Obituaries

Ola Gordon Shytle, age 81, of Forest City, was ushered into God’s presence on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Ola was born October 9, 1936 in Rutherford County to the late Clyde Gordon and Willie Bridges Gordon. She was a graduate of Harris High School, class of 1954 and worked in textiles for thirty years. She also worked as the breakfast manager at Hardees for ten years. Ola was a faithful member of Chase Baptist Church and had a heart to serve others. She was also an avid Clemson Tiger football fan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Higgins; son, Buddy Lee Cooper; four sisters, Myrtle Owens, Francis Baynard, Hazel Rogers, Rose Watkins; four brothers, Datus Gordon, Edgar Gordon, Dean Gordon and Dan Reid Gordon.

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Bonnie Cooper of Forest City, Beverly Ann Owensby (Dennis) of Forest City and Becky Lynn Krisky (Joe) of Arden, NC; two sons, Billy Cooper (Pam) of Landrum, SC and Bobby Dale Cooper (Karen) of Mill Spring, NC; one sister, Myrlie Barrier of Rutherfordton and a brother, Jim Gordon (Pat) of Forest City. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Chase Baptist Church with Reverend Scott Butler officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the church. Inurnment will take place at Eternal Hills Memorial Park on a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are respectfully requested to the Chase Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 72, Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


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 hard-worker.

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 (Kelly) 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.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Franklin Dalton, age 69, of Forest City, NC, died Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC.

He was the son of the late Rucker Dalton and the late Dolly Liverette Dalton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Nadine Lawson and brothers Eugene Dalton and William Dalton.

Mr Dalton was a native of Rutherford County and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include:

Sister-in-law:
Loretta Dalton of Forest City

Three Sisters:
Janie Hoyle of Forest City
Virginia Cochran of Spindale
Margie Devine of Rutherfordton

Three Brothers:
A.D. Dalton of Flint, MI
Clyde Dalton of Shiloh
Thomas Dalton of Ellenboro

The graveside service will be 4:00 PM Wednesday August, 22, 2018 at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery with Reverend Glen Wilson officiating. Interment will be at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery, Forest City.

McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.