FOREST CITY - Mr. William Paul McBrayer, 73, of 131 Creekside Drive, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at his home.
A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late George Coster and Alva Lynch McBrayer. He was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Forest City and a volunteer at Rutherford Hospital. He spent more than 50 years in retail management in Forest City and Rutherfordton before retiring from Cowan Tire and Battery in 1998. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and a veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific. He was a charter member of V.F.W. #5204. He was an active member of the Forest City Kiwanis Club with 35 years of perfect attendance. He was a past president, member of the board of directors for 27 years, and a recipient of the George F. Hixson Fellow. He was a member of the Rutherford County Republican Party's Executive committee for more than 35 years serving as vice chairman in 1991-93 and was chairman of Forest City Precinct #2 for more than 30 years. He was a former member of the 11th Congressional District executive committee and the N.C. executive committee and chaired campaigns in Rutherford County for local, regional and national Republican candidates. He received the Carolyn Smith Gardner Award for Republican Excellence in 1992 and the 11th Congressional District Golden Elephant Award in 1995.
He served as a public member of the N.C. State Board of Examiners in Optometry for eight years and was former board secretary-treasurer. He was former chairman of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce's Ambassadors, former member of the Forest City Parks and Recreation Commission and former member of the Rutherford County March of Dimes Board of Directors. A lifetime member and past president of the Forest City jaycees, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and was named Young Man of the Year and Boss of the Year.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Blackburn McBrayer of the home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Susan McBrayer of Atlanta and Ann McBrayer and Michael Royster of Shelby; a son and daughter-in-law, William Paul "Bill" Jr. and Laura McBrayer of Hickory; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret McBrayer and Joe Hollnad of Douglasville, Ga.; and three grandsons, Paul Stephen Royster of Shelby, Thomas Blackburn and William Paul McBrayer III of Hickory.
The funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Charles Davenport officiating.
Burial will follow at Cool Springs Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at The Padgett & King Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church's Family Life Center, P.O. Box 181, Forest City, N.C. 28043.
SHELBY - Mr. Javez Dixon, of 1510 Eaves Road, died Sunday, July 2, 2000 at his home.
He was the son of Tamara Elaine Dixion and David Wilson and was the grandson of Chris and Sheila Smith of Shelby, Carrie Dixion of Shelby and Joe Louis Wilson of Shelby.
A graveside service will be today at 11 a.m. at Webb Memorial Lawns with the Rev. O.B. Bently officiating.
The family will be at the home of Carrie Dixion, 1510 Eaves Road.
Dockery's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
RUTHERFORDTON - Mrs. Eunice Getina Logan Hampton, 68, of 710 N. Washington St., died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rutherfordton, she was born January 25, 1932, the daughter of the late John and Bessie Logan. She was a member of the Eastern Star and New Vernon Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Dover of Ellenboro; a son, Kemper Hampton of Bostic; two sisters, Maggie Brown of Bostic and Emma Cook of Asheville; three brothers, Aaron Logan and Enos Logan, both of Bostic and Lee Roy Logan of Rutherfordton; three sisters-in-law, Elsie Logan of Bostic, Violet Logan of Bostic and Hattie Logan of Rutherfordton; a former husband, Desso Hampton of Bostic; a friend, Clarence Mills of Forest City; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at New Vernon Baptist Church with the Revs. Albert Hillman, Bobby Hunt and Johnny Sanford officiating. Burial will be at New Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday one hour before the service.
Crowe Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
SHELBY - Mr. Fred Rainey, 78, of 905 Wilmouth St., died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
A native of York County, he was the son of the late Tom and Mattie Byers Rainey. He was a retired employee of the City of Shelby.
He is survived by his two daughters, Shirley Smith of Gaffney and Mary C. Tate of Shelby; three sisters, Virginia Rainey Jefferies of Gaffney, Janie Rainey Hopper of Hickory and Yhelma Rainey of Laurens; two brothers, J.W. Rainey of Baltimore and Thomas Rainey Jr. of Pittsburgh; two grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be today at 3 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home in Gaffney, S.C. with the Rev. Robert Dover officiating. Burial will follow at Limestone Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Virginia R. Jefferies at 505 Cherokee Ave., Gaffney, S.C., and at his home in Shelby.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Mrs. Elizabeth "Libby" Fitch Lovelace, 48, of 2312-1 David Baptist Church Road, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.
A native of Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of the late James Edward Fitch Sr. and Juanita Aletha McSwain Fitch. She was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Luther R. McSwain Jr. in Kings Mountain. She was a homemaker and a member of David Baptist Church where she was a member of Joy Senior Citizens.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene Lovelace of Kings Mountain; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, James Edward "Jim" Jr. and Nancy Fitch of Blacksburg, S.C., Mark and Tina McSwain of Winston-Salem and Darin Fitch and Steven Fitch, both of Unionville; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Aletha Stephens of Pegram, Tenn., Judy and Horace Weaver of Shelby and Carolyn and Michael Patrick of Kings Mountain; a sister-in-law, Wanda Price and her husband, Gordon, of Kings Mountain; a step-mother, Betty Fitch of Unionville; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at David Baptist Church with the Rev. Jody Griffin officiating. Burial will follow at David Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home and at other times at the home of a sister, Caroyln Patrick at Countryside Road, Kings Mountain.
Memorials may be made to Hospice at Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Road, Shelby, N.C. 28150 or David Baptist Church, 2300 David Baptist Church Road, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086.
MOORESBORO - Mr. Willie James Walton, 51, of 125 Shady Lane, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Enloe Mortuary.
FOREST CITY - Ms. Shirley Ann Alley, 49, of 251 Hwy 221S, died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, at Rutherford Hospital.
A graveside service will beheld Saturday at 11 a.m. at Alexander Mills Cemetery with the Revs. Boyce Gregory and Kevin Rhom officiating.
The family will be at the home of her parents, 173 Clay St., Forest City.
Harrelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Mrs. Mable Proctor Daniel, 94, of White Oak Manor, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Kings Mountain Hospital.
A native of Abbeville, S.C., she was the daughter of the late William C. and Cornelia Cann Ferguson. She was retired from Dover Mill Company and was a charter member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, a member of Young at Heart and Golden Circle Sunday School Class.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Melvin Proctor and Dan Daniel; a daughter, Juanita McCraw and three brothers, Mahlon Ferguson, Bradley Ferguson and Wyatt Ferguson.
She was survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Melvin Proctor of Shelby and Bill and Dovie Proctor of Shelby; a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Harvey Bowen of Shelby; a sister, Ruth Zeigler of Abbeyville; and 11 grandchildren.
The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with Dr. Dolores Queen officiating. Burial will be at Cleveland Memorial Park.
The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home in Shelby.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
MILL SPRING - Mrs. Adalena Skipper Fowler, 76, of 140 Fire Tower Road, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Rutherford Hospital.
Born October 23, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Garner and Bernice Wilson Skipper. She was retired from textiles and was a member of Pea Ridge Baptist Church in Mill Spring.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Fowler and a son, Roger Fowler.
She is survived by a daughter, Vickie Fowler Wilson of Chesnee, S.C.; three sisters, Emma Ford of Hickory, Mildred McDaniel of Mt. Airy and Joyce Neeley of Columbus; two brothers, Preston Skipper of Ellenboro and Ray Skipper of Columbus; a sister, Mary Toney of Mill Spring; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
A graveside service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Big Level Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Hardin officiating.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Crowe Funeral Home in Rutherfordton.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 421 N. Trade St., Tryon, N.C. 28782.
SHELBY - Mr. Raymond Dewitt Taylor, 84, of 404 Ross Grove Road East, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, he was born February 23, 1916, the son of the late Raymond Taylor and Edna Love Taylor Thompson. He was an Army Veteran serving in World War II and in the European Theater. He was retired after serving 40 years for the late Dr. John B. Hunter at the Hunter Clinic. He was a member at Wardell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Willie Mae Black; his second wife, Pearlie Mae Dorsey Taylor; and one sister; Annie Rue Taylor Wood.
He was survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Taylor Massey of Buffalo, N.Y.; a son, Raymond J. Taylor of Buffalo; two sisters, Mildred B. Thompson and Janie Thompson of Shelby; five nieces, Elma Ann Taylor Wright and Antionette Thompson, both of Shelby, Sheridan Thompson of West Palm Beach, Fla., Eleanor La Verne Logan of Lewisville and Gemma L. Thompson of Shelby; one nephew, Christopher Thompson of Shelby; five step-daughters, Brenda D. Hardy, Gloria D. Smith, Vernie D. Smith, Shirley D. Moses and Mae D. Hayes, all of Shelby; one sister-in-law, Annie M. Dorsey of Shelby; one brother-in-law, Roscoe Clyde of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren, Lynn Taylor, Raymond J. Taylor, Rochelle Harris, all of Buffalo; and a number of step-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
The funeral will be Saturday at noon at Wardell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with the Rev. Luke Curry officiating. Burial will follow at Webb Memorial Lawns.
The family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes before the service and at other times at the home, 404 Ross Grove Road East.
William Hardin Jr.
SHELBY - Mr. William Knox Hardin Jr., 72, of 501 Forrest Hill Drive, died Wednesday July 5, 2000, at his home.
A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late William Knox and Lucy Harmon Hardin Sr. He was retired from Woodchuck Chipper Corp. after serving 20 years as vice president. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church, the Elks Club, Shelby Masonic Lodge No. 744: Scottish Rites: Oasis Shrine Temple, Charlotte and a former member of Shelby Volunteer Fire Department and served in the U.S. Marine Corp.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Patrick Hardin.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Grigg Hardin; two sons, William Knox Hardin III of Cary and Thomas Ford Hardin of Wilmington; one daughter, Lynn Harmon Hardin of Shelby; three grandchildren, Keri Lynn Minnich, Jennifer Kyrin Hardin and Kristen Nicole Hardin; and two great-grandchildren, Kailey Alason Minnich and Dylan Tyler Minnich.
The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Johnson and Dr. Doug Stroud officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Restoration Fellowship Church, Shelby, N.C.
SHELBY - Mrs. Pauline Hood, 94, of 322 Buffalo St., died Wednesday, July 05, 2000, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Enloe Mortuary.
CHERRYVILLE - Mrs. Ella Jane Benfield Goins, 80, of 201 E. Ballard St., died Tuesday, July 4, 2000, in Cherryville.
The funeral will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Cone Memorial Chapel of Carpenter's Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Huntsinger officiating.
Burial will follow at City Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at Carpenter's Funeral Home.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Mrs. Mardelle R. Shelby, 61, of 124 Candlewood Dr., died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Vada Grace Henderson Pontious. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Pontious Jr.
Surviving are her husband, Paul R. Shelby; a son, David Shelby of Cleveland; a daughter, Christine Shelby of Charlotte; a brother, Walter Pontious of Cleveland; and two sisters, Vada Grace Boughton and Dixie Lombardo, both of Cleveland.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shelby Presbyterian Church Soup Lunch Program, 226 E. Graham St., Shelby, N.C. 28150.
LENOIR - Mr. Thomas Greer, 84, of 141 Maehill Place, died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at his home.
Born May 2, 1916, in Caldwell County, he was a member of Lenoir First Baptist Church and retired from Broyhill Industries. He served in the Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Broyhill Greer of the home; a son, Larry F. Greer of Shelby; a daughter, Frances G. Malcolm of Lenoir; two brothers, Clyde Hice of Lenoir and Ray Hice of Morganton; and three grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Lenoir with Dr. David Smith officiating.
The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service.
Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at Pendry's Funeral Home in Lenoir.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Lenoir, 304 Main St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.