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Dr. Howard D. Homesley

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

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

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

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

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Christine G. Sneed, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mountain.
Mrs. Sneed was born in Greenville County, S.C., on Dec. 24, 1935, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Gaines and Floride Peden Gaines.
She was a retired music teacher for Gaston County Schools.  Mrs. Sneed was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville where she formerly served as organist and choir director. She was also a former choir director and organist for First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Billy P. Sneed of the home; a daughter, Phyllis Sneed of Charlotte; and a son, Dr. Benjamin Sneed and wife, Christina Salidis of Charlottesville, VA; two grandchildren, Aiden and Jedidiah Sneed; and a sister, Amelia Britt of Franklin, VA. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Testa Family Hospice House, Dr. Michael Ribadeneyra, and Dr. Charles Upchurch.
Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Monday, April 4, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Zack Christy and Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiating.
Burial was in City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Sneed.
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James McCurry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Newell Quinn Alexander, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 5, 2022 surrounded by her family.
Newell was born on Feb. 26, 1937 in Gaston County, NC, a daughter of the late Eubern Quinn and Della Sigmon Quinn.  She was a graduate of Cherryville High School, Class of 1955.  Newell was retired as an executive secretary from Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville. She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville and was a member of the Chancel Choir, a former Sunday school teacher for children and adults; Women of the Church, Youth Choir Director, CARE team, an Elder Emeritus, and also served the church in many other capacities. Newell had a personal card ministry sending greetings and well wishes to many people over the years. She was a member of Cherryville Chapter # 156 Order of the Eastern Star and was an advocate for World Vision Ministries sponsoring children worldwide.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Long and Joyce McGinnis.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Don “Alec” Alexander of the home; a son, Donnie Alexander and wife Jeanne; a daughter, Mona Beam and husband Jason; three grandchildren, Jenna Katherine Alexander, and Burgess and Quinnlyn Beam, all of Cherryville.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to Newell’s caregivers, Lacey, Charlotte, Sherry, and Sierra, and also to the staff of Hometown Direct Care.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m., on Monday, March 7, 2022 at the residence, 600 Queens Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Mrs. Alexander lay in state from 2 to 6 p.m., on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home. The family will not be present during this time.
A celebration of life service was held at 4 p.m., on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Lowe and Rev. Joel Long officiating.
Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Chancel Choir Fund, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Alexander.
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Joe W. Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Larry Russell Gunnell, 73, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
Larry was born on Dec. 12, 1947 and was raised in Mt. Airy, N.C., a son of the late William C. Gunnell and Ester Marshall Gunnell. He retired as co-owner and operator of O’Dell’s Grocery in Cherryville after 28 years. Larry later worked for Elmore Feed and Seed in Lawndale. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Men’s Bible Class. Larry was a member of the Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 AF & AM and also Cherryville American Legion Post 100. He was also assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 323 in Cherryville. Larry served in the U.S. Air Force. Larry enjoyed working on his farm and raising honey bees.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Pauline Ayers.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Juanita O’Dell Gunnell of the home; a daughter, Maria Pruitt and husband, Tim; a son, Steven Gunnell and wife, Bonnie, all of Cherryville; five grandchildren, Landry, Grayce and Emma Pruitt, Brooks and Baylor Gunnell; two brothers, Vernon Gunnell of Clemmons, and Elmer Gunnell of Mt. Airy; sister-in-law and business partner, Ann Harmon of Cherryville; brother-in-law, Richard Lee O’Dell and wife, Cheryl of Matthews. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating.
Burial was in the City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville with Military rites provided by Gaston County Honor Guard and Masonic rites by Cherryville Masonic Lodge.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the Gunnell family.
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Nancy Moss

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. William F. “Bill” McNeely, 80, passed away on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at his residence.
Bill was born in Cleveland County, NC, on Oct. 19, 1941, a son of the late Tommy Lee McNeely and Mazelle Beam McNeely.
He was co-founder and President of McNeely Oil Company, Inc. of Cherryville for 45 years. Bill was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and attended Jesus Servant Ministries in Cherryville. He enjoyed restoring John Deere tractors, dirt track racing and going to Lake James. Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Brenda Schrum McNeely, of the home; a son, Brent McNeely and wife, LuAndra; a daughter, Jodi Beam and husband, Scott, all of Cherryville; five grandchildren: Devan Beam (Tiffany), Leah O’Connor (Michael), Jordan Beam (Garren), Zack McNeely (Natalie) and Macie Beam; and five great-grandchildren: Aussie, Mayson-Kate, Maddox, Miller, and Brooklynn.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Heffner officiating.
The family greeted friends following the service.
Burial was at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Jesus Servant Ministries, 110 N. Mountain St., Cherryville, NC, 28021; or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the McNeely family.
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Glenn Wilford Anthony, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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