Obituaries

Robin Kay Ensley, age 57, daughter of Patricia Holland Ensley and the late Bobby Ensley, of 762 Spindale Street passed away Sunday at Rutherford Regional Medical Center.

Robin was a native of Rutherford County; she was a graduate of RS Central Class of 1979, a graduate of Isothermal Community College and employed by Rutherford County as a tax technician with the Rutherford County tax office. Robin was a woman of various interests and talents. She and her family enjoyed the Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee having made many friends throughout the region. Rutherford County and Spindale especially held a special place in Robin’s heart. She served the community she grew up in as an elected member of the Spindale Town Council, following in her late father Bob’s footsteps. She was also an appointed member for the Board of Directors of Broad River Water Authority, a member of the Rutherford County Genealogical Society Commission and a lifelong member of Spindale United Methodist Church where she had served on various committees and offices.

Robin leaves to cherish her memory her mother and best friend Patricia Holland Ensley along with many other family members and friends.

A celebration of Robin’s life will be held at 11 AM Friday April 12, 2019 at Spindale United Methodist Church with the Rev. Angela Burris officiating. Burial will follow in the Spindale Town Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Thursday April 11 at Crowe’s Mortuary 118 College Avenue Rutherfordton, NC.

Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made in Robin’s honor to Spindale United Methodist Church P.O. Box 241 Spindale, NC. 28160

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Betty E. Shires, age 86, of Forest City, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at White Oak Manor in Spartanburg, SC.

Betty was born October 6, 1932 in Cleveland County, NC to the late Carl Edwards and Effie Horne Edwards. She was a graduate of East Rutherford High School, class of 1950 and attended Gardner-Webb University and received an Associates degree from Howard Business College. Betty worked as an assistant librarian for East Rutherford High School for twenty-years and was a longtime member of Tanner’s Grove United Methodist Church. She enjoyed oil painting, working on crossword puzzles and loved taking trips to the beach.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Bobby Wayne Wright and her second husband, Horace Shires and by one brother, George Edwards.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Joan Conner of Gaffney, SC; son, Ted Wright (Renee) of Hopewell, NC; six granddaughters, Leigh Foster (Garret), Amanda Smith (Charlie), Jessica Wright, Nikki Murray, Tammy Sipes, Dawn Henderson (Chris); two grandsons, Grady Wright (Summer) and Dustin Sipes; twenty-five great-grandchildren which includes Aaron Foster; five great-great-grandchildren and a cousin, Ed Horne of Washington State.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Tanner’s Grove United Methodist Church with Reverend Wes Craven officiating. Interment will follow in the Hopewell Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Mozell S. Tate, age 76, of Forest City, NC, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Fair Haven Home in Forest City.

Mozell was born June 5, 1942 in Rutherford County to the late Roy and Eliza Swink. She owned and operated a rug manufacturing business for many years and was a member of Henrietta First Baptist Church. Mozell loved going on camping trips with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Lawrence Tate; two sisters, Dorothy Randall and Cora Lee Hutchins and two brothers, Ernest Swink and Durham Swink.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Deborah Taylor of Forest City; three sisters, Helen Shires of Forest City, Libby Blackburn of Shelby, NC and Marthel Matheny of Forest City and two brothers, Donald Swink (Janice) of Harris and Dean Swink of Ellenboro. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Tiffany Toney and Sean Toney (Paige) all of Forest City and one great-grandchild, Tucker Lee Miller.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ricky Poteat officiating. Interment will follow in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. 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.

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W G “Jack” Silvers, age 89, of Rutherfordton, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Fair Haven Home in Bostic.

Jack was born March 21, 1930 to the late Irvin Silvers and Nettie Morgan Ferree. In addition to his natural father he was raised by a step-father, Luther Ferree.   He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jack worked for Cone Mills-Cliffside Plant for many years and retired from Doran Mills.  He was a member of Village Chapel in Forest City.  Jack loved gardening, enjoyed NASCAR and wood working.

In addition to his parents and step-father, he was preceded in death by his wife of forty-nine years, Mary Waters Silvers.

Those left to cherish his memory include three daughters, Trish Robbins (Ronnie) of Forest City, Darlene Addington (Tim) of Ellenboro, and Jackie Harrelson of Spindale; two sisters; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ronnie Robbins officiating. Interment will follow in the Avondale-Caroleen-Henrietta Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are requested to Village Chapel, 713 Cove Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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