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Janie Melissa Robinson

November 28, 1934 - September 1, 2015

Mrs. Janie Melissa Jacumin Robinson, 80, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Janie was born on November 28, 1934 in Burke County to the late, Augustus Jacumin and Minnie Cobb Jacumin. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Valdese and was retired from Saft Industries. She was also an...
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Charles Anthony Leatherman

May 21, 1967 - August 30, 2015

Mr. Charles Anthony Leatherman, 48, of Valdese passed away Sunday August 30, 2015 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Leatherman was born May 21, 1967, in Catawba County, to Mrs. Anna Leatherman and the late Paul Leatherman. He worked as a supervisor at Hickory Springs. He enjoyed going to auctions and spending time with his family. Mr. Leatherman was of the Baptist...
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Ralph Steven Crockford

April 10, 1947 - August 28, 2015

Mr. Ralph Steven Crockford, 68, of Morganton, passed away Friday, August 28, 2015 at his residence, after a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Ella Jean Duncan Blevins

May 10, 1944 - August 28, 2015

Mrs. Ella Jean Duncan Blevins, 71, was set free from this world of pain and suffering Friday August 28, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Her Lord and Savior carried her into the presence of God. Mrs. Blevins was born May 10, 1944 in Mitchell County to the late Earl Duncan and Margie Willis Duncan. She was retired from Impact Furniture, and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. In...
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Edgar Junior Newton

November 17, 1948 - August 26, 2015

Mr. Edgar Junior Newton, 66, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at his residence. Junior was born in Cleveland County on November 17, 1948 to the late Edgar Newton and Mozelle Canipe Newton. He retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture after 35 years of service as a materials handler. Junior was also a member of Crosslink Church in Rutherford College. In addition to...
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Wayne Ray Starnes

October 12, 1939 - August 26, 2015

Mr. Wayne Ray Starnes,75, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday August 26, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Mr. Starnes was born October 12, 1939 in Catawba County to the late Glenn Starnes and Agnes Hildebran Ward. He worked as a truck driver for many trucking companies throughout his life. He later worked for the Burke County Department of Transportation teaching and licensing C.D.L.'s. Mr...
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George Walter Bollinger

February 22, 1930 - August 25, 2015

Mr. George Walter Bollinger, 85, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Bollinger was born February 22, 1930 in Cleveland County, a son of the late Ervin and Minnie Bollinger. He was a faithful and active member of Community Baptist Church, Morganton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife,...
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Virginia Burleson Benfield

February 18, 1919 - August 25, 2015

Virginia Mae Burleson Benfield, 96, of Drexel, departed this life to her heavenly home on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at Autumn Care Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Benfield was born on February 18, 1919 in Avery County to the late Troy Burleson and Gertie Alice Robinson Burleson. She was a seamstress, and a retired textile worker with Burke Mills, Inc. She loved crafts...
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Birvetta Louanne McCoury Nienhuis

September 27, 1959 - August 24, 2015

Birvetta Louanne McCoury, 55, of Valdese, went home to be with Jesus on Monday August 24, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. McCoury was born on September 27, 1959 in Crawford County, Ohio to the late Tommy McCoury and the late Birvetta Christian Nichols and husband Larry. She was a self employed cosmetologist, and worked many years at...
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Norman Ralph Harris

September 22, 1955 - August 23, 2015

Mr. Norman Ralph Harris, 59, of Rutherford College, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at his residence. Norman was born on September 22, 1955 in Frankfurt, Germany, to the late Ralph Norman Harris and Anneliese Bruck Harris. He was currently employed as an assistant supervisor for Hickory Chair Furniture Inc. Survivors include two daughters, Layla Wood of Hickory and Anneliese Harris of...
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Donald Kenneth "Donnie" Lowman

July 12, 1950 - August 19, 2015

Donald Kenneth "Donnie" Lowman, 65, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday August 19, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Lowman was born on July 12, 1950 in Burke County to John Lowman and the late Hazel Hildebran Lowman. He was in the N.C. National Guard, and worked at Impact Furniture as a diesel mechanic. He was a member of Mount...
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George Wendell Powell

October 26, 1940 - August 16, 2015

Mr. George Wendell Powell, 74, of Rutherford College, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at his residence, following a period of declining health. George was born on October 26, 1940 in Burke County to the late James Willard Powell and Cornelia Watkins Powell. He was retired from Leviton Manufacturing, where he served as department manager for their plastics division for 44 years. George...
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Dorothy Wall Bridges

May 6, 1924 - August 16, 2015

Mrs. Dorothy Wall Bridges, 91, of Drexel, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday August 16, 2015 at Autumn Care of Drexel after a period of declining health. Mrs. Bridges was born May 6, 1924 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late China Cleveland and Buner Panther Wall Self. She was a member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. Dorothy was retired as a knitter in the textile industry and a...
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Stephanie Lavon Robinson

March 29, 1961 - August 12, 2015

Mrs. Stephanie Lavon Robinson, 54, of Drexel, received her Heavenly Reward on Wednesday August 12, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Stephanie was born March 29, 1961 in Catawba County, a daughter of James "June" and Barbara "Jackie" Prysock Robinson of Connelly Springs. She attended Maple Grove Church of God and previously worked as a CNA. In addition to her parents those...
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Iris Delaine Colvin

May 3, 1946 - August 11, 2015

Mrs. Iris Delaine Colvin, 69, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday August 11, 2015 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Colvin was born May 3, 1946 in Burke County to the late Joseph Leroy Duckett and Ethel Propst Duckett. She worked as a border at Premier Hoisery . Mrs. Colvin was a member at Faith Chapel Baptist Church....
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Alice June Winters Fredell

April 12, 1942 - August 10, 2015

Mrs. Alice June Winters Fredell, 73 of Lawndale, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday August 10, 2015 at Testa Family Hospice House in Kings Mtn. after a period of declining health. Mrs. Fredell was born April 12, 1942 in Richmond, Ind. a daughter of the late Lawrence Edward and Pearl Louise Bryant Winters. She was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church. Mrs. Fredell worked for Forest...
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Faye Walsh Ramsey

August 17, 1928 - August 9, 2015

Mrs. Faye Wanda Walsh Ramsey, 86, of Hildebran passed away Sunday August 9, 2015 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Ramsey was born August 17, 1928 to the late Robert Walsh and Cyrillus Zimmerman Walsh. Mrs. Ramsey was a pastors wife for over forty years. She enjoyed working alongside her husband in the church ministry. She played piano at many churches throughout her...
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Carolyn Gay Williams Icard

March 19, 1950 - August 8, 2015

Mrs. Carolyn Gay Williams Icard, 65, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home Saturday August 8, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice after a period of declining health. Mrs. Icard was born March 19, 1950 in Beaufort County, a daughter of the late Robert A. and Clara Whichard Williams. Carolyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother , homemaker and retired as a corrections officer with the NC...
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James Tate Powell

July 4, 1930 - August 8, 2015

Mr. James Tate Powell, 85, of Morganton passed away Saturday August 8, 2015 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Mr. Powell was born July 4, 1930 in Burke County to the late Tate Powell and Mary Younce Powell. He worked as a supervisor in the cutting room at Premier in Morganton. In addition to his parents Mr. Powell was preceded in death by one grandson, Devin K....
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Mary Frances Blanchard

June 15, 1933 - August 7, 2015

Mary Frances Berry Blanchard, 82, of Shady Grove, went home to be with the Lord and her loved ones on Friday August 7, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Blanchard was born on June 15, 1933 in Burke County to the late Addison Berry and Sadie Fowler Berry. She was retired from Longwear Hosiery Mill. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death...
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Herman Neal Jarvis

March 15, 1946 - August 3, 2015

Herman Neal Jarvis, 69, of Morganton died Monday August 3, 2015 at CHCS-BR Morganton after a period of declining health. Herman was born March 15, 1946 in Iredell County, a son of the late Neal and Martha Jarvis. He was a 30 year resident of J. Iverson Riddle Center, Morganton. Herman loved the Carolina Panthers and wearing sunglasses. He will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral...
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David Eugene Powell

October 20, 1967 - July 29, 2015

Mr. David Eugene Powell, 47, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his residence. David was born on October 20, 1968 in Burke County. A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at Burke Memorial Park in Morganton. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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James Thomas Brittain

September 5, 1952 - July 29, 2015

James Thomas "Tommy" Brittain, 62, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday July 29, 2015 at Forsythe Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC following a long period of declining health. Mr. Brittain was born September 5, 1952 in Catawba County to J.D. and Wilma Brittain. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church but also attended Coming Home Baptist Church. He was a devoted man of God and he...
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Kathleen Estelle "Kathy" Stilwell

December 31, 1948 - July 27, 2015

Kathleen Estelle "Kathy" Stilwell, 66, of Hildebran, died Monday July 27, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Kathy was born December 31, 1948, in Burke County a daughter of the late Benjamin and Sarah Christine Scronce Stilwell. She was retired from the textile manufacturing industry. In addition to her parents she was preceded...
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Steven Charles Hedrick

October 10, 1954 - July 27, 2015

Mr. Steven Charles Hedrick, 61, of Hickory, lost his battle with cancer on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care. Steve was born on October 10, 1954 in Parkersburg, WV to the late Ronald Scott Hedrick and Charlotte Janes Hedrick. He worked as an inside salesman for Industrial Distribution Group, specifically handling accounts for Corning. An avid hunter and fisherman, Steve...
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Arda Jane Huffman

April 19, 1934 - July 26, 2015

Arda Jane Shell Huffman, 81, of Hildebran, passed away Sunday July 26, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Huffman was born April 19, 1934 in Burke County to the late Jeter Shell and Naomi Taylor Shell. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker to her husband and children. In addition to her parents...
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Gay Evans

July 8, 1945 - July 24, 2015

Gay Shuman Evans, 70, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday July 24, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Evans was born on July 8, 1945 in Blount County, TN to L.V. Dockery Evans and the late Pink Shuman Evans. He was a United States Navy Veteran, and was a retired truck driver with MDI for over 33 years. He was a former member of...
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George Pritchard

March 23, 1962 - July 20, 2015

George Robert Pritchard, 53, of Morganton, passed away Monday July 20, 2015 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Monday July 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Pastor Leonard Lindsey officiating. Family will receive friends Monday July 27, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service. A guestbook is available at www...
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Maurice Keith McDaniel

September 13, 1959 - July 20, 2015

Mr. Maurice Keith McDaniel, 55, of Drexel, went to be with the Lord on Monday July 20, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Mr. McDaniel was born September 13, 1959 in Burke County, a son of Carolyn Secrest McDaniel and the late Bobby Carter McDaniel. Keith was a long serving educator in the Burke County Public School System and held a Bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and a Master's...
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Benny Bink Bollinger

February 25, 1945 - July 20, 2015

Benny Ray "Bink" Bollinger, 70, of Hickory, passed away Monday July 20, 2015 at Catawba Medical Center. Mr. Bollinger was born on February 25, 1945 in Burke County to the late Alvin Claude Bollinger, Sr. and Carley Rabey Bollinger. He was retired from Anthony Hosiery in Longview, and was a member of Longview Church of God. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sisters,...
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Michael Adrian Deal

October 15, 1952 - July 19, 2015

Mr. Michael Adrian Deal, 62, of Morganton, passed away Sunday July 19, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Deal was born October 15, 1952 in Burke County to the late Foy Ellis Deal and Ethel Gilbert Deal. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Michael Foy Deal; brothers, Benny Deal, Glenn Deal, and Ralph Edward Deal. ...
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Auby Robert Burns

August 26, 1928 - July 17, 2015

Mr. Auby Robert Burns, 86 ,of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly reward on Friday July 17, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. Mr. Burns was born August 26, 1928 in Burke County, a son of the late Walter and Bessie Hudson Burns. Auby was a faithful and active member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church having served as chairman of the cemetery committee, Deacon,...
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Charles "Chuck" Raymond Mays

June 14, 1947 - July 16, 2015

Mr. Charles "Chuck" Raymond Mays, 68, of Valdese, died peacefully in his home with his wife, Edith, by his side, on Thursday July 16, 2015. He will be missed by those close to him. Charles was born in Wayne County, Ohio, a son of the late Raymond and Betty Lou Huffman Mays. Chucks passion and pride was to take care of his home and his wife, and their two little dogs. He loved his online...
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Lloyd Rice Craig, Jr.

September 25, 1940 - July 16, 2015

Mr. Lloyd Rice Craig, Jr., died Thursday July 16, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, after a period of declining health. Mr. Craig was born September 25, 1940 in Burke County, a son of the late Lloyd Herman Craig, Sr. and Edna Rice Craig. Lloyd was an active and faithful member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church and a US Army veteran. He retired as a machinist in the tool and dye...
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Elsie Lorena Evans Childers

May 6, 1924 - July 16, 2015

Mrs. Elsie Lorena Evans Childers, 91, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday July 16, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, Newton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Childers was born May 6, 1924 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Grover Henry and Lizzie Berry Evans. She was a faithful member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church, serving as the church pianist for over...
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Joan Brittain Stephens

November 12, 1932 - July 14, 2015

Mrs. Joan Brittain Stephens, 82, of Hickory, passed away peacefully Tuesday July 14, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Stephens was born September 12, 1932 in Burke County to the late Elmer Brittain and Neilie Smith Brittain. She was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clarence...
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Azza Hull Adams

December 20, 1923 - July 14, 2015

Mrs. Azza Lee Hull Adams, 91, of Valdese, passed away peacefully from her nieces home and now resides in her new heavenly home, Tuesday July 14, 2015 following period of declining health. Mrs. Adams was born December 20, 1923 in Lincoln County to the late Walter Frank Hull and Pearl Moody Hull. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton, NC and enjoyed spending her day gardening...
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Cecil Allen Brown

July 14, 1935 - July 13, 2015

Mr. Cecil Allen Brown, 79, of Lenoir, passed away Monday July 13, 2015 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital following a period of declining health. Mr. Brown was born July 14, 1935 in Wilkes County to the late Cicero Brown and Jarvey Brown. Following his service in the US Army he worked as an electrician. He enjoyed fishing and racing. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife...
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William Excell Stokes

February 1, 1925 - July 12, 2015

Mr. William Excell "Bill" Stokes, 90, of Morganton, went to his Heavenly reward on Sunday July 12, 2015 at Grace Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Stokes was born February 1, 1925 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Carl Asbury and Pansy Swanson Stokes. He was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired as a correctional officer from the NC Department of Prisons. Bill was an...
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John Sidney Brittain, Jr.

January 1, 1928 - July 11, 2015

Mr. John Sidney Brittain, Jr., 87, of Valdese, passed away Saturday July 11, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Brittain was born January 1, 1928 in Burke County to the late John Sidney Brittain , Sr. and Fathey Carswell Brittain. He worked as a dye house operator at Valdese Weavers. Mr. Brittain attended Calvary Freewill Baptist Church. In...
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Donnie Ray McDaniel, Sr.

April 10, 1953 - July 10, 2015

Donnie Ray McDaniel, Sr., 62, of Rhodhiss passed away Friday July 10, 2015 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. McDaniel was born April 10, 1953 in Burke County to the late Garnie Brown McDaniel and Ray McDaniel. He worked as a machinist at Shufford. He enjoyed going to races, loved cars, and was always willing to help a friend in need. Survivors include daughter,...
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Gerald Jefferson Duckworth

August 7, 1927 - July 9, 2015

Mr. Gerald Jefferson Duckworth, 87, of Morganton, passed away Thursday July 9, 2015 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Duckworth was born August 7, 1927 in Burke County to the late Kate Brittain Duckworth and Ed Duckworth. He was a member at Burkemont Baptist Church. He was a master carver at Drexel Heritage Furniture for forty seven years, never missing a day....
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Paul Dean Smith, Sr.

September 14, 1935 - July 8, 2015

Mr. Paul Dean Smith, Sr., 79, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Wednesday July 8, 2015 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Paul was born September 14, 1935 in Burke County, a son of the late Carl, Sr. and Flossie Barber Smith. He was a faithful and active member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, serving as a member of the choir, former Sunday School teacher and a member of...
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Debra Ann Miller

December 26, 1956 - July 8, 2015

Mrs. Debra Ann Sperman Miller, 58, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Debra was born on December 26, 1956 in Arizona to the late Coletta Ann Sperman. She was formerly employed at Comm-Scope Cable Inc. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday July 15, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral...
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Lynne Ida Sweeney

July 9, 1936 - July 8, 2015

Mrs. Lynne Ida Blosser Sweeney, 78, of Statesville, passed away on Wednesday July 8, 2015, at Frye Regional Hospital following a period of declining health. Mrs. Sweeney was born on July 9, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Lynn Blosser and Jewell Hadley. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesville, NC and was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse. She truly loved and was a...
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Keller William Ford Johnson

June 26, 2015 - July 8, 2015

Keller William Ford Johnson, infant son of Bo and Caylon Moore Johnson, passed away peacefully July 8, 2015 at Catawba Medical Center. Keller was born on June 26, 2015 in Burke County. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Lainey and Taylin; one brother Evan, all of the home. Grandparents Beth and Sam Moore, Lisa and Chris Shields, and Barry Johnson; Great-grandparents...
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Mark Eric Bumgarner

November 19, 1962 - July 6, 2015

Mr. Mark Eric Bumgarner, 52, of Morganton, died Monday July 6,2015 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mark was born November 19, 1962 in Rock Hill S.C. a son of Rosewitha Kaufler Bates of , South Carolina and the late Wayne Bumgarner. Before his illness he was employed with Hairfield Vault Co. Surviving in addition to his mother is his son, Eric Bumgarner of South Carolina...
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Bobby Gary "Potbelly" LeFevers

September 6, 1944 - July 6, 2015

Mr. Bobby Gary "Potbelly" LeFevers, 70, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2015, following a brief illness. Bobby was born on September 6, 1944 in Burke County to the late Roy Lee LeFevers, Sr. and Bonnie Mitchum LeFevers. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and was a retired master carpenter. Bobby enjoyed working on race cars and also loved to fish. He also dearly loved his...
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Katherine "Kat" Alice Turbyfill

June 9, 1973 - July 5, 2015

Katherine "Kat" Alice Turbyfill, 42, of Morganton passed away at her residence Sunday July 5, 2015. Miss Turbyfill was born June 9, 1973 in Burke County to Mrs. Jeanette Newton Turbyfill and the late Billy Roger Turbyfill. She worked as a CNA for Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, Broughton Hospital, and Britthaven Nursing Home in Morganton. She was a member of the Morganton Combined Choirs. ...
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Jonathan Ley Jones

December 31, 1953 - July 4, 2015

Mr. Jonathan L. Jones, 61, of Valdese, died Saturday July ,4, 2015, after an illness. Mr. Jones was born December 31, 1953 in Madison, W.VA, a son of the late Ferris and Bessy Florence McKinney Jones. He was partner in the law firm of Kuehnert and Jones Attys. and was a former North Carolina District Court Judge for 16 years. Jonathan served as president of the North Carolina Association...
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George Lester Pyatte

May 28, 1937 - July 3, 2015

Mr. George Lester Pyatte, 78, of Valdese, died Friday July 3, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Pyatte was born May 28, 1937 in Avery County, a son of the late Carl L. and Elberta Woody Pyatte. George was a member of High Peak Baptist Church and retired as cabinet room supervisor from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. Surviving are his wife Shelba...
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James "Wimpy" Connelly

June 19, 1943 - July 3, 2015

Mr. James "Whimpy" Connelly, 72, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015, at his residence, following a period of declining health. James was born on June 19, 1943 in Burke County to the late Gaither Connelly and Gaylain Hawkins Connelly. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Army. James retired after 33 years of service with the Division of Prisons at...
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Govind Subramanya Sharma , M.D.

May 26, 1935 - July 2, 2015

Dr. Govind Subramanya Sharma, MD, 80, died Thursday July 2, 2015 at his residence, after a brief illness. He was born May 26, 1935 in India, a son of the late S. Govind and Nanjamma Sharma. Dr. Sharma was a self-employed medical doctor. Surviving are his wife Barbara Ann Moore Sharma of the home, two step-sons, Raj Bonifacius and family of Rejkavik, Iceland and Chuck Bonifacius and family...
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Robert Clifton Pierce

December 3, 1981 - July 1, 2015

Mr. Robert Clifton Pierce, 33, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Robert was born on December 3, 1981 in Burke County to Albert Robertson and Debbie Lynn Pierce. He was previously employed in the construction business. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Dallas Winegardner, grandmother, Linda...
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David Calaway Hurst

December 9, 1927 - July 1, 2015

Mr. David Calaway Hurst, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. David was born on December 9, 1927 in Burke County to the late John Jefferson Hurst and Laura Setzer Hurst. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Valdese and a veteran of the U. S. Army. David retired after 54 years of service at...
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Walter Harley Butler

January 27, 1935 - July 1, 2015

Mr. Walter Harley Butler, 80, of Valdese, passed away on July 1, 2015, at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Walter was born on January 27, 1935 in Burke County to the late Coy Butler and Annie Lou Hoyle Butler. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a longtime member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and was retired from the Waldensian Bakery...
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Junior Billy Moore

October 22, 1926 - June 30, 2015

Junior Billy Moore, 88, of Hickory, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday June 30, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. Mr. Moore was born October 22, 1926, in Burke County, to the late Columbus Moore and Maude Moore. He was a faithful member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his...
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Betty Hoyle Walker

September 4, 1938 - June 30, 2015

Mrs. Betty Hoyle Walker, 76, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday June 30, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center , Charlotte after a period of declining health. Mrs. Walker was born September 4, 1938 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Haywood and Iva Brittain Hoyle. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Betty was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church, Morganton. ...
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Cynthia Elizabeth McCord Van Fleet

May 12, 1924 - June 29, 2015

Cynthia Elizabeth McCord Van Fleet went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday June 29, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Van Fleet was born May 12, 1924 in El Paso, Texas to the late Clarence McCord and Leanore Raymond McCord. She was a great provider, homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and...
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Truette Herman Baird

May 9, 1926 - June 29, 2015

Mr. Truette Herman Baird, 89, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Truette was born on May 9, 1926 in Burke County to the late Joseph Lynn Baird and Ione Warlick Baird. He was a longtime member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, attended Western Carolina University and served in the Armed...
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Jessie Dugger

September 27, 1928 - June 29, 2015

Jessie Smith Dugger, 86, of Valdese, passed away Sunday June 28, 2015 after a period of declining health. Mrs. Dugger was born September 27, 1928 in Burke County to the late Marshall Smith and Corinna Wade Smith Wilson. She loved volunteering her time at Valdese Hospital and was a member of Friendship Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Billy...
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Guy Edward Cline

September 8, 1941 - June 28, 2015

Mr. Guy Edward Cline, 73, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday June 28, 2015 at Carolina Rehab of Burke after a period of declining health. Mr. Cline was born September 8, 1941 in Burke County, a son of the late Guy and Edna Shoup Cline. He retired as a woodcarving supervisor. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson Logan Cline and four brothers. Surviving are his...
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Walter David Link

July 16, 1916 - June 24, 2015

Walter David Link, 98, of Rutherford College, passed away Wednesday June 24, 2015. Mr. Link was born on July 16, 1916 in Caldwell County to the late James S. Link and Hester Williams Link. He was retired from GE Electric Company, and was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Bumgarner Link; three brothers,...
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James William Francis

October 14, 1931 - June 21, 2015

Retired Air Force Tech Sergeant James William Francis, affectionately known to most as Shay, 83, of Morganton, passed away on June 21, 2015, after a brief period of declining health. James was born October 14, 1931, in McDowell County, to the late John Edgar Francis and Catherine Elizabeth Owens Francis. He was a student of Olive Hill High School. He retired from the Air Force in 1974 after 24...
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Robert Mitchell "Bob" Belk

August 3, 1931 - June 21, 2015

Robert Mitchell "Bob" Belk, 83, of Valdese, was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Father's Day, June 21, 2015. Robert was born on August 3, 1931 in Union County to the late John and Mattie Belk. Robert devoted his life to his family, his church, and his friends. He honored his country through his service in the Korean War, retired from Central Telephone Company after 34 years...
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Billie Teeter Settlemyre

January 5, 1945 - June 17, 2015

Mrs. Billie Ann Teeter Settlemyre, 70, of Mt. Airy, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, NC following a brief battle with cancer. Born on January 5, 1945 in Charlotte, NC to the late Thomas Edward Teeter and Marion Stancil Teeter, she grew up in the Hickory Grove area and later moved to Hickory, NC where she met the love of her life, Paul K. Settlemyre,...
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Richard Lee Bumgarner

August 8, 1946 - June 17, 2015

Mr. Richard Lee Bumgarner, 68, of Morganton, passed away Wednesday June 17, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Bumgarner was born August 8, 2015 in Burke County to the late Willard Bumgarner and Lillian Carswell Bumgarner. He worked as a dormitory director at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. Survivors include his wife Frances Martin Bumgarner of Morganton; daughter, Cindy Bumgarner of...
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Gail Wade Stilwell

February 3, 1935 - June 16, 2015

Mrs. Gail Elizabeth Wade Stilwell, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Brian Center Viewmont, following a period of declining health. Gail was born on February 3, 1935 in Burke County to the late Frank Wade and Lillian Ballew Wade. She was a longtime and faithful member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and was employed for many years as a waitress. In addition to...
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Joe Bradshaw

October 27, 1938 - June 14, 2015

Mr. Bobby Joe Bradshaw, 76, of Morganton passed away Sunday June 14, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville following a period of declining health. Mr. Bradshaw was born October 27, 1938 in Avery County to the late John Wesley Bradshaw and Margaret Elafair Bradshaw. He was a member of Brookwood Baptist Church. He was self employed as a diesel mechanic. In addition to his parents he was...
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Joe Glenn Hoyle

June 26, 1934 - June 13, 2015

Mr. Joe Glenn Hoyle, 80, of Morganton passed away Saturday June 13, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Mr. Hoyle was born June 26, 1934 in Burke County to the late Haywood Julius Hoyle and Iva Brittain Hoyle. He worked as a store owner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandson, Scott Hoyle; sister, Prue Dudgon; and brother, Ralph Hoyle. Survivors include his...
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Charles Truette Causby

June 19, 1930 - June 8, 2015

Mr. Charles Truette Causby, 84, of Valdese went home to be with the Lord, and his loving wife of 59 years, in his heavenly home on Monday June 8, 2015. Mr. Causby was born June 19, 1930 in Burke County to the late Arthur Causby and Floy Prince Causby. He worked at J.P. Stevens and retired from Alba Waldensian working as a HVAC technician. He was a member at Waldensian Presbyterian Church. He...
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Lora Honeycutt Turner

June 18, 1923 - June 8, 2015

Mrs. Lora Honeycutt Turner, 91, of Valdese passed away Monday June 8, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Turner was born June 18, 1923 in Yancey County to the late Jeter Honeycutt and Cora Honeycutt. She worked as a CNA at Autumn Care in Drexel and also worked in home healthcare before retiring at age 77. Mrs. Turner was of the Baptist faith. ...
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Alvin Wayne Hudson

January 14, 1953 - June 7, 2015

Mr. Alvin Wayne Hudson, 62, of Morganton passed away Sunday June 7, 2015 at Carolina Healthcare Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Mr. Hudson was born January 14, 1953 in Cleveland County to the late Cletus Hudson and Vernie Chapman Hudson. Mr. Hudson worked as a roofer before retiring. Survivors include his daughter Tammy Marie Bollinger and husband Ricky Lee...
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John Joseph "Jack" McCloskey

March 14, 1939 - June 7, 2015

John Joseph "Jack" McCloskey, 76, of Morganton, NC passed away Sunday June 7, 2015 at home with his wife following a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Mr. McCloskey was born on March 14, 1939 in Blakely, PA to the late Clarence McCloskey and Helen Ruane McCloskey. He was a CPO in the United States Marines, serving 6 years in the reserves. He graduated from the University of Scranton and...
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Zettie Chapman Hunt

February 12, 1925 - June 6, 2015

Mrs. Zettie Chapman Hunt, 90, of Hickory, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday June 6, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Hunt was born February 12, 1925 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Charlie and Zillie Hudson Chapman. Mrs. Hunt was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church and retired from Carolina Mills. Zettie was always known as a hard...
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Jerry Reed Rhyne

January 25, 1943 - June 5, 2015

Mr. Jerry Reed Rhyne, 72, of Valdese, died Friday June 5, 2015 at Carolinas Health Care System Blue Ridge, Morganton. Mr. Rhyne was born January 25, 1943 in Burke County, a son of Hal and Megan Hughes Rhyne of Valdese. He was employed as a millwright and traveled all over the world with Daniels Construction Co. for a number of years and later retired from Leviton Southern Devices. ...
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Terrell Scott Kiser

January 24, 1956 - June 4, 2015

Mr. Terrell Scott Kiser, 59, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with Jesus and his "Momma", on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Terrell was born on January 24, 1956 in Catawba County to Garland Harvey Kiser and the late Reba Sigmon Kiser. He was a beloved son, uncle, nephew and brother, and a great friend to many. Terrell...
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John Thomas Helms

April 20, 1922 - May 31, 2015

John Thomas Helms, age 93, of Valdese, passed away May 31, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following two years of declining health at Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. John Helms was born April 20, 1922, the son of the late Thomas and Anne Huskin Helms of the Bridgeport Community in Burke County. He attended grade school at South Mountain Institute and Drexel High School. ...
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Ralph McLee Duncan

October 8, 1925 - May 29, 2015

Ralph McLee Duncan, 89, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday May 29, 2015 at Shaire Center of Lenoir following a period of declining health. Mr. Duncan was born on October 8, 1925 in Caldwell County to the late David Lester Duncan and Emma Elizabeth Garmon Duncan. He was a United States Veteran serving in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the N.C. Marine Corps League,...
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Donald Gene McMahan

April 23, 1948 - May 29, 2015

Mr. Donald Gene McMahan, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Donald was born in Yancey County on April 23, 1948. He was a member of Coming Home Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed as a truck driver for IFH/PFG. He was the loving husband of Nancy Cook McMahan of Connelly...
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Carolyn Ruth Sides

November 4, 1952 - May 28, 2015

Carolyn Ruth Farris Sides, 62, of Hickory passed away Thursday May 28, 2015 at her residence. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday June 1, 2015 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Shane Higginbotham officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. An online guestbook and obituary is...
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Dallas Ray Propst

February 5, 1944 - May 28, 2015

Mr. Dallas Ray Propst, 71, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Veterans Hospice of the VA Medical Center in Asheville, after several years of declining health. Ray was born in Burke County on February 5, 1944 to the late Willie McCoy Propst, Sr. and Viola Walker Propst. Ray attended Pilot Mountain Elementary School, Salem High School and Lenoir Rhyne University. While...
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Tony Clyde Berry

February 6, 1961 - May 28, 2015

Mr. Tony Clyde Berry, 54, of Drexel, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday May 28, 2015. Mr. Berry was born on February 6, 1961 in Burke County to Betty Powell Berry and the late Clyde Wilson Berry. He was employed by Beocare in the dye house. Survivors include his mother, Betty Berry; two sisters, Donna Russo of Granite Falls and her children Tara Campbell, Chelsea Grzeslo, and Travis Grzeslo;...
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Alvin Vernon Crawford, Sr.

May 8, 1934 - May 18, 2015

Mr. Alvin Vernon Crawford, Sr., 81, of Hickory, died Monday May 18, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. No Services are planned at this time. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the Crawford Family.
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Judith Kathryn Wilkie

July 31, 1940 - May 17, 2015

Mrs. Judith Kathryn Wilkie, 74,of Valdese, died Sunday May 17, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Wilkie was born July 31, 1940 in Catawba County the daughter of the late Bert Robert and Mable Bumgarner Sellers. She retired as a seamstress from Alba-Waldensian, Inc. and Kings Hosiery Mill after many years of service. In...
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Calvin LeRoy Huffman

October 5, 1926 - May 17, 2015

Calvin LeRoy Huffman, 88, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday May 17, 2015 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a period of declining health. Mr. Huffman was born on October 5, 1926 in Burke County to Wade Huffman and Isabelle Smart Huffman. He was a United States Army Veteran proudly serving his country during World War II. He was a member and Past Master of Lovelady Masonic Lodge #670, a...
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Scottie Lee Walker

January 10, 1966 - May 16, 2015

Scottie Lee Walker, 49, of Morganton, passed away Saturday May 16, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Walker was born on January 10, 1966 in Burke County to Annie Hudson Walker and the late Charles Lee Walker. He was formerly employed with E.J. Victor in the finishing department, and was a member of Zion Road Baptist Church. Survivors...
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Crystal Gail Terry

November 5, 1991 - May 15, 2015

Crystal Gail Terry, 23, of Hickory, died Friday May 15, 2015 at her residence after a brief illness. Crystal was born November 5, 1991 in Catawba County a daughter of Teresa Terry Rodriguez and the late Timothy W. McMahan. She was employed in the restaurant industry. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her great grandfather Lilburn Taylor Terry, and grandmother Mamie Lou...
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Sally Beatrice "Bea" Brittain

November 20, 1931 - May 15, 2015

Mrs. Sally Beatrice "Bea" Brittain, 83, of George Hildebrand went to her Heavenly Home on Friday May 15, 2015 at CHC-BRHC, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Brittain was born November 20, 1931 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Walter and Lola Rudisill Childers. "Bea" was a faithful member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, active in the Willing Workers group, and a...
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Frances "Lib" Elizabeth Warlick

December 31, 1926 - May 15, 2015

Frances "Lib" Elizabeth Warlick, 88, of Valdese passed away Friday May 15, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Lib was born December 31, 1926 in Burke County to the late Walter Max Warlick and Mary Agnes Orr Warlick. She was a devoted Christian and of the Baptist faith. She retired from Alba Waldensian as a mail carrier. Survivors include her...
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Joey Dean Bradshaw

December 21, 1955 - May 14, 2015

Mr. Joey Dean Bradshaw, 59, of Vale, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Joey was born on December 21, 1955 in Catawba County to Dolly Brittain Bradshaw and the late Sidney Bradshaw. He faithfully attended Mt. View Baptist Church #1 and was employed as a delivery truck driver for ABF Trucking. He was a quiet and humble man who loved the Lord, his family and friends and was always there for...
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Freddie Starr

October 14, 1951 - May 13, 2015

Mr. Freddie Norman Starr, 63, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday May 15, 2015 at Carolinas Health Care System-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Freddie was born on October 14, 1951 in Catawba County to the late James Starr and Argie Wilson Starr. He was formerly employed by Synthetic Finishing and was an avid fisherman and cyclist. Survivors include an aunt, Alma...
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Mary Carolyn Smith

May 31, 1932 - May 11, 2015

Carolyn Parlier Smith, 82, of Valdese left this world for her Heavenly home on Monday May 11, 2015 following a period of declining health. A native of Avery County, she was born May 31, 1932, the daughter of the late John L. and Lena Storey Parlier, Sr. Carolyn graduated from Cranberry High School in Avery County and was a graduate of Steede Technical Institute in Elizabethton, TN. She was...
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James "Tuda" Anthony Horton

March 11, 1972 - May 10, 2015

Mr. James "Tuda" Anthony Horton, 43, of Lenoir, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 10, 2015. James was born on March 11, 1972 in Caldwell County to Marietta Davis Lipford and Rubin Patterson, Sr. He was a member of the First Church of God Lenoir and was previously employed at Bernhardt and Thomasville Furniture. James enjoyed motorcycle riding and was known as a talented drawer and...
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Perry Robert Huffman

August 26, 1964 - May 5, 2015

Mr. Perry Robert Huffman, 50, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday. May 5, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Perry was born on August 26, 1964 in Burke County to the late Perry Albert Huffman and Beulah Rector Huffman. He was formerly employed in the sawmill and lumber industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother,...
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Mary Graves Lawing

May 1, 1927 - May 4, 2015

Mrs. Mary Graves Lawing, 88,of Hildebran, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday May 4, 2015 after a brief illniss. Mrs. Lawing was born May 1, 1927 in Spartanburg, S.C. a daughter of the late Edwin and Dewey Fleming Graves. She was a graduate of Spartanburg High School and Cecils Business School. Mary taught school in Wilson and Raleigh, NC, Memphis, TN and served as the financial advisor at...
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Steve James Dellinger

July 30, 1968 - May 2, 2015

Steve James Dellinger, 46, of Morganton, passed away Saturday May 2, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center following a period of declining health. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Carroll "Bud" "Shorty" Barnes

February 17, 1933 - May 1, 2015

Carroll "Bud" "Shorty" Adrian Barnes, 82 of Valdese went to be with his heavenly father on Friday, May 1, 2015 at his home following a period of declining health. Mr. Barnes was born February 17, 1933 in Burke County, a son to the late Clyde Barnes and Ida Winebarger. He was a faithful member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Lexington Furniture at the age of 65. Bud was a...
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Calvin Metcalf

September 8, 1924 - May 1, 2015

Calvin Metcalf, 90, of Valdese, died Friday May 1, 2015. Born September 8, 1924 in Asheville he was the son of Joseph Edward and Vera Mae Metcalf. He grew up in West Asheville and the Avery's Creek community of Henderson County. In additon to his parents, his beloved wife Ruth and daughter Dianne Owen preceded him in death. Also his son-in-law John T. Lowman, brothers Hoy and Harvey Metcalf, a...
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