Obituaries, February 7, 2013
Feb. 07, 2013 @ 01:41 AM
RUTHERFORD COUNTY —
FOREST CITY — Calvin “Chip” Winfred Vickers, Jr., 50, died on Sunday, February 03, 2012. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, at New Vision Baptist Church of Chesnee. Visitation will be held following the service. McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Vickers family.
HAMPTON, GA — Willie Gene “Easy” Radford, 69, died January 31, 2013. A funeral service was held February 4, 2013, at Glad Tidings Assembly of God. The burial followed at Camp Memorial Park.
Carl J. Mowell funeral Home, Fayetteville was in charge of the arrangements.
LAKE LURE —Della Hamilton, age 86, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Thompson's Mortuary, Inc. of Forest City, NC.
FOREST CITY — Edward Humphries, age 96, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Thompson's Mortuary, Inc. of Forest City, NC.
Dorothy Williams Briscoe, age 80, died Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will e announced later by McMahan's Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Evelyn Owens Watkins
Evelyn Owens Watkins, 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 one son, Tony Watkins and wife, DeeDee of Shiloh; grandchildren, Alisha Thompson and Joe Johnson, both of Wichita Kansas, Seth Watkins and Jonathan Hyder, both of Shiloh.
A memorial service for Evelyn and funeral services for her husband, Clark will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Crawford, Rev. Wade Huntley and Rev. Michael Sepaugh officiating.
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.
Online guest register at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com
McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements
Clark Watkins, 79, of the Shiloh Community died on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Virgil and Verlon Watkins. Clark was a US Navy Veteran serving for 4 years and was a retired insurance salesman for ISA. He was an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Watkins and a daughter Denise Watkins Johnson.
He is survived by one son, Tony Watkins and wife, DeeDee of Shiloh; grandchildren, Alisha Thompson and Joe Johnson both of Wichita Kansas, Seth Watkins and Jonathan Hyder both of Shiloh; brothers and sisters, Betty Champion of Hickory, NC, Jane Stiffler of Melbourne, FL, Sam Watkins of Bradenton, FL, Henry Watkins of Greenville, SC, Becky Petree of Statesville, NC.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2013, at McMahan's Funeral Home. A joint funeral service and memorial service for Clark and Evelyn will be at Shiloh Baptist Church at 11 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2013, with Rev. Donald Crawford, Rev. Wade Huntley and Rev. Michael Sepaugh officiating. Mr. Watkins will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, to any church fund of your choice, 1850 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.
Dr. Jesse Mills
Dr. Jesse William Mills, age 69, of Columbus, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 5, 2013, while being cared for at Wake Forest University Medical Center.
A native of Rutherford County and a lifelong resident of Polk County, Jesse was the son of the late Glenn William and Willie Mae Calhoun Mills. Jesse was a Baptist Minister currently pastoring at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, and had previously pastored churches in North and South Carolina. He was very active on the mission field, preaching in over 19 countries and on five continents. He was the retired owner of Mills and Son Construction Company.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Lora Mills Morgan and husband, Barry, and Matthew Mills and wife, Donna Lane Mills; grandchildren Cole Morgan, Jonathan Mills, Alea Morgan, Michael Mills, and Brittany Mills; sisters Glynes Wilson and husband, Gene, and Shirley Turner and husband, Eugene.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Padgett, and brothers, Thadeus (Jake) Mills and Joe Mills.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 9, at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, 221 Sulphur Springs Church Road, Forest City, NC 28043 with Revs. Robert Harris and Gene Self, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 8, at Crowe’s Mortuary in Rutherfordton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 4530 Park Road, Suite 240, Charlotte, NC 28209 or Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Mission Fund.
Online condolences at www.crowemortuary.com
Crowe's Mortuary is serving the Mills family.
Robert Edgar Carpenter, Jr.
Robert Edgar Carpenter, Jr. of Rutherfordton, NC died February 5, 2013. He was born June 29, 1928, to Robert Edgar Carpenter and Margaret Ann McFalls Carpenter of Cliffside, North Carolina. As his father before him, R. E. Carpenter, Jr. became a Registered Professional Engineer in 1958. He was a member of The Association of General Contractors Of America, Inc. and a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Born in Cliffside, he attended Cliffside School until 1944 and graduated from Shelby High School in 1945. He graduated from North Carolina State in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and a Companion of St. Patrick. He became a partner with his father in R.E. Carpenter & Company, Inc. Engineers and Builders of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, which was organized in 1946.
With his father, he constructed, designed, and renovated textile structures throughout Rutherford County including the Haynes Mills at Cliffside and Avondale, and the Mill Art in Spindale. Their work included major renovations to the First Baptist Church and the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuaries at Forest City and the Cliffside Baptist Church in Cliffside. He designed and built the Matheny Motor Company Building, and constructed the Mooneyham Library in Forest City. Ed designed and constructed the second addition and renovation to the Skyland Textile Plant in 1972 in Forest City, and was commissioned by G.B. Harrill to design and construct the Executive Building in 1975 in Forest City. He designed and constructed the major portion of the Collins & Aikman-Mastercraft Plant in Spindale in 1975 through 1983. Other industrial renovations and/or additions include Spindale Mills, Elmore Corporation, and Washington Mills at Spindale, Laurel Mill at Rutherfordton, and N.C. Display Company at Alexander, as well as Alexander Mills School.
He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior on July 3, 1938, at Cliffside Baptist where he was baptized on July 24, 1938. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Forest City where he joined with his bride, Betty Jo Putnam Carpenter in June 1950. He was ordained as a deacon on September 15, 1958. He was a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Matheny Sunday School Class, and served on numerous committees at First Baptist Church of Forest City. He belonged to the Kiwanis Club, and served on the Board of Directors at the First Federal Savings & Loan starting in 1963 until it merged with Centura Bank (now PNC Bank).
On June 2, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jo Putnam of Shelby, N.C. at Zoar Baptist Church. They made their home on Clay Street in Forest City until 1982 when they moved to Rutherfordton. Their children are Robert Edgar Carpenter, III of Rutherfordton, Margaret Elizabeth Carpenter Mason of Forest City married to Mike Mason, and John (Jody) Joseph Carpenter of Charlotte, N.C. married to Beth Jones. His six granddaughters are Dr. Elizabeth Mason Ervin of Columbia, S.C., married to Wayne Ervin, Maggie Mason Jones of Forest City married to Nick Jones, Carey Alice Carpenter, Laura Elizabeth Carpenter, Emily Joanne Carpenter, and Mary Jordan Carpenter of Charlotte, N.C. He has one great-grandson, Jacob Wiley Jones of Forest City and one great-granddaughter, Esther Olivia Ervin of Columbia, S.C. He loved his children, adored his granddaughters, and was enchanted by his great-grandchildren.
He had one brother, John P. Carpenter, Seven Lakes, N.C. and one cousin, Mary Lois Webb Elvington, Nichols, S.C.
Special thanks to helpers Faye Street, Francis Clary, Crystal Cooper, Mitzi Snipes, and Sandy Jeffords.
The Funeral will be held at three o'clock in the afternoon, Friday, February 8, 2013, in the First Baptist Church of Forest City with the Reverend Dr. Barry K. Keys, Reverend J. Anthony Spencer and Reverend Clyde V. Buckner officiating. Interment will follow in the Carpenter Plot in the Cliffside Cemetery, Cliffside, NC. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 Friday in the Family Fellowship Hall of the church.
Suggestions for donations are to the history fund of First Baptist Church, 211 W. Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043; to Hospice of Rutherford County Inc. 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City, NC 28043; and to The Symphony of Rutherford County , Post Office Box 750, Forest City, NC 28043.
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at www.padgettking.com
Raymond Victor Payne
Raymond Victor Payne, age 77, of Forest City, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Hospice House of Forest City after a battle with cancer.
He was a veteran of US Army having served during the Berlin Crisis. Raymond was a Master Mechanic and he maintained and drove dirt track and asphalt tracks throughout both Carolinas, Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee. In 2011 he was inducted into the "Hall of Fame" at Cherokee Speedway.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Paul Payne; his father and mother-in-law, Howard and Juanita Bailey; sister, Shirley; and brother, Leon.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 36 years, Judy Bailey Payne of the home; two daughters, Donna Payne of Charlotte and Tiffiney Conner and husband, Roger of Forest City; two sons, Allen Payne and wife, Terry of Rutherfordton, and David Payne of Forest City; brothers, Charles and Eddie, both of Georgia and Donald of Forest City; sisters, Debra, Charlene, Doris and Catherine of Georgia; his grandchildren, Ashley Payne, Beth Buckner, Holden Hipp, Bailey and Olivia Conner; and two great-grandchildren; his brother -in-law, Ken Bailey and wife, Beverly of Bostic; as well as nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at two o'clock Friday, February 8, 2013, in the Chapel at the Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC with Reverend Robert Harris officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 until 12 noon Friday at The Padgett and King Mortuary.
Raymond's family wishes to thank the "Angels at The Hospice House" of Rutherford County and his home bound nurse, Terry Toney and social worker, Patty Olson, who were so special to the family.
Memorials may be made to 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 www.padgettking.com.