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Obituary for Betty Sue Cabaniss (Sparks)

Betty Sue Sparks Cabaniss, 92, of Shelby, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at White Oak Manor, Shelby.

Born in Cleveland County, on May 25, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison Sparks and Mertie Watts Sparks. She was a homemaker and was a member of Zion Baptist Church where she was a very active member of the Golden Years Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Gettys Cabaniss; five brothers, Lester Sparks, John Sparks, Verlin Sparks, Carl Sparks and Jay Sparks and six sisters, Ellen Sparks, Mary Sparks, Sarah Lail, Etta Elmore, Lounette Price and Ruby Moss.

Survivors include four sons, Jerry McEntire (Kathy) of Shelby, Mike Cabaniss of Maryland, Tom Cabaniss of Maryland and John Cabaniss (Karen) of Tennessee; four daughters, Carol Wright (Baxter) of South Carolina, Betty Morehead (Mickey) of Shelby, Kay Cabaniss (Frank Petty) of South Carolina and Connie Harrill (Tommy) of Shelby; grandchildren, Kim Burleson (Jeff) of Asheville, Jon-Michel McEntire (Dana) of Hickory, Lindsey Zurline (Michael) of Indianapolis Nicholas Navey of South Carolina, Jeremy Navey (Ashley) of Shelby, Daniel Navey (Jajah) of Asheville, Michael Morehead (Natalie) of Kings Mountain, Jarred Diaz-Morehead (Jose) of New York, Courtney McCollum (Luke) of Shelby, Amanda Petty, Andrew Petty and Billy Petty all of South Carolina, Laura Cabaniss and Allison Cabaniss both of Tennessee, Katie Powell (Isaac), Lawson Harrill and Emma Harrill all of Shelby and eight great grandchildren, Whitley, Avery, Chase, Luke, Deacon, Teagan, Brooks, and Mia.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Zion Baptist Church.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 3:00 pm at Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Bridges officiating.

The burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church, 525 W Zion Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28150 or to New Home United Methodist Church, c/o Chelsea Houser, 102 Houser Road, Casar, NC 28020.

A guest register is available at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Fallston, NC.