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William Russell White, Jr.

SCOTTSDALE – It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of William (“Bill”, “Junior”) Russell White, Jr., who passed away at home in Scottsdale, AZ, on Jan. 17, 2023 at the age of 90.
Longtime residents of Northern Virginia, he and his wife, Rosette, moved to Scottsdale two years ago.
He was born in Colfax Township in Rutherford County, NC, on June 6, 1932 to William Russell White (Sr.) and Nettie Belle Piercy. His grandparents were George Washington White, Sarah Toney White, Hattie Piercy and James Columbus “Lum” Piercy.
Among other fond memories of his youth in Cherryville, he recounted working at the historic landmark Lester Theatre in Cherryville, where he manned the concession stand and developed a camaraderie with the projectionist, exchanging cold beverages for watching movies from the projection booth in the middle of summer. At 16 years old, he was a given the opportunity of a lifetime to try out for the Boston Red Sox, as he had a strong arm. It was an experience he would never forget. A veteran of the military, he then built a lifelong career in the U.S. State Department, which took him and his family all over the world. Upon retirement, he held the position of Deputy Director of the Executive Management Staff, Asia and the Near East/EMS for the USAID in Washington, DC.
Bill White was predeceased by his cherished sisters, Rosie Mae Sellers and Ruth Leonhardt of Cherryville; his brother, Reeves White of Taylorsville; and an infant brother and sister.
Surviving family include his wife, Rosette; his son, Michael White; his daughters, Terry Roberts, Patty White, and Grace Higa; grandchildren, Jared Roberts, Layla Forrest-White, Lina Vignelli, Kyle Higa and Bianca Higa; two great-grandsons, Cayden and Austen Roberts, and numerous nieces and nephews.
His wife, children and grandchildren are planning to get together in Scottsdale in June for a celebration of his life.
Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home served the family of Mr. White.
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Bob Austell

CHERRYVILLE – Robert Donald “Bob” Austell, 83, of Cherryville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023 at his residence. He was born March 20, 1939 in Gaston County, a son of the late James Petty Austell, Jr. and Nell McGinnis Austell Daggerhart. He was a 1957 graduate of Cherryville High School where he was selected Best Male Athlete.
Bob spent 38 years in management with Carolina Freight Carriers and retired as Vice President of Terminals. Bob is fondly remembered by the townspeople for his 10 consecutive years that he served as Mayor of Cherryville. He spent his life in service to others. He held many civic duties over the years, including coaching senior Little League baseball for eight years and was selected to the Cherryville Sports Hall of Fame. He was President of East Elementary PTA, President of Cherryville High School Boosters Club, Chairman of the Miss Cherryville Beauty Pageant, President of the Cherryville Jaycees, President of Cherryville Country Club, President of Cherryville YMCA, board member of Gaston County YMCA Metro-Board, board member of Gaston County Cancer Society, Chairman of Cherryville Economic Committee, board member of Cherryville Community Development Corporation, advisor to the Gaston College School of Nursing. He served 10 years on Lake Norman Rural Planning Board with two years as vice chairman and two years as chairman; 10 years on Centralina Council for Government with four years as an officer, Board of Gaston Together Strategic Council for Government, Gaston 2012 Board, co-chairman of Gaston 2012 Collaborative Partners Transportation Committee, and organized and served on the City of Cherryville Finance Committee.
Bob was also involved with a number of organizations where he held memberships with the following: Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F.&A.M, Scottish Rite of Charlotte, Oasis Shrine Temple of Charlotte, Battle of Kings Mountain SAR, and a longtime member of the NC State Wolfpack Club. He was awarded with the prestigious and exclusive “Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” Bob was a devoted Christian and active member of First United Methodist Church of Cherryville where he served as Chairman of the Staff Parish Committee, member of Parsonage Committee, President of Methodist Men, member of Church Administrative Board, and a counselor for the Methodist Youth Fellowship.
He was an individual of momentous personal accomplishment and public service. He was a kind and gentle man of sterling character, commendable personal attributes, and deep, abiding Christian faith. Bob was a natural-born leader, a man of vision, and was gifted with a determined spirit and phenomenal work ethic. He was a warm and personable man who was a model husband, father, grandfather, public servant, church leader, businessman, and friend to all. He enjoyed genealogy and truly treasured all his family; past, present, and future.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 38 years, Caryl Beam Austell; stepfather, Paul Daggerhart; and brother-in-law, David Spencer.
Survivors include his daughters, Teesie Smith (Danny), Kim Crane (Stephen), Amy Turner (David), and Elizabeth Shuford (Lee); grandchildren, Charlie Smith (Clare), Robert Smith (Danielle), Adam Crane (Rachel), Stephanie Crane (Jon), Kelly Setzer (Will), Dave Turner (Jamie), Rachel Turner, Riley Shuford, Henry Shuford, and Ella Shuford; great-grandchildren, Kate Setzer, William Setzer, Daniel Setzer, Ada Smith, Maggie Smith, Joel Smith, and Wilson Smith; sister, Mary Ann Spencer; niece, Sharon Ariosto; nephew, Dee Spencer; and brother-in-law, James L. Beam III (Becky).
A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 at 3 p.m., at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the caregivers Kay Edmondson, Loretta Shull, Charlotte Cook, Sandra Bowen, Nadine Butler, Dee Patterson, Candace Brannon, Brenda Anthony, Leanne Morris, Kim Alexander, and Willietta, as well as Dr. James Greelish, Dr. Ronald Digby, and Dr. Charmaine Luvis for their excellent care over the years.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Austell. 
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Stowe Sellers
 

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Stowe Edwin Sellers, 67, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.
Stowe was born on April 15, 1955 in Cleveland County, NC, son of the late Everette Webb “Monk” Sellers and Hattie Katherine Heavner Sellers. He was retired from Yellow Freight. Stowe attended First Baptist Church of Cherryville. He was an avid sports fan and loved his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Lu Ann Beam Sellers of the home; daughters, Kelly Maxwell and husband, Wes of Florida; Lutricia Bennett and husband, Kevin of Lincolnton; two sons, Ryan M. Freeman and wife, Jessica of Crouse; D.B. Freeman and wife, Jessica of Fort Mill, S.C.; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Audrey Bennett, and Ava, Dylan, Bryan and Emma Freeman.
The family received friends from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 at First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner and Rev. Kevin Bennett officiating.
Burial followed the service in City Memorial 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 Mr. Sellers.
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Scott Blackwood

KINGS MOUNTAIN: Scott Blackwood, 60, died Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at his home.
Born in Gaston County, he was the son of the late Harold Buddy Blackwood and Blanche Waldrup Blackwood.
Scott owned and operated Blackwood’s in Kings Mountain since 2006 and was a community leader.  He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who always enjoyed playing Santa Claus.  He had an infectious smile and laugh.  He had a love for Pink Floyd and horror movies.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Amber Blackwood; sister, Pat Blackwood; and brother, Mike Blackwood.
He is survived by his daughters, Samantha Tate and her partner Louiz Nascimento of Myrtle Beach and Cati Tate of Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Gabriel Crotts, Sofie Crotts, Aurora, Alex and Dylan Nascimento; nephews, Alex Blackwood, Chris Blackwood and Brian Parris; niece, Holly Hudson; and cousin, Johnny Warrick.
The family received friends 4:00PM-6:00PM, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home in Kings Mountain. 
Aquamation services are entrusted to Clay-Barnette Funeral & Aquamation in Kings Mountain.
Online condolences: www.claybarnette.com
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Blanche Boies

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Blanche Beam Boies, 95, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 at Hospice at Wendover in Shelby.
Mrs. Boies was born on Aug. 12, 1927 in Lincoln County, N.C., a daughter of the late Walter Ray Beam and Emma Susie Huss Beam. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Boies was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville and also attended St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Lincolnton with her late husband Frank. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Mrs. Boies was an avid golfer and was recognized as the oldest female golfer with the Cherryville Country Club.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jimmie Lee Boies; second husband, Frank E. Pragacz, Sr.; two sons, Joel Lee Boies and Michael Lee Boies; two sisters, Flo Mary Schad and Coleen Orr; and a brother, Paul M. Beam.
Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne Hinkley and husband, Mark of Cherryville; a son, Dana Lee Boies of Matthews; a sister, Beth Beam Wright of Cherryville; and three grandchildren, Vasilios John Nicopoulos, Jimmie Nicopoulos, and David Boies.
The family will receive friends from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. G. Scott Homesley 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 to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Boies.
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Ben Ballard

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Bennett Clawson “Ben” Ballard, 87, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022 at Atrium Health – Cleveland in Shelby.
Ben was born in Cherryville, NC, on Feb. 19, 1935, a son of the late David Ray Ballard and Emma Clawson Ballard. He was a 1953 graduate of Cherryville High School. Ben worked in the data processing department at Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville from 1954-1974. He retired from Lance Foods in 1997. Ben was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville; and a charter member of the Cherryville Bassmasters and Cherryville Jaycee’s. He loved fishing, playing golf, camping, traveling, Christmas, Elvis music, the Duke Blue Devils, the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankee’s and the Boston Celtics. Ben served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn B. Robinson, and Bobbie B. Beam Sorenson, and two infant twin brothers.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Hoke Ballard of the home; two sons, Chris Ballard and wife, Bobbi, and Kent Ballard and wife, Rhonda; two grandsons, Colton Ballard (Anna) and Caleb Ballard; and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Jean Ballard.
The family received friends from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville with Rev. Zack Christy officiating.
Burial followed in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
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 Ballard family.
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Marion Boozer

CLINTON, S.C. – Marion Benjamin Boozer, 80, of Clinton, S.C., was fully healed after a battle with dementia and scoliosis, when he went to be with the Lord on Dec. 25, 2022. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, David M. Boozer and Evelyn B. Boozer. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Brenda Boozer; his children, Mary Elizabeth (Boozer) Jones
(and son-in-law, Brent Jones) of Charlotte, NC, and David Boozer of Greenwood, SC; and two grandchildren, Andrew Jones and Langdon Jones.
Before scoliosis made it hard for him to walk and dementia confused his mind, Marion lived a full life. He was born in 1942 in Gaffney, S.C. His faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior became
vivid and exciting when he went to Peniel Bible Camp in New York state in his teen years. He was an Eagle Scout and loved exploring God’s creation. Singing was also one of his loves.
Marion graduated from Gaffney High School, Presbyterian College and then seminary.
During seminary, he did an internship in Georgia. Part of his work was with boys who had never been out of their own neighborhood. He loved introducing them to the ocean, the outdoors and camping, and enjoyed sharing the Good News of Jesus with them.
He was also passionate about building bridges and seeking to understand and respect people of other ethnicities. Once, during the Jim Crow era, when some Black friends of his were not
permitted to use a certain swimming area with him, he joined them in the area designated for Black swimmers rather than be separated from them; thus integrating that swimming area for
that moment in time. When serving in Winston-Salem, he found joy working with at-risk children.  “Released time” was also one of his greatest accomplishments; a program in which parents gave permission for their children to leave the school building during the school day and walk to church for Bible class.
During his decades in pastoral ministry, Marion served at Castania Presbyterian Church in Stanley, N.C; Westminster Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C; Inman Presbyterian Church in Inman, S.C.; Welcome Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church in Ware Shoals, S.C.; and Whitmire Presbyterian Church and McCullough Presbyterian Church in Whitmire, S.C.
Marion and Brenda moved to Gaffney when Marion retired, and later moved to Presbyterian Communities independent living in Clinton, S.C.
Marion knew that his disease, while debilitating, was only temporary. While we who love him will miss him dearly, we also take great comfort in his final healing, knowing he has crossed over from death to eternal life!
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to StoneBridge Church Community, 3700 Prosperity Church Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28269.
The family received friends at Blakely Funeral Home in Gaffney from 2 to 3 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 29, after which there was a graveside service and burial – for all who wished to attend – at 3:30 p.m., at Oakland Cemetery in Gaffney. They will also receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Blakely Funeral Home in Gaffney, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. that is also open to friends and family. A memorial service will also be held at Presbyterian Communities in Clinton, S.C., later in January.
An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com.
Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, S.C., is serving the family of Mr. Boozer.
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Betty C. Lane

CHERRYVILLE – Betty Lou Canipe Lane, 83, of Cherryville, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 at her residence. She was born April 6, 1939 in Gaston County to the late Roy William and Sarah Ann Helms Canipe. Betty was a member of Riverview Baptist Church where she was very active with the hospitality group, assisting with baptisms, and helping with the meals. She was an excellent cook and an amazing caregiver.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, William Edward Wright.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Gary Lane; sons, Lewis Edward Wrights, Jr. (Becky), Gary Eugene Lane, and Michael Steven Lane (Nilsa); daughters, Janice Wright Stamey (Bill), Linda Wright Odor (Mike), and Brenda Ann Wright (Joe Sigmon); 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., at Riverview Baptist Church with Pastor Barry Brookshire and Pastor Ricky Brown officiating. Burial was private. The family received friends Thursday, from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverview Baptist Church, 2230 Riverview Rd., Lincolnton, NC, 28092.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Lane.
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Rose Mary Navey

Rose Mary Sturgill Swindall Navey, 76, of Cherryville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 with her daughters by her side. She was born Dec. 17, 1945, in Wise County, Virginia, to the late Dewey and Pearl Sturgill.
Rose was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She always made time for everyone, providing support and love.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, John Swindall and Charles Navey; granddaughter, Cortney Dover; six sisters, and three brothers.
Rose is survived by her daughters, Lisa Swindall Dover (Keith), and Joanna Swindall Greene (John); grandchildren, Greyson John Dover, Ashlyn Rose Presson, Matthew David Greene, and Joshua Ryan Greene; three brothers; one sister; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
For those whose lives Rose touched, you are invited to her Celebration of Life on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at 2 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Make a Wish Foundation.
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation service served the family of Mrs. Navey. 
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Mary Joyce Leonhardt Lail

Mary Joyce
Leonhardt Lail

(Oct. 8, 1940 –
Nov. 15, 2022)


CROUSE – Mary Joyce Leonhardt Lail, known to everyone as Joyce, Mother and Memaw, 82, passed away embraced by love at her home in Crouse, NC. She was born on Oct. 8, 1940 to Melvin Stowe Leonhardt and “Ann”, Annie Clyde Taylor Leonhardt of North Brook Community, Crouse, NC. She was raised with her siblings on their working farm with crops, cattle and a dairy and was born in a cabin on the property. One of her sisters shared that she recognized how important her farm chores were and often checked on her siblings’ chores. She and her husband first lived in Boger City. Later, Joyce and husband, Darrell, built their home on the original farm land and she lived the rest of her life near her home place in Crouse.
She married Eugene Darrell Lail of Cherryville, NC, on Aug. 3, 1958, at Bess Chapel UMC, after meeting at an engagement gathering for Darrell’s brother and Joyce’s sister. They were married for 63 years just short of their 64th anniversary upon Darrell’s passing. Together Joyce and husband, Darrell, enjoyed spending time with their daughter, Sheila, her husband, Tim, and their four granddaughters. She loved all children and always had an interest in her extended family, both the Lail and Leonhardt families. She came to all her daughter Sheila’s dance, band, and majorette events, and mother/daughter banquets. She was a secretary of West Lincoln Band Boosters.
Joyce graduated from the North Brook High School class of 1958. She played softball, was the basketball assistant manager, in Beta Club, drama club, had parts in junior and her commencement play, was a reporter for FHA, annual staff, and was involved with the prom and parade.  
Joyce was an excellent seamstress and made clothes for herself and her daughter, Sheila in younger years. She loved to make cloth purses and costumes for her granddaughters. Joyce had a strong work ethic, enjoyed her co-workers, and continued her career in the textile and furniture industries. Among some of her workplaces included Bike Athletic, where she was nominated Textile Employee of the Year, and Bradington-Young as a seamstress and quality control. She was an excellent cook and took meals to many. She made the best cakes and Christmas cookies.
Joyce was proud of her family. She called her four granddaughters “her Girls” and loved being their Memaw. She displayed great interest in their education, dance recitals, plays, graduations, and beach trips. She loved teaching them about the farm, and her beautiful flower and vegetable garden that she and Darrell cultivated. She would gently pick up a butterfly and let it go and the girls were amazed! She was a Breast Cancer survivor, and in her 60s developed early onset Alzheimer’s. She gave big hugs and had a beautiful smile. She was cared for at home by her husband, daughter, many wonderful caregivers, including, in the past – Jenny Osborne, and most recently, Debra Hyler, Samantha Soles and June Helms, who helped with scheduling and more. All loved Miss Joyce and were like family to us all. 
She was a devoted Christian, read her Bible, was a long-time member of Boger City UMC, where she taught children’s Sunday school. She visited Cherryville Second Baptist Church to hear sermons of her brother-in-law, Rev. Jerry Lail and wife, Rita.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell, her parents and sisters, Jane Carswell and Doris Lail. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Starnes, and husband, Tim of Huntersville, NC; her granddaughters, Anna Welham and husband, Tom’ and new great-grandson, Albert “Bertie” Fox Welham 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 NCSU. She is also survived by her sister, Lib Carroll, and brother, Bill Leonhardt and wife, Karen.
The family received friends on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 from 11 a.m., to 12 p.m., in the sanctuary of Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main St., Lincolnton, NC. Directly following the receiving of friends, the Memorial service was held at 12 noon 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, NC.
Memorials may to 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 family of Mrs. Lail.
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Yates McGinnis

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Yates Ray McGinnis, 96, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at his residence.
Yates was born on Oct. 8, 1926 in Gaston County, a son of the late Ervin S. McGinnis and Mae Bivens McGinnis. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Yates served the City of Cherryville in various capacities including, chief of police for 13 years, recorders court judge, worked for the fire department and the Cherryville Rescue Squad, civil defense director and served as a city councilman. He was also a 60-year member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M., Oasis Shriners, and Cherryville Shrine Club. Yates was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Wayne McGinnis.
Survivors include two sons, Todd McGinnis and wife, Cathy of Marshville; Doug McGinnis and wife, Nancy of Statesville; a sister, Corinne Mauney of Cherryville; a niece, Joan Fowler and husband, Louie of Cherryville; and an adopted son, Kevin Parker of Cherryville. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville with military honors and Masonic rites.
The family greeted friends following the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the McGinnis family.
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O.C. Parker, Jr.

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. O.C. Parker, Jr., 91, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Hospice at Wendover in Shelby.
O.C. was born in Cornelia, GA, on June 7, 1931, a son of the late Martha Traber Parker. He retired after 44 and a half years of service at Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville, working on the dock and as a local driver.
O.C. was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville, where he served as a former deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M. for over 60 years and a member of Oasis Shriners. O.C. was also an avid golfer and enjoyed telling jokes.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two sisters: Alda Beam and Mildred Parker; and two brothers, Thomas and Dan Parker.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Deane Sneed Parker of the home; a daughter, Cathy Parker Safley of Lincolnton; a son, G. Clifton Parker and wife Kim; granddaughter, Natalie Becknell and husband Jared; two great-grandchildren, Parker and Reese Becknell, all of Lexington, SC; and a sister, Sarah Sigmon of Cherryville; two half brothers, John Wall of Atlanta, GA, and William Bishop of Macon, GA. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 11 a.m., to 12:45 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 at First Baptist Church and at other times the family will be at the home.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.
Burial followed the service at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville with Masonic rites.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to the donor’s choice.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Parker.
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Vera Sellers Eaker

CHERRYVILLE – Vera Prue Sellers Eaker, 101, of Cherryville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation. She was born Aug. 22, 1921 in Gaston County. She was one of 10 children born to the late Grady and Cleo Sellers. She was a 1939 graduate of Tryon High School.
Vera grew up attending Mary’s Grove Methodist Church. She later joined the First United Methodist Church in Cherryville where she was a member for over 70 years. She was a member of the Mae Harrelson, Florene Styles, and June Medlin Sunday School Classes. She held many offices in her Sunday school classes as well as in the church, and was a member of the Vera Eaker Circle. She was a lifetime member of the Cherryville Chapter of the Eastern Star. 
Vera’s first job was working at the Roses Five and Dime starting out making 25 cents an hour. She later retired after working for 40 years at the Dora Yarn Mill where she was a member and president of the Dora Mill Women’s Club. Vera enjoyed traveling and cooking and was very talented in ceramics and quilting. She loved giving many of these items as gifts to family and friends. 
She was Cherryville Charity League Woman of the Year in 1993. Vera also belonged to the Cherryville Senior Citizen’s Club. She loved to tell her family, friends, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren stories and her history that she had collected over a century of her life. Her 100th birthday was attended by many friends and family and she loved celebrating a century of a life well lived for God, family, and community.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo Allen Eaker; son-in-law, Ronnie Anthony; siblings, Marvin Sellers, Ben Sellers, Edith Smith, Bertha Eaker, Jeanette Sellers, Alline Leonhardt, Ophelia Hamrick, and Doris Jones. 
Survivors include her son, Danny Eaker and wife, Judie; daughter, Pam Anthony; sister, Shirley Gunn; grandchildren, Valerie and Dwayne Keefe, Allen and Lisa Eaker, Heidi and Chad Cash, and Wes and Angie Anthony; great grandchildren, Austin Keefe, Noah, Katie, and Sarah Eaker, Alli and Alex Anthony; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
The family received friends Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. 
Funeral services were held this past Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 at 3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy and Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. Burial was at Bethlehem Community Church Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral and Cremation Services served the family or Mrs. Eaker.
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Carol H. “Bud” Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Carol “Bud” Hallman Beam, 90, of Cherryville, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 at Atrium Health – Pineville.
Born in Lincoln County on Dec. 23, 1931, he was a son of the late Cone Gaston Beam and Vera Hallman Beam. He was retired from Carolina Freight Carriers after 45 years and was a member of Bess Chapel United Methodist Church. Bud was also a retired apple grower and loved to carve. He served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Edith Ellen Beam.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Berdene Lingerfelt Beam; son, Kevin Beam and wife, Barbara of Ocean Isle Beach; daughter, Kim Beam Santos and husband, Sergio of Cherryville; granddaughter, Jordan Beam Thompson and husband, Mark; two great-grandchildren, Bella Grace Davis and Caden Davis; and fur grandbaby, Reese.
The family received friends on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 at 3 p.m., at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randi Godfrey officiating.
The burial followed the service in the Bess Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bess Chapel United Methodist Church Digital Sign Fund, or to Bess Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Towery, 2357 Bess Chapel Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.
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Billy Ray Alexander

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Billy Ray Alexander, 70, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, surrounded by his family, after a 10-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Billy was born in Cleveland County, NC, on April 9, 1952, a son of the late William S. “Will” Alexander and Ruby Jane Costner Alexander. He retired from AT&T as a facilities assignment specialist. Billy was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville and a member of the Ethleen Dover Sunday school class.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Ned Dellinger.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Linda Agner Alexander; two daughters, Danielle Smith and husband, Robert of Davidson; Haley Alexander of San Francisco, CA; two sons, Travis Dellinger and wife, Betsy of Cherryville; Alan Dellinger and wife, Emily of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Jack Dellinger, Rowen Dellinger, Reese Dellinger, Ada Smith, Maggie Smith and Joel Smith; a brother, Gerald Alexander and wife, Bonny of Cherryville; a sister, Melissa Hovis and husband, Bob of Lincolnton; an aunt, Frances Grigg of Shelby; an uncle, Joe Alexander and wife, Rachel of Cherryville; three nieces, Stacey Pruitt (Bryan), Aleia Watts (Travis) and Anna Goodson (Joe).
The family received friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, and at other times the family will be at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating.
A private burial was in City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Alexander family.
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Alfred Billy Scronce

ASHEVILLE – Alfred Billy Scronce passed away at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.
A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Scronce (Bill) was born on July 3,1929 to the late Frank Little Scronce and Vernie Leonard Scronce. He moved with his wife to Asheville in 1955 where they raised their family. He was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Alfred Scronce, and brothers (five of whom served in World War II): Hal (Pauline), Wray (Lorraine), Ben (Jean), Lester (Margaret), Jack (Ponese), Dan (Mozelle), and a sister, Elizabeth Scronce Hoover (Charles).
Mr. Scronce is survived by the love of his life for 67 years, Christine; and two daughters, Teresa Clark (Brett) and Elizabeth Scronce (Bobby Gosnell). Bill was a most beloved grandfather to Rachel Barry Jackson, Christina Lemonis Evans, and Alfred (“AJ”) Lemonis and great-grandfather to Shelby and Nora Jackson. Mr. Scronce is also survived by his brother, Bob (served in the Korean war) and sister, Betty Jane (Neil) Sain. He was adored by many nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Union High School and Kings College, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force Airways Communications in the Korean War (three years in Germany and one in the United States). After deployment, he was transferred from Charlotte Ivey’s Department Store to Asheville.  He later went into the Oil business as the owner and operator of Allied Oil, from which he retired in 1989. He was active in numerous community organizations and coached Little League baseball. A favorite of the young folks, many knew him as “Coach” or “Mr. Bill”. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, golf, and work in the yard. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Arden where a service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Family and friends will be received before the service from 1 – 1:30 p.m. A military graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. at his home church – Bethphage Lutheran Church, 4062 Hwy. 182, Lincolnton, NC, 28092.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Land of Sky Shriners, 39 Spring Cove Rd., Swannanoa, NC, 28778, or a charity of your choice.
The care of Mr. Scronce has been entrusted to Blue Ridge Funeral Service of Mars Hill.
How do you summarize 93 years of a life well lived?
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org.
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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.