Obituaries reported on March 5, 2014

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 06:21 AM

Josephus Watkins 

HENRIETTA— Josephus Watkins, age 77, of Henrietta, died Sunday, March 2, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Haynes Grove Baptist Church in Cliffside. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Thompson's Mortuary and Chapel Inc. is serving the family. 


Evelina Porter Panther 

SHELBY— Evelina Porter Panther, age 83, of Shelby, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow in Cleveland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Building Fund, 1227 Mt. Sinai Church Road, Shelby, NC 28152 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150. Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the family. 




Scott Alan Whisnant 

Scott Alan Whisnant  48, passed away Sunday March 2, 2014 in Savannah Georgia. Scott was retired from the United States Marine Corps after 21 years of service.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother Pat Whisnant Belcher, his father Robert Joseph Whisnant,one son Matthew Whisnant,one daughter Lily Whisnant,one brother Rev. Joe Whisnant and one sister Teresa Stephens.

A graveside service will be held 1 PM Friday March 7, 2014 at Liberty Baptist Church in Ellenboro,NC with military honors provided by The Rutherford County Honor Guard. Online condolences may be made at

Crowe's Mortuary of Rutherfordton, NC is assisting the family of Scott Whisnant. 





Jennie Lee Thompson 

Jennie Lee Thompson, age 91, of Rutherfordton died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Rutherford

County and  the daughter of the late Briscoe and Gladys Lovelace Philbeck. Jennie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton and was retired from the Rutherford County Clerk of Courts office.  She was the widow of Robert C. Thompson.

She is survived by one son, Robert Bruce Thompson and wife Marcia of Advance, NC; grandson, Robert Tyler Thompson and wife Emma; great grandson, Felix Eduardo Thompson and two brothers Wade Philbeck of Rutherfordton and Edwin Philbeck of Ellenboro. 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Friday, March 7, 2014 at McMahan's Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be at McMahan's Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 8, 2014 with Rev. Dr. Jack Knoespel officiating. A private burial will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 264 N. Main Street Rutherfordton NC 28139. Online guest register at   

McMahan's Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.