Obituaries – May 14, 2017

Lens “Hooter” Brown, age 82, of Forest City, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at his residence.

Born February 28, 1935 in McDowell County, he was a son to the late George Washington Brown and Effie Mae McKinney Brown. Hooter was an independent truck driver for many years and also worked as a sawmill operator. He was a member of the Restoration Church of Forest City and enjoyed hunting, fishing, singing and especially loved playing with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Brown and Lester Brown; three sisters, Georgia Chapman, Ella Mae Hyatt and Florence Lowery.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of sixty-three years, Dolly Lowery Brown; one son, Dennis Brown and wife, Denese of Cliffside; a daughter, Diane Campbell and husband, Charles of Forest City; five grandchildren, Drannon Brown (Brittany), Drew Brown (Autumn), Travis Greene (Meredith), Tammy Campbell, Tina Yelton (Jeff); sixteen great-grandchildren, Tucker, Hunter, Olivia, Owen, Brennon, Cooper, Macy, Carly, Caden, Grason, Jaxson, Megan (Josh), Blake (Crystal), Aubrey (Curtis), Anna Leigh, Austin (Cari) and five great-great-grandchildren, Brantley, Maddox, Brody, Jackson and Landon. He is also survived by one brother, Floyd Brown of Morganton and a sister, Margaret Surratt of Marion.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Restoration Church of Forest City with Reverend Jerry Hames and Reverend Ray Broome officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Biddix Family Cemetery in Marion. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are respectively requested to the Restoration Church, 133 Gardenbrook Drive, Forest City, NC  28043.
Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Martha Jean Sellers, age 84, of Caroleen, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.

Born May 21, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late Fred Jackson and Matilda “Tilda” Hawkins Jackson. She was a graduate of Tri-High School, class of 1950 and a loyal member of the Democrat Party. Martha Jean was known for her ability to cook. Everyone loved her infamous chicken pies, coconut cakes and red velvet cakes. She took pleasure in others enjoying her baked delights. Martha Jean also enjoyed growing flowers. She could grow about any type of plant and springtime was her favorite time of the year. She was a member of Caroleen Baptist Church, where she served for many years on the kitchen committee and oversaw the church library. She was also known for her “strong personality”. She came across sometimes as stubborn and set in her ways, but underneath the exterior was a big heart of love for others in need.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of fifty-eight years, Bob Sellers; three daughters, Rita Byers of Landrum, Nita Roberts of Cowpens and Tammy Thomassen and husband, Bill of Forest City; two brothers, Leonard Jackson and wife, Mary Lou of Forest City and Charles Morris Jackson and wife, Sherry of Cliffside. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Shawna Humphries, Jason Byers (Audrey), Tripp James, Robbie Blanton, Johnathon Horn (fiancé, Yurona Pillay); eight grandchildren, Britney, Bretton, Abram, Gabrielle, Solomon, Lincoln, Jessie, Sarah and two great-great-grandchildren, Kayden and Gavin.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Dr. Reverend Steven Ayers and Reverend Lanny J. Funchess officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. At other times the family will be gathered at 1328 U.S. Highway 221A, Forest City. Burial will be private for the family.

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.

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