Obituaries – July 31, 2017

Obituary for Billy Ray Self

He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late Clyde Jessie Self and the late Nancy Alice Canipe Self. He was a member of Cane Creek Baptist Church in Union Mills and was a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of the Rutherfordton Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and owner of Bill Self Auto Sales in Spindale. He was an avid Redskins fan but above all he was a devoted husband, daddy, grandpa, brother and a friend to many.

He is survived by his wife: Teresa Hoyle Self.

Three Daughters:
Holly Self
Joy Self Blanton and husband J.R.
Savannah Self

Two Sisters:
Sue Robbins
Brenda Harrill and husband Ronnie

Four Grandchildren: Trinity Blanton, Kamryn Blanton, Ava Blanton and Emma Self-Byrd

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at McMahan’s Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at Cane Creek Baptist Church in Union Mills at 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 3, 2017 with Pastor J.R. Blanton officiating. Interment will be at Cane Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard, also Masonic Rites given by his lodge. The family is gathering at the home of Billy and Teresa Self. Online guest register at¬†www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com. McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of the arrangements.






Mrs. Aileen Hill Grissett, 92, of Morehead City, died Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service.


Hal Douglas Smith, age 80, of Bat Cave, NC, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Rutherford County on April 23, 1937 to the late Joseph Ralph Smith and the late Tincilla Myrtle Cole Smith. Hal retired as Director of Social Services for Cleveland County in Shelby, NC after 32 years of service. A lover of the mountains he built himself a home on top of one after retirement near Bat Cave, NC. Hal was a U.S. Army Reserve Veteran.

He is survived by:

One Son:
Anthony Derek Smith and wife Joy of Rutherfordton, NC

One Brother:
Michael R. Smith and wife Libby of Forest City, NC

Two Grandchildren:
Noah and Savannah Smith

The family would like to thank special caregivers Angie Putman and Brittany Putman and Four Seasons Hospice of Henderson County and Hendersonville Health and Rehab for all their care. Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice of Henderson County at 571 South Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731. At the family’s request all services were kept private. Online guest register at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com. McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.