Charles J. Beckman
YORK, S.C. Charles J. Beckman, 67, died Sept. 29, 1999, at home. He was a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., son of the late Myrtle "Kay" Thoren and Reuben L. Beckman, attended Bradley University, Marine Corps veteran in the Korean War, retired IBM branch manager of the midtown Manhattan and Charlotte offices, copier specialist and member of customer executive education staff, president of Kings College, Charlotte, past president of Charlotte Sales and Marketing Executives, twice past president of Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, member of Alpine Lodge No. 208, the Oasis Temple of the Shrine, Charlotte, musician since 15, founding member of the Queen City Stompers.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Mary Jane Robertson Beckman; son and daughter-in-law, Charles "Jay" and Kathleen Beckman, Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Mark Jamieson, Mount Pleasant, S.C.; grandchildren, Nicole, Sarah and Mary Jamieson, Kate Meeks
MEMORIALS: Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, 5600 Hwy. 557, Lake Wylie, S.C. 29710 or Hospice Community Care, 325 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 29730 or River Hills Emergency Squad, 4 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie, S.C. 29710
ARRANGEMENTS: M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover, S.C.
Eric G. Rauch
BELMONT Eric George Rauch, 34, 106 Leeper Ave., died Sept. 29, 1999, at home.
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean-Bumgardner Funeral Home
Prestyn B. Hanif
GASTONIA Prestyn Blake Hanif, infant, 919 Stowe Lane, died Sept. 29, 1999, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. He was grandson of the late Ricky House and great-grandson of the late Grady W. Childers.
SURVIVORS: Parents, James C. and Jacquline Childers Hanif; brother, Austyn James Hanif, the home; grandparents, Randy Ray and Emmy Childers, Kings Mountain, Tony and Pamela Branch, Dallas, Penny Bradshaw, Ranlo; great-grandparents, Jerry and Janice Eaves, Bessemer City, Albert and Ezell Branch, Gastonia, Margaret Ronald Wilhelm, Myrtle Beach, S.C., James D. House, Belmont; uncles, Larry Eller, Winston-Salem, Amir Hanif, Gastonia, Ricky Hanif, Dallas; aunts, Jennifer McGill, Dallas, Jennifer Childers, Gastonia
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, Carothers Funeral Home, Rev. Gregory Dry Sr.
BURIAL: Hollywood Cemetery
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, funeral home
PALLBEARERS: Jason Chandler, Amir and Ricky Hanif, Larry Eller
W. Havard Jordan
CHESNEE, S.C. W. Havard Jordan, 83, 306 Battleground Road, died Sept. 29, 1999, at home. He was a native of Kershaw County, S.C., son of the late Ben T. and Annie Gaskin Jordan, husband of the late Ruth Carter Jordan, brother of the late Bernice J. Miller and Earleen J. King, Navy veteran, served in World War II, retired from Duke Power Co., member of Chesnee First Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nancy L. Jordan; son and daughter-in-law, Larry J. and Cindy Jordan, Mount Holly; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dennis Hughey, Chesnee; sister, Annabelle J. "Sis" Roberts, Mount Holly; grandson and wife, Jeffrey and Susan Jordan, Mount Holly; stepgrandson and wife, Shane and Tamra Hughey, Chesnee; nieces and nephews
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, Forest Lawn Mortuary, Dr. Troy Gregg
BURIAL: Springhill Memorial Gardens
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, funeral home; other times at the home
MEMORIALS: Mobile Meals Service, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, S.C. 29304
Mary M. Ritch
GASTONIA Mary M. Ritch, 88, of the Brian Center, formerly of 12th Avenue, died Sept. 30, 1999, at her residence.
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home
Rev. James T. Jones Sr.
ASHEVILLE Rev. James T. Jones Sr., 83, 87 Hampton St., died Sept. 22, 1999, at a Winston-Salem hospital. He was a native of Brown Summit, son of the late Henry and Lucinda Thacker Jones, brother of the late Mabel Seville, Estalea Hayes, Aldean Jones, Rev. Luman Jones, Rev. Elwood Jones, Ruben and Andrew Jones, graduated from Dudley High School, attended A&T State University, graduate of Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary, continued his education at Furman University, Garrett University and Emory University, member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the Reynolds-Miller Chorale, began his pastoral career at Epworth Methodist Church, Gastonia, served as pastor at several United Methodist churches including Asbury Memorial, Durham, Brooks Memorial, High Point, Berry Temple and Wilson Chapel, Asheville, Saints Home, Winston-Salem, St. James, Rural Hall, Addies Chapel, Marion, member and held various positions in the Western North Carolina and Central jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and United Methodist Ministers Association, was a member of Berry Temple after retirement.
SURVIVORS: Wife of 46 years, Agnes Barber Jones; son, James T. Jones Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.; brother, Rev. Fred Jones, Lexington; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends
FUNERAL: Noon today, Berry Temple United Methodist Church, Asheville, Rev. Juan Gray
BURIAL: Sunset Cemetery
VISITATION: At the home
MEMORIALS: Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, 30 Cumberland Ave., Asheville 28801 or YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville 28801
ARRANGEMENTS: Ray & Allen Funeral Service, Asheville
Dolly K. Goodson
GASTONIA - Dolly Elizabeth Kelly Goodson, 69, 3105 Cedar St., died Sept. 22, 1999, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Jefferson and Daisy Curtis Kelly, retired textile worker from Pharr Yarns.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Jack Goodson; son and daughter-in-law, W. Sheldon and Delana Goodson, Charlotte; stepson and wife, Earl W. and Shirley Goodson, Gastonia; brothers, Eugene Kelly, Belmont, Leon Kelly, Charlotte; sisters, Colleen Teague, Belmont, Billie Ann Perry, Dallas; grandchildren, Shawn, Austin and Christopher W. Goodson, Amy Goodson Brazelton; great-grandchild, Morgan Brazelton
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel, Rev. Talbot Davis
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
PALLBEARERS: Shawn and Christopher Goodson, Farrell Buchanan, Darrell Dodd, Shannon and Steven Williams
Daniel Dunkle Long
ALEXIS Daniel Thomas "Dunkle" Long, 88, 2228 Mount Zion Church Road, died Sept. 23, 1999, at home. He was a native of Stanley, husband of the late Robena "Rocie" McClure Long, son of the late Roy Ellis and Zettie Whitley Long, brother of the late Lloyd Franklin and Cull G. Long, Alva Hastings, grandfather of the late Sandra Link McCall, retired operator from Duke Power Co. after more than 28 years service, member of Mount Zion Baptist Church for more than 65 years, past deacon, choir director.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, Archie and Helen Link, Mount Holly; grandson and wife, Randy Russell and Daurthey Link, Elberton, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Harriett and "Rusty" Link, Elberton, Richard McCall, Lake Norman; brothers, J.W. "Puff" and David Long, Stanley; brothers-in-law, Clarence Hastings, Kings Mountain, Howard Lewis, Alexis; sisters-in-law, Jo Mace, Jimmie Stroupe, Margie McGinnis, Lelia Long, Alexis, Kathrine Long, Stanley; nieces and nephews
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Revs. Ken Gibson, Bill R. Miller, Phillip Tillman
BURIAL: Church cemtery
PALLBEARERS: Timothy Lewis, Buddy McGinnis, Buddy Cavin, Glenn Long, Tony Sheppard, Fred Murphy
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Mount Zion Baptist Church deacons
MEMORIALS: Mount Zion Sanctuary Fund, 2151 Mount Zion Church Road, Alexis, 28006
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley
IRON STATION James Gilbert, 83, 5363 E. N.C. Highway 27, died Sept. 23, 1999, at home. He was a native of Lincoln County, son of the late Andrew and Della Richie Gilbert, husband of the late Margaret Abernethy Gilbert, Navy veteran of World War II, retired from Burris Manufacturing.
SURVIVORS: Sons, John Wayne Gilbert, Denver, Steve Charles Gilbert Sr., Pumpkin Center; brothers, Wray Gilbert, Sherrills Ford, Horace Gilbert, Iron Station; sisters, Marie G. Leatherman, Cat Square, Willena G. Rhyne, Vale; two grandsons; two great-granddaughtersGRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Iron Station Cemetery, Rev. Bob Combs
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Warlick Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Iron Station United Methodist Church, 806 Low Bridge Road, Lincolnton 28092
Henry Merrill Sr.
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Henry Franklin "Frank" Merrill Sr., 69, 669 Sunnyside Shadyrest Road, died Sept. 23, 1999, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. He was a native of Gastonia, son of the late Rush and Mattie Davis Merrill, Army veteran of Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, retired from Wix-Dana, member of Flint Groves Baptist Church, Gastonia.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ann Brissie Merrill; son and daughter-in-law, Frankie and Kyle Merrill, Gastonia; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Danny Smith, Mead, Okla., Cindy and Tommy Gantt, Kings Mountain; stepson and wife, Billy and Carolyn Holder, Inman, S.C.; brothers, J.M. Merrill, Goldsboro, Jack Merrill, McAdenville; sisters, Christine Ledford, Lincolnton, Pauline Vanderford, Patricia Reneau, Helen Robertson, Gastonia; seven grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Sunday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, Revs. Robert Redding, Phil Deiz
INTERMENT: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home
Audrey M. Bumgardner
GASTONIA - Audrey Miller Bumgardner, 81, formerly of 1820 Davis Park Road, died Sept. 23, 1999, at Kings Mountain Hospital. She was a native of Whites, Ga., wife of the late James Albert Bumgardner, daughter of the late William D. and Zona Byers Miller, retired from Firestone Mill, member of Unity Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughter-in-law, William Ray Mathis, Portland, Ore., Richard Thomas and Dot Mathis, Gastonia; daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and J.M. Jones, Dallas, stepson, Iliff Mathis, Gastonia; stepdaughter, Echo Wilkie, El Paso, Texas; brother, W.D. Miller, Raleigh; sisters, Opal Hicks, Apex, Viola Miller, Whites; grandchildren, great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, Unity Baptist Church, Rev. Larry Bostian
INTERMENT: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: At family members homes
MEMORIALS: Unity Baptist Church, 482 N. Myrtle School Road, Gastonia 28052 or Heart Society of Gaston County, 220 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia 28052
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean Funeral Directors
Betty M. Abernathy
LINCOLNTON Betty Mae Abernathy, 76, Boger City Rest Home, died Sept. 23, 1999, at Lincoln Medical Center. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Walter Lee and Pearl Ballard Abernathy, sister of the late Shasta Abernathy Trent and Carroll Abernathy, member of First Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Marge Hoffman, Lincolnton; nieces, Patricia Cundiff, Susan Tate, Lincolnton, Wanda McKinnon, Hickory
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, Drs. J. Dixon Free, Robert Cantwell, body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Hollybrook Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, E.F. Drum Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, 201 Robin Road, Lincolton 28092