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Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection

Gaston County, North Carolina Obituary Collection - 478

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Date: Monday, 1 March 2010, at 9:32 a.m.

Martha R. Deese
CATAWBA, S.C. — Martha Jean Rainey Deese, 58, 771 Cedar Valley, Lot 66, died Aug. 19, 2000, at Piedmont Medical Center.
She was a native of Rock Hill, S.C., daughter of the late Eugene W. and Mary Tommie Rainey, member of Oakdale Baptist Church, retired beamer tender from J.P. Stevens, Industrial Plant.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Roland T. Deese Sr., Gastonia; sons, Roland E. and Roland T. Deese Jr., Gastonia, James W. Rainey, Catawba, S.C.; daughter, Tonda Jean Catledge, Rock Hill, S.C.; brother, Richard E. Rainey, Ft. Mill, S.C.; sisters, Rebecca Ann Craig, Elaine Haden, Rock Hill; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, Greene Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel, Rev. Mike Ditton
INTERMENT: Forest Hills Cemetery
VISITATION: At the home of James W. Rainey, 771 Cedar Valley, Lot 66

Ethel Noblitt Perterson
KINGS MOUNTIAN — Ethel Noblitt Peterson, 86, of 810 Rhodes Ave., died August 19, 2000 at Kings Mountain Hospital.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Charles and Maggie Kiser Noblitt and wife to the late R.A. "Pete" Peterson. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain, and she was a homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Bert Smith; brother, Gene Noblitt, Newton; loved like a son, Charlie and Catherine Noblitt, Ashville; nieces, Mildred Russell, Kings Moutain, Margaret Sigmon, Stanley, Geneva Hunter, JoAnn Barringer, Bessemer City; nephew, Bob Nonlitt, Bessemer City; grandchildren, Brenda and Steve Koinis, Spring Texas, Brad and Cara Smith, Louisville, Ky, Rebekah and Michael Nanfria, Chicago, Caroline and Colin Ackinson, Efland, Suzanne and Leslie Buesing, Hillborough; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Tony, Taylor, Madeline, and Katie.
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY:Daughter, Mary Helen Peterson; brother, Russ and Floyd Noblitt.
FUNERAL: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Grace United Methodist Church. Rev. Dale Swofford. Graveside service will follow service at 2 p.m., at Sunset Cemetery, Shelby.
VISITATION: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.
INTERMENT: Sunset Cemetery, Shelby.
MEMORIAL: Grace United Methodist Church, ‘Children’s Ministry’ 830 Church St. Kings Mountain, 28086.

June Houlditch
KINGS MOUNTAIN — June Houlditch, 80, Woodbridge, died Aug. 21, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
She was a native of Washington, D.C., daughter of the late J. Rowe and Irma Thomas Mehlfelt, wife of the late Sam Houlditch, worked at the Pentagon during World War II, secretary to Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Committee, moved to Shelby in 1971, instrumental in forming the Reach to Recovery Program of American Cancer Society, honored with the Terese Lasser and Sword of Hope awards for extensive volunteer work for breast cancer survivors, received Governor’s Award, Golden Rule Award, active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, lay speaker, Sunday school teacher, Stephen Minister, board member.
SURVIVORS: Sons, George Sam Houlditch III and wife Gina, Gainesville, Ga., Jim Houlditch and wife Deborah, Cleveland County; daughter, Dorothy Houlditch, Cleveland County; grandchildren, Emily, Perry, Chris and Jonathan Houlditch, Sarah and Kaitlin Houlditch-Fair
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Dr. Dolores Queen
ENTOMBMENT: Cleveland Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Clay-Barnette Funeral Home, Shelby
MEMORIALS: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1207 W. Dixon Drive, Shelby or American Cancer Society, Reach to Recovery Program, 500 E. Morehead St., Suite 211, Charlotte 28202

Willard J. Gardner
GASTONIA — Willard Jenkins Gardner, 98, Gaston Place, 1750 Robinwood Road, died Aug. 21, 2000, at home.
She was a native of Gastonia, daughter of the late George A Sr. and Eula Anders Jenkins, wife of the late Warren Y. Gardner, active in national Hemerocallis Society, won national awards, served as a consultant, instrumental in founding four local garden clubs, served as an officer of the Garden Council for many years, volunteer for Gaston County Cancer Society, secretary for Pioneer Girl Scout Council, member of First United Methodist Church, belonged to a circle.
SURVIVORS: Daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jane and Robert H. Crockett, Gastonia; grandchildren, Ann G. Keyser, Gastonia, George Gardner, Morehead City, Pat Simmons, Frances Crockett, Charlotte; brother, Frank Jenkins, Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Estelle Winecoff, Helen Jenkins, Gastonia; four great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Warren Y. "Dusty" Gardner Jr.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Thursday, Oakwood Cemetery, Dr. James Westmoreland
VISITATION: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, McLean Funeral Directors
PALLBEARERS: Brett, Wren and James Keyser, George Winecoff, Eddie Reese, Don Stacy
MEMORIALS: Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia 28054; Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28053 or charity of donor’s choice

Doris S. Webb
LINCOLNTON — Doris Ann Seagle Webb, 60, 1538 Sandy Lane, died Aug. 20, 2000, at home.
She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Robert and Vyra Ruth Seagle, worked for J.P. Stevens.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Tim, Billy and Yancey Stallings, Lincolnton; daughter, Teresa S. Alexander, Lincolnton; brother, Jim Seagle, Metarrie, La.; grandchildren, Leanna Alexander, Kyle and Alan Stallings
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, Warlick Funeral Home, Rev. Carl Fosdick
BURIAL: Hollybrook Cemetery

Master R. L. Weaver
CHARLOTTE — Master Robert Lee Weaver, infant son of Marcus Allen Weaver and Erica Renee O’neal, died August 19, 2000, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.
SURVIVORS: In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Teresa Baucom, Bobby O’neal, and Becky Weaver; great-grandparents, Phil and Patsy Scruggs; great-great-grandmother, Eloise Goodman; godparents, Chrystal Harrelson and Shane Goodman; aunts and uncle, Cortney O’neal, Timmy and Tasha Brezeal.
FUNERAL: 3 p.m., Wednesday, Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly.
VISITATION: One hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the home, 1907 Cedarvale Road, Charlotte.
INTERMENT: Hillcrest Gardens.

Sylvia G. Collins
GASTONIA — Sylvia G. Collins, 76, 4331 Andy Lane, died Aug. 20, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
She was a native of Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of the late Samuel and Anna Goldberg, a homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband of 50 years, Kelly Clyde Collins Jr.; sons, Milton Collins, Rock Hill, S.C., Larry and Eugene Collins, Gastonia; daughter, Annette Collins, Belmont; brother, Harry Goldberg, Paris, France; sister, Violet Feldman, New Jersey; grandchildren, Kelly Collins, Mount Holly, Samuel Collins, Puerto Rico; great-grandchildren, Aaron and Andrew Collins, Mount Holly, Ethan Collins, Lancaster, Calif.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. today, Gaston Memorial Park, Rev. Fain Farmer
VISITATION: One hour before service, McLean Funeral Directors
MEMORIALS: Gaston Humane Society, P.O. Box 2334, Gastonia 28053 or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 501 Front St., Norfolk, Va. 23510

Mary E. D. Jones
YORK S.C. — Mary Elizabeth Doster Jones, 71, of 3871 Allwood Road, died August 20, 2000 at the home.
She was a native of York County S.C., daughter of the late John and Macey Martin Doster. She was also the widow of Gene Walter Jones.
SURVIVORS: Daughters and sons-in-law, Rose Mary and Tim Ray, York S.C., Marcey Jean and Ernie Shipton, Sumter S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Larry "Buck" Eugene and Sheila Ann Jones, York S.C.; grandchildren, Andrea Huffstetler, Robbie Clinton, Michael and Timmy Ray, Elizabeth Rowland, Donna and Karen Shipton; great-grandchildren, Robbie Lee Clinton, Chyenne and Cass Huffstetler
FUNERAL: 3 p.m., Wednesday, M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Phillip Haynes.
VISITATION: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home
INTERMENT: Canaan United Methodist Church Cemetery.

David R. Owen
THOMASVILLE — David Ralph Owen, 75, of 109 Virginia Dr., died August 20, 2000 in the Community General Hospital.
He was a native of Davidson County, son of the late George Albert and Bessie Leatha Spainhour Owen. He was owner and operator of Owen’s Sanding Shop, veteran of U.S. Army, serving during WWII. He was a member of Thomasville Friends Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Maxine Shields; daughters, Angela Owen, Judy Davis, Thomasville, Karen Jones, Janet Hooper, Trinity; sons, David Owen Jr., Thomasville, Jerry Pendleton, Besseme City, Donnie Pendleton, Lincolnton; brother, Paul Owen, Thomasville; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
FUNERAL: 11 a.m., Wednesday, J.C. Green and Sons Chapel. Revs. Barney L. Pierce and G.K. Andrews.
VISITATION: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, J.C. Green and Sons Funeral Home, at other times at the home.
BURIAL: Holly Hill Memorial Park.
MEMORIAL: Thoasville Friends Church, 369 Old Raleigh Road, Thomasville 27360, or Memorial Park Wesleyan Church, 102 Leonard St., Thomasville, 27360.

William R. Johnson
MOUNT HOLLY — Willaim Ray Johnson, 62, of 721 Goodson St., died August 20, 2000, at Century Care in Cherryville.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Luther and Ersie Miller Johnson. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and was a retire tool and dye maker with United Technologies in Columbus, Miss.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Linda Ham Johnson; sons, Gary Steven Johnson, Moody Ala, Danny Johnson, Columbia Miss.; daughter, Beverly Johnson Columbia, Miss.; brothers, Manuel Johnson, Stanley, John Luther Johnson Jr., Harvey Bryant, Mount Holly; sisters, Mary Simpson, Evelyn Gosnell, Mount Holly.
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Jethro Johnson; sister, Lena Carver and Shirley Reed.
FUNERAL: 2 p.m., Wednesday, Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly
VISITATION: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Woodlawn Funeral Home , Mount Holly
INTERMENT: Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery.
MEMORIAL: Gaston Life Saving Crew, South Broad Street, Gastonia 28054.

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