Obituaries, January 26, 2013

Jan. 26, 2013 @ 01:14 AM


Margaret King
RUTHERFORDTON — Margaret King, age 87, died Thursday, January 24, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMahan's Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Denise Whitley
FOREST CITY — Denise Whitley, age 54,  died Thursday, January 24, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Thompson's Mortuary, Inc. of Forest City.
Gladys Bryant
FOREST CITY — Gladys Dickey Bryant, age 95, died Thursday, January 24, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Thompson's Mortuary, Inc. of Forest City.
Evelyn Owens Watkins
Evelyn Owens Watkins, age 77, of the Shiloh Community, died Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.  
She was a native of Rutherford County and was the daughter of the late Floyd and Vera Owens. Evelyn was director of the Selective Services Board of the Federal Government and later worked at Social Services over the Food Stamps and later on Child Support Programs. 
She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Watkins Johnson.
She is survived by her husband, Clark Watkins of the home; one son, Tony Watkins and wife, DeeDee of Shiloh; grandchildren, Alisha Thompson and Joe Johnson, both of Wichita Kansas and Seth Watkins and Jonathan Hyder, both of Shiloh.
A private graveside service will be held for the family. A memorial service for friends will be announced at a later date. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to the Shiloh Baptist Church Elevator Fund, 1850 Poors Ford Road, Rutherfordton NC 28139. McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.
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Thomas H. Campbell   
GREER, SC — Thomas Henry Campbell, 81, died January 24, 2013, at Ashlan Village in Lyman, SC.
A native of Cliffside, North Carolina, son of the late Clarence Henry and Mattie Huskey Campbell, he was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a retired employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., a volunteer driver for Greer Community Ministries, and a member of First Presbyterian Church, Greer, SC.
Surviving are his wife, Tex Ann Harris-Campbell of the home; a son, Thomas Michael Campbell of Wilmington, NC; a daughter, Pamela C. Garrett of Roswell, GA; a sister, Barbara Campbell Johnston of Davidson, NC; and three grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in Cliffside, North Carolina. The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to Greer Community Ministries, P.O. Box 1373, Greer, SC 29652.
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Angela Tesseneer Stacey
Angela Tesseneer Stacey, age 41, of Franklin Drive, Forest City, died Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC.
Angela was born July 17, 1971, in Rutherford County, NC, to the late Henry Tesseneer and Elizabeth Tesseneer Wishion who resides in Forest City. She was a graduate of East High School, class of 1990, and worked as a CNA for Union Mills Family Care Home for many years. She was a member of Plainview Baptist Church and enjoyed drawing, singing and was known as being a free spirit.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her step-father, Boyce Wishion; one brother, Randy Tesseneer of Ellenboro; one sister, Mary Tesseneer of Forest City; two step-sisters, Gail McDaniel and husband, Joey of Spindale and Crystal Lahrmer and husband, John of Cleveland County; five step-brothers, Robert Waters and wife, Robin of Harris, Raymond Waters and wife, Denise of Ellenboro, Boyce Edward Wishion and wife, Angie of Forest City, Gary Shehan of Forest City and Tommy Wishion and wife, Dawn of Ellenboro. She is also survived by one aunt, Hester Winfield of Mooresboro, six nieces and seven nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013, at Plainview Baptist Church with Reverend Marshall Dill and Reverend Ray Hooper officiating. Interment will follow in Cleveland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the family of Miss Stacey.
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Kelly D. Flynn, Sr.
LAKE LURE — Kelly D. Flynn, Sr. passed away on January 24, 2013.  
He was born on May 18, 1943, on Cedar Creek Road in Lake Lure, NC (Uree). He was a native of Rutherford County. The son of the late Roy Simpson Flynn, Sr. and Myrtle Searcy Flynn, he was also predeceased in death by his brothers, Roy Simpson Flynn, Jr., and Wayne Darwin Flynn and sister, Eleanor Flynn Hill Phillips.
He is survived by the love of his life, Betty Chappelear Flynn; daughter Erin Shane Balgeman and husband, Andy of Woodstock, Illinois; son, Kelly D. Flynn, Jr. and wife, Maggie of Lake Lure, NC; sisters, Juanita F. Murphy  and husband, Clifford of Lake Lure, Betty F. Rogers of Brevard, NC and Shirley F. Parrish and husband, Wayne of Raleigh, NC; brother-in-law, Wayne Chappelear  and wife, Jane of Pineville, NC; and sister-in-law, Cindy Chappelear of Jackson, MS. He is also survived by the joys of his life, his grandchildren, Kelsey Flynn, Christian Balgeman, Annie Flynn and Lucas Balgeman, along with 21 nieces and nephews.
Kelly attended Lake Lure Elementary School and R-S Central High School. In 1960, following the death of his father, he moved to Charlotte, NC to live with his brother and sister, Wayne and Shirley and went on to graduate from West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC in 1962. Kelly worked at Hoppers Discount Store in Charlotte following graduation and finally settled down to work for E.J. Smith & Sons on Hawthorne Lane and Golf Acres Drive in Charlotte where he worked for 29 years. Following the dissolution of the company, Kelly and four other employees formed the E. J. Smith Employees Group and eventually sold the company in 1994.
Through the years, Kelly devoted many hours to baseball with son, Kelly D., where he was affectionately known as "Curveball,"  4-H horse shows with daughter, Shane and coaching a traveling women's softball team with wife, Betty.
With one chapter of his life over, Kelly and Betty set out on their next adventure. Kelly's desire was to return to his roots in Lake Lure and remodel the family home and open a business to serve the community of Bill's Creek. His dream became a reality when Kelly, Betty and Kelly D. opened Bill's Creek Hardware, with the help of Don West of Monroe Hardware in Monroe, NC. The family will continue to carry on his dream of serving his neighbors in the Bill's Creek Community. His dream could not have been realized without the help of good friends, John and Marie Beard of Stanley County, NC. As well, he realized his dream of farming that was instilled in him by his father, Simp. His love of the land allowed him in his last years to spend many hours on the tractor with his brother-in law, Clifford Murphy and good friend, Joey McDaniel, growing and harvesting sweet potatoes, pumpkins and watermelons. Many friends and neighbors helped him to plant and harvest, especially when his health declined. He was blessed with the help of so many friends over the years, but special thanks go to the Searcy families, the McDaniel families, Randy Powell and Mac Kimbrough. Kelly also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bill's Creek Fire Department.
When Kelly saw the need to bring together the local hunters to provide an opportunity for fellowship, he formed Bill's Creek Hunt Club and Carolina County Hunt Club. With the aid of good friend, Jim Howell, Kelly bagged his first bear at the Murphy place on Cedar Creek Road and was immediately tagged "Killer."
Kelly was a member of Bill's Creek Baptist Church in Lake Lure, NC. He made his profession of faith and was baptized on May 17, 1998, by then Pastor Claude McIntosh. He was ordained a deacon on Oct. 7, 2007, by then Pastor Kenneth Hay and went on to serve faithfully as a trustee, as well.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 27, at Bill's Creek Baptist Church, with visitation at 1 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m. The Revs. Terrell Dillingham, Claude McIntosh and Kenneth Hay will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family would like to thank you all for the love and friendship extended toward Kelly over the years, but most especially how you welcomed Kelly and his family back to the community he loved so much.  
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bill's Creek Baptist Church in his memory.
Crowe's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
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Ellen Mae Hensley Dotson
SPINDALE — Mrs. Ellen Mae Hensley Dotson, age 92, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 24, 2013, while being cared for at Holly Springs Senior Center. 
She was retired from Stonecutter Mills, an active member of Spencer Baptist Church for 73 years and was also a lifetime member of the VFW. Ellen was born April 19, 1920, in Madison County NC to the late Matthew Manassey Hensley and Roxie Ann McDevitt Hensley. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Cleveland Dotson; their children, Grover Lee Dotson and Shirley Dotson Springs; her siblings, Dusky Bradshaw, Carrie Wheeler, Pearl Sellers, Faye Fox, Mary Monday, Martha Hensley, Matthew Hensley and William McKinley “Mac” Hensley.
Left to cherish her memories are granddaughter, Shannon D. Campbell and husband, Melvin; granddaughter Laura D. Hollar and husband, Steven; great grandchildren, Mary Feathers, Samuel Feathers, Sydney Hollar and Bethany Hollar; daughter-in-law Malinda Murphy; as well as a number of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday January 27, 2013, at Spencer Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Vaughn and Rev. Bruce Caldwell officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday January 27, 2013, at Spencer Baptist Church Family Life Center. Mrs. Dotson will be laid to rest in Spindale City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spencer Baptist Church, 187 Oak Street, Spindale, NC 28160.
Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the Family of Ellen Dotson.
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