Gayle W. Bell
CRAMERTON — Gayle W. Bell, 59, Lake Wylie, S.C., formerly of Cramerton, died July 5, 2000, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. She was a native of Ruth, daughter of the late Everette Hicks Walker Sr., grew up in Dallas, educated in interior design, co-founder of Cramer Mountain Country Club Properties Inc., where she served as vice president and secretary, helped design and was general manager of the clubhouse for eight years, member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Gastonia, former teacher and tutor at the Dyslexia School of North Carolina, Dallas, member of the original board of directors of the Gaston County Museum of Art and History, former chairperson of the local March of Dimes Chapter, former member of the Gastonia Debutante Club, Azalea Garden Club, member of Sir Walter’s Cabinet, Raleigh, while her husband served as a member of the N.C. House of Representatives in the 1970s.
SURVIVORS: Husband, E. Graham Bell, Lake Wylie, S.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Beth Bell, Craig and Chuck Bell, Gastonia, Patrick H. and Laurel Bell, Lake Wylie; daughter and son-in-law, Meg B. and Kelley Leatherwood, Gastonia; mother, Margaret Page Hill, Bilas; brother and sister-in-law, Everette H. and Linda Walker Jr., Blowing Rock; sister, Ann W. Hoffman, Lake Wylie; grandchildren, Linsey and Leah Bell, Carolina Beach, Stuart, Gates and Ragan Gunn, Parker Leatherwood, Gastonia, Jacob Bell, Kings Mountain; mother-in-law, Thelma H. Bell, Gastonia; sisters-in-law, Betty B. Smith, Nell Quinn Bell, Gastonia
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Gastonia, Rev. Chris Christopher
INTERMENT: Evergreen Cemetery, Belmont
MEMORIALS: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 805 S. York St., Gastonia 28052 or charity of donor’s choice
PALLBEARERS: Vincent Lowery, Harold Clemmer, Bud Penley, Jim Wilson, John Bridgeman, Martin Henderson
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean Funeral Directors
Helen W. Moore
GASTONIA - Helen Joyce Wells Moore, South Marietta Street, died July 5, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Rutherford County, daughter of the late James and Gerthel Bailey Wells, a homemaker, member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Bobby Moore; sons, Michael Wells, Ft. Myers, Fla., Gregory Wells, Belmont, Garry Wells, Clayton, Mark Wells, Mentor, Ohio; daughter, Lisa M. Shuping, Gastonia; brothers, J.D., Larry E. and Robert D. Wells, Gastonia; sisters, Meredith A. Ervin, Baltimore, Md., Frances Wells, Connie Busler, Gastonia; seven grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Saturday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Greg Galloway
BURIAL: Westview Gardens, Bessemer City
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel
PALLBEARERS: David Allen, Jeffery, John Jr. and John Busler Sr., Lee Clemmer, Jody Wells
James H. Shuford
GASTONIA - James H. "Jim" Shuford, 80, 903 Dallas-Bessemer City Highway, died July 5, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late William Frank and Mary Effie Guffey Shuford, former owner and operator of Hillcrest Sundries, retired from Gamble Hardware, Bessemer City, World War II Army veteran, stationed with the 429th Signal Corps, captured by the Japanese and was a prisoner of war for three years, survivor of March of Bataan, received the American Defense Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Philippine Defense Medal with one bronze star, member of American Legion Post 243, Bessemer City, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Absher-Flowers Post #9337, member of First United Methodist Church, Bessemer City.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Hazel Bowling Shuford; daughter and son-in-law, Runella Shuford and Eddie Phillips, Auburn, Ala.; brothers, Plato, Frank and Billy Shuford, Bessemer City; sisters, Kathryn McClellan and Betty Brown, Bessemer City; grandchildren, Philip Bumgardner and Leigh Anne Hill, Anniston, Ala.
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Bessemer City, Rev. Randolph Harry
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City
MEMORIALS: First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 95, Bessemer City, 28016
Claudette J. Conner
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Claudette Jackson Conner, 56, 111 Dover Ave., died July 3, 2000, at Kings Mountain Hospital. She was a native of Rutherford County, member of Family Worship Center, Church of God, former owner of Conner’s 66.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Roger Conner; parents, Howard and Essie McFalls Jackson, Kings Mountain; sons, Jamie and Otis Dean Greene Jr., Kings Mountain; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Pat Jackson, Harry and Elaine Jackson, Sonny and Brenda Jackson, Kings Mountain, Jerry and Desiree Jackson, Dallas; grandchildren, Brittney Conner and Josh Greene PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Todd Conner
FUNERAL: 4 p.m. today, Family Worship Center, Church of God, Rev. Roger Woodard
INTERMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery
VISITATION: 2-4 today, the church
MEMORIALS: Family Worship Center, Church of God, Building Fund, 1818 Shelby Road, Kings Mountain 28086
ARRANGEMENTS: Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain
Valaire B. Kirkpatrick
IRON STATION - Valaire Breann Kirkpatrick, the infant daughter of Timothy and Shelly J. Watts, 4636 Leeper St., died July 5, 2000, at Carolinas Medical Center.
SURVIVORS: In addition to her parents; brother, Stephen Watts, home; sister, Morgan Watts, home; grandparents, Steve and Shirley Watts, Dallas, Gary Kirkpatrick, McAdenville, Susan Kirkpatrick, Blacksburg, S.C.; great-grandparents, Beryl Beam, McAdenville, Louise Watts, Mount Holly GRAVESIDE SERVICES: 11 a.m. today, Hillcrest Cemetery, Mount Holly
Gloria D. Massey
GASTONIA - Gloria Dawkins Massey, 60, 1402 Bryant St., died July 5, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Norman L. and Edna Coffin Dawkins, housewife.
SURVIVORS: Husband, James Massey; sons and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Kimberly Green, James Green and Ricky Massey, Gastonia; daughter, Sherry Adair, Blacksburg, S.C.; brother, John Dawkins, Raleigh; sister, Ann Carr, Burlington; five grandchildren. GRAVESIDE SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday, Westview Gardens, Bessemer City, Rev. Jerry Millwood
PALLBEARERS: Terry Adair, John Dawkins, Daniel Green, James Green, Ricky Massey, Earl Vernon
ARRANGEMENTS: Greene Funeral Service
Mardelle R. Shelby
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Mardelle R. Shelby, 61, 124 Candlewood Drive, died July 6, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late Harold and Vada Grace Henderson Pontious, homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Paul R. Shelby; son, David Shelby, Cleveland; daughter, Christine Shelby, Charlotte; brother, Walter Pontious, Cleveland; sisters, Vada Grace Boughton, Dixie Lombardo, Cleveland PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Harold Pontious Jr.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, Shelby Presbyterian Church Soup Lunch Program, 226 E. Graham St., Shelby, 28150
Jones R. Whisnant Sr.
DALLAS — Jones Roscoe Whisnant Sr., 88, 110 Old Philadelphia Way, died July 6, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Burke County, son of the late Thomas E. and Elmina Cope Whisnant, husband of the late Catherine Avery Whisnant, charter member of Dallas Wesleyan Church, Army veteran, retired textile worker from J.P. Stevens.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, Jones "Junior" and Kay Whisnant, Dallas; grandchildren, Renee Ng, Chad and Steven Whisnant; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Evan and Alyssa Ng, Luke Whisnant GRAVESIDE SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday, Philadelphia Lutheran Church Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, at the residence
ARRANGEMENTS: Greene Funeral Service
Hugh L. Pasour
DALLAS — Hugh L. Pasour, 99, 313 Thornburg Road, died July 6, 2000, at Carolina Care Center, Cherryville. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Hubert and Martha Thornburg Pasour and husband of the late Macy Bryte Pasour, member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Dewitt Paysour, Harold S. and Leon Pasour, Dallas; sister, Edessa Wilson, Dallas; grandchildren, Alan and Scott Pasour, Lewis, Keith and Betty Paysour, Diane Lewis and Tonya Steelman; nine great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Saturday, Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Rev. Paul Kanupp
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Dallas Funeral Home; other times at the home
PALLBEARERS: Alan and Scott Pasour, Keith, Bryan and Jason Paysour, Ronald Steelman
MEMORIALS: Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 103 W. Church St., Dallas, 28034
Mary Lou White
SHARON, S.C. — Mary Lou Childers White, 52, 3217 N. York St., died July 5, 2000, at Piedmont Medical Center. She was a native of York County, S.C., daughter of the late David and Lucille Dover Childers, homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Lyndel White; son, Billy White, Sharon; brother, Howard Childers, York, S.C.; sister, Joyce Childers Hamrick, York; one grandchild
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Saturday, Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, Dr. James McGill
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Bratton Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Woodlawn Cemetery Association Fund, 3852 Woodlawn St., Sharon, 29742
Elijah Waters IV
CASAR — Elijah Waters IV, 57, 341 John Queen Road, died July 5, 2000, at home. He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Elijah Waters III, retired supervisor from PPG Industries, member of Mount Moriah United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher and served as a superintendent, Army veteran from Vietnam War.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Kaye Hunt Waters; sons and fiancee, Elijah Waters V and Dollie D’Errico, Glennallen, Ark., Josh Waters, Casar; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Charles Bridges, Polkville; mother, Vinnie Brackett Waters; brothers, Bill, Sam and Chet Waters, Casar; sister, Peggy King, Casar; great-niece, Jessica Lynn Hudson PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Matthew J. Waters
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Saturday, Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, Revs. Wayne Buff, Mike Harrill and Jack Waters; body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, 28150; or Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, c/o Peggy King, 128 Walker Road, Lawndale, 28090
Dulcina A. Spencer
GASTONIA - Dulcina Adams Spencer, 101, 4900 Aberdeen Drive, died July 2, 2000, at Courtland Terrace. She was a native of Gastonia, daughter of the late Thomas Richard Ames and Alice Brown Adams, wife of the late George F. Spencer Sr., retired school teacher, member of Epworth United Methodist Church, served as choir director, pianist, organist, member of administrative board, Women’s Society of Christian Service, United Methodist Women, active in Vacation Bible School and Sunday School, member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
SURVIVORS: Daughter-in-law, Mary Francis Spencer, Venice, Fla.; grandchildren, Georgene S. Connelly, Plymouth, Minn., Patricia A. Olatoyan, Venice, Michael Spencer, Fla.; two great-grandchildren PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, George F. Spencer Jr.
FUNERAL: 1 p.m. Saturday, Epworth United Methodist Church
BURIAL: North Oakland Street Cemetery, Revs. Kent Tilley and Robert H. McDowell
VISITATION: One hour before funeral, church
MEMORIALS: Epworth United Methodist Church, 1325 Linwood Road, Gastonia
ARRANGEMENTS: Costner Funeral Home
Rae J. Williamson
SHELBY - Rae J. Williamson, 860 W. Warren St., died July 5, 2000, at Century Care of Gastonia. She was a native of Cabarrus County, daughter of the late James and Annie Henley Jones, wife of the late Pierce Williamson Sr., homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, Pierce and Rosemary Williamson Jr., Charlotte; brother, Mike Jones, Concord; sisters, Helen McPhatter, Charlotte, Betty Jean Patterson, Kannapolis; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Charles Williamson; daughter, Sue Sherrill
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m. Saturday, Rehobeth United Methodist Church, Rev. Mary Carnes
VISITATION: Following service, church fellowship hall
MEMORIALS: Donor’s choice
ARRANGEMENTS: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home
WILLIAM K. HARDIN JR.
SHELBY - William Knox Hardin Jr., 72, 501 Forrest Hill Drive, died July 5, 2000, at home. He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late William Knox Sr. and Lucy Harmon Hardin, retired vice president of Woodchuck Chipper Corp. after 20 years of service, member of Central United Methodist Church, Elks Club, Shelby Masonic Lodge 744, Scottish Rites, Oasis Shrine Temple, Charlotte, former member of Shelby Volunteer Fire Department, Marine veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ruth Grigg Hardin; sons, William Knox Hardin III, Cary, Thomas Ford Hardin, Wilmington; daughter, Lynn Harmon Hardin, Shelby; grandchildren Keri Lynn Minnich, Jennifer Kyrin and Kristen Nicole Hardin; great-grandchildren Kailey Alason and Dylan Tyler Minnich
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, Rev. Carl Johnson, Dr. Doug Stroud PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Donald Patrick Hardin
BURIAL: Sunset Cemetery
VISITATION: One hour before service, funeral home
MEMORIALS: Restoration Fellowship Church
Margaret C. Stanton
BELMONT - Margaret Marie Camp Stanton, 62, 92 Benny Drive, died July 5, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Garland and Lacy Goodson Camp, employee of Pharr Yarns Space Dye Plant for 37 years, member of New Hope Church of God.
SURVIVORS: Husband, John Stanton; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Jimmy Heffner, Belmont, Kim and Rev. Chris Seagle, Asheville; grandsons, Travis Seagle, Josh Heffner, Belmont; brothers, Dean and Garland Camp; sisters, Ruby Brady, Helen Deaton, Joanna West PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Johnny Camp; sister, Willie Ertzberger
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, New Hope Church of God, Rev. Y.Z. Isaacs
BURIAL: Hillcrest Gardens, Mount Holly
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Carothers Funeral Home, Belmont
PALLBEARERS: Tommy, Woody and Shane Robinson, Terry Kennedy, Scott Alexander, Jerry Willard