Obituaries – June 25

Susan Cline Hollifield, 69, of Bostic, died Thursday, June 25, 2020.

“If I die before you, I don’t want a big bother made over me,” was a humble instruction Susie gave her husband, Dwight M. Hollifield, many times. She further requested that she only have a simple, graveside service and be interred in the Hollifield Family Cemetery, near her home, beside the graves of her beloved boxers, where there is a sweeping view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Susie passed away on June 25, 2020 at age 69, and a graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the location she prescribed and loved dearly. The service will be conducted by Rev. David Hawkins. Among those who loved her profoundly and will fiercely miss her are her husband, Dwight; her children, Jason C. Hollifield (Rhonda) and Erin Hollifield Balmer (Jason); her grandchildren Adam and Ben Hollifield and Lily and Brooke Balmer; her brother Jack Cline (Linda); and her boxer Bocephus (“Bo”). Susie was predeceased by her parents, Clyde and Bertha Cline of Hickory, NC; brothers Tom and Dan Cline; and sister Lana Cline Hartshorn.

Susie was a teller at Northwestern Bank until the birth of her son in 1970. She and Dwight decided being a fulltime mom was infinitely more important to them than being a banker, so she became a homemaker. At this profession and as a mom, she excelled. In 1980, at the coaxing of friends who owned Piney Ridge Nursery, she began working a few hours a day, taking care not to let the work infringe on being home when Jason and Erin went to school each morning, returned home in the afternoons, or had days off from school, including summer vacation months. She continued this schedule at Piney Ridge for almost 20 years before deciding to again become a fulltime homemaker.

As a faithful member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, Susie was a tireless worker. She taught the children’s Sunday school class for many years; she served on the Cemetery Committee, Administrative Council, Parsonage Committee and Visitation Committee. She participated in virtually all church functions that required the preparation and serving of meals and, together with her dear friend Mary Hollifield, cleaned the church fellowship hall weekly for more than fifteen years.

In lieu of flowers, it is Susie’s wish that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 ( or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
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A Graveside Service will be conducted at 3 pm Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Hollifield Family Cemetery, 3511 Bostic Sunshine Highway, Bostic. The Rev. David Hawkins will officiate.

(no formal visitation)

Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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Godofredo “Freddy” Perez, age 74, of Shelby, passed away, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte.

Godofredo was born September 8, 1945 in Guatemala to the late Albino Perez and Elisa Leiva Perez. He was the owner and operator of Freddy’s Small Engine Repair in Ellenboro for many years. Freddy loved to cook special dishes for his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of forty-two years, Addy Perez; seven daughters, Cindy Munoz, Brenda Giron, Shirley Gonzalez, Monica Almaraz, Anna Deaton, Mariam Guerra and Nancy Valdez; two sisters and one brother. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A private family gathering to honor Freddy’s life will be held.

Memorial donations to help with family expenses may be sent in care of Anna Deaton, 300 Black Road, Ellenboro, NC 28040.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Mary Hazel Dodd, age 86, of Union Mills, NC passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at her residence.

Mary was born June 16, 1934 in Rutherford County to the late J.W. Jaynes and Meldona Guffey Jaynes. She was of the Baptist Faith and loved taking care of her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Kenneth, Jerry, David, Howard, Larry and Charles Jaynes and two sisters, Virginia Metcalf and Vickie Cox.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Carol Herring of Union Mills and two sons, Richard Duncan (Gloria) of Bill’s Creek and Charles “Bud” Duncan (Glenda) of Union Mills; five siblings, Ruby Winstead, Roy Jaynes, Bill Jaynes, Beverly Walker and Teresa Jaynes. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Round Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Jonathan Lankford officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to Shriners Hospital, Greenville, SC,

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Ray Wallace, 85, of Union Mills, passed away June 21, 2020 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.

He was born on July 19, 1934 in Rutherford County to the late Guy and Bertha Wallace of Union Mills. He was predeceased by his first wife, Orene Wallace and later in life by his second wife Becky Wallace. He is also preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Mahaffey, and brothers, Otho Wallace and Steve Wallace.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Elliott of Rutherfordton, and Tammy Smiley (Andy) of Boiling Springs, S.C.; two sons Gary Wallace (Sherry) of Union Mills and Larry Wallace of Maiden. Stepchildren include Lynn Dowis (Mark) of Buffalo, SC, Sharon Moon of Pinnacle, NC, and Gary Rogers (Nancy) of Travelers Rest, SC.

Three sisters Carol Wall of Union Mills, Judy Parker of Charlotte, and Diane Wells of Reno, Nevada. He is also survived by six grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Hudlow Fire Department and the nurses and doctors from Mission Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 26th. Receiving friends will take place at 1:00-2:00 and funeral at 2:00. A graveside service will follow at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Pisgah United Methodist Church in care of Marsha Baker, 3621 Pearidge Road, Bostic, NC 28018.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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