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John Ervin Chaney

November 7, 1932 - August 20, 2017

Mr. John Ervin Chaney, 84, of Valdese, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. John was born November 7, 1932, in Gaston County, to the late John Preston Chaney and Ruth Wentz Chaney. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Valdese and served in the United States Air Force. John had a deep love for Christ and...
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Evelyn Gragg Church

April 4, 1952 - August 19, 2017

Mrs. Evelyn Gragg Church, 65, of Hickory passed away Saturday August 19, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born April 4, 1952 in Avery County to the late Grant Gragg and Rosie Earlene Davis Gragg. She was a member at Grace and Truth Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Allen Church; three brothers,...
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James "Pete" Pierce

April 5, 1948 - August 19, 2017

Mr. James "Pete" Pierce, 69, of Morganton passed away Saturday August 19, 2017 unexpectedly as result of an automobile accident. Mr. Pierce was born April 5, 1948 in Hampton, VA to the late Harry A. Pierce and Dorothy Pierce Djakocich. He was a Col. Samuel McDowell Tate #838, national historian of the Sons of Confederate Veteran; a member of the Morganton Museum, Genealogical Society, the...
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Dorothy Lee Maynard

January 1, 1935 - August 19, 2017

Dorothy Lee Brooks Maynard, 82, of Valdese, went to be with the Lord Saturday August 19, 2017. Born January 1, 1935 in Cleveland County she was the daughter of the late Colin and Mattie Woods Brooks. She was also preceded in death by her husband Alfred Maynard and three sisters and a brother. She is survived by two daughters, Debbie Brittian of the home, Becky Sherrill of Connelly Springs; and...
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George Robert Braidwood

March 24, 1936 - August 18, 2017

Rev. George Robert Braidwood, 81, of Casar, passed away Friday August 18, 2017 at his residence. George was born March 24, 1936 in Morristown, NJ to the late George James Braidwood and Ivy Mae Barlow Braidwood. He was a member at Olive Grove Baptist Church. George spent his life working as a missionary in Jamaica and Haiti, where he spent over 35 years and founded the Haitian Christian Center...
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John Wayne Mabrey

December 14, 1942 - August 17, 2017

John Wayne Mabrey, 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday August 17, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Mr. Mabrey was born on December 14, 1942 in Burke County to the late John Alexander Mabrey and Christine Miller Mabrey. He was retired from Canteen Vending Company. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, David Allen Mabrey;...
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Bobby Gene Huff

January 8, 1950 - August 17, 2017

Bobby Gene Huff, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday August 17, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Huff was Born January 8, 1950 in Washington County, Virginia to the late Dewey Huff Jr. and Zelphia Pope Huff. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Ricky Huff. Survivors include his daughters, Cindy...
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Edward Grant "Pete" Wilson

November 24, 1947 - August 16, 2017

Edward Grant "Pete" Wilson, 69, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday August 16, 2017 at Carolina Rehabilitation Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Wilson was born on November 24, 1947 in Burke County to the late David Grant "Bud" Wilson and Wilda Smith Wilson. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Valdese Manufacturing, and Neuville, and then worked as a CNA at College Pines,...
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Betty Sue Griffin

January 31, 1927 - August 16, 2017

Mrs. Betty Sue McGalliard Triplett Griffin, 90, of Valdese passed away Wednesday August 16, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Betty was born January 31, 1927 in Burke County to the late Elgie Lee McGalliard, Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Harris McGalliard. She was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting, crocheting, and taking care of her...
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Lisa Marie Cousins Carswell

October 14, 1973 - August 16, 2017

Mrs. Lisa Marie Cousins Carswell, 43, of Granite Falls, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private memorial service 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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Melvin Booth

February 24, 1938 - August 13, 2017

Mr. Melvin Harry Booth, 79, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Melvin was born February 24, 1938, in Inglewood California, to the late Harry J. Booth and Mary J. Booth. He was in the US Army and served proudly as a correctional officer for the state of Florida. Melvin will be remembered as always...
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Livian Libby Huffman

May 13, 1956 - August 12, 2017

Livian "Libby" Huffman, passed away Saturday August 12, 2017. She was born on May 13, 1956 to the late Nannie Rhoney Huffman and Harold P. Huffman. Livian is survived by her half-brother, Ben Huffman, her sister-in-law, Paula Huffman Kandarian, and nephews, Matthew and Michael Huffman. She was preceded in death by her half-brothers, Lewis Huffman, Jr. and Harold H. Huffman; her sister-in-law,...
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Janice LeFevers Wright

April 9, 1956 - August 11, 2017

Mrs. Janice LeFevers Wright, 61, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Janice was born on April 9, 1956 in Burke County to the late Edward LeFevers and Virginia Freeman LeFevers. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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Cade Lawson Arrowood

May 11, 2001 - August 10, 2017

Cade Lawson Arrowood, 16, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. Cade was born in Morganton on May 11, 2001 to David and Kendra Arrowood. Cade was a rising junior at Draughn High School, where he played football, basketball and his true love baseball. In addition to pitching and playing first base on the Draughn Wildcats varsity baseball team, Cade...
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Betty Jo Smart

January 2, 1933 - August 6, 2017

Mrs. Betty Jo Bridges Smart, 84, of Hildebran passed away Sunday August 6, 2017 at Trinity Ridge in Hickory following a period of declining health. Betty Jo, or Bed-Jo as her father affectionately called her, was born January 2, 1933 at her parent's home in Hildebran, NC. She was the eldest child of the late Marion Posey Bridges and Mattie Iola Mosteller, and was proceeded in death by her...
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Michael Terry "Pud" Triplett

August 1, 1956 - August 5, 2017

Mr. Michael Terry "Pud" Triplett, 61, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly on Saturday August 5, 2017 . "Pud" was born August 1, 1956 in Burke County, a son of Betty McGalliard Triplett Griffin of Valdese and the late Edward Plato Triplett, Jr.. He was retired from the maintenance department of Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese. "Pud' was a man of many talents but mostly...
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Rosa Payne Henry

June 11, 1928 - August 5, 2017

Rosa Payne Henry went home to be with Jesus on Saturday August 5, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. She was born June 11, 1928 in Lancaster, S.C., to the late Connie Woodson Payne and Nettie Mae Scott Payne. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Luther Payne, J.C. Payne, Odell Payne, and Donnie Payne; and one sister, Louise Payne Lambert. She was also...
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Gary Rondell Stafford

April 27, 1947 - August 5, 2017

Gary R. Stafford, 70, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday August 5, 2017 following a period of declining health. Gary was born February 27, 1947 in Alexander County to the late Tommie Ernest Stafford and Lillian Gantt Stafford. He was a member of Crosslink Church in Rutherford College. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to his parents...
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Lena Lucille Mobley Stillwell

June 1, 1941 - August 4, 2017

Lena Lucille Mobley Stillwell, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday August 4, 2017 at her residence. Mrs. Stillwell was born June 1, 1941 in Guilford County to the late Malcolm C. Mobley and Lucille Mavity Mobley. She was a graduate of Hildebran High School and attended Appalachian State Teachers College. She was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Connelly Springs. In...
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Carolyn Chapman Gladden

May 14, 1947 - August 4, 2017

Mrs. Carolyn Estella Chapman Gladden, 70, of Morganton passed away Friday August 4, 2017 at Carolina Healthcare Center Blue Ridge. A memorial service will be held 4:00PM Sunday August 6, 2017 at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Steven Painter officiating.
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Geneva Stevens Powers

March 15, 1940 - August 3, 2017

Mrs. Geneva Stevens Powers, 77, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at CHS-BRHC-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Geneva was born on March 15, 1940 in Buchanan County, VA to the late Howard Nelson Stevens and America Thomas Stevens. She was a member of the Baptist faith and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker to her entire family. In addition to her parents,...
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Jackie Bruce Edwards

March 3, 1942 - August 3, 2017

Mr. Jackie Bruce Edwards, 75, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Jackie was born March 3, 1942, in Lexington, NC. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hickory. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by infant son Paul Edwards; and numerous sisters and brothers. He is survived by his...
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Joan Stevens Eaton

December 24, 1924 - August 3, 2017

Mrs. Joan Stevens Eaton, 92, of Morganton, made a peaceful passing and joined her husband Bill and son David in God's hands, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Joan was born December 24, 1924, in Monroe County, NY, to the late Percy H. Stevens and Mary Ferguson Stevens. She was a tower of love with her focus always on family. Her love for children shown through her preschool teaching for forty-five...
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Janet Triplett Micol

July 30, 1940 - July 31, 2017

Mrs. Janet Triplett Micol, 77, of Valdese passed away on Monday July 31, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center after a brief illness. Mrs. Micol was born July 30, 1940 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Albert and Margie Walker Triplett. Janet was an active and faithful member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and retired from the Caldwell County Health Dept. She enjoyed serving...
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Daisy Bert Seagle

December 14, 1915 - July 29, 2017

Ms. Daisy Bert Seagle, 101.5, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at her home, following a period of declining health. Bert was born December 14, 1915, to the late John Belton Seagle and Minnie Speagle Seagle. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and retired from Alba Waldensian. Bert was the caretaker of the family, and to have had no children, she was a mother to...
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Rachel Moore

June 20, 1973 - July 27, 2017

Rachel Dawn Derrick Moore, 44, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday July 27, 2017 at Hospice of Rutherford County after a period of declining health. Rachel was born June 20, 1973 in Watauga Co. a daughter of the late Rick and Evelyn Ledford Derrick. She was of the Baptist Faith and was employed as a knitter in the textile industry. Surviving are her husband, Juan Mendoza, sons, Daniel and...
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David Lee Huffman

January 26, 1942 - July 26, 2017

Mr. David Lee Huffman, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of...
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Michele Denise Gwinn Taddei

June 23, 1959 - July 26, 2017

Mrs. Michele Denise Gwinn Taddei, 58, of Valdese, NC, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Michele was born June 23, 1959, in Lapeer Michigan, to the late Williford Gwinn and Betty Harrison Gwinn. She loved spending time with her family and was a very loving daughter and mother. She is survived by her children, daughter Catacy...
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James Cook

September 9, 1934 - July 25, 2017

Mr. James Cook, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his residence. James was born on September 9, 1934 in Yancey County to the late Ralph Cook and Margaret Wilson Cook. He was formerly employed in the timber and furniture industries and was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Randy...
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Randall Stuart Queen, Jr.

July 1, 1971 - July 25, 2017

Mr. Randall Stuart "Pokey" Queen, Jr., 46 of Valdese passed away Tuesday July 25, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical after a brief illness. Randall was born July 1, 1971 in Burke County, a son of Randall S. Queen, Sr. and Nora Woody Queen. He was employed in the construction industry as a sheetrock installer. "Pokey" was a loving son and friend and enjoyed playing the game of golf. Surviving are...
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James Alexander Walters

December 20, 1981 - July 24, 2017


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Johnny Eugene Price

January 7, 1947 - July 24, 2017

Johnny Eugene Price Sr., 70, of Lenoir, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Johnny was born January 7, 1947, in Gaston County, to the late George William Price and Maggie Elizabeth Cook Price. He was a member of Setzers Creek Baptist Church. Johnny loved taking his beloved dogs, Sheeba and Daisy, on walks; and...
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Theodore Vernon Duncan

April 29, 1927 - July 23, 2017

As of Sunday, July 23, 2017, Mr. Theodore "Ted" Vernon Duncan, 90, of Connelly Springs is rejoicing in heaven with his new body, surrounded by friends and family. Ted was born April 29, 1927 in Caldwell County to the late Lester Duncan and Emma Elizabeth Garmon Duncan. Following his time serving in the Navy he worked in maintenance at the J. Iverson Riddle Center. He was a member at Mt. Home...
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Jacob Ray Wright

March 7, 2003 - July 22, 2017

Jacob Ray Wright, 14, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday July 22, 2017 unexpectedly as a result of an ATV accident. Jacob was born March 7, 2003 in Burke County to Ms. Amanda Cook and Mr. William "Timmy" Wright. He was a loving son, role model to his siblings, admired among friends, avid outdoorsman, fun loving, kind hearted, and had a smile that would light up a room. During the Summer...
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Martin Van Hout

November 12, 1928 - July 22, 2017

Mr. Martin Van Hout, 88, of Hickory passed away July 22, 2017 following a period of declining health. Mr. Van Hout was born November 12, 1928 in Outagamie, WI to the late Cornelius Van Hout and Johanna (Van Boekel) Van Hout. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Margaret Van Hout and son, Paul John Van Hout. Survivors include, sons, Peter Stanley Van Hout...
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Aileen Hoyle Deal

February 9, 1921 - July 18, 2017

At 9:00PM on Monday July 17, 2017 Aileen Hoyle Deal, age 96, was surrounded by five generations praying for her peaceful passing. On July 18, she went to sleep. She smiled and we knew she had seen our Dad, and now we are at peace. So fittingly, she will be laid to rest on their wedding anniversary. Mrs. Deal was born February 9, 1921 in Burke County to the late Gordon Maxwell Hoyle and Branch...
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Nancy Jean Franklin

October 15, 1946 - July 13, 2017

Ms. Nancy Jean Franklin, 70 of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday July 13, 2017 at Carolina Health Care System Blue Ridge Morganton following a period of declining health. Nancy was born October 15, 1946 in Burke County to Nellie Lail Franklin and the late Arthur Lee Franklin. She was a member at Abee's Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother, Nellie Franklin of the home;...
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Chelsea Dawn Buchanan

August 5, 1997 - July 12, 2017

Chelsea Dawn Buchanan, 19, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Chelsea was born on August 5, 1997 in Burke County to Jonathan Lee Buchanan and Renee Moody Campbell. She was a graduate of East Burke High School, an employee of Allison's Restaurant in Morganton and had recently enrolled in the cosmetology program at Western Piedmont Community College. She was...
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Teleta Burns Cole

October 25, 1926 - July 12, 2017

Mrs. Teleta Burns Cole, 90,of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Cole was born October 25, 1926 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Agnes Belle McGalliard Burns. She was a faithful member of Enon Baptist Church, serving as pianist for 48 years. Teleta also played for the childrens choir,...
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Nelson Theodore Bryant

October 17, 1936 - July 12, 2017

Mr. Nelson Theodore Bryant, 80, of Granite Falls passed away Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Bryant was born October 17, 1936 in Burke County to the late Viola and Garland Bryant. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church in Granite Falls. Following time in the U.S. Army he worked at Alba Waldensian Hosiery Mill and later...
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Dickey Joe Tallent, Sr.

June 29, 1951 - July 12, 2017

Mr. Dickey Joe Tallent, Sr., 66, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Dickey was born on June 29, 1951 in Burke County to the late Robert Conley Tallent and Nellie Morris Tallent. He was formerly employed in the furniture industry as an upholsterer and was a member of the Freewill Baptist faith. In...
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Sarah Jane Miller Parlier

January 18, 1940 - July 11, 2017

Mrs. Sarah Jane Miller Parlier, 77, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at her residence, following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM at Heritage Funeral Service, with Rev. Mike Stroud officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, at Heritage Funeral Service. Memorials may be...
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Bobby Gene Propst

August 25, 1955 - July 6, 2017

Mr. Bobby Gene Propst, 61, of Lenoir, passed away unexpectedly, on Thursday July 6, 2017 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Mr. Propst was born August 25, 1955 in Burke County to the late Louco Horace Propst and Annie Johnson Propst. He worked at Kelex Seating in Valdese. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Propst. Survivors include his...
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Patricia Hartsell Eckard

November 26, 1946 - July 5, 2017

Patricia Ann Hartsell Eckard, 70, of Hickory passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Trinity Ridge following a period of declining health. Patricia was born November 26, 1946, in Iredell County, to the late Doke Monroe Hartsell and Clara Estelle Sharpe Wrenn. In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Dale Richard Eckard, sister, Paula Hartsell Lail...
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Renee Honeycutt Deaton

March 21, 1963 - July 1, 2017

Mrs. Renee Honeycutt Deaton, 54, of Morganton died Saturday July 1, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Deaton was born March 21, 1963 in Mecklenburg County, a daughter of the late Albert J. and Barbra A. Ross Honeycutt McGee. She was a former member of the Morganton First Church of God, a loving wife, mother and homemaker. In addition to her parents she was...
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Jimmy Allen Wright

November 29, 1948 - June 29, 2017

Mr. Jimmy Allen Wright, 68, of Valdese passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Jimmy was born on November 29, 1948 in Spruce Pine, NC to the late Toss Lloyd Wright and Matti Pittman Wright. He was owner and operator of Tri County Insulation and a member of Lighthouse Ministries of Valdese. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Katheleen Renee Tester Davis

November 16, 1968 - June 24, 2017

Mrs. Katheleen Renee Tester Davis, 48, of Rutherford College, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, at her residence. Renee was born November 16, 1968, in Burke County, to the late Bynum Tester and Lucy Harman Tester. She was a member at Faith Baptist Church in Boone. Renee was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who always put her family first. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
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Shelby Jean Sain Fox

November 8, 1941 - June 17, 2017

Mrs. Shelby Jean Sain Fox, 75, of Morganton, passed away at her residence on Saturday, June 17, 2017, following a period of declining health. Shelby was born November 8, 1941, in Burke County, to the late Conley Hardin Sain and Margaret Louise Sain. In her spare time she loved to read, crochet, cross stitch, and spend time with her dogs and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is...
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William Harry Robinson

October 15, 1941 - June 17, 2017

Mr. William Harry Robinson, 75, of Hudson, passed away at his residence on Saturday, June 17, 2017, following a period of declining health. William was born on October 15, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late William Ray Robinson and Margaret Burns Robinson. He was a member of Abundant Life Church of God, formerly Hudson Church of God, a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from the...
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Clara Mae Taylor Turnmire

August 4, 1923 - June 17, 2017

Clara Mae Taylor Turnmire, 93, of Valdese passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 at Grace Heights Health and Rehab following a period of declining health. Clara was born August 4, 1923 in Burke County to the late Marvin E. (Duck) Taylor and Ophia K. Taylor. She was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church and loved to spend time with her friends and family telling stories as well as gardening. In...
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Raymond Eugene Scarbrough

July 1, 1927 - June 16, 2017

Mr. Raymond Eugene Scarbrough, 89, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Carolina Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Raymond was born on July 1, 1927 in Chattanooga, TN to the late Raymond Sylvester Scarbrough and Nora Underwood. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was considered a jack of all trades. He enjoyed working with his hands and was talented...
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Frederick Eugene Lail

August 28, 1939 - June 15, 2017

Mr. Frederick Eugene Lail, 77, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Fred was born on August 28, 1939 in Burke County to the late Johnny Lail and Edith Abernathy Lail. He was a charter member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and was employed for many years with Forbes Printing Company. In addition to his parents,...
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David Vance Cooke, Jr.

June 30, 1928 - June 14, 2017

Mr. David Vance Cooke, Jr., 88, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at his residence, following a period of declining health. David was born on June 30, 1928 in Burke County to the late David Vance Cooke, Sr. and Etta Lail Cooke. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired fixer in the hosiery industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his...
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Beatrice Ellen Carswell Shepherd

July 9, 1938 - June 11, 2017

Mrs. Beatrice Ellen Carswell Shepherd, 78, of Hickory passed away Sunday June 11, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Beatrice was born July 9, 1938 in Burke County to the late Charles Montgomery Carswell and Carrie Mae Chapman Carswell. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, genealogy, animals; and most of all her family. She was of the Baptist faith. In...
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Julia Rae Foster Smith

January 18, 1941 - June 11, 2017

Mrs. Julia Rae Foster Smith, 76, of Hildebran, passed away peacefully, Sunday, June 11, 2017, just the way she wanted; surrounded by all of her loving family. She passed away at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Julia was born January 18, 1941, in Burke County, to the late Edward Lee Foster and Nellie Mae Fincannon Foster. She attended Central Baptist...
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Arthur Denver Buchanan

September 6, 1932 - June 9, 2017

Mr. Arthur Denver Buchanan, 84, of Rutherford College went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday June 9, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Buchanan was born September 6, 1932 in Mitchell County to the late Hattie McClurd Buchanan and Linnie Buchanan. He served in the Navy as a machinist. Following his time in the military,...
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William Woodrow Dale

July 25, 1939 - June 7, 2017

Mr. William Woodrow Dale Jr, 77, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. William was born on July 25, 1939 to the late James Woodrow Dale Sr. and Zennie Benton Dale Hairfield. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. William was a very simple man, that loved to read his Bible, and enjoyed working outdoors...
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Brenda Kay Icard Moore

February 12, 1950 - June 6, 2017

Mrs. Brenda Kay Icard Moore, 67, of Drexel, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Morganton Blue Ridge, following a period of declining health. Brenda was born February 12, 1950, in Burke County, to the late John Icard and Eleise Dameron Icard. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church. Brenda loved spending time with her family here on Earth, but is now joyfully celebrating her...
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James Howard Buff

February 28, 1938 - June 5, 2017

Mr. James Howard Buff ,79, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday June 5, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Reuben Eugene Clark

December 27, 1952 - June 5, 2017

Mr. Reuben Eugene Clark, 64, of Newton, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM at One Community Church in Hudson, with Rev. Chris Sullivan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658. ...
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Mildred Miller Ballew

October 25, 1922 - June 5, 2017

Mildred Miller Ballew, 94, of Morganton, passed away Monday June 5, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Milton "Mickey" Viggers

March 26, 1938 - June 3, 2017

Mr. Milton Venoit "Mickey" Viggers, 79, of Marion, formally of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Reward on Saturday June 3, 2017 at the Charles George VA Valor Hospice, after a period of declining health. Mr. Viggers was born March 26, 1938 in Burke County a son of the late Venoit Viggers and Della English Viggers Braswell. He was a veteran of the US Army and retired as a surveyor from Abernathy...
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Jackson Henderson Berry

December 8, 1928 - June 3, 2017

Mr. Jackson Henderson Berry, 88, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Jack was born on December 8, 1928 in Burke County to the late Ivey Henderson Berry and Nellie Aiken Berry. He was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church in Hildebran and was retired from the trucking industry. Jack was also longtime...
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Vernon Brown

October 24, 1944 - June 3, 2017

Mr. Vernon Brown, 72, of Drexel, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at his residence. Vernon was born on October 24, 1944 in Burke County to the late Charlie Luther Brown and Martha Louellen Griffin Brown. He was a member of Zion Road Baptist Church and was formerly employed as a foam cutter in the furniture industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diane...
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Joshua Hank Wiliiams

May 5, 1981 - June 1, 2017

Mr. Joshua Hank Williams, 36, of Drexel, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Joshua was born May 5, 1981 to Mr. Bobby Ray Williams and Barbara Gail Brendle Williams. Josh loved to fish and play the guitar. He is preceded in death by his brother Mark Williams, and grandparents Joe and Rosa Brendle, and Louannie and Carl Williams. In...
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Margaret Garrou Heilman

January 23, 1929 - May 26, 2017

Margaret Alice Garrou Heilman, 88, of Valdese, passed away peacefully Friday May 26, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Heilman was born on January 23, 1929 in Burke County to the late Henry Garrou and Bessie Rector Garrou. She was retired from Burke County Public Schools as a teacher assistant, and was a member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church. ...
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Jack Richard Powell

April 14, 1931 - May 25, 2017

Mr. Jack Richard Powell, 86, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 2:45 PM at Hillcrest Cemetery, with Rev. Marvin Wiley officiating. Jack was born April 14, 1931, in Burke County to the late Earnest Powell and Flora Beach Powell. He was retired from the...
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Rome Earl Jones

February 10, 1933 - May 24, 2017

"As I get older my goal is to love more fully, more completely and without judgment." Mr. Rome Earl Jones, 84, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Earl was born on February 10, 1933 in Alamance County to the late Samuel P. Jones and Nell Hefner Jones. He was a longtime member of the Waldensian...
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Derry Allen Franklin, Sr.

February 23, 1939 - May 24, 2017

Derry Allen Franklin, Sr., 78, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Grace Hospital following a brief period of declining health. Mr. Franklin was born on February 23, 1939 in Burke County to the late A.R. "Sharp" Franklin and Lois VanHorn Franklin. He was self employed in the Classic Car Restoration industry, and was of the baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Charlene...
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Thomas Wilton "Wig" "TW" Littlejohn

May 28, 1925 - May 22, 2017

Thomas "Wig" / "TW" Wilton Littlejohn, 91, of Valdese, passed away Monday May 22, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Littlejohn was born on May 28, 1925 in Forsyth County to the late Thomas Lester Littlejohn and Rora Gray Littlejohn. He was a World War II Merchant Marine Veteran, and saw action on the Baltic and Mediterranean during WW II and traveled around the...
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Garfield Smith

June 4, 1929 - May 19, 2017

Mr. Garfield Smith, 87, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Frye Regional Hospital following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Tim Dockery officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Magnolia Lane at 107 Magnolia Drive, Morganton, NC 28655-4505. An...
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Dallas Scott Christenbury

January 13, 1995 - May 18, 2017

Mr. Dallas Scott Christenbury, 22, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, May 18 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care. Dallas was born on January 13, 1995 in Burke County to Tanya Isenhour and James Scott Christenbury. He was previously employed as a shrink wrapper for King Hickory Furniture Company. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Steve Christenbury and two great-grandfathers,...
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Lona Pauline Smart

September 27, 1924 - May 14, 2017

Mrs. Lona Riley Smart, 92, of Hickory, passed away Sunday May 14, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice. A memorial service will be held 1:00PM Tuesday May 16, 2017 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Smart family.
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Claude Beecher Denton

December 4, 1940 - May 13, 2017

Mr. Claude B. Denton, 76, of Morganton passed away Saturday May 13, 2017. A memorial service will be held 11AM Saturday June 3, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ in Lenoir. A memorial graveside service will be held 10AM Monday, June 5, 2017 at the North Carolina State VA Cemetery in Black Mountain. Military Honors will be presented by the US Air Force and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor...
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James Franklin Taylor

May 14, 1931 - May 12, 2017

Mr. James Franklin Taylor, 85, of Hildebran, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Trinity Village Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Frank was born on May 14, 1931 in St. Augustine, FL, to the late Eugene David Taylor and Elsie Allran Taylor. He was a 1949 graduate of Hildebran High School and later attended Lenoir Rhyne University. Frank was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy...
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Natasha Leynette Keller McNabb

September 6, 1983 - May 9, 2017

Natasha Leynette McNabb, 33, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday May 9, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following a period of declining health. Natasha was born September 6, 1983 in Burke County . She is a member of Bible Gospel Baptist Church. Preceding her in death is her grandmother, Toye Keller. Survivors include her husband Jeremiah McNabb of Connelly Springs; son,...
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Sylvia Jean McKinney

October 10, 1944 - May 8, 2017

Ms. Sylvia Jean McKinney, 72, of Morganton, passed away on Monday May 8, 2017 at Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Lenoir. Ms McKinney was born October 10, 1944 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Walter and Maebell Clark McKinney. She was retired from the textile industry and a member of Hartland Baptist Church. Surviving are her children, Jerry Setzer, Jr. and...
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Karen Elizabeth Prout Gentry

June 29, 1971 - May 7, 2017

Mrs. Karen Elizabeth Prout Gentry, 45, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Frye Regional Hospital, following a brief illness. Mrs. Gentry was born June 29, 1971, in Cumberland County, Maine, to Colleen Smith Prout and the late Kenneth Prout Jr. Karen enjoyed cooking, gardening, yard saleing, and shopping; but most of all, she loved being a great mother. In addition to her...
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Roger Dale Hagy

October 14, 1965 - May 4, 2017

Mr. Roger Dale Hagy, 51, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Frye Regional Hospital, following a period of declining health. Roger was born on October 17, 1965, in Burke County, to the late Joseph Hagy and Ellen Marie Price Hagy. He was of the Baptist faith and was a fan of Nascar and Harley Davidson's. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers,...
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Emily Brittain Lowman

March 3, 1942 - May 3, 2017

Mrs. Emily Brittain Lowman, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Emily was born on March 3, 1942 in Catawba County to the late Elmer Brittain and Nellie Smith Brittain. She was a longtime member of Smart's Grove Baptist Church and was retired from Alba Waldensian Hosiery, where she worked in the...
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Virginia Margaret Muckle

November 23, 2016 - May 2, 2017

Mrs. Virginia Margaret Muckle, 100, of Valdese, NC, formerly of Huntingdon, PA passed away Tuesday May 2, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Muckle was born November 23, 1916 in Huntingdon, PA to the late Chalmer and Grace Kelly. She was of the Methodist faith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Muckle; sons, Donald...
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Larry Dean Stamey

April 8, 1951 - May 1, 2017

Mr. Larry Dean Stamey, 66, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 1, 2017. Larry was born on April 8, 1951 in Burke County to Fannie Johnson Stamey and the late William Wesley "Buck" Stamey. He was employed with Williams Sonoma Furniture in the product development department. Larry was a longtime member of Icard's Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon,...
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Rebecca Venus Powell Dalmas

April 5, 1931 - April 30, 2017

Mrs. Rebecca Venus Powell Dalmas, 86, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday April 30, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Dalmas was born April 5, 1931 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Owens Bascom "O.B." and Nannie Cooper Powell. Rebecca was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Valdese and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and...
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Anthony James Vendemia

May 2, 1925 - April 27, 2017

Anthony James Vendemia, 91, of Drexel, North Carolina, passed away, Thursday, April 27, 2017 under the loving care of the staff of Grace Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center. Anthony was born on May 2, 1925 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Italian immigrants, Stefano and Assunta Vendemia. He graduated from New Castle High School in 1943. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and...
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Thurman Harold Dale

May 18, 1946 - April 27, 2017

Mr. Thurman Harold Dale, 70, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Harold was born on May 18, 1946 in Burke County to the late Thurman Robert Dale and Nancy Smith Dale. He retired from Broughton Hospital after 20 years of service as a CNA and was a member of New Hope Christ Baptist Church in Morganton....
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Carrie H. Carswell

November 8, 1947 - April 25, 2017

Ms. Carrie Hudson Carswell, 69, of Morganton passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Carrie was born November 8, 1947 in Cleveland County to the late Horace E. Hudson and Viola Ruth Hudson. She attended Walker's Chapel Baptist Church. Carrie worked as a Recreational Therapist at Broughton Hospital. During her career at Broughton Hospital she was known for conducting the May Day Parade, organizing...
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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

Mrs. Margie Evelyn Greene Stanbury, 73, of Vale, died Monday, April 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m., at Pentecostal Holiness Church, 5208 Foreman St., Morganton, NC 28655. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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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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