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Bessemer City and the surrounding area. Many obituaries are represented from Kings Mountain,
Lincolnton, and Stanley.)

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Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection

Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection - 438

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Date: Saturday, 27 February 2010, at 7:59 p.m.

Betty B. Herndon
GROVER — Betty Burroughs Herndon, 73, 314 Timberland Drive, died July 20, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby. She was a native of Cleveland County, daughter of the late Jett Thomas and Ada Seagraves Burroughs, member of First Baptist Church since 1946, nominating committee, served as director of WMU, active in Senior Group Young at Heart, retired nurse from Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Jack Herndon; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Susan Herndon, Kings Mountain; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha Herndon and Charles Wright, Greer, S.C., Patti Herndon and Jim Jolly, Kings Mountain; brother, Jack Burroughs, Newton; sisters, Myra Watterson, Shelby, Joan Gore, Kings Mountain; grandchildren and spouses, Chuck and Stephanie Wright, Greenville, S.C., Jason and Brenda Wright, Greer, Rhea and John Herndon, Michael and Christopher Jolly, Kings Mountain
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church of Grover, Drs. Tony Fulbright, Bobby Gantt
INTERMENT: Grover Cemetery
VISITATION: 6:30-8:30 tonight, Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain
MEMORIALS: First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 237, Grover 28073

Earl A. Pruitt
GASTONIA - Earl Austin Pruitt, 70, 323 S. Avon St., died July 21, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Paul and Pearl Pruitt, retired from Wix Corp., member of First Baptist Church, Bessemer City, Navy veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Dorothy Moses Pruitt; son, Charles Pruitt, Charlotte; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Steve Fine, Dallas, Linda and Mickey Thomas, Gastonia, Jane and Billy Burleson, Cherryville; sisters, Margie Mason, Kings Mountain, Terry Schronce, Bessemer City; brothers, Larry Pruitt, Kings Mountain, Roy Pruitt, Bessemer City; grandchildren, Jodie and Chad Ward, Seth Pruitt, Erika Thomas, Dana, Billy Jr. and Michael Burleson; great-grandchildren, Shelby Ward, Heaven Burleson; stepgrandchildren, Raymond, George and Ray Fine; stepgreat-grandchildren, Desmond, Amber and Jarrett Fine
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, Arnold and Earl A Pruitt Jr.; sister, Louise Mayes
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Monday, First Baptist Church, Bessemer City, Rev. A.A. Bailey, Dr. Don Pierce
BURIAL: Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery, Bessemer City
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
PALLBEARERS: Michael and Billy Burleson Jr., Doug King, Danny, David and Mark Pruitt, Phillip Ward

Christine Denton
HIGH SHOALS — Christine Ann Denton, 32, 228 School St., died July 21, 2000, at home. She was a native of Scott County, Ind., textile employee.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Shane and Christopher Punch, Lincolnton; daughter, Jennifer Punch, Lincolnton; brothers, Elisha "Buddy" Baker, Bessemer City, Kendall Baker, Indiana; sisters, Angela Collwell, Gail Canipe, Rachel Baker, Indiana; mother and step-father, Patricia and Mike Reel, Indiana; grandmother, Ardella Druin, Indiana; fiance, Richard Queen, Lincolnton; godmother, Margaret Potes, High Shoals; nieces; nephews, aunts, uncles.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 3 p.m., today, High Shoals Memorial Gardens
VISITATION: One hour before the service, Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton, 28092

Ruth Peeler
VALE — Ruth Gales Peeler, 61, 1510 Peeler Road, died July 21, 2000 at home. She was daughter of the late Harse Gales, 1957 graduate of North Brook High School, member Reeps Grove United Methodist Church, secretary for Lincoln County Schools, past president of N.C. School Secretaries Association.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Don Peeler; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Elizabeth Peeler, Cary; daughters and sons-in-law, Donita and Delaine Davis, Vale, Mary Beth and Doug Finley, Simpsonville, S.C.; mother, Mary Bess Gales, Lincolnton; brothers, Jasper and Gary Gales, Cherryville; four grandchildren.
FUNERAL: 3 p.m., today, Reeps Grove United Methodist Church, the body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service, Rev. Jim Galloway
BURIAL: Church cemetery
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Lincoln County or Reeps Grove United Methodist Church
ARRANGEMENTS: E.F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton.

Stella Pettus
CHARLOTTE - Stella Davis Pettus, 88, formerly of 107 S. Liberty St., Gastonia, died July 21, 2000 at Asbury Care Center. She was a native of Cleveland County, wife of the late William L. Pettus, daughter of the late Amos and Mary Elizabeth Blanton Davis, retired bookkeeper with Franklin Hardware after 27 years of service, member Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Sunday school teacher of the Friendly Sunday School class.
SURVIVORS: Nephews, Harold Davis, Perryville, Mo., William Davis, Clemmons, Bob Davis, Charlotte, Ken Davis, Etowah, Gene Davis, Gastonia, Max Davis, Charlottesville, Va.; nieces, Stella Davis Ware, Kings Mountain, Mary Davis Coley, Gastonia, Susan Davis Ratchford, Black Mountain; 21 great nieces and nephews; 22 great-great-nieces and nephews; one great-great-great-niece.
PRECEDED IN DEATH: Brothers, Roy L., Ben, Grady, Fred and Zay Davis; sister, Bessie Davis
FUNERAL: 11 a.m., Monday, Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church, Dr. Robert Ratchford, Rev. Harold Schwantes
BURIAL: Private, Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: After the service, at the church
MEMORIALS: Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1425 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, 28052
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia

Jasper Bridges Sr.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Jasper Fred Bridges Sr., 77, 1369 Lewis Farm Road, died July 22, 2000 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Jasper and Frances Riddle Bridges, member Long Creek Presbyterian Church, retired from Hoechst Celenese.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nellie Elizabeth, Whetstine Bridges; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Jean Bridges and Roscoe Lingerfeldt, Vicki Lee Bridges and James Carter, Kings Mountain; Barbara Annette Bridges, Gastonia; grandchildren, Alicia, Chris and Bobby Lingerfeldt, Robin L. and Mike Mower, Sammy and Karen Bridges, Angie B. Sedlak, Dawn B. and Bruce Odle, Shea Drawdy.
PRECEDED IN DEATH: Son, Jasper Fred Bridges Jr.
FUNERAL: 11 a.m., Monday, Long Creek Presbyterian Church, Revs. Richard Holmes, Mitchell Pruitt
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 4-6 tonight, Harris Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, 28150 or Long Creek Presbyterian Church, 701 Long Creek Road, Kings Mountain

Spencer A. Dixon
MOUNT HOLLY - Spencer Alexis Dixon, 16, 115 2nd Drive, died July 20, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. She was a native of Gaston County, rising senior at East Gaston High School.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Tim and Connie Dixon, the home; sister, Sonya Michelle Rollins, Cincinnati; brother, Archie Walton Dixon II, Mount Holly; paternal grandparents, Archie Walton and Delores Dixon, Belmont; maternal grandparents, Helen and Roy Rollins, Mount Holly
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, New Hope Presbyterian Church, Rev. Sam Hobson
BURIAL: Church cemetery
MEMORIALS: Spencer Alexis Dixon Scholarship Fund, First Gaston Bank, 701 S. Main St., Mount Holly 28120

Frank R. Dunn
BELMONT - Frank Reese Dunn, 86, 415 Hawley Ave., died July 25, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. He was a native of Colleton County, S.C., son of the late William A. and Cynthia Hyers Dunn, retired from City Supply Hardware, member of Unity Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Billie Dean Sitton Dunn; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Ralph L. and Darla Sitton, Virginia Beach, Va.; stepdaughter, Beth Sitton, Forest City; brothers, John and Raymond Dunn, South Carolina; sister, Alice Winfield, Brownsville, S.C.; sister-in-law, Alva Dunn, Cayce, S.C.; step-grandchild, Tiffany Sitton, Virginia Beach
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers and sisters
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Friday, Unity Baptist Church, Rev. Joe Lawing
BURIAL: Private
VISITATION: One hour before service, the church
MEMORIALS: Unity Baptist Church, 1005 E. Catawba St., Belmont 28012
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean-Bumgardner Funeral Home

Burnice R. Lackey
LYMAN, S.C. — Burnice Ray Lackey, 64, 45 Holcombe Road, died July 25, 2000, at home. He was a native of North Carolina, son of the late Lon A. and Olive Homer Lackey, former employee of CRS, member of Church of the Exceptional in Henrietta, Air Force veteran of Korean Conflict.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Taunia L. Holcombe, Lyman, Robin Lackey-Mitchell, Knoxville, Tenn.; two grandchildren
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, Church of the Exceptional, Henrietta, body will be placed in church one hour before service
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Maurice Ray Lackey
BURIAL: Rutherford County Cemetery
VISITATION: At the home of Taunia Holcombe, 45 Holcombe Road
MEMORIALS: American Cancer Society, 600 N. Main St., Suite 2, Greer, S.C. 29650

Fred P. Isenhour
CHERRYVILLE — Fred Paris Isenhour, 75, 101 Woodvale St., died July 25, 2000, at Carolina Care Center. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Rev. Walter E. and Lela Campbell Isenhour, husband of the late Gladys Smith Isenhour, self employed retired technician, member of First Wesleyan Church.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Dianna I. Laws, Lydia Kay Isenhour, Cherryville; brother, Dwight Isenhour, Taylorsville; stepbrothers, John L. "Buck" Fraley, Cherryville, Harry Fraley, Snohamish, Wash.; sister, Edith Dickerson, Winston-Salem; half sisters, Martha Walker, Greensboro, Becky Church, High Point, Lois Fincher, Galax, Va.; stepsister, Lillian Long, Clinton; granddaughter, Angela Rene Laws, Denver, Colo.
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, First Wesleyan Church, Rev. Edwin Chriscoe
BURIAL: City Memorial Cemetery
ARRANGEMENTS: Carpenter’s Funeral Home

Ruby R. Stines
DALLAS — Ruby Roberts Stines, 61, 1246 Mayberry Road, died July 26, 2000, at home. She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Lloyd Roberts, member of Hardin Baptist Church, retired Textiles, homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband, James William Stines; mother, Bessie Teague Roberts, Gastonia; Sons and Daughters-in-law, Dennis and Starla Stines, Dallas, Quinton and Cindy Stines, Dallas, Tim and Francis Stines, Stanley, Rodney Stines, Mount Holly, Chad and Angela Stines, Stanley; Daughters and Sons-in-law, Sharon and Jimmy Davis, Stanley, Crystal and Eric Ballard, Dallas; Brothers, Jerry Roberts, Alexis, Glenn Roberts, Belmont, Ben Roberts, Alexis, Carroll Teague, Dallas; Sisters, Sue Waycaster, Gastonia; nine grandchildren.
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Friday, Hardin Baptist Church
BURIAL: Hardin Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Fain Farmer and Rev. Michael Horne
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley
MEMORIALS: American Lung Association of North Carolina, 5315 Greenbrook Drive, Charlotte 28205

KINGS MOUNTAIN - Mary Alston Keeter, 104, 200 Cleveland Ave., died July 25, 2000, at Kings Mountain Hospital. She was a native of Powellsville, daughter of the late Joseph Jefferson and Mary Eoline Morris Alston, wife of the late John Byron Keeter, valedictorian of the Class of 1914 at Chowan College, taught school in Grover and piano at Bethware for several years, assisted her husband at Keeter’s Department Store in Kings Mountain from 1926-1963, member of Study Club for more than 60 years, Woman’s Club, Kings Mountain Country Club, several bridge clubs, senior member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church, choir director, played for worship, weddings, funerals, taught intermediate girls Sunday school, led Girls Auxiliary, Circle Leader, WMU president, instrumental in organizing church library and was the first librarian, served on the WMU on the associational level as associate superintendent, charter member of Kings Mountain Garden Club, served as pink lady and receptionist at Kings Mountain Hospital,.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Eoline K. Hord, Kings Mountain, Jo Keeter and Randolph Madison Jr., Petersburg, Va.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son-in-law, D.F. Hord
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, Kings Mountain Baptist Church, Rev. Olin Byrum
INTERMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery
MEMORIALS: Kings Mountain Baptist Church, Column Fund, 101 W. Mountain St., Kings Mountain 28086
ARRANGEMENTS: Harris Funeral Home

Allie C. Bright
GASTONIA - Allie Cody Bright, 2152 Dawnshire Drive, died July 25, 2000, at Gastonia Village. She was a native of Marshall, daughter of the late James and Flornia Crane Cody, wife of the late James E. Bright, retired textile employee.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, James C. and Margaret Bright, Gastonia; sisters, Lola Wray, Agnes Morton, Asheville; grandchildren and spouse, Carol Elizabeth and Kevin Broadwater, Gastonia, James Scott Bright, Atlanta, Ga.; great-grandchild, Ashley Elizabeth Broadwater
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Friday, Gaston Memorial Park, Rev. Tom Latimer
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, other times at the home
MEMORIALS: Myers Memorial United Methodist Church, 301 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia 28054

Mildred A. Baker
CHARLOTTE - Mildred Aeberli Baker, 90, died July 25, 2000, at the Hospice House of Union County. She was a native of Paterson, New Jersey, daughter of Emil and Lena Ritter Aeberli. She was a registered nurse, graduated from the Paterson New Jersey School of Nursing in 1932, member of the Ridgewood Chapter No. 39 of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey, active in the Sicomac Fire Company No. 3 Womens Auxilary, Wyckoff, New Jersey, worked in a community convenience store, member of the Wilora Lake Rhythm Band.
SURVIVORS: Son, Pete Baker; Daughter, Carol Baker; Sister, Ruth Padmos; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Husband, John Baker.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m., Friday, Southeastern Memorial Gardens, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
MEMORIALS: Hospice House of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Road, Monroe, 28110, or Hospice at Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, 28204
ARRANGEMENTS: Ward Funeral Home

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