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Ruby Elizabeth Surratt Berry

April 28, 1946 - April 24, 2017

Mrs. Ruby Elizabeth Surratt Berry, 70, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on April 28, 1946 in Burke County, to the late Edward Surratt Sr. and Fannie Mae Harbison Surratt. She was a member at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess and was a member of the spiritual choir. Ruby...
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James "Jim" Rostan

August 28, 1951 - April 24, 2017

Mr. James "Jim" Benjamin Rostan, 65, of Valdese passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at his residence. Jim was born on August 28, 1951 in Chicago, IL to the late John Rostan and Rose Perrou Rostan. He was currently employed with Kellex Furniture Manufacturing, where he served as a production cost administrator. Jim was a graduate of Valdese High School in 1969 and went to attend Gardner Webb...
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Margie Evelyn Greene Stanbury

November 25, 1943 - April 24, 2017

Margie Stanbury, 73, of Valdese passed away Monday April 24, 2017 at Brian Center Nursing Center in Lincolnton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese.
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Robert Keith Rownd

August 25, 1926 - April 22, 2017

Rev. Robert Keith Rownd, 90, of Morganton, went to his Heavenly Home ,after many years of faithful service to his Lord, on Saturday April 22, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center, Valdese. Rev. Rownd was born August 25, 1926 in Ponchatoula LA, a son of the late James A. and Manie Stone Rownd. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, a graduate of LSU , the New Orleans Baptist...
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Kathryn Buff Herman

October 21, 1940 - April 20, 2017

Mrs. Kathryn Buff Herman, 76, of Hickory went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday April 20, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Herman was born October 21, 1940 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Aaron and Vergie Leatherman Buff. She was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church and retired from the Burke County School System as a First Grade teacher at Hildebran...
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Gerald "Jerry" Crowder

March 24, 1941 - April 19, 2017

Mr. Gerald "Jerry" Lamar Crowder, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at CHS-Blue Ridge-Valdese, following a period of declining health. Jerry was born on March 24, 1941 in Cleveland County to the late Ray Crowder and Evangeline Griggs Crowder. He was a member of Icard Church of God of the Union Assembly and was retired from the Waldensian Bakery of 40 years of...
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Sarah Carswell Chapman

October 9, 1927 - April 19, 2017

Mrs. Sarah Carswell Chapman, 89, of Morganton passed away Wednesday April 18, 2017 at Trinity Village following a period of declining health. Mrs. Chapman was born October 9, 1927 in Burke County to the late Rev. Zack Carswell and Mrs. Effie Walker Carswell. She was a faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth...
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Louise Rinehardt Dillingham

August 27, 1934 - April 19, 2017

Mrs. Annie Louise Rinehardt Dillingham, 82, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Louise was born on August 27, 1934 in Catawba County to the late Frank Rinehardt and Mildred Wilson. She retired after more than 30 years of service as a nurse for Valdese General Hospital and was a longtime member of Israel Chapel AME Zion...
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Essie Raye Kincaid

September 12, 1923 - April 18, 2017

Ms. Essie Raye Kincaid, 93, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Ms. Kincaid was born September 12, 1923 in Burke County, a daughter of the late William Cube Kincaid, Sr. and Essie Johnson Kincaid Forney. She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, serving as a former member of the Missionary...
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Patricia Gale Abee Dixon

December 10, 1940 - April 16, 2017

Ms. Patricia Gale Abee Dixon, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. A joining of friends celebration will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory...
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Bobby Edward Brooks

January 1, 1939 - April 14, 2017

Bobby Edward Brooks, 78, of Hickory, passed away Friday April 14, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. Bobby was born on January 1, 1939 in Cleveland County to the late Colin and Mattie Brooks. He was formerly employed by Century Furniture and was in the Army where he served in the North Korean war. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife...
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Gary Lee Buckner

January 21, 1948 - April 13, 2017

Gary Lee Buckner, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday April 13, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. Gary was born on January 21, 1948 in Catawba County to the late William and Virginia Crump Buckner. He was formerly employed by General Electric and J.C. Penny, and was a member of Crosslink Church. Survivors include his wife, Joan Yancey Buckner of the home;...
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Julia Ann Deaton

May 25, 1958 - April 12, 2017

Mrs. Julia Ann Pearson Deaton, 58, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday April 12, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Julia was born May 25, 1958 in Burke County to the late Arthur Pearson and Ruth Sprouse Pearson. She worked at Carolina Shoe. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Jose Arcension Rodriguez; and brother Donald Pearson. ...
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Lloyd Thomas Daye

August 25, 1923 - April 10, 2017

Mr. Lloyd Thomas Daye, 93, of Connelly Springs, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Lloyd was born August 25, 1923, in Burke County, to the late John W. Day and Rosa Howard Day. He was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and a US Air Force veteran, serving during World War II. Lloyd loved to rock hunt, cut gems,...
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Glenn Bradley

January 22, 1936 - April 9, 2017

Glenn Bradley, age 81, of Arvil Greer Road, Vilas, passed away Sunday morning, April 9, 2017, at his home. Glenn was born January 22, 1936 in Tazewell, Virginia, a son of the late Samuel Robert Bradley and Etta Triplett Bradley. He was a retired correctional officer for the North Carolina Department of Correction and was also meat department manager at Harris Teeeter, Lowes Food, and A&P....
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Carla Jean Fisher

August 24, 1964 - April 8, 2017

Ms. Carla Jean Fisher, 52, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Carla was born on August 24, 1964 in Burke County to Jerry Fisher and Aileen Whisnant Fisher. She wa formerly employed in the housekeeping department for Grace Ridge Retirement Center. She is survived by her parents, and one son, Marcus...
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John Gaither Zimmerman

August 23, 1935 - April 7, 2017

Mr. John Gaither Zimmerman, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. John was born on August 23, 1935 in Burke County to the late Preston Richard Zimmerman and Viola Heavner Zimmerman. He was previously employed in the woodworking industry and attended Faith Baptist Church in Lenoir. In addition to...
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Lyndon "Lynnie" Gerald Smith

December 16, 1963 - April 7, 2017

Mr. Lyndon "Lynnie", Gerald Smith, 53, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative. Lyndon was born on December 16, 1963 in Burke County to the late Donald "Bruno" Clifton Smith and Hazel Cooke Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Amber Marie Smith. Survivors include his daughter Alyshia "Lisha" Smith of Texas;...
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Charles Edgar Poteat

August 16, 1919 - April 6, 2017

Mr. Charles Edgar Poteat, 97, of Connelly Springs, passed away, Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Hickory Village, following a period of declining health. Charles was born August 16, 1919 to the late Rufus A. Poteat and Nancy Jane Baker Poteat. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Ogle Poteat. He is survived by his three children, Frank Poteat, Sarah Seagle,...
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Harold William Perrou

October 15, 1934 - April 5, 2017

Mr. Harold William Perrou, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrill's Ford, following a period of declining health. Harold was born on October 15, 1934 in Burke County to the late Henry Perrou and Dora Zimmerman Perrou. He was retired from Valdese Manufacturing, where he worked in maintenance for many years and was a longtime member of the...
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William Andrew Neece

November 27, 1950 - April 5, 2017

Mr. William Andrew Neece, 66, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Andrew was born on November 27, 1950 in Dickenson County, VA to the late Elzie Neece and Flossie Phillips Neece. He retired after 31 years of service with the city of Hickory working in the waste water management department. Andrew...
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Tyler Isaiah McCormack

September 14, 1990 - April 2, 2017

Tyler Isaiah Michael McCormack, 26, of Morganton, passed away April 3, 2017 at his residence. A Celebration of life will be held Friday 11AM-1PM at the Forest City Club House in Rutherford County. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Annie Louise Berry Neer Deal

April 7, 1927 - April 1, 2017

Mrs. Annie Louise Berry Neer Deal, 89, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at BHC-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Louise was born on April 7, 1927 in Burke County to the late Nathan L. Berry and Buena E. Franklin Berry. Louise attended Valdese High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was employed during World War II for the social...
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Hilda Ogle Jones

May 16, 1923 - March 31, 2017

Mrs. Hilda Harriet Ogle Jones, 93, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Hilda was born on May 16, 1923 in Burke County to the late Marshall Ogle and Mary Louise Refour Ogle. She was employed for 30 years as an accounting officer with Alba-Waldensian and was a longtime member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, where she...
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Carolyn Bean Sullivan

April 22, 1933 - March 31, 2017

Mary Carolyn Bean Sullivan, 83, of Granite Falls, passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Carolyn was born on April 22, 1933 in Caldwell County to the late Ransom J. Bean and Clara Mae Honeycutt Bean. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker who was loved and cherished by her entire family. ...
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Betty Lou Mitchell Guigou

November 17, 1929 - March 31, 2017

Mrs. Betty Lou Mitchell Guigou, 87, of Valdese passed away Friday March 31, 2017 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community following a period of declining health. Mrs. Guigou was born November 17, 1929 in Burlington, NC to the late George Cleveland Mitchell and Cora Mattox Mitchell. She graduated from UNCG Women's College in 1951, and worked as a lab technician at Valdese General Hospital and...
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Ralph Terry Lee Eckard

November 23, 1947 - March 29, 2017

Mr. Ralph "Terry" Lee Eckard, 69, of Long View, passed away on March 29, 2017, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Terry was born November 23, 1947, in Burke County, to the late Ralph Eckard and Beulah Mae Townsend. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the home at 91 36th St NW, Hickory, NC 28601. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later...
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Jill Dawn Carswell

May 23, 1970 - March 28, 2017

Ms. Jill Dawn Carswell, 46, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday March 28, 2017 at her residence. Jill was born May 23, 1970 in Burke County, a daughter, to Mr. Paul Carswell and Mrs. Louise Lail Carswell. She worked as a CNA at Broughton Hospital and owned Jill's Little Critters Day Care. Survivors include her son, Kelly Fortenberry and wife April of Connelly Springs; daughter, Katie...
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Joseph Thomas Frizsell

June 15, 1924 - March 27, 2017

Mr. Joseph Thomas Frizsell, 92, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday March 27, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Frizsell was born June 15, 1924 in Buncombe County, a son of the late John Frizsell and Ida Bell Kelly. He was retired from the textile and furniture industry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by...
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Garry Dean Hames

March 7, 1944 - March 26, 2017

Mr. Garry Dean Hames, 73, of Hickory, passed away, on Sunday, March 26, 2017, unexpectedly at his residence. Garry was born March 7, 1944, in Caldwell County, to the late Troy Lee Hames and Thelma Mae Church. He was a member of New Covenant Church of God. Garry loved his family, church, Nascar, and training horses and Schutzen dogs. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his...
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Diana Lucille Seagle Hampton

December 8, 1957 - March 25, 2017

Diana Lucille Seagle Hampton, 59 , died March 25,2017 after a period of declining health. Diana was born on December 8, 1957 in Valdese, to Ray Dean Seagle and Lucille Lail Seagle. Diana married the love of her life Charles Hampton on September 30, 1983. They were married for 33 years. Diana always told him Today,Tomorrow, Always I Love you! She was preceded in death by her father Ray...
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Hazel Hull Hudson

July 5, 1942 - March 24, 2017

Ms. Hazel Hull Pruette Hudson, 74, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Carolina Rehabilitation Center of Burke after a period of declining health. Ms. Hudson was born on July 5, 1942 in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late Cecil LeRoy and Alma Johnson Hull. She was employed at Canteen Services and attended Shady Grove United Methodist Church. Hazel enjoyed bird watching, Gem...
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Ernest Lee "Ernie, Punk" Winebarger, Jr.

March 28, 1953 - March 22, 2017

Mr. Ernest Lee "Ernie, Punk" Winebarger, Jr. 63, of Rutherford College, went peacefully to his just reward on Wednesday March 22, 2017. Ernie was born March 28, 1953 in Burke County, a son of the late Ernest Winebarger, Sr. and Ida Icard Barnes Winebarger. Before his illness he was formerly employed as a truck driver for Mull Concrete Co. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Carolyn Sue Huffman

March 26, 1950 - March 22, 2017

Mrs. Carolyn Sue Roberts Huffman, 66, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Alfred Young

June 10, 1937 - March 20, 2017

Mr. Alfred Young, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Alfred was born on June 10, 1937, in Catawba County, to the late Colon and Liza Young. He was a very loving husband, step-father, and uncle. Alfred was the founder and owner of Design Tools. He loved to play golf and watch any other type of sport...
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Betty Lou McMahan Craft

May 6, 1935 - March 20, 2017

Mrs. Betty Lou McMahan Craft, 81, of Valdese, formerly of Tampa, FL, passed away Monday March 20, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Craft was born May 6, 1935 in Searcy County to the late Etsel McMahan and Gladys Stills McMahan. She was a member of Lake Carroll Baptist Church in Tampa, FL. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Sarah Ledford Lanier

June 7, 1934 - March 20, 2017

Mrs. Sarah Louise Ledford Lanier, 82, of Valdese, passed away Monday March 20, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lanier was born June 7, 1934 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Homer and Katherine Champion Ledford. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Shelby and retired from the Valdese General Hospital dietary department. In addition to her...
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Winsome Lowman "Tots" Huffman

June 21, 1931 - March 18, 2017

Winsome Lowman "Tots" Huffman, 85, of Valdese went home to be with her heavenly father on Saturday March 18, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. She was born June 21, 1931 in Valdese to the late Will Lowman and Dorothy Lowman. Winsome was a member of First Baptist Church of Rutherford College, where she was choir director and taught Sunday School for many years. She worked at Alba...
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Tivis Newberry Akers, Jr.

February 23, 1953 - March 18, 2017

Mr. Tivis Newberry Akers, Jr. 64, of Morganton passed away Saturday March 18, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief period of declining health. Mr. Akers was born February 23, 1953 in Chapmanville, WV to the late Tivis Akers, Sr. and Hazel Wheatley Akers. He served in the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Akers of Morganton; children, Marty Langley...
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William Allen Penley

July 31, 1965 - March 17, 2017

Mr. William Allen Penley, 51, of Drexel, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at his residence. Allen was born on July 31, 1965 in Burke County to the late William S. Penley and Laura Benfield Penley. He was employed at American Roller Bearing in Morganton. Survivors include his sister, Reta Benfield of Morganton, nephew, Marcus Benfield and wife Krysta, and a great-nephew, Kayden Benfield. ...
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Kelly Denver York

February 1, 1972 - March 17, 2017

Mr. Kelly Denver York, 45, of Granite Falls passed away Friday March 17, 2017 at his residence. A funeral service will be held 12:00PM Wednesday March 22, 2017 at North Laurel Baptist Church. Interment will follow the service at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday March 21, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service. Heritage Funeral Service is serving...
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Bobby Queen

January 10, 1936 - March 17, 2017

Bobby Queen, 81, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday March 17, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Mr. Queen was born January 10, 1936 in Haywood County, NC to the late Zeb and Ophilia Queen. He was a truck driver, traveling all over the nation with his late wife Barbara Stamey Queen. Survivors include his sons, Tim Queen and wife Sandra of Connelly...
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Michael Dean Roper

May 23, 1957 - March 16, 2017


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Ronald Leith Cloer

July 31, 1950 - March 15, 2017

On March 15, Ronald Leith Cloer left our earthly realm and is now in the warmth of Heaven's love. The son of the late Leith Wilson Cloer and Dixie Hildebrand Cloer of Nebo, he leaves behind wife, Debra; son, Brett and wife, Christy of Spruce Pine, and son, Brad of Morganton; one brother, Michael and wife, Joyce of Nebo; much-loved grandchildren, Curran, Ashton, Zoe, Taylor, Marley; and brother-in...
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Kenneth Lee Bumgarner

September 24, 1934 - March 13, 2017

Mr. Kenneth Lee Bumgarner, 82, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Frye Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina. He resided in Hickory at the time of his passing. He was born Sept. 24, 1934, to the late Russell Lee and Catherine Smith Bumgarner, in Hickory, North Carolina. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Junine Tron Bumgarner, three children, Francis Keith Bumgarner and wife...
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Janet Smith Cooke

November 26, 1957 - March 9, 2017

Mrs. Janet Smith Cooke, 59 of Morganton, passed away Thursday March 9, 2017 at Grace Hospital after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Mrs. Cooke was born November 26, 1957 in Burke County, a daughter of Alva Lee Smith of Valdese and the late Helen Pruitt Smith. She was employed as a housekeeper with Miller Cleaning Service. Surviving in addition to her father are one son, Derek Brown...
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Roger Dale Edwards

January 20, 1955 - March 9, 2017

Mr. Roger Dale Edwards, of Valdese, died Thursday March 9, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. Mr. Edwards was born January 20, 1955 in Yancey County, a son of Fannie Hoilman Edwards of Valdese and the late Ralph Edwards. He was retired from the construction industry as an insulation installer. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his wife Brenda Perrou Edwards. ...
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Timothy TJ Spain

March 14, 1975 - March 9, 2017

Mr. Timothy "TJ" James Spain, 41, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem. TJ was born March 14, 1975, in Memphis, MO, to Timothy G. Spain and Beverly Van Baalen Spain now of Cedar Rapids, IA. TJ was a 1993 graduate from Marshalltown High School (Marshalltown, IA), where he was a member of the band and chorus, and lettered in swimming...
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Rachel Swink Brittain

March 17, 1942 - March 9, 2017

Rachel M. Swink Brittain of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 following a period of declining health. Rachel was born March 17, 1942, in Valdese, North Carolina, to the late Thomas Swink and Voltie Swink Johnson. She was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and retired from Burke Co. School System after 31 years as a teacher's assistant. She was known for having a great love...
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Katherine "Katy" Cox

August 31, 1984 - March 9, 2017

Katherine "Katy"Lucile Cox, 32, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Katy was born on August 31, 1984 in Burke County to Stephen Jones Cox and Anna Abernethy Cox. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Valdese. Katy had a love for all animals, but especially cats, and also enjoyed cooking and...
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Mona Porter Mauney

May 8, 1931 - March 6, 2017

Ms. Mona Porter Mauney, 85, of Hickory passed away Monday March 6, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Ms. Mauney was born May 8, 1931 in Rosiclare, IL to the late Mrs. Margaret Fox and Mr. Archie Porter. She was a nurse at Valdese Hospital, Grace Hospital, and Frye Regional Hospital for over forty years. She enjoyed quilting with her friends Nora, Pat, Cathy, and...
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Ronald Coleman Connelly, Jr.

December 16, 1968 - March 6, 2017

Mr. Ronald Coleman Connelly, Jr., 48, of Valdese , passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at his residence, following an period of declining health. Ronald was born on December 16, 1968 in Burke County to Ronald Connelly ,Sr. and Sarillia McKesson Connelly. He previously worked in furniture as an upholsterer and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents,...
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Alfred Jerry Abernethy

April 29, 1927 - March 5, 2017

Rev. Alfred Jerry Abernethy, 89, of Vale, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Alfred was born on April 29, 1927 in Catawba County to the late Yates Ford Abernethy and Letha King Abernethy. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during WW II, and retired from the U.S. Air Force following a twenty year career in 1979, as a...
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Emily Ann Campbell

October 25, 1994 - March 3, 2017

Ms. Emily Ann Campbell, 22, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at CHS-Morganton - Blue Ridge, following a period of declining health. Emily was born on October 25, 1994, in Burke County, to Patrick Campbell and Kimberly Harris Campbell. She was a member at Liberty Baptist Church. She loved life even though she fought for it every day. Emily was not only a daughter to her mother...
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Gary Randall Woody, Jr.

August 19, 1973 - March 2, 2017

Gary Randall Woody, Jr., 43, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly Thursday March 2, 2017 at his residence. Mr. Woody was born on August 19, 1973 in Burke County to Gary R. Woody, Sr. and Donna Kay Carver Woody. He was a veteran of the N.C. National Guard and CNC Router Programmer with Baker Furniture. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Buford and Valarie Carver. Survivors include...
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Jasmine Nicole Beck

January 15, 2005 - March 1, 2017

Ms. Jasmine Nicole Beck, 12, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Levine's Children's Hospital, following a period of brief illness. Jasmine was born January 15, 2005, in Greenville, SC, to Ronald James Beck and Dafel Elaine Revels. She was a member at Crosslink Church and attended Heritage Middle School. Jasmine, also known to her parents as "Baby Girl" will always be...
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Parks E. Deaton

May 29, 1931 - February 28, 2017

Mr. Parks E. Deaton, 85, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Tuesday February 28, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel after a period of declining health. Mr. Deaton was born May 29, 1931 in Washington County, TN a son of the late Melvin Lee and Ethel McNabb Deaton. Parks was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. after over 45 years of services. ...
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Donald Wayne Jones

October 29, 1941 - February 27, 2017

Mr. Donald Wayne Jones, 75, of Valdese passed away Monday February 27, 2017 at his residence following a brief period of declining health. Mr. Jones was born October 29, 1941 in Kannapolis, NC to the late Jesse Jones and Ruth Hancock Jones. He was part owner and salesman at Hickory Saw and Tool before his retirement. He was an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the American...
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Kay Lowman Nix

October 1, 1947 - February 27, 2017

Guanda "Kay" Lowman Nix, 69, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, of Henry River, departed this life to her heavenly home on Monday February 27, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Nix was born on October 1, 1947 in Burke County to the late Levi Dolphus Lowman, Sr. and Rachel Hazel Kiser Lowman. She was a quality control supervisor in...
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Martha Odom Seagle

July 21, 1944 - February 26, 2017

Mrs. Martha Odom Seagle, 72, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Seagle was born July 21, 1944 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Earl Luther and Ruby Bumgarner Odom. Martha was a faithful member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired as supply clerk at Autumn Care of Drexel. She also...
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James Richard Smith

December 31, 1935 - February 26, 2017

Mr. James Richard Smith, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Smith was born December 31, 1935 in Cleveland County, a son of the late Lonnie and Ivey Hartman Smith. James was a member of the Long View Church of God and retired from the furniture industry. In addition to...
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Christina Edge Parham

May 28, 1916 - February 21, 2017

Mrs. Christina Edge Parham, 100, of Gloucester, VA, formerly of Morganton and Hildebran, passed away on February 21, 2017 at the Walter Reed Convalescent Center, following a struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Christina Edge Parham was born May 28, 1916 to Grace Elnora Turk Edge and Wood Arthur Edge in Fort Smith, AR. She was predeceased by her parents and an older brother, Thomas James Edge...
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Jerry Jackson Rhoney

August 23, 1937 - February 21, 2017

Mr. Jerry Jackson Rhoney, 79, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Reward on Tuesday February 21, 2017, with his loving family by his side. Mr. Rhoney was born August 23, 1937 in Burke County, a son of the late David Lee and Ethel Carswell Rhoney. Jerry was a member of the Valdese First United Methodist Church and retired as supervisor with Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. He was a loving husband,...
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Susan Wells Robinson

April 17, 1944 - February 20, 2017

Mrs. Susan Wells Robinson, 72, of Hickory passed away Monday February 20, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Robinson was born April 17, 1944 in Burke County to the late McKendree Wells and Flavia York Wells. She was an elementary school teacher for thirty years, retiring from Burke County Public Schools and was a member at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. In...
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Ted William Whisnant

May 21, 1927 - February 19, 2017

Mr. Ted William Whisnant, 89, of Drexel, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ted was born May 21, 1927, in Catawba County, to the late John Smith and Bessie Tallent Smith. He was a member at Enon Baptist Church, Woodsmen of the World, and Drexel Fire Department. He served in the US Navy during World War II and was...
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Leonard Walter Goble

June 30, 1948 - February 16, 2017

Leonard "Pete" Walter Goble, 68 of Lenoir, NC, passed away, Thursday, February 16th 2017 at Chapel Hill Burn Center. Leonard was born June 30th 1948 to the late Walter Matheson and Elizabeth Baldwin Goble in Lenoir, NC. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Sondra and Linda Goble. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a jet mechanic for the Blue Angels in...
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Katherine Eisenhart "Kathy" Parse

October 2, 1939 - February 16, 2017

Katherine Eisenhart "Kathy" Parse, 77, passed away Thursday February 16, 2017 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community following a period of declining health. Mrs. Parse was born on October 2, 1939 in Fulton County, Ga. to the late Paul Eisenhart and Louise Findley Eisenhart. She was a retired elementary school librarian at Rutherford College Elementary School and at Hildebran Elementary School. She...
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William Gene Chapman

October 1, 1932 - February 13, 2017

Mr. William Eugene Chapman, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Gene was born on October 1, 1932 in Burke County to the late David William Chapman and Lois Viola Townsend Chapman. He was retired from Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company where he served as vice president for many years. Gene was a...
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Agnes R. Burns

October 23, 1926 - February 12, 2017

Agnes Ramsay Burns died peacefully in Hickory, NC on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 90. Aggie is survived by her children, Linda Cabot of Valdese, Jack Burns of Vale, Rosemary Burns Clark of North Myrtle Beach, SC and Tracy Tucker (Bryan) of Columbus, OH; her brother Julius (Jute) McNutt Ramsay Jr. of Asheboro, NC; grandchildren Chilton Jarrett (Jason), Ted Cabot, Michelle Houston (T.C....
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Toney Caroll Bowman

July 27, 1940 - February 12, 2017

Mr. Toney Caroll Bowman, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday February 12,2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Bowman was born July 27, 1940 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Robie James and Mary Kirby Bowman. Toney was a member of Baton Baptist Church and retired from Shuford Mills after thirty-seven years of faithful service....
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Mark Arnold Hurley

October 4, 1954 - February 11, 2017

Mr. Mark A. Hurley, 62, of Hickory, went to his heavenly home on Saturday February 11, 2017 at Catawba Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Hurley was born October 4, 1954 in Baltimore Md. a son of Arnold Gene and Doss Marie Bailey Hurley . He was an employee of FedEx and an active member of the Longview Church of God, the Praise Team and the Pastors Council of the...
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Edna Burns Miller

June 11, 1926 - February 11, 2017

Mrs. Edna Burns Miller, 90, of Icard, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson, following a period of declining health. Edna was born June 11, 1926, in Burke County to the late Dolph Burns and Lela Lail Burns. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church in Hildebran, and will always be remembered as being a very loving and devoted Christian...
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Cynthia Gaye Hildebran Yoder Gilliam

April 3, 1951 - February 10, 2017

Gaye was born April 3, 1951, in Catawba County, to the late Robey James Wycoff and Clara "Wanda" Hildebran. She was a member of Faith Chapel Baptist Church in Drexel and the Catfish Hunter Chapter for ALS. Gaye loved to go camping and traveling to the mountains. She was a very loving, devoted, and caring Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents she...
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Kevin Lynn Young

November 5, 1977 - February 9, 2017

Mr. Kevin Lynn Young, 39, of Valdese, passed away on February 9, 2017. Kevin was born November 5, 1977, in Burke County to Stephen Lynn Young and Sheila Bridges Carswell. He attended Freedom High School and had previously worked as a lumber grader. Kevin is survived by parents, Wayne and Sheila Carswell of Drexel and Vickie Young of Morganton; long-time life partner, Alene Somps; beautiful...
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Ruby Elizabeth Branch

May 21, 1923 - February 9, 2017

Ms. Ruby Elizabeth Branch, 93, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center, following period of declining health. Ruby was born on May 21, 1923 in Burke County to the late Albert Branch and Junie Whisnant Branch. She was retired from Drexel Furniture and was a longtime member of Walker Road Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
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Michael David Smith

June 17, 1956 - February 5, 2017

Mr. Michael David Smith, 60, of Icard, passed away on Sunday February 5, 2017 at his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Smith was born June 17, 1956 in Burke County, a son of the late J. Max and Wanda Johnson Smith. He was a member of Icard First Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Burke County School System. Surviving are two sisters, Anita Russell and husband David of...
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Betty Orders Powell

August 28, 1931 - February 4, 2017

Mrs. Betty Elizabeth Orders Powell, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Powell was born August 28, 1931, in Burke County, to the late Clyde P. Orders and Wilhelmina Mull Orders. She attended Christ United Methodist Church. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. ...
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Henry Kirk Childers

October 19, 1939 - February 4, 2017

Mr. Henry Kirk Childers, 77, of Rutherford College, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Mr. Childers was born October 19, 1939, in Burke County, to the late Henry Lemuel Childers and Virgie Mary Bryant Childers. He was a member of Crosslink Church and the National Rifle Association. He had a great love for his...
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Kayelee Lynn Childers

January 12, 2017 - February 2, 2017

Kayelee Lynn Childers, infant daughter of Jesse and Natalie Childers of Valdese, passed away peacefully in the arms of her parents Thursday, February 2, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family. Born January 12, 2017, Kayelee brought a tremendous amount of joy and love to the lives of her family in the three short weeks she was here on this beautiful earth. In addition to her parents, Kayelee...
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Charles Ray Sigmon

October 6, 1941 - February 2, 2017

Mr. Charles Ray Sigmon, 75, of Hildebran, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Mr. Sigmon was born October 6, 1941 in Catawba County to the late Robert Carol Sigmon and Louise Arney Sigmon. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and the Burke County Bee Keepers Association. He enjoyed trout fishing and hunting. In addition to his parents, he is...
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Timothy Ray Weaver

December 24, 1963 - January 30, 2017

Timothy Ray Weaver, 53, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly Monday January 30, 2017. Mr. Weaver was born on December 24, 1963 in Catawba County to Ray Quinten Weaver and Carolyn Jennette Brown Weaver. He was a salesman with HD3, Co-owner and master distiller of Foothills Distillery, and co-owner of Appalachian Stone Masonry. He was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Claremont. ...
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Herman Gaither Baldridge

April 27, 1942 - January 29, 2017

Mr. Herman Gaither Baldridge, 74, of Drexel passed away Sunday January 29, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Baldridge was born April 29, 1942 in Madison County to the late William Lonnie Baldridge and Girlie Cornette Baldridge. He worked as a master carver, owning his own business. He was a member of Gospel Tabernacle Church in Asheville, NC. Survivors include...
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Sylvia Gale Arney Lowman

October 28, 1956 - January 28, 2017

Sylvia Gale Arney Lowman, of Morganton, went to be with Jesus on Saturday January 28, 2017 at Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, after a brief illness. Sylvia was born October 28, 1956 in Burke County, the loving daughter of Mary Elizabeth Burns Arney of Morganton and the late Henry Jackson Arney. She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and great-aunt and friend to everyone she came in...
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Grady Gerald McGalliard

November 24, 1930 - January 28, 2017

Grady Gerald McGalliard, 86, of Greensboro, formerly of Drexel, passed away Saturday January 28, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. McGalliard was born on November 24, 1930 in Burke County to the late Ivey Jones McGalliard and Florence Ann Powell McGalliard. He was owner and operator of Drexel Grocery and Market for many years, and was a member of Drexel Memorial...
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Joseph Bennett "Joe" Hairfield

January 30, 1925 - January 28, 2017

Morganton and the Burke County area pause today to reflect on the life of Joseph B. Hairfield who died late Saturday afternoon. He was born on January 30, 1925 in Morganton the fifth son of six from a family of seven children to Edward M. Hairfield, Sr. and Elizabeth Taylor Hairfield. Upon graduation from Morganton High School he studied at Wake Forest College. Later he was admitted to the...
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Norman Lane Hollifield

May 7, 1953 - January 28, 2017

Mr. Norman Lane Hollifield, 63, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Norman was born on May 7, 1953 in McDowell County to the late Lawrence Hollifield and Mary Vera Branch Hollifield. He was a member of the Drexel Christian Center and was employed with the Burke County Sheriff's Office. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy...
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Debra Webb Abernathy

December 11, 1955 - January 27, 2017

Mrs. Debra Faye Webb Abernathy, 61, of Granite Falls, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Debra was born on December 11, 1955 in Burke County to Betty Ingle Webb and the late Bobby Webb. She was a longtime member of Dry Ponds Baptist Church and was retired from Industrial Seaming. Surviving in addition to her mother, is her husband...
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Tevan Devante Davis

January 4, 1992 - January 26, 2017

Tevan Devante Davis, 25, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday January 26, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center, Winston-Salem after a period of declining health. Tevan was born January 4, 1992 in Burke County a son of Anthony Davis and Tina Renay Caldwell of Morganton. He was a graduate of Freedom High School and employed as a food preparer in the restaurant industry. Tevan...
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Rachel Lucille Mason Conley

November 11, 1949 - January 26, 2017

Mrs. Rachel Lucille Conley, 67, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Rachel was born November 11, 1949 in Graham County to the late Herbert Mason and Edith George Mason. She was retired from Broughton Hospital where she worked as a CNA. Rachel attended the House of Praise. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
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Betty Lindsey Haney

May 23, 1942 - January 25, 2017

Mrs. Betty Haney was called home on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on May 23, 1942 to the late Lowell Lindsey and Vicie Hall Lindsey. She loved her family with all her heart and shared that love with her late husband, Roy Haney. She is survived by her children who adored her, Steve Haney, Cindy Crook and Troy Haney and who provided her with...
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David "Bill" Houston

August 16, 1941 - January 25, 2017

Mr. David "Bill" Samuel Houston Sr., 75, of Hickory, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. David was born on August 16, 1941 in Burke County to the late Quintus Edgar Houston and Barbara Helton Houston. He was formerly employed in the furniture industry and as a farmer. In addition to his parents,...
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Berlene Robinette Eckard

December 6, 1934 - January 25, 2017

Mrs. Berlene Robinette Eckard, 82, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Berlene was born on December 6, 1934 in Burke County to the late Conley Robinette and Lois Powell Robinette. She was retired from JEMCO Industries where she worked in the clerical department for many years. Berlene attended the...
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Dorothy "Dean" Botts Norman

January 16, 1930 - January 25, 2017

Mrs. Dorothy "Dean" Norman, 87, Valdese, lost her battle with cancer and went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Clifford Samuel Botts and Florence Newton Botts. She was retired from Alba Waldensian and was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
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Anne Kathleen Martinat Benfield

November 2, 1921 - January 23, 2017

Mrs. Kathleen Martinat Benfield, 95 of Valdese passed away on Monday January 23, 2017 at her residence. Mrs. Benfield was born November 2, 1921 in Iredell County, a daughter of the late Emile Martinat and She was a faithful and active member of East Valdese Baptist Church and the Senior Adults group of the church. Kathleen retired from Alba Waldensian, Inc. after many years of service. ...
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Patsy Evelyn "Pat" Costner Heybyrne

May 17, 1952 - January 18, 2017

Mrs. Patsy "Pat" Evelyn Costner Heybyrne, 64, of Morganton passed away Wednesday January 18, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Heybyrne was born May 17, 1952 in Burke County to the late Harvey Costner and Annie Patton Costner. She was a member of the United States Army, serving as a nurse. Following her time in the service she continued her career as a nurse...
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Mary Adrienne Ramsey

May 15, 1958 - January 17, 2017

Mrs. Mary Adrienne Bertino Ramsey, 58, of Valdese passed away Tuesday January 17, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Ramsey was born May 15, 1958 in Berkley, California to the late John Bertino and Jackie Osburne Bertino. She was an active member of the Post 234 American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered throughout her life at the Boysville Children's Home in San...
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Ervin A. Leger

May 22, 1937 - January 17, 2017

Mr. Ervin A. Leger, 79, of Lenoir, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Ervin was born on May 22, 1937 in Burke County to the late Victor Leger and Emma Icard Leger. He was a member of El Bethel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Leger, two brothers, Clyde and...
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James Howard Hoyle

September 22, 1942 - January 16, 2017

Mr. James Howard Hoyle, 74, of Hickory, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday, January 16, 2017, following a period of declining health. Mr. Hoyle was born on September 22, 1942, in Burke County, to the late Robert Frank Hoyle and Ruby Hartman Hoyle. He was a faithful member of St. John's Baptist Church, served in the United States Marine Corps, and was a retired truck driver. He will be...
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Billie Pons Curtis

March 12, 1929 - January 14, 2017

Mrs. Billie Harriet Pons Curtis, 87, of Valdese, died peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Billie was born March 12, 1929, in Hickory, NC, to the late Silvio R. Pons and Maude Jones Pons. Mrs. Curtis was a graduate of Francis Garrou High School in Valdese, NC. She married TJ Curtis in 1949 and lived to celebrate her 66th wedding...
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Clinton Verne Jessen

November 11, 1936 - January 14, 2017

Mr. Clinton Verne Jessen, 80, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Clinton was born in Penobscot County, Maine to the late Valdemar H. Jessen and Reta Leighton Jessen. He was a member of the Morganton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and was a very active member of the congregation. In...
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