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Mark Crowder

CHERRYVILLE – Mark Richard Crowder, 67, of Cherryville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at Atrium Health Cleveland. He was born Dec. 4, 1954, in Hill County, Texas, to the late Jack Melvin and Mary Huffman Crowder. Mark had a passion for music and was a talented fiddle player.
He incorporated that love into the name of his vineyard that he and his wife started in 2012, “Fiddler’s Vineyard.” Mark was also an entertainer and loved to make others laugh. You were guaranteed to leave his presence with a smile on your face.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Brad Crowder.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Lynn Moore Crowder; daughter, Jamie Lynn Heisler; granddaughter, Adalyn Averie Speagle; brothers and sisters-in-law, Craig Crowder, Kirk and Kathy Crowder, and Patricia Crowder.
 In keeping with Mark’s wishes, the family will celebrate his life at a later date at Fiddler’s Vineyard.
 Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services
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Frank Daves

CHERRYVILLE – Franklin “Frank” Delnora Daves, 82, of Baxter Rd., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He was born May 26, 1940 to the late J.P. and Myrtle Newton Daves.
Frank’s favorite hobby was the game of golf. His family says that Pine Grove Golf Course was his second home.
He was preceded in death by his siblings: J.P. Daves, Jr., Billy Daves, Clyde Daves, John Bennett Daves, Patsy Ruth Daves, Betty Neill, and Linda Pow.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Rita Kay McNeely Daves; daughter, Ginger McGee; son, Brad Daves (Nikki); grandchildren, Tyler Carpenter, Stephen Daves, Christopher McGee, and Landon Daves; sisters, Reba Beam, and Sybil Bender; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at City Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Keith Huss officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Daves.
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Dennis Arrowood

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Mr. Dennis Ray Arrowood, 68, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 at his residence.
Dennis was born on May 29, 1954 in Cleveland County, NC, a son of the late Odus Alfred Arrowood, Sr. and Jeanette Hayes Arrowood. He was of the Baptist faith. Dennis was retired from the furniture industry and continued to do upholstery work at his home.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Craft; one sister and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jane Woods Arrowood of the home; two sons, Bryan Craft and wife, Danielle; John Craft, all of Cherryville; a daughter, Holly Alexander and husband, Chris of Matthews; two sisters, Sue Lovelace of Kings Mountain and Ann James of Ellenboro; a brother, Eugene “Bucky” Arrowood of Ellenboro; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Cherryville with Rev. Ronnie Lackey officiating.
The family greeted friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Arrowood family.
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Thomas Larry Summer

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Thomas Larry Summer, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Larry was born on March 6, 1937 in Lincoln County, NC, a son of the late Thomas Carlyle Summer, Jr. and Eva Catherine Beam Summer. He attended Cherryville High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from North Carolina State University. After graduation, he returned to Cherryville to work with his father at Dixie Lumber Company. Upon the untimely death of his father in 1961, he became the President of Dixie Lumber. In 1988, he formed Progressive Builders of Cherryville with his son, Tom, and in the later part of his professional life continued local development projects under Summer Construction, LLC. He and his wife Carolyn also built, owned, and managed Cherryville and Lincoln Self Storage facilities.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janice Summer.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Carolyn Turner Summer of the home; a son, Tom Summer and wife, Sharon of Gastonia; two daughters, Cindy Summer of Cherryville and Cathy Smiley and husband, Jeff of Denver; four grandchildren, Brittany Summer Gregory and husband, Matt, Thomas Carlyle Summer, Grace Smiley and Graham Smiley; a great-grandson, Jack Gregory; two brothers, Garry Summer and wife, Connie of Shelby, and Oren Summer and wife, Ann of Cherryville.
A lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville, Larry not only built a strong faith within his family but was dedicated to serving his church family. He served numerous terms on the church council, was Sunday School superintendent, treasurer and served on numerous committees.
Larry was truly dedicated to the town of Cherryville and its residents. He took enormous pride in the work he was able to do to serve his hometown. He was a founding member of the Cherryville Rescue Squad and volunteered for both the Rescue Squad and the Fire Department for over 25 years. He served on the Zoning Board and Board of Adjustment, the Economic Development Commission, the Cherryville Community Development Corporation, the Rotary Club – where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was selected in 2017 by the Chamber of Commerce as their Man of the Year. He was instrumental in many community initiatives and in bringing business and industry to Cherryville and Gaston County.
In addition, to his own professional career, Larry dedicated himself to further the progress of the building industry on local, state, and national levels. He was a member of the Gaston County Home Builders Association where he served in various offices and eventually as President of the association. In the North Carolina Home Builders Association, Larry was a Life Director, held various offices and served as President of the state association.
In 1990, he was selected as North Carolina Builder of the Year and in 1994, he was one of two inductees in the first class of the North Carolina Housing Hall of Fame. Larry was one of the founding members of the Builders Mutual Insurance Trust and served on the Board of Directors and as its Chairman for 15 years. On the national level, he was on the Executive Committee of the National Home Builders Association for 8 years and served as a Life Director. He provided unselfish service to promote affordable housing and was the Chairman of the National Affordable Housing Committee for 3 years where he testified before the United States Congress for the continuation of the Affordable Housing Bill. His passion for affordable housing was put into action in the local community as well where he developed and built several affordable housing communities in Cherryville and the surrounding area.
All of his noteworthy accomplishments aside, Larry was most proud of his family, his 67-year marriage to the love of his life and his children and grandchildren. He provided them an amazing example of faith, selflessness, and unconditional love.
The family received friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. G. Scott Homesley and Rev. David Crane officiating.
Inurnment was in St. John’s Lutheran Church Columbarium.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 310 W. Church St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Summer.
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Caryl Beam Austell

CHERRYVILLE – Caryl Beam Austell, 74, of Cherryville, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 at her residence. She was born Feb. 16, 1948 in Gaston County, a daughter of the late JL and Lola Stroupe Beam. She graduated Valedictorian in 1966 from Cherryville High School. Caryl went on to graduate from High Point University and earned her Master of Counselor Education at Gardner Webb University. She taught nine years at Jamestown Junior High in Guilford County during the 1970s. She was then the school counselor at West Lincoln High School for four years and Love Memorial Elementary for 16 years. Caryl received the Counselor of the Year Award for Lincoln County. Caryl also worked for Duke Power in Hickory and at corporate offices in Charlotte for five years. She was a founding board member of Cherryville High School Education Foundation and served as a board member of Hospice of Cleveland County. Caryl was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Cherryville where she served on church council, trustee, chairman of education committee and parsonage committee, member of Aunt Pearl Circle, and Ethleen Dover Sunday School Class. Her greatest joy in life was getting to be the loving grandmother and babysitter to Riley, Henry, and Ella.
Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Bob Austell; daughter, Elizabeth Shuford (Lee); grandchildren, Riley Shuford, Henry Shuford, and Ella Shuford; stepdaughters, Teesie Smith (Danny), Kim Crane (Stephen), and Amy Turner (David); grandchildren, Charlie Smith (Clare), Robert Smith (Danielle), Adam Crane (Rachel), Stephanie Crane (Jon), Kelly Setzer (Will), Dave Turner (Jamie), Rachel Turner; great-grandchildren, Kate, William, Ada, Maggie, Joel, Wilson, and Daniel; brother, Jim L. Beam III (Becky); nieces, Lindsey Beam and Paige Hartman; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Spencer.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at 3 p.m., at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy officiating. The family received friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. 
A private burial took place at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to their caregivers, Kim Alexander, Kay Edmondson, Loretta Shull, Charlotte Cook, Sandra Bowen, and Nadine Butler. They would also like to thank Hospice Nurse Regina Clewell and Hospice of Cleveland Care for their love and care shown to the family.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Austell.
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Geraldine Stephens

LAURINBURG, NC – Geraldine Brooks Stephens, 75 of Laurinburg, went home to Jesus on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Born June 7, 1947 in Scotland County, she was the daughter of Lacy Lee Brooks, Sr. and Mary Magdalene (Maggie) Brooks. Geraldine was a 1966 graduate from Cherryville High School. She loved spending time with her friends and family and enjoyed painting and crafting. In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by her sisters, Peggy Brazelton and Becky Brittan.
Geraldine is survived by her husband, Ronald Smith, of Laurinburg, NC; daughter, Angela McDowell (Doug), of Mount Holly, NC; daughter, Sandy Mosteller (Roger), of Lincolnton, NC; two grandchildren, Wesley Mosteller, of Lincolnton, NC; and Kelsey Boitnott (Bryan) of Wilmington, NC; her siblings, Edna Rigby, Georgia Watts, Lacy Brooks Jr., and Arthur Brooks; and her three ‘grand-dogs’, Lucy, Ripples and Oliver.
Memorial services were held Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 at Mt. Beulah Pentecostal Holiness Church in Rockingham, NC.
Simple Service of Gastonia served the family of Mrs. Stephens.
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Steve Morgan

CHERRYVILLE – Charles Steven “Steve” Morgan, Sr., 80, of Cherryville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 9, 1942 in Cleveland County to the late Clarence and Annabell Page Morgan.
Steve was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked as a rate analyst at Carolina Freight for 28 years and then another 10 years with Watkins. Steve was a faithful member of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church where he served as Treasurer for 46 years, among various other roles. He enjoyed wood-crafting and building model planes. Steve enjoyed going to the beach and cherished every moment spent with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Dewey Morgan, Eugene Morgan, and Audrey “Gale” Morgan.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Addie “Lavonne” Timmons Morgan; son, Charles S. Morgan II and wife, Nikki; daughter, Gaye Morgan Almasi and husband, John; grandchildren, Brett Noles, Zack Noles, Casey Cain, Matt Cain, and Charlie Morgan III; sisters-in-law, Margaret Setzer, and Dot Morgan; special nieces and families, Beth Vaca, Aleta Setzer, Andrea and Brian Pruett, Liz, Patrick, Victoria, Donnie Morgan, Ginger Morgan Cash, Christy Reimann (Craig), and Ashley Ann Smith (Ryan).
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 at Missionary Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Holtsclaw officiating. Burial was private. The family received friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Missionary Methodist Church Building Fund, 318 W. Ballard St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Morgan.
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Billy Wayne Hinson

OAKBORO – Billy Wayne Hinson, 86, of Oakboro, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at Atrium Health Cabarrus Hospital in Concord.
Bill was born Nov. 10, 1935, in North Carolina to the late John Spurgeon Hinson and the late Annie Mae Hinson.
He was also preceded in death by wife, Janice Carol Hinson; daughter, Cynthia Dawn Howell; brother, Boyd Lee Hinson and sister, Jane Lorch
The family received friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service was held on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m., at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Oakboro, officiated by Rev. Dr. Shad Hicks. Burial followed at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at 17236 Frog Pond Rd., Oakboro.
Mr. Hinson was married to his wife, Janice for 64 years until her passing in 2020, and they raised two children, Mark and Cynthia. He spent over 40 years being a coach, teacher, and administrator in NC and SC schools, from elementary to college. He was fortunate enough to be with the student athletes at Aycock High School, Stanfield High School, West Stanly High School, Cherryville High School, Spartanburg High School, USC Upstate, South Stanly High School, and Stanfield School. He coached many good teams and great players, including those that developed professional careers in MLB, the NFL, and NBA. In retirement he continued his love for golf and became the US senior games horseshoe national champion for 70- to 75-year-old men in 2014. He enjoyed the opportunity to compete and will be missed by his friends and family in the places mentioned above and especially in his hometown of Oakboro, NC.
Survivors include son, Mark (Sue) Hinson of Folly Beach, SC, granddaughters, Taylor (Elliot) Marshall and Montana Hinson, and grandson, Rivers Hinson.
Donations may be made to the Stanly County, NC Retired School Personnel Organization (NCRSP), at 807 Sylvania Ave., Albemarle, NC, 28001.
Online condolences may be made to www.hartsellfh.com.
Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle served the Hinson family.
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Rocky Bennett

CHERRYVILLE – Gary Dean “Rocky” Bennett, 72, of Jane Street, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 at Atrium Health Cleveland. He was born Sept. 29, 1950 to the late Henry Wilson Bennett, Jr. and the late Juanita Huffstetler Bennett Hill.
Rocky was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was the successful business owner of Bennett Insurance Group of Cherryville, which he founded in 2007. 
His love for baseball was evident in all of his years of service. Rocky was the head coach of the Cherries from 1984-1996. And, Rocky was the Baseball Commissioner for Area IV American Legion on multiple occasions. Moreover, he was the Post 100 Athletic Director for more years than we can count.
Rocky was inducted into the American Legion Hall of Fame in 2007. He was subsequently inducted into the Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame. Rocky later received the 2014 David Poole Service Award from the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Allison Lynn Bennett Hovis; brothers, Michael Jacob Bennett, and Robert Eugene Bennett; and brother-in-law, Mutt Hayes.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Lynn Leatherman Bennett, of the home; sons; Kevin Bennett and wife, Lutricia, Wesley Bennett and wife Kristen, and Kyle Bennett, all of Cherryville; granddaughters, Elizabeth Bennett, Audrey Bennett, Ragan Lynn Hovis, and Margaret “Meg” Jones; sisters, Sherry Hayes, and Mary Anne Bennett Jenkins and husband, T.J.; and son-in-law, Chris Hovis.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. Burial will follow at City Memorial Cemetery.
His family will receive friends from 11 a.m., to 12:45 p.m., prior to the service in the church sanctuary.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Bennett.
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Ron Hovis

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. David Ronald “Ron” Hovis, Sr., 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 at his residence surrounded by his family.
Ron was born in Lincoln County, NC, on Oct. 12, 1942 the son of the late James Ralph “Tom” Hovis and Angelita Hollifield Hovis. He was retired from the trucking industry having worked for Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville for 30 years. Ron was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville and the Men’s Bible Class. He also served the church in various other capacities over the years. He was a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M. and Oasis Shriners. Ron had a passion for serving the City of Cherryville from his early days as he was a member of Jaycee’s and later would serve as a city councilman for Cherryville. He also served as a member of the Gaston County School Board, Board of Trustees for Gaston College and a member of the NC Beverage Control Board. Ron was an avid sportsman and played baseball in his youth and was drafted in the 1960’s to play for the Washington Senators. He was inducted into the Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame. He also had a love for golf and was a former club champion at Cherryville Country Club. Ron also served on the ElectriCities Board of Directors. He and his wife, Janice were the only husband and wife members to be awarded the Lifetime achievement award.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janice Ruth Hovis Anthony.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Janice Ledford Hovis of the home; a daughter, Julie Dawn Lyles and husband, Tracy of Cherryville; a son, David Ronald Hovis, Jr. of Huntersville; a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Wyatt of Cherryville; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve and Patty Owens of Cherryville; a brother-in-law, Eddie Ledford of Gastonia. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Rev Zack Christy, Dr. Bill Lowe, and Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.
Masonic Rites were given by Cherryville Masonic Lodge following the service. Burial was private.
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 Hovis family.
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Damon E. Fields

CHERRYVILLE – Damon Emil Fields, 39, of Westgate Dr., passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 30, 2022 at his residence. He was born Nov. 5, 1982 in New Hanover County to Brian Fields and the late Carole Putnam Fields.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carole Putnam Fields.
Survivors include his father, Brian Fields of Wilmington, NC; sister, Kim Bivins (Ray) of Lawndale; brothers, Scott Carpenter, Deaver Carpenter; both of Shelby, and Chris Carpenter (Shelby) of Kernersville; and special friend, Polly Metcalf.
No formal services are scheduled at the time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gaston County Animal Shelter.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services are serving the family of Mr. Fields.
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Oscar F. Sappenfield

CROUSE – Oscar Franklin Sappenfield, 96, of Crouse, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 at Summit Place in Kings Mountain. He was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Gaston County to the late Oscar Lorenzo and Pearl Barrier Sappenfield.
Oscar was a WWII veteran of the United States Army Air Corps where he served as a mechanic. After the military, he attended Mars Hill College, and received his degree in auto mechanics from Nashville Auto Diesel Trade School in 1948. He was a devoted member of Crouse United Methodist Church.
Mr. Sappenfield was an agent with Western & Southern Insurance Company. He also owned and operated Merry Oaks Antiques for 25 years, along with his wife, Kathryn. Oscar served as the first Chief of Crouse Volunteer Fire Department. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Kathryn Eliza Beam Sappenfield; sisters, Edith Hickey and Catherine McArthur; and nieces, Julee Wolfe and Susan Rhodes.
Survivors include his nieces and nephews: Jodi Adams, Carol McMahan (Danny), Lisa Hovis (Roger), Laura Lowery, Robert Rhodes (Shaye), and Cathy Rhodes Katz (Mark); 14 great-nieces and nephews; and 23 great-great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at 3 p.m., at Crouse United Methodist Church with Rev. Troy Howard officiating. Burial followed at Hollybrook Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. 
Memorials may be made to Crouse UMC, 3311 Crouse School Rd., Crouse, NC, 28033.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Sappenfield.
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Darise A. Hartman

DALLAS – Darise Arlen Hartman, 89, of South Gaston St., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at his residence in Dallas. He was born Oct. 12, 1932, in Cleveland County to the late Lois Alvin and Velma Pearl Smith Hartman.
Mr. Hartman was a veteran of the United States Army. He was retired from Gastex Inc., of Gastonia. He enjoyed weekly golf outings with Lee Nicholson, Albert Robinson, and Richard Nicholson. Darise was a press box scoreboard operator for both the American Legion and the Cherryville High School baseball games for more than 20 years. He also attended the American Legion World Series, each year, for the past 33 years.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley Elizabeth Beam Hartman; and his brothers, Herman, Ralph, and Bobby Hartman.
Survivors include his daughters; Teresa Parsons of Gastonia and Robin Nicholson (Lee) of Bessemer City; sister, Jean Hartman; sister-in-law, Mary Hartman; extended family, Richard and Libby Nicholson; close friends, Danny Eaker, Troy Thomas, and Albert Robinson; and several nieces and nephews.
A Service of Remembrance was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner and Rev. Jeff Hicks officiating.
Burial followed in City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 2 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cherryville American Legion Post #100, 215 N Pink St, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Hartman.
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Gertrude Washburn

CHERRYVILLE – Gertrude, “Gert, Trudy, BT” (Brooks) Washburn, 95, formerly of Cherryville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. She was born in Hall County, Georgia, Aug. 9, 1927 to Robert Addison Harlan Brooks and Cora Williams Brooks. After attending Cleveland County School systems, she married Robert Eugene Washburn in 1944. She later attended beautician school and started her private beauty salon, a business she owned and operated for over 30 years, all while being an attentive wife and mother to three.
She is survived by her youngest child, Trudy Smith (Wayne, dec.), Patricia Washburn (John, dec.); five grandchildren, Jason Washburn (Petra), Matthew Washburn (Holley), Josh Washburn (Tate), Cori Smith (Benjamin), Logan Smith (Katlyn); seven great-grandchildren, Shayna, Noah, Nick, Maddox, Lia, Scout, and Thomas.
She is preceded in death by husband, Robert Eugene Washburn; and sons, Robert Edward Washburn and John Datus Washburn; along with 5 siblings, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
She will be remembered as an avid reader, a shrewd bridge player, and a forever Tar Heel supporter. She loved God, her family, and the town she called home for 63 years, Cherryville.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Cherryville with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.
Her family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., prior to her service at the church.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 East 1st St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Washburn.
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Eddie N. Upton

KANSAS CITY, MO – Eddie Nelson Upton, 76, died after a brief illness on Sept. 6, 2022. Eddie was born on Aug. 28, 1946, in Cherryville, N.C., to Joe J. and Mayzelle Upton. Following graduation from Cherryville High School, Eddie entered the Army and was stationed in Germany for two years, returning to the States in 1968. He then began his career as a salesman with American and Efird Thread, located in Gastonia, N.C.
Eddie was assigned the Midwest territory, which brought him to Kansas City in 1972. Eddie left American and Efird in 1986 to pursue other sales positions in the Kansas City area, finally retiring in 2009.
Eddie is preceded in death by his parents, Joe J and Mayzelle Upton; and two siblings, David Upton and LaVonda Upton McSwain.
Eddie is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Ellen Lee McCartney-Upton; his children, Danielle Upton Wright and Casey Upton, with his former wife Helen Milligan Upton; his grandchildren: Evan Wright, Avery Upton and Brooke Upton; his son-in-law, Shane Wright; and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Blount Upton.
Eddie loved his family and friends and they will remember him for his sense of humor, easy-going style, devotion to the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, as well as anything “North Carolina.” Eddie was also a sports participant, enjoying softball and golf throughout his twenties and thirties. He and Ellen Lee loved to travel to exotic beaches and were frequent visitors to Las Vegas and Walt Disney World. Eddie and Ellen Lee were successful gardeners throughout their marriage and took particular pride in their 20-year-old lemon tree.
The family invited colleagues and friends who knew Eddie to celebrate his life from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO, 64119.
White Chapel Funeral Home served the family of Mr. Upton.
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Roger L. Stroup

Roger Leon Stroup, 76, of Waco, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022 at Hospice at Wendover, Shelby.
Born in Cleveland County Dec. 10, 1945, he was a son of the late Arthur Boyd Stroup and Gladys Sellers Stroup. He was owner and operator of Stroup Farms and a member of Waco Baptist Church. Roger and his family were recognized as the Farm Family of the Year 2014.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Bruce Stroup and Gary Stroup; and a sister, Nancy Stroup.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Melinda Phillips Stroup; one son, Ted Stroup and wife Sandy of Waco; two daughters, Kimberly Lee and husband Robert and Amanda Vess and husband Darrell, all of Waco; two sisters, Brenda Rutherford and husband Bob of Mocksville, and Sara Zissimopulos and husband Guy of Tarpon Springs, FL; six grandchildren, Jonathan Stroup and wife Shonda, Jennifer Stroup and Colt Ratchford, Jessica Allen and husband Chris, Hunter Mills and husband Dustin, Jacey Stroup and Roger Harris Vess; and six great-grandchildren, Cooper, Waylon, Addy, Ceceilia, Sophia, and Kayden.
The family received friends on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at 6 to 8 p.m., at Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 at 2 p.m., at Waco Baptist Church with Dr. Harold Fite and Dr. Rit Varriale officiating.
The burial followed the service in the Capernaum Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Waco Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 297, Waco, NC, 28169; Capernaum Cemetery, c/o Waco Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Waco, NC, 28169, Fund; or to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, who served the family of Mr. Stroup.
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Gloria Morris Juergens

South Windsor, CT – On Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, Gloria M. Juergens of South Windsor, passed away at the age of 90. She was born May 17, 1932 in Hartford to the late Alexander Joseph and Tessie Mae Stroupe Morris. Gloria’s mother, Tessie Mae, was a native of Cherryville.
Gloria graduated from Hartford Public High School in 1950 and for her first job, she worked in the accounts payable department, learning early IBM processing skills, at G Fox and Company.  She also worked for the US Department of Labor, where she met her future husband, Richard Juergens.
She was a loving mother to three surviving children, Richard, Timothy, and Marie. Gloria was a member of the East Hartford Woman’s Club; she mentored in the local school system and was a devoted communicant of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in East Hartford. Her husband preceded her in death.
Gloria and her siblings were fascinated with and loved their family connection to the Stroups of Cherryville, N.C. Gloria’s mother, Tessie Mae, born in 1911, grew up on the Stroup family farm south of Cherryville. As fate would have it, in her early 20s, she was introduced to and married her husband of 36 years, a Russian immigrant who had come to the “Land of the Free” 10 years prior. The Morris family, including Gloria and her siblings, often visited Cherryville, Shady Grove Baptist Church, and never forgot their Stroup roots here. Just two weeks before her death, Gloria “attended” the 2022 Stroup Family Reunion by internet ZOOM and recounted to the reunion attendees her very fond childhood memories of the Stroups. Gloria specifically recalled that as children, she, her siblings, and Mom, Tessie Mae, would anxiously await the weekly arrival of the “Cherryville Eagle” by mail, bringing news from the “home” in Cherryville!
Mrs. Juergens was buried at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Connecticut. She will be missed.
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Tommy R. Stroupe, Sr.

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Tommy Richard Stroupe, Sr., 70, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia surrounded by his family.
Tommy was born on Oct. 5, 1951 in Lincoln County, NC, a son of the late Lawrence W. Stroupe and Edna Greene Stroupe. He was retired as a regional manager for Interstate Brands of Charlotte. Tommy also worked a chief financial officer in his son’s company, TRS Consulting in Reston, VA. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville. Tommy was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict and was stationed during that time at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Stroupe and a sister, Linda Hastings.
Survivors include his son, Tommy Richard Stroupe, Jr. and wife Christina DiPalo Stroupe of Leesburg, VA; a sister, Patsy Randall of Cherryville; three grandchildren, Tommy Richard Stroupe, III, Audrey Elizabeth Stroupe and Olivia Jean Stroupe; a sister-in-law, Barbara Stroupe of Lincolnton; a brother-in-law, Jerry Hastings of Cherryville; and a special friend, Sheila Mims of Mt. Holly.
The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1 p.m., on Satruday, Aug. 6, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville with Dr. Bill Lowe officiating.
Burial followed in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Stroupe family.
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Brenda Sluder

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Brenda Lee Sellers Sluder, 80, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.
Brenda was born in Lincoln County, NC, on Feb. 23, 1942, a daughter of the late Max B. Sellers and Mildred Bridges Sellers. She worked with Head Start preschool program and also at other daycare centers and textile mills. Brenda was also a caregiver to many children that she considered as her own. She was a member of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church. She was an avid reader, enjoyed working crossword puzzles, coloring and was the reigning family champion in Rummy.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Sluder; a son, Jimmy Dean “Rusty” Sluder; three grandsons, Michael Chapman, Christopher Harris, and Michael Sluder; and a brother, Robert “Sonny” Sellers.
Survivors include her three daughters, Elayne Chapman and husband David; Dana Daves and Crystal Brittain; a sister, Debbie Fetner (Donnie); a special niece, Kay Sain; seven grandchildren, Holly Camp (Jonathan), Bruce Chapman (Tarra), Brandon Sluder, Jason Lowe (Tara), Danielle Hill (Chris), Jamie Harris and Charlotte Daves; 14 great-grandchildren, Vivian-Layne, London and Lilly Camp, Ethan, Lowe and Tucker Gilbert, Abigail, Logan and Amberlyn Harris, Jaxon and Eve Chapman, Sierra Daves, Marshall and Stephen Safrit.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church with Rev’s. Bobby Holtsclaw and Kyeth Lindsay officiating.
Burial was in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church 318 W. Ballard St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Sluder.
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Harrill R. Ellis

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Harrill Ross Ellis, 83, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.
Mr. Ellis was born on Dec. 17, 1938 in Cleveland County, NC, a son of the late Miller Ross Ellis and Ella Gertrude McSwain Ellis. He was retired from textiles. Mr. Ellis was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Lincolnton where he served as a deacon, and he also served in various other capacities at the church. He also volunteered with Scout Troop Pack 72 in Lincolnton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald Ellis; two brothers, Herbert Ellis and Billy Joe Ellis; two sisters, Vernie Bess and Louise Ward; and a stepdaughter, Karyn Jean Williamson.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Jean Lancaster Ellis of the home; two daughters, Nicki Huntsinger and husband, Rev. Douglas Huntsinger of Elgin, SC; Jodi Parker of Shelby; one stepdaughter, two stepsons and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 6 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church in Lincolnton on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. The Rev’s. Rick Hensley and Richard Jenkins officiated. Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or to Bethel Baptist Church Youth Fund, 200 Bethel Church Rd., Lincolnton, NC, 28092.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Ellis.
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Carl C. Lankford

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Carl Carlton Lankford, 88, a lifelong resident of Cherryville, NC, passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Carl was born in Gaston County, NC, on Oct. 24, 1933, a son of the late Odus M. Lankford and Myrtle Sellers Lankford. He spent most of his working years in textiles, first at Carlton Yarn Mill and later at Howell Manufacturing. Upon his retirement, he became a familiar face at Harris Teeter where he enjoyed working for 13 more years. Carl was a member of Second Baptist Church in Cherryville. Since becoming homebound, due to his health, he always looked forward to seeing the weekly sermon on video, which was delivered to him by faithful church members and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Bobbie Rabb Lankford; a daughter, Misty Seward; and three sisters, Hazel Lankford, Shirley Tutherow and Faye Earley.
Survivors include his three daughters, Anita L. Pfeifer; Jonnie L. Conner (Charlie) all of Cherryville; Tammi L. London (Randy) of Monroe; a son, David Brown (Debbie) of Elkin; and a son-in-law, Tre’ Seward (Cassidy) of Rock Hill, SC. He was the proud “Paw Paw” of eight grandchildren, Dr. Joshua R. Dellinger, April D. Yoder (Eric), Amanda C. Emmerling (Luke), Holly C. Skibo (Josh), Ryan London (Paula), Jennifer L. Simpson (Chad), Lewis Seward and Tabitha B. Baxter (Eric); 11 great-grandchildren, Elias Yoder, Conner and Addison Emmerling, Will and Max Skibo, Bella and Ellie London, Lawson and London Simpson, Kian and Naomi Baxter; a sister, Ruth Greene; and a brother, Forest Lankford. Also surviving are many special nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Carl’s caregiver, Maria Matheson and to Hospice of Cleveland County for the care they provided.
A celebration of life service was held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 at Second Baptist Church in Cherryville with Rev. Jerry Lail and Dr. Bill Lowe officiating. The body was placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.
The family greeted friends in the fellowship hall following the service. Burial was in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150, or to Second Baptist Church, 201 Houser St., N. Houser St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Lankford family.
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Charles W. Brown

CHERRYVILLE – Charles William Brown, 82, of Cherryville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 peacefully in his home. He was born April 16, 1940 in Spartanburg County, SC, to the late Garland Odell and Desmer Wright Brown.
Charles proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Cherryville American Legion Post #100, served on the Honor Guard, and was a service officer for many years. He was also a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M. and an Oasis Shriner. Charlie retired after 33 years of truck driving with Carolina Freight Carriers and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He volunteered as an EMT for 20 plus years with Cherryville Rescue Squad.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne Robinson Brown; grandson, Justin Wright; brother, Ted Brown; and sister, Vickie Randall.
Survivors include his son, Curt Brown and wife, Jean; daughter, Lynn Ward; grandchildren, Jeremy Wright, Courtney Brown, and Bailey Lail; great-grandchildren, Kameron Wright and Nevaeh Wright; siblings, Mary Sue Schultz, Lucy Hartman (Steve), Rita Wilson (Ken), Mickey Brown (Linda), and Randy Brown (Vickie); sisters-in-law, Dottie Brown and Kay Moss; brothers-in-law, Charles Schultz, Roger Randall, Mike Robinson (Wanda), and Tony Robinson (Brenda); numerous nieces and nephews; and fur baby, Tiger.
The family received friends Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 at 11 a.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Huss and Rev. Wayne Key officiating. Burial followed at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #100 Honor Guard and Masonic Rites by Cherryville Lodge #505 A.F.&A.M.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC, 27361; or Cherryville American Legion Post #100 Honor Guard, 215 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Brown.
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George E. Lohr

BEND, OR – George E. Lohr, 79, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Bend, Oregon.
The firstborn child of George S. Lohr and Emma Elizabeth (Ervin) Lohr, George was born in Franklin, NC., and raised in Cherryville, NC.
George graduated from Cherryville High School and attended Belmont Abbey College. After two years at Belmont Abbey, he transferred to Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, where he studied engineering. After college, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a civil engineer, leaving his mark on the Oregon coast by designing and overseeing the construction of many of its parks and comfort stations.
In 1980, George left the Forest Service for a 40-year career in real estate. As a well-respected Realtor, investor and mentor in central Oregon, George assisted countless clients with home purchases and sales, sometimes working with up to three generations of the same family over time.
George was generous with his time and taught financial planning classes to help members of his community become financially responsible and independent.
George was an active member of his church. He helped fund local young adults’ missions to other countries and supported housing construction projects for Christians in the Middle East. 
George is survived by his large family: Jean Lohr, Wendy El-Hajj, Glennis Wolfe and spouse Rod Frailey, Marsha Noone-Boyd, Robin Wolfe, Jon Wolfe, Kip Lohr and spouse Megan Lohr, Jason Lohr and spouse Semmantha Chie, Ann Sprinkle and spouse Lamar, Kathy Strantz and spouse Roger. He has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Adrian, Serafina, Christopher, Nicholas, Stephanie, Ben, Alex, Alysia, Katelyn, Sean, Rebecca, Rachel, Mary, Wesley, Shayna, Breanna, Piper, Ilyn, Robin, and Howie.
A small family service and burial will be held in George’s hometown of Cherryville, NC.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Lohr.
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Sadie R. Hoover

CROUSE – Sadie Faye Ratchford Hoover passed away on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 at home. Sadie was born on Dec. 8, 1926 in Gaston County. Her parents were the late Crown and Mattie Best Ratchford, of the Costner community. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, John DeWayne Hoover; sisters, Cora Rhyne, Ruby Robinson, Clara Hastings, Helen Hoffman and Wilma Craig; and brothers, Samuel Ratchford, Forest Ratchford and Mervin Ratchford.
Sadie graduated from Gaston College and Appalachian State Teachers College. Sadie worked for 24 years in the Gaston County Schools office, then she realized her dream of going to college. She became a teacher and taught 22 years in the Gaston County School system. Sadie was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. She served her church as an elder, clerk of session, taught Sunday School, led the Women of the Church, and served on numerous committees. She was a member of the Tryon Resolves DAR and a very active member of the ECA of Crouse and many other clubs and organizations. She loved crafts and travel was a pleasure for her. She visited all 50 states and traveled all over the world. Sadie loved and supported many worthy causes.
She is survived by her sister, Marie Johnston, and by special nieces and nephew, Paula Wallace and Sylvia and Charles Sellers. Many nieces and nephews also survive her.
Thanks is extended to special caregiver, Cathy Houser, and to Hospice and Palliative Care, Lincoln County.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas with Pastor Vickie Burgess and the Rev. Lou Ann Sellers presiding. The family received friends one hour before the service at the church.  Burial was in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, 412 W. Trade St., Dallas, NC, 28034, or Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 7845 Little Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28226.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Hoover.
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Sue H. Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Sue Helms Beam, 72, of Eaker Rd., died unexpectedly Aug. 8, 2022 at her residence. Sue was born in Mecklenburg County on Dec. 10, 1949. She was the daughter of the late Dorus and Beulah Houser Helms.
Mrs. Beam was a Cosmetologist and had an Associate Degree in Cosmetology and Accounting. Sue was formally a regional supervisor with Regis Corporation and traveled throughout the world with her career making lifelong friends through her travels. Sue was also a stylist to several famous daytime TV stars. After her retirement, she owned T & T Beauty and Barber Supply in Lincolnton, NC. She found great pleasure spending time at the beach, playing card games, visiting the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation at Cherokee and visiting The Two Kings of the Catawba Indian Nation.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ted Sorrels Beam.
Survivors include her daughters, Tammy Beam Knowles (David), and Teddi Beam Stepp (Jeff); grandchildren, Allison Knowles McInnis (Sam), and Lukas Knowles; siblings, James Edward Helms (Helen) and Diane Helms Hastings.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 13 at Bethlehem Community Church at 2 p.m., with Rev. Michael Harrill, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Bess Chapel UMC cemetery. The family received friends at Bethlehem Community Church from 12:30-1:45 p.m., prior to the service and other times at the home of Tammy and David Knowles, Hwy. 274 North, Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to Cherryville Post 100 Ladies Auxiliary.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Beam.
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Eugene Darrell Lail

CROUSE – Eugene Darrell Lail, known to everyone as Darrell, 83, passed away on July 28, 2022 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. He was born on Aug. 31, 1938 to Ruffin and Gazzie Buff Lail in Cherryville, NC. Darrell graduated from Cherryville High School in 1956 and married Mary Joyce Lail from North Brook Community on Aug, 3, 1958. The two met at an engagement gathering for Darrell’s brother and Joyce’s sister and would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this month. Together they enjoyed spending time with their daughter, Sheila, her husband, Tim, and their four granddaughters.
Darrell began his career driving for Carolina Freight in Cherryville, NC. He missed his family and transitioned to a position at Burlington Industries. He later worked for Wiley Brothers Marble and Granite Works until his retirement. Darrell was skilled with numbers and his personal investments.
Darrell was honored to have played on the 1953 Cherryville American Legion State Championship Baseball Team that went to the American Legion World Series in Miami, FL.
Aside from his love of baseball, Darrell’s interests included hunting, fishing, softball, watching sports, and gardening. He spent time cultivating a large vegetable and flower garden with Joyce and always gave away their extra produce. He never liked anything to go to waste. Darrell was a committed husband and in later years cared for Joyce, ensuring that they could continue to spend time together in their home in Crouse, NC.
Darrell was proud of his family and looked forward to visiting with them. He valued education and exhibited great interest in
his granddaughters’ careers, education, and accomplishments. He always attended dance recitals, graduations, plays, and other
performances, along with holidays and annual beach trips.
Darrell was a devoted Christian and read his Bible daily. He was a long-time member of Boger City United Methodist Church
where he taught Sunday school and served on committees. He also enjoyed visiting Second Baptist Church of Cherryville, NC to hear sermons by his brother, Rev. Jerry Lail.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruffin and Gazzie Lail, sister, Hazelene Beam, and brothers, Earl Lail, Roy Lail, Carroll Lail, and Jim Lail. He is survived by his wife, Mary Joyce Lail, of Crouse, NC; his daughter, Sheila Starnes and husband, Tim, of Huntersville, NC; his granddaughters, Anna Welham and husband, Tom, of Bury St. Edmunds, England; Carley Starnes, of Charlotte, NC; Mara Monti and husband, Will, of Mooresville, NC; and Emma Starnes, of Huntersville, NC; and his brother, Rev. Jerry Lail and wife, Rita, of Cherryville, NC.
The family received friends on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022 from 1 until 2 p.m., in the fellowship hall at Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main St., Lincolnton, NC. Directly following the receiving of friends, the memorial service was held at 2 p.m., at Boger City United Methodist Church with Pastor Ronnie Roseboro officiating.
Following the memorial service, immediate and extended family were invited to the burial at Bess Chapel United Methodist
Church, 6073 Flay Rd., Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main St., Lincolnton, NC, 28092, or to Bess
Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 6073 Flay Rd., Cherryville, NC. 28021.
Warlick Funeral Home served the Lail family.
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Suzanne Jenkins

CHERRYVILLE – Suzanne “Susie” Renee Hawks Jenkins, 53, of Settlers Dr., passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Atrium Health Charlotte. She was born Oct. 29, 1968 in Iredell County, daughter to Cheri Self Carpenter and the late Bob Carpenter. 
Susie was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church where she held many capacities including the Hospitality Committee, Choir member, the Children’s Ministry Director, and the VBS Director. She received her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University. She was a distinguished educator with Gaston County Schools, where she challenged young minds. Susie enjoyed scrapbooking and decorating, and was an amazing cook.
She was preceded in death by her dad, Bob Carpenter.
Survivors include her faithful husband of 25 years, Jimmy Scott Jenkins; mother, Cheri Self Carpenter; daughters, Taryn Jenkins, and Maddie Jenkins; sisters, Diane Younger (Todd), and Leslie Humphries (Corey); mother-in-law, Jane Jenkins; nieces and nephews, Morgan Younger, Evan Younger, Courtney Humphries, and Raegan Hatcher; her precious puppy, Max; and numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Her family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Second Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Kinman and Rev. Jerry Lail officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 201 N. Houser St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Jenkins.
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Frank Osborne

CHERRYVILLE – Henry Franklin “Frank” Osborne, 81, of Spring St., passed away Sunday, July 17, 2022 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 30, 1940 in Samson County, N.C., to the late Henry Biggs and Alene Peterson Osborne. Frank graduated from Clinton High School and served as Dispatcher with Carolina Freight for 28 years. He also owned Cherryville Tree Service for many years. Frank was a member of First Baptist Church where he formerly served on the deacon board. He was also a former Mason and Shriner and served for eight years on Cherryville City Council. He enjoyed duck hunting and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Adrienne Beam Osborne; children, Elizabeth Osborne and Chris Osborne, all of Cherryville; siblings, Jimmy Osborne and wife, Dottie of Clinton, N.C., Wayne Osborne of Harrells, N.C., Jane Jenkins of Cherryville, Charles Osborne of Harrells, N.C., and Mary Sholar of Maple Hill, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 12 p.m., at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. Burial followed at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, N.C., 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Osborne.
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Tracey Ellis

SHELBY – Tracey Lynn Ellis, 59, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2022, at White Oak Manor in Shelby, N.C.
Born in Washington, DC, on March 1, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Athol Haney Ellis, Jr. (Chick), and Sada Woltz Ellis. Tracey is survived by her sister, Pamela Ann Hillis; Pam’s husband, Brian Hillis; Brian’s family; and many cousins and friends.
Tracey lived at Holy Angels Nursery in Belmont for 22 years, and Gaston Residential Services (GRS) group homes for 37 years until shortly before her death. Holy Angels was a place of loving, living and learning for Tracey. GRS supported her to live her life as a respected member of her community.
Tracey was active in her community. She loved making and visiting friends and family, traveling to fun places, bowling, dancing, watching adventurous shows, and playing UNO. She had a great sense of humor, and enjoyed taking pictures of her friends.
Tracey was born with developmental disabilities that never held her back. She earned her high school diploma from the former Mary Ellen Nelson Center, now the Webb Street School, in 1984. She participated in classes at Holy Angels and Gaston County College and worked for many years at Holy Angels; Sara Lee, Bali Division; GRS Offices; and Papa John’s Restaurant. Tracey attended the Life Enrichment Center in Kings Mountain from 2018-2022.
She attended church with the Sisters of Mercy while at Holy Angels Nursery, and attended East Baptist Church in Gastonia for many years before moving to a GRS facility in Cherryville.
She attended the Cherryville Victory Life Assembly of God until her health declined.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home. Words of encouragement were offered by Rev. Richard Stroup. The family received friends immediately following the service.
Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association by selecting the following link https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pg=fund&fr_id=1060&pxfid=756031.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home served the family of Ms. Ellis.
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Lois L. Driggers

RENTON, WA – On Friday, July 15, 2022, Lois L. Driggers, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 89.
Lois was born on June 1, 1933 in Morganton, NC, to James Webb and Lizzie Grigg. She attended Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington D.C., and retired in 1995 after 37 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the City of Lynchburg.
Lois had the biggest heart, the most sarcastic wit, the ability to make a treasure out of something others would throw away and the creativity of a thousand souls. She was a nurse by trade but a published poet and author, as well as a wealth of knowledge on almost any topic. She loved traveling, sunsets and hummingbirds, writing poetry and painting, doing ceramics and crocheting, and taking care of people; and she did it all so well.
Lois was preceded in death by her father, Webb, her mother, Lizzie, her sister, Betty, her brother, JW, and her son, Eddie. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Bailey-Stone (Covington, WA), her granddaughters, Cameron Jezorek and her husband, Matt (Maple Valley, WA), Carrie Cordier and her husband, Jason (Lynchburg, VA), and Heather Driggers (Lynchburg, VA). She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Morgan Kohler and her husband, Daniel, Christopher Jezorek, Lily Jezorek (Maple Valley), and Zander Driggers (Lynchburg, VA).
No funeral services will be held at this time, a celebration of her life will be held in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory served the family of Ms. Driggers.
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Vickie Jean Randall

CHERRYVILLE – Vickie Jean Brown Randall, 72, of Cherryville, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Peak Resources, Cherryville. She was born Sept. 5, 1949 in Spartanburg County, S.C., to the late Garland Odell and Desmer Wright Brown.
Vickie was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was a 1968 graduate of Cherryville High School where she enjoyed softball and won Homecoming Queen. In 1981 she opened “Vickie’s Grill” where she loved to serve the community through great food and friendship.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ted Brown; and sister-in-law, Dianne Brown.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Jennifer Randall; grandchildren, Lance and Amber Donaldson and Justin Humphries; former husband, Roger Derrill Randall; siblings, Mary Sue Schultz, Charles Brown, Lucy Hartman (Steve), Rita Wilson (Ken), twin brother, Mickey Brown (Linda), and Randy Brown (Vickie); sister-in-law, Dottie Brown; brother-in-law, Charles Schultz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends Friday, July 15, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11 a.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Huss and Rev. Wayne Key officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Peak Resources Resident Activities, 7615 Dallas – Cherryville Hwy, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Randall.
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Shelva Russ

MOORESVILLE – Shelva Grace McSwain Russ, 84, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away on Sunday July 3, 2022.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1938, in Gastonia, N.C., to the late Elsie Black McSwain and Oliver McSwain. Shelva was retired from Davidson College. She enjoyed the beach, walking, yard work, gardening, canning and spending time with her family. Shelva was a member of First Baptist Church, Mooresville, where she was a member of the adult choir, taught Sunday School and assisted with various other ministries.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Oliver McSwain Jr., Jack McSwain, Jerome McSwain (Betty), Paul McSwain (Naomi) and Robert McSwain, and sister Betty Farris (Roy).
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Rodney Russ and wife, Lucinda; Teresa Russ Stevenson and husband, John; Debbie Dunlop and husband, Rick; and David Russ and wife, Sherie. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Meg Russ, Brittany Russ, Seth Stevenson (Erica), Kristian Stevenson (Hannah), Ben Dunlop (Amie), Emily Dunlop, Lauren Poupore (Gavin), Austin Russ; nine great-grandchildren; sisters,
Kathleen Kinley and husband, Ernest, and Pauline Watson; sister-in-law, Diane McSwain; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Glenwood Memorial Park, Mooresville, with Pastor Eddie Hicks and Pastor John Stevenson officiating.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Mooresville Music Ministry, 150 S. Church St., Mooresville, NC, 28115.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.
Cavin – Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, served the Russ family.
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Kenneth L. Marks

CHERRYVILLE – Kenneth Livingston Marks, 87, of Lincolnton, passed away peacefully July 8, 2022 at the S. Mitchell Mack Hospice House in Mooresville, N.C. He was born March 14, 1935 in Olney, Maryland, to the late William Burnell and Fanny Elizabeth (Young) Marks.
Kenneth (“Ken”) graduated with a B.S. in Transportation from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He served in the National Guard. Ken worked with Carolina Freight Carriers of Cherryville for many years and then for Lowe’s in N. Wilkesboro. He was active within the First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton and the Habitat for Humanity organization in his community.
In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Dellinger Marks, and brother, William B. Marks, Jr. of Maryland.
He is survived by children, David Marks (Lisa), Kenneth Marks (Kathy), Elizabeth Gordon (Jim); stepchildren Cameron Valentine “Dane”, Vivette Valentine Leonhardt (Steve), and Velvet Valentine Champion (Tommy); and numerous grandchildren, and step-grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
A private family graveside service will be conducted at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Cherryville, N.C.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2022 at First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton with Rev. Dr. Tim Roberts officiating.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the doctors, nurses, medical teams, and the most wonderful caregivers in the world that guided and supported his final years!
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Marks.
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Terri Blake

LINCOLNTON – Terri Irene Quickel Blake, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 4, 2022, after a courageous 17-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, surrounded by family. She was 70.
Terri was born March 16, 1952 in Lincoln County as the oldest child to Helen Irene Brown Quickel Sides and the late Lewis Alvin Quickel. Terri was defined by the love of her family, her service to her community, her excellence as a Certified Public Accountant, her commitment and care for her clients, which was buoyed by her faithfulness as a Godly woman of faith. She grew up and spent the majority of her life in Lincoln County where she was a pillar and servant of the Lincolnton community. Upon graduation from West Lincoln High School and after years as a homemaker, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  She went on to become a Certified Public Accountant after her graduation. She faithfully worked and was a lead partner at Sherrill, Blake, Harrison CPA/PA for 40 years. She was known for working at all hours of the night and if you saw her corner light on at 2 a.m., during tax season and were a client, rest assured she was likely checking and finalizing your return. She was particular in everything that she did. Coupled with her commitment to her accounting practice, Terri gave of herself to many endeavors in the Lincolnton community. She served in a myriad of capacities through the years with the Hesed House of Hope, Inc., Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Lincoln County Community Foundation, Lincolnton – Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, and the Carolina Trust Bank board. Never a person wanting public acknowledgement for her service, her efforts were recognized at various times as the Lincoln County Small Business Woman of the Year (2009), Lincoln County Woman of the Year (2013), and the Ola Mae Foster Award recipient (2018). She seemed to know everyone in Lincoln County and there was never a short trip to the store or a restaurant. She invariably would run into someone that she knew and the conversations would begin and time was forgotten. While Terri’s professional life was a significant part of her life, her role as the centerpiece of our family and as a faithful member and believer of her church was even more critical. She was a faithful wife and partner to Ron for almost 40 years. They were the best of friends, where traveling and discovering new things was always around the corner. She was an unbelievable mother (the absolute best) to four children, Chris, Tracy, Matthew, and Brian where we all relied on her love and counsel in everything that we did. The best Nana to eight wonderful grandchildren, Cory, Chelsea, Victoria, Cameron, Beckham, Elan, Schuyler, and Oliver, where nothing was ever too expensive or too far to do. In addition, she faithfully served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Crouse, her entire life. She was the organist from the age of 12, the long-standing church treasurer, as well as the treasurer for the North Carolina Lutheran Synod for a number of years. She was dearly loved by her church community. If the doors were open, Terri was there to serve her church.
Survivors include her husband, Glenn “Ron” Blake; children, Chris Blake (Nikki), Tracy Barger (Daniel), Matthew Eurey (Krista), and Brian Blake (Sarah); mother, Helen Brown Sides; grandchildren, Cory Blake, Chelsea Blake, Victoria Barger, Cameron Blake, Beckham Eurey, Elan Eurey, Schuyler Blake, and Oliver Blake; and siblings, Lewis Quickel Jr. (Phyllis), and Kim Baker (Mike).
The family received friends Thursday, July 7, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services in Cherryville. Funeral services were held Friday, July 8, 2022, at 1 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crouse with Pastor Rick Sloop officiating. Burial followed at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 131, Crouse, NC, 28033.  Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Blake.
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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.