ELLENBORO - Mr. N.C. Melton, 87, of 1142 Tiney Road, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Autumn Care in Forest City.
A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late B.C. and Zillie Jones Melton. He was retired from Ellenboro Mill and was a charter member of Corinth Baptist Church, Forest City Masonic Lodge, Oasis Shrine Temple, Ellenboro W.O.W. and was an auxiliary deputy sheriff for more than 30 years.
He was survived by his wife, Ola Murray Melton of the home; five sons, Norman Melton, Joe Melton, Chivous Melton and Jimmy Melton, all of Ellenboro, and Billy Melton of Bostic; two brothers, Warren Melton and Ralph Melton, both of Ellenboro; two sisters, Minnie White and Margaret Allen, both of Ellenboro; 21 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church with the Rev. Ad Hopper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home.
HENRIETTA - Mrs. Rachel Dee Phillips, 59, of 153 Walnut St., died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Autumn Care Nursing Home.
The funeral will be today at 4 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church in Henrietta with Dr. L.W. Jackson officiating.
The body will be placed in the church one hour before the service.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Thompson Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DENVER - Mrs. Gladys Wood Camp, 65, of 7633 Hickory Creek Drive, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Lincoln Medical Center in Lincolnton.
A graveside service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 to 8 at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home.
RALEIGH - Mrs. Barbara Welsh Wright, 88, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at her home.
A native of Slough, England, she was born August 21, 1911, the daughter of the late George Florence Ives and Getrude Emily Bettridge Welsh.
She lived in Windsor, until meeting her husband during World War II.
During World War II, she served as an officer in the Royal Air Force, where she drove and ambulance and worked for Bomber Command. She was a lifelong Episcopalian and was a member at Good Sheperd and Saint Mark's congregations in Raleigh, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, EYC leader, served on Saint Mark's AIDS ministry, and on the altar guild and created flower arrangements.
She served as the president of the Wake County Mental Health Association Volunteer's Guild, at the Good Shepherd soup kitchen, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, as a friend to those with HIV and AIDS at Hustead House, with RRNGLE (Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality), and on the Board of Visitors at Kanuga Conferences. She received the Tarheel of the Week Award for her AIDS ministry.
She graduated from Saint Stephen's School in England and was employed at Hudson-Belk on Fayetteville Street and later in Crabtree Valley Mall in the fine jewelry department. She was active in Evergreen Garden Club, the Fun Bunch, and at the Raleigh Little Theater.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Joshua Thompson Wright.
She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Anne Welsh-Andrews of Hampton, Va. and David George Wright and his wife, Carol, of Raleigh; grandchildren, Jay Andrews and his wife, Violet, of Poquoson, Va., David M. Andrews of Hampton, Julia A. Andrews of Newport News, Va. and Joshua David Wright of Rocky Mount; a godson, Brandon Chase Smith of Raleigh and extended family in England and Cleveland County.
The funeral will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church on New Hope Road in Raleigh with the Rev. Lorraine Ljunggren officiating.
A graveside service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Elliott, her nephew, officiating.
The family will receive friends today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Kanuga Conferences, P.O. Box 250, Hendersonville, N.C. or Hustead House (A family care home for HIV or AIDS), P.O. Box 12583, Raleigh, N.C. 27605.
Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh is in charge of arrangements.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Mr. James Abraham Suttles, of 816 Grace St., died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Cleveland Regional Funeral Services Chapel. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at Maple Grove Baptist Cemetery in Waynesville.
The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
FOREST CITY - Mr. Ray Flack, 70, died Friday, June 16, 2000.
The funeral will be today at 3 p.m. at Florence Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Gantt and the Rev. Richard Bass officiating. Burial is private for the family.
The family will receive friends after the service at the church.
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
RUTHERFORD COLLEGE - Mrs. Thelma Cook White, 84, of 111 Locust St., formerly of Lawndale, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at home.
A native of Cleveland County, she was born July 6, 1915, the daughter of the late Oscar and Hattie Cook Cook. She was a homemaker and former employee of Cleveland Mills, Lawndale and a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Franklin White; a son, Delbert White; two brothers, O.C. Cook and Zollie Cook; and a sister, Corene Buff.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Shirley White of Rutherford College; two daughters and sons-in-law, Estelle and Paul Walker and Linda and Tommy Edwards, all of Shelby; two brothers, Warren Cook and Lester Cook, both of Casar; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Olive Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Terrill Crump and Buren Hastings officiating.
The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 to 8 at Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston.
CAROLEEN - Mr. Robert O. Allred, 85, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Rutherford Hospital.
The funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Harrelson Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Watts officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at Harrelson Funeral Home.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Ms. Renee Copes, 24, of 31 Bietz St., died Wednesday, June 7, 2000.
The funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Genesis Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Samuel Raper officiating.
The body will be placed in the chapel from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. prior to services.
Burial will follow at First Baptist Lawndale Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the chapel and at other times at the home of Mrs. Arnetta Williams, 608 Leander St., Shelby.
SHELBY - Mrs. Deborah "Debbie" Wolfe Harris, 49, of 1725 Barbee Road, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her home.
A native of Cleveland County, she was born June 4, 1951, the daughter of Kathleen "Kat" Wolfe and the late James "Jim" Wolfe.
She pursued her teaching degree at Appalachian State University and graduated from Gardner-Webb College. She taught English and drama at Burns High School for 20 years, coordinating the graduation ceremony every year.
She led the Burns chapter of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her dedication is recognized with the Debbie Harris Scholarship, given annually by the Cleveland County Adult Chapter of the FCA, to a deserving senior.
She continued to teach and encouraged young adults long after she was diagnosed with ALS and confined to her home.
She was a member of Zion Baptist Church, she casted the Youth Dinner Theater and was actively involved in the Together We Build Program for the new Family Life Center.
She also helped run Berry Fields, a family farm where groups of children could come daily to pick blueberries and visitors could admire the beautiful flowers.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents Lloyd and Rachel Wolfe; her father-in-law, B.J. Harris; a sister-in-law, Joyce Putnam; and a brother-in-law, Larry Barnes Sr. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jerry Harris of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Laurie Harris of Lafayette, Colo.; a daughter, Emily Harris of the home; a granddaughter, Rachel Harris of the home; two sisters, Betsy Wolfe and Pam Spurling, and a niece, Sarah Spurling, all of Shelby; a mother-in-law, Katie Harris of Cliffside; two sisters-in-law, Peggy Barnes and Barbara Harris and her husband, Richard Harris, all of Cliffside; a brother-in-law, William Putnam of Cliffside; a brother-in-law, Billy Harris and his wife, Robin, of Waco; and 10 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be today at 4 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends following the service at 6 p.m. at the home.
Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church Family Life Center, 525 West Zion Church Road, Shelby, N.C., 28150.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
VALE - Mr. Rubin Williams, 71, of 5234 Hope Road, formerly of Lawndale, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Brian Center East.
A native of Eaton, Ga., he was the son of the late Turner Williams. He was a member of Clover Hill Lodge No. 10 Free and Accepted Ancient Yorkrite Masons and attended Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church. He was retired from Maxwell Royal Chair Company.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Fleet Williams and Dan Williams.
He is survived by his mother, Annie Farley Williams Maddox Dawkins; his wife, Mae Katherine Clark Williams of the home; four daughters, Ruby Frances Jolly of Shelby, Linda Ann Fuller of Hickory, Iquilla Taylor of Buffalo, N.Y., and Mildred Williams of Vale; four sons, Jerry Williams of the home, Willis "Pee" Williams of Newton, and Mickey Williams and Johnny Williams, both of Vale; two brothers, Peter Mathis of Old Fort and James Odis Maddox of Lawndale; four sisters, Annie Maddox of Hickory, Mattie Lawrence and Carrie Ussery, both of Lawndale, and Mary McCluney of Hickory; sixteen grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The funeral will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Charlie Ussery officiating.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service at the church.
Allen Mitchell Funeral Home of Hickory is in charge of arrangements.
John Blanton Jr.
HARKERS ISLAND - Mr. John Samuel Blanton Jr., 81, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Carteret General Hospital.
Born July 1, 1918 in Lattimore, he was the son of the late John S. and Garva Harrill Blanton. A former resident of Raleigh, he had lived on Harkers Island since 1990. He was an Army veteran who served in World War II. He was a graduate of N.C. State University. He had worked as a consultant for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Blanton; a brother, Kenneth Blanton; and a grandson, Robert Lee Blanton.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John Samuel "Sam" III and Sara Blanton of Wendell; three sisters, Beatrix Ramey of Lattimore, Annette Cline of Marion, and Sarah Dedmon of Shelby; two brothers, Harrill "Bus" Blanton and Robert "Bob" Blanton, both of Lattimore; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Misty Ann and Bryan Smith of Garner; a grandson, John S. Blanton IV of Raleigh; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin Smith and Paige Elizabeth Smith; a friend, Evelyn Hassell of Beaufort; and many other relatives.
A memorial service will be today from 3:30 until 5 p.m. at the Spouter Inn in Beaufort.
A memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lattimore Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to The Life Center Fund, Lattimore Baptist Church, Lattimore, N.C. 28089.
Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., of Morehead City is in charge of arrangements.
GASTONIA - The Rev. L.R. Gasaway, 77, of 2327 Old Field Road, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Born July 11, 1922 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Victor Lee and Beulah Womack Gasaway. He was a retired Church of God minister after serving 59 years and was retired from Wachovia Bank. He was a member of Union Road Church of God.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Maney Gasaway; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Priscilla Elaine and Dean Lawing of Gastonia and Lynn G. and Rodney Gregory of Rockwell; five sisters, Gradie Whittemore and Maude Griffin, both of Candler, Ethel Baines of Silver Springs, Md., Pearl Davis of Knoxville, Tenn. and Marie Pitts of Whittier; three brothers, Raymond Gasaway of Asheville, Lewis Gasaway of Knoxville and Frank Gasaway of Bryson City; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Union Road Church of God with the Revs. Robert Frazier and Paul Collins officiating.
Burial will follow at Gaston Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Carothers Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Union Road Church of God, 315 Union Road, Gastonia, N.C. 28054.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Ms. Linda Benton, 44, of 302 Ebenezer Road, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Hospice of Cleveland County.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by J.W. Gill & Sons Funeral Home.
CHERRYVILLE - Mrs. Stella Bost Ritch, 76, of 1409 E. Church St., died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Cone Memorial Chapel of Carpenter's Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Ritch officiating.
Burial will follow at City Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at funeral home.