Obituaries, January 29, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 12:56 AM


William C. Hightower, Jr.
SPARTANBURG — William C. Hightower, Jr., 88, devoted husband of Lorelei Bostic Hightower, passed away January 25, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.
“Bill” was born in Cliffside, NC, and was the son of the late William Chapman and Josephine Janie Womick Hightower. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and was retired from McLean Trucking Company after 30 years of service.
A self-taught craftsman of many trades, he selflessly applied his skills and assisted many people in need. He was also a voracious reader, very knowledgeable in history and always entertained with his sense of humor. Bill was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and was a 3rd Degree Mason, Spartan Lodge No. 70.
He was the father and mentor to his children, W. C. “Bill” Hightower III, wife, Mary Lou, Becky McElroy, husband, Billy, and Brian Hightower, wife, Lesia; grandfather of Robin Collier, Tammy Banfield, Christy Banfield, Heather Curtis, Lauren Hightower, and Matthew Hightower; great-grandfather of Baylei Banfield, William Banfield, Tyler Banfield, Oliver Curtis, Kaley Hirahara, Chloe Seise, Gabriel Turner, Christian Toner, and Elliott Toner.
The family will receive friends at St. James United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, from 2 until 2:45 p.m., followed by a service in the sanctuary at 3 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Arthur Holt and the Rev. Beverly Wilson. Entombment with military honors will follow at Floyd’s Greenlawn Cemetery, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, SC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 213 Lanford Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301 or Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guest register is available at
Paul Franklin Sims
RUTHERFORDTON — Paul Franklin Sims, 76, husband of Doris Ann Mullis Sims, entered into eternal rest January 26, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center.
Born in Rutherford County, he was the son of Sidney William and Eva Mae Guffey Sims. Paul retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service and was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After spending several years in Rutherfordton, NC, Paul relocated to Reno, NV where he retired from Granite Construction before returning to Rutherford County and becoming an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years; four children, Susan Paulette Sims of Clarksville, TN, Vincent James Sims of Clarksville, TN, Jeffery Lynn Sims  and wife, Angela, and Maria Annette Peebles  and husband, George, both of Rutherfordton, NC; five grandchildren, Amy Russum Tuten and husband, Mark, Kevin Russum and wife, Andrea, Rusty Sims and wife, Blair, Cody Sims, Jennifer Peebles; five great grandchildren, Mark Tuten, Aubrey Tuten, Lawrence Sims, Arianna, and Alexis; two sisters, Rena Mae Auten of Kannapolis, NC and Dorothy Early of Marion, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul was preceded in death by seven brothers, John, Charles, Robert, Curt, Jonas, Arthur, and Wheed Sims and three sisters, Mamie Sheehan, Estelle Crook, and Joyce Taliaferro.
The family will be receiving friends at 2877 Maple Creek Road, Rutherfordton, NC from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February the 2, 2013. Military honors will be provided by the Rutherford County honor guard at 1 p.m.   
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Norris Public Library of Rutherfordton, American Cancer Society, or Hospice of Rutherford County.
Crowe’s Mortuary and Chapel, Inc. of Rutherfordton is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at
Sandra Wall
Sandra O'neal Guffey Wall, age 66, of South Main Street, Boiling Springs, NC, passed away peacefully and went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Wendover Hospice House of Shelby, NC.  
A native of Cleveland County, she was born July 5, 1946, the daughter of Gale Thoniel Guffey and Bertha Lee Hamrick Guffey of Boiling Springs. She was the former organist of Ellenboro Presbyterian Church, and served as organist of Ryburn Memorial Presbyterian Church where she was a member. Mrs. Wall was a graduate of Boiling Springs High School where she was the first female bus driver. 
She was preceded in death by her parents.  
Survivors include her nieces, Tracy Hicks and husband David, and Stacy Green, all of Boiling Springs; a great niece, Ashley Bradburn; and a great-great niece, Anna Belle Bradburn.
No formal services are planned. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Rutherford or Cleveland County.  
The Padgett & King Mortuary is in charge of cremation arrangements.  
An online guest registry is available at
Charles Leroy Mize
BOSTIC – Charles Leroy Mize, 81, of Fair Haven Drive, Bostic, died on Monday, January 28, 2013, at SECU Hospice House of Rutherford County. 
A native of Union County, SC, he was born on July 05, 1931, a son of the late Frederick and Mattie Lou Gillian Mize. He retired form the Textile Industry.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sons, Charles Leroy Mize, Jr., Jerry Wayne Mize, and Davie Lee Mize; his daughters, Margaret Elizabeth Bradley and Annette Beth Mize; one grandchild, Adrian Hamrick. 
He is survived by his wife, Rosa Lee Wynn Mize, of Fair Haven Home; two sisters, Lilly Mae Hart and Pansy Linear, both of Charlotte; eleven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the A.C. McKinney Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Cliffside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Mize family.
An online guest register is available at
Margie Lee Putman Butler
ELLENBORO - Margie Lee Putman Butler, 80, of Philadelphia Church Road Ellenboro, a resident of Autumn Care Nursing Center, died on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. 
A native of Rutherford County, she was born April 22, 1932, a daughter of the late Grover Lee and Ada Belle Cole Putman. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a former member of the Pastors Sunday School Class.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James Harrill Butler; four brothers, Darrell Putman, Graber Putman, Willis Putman, and Landrum Putman; two sisters, Oneeda Bell Putman Hamrick and Mary Jane Putman Rankin. She is survived by her daughter, Angela Butler Bridges and husband Samuel of Ellenboro; one brother, Bruce Putman of Forest City; two sisters, Margaret Putman Helton and husband Reid of Ellenboro and Renee Putman of Ellenboro; her grandchildren, Nicole Bridges Moore and husband Brian of Bostic, Samuel Kyle Bridges and wife Amanda of Bostic, and Justin Harrill Bridges and wife Leah of Spindale; eleven great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the nurses, doctors, and staff at Autumn Care Nursing Center for the loving care they have provided Mrs. Butler over the past several years.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Toney and Rev. Wayne Blackwood officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour before the service in the Family Life Center.
McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Butler family.
An online guest register is available at