William Ted Harris, 69, of Gastonia passed away April 19, 2015 at Brookdale Union in Gastonia. Mr. Harris was born June 2, 1945 in Athens, Ga. to the late John E. and Lillian Smith Harris. Ted was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Harris and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War and a past member of Stowe Memorial Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughter, Shannon Horton of Gastonia; brother, Ray Harris of Gastonia; Sisters, Lenora Webb of Gastonia and Levenia Flanders and husband Jim of Stanley; Grandson, Brandon Ballard; Fiance`, Amy Henderson; Grandchildren, Chet and Emily. Also, son in law, Doug Owensby and best of friends, Larry and Linda Ghorley.
Graveside services will be held at 3PM Wednesday, April 22 at Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont with Military Honors with Rev. Mike Pittman officiating.
Jerry Wayne Withrow, 69,of Charlotte beloved father and grandfather passed away at his residence Friday, April 17, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer and COPD. Born April 5, 1946 to the late Elizabeth Smith Calhoun and the late John Withrow in Lexington, Va. He was also the beloved husband of his wife Doris who had passed away this past January. Jerry retired April 4, 2008 from the Charlotte Observer after 29 years of service. Survived by his step father John Calhoun, Sr., daughters, Lori Foster and Lisa Frisbee, all of Charlotte. The loves of his life, his grandchildren, Joseph Frisbee, Avery Foster, Ashley Treat and Evan Foster, all of Charlotte also. One sister, four brothers and numerous nieces and nephews and special son-in-law, Kevin Treat.
Memorial services to celebrate Jerry`s life will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 PM at the Chapel of Benson Funeral Services in Mt. Holly. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the COPD Foundation, 20 F Street NW, Suite 200A, Washington, DC 20001.
I worked with Jerry for years and we will truly miss him. Can`t come to services as I just had a hernia operation. May God be with the family during this time of loss. Joe ChandlerJoe Chandler
We love you Uncle Jerry.. You are a wonderful, loving and courageous soul. Until we meet again...Richard, Linda and Ivana
I worked many years at The Observer.I counted him as friend. You could count on him. He was a man of his word. And he had Many !! Rest in peace friend.Glenn hargett
Evelyn Mae Messer, 85, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2015, at the Brian Center Health & Rehab in Gastonia. Ms. Messer was born July 20, 1929, in Gaston County, to the late Joseph and Mary Stroup Turner. She was a member of First Wesleyan Church and was retired after 20 years of service with Wix Filters in Gastonia. She was preceded in death by Horace Reid Messer. Survivors include her children, Jack Messer (Brenda), Joseph Keith Messer (Donna) and Denise Carlin; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services to celebrate Ms. Messer’s life will be 3 p.m. Sunday at First Wesleyan Church, Gastonia with the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207 or to the First Wesleyan Church, 208 S. Church St., Gastonia, NC 28054.
To the family and friends, I am sorry for your loss. It is difficult to cope with the death of a loved one because all want to enjoy life with those we love. The Bible provides hope that one day we can be reunited with our loved ones by means of the resurrection. Acts 24:15 says, "there is going to be a resurrection". We can be confident in this promise. Soon death will be no more according to revelation 21:4. May these words bring you comfort. Sincerely, MAMA
Tommy Jack Hovis, 69, of Gastonia died April 7, 2015, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. Mr. Hovis was born in Gaston County on Nov. 10, 1945, to the late Olin and Lois Lowe Hovis. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Hovis.
Mr. Hovis was owner and operator of Hovis Heating & Air for 40 years.
Survivors include his life partner Phyllis Sellers; children, Robert Hovis, Karen Beam (Rodney), Laura Mauna (Jimmy), Lynn Spargo (Jerry Lewis); brother, James "Jim" Hovis; and 6 grandsons, Dalton, Alex, Jessie, Ethan, Drew, Ian, and his beloved pet dog, Guizmo.
He is also survived by special friends Johnny Pennington, Richard Brandon, Marylynn Curry, Daryl Brown, and Joe Williams.
Services will be held privately by the family at a later date.
Condolences to the family. Tommy will be greatly missed and we loved him.Lisa & Gary