Obituaries

Mr. Edward Nollie Washburn, 88, of Bostic, died Friday, November 16, 2018 at Fair Haven Home, Forest City.

Edward Nollie Washburn III was the oldest son of the late Margaret Philbeck Washburn and E.N. Washburn, Jr. He lived the majority of his life in the Washburn community and enjoyed his free time being at home. He was a charter member of the North Carolina National Guard in Forest City.

In 1948, he became a student at Phieffer Junior College. His primary means of transportation to and from school was “hitching” a ride with travelers heading toward the eastern part of the state. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and entered Lackland Air Force Base. While he was in service, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Catherine Sinclair.

After leaving the Air Force, he enrolled in Wofford College and graduated in 1955 with a degree in Business Administration. Edward and Catherine then moved back to the Washburn Community.

Due to his father’s poor health, he began working full-time at the Washburn General Store and the Washburn Funeral Home in the mid 1940’s. His first job in the funeral home was driving the family car, a 1940 Plymouth. While the car was nice, it did not have any heat or air. He was able to drive the car because he earned his driver’s license at the early age of 15. This was due to the shortage of men because of World War II.

In 1957, he received his Funeral Director’s license and kept them active for over 50 years. He thoroughly loved the many daily tasks required to operate the general store, and became attached to the local families he served through the funeral home. He, along with his wife, Catherine, worked diligently to be responsive and caring to each family.

In addition, he was involved in many other business and community organizations. For example, he worked on various projects and committees at his church, Salem United Methodist Church. He served 32 years on the local school board while his nine grandchildren attended Rutherford County Schools. Even though he was not a pilot, he also served 20 years on the Rutherford County Airport Authority, and held the position of chairman for five years. In addition, he thoroughly enjoyed serving on the local bank boards including Northwestern, First Union, and Wachovia.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Sinclair Washburn; his son, Eddie Washburn of Forest City; his 2 daughters, Ann Hutchins and husband Bill, and Amy Cooke and husband Phil, all of Bostic; his sister, Elizabeth Washburn Craft of Ahoskie; his brother Billy Washburn of Raleigh; 9 grandchildren, Jenna and Grant Bailey of Rutherfordton, W. D. and Lauren Hutchins, Taylor and Amanda Griffith, Tyler and Amanda Hutchins, Catherine and Keith Greene, all of Bostic, Lee and Kristen Griffith of Raleigh, Mary Grace Washburn of Spartanburg, Leah and Aaron Miller of Boiling Springs, SC, and Walter and Mara Washburn of Six Mile, SC; there are 10 great grandchildren, Teagan, Julia, William, Alexis, Kennedy, Edison, Thatcher, Harvey, Emery, and Easton.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm Monday, November 19, 2018 at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service.

A Private Service for the family will be held at a later time.
Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Henry Edwards, 94, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Charles George  VA Medical Center Hospice.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service…

Dr. William F. McBrayer DDS, age 92, of Rutherfordton, died Friday, November 16, 2018, at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City.

He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late Matt McBrayer and the late Sally Kate Fisher McBrayer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton and a US Army veteran of WWII. He graduated from R-S Central High School and graduated from Wake Forest University and the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, Maryland. He practiced dentistry in Rutherford County for almost forty years and was a member of the North Carolina Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

In the past he had served on the Board of Directors of the First Federal Savings & Loan, was a former president of the Isothermal Dental Society and a member of the Rutherford County Jaycees. He loved to play golf, fish and do anything outdoors at the family home in Lake Lure. William was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by one sister Ann McBrayer Nanney and one brother Matt McBrayer II.

He is survived by his wife of sixty three years Peggy Ann Lawing McBrayer.

One Daughter:  Louisa McBrayer Koken and her husband Robert

One Son: William F. McBrayer, Jr. and his wife Milena

Five grandchildren: Kate Koken, Anna Koken, William F. McBrayer III, Matthew A. McBrayer and Allison McBrayer.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at McMahan’s Funeral Home. The memorial service will be at First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 with Reverend Dr. Sydnor Thompson III officiating.

At the request of the family the interment will be private. Memorials may be made to Western Carolina Chapter Alzheimer’s Association at 4600 Park Rd. Suite 250 Charlotte, NC 28209 or to the First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton at 264 N. Main St. Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills at P.O. Box 336 Forest City, NC 28139.

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


Mr. Merman Lee “ML” Walker, age 83 of Spindale, NC died Friday November 16th at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. ML was a native of Rutherford County, NC and a member of Second Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. He also served in the National Guard.

ML was preceded in death by his father and mother Cliff and Alma Waker; brother Tim Walker, and sisters Betty Godfrey and Judy Morgan;

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Joan Guffey Walker; son Eddie Lee Walker and wife Elizabeth of Rutherfordton; daughters Cindy Buff and husband Jim of Harris, NC; Cathy Liverette and husband Roger of Cliffside, NC; brother Fletcher Walker and wife Loretta of Shiloh, NC; four grandchildren Jennifer Walker Bradley, Carol Ann Walker, John Bradley Moore and Amber Johnson; nine great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:00PM on November 18th with Rev. Keith Stephenson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private.


Lillian Crawley Silvers, age 89, of Forest City, NC, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 in Gaffney, SC.

Lillian was born December 15, 1928 in Rutherford County and was a daughter of the late Grady S. Crawley and Celia Ledbetter Crawley. She was a member of Mt Pleasant Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Brenda Cobb (Doug) of Lake Wateree, SC, Sandi Butler (Ray) of Ellenboro, Nancy Silvers of Gaffney, SC; one sister, Carol Moser of Indiana. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews

The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Providence United Methodist Church with Reverend Allen Hall and Reverend David Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. T

he family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Providence United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 128 E. S. W. Dr., Forest City, NC 28043 .

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Robert William “Bob” Owens, age 76, of Forest City, NC, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills.

Bob was born September 22, 1942 in Rutherford County and was the son of Clyde Hatcher Owens and Florence Daves Owens.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Max Owens, Elijah Clyde Owens Jr.; and one sister, Essie Mae Richardson.

He was an active member of Alexander Missionary Methodist Church, where he served as Treasurer and Steward and a member of Cliffside Masonic Lodge #460. Bob was proud to be a United States Army veteran serving during Vietnam.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 44 years, Marie Ellis Owens; one son, James Kevin Owens and wife Amy; one daughter, Renee Owens Ruff and husband Reverend Michael Ruff. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Kaitlin Cecelia Owens, Austin Michael Ruff, Kassidy Ann Owens, Gavin Hatcher Ruff; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at Alexander Missionary Methodist Church with Reverend Michael Ruff and Dr. Dennis Ellis officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 prior to service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Alexander Missionary Methodist Church, 328 Poplar St., Forest City, NC 28043.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.