Obituaries, July 9, 2013

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 12:16 AM
Parrish Carpenter
RUTHERFORDTON — Parrish Lamonte Carpenter, age 48, died on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, at the St. Gabriel Episcopal Church. Thompson's Mortuary and Chapel is serving the family.
Stella Logan
SPINDALE — Stella Mae Logan, age 73, died Friday, July 5, 2013. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Thompson's Mortuary and Chapel, Inc. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Thompson's Mortuary and Chapel, Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.
Newell Vess
FOREST CITY — Newell Jones Vess, age 84, died Friday, July 5, 2013. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, at Caroleen Baptist Church. Interment followed in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, at Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services.  
Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest city, NC  28043. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services was in charge of the arrangements. 
Tarsha Edwards
FOREST CITY — Tarsha R. Edwards, age 42, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, at New Bethel AME Zion Church at 2 p.m. The body will lie in state one hour prior. Interment will be in Doggett Grove Cemetery. Ulysses D. Miller is in charge of the arrangements.
Virginia “Ruth” Hood
Virginia “Ruth” Hood, age 87, of Naperville, Illinois, passed away on May 30, 2013. Her beloved husband Bill preceded Ruth in death in 2005. 
She is survived by her loving daughter, Laura Cushing and husband, Dan; sons, Philip and wife, Connie, Edward and wife, Jovita, and Jeff; and grandchildren, Lucas, Andrew, Sara, Jacob, Camden, Jack and Pam. 
Ruth was born in Duncan’s Creek, North Carolina, on March 19, 1926, and lived there until entering nursing college in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. After World War II she worked at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC as a registered nurse and she and Bill were married there. They raised their children in Burlington, North Carolina, Kwajalein Island (Micronesia), Parsippany, New Jersey, and Naperville, Illinois, where she was a member of the Naperville Community United Methodist Church. The couple retired to Sunset Beach, North Carolina in 1982, and also kept a home in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. They enjoyed 23 years together at Sunset. Ruth was a master of many crafts and hobbies. She was a dedicated rug hooker and many of her rugs appeared in magazines and rug shows. She also was an amateur genealogist who wrote a history of the Waters family (her maiden name) in western North Carolina. And, she was a collector of fossils and seashells in retirement, digging them up in marl pits along the Carolina coast. Many of those shells are now on display at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Ocean Isle Beach. 
Ruth will be remembered and honored by family and her many friends.
A Memorial service for relatives and friends will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church, 252 North Washington Street. Arrangements were made by the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home and Crematory, 516 S. Washington St, Naperville, IL  (630) 355 0264. 
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Newell Jones Vess
Newell Jones Vess, age 84, of Forest City, NC, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County.
Newell was born October 12, 1928, in Cleveland County, NC, to the late Flay C. Jones and Etta McDaniel Jones Wright. She retired from Celanese Fabrics and she was a Hospice volunteer for many years. She loved her family and giving her time to care for others. She was truly a servant and also a long time member of Caroleen Baptist Church. She was recently attending Drury Dobbins Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Lee Roy Vess, Jr., and two brothers, Harold Jones and Tommy Wright. 
Survivors include husband, Dwight Cooper; one daughter, Diane Fisher and husband, Bill, of Forest City; three sons, Wayne Vess and wife, Rita, of Forest City, Ardie Vess and wife, Judy, of Ellenboro, Keith Vess and wife, Roxie, of Shelby; a stepdaughter, Diane Cooper Durant and husband, Dennis, of Shelby; one brother, Max Jones of Ellenboro. She is also survived by grandchildren, Sharla Migala and husband David, Andy Ledford, Steve Ledford, Rob Vess and wife Janie, Erin Vess Baker and husband, Keith, Nikki Vess McCree, Jerry Vess and wife, Dana, Terri Toney and husband, Larry, Mindy Hoyle and husband, Richard, Melissa Gilsoul and Marisha Stainback.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Caroleen Baptist Church with the Reverend Alan Hall and Reverend Chris Hensley officiating.  Interment followed in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services.  
Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest city, NC  28043.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services was in charge of the arrangements. 
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Diane Heffner
Diane Heffner, 65, of Jefferson City, MO, died July 5, 2013, at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center surrounded by her family.  
She was born August 3, 1947, in Shelby, NC, the only child of the late Dan and Mae Scruggs. She spent her childhood in Cliffside, NC, often at her father’s side. Diane is a former resident of Durham, NC and moved to Jefferson City in 2006, to be with her daughter, Angie Heffner Robyn and two granddaughters, Emily Diane and Riley Robyn. Diane was a lifelong member of Cliffside Baptist Church and a current active member of First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, serving on the Children’s Ministry Team and 175th Anniversary Celebration Committee. She attended East Tennessee State University. Diane worked for Glaxo Smith Kline (formerly Burroughs Wellcome) for 33 years in the company’s Human Resources Division retiring in 2007 to spend more time with her family. Diane was known for her dedication, compassion and all-encompassing support of her customers and co-workers who often became her friends. In 2004, she received the President’s Roll of Honor for Passion and Urgency.
Dedicated to her family, Grammi spent as much time as possible with her two granddaughters, Emily Diane and Riley, teaching them about her childhood, gardening, and the importance of Jesus and belonging to a church family. With them she shared many trips to her home state and to Washington, DC, Branson, Kansas City (her heart city), Cancun and Disney World.
Diane was an extremely loyal friend and has many lifelong friends who have become family to her, especially her fellow unicorns and her daughter Angie’s friends who she loved as her own children. Known for her thoughtfulness, generosity, and avid card-sending, she always remembered holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, and concerns of her family and friends. Diane enjoyed gardening and was a do-it-yourself repairperson, a skill and talent she learned from her Dad. She loved watching Duke basketball and Kansas City Royals baseball – attending her last Royals game on June 22 with her granddaughter, Riley, and a group of dedicated friends who wanted to see her final wish carried out.
Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Angie Heffner Robyn, and her husband, Tim, of Jefferson City, MO; four grandchildren, whom she loved with all of her heart, Emily Diane and Riley Robyn of Jefferson City, MO and Kayla Jo and Davis Robyn of Louisville, KY; her aunt, Betty Graham of Forest City, NC; her “sister,” Mary Scruggs Beason and Freddie of Cliffside, NC; cousins with whom she stayed in close contact: Bill Scruggs Jr. and Anne and Joel Moore and Jane of Cliffside, NC, Lynn Church and David of Greensboro, NC, Ken Davis and LaVerne of Belmont, NC, Bobby Jones and Diane, Carolyn Crawley and Steve Davis and Wanda of Forest City, NC, Elizabeth Evans of Ellenboro, NC, Sue Tate of Lutz, FL and Martha Hamrick of Ellenboro, NC; and many special friends.
The family would like to extend their special gratitude to: caregivers Lucy Buersmeyer, Kim Hubbard, and Jannie Dunbar; Dr. George Kistler for his years of going above and beyond for Diane; and the staff at Ellis Fischel – especially the AIU staff whom she looked forward to seeing on every visit. They would also like to thank the numerous friends, co-workers, neighbors and members of First Baptist Churches of Cliffside and Jefferson City who supported Diane and her family through a thirteen-year epic battle with Cancer.
Visitation will be at McKinney-Landreth & Carroll from 6 until 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Cliffside Baptist Church. Graveside services and interment will follow immediately at Cliffside Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church Jefferson City at a later date. 
Memorials may be given to the Children’s Ministry of Cliffside Baptist Church, PO Box 336, Cliffside, NC 28024.
Dorothy Shields Morgan
RUTHERFORDTON, NC — Dorothy Shields Morgan, age 74, of Big Island Road, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  
She was born September 1, 1938, in Cherokee County, SC, and was a daughter of the late Horace E. and Ola Lee Shields. She was a homemaker and former operator of Dot's Fabric Shop and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. 
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Morgan in 2002; a brother, Herman Shields; sisters, Juanita Oliver and Esther Atkins; and a sister-in-law, Betty Shields.
Survivors include a daughter, Pennie Morgan Willis and husband, Keith of Rutherfordton; a brother, Wayne Shields of Columbus; sisters, Ethel Godfrey and husband, Reid of Forest City, Brenda Joines and husband, John of Rutherfordton; a sister-in-law, Juanita Shields of Forest City; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at three o'clock Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in the Shiloh Baptist Church with Reverend Don Crawford officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the sanctuary of the church from two until three o'clock, Tuesday, prior to the service.  The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at