Obituaries, April 30, 2013

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 12:22 AM
Dell P. Whiteside
LAKE LURE — Dell P. Whiteside, died Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Dr. Chivous Saine
GASTONIA — Dr. Chivous H. “Chick” Saine died on April 27, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia. The family will receive friends following the service from 3:45 until 4 p.m. Burial will be private in Conover Cemetery. Memorials should be made to Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, N.C. 28054. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Saine family.
J. Scott Harrill
MURRRELLS INLET, SC — James Scott Harrill, age 64, of Murrells Inlet, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Mr. Harrill was born in Forest City, NC, a son of the late Parmer and Mary Harrill. Mr. Harrill was a graduate of East Rutherford High School in Forest City, NC, and he attended East Carolina University. He was a US Army Veteran and was a combat medic in Vietnam from 1968-1969. He was a life member of the Professional Golf Association of America and a former head golf pro in Lake Lure, NC, Brevard, NC and in Williamsburg, VA. Mr. Harrill was a teaching pro on the PGA Tour, Powerbuilt Tour, Wild Wing Club and International Club in Murrells Inlet.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Rogers Harrill; daughters, Robin Harrill Bennett  and Mike of Williamsburg, VA, Kimberly Harrill Zugay and Steve of Apex, NC, Lori Hyler Potter  and Paul of Morrisville, NC; son, Brad Hyler  and Ginnie of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren, Casey and Michael Bennett, Austin and Savannah Zugay, Emma, Lily, Julia and Jacob Potter and Crosby Hyler; and sister-in-law, Ginger Rogers Ferrell and her children, Taylor and Kelsey.
Memorial Donations may be made to Communities in Schools of NC, 222 N. Person St, Raleigh, NC 27001 or The VA Medical Center, 109 Bee St., Charleston, SC. 29401.
A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date in Murrells Inlet.
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Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is charge of the arrangements.
Marshall Simmons
Marshall Simmons, age 60, of Ellenboro, NC, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
Marshall was born April 20, 1953, in Spartanburg County, SC, to the late George P. Simmons and Edna Skinner Simmons. He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1972 and worked in textiles most of his life. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Forest City and enjoyed fishing, going to flea markets and NASCAR. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Ann Arrowood Simmons and one brother, Thomas Ray Simmons.
Survivors include five step-sons, Steve K. Roper and wife, Lisa and Sean P. Roper all of Forest City, Donald S. Roper and wife, Trena of Boiling Springs, SC, Gray S. Roper and wife, Melinda and Greg D. Roper all of Rutherfordton; three brothers, Jerry Simmons and wife, Ann of Iron Station, NC, Bobby Simmons and wife, Martha, William Simmons and wife, Rhonda all of Clover, SC; two sisters, Jean Hardin and David Harmon of Rutherfordton and Marie Adams and husband, Bob of Nashville, TN. He is also survived by nine grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Neil Haynes officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place on a later date. 
Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the family of Mr. Simmons.
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Broadus “Lee” Quinn
Broadus “Lee” Quinn, age 80, of Westmore Road, Caroleen, NC, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County, NC.
Lee was born April 13, 1933, in Rutherford County, NC to the late Claude Lee Quinn and Hassie Radford Quinn. He was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1951, and worked for Windy’s Grill while attending school. He served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a faithful member of Cliffside Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He also worked for Stonecutter Mills for 40 years before his retirement and then enjoyed working as a contract driver for CSX Railroad, transporting train engineers. He loved to restore old cars, woodworking, home improvement projects, travelling to Pigeon Forge with his wife and eating good food.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Felix and Nancy (Robbins) Quinn and Tom and Mary Radford.
Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Vember Allred Quinn; one daughter, Christine Tessnear and husband, Terry of Alexis, NC; one grandson, Matthew Tessnear of Shelby, NC; one sister, Betty Upton; one brother, Howard “Buck” Quinn and wife, Gail all of Caroleen and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Cliffside Baptist Church with Reverend Joey Cantrell officiating and Matthew Tessnear giving the eulogy. The body will lie in state one hour before service time at the church. Entombment will follow at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery with military honors being accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are suggested to Cliffside Baptist Church, PO Box 336, Cliffside, NC 28024 or to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for the family of Mr. Quinn.
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Daniel William Keeter, Sr.
Daniel William Keeter, Sr., known as “Danny Boy”, age 86, of 212 Marietta Street, Gaffney, SC, and widower of Mrs. Lucille Wilson Keeter, passed Wed., April 24, 2013, at 6:10 p.m. at Magnolia Manor, Greenville, SC.
Son of the late Stan Davis and the late Bessie Keeter Davis, he was a native of Rutherford, a member of Stooping Pines Church in Smyrna, SC, a US Army Veteran and retired from Limestone Plant, Gaffney.
He is survived by four children, Sam Keeter of Henrietta and Mrs. Donnie Stover and David, Mrs. Mattie McBrayer and Joseph Hill of Forest City; a special grandson he reared, Donelle McEntire; seven step-children; 19 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m., at Foster Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Dover officiating. Interment will be in New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Cliffside.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mattie McBrayer at 399 Doggett Grove, Forest City.
Foster Funeral Home of Gaffney is serving the family.
Mary Ramsey Shook
Mary Ramsey Shook, 83, formerly of 190 Tennessee Street in Spindale, passed away at Willow Ridge Nursing Center on Sunday, April 28.  
She was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Dana N.C.
She leaves behind a son, Noland Ramsey of Hendersonville; a daughter, Mary Ann Moss of Spindale; six grandchildren, Christopher Moss of Spindale, Rusty and Dusty Ward both of Chesnee SC; Jennifer Ramsey Ross of Hendersonville, Cindy Ward Williams of Charleston SC and Abby Ramsey of Hendersonville, many great grandchildren; two sisters and three brothers.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lorna R. Ward of Fletcher and her granddaughter, Windy Ward Golightly of Inman SC.
Mrs. Shook grew up on a farm in Morven, NC and was one of 12 children. She lived and worked most of her life in Hendersonville, and lastly in Spindale with her daughter.  She had been a resident of Willow Ridge for three years.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday May 2, 2013, at Plainview Baptist Church, 389 Jim Lovelace Road in Ellenboro with Rev. Marshall Dill officiating. The visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service in the church.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Care, 859 Thunder Road, Spindale NC 28160.  
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The family will be at the home of Mary Ann Moss in Spindale for friends to stop by.  McMahan's Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Miles Andrew Whisnant
Miles Andrew Whisnant, 84, of Union Mills, died Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Hospice House, Forest City. 
He was the son of the late Herman and Cleo Morrison Whisnant, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Whisnant Barnes. He was retired from Gayley & Lord in Marion after 35 years of service.He enjoyed the family tradition of making molasses in Cane Creek with his family for many years. He was a member of Cane Creek Baptist Church. Miles was an Army Master Sergeant and served in Korea.   
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sue Bollinger Whisnant; his daughter, Becky Dorsey and her husband Stan, of Union Mills; there are two grandchildren, Andy Dorsey of Union Mills, and Allison Dorsey Kennedy and her husband Josh, of Charlottesville, VA; and a great grandson, Jack Miles Kennedy. 
The Funeral will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Cane Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Danny Camp will officiate, and Andy Dorsey and Allison Dorsey Kennedy will each provide a eulogy. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. 
The Visitation will be from 1:45 pm until 2:45 pm Wednesday at the church prior to the service. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. 
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. 
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Beryl D. Miller
GREEN CREEK, NC — Beryl Davidson Miller, age 98, passed away quietly April 28, 2013.
A lifelong resident of Polk County, NC., she was predeceased by her parents E. C. and Whitney Davidson, her husband of 64 years, Joseph A. Miller, and her sisters Hazel Hamrick, Imogene Crawford and Kate Williams.
She was a graduate of Green Creek High School, Gardner Webb College and Asheville Normal College with a degree in Education. Mrs. Miller dedicated her life to serving others and taught 1st Grade at Sunny View Elementary School for 38 years. She also taught Sunday School at Green River Baptist Church for over 80 years.
She leaves behind a loving son, Barry A. Miller and wife Harriett, grandchildren, Adrian Miller and wife, Kasey and Angie Miller; and great grandchildren, Ian Miller, serving in the U.S. Navy, Rachel Miller and Catherine Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Green River Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Curtis officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be held in the Green River Baptist Church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at McFarland Funeral Chapel on Tuesday evening, April 30, 2013.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, NC 28722.
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Joseph Henry Miller, Jr.
Joseph Henry Miller, Jr., of 145 Countrywood Drive, in Forest City, NC, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Hospice in Rutherford County. 
A native of Rutherford County, he was born on January 30, 1934, to the late J. Henry Miller, Sr. and Hazel Stalnaker Miller. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School in Forest City, and received a Textile Engineering degree from NC State University, where he was also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Following a membership in the ROTC at NC State, he served six months of duty in the Army, and retired from the NC National Guard as a Captain. His career in the textile industry began at Stonecutter Mills, followed by a long career with Hoechst-Celanese in Spartanburg, SC, where he retired. He also worked for Joe O’Mara, Inc in Spartanburg, SC, and David Poole, Inc. in Greenville, SC, where he finally retired in 2000.
He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City, member of the Ruppe Bible class, and also a member and past Master of the Forest City Masonic Lodge #381 A.F. & A. M.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Juanita Mayse Miller; children, Melissa Miller Heeg and husband, Timothy of Lake Wylie, SC and Joseph Henry Miller, III of Forest City; his beloved granddaughter, Kristen Taylor Miller of Cliffside; one sister, Anna Miller Hancock, of Indian Trail, NC; three step-grandchildren, Christopher and Theresa Heeg, of York, SC, Deborah Heeg Klahn of Avon, In, and Eric and Maria Heeg of Rochester, NY; and six step great grandchildren, Allison and Nick Heeg, Elijah, Brayden, and MacAllister Klahn, and Kenadi Heeg; niece, Amy Abernethy Brogdon and husband, Ralph; great-niece, Lance Corporal Danielle Kyle, Quantico, VA; and great-nephew, Charles Abernethy Kyle of Indian Trail.
Funeral services will be held at eleven o'clock Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in the First Baptist Church of Forest City with Dr. Barry K. Keys and Reverend Spencer Price officiating. Interment will follow in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Harris. Visitation will be from ten until eleven o'clock Wednesday in the church fellowship hall. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851. 
The Padgett & King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. 
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James D. "Jimmy" Melton
FOREST CITY,  NC — James D. "Jimmy" Melton, age 40, of Tanners Grove Road, Forest City, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Grand Strand Medical Center following a sudden illness.  
He was born October 12, 1972, in Lexington, South Carolina, and was an Operating Room Nurse for Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Jimmy was a member of Bethany Baptist Church and received his LPN from Isothermal Community College, his RN degree from Gardner-Webb University and his BSN from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He enjoyed fishing, was an avid cyclist and loved spending time on the ball field.
Survivors include his wife, Sheila Carpenter Melton of the home; a daughter, Sam Carpenter; two sons, Jimmy Melton, Jr. and Jordan Melton, all of Forest City; his parents, Tex Irvin of Shelby and Ann Martin of Kings Mountain, NC; brothers, Avery Melton of Rutherfordton, Cliff Irvin of Shelby and Guy Irvin of Myrtle Beach, SC.
The funeral will be held at two o'clock Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in the Bethany Baptist Church with Reverend Chris Fox officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from five until eight o'clock Tuesday evening at The Padgett and King Mortuary.  
Memorials may be made to the Jimmy Melton Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Gardner-Webb University, Post Office Box 997, Boiling Springs, North Carolina 28017.  
The Padgett and King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and an online guest registry is available at