Celebrity Obituaries

Review this week's trending celebrity news stories


Our Obituaries

Diana Lucille Seagle Hampton

December 8, 1957 - March 25, 2017

Diana Lucille Seagle Hampton, 59 , died March 25,2017 after a period of declining health. Diana was born on December 8, 1957 in Valdese, to Ray Dean Seagle and Lucille Lail Seagle. Diana married the love of her life Charles Hampton on September 30, 1983. They were married for 33 years. Diana always told him Today,Tomorrow, Always I Love you! She was preceded in death by her father Ray...
View Tribute »

Hazel Hull Hudson

July 5, 1942 - March 24, 2017

Ms. Hazel Hull Pruette Hudson, 74, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Carolina Rehabilitation Center of Burke after a period of declining health. Ms. Hudson was born on July 5, 1942 in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late Cecil LeRoy and Alma Johnson Hull. She was employed at Canteen Services and attended Shady Grove United Methodist Church. Hazel enjoyed bird watching, Gem...
View Tribute »

Ernest Lee "Ernie, Punk" Winebarger, Jr.

March 28, 1953 - March 22, 2017

Mr. Ernest Lee "Ernie, Punk" Winebarger, Jr. 63, of Rutherford College, went peacefully to his just reward on Wednesday March 22, 2017. Ernie was born March 28, 1953 in Burke County, a son of the late Ernest Winebarger, Sr. and Ida Icard Barnes Winebarger. Before his illness he was formerly employed as a truck driver for Mull Concrete Co. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
View Tribute »

Carolyn Sue Huffman

March 26, 1950 - March 22, 2017

Mrs. Carolyn Sue Roberts Huffman, 66, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
View Tribute »

Alfred Young

June 10, 1937 - March 20, 2017

Mr. Alfred Young, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Alfred was born on June 10, 1937, in Catawba County, to the late Colon and Liza Young. He was a very loving husband, step-father, and uncle. Alfred was the founder and owner of Design Tools. He loved to play golf and watch any other type of sport...
View Tribute »

Betty Lou McMahan Craft

May 6, 1935 - March 20, 2017

Mrs. Betty Lou McMahan Craft, 81, of Valdese, formerly of Tampa, FL, passed away Monday March 20, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Craft was born May 6, 1935 in Searcy County to the late Etsel McMahan and Gladys Stills McMahan. She was a member of Lake Carroll Baptist Church in Tampa, FL. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband,...
View Tribute »

Sarah Ledford Lanier

June 7, 1934 - March 20, 2017

Mrs. Sarah Louise Ledford Lanier, 82, of Valdese, passed away Monday March 20, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lanier was born June 7, 1934 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Homer and Katherine Champion Ledford. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Shelby and retired from the Valdese General Hospital dietary department. In addition to her...
View Tribute »

Winsome Lowman "Tots" Huffman

June 21, 1931 - March 18, 2017

Winsome Lowman "Tots" Huffman, 85, of Valdese went home to be with her heavenly father on Saturday March 18, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. She was born June 21, 1931 in Valdese to the late Will Lowman and Dorothy Lowman. Winsome was a member of First Baptist Church of Rutherford College, where she was choir director and taught Sunday School for many years. She worked at Alba...
View Tribute »

Tivis Newberry Akers, Jr.

February 23, 1953 - March 18, 2017

Mr. Tivis Newberry Akers, Jr. 64, of Morganton passed away Saturday March 18, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief period of declining health. Mr. Akers was born February 23, 1953 in Chapmanville, WV to the late Tivis Akers, Sr. and Hazel Wheatley Akers. He served in the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Akers of Morganton; children, Marty Langley...
View Tribute »

William Allen Penley

July 31, 1965 - March 17, 2017

Mr. William Allen Penley, 51, of Drexel, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at his residence. Allen was born on July 31, 1965 in Burke County to the late William S. Penley and Laura Benfield Penley. He was employed at American Roller Bearing in Morganton. Survivors include his sister, Reta Benfield of Morganton, nephew, Marcus Benfield and wife Krysta, and a great-nephew, Kayden Benfield. ...
View Tribute »

Kelly Denver York

February 1, 1972 - March 17, 2017

Mr. Kelly Denver York, 45, of Granite Falls passed away Friday March 17, 2017 at his residence. A funeral service will be held 12:00PM Wednesday March 22, 2017 at North Laurel Baptist Church. Interment will follow the service at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday March 21, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service. Heritage Funeral Service is serving...
View Tribute »

Bobby Queen

January 10, 1936 - March 17, 2017

Bobby Queen, 81, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday March 17, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Mr. Queen was born January 10, 1936 in Haywood County, NC to the late Zeb and Ophilia Queen. He was a truck driver, traveling all over the nation with his late wife Barbara Stamey Queen. Survivors include his sons, Tim Queen and wife Sandra of Connelly...
View Tribute »

Michael Dean Roper

May 23, 1957 - March 16, 2017


View Tribute »

Ronald Leith Cloer

July 31, 1950 - March 15, 2017

On March 15, Ronald Leith Cloer left our earthly realm and is now in the warmth of Heaven's love. The son of the late Leith Wilson Cloer and Dixie Hildebrand Cloer of Nebo, he leaves behind wife, Debra; son, Brett and wife, Christy of Spruce Pine, and son, Brad of Morganton; one brother, Michael and wife, Joyce of Nebo; much-loved grandchildren, Curran, Ashton, Zoe, Taylor, Marley; and brother-in...
View Tribute »

Kenneth Lee Bumgarner

September 24, 1934 - March 13, 2017

Mr. Kenneth Lee Bumgarner, 82, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Frye Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina. He resided in Hickory at the time of his passing. He was born Sept. 24, 1934, to the late Russell Lee and Catherine Smith Bumgarner, in Hickory, North Carolina. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Junine Tron Bumgarner, three children, Francis Keith Bumgarner and wife...
View Tribute »

Janet Smith Cooke

November 26, 1957 - March 9, 2017

Mrs. Janet Smith Cooke, 59 of Morganton, passed away Thursday March 9, 2017 at Grace Hospital after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Mrs. Cooke was born November 26, 1957 in Burke County, a daughter of Alva Lee Smith of Valdese and the late Helen Pruitt Smith. She was employed as a housekeeper with Miller Cleaning Service. Surviving in addition to her father are one son, Derek Brown...
View Tribute »

Roger Dale Edwards

January 20, 1955 - March 9, 2017

Mr. Roger Dale Edwards, of Valdese, died Thursday March 9, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. Mr. Edwards was born January 20, 1955 in Yancey County, a son of Fannie Hoilman Edwards of Valdese and the late Ralph Edwards. He was retired from the construction industry as an insulation installer. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his wife Brenda Perrou Edwards. ...
View Tribute »

Timothy TJ Spain

March 14, 1975 - March 9, 2017

Mr. Timothy "TJ" James Spain, 41, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem. TJ was born March 14, 1975, in Memphis, MO, to Timothy G. Spain and Beverly Van Baalen Spain now of Cedar Rapids, IA. TJ was a 1993 graduate from Marshalltown High School (Marshalltown, IA), where he was a member of the band and chorus, and lettered in swimming...
View Tribute »

Rachel Swink Brittain

March 17, 1942 - March 9, 2017

Rachel M. Swink Brittain of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 following a period of declining health. Rachel was born March 17, 1942, in Valdese, North Carolina, to the late Thomas Swink and Voltie Swink Johnson. She was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and retired from Burke Co. School System after 31 years as a teacher's assistant. She was known for having a great love...
View Tribute »

Katherine "Katy" Cox

August 31, 1984 - March 9, 2017

Katherine "Katy"Lucile Cox, 32, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Katy was born on August 31, 1984 in Burke County to Stephen Jones Cox and Anna Abernethy Cox. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Valdese. Katy had a love for all animals, but especially cats, and also enjoyed cooking and...
View Tribute »

Mona Porter Mauney

May 8, 1931 - March 6, 2017

Ms. Mona Porter Mauney, 85, of Hickory passed away Monday March 6, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Ms. Mauney was born May 8, 1931 in Rosiclare, IL to the late Mrs. Margaret Fox and Mr. Archie Porter. She was a nurse at Valdese Hospital, Grace Hospital, and Frye Regional Hospital for over forty years. She enjoyed quilting with her friends Nora, Pat, Cathy, and...
View Tribute »

Ronald Coleman Connelly, Jr.

December 16, 1968 - March 6, 2017

Mr. Ronald Coleman Connelly, Jr., 48, of Valdese , passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at his residence, following an period of declining health. Ronald was born on December 16, 1968 in Burke County to Ronald Connelly ,Sr. and Sarillia McKesson Connelly. He previously worked in furniture as an upholsterer and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents,...
View Tribute »

Alfred Jerry Abernethy

April 29, 1927 - March 5, 2017

Rev. Alfred Jerry Abernethy, 89, of Vale, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Alfred was born on April 29, 1927 in Catawba County to the late Yates Ford Abernethy and Letha King Abernethy. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during WW II, and retired from the U.S. Air Force following a twenty year career in 1979, as a...
View Tribute »

Emily Ann Campbell

October 25, 1994 - March 3, 2017

Ms. Emily Ann Campbell, 22, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at CHS-Morganton - Blue Ridge, following a period of declining health. Emily was born on October 25, 1994, in Burke County, to Patrick Campbell and Kimberly Harris Campbell. She was a member at Liberty Baptist Church. She loved life even though she fought for it every day. Emily was not only a daughter to her mother...
View Tribute »

Gary Randall Woody, Jr.

August 19, 1973 - March 2, 2017

Gary Randall Woody, Jr., 43, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly Thursday March 2, 2017 at his residence. Mr. Woody was born on August 19, 1973 in Burke County to Gary R. Woody, Sr. and Donna Kay Carver Woody. He was a veteran of the N.C. National Guard and CNC Router Programmer with Baker Furniture. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Buford and Valarie Carver. Survivors include...
View Tribute »

Jasmine Nicole Beck

January 15, 2005 - March 1, 2017

Ms. Jasmine Nicole Beck, 12, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Levine's Children's Hospital, following a period of brief illness. Jasmine was born January 15, 2005, in Greenville, SC, to Ronald James Beck and Dafel Elaine Revels. She was a member at Crosslink Church and attended Heritage Middle School. Jasmine, also known to her parents as "Baby Girl" will always be...
View Tribute »

Parks E. Deaton

May 29, 1931 - February 28, 2017

Mr. Parks E. Deaton, 85, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Tuesday February 28, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel after a period of declining health. Mr. Deaton was born May 29, 1931 in Washington County, TN a son of the late Melvin Lee and Ethel McNabb Deaton. Parks was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. after over 45 years of services. ...
View Tribute »

Donald Wayne Jones

October 29, 1941 - February 27, 2017

Mr. Donald Wayne Jones, 75, of Valdese passed away Monday February 27, 2017 at his residence following a brief period of declining health. Mr. Jones was born October 29, 1941 in Kannapolis, NC to the late Jesse Jones and Ruth Hancock Jones. He was part owner and salesman at Hickory Saw and Tool before his retirement. He was an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the American...
View Tribute »

Kay Lowman Nix

October 1, 1947 - February 27, 2017

Guanda "Kay" Lowman Nix, 69, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, of Henry River, departed this life to her heavenly home on Monday February 27, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Nix was born on October 1, 1947 in Burke County to the late Levi Dolphus Lowman, Sr. and Rachel Hazel Kiser Lowman. She was a quality control supervisor in...
View Tribute »

Martha Odom Seagle

July 21, 1944 - February 26, 2017

Mrs. Martha Odom Seagle, 72, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Seagle was born July 21, 1944 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Earl Luther and Ruby Bumgarner Odom. Martha was a faithful member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired as supply clerk at Autumn Care of Drexel. She also...
View Tribute »

James Richard Smith

December 31, 1935 - February 26, 2017

Mr. James Richard Smith, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Smith was born December 31, 1935 in Cleveland County, a son of the late Lonnie and Ivey Hartman Smith. James was a member of the Long View Church of God and retired from the furniture industry. In addition to...
View Tribute »

Christina Edge Parham

May 28, 1916 - February 21, 2017

Mrs. Christina Edge Parham, 100, of Gloucester, VA, formerly of Morganton and Hildebran, passed away on February 21, 2017 at the Walter Reed Convalescent Center, following a struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. Christina Edge Parham was born May 28, 1916 to Grace Elnora Turk Edge and Wood Arthur Edge in Fort Smith, AR. She was predeceased by her parents and an older brother, Thomas James Edge...
View Tribute »

Jerry Jackson Rhoney

August 23, 1937 - February 21, 2017

Mr. Jerry Jackson Rhoney, 79, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Reward on Tuesday February 21, 2017, with his loving family by his side. Mr. Rhoney was born August 23, 1937 in Burke County, a son of the late David Lee and Ethel Carswell Rhoney. Jerry was a member of the Valdese First United Methodist Church and retired as supervisor with Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. He was a loving husband,...
View Tribute »

Susan Wells Robinson

April 17, 1944 - February 20, 2017

Mrs. Susan Wells Robinson, 72, of Hickory passed away Monday February 20, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Robinson was born April 17, 1944 in Burke County to the late McKendree Wells and Flavia York Wells. She was an elementary school teacher for thirty years, retiring from Burke County Public Schools and was a member at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. In...
View Tribute »

Ted William Whisnant

May 21, 1927 - February 19, 2017

Mr. Ted William Whisnant, 89, of Drexel, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ted was born May 21, 1927, in Catawba County, to the late John Smith and Bessie Tallent Smith. He was a member at Enon Baptist Church, Woodsmen of the World, and Drexel Fire Department. He served in the US Navy during World War II and was...
View Tribute »

Leonard Walter Goble

June 30, 1948 - February 16, 2017

Leonard "Pete" Walter Goble, 68 of Lenoir, NC, passed away, Thursday, February 16th 2017 at Chapel Hill Burn Center. Leonard was born June 30th 1948 to the late Walter Matheson and Elizabeth Baldwin Goble in Lenoir, NC. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Sondra and Linda Goble. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a jet mechanic for the Blue Angels in...
View Tribute »

Katherine Eisenhart "Kathy" Parse

October 2, 1939 - February 16, 2017

Katherine Eisenhart "Kathy" Parse, 77, passed away Thursday February 16, 2017 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community following a period of declining health. Mrs. Parse was born on October 2, 1939 in Fulton County, Ga. to the late Paul Eisenhart and Louise Findley Eisenhart. She was a retired elementary school librarian at Rutherford College Elementary School and at Hildebran Elementary School. She...
View Tribute »

William Gene Chapman

October 1, 1932 - February 13, 2017

Mr. William Eugene Chapman, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Gene was born on October 1, 1932 in Burke County to the late David William Chapman and Lois Viola Townsend Chapman. He was retired from Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company where he served as vice president for many years. Gene was a...
View Tribute »

Agnes R. Burns

October 23, 1926 - February 12, 2017

Agnes Ramsay Burns died peacefully in Hickory, NC on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 90. Aggie is survived by her children, Linda Cabot of Valdese, Jack Burns of Vale, Rosemary Burns Clark of North Myrtle Beach, SC and Tracy Tucker (Bryan) of Columbus, OH; her brother Julius (Jute) McNutt Ramsay Jr. of Asheboro, NC; grandchildren Chilton Jarrett (Jason), Ted Cabot, Michelle Houston (T.C....
View Tribute »

Toney Caroll Bowman

July 27, 1940 - February 12, 2017

Mr. Toney Caroll Bowman, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday February 12,2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Bowman was born July 27, 1940 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Robie James and Mary Kirby Bowman. Toney was a member of Baton Baptist Church and retired from Shuford Mills after thirty-seven years of faithful service....
View Tribute »

Mark Arnold Hurley

October 4, 1954 - February 11, 2017

Mr. Mark A. Hurley, 62, of Hickory, went to his heavenly home on Saturday February 11, 2017 at Catawba Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Hurley was born October 4, 1954 in Baltimore Md. a son of Arnold Gene and Doss Marie Bailey Hurley . He was an employee of FedEx and an active member of the Longview Church of God, the Praise Team and the Pastors Council of the...
View Tribute »

Edna Burns Miller

June 11, 1926 - February 11, 2017

Mrs. Edna Burns Miller, 90, of Icard, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson, following a period of declining health. Edna was born June 11, 1926, in Burke County to the late Dolph Burns and Lela Lail Burns. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church in Hildebran, and will always be remembered as being a very loving and devoted Christian...
View Tribute »

Cynthia Gaye Hildebran Yoder Gilliam

April 3, 1951 - February 10, 2017

Gaye was born April 3, 1951, in Catawba County, to the late Robey James Wycoff and Clara "Wanda" Hildebran. She was a member of Faith Chapel Baptist Church in Drexel and the Catfish Hunter Chapter for ALS. Gaye loved to go camping and traveling to the mountains. She was a very loving, devoted, and caring Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents she...
View Tribute »

Kevin Lynn Young

November 5, 1977 - February 9, 2017

Mr. Kevin Lynn Young, 39, of Valdese, passed away on February 9, 2017. Kevin was born November 5, 1977, in Burke County to Stephen Lynn Young and Sheila Bridges Carswell. He attended Freedom High School and had previously worked as a lumber grader. Kevin is survived by parents, Wayne and Sheila Carswell of Drexel and Vickie Young of Morganton; long-time life partner, Alene Somps; beautiful...
View Tribute »

Ruby Elizabeth Branch

May 21, 1923 - February 9, 2017

Ms. Ruby Elizabeth Branch, 93, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center, following period of declining health. Ruby was born on May 21, 1923 in Burke County to the late Albert Branch and Junie Whisnant Branch. She was retired from Drexel Furniture and was a longtime member of Walker Road Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
View Tribute »

Michael David Smith

June 17, 1956 - February 5, 2017

Mr. Michael David Smith, 60, of Icard, passed away on Sunday February 5, 2017 at his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Smith was born June 17, 1956 in Burke County, a son of the late J. Max and Wanda Johnson Smith. He was a member of Icard First Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Burke County School System. Surviving are two sisters, Anita Russell and husband David of...
View Tribute »

Betty Orders Powell

August 28, 1931 - February 4, 2017

Mrs. Betty Elizabeth Orders Powell, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Powell was born August 28, 1931, in Burke County, to the late Clyde P. Orders and Wilhelmina Mull Orders. She attended Christ United Methodist Church. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. ...
View Tribute »

Henry Kirk Childers

October 19, 1939 - February 4, 2017

Mr. Henry Kirk Childers, 77, of Rutherford College, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Mr. Childers was born October 19, 1939, in Burke County, to the late Henry Lemuel Childers and Virgie Mary Bryant Childers. He was a member of Crosslink Church and the National Rifle Association. He had a great love for his...
View Tribute »

Kayelee Lynn Childers

January 12, 2017 - February 2, 2017

Kayelee Lynn Childers, infant daughter of Jesse and Natalie Childers of Valdese, passed away peacefully in the arms of her parents Thursday, February 2, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family. Born January 12, 2017, Kayelee brought a tremendous amount of joy and love to the lives of her family in the three short weeks she was here on this beautiful earth. In addition to her parents, Kayelee...
View Tribute »

Charles Ray Sigmon

October 6, 1941 - February 2, 2017

Mr. Charles Ray Sigmon, 75, of Hildebran, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Mr. Sigmon was born October 6, 1941 in Catawba County to the late Robert Carol Sigmon and Louise Arney Sigmon. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and the Burke County Bee Keepers Association. He enjoyed trout fishing and hunting. In addition to his parents, he is...
View Tribute »

Timothy Ray Weaver

December 24, 1963 - January 30, 2017

Timothy Ray Weaver, 53, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly Monday January 30, 2017. Mr. Weaver was born on December 24, 1963 in Catawba County to Ray Quinten Weaver and Carolyn Jennette Brown Weaver. He was a salesman with HD3, Co-owner and master distiller of Foothills Distillery, and co-owner of Appalachian Stone Masonry. He was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Claremont. ...
View Tribute »

Herman Gaither Baldridge

April 27, 1942 - January 29, 2017

Mr. Herman Gaither Baldridge, 74, of Drexel passed away Sunday January 29, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Baldridge was born April 29, 1942 in Madison County to the late William Lonnie Baldridge and Girlie Cornette Baldridge. He worked as a master carver, owning his own business. He was a member of Gospel Tabernacle Church in Asheville, NC. Survivors include...
View Tribute »

Sylvia Gale Arney Lowman

October 28, 1956 - January 28, 2017

Sylvia Gale Arney Lowman, of Morganton, went to be with Jesus on Saturday January 28, 2017 at Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, after a brief illness. Sylvia was born October 28, 1956 in Burke County, the loving daughter of Mary Elizabeth Burns Arney of Morganton and the late Henry Jackson Arney. She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and great-aunt and friend to everyone she came in...
View Tribute »

Grady Gerald McGalliard

November 24, 1930 - January 28, 2017

Grady Gerald McGalliard, 86, of Greensboro, formerly of Drexel, passed away Saturday January 28, 2017 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. McGalliard was born on November 24, 1930 in Burke County to the late Ivey Jones McGalliard and Florence Ann Powell McGalliard. He was owner and operator of Drexel Grocery and Market for many years, and was a member of Drexel Memorial...
View Tribute »

Joseph Bennett "Joe" Hairfield

January 30, 1925 - January 28, 2017

Morganton and the Burke County area pause today to reflect on the life of Joseph B. Hairfield who died late Saturday afternoon. He was born on January 30, 1925 in Morganton the fifth son of six from a family of seven children to Edward M. Hairfield, Sr. and Elizabeth Taylor Hairfield. Upon graduation from Morganton High School he studied at Wake Forest College. Later he was admitted to the...
View Tribute »

Norman Lane Hollifield

May 7, 1953 - January 28, 2017

Mr. Norman Lane Hollifield, 63, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Norman was born on May 7, 1953 in McDowell County to the late Lawrence Hollifield and Mary Vera Branch Hollifield. He was a member of the Drexel Christian Center and was employed with the Burke County Sheriff's Office. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy...
View Tribute »

Debra Webb Abernathy

December 11, 1955 - January 27, 2017

Mrs. Debra Faye Webb Abernathy, 61, of Granite Falls, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Debra was born on December 11, 1955 in Burke County to Betty Ingle Webb and the late Bobby Webb. She was a longtime member of Dry Ponds Baptist Church and was retired from Industrial Seaming. Surviving in addition to her mother, is her husband...
View Tribute »

Tevan Devante Davis

January 4, 1992 - January 26, 2017

Tevan Devante Davis, 25, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday January 26, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center, Winston-Salem after a period of declining health. Tevan was born January 4, 1992 in Burke County a son of Anthony Davis and Tina Renay Caldwell of Morganton. He was a graduate of Freedom High School and employed as a food preparer in the restaurant industry. Tevan...
View Tribute »

Rachel Lucille Mason Conley

November 11, 1949 - January 26, 2017

Mrs. Rachel Lucille Conley, 67, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Rachel was born November 11, 1949 in Graham County to the late Herbert Mason and Edith George Mason. She was retired from Broughton Hospital where she worked as a CNA. Rachel attended the House of Praise. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
View Tribute »

Betty Lindsey Haney

May 23, 1942 - January 25, 2017

Mrs. Betty Haney was called home on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on May 23, 1942 to the late Lowell Lindsey and Vicie Hall Lindsey. She loved her family with all her heart and shared that love with her late husband, Roy Haney. She is survived by her children who adored her, Steve Haney, Cindy Crook and Troy Haney and who provided her with...
View Tribute »

David "Bill" Houston

August 16, 1941 - January 25, 2017

Mr. David "Bill" Samuel Houston Sr., 75, of Hickory, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. David was born on August 16, 1941 in Burke County to the late Quintus Edgar Houston and Barbara Helton Houston. He was formerly employed in the furniture industry and as a farmer. In addition to his parents,...
View Tribute »

Berlene Robinette Eckard

December 6, 1934 - January 25, 2017

Mrs. Berlene Robinette Eckard, 82, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Berlene was born on December 6, 1934 in Burke County to the late Conley Robinette and Lois Powell Robinette. She was retired from JEMCO Industries where she worked in the clerical department for many years. Berlene attended the...
View Tribute »

Dorothy "Dean" Botts Norman

January 16, 1930 - January 25, 2017

Mrs. Dorothy "Dean" Norman, 87, Valdese, lost her battle with cancer and went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Clifford Samuel Botts and Florence Newton Botts. She was retired from Alba Waldensian and was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
View Tribute »

Anne Kathleen Martinat Benfield

November 2, 1921 - January 23, 2017

Mrs. Kathleen Martinat Benfield, 95 of Valdese passed away on Monday January 23, 2017 at her residence. Mrs. Benfield was born November 2, 1921 in Iredell County, a daughter of the late Emile Martinat and She was a faithful and active member of East Valdese Baptist Church and the Senior Adults group of the church. Kathleen retired from Alba Waldensian, Inc. after many years of service. ...
View Tribute »

Patsy Evelyn "Pat" Costner Heybyrne

May 17, 1952 - January 18, 2017

Mrs. Patsy "Pat" Evelyn Costner Heybyrne, 64, of Morganton passed away Wednesday January 18, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Heybyrne was born May 17, 1952 in Burke County to the late Harvey Costner and Annie Patton Costner. She was a member of the United States Army, serving as a nurse. Following her time in the service she continued her career as a nurse...
View Tribute »

Mary Adrienne Ramsey

May 15, 1958 - January 17, 2017

Mrs. Mary Adrienne Bertino Ramsey, 58, of Valdese passed away Tuesday January 17, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Ramsey was born May 15, 1958 in Berkley, California to the late John Bertino and Jackie Osburne Bertino. She was an active member of the Post 234 American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered throughout her life at the Boysville Children's Home in San...
View Tribute »

Ervin A. Leger

May 22, 1937 - January 17, 2017

Mr. Ervin A. Leger, 79, of Lenoir, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Ervin was born on May 22, 1937 in Burke County to the late Victor Leger and Emma Icard Leger. He was a member of El Bethel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Leger, two brothers, Clyde and...
View Tribute »

James Howard Hoyle

September 22, 1942 - January 16, 2017

Mr. James Howard Hoyle, 74, of Hickory, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday, January 16, 2017, following a period of declining health. Mr. Hoyle was born on September 22, 1942, in Burke County, to the late Robert Frank Hoyle and Ruby Hartman Hoyle. He was a faithful member of St. John's Baptist Church, served in the United States Marine Corps, and was a retired truck driver. He will be...
View Tribute »

Billie Pons Curtis

March 12, 1929 - January 14, 2017

Mrs. Billie Harriet Pons Curtis, 87, of Valdese, died peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Billie was born March 12, 1929, in Hickory, NC, to the late Silvio R. Pons and Maude Jones Pons. Mrs. Curtis was a graduate of Francis Garrou High School in Valdese, NC. She married TJ Curtis in 1949 and lived to celebrate her 66th wedding...
View Tribute »

Clinton Verne Jessen

November 11, 1936 - January 14, 2017

Mr. Clinton Verne Jessen, 80, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Clinton was born in Penobscot County, Maine to the late Valdemar H. Jessen and Reta Leighton Jessen. He was a member of the Morganton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and was a very active member of the congregation. In...
View Tribute »

Linda Annas Whisnant

April 9, 1941 - January 10, 2017

Mrs. Linda Jean Annas Whisnant, 75, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on April 9, 1941 in Burke County, to the late Douglas Annas and Mabel McNeely Annas. She was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church, was retired from the hosiery business and was a loving homemaker to her family. In...
View Tribute »

Martha McClure Seagle

September 14, 1953 - January 8, 2017

Martha McClure Seagle, 63, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday January 8, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Martha was born September 14, 1953 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Dalford and Virginia Berry McClure. She was a former employee of Continental-Teves, Inc. and a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her sons, Brian Seagle and wife Michele of...
View Tribute »

Clara Whisnant Ware Huneycutt

December 13, 1934 - January 7, 2017

Mrs. Clara Whisnant Ware Huneycutt, 83, of High Point, formerly of Valdese, passed away Saturday January 7, 2017 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro following a brief illness. Clara was born December 13, 1934 in Burke County to the late Elbert Whisnant and Jessie Small Whisnant. She was a member at Valdese First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death...
View Tribute »

David Lee Turner

January 11, 1944 - January 7, 2017

David Lee Turner, 72, of Hickory passed away Saturday January 7, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. David was born in Burke County to the late Glenn Turner and Ethel Bentley Turner. We was a hard worker, employed at Hickory Chair Furniture Company. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Turner; and sister, Hazel...
View Tribute »

Roberta Wheeler Lindahl

February 8, 1927 - January 5, 2017

Roberta Wheeler Lindahl, 89, of Morganton, NC passed peacefully from this earth January 5th, with her younger sons around her sharing family stories and singing hymns. Mary Roberta was born February 8, 1927 in Carlinville, IL to Hester and Ralph Wheeler. The youngest of a musical family, she graduated from Southern Illinois University in piano performance and physical education, taught...
View Tribute »

Nancy Ruth Bumgarner

June 23, 1940 - January 5, 2017

Nancy Ruth Bumgarner, 76, of Drexel, passed away Thursday January 5, 2017. A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday January 9, 2017 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese. The family will receive friends Monday from 2:00-2:55 at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
View Tribute »

Antonia Darlene Gilliland

November 10, 1970 - January 4, 2017

Mrs. Antonia Darlene Clark Gilliland, 46, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Antonia was born on November 10, 1970 in Johnson County, TN to the late John Edward Clark and Judy Caudill Clark and is survived by her husband, Joe Gilliland of the home. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a...
View Tribute »

Nannie Mae Thomas Buchanan

December 7, 1924 - January 4, 2017

Nannie Mae Thomas Buchanan, 92, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday January 4, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Center. Mrs. Buchanan was born on December 7, 1924 in Onslow County, NC to the late Frank Thomas and Nannie Brown Thomas. She was formerly employed as a waitress at Millstone Fish Camp in Valdese, was a licensed beautician and owner and operator of Classic Kurl Beauty Salon, and later worked...
View Tribute »

Christine Miller Mabrey

November 1, 1922 - January 4, 2017

Christine Miller Mabrey, 94, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday January 4, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Mabrey was born in Caldwell County on November 1, 1922 to the late David Miller and Rebecca Cloer Miller. She was of the Baptist faith and retired from Joan Fabrics as a weaver. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
View Tribute »

Anthony Lee Frazier

December 24, 2002 - January 3, 2017

Anthony Lee Frazier, 14, of Concord, formerly of Morganton, passed away Tuesday January 3, 2017. Anthony was born on December 24, 2002 in Forsyth County to Daniel W. Frazier and Brandi Pearson Frazier. He was an 8th grade student at Kannapolis Middle School where he played basketball, football, track and field, and wrestling. He was also a member of the Cabarrus STARS (Students Taking A Right...
View Tribute »

Charles Edward Slone

October 14, 1958 - December 31, 2016

Mr. Charles Edward Slone, 58, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at his residence. Charles was born on October 14, 1958 in Mingo County, WV to the late Doc Slone and Thelma Caudill Slone. He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Morganton and was a retired coal miner and textile worker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tammy Christian Slone. Survivors...
View Tribute »

Linda Ingle Burleson

July 12, 1943 - December 29, 2016

Mrs. Linda Ingle Burleson, 73, of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on July 12, 1943 in Caldwell County to the late Finley Ingle and Ida Turnmire Ingle. She was a retired medical transcriptionist, working for many years at Frye Regional Medical Center and Graystone...
View Tribute »

Megan Levern Hughes Rhyne

October 14, 1923 - December 28, 2016

Mrs. Megan Levern Hughes Rhyne, 93, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday December 28, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a short period of declining health. Mrs. Rhyne was born October 14, 1923 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late George Loving and Ana Bell Bradshaw Loving Hughes. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired from Valdese Mfg. Co. ...
View Tribute »

Martin Edmond Burns

November 21, 1924 - December 28, 2016

Mr. Martin Edmond Burns, 92 of Drexel, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday December 28, 2016. Mr. Burns was born November 21, 1924 in Burke County, a son of the late Martin L. and Maybell Harris Burns. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW II and retired owner and operator of College Timber. Martin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. In...
View Tribute »

Michael "Tony" Anthony Frady

January 31, 1969 - December 27, 2016

Mr. Michael "Tony" Anthony Frady, 47, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Tony was born January 31, 1969, in McDowell County, to Sue Smith Lackey and the late Larry Lackey. He was a member of Word of Life Assembly Church. He will be remembered by his family and friends for always having a love for...
View Tribute »

John Richard "Jack" Gravél

December 28, 1951 - December 26, 2016

Jack Gravél, 64, of Valdese, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after a brief illness. Jack was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, the third child of the late Betty Sousa Gravél and Frederick D. Gravél. In the spring of 1960, Jack and his family moved from Massachusetts and journeyed to Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Jack had a great...
View Tribute »

Louise Bailey Short

April 7, 1931 - December 26, 2016

Mrs. Louise Bailey Short, 85, of Rutherford College passed away Monday December 26, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Short was born April 7, 1931 in Burke County to the late Stanley G. Bailey and Lourah Williams Bailey. She was a member at Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband,...
View Tribute »

Kenneth Ray Hinesely

August 26, 1932 - December 20, 2016

Kenneth Ray Hinesley, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, following a period of declining health. Mr. Hinesley was born on August 26, 1932 in Moore County, NC to the late Coyet Hinesley and Marie Cameron Hinesley. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a retired fixer in the textile...
View Tribute »

Judy Garland Hildebrand Yoder

January 1, 1948 - December 18, 2016

Judy Garland Hildebrand Yoder, 68, of Morganton, passed away at her home on Sunday, December 18, 2016, following a period of declining health. Judy will always be remembered as being a "Jack of all Trades." She loved to bake cakes, paint, and decorate. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 1:00pm at Grace Baptist Church in Morganton, with Rev. Marty Bess and Rev....
View Tribute »

Samuel Dennis Largent

August 16, 1945 - December 18, 2016

Samuel Dennis Largent, 71, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at his residence following a period of declining health. A private service will be held at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is serving the Largent family.
View Tribute »

Richard Francis Murphy

March 4, 1935 - December 17, 2016

Mr. Richard Francis (Dick) Murphy, 81,of Valdese, passed away on Saturday December 17,2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. Mr. Murphy was born March 4, 1935 in Brooklyn NY, a son of the late Frank and Grace Glimm Murphy. He was of the Catholic faith and retired as owner and operator of Inserv pet crematory. Dick was a graduate of Villanova University with a degree in...
View Tribute »

Gerald Lee Mourglea

December 1, 1946 - December 17, 2016

Mr. Gerald Lee Mourglea, 70 of Hickory, passed away on Saturday December 17, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Mourglea was born December 1, 1946 in Burke County, a son of the late Archllio and Carrie Clark Mourglea. He served his country as a member of the U.S Air Force Veteran and retired as an accountant. Gerald was a member of the Hickory...
View Tribute »

Robert Paul Green, Jr.

December 13, 1932 - December 17, 2016

Mr. Robert Paul Green, Jr., 84, of Charlotte passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Autumn Care Nursing Center. Robert was born on December 13, 1932 in Clarendon County, SC to the late Robert P. Green, Sr. and Eula Frost Green. He was a retired meteorologist with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war. ...
View Tribute »

Vera Settlemyre Seagle

June 17, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Mrs. Vera Settlemyre Seagle, 93, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at her home, following a period of declining health. Vera was born June 16, 1923, in Burke County, to the late Harvey Settlemyre and Rosie Carswell Settlemyre. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Vera loved to be outside and in her flower garden. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
View Tribute »

Matthew Blake McGalliard

January 19, 1983 - December 15, 2016

Matthew Blake McGalliard, 33, of Valdese, departed this life to his heavenly home on Thursday December 15, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Matthew was born on January 19, 1983 in Burke County to William Francis McGalliard and Robin Ramsey Berthelot. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Francis H. McGalliard and Ann Ward McGalliard; and his maternal...
View Tribute »

David Allen Huey

November 16, 1935 - December 14, 2016

Mr. David Allen Huey, 81, of Valdese, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday December 14, 2016. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Huey was born November 16, 1935 in Rexis, PA , a son of the late Lester and Nina Carson Huey. David served his country in the Korean Conflict and as a member of the US Air Force from 1953 until 1961 He thereafter worked for...
View Tribute »

William Junior Arney

December 14, 1930 - December 13, 2016

Mr. William Junior Arney, 85, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday December 13, 2016 at his home, following a period of declining health. William was born December 14, 1930 in Burke County to the late Robert Arney and Mary Boshears Pendergrass. He was a member at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church of Connelly Springs. William was enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. Following...
View Tribute »

Joan Goode Burgess

January 9, 1936 - December 7, 2016

Mrs. Joan Goode Burgess, 80, of Hickory passed away Wednesday December 7, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Burgess was born January 9, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin Goode, Sr. and Dorothy Morgan Goode. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Goode Hubbard and a brother, Thomas...
View Tribute »

Pansy Barnes Duncan

April 1, 1936 - December 6, 2016

Mrs. Pansy Louise Barnes Duncan, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Pansy was born on April 1, 1936 in Burke County to the late Spurgeon Barnes and Eva Ingles Barnes. She was a longtime member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and retired from the hosiery industry after many years working for Alba-Waldensian and Robinson Hosiery. In addition to...
View Tribute »

Michael Preston Reed Baker

April 15, 1992 - December 6, 2016

Mr. Michael Preston Reed Baker, 24, of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Michael was born on April 15, 1992, in Burke County, to Rev. Daniel Lee Baker and Rhonda Crawford Baker. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rev. Lester Crawford. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister...
View Tribute »

1 of 100 Recent Obituaries View More »

Heritage Funeral Service
1507 E. Main Street
Valdese, NC 28690 map it

View Phone Number
Email Us
View Website