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Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection
(From Various Funeral Homes in the Gastonia, Belmont, Mount Holly, Lowell, Cherryville,
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 - 422

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Date: Saturday, 27 February 2010, at 9:49 a.m.

DUDLEY — Lester Lee "Buster" Wilson Jr., 73, 4402 U.S. Hwy. 117 S. Alternate, died June 24, 2000, at N.C. Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill.
He was owner and operator of Wilson’s Shoe Service, Navy veteran, member of Emmaus Baptist Church, VFW, lifetime member of the Moose Lodge.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Myrtle "Myrt" Smith Wilson; seven children including son and daughter-in-law Lester "Mark" Sr. and Laura Wilson, Mount Holly; one sister; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: One daughter, one granddaughter
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home, Goldsboro
BURIAL: Emmaus Baptist Church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home

Mattie Nicholson Smith
GASTONIA — Mattie Nicholson Smith, 81, 1863 Westbrook Circle, died June 22, 2000, at home.
She was a native of Gaston County, wife of the late David Smith, daughter of the late Wiliam and Laura Nicholson, homemaker, member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Bessemer City.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, James W. and Mary Kate Smith, Fayetteville; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen S. Blake, Juanita S. and Donald Leslie, Aurelia S. and Rev. Kenneth Falls, Gastonia; sisters, Willie Mae Muskelly, Familia Byrd, Bessemer City; sisters-in-law, Maggie Castleberry, Gastonia, Mildred Y. and Juanita A. Smith, Alma Youngblood, Bessemer City, Susie Smith, Kings Mountain; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
FUNERAL: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Bessemer City, Revs. Thurman Clark, Kenneth B. Falls
BURIAL: Kelly’s Chapel Cemetery, Bessemer City
VISITATION: One hour before the service, church
ARRANGEMENTS: Costner Funeral Home

LINCOLNTON — Pervy Lee Coffey, 87, 2432 Laboratory Road, died June 25, 2000.
He was a native of Lincoln County, son of the late James Thomas and Roscilia Hicks Coffey, retired textile supervisor, member of Riverview Baptist Church, sang and played saxophone with choir, served as deacon and treasurer for many years.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Hazel Coffey; son and daughter-in-law, Edwyn and Susan Coffey, Mount Holly; brother, William Vance Coffey, Lincolnton; sister, Juanita Dysart, Lincolnton; granddaughter, Diane Donaldson, Cramerton; great-grandchildren, Adam, Kelli and Haley Donaldson, Cramerton
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Grandson, Mark E. Coffey
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Riverview Baptist Church, Revs. Malcolm Ivey, Nathan May, body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Warlick Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Riverview Baptist Church Building Fund, 2230 Riverview Road, Lincolnton 28092

LINCOLNTON — Betty Lou Lingerfelt McGinnis, 68, 1278 Don McGinnis Road, died June 25, 2000.
She was a native of Lincoln County, wife of the late Donald R. "Pine" McGinnis, daughter of the late Alton Preston Sr. and Winnie Huss Lineberger, retired cosmetologist and quality controller with Bike Athletics, member of Emanuel United Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Deanna McGinnis, Lincolnton; daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Nelson Grant, Lincolnton; brothers, Kelly Lingerfelt, Kings Mountain, Press Lingerfelt Jr., Cherryville; sister, Sue Helms, Cherryville; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 4 p.m. today, Emanuel United Church of Christ, Revs. Peter Homovich Jr., Johnny Boggs; body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Hollybrook Cemetery
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton 28092; Emanuel United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 2058, Lincolnton 28093-2058 or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 623 E. McBee St., Lincolnton 28092
ARRANGEMENTS: Warlick Funeral Home

Rosa Martin Wheeler
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Rosa Martin Wheeler, 55, 504 E. Black St., died June 24, 2000, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C.
She was a native of McAdenville, daughter of the late William H. and Hazel Ruby Huffstetler Chapman, regional vice president of sales for MOC Corp., member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church, Fort Mill, S.C., attended York Technical College.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Tommy Wheeler; son, William Paul Mack, Gastonia; daughters, Wanda Kay Wheeler Pew, Honolulu, Marie Espin Tucker, Charlotte, Tonya Wheeler Chopick, Jersey Shore, Pa., Star Ann Rutledge, Gastonia; brother, Richard Chapman, Bessemer City; sisters, Melba Moore, Bessemer City, Cathy Meeler, Gastonia; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Greene Funeral Home, Rock Hill, Rev. William P. Shytle
BURIAL: Grandview Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home; other times at the home
MEMORIALS: York County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 4975, Rock Hill, S.C. 29731

Michael R. Hamilton
GASTONIA — Michael Richard Hamilton, 21, 208 Glenmoor Court, died June 24, 2000, in Elizabeth City.
He was a native of Akron, Ohio, avionics technician for the Coast Guard, stationed in Elizabeth City, attained the rank of AVT3, graduate of South Point High School, member of Myers Memorial United Methodist Church.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Larry Richard and Vicky Lynn Welch Hamilton; sister, Kelly Hamilton, the home; paternal grandparents, Paul Hamilton, Virginia Hamilton, Randolph, Ohio; maternal grandfather, John Welch, Killbuck, Ohio
FUNERAL: 2:30 today, Myers Memorial United Methodist Church, Rev. Tom Latimer
INTERMENT: Evergreen Cemetery, Cramerton, with full military honors by the U.S. Coast Guard
MEMORIALS: Little Red School House Fund or Playground Fund, c/o Myers Memorial United Methodist Church, 301 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia 28054
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home, Belmont

BESSEMER CITY — Lorena Bowers Long, 77, 404 W. Ormand Ave., died June 24, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was a native of Cleveland County, wife of the late James C. Long, daughter of the late Roy and Cora Wallace Bowers.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Brenda Long, Bessemer City; brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Mattie Bowers, Rutherford; grandchildren, Wendy Long, Bessemer City, Scott and Tammy Long, Kings Mountain; great-grandchildren, Amanda and Jonathan Long
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, Horace Eugene and Fred Bowers
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, First Church of the Nazarene, Kings Mountain, Rev. Mike Daugherty
BURIAL: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain
VISITATION: At the home
PALLBEARERS: Dean, Dean Jr. and Billy Davis, David and Scott Styles, Todd Ivey

Willie F. Goude
MOORESVILLE — Willie Addeline Fender Goude, 93, formerly of Gastonia, died June 25, 2000, at Brian Center Nursing Home.
She was a native of Bamburg County, S.C., wife of the late Neil "Henry" Goude, daughter of the late John Wesley and Harriett Eizabeth Priester Fender, homemaker, member of First Presbyterian Church, Mooresville.
SURVIVORS: Son, Douglas Franklin Goude, Denver; daughter, Judith Goude Jordan, Davidson; grandchildren, Dawn Cline, Frank Goude, Gastonia, Michelle Saubier, Concord, Judith Getzlaff, Cleveland, Harvie Jordan III, Mobile, Ala., Jeffery Jordan, Falls Church, Va., Andrew Jordan, Mooresville; 15 great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Six brothers, five sisters
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia, Dr. Fred Coates
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 2 p.m. Wednesday, First Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, Dr. Edwin Lewis
MEMORIALS: First Presbyterian Church, 249 W. McLelland Ave., Mooresville 28115 or Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 11914 Pleasant Hill Drive, Hemingway, S.C. 29554
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean Funeral Directors, Gastonia

Jack D. Upchurch
GROVER — Jack D. "J.D." Upchurch, 67, 106 McGinnis Drive, formerly of Kings Mountain, died June 25, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
He was a native of Cherokee County, son of the late Judson and Grace McAbee Upchurch, member of Faith Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, Odus D. Greene Post 155 of the American Legion where he worked for more than 30 years, retired from Kings Mountain Brick Co.
SURVIVORS: Doris Ann Parrish; son, David E. Upchurch, McConnells, S.C.; daughters, Elizabeth Ann Kerna, Kings Mountain, Norma Upchurch Moore, Cheraw, S.C., Penny Upchurch Hamrick, Grover; brother, Jack Upchurch, Gaffney, S.C.; sisters, Elsie Mullinax, Gaffney, Faye Bell, Kings Mountain; grandchildren, Michelle G. Short, Stephanie Bradley Moore, Jada, Ashley and Brandon Hamrick; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Brooklyn Short
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Sister, Lula Mullinax Wilson
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Faith Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, Revs. J.R. Robbins, James Hamrick
INTERMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain

Virginia G. Thrailkill
CHARLOTTE — Virginia Gantt Thrailkill, 79, Idlewild Road, residing in Bryant, Ark., with her son, died June 25, 2000, at Arkansas Hospice Unit of VA Hospital, North Little Rock, Ark.
She was a native of Catawba County, daughter of the late Charles W. and Virginia Lawrence Gantt, wife of the late George Manuel Thrailkill Jr., a homemaker, in earlier years involved in Boy Scouts, PTA and Charlotte Bowling Association, former member of St. James United Methodist Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughters-in-law, George "Mannie" III and Judy Thrailkill, Charles "Stan" Thrailkill, Charlotte, Byron L. and Susan Thrailkill, Bryant, Ark.; daughters and son-in-law, Pamela T. Dennis, Camille T. and Dean Jones, Charlotte; brother-in-law, Jack Goodnight, Hickory; sister-in-law, Helen Gantt, Newton; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Thursday, Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly, Rev. Bill Culp
BURIAL: Forest Lawn West Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, funeral home, other times at the home of Camille Jones, 500 Hopeful Court, Charlotte
MEMORIALS: Harris Hospice, 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte 28204

Jonas D. Rudisill
BESSEMER CITY — Jonas Dayton "Ted" Rudisill, 80, 218 Long Shoals Road, died June 25, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late J. Von and Pearl Hastings Rudisill, retired farmer, manager of Mt. View Mobile Home Park for more than 30 years, World War II veteran, member of Puett United Methodist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife of 63 years, Janette Wallace Rudisill; sons and daughters-in-law, Jonas "Joe" and Ann Rudisill, Larry and Nancy Rudisill, Ken Rudisill, Henry and Beth Rudisill, Bessemer City; daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Howard Lineberger, McAdenville; sister, Ella Mae R. Cloninger, Dallas; grandchildren, Lori R. Carpenter, Lisa R. Glover, Dawn R. Emory, Jessica, Matt and Chris Rudisill, Kim R. Warren, Randy and Todd Lineberger; 11 great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Ray M. Rudisill
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Puett United Methodist Church, Rev. Allan Van Meter; body will be placed in church 30 minutes before the service
BURIAL: Rudisill Family Cemetery behind Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton
MEMORIALS: Puett United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3009 Puett Chapel Road, Dallas 28034

James M. Messer
LOWELL — James Melton Messer, 65, 309 Ashe St., died June 25, 2000, at home.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Pete Messer and Ella Mae Wright Baker, retired textile worker.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Willie Mae Messer; sons, Royce Messer, Ranlo, Carl Messer, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Larry Messer, Stanley; daughters, Barbara Wylie, Kathy Chewning, Stanley, Wilma Goude, Lowell, Tammy Dixon, McAdenville; brothers, Albert and Mike Baker, Gastonia, Bill Messer, Pensacola, Fla., Randy Baker, Lowell; sisters, Carolyn Patterson, Kings Mountain, Joann Houser, Lincolnton, Jean Dempsey, Gastonia, Jackie Propst, Mount Holly; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Hillcrest Gardens, Mount Holly, Revs. Raymond Doster, Wayne Goude
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel
PALLBEARERS: Roger and Tim Baker, Eric Chewning, Jason Dixon, Tim Patterson, Wayne Wylie
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28053

Franklin R. Vickers
MOUNT HOLLY — Franklin Roosevelt Vickers, 67, 17 American St., died June 26, 2000, at home.
He was a native of Cherokee County, S.C., son of the late William Pearson and Edna Blackwell Vickers, husband of the late Doris Bumgarner Vickers, retired from Land Termite & Pest Control, Stanley.
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Crystal Vickers, Mount Holly, Jimmy and Roger Vickers, Stanley; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Homer Mitchell, Blacksburg, S.C.; brothers, Maynard, Sherman, William and Samuel Vickers, Chesnee, S.C.; sisters, Nell McCarts, Columbia, S.C., Vera Mae Jonas, Mayo, S.C., Shirley West, Stanley; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Daughters, Betty Toler, Kay Vickers; brothers, John D., George and Olan Vickers
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Hillcrest Gardens, Rev. Norman Perkins
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28053

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