Our Obituaries

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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Willaim 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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Richard Arthur Clark

January 20, 1935 - October 17, 2014

Richard Arthur Clark, 79, of Morganton, passed away Friday October 17, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. A Funeral Service will be held for Mr. Clark 2:00 PM Monday October 20, 2014 at the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Marvin Wiley officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM...
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Angelia Renae Rice

July 22, 1964 - October 16, 2014

Mrs. Angelia Renae Rice, 50, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at McDowell Mission Hospital. Angelia was born on July 22, 1964 in Catawba County to Dee Martin Loveland and the late Barry Donald Rice. She was a member of Hillside Baptist Church in Hickory and was formerly employed at Zenda Leather Furniture Company. In addition to her father, she was preceded in...
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Lonzo Herron

April 16, 1931 - October 16, 2014

Mr. Lonzo Herron, 83, 0f Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Carolina Rehab Center, following a period of declining health. Lonzo was born on April 16, 1931 in Swain County to the late Daniel Herron and Maybelle Nations Herron. He was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture after 30 years of...
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Pamela Diane Vickers Franklin

August 27, 1955 - October 15, 2014

Dianne Vickers Franklin, 59, of Drexel, passed away Wednesday October 15, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Dianne was born on August 27, 1955 in Davie County to the late William Clyde Vickers and Annie Mae Smith Peplowski. She was employed by Tri County Insurance Agency as an Insurance Agent. Survivors include her husband, Andy Franklin of the home;...
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Hazel Thomas Dodson

December 11, 1922 - October 12, 2014

Hazel Thomas Dodson, 91, of Valdese, passed away Sunday October 12, 2014. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday October 14, 2014 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Marvin Wiley officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
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Brenda Sue Paige Turner

July 27, 1942 - October 9, 2014

Mrs. Brenda Paige Turner, 72, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Brenda was born in Burke County on July 27, 1942 to the late Ruby L. Paige. She was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church and was formerly employed in the knitting department at Premier Hosiery and also housekeeping at Grace Hospital. In...
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J.D. Elliott VanHorn

October 11, 1959 - October 8, 2014

J.D. Elliott VanHorn, Sr., 54, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday October 8, 2014 at his residence. Mr. VanHorn was born on October 11, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Gerald Malone VanHorn and Shirley Huffman VanHorn. He was formerly employed by Gaines Motor Lines as a Truck Driver, and he was a professional race car driver with the Hickory Motor Speedway. He was a member of Mt. Calvary...
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Edna Benfield Lowman

August 7, 1929 - October 8, 2014

Mrs. Edna Benfield Lowman, 85, passed away on October 8, 2014 in Havertown, PA surrounded by her family following a period of declining health. Mrs. Lowman was born on August 7, 1929 in Burke County to the late Maggie Hipps Benfield and Conley Preston Benfield. She lived much of her life in King of Prussia, PA with her late husband Teddy Eugene Lowman. She enjoyed reading mystery novels and...
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Kimberly Annette "Kym" Penley

December 12, 1968 - October 7, 2014

Kimberly Annette "Kym" Penley, 45, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday October 7, 2014 following a period of declining health. Kym was born on December 12, 1968 in Forsyth County to William Frank Penley and Verlene Allen Penley. She was formerly employed in the textile industry. Surviving are her parents, William F. Penley and Verlene A. Penley of Morganton; one brother, William Edward "Eddie"...
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Margie Pruitt "Houser" Causby

August 14, 1927 - October 3, 2014

Mrs. Margie Pruitt "Houser" Causby, 87, of Morganton, passed away on Friday October 3, 2014 at Grace Hospital in Morganton. Mrs. Causby was born August 14, 1927 in Oconee County, South Carolina to the late Mr. Plato Pruitt and Mrs. Minnie Blackwood Pruitt. Margie loved spending time with her family and friends, however her greatest passion was for gardening. In addition to her parents...
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Austin David Seagle

January 25, 1995 - October 1, 2014

Austin David Seagle, 19, of Valdese, died Wednesday October 1, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, after a brief illness. Austin was born January 25, 1995 in Burke County, a son of Karen Renee Seagle Hildebran and Herbert Thomas Buff. He was a former employee of Wal-Mart and a student. Surviving in addition to his parents are his son, Braydan Lee Seagle, step-father, David Harold...
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W. Harold Mitchell

November 8, 1925 - October 1, 2014

Wade Harold Mitchell, 88, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday October 1, 2014 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community following a period of declining health. Mr. Mitchell was born on November 8, 1925 in Alexander County to the late Jesse David Mitchell and Hessie Teague Mitchell. He was a United States Army Aircorp Veteran serving his country during World War II as a tail gunner on a B-17. He...
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John Archer Silver

January 3, 1939 - September 25, 2014

Mr. John Archer Silver, 75, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. John was born on January 3, 1939 in Harford County, MD to the late John Archer Silver, Sr. and Pamela Wright Silver. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Maryland. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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Mary Childres Wilson

February 1, 1940 - September 23, 2014

Mrs. Mary Carolyn Childres Wilson, 74, of Hildebran, went to be with her Savior on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a short period of declining health. Mary was born on February 1, 1940 in Burke County to the late Bela Childres and Minnie Mull Childres. She was a longtime member of Penelope Baptist Church and was vice president and office manager of Leathermen...
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Nancy Jean Corpening

October 22, 1945 - September 20, 2014

Nancy Jean McClain Corpening, 67, of Morganton, passed away Saturday September 20, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Corpening was born on October 22, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Avery McClain and Mary Metz McClain. She was retired from Handicare as a caretaker, and was a member of the Valdese Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son,...
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Betty Murphy Masefield

March 11, 1927 - September 20, 2014

Betty Murphy Masefield, 87, of Drexel, passed away Saturday September 20, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Center. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Sadie Wheeler

May 16, 1933 - September 19, 2014

Sadie Louise Henson Wheeler, 81 of Connelly Springs died Friday September 19, 2014. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday September 21, 2014 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service officiating Rev. Leonard Lindsey. Interment will follow at Calvary Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.
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Brenday Kay Bentley

September 6, 1953 - September 18, 2014

Ms. Brenda Kay Bentley, 61, of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Winston Salem, following a period of declining health. Brenda was born on September 6, 1953 in Caldwell County to the late Jessie Richard Bentley and Lessie Mae Chadwick Bentley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Greer and an infant brother,...
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William Arthur "Willie" Huffman

July 18, 1952 - September 18, 2014

William Arthur "Willie" Huffman, 62, of Rhoney Rd. Connelly Springs, went home to be with his loving Savior on Thursday September 18, 2014 at Blue Ridge Healthcare, Morganton. Mr. Huffman was born on July 18, 1952 in Catawba County to the late Harold Edward Huffman and Dolly Mace Huffman. He was retired from Hickory Business Furniture, and was a member of KJV Blessed Hope Church in Longview. ...
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Karettcess Terresia Moss

September 17, 1941 - September 18, 2014

Mrs. Karettcess Terressia Watson Moss, 73, of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care of Lenoir, following a brief illness. Mrs. Moss was born on September 17, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late Hartzell Watson and Hazel Kaylor Watson. She was retired from Fairfield Chair in the shipping department. She was a member of Oakwood Presbyterian...
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Robert Reid "Bobby" Jacobs, Jr.

February 28, 1952 - September 17, 2014

Robert Reid "Bobby" Jacobs, Jr., 62 of Morganton, passed away peacefully Wednesday September 17, 2014 at his residence. Bobby was born on February 28, 1952 in Forsyth County to Dorothy Thomas Jacobs and the late Robert Reid Jacobs, Sr. He was a former teacher, coach and administrator with Burke County Public Schools. Survivors include his wife, Karen Williams Jacobs of the home; his sons,...
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Gerald Shuford Scott

May 16, 1947 - September 17, 2014

Mr. Gerald Shuford Scott, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Gerald was born on May 16, 1947 in Caldwell county to the late Carl Shuford Scott and Margaret Bryant Scott. He was an U.S. Army veteran, serving during Vietnam and was previously employed in the furniture industry. In addition to...
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Beverly Lynn Walsh

August 23, 1956 - September 16, 2014

Ms. Beverly Lynn Walsh, 57, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday September 16, 2014. Ms. Walsh was born August 23, 1956 in Burke County to Mrs. Lois McCall Walsh and the late Lynn Rusty Walsh. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Valdese. Survivors include her mother Lois Walsh of Valdese; sister Lacynda Blanton and husband Joseph of Lenoir; cousins Brittany and Christopher Smoot of...
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John Ervin Bollinger

January 21, 1944 - September 16, 2014

Mr. John Ervin Bollinger, 70, of Morganton, NC passed away Tuesday September 16, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health.
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Michael Bruce Shull

February 27, 1963 - September 13, 2014

Michael Bruce Shull, 51, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, after a period of declining health. Michael was born February 27,. 1963 in Burke County, a son of Dwight E. and Frances Perkins Shull. He was a graduate of West Concord School, a faithful member of Bollinger's Chapel United Methodist Church and...
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Brenda Barus

September 12, 2014

Mrs. Brenda Jane York Barus, 68, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Friday September 12, 2014 after a brief illness. Mrs. Barus was born November 22, 1945 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Sidney and Lee Ila Moses York . Brenda attended Drexel and Western Piedmont School. She always looked forward to her Drexel High School Class reunions. Brenda was a charter member of Faith Chapel...
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Daniel Ray Young

July 6, 1983 - September 11, 2014

Daniel Ray Young, 31, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly Thursday September 11, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after complications from surgery, due to a congenital heart defect. Daniel was born on July 6, 1983 in Catawba County to Danny Young and Sandra G. Fullard. He was previously employed by First Quality Body Shop in Hildebran. Survivors include his fother and step-father,...
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Shirley Brittain Hildebran

September 9, 1939 - September 9, 2014

Shirley Jean Brittain Hildebran, 75, of Vale, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Carolina Rehab in Connelly Springs. Mrs. Hildebran was born on September 9, 1939 in Catawba County, NC to the late Purlia Brittain and Cleo Kiser Brittain. She was preceded in death by one son, Bradley Scott Hildebran. She was an active member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and the George Hildebran...
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Donald Wayne Maye

January 10, 1937 - September 7, 2014

Mr. Donald Wayne Maye, 77, of Valdese, died Sunday September 7, 2014 at Memorial Mission-St. Joseph Hospital, Asheville, after a brief illness. Mr. Maye was born January 10, 1937 in Burke County, a son of the late Jewel and Rose Etta Fox Maye. He was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and employed as a long distance truck driver. Donald served his country as a veteran of the US Marine Corp...
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Kevin Wayne Davis

April 10, 1960 - September 7, 2014

Kevin Wayne Davis, 54, of Valdese passed away Sunday September 7, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after a period of declining health. Mr. Davis was born on April 10, 1960 in Catawba County, NC to Jo Ann Broome Davis and the late Charles Davis. Survivors include his son Jeremy Davis and wife Valarie of Connelly Springs; granddaughter Delanie Davis; mother Jo Ann Davis of Vale ; one...
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Beverly Speagle Passmore

October 30, 1937 - September 6, 2014

Mrs. Beverly Speagle Passmore, 76, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday September 6, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center, Specialty Hospital, Pineville after a brief illness. Mrs. Passmore was born October 30, 1937 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Edgar Vance and Grace Christenbury Speagle. Beverly was an active and charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She served on a...
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Daniel Dewayne Tapp

January 13, 1965 - September 5, 2014

The Reverend Daniel Dewayne Tapp, 49, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday September 5, 2014. Daniel was born January 13, 1965 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, the son of Brenda Kirby Tapp Gallman and the late Dewell Dewayne Tapp. He was the minister of Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church and at Burke Chapel United Methodist Church. He attended Appalachian State University, he was a...
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James Ferris Lingle

June 28, 1928 - September 5, 2014

James Ferris Lingle, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday September 5, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Lingle was born on June 28, 1928 in Parker County, TX to the late Emory Lefler Lingle and Minnie Mae Martin Lingle. He was formerly employed by Armour Meats, Southern Desk, Valdese Manufacturing, General Dynamics, and retired from Kontane, Inc. in...
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Norma Kay Houston Huffman

December 5, 1946 - September 4, 2014

Norma Kay Houston Huffman, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday September 4, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Ms. Huffman was born on December 5, 1946 in Burke County to the late Ralph Houston and Thelma Stamey Houston. She was a retired inspector with Omara Textiles and was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. Survivors...
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Mary Gaye Young Shook

December 20, 1934 - September 3, 2014

Mary Gaye Young Shook, 79, of Hildebran, passed away Wednesday September 3, 2014. Gaye was born on December 20, 1934 in Burke County to the late Frank Young and Eva Martin Young. Gaye was a former supervisor with Burke Yarns, and a member of First Baptist Church of Hildebran. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Theodore Young. She is survived by a son, Tommy...
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Garoyd "Bud" Fowler

December 18, 1930 - September 3, 2014

Mr. Garoyd William "Bud" Fowler, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Garoyd was born on December 18, 1930 in Burke County to the late Midas Edgar Fowler and Lily Rosetta Childers Fowler. He was retired from the metal manufacturing industry, where he was a tool and die maker. Mr. Fowler...
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William Lee "Butch" Reep

July 18, 1948 - September 1, 2014

Mr. William Lee "Butch" Reep, 66, of Rutherford College, passed away Monday September 1, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. He was born July 18, 1948 in Burke County, a son of Thurman and Kitty Glazebrook Reep of Rutherford College. Butch was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired as an electrician from the nuclear power industry. Surviving in addition to his parents are a...
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Vernon Lynn Cook

October 9, 1957 - August 29, 2014

Mr. Vernon Lynn Cook, 56, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Vernon was born on October 9, 1957 in Burke County to Glenard Cook and the late Margaret Smith Cook. He was previously employed at Broughton Hospital and was U.S. Army veteran. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by one brother, Randy...
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Glenda Gaye Young

September 16, 1970 - August 28, 2014

Glenda Gaye Young, 43, of Hildebran, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday August 28, 2014 at her residence after a period of declining health. Glenda was born September 16, 1970 in Burke County, a daughter of Glenn and Frances Lowman Young. She was a graduate of East Burke High School and a former employee of Red Lobster. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Clinton ...
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Millard Dewey Duckworth

November 10, 1933 - August 27, 2014

Mr. Millard Dewey Duckworth, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at his residence and was met in heaven by His Lord and Savior and his beloved wife, Barbara. Millard was born on November 10, 1933 in Burke County to the late Dewey and Rose Duckworth. He was a member of Lovelady Baptist Church in Granite Falls and loved his pastor, his church family and...
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Helen Hillyard Witkop

August 15, 1940 - August 25, 2014

Helen Ann Hillyard Witkop, 74, of Hickory, passed away Monday August 25, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Mrs. Witkop was born on August 15, 1940 in Buffalo, NY to the late David Henry Hillyard and Marie Klotz Hillyard. She was retired from General Motors after more than 30 years in the radiator division. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her daughter, Judy...
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Shane Jonah Sparks

July 13, 1976 - August 25, 2014

Shane Jonah Sparks, 38, of Morganton, passed away Monday August 25, 2014 in the comfort of his home surrounded by those who loved him most including, his mother, Carolyn Hammons; sister, Angela Rogers and husband Stephen; his soul mate, Marsha Fredell; his daughter, Carli Sparks; his brother, Caleb Sparks and nephews, Dallas, Brady, and Houston Rogers; two special friends, Jennifer and Destiny...
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Effie Houston Hildebran

August 31, 1922 - August 25, 2014

Mrs. Effie Houston Hilldebran, 91, of Connelly Springs passed away on Monday August 25, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Hildebran was born on August 31, 1922 in Burke County to the late Daniel Lee Houston and Lois Griffin Houston. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Paul Edison Hildebran, two sisters Agnes...
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Gregory Paul Bordeleau

November 30, 1973 - August 24, 2014

Gregory Paul Bordeleau, 40, of Valdese, formerly of Massena, NY passed away unexpectedly Sunday August 24, 2014 following a swimming accident. Gregory was born on November 30, 1973 in St. Lawrence County, NY to Robert Bordeleau and Jean Robinson Jarvo. He was a graduate of Massena Central High School in 1991 and graduated college from Clarkson University in 1995. He worked for GE Healthcare,...
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Milfred Devon Rector

December 20, 1930 - August 23, 2014

Milfred Devon Rector, 83, of Valdese went to live in his heavenly home Saturday August 23, 2014 at Autumn Care in Drexel following a period of declining health. Mr. Rector was born on December 20, 1930 in Burke County, NC to the late Will Rector ( Marshall Bud) and Dorothy Knox Evans, and Clyde and Viola Yancey Byrd. He was a member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include his beloved...
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Olin Alvin Abee

September 9, 1947 - August 21, 2014

Olin Alvin Abee, 66, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday August 21, 2014 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Mr. Abee was born on September 9, 1947 in Burke County to the late Oscar Alvin Abee and Elizabeth Lowman Payseur. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in Vietnam, and received the Purple Heart. He was formerly employed by Drexel Heritage in the...
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Jack McKinney Allen

December 23, 1939 - August 18, 2014

Mr. Jack McKinney Allen, 74, of Hickory, passed away Monday August 18, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health. Jack was born December 23, 1939 in Mitchell County to the late William Olsen Allen and Mary Kate McKinney Allen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons Mark Andrew Allen Sr. and Michael Jennings Carswell, and a sister Sue Sparks. ...
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Kenneth Eugene Hardin

January 25, 1953 - August 17, 2014

Kenneth Eugene Hardin, 61, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday August 17, 2014 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. Mr. Hardin was born on January 25, 1953 in Carter County, TN to the late Bobby Lawrence Hardin and Bonnie Herman Hardin. He was a retired fixer in the textile industry, and was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam era. In addition...
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Peggy Abee Lowman

July 30, 1933 - August 17, 2014

Peggy Abee Lowman, 81, of 40 Horton Lane, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Down East Health & Rehabilitation Center in Gatesville, NC. Mrs. Lowman was born in Burke County, NC on July 30, 1933, and was the daughter of the late Grady W. and Flossie Poteat Abee. A retired shipping and receiving clerk with Sears & Roebuck, she was raised in the fellowship of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church in...
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Betty Maye Crump

December 25, 1928 - August 16, 2014

Mrs. Betty Maye Crump, 85, of Drexel, went to her Heavenly Home on August 16, 2014. Mrs. Crump passed away at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care of Valdese after years of declining health. Mrs. Crump was born December 25, 1928 in Burke County to the late John Maye and Alma Roper Maye. Much of Betty's life was dedicated to being a caregiver as a CNA at Valdese General Hospital and retired from...
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Darryl Edward Whisnant

March 10, 1942 - August 14, 2014

Darryl Edward Whisnant, 72, of Drexel, passed away unexpectedly Thursday August 14, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Whisnant was born on March 10, 1942 in Burke County to the late Edward Whisnant and Leta McGalliard Whisnant. He was a graduate of Oak Hill High School and Appalachian State University, and graduated with his EDS from Western Carolina University. Darryl was a Teacher, Principal, and...
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Chester Wayne White

February 23, 1941 - August 13, 2014

Chester Wayne White, 73, was called to his heavenly home on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center after a period of declining health. Wayne was born February 23, 1941 in Carroll County, Virginia and was the son of the late Canada Chester White and Mary Surratt White. Wayne will forever be remembered and is survived by his former wife of 39 years and...
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Richard Davidson Little

March 29, 1973 - August 11, 2014

Mr. Richard Davidson Little, III, 41, of Valdese, peacefully entered his Heavenly Home on Monday August 11, 2014. He was born March 29, 1973 in Catawba County, a son of Richard D. Little, Jr. and Barbara Pontius Little. Richard attended Fork Union Military Academy where he obtained the rank of Sergeant, was awarded two Good Conduct medals, was a member of the football team, the Dillard Guard...
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Sarah Yates Goare

April 21, 1923 - August 11, 2014

Mrs. Sarah Yates Goare, completed her earthly mission of 91 years on Monday, August 11, 2014 and entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mrs. Goare was born April 21, 1923 in Iredell County to the late Rev. J. Clyde Yates and VC Cook Yates, she was the oldest of 9 children. A lifelong student, Sarah graduated from Mars Hill College, Meredith College and the Baptist...
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Jacquelyn Sheree' Stone

October 27, 1960 - August 10, 2014

Ms. Jacquelyn Sheree' Stone,53, of Valdese went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday August 10, 2014. Ms. Stone was born October 27, 1960 in Hillsborough County, Florida. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Valdese and worked as a cosmetologist. Jacquelyn was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Andy Reid and Mary Lou Reid of Shelby, and paternal grandparents Rev. H.E....
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Willie Lowman Duckworth

August 14, 1933 - August 10, 2014

Willie Lowman Duckworth, 80, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday August 10, 2014 after courageously battling a lengthy illness at Blue Ridge Healthcare, Valdese. Born in Burke County on August 14, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Carl and Alice F. Lowman. Willie was a faithful member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and loved sending special greetings to her church...
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Judy Elaine Fowler

August 29, 1947 - August 8, 2014

Mrs. Judy Elaine Fowler, 66, of Rutherford College, passed away on Friday August 8, 2014 at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke, following a period of declining health. Judy was born August 29, 1947 in Sampson County to the late Annoise and Harold Johnson. She attended Lakeview Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William Fowler, and one sister Janice...
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Mary Frances Costner Whisnant

May 6, 1947 - August 8, 2014

Mrs. Mary Frances Costner Whisnant, 67, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mary was born on May 6, 1947 in Caldwell County to the late Clyde Costner and Mary Craig Mouton. She worked at Myra's Ice Cream in her early years and then worked as a custodian at Valdese Elementary School until her retirement. In addition to...
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Hazel Lorraine Nix

March 19, 1935 - August 8, 2014

Hazel Harris Nix age 79, of Morganton passed away Friday morning at Autumn Care of Drexel after a four-year struggle with cancer. Born March 19, 1935 in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Leroy Harris and the late Blanch Bryant Harris. In addition to her parents, brothers Charlie, Paul, and Ernest, and a sister Addie preceded her in death. Hazel is survived by four sons...
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Carolyn Byrd Shuping

October 8, 1939 - August 8, 2014

Mrs. Carolyn Byrd Shuping, 74, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday August 8, 2014 at Autumn Care of Drexel, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Shuping was born October 8, 1939 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Edgar "Red" and Ruth Shytle Byrd. Carolyn was a faithful and active member of Valdese First Baptist, serving as a member of the choir, youth leader and the Rocky...
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Merlene Taylor Burns

November 26, 1933 - August 7, 2014

Mrs. Merlene Taylor Burns, 80, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday August 7, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Burns was born November 26, 1933 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Beuna Hildebran Taylor. Merlene was a faithful member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, serving as a former choir member, Sunday School...
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Herebert Ules Livert

July 9, 1944 - August 6, 2014

Mr. Herbert Ules Livert, 70, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Herbert was born on July 9, 1944 in Cleveland County to the late Guy Ules Livert and Nellie Collins. He was a retired long distance truck driver for Shull Trucking and attended Gloryland Baptist Church in Hildebran. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Faye Fox Browning

August 4, 1925 - August 5, 2014

Mrs. Faye Fox Browning, 89, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday August 5, 2014. Faye was born in Burke County August 4, 1925, a daughter of the late Esmer and Lavie Causby Fox. Mrs. Browning loved people and enjoyed the years she spent working at Premier, Belk's and K-Mart, her smile and laughter will b e missed. Faye loved her family and the time they spent together. Her...
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Dorothy Houston Franklin

August 20, 1942 - August 3, 2014

Dorothy H. Franklin, 71 of Connelly Springs passed away at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke, Sunday, August 3, 2014. Born August 20, 1942, in Lincoln County, North Carolina; she was the daughter of the late Henry Thomas and Mamie Huffman Houston. Mrs. Franklin was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church in Hildebran. She was a retired 5th grade school teacher from Icard Elementary where she taught...
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Steven Brian Burleson

July 18, 1968 - August 2, 2014

Mr. Steven Brian Burleson, 46, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly, on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his residence. Brian was born in Burke County on July 18, 1968 in Burke County to Alton Burleson and the late Mary Ruth Huskins Burleson. He was last employed at Carolina Container. Survivors include his children; daughters, Nichole Burleson and Jessica Desiree Burleson, and three sons,...
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Raymond Reed Hightower

July 19, 1939 - August 2, 2014

Mr. Raymond Reed Hightower, 75, of Morganton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 2, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care. Raymond was born on July 19, 1939 in Buncombe County to the late Charles Lipe and Jessie Hightower Harris. A native of West Asheville, Raymond was retired from the city of Asheville Street Division after 26 years of service. He was a member of Zion Road...
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Paul "Chess" Chrisco

June 20, 1952 - August 2, 2014

Mr. Paul "Chess" Chrisco, 62. of Valdese passed away Saturday August 2, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Chrisco was born June20, 1952 in Randolph County, a son of Leeila Seagle Chrisco of Valdese and the late Daniel Adam Chriscoe. He was a member of Abees Grove Baptist Church and retired as a machine room operator from the...
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Danny Edward Stevens

February 4, 1954 - August 1, 2014

Mr. Danny Edward Stevens, 60, of Hildebran, died Friday August 1, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Stevens was born February 4, 1954 in McDowell County, a son of Paul Edward and Betty Jo Duncan Stevens. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and a retired painter and landscaper. Surviving are his parents Paul Edward and Betty Jo...
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Betty Johnson Shuford

June 28, 1935 - August 1, 2014

Mrs. Betty Johnson Shuford, 79,of Hildebran, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday August 1, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, Newton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Shuford was born June 28, 1935 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Sid and Eller Barlow Huffman. She attended Fairbrooks Baptist Church and retired as a waitress from Curley's Fish Camp. In addition to her parents...
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Annie Lee Hicks

April 21, 1925 - August 1, 2014

Mrs. Annie Lee Hicks, 89, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday August 1, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Hicks was born April 21, 1925 in Burke County, a daughter of the late James W. and Lura Ross Mabe. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. In...
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Elsie Marlene Yount

March 29, 1964 - July 30, 2014

Mrs. Elsie Marlene Rhymer Yount, 50, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Marlene was born on March 29, 1964 in Iredell County to Lorene Greer Rhymer and the late William Sylvester Rhymer. She was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and was employed in the bakery industry. In...
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Vanessa Farmer

May 15, 1993 - July 29, 2014

Vanessa Rene'e Farmer, 21, of Morganton, NC passed away Tuesday July 29, 2014 following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday August 4, 2014 at Catawba River Baptist Association in Morganton, NC. . Rev. Mike Chandler will be officiating the service. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday August 4, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at...
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Merita Young Hildebran

May 24, 1939 - July 28, 2014

Mrs. Merita Young Hildebran, 75, of Hickory, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday July 28, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Hildebran was born May 24, 1939 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Carless and Callie Cline Young. She was a faithful member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church and retired from Combeau Industries. In addition to her...
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Christopher Matthew Stephens

September 28, 1969 - July 24, 2014

Mr. Christopher Matthew Stephens, 44, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Christopher was born in Burke County to John Thomas Stephens Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Winters. He was employed by North Carolina Furniture Finders. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Katie and John Stephens Sr. Survivors include his wife Lorrie Stephens of Hickory; his mother Mary...
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Joshua Tyler Bolden

October 23, 1989 - July 22, 2014

Joshua Tyler Bolden, 24, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday July 22, 2014 in Frankfort, KY due to complications following surgery. Tyler was born on October 23, 1989 in Burke County to Johnny Russell "Rusty" Bolden and Felicia Perrou Helmstetter. He graduated from Hickory Christian Academy, and was a member of South Fork Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents, Johnny Russell...
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Mabel Hallyburton Owens

September 26, 1920 - July 22, 2014

Mrs. Mabel Virginia Hallyburton Owens, 93, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mabel was born on September 26, 1920 in Burke County and was the last surviving child of Thomas D. and Estelle W. Hallyburton. She was a member of North Morganton United Methodist Church and was a retired textiles worker and healthcare provider...
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Harold Morrison Suther

August 28, 1930 - July 20, 2014

Harold Morrison Suther, 83, of Morganton, passed away Sunday July 20, 2014 at Autumn Care Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Suther was born on August 28, 1930 in Cabarrus County to the late John Suther and Mary Barger Suther. He was a four year Veteran of the United States Airforce during the Korean Conflict, and served three years in the Army National Guard. He was a...
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Brenda Elaine Gantt

January 14, 1960 - July 19, 2014

Ms. Brenda Elaine Gantt, 54, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Winston Salem, following a lengthy illness. Brenda was born on January 14, 1960 in Burke County to the late Emery "Bud" Gantt and Lillie Mary Hudson Gantt. She retired from Robinson Hosiery after over thirty years of service in the boarding department to care for her mother and was...
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Thelma Lucille Barnes

May 18, 1935 - July 19, 2014

Mrs. Thelma Lucille Smith Barnes, 79, of , went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday July 19, 2014 from Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Barnes was born May 18, 1935 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Turley and Ella Mae Millon Smith. She was a faithful member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and retired after eighteen years of...
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Bonnie Leger Lail

July 17, 1936 - July 18, 2014

Mrs. Bonnie Leger Lail, 78, of Valdese, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Friday July 18, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lail was born July 17, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Bart and Florence Leger Rector. Bonnie attended Mineral Springs Mountain Baptist Church and retired from Alba-Waldensian, Inc. Surviving are her son...
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Max Wayne Loftin

January 13, 1942 - July 18, 2014

Mr. Max Wayne Loftin, 72, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Friday July 18, 2014 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Mr. Loftin was born January 13, 1942 in Gaston County, a son of the late Marion David and Ruby Ervin Loftin. He was a faithful member of East Valdese Baptist Church, a Mason and retired as a guard with the NC Department of Correction. In addition to...
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Ronnie Gene Swink

May 29, 1969 - July 13, 2014

Mr. Ronnie Gene Swink, 45, of Valdese , passed away following a brief illness Sunday July 13, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Swink was born May 29, 1969 in Burke County, a son of Shirley Fulbright and the late Paul Swink. He was a 33rd degree Master Mason, an Oasis Shriner, a member of The Sons of Veterans, and an avid dirt bike rider. He worked as a diesel mechanic at Fulbright Garage. In...
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Brenda White Reinke

July 13, 1950 - July 11, 2014

Brenda White Reinke, 63, of Morganton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday July 11, 2014 at her residence. Brenda was born on July 13, 1950 in Bertie County, NC to the late James Wade White and Rose McCracken White. She was a waitress at Mom's Kitchen for over 13 years, and was a member of Enon Baptist Church. At Enon, she was a member of the Senior Saints, the Faith...
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John "Jack" Lampe

April 19, 1941 - July 8, 2014

Mr. John Winfield "Jack" Lampe, 73, of Hudson, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice of Lenoir, following a period of declining health. Jack was born on April 19,1941 in Baltimore, MD to the late John Henry Lampe and Winnie Gross Lampe. He began his career as a radio newsman in Baltimore and retired from Sears as a head cashier and hardware salesman. Jack was a member of...
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Faye Evelyn Swatzel

February 24, 1924 - July 8, 2014

Faye Evelyn Swatzel, 90, of Hickory died Tuesday July 8, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born on February 24, 1924 in Catawba County, and was the daughter of the late Thomas Leslie Swatzel, Sr. and Snow Carolyn Wardel Swatzel. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hickory. In addtion to her parents she is preceded in death by sisters, Helen S. Lutz and Doris G. Cousins; one...
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Doris Lloyd Sherrill

January 3, 1937 - July 8, 2014

Mrs. Doris Jane Lloyd Sherrill, 77, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Doris was born on January 3, 1937 in Burke County, to the late Ernest Eugene Lloyd and Rebecca Jane Penley Lloyd. She was formerly employed in the food service industry and was a retired CNA with Broughton Hospital. Doris was an...
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