"To everything there is a season… A time to be born…A time to die… Ecc.3:2"
GASTONIA - William Rollen Felton, 87, made his heavenly flight on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the home of his daughter.
He was born July 28, 1925 to the late Paul and Edith Felton in Tarboro, NC, but spent the majority of his life in Gaston County.
He retired from Southern Engineering where he was a welder by trade. Mr. Felton was a long-time member of Sunset Forest Baptist Church in the Springwood Community. He served his Lord throughout the years as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher and various other positions. One job he will be most remembered for is ringing the church bell every Sunday morning for over 50 years. He served in the US Navy
during World War II
. He was preceded in death by his wife Tina O'Donoghue, two brothers James and Frank Felton, and a great grandchild Aaron Lutz.
Survivors include a daughter Edith Cogdell and husband Terry of Gastonia; three sons Roger Felton, Kenneth Felton and wife Bunnie, Jimmy Felton and wife Sherry all of Mt. Holly; two sisters Fannie Mae Campbell of Smyre, Mary Griffith of Mt Holly; seven grandchildren Lynn Poteat, Timmy and Tommy Felton, Joy Lee, Duane Felton, Melinda Silvers, and Brian Felton; 17 great-grandchildren Taylor Evatt, Lyndsey Fraley, Karsyn, Kendyl, and Lacey Felton, Breanna, Camden, and Brayden Silvers, Jake and Will Felton, Matt, Kara, and Donavan Hardy, Hannah, Rebecca, Emily, and Jimmy Felton.
The funeral serviced conducted by Revs. Michael Horne and Jeff Hicks will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Sunset Forest Baptist Church.
Interment with military honors provided by the Gaston County Honor Guard will follow in Gaston Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mt. Holly from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and other times at the home of Kenneth and Bunnie Felton, 182 Smith- Clemmer Road, Mt Holly.
Memorials may be made to Sunset Forest Baptist Church, 903 Hickory Grove Road, Gastonia, NC 28056.