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Ava Anthony

CHERRYVILLE – Ava Mauney Anthony, 93, of Roy Eaker Rd., passed away Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at Carolina Care and Rehabilitation. She was born Feb. 24, 1927 in Gaston County to the late William F. and Beulah Metcalf Mauney.
She was a native of Gaston County. After graduating from Tryon High School, she attended Evans Business College of Gastonia. She was formerly employed by Carolina Freight Carriers in the accounting department. Ava was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Bill Anthony; brothers, Carl, Robert, and James Mauney; and sisters, Lois Neill, and Thelma Propst.
Survivors include her two grandsons, Zeke Anthony and Evan Anthony; son, Alan Anthony and finance Kristie Sanford of Cherryville; and sisters, Myrtle Clark and Betty Price.
A graveside service, officiated by Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe, was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 at City Memorial Cemetery. Those in attendance were requested to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
A guest register was available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 at Carpenter – Porter Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Growth Fund, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Anthony.
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Paul Lausterer

BESSEMER CITY – Mr. Paul Lausterer, 79, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at his residence.
Paul was born in Floyd County, Indiana, a son of the late Rudolph Lausterer and Dorothy Pearl Davis Lausterer.
He was retired from IPEK as an inventory manager and also worked with the Gaston County Board of Elections. Paul attended Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his son, Eric Paul Lausterer of Novoto, California; a brother, Robert Lausterer of Lincolnton; and a special friend, Danny Pfeifer of Crouse.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Holtsclaw officiating.
The family greeted friends following the service.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions social distancing and masks were required.
Burial was private.
Memorials may be made to Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church, 318 W. Ballard St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Lausterer.
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Jerry Van Bell, Sr.,

CHERRYVILLE – Jerry Van Bell, Sr., 79, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at his home in Cherryville, NC, surrounded by his many extended family members, who loved him dearly. Jerry fought kidney disease for many years. He will be buried with his beloved twin brother James, in their family plot in Ethel, Mississippi.
Jerry Van Bell, Sr. was born in Kosciusko, MS, on June 6, 1941 to Edith Boyette Bell Harpole and James Van Bell. Jerry Bell and Louise Proctor Bell Davis, also of Kosciusko, MS, were married in 1962 and had son, Jerry Van Bell, Jr., in October of 1963. Jerry spent his early career in the RV motorhome industry in Mississippi. Later, he transitioned to school bus sales in Richmond, Indiana, where he met and married Jane Long, who had three daughters, Kristen, Jennifer, and Angela.
Jerry and Jane were franchisees of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken stores in Richmond, Muncie, and Connersville, IN, which are now owned and operated by his son, Jerry Van Bell, Jr.
Jerry enjoyed many years as a member of Forest Hills Country Club. He loved the game of golf, where his quick wit and fun-loving nature were always on display with his many great friends.
Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his parents, James Van and Edith Boyette Bell Harpole; his twin brother, James Terry Bell Sr.; brother, Charles Boyd Bell; and sister, Eddye Dolores Bell Burns.
Survivors include his son, Jerry Van Bell, Jr. (Stephanie Shute Bell), their daughters, Emma Louise, 14, and Lauren Van, 12, of Richmond, IN; his remaining sibling, Ralph Boyette Bell, MD (Connie), of Jackson, MS; his nephew, James Terry Bell, Jr. (Lisa) and their sons James Van, 13, and Steven Boyd, 11, of Cherryville, NC; his three step-daughters, Kristen Long Levine (Tony) and daughters Samantha Jane, 22, Virginia Dalton, 19, and Elizabeth Jewel, 17, of Cherryville, NC; Jennifer Long Kudla (David) of Vero Beach, FL; Angela Long Snow (John) and children Christian Craig, 15, and Devin Jane, 13, of Vero Beach, FL; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry will be buried in Ethel, MS, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church presided over by his cousin, the Reverend Ladell Blanton.
The family requests no flowers but instead donations be sent to First Tee of Indiana, Richmond.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Bell.
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Larry Keith Rice

CHERRYVILLE – Larry Keith Rice, 73, of Hoyle’s Woods Trail, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Cherryville, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2020. 
He was born Jan. 11, 1947 in Buncombe County, N.C., to the late Harvey Levi and Wilma Lois Hickey Rice.
Keith loved to travel and experience life. He served two (2) tours with the Army, serving with the 1st Infantry in Viet Nam as an MP in 1967/68. Then, during his second enlistment, he served in Korea and Alaska.
He spent many years in law enforcement with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Dept., Asheville Police Dept., and the Cherryville Police Department. He honorably served his country and home state.
He will be buried at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain, N.C.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Rice.
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Donald B. Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Donald Brinkley Beam, 87, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville.
Don was born Dec. 2, 1932 in Cleveland County, the son of the late Henry Lee and Clara Odell Brinkley Beam. He was married to the love of his life, Mary Grace Sellers Beam. The pair met in high school and after an eventful first date, wherein Don accidentally drove into one of his future father-in-law’s cows, started a lifelong partnership of 58 years until her passing during 2009. In addition to being a devoted husband, he was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Don retired from Beam Grading Co. after more than 40 years of working with his late brother, Murray Beam, Sr. His working life also included owning private small businesses and periodic employment as a driver for Carolina Freight Carriers. Don was a member of First Wesleyan Church of Cherryville and also attended Beulah United Methodist Church.
The family remembers Don thoroughly enjoyed supporting University of North Carolina athletics, carefully tending to his garden, farming, and had a lifetime hobby in racing, both as a former driver and spectator. His race driving career began in 1956 winning races in micro midgets at the original Cherryville Speedway. While racing throughout the Piedmont Carolinas and Georgia, Don soon advanced through the ranks to Sportsman stock cars where he won a Concord Speedway track championship in 1968. He had great fun appearing in a couple of locally filmed movies as a stunt driver.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Beam is preceded in death by his daughter, Roxanna Beam Carpenter; five sisters: Faith Edwards, Hope Lewis, Charity Williams, Clara Wallace, and Jo Eddie Anderson; as well as two brothers: Murray Beam, Sr., and Henry Lee (H.L.) Beam, Jr.,
Don is survived by two sons, Donald B. Beam, Jr. (Judy) of Clemmons, and Gary C. Beam (Vickie) of Kings Mountain; son-in-law, Ray Dean Carpenter of Kings Mountain; five grandchildren, William Beam (Ashley), Tyler Beam (Kortney), Lacey Beam, Brittany Beam, and Travis Ingle (Rachel); and three great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service was held for the immediate family at Beulah United Methodist Church Cemetery in Shelby with Chaplain Pete Gilbert officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beulah United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 294, Shelby, NC, 28151; or to Testa Family Hospice House, 321 Kings Mountain Blvd., Kings Mountain, NC, 28086.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Beam.
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Jack H. Williams, Jr.

Jack Harrison Williams, Jr., 70, of Shelby, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center, Shelby.
Born in Lincoln County, N.C., on April 5, 1950, he was the son of the late Jack Harrison Williams, Sr., and Ruth Grigg Williams. He was retired from Gardner – Webb University and was a member of First Baptist Church. Mr. Williams, graduated from Cherryville High School in 1968, then he went to UNC-Chapel Hill where he received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in classical languages.
Survivors include his sister, Jeannie W. Terry and husband, Mark, of Daytona Beach, Florida.
The family received friends on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, from 1 to 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Cherryville.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner and Danny Black officiating.
The burial followed the service in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 639, Fallston, NC, 28042, to help with funeral expenses.
A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Stamey – Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, N.C., who served the family of Mr. Williams.
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Barbara Williams

CHERRYVILLE – Barbara Ann Bailey Williams, 75, of Elm St., formerly of Belmont, passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 25, 1945 in Cleveland County to the late Theo and Hazel McCraw Bailey.
Barbara was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church, Belmont, and faithfully attended First Baptist Church, Cherryville until her death.
She was preceded in death by her dedicated husband of 49 years, M. Barry Williams; and numerous aunts and uncles, including Jo McCraw, and John McCraw.
She is survived by her son, Brian Williams of Cherryville; aunts, Jerene Landreth, Gaynell Bailey, and Nancy Curtis; brothers-in-law, Wallace Williams (Kathleen), and Frank Williams; sister-in-law, Iris Rowe; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends.
A celebration of Barbara’s life was held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Cherryville with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.
Mrs. Williams lay in state from 2 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings were required.
Interment followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Belmont, NC.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Cherryville, or Friendship Baptist Church, Belmont.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Williams.
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Betty Neill

CHERRYVILLLE – With humble acceptance of God’s will and with her family by her side, we announce the passing of Betty Daves Neill, 91, of Cherryville, NC, on Sept. 6, 2020.
She was born to the late James Philector Daves and Myrtle Mae Newton Daves, Sept. 5, 1929, in Shelby, N.C.
Betty is survived by four children: Carroll Neill (Claudia), of Angel Fire, NM; Jim Neill (Deborah), of Boiling Springs, NC; Pete Neill (Myra L.), of Cherryville, NC; and Myra Neill (Clay), of Cherryville, NC; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brothers, Franklin Daves, and Bennett Daves; and sisters, Reba Beam, Linda Pow, and Sybil Bender.
Betty was predeceased by her loving husband, John Peter Neill, Sr. in 2011, as well as her brothers, J.P. Daves, Billy Daves, and Clyde Daves; and her sister, Patsy Ruth Daves.
When Betty’s children were young, the phrase “stay-at-home-mom” didn’t exist. It was usual for women to stay home with the children while their husbands worked. But even by the standards of the era, Betty was an exceptional wife, mother and a remarkable cook who enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, most especially over the holidays.
In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Betty also loved working in her yard, and holding various volunteer roles at First Baptist Church. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.
She cared deeply for her family, church family, and friends and neighbors. She did this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. She was always the first to offer help.
The family wishes to thank those who have extended their loving support for Betty during her final days and also to Helping Hands of Cleveland County, who offered 24/7 care which allowed Betty to stay at home with her family.
A private graveside burial was held at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to either of the following: First Baptist Church, 301 E. 1st St., Cherryville, NC, 28021; Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Dr., Lincolnton, NC, 28092; or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, SC, 29605.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Neill.
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David W. Randall

CHERRYVILLE – David Wayne Randall, 62, of Cherryville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 17,1958 in Cleveland County to Oleen Payne Randall and the late Bergan Randall. He was previously employed as an electrician at CaroMont Regional and before that he had worked at Carlton Yarn and Keystone Powdered Metal. David enjoyed fishing, golfing, and spending time with family.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne Randall, Jr.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mary Carr Randall; daughter, Crystal Baugham; son, Charles Lucas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Kathy Randall, Kenny and Sherry Randall, and Doug and Jo Randall; grandchildren, Addison Randall, Cameron Lingerfelter, Bryson Baugham, Skylar Baugham, Jaxon Lucas, and Andrew Lucas; and great-grandchild, Leon Strawn.
All services were private.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Randall.


 
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Ned Costner

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. D. Ned Costner, 85, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 at his residence.
Ned was born on Jan. 2, 1935 in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Lional Sylvanus Costner and Virgie Ora Hoyle Costner. He was a 1953 graduate of Cherryville High School and a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University. During his teaching career Ned taught in Gaston and Cleveland County Schools and also in Florida. Ned was also a very talented carpenter. He enjoyed traveling and loved going to Topsail Beach to fish. Ned was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville and a supporter of the outreach ministries of the church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a half-brother, Lawrence Edward Costner, and a half-sister, Beulah Costner Blanton.
Survivors include his nieces and a nephew, Brenda Fitch and husband Dewey; Ella Grigg and husband Ray; and a nephew, Marty Costner, all of Cherryville, and Janie Kirby and husband, Bruce of Florida.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic the family will have a private graveside service at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 100, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Costner.
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Peggy Benanti

CHERRYVILLE – Peggy Dellinger Benanti unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 at her home in Scottsdale AZ.
She was a graduate of Cherryville High, Class of ‘49. She was a daughter of John and Minnie Dellinger of Cherryville; a sister of Matthew Dellinger of Cherryville, Clement Dellinger of Granite Falls, NC, Emily Dellinger Murray Stephens of Atlanta, GA, and the late Norma (Mrs. David) Dellinger Bridges of Cherryville.
She is survived by her husband, Harry, and son, Richard Benanti, of New York; her daughters, Stephanie Benanti Gracia of Dallas, TX, and Carol Benanti Gangi of Scottsdale, AZ; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
She attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and the Julliard School of Music in New York.
Viewing will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral Home in Cherryville with the service to follow at 2 p.m.
A graveside service will be held at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020 at 11 a.m. 
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Bernanti.
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Deborah Hope

WINSTON-SALEM – Mrs. Deborah Carrigan Hope, 63, passed away at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home on August 21, 2020. She was born on September 9, 1956 to Lougene Arrendale and Everett Lee Carrigan in Gaston County.
Deborah was a devoted member of First Wesleyan Methodist Church. She was caring and her church family was very important to her. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Craig Carrigan; sister, Anita Helms; and niece, Shelly Hood. Surviving are her sons, Michael McElwaine (Leigh Andra) and Casey McElwaine (Brittanie); brother, Ronald Carrigan (Carla); sister, Pam Hood; niece, Ashly Black (Christopher); and grandchildren, Whitten, Roman, and Currie.
A private memorial service to celebrate Deborah’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Wesleyan Methodist Church of Cherryville, 601 N. Pink St, Cherryville, NC, 28021. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mrs. Hope.
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Tony D. Pleasants

CHERRYVILLE – Mr. Tony Don Pleasants, 67, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 at Carolina Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cherryville.
Tony was born on Aug. 17, 1952 in Rowan County, and was the son of the late Gail Ballard Pleasants.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 at Center Baptist Church Cemetery in Thurmond, N.C.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Pleasants.
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Lecy Quinn

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Lecy Curtis Quinn, 97, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at her residence.
Mrs. Quinn was born on April 15, 1923 in Randolph County, N.C., daughter of the late William Balfour Quinn and Fleta Lillian Boling Curtis. She attended Jones Business College in High Point and was retired after 31 years of service at Dora Yarn Mill of Cherryville.
Mrs. Quinn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville where she served as an Elder of the church; was a member of the Sally Quinn Sunday school class, and was a lifetime member of Cherryville Chapter #156 Order of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Gresham Quinn.
Survivors include her son, Gresham Allen Quinn and wife Janice of Gastonia; and four step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Lowe officiating.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions social distancing and face coverings will be required.
Burial was in City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville. The family greeted friends following the graveside service.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Quinn.


 
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Dianne Brown

CHERRYVILLE – Dianne Robinson Brown, 76, of Mozelle Rd., passed away peacefully at her residence, with her husband and children by her side, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. She was born March 9, 1944, in Spartanburg County, to the late John Darby and Mary Coffey Robinson.
Dianne was a 1961 graduate from Cherryville High School. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She was the co-manager of Vickie’s Grill for many years. Dianne volunteered as an EMT for 25 years with the Cherryville Rescue Squad. She was a member of the American Legion Post 100 Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Oasis Shriners Auxiliary and the Chapter 156 Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Johnson; and grandson, Justin Wright.
She is survived by her faithful husband of 55 years, Charles W. Brown; daughter, Lynn Ward of Cherryville; son, Curt Brown and wife Jean of Cherryville; sister, Kay Moss of Cherryville; brothers, Mike Robinson and wife Wanda of Shelby, and Tony Robinson and wife Brenda of Cherryville; grandchildren, Jeremy Wright, Courtney Brown, and Bailey Lail; and great-grandchildren, Kameron Wright, and Nevaeh Wright.
Dianne lay in-state from 12 noon, to 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 at Carpenter Funeral & Cremation Services. The family was not present during this time.
Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Key officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings were required.
She also lay in-state from 11 to 11:45 a.m., Thursday, prior to the funeral at the church.
Interment followed at City Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 112 Mt Zion Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Brown.


 
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Rodney Bridges

CHERRYVILLE – Rodney Dean Bridges, 66, of Cherryville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 at Atrium Health, Cleveland. He was born Jan. 21, 1954 to Tressie Wells Bridges of Cherryville and the late JD Bridges, Sr. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was a talented drummer in “South Street” band.
Rodney began playing drums in 1968 as a sophomore in high school with many of the original “Shakers”, which spun off to a popular group in the 1970’s as “Four Guys & a Fifth.” Then in the late 1970s to early 1980s, he became a member of “Freeway South.” In 1981, he was a member of a popular Charlotte-based beach group, “The Images,” until 1985 when he took a break to spend more time with his fast-growing family.
In 2001, Rodney and fellow “Spring Street” member Billy Cooke formed the “Reunion Band” which later led to becoming the “BeachNuts Band”, then later they became known as “Spring Street.”
During Rodney’s break from music, he became involved coaching local sports where he was a head coach of the 1985 Rayfield Metal team at Tryon Optimist. This team went on to win the regular season and tournament championship and he was nominated to coach the 8-year-old Tryon All Star team.
In 1986, he became the head coach at Cherryville Little League and coached the Pythians until 1990 where he decided that he was going to take a break from coaching. His Pythians team would go on to win the regular season and be crowned tournament champions 1989. This same year Rodney was selected to be the head coach of the Cherryville Little League All-Star team that won the NC State Title and played at the Little League Southeast Regionals in Florida.
Rodney enjoyed coaching and spending time with all the players on his team and in the leagues that he coached.
Rodney worked for Overnite/UPS Freight for 35 years where he retired at the young age of 55. Rodney was an avid sports fan and loved the Tarheels and Cherryville sports. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and grandkids.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beverly Shumate Bridges; son, Eric Bridges (Crystal); daughters, Angela B. Wilkinson, Buffey B. Ramsey (Dustin), and Erika Clawson Sigmon (David); brother, JD Bridges Jr.; sister, Peggy Bridges Schronce (Larry); grandkids, Matt Bridges, Alex Bridges, Lauren Bridges, Ethan Woods, Mason Ramsey, Austin Wilkinson (Olivia), Cain Wilkinson, and Emma Grace Sigmon; and newborn great-grandbaby – born Aug. 6 – Cohen Slade Wilkinson; his furbaby, Sassy; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 at 3 p.m., at Shady Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center with Rev. Dale Hendricks officiating. Burial was  private.  The family gathered Sunday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., prior to the service in the Family Life Center. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings were required.
Services for Rodney were livestreamed on the  shadygrovelife.com website and Shady Grove Baptist Church Facebook page.
Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church, New Sanctuary Fund, 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Bridges.
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Deborah DeVenny

CHERRYVILLE – Deborah Gibson DeVenny, 68, of Pearl Dr., passed away Monday, July 27, 2020 at her residence.
She was born May 3, 1952 in Catawba County to the late RD and Betty McCaslin Gibson. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cherryville. Deborah enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, and tending to her flowers. She loved to vacation at the beach and enjoy the sunshine. Her greatest pastime was spending time with her family and especially her beloved grandson, Braden.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her precious granddaughter, Victoria Rose Jones.
Survivors include her husband, Keith DeVenny; daughter, Angela DeVenny Jones and husband, Scott Jones; beloved grandson, Braden Luke Jones; brothers, Joe Gibson and Dennis “Hoot” Gibson and wife, Julie; sisters, Beverly Reep, Melinda McAldistanister, and Cynthia Gibson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12 noon, at City Memorial Cemetery with Tyler Tomlin officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings were required.
Mrs. DeVenny lay in-state Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services. The family was not present during that time.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021, or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. DeVenny.
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Mary Nolen

CHERRYVILLE – “Her children arise and call her blessed.” – Proverbs 31:28
Mary “Sue” Yancey Nolen, born Nov. 3, 1928, in Newton, N.C., is rejoicing in heaven as of July 30, 2020. Being born at home around midnight on Nov. 2, she never knew if her birthday was actually November 2, or 3. Having passed away around midnight on July 29, no one knows for sure the actual date of death. Her death has imitated her birth, and for all the days in between she was blessed with a full life.
Sue moved to Cherryville in 1960 and quickly fell in love with the community. She said many times how thankful she was that God had moved her to Cherryville. She retired as secretary of East Elementary School after 22 years. Sue considered her job there a gift from the Lord, and loved her co-workers and students.
Her greatest joys in life were her family and her church, First United Methodist, where she sang in the choir until she could no longer attend rehearsals. Sue’s children remember how she loved to visit the shut-ins. While growing up, they witnessed their mom visiting the elderly, and sending Christmas cookies to underprivileged children at their schools. She was active in the Eastern Star as well. Sue was a woman of faith, a joy to all who knew her, and an example to many whose paths she crossed.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Jack Nolen, and an infant son; as well as her parents, June and Pearl Yancey, and sister, Opal Yancey Eckard.
Her survivors include three children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandsons. They are Mary Lane McGinnis and husband, Tony, of Knoxville, TN; Keith Nolen and wife, Lynne, of Lincolnton, NC; and Allyson Nolen of New Bern, NC.
Grandchildren are John McGinnis and wife, Tarin, Valerie and Amy McGinnis, Grayson and Katie Nolen, Mary Kate, Meredith, Meghan and Amelia Bobbitt, and great-grandsons Cameron, Conor, Zeke and Elliot; and niece, Elaine Hall and husband, Gordon; nephews, Bruce Eckard and wife, Julie, and Chris Eckard and wife Denise.
Among her many friends, the family would like to recognize Kay Moths and Joyce Baxter, and thank them for the many days they spent visiting Sue and keeping her company.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 at 10 a.m., at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Leonard Bumgardner officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings were required.
Mrs. Nolen lay in-state Friday, July 31, 2020 from 3 to 5 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services. The family was not present during this time.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Nolen.
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Sam Beam

CHERRYVILLE – Sammy Lee “Sam” Beam, 73, of Delview Rd., passed away Friday, July 31, 2020 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
He was born Feb. 20, 1947 in Homestead, Florida. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. Sam was one of the founders and former owner of The Great Outdoors. He was a registered nurse and former nursing home administrator. Sam was also a licensed contractor. He served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1980 – 1984 and served as legislative assistant to the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1984 – 1988. He served as a member of the North Carolina Disciplinary Hearing Commission for the State Bar Association, former member of Gaston College Board of Trustees, and served on the City of Cherryville Planning and Zoning Board for over 25 years and City of Cherryville Board of Adjustments. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Sam also loved to go hunting and fishing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth McGinnis Beam; brothers, Chranson Beam (Peggy), Warren “Buddy” Beam, and Byran Beam, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Martha McSwain Beam; daughters, Tonya Beam Miller (Michael), Alpharetta, GA, Doree Beam Davis (Rodney), Cary, NC, and Loree Beam McCurry (Mark), Mooresville, NC; sons, David Hendrick (Brittany) and Daniel Hendrick (Cassie), all of Cherryville; sisters-in-law, Florence and Kay Beam, Margaret Sigmon (Richard), and Phyllis McSwain; brothers-in-law, A.L. McSwain (Shirley); grandchildren, Abbey, Madelyn, and Lilly Miller, Brock and Cole Davis, Matthew and Ruthie McCurry, Logan and Cade Hendrick, and Morgan and Hattie Jane Hendrick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service, officiated by Reverend Carol Ann Hoard, was held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Sam Beam lay in-state Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m., at Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services. The family will not be present during this time. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the future as pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 112 Mt. Zion Baptist Church Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences can be made at www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Beam.
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Linda Drye

CHERRYVILLE – Linda Hallman Drye, 72, of Lincolnton Hwy., passed away Friday, July 24, 2020 at Brian Center, Lincolnton. She was born April 19, 1948, in Gaston County to the late Marshall Ray and Edna Reck Hallman.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ray Hallman, and Michael Hallman; and sister, Barbara Ann Hallman.
She is survived by her sons, J. David Ingle and Michael Greene both of Hickory; daughter, Michelle Burke of Newton; stepdaughters, Leigh Southers and Jill Drye, both of Greensboro.
All services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Drye.
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Katherine Wiegel

CHERRYVILLE – Katherine Naomi Black Wiegel, 95, of Old Post Rd., passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Cherryville, N.C., to the late James and Ava Wise Black.
Katherine loved to travel, spend time at Myrtle Beach and take trips with various organizations to attractions in North Carolina and Tennessee. She was an avid cook and baker and was well known for her Jell-O salad and banana cream pie. Kathy was also known for her daily walks through town with her sister, Betty.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Wiegel; son, Michael Wiegel; brother, James Black, and sister, Sue Sneed.
She is survived by her son Terry Wiegel, and wife Lynn of East Dennis, Massachusetts; sisters, Betty Jane Robinson of Cherryville, and Nez Hovis of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Jillian, Alexander, and Steven; great-grandchildren, Nell, and Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
All services will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Wiegel.
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Gert Fisher

CHERRYVILLE – Gertrude Kitchen Fisher, 89, of Cherryville, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Peak Resources. She was born Jan. 13, 1931 in Transylvania County, N.C., a daughter of the late Loren Kitchen, Sr. and Polly Price Kitchen.
She graduated from Brevard High School, Blanton Business College, and Gaston College, and she attended Sacred Heart. Mrs. Fisher was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she served several terms on the church council and was past president of the Women of the Church. She was also a member and past matron of Cherryville Chapter 156 Order of the Eastern Star, a member and past president of Cherryville Lion’s Club, and was “Lion of the Year” in 1995.
Gertrude was a certified professional secretary and retired from Carolina Freight after 25 years where she was an executive secretary to Mr. Grier Beam. 
She also joined the board of directors for C. Grier Beam Truck Museum and spent seven years as the director of the Museum. She was a former vice-chair on Gaston County Travel and Tourism Board.
Gert served 12 years on the Cherryville City Council and was mayor pro-tem for two years. She served six years on the Gaston County Board of Social Services on appointment of Gov. Jim Hunt and was chairman for one year.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Fisher; and brothers, Gene, Harry, and Loren Kitchen, Jr.
Survivors include her son, Barry (Theresa) Summey of Georgia; grandsons, Kenneth (Julie) Summey, George (Cheryl) Summey, and Jonas Summey of Georgia; great-granddaughters, Olivia, Addyson, and Tessa Summey; step-great-grandchildren, Jacob, Taylor, and Samantha Phinney; very special friend, Mark Dutton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private burial will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery with Pastor Ben Kifer officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 100, Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services, 1100 East Main St., is serving the family of Mrs. Fisher.


 
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Linda F. Knight

CHERRYVILLE – Mrs. Linda F. Knight, 68, passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Atrium Health – Cleveland.
Linda was born on Dec. 21, 1951 in Cherokee County, S.C., a daughter of the late Bomar C. Hall and Patsy Millwood Hall. She was a member of Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Lee Knight; and her twin sister, Brenda K. Webb.
Survivors include daughters, April Knight, Ericka Hamilton, Kathryne Knight, all of Cherryville, and Lisa Crouse of Lincolnton; a son, Jason Knight of Kings Mountain; two grandchildren, Dalton Hamilton of Cherryville and Austin Crouse of Lincolnton; three great-grandchildren, Isabella Grace, Karson Lee and Heavenlee Ivy; four sisters, Sara Kale of Gastonia; Peggy Latham of Lugoff, S.C.; Mary Dawey of Kershaw, S.C., and Carolyn Lawson of Gaffney; and a brother, Terry L. Hall of Bessemer City.
Mrs. Knight will lay in state at Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home from 10:30 a.m., to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3 p.m., at Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby Holtsclaw officiating. The body was placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and masks were required.
Burial followed the service at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.
Memorials may be made to Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church, 309 W. Ballard St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mrs. Knight.
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Dan Mauney

CHARLOTTE – Noah Daniel “Dan” Mauney, 49, of Charlotte, formerly of Cherryville, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Sardis Oaks in Charlotte.
He was born Oct. 9, 1970 in Cleveland County, the youngest of four children, to Doris Smith Mauney and the late Noah Lee “Pete” Mauney. He was a 1988 graduate of Cherryville High School and graduated with a BA in Psychology from Gardner Webb University.
Dan, affectionally known as “Dan the Shoe Man,” was a Territory Sales Manager and Fashion Industry Consultant across the southeast. He could sell anything! We often told him he could sell a box of rocks in a shoe box. He was a Sales and Marketing Manager for Renaissance, Southeast Director of Sale for Butter Shoe Brands, Southeast Director of Sales for Bruno Magli, and Southeast Sales Representative for Sheridan Mia Women’s Footwear, and Southeast Director of Sales for Zee Alexis Footwear & Handbags.
Dan was co-owner of Shu & Brief, a high end retail store in South End; co-owner of STEP & Sloan Boutiques, and a Lady Shoe Store Manager and Buyer for Via Veneto. He was also owner of “Dan the Man Productions”, which consisted of Merchandising, Marketing and Event Planning.
Dan was well known in the fashion and shoe world and was an expert in the industry.
Dan was a bright shining star and had a beautiful smile that would light up the room when he walked in. Dan was also an advocate and pioneer for the LGBT community. He served on the North Carolina Board of Governors for the HRC Human Rights Campaign, and started “Take Over Friday” in 2010, which is still going strong in the community. Dan was also a cast member for Gay Bingo and co-Chair of the HRC Gala. He was a LEGACY and everyone knew and loved him. His smile and humor made everyone laugh, and he was a dear friend to everyone. He was also a volunteer with “Time Out Youth”, Rain, Inc, and PRIDE. He committed countless hours and time to volunteer within the Charlotte Community for equal rights. He was the voice for so many in the LGBT community. Everyone knew Dan and everyone loved Dan! He was full of life and full of energy. If you ever met Dan, he remembered you and your name. That’s who he was. Everyone was important to him. Dan was a leader in every aspect, whether it was in the shoe industry, LGBT community, or HRC, he gave it 110 percent. Our community is better today because of Dan, his voice, and his fight for equality. Without a doubt, we know he is celebrating in Heaven with our dad, and walking the streets of gold. He is completely healed and has a new body in Christ, and we are so thankful for his salvation. In the next few days, we anticipate he will be setting up a shoe store in heaven, taking charge of his surroundings, and taking in the magnificent views of the beautiful place he is now in. As a family, we are all looking forward to the day we are reunited with him and our dad in Heaven.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Noah and Bessie Mauney, and Guy and Rosie Smith.
In addition to his mother, Doris Smith Mauney, he is survived by his siblings, Mark and Dawn Mauney, Barbara Mauney McDaniel, and Ann and Jeff Davis, all of Cherryville; nephews and nieces, Nicholas Davis, Glastonbury, CT, Jacob and Helaine Davis, Cherryville, Josh Mauney, Cherryville, Drew Mauney, Cherryville, Kristen and Wes Bennett, Cherryville, and Justin McDaniel, Atlanta, GA; great-niece and nephews, Eleanor and Noah Davis, and Wyatt Barrett; special friends, Rev. Debbie Warren, Rodney Tucker, Michael Wofford, Rodney Hines, Shelly Schoenfeld, and Todd Wise; and canine, Chuck Taylor.
Special thanks to his caregivers, Tara Garrison, Rita Yimbu, and Malia Cruz, and the staff and administration at Sardis Oaks in Charlotte, NC.
A graveside memorial service was held Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 10 a.m., at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd., Cherryville, with Rev. Keith Hollar and Rev. Debbie Warren officiating.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings were required.
Memorials may be made to RAIN, 601 East 5th St., #470, Charlotte, NC, 28202, or online @ carolinarain.org/donate; Time Out Youth, www.timeoutyouth.org; Shady Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 3240 Tryon Courthouse Rd., Cherryville, NC, 28021; or St. John’s Lutheran Church Outreach Ministry, P.O. Box 100, Cherryville, NC.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Mauney.
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Selena Alexander

CHERRYVILLE – Selena Elizabeth Leonhardt Alexander, 79, of Ervin Drive, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Carolina Care and Rehabilitation. She was born Jan. 2, 1941 in Gaston County to the late Bain Clay and Aileen Sellers Leonhardt.
Selena was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church. She was formerly employed as a bookkeeper in the accounting department of Carolina Freight Carriers. She also worked for FleetNet. Selena was an avid reader and enjoyed going to ballgames with her kids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Lee Alexander; son, Kent Alexander; and brothers, Larry Leonhardt, and Harlan Clay Leonhardt.
She is survived by her children, Leanne Alexander Brady and husband, David of Pinehurst, and Clay Alexander of Cherryville; loving companion, Mike Randall; sister, Rita Leonhardt Larrabee; and grandchildren, Alexander and Anderson Brady.
Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 310 W. Church St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Alexander.
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Becky Wilkinson

CHERRYVILLE – Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Crouse Wilkinson, 70, of Cherryville passed away Friday, July 10, 2020 at her residence. She was born July 15, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late Hall Edmond and Ruby Huffman Crouse. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she served on various committees and was a member of the Renee Crain Mission Group. She was very artistic, sang in the choir, and enjoyed playing the piano. Becky was a licensed North Carolina Contractor and Realtor.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Slade Wilkinson.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Steve Wilkinson; son, Shea Wilkinson; and grandsons, Austin Wilkinson and Cain Wilkinson.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 13, 2020 at 12 p.m., at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating. Burial followed at City Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Wilkinson lay in state on Monday, from 10:30 a.m., to 12 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings were required.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Prayer Quilt Ministry, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, NC, 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Wilkinson.
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Jack Light

 IRON STATION – Jacky “Jack” Ray Light, 64, of Foxdale Ln., passed away Friday, June 25, 2020 at home. He was born March 11, 1956 in Logan County, WV to the late Walter Lee and Sarah Mae Flynn Light.
Jack loved his family, but he especially loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 42 years, Zora Phillips Light; a grandchild, Angel; brother, Danny Light, and sister, Peggy Goodall.
He is survived by his sons, Jacky Light Jr. and wife Mandy Kristina of Iron Station, and Walter Light of Iron Station; daughter, Betty Adams of Iron Station; grandchildren, LeeAnna Burns and husband Josh, Christian Austin, and Katelyn Owens; great-grandchildren, Logan Clark, Elijah Burns, Lian Owens and Adlynn Burns; siblings, Walter Light, Jr., Annie Abernathy, Linda Vandall, Mary Koliha, and Norma Vickers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack also had many friends, and he never met a stranger. He will defiantly be missed.
His family will host a private memorial gathering at a later date.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., #100, Charlotte, NC, 28207.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mr. Light.


 
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Kay Marks

LINCOLNTON – Kay Dellinger Valentine Marks, 84, of Pine Street, passed away Friday, June 19, 2020 at home.  She was born Oct. 25, 1935 in Gaston County to the late Clarence and Dona Dellinger.
Kay graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Lenoir – Rhyne University. She also was a school teacher with the public school system for many years.
Kay was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton. She was also a member of the Writer’s Club, Book Club, and Garden Club.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Victor Valentine; siblings, J.C. Dellinger, Jr., Harold and Faye Dellinger, Thomas and Sadie Dellinger, Lester and Ailene Dellinger, Max Dellinger, Herman and Beatrice Dellinger; Ruby Dellinger and J.A. Hubbard, Dorothy Dellinger and Calvin Blalock, Ann Dellinger and James Childers.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Livingston Marks; children, Cameron Valentine (Dane), Vivette Valentine Leonhardt (Steve), and Velvet Valentine Champion (Tommy); grandchildren, Trenton and Haley Champion; sister, Gail Dellinger Peele (Charlie); stepchildren, David Marks (Lisa), Kenneth Marks (Kathy), and Elizabeth Gordon (Jim); multiple step-grandchildren; and sister’s-in-law, Margie Dellinger and Gloria Dellinger.
All services are private.
The family is requesting that no flowers be sent.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family of Mrs. Marks.
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Kenneth R. Shelton

DALLAS – Mr. Kenneth Robert Shelton, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at his residence.
Ken was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and known by everyone for his love of travel, history and genealogy.
Ken was born in Clarksville, IN, on May 20, 1933 to Roy and Gillie Shelton. Ken enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952, and was stationed at Ashya Air Force Base in Japan during the Korean War, attached to the 15th RSM. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce.
Ken made his career in civil service as the administrator of the Social Security office in Shelby, NC. After his retirement, he began to spend his time researching his family history and traveling near and far. Ken was the happiest when he was planning his next trip, using his iPad to read, check the stock market and research, and attending the events of his grandchildren. He never seemed to worry, always telling his family that things will work out.
Ken is preceded in death by his sister, Laura “Flo” Cox, wife Deloris, and sons Greg and Mark.
He was married to Delores Schlageter Shelton for 35 years, and was the proud father of Lynn Ann Shelton-Hay (husband, Brian, and grandsons Brandon and Christopher), Mark Christopher Shelton, and Gregory Alan Shelton (grandson Joshua Shelton, wife Miriam, and great-grandson, Issac).
Ken was fortunate to find love again with his wife of 25 years, Vickey Elliott Shelton, and together they traveled to all seven continents. Ken was also the proud father of Stephanie Elliott (husband, The Honorable Richard Abernethy) and grandson, Zachary Paul Park.
A graveside memorial service was held on Monday, June 22, 2020 at City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville with the Rev. David Christy officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Scholarship Fund of First United Methodist Church, 190 E. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC, 28052.
A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com.
Stamey – Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service served the family of Mr. Shelton.
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Matt Frady

CHERRYVILLE – Matthew “Matt” Seth Frady, 24, of Cherryville, died June 5, 2020 in Lincoln County. Matt was born on Sept. 29, 1995 in Mecklenburg County to William Greg and Jennifer Elaine Thomas Frady of Manteo, NC.
Matt was an auto mechanic. He enjoyed playing the guitar and anything to do with music. He loved beautiful cars and fast women. Matt liked fishing and was always outdoors. His heart was too big for this world and he will be missed greatly by those who loved him.
Matt was preceded in death by his uncle, Jeff Thomas.
In addition to his parents, Greg and Jennifer Frady, he is survived by his brothers, Wesley Defay Frady, Kolton Rian Frady, and Vinnie Sain (Kristen); grandparents, David and Linda Frady, Deanie Thomas, and Greg Schafer; uncle and aunt, Nathan and Emily Frady; nephew, Chance Malachi Frady; niece, Abilene Sain; and cousin, Ecco Frady.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 2 p.m., at Second Baptist Church, with Rev. Leonard Bumgardner officiating.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mr. Frady.
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Robert L. Riddle, Jr.

MANSON, N.C. – Mr. Robert Lynn Riddle Jr., 67, of Manson, N.C. passed away on May 17, 2020 at his home.
Robert was born in Sanford, N.C., on May 20, 1952 to the late Robert Lynn Riddle and Rachel Jean Currin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Bert Riddle.
Robert Lynn Riddle Jr. is survived by his wife, Pam Spence Fleming, two children, Carlynda Riddle Herron and husband Chris of Youngsville, N.C., and Jason Lynn Riddle of Princeton, WV; a brother, Kenneth Riddle and wife, Susan of Cherryville, N.C.; two sisters, Debbie Riddle Shores and husband Alex of Effingham, S.C., and Mary DeRose and husband Michael of Willow Springs, N.C., and five grandchildren, Lauren MaChae Langston of Chapel Hill, N.C., Dakato Kenneth Riddle of Rocky Mount, N.C., Daylan Tristan Langston of Greensboro,
N.C., Dantry Storm Riddle of Mount Holly, N.C., and Nevaeh Rachel Riddle of Mount Holly, N.C. 
A Memorial service for Robert Lynn Riddle Jr. will be at a later date due to the coronavirus situation. 
Condolences may be made at www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Bridges – Cameron Funeral Home, Inc., who served the family of Mr. Riddle