Obituaries for Sept. 1

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 10:52 PM

Gail Yelton

Mrs. Gail Shepard Yelton, 62, of 4841 NC Hwy 226, Golden Valley, died Thursday, August 29, 2013 at her residence.
She was the daughter of the late Willie and Irene Hastings Shepard, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Jane Jones and a brother, Bob Shepard.
She is survived by her husband Jasper L. Yelton, Sr.; two daughters, Jessica Settlemyre and her husband Dustin, of Valdese, and Amber Lovelace and her husband David, of Golden Valley; a son, Jasper L. Yelton, Jr. and his wife Jennifer, of Lawndale; three sisters, Betty Bell of Kings Mountain, Phyllis Shepard of Sunshine, and Ellen Hudson of Golden Valley; a brother, Jim Shepard of Sweetwater, TN; two grandsons, Ian Degerstrom and J.D. Lovelace; a stepgrandson, Justin Yelton; and one granddaughter, Lillian Grace Settlemyre, due October 18, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted at 2:30 pm Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Fairview Baptist Church. Rev. David Ledford will officiate. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Elbert Hudson, Stacy Hudson, Shannon Jones, Dale Ramsey, Ed Gurley, and Johnny Toney.
Following the conclusion of the graveside service, the family will receive friends in the Fairview Baptist Church Fellowship Hall until 5:00 pm.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, % Robin Smith, 433 South Creek Road, Bostic, NC 28018 or Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.
Friends may sign the online guest book

Sylvia Biggerstaff

Sylvia Pritchard Biggerstaff, 100, of Rutherfordton, was born on August 27, 1913 and returned unto the presence of the Lord on Friday, August 30, 2013.
She was a native of Avery County, North Carolina and the daughter of the late Elam Pritchard and Vettie Wilson Pritchard of Altamont. She was married to Joe Ray Biggerstaff on January 2, 1930 and they celebrated over 56 years together before his passing on July 3, 1986.
She was a homemaker who used her enormous talents to assist her husband on the family farm and dairy. She loved gardening, raising livestock, canning home grown fruits and vegetables and opening her home to the generations of family and friends who would come to visit from near and far.  Her greatest talent and her most enduring legacy are the quilts that she handcrafted over the decades.
For many years she was an active member of the Green Hill Community Club, the Green Hill School PTA and was a faithful member of Green Hill Baptist Church. She had recently been a resident of Oak Grove Health Care.
In addition to her parents and husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by a son, Billy Ray Biggerstaff of Rutherfordton; four sisters, Dovie Stamey of Altamont, Pauline Pyatt Cutherbertson of Pineola, Ruby Harris of Crossnore and Margaret Braswell of Hudson; and three brothers, Darius Pritchard of Crossnore, Dillard Pritchard of Raleigh and Delma Penley of Crossnore.
Survivors include a son, Lee Biggerstaff and wife Carolyn of Rutherfordton; a daughter, Sarah Jo Lattimore and husband Rodney of Forest City; and a daughter in-law, Betty Wright Biggerstaff of Rutherfordton, eight grandchildren, David Biggerstaff and wife Angie, Noel Sisk and husband Perry, Kathy Huckabee, Karen Patterson and husband Randy, Joshua Calvert and wife Caroline, Shawn Calvert and wife Andrea and Klint Lattimore, all of Rutehrfordton, also Karsen Spain and husband Brandon of Durham; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-garndchildren. Also surviving are two sisters; Floretta Colvert of Lenoir and Florence Curtis of Wilmington, and a brother; Damon Pritchard of Altamont.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Green Hill Baptist Church in Rutherfordton, and will be led by the The Rev. Mr. John Baker, The Rev. Mr. Joshua Calvert and Dr. Robert Earle Morgan.  The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the sanctuary immediately following the graveside service.
Crowe’s Mortuary & Crematory is serving the family.
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Virgie Stott
Virgie Pope Stott, 76, of Union Mills, died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at The McDowell Hospital.  
A service in celebration of her life will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Montford Cove Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  
Herman Cudd
Herman J. Cudd, 86 of Bostic, died Saturday, August 31, 2013.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later by The Padgett and King Mortuary.