Our Obituaries

Vernon Lynn Cook

October 9, 1957 - August 29, 2014

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

September 16, 1970 - August 28, 2014

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

November 10, 1933 - August 27, 2014

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

August 15, 1940 - August 25, 2014

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

July 13, 1976 - August 25, 2014

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

August 31, 1922 - August 25, 2014

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

November 30, 1973 - August 24, 2014

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

December 20, 1930 - August 23, 2014

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

September 9, 1947 - August 21, 2014

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

December 23, 1939 - August 18, 2014

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

January 25, 1953 - August 17, 2014

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

July 30, 1933 - August 17, 2014

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

December 25, 1928 - August 16, 2014

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

March 10, 1942 - August 14, 2014

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

February 23, 1941 - August 13, 2014

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

March 29, 1973 - August 11, 2014

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

April 21, 1923 - August 11, 2014

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

October 27, 1960 - August 10, 2014

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

August 14, 1933 - August 10, 2014

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

August 29, 1947 - August 8, 2014

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

May 6, 1947 - August 8, 2014

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

March 19, 1935 - August 8, 2014

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

October 8, 1939 - August 8, 2014

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

November 26, 1933 - August 7, 2014

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

July 9, 1944 - August 6, 2014

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

August 4, 1925 - August 5, 2014

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

August 20, 1942 - August 3, 2014

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

July 18, 1968 - August 2, 2014

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

July 19, 1939 - August 2, 2014

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

June 20, 1952 - August 2, 2014

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

February 4, 1954 - August 1, 2014

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

June 28, 1935 - August 1, 2014

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

April 21, 1925 - August 1, 2014

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

March 29, 1964 - July 30, 2014

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

May 15, 1993 - July 29, 2014

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

May 24, 1939 - July 28, 2014

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

September 28, 1969 - July 24, 2014

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

October 23, 1989 - July 22, 2014

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

September 26, 1920 - July 22, 2014

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

August 28, 1930 - July 20, 2014

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

January 14, 1960 - July 19, 2014

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

May 18, 1935 - July 19, 2014

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

July 17, 1936 - July 18, 2014

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

January 13, 1942 - July 18, 2014

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

May 29, 1969 - July 13, 2014

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

July 13, 1950 - July 11, 2014

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

April 19, 1941 - July 8, 2014

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

February 24, 1924 - July 8, 2014

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

January 3, 1937 - July 8, 2014

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

November 13, 1921 - July 6, 2014

Mrs. Clyde Mae Howell Poole, 92, of Rutherford College, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday July 6, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Poole was born November 13, 1921 in Ashe County, a daughter of the late William Lee and Fannie Goodman Howell. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. In addition to her parents she was preceded...
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Rodney Shumate

July 3, 2014

Mr. Rodney Lee Shumate, 41, of Connelly Springs died Thursday July 3, 2014 A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Sunday July 6, 2014 from 5 until 7:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese. Memorials may be made to Julian F. Keith ADATC, 201 Tabernacle Rd., Black Mtn., NC 28711. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage...
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Reba Hice Miller

January 22, 1949 - July 3, 2014

Reba Hice Miller, 65, of Valdese, passed away Thursday July 3, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Miller was born on January 22, 1949 in Burke County to the late James Hice and Norma Powell Hice. She was a retired hairdresser, and was a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sisters,...
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Jack Leroy Drum

March 17, 1935 - July 1, 2014

Jack Leroy Drum, 79, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday July 1, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Drum was born on March 17, 1935 in Duplin County to the late Reuben Paul Drum and Rosa Lee Hollar Drum. He was a United States Navy Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired engineer with Centel Telephone Company, a former...
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James Raymond "Jimmy" Key

December 7, 1934 - June 29, 2014

Mr. James R. "Jimmy" Key, 79, of Connelly Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday June 29, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Key was born December 7, 1934 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Stanley Key and Dora Buckner Key Buff. He was a member of Zion Road Baptist Church, a US Army veteran and retired as a fork lift mechanic from...
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Ulysses Grant Deal

August 22, 1942 - June 28, 2014

Ulysses Grant Deal, 71, of Connelly Springs, departed this life to his heavenly home on Saturday June 28, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Mr. Deal was born on August 22, 1942 in Burke County to the late Bradford Deal and Ruby Brittain Deal. He was a United States Army Veteran, and was a retired maintenance foreman with Mapco Coal Company, and also worked as a truck driver for...
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Virginia Houser Gordon

March 11, 1940 - June 26, 2014

Virginia Houser Gordon, 74 of Hudson, passed away Thursday June 26, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice following a lengthy illness. Ms. Gordon was born on March 11, 1940 in Burke County to the late Augustus Lee Houser and Pauline Deal Houser. She was retired from Thomasville Furniture in Cabinet Assembly, and was a former member of High Peak Baptist Church. Surviving are her children, Michael W. Gordon...
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Ruby Brown Bumgarner

May 24, 1923 - June 25, 2014

Mrs. Ruby Helen Brown Bumgarner, 91, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Bumgarner was born may 24, 1923 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Emmit and Lossie Osburne Brown. She retired as an inspector with Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. Ruby was a loving...
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Judy Fowler Hoag

January 15, 1949 - June 24, 2014

Mrs. Judy Lee Fowler Hoag, 65, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Judy was born on January 15, 1949 in Burke County to the late Clifford and Louise Fowler. She was a member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church and formerly employed at Burke Mills in Valdese. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Faith Thomas Baker

December 16, 1943 - June 20, 2014

Mrs. Faith Thomas Baker, 70, of Valdese, died on Friday June 20, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Baker was born December 16, 1943 in Monroe County, Miss. a daughter of the late Frank and Bernice Wicker Thomas. She was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church where she served as choir director for 17 years. Mrs. Baker retired...
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Lula Carswell Greene

December 29, 1919 - June 20, 2014

Mrs. Lula Carswell Greene, 94, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday June 20, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Greene was born December 29, 1919 in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late Charles and Carrie Chapman Carswell. She was of the Baptist faith and retired as a spinner from Valdese Mfg. Co. Lula was a loving mother, grandmother and loved to fish and work in her flowers. In...
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Lois Jean Hyde Roland

August 16, 1948 - June 19, 2014

Mrs. Lois Jean Hyde Roland, 65 of Connelly Springs, died Thursday June 19, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness Funeral Services for Lois Hyde Roland will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday June 23, 2104 in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese . Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery Valdese. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:0 PM Monday at...
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Peggy Zimmerman Ennis

October 24, 1935 - June 17, 2014

Mrs. Peggy Dean Zimmerman Ennis, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Peggy was born on October 24, 1935 in Burke County to the late David Nathaniel Zimmerman and Susie Carswell Zimmerman. She was a member of Berea Baptist Church and was retired from Clinique Cosmetics of Hickory. In addition to...
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Kathy Wright Stillwell

September 5, 1952 - June 16, 2014

Mrs. Kathy Wright Stillwell, 61, of Hildebran, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday June 16, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist University Hospital , after a brief illness. Mrs. Stillwell was born September 5, 1952 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Rev. Zeno C. and Elaine Garver Wright. She was a faithful member of Mount Harmony United Methodist Church and former private daycare teacher...
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Thomas Crawley

June 22, 1956 - June 13, 2014

Thomas Newell Crawley, 57, of Valdese, NC passed away Friday June 13, 2014 at Frye Regional Hospital in Hickory. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 at United Baptist Church, Messer Rd., Valdese. A private Funeral Service and burial will be held following the visitation. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Crawley family.
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Dennis Allen McLean

April 30, 1950 - June 13, 2014

Dennis Allen McLean, 64, of Valdese, went home to be with his heavenly father unexpectedly Friday June 13, 2014 at his residence. Dennis was born on April 30, 1950 in Avery County to the late Lowman Tolsie McLean, Sr. and Fonda Pyatte McLean. He graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in business administration and management and was a retired supervisor at Burke Mills. After...
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James "Jim" Wilson, Sr.

July 11, 1935 - June 12, 2014

Dr. James D. Wilson, 78, of Valdese, NC, died Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC after a brief illness. He was born July 11, 1935 in Athens, Tennessee. He was the eldest of the six children of his late parents Hugh David, Jr. and Thelma Townsend Wilson. Dr. Wilson was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Libby Wilson, who died May 16, 2010. He is...
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Mary Ann Speagle

December 9, 1955 - June 11, 2014

Mary Ann Speagle, 58, of Morganton passed away Wednesday June 11, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends Saturday June 21, 2014 from 10 to 11 AM at Heritage Funeral Service. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family.
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Loucilla Keller Stamey

January 14, 1930 - June 11, 2014

Mrs. Loucilla Mary Keller Stamey, 84, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Loucilla was born on January 14, 1930 in Burke County to the late Dolphus Keller and Bertha Keller. She was a retired inspector for Alba-Waldensian Hosiery and worked there for over twenty years. Loucilla was also a loving wife, mother, grandmother...
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Johnny Jack Hughes, Sr.

July 21, 1931 - June 10, 2014

Mr. Johnny Jack Hughes, Sr., 82, of 5288 Miller Bridge Rd, Connelly Springs NC, of the Baptist faith, passed away at his residence June 10, 2014, after being hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Johnny was born July 21, 1931, in Bakersville NC, son of Mose Garland Hughes (April 13, 1892 - September 24, 1980) and Bessie Mosley Hughes (May 22, 1893 - June 27, 1969). Johnny...
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Nancy Nell Simpson Jacumin

February 10, 1936 - June 9, 2014

Nancy Nell Simpson Jacumin, 78, of Connelly Springs, died unexpectedly Monday June 9, 2014. Mrs. Jacumin was born on February 10, 1936 in Burke County to the late Roy Price Simpson and Muriel Morgan Simpson. She graduated as Valedictorian from Hildebran High School and Suma Cum Laude from Appalachian State University. She taught in North Carolina Public Schools for over 16 years, teaching in...
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Jerry Elton Hastings

June 18, 1941 - June 9, 2014

Mr. Jerry Elton Hastings, 72, of Morganton, passed away Monday June 9, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care of Valdese. Jerry was born on June 18, 1941 in Burke County to the late Horace Lee and Bertie Upton Hastings. He retired from Naco of Lenoir in 2002, then worked as a security guard Griffin Security Services until 2013. He was president of the Glen Alpine Recreation for 8 years.....
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Du Ray Lutz

May 15, 1926 - June 8, 2014

Du Ray "D.R." Lutz, 88, of Hickory, passed away Sunday June 8, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. D.R. was born on May 15, 1926 in Catawba County to the late William Arthur "W.A." Lutz and Letha Julian Lutz. Just out of high school, D.R. enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. and went through Medical Corps training, where he became a Pharmacist Mate....
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Jack Ekard Matthews

May 9, 1933 - June 7, 2014

Mr. Jack Ekard Matthews, 81, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Brian Center Viewmont, following a period of declining health. Jack was born on May 9, 1933 in Catawba County to the late Herbert V. Matthews and Sadie V. Eckard Matthews. He was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Granite Falls, a U.S. Army veteran and was a brick mason who worked for Heavner's ...
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Vickie Marie Bailey

January 21, 1954 - June 7, 2014

Mrs. Vickie Marie Bailey, 60, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Vickie was born on January 21, 1954 in McDowell County to the late Justice Bailey and Ellen Christine Roberts Bailey. She was a member of Lighthouse Ministries and was previously employed as a knitter in the textile industry. In addition...
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Thomas William Poteat

September 24, 1938 - June 7, 2014

Mr. Thomas W. (Tom) Poteat, 75, of Icard, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Tom was born on September 24, 1938 in Burke County to the late Grady Washington Poteat and Mary Sue Bailey Poteat. He was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church and had previously served as Chairman of Deacons and...
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Joel David Ramsey

May 2, 1944 - June 5, 2014

Mr. Joel David Ramsey, 70, of Drexel, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Joel was born on May 2, 1944 in Cleveland County to the late Thomas Grady Ramsey and Mamie Ledford Ramsey. He retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture after thirty years of service. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Dean...
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Manilal Purshottamdas Patel

May 9, 1930 - June 4, 2014

Manilal Purshottamdas Patel, 84, passed away on Wednesday June 4, 2014 at his residence. He was born on May 9, 1930 in India to the late Purshottamdas and Kashiben Patel. Manilal is survived by his wife Chandra Patel and his son Vasant Patel, both of Morganto. A Memorial Service for Manilal Purshottamdas Patel will begin on Friday June 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM and will conclude at approximately 12...
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Wayne Gray Rock

January 23, 1947 - June 2, 2014

Wayne Gray Rock, 67, of Valdese, North Carolina, formerly of Boykins, Virginia, passed away Monday June 2, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He was born January 23, 1947 in Richmond Virginia to the late Elmo L. Rock and Mary Elizabeth Condrey Rock. Together with his father and brother he was co-owner of Elmo L. Rock Oil Company in Boykins, Virginia. In later years, he retired from...
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Angela Denise Bowman

November 18, 1965 - May 29, 2014

Angela Denise Powell Bowman, 48, of Drexel, passed away Thursday May 29, 2014 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Mrs. Bowman was born on November 18, 1965 in Burke County to the late Lewis Powell and Mavin Bradshaw Powell. She was employed by Burke County Public Schools as a teacher with the Even Start Program, and was a member of First Assembly of God in Morganton. She...
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Agnes Clontz Shook

October 10, 1936 - May 29, 2014

Agnes Clontz Shook, 77, of Hildebran, passed away peacefully Thursday May 29, 2014 at Trinity Ridge of Hickory following a period of declining health. Mrs. Shook was born on October 10, 1936 in Burke County to the late Johnsie Clontz. She was a care giver in the Home Health Care Industry. Survivors include numerous cousins. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday June 3, 2014...
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Willoree Ann Smith

November 9, 1945 - May 28, 2014

Mrs. Willoree Ann Tomberlin Smith, 68, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Willoree was born on November 9, 1945 in Yancey County to the late John Tomberlin and Nellie Miller Tomberlin. She retired from Hickory Springs Mfg., after 35 years and also from Harrah's Casino after 8 years of service. In addition...
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Samuel Carey Hopkins, Jr.

August 31, 1942 - May 28, 2014

Samuel Carey Hopkins, Jr. ,71, of Valdese passed away Wednesday May 28, 2014 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Hopkins was born on August 31, 1942 in Ross County, OH to the late Samuel Carey Hopkins, Sr. and Mary Stanley Hopkins. He was formerly employed by Burke Mills, Broyhill Furniture, and Griffiths Security of Hickory. He was a...
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William Gray Fowler

August 13, 1947 - May 26, 2014

Mr. William Gray Fowler, 66, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital, following a period of declining health. William was born on August 13, 1947 in Caldwell County to the late Bill Alonzo Fowler and Louise Elizabeth Buff Fowler. He was previously employed as a long distance truck driver and was attending Lakeview Baptist Church. Mr. Fowler was...
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Jordan Suzannah Wheeler Thomas

February 25, 1989 - May 24, 2014

Mrs. Jordan Suzannah Wheeler Thomas, 25, of Morganton, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday May 24, 2014. Mrs. Thomas was born February 25, 1989 in Ft. Payne, Ala. , a daughter of Michael and Karen Allen Wheeler. She was a proud born again Christian and a faithful member of Bridgeport Baptist Church, Valdese. Jordan enjoyed music, playing the piano, and had a special love...
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Madison Elaine Mahoney

August 21, 1995 - May 23, 2014

Ms. Madison Elaine Mahoney, 18, of Hickory spoke her first words and took her first steps into Heaven, on Friday, May 23, 2014 at her residence. 2 Corinthians 5:1. Madison was born on August 21, 1995 in Catawba County to Kevin Shaw Mahoney and Betty Jean Keyes Mahoney. Even though Maddie never spoke a word, she was a blessing to and touched the lives of many people. She attended Conover School...
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Maynard Junior Lloyd

September 15, 1930 - May 22, 2014

Mr. Maynard Junior Lloyd, 83, of Rutherford College, died Thursday May 22, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Lloyd was born September 15, 1930 in Burke County, a son of the late Ernest and Janie Penley Lloyd. He was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired as a franchise owner and operator of Bressler's 33 Flavors...
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Martin "Jimbo" Andrew Benfield

November 17, 1938 - May 21, 2014

Mr. Martin "Jimbo" Andrew Benfield, 75, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Martin was born on November 17, 1938 in Burke County to Virginia Burleson Benfield and the late Clifford Andrew Benfield. He was a member of Amherst Baptist Church and was a retired master carver and woodworker with Drexel Heritage Furniture...
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Lola Beck Setzer Roupe

May 27, 1927 - May 20, 2014

Lola Beck Setzer Roupe, 86, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday May 20, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Lola was born on May 27, 1927 in Burke County to the late William V. Beck and Lola Isis Cox Beck. She was a graduate of Morganton High School (class of 1944) and met with her classmates monthly, and was currently planning their 70th reunion. She was a...
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Richard A. Stilwell

April 16, 1941 - May 20, 2014

Richard A. Stilwell, 73, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday May 20, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Stilwell was born on April 16, 1941 in Burke County to the late Finley Stilwell and Ola Propst Stilwell. He was retired as plant manager for Burke Grading and Paving, and was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in...
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Kay Frances Keaton

September 15, 1937 - May 20, 2014

Mrs. Kay Frances Keaton , 76, of Valdese, passed away Tuesday May 20, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese following a period of declining health. Mrs. Keaton was born on September 15, 1937 in Burke County to the late William J. Crawley and Mary Elizabeth Brittain Crawley . She dedicated many years to working at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center before retiring as a...
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Donald Eugenelee O'Quinn

September 27, 1965 - May 20, 2014

Mr. Donald Eugenelee O'Quinn " Don Juan Diego", 48, of Rutherford College, passed away on May 20, 2014 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital, following a period of declining health. Donald was born on September 27, 1965 in Denver, CO to Donald Edward O'Quinn, Sr. and Joyce Arlene Carner Blea. He grew up as a member of Rutherford College First Baptist Church and was attending the Connelly Springs...
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Jerry Lee Icard

August 3, 1950 - May 18, 2014

Jerry Lee Icard, 63, of Valdese, passed away Sunday May 18, 2014 with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with Esophageal Cancer. Jerry met his wife Cookie when he was 8 years old and she was 5. He chased her for 15 years before she finally said yes to marry him. Jerry and Cookie lived and raised their daughters in the same home for over 35 years. Jerry's grandson Tyler was the...
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Mollie Bailey "Aunt B" Brittain

December 1, 1948 - May 17, 2014

Mollie Bailey "Aunt B" Brittain, 65, of Valdese, passed away Saturday May 17, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Brittain was born on December 1, 1948 in Burke County to the late Manuel Lee Bailey and Ernestine Warlick Bailey. Mollie was formerly a member of First Baptist Church Icard, and was retired from Valdese Hospital in the housekeeping department. In...
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Pauline Rhyne

May 17, 2014

Mrs. Pauline Huffstutler Rhyne, 98, of Valdese, passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday May 17, 2014 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Home in Morganton, North Carolina. Mrs. Rhyne was born February 6, 1916 in Cullman, Alabama to the late Colombus and Margaret Allred Huffstutler. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and worked as a sewer at Crestline Furniture. In addition to...
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Blakely Kay Abernathy

May 15, 2014

Blakely Kay Abernathy, of Morganton, infant daughter of Kayla Webb and Chase Abernathy passed away May 15, 2014. Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Brenda Faye Hawkins Owenby

July 15, 1941 - May 14, 2014

Brenda Faye Hawkins Owenby, 72, of Gastonia, formerly of Valdese passed away Wednesday May 14, 2014 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Owenby was born on July 15, 1941 in Gaston County to the late Charlie Hawkins and Pearl Sherrill Hawkins. She was a homemaker, and was a member of numerous area churches during her husband's ministry. In addition to her parents she is...
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Cheryl Padrick Branch

September 15, 1944 - May 13, 2014

Mrs. Cheryl Padrick Branch , 69, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday May 13, 2014, Autumn Care of Drexel after a period of declining health. Mrs. Cheryl Branch was born September 15, 1944 in Wilmington, North Carolina to Mrs. Etta Smith Padrick and her late husband Jesse John Padrick . She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints in Morganton, North Carolina. In...
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Eugene Donald Payne

February 8, 1939 - May 11, 2014

Mr. Eugene Donald Payne, 75, of Taylorsville, died Sunday May 11, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a brief illness. Mr. Payne was born February 8, 1939 in Yancey County, a son of the late Cleter and Mary Alice McCurry Payne. He retired, with 37 years of service, as a supervisor from the furniture manufacturing industry and had worked as a delivery person for the Hickory Daily...
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Doris Gilliam Edwards

February 17, 1926 - May 10, 2014

Mrs. Doris Gilliam Edwards, 88, of Valdese, went home to be with her Savior on Saturday May 10,2014, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Edwards was born February 17, 1926 in Union County, South Carolina to the late Samuel Edward Gilliam and Alma Eugenia Byers Gilliam. She obtained degrees from Spartanburg Methodist College, Lenoir Rhyne...
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Paula Lynn Nusz

October 13, 1945 - May 8, 2014

Ms. Paula Lynn Nusz of Morganton, died Thursday May 8, 2014 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Paula was born October 13, 1945 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Ralph Walter Nusz and Joy Mabe Nusz. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a former employee of Southern Devices, Inc. Surviving are her son, Alton V. Nusz of Morganton, a brother, Anthony Nusz (Lena...
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