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 Mr. Clinzo Smith, 79 of 2638 Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD died January 27, 2016 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Survivors include wife of 60 years, Pauline Smith, 4 brothers, Walker Smith, Truman Smith(Brenda), Alton "Joe" Smith and Franklin Smith(Becky), 2 sisters, Verlena Guest and Diane Littlejohn.

A Funeral Service was held February 5th, 2016 at Family Worship Center, located at 1818 Shelby Road, Kings Mountain, NC. Burial was private.
Joe Brown, 54 of 201 Ramseur Road, Bessemer City, died February 8, 2016 at his residence.

A funeral service was held Saturday February 13, 2016 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Bessemer City. 

Burial was at Kelly's Chapel Cemetery.
Leonard Lovejoy "Brown" Brown was born Dec. 18, 1940, to the late Andrew and Geneva Burris Brown in Cleveland County. He departed his life on February 18, 2016 at Peak Resources, Shelby.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Erma Jean Brown McCullough.

He is survived by his stepmother, Jacqueline Jenkins Brown of Kings Mountain; his brothers, Andrew (Alice) Brown of Mocksville, Thomas (Brenda) Brown of Shelby, Alfred Windell (Doris) Brown of Kings Mountain, Charles (Sheila) Jenkins of Kings Mountain, Sherman (Deborah) Jenkins of Kings Mountain; sister, Geraldine Dye of Kings Mountain; sister-in-law, Eloise Jenkins of Kings Mountain, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held at Galilee United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain, on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Betty Brown, pastor and officiating. Family visitation was held prior to services. The family will receive friends at 117 Compact School Road, Kings Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Galilee United Methodist Church, 117 Galilee Church Road, Kings Mountain.
Sharman Wilson, 47, of 704 Highway 161, Bessemer City, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia.

Funeral services were held at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Bessemer City on Friday, February 26.  Family visitation was held prior to the services. Burial was held at Fairview AME Zion Cemetery in Earl.
Leonard Demetris (L.D.) Byers, 48, of 503 West Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday April 5, 2016, at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Burial took place at Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery.

Betty Smith Ross, 59, of 415 Belvedere Circle, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2016, at Testa Family Hospice House of Kings Mountain.

A funeral service was held Thursday, April 7 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.  Burial was held at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Mary Annell Odums Guinn, 72, died April 5, 2016, at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain.

A funeral service was held Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Adams Chapel AME Zion Church.

Burial was at Adams Chapel Cemetery.
Thomas Lester Williams, 67, of 112 Dashielle Lane, Kings Mountain, died April 18, 2016, at his residence.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 23, at Martin Funeral Chapel, 601 North Street, Gastonia. Burial was private.
William Wilson, 72, of 3014 Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton, died April 18, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.

A funeral service was held Friday April 22, 2016, at Focus Missionary Baptist Church, Shelby.

Burial was at Focus Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Berkley Bell, 57, of Kings Mountain, died April 27, 2016, at Robin Johnson Hospice House, Dallas.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 4, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Burial was at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery. 
Rena Mae Partlow, 85, a resident of White Manor Oak, Kings Mountain, died April 25, 2016.

A funeral service was held Sunday, May 1 at St. James Baptist Church, Bessemer City. Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Haskell Lee White, 81, of Kings Mountain died May 4, 2016, at the Kings Mountain Hospital.

A funeral service was held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Burial was at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Betty Pitts, 68, of 209 W. Ridge St., Kings Mountain, died May 5, 2016, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia.

Her funeral was held Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Gold Hill Baptist Church, York, S.C. Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain. 
Hazel Brown, 95, of 2015 Russell Ave., Charlotte, died peacefully May 8, 2016, surrounded by loving family members at her residence.

A funeral service was held Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Burial was at Mount Olive Memorial Park. 
Hardy Halsey, 85, of 1101 North Morgan St., Shelby, died May 21, 2016, at his residence.

A funeral service was held Friday, May 27, 2016 at New Life Christian Church located at 111 East Parker Street, Kings Mountain. Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery
Quanisha (Quan) Latonya Curry Paysour, 36, of 310 Walker Street, Kings Mountain, died, May 24, 2016 at her residence. 

A funeral service was held Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Galilee United Methodist Church. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Nathaniel "Stick" Roberts, 77, of 151 Cane Drive, Kings Mountain, died June 9, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 13, 2016, at People's Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Burial was at Adams Chapel Cemetery. 
Rev. Lenston Fulcher, Sr., 66, of 2653 Amber Crest Dr., Gastonia, passed away June 10, 2016, at Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Friday Memorial Church, Dallas. Burial was at Armstrong Cemetery, Gastonia.
Brenda Boyd Wright, 73, of 108 Campbell Circle, Kings Mountain, died July 15, 2016, at the Kings Mountain Hospital.

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial was private.
Jonathan "Big Mo" Womic, 60, of 132 Ebenezer Road, Kings Mountain, died on July 22, 2016 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. 

A funeral service was held Saturday July 30, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Burial was at Ebenezer Cemetery. 
Bobby Wayne McCleary, 61, of 102 King St., Kings Mountain, died Aug. 3, 2016, at Robin Johnson House, Dallas.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Galilee United Methodist Church. Burial was at Galilee United Methodist Cemetery. 
Donald Earl Moore, 58, departed this earthly life, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

He was born to the late Johnnie G. Moore Sr., and Eula W. Moore.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Moore Jr., Dennis E. Moore; a sister Linda M. Sadler, and his in-laws, the late Porchia Stewart and Daniel Stewart Jr.

Born Dec. 2, 1957, Don was a native of Kings Mountain, a graduate of Kings Mountain High School and an employee at Rockwood Lithium until his retirement in 2012.

Those left to cherish his memory, his wife, Rita Stewart Moore; one daughter, Shannon Stewart Moore, both of the home; one son, Bradley Earl Elliott (Stacy) of Bessemer City; one brother, Larry L. Moore of Kings Mountain; three sisters, Kay M. Medley (James) of Conway, S.C.; Doris M. Neal of Kings Mountain; and Patricia M. Cole (Allen) of Greensboro; five grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; 11 great-nieces and nephews; four great-great nieces; five sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; one uncle, William Moore (Iona) and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held 4 p.m. Saturday, August 27, at Vestibule AME Zion Church.  Burial was in the church cemetery.
Kenneth Wayne Burris Sr., 55, of 139 Galilee Church Road, died September 1, 2016, at the Veterans Hospital Salisbury.

A memorial service was held Thursday, September 8, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.

Ethel Mae Lancaster of 208 Parrish Drive, Kings Mountain, departed this life on Sept. 11, 2016. She was born Oct. 27, 1940, to the late Robert and Roberta Herndon.

She was preceded in death by her late husband Donald Lancaster.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories seven children, Rita D. Surratt, Kings Mountain, Leslie F. Herndon, Charlotte, William T. Herndon, Kings Mountain, Stephanie M. Herndon, Shelby, Donald R. Herndon, Charlotte, Wayne K. Lancaster, Gastonia, Dwayne K. Lancaster, New Jersey; five brothers, Fred J. Herndon, Robert Herndon Sr., Jimmie Herndon, Raymon Herndon (Radelle); one sister, Gertrude Herndon; eight grandchildren, Johnny Surratt Jr., Porsha Boyce, Darren Surratt, Tiffney Herndon, Diamond Brown, Shanice Lancaster, Kenneth Lancaster, Odale Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Amiya Surratt, De'Asia Goodson, Layla Poston, Kennedi Rhoden; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held September 16, 2016, at St. Peter Baptist Church in Grover. Burial was at the St. Peter Baptist Church Cemetery. 


Brenda Burris Melton, 50, of 913 Fox Croft Circle, Apt 3, Shelby, died Sept. 21, 2016, at the Kings Mountain Hospital.

Funeral was held Saturday, September 24, 2016, at New Jerusalem Rebirth Restoration Ministries of Shelby. Burial was private. 
The Rev. Walter Alvin Wilson, 58, of 611 Bell Road, Kings Mountain, died October 7, 2016, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Winston Salem.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 301 North Post Road, Shelby. Burial was at Focus Missionary Baptist Church.
Isabell Brown, 101, of 400 West Parker Street, died October 17, 2016 at White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain.

A funeral service was held Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery.

Jacqueline Elaine Brown, 60, of 155 E. Shore Road, a native of Charlotte, died Oct. 25, 2016, at her home in Manhasset, NY.

A funeral service was held Sunday, October 30, 2016, at W.L. Truesdale Memorial Chapel, 3641 Central Ave., Charlotte. Burial was at North Lake Memorial Gardens, Huntersville.
Victoria McDowell Bess finished her earthly duties on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, and was called to Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her last two years had been spent at the Kings Mountain Care Center (Debbie and Archie Crocker) and Peak Resources of Gastonia, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Ernest McDowell and Mattie Bell McDowell.

She was preceded in death by her husband John L. Bess, Sr., sons John L. Bess, Jr. and Brian Deforrest Bess; sisters Ruth Bess, Helen Carver, and Adeline Ellis; brothers James McDowell, William McDowell, and George McDowell.

Mrs. Victoria Bess was a lifelong member of Long Branch Baptist Church of Grover, N.C. She attended faithfully until her health declined, but never lost her zest for the Lord or her love for her family or community.

Victoria leaves to cherish her memories a son, Charles Bess (Shirley) of Monroe, N.C.; and a daughter, Gale Bess of Gastonia, N.C.; grandsons, Natavian Gill of Gastonia, N.C. and Shaun Grier, Sr. of Kings Mountain, N.C.; great- granddaughters, Tabatha Manning of Kings Mountain, N.C. and Keja McCoy of Calera, Ala.; great-grandsons, Shaun Grier, Jr. of Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Jaden Grier of Kings Mountain, N.C.; sisters, Betty Bell (Army) of Woodbridge, Va., and Joyce Jeffries of Kings Mountain, N.C.; many nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and special family friend Ray Raynor.

Homegoing services for Victoria were held on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Long Branch First Baptist Church in Grover.

Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain, N.C.

Shelia Oliver Byrd, 65, of 104 Cameron Drive, Kings Mountain, died Dec. 3, 2016, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte.

Her funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Lawndale.  Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Sheila Harry Bess, 64, of 1000 Fern Forest Drive, died January 1, 2017, at Testa Family Hospice House, Kings Mountain.

A funeral service was held Thursday, January 5, 2017, at People's Church, Kings Mountain.  Burial was private. 
Charles, "Chucky," Avery Patterson, 66, of White Oak Manor, died January 2, 2017 at his residence.

A funeral service was held Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Adams Chapel AME Zion Church. Burial was at Washington Missionary Baptist Church in Shelby. 

Kathy Sellars, 57, of 4803 St. Simons Terrace, died January 6, 2017, at CHC, Union Monroe.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Good Hope Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain.  
Burial was private.
Delores Boyd Edgerton, 76, of 107 Jack Adams Road, died January 7, 2017, at the Kings Mountain Hospital.

Memorial services were held Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Mountain Zion Baptist Church, Kings Mountain.  Burial was private. 
Elizabeth Scott Jones, 90, a resident of KM Care, Kings Mountain, died January 17, 2017, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Grover, NC.

Burial took place at St. Peter Baptist Cemetery. 
​Bonnett Bess, 73, of 117 School Street, Kings Mountain, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at Kings Mountain Hospice.

A funeral service was held January 21, 2017 at Gethsemane Apostles and Prophets Church, located at 1500 Lawrence Road, Clover, SC. 

Burial took place at the church cemetery. 

Richard Willie Goode, age 85, of 308 N. Watterson St., Kings Mountain, died January 27, 2017, at Gastonia Care and Rehabilitation.

A funeral service was held Thursday, February 2, 2017, at United House of Prayer, 501 Old Concord Road, Salisbury.

Burial was at Salisbury National Cemetery. 
Dorothy Crosby Owens, 60, of 912 N. Weldon St., Gastonia, died February 1, 2017, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 6, 2017, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Belmont.

Burial was at Henry's Chapel Cemetery, Belmont.

Rhonda Roseboro, 58, of 110 N. Oriental Ave., Kings Mountain, died March 4, 2017, at her residence.

A funeral was held March 9, 2017, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Burial was private.

Steven Michael Drakeford (Drake), 60, of 923 Plumstead Road, Charlotte, died March 9, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. 

He graduated from South Mecklenburg High School and attended Johnson C. Smith University and Central Piedmont Community College. He was an employee of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and was the founder and long time coach of the Carolina Stompers Basketball team of Charlotte.

He touched the lives of many and produced college, WNBA and NBA players.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Toni, 3 daughters, Konecka, Sha'Necka and Myicha, grandson, Grier, brother Eric Reese of Connecticut and his parents, Viola and Tillman Scott of Great Neck, New York.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church, Charlotte. 

Burial took place at Northlake Memorial Gardens, Huntersville. 
Charles Nathaniel Butler, 86 of 1520 Waddell Street, Charlotte, died March 11, 2017 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville. 

Funeral Services were held Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church on West Blvd., Charlotte.  

Burial took place on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Oaklawn Cemetery, Charlotte.
Carolyn Elaine Daniels, 67 of 6912 Streamside Dr., Charlotte, died April 6, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center Mercy, Charlotte. 

A funeral service was held Friday, April 14, 2017 at Rosadale Funeral Chapel, 220 South Broad Street, Gastonia, NC. 

Burial was private. 
Marvita Mitchem Spann, 94, of 107 Miracle Drive, Kings Mountain, passed away peacefully at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain on April 19, 2017.  

She was born December 5, 1922 in Cleveland County, daughter of the late Jorden and Lizzie Mitchem.

Left to cherish her memories are her care givers Jerry and Bernice Mitchem and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her Father and Mother she was preceded in death by 6 Sisters and 7 Brothers. 

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 5504 Little Mountain Road, Gastonia, N.C. 28056.  

Funeral Service officiated by Rev. R.O. Setzer

Burial was at Mt. Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, N.C.
Jimmy Davis, 75, of 310 Campbell Circle in Kings Mountain, died May 6, 2017 at this residence. 

He was employed by Johnny Jenkins Asphalt and Paving Company. 

He is survived by his wife, Betty White Davis; son, Darryl Davis; two grandsons, Darryl Davis, Jr. and Jerome Randell; stepson, Anthony Falls; three sisters, Suzanne Johnson, Doris McClain and Loretta Alexander; and one brother, John Alexander.   

Memorial Services were held Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Rosadale Funeral Chapel located at 220 South Broad Street, Gastonia. 

Burial was private. 
Shane Owens, Sr was born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands on July 3, 1978.  He transitioned from his earthly home on May 14, 2017 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia, NC. 

He was educated by the Cleveland County School System. He was employed by Express Logistics, Inc, Charlotte, NC.

He was the son of the late Bobby and Gladys Garner Owens.

Survivors include 8 children, Tashona Owens, Shane Owens, jr, ZaQuan Adams, JaNiya Owens, Chance Owens, Shemeriah Owens, Ayden Adams, Nyasia Owens, brother, Todd Owens, granddaughter, Taleah Trent, special friend, Ebonique Lipscomb and uncles, aunts and other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service was held Monday May, 22, 2017 
at Pleasant Ridge AME Zion Church located at 908 Spencer Ave. Gastonia. Burial was private.

James Partlow (Pig), 66, of 108 Pat Court, Kings Mountain, died May 26, 2017 at his residence as a result of injuries sustained in a fire. 

A Memorial Service was held Thursday June 1st, 2017
at Galilee United Methodist Church. Burial was private.
Emma Louise Johnson, 80, a resident of White Oak Manor, Kings Mountain, died June 9, 2017, at her residence.

Burial will be private and at a later date.
Darius Pettigrew, 68, of 1030 Sue Lane, Apt 1, Shelby, died June 14, 2017, at Carolinas HealthCare System-Cleveland, Shelby.

He was a Vietnam War Veteran. 

He is survived by his wife, Ruthie Kilgore Pettigrew. 

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Long Branch Baptist Church in Grover. 

Burial was at Long Branch Baptist Cemetery. 
Charles A. Crocker, 80, of 512 Crocker Road, Kings Mountain, died June 29, 2017, at CMC-Main, Charlotte.

Funeral was held Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Long Branch Baptist Church, Grover.

Burial was at Long Branch Baptist Cemetery.
Rolland Junior Gill, "June Bug", 80, of 1747 Mountain View Road, Bessemer City, died June 28, 2017, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia.

Funeral was held Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Rosadale Funeral Chapel, 220 S. Broad St., Gastonia.
Burial was at Armstrong Cemetery, Gastonia.
Pauline Washburn Parker, 94, of Summit Place, Kings Mountain, died Aug. 2, 2017 at her residence.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain. 

Burial was at Mountain Rest Cemetery.
Joe Odems, 77, a resident of Peak Resources Gastonia, died August 27, 2017.

A funeral was held Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Adams Chapel AME Zion Church, Kings Mountain.

Burial was at Adams Chapel Cemetery.
Charles Timothy Lomax, 53, of 2013 East Hudson Blvd, Gastonia, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at a later date, and burial will be private.