Boyce David Mews
WAYNESVILLE Boyce David Mews, 76, 100 Howell Mill Road, died Oct. 25, 2000, at VA Nursing Home. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late George Albert and Alice Bessie Pearson Mews, veteran, security guard.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Mitchelene Guffey, Jean Mews, Daphene Stancill; brothers, Jerry and Jimmy Mews; sisters, Wilma Hall, Barbara Ann McCarter, Gladys Padgett; five grandchildren
ARRANGEMENTS: Crowe Funeral Home, Rutherfordton
GEARALDINE FOSTER BEARD
BLACKSBURG, S.C. Gearaldine Foster Beard, 69, 592 Bear Creek Road, died Oct. 27, 2000, at Upstate Carolina Medical Center, Gaffney, S.C. She was a native of Union, S.C., daughter of the late William Perrin and Nanny Grubbs Foster, member of Midway Baptist Church, Clover, S.C.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Grady H. Beard; daughters, Jean Biggers, Clover, Diane Drumm, Kings Mountain, Teresa Good, York, S.C., Karen Gillfilan, Blacksburg; sons, Terry Beard, Rock Hill, S.C., Howard Beard, Grover, Michael, Willie and Tommy Beard, Clover; sisters, Ruby Pierce, Union, Vera Chesney, St. Petersburg, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Ronnie Beard
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Sunday, Midway Baptist Church, Rev. Jamie Ellis
BURIAL: Lakeview Memory Gardens, York
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover
Janie Johnson Byers
BESSEMER CITY - Janie Johnson Byers, 52, 405 S. 10th St., died Oct. 24, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Elmore and Edna Adams Johnson, certified nursing assistant, member of McCaskill-Brice FBH Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, R.C. Byers; daughter, Althea Byers, Bessemer City; son and daughter-in-law, Chamberlain and Denise Danso, Cherryville; adopted daughters, Barbara Patterson, Gastonia, Gina Patterson, Kings Mountain; sisters, Rebecca Orr, Greensboro, Camellene Byers, Bessemer City, Lavada J. Stafford, Shelby, Gloria Johnson, Gastonia, Annie Farley, Miranda Johnson, Lincolnton; brothers, Julius Johnson, Savannah, Ga., John Henry Johnson, Bessemer City, Ernest Johnson, Florida, Torrance Johnson, Gastonia, Warren G. Hallman, Charlotte; four grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Monday, McCaskill-Brice FBH Church, Gastonia, Rev. B.M. Brice
BURIAL: Kellys Chapel Cemetery
VISITATION: One hour before the service, church
ARRANGEMENTS: Costner Funeral Home, Gastonia
Talmadge R. Thomas
GASTONIA Talmadge "T.R." Roosevelt Thomas, 67, 811 Normandy View, died Oct. 13, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late W.J. and Annie Mae Lynn Thomas, husband of the late Mary Bean Thomas, retired captain from the Gastonia City Fire Department with over forty years of service, member of Midway Baptist Church, sergeant Marine Corps, member of the Marine boxing team during the Korean War, served as head of security at the Frontier in Gastonia.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Tammy L. Thomas, Teresa Thomas Benton, Gastonia; step-sons, Rev. Dennis and Ronnie Bean, Gastonia; sister, Elleen Thomas Cloninger, Gastonia; grandchildren, Joshua S. Cloninger, Houston F. Benton, Gastonia; step-grandchildren, Darrell, Nathan and Enoch Bean, Gastonia
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, Jennings and Troy Toe" Thomas; sisters, Micky Ricco, Becky Hoyle
FUNERAL: 4 p.m. today, McLean Funeral Directors, Rev. Dennis Bean, Robert Withers
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
PALLBEARERS: Joy Bitty, Melvin Burris, Patrick Wilson, Mike Jackson, Dale Burkett, Joe Stroman and Mike Elmore
HONORARY PALLBEARERS AND HONOR GUARD: City of Gastonia Fire Department
MEMORIALS: American Heart Association, 1229 Greenwood Cliff, Suite 109, Charlotte 28204
ROBBIE P. MCCOIG
GASTONIA Robbie Phillips McCoig, 34, Congaree Drive, died at her residence.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Larry E. Phillips, member of West Franklin Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Son, Joshua J. Bright, Gastonia; mother, Elinor Phillips, Gastonia; sister, Lynn P. Bach, Gastonia; niece and nephew, Jessica Stokes and Zachary Bach, Gastonia.
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Tuesday, West Franklin Baptist Church, Revs. Clarence McMahan, Tom Hogan
BURIAL: Hollywood Cemetery
VISITATION: One hour before the service at the church
PALLBEARERS: Jack, Ronnie, Scott, Tony Phillips, Tony Giacobbe, K.C. Flynn
ARRANGEMENTS: Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel
Rufus A. Russell
CHERRYVILLE Rufus Alfred "Gube" Russell, 83, formerly of Twin Avenue, Gastonia, died Oct. 15, 2000 at Lincoln Medical Center, Lincolnton.
He was a native of Sevierville County, Tenn., son of the late Samuel J. and Pearl Russell, husband of the late Violet O. Cash Russell. He was a master cabinet-maker and builder and was retired from the city of Gastonia as a sanitation supervisor, member of Unity Baptist Church, Gastonia.
SURVIVORS: Son-in-law, Roy C. Freeman; grandsons, Wayne and Brandon Freeman, Cherryville, Roger Freeman, Dallas; granddaughters, Blake Freeman, Cherryville, Shelly Freeman, Bessemer City; great-grandchildren, Ashley Church, Cherryville, Megan and Madison Freeman, Bessemer City
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Daughter, Linda Jane Freeman
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sisk-Butler Funeral Chapel, Bessemer City, Rev. Don Capell
INTERMENT: Westview Gardens
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, at the funeral home; other times at the home of Wayne and Blake Freeman, 3425 Tryon-Courthouse Road, Cherryville
William G. Rumfelt, Jjr.
ROCKY MOUNT William G. "Bill" Rumfelt Jr., 78, died Oct. 14, 2000.
He was the son of the late William Grady and Carrie Bookout Rumfelt Sr., member of Falls Road Baptist Church, 1950 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in journalism, Marine veteran in the Tarheel Platoon in World War II, retired from the Evening Telegram in 1987 after 39 years of service.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Scott Collins and her fiancee Keith Kline; sister-in-law, Helen Thomas, Fayetteville; nieces and nephews
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Johnson Funeral Home, Rev. Ross Davis
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Pine Hill Cemetery, Burlington
VISITATION: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the home
MAGGIE D. HULLENDER
KINGS MOUNTAIN Maggie Davis Hullender, 90, 906 Sherwood Lane, died Oct. 15, 2000 at Kings Mountain Hospital.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late R.M. and Mattie Freeman Davis, wife of the late Frank Jonas Hullender, she was a member of the Family Worship Center, homemaker
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughters-in-law, David and Margaret Hullender, Kings Mountain, Joe and Mary Hullender, Cherryville; daughter, Katherine Davis, Cherryville; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, Grayson and Frank Davis; sisters, Carrie Grigg, Lillie Ford, Mary Fipps, Mamie Sipes, Lori Davis, Della Foster
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Kings Mountain Family Worship Center, Rev. Roger Woodard
INTERMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Harris Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Kings Mountain Family Worship Center, 1818 Shelby Road, Kings Mountain
John L. Rice
GASTONIA John L. Rice, 80, 2120 N. Modena St., died Oct. 15, 2000 at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was a native of Cherokee County, Ga., son of the late Sidney Elijah and Nora White Rice, retired from Burlington Mills, worked for 20 years as a Gazette carrier, veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Georgia Hall Rice; son, John Earl Rice, Gastonia; daughters, Rachel R. Seagle, Gastonia, Mary R. Ortega, Charlotte, Myra Gail R. Love, Gastonia; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, Fred and Benton Rice; sisters, Mable Rice Brymer, Irene Rice Johnson
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel, Rev. Mitchel Baker
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, at the funeral home; and other times at the home
PALLBEARERS: Clint Fox, Scott Love, Clay Maldonado, Blair and Tony Rice, Randy Seagle
BELMONT Nola Henderson, 83, formerly of Belmont, died Oct. 14, 2000 at Stanley Total Living Center.
She was a native of Dandridge, Tenn., daughter of the late John and Clearinda Phillips Henderson, retired from textiles after working 30 years at Stowe Spinning, Chronicle Mill and a short time at A&E Mills. She was a lifelong member of Goshen Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School in the junior department, choir member.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Ruby Rumfelt, Belmont; number of nieces and nephews
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: One brother; eight sisters
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Goshen Presbyterian Church, Revs. Dean Faulkner, Keith Hearn
INTERMENT: Greenwood Cemetery
VISITATION: One hour before the service at the church
MEMORIALS: Goshen Presbyterian Church, 380 Woodlawn St., Belmont 28012
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home Belmont