Obituaries

Martha “Marti” Hurt Mulkey, age 63, of Forest City, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 while being surrounded by her loving family.

Born April 5, 1955 in Columbus, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Gladden Louis Hurt and Alice Elizabeth Kemp Hurt. She was a graduate of Hardaway High School, class of 1973 and Converse College, class of 1977. Marti had a heart for children with special needs which led her to be a special education teacher for thirty-six years, most recently at Spindale Elementary. She was a caring and kind person and a loving wife and mother. As a member of the First United Methodist Church of Forest City, she assisted with the children’s choir and played in the handbell choir. She enjoyed music and especially loved spending time with her family and friends at the beach.

Those left to cherish her memory, include her devoted husband of thirty-eight years, Randal E. Mulkey; daughter, Elizabeth Kemp Herbster and husband, Ryan of Greenville, SC; son, Marcus Allen Mulkey II of Canton, NC; brother, John Thomas Hurt and wife, Kelly of Atlanta, Georgia; nephews, Will Hurt, John Hurt, Drew Horton and niece, Sherrill Whaley; aunts, Betty Kemp Gallups and Rose Hurt Steiner both of Columbus, GA; family-in-law, Martha and Mark Mulkey of Asheville and Maryellen and Andy Horton of Spartanburg, SC  and very special friends, David and Carolyn Holland of Forest City, Connie and Rick Sumerel of Greenville, SC, Joanne Ballenger of Spartanburg, SC and Peggy Luker of Columbus, Georgia.

A graveside service will be held at Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus, GA, followed by a gathering of friends and family at the home of Rose Steiner.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff of Hospice for their heartfelt love and care given to Marti during her illness. Memorial donations are respectfully requested to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Vivian Margureite Hales, age 91, of Diamond Drive, Ellenboro, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Carolinas Health System-Cleveland in Shelby.

Born January 20, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Chirnitch and Loretta Hogan Chirnitch. When she was younger, she worked as a bookkeeper in auto sales.  She was an avid gardener and was a member of various garden clubs including the African Violet Society of America. Vivian also enjoyed playing bingo and going to casinos.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Clifford Leon Hales and three great-grandchildren, Phoebe Grace Hales, Phinn Ephraim Hales and Cole Noah Hales.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Suzanne Linda Hales of Ellenboro and a son, Kevin James Hales and wife, Cindy of East Haven, Connecticut; one brother, Joseph Chirnitch of Maine; seven grandchildren, Laura Elizabeth Hales, Jonathan Michael Hales (Onalee), Michael Christopher Hales, James Hales, Edward Emmitt Hales, Mark Clifford Hales and four great-grandchildren, Emma Zoe Hales, Hosannah Grace Hales, Selah Mae Hales and Garrett Benjamin Hales.

No local services will be conducted. Inurnment will take place in the St. Agnes Cemetery in Branford, Connecticut on a later date.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.