Obituaries

Mr. Thomas C. Kaut, 89, of Spindale, died Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Forest City.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service…


Samuel Leon Sinclair Sr., 90, of Forest City, died Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at his home. A native of Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Claude Fielding and Bessie Hardin Sinclair. Leon retired from Crellin as a Supervisor. He was a US Navy Veteran and a member of Adaville Baptist Church.

Left to cherish Leon’s memory is his wife, Elizabeth Justice Sinclair; daughter, Susan Sinclair; son, Mark Sinclair (Kathy); brother, Grady Sinclair; stepchildren, Sheree Crowder (John), Renee Nolen (James) and Tim McEntire (Ramona); grandchildren, Chad Sinclair, Branden Sinclair, Tanner Sinclair, Cameron Sinclair, Mollie Huffman (Nash), Aimee Sinclair; step grandchildren, Michael Crowder (Amy), Brian Crowder (April), Angie Hardin (Brian), Melanie McEntire, Michaela McEntire, Justin Nolen, Christopher Nolen and eight great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Leon was preceded in death by his first wife, Sue Randall Sinclair and son, Samuel Leon Sinclair, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 2 PM Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Adaville Baptist Church, 805 Oakland Road, Spindale, NC with Rev. Jonathan Cobb, Dr. Jim Whitlow, Andy Cobb, Brian Hardin,  and Tommy Hardin officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6PM Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Crowe’s Mortuary, 118 College Avenue, Rutherfordton, NC

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC or Adaville Baptist Church, 805 Oakland Road, Spindale, NC 28160.


Roger Wayne Moore, age 65, of Ellenboro, died Monday, July 16, 2018 at his residence.

Born September 6, 1952 in Cleveland County, he is the son of the late Frank Moore.

He was a graduate of Chase High School, class of 1970.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Martha Ann Moore; two sons, Bryan Frank Moore (Aime) and Bruce Wayne Moore; three grandsons, Josh Moore, Pvt. Dillon Moore, Lukas Moore and a granddaughter, Hope Moore.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Restoration Church, 133 Gardenbrook Drive, Forest City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Bryan Moore, 149 Highland Drive, Rutherfordton, NC  28139.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the Moore family.


Diane Keeter Phillips, age 71, of Henrietta, NC, died Monday, July 16, 2018 at her residence.

Born September 27, 1946 in Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Lee Keeter and Louise Hawkins Keeter. She worked in textiles for many years and was a member of Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church. Diane enjoyed doing yard work and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of forty-seven years, Jimmy Allen Phillips; two sisters, Janice Downey and Cynthia Bostic and a brother, Darill Keeter.

Those left to cherish her memory include one daughter, Anita Rich and husband, Jeffrey of Bostic; one son, Tim Phillips of Henrietta; six grandchildren, Jeremy Parker and wife, Ashley, Tyler Parker, Dallas Rich, Kylie Rich, Jessica Phillips and Marcus Phillips; five great-grandchildren Dylan Parker, Trent Parker, Aaiyden Swepson, Jax Swepson and Mason Parker. She is also survived by one brother, Alan Keeter and wife, Carla of Forest City and by several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ernie Cole officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery on a later date. 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.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Catherine Blanton, age 76, of Forest City, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus in Asheville.

Born December 3, 1941 in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late William Robert Blanton and Vennie Bingham Blanton. She worked of United Southern Manufacturing for over twenty years and was a long time and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Forest City.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and cross stitch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Butts and one sister, Martha Shelton and a brother, David Sanders.

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Tammie Padgett and husband, Eddie of Calabash, NC, Lisa Keever and husband, Tracy of Bostic and Rebecca Sanders and life partner, Tammy Rector of Valdese, NC; two sons, Grady Sanders and wife, Tina of Saw Mills, NC and Sandy Sanders and wife, Wanda of Cliffside; five brothers, William Blanton, Cleo Blanton (Marceline) of Boiling Springs, NC, Horace Blanton of Shelby, Jimmy Blanton (Lyndyle) of Cliffside and Lawrence Blanton (Rhonda) of Cliffside; three sisters, Julie Dover (William) of Shelby, Sharon Walker (Larry) of Ellenboro and Heidi Smith (Butch) of Spartanburg. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren.


Catherine Blanton, age 76, of Forest City, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus in Asheville.

Born December 3, 1941 in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late William Robert Blanton and Vennie Bingham Blanton. She worked of United Southern Manufacturing for over twenty years and was a long time and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Forest City.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and cross stitch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sue Butts and one sister, Martha Shelton and a brother, David Sanders.

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Tammie Padgett and husband, Eddie of Calabash, NC, Lisa Keever and husband, Tracy of Bostic and Rebecca Sanders and life partner, Tammy Rector of Valdese, NC; two sons, Grady Sanders and wife, Tina of Saw Mills, NC and Sandy Sanders and wife, Wanda of Cliffside; five brothers, William Blanton, Cleo Blanton (Marceline) of Boiling Springs, NC, Horace Blanton of Shelby, Jimmy Blanton (Lyndyle) of Cliffside and Lawrence Blanton (Rhonda) of Cliffside; three sisters, Julie Dover (William) of Shelby, Sharon Walker (Larry) of Ellenboro and Heidi Smith (Butch) of Spartanburg. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and thirty-two great-grandchildren.