Obituaries

Marie Condrey Koone, age 69, of Union Mills, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills.

She was a native of McDowell County and the daughter of the late Lee Condrey and the late Agnes Toney Condrey. She was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church. She worked the last three years of her career as a CNA and as a beautician for over thirty years prior. Marie was preceded in death by her twin brother Michael Condrey.

She is survived by her husband: Chris Koone.

One Son: Marty Monk and his wife Julie

One step-son: Andy Koone

One step-daughter: Katherine Beaver

One Grandchild: Anna Beaver

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sunday, September 23, 2018 prior to the service at the church. The Funeral service will be at Mountain Creek Baptist Church at 11:00 AM, Sunday, September 23, 2018 with Reverend Charles McClure and Reverend Walker Toney officiating. Interment will be at Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Online guest register available at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com. McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.


Laura Elizabeth Stubbing Pocock passed away peacefully on September 15, 2018 in Rutherfordton, NC. She was born May 23, 1957 to Richard and Patricia Stubbing. She was the loving mother of four daughters, Meaghan, Sarah, Caroline, and Emily, and was a new grandmother to Kamryn James.

Laura was also an attorney, community volunteer, chef extraordinaire, queen of accessories, and a dear friend. Her talents were endless and she shared them generously. At her best, Laura was capable of anything; her love was plentiful and limitless. She affectionately called everyone she met “dear,” “babe,” or “sweetie,” and was endearingly deemed “Laura Beth,” “Stubbs,” “Mommy,” “Momma,” and “Mamagirl” by those who loved her most.

Laura was born in Istanbul, Turkey and grew up in Arlington, VA. She was an honored graduate of the University of Virginia and received her law degree from William & Mary Law School. She spent time between her studies backpacking through Europe, where she fell in love with the beautiful waters of Greece. She practiced law in Texas, New York and North Carolina.

She lived in Dallas, TX, Manhattan, NY, and Norwalk, CT with David Pocock, her loving husband of many years, and in 1990 they moved to Rutherfordton, NC where they raised their four daughters. Laura’s achievements were many, but one of her proudest was her involvement with KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum in Rutherfordton. Laura was passionate about children’s issues, education, and protecting the mountains of North Carolina. She was happiest spending time with her family, hearing live music, and being near water.

She is survived by her four daughters and granddaughter, her mother, Patricia Stubbing, her siblings, David Anthony Stubbing, Mary Pat McDonald, and Matt and Holly Stubbing, many nieces and nephews, extended family members, and close friends who became family to her.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church. A receiving of friends will be held in the church’s Fellowship Hall at noon on Monday at 264 Main St., Rutherfordton, NC. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Laura’s name to KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum.

Arrangements are in the care of McMahan’s Funeral Home in Rutherfordton, NC.


Earl J. Wyss, age 76, of Mill Spring, NC, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at his residence.
     Earl was born March 8, 1942 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late Urs Joe Wyss and Virginia Eileen White Wyss. Earl was a graduate of Piggott High School, class of 1961. While serving his country in the U.S. Air Force, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired as a Master Sergeant after twenty-six years of honorable duty. Earl enjoyed row crop farming and loved his family dearly. He was a faithful member of the Rutherford Church of Christ.
     Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of fifty years, Louise Edmiston Wyss; a son, Earl Joe Wyss, Jr. and wife, Rita of Rutherfordton; two daughters, Opal Lee Loven and husband, Christopher of Burdett, Arkansas and Virginia Ellen Shipley and husband, Melvin of Greenway, Arkansas; sister, Linda Wyss of Nimmons, Arkansas and two brothers, Larry Wyss and wife, Julia of Rector, Arkansas and Ricky Wyss also of Nimmons.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Christopher Loven, Jr., Huston Wyss-Highfill, Joseph Loven, Anna Loven, E.J. Wyss, Samual Wyss Shipley, Anya Wyss and great-granddaughter, Jaylee Loven.
     The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Rutherford Church of Christ with Elder Sam Adams and Elder Harold Williams officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the church. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Cleveland Memorial Park with military honors being rendered by the Rutherford County Honor Guard.
      Memorial donations are respectfully requested to the Rutherford Church of Christ Mission Fund, 925 N. U.S. 221 Highway, Rutherfordton, NC  28139.
     Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Joseph William Vickers, Sr., age 89, of Henrietta, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Fair Haven of Forest City.

Joseph was born December 20, 1928 in Rutherford County to the late Charlie Baxter Vickers and Eva Champion Vickers. He worked for Burlington Industries and in textiles for over sixty years and loved his family dearly. He enjoyed watching wrestling and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years, Marjorie Durham Vickers; a son, Ricky “Harley” Vickers, Sr.; one brother, C.B. Vickers and four sisters, Alice Vickers, Ruth Bradley, Gertrude Emory and Mary Tesseneer; two grandchildren, Kristy Vickers and Travis Vickers.
Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Joseph W. Vickers, Jr. and wife, Rosa of Henrietta; daughter-in-law, Wanda Vickers of Cliffside; eight grandchildren, Michelle Arwood (Travis), Tim Vickers (Lisa), Richard Dale Vickers (Kelly), Ricky Vickers, Jr. (Lisa), Joshua Vickers, Joseph Vickers, Rachel Griffin (Daniel) and Trilana Vickers; sixteen great-grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Wayne Toney, Reverend Sam Henderson and Reverend Clayton Hartsell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery.
At other times they will be gathered at 211 Highland Street, Henrietta.


LAWNDALE – Dorothy Ellen Shepherd Kelly, 66, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Wendover Hospice surrounded by her loving and devoted family. She is predeceased by her mother, Lucille Reynolds of Shelby and grandson, “Baby Ace” Carter Troyer.

Ellen leaves behind to cherish her memories her husband, Jimmie Ray Kelly of the home; father, Robert Reynolds of Shelby; three children, daughter, Ruth Dover and husband, Wayne of Kings Mountain, son, John Wayne Shepherd and wife Sherrill of Lawndale and daughter, Kimberly Earlene Shepherd and boyfriend Brian Pearson; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; four fur babies she loved dearly; special friend, Steve Wandzilak.

She enjoyed gardening and cooking but most of all she enjoyed being with her family. She will truly be missed.


SHELBY – Oliver Norman Oaks, 66, a native of Cleveland County,  passed away on Monday, September  17, 2018.

Arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Funeral and Cremation Service, LLA of Boiling Springs.