Obituaries, February 2, 2013

Feb. 02, 2013 @ 12:22 AM


Doreatha Lowe
FOREST CITY — Doreatha Lowe, age 86, died Thursday, January 31, 2013. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church in Shelby. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Thompson's mortuary and Chapel in Forest City is handling the arrangements.
Jean Auman
SALUDA — Betty Jean Johnson Auman died Sunday, January 27, 2013. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, at 2 p.m. at Hendersonville First Baptist Church, 312 5th Ave., Hendersonville, NC. Reception to follow. McFarland Funeral Chapel is serving the family.
Rondle E. Henson
FOREST CITY — Rondle Elmay Henson, 65, loving husband of Joyce Epley Henson of 221 J.E. Morrow St. died, January 31, 2013.
Born May 10, 1947, in Cherokee County, SC, he was a son of the late Buford Henson and Ruby Hames Henson. He was a member of Hicks Grove Baptist Church and a retired meat cutter.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, James Kevin Henson of Spartanburg; daughter, Rhonda Henson Childress of Greer; brothers, Dewitt Henson, Bobby Henson, Eugene Henson, Clyde Henson; sisters, Barbara Gardner, Betty Waters, Vicki McKinney; grandchildren, Matthew Childress, Brandon Henson, Tiffany Childress, Christian Henson, Brittany Henson and  great-grandchildren, Logan Burnett and Austin Fowler
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Philbeck officiating. Burial will follow in Hicks Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
E-condolences may be sent on line to
Eggers Funeral Home & Crematory in Chesnee is serving the family.
Leroy Nolan
David Leroy Nolan, age 84, of Knollwood Drive, Forest City died Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center.  
He was born March 13, 1928, in Spartanburg County to John Pinkney Nolan and Dorothy Jane Sweatt Nolan. Leroy worked for many years at the former Fieldcrest Mills and  General Fireproofing and retired from Fasco Industries in Shelby. He was a member of Florence Baptist Church and the Virgil Webb Sunday School Class and enjoyed visiting the shut-ins of Rutherford County with the church. One of his great joys was the time spent with former Alexander friends as they reminisced about their past. Leroy was also proud of his maternal Native American Heritage as a part of the Catawba Tribe.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Polly Smith Nolan of the home; a brother, P.D. Nolan and wife Flossie of Hickory; brother and sisters-in-law, Eldon and Doris Smith of Hendersonville and Eris Allen of Rutherfordton; his nieces and nephews, Gary Nolan and wife Dana of Hickory, Ted Allen and wife Diane of Rutherfordton, Jill Svrjcek and husband Albert of Bel Air, MD, Steve Smith of Charleston, SC, Kent Smith and wife Tammy, and Jimmy Smith and wife Cathy all of Rutherfordton, and Rodney Smith and wife Donna of Mars Hill, NC; and great-nephew and special caregiver, Wade Allen of Gastonia; as well as many other loved great-nieces and nephews.
The Funeral will be held at four o'clock Sunday, February 3, 2013, in The Padgett and King Chapel with Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt and Mr. Robert Rogers officiating.  Visitation will be held from 2:30 until 4 o'clock prior to the service at the mortuary. Following the service Mr. Nolan will be cremated. Memorials may be made to Florence Baptist Church, 201 South Broadway Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or Hospice of Rutherford County, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.  
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at
Elmer LeRoy (Roy) Routh
January 19, 1929 – January 31, 2013
Elmer LeRoy (“Roy”) Routh passed away in his home in Rutherford County, NC, on Thursday afternoon, January 31, 2013. 
He was 84 years old. Roy was born on January 19, 1929, in Lamar, Colorado to parents Earl R. and Eva R. Routh. After graduating from Lamar High School, he entered Idaho University as an Electrical Engineering major. He was drafted into the U.S. Army before finishing college. He served a full 30-year career in the U.S. Army and rose in the ranks from Private to Full Colonel and retired on June 30, 1980. 
He was married on August 2, 1953, to the love of his life, Joan A. Horst. They were married for 60 years until his death. 
Roy received his B.S. degree from the University of Southern Colorado in 1971, and his Executive M.B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1986. He was a highly decorated soldier and veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War; his military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and many others. 
Roy will be remembered by his friends and family as a person who idolized his wife, loved his children, and constantly maintained an optimistic enthusiasm for life and relished its challenges.
He has been looking forward to spending eternity with his Lord Jesus Christ. We are delighted for him that he is now with his Lord in Heaven—walking and running and dancing without encumbrance. 
Roy is survived by his wife; four children, Richard and wife Edie, K. Ron and wife, Jane, Mark and wife, Alexa, and Debbie and husband, James Rennie; 19 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 
The funeral services will be held this Sunday afternoon, February 3, 2013, at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Interment will follow in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Church Sanctuary.
Online Condolences at
Imedelle Wooten Matheny
Imedelle Wooten Matheny, age 94, of Forest City, passed from this life on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Hospice House of Forest City. Her soul remained strong but her heart gave out and now her spirit has been set free. She was born May 31, 1918, in Rutherford County and was a daughter of the late Norman C. Wooten and Eva Gertrude Champion Wooten.  
Her kindness and joyful character touched all who knew her and her laugh was infectious. She had a blessed and long life and enjoyed her life up to the very end.  Her ninety-four and a half years were filled with travel with her husband, Marshall, making new friends (her favorite thing to do) and giving back to those less fortunate.  Her sparkling blue eyes held a special glow along with a slight bit of mischief.
She loved her family, her church, and held a special place for her friends in the Friendship Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church. She enjoyed a good joke, loved to laugh and laughed often. 
Imedelle grew up in the "Roaring Twenties" and the "Great Depression" and shared many stories about the rewards and hardships of those times. During World War II she worked for the Jewel Tea Company in South Carolina driving her own stocked van, carrying out a very successful route with hundreds of loyal customers. From the 1950s until the late 60s she worked with her husband, Marshall, as the part-time bookkeeper for Matheny Hardware & Furniture Company. When Marshall assumed the position of N.C. Lions State Secretary for Lions Clubs International, they both enjoyed traveling to Lions meetings throughout North Carolina, the United States and the World. 
Imedelle was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Matheny in 1998. Loved in this life, her knack for finding the positive in everyone she knew and "taking the good with the bad" will serve as her legacy and a shining role model.
Survivors include her daughter, Trudy Matheny, PhD of Chapel Hill, NC, and a sister, Cora Mae Page as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins .
The funeral will be held at two o'clock Sunday, February 3, 2013, in the First Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. Barry K. Keys and Reverend J. Anthony Spencer officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from one until two o'clock Sunday prior to the service in the Church Parlor of the Alexander Memorial Building. 
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