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Obituaries — 5-23-14

Bill Freeman

CROUSE — Mr. Bill Freeman, 83, of St. Mark’s Church Road, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.

Born in Gaston County on March 12, 1931 he was a son of the late William Daniel Freeman and Hyacinth Whitesides Freeman.  Bill was retired after 23 years as a salesman for Kiser Chevrolet in Cherryville and was also a real estate broker and farmer.  He was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Cherryville where he served on the church council and was a lifetime member of Lutheran Brotherhood and also served the church in many other capacities.  He was also a former member of Cherryville Lion’s Club. Bill served in the National Guard during the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Freeman Elmore and five brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lois Rudisill Freeman of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dan Freeman and Donna of Collierville, Tenn., Gary Freeman and Karen of Cherryville and Brad Freeman and Diana of Crouse; five grandchildren, Anna Greer and husband Tyler, Seth and Camille Freeman and Kyle and Kevin Elmore; three sisters, Faye Free, Carolyn Pleasant and Joyce Wiggins all of Dallas.

Visitation will be today from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Malcom Lerch officiating. Burial will be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1203 St .Mark’s Church Rd. Cherryville, NC 28021.

A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Freeman family.

 

Karen Ann Griffin

Karen Ann Griffin, 62, of Denver passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 with her loving family by her side.

Karen was born on December 29, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to the late Genevieve C. and Edward R. Suess. Karen graduated from St. Michaels Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. and later married her beloved husband of 44 years, Thomas F. Griffin in 1970.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Griffin of Denver; four children, Edward (Robin) Griffin of Stanley, Neil Griffin of Denver, Michael (Carolyn) Griffin of Denver and Angel (Calvin) Griffin-Mitchell of Denver; five grandchildren, Amber Griffin, Christopher Wooten, Ashley Wooten, Madison Williams and Hailey Griffin and future grandson, Lucas Griffin-Mitchell; and two sisters, Marlene (Rick) Belasco of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Christine (Mark) Kubick of Knoxville, Tenn.

Karen was preceded in death by her two children, Timothy Brian and Carl Raymond.

The family will have a memorial service for Karen on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Funeral Home, 3362 North Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037.

Memorials made be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or online at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org

 

Rev. Ronnie Dean Harstin

HIGH SHOALS — Rev. Ronnie Dean Harstin departed this life on May 21, 2014 at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1942 in Gaston County; son of the late George and Gladys Harstin.

Ronnie was a minister with the Assemblies of God retiring due to illness in July, 2006.  He last served as pastor for 16 years at First Assembly of God in Lincolnton.  Ronnie served in the United States Air Force from May 1961 until May 1965.

A Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at First Assembly of God, Gastonia officiated by Rev. Lee Russell. Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday at Greene Funeral Service South Chapel. Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park.

Survivors include wife of 46 years, Susan Pannell Harstin; son, Troy Dean Harstin of Gastonia; daughters and sons-in-law, James and Lisa Montgomery of Lincolnton, and James (Jay) and Traci McCosh of McAdenville; six grandchildren, James “Tyler” Montgomery, Meleah Montgomery, Cameron Dean Harstin, Brooklyn Amanda Harstin, Adeline Susanne Harstin Scott and Mari Elisabeth McCosh; one great-grandson, Carter Louis Montgomery; sisters, Sadie Barker and husband Rev. Johnnie Barker, Vivian Spencer, Betty Quigley and Patricia Robbins.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Hugh, Bobby and Bynum Harstin; and sisters, Ruth Ruff and Faye Sanford.

Memorial donations may be made to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com

 

Rev. William Thomas Mayberry

Rev. William Thomas Mayberry, age 87, of 2479 Country Club Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

His funeral service will be 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Maiden Wesleyan Church with Rev. Bob Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Rev. Mayberry was born September 24, 1926, to the late Otto C. and Willie Head Hedgepeth Mayberry. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Goins and Lucille McCoy, and daughter-in-law, Kathi Mayberry.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Rev. Mayberry was dedicated to his wife, Pearl, for 65 years, was pastor of four churches in Laurel Hill, Forest City, Lexington, and Boger City Wesleyan. The flag that drapes his casket flew over his grandson’s barrack in Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Richard Mayberry of the home; one son, Ronnie Mayberry of Lincolnton; two daughters, Linda Baker and husband Mike and Brenda Dean and husband Floyd, all of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Rhonda Ramsey and husband Chris, Dale Dean and wife Vanessa, Jeff Dean and wife Tonya, Brad Baker and wife Danielle, Anson Mayberry and wife Angela, and Carla Baker; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Maiden Wesleyan Church, 1111 Ivey Church Road, Maiden, NC 28650.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Mayberry family.

 

Sammie David Ross Jr.

IRON STATION —Sammie David Ross Jr., 53, died May 19, 2014 from injuries obtained in a vehicular accident.

He was a resident of Lincoln County and the son of Sammie David and Margaret Simolton Ross Sr.

Left to cherish his life and memory are son, Anthony Robinson Sr., Lincolnton, three daughters, Tawanna Thomas (Davius) of Lincolnton, Samantha Ross and Desiree Ross of Gastonia, three brothers, Arnold Ross of Concord, Kevin Kornegay of Cornelius and Larry Ross (Vanessa) of Iron Station; five sisters, Tammy Williams (Tim) of Charlotte, Sandra Vinson (Dennis), Irma Bunch (Anthony), Nina Hull (Eddie) all of Iron Station, and Keisha Ross of Charlotte; grandmother, Cecelia Conner of Huntersville, a very special friend, Cavin Bailey (Sandral) of Lincolnton; eight grandchildren; eleven aunts; eight uncles; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Tuckers Grove United Methodist Church, 5982 Tuckers Grove Church Rd., Iron Station. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church and other time at 7035 Jerry Ross Lane, Iron Station, NC. Interment will be at Tuckers Grove Church Cemetery

Gregory Funeral Service, Gastonia is serving the Ross family.

 

Jimmy Ray Thomas

Jimmy Ray Thomas, age 67, of 1025 E. Lincoln Street in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

His funeral service will be 11 a.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Thomas was born September 24, 1946, in Lincoln County, to Ruby Bollinger Thomas and the late John Lewis Thomas. He worked as a knitter.

He is survived by a son, Jamie Ray Thomas of Lincolnton; two brothers, Gene Watkins and Harold Thomas, both of Lincolnton; one sister, Kay Thomas Carrigan of Lincolnton; special niece, Angie Towery of Lincolnton; and special nephews, Michael Thomas of Lincolnton and Ricky Watkins of Bessemer City.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Thomas family.

 

Bruce Wayne Thompson

Bruce Wayne Thompson, age 68, of 2190 River Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Oak Gove Baptist Church with Pastor Joe D. Staley officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. on Saturday prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Thompson was born May 1, 1946, in Union County, to the late Sanford Harold and Ellen Gertrude Keziah Thompson. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam and then later worked in maintenance.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie F. Thompson of the home; two sons, Tony Wayne Thompson of Charleston, S.C. and Harold Wayne Thompson and wife Jody of Newton; four brothers, Jerry Doyle Thompson and wife Betty Faye of Lincolnton, Thomas Larry Thompson of Columbia, S.C., Sanford Harold Thompson and wife Phyllis of Maiden, and Leonard Allen Thompson and wife Cindy of Petersburg, Va.; two sisters, Carol Ann King and Joyce Marie Chapman and husband Robert, all of Lincolnton; and two granddaughters, Amanda Woodruff and Bethany Renee Thompson.

Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1139 Oak Grove Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Thompson family.

 

Cleda Hawkins Watson

Cleda Hawkins Watson, age 71, of Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Her funeral service will be 4 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dale Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Watson was born August 3, 1942, in Montcalm, W.Va., to the late Wesley Lee and Martha Frances Ayers Hawkins.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ezekiel Charles Watson; two brothers, Wesley Hawkins and Randy Hawkins; two sisters, Lucy Roark and Virginia Roark. She worked as a dietician, was a member of Middle Cross Baptist Church in Crouse and loved to sing in the choir, cook, and working with her flowers.

She is survived by a son, Darryl Watson and wife Kim of Lincolnton; two daughters, Barbara Mabe and husband Robert of Lincolnton, and Jennifer Stonefield and husband Robert of Christiansburg, Va.; two grandchildren, Derek Watson and wife Stephanie of Lincolnton, and Casey Mason of Lincolnton; one great-grandson, Elijah Watson; three brothers, Richard Shrader and wife Etta Lee of W.Va., Howard Shrader of W.Va., and Gary Hawkins and wife Tammy of Ohio; and a sister, Judy Casiano and husband Jose of Tenn.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Watson family.

 

Evelyn Grey ‘Sam’ Bartlett Biggs

Evelyn Grey “Sam” Bartlett Biggs, 76, of Cherryville died May 21, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services on May 24, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be private.  The family will receive friends from 3:30 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherryville is serving the Biggs family.

 

Jeff Mull

Jeff Mull, 59, of Kings Mountain died May 19, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 24, 2014 at 139 Stoney Ridge Road with the Rev. Cynthia Skinner officiating. Burial will be private.

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Mull family.

 

Billy Ray Hudson

Billy Ray Hudson, 69, of Casar died May 21, 2014.

Visitation will be this evening from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.
Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Corinth Baptist Church, Casar. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston is serving the Hudson family.

 

Russell Alvin Hoyle 

Russell Alvin Hoyle, 81, of Shelby died May 21, 2014.

A funeral service will be held May 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Cleveland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Cecil M Burton Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Hoyle family.

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