Obituaries

Patricia Hopper Harrill, age 81, of Rosey Lane, Rutherfordton, went home to be the Lord on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City.

Born October 16, 1936 in Rutherford County, she was a daughter to the late James Kate Hopper and Bessie May Bell Gorden Hopper. She worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant and Aeroquip Industries for several years. Patricia especially enjoyed being a helpmate to her husband and was a dedicated homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Tracy Yelton of Rutherfordton and daughter, Pamela Renee Ward of Afton, Virginia.

Those left to cherish her memory, include her husband, Reverend Michael Harrill, Sr.; two sons, Jeffrey Todd Yelton and wife, Brenda of Harrisburg, NC and Reverend Michael Brian Harrill, Jr. and wife, Sarah of Morganton and a daughter, Sheila Renee Lewis of Yankton, South Dakota; brother, Gary Hopper of Chattanooga, TN and sister, Brenda Crane and husband, Robert of Irmo, SC. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Joshua Douglas Yelton, Robyn Dawn Yelton, James Michael Ware, Jennifer Renee Ricketts, George Jeffery Hoover, Jason Ricky Ware, Talon James Yelton, Samuel Edward Yelton, Breanna Bethany Yelton, Jessica Lewis Henson, Christopher Harding Lewis, Luke Michael Harrill, Kristen Harrill London and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Kistler’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Reverend Julie O’Neil and Reverend Karl Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the church. 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.


Angel Leann Davis, age 25, of Forest City, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Born September 9, 1992 in Burke County, she is the daughter of Lisa Wilson who resides in Burke County and the late Timothy Carpenter. Her world circled around her children. Angel was a fun loving and happy person who enjoyed family outings. She attended The Living Center in Lenoir. She will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandfather, Thomas Stamey.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Derrick Davis; five children, Bryson, Mason, Carson, Benson and Keirrah Davis; grandmother, Linda Stamey of South Carolina; father and mother-in-law, Herman and Linda Davis of Forest City and brother, Brandon Dockery of Shelby. She is also survived by five sister-in-laws, Beverly Conner of Lake Lure, Linda Morris, Thelma Campbell, Camillia Furches and Vickie Price all of Burke County.

A gathering of family and friends to honor Angel’s life will be conducted from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Harrelson Funeral Home.


Thomas Bessette, age 85, of Rutherfordton, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Born June 26, 1932 in Chateaugay, New York, he was the son of Nelson Bessette and Jane Roland Bessette. He was a graduate of Chateaugay High School, class of 1949 and served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Thomas worked for Mayer’s Construction Company and was a supervisor over highway construction for forty-two years. He was a member of Kistler’s Chapel and oversaw the remodeling of the church buildings. Thomas enjoyed restoring old cars and wooden bowl turning.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Nelson Bessette; three sisters, Beatrice Boyer, Kathleen Levesque and Gloria Favaro and a brother, Erwin Bessette and brother-in-law, Clifford Steenberge.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife of twenty-eight years, Barbara Sears Bessette; two son, Thomas Bessette, Jr. and wife, Laurie all of Torrington, Connecticut; two daughters, Susan Dezeiez and husband, Timmy of Torrington, CT and Patricia Breakell and husband, Clyde of Goshen, Connecticut; two sisters, Ruth Kubay of Newington, Connecticut, Mary Steenberge of Malone, New York. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bessette’s urn will be buried at Kistler’s Chapel. No formal services will be conducted.

Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services have been entrusted with arrangements.