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Glenn Wilford Anthony, Jr.

CHERRYVILLE – Glenn Wilford Anthony, Jr., 80, of Paul H. Beam Rd., passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 at Atrium Lincoln. He was born Dec. 28, 1940, in Gaston County to the late Glenn Wilford, Sr., and Lillie Pruett Anthony.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Doris Beam, and Dot Newton.
Glenn enjoyed driving a truck for many years. He retired from Carolina Freight Carriers after 30 years of service. He also enjoyed racing, loved being outside and doing yardwork, and loved his dog, Piper.
He is survived by his wife 61 years, Linda Boyles Anthony; daughters, Carla Anthony Holt (DJ), and Dana Anthony Abernathy (Randy); granddaughter, Megan Morris (Bubba); step-granddaughter, Audra Boyd; great-grandson, Dansby Morris; and two step-great-granddaughters, Hatton and Josephene Boyd.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Jhoan Alfaro officiating.
The family will be meeting at the home, located at 420 Paul H. Beam Road, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Cherryville at 301 E. 1st St, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Anthony.
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Frieda Heavner

CHERRYVILLE – Frieda Kay Hendricks Heavner, 79, of Milo Neal Rd., departed from this life early Saturday morning, Oct. 16, 2021. She was born Sept. 16, 1942 in Lincoln County, daughter to the late Fred and Ruby Hopper Hendricks.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kayla Hull; and brother, Jerry Hendricks.
Frieda was a member of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, was a former Sunday School teacher and was an active member of the Ladies Circle. For many years she volunteered with Hospice of Cleveland County. Frieda was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, whose love for her family was second only to her Lord.
She is survived by her daughters, Teresa H. Maddox (Chad), Robin D. Heavner, Joy H. Black, and June H. LaMacchia (Joe); brother, Jim Hendricks (Marylin); former husband and father of her daughters, Billy Ray Heavner; grandchildren, Amanda Arthur (Dusty), Chad Edwards (Audrey), Taylor Black (Daniel Dickerson), JoJo LaMacchia, Alison LaMacchia, and Ethan Gantt; great-grandchildren, Brayden Edwards, Kendall Edwards, Jack Horne, Jedediah Dickerson, Rhett Edwards, and Dylan Edwards; and her many friends and church family at Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 at Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Holtsclaw and Rev. Jimmy Rudisill officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
A graveside committal service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to either Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church building fund at 318 W. Ballard St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to Hospice of Cleveland County at 953 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Heavner.
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Tommy Whitely

EDEN, N.C. – Tommy Gene Whitley, 71, passed away on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at The Brian Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Eden, N.C. He was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C., Jan. 8, 1950, the oldest of four children born to Bobbie Whitley and Viola Garren Stone.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are brother, Danny Whitley and wife Debbie; sister, Diane Austin and husband Harlan; brother, David Whitley; niece, Michelle and husband Rocky Craig; nieces, Elizabeth (Beth) Whitley and Lynette Whitley; nephews, David and Robert Barnes, Michael and Jason Whitley, great-nephews, Eric Craig and Jason Whitley; and great-niece, Emma Craig.
He loved living at the Center and they all loved him. Many came in to tell him good bye. He was known to all as Super Man, and loved being called Super Man. His favorite singer was Elvis Presley. Elvis and Tommy were born on the same date, Jan. 8. (to Tommy, he and Elvis were brothers).
“Tom -Tom”, your family and friends truly miss you.
Interment will be at Cherryville City Cemetery, Cherryville, N.C., next to our Mother.
There will be no service or memorial due to COVID-19.
Wilkerson Funeral Home served the family of Mr. Whitely.
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Aura Ann McGinnis

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Aura Ann McGinnis, 90, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
Mrs. McGinnis was born in Gaston County, N.C., on June 23, 1931, daughter of the late Forest Davis and Mable Brown Davis. She retired after 28 years of service with Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville. Mrs. McGinnis was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hilbert “Deed” McGinnis, and a brother, Bob Davis.
Survivors include a son, Joel McGinnis and wife Cheryl; a brother, Jack Davis and wife, Helen all of Cherryville; special friend who was like a daughter, Leann Nguyen and her children, who were like grandchildren, Gary, Jason and Steven Quach; a nephew, John Davis of York, PA, and several cousins. Also, special friends, Richard and Gayla Kerley and Steve Wilson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating.
Burial followed the service at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA, 01061-0515.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. McGinnis.
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Mike Perham  

CHERRYVILLE – Michael “Mike” Craig Perham, 72, of Requa Rd., passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He was born March 21, 1949, in Waterloo Iowa to the late Richard Melvin and Aurilla Phyllis Parkes Perham.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Shih Tzu, Sassy.
Mike was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Mike was a simple man who lived a simple life, but had a heart of gold.
Survivors include his loving partner of 27 years, Edith Robeta Bell; his Cocker Spaniel, Chloe; several children and stepchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Services will be private.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Perham.
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Ann Self Sigmon

OLD FORT – Ann Self Sigmon, 73, of Old Fort, formerly of Lincolnton, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at her residence into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. She was born April 14, 1948, in Lincoln County to the late Robert and Fleta Boggs Harrill. Ann was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church. She was the founder and owner for 40 years of Carolina’s Independent Trucker’s Services, Inc.
Ann enjoyed gardening and all the beautiful flowers. She had a servant’s heart and was always helping others. Ann lived the life of a Proverb’s 31 Woman: 1.) She was more precious than jewels to all who knew her, especially her family. The Lord used Ann to bring healing to her blended family. She was a peacemaker and loved everyone as her own. 2.) She was a good wife. Her husband knew that she was trustworthy and faithful. Ann enriched his life, being a comfort and an encouragement to him. She brought him much joy and love all the days of their life together. 3.) She was a homemaker. Ann took excellent care of her home and family. Every holiday, birthday, or special event was a celebration of family, fun and good food. 4.) She was charitable. Ann was generous. She shared what she had from her abundance, giving money to the less fortunate or those in need, giving of her time and talents to benefit others. Ann was always ready to help anyone when she saw they had a need, never expecting anything back in return. 5.) She was prepared for the future. A Proverbs 31 Woman rejoices over the future because she makes sure that her family is ready for it. Ann was a picture of God’s grace and love as she walked through her battle with cancer, understanding that the battle was the Lord’s and not hers. Ann pressed in with the Lord and His Word, constantly reminding her family and friends, that God was in control and she trusted Him. Ann stated many times that she was prepared to meet her Savior and go to heaven. Ann was confident and secure in her position in Christ. She was clothed in kindness, truth, beauty and grace. She is praised because of her steadfast and worshipful fear of the Lord. Her family truly rises up and calls her blessed.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Eddie Don Self.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Sigmon; daughter, Stacie Self; sister, Linda Harrill Rudisill (Ken); stepchildren, Tina Grindstaff (Barry), Tami Waters (Mickey), Billy Sigmon (Debra), and Joey Sigmon (Aleshia); grandchildren, Chelsea Comadoll (Lucas), Chandler Grindstaff (Taylor), Chad Grindstaff, Jordi Mayes (Hal), Graci Schultz, Breanna Sigmon, Garrett Sigmon, and Brooklyn Woody (Garrett); great-grandchildren, Hartley, Boone, Wilder, and Logan Mayes and Kiara and Gavin Woody; BBFFC; and the girls at Carolina’s Independent Trucker’s Services, Inc.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at 1 p.m., at Cross Memorial Baptist Church in Marion with Pastor Ryan Bennett and Rev. Richard Anderson officiating. Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to Cross Memorial Baptist Church, 15 Cross Memorial Baptist Church Loop, Marion, NC, 28752.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Sigmon.
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Dr. James Calderbank

ASHEVILLE – Dr. James B. Calderbank, 74, my sweet husband of 27 years died peacefully on Sept. 24, 2021. He ended his journey at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville after a four-month illness. He was born in Greenwich, CT, to the late John Jacob Birrell Calderbank and the late Luise Helene Meyer Calderbank.
Jim had a way with words that I don’t possess and as I was struggling to find the right words, I thought, “I wish he were here to polish and rewrite this.” It would take much more than a few sentences to express how special he was to me and all our family and friends. He was a kind, compassionate physician in private practice in Internal Medicine for nine years, followed by Emergency Room Trauma Care. He completed a second Residency in Anesthesia and worked 22 years as an Anesthesiologist. He retired in 2016 from Mission/St Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, NC. He enjoyed tinkering with toys, was an avid birder, loved riding motorcycles and was an experienced radio-controlled model pilot. We enjoyed many cross-country motorcycle trips together and many trips to beautiful places to photograph and watch wildlife. He possessed one of the most amazing brains, with the ability to analyze and comprehend beyond my imagination. Jim completed his sacred and precious journey to Heaven surrounded by God’s saving grace and love in Jesus. I will miss him terribly, but he left behind many cherished memories of our life together. He will also be greatly missed by our poodle, Helton.
Jim is survived by myself, Sandra Mauney Calderbank, also known as Sandy Gram to the grandchildren; his son, Doug (Keri); his daughter, Jen (Scott); brothers, John (Nancy), and Dave (Judy); and niece and nephew, Lizbeth and John. He was Grampy Jim to Ian, Ella, Quinn and Anna.
A Memorial service for family and friends, led by Dr. Michael Hester, will be held at Sabbath Rest Farm, 152 Edna Roberts Dr., Alexander, NC, 28701, on Oct. 17, 2021, at 3 p.m.
Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in the Black Family section of the Cherryville City Cemetery, Cherryville, NC, led by Pastor Adam Guice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hillsdale College.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Dr. Calderbank.
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Christine Wells

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Virginia “Christine” Owens Wells, 77, of Dick Elam Rd., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 at her residence.
She was born Sept. 19, 1944 in Lincoln County to the late James Norman and Laler Ware Owens. She was a 1962 graduate of Tryon High School. Christine enjoyed gardening and reading. She was an excellent cook and loved to take care of her boys and her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Caroline Wells; and brother, Carl Owens.
Survivors include her four sons, Tom Wells and wife, Betsy; Carl Wells and wife, Susie; Chris Wells, and Matt Wells; grandchildren, Krystal Wells, John Wells, and Carla Wells; great-grandson, Jacob Wells; siblings, Daniel Owens and wife, Helen, and Ann Mitchem and husband, John; aunts, Hazel Reynolds, Shirley Deaton-Cobb, and Ruby Early; special niece, Heather Weatherford, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Ser-vices. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 at 2 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Lam-phier and Pastor Randy Short officiating. Burial followed at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Wells.
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Jr. Lail

CHERRYVILLE – Jr. Lail, 82, of West Academy St., passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born Cletus Sylvestus Lail, Jr., on Aug. 14, 1939 in Gaston County to the late Cletus Sylvestus Sr. and Leona Mae Reynolds Lail.
Jr. was an avid hunter and fisherman. Many people in town enjoyed the frequent fish fry’s at his home. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jr. was an adopted “father” and “pawpaw” to many who knew him.
He was survived by his loving wife of 63 years Carolyn Slaughter Lail; three children, Penny Orozco, Cramer Lail and wife Patricia, and Mary Jane Ehlers; brother, Bruce Lail; sister, Peggy Owens; eight (8) grandchildren, Keith Blanton, Star Kaylor, Brandy Burns, Carol Payne, Michelle Sherlin, Christopher Lail, Sarah Sigmon, and Cory Ehlers; 12 great-grandchildren: Michael Blanton, Emily Watts, Kyra Jane Kaylor, Kayleigh Mae Meredith, Mathew Meredith, Jr., Makayla Shippy, William Ellis, Zoey Conner, James Sherlin, Gabriel Sherlin, Hunter Lail, and Jacob Sigmon; and one great-great-grandchild on the way.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Lail; and five (5) sisters, Shirley Brittain, Mary Mauldin, Annie Rash, Faye Kirkpatrick, and Terry Slaughter.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services.
Funeral services were held at 12 noon, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 at the funeral home with Rev. Ricky Sigmon officiating.
Interment followed at City Memorial Cemetery.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Lail.
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Mike Pittillo  

BESSEMER CITY – Michael “Mike” Leroy Pittillo, 68, of Mauney Rd., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. He was born Aug. 23, 1953, in Burke County, to the late Hoyt Lee Pittillo and the late Essie Jean Lee Pittillo-Clay.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Sam Pittillo, and a niece, Jessica Pittillo.
Mike was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He enjoyed studying his Bible and volunteered at Jesus Servant Ministries of Cherryville. Mike was a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ and could fix anything. He also enjoyed helping people. If someone needed anything, he would help them. He definitely had a servant’s heart.
Survivors include his brother, Steve Pittillo and wife Robyn; stepmother, Jean Pittillo; nephew, Chuck Pitillo; and niece, Samantha Davis. 
A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Randy Heffner officiating.
He will be buried at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, N.C., at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Jesus Servant Ministries, 108 North Mountain St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral aånd Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Pittillo.
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Perry Jones

SHELBY – Harold Perry Jones, 66, of Shelby, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland. He was born Dec. 3, 1954 in Cleveland County to the late Howard Dean and Vera Lee Laws Jones. Perry was a 1973 graduate of Cherryville High School where he was an exceptional football player. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired from truck driving where he worked for 28 years with his brother, Mike, as a FedEx contractor. Perry loved Classic Rock and Oldies music and watching movies. He enjoyed going to Gatlinburg and spending time with his family. He was a people person and cherished time spent with family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Josh Jones.
Survivors include his son, Austin Brent Jones of Shelby; daughter, Amber (Jones) Rauch and husband, Dale, of Gastonia; brothers, Don Jones and wife, Markie, Dee Jones and wife, Susan, and Mike Jones and wife, Barbara; and nephews and nieces, Scott, Jeff, David, Angie, Mark, Deana, Shane and Steve.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at 11 a.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services with Rev. Mike Ivey of West Cramerton Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation at www.parkinson.org.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Jones.
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Patricia Payne Eaker

CHERRYVILLE – Patricia Payne Eaker, 79, of Cherryville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at her home. She left us peacefully, surrounded by family.
She was born Patricia Sue Payne Oct. 30, 1941, in Salisbury, N.C., the daughter of the late Loris Beam Payne Vernon and the late William Carl Payne. Patricia (Pat) was married 61 adventurous years to Guy Howard Eaker, Sr.
Pat was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, N.C. She was a devoted wife, an amazing mother, grandmother, and a trusted friend. Pat was a fabulous cook and the most selfless, sweetest person anyone would be blessed to know. Her love, sense of humor, and dedication to the Lord and her family was obvious to all who knew or met her. She will be greatly missed.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Guy H. Eaker, Sr.; her son, Guy H. Eaker, Jr., of Cornelius, N.C.; her daughter, Carla Eaker Truluck of Charlotte, N.C.; her grandchildren, Guy H. Eaker, III; and Caroline Eaker Perry; great-grandchildren: Noah, Apollo and Josie; her half-sister, Rebecca Phillips of Hickory, N.C., and her grand-dog, Courtney Truluck, whom she absolutely adored. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Payne, and her half-brother, Bobby Vernon.
A private family service will be held soon. The family would like to extend special thanks to caregivers, family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The First United Methodist Church, 601 North Pink St., Cherryville, N.C., 28021, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Eaker.
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Elizabeth Shull

CHERRYVILLE – Illa Elizabeth “Lib” Simpson Shull, 83, of West Church St., passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at Atrium – Cleveland. She was born Sept. 14, 1937, in Lincoln County to the late John and Brite Elizabeth White Simpson.
Lib was an amazing woman who cared tremendously about her family and friends. She always thought of others before herself. Her world revolved around her grandchildren whom she adored dearly. A few things that she enjoyed included cooking, getting her hair done at the beauty salon, and shopping.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Kenneth Shull, Sr.; daughter, Brenda Kay Shull; brothers, Ralph, Cone, Max, Jerry, Forrest, and Ken Simpson; and sisters, Edna Simpson Fourshee, and Annalee Simpson Moody.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Cathy Ann Shull; son, Jerry Kenneth Shull Jr. (Roxanne Reynolds); grandchildren, Elizabeth Shull (Quinton Hollar), Johnny Reynolds Jr.; Bayleigh Smith; great-grandchildren, Dominic Reynolds, and Dimaggio Reynolds; and great-great grandchildren, Braylon Reynolds, and Amilya Howze.
Services are private.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Shull.
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Sherie Harrelson

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Sherie Robinson Harrelson, 58, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.
Sherie was born in Burke County, NC, on Nov. 29, 1962, a daughter of Terrell Robinson of Lincolnton and the late Audrey Presslar Robinson. She worked at FleetNet America in Cherryville and most recently worked for Ansafone Answering Service. Sherie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Teresa Kincaid, and husband, Ronald and a brother, Scott Robinson.
Survivors include her husband of five years, Curtis Wade Harrelson of the home; a brother, Michael Robinson and wife Betty of Lincolnton; mother-in-law, Clarice Harrelson of Cherryville; a sister-in-law, Jodie Raybould; and husband, Adrian of Marietta, GA; a number of nieces and nephews and also her fur babies, Daisy, Belle, Turner and Tucker.
Visitation was from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating.
Burial was in City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Harrelson.
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Cecile Bridges 

LAWNDALE – Cecile Pitchford Bridges, 91, of Mauney Rd., Lawndale, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 at Peak Resources, Cherryville. She was born Jan. 2, 1930 in Hall County, GA., to the late Ed and Maude Couch Pitchford. Cecile was a member of Plainsview Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and shopping. She was a talented pianist and especially loved playing hymns. Cecile adored her family and cherished her time spent with them.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bill Bridges; and brothers, Dennis and Arvis Pitchford.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Curt Bridges (Grace); daughter, Renee Kearney (John); brother-in-law, Bob Bridges; sister-in-law, Libby Lynn (Carroll); grandchildren, Zachary Bridges, Alan Bridges, Jason Owens (Cathy), and Tim Owens (Ashley); and great-grandchildren, Dakota, Bethany, Will, Jackson, and Bailey.
Mrs. Bridges’ family would like to thank her special caregiver, Patty Stroud, for her dedication to Mrs. Bridges.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Key officiating.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Bridges.
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Deanna Breakfield 

CHERRYVILLE – Deanna Lynn Frazier Breakfield, 72, of Fitzhugh St., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1949 in Gaston County to the late Carl Thomas and Martha Christine Miller Frazier.
Deanna was a faithful Christian and loved God and her family above everything. She devoted her life to helping others, even above herself. She volunteered most of her time to providing food, transportation and other essentials to those who were unable to provide for themselves. Every year, she worked with Hospice and Dialysis centers to provide Christmas gifts and food to the children of their patients. No matter how tired she was, she always made sure the kids had Christmas. She was one of the key organizers of the Dallas Toy Run each year, which provided toys to underprivileged children in the area. She leaves a legacy that will be hard to fill. She loved her church, Safe Harbor Community Church of Kings Mountain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Morgan Breakfield; and son, Woodrow Clifford Breakfield.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Kendrick “Ken” Breakfield and wife, Anne Marie; Thomas Alan Breakfield and wife, Mollie; and Melissa Sutherland and husband, Jeff; daughter-in-law, Dawn Dorn and husband, Lee; brothers, Johnny Frazier, and Mark Frazier; sisters, Ann Laws and husband, Larry; Faith Nagel and husband, Jeff; Delores Coleman and husband, Bill; and Debbie Heath and husband, Doug; special friend and caregiver, Penny Chastain; grandchildren, Alan Breakfield and wife, Haley; Mandy Breakfield, Luke Breakfield and wife, Logan; Dustin Breakfield, Abbey Falls and husband, Austin; Noah Breakfield and Ashley Williams, Brandon Bell and wife, Madison; Morgan Bell, Trey Sutherland, Ryan Sutherland; and great-grandchildren, Carly, Gracie, Kyle, Kassieanna, Serenity, Brantly, Easton, and James.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 at City Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Doug Clubb and Pastor Aaron Corson officiating.
Memorials may be made to By My Spirit Ministries, P.O. Box 4875 Mooresville, NC, 28117.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Breakfield.
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David Barry Woods

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Mr. David Barry Woods, 80, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.
David was born in Lincoln County, NC, on July 10, 1941, a son of the late Coley Woods and Margaret Sisk Woods. He was employed by Cherry Motors in the parts department and retired from the City of Cherryville as a lab tech with the waste water treatment plant.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Scott and Doug Woods.
Survivors include two daughters, Trina Dellinger and husband, Jack of Shelby, and Tiffini Molesky and husband, Greg of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Philip and Katelyn Molesky; two sisters, Phyllis “Peewee” Bumgardner, and Jane Arrowood and husband, Dennis, all of Cherryville.
A private graveside service was held at St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lail officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Edwin Dalton, 2522 New Prospect Church Rd., Shelby, NC, 28150.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Woods.
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Vickey Davis Newton

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Vickey Diane Davis Newton, 56, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021 at her residence.
Vickey was born in Lincoln County, NC, on Nov. 11, 1964, a daughter of Susan Carswell Davis of Lawndale and the late Larry Joe “Joey” Davis. She was employed for 12 years for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and then 17 years for the Department of Corrections. Vickey was a member of David’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lawndale.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Jeff Newton, of the home; a step-daughter, Amanda Newton Parton and husband Blayne, of Bryson City; a step-son, Lee Newton and wife Jessica, of Shelby; a brother, Joel Davis, of Lincolnton; and five grandchildren, Waya, Bryce, Brooklyn and Molly Parton, and Sophia Newton.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Johnny Norton officiating.
The family greeted friends following the service.
Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of American, North Carolina Chapter, Inc., 4530 Park Rd., Suite 302, Charlotte, NC, 28209.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Newton.
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Debra Ann Matheson

KINGS MOUNTAIN – Debra Ann Flowers Matheson, 67, of Raven Dr., Kings Mountain, passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021 at Atrium Health, Cleveland. She was born June 24, 1954 in Gaston County to the late James Alan “Bud” Flowers and Mary Lee Mauney Flowers.
Debbie was a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Cherryville High School. She retired from Eaton in 2018. Debbie enjoyed going to the beach and camping at Steele Creek with her family. She was a caregiver and had a desire to care for others. She will be remembered for her sweet smile. Debbie had a tight bond with her sisters and loved her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Harold Eugene Matheson; son, Robie Matheson, and her granddaughter, Addison Carpenter.
She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Bridges (Rodney) of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Lane Carpenter and wife, Alexandra, Stephanie Carpenter and fiancé, Dylan Cook; two great-grandchildren, Berkley and Jackson; and siblings, Janice Barker and husband, Roy, Sandy Lynn and husband, Lee, and Donna Hall.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 at Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Neely officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Her family receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Matheson.
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Jewell Huffsteter

LINCOLNTON – Mrs. Jewell Cooper Huffstetler, 79, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at her residence.
Mrs. Huffstetler was born on Nov. 6, 1941 in Cleveland County, NC, a daughter of the late Landrum Audie Cooper and Fannie Lee Boles Cooper. She retired from Lincoln County Hospital as a Registered Nurse and then worked for Dr. George Bradley in Cherryville. Mrs. Huffstetler was a member of Laboratory United Methodist Church in Lincolnton where she was a lay speaker and Sunday school teacher for the Ladies class.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dan Huffstetler; the father of her children, Farrell Sain; and three brothers, Bill “Toots” Cooper, Landrum Tommy Cooper, and Newell “Gerald” Cooper.
Survivors include a daughter, Melinda Williams and husband, Terry of Lincolnton; a son, Mark Sain and wife, Kim of Cherryville; a brother, Dwight Cooper, of Shelby; special friend, Wayne Ellis, of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Ronnie Sain, Sonia Sain, and Brick Williams; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation was on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., at Laboratory United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., at Laboratory United Methodist Church in Lincolnton with Pastor Amy Lambert and Darius Curry officiating.
Burial followed the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Laboratory United Methodist Church.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Huffstetler.
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Joan Anthony Auton

CROUSE – Mrs. Joan Anthony Auton, 88, of Gaston Webbs Chapel Rd., passed away Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at her residence in Crouse.  Joan Auton was born on July 5, 1933 in Lincoln County, NC, a daughter of the late Elizabeth Clark Anthony and Doris Craft Anthony. Joan retired from Vermont America in Lincolnton, NC. She was a member of Crouse United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s Circle. She was also a member of Cherryville American Legion Unit 100 Ladies Auxiliary. Joan was an excellent cook and baker. She was always trying new recipes.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Auton Sr., “Charlie”; an infant brother; and sisters, Reba Ford, formerly of Crouse, and Cornelia Moss, formerly of Cherryville.
Survivors include her son, Charles E. Auton Jr., “Chucky”; grandson, Charles E. Auton, III, “Chip” and wife, Casey; great-grandchildren, Cayleigh and Cambrey Auton, which were very dear to her heart; and special friend and caregiver, Faye Heavner.
Mrs. Auton lay-in-state Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.
Private funeral services were held at Crouse United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Crouse UMC, 3311 Crouse School Rd., Crouse, NC, 28033; or Lincolnton Hospice, 900 Dontia Dr., Lincolnton, NC, 28092.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Auton.
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Jan Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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