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Dorothy Ann Huffman

September 22, 1955 - October 14, 2017

Mrs. Dorothy Ann Huffman, 62, of Hickory passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Dorothy was born September 22, 1955 in Catawba County to the late Arlin "Duck" Sain and Helen "Sis" Hildebran Sain. She worked at Drexel Heritage Furniture. Survivors include her husband Ned Huffman, her son, Nathan Huffman, both of the home;...
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Rachel Barus Jimison

November 23, 1942 - October 14, 2017

Mrs. Rachel Jimison 74, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday October 14, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Jimison was born November 23, 1942 in Burke County, to the late Frank Barus and Edna Seagle Barus. She loved taking care of her family and her dogs. She worked as a hairdresser. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank Barus Jr. and Roy Barus; and her sisters,...
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Richard Todd Turner

November 20, 1960 - October 12, 2017

Mr. Richard Todd Turner, 56, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Richard was born November 20, 1960, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to the late Richard Frank Turner and Kathleen Moody Parrish. He was a veteran in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife Jennifer A. Turner of the home; four...
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Benny Ray Powell

December 28, 1929 - October 12, 2017

Mr. Benny Ray Powell, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday October 12, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Powell was born December 28, 1929 in Burke County, a son of the late Marshall Eugene and Alice Sarah Saunders Powell. He was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church and served his country as a member of the US Army. Ray retired from the Valdese...
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Jason Keith Hensley

April 25, 1977 - October 9, 2017

Mr. Jason Keith Hensley, 40, of Morganton died on Monday, October 9, 2017 following a traffic accident while working as a volunteer with the Triple Community Fire Department, clearing brush from the highway after the Sunday night storms. Jason was born April 25, 1977 in Burke County, the son of Nelson and Cornelia Talent Hensley. He was an automobile mechanic, working in the Jerry Gibby Shop....
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Diana Simmons Wilson

June 8, 1948 - October 8, 2017

Mrs. Diana Simmons Wilson, 69, of Connelly Springs passed away on Sunday October 8, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Wilson was born June 8, 1948 in Burke County a daughter of the late Horace King Simmons and Carleen Carpenter Simmons. Diana was retired as a CNA with College Pines Nursing Center. Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Wayne Wilson and five...
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Larry Dale Hildebran

September 14, 1960 - October 8, 2017

Mr. Larry Dale Hildebran, 57, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Larry Hildebran was born September 14, 1960 in Catawba County to the late Leonard Hildebran and Wilma Fisher Hildebran. He had a great love for the Lord and was looking forward to going to Heaven. Larry also enjoyed going to the...
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Hugh Clark Fletcher

November 3, 1957 - October 7, 2017

Hugh Clark Fletcher, 59, of Rainbow Hills Drive, Hickory, died on Saturday, October 7, 2017, while diving in Berkley County, South Carolina. Mr. Fletcher was born on November 3, 1957, in Mecklenburg County to Cynthia Clark Fletcher and the late Larry Wayne Fletcher. He began his career in the submarine service of the United States Navy, stationed in Groton, Connecticut. He later transitioned...
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Rex Glenn Anderson

August 14, 1937 - October 6, 2017

Mr. Rex Glenn Anderson, 80, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center-Charlotte. Rex was born on August 14, 1937 in Grayson County, VA to the late Noah Glenn Anderson and Lillie Ruth Anderson. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Valdese, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was retired from Broughton Hospital. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Theresa O'Briant Zimmerman

September 2, 1925 - October 6, 2017

Mrs. Theresa O'Briant Zimmerman, 92, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Zimmerman was born September 2, 1925, in Person County, daughter of the late Arthur Sewell and Mary Parrott O'Briant. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Ray Richard Zimmerman; two brothers, Harold...
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Evelyn Hudson Huffman

May 12, 1926 - October 6, 2017

Mrs. Evelyn Hudson Huffman, 91, of Thomasville, formerly of Vale, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born on May 12, 1926 in Catawba County to the late Ulysses Grant Hudson and Daisy Hildebran Huffman. She was a longtime member of Providence Baptist Church in Hickory and was a retired seamstress in the hosiery industry. ...
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Edith Townsend McCoury

April 26, 1934 - October 5, 2017

Mrs. Edith Virginia Townsend McCoury, 83, of Hildebran, passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Edith was born on April 26, 1934 in Avery County to the late James Bealer Townsend and Mattie Carver Townsend. She was a member of Berea Baptist Church, a caring homemaker, a loving wife of 68 years and a devoted mother and grandmother. Edith loved her church and the...
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Hal Loy Martin

September 25, 1936 - October 1, 2017

Mr. Hal Loy Martin, 81, of Hickory passed away October 1, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mr. Martin was born September 25, 1936 in Burke County to the late Murphy M. Martin and Edith Lindsey Martin. He was employed as a service manager for Morganton Motor Sales and also served his country in the Air Force. He truly was an avid bee keeper and enjoyed...
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Margaret Helen Brown Jones

September 14, 1932 - September 30, 2017

Margaret Helen Brown Jones, 85, of Hickory, passed away Saturday September 30, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Jones was born on September 14, 1932 in Nash County, NC to the late Jarvis Brown and Ina Jones Brown. She was a homemaker, and a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William ...
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Kelly Willard York

March 28, 1936 - September 29, 2017

Mr. Kelly Willard York, 81, of Granite Falls passed away Friday September 29, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held 3:00PM Sunday October 1, 2017 at North Laurel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wakefield and Pastor Buddy Sizemore officiating. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends...
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Cecil Larry Hildebran

November 1, 1950 - September 28, 2017

Mr. Cecil Larry Hildebran, 66, of Hickory, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Mr. Hildebran was born November 1, 1950 in Burke County, a son of the late Cecil and Betty Burleson Hildebran. Cecil was a faithful and active member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and employed as a supervisor at Century...
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Bobby Gene Teague, Sr

January 10, 1939 - September 25, 2017


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Kelli Renee' Short

November 10, 1984 - September 23, 2017

Kelli Renee Short, 32, of Shenandoah, VA , went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Kelli was born on November 10, 1984 in Catawba County to the late Lewis Short and Carla Helton. She was previously employed as a CNA. Survivors include her son, Ryan Short of Vale, her brother, Eric Short of Shenandoah, VA and a number of uncles and aunts. A memorial service will be held...
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Jerry Dean McIntosh

January 3, 1953 - September 23, 2017

Mr. Jerry Dean McIntosh, 64, of Newton, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Jerry was born on January 3, 1953 in Yancey County to the late William Lee and Pansy Lee McIntosh. He was a member of New Life Assembly Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed in the fiber optics industry. Jerry was an avid...
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Robert Stephen Thomas

April 11, 1971 - September 23, 2017

Mr. Robert Stephen Thomas, 46, of Raleigh, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at his residence. Robert was born on April 11, 1971, in Mitchell County, to Robert David Thomas and Ruth Neal Thomas. He was a member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church. He loved to be working in his flowers, reading, or watching movies. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Carla Thomas of...
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Marion Boswell Arrowood

April 12, 1954 - September 22, 2017

Mr. Marion Boswell Arrowood, 63, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017. Marion was born April 12, 1954, in Burke County, to the late Ambrose B. Arrowood and Lois Seawell Arrowood. He was an active member in the Warwick Ruritan Club and was recently voted the Man of the Year. He loved to serve others in his community and was president of the housing association. ...
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Michael Jay Edward Hager

July 16, 1992 - September 22, 2017

Mr. Michael Jay Edward Hager, 25, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017, following a dirt bike accident near his residence. Michael was born July 16, 1992, in Burke County, to Eddie Hager and Peggy Milligan Hager. He was a member of Kingdom Hall-Jehovah's Witness in Valdese. Michael loved to ride his dirt bike, look at sports cars, work on computers, and being around...
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Anna Brooks Graybeal

September 25, 1932 - September 22, 2017

Mrs. Anna Mae Brooks Graybeal, 84, of Hildebran, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Anna was born on September 25, 1932 Strawberry Plains, TN to the late Carl Homer Brooks and Margaret Layman Brooks. She was a member of North Morganton Baptist Church and was retired from law enforcement and the security industry. ...
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Rachel Denise Franklin

November 9, 1956 - September 22, 2017

Rachel Denise Franklin, 60, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
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Brooks Corneilious Holder, Jr.

February 17, 1928 - September 19, 2017

Mr. Brooks Corneilous Holder, Jr., of Valdese, N.C., previously of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the home of his son. He now speaks with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to the family who have gone on before him, including his son Neil Holder. Brooks was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. on February 17, 1928 to the late Brooks C. Holder, Sr. and Zerah May...
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Bianca LeeAnn McCrary

September 18, 2017

Bianca LeeAnn McCrary, infant daughter of Brandon and Gloria McCrary passed away Monday September 18th at Catawba Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Robin McCrary Hartsoe. In addition to her parents she is survived by her grandfathers; Tim Muentener and Tim Hartsoe; great grandparents; William and Debra McCrary and many other loving family members and friends. A...
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Nanine "Annaree" Russo

March 15, 1944 - September 18, 2017

Nanine "Annaree" Russo, 73, of Valdese, passed away on Monday September 18, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice , after a period of declining health. Annaree was born March 15, 1944 in Washington, DC, a daughter of the late Mario and Ruth Newton Russo. She retired as a medical secretary and was a member of the Valdese First United Methodist Church. Surviving are her brother, Jerry Russo and...
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Sarah H. Huffman

April 29, 1933 - September 16, 2017

Mrs. Sarah Huffman, 84, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday September 16, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Sarah was born April 29, 1933 in Burke County to the late Sonny Huffman and Bessy Icard Huffman. She retired From Drexel Heritage Furniture where she worked as a finisher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her...
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Mary Lou Ennis

April 1, 1923 - September 15, 2017

Mary Lou Ennis, 94, passed away peacefully Friday, September 15, 2017 at Kingston Residence in Hickory, NC. Born April 1, 1923 in Casar, NC, she was a daughter of the late Clifton Samuel Botts and Florence Newton Botts. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by brothers Buford Frank Botts and Howard Robert Botts; sisters Betty Jean Botts, Elizabeth Botts Johnson, Dorothy...
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Vicki Lynn Smith

November 29, 1955 - September 14, 2017

Mrs. Vicki Lynn Smith, 61, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday September 14, 2017 at her residence. Mrs. Smith was born November 29, 1955 in Burke County to Paula Evans and the late Frank Mull. She was a member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Maude Hyde and Molly Mull. Survivors include her husband Kevin Smith;...
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Conley Yates Fields

November 28, 1942 - September 14, 2017

Mr. Conley Yates Fields, 74, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday September 14, 2017 at his residence. Mr. Conley was born November 28, 1942 in Burke County to the late Wilson Eugene Fields and Margaret Elizabeth Berry Fields. He was a member at Shady Grove United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Darrell Yates Fields; and sisters, Merita...
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Reva Lee Hefner Spann

October 21, 1932 - September 9, 2017

Mrs. Reva Lee Hefner Spann, 84, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Reva was born October 21, 1932, in Burke County, to the late Midas Hefner and Toye Helton Hefner. She was an active member of North Laurel Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was always involved...
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Kenneth Ray Hinesley, Jr.

July 25, 1954 - September 8, 2017

Mr. Kenneth "Rick" Ray Hinesley Jr., 63, of Greer, SC, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017, at his residence. Rick was born July 25, 1954, in Moore County, to Shirley Salmon Hinesley and the late Kenneth Ray Hinesley Sr. He was a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church in Greenville SC. In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his wife Cathy Hinesley. In addition to...
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James Theodore Walker

September 19, 1933 - September 7, 2017

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, James Bryson Theodore Walker, born September 19, 1933, gave up his hunger and passed his fire to his children. He lived a meager life, content with the simpler things; good food, a good drink of liquor, laughter and spending time with his family and friends. He was a hard working man, providing for his wife of 42 years, Ellen Reid Walker, deceased; and seven...
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Earl Michael King

October 16, 1952 - September 7, 2017

Mr. Earl "Mike" Michael King, 64, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at his residence, following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Grady Carroll, Jr.

May 21, 1930 - August 26, 2017

Mr. Grady Carroll, Jr., 87, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at his residence. Grady was born on May 21, 1930 in Georgia to the late William Grady Carroll and Elsie Mae Whitlock Carroll. He was a retired truck driver who enjoyed farming, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a longtime member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Tim Carlin Singleton

August 19, 1948 - August 25, 2017

Mr. Tim Carlin Singleton, 69, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Tim was born August 19, 1948, in Burke County, to the late Rufus W. Singleton and Helen Annis Singleton. He served in the US Army for two years, during the Vietnam War, and had a great passion for fishing. In addition to his parents,...
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Roger Dennis Fleming

July 3, 1949 - August 23, 2017

Mr. Roger Dennis Fleming, 68, of Supply, NC, formerly of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at his residence. Roger was born on July 3, 1949 in Catawba County to the late Weaver Dennis Fleming and Ruby Kent Fleming. He was formerly employed as a machinist in the electrical industry and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Barbara Lee Shull

November 16, 1949 - August 21, 2017

Mrs. Barbara Bumgarner Shull, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017. Barbara was born on November 16, 1949, in Watauga County, to the late Carl D. Bumgarner and Ruby Brown Bumgarner. She retired from Drexel Heritage Furnishings and as a volunteer firefighter with the Drexel Fire Department, she also served on the ladies auxiliary. During her twenty years of service as a...
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John Ervin Chaney

November 7, 1932 - August 20, 2017

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

April 4, 1952 - August 19, 2017

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

April 5, 1948 - August 19, 2017

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

January 1, 1935 - August 19, 2017

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

March 24, 1936 - August 18, 2017

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

December 14, 1942 - August 17, 2017

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

January 8, 1950 - August 17, 2017

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

November 24, 1947 - August 16, 2017

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

January 31, 1927 - August 16, 2017

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

October 14, 1973 - August 16, 2017

Mrs. Lisa Marie Cousins Carswell, 43, of Granite Falls, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Melvin Booth

February 24, 1938 - August 13, 2017

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

May 13, 1956 - August 12, 2017

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

April 9, 1956 - August 11, 2017

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

May 11, 2001 - August 10, 2017

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

January 2, 1933 - August 6, 2017

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

August 1, 1956 - August 5, 2017

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

June 11, 1928 - August 5, 2017

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

April 27, 1947 - August 5, 2017

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

June 1, 1941 - August 4, 2017

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

May 14, 1947 - August 4, 2017

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

March 15, 1940 - August 3, 2017

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

March 3, 1942 - August 3, 2017

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

December 24, 1924 - August 3, 2017

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

July 30, 1940 - July 31, 2017

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

December 14, 1915 - July 29, 2017

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

June 20, 1973 - July 27, 2017

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

January 26, 1942 - July 26, 2017

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

June 23, 1959 - July 26, 2017

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

September 9, 1934 - July 25, 2017

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

July 1, 1971 - July 25, 2017

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

December 20, 1981 - July 24, 2017


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Johnny Eugene Price

January 7, 1947 - July 24, 2017

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

April 29, 1927 - July 23, 2017

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

March 7, 2003 - July 22, 2017

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

November 12, 1928 - July 22, 2017

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

February 9, 1921 - July 18, 2017

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

October 15, 1946 - July 13, 2017

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

August 5, 1997 - July 12, 2017

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

October 25, 1926 - July 12, 2017

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

October 17, 1936 - July 12, 2017

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

June 29, 1951 - July 12, 2017

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

January 18, 1940 - July 11, 2017

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

August 25, 1955 - July 6, 2017

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

November 26, 1946 - July 5, 2017

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

March 21, 1963 - July 1, 2017

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

November 29, 1948 - June 29, 2017

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

November 16, 1968 - June 24, 2017

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

November 8, 1941 - June 17, 2017

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

October 15, 1941 - June 17, 2017

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

August 4, 1923 - June 17, 2017

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

July 1, 1927 - June 16, 2017

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

August 28, 1939 - June 15, 2017

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

June 30, 1928 - June 14, 2017

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

July 9, 1938 - June 11, 2017

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

January 18, 1941 - June 11, 2017

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

September 6, 1932 - June 9, 2017

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

July 25, 1939 - June 7, 2017

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

February 12, 1950 - June 6, 2017

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

February 28, 1938 - June 5, 2017

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

December 27, 1952 - June 5, 2017

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

October 25, 1922 - June 5, 2017

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