Obituaries, January 31, 2013

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 12:17 AM


Margaret Lewis Hodge King
RUTHERFORDTON — Margaret Hodge King passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Forest City, NC, after an extended illness.
Margaret was born on December 12, 1925, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Hubert and Josephine Hodge. Margaret attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating in 1950 with a masters degree in Music. She began her career in Albemarle, NC attending the First Baptist Church where she directed the church choir, singing solo parts with her beautiful soprano voice. Over the years she and her family lived in various locations within the US. In the late 1970‘s Margaret moved back to Boiling Springs, NC where she worked in the Music department at Gardner Webb University. She retired from Gardner Webb and moved back to Rutherfordton where she attended the First Baptist Church.
Margaret was known for her love of God, deep concern for others and her beautiful voice. She loved animals and had many special pets throughout her lifetime. She will be remembered for her kindness and concern for others.
Margaret is survived by her son Martin Rush King, “Marty” and his wife Pam, of King’s Mountain. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Stacy King Albea, (Chris), her daughter Zoey and son Landon, Matthew Stephen King, Kassey Marie Beam, and Savannah Cheyenne Snelgrove. Margaret is also survived by her sister, Ruth Hodge Craven of Pittsboro, NC. She is preceded in death by her sister Betty Jo Hodge in 1930.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 839, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.
The service to honor Margaret’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church, 246 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tim Marsh and Rev. Dean Baughn officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall after the service. Interment will be private in the Joseph Martin Hodge family plot at Rutherfordton City Cemetery.  
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McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.
Harold “Billy” Williams
Harold “Billy” Williams, age 62, of New House Road, Ellenboro, NC, lost his well-fought battle with cancer on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the Hospice House.
Bill was born February 8, 1950, in Buncombe County, NC. He worked for Jim Walter Homes as a mortgage banker. He was the owner and operator of Providence Road Sundries and The Biltmore Depot in Asheville. He was also an antique dealer at the Highway 74 Flea Market and an entertainer. Bill was a man who loved having a good time, loved spending time with his family and loved life. He will be truly and dearly missed.
His family would like to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses at Rutherford Regional Medical Center, Hospice of Rutherford County, Dee Wescott, Dr. Rees,and the entire staff of Rutherford Internal Medicine Associates.       
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Maynard; two brothers, Larry Williams and Jimmy Williams.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Gosnell; one daughter, Shelley Bradford; one son, John Williams and wife, Miho; three brothers, Howard Williams, Teddy Maynard and Tommy Maynard; two sisters, Pam Creasman and Patsy Bradley. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Natalie Bradford and Will Bradford.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Chris Hensley officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the Williams Family.
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