Obituaries, June 2, 2013

Jun. 12, 2013 @ 01:05 AM
Ted Hamrick
RUTHERFORDTON — Theodore “Ted” Hamrick, age 63, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Crowe’s Mortuary.
 
Paul Payne
FOREST CITY — Paul Phillip Payne, age 62, died on June 10, 2013. Services are to be private. Donations may be made to the Community Pet Center, 578 Laurel Hill Dr., Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Crowe's Mortuary is serving the Payne family.
 
Rev. Daniel Sulc
WEDDINGTON, NC — Rev. Daniel David Sulc, 83, died Sunday, June 9, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Swannanoa Valley Presbyterian Church, 115 Rockdale Avenue, Swannanoa, NC.
Memorials may be made to Columbia International University, PO Box 3122, Columbia, SC 29230-3122. Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
 
Billy Melton
FOREST CITY — Billy Lee Melton, 70, died on Monday, June 10, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday at McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service. McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Melton family.
 
Perry W. Estep
FOREST CITY — Perry W. Estep, age 79, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services.
 
Vergie McCraw
Mrs. Vergie McCraw, age 98, of Rutherfordton, died on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center.  
A native of Polk County she was the daughter of the late Lee and Odie Cudd. Vergie was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and the former owner and operator of McCraw Flower Shop in Spindale. She was the widow of Mr. Guy B. McCraw.
She is  survived by one daughter, Pat Covey and husband, Michael of Spartanburg; one son, Steve McCraw and wife, Cynthia of  Ellenboro; one sister, Guynema Smith of Chesnee; four grandchildren and their spouses; one step grandchild; six great grandchildren; five step great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013, with Rev. Don Crawford officiating. A visitation will follow the service at the mausoleum. Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 1950 Poors Ford Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.
Online guest register at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com   
McMahan's Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.
 
Stephen “Tyler” Watkins 
Stephen “Tyler” Watkins, age 18, of Ellenboro, NC, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Tyler was born June 20, 1994, in Rutherford County, NC, and was a graduate of Rutherford Opportunity Center, class of 2013. He worked part-time for Tri-City Discount Furniture and was a member of Cooper Springs Congregational Holiness Church. He enjoyed dirt bike racing and raced at the Mid-East Hare Scramble. He also enjoyed the outdoors which included camping and hunting. Tyler had wrestled for the East High School wrestling team.
He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. T G Canipe, Betty Price, Gertrude Watkins, Ted Laughter and Frances Laughter.
Survivors include his parents, Phil and Michale Watkins of Ellenboro; one sister, Amber Watkins and brother, Preston Morrow; grandparents, Kenneth and Elizabeth Watkins of Bostic and Roger and Brenda Laughter of Columbus, NC; great-grandfather, Osborn Price of Converse, SC and two uncles, Scott Watkins of Shiloh Community and Keith Watkins of Bostic.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Cooper Springs Congregational Holiness Church with Reverend Terry Ware and Reverend Gene Crain officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, NC  28801.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for Tyler’s Family.
An online guest registry is available at www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com
 
Billy Lee Melton
FOREST CITY — Billy Lee Melton, 70, of Ferry Road, Forest City, died on Monday, June 10, 2013, at SECU Hospice House of Rutherford County. 
A native of Cleveland County, he was born on July 04, 1942, a son of the late Claude Lee and Macie Humphries Melton. He retired from J.C. Cowan and was a member of Chase Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Melton and Frank Melton. 
He is survived by his sisters, Carrie Melton, Shirley Hutchins, and Cathy Morrow, all of Forest City.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2013, at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Butler officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday at McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service.
McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Melton family.
An online guest register is available at www.mckinneylandrethcarroll.com.