Yates Edward Abernethy

GASTONIA - Yates Edward Abernethy, 88, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his home, surrounded by family. He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Everette Roy Abernethy and Connie Smith Abernethy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Marie Foster Abernethy; and his brothers, Jerry Abernethy and Troy Abernethy.
Mr. Abenethy was a graduate of Belmont High School and played on the inaugural Red Raider football team. He was an avid South Point football fan. Mr. Abernethy served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean era. He was a founding member of the Belmont Historical Society and a lifelong member of Centerview Baptist Church. He was retired from the City of Charlotte at Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Mr. Abernethy is survived by his children, Sheila A. Thrower and husband, David, Sharon Kaye Abernethy, and Trina A. Deaton and husband, Mark; his grandchildren, Jonathan Thrower, Emily Thrower, Christopher Deaton and wife, Hannah, Justin Deaton and wife, Anna, and Leah Deaton; his great-grandchildren, Malek Deaton and Abagail Deaton; and his best buddy, Baxter.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Centerview Baptist Church, Belmont. A service to celebrate his life well lived will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice by visiting www.gastonhospice.org.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.woodlawnfuneral.org. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for the Abernethy family.

Carol Rome Williams

Carl Rome Williams, 85, of Mount Holly, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia.  He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Jessie and Edith Wentz Williams.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings.  Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years Sue Ingle Williams; children Karen Broome, Toni O’Donahue (Dean), and Carol Woodard; a sister Jane Williams; two grandchildren Emily Stowe (Koley) and David Felton (Mandy); as well as two great grandchildren Parker Felton and Hayden Stowe.  The family greeted guests from 2 until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Catawba Heights Baptist Church (The Heights), 311 Belmont Mt Holly Road, Belmont.  A service to celebrate Carl’s life was held immediately following at 4:00 p.m. also at the church.
Arrangements are in the care of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly.  Online condolences may be left at www.woodlawnfuneral.org


Katherine Lee Henry Fite

Katherine Lee Henry Fite, 72, of Gastonia, NC, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020.
Born September 25, 1947 in Missouri, Kathy grew up in White Plains, NY. She was a 1965 graduate of White Plains Senior High School and 1967 graduate of Gardner-Webb College.
Kathy was employed with WBTV with the Betty Feezor Show and Top of the Day. She later opened The Needle and Brush in Belmont, NC. After retiring, she enjoyed gardening and singing with her church choir.
Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stephen Fite, parents Raymond and Bernadine “Dean” (Miller) Henry of Gastonia, NC, and brother Gary Henry, Columbia, SC.
Local survivors include Kathy’s cousin Ann Lampley Pharr (Shelby, NC); former sister-in-law Susan Fite Lovelace and husband, Jerry, (Kings Mountain, NC) and other family members.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Memorials may be made to her church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 West Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052.

Dillard “Don” William Hyde

Dillard “Don” William Hyde
Belmont - Dillard “Don” William Hyde, loving husband, father, and PopPop went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 1, 2020 at the age of 83.

Don was a graduate of Belmont High School, Central Piedmont Community College and attended Charlotte College (now UNCC). After serving in the United States Army,  Don worked at Celanese Corporation in Charlotte for 30 years. He volunteered his time with the Athletic Department of his beloved Red Raiders at South Point High School where he and his wife, Nancy served for many years with the Big Red Booster Club.  In addition to volunteering at SPHS, Don served on the Gaston County Parks and Recreation Board along with the Belmont Optimist Club. One of his greatest honors was being a mentor to many young people in the Belmont community.  All those who knew him were touched by his generosity, graciousness, and loving spirit. He lived by the mantra “Give nothing of yourself to others and eventually there will be nothing worth giving.”
Don was a long time member of both First Baptist Church and South Point Baptist Church in Belmont where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and youth recreation advocate.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Nancy Buckner Hyde, two loving sons Kent (Cynthia) and Lee (Shelly), daughter Christy of Nashville, TN, and five beautiful granddaughters, Caroline, Olivia, Allie, Amy, and Alyssa. He is also survived by his brothers Ted of Belmont and Dennis of Spotsylvania, VA, and a sister, Betty (Carroll) of Belmont. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ned and Margie Hyde, brothers, Hubert and Edd, and sisters Eliza, Lexie, Ida, and Emma.
Mr. Hyde will lie in state for public viewing from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 23 North Central Avenue, Belmont, North Carolina.  Due to the pandemic, the family will NOT be present.
A graveside service will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 6 at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont with Pastor Joe Lawing and Pastor Andrew Renfroe officiating.  Military Honors will be provided by the North Carolina National Guard and Gaston Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Point High School Athletic Department “Big Red Booster Club”, 906 South Point Road, Belmont, NC 28012 or Cystic Fibrosis, Carolinas Chapter, Charlotte Office, 4600 Park Road, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28209.
Online condolences may be made at:  www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC  (704) 864-5144 is serving the Hyde family.a
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Dawn “Dawnie” Starling Royal

Dawn “Dawnie” Starling Royal, of Pamplin, Va., peacefully departed her earth suit and her spirit entered the presence of her Lord on June 21, 2020. Dawn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Born January 11, 1949, in Charlotte, N.C., she was the daughter of Marie Brown Starling and the late Edgar L. Starling. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 52 plus years, W. Durwood Royal of Pamplin; a daughter, Tiffany Royal Powell and husband, Randy of Lyons, Ga.; a son, Andre Royal and wife, Jennifer of Appomattox, Va.; grandchildren, Roman Davis and wife, Nerlene of Tagbilaran City, Philippines, Justin Davis of Claxton, Ga., Hannah Royal of Harrisonburg, Va., and Grace Royal of Appomattox, Va.; great-grandson, Avalent Davis and his mother, Alishia Gay of Claxton, Ga.; and Dawn’s mother, Marie B. Starling of Belmont, N.C.
Dawn graduated from Western Illinois University. Her dream was to write children’s books but she never had one published. She loved English literature, and as she called it “nest building” with her family on her organic farm although the past few years she was not able to garden. She enjoyed traveling and was blessed to visit a lot of interesting places but always would say “there’s no place like home’. She was an accomplished pianist who taught her children and grandchildren how to read music and play the piano.
A graveside funeral service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont, N.C. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Harry Davis officiating.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Appomattox, Va.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her memory to Christian Aid Mission, 1201 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. An online condolence may be sent by visiting www.robinsonfuneral.com.
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Gail Lane Tucker

Gail  Lane Tucker, 84, of Mount Holly passed away June 14, 2020. She was born January 10, 1936 in Gaston County, a daughter of the late Ewell Clayton Lane and  Nina Shetley Lane.

Gail was a homemaker and an amazing seamstress. She enjoyed crafting, cooking, baking, and anything chocolate. Gail was a breast cancer survivor and a member of Park Street United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed by many.
Gail is survived by her sons, Greg Tucker and wife, Vicki of Gastonia, and Clay Tucker of Mount Holly; granddaughter, Dr. Emilee Tucker; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and caregivers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bobby Donald Tucker; sisters, Margaret Jolley, Faye McMahan, Dottie Warren, and Nancy Ottinger; brother, Frances Lane; and granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Tucker.     
Services will be private for family and friends. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, info-komen.org/site/Donation; 2316 Randolph Rd. Charlotte, NC 28207.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Tucker family.
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Bob Coleman

Belmont – Robert “Bob” Sterling Coleman, 76, passed away on May 4, 2020 at Stanley Total Living Center.  He was born in Gaston County on July 10, 1943, the only son of the late Dalwin and Elsie Brewer Coleman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Amanda Coleman.
Bob was a member of Park Street United Methodist Church Belmont.  He was a very loving husband and father.  Prior to his retirement, he was President of Dixon Ford Motor Company.  He always took pride in caring for his employee’s and his customers.  Throughout his life he volunteered his time to helping others through his church, the Red Cross, UMCOR, Shriners Tripsters, BCO and other community service organizations.  Bob cared for everyone; he was a kind and caring soul.  He will be remembered for his integrity and as a man that was respected by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Styers Coleman; son, Sterling Coleman; daughter, Sharon Coleman and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff of Stanley Total Living Center and especially the caregivers in the 400 unit who have been like family for the past two years.
Due to COVID-19, burial will be private with a Memorial Service and receiving of friends at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bob’s memory to Park Street United Methodist Church, 120 Park Street, Belmont, NC 28012 and/or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family.
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Ruby Cook Grant

Ruby Cook Grant passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020 at the age of 82. Born on May 22, 1937 in Gaston County, Ruby was the daughter of the late Joseph Hooker Cook and Lula Grindstaff Cook.

Ruby worked at Belmont Hosiery prior to going to Bell South where she was a customer service representative and operator for over 30 years. She was a longstanding member of Landmark Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by a daughter, Arita Grant Waddell.
Ruby is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Rev. Sanford Edward Grant; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Hope Grant of Gastonia; grandchildren, Jordan Grant and Abigail Grant; brother, Pastor Odell Cook of Belmont.
A service of committal was held privately for the family at Goshen Cemetery in Belmont. Pastor Forrest Hennessee officiated.
Condolences may be sent to the Grant family online at www.mcleanfuneral.com
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Grant family.