Obituaries

Mr. Randy Dean Robbins, 62, of Ellenboro, died Saturday, August 4, 2018.

He was the son of the late Roy Lester Robbins and Annie Belle Jones Robbins. Randy worked at Carpenter Design.

He is survived by 2 aunts, Emma Sue Ayers of Ellenboro, and Joann Blankenship of Henrietta; 2 uncles, Bob Jones of Ellenboro, and Rev. Perry Jones of Forest City; there are numerous cousins also surviving.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Walls Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. David Philbeck will officiate.

Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


SPARTANBURG – Jacob Sims, 26,  beloved son of Joseph Ernest Sims and Mary King Putnam tragically passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018.

A graduate of Gaffney High School, Jacob was born on February 13, 1992 in Cleveland County, NC and was currently residing in Gaffney, SC.

His bright eyes, contagious smile and laugh will be missed by his family and many friends.

Starting his journey ahead of us, he is survived by his parents Joseph Ernest “Joey” Sims of Forest City and Mary King Putnam and Roger Putnam; his sister and brothers Chasity and Joshua Sims and Vincent Putnam; grandparents Ernest and Judy Sims; aunts and uncles Starlyn and Jim Whisnant, Karen and Randy Page; nieces and nephews Elijah, Ada and Jonah Sims; cousins Cody and Tucker Whisnant, Chloe, Sadie and Kristy Page and Katie Pratt; and Jacob’s girlfriend Nicole Hicks.

Memorial service will be held at Sulphur Springs Congregational Holiness Church, 2945 US Highway 221 South Forest City, NC 28043 on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Jacob’s family requests that memorial donations be made in his honor to Cherokee Children’s Home at 215 Allison Drive, Gaffney, SC in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service, LLC of Boiling Springs, NC.



Charles Ray Banning, “Vern”, age 58 passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. A native of Rutherford County he was a talented mechanic and a son of the Late Charlie Young Banning.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother Jane Blake Banning, children – Jeremy Banning, Jennifer Banning, Ray Banning, Katie Higgins and her husband Scott, grandchildren – Conner Banning, Brayden Banning, Madelyn Banning, Liam Banning, Blaine Higgins, Ayanna Banning, Charlie Banning, Thomas Michales and Jordan Michales; one brother – David Banning, one sister – Anita Marlowe, and a number of other relatives and friends.

The family will be gathering at Mr. Banning’s home. In keeping with his wishes services will be private.


Dorcas Koon Bennett, age 83, of Lincolnton, NC, died Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville, NC.

She was the daughter of the late James Aaron Koon and the late Nona Jim Searcy Koon
and a native of Green Hill community. She was the widow of the late James Baxter Bennett Jr. Dorcas was a lifelong Southern Baptist. She raised her family in Monroe Georgia. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by

Two Sons:
James Baxter Bennett III and his wife Linda.
Jeffrey Tobias Bennett

Two Brothers:
Herbert Koon
Steve Koon

One Granddaughter: Monika Bennett and her husband Robert Zibilske and a future great granddaughter Zibilske.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Mountain Creek Baptst Church. The Funeral service will be at Mountain Creek Baptist Church at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 11, 2018 with Reverend Charles McClure and Reverend Judy Drysdale officiating. Interment will be at Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace of God Rescue Mission; P.O. Box 212 Forest City, NC 28043.


Mrs. Marie Mary Williams Gilbert age 76 passed away Tuesday August 7, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, SC.

She is survived by her daughters – Angel Hyder and husband Scott and Becky Collins and her husband Terry; grandchildren – Michelle and Taylor Mills, Dwight and Emily Ward, and Abigail Hyder; sisters – Nora Stevens, Joyce Ammons and husband Bob, Pam Brock and husband Fred, Debbie Pruitt and husband John, Susie Allan and husband Daniel, and Arlene Williams; brothers – Tedd Williams and wife Lett, Floyd Williams and wife Donna, Chester Williams and wife Cindy; brother-in-law Marvin Stevens, sister-in-law Ava Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hilery Lee Williams and Naomi Ruth Miller Williams, her husband A.C. Gilbert, daughter Kathy Ann Ward, sister Lilian Shook and husband Frank, sister Laura Mooring and husband Henry, sister Alice Stevens, and brother Buster Williams.

A celebration of Marie’s life will be held 4 PM Saturday August 18, 2018 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Polk County with Rev. Warren Elliott and Rev. Bob Ammons officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


SHELBY – Jesse Paul Barrett, age 45, a native of Cleveland County, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born to Caroly Powell and the late Paul Barrett.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church, 606 South Dekalb Street, Shelby, NC with Dr. Timothy M. Sims, Senior Pastor officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service, LLC of Boiling Springs, NC.