Obituaries

Dever D. DeBrule, age 93, of Greenbriar Lane, Forest City, NC, died Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City.

Born October 13, 1923 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late H.V. DeBrule and Martha Godfrey DeBrule. Dever was a graduate of Tri-High School and Shelby Business School. He also attended NC State University. Dever served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. He had the honor of serving under General George S. Patton.  He began his career at the Alexander Mill and during that time played for the original Forest City Owls Baseball team as a pitcher. Dever was a “natural born” leader, which led him to becoming the Superintendent (Plant Manager) for Hadley-Peoples Mill in Siler City, NC and later was a consultant to the textile industry before his retirement. He also served as president of the Siler City Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club and held a position on the local Hospital Board. He was a faithful member of the First Wesleyan Church in Forest City, where he was S.S. Superintendent, president of the Men’s Fellowship, a choir member and an assistant Men’s Sunday School teacher. He also wrote and directed the church’s Easter and Christmas dramas for many years. He was truly a man of faith and honor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Harris and Betty Neal and two brothers, Bob DeBrule and Howard “Josh” DeBrule.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of seventy-five years, Dorothy Hardin DeBrule; daughter, Teresa D. Gunther of Orlando; son, Larry D. DeBrule of Spanish Fort, Alabama; sister, Nancy Daniel and husband, Curtis of Chesnee, SC; four grandchildren, Scott Blackmon and wife, Yanzhu Zaia of Orlando, Damon Andrew DeBrule of Robertsdale, Alabama, Lisa B. Strickland of Orlando, Nikki Chason and husband, Wesley of Daphne, Alabama; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the First Wesleyan Church of Forest City with Reverend Eric Yelton and Reverend Curtis Daniel officiating. Interment will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery with military honors being accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are respectfully requested to the First Wesleyan Church, 700 S. Church Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Mr. Frazier Pittman, 98, of Rutherfordton, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Oak Grove Nursing Center.

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


Homer Mack Guffey, age 79, of Forest City, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at his residence.
Born May 3, 1938 to the late Mack Guffey and Annie Mae Crisson Guffey, he was the widower of Iva Tipton Guffey. Homer was a graduate of R-S Central High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for Daniels Construction and Roberson Air-Tech as a HVAC duct installer for many years. His life’s passion was boxing which led him to travel nationally and internationally as a boxing trainer.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Fred, Bill, Lloyd and Howard Guffey and a sister, Pauline Tucker.

Those left to cherish his memory include one daughter, Tammy Lynn Johnson and husband, Walter of Forest City; three sons, Jeffery Scott Guffey of Blacksburg, SC, Timothy Mack Guffey and Randy William Guffey both of Forest City; one brother, Sam Guffey and wife, Elaine and a sister, JoAnn Bostic all of Forest City. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Sonja Thomas, Ryan Guffey, Hannah Guffey, Stevie Guffey, Austin Guffey and three great-grandchildren, Wesley, Cara and Hattie.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Grace Chapel Foursquare Church of Forest City with Reverend Ricky Poteat and Reverend Paul Lane officiating. Interment will follow in the Spindale City Cemetery with military honors being accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are respectfully requested to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


J. P. Goforth, age 82, of Forest City, NC, died Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, SC.

He was the son of the late Guy Goforth and the late Geneva Spake Goforth and a native of Rutherford County. J. P. was a U S Army veteran of the Vietnam War and served for 20 years. He was a member of Centennial United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by one brother Ray Goforth.

He is survived by his wife: Lois Goforth.
One Step-Son:
Scott Goforth and Angie Atkins

Four Brothers:
Hicks Goforth, Gastonia, NC
Don Goforth, Forest City, NC
Vaughn Goforth, Rutherfordton, NC
Wayne Goforth, Forest City, NC

Two Step- Grandchildren

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at McMahan’s Funeral Home. The Funeral service will be at McMahan’s Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 with Reverend Jack Bridges officiating. Interment will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Park with Military Honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. Online register available at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com. McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.


Charles James Gervason, 94, of Forest City, died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at his home. A native of Canton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Louis and Emma Harwood Gervason. He was a WWI veteran who served in the USAAF Air Corp.

He was a retired Aerospace Engineer for the Kennedy Space Center. He taught at Chase High School and East Rutherford High School as part of the Mechanical Drafting and Design curriculum offered through Isothermal Community College Vocational and Technical Division and a member of First United Methodist Church, Rutherfordton.

He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Aiello and husband Tracy of Rochester, NY, Patricia Gervason of Durham, and Jahanna Tafari of Palo Alto, CA; grandchildren, Melanie Wheeler of Rochester, NY, Jahvita Rastafari of Palo Alto, CA, and Chaz Aiello of Rochester, NY; great grandchild Kymani Washington of Palo Alto, CA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Isabel Flores Gervason.

The family will receive visitors Saturday October 14th at 2:00PM in the Family Life Center of First United Methodist Church, 264 North Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC. Interment will follow in the memorial garden.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or First United Methodist Church, 264 North Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

Online condolences at crowemortuary.com

Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the Gervason family.