Obituaries, November 5, 2013

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 12:40 AM
Paris Cooper
VALDESE — Paris Powell Cooper, age 77, died Friday, November 1, 2013. The funeral was at 3 p.m. Monday, at High Peak Baptist Church. The visitation was 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center, Morganton.
Beth Splawn
ELLENBORO — Elizabeth “Beth” Holland Splawn, age 36, died Saturday, November 2, 2013.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, at Concord Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in Sandy Run Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Concord Baptist Church Building Fund, 720 Old Highway 74, Bostic, NC  28018. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Myra Montieth McCurry
FOREST CITY — Myra Montieth McCurry, age 83, of Forest City, died Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Hospice House of Forest City.  
She was born September 12, 1930, in Cleveland County and was a daughter of the late Jesse and Marie Hood Montieth, a lifelong Baptist and a graduate of R-S Central High School Class of 1948. She was retired as a Lab Technician for Burlington Industries at the former J.C. Cowan Plant.  
Myra was preceded in death by her husband, John D. McCurry and brothers, Sherman, J.A., Paul, Marion, Kenneth, and Raymond Montieth as well as a half-brother, Jack Daggenhart.
Survivors include three sons, Joel McCurry and his wife, Gayle of Cary, NC, Mark S. McCurry and his wife, Lisa of Spindale, Jason McCurry and partner, Ralph Holt of Rutherfordton. There are also four grandchildren, Jonathan McCurry, Justin McCurry, Amy McCurry North, and Travis McCurry as well as 11 great-grandchildren.
The family will have visitation from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, at The Padgett and King Mortuary. Services will be private for the immediate family at Adaville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be at the home of a son, Jason McCurry, 622 Flynn Road, Rutherfordton. 
Memorials may be made to Yokefellow Service Center, 132 Blanton Street, Spindale, North Carolina 28160 or Hospice of Rutherford County, PO 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
Arthur John Zeits
LAKE LURE — Mr. Arthur John Zeits “Art,” age 83, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013, at his home. 
Art was a native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, a son of the late Julius W. Zeits and late Helen Lutz Zeits, and was a general contractor having built numerous custom homes in the mountains of North Carolina.  
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Alice Stothers Zeits, three children, six grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren, four step children, six step grandchildren and one brother, Alfred Zeits.
A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 2330 Big Level Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756 with Rev. Ned B. Owens officiating.
Online condolences may be made at
Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the Zeits Family.