Obituaries, September 5, 2013

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 12:05 AM
Bessie H. Davis 
UNION MILLS — Bessie Ree Harmon Davis, 83, died on Tuesday, September 03, 2013. Visitation will be held from 3 until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, at McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service. Funeral services will follow. Burial will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, at The Western North Carolina Veteran’s Cemetery of Black Mountain. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Davis family.
Lee Tice 
ELLENBORO, NC – Lee Tice, 67 years of age, lost his long and courageous battle with Scleroderma on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Lee was born November 30, 1945, in Kew Gardens, NY, to the late Rose L. Tice and LeRoy E. Tice, Sr. 
He was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Greg. 
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 45 years and soul-mate, Maggie; two sons, Matthew and wife, Rachel of Rutherfordton, NC, Jon and his wife, Hayley of Palm Desert, CA; brothers, Michael and Peter; and his sister, Laurie. Lee is also survived by four grandsons who were the light of his life, Gregory, Grady, Gabriel and Crosby; along with numerous loving nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Lee worked for many years as a computer-based trainer and educator, having earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English from St. John’s University in Brooklyn, NY and his Masters in Educational Technology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He retired from 18 years of service at New York Life Insurance Company before retiring and moving to North Carolina.
Lee was an avid cook, a teacher, mentor and friend. He loved people, loved life and was an inspiration to all those around him to live it to the fullest. Every day with him was an adventure; he enjoyed creating new recipes, exploring new cultures and learning new things and he challenged his friends and family to do the same. His friends and family were his foundation, and kept him strong even when the terrible effects of his disease weighed heavily on his shoulders.
A memorial service is planned for a later date, but for local friends and loved ones there will be a gathering at Matt and Rachel’s home, Friday, September 6, at 4 p.m. Please call (828) 748-9044 for details and the address.
The family is asking In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Foundation for the Department of Medicine and the Division of Rheumatology for Scleroderma Research, 18 Bee Street, MSC 450, Charleston, S.C. 29425, (843) 792-2677.
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Maude Hollifield Lane
Mrs. Maude Hollifield Lane, 96, of Bostic, died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Henderson Care Center, Forest City.
She was the widow of Kenneth G. Lane, and was the daughter of the late Gamba and Lula Hollifield. She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert K. Lane. She was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Blue and her husband Danny; there are five grandchildren, Donna Blue, Lori Blue Upton and her husband Mark, Leta Lane Wellmen and her husband Perry, Tracy Lane Gugel and her husband Ron, and Kenny Lane and his wife Gen; there are ten great grandchildren, Nic Vahle, Lauren Vahle, Jordyn Upton, Mark Upton, Jr., Dana Wellmen Enzor, Matthew Wellmen, Jamie Gugel, Eran Gugel, Christan Upton Heffner, and Cara Upton; there are four great-great grandchildren, Avah Renae Vahle, Ziggy Chastine, Ryleigh Upton, and Brantley Upton; there are two nieces, Doris Finger of Atlanta, and Ruth Reavis of Florida.
The Funeral will be conducted at 2:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2013 at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. Rev. David Hawkins, Rev. James Mackey, and Rev. Danny Blue will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The Visitation will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Thursday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service.
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Charles Emory Greenholtz, Jr.
FOREST CITY, NC — Charles Emory Greenholtz, Jr., age 71, of 1661 Hogan Rd, Forest City, died, Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at his residence. 
A native of Westminster, Maryland, he was a son of the late Charles Emory Greenholtz, Sr. and Anna Elizabeth Sparks; he was a co-owner of Foothills Family Campground, a veteran, having served in the US Air Force, member of the South Mountain Family Camp, and member of the Trinity Wesleyan Church of Forest City where he was a church greeter. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step father, Joseph Milton Sparks.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Reed Greenholtz, of the home; a son, Stephen Wayne Greenholtz and his wife, Marie of Tryon, NC; a daughter, Dawn Marie Hemmelgarn and her husband, Bill of Forest City; four brothers, Bob Steele and his wife, Phyllis of Ticonderoga, New York, Orville Greenholtz and his wife, Muriel of Buda, Texas, Howard Greenholtz and his wife, Cheryl of Warrensburg, New York, Joe Sparks and his wife, Barbara of Tarboro, NC; three sisters, Catherine Morehouse of Brant Lake, New York, Hazel Robello and her husband, Bill of Hudson Falls, New York, and Judy Spaulding and her husband, Frank of New Sharon, Maine. There are four grandchildren, Jessica Flores and her husband, Steve of Virginia, Bethany Thompson and her husband, Shane of Forest City, NC, Christopher Hemmelgarn of Woodburn, Indiana, Matthew Hemmelgarn of Forest City, NC, and three great grandchildren, Billy and Cody Flores of Virginia, and Luke Thompson of Forest City.
Funeral services will be held at eleven o'clock in the morning, Saturday, September 7, 2013, in the Trinity Wesleyan Church with the Pastor Larry Segers officiating. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m., Friday, at The Padgett and King Mortuary. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Wesleyan Church, 291 Harmon Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or South Mountain Family Camp, c/o Linda Hardin, 202 Crawley Drive, Forest City, NC 28043. 
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at
Miriam Lee Jackson
Miriam Lee Jackson, age 79, of Oak Forest Drive, Forest City, North Carolina, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Hospice House of Forest City.  
She was a native of Rutherford County and was a daughter of the late Lee R. Robbins and Vada McMahan Robbins. Miriam was a bookkeeper and partner in the former Bostic Cash Store and later worked as the bookkeeper for Logan Hardware Company. She was a member of Alexander United Methodist Church, a graduate of Cool Springs High School Class of 1952 and attended Converse College. Miriam was also preceded in death by a beloved brother, Bruce R. Robbins who was killed in action during World War II and her sisters, Lois Cole and Jean Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, John Wayne Jackson, Sr. of the home; a son, Bill Funderburke, Jr. and wife, Michele of Rutherfordton; two daughters, Leesa Funderburke Blalock of Gastonia and Gay Funderburke Tate and husband, Phil of Forest City. There are also five grandchildren, Mellony Spake Harris, Jill Spake Ohmstead, Billy Bostic, Brittany Funderburke Matney, and Taylor Funderburke; five great grandchildren, Luke and Bryn Harris, Judson and Landry Ohmstead and Baylee Bostic.
Memorial services will be held at two o'clock Saturday, September 7, 2013, in the Alexander United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. James J. Powell and Reverend Dr. James L. Powell officiating. Interment will follow in the Cool Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held from six until eight o'clock Friday evening at The Padgett and King Mortuary.  
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, North Carolina 28043. The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at