell Jefferson Seagle and Viola Mauney Seagle. He was retired from the City of Cherryville working in the Water and Sewer Department, as a meter reader and Secretary of the Safety Committee. Paul was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Cherryville and also Clover Hill United Methodist Church in Casar.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Brackett Seagle; a grandson, Ryan Troy Seagle; two sisters, Ava Lorene Upton and Ruby Wright; and two brothers, Walter “Lee” Seagle and John David “J.D.” Seagle.
Survivors include a son, Hubert Paul Seagle, Jr. (Missy), of Alabama; two daughters, Lisa Roach (Ernie) and Paula Quinn (Michael), both of Cherryville; a sister, Mary Lou Brittain of Sebring, Florida; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at Shady Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Monday, March 8, 2021 at Shady Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center with Pastor Dale Hendricks officiating.
Burial was at Clover Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Casar.
Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church, 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to Clover Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Myron Edwards, 839 Oak Grove Clover Hill Church Rd., Lawndale, NC, 28090.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Seagle.


 
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Rev. Gary Huntsinger

WACO – Rev. Gary Kent Huntsinger, 80, of Fontana Ln., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 1, 2021 while at Wendover Hospice. He was born April 2, 1940, in Gaston County.
Rev. Huntsinger was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Fruitland Baptist Bible College. He also attended Luther Rice Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Divinity. Rev. Huntsinger pastored five churches, including Rock Springs Baptist – Blacksburg, SC; Beulah Baptist – Vale; Shady Brook Baptist – Charlotte; Pisgah Baptist – Casar; and Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church – Morganton.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorene Self Humphries; stepfather, Marion Humphries; father, Nesbit Huntsinger; and brothers, Ronald Humphries, and Hans Huntsinger.
Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 62 years, Mary Frances Canipe Huntsinger; son, Rev. Wade Hampton Huntsinger (T.C.); daughter, Cathy Rebecca Dwyer (Sean); sister, Judy Davis (Ronald); grandchildren, Trent Whitley (Kelli), Matt Whitley (Nora), Bethany Whitley Helms (Dallas), Christie Drozdowski (David), and Chad Hampton Huntsinger (Samme); and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2021 at Waco Baptist Church with Rev. Wade Huntsinger and Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.
His family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.
Interment will follow at Capernaum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cleveland Hospice, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Rev. Huntsinger.
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Sandra Queen Mossman

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sandra Taylor Queen Mossman, 59, of West Columbia, S.C., passed away Friday, March 5, 2021. She was born Sept. 8, 1961 in Gaston County, N.C., to Paul G. Taylor, Sr., and Lynette Homesley Taylor.
Sandra enjoyed being with the people she loved, especially her family. Her greatest joy was her son, Matthew, whom she loved more than life itself. As if that was not enough, along came Caleb Grayson Queen and that brought life, and joy into her heart that she didn’t know she had! She hopes they never forget they were her sunshines.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Charles Lester and Velma Taylor; and maternal grandparents, James Thaddeus and Themla Homesley, all of Cherryville, N.C.
Survivors include, along with her loving parents, her loving and faithful husband of 15 years, Mike E. Mossman, of West Columbia, S.C.; son, Matthew T. Queen (Leslie Queen); grandson, Caleb G. Queen, all of Summerville, S.C.; siblings, Melinda Phillips (Randy) of Lexington, S.C., Paula T. Homesley of Columbia, S.C., Bo Taylor (Elizabeth) of Durham, N.C., Eugenia T. Beam, Edwina T. Aaron (Alton) all of Columbia, S.C.; nine (9) nieces and nephews: Brandon Parris (Lori Smith), Natalie Becknell (Jared), Christopher Parris (Emily), Julie Beam, Jenny Kinard (Tom), Amanda Warren (Will), Jackie Aubert (Danny), Tripp Taylor, Lane Howard (Tim); and nine (9) great-nieces and nephews; aunt, Ann Leatherman (Carl) of Cherryville, N.C.; and uncle, Harold Homesley (Barbara) of Pinehurst, N.C.
Sandra would like to say ‘thank you’ to the many wonderful friends she was blessed to make throughout her lifetime. Each of you held a special place in her heart. Sandra would also like to say ‘thank you’ to her extended family at Robertson Optical, where Sandra was happily employed for 12 years.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery.  The family receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Social distancing and face coverings were required.
Memorials welcome for First Baptist Church – Handy Man Ministry, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Mossman.
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Jonathan Lee Henley

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Jonathan Lee Henley, 48, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.
Jonathan was born on July 4, 1972 in Greensboro, NC, a son of Frank Henley and Danna Dellinger Henley. He was a graduate of Cary Senior High School in Cary, NC. Jonathan was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville. He worked for over 20 years at Food Lion and McDonalds in Cherryville and also volunteered at Cherryville Area Ministries for over 20 years.
Jonathan participated in Special Olympics sports in Wake and Gaston Counties for over 30 years and represented North Carolina in the National Special Olympics Bowling tournament at Baton Rouge, LA, in 2016. He was also a member of Great Adventures at Holy Angels in Belmont and he attended Sunday school at First Baptist Church and a member of the Apple of His Eye class at Legacy Church both of Cherryville.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stowe and Pansy Dellinger; A.J. and Maude Henley; uncles and an aunt, Ken and Patsy Dellinger and Jim Henley.
Survivors include his parents, Frank and Danna Dellinger Henley, of the home; a brother, Christopher Henley and wife Lisa; and two nephews, Jacob and Luke. Also surviving are a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was at the home of Frank and Danna Henley.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville, with Pastor Ben Kifer officiating.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Sunday School Outreach, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021; or to Gaston County Special Olympics, 61 Central Ave., Gastonia, NC, 28054; or to Great Adventures at Holy Angels, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC, 28012; or to The Apple of His Eye Class at Legacy Church, c/o Joy Dellinger, 3132 Dellinger Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Henley family.
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Betty Blackburn

CHERRYVILLE – Betty Younce Blackburn, 83, of Roy Eaker Rd., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 30, 1938 in Watauga County to the late Ivan E. and Lillian Thomas Younce.
Betty was a faithful member of First Wesleyan Church, Cherryville, where she taught Sunday School for more than 60 years. She was a graduate of Cove Creek High School of Watauga County, and attended Appalachian State Teachers College, currently Appalachian State University. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Tryon Chapter. She was also the president of the Cherryville Senior Citizens Group. Betty was an excellent wife, mom, granny, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was the matriarch of her family and will be missed dearly.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Susan Elaine Blackburn; and son-in-law, Gene Page.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Ben Blackburn, Sr.; daughter, Gail B. Page of Cherryville; sons, Ben T. Blackburn, Jr. (Robin) of Cherryville, and Ed Blackburn (Sherrod) of Kings Mountain; brothers, Tom Younce of Vilas, NC, Kent Younce of La Follette, TN, and Lowell Younce of Zionville, NC; grandchildren, Travis Page (Melissa), Jonathon Page, Alex Blackburn (Rachel), Emily Blackburn, William Blackburn, Sarah Blackburn, and Edward Blackburn; and great-grandchildren, Madison Page, Harrison Page, and Spencer Blackburn.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at First Wesleyan Church with Rev. Mark Poe officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Blackburn lay in state from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Social distancing and face coverings were required.
Memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 800 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Blackburn.
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Ethel Proctor

Fallston-Ethel Mae Proctor, 99, died Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at her home.
Born in Polk County she was the daughter of the late Early and Della Davis Martin. Ethel was a caretaker who loved to plant flowers and cook. The family would like to thank Angie Hillman, Shevela Parris, Chris Melton and Hospice of Catawba for their care of Ethel. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years James Willard Proctor; sons: Melvin Douglas Martin and John Pinkney Proctor; daughter, Doris Elaine Proctor; grandson, James Douglas Eaton; brothers, James Martin, Bud Martin, Marshall Davis and Harold Davis; sister, Frances Blalock.
She is survived by her sons: Earl Proctor of Fallston and Larry Proctor of Shelby; daughters, Tammy Proctor-Harris and Louise McNeely both of Shelby; sisters: Nettie Reynolds, Dot Sentell, and Margaret Walker all of Gaffney, SC; grandchildren: Todd (Cindy) Proctor, David (Suzi) Proctor, Steven Proctor, Kevin (Lea) Proctor, Greg Proctor, Allen (Tracey) Proctor, Jeramie (Heather) Proctor and Jennifer (Kevin) Frazier; 18 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; lifetime friends: Mary Ellen Wellmon and Greg Ledford, AKA Honey Bun.
A funeral service was held at 2:30 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Sandy Plains Baptist Church Clubhouse with grandson David Proctor officiating. The family received friends beginning at 1pm in the Clubhouse before the service.
Burial followed in Sandy Plains Baptist Church Cemetery. Those in attendance at the service were asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation Center.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Benjamin Stanton

CHERRYVILLE – Benjamin Franklin Stanton, of Cherryville, N.C., passed away on Feb. 8, 2021, surrounded by loving family at the age of 71.
Ben was born to parents Elmore and Prudence Stanton, on June 16, 1949, in Maxton, N.C. He graduated from Maxton High School and received a Business Degree from UNC – Chapel Hill and had a Master’s Degree in plain “ole” common sense and logic.
In 1967 Ben married – and is survived by – the love of his life, Anita Breeden Stanton, who was able to put up with him for 53 years!  His second runner-up was his life-long love affair with fried chicken and deviled eggs!
He is also survived by his three daughters, Lynne Blanton, Pam Stanton and Jennifer Rudisill; and only son, Charles Stanton (each one believing that they are the favorite child). He was the proud “B” to five grandchildren, Jonathon, Zachary, Madison, Ava Jade and Jackson.
Ben was preceded in death by parents, Elmore and Prudence Stanton; his siblings, Tommy Stanton, Billy Stanton and Janie Bracey (Steve); and son-in-law, Marty Rudisill.
After a long career in textiles and being a foreman on the docks at Carolina Freight Carriers, Ben became the successful business owner of Stanton Steel Buildings. He was an avid fisherman and talented musician who self-taught to play numerous instruments. His greatest achievement was the love he was able to show his family and friends. Anyone that ever had the privilege of meeting him found him to be an intelligent, respectful and an all-around good guy.
There are many close friends, neighbors, employees, customers and acquaintances that should be called by name. Please know that the family has enjoyed a lifetime of the bad jokes, stories and shared memories that you all have helped to create. Just know, you were all loved dearly and you each can decide if you were the “favorite” too!
As Ben would end almost every chat, “I certainly enjoyed the conversation and bye-bye for now.”
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cherryville Bassmasters, P.O. Box 481, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A Memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Stanton.
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Patricia Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Patricia “Pat” Bridges Beam, 86, of E. Academy St., passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 8, 1934 in Gaston County to the late Carl and Annie Goins Bridges. She was a life-long and a very active member of First Baptist Church of Cherryville. She taught Sunday school for many years and involved with the W.E.E. program. She was a graduate of Cherryville High School. Soon after graduation she was employed with the offices of the Carlton Yarn Mills. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart College and Appalachian State University. Mrs. Beam was a school teacher for 22 years with South School Elementary. She taught English at Gaston College, and also taught at Emmanuel Baptist College. She was a member of the Cherryville Lions Club. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church of Bessemer City. Later in life she enjoyed traveling with her second husband, Neil.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Max Eaker Beam; second husband, Neil Carson; and sister, Marlene Rhyne.
She is survived by her sons, Reggie Beam (Phebe); Stan Beam (Melissa); Edward Beam (Melinda); and Kelly Beam; brothers, Bill Bridges (Cecile); and Bob Bridges; sister, Libby Lynn (Carroll); grandchildren, Lance Beam (Suzanne), Tyler Beam (Katy), Holly Thornburg (Justin); Kelsey Coleman (Ryan); Laura Beam, Jordan Bingham (Brittany), and Zachary Bingham (Brittany); and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at First Baptist Church – Cherryville, with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner, and Rev. Eric Pfeifer officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Beam lay in-state Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service in the church sanctuary. The family gathered in the COC building during that time.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church W.E.E. program at 301 East First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Beam.
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Elaine Tucker

KNOXVILLE, TN – Elaine Tucker, 69, of Knoxville, TN, formerly of Gastonia, N.C., passed away Jan. 24, 2021.
Elaine was a graduate of Cherryville High School, class of 1969, Cherryville, N.C. She worked as an Executive Assistant at First Union Bank in Gastonia, N.C, for 20 years before her retirement.
Elaine loved going to Myrtle Beach, beach music, and shag dancing in her younger years. She always had a smile that could brighten a room. Elaine was of the Baptist faith. Elaine was preceded in death by her mother, Bertie Mae Watson and step-father, Russell C. Watson.
Surviving relatives are her daughter, Stephanie Michelle Saylor; son-in-law, Paul Saylor, and grandson, Joshua Saylor, all of Knoxville, TN.
Service times were: Visitation – Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 p.m., at Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd., Knoxville, TN. A private graveside service followed at 3 p.m.
Condolences may be left to the family at www.berryhighlandwest.com.
Berry Highland West Funeral Home served the family of Ms. Tucker.


 
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Troy G. Tate

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Troy Gene Tate, 77, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 at Catawba Valley Hospice House in Newton.
Troy was born on Jan. 25, 1943 in Gaston County, a son of the late Frank Holland Tate and Catherine Eugenia Whitesides Tate. He was retired as a driver for Yellow Freight. Troy attended the Cherryville Church of God and served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Beam Tate.
Survivors include two daughters, Concetta Tate and wife, Riva Dailey Tate of Cherryville; and Terry Tate of Hickory; a granddaughter, Katherine Ball of Lincolnton and a brother, Jerry Tate of Lincolnton.
A drive-in memorial service was held on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at the Cherryville Church of God with Pastor Edward Mullaly officiating.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Tate.
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Honorable Judge Robert Kirby

NEWTON – The Honorable Judge Robert William Kirby of Cherryville, N.C., known to his friends and family as Judge, or Bob, passed away at the age of 92, peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at Elmcroft Assisted Living in Newton, N.C.
Born Oct. 16, 1928, he was the son of Rev. Cicero W. Kirby and Ruth McPhail Kirby.
Born in Spencer, N.C., he received his A.B. from High Point University and his L.L.B. from The University of North Carolina Law School. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. Kirby practiced law in Gastonia and Cherryville, N.C., before being appointed Gaston County Solicitor. He was elected to the 27th Judicial District in 1972 where he remained on the Superior Court Bench until 2000 when he retired.
Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville. He was an avid Tar Heel fan and passed away watching Carolina beat N.C. State in basketball.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, June Kirby, and son, Chris Kirby.
Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Robert Kirby Jr. and wife, Vicki of Lenexa, KS, and Greg Kirby of Denver, N.C.; and daughter-in-law, Michelle Kirby, of Newton N.C.; brother, Jack Kirby of Daytona FL; seven grandchildren, Taylor Kirby, Patrick Kirby, Gregory Kirby Jr., Emily Kirby, John Kirby Jr., William Kirby, and Anna Kirby.
A private service will be held for the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, N.C, 28021, or to the Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1222 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC, 28054.
Condolences may be sent to the Kirby family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com.
The Kirby family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC.
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Pansy Avery Ritchie

CROUSE – Pansy Evelyn Tallent Avery Ritchie, 102, of Hwy. 150, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at her residence. She was born April 6, 1918 in Lincoln County to the late Doc Miller and Cleo Pendleton Tallent. She was a member of Crouse United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for 62 years. She was also a recipient of the Lay Leader Award. Mrs. Avery was a 1st Grade teacher and taught for over 25 years, including time at North Brook II and at Cherryville East Elementary. She was also a dairy farmer and she was an agriculture representative from Lincoln County to China.  She was a world traveler who visited many places including Israel (Holy Land), China, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, and Mexico to name a few. Pansy took pleasure in tending to her gardens, both vegetable and flowers, and loved to spend time outdoors. She enjoyed bowling, golf, dancing, and was an amazing cook.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lester Avery; second husband, Ernest Ritchie; son, Hubert Jacob Avery; sister, Louise Tallent Brown; and brothers, Dwight, Blanch “Brownie,” Dean, Gene, and Max Tallent.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Avery Hayes; grandchildren, Brian Hayes and wife, Beth, Stephanie H. Richards and husband, Ken, and Michelle H. McSwain; great-grandchildren, Alexis Blair McSwain and Sean Avery Hayes; sister, Edith T. Stevens; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Pansy will lie-in-state Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 from 10 a.m., to 12 noon, at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.
A private graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton with Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.
Memorials may be made to Crouse United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 43, Crouse, NC, 28033.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Ritchie.
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Dorothy Pearson

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Dorothy Wood Wehunt Pearson, 87, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
Mrs. Pearson was born on Sept. 15, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Loy Wood Wehunt and Louzell Willis Wehunt, and the granddaughter of the late Eligah S. Wehunt and Ida Lola Wood, and J. Clayton Willis and Ava G. Wehunt Willis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter P. “Tolly” Pearson and a sister, Shirley Wehunt Hicks.
She was assistant Vice President and Trust Officer in the Trust Department at First National Bank in Shelby, joining First National Bank in 1966.
Survivors include her brothers, Ronald David Wehunt and wife Elizabeth; Lanny Warren Wehunt; a sister, Rita Wehunt-Black and husband John H. Black, all of Vale; nieces, Angela Sarnecki; Ava Roxanne B. Stritt and husband, Kerry of Chapin, S.C.; her beloved great-nephew and great-niece, Tyler Alexander Stritt and wife Morgan of Savannah, GA, and Alexandra “Alexis” Stritt of Columbia, S.C. Also special family members, Barbara Wehunt Davis, Charles and Barbara Wood, and Chad, Crystal and Clara Parlier.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a private family graveside service at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fallston.
Memorials may be made to Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Towery, 2357 Bess Chapel Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Pearson.


 
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Nesbet Lea Black Hovis

LINCOLNTON – Nesbet Lea Black Hovis, 92, of Hill Rd., Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. She was a victim of COVID-19.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., in the Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery (Black Family section), with Rev. David Melton, Rev. Joy Melton, and Rev. David S. Walker, Jr., officiating.
For everyone’s safety, social distancing and face masks will be required.
Known as “Nez” to her family and friends, Mrs. Hovis was born on Dec. 14, 1928, in Gaston County, to the late James Arthur Black and Ava Wise Black. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ernest Hovis; and by siblings, James E. Black, Sue Black Sneed, and Katherine N. Black Wiegel, all of Cherryville. She is survived by a son, Robert Corby Hovis of Arlington, VA; a sister, Betty Jane Black Robinson of Cherryville; and nephews, nieces, and cousins.
In her younger years, Mrs. Hovis worked as a telephone operator at Southern Bell in Lincolnton, and after leaving that job, she spent her time as a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. For all her adult life, she was a faithful member of Sharon Baptist Church in Iron Station, where she sang in the choir and was the Sunday school secretary. She attended church at every opportunity for as long as she was able.
Memorials may be made to Sharon Baptist Church, 2388 Hwy. 73, P.O. Box 563, Iron Station, NC, 28080; the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (https://themmrf.org); or the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (https://www.alzinfo.org).
The family would like to express gratitude to the heroic nurses, doctors, and other medical staff in the COVID wing of Atrium Health Lincoln, who compassionately cared for Mrs. Hovis during her final days.
Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Hovis family.


 
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Fred C. Brown

LEVITTOWN, NY – Fred Charles Brown, 72, of 21 Andrew Ln., Levittown, NY, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. He was born Dec. 21, 1948 in Harrisburg, PA, to the late Albert D. Brown and Ezetta W. Brown of Montoursville, PA.
He graduated Montoursville High School in 1967 and Triune University in Angola, IN, in 1971 with a transportation and business administration degree. Fred moved to Cherryville, N.C. in 1971 where he began a 24-year career as an internal auditor and tax supervisor with Carolina Freight Corp.
Fred met Marsha Farris Brown in Cherryville and they married on Aug. 20, 1983. They were married 37 years upon Fred’s passing. Fred and Marsha resided in Cherryville, N.C., until 2016, when they moved to Levittown, NY, in order to be closer to their family.
Fred was very involved with church and community activities. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church for over 40 years, singing in the choir and serving as a youth leader, elder, Sunday School teacher and member of various committees. He was also involved as a lay pastor and participant and leader of North Carolina Presbyterian Pilgrimage. Fred also enjoyed serving with his son, David in the Boy Scouts of America as a Troop Leader and leading vespers during summer Boy Scout camp. He was very involved with civic organizations such as the Cherryville Optimist Club, Cherryville Area Ministries, the children’s elementary and middle school PTO, Carolina Freight Federal Credit Union, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Upon moving to Levittown, NY, he became involved at Living Faith Christian Church singing in the choir and participating in Bible study. He spent most of his time with family and entertaining his three grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha; children, Sara Broberg and husband Dan of Levittown, NY, and David Brown of Gastonia, N.C.; grandchildren Hattie (5), Sadie (3) and Charlie Broberg (19 months). Other family members include cousins in PA, VA, and S.C.
A Celebration of Life service and burial will be held at a later date, depending on COVID restrictions, at First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St.,
Cherryville, NC, 28021. Condolences may be sent to 21 Andrew Ln., Levittown, NY, 11756.
Vernon C. Wagner Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Brown.


 
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Bob Carpenter

CHERRYVILLE – Robert Lee “Bob” Carpenter, Jr., 69, of Requa Rd., passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at his residence.  He was born Sept. 30, 1951 in Lincoln County to the late Robert Lee Sr., and Merle Dellinger Carpenter. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He retired from American & Efird. Bob was a member of the Cherryville Bass Masters where he served as President for many years. He was a member of Second Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher for the Men’s Sunday School Class. He did services at Peak Resources on behalf of Second Baptist. He served as the Property and Grounds Chairman and always worked at the church to set up tables, change light bulbs, or anything that needed to be done.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Cheri Self Carpenter; children, Mickey Carpenter of Washington, DC, Lisa Carpenter of Texas, Leslie Humphries (Corey) of Saw Mills, NC, Diane Younger (Todd) of Union Grove, NC, and Susie Jenkins (Scott) of Cherryville; grandchildren, Chloe and Sophie of Texas, Courtney Humphries of Sylva; Morgan and Evan Younger of Union Grove, Taryn and Maddie Jenkins, of Cherryville, and Raegan Black of Cherryville; sister, Sharon Smiley of Cherryville; and numerous other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 2 p.m., at Second Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Lail officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors.
Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 201 N. Houser St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Carpenter.