Miscellaneous Gaston County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Monroe P. Davis 
GASTONIA — Monroe "Pete" Pressley Davis, 55, 505 S. Bolding St., died July 7, 1997, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was son of the late Hattie Frady and Benjamin Franklin Davis, brother of the late Marshall, James and Judy Davis, Princess Henson, a graduate of and teacher at Belmont Textiles, retired supervisor from Pharr Yarns, McAdenville.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Patricia Posey Davis; sons and daughter-in-law, Jeffery Scott Davis, the home, Daryl Sterling and Sandra Lynn Davis, Gastonia; daughters and son-in-law, Angela Davis Carrigan, Teresa Davis and Mike Waters, Gastonia; sister, Eva Matthews, Gastonia, Winnie Messer, Lowell, Mary Leathco, Charlotte, Patricia Blanton, Mount Holly; grandchildren, Ashley and Joshua Waters, Kristie and Scott Carrigan, Megan and Amber Davis, Adam Butler
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, Westview Baptist Church, Revs. Jerry Milwood, Tim McClure
BURIAL: Westview Gardens
VISITATION: At the home
PALLBEARERS: Mike Risha, Mike Poole, Jeff Cook, Darrell, Bob and Jim Posey
MEMORIALS: Westview Baptist Church, 3385 Fairview Drive, Gastonia 28052

Ruby B. Day 
BELMONT — Ruby Bolin Day, 83, 109 Adcock St., died July 8, 1997, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was a native of Smyrna, S.C., daughter of the late Crayton and Mary Farmer Bolin, wife of the late Arthur "Oss" Day, homemaker, member of Centerview Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Kenneth Pressley, Gastonia, Jack Bolin, Belmont; daughter, Irene Day, Mount Holly; brother, Aaron Bolin, Whitmire, S.C.; sisters, Irene Jonas, Florida, Ruth Lowe, Gastonia; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild
FUNERAL: 1 p.m. Friday, Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly, Rev. Mike Creekmore
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home
 
James E. Cunningham 
MOUNT HOLLY — James Edward Cunningham, 58, 639 Noles Drive, died July 8, 1997, at home.
He was a native of Lincolnton, son of the late Clifford Hugh Cunningham, brother of the late Jerry Lee Cunningham, cook for Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nancy D. Garmon Cunningham; sons, Eddie Joe Cunningham, Gastonia, James Richard Cunningham, Charlotte, Shannon Wheat, Fort Mill, S.C.; daughters, Deborah Lynn Mayhew, Mount Holly, Angela Jean Cunningham, Rock Hill, S.C.; mother, Pauline Mason Cunningham, Charlotte; brothers, J.C. and Clifford Hugh Cunningham Jr., Charlotte; sisters, Jane Werth, Troutman, Judy Ellis, Fort Mill; seven grandchildren
FUNERAL: 1 p.m. Friday, Memorial Foursquare Church, Charlotte, Dr. Earl Combs
BURIAL: Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel
PALLBEARERS: C.W. and Larry Kidd, Larry Gales, Tom Talbert, Allen Coggins, Tommy Cartee
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28053 or Mount Holly Lifesaving Crew, 305 N. Main St., Mount Holly 28120
 
Helen C. West
MORGANTON — Helen Crouse West, 73, formerly of East Carter Street, Lincolnton, died July 8, 1997.
She was daughter of the late Pritchard and Alma Clark Crouse.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Dallas West Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn., Johnny West, Norfolk, Va., Avery West, Fallston; daughters, Libby Moretz, Boone, Melissa West, Lincolnton; brothers, Raye and Clyde Crouse, Lincolnton, Jack Crouse, Iron Station; sisters, Ruth Goodson, Evelyn Lowman, Hazel Hudson, Maiden; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton
BURIAL: Maiden City Cemetery
 
Ann H. Odom
GASTONIA — Ann Etolia Harris Odom, 61, 613 Patrick Road, died July 8, 1997, at home.
She was a native of Cleveland County, daughter of the late Clarence Thomas Harris, homemaker, member of First Free Will Baptist Church, Golden Age Club.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Roger S. Odom; sons, Phillip R. McSwain, Gastonia, Gerald D. McSwain, Bessemer City; daughters, Cynthia Ann Beasley, Dallas, Joy Marlene Mills, Gastonia, Phyllis Ray Quinn, Rock Hill, S.C.; mother, Pauline Conner Harris, Gastonia; brothers, Tommy and Danny Harris, Gastonia, Joe Harris, Stanley, David Harris, Michigan; sisters, Cora Nunez, Elmadorff, Texas, Alice Gillfilling, Rock Hill, Kay Black, Gastonia, Pam Raines, Bessemer City; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 4 p.m. Friday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, Rev. W.H. Calvert
VISITATION: At the home of Cynthia Beasley, 604 Reba Court, Dallas
MEMORIALS: Gaston County Cancer Society, 220 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia 28052 or First Free Will Baptist Church, 2316 Union Road, Gastonia 28054

David M. Holtzclaw
MOUNT HOLLY — David Maurice Holtzclaw, 71, died July 8, 1997, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
He was a native of Belmont, son of the late Charles C. and Eugenia O. Holtzclaw, brother of the late Beauford N. Holtzclaw, Marine veteran of World War II and Korean War, retired sales representative for textile machinery parts in North and South Carolina.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Phyllis Ann Thrasher, Seneca, S.C.; sons, Jerry Holtzclaw, Seneca, Terry Holtzclaw, Laurens, S.C., Charlie Holtzclaw, Shelby; sisters, Nada Bradshaw, Charlotte, Nancy Roper, Mount Holly; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: Private
VISITATION: Private
MEMORIALS: Berea Baptist Church, 2522 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia 28056
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Belmont

Edward N. Hawks
CHARLOTTE — Edward N. Hawks, 69, died July 8, 1997, at home.
ARRANGEMENTS: Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel

Joann D. Cunningham
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Joann D. Cunningham, 45, died July 5, 1997.
She was daughter of the late Logan Davis, attended Kings Mountain High School.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Frederick and Ralph Cunningham, Gastonia; daughters, Thereasa Cunningham and Jackie Logan, Gastonia; mother, Arzalia Dawkins, Kings Mountain; sisters, Glanda Fay and Sandra Kay Davis, Kings Mountain, Ollie Willis, Junction City, Kan.; brother, Logan Davis Jr., Kings Mountain; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 4 p.m. Friday, Mountain Rest Cemetery
VISITATION: At the home of Fay Davis, Alpine Drive, Kings Mountain
ARRANGEMENTS: J.W. Gill & Sons Funeral Home

Martha A. Penland
EL CAJON, Calif. — Martha A. Penland, 83, died July 4, 1997.
She was a native of Alabama, daughter of the late John S. and Lubanna Roberson Adams, homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Joe Penland; sons, Joseph and Robert Penland, Santa Rosa, Calif.; grandson, Michael Penland, La Mesa, Calif; granddaughters, Robin Elliott, San Diego, Calif., Shannon Penland, La Mesa.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 10 a.m. Friday, Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, Rev. Don Capell
ARRANGEMENTS: Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City
 
Jessie P. Hunt
BESSEMER CITY — Jessie Poole Hunt, 65, 238 Chum Road, died July 9, 1997, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was a native of Luzerne County, Pa., wife of the late Raymond Hughes Hunt, daughter of the late Fred and Orpha Poole, retired textile knitter, member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughter-in-law, Timothy Hunt, Bessemer City, James Hunt, Gastonia, Raymond Hunt II, Lincolnton, Matthew and Angie Hunt, Dallas; daughters and son-in-law, Diane and Thomas Abe, Omaha, Neb., Leslie Harkey, Bessemer City; sisters, Eleanore Warman, Ester Makoski, Susan Gallagher, Kingston, Pa.; 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Friday, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Rev. Bert Eaton
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, other times at the home of James Hunt, 2200 Williamsburg Drive, Apt. 16, Gastonia

Minnie V. Benson 
LOWELL — Minnie Virginia Benson, 84, 104 Reid St., died Nov. 30, 1998, at home.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Pauline Montgomery, homemaker, member of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Daughters and sons-in-law, Helen B. and Nathaniel Johnson, Stanley, Ann B. and Ervin Worthy Sr., Gastonia, Vanessa B. and Kenneth Hines Sr., Rutherfordton; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Cheritta Benson, Lowell; sisters and brother-in-law, Jeroline and Steven Key, Lowell, Thelma Clawson, Belmont; brother, James Reid, Gastonia; sisters-in-law, Janet Benson Williams, Dorothy Benson Pagan, Gastonia; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Rebecca Hughes, Belmont; foster daughters, Josephine Crawford, Atlanta, Jenelle Miller, Doris Gardin, Gastonia; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Barrett Hill
BURIAL: Center Baptist Church Cemetery, Gastonia
VISITATION: Thirty minutes before service, church
ARRANGEMENTS: Costner Funeral Home, Gastonia

Robert Homesley 
MOUNT HOLLY — Robert J. Homesley, 70, 128 Smith-Clemmer Road, died Nov. 30, 1998, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
He was a native of Lincoln County, son of the late John and Edna Cloninger Homesley, brother of the late John Homesley Jr., Grover Homesley, Pauline Brown, Marie Fourshee, Army veteran of World War II, retired from J.P. Stevens in Stanley, worked at Hickory Grove Superette, member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Alma Small Homesley; sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony T. And Linda Kennedy, Chicago, Ted W. And Judy Kennedy, Mount Holly, Roger and Bonnie Kennedy, Kiawah Island, S.C., Robert Homesley, Stanley; daughters and son-in-law, Violet and Floyd Hawks, Mount Holly, Helena Homesley, Stanley; brother, Albert Homesley, Thompson, Ga.; sisters, Lucille Chronister, Inez Homesley, Mandy Homesley, Lillian Sain, Iron Station; 12 grandchildren, including special grandson, Jeremy S. Kennedy, Stanley; nine great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas Hogan
INTERMENT: Hillcrest Gardens
MEMORIALS: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 3717 Hickory Grove Road, Mount Holly 28120
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley
 
Gensie L. Lawrence
DALLAS — Gensie Lowery Lawrence, 510 E. Holly St., died Dec. 1, 1998, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
ARRANGEMENTS: Costner Funeral Home, Gastonia

Patterson Earle 
LOWELL — Patterson C. "Pat" Earle, 75, 701 Lowell Ave., died Nov. 30, 1998, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Horace Greeley and Bertha Parker Earle, Navy veteran of World War II, retired from Burlington Industries and Mecklenburg County School System.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Virginia Noles Earle; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Ann and Jim Wright, Gastonia, Trish and Darrell Wagoner, Burlington; sisters, Bonnie Lea Heafner, Gastonia, Audrey Boyd, West Palm Beach, Fla.; brother, Jack Earle, Denver; grandchildren, Jena Koone, Joshua Wright, Gastonia
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 3 p.m. today, Gaston Memorial Park Cemetery, Rev. Richard Brown, Military Honors by The Last Man’s Club of Gastonia
MEMORIALS: Heart Society of Gaston County, 220 E. Franklin Ave., Gastonia 28052
ARRANGEMENTS: Ward Funeral Home, Gastonia

Gerry B. Sloan
SHELBY — Gerald "Gerry" Sue Baxter Sloan, 61, 1555 Timberlake Drive, died Dec. 2, 1998, at home.
She was a native of Iredell County, daughter of the late Fred Howard and Louise Katherine Towe Baxter, retired bookkeeper, volunteer for LIVE, Department of Social Services, restoration of Cleveland County Carousel, attended Northside Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Clay Sloan Sr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl C. and Angela Sloan Jr., Clover, S.C., Terry and Becky Sloan, Shelby; daughter, Jan S. Fortenberry, Casar; brother, Bill Baxter, Statesville; sister, Toni Mullaney, Waynesville; grandchildren, Trey and Andy Sloan, Katie and Mackie McConnell, D.J. Sullens; great-grandchild, Kirsten McConnell
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston, Rev. Sam Snyder
BURIAL: Rose Hill Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, funeral home
MEMORIALS: LIVE, 1268 Fallston Road, Shelby 28150

Evon M. Carswell
LINCOLNTON — Evon Manley Carswell, 84, 1204 Village Road, died Dec. 2, 1998.
He was a native of Lincoln County, son of the late Jink and Kizzie Lail Carswell, husband of the late Edna Mace Carswell, retired superintendent from Rhyne Mills, member of Laboratory United Methodist Church, Sunday school teacher, trustee, trustee representative for finance committee, chairperson of cemetery committee, Scoutmaster of Troop No. 1 for 12 years, assistant Scoutmaster, church custodian, kept church calendar for fellowship hall.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, James L. and Nancy Carswell, Hendersonville; nieces, Doris Shull, Cherryville, Louella Hoyle, Lincolnton; nephew, John Carswell, Lincolnton
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, Laboratory United Methodist Church, Rev. Linda Stack-Morgan; body will be placed in church 30 minutes before service
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: After service, church
MEMORIALS: Laboratory United Methodist Church, 2896 Laboratory Road, Lincolnton 28092
ARRANGEMENTS: Warlick Funeral Home

Pansy L. McCorkle
FRANKLIN — Pansy Luckey McCorkle, 77, formerly of Belmont, died Dec. 1, 1998, at Britt Haven Nursing Home.
She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Lloyd B. and Hattie Duckworth Luckey, retired, homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband, "Bud" McCorkle, formerly of Belmont; son and daughter-in-law, Larry D. and Terry McCorkle, Charlotte; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda G. Brandy and Mike Boyd, Ellenboro; brother, Charles A. "Whittie" Luckey, North Wilkesboro; sisters, Vira Mae Abernathy, Mount Holly, Catherine Masters, Charlotte, Jeannette Stewart, Maiden, Thelma Hager, Stanley, Shirley Steele, Denver; grandson, Jamie Crisp, Ellenboro; granddaughter, Gina Annette McCorkle, Charlotte; great-grandson, Buddy Crisp, Ellenboro
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m. today, Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia, Rev. Gene Ware
VISITATION: 1-1:45 p.m. today, McLean-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Belmont
MEMORIALS: New Life Baptist Church, 606 S. 11th St., Bessemer City 28016 or Alzheimer’s Association, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215-3298
 
Ola M. Blair 
LOWELL — Ola Monteith Blair, 86, 303 Hemlock Lane, died Dec. 1, 1998.
She was a native of Sylva, daughter of the late Rufus and Belle Brogdon Monteith, wife of the late James M. Blair, mother of the late Charles Dean Blair, retired from Pharr Yarns, worked for Cracker Barrel and Sam’s Club, former co-owner of J.M. Blair & Son Grocery, long-time member and Sunday school teacher of First Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Bette Neeland Blair, Lowell; sister, Ruby M. Eaker, Gastonia; grandchildren and spouses, Dan and Kathy Blair Jr., Raleigh, Kaye and Jim Phillips, Dallas; great-grandchildren, Jay, Adam and Drew Phillips, Dallas; nieces and nephews
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Revs. Fred High, A.A. Bailey
INTERMENT: Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Ward Funeral Home, Gastonia; other times at the home of Dan Blair, 309 Hemlock Lane
PALLBEARERS: Ken Capps, Huey Hicks, Jim Mauney, Johnny McKenzie, Joe Messer, Gene Thompson
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: David Earnhardt, Dick Lambeth, Paul Lowrance, Wilson Perkins, Khal Shreitah
MEMORIALS: Kitchen Fund, First Baptist Church, 400 W. First St., Lowell 28098

Linda G. Hamrick
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Linda Goforth Hamrick, 44, 506 Branch St., died Dec. 2, 1998, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was a native of York, S.C., daughter of the late Edna Wallace Goforth, sister of the late Barbara Dover, owner and operator of the Silver Villa Restaurant.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Kenneth Hamrick; son, Jason Ray Childers, Gastonia; daughters, Teresa and Crystal L. Childers, Kings Mountain; father, Bobby Goforth, York; stepsons, Ricky and Steven Hamrick, Grover; stepdaughter, Tammy Taylor, Aspen, Colo.; brothers, Cotton and Arnold Goforth, York; sisters, Angela and Bobbie Jean Goforth, Jenny Childers, York; grandchildren, Joshua Childers, Bobby and Rhonda Moore, Ashley Jones, Jennifer Greene, Amanda Webb, Amber Taylor; great-grandchildren, Alex and Alyssa Greene
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Friday, Harris Funeral Home, Rev. David Philbeck
BURIAL: Mountain Rest Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, funeral home
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover, Shelby 28150

Harold E. Meacham
YORK, S.C. — Harold Eugene Meacham, 49, L.L. Davis Road, died Nov. 30, 1998, in York County.
He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Thomas Woodrow Meacham and LaFaye Davis Meacham Smith.
SURVIVORS: Son, Christopher McBee, Spartanburg, S.C.; stepmother, Martha Foster Hope Meacham, Kings Mountain; brother, LeLand Meacham, Kings Mountain; stepbrother, Dennis Lee Hope Jr., Kings Mountain; stepsister, Dottie Wyte, Kings Mountain
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Mountain Rest Cemetery, Rev. Don Williams
ARRANGEMENTS: Harris Funeral Home

Grace B. Brown
CHERRYVILLE — Grace Brendle Beam Brown, 96, 1010 Highway 274, died Dec. 1, 1998, at Carolina Care Center.
She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Joseph H. and Ellen Houser Brendle, wife of the late C. Floyd Beam, mother of the late D. Hal Beam, sister of the late Voyde, Ray, Lester and Guy Brendle, Nora B. Tillman and Bertha B. Canipe, grandmother of the late Cheryl Beam, homemaker, member of Cedar Grove Lutheran Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Guy Brown; son and daughters-in-law, Steve and Olivia R. Beam, Hazel B. Reynolds, Cherryville; brother, Keiffer Brendle, Vale; sister, Edith Waldrop, Valdese; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 4 p.m. Friday, Cedar Grove Lutheran Church, Rev. Dale Pederson
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Stamey Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Cedar Grove Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 261 Cedar Grove Church Road, Vale 28168
 
Annie Wilkerson
HICKORY GROVE, S.C. — Annie Mae Stephenson Wilkerson, 92, died Dec. 1, 1998, at White Oak Manor Nursing Home, York, S.C.
She was a native of York County, daughter of the late Floyd and Nancy Smith Stephenson, wife of the late Morgan J. Wilkerson, retired school teacher, taught in Hickory Grove area for 42 years, graduate of Winthrop College, member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.
SURVIVORS: Stepson, Dr. Leon C. Wilkerson, Fulton, Mo.; stepdaughters, Opal W. Dickerson, Spartanburg, S.C., LaRue W. Sauls, Ridgeland, S.C.; sister, Pat S. Shelley, Marion, S.C.; nine stepgrandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, Rev. Roger Dodd
BURIAL: Hickory Grove Cemetery
VISITATION: 2-3 p.m. today, church
MEMORIALS: Hickory Grove Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 127, Hickory Grove 29717 or Hickory Grove Life Saving Squad, P.O. Box 224, Hickory Grove 29717
ARRANGEMENTS: York Funeral Home

Ricky Setzer
IRON STATION — Ricky Junior Setzer, 25, 1411 E. Highway 27, died Nov. 30, 1998.
He was a native of Lincoln County, a material handler in the construction industry.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Crystal Setzer; sons, Jeremy Smith, Iron Station, Joshua Deaton, Iron Station, Ricky Setzer, Raleigh; daughters, Jessica and Jerrica Deaton, Lincolnton, Patricia Setzer, Ohio, Elizabeth Setzer, Charlotte; mother, Shirley Farris, Lincolnton; stepfather, Darrell Setzer, Lincolnton; brothers, Elvis Setzer, Iron Station, Gary Setzer, Hickory; sisters, Cindy Huffman, Hickory, Darlene Setzer, Hickory, Peggy Jordan, Asheville; maternal grandmothers, Margaret Setzer, Lincolnton, Doris Sheets, Mocksville
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, Community Chapel Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas L. Shoemate
BURIAL: Hollybrook Cemetery
VISITATION: Held Wednesday
MEMORIALS: American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 202, Lincolnton 28093
ARRANGEMENTS: Warlick Funeral Home
 
Carl Lee Armstrong
MOUNT HOLLY — Carl Lee Armstrong, 79, 1018 W. Catawba Ave., died Dec. 1, 1998, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
He was a native of Lucia, son of the late John S. and Addie Pearl Lee Armstrong, retired from the City of Gastonia, Army veteran, member of VFW Post 9136, member of Second Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ruth Guin Armstrong; sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie L. and Elaine Armstrong, Charles A. and Becky Armstrong, Mount Holly; brother, James L. Armstrong, Charlotte; sisters, Myrtle A. Phillips, Mary A. Lyman, Gladys A. Baucom, Charlotte; grandchildren, Angela A. Sherrin, Kenneth L., Kristopher C. and John B. Armstrong; great-grandchildren, Seth and Dara Sherrin
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, Second Baptist Church, Revs. Bruce Bradley, Jim King
BURIAL: Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly
MEMORIALS: VFW Post 9136, Attn: Jack Warren, 307 E. Catawba Drive, Mount Holly 28120

Grady Bolton Sr.
BELMONT — Grady Lee "Bill" Bolton Sr., 69, died Dec. 1, 1998, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Ernest and Annie Mae Crump Bolton, member of Westmoreland Baptist Church, Mecklenburg Health Club, retired from Duke Energy, an avid outdoorsman.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Margaret Wilson Bolton; sons and daughters-in-law, Grady Bolton Sr., Larry C. Bolton, Stanley, Tommy E. and Gail Bolton, Kenneth R. and Penny Bolton, Charlotte; brother, Louis Bolton, Charlotte; sisters, Edith Tinsley, Gastonia, Colleen McManus, Rachael Darnell, Charlotte; grandchildren, Michael E., Timothy Wayne, Dustin Palmer, Stephanie Michelle, Amanda Renee and Holly Nicole Bolton
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Friday, Westmoreland Baptist Church, Charlotte, Rev. Jerry Cloninger
BURIAL: Forest Lawn West Cemetery, Charlotte
VISITATION: 7-8:30 tonight, Carothers Funeral Home, Belmont

Judy Mae Bryant
LINCOLNTON — Judy Mae Bryant, 55, 1418 S. Highway 16, died Dec. 1, 1998, at Lincoln Medical Center.
ARRANGEMENTS: Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Huntersville
 
Mary Ellen L. Hovis
STANLEY — Mary Ellen Loftin Hovis, 72, 5611 Reepsville Road, died Dec. 2, 1998, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Marion David and Bessie Brown Loftin, wife of the late Howard Lee Hovis, homemaker, member of Stanley Church of God.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Rev. Arnold Lee Hovis, Hayesville, John Marion Hovis, Stanley; daughters, Mary Hovis Grigg, Vale, Alice Hovis Lockridge, Smyrna, S.C.; brothers, Ray Loftin, Charlotte, Kenneth, Max and Richard Loftin, Mount Holly; sisters, Ann Miller and Louise Barron, Mount Holly; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Saturday, Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, Revs. Bruce Johnson, Joe Drumm
BURIAL: Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 p.m. Friday, 5611 Reepsville Road, Vale, or 219 W. Church St., Stanley
MEMORIALS: Solid Rock Christian Center, P.O. Box 1006, Hickory 28605

Virginia P. Adams
IRON STATION — Virginia Parker Adams, 83, 2264 Hudson Poultry Road, died Dec. 1, 1998, at Lincoln Medical Center, Lincolnton.
She was a native of Anson County, daughter of the late Albert and Lily Mae Allen Parker, retired from J.P. Stevens after 25 years of service.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Fred Adams, Lincolnton, Kenny Adams, McAllen, Texas; daughter, Linda Rice, Iron Station; brother, Jody Parker, Wadesboro; sisters, Louise Alexander, Kings Mountain, Betty Boatwright, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Alice Meeks and Alberta Pegram, Wadesboro, Ruth Mason, Cheraw, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Friday, Alexis Baptist Church, Revs. Malcolm Ivey, Gene Alexander
BURIAL: West Corinth Baptist Church, Landis
VISITATION: 10-10:45 a.m. Friday, church
ARRANGEMENTS: Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton


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