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Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection
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Bessemer City and the surrounding area. Many obituaries are represented from Kings Mountain,
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Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection

Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection - 469

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Date: Monday, 1 March 2010, at 9:27 a.m.

Arthur B. Ware
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Arthur B. Ware, 77, 133 Ware Road, died Aug. 22, 2000, at home. He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Thomas Frank and Lenora Ross Ware, Army veteran of World War II, attended New Life Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Eva Ware; sons, Rev. Gene Ware, Kings Mountain, Roy Ware Jr., Bessemer City, Ricky Ware, Gastonia, Alfred Ware, Clover, S.C.; daughters, Martha Ann Owens, Kings Mountain, Brenda Shehee, Rutherfordton, Sandra Carpenter, Cherryville; sisters, Roby Bolin, Ruth King, Inez Hannah, Kings Mountain; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Sons, Bob, Joe and David Ware
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, New Life Baptist Church, Bessemer City, Dr. Gene Ware, Rev. Mitchell Pruitt
BURIAL: Chestnut Ridge Church Cemetery
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, the church
PALLBEARERS: Gene Blanton Jr., Dennis Gomez, Billy Hill, Charles Kirby Jr., David Sosebee, Larry Suggs
ARRANGEMENTS: Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel, Gastonia

Lottie L. Edwards
LINCOLNTON - Lottie Long Edwards, 83, Lincoln Nursing Center, formerly of 3182 Hill Road, died Aug. 22, 2000. She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Daniel and Callie Center Long, wife of the late Charles Edwards, a housewife.
SURVIVORS: Brother, Daniel O. Long, Lincolnton; sister, Marjorie Collinger, Lincolnton; nieces and nephews
FUNERAL: 2:30 p.m. today, Warlick Funeral Home, Rev. Charles Cranford
BURIAL: Salem Baptist Church Cemetery
VISITATION: One hour before service, funeral home
MEMORIALS: Salem Baptist Church, 1982 Salem Road, Lincolnton 28092

Herbert H. Sanford
GASTONIA - Herbert H. Sanford, 72, Century Care Nursing Center, died Aug. 22, 2000, at his residence. He was a native of Mecklenburg County, son of the late James L. and Minnie Clemmer Sanford, husband of the late Grace Quinn Sanford, retired from R.L. Stowe Mills.
SURVIVORS: Son, James "Jimmy" Sanford, Lincolnton; daughter and son-in-law, Libby and Danny Walker, Mount Holly; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 4 p.m. Friday, Olney Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Pastor Edward Priest
VISITATION: 2-3:30 p.m., Friday, Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly

William A. Rayfield
BESSEMER CITY - William Audry "Audie" Rayfield, 61, 780 Kiser Road, died Aug. 23, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late John William and Francis Wallace Rayfield, retired owner-operator of R&R Machine, Dallas, member of Shelby Amateur Radio Club, American Radio Relay League, former member of Gaston Lifesaving Crew, former Gaston County sheriff deputy.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jeff Rayfield, Bessemer City, Timothy Rayfield, Cherryville; daughters, Gayla Capps Watford, Denver, Nancy Capps Gladden, Kings Mountain, Christine Rayfield Beaver, South Carolina; brother, Larry Wayne Rayfield, Dallas; seven grandchildren
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 7 p.m. Friday, Greene Funeral Service,Westside Chapel, Gastonia, Rev. Arthur Beck
BURIAL: Private
VISITATION: One hour before service, funeral home

Frances Walker
SHELBY - Frances Lunet Walker, 83, 2070 McBrayer Springs Road, died Aug. 23, 2000, at home. She was a native of Cleveland County, daughter of the late William and Edith McCraw Mintz, wife of the late James Walker Jr., volunteer at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, charter member of Northside Baptist Church, homemaker
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughters-in-law, Max and Gail Walker, Shelby, Eddie and Betty Walker, Cherryville; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Bill Mayes, Linda and Ray Bell, Shelby; sisters, Ernestine Toney, Ellenboro, Betty Carolyn Funderburke, Charlotte; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, Billy, Rush "Shull" and Fred Mintz; sister, Eloise Martin; great-grandchild, Jessica Bre-Ann Bowman
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Friday, Northside Baptist Church, Revs. Stanley Webb, Neal Efird; body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Wallace Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby 28150 or Northside Baptist Church, 1220 Scenic Drive, Shelby 28150

David Lee Martin
BLACKSBURG, S.C. — David Lee Martin, 32, 279 Lancaster Drive, died Aug. 22, 2000, at home. He was a native of York County, S.C., attended Unity Baptist Church, Hickory Grove, S.C.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Terri Hoyle Martin, Kings Mountain; son, Marshall Gage Martin, Kings Mountain; daughter, April M. Mullinax, Gaffney, S.C.; father and stepmother, Richard and Vicky Martin, Rock Hill, S.C.; mother and stepfather, JoAnn Martin and Jim Sullivan, York, S.C.; paternal grandmother, Annie Mae Martin, Hickory Grove, S.C.; brother, Ricky Martin, McConnells, S.C.; sisters, Teresa Martin Scism, Tammy Martin McCraw, York; half sister, Barbara Adkins, York
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Friday, Unity Baptist Church, Hickory Grove, S.C., Revs. Jerry Lail, Norman Philbeck
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Bratton Funeral Home, York

Virgie D. Hutchins
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Virgie Dyke Hutchins, 86, 512 N. Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach, Fla., died Aug. 18, 2000. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Elbert Joseph and Mattie Dunn Dyke, member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, retired from textile industry.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Fred Hutchins, Flagler Beach; brother, Will Dyke and wife Elizabeth, Kings Mountain; sister, Bertha Dyke Sotelo, Flagler Beach; neices and nephews
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Friday, Mountain Rest Cemetery, Rev. Ralph Wallace
ARRANGEMENTS: Harris Funeral Home

Paul R. Long
TUPELO, Miss. — Rev. Paul Ray Long, 75, died Aug. 22, 2000. He was a native of Shannon, Miss., son of the late William Vincey and Ima Jeanette Martin Long, graduate of Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C., pastored Freewill Baptist Churches in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico and Arizona, retired social worker from the Mississippi Department of Human Services after 23 years of service, member of Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church, Beech Springs Freewill Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Charlotte Spradling Long; daughter, Ruth Long, Ashland, Miss.; son, Phillip Long and wife Dorothy, Charlotte; grandchildren, Melody and Meredith Long, Charlotte; sister, Betty Sue Wiygul, Skyline, Miss.
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, Guy, Carl and Earl Long
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church, Bros. Wayne Bess, Wayne Yarbrough
BURIAL: Lee Memorial Park
VISITATION: One hour before service, church
MEMORIALS: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 5263 Keele St., Jackson, Miss. 39206 or Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church, 1650 N. Veterans Blvd., or Beech Springs Freewill Baptist Church, 102 CR 1702, Saltillo, Miss. 38866
ARRANGEMENTS: Lee Memorial Funeral Home

Alice H. Dellinger
LINCOLNTON - Alice Gamble Hines Dellinger, 83, Lincoln Nursing Center, died Aug. 23, 2000. She was a native of Fort Mill, S.C., daughter of the late James and Janie Blanche Griffin.
SURVIVORS: Sons, George Shuford Hines Jr., Stanfield, John Hines, Cherryville, Buck Hines, Lincolnton; daughter, Jane Schmelzer, Linwood,Wash.; sisters, Mary Millikin, Fort Mill, Blanche Bryant, Apex; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Daughter, Linda Gantt; one sister and three brothers
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Friday, Warlick Funeral Home, Pastor Gary Dittman
BURIAL: Hollybrook Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, funeral home

Charles Moore
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Charles Moore, 63, Pine Manor, Apt. 54, died Aug. 21, 2000, at Kings Mountain Hospital. He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Ruben and Pearl Gordon Moore.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jessie Curry Moore; sons, Charles Kenneth, Rodney, Daryl and Maurice Moore, Gastonia, Wendell Moore, Bessemer City; daughters, Lorraine Moore, Gastonia, Lisa Brown, Clover, S.C., Regina Crocker, Mary Crawford, Shannon Moore, Kings Mountain; daughters-in-law, Patricia Moore, Gastonia, Sandra Moore, Bessemer City; sons-in-law, Travis Crocker, James Crawford, Kings Mountain, Mark Brown, Clover; brothers, Johnny Moore, Kings Mountain, Joe Moore, Gastonia; sisters, Janie Brooks, Rosa Lee Jackson, Patricia McClain, Viola Moore, Kings Mountain, Eunice Felder, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Moore, Mattie Adams, Mary Francis Brooks, Mary and Rebecca Curry, Kings Mountain; Christine Moore, Evelyn Adams, Virginia Freeman, Peggy Curry, Gastonia; brothers-in-law, Billy Jackson, Willie McClain, Carl Brooks, Lawerence Adams, Eugene, Lewis and Mason Curry, Kings Mountain, Raymond and Robert Curry, Gastonia; 12 grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Friday, AME Zion Church, Rev. Clarence Roberts
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 30 minutes before service, church
ARRANGEMENTS: J.W. Gill and Sons Funeral Home

Beatrice E. Curtis
MOUNT HOLLY - Beatrice Easler Curtis, 79, 324 Ridge Drive, died Aug. 24, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. She was a native of Union County, wife of the late Ray W. Curtis, daughter of the late Mary Adkins Easler, retired spinner from Stowe Thread Company.
SURVIVORS: Daughters and sons-in-law, Linda C. Smith, Cherryville, Diane C. and Gary Gregg, Sandra C. and Calvin Owenby, Gastonia, Joann C. and Johnny Knight, Mount Holly; brother and sister-in-law, Olin and Betty Easler, Lancaster, S.C.; sisters and brother-in-law, Helen Swanson, Belmont, Jeanette and Bill Burns, Palm Bay, Fla., Dorothy Powell, Belmont; grandchildren, Carmen, Shane, Dana, Kevin, Kristy and Kim; three great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Grandson, David Gregg
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, McLean-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Belmont, Rev. Gary Gregg
BURIAL: Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home
MEMORIALS: Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone 28607 or Crisis Pregnancy Center, 3303 Union Road, Gastonia 28056

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