Lucille (Lucy) Hampton Daniel, Ph.D., age 87, of Tryon Estates and formerly of Green Hill, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Hospice House of Rutherford County.

She was the daughter of the late George Edgar and Jennie Lee Hampton. She grew up active in Green Hill Baptist Church, was a member of First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton where she participated in the Welcome Table mission, and attended Tryon Presbyterian Church while residing at Tryon Estates.

Lucy was a graduate of RS Central High School and Women’s College of Greensboro. She received her Master’s from WCU and, at age 65, earned her Doctorate from ECU.

She began teaching at RS Central High School and also taught at W.R. Odell and Northwest Cabarrus High Schools. She returned to Rutherford County, teaching at East Rutherford and RS Central, where she dedicated most of her career. While at RS Central, she received the NC Western Region Outstanding Teacher Award, NC Science Teacher Association Distinguished Service in Science Education Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics presented by President Ronald Reagan. Lucy also established the first A.P. Biology class in Rutherford County Schools and developed a culture center lab that was run by her students. Lucy served as a Science Education Consultant and began authoring science textbooks while at RS. After retiring, she continued writing, authoring or co-authoring over 526 textbooks for Merrill, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill/Glencoe. Lucy was inducted into the Rutherford County Schools Foundation Hall of Fame in 2014. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma for 54 years.

Lucy and her husband Glenn established the Glenn and Lucille Hampton Daniel Foundation in 2005 to serve the community they loved for charitable, educational, religious, and scientific purposes. Lucy received the Rotary Club of Rutherford County Ernie Ross Service Above Self Award in 2012.

She was preceded in death by her husband H. Glenn Daniel and brother-in-law Fred Arrowood. She is survived by a brother in heart Dan Kurkendall, sister-in-law Brenda Arrowood, nieces Shay Guffey and husband Larry and Shawn Parker, 1 great niece, 4 great nephews, 1 great-great nephew, close cousin Dr. Bob Morgan, and many beloved friends.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton with Dr. Sydnor Thompson, III officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Center. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Glenn and Lucille Hampton Daniel Foundation, P.O. Box 185, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

Mrs. Winona Hunt Calton, 87, of Sunshine, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at White Oak Manor, Rutherfordton.
She was widow of Fitzhugh L. Calton, Jr., and a daughter of the late Kirby and Janet Ezell Hunt. Winona was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Jan Wilson of Forest City, and Donna Carver of Sunshine; her son, Randy Calton of Boiling Springs, NC; her sister, Doris Beasley of Spartanburg, SC; 3 grandchildren, Hanna Wilson, Kelly Calton, and Jesse Calton; and 5 great grandchildren, Chancellor Vaughn, Tanner Calton, Sadie Calton, Grayson Calton, and Tyler Flynn.
The Funeral will be conducted at 3:00 pm Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. The Rev. Greg Dickens and Rev. Michael Evans will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The Visitation will be from 2 pm until 3 pm Sunday at the church prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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SHELBY – Mr. Jerry Christopher “Chris” Curtis, age 49, of Shelby, NC passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Wendover Hospice surrounded by his family. Mr. Curtis was predeceased by his parents, Jerry and Jane.

He is survived by his sister, Kim Stroud; nephew, Brandon Black of Shelby, NC

Jerry was a life long fan of football, he loved going to the beach and spending as much time as possible  with his sister and nephew.

Receiving friends and family will be held at his and his sister’s resident in Shelby, NC on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Arrangements are entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service, LLC of Boiling Springs, NC. Online condolences may be made at

Myles “John” Nix, age 72, of Mooresboro, NC, died Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg.
John was born July 23, 1946 in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Albert Carl Nix and Louise Pearson Nix. He worked as a carpenter in construction for many years and also farmed for several years. John most recently worked as a maintenance technician for Gaffney High School. He was a member of High Shoal Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, golfing and was always known as a hardworker.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Patsy Russ and a brother, Donald Rollins.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of fifty-three years, Patricia Gail Williams; two sons, Rocky James Walker and wife, Tineta of Forest City and David Nix of Mooresboro; two sisters, Elizabeth Lambert of Boiling Springs, NC and Judy Dobbins of Shelby and a brother, Troy Nix and wife, Becky of Forest City. He is also survived by one grandson, Brian Walker of Harris, NC and two grandchildren, Nicole Walker and Seth Walker.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at High Shoal Baptist Church with Reverend John Godfrey officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.
Memorial donations are respectfully requested to High Shoal Baptist Church, P.O. Box 386, Henrietta, NC 28076.