Obituaries

Brenda Metcalf used her 77 years in Spindale wisely making lifelong friends and spreading good will to nearly everyone she encountered. Her journey ended Wednesday January 3rd 2018 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Brenda was tough as nails and had a heart of gold. She was always active in her family and in her faith.

 I feel certain that she never met a stranger. Brenda was the glue that every family needs to keep it all together. So many moving parts in such a large family and she handled it with ease. It was like she was a born problem solver.

Brenda is survived by her husband Jack Metcalf and by their daughters Karen Metcalf and Sherri Splawn. Brenda was preceded in death by their son Alan Metcalf who passed away in 2009.  Brenda was survived by 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren that she loved deeply. Brenda’s passing was sudden, but her impact with God will be everlasting. We will truly miss this Godly woman.

The family will receive friends from 12-2 at Crestview Baptist Church 630 S Church St, Forest City, NC 28043 on Friday January 12th.  Services will begin at 2 P.M. at the Church. Burial is private.


Mrs. Georgia Kathleen Jones Pittman, 92, of Bostic, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at home surrounded by her children.

She was born November 10, 1925, a daughter of the late Sally and Charley Jones. She was the widow of Ray Pittman, Sr, who died in 1998, and was also preceded in death by her sisters, Erma Lee Melton and Louise Martin; her brothers, Russell Jones and Joe Jones; and a son-in-law Joey Hanson. Kathleen loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren – they were her greatest joy in life and loved spending time with them and they all loved her deeply.

She is survived by her son, Ray Pittman, Jr. and wife Freida, of Bostic; her daughters, Carolyn Hanson of Spindale, and Pat Penson and husband Steve, of Forest City; there are 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 3:00 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at First Baptist Church Bostic Cemetery. The Rev. Randy Church will officiate.

The Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm Wednesday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service prior to the graveside service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
Online condolences @www.washburndorsey.com.


 Matthew Ryan Shires, age 20, of Ellenboro, died Friday, January 5, 2018 in at his residence.
     
Born December 1, 1997 in Rutherford County, he was the son of Mary Gunter and the late Everett Shires, Jr. He attended the Rock School and enjoyed working on cars, weightlifting and spending time with his family and was a loving father.
     
Those left to cherish his memory include his adopted mother and father, Crystal Shires Hamrick of Shelby and Scott Ruppe of Ellenboro; one son, Jace Ryan Shires; fiancé, Elizabeth Marie Elliott; grandmother, June Gunter of Morganton; four sisters, Sandi Moore of Mooresboro, Brandi Ruppe of Ellenboro, Danielle Ruppe of Forest City and Patty Shires of Ellenboro; three brothers, Randy, Tommy and Roger Shires all of Ellenboro.
     
 A private family gathering will be held to honor his memory.
   
   Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family.


Rhuleen W. Petty, age 96, of Pauline, South Carolina, formerly of Rutherford County, died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Mountain View Nursing Home in Spartanburg.
     Born November 4, 1921 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Summie Roe Whitaker and Mamie Wilson Whitaker. She was a graduate of Ellenboro High School and a long time member of High Shoal Baptist Church. She was very active in the church and served in the Cradle Roll Class and in the church choir. Rhuleen was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary #9539 in Roebuck, SC. She was a homemaker and dedicated caregiver to many of her family members. Rhuleen had a heart of compassion and love for others.
      In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-two years, James Z. Petty and granddaughter, Tammy Silvey. She was the oldest of seven siblings who all preceded her in death.
      Those left to cherish her memory include her loving daughter, Joyce L. Fincher of Pauline; two grandchildren, Tim Wilder (Rhonda) and Tracie Smith also of Pauline; three great-grandsons, Travis Silvey, Josh Smith and Dusty Silvey; three great-great-granddaughters, Brooke Silvey, Paisley Smith and Madison Silvey all of Pauline. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
      Memorial donations are respectfully requested to VFW Post #9539, 325 S. Carolina Street Extension, Roebuck, SC  29376.
      Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


     Larry K. Moore, age 54, of Ellenboro, died Sunday, December 24, 2017 at the Hospice House in Forest City.
     Born June 28, 1963 in Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Pheron Harrison Moore and Mildred Lail Moore. He worked at Cone Mill-Cliffside and Avondale plants for many years and also for Arrowood’s Car Wash. He was an avid carp fisherman.
     Survivors include his sister Lisa Moore of Ellenboro and two brothers, Pheron Eugen Moore also of Ellenboro and Dannie Moore of Shelby.
      No formal services will be conducted.  
      Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family.


 David Worley, age 50, of Union Mills, died Friday, January 5, 2018.
   Born October 14, 1967 in Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Curtis B. Worley and Bell Conner Worley. He was a self-employed concrete finisher and enjoyed building things.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Keith Worley and a sister, Ida Lee Worley.
    Survivors include his son, David Worley, Jr. of Maggie Valley, NC; sister, Shirley Worley of Maggie Valley; brother, Curtis Gene Worley of Unions Mills and several nieces and nephews which includes a special nephew, Curtis Jeffrey Worley (Amanda Lynn Mann).
     A private family gathering of remembrance will be held on a later date.
     Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family.