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Shull, Howard - Cherryville  
HOWARD SHULL CHERRYVILLE- Howard Wayne Shull, 70, of Lily St., died Dec. 15, 2014, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Gaston County, on Oct. 2, 1945, a son of the late William Caldwell and Dessie Mae Johnson Shull. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at Carpenter's Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial will follow in City Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Carpenter's Funeral and Cremation Services. Online condolences may be made at
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Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 18, 2014
Simmons, Fred Martin* - Gastonia  
FRED MARTIN SIMMONS GASTONIA- Fred Martin Simmons, a Cleveland County legend at 99 years, passed away on December 6, 2014. A beloved father, husband, brother and friend, Fred was born in Paris, Texas, January 21, 1915, the son of John Fred and Rosa Mauney Simmons. After the family returned home to rural North Carolina in the 1920's, young Fred took a keen interest in Scouting earning 63 badges on his Road to Eagle which he was awarded December 16, 1933. For many years, Mr. Simmons has held the distinction of being the oldest living Eagle Scout in Piedmont Council – an honor he held in high esteem. A 1933 graduate of Polkville High School, Fred studied architecture and engineering at NC State University. Fred's interest in pioneer aviation led to studies of aeronautics at Aero Industries Technical Institute in Oakland, California. These studies paid off as Fred joined forces with 3 other pioneer aviators forming The 4 Aces, a flying circus of grassroots barnstormers and wingwalkers. As a tribute to his aviation career, Mr. Simmons name is enshrined on the Wall of Honor at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven Udvar-Hazy Center, Washington, DC. In 1937 Fred married Eunice Mae Sharpe daughter of Joe and Eula McPherson Sharpe. The couple moved to Charleston SC where Fred worked as Chief Engineering Draftsman in the Naval Yard. Returning again to North Carolina, Fred received his Architectural License #636 in 1949 and began a long and distinguished career with the opening of his own firm, Fred M Simmons, Inc. Architect and Engineers, 924 E. Dixon Boulevard in Shelby. This state of the art office was one of the first air conditioned buildings in the county. Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mr. Simmons worked on the cutting edge of architectural design in the 1950's and 1960's. A talented residential and religious designer, he was also a pioneer in the use of pre-stressed concrete in commercial design. Fred's use of pre-stressed concrete in the Sears Building in Gastonia, NC (early 1950's) received regional acclaim. Cleveland County Social Services Building, Cleveland Funeral Services, Maranatha Baptist Church Gastonia, are a few of the designs in his legacy prior to retiring in 2007 at the young age of 92. Mr. Simmons' public and community services included: Board of Directors for the Polkville Volunteer Fire Department; Cleveland County Chief Engineering and Public works with Civil Defense; Upper Cleveland Little Theater group; past president, fundraiser, and member emeritus of Boiling Springs Rotary Club and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellows award. Fred was a charter member of the 1st Air Squadron of Air Sea Rescue of the US Coast Guard in Charleston, SC. He was a member of the OX5 Club, Vintage Aircraft Association and Experimental Aircraft Association. Fred was a dedicated member of Ascension Lutheran church where he served on the Church Council, as delegate to NC Lutheran Synod's Worship and Fine Arts Committee and as adult Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years. Mr. Simmons was architect and designer of the fellowship hall addition in the 1970's. Fred Martin Simmons was preceded in death by his parents, John Fred Simmons and Rosa Mauney Simmons; by his loving wife of 61 years, Eunice Mae Sharpe Simmons, and brother Glenn Mauney Simmons of Winston-Salem. Survivors include daughters Fredrika Carol Simmons of Rochester Hills, Michigan and Suzanne Sharpe Simmons of Gastonia; sisters Dorothy Simmons Paul of Shelby, and Imogene Simmons Carroll of Destin, Florida; sisters-in-law Jeanette Beheler Simmons of Winston-Salem, Nell Sharpe Romanosky of Johns Island, SC, and Jameselle Sharpe Ott of Lugoff, SC; granddaughter Kelsey Christine Soderstrom of New York City and fiancé Mark Fullbright, grandson Spencer Cameron Soderstrom of Rochester Hills, Michigan and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A memorial service for Fred Simmons was held Monday, December 15th in the chapel at Cleveland Funeral Services, Shelby with Pastor Christina Auch officiating. Visitation followed at Ascension Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Shelby, NC. Final resting place will be Union Baptist Church, Shelby, NC. Memorials may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, PO Box 266, Shelby, NC 28151, Schiele Museum 18th-C. Backcountry Lifeways Program, 1500 E. Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28054 or Union Baptist Church "Cemetery Fund", 3800 Polkville Road, Shelby, NC 28150. The family is grateful that Fred was mobile, playful and enjoying life right to the end. The daughters wish to acknowledge the staff at Terrace Ridge for their love and attention to "Mr. Fred" and acknowledge the many expressions of love, concern and kindness shown to the family in this hour of bereavement.
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Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 19, 2014
Spake, Thomas Eugene* - Lyman  
THOMAS EUGENE SPAKE LYMAN, S.C.-Thomas Eugene Spake, age 58, Lyman, S.C., lost his battle with cancer Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Greer Memorial Hospital. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Amanda Spake and father, Glenn Thomas Spake of Waco, N.C. He is survived by his wife Jan Spake of Lyman, S.C., his mother Gertrude Spake of Waco, S.C., one sister, Debbie Spake of Waco, N.C., one son, Brad Spake of Wilmington, N.C., two grandsons Camden and Grayson Spake of Wilmington, one son Trey Kutto of Corpus Christi, Texas, one grandson, Chance of Corpus Christi, Texas, one granddaughter, Riley of Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from Burns High School and Cleveland Community College. He attended Bible College in Greenville, S.C., He was formerly employed at FMC in Bessemer City and Performance Group Inc. of Greenville, S.C.
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Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 20, 2014
Spinks, Randy - Pace  
RANDY SPINKS PACE, FL- Randall "Randy" "Flyboy" Clay Spinks, 68, of Pace, Florida, and formerly of Shelby, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Randy was born in Marlinton, West Virginia, the son of the late Glen R. Spinks and the late Juanita M. Coxley Spinks. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made at
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Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 20, 2014
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