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September 21, 2023

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Page 18 - Rutherford Weekly 828-248-1408 Thursday, September 21-September 27, 2023 Roy Peter Gendron Pete Gendron, 78, of Rutherfordton, passed away Monday, September 11, 2023. A native of Cohoes, NY, he was the son of the late Joseph Roy and Marguerite Roulier Gendron. Pete was a sales representative for a rivet manufacturing firm. Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 48 years Victoria Wesley Gendron; daughter, Lynne Morales and husband Ivan; three grandchildren, sisters, Jeanine Gendron and hus- band George Baaklini and Michele Bemis, as well as a number of nieces and neph- ews. At his requests, no ser- vices will be held at this time. Bailey Bradshaw Bailey "Bay-Ray" Bradshaw, infant daughter of Katelyn Killam and Tyler Bradshaw, went home to be with her heavenly Father, Sunday, September 10, 2023. Bailey was born June 2, 2022 in Abilene, TX. She was preceded in death by her paternal grand- father, Scott Bradshaw and paternal great-grandfa- thers, James Arrowood and Charles Bradshaw. Left to treasure her memory are her parents, Katelyn Killam and Tyler Bradshaw of Forest City; a brother, Kade Bradshaw; maternal grandmother, Jolynda Killam of Abilene, TX; maternal great-grand- parents, Paul and Rexine Killam of Abilene; paternal grandparents, Betty and Rick Smith of Ellenboro; paternal great-grandmother, Peggy Arrowood of Forest City; uncle, Colby Bradshaw of Spindale and great uncles, Paul Killam II and Marvin Killam both of Abilene. A private service will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations request- ed to the Levine Children's Hospital, 208 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. An online guest registry is available at www.harrel- Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. Ray Hodge Ray Hodge, age 85, of Forest City, passed away Monday, September 11, 2023. Ray was born April 1, 1938 in Rutherford County to the late Curtis Hodge and Flossie Vickers Hodge. He worked for Clements Logging for many years and for Tru-Pack. Ray was a member of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church. In addition to his par- ents, he was preceded in death by daughters, Darlene Hodge Brooks and Donna Hodge; son, Bruce Hodge; grandchildren, Andrew Hodge and Little Debbie Hodge; and a brother, Frank Hodge. Those left to treasure his memory include his daughters, Debbie Butler (Ricky Brooks) of Ellenboro, Cindy Conner of Forest City and Wanda Hodge of Union Mills; son, Billy Hodge (Betty) of Shallotte, SC; brother, Bobby Hodge (Imogene) of Forest City and sister, Jeanette Owens (Benny) of Cane Creek, seventeen grandchildren, a number of great-grandchil- dren and three great-great grandchildren. A gathering to cele- brate Ray's life took place September 14 at Mt. Hebron United Methodist. An online guest registry is available at www.harrel- Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. Martha Warren Bridges Davis Martha Warren Bridges Davis, age 87 of Ellenboro died Friday, September 9, 2023. She was born December 29, 1935 in Mooresboro and was a daughter of the late Jasper Newton Bridges, Sr., and Martha Blanche Bellamy Bridges. Martha was a retired Teacher in the Public Schools and a member of the Race Path Baptist Church. Her husband, Leslie Leburn Davis preceded her in death in 1966, her daugh- ter, Debby Davis Haynes, and her siblings, Jasper Newton Bridges, Jr., Hubert Eugene Bridges and Lenora Bridges McGee Crouch. Survivors include her children, Charles Robert Davis, Darrell Mitchell Davis, her son-in-law, Greg Haynes, Grandchildren, Casey Ledbetter, and husband, Jason, son Michael, Christie Summers, and husband, Scott, stepson Seth, step- daughter Allie, son Regan, son Ryan, daughter Natalie Causby, daughter Emma Causby. Caity Helms, son Christopher Payne, daugh- ter Hadley Clark, Chelsea Davis, and significant other, Sergio Santiago, daughter Addy; Clint Davis, W, Kait Wagner Davis, daughter Minnie, Clay Davis, Chloe Davis, and significant other, Tristan Jenkins; Madison Smith, H Jeremy Smith, son Damien Jeremy Haynes, 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held September 16 at Race Path Baptist Church with the Rev. Randall Cooper officiating. An online guest reg- istry is available at www. Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. Marcus Alexander Lovelace Marcus Alexander Lovelace age 20 of Forest City died Monday, September 11, 2023. Born November 21, 2002, in Buncombe County, Marcus completed a certifi- cate in the Welding Program at Isothermal Community College. He is survived by his father, Sam Lovelace and wife, Crystal of Forest City; his mother, Leslie Robertson and husband, Scott of Campobello, SC, two broth- ers, Nathan Lovelace of Tampa, FL, and Joshua Eli Lovelace of Forest City; two sisters, Caitlin Lovelace of Chesapeake, VA, and Jessica Robertson of Forest City and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral was held September 17 in the Padgett and King Chapel. An online guest reg- istry is available at www. Gerald Ray Hamrick Gerald Ray Hamrick, age 84 of Ellenboro died Sunday, September 10, 2023. Gerald was born October 22, 1938, in Rutherford County and was a son of the late Winfred and Eva Griffin Hamrick. Gerald was a grad- uate of Ellenboro High School, and graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College in Nashville, TN. He was also a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church. In addition to his par- ents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Hawkins Hamrick and his son, Don Hamrick. Survivors include his son, Shane Hamrick and wife Chelly of Cherryville, his brother, Charles Hamrick of Ellenboro, one grandson, two step-grandchildren, as well as one great-grandson. The funeral was held September 15 in The Padgett and King Chapel with Rev. Bruce Duncan offi- ciating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. An online guest reg- istry is available at www. Sammy Lynn Blalock Jr., Sammy Lynn Blalock Jr, a native of Buncombe County and a proud member of the Woodfin Knights, and most recently of Rutherford County, NC, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023. A memorial service was held September 19 at Crowe's Mortuary with Rev. Cody Bullman officiating. At the age of 59, Sammy was predeceased by his parents Sam Lynn Blalock Sr, and Jeannie Louise Rathburn Blalock. Sammy is survived by his children, Joseph Blalock, Jordan Briggs, Shelby Fagan, and Avery Edwards and six grandchildren. He was a cherished brother, survived by his sis- ter Sharon Reynolds and brother Stephen Blalock. In his professional life, Sammy made his mark as a dedicated car salesman. Online condolenc- es may be made at www. 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. 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