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Obituaries — 7-3-13

Clyde Reeves ‘Dick’ Anthony

GASTONIA — Clyde Reeves “Dick” Anthony, age 98, passed away on June 30, 2013 at Terrace Ridge.  A native of Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Andrew and Hattie Anthony, husband of 73 years to the late Velma Blanche Freeman Anthony.

Dick dedicated his life to supporting his family. He was a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church and retired from Southern Railway after 25 years of service.  Although he didn’t take up golf until his sixties, he was an avid golfer and reigning Best 2-Ball champ at Lincoln Country Club.

He is survived by his children and their spouses; Helen and Yates Gilbert of Charlotte, Jack Lee and Gordon Ella Anthony of Charlotte, Georgette and Brice Warren of Gastonia, Alice Karen Killday of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sons; Joel Reeves Anthony, RET Sgt. Maj. US Army, and Roger W. Anthony; brothers, Boyd “Bee” Anthony, Ernest “Shine” Anthony; sisters, Lennie Inez Hartsoe, Nel Merrill, Ruth Gardner.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. today at McLean Funeral Directors, Gastonia. A funeral service will follow in the Founder’s Chapel with Reverend Dick Whitener officiating.  Burial will be in Gaston Memorial Park.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Terrace Ridge for their loving care and attention.

Memorials may be made to Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1401 Hoffman Blvd., Gastonia, NC, 28056.  Share condolences with the family by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com, guestbook.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Anthony family.


Bolton ‘Bo’ Bangs

Bolton ‘Bo’ Bangs, 89, of Huntersville passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville. Born on April 19, 1924 in Geneva, N.Y., he was the son of the late Nesbitt H. and Ruth Leonard Bangs. Mr. Bangs attended schools in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and graduated from Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.) in 1946 with a degree in physics.

In World War II, Mr. Bangs served proudly in the European Theater (1943-1946) as a Sergeant in the Signal Corps. Upon discharge from the United States Army, he was a supervisor at an atomic energy plant in Richland, Washington (1947-56); a minister in the Assembly of God Church (1957-1974); supervisor, Parsons Corporation, Saudi Arabia (1975-1987). After retirement in 1995, Mr. Bangs became involved in the ministry of Book of Hope while living in Huntersville.

Mr. Bang’s met his wife in a bowling alley in Richland, Washington and on July 3, 1947, he married Patsy Ruth Black in a Lutheran church

Mr. Bangs loved to play golf in his younger days, eat a good roast beef meal and liked to watch the Carolina Panthers.

The most remarkable event in Bo’s life occurred in August of 1954 when he made Jesus Christ, Lord of his life. What precipitated this blessed event was his wife Patsy’s “unbelievable” testimony to prayer and the power of Jesus Christ when healed from uremia poisoning at age of six through the power of her mother’s prayer. Since 1987, Bo and his wife have devoted their lives to the Book of Hope Ministry which takes the Gospel to children all over the world.

Everyone who met this ‘quiet’ man felt a spiritual calmness because of Bo’s love for his God: the value of his faith, his 66 year marriage to his beloved wife, Patsy; his commitment to his family and his work in helping to spread the Gospel.

Mr. Bangs is survived by his wife, Patsy; children George, Catherine, Mark and Deborah; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Salisbury National Cemetery,

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OneHope, 600 SW 3rd St., Pompano Beach, FL. 33060

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver is serving the Bangs family.


Rachel Gray Neal

Rachel Gray Neal, 77, of Lincolnton died Sunday June 30, 2013 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born December 23, 1935 she was the daughter of the William Bunda Reardon and Nellie Byrd Reardon. She was a business owner in the west side of Charlotte for 15 years.

Two daughters, Linda Stepp Fletcher and husband Mike of Lake Wales, Fla. and Eva Stepp of Lincolnton; six grandchildren, Bryan Stepp, Amber Rhyne, Joshua Stepp, Heidi Starr, Megan Stepp and Samantha Vittitow; four great-grandchildren, Sean, Nicholas, Justin Stepp and Gavin Rhyne; Jim Simmons of Milford, Del. and the extended Simmons family and several nieces and nephews survive her.

In addition to her parents, two sons, Nicholas Stepp and Sidney Stepp; seven sisters, Mary, Maxine, Leola, Josephine, Ala Mae, Nellie and Lucille and a brother, C.B. Reardon preceded her in death.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Josh Taylor and Pastor William Calvert officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at the Stepp family cemetery in Mohawk, W.Va. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. one hour prior to the service today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road Newton, NC 28658 or to Highland Drive Freewill Baptist Church, 2742 Highland Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.

The Neal family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Newton.


Timothy Paul Rudisill

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. — Mr. Timothy Paul Rudisill, age 42, of 1245 Haig Lane in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., died on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

His funeral service will be 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Rudisill was born September 18, 1970 in Gaston County to Jacob Carl Rudisill and the late Carolyn Ann Lineberger Rudisill. He worked as a consultant in the technology industry.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Harley Rudisill of the home; brother, Mark Rudisill of Crouse; father, Jacob C. Rudisill of Lincolnton; and a stepson, Andrew Hubbard of Aiken, S.C.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC  28207.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Rudisill family.


Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Coleman Sigmon

Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Coleman Sigmon, age 66, of 321 S. Grove Street in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton with Rev. Earle Potts officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.

Mr. Sigmon was born July 21, 1946 in Lincoln County to the late Claude Woodrow and Bonnie Conner Sigmon. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Sigmon, and three sisters, Susie Sigmon, Lois Ray, and Yvonne Helms. He worked in textiles.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Seagle Sigmon of the home; four sons, Cole Sigmon and wife Sandy, David Lee Sigmon, Kyle Sigmon and wife Regina, and Andy Sigmon and wife Leigh, all of Lincolnton; seven grandchildren, Aubrey, Avery, Ashton, Michael, Hunter, Max and Harrison Sigmon; a sister, Phyllis Dellinger of Dallas, N.C.; brother, Claude Sigmon and wife Kathy of Lincolnton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Emanuel Reformed Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 2058, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Sigmon family.


Sherry Ann Derr Gabriel

Sherry Ann Derr Gabriel, 53, of Denver died June 29, 2013.

A funeral service will be held July 5, 2013 at 3 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, Lincolnton is serving the Gabriel family.


Reca Lynn Gales 

Reca Lynn Gales, 47, of Vale died June 30, 2013.

A memorial service will be today at 4 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Service with burial to follow in the Hoyle Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 3 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services, Cherryville is serving the Gales family.


Apostle Gloria Robinson Graves

Apostle Gloria Robinson Graves, 74, of Lincolnton died June 30, 2013.

Services will be held July 6, 2013 at Providence Missionary Baptist Church at 1 p.m.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Graves family.





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