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Emily Lynn Lambert

January 29, 1941 - January 29, 2015

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

July 14, 1931 - January 29, 2015

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

May 2, 1957 - January 28, 2015

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

March 29, 1935 - January 26, 2015

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

March 13, 1925 - January 26, 2015

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

June 5, 1928 - January 25, 2015

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

June 3, 1956 - January 25, 2015

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

August 9, 1915 - January 23, 2015

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

August 23, 1930 - January 22, 2015

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

January 22, 2015

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

August 10, 1925 - January 17, 2015

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

January 16, 2015

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

October 1, 1944 - January 14, 2015

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

October 8, 1935 - January 13, 2015

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

January 10, 2015

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

August 13, 1940 - January 9, 2015

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

April 23, 1930 - January 6, 2015

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

January 26, 1962 - January 5, 2015

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

August 8, 1926 - January 5, 2015

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

September 25, 1939 - January 4, 2015

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

January 2, 2015

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

September 13, 1920 - December 30, 2014

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

April 4, 1931 - December 29, 2014

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

September 19, 1936 - December 29, 2014

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

July 30, 1932 - December 28, 2014

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

September 11, 1963 - December 28, 2014

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

March 4, 1922 - December 28, 2014

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

February 9, 1933 - December 27, 2014

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

December 27, 2014

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

December 27, 2014

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

December 26, 2014

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

December 26, 2014

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

May 2, 1931 - December 24, 2014

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

December 24, 2014

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

February 27, 1981 - December 24, 2014

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

May 29, 2014 - December 23, 2014

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

December 18, 1941 - December 23, 2014

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

October 25, 1925 - December 22, 2014

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

May 20, 1936 - December 21, 2014

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

April 25, 1920 - December 21, 2014

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

July 21, 1982 - December 20, 2014

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

November 27, 1943 - December 20, 2014

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

February 26, 1929 - December 20, 2014

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

September 16, 1966 - December 19, 2014

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

June 6, 1940 - December 18, 2014

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

June 29, 1953 - December 17, 2014

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

June 20, 1921 - December 17, 2014

Mrs. Clarcy Marie Cooke Cook, 93, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Clarcy was born on June 20, 1921 in York County to the late Robert W. Cooke and Prella Mosteller Cooke. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hickory , where she sang alto in the choir, and was a graduate of Hildebran High School. ...
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Lewis Pinkney Wells, Jr.

January 12, 1943 - December 15, 2014

Mr. Lewis Pinkney Wells, Jr., 71, of Valdese passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014 at Carolina Rehab & Nursing Center in Connelly Springs. Lewis was born on January 12, 1943 in Caldwell County to the late Lewis Wells Sr. and Bertha Louise Cresson. He was a member of the Valdese First Christian Church and was employed many years ago at Sterling Billiards in Morganton. In addition to his...
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Gladys Laughridge Smart

January 4, 1931 - December 13, 2014

Mrs. Gladys Laughridge Smart, 83, of Connelly Springs , passed away on Saturday December 13, 2014 following a period of declining health. Mrs. Smart was born on January 4, 1931 in Burke County to the late Phillip Laughridge and Edna Lail Laughridge. She was a member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church, and was a loving homemaker and mother to her family. In addition to her parents she was also...
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William "Bill" Everette Harwell

November 12, 1929 - December 10, 2014

Mr. William Everette (Bill) Harwell, 85, of Connelly Springs, died Wednesday December 10, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Harwell was born November 12, 1929 in Catawba County, a son of the late Julius Waitzel and Bernice Hildebran Harwell. He was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and formally employed in the furniture...
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Teddy Joe West

May 12, 1948 - December 9, 2014

Mr. Teddy Joe West, 66, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Ted was born on May 12, 1948 in Burke County to the late Charlie Glen West and Myrtle Sherrill West. He was one of the original " Chocolate Pudding Kids". Ted was a member of United Baptist Church and was retired from Leviton where he worked as a mechanic for...
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Estelle Roselia Salvarey Fornwald

August 7, 1928 - December 9, 2014

Estelle Roselia Salvarey Fornwald , 86, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday December 9, 2014 at Valdese Hospital. Estelle was born August 7, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Evilo Salvarey and Maria Gonzales Salvarey. Survivors include her children Juanita Fornwald-Maldonado, Alexander Fornwald, Javier Fornwald, Ruth Maria Cummings; grandchildren Randi Liz Wunschel, Kristin...
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Norris Lee Seagle

December 16, 1930 - December 7, 2014

Norris Lee Seagle, 83, of Rutherford College, passed away on Sunday December 7, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Seagle was born on December 16, 1930 in Burke County to the late Maurice Seagle and Vesta Pearson Seagle. He was retired from Henredon Furniture, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Rutherford College. In addition to...
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Margie Kincaid

March 1, 1932 - December 5, 2014

Mrs. Margie Marshall Kincaid, 82, of Rutherford College, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday December 5, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Kincaid was born March 1, 1932 in Catawba County a daughter of the late Walter and Ruth Starnes Marshall. Margie was loving wife, mother and homemaker and retired from the Burke County School System as a teacher...
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Paul David Page

June 17, 1940 - December 3, 2014

Mr. Paul David "Bub" Page, 74, of Valdese died Wednesday December 3,2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness . Paul was born June 17, 1940 in Burke County, a son of the late Garland and Ethel Rae Jones Page. He was retired as a healthcare CNA from Broughton Hospital. Paul enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, working his yard and building...
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Kenneth Frady

September 9, 1948 - December 2, 2014

Rev. Kenneth Frady, 66, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born on September 9, 1948 in Madison County to the late Burnett Frady and Cynthia Plemmons Frady. He was the current pastor for Mountain View #1 Baptist Church, was the longtime pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church for 24 years and the...
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Floy Shuping Propst

October 7, 1919 - December 2, 2014

Mrs. Floy Edith Shuping Propst, 95, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday December 2, 2014 at Brockford Inn Nursing Center, Granite Falls , after a period of declining health. Mrs. Propst was born October 7, 1919 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Jacob Alexander and Deltha Geneva Lail Shuping. She retired from the Alba-Waldensian, Inc. after a number of years of service. In...
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Rebecca Ann Hildebran Edney

April 27, 1943 - December 1, 2014

Mrs. Rebecca Ann Hildebran Edney, 71, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday December 1, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese. Mrs. Edney was born April 27, 1943 in Catawba County, a daughter of Annie Sue Brittain Haas and the late Boyd B. Haas. Rebecca retired from Valdese Weavers, Inc. and was a member of the LDS Church of Morganton, She was a loving wife,...
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Mackenzie Hope Debski

November 29, 2014 - November 29, 2014

Mackenzie Hope Debski, infant daughter of Christa Debski and John Townsend, Jr. passed away Saturday November 29, 2014 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held 3:30 PM Wednesday December 3, 2014 at Whitnel First Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Murry officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Debski family.
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Melvin Collige

September 2, 1927 - November 29, 2014


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Charles Huggins

May 14, 1957 - November 29, 2014

Mr. Charles Oscar Huggins, 57, of Granite Falls, died Saturday November 29, 2014 at Caldwell County Hospice, after a period of declining health. Charles was born May 14, 1957 in Abington, VA, a son of the late Ellis and Charlotte Owens Huggins. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as an electrician. No Services are planned at this time. An online guestbook and obituary is available at...
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Teressa DeFalco Greer

October 8, 1928 - November 27, 2014

Mrs. Teressa DeFalco Greer, 86, of Vineland, NJ, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday November 27, 2014, with her family surrounding her. Teressa was born October 5, 1928 in Vineland, NJ a daughter of the late Michael and Ethel Musante DeFalco. Mrs. Greer taught dance at Arthur Murry Studio in Philadelphia and participated in shows in Philadelphia and New York City. She retired from...
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Howard Ivey Duckworth, Sr.

February 12, 1929 - November 25, 2014

Howard Ivey Duckworth Sr. "Duck", 85, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Howard was born on February 12, 1929 in Burke County to the late William Dewey and Savannah Rose Branch Duckworth. He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church Hildebran, where he enjoyed serving as Head Usher and greeting people at the door...
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Crystal Farris Chapman

December 31, 1963 - November 24, 2014

Mrs. Crystal Lynn Farris Chapman, 50, of Rutherford College, passed away unexpectedly, on Monday, November 24, 2014 at her residence. Crystal was born on December 31, 1963 in Burke County to the Priscilla Patton Fletcher and the late Ray Farris. She was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, was formerly employed Members Credit Union in Valdese and was a loving homemaker and mother to her...
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Max Philip Cannon, Jr.

August 1, 1965 - November 24, 2014

Max Philip Cannon, Jr. , 49, of Morganton passed away Monday November 24, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center after a prolonged battle with kidney and heart disease. Max was born in Burke County August 1, 1965 to Ruth Martin Cannon and the late Max Cannon, Sr. Max was a longtime member of Mt. Home Baptist Church. Max graduated from East Burke High School, attended Western Carolina University,...
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Anthony Rahn Norman

May 8, 1978 - November 22, 2014

Mr. Anthony Rahn Norman 36 of Connelly Springs died Saturday November 22, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital after a period of declining health. Mr. Norman was born May 8, 1978 in Catawba County, a son of Rahn and Amy Berry Norman of Connelly Springs. He was a member of Hildebran First Baptist Church and a former construction worker in the concrete finishing industry. In addition to his...
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Fredrick Harvey "Rick" Hallyburton

April 28, 1952 - November 15, 2014

Fredrick Harvey "Rick" Hallyburton, 62, of Rutherford College, passed away unexpectedly Saturday November 15, 2014 at his residence. Rick was born on April 28, 1952 in Burke County to the late William Frederick Hallyburton and Constance Hall Hallyburton. He was a board member with the Lovelady Fire Department for over 25 years, was a former member of the Rutherford College Lions Club, and was a...
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Ricky Paul Cooke

March 3, 1956 - November 14, 2014

Ricky Paul Cooke, 58, of Valdese, went home to be with Jesus on Friday November 14, 2014 surrounded by his family at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after his long battle with metastatic melanoma. Mr. Cooke was born March 3, 1956 in Burke County to Mrs. Genene Jenkins Cooke and the late Mr. Willard Paul Cooke. He was a member of United Baptist Church of Valdese. Mr. Cooke worked at Burke...
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Beulah Mae Cranford Icard

May 3, 1918 - November 14, 2014

Beulah Mae Cranford Icard, 96, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday November 14, 2014 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a period of declining health. Mrs. Icard was born on May 3, 1918 in Burke County to the late Pat Cranford and Bertie Childers Cranford. She was a homemaker and worked in various hosiery mills in the Valdese area. She was a member of Crosslink Church (formerly Evangelical...
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Willard Eugene Mirtsching

October 22, 1957 - November 13, 2014

Mr. Willard Eugene Mirtsching, 57, of Hickory, died Thursday November 13, 2014 at his residence. No services are scheduled.
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Earl Ray Smith

November 2, 1949 - November 12, 2014

Earl Ray Smith, 65, of Morganton, passed away Wednesday November 12, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Smith was born on November 2, 1949 in Cleveland, TN to the late Fairdy Burnice Smith and Barney Marie Moorefield. He was retired from Valdese Manufacturing, and was a loving father, grandfather, and brother, and loved watching football. Survivors include his daughters, Crystal Cramer and husband...
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Mary Lou Whisnant

October 5, 1929 - November 12, 2014

Mary Lou Pruett Whisnant, 85, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at CHS of Morganton. Mary Lou was born on October 5, 1929 in Burke County to the late Floyd Pruett and Candace Carswell Pruett. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church and was a beautician and was retired from Skyland Textiles. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Jean Garrison...
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Laird Ray Lowman

August 2, 1939 - November 12, 2014

Mr. Laird Ray Lowman, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Conover Nursing & Rehab Center. Laird was born on August 2, 1939 in Burke County to the late Oscar Lowman and Jennie Cook Lowman. He was a member of Smart's Grove Baptist Church and was retired from Baker Furniture where he worked in the maintenance department. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Julius Randolph "J.R." Passmore

January 29, 1938 - November 12, 2014

Mr. Julius Randolph Passmore,76, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday November 12, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Julius was born on January 29, 1938 in Burke County to the late Walter Passmore and Grace Winebarger Passmore. He was a member at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Valdese; and was also a loyal fan to the Carolina Tarheels, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Washington Redskins. ...
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Catherine Elizabeth Owens Francis

November 23, 1910 - November 11, 2014

Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Owens Francis, 103, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Grace Heights Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Catherine was born on November 23, 1910 in McDowell County to the late William Larkin Owens and Barbara Lucinda Hooper Owens. She was a member of the Morganton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and was a longtime cook and...
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Tracy Scott Hefner

November 9, 1969 - November 11, 2014

Tracy Scott Hefner, 45, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday November 11, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center following a period of declining health. Tracy was born on November 9, 1969 in Burke County to the late Jack Thomas Hefner and Phyllis Berry Hefner. He was a graduate of East Burke High School, and N.C. State University with a degree in History. He was formerly employed by Burke County...
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Sue Southerland

October 25, 1936 - November 10, 2014

Mrs. Sue Bumgarner Southerland, 78, of Connelly Springs, was reunited with the love of her life, her husband, Bud Southerland, on Monday November 10, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by her family. Mrs. Southerland was born October 25, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Ivey P. and Vera Rhyne Bumgarner. She was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. Sue was a loving...
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Jones Louis Ramsey

August 11, 1923 - November 10, 2014

Mr. Jones Louis Ramsey, 91,of Rutherford College, died Monday November 10, 2014 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Mr. Ramsey was born August 11, 1923 in Burke County, a son of the late John and Maggie McGalliard Ramsey. He was a carpenter by trade and a US Army Veteran of WW II. He was awarded the Purple Heart while serving in the European African Middle Eastern Theater. ...
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Adrian Wesley Abernethy

March 17, 1923 - November 10, 2014

Mr. Adrian Wesley Abernethy, 91, of Drexel, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday November 10, 2014 at the NC State Veterans Home in Salisbury, NC. Mr. Abernethy was born March 17, 1923 in Burke County, the son of the late James Ivey and Mary Maggie Lee Rector Abernethy. He retired as foreman and supervisor of the finishing dept. at Drexel Furniture Co.. He was a US Army Air Corp veteran...
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Nell Cooper Lippard

June 20, 1926 - November 9, 2014

Mrs. Nell Cooper Lippard, 88, of Drexel, passed away Sunday November 9, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center, Blue Ridge Health Care, Morganton, after a brief illness. Mrs. Lippard was born June 20, 1926 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Joseph and Estelle Berry Cooper. She was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church, serving in the choir from the beginning, and retired from the...
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Juanita Abee Lowman

February 11, 1928 - November 9, 2014

Mrs. Juanita Abee Lowman, 86, of Connelly Springs, the Abee's Chapel Baptist Church community, passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Grace Heights Nursing Center surrounded by her children. Juanita was born on February 11, 1928 in Burke county to the late John Abee and Martha Hildebrand Abee. She was a member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church and was a retiree of Alba Waldensian. In...
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Grace Hampton Penland

July 31, 1915 - November 8, 2014

Mrs. Grace Hampton Penland,99 , of Icard , passed away on Saturday November 8, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born July 31, 1915 in Hampton Township, Davidson County and moved to Icard, NC in 1935. She was the daughter to the late John Hampton and Lilly Weisner Hampton. Grace was a dedicated member of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church in Icard. She was a school employee for 22 years at...
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Mary Fox Penland

February 2, 1934 - November 7, 2014

Mrs. Mary Lee Fox Penland, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, November 7, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born on February 2, 1934 in Yancey county to the late Buck Fox and Alice Payne Fox Elkins. She was a member of the Baptist faith and was previously employed in the hosiery industry. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother...
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Billy Samuel Webb

July 8, 1938 - November 6, 2014

Mr. Billy Samuel Webb, 76 of Connelly Springs, died Thursday November 6, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Webb was born July 2, 1938 in Buncombe County, a son of the late Cling Fabe and Lucy Vera Franklin Webb. He was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and retired as a machinist from Forest City Tool Co. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and...
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Benny Dean Mace

May 4, 1951 - November 4, 2014

Mr. Benny Dean Mace, 63, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at CHC-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Benny was born on May 4, 1951 in Burke County to J.C. Mace and the late Betty Lail Mace. He was previously employed as a truck driver for Case Farms. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by one sister, Debra M. Buchanan. Surviving in...
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Tony Hampton Penland

March 13, 1936 - November 1, 2014

Mr. Tony Hampton Penland, 78, of Icard, departed this life suddenly on Saturday November 1, 2014 after a brief illness. Mr. Penland was born March 13, 1936 in Icard, the son of Grace Hampton Penland and the late Frances Eugene Penland. He lived and worked on the family farm, Icarda Dairy. Tony was a member of the Hildebran High School six man football team that played in the 1953 NC State...
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Jimmy Ray Kiser

January 4, 1972 - October 29, 2014


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Mary Joyce Young Brown

January 14, 1944 - October 29, 2014

Mary Joyce Young Brown, 70, of Newton, passed away October 29, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Brown was born on January 14, 1944 in Burke County to the late Willie Foster Young and Neva Edna Breedlove Young. She was retired as a real estate agent with Fletcher Realty in Newton. Survivors include her daughter, Michele Gilbert and husband Scott of...
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Lewis Hoyle Hudson

November 10, 1934 - October 29, 2014

Lewis Hoyle Hudson, 79, of Hildebran, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness. He was born in Burke County on November 10, 1934 to the late Judson J. Hudson and Jesephine Propst Hudson Baker. He was a member and past master of Lovelady Masonic Lodge #670, the East Burke Shrine Club, the Paper Sale Chairman, Plaque Sales...
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Ricky Junior Ammons

July 6, 1954 - October 27, 2014

Mr. Ricky Junior Ammons, 60, of Connelly Springs, died Monday October 27, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mr. Ammons was born July 6, 1954 in Burke County, a son of the late William and Madolyn Fields Ammons. Ricky was employed as a supervisor in the steel erector industry. Surviving are his wife Diane Spann Ammons of the home, a son Richard...
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Carmella "Connie" DeRose

December 2, 1930 - October 26, 2014

Carmella "Connie" DeRose, 83, of Glen Alpine, passed away Sunday October 26, 2014 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. DeRose was born on December 2, 1930 in San Jose, CA to the late Fred Mancuso and Rose Fillippone DeRose. She was a retired food distributor, and was of the Catholic faith. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband...
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Linda Kaye Lail

July 17, 1953 - October 25, 2014

Mrs. Linda Kaye Young Lail, 61, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on July 17, 1953 in Burke County to the late Charlie Young and Eva Hudson Young. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Connelly Springs and was formerly employed by Regal Manufacturing...
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William Heath Lathrop

August 21, 1985 - October 25, 2014

Mr. William Heath Lathrop, 29, of Morganton, died Saturday as a result of an automobile accident. Mr. Lathrop was born August 21, 1985 in Burke County, a son of Emma Winkler Lathrop and the late William Howard Lathrop. He was a member of Horizon Church and employed as a driver- salesman for Blue Bell Creamery, Inc.. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn ...
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Moody Z. Honeycutt, Jr.

September 24, 1931 - October 24, 2014

Mr. Moody Z. Honeycutt, Jr. 83, of Matthews, formerly of Drexel, died Friday October 24, 2014 at his residence after a long and valiant battle with lung cancer. Mr. Honeycutt was born September24, 1931 in Catawba County, a son of the late M.Z. Honeycutt, Sr. and Naomi Burns Honeycutt. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Honeycutt Langley. Moody was a...
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Margie Marie "Pedy" Brunt

January 27, 1935 - October 22, 2014

Mrs. Margie Marie "Pedy" Mosteller Brunt, 75, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family, following a period of declining health. Marie was born on January 27, 1939 in Wilkes County to the late Thomas Albert Walsh and Margie Alda McGee Walsh. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Lenoir and was attending...
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Ralph William Geidel, Sr.

February 26, 1958 - October 21, 2014

Ralph William Geidel, Sr., 56, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Geidel was born on February 26, 1958 in Staten Island., NY to Paul E. Geidel, Jr. and the late Patricia Murphy Geidel. He was a United States Veteran serving as a Sgt. in the Marine Corps. He served aboard the USS Coral Sea during the Iran Hostage Crisis. Ralph was...
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Dewitt Clyde Parker

March 19, 1950 - October 21, 2014

Dewitt Clyde Parker, 64, of Valdese, passed away Saturday October 18, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. A Private Graveside Service will be held Wednesday October 22, 2014 at Olive Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Casar, NC. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family
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Jewel Chaney Whirley

April 8, 1925 - October 21, 2014

Mrs. Jewel Chaney Whirley, 89, of Hildebran, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Carolina Rehab Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Jewel was born on April 8, 1925 in Charlotte County, VA to the late James Madison Chaney and Elizabeth Daniel Chaney. She was employed throughout her life in the hosiery industry and later on worked in child care. She was a longtime and...
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Ted Jerry Gurley

August 4, 1947 - October 20, 2014

Mr. Ted Jerry Gurley, 67, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, October 20, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ted was born on August 4, 1947 in Burke County to the late Jason Gurley and Lorraine Yount Gurley. He was previously employed as a cabinet room worker in the furniture industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one...
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William Phifer Wellman

January 19, 1930 - October 18, 2014

Mr. William Phifer Wellman, 84, of Hickory, went to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday October 18, 2014. Mr. Wellman was born on January 19, 1930 in Burke County to the late William Lonzo Wellman and Vassie Tallent Wellman. He was a long time employee at Drexel Furniture Company where he retired as a clamp operator. He was also a member at Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to...
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