Cova Whitaker Moore, age 94, of Ellenboro, died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Born August 28, 1923 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the John Bunyan Whitaker and Minnie “Gussie” McKinney Whitaker. She was a graduate of Cliffside High School and a longtime and faithful member of Race Path Baptist Church. Cova enjoyed yard work and gardening. She also enjoyed crocheting and also cooking for her family. Everyone enjoyed her famous fried apple pies.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over fifty years, George Ernest Moore; two sons, George Ernest Moore, Jr. and Charles Ray Moore, Sr.; granddaughter, Lisa Moore Carpenter and grandson, George Terrence Moore; three sisters and two brothers.
Those left to cherish her memory include one son, William “Bill” E. Moore and wife, Trudi of Ellenboro; granddaughters, Melonie Burleson, Lorie Ross and Kim Cole (Kevin); grandsons, Michael Moore (Katina) and Ray Moore (Jane); great-granddaughters, Allie Ross, Mikayla Burleson, Jessica and Julia Moore; great-grandsons, Dillon Moore, Jay Moore, Alex Ross, Ethan Cole, Lucas Cole, Zachary Burleson, Jim and Jared Moore. She is also survived by three great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Randall Cooper and Reverend Kevin Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are respectfully requested to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043 or to Race Path Baptist Church, 1171 Race Path Church Road, Ellenboro, NC 28040.

Rutherfordton, NC
Clyde Ervin Smith Jr. “Butch” passed away March 3rd, 2018 at Oakland Living Center. He is survived by his parents Clyde E. Smith Sr. andJean Smith, his wife Linda, two sons Clyde Ervin Smith III “Trae”,Brian Smith and his wife Jessica, also four grandchildren Peyton, CJ,Colin and Coen Smith; one brother, Mike Smith and his wife Arlene of Rutherfordton; two sisters, Sandra Norris and her Husband David of Forest City and Lisa Moir and husband Ron of Morganton.

He is survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister Gail Smith Bumgarner.

He is a Christian and loved by all who knew him. He attended Oakland, Cool Springs and East Rutherford High. He later graduated from Appalachian StateUniversity. He was active in many sports having set a state record in pole vaulting while in high school. He began working as an athletic director in Rutherford County. He later became town manager of Columbus for 7 years and then was town manager of Landrum S.C. From
there he became manager of Cleveland County Water District and servedthere for 18 years from 1996 retiring in 2014. Butch had many talents
and one was being able to bring a town/business from a debt to havingsurplus and has done so with minimal tax increase.

Butch was appointed by the N.C. General Assembly to serve on the N.C. Departmentof Environment and Natural Resources in 2013 and served until his passing. Butch was also honored by having a reservoir named after him, the Clyde E. “Butch” Smith off-stream holding reservoir at the
Cleveland County water plant.

Butch could relate to anyone; he could discuss budget constraints and bonds with commission members, how best to grow potatoes and greens,and any other of a thousand subjects. In his own words, he was “an educated redneck.” He was well respected by colleagues, and gained a reputation for being efficient and tough.

Despite his tough exterior and sometimes cutting humor, his ultimate effect in life was to bring people together. If Butch wasn’t working, he was most likely spending time with family and friends at his farm in Polk County. His land was frequently abuzz with the sound of kids playing and adults talking as Butch grilled.

He led a full life, constantly surrounded by people who were happy to be in the presence of such an interesting and funny individual. More
so than any accolade, most will remember Butch for the way he made people feel at home. He told jokes, he fed all who came to his
property, and he made his own way in life. His life and impact will be felt for generations to come. His deeds carved a foundation upon
which his descendants could flourish.

Funeral services will be held 1 PM Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Crestview Baptist Church, 630 South Church Street, Forest City NC with
visitation from 11 AM until 1 PM. Interment will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made at Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the family of Butch Smith.

Mrs. Susan Jackson Philbeck, 67, of Bostic, died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Hospice At Wendover.
She was the daughter of Boyce Jackson of Rutherfordton and the late Hazel Burnett Jackson. Susan was a member of Walls Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Britt Philbeck; her daughter, Brenda Philbeck of Bostic; her 2 sisters, Barbara Bennett and husband Johnny Sr., and Debra Mauney and husband Jimmy, all of Rutherfordton; there are 2 grandchildren, Dustin Carpenter and wife Amanda, and Kaitlyn Philbeck Moore and husband Austin; 4 great grandchildren, Ethan Gamble, Wesley Carpenter, Mackenzie Philbeck, and Karsyn Moore.
The Funeral will be conducted at 3:00 pm Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Walls Baptist Church. The Rev. David Philbeck will officiate. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The Visitation will be from 6 pm until 8 pm Wednesday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 953 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.