Paul W. Titman
LOWELL — Dr. Paul Wilson Titman, 79, formerly of 1453 E. 54th St., died May 18, 2000, in Chicago. He was a native of Gastonia, son of the late Paul A. and Mary Elsie Wilson Titman, beloved to many friends and family in South Shore, Hyde Park and North Carolina, received BS and master of science from UNC Chapel-Hill, Ph.D. from Harvard and University of Connecticut, professor at Chicago Teacher’s College, retired from Chicago State University, served in military intelligence during World War II, 1942-46, received the Bronze Star for bravery, spoke English, French and German, active member of the American Horticultural Society, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, UNC Alumni, Harvard Society.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m. Saturday, Edgewood Cemetery
VISITATION: Following service, in the parlor of Lowell Presbyterian Church
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28053, or charity of donor’s choice
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean Funeral Directors
GASTONIA - Willie "Buster" Thompson, 77, 416 N. Highland St., died June 6, 2000, at Rehabilitation and Health Center, Gastonia. He was a native of York County, SC., son of the late Albert and Violet Louise Berry Thomas, machine repairman, member of Liberty Hill A.M.E. Zion Church, Lake Wylie, S.C., veteran of World War II, member of the American Legion Post No. 180 in Belmont
SURVIVORS: Daughters, O’Neal T. Lowery, Frankie T. Rivers, Sandra F. Thompson, Gastonia, Branda T. Watson, Columbia, S.C., Mary Minter, Mount Holly; sons, Henry and Sandy R. Thompson, Gastonia; sisters, Annie M. Smith, Hattie S. Reid, Gastonia, Jessie T. Thompson, Clover, S.C.; brothers, Robert, John and James Thomas, Gastonia; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Saturday, Liberty Hill A.M.E. Zion Church, Lake Wylie, Rev. Terrence Jones
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 2:30-3 p.m., church, other times at the home of Frankie T. Rivers, 506 Pam Drive, Gastonia
ARRANGEMENTS: Costner Funeral Home
Melvin M. Cloninger
GASTONIA - Melvin Milton Cloninger, 77, 1018 N. New Hope Road, died June 8, 2000, at home. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Robert Milton and Hattie Long Cloninger, member of Flint Groves Baptist Church, deacon, Sunday school teacher for 40 years, salesman for Craig Motor Co. with 54 years of service, Navy veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Wife of 59 years, Helen High Cloninger; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy M. and Sandra Cloninger, Lowell, Larry D. and Brenda Cloninger, Stanley; daughter and son-in-law, Susan C. and Tim Barnett, Gastonia; grandchildren, Brian, Chris and Shane Cloninger, Meredith Barnett; great-grandchild, Mary Katherine Cloninger; brothers, Calvin and Howard Cloninger, Stanley, Charles Cloninger, Hickory; sisters, Jane Garrison, Stanley, Margaret Gillespie, Raleigh
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Ladd Cloninger
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Sunday, Flint Groves Baptist Church, Rev. Richard Hicks
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, the church
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Mr. Cloninger’s Sunday school class
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28053 or Flint Groves Baptist Church Building Fund, 2017 E. Ozark Ave., Gastonia 28054
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia
Jack D. Devinney
GASTONIA - Jack Delano Devinney, 68, 2116 Hickory Grove Road, died June 8, 2000, at home. He was a native of Cherryville, son of the late Levi Miller and Mattie Lorene Hicks Devinney, retired from Pharr Yarns, member of Berea Baptist Church, member of South Fork Masonic Lodge No. 462, Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Billie Horton Devinney; sons and daughters-in-law, Jody and Leslie Devinney, Mount Holly, Shawn and Michele Devinney, Cornelius, Marty and Wanda Devinney, Mount Holly; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Tim Page, Mount Holly; brother, Garland Devinney, Banning, Calif.; sister, Helen Mims, Hickory; grandchildren, Brent, Cory, Shaelyn, Michael Devinney, Emily, Delano and Devin Page, Chad Gillenwater, Megan Snipes
PRECEDED BY: Brother, Hershel Devinney; sister, Thelma Watts
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Sunday, Berea Baptist Church, Revs. Mike Forrester, Ed Broadway, Bud Bell and Ronnie Johnson
BURIAL: Church Cemetery, masonic rites
VISITATION: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly
Danny Wayne King
CLOVER, S.C. - Danny Wayne King, 54, 6154 Oakridge Road, died June 8, 2000, at home. He was the son of the late Albert and Icie Mae Harris King, member of Independent Baptist Tabernacle, Dallas.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Lois Ann Jenkins King; sons, John and Ben King, the home; brothers, Windell King, Lake Wylie, S.C., Walter King, Cross City, Fla., Johnny King, McConnells, S.C.; sisters, Agnes Mauney, Lorena Benton, Virginia Harris, Clover, Jean Dellinger, Belmont, Joyce O’Shields, Gastonia, Peggy Amerto, Marion, Shirley Clark, Shelby
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Sister, Annie Mae Amerson
FUNERAL: 1 p.m. Saturday, Independent Baptist Tabernacle, Dallas, Revs. Ralph Carver, Richard Horney
INTERMENT: Mountain Veiw Baptist Church Cemetery, Blacksburg, S.C.
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Hospice Care of South Carolina, 67 N. Congress St., York, S.C. 29745
Christopher D. Crump
BOSTIC — Christopher Dean "Chris" Crump, 27, 191 Oak Grove Church Road, died June 7, 2000, at 1141 Bridges St., Shelby. He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Louis Dale Crump, machine operator for Atlantic Spinners, attended T.W. Lovelace Memorial Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jill-Ann Nicome Crump; daughter, Aden Crump, Bostic; mother, Judy Lovelace Crump, Shelby; brother, Keith Crump, Shelby; sisters, Della and Crystal Crump, Shelby; former wife, Jamie Crump, Bostic; mother-in-law, Rachel Cruse, Bostic; friend, David Jackson, Shelby; niece, Taylor Walker, Shelby
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, T.W. Lovelace Memorial Church, Revs. Scott Caldwell, Justin Reed
BURIAL: Cleveland Memorial Park
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, Clay-Barnette Funeral Home, Shelby
Thelma S. Adams
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Thelma Odessa Starnes Adams, 85, 300 Madison St., died June 2, 2000, at Concord Nursing Home. She was a native of Gastonia, daughter of the late William Gibson and Julia Ann Allison Starnes, worked for Houston Box Co., member of Saint Michael-Saint Edward Church.
SURVIVORS: Brother, McLellan Starnes, Gastonia
FUNERAL: 1:30 p.m. today, Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, Gastonia, Rev. Henry Hall
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 30 minutes before service, church
ARRANGEMENTS: Costner Funeral Home
William Nie Bigham
LENOIR — William Nie Bigham, 79, formerly of Bessemer City, 2030 Harper Ave., N.W., died June 6, 2000, at Gateway Nursing Center. He was a native of Chester County, S.C., son of the late William Clyde and Carrie Morgan Bigham, husband of the late Corine Kendell Bigham, served in Army Reserve, member of Freewill Church of God, retired from city of Bessemer City.
SURVIVORS: Daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Richard Chapman, Gastonia, Libby and Buck Lyles, Bessemer City, Mae Ford, Lowell; brothers, Neely Bigham, Charlotte, Clyde and James Bigham, York, S.C., Eugene Bigham, Lancaster, S.C.; sisters, Gerdie Deese, Lillie Bell Collins, Jessie Mae Black, Lancaster, Louise Rabin, Rock Hill, S.C.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Hubbard Bigham; sisters, Leler Deese, Nannie Collins
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Friday, Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel, Gastonia, Revs. Jerry Millwood, Roy Clark
BURIAL: Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home
PALLBEARERS: Joe Childers, Glenn and Jody Dyer, Jerry Howell, Jerry Hughes, Randy Lyles, Rick Watkins
MEMORIALS: Alzheimer’s Association, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215
Millie T. Davis
CRAMERTON - Millie Marie Turner Davis, 59, 208 Lowell Ave., died June 6, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. She was a native of Scotland County, daughter of the late William and Sallie Turner, homemaker, employed by Holy Angels Nursery.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Paul Edward Davis; sons, Terry Paul Davis, Belmont, Kenneth Wayne Davis, Cramerton; daughters, Anna Marie Hewitt, Barbara Ellen Ollis, Cramerton; sisters, Barbara Jean Johnson, Lowell, Virginia Allen, McColl, S.C., Nell Turner, Dillon, S.C.; brothers, Rusty Turner, Dillon, Earl and Sonny Turner, McColl; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Edward Ray Davis; sister, Mary Lynn Davis
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Friday, Carothers Funeral Home, Belmont, Revs. Vivian Spencer, Ron Harstin
INTERMENT: Evergreen Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, funeral home; other times at the home
PALLBEARERS: Grandsons, David, Ray, Chris and Bobby Davis, Timothy and Eric Hewitt
Peggy M. Moxley
GASTONIA - Peggy McClure Moxley, 60, 1212 E. Cedar Ave., died June 5, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late George and Ruby Tippins McClure, wife of the late Herman Moxley, employed by Parkdale Mills Plant 2.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Randy Lee and James Edward McClure, Gastonia, Bobby Hubert Fowler, Lowell, Charles Dewayne Moxley, Dallas; brother, Jerry Lee McClure, Gastonia; sister, Betty Kitchen, Gastonia; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATY BY: Brother, Hubert McClure
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, Potters House Freewill Baptist Church, Rev. Timmy Hargrave
BURIAL: Hollywood Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel; other times at the home
PALLBEARERS: Randy and James McClure, Dewayne Moxley, Bobby and Bobby Fowler Jr., Tony Cloniger