Miscellaneous Gaston County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Ted M. Wilkinson
GASTONIA — Ted McClain Wilkinson, 64, 3610 Heather Lane, died May 5, 1999, at home.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Charles Baine and Lenna Wall Wikinson Sr., father of the late Diane Jackson Walker, brother of the late Charles Baine Wilkinson Jr., Billie Wilkinson Carpenter and Jean Wilkinson Harmon, graduate of Lowell High School, Western Carolina University and Belmont Abbey College, worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company at the New York home office, traveled as an auditor for 30 years, member of South Marietta Street Baptist Church, served on Constitution, Long Range Planning, Teller and Finance committees, deacon, Sunday School teacher, director of Senior Adult Department, sang in church choir and as a soloist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Kathleen Aldridge Jackson Wilkinson; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Jackson Badgett Gault and Jerry Gault, Rock Hill, S.C.; brother and sister-in-law, Samuel and Louise Wilkinson, Sanford; sisters and brother-in-law, Carol and Joe Ladd, Stanley, Virginia Wilkinson, Gastonia; grandchildren, Jason Todd Gault, Charlotte, Guy Wesley Badgett, U.S. Navy, Vestal Dan Walker II, Bessemer City, Christopher P. Walker, Gastonia, Benjamin J. Walker, Army, Alyson Walker Jones, Columbus, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Nadiya Diane, Sean and Sara Walker, Bessemer City, Ryan and Brandon Badgett, Chesapeake, Va.; mother-in-law, Mamie Lou Aldridge, Gastonia; five nieces; five nephews
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. today, South Marietta Street Baptist Church, Revs. John Ashworth, Chester Waters
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
MEMORIALS: South Marietta Street Baptist Church, 911 S. Marietta Street, Gastonia 28054, or Melanoma Research, Attn. Dr. Hillard Seigler, Duke University Hospital, Durham 27701
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean and Son Funeral Home

Thomas Honeycutt
GASTONIA — Thomas Edward "Tommy" Honeycutt, 73, 2027 Rankin Road, died May 4, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.
He was a native of Stanly County, son of the late James Silas and Inez Penelope Little Honeycutt, Navy veteran, member of McAdenville United Methodist Church for 52 years, retired from McLean Trucking Co., Charlotte, where he was a local driver for 35 years, one of the founders and past Chief of Community Volunteer Fire Department, Belmont, member of Gaston County Fire Association, Teamsters Local No. 71, Charlotte.
SURVIVORS: Wife of 52 years, Patsy Nichols Honeycutt; daughters, Kathy H. Earley and Sylvia Honeycutt, Belmont; sons and daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Honeycutt, Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Honeycutt, Gastonia, Mr. and Mrs. George K. Honeycutt, Mt. Holly; brothers, J. Fred Honeycutt, Stanley, James Robert Honeycutt, Charlotte; sisters, Ella Hannigan, Berlin, N.J., Winnie Mae Clawson, Huntersville, Ruby Shanklin and Roberta Craven, Charlotte; grandchildren, Jason Honeycutt, Charlotte, Elizabeth Honeycutt, Lowell, Nikki Simonds, Shelby, Lauren and Heather Honeycutt, Mt. Holly; Jessica Earley and Angela Honeycutt, Belmont, Landon Honeycutt, Gastonia
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, McAdenville United Methodist Church, Rev. Harold M. Smisor
BURIAL: Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Mount Holly
PALLBEARERS: Bobby Treece, Richard, Bob and Dickie Harris, Trent Walden, Frank Rodden
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Doug McDonald, Dick Rankin, Jimmy Eccles, Avery Crawford, Thad Reames, Marvin Pope
MEMORIALS: McAdenville United Methodist Church, 163 McAdenville Ave., McAdenville 28101
ARRANGEMENTS: McLean-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Belmont

Mary Waters
BELMONT — Mary Pressley Waters, 67, 403 Cherry St., died May 5, 1999, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was a native of Union County, daughter of the late James Henry and Catherine Helms Pressley, wife of the late James Demette Waters, mother of the late Carl Waters, private duty CNA, member of The Little Rock Pentecostal Holiness Church, Lowell.
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughter-in-law, Ulan Waters, Belmont, Dale and Cindy Waters, Gastoinia; daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Ken Grimes, Patricia and Larry Lowder, Charlotte, Cheryl and Rick Burton, Gastonia; brothers, Weston Pressley, Lincolnton, J.D. Pressley, Mount Holly, Norman Pressley, Charlotte; sister, Levado Porter, Claremont; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Saturday, Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly, Revs. Keith Hearn, Jerry Blevins, Bob Elwood and Jerry Rhodes
BURIAL: Pineview Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home, other times at the home of Cheryl Burton, 4513 Hidden Glen Court, Gastonia
MEMORIALS: The Little Rock Pentecostal Holiness Church, 601 Martha Ave., Lowell 28098

Paul Warren
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Paul Warren, 62, 519 Belvedere Circle, died May 5, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.
He was a native of Cleveland County, son of Mary Fulton Warren and the late Clarence Warren Sr., brother of the late Freelove Byers, Betty King and Joe Lee Warren, graduate of Compact High School, attended college in upstate New York, license mechanic and employed by FMC Lithium, joined Galilee United Methodist Church at an early age, where he was a trustee, usher and a member of the men’s choir and hospitality committee.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Guynetha Warren; sons, Daryl O’Keith Warren and Tony Falls, Kings Mountain, Samuel Falls, Greensboro; daughters, Kimberly and Paulette Warren, Felicia and Mapple Falls, Kings Mountain; sisters, Pauline Smith and Doris Adams, Kings Mountain, Pearl Warren, Passaic, N.J., Frances Warren, Bessemer City, Debra Warren and Zenobia Reid, Gastonia; brothers, Freddie Warren, Kings Mountain, Clarence Warren Jr., Newark, N.J.; four brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; cousins; one niece; one aunt; other relatives and friends
FUNERAL: 4 p.m. Saturday, Galilee United Methodist Church, Pastor Clarence Wright
BURIAL: Mountain Rest Cemetery
VISITATION: 30 minutes before service, church
ARRANGEMENTS: J.W. Gill and Sons Funeral Home

Noisey Feaster
McCONNELLS, S.C. — Noisey Feaster, 65, 162 Bent Pine Drive, died May 1, 1999, at Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, S.C.
SURVIVORS: Son, Jimmy Lee Butch Feaster, Gastonia
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, St. Paul Baptist Church, Lowrys, Chester County, body will be taken to the church one hour before service
BURIAL: Chester Memorial Gardens
ARRANGEMENTS: Kings Funeral Home, Chester, S.C.

Allen Jeter
GASTONIA — Allen Jeter, 76, 326 S. Vance St., died May 6, 1999, at home.
ARRANGEMENTS: Martin’s Funeral Home

Joseph Q. Dockery
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Joseph Quay Dockery, infant son of Shane Dockery and Shannon Kuykendall, 905 Gantt St., died May 2, 1999, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.
SURVIVORS: In addition to his parents, maternal grandparents, Jason and Sonya Curtis, Bessemer City, David and Renee Kuykendall, Lowell; maternal great-grandmother, Joann Smith, Kings Mountain; paternal grandparents, Dale and Serita Dockery, Barbara Winstead, Gastonia; paternal great-grandparents, Nina Hastings, Kings Mountain, Jannette Dawn, Allen and Mary Lee Dockery, Gastonia; maternal great-great-grandmother, Mimi Smith, Gastonia, paternal great-great-grandmother, Dawn Dockery, Gastonia; aunt, Carol Ann Sellers, Lowell; Godmother, Toscha Wooten, Bessemer City; Godfather and uncle, Charles Dockery, Kings Mountain
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Held May 3, Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery, Rev. Robert Hicklan
ARRANGEMENTS: Harris Funeral Home
 
Aubrey G. Epperson
GASTONIA — Aubrey Gose Epperson, 83, 1716 Oakvalley Drive, died May 6, 1999, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation.
He was son of the late Dr. Egbert Ernest and Susan Bertha Rowe Epperson, attended Emory and Henry University in Virginia, Army veteran of World War II, captain of security for Employer Security Co., Charlotte, member of Gateway Baptist Church, A.M. Optimist Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Absher-Flowers Post 9337.
SURVIVORS: Stepsons, William Andrew Starr, Gastonia, Melvin Thomas Starr, Charlotte; daughters, Letitia E. Hamrick, Gastonia, Susan E. Cowan, Charlotte; brother, Egbert Epperson, Houston; sister, Madge Via, Abbingdon, Va.; grandchildren, Dan Bond, Mount Holly, Bradley Cowan, Charlotte; step-grandchildren, Wade and John Hamrick, Gastonia, Victoria Starr, Charlotte, Heather Starr, Atlanta
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, Gateway Baptist Church, Gastonia, Rev. Larry Arrowood
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, McLean & Son Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: Gateway Baptist Church, 734 N. Modena St., Gastonia 28054 or American Cancer Society, 500 E. Morehead St., Charlotte 28202

Evelyn Grathwohl
CLOVER, S.C. — Evelyn Grathwohl, 816 State Line Road, died May 6, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 3 p.m. today, Greene Funeral Service, Southside Chapel, Gastonia

Ruba F. Williams
DALLAS — Ruba Falls Williams, 90, 403 E. Webb St., died May 5, 1999, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was daughter of the late Charles W. and Nellie Davenport Falls, sister of the late James Q. and Franklin L. Falls, retired teacher from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Stanly and Lincoln county schools, after 25 years, oldest member of First Baptist Church, secretary-treasurer for many years.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Clara L. "Peg" Falls, the home, Helene F. Campbell, Hendersonville, Jennye F. Coles, West Haven, Conn.; brother, Charles W. Falls II, Greensboro; eight nieces; two nephews; three great-nieces; one great-great-nephew
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church, Rev. R.W. Ramsey, body will be placed in church one hour before service
BURIAL: Rose Hill Cemetery
ARRANGEMENTS: Martin’s Funeral Home, Gastonia

Laura Foster
LINCOLNTON — Laura Foster, 90, 430 Hill Road, Lincolnton, died May 5, 1999, at home.
She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Henry and Ava Link Foster, preceded in death by 10 sisters and brothers, member of Link’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Parthenia Foster Mayo, the home, Delisa Smith, Lincolnton; sister, Sally House, Lincolnton; grandchildren, Melvin and Stephanie Mayo, Melvinia Mayo Robinson, Lincolnton, Mark Mayo, Charleston, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Shannon and Jada Mayo
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, Link’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Rev. Roger Hoyle
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 30 minutes before service, church
ARRANGEMENTS: Ebony and White’s Funeral Service

Helen D. Stillwell
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Helen Glenn Davis Stillwell, 78, 1742 Nearview Ave., died May 6, 1999, at home.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Miles and Daisy Glenn Davis, wife of the late Woodrow Wilson Stillwell Sr., sister of the late James Glenn and Louise Davis, retired textile worker after 40 years of service from Pharr Yarns, graduated from Belmont High School, class of 1936.
SURVIVORS: Sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Delores Stillwell, Larry and Margaret Stillwell, Gastonia, Dean and Ruby Stillwell, Vale, Woodrow "Peewee" and Jill Stillwell, Dallas; daughters and sons-in-law, Joan S. and Larry Oates, Columbia, Becky S. and Johnny Grant, Lincolnton; sister, Dorothy Davis Austin, Belmont; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Green Funeral Service, Southside Chapel
MEMORIALS: Palmetto Health Hospice, P.O. Box 7275, Columbia, S.C., 29202

Sylvia A. Jones
GROVER — Sylvia Lucille Alexander Jones, 80, 515 Kilgore Road, died May 3, 1999, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby.
She was daughter of the late Dave and Viola Alexander, wife of the late Samuel "Alex" Jones, mother of the late Samuel Jones, sister of the late Roy, Odell and Charles Alexander, Alberta Green, joined St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church at an early age, later became member of Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church, served on senior choir, usher board, deaconess, past president of Parent Body Missionary Department, former member of Community Sisters and Stewardess Board, member of Electra Chapter No. 12 Order of the Eastern Star and Queen of Sheba Court No. 1 Herions of Jerions of Jerico.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Debra J. Jones, Brenda J. Thompson, Mary J. Parker, the home; sons and daughter-in-law, Rev. Buddy and Doris Jones Sr., Grover, Bobby Jones Sr., White Plains, N.Y., Charles and Dennis, Kings Mountain, Carl Jones, the home; sisters, Margaret Alexander, White Plains, Virginia Alexander, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Mary McCoy, Rochester, N.Y., Martharae Brown, High Point; 32 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church, Rev. Franklin R. Kelly
BURIAL: Church cemetery
VISITATION: 6-7:30 tonight, the church
ARRANGEMENTS: J.W. Gill & Sons Funeral Home, Kings Mountain

Evelyn C. Rawlins
CHARLOTTE — Evelyn Coker Rawlins, 90, 2930 Mulberry Church Road, died May 6, 1999, at Grayland Croft Nursing Center, Gastonia.
She was a native of Knoxville, Tenn., daughter of the late Kizzie and Timothy Coker, wife of the late Emory M. Rawlins, mother of the late Betty Jean Durbin, grandmother of the late Emory M. "Rusty" Rawlins III, sister of the late Kizzie Vaughn and Earl Ray Coker, educated in Greenville, S.C., owned and operated Dixie Dry Cleaners, 209 Hoskins Road, from 1954-1968, worked at Dixie Dry Cleaners after selling to daughter Betty Jean Durbin, where she was a seamstress for 44 years.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Elaine R. Smith, Sarasota, Fla.; sons, Emory M. Rawlins Jr., Rocky Mount, James Reginald Rawlins, Charlotte; sisters, Virgie Forman, Seminole, Okla., Annette Brown, Greenville; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Monday, McEwen Funeral Service, Rev. Holt Madison
BURIAL: Forest Lawn Cemetery
VISITATION: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, funeral home

Robert E. Byrd
CHARLOTTE — Robert Earl Byrd, 61, 1210 36th Street, formerly of York County, S.C., died April 30, 1999, at his residence.
He was a member of Great Joy Baptist Church, McConnells, S.C., educated in the public schools of York County, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1960.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Deborah Byrd Harris, of the U.S. military; brothers, Eliza and David Byrd, McConnells, Roosevelt and Nathaniel Byrd, Charlotte; sisters, Leona Burkins, Alytha and Isabell Byrd, McConnells, Lillie Mae Reid, Lowrys, Earlene Mayfield, Rock Hill, Ollie Mae Orear, Charlotte
FUNERAL: Noon Saturday, Great Joy Baptist Church, Rev. Walter B. White
BURIAL: Crawford Memorial Gardens
VISITATION: 7-8 tonight, Wright Funeral Home, other times at the home of Eva Byrd, 11732 Smith Ford Road, Hickory Grove, S.C.

Charlotte Taylor
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Charlotte Shuler Taylor, 66, died May 5, 1999.
She was a native of Whittier, daughter of the late Robert Lee and Ollie Mae Bryant Shuler of Gastonia, member of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Beta Sigma Phi.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Alton Douglas Taylor, West Columbia; daughter, Donna T. Weatherington, Oakdale, Calif.; son, Anthony Charles Taylor, Merced, Calif.; sister Betty S. Hamilton, Gastonia; brothers, Gene Alvin and John Robert Shuler, Gastonia, James Broadus Shuler, Monroe; grandchildren, Kimberly and David Weatherington, Zackery and David Taylor
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 3 p.m. today, Gaston Memorial Park
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home


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