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Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection

Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection - 260

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Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2010, at 6:13 p.m.

Clyde C. Kiser
HOPE MILLS — Clyde C. Kiser, 85, 4069 Hall St., died Jan. 31, 2000, at Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital.
He was a retired SFC from the Army, retired from major detective division of Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Jeri Johnson, Hope Mills; brothers, Clarence and John Kiser, Bessemer City, J.B. and Fred Kiser, Charlotte, Lewis Kiser, Cherryville, Hugh Kiser, Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Betty Carpenter, Dallas; two grandchildren
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Thursday, Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Rev. Dennis Cook
BURIAL: Cumberland Memorial Gardens with military honors
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Reeves Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1201 Hope Mills Road, Fayetteville 28304

Hope Ratchford
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Sara Hope Ratchford, 83, died Jan. 26, 2000, at Gateway Medical Center.
She was a native of Bessemer City, daughter of the late Jasper Isaiah and Francis Riddle Bridges, wife of the late Forrest C. Ratchford Jr., mother of the late Sara Pulley, co-founder and retired from Ratchford Tire Company, member of First Presbyterian Church, volunteer for Loaves and Fishes.
SURVIVORS: Son, Forest Ratchford III, Clarksville; brother, Fred Bridges, Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Glenn Pulley and Forest Ratchford IV, Clarksville
FUNERAL: Held Jan. 28, First Presbyterian Church, Rev. George Gracey
ENTOMBMENT: Resthaven Memorial Gardens
PALLBEARERS: Glenn Pulley Sr., Randy Harper, David and Don Morgan, Chip Connell, Forest Ratchford IV
MEMORIALS: First Presbyterian Church
ARRANGEMENTS: McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home

James H. Hayes Sr.
CAYCE, S.C. — James H. Hayes Sr., 75, died Jan. 31, 2000.
He was a native of Gastonia, husband of the late Myrtle Teague Hayes, son of the late Mamie Hester and George Otto Hayes, World War II platoon sergeant in Patton’s third army, recipient of two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, Combat Expert Infantry Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Cross, Army Good Conduct Soldier’s Medal, ETO African Middle East Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, Army Overseas Service, Army Service Medal, Sharpshooter Badge, Expert Qualification Badge and Presidential Unit Citation, attended Kings College, N.C. State University and the U.S. Army Education Center, Fort Jackson, earned a degree in accounting and an advanced degree in business administration, former business manager with Harden Manufacturing, financial director with the S.C. Employment Security Commission, partner and treasurer of an International Harvester dealership, former member and officer of Bowling Green Presbyterian Church, Bowling Green, S.C., member, Sunday school teacher, deacon and elder at Congaree Presbyterian Church, member of American Legion, VFW, chaplain in DAV.
SURVIVORS: Wife of almost 27 years, Myrtle Rykard Hayes; sons, James H. Hayes Jr., Clover, S.C., Stephen R. Hayes, Charlotte, Michael A. Hayes, Gainesville, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Julie Hayes and J. Michael Taylor, Lexington, S.C.; sister, Aline H. Slaton, Gastonia; brother, Lawrence Hayes, Gastonia; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild
FUNERAL: 4 p.m. Thursday, Congaree Presbyterian Church, Cayce, Rev. John White
BURIAL: Elmwood Memorial Gardens
VISITATION: 2-3 p.m. Thursday, the church
MEMORIALS: Congaree Presbyterian Church, 1221 LaFayette Ave., Cayce, S.C. 29033
ARRANGEMENTS: Thompson Funeral Home, West Columbia, S.C.

Vachel L. Cumberlander
RUTHERFORDTON — Vachel L. Cumberlander, 60, Woodlawn Nursing Home, 237 Tryon Road, died Jan. 31, 2000, at his residence.
He was a native of West Point, Ga., son of the late Roy and Etta Cumberlander Wilson, father of the late Vachel L. Cumberlander, Jr., attended high school in West Point, retired roofer, member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Son, Carl Cumberlander, Washington, D.C.; daughters, Patricia and Brenda Cumberlander, Washington, Marilyn and Carolyn Cumberlander, Hickory; brothers, Aubrey Jean Cunningham, Gastonia, Roy Wilson, Atlanta, John Wilson, Iron Station, Josephus Wilson, Bessemer City, Kenneth Wilson, Lincolnton; sisters, Dorothea Barber, Washington, Gwen Wilson Cobb, Lincolnton; four grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Rev. Charles Turner
BURIAL: church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Ebony & White’s Funeral Services chapel, other times at the home of Josephus Wilson, 159 Williams Road, Bessemer City

CHERRYVILLE — Ophelia Guffey Mauney, 117 Guffey Road, Cherryville, died Jan. 31, 2000, at Lincoln County Nursing Center, Lincolnton.
She was a native of Rutherford County, daughter of the late Ralph Evander and Lula Nancy Jane Owens Guffey, wife of the late Jake Eli Mauney, retired winder after 40 years with Carlton Yarn Mill, Cherryville, member of First Presbyterian Church, Cherryville, 1930 graduate of Cherryville High School.
SURVIVORS: Brother-in-law, Floyd A. Mauney, Cherryville; sister-in-law, Bessie M. Mauney, Cherryville; cousins, Ed Guffey, Elva Whitesides, Bessemer City; nieces and nephews
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Thursday, Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cone Memorial Chapel, Rev. Billy Lowe
BURIAL: City Memorial Cemetery, Cherryville
VISITATION: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, funeral home
MEMORIALS: First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville 28021

PHILADELPHIA — Willie Mae Littlejohn, 65, 6734 E. Bass St., formerly of Gastonia, died Jan. 31, 2000, at home.
She was a graduate of Highland High School, Class of 1953, sister of the late Elizabeth "Lib", James "Slim" Sr. and Charles Robert Littlejohn, Gastonia.
SURVIVORS: Daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly L. and Bradley Pointer, Pamela L. and Billy Major, Philadelphia; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin Maurice and Patty Littlejohn, Keith Lamar and Sharon Littlejohn, Philadelphia; 11 grandchildren; nieces, Deborah L. Currence, Gastonia, Cheryl L. Littlejohn, Minneapolis; nephew, James S. Littlejohn, Charlotte; sister-in-law, Delores S. Littlejohn, Gastonia
FUNERAL: 10 a.m. Saturday, Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, Philadelphia
BURIAL: Chelten Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia

KINGS MOUNTAIN — Loyd R. Chapman, 63, 116 Joann Drive, died Feb. 1, 2000, at home.
He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Noah E. and Beulah Dixon Chapman, brother of the late Johnny Chapman, Pauline Moss and Ruby Smith, carpenter, member of David Baptist Church, Army veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Joann Hullender Chapman; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Pam Chapman, Richard and LeAnn Chapman, Kings Mountain; brothers, R.C., Joe and Jerry Chapman, Kings Mountain; sisters, Lois Parker, Grover, Hazel Graham, Mae Grigg, Madge Hawkins, Rene Bolin, Kings Mountain, Helen Lail, Shelby; grandchildren, DeAnn, Jered, Tyler, Stormé, Hannah and Baby Chapman
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Thursday, David Baptist Church, Revs. Jody Griffin, Jack Green
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Harris Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: David Baptist Church, 2300 David Baptist Church Road, Kings Mountain 28086

GASTONIA — Nancy Kirby Whitley, 62, 111 Woods Trail, died Jan. 27, 2000, at home.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Boyd and Opal Dickerson Kirby, brother of the late Jerry Kirby.
SURVIVORS: Daughter and son-in-law, Lois and James Allen, Gastonia; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny Adam and Teresa Whitley, Barry Lee and Donna Whitley; stepson, Elvis Aaron Whitley; sisters, Ann Long, Edith Carver, Shelby Millwood, Patsy Hutchens, Francis Lewis, Sheila Kirby, Gastonia; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m. Thursday, Gaston Memorial Park, Rev. Richard Cole
VISITATION: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia
PALLBEARERS: Richard Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Bob Allen, Elvis Whitley, Danny Treadway, Jeff Hutchens

W.B. Wilkerson Jr.
HICKORY GROVE, S.C. — W.B. "Dub" Wilkerson Jr., 81, 3440 Irene Bridge Road, died Feb. 1, 2000, at Piedmont Medical Center.
He was a native of York County, S.C., son of the late William Beattie and Ora Inman Wilkerson, retired farmer, retired fertilizer-insecticide inspector from Clemson Extension Service, member and lay speaker at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, taught Men’s Bible Class, member of Hejaz Temple, Greenville, S.C., received 50-year pin Masonic Lodge 289 Palmetto, Sharon, S.C., 22nd Masonic District Master, Mason of the Year 1999, Shriner, graduate of Hickory Grove High School, attended Spartanburg Methodist College, appointed to Catawba Soil and Water Conservation District Board in 1947, chairman or board member for state soil and water association, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, Clemson Extension Service, S.C. Foundation Seed Association, S.C. Turkey Federation, York County Sales Barn Association, York County Cattleman’s Association, Farmer’s Home Administration, FCX Advisory Board, trustee of old York General Hospital, on Clemson’s Board of Visitors, received Conservationist of the Year Award in 1967, Distinguished Service Award and Wildlife Federation’s Land Conservationist Award in 1986, Clemson’s Balanced Farming Award in 1954, Co-op Man of the Year in 1968, honored for 50 years of service to York Soil and Water Conservation District.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Erline Black Wilkerson; son, Bill Stroud, Matthews; brother, Roy Wilkerson, Hickory Grove, S.C.; sisters, Carolyn Wilkerson Chandler, Gladys Wilkerson Suttle, Jenelle Wilkerson Rhodes, Hickory Grove, Nancy Wilkerson Sherer, Sharon, S.C., Virginia Wilkerson Allen, Charlotte; two grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Thursday, Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, Rev. Charles Phillips
BURIAL: Hickory Grove Cemetery
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, Bratton Funeral Home, York, S.C.
MEMORIALS: Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2660 Sawmill Road, Hickory Grove, S.C. 29717 or Hickory Grove Life Saving Squad, 6009 Wylie Ave., Hickory Grove, S.C. 29717

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