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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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Glenn Bradley

January 22, 1936 - April 9, 2017

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

August 24, 1964 - April 8, 2017

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

August 23, 1935 - April 7, 2017

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

December 16, 1963 - April 7, 2017

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

August 16, 1919 - April 6, 2017

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

October 15, 1934 - April 5, 2017

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

November 27, 1950 - April 5, 2017

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

September 14, 1990 - April 2, 2017

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

April 7, 1927 - April 1, 2017

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

May 16, 1923 - March 31, 2017

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

April 22, 1933 - March 31, 2017

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

November 17, 1929 - March 31, 2017

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

November 23, 1947 - March 29, 2017

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

May 23, 1970 - March 28, 2017

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

June 15, 1924 - March 27, 2017

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

March 7, 1944 - March 26, 2017

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

December 8, 1957 - March 25, 2017

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

July 5, 1942 - March 24, 2017

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

March 28, 1953 - March 22, 2017

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

March 26, 1950 - March 22, 2017

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

June 10, 1937 - March 20, 2017

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

May 6, 1935 - March 20, 2017

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

June 7, 1934 - March 20, 2017

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

June 21, 1931 - March 18, 2017

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

February 23, 1953 - March 18, 2017

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

July 31, 1965 - March 17, 2017

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

February 1, 1972 - March 17, 2017

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

January 10, 1936 - March 17, 2017

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

May 23, 1957 - March 16, 2017


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Ronald Leith Cloer

July 31, 1950 - March 15, 2017

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

September 24, 1934 - March 13, 2017

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

November 26, 1957 - March 9, 2017

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

January 20, 1955 - March 9, 2017

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

March 14, 1975 - March 9, 2017

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

March 17, 1942 - March 9, 2017

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

August 31, 1984 - March 9, 2017

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

May 8, 1931 - March 6, 2017

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

December 16, 1968 - March 6, 2017

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

April 29, 1927 - March 5, 2017

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

October 25, 1994 - March 3, 2017

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

August 19, 1973 - March 2, 2017

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

January 15, 2005 - March 1, 2017

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

May 29, 1931 - February 28, 2017

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

October 29, 1941 - February 27, 2017

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

October 1, 1947 - February 27, 2017

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

July 21, 1944 - February 26, 2017

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

December 31, 1935 - February 26, 2017

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