Obituaries

PLEASE NOTE SERVICE HAS CHANGED TO MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018 AT 11 AM.

George Robert Aranda , 86, of Forest City passed away on January 14, 2018 at Transylvania Medical Center.  He was born on November 8, 1931 in Denver, Colorado to John and Trances Aranda. He had two sisters, Jennie and Sarah. George was preceded in death by his wife Delores “Dodie” Albina Tafoya.

A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Monday, January 22, 2018 at The Fellowship Holiness Church, 301 Deviney Street Spindale, NC 28160.

Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the family of George Aranda.


Craig McFarland, age 44 of Forest City died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Padgett and King Mortuary.


Opal Tissia Mathis, 86, of Forest City, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City. Born July 8, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Minter Hill Mathis and Millie Harmon Mathis. She was a lifelong member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church and worked in textiles at Stonecutter, Spindale Mills, Fieldcrest and Cone Mills. After retiring she worked at Burger King for eight years and at Myrick’s Discount until it closed. Opal was a hard worker, enjoyed going to the flea market and was known for her good cooking.

She is survived by her son, Allen Mathis of Forest City; two sisters, Betty Joe Mathis Crook of Douglasville, GA and Joyce Mathis Wallace of Harris; two nephews, Wayne Mathis of Ellenboro and Marc Hammett of Atlanta, GA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Max L. Mathis.

At Opal’s request, there will be no formal services.