Our Obituaries

Doris McDaniel Neel

June 29, 1953 - December 17, 2014

Doris Ann McDaniel Neel, 61, of Vale, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 17, 2014 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Neel was born on June 29, 1953 in Burke County to the late Paul McDaniel and Sarah Hamrick McDaniel. She was co-owner and operator of The Headshop Haircutting Co. in Granite Falls, and was a member of Mountain Grove Church in Granite Falls. In...
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Clarcy Cooke Cook

June 20, 1921 - December 17, 2014

Mrs. Clarcy Marie Cooke Cook, 93, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Clarcy was born on June 20, 1921 in York County to the late Robert W. Cooke and Prella Mosteller Cooke. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hickory , where she sang alto in the choir, and was a graduate of Hildebran High School. ...
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Lewis Pinkney Wells, Jr.

January 12, 1943 - December 15, 2014

Mr. Lewis Pinkney Wells, Jr., 71, of Valdese passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Carolina Rehab & Nursing Center in Connelly Springs. Lewis was born on January 12, 1943 in Caldwell County to the late Lewis Wells Sr. and Bertha Louise Cresson. He was a member of the Valdese First Christian Church and was employed many years ago at Sterling Billiards in Morganton. In addition to his...
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Gladys Laughridge Smart

January 4, 1931 - December 13, 2014

Mrs. Gladys Laughridge Smart, 83, of Connelly Springs , passed away on Saturday December 13, 2014 following a period of declining health. Mrs. Smart was born on January 4, 1931 in Burke County to the late Phillip Laughridge and Edna Lail Laughridge. She was a member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church, and was a loving homemaker and mother to her family. In addition to her parents she was also...
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William "Bill" Everette Harwell

November 12, 1929 - December 10, 2014

Mr. William Everette (Bill) Harwell, 85, of Connelly Springs, died Wednesday December 10, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Harwell was born November 12, 1929 in Catawba County, a son of the late Julius Waitzel and Bernice Hildebran Harwell. He was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and formally employed in the furniture...
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Teddy Joe West

May 12, 1948 - December 9, 2014

Mr. Teddy Joe West, 66, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Ted was born on May 12, 1948 in Burke County to the late Charlie Glen West and Myrtle Sherrill West. He was one of the original " Chocolate Pudding Kids". Ted was a member of United Baptist Church and was retired from Leviton where he worked as a mechanic for...
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Estelle Roselia Salvarey Fornwald

August 7, 1928 - December 9, 2014

Estelle Roselia Salvarey Fornwald , 86, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday December 9, 2014 at Valdese Hospital. Estelle was born August 7, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Evilo Salvarey and Maria Gonzales Salvarey. Survivors include her children Juanita Fornwald-Maldonado, Alexander Fornwald, Javier Fornwald, Ruth Maria Cummings; grandchildren Randi Liz Wunschel, Kristin...
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Norris Lee Seagle

December 16, 1930 - December 7, 2014

Norris Lee Seagle, 83, of Rutherford College, passed away on Sunday December 7, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Seagle was born on December 16, 1930 in Burke County to the late Maurice Seagle and Vesta Pearson Seagle. He was retired from Henredon Furniture, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Rutherford College. In addition to...
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Margie Kincaid

March 1, 1932 - December 5, 2014

Mrs. Margie Marshall Kincaid, 82, of Rutherford College, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday December 5, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Kincaid was born March 1, 1932 in Catawba County a daughter of the late Walter and Ruth Starnes Marshall. Margie was loving wife, mother and homemaker and retired from the Burke County School System as a teacher...
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Paul David Page

June 17, 1940 - December 3, 2014

Mr. Paul David "Bub" Page, 74, of Valdese died Wednesday December 3,2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness . Paul was born June 17, 1940 in Burke County, a son of the late Garland and Ethel Rae Jones Page. He was retired as a healthcare CNA from Broughton Hospital. Paul enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working his yard and building...
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Kenneth Frady

September 9, 1948 - December 2, 2014

Rev. Kenneth Frady, 66, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born on September 9, 1948 in Madison County to the late Burnett Frady and Cynthia Plemmons Frady. He was the current pastor for Mountain View #1 Baptist Church, was the longtime pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church for 24 years and the...
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Floy Shuping Propst

October 7, 1919 - December 2, 2014

Mrs. Floy Edith Shuping Propst, 95, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Brockford Inn Nursing Center, Granite Falls , after a period of declining health. Mrs. Propst was born October 7, 1919 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Jacob Alexander and Deltha Geneva Lail Shuping. She retired from the Alba-Waldensian, Inc. after a number of years of service. In...
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Rebecca Ann Hildebran Edney

April 27, 1943 - December 1, 2014

Mrs. Rebecca Ann Hildebran Edney, 71, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday December 1, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese. Mrs. Edney was born April 27, 1943 in Catawba County, a daughter of Annie Sue Brittain Haas and the late Boyd B. Haas. Rebecca retired from Valdese Weavers, Inc. and was a member of the LDS Church of Morganton, She was a loving wife,...
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Mackenzie Hope Debski

November 29, 2014 - November 29, 2014

Mackenzie Hope Debski, infant daughter of Christa Debski and John Townsend, Jr. passed away Saturday November 29, 2014 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held 3:30 PM Wednesday December 3, 2014 at Whitnel First Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Murry officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Debski family.
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Melvin Collige

September 2, 1927 - November 29, 2014


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Charles Huggins

May 14, 1957 - November 29, 2014

Mr. Charles Oscar Huggins, 57, of Granite Falls, died Saturday November 29, 2014 at Caldwell County Hospice, after a period of declining health. Charles was born May 14, 1957 in Abington, VA, a son of the late Ellis and Charlotte Owens Huggins. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as an electrician. No Services are planned at this time. An online guestbook and obituary is available at...
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Teressa DeFalco Greer

October 8, 1928 - November 27, 2014

Mrs. Teressa DeFalco Greer, 86, of Vineland, NJ, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday November 27, 2014, with her family surrounding her. Teressa was born October 5, 1928 in Vineland, NJ a daughter of the late Michael and Ethel Musante DeFalco. Mrs. Greer taught dance at Arthur Murry Studio in Philadelphia and participated in shows in Philadelphia and New York City. She retired from...
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Howard Ivey Duckworth, Sr.

February 12, 1929 - November 25, 2014

Howard Ivey Duckworth Sr. "Duck", 85, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Howard was born on February 12, 1929 in Burke County to the late William Dewey and Savannah Rose Branch Duckworth. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church Hildebran, where he enjoyed serving as Head Usher and greeting people at the door...
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Crystal Farris Chapman

December 31, 1963 - November 24, 2014

Mrs. Crystal Lynn Farris Chapman, 50, of Rutherford College, passed away unexpectedly, on Monday, November 24, 2014 at her residence. Crystal was born on December 31, 1963 in Burke County to the Priscilla Patton Fletcher and the late Ray Farris. She was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, was formerly employed Members Credit Union in Valdese and was a loving homemaker and mother to her...
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Max Philip Cannon, Jr.

August 1, 1965 - November 24, 2014

Max Philip Cannon, Jr. , 49, of Morganton passed away Monday November 24, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center after a prolonged battle with kidney and heart disease. Max was born in Burke County August 1, 1965 to Ruth Martin Cannon and the late Max Cannon, Sr. Max was a longtime member of Mt. Home Baptist Church. Max graduated from East Burke High School, attended Western Carolina University,...
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Anthony Rahn Norman

May 8, 1978 - November 22, 2014

Mr. Anthony Rahn Norman 36 of Connelly Springs died Saturday November 22, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital after a period of declining health. Mr. Norman was born May 8, 1978 in Catawba County, a son of Rahn and Amy Berry Norman of Connelly Springs. He was a member of Hildebran First Baptist Church and a former construction worker in the concrete finishing industry. In addition to his...
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Fredrick Harvey "Rick" Hallyburton

April 28, 1952 - November 15, 2014

Fredrick Harvey "Rick" Hallyburton, 62, of Rutherford College, passed away unexpectedly Saturday November 15, 2014 at his residence. Rick was born on April 28, 1952 in Burke County to the late William Frederick Hallyburton and Constance Hall Hallyburton. He was a board member with the Lovelady Fire Department for over 25 years, was a former member of the Rutherford College Lions Club, and was a...
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Ricky Paul Cooke

March 3, 1956 - November 14, 2014

Ricky Paul Cooke, 58, of Valdese, went home to be with Jesus on Friday November 14, 2014 surrounded by his family at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after his long battle with metastatic melanoma. Mr. Cooke was born March 3, 1956 in Burke County to Mrs. Genene Jenkins Cooke and the late Mr. Willard Paul Cooke. He was a member of United Baptist Church of Valdese. Mr. Cooke worked at Burke...
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Beulah Mae Cranford Icard

May 3, 1918 - November 14, 2014

Beulah Mae Cranford Icard, 96, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday November 14, 2014 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a period of declining health. Mrs. Icard was born on May 3, 1918 in Burke County to the late Pat Cranford and Bertie Childers Cranford. She was a homemaker and worked in various hosiery mills in the Valdese area. She was a member of Crosslink Church (formerly Evangelical...
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Willard Eugene Mirtsching

October 22, 1957 - November 13, 2014

Mr. Willard Eugene Mirtsching, 57, of Hickory, died Thursday November 13, 2014 at his residence. No services are scheduled.
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Earl Ray Smith

November 2, 1949 - November 12, 2014

Earl Ray Smith, 65, of Morganton, passed away Wednesday November 12, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Smith was born on November 2, 1949 in Cleveland, TN to the late Fairdy Burnice Smith and Barney Marie Moorefield. He was retired from Valdese Manufacturing, and was a loving father, grandfather, and brother, and loved watching football. Survivors include his daughters, Crystal Cramer and husband...
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Mary Lou Whisnant

October 5, 1929 - November 12, 2014

Mary Lou Pruett Whisnant, 85, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at CHS of Morganton. Mary Lou was born on October 5, 1929 in Burke County to the late Floyd Pruett and Candace Carswell Pruett. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church and was a beautician and was retired from Skyland Textiles. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Jean Garrison...
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Laird Ray Lowman

August 2, 1939 - November 12, 2014

Mr. Laird Ray Lowman, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Conover Nursing & Rehab Center. Laird was born on August 2, 1939 in Burke County to the late Oscar Lowman and Jennie Cook Lowman. He was a member of Smart's Grove Baptist Church and was retired from Baker Furniture where he worked in the maintenance department. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Julius Randolph "J.R." Passmore

January 29, 1938 - November 12, 2014

Mr. Julius Randolph Passmore,76, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday November 12, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Julius was born on January 29, 1938 in Burke County to the late Walter Passmore and Grace Winebarger Passmore. He was a member at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Valdese; and was also a loyal fan to the Carolina Tarheels, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Washington Redskins. ...
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Catherine Elizabeth Owens Francis

November 23, 1910 - November 11, 2014

Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Owens Francis, 103, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Grace Heights Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Catherine was born on November 23, 1910 in McDowell County to the late William Larkin Owens and Barbara Lucinda Hooper Owens. She was a member of the Morganton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and was a longtime cook and...
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Tracy Scott Hefner

November 9, 1969 - November 11, 2014

Tracy Scott Hefner, 45, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday November 11, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center following a period of declining health. Tracy was born on November 9, 1969 in Burke County to the late Jack Thomas Hefner and Phyllis Berry Hefner. He was a graduate of East Burke High School, and N.C. State University with a degree in History. He was formerly employed by Burke County...
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Sue Southerland

October 25, 1936 - November 10, 2014

Mrs. Sue Bumgarner Southerland, 78, of Connelly Springs, was reunited with the love of her life, her husband, Bud Southerland, on Monday November 10, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Southerland was born October 25, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Ivey P. and Vera Rhyne Bumgarner. She was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. Sue was a loving...
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Jones Louis Ramsey

August 11, 1923 - November 10, 2014

Mr. Jones Louis Ramsey, 91,of Rutherford College, died Monday November 10, 2014 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Mr. Ramsey was born August 11, 1923 in Burke County, a son of the late John and Maggie McGalliard Ramsey. He was a carpenter by trade and a US Army Veteran of WW II. He was awarded the Purple Heart while serving in the European African Middle Eastern Theater. ...
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Adrian Wesley Abernethy

March 17, 1923 - November 10, 2014

Mr. Adrian Wesley Abernethy, 91, of Drexel, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday November 10, 2014 at the NC State Veterans Home in Salisbury, NC. Mr. Abernethy was born March 17, 1923 in Burke County, the son of the late James Ivey and Mary Maggie Lee Rector Abernethy. He retired as foreman and supervisor of the finishing dept. at Drexel Furniture Co.. He was a US Army Air Corp veteran...
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Nell Cooper Lippard

June 20, 1926 - November 9, 2014

Mrs. Nell Cooper Lippard, 88, of Drexel, passed away Sunday November 9, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center, Blue Ridge Health Care, Morganton, after a brief illness. Mrs. Lippard was born June 20, 1926 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Joseph and Estelle Berry Cooper. She was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church, serving in the choir from the beginning, and retired from the...
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Juanita Abee Lowman

February 11, 1928 - November 9, 2014

Mrs. Juanita Abee Lowman, 86, of Connelly Springs, the Abee's Chapel Baptist Church community, passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Grace Heights Nursing Center surrounded by her children. Juanita was born on February 11, 1928 in Burke county to the late John Abee and Martha Hildebrand Abee. She was a member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church and was a retiree of Alba Waldensian. In...
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Grace Hampton Penland

July 31, 1915 - November 8, 2014

Mrs. Grace Hampton Penland,99 , of Icard , passed away on Saturday November 8, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born July 31, 1915 in Hampton Township, Davidson County and moved to Icard, NC in 1935. She was the daughter to the late John Hampton and Lilly Weisner Hampton. Grace was a dedicated member of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church in Icard. She was a school employee for 22 years at...
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Mary Fox Penland

February 2, 1934 - November 7, 2014

Mrs. Mary Lee Fox Penland, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, November 7, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on February 2, 1934 in Yancey county to the late Buck Fox and Alice Payne Fox Elkins. She was a member of the Baptist faith and was previously employed in the hosiery industry. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother...
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Billy Samuel Webb

July 8, 1938 - November 6, 2014

Mr. Billy Samuel Webb, 76 of Connelly Springs, died Thursday November 6, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Webb was born July 2, 1938 in Buncombe County, a son of the late Cling Fabe and Lucy Vera Franklin Webb. He was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and retired as a machinist from Forest City Tool Co. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and...
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Benny Dean Mace

May 4, 1951 - November 4, 2014

Mr. Benny Dean Mace, 63, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at CHC-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Benny was born on May 4, 1951 in Burke County to J.C. Mace and the late Betty Lail Mace. He was previously employed as a truck driver for Case Farms. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by one sister, Debra M. Buchanan. Surviving in...
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Tony Hampton Penland

March 13, 1936 - November 1, 2014

Mr. Tony Hampton Penland, 78, of Icard, departed this life suddenly on Saturday November 1, 2014 after a brief illness. Mr. Penland was born March 13, 1936 in Icard, the son of Grace Hampton Penland and the late Frances Eugene Penland. He lived and worked on the family farm, Icarda Dairy. Tony was a member of the Hildebran High School six man football team that played in the 1953 NC State...
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Jimmy Ray Kiser

January 4, 1972 - October 29, 2014


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Mary Joyce Young Brown

January 14, 1944 - October 29, 2014

Mary Joyce Young Brown, 70, of Newton, passed away October 29, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Brown was born on January 14, 1944 in Burke County to the late Willie Foster Young and Neva Edna Breedlove Young. She was retired as a real estate agent with Fletcher Realty in Newton. Survivors include her daughter, Michele Gilbert and husband Scott of...
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Lewis Hoyle Hudson

November 10, 1934 - October 29, 2014

Lewis Hoyle Hudson, 79, of Hildebran, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness. He was born in Burke County on November 10, 1934 to the late Judson J. Hudson and Jesephine Propst Hudson Baker. He was a member and past master of Lovelady Masonic Lodge #670, the East Burke Shrine Club, the Paper Sale Chairman, Plaque Sales...
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Ricky Junior Ammons

July 6, 1954 - October 27, 2014

Mr. Ricky Junior Ammons, 60, of Connelly Springs, died Monday October 27, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mr. Ammons was born July 6, 1954 in Burke County, a son of the late William and Madolyn Fields Ammons. Ricky was employed as a supervisor in the steel erector industry. Surviving are his wife Diane Spann Ammons of the home, a son Richard...
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Carmella "Connie" DeRose

December 2, 1930 - October 26, 2014

Carmella "Connie" DeRose, 83, of Glen Alpine, passed away Sunday October 26, 2014 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. DeRose was born on December 2, 1930 in San Jose, CA to the late Fred Mancuso and Rose Fillippone DeRose. She was a retired food distributor, and was of the Catholic faith. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband...
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Linda Kaye Lail

July 17, 1953 - October 25, 2014

Mrs. Linda Kaye Young Lail, 61, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on July 17, 1953 in Burke County to the late Charlie Young and Eva Hudson Young. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Connelly Springs and was formerly employed by Regal Manufacturing...
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William Heath Lathrop

August 21, 1985 - October 25, 2014

Mr. William Heath Lathrop, 29, of Morganton, died Saturday as a result of an automobile accident. Mr. Lathrop was born August 21, 1985 in Burke County, a son of Emma Winkler Lathrop and the late William Howard Lathrop. He was a member of Horizon Church and employed as a driver- salesman for Blue Bell Creamery, Inc.. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn ...
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Moody Z. Honeycutt, Jr.

September 24, 1931 - October 24, 2014

Mr. Moody Z. Honeycutt, Jr. 83, of Matthews, formerly of Drexel, died Friday October 24, 2014 at his residence after a long and valiant battle with lung cancer. Mr. Honeycutt was born September24, 1931 in Catawba County, a son of the late M.Z. Honeycutt, Sr. and Naomi Burns Honeycutt. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Honeycutt Langley. Moody was a...
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Margie Marie "Pedy" Brunt

January 27, 1935 - October 22, 2014

Mrs. Margie Marie "Pedy" Mosteller Brunt, 75, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family, following a period of declining health. Marie was born on January 27, 1939 in Wilkes County to the late Thomas Albert Walsh and Margie Alda McGee Walsh. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Lenoir and was attending...
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Ralph William Geidel, Sr.

February 26, 1958 - October 21, 2014

Ralph William Geidel, Sr., 56, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Geidel was born on February 26, 1958 in Staten Island., NY to Paul E. Geidel, Jr. and the late Patricia Murphy Geidel. He was a United States Veteran serving as a Sgt. in the Marine Corps. He served aboard the USS Coral Sea during the Iran Hostage Crisis. Ralph was...
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Dewitt Clyde Parker

March 19, 1950 - October 21, 2014

Dewitt Clyde Parker, 64, of Valdese, passed away Saturday October 18, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. A Private Graveside Service will be held Wednesday October 22, 2014 at Olive Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Casar, NC. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family
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Jewel Chaney Whirley

April 8, 1925 - October 21, 2014

Mrs. Jewel Chaney Whirley, 89, of Hildebran, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Carolina Rehab Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Jewel was born on April 8, 1925 in Charlotte County, VA to the late James Madison Chaney and Elizabeth Daniel Chaney. She was employed throughout her life in the hosiery industry and later on worked in child care. She was a longtime and...
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Ted Jerry Gurley

August 4, 1947 - October 20, 2014

Mr. Ted Jerry Gurley, 67, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ted was born on August 4, 1947 in Burke County to the late Jason Gurley and Lorraine Yount Gurley. He was previously employed as a cabinet room worker in the furniture industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one...
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William Phifer Wellman

January 19, 1930 - October 18, 2014

Mr. William Phifer Wellman, 84, of Hickory, went to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday October 18, 2014. Mr. Wellman was born on January 19, 1930 in Burke County to the late William Lonzo Wellman and Vassie Tallent Wellman. He was a long time employee at Drexel Furniture Company where he retired as a clamp operator. He was also a member at Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to...
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Richard Arthur Clark

January 20, 1935 - October 17, 2014

Richard Arthur Clark, 79, of Morganton, passed away Friday October 17, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. A Funeral Service will be held for Mr. Clark 2:00 PM Monday October 20, 2014 at the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Marvin Wiley officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM...
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Angelia Renae Rice

July 22, 1964 - October 16, 2014

Mrs. Angelia Renae Rice, 50, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at McDowell Mission Hospital. Angelia was born on July 22, 1964 in Catawba County to Dee Martin Loveland and the late Barry Donald Rice. She was a member of Hillside Baptist Church in Hickory and was formerly employed at Zenda Leather Furniture Company. In addition to her father, she was preceded in...
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Lonzo Herron

April 16, 1931 - October 16, 2014

Mr. Lonzo Herron, 83, 0f Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Carolina Rehab Center, following a period of declining health. Lonzo was born on April 16, 1931 in Swain County to the late Daniel Herron and Maybelle Nations Herron. He was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture after 30 years of...
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Pamela Diane Vickers Franklin

August 27, 1955 - October 15, 2014

Dianne Vickers Franklin, 59, of Drexel, passed away Wednesday October 15, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Dianne was born on August 27, 1955 in Davie County to the late William Clyde Vickers and Annie Mae Smith Peplowski. She was employed by Tri County Insurance Agency as an Insurance Agent. Survivors include her husband, Andy Franklin of the home;...
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Hazel Thomas Dodson

December 11, 1922 - October 12, 2014

Hazel Thomas Dodson, 91, of Valdese, passed away Sunday October 12, 2014. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday October 14, 2014 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Marvin Wiley officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
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Brenda Sue Paige Turner

July 27, 1942 - October 9, 2014

Mrs. Brenda Paige Turner, 72, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Brenda was born in Burke County on July 27, 1942 to the late Ruby L. Paige. She was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church and was formerly employed in the knitting department at Premier Hosiery and also housekeeping at Grace Hospital. In...
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J.D. Elliott VanHorn

October 11, 1959 - October 8, 2014

J.D. Elliott VanHorn, Sr., 54, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday October 8, 2014 at his residence. Mr. VanHorn was born on October 11, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Gerald Malone VanHorn and Shirley Huffman VanHorn. He was formerly employed by Gaines Motor Lines as a Truck Driver, and he was a professional race car driver with the Hickory Motor Speedway. He was a member of Mt. Calvary...
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Edna Benfield Lowman

August 7, 1929 - October 8, 2014

Mrs. Edna Benfield Lowman, 85, passed away on October 8, 2014 in Havertown, PA surrounded by her family following a period of declining health. Mrs. Lowman was born on August 7, 1929 in Burke County to the late Maggie Hipps Benfield and Conley Preston Benfield. She lived much of her life in King of Prussia, PA with her late husband Teddy Eugene Lowman. She enjoyed reading mystery novels and...
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Kimberly Annette "Kym" Penley

December 12, 1968 - October 7, 2014

Kimberly Annette "Kym" Penley, 45, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday October 7, 2014 following a period of declining health. Kym was born on December 12, 1968 in Forsyth County to William Frank Penley and Verlene Allen Penley. She was formerly employed in the textile industry. Surviving are her parents, William F. Penley and Verlene A. Penley of Morganton; one brother, William Edward "Eddie"...
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Margie Pruitt "Houser" Causby

August 14, 1927 - October 3, 2014

Mrs. Margie Pruitt "Houser" Causby, 87, of Morganton, passed away on Friday October 3, 2014 at Grace Hospital in Morganton. Mrs. Causby was born August 14, 1927 in Oconee County, South Carolina to the late Mr. Plato Pruitt and Mrs. Minnie Blackwood Pruitt. Margie loved spending time with her family and friends, however her greatest passion was for gardening. In addition to her parents...
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Austin David Seagle

January 25, 1995 - October 1, 2014

Austin David Seagle, 19, of Valdese, died Wednesday October 1, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, after a brief illness. Austin was born January 25, 1995 in Burke County, a son of Karen Renee Seagle Hildebran and Herbert Thomas Buff. He was a former employee of Wal-Mart and a student. Surviving in addition to his parents are his son, Braydan Lee Seagle, step-father, David Harold...
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W. Harold Mitchell

November 8, 1925 - October 1, 2014

Wade Harold Mitchell, 88, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday October 1, 2014 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community following a period of declining health. Mr. Mitchell was born on November 8, 1925 in Alexander County to the late Jesse David Mitchell and Hessie Teague Mitchell. He was a United States Army Aircorp Veteran serving his country during World War II as a tail gunner on a B-17. He...
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John Archer Silver

January 3, 1939 - September 25, 2014

Mr. John Archer Silver, 75, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. John was born on January 3, 1939 in Harford County, MD to the late John Archer Silver, Sr. and Pamela Wright Silver. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Maryland. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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Mary Childres Wilson

February 1, 1940 - September 23, 2014

Mrs. Mary Carolyn Childres Wilson, 74, of Hildebran, went to be with her Savior on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a short period of declining health. Mary was born on February 1, 1940 in Burke County to the late Bela Childres and Minnie Mull Childres. She was a longtime member of Penelope Baptist Church and was vice president and office manager of Leathermen...
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Nancy Jean Corpening

October 22, 1945 - September 20, 2014

Nancy Jean McClain Corpening, 67, of Morganton, passed away Saturday September 20, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Corpening was born on October 22, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Avery McClain and Mary Metz McClain. She was retired from Handicare as a caretaker, and was a member of the Valdese Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son,...
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Betty Murphy Masefield

March 11, 1927 - September 20, 2014

Betty Murphy Masefield, 87, of Drexel, passed away Saturday September 20, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Center. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Sadie Wheeler

May 16, 1933 - September 19, 2014

Sadie Louise Henson Wheeler, 81 of Connelly Springs died Friday September 19, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday September 21, 2014 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service officiating Rev. Leonard Lindsey. Interment will follow at Calvary Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
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Brenday Kay Bentley

September 6, 1953 - September 18, 2014

Ms. Brenda Kay Bentley, 61, of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Winston Salem, following a period of declining health. Brenda was born on September 6, 1953 in Caldwell County to the late Jessie Richard Bentley and Lessie Mae Chadwick Bentley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Greer and an infant brother,...
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William Arthur "Willie" Huffman

July 18, 1952 - September 18, 2014

William Arthur "Willie" Huffman, 62, of Rhoney Rd. Connelly Springs, went home to be with his loving Savior on Thursday September 18, 2014 at Blue Ridge Healthcare, Morganton. Mr. Huffman was born on July 18, 1952 in Catawba County to the late Harold Edward Huffman and Dolly Mace Huffman. He was retired from Hickory Business Furniture, and was a member of KJV Blessed Hope Church in Longview. ...
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Karettcess Terresia Moss

September 17, 1941 - September 18, 2014

Mrs. Karettcess Terressia Watson Moss, 73, of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care of Lenoir, following a brief illness. Mrs. Moss was born on September 17, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late Hartzell Watson and Hazel Kaylor Watson. She was retired from Fairfield Chair in the shipping department. She was a member of Oakwood Presbyterian...
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Robert Reid "Bobby" Jacobs, Jr.

February 28, 1952 - September 17, 2014

Robert Reid "Bobby" Jacobs, Jr., 62 of Morganton, passed away peacefully Wednesday September 17, 2014 at his residence. Bobby was born on February 28, 1952 in Forsyth County to Dorothy Thomas Jacobs and the late Robert Reid Jacobs, Sr. He was a former teacher, coach and administrator with Burke County Public Schools. Survivors include his wife, Karen Williams Jacobs of the home; his sons,...
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Gerald Shuford Scott

May 16, 1947 - September 17, 2014

Mr. Gerald Shuford Scott, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Gerald was born on May 16, 1947 in Caldwell county to the late Carl Shuford Scott and Margaret Bryant Scott. He was an U.S. Army veteran, serving during Vietnam and was previously employed in the furniture industry. In addition to...
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Beverly Lynn Walsh

August 23, 1956 - September 16, 2014

Ms. Beverly Lynn Walsh, 57, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday September 16, 2014. Ms. Walsh was born August 23, 1956 in Burke County to Mrs. Lois McCall Walsh and the late Lynn Rusty Walsh. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Valdese. Survivors include her mother Lois Walsh of Valdese; sister Lacynda Blanton and husband Joseph of Lenoir; cousins Brittany and Christopher Smoot of...
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John Ervin Bollinger

January 21, 1944 - September 16, 2014

Mr. John Ervin Bollinger, 70, of Morganton, NC passed away Tuesday September 16, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health.
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Michael Bruce Shull

February 27, 1963 - September 13, 2014

Michael Bruce Shull, 51, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, after a period of declining health. Michael was born February 27,. 1963 in Burke County, a son of Dwight E. and Frances Perkins Shull. He was a graduate of West Concord School, a faithful member of Bollinger's Chapel United Methodist Church and...
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Brenda Barus

September 12, 2014

Mrs. Brenda Jane York Barus, 68, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Friday September 12, 2014 after a brief illness. Mrs. Barus was born November 22, 1945 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Sidney and Lee Ila Moses York . Brenda attended Drexel and Western Piedmont School. She always looked forward to her Drexel High School Class reunions. Brenda was a charter member of Faith Chapel...
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Daniel Ray Young

July 6, 1983 - September 11, 2014

Daniel Ray Young, 31, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly Thursday September 11, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after complications from surgery, due to a congenital heart defect. Daniel was born on July 6, 1983 in Catawba County to Danny Young and Sandra G. Fullard. He was previously employed by First Quality Body Shop in Hildebran. Survivors include his fother and step-father,...
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Shirley Brittain Hildebran

September 9, 1939 - September 9, 2014

Shirley Jean Brittain Hildebran, 75, of Vale, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Carolina Rehab in Connelly Springs. Mrs. Hildebran was born on September 9, 1939 in Catawba County, NC to the late Purlia Brittain and Cleo Kiser Brittain. She was preceded in death by one son, Bradley Scott Hildebran. She was an active member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and the George Hildebran...
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Donald Wayne Maye

January 10, 1937 - September 7, 2014

Mr. Donald Wayne Maye, 77, of Valdese, died Sunday September 7, 2014 at Memorial Mission-St. Joseph Hospital, Asheville, after a brief illness. Mr. Maye was born January 10, 1937 in Burke County, a son of the late Jewel and Rose Etta Fox Maye. He was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and employed as a long distance truck driver. Donald served his country as a veteran of the US Marine Corp...
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Kevin Wayne Davis

April 10, 1960 - September 7, 2014

Kevin Wayne Davis, 54, of Valdese passed away Sunday September 7, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after a period of declining health. Mr. Davis was born on April 10, 1960 in Catawba County, NC to Jo Ann Broome Davis and the late Charles Davis. Survivors include his son Jeremy Davis and wife Valarie of Connelly Springs; granddaughter Delanie Davis; mother Jo Ann Davis of Vale ; one...
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Beverly Speagle Passmore

October 30, 1937 - September 6, 2014

Mrs. Beverly Speagle Passmore, 76, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday September 6, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center, Specialty Hospital, Pineville after a brief illness. Mrs. Passmore was born October 30, 1937 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Edgar Vance and Grace Christenbury Speagle. Beverly was an active and charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She served on a...
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Daniel Dewayne Tapp

January 13, 1965 - September 5, 2014

The Reverend Daniel Dewayne Tapp, 49, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday September 5, 2014. Daniel was born January 13, 1965 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, the son of Brenda Kirby Tapp Gallman and the late Dewell Dewayne Tapp. He was the minister of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church and at Burke Chapel United Methodist Church. He attended Appalachian State University, he was a...
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James Ferris Lingle

June 28, 1928 - September 5, 2014

James Ferris Lingle, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday September 5, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Lingle was born on June 28, 1928 in Parker County, TX to the late Emory Lefler Lingle and Minnie Mae Martin Lingle. He was formerly employed by Armour Meats, Southern Desk, Valdese Manufacturing, General Dynamics, and retired from Kontane, Inc. in...
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Norma Kay Houston Huffman

December 5, 1946 - September 4, 2014

Norma Kay Houston Huffman, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday September 4, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Ms. Huffman was born on December 5, 1946 in Burke County to the late Ralph Houston and Thelma Stamey Houston. She was a retired inspector with Omara Textiles and was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. Survivors...
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Mary Gaye Young Shook

December 20, 1934 - September 3, 2014

Mary Gaye Young Shook, 79, of Hildebran, passed away Wednesday September 3, 2014. Gaye was born on December 20, 1934 in Burke County to the late Frank Young and Eva Martin Young. Gaye was a former supervisor with Burke Yarns, and a member of First Baptist Church of Hildebran. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Theodore Young. She is survived by a son, Tommy...
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Garoyd "Bud" Fowler

December 18, 1930 - September 3, 2014

Mr. Garoyd William "Bud" Fowler, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Garoyd was born on December 18, 1930 in Burke County to the late Midas Edgar Fowler and Lily Rosetta Childers Fowler. He was retired from the metal manufacturing industry, where he was a tool and die maker. Mr. Fowler...
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William Lee "Butch" Reep

July 18, 1948 - September 1, 2014

Mr. William Lee "Butch" Reep, 66, of Rutherford College, passed away Monday September 1, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. He was born July 18, 1948 in Burke County, a son of Thurman and Kitty Glazebrook Reep of Rutherford College. Butch was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired as an electrician from the nuclear power industry. Surviving in addition to his parents are a...
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Vernon Lynn Cook

October 9, 1957 - August 29, 2014

Mr. Vernon Lynn Cook, 56, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Vernon was born on October 9, 1957 in Burke County to Glenard Cook and the late Margaret Smith Cook. He was previously employed at Broughton Hospital and was U.S. Army veteran. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by one brother, Randy...
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Glenda Gaye Young

September 16, 1970 - August 28, 2014

Glenda Gaye Young, 43, of Hildebran, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday August 28, 2014 at her residence after a period of declining health. Glenda was born September 16, 1970 in Burke County, a daughter of Glenn and Frances Lowman Young. She was a graduate of East Burke High School and a former employee of Red Lobster. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Clinton ...
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Millard Dewey Duckworth

November 10, 1933 - August 27, 2014

Mr. Millard Dewey Duckworth, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at his residence and was met in heaven by His Lord and Savior and his beloved wife, Barbara. Millard was born on November 10, 1933 in Burke County to the late Dewey and Rose Duckworth. He was a member of Lovelady Baptist Church in Granite Falls and loved his pastor, his church family and...
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Helen Hillyard Witkop

August 15, 1940 - August 25, 2014

Helen Ann Hillyard Witkop, 74, of Hickory, passed away Monday August 25, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Mrs. Witkop was born on August 15, 1940 in Buffalo, NY to the late David Henry Hillyard and Marie Klotz Hillyard. She was retired from General Motors after more than 30 years in the radiator division. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her daughter, Judy...
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Shane Jonah Sparks

July 13, 1976 - August 25, 2014

Shane Jonah Sparks, 38, of Morganton, passed away Monday August 25, 2014 in the comfort of his home surrounded by those who loved him most including, his mother, Carolyn Hammons; sister, Angela Rogers and husband Stephen; his soul mate, Marsha Fredell; his daughter, Carli Sparks; his brother, Caleb Sparks and nephews, Dallas, Brady, and Houston Rogers; two special friends, Jennifer and Destiny...
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Effie Houston Hildebran

August 31, 1922 - August 25, 2014

Mrs. Effie Houston Hilldebran, 91, of Connelly Springs passed away on Monday August 25, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Hildebran was born on August 31, 1922 in Burke County to the late Daniel Lee Houston and Lois Griffin Houston. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Paul Edison Hildebran, two sisters Agnes...
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Gregory Paul Bordeleau

November 30, 1973 - August 24, 2014

Gregory Paul Bordeleau, 40, of Valdese, formerly of Massena, NY passed away unexpectedly Sunday August 24, 2014 following a swimming accident. Gregory was born on November 30, 1973 in St. Lawrence County, NY to Robert Bordeleau and Jean Robinson Jarvo. He was a graduate of Massena Central High School in 1991 and graduated college from Clarkson University in 1995. He worked for GE Healthcare,...
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Milfred Devon Rector

December 20, 1930 - August 23, 2014

Milfred Devon Rector, 83, of Valdese went to live in his heavenly home Saturday August 23, 2014 at Autumn Care in Drexel following a period of declining health. Mr. Rector was born on December 20, 1930 in Burke County, NC to the late Will Rector ( Marshall Bud) and Dorothy Knox Evans, and Clyde and Viola Yancey Byrd. He was a member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include his beloved...
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