Obituaries

Rita Mode Hudgins, age 62, of Rutherfordton, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017.

Born June 14, 1955 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the Pauline Duncan Robbins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Hudgins; and a granddaughter, Breanna Hudgins.
Those left to cherish her memory include three children, Roger Dale Hudgins and wife Karen, Lori Smith and husband Joseph, Shane Hudgins; mother, Pauline Duncan Robbins; two brothers, Terry Mode and wife Joann, Greg Mode and wife Beverly. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Nick Hudgins, Brooke Hudgins, Austin Smith and Kaleigh Smith.

A funeral service will be conducted at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church with Rev. Leon Brown and Rev. Chad Sisk officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will be private.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Mr. Jesse Bill Hardin, 83, of Forest City, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at White Oak Manor, Rutherfordton.
He was the son of the late Worth and Patti Hardin, and was also preceded in death by his 2 sisters, Marie Porter and Myrtice Harrill; and 2 brothers, Hoyle Hardin and Jim Hardin. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, served in the US Army as an MP in Germany, he was a longtime member of the Forest City Jaycees, a member of Salem UMC, an avid Nascar fan and a devoted father and grandfather. Bill was manager of M & J Finance for a number of years and later worked in local automobile sales at Blanton Ford, Frazier Ford and Joe Waters Honda.
He is survived by his sons, Jeff Hardin and wife Rhonda, of Bostic, and Stan Hardin and wife Susan, of Forest City; the children’s mother, Betty Brewer Hartley; his brother, Jack Hardin and wife Carol, of Calabash; 4 grandchildren, Lauren Hutchins and husband W.D., Brent Hardin and wife Ashley, Corbin Hardin, and Cragan Hardin; there are 2 great grandchildren, Julia and William Hutchins.
The Funeral will be conducted at 4:00 pm Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Salem United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sam Burleson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.
The Visitation will be held from 2:45 pm until 3:45 pm Thursday in the Salem UMC Fellowship Hall prior to the service, at other times the family will gather at the residence of Jeff and Rhonda Hardin on Olde Cobblestone Drive, Bostic.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, PO Box 220, Bostic, NC or Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Betty Jean Ledbetter, age 85, of Cliffside, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at her residence.

Born February 28, 1932 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Gaither Hawkins and Fannie Harris Hawkins. She loved making quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Hattie Pearson and Sue McSwain.

Those left to cherish her memory include three children, Donna Larch and husband Larry of Boiling Springs, SC, Janice Faucett of the home, and Gerry Ledbetter and wife Lesa of West Minister, NC. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Harriett Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will follow the service at Cliffside Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Alice Black Lovelace, 82, of Forest City, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at Mission Hospital. A native of Highland Park, IL, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Mildred Anza Black. She was a retired textile employee and a member of Smith Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Arnold Lovelace of the home; son, Michael Dills of Chesapeake Bay, VA; daughters, Vickie Marks of Forest City, Cindi Crowe of Spindale; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister, Darlene Siegele of Chicago, IL. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Crowe, great grandson Hunter Price, and a sister, Evelyn Rietz.

Funeral services will be held 2PM Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Smith Grove Baptist Church, 185 Horn Bottom Road, Forest City, NC, with Rev. Terry White and Rev. Wayne Toney officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


Mr. Jesse Bill Hardin, 83, of Forest City, died Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at White Oak Manor, Rutherfordton.

He was the son of the late Worth and Patti Hardin, and was also preceded in death by his 2 sisters, Marie Porter and Myrtice Harrill; and 2 brothers, Hoyle Hardin and Jim Hardin. He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School, served in the US Army as an MP in Germany, he was a longtime member of the Forest City Jaycees, a member of Salem UMC, an avid Nascar fan and a devoted father and grandfather. Bill was manager of M & J Finance for a number of years and later worked in local automobile sales at Blanton Ford, Frazier Ford and Joe Waters Honda.

He is survived by his sons, Jeff Hardin and wife Rhonda, of Bostic, and Stan Hardin and wife Susan, of Forest City; the children’s mother, Betty Brewer Hartley; his brother, Jack Hardin and wife Carol, of Calabash; 4 grandchildren, Lauren Hutchins and husband W.D., Brent Hardin and wife Ashley, Corbin Hardin, and Cragan Hardin; there are 2 great grandchildren, Julia and William Hutchins.

The Funeral will be conducted at 4:00 pm Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Salem United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sam Burleson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.

The Visitation will be held from 2:45 pm until 3:45 pm Thursday in the Salem UMC Fellowship Hall prior to the service, at other times the family will gather at the residence of Jeff and Rhonda Hardin on Olde Cobblestone Drive, Bostic.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, PO Box 220, Bostic, NC or Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

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