Our Obituaries

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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Thomas Richard Tipton

November 5, 1942 - May 8, 2014

Thomas Richard Tipton, 71, of Connelly Springs died Thursday May 8, 2014. Mr. Tipton was born on November 5, 1942 in Yancey County to the late Conway Paul Tipton and Bessie Carroll Tipton. He was a Retired Master Sgt. in the United States Airforce, and also retired from the N.C. Department of Corrections (Highrise) in Morganton as a Correctional Officer. Survivors include his wife, Judy List...
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Lee Ann Meadows Taylor Earley

July 31, 1949 - May 7, 2014

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Barbara Abernathy Byro

July 6, 1933 - May 6, 2014

Mrs. Barbara Joan Abernathy Byro, 80, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Barbara was born on July 6, 1933 in Burke County to the late William Abernathy and Mildred Powell Abernathy. She was a retired secretary and had worked in the textile industry for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
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James Roland Jones

August 14, 1941 - May 5, 2014

Dr. J. Roland Jones, 72, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Roland was born on August 14, 1941 in Coffee County, Alabama to the late Preston L. and Velma Goodwin Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Bobby Ray Jones, James Wiley Jones and Roger Dale Jones and a sister...
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Jeanette Ballew Bagwell

April 21, 1934 - April 28, 2014

Mrs. Jeanette Ballew Bagwell, 80, of Icard, died Monday April 28, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday May 1, 2014 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese. Interment will follow at 3:30 P.M. Thursday in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Cliffside, NC.
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Lillian Messer Church

July 16, 1923 - April 27, 2014

Mrs. Lillian Messer Church, 90, of Valdese, died Sunday April 27, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Church was born July 16, 1923 in Haywood County, a daughter of the late Jesse Messer and Mabel Robinson Messer. She served as the executive secretary for Valdese Manufacturing Company for 30 years and was a longtime and active member of...
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Christine Church Ward

October 3, 1924 - April 26, 2014

Mrs. Christine Church Ward, 89, of Hickory, went into the arms of Jesus peacefully on Saturday April 26, 2014 at Carolina Rehab of Burke, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Ward was born October 3, 1924 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Clyde Mathis Church, Sr. and Guylar Mae Hart Church. She was a faithful member of Warlicks Baptist Church and retired from the textile industry as...
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Phillip Martin Bartlett

February 7, 1937 - April 24, 2014

Mr. Phillip Martin Bartlett, 77, of Morganton, died Thursday April 24, 2014 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Mr. Bartlett was born February 7, 1937 in Mitchell County, a son of the late Spurgeon and Mary McClure Bartlett. He was self-employed as a house painter. Surviving are his companion, Connie Anderson with who he made his home, her children, Charles (Juanita)...
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Helen Hoyle Money

April 25, 1937 - April 20, 2014

Mrs. Helen Hoyle Money, 76, of Newton, went to her Heavenly reward, Sunday April 20, 2014 at Trinity Ridge Nursing Center, Hickory, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Money was born April 25, 1937 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Robert F. and Ruby Hartman Hoyle. She was a member of St. Johns Baptist Church, attended New Life Fellowship Church and retired as a clerk in from the...
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Clebert Lee Huffman

June 2, 1943 - April 18, 2014

Clebert Lee Huffman, 70, of Valdese, passed away Friday April 18, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Huffman was born on June 2, 1943 in Burke County to the late Samuel Huffman and Essie Lail Huffman. He was owner and operator of Clebert's Hosiery, Inc. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Harold "Slab" Huffman; and one sister, Merlvene Seagle. Survivors include his wife,...
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Jason Spiess

September 26, 1968 - April 17, 2014

Mr. Jason Spiess, 45, of Morganton died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Jason was born September 26, 1968 in Joliet, Ill. a son of Larry and Suzanne Dykstra Spiess. He was a faithful member of the Covenant Assembly Church in Granite Falls, serving along with his wife as the chidren's church leader. He was employed as an electrician. He was...
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Arian Shay-Lynn Owens

April 17, 2014

Arian Shay-Lynn Owens, infant daughter of Ashley H. Adkinson and Terry Lynn Owens, Jr. of Morganton, passed away Thursday April 17, 2014 at Grace Hospital. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday April 21, 2014 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese, officiating Rev. Richard Ellington.
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Scott Douglas Nichols

August 25, 1969 - April 15, 2014

Scott Douglas Nichols, 44, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday April 15, 2014. Scott was born on August 25, 1969 in Burke County, and was employed as a truck driver with Pepsi Cola. Scott enjoyed basketball, watching his daughter play softball, and was loved by all his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Reyno and Geneva Nichols; and his aunt, Sharon Starnes; and two...
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Edgar Winslow Lane, Jr.

March 11, 1920 - April 14, 2014

Dr. Edgar Winslow Lane, Jr., 94, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital, following a period of declining health. Edgar was born on March 11, 1920 in Easton, PA to the late Dr. Edgar W. Lane, Sr. and Emma Eugen Hammand Lane. Until 1987, Dr. Lane worked in his private practice specializing in Urology. Following his private career, he continued working as a...
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Howard Grady Lutz

November 2, 1928 - April 13, 2014

Mr. Howard Grady Lutz, 85, of Valdese died Sunday April 13, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Lutz was born November 2, 1928 in Burke County a son of the late Edgar and Mary Pascal Lutz. He was retired from the Shipping Department of the Waldensian Bakery. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Lutz and...
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Thelma Juanita Berry Duncan

February 28, 1930 - April 13, 2014

Mrs. Thelma Juanita Berry Duncan, 84, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday April 13, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Duncan was born February 28, 1930 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Connie A. and Elvie Watson Berry. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and retired from Saft Manufacturing Co. ...
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Tomiko Orita Powell

April 11, 2014

Mrs. Tomiko Orita Powell,86, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Jack Powell of the home. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 10:00 until 10:45 A.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese with Rev. Marvin Wiley...
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Gail Ann Hildebran

March 23, 1961 - April 11, 2014

Gail Ann Hildebran, 52, of Connelly Springs, went to Heaven on Friday April 11, 2014 at her residence, after a period of declining health. Gail was born May 23, 1961 in Burke County a daughter of Frances Lail Hildebran and the late Clarence A. Hildebran. She was a member of Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church and retired after thirty years of employment as a nurse with Valdese General and...
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Marti Mangum Young

September 23, 1971 - April 10, 2014

On April 10, 2014, Marti went on ahead of us to her permanent residence in the kingdom of Heaven. This new home is a gift from the Heavenly Father through the precious blood of Jesus. She is rejoicing with our Savior and we will all join her according to God's plan. Marti has been a blessing since she came into this world 42 years ago and has brought so much love and joy to all who knew...
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Mary Baird Peters Deal

December 15, 1938 - April 9, 2014

Mrs. Mary Baird Peters Deal, 75, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Deal was born December 15, 1938 in Burke County, a daughter of the late William David and Minnie Barrette Baird. She was a faithful member of Heritage Baptist Church and retired as a caregiver in the...
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Kenneth Dean Huffman

March 25, 1945 - April 8, 2014

Mr. Kenneth Dean Huffman, 69 , of Hildebran, passed away Tuesday April 8, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Huffman was born March 25, 1945 in Catawba County to the late John Wesley Huffman and Hazel Marie Houston Huffman. Surviving are his children Anita Swink and husband Jerry of Thomasville, Karen McKinney, Randy Huffman...
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Ray Francis Shuping

December 10, 1935 - April 7, 2014

Mr. Ray F. Shuping, 78, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday April 7, 2014 at the NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, after a period of declining health. Mr. Shuping was born December 10, 1935 in Burke County, a son of the late Charlie and Mary Yancey Shuping. Ray was a faithful member of the Valdese First Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, trustee and choir...
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George Saunders Shuffler

April 11, 1925 - April 7, 2014

Mr. George Saunders Shuffler, 88, of Valdese, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday April 7, 2014, just four days short of his 89th birthday. He died very peacefully at home of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family . Mr. Shuffler was born April 11, 1925 in Burke County, a son of the late William Gaines "Will" and Mary Martha Williams Shuffler and was a charter and faithful...
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Bertha Ellen Cooper Smith

February 16, 1933 - April 7, 2014

Bertha Ellen Cooper Smith, 81, of Valdese, passed away peacefully Monday April 7, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Smith was born on February 16, 1933 in Burke County to the late William Cooper and Hannie Clark Cooper. She retired from Valdese Manufacturing after 40 years of service. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by four sisters Jessie Cooper, Velsie Lowdermilk, Dortha Cooper...
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Ruby Williams Ewing

December 27, 1920 - April 5, 2014

Ruby Williams Ewing, 93, of Morganton, passed away peacefully on Saturday April 5, 2014 at her residence following a brief illness. Ruby was born on December 27, 1920 in Burke County to the late Robert T. Williams and Eliza Elizabeth Franklin Williams. She graduated from the Lenoir Rhyne School of Nursing and served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as a Lieutenant during World War II from 1942-1944....
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Bruce Allen Mayfield

March 2, 1953 - April 5, 2014

Mr. Bruce Allen Mayfield, 61, of Rutherford College, passed away on Saturday April 5, 2014 at Valdese Hospital in Valdese, North Carolina. Bruce was born on March 2, 1953 in Burke County to the late Earl Mayfield and Carrie Stamey Mayfield. He was employed at Ward Hosiery where he worked in the dye house. In addition to his parents Mr. Mayfield was preceded in death by one brother Tom...
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Henry Ellis Perrou

November 8, 1925 - April 4, 2014

Henry Ellis Perrou, 88, of Emerald Isle, formerly of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly Thursday April 3, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Perrou was born on November 8, 1925 in Burke County to the late Henry Phillip Perrou and Dora Zimmerman Perrou. He was a United States Army Veteran Serving during World War II, and retired from JP Stevens as a shipping supervisor. He was a member of Waldensian...
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Vernie Cleo McNeely Huffman

August 6, 1924 - April 3, 2014

Vernie Cleo McNeely Huffman, 89, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully Thursday April 3, 2014 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Huffman was born on August 6, 1924 in Cleveland County to the late Julius Marvin McNeely and Mary Elizabeth Earls McNeely. She was retired from Southern Devices and was a member of St. John's Baptist Church. Survivors include her...
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Carlton Wade Turpin

August 15, 1954 - April 2, 2014

Mr. Carlton Wade Turpin, 59, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Carlton was born on August 15, 1954 in Mitchell County to the late Ernest Turpin and Elva Hopson Turpin. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a self employed maintenance man. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two...
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Iris Irene Weaver Swink

August 16, 1934 - April 2, 2014

Iris Irene Weaver Swink, 80, of Hildebran, passed away peacefully Wednesday April 2, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson following a period of declining health. Mrs. Swink was born on February 16, 1934 in Alamance County to the late Columbus Durham Weaver and Cretia Mae Whitener Weaver. She attended Hildebran High School, and was a homemaker. She was a member of Guiding Light Baptist Church in...
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David "Woodsy" Wood, Jr.

November 7, 1948 - April 1, 2014

David Howard "Woodsy" Wood, Jr. , 65, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. David was born on November 7, 1948 in Cecil County, MD to the late David Howard Wood, Sr. and Kathleen Thompson Wood. He was a retired welder and iron worker with C.P. Buckner. In addition to his parents he preceded in death by a brother, Danny...
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Charles M. "Shac" Garrison

June 5, 1922 - March 31, 2014

Mr. Charles M. "Shac" Garrison, 91, of Valdese, died Monday March 31, 2014 at Carolina Rehab. of Burke, after a period of declining health. Mr. Garrison was born June 5, 1922 in Morganton, a son of the late Frank L. and Jenette Hood Garrison. He was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, formerly serving as Scout Master and a member of the Valdese Rotary Club. " Shac" was an avid...
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John Henry Icard

May 30, 1920 - March 31, 2014

Rev. John Henry Icard, 93, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Home, surrounded by his family, on Monday March 31, 2014 from Carolina Rehab after a period of declining health. Rev. Icard was born May 30, 1920 in Burke County, a son of the late John and Mamie King Icard. John was a faithful member of CrossLink Church and a US Navy veteran of WW II. He was self employed as a carpenter,...
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Chrystal Dawn Coulter

May 2, 1972 - March 30, 2014

Chrystal Dawn Coulter, 41, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly on Sunday March 30, 2014. Her death was not related in any way to drugs. She was born May 2, 1972 in Catawba County, a daughter of Robert A. Coulter, Jr. and Dot Parton Coulter. Chrystal was a dedicated employee as a nurse with Davie Regional Medical Center, Statesville, working in the operating room and the ICU and a former...
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Joyce Cordell Franklin

August 1, 1954 - March 29, 2014

Mr. Joyce Cordell Franklin, 59, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Home on Saturday March 29, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Franklin was born August 1, 1954 in Burke County to the late Colon Franklin and Dora Elizabeth Franklin. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Connelly Springs and was formerly employed as a...
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Brian Charles Fletcher

June 30, 1949 - March 28, 2014

Mr. Brian Charles Fletcher, 64, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Brian was born on June 30, 1949 in Bainbridge, NY to Margaret Butler Gilgallon and the late Robert Forest Fletcher. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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