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Martha S. Pope

CHERRYVILLE – Martha Sellers Pope, 100, of Cherryville, N.C., passed away into eternal life on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
A lifelong resident of Cherryville, N.C., Martha was born on July 20, 1921, the eldest daughter of Ernest Sellers and Aubra Brown Sellers. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lee Pope; son, Timothy Sellers Pope; sister, Nell Sellers Pope; brother, Sloan Sellers; and great-grandson, Nathan Yesowitch.
A 1938 graduate of Cherryville High School, Martha attended Montreat College and Lenoir Rhyne College. In 1941, she married Walter Pope, shortly before he was deployed to Europe to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Martha was well known in Cherryville, working at the public library for 30 years, and retiring at the age of 76 in 1997.
A lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville, Martha was very active in her earlier years in the Women of the Church and other church activities. She served as a children’s Sunday School teacher and as a teacher in the special needs Sunday School class which she helped establish. After her retirement from the library, Martha continued to serve her church as a part of the CARE program.
A caring and vibrant woman, Martha lived her life with three guiding words – Perseverance, Simplicity, Serenity.  Conversations with Martha were always enjoyable and always informative. Reading, playing piano, gardening, and walking were among her favorite pastimes. She loved and enjoyed every moment she shared with her children and grandchildren. Martha treasured the outdoors, especially the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. A family gathering to remember and honor Martha will be held in her beloved mountains at a later time.
Surviving Martha are her four children, Laura Pope LeFevre (Bill) of Southport, N.C., Susan Pope Windham (Keith) of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Walter Daniel Pope (Pam) of Piney Flats, TN, and Pamela Pope Link of Martinez, GA; daughter-in-law, Sondra Johnson Pope (Tim) of Laurel Springs, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Wychock (Neal) of Anacortes, WA, Gray LeFevre (Mackenzie), Thomas LeFevre, Joseph LeFevre and Ethan LeFevre all of Southport, N.C., Martha Yesowitch of Charlotte, N.C., Shula Link of Martinez, GA; six great-grandchildren, John Henry Sellers Wychock of Anacortes, WA, Roxann and Owen LeFevre of Southport, N.C., Asher and Nora Yesowitch of Charlotte, N.C., and Ruby Link of Martinez, GA; special nephew and niece, Scot Pope of Creston, N.C., and Ann Pope Sims of Belmont, N.C.; beloved sister, Barbara Sellers Green of Durham, N.C.; special cousin, Brenda Stroupe Rutherford of Mocksville, N.C.; caring neighbors, Libby Beam and Alan Cannon of Cherryville, N.C.; and treasured high school classmate, Gladys Frankenfurt of Cherryville, N.C.  Martha also had a special friend in N.C. author, Clyde Edgerton of Wilmington, N.C. She loved his books and they kept in touch with phone calls and letters.
The family humbly requests that any donations in Martha’s memory be directed to SECU Hospice House of Bolivia, N.C., or to the First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville, N.C.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.whitefuneralservicesupply.com for the Pope family.
White Funeral and Cremation Service, Supply Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. Pope.
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Frances A. Womack

CHERRYVILLE – Ms. Frances Abernethy Womack, 92, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Atrium Health in Lincolnton.
Frances was born in Lincoln County, N.C., on March 25, 1930, a daughter of the late Sam Abernethy and Bertie Belle Leonhardt Abernethy. She was a graduate of Tryon High School.
Frances was retired from Doran Textiles and also Keystone Carbon in Cherryville. She was a member of Landers Chapel United Methodist Church in Lincolnton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Womack, and five sisters, Margaret Gilbert, Ruby Abernethy, Cora Smart, Helen Hallman, and Louise Farnsworth.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Greenway (Matthew) of Cherryville; two sons, Kimball Womack (Glenda) of Dallas, and Kevin Womack (Kimberly) of Connelly Springs; seven grandchildren, LeAnne Womack, Brian Womack, Wendy Womack, Emily Womack, Will Greenway, Abbey Greenway and Laura Greenway; three great-grandchildren, Teddy Womack, Austin Womack, and Dillon Blanton; and a sister, Wanda “Jackie” Hammer of Lincolnton. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Landers Chapel United Methodist Church in Lincolnton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Landers Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor Amy Lambert officiating.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Landers Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1205 Long Shoals Rd., Lincolnton, NC, 28092.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Womack family.
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Martha Jane Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Martha Jane McSwain Beam, 67, of Cherryville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 22, 2022. She was born Aug. 23, 1954 in Cleveland County to the late Alvin Lee McSwain, Sr. and Lois Katherine Dellinger McSwain. She was a 1972 graduate of Cherryville High School.
Martha was employed for 24 years as switchboard operator at Carlton Yarn and then for 23 years in Medical Records at Peak Resources. She was a devoted Christian and faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She taught the Open Door Sunday School class for 30 years, was a member of Friendship Sunday School class, served on numerous committees, including Pastor Search, finance, and others, and served as Children’s Director for many years. Martha was a true prayer warrior and oftentimes prayed as much as three hours a day. She had a passion for baking and sharing her creations with others. She had a deep love for everyone she met. Her love for the Lord shone bright for all to see. Family meant the world to her, and she cherished her time spent with them, especially her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Lee “Sam” Beam; and brother and sister-in-law, David and Phyllis McSwain.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, David and Brittany Hendrick, and Daniel and Cassie Hendrick; step-daughters, Tonya Miller (Michael), Doree Davis (Rodney), and Loree McCurry (Mark); grandchildren, Logan and Cade Hendrick, Morgan and Hattie Jane Hendrick, Abbey, Madelyn, and Lilly Miller, Brock and Cole Davis, Matthew and Ruthie McCurry; sister, caregiver, and best friend, Margaret Sigmon (Richard); brother, A.L. McSwain (Shirley); sisters-in-law, Kay Beam, Florence Beam, Eleanor Hendrick, and Melinda Davison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 3 p.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Huss and Rev. Wayne Key officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Friends were invited to join the family in the fellowship hall after the graveside rites to enjoy homemade desserts from Martha’s recipes.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter-– Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Beam.
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Paula Homesley

COLUMBIA – Paula Lynn Taylor Homesley, 62, formerly of Cherryville, passed away peacefully in Columbia, SC, Monday, June 13, 2022, surrounded by family.
Paula was born June 17, 1959, to Paul Grayson Taylor, Sr. and Lynette Homesley Taylor. Paula graduated from Cherryville High School in 1977 where she was a member of the drill team with the band, President of the Jr. Heart Board, Advertising Sales for the “Chenoca” Yearbook, and sang with the High School Chorus. Paula went to work straight out of high school and had many types of jobs during her working years. Her most favorite job was being able to work for David and Phyllis Burleson cleaning the First Baptist Church in Cherryville that for so many years helped rear her and nurture her. Paula moved to Columbia in 2011 to be with most of her immediate family but she still called Cherryville her home. Paula loved to crochet until the arthritis took over her hands and she could no longer do that. She took up another hobby called Diamond Bead Painting and has spent hundreds and hundreds of hours making pictures and bookmarks for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Taylor Mossman in March 2021; her paternal grandparents, Charles Lester and Velma Taylor; and maternal grandparents, James “Jim” and Thelma Homesley.
Survivors include, along with her loving parents, Paul and Lynette Taylor, her two sons, Brandon Parris and wife, Lori and Christopher Parris and wife, Emily; two grandchildren, Sophia Williams and Oakley Parris; siblings, Melinda Phillips and Randy, Bo Taylor and Liz, Edwina Aaron and Alton and Eugenia Beam; brother-in-law, Mike Mossman; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Cherryville. There was to be no graveside service. The family received friends Saturday from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service in the sanctuary.
Paula requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to NC School for Deaf in honor of Christopher Parris, 517 W. Heming Dr., Morganton, NC, 28655.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Ms. Homesley.
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Marty C. Baker

FALLSTON – Marty Carroll Baker passed away early June 11 after a long illness.
He grew up in Cherryville and graduated in 1972 with honors.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Walter “Red” Baker and Starlene Cooke Bridges.
He is survived by two sisters, Karen Baker Evans of Kinder, Louisiana, and Kay Baker Harley of Kings Mountain; and a brother, Walter Mark Baker of West Gardiner, Maine.
Private services will be held.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.

 
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Richard Eaker

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Walter Richard Eaker, 78, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Atrium Health – Cleveland.
Richard was born on April 13, 1944 in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Everette Earl Eaker and Evelyn Mae Yount Eaker.
He was retired from Jenkins Metal Corporation in Gastonia. After retirement Richard worked for Lowe’s in Lincolnton and also at the Tryon Recycling Center in Bessemer City. Richard was a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Bessemer City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Leatherman Eaker.
Survivors include his son, Chris Eaker of Raleigh; a sister, Lynn Eaker Helms of Gastonia; a sister-in-law, Lynn Bennett and husband, Rocky of Cherryville; nieces and nephews; Kevin Bennett (Lutricia), Wesley Bennett (Kristen), Kyle Bennett; Kim Huffman (Dustin), Dana Stone (Jeff), and Kenny Helms (Carrie). Also surviving are a number of great-nieces and nephews.
To honor Mr. 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 Mr. Eaker.
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Carey Beth Krywy

WILMINGTON – Carey Beth Krywy of Wilmington, NC, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Monday was also her birthday; she was 44 years old. Carey Beth was the beloved daughter of Nan and the late Roger Davis of Cherryville, NC. She was born in Gastonia, NC, on May 30, 1978.
Carey Beth was vivacious and charismatic. She had an endless capacity for kindness and her smile was warm and open. Carey Beth never met a stranger. She channeled her talents and joy for life into a successful sales career, where during one sales visit with a trainee in tow, she ‘closed’ both the sale and her future husband, John, on a first date.
Carey Beth attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was bright and funny, a talented tennis player, and she had the heart and courage of a fighter. Carey Beth always pulled for the underdog and was quick to confront any injustice or to stand up for anyone who needed her. She poured every ounce of her warmth and energy into building a beautiful home with John and their three beloved dogs, Betsy, Juno and the late Lexi.
Carey Beth is survived by her adoring husband, John Krywy of Wilmington, NC; their two fur children, Betsy and Juno; her mother, Nan Davis of Cherryville, NC; her sister, Katie Collins and Katie’s husband, Brad of Charlotte, NC; and her brother, Andy Davis of Aiken, SC.
The family held a Celebration of Life Service for Carey Beth at Windermere Presbyterian Church, located at 104 Windermere Rd., in Wilmington, on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made in Carey Beth’s name to Vintage Values, an organization in Wilmington that works to end domestic violence and provides emergency support services for survivors.
Please leave memories and condolences for Carey Beth’s family at www.wilmingtoncares.com.
Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel served the family of Mrs. Krywy.
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Troy Houser

CHERRYVILLE – Troy Lee Houser, 75, of Cherryville, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at his residence. He was born April 17, 1947 in Cleveland County to the late Forrest Lee and Alene Lackey Houser. Troy was a family man and always stayed active and involved in what his children were doing. He coached with Optimist Football, was a Boy Scout Leader, and assisted with YMCA Indian Guides. He was also a member of North Brook Baptist Church and Cherryville Lion’s Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Doris “Coot” White and Betty Little; and brother-in-law, Terry Yount.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Bridges Houser; sons, David Houser and wife, Amy, and Todd Houser and wife, Noeme; grandsons, Austin Houser and Chris Hill; sister, Kathy Yount; brothers-in-law, Cletus White and Steve Little; aunts and uncles, Alma McNeely, Matthew Dellinger, Clement Dellinger, and Emily Stephens; nieces and nephew, Traci Yount, Greg Yount, and Susan Fisher; great-nieces and great-nephews, Garrison Fisher, Madison Wright, Alec Yount, Colin Yount, and Sloane Yount.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 12 noon at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services with Rev. Dr. Wade Dellinger officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday from 11 to 11:45 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, 258 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC, 28054, or North Brook Baptist Church, 7421 Flay Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Houser.
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Claude S. Dixon, Jr.

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Claude Solomon Dixon, Jr. passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Cleveland County Hospice in Shelby, NC. He was born on June 13, 1928, in Cherryville, NC, to the late Claude S. Dixon, Sr. and Mamie Louise Byers Dixon. Claude, or “Papa” as he was so affectionately called by many, was a graduate of John Chavis High School in Cherryville, NC. He served in the United States Army, receiving the Occupational Medal (Germany) and an honorable discharge in 1952. His life’s career was working for The Cherryville Eagle, the hometown newspaper that he had sold on street corners as a boy and grew up to work there for many years as a Print Editor, even continuing after the newspaper was obtained by The Republic Newspaper Company. He retired from The Eagle after over 50-plus years of employment. He was well-known in the community, due to his work on the newspaper, but mostly because of his gentle demeanor and willingness to help however he could. His stellar work ethic was honored when he was inducted into the Cherryville Hall of Fame. Claude was a lifelong member of Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church in Cherryville, where he faithfully served as the Sunday School Superintendent and a Choir member. He is the recipient of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented to him by Governor James G. Martin. He loved reading the newspaper, sporting a dapper hat or cap with khakis and a collar shirt, keeping his car impeccably clean, and spending time with his family and friends. He spent his last years at Somerset Court of Cherryville, where he was everyone’s “Papa”. In addition to his parents, Claude was preceded in death by his longtime devoted partner, Ms. Hattie Davis Roberts; one sister, Virginia Delores Dixon Twitty (Joseph); his niece, Angela Twitty Richardson; and his brother-in-law, Nelson Braxton. Claude leaves to cherish precious memories: one daughter, Claudia Stowe (Christopher) and granddaughter, Calli Lauren Stowe of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Johnnie Louise Dixon Braxton, of Lynchburg, VA; nephew, Peter Richardson, great-niece, Allie Delores Richardson both of Lilburn, GA, great-nephew, and Peter Christian Richardson, II, of Daytona Beach, FL. He leaves behind a loved and adored adopted family consisting of a daughter, Zita Roberts of Durham, NC; two grandsons: Andre Roberts of Durham, NC, and Anthony Roberts (Amber) of Kings Mountain, NC; great-grandchildren: Remun Roberts (Ta’leea) of Salisbury, NC; Julius, Israel, Zion and Gabriel Roberts, all of Durham, NC; Jakarri Roberts, Katlynn Roberts, Tyler McIntyre, and Noah Parks, all of Kings Mountain, NC; a long-time dear friend, Elsie “Boots” Foster of Shelby, NC; and many friends.
Public viewing was at Costner Funeral Home, 2425 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC, on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 3 until 7 p.m.
Funeral arrangements were at Rudisill Chapel AME Zion Church, Cherryville, NC, on Saturday, June 4, 2022 with burial at Cherryville City Cemetery.
Costner Funeral Home served the family of Mr. Dixon.
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Allan Black

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Allan Milton Black, 74, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Atrium Health – Cleveland.
Allan was born on Oct. 17, 1947 in Gaston County, NC, a son of the late William Howard “Will” Black and Elena Belle Haynes Black. He was owner of F.A.C.T. Builders in Cherryville. Allan was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Cherryville and also attended the Outdoor Blessings Sunday school class at The Great Outdoors. He was also a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge # 505 A.F. & A.M. Allan was a loving family man who enjoyed trout fishing, hunting, and was an avid Rook player.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Black; two brothers-in-law, Glenn Angel and Jack Scism.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Becky Beam Black of the home; a son, Jason Black (Julie); a daughter, Dana Sturgill (Allen); a brother, Doug Black (Rita) all of Cherryville; four sisters, Ann Pfeifer of Cherryville; Betty Sue Scism, and Margie Angel, both of Waco; and Debbie Rainwater (Doug) of Cherryville; a sister-in-law, Inez Black of Salisbury; seven grandchildren, Logan, Leah, Josie, Jeb, Luann, Lawson and Anita; and one great-granddaughter, Elena. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation was from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville and at other times the family will be at the home.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Keith Huss officiating.
Burial followed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Masonic rites.
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. Black.
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Helen Dellinger

CHERRYVILLE – Helen Carolyn Overcash Dellinger, 86, of Cherryville, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Peak Resources. 
Helen was born during the Great Depression to Mr. and Mrs. Clark Roland and Sadie Helms Overcash of Kannapolis, N.C.  Her home church was Midway United Methodist Church. She excelled in school and won a scholarship to Pfeiffer College (now University) in Misenheimer, N.C., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education. After graduation, Helen spent two years working in western Kentucky as home missionary for the Methodist Church. She then accepted a position as the first Director of Christian Education at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville where she met her future husband, Ben Robert Dellinger, and his two daughters, Benetta and Cynthia. She and Mr. Dellinger married in 1962 and moved to his home in the Houser’s Pines neighborhood of Cherryville where she lived until her death. After her marriage, Helen attended Lenoir-Rhyne College to complete the requirements for a teaching certificate and taught second grade at Tryon Elementary School in Gaston County for 20 years.  After retiring from the public schools, Helen was an assistant teacher at the pre-school at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville where she also sang alto in the choir and played hand bells. She was a member of United Methodist for more than 40 years. “Miss Helen,” as her fans knew her, was an enthusiastic reader and knitter. 
Besides her daughters, Benetta Dunning of New York City, and Cynthia Swisher of Talking Rock, Georgia, Helen is survived by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as by her sister, Mrs. Mildred Davidson of Kannapolis, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Robert Dellinger; two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church Kingdom Kids Preschool at 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Dellinger.
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Ruth W. Leonhardt

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Ruth White Leonhardt, 92, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.
Mrs. Leonhardt was born in Rutherford County, NC, on March 23, 1930, a daughter of the late William Russell White, Sr. and Nettie Belle Piercy White. She worked as a seamstress for Sweetree in Cherryville and also after retirement worked for Keystone Carbon in Cherryville and FASCO Industries in Shelby. Mrs. Leonhardt was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rosie Mae Sellers; a brother, Reece White; and an infant sister and brother.
Survivors include two daughters, Frankie Anthony of Cherryville and Joie Arthurs of Gastonia; three granddaughters, Monica Bentley (Neil), Valerie Arthurs, Stephanie Jimmo (Jeff); four great-grandchildren, Jude, Connor and Stella Ruth Bentley, Abi Brooks; a brother, Bill White of Scottsdale, AZ. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, May 19, 2022 First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.
Burial followed at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Leonhardt.
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Judy S. Thompson

WACO – Judy Diane Settlemyer Thompson, 74, of Waco, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Atrium Health in Charlotte. She was born Sept. 16, 1947 to the late Rev. Z.W. and Edna Blanton Settlemyer. Judy was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and served on Waco City Council. She was the owner and operator of Snacks Galore Vending. Judy was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She adored her children and grandchildren. Judy was truly the backbone of her family. She was a caregiver by nature and was always there to help others with a servant heart.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Hubert Thompson; daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Jim Baxter and Sharon and Chris White; grandchildren, Christian White (Alexis), and Jimmy Baxter (Brittany); great-grandchildren, Jordan and Caleb Baxter; and sister, Dorothy Bauguess (Gayle).
The family will receive friends Friday, May 27, 2022 from 4 to 4:45 p.m., at Oak Grove Baptist Church. 
A memorial service will be held Friday at 5 p.m., at the church and officiated by Rev. Travis Mull. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America at www.pva.org.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Thompson. 
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James Martin
Scarborough

GROVER, NC – James Martin Scarborough, 79, died Sunday, May 15, 2022 at his home.
Born in Wilmington, NC, he was the son of the late James and Helen McCrae Scarborough.
James was employed by Metrolina Sprinkler, Duke Energy and retired from Parker Hannifin. He was a member of Fairview Lodge #339, was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed golf.
He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchild dearly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Zelma “Tinky” Scarborough of the home; daughters, Paige Biddix and husband Timothy and Brooke Bolin and husband Christopher; sons, Jason Scarborough and Jeremy Scarborough and wife Jennifer, all of Kings Mountain; sister, Jeanette Hoover and husband Knoxie of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jennifer Falls, Brandi Falls, Madison Ayscue, Josh Bolin, Spurgeon Scarborough, Hunter Scarborough, Cooper Scarborough, Colton Scarborough, Ember Scarborough and Joey Biddix; and great grandchild, Remi Biddix.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel in Kings Mountain, with the Rev. Dr. Terry Floyd officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC  28150.
Arrangements are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral Home & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com

 
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Frances Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Frances Gregory Beam, 86, of Hwy. 274 N., passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at her residence.
Mrs. Beam was born in Gaston County, NC, on June 2, 1935, a daughter of Leroy Gregory and Doris Evelyn Friday Gregory. She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 20 years of service and also worked for H&R Block in Cherryville for 20 years. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Cherryville and loved her church and church family. Mrs. Beam was a member and one of the teachers of the Mothers Sunday school class, served on the bereavement committee and served as an assistant organist. She also wrote all of the cards for the church CARE ministry that went to shut-ins and cancer patients.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Guy R. Beam, Jr.; two sons, J. Mark Beam and Roy Beam and a grandson, Casey Lee Greene.
Survivors include three sons, Benny Beam of Aiken, SC; Guy Beam, III and wife Trudy of Cherryville; Wayne Beam and wife Brenda of Burlington; four grandchildren, Jonathan Beam of Raleigh; Michelle Beam, Lacey (Nick) Dellinger all of Cherryville; Jake Beam (Becca) of Brevard; six great-grandchildren, Joe Hood-Lee (Sierra), Harley Scronce, Shy Greene, Ash Greene, Lucy Beam, and Samuel Dellinger; and a sister-in-law, Peggy Beam Eaker (Jim) of Asheville.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home, and at other times the family will be at the home.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 21, 2022 at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.
Burial followed the service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 201 N. Houser 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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Dr. Howard D. Homesley

Dr. Howard David Homesley, 81, of Mooresville, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at his residence.
He was the third child of Essie and Troy C. Homesley and was born in Cherryville, NC, on Nov. 22, 1940. After finishing Cherryville High School, he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from UNC at Chapel Hill and then graduated from the UNC School of Medicine. In 1966, he married Jane Blackwelder, also from Cherryville. Together they went to Nashville, Tennessee, where at Vanderbilt University Hospital he completed training in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York. He then served two years in the United States Air Force at Travis Air Force Base. From 1975 to 1996, Dr. Homesley was the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
From 1996 to 2004, Dr. Homesley was in private practice in Winston-Salem, NC, and Nashville, TN. Following this, he was Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, until his retirement in 2009.
Dr. Homesley was president of the N.C. Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, president of the Forsyth Stokes County Medical Society, president of the Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists and served in many positions in the Gynecologic Oncology Group.
His passion throughout his medical career was dedicating as much time as possible to clinical research toward improving the care of women with gynecologic cancer.
As a graduate of Cherryville High School, in 2010 he was the founding Board Chairman of Cherryville High School Education Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the educational experience of all students and teachers at Cherryville High School.
He was most fortunate to dedicate his retirement years at Lake Norman, primarily to his family and grandchildren, to whom he was known as “Unkie” or “Grando”. He also served as president of the Lake Norman Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jane; son, Dr. Howard “David” Homesley, Jr. and his wife, Natalie, and their sons, Jack and Alex; son, John Homesley and his wife, Alana and their daughters, Ella and Maeve. Also surviving close relatives are, his sister, Shirley Smith; his brother, TC Homesley, Jr. and his wife, Jacquie B. Homesley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Hoyle Smith.
Per Howard’s wishes no services will be held.
Memorials may be made to Cherryville High School Education Foundation, P.O. Box 301, Cherryville, NC. 28201. or Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC, 28625, or a charity of your choice.
Cavin – Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Homesley family.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.
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Jimmy Sisk

LINCOLNTON – Jimmy Lewis Sisk, 78 of Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at his residence.
He was born July 6, 1943 in Gaston County to the late Kelly Wilburn Sisk and Lelia Holland Sisk. Jimmy retired from Thornburg Machine Co. in Lincolnton. He enjoyed reading westerns and loved to mow grass, always keeping a beautiful lawn. Jimmy was a loyal Lincolnton Wolves football fan. Jimmy’s motto was “You have to have a system in all you do.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Clarence Taylor.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 36 years, Cathy McGee Sisk of the home; son, Barry Sisk and wife Chrissy of Cherryville; daughters, Ellen Jackson and husband Chuck of Cherryville, Jamie McSwain and husband Kevin of Cherryville, and Ashley Dellinger and husband Waylon of Lincolnton; sister, Judy Taylor of Tarboro; mother-in-law, Betty Cruse of Newton; sister-in-law, Beverly Lester and husband Nathan of Winston-Salem; nephews, Eugene Taylor (Rose), James Taylor (Cathy), and Cruise Lester; grandchildren, Zeb, Wes (Kayla), Emily, Macey (Russell), Gauge, Conner, and Madelyn; and great-grandchildren, Braelyn, Isabella, Lucas, Asher, and Mason.
A memorial service to celebrate Jimmy’s life was held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2 p.m., at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Claremont. Rev. Todd Garren officiated. The family received friends prior to the service from 1 to 1:45 p.m., at Piney Grove Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105; or Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC, 28658.
Condolences may be sent to the Sisk family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com.
The Sisk family was in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton.
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Frank E. Pragacz

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Frank E. Pragacz, 95, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas.
Mr. Pragacz was born on Nov. 5, 1926 in New Castle, PA, a son of the late Frank Pragacz and Frances Dudek Pragacz. He was retired from the home building industry. Mr. Pragacz was a member of St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Lincolnton and the Knights of Columbus. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of Cherryville American Legion Post 100. Mr. Pragacz enjoyed golfing, fishing, sports and working in his yard.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Stella Circelli Pragacz; two sisters, two brothers and a stepson, Michael L. Boies.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Blanche Boies Pragacz of the home; a son, Frank Pragacz, Jr. and wife Sharon; a daughter, Cindy Keith and husband Bruce all of Charlotte; a step-daughter, Yvonne Hinkley and husband Mark of Davidson and a step-son Dana L. Boies of Matthews; three grandchildren, Ashleigh P. Chandler, Tara P. Hansen and Richard Keith; three step-grandchildren, John Nicopoulos, Jimmie Nicopoulos and David Boies, and five great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Lincolnton, with Father David Miller officiating.
The family greeted friends following the service.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to the Robin Johnson Hospice House, 5005 Shepherds Way, Dallas, NC, 28034, or to St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church, 148 St Dorothy’s Ln., Lincolnton, NC, 28092.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Pragacz.
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Calvin Murdock

CHERRYVILLE – Calvin Jack Murdock, 97, of Cherryville, N.C., passed away on Aug. 11, 2021 at his daughter’s residence in Santa Barbara, CA. He was born Jan. 18, 1924 in Lynn Grove, KY, just outside of Murray, KY, to the late William Spencer Murdock and Ola Jones Murdock.
He was a WWII veteran of the United States Navy. After the war, Calvin graduated from Murray State University in 1950 as a civil engineer. He moved to North Carolina in the 1950’s from Memphis, and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Cherryville American Legion Post #100. He was a hard worker who was formerly employed as a civil engineer with the City of Memphis Public Works, and as a Field Representative with Sinclair Oil in Memphis and Charlotte, and went on to own and operate oil distributor Cherry-Linc Oil. He loved his many friends collected over the years, horses and bird dogs, especially setters and pointers, and his daughters and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Howard Murdock; daughter, Melissa Murdock; brother, Max Murdock; and sister, Madelle Murdock Seay.
Survivors include his daughter, Leslie Murdock; and grandchildren, Hannah and Micah Farfour and Max and Margot Grotstein and three great-grandsons, Luka, Leo and Elias Kachaamy.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Mike Collins officiating.
The family received friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.
If so inclined, please make donations to St. John’s Lutheran Church, a community that was very special to Calvin.
Condolences may be made at www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Murdock.
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Christine Sneed

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Christine G. Sneed, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain.
Mrs. Sneed was born in Greenville County, S.C., on Dec. 24, 1935, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Gaines and Floride Peden Gaines.
She was a retired music teacher for Gaston County Schools.  Mrs. Sneed was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville where she formerly served as organist and choir director. She was also a former choir director and organist for First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Billy P. Sneed of the home; a daughter, Phyllis Sneed of Charlotte; and a son, Dr. Benjamin Sneed and wife, Christina Salidis of Charlottesville, VA; two grandchildren, Aiden and Jedidiah Sneed; and a sister, Amelia Britt of Franklin, VA. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Testa Family Hospice House, Dr. Michael Ribadeneyra, and Dr. Charles Upchurch.
Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Monday, April 4, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy and Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiating.
Burial was in City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
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 Service served the family of Mrs. Sneed.
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James McCurry

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. James Lee McCurry, 90 of Mary’s Grove Church Rd., passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at his residence.
Mr. McCurry was born in Lincoln County, NC, on Aug. 2, 1931, a son of the late Lee Vinton McCurry and Odell Mosteller McCurry. He worked as a mechanic for Carolina Freight in Cherryville and a fixer at Sherman Industries in Dallas. Mr. McCurry was also a self-employed electronic repairman for many years at his home. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Cherryville. Mr. McCurry was an Amateur Radio Operator for over 67 years. He also had a love for music and gave guitar lessons for many years. Mr. McCurry served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Garner McCurry; second wife, Nancy Neill McCurry; a daughter, Marsha Bumgarner; a sister, Mary Lou McDonald; and two brothers, Eddie Joe and Kenneth McCurry.
Survivors include two sons, Danny McCurry of Crouse and Jimmy McCurry of Lincolnton; two daughters, Patsy Felmet of Vale and Teresa Huffstetler of Dallas; three step-children, Lynn Costner of Crouse, Jodi Neill of Cherryville and Jason Neill of South Carolina; and three sisters, Lois Eden of Cherryville, Betty Schronce and Vickie Schrum, both of Lincolnton. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Second Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Second Baptist Church in Cherryville, with the Rev’s. Charles Ingle and Danny McCurry officiating.
Burial followed the service in City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 201 N. Houser St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. McCurry.
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Theresa Chapman Brown

LINCOLNTON – Theresa Chapman Brown, 67, of 2332 Southside Rd., Lincolnton, died Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
The family received friends from 2 until 4 p.m., on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at Warlick Funeral Home. A Memorial service was held from 6 until 7 p.m., on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the home of her daughter, Sandy White, at 2336 Southside Rd., Lincolnton.
Theresa was born March 23, 1954, in Lincoln County, to the late Kenneth Franklin Chapman, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Self Chapman. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, William Broderick Chapman. She worked in healthcare.
She is survived by her husband, Johnny Mack Brown of the home; daughters, Sandy White (Donald) and Latawyna Gibson (Ronald) all of Lincolnton; brothers, Kenneth Chapman of Cherryville, Alan Chapman (Darlene) of Anderson, SC, and Warren Chapman (Tammy) of Cherryville; grandchildren, Dawn Collins (Austin), Hunter White (Taylor), and Zack Gibson; sister-in-law, Patricia Ann Brown; and brothers-in-law, Larry Brown and Kenneth Brown (Sherrie).
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Dr., Lincolnton, NC, 28092, or to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC, 28207.
Warlick Funeral Home served the Brown family.
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Barbara Smith

CHERRYVILLE – Barbara Ann Slaughter Smith, 73, of Lester St., passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Wendover Hospice House. She was born Feb. 5, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late Cramer and Mary Brooks Slaughter.
Barbara was a very artistic and enjoyed painting, drawing and sketching. She loved her family and enjoyed being with her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Thalas Smith; brothers, Jake Slaughter, and Cramer “Buddy” Slaughter; and sisters, Jane Carpenter, and Evon McKinney.
Survivors include her sons, James Robert Smith, and Jimmy Joe Smith and wife, Wendy; sisters, Carolyn Lail, and Kathy Smith; grandchildren, Amanda Smith, Mitchell Smith and wife, Logan, and Terry Holms; and great-granddaughter, Evelynn Smith.
The family received friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2022 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Ricky Sigmon officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to Wendover Hospice House, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Smith.
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Jerry A. Knight

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Jerry Arthur Knight, 75, died on Monday, March 14, 2022, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Jerry was born in Lincolnton, N.C., son of Mac Arthur Knight and Virginia Beach Knight. A graduate of Cherryville High School, Jerry served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War era. Upon returning from service, he earned a degree in accounting from Kings College in Charlotte. Later he became licensed in residential and commercial construction. He owned and operated his construction company, “Mark South, Inc.”
After retiring, he traded stocks as a hobby. Mr. Knight was a member of Waxhaw Presbyterian Church. Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Matheson Knight, and their only child, Elissa Cox and her husband, Anthony, all of Fort Mill; his sister, Fran Lambeth and her husband, Tim, of Greensboro, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Mattie Cox (age: 19) and Spencer Cox (age: 18).
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his sister, Patsy McSwain and brother-in-law, Carroll McSwain. Visitation was held at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Family Life Center, Indian Land, S.C. on March 18, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. A private burial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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Dorothy Day Hayes

CHERRYVILLE – Dorothy Rose Day Hayes, 79, of Cherryville, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. She was born Aug. 19, 1942 in Lincoln County to the late Fred Columbus and Velma Zada Greene Day.  Dorothy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She retired from Gaston – Lincoln Mental Health. She loved going to Medical Center Pharmacy and enjoyed talking. Dorothy was a soap opera fan and enjoyed watching cooking shows and the news.
Survivors include her children, Jeffrey Scott Hayes and Allison of Cherryville, Jerry Coleman Hayes and Kathy Morelock of Atlanta, and Ashley Hayes Goodson and Kevin of Newton; grandchildren, A.J. Hayes, Ben Hayes, and Addison Goodson; brother, Fred Coleman Day of Cherryville; nephew, Jason Day and Stacie; and great-nieces, Maggie and Ila Day.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor G. Scott Homesley officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends on Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m., prior to the service in the church sanctuary.
Services were available on Livestream through the St. John’s Lutheran Church Facebook Page and Youtube Channel.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 100, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Hayes.
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Margie Dellinger

CHERRYVILLE – Margie Bookout Dellinger, 92, of J.C. Dellinger Rd., passed away Monday, March 7, 2022 at Peak Resources of Cherryville. She was born June 5, 1929 in Gaston County to the late Lee Alexander and Vergie Jane Wallace Bookout.
Mrs. Dellinger was a graduate of Cherryville High School and Southern Business College. She worked for 30 years with Carolina Freight Carriers. Mrs. Dellinger was a member of First Baptist Church – Cherryville where she served in the nursery for over 30 years. She taught early education at both First United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, J. C. Dellinger; brother, Gene Bookout; and brother-in-law, Bill Price.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen D. West and husband, retired Lt. Col. Andy; son, Barry Dellinger and wife, Wanda; grandchildren, Summer Dellinger, Vanessa Hilburn (James), Christopher Dellinger (Jenny) and Jonathan West (Amanda); great-grandchildren, Kayley and Holden Sparrow, Logan Dellinger, Graham and Jamison Hilburn, and Emerson West; sisters, Betty Roberts (Joe) and Nancy Price; and nephews and nieces, David Roberts (Melody), Melba Lawrence (Don), Lavonne Robinson (Brian), Michael Bookout (Ronnie), Doug Bookout (Toni), Laura Roberts, Kelly Wilson, and Sharon Robinson.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff of Peak Resources in Cherryville for their love and care shown to Mrs. Dellinger.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 12, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.
Her family received friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, following the service at her home at 600 J.C. Dellinger Road.
Memorials may be made to either First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC.; St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 100, Cherryville, NC, 28021; or to the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Dellinger.
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Scott Sigmon

CHERRYVILLE – Scott Allen Sigmon, 55, of Cherryville, passed away Monday, March 7, 2022 at Atrium Health – Cleveland. He was born Sept. 28, 1966 in Norwich, CT, to the late Don Hugh Sigmon, Sr. and Laverne Elizabeth Sigmon. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Scotty was a hard worker. He loved mowing grass and going to Vickie’s Grill for breakfast. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Scotty married the love of his life Kathy B. Sigmon on Aug. 16, 1995.
In addition to his loving wife, Kathy, he is survived by his brothers, Don Hugh Sigmon, Jr. and wife, Robin; and Rev. Ricky Ray Sigmon and wife, Teena; sisters, Renée Sigmon, Sandra Williams and husband, Randy, and Liz Moore and friend, Bobby; father-in-law, R. L. Bryson, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Curtis Sigmon, Pete Carter, and Eddie Carter; and sisters, Elizabeth Sigmon, Rita Smith, and Donna K. Johnson.
The family received friends Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m., in the sanctuary at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 11, 2022 at 2 p.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Keith Huss and Pastor Ricky Sigmon officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Scotty Sigmon Family, c/o Kathy Sigmon, 200 Putnam St., Cherryville.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services serve the family of Mr. Sigmon.  
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Newell Quinn Alexander

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Newell Quinn Alexander, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2022 surrounded by her family.
Newell was born on Feb. 26, 1937 in Gaston County, NC, a daughter of the late Eubern Quinn and Della Sigmon Quinn.  She was a graduate of Cherryville High School, Class of 1955.  Newell was retired as an executive secretary from Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville. She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville and was a member of the Chancel Choir, a former Sunday school teacher for children and adults; Women of the Church, Youth Choir Director, CARE team, an Elder Emeritus, and also served the church in many other capacities. Newell had a personal card ministry sending greetings and well wishes to many people over the years. She was a member of Cherryville Chapter # 156 Order of the Eastern Star and was an advocate for World Vision Ministries sponsoring children worldwide.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Long and Joyce McGinnis.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Don “Alec” Alexander of the home; a son, Donnie Alexander and wife Jeanne; a daughter, Mona Beam and husband Jason; three grandchildren, Jenna Katherine Alexander, and Burgess and Quinnlyn Beam, all of Cherryville.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Newell’s caregivers, Lacey, Charlotte, Sherry, and Sierra, and also to the staff of Hometown Direct Care.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., on Monday, March 7, 2022 at the residence, 600 Queens Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Mrs. Alexander lay in state from 2 to 6 p.m., on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home. The family will not be present during this time.
A celebration of life service was held at 4 p.m., on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Lowe and Rev. Joel Long officiating.
Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Chancel Choir Fund, 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 Mrs. Alexander.
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Joe W. Martin

CHERRYVILLE – Joe Willard Martin, 80, of East Academy St., passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 at his residence. He was born Feb. 9, 1942 in Cleveland County to the late Henry and Rosie Earwood Martin. Joe retired after 28 years from Carolina Freight and went on to work a number of years cooking on the grill at Medical Center Pharmacy. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Joe enjoyed woodworking but his biggest passion was working on and restoring cars. He was also an artist who was very talented with drawing and sketching. He loved his little dogs, Rocky, and the late Willie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry and Harold Martin.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancella Harden Martin; son, Tracy Martin; brothers, Frank Martin, Tommy Martin, David Martin (Frances), Steve Martin (Sherry), John “Bud” Martin (Tippi), and Ronnie Martin (Teresa); sisters, Mary Champion and Dot Carter; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11 a.m.,  at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiating. Burial was private. The family received friends Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m., prior to the service in the church sanctuary.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville NC, 28021, or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Martin.
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Melinda Houser Yount

CHERRYVILLE – Melinda Kay Houser Yount, 79, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 at Atrium Health – Cleveland, in Shelby.
Melinda was born in Gaston County, N.C., on Oct. 20, 1942, daughter of the late Jack Houser and Nora Belle Gates Houser. She was retired from Gaston County Schools and worked at Cherryville Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant. Melinda was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Teresa Kay Yount.
Survivors include a son, Greg Yount and wife, Wendy of Asheville; a daughter, Traci Yount of Vale; four grandchildren, Alec Yount (Emily) of Morganton; Colin Yount of Atlanta, GA; Sloane Yount of Asheville; and Madison Wright (Dustyn) of Lincolnton.
Visitation was from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 at First United Methodist Church of Cherryville.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy, and Rev. Randy Heffner officiating.
The family had a private burial at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., #100, Charlotte, NC, 28207.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Yount family.
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Jimmy Richard “Ace” Lail
(Jan. 24, 1936–Feb. 4, 2022)

HUNTERSVILLE – Jimmy Richard “Ace” Lail passed away on Feb. 4, 2022 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. He was born on Jan. 24, 1936, to Ruffin and Gazzie Buff Lail in Cherryville, N.C. He graduated from Cherryville High School and attended Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He was married for 65 years to the love of his life, Doris Leonhardt Lail, who predeceased him last February. Together they raised two daughters, Robin and Kristen.
Jim was the consummate businessman. He began his career with Wiley Brothers, owned and operated Lail’s Gulf in Cherryville, with his brother, Jerry, and then moved on to the hardware industry. He was employed for 16 years at Vermont American Corporation where he advanced from Eastern Sales Manager to Company President. After leaving Vermont American, he and Doris established Jim Lail & Associates, Inc.
Jim played second base for the 1953 Cherryville American Legion Baseball team that went to the American Legion World Series in Miami, Florida. The team created memories that last until this day and he was proud to have been a part of that brotherhood. He signed minor league contracts with the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles and was inducted into the Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame.
He had a lifelong love of fishing and hunting and was named ‘Top Gun’ at the Grand National Quail Hunt in Enid, Oklahoma. If you knew Jim, you heard many stories about the big fish he caught and his bird hunting adventures. He was also an avid golfer.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton, a former member of the Lincolnton Rotary Club, served on the Lincoln County Economic Development Commission, was past President of the Lincoln County Republican Men’s Club and past Chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Party, and former President and Secretary of the Southern and Eastern Hardware Association. He was a founder of Carolina Trust Bank and served on its Board of Directors.
He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and loved to share stories of their accomplishments.
In addition to his beloved wife, Doris, he was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Hazelene Beam, and brothers, Earl Lail, Roy Lail, and Carrol Lail. He is survived by his daughters, Robin Goins and husband, Wayne, of Salisbury, N.C., and Kristen Willis and husband, Ed, of Lincolnton, N.C.; his grandchildren, Travis Goins and Amy White, Heather Goins Alexander and husband, J.C., Braden Willis, and Graham Willis; and great-grandchildren, Dylan and Lucas Alexander. He is also survived by his brothers, Darrell Lail and wife, Joyce, and Jerry Lail and wife, Rita.
He lay in state at Warlick Funeral Home, 125 Dave Warlick Dr., Lincolnton, N.C., on Monday, Feb. 7 through Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, between 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. The family was not present during those times.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, 6073 Flay Rd., Cherryville, with Rev. Jerry Lail officiating. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall for one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 East Main St., Lincolnton, N.C., 28092, or to Bess Chapel United Methodist Church.
Warlick Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Lail.
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Carolyn Player

CHERRYVILLE – Carolyn Yvonne Player, 87, of Cherryville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte. She was born Aug. 11, 1934 in Darlington County, South Carolina, to the late Robert Lawson Player and Margaret Leon George.
Carolyn was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville. Her love of children kept her teaching for 30 years.  She was a former officer in the Eastern Star and a member of the Moose Lodge. Carolyn was a volunteer in the Knitting Club of Kings Mountain Patrick Center. She was very talented in art, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, flowers, and crafts.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, JoAnna Player; brothers, Robert Player and Steven Player; and sister, Barbara Player.
Survivors include her children, Robert Sneed, Connie Hastings (Dewey), Sheri Sneed (Steve), Debbie Rascati (Mike), and Suzanne Dillard (Alan); grandchildren, Carl Hastings (Cindy), Crystal Hastings (Michael), Allison Clark (Clint); great-grandchildren, Trent Hastings, Camryn Hastings, Lauren Hastings, Caitlyn Ledford, Hayden Clark; half-sisters, Nadene Fontano, and Linda Hillenbrand; godchildren, Pate Craig, Hannah Myers, Phoenix Willis; and special mentions, Betty Henson, Lillian McDaniels, Wanda Boyles, Bill Tinsley, and Tommy Haselden.
The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy officiating. Burial will follow at City Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Carolyn was an advocate for St. Jude’s Cancer Research, veterans, animal rescue, and Gaston County Emergency Medical Services. 
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Player.
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Becky Walls

CHERRYVILLE – Becky Gail Dellinger Walls, 64, of Tot Dellinger Rd., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. She was born Dec. 18, 1957 in Cleveland County to the late Carl Chance “Boozie” Dellinger and Rachel Jane Travis Dellinger.
Becky was employed for 41 years with Carolina Care Health & Rehabilitation where she faithfully served as the Director for the Cottages and the Apartments. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was a true people pleaser. Becky, or “Beck” as she was affectionately known, was the foundation of her family. She was an amazing Nana, the planner, the leader, the boss, the cook, the shopping queen, the decorator. She loved themed events. She was the “care-for-everyone-else” type, the mom that loved and took such pride in her kids, the dependable and sacrificing caregiver of the family. She will be deeply missed but lovingly remembered always.
In addition to her parents, Carl “Boozie” and Rachel Dellinger, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Beverly Walls.
Survivors include her husband, Ron Walls; sons, Chesley Walls and wife, Crystal, and Travis Walls and wife, Whitney; daughters, Angie Anthony and husband, Wes, and Abby Brown and husband, Marcus; brother, Carl Michael “Little Booze” Dellinger and Nicole Blaylock; grandchildren, Katie Walls, Brent Walls, Lane Walker, Alli Anthony, Lawson Walls, Myles Brown, and Alex Anthony; niece and great-nephew, Carly Dellinger and Silas Dellinger-Jenkins; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other close relatives; and her Carolina Care Family, both past and present.
The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church in the COC, and other times at the home. A memorial service followed on Saturday at 3 p.m., at First Baptist with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner and Rev. Jerry Lail officiating. A private inurnment took place at the Columbarium at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cherryville Dixie Softball or Cherryville Little League.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Walls.
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Dorothy “Dot” Leonhardt

CHERRYVILLE – Dorothy “Dot” Huss Leonhardt, 92, of Huss Ave., Cherryville, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. A graveside service for Mrs. Leonhardt was held on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m., in the Bethphage Lutheran Church Cemetery with the Reverend Fred Mitscke officiating. Anyone wishing to pay their respects was able to do so on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Carpenter’s Funeral Home during their regular business hours.
“Dot” was born in Lincoln County on Dec. 30, 1929, in the home of her late parents, Henry Monroe Huss and Bessie Leonard Huss. In addition to her parents, Dot was preceded in death by her loving husband, Warren Ted Leonhardt, and by her siblings, Robert “Bob” Huss and Helen Huss Mullis.
Dot worked for over 40 years for Carlton/SCT Mills of Cherryville as a winder. Following her retirement, she worked part-time for a number of years at Keystone Carbon of Cherryville, from 3 until 7a.m.! Dot was a lifelong, active member of Bethphage Lutheran Church of Lincolnton where she served in many capacities through the years, including Sunday School teacher, Luther League Advisor, and as a member of the women’s organization of the Church. During her retirement she volunteered for Hospice of Cleveland County and enjoyed being a member of the Cherryville Senior Citizens’ Club, serving as a faithful secretary for many years. She also loved traveling and spending time with her friends and family, by whom she will be deeply missed.
Dot is survived by two daughters, Nancy Leonhardt Tallent (Gene, deceased), Becky Leonhardt Engle (Ronnie), and one son, Steve Leonhardt (Vivette); two grandchildren, Teddi Neal (Charles), and Ronald Leonhardt (Michelle); five great-grandchildren, Seth, Ryan, and Jessie Neal, Bessie Leonhardt White (Preston), and Chase Leonhardt; along with numerous other relatives and friends.
The family wishes to thank Dot’s church family and friends for all the love and support they have shown her over the years. Also, the family is grateful to Hospice of Cleveland County, Gaston County Meals on Wheels Program, and special caregivers Nancy Rudisill and Doretha McClain, all of whom provided the means for Dot to be lovingly cared for in her home until she passed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethphage Lutheran Church 4060 N.C. Hwy. 182, Lincolnton, or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., of Shelby, N.C., 28150.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services of Cherryville served the family of Mrs. Leonhardt.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
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Ollie Pendleton

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Ollie Pendleton, 97, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at her residence.
Mrs. Pendleton was born in Lincoln County on June 3, 1924, a daughter of the late Tola Elam Houser and Dela Mae Leatherman Houser. She was retired from Sweetree in Cherryville. Mrs. Pendleton was also a private caregiver to many people in the community. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Murphy Pendletoan; five sisters; and seven brothers.
Survivors include her daughter, Nita Dellinger of Cherryville; a sister, Kimmie Leatherman of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Frankie Dellinger, Shana Dellinger Ford, and Tammy Dellinger Howell; three great-grandchildren, Kennedy Dellinger, Lynndie Dellinger and Kayleigh Lingerfelt; and three great-great-grandchildren, Kayson, Brennon, and Zeppelin.
Visitation was from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services were held at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at First Baptist Church in Cherryville with Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.
A private burial was held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery in Vale.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Pendleton.
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Karleen Gaskins Price

CHERRYVILLE – Karleen Beam Gaskins Price passed away on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. The daughter of Marvin Stowe and Bryte Beam Beam, she was born in Lincoln County on July 10, 1926.
Karleen graduated from North Brook High School, where she served on the yearbook staff, and was a member of the debate, glee, commercial, and library clubs. She also served on the cheerleading squad. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in business education from Lenoir-Rhyne College, she later pursued graduate study at Western Carolina University.
One of the highlights of her life was spending the summer of 1945 in Washington, D. C., working at the US Census Bureau. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate VJ Day on the Capitol steps.
Upon graduation from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1947, Karleen went to work for her father at Cherry Motors of Cherryville. While there, she met the love of her life, Tracy Leland Gaskins, Jr., originally from New Bern. After a whirlwind courtship, the two were married on Oct. 3, 1948. Three children, Debra Karleen, Mary Suzanne, and Tracy Leland III, were born to this union.
In addition to raising the children, Karleen spent the 1950s and early 1960s teaching typing, business courses, English, and Spanish at North Brook High School, while also directing the junior class play and sponsoring the “The Babbling Brook”, the school newspaper. The class of 1959 dedicated the yearbook, “Le Souvenir”, to her. She was also the accountant for Tracy’s auto dealerships. In 1963, she was one of the pioneers who developed the Exceptional Children’s program for the Lincoln County Schools.
While a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Karleen taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Parsonage Committee and chaired the Christian Education Committee.
At First United Methodist Church of Cherryville, she served on the Parsonage Committee, the Finance Committee, and as a circle chairman. 
In 1970, Karleen became the accounting manager of Marvin S. Beam, Inc., her father’s Ford dealership. Later she became an authorized Ford dealer, joining her father on the Ford Motor Company sales and service agreement.      
Quite active in the Cherryville community, Karleen was a member of the Cherryville Music Club, the Readers’ Book Club, and the Dancing Cherries. She was also a charter member of the Cheri-Weeders Garden Club, a Life Member of the Order of the Eastern Star, president of the Village Garden Club, and a board member of the Cherryville Historical Museum. Additionally, she was an organizing and charter member, as well as Regent, of the Tryon Resolves Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Karleen loved shopping, dancing, and parties. She was especially devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Another of her passions was travel, as she visited most of the US and Caribbean and made several trips to Western Europe, as well as one to Eastern Europe. She also journeyed to Hong Kong and visited Japan twice.
Karleen was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Tracy Leland Gaskins, Jr. In 1987, she married Harry Carroll Price, Jr., who also preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughters, Debra Gaskins Beam (George) of Cherryville, NC; Suzanne Gaskins Rudisill of Greenville, SC; a son, Tracy Leland Gaskins III (Carolyn) of Tokyo, Japan; granddaughters, Ashley Rudisill Forbes (Scott) of Greenville, SC; Chelsea Michelle Rudisill (Luke Browder) of Irmo, SC; Courtney Beam Brett (Jonathan) of Barnsley, United Kingdom; and great-grandsons, Jackson Scott Forbes and Reid Harrison Forbes of Greenville, SC.
The family would like to thank their wonderful team of caregivers and the employees of Hospice of Cleveland County.
Karleen lay in repose at Carpenter – Porter Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 from 12 to 4 p.m. Due to the threat of COVID-19, the family was not present. A formal memorial service is planned for late spring.
To honor Karleen, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 North Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021; the Bess Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Towery, 2357 Bess Chapel Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021; Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Price.
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James Barry Wood

CHERRYVILLE – James Barry Wood, of Cherryville, passed away at Testa Family Hospice House on Dec. 27, 2021. He was surrounded by his wife of 53 years, Barbara, and his daughter, Vanessa.
Services will be held in Etowah, Tennessee.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Wood.
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Charles Dennis Hord

CHERRYVILLE – Charles Dennis Hord, Sr., 91, of Sunbeam Farm Rd., formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 at Atrium Health Lincoln. He was born June 22, 1930 in Cleveland County to the late Loron James Hord and Ellen Bryte Houser. 
Charles was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as Sergeant of the 3rd Anti-aircraft Artillery during the Korean War. He enjoyed woodwork and had a passion for carpentry. He also was retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Patricia Wayburn Darty Hord; his brothers, Sloan, Ben, Carl David, and Barkley Hord; and sisters, Willa Painter, and Brenda Morrow.
He is survived by his sons, Charles Dennis Hord, Jr. (Michelle) of Georgia, James Richard Hord (Diane) of Ohio, and Jerry Hord (Therese), of Ohio; daughter, Patsy Witschey (Michael) of Ohio; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Bosl (Jeremy), Kyle Hord, Kristen Costanzo (Patrick), Brittany Keane (Mike), Alex Hord (Jenna), and Joey Witschey (Corinne); five great-grandchildren, Aiden Witschey, Landry Costanzo, Poppy Keane, Calvin Hord, and Maddy Hord; a sister, Lu Gamble, and a brother, Bobby Hord.
To honor his wishes no formal services are planned.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at alzfdn.org/support-us/donate/.
Condolences may be made to www.carpetnersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Hord.
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Martha Rivers McNeill

ASHEBORO – Martha J. Rivers McNeill, 101, of Asheboro, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at The Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro.
A funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment followed at Randolph Memorial Park.
Martha was born on April 12, 1920, in Gaston County to the late John Henry Rivers and Lena Weathers. She retired as a CNA and a home health worker. Martha was a member of Wesley Chapel A.M.E Zion Church. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her son, Andre Murphy and wife, Nicole of Liberty; granddaughter, Judy Vanlandingham and husband, Louico of Johnson City, TN; two great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren.
The family received friends at Ridge Funeral Home from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., Dec. 20, 2021, prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, 416 Vision Dr., Asheboro, NC, 27203.
Condolences may be made online at www.ridgefuneralhome.com.
Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. McNeill.
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Phyllis Elaine Thompson

SHELBY, NC – Phyllis Elaine Thompson, 74, of Shelby, NC went to Heaven on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.
Born in Murphy, NC (Cherokee County) on February 11, 1947, she was the daughter of Lydia Magaline Davenport Thompson and Kermit Wayne Thompson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Walters.
Phyllis was retired from the Patrick Senior Center (City of Kings Mountain). She previously attended Pleasant City Church before becoming a resident at Peak Resources Cherryville.
Phyllis is survived by her best friend and sister, Patricia Hinson of Shelby, NC; niece, Carolyn Henwood and husband Pierre of Kings Mountain, NC; niece, Teresa Hollmann (Eric) of Chicago, IL; nephew, Barry White and wife Carla of Gaffney, SC; grandnieces: Carmen Henwood of Raleigh, NC; Hannah Guffey of Bessemer City, NC;  Sarah Burgess of Plant City, FL; grandnephews: Curtis Jenkins of Clover, SC; Josh Walters of Newbern, NC; Russ Walters of Colorado Springs, CO and Ryan Felton of Cleveland, TN; brothers: William Thompson of Bessemer City, NC; Wayne Thompson of Shelby, NC; sisters: Debbie Felton of Cleveland, TN and Cindy Thompson of Gastonia, NC; special cousin, Zandra MacDonald of Canton GA and two life-long friends: Caroleen Mingus of Murphy, NC  and Ellen Long of Milton, FL.
Phyllis was very loved and will be missed by her family. The family wishes to thank all those who cared and prayed for her.
All services are private.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Joyce Doty

CHERRYVILLE – Ms. Joyce Kathryn Doty, 88, passed away on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at Peak Resources in Shelby.
Joyce was born in Cleveland County, NC, on Feb. 12, 1933, a daughter of the late Garland Doty and Vassie Walker Doty. She was a retired sales clerk from Dixie Lumber Company in Cherryville. Joyce was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville and the Irene McSwain Truth Seekers Sunday school class. She loved reading her Bible, working crossword puzzles and going Christmas caroling.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Ward, James, Gene, and Vail Doty; sisters-in-law, Frances Clarke, Mozelle Doty, and Alma Doty; and a nephew, Mike Doty.
Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Doty of Cherryville; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Doty of Shelby; a nephew and three nieces.
Visitation was from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Vince Hefner and Rev. Priscilla Walker officiating.
Burial was in City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC, 27361.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Doty family.
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Dot Punch

CHERRYVILLE – Dorothy “Dot” Jean Dellinger Punch, 90, of Shelby Hwy., passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at Wendover Hospice. She was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Gaston County to the late Lula Mae Dellinger.
Dorothy loved working puzzles, crafting, and trying out new recipes. She was a devoted homemaker and loving caregiver to her family. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Everette Punch; brother, Maurice Dellinger, and sister, Joyce Guffey. Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Carol Chit Khin, and Linda and Rex Bell; and grandchildren, Greg Bell, and Dorothy Allran.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, in Cherryville, with Pastor Mike Devine from Covenant Bible Church officiating.
Mrs. Punch lay in state from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services. The family was not present during that time.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Punch.
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Larry Gunnell

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Larry Russell Gunnell, 73, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
Larry was born on Dec. 12, 1947 and was raised in Mt. Airy, N.C., a son of the late William C. Gunnell and Ester Marshall Gunnell. He retired as co-owner and operator of O’Dell’s Grocery in Cherryville after 28 years. Larry later worked for Elmore Feed and Seed in Lawndale. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Men’s Bible Class. Larry was a member of the Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 AF & AM and also Cherryville American Legion Post 100. He was also assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 323 in Cherryville. Larry served in the U.S. Air Force. Larry enjoyed working on his farm and raising honey bees.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Pauline Ayers.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Juanita O’Dell Gunnell of the home; a daughter, Maria Pruitt and husband, Tim; a son, Steven Gunnell and wife, Bonnie, all of Cherryville; five grandchildren, Landry, Grayce and Emma Pruitt, Brooks and Baylor Gunnell; two brothers, Vernon Gunnell of Clemmons, and Elmer Gunnell of Mt. Airy; sister-in-law and business partner, Ann Harmon of Cherryville; brother-in-law, Richard Lee O’Dell and wife, Cheryl of Matthews. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating.
Burial was in the City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville with Military rites provided by Gaston County Honor Guard and Masonic rites by Cherryville Masonic Lodge.
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 Service served the Gunnell family.
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Nancy Moss

CHERRYVILLE – Nancy Elizabeth Devine Moss, formerly of Academy St., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. She was born July 21, 1931 in Gaston County to the late Enoch Martin and Lola Bright Whitworth Devine.
Nancy was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a servant of God and lived to serve others. She loved the opportunity to be a caregiver for family, both hers and Aarons. She gave of herself by taking friends to doctor appointments or anywhere else that was needed. Nancy was a member of the Irene McSwain Sunday School Class and the Women’s Circle. She served as former church coordinator for the nursery, served on the pulpit committee to Charles Carter, and served on various other committees. She was devoted to her church and her Lord. She was also devoted to her family and adored “my Aaron,” her son, and her grandchildren. Nancy was a member of the Garden Club and a couple of Bridge Clubs. She enjoyed working the voting polls and supporting her husband in all his duties to the community of Cherryville. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Aaron Bernard Moss; siblings and their spouses, Hilbert Devine and Maxine, Marisel Allen and Bill, and Ruby Harden Phillips and Guy; and brothers-in-law and their spouses, E.V. Moss and Frances, and Dr. Tom Moss and Mary Louise.
Survivors include her son, David Lee Moss; grandchildren, Natalie Marie Moss and Jarvis Aaron Moss; brother-in-law, Joe Phillips; nieces and nephews, Mimi Mixen, Jeannie Metcalf, Frank Allen, Tommy Allen, Milton “Mick” Harden, Nancella Martin, Jan Boone, Guy Ann Summer, Mary Frances Moss, and Dr. Carol Bridges; and special friend and caregiver, Mitzi Quinn McSwain.
A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at 11 a.m., at City Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. 
Nancy wished to express her deepest thanks to Mitzi for all the love and care she provided.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the Moss family.
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Ann Ramsey

CHERRYVILLE – Annie S. Randall Ramsey, 95, of Dellinger Circle, passed away Dec. 6, 2021 at home. She was born March 26, 1926 in Gaston County to the late Lector Lee and Edna Mae Sigmon Randall. Ann was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church, Cherryville. She and her late husband, D.B., enjoyed sitting on the swing and spending time together.  Ann cherished her family and loved them deeply.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 75 years, Dock Boyd “D.B.” Ramsey, Jr.; daughter, Donna R. Beigel; siblings, Glenn “Son” Randall, Betty Black, J.L. Randall, and Merlyn Carpenter.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Mike Ramsey (Janice) of Crouse; grandchildren, Shane Ramsey (Heather), Lea Graham (Derek), Matthew Beigel (Emily), Amy Steadman (Jared); great-grandchildren, Zach Woodruff, Katie Ramsey, Kira Alvey, Ava Beigel, Ethan Beigel, Madison Steadman, Kyle Miller and Lily Steadman; and great-great-grandsons, Joseph and Jaxson Woodruff.
A Celebration of Ann’s life was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, Cherryville with Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiating. Interment followed at City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service in the church sanctuary.
The family would like to thank Geraldine Brock, Morriah Moore, Tammy Mull, April Stanley, and all previous caregivers for the love and care given to Mrs. Ramsey.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Ramsey.
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Derek B. Smith, Jr.

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Mr. Derek B. Smith, Jr., 51, passed away on Nov. 25, 2021 at his residence.
Derek was born on May 27, 1970 in Cleveland County, NC, a son of Jane Clemmer Smith of Cherryville and the late Derek B. Smith, Sr. He was employed as a maintenance coordinator for Hospice of Cleveland County. Derek was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and the Pathfinders Sunday school class and also enjoyed being able to go on a mission trip with the church to West Virginia.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife of 11 years, Melanie Halk Smith of the home; a sister, Tracy Overby and husband, Mark of Benson; two nephews, Ryan Overby (Brittany) and Collin Overby; and a great-nephew, Carson Overby.
Visitation was on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 from 2 to 3 p.m., at Shady Grove Baptist Church.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 at 3 p.m., at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Hendricks and Rev. Zac Mayhue officiating.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church, 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Smith family.
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Margaret Brittain

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Margaret Wells Brittain, 80, passed away on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cabarrus.
Margaret was born on Aug. 22, 1941 in Gaston County, NC, a daughter of the late Fred Wells and Ethel Sistare Wells. She retired as an LPN for Lincoln Medical Center in Lincolnton.
Margaret was a member of Plainsview Baptist Church in Lawndale. She enjoyed playing softball and bowling. Margaret also enjoyed trips to the beach
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Brittain.
Survivors include two daughters, Denise Walker and husband Scott; and Pam Lucas; a son Darren Brittain; two grandchildren, Stephanie Lucas and Dustin Lucas; and a great-granddaughter, Kinsley Lucas, all of Cherryville.
Visitation was from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at Plainsview Baptist Church in Lawndale. At other times the family will be at Margaret’s home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at Plainsview Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Key and Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Plainsview Baptist Church, 266 Plainsview Church Rd., Lawndale, NC, 28090.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Brittain.
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Leon “Butch” Sneed

WILMINGTON – Mr. Leon Jay “Butch” Sneed, 80, formerly of Cherryville, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Butch was born on March 31, 1941 in Lincoln County, NC, a son of the late Lester Leon Sneed and Dixie Eva Mullen Sneed.  He was a self-employed contractor with Sneed Construction and also a teacher. Butch taught carpentry at Cherryville High School and Ashley High School in New Hanover County. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville where he taught the Men’s Bible Class for many years. Butch served in the U.S. Army and was a member and past chaplain of Cherryville American Legion Post 100. He also had a great love for fishing.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Andy Hartman, and a brother, Don Carpenter.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Betsy T. Sneed of the home; three daughters, Aryn Weisser and husband, Robert of Carolina Beach; Amber Sullivan and husband, Michael of Indian Trail, and Teresa Sneed Kiser of Weatherford, TX; two brothers, Joe Sneed of Cherryville and Carroll Sneed of Connecticut; and seven grandchildren, Seth, Waylon, Sydney, Harper, Robert, Jr., Chris, and Taylor.
Mr. Sneed lay in state from 1 to 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home. The family was not present during this time.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville with the Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, New York, 10306, or visit their website at www.t2t.org to donate online.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Sneed family.
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Roger Roy

CHERRYVILLE – Roger Joseph Roy, 91, of Cherryville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2021 at Wendover Hospice House. He was born July 23, 1930 in New Haven County, Connecticut, to the late Delphis and Leda Alberta Roy. Roger was a veteran of the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta Ann McGuinness Roy; two brothers; and a sister. 
Survivors include his daughters, Renee Roy, Annette King and husband, Jay, Janine Levesque and husband, Bob, Corrinne Cruz and husband, Stephen, Collette Blackwelder and husband, David, and Andrea Teague and husband, Mark; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
All services will be private.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Roy.