Obituaries, June 11, 2013

Jun. 11, 2013 @ 12:38 AM
Essie Twitty
UNION MILLS — Essie Deck Twitty, age 89, died Thursday, June 6, 2013. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Union Hill AME Zion Church. The body will lie in state two hours prior to the service. Thompson's Mortuary is serving the family.
Gladys Hall
SHELBY — Gladys McGinnis Hall, 90, died on Monday, June 10, 2013. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, at Elizabeth Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service in the church sanctuary. Memorials may be given to Elizabeth Baptist Church Above and Beyond Building Fund, 301 North Post Road, Shelby, NC 28152. Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mrs. Hall.
Tyler Watkins
ELLENBORO — Stephen “Tyler” Watkins, age 18, died Sunday, June 9, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services.
Kenneth Green
FOREST CITY — Kenneth “Red Man” Green, age 53, died Sunday, June 9, 2013.     Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time in the church sanctuary. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Vergie McCraw
SHILOH — Vergie P. McCraw, 98, died on June 10, 2013. A graveside service will be held at Eternal Hills Mausoleum on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation following the graveside service. McMahan’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Barbara Collins
CLIFFSIDE — Barbara “Bobbie Jean” Brakefield Collins, 58, died on Saturday, June 08, 2013. At the request of Mrs. Collins, a private family service will be held on a later date. McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Collins family.
Melissa Dover Williams
Melissa Dover Williams, age 30, of Forest City died on Friday, June 7, 2013, at her residence.  
A native of Rutherford County she was the daughter of J.D. Dover of Rutherfordton and Linda Watkins of Delco NC. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.  
In addition to her parents she is survived by her fiance, Shane Parker of Forest City; Shane's daughters, Reva and Seairra Parker of Forest City; a brother, Donnie Dover of Rutherfordton; aunts and uncles, James and Patsy Kelly of Chesnee SC, Wayne and Betty Kelly of Woodruff SC, Joey and Debbie Brown of Leland NC, Jeff Kelly of Afghanistan, Ricky and Jill Kelly of Mill Spring NC; and lots of cousins and friends.
A visitation will be on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Fellowship Holiness Church Fellowship Hall. A memorial  service will follow in the fellowship hall at 3 p.m. with Rev. Bruce Jones officiating. Burial will be in Southern Baptist Church Cemetery. 
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McMahan's Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Aiden Frankie Martinez
Precious son of Frankie and Lindsey Martinez was born on June 4th 2013 at 3:11 a.m. He died peacefully in our arms around 3:35 a.m.
We deeply appreciate your prayers and outpouring of support over these last few months as we awaited the arrival of Aiden. Please continue to pray for us as we begin a new journey toward healing.
- Frankie and Lindsey Martinez
Ben Tielman
FOREST CITY, NC — Ben Tielman, 73 of Georgia Avenue, Forest City, NC, died Saturday June 8, 2013, after a brief illness.  
He was born January 31, 1940, on Folkingestrat, in Groningen, NL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jan Berend Tielman and Aleida Van der Spiegal Tielman and one brother, Robert. 
Ben was a hidden child survivor of The Holocaust. After World War II, he moved to Israel where he entered the IDF.  He served in the Golanies in the Israeli Army and fought in The Six Day War, The Yom Kipper War, and the war in Lebanon. He also participated in the Raid on Entebbe.
He returned to the Netherlands where he served in the Dutch Army and with the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces in Lebanon. For their excellence in this endeavor, the Dutch battalion was awarded both the Nobel Prize and Carnegie Award. He served in the Queen's Guard of Honor for six years. He became assistant stable master to Queen Beatrix and taught the present King of Holland, Willem-Alexander, how to ride. After leaving the Dutch Army, he served with the Dutch Special Police and retired as Director of Special Police in Groningen.
Following his retirement, he volunteered to work with Groningen City Promotions and presented an event, Country Week, each year in Groningen. He later became the Team Manager for the Dutch Olympic Bobsled Team.
He was a life member of the Gunpowder Creek Regulators in Lenoir and enjoyed SASS shooting.  He served as a mentor with the McNair Foundation for five years. He frequently spoke to school students about what it was like as a child in WWII Holland. He also enjoyed participation in Little League Activities and was assistant coach to his grandson's team. He was an avid Owls fan and also enjoyed watching soccer, football, and baseball. He loved animals. Ben was a friend to many and very active in the community.
He is survived by his wife, Suzette Collins-Tielman of the home, one step-son, Edward Calton Thompson, III, one step-daughter, Anna Thompson Hardin, and grandson, Edward Calton Thompson, IV. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Berry Collins and wife Ronda of Forest City.
The funeral will be held at two o'clock Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in The Padgett and King Chapel with interment to follow in the Cool Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be from six until eight o'clock Tuesday evening at The Padgett and King Mortuary.  
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675. 
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge and an online guest registry is available at
Barbara Collins
CLIFFSIDE — Barbara “Bobbie Jean” Brakefield Collins, 58, of Beason Road, Cliffside, died on Saturday, June 08, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. 
A native of York County, SC, she was born on November 25, a daughter of the late J.W. Brakefield and Dorothy Pettis Brakefield. She was employed for 18 years at Country Plaza Café and was a member of Hicks Grove Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby W. Collins; one son, Tony Collins of York, SC; three daughters, Crystal Hall and husband Matt of York, SC, Barbara Smith of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Tammy Collins of Cliffside; three brothers, Tommy Brakefield, J.W. Brakefield, both of York, SC, and Ricky Brakefield of Henrietta; one sister, Mary Alice Collins of York, SC; her grandchildren, Tiffany Smith, Bryson Hall, Josh Sanders, Chandler Hall, Victoria Morrison, Tanner Powers and Garrett Powers.
At the request of Mrs. Collins, a private family service will be held on a later date.
McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Collins family.
An online guest register is available at