Ella B. Thomas
GASTONIA — Ella Bradley Thomas, 82, died Feb. 27, 2000, at Florida Hospital of Apopka, Apopka, Fla.
She was a native of Cliffside, Rutherford County, wife of the late James E. Thomas, daughter of the late Charles B. and Ada Kate Baynard Bradley, sister of the late Virlie Marr, grandmother of the late Travis Wilde, retired from textiles, of Baptist faith.
SURVIVORS: Daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and William Ramsey, Apopka; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Glenda Standley, Greensboro; sisters, Margaret Messer, Mount Holly, Alice Jackson, Gainesville, Ga.; grandchildren, Nathan Standley, Greensboro, Bridget Andrews, Apopka; one great-grandchild
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, Rev. Mary McNeal
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, funeral home
DENNIS C. JOHNSON
CLOVER, S.C. — Dennis Charles Johnson, 37, formerly of Clover, died Feb. 28, 2000, at the House of Mercy, Belmont.
He was a former dolpher for Pharr Yarns, joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Bowling Green, S.C., at an early age.
SURVIVORS: Father, Floyd Johnson, Clover; sisters, Flossie Fox, Mary Neely, Flora J. Johnson, Clover, Sandra Johnson, Philadelphia, Valerie Grier, Gastonia, Angela Storms, Columbia, S.C.; brothers, Joseph, John and Perry Johnson, Clover
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Thursday, Wright Funeral Home, York, S.C., Rev. Timothy Storms, Evangelist Diane Johnson
BURIAL: Uniondale Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8 tonight, funeral home
Donald E. Barile
GASTONIA — Donald Eugene Barile, 64, 1930 W. Overman Ave., died Feb. 27, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was a native of New York, husband of the late Dorothy Swatfigore Barile, retired from Allied Security.
SURVIVORS: Stepchildren and spouses, Jackie and Ronnie Weaver, Gastonia, John and Doris McQuestor, Lincolnton; sisters, Peggy Frazon, Betty Feyes, Rose Jung, Barbara Specht; grandchildren, Marie Day, Donald Dowd, Gastonia, John Dale and Andrew Lewis McQuestor, Lincolnton; great-grandchild, Christopher Day, Gastonia
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Hollywood Cemetery
VISITATION: 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia
Jerry H. Gaffney Sr.
GAFFNEY, S.C. — Jerry Haskell Gaffney Sr., 59, 1238 Victory Trail Road, died Feb. 29, 2000, at home.
He was a native of Gaffney, son of the late F.P. and Lydia Fowler Gaffney, retired self-employed utility contractor, of Baptist faith.
SURVIVORS: Daughter and son-in-law, Sherri Gaffney and Dennis McAbee, Gaffney; sons and daughter-in-law, Donald Eugene Gaffney, Marietta, Ga., Jerry Haskell II and Tonya Gaffney, Gaffney; sisters and brothers-in-law, Corrine Owens, Greensboro, Dora and Joe Blanton, Shelby, Patsy and Charles James, Kernersville, Freida and Jack Holmes, Gaffney; brothers and sister-in-law, Carroll and Lori Gaffney, Gaffney, Larry Gaffney, Mountain View, Ark.; granddaughters, Sherrei D. McAbee, Jerrica and Peyton Gaffney, Gaffney
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1 p.m. Thursday, Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby, Revs. Sidney Norton, Harold Dean Painter
MEMORIALS: Spartanburg Regional Hospice, 120 Heywood Ave., Suite 300, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302
ERNESTINE GARMON BOLYNN
GASTONIA — Ernestine Garmon Bolynn, 72, 2510 McArver St., died Feb. 29, 2000, at Rehabilitation and Healthcare of Gastonia.
She was a native of Gaston County, wife of the late Roy A. Bolynn, daughter of the late M.J. and Elizabeth Dye Garmon, sister of the late Mary Frances Lewis and Johnny Garmon, retired as salesperson from Matthews Belk, Dixie Village, member of South Gastonia Church of God.
SURVIVORS: Son, Daniel R. Bolynn, Gastonia; brothers, Parks Garmon, Clover, S.C., Mark Garmon, Gastonia; sister, Shelby Jean Johnson, Gastonia; grandson, Daniel Christopher Bolynn
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Thursday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, Revs. Bobby Gilley, Danny Shortridge
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home; other times at the home of Shelby Johnson, 208 Huffman Road, Gastonia
LINCOLNTON — Thomas "Tom" Proctor, 57, 1585 Old Lake Road, died Feb. 28, 2000, at home.
He was a native of Edenton, son of the late Hazel and Lillian Ward Proctor, brother of the late Stephen Proctor and Betty Cooper, supervisor at Lithium Corp., Army veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Carolyn Walters Proctor; daughters, LaDonna Proctor, Charlotte, Joyce Owens, Earl,Tonya Thurman, Grover, Debbie Pate, Lincolnton; brothers, Larry Proctor, Bessemer City, Jerry Proctor, Blacksburg, S.C.; sisters, Pat Heafner, Bessemer City, Diane Goodman, Lincolnton; 12 grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, Living Word Tabernacle, Rev. Tim Humes, body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Hollybrook Cemetery
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28054 or Huntington Disease Foundation, 250 W. 57th St., New York, N.Y. 10019
ARRANGEMENTS: Warlick Funeral Home
Ernest Lee Mullinax
GASTONIA — Ernest Lee Mullinax, 76, 2430 Myers St., died Feb. 26, 2000, at home.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Luther H. and Cleo Putnam Hester Mullinax, brother of the late Ila Mae Jackson, Mamie H. Hayes, Arthur H. Mullinax, Bill, Guy, Lloyd, Tom and Charles Hester, retired from Ti-Caro, member of Bethany Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Nieces, Virginia M. Hampton, Betty M. Messer, Jewell M. Sawyer, Gastonia, Shirley Frady, Catawba, Shelia Leonard, Newton; nephew, Arthur M. Mullinax Jr., Newton; special friends, Theresa Coleman, Pearl Meetz
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, Rev. Warner Doles
BURIAL: Olney Presbyterian Church Cemetery
VISITATION: 9:30-10:45 a.m. today, funeral home
PALLBEARERS: Philip Sawyer, Michael, Wayne, Roger and Brandon Messer, Randy Hampton, Rick Blanton
MEMORIALS: Fraley Memorial Baptist Church, 3035 Fraley Church Road, Gastonia 28054
CHARLIE F. SHAW
GASTONIA — Charlie Franklin Shaw, 86, 213 Stacy Tucker Circle No. 46, died Feb. 29, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was a native of Rowan County, son of the late Frank Brady and Tinnie Kontz Shaw, member of Fellowship Holiness Church of God, former member of First Freewill Baptist Church, retired textile worker.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Betty Melton Shaw; daughters, Betty Singleton, Brenda Stanford, Stella Davis, Gastonia; stepson, Cecil Shaw; stepdaughters, Shirley Brackett, Mae Brooks, Boone; sisters, Viola Farris, Bessemer City, Dorthy Walker, Wilmington; grandchildren, Daryl and Michelle Stanford, Jerry, Davy and Shane Davis, Tony Brackett; great-grandchildren, Taylor Davis, Ashley and David Hill
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Thursday, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel, Revs. W.H. Calvert, Maybell Blalock
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home; other times at the home
PALLBEARERS: Tony Brackett, Billy Leonhardt, Jack Painter
Ruby V. Grant
LINCOLNTON — Ruby Inez Varner Grant, 77, 4712 E. Highway 150, died Feb. 29, 2000, at Lincoln Medical Center.
She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late William Varner Campbell and Hattie Jane Willis, wife of the late Carl Grant, mother of the late Ruby Jane Grant, preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters, a homemaker, member of Providence Road Baptist Church, Maiden.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Alice Nora Varner Crouse, Lincolnton, Stella White, Bellwood
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Thursday, Providence Road Baptist Church, Rev. Charles Worley; body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, church
MEMORIALS: March of Dimes or Providence Road Baptist Church, Maiden 28650
ARRANGEMENTS: E.F. Drum Funeral Home
James R. Sills Sr.
SHELBY — James Robert "Jim" Sills Sr., 87, 322-3 Patton Drive, died Feb. 29, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Perry and Ocie Falls Sills, retired jacquard weaving superintendent from Dover Mills Co. and from Baxter Corp., member of Dover Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Lucille Dillard Sills; son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Judy Sills Jr., Burlington; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Jerry McClellan, Shelby; brother, J.P. Sills, Kannapolis; sisters, Jeanette McCommons, Inell Sills, Ruby Brown, Kannapolis, Mary Davis, Charlotte; granddaughter, Tami McClellan, Shelby; grandsons, Phil McClellan Sr., Shelby, Jeff Sills, Knoxville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Treka and Phillip McClellan, Morgan Sills
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Thursday, Clay-Barnette Funeral Home, Revs. Phil Bailey, Ervin Price
BURIAL: Cleveland Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, funeral home
MEMORIALS: Dover Baptist Church Sound System, 1501 Polkville Road, Shelby 28150