Community News, December 21, 2012

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 12:25 AM


Jerry Whisnant
SHELBY — Jerry E. Whisnant, age 59, died Monday, December 17, 2012. The funeral will be held on Saturday in the chapel of Ulysses D. Miller Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Ulysses D. Miller Funeral service is in charge of the arrangements.
Herbert J. Henderson, Jr.
UNION MILLS - Herbert J. Henderson, Jr., died Thursday, December 20, 2012. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 26 at Lewis Memorial Park in Asheville. Memorials may be made to Rutherford County Hospice, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Crowe's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
William “Bill” Hicks Miller, Sr.
William “Bill” Hicks Miller Sr., of Rutherfordton, NC passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Hospice of Rutherford County.
Bill was the son of the late Earl Hicks and Patricia Ritchie Miller. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his son, Billy Miller, Jr.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Lori and husband, Gavin Turner of Jacksonville, FL; sisters, Sonja Sloan of Rutherfordton, NC and Deborah Johnston and husband, Ted of Mount Holly; brother, Doug Miller and wife, Renée Miller of Rutherfordton; two grandchildren, Griffin Turner and Emily Turner and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Crowe’s Funeral Home on Saturday, December the 22 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Bill Alley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Brittain Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Crowe’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at
Lenda Jane Reavis Gurley
Lenda Jane Reavis Gurley, of Rutherfordton, age 64, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, NC surrounded by many loving family, friends and clergy.
Lenda was a devoted and cherished mom and Grandma. “Mama” Lenda was also known by many as a loving and caring person, and to some, a second mom. Pure in heart, she gave selflessly of her time and attention to anyone who
needed her. She was loved by all who knew her.
Lenda Jane Gurley was the daughter of the late Helen Young Reavis and Glenn Reavis of Charlotte. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Glenda Montgomery and one son, Barry Gurley II. 
She is survived by three brothers, Gary and wife, Cathy, George and wife, Brenda and Andy and wife, Tressa Reavis; two sons, Michael Gurley and Jason Gurley; granddaughters, Brianna, Ciarra and Nevaeh Gurley; brother-in-law,
Glen Montgomery, daughter-in-law, Laura Gurley, her dearest friend, Tim Smith and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Crowe’s Mortuary and Chapel, 118 US Hwy. 74A, Rutherfordton, NC.
Donations may be made to Lake Lure Baptist Church, 6837 US Hwy 64/74A, Lake Lure, NC 28746 (828) 429-8825 in memory of Lenda Gurley and in thankfulness for the comforting and supportive ministry of Reverend Anton Roos.
Crowe’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be made at