Obituaries – August 4, 2017

Janie Elizabeth Allman Guffey, age 85, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at her home.

She was a native of McDowell County and the daughter of the late Noah Allman and the late Lillian Ford Allman. She was a beloved mother and nanny and had a life long passion for gardening. She was a member of Piedmont Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband Samuel B. Guffey, her second husband Walter N. Guffey, infant son Ronald Guffey, two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by:

One Son:
Alan B. Guffey and wife Linda

Three Grandchildren:
Laura Link and husband Lucas, Amelia Hailey and husband Stephen and Layla Gaddy and husband Marc.

Four Great-Grandchildren:
Wyatt Hailey, Tessa Gaddy, Colin Link and Duncan Link

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at McMahan’s Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at McMahan’s Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 6, 2017 with Dr. Diane Nelson officiating. Interment will be at Piedmont Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County at P.O. Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043.


Juanita Branch Hollifield, age 85, of Forest City, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.

Born August 11, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Roy Branch and Nell Lee Holtsclaw Branch. She was a member at Alexander United Methodist Church and Alderman of the Town of Alexander Mills for six years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, John Clifford Hollifield.
Survivors include her two sons, Keith Hollifield and wife Sue of Marion, Alan Hollifield and wife Elaine of Ellenboro; two sisters, Margaret Epley of Shiloh; Wilma Beheler and husband LeRoy of Shelby; and one brother, Hugh Branch and wife Myra of Forest City., She is also survived by four grandchildren, Josh Hollifield and wife Yoshi, Natalie Elliott, Sally Cocklin and husband, Jason and Ben Hollifield and wife, Jenny; eight great-grandchildren, Riley Elliott, Keira Elliott, Jaclyn Austin, Saia Hollifield, Sebastian Cocklin, Annie Mae Cocklin , Pierce Hollifield and Dawson Hollifield.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Alexander United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. James Powell and Mr. Josh Hollifield officiating. Interment will follow in Sunshine United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Harrelson Funeral Home.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice for their kindness and compassionate care of Juanita.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043, Alexander United Methodist Church, PO Box 1727, Forest City, NC 28043 or to Sunshine United Methodist Church, Cemetery Fund, 367 Depriest Rd., Bostic, NC 28018

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.






Mr. Kenny Bowers, 59, of Golden Valley, died Thursday, August 3, 2017.

He was the son of the late Artie and Irene Bowers, and was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Sandy Grund and Brenda Smith, and 2 brothers, Gary Bowers and Michael Bowers, and a nephew, Jeffrey Bowers. Kenny was a plumber by trade, but would always drop what he was doing to help anyone with plumbing issues.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Bowers; his 2 sons, Devin Bowers of Golden Valley, and Shane Bowers of Roscoe, NY; 6 brothers, Jimmy Bowers and wife Cheryl, Bucky Bowers and wife Colleen, and Chris Bowers, all of Roscoe, NY, Jeffrey Bowers, David Bowers and wife Patti, of Livingston Manor, NY, and Bobby Bowers and wife Moira, of Salisbury Mills, NY; 2 sisters, Anna Mae Husson and husband Chuck, of Roscoe, NY, and Dawn Zweck and husband Jim, of Durham; 2 brothers-in-law, Alvin Grund of Ferndale, NY, and Scott Smith of Livingston Manor, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at 2:00 pm Monday, August 7, 2017 at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home.  The Rev. Sam Burleson will officiate.

A Memorial Service will also be held in Roscoe, NY at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Cherry Mountain Fire Department, 5841 Bostic Sunshine Highway, Bostic, NC 28018.