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Rhoda Jane Poe

April 16, 1939 - December 5, 2016

Rhoda Jane Cook Poe, 77, of Swannanoa, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016, at her residence following a period of declining health. Rhoda was born April 16, 1939 to the late Raymond Cook and Vassie Hildebrand Cook. She was a member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church. She loved to read her Bible, be in her garden, and collect many types of figurines. She is survived by her husband, Roy Poe...
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Carroll Hudson

February 7, 1953 - December 3, 2016

Mr. Carroll Hudson, 63, of Hildebran, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Carroll was born on February 7, 1953 in Catawba County to Shirley Ann Willis and the late Lewis Hoyle Hudson. He was employed as a delivery driver with Bimbo Bakeries for over 24 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine...
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Leola Gragg Townsend

May 15, 1933 - December 2, 2016

Mrs. Leola Mae Gragg Townsend, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday December 2, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her family, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Townsend was born May 15, 1933 in Avery County, a daughter of the late Alfred A. and Neta Coffey Gragg. Leola was a charter member and very active in the Bridgeport Baptist Church. She retired as a seamstress in the...
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Roxanne Hunter Jones

March 7, 1994 - November 30, 2016

Roxy Hunter Jones, 22, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Blue Ridge Medical Center in Morganton. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. at Zion Baptist Church, 3396 Pea Ridge Rd. in Morganton, with Rev. Keith Rose officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Diana Nieder Cross

May 12, 1944 - November 30, 2016

Diane Elizabeth Nieder Cross, 72 of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday November 30, 2016. Mrs. Cross was born on May 16, 1944 in Detroit, MI to the late Herbert Nieder and Helen Daly Nieder. She was a homemaker and attended Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 40 years David C. Cross, Sr. ...
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Rita Lail Rector

August 7, 1944 - November 28, 2016

Mrs. Rita Lail Rector, 72, of Valdese, passed away Monday November 28, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem after a period of declining health. Mrs. Rector was born August 7, 1944 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Roby C.J. and Carrie Hodge Lail. Rita worked for many years as a machinist with Forest City Tool and retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. ...
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Larry Allen Moon

February 9, 1957 - November 28, 2016

Mr. Larry Allen Moon, 59, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at his residence. Larry was born on February 9, 1957 Anderson County, SC to Carole Sellers Moon and the late Sidney Robert Moon. He was a graduate of East Burke High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Larry was employed as a long time welder and pipe fitter. In addition to his father,...
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J. Monroe Franklin

May 16, 1952 - November 26, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Monroe Franklin announces his passing after a lengthy illness on Saturday November 26, 2016 at Duke Hospital. He was the husband of Lynn Stirewalt Franklin. They shared 32 years of marriage together. Born in Avery County on May 16, 1952 he was the son of the late Coeburn Virginia Franklin and Cordia Woodie Franklin. His passion was playing guitar at...
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Tammy Annette Setzer

April 15, 1969 - November 25, 2016

Mrs. Tammy Annette Setzer, 47, of Rhodhiss passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 25, 2016. Mrs. Setzer was born April 15, 1969 in Burke County to the late Fred Everette Setzer and Edith Louise Beard Setzer. She enjoyed writing and singing. Following a career as a model she worked as a homemaker and a factory worker at Shuford Mills. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by...
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Michele Belk Zuschlag

March 18, 1971 - November 23, 2016

Mrs. Michele Belk Zuschlag, 45, of Valdese passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Zuschlag was born March 18, 1971 in Burke County to Mabel Love Belk and the late Robert Belk. She was a teacher for over twenty years for Burke County Schools and Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia. Survivors include her husband Douglas Zuschlag of...
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Roma Gale Jahn

September 19, 1942 - November 21, 2016

Mrs. Roma Gale Perrell Jahn, 74, of Morganton, passed away on Monday November 21, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, after a brief illness. Gale was born September 19, 1942 in Avery County , a daughter of the late Arland and Lola Wiseman Perrell. She was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church and retired as a salesperson from the clothing industry. In addition to her...
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Jon Michael Hughes

March 21, 1978 - November 20, 2016

Mr. Jon Michael Hughes, 38, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Charlotte Medical Trauma Center. Jon was born March 21, 1978 in Bell County, Texas. He was self employed and recently started his own home and business restoration and repair service. He was an active member of Gloryland Baptist Church in Hildebran and had a gift of working with the youth. Jon was a...
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Glenn "Tom" Thomas Lail

March 17, 1942 - November 18, 2016

Mr. Glenn Thomas "Tom" Lail, 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Tom was born on March 17, 1942 in Burke County to the late Edward Lail and Martha Taylor Lail. He was employed for many years with his family at Lail's Auto Parts and also attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to his...
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Virginia Ruth Farris Tyree Bare

June 6, 1931 - November 18, 2016

Virginia Ruth Farris Tyree Bare, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016, at her residence, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Jesus Life Worship Center Cemetery in Moravian Falls, NC. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and...
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Robert Wesley Young

June 22, 1944 - November 17, 2016

Robert Wesley Young, 72, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at his residence following a period of declining health. A private service will be held at a later date by the family. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is serving the Young family.
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James Woodrow Sessions

December 7, 1937 - November 17, 2016

The Reverend James Woodrow Sessions, 78, of Valdese, departed this life to his heavenly home on Thursday November 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. James was born on December 7, 1937 in Tarrant County (Fort Worth), TX to the late Woodrow Wilson Sessions and Thelma Leona Shirley Sessions. He was a graduate of Lake Worth High School, Texas Christian University with a Business...
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Brenda Faye Helton Church

March 21, 1944 - November 16, 2016

Mrs. Brenda Faye Helton Church, 72, of Valdese passed away Wednesday November 16, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Church was born March 21, 1944 to the late William and Martha Helton. She was a faithful member at United Baptist Church and dedicated her life to helping others. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Dorothy Ingle Daye

May 21, 1926 - November 15, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy Ingle Daye, 90, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday November 15, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Daye was born May 21, 1926 in Burke County to the late Gentry Ingle and Cora Childers Ingle. She was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and was retired from Robinson Hosiery in Valdese. In addition to her parents she...
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Thomas Franklin Curtis

May 10, 1944 - November 13, 2016

Mr. Thomas Franklin Curtis, 72, of Lenoir, passed away Sunday November 13, 2016 at Caldwell UNC Hospital following a period of declining health. Thomas was born May 10, 1944 in Caldwell County to the late Rev. Cloyd M. Curtis and Jessie Abernethy Curtis. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry Curtis, Larry Curtis, Cloyd "June" Curtis, and Earl Curtis; and...
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Danny Edward Lail

January 10, 1948 - November 13, 2016

Mr. Danny Edward Lail, 68, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday November 13, 2016 at CMC Blue Ridge Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Lail was born January 10, 1948 in Burke County, a son of the late James Produs Wycoff and Fleta Young Lail. He was a retired painter and was well respected in the construction industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son,...
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Sue Chester Minton

January 21, 1935 - November 13, 2016

Sue Chester Minton, 81, of Hickory, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese, following a period of declining health. Sue was born on January 21, 1935 in Catawba County to the late Charlie Gaither and Pearl Eckard Chester. Mrs. Minton was the wife of the late Evangelist and Pastor Oliver Minton. Together they conducted tent revivals for many years...
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Blenda Epley Autry

October 12, 1944 - November 12, 2016

Blenda Epley Autry, 72, of Morganton, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 12, 2016, following a short period of declining health. Blenda was born in Burke County , October 12, 1944, to the late Herman and Ruth Perry Epley. Blenda was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Valdese. She was a member of the choir for many years and served on various committees. Blenda began...
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Lori Ann Harrison Walters

December 26, 1970 - November 10, 2016

Lori Ann Harrison Walters, 45, of Ellijay, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta Georgia, following a period of declining health. Lori was born December 26, 1970, in Mullins, SC to Raleigh Harrison and Sharon Williams Harrison. She will always be remembered for her love of music, fishing, and animals. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles...
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Ralph Edward Barneette

July 12, 1970 - November 7, 2016

Mr. Ralph Edward Barnette, 46, of Charlotte passed away Monday November 7, 2016 at Carolina's Medical Center Main Campus in Charlotte. Ralph was born July 12, 1970 in Burke County, son to the late Mr. Edward Barnette. He worked as a stage hand at many different venues. Survivors include his daughter, Kayla Barnette and fiancé Logan Sparks of Statesville; son, Steven Barnette of...
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Lorene Jenny Burriss

June 19, 1919 - November 2, 2016

Lorene Jenny Burriss, 97, of Columbia, SC died on November 2, 2016. Jenny was born June 19, 1919 in Allendale County, S.C. to the late J. Herbert Jenny and Edith Folk Jenny. She graduated from the Junior College of Augusta and received her RN from University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. She worked as a surgical nurse in Greenwood, S.C. and later as a kindergarten teacher at North Trenholm...
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Tamera Daugherty Lingerfelt Shepherd

November 17, 1968 - October 30, 2016

Mrs. Tamera "Tammy" Daugherty Lingerfelt Shepherd, 47,of Hudson, passed away at her residence, following a brief illness. on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Tammy was born November 17, 1968 to George and Barbara Huffman Lingerfelt in Catawba County. She was a loving Mother and Grandmother. She was preceded in death by her 1st husband and dear friend, Kevin Daugherty. In addition to her parents,...
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Alfred Eldon Metsger

April 5, 1931 - October 30, 2016

Alfred Eldon Metsger, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday October 30, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Metsger was born on April 5, 1931 in Monmouth County, NJ to the late James Grant Metsger and Irma Bray Metsger. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and was retired owner and operator of AE Metsger Builder. He was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to his...
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Franklin Dellon Wood

July 1, 1934 - October 29, 2016

Franklin "Frank" Dellon Wood, 82, of Morganton passed away at his home Saturday October 29, 2016, following extended illness. Frank was born July 1, 1934 in Franklin County, NC to the late Thomas Lewis Wood and Lodie Mae Burnette Wood. Mr. Wood enjoyed his life, conversing with friends and family, and toiling in his garden and flowers as his health allowed. He was a man who never met a...
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Eulan Ranzo Brittain

March 1, 1943 - October 27, 2016

Eulan Ranzo Brittain, 73, of Hickory, passed away Thursday October 27, 2016 at Cardinal Healthcare following a period of declining health. Eulan was born on March 1, 1943 in Burke County to the late Claude Brittain and Ruby Brittain Brittain. He was a retired truck driver and mechanic at Southway Trucking, formerly Tallent Transfer. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. In addition...
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Melany Bounous Grill

November 8, 1915 - October 27, 2016

Mrs. Melany Bounous Grill, 100, formerly of 1110 Church St. Valdese, NC passed away Thursday October 27, 2016 at College Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a period of declining health. Melany was born November 8, 1915 in Valdese to early Waldensian settlers of the town, the late Jacques "Jack" Henri Bounous and Ida Julia Pascal Bounous. Melany lived in Valdese all her life...
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Bruce Allen Franklin

January 14, 1953 - October 27, 2016

Bruce Allen Franklin, 63 of Morganton, passed away Thursday October 27, 2016 at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday October 28, 2016 at Warlick's United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Curtis Carroll officiating. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of...
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Bryson Eric Huffman

July 3, 1971 - October 25, 2016

Bryson Eric Huffman, 45, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully Tuesday October 25, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Bryson was born on July 3, 1971 in Catawba County to Kenneth Huffman and Glenda Brittain Huffman. He was a graduate of East Burke High School and Western Piedmont Community College with a degree in computer science. Bryson was a little person with a big heart, and the...
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Michael Perry Mason

November 9, 1963 - October 25, 2016

Mr. Michael Perry Mason, 52, of Drexel, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his residence. Mike was born on November 9, 1963 in Ashe County to Lionel Edgar Mason and Faye Dishman Mason. He was employed as Vice President of Anthony & Mason Railroad Construction. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rufus and Opal Dishman, and Herbert and Edith Mason. Survivors include his...
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Dennis Ray Christian

June 24, 1970 - October 23, 2016

Mr. Dennis Ray Christian, 46, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday October 23, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Christian was born June 24, 1970 in Lincoln County, a son of the late Paul Darl and Wanda Louise Pritchard Christian. Dennis was a member of Enon Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by...
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Naomi Delora Farr Edwards

April 8, 1948 - October 22, 2016

Mrs. Naomi Delora Farr Edwards, 68, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Caldwell of Hospice of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Naomi was born on April 8, 1948 in Graham County, NC to the late Cecil Farr and Irene Anderson Farr. She graduated from Robbinsville High School and studied nursing at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Naomi loved...
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Angela Dawn Poarch

September 27, 1962 - October 22, 2016

Ms. Angela "Angie" Dawn Poarch, 54, of Valdese, was freed from this earthly world and carried on Angel wings to forever reside with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health resulting from an accident in February 2016. Angie was born on September 27, 1962 in Guilford County to the late Ralph Euray Poarch and...
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Janis Skelton Bevis

July 31, 1951 - October 18, 2016

Janis Skelton Bevis, 65, of Valdese, passed away Tuesday October 18, 2016 following a period of declining health. Janis was born on July 31, 1951 in Anderson County, SC to the late J. Harold Skelton and Reed Banister Skelton. She was a retired Elementary School Teacher for Caldwell County Public Schools teaching at Hudson Elementary School for 30 years. She was a member of Xi Gamma Rho Chapter...
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Gary Joe Young

January 12, 1953 - October 16, 2016

Mr. Gary Joe Young, 63, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday October 16, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Young was born January 12, 1953 in Catawba County, a son of Ruby Herman Moody McGuire and the late George J. Young. He was a retired Painter and attended North Laurel Baptist Church. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia...
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Gilda Cline Hildebran

April 11, 1930 - October 15, 2016

Mrs. Gilda Cline Hildebran, 86, of Hildebran, passed away Saturday October 15, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Gilda was born April 11, 1930 in Burke County to the late Sterling Cline and Mamie Burns Cline. She was an active member at First Baptist Church Hildebran, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She also managed the gift shop at...
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Kathleen Lucille James Byrd

July 21, 1935 - October 15, 2016

Mrs. Kathleen Lucille James Byrd, 81, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Frye Regional Hospital, following a period of declining health. Kathleen was born July 21, 1935, in Lincoln County to the late Richard James and Minnie Lula Sain Dennie. She was a faithful member at Zion Road Baptist Church. Kathleen also had a passion for her dogs and birds. In addition to her...
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Vina Lee "Nanny" Causby

May 8, 1936 - October 14, 2016

Mrs. Vina Lee "Nanny" Anthony Causby, 80, of Drexel, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016, at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Causby was born on May 8, 1936, in Burke County to the late John Anthony and Ruth Brittain Anthony. She was a member of Rising Church and was well known for her crafts. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband,...
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Blanche Smith Icard

June 29, 1918 - October 13, 2016

Mrs. Blanche Smith Icard, 98, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Kingston Residence, following a period of declining health. Blanche was born on June 29, 1918 in Caldwell County to the late Finley Smith and Estelle Smith. She was a loving homemaker and a longtime and faithful member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Cesarine Estelle Pyatt Ruggles

October 27, 1929 - October 12, 2016

Mrs. Cesarine Estelle Pyatt Ruggles, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at her residence, following a brief illness. Cesarine was born on October 27, 1929 in Burke County, the youngest child of the late Sadie Hudson Pyatt and Roscoe Lee Pyatt. After graduating from Valdese High School she attended Lenoir Rhyne College, where she received an AB degree in...
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William Randy Walker

October 21, 1956 - October 12, 2016

William Randy Walker, 59, of Connelly Springs, loving and hardworking husband, father, grandfather and brother-in-law, passed into eternal peace on Wednesday October 12, 2016 after a long and well fought courageous battle. Randy was born on October 21, 1956 in Burke County to the late Billy Clarence Walker and Betty Powell Walker. He was an auto mechanic formerly working at Valdese Auto Parts,...
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Judith Rae Gray French

May 3, 1935 - October 10, 2016

Mrs. Judith Rae Gray French ,81, of Valdese died Monday October 10, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese after a period of declining health. Mrs. French was born May 3, 1935 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to the late James M. and Dora S. Taylor. In early childhood she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Verna M. and Charles W. Gray and raised in Niles, Ohio. She graduated from Niles...
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Jose' Ascencion Rodriguez

October 17, 1983 - October 9, 2016

Mr. Jose Ascencion Rodriguez, 32, died Sunday October 9, 2016 after a brief illness. Jose was born October 17, 1983 in Morganton, a son of Ascencion Rodriguez and Julia Pearson. A Service of Remembrance will be held Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the New Manna Baptist Church, Marion.
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Billy Herbert Decker

August 31, 1931 - October 9, 2016

Billy Herbert Decker, 85, of Granite Falls, entered peacefully through the gates of Heaven to join God's eternal family on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Brian Center, Hickory, NC. Mr. Decker was born on August 31, 1931 in Burke County to the late Forest Decker and Mary Zeno Page Decker. He was formerly employed by Midstate Paving and Asphalt Paving. He was an Army veteran serving in the Korea War...
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Ann Carolyn Johnson

August 23, 1944 - October 7, 2016

Ann Carolyn Johnson, 72, of Hickory, departed this life on Friday October 7, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Carolyn was bon August 23, 1944, in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Margaret Johnson. She was a member of Hartzell United Methodist Church and retired from Corning Cable. In addition to her mother she is preceded in...
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Mackenzie Brooke Carswell

August 17, 1999 - October 7, 2016

Mackenzie Brooke Carswell, 17, of Morganton, graduated to her Heavenly Home on Friday October 7, 2016. Mackenzie was born August 17, 1999 in Burke County a daughter of Gary and Michelle Chandler Carswell. She was a Senior at Draughn High School, a member of the Draughn Wildcat Softball team, Chorus, Tennis Team, Anchor Club and National Honor Society. She was also a member of the Lady Pride...
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April Marie Stevens

April 12, 1988 - October 5, 2016

Ms. April Marie Stevens, 28, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. April was born in Tennessee on April 12, 1988. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the family at 1358 Amherst Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 to assist with expenses. Heritage Funeral Service &...
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Ruby Louise Hildebran Thorne

February 16, 1939 - October 5, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Louise Hildebran Thorne, 77, of Mocksville, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on February 16, 1939 in Catawba County to the late Joseph P. Hildebran and Minnie Young Hildebran. She was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. Ruby loved to dance, be in her garden, and most of all, being with her...
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Harvey Lynn Killian

July 14, 1948 - October 4, 2016

Mr. Harvey Killian, 68, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Harvey was born on July 14, 1948 in Catawba County to the late Glenn Killian and Lillian Sigmon Killian. He was formerly employed in the furniture and textiles industry before retiring as a custodian for Burke County Public Schools. Harvey...
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Samuel Scott Daves

December 8, 1988 - October 3, 2016

Mr. Samuel Scott Daves, 27, of Valdese passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016. Sam was born on December 8, 1988 in Burke County to Michael Scott Daves and Wanda Watson Daves. He was a loving son, brother and grandson, who had a love for the Lord, his family and friends and his beloved dog, Nala Girl. Sam enjoyed listening to music, going on hikes, camping, playing baseball and poetry. He knew...
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Juanita Elizabeth Bradshaw Rogers

July 11, 1931 - October 2, 2016

Juanita Elizabeth Bradshaw Rogers, 85, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Caldwell Hospice, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM, at Mountain View Cemetery in Connelly Springs, with Rev. Jonathan Reece officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood...
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Jackie Allison Icard

May 7, 1990 - September 28, 2016

Jackie Allison Icard, 26, of Connelly Springs, died unexpectedly Wednesday September 28, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday September 30, 2016 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Donald Denton officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Buddy "Buck" Leger, Sr.

March 9, 1930 - September 27, 2016

Buddy R. "Buck" Leger, Sr., 86, of Rutherford College, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at his residence. Buddy was born on March 9, 1930 in Burke County to the late John Alfred Leger and Laura Lail Leger. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, and he was proud of his service to our country. He was retired from Valdese Weavers, serving many...
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Rondle Ervin Brittain

August 22, 1939 - September 26, 2016

Mr. Rondle Ervin Brittain, 77, of Nebo died Monday September 26, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Surviving are his wife Betty Gardner Brittain, two sisters, Ethel Shuping and Ruth Chapman, four step-children and a number of nieces and nephews. At his request, no funeral services will be held at this time. An online guestbook and obituary is available...
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Charles Augustus Styles, Sr.

June 15, 1943 - September 25, 2016

Charles Augustus Styles, Sr., 73, of Morganton, passed away Sunday September 25, 2016 at Magnolia Lane Nursing 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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Dwayne Howard Trumble

August 12, 1938 - September 24, 2016

Rev. Dwayne Howard Trumble, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Howard was born on August 12, 1938, in Burke County to the late Floyd Howard Trumble and Mary Settlemyre Trumble. He was retired from Valdese Manufacturing and was a member of Holy Trinity Full Gospel Church. Howard was an avid collector of...
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Dannie Byrd Allison

October 20, 1934 - September 22, 2016

Mrs. Dannie Kate Byrd Allison, 81, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly reward on Thursday September 22, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mrs. Allison was born October 20, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of Edgar "Red" and Ruth Shytle Byrd. She retired from Great Lakes Carbon Corp. and Burke County Health Department. Dannie was very active in the...
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Gerald Ray Triplett

December 17, 1950 - September 21, 2016

Mr. Gerald Ray Triplett, 65 of Valdese passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at his residence. Gerald was born on December 17, 1950 in Burke County to Betty McGalliard Triplett Griffin and the late Edward Plato Triplett, Jr. He was retired from Valdese Public Works and spent the past few years as a devoted caregiver to his mother. Gerald was also a longtime member of the Valdese VFW...
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Elizabeth Arney Laughridge

July 8, 1941 - September 21, 2016

Mrs. Elizabeth Arney Laughridge, 75, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born on July 8, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late William Earl Arney and Ethel Brown Arney. She was a member of the Drexel Christian Center and was retired from Leviton Southern Devices. In addition to her parents,...
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Effie Porter Brown

April 7, 1933 - September 21, 2016

Mrs. Effie Thompson Porter Brown, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Carolina Rehab and Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Effie was born on April 7, 1933 in Cherokee County, SC to the late Willie Thompson and Ossie Bivens Thompson. She was previously employed as a cook for many years, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great...
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Agustin "Gus" Coloma

March 14, 1958 - September 20, 2016

Agustin "Gus" Chorques Coloma, 58, of Lenoir passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his residence. Gus was born on March 14, 1958 in Spain to the late Antonia Chorques Jimenez and Amelia Coloma. A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Church Street Baptist Church in Rhodhiss, NC, with Rev. Steve Coonse officiating.
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Angeline Fowler Garmon

November 27, 1920 - September 20, 2016

Mrs. Angeline Fowler Garmon, 95 of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday September 20, 2016 at Springs of Catawba Nursing Center, Hickory, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Garmon was born November 27, 1920 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Midas E. and Rosetta Childers Fowler. She was a faithful member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church serving on several of...
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Lawrence Ledford

April 30, 1948 - September 20, 2016

Mr. Lawrence Ledford, 68, of Hickory, died Tuesday September 20, 2016. Mr. Ledford was born April 30, 1948 in Mitchell County, a son of the late Willard Dewitt "Jack Ledford and Mellie Willis Ledford. He was a member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church and retired from as a service tech from Centel Telephone Co. Surviving are his wife Gail Faw Ledford of the home, one daughter, Melanie...
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Julia Church Duckworth

September 30, 1932 - September 20, 2016

Mrs. Julia Church Albright Duckworth, 83, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a brief illness. She was formerly of Connelly Spring and had resided in Hickory for the last four years. Julia was born on September 30, 1932 in Burke County to the late Clyde Church and Zenia Helton Church. She was previously employed in retail sales at Kohl's....
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Selina Maria Brown

July 12, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Selina Maria Brown, 2 mo., of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly Sunday September 18, 2016. She was born on July 12, 2016 in McDowell County to Jeffrey Michael Brown and Edith Paige Brown of Morganton. She is also survived by her grandparents, Susie Brown Ojeda, Kim and Charles Beck, Alma Smith, Edith Allen and Danny Cook; great-grandparents, Leona Brown; her aunts, Deanna Beck, Nakita...
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Randy Eugene Beausoliel

November 3, 1955 - September 18, 2016

Randy Eugene Beausoleil, 60, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at his home A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 5:30PM at Zion Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 4:00-5:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made...
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Kenneth "Doug" Burns

June 12, 1959 - September 18, 2016

Mr. Kenneth Douglas "Doug" Burns, 57, of Rutherford College passed away September 18, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Doug was born June 12, 1959 in Burke County to Doris Davis Burns and the late Ray Sylvester Burns. He has been owner of Modern Home Improvement Company since 1995. He was of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include his mother,...
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Maria Ramsey McDaniel

December 2, 1961 - September 18, 2016

Mrs. Maria Teresa Ramsey McDaniel, 54, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016, unexpectedly at her residence. Maria was born December 2, 1961 in Madrid Spain to the late Thomas Dean Ramsey and Grace Cartee Ramsey. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Maria loved to spend time with her family, shopping at thrift stores and yard sales, and crocheting. In addition to her father,...
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John Oliver Freeman

June 24, 1934 - September 18, 2016

John Oliver Freeman, 82, of Morganton, passed away peacefully on Sunday September 18, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Mr. Freeman was born on June 24, 1934 in Burke County to the late John Henry Freeman and Lessie Williams Freeman. He was a United States Army Veteran, and was a retired Truck Driver. He was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Morganton where he was active and...
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Debra Childers Poteet

November 14, 1953 - September 17, 2016

Debra Childers Poteet, 62, of Connelly Springs, passed away Saturday September 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief period of declining health. Debra was born on November 14, 1953 in Catawba County to Betty Wright of Connelly Springs and the late Robert Childers of Hildebran. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her son, Wesley McGuire, her...
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J. Michael Pons

October 29, 1970 - September 17, 2016

J. Michael Pons, 45, of Hickory, passed away Saturday September 17, 2016. Michael was born on October 29, 1970 in Catawba County to Julius C. Pons and Susan Caruso Pons. He was the former owner of The People Connection, Inc. and was a charter member of Faith Community Church in Connelly Springs. Survivors include his parents, Julius and Susan Pons of Charlotte; his brother, Mitchell Pons and...
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Alice Dockery Payne

July 5, 1950 - September 17, 2016

Mrs. Alice Jeannette Dockery Payne, 66, of Maiden passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Mrs. Payne was born July 5, 1950 in Cherokee County to the late Rev. Jack Dockery and Catherine Hancock. She retired from McMurry Fabrics as an inspector. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Timothy Payne. Survivors include her son,...
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Jimmie Miller

May 14, 1932 - September 17, 2016

Mr. Jimmie Miller, 84, of Lenoir passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Jimmie was born May 14, 1932 in Caldwell County to the late Owen Miller and Zonnie Britain Miller. He was a member of North Catawba Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon and worked with the Royal Ambassadors. He was a good family and Christian man, and loved...
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Lorraine Antoinette Ribet

January 27, 1939 - September 17, 2016

Lorraine Antoinette Ribet, 77, of Valdese, went home to be with the Lord and her family on Saturday September 17, 2016. She was born on January 27, 1939 in Long Island, NY to the late Gilbert Ribet and Antoinette Heritie Ribet. She has lived in Valdese since she was a young girl. Her parents moved to Valdese from New York and she has resided in that home since then. Lorraine attended Valdese High...
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Richard Alan Shuffler

July 26, 1952 - September 16, 2016

Richard Alan Shuffler, 64, of Morganton, passed away peacefully Friday September 16, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare Blueridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Richard was born on July 26, 1952 in Burke County to the late Clyde Shuffler and Patricia Mayfield Shuffler. He was formerly employed as a janitor at Great Lakes Carbon in Morganton. In addition to his parents he is...
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Michael Glen King

September 27, 1958 - September 15, 2016

Mr. Michael Glen King, 57, of Morganton passed away Thursday September 15, 2016 at Carolina Healthcare Blue Ridge in Morganton. Michael was born September 27, 1958 in Avery County to the late Ronald Owens King and Thelma Beam King. He was a member of Zion Road Baptist Church. Michael was a member of Heaven Sent singing group, and enjoyed visiting local nursing homes, ministering to the...
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Sara Allen Mathews

January 16, 1924 - September 12, 2016

Ms. Sara Allen Mathews, 92, of Hudson, passed away Monday September 12, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir following a brief illness. Ms. Mathews was born January 16, 1924 in Marion County, GA to the late Walter Hugh Mathews and Mae Kelly Mathews. She was a Spanish Teacher in Newnan Georgia, winning teacher of the year twice. In addition to her parents she was preceded in...
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Tillman Joseph Curtis

December 9, 1927 - September 11, 2016

Mr. Tillman Joseph Curtis, 88, of Valdese, died on Sunday September 11, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Curtis was born December 9, 1927 in Glen Alpine, a son of the late Joe Ben and Grace Kelly Curtis. Mr. Curtis was a graduate of Glen Alpine High School and attended Lenoir Rhyne College. He was a US Navy veteran of WW II, a US Army veteran of the Korean...
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Grace Coleman Deal

December 19, 1927 - September 10, 2016

Grace Annie Coleman Deal, 88, of Drexel passed away Saturday September 10, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Grace was born December 19, 1927 in Burke County to the late Avery Wilson Coleman and Carrie Hice Coleman. She worked for fifty- four years at Dolly Hosiery Mill, retiring at age 84. Grace was a member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. In addition to her parents...
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Johnny Lee Holland

May 22, 1957 - September 10, 2016

Mr. Johnny Lee Holland, 59, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Johnny was born on May 22, 1957 in Burke County to Joanne Burns DeLong and the late Robert Lee Holland. He was previously employed an a auto mechanic and sheet metal fabricator. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one ...
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Loretta "Pete" Wise

March 25, 1964 - September 9, 2016

Mrs. Loretta "Pete" Collins Wise, 52, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Pete was born on March 25, 1964 in Rutherford County to Azzell Dodgens Collins and the late Clarence Collins. She was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Company. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randall...
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Edith LaRue White Stacey

June 1, 1935 - September 6, 2016

Mrs. Edith LaRue White Stacey, 81, of Rutherford College, widow of George Stacey, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. LaRue was born on June 1, 1935 in McDowell County to the late Charles S. White and Georgia Bean White. She was a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and was a devoted...
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Timothy "Timmy" Sigmon

August 10, 1964 - September 6, 2016

Mr. Timothy "Timmy" Gary Sigmon, 52, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Timmy was born August 10, 1964 to the late Robert Gary Sigmon and Nancy Ann Childers Whisnant. He was a member of Gloryland Baptist Church and was devoted to reading his Bible every morning. He enjoyed cooking and...
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Ruth Marie Roten Smith

January 1, 1933 - September 5, 2016

Mrs. Ruth Marie Roten Smith, 83, of Valdese passed away Monday September 5, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Smith was born January 1, 1933 in Ashe County, one of twelve children, to the late Harrison Roten and Chessie Wingler Roten. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lambert Smith; sisters, Ruby Miorkio,...
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Vicie Mae Smith Cole

November 5, 1923 - September 5, 2016

Mrs. Vicie Mae Smith Cole, 92, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Vicie was born November 5, 1923 in Catawba County to the late Walter Smith and Lois Smith. She loved gardening and flowers, and enjoyed sewing. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two sisters...
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Melvin Rodney Ruggles

June 18, 1921 - September 4, 2016

Melvin Rodney Ruggles, 95, of Hildebran, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Melvin was born June 18, 1921 in Chester, PA. He served in the Navy and saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres during WWII. After graduating from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1948, he went to Hildebran High School...
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Melvin Kenneth Radford

October 1, 1946 - September 4, 2016

Mr. Melvin Kenneth Radford, 69, of Valdese passed away Sunday September 4, 2016 at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte. Melvin was born October 1, 1946 in Macon County, NC to the late Kenneth McKinnley Radford and Mary Ann Sanders Radford. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Melvin was self employed as owner of Valdese Concrete. In addition to his parents he was...
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Judith "Judy" Gail Davis Hudson

July 17, 1949 - September 4, 2016

Mrs. Judith "Judy" Gail Davis Hudson, 67, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Judy was born July 17, 1949 in Burke County to the late Marion Davis and Gladys Banks Davis. She was a dedicated and loving member of St. Johns Baptist Church. Judy enjoyed gardening and canning. In addition to her...
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Leon Hugh Lowman

January 5, 1930 - September 3, 2016

Mr. Leon Hugh Lowman, 86, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday September 3, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Leon was born January 5, 1930 in Burke County to the late Edward Lowman and Eva Bumgarner Chandler. He worked at Alba Waldensian, holding the position of Plant Manager . Leon was a member at Warlick's Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was...
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William McCall "Bill" Brinkley

September 2, 1938 - September 2, 2016

William McCall "Bill" Brinkley, 78, of Valdese, passed away Friday, September 2, 2016. He was born September 2, 1938 in Valdese, the son of the late John Dallas Brinkley and Ruth Holloway Brinkley. He graduated from Kentucky Military Institute and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He served in the United States Army. Bill...
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Olivia Ruth Hollar

August 5, 1992 - August 30, 2016

Olivia Ruth Hollar, 24, of Hickory went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday August 30, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem after a nine year battle with Wegener''s Granulomatosis with polyangiitis . Olivia was born August 5, 1992 in Burke County, a daughter of Marty Ray and Sherry Anthony Hollar. She was a graduate of Hickory High School and attended West Hickory...
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Roger Dale Kirk

January 9, 1956 - August 28, 2016

Roger Dale Kirk, 60, of Hildebran, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Pastor Danny Castle officiating. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. ...
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Betty Hildebran Lewis

October 18, 1922 - August 25, 2016

Betty Hildebran Lewis, 93, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Hospice Savannah, in Savannah, GA, following a period of declining health. Betty was born October 18, 1922 in Catawba County to Fleta Fulbright Hildebran and Victor Hildebran. She attended and graduated from Mtn. View High School. After a few years she enlisted into the US Marine Corps during WWII, attending a class at...
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Sarah Darlene Varney

July 23, 1938 - August 25, 2016

Sarah Darlene Varney, 78, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Magnolia Lanes Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Sarah was born on July 23, 1938 in Logan, WV to the late Alonzo Varney and Alberta Sias Varney. She formerly attended Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Alba- Waldensian Hosiery in the knitting department. In addition to her...
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Timothy "Sloaner" Sloan

June 2, 1959 - August 24, 2016

Timothy "Sloaner" Alan Sloan, 57, of Hudson, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his residence. Tim was born on June 2, 1959 in Little Rock, AR to the late Vernon Sloan and Karen Drew Sloan Smith. Timothy grew up and was raised in Shelbyville, IL, until he made the decision to serve in the US Navy and then made the transition to North Carolina in 2010. He will be remembered as being a...
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James William Poe

February 10, 1956 - August 24, 2016

Mr. James William Poe, 60, of Valdese passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his residence, following a period of declining health. James was born on February 10, 1956 in Burke County to the late William Francis Poe and Zelda Killian Poe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was known as an all around handyman. A graveside memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at...
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Michael David Shay

December 1, 1950 - August 20, 2016

Mr. Michael David Shay, 65 , of Jacksonville passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving...
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