Obituaries

Ace Burgin Champion Jr. age 83 of Forest City died Friday, December 29, 2017 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete as this time and will be announced by McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services.


Mr. Clifford Harrill Sisk, “Duck” age 89 passed away Friday December 29, 2017 while at Hospice House in Forest City, NC.

A native of Rutherford County he was one of eight children born to Joseph and Bertha Dodson Sisk, a retired paint contractor and a professional fiddle player having won numerous competitions and awards.

Left to cherish his memory are his children – James Sisk, Keith Sisk, Tammy Mabe and husband Billy, Lynn Cox and husband Tim, seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, a number of nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and siblings he was also preceded in death by one daughter Marsha Gail Reid.

Funeral services will be held 2 PM Monday, January 01, 2018 at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. Colby Davis officiating. A private burial will be held at Robertson Creek Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 PM Monday January 01, 2018 at Crowe’s Mortuary.

Online condolences may be made at www.crowemortuary.com. Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the family of Clifford Sisk.


Kyle Guyan, age 42, of Spindale, passed away December 24, 2017 at his residence.
    Born December 14, 1975 in Ontario, Canada, he was a son to the late Patricia Knight Lewis. He worked for Duncan Plumbing for several years and previously attended Father’s Vineyard Fellowship. Kyle enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, cooking and the outdoors. He was always proud of his daughters and grandson.
    In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by step-father, James Lewis.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved daughters, Alyssa Hayley Guyan of Rutherfordton and Tiahna Marie Guyan of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; one sister, Jeanette Detetta of Bostic; aunt, Trudy Knight of Lake Lure and grandson, Jase Phillip Jenkins.
    A service of remembrance will be announced at a later date.
    Memorial donations are respectfully requested to Harrelson Funeral Home; 1251 US Highway 221A, Forest City, NC  28043 to help defray funeral costs.

    Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is providing services for the family.


Alice Judy Creighton age 77 passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at Fair Haven Home of Forest City, NC.

A native of West Virginia she is the daughter of the late Charles and Arletta Barnette Miller. Judy was of the Catholic faith and was a retired warehouse manager.

She is survived by one sister, Mary Lou Barnes of West Virginia, and a number of nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the home of Nancy Raber & Gerry Morgan located at 254 Webb Road, Ellenboro, NC 28040 on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 from 12 – 5 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of The Carolina Foothills P.O. Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043 or to Rutherford County Senior Center 193 Callahan-Koon Road Suite 132 Spindale NC 28160.


 Letty H. Biggerstaff, age 86, of Bostic, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at Carolinas Healthcare System-Cleveland in Shelby.
     Born August 1, 1931 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Zeno Hunt and Nancy Hennessee Hunt. She was a graduate of Sunshine High School and worked as a secretary for various local businesses. Letty worked as a caretaker in home healthcare. She attended the Lutheran Church and was an animal lover. Letty enjoyed playing the piano.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Edwards and Nita Hunt and a brother, Joe Hunt.
     Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Cheryl Ledbetter and husband, Butch of Forest City, Wanda Biggerstaff of Moscow, Idaho and Kim Nelson and husband, Gene of Kendrick, Idaho; three sons, Norris Biggerstaff, Jr. of Bostic, Karl Biggerstaff of Ketchikan, Alaska and Mark Biggerstaff of Vancouver, Washington; one sister, Polly Flores and husband, Ernie of Minneola, Florida. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Danielle Nix, Christopher Biggerstaff, Christina Fleener, Matthew Biggerstaff, Lexi Biggerstaff, Chelsea Walker, Chase Christopher, Chet Christopher and Neil Biggerstaff; eight great-grandchildren, Drew, Zack, Jake, Marcus, Daniel, Liv, Carter, Wyatt and her companion pet, Michelle.
      A service of remembrance will be conducted in the Spring of 2018.
     Memorial donations are respectfully requested to The Humane Society, www.donate.hsi.org

      Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.