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Maxine Reece Franklin

December 2, 1933 - March 26, 2015

Mrs. Maxine Levern Reece Franklin, 81, of Rutherford College, died Thursday March 26, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Franklin was born December 2, 1933 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Kelly McKinley and Julia Ann Brendle Reece and was a graduate of Drexel High School. Maxine was employed as a hairdresser for many years and...
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Janet Renee Brown

February 11, 1960 - March 24, 2015

Ms. Janet Renee Brown, 55, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the J. Iverson Riddle Center, following a period of declining health. Janet was born on February 11, 1960 in Iredell County to the late Thomas Atwell Brown and Leona Dyson Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gloria Jean Brown and Nancy Jo Phillips. Surviving...
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Garland Fredrick Seagle

March 15, 1921 - March 24, 2015

Mr. Garland Fredrick Seagle. 94, of Connelly Springs passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Garland was born on March 15, 1921 in Loudon County, TN to the late Gus Seagle and Florence Watkins Seagle. He was a longtime member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Garland was retired from...
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Jack H. Poole

October 26, 1931 - March 23, 2015

Mr. Jack H. Poole, 83, of Valdese, went to his heavenly home on Monday March 23, 2015 after a period of declining health. Mr. Poole was born October 26, 1931 in Mecklenburg County, a son of the late Johnny David and Minnie earl Poole. Jack was a faithful member of East Valdese Baptist Church serving as deacon, deacon chairman, Sunday School teacher and a member of numerous committees for many...
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Martha Vivian Penland

July 16, 1937 - March 23, 2015

Mrs. Martha Vivian Penland, 77, of Icard passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a period of declining health. Born on July 16, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Carroll W. Bostain and Nancy Moose Bostain, and the beloved wife of the late Tony Hampton Penland. Following her graduation from Hildebran High School, she lived in Flint, MI for nine years before returning to Burke...
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Lessie Stokes Berry

October 10, 1917 - March 22, 2015

Mrs. Lessie Stokes Berry, 97, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday March 22, 2015 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mrs. Berry was born October 10, 1917 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Agusto and Cora Lee Greene Stokes. She was member of Mt.Harmony United Methodist Church and retired from Alba-Waldensian, inc. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by...
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Eugene Frank Zampella

February 17, 1949 - March 21, 2015

Eugene Frank Zampella, 66, of Hickory, passed away Saturday March 21, 2015 at his residence. No services will be held locally. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Glenville Funeral Home in Scotia, N.Y. (518) 399-1630.
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Merle Hanna

January 28, 1949 - March 21, 2015

Merle Gibson Hanna, 66, of Asheville, NC passed away Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Asheville, NC after a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday March 22, 2015 at Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory in Valdese, NC. The family will receive friends following the service. An online guestbook and obituary is available at...
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Jeanne Ellen Burton

April 6, 1945 - March 19, 2015

Mrs. Jeanne Burton, 69, of Nebo, NC died Thursday March 19,2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born April 6, 1945 in Sydney, N.Y. daughter of Fannie Wright Dean Feuerherm and the late Clarence Dean. Surviving in addition to her mother are her loving husband of 50 years, Jon H. Burton , three daughters, Terri Wagner (Doug) of Phoenix, NY, Kelly Sweeting (Peter) of Roscoe,...
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David Lee Rust, Sr.

May 18, 1930 - March 19, 2015

David Lee Rust, Sr., 84, of Valdese, passed away Thursday March 19, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Rust was born on May 18, 1930 in Durham County to the late Phillip Anthony Rust and Emma Gemamie Cook Rust. He was in the 315th SIG construction battalion with the U.S. Army in Germany after World War II. He retired from the Town of Valdese in...
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Dona Cheryl Orders

July 17, 1945 - March 18, 2015

Mrs. Dona Cheryl Miller Orders, 69, of Drexel, passed away Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Orders was born July 17, 1945 in Burke County to the late Harold Charles Miller and Mavis Yount Miller. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where she was a secretary and taught Sunday School. She was past president...
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Jack Earl Willis

August 12, 1929 - March 18, 2015

Jack Earl Willis, 85, of Valdese, was a beloved son, brother, father, and proud grandfather who loved his family, church, and community, passed away Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a period of declining health. Mr. Willis was born on August 12, 1929 in Mitchell County to the late Rev. Thomas Jefferson Willis and Lena Bartlett Willis, the oldest of 7 children. He was...
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Flora Martin Fowler

July 3, 1918 - March 16, 2015

Mrs. Flora Martin Fowler, 96, of Valdese, went to her heavenly home on Monday March 16, 2015 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Fowler was born July 3, 1918 in Burke County a daughter of the late Arb and Ritte Franklin Martin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Arvin Fowler and a daughter, Linda Kay Fowler. She was a member of Bollinger...
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Jimmy Lee Howard

February 12, 1938 - March 15, 2015

Mr. Jimmy Lee Howard, 77, of Connelly Springs Passed away on March 11, 2015 at his residence, after a period of declining health. He was born February 12, 1938 in Marion County TN, a son of the late Van and Inez Bryant Howard. He was retired from Drexel Furniture Co. and an active member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church. Jimmy was a very talented guitar player, having played with several...
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Ruhama Barlow Smith

May 13, 1933 - March 13, 2015

Mrs. Ruhama Barlow Smith, 81, of La Follette, TN, formerly of Morganton, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Cumberland Village Healthcare, following a period of declining health. Ruhama was born on May 13, 1933 in Yancey County to the late Oscar Bradford and Ida May Randolph. She was employed and retired from Premiere Hosiery after many years of service. In addition to her parents, she...
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Mary Lena Taylor

June 20, 1925 - March 13, 2015

Mrs. Mary "Lena" Taylor, 89, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord Friday March 13, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. Taylor was born June 20, 1925 in Burke County to the late Ernest E. and Lila Hildebrand Stroupe. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. In addition to her parents, she is proceeded in death by her husband Harvey Taylor, daughter Dixie Rae Mills, a...
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James Hugh Fletcher

April 29, 1929 - March 11, 2015

James Hugh Fletcher, 85, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, after a period of declining health. He was born April 29, 1929, in Forest City, NC, the son of Troy Lafayette Fletcher, Sr. and Jessie Geneva Beddingfield Fletcher. He graduated from Drexel High School in 1947 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in...
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Julius "Rosie" Howell

January 20, 1943 - March 11, 2015

Mr. Julius David "Rosie" Howell went to his heavenly reward on Wednesday March 11, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mr. Howell was born January 20, 1943 in Burke County a son of the late Roosevelt and Alice Beaver Howell. He was a member of the Drexel First Church of God and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed with...
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Verita Hildebran Smith

May 16, 1940 - March 10, 2015

Mrs. Verita Hildebran Smith, 74, of Granite Falls, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Verita was born in Burke County to the late Ivey Allen "Dick" Hildebran and Velvia Lowman Hildebran. She was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church on Connelly Springs Rd. and worked as the church secretary for Rhodhiss Baptist Church. Verita...
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Sidney Howard Beck

March 19, 1937 - March 8, 2015

Mr. Sidney Howard Beck , 78, of Morganton, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord Sunday March 8, 2015 at the John Kever Solace Center in Asheville. Mr. Beck was born March 19, 1937 in Burke County to the late John William Beck and Virginia Acuff. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy and a volunteer firefighter at Drexel Fire Department . He also worked thirty years at the Sunbeam...
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Michael Ray "Tad" Samples

April 25, 1968 - March 8, 2015

Mr. Michael Ray "Tad" Samples, 46 of Connelly Springs, NC, passed away peacefully at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, NC on the evening of March 8, 2015. Michael was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 25, 1968. He was the son of Kenneth and Connie Samples of Bolt, WV. In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory are his wife Rheba Samples and son Matthew Ray...
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James Hillard Fulbright

September 29, 1927 - March 7, 2015

Mr. James Hillard Fulbright,87,of Icard, passed away Saturday March 7, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Fulbright was born September 29, 1927 in Burke County , a son to the late McKinley Fulbright and Ethel Mae Brindle Fulbright. He worked for twenty five years at Crestline. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed Nascar and drag racing. ...
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Nellie Whitesides Hildebran

August 2, 1925 - March 7, 2015

Nellie Juanita Whitesides Hildebran, 89, of Connelly Springs, went to join her Lord and Savior on Saturday March 7, 2015 following a period of declining health. Mrs. Hildebran was born on August 2, 1925 in Lincoln County to the late Clarence Whitesides and Hattie Abernathy Whitesides. She was retired from Shuford Mills and Drexel Heritage Furniture, and was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist...
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Wayne Lynn

March 6, 2015

Wayne Attley Lynn, 62, of Morganton, passed away on Friday March 6, 2015 at Blue Ridge Healthcare - Morganton following a period of declining health. Mr. Lynn was born on December 27, 1952 in Catawba County to Viola Young , and the late W. H. "Pete" Lynn. He was formerly employed as a construction worker for Shell Electric. Survivors include his mother, Viola Lynn Winkler and husband Earl; wife...
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Clarence "Jay" Brown, Jr.

December 27, 1974 - March 5, 2015

Clarence Albert "Jay" Brown, Jr., 40, of Morganton, passed away Thursday March 5, 2015 at Carolina Medical Center Main Campus in Charlotte due to complications following a car accident. Mr. Brown was born December 27, 1974 in Burke County. He was a member at East Valdese Baptist Church. He was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Duke. He is preceded in death by his paternal...
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Hazel Knox Monteith

December 24, 1916 - March 4, 2015

Mrs. Hazel Knox Monteith, 98, of Connelly Springs, peacefully, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday March 4, 2015 surrounded by her loving family at her residence. Mrs. Monteith was born December 24, 1916 in Burke County , a daughter to the late James Knox and Minnie Berry Knox . She was a long time member of Rhodhiss United Methodist Church where she played piano. She was a member of...
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Catherine Poteat

March 4, 2015

Catherine Ogle Poteat, 92, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday March 4, 2015 at Brian Center Viewmont following a period of declining health. Mrs. Poteat was born on October 21, 1922 in Burke County to the late Henry F. Ogle and Barbara Berry Ogle. She was retired as a secretary and clerical assistant at Drexel Heritage, Burke Oil Company and Bank of Granite. In addition to her parents...
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Shirley Ann Turner

October 28, 1944 - March 1, 2015

Shirley Ann Turner, 70, of Valdese, died Sunday March 1, 2015 at Camelot Nursing Center, Granite Falls, after a period of declining health. Shirley was born October 28, 1944 in McDowell County a daughter of Lora Honeycutt Turner and the late James C. Turner. She was a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Deaf and a former employee of Valdese Weavers. Surviving are her two sons,...
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Timothy Mark Williams

June 29, 1960 - March 1, 2015

Mr. Timothy Mark Williams, 54, of Rutherford College, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Timothy was born on June 29, 1960 in Burke County to Joyce Mayfield Williams and the late Lewis Williams. He was previously employed in the textiles industry. Surviving in addition to his mother, are two brothers, Scott Williams and...
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Dorothy Huntsinger McEntire

July 20, 1919 - February 28, 2015

Mrs. Dorothy Lennis McEntire, 95, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center. Dorothy was born on July 20, 1919, in McDowell County to James Huntsinger and Lelia Bryant Huntsinger . She became a member of First United Methodist Church of Valdese on April 4, 1948, and was currently the oldest living member of the congregation, and a cherished member...
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Daniel Hardie Cooke

December 6, 1947 - February 26, 2015

Mr. Daniel Hardie "Dan" Cooke, 67, of Newton, passed away on February 26, 2015 as a result of a long battle with cancer. Dan was born to the late Gordon Abner Cooke and Evelyn Marie Anderson Cooke in Akron, Ohio. He served in the US Army in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division from 1968 to 1970. He retired from a career of 25 years with Duke Energy. In his retirement he was an active member...
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Ricky Wayne Powell

August 28, 1959 - February 25, 2015

Mr. Ricky Wayne Powell, 55, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at his residence. Ricky was born on August 28, 1959 in Burke County to Wayne Powell and Clara Smith Powell. He was a member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church was employed as a machinist working locally for Emory, Toolcraft and Carolina Precision. Ricky enjoyed racing and was a champion go cart and dirt track...
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Richard Arthur Lackey

April 25, 1946 - February 24, 2015

Mr. Richard Arthur Lackey, 68, of Hildebran Mountain Ave., Connelly Springs, died quietly in his sleep on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at his residence. Richard was born on April 25, 1946 in Burke County to the late Floyd and Nela Mitchell Lackey. He was a self trained diesel mechanic and a long haul truck driver. Richard was also a member of Berea Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he...
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Flora Davis Horton

April 2, 1944 - February 23, 2015

Mrs. Flora Davis Horton, 70, of Lenoir, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Flora was born on April 2, 1944 in Caldwell County to the late Lonnie Davis and Dorothy Love Davis. She was a member of the First Church of God Lenoir for over forty years. Mrs. Horton graduated from Freedom High School in 1963 and had a passion for...
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Ruby Whisenant Gentry

March 5, 1941 - February 23, 2015

Mrs. Ruby Lee Whisenant Gentry, 73, of Morganton, died Monday February 23, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Gentry was born March 5, 1941 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Lola Blanche Freeman Whisenant. She was retired from Dana Corp. with over 25 years of service.. In addition to her parents was she was...
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James Laverne Kennedy

November 24, 1940 - February 20, 2015

James Laverne Kennedy, 74, of Hickory, passed away Friday February 20, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte following a brief illness. Mr. Kennedy was born on November 24, 1940 in Holly, N.Y. to the late Raymond Kennedy and Elizabeth Harris Kennedy. He was retired from Baker Furniture as a machinist and also was a retired carpenter. He was a member of Cajah's Mountain Church of God. ...
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Robert Franklin Hull

May 17, 1930 - February 20, 2015

Robert Franklin Hull, 84, of Hickory, passed away on Friday February 20, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Hull was born on May 17, 1930 in Lincoln County to the late Fermon J. Hull and Sadie Rogers Hull. He was a United States Navy Veteran where he proudly served his country on various aircraft carriers and submarines. He was a member...
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William Boyce Huss

February 12, 1927 - February 20, 2015

William Boyce Huss, 88, of Valdese, passed away Friday February 20, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory following a period of declining health. Mr. Huss was born on February 12, 1927 in Catawba County to the late William Lester Huss and Callie Williams Huss. He attended Lenoir Rhyne College, and was a US Navy Veteran serving on the USS Ajax as a signalman in the South Pacific. He was...
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Dennis Lee Johnson

August 10, 1959 - February 18, 2015

Mr. Dennis Lee Johnson, 55, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday February 18, 2015. A memorial service for Mr. Johnson will be held Monday February 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM at Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Monday at Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. An online guest book and obituary are available at www...
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Gary Lee Bailey

April 13, 1949 - February 18, 2015

Mr. Gary Lee Bailey, 65, of Hickory, went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Gary was born on April 13, 1949 in Burke County to the late Roy R. Bailey and Edna Huffman Bailey. He was employed as a switch builder/welder at General Electric up until his retirement and was a member of the Baptist faith. ...
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Billy Earl Hayes

October 10, 1939 - February 17, 2015

Mr. Billy "Earl" Hayes, 75, of Valdese, passed away , Tuesday February 17, 2015. Earl was born on October 10, 1939, in Dickenson County, Virginia to the late Silas Hay and Mary Minton Hay Gurley . He retired as a truck driver at W and L Trucking Company. Mr. Hayes served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965 before being honorably discharged as a Sergeant. While he was in the military he served...
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Donald Allen Willis

November 7, 1950 - February 16, 2015

Mr. Donald "Donnie" Allen Willis, 64, of Hickory died Monday February 16, 2015 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Willis was born November 7, 1950 a son of the late Hal and Martha Lynn Willis. He was employed as a truck driver and had a passion for old cars. He was a US army veteran, a member of the NRA and attended Liberty Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife,...
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Ivey Charles Heavner

April 8, 1924 - February 13, 2015

Mr. Ivey Charles Heavner, 90, of Vale, died Friday February 13, 2015 at Grace Hospital in Morganton, after a brief illness. Mr. Heavner was born April 8, 1924 in Catawba County, a son of the late John Robert and Laura VanHorn Heavner. He was a US Army Veteran of WW II, obtaining the rank of Staff-Sergeant and earning the Purple Heart and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal. ...
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Ronnie Lee Lowman

July 4, 1947 - February 12, 2015

Mr. Ronnie Lee Lowman, 67, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015, following a period of declining health. Ronnie was born on July 4, 1947 in Burke County to the late Cecil Claude Lowman and Irene Brittain Lowman. He was self employed in the construction industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bud "Pinky" Lowman. Surviving are his two...
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J. Randy Lambert

March 5, 1949 - February 9, 2015

Mr. J. Randy Lambert, 65, of Valdese, died Monday February 9, 2015 at his residence after a period of declining health. Randy was born March 5, 1949 in Burke County, a son of the late James Millard and Atha Wakefield Lambert. He was a graduate of Valdese High School and retired as a salesman in the mercantile business. Surviving are his son, Michael Lambert and wife Sara of Raleigh, a...
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Donald Burton

February 7, 2015

Mr. Donald Thomas Burton, 82, of Lenoir, went to his Heavenly Home on Saturday February 7, 2015 following a period of declining health at Lenoir Healthcare Center. Mr. Burton was born June 26, 1932 in Quachita County, Arkansas a son to the late Otis C. Burton and Corinne Simms. Donald was a member of Grandview Park Church in Caldwell County. He worked as a Master Carver at Drexel Furniture...
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Evelyn Austin

February 7, 2015

Evelyn Aldridge Austin, 77, of Morganton passed away Saturday February 7, 2015 at her residence following a period of declining health. A funeral service for Mrs. Austin will be held Monday February 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM at Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church. Interment will follow the service at the Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church Cemetery. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory...
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Stephen Wheatcraft

February 7, 2015

Stephen Eugene Wheatcraft Stephen Eugene Wheatcraft, 64, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Wheatcraft was born on June 20, 1950 in Richland County, Ohio to the late William Wheatcraft and Leila Harris Wheatcraft. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Cheyenne Wheatcraft. Survivors...
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Sally Hildebran

February 7, 2015

Sally Dameron Hildebran, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away Saturday February 7, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Hildebran was born on August 6, 1928 in Burke County to the late Dirl Hildebran and Jessie Taylor Hildebran. She was retired from Highland House Furniture, and was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by one...
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Francis Paul Cranford

March 7, 1927 - February 4, 2015

Mr. Francis Paul Cranford, 87, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday February 4, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese following a period of declining health. Mr. Cranford was born March 7, 1927 in Burke County, to the late Bertie and Pat Cranford. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Rutherford College. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his...
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Michael Alan Waters

November 17, 1954 - February 2, 2015

Mr. Michael Alan Waters, 60, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a courageous battle against cancer. Michael was born in Elizabeth City, NC November 17, 1954, to the late Jake Waters and Mary Zelle Clonch Leonhardt. He was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church and was previously employed as a landscaper. Mike was a 1973...
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Donald "Skinny" McGinnis

August 25, 1942 - February 1, 2015

Mr. Donald D. "Skinny" McGinnis, 72,. of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Sunday February 1, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. McGinnis was born August 25, 1942 in Catawba County, a son of the late Cecil and Ruth Page McGinnis. "Skinny" was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church, Valdese, and an active member of the...
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Steven Ammons

January 31, 2015

Mr. Steven Eugene Ammons, 55, of Connelly Springs, died Saturday January 31,2015 at Valdese General Hospital after a year of declining health. Mr. Ammons was born September 5, 1959 in Burke County, a son of the late William and Madolyn Fields Ammons. Surviving are two sisters, Kathy Ammons and Patty Killian both of Connelly Springs. No services are planned at this time. Heritage...
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Patricia "Pat" Treadway Oliver

May 18, 1936 - January 29, 2015

Patricia (Pat) Treadway Oliver, 78, of Lynchburg, VA and formerly of Morganton, passed away Thursday January 29, 2015 at her home with her family and her dog, Molly, by her side. Patricia was graduated from Valdese High School in Valdese. She established and managed The Travel Gallery in Morganton, where she worked for more than 25 years until she retired in 1988. She loved traveling and...
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Emily Lynn Lambert

January 29, 1941 - January 29, 2015

Emily Lynn Jones Lambert, 74, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly Thursday January 29, 2015. Mrs. Lambert was born on January 29, 1941 in Ashe County to the late James Floyd Jones and Lena Dixon Jones. She was a retired handsander with Drexel Heritage Furniture. Survivors include her sons, Rev. Willard Lambert of Rutherfordton and Wayne Patterson of Amelia Island, FL; five grandchildren, three...
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Opal McKinney Young

July 14, 1931 - January 29, 2015

Mrs. Opal Lee McKinney Young, 83, of Morganton went to her heavenly home on Thursday January 29,2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Young was born July 14, 1931 in Mitchell County, a daughter of the late Charles B. and Dora Lou Greene McKinney. She was a member of the Morganton First Church of God and retired from the Boxing...
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Jewel Maynor Hudson

May 2, 1957 - January 28, 2015

Mrs. Jewel Maynor Hudson, 57, of Hildebran, went home to join her Heavenly Father, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Jewel was born on May 2, 1957 in Robeson County to Daisy Ammons Maynor and the late Hobert Maynor. She was a member of the Baptist faith, and worked as a supervisor at Ellis Hosiery for over 22 years. Jewel was a loving and caring...
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Catherine Marie Stamey Powell

March 29, 1935 - January 26, 2015

Mrs. Catherine Stamey Powell, 79,of Morganton died Monday January 26, 2015 at Grace Heights Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Powell was born March 29, 1935 in Burke County, a daughter of the late William C. and Louise Small Stamey. Mrs. Powell was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and retired from Broughton Hospital in the dietary department. In addition to her...
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Doctor Benjamin Franklin

March 13, 1925 - January 26, 2015

Mr. Doctor Benjamin Franklin, 89, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, following a period of declining health. Mr. Franklin was born on March 13, 1925 in Burke County to the late Doctor Moran Franklin and Annie Mae Pless Franklin. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, and was employed for many years in the furniture...
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Dessie Naomi Crites

June 5, 1928 - January 25, 2015

Mrs. Dessie Naomi Crites, 86, of Morganton, died Sunday January 25, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Crites was born June 5, 1928 in Sutton, W. Va. a daughter of the late Nicholas and Lillie Jackson Keener. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. In addition to her parents she was preceded...
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Jack Daniel McKenzie

June 3, 1956 - January 25, 2015

Mr. Jack Daniel McKenzie,58,of Morganton, passed away Sunday January 25, 2015 at Carolina Health Care System, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mr. McKenzie was born June 3, 1956 in Fulton County , a son to the late James Francis McKenzie and Bonnie Johnson McKenzie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother James McKenzie. Survivors include his...
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Ruffin Cletus Hoyle

August 9, 1915 - January 23, 2015

Mr. Ruffin Cletus "Clete" Hoyle, 99, of Icard, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015, following a brief illness at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Clete was born on August 9, 1915 in Cleveland County to the late Martha Wortnam Hoyle and John Henry Hoyle. He was a member of Hildebran First Baptist Church. He was employed by Drexel Furniture for 40 years, and retired from the Army after...
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Margaret Lorene Lowman

August 23, 1930 - January 22, 2015

Margaret Lorene Lowman, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday January 22, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Lowman was born on August 23, 1930 in Burke County to the late Walter H. Lowman and Bessie Martin Lowman. She was retired as a cook, and was a member of Warlick's Chapel United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she is...
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Mary Ruth Reece

January 22, 2015

Mary Ruth McDaniel Reece, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully Thursday January 22, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Ruth was born on April 4, 1939 in Burke County to the late William June McDaniel and Lola Cline McDaniel. She was retired from Valdese General Hospital in the dietary department, and attended Warlick's Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is...
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Leeila Seagle Chrisco

August 10, 1925 - January 17, 2015

Mrs. Leeila Seagle Chrisco, 89, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, following a period of declining health. Leeila was born on August 10, 1925 in Burke County to the late Dan Seagle and Carrie Stamey Seagle. She was a member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church and was employed as a sewer for Alba-Waldensian for over forty years. Leeila loved flowers and always kept her home...
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Delores Stevens

January 16, 2015

Diane Stevens, born in Chicago, IL on October 12, 1932, passed away suddenly on January 16, 2015. She was loved dearly by her family. She left behind her sister, Charlene Hansen, nieces, Cindy Stilwell her husband Dean Stilwell and Nancy Force, nephews, Robert Hansen, Jimmy Hansen, and Billy Hanson, great nieces, Sarah Shrewsbury and Angel Hussong, and great-nephews, Billy Stilwell, Joseph...
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Annie Hyde Roland

October 1, 1944 - January 14, 2015

Mrs. Annie Mae Hyde Roland, 70, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Annie was born on October 1, 1944 in Guilford County to the late David E. Hyde and Cora Kilpatrick Hyde. She formerly attended Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. In addition to her parents...
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Harold George Pires

October 8, 1935 - January 13, 2015

Mr. Harold George Pires, 79, of Granite Falls, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. George was born on October 8, 1935 in Bombay, India to the late Henry George Pires and Mabel D'Souza Pires. He was a small business owner of Crosspoint Latch Corporation and was an...
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Pauline Berry

January 10, 2015

Mrs. Pauline Smith Berry,93, of Valdese, passed away Saturday January 10, 2015 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a period of declining health. Mrs. Berry was born May 11, 1921 in Cleveland County, a daughter to the late Curtis Smith and Dolly Smith. Pauline was a member of High Peak Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Buford Berry. ...
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James Lee Hatley

August 13, 1940 - January 9, 2015

James L Hatley, 74 of Valdese, passed away Friday January 9, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Mr. Hatley was born on August 13, 1940 in Burke County to the late James C. "Speed" Hatley and Lorraine Cline Hatley. He was a graduate of Valdese High School and a United States Marines Veteran. He retired from General Electric as the manager of information systems development. He was...
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Willard Hoover Benton

April 23, 1930 - January 6, 2015

Mr. Willard Hoover Benton, 84, of Valdese, died Tuesday January 6, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Benton was born April 23, 1930 in Burke County, a son of the late Robert and Lola Mae Lane Benton. Willard was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church, a US Army Veteran and retired from City Ready Mix and Metromont, Inc. In...
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Dennis Eugene O'Neil

January 26, 1962 - January 5, 2015

Mr. Dennis Eugene O'Neil, 52, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Dennis was born on January 26, 1962 in Burke County to Edith Pearson O'Neil and the late George Edward O'Neil. He was currently employed in the landscaping business. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death his grandmothers,...
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Hazel Carlonia Moretz

August 8, 1926 - January 5, 2015

Mrs. Hazel Norris Moretz, 88, of Connelly Springs, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Monday January 5, 2015 at Carolina Health Care System, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Moretz was born August 8, 1926 in Bristol, VA, a daughter of the late Lee and Reddie Moretz Norris. She was a faithful member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great...
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Billy Ray Starnes

September 25, 1939 - January 4, 2015

Mr. Billy Ray Starnes, 75, of Connelly Springs died Sunday January 4, 2015 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, after a brief illness. Mr. Starnes was born September 25, 1939 in Burke County a son of the late Leonard and Ray Hildebran Starnes. Billy Ray was a faithful member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed his fellowship with the Senior Citizens group of...
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Ruth Bounous

January 2, 2015

Mrs. Ruth Small Bounous, 93, of Valdese, died Friday January 2, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Bounous was born February 21, 1921 in Burke County, a daughter of the late James and Mary Jo Garrison Small. She was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 234 and retired with many years of service...
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Evelyn Louise Drum Pope

September 13, 1920 - December 30, 2014

Mrs. Evelyn Drum Pope, 94, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday December 30, 2014 at Carolina Rehab of Burke. Mrs. Pope was born September 13, 1920 in Burke County, a daughter of the late George Ivey and Grace Hedrick Drum. She was a former employee of College Pharmacy, an outstanding cook, a giving neighbor, a champion for the less fortunate and a wonderful homemaker,...
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Eugene Fox

April 4, 1931 - December 29, 2014

Eugene Fox , 83, of Morganton passed away Monday December 29, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. He was born in Burnsville, NC on April 4, 1931 during the Great Depression. Gene was seventh in a family of ten children. He was the son of the late James H. Fox and Hannah Styles Fox. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by three brothers James Jr. , Glenn, and Royce;...
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Rheba Yvonne Austin

September 19, 1936 - December 29, 2014

Mrs. Rheba Yvonne Austin, 78, of Morganton passed away Monday December 29, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Austin was born September 19, 1936 in Burke County to the late Roy and Pearl Brittain. She was a loving homemaker to her family and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in...
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Billie Ephraim Pittman

July 30, 1932 - December 28, 2014

Billie Ephraim Pittman, 82, completed his earthly sojourn on 28 December 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a lengthy period of declining health. He was born 30 July 1932 to Jonah and Mary Ellen Phillips Pittman on their family farm in eastern Johnston County, NC He and Betty Jane "Betsy" Dodd met in Ulster County, New York, where both were working in the summer of 1950 in a...
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Paul Dean Smith, Jr.

September 11, 1963 - December 28, 2014

Mr. Paul Dean Smith, Jr., of Valdese, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Sunday December 28, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a courageous battle with heart disease. Mr. Smith was born September 11, 1963 in Burke County, a son of Paul D. Smith, Sr. and the late Ann Brittain Smith. Paul was a faithful and active member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, serving as a choir member, Sunday...
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Marjorie Smith Ramsey

March 4, 1922 - December 28, 2014

Mrs. Marjorie Smith Ramsey, 92, of Rutherford College, went to her heavenly home on Sunday December 28, 2014 at Carolina Rehab Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Ramsey was born March 4, 1922 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Arthur and Daisy Kaylor Smith. She was a member of the Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church and retired as a winder in the textile industry. ...
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Paul Robert Arney

February 9, 1933 - December 27, 2014

Mr. Paul Robert Arney, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday December 27, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Arney was born February 9, 1933 in Burke County, a son of the late Charley Robert and Viola Lafone Arney . He worked as an assembly line worker for General Motors Company. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Ralph...
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Rosie Epley

December 27, 2014

Rosie Mae Carswell Epley, 76, of the Lake James Community, passed away on Saturday December 27, 2014 at Sunrise Rehab and Care, Nebo following a period of declining health. Rosie was born on May 11, 1938 in Burke County to the late Eligah Carswell and Bessie Collans Carswell. She was retired from J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, and co-owned Epley's Greenhouse with her husband for over 38...
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Judy Martin

December 27, 2014

Mrs. Judy F. Martin, 66 of Hildebran, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends, after a short period of declining health. Mrs. Martin was born December 25, 1948 in Orangeburg, SC, a daughter of the late John O. and Gladys Johnson Ferguson. She grew up in Myrtle Beach and was a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School where she was a member...
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Ruby Williams

December 26, 2014

Mrs. Ruby Bollinger Williams, 76, of Morganton, passed away on Friday December 26, 2014 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mrs. Williams was born February 22, 1938 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Conley and Mary Williams Bollinger. She was a member of Westview Baptist Church and retired as a seamstress from the hosiery manufacturing industry. In addition to her...
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Lena Stamey

December 26, 2014

Lena Conis Young Stamey, 94, of Valdese, passed away Friday December 26, 2014 at Carolina Healthcare Blue Ridge following a period of declining health. Mrs. Stamey was born on October 25, 1920 in Grayson Co., VA to the late George W. Young and Myrtle Bell Lovelace Young. She was an LPN, working at several area hospitals and was a member of Enon Baptist Church. Survivors include her children,...
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Ernest Connelly

May 2, 1931 - December 24, 2014

Ernest Connelly Jr, 83 of 315 Oakland Ave, Drexel N.C., sunset December 24, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center after months of declining health. Born May 2, 1931 the son of the late Ernest and Robeaner Suddreth Connelly. A fifth generation descendant of Ann Connelly. He is proceeded in death by one son Ernest III, two sister Barbara Jane and Ann Beaner (Bennett) Connelly. A...
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Thelma West

December 24, 2014

Mrs. Thelma Carroll Bradshaw West, 85, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday December 24, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Center. Mrs. West was born October 4, 1929 in Yancey Co. to the late Mr. Samuel Lynn Carroll and Mrs. Lizzie Allen Carroll. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. West loved spending time with her family. She will always be...
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Anthony Martinat

February 27, 1981 - December 24, 2014

Anthony Stephen Martinat, 33, of Boone, formerly of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday December 24, 2014. Anthony was born on February 27, 1981 in Burke County to Stephen Henry Martinat and Kathy Church Via. He was a graduate of East Burke High School, Appalachian State University, and was a member of La Phare Des Alpes (LPDA). He worked in food services for Appalachian State University...
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Lawrence Ray Hughes

May 29, 2014 - December 23, 2014

Mr. Lawrence Ray Hughes , 69, of Valdese passed away Tuesday December 23,2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Hughes was born May 29, 1945 in Carter County Tennessee to the late William Hughes and Martha Street Hughes. He enjoyed music and singing but most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded...
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Carolyn McFalls Williams

December 18, 1941 - December 23, 2014

Mrs. Carolyn McFalls Williams, 73, of Valdese, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday December 23, 2014 at Duke Medical Center, after a courageous battle with cancer. Carolyn was born June 18, 1941 in Yancey County , a daughter of the late Edward Milton and Inez Gryder McFalls. She was a faithful and active member of Christ United Methodist Church, and supporter of the Valdese Lions Club. She...
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Valeria Ogle Harmon

October 25, 1925 - December 22, 2014

Mrs. Valeria Ogle "Mother, Nana" Harmon, age 79, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday December 22, 2014 at the Beacon Place Hospice of Greensboro, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Harmon was bon October 25, 1925 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Ernest Ervin and Mary McGalliard Ogle. She retired from Alba-Waldensian, Inc. after 48 years of service. Valeria was a faithful...
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Bobbie Jean Freeman

May 20, 1936 - December 21, 2014

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Freeman, 78, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday December 21, 2014 at her residence, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Freeman was born May 20, 1936 in Cocke County, TN, a daughter of the late Garfield and Abbie Jones Ball. She was a faithful and active member of Calvary Assembly of God Church for 27 years. Bobbie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother,...
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Clarence Thomas King

April 25, 1920 - December 21, 2014

Mr. Clarence Thomas King, 94 of Valdese. passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Clarence was born on April 25, 1920 in Catawba County to the late Furman King and Ola Robinson King. He was a member of Enon Baptist Church and was owner and operator of King Hosiery Mill for over fifty years. Mr. King was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy ,...
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Warren Michael Canipe

July 21, 1982 - December 20, 2014

Warren " Michael" Canipe, 32, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday December 20, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. Mr. Canipe was born July 21, 1982 in Cleveland County to the late Warren Canipe, Sr. and Shirley Philbeck Canipe. He was a member of Community Baptist Church. He worked as a computer programmer at WYCV radio station. ...
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Vivian Johnson Garrison

November 27, 1943 - December 20, 2014

Mrs. Vivian Johnson Garrison, 71,of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday December 20, 2014 at her residence after a brief illness. Mrs. Garrison was born November 27, 1943 in Sampson County, a daughter of the late Harold and Annoise Fann Johnson. She was a retired healthcare technician and a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Lenoir. In addition to her parents she was...
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Derek Roger Kemp

February 26, 1929 - December 20, 2014

Mr. Derek Roger Kemp, 85, of Morganton, passed away peacefully on Saturday December 20, 2014 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mr. Kemp was born February 26, 1929 in Nottingham, England, a son of the late William Leslie and Mabel Warner Kemp. He was a textile engineer, who traveled and lived around the world, later settling in Morganton with his wife Jean and family. He...
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Melanie Winters Presnell

September 16, 1966 - December 19, 2014

Mrs. Melanie Winters Presnell, 48, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday December 19, 2014 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Presnell was born September 16, 1966 in Burke County, a daughter of Sammie Parsley Winters Smith and the late Paul W. Winters. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and a former RN at Grace Heights and Frye Regional...
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John Bailey Clark

June 6, 1940 - December 18, 2014

Mr. John Bailey Clark, 74, of Morganton, died Thursday December 18, 2014. Mr. Clark was born June 4, 1940 in Wise County, VA , a son of the Late John Baxter and Carma Stallard Clark. He was former employee of Valdese Mfg. Co., a lover of animals and a kind friend and to all who knew him and always willing to help anyone in need. Surviving are his brother, Douglas Mackie Clark and wife Glenda...
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Doris McDaniel Neel

June 29, 1953 - December 17, 2014

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