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March 23, 2023

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Page 18 - Rutherford Weekly 828-248-1408 Thursday, March 23-March 29, 2023 Russell Ernest Tobine Russell Ernest Tobine, Age 84, of Forest City, died Wednesday, March 8, 2023. He was born in Boscowen, NH to Roy Rother Tobine and Villa Ola Thoriston, both deceased. Russell was a Molding Manager at AFA Corporation, in Alexander Mills and Manufacturing Manager at Molding Dynamics, in Spindale. He is predeceased by siblings, Peter Tobine Pillsbury, Rowena Tobine Hill, Robert W. Tobine, Elsie Tobine and Raymond Tobine, his first wife, Marguerite Calcia Tobine, and his daughter Mary Ann Attianese. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Forest City. Russell is survived by his wife of 45 years, Theresa (Teri) St. John. He leaves his son, Michael Tobine and wife, Donna Tobine of Hubbardston, Mass, his daughters, Patricia Bodah of Hyannis, MA, and Kathleen Bariamis of Petersham, MA, seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. The Mass of Christian Burial was held March 16 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, celebrated by Rev. Father Herbert Burke, V.F., and Deacon Andy Cilone. Interment will be at a later date in the North Cemetery in Berlin, Massachusetts. Tenita "Tena" Walker Tenita "Tena" Walker, age 62, of Forest City, crossed over Jordan Sunday, March 12, 2023. Tena was born September 5, 1960 in Taylorsville to the late Harold Eugene Braswell, Sr. and Blanche Pressley. She was a graduate of Maiden High School. Tena worked for Sara Lee and Spring Ford Knitting in Spindale for many years. She was a member of Harmon Street Baptist Church. In addition to her par- ents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Eugene Braswell, Jr. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 42 years, Rocky James Walker; son, Brian Lee Walker (Kelly) of Forest City; sisters, Julie Adams (Ben) of Maiden and Starla Bennett (Scott) of Dobbinsville; two grandchil- dren, one great grandson, and a brother-in-law, David John Nix of Cliffside. A memorial ser- vice was held March 17 at Harmon Street Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Church officiating. Memorial donations requested to Humane Society, www.humanesoci- An online guest reg- istry is available at www. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. Sue Williams Sue Lewis Williams, 95, of Rutherfordton, passed away March 13, 2023. A native of Hart, GA, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Brown Lewis. She was a gradu- ate of Queens College with a degree in nursing. Sue was a member of First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton and taught nursing at Isothermal Community College. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Charles F. Morgan, a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her par- ents, she was preceded in death by her husbands. A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences at Burch "Mitch" Sutton Jr, Burch Mitchell "Mitch" Sutton Jr, 69, of Charlotte, passed away March 12, 2023. Funeral services were held March 18 at Paw Creek Presbyterian Church with Rev. Elliott Hipp officiating. Mitch was born February 25, 1954, in Charlotte, to the late Burch Sutton Sr. and Sylvia Pruette Sutton. He was preceded in death by his nephew Bryan J. Auten of Charlotte; cousin, Sammy Pruette of Rutherfordton. He is survived by his sister Cynthia S. Auten of Surfside Beach, SC; four cousins, and a host of friends. Mitch was a member of Paw Creek Presbyterian Church. He graduated from West Mecklenburg High School. He graduated from UNC-Charlotte, in 1976. Mitch worked at Paul Derr, a retail store in Mount Holly, for many years. The remainder of his career was spent as a Technology Project Manager and Systems Analyst at Carolinas Medical Center, until he retired in 2013. Memorials can be made to Paw Creek Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, PO Box 64, Paw Creek, NC, 28130 or ASAC (American Saddlebred Association of Carolinas) Mitch Sutton Promotional Efforts at 2266 Banks Mill Rd., Aiken SC 29803 or to asacsaddlebred. com. Gary Douglas Wood Gary Douglas Wood, age 36 of Bostic died Sunday, March 12, 2023. As Doug has tran- sitioned to be with the saints, he joins maternal great-grand parents William Raymond and Gladys Carpenter and Nannie Sue Morgan, maternal grand- parents, Bill and Peggy Carpenter, paternal great- grand parents, Ambrose and Geneva Greene and Cordell and Lillian Wood, great-uncle Steven Wood, uncle Ricky Wilkins, Uncle Raymond Carpenter. Celebrating his life and carrying his light are grandparents, Ron and Pat Wood, parents Gary and Caroline Wood, siblings Morgan Wood, Blake and Emily Wood, fiancé Sabrina Lyons, Aidan Lyons and Hallie Hoyle, two neph- ews, one niece, Aunts and Uncles, Tommy and Lynn Davis, Kelly Carpenter, Marcia Wilkins, and Lowell Parrish, many cousins, fami- ly, and friends. We have chosen to honor Doug's life by setting up a Doug Wood Memorial Fund at Salem United Methodist Church. The family will celebrate his life in a private memorial service. An online guest reg- istry is available at www. Charles Martin Charles Martin, age 70, of Rutherfordton, NC, went Home Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Charles was a native of Rutherford County, and the son of the late Brownlow and Mary Louise Martin. Charles is survived by his wife of 52 years, Peggy Koone Martin, daughter Jennifer Martin Mason of Rutherfordton, son, Jason Martin and wife Trina of Tampa, FL, brother, Jimmy Martin and wife Brenda of Spindale, brother-in-law, Robbie Koone and wife Cynthia of Union Mills, eight grandchildren. The funeral was held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Rutherfordton March 22 with Rev. Randy Darling officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; 130 Pleasant Grove Rd.; Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Tina Mae Whisnant Tina Mae Whisnant (January 2, 1957-March 2, 2023) passed away after a sudden and intense illness. Daughter of the late Buren C Whisnant and Lilian D Whisnant, she is survived by sister Beth Whisnant Thomerson and husband Gary, of Auburn, NH, brother Jay Whisnant of Shelby, and numerous cousins in the US, France, and Greece, and many family and friends. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee. Tina offered dog train- ing classes, starting in 1984. She also began visiting local health organizations and schools with therapy dogs in that same year. Per her wishes, there were no formal services. In lieu of flowers, her surviving family invites donations in her honor to Wendover Hospice House in Shelby, NC, or to support Crisis Response dogs, or to any charity of your choice. Memorial tributes may be made at http://www. Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family. Joseph "Joey" Sims Joseph "Joey" Ernest Sims, 63, passed away Monday, March 06, 2023. A native of Rutherford County, he was born to Ernest W. Sims and Judy Cole Sims. He is preceded in death by his sons, Joshua and Jacob Sims. Joey leaves behind to cherish his memories his daughter, Chasity Sims; three grandchildren, sisters, Karen Page and Starlyn Whisnant; brothers-in-laws, Randy Page and Jimmy Whisnant; parents, Ernest and Judy Sims. Celebration of Life Service were held March 16 at Robert Morgan - Rutherford Chapel. Memorial tributes may be made at www.rsmor- Robert Morgan Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family. Rutherford Weekly offers the printing of obituaries in our paper as a community service and free of charge for Rutherford County residents and the immediate area. The obituary may include a picture if the image is of print quality. We request that the obituary is limited to 150 words and we will edit the obituaries due to space. The obituary will include preceded family members, surviving family members, funeral service information, memorials, and the name of the funeral home serving the family. The obituaries will not include names of grandchildren, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, or pets. We only accept obituaries from licensed funeral homes. The deadline is Monday at 10AM prior to Thursdays publication. Please have your funeral home send us your loved ones' obituaries to Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries ©Community First Media Community First Media There is much to be said about Angels in scripture. Angels are created beings whose main role is to serve the purposes of God and to worship His majesty. They have been present throughout the history of mankind and will play a major part during the end times. The Bible tells us to be careful how we treat strangers because they could be angels in disguise. In a broader sense we could defi ne an angel as a messenger of God. Even though humans can never actually become angels, it is possible for us to fulfi ll the task of being an ambassador of God. Our lives have been touched many times by those we could deem as angels. These are people who were directed by God to fulfi ll a certain purpose in our life. Our lives have been enriched by individuals who have obeyed the promptings of God. These "messengers of God" are also sent to us to provide help in times of crisis. God knows what we need at any given moment of our life. In his perfect timing, he moves the heart of a surrendered individual to be his heavenly messenger. It could be in the form of a random act of kindness, a word of encouragement or a reassuring presence. As we begin each new day, let us be aware of the opportunities around us to be the messenger of God in someone's life. Secondly, we should be ready to acknowledge and give thanks for the angels who God sends in our time of need. Who are the angels of God in your life? 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