Obituaries, September 13, 2013
Sep. 13, 2013 @ 01:42 AM
RUTHERFORD COUNTY —
FOREST CITY — Gloria Hargett Smith, age 55, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. At other times they will be gathered at 148 Fairway Drive, Forest City. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.
RUTHERFORDTON — Darold Crawford, age 75, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Fellowship Baptist Church with Reverend Kenneth Rhineheart officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. Memorial donations are suggested to the Darold Crawford Memorial Fund, % Harold Crawford, 473 Westwood Circle, Waynesville, NC 28786. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Gloria Hargett Smith
Gloria Hargett Smith, age 55, of Forest City, NC, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at Rutherford Regional Medical Center.
Gloria was born February 15, 1958, in Davidson County, NC, to the late J.C. Hargett and Reba Wall Hargett. She worked for Cone Mills and Doran Mills for many years and was a member of Haynes Memorial Baptist Church. Gloria enjoyed collecting carousels and vacationing in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. She was known for her heart of gold and her pride and joy was her family.
Survivors include her husband, Paul A. Smith; two sons, Jason Dills and fiancé, Lorin Rutherford of Hendersonville and Travis Smith and fiancé, Kristine Spicer of Mooresboro; two daughters, Sondra Martinez and husband, Margarito of Forest City and Paula Smith Alghorani of Forest City; brother, Richard Hargett and wife, Sherry of Cliffside. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Chelsea, Kalei, Summer Martinez and Haley Smith; great grandson, Malikhi Lowery.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Mr. Jerry Condrey officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. At other times they will be gathered at 148 Fairway Drive, Forest City.
Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to The Salvation Army, 407 Duke Street, Forest City, NC 28043.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.
An online guest registry is available at www.harrelsonfuneralhome.com
Dr. Paul McBee Abernethy
Dr. Paul McBee Abernethy, 92, loving husband, devoted father, pioneering ophthalmologist and founding partner of Alamance Eye Center, died peacefully early Wednesday morning at Alamance Regional Medical following failing health for the last month.
He was a consummate Southern gentleman who placed top priority on his family and his career. His life was lived in a spirit of energetic curiosity, steadfast loyalty to family and friends, and constancy in his beliefs.
A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Vardy McBee and Junie Crites Abernethy. His mother died in 1923 when he was only two years old, and his father later married the late Clara Hamrick Abernethy who lovingly raised Dr. Abernethy as her own son. He lived in Rutherford County until he graduated from high school, ranking second in his class. He attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he graduated in 1939. In 1943 he became the first graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, graduating at the age of 21. He earned his way through college and medical school by playing in bands throughout the South and painting houses.
After an internship at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He served two years in the Philippines during World War II and was honorably discharged as a captain. When Dr. Abernethy returned to North Carolina, he established a general practice in Forest City and met the love of his life, Nell Tucker, a registered nurse. They were married six months later in 1947 and celebrated their 66th anniversary earlier this year.
Upon completing a residency in the specialty of eye/ear/nose/throat at Duke University Hospital, he moved with his young family to Burlington in 1950 and became the first eye doctor in this community. During his 50 years of distinguished medical service, Dr. Abernethy served as Chief of Staff at both Alamance County Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Alamance, which later merged to become Alamance Regional Medical Center. In addition to providing care to the people of Alamance County, he traveled around the world teaching and learning some of the newest medical technologies. In the 1970s he introduced a new technique in cataract surgery in North Carolina, and what was then cutting-edge technology is now a standard practice in ophthalmology. In the 1980s, Dr. Abernethy co-founded Alamance Eye Center and practiced there until his retirement in 1995.
While his family and his medical practice were his top priorities, Dr. Abernethy was well known for his service to the youth of this community through the Burlington Kiwanis Club, and his passionate interest in theater organs and music. With nearly 60 years in the Kiwanis Club, he is recognized as one of the club’s longest serving members. In 2010 he was named the club’s Citizen of the Year in recognition of a lifetime of giving to the people of Burlington.
Dr. Abernethy showed musical talent at a young age and became an accomplished organist and pianist. Through the years he served as organist for numerous weddings and funerals, and he has also served as substitute organist at Front Street United Methodist Church.
His interest in theater organs dates back to the 1940s. He was dedicated to the preservation of his favorite instrument in the midst of the widespread neglect and destruction of theater organs. He has a large and impressive theater organ in his home, and several years ago he donated to the Williams High School auditorium an extravagant organ that had played in theaters and movie houses across the country. In 1962 he was a founding member of the Piedmont Theater Organ Society, a chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, and was president of the national organization in the 1970s.
Dr. Abernethy was also an avid amateur radio enthusiast, a licensed small plane pilot and an outstanding photographer.
He and his wife also enjoyed foreign travel, playing bridge and fellowship with countless friends through the years.
Dr. Abernethy joined Front Street United Methodist Church in 1950 and remained active in the church and its Sunday school program his entire life.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Susan Abernethy and Dennis Rasmussen and Mary Jo Abernethy and Col. Ret. Lawrence Lane, all of Burlington; two sons, Paul “Mac” Abernethy, Jr., and Cyndi of Liberty and Judge Richard Bruce Abernethy of Gastonia; two grandsons, Richard Bruce Abernethy, Jr., of St. Augustine, Florida, and Paul Christian Rasmussen of West Monroe, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Laura Abernethy of Raleigh; one nephew, Rodney Abernethy of Raleigh; one cousin, Rachel Price of Lenoir; and his beloved canine companion, Abigail McBee (Abby).
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Dr. Charles Vance Abernethy of Forest City.
The family would like to express its appreciation to Dr. Abernethy’s caregivers, Larry McAdoo, Lacy Madkins and Jo Foust who lovingly and professionally cared for him in the last month.
Visitation for family and friends is scheduled on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lowe Funeral Home. The funeral service will be on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Front Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Marshall Old and Rev. Dr. William Simpson officiating. Burial will follow the service at Alamance Memorial Park in Burlington. In keeping with his great love of his church and music and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Music Fund at Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 N. Fisher Street, Burlington, NC 27215.
Terry Roger Allen
SHELBY — Mr. Terry Roger Allen, 57, of Crestfield Court, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at Crawley Memorial Hospital.
A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Bill and Charleen Greene Allen. He served in the Army, was a former floor manager at Lowe’s, and worked part-time at Shelby City Park. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and golf. He was a member of Friendship Masonic Lodge 388.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Evan Allen; and sister, Renee Edwards.
He is survived by his fiancée, Paulette Shull of Shelby; son, Aaron Allen and wife, Katie of Germany; two sisters, Pam Greene and husband, Don, and Sherry Hawkins; two brothers, Ronny Allen and wife, Gail, and Danny Allen and wife, Caswell, all of Shelby; one grandson, Evan Allen of Germany; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home Chapel, with military honors. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home, and other times at the home of his sister, Pam Greene, 1802 Country Garden Drive, Shelby. The Rev. Arthur Holland will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Friendship Masonic Lodge 388, PO Box 831, Boiling Springs, NC 28017 or Cleveland Rutherford Kidney Association, 1017 N. Washington St., Shelby, NC 28150
Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the family.
Online condolences at www.claybarnette.com