Obituaries

Dewey Smith 
November 14, 1944 – January 9, 2019 
Many descriptive words come to mind when talking about Dewey; simple, humble, kind, generous, peacemaker, man of character, honorable, dependable, provider, hard worker, gentle, spoke kindly of others, loving, and fun. None of these words standing alone do justice to who he was as a person. He was devoted to his family, country, and community. 

Dewey the ‘husband’ married Libby Houser in 1965 and they have been married 53 years. He was blessed with the devotion of his wife all these years and especially this last year as he struggled through his illness. 


Dewey the ‘father’ loved his son Darin very much. He taught Darin the value of hard work, the importance of integrity, and illustrated how to be a man of character. 

Dewey was a simple man and he lived simply. He was not concerned with accumulating wealth or material things. His focus was to take care of his wife and family, and to help his friends and neighbors. 

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed God’s creation. That’s where he communed with God and relaxed even when he was working. Put him on a tractor or bulldozer and he was a happy man. Dewey loved to work and had a reputation for hard work. He was a great provider for his family. He even quit school at an early age so he could go to work and help his mother provide for his brothers and sister. 

Dewey sacrificed his formal education to help provide for his siblings but he didn’t lack knowledge. He had many skills including mechanics, grading and landscaping, sawmill operation, logging, operating heavy equipment, etc. It was evident to us, family as well as friends, that he was smart and was a problem solver. If it was broke he could fix it.   
The Bible tells us in Leviticus 19:18 …but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. (KJV) Dewey demonstrated his love for his neighbors throughout the community and would eagerly lend a helping hand to those in need. 

Dewey was an Army Veteran who served in Viet Nam. His time in service was not something he liked to talk about. 

Dewey was a peacemaker. He disliked arguing, family quarrels, abuse, or to see harm come to others or any living thing. He did not speak unkindly of others and always looked for the good in people even when they were unkind. He would say; “you never know what that person may be going through”. 

Dewey was also a humble man. He didn’t want recognition for anything good he had done or to be the center of attention. He was a man who lived his faith rather than talk about it. 

Dewey loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor. He made us all laugh with his colloquial sayings but there was usually a grain of wisdom in his words. 

Dewey will be missed dearly by his family, friends, and neighbors but we know he is safe in the hands of his loving Father. After a year of health struggles he is now at peace. 

Dewey was a US Army Vietnam Veteran and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Libby” Houser Smith; his son Darin Edward Smith and wife Kiyini of Golden Valley; his sister, Doris Elliott of Mill Spring; his brothers, J.B., Clay, Harold and Morris, all of Golden Valley; a half sister, Corene McDaniel of Rutherfordton; and his granddaughter, Makayla Yarbrough. 

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 3:00 pm Friday, January 11, 2019 at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery. Chaplain Colonel Max Burgin will officiate. Pallbearers are Arthur Smith, Chris Smith, Jon Smith, Terry Self, Justin Colby Smith, and Bryson Smith. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 4350 NC Hwy 226, Bostic, NC 28018. 

Washburn & Dorsey is in charge of arrangements. 


Junior Humphries, age 80, of Cliffside, NC, died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his residence.     

Junior was born December 19, 1938 in Jackson County, NC to the late Archie Humphries, Sr. and Mary Helen Beason Humphries. He worked as for PPG for thirty-four years before retirement. Junior was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing and taking family trips to the beach. He was of the Baptist faith.     

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Heather Lowery and Tori Lowery; four brothers, Dan “Pee Wee” Humphries, Buddy Ray Humphries, Steve Humphries, Jimmy Humphries and two sisters, Joan Harris and Sara Lou Wright.     

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of sixty-two years, Carolyn Mills Humphries; daughter, Lisa Humphries Tolleson of Cliffside; son, Billy Ray Humphries and wife, Cyndi also of Cliffside; brother, Larry Humphries and wife, Tecie of Shelby. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Snapper Humphries, Amber Jones, Ronnie “Bubba” Lowery and nine great-grandchildren.     

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Matt Mills, Reverend Bob Philbeck and Reverend Owen Duncan officiating.

Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery-Cleveland County. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.     

Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC  28043.      

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.


Lois Faulkner Street, age 85, of Gantts Grove Church Road, Mooresboro, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at Hospice of Carolina Foothills. 

Lois was born in Cleveland County on October 29, 1933 and was a daughter of the late Ellis Newton, Sr. and Ellen M. Lovette Newton. She worked at the Ester Mill in Shelby and then for Fasco Industries. Her last job was as an Associate for the Wal-Mart in Forest City for fifteen years. She was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church and served with her late husband in the Senior Ministry. She treasured serving with and being with her church family. Lois especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, travelling and going on trips to the beach. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James “Junior” Faulkner who passed away in 1978 and her second husband, Benny Street who died in 2014; daughter, Charlene Conner; two sisters, Lillian Mode and Barbara Annette Newton. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Donna K. Fox of Mooresboro; a sister, Judy Head and husband, Bill of Grover, NC; two brothers, Ellis Newton, Jr. of Boiling Springs, NC and Gene Newton and wife, Donna of Willow Springs, NC. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Gina Fox Maness and husband, Doug of Sandy Mush, Penny Fox Ingle and husband, Kelly of Cliffside and Kyle Fox and wife, Cathy of Green Hill, NC; eight great-grandchildren, Paige Bumgarner, Jonathan Maness, Kayla Fox, Jeffrey Ingle, Tristan Maness, Keaton Maness, Cody Fox and Katie Fox; two great-great-grandchildren, Marleigh Bumgarner and Raiden Jenkins. 

The funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Liberty Baptist Church with Reverend Owen Duncan, Reverend Mack Tester and Reverend Robert Lane officiating. Interment will follow in Cleveland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. 

Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

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Marvin “DeWitt” Silver, Sr., age 74, of Forest City, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Rutherford Regional Medical Center. 

“DeWitt” was born September 20, 1944 in Rutherford County and was the son of the late George Carl Silver and Lillian Irene Lancaster Silver. He was a member of Goodes Creek Baptist Church. DeWitt was a “wonderful husband, dad and brother” and known by his granddaughters as the “World’s Greatest Papaw.” He lived his life to the fullest through laughter. He often said, “Life is not worth living, if you can’t laugh.” He worked in textiles and retired after many years of service at R & D Weaving. 

Those left cherish his memory include his wife, Sylvia Church Silver, and a son, Marvin DeWitt Silver, Jr; two sisters, Janice Silver Swink (Donald) and Brenda Silver Anthony (Randy); three brothers, Jesse Donald Silver (Jetti), David Carl Silver, and Norris Ray Silver. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Whitney Silver Hollifield (Stephen) and Brittney Marie Silver (Joseph Splawn); an adopted daughter, Dena Byers; his treasured friend, Henry Jenkins, and a beloved pet companion, “Boo Boo.” 

In honoring the wishes of the family, no formal services will be conducted. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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