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Roseboro, Archie Lee  
JAMAICA - Archie Lee Roseboro, 78, of 134-17 166th Place, Apt. 9A, died May 16, 2015 at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica. A native of Gaston County, he was the son of the late Daniel Roseboro and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Roseboro. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weeping Mary Baptist Church in Bowling Green, S.C. Burial will follow at Cherryville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Costner Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Gaston Gazette from May 25 to May 26, 2015
Ruff Sr., Eddie* - Kings Mountain  
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Eddie Jerry Ruff Sr., 66, passed away May 24, 2015, at Kings Mountain Hospice House. A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Roy Chester and Dortha Lee Ruff. A funeral service will be held noon Friday at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain. The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Moun-tain. Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.claybarnette.com.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 27, 2015
Ruff Sr., Eddie  
KINGS MOUNTAIN – Eddie Jerry Ruff Sr., 66, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Carolinas Healthcare-Cleveland. Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain will announce funeral arrangements. www.claybarnette.com
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 26, 2015
Scruggs, Michael 'Mike'*  
BESSEMER CITY – Michael "Mike" Monroe Scruggs, 56, passed away on May 23, 2015 at home. He was born on Oct. 3, 1958 in Quebec, Canada. His memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services with Rev. Tim Spencer officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3-3:45 p.m. at the funeral home To offer condolences, visit siskbutler.com. Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 26, 2015
Scruggs, Michael Monroe  
BESSEMER CITY - Michael Monroe Scruggs, 56, died May 23, 2015 at home. Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services in Bessemer City is handling arrangements.
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Published in Gaston Gazette from May 25 to May 26, 2015
Seabrook Jr., Cordes* - Anderson  
ANDERSON, S.C. - Cordes Gaillard Seabrook Jr., 88, died peacefully in his home on May 27, 2015, surrounded by his wife Araluen "Clinky" Seabrook and family. He was born on March 12, 1927, to the late Cordes G. and Ruth B. Seabrook and spent most of his life in Anderson, SC, the community and state that he loved. He was an inspiring but humble man with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed being around people and was always a leader and contributor. After graduating from Anderson Boys High, Cordes attended the Citadel and graduated in 1948 with a BS in Business. He was then commissioned into the Army as a Second Lieutenant. As a Sloan Fellow he received a Masters in Industrial Management from MIT in 1960. He was a founding partner of Seabrook, Inc., a successful textile parts and improvements business that he and his brother Bill Seabrook sold in 1985. Cordes and Bill then partnered to form Value Systems, an organization of textile purchasing asso-ciations. He retired in 1997. Cordes was appointed by Governor James Edwards to the ETV Commission and Endowment Board and served from 1976-1988. He was an accomplished fundraiser for many worthy causes. He never liked spending money on himself, but he did not mind giving it away. He was quite philanthropic not only with his resources but also with his time. He was a founding and charter member of the board of the Foothills Community Foundation. He was especially proud of his work to establish their endowment fund to promote philanthropy in the region. He was involved in many civic activities in Anderson and was generally in a leadership role in these organizations. He introduced the idea for Wise Walks Public Art Project to the community and spear-headed the project to place inspirational quotes underfoot in downtown Anderson. He was also instru-mental in raising funds for the TBA 100 Generator Project to add greenspace to the downtown area. He served on the Board of Trustees of AnMed as well as the Perpetual Bank. He understood the importance of education and served several terms on the District 5 School Board. He was also involved with the United Way, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Ander-son County Library, Alliance for Local Leadership, Anderson/Clemson University Alliance, All American City competition. Cordes has been recognized with numerous awards over his lifetime. In 2011 he was named Com-munitarian of the Year by the United Way of Anderson, and in 2012 he was the recipient of the Duke En-ergy Citizenship and Service Award. He followed politics and was always willing to let elected officials know what he thought. He was very much a fiscal conservative. He was one of the organizers of the South Carolina Republican Party and the first Republican Party Chairman in Anderson County. He was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church where he served several terms as Senior Warden and Treasurer. He served on the Kanuga Conference Center Endowment Board and Board of Visitors for many years and attended numerous conferences in Hendersonville, NC. Cordes had an appealing personality. He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved people, and treated everyone like a peer. He was a networker before it was part of our common language. His natural curi-osity motivated him to be a lifelong learner. He was dependable, liked work better than play, and always kept his word. He was an original thinker; his ideas were ahead of his time. Cordes described himself as a joyful troublemaker; he always enjoyed stirring up a little harmless trouble. He was genuinely fun to be around. If you knew him, you were fortunate. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was very proud of his family and enjoyed being a mentor to all of them. He especially enjoyed an annual week at Kanuga with his children and grandchil-dren. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Araluen "Clinky" Seabrook, whom he adored; four children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. The children are Cordes G. Seabrook, III (Georgia) of Troy, SC; Louise Seabrook Knisley (Charles) of Anderson, SC; Eleanor B."Lee Lee" Seabrook of Ashville, NC; and March E. Seabrook, MD (Anne) of Columbia, SC. The grandchildren include Gloria Duryea, Chip Knisley, Nelson Seabrook, MD, L'Angel Midgley, Richard Seabrook, Ruskin Seabrook, Ian O'Connor, Elizabeth Seabrook and Thayer Seabrook. In addition, he is survived by his brother Bill Seabrook (Eliza-beth) of Cramerton, NC. A Memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Anderson, SC at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015, with The Reverend John B. Hardaway, IV officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. McDougald Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Kanuga Conferences, Grace Episcopal Church, United Way of Anderson or Hospice of the Upstate. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, S.C.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 29, 2015
Sherrill, Roger* - Maiden  
MAIDEN - Roger Dean "Pole Cat" Sherrill, 62, of Maiden, died May 26, 2015. Mr. Sherrill was born Jan. 14, 1953, in Catawba County, to Mattie Smith Sherrill Morgan and the late William Oscar Sherrill. His funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Union Baptist Church. His body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Warlick Funeral Home. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Sherrill family.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 28, 2015
Shull, Dorothy* - Waco  
WACO - Dorothy "Dot" Louise Poston Shull, 81, of Oak Street, died May 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born on April 14, 1934, in Cleveland County to the late William Daniel and Maudie Hull Poston. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to the service in the church fellow-ship hall. Condolences may be made at www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 28, 2015
Shumate, James* - North Wilkesboro  
James Richard Shumate, 73, of Laurel Springs, died May 26, 2015, at his home. He was born Nov. 4, 1941, in Wilkes County, to Claude Ransom and Alliefare Wyatt Shumate. Mr. Shu-mate was a retired engineer with Southern Bell in Gastonia with 35 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife, Anne Williams Shumate of the home; three children, Andy Shumate and wife Angela of Kannapolis; Laura Susanne Shumate of Concord, Lynn Shumate Crain and husband Matt of Cherryville; and two grandchildren, William Anderson Shumate of Kannapolis, John Matthew Crain of Cherryville. A celebration of Mr.'s Shumate's life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at First United Method-ist Church, North Wilkesboro, conducted by Dr. Keith Franklin. The family will receive friends immedi-ately after the service. The family has requested no flowers. Miller Funeral Service in North Wilkesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 29, 2015
Smith, Brenda* - Cramerton  
CRAMERTON - Brenda Helms Smith, 75, passed away May 28, 2015, at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born a native of Gaston County on May 21, 1940, daughter of the late, John Leonard Sutton and Ruby Helms Kearns. Left to cherish her memories are children, James and Chris Anthony, Paula and Bobby Hudspeth, Pen-ny and Mike Edwards all from Cramerton; brothers, Jewell and Wanda Sutton from Belmont, Frank and Gloria Gunn Sutton from Clover, S.C., Lee and Anne Sutton from Florida; grandchildren, Andy Hudspeth, David and Pamela Edwards, Matt and Kym Hudspeth, James and Kelsey Edwards, Jessica Anthony and fiancé Ken Cribb, Lindsey, Amber and Clinton Anthony; great-grandchildren, Megan, Kiley, McKinley, Bailee and Brennan John; numerous nieces and nephews and a very special sister, Wanda Sutton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sister, Hazel McCoy. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, 1503 S. York Road, Gastonia and at other times at her residence, 501 Highland Street, Cramerton. A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Monday at Gaston Memorial Park Mausoleum, officiated by the Rev. Nelson Hope. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054. Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia. Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on May 30, 2015
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