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Ernest William Moose

February 21, 1949 - February 9, 2016

Mr. Ernest William Moose, 66, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ernie was born on February 21, 1949 in Burke County to the late Robert H. "Bob" Moose and Dorothy Whisnant Moose. He worked for many years as security for Hanes Inc. and recently retired as a shipping manager with Belk Dept....
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Viola Young Winkler

February 25, 1935 - February 9, 2016

Mrs. Viola Mageline Young Winkler, 80, of Hildebran, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Viola was born on February 25, 1935 in Burke County to the late Noah Young and Cora Huffman Young. She was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. Viola also worked at Shuford Mills for some time...
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Paul Albert McNeely

September 28, 1928 - February 8, 2016

Paul Albert McNeely, 87, has left this earth to join his beloved wife, Margaret Coline McNeely; daughter: Paula Coline McNeely Stewart, brothers and sisters, parents, and former wife Frankie Wycoff McNeely in their heavenly home. Paul was a resident of 2582 Shady Grove Rd. Connelly Springs. He was an army veteran of the Korean War, a retired auto mechanic, former owner of M&S Garage in...
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Bessie Cleree LeFevers

January 21, 1928 - February 7, 2016

Ms. Bessie Cleree LeFevers, 88, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Bessie was born on January 21, 1921 in Burke County to the late W.A. LeFevers and Nanny LeFevers. She was a member of Bethel Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of...
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Yates Edward Seagle

September 15, 1957 - February 6, 2016

Yates Edward Seagle, 58, of Valdese, passed away Saturday February 6, 2016 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Mr. Seagle was born on September 15, 1957 in Burke County to the late George Seagle and Clara Puett Seagle. He was a mechanical engineer with Phillip Morris, and was a member of the Morganton Moose Lodge. He always kept busy working on something, and was a loving father,...
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Phyllis Collier

January 29, 1935 - February 6, 2016

Phyllis Lucille "Lucy" Carpenter Gross Collier lost her battle to remain with us on 2-6-2016. She was born on 1-29-1935 to Lum and Lenas Carpenter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two spouses- Robert Goss and William Collier, her brother- Olin Carpenter, grandson- Donovan Burwell and great-grandson- Khayden Bigelow. She is survived by her daughter Cindy Bigelow,...
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Patricia Gail Shuping

May 29, 1940 - February 5, 2016

Mrs. Patricia Gail Shuping, 75, of Valdese passed away Friday February 5, 2016 at Forsythe Medical Center following a period of declining health. A memorial service for Mrs. Shuping will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday February 16, 2016 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of...
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Parthenia Stafford Short

December 16, 1919 - February 5, 2016

Mrs. Parthenia Cooper Stafford Short, 96, of Valdese passed away Friday February 5, 2016 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Mrs. Short was born December 13, 1919 in Burke County to the late Marshall Finley Cooper and Edith Jeanette Berry Cooper. Early in her childhood Parthenia's mother passed away and she was raised by her uncle, the late William Owens Berry....
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James Arthur Plemmons

September 29, 1937 - February 4, 2016

Mr. James Arthur Plemmons, 78, of Ripley West Virginia passed away February 4, 2016 following a period of declining health. A Private service will be held at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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James Louis O'neil

May 16, 1951 - February 4, 2016

James Louis O'Neil, 64, of Asheville, formerly of Morganton, passed away Thursday February 4, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. Mr. O'Neil was born on May 16, 1951 in Burke County to the late Mary O'Neil. He was a United States Navy Veteran, and was a retired truck driver with Swift Motor lines. James was a member of McElrath Chapel AME Church in Morganton. In addition to his parents...
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Earl Page

November 22, 1929 - February 2, 2016

Earl E. "Poppy" Page, 86, of Valdese, passed away on February 2, 2016. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and a veteran of the Korean War. Earl E. "Pappy" Page was born on November 22, 1929. A private funeral service will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM, at Burke Memorial Park. Memorials may be sent to St. Judes Children Hospital at 262...
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Virginia Yates Knight

June 7, 1926 - February 2, 2016

Mrs. Virginia Dare Yates Knight, 89, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Virginia was born on June 7, 1926 in Saulsville, W.V., to the late Richard Henry Yates and Edith Italy Coffey Yates. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church Valdese and was a loving homemaker and mother to her entire family. In...
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Louise Pons Garrison

June 15, 1926 - February 2, 2016

Mrs. Louise Pons Garrison, 89, of Valdese passed away Tuesday February 2, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Garrison was born June 15, 1926 in Burke County to the late Albert O. Pons and Anita Micol Pons. Mrs. Garrison was a lifelong member at Waldensian Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, played piano for the children's choir,...
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Billy Joe Hullette

January 20, 1931 - February 1, 2016

Mr. Billy Joe Hullette, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice after a period of declining health. Billy was born on January 20, 1931 in Catawba County to the late Audie Hullette and Ellen Elizabeth Elmore. He regularly attended Burns Memorial Baptist Church and was employed as a cab driver. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Cynthia Driscoll Kepner

September 3, 1952 - January 31, 2016

Mrs. Cynthia Driscoll Kepner, 63, of Morganton, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous two year battle with leukemia. Cindy was born on September 3, 1952 in Cheyenne, WY, to Laura Crowe Driscoll and the late Norman Driscoll. She attended anesthesia school in Charleston, WV,...
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Doyle Crandle Little, Jr.

November 18, 1936 - January 29, 2016

Mr. Doyle C. Little, 79, of Valdese, died Friday January 29, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, S.C. after a brief illness. Mr. Little was born November 28, 1936 in Edgecombe County, NC a son of the late Doyle C. Little, Sr. and Millie Brewer Little He was a former employee of Hickory Printing Co. and retired as co-founder of Valdese Packaging & Labels. Doyle enjoyed spending time at his residence on...
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Charles Augustus Styles, Jr.

January 28, 1964 - January 29, 2016

Mr. Charles Augustus Styles, Jr., 52, of Morganton, died Thursday January 29,2016 at his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Styles was born January 28, 1964 in Mitchell County, a son of Charles A. Styles, Sr. and Mary Stewart Farmer Dodgen. He was preceded in death by a son Christopher Styles. Surviving are a daughter Amy Lynn Styles of Nebo, mother, Mary Stewart Farmer Dodgen and husband...
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Ronald Wilson Powell

February 15, 1939 - January 28, 2016

Mr. Ronald Wilson Powell, 76, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday January 28, 2016 at Mission Hospital, Asheville, after a period of declining health. Mr. Powell was born February 15, 1939 in Burke County, a son of the late Nuvart "Bud" and Hazel Cuthbertson Powell. He was self employed as co-owner and welder with Powell Welding and attended Solid Rock Baptist Church. In...
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William David Webber

January 21, 1966 - January 28, 2016

Mr. William David Webber, 50, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with Jesus, on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, following a period of declining health. William was born on January 21, 1966 in Cleveland , OH to Franklin D. Webber and Dona Burgess Webber. He was employed as an upholsterer in the furniture industry and a member of Abee's Grove Baptist...
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Christopher Charles Styles

July 15, 1985 - January 27, 2016

Mr. Christopher Charles Styles 30, of Morganton, died unexpectedly Wednesday January 27, 2016. Christopher was born July 15, 1985 in Burke County, a son of the late Charles Styles, Jr. and Connie Summerow Styles of Morganton. Surviving in addition to his mother are his children, Nathan Wayne Styles and Kelsey Lynn Styles both of Morganton, one sister, Amy Lynn Styles of Nebo, grandparents,...
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Thomas Edward Cook

April 19, 1930 - January 27, 2016

Mr. Thomas Edward Cook, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at CHS Blue Ridge-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Thomas was born on April 19, 1930 in Chappells, SC to the late William Cook and Novice Lominick Cook. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from Broughton Hospital, where he worked as a warehouse manager for many years. In addition to...
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Mary Lee Rhoney

June 6, 1931 - January 26, 2016

Mrs. Mary Lee Smith Rhoney, 84, formerly of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Home, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Rhoney was born June 6, 1931 in Burke County to the late Henry M. Smith and Thelma Eckard Smith. She was an avid Duke fan, loved reading, watching old movies, and working puzzles. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death...
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Marshall Ray Mitchell

June 5, 1963 - January 26, 2016

Mr. Marshall Ray Mitchell, 52, of Linville passed away Tuesday January 26, 2016 at Life Care Nursing Facility in Banner Elk, following a period of declining health. Mr. Mitchell was born June 5, 1963 in Catawba County to Mrs. Emma Mitchell Punch and the late Glenn Ray Mitchell. He worked in food service at Broughton and at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was a member at Mt. Home Baptist Church...
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Betsy Nichols Cranford

September 15, 1942 - January 26, 2016

Betsy Nichols Cranford, 73 of Drexel, passed away Tuesday January 26, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Cranford was born on September 15, 1942 in Watauga County to Treva Norris Nichols of Deep Gap, NC and the late Vollie Nichols. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and was retired from Burke County Public Schools, last teaching...
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Cameron Alexander Monroe, Jr.

August 12, 1965 - January 25, 2016

Mr. Cameron Alexander Monroe, Jr., 50, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 25, 2016 at his residence. Cameron was born on August 12, 1965 in Burke County to the late Cameron A. Monroe, Sr. and Betty Jean Dale Monroe. He attended Faith Community Church and was previously employed with Rotech Medical Equipment. Survivors include his two sons, Alex and Derrick Monroe of the...
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Frankie Collins

March 19, 1948 - January 25, 2016

Mr. Frankie Jerry Collins, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Frankie was born on March 19, 1948 in Catawba County to the late Horace Collins and Addie Lovelace Collins. He was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church and was previously employed in the textile industry. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at...
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Carol Ann Tallent

April 16, 1956 - January 24, 2016

Mrs. Carol Ann Stilwell Tallent, 59, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday January 24, 2016 at Grace Hospital following a brief period of declining health. Mrs. Tallent was born April 16, 1956 in Catawba County to the late Benjamin Stilwell and Christine Scronce Stilwell. She worked in textiles. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter Amanda Tallent; and sisters,...
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Marie Busic Joines

September 16, 1922 - January 21, 2016

Annie Marie Busic Joines was born to John and Ruth Fowler Busic on September 16, 1922 in Piney Creek, NC in Allegheny County. She learned early the value of hard work and was God's example of the best. Her life, filled with Christian values and witness, was one to model and was a friend with a listening ear, wise advice, a helping hand, and constant love at all times. She was preceded in death by...
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Williams Rollins Davis

September 17, 1942 - January 19, 2016

Mr. William Rollins Davis, 73, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. The family will receive friends and family on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Dean Gurley officiating. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday in the Chapel of Heritage...
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John Henry Epley, Jr.

May 20, 1952 - January 19, 2016

John Henry Epley, Jr., 63, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, following a period of declining health. John was born on May 20, 1952 in McDowell County to Lucy Evans Epley and the late John Henry Epley, Sr. He was employed as a machinist in furniture manufacturing. Surviving in addition to his mother, are his siblings, Dorothy...
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Ralph Pinkney Anthony

March 30, 1934 - January 18, 2016

Mr. Ralph Pinkney Anthony, 81, of Springfield, VA, formerly of Drexel, passed away on January 18, 2016 at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, following a period of declining health. Ralph was born on March 30, 1934 to the late Carlo S. Anthony and Vacie Craig Anthony. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a retired ATF Agent with the U.S. Government. In addition to his parents,...
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Sallie Hannah Lail Cook

January 13, 1928 - January 18, 2016

Mrs. Sallie Hannah Lail Cook, 88, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday January 18, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Cook was born January 13, 1928 in Burke County. She worked as a sewer at Crestline Furniture and Alba-Waldensian. She was a member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Preceding her in death are her husband, Johnnie Cook; her son, Dannie Cook; and...
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Mildred Louise Pearson

May 11, 1920 - January 16, 2016

Mildred Louise McKesson Pearson, 94, of Morganton, passed away Saturday January 16, 2016 at her residence. Mrs. Pearson was born on May 11, 1920 in Burke County to the late James McKesson and Delia McKesson. She was a Home Health Care Worker and was a member of Gaston Chapel AME Church in Morganton. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Pearson, Sr; two...
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Virginia Shook Searcy

January 14, 2016

Mrs. Virginia Shook Searcy, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Grace Ridge of Morganton, following a period of declining health. Virginia was born in Columbus, GA to the late Clyde Shook and Essie Morgan Shook. She was a graduate of Valdese High School and also received her business degree from Lenoir Rhyne College. Virginia was active with the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts...
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Ronna Faye Storie Adams

April 21, 1953 - January 13, 2016

Mrs. Ronna Faye Storie Adams, 62, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday January 13, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Adams was born April 21, 1953 in Watauga County to the late Romie Storie and Faye Rupard Storie. She loved the Lord, and was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She also volunteered at Burke Pregnancy Care...
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Anna Faye Biddix

August 12, 1928 - January 10, 2016

Mrs. Anna Faye Burleson Biddix, 87, of Nebo passed away Sunday January 10, 2016 at McDowell Mission Hospital following a period of declining health. Mrs. Biddix was born August 12, 1928 in Mitchell County to the late Bud Sparks and Cartha Burleson. She delivered newspapers for the Morganton News Harold and Charlotte Observer. Mrs. Biddix enjoyed gardening and decorating her house for the...
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Mary Anne Cox Dameron

July 4, 1949 - January 10, 2016

Mary Anne Cox Dameron, 66, of Valdese, went quietly into the arms of Jesus on the morning of Sunday January 10, 2016. Mary Anne was born on July 4, 1949 in Wayne County, NC to Anne Aycock Cox and the late Chester Joseph Cox. A beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, wife and friend, Mary Anne served as a teacher with Burke County Public Schools for 36 years, and continued her service to the...
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Adrienne Loretta Shoup

April 23, 1934 - January 9, 2016

Mrs. Adrienne Loretta Wilson Shoup, 81, of Granite Falls passed away Saturday January 9, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Shoup was born April 23, 1934 in Burke County to the late Reece Wilson and Claire Crump Wilson. She worked as a seamstress. Mrs. Shoup was a member at Rutherford College First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents...
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Helen McClure Abee

March 18, 1936 - January 8, 2016

Mrs. Helen Berniece McClure Abee, 79, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, January 8, 2016, at Carolina's Medical Center. Helen was born on March 18, 1936, in Ashe County, to the late Willie E. and Minnie Lou Eller McClure. She was a faithful member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church. She loved her church and her pastor very much. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by...
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Ruby Clark Marshall

February 10, 1933 - January 8, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Jean Clark Marshall, 82, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2016, at Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on February 10, 1933 in Madison County to the late Raphus L. and Lois Gregory Clark. She was a member of Royal Chapel Church of God and retired from the Employment Security Commission. In addition to her parents...
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Susie Coffey Daye

September 17, 1927 - January 7, 2016

Susie Coffey Daye, 88, of Morganton, passed away Thursday January 7, 2016. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday January 10, 2016 in the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Ernest Richards officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the mausoleum chapel. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family.
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Geraldine Anderson Drum

November 16, 1931 - January 6, 2016

Geraldine Elizabeth Anderson Drum, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday January 6, 2016 at Shaire Center of Lenoir following a period of declining health. Geraldine was born on November 16, 1931 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Thomas S. Anderson and Vera Raby Anderson. She was a homemaker, and was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is...
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Ella Sue Lowman Barnes

June 17, 1944 - January 2, 2016

Mrs. Ella Sue Lowman Barnes, 71, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Sue was born on June 17, 1944 in Cleveland County to the late Grover Columbus Lowman and Dora Ann Stamey Lowman. She was a member of Burns Memorial Baptist Church and was retired from textile and hosiery manufacturing. In addition to her...
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Essie Maggie Buchanan Butler

November 25, 1925 - January 1, 2016

Mrs. Essie Maggie Buchanan Butler, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2016 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Maggie was born on November 25, 1925 in Mitchell County, to the late Robert Lynn Buchanan and Hattie McClurd Buchanan. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was retired from Dolly Hosiery, where she worked as a knitter for...
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Sharon Diane Stanton Sheets

November 19, 1952 - December 31, 2015

Mrs. Sharon Diane Stanton Sheets, 63, of Hickory, went home to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Diane was born on November 19, 1952 in Carter County, TN to the late Charlie Houston Stanton and Evelyn Clawson Stanton. She was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Hickory and was previously...
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Bobby Jerry Michael Smith

March 20, 1946 - December 30, 2015

Mr. Bobby Jerry Michael Smith, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. The family will receive friends Saturday January 2, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the fellowship hall of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church.
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Troy Shannon Wolf

August 11, 1976 - December 29, 2015

Troy Shannon Wolfe, 39, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday December 29, 2015. Troy was born on August 11, 1976 in Burke County to the late Troy Eugene Wolfe and Rama Denton Wolfe. He graduated from Tabernacle Christian School and Western Piedmont Community College with a nursing degree in 2003. Troy worked as an RN at various institutions over the course of his career. He was of the...
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Betty Houston Kiser

September 18, 1934 - December 25, 2015

Mrs. Betty Houston Kiser, loving and devoted wife of George Kiser, Jr., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 25, 2015. Betty was a faithful member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for at least 60 years, Women on Mission leader and a Girls in Action leader. She was also involved in many other committees. She is survived by her...
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Eddie Carl Fortenberry

December 13, 1953 - December 24, 2015

Mr. Eddie Carl Fortenberry, 62, of Hickory passed away Thursday December 24, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mr. Fortenberry was born December 13, 1953 in Burke County to Mr. Jessie Fortenberry and Mrs. Mavis Hudson Fortenberry. He was a member at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Fortenberrry was preceded in death by his brother Billy Fortenberry. ...
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Dale Weston Gordon

August 10, 1929 - December 24, 2015

Dale Weston Gordon, born August 10, 1929 in Victor, Idaho, died December 24, 2015 peacefully at home, with his wife by his side. The son of the late Daniel and Bessie Orgill Gordon, Dale was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Christensian and three brothers, Harry, Eli and Ray. Dale is survived by Brenda Lowman Gordon, his loving wife of 26-1/2 years. He loved and was loved by his...
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Eva Ingram Coffey

June 11, 1915 - December 22, 2015

Mrs. Eva Ingram Coffey, 100, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Eva was born on June 11, 1915 in Caldwell County to the late Charles Wesley Ingram and Cody Beulah Bradshaw. She was a member of Maple Grove Baptist Church and retired from the furniture industry after many years with Bernhardt Furniture Inc....
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Leonard Jackson Walker

February 9, 1939 - December 21, 2015

Mr. Leonard Jackson Walker, 79, of Charlie Crawley Rd., Morganton, went to his Heavenly Home, surrounded by his family ,on Monday, December 21, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Leonard was born on February 9, 1939 in Burke County to the late Carl Wesley Walker and Mary Stroupe Walker. He was retired from the textile industry, was the owner and...
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Peggy Hutchins Berry

August 13, 1934 - December 20, 2015

Mrs. Peggy Hutchins Berry, 81, of Valdese died suddenly Sunday December 20, 2015. She is preceded in death by her brothers, James and Hugh Hutchins and sisters, Velma Queen and Mattie Garrou. Peggy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Forest Berry, Jr.; and her daughter , Joni Berry of Mooresville, NC. Peggy was a lifetime member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Valdese. She graduated...
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Jerry McCoy Link

March 24, 1946 - December 20, 2015

Mr. Jerry McCoy Link, 69, of Hildebran, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Jerry was born on March 24, 1946 in Catawba County to the late Garland McCoy Link and Elmina Flora Jarrett Link. He loved being in his garden and watching college sports and Nascar races. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
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Tanya Taylor

May 30, 1965 - December 19, 2015

Ms. Tanya Taylor, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Grace Hospital. Tanya is survived by her mother Anne Washington and stepfather Anthony Washington, one brother Denunzio Washington, one grandmother Corinne DeDorous, and four children, and two grandchildren. A private service will be held by the family at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available...
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Timothy Wayne Young

January 25, 1967 - December 19, 2015

Mr. Timothy Wayne Young, 48, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at his residence. Tim was born on January 25, 1967 in Catawba County to Janie Inez Ross Young and the late Glenn Allen Young. He attended Bible Baptist Church and was employed as an auto body mechanic. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Allen Young. Surviving in addition...
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Stephen Miller Sherrill

October 17, 1946 - December 18, 2015

Stephen Miller Sherrill of Rutherford College, NC passed from this Earth in the early morning of December 18, 2015. He was born on October 17, 1946 to Hal and Mary Sherrill. Steve was raised in Hudson, NC. He was a veteran of the Air Force and served as a missile maintenance technician at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Steve graduated from UNC in Chapel Hill. His employment included...
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Ruby Mosteller Oxentine

April 10, 1923 - December 17, 2015

Mrs. Ruby Marie Mosteller Oxentine, 92, of Hildebran, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on April 10, 1923 in Burke County to the late Clarence Eugene Mosteller and Ada Shuford Mosteller. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church Hildebran and was a devoted...
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Robert Thomas

November 29, 1941 - December 13, 2015


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Ashley Evans Griffin

September 28, 1987 - December 10, 2015

Mrs. Ashley Niccole Evans Griffin, 28, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Concord after a brief period of illness. An online guestbook and obituary is available at heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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D. Henry Buchanan

October 5, 1934 - December 10, 2015

Mr. D. "Henry" Buchanan, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home, on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Henry was born on October 5, 1934 in Mitchell County to the late Robert Lynn Buchanan and Hattie Carolyn McClurd. He was a longtime member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church and was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture and East Burke Convenience Center. In addition to...
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Billy Cannon

March 20, 1965 - December 8, 2015

Mr. Billy Eugene Cannon, 50, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at his residence. Billy was born March 20, 1965 in Burke County, NC. Mr. Cannon is preceded in death by his grandparents, JC Cannon and Lottie Cannon, and step-brother Jason Carter. Survivors include his father Billy Cannon and wife Wanda of Connelly Springs, and his mother, Norma Franklin Moyer and...
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Gladys Whitener Cline

June 18, 1915 - December 7, 2015

Mrs. Gladys Whitener Cline, 100, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Gladys was born on June 18, 1915 in Catawba County to the late Ellis Whitener and Lillie Mae Abernathy Whitener. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker to her entire family. ...
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Shelby Jean Hildebrand Smith

October 6, 1937 - December 7, 2015

Mrs. Shelby Jean Hildebrand Smith, 78, of Morganton went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday December 7, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief illness. Mrs. Smith was born October 6, 1937 in Burke County to the late Bert and Bertha Kiser Hildebrand. She worked 46 years at Alba Waldensian. She enjoyed simple pleasures of family, the outdoors, and most of all swimming. In...
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Charles Newland Farris

July 6, 1934 - December 7, 2015

Mr. Charles Newland Farris, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Charles was born on July 6, 1934 in Burke County to the late George Farris and Sadie Belle Epley Farris. He was a graduate of Drexel High School, attended Clevenger's Business School, and was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air...
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Marene Propst Malcolm

January 29, 1920 - December 7, 2015

Marene Propst Malcolm, 95, of Rutherford College, passed away Monday December 7, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Malcolm was born on January 29, 1920 in Burke County to the late Frank Propst and Vassie Settlemyre Propst. She was employed for many years at Alba Waldensian, Inc. and was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in...
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Delma Jean Cooke Smith

July 16, 1936 - December 6, 2015

Mrs. Delma Jean Smith, 79, of Drexel passed away Sunday December 6, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care of Valdese surrounded by her family. Mrs. Smith was born July 16, 1936 in Burke County to the late Forest Glenn Cooke and Bessie Bennett Cooke. She worked at McAlpine Nursing Home as a nursing assistant for a number of years. Mrs. Smith was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She loved...
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William Wayne Branch

September 18, 1953 - December 4, 2015

Mr. William Wayne Branch, age 62, of Morganton, NC, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 at his residence. A native of Burke County, NC, Mr. Branch, a loving father, brother and friend, was born September 18, 1953 and was the son of the late William C. Branch and Willie F. Childers Branch. Following 20 years of service, William retired from the United States Air Force (MSgt) having served...
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Norris David Hudson

July 14, 1955 - December 3, 2015

Mr. Norris David Hudson, 60, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2015 at his residence. Norris was born on July 14, 1955 in Cleveland County to the late Cleatus Albert Hudson and Vernie Chapman Hudson. He was employed as roofer in the construction business. Survivors include two brothers, Kenneth Hudson, and Ricky Chapman, and three sisters, Brenda Stroupe, Charlene Street and...
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Carroll Alexander Chapman

August 1, 1936 - December 3, 2015

Mr. Carroll Alexander Chapman, 79, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Carroll was born on August 1, 1936 in Burke County to the late David William Chapman and Lois Townsend Chapman. He was a member of Mount Harmony United Methodist Church and was retired from Drexel Knitting Mill, where he worked as...
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Betty Sherrill Brittain

July 31, 1933 - December 1, 2015

Mrs. Betty Raye Sherrill Brittain, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on July 31, 1933 in Catawba County to the late James Ray Sherrill and Martha Wilson Sherrill. She was employed in the hosiery industry and worked for the school system for many years. Betty was also a loving homemaker for her...
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Sally Young Pugh

October 14, 1927 - November 30, 2015

Mrs. Sally Y. Pugh, 88, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC , from complications of a massive stroke. Sally was born on October 14, 1927 in Burke County to the late Eva Mae Kiser Young and John Young. She was a lifelong member of South Fork Baptist Church and a member of Bible Baptist Church for the last five years. In...
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Donald Dingess

December 24, 1968 - November 30, 2015

Pastor Donald Dingess, 46, of Hiddenite, passed away Monday, November 30, 2015, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem, following a period of declining health. Mr. Dingess was born December 24, 1968 in Pike County, Kentucky to the late Hurston and Myrtle Daniels Dingess. He was a devoted ordained minister of God at a local church for eleven years. In addition to his parents he was...
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Hazel Lee Walker

March 22, 1934 - November 29, 2015

Mrs. Hazel Lee Walker, 81, born March 22, 1934; our beloved mother went to be with her Lord and Savior on November29, 2015 following a period of declining health. She was a resident of Conover Nursing and Rehab where she loved all the staff who gave her exceptional care every day for the past two years. She leaves behind five children, seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, one...
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Pearl Philyaw Munday

June 6, 1942 - November 28, 2015

Mrs. Pearl Philyaw Munday, age 73, of Morganton, NC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Her loving family was by her side. A native of Caldwell County, NC, she was born June 06, 1942 and was the daughter of the late Dan and Emma Rich Philyaw. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Pearl attended The Way International. ...
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George Warren Sain, Sr.

January 27, 1935 - November 26, 2015

Mr. George Warren Sain, Sr., 80, of Hildebran, went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday November, 26, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Sain was born January 27, 1935 in Lincoln County, a son of the late William Howard Sain and Melinda Pearl Carpenter Sain. He retired as a supervisor from the furniture manufacturing industry and was a member of the...
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George Allen Price

August 31, 1951 - November 25, 2015

Mr. George Allen Price, 64, of Icard, passed away Wednesday November 25, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Mr. Price was born August 31, 1951 in Iredell County, a son to the late George William and Maggie Elizabeth Cook Price. George lived every minute God gave him to the fullest. He loved his family. He walked the road of life the way he wanted. In addition to his parents he...
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Ronald Fulbright

January 16, 1958 - November 25, 2015

Mr. Ronald Alan Fulbright, 57, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Mr. Fulbright was born January 16, 1958 in Burke County, a son to Mary Harwood and the late Frank Junior Fulbright. In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his brother Ralph Edward Fulbright. Survivors include one daughter Beth, her husband Josh...
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Delores West Rector

February 22, 1935 - November 24, 2015

Mrs. Delores West Rector, 80, of Valdese passed away Tuesday November 24, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Rector was born February 22, 1935 in Robinsville, NC to the late Charley Glen West and Myrtle Sherrill West. She was a charter member of United Baptist Church. She was a wonderful Sunday School teacher. In addition to her parents she was...
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Bonnie Mull Lowman

July 30, 1933 - November 23, 2015

Mrs. Bonnie Mull Lowman, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away Monday November 23, 2015, surrounded by her family, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Lowman was born July 30, 1933 in Burke County to the late Jessie Lee Mull and Virgie Christine Lillian Ann Stewart Mull. She loved the Lord, and was a faithful member at Abee's Grove Baptist Church....
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Ronnie Daryl Frost

May 17, 1960 - November 19, 2015

Mr. Ronnie Daryl Frost, 55 of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Ronnie was born on May 17, 1960 in Martinsville, VA to the late Allen Raymond Frost and Sena Lawson Frost. He was employed in the furniture industry as a sander for many years. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 27, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at United Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Mathews...
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Philip Eugene McLean

June 29, 1970 - November 19, 2015

Mr. Philip "Scooter Man" Eugene McLean, 45, of Hickory passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Philip was born June 29, 1970 in Catawba County to Patrick "Doc" McLean and the late Sue Spencer McLean. He was the proud owner of Import Power Store. In addition to his mother he is preceded in death by two sisters; Cindy Canipe and Kathy Greer. Survivors include his father Patrick...
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Carolyn June Leonhardt

May 11, 1940 - November 19, 2015

Carolyn June Young Leonhardt ("Mimi" to her devoted family) went to meet her heavenly Father on November 19, 2015 at the age of 75. She is predeceased by her mother, Edith Whitener Young, and her father, Edward Young, and her brother, James Edward Young, of Valdese, North Carolina, and by her son, Forrest James Leonhardt of Nauvoo, Alabama. Mimi is survived by her loving and dedicated husband of...
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Larry Dale Biller

September 20, 1959 - November 19, 2015

Mr. Larry Dale Biller, 56, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the J. Iverson Riddle Center, following a period of declining health. Larry was born on September 20, 1959 in Mecklenburg County to the late Eugene Joseph Biller and Lucille Auten Biller. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of J. Iverson Riddle Center in...
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Myree Honeycutt Chapman

November 17, 2015

Mrs. Myree Ruth Honeycutt Chapman, 80, of Peachtree, GA, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Doctors Hospice of Fayetteville, GA, after a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Pastor Charles Lewis officiating. Entombment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. ...
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Howard "Bill" Rochester

August 28, 1940 - November 16, 2015

Mr. Howard "Bill" Rochester, 75, of Morganton, went to his Heavenly home on Monday November 16, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Bill was born August 28, 1940 in Casar NC to the late Howard and Nettie Rochester. Bill worked as a welder before retiring from Henredon as a courier. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son...
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Wilma Carolyn Bryant

January 21, 1922 - November 15, 2015

Wilma Carolyn Bush Bryant, 93, of Valdese, passed away Sunday November 15, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Bryant was born in Illinois on January 21, 1922 to the late Belk Reid Bush and Lossie Norris Bush. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband Junior Samuel Bryant in 1986. She was also preceded in death by five children,...
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Larry Gardner Short

October 28, 1927 - November 14, 2015

Mr. Larry Gardner Short, 88, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday November 14, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Short was born October 28, 1927 in Caldwell County to the late Walter Short and Zeppie Clontz Short. He was a member of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Lewis...
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Maggie Abee

March 16, 1914 - November 14, 2015

Mrs. Maggie Causby Abee, 101, of Rutherford College, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Pruitt Health at Town Center in Harrisburg, NC, following a period of declining health. Maggie was born on March 16, 1914 in Burke County to the late Leban Walker Causby and Eldie Warlick Causby. She retired from Pauline Hosiery, was a member of the Lovelady Lodge Eastern Star, and a faithful member...
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James Roberts Grady, Sr.

April 14, 1932 - November 12, 2015

Mr. James Roberts Grady, St., 83, of Drexel, passed away Thursday November 12, 2015 at CMC/BRHC Morganton after a brief illness. James was born April 14, 1932 in Burke County, a son of the late James A. and Bessie Mae Roberts Grady. He was a veteran of the US Army and retired after more than 40 years of service with Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. In addition to his parents, he was preceded...
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Lucinda Gail Helton

June 7, 1974 - November 12, 2015

Miss. Lucinda "Cindy" Gail Helton, 41, of Connelly Springs passed away unexpectedly Thursday November 12, 2015. Cindy was a loving and caring person and will be missed by her friends and family, especially her mom who was by her side. Born June 7, 1974 in Burke County to Archie and Wanda Helton she was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Cindy was a 1992 graduate of East Burke High School...
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Frances Gordon Newland

August 18, 1945 - November 9, 2015

Mrs. Frances Ann Gordon Newland, 70, of Morganton, passed away Monday, November 9, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Frances was born on August 18, 1945 in Ellis County, TX to the late Patrick Gordon and Vera Marshall Gordon. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her entire family. Survivors include her husband,...
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Avery Calvin A.C. Wilson

September 13, 1932 - November 9, 2015

Rev. Avery Calvin "A.C." Wilson, Jr., 83, went to be with his Lord on Monday November 9, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Rev. Avery was born September 13, 1932 in Burke County, a son of the late Avery C. Wilson, Sr. and Marie Davis Wilson. "A.C." was a member and former pastor for eight years of Flat Gap Baptist Church. In...
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Viola Hudson

October 4, 1930 - November 9, 2015

Viola Hudson, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Viola was born on October 4, 1930 in Burke County to the late Ales Hudson and Fedelia Rector Hudson. She was a member of Hildebrand View Baptist Church worked in the restaurant and textile industry throughout her life. Viola was also a loving...
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Keith W. Berry

November 16, 1954 - November 8, 2015

Mr. Keith Walter Berry, 60, of Rutherford College passed away Sunday November 8, 2015 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Berry was born November 16, 1954 in Burke County to the late Pete Berry and Joyce Allison Berry. He was a member at Friendship United Methodist Church. He loved his job, working as a hospice nurse at Catawba Valley Hospice. Before finding his true...
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Garry Allen Pruitt

October 24, 1950 - November 7, 2015

Mr. Garry Allen Pruitt, 65, of Valdese, returned to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. Garry was born October 24th, 1950, in Bristol, Virginia; son to the late Howard and Elva Pruitt, one of 13 children. Mr. Pruitt retired earlier this year from his occupation as a electrical wholesale distributor after 39 years in the industry. He was also a member of Valdese First Baptist...
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Gladys Evelyn Robinette Sutherland

May 25, 1943 - November 7, 2015

Mrs. Gladys Evelyn Robinette Sutherland, 72, of Morganton went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Mission-St. Joseph Hospital, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Sutherland was born May 25, 1943 in McDowell County, a daughter of the late Harold John and Sally Owensby Robinette. She was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church and retired as a seamstress, having...
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Phyllis Duckworth Grady

September 15, 1928 - November 4, 2015

Phyllis Duckworth Grady, 87, of Morganton, passed away Wednesday November 4, 2015. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Lewis Walter Short

April 23, 1957 - November 3, 2015

Mr. Lewis Walter Short, 58, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday November 3, 2015 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Short was born April 23, 1957 in Burke County to Mr. Larry Gardner Short and Louise Bailey Short. He was a member at Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church. He worked as an electrician. In addition to his mother and...
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Corrinna Marie Travis Carswell

November 28, 1963 - November 3, 2015

Mrs. Corrinna Marie Travis Carswell, 51, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday November 3, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. Carswell was born November 28, 1963 in Susquehanna County, P.A. to Mrs. Patricia House Butts and the late Richard Travis, Sr.. She worked in food service as a chef. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her brother Richard Travis, Jr. ; and nephew, Joseph...
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