Obituaries

Gladys Lucille Metcalf Henderson age 94, of Forest City, NC passed away on December 22nd 2018 at Henderson Care.  Gladys was the wife of the late Elbert Henderson, and the daughter to the late Jacob Luther Metcalf and Daisy Bridges Metcalf.

Gladys was the only girl among five brothers, and developed a quiet strength and steady nature that would be a trademark of her life. Gladys was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and Robinson’s Business College. Gladys and Elbert Henderson were married on Christmas Eve in 1950, and were a blessing to each other and all who knew them. Together they had four sons.

Gladys was known for her sweet spirit and endearing ability to laugh with you and at herself. Her faith was a strong focal point in her life. Gladys spent decades serving the children of Mount Vernon Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, many of which she co-taught with her dear friend Geneva Metcalf.

Left to cherish her memory are sons Jim Henderson (Lisa); Alan Henderson (Sherry); John Henderson (Darla); daughter-in-law Lynn Henderson; grandchildren Erica, Ashley, Lauren, Katie, Ashton, Lindsay, William, Allie, and Cole; great grandchildren Braelyn, Corynn, Caroline, Bryce, and Collin; Brothers George and Sam Metcalf; In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son David Henderson; and brothers Ed, Fred, and Carl Metcalf;

Services will be held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church on Wednesday December 26th 2018 at 3:00PM, with Dr. Scott Courtney officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. 

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043, or to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 2676 Hudlow Rd, Forest City, NC 28043. _________________________________________________________

Calma Gail McCluney Hammett, age 74, of Rutherfordton, NC passed away on December 20th 2018.  Calma was the daughter of the late C.T. and Reba Carver McCluney. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Magel Casey. Left to cherish her memories are her brother Roger McCluney; and a number of nieces and nephews. Gail was a member of Spencer Baptist Church, and loved to travel. Her most recent travels took her to New York City with her church family.  Services will be held on December 30th 2018 at 3:00PM at Spencer Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Caldwell officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Family Life Center. 

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Mr. Bruce David LaPorte, 69, of Ellenboro, originally from Buffalo, NY, died Monday, December 17, 2018 at Hospice House, Forest City. He was the son of the late Bruce and Felicia “Faye” Burvid LaPorte.

Bruce was very active with the YMCA in Boiling Springs, NC.

He is survived by his son, Justin LaPorte and wife Kelci, of Johns Creek, GA; his daughter, Sara Goodwin and husband David, of York, PA; his sisters, Monica Bradshaw and husband Grover, of Ellenboro,  Michele Namenek of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Stephanie McCullum of Las Vegas, NV; his  brother, Robert LaPorte  of Las Vegas, NV; there are 4 grandchildren, Kaitlyn LaPorte, Ethan LaPorte, Cooper Goodwin, and Rose Goodwin.

The family is planning a Memorial Service to be held at a later date. Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation