Obituaries – August 11, 2017

Georlene Holland, age 75, of Ellenboro, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.

Born February 19, 1942 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Hoyte Bailey and Hazel Dobbins Bailey. Georlene was a homemaker and a faithful member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling and visiting new places and especially loved her family. Her life’s joy was taking care of her husband, her children and her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of fifty-nine years, Max Holland; two daughters, Lisa Blanton and husband, Dwayne of Rutherfordton and Mary Jo Teseniar and husband, Don of Sandy Mush; two sons, Randy Holland and wife, Gloria of Shelby and Alan Holland and wife, Sharon of Caroleen; two brothers, Jimmy Bailey and wife, Pat of Columbus, NC and Phil Bailey of Bostic. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Steven Blanton, Miranda Beck (John), Victoria Belue (Tony), Caroline Toney (Matthew), Joshua Holland, Linda Holland, Melissa Maxwell (Eric), A.J. Holland (Mary), Megan Holland, Luke Holland and thirteen great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Goodes Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Chad Hayes and Reverend Wayne Toney officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. At other times they will be gathered at 574 Walker Store Road, Ellenboro.

Memorial donations are respectfully requested to Hospice of Rutherford County, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Mr. Robert Alan Smart, 58, of Ellenboro, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Hospice House, Forest City.
He was the son of the late Robert Lee Smart and Betty Lou Ledbetter Smart, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Lee Smart. He was member of Crestview Baptist Church.
He is survived by his sister, Gale Holder of Ellenboro; his nephew, Joshua Smart; and nieces April Holder, Jessica Smart, and Crystal Warrenfeltz.
The Funeral will be conducted at 2:00 pm Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Crestview Baptist Church. The Rev. Kevin Rohm and the Rev. Ad Hopper will officiate. Burial will follow in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Visitation will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Saturday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 20843.


Kenneth “Fat Boy” Waters, age 71, of East Main Street, Forest City, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.

Born August 12, 1945 in Polk County, NC, he was a son of the late Nola Ann Waters.

Kenneth was a self-employed “handy man” in the construction industry most of his life and loved spending time with his family.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Clarence McCraw; two infant daughters, Tiffany Waters and Sandy Waters; step-son, Adam Hill; sister, Mildred Waters and a brother, Clarence McCraw.

Those left to cherish his memory include four daughters, Heather Gonzalez and Katherine Waters both of Rutherfordton, Charity Garcia and husband, Graciel, of Forest City and Lauren Swindler and husband, Jermaine of Spartanburg; three brothers, Carroll McCraw of Columbus, NC, Ray McCraw of Landrum, SC and Bobby McCraw also of Columbus; two sisters, Joyce McCraw and Linda McCraw both of Columbus and two nieces, Jackie Waters and Melinda Waters both of Columbus. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Aaleiyah Gonzalez, Alysa Gonzalez, Audriana Ramos, Alexis Gonzalez, Araceli Munoz, Victoria Ignacio, Yazmine Calzada, Giovanni Munoz, Anthony Munoz, Zechariah Kennedy, Adam Camacho, Jerimiah Dawkins and Nahla Swindler.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Jack Crain officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.