Obituaries – August 31, 2017

Frances Price Crain, age 76, of Ellenboro, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.

Born September 22, 1940 in McDowell County, she was a daughter of the Charlie Price and Ruby Lawing Price. She was a graduate of Marion High School, class of 1958 and worked in textiles for many years. Frances served the Lord faithfully as a pastor’s wife to her husband, Gene, for fifty-three years. She was known for her skill of cooking and loved to prepare meals for everyone to enjoy. Frances was a member of Shingle Hollow Congregational Holiness Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicky Lynn Crain and three sons, Wendell, Dwight and Dwain Crain.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of fifty-seven years, Gene Crain; son, Charles David Crain of Ellenboro; two sisters, Virginia Proctor of Marion and Vera Wilson (Bill) of Pleasant Gardens, NC; two grandchildren, Kevin Randall Crain and Crissy Crain (Randy Porch); four great-grandchildren, Courtney, Shayla, Laquita and Morgan.


Mrs. Nina Kathleen Hipps, 83, of Ellenboro, died Monday, August 28, 2017 at Hospice House, Forest City.

She was the widow of Clyde Harrison Hipps, and a daughter of the late Harland and Sally Chapman Bumgarner. She was a member of First Broad Baptist Church.

She is survived by 2 daughters; her 3 sons; her 2 half sisters and 2 half brothers; 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
The Funeral will be conducted at 3:00 pm Thursday, August 31, 2017 at First Broad Baptist Church. The Rev. Scott Huffman, Rev. Jerry Hudson, and Rev. Robert Bradley will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The Visitation will be from 2 pm until 3 pm Thursday at the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Tammy Blanton Pruett, age 52, of Laurinburg, NC, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at the Morrison Manor in Laurinburg.

Born October 12, 1964 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of Brenda Webb Blanton who resides in Shallotte, NC and the late Maxx Blanton. She was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1982. She worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for several years and also as a nurse’s aide. Tammy will always be remembered as a kind hearted person, who loved to bless others and share the love of God with them. Her life was dedicated to spending time with her children and family, and enjoying God’s creations in nature, at the beach.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband, Donald Pruett; daughter, Maxx Pruett of Laurinburg; son, Shea Wood, and his wife, Ashley Wood of Atlanta; her grandchildren, Bennett and Cayden Wood; and her beloved dog, Trixee Bell.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Harrelson Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Hillside Memorial Park in Laurinburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are respectively requested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to someone in need.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


James W. Gibson, age 89, a lifelong resident and former Mayor of Forest City died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Eden Terrace in Spartanburg.

A memorial service will be held at one o’clock Saturday, September 2, 2017 in the First Baptist Church of Forest City with the Reverend Dr. Garin Hill officiating and a eulogy delivered by his nephew, Jamie Parsons. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Fellowship Hall. Interment of his ashes with military honors will be held in the Cool Springs Cemetery. A complete obituary will be posted on Wednesday.

The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Nina Kathleen Hipps, 83, of Ellenboro, died Monday, August 28, 2017 at Hospice House, Forest City.

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


Charles Eugene “Charlie” Whitaker was called home by the Lord on Sunday morning, August 27, 2017 following a long struggle of declining health.

Charlie “Whit” owned and operated Whit’s Gulf/ Whit’s BP, Whit’s Used Cars and Whit’s Bank of Spindale for forty five years. He was the lifelong resident of Rutherford County and a member of Spindale United Methodist Church. Whit never met a stranger and dearly loved his community. Our belief was that he knew everyone. He was preceded in death by his parents, E.E. Whitaker and Cora May Whitaker; one brother, Dwight Whitaker and Sister Mildred Manor and his beloved wife, Annette Cash Whitaker. To help Annette’s memory live on in the community, The Whitaker Family gave a donation that helped fund the building of Hospice of Rutherford County’s Annette Cash Whitaker Center of Living.

Left to cherish and honor his memory is daughter Debbie Dempsey and husband Chip of Charlotte, NC; sons Doug Whitaker and wife Debbie of Campobello, S.C. and Mark Whitaker of Bristol, TN; one granddaughter, Stacy Kale and grandsons Brent Whitaker, Michael Whitaker, Tyler Whitaker, Dillon Whitaker and Dakota Whitaker. Also Whit has five great granddaughters and seven great grandsons.

Then family wishes to extend a heartfelt Thank You to the entire staff at White Oak Manor of Rutherfordton, N.C for all their love and care that Mr. Whit received during these past three years. Services will be held at Spindale United Methodist Church on Saturday September 2nd at 11:00 am with the family receiving friends at 10 am. Burial will take place at Piedmont Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043, White Oak Manor 181 Oscar Justice Road Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or Spindale United Methodist Church 185 Mill Street Spindale, NC 28160.

Crowe’s Mortuary and Crematory is assisting the family.


Gerald Justin Daly, Jr. 86, died Sunday August 27, 2017 at his residence. A native of Brookton, NY, he was the son of the late Forest and Seny Daly.

PRECEDED: he is also preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Daly and a daughter, Denise Daly.
SURVIVORS: He is survived by two sons, Jerry Daly and wife Amanda of Shelby, Dennis Goodeman and fiancé Rita Caldwell of Mooresboro; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren.
SERVICES: will be at a later date and announced by the family
Arrangements are entrusted to Eggers Funeral Home of Cliffside.


Harold “Spencer” Allen, age 78, of Sandy Mush, passed away August 23, 2017.  He was the son of the late A.L. and Beatrice Seay Allen.

In his youth he joined the Boy Scouts and received the Eagle Scout Award.  Spencer was very smart and highly motivated.   In high school he was a top student and won almost every superlative “Best Dressed” and “Most Likely to Succeed” to name a few.  When he graduated from Tri-High School he attended North Carolina State University and later graduated from Carson Newman and then on to Southeastern Theological Seminary.  He returned home after college, married his wife, Jackie, and they had a daughter, Tanya Allen.  Building was booming and he began his career in the building business and real estate.  As he grew older, he opened Alexander Pawn Shop, which he operated until his illness.  Spencer and his brother, J.P. Allen contributed to the building of Allen Stadium at Chase High School, which bears the “Allen” name.

Spencer is survived by his wife, Jackie Shytle Allen of Forest City, a daughter, Tanya Allen of Forest City and three grandchildren: Kalyn Kinseay Allen, Palyn Kathryn Allen and Easton Spencer Allen.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mollie Seay and a brother, J.P.Allen.

A memorial services to honor Spencer’s life will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Caroleen United Methodist Church with Reverend Lucy Robbins officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Caroleen United Methodist Church Youth Fund.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Eugene “Gene” Biggerstaff, age 78, of Spindale, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Colonial Manor in Rutherfordton.

Born August 24, 1939 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Bill Biggerstaff and Mary Cobb Biggerstaff. He worked as a supervisor for Cone Mills and as a Deputy of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department. Eugene was a member of Sisk Memorial Missionary Methodist Church and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Reba Dills Biggerstaff and one brother, Jerry Biggerstaff.

Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter, Haley Beheler of Spindale; a sister, Carolyn Gordon and husband, Troy of Caroleen; two grandchildren, Emmett Beheler and Anthony Beheler. He is also survived by three sister-in-laws, Joan Dills of Forest City, Marie Biggerstaff of Baltimore, Maryland and Ruby Strader and husband, Wayne of Spindale.

A funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Frank Lewis and Reverend Rodger Hall officiating. 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, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.