By | December 17, 2019

 Dennis James, age 68, of Spindale, died Sunday, December 15, 2019 at his residence.

Dennis was born December 2, 1951 in Giles County, Virginia to the late Henry James and Myrtle Sifford James. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Marines and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Dennis worked as a self-employed carpenter most of his life. He enjoyed repairing small engines and was an avid fisherman. Dennis had a lifelong passion for music and loved playing the guitar.

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Clifford “Tip” James.

     Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of twenty-five years, Robin James; three sons, Travis James (Alleya) of Spindale, Dennis “D.J.” James, Jr. of Florida and Michael James of the Shiloh Community; two daughters, Nikki James of Spindale and Natasha Lyles of Duncan, SC; brother, Charles James of Hebron, Maryland; sister, Patricia James of Florida; brother-in-law, Randy Clark (Flotacia) of Spindale and a special nephew, Dalton Bryant of Spindale.

     A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Alexander Cemetery with Reverend Gary Fairbanks officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service.

   Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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JOHN LEE— For more than 68 years family and friends have been graced by the love, earnestness, curiosity, creativity, humor and gentle nature of John Lee, of Rutherfordton, NC. His death at Hospice House in Forest City while in the company of his wife Sue Ellen came some two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer, and leaves a profound void among all who knew him.

John’s agricultural interests and 4-H background based on his upbringing on a family farm in Michigan formed a foundation as he and his wife cultivated a small dairy goat and vegetable organic farm. They did so while holding down full time day jobs. They were also active in the North Carolina Dairy Goat Breeders Association.

John crafted an increasingly diverse line of cheese, an amazing line-up of excellent goats milk soaps, and their handmade array of truffles.

John also established the North Carolina chapter of the tongue-in-cheek Marion Yacht Club as he enjoyed sailing on the wide expanses of the Neuse River and the Intracoastal waterway. His interest in dairy goat farming and home-grown organic vegetables initially took root at their home in New Bern. The family moved to Rutherfordton in 2000, where John transitioned from journalism to clerking criminal cases for the Rutherford County Superior Court. He retired in 2016.

He is survived by his wife Sue Ellen, her children Ben (Bethany) and Brett of Boone, NC and Forrest (Kristin) of Erie, PA; and grandson Justin Lupton of Asheville, NC; brothers Robert (Barb) Lee of Marion, MI, William Lee of Detroit, MI, Larry Lee of Lansing, MI, and Michael (Chris) Lee of Marion. Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Paula (Nelson) Kamerman of Manhattan, MT, John (Mary Jo) Lee of Sioux Center, IA, David (Amanda) Lee of Marion, Linda (David) Wing of Marion MI,. Kevin (Katie) Lee of Zeeland MI, Dan (Libby) Lee of Hersey, MI, along with several great nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A gathering to celebrate John’s life will be held at 2 pm December 20, 2019 at Crowes Mortuary, 118 College Avenue, Rutherfordton, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make contributions to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336 Forest City, NC 28043.


Marie “Maw Maw” Ledford, age 76, of Henrietta, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, December 15, 2019.

    Marie was born January 11, 1943 in Rutherford County to the late Tom Cole and Peggy “Nannie Lou” Griffin. She worked for Dover Mill in Shelby for many years and as a waitress for Greene’s Restaurant. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church. Marie enjoyed cleaning, gardening and doing any type of outdoor work. She especially loved taking care of her grandchildren. She was loved by all.

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Randy Gene Painter; a daughter, Glenice Frank; three brothers, Cardel Bright, James Bright and Walter Griffin; sister, Mary Jane Turner and a granddaughter, Summer Painter.

     Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of forty-two years, Larry Ledford; daughter, Becky Cook of Bostic; two sons, Larry Painter (Amega) of Bostic and William Painter of Spindale; three sisters, Minnie Brown of Forest City, Faye Talent of Spindale and Louise Harris of Morganton; brother, Odell Bright of Spindale; fifteen grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter, Adalynn Monteith.

    The funeral service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Temple Baptist Church with Reverend Jesse Hardin, Reverend Robert Harris and Mr. Kevin Street officiating. 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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Bobbie Delle Robbins Yelton Scruggs, age 90, of Forest City passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Henderson Care. Bobbie was a native of Rutherford County, a member of Adaville Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees and taught Sunday School for many years, a graduate of Rutherford Hospital School of Nursing, and retired head surgical nurse at Rutherford Hospital. She also volunteered at Yokefellow.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her first husband, Everette Yelton, son Ronald Yelton, parents L.M. and Irene Miller Robbins, and brothers, Terry, Charles, Bill and L.M. Robbins Jr., step son Dennis Scruggs, grandson Todd Reynolds, step son in law Tim Pollock.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Earl Scruggs; step daughters Deborah (Steve) Reynolds, Pattie (Rocky) Toney and Vickie Pollock; step daughter in law Debbie Scruggs; grandchildren, Tonya Scott, Channing Garrett, Clayton Toney, Brandon Pollock, Lauren Adams, Matthew Scruggs and Amanda Lucas; 19 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Teresa Bensch, Brenda Wilson, Cherry Garmon, Allison Nordhoff, Teri White, Dawn Greene, Lynn Stephens and Michael Yelton; sisters in law, Pearl and Sandra Robbins, and special care giver Brenda Salmon.

Funeral services will be 2PM Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Adaville Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Pate and Dr. Jim Whitlow officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

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Cindy Holcombe, age 63, of Rutherfordton, NC, died Saturday, December 14, 2019, at her home.

Cindy was the daughter of the late Peggy Smith Wilson.  She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She was loved by friends, family  and her animals.

She is survived by her husband; Colin Holcombe.

One Daughter:
Kristen Laforge

Father:  Harold Durham

One Brother:
Billy Wilson

Three Grandchildren: Hunter, Adeline and Willow

The Service Arrangements are incomplete at this time. McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Geneva Gosnell Robertson age 97 passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday December 21, 2019 at Bill’s Creek Baptist Church in Lake Lure. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the family of Geneva Robertson.