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Lonnie Dean Lail

October 9, 1950 - July 26, 2016

Mr. Lonnie Dean Lail, 65, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mr. Lail was born October 9, 1950 in Burke County to the late Charlie Lail and Sadie Mace Lail. He retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Company. Lonnie was a member of Smart's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded...
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Flo Watts Buff

June 12, 1927 - July 22, 2016

Flo Watts Buff, 89, of Connelly Springs went home to her Lord and Savior, at Hospice of Catawba County on July 22, 2016. Born June 12, 1927, in Burke County to the late Kelly and Flavia Watts. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 69 years, Virgil Jones Buff. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Elmer, Dick, and Joe Watts and sisters Parlee Holder and...
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Carroll "Cac" Hoyle, Jr.

September 3, 1953 - July 21, 2016

Carroll "Cac" Watkins Hoyle Jr., 62, of Morganton, passed away on July 21, 2016 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in Morganton, with Rev. Charlotte Brendel and Rev. William Robertson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to a High School Student Scholarship Fund at 425 Alexander Ave.,...
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Robert Henry Smith

July 9, 1940 - July 21, 2016

Mr. Robert "Bob" Henry Smith, 76, of Hildebran, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at his residence, following a long battle with cancer. He fought the good fight and gained victory through death and entered into his Heavenly home where he is rejoicing with his Lord and Savior. Bob was born on July 9, 1940 in Akeley, MN, the son of the late Alec Henry Smith and Delia Brault Smith. He was...
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Jimmy Ray Brown

November 18, 1941 - July 20, 2016

Jimmy Ray Brown, 74, of Valdese, passed away on July 20, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00am in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Pastor Michael Wakefield officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to North Laurel Baptist Church at 1942 Laurel St. NE, Valdese, NC 28690...
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Celeste Rollins

August 30, 1932 - July 19, 2016

Celeste Freeze Rollins, 83, of Drexel passed away peacefully on July 19, 2016. Celeste was born on August 30, 1932 in Mooresville, NC, a daughter of the late James Autha and Emma Nanney Freeze. She was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church and a retired state employee having worked both in Raleigh and at Broughton Hospital in Morganton. Cherishing her memory is her daughter Rhonda Byrd and...
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Patsy White Lovelace

February 16, 1926 - July 17, 2016

Mrs. Patsy White Lovelace, 90, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly home on Sunday July 17, 2016 at Collage Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lovelace was born February 16, 1926 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Andy "Hose" White and Vann Thorn White Beaver. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her...
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Charles DeWitt Smith

May 10, 1931 - July 17, 2016

Charles DeWitt Smith, 85, of Valdese was reunited in Heaven with his wife, Carolyn, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 following a period of declining health. A native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, he was born, May 10, 1931, the son of the late Harvey L. and Mollie West Smith. Charles graduated from Brookhaven High School in Lincoln County Mississippi. He enlisted in the Army and served during the Korean...
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Addie Geraldine Gregory

July 15, 1937 - July 13, 2016

Mrs. Addie Geraldine Gregory, 78, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday July 13, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Gregory was born July 15, 1937 in Swain County to the late Clyde Nations and Bertha Cochran Nations. She worked at Neuville Hosiery Mill and was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving and devoted wife,...
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Bobby Lyn Bollinger

February 1, 1959 - July 12, 2016

Mr. Bobby Lyn Bollinger, 57, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at his residence. Bobby was born on February 1, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Bobby Joe Bollinger and Betty Pender Bollinger. He was a welder, working for American Muffler for 25 years before going into business for himself and most recently working for Ever Shop Saw & Tool Company. In addition to his...
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Sarah Imogene Osborne

July 24, 1933 - July 12, 2016

Mrs. Sarah Imogene Beach Osborne, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Sarah was born July 24, 1933 in Wilkes County to the late John Lee Beach and Elsie Barnes Beach. She was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and was retired from Hickory Manufacturer. She was the owner of Sibos Locksmith for ten years, and...
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Ellen Franklin Wyatt

August 30, 1947 - July 6, 2016

Mrs. Ellen Kay Franklin Wyatt, 68 of Hudson, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Hickory Falls Health & Rehab, following a period of declining health. Ellen was born on August 30, 1947 in Burke County to the late Johnny Franklin and Cleta Mae Baker Franklin. She was formerly y employed at Burke Mills as a winder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Jimmy Lee Hedrick

July 8, 1957 - July 3, 2016

Mr. Jimmy Lee Hedrick, 58, of Valdese, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Jimmy was born July 8, 1957 in Burke County, to the late France Hedrick and Colene Winkler Hedrick. Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Linkous and husband Johnny; brothers, Bobby Hedrick and wife Mary, Mike Hedrick and wife Carol, and Jerry Hedrick; and numerous...
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Edward John Fullbright

September 6, 1927 - July 3, 2016

Mr. Edward John Fullbright, 88, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Edward was born September 6, 1927 in Burke County to the late John Boston Fullbright and Mary Mull Fullbright. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Morganton and was an avid worker. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his...
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Edward Ray Buchanan

November 10, 1928 - June 30, 2016

Mr. Edward Ray Buchanan, 87, of Valdese, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday June 30, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Buchanan was born November 10, 1928 in Mitchell County, a son of the late Walter D. and Minnie McGee Buchanan. Ray was an active and faithful member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church...
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Marie Hildebran Eckard

July 9, 1937 - June 28, 2016

Mrs. Marie Hildebran Eckard, 78, of Hickory went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday June 28, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home after a period of declining health. Mrs. Eckard was born July 9, 1937 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Arthur Preston "Buck" and Dixie Young Hildebran. She was a member of South Fork Baptist Church and retired from the furniture industry as a interior designer. ...
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Clifford Francis Lowman

February 27, 1933 - June 28, 2016

Mr. Clifford Francis "Dozey" Lowman, 83, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday June 28, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Lowman was born February 27, 1933 in Burke County to the late Robert Lowman and Elizabeth Bailey Lowman. He worked as a supervisor at Huffman Sausage Company. He was also a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. In addition...
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Shawn Michael Daniels

January 23, 1990 - June 27, 2016


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Calvin Lee Icard

May 19, 2016 - June 25, 2016

Calvin Lee Icard, 71, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly Saturday June 25, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Mr. Icard was born on May 19, 1945 in Burke County to the late Frank Icard and Frances Bryant Icard. He was a retired machine operator with Caterpillar, and was a member of United Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Speagle...
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Rebecca Ann/Sellers/Spann Key

August 25, 1945 - June 25, 2016

Rebecca Ann Sellers Spann Key, 70, of Icard, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Rebecca was born on August 25, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Bert Sellers and Mable Bumgarner Sellers. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Icard. Rebecca was known to her family and friends as a giver; whether it was from the kindness of her heart...
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Nellie James Miller

February 5, 1938 - June 23, 2016

Nellie James Miller, 78, of Hickory, passed away Thursday June 23, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Miller was born on February 5, 1938 in Catawba County to the late Richard James and Lula Sain James. She was retired from Neuville Industries, and was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her...
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Linda Haney Bailey

February 21, 1958 - June 21, 2016

Linda Kay Haney Bailey, 58, of Valdese, passed away on June 21, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at Hillcrest Cemetery, with Rev. Marvin Wiley officiating. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and...
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Marjorie Etta Sain

March 1, 1936 - June 18, 2016

Marjorie Etta Sain, 80, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Marjorie was born on March 1, 1936 in Burke County to the late Dorsey Sain and Clarice Hoyle Sain. She was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church. In addition tom her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Evelyn Hill. Survivors include...
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Ruby Fox Bumgarner

October 27, 1927 - June 17, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Fox Bumgarner, 78, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly reward on Friday June 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Bumgarner was born October 27, 1927 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Owen P. and Ida Jane Hall Fox. She was of the Baptist faith and retired from Century Furniture Co. In addition to...
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Wallace Rayvon Greene

July 2, 1931 - June 17, 2016

Mr. Wallace Rayvon Greene, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Wallace was born on July 2, 1931 in Watauga County to the late Vonnie M. Greene and Essie Hendrix Greene. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in combat for two years during the Korean Conflict and for six years as a reservist following his...
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Leeuna "Biddle" Powell

January 23, 1934 - June 16, 2016

Mrs. Leeuna "Biddle" Nichols Powell, 82, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday June 16, 2016 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Powell was born January 23, 1934 in Graham County, a daughter of the late Luther and Florence Wright Nichols. Leeuna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a faithful member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. In addition to her...
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Lloyd Earl Williams, Jr.

February 4, 1980 - June 16, 2016

Lloyd Earl Williams, Jr., 36, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at his residences, following a period of declining health. Lloyd was born on February 4, 1980 in Douglas County, GA. He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and was previously employed at Starlight Fish Camp. He was preceded in death by his adopted father, Ned Freeman. Survivors include his mother,...
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Wayne Farrell Wheeling

October 9, 1956 - June 16, 2016

Mr. Wayne Farrell Wheeling, 59, of Morganton, passed away peacefully at his residence on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Wayne was born October 9, 1956 in Burke County to the late Catherine Wheeling. He was retired from Valdese Weavers, where he worked for 30 years. Wayne loved to be outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, or being in the garden. He was a strong supporter of the NRA, enjoyed wood working...
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Dorothy Benfield Lunsford

September 7, 1930 - June 16, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Benfield Lunsford, 85, of Rhodhiss, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Dorothy was born on September 7, 1930 in Avery County to the late Joe Coleman Benfield and Fannie Carpenter Benfield. She was a member of Drowning Creek Baptist Church and loved traveling to the mountains and being in her flower...
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John Cleveland Perkins

June 14, 2016

Mr. John Cleveland Perkins, 75, of Morganton passed away Tuesday June 14, 2016 at CHSBR-Morganton following a short period of declining health. John was born April 27, 1941 in Burke County to the late Cleveland Richard Perkins and Maude Angeline Stillwell Perkins. He received his Doctorate in mathematical engineering from Clemson University and taught college courses in Sumter, SC for 35 years....
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Darryl Nathan Tomlinson

November 14, 1961 - June 14, 2016

Darryl Nathan Tomlinson, 54, of Connelly Springs passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Health. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Calvary Memorial Gardens with Pastor Dennis Tomlinson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Celebrate Recovery at 2416 Zion Church Rd. Hickory, NC 28602. An online guestbook and...
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Mabel Billotte Anderson

June 16, 1928 - June 13, 2016

Mrs. Mabel Levina Billotte Anderson, 87, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mabel was born on June 16, 1928 in Lacount Mills, PA to the late Alexander Billotte and Mary Miller Billotte. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
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Carol Sweet Minton

November 6, 1963 - June 12, 2016

Mrs. Carol Ann Sweet Minton, 52, of Granite Falls, passed away June 12, 2016, at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Carol was born November 6, 1963 in Catawba County to Everette Sweet Sr. and the late Sarah Belle Breeden Sweet. She was a faithful member of Bethlehem Church of God. She had a great love for baking cakes, attending cheerleading competitions, and...
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George "Major V" Vessell

January 8, 1940 - June 12, 2016

Major George "Major V" Washington Vessell, 76, of Valdese, passed away June 12, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Major Vessell was born January 8, 1940 in Pahala, Hawaii County, Hawaii. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. George was a retired Major from the United States Army. During his career in the Army he was a highly decorated soldier earning the...
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Avery Joe Owenby

May 7, 1948 - June 10, 2016

Rev. Dr. Avery Owenby, 68, of Rutherford College went home to be with Jesus Friday, June 10, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Rev. Dr. Owenby was born May 7, 1948 in Nantahala, NC to the late Roy McKinley Owenby, Sr. and Gladys Dills Owenby. He was a preacher for 42 years and served churches in Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. ...
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Linda Elaine Arney Miller

December 9, 1952 - June 9, 2016

Ms. Linda Elaine Arney Miller, 63, of Hickory passed away Thursday June 8, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Miller was born December 9, 1952 in Burke County to the late Marshall Arney and Lola Mae Davis Arney. She was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. She worked as a critical care assistant at St. Vincent Hospital and also worked at Drexel...
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Bobby "Curly" Lingafelt

December 25, 1937 - June 8, 2016

Mr. Bobby Lee "Curly" Lingafelt, 78, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Bobby was born on December 25, 1937 in Burke County to the late LeRoy Lingafelt and Della Whisnant Lingafelt. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church of Morganton, and a retired machine operator with General Electric. ...
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Roy Lawrence Hicks

May 21, 1923 - June 8, 2016

Mr. Roy Lawrence Hicks, 93, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at College Pines nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Roy was born on May 21, 1923 in Burke County to the late Robert Kenneth Hicks and Tessie Lee Hawkins Hicks. He retired from Broughton Hospital after many years in the farming program and was an U.S. Army veteran, serving his country during WW...
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Hal Frank Randall

February 21, 1924 - June 6, 2016

Hal Frank Randall, 92, of Valdese, passed away Monday June 6, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Randall was born on February 21, 1924 in Cleveland County to the late Charlie Zero Randall and Lucy Digh Randall. He was a United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II, and was on the USS Missouri. Hal was retired from Indian Rock Gated...
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Wilma Rae Childers Cooke

July 7, 1923 - June 5, 2016

Mrs. Wilma Rae Childers Cooke, 92, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Wilma was born July 7, 1923, in Burke County to the late Oliver Childers and Annabelle Abernethy Childers. She was an active member of Friendship United Methodist Church. After owning and operating Childers Florist for many years she...
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James Richard Lingerfelt

October 5, 1939 - June 2, 2016

Mr. James Richard Lingerfelt, 76, of Morganton passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. A memorial will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Memorials may be sent to Faith Baptist Church at 1665 Bradford Mountain Rd, Lenoir, NC 28645. An online guestbook...
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Edna Virginia McClured

June 2, 1921 - June 2, 2016

Mrs. Edna Arney McClured, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, of Morganton went to her heavenly home at the age of 94 on Wednesday June 1, 2016 at her home following a short period of declining health. Mrs. McClured was born June 2, 1921 in Hudson, NC to the late Walter L. Arney and Anna Bertie Harwell Arney. She retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Company as a sewing ...
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Ray William Amos

January 24, 1938 - June 1, 2016

Mr. Ray Williams Amos, 78, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Ray was born January 24, 1938 in Burke County to the late Nathaniel William Amos and Clessie Deal Amos. Ray was an avid reader and loved to spoil his grandchildren. He is survived by one son, Ray Amos Jr. of South Carolina; one daughter, Kimberly Amos Haylock...
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Faye Marie Ford

May 15, 1942 - May 31, 2016

Mrs. Faye Marie Hartley Ford, 74, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Faye was born May 15, 1942 in Watauga County, to the late Fred Hartley and Delta Rimmer Hartley. She was a member o f Clarks Chapel and was retired from Shadowline. After her retirement she worked several years at Sherrill Furniture....
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Lynn Raymond Lail

February 6, 1966 - May 30, 2016

Mr. Lynn Raymond Lail, 50, of Morganton passed away unexpectedly May 30, 2016, at his residence. Lynn loved the outdoors, loved his family, and helped anyone he possibly could in every way. Lynn is preceded in death by his grandparents Jacques and Virginia Lail, also Lawrence and Elsie Mae Lane. He was also preceded in death by his nephew Marcus Gene Brindley. Survivors include his parents,...
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Serena Kay Parris Simmons

November 11, 1963 - May 29, 2016

Mrs. Serena Kay Simmons, 52, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday May 29, 2016 at her residence following a long period of declining health. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date.
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Teresa Foley Lingle

January 7, 1961 - May 27, 2016

Teresa Foley Lingle, 55, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday May 27, 2016 at CHS- Blue Ridge following a period of declining health. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday June 1, 2016 at Berea Baptist Church with Rev. Finley McCoury officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 PM at Berea Baptist Church. An online guestbook and obituary is available...
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Harold Dean Lowman

September 2, 1949 - May 26, 2016

Mr. Harold Dean "Biggen" Lowman, 66, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday May 26, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief illness. Mr. Lowman was born September 2, 1949 in Burke County to the late Oscar Lowman and Ruth Lail Lowman. He worked in the spring up department at Crestline and retired from Fredom High School. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Hazel Shook Keever

March 19, 1924 - May 26, 2016

Hazel Shook Keever, 92, of Valdese, a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully Thursday May 26, 2016 at Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation Center. Hazel was born on March 19, 1924 in Widemouth, W.V. to the late Russell Shook and Mae Huffman Shook. She was a devoted member of Valdese First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school...
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Roye Murphy, Jr.

January 23, 1944 - May 26, 2016

Mr. Roye Douglas Murphy Jr., 72, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016; at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Roye was born on January 23, 1944 in Burke County, to the late Roye Douglas Murphy and Essie Robinson. He was retired from Rexnord, where he worked as a machinist. Roye was a loving father and grandfather. In addition to his parents...
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Mark Kevin Gochnour

May 10, 1971 - May 23, 2016

Mr. Mark Kevin Gochnour, Sr., 45, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly, on Monday, May 23, 2016 at his residence. Mark was born on May 10, 1971 in Staten Island, NY to Dolores Reen Gochnour and the late Robert Charles Gochnour. He was currently employed as a manager for Family Dollar. Survivors include his two sons, Mark Gochnour, Jr. and Christopher Gochnour, both of Hickory, siblings, Bob...
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Margie Taylor Stillwell

May 16, 1922 - May 23, 2016

Mrs. Margie Taylor Stillwell, 94, went to her Heavenly Reward on Monday May 23, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Stillwell was born May 16, 1922 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Beuna Hildebran Taylor. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church serving as the treasurer of her Sunday School class. Mrs. Stillwell was a loving...
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Muriel Marie Vanhorn Rhoney

March 22, 1934 - May 22, 2016

Mrs. Muriel Vanhorn Rhoney, 82, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday May 22, 2016 at Grace Hospital, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Rhoney was born March 22, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Rilie Pinky and Effie Fannie Cook Vanhorn. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother...
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Dorothy Dottie Rector

December 20, 1929 - May 22, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy "Dottie" Jean Andrews Rector, 86, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Burke Memorial Park. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is serving the Rector family.
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Hattie Reynolds Rostan

May 22, 1925 - May 21, 2016

Hattie Reynolds Rostan, 90, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Trinity Ridge in Hickory, North Carolina. She was born on May 22, 1925 to Will and Junie Bradshaw Reynolds in Burke County, NC. She married Stephen Rostan in 1941 and was married to him for 53 years when he preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Stephen E. Rostan, M.D. (Wendy) of Southern Pines, N.C. and two...
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Claude Kevin Christenbury

April 29, 1971 - May 20, 2016

Mr. Claude Kevin Christenbury, 45, of Longview passed away unexpectedly, on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Kevin was born on April 29, 1971 in Burke County to Linda Hoyle Braswell and the late Steve Christenbury. He was employed as a machine operator for Zion Industries in Hildebran. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Myrtle and...
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William Gamewell Stacy

November 28, 1943 - May 19, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, William "G" Stacy , Jr. was laid in the arms of Jesus after a four month battle with lung cancer. "G" was born on November 28, 1943 in Ayden, NC to the late William "Dub" Stacy Sr. and Gladys Highsmith Stacy of Drexel. He met his wife, Janet while working for Shadowline and after making her his bride, he embraced her family as his own, fiercely loving his and her...
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Billie Deal

June 26, 1933 - May 18, 2016

Mrs. Billie Byrd Deal, 82, of Hickory, departed this life to her Heavenly home from Abernethy Laurels Nursing Center on Wednesday May 18, 2016 after a courageous and brave battle with Alzheimers . Mrs. Deal was born June 26, 1933 in Polk County, a daughter of the late Edgar C."Red" and Ruth Shytle Byrd. She was a graduate of Francis Garrou High School in Valdese, attended Clevenger's Business...
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James Spurgeon Peterson

August 6, 1970 - May 16, 2016

Mr. James Spurgeon Peterson, 45, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at his residence. James was born on August 6, 1970 in Buffalo, NY to James Oliver Peterson and Elizabeth Ann Law Peterson. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. A private service will be held by the family at a later date. Memorials may be sent to NAMI Western Carolina, 356 Biltmore Ave.,...
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Clyde Wayne Little

December 4, 1952 - May 15, 2016

Rev. Clyde Wayne Little, 63, of Morganton passed away on May 15, 2016 at his home following two years of severe illness. Surviving is his wife Barbara Little of the home, four children, two brothers, 3 sisters, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Services are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory. In lieu of flowers memorials may be...
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Rickie Lee Huff

March 19, 1954 - May 14, 2016

Rickie Lee Huff, 62, of Vale, passed away Saturday May 14, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday May 18, 2016 at Mountain View United Methodist Church Cemetery in Abingdon, VA. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of...
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Charles Homer Barnhardt, Sr.

June 23, 1924 - May 13, 2016

Mr. Charles H. Barnhardt, 91, of Rutherford College passed away on May 13, 2016 after a short stay at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Charlie was born on June 23, 1924 in Winston Salem to Rev. Zeb Barnhardt , a Methodist minister, and Kate Wagg Barnhardt, the daughter of Methodist minister, Rev. T.E.Wagg. Charlie was an active member of his community during his lifetime. He was a...
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Mary Wilson Coffey

April 16, 1921 - May 13, 2016

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Franklin Wilson Coffey, 95, of Morganton passed away Friday May 13, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Coffey was born April 16, 1921 in Burke County to the late Dock Moran Franklin and Annie May Pless Franklin. Mary had been a long time member of Hopewell Baptist Church teaching classes from nursery to the adult ladies. She...
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Rhea Alford Townsend, Jr.

October 29, 1945 - May 12, 2016

Mr. Rhea Alford Townsend, Jr. , 70, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday May 12, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Townsend was born October 29, 1945 in Virginia to the late Rhea Townsend, Sr. and Nola Lee Sorah. He worked as a mechanic and maintenance worker in the furniture industry. Rhea was a member of the United States Army serving in Vietnam. He shared...
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Nancy Deal Bennett

January 19, 1953 - May 12, 2016

Mrs. Nancy Deal Bennett, 63, of Morganton passed away Thursday May 12, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Bennett was born January 19, 1953 in Burke County to Mrs. Thelma Gilbert Deal and Mr. Donald Deal. She was an early childhood educator, working for Burke County Public Schools. Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her nephew, Greg...
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Cheryl Lynn Whisnant

March 11, 1957 - May 12, 2016

Cheryl Lynn Wyatt Whisnant, 59, of Valdese, passed away Thursday May 12, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family
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Mildred Glasco Brinkley

August 21, 1930 - May 11, 2016

Mildred Glasco Brinkley, 85, of Valdese, departed this life to her heavenly home on Tuesday May 11, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief illness. Mildred was born on August 21, 1930 in Cleveland County to the late Henry Glasco and Bryte Costner Glasco. She was employed as a telephone operator for many years and later worked for the Alba Outlet Store. After marrying her...
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Edna Caroline Brittain Kiser

September 29, 1934 - May 9, 2016

Edna Caroline Brittain Kiser, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Edna was born on September 29, 1934 in Burke County, to the late Gete Brittain and Alice Anna Young. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and loved being a wife, mother, and most of all a grandmother. In addition to her...
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Mary Katherine Benfield Houser

January 12, 1941 - May 8, 2016

Mrs. Mary Katherine Benfield Houser, 75, of Morganton, died Sunday May 8, 2016 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Houser was born January 12, 1941 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Thomas Edward Benfield, Sr. and Mary Walker Benfield. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and retired as a knitter from the textile industry. In addition to her parents she...
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James Kevin Cannon

August 5, 1979 - May 8, 2016

Mr. James Kevin Cannon, 36, of Connelly Springs went to his Heavenly reward on Sunday May 8, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a period of declining health. James was born August 5, 1979 in Catawba County, a loving son of Johnny C. Cannon and Carolyn L. Cannon. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church and graduated from North Liberty School. He was preceded in death by his...
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Lavada Kiser Brittain

October 28, 1923 - May 7, 2016

Lavada Maude Kiser Brittain, 92, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Lavada was born on October 28, 1923 in South Carolina, to the late Roland Kiser and Viola Taylor Kiser. She was a loving homemaker, a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church, who loved her flowers and gardening, cooking for her family, and...
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Tip Phantha

January 9, 1918 - May 6, 2016


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Charles Stephenson Barker

February 26, 1940 - May 6, 2016

Charles Stephenson Barker, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. He was a loving husband, father and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Charles was born on February 26, 1940 in Halifax County, to the late Elmer Barker and Florence Craddock Barker. He was a member of Walker's...
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Robert Abernathy, Jr.

July 1, 1925 - May 6, 2016

Mr. Robert Abernathy, Jr. , 90, of Valdese, passed away on Friday May 6, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Abernathy was born July 1, 1925 in Fort Mill, SC, a son of the late Foster Robert and Bertha May Mace Abernathy. He was a US Navy Veteran of WW II, serving as Third Class Petty Officer. After his tour of duty in the military he worked as an...
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Frances Anson

January 17, 1924 - May 5, 2016


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John Henry Lowman

June 27, 1928 - May 5, 2016

Mr. John Henry Lowman, 87, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Lenoir Healthcare Center, following a period of declining health. John was born on June 27, 1928 in Burke County to the late Henry Lowman and Dovie Hildebran Lowman. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was a retired diesel mechanic for Cramer Lumber Company. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Sturges Conway Beane, Jr.

May 26, 1952 - May 2, 2016

Mr. Sturges "JR" Conway Beane, Jr., 63, of Rutherford College, departed for his heavenly home on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a battle with cancer. JR was born in Caldwell County to the late Sturges Conway Beane, Sr. and Betty Clontz Beane. He was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church, and enjoyed playing golf and going to races. Survivors include his...
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James Ronnie Elrod

August 26, 1949 - April 28, 2016

Mr. James Leonard "Ronnie" Elrod, 66, of Lenoir, died Thursday April 28, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Elrod was born August 26 1949 in Caldwell County. He was employed as a property maintenance manager for Oak Plantation and Wolfpack Rentals. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Mae Elrod Hamby, brothers, Carl Elrod, Eddie Hamby and Chris and...
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Jack Julius Berry

June 24, 1931 - April 27, 2016

Jack Julius Berry passed away peacefully on April 27th at the age of 84 after declining illness. Jack was born June 24, 1931 to the late Jacob Cicero (J.C.) Berry and Bedie Ramsey Rector Berry. He was a life long member of Rutherford College First Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and sang in the choir. He worked most of his life as a truck driver for various companies including...
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Rickey Taylor

April 27, 2016

Rickey Tee Taylor - 63 Born in Paragould, Arkansas; November 25, 1952 Died in Valdese, North Carolina: April 27, 2016 Rickey had passed away from fighting a battle of cancer. Rickey grew up in Arkansas, Michigan and the last 12 years in Hickory, North Carolina. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Taylor. He had 6 brothers and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his father Mr. Bill...
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Roger Joe Shatley

August 22, 1941 - April 25, 2016

Mr. Roger Joe Shatley, 74, of Marion, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Roger was born in Caldwell County to the late Joe C. Shatley and Reba Bryant Shatley. He was a member at Glenwood Baptist Church for over forty years and was retired from the hosiery industry as a machine mechanic. Survivors include his wife,...
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Amanda Buchanan

June 18, 1928 - April 17, 2016

Mrs. Amanda Melissa Roberts Buchanan, 87, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Buchanan was born June 18, 1928 in Graham County to the late Worth Roberts and Molly Deyton Roberts. She worked at Burke Yarns and was a faithful member of Enon Baptist Church. Amanda was known to her family and...
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David Cobb Thompson

August 24, 1956 - April 16, 2016

Mr. David Cobb Thompson, 59, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday April 16, 2016 . David was born August 24, 1956 in Burke County, a son of Colene Cobb Thompson of Valdese and the late Leonard Thompson. He was a member of the Valdese First Baptist Church and was the owner of Thompson Realty. David served his community as volunteer fireman with both Valdese Fire Department and...
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Ronald Henry Bunton, Sr.

June 14, 1938 - April 15, 2016

Mr. Ronald Henry Bunton, Sr., 77, of Drexel passed away Friday April 15, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mr. Bunton was born June 14, 1938 in Avery County to the late Robert Franklin Bunton and Hester Calhoun Bunton. He worked in maintenance at Boise Cascade. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian, Ginger, Dorothy,...
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Alma "Amy" Bragg Sides Wallace

September 22, 1926 - April 15, 2016

Alma "Amy" Bragg Sides Wallace of Mountain View went to be with her God on Friday, April 15, 2016. Amy was born in Clinton, South Carolina on September 22, 1926 to the late Rev. John Leonard and Chloe Lassiter Bragg. At age 15, Amy's family moved to Burke County where she later met and wed husband, John C. Sides, Jr. In addition to her parents, Amy was preceded in death by her first husband,...
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Violet Mae Smith

July 16, 1917 - April 15, 2016

Violet Mae Smith, age 98, of Valdese, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 15, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, following a period of declining health. Born in Caldwell County, North Carolina on July 16, 1917, she was the daughter of the late James Arthur Smith and Daisy Kaylor Smith. Ms. Smith took great pride in cooking and spending time with her family and...
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Norma Jean Beck Abee

July 23, 1938 - April 15, 2016

Norma Jean Beck Abee, age 77, of Valdese, North Carolina, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 peacefully at her residence. Born in Burke County, North Carolina on July 23, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Stewart and Macy Ledbetter Beck. Mrs. Abee retired following thirty years of service with First Union Bank as a customer service representative. Following retirement, she worked...
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Eartha Marie Carswell

February 12, 1961 - April 12, 2016

Mrs. Eartha Marie Carswell, 55, of Conover, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Brian Center-Viewmont, following a period of declining health. Eartha was born on February 12, 1961 in Carter County, TN to Stella Black and to the late Charlie G.W. Isaacs. Surviving is her husband of 40 years, Michael Carswell, four brothers; Roger Isaacs, Charles Isaacs, Johnny Isaacs, and Ronnie Isaacs;...
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Ruby Joyce Holder Lyons

March 31, 1925 - April 12, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Joyce Holder Lyons, 91, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on March 31, 1925 in Hampton, TN to the late Kenny Holder and Rosie Roberts Holder. She was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker and attended the Drexel Christian Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Donald Yates Martinat, Sr.

July 31, 1940 - April 12, 2016

Mr. Donald Yates Martinat, Sr., 75, of Valdese, passed away Tuesday April 12, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Martinat was born July 31, 1940 in Burke County, a son of the late Ernest and Lucy Moses Martinat. Donald was very proud of his Waldensian Heritage. He was of the Baptist faith and was a former member of the Valdese JCs. Donald retired from the shipping...
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Dekota Chase Smith

December 14, 1999 - April 10, 2016

Dekota Chase Smith, 16, of Granite Falls, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016. A funeral service will be held 12:00PM Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lenoir. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Saturday from 10:30AM to 12:00PM at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church. Interment will follow the service at Mountain Grove Baptist Church...
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George Kiser, Jr.

November 28, 1930 - April 10, 2016

Mr. George Kiser Jr., 85, of Connelly Springs, loving father and Papaw, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 10, 2016. He was born November 28, 1930 in Catawba County to the late George Henry Kiser Sr. and Minnie May Huffman Kiser. George was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church of Icard, NC, where he was a former Sunday School teacher, RA leader, and a deacon. He was...
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Rosemarie Joyce Roberts Toney

March 13, 1935 - April 9, 2016

Mrs. Rosemarie Roberts Toney, 81, of Rhodhiss, died Saturday April 9,20156 at Brian Center Viewmont, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Toney was born march 13, 1935 in Trenton, NJ, a daughter of the late Walter and Myrtle Roberts. She was an active member of the TGIF Church and retired from Burke Mills after 16 years of service. Rosemarie enjoyed square-dancing and working at K-Mart...
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Kaye Scruggs Perrou

January 4, 1934 - April 9, 2016

Mrs. Kaye Frances Scruggs Perrou, 82, of Valdese, died Saturday April 9, 2016 at Catawba Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Perrou was born January 4, 1934 in Valdese, daughter of the late Kermit and Irene Jones Scruggs. She was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and retired from the customer service department of Valdese Manufacturing Co. In addition to...
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Leo Wayne DuBry

May 27, 1925 - April 6, 2016

Mr. Leo Wayne DuBry, 90, of Valdese, died, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:00PM, at Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory. Interment will follow at the North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. Leo was born in Temperance, Michigan on May 27, 1925. He served his country during WWII...
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Charlene Robinson Secrest

March 6, 1935 - April 5, 2016

Mrs. Charlene Robinson Secrest, 81, of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at CHS-Blue Ridge Morganton, following a period of declining health. Charlene was born on March 6, 1935 in Burke County to the late Charlie Robinson and Bertha Carswell Robinson. She was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Compnay, where she worked in the repair department. Charlene was a member...
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Melissa Rae Lyle

July 16, 1978 - April 3, 2016

Our Melissa Rae Lyle, 37, of Morganton, passed over the rainbow into paradise Sunday April 3rd, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones ,after a courageous 22 years battle with Crohn's Disease. Melissa was born in Burke County on July 16, 1978. She was the only child of Marsha Poteat Lyle and Ray Anthony Lyle of Morganton. She was loved by many and entertained all with her quick wit and humor. ...
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Evelyn Sharp Votaw

September 14, 1930 - April 2, 2016

Evelyn Sharp Votaw, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born on September 14, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late Pierce and Jesse Hopson Sharp. She formerly worked in home health care and she loved to travel. Evelyn had a beloved dog, Cody, that she loved dearly. In addition to...
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Harold "Frog" Belton

April 8, 1945 - March 29, 2016

Mr. Harold Eugene "Frog" Belton, 61, of Morganton, passed away, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private service at a later date. Memorials may be sent to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 An online guestbook and obituary is available at heritagefuneralservices.com ...
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