Obituaries – April 9, 2017

Johnny E. Bostic, age 76, of Chesterfield Road, Cliffside, NC, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.
Born May 29, 1940 in Cleveland County, he was a son to the late John “Will” Bostic and Mary “Molly” Wiggins Bostic. He worked for Cone Mills for forty years before retirement and was of the Baptist Faith. Johnny enjoyed the outdoors which included fishing, hunting and gardening. He especially loved spending time with his family and his grandchildren. Johnny was a “people person” who never met a stranger.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Myles Bostic, Bill Bostic, Wade Bostic, Bob Bostic and a sister, Georgia Scott.
Those left to cherish his memory, include his wife of fifty-six years, Mary Wynn Bostic; daughter, Anita Darlene Cockerham and husband, Lester of Mooresboro; son, Steven Edward Bostic of Cliffside; brother, Yates Bostic and wife, Rosalee and a sister, Shirley Warner all of Cliffside; two grandchildren, Haley Cockerham and Deni Cockerham. He is also survived by four sister-in-laws, Mabel Bostic of Cliffside, Shirley Bostic of Hendersonville, Irene Bostic of Knoxville, TN and Shirley Bostic of Marlington, WV.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Mike Elgin officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are respectively requested to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Shirley L. Bailey, age 69, of Hester Mill Road, Rutherfordton, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherfordton.

Born October 30, 1947 in Polk County, she was a daughter to late Rolie Lawter and Ethel Hutchins Lawter. Shirley worked for the Rutherford County Public Schools for over twenty years. She was a longtime and faithful member of Harris First Baptist Church for thirty-four years where she taught children, cleaned the buildings and was a choir member. Shirley was a hard worker who enjoyed working outdoors. She enjoyed yard work, gardening and working constantly around the house.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Hub and Vernon Lawter and a sister, Judy Bailey.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband and caretaker of fifty-one years, Hix Bailey; daughter, Patricia Watson and husband, Tony of Rutherfordton; grandson, Luke Watson; brother, Jerry Lawter and wife, Brenda of Polk County; sister-in-law, Virginia Lawter and brother-in-law, Doug Bailey both of Rutherfordton.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Harris First Baptist Church with Pastor George Whitmire officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.

Memorial donations are respectively requested to the Harris First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 182, Harris, NC  28074.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Ms. Judy Lynn Jones, 55, of Forest City, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
She was the daughter of Henry Edward “Ted” Jones, Sr., of Forest City and the late Lennie Jones. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sherry Jones Bradley, and her brother Henry E. Jones, Jr.
In addition to her father, she is survived by her daughter, Crissy Wilson of Henrietta; there are 3 grandchildren, Hadden Wilson, Chase Wilson, and Alexandrea Smalley; there are several uncles and aunts and numerous cousins.
A Memorial Service will be conducted at 3:00 pm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Walls Baptist Church. The Rev. Perry Jones and Rev. David Philbeck will officiate.
There will be no formal visitation.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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