Obituaries

Tommy O’Dell, age 68, of Forest City, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Tommy was born November 14, 1949 in Rutherford County to the late Charles Thomas O’Dell, Sr. and Corene Guffey O’Dell. He was a graduate of R-S Central High School, class of 1967. Tommy served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for J & R Inc. for many years and was an electrician by trade. Tommy was a proud member of the Rutherford County Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League and an avid Carolina Panthers fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jim O’Dell.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Helen O’Dell; daughter, Dawn O’Dell Lovelace and husband, J.R. of Ellenboro; three sons, Steve O’Dell and wife, Tera of Forest City, Colden O’Dell and wife, Daphne of Mill Spring and Jesse O’Dell of Ellenboro; three brothers, Joe O’Dell and wife, Judy of Forest City, Donald O’Dell and wife, Lorene of Forest City and Kenneth O’Dell; two sisters, Brenda Lane and husband, Ronnie of Henrietta and Tracy Hudgins and husband, Gary of Ruth. He is also survived by nine grandchildren.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Marine Corps League Building, 120 West Trade Street, Forest City. Military honors will be rendered by the Rutherford County Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League.

Memorial donations are respectfully requested to the Rutherford County Honor Guard, 564 Perry Road, Ellenboro 28040 or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Katherine Simmons Walker, age 72, of Middle Street, Ellenboro, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from this life and has gone to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Kathy, as she was known by all, was born August 13, 1946 in Rutherford County. Kathy was a graduate of Gaffney High School, class of 1964 and worked in the lunchroom at Dunbar Elementary for many years. She was a volunteer for ten years at Chase Corner Ministries and a choir member for thirty-five years at Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church. Kathy was a dedicated church member and also taught Sunday School for twenty-five years.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, James Earl Simmons and Mary Lissie Randolph Simmons.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of forty-six years, Coye Lee Walker as well as her four brothers, James “Jim “ Earl Simmons, Jr. (Judy) of Anderson, SC, Robert Bert Simmons (Barbara) of Gaffney, SC, Ervin Wayne Simmons (Tracey) of Blacksburg, SC and Mickey Ray Simmons (Sharon) of Shelby; five sisters, Mary Lounett West (Wayne) of Charlotte, Nancy Carolyn Teague of Gaffney, Martha Ann Wisher of Blacksburg, Sylvia Dean Benton (Junior) of Gaffney and Marilyn Marie Bartee of Shelby.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Harriett Memorial Free Will Baptist Church with Reverend Billy Poe Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

“What has been taken from us is in the safekeeping of our Savior and Lord God for all eternity.”